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Airport Operators Seek Answers On Biden’s Travel Impact

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BY BETHANY HOOPER

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WEST OCEAN CITY – Commercial operators at the Ocean City Municipal Airport say they are seeking guidance on federal flight restrictions ahead of President Joe Biden’s summer trips to the beach. This summer, Biden is expected to visit his vacation home in Rehoboth Beach. Those travel plans also include a temporary flight restriction (TFR) on airspace within 30 miles of the president’s location. At the Ocean City Airport, which is located at the outermost edge of the TFR, commercial operators are seeking assistance from federal agencies as they prepare for the coming summer. While they do not plan to cease operations, they note the proposed flight restrictions will have

some impact on their businesses. “We’ve enlisted the help of every political representative, senator that will take my calls at this point,” said Airport Manager Jaime Giandomenico. “The three big missing pieces are the frequency, the duration and the notice. We have no idea how frequent it’s going to be, no idea how long it’s going to be in each installment, and the notification is variable, for obvious reasons.” Simply put, a TFR is a restriction placed on airspace during special events, natural disasters, or movement of a president or vice president. The restriction is defined by its size, altitude and time period, and outlines the types of operations prohibited in that area. “Essentially, it’s an umbrella of protected airspace around a VIP …,” Giandomenico said. “Wherever he goes, whatever his destination is, this TFR goes up.”

These restrictions, however, come with challenges for airport-based businesses operating within the TFR. “Being here in Ocean City, the tourist season, the summer season, is really when we have the opportunity to make the most money,” said Skydive OC owner Jeanice Dolan, one of three commercial aviation operators at the Ocean City Airport. “It’s tough when we don’t know what we are up against.” Dolan said her concerns about the TFR include notice and timing. “The worst-case scenario is for this VIP TFR to be in effect on weekends when we are busiest, and on good-weather weekends …,” she said. “We understand this is for national security, but we believe there are procedures they can put in place that will still accomplish the goals of Secret Service. We want to work with them, but we want them to communicate

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with us.” Giandomenico said TFRs are administered by the FAA and controlled by United States Secret Service. Restrictions, he said, depend upon location within a TFR. “There’s an inner ring, that’s really tight security, and there’s an outer ring,” he said. “We are in the outer ring, far south toward the edge, which bodes well in our favor for some kind of relief.” Giandomenico said efforts are underway to seek a cut-out or alternative arrangement that would allow business to continue during Biden’s trips to Rehoboth. “This has the potential to be a longterm, recurring type thing,” he said. “So there’s an opportunity to have some procedures that would allow these guys to operate and not impact security.” Chris Bunting, manager and pilot for Ocean Aerial, Cloud Dancer and Bunting’s Dusting, said his businesses operate out of two airfields, both located within the 30-mile TFR. While he commended the Secret Service for being responsive, he said questions remain over potential economic impact funding. “As of right now, we aren’t getting any answers on reimbursement and funding,” he said. “After COVID last year, that’s not a financial burden we can bear, especially when we are going to lose business with not being able to fly in Rehoboth when he’s here.” Giandomenico explained there are compensation funds set aside for commercial operators. Accessing that money, he said, is another issue. “It’s a Herculean exercise to get to it, and its depth is highly dubious …,” he said. “There’s real worry about how this is authorized and replenished.” Unlike his colleagues, Ocean Aviation President Michael Freed said his business can operate outside the TFR. “We will have to work around the regulations,” he said, “but our airplanes can fly out of the TFR – which is about a three- to four-mile range – train and then come back in.” Freed, however, said his biggest concern was the perception that the airport’s commercial businesses would have to cease operations. “There will be some financial impact for everyone until they start deciphering what they can and cannot do …,” he said. “But nobody is ceasing operations.” Giandomenico said he also expects the airport operations to take a hit from the proposed flight restrictions, which establish strict security procedures for planes that arrive and depart. He noted drones are also prohibited in the TFR. “It’s pretty serious,” he said. “If you transgress into this airspace and are nonresponsive or are on the wrong frequency, fighter jets from the U.S. Air Force will come out and intercept you.” With the summer season fast approaching, commercial operators say they are flying blind until more information is provided. “It’s a very tenuous thing, to be staring down the summer season and assume you are going to get some sort of cooperation from a not-very-transparent federal agency,” Giandomenico said. “It’s tough to sit still on that.”


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Tourism Groups Request State’s Help With Labor Shortage

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BY SHAWN J. SOPER

MANAGING EDITOR

OCEAN CITY – Before the summer season even arrives, there is already an acute labor shortage brewing in the resort’s hospitality industry, but steps are being taken to attempt to address the issue. “Help Wanted” signs dot the resort’s landscape, which is not unusual in April in advance of the summer season, but questions remain if the business community will ever fill all the needed positions and the signs will ever come down. While many businesses are trying to fill out their seasonal workforce, more than a few are barely getting by with what they have now in the shoulder season. The reasons for the labor shortage are many and the issues are compli-

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cated. The regulations for the J-1 summer work and travel visas have eased somewhat, but it remains uncertain if that segment of the workforce will return in big numbers, given the timing of the changes and the pandemic still lingering in overseas countries and hampering embassy openings. The J-1 students in a typical year contribute around 4,000 employees to a summer seasonal workforce of about 12,000, but just 100 came last year. Another significant issue is the lack of affordable seasonal housing. With the uncertainties surrounding the pandemic, many property owners are seeking other options to fill their seasonal housing, including taking the sure thing year-round rentals or opting for short-term rentals in online platforms such as Airbnb of VRBO, for example.

Perhaps the largest contributor to the labor shortage, however, is the many pandemic relief programs available to what would normally be the seasonal workforce. Enhanced unemployment benefits through September provide more weekly income than many employees would earn by returning to work. Recent federal stimulus checks have also fattened bank accounts and contributed to the issue. Those facts are affecting the labor pool across all industries in the state, but the problem is particularly acute in the tourism and hospitality industries. However, state and local hospitality and tourism agencies are not standing pat and waiting for the issue to suddenly resolve itself. The Maryland Center for Hospitality Training (MCHT) and the Ocean City Hotel-Motel-Restaurant As-

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sociation (HMRA) are partnering on an out-of-the-box initiative to attempt to address the issue with a “Connecting Marylanders with Maryland Jobs” program. Through the program, potential hospitality workers will be recruited, vetted and trained by the MCHT and then connected with Ocean City HMRA members to help fill out their summer workforce rosters. As part of the program, the HMRA is working to provide housing as part of the employment package. Through organizational assistance provided by the Maryland Department of Commerce, along with funding from the Maryland Department of Labor, the two state agencies are supporting the MCHT and HMRA pilot program. Recruitment has begun, and many are in the interview stage. The ultimate goal is to build a hospitality program that can be utilized by tourism offices all over the state, according to MCHT CEO Michael Haynie. “The ‘Connecting Marylanders with Maryland Jobs’ pilot program is a statewide initiative to ensure one of our most treasured tourism products is able to meet the demands of an expected busy season,” he said. “We are pleased to have the opportunity to be chosen to support the initiative. We hope this program begins to build the labor pool of young people, which has been eroded by the pandemic. It will take out-of-thebox thinking to fix the problem.” While the HMRA and MCHT pilot program will help, it will likely take some changes in the state’s unemployment policies to affect real solutions to the labor crunch locally and across the state. Because of COVID, the weekly benefits are enhanced by federal pandemic dollars ($300/week in most cases) and certain criteria such as job search requirements have been waived while a state of emergency remains in place. To that end, the Ocean City HMRA, along with the Restaurant Association of Maryland, the Maryland Hotel and Lodging Association, the Maryland Tourism Commission and the Maryland BrewSEE NEXT PAGE

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eries Association this week fired off a letter to Maryland Department of Labor Secretary Tiffany Robinson seeking relief. “Practically every business has a help wanted sign and never have there been more available jobs in our state,” the letter reads. “Unfortunately, many Marylanders are making a cognitive choice to accept unemployment assistance rather than returning to their job or finding a new one.” The joint letter urges the Department of Labor to tighten job search requirements. “We are requesting the removal of the temporary exemption for work search requirements and that claimants be required to actively search for work,” the letter reads. “We believe the mere perception of adding such would be beneficial to getting Marylanders to think it is time to get back to work. While we do have applicants applying for open positions, getting them to show up for more than one shift remains a challenge. This puts additional strain on those employees who have been loyal and report to work.” In the letter, the tourism and hospitality agencies said many businesses are already altering their operations because of the labor shortage. “Subsequently, businesses are altering operations and we are seeing hotels reduce the number of available rooms for rent and restaurants have been forced to reduce the hours of op-

eration or close one day per week,” the letter reads. “This lack of workforce is not only crippling businesses’ ability to recover, but also hurting local and state tax revenues.” The letter calls into question the interpretation of federal unemployment guidelines that suggest fear of the coronavirus is a legitimate reason not to return to the workforce, despite the safety measures still in place and the rollout of vaccinations. “For over a year, most Maryland businesses have followed local, state and national health and safety standards related to COVID-19,” the letter reads. “Why would Maryland unemployment continue to provide benefits to individuals who are recalled to safe worksites? Maryland has done such an amazing job in providing the opportunity for residents to get vaccines, further providing safe worksites.” The letter suggests the labor shortage will only get worse as the summer tourism season nears. “As more Marylanders become vaccinated and the weather warms, the pent-up demand for travel continues to climb,” the letter reads. “Hospitality businesses are more than prepared to continue to offer safe travel experiences, but we desperately need staff to do so. We are pleading with the Maryland Department of Labor to bring back work search requirements and address the interpretation of federal unemployment guidance.” GRACE MASTEN, CRS, SRES, BROKER/OWNER LICENSED IN MD & DE ERIK DOWELL, REALTOR

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Resort Expects Beach Bonfire Popularity To Continue

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BY SHAWN J. SOPER

MANAGING EDITOR

OCEAN CITY – Ocean City’s beach bonfire program spiked significantly last year largely because of the new lifestyle inspired by the pandemic, but its popularity isn’t expected to wane much with some return to normalcy this summer Ocean City Fire Marshal Josh Bunting this week presented an overview of his department’s fiscal year 2022 budget, including a review of the popular beach bonfire program. The beach bonfire program began in the 1970s and has steadily gained popularity over the years. From a low of just 68 beach bonfire permits in 2010, the number grew to 251 by 2016. In 2017, the Fire Marshal’s Office explored the possibility of replacing the cumbersome paper application process

with an online version and it was fully implemented in 2018. In that first year, with online ease of use featuring text reminders on set up and extinguishing directions, the number of beach bonfire permits jumped to 479 and spiked again to 727 in 2019. Last year, with the pandemic restrictions in place all summer, the beach bonfire program increased exponentially with 2,400 permits issued during the 2020 calendar year. The large increase is potentially impressive in light of Budget Manager Jennie Knapp pointing out this week no beach bonfires were allowed last April, May and much of June because of COVID restrictions. The pandemic was the driving force behind the one-year leap in bonfire permits last year. With restaurants operating at limited capacities, movie theaters

closed for much of the summer, other amusements limited and ongoing concerns about an overly crowded Boardwalk, many residents and visitors opted to enjoy the beach at night with family and friends around a bonfire. However, the streamlined online permit process was also credited for the increase in recent years. Under the old system, permits were often applied for days or even weeks in advance. With the new online permit process, those seeking to enjoy a bonfire on the beach can apply and pay the fee for a permit on the same day, often just hours in advance. Bunting said this week there were instances when his staffers came across a group enjoying a beach bonfire that evidently didn’t know a permit was required, and in most cases, as long as the group was following the other rules, they

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could pull out a phone or mobile device and get the required permit on the spot. “The vast majority are getting the permits,” he said. “The online permit process has really made a difference.” The permits cost $75 and 2,400 were issued, resulting in $180,000 in gross revenue for the program. However, there are costs associated with the program on the expenditure side with the administration of the permit process and cleanup efforts from the public works department. Last year, not knowing COVID-19 and other factors were going to cause the bonfire program to blow up the way it did, anticipated revenue for the program was set at $35,000. In the current proposed fiscal year budget, the beach bonfire line item for anticipated revenue is set at $150,000. That number is purposely conservative. For example, with restrictions eased on restaurants and bars, movie theaters and other amusements this year, it remains uncertain if the beach bonfire program will remain as popular. However, the thinking is people have enjoyed the amenity and have gotten used to the bonfire program. “We’re cautiously optimistic,” said Bunting. “Because of COVID, people were looking for other things to do during the evening. That might change a little this year with the restrictions being eased.” Bunting said for the most part, the program has been well received. There have been a handful of complaints about smoke from beachfront property owners and renters when the wind is in a certain direction. “We’ve seen a substantial increase,” he said. “The negative feedback has been very limited. For the vast majority, it has been a positive experience.” The online permit costs $75 and during the summer, the bonfires are allowed from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m., with the cleanup expected by midnight. From Oct. 1 through March 31, the bonfires are permitted from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. with the same clean-up time expected. No bonfires are allowed south of 27th Street in the Boardwalk area from May 1 to Sept. 30. Typically, the permits are issued one per block, but there were often times last year when there were two per block with one at the street end and one at midblock, according to Bunting. “There have been nights when we’ve had 80 out there,” he said. “It used to be five or so.” Council Secretary Tony DeLuca, who is an avid beach bonfire fan, asked if there was any consideration to setting a cap on the number of permits issued in a single day. Ocean City Fire Chief Richie Bowers responded it could come to that if the surge continues. “That’s a great question,” he said. “We can monitor and evaluate that. We might decide at some point there’s a good limit each night.” Bunting said his office could request a new position to help administer the program, and to work on the beach checking permits and making sure people were in compliance.


Worcester To Use $1M Grant On Mobile Learning Units

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BY CHARLENE SHARPE

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SNOW HILL – A $1 million grant will enable the school system to begin bringing the classroom to the community with new mobile learning units. With a $1 million grant from the state, Worcester County Public Schools will be purchasing two customized recreational vehicles that will allow educators in Pocomoke and Snow Hill to visit students in their own neighborhoods. “We’re really excited,” said Jenifer Rayne, principal of Pocomoke High School. “We’re basically going to be bringing the school and classroom to the community.” Gov. Larry Hogan last week announced $10 million in grant awards through the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act. The grants were awarded to school systems that demonstrated unique strategies to address academic accessibility as a result of the pandemic. “An essential part of Maryland's recovery depends on giving every single child in Maryland the ability to safely return for in-person learning,” Hogan said in a press release. “These funds will help provide support for our students who have suffered most in the pandemic, and help address learning loss experienced during virtual learning.” Among the grant recipients high-

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lighted by Hogan was Worcester County Public Schools. The school system received $1 million to help launch “Worcester on Wheels.” Rayne said the funding would allow the school system to purchase two fully customized RVs that will be able to visit Snow Hill Middle School, Snow High School, Pocomoke Middle School and Pocomoke High School students in their own communities. She said poverty rates were high at those schools and that transportation was often an issue. “We have a lot of families that lack transportation or don’t view the brick and mortar school building as the center of the community,” she said, adding that with the RVs educators could visit individual neighborhoods. “I think we can reach more families.” With the RVs, they’ll offer events like

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“Tailgate Tutoring Tuesdays” and “Money Management Mondays,” as well as literacy events and pop-up book giveaways. “Essentially we’re using this as another activity to eliminate barriers and increase access to all families,” she said. Rayne said the project was developed collaboratively by the schools involved to increase community access, a need that became increasingly apparent during COVID. Though some community outreach events have been taking place for years, educators realized there was a need for more. “We really synthesized those ideas and wrapped it up into a mobile unit that can accomplish all of those,” Rayne said. The 31-foot RVs will be stocked with learning materials, technology, an outdoor kitchen and built-in WiFi access. “I’m excited because it’s very sustain-

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Officials Support New Enforcement Signs On Boardwalk

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BY BETHANY HOOPER

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OCEAN CITY – Efforts to produce and install new Boardwalk signage to help the police department enforce town ordinances will move forward ahead of the summer season. On Monday, members of the Ocean City Police Commission discussed plans for installing signage at the Boardwalk street ends and north-south poles. Mayor Rick Meehan said the proposed signs – which detail prohibited activities such as smoking and drinking – would encourage compliance of all town laws.

“They need to be on the north-south poles and big enough for people to see …,” he told command staff this week. “The first thing people ever tell you is ‘nobody told me’ and ‘I didn’t see the sign.’” For months, resort officials and law enforcement personnel have held internal meetings to discuss strategies for the coming season with a goal of preventing a repeat of serious crimes that occurred on the Boardwalk and around town last summer. In March, for example, the Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) met with the Maryland State Police to plan for this year’s pop-up car rally. And in June, the

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town will receive assistance from the state police and Worcester County Sheriff’s Office. “This is one of our top priorities in terms of operation strategy moving forward …,” Police Chief Ross Buzzuro said. As part of ongoing strategic planning sessions, Councilman Peter Buas last month asked the city manager to invite a representative from the public works department to attend a Police Commission meeting to discuss signage and trash issues along the Boardwalk. He also urged departments to coordinate efforts that tackle the resort’s issues. “I know we talked about making sure all the departments were working together and talking …,” he said. This week, Public Works Deputy Director Woody Vickers said crews had to contend with several issues last summer, from litter to staffing shortages. “Last year was a unique season to say the least,” he said. Vickers, however, said his department was working to address those problems ahead of the summer season. The public works department is also working with OCPD to install new signage that highlights the town’s ordinances. “We are working closely with many of the departments throughout town, including public works,” Buzzuro said. “We’re looking at all different angles because we all know that’s a high priority for us.”

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Capt. Elton Harmon told commission members this week the new signs would be placed at the street ends and along the Boardwalk. “This is a more direct sign telling you can’t do it …,” he said. Meehan, however, expressed concern that the signs were verbose. “Something like this might be okay for a street end,” he said, “but very few people are going to take the time to read this encyclopedia.” Harmon noted the signs included universal prohibition symbols. Officials suggested those symbols be displayed along the Boardwalk. “The signs on the poles running northsouth need to be bigger, clearer …,” Meehan said. “You have to have bullet points.” Harmon added that it was important to have the signage installed on the Boardwalk sooner rather than later. “I was down there this weekend,” he said. “All these municipal infractions, it’s happening now up and down.” While officials agreed to coordinate with the Maryland State Highway Administration and Ocean City Public Works to produce and install the Boardwalk signage, Meehan noted it would be OCPD’s responsibility to enforce the laws. “We need them up there because you are going to be enforcing the laws,” he said. “We said this year we’re going to enforce all the municipal ordinances, and they need to see those signs.”


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Renovations totaling $10,000 to the Pitts House, located on William Street, will be eligible for reimbursement through the grant. Photo by Charlene Sharpe BY CHARLENE SHARPE

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BERLIN – An iconic Berlin home is expected to receive some much-needed attention with the help of a façade grant. The Pitts House, located at 201 William St., has been approved for a façade grant for replacing glass windows and repainting. The structure, which has been vacant for decades, represents a significant piece of historic Berlin. Though there’s been talk of demolishing the house, community members have long hoped it would be refurbished. “It’s a beautiful structure,” said Ivy Wells, the town’s economic and community development director. “The brick behind it is some of the oldest brick in Berlin.” Wells announced at last week’s meeting of the Berlin Historic District Commission a façade grant application for some improvements at the house had been approved by the Maryland Historic Trust. According to the application, the work to be completed includes replacing glass windows, painting the exterior of the house and restoring exterior finishes in the courtyard area. Though Wells has been working with Garrett Neeb, whose family owns the property, on the application for some time, the town only recently received additional façade funding from the state. “I’ve been working with Garrett Neeb on this for several years and I’m excited that that house is going to get fixed,” Wells said. The façade program, which is a matching grant program, allows commercial property owners to be reimbursed for up to $10,000 when they make approved improvements to the exterior of their buildings. Wells said the quote submitted for this project was for more than $20,000, so it will be eligible for a $10,000 grant. She pointed out that only commercially zoned properties were able to get façade grants. “That entire area is zoned commercial,” she said, referencing the house and Artisans Green area. When contacted this week, Neeb said the priority was getting the house painted. “All we’re focused on right now is just

repainting the house,” he said. “We don’t have any additional plans to share at the moment.” When asked about the windows, Neeb said the window sashes would be repainted and re-glazed. The Pitts House, built in the 1830s, is one of the early Berlin homes highlighted in Paul Touart’s “Along the Seaboard Side,” which details the architectural history of Worcester County. “The news of the façade grant for this home of huge significant importance to the Town of Berlin was the answer to my prayers of many years,” said Carol Rose, chair of the Berlin Historic District Commission. “The preservation of the home is important to me personally, as I can clearly remember, as a child, how lovingly Mr. Pitts maintained the home and grounds.” She said the home was interesting in that its original columned porch was moved to face William Street in the 1870s. “The porch, gone now, was crafted in the same manner as the surviving porches at Burley Manor and Burley Cottage,” she said. “Evenings after supper in the warm months of the year rocking on our front porches was a mainstay of growing up in a small town during the 1950s.” Rose, whose father was good friends with William D. Pitts, said the original brick portion on the rear side of the house is thought to be the oldest part of any home in Berlin. “At the time of construction, the home was located on what was then considered the outskirts of town,” she said. “Berlin only had a few shops and houses.” In addition to the house, the Pitts family left other marks on local history. The contents of Pitts’ surveying office were donated to the Calvin B. Taylor House Museum while his collection of nearly 20,000 land survey records, dating back to 1677, make up a collection at the Worcester County Library. The museum also has the transcript of an extensive interview once done with Pitts regarding Berlin’s history. “This home, the residence of four generations of the Pitts family beginning in 1830, is ready for a renaissance,” Rose said. “I am confident it is in good hands with the stewardship of Garret Neeb.”


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BY BETHANY HOOPER

STAFF WRITER

OCEAN CITY – A resort commission is seeking staff recommendations for a proposed residential parking permit in the downtown area. Following last month’s conversation on a proposed downtown residential parking permit, resort staff members were invited to Monday’s Ocean City Police Commission to discuss the feasibility of implementing a new parking district on streets to the west of St. Louis Avenue. In March, Councilman Peter Buas in-

troduced the idea of a parking permit aimed at curbing some of the illegal activity associated with car sleepers in the downtown area. Simply put, a proposed parking district would prohibit overnight on-street parking in areas west of St. Louis Avenue without a residential parking permit. “It doesn’t prohibit employees from parking there during the day, or beach goers,” Mayor Rick Meehan told staff this week. “It doesn’t reserve parking in any way. It just prohibits them from parking overnight in those areas.” Officials said the parking permit would be similar to permits issued in the

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Buas said parking permits wouldn’t be limited to residents in the proposed area. Neville, however, questioned the impact of a new permit zone. “The other question to work out is whether putting the pinch on one spot pushes the issue to another,” he said. “It seems to make sense that we actually do a broader area of application on this …” After further discussion, commission members passed a motion directing staff to identify areas for a new parking district and develop a timeline for implementing a residential parking permit. “We have the capacity to map this out and identify the structures of who has off-street parking and who doesn’t,” Neville said. “As much detail as you’d like to get, I’d be happy to work that up and provide that back.” Meehan said information provided by staff would be discussed at future commission meetings. “If we are going to do it, let’s do it right,” he said.

Ocean City Server Dies In Accident BY SHAWN J. SOPER

MANAGING EDITOR

BERLIN – A Salisbury woman perished in a single-vehicle accident on Route 50 near Berlin last weekend. Around 2 a.m. last Saturday, Maryland State Police (MSP) troopers from the Berlin barrack responded to a singlevehicle accident on westbound Route 50 near Logtown Road. The investigation revealed the driver and lone occupant of the vehicle, identified as Jasmine Dashiell, 21, of Salisbury, drove off the roadway and into the center median trees and was ejected. Dashiell, a Salisbury University student and Bennett High School graduate, succumbed to injuries sustained in the collision at the scene. The investigation is ongoing. MSP troopers were assisted at the scene by the WorcJASMINE ester County Sheriff’s Of- DASHIELL fice, Berlin Fire and EMS and the Maryland State Highway Administration. Dashiell was a member of the staff at Dead Freddies on the Bay. On its Facebook page Saturday, the restaurant wrote, “Our Freddie’s family suffered a great loss last night of one of our beloved servers. Due to the impact this is having on our staff; we are unable to operate at full staffing levels so we can allow our crew time to grieve. Please be patient with us as we navigate the following days. We are open for normal dining hours this weekend and our guests’ smiling faces will help greatly but please understand we will be operating with fewer team members for the next few days. Thank you for your support during this extremely sad time for us.”


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BERLIN – The Berlin Fire Company is asking the Town of Berlin to more than double its annual grant to the agency. On Monday, Berlin Fire Company (BFC) President David Fitzgerald presented the Berlin Town Council with a request for roughly $477,000 in additional emergency medical services (EMS) funding and an additional $84,715 in fire and rescue funding. The increased funding would allow the BFC to expand its EMS staff and continue to provide fire and rescue service. Council members said they wanted to see more financial information as they considered the request. “There’s no question the fire company provides an extremely valuable service to the town and the surrounding area,” Councilman Jay Knerr said. “That said, you’re asking for a lot of money here over what we previously have given you.” Fitzgerald on Monday highlighted the service the BFC provides to the town, as 57% of the company’s EMS calls and 43% of its fire calls come from within town limits. The company received $400,000 from the town last year — with $234,715 going to EMS and $165,285 going to fire — but Fitzgerald said this year the BFC needed additional funding. He said an extra $385,492 for EMS would allow the BFC to expand its staffing. Currently, there are three people on an EMS shift. That means when there’s an emergency, two of them respond. If a second emergency occurs while they’re out, the third staff member has to wait for a volunteer before they can respond to the call. “If we don’t get a volunteer to respond in three minutes another company is alerted,” Fitzgerald said. He said the company wanted to have four people on each shift, which would require the current team of 12 full-time staff to be increased to 16 full-time staff. The other EMS cost mentioned by Fitzgerald was the need to replace cardiac monitors, which would cost $91,535. Regarding the fire and rescue grant, Fitzgerald said BFC was requesting an additional $84,715 for operations. When asked if the agency had applied for any PPP funds, Fitzgerald said the BFC was in the process of doing so. “We are in the process with Bank of Ocean City in applying for those,” he said. “The first time we inquired and for whatever reason they said we weren’t eligible. This round, they’re telling us we’re eligible.” Natalie Saleh, the town’s finance director, said the requirements hadn’t changed regarding the funding and sug-

gested the BFC definitely apply. Knerr asked the agency to supply the town its recent tax returns as well as some profit-and-loss statements. “We answer to the residents so I’m asking this because I think we’re obligated to have this information so we can make educated decisions,” he said. Mayor Zack Tyndall asked Fitzgerald how the BFC wanted the grant split between fire and EMS if the company received the same $400,000 it received last year. Fitzgerald said the split was done at the town’s discretion. “It’s my understanding that last year you were sent an email saying you had this amount of money how would you like that split,” Tyndall replied. “Is that not accurate?” Fitzgerald said he’d have to look it up but said he would talk to the rest of the BFC regarding the breakdown of funding. “We’ll talk to our board and our membership and our attorney and accountant and get back to you,” he said.

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DeLuca Suggests Moving Up Fire Station Replacement

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BY SHAWN J. SOPER

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OCEAN CITY – Replacing the aging midtown fire station at 74th Street could be getting a surprising move up the town’s capital projects list if at least one councilman gets his way. During budget hearings this week, the Mayor and Council got a detailed presentation from the Ocean City Volunteer Fire Company and the conversation inevitably turned to the aging and outgrown midtown Station 3 firehouse at 74th Street. In recent years, resort officials have been discussing replacing the aging fire station,

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but it has continually fallen further down the list of projects deemed critical in the town’s capital improvement plan (CIP). In the most recent iteration of the CIP approved earlier this month, the replacement of the midtown fire station was listed as “very important” according to rankings compiled by the Mayor and Council and the staff’s own rankings. There has been some discussion in recent years about relocating Station 3 to 65th Street

in the Public Safety Building parking lot. In fact, funding was approved for a feasibility study for the move, but those funds were later redirected for shortterm improvements at the current location at 74th Street including conceptual design and funding estimates for the future renovation or rebuild. During Monday’s budget hearings, Ocean City Volunteer Fire Company President and 2nd Assistant Chief Jay Jester explained to the Mayor and Council the importance of replacing the aging midtown firehouse. “The midtown fire station debate has been going on for a decade,” he said. “It’s becoming obsolete sooner rather than later. It’s been band-aid after bandaid after band-aid.” The notes in the capital improvement plan justifying the project spell out just how dire the situation with Station 3 has become. “The existing fire station is no longer functional,” the notes read. “It lacks sufficient space for equipment and staff, does not have coed facilities, and does not meet the current fire station health safety standards.” During the budget hearings that began last week and continued this week, each department presents its individual

budgets with various special needs or shortcomings. The Mayor and Council then recommend certain items be brought back up during budget wrap-up sessions for reconsideration. After hearing the concerns raised on Monday, and in the CIP, Council Secretary Tony DeLuca expressed a desire to revisit the midtown fire station renovation or rebuild issue during budget wrapup sessions. “I’d like to add Station 3 to budget wrap-up,” he said. “We hear about it all of the time. We should look at the timing, the cost and the next step. I know it was rated lower by the council, but I’d like to elevate it.” There have been numerous discussions about relocating Station 3, but the fire department in recent years has expressed a desire to keep it in its current location. DeLuca said that issue needed to be resolved sooner rather than later. “We have to have the discussion about tearing it down and rebuilding it on the same site, or relocating it,” he said. Station 3 is included in the CIP as a placeholder with funding at around $5.5 million as part of a potential bond sale for other projects in fiscal year 2022. The Station 3 firehouse was first built in 1969 and expanded in 1987. It has been part of a larger fire station multi-year strategic plan that has included a complete rebuild of fire headquarters at 15th Street and the rebuild of Station 4, or the Montego Bay station.

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OC Likely To Switch Fireworks Providers

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BY SHAWN J. SOPER

MANAGING EDITOR

OCEAN CITY – It could be out with the old and in with the new after resort officials this week approved an agreement with a new fireworks provider for the Fourth of July and other events. For years, the Town of Ocean City has contracted with Celebrations Inc. to provide many of its fireworks shows. Last spring, the Mayor and Council agreed to the contract with Celebrations for the Fourth of July with the caveat alternative dates would be explored if the Fourth of July was a no-go because of existing restrictions on gathering sizes. The Fourth of July show was ultimately postponed last year, and other dates were considered, including the rescheduled OC Air Show. Ultimately, the show planned for the Fourth of July was moved to New Year’s Eve. Celebrations Inc. is contracted for the Fourth of July fireworks show this summer, but Special Events Director Frank Miller told the Mayor and Council this week the company is looking to get out of its agreement. Miller explained Celebrations Inc., like many other fireworks and special events providers, took a financial hit last year when many events were cancelled because of the pandemic. “COVID did cancel a lot of fireworks shows, including many of those produced by Celebrations Inc.,” he said. “Due to the pandemic, the company laid off several fireworks teams and has pulled the spread of shows to focus on regional travel only until they are in a better financial position to revisit remote show sites.” Miller said, for those reasons, Celebrations Inc. was looking to back out of its agreement with the town. “They have had to lay off employees and scale back their show presentations,” he said. “They’re looking to get out of their agreement if we can find another provider.” Miller said he has identified another provider for this year’s Fourth of July and the company is seeking an option for two more shows for the Town of Ocean City. “We have found another company,” he said. “The new provider would do the Fourth of July show in 2021 with an extension option to include New Year’s Eve this year and the Fourth of July in 2022.” Miller said the Starfire Corporation has provided a draft contract to provide the Fourth of July show this year for the same $55,000 the town had agreed to pay Celebrations, including an option for the other dates. “The recommendation is to accept Starfire for the Fourth this year with the options for New Year’s Eve and next year’s Fourth depending on the success of this year’s celebration,” he said. “If an agreement is reached, we will release Celebrations Inc. from the old agreement.” The council unanimously approved the change in provider pending a legal review of the pending contract.

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Berlin Council Advocates For Helping Employees In Budget

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BY CHARLENE SHARPE

STAFF WRITER

BERLIN – Town council members continue to advocate for employee raises despite Mayor Zack Tyndall's recommendations. In a budget work session this week, council members said they didn't support the cuts to cell phone and vehicle allowances Tyndall proposed. They also called for some sort of cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) to be included for employees in the coming fiscal year's spending plan. “These cuts will destroy morale, will hurt the town as a whole,” Councilman Jay Knerr said. The budget reviewed this week, which as proposed is balanced with $6.8 million in revenues and expenditures, is based on the $.815 tax rate adopted by the council last month. While Tyndall asked for salaries to remain flat across all departments, Town Administrator Jeff Fleetwood asked officials to consider a nominal increase for staff. Fleetwood also asked the council to consider reinstating the $50/month cell phone allowance employees have had for the past eight years rather than the $36/month rate proposed by Tyndall. “If we do not do something for the employee group I firmly believe professionally that we’re taking a step back,” Fleetwood said. He also asked officials to not eliminate the vehicle allowances currently received

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by three employees. Tyndall said he was recommending a reduction in the cell phone allowance because some employees had work stations. He also cited a study commissioned by Samsung that said the median cell phone reimbursement rate was $36. Knerr said he’d like to see a change like that phased in with new hires. Tyndall pointed out that employees also received a discount from their cell phone providers for being municipal employees and that he’d reached out to other towns and found them to provide very few cell phone allowances. Berlin currently has 42 employees receiving the reimbursements. “During COVID, quite frankly every general fund employee is getting a cell phone reimbursement,” Fleetwood said. Knerr stressed that he didn’t want to hurt employees. Councilman Dean Burrell questioned the date of the study Tyndall referenced, pointing out that employees had to check emails and that impacted their data usage. “Those rates have changed tremendously within the last three to four years,” he said. Burrell added that he thought the council had approved the tax rate increase — from $.80 to $.815 — in order to reinstate the employee related cuts Tyndall proposed. “As I stated that evening the amount of the 1.5 cents is not adequate to cover all of the requests the council made that

evening,” Tyndall said. “I made that clear the evening of the 22nd.” The cell phone reduction from $50 to $36 is expected to save the town $8,725. A 2% COLA would cost roughly $120,000. Tyndall said the 1.5 cent tax increase brought the town an extra $69,700. The issue of vehicle allowances, currently provided to three employees, was also discussed. Council members supported moving the money into those individuals’ salaries and no longer referring to it as a vehicle allowance. Tyndall said those allowances were calculated based on an employee’s travel to and from town hall from their home. “How it was originally arrived at or why I do not know but I could not in good faith present a budget that had that in it,” he said. Councilwoman Shaneka Nichols said she found it hard to take away something that had been provided to an employee at the time they were hired eight years ago. Planning Director Dave Engelhart explained the vehicle allowances like the one he received were provided because the employee handbook said department heads were meant to have take-home vehicles and not all of them did. He said taking away things like the vehicle allowance and cell phone reimbursement felt like punishment. “If you take those away you are punishing me for what I think is extraordinary performance,” he said. “I’m sorry to toot my own horn but Carolyn Duffy and I, as two (planning department) employees,

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we handle what five employees used to do in the past with a third of the activity. I take it as a personal affront to be asked to take less and keep going backward when it should be moving in the other direction for our performance and our loyalty.” Tyndall said they were a tremendous asset to the town. “People cherish the work you do but we do have some financial constraints,” he said. “I hope you understand that it’s not easy.” Councilman Jack Orris said he wanted to see a 1% COLA and the allowances included in the budget. Tyndall said that when the budget was introduced, it would be no different than any other ordinance and could be amended. “The dialogue here this evening is very helpful but we are also constrained by the available money that we have,” he said. “If we have an endless source, there’s a lot of stuff we would choose to continue to fund or fund greater but that’s not the case.” Burrell advocated for compromise. “I really do hope that before we get to that point we can try to at least see each other’s point of view and understand that this council I think really feels strongly about reinstituting those items that we feel should be provided to our staff…,” he said. “Unless we support staff where they’re coming from, what good are we? What I’m trying to get to is the services SEE NEXT PAGE


Berlin Police Chief Clarifies Skateboarding Approach

April 16, 2021

BY CHARLENE SHARPE

STAFF WRITER

BERLIN – Town officials could soon be reviewing Berlin's laws regarding skateboarding following concerns voiced by community members. The Berlin Police Department's recent confiscation of some skateboards prompted spirited debate on social media this week regarding the activity. While some cited safety issues created by kids skateboarding where they shouldn't, including along Main Street, others used the opportunity to advocate again for a Berlin skatepark. “Maybe it’s another great catalyst for the eventuality of a skatepark,” said Tony Weeg, the Berlin resident spearheading a new effort to bring a skatepark to town. Police Chief Arnold Downing confirmed this week his officers had recently confiscated some skateboards, a longstanding practice to address children skateboarding where they shouldn’t be. “We’re working off complaints from downtown businesses more than anything else,” he said, adding that benches, sandwich boards and shrubbery had been damaged. There have also been kids skateboarding on private property and down the middle of the street, he said. They shouldn’t be skateboarding downtown, as they’re not allowed to skateboard on state roads, which include William Street, Main Street, Broad Street and Old Ocean City Boulevard. “All those streets have a lot of vehicular traffic and that’s dangerous,” Downing said, adding that cars parked along those streets blocked skateboarders from view and made it hard for motorists to see them. Resident Austin Purnell said he recently had a close call driving past the Atlantic Hotel when a kid fell off his skateboard. “The board shot under my truck,” he said. “Luckily nobody was hurt.” Resident Laura Stearns, Main Street resident, also has safety concerns asso-

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that are being provided — not by us, we don’t provide any direct services to the citizens of the Town of Berlin — but it’s the staff. I do believe we are, with considering what has been withdrawn from the budget related to staff, I do believe we are compromising the quality of services that will be provided to the citizens of the Town of Berlin. Our citizens are accustomed to a certain level of performance by staff. Withdrawing these things I believe will really hinder that performance in that overall quality of services provided to the citizens of our town.” Tyndall said that just to put the requests for COLA in perspective, council members should consider the fact increases would go to the utility fund employees as well. He said that would mean rate increases or the elimination of the few capital purchases budgeted. A utility fund budget work session is set for April 26.

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ciated with skateboarding downtown, particularly on Broad Street and Main Street. She believes the town needs a skatepark to provide kids with a safe place to go. Weeg, who’s creating a nonprofit to help raise money for a skatepark in Berlin, also believes a facility like that would help. “No one in the skateboarding community condones the destruction of property,” he said. While there may be a few bad apples, he said a skatepark would give local kids a place to burn off energy with their skateboards. “It’s not just kids,” he added. “I know 65-year-old men that would like to skate around and don’t because it’s not allowed.” He said the town code regarding skateboarding was likely outdated, as it

was developed in the 1990s, and suggested officials review it to see if there were any changes that could be made. Mayor Zack Tyndall said that was a definite possibility. “We can take a look at what’s in place,” he said. As for the police, Downing said the department supports skateboarding as an activity, just as it supports other sports. “We know it’s just as much of a sport as football and baseball,” he said. Downing said that officers temporarily confiscate skateboards when necessary in order to get kids and their parents to come to the police department to get them back. When they come, Downing talks about what is and isn’t allowed and tries to have a positive interaction with them. “We tell them we’re supportive of anything done in a safe environment,” he

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said. Downing said the department has seen more issues involving juveniles during the past year as the pandemic has kept kids out of schools and given them too much free time. In addition to some problems associated with skateboarding, there have been reports of shoplifting, turned over portable toilets, toilet papered trees and, most recently, vandalism at Heron Park. Between 40 and 50 signs were vandalized — primarily thrown into the ponds — within the past week. Downing said that while Berlin is safe enough that parents don’t worry when their kids go downtown, that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t communicate with them regularly. “Cell phones are prevalent,” he said. “Call them. See who they’re with. Parents need to know where their children are.”


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SALISBURY – Wicomico County Public Schools will continue with four days a week of in-person instruction for the remainder of the academic year. On Tuesday, Superintendent Dr. Donna Hanlin announced the school system’s plan to maintain a weekly schedule of four days of in-person instruction through the end of the school year. “During these past few weeks we have evaluated this increase to in-person instruction from every angle to see whether it would make sense for Wicomico County Public Schools to return to a schedule of five days of in-person instruction each week,” she said in a statement to WCPS families. “We have determined that it is not in the best interests of students, families or staff to convert the remaining asynchronous Wednesdays into regular school days. The Board of Education and I are in agreement that the gain of about eight

Wednesdays for in-person instruction would not be equal to what our students and staff would lose by no longer having flexible schedules on Wednesdays.” Last month, WCPS expanded from two days a week of in-person instruction to four for hybrid students. While some virtual students have made requests to return to in-person instruction, she said some remain on the waiting list because of physical distancing guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “Students are still on a waiting list because of three-foot distancing requirements …,” Hanlin said in a school board meeting this week. “Moving to five days, with additional families on those waiting lists, would not be physically possible.” Hanlin said Wednesdays would remain asynchronous for the remainder of the school year and will be used for various educational activities such as tutoring, office hours, student club meetings and more. “The day provides important time for professional development and planning for our teachers, who are doing a fantastic job of meeting the challenge of teaching virtual students and in-person students at the same time,” she said. “Our facilities employees make excellent use of Wednesdays for additional cleaning and disinfecting in school buildings.” Hanlin noted, however, that WCPS is planning for full-time, in-person instruction beginning next fall. “Looking ahead to this fall and the 2021-2022 school year, please know that Wicomico County Public Schools plans to be in session five days a week, with most students attending in person,” she said. “Others, who have been successful with virtual learning, may choose to participate in all-virtual instruction programs.” In Tuesday’s school board meeting, Hanlin said information on the 20212022 school year would be sent to families in the coming weeks. She said their decisions would guide school system officials as they determine what teachers will be teaching in which model. “Our teachers will no longer have to teach students in the room and on Zoom at the same time, which teachers and students will appreciate,” she said. “We’re already excited about next school year, and will share more information within a few weeks.” Chief Academic Officer Rick Briggs announced this week the school system will also offer several learning opportunities throughout the summer, including a summer literacy camp, a summer Shakespeare camp and a Summer Crew Employment Program. “Information is coming out later this week about registration,” he said.


Eight More Foals Expected On Assateague This Year

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ASSATEAGUE – With one new foal birthed last month and eight more expected, there will be a considerable jump in the wild horse population this year. Assateague Island National Seashore staffers this week provided an update on the status of the wild horse population on the Maryland side of the barrier island after completing a census last month. The wild horse population census is completed six times a year to provide a solid management plan for the herd. During the census, the goal is to locate each individual horse, document the bands they are associated and the areas of the island they tend to frequent. According to Assateague Island National Seashore staffers, the March census was particularly significant for several reasons. By the end of March, most of the winter deaths have occurred and been documented and most foals have not yet been born. The census allows for a good comparison of the herd population from year to year. For example, in the most recent census completed last month, the population was found to be 78, which is up from the 73 in the census in March 2020. At 78, the herd size is inching closer to the ideal range of 80 to 100. Since the census in March 2020, two deaths and seven births have been documented. Regular monitoring of the herd size allows the National Park Service (NPS) to adjust and adapt its management strategy for the wild horses on Assateague. The popular horses are wild animals and generally left to the whims of nature. However, in the interest of maintaining a healthy population, the NPS in 1994 began a long-term fertility control program. In support of population management, pregnancy testing is conducted on the mares in the herd each November. The results of the tests conducted last fall are in, and of the 34 mares tested in 2020, nine have tested positive. With one foal already born on the barrier island last month, and eight more expected through the pregnancy test results, it could be a veritable baby boom on the barrier island this year. In the interest of maintaining a healthy population size, the NPS years ago began a contraceptive program for the mares in the herd. For many years, selected mares were injected with a noninvasive contraceptive called PZP in an effort to maintain the size of the herd on the Maryland side. In recent years, due to the contraceptive program, and the loss of some horses to old age, attrition, and deaths, both natural and man-made, the population dipped well below the low end of the target range. As a result, the NPS adjusted the contraceptive program to an adaptive management phase, during which the mares were not darted. To that end, the mares in the herd for the last few years have been allowed to reproduce freely until such time as the population once

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again reaches the upper end of the target range. With the population now at 78 after the March census, and at least eight more foals expected this year, it appears the size of the herd on the Maryland side will move into the target range of 80 to 100. Of course, the pregnancy testing program in not infallible. The test measures a hormone spike in the mares that does not occur until about three months into the gestation period. That explains why there are occasionally unexpected foals born later in the year from mares that had tested negative during the previous November. The average gestation period for the mares is about 11-and-a-half months. The NPS is not identifying the mares that have tested positive in an effort to minimize the stress and disturbance expected births tend to attract.

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Weapons, False Alarm Arrest OCEAN CITY – A Salisbury man was arrested last weekend for carrying a replica handgun and other weapons along with drugs, and later had false alarm charges tacked on for calling Ocean City EMS to his booking cell for a fake medical emergency. Last Saturday, Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) officers were dispatched to a bar on Wicomico Street for a reported suspicious person. Dispatchers advised a male had been inside the bar and disrupting other guests. The male suspect was also bragging about possessing a handgun while inside the bar, according to police reports. Ocean City Communications was able to locate the suspect, later identified as Eric Parker, 41, of Salisbury, on the City Watch cameras walking north on the Boardwalk. OCPD officers arrived on the scene and were provided with a picture of Parker. Dispatchers reported Parker had made his way to a different bar on the Boardwalk at Talbot Street. OCPD officers responded to the area and located Parker walking on Talbot Street, according to police reports. Parker was detained in handcuffs while officers investigated the situation and he reportedly asked them, “Is this about the gun?” OCPD officers searched Parker and located what they believed at first was a Glock 19 handgun tucked in the center of his waistband. Officers also located a spring-assisted knife

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clipped to the inside of Parker’s pants pocket, according to police reports. Parker reportedly told the officers the handgun was just a replica BB gun and that later proved to be the case. The weapon was black in color and had the look and feel of an authentic Glock handgun, according to police reports. The replica reportedly even had the marking “officially licensed product of Glock” on it. When asked where his wallet was, Parker reportedly told officers it was in his rear pants pocket. However, when the officers checked the pocket, they discovered a black-and-while Snake Bite conducted electrical weapon, or taser. A further search revealed amphetamine and dextroamphetamine pills, according to police reports. Parker was arrested on weapons violations and transported to the Public Safety Building. While in booking, Parker’s speech became incoherent and booking personnel requested

Ocean City EMS. However, Parker told personnel he had been drinking and using marijuana earlier in the evening and that he just wanted to go to sleep, according to police reports. Ocean City EMS signed a treatment refusal form and cleared the scene. A short time later, the arresting officers was advised Parker had requested Ocean City EMS to return to evaluate him. According to police reports, Parker requested EMS because he was vomiting all over himself. The arresting officer returned to the booking facility and could hear Parker screaming from his holding cell. The officer observed Parker with vomit on himself, as well as vomit on the floor inside his cell, underneath the door and on the floor outside of his cell, according to police reports. Parker was reportedly yelling and EMS and OCPD personnel when the arresting officer returned. When asked what his medical complaint was, he

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replied, at first, he needed to see his daughter. He then deviated from that statement and told the officer, “I better get released on recognizance,” according to police reports. When pressed further, Parker reportedly told the officer “If you opened this door, I’d [expletive deleted] you up.” Ocean City EMS was still waiting at the cell door, but did not want to enter because Parker was so angry and irate. When asked again why he requested emergency medical assistance, Parker reportedly responded simply “Your mom.” He was charged with numerous weapons possession counts and causing a false alarm by calling Ocean City EMS back without a valid medical emergency.

Drugs, Weapons Found OCEAN CITY –Two western Maryland women were arrested on multiple drugs and weapons charges last weekend after allegedly being found passed out in a downtown municipal parking lot. Around 1:47 a.m. last Thursday, an Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) officer patrolling in the downtown area observed two females passed out in a vehicle at a municipal parking lot. One female, later identified as Alyson Leoffler, 28, of Frederick, Md., was reportedly asleep in the driver’s seat with her head resting on the vehicle’s steering wheel. The other female, identified as Tiffany Loudamy, 33, of Hagerstown, was sleeping in the passenger SEE NEXT PAGE

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seat with the seat reclined, according to police reports. The officer reportedly observed two separate burnt glass smoking pipes in the passenger compartment of the vehicle. The officer also observed loose marijuana and a metal tool on Loudamy’s leg and observed Leoffler to be holding a hand-rolled marijuana cigarette, according to police reports. While the officer attempted to wake the two suspects, they each opened and closed their eyes several times while leaning back and forth in their seats, according to police reports. Because of their behavior and the drug paraphernalia visible in the vehicle, the officer believed the two suspects could be overdosing, according to police reports, and called Ocean City EMS to respond. When the officer knocked on the window, Leoffler reportedly woke up immediately and she was asked to step out of the vehicle and if she needed EMS. Leoffler reportedly told the officer she was fine, but the officer noted in the report she could barely walk and was clearly under the influence, according to police reports. Both Leoffler and Loudamy were ultimately detained in handcuffs. A search of Leoffler’s person revealed an assisted-opening knife, a bag of supected marijuana and suspected heroin. A search of the vehicle reportedly revealed two more fixed-blade knives, two used syringes, one in a purse and one in the passenger door pocket, a metal spoon containing suspected heroin residue, suspected cocaine and other weapons. All in all, OCPD officers located as many as 10 knives in the passenger compartment of the vehicle, including a mix of assisted-opening and fixed-blade knives. According to police reports, both Leoffler and Loudamy admitted to officers on the scene they had used heroin and crack cocaine. Both were arrested and charged with multiple counts of drug possession, paraphernalia possession and weapons.

Guilty Pleas In Theft Scheme OCEAN CITY – Two men, charged with multiple counts last June after allegedly rummaging through vehicles and using stolen credit cards on a shopping spree around the resort, each pleaded guilty last week to rogue and vagabond and were sentenced to one year, which was then suspended. Around 7 a.m. last June 11, an Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) officer responded to a complaint from a victim who reported someone had rummaged through her unlocked vehicle and had stolen her credit card. The credIt card had been used without her authorization at a convenience store on 83rd Street and was charged over $400. The officer went to the convenience store and reviewed surveillance video footage of three male suspects pur-

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chasing several pre-paid Visa gift cards using a credit card before leaving on foot. The OCPD officer continued the investigation. Around 11:15 p.m., another OCPD officer responded to a condo parking lot at 93rd Street for reports of several other vehicle break-ins involving at least three separate victims. One victim told police $800 in cash along with three credit or debit cards had been stolen from his vehicle. The victim told police his credit cards had been used at a Royal Farms store, a motel and a bicycle rental business. In addition, that victim’s cards had been used in West Ocean City at Nike, Staples and Bed, Bath and Beyond. The total initial amount charged to the victim’s credit cards was over $2,400. A second victim reported three of his credit cards had been stolen from his vehicle and had been used at Royal Farms to the tune of over $700. Another couple reported to police their vehicle had been rummaged through, but noth-

ing had been taken. However, one of those victims was able to provide police with video surveillance showing two males walk past a condo unit around 5:25 a.m. wearing the same clothing as the suspects in the surveillance video in the original case. OCPD officers went to the scooter rental company and learned a suspect identified as Julian Davidson, 23, of Clinton, Md., had rented a scoot coupe and paid $363 with a credit card belonging to one of the victims. Another suspect, identified as Darrian Tabbs, 24, of Washington, D.C., was listed as a passenger on the rental agreement. OCPD officers next went to the motel and learned an “Alonta” Tabbs had rented a room for around $110 using one of the credit cards reported stolen. Police were able to obtain vehicle information including a tag number connected to Davidson from the motel. OCPD officers learned Davidson and Tabbs had been stopped and detained earlier that morning on Bering

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Road after it had been reported they were going into driveways and looking into cars, according to police reports. Around 1:20 p.m., an OCPD officer was in the area of the scooter rental business when he observed the suspects’ vehicle in an adjacent parking lot and detained them. One of the original investigating officers responded and identified Davidson and Tabbs as the suspects in the earlier surveillance video. In the vehicle, OCPD officers located several pre-paid gift cards with receipts from that day’s date along with new, still-in-the-box athletic shoes and clothing from an outlet store in West Ocean City. Each of the suspects were charged with multiple counts of credit card theft. Last week, Davidson and Tabbs each pleaded guilty to one count of rogue and vagabond. Each was sentenced to one year, which was then suspended. Each was placed on supervised probation for 18 months.

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ATTENTION PROSPECTIVE JURORS Jury trials in Maryland are scheduled to resume on Monday, April 26th. Thank you in advance for answering the call to serve jury duty during a most extraordinary time. Jury trials are essential to our system of justice and are one of the cornerstones of democracy. As jury trials resume, the Court must rely on civic-minded jurors for help in ensuring fairness and equal treatment under the law. The Worcester County Circuit Court is committed to protecting jurors’ safety and security while serving. We are taking the following steps to address juror health and safety: • Changing the jury reporting location to the Snow Hill Volunteer Fire Company which provides ample room for social distancing and safe and secure assembly. Once the jury is selected, empaneled jurors will return to the Courthouse for trial. The courtrooms have been modified to provide barriers and appropriate distancing. • Each person arriving at the Courthouse or remote court facility will be subject to a COVID-19 screening questionnaire and will have their temperature taken via a handheld, touchless thermometer. • Any person entering the Courthouse or remote court facility must wear a face covering at all times, so bring a mask with you to wear during your service. • Hand sanitizer will be readily available and latex gloves may be worn but are not required. • Increased cleaning and sanitization will occur in the courtrooms and throughout the Courthouse. • Jury deliberations will occur in a courtroom, and not in a separate deliberation room to allow for appropriate distancing. • Removal of shared snacks and beverages. Bottled water will be available, and jurors will be permitted to bring their own water bottles. You may also want to bring your own pen or pencil. If you have any questions or concerns regarding your jury service, you may contact the Jury Office Monday thru Friday from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM at 410-632-5660. You may also visit the Jury Office website at www.mdcourts.gov/circuit/worcester/juryinfo.html. We want the juror experience to be meaningful, and we want to assure you that we are taking all necessary steps for your health and safety. Thank you for your cooperation and willingness to serve. REMEMBER TO REPORT TO THE SNOW HILL VOLUNTEER FIRE COMPANY, 4718 Snow Hill Road, Snow Hill, MD 21863, not the Courthouse. The Honorable Brian D. Shockley Administrative Judge for the Worcester County Circuit Court


AGH Presentation Focuses On Pandemic Response

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BY SHAWN J. SOPER

MANAGING EDITOR

OCEAN CITY – Atlantic General Hospital officials made their annual presentation this week to the Mayor and Council, but the focus was more on the challenges of the last year than the typical nuts and bolts information. Each year, Atlantic General Hospital (AGH) makes a presentation to the Mayor and Council, outlining the successes and challenges from the prior year, including new innovations, new staff, new facilities and financial data. Ocean City each year typically makes a significant contribution to the hospital and the annual presentation is a means of showing the town what it is getting for its investment. This year, however, because of COVID-19, the presentation focused more on the challenges the hospital faced, how it continued to provide high-quality care in the midst of a pandemic and how it adjusted on the fly to the almostdaily changes during the crisis. AGH President and CEO Michael Franklin led off by telling the Mayor and Council they could expect a little different presentation this year. “We’re doing things a little differently this year because, obviously, this last year has been very difficult at Atlantic General Hospital dealing with the CO-

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VID pandemic,” he said. “We think it’s important to share some of the stories and challenges from the perspective of the Board of Trustees and from the medical staff.” Franklin turned the presentation over to AGH Board of Trustees representative and Foundation Chair Todd Ferrante, who praised all involved at the hospital and its growing campus. “We’re all aware 2020 was an incredibly difficult year for everybody, but none more than the healthcare industry and the stress and strain put on their families as they put their life on the line to work for the health and safety of others,” he said. “Their dedication and tireless work does not go unnoticed and they handled it with so much grace throughout this past year.” Ferrante praised the hospital staff from the doctors and nurses to the support staff and everyone in between. “They’ve been a pillar of strength for our community and we are so grateful for all of the work they’ve done,” he said. “To our caregivers and everyone associated with Atlantic General Hospital, we really appreciate everything they did.” Ferrante thanked the Town of Ocean City for its continued generosity and support, but also the entire community. “Not only are we grateful for your continued support, but we wanted to share with you just how blessed Atlantic

General Hospital is to be located in the midst of a community that’s amazing,” he said. “We have thoughtful, caring people and we are overwhelmed by the generosity of our neighbors. I am astounded by the strength and character of our community when faced with adversity.” AGH Vice President of Medical Affairs Dr. Sally Dowling spoke more about the specific challenges the hospital has faced over the last year as the pandemic wears on. “A year ago, COVID came and changed everything,” she said. “Patients were afraid to come in to the hospital, and we came up with different ways of treating patients. It was a difficult year as you can imagine, but our hospital has done a wonderful job.” Dowling explained how AGH was able to stay out in front of the pandemic by altering facilities, changing the way patients were treated and other innovations. For example, even before the pandemic really broke out, AGH created pandemic surge response care areas, including converting ICU space to serve as a COVID-19 ward. Other areas were converted as an overflow area for nonCOVID patients. A large area of the hospital was converted to all negative pressure rooms with modified, non-recirculating air flow. The Atlantic Immedicare location in

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Ocean City was converted to a COVID19 screening center and only recently has returned to its normal operations. By April, AGH was offering video visits with physicians for patients unable to visit the hospital or its satellite officers because of the COVID risk. Perhaps more importantly, AGH was out in front of new treatments and protocols being offered, including, for example, convalescent plasma, even before many of the major hospitals were able to do so, according to Dowling. “We were able to provide timely, cutting edge care during a challenging time,” she said. “We were out in front of the new treatments and protocols as a rural hospital, even more so than many of the corporate institutions in urban areas.” Council Secretary Tony DeLuca praised the hospital for how it handled the pandemic, and had a couple of questions. For example, he asked how AGH operates as a non-profit hospital typically in the red each year due to the disparities between billing and what is actually collected. “We make sure we are self sustaining so we meet the needs of a growing community,” Franklin said. “There are goals set for hospitals in Maryland and we develop a plan each year to make sure we meet those goals and the needs of the community.”


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Action Needed On Flooding Issues At OC-Owned Golf Course

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BY SHAWN J. SOPER

MANAGING EDITOR

OCEAN CITY – After three decades, Ocean City’s municipal golf course Eagle’s Landing is in need of substantial infrastructure upgrades including elevating certain low-lying holes to mitigate tidal flooding. During a budget hearing last week, Eagle’s Landing PGA Course Professional Bob Croll and Golf Course Superintendent Joe Perry presented to the Mayor and Council the municipal golf course’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2022. Largely due to losing much of the season last year because of the pandemic, the golf course’s expenses outstripped revenue. The municipal golf course is an enterprise fund, and as such its budget is supported largely through user fees. In a perfect year, round fees and other user-generated fees at the facility support the golf course with little or no contribution needed from the town’s general fund, but last year was far from the typical year. While the pandemic created revenue challenges for Eagle’s Landing last year, the larger long-term issue is the need for significant repairs at the municipal golf course, which is located off Route 611 in West Ocean City. Eagle’s Landing remains a gem among the area private courses and was ranked by Golf Advisor magazine this year as the third best course in Maryland. There have been years when Eagle’s Landing has been ranked tops in the state, but it has been consistently

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in the top five over the years. However, after three decades, Eagle’s Landing and its infrastructure are in need of renovation. The golf course has served the town and its residents and visitors well, but the renovations are needed in order for the municipal course to remain viable in the regional golf market. The goal is to develop a golf course renovation master plan, perform survey and engineering work, obtain permits and retain the services of a design or build firm to make changes to certain identified holes in order to reduce damage from recurring tidal flooding events. A pre-master plan assessment has been completed, which identified needed repairs and improvements to the course. The highest priority are measures to reduce repeat damage and hole closures due to tidal flooding by raising the elevation on five low-lying holes, replacing storm drain outfalls and installing additional flood control improvements. Certain holes flood during high tide events and have to be altered or deemed unplayable at times. A consultant surveyed the course and developed a series of recommendations to mitigate the flooding issues. The project, with an estimated $1.5 million price tag, was listed as “very important” in the town’s most recent capital improvement plan. While the golf

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availability, the price goes down. It’s a dynamic pricing process.” Council Secretary Tony DeLuca praised Croll and Perry for the management of the golf course, but voiced a little concern about the gap between revenue and expenditures last year, despite the challenges with COVID-19. “Eagle’s Landing is a showplace and I’m really proud of it,” he said. “You both do an outstanding job. Expenses are up, and revenue is down. That’s not one of my favorite combos.” Paddack reiterated his idea about nudging the user fees to help fund the improvements needed. “I’ve read that assessment, and I’ve seen the greens and fairways flooding,” he said. “Instead of the taxpayers paying for all of this, I’d like to see if the users could pay some portion of these expenses. I know that’s a challenge, but maybe somehow we can offset some of this.” Croll said the course was well on its way to finishing in the black last year before the pandemic. “We’ve implemented dynamic pricing and we had good development with it last year,” he said. “We were looking like we were going to get a little revenue to put away. Then, COVID hit and we lost our entire spring package season.” Croll said the current spring season is going well and the course is back on track. “When people come to Ocean City, they play at Eagle’s Landing and they love it,” he said. “We also believe we bring people to Ocean City. I think if we get a good run without interruptions, you will see the revenue going up. We always provide a premium experience at an affordable price. We are cityowned and we try to keep the price at or below our competitors.” Budget Manager Jennie Knapp explained the fluctuations in an enterprise like the municipal golf course. “The golf course is an enterprise fund,” she said. “If they have a great year, the revenue stays in their fund balance and that overage can be used to offset the cost of some of these projects.”

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BY SHAWN J. SOPER

MANAGING EDITOR

OCEAN CITY – In an effort to gain control of noise pollution, particularly on the Boardwalk, the City Council this week advanced a series of amendments to the town’s noise code. Last summer, the Mayor and Council contracted with consultant RK&K to conduct noise readings at different times and different locations on the Boardwalk to determine if the town’s noise ordinance needed to be amended. The consultant tested a variety of noise levels at different locations, but the intent of the exercise was to address loud amplified music emanating from some Boardwalk businesses and some of the ongoing issues with some street performers. The goal was to differentiate standard, normal ambient noise on the Boardwalk and establish a baseline. Those baseline conditions were then compared to other activities such as performances, for example. City Attorney Maureen Howarth took the consultant’s findings and recommendations and conducted a thorough review of the town’s existing noise ordinance to determine what sections needed to be amended. On Tuesday, Howarth presented her red-lined and amended version of the noise code based on the consultant’s recommendations to the Mayor and Council for review. While Howarth’s presentation was sweeping and included all sections of the town’s noise code, much of the discussion focused on the Boardwalk noise issues, from businesses to buskers. One amended section outlines the intent of the code as it pertains to the Boardwalk. “In an effort to address the issue of excessive noise on the Boardwalk that affects businesses and residences, it is necessary to establish restrictions on noise pollution on the Boardwalk,” the

amended code reads. “The ambient noise level on the Boardwalk is unique to the town of Ocean City and the state due to its distinctive historical, geographical and physical characteristics, thus the Boardwalk requires its own set of rules and regulations different from other areas of the town of Ocean City.” Some of the amended sections address the growing problem of amplified recordings or music disrupting the normal ambient noise on the Boardwalk. “The using of, operating of, or permitting to be played, used or operated any radio receiving set, musical instrument, phonograph, sound amplification device or system or other machine or device for the producing or reproducing of sound on or directed toward the Boardwalk and abutting properties in such a manner to exceed the ambient noise level by more than 11 decibels as measured from 15 feet from the source is deemed to be noise pollution disturbing the peace, quiet and comfort of other persons,” the code reads. According to the amended code, if a property owner has been issued three citations in one calendar year, he or she is subject to having the business or rental license denied in the following year. If three citations, not convictions, are issued in one calendar year, the property owner will be notified by the Mayor and Council if a hearing will be held. If a hearing is held and it is determined the property owner has taken serious and effective steps to address the problem, the business license or rental license can be renewed for the following year. If the hearing determines no serious or effective steps are being taken, the property’s business or rental license can be denied for the following year. Howarth went through each of the amended sections of the code. Councilman Mark Paddack, a former Ocean City Police Department officer and Noise Board liaison, had questions a-

bout the three-citation rule in the amended code. “Where I’m having difficulty is the section about three citations,” he said. “Are we talking about three separate events, or three citations for the same event?” Howarth explained the language was changed to reflect three citations in a given calendar year. It used to read three convictions, but she explained delays in adjudicating convictions was impractical. Paddack also cautioned about the sections related to street performers. “When we get in the commercial aspect of the Boardwalk, we have to be careful because we’ve been in litigation,” he said. “What a business or individual thinks is a violation might not be. The Boardwalk is a very unique place and is considered a public forum. I think this addresses all of the public’s concerns and satisfies the courts.” Councilman Peter Buas, an attorney, said it was important to differentiate the penalties prescribed in the code for street performers and the penalties for businesses with recurring violations, which are tied to licenses. “The three citations section applies to commercial businesses,” he said. “You don’t need a business license to perform on the Boardwalk.” Paddack reiterated his concerns about the three-citation language in the amended code. “I have trouble with three citations,” he said. “It should be three incidents. In the past, I could make 11 arrests for the same noise incident. That would trigger the three-citation rule for a single incident.” After considerable debate, the council voted unanimously to forward the proposed noise code changes for first reading. Paddack said he would inform Noise Board members of the changes so they would have an opportunity to weigh in before second reading.

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In Memoriam

Michael Alexander Strauss December 9, 1954 March 9, 2021

Passages He closed his eyes and wondered, Why he had no fear, Although he heard the trumpet’s blast, Announcing death so near. The music played a tune so sweet, As mem’ries came and went, Of faces past and years recalled, Viewed from this firmament. He thought of all the years gone by, And as he breathed his last, He had no word, no tear, no sigh, He knew the die was cast. Now tears did flow, among the crowd, As music trilled its tone, A million notes that filled the air, From earth to heaven’s zone. The road he walked was long, And seemed to have no end, There was a light to guide the way, He did at last ascend. A poet’s words, so aptly spoke, Of water, wind and beach, Of times gone by, and life well lived, And goals he had to reach. And as the gate swung open wide, He knew his time was nigh, The world did fade, it was too late, He’d said his last goodbye. A rainbow swept across the sky, A palette bright and true, An artful apparition, For all of us to view. Mona Strauss


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Grey Seal Pup Released After Two-Month Rehab

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Fenwick Island Committee Tables Shuttle Service Discussion

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BY BETHANY HOOPER

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FENWICK ISLAND – A Fenwick Island committee has agreed to table an ordinance amendment on shuttle services after questions about the legality of prohibiting low-speed vehicles were brought to light. Last Friday, the Fenwick Island Charter and Ordinance Committee convened to discuss a proposed amendment to the town’s ordinance on shuttle services. While the town code prohibits shuttle services, the committee was asked to review the ordinance and suggest chan-

ges that clarify the definition and use of a shuttle service. “I think all of us agree we don’t want a shuttle service coming in and dropping off people on our streets,” said Councilman Bill Weistling, committee chair. Officials say the draft amendment, presented at the committee level last week, would do two things – prohibit low-speed vehicles, golf carts and similar vehicles on town streets and roadways and prohibit shuttle services on town streets and roadways with exceptions for senior and handicapped vans. Town Manager Terry Tieman said the town was approached by a business

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looking to operate a shuttle service in Fenwick. She said the proposed amendment came after a review of the town code and discussions with the town attorney, police chief and building official. “After reviewing what we reviewed, we do not think Fenwick Island is a suitable place for that type of service,” she said. Committee member Reid Tingle said he supported the prohibition of shuttle services, but did not understand the proposed restriction on low-speed vehicles. “Shuttle service is one thing, but to completely ban street vehicles under the guise of a shuttle service I find completely shocking that got stuck under the same ordinance …,” he said. “Delaware code does not allow you to restrict them. They are state licensed vehicles.” Weistling explained the proposed amendment addressed two concerns the town had from the business owner’s request. “The reason we addressed all this under shuttle service is because the request came from a person who wanted to use low-speed vehicles as a shuttle service,” he said. “That’s why we wrapped the two together.” He suggested, however, that Tingle’s concerns be brought to the town attorney. “I think we should not proceed any further on this today,” he said. After further discussion, the committee agreed to table its discussion on

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shuttle services. Members, however, expressed their support for prohibiting shuttle services in town. “I asked what is the necessity,” said Councilman Mike Houser. “I just don’t see it, either in terms of outside amenities bringing people in the town or shuttle services inside the town. I’m not in favor.” Councilman Bernie Merritt agreed. “I think it opens it up to a slippery slope,” he said. In the public comments portion of last Friday’s meeting, residents also shared their concerns. “Everyone I’ve talked to in my neighborhood is 100% against any type of shuttle service running in town,” resident Roy Williams said. Councilwoman Vicki Carmean, chair of the town’s Pedestrian Safety Committee, said she was concerned shuttle services would pose a safety threat for those entering and exiting a shuttle vehicle. “We don’t have sidewalks,” she said. “That makes transportation on a shuttle very dangerous.” Resident Gail Warburton agreed. “I don’t see it’s of any benefit to Fenwick,” she said, “to the residents at least.” Mark Tingle, however, said most coastal communities in Delaware had shuttle services. “We’ve made an issue out of something I don’t even see,” he said.

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Wicomico County Teacher Of Year Semifinalists Named

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BY BETHANY HOOPER

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SALISBURY – Wicomico County Public Schools will announce its 2021 Teacher of the Year at a celebration ceremony scheduled for May 6. Last week, Wicomico County Public Schools announced the names of semifinalists for Wicomico Teacher of the Year. All 27 educators will now move through an extensive judging process that ends with a celebration to announce the finalists and 2021 Wicomico County Teacher of the Year. “The annual Wicomico Teacher of the Year celebration will be held during Teacher Appreciation Week,” a statement reads. “Details are still to be determined, but the event will be held outdoors with fewer guests than in a typical year in order to observe physical distancing and capacity guidelines. Among the attendees will be 2020 Teacher of the Year semifinalists and the 2020 Rising Star, whose celebration was not held last spring due to the pandemic.” During the Teacher of the Year celebration, to be held on May 6, the semifinalists with the four highest scores will be named finalists. From those finalists, officials will announce the new Wicomico County Teacher of the Year. An outstanding second-year teacher will be named the 2021 Rising Star that same evening. Semifinalists for this year’s Wicomico County Teacher of the Year award include Kristina Powell, Beaver Run Elementary, Dawn Littleton, Bennett Middle, Patricia Sims, Charles H. Chipman Elementary, Donna Chalmers, Choices Academy, Lisa Littleton, Delmar Elementary, Kirsten Biddle, East Salisbury Elementary, Anna Krider, Fruitland Intermediate, Kelsey Murphy, Fruitland Primary, Jenna Purnell, Glen Avenue Elementary, Ann Schuchart, James M. Bennett High, Trish Baer, Mardela Middle and High, Christy Tawes, North Salisbury Elementary, Nadia Peterson, Northwestern Elementary, Brittany Wolske, Parkside High, Shelly Gilmore, Pemberton Elementary, Jodi Moore, Pinehurst Elementary, Jessica Smith, Pittsville Elementary and Middle, Dustin Thomas, Prince Street Elementary, Katie Serenyi, Salisbury Middle, Angel Wright, West Salisbury Elementary, Kristen Ballard, Westside Intermediate, Danielle Thompson, Westside Primary, Stephanie McCoy, Wicomico High, Lillian Hoffman, Wicomico Middle, Mary Lynn Mather, Willards Elementary, Pamela Mills, Birth to Five, and Beth Kaplan Wolff, English Language Support Center. The teacher chosen to represent Wicomico County will move on to the state level competition later this year.

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Ocean City police seeing Increased spring service Calls

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BY BETHANY HOOPER

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OCEAN CITY – A review of police statistics this week highlighted a significant increase in calls for service for the month of March. On Monday, Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) Chief Ross Buzzuro presented Police Commission members with an update on police activity for the month of March. In a report of year-over-year data, officer calls for service increased 48.2% last month while citizen calls for service

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increased 17.4%. “We did have a significant number of calls for service this year versus last year,” Buzzuro said. In the top 25 calls for service, traffic stops increased from 244 to 668, citizen assists increased from 107 to 147 and disorderly calls increased from 45 to 97. “In each line, just about every one of these we experienced an increase in activity,” Buzzuro said. He noted, however, those increases were compared to statistics from last March, at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Obviously, as we start to work our way through COVID we’re starting to see a difference in the town in terms of population,” he said. “It’s also reflected in our enforcement efforts. That’s the best and easiest way to explain that activity for March.” Under enforcement activity for the month of March, custodial arrests increased from 55 to 158, drug arrests increased from three to 12, DUI arrests increased from 11 to 33 and weapon arrests increased from zero to 20. “Most of those numbers are coming back to maybe a normal number,” said Council President Matt James. “Weapons arrests, is that an outlier?” Buzzuro said that number was slightly higher than expected for the month of March. “Most of these weapons arrests are spring-assisted knives and those types of violations …,” he said. “These aren’t, say, firearms.” Buzzuro told commission members this week the department would continue to monitor activity and calls for service as COVID recovery efforts continue. “I think this March we have seen a number of people in town, even more so than we may have had in years past,” he said. “It’s like a build-up of cabin fever. We are keeping an eye on it.” Buzzuro this week also highlighted recruitment efforts for the coming sum-

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mer season. He said the department has hired 49 new and returning seasonal officers, as well as 45 new and returning public safety aides (PSA). He said 21 seasonal officer candidates and 21 PSA candidates remain in the recruitment process. “All in all, last year with a combination of both we were at 114. We should be slightly higher than that this year …,” Buzzuro said. “We knew this would be a challenging year in terms of recruitment, but we met the challenge. Captain [Mike] Colbert and his folks have done a great job.” When asked if the department had hired any more reserve officers, Buzzuro said it hadn’t. “There have been several retirements recently where those officers have declined the offer to become reserve officers,” he said. “So we have a small number that still remain with us, and we plug them into those positions where they can give us some support.” He noted some retired OCPD officers have accepted reserve positions with the Worcester County Sheriff’s Department. “We are also competing against the county too …,” he said. “It’s a deputy sheriff’s role, a part-time role with health insurance and those types of things. We are losing some officers over to the county in retirement, to give them a helping hand versus us.”

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Ocean Pines Board Slows Down Short-Term Rental Changes

April 16, 2021

BY BETHANY HOOPER

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OCEAN PINES – The Ocean Pines Association (OPA) Board of Directors has canceled Saturday’s town hall meeting to discuss proposed short-term rental guidelines. On Wednesday, President Larry Perrone announced the board’s decision to cancel its April 17 town hall meeting to discuss proposed short-term rental regulations. “[Director] Frank Daly is withdrawing his motions after consultation with all the stakeholders,” a statement reads. “Frank will continue to work on the guidelines and will propose amending our documents, section by section. We believe this approach will give the entire community the power to make the decision on this crucial issue.” Last year, an Ocean Pines work group began meeting with community stakeholders to draft proposed changes to the association’s architectural guidelines on short-term rental properties. According to association officials, there are roughly 180 short-term rentals in Ocean Pines. They noted, however, ongoing issues at three or four properties prompted the association to tighten

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controls on the short-term rentals. As proposed, the rental regulations would require single-family residences rented for 28 days or less to have both a Worcester County rental permit and Ocean Pines rental permit and sticker. It also sets requirements for annual inspections, maximum occupancy and safety improvements, among other things. Rental permits will be withdrawn for a period of one year if residences do not comply. Officials say the proposed guidelines are complaint-driven and match what the county requires in its short-term rental regulations. During last month’s board meeting, however, several Ocean Pines homeowners voiced their concerns regarding enforcement and long-term impacts on the community. “I think we’re overcorrecting for the sins of a few, and penalizing everyone,” resident Mike Lombardi said at the time. In an interview Wednesday, Perrone said despite the town hall cancellation association officials would continue the work they started. "This has been a work in progress," he said. "We had additional meetings and conferences with additional stakeholders who needed to be involved. We decided there was still more work to do."

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Michael Alexander Strauss OCEAN CITY – Michael Alexander Strauss, age 66, born Dec. 9, 1954 the beloved son of Mona Strauss of Ocean City and Chestertown and the late Dr. Robert Strauss, passed away peacefully at the home of his mother on March 9, 2021 after a short illness. He is sadly missed. A 1976 graduate of Yale University, Michael also held a Master’s degree in Performance from the New England Conservatory of Music. He played in a number of orchestras in the United States and abroad, as principal violist of Omaha Symphony for 11 years and MICHAEL ALEXANDER the Cedar Rapids SymSTRAUSS phony for eight years before moving to the Eastern Shore of Maryland in 1999 where he was principal violist of the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra and a founding member of the Mariner String Quartet. Michael’s role as a teacher and mentor to string students was central to his identity as a musician. In recent years, he conducted a private teaching studio in Upper Gwynedd, Pa. His lifelong quest for ways to improve the teaching of string instruments resulted in the development of a unique program that utilizes whole brain learning. Exercise volumes for violin, viola and cello and the teaching manual, Metatechnical Systems for Strings, accelerate the learning process. The first volume develops tone, note-reading, rhythm, and intonation. The second volume develops shifting, glissando, velocity, ear-training, and vibrato. Both students and experienced players benefit when they utilize this new and revolutionary teaching system for string instruments. Michael was also a writer and a poet. Beach Sequences, a volume of poetry written during a winter sojourn in Ocean City, and A Tao for Now: The Music of Lao-Tsu are being readied for publication. Michael became a father later in life and relished that role. He was extremely proud of his son Arhon Strauss, a sophomore at Phillips Exeter Academy, who like his father has a writing bent. In addition to his mother, he is survived by his son, Arhon; two sisters, Dr. Sarah Strauss of Holden, Mass. and Jane Strauss, Esq. of Minneapolis, Minn; five nieces; and two nephews.

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tor. In 1951, while working at the Bureau of Standards, he and Franklin Montgomery were the first civilians to bounce a radio signal off the face of the moon in facilitating long-range radio telephone communication without the use of cables. In 1957 he founded Sulzer Laboratories, producing oscillators and frequency standards that were noted for their elegant, brilliant designs and high-quality performance that made him a leader in the field. A resident of Maryland since 1948, and of Snow Hill since 1977, Peter Gustav Sulzer was born in Media, Pa. on Aug. 3, 1922. His father and mother owned a well-known antique shop in Cheyney, Pa. Early in his life he demonstrated his technical prowess and strong sense of will. At age fourteen he built on his own an 80-foot-tall tower that allowed him to broadcast short-wave radio signals around the world. Mr. Sulzer attended Drexel University and Penn State, where he received a BS and a Master’s of Science in Electrical Engineering. During World War II he put his education at Drexel on hold to enlist in the Army, where he served in the Signal Corps. In 1997 he was awarded the C.B. Sawyer Award for outstanding contributions to electronics for his “low noise, low drift rate Sulzer oscillator design.” Always designing and building, he was also an expert glass-blower and lathe machinist. Among his many creations were a series of double-hulled speed boats, a device for measuring electromagnetic radiation, and a bowling ball for use in ten-pin bowling. He is pre-deceased by Katherine Burnham Follin, his wife of 64 years, and is survived by his three sons and their wives, Michael and Bernadette Balco Sulzer, of Arecibo, Puerto Rico; Steven and Natalie Sulzer, of Union, Me.; and James Sulzer and Barbara Elder, of Nantucket, Mass.; by six grandchildren, William, Robert, Katherine, Alessandra, Ian, and Stefanie; and four great-grandchildren, Jaanavi, Edward, Roberta and Sebastian. Arrangements are in the care of the Burbage Funeral Home in Berlin, Maryland. Condolences may be shared with the family via: www.burbagefuneralhome.com.

SNOW HILL – On April 1, 2021, Peter G Sulzer died in Snow Hill at the age of 98. A noted inventor in the field of electronics, Mr. Sulzer designed and developed oscillators that were used in a number of early space flights, in 1960s versions of highly-accurate clocks, in timing live television broadcasts, and in many other applications. His Goldstone Quartz Oscillator is on display at the National Museum of PETER G. SULZER American History Behring Center. He is credited with inventing the first fully transistorized quartz oscilla-

SALISBURY – Kimberly Irene Riley, age 61, went to be with her Lord, on Wednesday April 7, 2021, at her home in Salisbury. Born March 14, 1960, she is the daughter of Ronald Mundis and Pamela (Hivner) Mundis of Red Lion, Pa. She is also survived by a step-mother, Sue Mundis, also of Red Lion, Pa. In addition, she is survived by her husband, KIMBERLY James L. Riley of Salis- IRENE RILEY bury; sons, Jason Lynch of Snow Hill and James Riley, Jr. of West Ocean City; and

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daughters Holly and Helen Lynch of Snow Hill. There is one granddaughter, Lilliana Riley of Pittsville, with whom she had a special relationship, and one grandson, Rip Scotton, Jr. Also surviving are two brothers, Ronald and Timothy Mundis, and sister Shelly Poff, all of Pennsylvania, and brothers-in-law Robert and Tommy Riley both of Newark and sisters-in-law Shirley Riley of Pittsville and Debbie Elias of North Carolina. There is a step daughter, Deanna Quakenbush, and step grandchildren Layne, Drake, and Skylar, along with several stepsisters, Jenny, Lisa, Carolyn and Jill, and stepbrother Branden and Garon. Kimberly was a member of SonRise Church, and owner/operator of A & P (answered prayers) Cleaning Service. She really loved her family and her pet dogs, Pumpkin, Roscoe and late dog Velvet, as well as all the neighborhood animals. A graveside service was held on Sunday, April 11 at Bowen Cemetery in Newark. Rev. Daryl McCready and Rev. Jerry Wade officiated. A private family viewing was held on Saturday April, 10 at the Burbage Funeral Home in Berlin. A donation in Kim’s memory may be made in honor of her granddaughter, Lilliana Riley, c/o Taylor Bank, P.O. Box 5, Berlin, Md. 21811. Letters of condolence may be sent via www.burbagefuneralhome.com .

Kara Nicole Blatzheim DAGSBORO, Del. – Kara Nicole Blatzheim, age 45, of Dagsboro, Del., has been called home to be with the Lord unexpectedly on Wednesday, April 7, 2021. She was born in Salisbury on Feb. 21, 1976 daughter of Michael and Jamie (Grise) Evans. Kara graduated from Indian River High School Class of 1994. Kara’s life work was first to be an amazing mother to her three daughters. She lived a simple life. She enjoyed all of God’s creations. She particularly KARA NICOLE loved the moon and over BLATZHEIM the years had several nicknames like, “Little Flower” and “Luna Flora.” Kara enjoyed helping other people through prayer and devotions. She loved birdwatching, making beautiful pieces of jewelry and rosaries. Kara’s mission in this world was to be a prayer warrior. She constantly prayed for others, especially the needs of children. Even if you didn’t know Kara, she prayed for you. She faithfully provided prayer intentions to her close friend Father Ed Fahey daily. Kara was self-taught in theology and Latin. Her love of religion spilled over to others as she was proud to be a Religious Education Teacher at St. Luke’s Catholic Church and spread ministry through her Third Order of Carmelites. Kara modeled her life after Saint Therese “Little Flower” of Lisieux. One of Kara’s favorite St. Therese’ quotes, “What matters in life, is not great deeds, but great love.” Kara’s love for everyone

April 16, 2021 was her trademark. She was preceded in death by her maternal grandfather, George Grise, and her father-in-law, Robert Blatzheim. Kara is survived by her loving husband, whom she referred to as her St. Joseph, of 20 years, William C. Blatzheim; three daughters, Alexandria Noel Tushup, Riley Anne Blatzheim and Myah Elisabeth Blatzheim; her parents Michael and Jamie Evans; maternal grandmother June Grise; two sisters, Kristen Powell and her husband Sean and Erin Dorey and her husband Chad; her step sisters Mindy Evans and Missy Yoder; her mother-in-law, Mary Anne Blatzheim; and her “adopted daughter,” Hannah Martz and her new puppy Benson. A walk-through viewing was planned for Thursday, April 15, 2021 at the Ocean View Chapel of Melson Funeral Services, 38040 Muddy Neck Rd., Ocean View, Del. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, April 16, 2021 at St. Luke’s Catholic Church, 9903 Coastal Hwy., Ocean City, Md. 21842. The interment will be held privately at Wilgus Family Cemetery in Roxana. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, social distancing protocols will be observed, and masks must be worn by everyone participating in any aspect of the service. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions in Kara’s name to St .Luke’s Catholic Church, 14401 Sinepuxent Ave., Ocean City, Md. 21842. Online condolences may be sent by visiting www.melsonfuneralservices.com.

Ruth D. Smith OCEAN CITY – Ruth D. Smith, age 83, a lifelong resident of Ocean City and Berlin, passed away on Sunday, March 21, 2021 after a lengthy illness with her loving family at her side. She is survived by her husband of 31 years, Hugh B. Smith; her son, Jamie Ellis-Gaal and wife Margit along with her only grandchild, Sawyer, “the apple of her eye”; her step-daughters, Terri Ann Alexander and Wendy Jean Smith; and Terri’s daughter, Rebecca and her husband Daniel Trusky. She was preceded in death by her parents, Thomas and Rebekah Davis, and her brother, Thomas Davis, Jr. RUTH D. SMITH Her family ties can be traced to Isaac Coffin, founder of Ocean City. Ruth was a member of the first graduating class from Stephen Decatur High School. She started the “Cradle Roll,” sang in the choir and later became a life time member of Stevenson United Methodist Church at Berlin. She had been a teacher’s aide at Ocean City Elementary School as well as a supervisor for the Worcester County Liquor Control Board for nearly 15 years. She volunteered with hospice in both Ocean City area as well as the Malvern, Pa. area for over five years. The family wishes to thank Coastal Hospice for their care of Ruth. A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 17, 2021 at Evergreen Cemetery, 10601 Assateague Road, in Berlin. Due to COVID-19, masks and social distancing will be mandatory. SEE NEXT PAGE


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In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Coastal Hospice, P.O. Box 1733, Salisbury, Md. 21802. Condolences may be sent by visiting www.bishophastingsfh.com

Granville Willard Cropper BERLIN – Granville Willard Cropper, “Punkin,” age 74, passed away Friday, April 9, 2021 at Tidal Health Medical Center in Salisbury. Born in Salisbury, he was the son of the late Edward Cropper and Ruth Taylor Cropper. He is survived by his sister, Sandra Lee Cropper Elliott (Walter) of Berlin, and nieces and nephews John Edward Cropper Jr., Kevin Lee Cropper, Carol Ann Cropper Baton, John Walter Elliott, Jr., Augusta James Elliott, Maryann Hickman, Rebecca Curro and Richard Lee Cropper, along with former wife Patricia Hudson. He was preceded in death by his brothers, John Edward Cropper and Donald J. Cropper, and his sister, GRANVILLE Ramona Cropper Glenn. He was also preceded in WILLARD CROPPER death by longtime companion, Sherry Henry, and niece, Grace Marie Glenn. Also surviving is a son, Donald Littleton; daughter Sunny Schrum; former companion Tina Shrum; and grandchildren Brandon, Bailey, Jaydan. Jacob, Austin, Anthony, Dillon and Devon. Mr. Cropper was a 1966 graduate of Stephen Decatur High School. He was a United States Army Veteran and later worked as a carpenter. He was a member of the Assateague Mobile Sports Fisherman Association; he loved to hunt and loved baseball. He also was a member of the Sinepuxent Rod and Gun Club. A funeral service was held on Thursday, April 15, 2021 at the Burbage Funeral Home. Friends and family were invited to come and pay their respects with the service following. Interment will be held privately at Evergreen Cemetery in Berlin. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Granville Willard Cropper “Punkin” Fund at Calvin B Taylor, P.O Box 5, Berlin, Md. 21811. Arrangements are in the care of The Burbage Funeral Home. Condolences may be sent to the family via www.burbagefuneralhome.com.

Ellen Denson Plummer Merritt BERLIN – Ellen Denson Plummer Merritt, age 67, passed away Saturday, April 10, 2021 at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore. Born in Salisbury, she was the daughter of the late Tfc. Arthur W. Plummer, Jr. and Pollyanna Denson Plummer GoldELLEN smith, and stepdaughter DENSON of George A. Goldsmith. PLUMMER MERRITT She is survived by her two daughters, Ashley Merritt of Pas-

The Dispatch/Maryland Coast Dispatch adena, Md. and Alexis Merritt of Ocean City. Also surviving is her brother, Arthur W. Plummer III (Joanna) of Uncasville, Conn., and cousins Marietta Austin Bielsky and John Peter Austin. Ellen was a 1971 graduate of Stephen Decatur High School. She has worked for the Ocean City Police Department, St. Paul’s by-the-Sea Episcopal Church, Trimper Rides, and Old Pro Miniature Golf. She loved road trips, vacations with her daughters, Assateague Island, her family and friends, her black lab Quinn, music, reading, practical jokes, and, of course, anything tie-dyed. A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, April 24, 2021 at 2 p.m. at Merry Sherwood Plantation, 8909 Worcester Highway, Berlin, Md. 21811. Rev. John Zellner will officiate. Family and friends are encouraged to wear tie-dyed apparel. Interment will be private for the family. In lieu of flowers, a donation in her memory may be made to Maryland State Police Fallen Heroes, c/o Maryland State Police Alumni Association, 1201 Reister-

stown Rd., Pikesville, Md. 21208-3899. Letters of condolence may be sent via: www.burbagefuneralhome.com Arrangements are in the care of the Burbage Funeral Home. Masks and social distancing are required.

Melton L. Marshall OCEAN CITY – Melton L. Marshall, known to everyone as “Skookie,” age 89, died on Sunday, April 11 at his home. Born in Washington D.C., he was the son of the late Melton E. Marshall and Viola (Spalding) Marshall. He was preceded in death by his MELTON L. wife, Peggy Marshall, MARSHALL and sister, Virginia Steinour. Surviving are his children, Melton “Roy” Marshall, Jr. of Crofton, Md., Bret A. Marshall (Dawn) of Ocean City, Deanna Jenks of Ocean City and Cindy McBride (Tom) of Selbyville. There are eight grandchildren, Jennifer Marshall, Ryan Marshall, Travis Taylor, Alex Jenks, Elisabeth Jenks,

Page 39 Blake Marshall, Brady Marshall and Halle Marshall, and two great grandchildren, Jayden Marshall and Max Tavenner. Also surviving is a brother Jerome Marshall of Ocean Pines as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Mr. Marshall served in the United States Army at the Pentagon during the Korean War. He began his career at Judd and Detweiler Printing Office, and later worked for the Government Printing Office. Known as being a great story teller, he also enjoyed all kinds of music, golf football, baseball, and horse racing. Most of all he loved spending time with his family and cherished his grandchildren. A gathering for the family will be held on Friday, April 16 at 2 p.m. at the Burbage Funeral Home in Berlin. Masks and social distancing will be required. A donation in his memory may be made to The Gary Sinise Foundation, P.O. Box 368, Woodland Hills, Calif. 91365. Letters of condolence may be sent via: www.burbagefuneralhome.com.


Worcester Seeing Flurry Of Leadership Retirements

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BY CHARLENE SHARPE

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Chief Administrative Officer Harold Higgins has served in the leadership role since 2013. Photo by Charlene Sharpe

SNOW HILL – Worcester County is set to lose decades of experience with the retirement of several key employees this year. Along with the retirement of Public Works Director John Tustin this month, the county is also going to see the departures of Chief Administrative Officer Harold Higgins and Budget Officer Kathy Whited in the next six months. Other longtime employees with plans to retire in the upcoming year include Superintendent of Maintenance Ken Whited and Superintendent of Roads Frank Adkins. Officials acknowledged the loss of experience but said the county was in good shape with Assistant Chief Administrative Officer Weston

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Young poised to take over Higgins’ leadership role. “We’re fortunate we got him,” Commissioner Joe Mitrecic said. “We’ll manage but there is a tremendous amount of knowledge that’s going to be lost.” The commissioners recognized Tustin for his 36 years of dedication to Worcester County last week. This week they confirmed that Higgins was set to retire Sept. 1 and that Kathy Whited was set to retire Oct. 1. Whited has been with the county since 1998 while Higgins, who was initially hired as finance officer, has been with the county since 1996. Mitrecic said the county would be losing valuable employees but that some succession planning had been underway. In addition to the selection of Young, a new budget officer has been hired and finalists for Tustin’s position are being interviewed next week. “Certainly, we’re losing a lot of experience in the next several months however this is an opportunity to build a new team with new talent and new ideas,” Commissioner Chip Bertino said. “I have a great deal of faith in Weston’s ability to take a leadership role and help develop new talent as we move forward.” The county is opting to promote internally rather than a national search. The county did the same thing in 2013 when it promoted Higgins from finance director to replace retiring Gerald Mason. Young was hired last spring to serve as assistant chief administrative officer, replacing Kelly Shannahan, who retired in August after 30 years with the county. Young, who was born and raised in Pocomoke, previously served as assistant director of administration in Wicomico County. He’s spent the past year learning the ins and outs of Worcester County government and is looking forward to taking on a larger role. “This is something I’m definitely excited about,” he said. “Worcester has so many good things going for it. I hope to help maintain that.” He praised the county’s practice of allowing for gradual transitions as employees retired, giving those stepping into new roles time to work with their predecessors. Noting the amount of historical knowledge the county was losing with the latest retirements, he said his primary focus would be ensuring transitions went smoothly in the coming months. “With all these retirements we’re going to have to make sure we get the right people in these spots,” he said.

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Sports

WPS Winter Sports Awards Announced

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Seahawks Fall To Easton, 42-20, In Classic

BY SHAWN J. SOPER

MANAGING EDITOR

BERLIN – For the better part of three quarters, Decatur’s varsity football team battled back and forth with Bayside North power Easton last weekend, but fell in the end to the Warriors, 42-20. Easton scored early and led 7-0 after one quarter, but Decatur responded with a long touchdown pass from Ashten Snelsire, who finished the day completing 22 of 42 passes for 322 yards and three touchdowns. Easton went ahead again in the second quarter, but Decatur again responded with a long TD pass. Easton led 22-14 at the half and added two more scores in the third quarter and one more in the fourth to

pull away. Decatur scored on another long TD pass in the third, but Easton’s stout defense shut down the Seahawks the rest of the way. Decatur could not get any sustained drives. The Seahawks three scores came on touchdown passes of 75, 40, and 69 yards. Decatur only rushed the ball 16 times for a mere nine yards against the tough Easton defense. Again, Snelsire completed 22-42 for 322 yards and three touchdowns. Koby Higgins led all receivers with three catches for 158 yards and two touchdowns. Zimere Handy had nine catches for 87 yards and Luke Mergott caught seven passes for 60 yards. The Seahawks wrap up the odd 2021 spring season with the traditional finale against county rival Snow Hill at home on Friday.

Worcester Prep this week announced the winter sports award recipients. Pictured from left are Kate Abbott, Coach’s Award, cheerleading; Baylie Holmes, Most Spirited, cheerleading; Olivia Mattingly, Most Improved, cheerleading; Jack Gardner, Most Improved, boys’ varsity basketball; Brice Richins, MVP, boys’ varsity basketball; Griffin Jones, Coach’s Award, boys’ varsity basketball; C.C. Lizas, Coach’s Award, girls’ varsity basketball; Lily Baeurle, MVP, girls’ varsity basketball; and Sophia Ludt, Most Improved, girls’ varsity basketball. Submitted Photo BY SHAWN J. SOPER

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BERLIN – Worcester Prep this week announced its winter sports award recipients for boys’ and girls’ varsity basketball and cheerleading. From the boys’ varsity basketball team, Brice Richins was named Most Valuable Player, Jack Gardner was

Former Seahawk Declares For NBA Draft

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Surfer Victorious:

Local surfer Gavin Bren took first place in his division in the National Scholastic Surfing Association (NSSA) east coast regional championships in Florida last week. Pictured above, Bren (center) celebrates with family after the victory. Submitted Photo

named Most Improved and Griffin Jones earned the Coach’s Award. From the girls’ varsity basketball team, Lily Baeurle was named MVP, Sophia Ludt was named Most Improved and C.C. Lizas earned the Coach’s Award. From the varsity cheerleading team, Baylie Holmes was named Most Spirited, Olivia Mattingly was named Most Improved and Kate Abbott earned the Coach’s Award.

BERLIN – Former Stephen Decatur varsity basketball standout Keve Aluma, now a junior at Virginia Tech, last week announced his intention to explore his options in the upcoming NBA draft. Aluma announced via Twitter last week he was going to test the waters in the upcoming 2021 NBA draft. Because he has not retained an agent, he can enter his name in the draft and gage interest, but can still come back for his senior season at Virginia Tech. “I feel blessed to have the opportunity to explore my options and enter my name for the 2021 NBA draft while still

maintaining my eligibility as a Hokie,” he said on Twitter. “Can’t wait to see what God has in store for me and Go Hokies.” Aluma was a four-year letter winner and three-year starter at Decatur before beginning his collegiate career at Wofford in South Carolina. After a successful two-year career at Wofford, Aluma announced he was transferring to Virginia Tech. Twice during the season, Aluma was named ACC Player of the Week and also earned the U.S. Basketball Writers Association Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week one time during the season. He was also named to the AllACC second team.

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AGH Eyes Reimagined Celebration

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Modified Event Planned

BERLIN – Atlantic General Hospital Foundation is planning a modified version of its Anniversary Celebration due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The annual celebration is the hospital’s largest fundraising event of the year, which commemorates the opening of the local hospital in 1993. “As we continue to prioritize the health and safety of our community, we have reimagined the 28th Anniversary Celebration as, ‘The Party to Which You Give, but Don’t Go’ and your support of this year’s fundraiser is more important than ever,” said Michael Franklin, president and CEO of Atlantic General Hospital. “The healthcare industry was hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, and our local hospital is no exception. Throughout the pandemic, it has become increasingly evident that supporting our healthcare workers and ensuring the future of quality healthcare at Atlantic General Hospital is so critical for our community.” In lieu of an in-person event, the fundraiser will rely on sponsorships and donations of its invitees. The elimination of the overhead expenses of a traditional in-person party will allow all funds raised to go directly to support Atlantic General Hospital’s mission to provide a coordinated care system with access to quality care, personalized service and education to create a healthy community. Bob Kelly, president of Bil-Jac Foods, also known as Kelly Foods Corporation, finds great value in donating to the community hospital and has signed on to be title sponsor again this year. The continued endorsement has been important to him and his family for years. This year marks Kelly Food’s 17th consecutive year as Legacy Sponsor. Kelly Foods and the Kelly family have contributed more than $189,000 to Atlantic General Hospital since 2004, with plans to continue the family tradition of giving to the local community hospital as an annual sponsor of Atlantic General Hospital’s Anniversary Celebration. Kelly’s father always believed it was important to give back to the community and he demonstrated this by contributing financially, in addition to volunteering his time to serve the local hospital in their hometown of Medina, Ohio. “When I moved to the Eastern Shore in the 1970s, I remember what it was like when there was no hospital in Worcester County. A local community hospital is not something that should be taken for granted. I encourage our community members to help support our local hospital in any way possible, especially during such trying times,” said Kelly. Bob Kelly’s father, Bill, and Bill’s brother, Jack, founded Bil-Jac Foods in 1947 based on their passion to help dogs thrive by improving their nutrition through the best combination of ingre-

dients, vitamins and minerals. Although the Kelly Foods headquarters is located in Medina, Ohio, they also have a presence in Berlin with their pet food plant located half a mile from Atlantic General Hospital. Additional event sponsorships are available. To purchase online, please visit www.agh.care/anniversary. All proceeds benefit Atlantic General Hospital Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization, and all gifts are tax-deductible as allowed by law. For more information, please contact Joy Stokes, Event Coordinator, at jstokes@atlanticgeneral.org or by calling the Foundation office at (410) 641-9671.

Pictured, from left, are Toni Keiser, vice president of public relations at AGH; Robert Garner, plant manager for Bil-Jac Foods; Caroline Phillips, development officer at AGH; Bob Kelly, president of Bil-Jac Foods; Todd Ferrante, chair of the Atlantic General Hospital Foundation; Kam LaBrunda, development analyst/coordinator at AGH; and Joy Stokes, event coordinator at AGH. Submitted Photo


Club, Foundation Partner On ‘Flag For Heroes’ Display

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BERLIN – The Rotary Club of Ocean City/Berlin and the Worcester County Veterans Memorial Foundation are partnering to offer local people a unique way to honor a “hero” in their lives. On Armed Forces Day, May 15, through the Fourth of July, a colorful display of flags will fly in Veterans Memorial Park along Route 589 in Ocean Pines. Each flag will honor a local hero. “We all know a hero, someone who has impacted our lives,” Memorial Foundation President Marie Gilmore said. “Perhaps there was a teacher, physician, mentor, family member or

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friend who has inspired you. Perhaps you wish to honor someone who has served or is serving in the Armed Forces.” Flag sponsorships are $50. Each flag will include a medallion with the sponsor’s name and the name of their chosen hero. The cutoff date to sponsor a flag is May 10 and all orders must be received by then. Make checks payable to: Worcester County Veterans Memorial Foundation, with "Flags for Heroes" written in the memo line. One check may be written for multiple flags at $50 each. Mail

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checks to WCVMF, P.O. Box 1576, Ocean Pines, Md. 21811. All proceeds will benefit student education and outreach projects, community charities, and the Rotary Club’s Scholarship fund. Flags for Heroes also includes multiple sponsorship opportunities, and all major sponsors will be named on a large sign on Route 589, near the flag dis-

play. “Any project like this needs funding,” Gilmore said. “We are hoping that our community business partners would want to join with us and make this effort a success. We hope that you will want to be part of this very moving tribute to local heroes.” For more details, email cliffo917@aol.com.

BERLIN – The Ocean Pines Association mailed referendum ballots this week to all eligible voters. Those ballots are due back by 4 p.m. on Thursday, May 13. The referendum asks homeowners to vote on a proposal that would limit capital expenditure spending to $1 million without a referendum. The current spending threshold without a referendum is 20% of the income derived from annual charges, or about $1.8 million based on collections during fiscal year 2020-2021. Ballots may be returned by mail or to the ballot box inside the Ocean Pines Police Department lobby on 239 Ocean Parkway. All ballots, however returned, must be sealed in the return envelope pro-

vided in the mailing. Use of a different envelope or no envelope will void the ballot. Association members are encouraged to use the ballot box, because of current uncertainties with the U.S. Postal Service caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The ballot box is accessible 24-hours a day. To request a duplicate ballot or to inquire about other issues related to the referendum, email elections@oceanpines.org or call 410-208-3989. Ballots will be counted on Friday, May 14 in the East Room of the Ocean Pines Community Center, starting at 10:30 a.m. The count is open to the public and will be recorded and posted to the Association website, www.oceanpines.org.

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As part of an ongoing safety initiative and to maintain strong relationships with law enforcement friends, Worcester Preparatory School invited Berlin Police Detective Corporal (and WPS parent) Jessie Collins and Sergeant Larmore of the Worcester County Sheriff's Office to bring their explosive scenting police dogs to a meet and greet for all school levels. The dogs, Dock and Simon, enjoyed interacting with the students and will actively train on school grounds so they can become familiar with our school facilities. Above, Collins introduces her dog to first graders. Below, first graders Tobi Blaska and Isabella Brueckner watch as Larmore trains Simon, his police dog. Bottom, Cheryl Marshall’s first grade class takes in meeting police dogs, Dock and Simon.

Students in Pam Lipka’s fifth grade class at Berlin Intermediate School collected and analyzed data using their shadows to demonstrate how the length and direction of the shadows changed in relation to the sun. Above, Zachary Payne measures the shadow as Carlos Lopez waits to record the data.

Announcements

BERLIN – The following represents a collection of press releases from colleges and universities about local students. •Audrey Stearns of Berlin has been placed on the Deans' Commendation List for outstanding academic achievement in the fall 2020 semester. Students with a quality point average in the range of 3.300 to 3.599 for a semester's work are placed on the College's Deans' Commendation List. •Zachary Ewing of Selbyville, Del. was recently initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi at Florida Institute of Technology. •MCPHS University announced Brianna Wesche has been named to the Dean's List for the Fall 2020 semester. She is a native of Berlin and is pursuing a Doctor of Pharmacy. •Catherine Rymer of Fenwick Island has been named to the Dean's List at Lehigh University. The designation recognizes those students with a full-time course load who have achieved outstanding scholarship with a 3.5 GPA or higher for the fall academic term. •Sarah Ashmore, a native of Bethany Beach, Del., has been named to Emer-

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son College's Dean's List for the Fall 2020 semester. Ashmore is majoring in Journalism and is a member of the Class of 2021. The requirement to make Emerson's Dean's List is a grade point average of 3.7 or higher. •Among the students awarded Dean's List honors for the fall 2020 semester at St. Mary's College of Maryland were Kathryn Dennis of Ocean City and Erin Hurley of Berlin. •Tammy Jones of Berlin has earned a Bachelor of Science, Nursing degree from Western Governors University (WGU). The online, nonprofit university has graduated over 218,000 students from across the country since its inception in 1997. •Samuel Tinkler qualified for the fall Dean's List at Belmont University. Eligibility is based on a minimum course load of 12 hours and a quality grade point average of 3.5 with no grade below a C. •Shea Griffin of Berlin and Rachel Beers of Selbyville, students at Fairleigh Dickinson University's Florham Campus in Madison, N,J, have been named to the Honors List for the Spring 2020 semester.


Annual Delmarva Birding Weekend Returns Next Week

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BERLIN – The 2021 Delmarva Birding Weekend has evolved into a weeklong event with hundreds of nature enthusiasts flocking to the shore April 2126 to enjoy the full array of mid-Atlantic birds. The region will welcome warblers, tanagers and other spring migrants and say goodbye to its loons, falcons, and waterfowl as they head northward. Registration for the expanding event is now open at www.delmarvabirding.com. With half of the 21 trips filling within three weeks of the March unveiling, organizers added eight more trips from Wednesday, April 21 to Monday, April 26 to accommodate stir-crazy patrons eager to get outside. These include a Delaware After Dark trip along the Delaware Bayshore, additional walks through Blackbird State Forest and Saint Jones Reserve, a trip to woodlands around Phillips Landing near Laurel, Del. and a birdy stroll through the Delaware Botanic Gardens, plus additional Shorebird Explorer, Harriet Tubman Byway, and Smith Island trips. Spring Birding Weekend staples still include an Ocean City Sunset Park and Berlin Heron Park trip, the Chincoteague Bay Landings trip, a Warblermania walk near Nassawango Creek Preserve and a paddling trip from Porter’s Crossing to Snow Hill. With COVID-19 protocols in place, nature lovers can register for just one

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field trip, or multiple field trips each day. While several trips have sold out, the sheer number of offerings leaves plenty to be enjoyed. Guided by local fun-loving birders with decades-long experience, the walking tours, boat trips, and canoe and kayak paddles will accommodate visitors from the curious nature lover to fowl fanatics. Every year, birdwatchers from surrounding states descend on Delmarva for the event. “This is one of our biggest nature-oriented weekends,” said Melanie Pursel, tourism director for Worcester County. “People go crazy over the number of warblers and shorebirds, but they will see a lot more than that birding with our guides around Assateague Island and our cypress swamps near Snow Hill.

Newport Farms and Ayers Creek are especially beautiful this time of year.” “The April weekend is spectacular,” said Southern Delaware Tourism Director Scott Thomas. “Imagine hiking a trail at Redden State Forest to be met with one of the most beautiful crimson reds you’ve ever seen in the form of a Summer Tanager. Or spend an afternoon at Prime Hook or Bombay National Wildlife Refuges followed by happy hour in Lewes. That’s what the weekend is all about.” Social events for new and experienced birders are scheduled throughout the weekend. These socially distanced "Tally Rallies" are held at local breweries, bars, and restaurants, and allow participants to add to the species checklist and swap nature stories with new

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friends. According to event organizers, the Delmarva Peninsula is one of the country's premier birding areas, thanks to an extensive variety of habitat protected by our coastal parks, refuges and wildlife management areas. More than 400 bird species have been recorded in the region and previous weekend tallies have topped 200 species. “It’s our vast shallow bays and large tracts of protected marshes and bald cypress forests that make the Delmarva Peninsula one of the finest birding regions in the nation,” said guide and organizer Dave Wilson. “During the weekend, our guests will hike on private farmland and woodland that are normally off-limits to birders, and our waterborne trips go where the birds are.”


ICE Bill’s Passage To Impact Worcester Jail

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BY CHARLENE SHARPE

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SNOW HILL – Though Gov. Larry Hogan could veto a bill that would prohibit the county jail from working with Immigration and Customs Enforcement, county officials are still preparing for decreased revenues going forward. The legislature this week passed the “Dignity Not Detention Act,” which will ban local jails like Worcester County’s from housing detainees for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). In a budget discussion Tuesday, the Worcester County Commissioners agreed to decrease jail revenues as a result but held out hope the county’s contract with ICE wouldn’t end immediately. “Governor Hogan they think is going to veto it,” Warden Fulton Holland said. “We should be good for another year.”

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Worcester County has been housing up to 200 immigration-related detainees through a contract with ICE since 1999. Revenue from the ICE agreement provided the jail with $5.1 million of its $9.2 million budget in fiscal year 2019. The legislation approved this week would prohibit governmental entities in Maryland, including Worcester County, from housing ICE detainees as of October 2022. Senator Mary Beth Carozza said this week she voted against the legislation and offered an amendment that would have exempted Worcester County from the legislation. “Making Maryland a sanctuary state would threaten public safety and put Maryland and Worcester County at risk of losing millions of federal dollars,” Carozza said. “I will continue to oppose all efforts to make Maryland a sanctuary state.”

Though Carozza’s amendment failed, Hogan indicated in a press conference Monday that he intended to veto the legislation if it passed. “I would veto any sanctuary bill that passed the legislature today,” he said. “Hopefully that won’t happen. But we would definitely veto that.” During Holland’s budget presentation to the commissioners Tuesday, he said projected ICE revenues were being cut $2.5 million in the coming year. Commissioner Joe Mitrecic said the county needed to plan on losing all of its ICE revenue eventually. As a result, personnel levels will also have to be looked at carefully, he said. “Every position now really has to be analyzed,” he said. “We have to assume we’re going to lose ICE completely. That’s the assumption we have to operate under.”

Berlin Business Grants Total $194K

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BERLIN – The town’s Main Street program awarded 43 grants, ranging from $2,500 to $6,000, to local businesses this month. Thanks to $7 million awarded to Main Street Maryland programs by Gov. Larry Hogan in February, the Berlin Main Street program was able to award $194,113 in grants aimed at helping businesses address impacts of COVID-19. “We’re thrilled to be able to offer this grant to our businesses,” said Ivy Wells, the town’s economic and community development director. “They sacrificed so much over the last year.” According to Wells, Main Street programs began working with the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development on a funding proposal to present to the governor last fall. Wells talked to local merchants to see what sort of support they could use as the pandemic continued and submitted the town’s application back in November. When the governor announced funding in February, local businesses were quick to apply for help. Berlin Main Street received $600,000-worth of applications. While some were for physical changes, others were for rent. In the end, a committee awarded 43 grants totaling $194,113 to the town’s businesses. “I’m happy to announce many of the restaurants are putting in to-go and curbside pickup windows,” Wells said. She said J & M Meat Market had plans to install a window, as did Boxcar on Main and Main Street Deli. “People feel more comfortable walking up to a window,” Wells said. Other shops, such as Sisters, received grants to help modify their businesses in other ways. Wells said Sisters was reworking its interior to allow for more social distancing. Other shops applied for funds for awnings, which would allow them to put merchandise on the sidewalk occasionally. “You need an awning for rain and shade,” Wells said. The Atlantic Hotel received a $5,000 grant to go toward improving its outdoor seating areas, which became incredibly popular during the pandemic. “We’re very grateful to have it,” said Laura Stearns, manager of the Atlantic Hotel. “Last summer because of COVID we did more outdoor dinging than we ever have in the past. We wanted to make some improvements to make it more conducive.” She said the hotel was adding sod and new seating to its beer garden area. More bistro tables have also been ordered for the front of the hotel and there are plans to install up-lighting with lights that come from the porch roof. “It’ll look more like the landmark it is,” Stearns said. While the $5,000 grant covers just a portion of the improvements, Stearns said it was appreciated. “It gave us the incentive to get things done we already had in mind,” she said.


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Funding Relief A Budget Uncertainty

It’s been interesting to observe local governments work through their budget review processes this month. Though each is different with their specifics, most governments are working with a reduction in revenues associated with the pandemic coupled with decreases in expenses, also a result of reduced operations due to restrictions from COVID-19. Worcester County government and Ocean City are each proposing keeping their respective property tax rates the same as last year. Maintaining the constant tax rate will still bring in more money for the governments as a result of increasing property values. In Berlin, a small property tax increase is likely with the town also benefiting from higher property valuations. Throughout budget talks, the elephant in the room has been the impact of the federal government’s American Rescue Plan. Governments across the country will soon be getting an influx of funding from the federal government as part of the COVID-19 relief measures. It’s unclear how much specifically and when it will arrive. It’s such a mystery there are no budget ramifications. While funding will be welcomed, like the $10 million proposed for Worcester County and the $5.8 million for Ocean City, the problem is the timing and what mandates will come with the allocations. During local budget discussions this month, there have been several references to federal aid coming to municipalities and counties. Since the dollar amounts fluctuate depending on the source and unclear rules on how the money must be spent, governments are not including them in their budget as a line item. In the case of small towns like Berlin, which is slated to receive about $4 million, any new funding will carry significant weight, especially when line items, like cellphone allowances, are evaluated extensively. Local school systems are also in line for serious funding. For example, Worcester County Public Schools received a $1 million grant through the state’s Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplementary Appropriations Act. The grant was a result of the school system specifically outlining unique ways to reach students who have been negatively impacted by the pandemic. The school system is using the funding to purchase two 31-foot customized recreational vehicles for teachers to bring mobile classrooms into neighborhoods in the south-end of the county. These funding allocations are all positives, but the mysterious nature behind when they will be distributed and what they can be spent on is a constant source of anxiety for budget decision makers. Only time will tell how it will all play out, but the questions do little to help with ongoing budget deliberations.

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Operating any business today is incredibly difficult, but running a restaurant amid the ongoing pandemic and its ramifications comes with unique challenges. Food supply is a major issue currently with some restaurateurs boldly predicting crab meat will be unavailable by this summer. With supply tight, demand high and fuel costs skyrocketing, the price of goods has reached new heights. Patrons will soon start to realize these increased expenses through higher charges. Additionally, finding employees to fill shifts, especially back of the house type jobs like line cooks and dishwashers, continues to be a major issue. The result of all this seems to be many restaurants may reduce their hours of operation this summer and even close a day or two during the height of the season – observations seen around the area last year. Indeed, it’s a crazy time for restaurants. Boxcar on Main chef/owner Paul Suplee shared a photo on LinkedIn of a server holding a sign reading “Short Staffed, it’s the new pandemic! Please be kind to our staff.” His message on the share on LinkedIn read, “Yep. For most of us restaurateurs this year will be tougher than last!” On its Facebook page, The Crab Bag in north Ocean City announced for the next few weeks it will be closing Monday through Wednesday. It’s not because the business is not there, however. It’s far from the case. The Crab Bag’s full post read, “A little reminder to people that are not aware. The restaurants are short staffed like many other businesses and this is not because we do not feel like taking the time to hire or because we do not pay well. It's quite the opposite. Nobody is applying for certain jobs. Sometimes we are out of certain food or drinks because the items are out of stock and not because we do not know how to order. Please be patient and kind to the staff that is showing up and working so diligently. It's extremely difficult to enjoy your job when you have to deal with angry people. These are tough times, we will get through. Don't waste your energy being upset. Tip your servers and bartenders that make 3.63 plus tips so they can pay their bills. The back of the house staff is just as important as the front of the house staff. This staff shows up and greets you with a smile under their masks they have to wear every day. Do us a small favor and smile back.” The Ocean Pines Association was right to slow the ongoing short-term rental discussion. It’s unclear whether the threat of litigation derailed the effort to create new short-term rental guidelines for the community, but the planned town hall forum on Saturday has been canceled. It appears Ocean Pines will continue to monitor the situation over the summer and work on enforcing the county’s existing short-term rental laws. A review of how the season went in the fall would be wise followed by the reassembling of the committee that worked hard to create the guidelines under current consideration. Having the public weigh in on any proposed guidelines in the winter months would be much better received than in mid-April with rentals already occurring at a high clip. Worcester County government has a way of operating in the same fashion no matter who the elected officials might be. Filling prominent leadership vacancies from within would be an example. It’s clear, and it’s a good strategy, the county prefers to promote from within with the help of inner-department succession planning. In 2013, when then-Chief Administrative Officer Gerald Mason retired from the county, the commissioners at the time decided to promote thenFinance Officer Harold Higgins to the position. At the same time, the commissioners promoted Assistant Emergency Services Director Fred Webster to succeed long-time Emergency Services Director Teresa Owens. Both vacancies were filled without any sort of search effort. This week, the current set of commissioners followed the same path as eight years ago when Higgins announced plans to retire this September. Opting against a search again, the commissioners announced Higgins’ replacement at the same time as his retirement. Assistant Chief Administrative Officer Weston Young will replace his boss later this year. Young’s replacement will likely come from within as well. Skateboarding has always been a concern in Berlin, but it’s not reached the point of ordinances needing to be rewritten or approaches tweaked. In simplest terms, skateboarding is essentially not allowed on any street with lines on it, including Main, Broad, William and Bay streets and Old Ocean City Boulevard. I think it’s appropriate for police to enforce this ordinance. What has chafed people of late in Berlin is the fact some kids who are frequent offenders have had their skateboards confiscated by police. I personally know many of these kids and the police officers are wise to take their boards if they will not adhere to repeated warnings and knowingly disrespect them. Police are not confiscating any boards without good reason. Officers also return the boards after a day or two once the kid comes to the department with an adult to pick it up. This policy allows police to remind the responsible adult and the child about the town’s skateboarding laws. While the sign at a local restaurant, reading, “We can’t be America’s Coolest Small Town if Sk8boards are illegal,” received a lot of social media buzz, it’s important to remember it’s a public safety issue.


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County Announces Hire SNOW HILL – The Commissioners named Jacqueline Trieu as the new workforce engagement specialist within Worcester County Economic Development (WCED). “We are so thrilled to welcome Jackie to the Maryland’s Coast team as our new workforce engagement specialist,” Tourism and Economic Development Director Melanie Pursel said. “She brings an inJACQUELINE credibly diverse backTRIEU ground as well as amazing energy and enthusiasm. Being able to add workforce services to our wide array of resources for both residents and employers will truly set Worcester County apart.” In her new role, Trieu will oversee the county’s workforce development initiatives to educate and train individuals to meet the needs of current and future businesses and industries offering livable wages. Her primary responsibilities will include creating, managing, and delivering workforce development programs and services. Trieu, who is fluent in both English and Spanish, will serve as the primary liaison with local, state, and federal partners, including Worcester Technical High School, area chambers of commerce, Maryland Department of Commerce, DLLR, Small Business Development Center, and the Small Business Association.

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BERLIN – The Coastal Association of REALTORS® has awarded $4,250 in grants to local charities through the Coastal REALTORS® Foundation. Since the foundation was created in 2019 it has awarded nearly $50,000 to local charities. Receiving grants in the Coastal REALTORS® Foundation’s latest round of

funding were Junior Achievement Eastern Shore, Epoch Dream Center, Eastern Shore Pregnancy Center, Wall that Heals (Veterans Memorial) and WGP Warriors Against Addiction. “We are so excited to partner with these great local organizations,” said Coastal President Joni Williamson “We have just entered our third year of the

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It’s important to recognize the new stimulus bill, passed at the same time as vaccine distribution became widespread, is not just about helping households in financial distress. It’s also about jumpstarting the economy right about the time people can get back out and find work. That’s why it’s called a stimulus bill — to stimulate spending. Households that need the money can spend it on consumer staples or pay down debt. If you’re looking to invest your stimulus money in an insurance or financial product, we can help. Contact us for a

April 16, 2021 foundation, and although COVID-19 threw a wrench into some of our plans and fundraising we are continuing to push forward and support our REALTOR® members who nominate and work with these wonderful non-profits.” The Coastal REALTORS® Foundation is a charitable fund held by the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore. The association raises money for the fund through an annual charity golf tournament as well as other efforts throughout the year. The fund is accessible to members of Coastal through an application process administered by the association and reviewed by a committee of members. Grant recipients must be 501(c)3 organizations and must be located in Somerset, Wicomico, or WorSEE NEXT PAGE

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BERLIN – Millions of Americans have embraced the new relief money resulting from the $1.9 trillion America Rescue Plan. They’ve been able to pay for utilities and put food on the table while looking for employment. Those who maintained their jobs throughout the pandemic have embraced the payout as well, but for different reasons. For them, it’s not about survival, it’s about ways to spend that lovely windfall.

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Registered Status Obtained SALISBURY – Comprehensive Financial Solutions, Inc announced Elizabeth “Liz” Brittingham is now a registered representative. Brittingham graduated Flagler college in 2017 with a double major in Accounting and ELIZABETH Business Administration. BRITTINGHAM She joined CFS December 2017 and now holds Series 7 and Series 66 security registrations.

Company Adds Two SALISBURY – SVN|Miller Commercial Real Estate has welcomed Ryan Finnegan and Breanna Tedeschi to the team at the main office in Salisbury. Both were introduced to SVN Miller through the semi-annual MASMI (MidAtlantic Sales and Marketing Institute) event hosted by Salisbury University. Students are introduced to participating companies to prepare students for leadership and career opportunities BREANNA TEDESCHI in sales and marketing. Tedeschi joins the team as an executive assistant and marketing coordinator for Wesley Cox of The Hanna Team. She is currently a junior at Salisbury University with a marketing major and minoring in sales and communications. “After seeing Breanna do very well in the MASMI Sales Competition and making it to the final round I knew she would be a great addition to the Hanna Team. As we continue to place within the top 25 advisors in the country, we were looking for someone with Breanna’s skills to help complement our extensive marketing program on behalf of our RYAN FINNEGAN clients,” said Cox. Tedeschi won third place in the MASMI Sales Competition which is no easy accomplishment with stiff competition among her peers. In her free time, she is a member of the POMS Dance Team at SU. Finnegan is currently enrolled at Salisbury University as a senior. He is pursuing a degree in marketing with a minor in professional sales. He has joined SVN|Miller as a spring intern. He will be assisting the brokerage team at SVN|Miller to learn more about a career in the commercial real estate industry. Outside of school and work, he enjoys golfing, crabbing and watching sports. “We first met Ryan and Breanna at the Spring MASMI virtual event in 2020. We had the opportunity to chat with both students during the event and then schedule follow up interviews. We were impressed by both candidates and are excited to welcome them to the team,” said Rick Tilghman, managing director of SVN|Miller.

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Home, Condo Show Returns To Ocean City After Year Off

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OCEAN CITY – A popular home show is returning to Ocean City next week with new exhibits and an added art and craft fair. Next weekend, the 37th Annual Home, Condo and Outdoor Show will return to the Roland E. Powell Convention Center in Ocean City. The event, hosted by Ocean Promotions, will be held in conjunction with an art and craft fair featuring a variety of gifts and accessories. “This year’s event will be a little bit smaller because of COVID,” said Jeannette Trimper, who owns and operates Ocean Promotions alongside her husband, Brooks. “We have 29 home exhibitors and 35 art exhibitors so there will still be a lot of great vendors there, anywhere from roofing to landscaping.” Organizers say the home show will feature new products, basic home services and ideas for remodeling. Attendees will be able to talk with contractors, decorators, landscapers and more and view demonstrations and the latest

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SALISBURY – A recommendation to increase certain recreation fees will move forward for council consideration after a discussion with department leaders last week. Last Tuesday, officials with Wicomico County Recreation, Parks and Tourism came before the Wicomico County Council seeking fee increases to certain recreation programs in fiscal year 2022. Deputy Director Katie Rouse said an increase in minimum wage, as well as COVID-19 regulations on childcare services, had increased costs associated with operating programs. “As most of you are aware, minimum wage was increased at the beginning of this year to $11.75 an hour. This minimum wage increase is one of the two major factors that we considered when deciding what to set our fee rates at for the upcoming fiscal year,” she said. “In addition to the minimum wage, we have COVID regulations that are put on to us for our childcare programs. We have to meet these regulations to operate the sites, and it affects both the number of HOME IMPROVEMENT

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tioned if the proposed fee increases would be included in the coming year’s budget deliberations, or if it would be implemented in the current fiscal year. While the proposed increases for karate and junior golf would take effect in fiscal year 2022, Rouse said other increases would need to be implemented in the budget process. “Right now, the summer camps straddle the fiscal year, so registration is open for those now,” Rouse replied. “So we are currently collecting fees at the increased rate. If the fees were not approved, our plan would be to refund the difference back to the people who already registered for the camps.” Holloway asked, “If you were planning on charging these increased fees, why didn’t it come to the council earlier? … Why didn’t it come to us before you started doing that?” Rouse noted the department was unsure about hosting summer programs until recently, when it received guidance and regulations. She said officials wanted to provide a service giving parents childcare options ahead of the summer season. “With the COVID regulations, it all

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Parishioners of the Friendship United Methodist Church held a drive through luncheon fundraiser with the help of the Powellville Volunteer Fire Company.

Stevenson United Methodist Church is back to offering crabcake dinners for carryout with Mary Scottie Watson, Bootsie Fletcher and Pat Oltman selling the desserts.

At the Powellville Volunteer Fire Company, Claude Littleton and Ronnie Jones were mixing and frying oyster fritters to support Friendship United Methodist Church.

The Downtown Pocomoke Spring Festival saw Pastor Lance Ness and Margie Blairs providing information on services offered at Beaver Dam Christian Church.

The Whaleyville United Methodist Church AUCE Breakfast retuned last month and is now being served safely at your tables by Pastor Terry Forte and Ginger Hall.

Powellville Volunteer Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary members Kristy Hurd and Kelly Myrer kept traffic moving for the drive thru luncheon fundraiser.

Working hard at the Whaleyville United Methodist Church Monthly Breakfast were Phil Forte and Ryan Hall back in the kitchen.

Brooke Loring joined her pop-pop Edwin Horner in the Stevenson United Methodist Church kitchen for the carryout crabcake dinner.


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Each week staff photographer Chris Parypa is tasked with submitting a photo from his vast library to be featured in this space. Above some early-morning light is pictured amid the high rises of north Ocean City. To purchase any of Parypa’s photos, click over to www.chrisparypa.com.


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Pet’s Name: Dax Pet’s Age/Breed: 2-year-old Shiba Inu Pet’s Owner: Jessica Kelpy

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Pet’s Name: Ellie May Pet’s Age/Breed: 6-month-old mini pig Pet’s Owner: Tara Staggers

Pet’s Name: Honeysuckle Pet’s Age/Breed: 10-month-old barn cat Pet’s Owner: Ava Sharpe

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Pet’s Name: Rubicon Pet’s Age/Breed: 11-week-old mix Pet’s Owners: Iris & Russell Hobbs

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Pet’s Name: OC Buddy Pet’s Age/Breed: 3-year-old golden doodle Pet’s Owners: Dawn Butler

Pet’s Name: Kilo Pet’s Age/Breed: 5-year-old Shiba Inu Pet’s Owners: Rita, Bill, Bob Danhardt and Audreyanna Heinsinger

The Dispatch presents the latest edition of its Pets of the Month Contest. Each month one special animal, or two, in some cases, is picked as the cutest photo of the bunch through a private vote of our staff. Here we present this month’s pets, submitted by our readers. On the front page is last month’s winning entry, Gemini, owned by Kim and Daniel Patrick. Those interested in participating in future months’ contests are invited to send their lovable pet photo to us at editor@mdcoastdispatch.com (preferred) or to P.O. Box 467, Berlin, Md. 21811 or drop it off at our office in Berlin at 10012 Old Ocean City Blvd. Please be sure it’s a high-quality photo suitable for reproduction and to include your mailing address, the pet’s name, age and breed and the owner’s first and last name. The next series will appear in this space on May 9.

Pet’s Name: Riptide & Wipeout Pet’s Age/Breed: 2-year-old Shih Tzus Pet’s Owner: Karen Robertshaw

Pet’s Name: Lucy Pet’s Age/Breed: 4-month-old Fox Red Labrador retriever Pet’s Owners: Kevin & Susie Gordon

Pet’s Name: Kirby Pet’s Age/Breed: 8-year-old bull mastiff Pet’s Owner: Sue Bavas

Pet’s Name: Kiefer Pet’s Age/Breed: 12-year-old Shiba Inu Pet’s Owners: Dave & Joanmary Lavitz


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April 17: Chicken & Dumplings The Bishopville Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary will be holding a “Chicken & Dumplin'” carryout only at the main station. 5-7 p.m. Chicken, dumplings, green beans and sweet potatoes. Cost is $13 and $7 for an additional pint of dumplings. Call ahead by April 14 to have your carryout ready 619-922-9950. April 17: Walk With A Doctor Educate, exercise and empower during the virtual “Walk with a Doc” at 9 a.m. on the Atlantic General Hospital Facebook page, where there will be a short presentation by neurologist Dr. Preeti Yonker, who will discuss Parkinson’s disease. You can then walk wherever you want and share your selfies on social media with the hashtag #walkedwithagh.

April 17: Bikers Food Drive The public is invited to join the Bikers Without Borders Foundation from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Food Lion in Ocean Pines for the Fill-the-Truck Food Drive. Members will be collecting canned goods, non-perishable food items, and monetary donations for local food banks. April 17: Drive-Thru Luncheon Powellville United Methodist Church, located at 35606 Mt. Hermon Road, will offer a drive-thru luncheon 10:30 a.m.1 p.m. featuring oyster fritter sandwiches, chicken salad sandwiches and homemade soups. Platters available. No preorders.

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April 17: Chicken BBQ Fundraiser Stephen Decatur High School’s baseball team will hold a drive-thru chicken BBQ fundraiser from 11 a.m. until sold out at the corner of Seahawk Lane and Route 50. Cost is $10 for a platter.

April 17-18: Kids Build Trimper Rides will welcome kids to take a look at construction vehicles up close and design their own skyscraper. All-day rides available for $20 open at noon. April 19: Monthly Meeting Democratic Women’s Club of Worcester County’s monthly meeting at 10 a.m. The DWC currently meets via Zoom. For a link to the meeting and information on the group's activities or membership, contact us at demwomensclubwc@gmail.com, on Facebook, or at dwcmd.org.

April 22-25: The Wall That Heals The Worcester County Veterans Memorial in Ocean Pines will host The Wall That Heals, a three-quarter scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.

terian Church will host at 1301 Philadelphia Avenue. Wear masks and social distance.

April 24: AYCE Breakfast Whaleyville United Methodist Church will host an all-you-can-eat breakfast, 710 a.m. Cost is $8 per adult; $4 per child. Offerings include pancakes, bacon, sausage, scrapple, scrambled eggs, chipped beef, hash brown potatoes, toast, fruit and beverages. Masks and social distancing required. Indoor dining or carryout. April 24: Key Club Yard Sale Stephen Decatur High School's Key Club will hold a yard sale fundraiser from 8-10 a.m. at 11238 Adkins Road.

April 24-25: Kids Unite Trimper Rides will hold safety education and demonstrations featuring first responders and their vehicles. All-day rides available for $20 open at noon. April 28: Grief Support Group Atlantic General Hospital will be offering a free grief support group once a month beginning Wednesday, April 28. There are no sign-ins and no special require-

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May 1: May Day Celebration The Ocean Pines Garden Club will host its 3rd Annual May Day Community Celebration on May 1, rain or shine. It is your chance to show your community support by creating a beautiful basket of fresh flowers and display it in a way that it is visible from the street. The only rule is the basket must contain fresh flowers and greens. Place a zip lock bag near your creation that contains five copies of your name, address and the inspiration for your creation for the judges. Judges will visit displays between 9:30 and 12:30. Baskets will be judged on condition, distinction, originality, color harmony and design, balance and proportion. All participants will receive certificates of appreciation and winners will receive ribbons. May 1: Community Bike Ride Ocean Pines and the Worcester County Bike and Pedestrian Coalition are teaming up to host a free community bike ride on Saturday, May 1. To register, call 410641-7052. Day-of registration starts at 3:30 p.m. at the Ocean Pines Racquet Center. May 8: Safe Boating Course The US Coast Guard Auxiliary is offering a one-day virtual Maryland Safe Boating Course, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Cost is $20.00. Register or get more information by calling Barry Cohen at 410-935-4807, or Email: CGAUXOC@Gmail.com.

ADOPT A PET FROM THE SHELTER April 24: Church Rummage Sale From 7 a.m.-1 p.m., Ocean City Presby-

These Loving Animals, Sponsored Each Month By Local Businesses, Are Available For Adoption At The Ocean City Humane Society: 410-213-0146. To Sponsor A Pet, Call 410-641-4561 • Annually, 10% Of The Proceeds From This Page Are Donated To The Shelter The Humane Society Desperately Needs Volunteers To Help Care For The Cats And Dogs. Any Amount Of Time You Can Spare Will Be Appreciated.

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The Shark Restaurant 12429 Sunset Ave., WOC 410-213-0294

The Dough Roller Five Locations In Ocean City

Maryland Title Service 11500 Coastal Hwy., Suite 7, OC 410-723-2000

Elliott’s Hardware Rte. 611, West Ocean City 410-213-1088


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Best Beats

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on the beach

Who’s Where When 45TH STREET TAPHOUSE 443-664-2201 4507 Coastal Hwy. Tuesdays: Aaron Howell Wednesdays: Aaron Howell (137th St. Tavern)

BEATS BY WAX Crawl St. Tavern: Sundays Pickles Pub: Tuesdays & Thursdays Coins Pub: Wednesdays

LENNON LARICCI Cork Bar: Saturday, April 17

ATLANTIC HOTEL 410-641-3589 2 North Main St., Berlin Mondays: Earl Beardsley BUXY’S SALTY DOG DRY DOCK 28 410-289-0973 28th St. & Coastal Hwy. Friday, April 16: Ziggy Isaacs, 6 p.m. Saturday, April 17: Funk Shué, 9 p.m.

ZIGGY ISAACS Buxy’s Salty Dog: Friday, April 16

JIM BELLIN Crabcake Factory Bayside: Sunday, April 18

COINS PUB 410-289-3100 28th St. Plaza On Coastal Hwy. Wednesdays: DJ Wax CRABCAKE FACTORY BAYSIDE 302-988-5000 37314 Lighthouse Rd. Rte. 54 Selbyville, DE Sunday, April 18: Jim Bellin, 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 21: Jason Lee, 5 p.m. CRAWL STREET TAVERN 443-373-2756 Wicomico St. Downtown O.C. Friday, April 16: Kings Ransom, 9 p.m. Saturday, April 17: Shots Fired, 9 p.m. Sunday, April 18: DJ Wax, 10 p.m. CORK BAR Saturday, April 17: Lennon LaRicci, 4 p.m. Sunday, April 18: Natalie Davis, 4 p.m. FAGER’S ISLAND 410-524-5500 60th St. in the Bay Friday, April 16: TBA Saturday, April 17: DJ Groove, 9 p.m.

BENDERZ DUO Seacrets: Friday, April 16

BEATS BY STYLER Pickles Pub: Fridays, Saturdays & Wednesdays

JASON LEE Crabcake Factory Bayside: Wednesday, April 21

KARAOKE W/WOOD Pickles Pub: Mondays

AARON HOWELL 45th St.Taphouse: Tuesdays Taphouse Tavern: Wednesdays

DJ GROOVE Fager’s Island: Saturday, April 17


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Who’s Where When GREENE TURTLE WEST 410-213-1500 Rte. 611, West OC Saturday, April 17: TBA

KINGS RANSOM Crawl St. Tavern: Friday, April 16

DOC MARTEN & THE FLANNELS Purple Moose: Friday & Saturday, April 16 & 17

MULLIGAN’S 410-213-7717 12445 Ocean Gateway, West OC Saturday, April 17: Wyes Guys, 8 p.m. OCEAN CLUB 410-524-3535 10100 Coastal Hwy. In The Clarion Hotel Friday & Saturday, April 16 & 17: On The Edge

ON THE EDGE Ocean Club/Clarion: Friday & Saturday, April 16 & 17

WYES GUYS Mulligan’s: Saturday, April 17

LIMA BEAN RIOT DUO Seacrets: Saturday, April 17

NATALIE DAVIS BAND Pickles Pub: Saturday, April 17 Cork Bar: Sunday, April 18

FULL CIRCLE DUO Seacrets: Saturday, April 17 & Thursday, April 22

DOC MARTEN DUO Purple Moose: Saturday, April 17

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Not Valid With Other Offers Or Discounts Exp. 4-30-21 • MCD

15% OFF Any Case Of Wine

Not Valid With Other Offers Or Discounts Exp. 4-30-21 • MCD

10% OFF

750 ml/1.5 L Bottle Of Wine Not Valid With Other Offers Or Discounts Exp. 4-30-21 • MCD

Cheers! BEER • WINE • SODA Open 7 Days A Week Mon.-Thurs., 7 a.m.-9 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 7 a.m.-10 p.m. & Sun., 8 a.m.-8 p.m.

Gas • Ice Cigarettes 410-641-2366 • Main St. & Old O.C. Blvd., Berlin, Md.

PICKLES PUB 410-289-4891 8th St. & Philadelphia Ave. Friday, April 16: Beats By Styler, 9:30 p.m. Saturday, April 17: Natalie Davis Band Mondays: Karaoke With Wood Tuesdays: Beats By Wax Wednesdays: Beats By Styler Thursdays: Beats By Wax PURPLE MOOSE 410-289-6953 Between Caroline & Talbot Sts. On The Boardwalk Friday & Saturday, April 16 & 17: Doc Marten & The Flannels Saturday, April 17: Doc Marten Duo, 2 p.m. SEACRETS 410-524-4900 49th St. & Coastal Hwy. Friday, April 16: Stealing Sunrise Duo, 5 p.m., Benderz Duo, 9:30 p.m. Saturday, April 17: Full Circle Duo, 5 p.m., Kono Nation Duo, 8 p.m., Lima Bean Riot Duo, 9:30 p.m. Thursday, April 22: Full Circle Duo, 5 p.m.


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News In Photos

Maryland’s Lower Shore Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America volunteers partnered with the Everytown for Gun Safety Support Fund to provide education and awareness about child gun deaths and responsible gun storage through the Be SMART program. Be SMART Moms partnered with the “Lemonade Bookstand” initiative to distribute spring bags stuffed with art supplies, notebooks and snacks to homeless youth in Worcester and Wicomico counties. Pictured are Charlie and Alexis Southward, Linda Powers, Judy Davis and Nanci Osborne with Susan Blaney, Food Pantry/Volunteer Coordinator of Diakonia.

Members of Bikers Without Borders Foundation met outside of Tall Tales Brewery recently to present Chris and Mirela Hardy from US Kennels, Inc in Salisbury with a $500 donation. The contribution made will help keep the vital program for veterans funded and operating. The program improves the lives of veterans by teaming them up with a rescue dog from the Humane Society and other dog rescues at no cost. Each dog is chosen to fit the veteran’s specific disability and personality and upon rescue is rehabilitated and trained in advanced obedience and advanced medical tasks. Submitted Photos

The Republican Women of Worcester County held a general meeting last month at Bayside Skillet in Ocean City. Pictured, from left, are Melody Clarke, senior regional coordinator of Heritage Action for America, and Beth Rodier, president of the RWWC.

On April 9, Cato, Inc. awarded Worcester Preparatory School a $500 ExxonMobil Educational Alliance program grant. This year’s grant will be applied toward Worcester Prep’s math program. ExxonMobil believes in investing in educational programs for the next generation to pursue studies and careers in fields involving math and science. Accepting the check is long-time math teacher Cyndee Hudson and students Paxton Mault, Kain Crossett, Tyler Netting, Sydney Todorov and Anisha Batra.

The Ocean Pines Garden Club (OPGC) held its Arbor Day Memorial ceremony on April 8 at Pintail Park in Ocean Pines. The event, which had to be cancelled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, was an opportunity for club members and friends to celebrate the lives of loved ones lost in either 2019 or 2020. This tradition goes back many years. OPGC President Patti Lookner and Arbor Day Committee Chair Ann Shockley, introduced the program, which included historical and poetry readings by OPGC members, music by the Delmarva Chorus and bagpiper Mike Castoro, and proclamations from the Ocean Pines Association Board of Directors and the Worcester County Commissioners. Above, Carol Ludwig and the Delmarva Chorus perform on a beautiful day. Below, from left, at the event are OPGC President Patti Lookner, OPA Director Colette Horn, OPA President Larry Perrone and Worcester County Commissioner Chip Bertino.


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$15/Week For Minimum Of Five Lines • $2 Thereafter Per Line Display Classified Ads: $20/Week Per Column Inch (Contract Discounts Available)

HELP WANTED FULL MOON SALOON: Now hiring full or part time server, line cook, kitchen expo. Great Salary! Apply within at 12702 Old Bridge Road, WOC. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––– MAINTENANCE: F/T, Y/R, 32-40 hrs/week. Dependable. Handyman with good skills. Must have transportation/tools. Send resume to fred@paradiseoc.com ––––––––––––––––––––––––––– BUILDING ATTENDANT: PT/FT. Summer season. Monitor pool and parking lot. Report to property manager. Good pay. Send resume to fred@paradiseoc.com or 410-250-1111. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––– SOUTHSIDE GRILL WOC: Hiring Line Cooks, Kitchen Help, Dishwashers. YR, FT or PT. Ambitious, willing to work individuals only. Pay neg. based on performance. 9923 Stephen Decatur Hwy. 410-2131572. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––

CASHIER/ SALES ASSOCIATE Must be friendly & dependable FT/PT - Year Round & Seasonal - Various Shifts Competitive Hourly Wage Benefits Available Temporary $2 extra per hour until further notice

To Apply-go online www.petromg.com *Employment *Retail *OC MD *Cashier Wine Rack *Search *Cashier Sales Assoc.-Wine Rack Rt. 50 Wine Rack 12827 Ocean Gateway West OC, MD

MONTEGO BAY MARKET 12903 COASTAL HIGHWAY Now Hiring

• DELIVERY DRIVERS Make Up To $20/Hour Full-Time or Part-Time Call 443-856-5652 or Apply In Person Downtown Location 710 N. Philadelphia Ave.

HIRING Evening Cashier Day & Evening Deli Personnel

SUMMER BEACH CONDOS #3 35TH STREET, OCMD Is Looking For-

PART TIME CUSTODIAL & LIGHT MAINTENANCE PERSONS Day Shift 7am-2pm 4-5 Days/Week Weekends A Must $11/Hour Night Shift 4pm-12am Weekends A Must $12/Hour **Must Be Able To Move Heavy Objects** If interested please contact Diana Whittington at 410-603-5627 to set up an interview.

I NDI A N R I VER MA R I NA I S NOW HI R I NG! •NIGHT WATCH 3PM-11PM SHIFT

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Apply Online at delawarestatejobs.com For additional information, please contact the Marina office at 302.227.3071 AA/EOE

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WAREHOUSE/YARD/TRUCK DRIVER 40 HOURS PER WEEK. LOCAL DELIVERY-FRANKFORD, DE. VACATION BENEFITS & INSURANCE CALL 302-732-9200 FOR INTERVIEW.

Please Emailmontegosuperthrift@gmail.com Or Apply In Person11am-4pm Monday-Friday

NOW HIRING - YEAR ROUND COOK OCEAN PINES LOCATION

Berlin’s Newest Eatery! Now Hiring: ALL POSITIONS Seasonal Part-Time Full-Time Call Matt at 302-593-4141 or email

PUT YOUR LOGO IN COLOR FOR JUST $10

CONTACT INFORMATION Phone: 410-641-4563 • Fax: 410-641-0966 Email: classifieds@mdcoastdispatch.com Mail: P.O. Box 467, Berlin, Md. 21811

Deadline For Insertions, Cancellations And Payment Is 3 p.m. Tuesday. Pre-Payment Is Required. We Accept Visa & MasterCard. BALI-HI RV PARK: Bishopville, MD. Maintenance Man/ Groundskeeper. Grass cutting. Experience in plumbing and electric. 40 hrs/wk, $15/hr. 410-352-3140. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––– C L E A N E R S / VAC AT I O N RENTALS: Needed for Ocean City and Ocean Pines. Experience preferred but not necessary. Text or call 443-397-1189. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––– LANDSCAPE WORKERS NEEDED: Must have valid DL. Reliable transportation to work. Call 410-641-2177. The Moore Companies, Berlin, MD. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––

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PART-TIME FRONTLINE ASSOCIATE Farmers Bank of Willards has a Part-Time Frontline Associate position available at the Talbot Branch, Ocean City location. Looking for professional and motivated individuals with extraordinary customer service skills. Cash handling experience & excellent computer skills a must. Please send resume to 12641 Ocean Gateway, OC, MD 21842 or email: jennie.rice@fbwbank.com Application cut off is 04-26-2021 “Equal Employment Opportunity-Affirmative Action Employer”

Come Join Our Winning Team! Now accepting applications for the following positions!

Reservationist Over Night Front Desk Front Desk Room Attendant Houseperson Laundry Attendant Room Inspectors Maintenance Server Cashier Barista Looking for experienced personnel with customer service skills. Must be flexible with hours. Email resume to jobs@carouselhotel.com or stop by and complete an application at the Front Desk. We require satisfactory pre-employment drug testing and background check.

Carousel Resort Hotel & Condominiums 11700 Coastal Highway Ocean City, MD 21842 EOE

NOW HIRING! YEAR-ROUND FULL- OR PART-TIME

•KITCHEN LEADER •LINE COOKS •HOSTESS •BARBACKS Please apply in person. Greene Turtle West, Rt. 611, West OC 410-213-1500 Work With the Best Ocean City has to Offer ... We Invite You to be a Part of our Family!

Year Round Positions ~ROOM ATTENDANT ~LAUNDRY ~LOBBY ATTENDANT ~OVERNIGHT CLEANER ~HOUSEKEEPING SUPERVISOR ~FRONT DESK AGENT ~NIGHT AUDIT ~RESERVATIONS ~PAINTER ~FRONT DESK SUPERVISOR ~FOOD & BEVERAGE MANAGER ~MAINTENANCE ~EXECUTIVE SECRETARY ~HVAC Seasonal Positions ~SERVER ~BARTENDER ~HOSTESS/HOST ~BUSSER ~FOOD RUNNERS ~POOL ATTENDANT ~WAREHOUSE CLERK ~GRILL COOKS ~BEACH STAND ~SECURITY EXCELLENT BENEFITS! FAX RESUME & SALARY REQ. to: 410-723-9109 Online at www.clarionoc.com APPLY IN PERSON Mon-Sat 10 a.m.-4 p.m. CLARION RESORT FONTAINEBLEAU HOTEL 10100 COASTAL HWY. OCEAN CITY, MD. 21842 EOE M/F/D/V


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CONTACT INFORMATION Phone: 410-641-4563 • Fax: 410-641-0966 Email: classifieds@mdcoastdispatch.com Mail: P.O. Box 467, Berlin, Md. 21811

Now Hiring ALL POSITIONS Kitchen, Servers, Bussers, Hostess Apply in Person

RT. 54, FENWICK ISLAND

THE SPINNAKER NOW HIRING FULL-TIME SEASONAL: HOUSEKEEPING MAINTENANCE/ BELLMAN Daytime & Evening Positions Available

APPLY IN PERSON

1800 Baltimore Avenue

Monday-Friday 11am-4pm

NIGHT SUPERVISOR FT, YEAR ROUND BENEFITS INCLUDE VACATION, SICK DAYS, HEALTH INSURANCE, 401-K. Competitive hourly wage + Temporary $2 extra per hour until further notice

To Apply-go online www.petromg.com *Employment *Retail *OC MD *Night Supervisor *Search *Night Supervisor-Wine Rack Rt. 50 Wine Rack 12827 Ocean Gateway West OC, MD

CARPENTERS & CARPENTERS HELPERS

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Must have: Tools, Transportation, Driver’s License

Exp. Required! PATTERSON & SONS BUILDERS

THUNDERBIRD BEACH MOTEL NOW HIRING FRONT DESK HOUSEKEEPING MAINTENANCE/ BELLMAN APPLY IN PERSON

Monday-Friday 9am-3pm Thunderbird Beach Motel 32nd Street, Ocean City

RETAIL SALES PERSON

Call 410-641-9530

Needed for fast growing, established outdoor furniture company. Exceptional Opportunity to Earn and Learn! Must be Professional, Detail-Oriented, and Courteous. Occasional deliveries and assembling. 5 days a week, 9 months a year. Hourly pay plus commissions. Resume and References Required. WINDSOR info@WindsorTeakFurniture.com .COM or drop off Mon-Fri, 4pm-5pm

TEAK

1300 Coastal Hwy., Ocean Bay Plaza, Fenwick Island

Currently hiring manpower for

•STUCCO & EIFS MECHANICS •CARPENTERS •CONCRETE BLOCK •COATINGS SPECIALISTS •FLAT CONCRETE •CONCRETE REPAIRS •PT WELDER •COMMERCIAL CAULKING •WINDOW & DOOR INSTALLERS •WAREHOUSE HELP (DRIVER’S LICENSE REQ’D) Experience Preferred. Tools, transportation & a valid driver’s license are a plus. Competitive benefit package available. Please apply in person at 11935 Hammer Rd, Bishopville, MD, or apply online: http://allstatesconst.com/delmarva-renovations-careers

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Sunset Island, Ocean City, MD

A Beautiful Bayside Location in Ocean City with a Friendly Team Environment.

Now Hiring Clubhouse/Pool Attendants. Part-Time Seasonal Position. Excellent people skills a must. You must be able to work mornings, nights and weekends. 8 hour shifts. Please Fax Resume to 410-520-0398 or Email: linda.horensavitz@casinc.biz


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CONTACT INFORMATION Phone: 410-641-4563 • Fax: 410-641-0966 Email: classifieds@mdcoastdispatch.com Mail: P.O. Box 467, Berlin, Md. 21811

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HIRING AT BOTH LOCATIONS ALL POSITIONS INCLUDING MANAGEMENT APPLY IN PERSON South Location 31st St. Coastal Hwy. 410-289-2581 North Location 128th St. Coastal Hwy. 410-250-2304

Now Hiring ALL POSITIONS Kitchen, Servers, Bussers, Hostess

Apply in Person IN THE OF FENWICK

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AUTOMOTIVE GREAT OPPORTUNITIES! Large automotive center with auto parts/ marine store, service centers, and used car dealership, is now hiring for: ~Service Parts & Advisors ~Experienced Tow Truck Drivers ~Technicians ~Maryland State Inspector Excellent Pay and Benefits. Call: 302-344-9846 Delaware Learning Institute of Cosmetology in Dagsboro, Delaware is looking for COSMETOLOGY, ESTHETICS, AND NAIL TECHNOLOGY INSTRUCTORS!

NOW HIRING DRIVER, BARTENDER, COOK & COUNTER

Must be available to work Mon.-Fri., 8:30am-4pm. We offer competitive benefits, like optional health care plans, dental and paid time off. Must maintain guest satisfaction, and ensure guest servicing is consistent with educational standards. Must provide and promote a positive learning environment for the student body. Must hold a valid DE license. Must have salon industry experience and ability to maintain composure and drive in a fast-paced, high stress environment. Must have a polished professional image. No phone calls please. Email resume and cover letter w/salary requirements: jcook@delawarecosmetology.com

Set Schedules. Starting Wage $12.00/hour. Must be 18 years or older. Apply On Website: www.ronjonsurfshop.com/thecompany/careers Send Resumes To: OCSales@rjss.com Store Address: 6701 Coastal Highway #8, Ocean City, MD 21842 NOW HIRING FOR SEASONAL EMPLOYMENT

Stop in for an onsite interview Mon-Sat 9AM-2PM 12550 EAGLES NEST ROAD, BERLIN, MD 21811

Are you looking for a dynamic and growing organization that will both challenge and reward you? Join our team at Castaways RV Resort & Campground to embark on an exciting new opportunity!

•Cafe Baristas •Guest Services •Housekeeping •Store Clerk •Snack Bar

•Snack Bar Supervisor •Store Supervisor •Groundskeeping •Hospitality Hosts •Pool Attendants

Stop by in-person for onsite interviews or apply at WorkAtSun.com

RENTALS YEAR ROUND RENTAL: Houses for rent in Salisbury, MD. Only 40 minutes from Ocean City. Rents are $900-$1200/month. Call 443373-5638. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––– SUMMER SEASONAL: 2 rooms, Sleeps 2 per room. May-September. Electric included. $4000 per person. Call Tricia 443-610-4665. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––

BOATS

SEEKING ROOMMATE: Downtown OC, 1st. St. Private BR, Shared BA & Kitchen. Family atmosphere. Refs req’d. $150/week + $150 sec. dep. includes utils. Lv. msg. 443-754-5667. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––

PERSONAL WATERCRAFT LIFT: Free. Lift available in Ocean Pines. Fully operational. Needs to be uninstalled and removed in next couple weeks. Call 410-935-6800. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––

REAL ESTATE MOBILE HOME FOR SALE: 14x45. Ground and 2 boat slips included in price. 2BR on 24th Street, OCMD. $299,000. Call 410-477-6073. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––

COMMERCIAL FOR LEASE: Retail Banking Center with drive thru. Contact Brian Gamm. 443-880-2225. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––– WEST O.C. OFFICE/RETAIL SPACES AVAILABLE: 1 OfficeRetail and 1 Warehouses. Plenty of Parking. 443-497-4200. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––

SERVICES MOWING/LANDSCAPING: Over 30 years experience. Call Tony for free estimate at 443-513-0271. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––

Ceja’s Landscaping & More!

•YARD MAINTENANCE •PAINTING •POWER WASHING 410-251-3425 410-202-2545 Upcoming Yard Sale?

The Dispatch is the best way to get the word out!

Poolfront Room $215. Efficiency Room $245. 2 BR Apartment $350. 3 BR Suite $400.

Burgundy Inn

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Legal Notices

LEGAL RATES Legal advertising rate is $7 per column inch. Deadline for all legal advertising is Tuesday at noon. For more information, call 410-641-4563 or fax 410-641-0966.

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I WILLIAM CHASE, ESQ. THE BELVEDERE TOWERS 1190 W NORTHERN PKWY #124 BALTIMORE, MD 21210 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR WORCESTER COUNTY, MD C-23-CV-20-000127

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Ride the B in OC!

WILBARGER, LLC P.O. BOX 2367 DENVER, CO 80201 Plaintiff

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SHIH FAMILY TRUST C/O JAMES SHIH, TRUSTEE 10850 NANTUCKET TERRACE POTOMAC, MD 20854 AND THE COUNTY OF WORCESTER SERVE ON: ROSCOE LESLIE COUNTY ATTORNEY 1 WEST MARKET ST. ROOM 1103 SNOW HILL, MD 21863 AND All other persons having or claiming to have an interest in 56.6’ X 94’ X 74’ X 64’ N Side Newbridge Rd S of Pocomoke Defendants ORDER OF PUBLICATION The object of this proceeding is to secure the foreclosure of all rights of redemption in the following property, 56.6’ X 94’ X 74’ X 64’ N Side Newbridge Rd S of Pocomoke, Pocomoke, Maryland 21851 assessed to Shih Family Trust, and sold by the Collector of Taxes for the County of Worcester and the State of Maryland to the Plaintiffs in these proceedings:

56.6’ X 94’ X 74’ X 64’ N Side Newbridge Rd S of Pocomoke Account No.: 01-008447 The Complaint states, among other things, that the amounts necessary for redemption have not been paid although the required time for filing a Complaint has elapsed. It is thereupon this 18TH OF MARCH, 2021 by the Circuit Court for Worcester County, ORDERED, That notice be given by the insertion of a copy of this Order in some newspaper having a general circulation in Worcester County once a week for three (3) successive weeks before the 12th day of APRIL, 2021 warning all persons interested in said property to be and appear in this Court by the 18th day of MAY, 2021 and redeem the property, 56.6’ X 94’ X 74’ X 64’ N Side Newbridge Rd S of Pocomoke, Pocomoke, Maryland 21851 and answer the Complaint of or thereafter a final decree will be rendered foreclosing all rights of redemption in the property, and vesting in the Plaintiff, WILBARGER, LLC, a title, free and clear of all encumbrances, except for ground rents. BEAU H. OGLESBY JUDGE CIRCUIT COURT FOR WORCESTER COUNTY Name of Newspaper: Maryland Coast Dispatch Date of Publication MARCH 26, 2021 TRUE TEST COPY SUSAN R. BRANIECKI Clerk of the Circuit Court Worcester County, MD 3x, 03-26, 04-02, 04-09


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THIRD INSERTION HAROLD S. LINK, ESQ. 875 VICTORIA PARK DRIVE SUITE 303 SALISBURY, MD 21801 NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT NOTICE TO CREDITORS NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS ESTATE NO. 18657 To all persons interested in the estate of CONNIE LEE TAYLOR, ESTATE NO. 18657. Notice is given that PATRICK JOSEPH ROBERTSON, 13047 SELBY ROAD, BISHOPVILLE, MD 21813 was on, MARCH 23, 2021, appointed Personal Representative of the estate of CONNIE LEE TAYLOR, who died on JUNE 14, 2019 with a will. Further information can be obtained by reviewing the estate file in the office of the Register of Wills or by contacting the personal representative or the attorney. All persons having any objection to the appointment (or to the probate of the decedent’s will) shall file their objections with the Register of Wills on or before the 23RD day of SEPTEMBER, 2021. Any person having a claim against the decedent must present the claim to the undersigned personal representative or file it with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned on or before the earlier of the following dates: (1) Six months from the date of the decedent's death, except if the decedent died before October 1, 1992, nine months from the date of the decedent's death; or (2) Two months after the personal representative mails or otherwise delivers to the creditor a copy of this published notice or other written notice, notifying the creditor that the claim will be barred unless the creditor presents the claims within two months from the mailing or other delivery of the notice. A claim not presented or filed on or before that date, or any extension provided by law, is unenforceable thereafter. Claim forms may be obtained from the Register of Wills. Name of Newspaper: Maryland Coast Dispatch

Date of Publication APRIL 02, 2021 PATRICK JOSEPH ROBERTSON Personal Representative True Test Copy TERRI WESTCOTT Register of Wills for Worcester County Room 102 - Court House One W. Market Street Snow Hill, MD 21863-1074 3x, 04-02, 04-09, 04-16

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RAYMOND D. COATES JR, ESQ COATES, COATES & COATES, P.A. 6200 COASTAL HIGHWAY, SUITE 300 OCEAN CITY, MD 21842

The Dispatch/Maryland Coast Dispatch to the creditor a copy of this published notice or other written notice, notifying the creditor that the claim will be barred unless the creditor presents the claims within two months from the mailing or other delivery of the notice. A claim not presented or filed on or before that date, or any extension provided by law, is unenforceable thereafter. Claim forms may be obtained from the Register of Wills. Name of Newspaper: Maryland Coast Dispatch Date of Publication APRIL 02, 2021 ROSANNA EVANS BRUNING Personal Representative True Test Copy TERRI WESTCOTT Register of Wills for Worcester County Room 102 - Court House One W. Market Street Snow Hill, MD 21863-1074 3x, 04-02, 04-09, 04-16

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COATES, COATES & COATES, P.A. RAYMOND D. COATES JR, ESQ 6200 COASTAL HIGHWAY, SUITE 300 OCEAN CITY, MD 21842

NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT NOTICE TO CREDITORS NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS ESTATE NO. 18673

NOTICE TO CREDITORS OF APPOINTMENT OF FOREIGN PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE ESTATE NO. 18675

To all persons interested in the estate of BARBARA MITCHELL EVANS, ESTATE NO. 18673. Notice is given that ROSANNA EVANS BRUNING, 5334 TAYLOR ROAD, SNOW HILL, MD 21863 was on, MARCH 25, 2021, appointed Personal Representative of the estate of BARBARA MITCHELL EVANS, who died on JANUARY 05, 2019, with a will.

Notice is given that the REGISTER OF WILLS court of LANCASTER COUNTY, PA, appointed JUDITH S SANDT, 523 RED MAPLE WAY, LANCASTER, PA 17603 as the PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE of the Estate of ANDREW D STAUFFER, who died on DECEMBER 18, 2020, domiciled in PENNSYLVANIA, USA.

Further information can be obtained by reviewing the estate file in the office of the Register of Wills or by contacting the personal representative or the attorney.

The Maryland resident agent for service of process is RAYMOND D COATES JR, whose address is 6200 COASTAL HWY SUITE 300 OCEAN CITY, MD 21842.

All persons having any objection to the appointment (or to the probate of the decedent’s will) shall file their objections with the Register of Wills on or before the 25TH day of SEPTEMBER, 2021.

At the time of death, the decedent owned real or leasehold property in the following MARYLAND counties: WORCESTER.

Any person having a claim against the decedent must present the claim to the undersigned personal representative or file it with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned on or before the earlier of the following dates: (1) Six months from the date of the decedent's death, except if the decedent died before October 1, 1992, nine months from the date of the decedent's death; or (2) Two months after the personal representative mails or otherwise delivers

All persons having claims against the decedent must file their claims with the Register of Wills for Worcester County with a copy to the foreign personal representative on or before the earlier of the following dates: (1) Six months from the date of the decedent's death, except if the decedent died before October 1, 1992, nine months from the date of the decedent's death; or (2) Two months after the foreign personal representative mails or delivers to the creditor a copy of this published notice or other written notice, notifying the

creditor that the claim will be barred unless the creditor presents the claim within two months from the mailing or other delivery of the notice. Claims filed after that date or after a date extended by law will be barred. Name of Newspaper: Maryland Coast Dispatch Date of Publication APRIL 02, 2021 JUDITH S SANDT Foreign Personal Representative True Test Copy TERRI WESTCOTT Register of Wills for Worcester County Room 102 - Court House One W. Market Street Snow Hill, MD 21863-1074 3x, 04-02, 04-09, 04-16

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MARK H. WITTSTADT, ESQ. JUSTIN HOY, ESQ. QUINTAIROS, PRIETO WOOD & BOYER, PA 1966 GREENSPRING DRIVE, SUITE LL2 LUTHERVILLE-TIMONIUM, MD 21093 SUBSTITUTE TRUSTEE’S SALE OF RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY 409 BONNEVILLE AVENUE POCOMOKE CITY, MARYLAND 21851 By virtue of a power of sale contained in a certain Deed of Trust from Ernest J. Barnes to Bank of America, NA dated April 20, 2005 and recorded in Liber 4449, Folio 392 in the Land Records for Worcester County, Maryland, default having occurred under the terms thereof, the undersigned Substitute Trustee will offer for sale at public auction, at the Circuit Court for Worcester County, One West Market Street, Snow Hill, MD 21863, (Sale will be held at the courthouse door), on APRIL 19, 2021 AT 1:00 PM All that lot or parcel of land situate, lying and being in the Town of Pocomoke, in the Election District, Worcester County, State of Maryland, and BEGINNING for the same on the Northeasterly side of Bonneville Avenue at the line of the property now or formerly of Lewis Gunby, and running thence by and with said Bonneville Avenue in a Southeasterly direction a distance of 47 feet and 6 inches the line of the property now or formerly of George H. Long, which was conveyed to him by deed from Quince Ashburn and wife; thence running in a Northeasterly direction by and with said Long land a distance of 85 feet to the line of a certain Johns Sidney Collins to a point a distance of 102 feet from an iron pin driven in the ground on the inside of the sidewalk on Fifth Street, said iron pin being a boundary between the property now or for-

April 16, 2021 merly of the said John Sidney Collins and the property now or formerly of Harrison Hargis; thence running in a Northwesterly direction by and with the line of the said Collins property a distance of 47 feet and 6 inches to the line of the property now or formerly of Lewis Gunby; thence running in a Southwesterly direction by and with the line of the said Gunby land a distance of 85 feet to the place of beginning; The improvements thereon being known as 409 Bonneville Avenue, Pocomoke City, Maryland 21851. The property is residential and is believed to be improved by a dwelling. The information contained herein was obtained from sources deemed to be reliable but is offered for informational purposes only. Neither the auctioneer, the Trustee nor their agents or attorneys make any representations or warranties with respect to the accuracy of the information. Prospective purchasers are urged to perform their own due diligence with respect to the property and the uses thereof, prior to the foreclosure auction. The property will be sold in an "as is" condition and subject to conditions, restrictions and agreements of record affecting the same, if any and with no warranty of any kind. Terms of Sale: A deposit of $2,345.00 in the form of certified check or cashier’s check will be required of the purchaser at time and place of sale. Balance of the purchase price to be paid in cash within 10 days of final ratification of the sale by the Circuit Court for Worcester County. TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE. If the purchaser fails to settle within the aforesaid ten (10) days of ratification, the purchaser relinquishes their deposit, and the Trustee may file an appropriate motion with the court to resell the property. Purchaser waives personal service of any paper filed with the Court in connection with such motion and any Show Cause Order issued by the Court and expressly agrees to accept service of any such paper or Order by certified mail and regular mail sent to the address provided by the purchaser and as recorded on the documents executed by the purchaser at the time of the sale. Service shall be deemed effective upon the purchaser 3 days after postmarked by the United States Post Office. It is expressly agreed by the purchaser that actual receipt of the certified mail is not required for service to be effective. If the purchaser fails to go to settlement the deposit shall be forfeited to the Trustee and all expenses of this sale (including attorney fees and full commission on the gross sales price of the sale) shall be charged

against and paid from the forfeited deposit. In the event of resale the defaulting purchaser shall not be entitled to any surplus proceeds or profits resulting from any resale of the property regardless of any improvements made to the real property. Interest is to be paid on the unpaid purchase money at the rate of 6.375% per annum from the date of sale to the date the funds are received in the office of the Trustee. Taxes, ground rent, water rent, condominium fees and/or homeowner association dues, all public charges/assessments payable on an annual basis, including sanitary and/or metropolitan district charges, if applicable, to be adjusted for the current year to date of sale and assumed thereafter by the purchaser. Purchaser shall be responsible for the costs of all transfer taxes, (including agricultural transfer taxes, if applicable), documentary stamps and all other costs incident to settlement. Purchaser shall be responsible for physical possession of the property. Purchaser assumes the risk of loss from the date of sale forward. If the Trustee is unable to convey either insurable or good and marketable title, or the sale is not ratified for any reason by the Circuit Court including errors made by the Trustee, the purchaser’s sole remedy at law or in equity shall be limited to a refund of the deposit without any interest. Name of Newspaper: Maryland Coast Dispatch Date of Publication APRIL 02, 2021 MARK H. WITTSTADT SUBSTITUTE TRUSTEE JUSTIN HOY SUBSTITUTE TRUSTEE AUCTION.COM 1 MAUCHLY, IRVINE, CA 92618 3x, 04-02, 04-09, 04-16

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WILLIAM E. ESHAM III ESQ. AYRES, JENKINS, GORDY & ALMAND, PA 6200 COASTAL HIGHWAY SUITE 200 OCEAN CITY, MD 21842 NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT NOTICE TO CREDITORS NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS ESTATE NO. 11320 To all persons interested in the estate of WALTER D BROWN, ESTATE NO. 11320. Notice is given that LORETTA B. BRIDDELL, 418 HAMMOND STREET, SALISBURY, MD 21804 was on, APRIL 01, 2021, appointed Personal Representative of the estate of WALTER D BROWN, who died on JANUARY 6, 2002, with a will. Further information can be obtained by reviewing the estate file in the office of the


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Register of Wills or by contacting the personal representative or the attorney. All persons having any objection to the appointment (or to the probate of the decedent’s will) shall file their objections with the Register of Wills on or before the 1ST day of OCTOBER, 2021.

The Maryland resident agent for service of process is STEPHAN M. KENNY, whose address is 9800 COASTAL HWY, OCEAN CITY, MD 21842. At the time of death, the decedent owned real or leasehold property in the following MARYLAND counties: WORCESTER.

The Dispatch/Maryland Coast Dispatch LARA ELAINE ADAMS, 38 RAYMOND STREET, MEDFORD, MA 02155 was on, APRIL 05, 2021, appointed Personal Representative of the estate of CARL J. KALOUSTIAN, who died on JANUARY 17, 2021, with a will. Further information can be obtained by reviewing the estate file in the office of the Register of Wills or by contacting the personal representative or the attorney. All persons having any objection to the appointment (or to the probate of the decedent’s will) shall file their objections with the Register of Wills on or before the 5TH day of OCTOBER, 2021. Any person having a claim against the decedent must present the claim to the undersigned personal representative or file it with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned on or before the earlier of the following dates:

Any person having a claim against the decedent must present the claim to the undersigned personal representative or file it with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned on or before the earlier of the following dates:

All persons having claims against the decedent must file their claims with the Register of Wills for Worcester County with a copy to the foreign personal representative on or before the earlier of the following dates:

(1) Six months from the date of the decedent's death, except if the decedent died before October 1, 1992, nine months from the date of the decedent's death; or

(1) Six months from the date of the decedent's death, except if the decedent died before October 1, 1992, nine months from the date of the decedent's death; or

(2) Two months after the personal representative mails or otherwise delivers to the creditor a copy of this published notice or other written notice, notifying the creditor that the claim will be barred unless the creditor presents the claims within two months from the mailing or other delivery of the notice. A claim not presented or filed on or before that date, or any extension provided by law, is unenforceable thereafter. Claim forms may be obtained from the Register of Wills.

(2) Two months after the foreign personal representative mails or delivers to the creditor a copy of this published notice or other written notice, notifying the creditor that the claim will be barred unless the creditor presents the claim within two months from the mailing or other delivery of the notice. Claims filed after that date or after a date extended by law will be barred.

(2) Two months after the personal representative mails or otherwise delivers to the creditor a copy of this published notice or other written notice, notifying the creditor that the claim will be barred unless the creditor presents the claims within two months from the mailing or other delivery of the notice. A claim not presented or filed on or before that date, or any extension provided by law, is unenforceable thereafter. Claim forms may be obtained from the Register of Wills.

Name of Newspaper: Maryland Coast Dispatch Date of Publication APRIL 09, 2021

Name of Newspaper: Maryland Coast Dispatch Date of Publication APRIL 09, 2021

KRISTOPHER T. LIU Foreign Personal Representative

LARA ELAINE ADAMS Personal Representative

Name of Newspaper: Maryland Coast Dispatch Date of Publication APRIL 09, 2021 LORETTA B. BRIDDELL Personal Representative True Test Copy TERRI WESTCOTT Register of Wills for Worcester County Room 102 - Court House One W. Market Street Snow Hill, MD 21863-1074 3x, 04-09, 04-16, 04-23

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NOTICE TO CREDITORS OF APPOINTMENT OF FOREIGN PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE ESTATE NO. 18048 Notice is given that the SUPERIOR court of SUSSEX COUNTY, DE, appointed KRISTOPHER T. LIU, 5401 FM 1626 #170-217, KYLE, TX 78640 as the PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE of the Estate of PENNY W. LIU, who died on JULY 27, 2019.

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ARLETTE K. BRIGHT ESQ THE LAW OFFICES OF ARLETTE K. BRIGHT, PC 1002 EASTERN SHORE DRIVE, #B SALISBURY, MD 21804 NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT NOTICE TO CREDITORS NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS ESTATE NO. 18680 To all persons interested in the estate of CARL J. KALOUSTIAN, ESTATE NO. 18680. Notice is given that

(1) Six months from the date of the decedent's death, except if the decedent died before October 1, 1992, nine months from the date of the decedent's death; or

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LAW OFFICE OF JOHN E. REID, PLLC 5335 WISCONSIN AVENUE, N.W. SUITE 700 WASHINGTON, DC 20015 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR WORCESTER COUNTY, MD CIVIL DIVISION C-23-CV-20-000132 TAX SALE EB 2EMIMD, LLC Plaintiff vs.

ROBERT ELMER, WORCESTER COUNTY, MD AND All unknown owners of the property described below; all heirs, devisees, personal representatives, and executors, administrators, grantees, assigns or successors in right, title, interest, and any and all other persons having or claiming to have an interest in the property and premises with Account No. 030410; situtate in Disrict 01 of Worcester County, Maryland, known as 805 Market St., Pocomoke, MD 21851 and described as 60’V201’N Side 805 St. Pocomoke on the Tax Roll of the Director of Finance Defendants AMENDED ORDER OF PUBLICATION The object of this proceeding is to secure the foreclosure of all rights of redemption in the herein above described property sold, either directly or via assignment, by the Collector of Taxes for the State of Maryland and Worcester County to the Plaintiff in the proceeding. The Complaint states, among other things, that the amount necessary for the redemption for the subject property has not been paid although more than six (6) months from the date of the sale have expired, and more than two (2) months from the date that the first of two (2) separate pre-suit Notices of the the tax sale was sent to each required interested party have expired. It is thereupon this 31st day of MARCH, 2021 by the Circuit Court for Worcester County, Maryland, ORDERED, that notice be given by the insertion of a copy of this Order in a newspaper having general circulation in Worcester County, Maryland, once a week for three (3) consecutive weeks, on or before the 26th day of APRIL, 2021 warning all persons having or claiming to have any interest in the property described above to appear in this Court by the 1st day of JUNE, 2021 and redeem their respective property, or answer the Complaint or thereafter a final decree will be entered foreclosing all rights of redemption in and as to the property, and vesting in the Plaintiff, a title in fee simple or leasehold, free and clear of all encumbrances. The Defendants are hereby informed of the latest date to file a written Answer or Petition to Redeem the property mentioned in the Complaint described above, and that failure to file a response on or before the date specified may result in a Default Judgement foreclosing all rights of redemption in and as to the property being rendered by this Court against them.

Page 65 BEAU H. OGLESBY JUDGE CIRCUIT COURT FOR WORCESTER COUNTY, MD Name of Newspaper: Maryland Coast Dispatch Date of Publication APRIL 09, 2021 TRUE TEST COPY SUSAN R. BRANIECKI Clerk of the Circuit Court Worcester County, MD 3x, 04-09, 04-16, 04-23

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NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT NOTICE TO CREDITORS NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS ESTATE NO. 17895

TERRI WESTCOTT Register of Wills for Worcester County Room 102 - Court House One W. Market Street Snow Hill, MD 21863-1074 3x, 04-16, 04-23, 04-30

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MARIANNA BATIE ESQ LAW OFFICE OF MARIANNA BATIE 9748 STEPHEN DECATUR HIGHWAY, SUITE 112 OCEAN CITY, MD 21842 NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT NOTICE TO CREDITORS NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS ESTATE NO. 18684

To all persons interested in the estate of IRANE ELIZABETH DUFFY AKA IRENE E DUFFY, ESTATE NO. 17895. Notice is given that JOYCE MARIE SAVAGE, 2418 HILLTOP ROAD, GREENVILLE, NC 27858 was on, APRIL 06, 2021, appointed Personal Representative of the estate of IRANE ELIZABETH DUFFY, who died on JUNE 06, 2021, with a will.

To all persons interested in the estate of CATHERINE MARIA RODEFER, ESTATE NO. 18684. Notice is given that MARY KATHLEEN HUNTT, 29 SANDALWOOD DRIVE, REHOBOTH BEACH, DE 19971 was on, APRIL 06, 2021, appointed Personal Representative of the estate of CATHERINE MARIA RODEFER, who died on FEBRUARY 21, 2021, with a will.

Further information can be obtained by reviewing the estate file in the office of the Register of Wills or by contacting the personal representative or the attorney.

Further information can be obtained by reviewing the estate file in the office of the Register of Wills or by contacting the personal representative or the attorney.

All persons having any objection to the appointment (or to the probate of the decedent’s will) shall file their objections with the Register of Wills on or before the 6TH day of OCTOBER, 2021. Any person having a claim against the decedent must present the claim to the undersigned personal representative or file it with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned on or before the earlier of the following dates: (1) Six months from the date of the decedent's death, except if the decedent died before October 1, 1992, nine months from the date of the decedent's death; or (2) Two months after the personal representative mails or otherwise delivers to the creditor a copy of this published notice or other written notice, notifying the creditor that the claim will be barred unless the creditor presents the claims within two months from the mailing or other delivery of the notice. A claim not presented or filed on or before that date, or any extension provided by law, is unenforceable thereafter. Claim forms may be obtained from the Register of Wills. Name of Newspaper: Maryland Coast Dispatch Date of Publication APRIL 16, 2021 JOYCE MARIE SAVAGE Personal Representative True Test Copy

All persons having any objection to the appointment (or to the probate of the decedent’s will) shall file their objections with the Register of Wills on or before the 6TH day of OCTOBER, 2021. Any person having a claim against the decedent must present the claim to the undersigned personal representative or file it with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned on or before the earlier of the following dates: (1) Six months from the date of the decedent's death, except if the decedent died before October 1, 1992, nine months from the date of the decedent's death; or (2) Two months after the personal representative mails or otherwise delivers to the creditor a copy of this published notice or other written notice, notifying the creditor that the claim will be barred unless the creditor presents the claims within two months from the mailing or other delivery of the notice. A claim not presented or filed on or before that date, or any extension provided by law, is unenforceable thereafter. Claim forms may be obtained from the Register of Wills. Name of Newspaper: Maryland Coast Dispatch Date of Publication APRIL 16, 2021 MARY KATHLEEN HUNTT Personal Representative


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NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT NOTICE TO CREDITORS NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS ESTATE NO. 18690 To all persons interested in the estate of ELIZABETH DORNAN, ESTATE NO. 18690. Notice is given that ROBERT JAMES DORNAN, 8413 MYRTLE AVE., BOWIE, MD 20715 was on, APRIL 08, 2021, appointed Personal Representative of the estate of ELIZABETH DORNAN, who died on APRIL 13, 2020, with a will. Further information can be

obtained by reviewing the estate file in the office of the Register of Wills or by contacting the personal representative or the attorney. All persons having any objection to the appointment (or to the probate of the decedent’s will) shall file their objections with the Register of Wills on or before the 8TH day of OCTOBER, 2021. Any person having a claim against the decedent must present the claim to the undersigned personal representative or file it with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned on or before the earlier of the following dates: (1) Six months from the date of the decedent's death, except if the decedent died before October 1, 1992, nine months from the date of the decedent's death; or (2) Two months after the

personal representative mails or otherwise delivers to the creditor a copy of this published notice or other written notice, notifying the creditor that the claim will be barred unless the creditor presents the claims within two months from the mailing or other delivery of the notice. A claim not presented or filed on or before that date, or any extension provided by law, is unenforceable thereafter. Claim forms may be obtained from the Register of Wills. Name of Newspaper: Maryland Coast Dispatch Date of Publication APRIL 16, 2021 ROBERT JAMES DORNAN Personal Representative True Test Copy TERRI WESTCOTT Register of Wills for Worcester County Room 102 - Court House One W. Market Street Snow Hill, MD 21863-1074

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BEFORE THE REGISTER OF WILLS FOR WORCESTER COUNTY, MARYLAND IN THE ESTATE OF: DAVID FOWLER, ESTATE NO. 18691 NOTICE OF JUDICIAL PROBATE To all persons interested in the above estate: You are hereby notified that a petition has been filed by JUDY LITTLE, 11003 GREYS CORNER ROAD, UNIT 44, BERLIN, MD 21811, for judicial probate of the will and for the appointment of a personal representative. A hearing will be held at ONE W. MARKET STREET COURTROOM 4 WORCESTER COUNTY COURTHOUSE SNOW HILL, MD. 21863 on 05/11/2021 at 10:00 A.M. This hearing may be transferred or postponed to a subsequent time. Further information may be obtained by reviewing the estate file in the office of the Register of Wills. Name of Newspaper: Maryland Coast Dispatch Date of Publication APRIL 16, 2021 TERRI WESTCOTT Register of Wills for Worcester County Room 102 - Court House One W. Market Street Snow Hill, MD 21863-1074 2x, 04-16, 04-23

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NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT NOTICE TO CREDITORS NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS ESTATE NO. 18692 To all persons interested in the estate of MILLIE E. JONES, ESTATE NO. 18692. Notice is given that MICHAEL LEE JONES, 3232 ST. LUKE ROAD, SALISBURY, MD 21804 was on, APRIL 06, 2021, appointed Personal Representative of the estate of MILLIE E. JONES, who died on JANUARY 10, 2021, with a will. Further information can be obtained by reviewing the estate file in the office of the Register of Wills or by contacting the personal representative or the attorney. All persons having any objection to the appointment (or to the probate of the decedent’s will) shall file their objections with the Register of Wills on or before the 6TH day of OCTOBER, 2021. Any person having a claim against the decedent must present the claim to the un-

April 16, 2021 dersigned personal representative or file it with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned on or before the earlier of the following dates: (1) Six months from the date of the decedent's death, except if the decedent died before October 1, 1992, nine months from the date of the decedent's death; or (2) Two months after the personal representative mails or otherwise delivers to the creditor a copy of this published notice or other written notice, notifying the creditor that the claim will be barred unless the creditor presents the claims within two months from the mailing or other delivery of the notice. A claim not presented or filed on or before that date, or any extension provided by law, is unenforceable thereafter. Claim forms may be obtained from the Register of Wills. Name of Newspaper: Maryland Coast Dispatch Date of Publication APRIL 16, 2021 MICHAEL LEE JONES Personal Representative True Test Copy TERRI WESTCOTT Register of Wills for Worcester County Room 102 - Court House One W. Market Street Snow Hill, MD 21863-1074 3x, 04-16, 04-23, 04-30

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MARIANNA BATIE ESQ LAW OFFICE OF MARIANNA BATIE 9748 STEPHEN DECATUR HIGHWAY, SUITE 112 OCEAN CITY, MD 21842 NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT NOTICE TO CREDITORS NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS ESTATE NO. 18695 To all persons interested in the estate of JAMES RICHARD EISENHAUER JR, ESTATE NO. 18695. Notice is given that LESLIE M EISENHAUER, 18 FALCON BRIDGE ROAD, BERLIN, MD 21811 was on, APRIL 12, 2021, appointed Personal Representative of the estate of JAMES RICHARD EISENHAUER JR, who died on MARCH 29, 2021, with a will. Further information can be obtained by reviewing the estate file in the office of the Register of Wills or by contacting the personal representative or the attorney. All persons having any objection to the appointment (or to the probate of the decedent’s will) shall file their objections with the Register of Wills on or before the 12TH day of OCTOBER, 2021. Any person having a claim against the decedent must

present the claim to the undersigned personal representative or file it with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned on or before the earlier of the following dates: (1) Six months from the date of the decedent's death, except if the decedent died before October 1, 1992, nine months from the date of the decedent's death; or (2) Two months after the personal representative mails or otherwise delivers to the creditor a copy of this published notice or other written notice, notifying the creditor that the claim will be barred unless the creditor presents the claims within two months from the mailing or other delivery of the notice. A claim not presented or filed on or before that date, or any extension provided by law, is unenforceable thereafter. Claim forms may be obtained from the Register of Wills. Name of Newspaper: Maryland Coast Dispatch Date of Publication APRIL 16, 2021 LESLIE M EISENHAUER Personal Representative True Test Copy TERRI WESTCOTT Register of Wills for Worcester County Room 102 - Court House One W. Market Street Snow Hill, MD 21863-1074 3x, 04-16, 04-23, 04-30

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BERLIN – In just one week, Ocean Pines will play host to a historic visit by The Wall That Heals, a three-quarter scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. The traveling national exhibit includes the names of more than 58,000 men and women who gave their lives or remain missing because of the Vietnam War. Volunteers will set up the wall at Veterans Memorial Park, on Route 589 and Cathell Road in Ocean Pines, on April 21. The exhibit will be open to the public, 24 hours a day, from Thursday, April 22 until Sunday, April 25 at 2 p.m. Key dates as part of the Wall That Heals visit include: Arrival: April 20 at 4 p.m. – Local people are asked to line the roadside along Route 589, south of Manklin Creek Road. A 53-foot trailer carrying the exhibit will travel to Veterans Memorial Park, led by a motorcycle escort of more than 100 volunteers and local law enforcement. Volunteer training: April 21 at 6 p.m. – Volunteers are asked to gather at the wall for training from Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund personnel . Welcome home opening ceremony: Thursday, April 22 at 11 a.m. – The opening ceremony will include remarks from Brig. Gen. Warner Sumpter, U.S. Army (retired) and chairman of the Veterans Home Commission; Maryland State Sen. Doug Peters; Maryland State Sen. Mary Beth Carozza; and American ex-Vietnam POW Ralph Galati. Candlelight ceremony: Saturday, April 24 at 7 p.m. – Guests may walk along the wall, holding a candle, as volunteers read aloud the names of “hometown heroes” from Worcester County, as well as from other counties on the Eastern Shore of Maryland and Virginia, and Sussex County in Delaware. Public parking will be available at the site of the event and volunteers will staff the exhibit, 24 hours a day. Additionally, shuttle service will be available from the parking area next to Taylor Bank on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Limited seating will be available during events and guests are encouraged to bring chairs. COVID-19 protocols are still in effect, including mask mandates and social distancing. “This is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to visit this exhibit in our community, and to honor the sacrifices of our Vietnam veterans,” said Marie Gilmore, president of the Worcester County Veterans Memorial Foundation. “The Wall That Heals is a national traveling exhibit and does not normally visit Maryland. We’re very happy that an exception was made to bring the wall to Ocean Pines, and we hope that everyone in our community will come and show their support and appreciation.” For more information on the Worcester County Veterans Memorial Foundation or the Wall That Heals, visit www.opvets.org.

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BERLIN – Ocean Pines and the Worcester County Bike and Pedestrian Coalition are teaming up to host a free community bike ride on Saturday, May 1. The 14-mile ride will start at 4 p.m. at the Ocean Pines Racquet Center on 11443 Manklin Creek Road, and then finish at the racquet center. Participants must be ages 12 and up, and organizers recommend that only experienced bike riders take part. Helmets are required and training wheels will not be allowed. All participants will receive blinking bike safety lights courtesy of Worcester County Economic Development, and discounted treats from Sweet Shack on 11312 Manklin Creek Road. Additionally, the Maryland Department of Transportation will supply bro-

chures about the “Be Street Wise” campaign on safe walking, biking and driving practices. For more information about the event or to register in advance, call 410641-7052. Day-of registration starts at 3:30 p.m., at the site of the event. “We hope that everyone will come out and meet your neighborhood riders, hear about bike safety, and enjoy a fun bike ride in the community,” Ocean Pines Recreation and Parks Director Debbie Donahue said. The community bike ride is part of a series of local events organized by the Worcester County Bike and Pedestrian Coalition to celebrate National Bike Month in May. All events are meant to help increase interest in riding, share safe cycling routes to local places, supply feedback

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on riders’ experiences, and improve awareness of how pedestrians, bicyclists and drivers can share the road. According to the coalition, National Bike Month was established in 1956 “to showcase the many benefits of bicycling and encourage more people to giving biking a try.” The coalition formed in June 2020 to promote safe walking and biking throughout Worcester County, to expand and improve trails, walkways and recreational facilities to attract tourism, and to offer transportation alternatives for those who live and work in Worcester County. For more information about the Worcester County Bike and Pedestrian Coalition, contact Patti Stevens at patti59.stevens@gmail.com or search for “Worcester County Bicycle Safety Coalition” on Facebook.


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his is Autism. It’s what was going through my mind Tuesday morning when Carson was having a meltdown. Autism presents itself uniquely in each kid, confirming the term “spectrum” is apt. The traits of each special needs individual can vary greatly. Autism looks different every day. Some days are better than others. As April is Autism Awareness Month, I thought I would share this most recent experience with our 11-year-old Carson. Before I do, it’s important to clarify there are far more good days than bad days with our kid. His blessings are far greater than his shortcomings. He’s probably the most influential person in my life because I have learned more from him than anyone else. He has taught me a host of life lessons through what he requires of me and his mom for success. Tuesday started like most days. The early mornings are always a little hectic with two boys, ages 12 and 11, heading off to school. One difference on this day was Carson, who seemed off as soon as he came downstairs a little after 6 a.m. He was clearly sad about going back to school after a long weekend. He was teary from the moment he got up but had a full crying fit (the first I can recall in months) as I was helping him get dressed. He had lost his composure. This was worst case scenario minutes before leaving for school. Taking him to school in a meltdown is not an option. I tried all the typically successful things to get him in a good place on the way to school, including letting him pick the silly music. It’s always fun seeing what he selects, ranging from country music and love songs to rap and R&B. He typically picks music I don’t like, turns my car seat to cold and puts my steering wheel warmer on. Whatever it takes to get him into school in the best place possible is the

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what was a horrible situation. He was a wreck, but I pivoted and was a flexible thinker. Though it was a traumatic time, the way he and I overcame the rough start made me feel wonderful. It was a winning moment. Carson’s gifts to me, and I like to think my son and wife, are patience, perspective and gratitude. He has come so far and overcome so much. I will never underestimate him because he proves us wrong whenever we do. However, I also do not want to burden him with the same expectations we have for his neurotypical older brother. It would be unfair. His life will be different, but I know Carson will write a wonderful story. One of the reasons I write this column is to document he and his brother’s lives for them. One day they will read these columns with an appreciation because most of what’s included on a weekly basis they will probably forget. I selfishly write it for a similar reason – to remind me of what we have gone through together every step of the way. As we think each April about Autism, I want to be honest. Autism is not the parenting journey I would have picked if given a choice. Nobody would intentionally pick it. Naturally, I do have moments of anger and pity at times, but there’s never regret. My frustrations, at times, arise more over my own inability and shortcomings to adequately help Carson at all times. It’s never about him. There are many instances in life when choices are not ours to make. Because of the difficulties of our individual journey, I believe God made the decision to put Autism in our lives through Carson. The fact he was adopted at birth only deepens our faith he’s with us for a reason. (The writer is the publisher and editor of The Dispatch. He and his wife, Pamela, are proud parents of two boys. This weekly column examines their transition into parenthood and all that goes along with it. E-mail any thoughts to editor@mdcoastdispatch.com.)

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ARIES (March 21 to April 19): Whether a waiting period is taking longer than expected, or just seems that way, the anxious Lamb would do well to create a center of calm within her- or himself, and not do anything rash. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20): Practical matters dominate the week, but cultural activities also are favored, especially those that can be shared with someone special in the Bovine's life. Some important news might be forthcoming. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20): You need to know more about a possible career move in order to see if it offers a real opportunity or just a change. You're sure to get lots of advice -- some of it good -but the decision must be yours. CANCER (June 21 to July 22): The arrival of hoped-for good news about a loved one dominates most of the week and provides a great excuse for the party-loving Moon Child to plan a special event to celebrate. LEO (July 23 to Aug. 22): Leos and Leonas rushing to finalize their plans might want to think about slowing down the pace, or risk overlooking an important consideration that could become a sore point down the line. VIRGO (Aug. 23 to Sept. 22): The week's challenges call for logical approaches. But sentiment also has its place. Sharing memories with a special someone, for example, strengthens the bond between you. LIBRA (Sept. 23 to Oct. 22): A brandnew approach to a problem could have a

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