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Parade for local veteran at Berlin Intermediate June 3


By Hunter Hine, Staff Writer Now age 97, Morris Semiatin still wears his Purple Heart medal on a chain around his neck. He earned it in World War II after a hand grenade went off in his foxhole while fighting on Iwo Jima. There he served as a rocketeer in the 28th Regiment of the… Read more »

Local resident created new app of trails and waterways


By Cindy Hoffman, Staff Writer (June 1, 2023) With this Saturday being National Trails Day, it’s good to know that finding a trail is easier than ever because of Laura Scharle of Ocean Pines, who took her knowledge of this region’s outdoor opportunities and turned it into a website. The new site is called Delmarva… Read more »

Randy Lee Ashcraft ready to perform after throat cancer

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(May 25, 2023) He’s back! Randy Lee Ashcraft has been off the music circuit for a year now, after being diagnosed with throat cancer. His return to the stage is now just days away. He and the Saltwater Cowboys are getting together for their first performance since last year at 7 p.m., June 2, at… Read more »

‘Stand Down’ event to help veterans at Ocean Pines Community Center


Group provides medical check-ups, mental health support, food and clothes By Hunter Hine, Staff Writer (May 4, 2023) The Ocean Pines Community Center held the weekend’s final Stand Down event to serve at-risk veterans on Sunday, after organizers held one in Cambridge on Friday and another in Salisbury on Saturday. At Stand Down events, Veteran… Read more »

Springfest forecast of sunny skies

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By Hunter Hine, Staff Writer (May 4, 2023) Last year, a storm brought Springfest to an abrupt end, but the annual festival returns for its 32nd year at the inlet parking lot, today through Sunday. The celebration focuses on music, food and arts and crafts, with live music and free performances throughout the day and… Read more »

Pickleball craze takes off in Ocean Pines and beyond    

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By Cindy Hoffman, Staff Writer (April 27, 2023) Pickleball is all the rage in Ocean Pines. With 399 members, it far surpasses tennis, spec, platform, and timeless tennis. Today, the Sports and Fitness Industry Association named pickleball the fastest- growing sport in America for the third year in a row. Pickleball is a sport that’s… Read more »

Explore region during Delmarva Birding Weekend

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By Cindy Hoffman, Staff Writer (April 13, 2023) People looking for a great way to celebrate spring need look no further than Delmarva Birding Week, April 19-23. For 27 years, the organizers of the Spring Delmarva Birding Weekend have combined boat trips, paddling treks and expeditions on foot when migrating birds are arriving and passing… Read more »

Ponies and other wildlife get help from new book


By Cindy Hoffman, Staff Writer (April 13, 2023) Summer is coming and so are the tourists. That means the peaceful time for the Assateague ponies and other wildlife is about to end. Samantha Norwood Conners hopes her new book, “Assateague Island Activity and Coloring Book,” will educate visitors on how to be good tourists while… Read more »

Ocean Pines offers 10 miles of water trails to explore  

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By Cindy Hoffman, Staff Writer (April 6, 2023) Ocean Pines has 10 miles of water trails that are readily accessible from the community.  Laura Scharle, who lives in the Pines, is familiar with every one of them. She created an interactive map of these trails for Ocean Pines, which sits on the website at https://www.oceanpines…. Read more »

Scholarships open for T1 diabetics


By Hunter Hine, Staff Writer (April 6, 2023) The Eastern Shore T1 Diabetic Support Foundation is awarding scholarships to students battling the disease for the third year. EST1DSF is a non-medical family support group focused on children with Type 1 diabetes. It covers affected families across Wicomico, Worcester, Somerset and Sussex counties, said Foundation Founder… Read more »