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Jenkins given inaugural conservation award


Honor also commemorates Stephen N. Parker By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Feb. 21, 2019) Jolly Roger founder Buddy Jenkins on Friday received the inaugural Stephen N. Parker Conservation Legacy Award, named in honor of the former Nature Conservancy director and given in recognition of Jenkins’ help in preserving more than 3,500 acres of Eastern Shore… Read more »

One more OPA budget hearing, this Saturday


Parks confident board will finalize budget on Saturday By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Feb. 21, 2019) The Ocean Pines Board on Saturday failed to pass a fiscal 2020 budget, despite a self-imposed deadline to do so. However, after a grueling budget schedule that officially began on Aug. 22, Association President Doug Parks on Monday said… Read more »

Snow Hill Mayor Mathews on serving again after controversy

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By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Feb. 14, 2019) Snow Hill Mayor Stephen Mathews, who replaced Charlie Dorman after his resignation in October, has had an interesting time on the job. No stranger to the role, Mathews replaced another former Snow Hill Mayor in 1998, when Craig Johnson was removed from office by a council vote and… Read more »

Pines budget going down to wire


Board still looking for ways to cut assessments ahead of Saturday adoption vote By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Feb. 14, 2019) A basketball game was going on next door, with scoreboards buzzing and crowds cheering, but the real sporting event Saturday morning was in the adjacent Marlin Room of the Ocean Pines Community Center, where… Read more »

Hundreds gather for ‘African-American Life in Another View’

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By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Feb. 14, 2019) Berlin artist Patrick Henry’s restorations of scores of photographs – many more than a century old – were met with a strong community response last Saturday as “African-American Life in Another View” was unveiled at the Germantown School Community Heritage Center. A four-hour reception on Saturday evening was… Read more »

Berlin to issue RFP for new study


Rather than pursue YMCA directly, town to take broad look at community needs By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Feb. 14, 2019) Rather than jump straight into the deep end and fund a $20,000 YMCA feasibility study to gauge interest in an indoor swimming pool and other amenities, the Berlin Town Council on Monday night agreed to… Read more »

Uncle Jon’s Soaps makes fresh start in new location


By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Feb. 7, 2019) About four years after opening on 12 William Street, Uncle Jon’s Soaps has moved just around the corner into a bigger and more visible space on 12 Pitts Street in downtown Berlin. “We needed more square footage. That was the main reason [for the move],” shop owner Jon… Read more »

Student art show opening Friday in Berlin


By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Feb. 7, 2019) Student artists from the four Worcester County High Schools will compete for $1,400 in prizes this Friday during a contest and exhibit at the Worcester County Arts Council in Berlin. The Berlin/Ocean City Optimists Club sponsors the annual Student Art Contest and Exhibit. Arts Council Executive Director Anna… Read more »

BFC making some deadlines, missing others


By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Feb. 7, 2019) Berlin Mayor Gee Williams on Monday said he was pleased with the Jan. 21 Berlin Fire Company quarterly presentation, and that working to satisfy last year’s fire and EMS funding agreement was part of a process with some necessary growing pains. On the first quarterly presentation, now mandated… Read more »

No pitchforks, but plenty of villagers

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By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Feb. 7, 2019) Not much in the way of public comment was made when the proposed budget was unveiled to Ocean Pines membership on Jan. 12, but that was not the case last Saturday when the “recommended” budget was presented. That session generated several dozen comments over a two-hour period, most… Read more »