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Town Commits To Riverboat Repairs

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New Assateague Colt:

Mare Susi Solé is pictured on Assateague Island alongside her new colt earlier this month. The foal represents at least the third offspring of the seven-year-old mare’s life. It’s believed to be the son of Photo by Ann Richardson Chip, the stallion recently relocated.

Sports Complex Site Opposition Mounts

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Bull Riding Event Funding Approved

Springfest Cut Short:

Despite an excellent start last Thursday, highlighted by a performance by the OC Stars from Ocean City Elementary, this year’s Springfest was foiled by weather and canceled on Saturday and Sunday. Photo by Explore OC

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Berlin Planning Commission Discusses Sports Complex

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BERLIN – Concerns regarding the county’s plans for a sports complex dominated a Berlin Planning Commission meeting this week. Berlin residents and commission members expressed worries regarding the impact a sports complex next to Stephen Decatur High School would have on the town. With two county commissioners and an Ocean City councilman in attendance, several of those present urged both jurisdictions to find another site. Resident Tony Weeg said the impact on Flower Street would be huge. “For that reason alone, you guys should just cut the chase,” Weeg said. “The dream, keep it rolling but get it rolling somewhere else … This message that needs to go back to the county is we want to be good neighbors. We want you

guys to try again. We want to find a different spot for you guys if that's what needs to happen, but that parcel, from the bottom grassroots level of Berlin, is a nonstarter.” Planning Director Dave Engelhart told the commission Wednesday he wanted their input regarding the sports complex Worcester County plans to develop on the 95-acre parcel adjacent to Stephen Decatur. Last month, the Worcester County Commissioners voted 4-3 to use $11 million in bond funding to purchase the parcel next to Stephen Decatur High School for $7.1 million. He said he was sharing concerns with the county and working to ensure the town was involved in the process, as its infrastructure—potentially water and sewer as well as roads and public safety—would be impacted. Commission member Ron Cascio said a major issue should be access, as he’d been advised the State Highway Administration currently wasn’t allowing

any more access points between the high school and the shopping center on Route 50. With Worcester County Commissioners Chip Bertino and Jim Bunting in the audience, commission members asked how the county had settled on this particular site. Bunting, who with Bertino has been vocal in his opposition to the project, explained that three appropriate sites had been identified in the north end of the county but that one had been sold and one’s owner had not returned calls. “This wound up being the last site,” he said. Resident Gina Velong said a sports complex on that site would go right through the area featuring the Briddletown historic marker. She also expressed concern regarding the parcel’s expensive $7.1 million price tag. Though not present, in submitted comments commission member Matt Stoehr

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expressed both interest and caution regarding the project. He said as a former Decatur athlete he was excited about the possibilities of the complex. He’s also interested in its power as a revenue generator. “I'm always a big proponent of growth for Berlin,” he said. “I still believe our tax base can't handle our current Expenses/Overhead, and shrinking our expenses is something the government does not specialize in. Although an unpopular opinion, I think maintaining our stagnant tax rate during a time of high inflation, and large future capital expenditures was made in error. I believe we will be paying for this mistake in the near future.” Nevertheless, he said the project as proposed didn’t seem to benefit Berlin. “I don't think Berlin needs to stick its neck out to watch Worcester County/Ocean City profit at our expense–with Berlin taking on a heavy portion of the risk,” he said. Ocean City Councilman John Gehrig, a longtime proponent of bringing a sports complex to the Ocean City area, told the commission he was pushing the concept as an economic development initiative. He said youth sports was a huge industry in which Worcester County had an opportunity to get involved. He pointed out that Ocean City didn’t pick this particular location but that the resort wanted a complex near Ocean City. He said the questions being asked by the community regarding the cost, location and plans for the facility were all good ones. “We have 180 days to get all these questions answered,” he said, referencing the fact that the county had a sixmonth period prior to settlement during which it could get out of the contract to purchase the land. Gehrig said that while he was passionate about the idea, if problems arose with this particular site another option could be pursued. “It’s not like there’s a shovel going in the ground tomorrow,” he said. Bertino said the only entity that had any standing to talk about the sports complex was Worcester County, as at this point it was solely a county project. While there have been mentions of Ocean City providing funding for the construction of an indoor facility at the sports complex site, he said no formal discussions had taken place. He added that when other large projects – he referenced a widening of Route 589 – had taken place, there had been stakeholder meetings for the community to weigh in. With this project, he said there had been no community discussion. “We’re all the poorer for it,” he said. Chris Denny, chairman of the planning commission, said this situation reminded him of when the Town of Berlin had annexed hundreds of acres for a tech park more than 20 years ago with no specific plan in place. “It’s still sitting there,” he said. Denny also pointed out that decades ago, golf had been a huge industry. In SEE PAGE 66

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Berlin Officials Talk Uses For $4.7M In ARPA Funding

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BERLIN – New water meters, Branch Street well replacement and fire company needs highlight the town’s initial spending plan for federal relief funds. The Berlin Town Council reviewed a spending plan for its American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding at a meeting this week. The town has already received nearly $2.4 million and is set to receive another payment of the same amount later this year. Mayor Zack Tyndall said this week’s discussion was a follow-up to previous talks. “This follows public listening session that we had earlier in the year and also the discussion we had regarding the allocation of some of these funds during our last meeting,” he said. As proposed, the ARPA spending plan allocates $754,990 to smart water meters and $300,000 for installation of those meters. The plan also includes $110,000 for a drainage project on Washington Street, $350,000 for the Branch Street well replacement, $28,000 for a strategic plan, $30,000 for an update to the comprehensive plan, $135,500 for portable radios, $50,000 for audio visual equipment for council chambers, $267,520 for fire and EMS equipment, $54,000 in business grants and $50,000 for the digitization of town files. The projects total $2,130,010 and would leave a little more

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than $267,000 as a remaining balance for the first ARPA payment. The second payment is proposed for primarily three major projects. Tyndall said it was currently planned to be spent on a $1 million Broad Street lift station, a $300,000 well house on Powellton Avenue and would provide $1 million toward an upgrade of the town’s wastewater treatment plant. Some funding is also planned for the second phase of a Rails to Trails bike path and general fund revenue loss. Councilman Jay Knerr said he objected to the spending planned for radios, as the police chief only requested two, not the roughly 20 proposed in the plan. Knerr said he also didn’t think the town needed to spend $54,000 on business grants, as local shops had a great year last year. “They’re not asking for it,” Knerr said. “It’s not necessary.” Councilman Jack Orris said he wanted to see some of the ARPA funds devoted to stormwater improvements, as drainage has been and continues to be a problem in town. “I think stormwater really needs to be addressed,” he said, going as far as to question the entire utility. “When I say addressed—I’ve mentioned it before— the functionality and the applicability of the utility that exists, currently. I think we should review in the next fiscal year.” Councilwoman Shaneka Nichols said

she didn’t see the need for $135,500 for portable radios when the chief had only requested two radios. Tyndall said he wanted to have enough radios that each department could have one. When Knerr pointed out that town employees were using cell phones successfully now, Tyndall said they didn’t “put everybody on the same page operationally.” “That really comes to task when we’re doing events, when we’re doing emergency preparedness, things of that nature,” he said. Finance Director Natalie Saleh said radios hadn’t been requested by department heads. “It was not a department head request but it is to get us to a level of preparedness operationally where it would improve the operations and preparedness of the town,” Tyndall replied. When Knerr echoed the stormwater concerns referenced by Orris, Tyndall suggested a presentation be scheduled with the town’s stormwater engineer. He said the remaining balance from the first ARPA payment could be used to leverage grant funds for stormwater projects. Though Nichols said she thought audio visual equipment for the council chambers was a purchase that could be delayed, particularly since the town was already broadcasting meetings with Facebook, Tyndall indicated he felt

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strongly about the expenditure. “An audio-visual system is something I would say is a very big must for the Town of Berlin,” he said. Nichols agreed that it was important but said she just didn’t think it needed to be a top priority. Tyndall said that even with it on the spending list, there were still some ARPA funds left. “We’re still accomplishing all the requests with money left over,” Tyndall said. Resident Carol Rose urged officials to replace the Broad Street lift station now, with the first portion of ARPA funds. “It’s critical,” she said. “If that thing fails the amount of money it’s going to cost to take care of the issues is going to be astronomical.” Tyndall said that because the council had already committed to certain projects on the list, there wasn’t $1 million available for the project in this first installment of funding. Orris pointed out that the town was already working on a request for proposals for the project so that when the funding was available the town would be ready to move forward with the lift station replacement quickly. Resident Gina Velong questioned the immediate need for radios and said she also didn’t think the business grants were necessary. “We have a huge economic development budget already,” she said.

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Snow Hill Votes To Fund $193K In Riverboat Repairs

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SNOW HILL– Town of Snow Hill officials voted this week to proceed with repairs to the Black-Eyed Susan. The Snow Hill Town Council voted 21 Tuesday to proceed with the repairs needed to get the municipality’s riverboat back to Snow Hill. The boat has been docked in Norfolk since a Coast Guard inspection there revealed the Black-Eyed Susan (BES) needed extensive improvements. “The council voted last night to proceed with the most minimal repairs to the BES in order to get her back to Snow Hill for whatever use we can make of her as a floating venue while taking time to pursue funding from a variety of sources for the full repairs which will return her to regular service,” Snow Hill Town Manager Rick Pollitt said in an email. Snow Hill purchased the Black-Eyed Susan in 2020 with the help of a loan from Worcester County. Though the boat had a successful season in 2021, when the BES went to Norfolk early this year for a Coast Guard inspection that’s required every five years, officials learned major repairs were needed. Initial estimates said it would cost $300,000 in repairs to get the boat in sufficient condition to be towed back to Snow Hill and docked. It was estimated $600,000 in repairs would be needed to bring the paddleboat back to fully operational condition. Pollitt, who traveled to a Norfolk shipyard last week to see the boat and reported back to the council Tuesday, said updated estimates pegged the cost of the minimal repairs at $193,000. “This was a revised number based on our visit with the shipyard last week,” he said. Jim Washington, the riverboat’s operator, said he supported the town’s decision regarding the boat. “I’m glad to see it’s coming back,” he said. He said his contract with the town would be “on hiatus” while officials arranged for repairs and explored potential funding options. While Washington is pleased with the council’s decision, he said he would have also stood by elected officials if they’d thought it was best to sell the boat. He stressed that while the repairs weren’t anticipated, the entire riverboat project had been undertaken to help the town. “People with good intentions were blindsided by this whole mess,” he said. Pollitt said Wednesday a press release from the town with more information would be forthcoming.

Resort Signs Off On Bull Riding MOU

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OCEAN CITY – The addition of some late changes to the agreement for the inaugural professional bull riding event in the resort in June did not prevent resort officials from signing off on it, although there will be more discussion about the late addition of a concert. The Mayor and Council had before them on Tuesday a proposed memorandum of understanding (MOU) for the Professional Bull Riders (PBR) and the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) rodeo at the Inlet parking lot in early June. The event, produced by Triple Creek Events, will take place at the Inlet from June 3-5, with professional bull riding competitions on Friday and Saturday nights, and a matinee competition on Sunday afternoon. An arena with bleachers will be constructed on a portion of the Inlet parking lot. Several truckloads of dirt will be hauled to the Inlet lot in advance of the bull riding event in June, creating an eight-inch surface on which the rodeo will be held. Event organizers will haul the dirt back out of the Inlet lot and restore it to its pre-event condition after the rodeo is completed. The bulls themselves will be housed off the island during the event and trailered in on the days of the competition. Triple Creek Events will be responsible for the event set-up and breakdown, hauling the dirt in and out and restoring the Inlet lot to its pre-event condition after the event is over. There will be a VIP section adjacent to the arena in close proximity to the bull riding competition itself. There will also be temporary bleachers installed for the general admission ticketholders. Last month, the Mayor and Council approved a request from Triple Creek for a $75,000 contribution from the town to offset some unanticipated upfront costs to produce the event in exchange for a revenue-sharing plan from ticket sales. The town would contribute the $75,000 in exchange for 10% of the revenue from tickets sold, or $5 per ticket sold, whichever is greater. The revenue-sharing plan would remain in place for future bull riding events in the resort until the $75,000 is recouped. Special Events Director Frank Miller presented the proposed MOU to councilmembers on Tuesday. Miller said there were some late amendments and adjustments to the hours for the threeday event, including a proposed concert at the arena following the competition on both Friday and Saturday nights. The event will open each day at 9 a.m. with vendors and other amenities for visitors in the build-up toward the actual competition, which will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Miller explained the promoter wants to amend the MOU to allow for a country-themed concert on each of those nights. “They would like to amend it to 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights,” he said. “The reason for doing

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that is they would like to include a concert on Friday and Saturday to add an amenity and extend the event. That makes it actually two hours longer.” Triple Creek representative Bob Pastoria explained the concept of adding the concerts on both Friday and Saturday nights. “Those in the VIP section will stay for the concert,” he said. “For those with general admission tickets, they will have the option to go out after the show and re-enter the arena for the concert. It would essentially be an upcharge for them. Everybody will leave the general admission areas and anybody that wants to come back in for the concert will pay a second charge to come back in.” City Solicitor Heather Stansbury said the MOU as presented did not include language about the concerts added to the event. “The problem is it’s technically a separate event,” she said. “It makes it a little more complicated if it’s a separate event.” Councilman Mark Paddack pointed out the Jellyfish Festival will be going on during the same weekend on the beach on the north side of the pier. He raised concerns about getting the bull riding ticketholders out of the arena and selling them tickets to go back in for the concerts. “That’s going to be a challenge to SEE PAGE 10

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FROM PAGE 9 clear out the arena with 4,000 people and get them to come back in,” he said. “We also have a Jellyfish Festival that weekend and that promoter is promoting live music. Triple Creek is promoting professional bull riding. The concert is an add-on.” Pastoria said the proposed addition of the concerts is an amenity for the guests and enhances the event. He said it is not unusual to have a themed concert associated with the bull riding competition. “Every one of our events has a VIP party after the competition where the

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riginal condition. “Do they need the full 24 hours, or just an extra work day?” he said. “The reason I ask is for the parking for that Thursday night. I don’t know if it really makes a difference, but I just wanted to clarify that.” Pastoria said the extra day was needed to break down the bleachers and remove the dirt and restore the lot. “We want some extra time to break it all down,” he said. “We thought three days would be a little tight. We’ll get it all closed down as fast as we can.” Pastoria said he believed the breakdown crew would not need all of that Thursday to clear out the event. “They will have most of it done by Wednesday,” he said. “They’ll work until it’s done. They just need an additional work day. We should be all cleared out by 6 p.m. on Thursday.” The language in the proposed MOU was altered to reflect that promise of being all cleared out by 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 9, to allow for the use of the parking areas impacted by the event. Another question was raised about the 9 a.m. start time for the event when the competition does not start until 6 p.m. Pastoria explained in addition to the actual professional bull riding competition, there will be vendors and other amenities associated with the event that will go on during the day. “The 9 a.m. opening until the start of

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the show would mostly be for the vendors in the area outside the arena,” he said. “It allows them to monetize themselves and make it worth their while. It wouldn’t be worth it for them to set up and be there for the two hours of the show.” With the professional bull riding event now less than a month away, Miller suggested the council approve the MOU with the subtle amendments and revisit the concert issue in an upcoming meeting before the event. “I’d like to recommend approving this without the concert and bring that part back for further discussion,” he said. “Time is of the essence with the event now just weeks away. We can look at the concert as a separate issue. This MOU is different than it was just a couple of hours ago.” Stansbury said the council could approve the MOU to keep the event moving forward without the concerts being included until it is discussed further. “This MOU does not contemplate anything to do with a concert,” she said. “You can approve this with the amendments, but without the substantive changes including the concert.” The four-member council, including Paddack, Gehrig, Councilman Frank Knight and Council Secretary Tony DeLuca voted 4-0 to approve the MOU and bring back the issue of the additional concerts at an upcoming work session.

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OCEAN CITY – With the summer season rapidly approaching, despite the continued dreary weather, the town is still struggling to fill out its transportation department workforce. During Tuesday’s Ocean City Transportation Committee meeting, members got their typical briefing on bus driver and Boardwalk tram driver recruitment and retention efforts. It’s no secret Ocean City, like most jurisdictions and the private sector, continues to struggle to fill out its staffing ranks for a variety of reasons. Finding qualified transportation department employees, including bus drivers and Boardwalk tram drivers and conductors has been particularly challenging because of the special skill sets needed, including, in most cases, commercial driver’s licenses (CDL), drug

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screenings and other training and qualifications. Earlier this year, town officials implemented some incentives to attract new drivers and retain existing ones, such as signing bonuses, wage increases and loyalty bonuses, for example, and they have worked to some degree, but the full complement of drivers needed is still coming up short heading into the middle of May. Operations Manager George Peake provided an update to the committee on Tuesday. “With the buses, we currently have 59 drivers plugged into the summer schedule,” he said. “I’m encouraged overall. We also have a full complement of supervisors and they can be called on to drive a shift here and there if need be.” Peake explained there were still a handful of applicants going through the screening process, and some help will come when school bus drivers move over

to drive resort buses for the summer, but the desired number is still coming up short. “My goal was 80,” he said. “That’s very optimistic. If I could get to 72 or 74, I would be happy. The complement of school bus drivers coming is not counted in the 59.” While the number of drivers is currently coming up short, Peake said it’s not because of a lack of effort in terms of recruiting. “We’re still continuing to work with human resources,” he said. “It’s not okay, but we’re trying everything we can.” Peake said the shortage was even more pronounced on the Boardwalk tram driver and conductor side. “The picture with the trams is not as rosy as it was,” he said. “There was a huge turnover with just 17 out of 25 drivers and 17 out of 25 conductors. Some people try it and say it’s not for them. We lost 10 drivers and several conductors. It’s not a cakewalk. It is a difficult job.”

Council Renews Parking Lease

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OCEAN CITY – Resort officials this week signed off on a lease renewal for parking spaces on townowned property for an uptown restaurant and bar. The Mayor and Council had before them on Tuesday a request from the original Greene Turtle at 116th Street to renew a five-year lease for 10 parking spaces and an additional space for storage. The Greene Turtle has leased the 10 spaces near the town’s wastewater pumping station at Jamestown Road, along with another space that is equivalent in size to a parking space, but is used for storage by the establishment. The current lease is $4,000 per year, but expires on June 30. City Manager Terry McGean explained the town and the Greene Turtle have worked out a renewed lease agreement for another five years, but the agreement needed approval from the council. The town in the past has leased spaces to other establishments in the midtown area in the parking lot of the Public Safety Building. McGean explained those parking space lease agreements were a little different then the agreement with the Greene Turtle. “The city leased the parking spaces at the Public Safety Building to Skye Bar and Dead Freddies for $453 per space,” he said. “However, in that case, the parking spaces existed, and the lessees did not need to invest any money to build the lot. In the Greene Turtle case, they constructed the parking lot behind the pump station, which they state was $50,000.” For that reason, the staff was recommending a $50 per space reduction for the Greene Turtle to account for the establishment’s upfront costs. As a result, the lease for the Greene Turtle presented on Tuesday was at a rate of $403 per space for the 10 parking spaces and the additional equivalent space used for storage, for a total of $4,433 per year for the fiveyear term. McGean said that 11th space, which at 11 feet by 33 feet is the equivalent of an additional parking space, was counted in the equation when the town learned the area was owned by the city but utilized by the establishment for storage. “What happened was, they put storage units in that space,” he said. “We learned the storage units were on our property and we assigned a value to it equal to the other parking spaces in the lease agreement.” With little other discussion, the council voted 4-0, with Council President Matt James and Councilmen Lloyd Martin and Peter Buas absent, to approve the lease renewal under the new terms.

Route 90 Dualization Project Now In Environmental Study Phase

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OCEAN CITY – Resort officials were presented their bi-annual spring update from the State Highway Administration (SHA) on various traffic-related projects finished or in the planning stage in and around the Ocean City area. Twice a year, SHA officials come before the Mayor and Council to provide an update on various projects, upgrades and future plans in and around the resort area. On Tuesday, SHA District Engineer Jay Meredith and his staff came before an abbreviated council with just four sitting members present to provide the annual update. There are no major repaving projects planned for Coastal Highway in the next cycle, although the Route 90 corridor expansion project approved last summer by Gov. Larry Hogan is in the environmental assessment phase. Otherwise, Meredith provided a punch list of SHA projects around the resort to improve traffic flows and enhance pedestrian safety, for example. Meredith said SHA’s year in Ocean City got off to an unusual start with a major snowstorm in January. SHA crews deployed a new snow removal plan for Coastal Highway in which heavy snow was pumped from the highway into trucks before being transported to the Inlet parking lot. “This year has brought many challenges already,” he said. “We had a major snowstorm in January and we had Coastal Highway completely opened within 48 hours. The new, innovative snow removal approach was very successful.” Other projects on which Meredith briefly touched included the potential for heated traffic signals. During the January snowstorm, traffic signals were covered with snow, snarling traffic and forcing fire department crews to hose them off to ensure safety once the highway was cleared. Meredith said heated traffic signals were being explored for Coastal Highway.


In a separate project, the Ocean City Police Department reported SHA will be repairing and upgrading existing traffic signal on Coastal Highway at 17th Street, 74th Street, 77th Street, 81st Street, 85th Street, 100th Street, 118th Street, 123rd Street, 127th Street and 130th Street. Single-lane closures are expected on Coastal Highway from 7 a.m.-4 p.m. on weekdays through June 30. Other projects Meredith briefed the council on included SHA’s involvement in the planned redevelopment of the Baltimore Avenue corridor, a traffic study for the area around the proposed Margaritaville project between 13th Street and 14th Street, including potentially moving a traffic signal, restriping Coastal Highway, redoing crosswalks, and bringing as many as 87 handicap ramps into ADA compliance, among others. The council questioned the status of the Route 90 dualization project, which has become a top priority for Ocean City in recent years and got an endorsement from Hogan last summer. “Governor Hogan made the announcement in August,” said Meredith. “There is an environmental study underway that is scheduled to be completed in December 2022. It will move into the design phase when funding becomes available.” Meredith said there would be ample opportunity for public input throughout the Route 90 project process, including a newsletter with an update scheduled to be released next month. “It advises citizens about the progress of the project,” he said. “There is a stakeholder survey included and we encourage public input on the project. There will also be a virtual public meeting to take public feedback.” Even before Tuesday’s bi-annual update meeting with SHA, resort officials had prepared a list of projects they wanted SHA to address in advance of the summer season. Public Works Director Hal Adkins thanked Meredith and his crew for taking care of most of the projects on the list. SEE PAGE 15


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SNOW HILL – Bus drivers will not receive the further pay increase they asked for from Worcester County. A motion to increase mileage and hourly pay rates for local school bus contractors failed with a 3-4 vote during a budget work session held by the Worcester County Commissioners Tuesday. Commissioner Ted Elder, a retired bus driver, advocated for a slight increase for bus contractors but failed to get enough support from his peers. “Next year you’re going to have an issue with people getting to school and I’ll be the one to say I told you so,” Elder said. Representatives of the Worcester County School Bus Contactors Association (WCSBCA) approached both the school board and the commissioners this spring advocating for a pay increase. While the school system’s budget includes some increases for bus drivers, WCSBCA representatives said those increases weren’t enough to cover rapidly rising costs. They asked the commissioners to consider bumping their hourly

rate to $26.29 and their mileage rate to $1.80. At Tuesday’s budget work session, Elder proposed using roughly $135,000 from the county’s general fund to supplement the $25/hour and $1.62/mile the school system plans to pay drivers. He said the additional funds would allow for an hourly rate of $26 and mileage of $1.65. He said the increase, though not what was requested by contractors, was something and would help combat rising expenses. Commissioner Jim Bunting said it was the school board’s job to negotiate a contract with bus drivers. “What I’ve proposed is just barely enough to get them by,” Elder said. Commissioner Diana Purnell pointed out that during the budget process, county departments proposed numerous cuts while the school system had not. She added that teachers would be earning $40/hour for summer school and that bus drivers had a legitimate argument. Bunting said the county would create a bad situation if it got involved in negotiations that were really the school system’s responsibility. He said the bus drivers had gotten an increase this year

Bus drivers are pictured at a Worcester County Commissioners meeting earlier this year. Photo by Charlene Sharpe

even if it wasn’t at the level requested. “Maybe they should be a little patient and get there in the next couple budgets,” he said.

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Commissioner Joe Mitrecic said his concern was that if the commissioners adjusted bus contractors’ pay, they might get requests from other school system employees that were in low paying positions. “I don’t want all of the cafeteria workers from the school board sitting down here saying they don’t make enough money,” Mitrecic said. “I don’t want the janitors coming down here. My personal opinion is I think we let the board of education deal with their employees. If they start losing employees, losing bus drivers, then they’re going to have to make the adjustment.” He added that school board members were elected just like the county commissioners. “Whether they go along with the finance man down there and the superintendent and go along blindly or not, I can’t say that one way or the other,” Mitrecic said. “But I do know that they’re elected to represent the people of Worcester County the same as we are.” Elder’s motion to supplement bus drivers’ pay failed with a 3-4 vote. Elder, Purnell and Commissioner Josh Nordstrom voted in support while Bunting, Mitrecic and Commissioners Bud Church and Chip Bertino were opposed. Longtime bus contractor Alan Hudson, a member of the WCSBCA budget committee, said that without the funding requested, drivers would struggle to meet expenses and as a result would likely not be able to afford to do the short trips for things like sports and field trips. He thanked Elder, Nordstrom and Purnell for their support. “Our main objective everyday is to transport the students of this county as safely as we possibly can,” he said. “We are simply asking for a fair reimbursement for the services we provide. As everyone knows, the cost of doing business has drastically increased. Fuel costs alone have skyrocketed and very few people realize not only are we responsible for purchasing our own fuel but we also cover all maintenance costs for our buses. For the majority of bus contractors, what our gross pay is versus what we actually get to keep to live on is a huge difference.”

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FROM PAGE 13 “We put a punch list together and shared it with Jay and his staff,” he said. “I just want to say thank you. They have already knocked out a lot of this stuff.” Another issue brought up on Tuesday was the major redevelopment of the Ember’s restaurant property at 23rd Street and its potential impact on traffic for the residential neighborhoods in the immediate area. City Manager Terry McGean said the existing traffic signal at 23rd Street might need to be altered in some way. “One of the condo associations approached me with issues with the Embers redevelopment project,” he said. “It’s a difficult situation. When the light turns red there, the traffic stacks up quickly.” Meredith said SHA was aware of the changes along that section of Coastal Highway. “We are taking a look at that,” he said. “We need a clear understanding of what the development is and the traffic conditions at that signal.” When asked if the traffic signal at 23rd Street could be relocated slightly to the north, McGean said it was a possibility, but it was not without challenges. “A lot of these things have their own little nuances,” he said. “We don’t want to take a problem and make it worse.” Meredith agreed the entire traffic pattern around the 23rd Street area needed to be explored. “We’re not sure yet,” he said. “It could require moving the signal. We don’t know until we take a close look at all of it.” When asked about a potential pedestrian crossing uptown in the area of 143rd Street, Meredith said there were still uncertainties. Ground has been broken on a new 56-unit condominium complex and Meredith said there have hints about a potential redevelopment of the Sun and Surf movie theater site, although he believed there was no contract in place for that project. “We know a developer is already putting in 56 units,” he said. “We’re keeping a close eye on that area. We just want to make sure we don’t spend a lot of money putting something in there that we might have pull out if something changes up there.” Councilman Mark Paddack asked about the Princess Royale pumping drainage from its parking garage out onto Coastal Highway at 92nd Street. Paddack said the hotel complex pumps excess drainage from a catch basin onto the highway when it reaches capacity. “It pumps out onto Coastal Highway,” he said. “This was brought up three years ago. It freezes over in the winter, creating a safety issue. They pump out the basin when there is a significant threat of rain. It seems like the simple solution would be to run a line to the storm drain system under the highway.” Meredith said SHA was aware of the issue, but there was no immediate quick fix.

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“That’s a complicated situation,” he said. “We have to have the water tested to see what it might contain before we consider connecting it to a storm drain line. That could be a solution, but it’s really not our problem. They are pumping onto us.” Councilman John Gehrig asked if there was a better way to synchronize the traffic signals along Coastal Highway, especially during the offseason. “The one question I get is the timing of the lights,” he said. “Just today, I got red lights at several intersections and not a single vehicle crossed from east or west.” Council Secretary Tony DeLuca asked Meredith if SHA had considered a better “Reach the Beach” plan for the Route 50 corridor. “Route 90 will always be our top priority,” he said. “My one request, and I know there is a lot of new infrastructure projects, does the state have a priority list for Reach the Beach and Route 50? I think Route 404 needs an overpass and Route 213 could use an overpass. There could be an overpass at the outlets there at Queenstown. We really could use a bypass at Easton too. It just really backs up along there even on a weekday.” Meredith said those projects could be considered in the future, but the state has a big priority list currently being weighed.

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OCEAN CITY – It was a busy Sunday afternoon for resort firefighters and emergency responders with a pair of fires and smoke situations at north-end high-rise condominium buildings, among other incidents. With last weekend’s nor’easter reaching its peak late Saturday and early Sunday, the Ocean City Fire Department (OCFD) found itself responding to multiple storm-related incidents all over the resort area on Sunday afternoon. The storm had already canceled Springfest, and the canopy at a gas station at the foot of the Route 50 bridge on Saturday night forced the closure of the span to traffic for several hours. By Sunday, the storm was peaking and resulted in numerous power outages in and around the resort area. The OCFD responded to multiple calls during the storm on Sunday, including calls involving a pair of reported electrical transformers at north-end high-rise condo buildings. Shortly before noon on Sunday, a fire and smoke conditions were reported at the High Point North condo, according to OCFD spokesman Ryan Whittington. “Firefighters found smoke conditions and it was upgraded to a building fire,” he said. “There are always challenges

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with a high-rise fire. Firefighters investigated the incident internally because there was smoke on multiple floors. We had to check the transformers on all floors to figure out what was going on.” Whittington said the OCFD quickly began evacuating the High Point North building out of an abundance of caution. “The building was occupied, which is why it went to a second alarm,” he said. “Firefighters walked each floor and there is always a potential for carbon monoxide exposure in those situations. While we were on scene, mutual aid was requested.” Whittington said the Millville Fire Company was on stand-by along with the Bethany and Ocean Pines volunteer fire companies during the High Point North incident. Whittington said the OCFD began deploying hoses and hooking up to water sources during the High Point North incident as a precaution. “I know it’s an expression, but where there is smoke, there has to be fire somewhere,” he said. “We don’t want to get caught behind the eight-ball, especially with a high-rise. They began pulling hoses and connecting to water sources.” Whittington said the High Point North situation was attributed to a transformer fire. With the nor’easter that was peaking on Sunday, there were power outages all over the resort area, includ-

ing uptown at condo row, which caused multiple fire alarm activations to which the fire department had to respond, all while handling the situation at High Point North. “Delmarva Power had crews on hand,” he said. “They were dealing with power outages due to the nor’easter. The issue at High Point North was caused by Delmarva Power equipment as a result of the outages due to the storm.” Whittington said High Point North was occupied, creating tricky evacuation assistance for the OCFD. “Power was out most of the day at High Point North,” he said. “The firefighters were going through with flashlights to help the occupants find their belongings and get out of the building. City transportation crews arrived to help mobilize the occupants away from the building to a safer place.” A short time later, a similar incident began unfolding at the Fountainhead condominium building just a couple of blocks north. Again, mutual aid was requested with the Millville Fire Department on the scene. Whittington said with high-rise incidents, firefighters walk up several flights of stairs to determine what’s going on in the building. “Firefighters were walking up stairs seven to 12 floors up and climbed even higher to determine the source of the

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smoke,” he said. “They were dealing with the wind and the rain. This is why we train so much. Typically, we’re training even during our shifts when we have down time.” Whittington said while firefighters and first-responders are constantly training, it’s a good idea for residents and visitors, especially in high-rise buildings to do their own training. “If you’re staying in a high-rise building, familiarize yourself with the building’s fire protection plan,” he said. “Learn the evacuation plan, check for smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, and make sure fire doors are not propped open. The fire doors keep fire from spreading. Make sure the stair tower doors are closed and the trash chutes are not propped open. That can save the lives of hundreds of people in the event of a fire.” Whittington said the fire department encourages high-rise building residents and visitors to be proactive in the event of an emergency. “The fire chief is big on preventing 911 calls,” he said. “We try to do safety outreach and education every chance we get. If any condo association wants to schedule fire safety lessons and training for its residents, we gladly will come out and do that as a proactive measure. We would rather do that than respond to 911 calls.”

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BERLIN – The Worcester County Commissioners agreed to fully fund the Town of Berlin’s annual budget request at a work session this week. During a lengthy budget session Tuesday, the commissioners agreed to provide the town with its usual annual grant as well as funds to go toward a roundabout and bike path. In Berlin’s annual budget request to the county earlier this spring, Mayor Zack Tyndall asked the commissioners for a $465,000 unrestricted grant as well as $122,000 for planning for a roundabout on Flower Street and $73,796 for a passive use path along the town’s railroad tracks. The $122,000 would cover half the design and engineering services associated with planning for a traffic circle, which Tyndall has proposed for Flower Street near its intersection with Railroad Avenue, Schoolfield Street and Branch Street. As the request was reviewed by the commissioners this week, county staff reminded them that last year, the Town of Berlin received $465,000 in unrestricted funds as well as $39,875 for its Rails to Trails project. Commissioner Joe Mitrecic said he’d been contacted by several town council members who’d said they weren’t interested in the roundabout. Staff noted that funds provided by the county for the roundabout would be restricted to that project. “We restrict it,” Chief Administrative Officer Weston Young said. “If they’re not moving forward with it we wouldn’t give them the money.” Mitrecic said Tyndall would likely use the funding as “leverage” to encourage the council to proceed with the project, since half of the necessary money was being provided by the county. “That seems backwards,” Commissioner Josh Nordstrom said. Commissioner Jim Bunting made a motion to provide the town its unrestricted grant and bike path funding but not the money for the roundabout. When asked for her input, Commissioner Diana Purnell, who represents the Flower Street area of Berlin, said Tyndall hadn’t spoken to her about the roundabout. “He tends to do what he feels he needs to do,” she said. “We can leave it there and pull it out if they don’t use it.” Bunting said the town hadn’t demonstrated a need for it and he felt it was a wish list item. Purnell said there was a need because traffic was bad on Flower Street with 18 school buses a day traveling it twice a day. Commissioner Ted Elder said a roundabout, which would be difficult for school buses to maneuver, would likely be worse for traffic. “It’s a bad idea,” Bunting agreed. Bunting’s motion to eliminate the roundabout funding failed with a 3-4 vote with Mitrecic, Purnell, Nordstrom and Commissioner Bud Church voting in opposition.

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Town public works crews were out in full force this week cleaning sand off the Boardwalk and street ends from the long duration Nor’easter. Submitted Photo BY SHAWN J. SOPER


OCEAN CITY – After a pounding Nor’easter that essentially wiped out Springfest, city officials report the beach held strong, although an assessment of damage to the event’s tents is being assessed. Springfest opened last Thursday as planned and the event enjoyed a successful first two days. However, with the major Nor’easter heading toward the resort area, Town of Ocean City officials knew there would be pending decisions on Springfest over the weekend.

With high winds, heavy rain and tidal flooding anticipated, the town announced on Friday that Springfest would closing at 8 p.m. on Saturday, although hope was held out the Starship concert featuring Mickey Thomas could still be held at the Inlet event. On Saturday morning, the town announced Springfest would not be opening due to flooding, but discussions were ongoing about the status of the Starship concert. By late Saturday afternoon, with tides rising at the Inlet lot and throughout town, and winds of up to 45 mph and heavy rain, the town announced the concert had been cancelled. Refunds were available at the point of purchase. “With standing water in the entertainment pavilion and increased wind gust projections, we simply cannot risk the safety of our concertgoers or staff,” said City Manager Terry McGean at the time. “This is not the Springfest we had hoped for, but our hardworking employees and vendors did the very best they could with challenging circumstances. We look forward to a bigger and brighter Springfest in 2023.” Monday broke sunny and clear although high winds remained and heavy surf continued to pound the beach. McGean said on Monday afternoon despite taking a pounding all weekend, the beaches in the resort, which had just been replenished this winter, had held up with not much damage or erosion. “The beach has held up fine so far,” he said. “There is just a lot of sand in the crossovers that will have to be cleared out.” As far as the Springfest event itself, McGean said the tent vendor was on site on Monday to assess the damage to the tents. “We had damage to a number of the craft tents at Springfest from the tent stakes pulling out of the ground,” he said. “The tent owner is on site assessing the damage now.” McGean said efforts were made to better secure the tents with the storm pending, but there was some damage nonetheless. “We brought in heavy equipment on Saturday to help secure them the best we could,” he said. “Fortunately, all of the vendors had packed up before the worst wind hit, so none of their inventory was damaged and, most importantly, no one was hurt.”

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OCEAN CITY – A local man was arrested last weekend after first making up wild stories about false robbery attempts before allegedly resisting arrest and assaulting a police officer. Around 1:25 a.m. last Friday, an Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) officer responded to Old Landing Road for a report of suspicious activity. The officer met with an individual, identified as Jorge Sanchez-Avila, 23, of Ocean City, who told police someone had forced into his home, according to police reports. OCPD officers observed Sanchez-Avila come out of the front door of the residence in a hurry while looking back toward in the inside of the residence. Despite a language barrier, Sanchez-Avila told officers one of the individuals in the house had a pistol and was still inside the home, according to police reports. Another OCPD officer who is a certified Spanish translator responded to the scene and spoke with Sanchez-Avila, who appeared intoxicated and whose version of the events kept changing, according to police reports. At first, Sanchez-Avila told police he was sitting on his couch when someone broke into the home and pointed a large item at him and demanded money. Sanchez-Avila then told police he was unlocking his door when three men wearing masks came up behind him, pointed an object at his head and demanded money. In another version, Sanchez-Avila told police was he was approaching the residence when three men wearing masks came up and dragged him inside and one of the men pointed a handgun at his face and demanded money. OCPD officer met with Sanchez-Avila’s mother, who lived in the house with her husband. The husband was called and advised Sanchez-Avila was allowed to stay there. The husband told officers Sanchez-Avila’s story did not make sense and that he doesn’t typically drink and that he believed that had something to do with the stories he was telling, according to police reports. Officers had established a perimeter around the property because it was still an active crime scene and they were uncertain still of what, if anything, had happened. While officers were speaking with the property owner, Sanchez-Avila reportedly walked away from the initial officer, who chased after him and ordered him to stop, according to police reports. Another officer reportedly grabbed Sanchez-Avila’s arm in an attempt to handcuff him, but Sanchez-Avila was able to break one of his arms free and struck the officer in the jaw, according to police reports. Once Sanchez-Avila was taken to the ground, it took four officers to hold him down and place him in handcuffs, according to police reports. He ultimately had to be placed in a violent person restraint device. Sanchez-

Avila was charged with second-degree assault, resisting arrest and obstructing and hindering. Officers searched the residence and found it to be secure, although there was a bottle of Vodka on the coffee table in the living room along with some sandwiches.

Light Post Destroyed OCEAN CITY – A Willards man was arrested last week for malicious destruction of property after allegedly intentionally destroying a light post on a bridge at a midtown restaurant and nightclub. Around 1:35 a.m. last Tuesday, Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) officers responded to a restaurant and nightclub at 60th Street for a reported malicious destruction of property. Ocean City Communications advised bar security staff had a male suspect detained near the front door. When officers arrived, they were flagged down by security staff who advised they were detaining the suspect, later identified as Barry Wien, 61, of Willards, on the opposite side of the footbridge on the property that funnels out to 59th Street. Officers reportedly observed bar security staff struggling with Wien and responded and secured the suspect in handcuffs. Bar security staff advised they had kicked Wien out of the establishment for being too intoxicated and disorderly, according to police reports. As Wien crossed the footbridge, staff reported he intentionally ripped down a light post and destroyed the light and its wiring in the process, according to police reports. When the officers were speaking with bar staff, Wien reportedly yelled, “I fell into it,” and “they’re only doing this to me because I’m a male,” according to police reports. When questioned, Wien said the entire incident started when three or four of his drinks were spilled. He then began rambling about a woman who was eyeballing him and trying to get him into trouble, according to police reports. Wien admitted bar staff had asked him to leave, but he did not leave because he felt he shouldn’t have to, according to police reports. Wien reportedly said he eventually walked outside with staff and that he was upset when he was asked to leave. Wien repeated his story about falling into the light on the footbridge, but when he was asked if he had touched it prior to that, he told the officers, “well yeah, I mean, I did shake it,” according to police reports. Wien reportedly told police after he knocked over the light post, he ran because he felt like a wounded animal scared for his life because bar security staff was targeting him, according to police reports. He said his plan was to sneak away and drive his car to leave. At that point, he was placed under arrest for malicious destruction of property. A review of video surveillance footage confirmed Wien intentionally destroyed SEE NEXT PAGE

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Disorderly, Obstruction Arrest OCEAN CITY – A Pennsylvania man was arrested last weekend for disorderly conduct and other charges after allegedly interfering with police officers conducting an investigation. Around 12:40 a.m. last Sunday, Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) officers were dispatched to a midtown nightclub for a reported trespassing incident. While OCPD officers were arresting a suspect for trespassing, another individual, identified as Dishawn Resto-Andujar, 25, of Reading, Pa., approached them and demanded to know what was going on, according to police reports. Officers reportedly advised Resto-Andujar to back away from them because they were conducting an investigation. Resto-Andujar would not step back and told officers he would stand there and record the situation because he was allowed to, according to police reports. Resto-Andujar was standing about three feet from where officers were conducting their investigation despite being told multiple times he was obstructing and hindering. He was told he was allowed to record the incident, but that he needed to step back 20 feet, but he continued to scream at officers and hinder their investigation, according to police reports. The nightclub manager was on the scene and reportedly told Resto-Andujar

he had to leave the property. However, he reportedly continued to scream and interfere. He was placed under arrest at that point for trespassing. He continued to scream at the officers, calling them derogatory terms with racial slurs, according to police reports in the presence of other patrons, who had come out to see what was going on, according to police reports. He was ultimately charged with resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.

Guilty Plea In Handgun Case OCEAN CITY – One of two Southern Maryland men arrested in February after allegedly displaying loaded handguns to a victim during a verbal altercation at a midtown hotel pleaded guilty last week and was sentenced to 90 days, all of which was suspended in favor of probation. Around 4:20 p.m. on Feb. 26, Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) officers responded to a restaurant at 41st Street for a reported weapons violation. Officers responded when a male victim had called 911 to report a suspect had displayed a handgun to him at a nearby hotel, according to police reports. OCPD officers met with the victim, who told police he worked at the restaurant and was staying at the hotel when he walked back to his room to retrieve his phone charger, according to police reports. The victim was clearly distressed and shaking as he told officers about the incident, according to police reports. The victim reportedly told police he was walking down the hallway to his room at the hotel when he encountered the group of suspects. The victim told police









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he had a brief and minor verbal altercation with one of the suspects in the hallway of the hotel. When the victim exited his hotel room, he was encountered by two suspects later identified as D’Nico Williams, 23, of Waldorf, Md.; and Thomas Corbett-Jones, 21, of Temple Hills, Md., according to police reports. Williams removed a silver-colored handgun from his waist area and pointed the barrel directly at the victim, according to police reports. Corbett-Jones also made a motion toward his waist area and the victim believed he was also retrieving a handgun, according to police reports. The victim reportedly told police he feared for his life and did not want to return to the hotel. A description of the suspects was broadcasted, and additional officers responded to the scene. Williams, Corbett-

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Town Infrastructure Projects Ongoing

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FENWICK ISLAND – Updates on two ongoing studies highlighted a Fenwick Island committee meeting this week. On Tuesday, the Fenwick Island Infrastructure Committee received an update on two studies being completed in town – a resiliency study and a street assessment. Late last year, the committee began working alongside officials to develop the scope of work for a proposed resiliency plan and GIS mapping project in Fenwick. Using funds from the American Rescue Plan Act, officials say the goal of the project is to take a proactive approach at sea level rise and flooding through the development of short-, mid- and long-term solutions. Since selecting AECOM to complete the work, the company has updated sea level rise maps and identified sea level ride projections. In an update this week, AECOM’s Kyle Gulbronson said a final draft of the study was forthcoming. “We should get it this week,” he said. The committee this week also received an update on the town’s street assessment. In April, the town council voted unanimous to approve a contract with AECOM to develop a street assessment and capital street improvement plan, which would set a schedule and funding mechanism for needed street maintenance and im-

provements over a 10-year planning period. “This is for reviewing our streets and determining a maintenance action plan going forward,” Councilman Richard Benn, committee chair, said last month. “We have 5.95 miles of road within the town of Fenwick Island.” Gulbronson told committee members this week the project has since commenced, as AECOM crews visited Fenwick last week to complete a pavement assessment. “They were actually complementary of the town, saying that the streets were well maintained …,” he said. “A majority of the streets came back in the ‘good’ or ‘excellent’ category.” Gulbronson noted the town would receive a full report in the coming weeks. The committee on Tuesday also received an update on the town’s street striping project, which was completed last week at a total cost of more than $9,000. Town Manager Pat Schuchman added that she and Public Works Manager Mike Locke were also evaluating conditions along the town’s sides streets in the wake of last weekend’s coastal storm. “We inspected the town today and yesterday for street flooding and beach erosion,” she said. Schuchman noted Schulz Road, Bora Bora Street, Madison and Glenn avenues, and the end of Bay Street had all experienced some level of flooding.

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SALISBURY – As the adoption date inches closes, county leaders met with department heads last week to discuss proposed budgets for the coming fiscal year. In a work session last Friday, representatives from the airport, sheriff’s office and corrections department came before the Wicomico County Council to discuss their proposed budgets for fiscal year 2023. Finance Director Pam Oland noted the airport budget, totaling more than $4 million, included additional funding for other post-employment benefits (OPEB) and pensions, as well as the purchase of an airport building currently leased by FedEx. “The lease for the FedEx building is coming to an end …,” she explained, not-

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ing that the purchase was part of the lease agreement. “We become the leaseholder instead of the developer who developed the FedEx building. We don’t have any indications that FedEx wants to leave, it’s just a matter of us becoming the leaseholder and collecting the rent rather than the developer being the leaseholder and collecting the rent.” Airport Manager Tony Rudy added that the airport would purchase the building at 25% of its assessed value. Councilman Joe Holloway, however, urged officials to complete a detailed inspection of the property. “We don’t want to get into the paddleboat situation that Snow Hill was in,” he said, “where they bought something and after they bought it they found out they were going to have to spend almost a million dollars.” Councilman John Cannon noted the airport’s budget also included $15,000 for

event planning. Rudy said that money would be used to host its annual Wings and Wheels event, or some new iteration of it. “Whether it’s going to be Wings and Wheels or another event, we want to try and get the public back to the airport,” he explained. “So we’re kicking around some ideas now, but we will probably need assistance with that.” Council members last week also met with the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office to discuss the agency’s $15.5 million budget. While the proposed spending plan has increased by more than $1 million, Major Tod Richardson said most of it was the result of unfunded state mandates. “There are several state-mandated costs that are built into the budget this year that we have no control over,” he said. In additional to psychological evalua-

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tions, which are expected to cost the department $10,000, Richardson said the budget also included additional funds for body-worn cameras. “We had to expand our program, just like everyone else has,” he said. “Before, we had certain divisions that had them. Now everyone will be required to wear a camera from now on. So that cost is going to go up.” Oland told council members last week the administration would come before the council with a federal grant to cover some of the costs associated with the bodyworn camera program. Sheriff Mike Lewis, however, said the program was worth it. “I would much rather operate with a body-worn camera and an in-car camera then not having any video coverage at all,” he said, “because 99.9% of the time footage from the body-worn camera and in-car camera will refute the frivolous allegations being made against our county, against our deputies, by the public, without a doubt.” Officials last week also questioned some of the expenses associated with the new public safety building. “Are we anticipating any additional costs for utilities and maintenance?” Cannon asked. Richardson said they were. “It’s going to be a higher load as we’re doubling in size,” he said. Oland agreed. “We expect it to go up, we do not expect it to double. It should be more efficient …,” she said. “There will also be a need to furnish the new building.” When asked what the county planned to do with the old sheriff’s office once the new public safety building was constructed, Oland said those plans were still being evaluated. “One of the things that will have to stay is it is the current backup location for dispatch …,” she replied. “Then we are evaluating the remaining space we will have there and how the county will best utilize that.” Council members last week also met with the department of corrections to review its $19.6 million proposed budget. Holloway questioned why the department’s food budget had gone up. “I noticed the home detention budget increased greatly … but also the food cost for inmates increased,” he said. “Wouldn’t that go down?” Warden Ruth Colbourne noted that food costs had increased as a result of inflation and shipping. She added that the jail’s population had also increased. “We pay per meal, and our population is at pre-pandemic levels currently,” she explained. “Our inside population was at 293 the last I looked. That is what we were at prior to COVID.” When asked about the department’s hiring efforts, Colbourne said the staffing situation had improved. “We’re slowly gaining some ground,” she replied. “Hopefully we can continue.” As it currently stands, the proposed operating budget totals $173,908,637, a 7.6% increase over the current year’s spending plan. Once approved, the fiscal year 2023 budget will take effect on July 1.

Petition Group Launches Effort, Discusses Project With Officials

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BERLIN – Concerned citizens launched a petition effort aimed at making the county’s use of bond funding for a sports complex a referendum question with a meeting this week. Roughly 50 people attended a meeting hosted Monday by the People for Fiscal Responsibility, a citizen group organizing a petition to trigger a referendum regarding Worcester County’s use of $11 million in bond funding for a sports complex on Route 50. Vince Gisriel, chair of the petition committee, said the group had to get 2,500 signatures by May 27 to keep the referendum effort moving. “There’s only one way to bring this to the voters,” he said. “Signing the petition is not a vote for or against the project. All it does is bring the issue to the voters.” Talk of a petition effort began in the weeks following the Worcester County Commissioners’ 4-3 vote to use $11 million in bond funding to purchase a 95acre parcel west of Stephen Decatur High School for $7.1 million. In a meeting at the library in Ocean Pines Monday, Gisriel and other organizers said they were concerned about the use of public funds to buy the land. They’re hoping to collect 5,000 signatures so that the question of whether the county should use bond funds for the project will go to referendum this fall. Though Gisriel has worked on successful petition efforts in Ocean City in the past, he said this one was slightly different in that he’d had to work with the state as well as the local board of elections during the process. The petition language was approved May 6 but Gisriel said he was still waiting on answers to questions about exactly the number of signatures needed to meet the threshold of 10% of the county’s voters. He said that if the petition got half the required number of signatures by May 27, an extension could be applied for, which would give the committee until June 30 to reach the estimated required 5,000 signatures. Ocean Pines resident Slobodan Trendic, another member of the petition group, said the 4-3 vote by the commissioners was a red flag. He said there were countless ways a project like the sports complex could be financed that didn’t involve public funding. “It’s not the project but the funding that’s an issue,” he said. When invited to share their input, those in attendance voiced various concerns with the proposed sports complex. Some brought up traffic, others brought up the fact that the complex would eliminate future expansion space for Stephen Decatur High School and others cited the immense costs that would be associated with developing such a complex. Bishopville resident Richard Addis said a Delaware project similar to the one Worcester County proposed had cost $27 million, and that had been after the land had essentially been donated. He

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added that didn’t include an indoor facility like the one Ocean City wants the county’s complex to include. Newark resident Virgil Shockley said the 95-acre site by the high school would probably only fit eight fields, as stormwater management could require up to 10 acres and there would still need to be room for parking. According to Shockley, a former commissioner, the county considered building championship quality fields at John Walter Smith Park in Snow Hill 20 years ago but never followed through. He added that traffic at the proposed site would be a nightmare once the complex was built. Berlin resident Connie Pena said the complex proposed was too big for the area. She said she moved to Berlin after spending many years in Montgomery County. “I’ve never witnessed so much back handed maneuverings and shenanigans as I witnessed reading The Dispatch and the other newspapers in Worcester County,” she said. “I am not for this project. It’s huge and it’s in Berlin. It’s going to dramatically change the character of the area I live in.” She added that the complex would be right next to Briddletown, a historic African American community. SEE PAGE 28

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FROM PAGE 27 “Anytime there’s a big project all throughout this country they stick it in the poor people’s backyard and in their community,” she said. “It’s usually in a Black person’s community and that’s what’s happening here. You know what? Those people, the Black, brown, low-income people will not be able to afford to go there.” Addis, noting that Ocean City Councilman John Gehrig and Ocean City Tourism and Business Development Director Tom Perlozzo were in attendance, asked them to address the concerns raised. Gehrig prefaced his comments by asking for an end to any division between Worcester County and Ocean City. “We’re all one county,” he said. “This division between Ocean City and the county, that has to go.” He said economic development would benefit the entire county and was needed. “Given the backdrop economically that we’re talking about, if nothing is done from an economic development standpoint your property taxes will absolutely go up,” he said. “The cost of everything is rising… The elected officials need to be bold.” He added that the state was willing to invest in sports tourism and that he’d identified numerous other potential funding sources. Gehrig said he knew there were questions but that they would be answered now that the vote to move forward had

Notice of Public Hearing Amended Five-Year Capital Improvement Plan FY 2023 through FY 2027 Worcester County, Maryland The Worcester County Commissioners will conduct a public hearing on the Amended Five-Year Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) for fiscal year (FY) 2023 through FY2027. The CIP is a planning document the County will use in preparing future operating budgets, to anticipate future financial needs of the County and to identify possible funding resources. The Capital Improvement Plan has been amended to accurately reflect the updated projects that will be bonded for FY2023/2024. The most significant changes are the removal of the Ocean Pines Spray Irrigation ($3,250,000) and the update of the Ocean Pines Belt Filter Press project (from $3,550,000 to $4,600,000). Inclusion of a project in the CIP does not constitute a guarantee of funding from the County. Some capital projects will be added, deleted and/or amended as necessary. As with the Operating Budget, the projects for each fund have to be balanced with the resources available in that fund. PUBLIC HEARING Tuesday, May 17, 2022 at 10:40 A.M. in the County Commissioners Meeting Room Room 1101 - Government Center One West Market Street Snow Hill, Maryland 21863 Copies of the Worcester County Amended Capital Improvement Plan for FY2023 through FY2027 summary may be obtained online at For additional information, please contact the County Administration Office at (410) 632-1194. THE WORCESTER COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

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been taken and that the county could stop the purchase if issues were identified. “There are escape hatches…,” Gehrig said. “If it’s not going to work, no one wants pain. You hit the eject button and it’s done. That’s really where we are.” Commissioner Chip Bertino, who was in attendance with Commissioner Jim Bunting, said he’d made his opposition to the project as proposed clear. “I think it’s very telling this evening that a representative from Ocean City is standing here telling us what the county should do,” he said. Bertino said he didn’t discount the economic development benefits a sports complex could bring but that the south part of the county needed that help most. He said this was one of the biggest projects the county had ever undertaken. “I don’t believe public money should be used in this venture at all,” he said. “If we were going to look at this as economic development, why aren’t we looking at the most depressed area of our county, and that is the southern part of the county.” Bertino said there were too many variables involved in the project and too many unanswered questions. He said economic development wasn’t necessarily a government responsibility. “We don’t build restaurants and then have somebody come in and manage them for us,” he said. “That’s not what we do … If anyone’s looking for ideas, here’s an idea — stop spending taxpayer money on things that should be handled by the private sector.” Perlozzo, who headed the county’s recreation and parks, tourism and economic development departments for a few years, said the commissioners had been talking about a sports complex for six years and had five studies done. “These two commissioners here, they’ve done exactly what you wanted them to do — roadblocked everything as it relates to providing you the information,” Perlozzo said. “We’ve got 50 million people within five hours. I’ve got private money as well. We proposed private money. They’ve not wanted to listen.” Audience members pointed out that the majority of the commissioners had voted for the complex. “Let’s build it,” Perlozzo said before abruptly walking out of the meeting. Tony Christ, one of the meeting’s organizers, thanked attendees, particularly those running for office. “You’ve got competing candidates in the same room because they have real feeling for the community,” he said. “Rather than bickering amongst themselves about the election, seeking out votes, they’re here on this issue.” Following the meeting, Bertino questioned how he and Bunting could be putting up roadblocks when the sports complex was moving forward, just as Perlozzo and other Ocean City officials wanted it to. “I think it’s unfair for him to say that we’re obstructionists when he’s gotten everything he’s wanted,” he said. “He might not like what we have to say but that’s just the way it is.”

Fenwick Committee To Hold Offshore Wind Symposium

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FENWICK ISLAND – The organizers of an offshore wind symposium say they hope to educate the community on two projects located off Delaware’s coast. On Friday, May 20, the Fenwick Island Environmental Committee will host its first Offshore Wind (OSW) Symposium. Held at Indian River High School, event co-chair Colleen Wilson said the symposium will feature presentations from US Wind and Ørsted representatives, as well as local and national experts on the environmental impacts of offshore wind. “The committee felt that the community could benefit from learning more about the planned offshore wind projects and their impact on the local environment …,” she said. “Attendees will have an opportunity to have their questions answered by the speakers.” Last fall, US Wind and Ørsted – the two companies that have obtained leases for proposed offshore wind projects off the coast – met with the Fenwick Island Town Council and town staff to share their views on the benefits offshore wind provide to the community and how the proposed projects would progress. Wilson said it was at that time that the Fenwick Island Environmental Committee was asked to research offshore wind issues nationally, regionally and locally and report back to the town council with its findings. “During the months from November through February, committee members reviewed OSW studies, participated in Zoom calls, attended the OSW presentation sponsored by the Bethany-Fenwick Chamber of Commerce, reviewed lawsuits, consulted with experts in the field of alternative energies, contacted several communities and towns for their views on OSW and more,” she said. As a result of that research, environmental committee members came before the town council in March with a resolution asking federal agencies to update visualizations and radar studies to reflect the larger turbines being proposed for wind projects off the coast of Delaware and to move offshore wind lease areas at least 30 miles offshore. “The Fenwick Island Environmental Committee supports the use of clean, renewable energy as a part of a comprehensive plan to address climate change and U.S. energy needs,” Wilson said. “We are seeking support to ensure wind turbine sites are considered responsibly and sensibly in a way that protects our regional marine and migratory bird life, local fishing industry and numerous natural resources, as well as marine safety, and unobstructed viewshed.” In addition to adopting the resolution, the town council also voted to hold an Environmental Committee Offshore Wind Symposium at Indian River High School. The committee will host the free, public symposium next Friday, May 20, in the high school’s auditorium. Doors open at

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5:30 p.m., with the event running from 68 p.m. In 2017, the Maryland Public Service Commission approved offshore renewable energy credits for two projects – US Wind’s MarWin project and Ørsted’s Skipjack project – situated in an 80,000acre Wind Energy Area off the coast. While those projects are currently working through the review process with the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, the two companies have already applied for additional energy credits to complete second phases. Ørsted’s Skipjack 1 project is expected to generate 120-megawatts of energy, while its Skipjack 2 project is expected to generate 846 megawatts. Similarly, US Wind’s MarWin project would include 22 turbines about 17 miles off the coast, while its proposed Momentum Wind project would include 82 turbines.

Ørsted reports its Skipjack offshore wind projects will generate clean, renewable energy to the Eastern Shore by powering 290,000 homes throughout the region. US Wind reports its MarWin project is expected to power more than 80,000 Maryland homes and support more than 3,000 local jobs. This week, the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) announced the two companies would be conducting research and collecting data in the coming months as they determine the best path forward for their wind projects. Both US Wind and Ørsted plan to update information collected in the Indian River Bay in 2016 and 2017, and to conduct geotechnical work in the Atlantic and at some landbased locations. “Any project of this scope requires an extensive regulatory process, as well as

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considerable public input,” said DNREC Secretary Shawn Garvin. “Gathering the information is the first step.” In 2019, Ørsted researched the possibility of using Fenwick Island State Park as a location for an interconnection facility. DNREC said it was later determined that the location was not environmentally feasible. “We’ve heard the feedback of Delawareans who told us they want to be updated on offshore wind activities, including research,” Garvin said. “We want to ensure the public is aware of these activities and what the research entails.” DNREC reports the research will include geotechnical investigations in the Atlantic and Indian River Bay, land-based geotechnical sampling at Delaware Seashore State Park and other work including data collection on wetlands, rare species and cultural resources.

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A Week Of Chop: High winds from a low pressure system off the coast

Donors Sought For Blood Shortage resulted in huge, choppy wave conditions along the coast this week. Above is a scene from Ocean City on Monday. Photo by Malibu’s Surf Shop



BERLIN – Due to a variety of factors, the Blood Bank of Delmarva this week announced a critical blood shortage and is seeking donors to replenish the supply. The Blood Bank of Delmarva (BBD) on Monday announced a blood emergency due to a lack of donors recently. With school spring breaks and holiday travel, blood donations have dropped to the critical stage over the last six weeks. The blood supply as of early this week stood at a two- to three-day level, with Type O-negative and Type O-positive at just a half-day level, which is well below the ideal reserve of a seven-day inventory. Hospitals and healthcare facilities rely on a steady flow of volunteer donors, but a variety of factors including holiday travel and spring breaks has caused a reduction in donations, resulting in the current blood emergency. “This time of year can always be difficult for the blood supply,” said BBD Senior Executive Director Patricia Killeen. “One blood donation has the ability to save up to three lives. We highly encourage all who are able to donate today to help Eastern Shore and Delaware res-

idents who need it the most.” It only takes on hour to donate, and a single donation can save multiple lives. Those in critical need include cancer patients, accident, trauma or burn victims, transplant recipients, surgery patients, and chronically-transfused patients suffering from a variety of illnesses. The BBD provides safe blood and blood products to all 19 hospitals on Delmarva and relies on over 80,000 volunteer blood donors each year to ensure patients’ needs are met. The BBD distributes over 130,000 blood products annually and operates four donor centers around the region including Salisbury. Each year, the BBD normally hosts over 600 blood drives throughout the region, including a significant blood drive in Ocean City each year. The blood drives would not be possible without the commitment of community organizations that volunteer to serve as sponsors or coordinators to provide opportunities for blood donors to give blood and help patients in need. The help with the current crisis and arrange an appointment with a BBD donor center, contact the BBD at 1888-8Blood8, or visit

County Will Seek Grant Funding For New Pocomoke Library Branch

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POCOMOKE – Library officials say they will seek capital grant funding as plans to construct a new Pocomoke branch move forward. On Tuesday, Worcester County Library Director Jennifer Ranck presented the library’s Board of Directors with plans to apply for the state’s fiscal year 2024 capital grant program as officials inch closer in their efforts to construct a new Pocomoke branch. “We did get some feedback in terms of the site, and how we can place things …,” she said. “The grant is due May 27, so hopefully I can move forward with that.” In 2020, county officials began moving forward with plans for a new library in Pocomoke after selecting a building scheme for a shared facility on a vacant lot offered by the City of Pocomoke. The proposed site was expected to not only house the library, but a senior center as well. But in October of that year, Ranck announced the library’s decision to forego the construction of a new branch on the downtown parcel after receiving the results of a phase two environmental study, which identified several underground storage tanks on the site. Despite the setback, Pocomoke’s city manager came before the Worcester County Commissioners last year with a proposal to seek state grant funding for the demolition of the long-vacant armory building on 2nd Street. The goal, he noted, was to build a new Pocomoke library branch in its place. While it was ultimately learned the proposed demolition project was not among the list of grant award recipients, Ranck told board members earlier this year the municipality had plans to reapply. In the meantime, Ranck said she has decided to apply for a state grant to fund the library’s eventual construction at the proposed armory site. “It is very competitive this year, as there are a lot of libraries putting forth their projects …,” she said on Tuesday. “The state looks for projects that are construction ready.” Board member Jocelyn Briddell asked if the library was still considering a shared facility with the senior center, as the partnership could open the door to additional grant funding. Ranck said it was something to be discussed with county officials in the coming days. “I will let you know how my meeting with the county goes and see about the senior center,” she replied. Ranck added that several library systems would be competing for the $7.5

million in state capital grant funding. “The state grant is only $7.5 million, and we’re grateful because it leverages a lot of money around the state,” she said. “But it is a small pot of money when you are talking about large construction projects.” In Tuesday’s board meeting, Ranck also announced the library’s intentions of seeking Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funding for branch projects. “This year the state library is able to offer competitive grants using LSTA funds,” she said. Ranck said funds could be used to develop a story walk, construct a small conference room at the Snow Hill branch, or build a WiFi pavilion for after-hours use. “Sometimes grants like this give us an opportunity to try something new,” she said. Ranck noted that she and staff would work together to develop a proposal ahead of the grant application. “We have some ideas for what we might like to do,” she added.

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Annual Awards Presented: United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore

(UWLES) celebrated the generosity of community members and the organization’s impact at the 76th Annual Meeting and Community Leaders Celebration, held in partnership with University of Maryland Eastern Shore on April 21, 2022. The leadership of companies and individuals who excelled during the 2020-21 year was recognized with several annual awards. The Harrison Group was recognized with the Flame of Excellence award. Above left, from left, are UWLES Board Chair Dr. Bryan Newton, The Harrison Group’s Mark Mayers and Jeb Vetock and UWLES Executive Director Pam Gregory. The Jim Barrett Community Leadership was presented to Sharon Morris of First Shore Federal, who is pictured bove right with Jim Barrett’s granddaughter, Dr. Jamie Barrett, right, and her husband, Ray. Two Affinity Leaders of the Year award were presented for Women United to Lillian Overby, left, of Alarm Engineering, and Student United Way leader to Johannah Cooper, right, of Salisbury University. Other awards presented included Spirit of the Shore to Pohanka Automotive Group; Coordinator of the Year to Kelly Novak, TidalHealth; and Volunteer of the Year to UWLES Board member Mark Rudnick. Submitted Photos



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SNOW HILL – As construction of the first phase begins, plans for the second phase of a new development off Route 589 are moving forward as well. The Worcester County Planning Commission last week reviewed the site plan for the second phase of Triple Crown Estates, the residential community being built adjacent to Ocean Pines. “This project’s been approved for a very long time,” attorney Mark Cropper said. “This is just a continuation of what was originally approved without any material changes.” Cropper presented the commission last Thursday with the site plan for phase two of Triple Crown Estates. The project, which received initial approval in 2015, at one point included duplexes but was adjusted in 2020 and now is made up of 60 single family homes. Phase one, which is under construction now, consists of 30 units while phase two, which was under review last week, will also include 30 units. The homes will be connected to Ocean Pines via an extension of King Richard Road and will not be accessed by

Route 589 or Gum Point Road. “The only access is from Ocean Pines,” Cropper said. Planning commission member Ken Church said he’d had calls from Gum Point Road residents who said they’d seen construction vehicles on their street. Cropper said those vehicles weren’t associated with Triple Crown Estates but rather were related to the county’s installation of sewer along Gum Point Road. “I’m told all the activity that’s been observed does not have to do with construction of the subdivision,” Cropper said. He added that as proposed, the second phase of the residential planned community (RPC) was consistent with the county’s comprehensive plan and that plans for the project hadn’t changed since the duplexes were converted to single family homes in 2020. “If the RPC wasn’t consistent with the comp plan, zoning regulations and other guidelines it would never have been approved to begin with,” he said. The commission voted unanimously to forward the RPC on to the county commissioners with a favorable recommendation.

Plans Announced For Memorial Day Ceremony In Pines

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OCEAN PINES – The largest Memorial Day ceremony in the region returns to the Worcester County Veterans Memorial in Ocean Pines, on Monday, May 30, starting at 11 a.m. The event each year draws thousands of people to the memorial grounds and features music, demonstrations, and public speakers honoring U.S. Military men and women who gave their lives in service. “Memorial Day honors all who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our county,” Veterans Memorial Foundation President Marie Gilmore said. “This year’s ceremony, as those before it, will honor the brave men and women who served our country and lost their lives in doing so.” Gilmore said the keynote speaker this year will be retired U.S. Navy Cmdr. Joseph Parker, who is a current director of the Worcester County Veterans Memorial Foundation. The ceremony will also honor local Gold Star families. During World War I, families would fly flags or banners with a blue star for every immediate family member serving in combat. If one of them died, a gold star replaced the blue star. Walter Webster, a member of the Maryland East Chapter of Ex-POWs, will place a wreath in honor of all current and former prisoners of war. The program will also include music by Randy Lee Ashcraft and Frank Nanna and the WWIIunes, featuring Todd Crosby. Additionally, the Delmarva Chorus will perform the “Armed Forces Medley,” honoring the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force and Coast Guard. The program is scheduled to run for one hour. Prior to the Memorial Day Ceremony, the Worcester County Veterans Memorial Foundation will host a separate and special dedication for retired “Panel West 30” of The Wall That Heals. “This panel, part of the traveling Vietnam Veterans Memorial exhibit that visited Ocean Pines last April, was gifted to the Worcester County Veterans Memorial by the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, Washington D.C.,” Gilmore said. “The panel was retired last year because of the new names that were added to the exhibit. It is an honor to have been given this extraordinary, special gift, and it will soon be permanently installed at our memorial for all to see.” Public parking will be available at Veterans Memorial Park on Route 589 and Cathell Road in Ocean Pines. Limited seating will be available during the Memorial Day ceremony and guests are encouraged to bring chairs. No seating will be supplied for the special dedication ceremony. In case of inclement weather, the ceremony will move to the Ocean Pines Community Center and be announced on social media.

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BERLIN – The following represents a collection of releases announcing local achievements. •Evan Heim of Ocean Pines, a 2015 Stephen Decatur High School graduate and 2019 graduate of Salisbury University (Bachelor of Science in Marketing and Management), has earned a Master of Science degree from the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. •Named to the dean's list for the fall 2021 semester at Washington University in St. Louis was Maddie Simons, who is currently enrolled in the university's College of Arts & Sciences. To qualify for the Dean's List in the College of Arts & Sciences, students must earn a semester grade point average of 3.6 or above and be enrolled in at least 14 graded units. •The following students recently were initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation's oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. Alissa Carr of Berlin at University of Maryland, Eastern Shore; Carly Nascimbeni of Berlin at Salisbury University; Jude Al-Hamad of Berlin at Salisbury University; William


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Groome III of Berlin at Salisbury University; and Zoe Watson of Berlin at Salisbury University •Eunice Adjapong, an economics major from Salisbury, presented "How Colonization Influences People and States as Showcased in Post-Colonial Novels" during the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford's annual Undergraduate Research and Scholarship Fair held April 8. •During the Art League of Ocean City’s 2022 Manga and Anime Youth Art Show last week, April 1-3, two Worcester Preparatory School students received Honorable Mentions at the exhibit. The Manga and Anime Youth Art Show received over 78 entries from schools near and far, two of them being Elena Gjoni (’28) and Isabella Huber (’24), pictured below, who both received Honorable Mentions in the rankings. Elena Gjoni’s drawing, “The Four Elements”, was created using a combination of mediums, and Isabella Huber’s painting, “Shizuku”, was crafted with acrylic paint on glass. The show featured artwork by middle, high school, and college students – celebrating creativity and Manga/Anime as a true art form. Prizes were awarded on the basis of creativity, originality, and artistic merit – plus special prizes from Ocean City Comic Con. The show pieces were judged by professors, Brad Hudson and Elvin Hernandez, of University of Maryland Eastern Shore (Sequential Arts program).

Bay Day, Marine Debris Plunder Planned In Ocean Pines

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BERLIN – The Maryland Coastal Bays Program (MCBP) and the Ocean Pines Association will host the 3rd Bay Day event on Sunday, May 15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at White Horse Park, located at 235 Ocean Parkway, in Ocean Pines. Bay Day is a collaborative conservation effort aimed to help improve the health of the waterways that shoulder the residential shores of Ocean Pines. This free family-friendly event is guaranteed to capture the interest of all age groups through hands-on activities, free boat tours, live music, food trucks, live animal exhibits, and more. “We are excited to be bringing Bay Day back this year after a brief hiatus due to COVID-19. Bay Day is a great way for community members to learn more about how they can make small changes that over time have a strong positive impact on our Coastal Bays,” said MCBP Education Coordinator, Liz Wist, “We are thrilled to collaborate with Ocean Pines for a third year on this event. People should feel welcome to stay all day; they can learn from environmental organizations, take a boat tour of the St. Martin, eat lunch and listen to music, pick up a native plant, and participate in various hands-on activities.” There will be 30 conservation partners in attendance including Go Green OC, Ocean City Surf Club, Assateague State Park, Pocomoke River State Park,

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Assateague Coastal Trust, Lower Shore Land Trust and many more. The first 400 attendees will receive a canvas bag that was hand-painted by a student from the Worcester County Public School system. Be sure to come with your hands full, as Go Green OC will be collecting compostables, and MCBP will be collecting plastic bottle caps, plastic grocery bags, and batteries for recycling. A secondhand book exchange will also take place at the Caprichos Books exhibit booth, so bring your gently used books for a swap.

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Ocean Pines Bay Day will continue to serve as a catalyst to a year-long campaign to raise awareness and educate residents on environmentally friendly practices that could enhance the quality of local waterways. Also on May 15, the Ocean Pines community and Maryland Coastal Bays Program are hosting a marine debris plunder, from 2:30 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. Boaters and land lubbers alike are encouraged to join the plunder to pick up debris carelessly discarded in the bays,

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beaches and streets and bring their loot to the Ocean Pines White Horse Park Boat Ramp for a weigh-in. Captain Jack Sparrow, along with his pirate crew, will be on hand to assist with the weigh-in and properly dispose the debris. You must preregister for this event either online at the Maryland Coastal Bays Program website, or call Sandi at 410-213-2297, ext. 106 and register by phone. Registration is now open. There will be no registration at the event. Thanks to a grant from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the support of Worcester County, supplies will be provided for those who preregister (while supplies last). Supply packets can be picked up at Pure Lure in the West Ocean City Harbor at a prearranged date. When participants bring their loot to the weigh-in, the pirate crew will grab their trash and present them with an event t-shirt (while supplies last). Boaters pursuing debris in the water, will receive specific instructions as to what is marine debris and what is a live trap as crabbing season is in effect. It is illegal to tamper with any live traps. Low tide for this day is at 1:38 p.m. All participants will be asked to fill out data sheets on the debris. This data will be used for an outreach campaign next year reminding visitors of the importance of keeping the region’s waterways clean.

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People in Society Jim Ebel, Wayne Straight, Mary Straight, Barbara McCoy and Joe Gangi sold drinks at Springest for the Knights of Columbus.

by Charlene Sharpe Featuring Those Helping Causes In The Resort Area

Dave Landis, Lyle Dillon and Mary Page sold drinks during Springfest for the Kiwanis Club of Greater Ocean Pines-Ocean City.

Mariana Nieman, Brian Morrison and Dan Pendergast represented Believe in Tomorrow Children’s Foundation at Springfest on Thursday.

Barbara Ferger, Linda Baker and Ann Shockley sold Mother’s Day floral arrangements for the Ocean Pines Garden Club at the Ocean Pines Farmers and Artisans Market.

Rachel Pennington and Jennifer Merritt helped out at the Lower Shore Land Trust Native Plant Sale in Snow Hill.

Kathy Jarczynski and Harry How worked the Ocean City Recreation Boosters tent at Springfest last week.

Shelly Bruder and Larnet St. Amant posed for a picture at Berlin’s Mermaid Museum during a Maryland’s Coast economic development networking event.

Michele Burke, Tammy Consigli and Melanie Pursel are pictured at a Maryland’s Coast mixer to celebrate National Travel and Tourism Week.

Terry Maliszewski and Cathy Hall helped out during Springfest in the Ocean City Recreation Boosters tent.

Michelle Dorgan and Patti Lookner of the Ocean Pines Garden Club helped sell nearly 75 floral arrangements on Saturday.

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BERLIN – In a recent survey by the American Psychological Association, more than 80% of American adults said they were feeling increased financial stress due to: • Higher inflation (87%) • Ongoing supply chain issues caused by the pandemic (81%) • Global uncertainty due to the war in Ukraine (81%) Furthermore, hardships related to the pandemic — including poor health, loss of loved ones, difficult work and family situations, isolation and inconvenience — have affected the entire nation and the world. In the U.S., 63% of respondents said COVID-19 has changed their life forever. A 2021 Employee Financial Wellness Survey by PwC found that since the onset of the pandemic, workers were two times more likely to use a payday loan service, take a loan or distribution from their re-

tirement account or consider postponing retirement altogether. They also were four times more challenged in paying their regular household expenses. Following the initial impact of COVID19, the U.S. has followed a somewhat “K”-shaped recovery. This happens when the lower “arm” of the K drops because certain demographics become financially worse off than they were before, while the top arm shoots upward as other demographics benefit from higher savings rates and the stock market recovery. According to a Pew Research study, KRISTIN COANE 20% of adults under age 50 were earning more than before March 2020, while 58% of people older than 50 reported earning lower wages than before the pandemic. Regardless of which trajectory your household may have experienced, high inflation is affecting everyone. Some economists predict that prices will stabi-

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SALISBURY – Salisbury University will celebrate its annual Spring Commencement with a Grad Walk FridaySaturday, May 20-21, at the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center. A portion of Glen Avenue will be closed to traffic 9 a.m.-6 p.m. May 21 to accommodate pedestrians from the Civic Center’s overflow parking area. During this walk-through event, professional photographers will take formal photos as graduates have their

lize as we move through 2022. However, note that throughout history the economy has gone through cyclical stages when inflation has reared its ugly head. It is particularly important that you plan for this contingency during your retirement years, when most people live on a fixed income. If you’re interested in learning ways to position your assets to help accommodate periods of rising prices during retirement, feel free to contact us. The financial toll of stressed-out employees also has impacted companies. One study concluded that workers who are chronically worried about money are

names read while crossing the Commencement stage and receiving their SU diploma covers. The Grad Walk will be livestreamed on the SU website for family and friends who are unable to attend in person. Among undergraduates, 1,193 students receive the Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts. Some 258 graduate students receive master’s degrees. Fourteen receive doctoral degrees.

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OCEAN PINES – Following the success of its first ride in 2021, the Ocean Pines Recreation and Parks Advisory Committee, in partnership with the Worcester County Bike and Pedestrian Coalition, will host a free community bike ride on Saturday, May 21 beginning at 4 p.m. The 12-mile ride will start and finish at the Ocean Pines Racquet Center on 11443 Manklin Creek Road. The Ocean Pines Volunteer Fire Department and Kiwanis Club of Greater Ocean Pines/Ocean City volunteers will direct riders across main intersections along the route. Participants must be experienced riders ages 12 and up. Helmets are required. “Last year’s ride was a tremendous success, with dozens of riders participating,” said Ocean Pines Recreation and Parks Director Debbie Donahue. “We’re excited for the opportunity to share the benefits of bicycling with another group of people.” Through a sponsorship from Amerigroup and Back Street Bikes, participants will receive a bike safety bell and reflective stickers. They will also receive

discount stickers from The Snowball Stand. Advance registration can be made by contacting the Recreation and Parks Department at 410-641-7052 or The event is a part of National Bike Month, which is promoted by the League of American Bicyclists to showcase the many benefits of bicycling and encourage more people to give biking a try. Volunteers and riders are invited to participate in other area events including community rides in Pocomoke City and Snow Hill on May 14, and a community ride in Berlin on May 20. For more information about these events or to volunteer, contact With increased biking and walking activity as the weather warms up, motorists are asked to be especially vigilant. “The Worcester County Bike and Pedestrian Coalition reminds drivers to watch for bikes and walkers this spring and encourages everyone to share the road safely,” said Patti Stevens, coalition co-chair.

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Weather Vane sculpture: Sculptors Tia and Tuve Tuvesson of South Point recently installed a new weather vane in the courtyard of the Ocean City Center for Arts on 94th St. bayside. The pair handcrafted the work out of stainless steel that will turn and move with the wind. More of their metal sculptures are on display in Studio E inside the Arts Center through May 28. Submitted Photo

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Members of the General Levin Winder Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) recently honored Pat Arata, its member who is serving as a state officer of the Maryland State Society DAR, during a tea held at Poplar Hill Mansion in Salisbury. Pictured left to right are chapter members Jane Bunting, Carol Wanzer, Sharon Moak, State Editor Pat Arata, Regent Gail Weldin, Barbara May, and Betty Whitehead.

The Ocean City Lions continue their ongoing support of Diakonia—which provides shelter, food, clothing and program services for homeless men, women, families and veterans—with a recent donation of $1,000. Pictured left to right are OC Lions President Scott Stark, Diakonia Treasurer Brian Roberts and Past District Governor Norm Cathell. Submitted Photos

The Republican Women of Worcester County (RWWC) held their general meeting and luncheon on April 28th at Harrison’s Harbor Watch welcoming back local legislators from Annapolis. Pictured left to right are Delegate Charles Otto, Sandy Zitzer, president RWWC, and Senator Mary Beth Carozza. Members of the Ocean City Jeep Club presented a check for $1,000 to support the Corporal Keith Heacook Scholarship Fund.

Pat Arata and Jacqueline Spurrier of the General Levin Winder Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution received certificates marking 40 years of service last month. Chapter Regent Gail Weldin, right, presented the certificates to Spurrier, left, and Arata, center.

The Ocean City Lions recently donated $500 each to three local scout troops. Receiving the donations are, from left to right, Troop 621 Scoutmaster Nick Busko, Pack 261 Cubmaster Joe Coleman, Troop 261 Scoutmaster James Smith, and Lion's Past District Governor Norm Cathell.

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New Director Named OCEAN CITY – The Greater Ocean City Chamber of Commerce has hired their new membership director, Jessica Iacona. She will direct the membership recruitment and retention efforts and will be responsible for developing opportunities that increase the resources available to both the membership and chamber operating structure. Iacona has served the local community through business and economic development consulting for the past five years. During that time, she has built a strong network within the lower Eastern JESSICA Shore of Maryland and IACONA has gained an in-depth view of the challenges and opportunities facing local organizations. Previously, Iacona was the project management specialist for the Business, Economic, and Community Outreach Network (BEACON) of the Franklin P. Perdue School of Business at Salisbury University. BEACON is the premier business and economic research unit of the Franklin P. Perdue School of Business at Salisbury University. She has extensive experience as a project manager and specializes in data modeling using KPI Business Intelligence Dashboards. She holds a Master of Business Administration, and a Bachelor of Science in Business Economic and Information Systems from the Franklin P. Perdue School of Business at Salisbury University. Iacona is a member of the Maryland Economic Development Association and a graduate of the Transformational Community Leadership Class of 2019. She also served on the ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) Maryland Research Advisory Committee for United Way in 2020. She will begin her role June 1.

Product Wins Award BERLIN – George’s Beverage Company™ is pleased to announce Old Bay® Vodka was awarded the Double Gold Medal in the 2022 San Francisco World Spirits Competition. The Double Gold Medal is awarded to entries that receive Gold Medal ratings from all 34 members of the judging panel who are well-established spirits industry experts. “We launched Old Bay® Vodka last month after working for three years to create a great tasting spirit with the quintessential yet subtle flavors of Old Bay,” said

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Greg David, co-owner, George’s Beverage Company™. “The goal was to make a great tasting and balanced flavored vodka that is both drink and food recipe driven. Now, less than one month later, to receive the highest award in the most prestigious competition on an international level, is validation of the teams’ hard work and passion to bring a great spirit to life to share with the public. The perfect partnership between George’s Beverage Company™, Old Bay®, a brand of McCormick & Company, Inc., and McClintock Distilling – all Maryland-based, paved the way to this success.” Old Bay® Vodka went through four days of highly controlled blind tastings by an experienced panel of judges that taste each spirit to decide if it’s medal worthy. The judges do not receive any information on the producers or price points to ensure each spirit is judged fairly, equally and without bias. The second round of judging, called the Medal Round, allows for judging each entry on its own merit. While tasting, judges evaluate each product on an individual basis – not compared to other entries in the flight. During this stage, judges determine which entries are worthy of a gold, silver or bronze medal. Entries that receive a gold medal from all the judges on the panel earn a Double Gold Medal. Crafted at McClintock Distilling in Frederick, Md., Old Bay® Vodka is all natural,

made from corn and six times distilled for maximum purity and smoothness. The vodka perfectly highlights the quintessential flavor of the iconic Old Bay® spice blend. “The idea to collaborate to craft Old Bay® Vodka made perfect sense from the start,” said David. “We already had national distribution with top liquor distributors and a sustainable supply chain. The next step was identifying a local craft distillery that we could trust and that shared the same commitment to quality, craftmanship and sustainability, we found all this in McClintock Distilling.” “Old Bay® has been a fan-favorite for over 75 years in the Chesapeake Bay region and beyond,” said Jill Pratt, chief marketing excellence officer, McCormick. “Our fans are loyal and passionate when it comes to all things Old Bay®. We’re thrilled to work with George’s to bring the one-of-a-kind flavor of Old Bay® to fans in entirely new, exciting, and innovative ways.” McClintock Distilling, named best craft vodka distillery in the country by USA Today, is a craft distillery located in Frederick, Md. The company mirrors the George’s Beverage Company™ values as a locally sourced business with a focus on product quality, environmental impact, and community betterment. When approached about the opportunity to craft the first Old Bay® Vodka, the McClintock

SALISBURY – Salisbury-based Cato Gas & Oil and ExxonMobil have partnered together to provide $500 checks to 15 area schools to support their S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) programs. Cato Gas & Oil Co., owner of Goose Creek Convenience stores, and ExxonMobil together donate to local S.T.E.M. programs annually to ensure that children interested in science, technology, engineering and math have the support they need to learn and excel. “As a company, Cato Gas & Oil doesn’t just want to work in our communities, we want to be part of our communities,” said Cato Gas & Oil Co. President Michael G. Abercrombie, Jr. “That’s what this is all about. Our kids are our industry’s future scientists, mathematicians and engineers, and we’re proud to help them explore their interests and career dreams in any way we can.” Over the past 12 years, Cato Gas & Oil and ExxonMobil have partnered together to provide over $84,000 to public schools in the communities where Cato operates. These latest donations will support S.T.E.M. programs at the following schools: Berlin Intermediate School, Crisfield High School and Academy, Kiptopeke Elementary School, North Salisbury Elementary School, Pemberton Elementary School, Parkside High School, Delmar Elementary School, James M. Bennett High School, N. Caroline High School, Salisbury Christian School, Mardela Middle and High School, Lake Forest High School, Phoebus High School, Selbyville Middle School and Worcester Preparatory School. “We’re so thankful for this support from Cato Gas & Oil Co.,” said Kirby Bryson, principal of Delmar Elementary School. “It helps ensure that our kids have the resources they need to learn and excel in the technology and science of tomorrow. Thank you on behalf of everyone at our school.”

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Mario’s was one of Ocean City’s legendary restaurants. Opened in 1954 by Vera and Jack Maiorana on 22nd Street and Philadelphia Avenue, it served an extensive Italian menu as well as some of the best steaks in Ocean City. The carryout shop was home to delicious subs that people still talk about today. Mario’s was a favorite of Ocean City locals and did a big business in the off season. It survived the March Storm of 1962, a major fire in 1972 and Hurricane Gloria in 1985. It could not survive the retirement of owners Vera Maiorana and daughter Jackie DeGroft and closed forever on Sept. 24, 2005. The building was torn down two years later. To purchase one of Bunk Mann’s books, click over to www.vanishinPhoto from 1954 courtesy of Vera Maiorana

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GIRDLETREE – A Newark resident says he hopes a recent donation to a local fire company will inspire others to support smaller, rural stations. Earlier this year, Newark resident Grover Collins and his wife, Debbie, made a $4,000 donation to the Girdletree Vol. Fire Company for the purchase of a grain bin rescue apparatus. After watching a news broadcast about some fire departments receiving these devices, Grover said he decided to ask local stations if there was a need. “When people fall into these grain bins, it’s like quicksand. You can’t even jump in to save someone ...,” he said. “So they’ve created this mechanism and I thought it was a great idea, but I just didn’t understand why some of these fire companies didn’t have it.” Grover said he began reaching out to fire departments in Berlin, Snow Hill and Girdletree, which he soon learned did not have a grain bin rescue device. To that end, he and his wife decided to make a $4,000 donation for its purchase, in honor of 2nd Lt. Brad Hauck. “My thought was if something ever were to occur, they would have a machine in that part of the county,” he said. “They wouldn’t need to wait for Pocomoke or Snow Hill or Berlin to respond. It could save a life.” According to the Maryland Farm Bureau, rural firefighters are often the first and only line of defense when someone

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becomes trapped in a grain bin. While there are contests and programs to supply fire departments with grain bin rescue devices, the bureau reports many stations do not have such specialized equipment. “It’s a grain bin rescue apparatus kit that is used by the fire service to assist and extract a person who may have fallen into a grain bin, and that does happen from time to time in the county, said Jeff McMahon, treasurer and public information officer for Girdletree Vol. Fire Company. “There are several kits already available in the county. It’s just that they are so spread out, and this is a time sensitive response.” McMahon said his fire company is grateful to Grover for his generous donation, as it will allow for faster response times. “This is a specialized need most fire companies don’t budget for, and they would have to make up for that,” he said. “By Mr. Collins donating the funds to purchase this, we were able to obtain one sooner than we would’ve through our budgeting process.” Grover said he hopes his family’s donation inspires others to support local fire companies. “A lot of the volunteers at these small fire companies are in the farming industry or are the sons of farmers, and these little fire companies need this equipment just as much, if not more ...,” Grover said. “I am hoping my donation would inspire others to make that kind of donation to their

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unanticipated costs. “Fundraising and donations are important because most of the companies are on a fixed budget with funding from the state and the county …,” he said. “Also, in the past year, rising costs – inflation and fuel – have really had an impact on fire and EMS services from a standpoint of being able to afford their response calls.” Grover said he is hoping he and others can continue to support local fire companies. “My hope is to get more people on board,” he said. “Maybe it can help save a life or two.”

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On The Beach BEATS BY WAX Pickles Pub: Tuesdays & Thursdays Coins Pub: Wednesdays

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ON THE EDGE Ocean Club: Friday & Saturday, May 13 & 14 DARIN ENGH Coconuts Beach Bar: Friday, May 13

COINS PUB 410-289-3100 28th St. Plaza On Coastal Hwy. Friday, May 13: Mercury Agenda Saturday, May 14: Jim Long, Full Circle Wednesdays: DJ Wax CORK BAR Sunday, May 15: Trailer Park Romeo

JIM LONG BAND Coin’s Pub: Saturdays

THE MARK NELSON BAND Crawl Street Tavern: Saturday, May 14

CRABCAKE FACTORY BAYSIDE 302-988-5000 37314 Lighthouse Rd., Rte. 54 Selbyville, DE Friday, May 13: Bilenki Duo Sunday, May 15: Lost & Found Tuesday, May 17: Blind Wind Wednesday, May 18: Acoustic Campfire CRAWL STREET TAVERN 443-373-2756 Wicomico St. Downtown O.C. Friday, May 13: Rogue Citizens Saturday, May 14: Mark Nelson Band Sundays: Karaoke W/DJ Rut Thursdays: DJ DeoGee FAGER’S ISLAND 410-524-5500 60th St. In The Bay Friday, May 13: DJ RobCee, Denim & Lace, Shake The Room Saturday, May 14: Making Waves, DJ Groove, Hydrafx Monday, May 16: DJ Hector, Josh Christina, Rogue Citizens

BEATS BY STYLER Pickles Pub: Fridays, Sundays, Wednesdays

DJ BILLY T Harborside: Friday, Sunday & Thursday

MISSPENT YOUTH Purple Moose: Friday & Saturday, May 13 &14

DJ PAPI ROISTEROUS Purple Moose: Wednesdays

DJ DEOGEE Crawl St. Tavern: Thursdays

KAROAKE WITH JEREMY Harborside: Saturdays Greene Turtle West: Sundays

THE DUNEHOUNDS Coconuts Beach Bar: Friday, May 13

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Who’s Where When GREENE TURTLE WEST 410-213-1500 Rt. 611, West O.C. Sundays: Karaoke w/ DJ Jeremy

ROGUE CITIZENS Crawl St. Tavern: Friday, May 13 Pickles Pub: Saturday, May 14 Fager’s Island: Monday, May 16

ANTHEM Seacrets: Friday & Saturday, May 13 & 14

HARBORSIDE 410-213-1846 South Harbor Rd., West O.C. Fridays: DJ Billy T Saturday, May 14: Side Project, DJ Jeremy Sunday, May 15: Opposite Directions, DJ Billy T Thursdays: DJ Billy T OCEAN CLUB 410-524-3535 10100 Coastal Hwy. In The OC Friday & Saturday, May 13 & 14: On The Edge

HYDRAFX Fager’s Island: Saturday, May 14

SONS OF PIRATES Ocean Pines Yacht Club: Friday, May 13

OCEAN PINES YACHT CLUB 410-641-7501 1 Mumford’s Landing Road, Ocean Pines Friday, May 13: Sons Of Pirates Saturday, May 14: Exit 93 PICKLES PUB 410-289-4891 8th St. & Philadelphia Ave. Fridays: Beats By Styler Saturday, May 14: Rogue Citizens Sundays: Beats By Styler Mondays: Karaoke with Wood Tuesdays: Beats By Wax Wednesdays: Beats By Styler Thursdays: Beats By Wax

BLIND WIND Crabcake Factory Bayside: Tuesday, May 17

FULL CIRCLE Coins Pub: Friday, May 13 Coconuts Beach Bar: Tuesday, May 17 Seacrets: Thursday, May 19

MAKING WAVES Fager’s Island: Saturday, May 14

KEVIN POOLE & JOE MAMA Coconuts Beach Bar: Saturday, May 14 & Thursday, May 19

BILENKI DUO Crabcake Factory Bayside: Friday, May 13

TRAILER PARK ROMEO Cork Bar: Sunday, May 15

PURPLE MOOSE SALOON Between Talbot & Caroline Streets On The Boardwalk 410-289-6953 Friday & Saturday, May 13 & 14: Misspent Youth Saturdays: DJ Adam Dutch Wednesdays: DJ Papi Roisterous SEACRETS 410-524-4900 49th St. & Coastal Hwy. Friday, May 13: DJ Bobby O, DJ Tuff, The Way Outs, Anthem, Late Last Night Saturday, May 14: DJ Cruz, DJ Bobby O, Nicholls Road, Anthem, Night Anthem Sunday, May 15: DJ Bobby O, The Way Outs, Shake, Shake, Shake Monday, May 16: DJ Bobby O, The Way Outs Tuesday, May 17: DJ Tuff, Element K Wednesday, May 18: DJ Tuff, Element K Thursday, May 19: DJ Bobby O, DJ Cruz, Full Circle Duo, GoGo Gadjet

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In The News

Seahawks Rout St. Michael’s For Bayside Title



BERLIN – Stephen Decatur’s varsity baseball team capped off what was a remarkable regular season with a 17-2 win over St. Michael’s on Tuesday to capture the Bayside Conference championship. The Seahawks started the season with a 13-game winning streak before taking their first loss to Bennett last week. Decatur beat Easton, 4-2, and Mardela, 9-1, last week, before falling to Cape Henlopen, 5-2, last Saturday in the regular season finale. The Seahawks were the Bayside South champions hit the road on

Tuesday for the Bayside Conference championship against St. Michaels. Decatur led 3-2 after the first inning, but tacked on six runs in the second to take a 9-2 lead and added four more in the third to stretch the lead to 13-2. The Seahawks scored four more times in the fifth to push the lead to 17-2 and the championship game was halted after five innings. Decatur garnered the number-one seed in the state 3A-East sectional and earned a first-round bye. The Seahawks will face the winner of the first-round game between fourthseeded Bennett and fifth-seeded Crofton in their first game of the state tournament.

Decatur Edges Lions, Claims Conference Title Softball Team Gains First Round Bye



BERLIN – Stephen Decatur’s varsity softball team capped off an amazing season with a tight 4-3 win over Queen Anne’s on Tuesday to claim the Bayside Conference championship. The Seahawks went 15-2 in the regular season to claim the Bayside South championship. Last week, they closed out the regular season with an 8-3 win over Mardela on Senior Night, followed by a 14-1 win over Easton on the road in the regular season finale. On Tuesday, Decatur faced Queen Anne’s in the Bayside Conference cham-

pionship game. The Lions took a 1-0 lead with a run in the third inning, but the Seahawks answered with one of their own in the fourth to tie the game at 1-1. Decatur added another run in the fifth to take a 2-1 lead. Both teams scored two runs in the seventh, but the Seahawks held to win the game, 43, and claim the conference championship. Decatur is seeded number-two in their sectional in the state 3A-East bracket and earned a first-round bye. The Seahawks will face the winner of the first-round matchup between third-seeded Arundel and sixth-seeded Bennett in the second round.

Seahawks Clinch South, Fall In Bayside Title Game



BERLIN – Stephen Decatur’s boys’ varsity lacrosse team beat a couple of old rivals last week to clinch the Bayside South championship, but fell in the Bayside Conference championship on Monday. The Seahawks closed out the regular season late last week with a couple of one-goal wins over old rivals Bennett, 10-9, and then Parkside, 1211, to win the Bayside South championship. The title led the Seahawks to the Bayside Conference championship on Monday against familiar nemesis Kent Island, which has had

the Seahawks’ number in recent years. Kent Island beat the Seahawks, 18-2, back on April 22, so getting past the Buccaneers to win the conference title would be a tall order. On the road on a wind-swept field on Monday, the result was much the same for the Seahawks, who fell to Kent Island, 160. Nonetheless, the 9-3 Seahawks garnered the top seed in the sectional in the 2A state regional bracket when the seedings were announced on Monday. Decatur earned a first-round bye and will face the winner of the game between second-seeded Bennett and third-seeded Easton at home on Friday.

A total of 18 Stephen Decatur student-athletes last week signed national letters of intent to continue their academic and athletic careers at various colleges and universities around the country next year. Pictured above, the Seahawks athletes show their new school colors following the signing ceremonies. Submitted photo BY SHAWN J. SOPER


BERLIN – A bumper crop of Stephen Decatur High student-athletes last week signed national letters of intent to continue their academic and athletic careers at the next level next year. A total of 24 Decatur student-athletes signed letters of intent to continue their careers at various universities and colleges all over the country from practically every sport at the Berlin school. From the Decatur football team, standout quarterback Ashten Snelsire is headed to the University of Richmond. Austin Airey is headed to the Fork Union Military Academy, while R.J. Brittingham is headed to Post University, Zi’mere Handy is headed to Frostburg State University, and Kresen Muir is headed to Southern Utah University. Three Seahawk football players, including Duncan Ely, Khi Reid, and Luke Scott will continue their careers at Salisbury University. From the boys’ soccer team, James Barrett is headed to Radford University. From the girls’ varsity basketball team,

Nadia Bullock is headed to Salisbury University. From the boys’ varsity lacrosse team, Joe Buxbaum is headed to Florida Southern College, Collin Fohner is headed to Harford Community College and Shaki Bowen is headed to Harford Community College. From the girls’ varsity lacrosse team, Megan Wheeler is headed to Lynchburg, and Malery Andrews is headed to Washington College. From the varsity wrestling team, Noah Reho is headed to Bloomsburg University. Noah Fisher from the boys’ tennis team is headed to Frostburg State University. Swimmer Sierra Wakefield is headed to Salisbury University, while cross-country standout Tristan Dutton is bound for Salisbury University as well. From the girls’ softball team, Alex Eisemann is heading to West Liberty University, Skylar Griffin is headed to the University of New Haven, and Chloe Candelero is headed to McDaniel College. From the varsity baseball team, Shawn Rosemond is headed to Salisbury University, while Logan Tapman is headed to the University of Lynchburg.

Decatur Girls Fall In Championship Game



BERLIN – Stephen Decatur’s girls’ varsity lacrosse team ended the regular season with a four-game winning streak to win the Bayside South title, but fell to Queen Anne’s, 17-5, in the conference championship game on Monday. The Seahawks had an up-and-down season for the most part, but came up big when it mattered down the stretch. The Decatur girls closed out the regular season last week with a pair of big wins against familiar rivals including a 12-4 win over Bennett and a narrow 13-12 win over Parkside in the finale to clinch

the Bayside South title. The wins earned the Decatur girls a trip to the Bayside Conference championship game on Monday against Queen Anne’s, who had beaten the Seahawks, 16-6, back on April 20. On Monday, the result was much the same with the Lions prevailing, 17-5, to win the conference championship. The Seahawks were named the number-three seed in the 2A-East Regional sectional when the brackets were released on Monday and earned a firstround bye. The Decatur girls will face second-seeded North Caroline on Friday. The Seahawks lost a close one to North Caroline, 9-7, in their regular season meeting back on April 13.

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HELP WANTED GATE ATTENDANT: Assateague Pointe Community, Route 611. Fridays 5pm-1am, Call 410-6411671. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––– SECURITY GUARD WANTED: Part time Evenings. Apply in person.Gold Coast Mall. 115th St, Coastal Highway. 410-524-9000. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––– BUILDING ATTENDANT. PT/FT SUMMER SEASON. Monitor pool and parking lot. Report to property manager. Good Pay. Send resume to or call 410-250-1111. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––– ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT: Full Time Admin Assis. needed. Strong verbal & computer skills req’d. Property Management experience preferred. Send resume to: ––––––––––––––––––––––––––– LANDSCAPE WORKERS NEEDED: Must have reliable transportation to work. Call 410641-2177. The Moore Companies, Berlin, MD. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––


CLEANERS WANTED FOR OC: If you are a conscientious individual or team looking for great pay & minimal hours on summer Saturdays in OC, then we are the cleaning company for you. Exp. preferred. Cell phone and vehicle required. (443)880-0525. ___________________________ FULL MOON SALOON: Hiring Year-Round Server, DW & kitchen Help. Starting $15 per hr. Great family atmosphere. Apply within. 12702 Old Bridge Road, West OC. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––– 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. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––– COOKS, KITCHEN HELP, FOOD RUNNERS: Flexible schedule. Clean kitchen. New equipment. Weekly pay checks. Friendly work environment. American Legion Post #166, Ocean City. Contact Sam Wiley at 443-235-0876. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––– YEAR ROUND POSITIONS: Small Engine Mechanic, Maintenance Man, Certified Pool Operator. Competitive Wages. 443-754-1047. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––

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Sunset Island, Ocean City, MD Come join our Team in a Friendly, team-oriented environment at the Beach, in a beautiful bayside community, with stunning water views in Ocean City, MD. Now hiring, Grounds Maintenance Assistant. Full-Time, Year-round. Excellent people skills are a must, and you must be able to work mornings and weekends. Valid Driver’s license required. $15-18/hr to start based on experience. Health and retirement, and paid holidays. Send resumes to or fax 410-520-0398.

FULL-TIME PERSONAL BANKER FLOATER Farmers Bank of Willards has a full-time Personal Banker/Floater position available for our North Ocean City and Millsboro locations. Looking for professional and motivated individuals with extraordinary customer service skills. Cash handling experience & excellent computer skills a must. Please email resume to or call Kelly at 410-250-1512 Application cut off is 5-23-2022


F U L L - T I M E Y E A R - RO U N D GUEST SERVICE HELP t o s t a r t i m m e d i at e l y.

C o m e j o i n o u r f u n & exc i t i n g t e a m . G r e at B e n e f it s , P ai d T im e O f f, M at ch in g 4 01 k , lo t s o f o n p r o p e r t y am e n i t y p e r k s. Apply online at Or Stop by in person any day between 9am-3pm. 8428 Stephen Decatur Hwy., Berlin, MD 21811

ENGLISH TEACHER Worcester Preparatory School is located in beautiful Berlin, on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. The school is an independent, coeducational college preparatory day school serving over 500 students in grades PK -12. We are seeking an experienced and motivated Upper School English Teacher for the 2022-2023 school year. This vibrant individual will have a strong education background and be capable of teaching the highest levels of high school English. Bachelor's degree from an accredited college with a major in English, successful classroom experience, and the ability to participate in other areas of school life are requirements forth is position. Advanced Placement experience and advanced degree would be desirable. Interested candidates should mail or email resume with cover letter to: Linda Watson, Director of Human Resources, 508 South Main Street, Berlin, MD 21811 or

“Equal Employment Opportunity-Affirmative Action Employer”


Position will be responsible for the daily operation and maintenance of the travel lift and forklifts. Duties will include the operation and maintenance of the marine travel lift, proper boat docking and large forklift operation plus daily supervision of the boatyard staff.

Apply online at

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Carpenter | Laborer | Painters Stucco & EIFS Mechanics Concrete Work

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o Experience preferred. o Tools, transportation & valid driver’s license are a plus. o Excellent pay and a competitive benefits package available. Please Apply Online:

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Clubhouse Attendants Part Time Seasonal through Mid-September Must be able to work days, nights, weekends and holidays as needed. Approximately 20-26 hrs a week. Excellent people skills a must! Microsoft skills preferred. Competitive salary & bonus availability at end of the season. Send resume to: EOE

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Tools, Transportation, Driver’s License Exp. Required! PATTERSON & SONS BUILDERS

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

We are currently looking for Part Time custodial employees. Hours are 3:30pm-6:30pm. Monday through Friday. Apply to Linda Watson at or mail application to Linda Watson 508 S Main St Berlin, MD 21811.

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BOAT BOTTOM PAINTER/GENERAL YARD HELP – Must be dependable & able to lift 50lbs MARINE TECHNICIAN – Must be knowledgeable in Outboards, will train someone with mechanical exprience in other fields. Great hours, some benefits, and excellent pay to the right candidates. We are a Drug/Smoke free Company

Apply in person: Tuesday-Saturday 8AM–4PM or Email Resume to: We are located at 36624 DuPont Blvd. Selbyville, DE 19975 or call for more information: (302) 436-2628

Sunset Island, Ocean City, MD

Come Join Our Team in a Friendly, TeamOriented Environment at the Beach, in a Beautiful Bayside Community, with Stunning Water Views, in Ocean City, MD. Now Hiring - Clubhouse / Pool Attendants Part-Time up to 15-40 hours. Seasonal Employment. Excellent people skills are a must, and you must be able to work mornings, nights, and weekends. 5 and 8 hour shifts available. Start dates in May and the position runs through October 1st. Send resume to or fax 410-520-0398. AUTOMOTIVE GREAT-GREAT-GREAT OPPORTUNITIES!!!! We are part of a large automotive group with parts stores, service centers and a used car dealership.Fast paced, energetic atmosphere with advancement opportunities! We are now taking applications for:

Technicians- Call Matt – 302-344-9846 Used Car Salesman- Call David – 302-339-6910 Exc. Pay & Benefits !! Locations in Long Neck, Ocean View & Ocean Pines

Associa is currently hiring a Maintenance and Contract Sales Specialist in the Ocean City, MD Area! ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

For Beautiful Award Winning Master Planned Community in Ocean View, DE Administrative Assistant/Front Desk Help Needed. Year-Round, Full Time Employment. Excellent people skills and Microsoft Office a must! Experience taking meeting minutes and website knowledge a plus. Holidays, vacation, and personal time offered along with a competitive salary. Please send resume with salary history to:

This position will be instrumental in helping us grow our sub-contracting business and ensure tasks are completed on schedule. If interested please apply on-line at or Email your resume to


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FULL-TIME PERSONAL BANKER Farmers Bank of Willards has a full-time Personal Banker position available at our West 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: Application cut off is 5-23-2022 “Equal Employment Opportunity-Affirmative Action Employer”

NOW HIRING - ALL SHIFTS FRONT DESK AGENTS, NIGHT AUDITOR, HOUSEKEEPING, LAUNDRY Starting $15-$18 We require satisfactory background check by all applicants. Must work nights, weekends, and holidays.

Apply On Site - Safari Motel 13th Street & Boardwalk | 410-289-6411

NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT NOTICE TO CREDITORS NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS ESTATE NO. 19193 To all persons interested in the estate of JOSEPH M. JANKOWSKI, JR., ESTATE NO. 19193. Notice is given that MICHAEL V. JANKOWSKI, 625 CHESTNUT AVENUE, TOWSON, MD 21204, was on, APRIL 20, 2022, appointed Personal Representative of the estate of JOSEPH M. JANKOWSKI, JR., who died on MARCH 22, 2022, with a will. Further information can be obtained by reviewing the estate file in the office of the Register of Wills or by con-

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 20TH day of OCTOBER, 2022. 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; or (2) Two months after the personal representative mails or otherwise delivers




PART TIME CUSTODIAL & LIGHT MAINTENANCE PERSONS •Day Shift 7am-2pm 4-5 Days/Week Weekends A Must $12/Hour •Night Shift 4pm-12am Weekends A Must $12/Hour




6 Days/Week 3pm-10pm Experienced Only Need Apply. Must have valid Driv. Lic.

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**Must Be Able To Move Heavy Objects** If interested please contact Diana Whittington at 410-603-5627 to set up an interview.


LEGAL RATES Legal advertising rate is $7 per column inch. The deadline for all legal advertising is Tuesday at noon. For more information call 410-641-4563 or email tacting the personal representative or the attorney.


Availability to include days, nights, weekends & holidays. Excellent people skills a must! Some computer skills preferred. Competitive salary offered. Perfect position for individuals looking for extra income.

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Beautiful Community in Ocean View, DE is seeking part-time seasonal staff to work in our clubhouse and pool areas, May through Mid-September.

Send resume to:

CONTACT INFORMATION Phone: 410-641-4563 • Fax: 410-641-0966 Email: Mail: P.O. Box 467, Berlin MD 21811

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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 29, 2022 MICHAEL V. JANKOWSKI Personal Representative True Test Copy TERRI WESTCOTT Register of Wills for Worcester County


Burgundy Inn

Call Pam at 410-726-7061 Or Apply Within at 56th Street

1210 Philadelphia Ave.


WEST O.C. OFFICE/RETAIL SPACES AVAILABLE: 2 Office/Retail Spaces for Lease. Plenty of Parking. 443-497-4200. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––

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YARD SALE YARD SALE: GlenRiddle Community Yard Sale. Open to the Public. Sat. 5/14, 8am-1pm. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––

ROOMMATE ROOM(S) FOR RENT: Seeking Roommate(s). YR or Seasonal. Non smoking, pets welcome. Single Family Home, 94th St. area. Call/text for more info. 410-7265200.(Job inhibits phone calls, text if can’t reach by calls). –––––––––––––––––––––––––––

HANDYMAN OC Small 10 unit property looking for “on call” person for minor work in plumbing, elec., carpentry, drywall, painting & prop. maintenance as needed.

Please call: 301-228-9510, Ext. 301 Room 102 - Court House One W. Market Street Snow Hill, MD 21863-1074 3x 04-29, 05-06, 05-13

Third Insertion BARRY A. HABERMAN 51 MONROE STREET STE 1507 ROCKVILLE, MD 20850 NOTICE TO CREDITORS OF APPOINTMENT OF FOREIGN PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE ESTATE NO. 19190 Notice is given that the SUPERIOR COURT of WASHINGTON COUNTY, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, appointed WILLIAM H. GRUEN, 5608 KNOLLWOOD ROAD, BETHESDA, MD 20816, as the PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE of the Estate of MARGERY G. MYERS, who died on OCTOBER 29, 2021, domiciled in WASHINGTON, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, USA. At the time of death, the decedent owned real or leasehold property in the following MARYLAND counties: WORCESTER COUNTY. 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 per-

sonal representative on or before the earlier of the following dates: (1) Six 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 29, 2022 WILLIAM H. GRUEN 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 04-29, 05-06, 05-13


COATES, 204 WEST GREEN STREET PO BOX 293 SNOW HILL, MD 21863 NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT NOTICE TO CREDITORS NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS ESTATE NO. 19196 To all persons interested in the estate of NOREEN H. GODWIN, AKA: NOREEN HARTLEY GODWIN, ESTATE NO. 19196. Notice is given that ELIZABETH GILLIAN GODWIN, 510 PENGUIN DRIVE, UNIT 201, OCEAN CITY, MD 21842, was on, APRIL 21, 2022, appointed Personal Representative of the estate of NOREEN H. GODWIN, who died on MARCH 30, 2022, 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 21ST day of OCTOBER, 2022. Any person having a claim

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The Dispatch Legal Notices LEGAL RATES Legal advertising rate is $7 per column inch. The deadline for all legal advertising is Tuesday at noon. For more information call 410-641-4563 or fax 410-641-0966. 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; 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 29, 2022 ELIZABETH GILLIAN GODWIN 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 04-29, 05-06, 05-13

Third Insertion B. RANDALL COATES, ESQ. COATES, COATES & COATES, 204 WEST GREEN STREET PO BOX 293 SNOW HILL, MD 21863 NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT NOTICE TO CREDITORS NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS ESTATE NO. 19195 To all persons interested in the estate of TERRI LYNN MUMMA, ESTATE NO. 19195. Notice is given that AMANDA LYNN MUMMA, 438 E. FRANKLIN STREET, HAGERSTOWN, MD 21740, was on APRIL 20, 2022, appointed Personal Representative of the estate of TERRI LYNN MUMMA, who died on APRIL 12, 2022, without 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 20TH day of OCTOBER, 2022. 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; 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 29, 2022 AMANDA LYNN MUMMA 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 04-29, 05-06, 05-13

Second Insertion NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ST. MARTIN’S BY THE BAY USDA GRANT APPLICATION WORCESTER COUNTY, MARYLAND The project proposes to replace the community's private supply well and distribution system by connecting the community to the Ocean Pines water sys-

tem. Fifty-Eight (58) residential EDU's will be served by extending an existing 8" water main along Beauchamp Road to St. Martin's Parkway and back into the community. There are no commercial connections planned as part of this project. The connection to Ocean Pines will alleviate concerns about salt water intrusion into the private well, provide fire flow protection (including new hydrants), and eliminate water shortage issues that have occurred since the system was installed in 1984. The Commissioners will hold a: PUBLIC HEARING TUESDAY, May 17th, 2022 AT 10:40 AM IN THE COUNTY COMMISSIONERS’ MEETING ROOM WORCESTER COUNTY GOVERNMENT CENTER ROOM 1101 ONE WEST MARKET STREET SNOW HILL, MARYLAND 21863 Proposed water usage for the 58 homes is estimated at 250 gallons per day (gpd) for a total of 14,500 gpd. The cost estimate for the project is $1,545,991.50 for design and construction as of November 2021. Public Works recommends adding an additional 30% contingency based on recent material price increases, which raises the project cost to $2.0 Million. Project specifications and cost projections are available on request to view electronically by contacting the Worcester County Department of Public Works, 6113 Timmons Road, Snow Hill, Maryland 21863 Monday through Friday from 7:30 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. (except holidays), at (410) 632-5623 as well as at THE WORCESTER COUNTY COMMISSIONERS Name of Newspaper: Maryland Coast Dispatch Date of Publication MAY 06, 2022 2x 05-06, 05-13


CONTACT INFORMATION Phone: 410-641-4563 • Fax: 410-641-0966 Email: Mail: P.O. Box 467, Berlin MD 21811 missioners will conduct a public hearing to obtain the views of citizens on community, economic development, and housing needs to be considered for submission of an application to the Maryland Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program. Citizens will have the opportunity to discuss proposed projects and to provide input on other needs to be considered. A draft application will be available for the public to review beginning on May 24, 2022 until June 7, 2022, in the Department of Development, Review and Permitting, Worcester County Government Center, One West Market Street, Room 1201, Snow Hill, Maryland 21863, Monday through Friday from 8:00 A.M. and 4:30 P.M. (except holidays). The hearing will be held on: TUESDAY, May 17th, 2022 AT 10:40 AM IN THE COUNTY COMMISSIONERS’ MEETING ROOM WORCESTER COUNTY GOVERNMENT CENTER ROOM 1101 ONE WEST MARKET STREET SNOW HILL, MARYLAND 21863 Citizens will be furnished with information including but not limited to: •The amount of CDBG funds available for State Fiscal Year 2023; •The range of activities that may be undertaken with CDBG funds; and •The proposed projects under consideration by Worcester County. The Maryland CDBG Program is a federally funded program designed to assist governments with activities directed toward neighborhood and housing revitalization,economic development, and improved community facilities and services. It is administered by the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD). The Maryland CDBG Program reflects the State's economic and community development priorities and provides public funds for activities which meet one of the following national objectives, in accordance with the federal Housing Community Development Act of 1974, as amended that 1. Benefit to low- and moderate-income persons and households; 2. Aid in the prevention or

elimination of slums or blight; 3. Meet other community development needs of an urgent nature, or that are an immediate threat to community health and welfare. Efforts will be made to accommodate the disabled and non-English speaking residents with 5 days advance notice to County Administration at (410) 632-1194. Questions may be directed to Davida Washington, Housing Rehabilitation Program Coordinator, at (410) 632-1200, ext. 1171. THE WORCESTER COUNTY COMMISSIONERS Name of Newspaper: Maryland Coast Dispatch Date of Publication MAY 06, 2022 2x 05-06, 05-13

Second Insertion NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT NOTICE TO CREDITORS NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS ESTATE NO. 18224 To all persons interested in the estate of DONALD DENNIS, ESTATE NO. 18224. Notice is given that JO ANN GEIER, 540 RIVIERA DRIVE, APT. A, JOPPA, MD 21085, was on APRIL 28, 2022, appointed Personal Representative of the estate of DONALD DENNIS, who died on OCTOBER 16, 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 28TH day of OCTOBER, 2022. 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:

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 MAY 06, 2022 JO ANN GEIER 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 05-06, 05-13, 05-20

Second Insertion RONALD G. RAYNE, ESQ. 212 EAST MAIN STREET PO BOX 949 SALISBURY, MD 218030949 NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT NOTICE TO CREDITORS NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS ESTATE NO. 19210 To all persons interested in the estate of DOROTHY GRACE HASTINGS, ESTATE NO. 19210. Notice is given that KATHIE HERRMANN, 31742 OLD OCEAN CITY ROAD, SALISBURY, MD 21804, was on APRIL 29, 2022, appointed Personal Representative of the estate of DOROTHY GRACE HASTINGS, who died on AUGUST 13, 2021, without 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.

(1) Six months from the date of the decedent's death; or

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 29TH day of OCTOBER, 2022.

(2) Two months after the personal representative mails or otherwise delivers

Any person having a claim against the decedent must present the claim to the un-

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The Dispatch Legal Notices LEGAL RATES Legal advertising rate is $7 per column inch. The deadline for all legal advertising is Tuesday at noon. For more information call 410-641-4563 or fax 410-641-0966. 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; 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 MAY 06, 2022 KATHIE HERRMANN 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 05-06, 05-13, 05-20

Second Insertion B. RANDALL COATES, ESQ. COATES, COATES & COATES 204 WEST GREEN ST PO BOX 293 SNOW HILL, MD 21863 NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT NOTICE TO CREDITORS NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS ESTATE NO. 19213 To all persons interested in the estate of ANTHONY D. BUTLER, ESTATE NO. 19213. Notice is given that CHARLENE R. LIPSCOMB, 1618 GUIDFORD LANE, YORK, PA 17404, was on APRIL 29, 2022, appointed Personal Representative of the estate of ANTHONY D. BUTLER, who died on APRIL 03, 2022, without 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 29TH day of OCTOBER, 2022. 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; 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 MAY 06, 2022 CHARLENE R. LIPSCOMB 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 05-06, 05-13, 05-20

First Insertion NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT NOTICE TO CREDITORS NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS ESTATE NO. 19219 To all persons interested in the estate of ROBIN LYNN PEOPLES, ESTATE NO. 19219. Notice is given that KIMBERLY ANN WOOTTEN, 65 ROBIN HOOD TRAIL, BERLIN, MD 21811, was on MAY 06, 2022, appointed Personal Representative of the estate of ROBIN LYNN PEOPLES, who died on

APRIL 26, 2022, 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 NOVEMBER, 2022. 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; 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 MAY 13, 2022 KIMBERLY ANN WOOTTEN 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 05-13, 05-20, 05-27


CONTACT INFORMATION Phone: 410-641-4563 • Fax: 410-641-0966 Email: Mail: P.O. Box 467, Berlin MD 21811 To all persons interested in the above estate: You are hereby notified that a petition has been filed by ALYSSA SZYMCZYK, 1602 VILLAGE MARKET BLVD, STE 310, LEESBURG, VA 20175, for judicial probate for the appointment of a personal representative. A hearing will be held at WORCESTER COUNTY COURTHOUSE COURTROOM 4, ONE W. MARKET ST. SNOW HILL, MD. 21863 on 06/07/2022 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. Maryland Coast Dispatch Date of Publication MAY 13, 2022 TERRI WESTCOTT Register of Wills for Worcester County Room 102 - Court House One W. Market Street Snow Hill, MD 21863-1074 2x 05-13, 05-20

First Insertion RYAN T. WEST, ESQ. WEST AND WEST, PA 12 WILLIAM STREET SUITE 300 BERLIN, MD 21811 NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT NOTICE TO CREDITORS NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS ESTATE NO. 19217 To all persons interested in the estate of GARRY D. WARD, ESTATE NO. 19217. Notice is given that JENNIFER JAMES, 115 AUSTIN CIRCLE, BERLIN, MD 21811, was on MAY 06, 2022, appointed Personal Representative of the estate of GARRY D. WARD, who died on NOVEMBER 07, 2021, without 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 NOVEM-

BER, 2022. 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; 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 MAY 13, 2022 JENNIFER JAMES 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 05-13, 05-20, 05-27

First Insertion LAW OFFICES OF CIPRIANI & WERNER, P.C. 6411 IVY LANE, SUITE 600 GREENBELT, MARYLAND 20770 SUBSTITUTE TRUSTEES’ SALE OF VALUABLE REAL PROPERTY LOCATED IN WORCESTER COUNTY, MARYLAND, GENERALLY KNOWN AS 2 DORCHESTER STREET, CONDO UNIT 711 BELMONT TOWERS, OCEAN CITY, MARYLAND 21842 Under and by virtue of the power of sale contained in that certain Indemnity Deed of Trust, dated November 24, 2014, executed and delivered by Todd E. Spahr and Tessa M. Spahr (collectively, the “Grantors”) to the trustee named therein and

recorded among the Land Records of Worcester County, Maryland, in 6472, folio 114 (the “Deed of Trust”), the holder of the indebtedness secured by said Deed of Trust (the “Noteholder”) having subsequently appointed Jason W. Hardman and Paul J. Cohen as Substitute Trustees under the Deed of Trust, by Deed of Appointment of Substitute Trustees, dated May 5, 2021, and recorded among the Land Records of Worcester County, Maryland in Liber 8221, folio 283, default having occurred under the terms of said Deed of Trust and at the request of the party secured thereby, the undersigned Substitute Trustees (collectively, the “Trustees”) will offer for sale to the highest qualified bidder at a public auction to be held AT THE COURT HOUSE ENTRANCE OF THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR WORCESTER COUNTY, AT THE COURT HOUSE STEPS, LOCATED AT ONE WEST MARKET STREET, SNOW HILL, MARYLAND 21863, ON: Tuesday, May 31, 2022, at 10:30 a.m. ALL that property lying and being situate in Worcester County, Maryland, and any improvements thereon, and being more particularly described as follows (the “Property”): ALL that property situate, lying and being in the Town of Ocean City, in the Tenth Election District of Worcester County, Maryland, described as Condominium Unit No. 711 in Phase Two in the “Belmont Towers Residential Condominium”, together with an undivided percentage interest in the common elements thereof, as established pursuant to a Condominium Declaration (including By-Laws) dated May 24, 2007, and recorded among the Land Records of Worcester County, Maryland, in Liber S.V.H. No. 4933, folio 287, et. seq., as amended; and pursuant to the several plats described in said Declaration and recorded as aforesaid in Plat Book S.V.H. No. 218, folio 7, et seq., as amended. BEING the same and all the land conveyed by and described in a Deed dated October 17, 2012 from John E. Billheimer and Patricia C. Billheimer to Todd E. Spahr and Tessa M. Spahr and

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The Dispatch Legal Notices LEGAL RATES Legal advertising rate is $7 per column inch. The deadline for all legal advertising is Tuesday at noon. For more information call 410-641-4563 or fax 410-641-0966. First Insertion recorded among the Land Records of Worcester County, Maryland, in Liber No. 06000, folio 00474. The Property is believed to be a 1,474 +/- square foot condominium unit located on the seventh floor of the Belmont Towers Residential Condominium building (the “Building”) in Ocean City, Maryland. The Property is believed to contain 3 bedrooms, 2.1 bathrooms, a living room, a kitchen, central air conditioning, an outdoor balcony, and views of the Atlantic Ocean and Assateague Island. The Property is also believed to have access to certain common elements of the Building, including an elevator, pool, and fitness room. The Property is also believed to be served by, or to have access to, adequate parking and public water, sewer, telephone and electric. According to public tax records, the Property has been assigned the following address and tax identification number: 2 Dorchester Street, Condo Unit 711, Ocean City, Maryland 21842 (Tax Account Number 10758017). TERMS OF SALE: A deposit in the amount of Twenty Thousand Dollars ($20,000.00), payable in cash, certified check (made payable to “Cipriani & Werner, P.C.”) or other form acceptable to the Trustees, will be required from the successful bidder (the “Pur-

chaser”) at the time and place of sale. The Purchaser shall be required to increase the amount of the deposit to ten percent (10%) of the successful bid amount within seven (7) calendar days of the date of the sale by delivering to the Trustees certified funds in the amount necessary to increase the deposit amount as required above, unless said period is extended by the Trustees for good cause shown. The Trustees will require all potential bidders to qualify prior to the commencement of bidding by showing evidence of their ability to deliver the required deposit at the time of the sale. The balance of the purchase price, together with interest on the unpaid balance of the purchase price from the date of sale to and including the date of settlement, shall be due at settlement in cash or by cashier’s check. Interest shall accrue on the unpaid balance of the purchase price at the rate of ten percent (10%) per annum from the date of sale to and including the date of settlement. If settlement is delayed for any reason, there will be no abatement of interest. In the event the Noteholder, or an affiliate or subsidiary of the Noteholder, is the successful bidder at the sale, such party will not be required to tender a deposit to the Trustees or to pay interest on the unpaid purchase money. Taxes, water and all other municipal charges and liens owed against the Property that are not otherwise extinguished as a matter of

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law as a result of the foreclosure sale shall be the responsibility of the Purchaser and shall be paid by the Purchaser at settlement. The Trustees reserve the right to reject any and all bids, to extend the time for settlement, and to withdraw the Property from the sale for any reason and at their sole discretion. The Property will be sold in an “AS IS” condition and without any warranties or representations, either express or implied, as to the nature, condition or description of the improvements thereon. In addition, the Property will be sold subject to all existing housing, building and zoning code violations which may exist on or with respect to the Property, subject to all conditions or hazards which may exist on or with respect to the Property, subject to all critical area and wetland violations which may exist on or with respect to the Property, subject to all environmental problems or violations which may exist on or with respect to the Property, and subject to all matters, recorded documents and restrictions of record affecting the Property to the extent such matters, recorded documents or restrictions of record are senior to the Deed of Trust. The Property will be sold subject to all senior liens and encumbrances that are not extinguished by operation of law or by the foreclosure sale of the Property and subject to all easements, conditions, restric-

CONTACT INFORMATION Phone: 410-641-4563 • Fax: 410-641-0966 Email: Mail: P.O. Box 467, Berlin MD 21811 tions, rights of redemption, covenants, agreements, such state of facts that an accurate survey or physical inspection of the Property might disclose, and all other agreements and documents of record affecting the Property, but only to the extent that such agreements or documents are senior to the Deed of Trust. The Property will not be sold subject to any written or oral lease or rental agreements that may exist in favor of any tenants or occupants of the Property. The Purchaser shall assume the risk of loss for the Property immediately after the sale takes place. It shall be the responsibility of the Purchaser to obtain possession of the Property following final ratification of the sale by the Circuit Court for Worcester County, Maryland and conveyance of the Property by the Trustees to the Purchaser. The Purchaser shall pay, at settlement, all state and local transfer taxes, documentary stamps, recordation taxes and fees, title examination costs, attorneys’ fees, conveyance fees, real estate taxes, water charges, other municipal liens and charges, and all other settlement costs and other costs associated with conveying the Property to the Purchaser. The Purchaser shall settle and comply with all sale terms contained herein within twenty (20) days following final ratification of the sale by the Circuit Court for

Worcester County, Maryland, unless said period is extended by the Trustees for good cause shown. Time is of the essence. Settlement shall be held at the offices of Cipriani & Werner, P.C., 6411 Ivy Lane, Suite 600, Greenbelt, Maryland 20770, or such other place as may be agreed to by the Trustees. In the event the Purchaser fails to go to settlement as required herein, in addition to any other legal or equitable remedies available to the Trustees, the Trustees may, without further order of the court: (i) declare the aforementioned deposit forfeited, (ii) resell the Property at the Purchaser’s sole risk and expense, and (iii) retain and apply the aforementioned deposit to any deficiency in the purchase price sustained by the Trustees and/or the Noteholder, all costs and expenses of both sales, reasonable attorneys’ fees, and any other damages sustained by the Trustees and/or the Noteholder as a result of the Purchaser’s default, including, without limitation, all incidental damages. In the event a resale of the Property results in a purchase price in excess of the amount originally bid by the defaulting Purchaser, the defaulting Purchaser shall not be entitled to receive payment of any such excess amount and shall not be entitled to any distribution whatsoever from the resale proceeds.

as described above, the Purchaser’s sole remedy at law or in equity shall be limited to the refund of the Purchaser’s deposit without any interest thereon. Upon refund of the deposit to the Purchaser as aforesaid, the sale of the Property shall be void and of no force or effect, and the Purchaser shall have no claims against the Trustees, the Noteholder or the Auctioneer. The parties’ respective rights and obligations regarding the terms of sale and the conduct of the sale shall be governed by and interpreted according to the laws of the State of Maryland. The information contained herein was obtained from sources deemed to be reliable, but is offered for informational purposes only. The Trustees, the Noteholder and the Auctioneer do not make any representations or warranties with respect to the accuracy of this information. Name of Newspaper: Maryland Coast Dispatch Date of Publication MAY 13, 2022 Jason W. Hardman and Paul J. Cohen, Substitute Trustees For further information, contact: Marshall Auction Company P.O. Box 3682 Salisbury, Maryland 21802 Tel: (443) 614-4340 Email: 3x 05-13, 05-20, 05-27

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SALISBURY – A total of $84,827 has been granted by the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore (CFES) to 19 local nonprofits. The CFES Community Needs Grants are available to nonprofits serving Wicomico, Worcester and Somerset counties. Nonprofits received a mix of operational support and funding for programs spanning health, youth, disabilities, education, human services, and animal welfare, among others. “Local nonprofits see first-hand what needs to be done to lift up the Lower Shore,” said Erica Joseph, Community Foundation President. “This grant program allows us to meet a wide range of local needs and create a positive impact in our community.” Applicants must be 501c3 nonprofit organizations, faith-based organizations providing non-sectarian programs, or eligible programs within government agencies serving citizens on the Lower Eastern Shore of Maryland. The next Community Needs cycle will open Jan. 1, 2023 with a grant maximum of $10,000. The following nonprofits received funding for programs and operations: •Atlantic General Hospital Foundation will train additional nurses to fill a staffing shortage in the Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner program. •Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Eastern Shore, Inc. will expand outreach to recruit much needed mentors to pair with little brothers and sisters. •Child & Family Foundation Inc. (1 Year to Empowerment) provides adolescent girls with safe and meaningful activities that promote self-esteem, teach life skills, and improve socialization. •Delmarva Discovery Center & Museum Inc. will provide educational exhibits, public events, and fun activities for the community focused on the history and ecosystem of the Delmarva Peninsula. •Eastern Correctional Institution will produce a new in-house literary publication comprised of creative works submitted by inmates. •Easterseals Delaware & Maryland's Eastern Shore is a nonprofit, communitybased health organization dedicated to increasing the independence of children and adults with disabilities or other special needs. •Epoch Dream Center provides free

after-school and summer programs for under-resourced youth. •Friends of Assateague State Park will install locking food storage boxes under picnic tables to promote horse safety on the island and improve interactions between visitors and wildlife. •Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay Council, Inc. will upgrade technology and restore internet access in their Salisbury office so they can fully reopen and use the facility. •Humane Society of Somerset County will cover medical and food costs for rescued animals that come to the shelter sick or injured. •Leveling the Playing Field, Inc. will host pop-up events at Lower Eastern Shore schools to distribute free sporting equipment to Phys Ed departments. •Lower Shore Clinic/Go-Getters will provide basic necessities and remediation services for clients with physical or psychiatric illnesses in transitional housing or moving into a new home. •Mar-Va Theater Performing Arts Center will make needed repairs to the roof of the historic Pocomoke theatre that offers $5 movie showings and live performances. •Maryland Coastal Bays Foundation, Inc. will host an environmental retreat for high school students to provide hands-on environmental education experience and introduce them to environmental careers. •Salisbury Urban Ministries’ grant will support their Kids Café program, which provides meals, homework assistance, field trips, and basic necessities to underresourced youth from East Salisbury and Beaver Run Elementary Schools. •Somerset County Local Management Board will provide parenting resources to improve the life circumstances, safety, and nutrition of families in the Lower Shore Shelter. •The Haitian Development Center of Delmarva, Inc. will provide financial assistance and immigration resources to refugee families in need. •Wicomico Public Library will purchase children’s literature to stock the shelves of the new Storybook Room at the Centre Branch. •Worcester County GOLD will provide emergency funds for housing, utility assistance, clothing, and food through their Emergency Financial Assistance program.

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Bill Gibbs Memorial Golf Tournament To Benefit The Clients Of WCDC

June 14, 2022 • Ocean City Golf Club • Seaside Course Sponsored By:


Team of four players in the tournament Corporate logo on banner to be displayed at tournament Introduction at awards ceremony Four (4) tickets to post-tournament meal Listing in tournament program and post-tournament ad

Birdie Sponsorship: $1,500

Team of four players in the tournament Corporate logo on banner to be displayed at tournament Introduction at awards ceremony Listing in tournament program and post-tournament ad

Dinner Sponsorship: $1,500

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Lunch Sponsorship: $1,500

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Name: ____________________________________________________________________

Organization: _______________________________________________________________

Team Sponsor (if different from Organizations): __________________________________

Address: ___________________________________________________________________

City, State, Zip: _____________________________________________________________

Daytime Phone: ____________________________________________________________ Email: _____________________________________________________________________ ____ Team Of Four & Hole Sponsor ($600) ____ Single Golfer ($125)

____ Team Of Four ($500)

____ Hole Sponsorship ($125/Hole)

__________________________________________________________________________ (Name On Cart Sign) ____ In-Kind Gifts (For Prizes And Goody Bags) ____ I am unable to participate but would like to support Worcester County Developmental Center: Enclosed is a tax deductible contribution in the amount of $ ____________ *WCDC is a 501(c)(3) organization located in Worcester County whose mission is to enable adults with intellectual disabilities to achieve their highest level of economic and social independence.

Return your sponsorship by May 20 to insure maximum exposure for your business. WCDC P.O. Box 70 Newark, MD 21841

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Things To Do Every Monday: TOPS Meeting 5-6:30 p.m. Atlantic General Hospital, Berlin. Take Off Pounds Sensibly is a support group promoting weight loss and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Call Rose 443-880-8444.

Every Tuesday: Dancing The Delmarva Hand Dance Club holds dancing at the Selbyville Elks Lodge 2173 from 5:30-9 p.m.

Every Wednesday: Bingo Elks Lodge 2645, corner of Sinepuxent Avenue and 138th Street in Ocean City. Has bingo all year. Doors open 4:30 p.m. with first game sharply at 6:30 p.m. Kitchen open for light fare. 410-2502645. Every Thursday: Beach Singles Join the club, 55 plus, at Harpoon Hanna’s in Fenwick Island, 4-6 p.m. 302436-9577 or

Every Friday: Bingo Knights of Columbus will host with doors open at 5 p.m. and bingo beginning promptly at 6:30 p.m. Held at the Columbus Hall at 9901 Coastal Highway, behind St. Luke's Church. Play every game for just $24. Light refreshments available. Call 410-524-7994 with any questions. May 13: Crabcake Dinner Stevenson United Methodist Church will hold a carryout only crab cake dinner from 4-6:30 p.m. Prices are $14, one crab cake sandwich with green beans, baked potato and cole slaw; $24, 2 crab cake sandwiches with sides; and $10 for just a crab cake sandwich. Bake sale table available. May 14: Fun Pines Run Families of all ages are invited to enjoy a day of fitness fun as the Ocean Pines Recreation and Parks Department hosts its first one-mile fun run/walk on Saturday, May 14 beginning at 10 a.m. at Veterans Memorial Park. The event, which will include a 1-mile walk or run around the South Gate Pond and a variety of

other fun activities, is designed to encourage families to exercise together. The after-walk party at the park will last until 2 p.m. and will feature moon bounces, face painting, music, vendors and giveaways, all of which are included in the registration fee. Food will also be available for purchase. To register, call 410-641-7052.

May 14: Town Cats Food Drive Join Town Cats and the Ocean City Jeep Club at 1 p.m. at the PetSmart parking lot for a cat food drive. There will be raffles for a Jeep quilt, Huk bucket, auto supplies basket and golf package. Bring cat food, litter, supplies.

May 14: Plant Sale Worcester County Garden Club Plant Sale and Gathering at Windmill Creek Winery in Berlin, noon-3 p.m. Rain date is May 21. Club will have seed and bulb planting workshops for kids and adults, floral demonstrations, 50-50 raffle and ask a local gardener and Master Gardener table. May 14: Anglers Club Meeting The Ocean Pines Anglers Club will meet at 9:30 a.m. at the Ocean Pines Golf and Country Club. Speakers will be from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. All welcome but request that only fully vaccinated persons attend.

May 17: Candidates Forum The Republican Women of Worcester County are holding a Candidate’s Forum/Meet & Greet at the Marlin Club, from 5 to 8 p.m. and is open to the public. Mike Bradley of WGMD will emcee the event. May 19: Exhibit, Tea Friends of Poplar Hill Mansion will unveil

a new exhibit with a Taste of Asia Tea at 11:30 a.m. This tea, like the exhibit, will be inspired by the flavors of various places in Asia. All proceeds go toward the Poplar Hill Mansion.

May 21: Museum Benefit To celebrate the Delmarva Discovery Museum's growth with programs, like STEM for our children's education, the public is asked to support and attend a full Hawaiian dinner, with dancing, and a silent auction. The dinner, dance and party will be held at 6 p.m. at the newly renovated Ocean City Golf Club on Country Club Drive in South Point, near Berlin. The live band will be performing with Dawn Jones and Rewind. Admission to attend the event is $75 per person and can be purchased online at or by calling Christy Gordon at the Museum, at 410957-9933, for tickets. May 21: Church Rummage Sale Ocean City Presbyterian Church on 13th Street will hold from 7 a.m.-1 p.m.

May 25: Public Forum The Ocean Pines Chamber of Commerce will host a Worcester County District 5 & 6 Commissioner Public Forum with all four candidates from 6-8 p.m. at the Ocean Pines branch of the Worcester County Library. The public is invited to attend and will have the opportunity to ask questions of all candidates. May 28: Annual Car Show The Kiwanis Club of Ocean City/Ocean Pines will hold its 2nd Annual Car Show at the Veterans Memorial Park in Ocean Pines. Registration begins at 9 a.m. Event is from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Judged classes with trophies and awards. Pro-

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June 11: MAC Walk Registration is under way for MAC’s Soles for Seniors, a one-mile walk stepping off from the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center. Registration and check-in starts at 8 a.m., the walk begins at 9 a.m., and awards and food are planned for 10 a.m. Registration is $10 and includes a visor, breakfast and the awards ceremony. Donate a total of $50 (which includes registration) and also get an event T-shirt. All ages are welcome. Children under age 5 walk for free and don’t need to register. Proceeds will benefit MAC’s Life Bridges Dementia Dare Day Program and Connections senior center activities. To register, visit

June 8-10: Basic Boating Course The US Coast Guard Auxiliary is offering the Maryland Basic Boating Safety Course at the Ocean Pines Library, 11107 Cathell Rd., Berlin Md. 21811. Classes will be from 6-9 p.m. Cost is $20 for all three evenings. Register or get more information by calling Barry Cohen at 410-935-4807, or email

June 12: Day Of Recognition Worcester County NAACP will host a day of recognition of the history of the Negro Baseball League and Players on Delmarva at the Delmarva Shorebirds game at 2:05 p.m. This event will be held at Shorebirds stadium, and will recognize William “Judy” Johnson, a Snow Hill native and former Negro League player who was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y. in 1975. There will be a special appearance by former Negro Baseball League player Pedro Sierra and Negro League Baseball Ambassador Rayner Banks. Donations are being requested to help defray the expenses that the Worcester County Branch NAACP will bear for the event promotion. Email Worcester NAACP President Ivory Smith at

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OCEAN CITY – A plan to create a bike rack dedication program on the Boardwalk will advance to the Mayor and Council after discussions at the committee level this week. On Wednesday, the Ocean City Bike and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC) resumed its discussions on a proposed Boardwalk bike rack dedication program. In January, Council Secretary Tony DeLuca, committee liaison, presented BPAC members with a proposal to replace 47 aging bike racks along the Boardwalk. While BPAC members have spent recent years identifying locations to add bike racks near the oceanfront street ends, DeLuca noted the idea of replacing the Boardwalk bike racks came forward as part of those discussions. With options for replacement racks narrowed down, committee members began looking at ways to fund the potential project. While there has been some discussion of purchasing the racks with leftover funds from the Boardwalk redecking project, Ocean City Development Corporation (OCDC) Executive Director Glenn Irwin also presented the idea of a bike rack dedication program. “Tony discussed with the council at the April 18 meeting about the bike rack dedication program,” City Engineer Paul Mauser, committee president, said this

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week. “It went over really well.” Officials said the potential funding mechanism would be similar to the town’s Boardwalk bench dedication program, in which benches are purchased by families and dedicated to loved ones. In recent years, however, the bench dedication initiative has reached a waiting list of 700 people. “This really is a solution,” DeLuca told the committee. “It’s only 47 bike racks, for around $2,000.” Mauser noted that the replacement racks were expected to cost roughly $1,700, but that the cost of a dedication plaque and installation would bring the total to around $2,000. “We’ll have to fine tune that cost,” he said. When asked where the plaque would be placed, DeLuca said it would be mounted behind the rack. “You can put it on the sea wall,” Mauser added. DeLuca said he would bring the concept before the council again. Officials said the council’s approval would allow the town to begin testing the program. “It’s a great way to test out the product, make sure they are solid and sturdy and make sure the plaque goes on the way we want it …,” Mauser said. “It’s good momentum.” DeLuca agreed. “I think it’s a good idea …,” he said. “It’s different then having a bench, but that option’s not there anymore.”



OCEAN CITY – Officials say community members have until Sunday to complete an environmental survey, which will be used to develop a resort action plan. In April, the Ocean City Coastal Resources Legislative Committee, also known as the Green Team, released a survey for both residents and visitors to gauge the community’s environmental interests, behaviors and needs. Ocean City Environmental Engineer Gail Blazer, a Green Team member, said information gathered through the community survey will allow the committee to develop a three-year action plan, which will ensure the community’s wants are addressed in the goals that are set. She told committee members this week that individuals have until Sunday, May 15, to respond. “This is what I need to develop our Green Team Action Plan,” she said. “Where do we want to go in the future? Where do we want to take our next step in the next five years?” Blazer added that the action plan will also be used for the town’s Sustainable Maryland application. Since 2011, Sustainable Maryland has supported the state’s 157 municipalities as they look for cost-effective and strategic ways to protect their natural assets and revitalize their communities. Using best practices in areas such as wa-

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ter resources, energy, planning, health, food and economy, municipalities including Ocean City worked to earn points toward sustainability. In 2016, Ocean City was recognized as one of 14 Sustainable Maryland Certified Award winners for its efforts in developing sustainable programs such as Adopt Your Beach and Adopt Your Street. And since it is a three-year program, the town will need to recertify in 2022. To that end, the Green Team has established a community survey ahead of the application deadline. “The survey is an important aspect of the application,” Blazer said. Blazer noted that preliminary results of the survey show nearly half of the 137 respondents are full-time residents of Ocean City and that 40% of respondents believe the resort to be heading in the right direction in terms of its environmental initiatives. Blazer noted initiatives such as pollinator gardens were included in the town’s latest action plan and that the town was now looking to the community to develop new initiatives, which could include composting workshops. “It will be on my Green Team Action Plan, to do composting workshops and maybe provide mini grants or a cost share for people who want composters,” she said. The town is asking residents and visitors to visit and complete the brief Green Team Action Plan Survey by May 15.

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OCEAN CITY – A generally healthy city workforce has led to a significant rebate to the town from its health care plan provider, and resort officials this week agreed to return some of the savings to the employees. During Tuesday’s work session, the council learned the town and its employees had paid more in premiums and fees to its health care plan provider, CareFirst, than claims employees had made during the course of the year. In some years, the number and amount of health care claims made by employees on the plan exceeds the level of premiums paid by the workforce and the contribution by the town. In other years, the town and its employees pay more into the health care plan than claims made by the workforce and CareFirst pays the town a rebate. Human Resources Director Katie Callan explained that was the case this year. “In April, we were notified that premiums and fees paid to CareFirst exceeded the claims generated by our members,” she said. “Therefore, the town will be receiving a settlement refund from CareFirst in the amount of over $672,000.” Callan explained because of the significant refund, staff was recommending giving employees a two pay period holiday from paying health care premiums

from a portion of the $672,000-plus refund from CareFirst. “Due to these savings being driven primarily by employee utilization of the plan, we propose sharing a small portion of the overall refund with employees as a thank you for being conscientious consumers of health care,” she said. “The cost for the two-day premium holiday would be around $120,000.” Callan said the proposed health care premium holidays would fall on two pay periods in December, including the period ending Dec. 4 and the period ending Dec. 11. “We thought it would be appropriate to return some of that refund to the employees in the form of a premium holiday,” she said. “That would allow us to give the employees a holiday from paying premiums, and still allow us to keep a healthy








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fund balance.” Council John Gehrig agreed and made a motion to approve the health care premium holidays for the employees and the council voted 4-0 to approve it. “I like it,” he said. “Td just like to say thanks to our employees for being healthy this year.” The second part of the same equation covered the town’s contribution to the employees’ deductibles in the health care plan. Currently, the town funds the full deductible for employees in the High Deductible Health Plan through a contribution to the employees’ Health Savings Account (HSA). The current deductible is $1,400 for single coverage and $2,800 for family coverage. Callan recommended increasing the town’s contribution to the HSA

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plan by $100 for single coverage, or $1,500, and $200 for a family plan, or $3,000. Increasing the town’s contribution to the HSA deductibles for employees as presented would cost around $50,000 annually and would be paid from the $672,000-plus refund from CareFirst. The two pay-period premium holiday for employees in the health care plan would cost an estimated $120,000. Combined, the two cost-saving measures for employees would cost around $170,000, which would come out of the town’s $672,000 refund from CareFirst. “This year, we’re looking at savings of around $672,000,” said Callan. “We can fund the two premium holidays and increase the town’s contribution to the HSA plan and still have significant savings with our health care costs.”

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event zone is implemented nonetheless. Participants, visitors and residents should expect to see a significant police presence throughout the implementation of the special event zone next week, with officers from multiple allied agencies assisting the Ocean City Police Department. The Cruisin event organizers in recent years have created other event-related activities in different areas in an attempt to spread out the event and relieve some of the congestion along Coastal Highway. For example, in addition to the usual car display shows, there will be concerts, a neon light show and other activities to keep participants occupied and off the highway to some degree. Registered participants will receive a window display card reminding them the special event zone and all of the reduced speed limits and other enhanced violations are in place. Last year, local and state officials agreed to extend the special event zone to other highways and roads around the north end of the county where participants and hangers-on tend to travel during the event.

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FROM PAGE 4 the last few years, he said four area golf courses had closed. Weeg said he’d looked at the sports complex issue from every angle and spoken to various citizens about it. While many support the idea of a complex in Worcester County, he said they didn’t want it at the proposed site between Route 50 and Flower Street. He said there were multiple other possible locations. “We need to look elsewhere…,” he said. “Forget this whole Berlin spot. It's just not going to work.” Pocomoke resident Caryn Abbott said she wanted to see a complex in the south end of the county. “I'm here to advocate for the southern district that needs it the most,” she said. “I know there's land down there.” Commission member Pete Cosby said

Berlin needed something like a YMCA to provide residents with opportunities to stay active and healthy. “In the winter all we do is rot and fester,” he said. Cosby said that with the symbiotic relationship between Berlin and Ocean City, he understood why land in the north section of Worcester was proposed. “Why is Berlin doing so well?” he said. “We're cute and we're doing a good job of trying to make it fun but it's close to Ocean City. That is an attraction. Why is Snow Hill struggling? Because they don’t have the client base we've got right next door.” He said that like Gehrig, he felt that if there was an opportunity the parties involved should try to work out the difficulties, not shout each other down. “I don’t want to see Berlin become an enclave of apartment buildings sur-

rounding the town,” he said. “What's this farm field going to become in the future? There's a huge pressure on us to give housing.” He said he thought the proposed complex should be explored but that the town should demand it include a YMCA or something similar. “I think everybody ought to open their minds and realize this is a symbiotic thing with Ocean City and Berlin that could really take us into the future,” he said. Berlin resident Corey Davis said he felt officials needed to get their questions answered and consider all the pros and cons of the complex before proceeding with the project. Resident Kate McCloskey said she was embarrassed the complex had gotten this far without Berlin being involved in the process. “It’s the worst location I could ever



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dream of,” she said, adding that a committee should be created to explore potential sites. Vince Gisriel, an Ocean City resident chairing a petition effort to bring the county’s bond bill for the complex to referendum, encouraged everyone to read the studies that have been done regarding a sports complex in Worcester County. He said youth sports participation rates were down. Gehrig said that was because fewer kids were doing recreational sports as they transitioned to travel sports. “People will travel 15 hours for these tournaments,” he said, adding that the state was interested in supporting youth sports projects. He encouraged everyone to keep an open mind as their questions were researched and answered during the 180-day study period. “The government doesn’t move very fast in anything,” Davis said. “Will we get answers in 180 days?” Gehrig said it was the responsibility of elected officials to get those answers. He added that Ocean City wasn’t set on this site but did want a location near the resort. “You know how hard it was to get Town of Ocean City elected officials to be willing to partner in investing outside the town limits of Ocean City?” Gehrig said. “Think of this like a puzzle. It's in a box. We're dumping out all the pieces and turning them over and going to put them together. The picture’s not all together yet. We're going to piece it together. Will there be a partnership? There may be, there may not be. That's another question that needs to get answered. Let’s just get the questions answered. The Town of Ocean City is unlikely to invest in an indoor complex the farther away it gets from Ocean City.” Bertino said nothing had been fleshed out at this point and that the only thing that was certain was that the majority of the commissioners had agreed to bond $11 million for a complex. “Right now the only purse that's open is the county taxpayer purse,” he said. Cascio described the complex as a mega facility being foisted on the Town of Berlin. He said the business interests of Ocean City were driving the plan, not the county. He added that proponents of the project cited its benefit to the youth. “But the reality is, it’s for someone else’s kids, not Worcester County kids,” he said. “It’s our kids who attend Berlin middle school and Stephen Decatur High School. When this community inevitably grows, we’re going to have to expand both of those facilities. With this location, both schools would be hemmed in, with nowhere to go.” He said traffic was also a huge concern, particularly on Flower Street. “Someone is going to get hurt,” he said. “And we know it. This is unacceptable, and why we need to say no to the scale of such a facility at this location. Just like we would say no to any other developer trying to get something over on us.”

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OBITUARIES George is survived by his wife, Peggy, his former wife Anita, his children Mark, Mike and Nick, and his grandchildren Bradley, Chase, Mia, and Alexander. He will be greatly missed by all.

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Robert William Selle BERLIN – Robert William Selle, age 55, died on May 4, 2022 at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. Born in Baltimore, he was the son of the late Robert W. Selle and Juanita Jett of Ocean City. He is survived by his children Jesse and Cheyanne Burroughs, step-brothers, Jeffrey and Scott Jett, and step-sisters, Victoria Jett Petrucci and Jessica Jett. He was preceded in death by a stepbrother, Scott Jett. Mr. Selle had worked for many years as a roofer, and more recently, as an antique dealer. Living at the beach, he enjoyed ROBERT W. SELLE going to flea markets and auctions where he spent time “wheeling and dealing” with his many dealer friends. He also had a strong passion for dirt track racing. He traveled to many states to watch the races. A gathering of friends and family was held May 11 at the Burbage Funeral Home in Berlin. A donation in his memory may be made to Johns Hopkins Hospital, 1800 Orleans St. Baltimore, Md. 21287. The family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and compassionate staff there, who took such great of Robert during his lengthy stay. Letters of condolence may be sent via:

George Bernard Menikheim, III OCEAN CITY – On May 2, 2022, George Bernard Menikheim, III passed away peacefully at the age of 75. George was born in Baltimore and was a native to Maryland his entire life. His gregarious personality, loyalty and commitment positioned him for a 35-plus year career at State Farm Insurance, which he loved and took great pride in. An avid GEORGE B. sports fan, George’s real MENIKHEIM, III passion was playing the ponies, often traveling to Las Vegas for a tournament. He adored his family, enjoying trips to Ocean City, Ravens and O's games with his three sons. After retiring in Ocean City, he enjoyed old movies, listening to the local bands with his many friends, horse racing and spending lots of time being “Poppy” with his grandchildren.

BERLIN – James Arthur McAleer, 63, of Berlin, passed away unexpectedly Wednesday, May 4. Born in Washington, D. C. Sept. 18, 1958 to John H and Rose Mary McAleer, he was raised in Wheaton, Md. where he learned to run the streets both literally, figuratively and imaginatively. That passion for travel and adventure JAMES A. stayed with him through- MCALEER out his years, as he spent many in Texas, Tennessee and Minnesota, before settling down in Berlin. Jimmy was predeceased by his parents John H and Rose Mary, and sister Bernadette. He leaves behind sons Anthony J. Privette and Codty J. Myers, who he loved very much. He also leaves siblings Kevin, Tommy, Pat, Janet, Andy, Bobby, Michael, Stephen and Katie, along with their spouses and 30 nieces and nephews, who he also loved very much. Jimmy was very artistic and loved to draw picturesque scenes on homemade cards he sent to his loved ones when off on one of his journeys. He also loved photography, writing poetry, sports and was a life-long Redskins fan. There will be a private Christian burial at Gate of Heaven. A Memorial Mass and celebration of his life will be held at a later date in Berlin. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Joseph House, 401 N. Poplar Hill Ave., Salisbury, Md 2180 Arrangements by Cole Funeral Services,

Emma Jane Welsh FLORIDA – Emma Jane Welsh (née Erdman), 89, peacefully passed away in the presence of her loving family on April 27, 2022 at home in New Port Richey, FL. The daughter of the late Robert B. Erdman and Thelma M. Erdman, she was born and raised in Baltimore, MD. She graduated from Girls Latin School in 1949, folEMMA J. lowed by an R.N. from WELSH Easton Memorial Hospital in 1958. She earned a B.S. in Psychology from Salisbury State College in 1977, and her M.S. from the University of Maryland School of Social Work in 1979. She married C. Robert Welsh, also of Baltimore, in 1955. In 1962, they moved to Ocean City, MD, where they raised their seven children. She was a nurse from 1958 until 1977, working in Labor and Delivery and Intensive Care at various hospitals. When Worcester Country School (now Worcester Preparatory School) opened in

1970, she was their first school nurse. After she obtained her M.S., she worked as a therapist at public and private health departments, and had her own practice. She retired for the first time in 2005. In 2006, after moving to Florida, she took her state boards to practice counseling there, and worked full-time, then part-time, retiring again in 2016. Her passion was the culinary arts. She and her husband Bob, helped found the Ocean City, MD branch of the International Wine and Food Society in the 1970’s. Her children learned a lot from her about cooking and entertaining, and each of them continued her tradition in

Page 67 their own ways. Her family was very important to her, so she invested a lot of time staying in touch. She was generous to a fault, always willing to help family and friends. She was preceded in death by her sister Roberta V. Erdman in 1998 and her husband C. Robert Welsh in 2022. She is survived by her children Virginia (Michael Marano), Paul, Kathleen (Philip Heldrich), Patricia, Michael, Thomas, and Nancy (Gary Ryan). She has 11 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Gulfside Hospice, the home hospice organization that took such excellent care of her husband and her. The link is

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STUDENTS In The News Worcester Preparatory School (WPS) family and friends gathered last Friday for the Lower School’s annual Spring Music & Art presentation, Bee Happy. Talented music teacher Joanie Brittingham directed a singing and dancing troupe of more than 200 students dressed in an array of insects and arachnoids. Lower School art teacher Rebecca Tittermary worked with her students for months to create the masterpieces coordinated with the spring theme. Brittingham is pictured with her fifth graders, front from left, Brax Giardina, Liam McAllister, Reed Grinestaff, Sophia Mealy, Zane Freih, Remy Frye and Collin Hastings; second row, Emerson Bofinger, John Parker, Lily Barker, Addyson Wisniewski, Hannah Coyle, Kristie Carr, Emily Hafeli, Londyn Davy, Kylee Hutton, Elle Wilsey, Vivian Spraul, Kaylin Zervakos, Caroline Burbage and Ella Conev; and, back, Elliott Mason, Artemiy Klimins, Ted Timmons, Madison Andrews, Emery Hammond, Abby Ferguson, Sophia Nguyen, Samko Poffenberger, Jack Jarvis, Brock Hidell, Soren Poulsen and Ella Tull.

Stephen Decatur High School seniors Emma Sperry and James Barrett were crowned Prom Queen and King during the Prom held at the Roland Powell Convention Center on Saturday, April 30. Submitted Photos

Performing as Hercules Beetles during the WPS Lower School musical were, above, Drew Bergey, Jack Jarvis and Samko Poffenberger, who had the audience laughing with all their puns. Below, Queen Bee Sophia Mealy sings along with Worrier Bees Hannah Coyle and Vivi Grinestaff and Yellow Jackets Londyn Davy and Kaylin Zervakos. Bottom, Hunter Harrison, Eli Parker and Remy Hertrich brightened the stage while singing “Here Comes the Sun.”

Ocean City Elementary recently celebrated Random Acts of Kindness Day. After reading the book, The Kindness Quilt, students thought of kind things they can do and then created quilt squares depicting their kind acts. Third grader Makayla Bayline is pictured with the school quilt, which was hung in the hallway.

Stephen Decatur High volunteers Grant Geiser, Dane Olson, Finn Ramnaram, Gabe Geiser, the Easter Bunny, Ella Gaddis and Riley Wilson helped with the Ocean City Recreation and Parks Department’s Easter Egg Hunt in April.

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County Right Not To Set Precedent How We See It

The Worcester County Commissioners flirted with a dangerous precedent this week, but they did not make the mistake in the end. By a 3-4 vote, the commissioners opted against a motion to increase mileage and hourly pay rates for local bus contractors beyond what the Worcester County Board of Education approved in its proposed budget. The school system plans a 5.5% pay raise for its 69 bus drivers – the same as teachers – over the next fiscal year. Estimates show the average annual bus contract in Worcester is worth $76,000 (based on a five-hour, 100-mile school day), compared to $66,967 in Wicomico and $63,200 in Somerset. Bus contractors argue rising expenses have made keeping buses on the road expensive and current pay conditions have not been adjusted enough to keep pace with rising inflation, fuel, health insurance and maintenance costs. These are understandable concerns, but they may take a couple years to be fully addressed to the bus drivers’ liking. The commissioners were right to review the concerns and hear from the school system, but it would have been bad business to go beyond what the school board approved in its budget. The matter was evaluated extensively, and changes made to help the bus drivers. The same process will play out next year and another adjustment likely. Worcester County Commission President Joe Mitrecic was right when he maintained the county would be setting a disturbing example if it dictated to the school system the pay for school drivers. It would have opened a Pandora’s box of similar concerns in future years. “I don’t want all of the cafeteria workers from the school board sitting down here saying they don’t make enough money,” Mitrecic said. “I don’t want the janitors coming down here. My personal opinion is I think we let the board of education deal with their employees. If they start losing employees, losing bus drivers, then they’re going to have to make the adjustment.” The motion to further support the bus drivers failed in a 3-4 vote with Commissioners Ted Elder, Diana Purnell and Josh Nordstrom in favor and Commissioners Chip Bertino, Jim Bunting, Bud Church and Mitrecic opposed. As a matter of protocol, the school system’s employees and contractors need to work amicably with the Board of Education and administrators. Respect needs to be a key piece of the dialogue. Divisiveness is not productive and there needs to be a mending of the relationships after the last couple months. Surely, while the bus drivers feel their concerns were not addressed enough, the school system leaders are likely offended their decision was questioned to such a degree before the commissioners. The outcome remained the same, but by the narrowest of votes.

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Between The Lines by Publisher/Editor Steve Green Though it appears to be a divisive issue for Berlin, the Worcester County Commissioners did include in Berlin’s annual grant $122,000 for a potential Flower Street roundabout. Before approving the money, which will provide the town with half of the estimated funds to design and study the project, the commissioners briefly discussed the roundabout’s possibility. It appeared to be headed toward being cut until Commissioner Josh Nordstrom asked Commissioner Diana Purnell, who represents the Flower Street area in Snow Hill, about her opinion of the project. Purnell did not weigh in on the roundabout concept specifically, but she made a point of saying her opinion was not sought. She did, however, advocate for the funding to be given to the town to further evaluate the roundabout potential, saying, “There is a need. Traffic is bad on Flower Street. They are running 18 buses twice a day … Flower Street is a street that used to be a street … and now it’s a major highway in my opinion. Let’s leave it there and talk to [Berlin Mayor] Zack [Tyndall] about this …” Commissioners Jim Bunting, Chip Bertino and Ted Elder each opposed the roundabout money being included in Berlin’s annual grant, but Commissioners Purnell, Bud Church, Josh Nordstrom and Joe Mitrecic agreed to leave the funding in the town’s grant. If the town council does not agree to move forward with a study of the roundabout for the Flower Street area, the funding would have to be returned to the county. Mitrecic, who said town council members reached out to him to express their concerns over the roundabout, surmised Tyndall was likely trying to use the county’s funding as “leverage” to encourage the town council to proceed with the study of the roundabout since half of the funding would not be coming from the town. In the past, members of the council have frowned on the roundabout concept as have members of the police and fire departments. It will be interesting to see whether the council approves the study during the next fiscal year. If the council does not move the study forward, it represents an error in judgment by the town to include the request in the grant because that’s $122,000 the town cannot use since it’s a restricted grant. The situation should have been evaluated further to gain a consensus on the council before the specific funding request was made. It would be a shame to return the funding to the county when the money could have been attached to another request supported by the full council. Ocean City Councilman John Gehrig deserves credit. He’s become the de facto face of the sports complex project and he’s not even taken a vote on the matter yet. This is solely a county project at this early stage, and the county doesn’t have a lot to say yet because the planning is just getting started. Ocean City has high hopes and aspirations for the complex from an economic development perspective and potentially building an indoor space on the land, but the commissioners are the officials who have pledged to build this facility with county funds through a bond resolution. There are three camps in the whole sports complex controversy. First, there are those who are all for it and not concerned at all about the site west of the high and middle schools on Route 50. Any reservations about traffic and other impacts are muted by their gusto for a top-notch facility for their kids and community. Conversely, there is the second group on the opposite extreme who want nothing to do with public funds being spent on the sports complex no matter the site. Finally, there is the camp in support of the concept of a sports complex development but with practical reservations about the county’s chosen location. At this point, I fall into the latter category. Having spent an average of five weekends a year at sports tournaments elsewhere for the last six years, I see the potential for a sports complex in northern Worcester County. It could be a huge benefit to our families from a recreation standpoint and as an economic development engine in needed times of year. Outdoor fields would help in the spring and fall months and an indoor facility could be the answer to the winter doldrums. The selected site is a problem because of the potential negative impacts on Berlin that have not been properly vetted yet. There are many questions in need of answering before this project can move ahead. State highway folks need to be consulted first and foremost. As of two weeks ago, the county had not reached out with traffic routing questions. The 180-day window on the property purchase will likely need to be extended to allow for these questions to be answered. In the meantime, Gehrig was twice this week in the line of fire standing as the lone supporter of the project at the petition meeting on Monday and the Berlin Planning Commission on Wednesday. Gehrig has made it clear he’s not married to the site and understands the concerns. He has said he thinks the site is too small because it allows no opportunity to add fields in the future. Nonetheless, Gehrig is committed to the sports complex project in theory and believes it will help the county and Ocean City. At Wednesday’s planning commission meeting, Gehrig agreed with most in attendance who want answers to their questions. At Monday’s petition meeting, Gehrig struck a similar tone, saying, “There are escape hatches … If it’s not going to work, no one wants pain. You hit the eject button and it’s done. That’s really where we are.” Currently, there simply are no answers to the most significant questions, and it will take more than six months – the out clause of the property acquisition – for these questions to be addressed.

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nspiration comes in all forms, and a source this week was Elizabeth Bonker. A 24-year-old woman from New Jersey with non-verbal Autism, Bonker was one of Rollins College’s five valedictorians, achieving a perfect 4.0 GPA. The four other valedictorians requested Bonker deliver the speech during the graduation ceremony. Her speech was six minutes long and presented through a text to speech program. It was amazing. Her story hits closer to home for my family as our 12-year-old son Carson is non-verbal with autism. He works with speech therapists multiple times a week and utilizes a device to articulate speech, although it brings severe anxiety for him. Listening to this young woman’s speech Tuesday night was a highlight of my week. It was incredibly emotional to hear and serves as a reminder to never underestimate and always encourage. Here are some excerpts from this moving speech from this beautiful soul. I encourage you to search the internet for the video. “Rollins College class of 2022, today we celebrate our shared achievements. I know something about shared achievements because I am affected by a form of autism that doesn’t allow me to speak. My neuromotor issues also prevent me from tying my shoes or buttoning a shirt without assistance. I have typed this speech with one finger with a communication partner holding a keyboard. I am one of the lucky few non-speaking autistics who have been taught to type. That one critical intervention unlocked my mind from its silent cage, enabling me to communicate and to be educated like my hero Helen Keller. … During my freshman year, I remember hearing a story about our favorite alumnus, Mister Rogers. When he died, a handwritten note was found in his wallet. It said, “Life is for service.” You have

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probably seen it on the plaque by Strong Hall. Life is for service. So simple, yet so profound. Classmates, you have shared your passion for service within our community. Our friends in the sororities and fraternities raise money for so many worthy causes. Our friends at Pinehurst weave blankets for the homeless. The examples are too numerous to list. Rollins has instilled in all of us that service to others gives meaning to our own lives and to those we serve. Viktor Frankl wrote about the power of sharing in his book, Man’s Search for Meaning. While suffering in the Nazi concentration camp at Auschwitz, he noted how, despite the horror, there were prisoners who shared their last crust of bread. He writes, “Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms — to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.” We all have been given so much, including the freedom to choose our own way. Personally, I have struggled my whole life with not being heard or accepted. A story on the front page of our local newspaper reported how the principal at my high school told a staff member, “The retard can’t be valedictorian.” Yet today, here I stand. Each day, I choose to celebrate small victories, and today, I am celebrating a big victory with all of you. The freedom to choose our own way is our fundamental human right, and it is a right worth defending, not just for us, but for every human being. I want to publicly thank Rollins College for taking a chance on me. For caring about every student. For being a place where kindness lives. Dear classmates, today we commence together. But from here, we will choose our own ways. For me, I have a dream. Yes, just like Martin Luther King, Jr., I have a dream: communication for

all. There are 31 million non-speakers with autism in the world who are locked in a silent cage. My life will be dedicated to relieving them from suffering in silence and to giving them voices to choose their own way. What is your dream? … Whatever our life choices, each and every one of us can live a life of service—to our families, to our communities, and to the world. And the world can’t wait to see our light shine. So, my call to action today is simple. Tear off a small piece from your commencement program and write “Life is for service” on it. Yes. We gave you the pens to really do it. Let’s start a new tradition. Take a photo and post it on social media. Then put it in your wallet or some other safe place, just as Mr. Rogers did. And when we see each other at our reunions, we can talk about how our commencement notes reminded us to serve others. We are all called to serve, as an everyday act of humility, as a habit of mind. To see the worth in every person we serve. To strive to follow the example of those who chose to share their last crust of bread. For to whom much is given, much is expected. God gave you a voice. Use it. And no, the irony of a non-speaking autistic encouraging you to use your voice is not lost on me. Because if you can see the worth in me, then you can see the worth in everyone you meet. My fellow classmates, I leave you today with a quote from Alan Turing, who broke the Nazi encryption code to help win World War II. “Sometimes, it is the people no one imagines anything of who do the things no one can imagine.” Be those people. Be the light! Fiat lux. Thank you.”

(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

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