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Community partnerships painted Germantown mural

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Oct. 4, 2018) Germantown was once “where we played, sang, we learned, we shared and we loved,” according to words written on a new mural installed at the Germantown School Community Heritage Center in Berlin. The mural is the product of more than a year of work and planning, and a… Read more »

Goose group leader lashes out at directors

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Oct. 4, 2018) The June euthanizing of several hundred Canada geese in Ocean Pines continues to be a contentious issue, with several board members weighing in this week ahead of a planned citizen group meeting, and the host going on a tirade that specifically targeted Association Vice President Steve Tuttle. On… Read more »

Three Berlin incumbents reelected

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Sept. 27, 2019) With no write-in candidates filing before the deadline on Tuesday, all three Berlin Town Council incumbents were officially reelected and the election was canceled. Town code allows for the cancelation of elections for mayor or councilmembers “in the event that only one individual files for candidacy” for that… Read more »

Public hearing on Gerardi development set for Oct. 9

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Sept. 27, 2018) Plans to develop two parcels of land at the corner of U.S. Route 50 and Old Ocean City Boulevard will next move to the Berlin Town Council for an Oct. 9 public hearing, according to Berlin Planning Director Dave Engelhart. The Berlin Planning Commission last month voted 5-1… Read more »

Paint Berlin and Fiddler’s draw big crowds downtown

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Sept. 27, 2018) After several weekends of rainy and otherwise lackluster weather, the skies were mostly clear during a pair of well-attended events in Berlin last weekend, the 26th annual Fiddler’s Convention and the ninth annual Paint Berlin contest. A crowd of thousands flocked downtown on Friday night for a… Read more »

Ground broken on new larger Showell Elementary School

By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (Sept. 27, 2018) Construction on the new $47 million Showell Elementary School is scheduled to start this weekend. On Tuesday a groundbreaking ceremony occurred in the original Showell Elementary School that first opened in 1976. The current 5,200 square-foot building will be replaced with a state-of-the-art 9,600 square-foot facility, eliminating the… Read more »

Yoga objections get mindfulness program pulled

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Sept. 20, 2018) Local religious groups who complained that yoga elements in a mindfulness program at Buckingham Elementary School were anti-Christian apparently contributed to the program’s removal this year. Students went back to the Berlin school this month, but “Mindfulness Moments” reportedly did not return with them. The program, which included… Read more »

Fiddler’s Convention offers entire weekend of live music

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Sept. 20, 2018) The 26th annual Berlin Fiddler’s Convention is scheduled to bring three days of free, family-friendly events and live entertainment to the downtown areathis Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Slated to open the show on Friday night, starting at 7 p.m., are the Lonesome Ridge Rangers, winners of the 2017… Read more »

Paint Berlin back for ninth annual ‘plein air’ event

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Sept. 20, 2018) People in and around the Berlin area are likely to see dozens of plein air painters working in various outdoor locales this weekend, as the ninth annual Paint Berlin event returns. While registration is full, work produced during the four-day event will be on display during a free… Read more »

John Bailey, one year in as Ocean Pines GM

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Sept. 20, 2018) Ocean Pines General Manager John Bailey earlier this month celebrated the one-year anniversary of his hire. His first official day was Sept. 11, 2017. At the time, Bailey was the third Ocean Pines general manager in two years, following Brett Hill, interim general manager from Aug. 26, 2016… Read more »