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Trails, parks, signage all top priorities for OP committee

By Cindy Hoffman, Staff Reporter (March 16, 2023) The Ocean Pines Recreation and Parks Committee is developing a proposal for an Adopt and Park or Trail Program to be considered by the board of directors. “Ocean Pines has had parks and trails adopted informally in the past,” said committee Chair Bill Barnard. This would formalize… Read more »

Veterans Memorial event supports education programs 

Veterans Memorial Fundraiser

By Cindy Hoffman Staff Reporter (March 16, 2023) The Worcester County Veterans Memorial  Foundation fundraiser went off without a hitch, even with the original entertainer, Tony Pace, pulling out less than a month before the big day. The foundation did not announce who was to replace Tony Pace in advance, saying only that it would… Read more »

Proposed changes should ensure accurate elections

By Cindy Hoffman Staff Reporter (March 16, 2023) The Election Committee is gearing up for the 2023 election process. This year, two seats for the board are up for election.  Both Doug Parks and Colette Horn cannot run again due to term limits. The deadline for candidates to file is 4 pm on Wednesday, May… Read more »

Eagle rescued, injuries too severe to treat

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By Cindy Hoffman Staff Reporter (March 16, 2023) Patti Adams, owner of Ruff Cuts Pet Salon in Ocean Pines, is no stranger to rescuing animals, even bald eagles. She once rescued an eagle near Abi’s Diner. And on Feb. 10, she was the one who found the eagle that was rescued on Racetrack Road. “The… Read more »

Finding firefighters tough as Pines population ages

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By Cindy Hoffman Staff Reporter (March 16, 2023) Like many other communities across the country with aging populations, Ocean Pines, where the average age is 65, recruiting volunteer firefighters is becoming increasingly challenging. “This is a difficult demographic to recruit from,” said Dave VanGasbeck, president of the Ocean Pines Volunteer Fire Department (OPVFD). Some other fire… Read more »

Berlin looking at animal code insufficiencies

By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer (March 16, 2023) The Town of Berlin could be adopting the Worcester County animal control code as some residents push for a more organized and stricter approach to defining pets and enforcing laws. Resident Gina Velong briefed tge Berlin Planning Commission on March 8 on research she’s done that indicates… Read more »

Berlin skate park designer selected

By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer (March 16, 2023) The skateboard wheels are in motion in Berlin. Last Tuesday, representatives from the nonprofit We Heart Berlin briefed the Berlin Parks Commission on the progress toward a town skate park, which is quickly headed toward the design phase. We Heart Berlin’s Brian Robertson said the nonprofit has… Read more »

Berlin Planning Commission recommends urban design contractor

By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer (March 16, 2023) The Berlin Planning Commission voted 6-0 on March 8 to recommend bringing aboard an urban designer to determine how and where growth in the town should be handled. Dhiru Thadani, a Washington, D.C. architect and designer, would come to Berlin for a few days and review several… Read more »

Buckingham replacement design approved


By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer (March 16, 2023) A new Buckingham Elementary School is about to become more than a listing on the public school system’s wish list, now that the Worcester County Commissioners agreed to spend $60,000 on a design for the school’s replacement. Following a presentation detailing the two options for the school… Read more »

‘Rails and Trails’ picks up steam


By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer (March 16, 2023) After years of discussion, Berlin is gearing up to move on the “Rails and Trails” project that will place a shared-use bike and pedestrian path along the railroad in town. Berlin Planning Director Dave Engelhart briefed the mayor and Town Council on construction funding and plans for… Read more »