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A Wet Perspective: A scoop of pelicans is pictured by a swimming photographer flying south over the ocean during an early morning last weekend. Ocean City Loses A Legend With Passing Of Veteran Solicitor Guy Ayres

September Brings Spotlight On Area Suicide Prevention Efforts, Campaign

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Ocean City Officials Now Asking For Wind Turbines 33 Miles Off Coast

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OC’s Letter To Governor To Restate Wind Farm Concerns

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OCEAN CITY – Resort officials this week agreed to reiterate the town’s opposition to the proposed location of wind turbines off the coast of Ocean City, suggesting they be placed even further offshore than what was originally desired. After months of relative inactivity in the ongoing development of offshore wind energy farms off the coast of Ocean City, the issue arose anew near the end of Tuesday’s Mayor and Council meeting with Councilman Tony DeLuca pushing for another letter to the governor outlining the town’s opposition to the proposed siting of the vast turbines just 17 miles offshore.

Since the Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC) in 2017 approved two offshore wind energy projects off the coast of Ocean City, town officials have been in a prolonged battle to have the two approved companies site their wind turbines as far as 26 nautical miles off the coast, or a distance believed to have the turbines not visible from the shoreline. After considerable debate, US Wind acquiesced somewhat and has since agreed to place its turbines no closer than 17 miles from the resort’s coast. However, DeLuca on Tuesday asked Mayor Rick Meehan to send a letter to Governor Larry Hogan reiterating the town’s position on the two offshore wind projects. DeLuca said the letter should confirm Ocean City is

not opposed to the concept of offshore wind farms, but merely wanted the turbines sited at a distance from which they would not be visible from the shore. Instead of the 26-mile distance pushed for by Ocean City officials since the beginning the process, DeLuca said the town should now push to have the approved companies site their turbines much further offshore than Ocean City originally requested. “I think it’s time to reiterate our position on wind farms,” he said. “I’d like to request the mayor send a letter to the governor once again to let him know we support wind farms, but they must be 33 miles offshore.” The council agreed and determined the required action did not require a


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formal motion and vote. Instead, Meehan agreed to send the requested letter to the governor. DeLuca said the reasoning behind asking to push the wind turbines even farther offshore was because technological advances since the original approval by the PSC have resulted in the development of much taller turbines capable of producing even more energy. “I just want to make it clear to the public, especially now that they’ve gone from eight megawatts to 12 megawatts,” he said. “They need to be 33 miles offshore so they are not visible.” The approved US Wind project would place turbines as close as 17 miles from shore in the first phase, while the approved Deepwater Wind project would place its turbines in a range of about 17-21 miles offshore, or the western edge of the designated Wind Energy Area (WEA). While the Town of Ocean City has said repeatedly it supports clean, renewable offshore wind energy, it does not want the turbines placed in close enough proximity to the shore to impact the viewsheds from the resort. In the many months since, the prolonged battle has included at least two formal resolutions passed by the Mayor and Council, endless discussions on how best to address the wind turbine distance issue, a spirited letterwriting campaign carried out by all parties, and even a bill in the Maryland General Assembly that would force the siting of the wind turbines at least 26 nautical miles offshore. All of those efforts combined have not dissuaded US Wind from moving forward with its plan to site the first line of wind turbines 17 miles off the resort coast and the projects continue to move forward. However, it’s important to note there are still several federal regulatory hurdles to overcome for the two proposed wind energy projects and there will be ample opportunity for the town and its officials to weigh in again. In the meantime, the next step in the US Wind project is the installation of a 328-foot tall meteorological, or met, tower about 17 miles off the coast of Ocean City roughly in the middle of the company’s approved Wind Energy Area. The tower will be used to collect wind resource data within the Maryland lease area in advance of the future installation of as many as 32 massive offshore wind turbines. The installation of the met tower was originally slated for July, but the project has been continually pushed back for a variety of reasons, not the least of which was storm activity in August in the Gulf of Mexico, where the tower is being delivered. The project has been moved back to sometime this month, but with Hurricane Dorian wreaking havoc along the eastern seaboard this week, there is no firm time table for the installation of the met tower.

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SNOW HILL – Plans for the redevelopment of a former golf course on Beauchamp Road continue to move forward. On Tuesday, the Worcester County Commissioners approved the establishment of a Residential Planned Community (RPC) floating zone for Evergreen Village, a development planned for the former Pine Shore Golf on Beauchamp Road. “I think it’s a great use for this property,” attorney Hugh Cropper said. Cropper told the commissioners his clients planned to turn the 95-acre former golf course into a residential community of 90 lots. Though it requires RPC approval because it will involve more than 20 homes, Cropper said the project was relatively simple in that it was just a residential community with no commercial element. The development will have just one entrance on Beauchamp Road but Cropper said it was not expected to have a significant impact on traffic. Bob Hand, a land planner, said the property was primarily in what the county designated as “existing developed area” in its comprehensive plan and so development would be consistent with the document. He said the land was across the street from Ocean Pines and adjacent to the River Run community. “It would be consistent with the neighborhood,” he said. Commissioner Chip Bertino questioned the project’s stormwater impact on Ocean Pines. “A concern that exists in Ocean Pines is drainage,” he said. Bob Mitchell, the county’s director of environmental programs, said Evergreen Village’s stormwater would be treated on the property but said officials had advised the developer that Ocean Pines was interested in joining forces on potential drainage improvements in the area. Sheila Zimmer, representing the nearby St. John Neumann Catholic Church, said when church officials had been presented plans for the property they’d been shown a buffer of trees on the portion of the property nearest the church. “I just want to make sure it’s still part of the deal,” she said. “It’s important to us.” Chris McCabe, the environmental consultant on the project, assured her a buffer of quick-growing trees would be planted. The commissioners approved establishment of the RPC unanimously. Developers will continue with the RPC approval process, which now requires submission of a detailed site plan for the project to the county’s technical review committee and planning commission. Construction is projected to start in the spring of 2020.

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OCEAN CITY – The void was palpable at the first Mayor and Council meeting on Tuesday after the passing of long-time City Solicitor Guy Ayres III. Ayres passed away at his Ocean City home early Saturday morning. A memorial service was held Thursday, Sept. 5 at the Ocean City Performing Arts Center. A dedicated and passionate public servant, Ayres served the town of Ocean City for over four decades, first as a city councilman for four years and, for the last 37 years, as city solicitor The affable Ayres was called the “rock” in the town’s local government this week by Mayor Rick Meehan because of his consistency, dedication and passion to the community for over four decades. Because of his longevity, but largely because of his remarkable memory and attention to detail, Ayres essentially wrote the town’s current code and was relied on heavily to provide context and history as he helped shepherd the resort through vast change over the last few decades. At the outset of Tuesday’s meeting, the first since Ayres’ passing over the weekend, Meehan acknowledged the long-time public servant’s absence from his familiar chair. “The council chambers seem a little empty to me tonight,” he said. “This is the first time in 37 years that we’ve held a meeting and Guy Ayres has not been the city solicitor. It really marks the end of an era. For 37 years he served as city solicitor and for four years prior to that, he was a city councilman and elected official for the town of Ocean City.” Meehan is the elder statesman of sorts in the city’s government, having been first elected to the council 34 years ago in 1985 and serving as mayor for the last 13, but he acknowledged even his track record couldn’t match Ayres’ service. “Guy led the way and there is nobody in this room that has come to a meeting in the last 37 years when Guy wasn’t the city solicitor,” he said. “Very few people if any in City Hall were here before Guy was the city solicitor.” Meehan said with Ayres’ long record of public service, he witnessed and was very much a part of the renaissance in the resort over the last four decades. “When you look at the growth and the challenges and changes that we have faced over the past 37 years, we’ve had one person that has always been here,” he said. “Guy has always been here to help us be consistent and give us the best advice possible.” Ayres practically knew the city code by heart since he wrote many of the SEE NEXT PAGE

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ordinances that were approved by the council. He could recite ordinances and recall the motions made to pass them with unsurpassed institutional knowledge and experience. He was firm but fair and those who occasionally disagreed with him could always respect his opinion despite their differences, Meehan said. “Guy had an unparalleled commitment to civic responsibility,” he said. “Even those who were in opposition or disagreement with Guy, when they walked away, they respected his opinion and his approach. Guy was truly everything you could ask for in a city solicitor. I know I have that empty feeling today, but I know we’ll move on because that’s what Guy would certainly want us to do.” Despite his passing, Ayres’ legacy in City Hall will live on and the lessons he handed down over the years will always be adhered to, according to Meehan. “There will be many occasions when those of us sitting up here will reference something Guy said,” he said. “Guy basically wrote the code book and he knew it by heart. His recall was total and when we needed the history or needed the background, we had Guy Ayres. We certainly lost something as a town government and a community with his passing this week.” Ayres graduated from the Univer-

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sity of Maryland in 1967 and continued his education at the University of Baltimore School of Law, graduating in 1970. He was elected to the city council in September 1978 and served as an elected official for four years before being appointed city solicitor in January 1982, a position he held for 37 years right up to the day of his passing last Saturday. In addition to his work with the town, Ayres was also a partner in the law firm Ayres, Jenkins, Gordy and Almand. His practice areas included municipal law, administrative law, real estate and civil litigation, the latter of which he used to litigate hundreds of cases for the town of Ocean City. “As we join Kay, Courtney, Chase and Chip, along with the entire Ayres family in mourning Guy’s passing, we also celebrate the life and fond memories of our beloved friend and city solicitor,” said Meehan. “Though he is no longer with us in person, his legacy and enormous spirit will live on in Ocean City forever.” Donations may be made in Ayres’s memory to Atlantic General Hospital, 9733 Healthway Drive, Berlin, MD, 21811 or Ocean City Paramedic Foundation, P.O. Box 3099, Ocean City, MD 21842. Letters of condolence may be sent to the family at The full obituary can be viewed in the obituary section.

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Commissioners Table Request For Table Games Money For South End

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spent months pushing for the request, asked his peers Tuesday to table the motion until the spring. “After much discussion with my colleagues and administration they’ve advised me that the appropriate time to discuss this and vote on this is during the budget discussions for FY 21,” Nordstrom said. The commissioners voted unanimously to table the request until next year’s budget process is underway. In an interview after the meeting, Nordstrom said a vote on the request now wouldn’t have been binding, as the issue would have to be formally approved during the budget process regardless. “I have a lot of support but the commissioners are uncomfortable committing to anything that will be included in the budget before budget deliberations start,” he said. “Addressing their concern and knowing we’d have to vote again anyway before one dime was received I said ‘well instead of trying to do a good thing badly let’s follow protocols and let’s get it in the budget for ’21.’” He stressed that the commissioners didn’t object to his proposal for the two municipalities to receive additional revenue but rather the timing of it. “I’m very confident it will be in the budget for 2021 but we want to go about it the right way,” he said. Nordstrom, who is in his first term as commissioner, threatened to vote against the recent room tax increase — which required a unanimous vote in order to go into effect — if his fellow commissioners didn’t start listening to the concerns of southern Worcester County. When Nordstrom introduced a variety of initiatives aimed at helping Pocomoke and the southern portion of the county during the last budget process, none of them were approved. When he voted two weeks ago to support the room tax increase, Nordstrom said he was hopeful that the needs of southern Worcester County would be addressed at the first meeting in September. Nevertheless, he said after Tuesday’s meeting that it was his choice to postpone the motion regarding table games revenue and that he looked forward to bringing it back up in May. “I made the decision based on what was best for not only this issue but for the people of Snow Hill and Pocomoke,” he said. Nordstrom is pleased that communication had increased among the commissioners. “Everyone now seems to be listening to each other and sharing concerns,” he said. “It’s important that we have those kinds of relationships as commissioners.”

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OCEAN CITY – The next step in acquiring land for a future water treatment plant at 67th Street took place this week with the approval on second reading of an ordinance authorizing the purchase of a piece of property at 67th Street from Sandpiper Energy. Last spring, the town completed the purchase of an adjacent property that hosts the World Gym on 67th Street amid some controversy. In the months since, resort officials have worked out

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a lease allowing the gym to remain open on the property until it is needed for the future water treatment plant. Sandpiper Energy purchased the property in 2013 for $1 million, according to state’s Department of Assessment and Taxation (SDAT) as part of its ongoing conversion throughout town from propane to natural gas. With that project moving along, Sand-






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piper will eventually no longer need the parcel at 67th Street. However, much like the agreement with the World Gym, the proposed sales contract with Sandpiper would allow the utility company to utilize the property for at least three years through the conclusion of its conversion project. Under the terms of the sale, the town would be the new property owner and lease the parcel back to Sandpiper for $1 per year until the town needs it for its larger future water treatment plant. The ordinance approved on Tuesday authorizes the Mayor and Council to purchase the Sandpiper property for $1.1 million. The town will pay for the property through an upcoming bond sale, but the purchase will ultimately be reimbursed through the water and sewer enterprise funds, which are supported by ratepayers. The existing water treatment plant at 44th Street has been in service for over six decades and has outlived its useful life. To that end, the town has been piecemeal purchasing parcels in the area of 67th Street for the purpose of planning and ultimately building a new water treatment plant.

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Before the ordinance could be brought to a vote, however, resident John Medelin voiced some concern about the proposed property purchase, including the appraisal process for determining its value. “I always get concerned when I see the town buying property and taking it off the tax rolls,” he said. “I looked at the appraisals and they were based on the sales of similar properties in Delaware and in Snow Hill, I believe, but not based on comparable sales in Ocean City.” Medelin also voiced concern the town was overpaying for the property, which would be leased back to Sandpiper Energy for at least three years at $1 per year. He said a SDAT review revealed the parcel was only assessed at around $61,000. Council Secretary Mary Knight said if that was accurate, the assessed value should not raise concerns about the property coming off the tax rolls. “If it was assessed at $61,000, the impact on the tax rolls would be minimal,” she said. “That’s the good news with this.” After some debate, the council voted 6-1 to approve the ordinance with Councilman Matt James opposed. At first reading, James said he was opposed because he believed the town was overpaying for the parcel on 67th Street.


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OCEAN CITY – The annual Seaside 10-mile race in Ocean City was approved for later next month, but not before some concerns were raised with the portion of the course along Coastal Highway in the midtown area. The Mayor and Council had before them on Tuesday a consent agenda with requests for approval of various special events including the annual Seaside 10 and associated 5K race. The 10-mile race begins at the Inlet and travels up the Boardwalk to 27th Street, where the course runs along Baltimore Avenue to 33rd Street. From there, the course heads north in the bus-bike lane along Coastal Highway to 68th Street, where runners will loop around the block to 69th Street and return south along the northbound bus lane and ultimately back to the finish line at the Inlet. The Seaside 10 has always followed a similar course and its approval as part of the consent agenda appeared to be a slam dunk on Tuesday before Councilman Dennis Dare raised concern about safety on a portion of the course that runs along Coastal Highway. Dare voiced concern the hundreds of runners would be heading north in the bus lane until they reached 59th Street. In that area, the bus lane disappears and the traffic patterns shift to the right to accommodate the multiple turn lanes needed at the foot of the Route 90 bridge. Dare questioned if the course could be rerouted in such a way to avoid that dangerous stretch roughly between 59th and 62nd streets. “Have we ever looked at an alternative to having the participants run along the northbound bus lane in the area of 59th Street?” he said. “The highway shifts in that area and there is no bike or bus lane there. It would be a lot safer for the public and much easier for our police department and the public works.” Special Events Coordinator Lisa Mitchell said the Seaside 10 course had always loosely followed the proposed route, although there still might be time for the race organizers to work with the police department and public works on an alternative with the event scheduled several weeks out on Oct. 26. “I don’t know if that has ever been discussed,” she said. “I will open a dialogue with OC Tri-Running and the police department and public works to see if any changes can be made to the proposed course.” Dare said with the lanes of traffic

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pinching over in the area of 59th Street, it created a public safety issue for race participants. “Motorists merge over in that area and you have pedestrians and runners in that area where there is no more bus lane for a few blocks,” he said. “There is no barrier between the vehicles and the race participants.” Dare said if it was too late at this point to change the course for an event scheduled for next month, maybe it could be reviewed prior to future Seaside 10 events. “I don’t know if that can be reviewed in the coming weeks before this event next month,” he said. “If it can’t be reviewed at this late date for this year, can we at least work on that for next year?” Council President Lloyd Martin said the elected officials could approve the event on Tuesday and still have time for the various departments and the race organizer to consider changes to the route. “I think it could be done,” he said. “I don’t think this should hold up the approval tonight, but I think it could be reviewed and changes might be able to be made before the event.” Councilman John Gehrig reiterated his prior concerns about some events on the consent agenda coming to the Mayor and Council just weeks before they are scheduled in some cases, a point he has made in prior meetings. “I still don’t understand it,” he said. “Why are we approving events that are just two weeks away in some cases? It just doesn’t make any sense to me.” Martin said the special events that often wind up on the consent agenda are carefully vetted by the various departments before they come to the Mayor and Council. In most cases, any concerns have already been addressed and the elected officials still have time to raise their own concerns before approving the events. “Every department reviews these events and that takes a lot of time,” he said. “Then, they bring them before us for final approval and any late changes as we see fit. If we want them to go back and reconsider the course, there is still time to do that.” While the Seaside 10 is run partially on Coastal Highway, the associated 5K race is self-contained to the Boardwalk with a start at the Inlet and a turnaround at 17th Street before a return to the finish line at the south tram station. The event was originally run by the Town of Ocean City. In 2009, the town asked OC Tri-Running to produce the event with the town providing in-kind support.

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OCEAN CITY – Mayor Rick Meehan honored a Maryland couple’s more than six decades of history in Ocean City with a key to the city last week. Last Friday, Meehan presented a key to the city to John and Kitty Dyer. The Dyers, who both turned 90 earlier this year, have vacationed in Ocean City since they met under the Esskay Clock on a rainy Memorial Day weekend in 1951. “Your story’s inspirational,” Meehan said. “It’s so great to see your whole family here and generations that you’ve brought here to enjoy Ocean City. It’s just so wonderful. Those are the traditions we love to see.” While Baltimore native John Dyer grew up vacationing in Ocean City, staying each summer at the Admiral Hotel with his family, it wasn’t until 1951 that he met his future wife. He was on a visit with college friends and she with her church choir when they met on the Boardwalk at 9th Street, under the Esskay Clock. They went out that night for their first date, a drink at the George Washington Hotel. “He didn’t have a tie on so I was upset,” Kitty joked. It wasn’t enough to keep her from seeing him, however, and the couple went on to marry in 1953. They’ve vacationed in Ocean City together every year since, first at the Admiral and eventually in their own vacation home on Bayshore Drive. They have countless memories of days on the beach with their six children as well as quieter memories of vacations before the kids were born. Kitty remembers the first time her husband took her out fishing in a boat. They reeled in two fish at once as soon as they threw the lines out. “I thought every time you went out that was what happened,” she said with a laugh. All the Dyer children had summer jobs in Ocean City, and even Kitty took a job as a hostess at Phillips Crab House once the children were grown. Her husband, who spent years in sales followed by time as a stock broker in Timonium, always made sure the family spent much of their summer in Ocean City. In the years since his retirement, the couple has been able to spend even more time in the resort. “It’s just a great place to be,” John Dyer said. Several of the Dyers’ six children and 15 grandchildren were able to join them on the Boardwalk last week as they were presented with the key to the city. Their oldest son, John, said his parents passed their love of Ocean City on to the entire family. “They opened a door to us,” he said. “A key to the city is a wonderful memento of that.” His sister, Joanne Dyer White,

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agreed. She and her children fly from California every summer to spend time with the elder Dyers in Ocean City. Her kids, now adults themselves, remember their vacations spent participating in Ocean City Beach Patrol camps and people-watching with John and Kitty on the Boardwalk after visits to Fisher’s and Thrasher’s. She said that in spite of their age, her parents had yet to slow down. Sitting on a Boardwalk bench chatting with the mayor Friday, passersby would never have known Kitty Dyer had been in the hospital with pneumonia just the day before. “They have such a will to live you forget they’re 90,” White said.

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Ocean City Mayor Rick Meehan is pictured presenting a key to the city to John and Kitty Dyer on the Boardwalk near where they met in 1951. Photo by Charlene Sharpe





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SNOW HILL – The Worcester County Health Department confirmed a raccoon that was dropped off at a nature center last week has tested positive for rabies. On Aug. 28, an unidentified man brought a sick raccoon in a box to the Nature Center at the Pocomoke River State Park at Shad Landing in Snow Hill. Due to the ill appearance and condition of the raccoon, the Worcester County Health Department was notified, and the raccoon was sent for rabies testing. The raccoon tested positive for rabies. “The racoon wasn’t moving around, and I don’t think the gentleman suspected the animal had rabies,” said Angela Richardson of the Worcester County Health Department’s Environmental Health program. “I think he thought something else was going on and that the nature center could help.” After the raccoon tested positive for rabies, the health department late last week began asking for assistance in identifying the man who had brought in the raccoon so that exposure to the rabid raccoon could be assessed. “If a person has been bitten or scratched by a rabid animal, post-exposure treatment is necessary to prevent the development of rabies,” a statement from the health department reads. “If not treated, rabies is fatal.” In an interview this week, Richardson confirmed the man has since been identified as a nearby resident. “He was identified from our Facebook post, and we were able to make contact through a family member,” she said. Richardson noted that those living in the area where the raccoon was located will be notified of the confirmed rabies case. “A rabies advisory will be sent out in the coming days,” she said. Richardson urged community members to report any wild animals behaving in a threatening or sick manner to the police department or Worcester County Sheriff’s Office. “That way we can hopefully obtain the animal for testing,” she said. “If they see anything, it’s best to

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call it in so we can see what’s happening and make a decision.” While raccoons make up the majority of confirmed rabid animals in Worcester County, other species are also infected. The most frequent domestic animals to contract rabies are cats, according to the health department. If a pet has had contact with a suspected rabid animal, pet owners should not touch the pet barehanded. If contact has occurred, call the health department for further instructions. Maryland and Worcester County laws require current rabies vaccinations for all cats, dogs and ferrets four months and older. Richardson noted that the Worcester County Health Department – in partnership with Worcester County Animal Control – will offer two rabies clinics in October. The first clinic will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 16, from 5:30-7 p.m. at Showell Fire Hall, while the second will take place on Thursday, Oct. 17, from 5:30-7 p.m. at Stockton Fire Hall. The cost is $5 per pet for Worcester County residents with proof of residency and $10 per pet for non-residents. Dogs must be on leashes and under the control of an adult. Cats and ferrets must be in carriers with air holes. In order to receive a three-year booster shot, you must bring your pet’s previous vaccination certificate. For more information, call 410-632-1340 or 410641-9559. “It is extremely important to keep pets’ rabies vaccinations current …,” Richardson said. “If they have any exposure, they have a better outcome.” In addition to the raccoon in Snow Hill, officials also confirmed a raccoon in Pocomoke had rabies last week. As of Wednesday, there have been 15 laboratory confirmed cases of rabies in Worcester County this year. Richardson said she expects the number of rabies cases to increase in the coming weeks. “We tend to have more rabies cases in the fall,” she said. “We just never know what’s going to happen.” For more information about rabies, or for a list of recent cases, visit the health department’s website at



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An extended wading area developed on the Inlet beach last weekend, providing a shallow protected Photo by Chris Parypa area for youngsters and adults.

OCEAN CITY – Just a week after the council voted down a proposal to drop regular meetings when they fall on the day after a Monday holiday, this week’s meeting provided a glimpse of the reasoning behind the decision. During last week’s work session, City Clerk Diana Chavis presented to the Mayor and Council a proposed 2020 meeting schedule that included 45 meeting dates. The proposed scheduled dropped a regular meeting in June during the Maryland Municipal League convention and another Monday meeting during the White Marlin Open next year. That schedule was ultimately approved by the council. However, during the same discussion, Councilman John Gehrig made a motion to drop three other meetings from the 2020 calendar including those regular sessions moved to Tuesday’s because of Monday holidays. That motion was eventually voted down after considerable discussion. This week’s regular session was moved to Tuesday because of the Labor Day holiday on Monday, and although the agenda was fairly light with a couple of proclamations, a handful of private event approval requests on the consent agenda, a review of the subcommittee agendas for meetings next week and the second reading of an ordinance to approve a property purchase in midtown, Councilman Dennis Dare said it illustrated why those rare night meetings on Tuesdays should not be dropped. “Last week, we had a considerable debate about not having these meetings after holidays and that motion didn’t pass, so here we are tonight and we’ve taken care of a lot of important business,” he said. “Those two proclamations would have had to be done in mid-August or in the middle of September when they were halfway through. The standing committee agendas would have to be set in mid-August weeks away from when the meetings were scheduled.” Dare pointed out even the public comment period resulted in issues being raised that wouldn’t be addressed for a few more weeks if the Tuesday meeting had been dropped. “Two people brought issues to us tonight that wouldn’t be addressed if we didn’t meet tonight,” he said. “That is what I was trying to say last week. Operationally, it would create a lot of challenges if we dropped some of these meetings. We’ve met here tonight for about 45 minutes and we’ve accomplished a lot in that short time.”

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OCEAN CITY – With homeless concerns apparently spreading toward the bayside, residents this week issued a plea for help from the city. During the public comment period of Tuesday’s Mayor and Council meeting, downtown resident Kathy Grimes raised the issue of a growing homeless problem conflicting with the otherwise idyllic setting along the bayfront between 3rd and 4th streets near the downtown park complex and residen-

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tial neighborhoods. It’s no secret Ocean City, like many communities, has had a growing homelessness issue in recent years and has taken steps to relieve it, both from an enforcement side and a holistic approach involving treatment and assistance. Heretofore, many of the town’s homeless issues have been focused around the Boardwalk, particularly in the area of the Caroline Street comfort station, along with the downtown bus depots and tram stations, for example, because those areas provide shelter

and close proximity to restrooms. There was a time when there was a significant homeless problem at Sunset Park, but that was cured somewhat with diminished park hours, trespassing signage and increased surveillance and enforcement. On Tuesday, Grimes said the issue has spread into other areas including near the bayfront community in which she lives. Grimes told the Mayor and Council she was speaking on behalf of the Crab Cove community along the bayfront downtown. “I’m here to talk about the fishing pier between 3rd and 4th Street and Chicago Avenue,” she said. “We have a problem with the homeless down there on the benches. It’s gotten to the point we are coming to you for help.” Grimes said several homeless individuals now reside on the benches along the bayfront adjacent to her community. They reportedly sleep on the benches at night and during the day, they are stashing their belongings underneath the benches until they return. “They sleep on the benches and they leave their things rolled up under the benches during the day,” she said. “It might be their blankets or the tarps they use when it rains. They are also using our bushes for their personal use, if you know what I mean.” In terms of sleeping on the bench-


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es, there are city ordinances prohibiting that, but enforcement is sometimes challenging. When the city had a problem with the homeless sleeping on Boardwalk benches, particularly in the Caroline Street area, one solution was to install dividers in the middle of the benches to prevent individuals from completely sprawling out and sleeping on them. Grimes suggested a similar solution could be implemented on the benches along the bulkhead near her bayfront community. “I’ve seen what you’ve done at Caroline Street and it is wonderful,” she said. “My suggestion is, maybe you could put dividers on these benches so they can’t lay out and sleep.” Grimes said increased signage and more enforcement could held curtail some of the issues. “If you could put signs up like you have on the Boardwalk that there is no sleeping on the benches, it could help the residents down there,” she said. “The renters come down here and see that at night too. We are coming to you for help.” Councilman Mark Paddack asked if Grimes’ community had no trespassing signs posted, to which she replied yes. Paddack suggested residents in the community become the eyes and ears for the police department, who will enforce the ordinances when they are alerted. “It has been an issue off and on down there for many, many years,” he said. “The one thing we need from the Crab Cove residents is when you see something, say something. Call it in immediately when it is occurring and our police department will respond quickly to address these types of issues. When you see them on your property, call it in. Trespassing arrests are very simple.” While increased surveillance, enforcement and ultimately arrests have somewhat curtailed the homeless issue in the resort, a coalition of public and private entities have partnered over the last year to take a more holistic approach to solving some of the challenges. Last year, in the wake of increased challenges with the homeless in the resort, the Worcester County Homeless Outreach Team (HOT) was created. It’s a partnership between the Worcester County Health Department, the local Behavioral Health Authority, the Department of Social Services, the Ocean City Police Department, Diakonia, the Ocean City Crisis Coalition and Atlantic General Hospital. The HOT program was created to find ways to get the homeless the resources they need, whether it is housing, medical attention, food, counseling, job placement and a myriad of other services. It has had some success in addressing the issues, but in order for it to work, the homeless individuals have to want the services, officials have reported.

Worcester, Wicomico Counties Score State Opioid Grants

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BERLIN – Both Worcester and Wicomico counties are expected to benefit from state grants to combat the heroin and opioid epidemic in Maryland. Last Thursday, Maryland’s Opioid Operational Command Center (OOCC), in coordination with the Maryland Emergency Management Agency, announced nearly $10 million in grant funding to combat the heroin and opioid epidemic in fiscal year 2020. “Our administration continues to be committed to using every resource pos-

sible to ensure our local jurisdictions have access to life-saving resources such as programs aimed towards prevention, treatment, and recovery,” Governor Larry Hogan said in a statement last week. “These grants are a powerful tool for our local communities in our fight against the opioid epidemic.” The funding provided in fiscal year 2020 includes more than $5.6 million in competitive grants and $4 million in block grants, which will be distributed to local Opioid Intervention Teams (OIT) for each jurisdiction to determine how best to fight the opioid epidemic. In addition to funding for statewide

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programs, the competitive grant awards include $49,000 for the Worcester Goes Purple awareness campaign in Worcester County and $46,000 for peer-recovery support in Wicomico County. Worcester, Wicomico and Somerset counties also received $532,000 in grant funding to support a regional substance-use, crisis-stabilization center. In addition to competitive grants, the Worcester County Opioid Intervention Team received $98,313 in block grants to support a peer-recovery specialist assignment in the hospital emergency room, while the Wicomico County Opioid Intervention Team re-

ceived $117,288 to support OIT coordination, a heroin and opioid coordinator for the Wicomico County Goes Purple awareness campaign, a First Responder’s Appreciation Dinner, and an education and prevention campaign, among other things. “Combatting the ongoing opioid epidemic and saving the lives of Marylanders continues to be a top priority of this administration,” said Lt. Gov. Boyd K. Rutherford. “The programs and recipients of this funding represent the comprehensive, holistic approach we are taking to address this issue from all angles.”


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SNOW HILL – Projects to improve the navigability of the Inlet and address a nearby scour hole are top county priorities when it comes to Army Corps of Engineers projects. The Worcester County Commissioners this week agreed to pen a letter outlining the county’s top five priority projects to be addressed by the Army Corps of Engineers (ACE) and to send it to Sen. Ben Cardin and other elected officials. “These projects are very important to the county and Ocean City,” Commissioner Bud Church said. According to Bob Mitchell, the county’s director of environmental programs, Cardin’s office asked Worcester County for input on ACE projects of particular significance. “There is a ban on earmarks of course for specific projects and that’s still in effect in Congress but it may be helpful for the county to provide input to the senator’s office to assist him in his advocacy for funding programs that manage these projects,” Mitchell said. He suggested the county send a list outlining four ongoing projects as well as a handful of potential additional projects. The top priority on Mitchell’s proposed list is the Inlet

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Navigational Improvement Project, which is underway to address the accumulation of sediment in the channel. Mitchell reported recommendations and plans could be completed by 2020 though any actual improvements likely won’t occur until 2021. The second priority listed is the scour hole study, which was started in 2017 to address the hole near Homer Gudelsky Park. Other items on the list being sent to Cardin’s office include the Assateague Island Restoration Project — which allows for long-term dredging activities — as well as the regular maintenance dredging that occurs near the harbor and in Sinepuxent Bay. “That maintenance dredging money, it’s not always a guarantee so it may be helpful to put that on the senator’s radar,” Mitchell said. Potential future projects included on the list were the restoration of he eroded northern tip of Assateague Island, the reshaping of the jetties off Assateague’s northern tip and the beneficial use of dredged material to restore islands in the Assawoman and Sinepuxent bays. “The beneficial use of dredged materials is really of great interest to the state, local and federal partners,” Mitchell said.



SNOW HILL – County officials conceptually approved a lease agreement that will allow a sailboat to dock at the West Ocean City Harbor. The Worcester County Commissioners this week approved a resolution that allowed them to designate a portion of the harbor for county joint ventures. They followed that up with conceptual approval of a lease agreement with the connections of the sailboat Alyosha. The public will, however, have the opportunity to comment on the proposed lease Oct. 1. Worcester County Recreation and Parks presented the commissioners with a resolution that would allow space between the Governor’s Dock and the boat ramp that is not in use at the West Ocean City Harbor to be leased. The space, which is directly in front of the public restrooms, doesn’t qualify as commercial or recreational under the code. In order to potentially lease the space, the commissioners were asked to approve a resolution designating that section for county use or for county joint ventures. The commissioners voted 5-2, with Commissioners Jim Bunting and Chip

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Bertino opposed, to approve the resolution. “I’ve been opposed to this from the beginning,” Bunting said. “I think we’re taking away something that belongs to the public, an area that’s very important to them. We’ve done the best we can to keep commercial uses out of our recreational boat ramps. I just think it’s the wrong use.” After approving the resolution, the commissioners voted 5-2, again with Bunting and Bertino opposed, to give conceptual approval to a five-year lease agreement with Thrive Engineering LLC (Stephen Butz). The lease will allow Butz to dock the Alyosha, a 50-foot catamaran, at the harbor. Butz, who spent years sailing the boat around the world — traveling 35,000 nautical miles in the process — hopes to share his passion for sailing with others through his charter business, Sail Alyosha. The lease the commissioners conceptually approved this week runs from Oct. 1, 2019 through Sept. 30, 2024. It includes a minimum annual rental fee of $8,500 plus advertising fees. It also gives the county exclusive rights to sell advertising on the indicated sails. Citizens have an opportunity to comment on the lease agreement before it is formally approved at the commissioners’ Oct. 1 meeting.

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OCEAN CITY – The intentional release of potentially harmful helium-inflated plastic and mylar balloons remained in the forefront this week with further discussion by the Ocean City Mayor and Council. Over the last several months and as recently as last week, the issue of releasing environmentally harmful balloons has popped up everywhere, so to speak, and this week was no different. Last week, the parent company of an Ocean City movie theater reversed its plan to place red balloons around the resort with potential free tickets in advance of the release of It 2 after a grassroots effort by the local environmental advocacy groups pointed out

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the potential dangers. Also last week, Queen Anne’s County passed a law prohibiting the intentional release of mylar and plastic balloons filled with helium, becoming the first county in Maryland and one of only a handful across the country to implement such a ban. For the record, Ocean City does have an ordinance prohibiting the release of balloons somewhat hidden in the littering section of the city’s code. On Tuesday, Council Secretary Mary Knight broached the subject, pointing out the Queen Anne’s County prohibition. “Queen Anne’s County last week became the first county in Maryland to prohibit the intentional release of balloons,” she said. “I think it might be a good time to discuss that here.”

Councilman Tony DeLuca, who chairs the Coastal Resources Legislative Committee, or Green Team, pointed out intentional balloon releases were already prohibited in the resort. He said Queen Anne’s County had reached out to Ocean City for a different reason. “Ocean City already has an ordinance in place,” he said. “I think they want us to support Worcester County’s effort to pass a similar prohibition.” The Queen Anne’s County ordinance passed last week prohibits the intentional release of non-biodegradable helium balloons, which have become increasingly harmful to the environment, threatening wildlife and marine creatures. The concept appears to be gaining traction statewide. In the wake of Queen Anne’s

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County’s action last week, State Senator Clarence Lam, who represents parts of Howard and Baltimore counties, announced he is preparing a similar bill for the upcoming General Assembly session. In the meantime, other counties in Maryland are being urged to pass their own ordinances banning helium balloon releases, including Worcester apparently based on this week’s discussion by the Ocean City Mayor and Council. The Queen Anne’s County ordinance is considered a model for similar local ordinances and Lam’s effort at the state level. “Intentionally releasing balloons into the atmosphere is nothing short of littering,” said Queen Anne’s County Commissioner Christopher Corchiarino, who authored the bill. “This ordinance will allow us to protect a cross section in the county while furthering the stewardship of our waterways and rural landscapes.” The Queen Anne’s Conservation Association applauded the county’s prohibition on releasing balloons. “Deflated mylar and latex balloons and the ribbons attached to them harm the environment by maiming and killing wildlife and sea creatures,” said Executive Director Jay Falstad. “The balloons are often mistaken for food and marine animals, especially turtles and birds, become entangled in the ribbons and are killed.” Over the years, releasing balloons has often become synonymous with various celebrations such as graduations and weddings, for example. Falstad said the Queen Anne’s ordinance target those intentional releases and not the accidental release by a small child, for example. “This bill does not seek to prosecute the kid who accidentally lets go of a balloon at a birthday party or something like that,” said Falstad. “This bill is geared mostly toward larger balloon releases such as those at graduation parties, weddings, gender reveal parties and that sort of thing.” Locally, the balloon release issue has been front and center for a variety of reasons in recent months. There was the movie promotion last week that was halted after concerns were raised by citizens. In May, one of Assateague Island’s famed wild horses was seen choking on and ingesting part of a ribbon attached to a mylar balloon that ended up on the barrier island. That incident had a happy ending when the horse was able to chomp through the ribbon without ingesting the balloon, but it illustrates the potential harm caused to wildlife. Last summer, enterprising local siblings launched their Blume’s Balloon Round-Up, encouraging offshore boaters and fishermen to collect the deflated mylar balloons they find floating in the ocean and over 1,400 were ultimately collected and removed from the sea during the initiative.

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Victim Nearly Dunked In Tub OCEAN CITY – A Newark, Del., man was arrested on multiple charges last weekend after allegedly throwing his wife’s belongings into a bathtub full of water and attempting to dunk her in it during a dispute over vehicle keys. Around 6:20 a.m. last Saturday, Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) officers responded to a residence on Fountain Drive West for a reported domestic assault. OCPD officers met with a female victim who told police the suspect, identified as Darron Tillison, 53, had been dropped off earlier that night by family members after a night of drinking. The victim told police Tillison was intoxicated and wanted the keys to her vehicle so he could go back out and drink more, according to police reports. The victim told police Tillison followed her around the residence demanding the keys. While in a bedroom, Tillison allegedly locked the victim in the room and would not allow her to leave. The victim was able to unlock the door and ran to a bathroom to hide as Tillison continued to look for her. When Tillison went to the second floor, the victim ran into a different bedroom and hid under the covers, according to police reports. By now, the victim’s brother came out of his bedroom to see what the commotion was about. The brother found Tillison in the living room drinking alcohol. According to police reports, Tillison told the brother to find his sister, but the brother sat with Tillison until he fell asleep. According to police reports, the victim attempted to pack while Tillison was still passed out on the couch, but discovered Tillison had thrown all her belongings, including clothes, medication and even a portable fan, into a bathtub full of water. A few minutes later, Tillison walked into the bathroom and said, “now we are going to finish this,” and “you think I don’t know what to do, but as long as I don’t leave marks, it’s my word against yours. You are about to get dunked,” according to police reports. At that point, Tillison reportedly grabbed the victim by the back of her neck and tried to force her head into the tub of water. The victim told police she feared for her life as she struck

and scratched Tillison. She was able to free herself and ran downstairs to her brother. According to police reports, Tillison attempted to flip the script on the victim. Because he had scratches and other marks, Tillison said the victim, and not him, was going to jail for assault this time, saying, “I have marks on me and now you are going to jail like all the times you sent me to jail,” and “I’m calling the police and you are going to jail because you don’t have any marks and can’t prove anything.” In the end, however, it was Tillison who was arrested and charged with assault, malicious destruction of property and other charges because of the testimony provided by the victim, her brother and other family members about the incident.

Arrest After Hotel Lobby Scene OCEAN CITY – A Havre de Grace man was arrested on disorderly conduct and intoxicated endangerment charges last weekend after allegedly causing a scene at a hotel. Around 4:30 a.m. last Thursday, an Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) officer was dispatched to a beachfront hotel at 33rd Street for a reported disorderly male. The officer met with the front desk manager, who told police the suspect, identified as Matthew Hart, 48, allegedly staggered into the lobby asking for help getting into his room because his hotel key was apparently not working. The manager programmed another key for Hart’s room and attempted to escort him to the room to help him gain entry. However, as the manager attempted to escort Hart, the suspect

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Police Vehicle Smacked OCEAN CITY – A Deale, Md., man was arrested on multiple charges last weekend after allegedly tampering with multiple Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) vehicles outside a midtown nightclub. Around 1 a.m. last Saturday, an OCPD officer was patrolling in the area of 49th Street with his police vehicle running but locked when he observed Darren Goldsborough, 24, grab the door handle shaking and jiggling it several times. Goldsborough was warned not to touch the police vehicle and as the officer walked toward him, he stumbled and nearly fell into

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Intoxicated Boater Pleads Guilty OCEAN CITY – A Pennsylvania man, arrested in June after Maryland Natural Resources Police (NRP) caught him fleeing the Coast Guard in the bay, pleaded guilty last week to operating a vessel while intoxicated and was sentenced to 30 days, all of which was suspended. On June 29, two NRP patrol vessels answered a call for assistance from the Coast Guard after a vessel operated by Anthony Campisi, 58, of Lansdale, Pa., sped away from the federal authorities attempting to board it. According to police reports, Campisi’s vessel was traveling roughly 35 knots northbound in the Assawoman Bay before NRP vessels caught up to it. NRP officers boarded the vessel and detained Campisi, who was uncooperative, according to police reports. He was charged by NRP with operatSEE NEXT PAGE




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allegedly blocked his passage and launched into an expletive-laced tirade at the employee and threatened to sue him. At that point, the front desk manager evicted Hart based on his actions and behavior and called the police. According to police reports, Hart removed his belongings from his room without any further issues, but told the manager in the presence of the OCPD officer, “you don’t know what you [expletive deleted] started, bud.” Hart left the hotel property and staggered into the street, according to police reports. He turned back toward the hotel and the manager extended his middle finger and yelled “I’ll see you in court, [expletive deleted],” according to police reports. When Hart yelled at the manager, he could be heard from at least 100 feet away, according to police reports, which put him in violation of the town’s noise ordinance. At that point, he was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct, trespassing, failure to obey a lawful order and a noise violation.


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ing a vessel under the influence, negligent operation of a vessel and failing to yield to law enforcement. Last week, he pleaded guilty to operating a vessel under the influence and was sentenced to 30 days, all of which was suspended. He was also placed on probation for three years.

Probation For DWI, Assault OCEAN CITY – A New Jersey man, arrested in June after getting pulled over dragging a piece of his vehicle and later allegedly assaulting the police officer, pleaded guilty last week to driving while impaired and was placed on probation for three years. Around 12:50 a.m. on June 9, an Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) officer patrolling in the area of 45th Street observed a vehicle driving southbound on Coastal Highway and heard a loud dragging noise coming from underneath the vehicle. The officer reportedly observed a portion of the wheel well dust cover being dragged behind the vehicle. The vehicle turned onto 41st Street and the officer conducted a traffic stop because of its unsafe condition. The officer identified the driver as Jose Delacruz, 25, of Teaneck, N.J., who reportedly exhibited signs of intoxication. According to police reports, Delacruz told the officer he was unaware of the dragging wheel well and suspected it was the result of failing to secure it after changing the vehicle’s oil. Delacruz told police he did not hear the car part dragging although the officer reportedly heard it from half a block away. The officer also observed grass and dirt on the front grill of the vehicle, suggesting it had recently gone off the roadway. According to police reports, Delacruz told the officer he had consumed at least three mixed drinks and was driving back to his condo on 41st Street. Delacruz was administered field sobriety tests which he did not pass to the officer’s satisfaction. At that point, he was taken into custody on suspicion of driving while impaired. According to police reports, Delacruz told the officer “I knew this would happen,” and “I can’t afford this.” At the intoximeter room at the Public Safety Building, Delacruz said he was thirsty and was provided with a drink of water. The officer played the audio version of the advice of rights and while it was playing, Delacruz reportedly talked over the recording. Delacruz asked the officer to restart the recording a second time and the officer allowed it but told him he had to listen carefully to the recording. Delacruz then began talking during the second playing of the advice of rights recording, at one point telling the officer “I want to wait to give myself a better chance.” When the officer asked Delacruz to explain, he reportedly told police he wanted to stall so he would have less alcohol in his system. At that point,


The Dispatch/Maryland Coast Dispatch he fell asleep in a chair in the intoximeter room. Another officer arrived and advised Delacruz the machine was ready to take a breath sample. Delacruz told the officer he wanted to re-read the advice of rights again and was given ample time to read the document. However, he was warned if the machine timed out again, it would be taken as a refusal to take the test. At one point, Delacruz put all his fingers in his mouth. When the machine timed out, he was advised the test was over and it was deemed a refusal. At that point, Delacruz reportedly began screaming and yelling he was sorry and he was ready to take the test. When OCPD officers attempted to escort Delacruz from the testing room, he allegedly resisted, telling one officer “Man, get off of me, I’m stronger than you are.” Delacruz reportedly shoved the officer, causing him to get pushed backward. Last week, Delacruz pleaded guilty to driving while impaired and was placed on supervised probation for three years. The other charges against him were not prosecuted.

Uber Tirade Probation OCEAN CITY – A Delaware man, arrested in July on multiple charges after yelling to police to arrest his Uber driver because he did not know what he was doing, earned probation before judgment last week and was placed on probation for one year. Around 2:10 a.m. on July 21, an Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) officer was patrolling in the area of 33rd Street when he observed a vehicle parking. From at least 75 feet away, the officer could hear a suspect calling to him “arrest him, arrest him,” and “he doesn’t know what he is doing,” according to police reports. The officer stopped and the Uber driver got out and told police he had picked up the suspect, later identified as Timothy Dever, 30, of New Castle, Del., at 8th Street and was taking him to 123rd Street when Dever became disorderly and kept telling the driver he did not know what he was doing. The Uber driver asked for police assistance in removing Dever from his vehicle. The officer then approached Dever who refused to get out of the vehicle and continued to yell the driver did not know what he was doing. In the meantime, a crowd had gathered to observe the incident. When Dever continued to assert he was not happy with the driver’s service, the officer told him that was a civil matter and instructed him to get out of the vehicle. Dever continued to yell and cause a disturbance, but eventually took off his seatbelt and got out of the vehicle. At that point, he was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct, failure to obey a lawful order and causing a public disturbance. Last week, he pleaded not guilty, but was granted probation before judgment on the disorderly conduct charge and was placed on probation for one year.

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SALISBURY – Officials in Wicomico County this week took a second look at a more comprehensive fund balance policy. On Tuesday, Director of Administration Wayne Strausburg came before the Wicomico County Council to revisit a discussion on a new fund balance policy. Last year, county staff came before the council to present a new policy that would better maintain the county’s fund balance. At the time, the new policy recommended maintaining an unassigned fund balance between 12% and 17% of the annual operating budget and a “rainy day” fund at 5% of the annual operating budget. “We had proposed last year a 17% targeted fund balance for uncommitted funds and continuing 5% for the rainy day fund …,” Strausburg told the council this week. “Frankly, when we sent that over last year, the 17% I was very comfortable with. I will tell you today that I probably think that’s a little light.” In light of new funding challenges – including the impacts of a looming $15 hourly minimum wage, the implementation of Kirwan Commission recommendations and a possible recession, among other things – Strausburg said

he and Council Administrator Laura Hurley thought it was appropriate to revisit the fund balance policy with the council. “I really feel we should move something forward, where we codify a more robust fund balance policy,” he said. “I think if we don’t do that we are going to regret it.” Strausburg told the council it costs $11 million each month to sustain county operations. He said the county has roughly $40 million in both the unassigned fund balance and rainy day fund, an equivalent of nearly four months of operating costs. “If you were earning $55,000 a year and had three months in your savings account and lost your job, that would be fairly catastrophic,” he said. “So when people say we have too heavy of a fund balance, I think they aren’t looking at the perspective of three months operating [costs] for the county.” After a recent review of some of the issues facing Wicomico County, Strausburg said he suggested the county now maintain an unassigned fund balance between 15% and 20% and a rainy day fund of 5%. Strausburg added that a new fund balance policy was met with positive feedback from three credit rating agencies in New York. Councilman Joe Holloway, however, said the county is often criticized

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by those who think the fund balance is too high. “What they need to be educated on is the reason they get all of these projects built – all these new schools and renovations – is because we do have a good fund balance,” he said, “and that looks good in New York when we go to borrow money.” Councilman Bill McCain, however, said he believed maintaining an unassigned fund balance between 12% and 17% was sufficient. “We’re already, as a county, the biggest fund balance as a percentage of recurring revenue …,” he said. “We’re still way ahead of our peers.” Yet, Strausburg argued a new fund balance policy would prepare the county for future funding challenges. He noted, for example, that local income tax receipts continue to level off, and the county’s real property tax base has yet to return to pre-recession levels. “Right now, excess fund balance is anything over 5% of recurring general revenue and that’s too low a threshold,” he said. Officials agreed to continue the discussion later this fall, after the county receives the unaudited results from the fiscal year 2018 budget. “We have plenty of time to figure this out for next year’s fiscal budget … ,” Council President John Cannon said. “We’ll revisit this.”

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OCEAN PINES – A resident-led effort to reduce the spending limit for the Ocean Pines Association Board of Directors continues this week. Resident and former board member Slobodan Trendic announced this week that his advocacy group had engaged an attorney to challenge the Ocean Pines Association (OPA) decision that a petition he submitted last month was not valid. Trendic formed the advocacy group START (Strategic planning, Transparency, Accountability, Respect, Trust) in April and members spent the summer collecting signatures on a petition to lower the board’s spending authority. Though it was signed by 880 OPA members, the petition was deemed invalid because of its wording. “The OPA board should honor the will of the association members and present the petition question to the entire membership for a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ vote via a referendum,” a statement released by START on Tuesday reads. Trendic said Marty Clarke, another former board member, had joined START as its treasurer and would be SEE NEXT PAGE


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assisting in the effort to challenge OPA’s decision on the petition. Clarke says he doesn’t care about the outcome of the referendum but simply wants to ensure it happens since more than 800 residents support it. “The issue that matters to me is the board ignoring the referendum that has been asked for,” he said, citing other petitions that have been ignored or declared invalid by OPA officials in decades past. “I don’t care about the outcome of the vote I just want it put to question.” The petition, which was submitted at last month’s annual meeting, was declared invalid in an opinion from OPA’s attorney in late August. Nevertheless, OPA board member Steve Tuttle made a motion at Saturday’s board meeting to move forward with a referendum regarding the board’s spending limit anyway. “The purpose of this motion is to give association members the opportunity to vote on whether the single capital expenditure level that can be approved by a board majority should remain at 20% or be reduced to 12%,” Tuttle said. “The effect is that the level of expenditure would be set by association members and give direction to future boards on single capital expenditures.” The motion failed, however, as Tuttle was the only one of the seven directors to support it. His peers said the spending threshold itself was not the issue. “I think it’s a trust issue plain and simple,” board member Tom Janasek said. “Boards in the past have spent extravagantly and the public hasn’t been informed.” Doug Parks, OPA president, agreed. He said that even if the spending limit, which equates to roughly $1.7 million now, was reduced to $1 million, it didn’t mean the board would spend money wisely. “Whether or not we can spend half a million, a million or two million isn’t really the issue,” he said. “The issue is are we doing it in a financially and fiduciarily responsible manner.”


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Utility Sending Resources BERLIN – Delmarva Power is sending crews, equipment and expertise to Florida to repair damage and help restore energy service to customers impacted by Hurricane Dorian. More than 140 Delmarva Power employees and contractors are heading south as part of mutual assistance networks coordinating recovery efforts. “Energy companies from across the country have supported our responses to major storms here, and we are glad to return the favor,” said Delmarva Power Region President Gary Stockbridge. “We are proud of our dedicated employees and contractors who are answering the call for help to support what is expected to be a monumental restoration effort.” Delmarva Power has been tracking Hurricane Dorian since it formed to ensure resources could be directed where and when they were needed. The company’s emergency preparedness teams work year-round to coor-

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Wellness Weigh Launched SNOW HILL – The Worcester County Health Department this month is launching a new online health and wellness project, Worcester Wellness Weigh (WWW). The program is supported by a grant from the Maryland Community Health Resources Commission. WWW is a free, technology-based, healthy lifestyle and weight loss program designed specifically for families who are ready to work together to lose weight, eat healthier, increase physical activity, and improve their overall health. “The commission is thrilled to support


the Worcester Wellness Weigh Program,” said Maryland Community Health Resources Commission Executive Director Mark Luckner. “This program will give families tools and information to make healthy lifestyle choices.” Worcester Wellness Weigh is open to overweight and obese adults and youth in Worcester County. This free 12-week program includes easy-touse online learning education lessons on healthy eating, cooking, meal planning, grocery shopping, food preservation, food budgeting, physical activity, stress and time management.

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Narcan Seminar Planned OCEAN PINES – The Ocean Pines public library branch, the Ocean Pines Chamber of Commerce and the Worcester County Health Department next month are offering a free public seminar on how to maintain a work environment that promotes good mental health and reduced substance abuse, and how to spot potential problems. In addition, Narcan training will be offered at the end of the seminar to those who wish to learn. The seminar is set for Oct. 1 at the Ocean Pines branch of the Worcester County public library from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Today, the country faces a behavioral health crisis and often problems arise in the workplace. This seminar will help participants locate potential problems and how to defuse a situation before it arises. Whether one is a concerned citizen wishing to learn more, a business owner or manager, or staff member, we all should learn how to identify issues before tragedy occurs. Anyone wishing to complete the Narcan training, should email so organizers can ensure they have enough kits on hand. Call the chamber at 410-641-5306 with any questions.


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SNOW HILL – County officials recognized September as Suicide Prevention Month with a proclamation this week. The Worcester County Commissioners thanked local agencies for ongoing efforts to prevent suicide in the community at a meeting Tuesday. “I don’t think there’s an individual here that hasn’t suffered the agony of knowing somebody who has committed suicide,” Commissioner Chip Bertino said. Representatives from the Worcester County Health Department, the Jesse Klump Memorial Fund and the Governor’s Commission on Suicide Prevention were in attendance Tuesday to receive the proclamation. Susan Schwarten, a member of the Governor’s Commission on Suicide Prevention and a four-time suicide survivor, told the commissioners she’d joined the commission in February to provide it with a point of view it hadn’t had before. “I wanted to contribute to the commission in a very unique way, to offer my viewpoint on what has worked and what has failed in the mental health programs that we have in the state,” she said. She said the commission had various goals and was working on multiple

The County Commissioners joined with Jesse Klump Memorial Fund and health professionals this week to proclaim September as Suicide Prevention Month in Worcester County. Submitted Photo

initiatives. “It’s an elephant that we’re eating one bite at a time,” she said. “Unfortunately the resources, as these folks know, can be very difficult to find and we’re also working on trying to remedy that situation.” Jennifer LaMade, representing the Worcester County Health Department, thanked the commissioners and the community for their support of suicide prevention efforts, particularly the Out

of the Darkness Walk to Prevent Suicide. This year’s walk is set for Sept. 21 at Caroline Street on the Boardwalk. “We have strong partnerships in the is community and that’s what really helps us to be successful,” she said. Ron Pilling, secretary of the Jesse Klump Memorial Fund, agreed. “The recognition is nice but what’s more important to me, and to all of us, is the affirmation,” he said. “The recog-

nition by the commissioners that the work we do is unfortunately necessary and that we must do a pretty good job of it.” The 2019 Out of the Darkness Walk will be held Sat., Sept. 21 on the Boardwalk at Caroline Street. Registration begins at 9 a.m. and the walk begins at 10:30 a.m. To learn more about warning signs and risk factors for suicide, visit

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as a family, and that they are all our "younger brothers and sisters". Kovacs had helped organize and publicize the scholarship challenge. In addition, Kovacs has been responsible for structuring the OCBP Alumni organization all while being a full-time member of beach patrol. The OCBP Alumni Association Scholarship Challenge was founded this year as a way for older guards, who have long known the life-long value of their experience on the beach, to help newer guards with some of the financial burden of college. The award is a one-time $500 gift. The student may use it for books, fees or related costs. Everyone who joins the beach patrol is trained to endure the physical pressures of the job, but the challenge was designed to push those who accepted on a more scholarly level. The question asked of the applicants was “How has the OCBP prepared you for college?”, and all who entered had 500 words to explain the lessons they had learned sitting in the stand, making rescues and representing the town of Ocean City. Before presenting the scholarship award, Williams went on to introduce the alumni association. Former guards John Jarvis, "Lucky" Jordan and Bob Wagner had worked to establish an organization that could be in charge of reunions and other social events. Over the last year, that organization has taken on the mission statement established by Jarvis, "to promote the Beach Patrol lifestyle". The goal is to keep and remember the past and to promote the future. The scholarship was designed as the first step in promoting the future. Among the projects underway are the creation of an OCBP Hall of Fame to be housed at beach patrol headquarters and profile articles on "Alumni of the Week" featured this summer in The Dispatch.


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OCEAN CITY – A Seaford man, convicted of possession of heroin with intent to distribute and sentenced to 14 years in prison, will not get a shot at a new trial after a state court this week denied his appeal. On Aug. 7, 2016, an Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) officer observed a vehicle, driven by Etoyi Roach, now 43, of Seaford, making an illegal turn and cutting off a resort taxi, forcing the cab to slam on its brakes

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to avoid a collision. An alert was broadcast and a different OCPD officer stopped Roach’s vehicle a short time later. During the traffic stop, a Worcester County Sheriff’s Office K-9 unit was summoned to the scene and a scan of the vehicle and its occupants turned up 1,000 bags of heroin along with cocaine. Roach and one of his passengers, Ryan Steck, now 38, of Berlin, were arrested and charged with possession and possession with intent to distribute heroin. A second passenger, SEE NEXT PAGE

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SALISBURY – Officials in Wicomico County approved a conservation easement with the landowners of a property on Cherry Walk Road last week in an effort to preserve nearly 200 acres of land within the Quantico Creek watershed. Last month, the Wicomico County Council voted 5-0, with two councilmen abstaining, to approve a Rural Legacy Area easement acquisition on Cherry Walk Road. Frank McKenzie, chief of technical services and environmental planning for Wicomico County, said the landowners will receive $172,000 for the property in exchange for a protective easement that limits development and protects trees, plants and wildlife on the site. “Today we are seeking approval for the purchase of an easement on this property on the north side of Cherry Walk Road,” he said. For this project, McKenzie said the county partnered with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Lower Shore Land Trust and the Department of the Navy, which contributes to the purchase of conservation easements that fall under its flight paths. Since its inception in 2002, the Wicomico County Rural Legacy Program has utilized more than $10 million in state, federal and local funding to protect easements within its Rural Legacy Area. “To date, we have protected 4,553 acres, which include 17 projects ranging from 52 acres to 785 acres,” McKenzie said. McKenzie said the county does not spend money to protect lands that do not have development potential. He said the Cherry Walk Road property has development potential and is allowed a maximum of seven lots. “By purchasing this easement, we will be reducing the number of lots out in a rural area,” he said. As part of the easement agreement, the property owners will be allowed to establish one primary single-family dwelling and one accessory dwelling unit. However, they would forfeit rights to any further subdivision activity on

the site. “The program is completely voluntary,” McKenzie said. Council President John Cannon questioned if officials still prioritized properties within the Rural Legacy Area. “Do you still follow that?” he asked. “Or are you just trying to get whatever you can?” McKenzie noted the program does identify properties of high priority. He said factors such as soil, accessibility and water frontage, for example, are taken into consideration. “We do rank those,” he said. “Then all the ones that meet certain standards will have land priority one [classification].” Cannon also questioned how property owners within the Rural Legacy Area hear about the program. Lower Shore Land Trust’s Jared Parks said individuals learn about the program through formal letters and by word of mouth. “If landowners hear about the program, it’s generally from their neighbors who are in the program …,” he said. “We do outreach as well.” McKenzie said Wicomico County had $1.5 million allocated from the state to purchase new Rural Legacy easements. He said a certified appraiser, W.R. McCain and Associates, valued the conservation easement on Cherry Walk Road at roughly $1,002 per acre. “The landowners have accepted that certified appraisal,” he said. “So they accepted an easement cost of $172,000.” With administrative and closing costs of more than $32,000, the conservation easement for the Cherry Walk property totaled $204,485. With no further discussion, the council voted 5-0, with Councilmen Bill McCain and John Hastings abstaining, to approve the acquisition of the conservation easement. McCain said he abstained because he is the president and CEO of the appraisal firm used to value the property. Hastings said he abstained because he is an employee of Lower Shore Land Trust.

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Jerry Weston, 37, of Greenwood, Del., was also arrested, but died while in the custody of the OCPD that same day. According to police reports, Weston was in custody at the Public Safety Building when he complained of difficulty breathing. OCPD booking personnel contacted EMTs who responded to examine and treat Weston. Upon arrival of the Ocean City EMS, Weston began to seize and went into cardiac arrest. Ocean City EMS began to conduct life-saving measures and transported the victim to Atlantic General Hospital where he was pronounced deceased. The investigation indicated emergency care was provided and emergency medical personnel were summoned to the Public Safety Building after Weston complained of symptoms including trouble breathing. Maryland State Police Homicide Unit investigators learned Weston told those treating him he had ingested cocaine. At any rate, both Roach and Steck were each later convicted of possession with intent to distribute heroin and each was sentenced to 14 years in prison. Roach had four years of his 14-year sentence suspended, resulting in 10 years of active incarceration, while Steck is serving the entire 14year sentence. Both filed appeals with the state’s Court of Special Appeals, asserting various flaws in their cases including the validity of the traffic stop, the lack of probable cause for the subsequent search, and the duration of the traffic stop. Steck’s appeal was denied by the Court of Special Appeals last December, while Roach’s appeal continued on a parallel course. However, the Court of Special Appeals this week issued an opinion denying Roach’s appeal while upholding the judgement of the Worcester County Circuit Court in his case. Roach’s appeal focused on three basic elements. First, he contended the OCPD officers lacked a basis to believe Roach had committed a moving violation and, therefore, had no justification for the traffic stop to begin with. He also asserted the traffic stop was unreasonable in length and that the scan by the K-9 unit was inconclusive. For the Court of Special Appeals, the traffic stop was warranted because Roach made an illegal turn, causing the taxi to slam on its brakes. Everything that happened after that was justified, according to the high court. “In sum, we hold that probable cause existed for the stop of Roach’s vehicle, that the police did not unreasonably extend the duration of the stop and that the evidence adduced by the drug dog scan was sufficient to establish probable cause for the ensuing search of the vehicle and Roach’s person,” the opinion reads. “We shall affirm the judgments of the circuit court.”

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OCEAN CITY — The Ocean City Center for the Arts will host an evening of short readings by nine members of Berlin’s "First Saturday Writers" group on Thursday, Sept. 12 from 6:30-8 p.m. The event is free and open to the public, and light refreshments will be served. Nine writers from the group will read original flash fiction, short stories, poetry and excerpts from books and work in progress during the Fall into Fiction evening. Will Danaher of Bishopville is a graduate of Salisbury University and working on his first compilation of short fiction stories. Gwendolyn Lehman of Ocean Pines

taught English, Psychology, and Theater for 46 years at Stephen Decatur High School. She is best known for having initiated and developed the curricular SDHS Theater Program. Her awards include Maryland Drama Teacher of the Year, Worcester County Teacher of the Year, Maryland Outstanding Arts Educator, the Governor’s Arts Award, and a National Milken Educator Award. Don Lehman of Ocean Pines has worked as a fine artist, educator, photographer, and partner in a marketing company. He has published three volumes of haiku and recently selected 28 short stories for a self-published paperback.



SALISBURY – A local nonprofit is seeking classroom volunteers to deliver educational programs on financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship. As the school year begins, officials with Junior Achievement of the Eastern Shore are encouraging community members to volunteer for hands-on programs that inspire students to live within their means, prepare the world of work and understand the free enterprise system. Each year, Junior Achievement recruits volunteers, primarily from the business community, to share their experience with students on subjects Al Shearman of Bishopville is an unexpected writer, semi-retired car-






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such as managing money, career exploration and starting a business. In the process, students see how volunteers used what they learned in school to become successful adults. “Our research shows that Junior Achievement alumni are more likely to finish high school and complete college because of their JA experience,” said Lisa Thornton, development manager for Junior Achievement of the Eastern Shore. “The same research also shows that one in five JA alumni end up working in the same field as their JA volunteer, so the volunteers have a tremendous impact on students.” Junior Achievement offers programs to students in grades K-12. SEE NEXT PAGE penter, and maintenance man who enjoys telling the story of Charlie as he dream-travels, soon to be published as “Dreams: Travels with Charlie.” Cindy Roman of Ocean Pines is a retired Professor of Management and Human Resources in the School of Business Administration at Marymount University in Arlington, Va. She will read from her new fiction novella, “Desperate Trek: One Family’s Journey from Honduras to Texas.” Ellen Krawczak of Ocean Pines is a transplanted New Yorker who loves to travel. She is a volunteer for Worcester County Family and Youth and also does some volunteer editing. Bill Ellis of Ocean Pines is a former professor of English and American Studies at Penn State’s Hazleton Campus. He has written books and articles focusing on modern forms of folklore and is currently working on preserving family stories in creative non-fiction in his “Granny-Annie Stories.” Carol Ann Ellis of Ocean Pines spent 40 years teaching English at Ohio State, the University of Puerto Rico, and Penn State, as well as editing and critiquing textbooks and articles. Egged on by her colleagues at the Courier newspaper in Berlin, she has written a series of stories about the fictional congregation of St. Robert’s Lutheran Church. Jean Marx of Berlin is the co-leader of First Saturday Writers with Bill Ellis. In 2008, she started Time Flys, where she helps people get their special memories captured into book form, such as through compiling their memoir or through self-publishing stories they have written. The First Saturday Writers’ Group was founded in 1990 by Mary Elizabeth Paterra, a successful writer, educator, and educational consultant who died in 2018. The group’s monthly meetings are held on the first Saturday of each month at the Worcester County Library in Berlin at 10 a.m. Writers bring a sample of their work each month to read followed by light critiquing.

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Volunteers are provided an orientation on how to deliver the programs along with a kit that contains everything they’ll need for the lessons. “I like to joke that if you can read you can deliver a program …,” Thornton said. “The time commitment is minimal, and we provide training beforehand.” Officials with Junior Achievement said program materials are hands-on, engaging and simple to use. Visits to the classroom can be as little as 45 minutes and can be arranged at schools near a volunteer’s home or business, or in some cases at their own child’s school. Thornton noted that Junior Achievement interacts with students between three and five times throughout their school career. In Worcester County, she said the nonprofit delivers lessons to some kindergarten classes, as well as to all students in grades first through fourth, seventh and eighth. “Spending habits are ingrained by the time they reach fourth grade,” she said. “So before these financial habits are set, we show them why it’s important to save and budget. It’s important to reach them at a younger age.” Thornton added that the nonprofit also revisits the students in middle school. “It’s during a time when they are starting to think about picking high school courses and choosing career paths,” she said. Thornton explained the importance of having volunteers deliver Junior Achievement programming. She said the experience helps students make connections between what they are learning in school and how it will apply later in life. “We want students to see these people in the community and what their job looks like …,” she said. “When someone comes into a classroom and explained what they do and how they got there, it gives them a role model to look up to.” Thornton also highlighted the rewarding experiences for Junior Achievement volunteers. “It’s really special when they see the students getting it,” she said. “When they relate what they are learning to their own personal life, it makes it all worth it. A lot of volunteers leave feeling like that made a difference, and the kids are also excited because there is someone new in the classroom.” During the 2018-2019 school year, Junior Achievement of the Eastern Shore taught 9,463 students in 416 classes with the help of 231 volunteers. “It’s really easy to volunteer and you don’t need any specific background or experience,” Thornton said. To get involved this school year, visit b/ja-easternshore/volunteer-now.

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Guy Robins Ayres III OCEAN CITY – Guy Robins Ayres III died on Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019 at his home in Ocean City. Born in Salisbury, Maryland, June 25, 1945, he was the son of the late Guy Robins Ayres, Jr. and Marjolane Reilly Ayres Hopkins. He is survived by his beloved wife of 50 years, Kay Watson Ayres; his daughter, Courtney Ayres Seward (husband John and daughter Katherine) of Portland, Ore.; his son Chip Ayres of Ocean City; and son Chase Ayres (husband Jeremiah Berger) of Brooklyn, N.Y. He is also survived by his sister, Melanie Ayres Merryweather (husband Tom and daughter Lanie M. Wooten) of Cambridge. Mr. Ayres graduated in 1967 from University of Maryland with a Bachelor of Science Degree and continued his education at the University of Baltimore graduating in 1970 with a Doctor of Jurisprudence. He was admitted to the bar in 1971, Maryland and U.S. District Court, District of Maryland, 1974, U.S. Supreme Court, 1984, GUY ROBINS U.S. Court of Appeals, AYRES III Fourth Circuit; elected Fellow of American College of Trial Lawyers, 2009; Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers; AV rated in the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory; and Marquis, Who's Who. Mr. Ayres was a dedicated and passionate public servant who was appointed City Solicitor for Ocean City in 1982 until the time of his death. In 1983, he was appointed to the Governor’s Task Force on Time Sharing. He served as an Ocean City Councilman from 1978 until 1982. He was also a member of Worcester County Bar Association (Treasurer, 1976: Secretary, 1977: Vice President, 1978; President 1979), Maryland State and American Bar Associations; National Institute of Municipal Law Officers: Maryland Municipal Attorney’s Association (Treasurer, 1984-1986; Secretary, 19861987; Vice President, 1987-1988; President, 1988-1989). A memorial service was held on Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019 at The Ocean City Performing Arts Center, located at the Roland E. Powell Convention Center. The Rev. Matthew D’Amario officiated. Donations may be made to Atlantic General Hospital, 9733 Healthway Drive, Berlin, Md., 21811 or Ocean City Paramedic Foundation, P.O. Box 3099, Ocean City, Md. 21842. Letters of condolence may be sent to the family at w w w. b u r b a g e f u n e r a l h o m e . c o m . Arrangements are in the care of the Burbage Funeral Home in Berlin.

Don Conaway SELBYVILLE – Don Conaway, age 79, of Selbyville, passed away peacefully on Monday, Aug. 26, 2019 at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury. He was surrounded by his family and friends. He was born in Harrington, Del., and was the son of the late Alfred and Katherine (Godwin) Conaway. Don was loved and is missed and

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will always be cherished. He is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Lanta Conaway of Selbyville; his children, Don D. Conaway and his wife Jennifer of Selbyville, Candace E. Conaway of Selbyville and Brett T. Conaway and his wife Danielle of Ocean View; and his four grandchildren, Kate, Olivia, Brett Jr. and James. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 12 at BishopHastings Funeral home in Selbyville, Del. Condolences may be sent by visiting

Robert H. Landefeld, Jr. OCEAN CITY – Robert H. “Bob” Landefeld, Jr., age 77, of Ocean City, formerly of Timonium and Cockeysville, passed away on Friday, Aug. 30, 2019 at Atlantic General Hospital in Berlin with his loving wife by his side. Bob was born in Baltimore on May 19, 1942 son of the late Robert H. and Margaret Landefeld. He proudly served his country in the United States Coast Guard. Bob also was a graduate of Towson University. He retired as engineer with Lucent Technologies in 2001 with over 30 years of service. Bob was a member of the Elks Lodge #2645 in Ocean City and also the American Legion Post #116 in Ocean City. He was a true history buff and enjoyed traveling and visiting historical battlefields. Bob also enjoyed his retirement by spending time with family and friends. He loved being near the water. Bob loved to read and always had a book in his hand. He also enjoyed taking fishing trips and watching sports, with football, baseball, soccer and lacrosse being his favorites. Bob will be remembered for his warm and caring personality along with his knowledge on almost any imaginable subject. He is survived by his loving wife of 37 years, ROBERT H. Christine (Tsottles) Lan- LANDEFELD, JR. defeld; two brothers-inlaw, James Tsouvalos and his wife Karen and Nick Tsottles and his wife, Nancy; and two sisters-in-law, Leni Tsottles and Constance Tsouvalos; four nephews, Gregory Tsouvalos, Marcus Tsouvalos, Daniel Tsottles and Adam Tsottles and his wife, Irina and their three children, Caroline, Nick and Nadia; and a niece, Natalie Tsottles. Services were held. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions in Bob’s name to the Town Cats of Ocean City, PO Box 1405, Ocean Pines, Md. 21811, Ocean City Volunteer Fire Company, PO Box 27, Ocean City, Md. 21840 or the Wounded Warrior Project by visiting Online condolences may be sent by visiting

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away unexpectedly on Monday, Aug. 26, 2019 at her home. She is survived by her husband, Royal Dee, and her son Brandon Algeo of Poulsbo, Wash., his wife Stephanie and grandson Sebastion. Carole worked for many years in dental offices. She loved spending time at home with her husband and their cats and dog. She also enjoyed taking a book to the beach to read and relax. Carole was the type of person who would help anyone who asked her. CAROLE She would drive people LYNNE ALGEO to their appointments and bring others food or whatever they needed. She was someone who would give you the shirt off of her back. Arrangements are private and have been entrusted to the Burbage Funeral Home. Condolences may be made via

Sheila Cathell BERLIN – Sheila Cathell, a radiant beauty, passed from this life to the next on Sept. 3, 2019, at home with her beloved husband, Greg Cathell. Sheila Kaye was born Jan. 8, 1974. She was raised by her doting parents, Vaughn and Virginia Ball. After the death of Vaughn Ball, she later enjoyed the tender care of her step-father, John Biafore, who also predeceased her. She is survived by her loving SHEILA mother, Virginia Biafore. CATHELL Sheila graduated from Yorktown High School in Arlington, Va., and Ferrum College, Ferrum, Va., with a degree in Social Work. The center of Sheila’s life was her marriage to her devoted husband, Greg Cathell. Sheila and Greg married on May 12, 2001, the happiest day of her life. From then on, she relied on Greg’s unfailing love and care. She, in turn, always encouraged him in his business and hobbies. Sheila and Greg especially enjoyed the company of many wonderful cats in their home. These cats, too many to name but each a cherished companion, provided Sheila with endless entertainment and comfort. Sheila is survived by her sisters, Jacqualine Ruckman (Karl), Judy Tucker (Mark), Mary Ball (Tom Meade), Carolyn Ball, Lori Belateche (Irving), Linda Anderson, Tina Best (Dusty) and Terri Ball. Sheila is also survived by her half-brothers, Ricky and Steve Adkisson, and her half-sister, Jamie Stanley. Sheila enjoyed her connection to other half siblings and their families in Illinois. She especially treasured her relationships with her nieces and nephews, many of whom she babysat when they were small. Sheila possessed the gifts of love and patience in abundance. Her love for her husband and for her large family was boundless. She was so grateful to the Cathell family, especially Greg’s parents, Norman and Faye, for their

The Dispatch/Maryland Coast Dispatch love and support. Sheila also deeply appreciated the friendship of Kristina Facello, Jeff Facello and Lisa Bostic. A service celebrating Sheila’s life will be held at The Community Church at Ocean Pines, 11227 Racetrack Road, Berlin, Md. 21811 on Saturday, Sept. 14 at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Worcester County Humane Society, P.O. Box 48, Berlin, Md. 21811. Letters of condolence may be sent via: Arrangements in the care of the Burbage Funeral Home in Berlin.

James V. Geslois OCEAN CITY – Devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend, James V. Geslois (85) of Ocean City passed away peacefully on Aug. 31, 2019 in his home. Also known as “Jimmy G” and “Poppy,” Jim valued family and God above all. His sense of humor was legendary. We are grateful for his glowing smile, his unconditional love and sup-

port, the many lessons he bestowed upon us and all the jokes and laughter we shared. His kindness, patience, strong work ethic and faith-filled life were examples to all of us. Jimmy leaves a legacy of love and integrity with his family and those who knew him. Born May 8, 1934 in Baltimore, Jimmy worked throughout his life at Exxon Mobil and Sea Watch Condominiums. He enjoyed spending time with family and friends, helping others, bowling and playing cards. Jim was a volunteer baseball coach for Dundalk Rec in the 70’s and he was also a member of the Elks Lodge in Ocean City. In addition to Helen (née Kennedy/Brilhart), his wife of 48 years, he shared a long and happy life with four children, Paul (Susan) Brilhart, Debra (Chuck, dec.) Donofrio, Gregory (dec.) Brilhart and Michael (Melanie) Brilhart; nine grandchildren, Ellen (Channing) Delaplane, Caitlin (Derek) Basye, Kevin (Jessica) Bril-

Page 39 hart, Maggie (dec.) Brilhart, Clare Donofrio, Amanda Brilhart, Lucy Donofrio, Alex Brilhart and Max Brilhart; three great-grandchildren, Zoey, Ava and Aiden; six siblings, Michael, Carmella (dec.), Clara (dec.), Anna, Natalie and Grace; and numerous nieces and nephews. Despite medical challenges for over a year, he remained positive and encouraging to others and was so happy to be at home with his loving wife. His spirit lives on in the hearts of those who love him, and we will forever miss him. Gone from our arms, but forever in our hearts. A funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019 at 11 a.m. at St. Luke Catholic Church in Ocean City. Donations in Jim’s memory can be made to, Coastal Hospice,; Meals on Wheels, send checks to Meals on Wheels / PO Box 159 / Snow Hill, Md 21863, include a note “in memory of James Geslois”; andSt. Luke Catholic Church, Ocean City.

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OCEAN CITY – An international cleanup initiative is making its way to local beaches this month. In celebration of Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup initiative, officials with the Maryland Coastal Bays Program, Ocean City Surf Club and the Town of Ocean City are inviting community members to help pick up trash on Saturday, Sept. 7, beginning at 10 a.m. Each year, volunteers in communities around the world participate in the coastal cleanup with a goal of picking up trash and recording each item collected. The idea is to use the data to identify ways to eliminate ocean trash in the future. Last year, nearly 800,000 people from more than 100 countries removed 250 million pounds of trash from beaches and waterways as part of the International Coastal Cleanup. In addition to removing trash, volunteers contributed to the world’s largest database on marine debris by logging each trash item. Sandi Smith, marketing and development coordinator for the Maryland Coastal Bays Program, said coordinated beach cleanup efforts began in Ocean City in the 1990s and expanded to include Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup event more than a decade ago. “The Ocean Conservancy’s international cleanup has been going on for over 30 years and Assateague typically always did a beach cleanup …,” she said. “So we decided to do an additional cleanup on a different date in Ocean City.” Smith said the idea was to focus on Ocean City, offer community service hours, and lay the groundwork for future litter- and source-reduction programs and grant funding. “That’s why we decided in the first place to start these cleanups,” she said. “We wanted to take things a step further.” Smith said the coastal cleanup also highlights the amount of trash left on the resort’s beaches and sand dunes and in waterways each year. At last year’s cleanup, for example, more than 200 volunteers collected more than 500 pounds of trash in Ocean City. “The importance of getting involved in any trash cleanup is that it creates awareness and helps with behavior modification …,” she said. “By participating in these events, it opens their eyes to something they were oblivious to.” Smith said everyone is welcomed and encouraged to participate in this year’s cleanup. Each year, locals, students, organization members and those with the Adopt Your Beach and Adopt Your

Members of a fraternity are pictured cleaning up a canal in Ocean City during last year’s cleanup. Submitted Photo

Street programs volunteer at Ocean City’s cleanup event. The coastal cleanup is also registered with “Day to Serve,” an annual initiative that encourages Maryland residents and state employees to choose a day to participate in or to host a volunteer activity. This year, state employees will once again be granted four hours of administrative leave to participate in a volunteer activity of their choice from Sept. 11 to Oct. 10. “Now we have state employees that also join us in this initiative,” Smith said. “Last year, we actually had people that came from the Baltimore area.” Ocean City’s International Coastal Cleanup will take place on Saturday, Sept. 7. The event starts at 10 a.m. at Ocean City Town Hall, located on 3rd Street. Volunteers will receive trash bags, latex gloves, trash tally sheets and a commemorative T-shirt, courtesy of Chesapeake Energy and Sandpiper Utilities, while supplies last. Tally sheets can be recorded online at, or mailed or dropped off to Ocean City Town Hall. For more information, or to participate in the cleanup event, contact Sandi Smith at or call 410-213-2297 ext. 106. Participants can register ahead of time or simply show up the day of the cleanup. Those interested can also contact Effie Cox with the Ocean City Surf Club at or call 410-600-5953. Assateague Coastal Trust will also host its International Coastal Cleanup on Saturday, Sept. 28, from 8 a.m. to noon at Assateague Island National Seashore. The nonprofit’s cleanup will coincide with the national park’s National Public Lands Day beach cleanup. For more information, visit www.

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OCEAN CITY — Six new art exhibitions including a juried show by members of the Maryland Federation of Art fill the galleries of the Ocean City Center for the Arts during September. The public is invited to the free opening reception at the Arts Center on 94th Street bayside on First Friday, Sept. 6, from 5 to 7 p.m. to meet the artists and enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres. The shows will run until Sept. 28. The Maryland Federation of Art runs the MFA Circle Gallery in Annapolis, the oldest continuously-operating nonprofit gallery in Maryland, with more than 2,300 current and former members. The federation invited all of their member artists residing in the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada and Mexico to enter both 2D and 3D art into its first “MFA @ Ocean City” competition. Elizabeth Kauffman, Assistant Professor of Art and Galleries at Salisbury University, will jury the show, selecting the best works for the exhibition that will hang in the Thaler Gallery. A weekend pop-up exhibit features the photography of Ocean City’s international J1 students who worked in the resort for the season and captured local scenes through their global lens. The free exhibit opens on First Friday and continues Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 7-8, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. An all-media Art League members group show, themed “Out of the Blue,” will hang in the Galleria during September. Sculpture by Salisbury University students that previously was on display on the grounds of ArtX will be on exhibit in the courtyard. Gwen and Don Lehman of Ocean Pines display their artwork in the Spotlight Gallery in a show titled, “In Lehman’s Terms.” Don will exhibit his photographs, inspired by the way light enters a room and creates patterns, as well as painted panels representing light and shadow. Gwen will exhibit her paintings defined by her feelings of what is emerging as she paints using brushes, brayers, sponges, wadded paper towels, sprayed water, and ink. Sales from this exhibit will benefit the “Friends of Gwen Freeman Lehman Scholarship Fund” awarded annually to Stephen Decatur High School theatre students pursuing advanced education in the dramatic arts. Kerry Doran of Frederick, Md. creates both fine art and illustration mostly in traditional media. She earned a BFA in illustration from Savannah College of Art & Design and majored in art at Montgomery College. In her fine art pieces, she explores realism, abstract-expressionism, and sometimes surrealism. Svetlana McCoy-Rusanova of Linden, NJ is the Art Center’s artisan for September. In creating jewelry, she draws inspiration from the beauty and energy of natural stones and other natural materials (amber, pearls, etc.), as well as from her experience as a gardener and flower arranger.

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Two Worthy Efforts Spotlighted In September HOW WE SEE IT

Governments in Worcester County and Ocean City presented proclamations this week recognizing September as Worcester Goes Purple and Suicide Prevention Month. Though the causes are different with one shining the spotlight on suicide and the other recognizing efforts on drug and alcohol addiction and recovery, each are important to our community for their impacts. Most people have been impacted directly by addiction or suicide with some influenced by both. On the suicide front, hundreds of people turned out for popular restaurateur Travis Wright’s memorial service Wednesday after he took his own life last month. The community was shocked by his death, and the family asked that friends and family consider donations in his memory be made to the Jesse Klump Suicide Awareness and Prevention Program. Though heartbreaking to so many who loved and admired him, Wright’s death is familiar to those who have suffered through suicide. That’s why the Klump program’s work with the

Worcester County Health Department is so important. They aim to spread awareness of suicide and to address some perceived misconceptions about it. One of their efforts is providing warning signs and risk factors for friends and family to identify. A fundraiser, Out of the Darkness Walk, for these local efforts will be held on Saturday, Sept. 21 on the Boardwalk. Information on this can be found at Another key effort throughout September is localizing National Recovery Month. Outreach efforts are planned throughout the month, including a Walk For Recovery scheduled for the Boardwalk on Saturday, Sept. 7 and rock painting for a planned “River of Hope” garden at the Atlantic Club on Route 50 during Saturday’s Small Town ThrowDown in Berlin as well as Sunfest later this month. Wicomico County is planning its own series of events, including “A Night of Hope” on Friday, Sept. 13 at the Riverwalk Amphitheater. In an essay posted online this week on National Recovery Month,

Worcester Youth and Family Counseling Services’s Dr. Jen Leggour wrote about the importance of family members being educated as they wade through the addiction and recovery process for loved ones. She discussed the importance of one’s own mental health and wellness as they confront this heartbreaking process full of ups and downs. “If the individual does not want to do anything to help themselves, then you can still do something by being an example of balance and self-care. … Remember you can't control another person or make them change,” she wrote. She added remember “The Three C's of dealing with someone with a mental health or substance use issue -- you didn't Cause the problem, you can't Control the problem and you can't Cure the problem. Only they can do the real work.” Suicide prevention and addiction awareness are two worthy efforts to spotlight this month. We should all do our own research to expand our knowledge of both.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Reduce Council Meetings Editor: Last Tuesday the Council debated dropping three of their meetings around holidays with John Gehrig advocating to drop more than three meetings. Dennis Dare opposed Mr. Gehrig saying, “Our staff works 40 hours a week preparing this stuff and they look at their bosses that can’t come in for an hour a week,” he said. Let’s take a closer look. Do we really need 100-plus page opuses once a week? Since 2010, when my life allowed me enough time to attend council meetings and periodically write on the council’s political actions, there have been weekly meetings, year in and year out. Every week there has either been a Monday evening meeting at 6 p.m. or a Tuesday work session at 1 p.m. in the afternoon. In addition, the council has met in closed session every Tuesday prior to the work session. To outside eyes the purpose of these closed-door meetings prior to the public meetings has garnered much criticism and might be described as grooming the material for the public meeting. Although sometimes minds are changed after public comments, often minds are made up in closed session and the ordinance votes along with public comments are just going through the motions. Many feel there should be no decisions made in closed ses-

sion. Closed door decisions are thought unnecessary, surreptitious and offensive. This was not always the case. Certainly, the Ocean City Charter only calls for one meeting a month or 12 meetings a year. No closeddoor meetings are mentioned in the charter. Here is the rub, for each of these meetings, the staff prepares copious notes, often averaging 100 pages or more. Many of these notes are posted on the town’s website. Just the composition of these notes is expensive taking many man hours a week. Who knows what notes staff prepares for the council’s closed door meetings. It’s worse than that. I don’t think 20% of these expensive compositions deal with what would be generally considered public goods or put another way, traditional government business. Also consider the council’s time spend reading all these copious and some would argue unnecessary notes as well as the huge savings if we went back to one public meeting a month as the charter requires. Maybe the council should limit the staff to 10 pages of notes per meeting. It is not unpredictable that Councilman Dare, a lifelong public employee, is arguing to preserve additional meetings while Mr. Gehrig, who is at risk in private business, wishes to cut down further on the huge costs to hold all these otherwise unnecessary meetings.

Maybe we should go back to the charter requirement 12 meetings a year and limit staff notes to 10 pages. Think of all the money that would be saved. There would be no more backroom meetings either, allowing the council to focus on what is important and transparent, always in public view. If an emergency comes up, the council can always call a private meeting, but it would not be a weekly scheduled event. This would allow the council time to assimilate each important issue, greatly increasing their ability to manage the staff. It often appears like the staff is managing the council. With meetings reduced and spaced and the council would have more control and much money would be saved for the town and its taxpayers. At the very least the council should consider cutting the public meetings in half and eliminating closed sessions by going to one meeting every two weeks or 26 a year and requiring staff to keep their notes down to 10 pages or less. The savings just in staff labor I would estimate to be over $100,000 a year, but more importantly instead of the council being inundated by copious staff notes every Thursday it would give the council time to make important decisions and equally important decide what not to move ahead on. Tony Christ

Best Bay Bridge Option Is Nothing

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Maryland’s $5 million study of how best to relieve congestion at the William Preston Lane Jr. Bridge, more commonly known as the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, has winnowed down the potential options regarding an additional bay crossing, and they are, with one exception, pretty ugly. A bridge and connecting highways could be built in the upper bay linking Pasadena with Rock Hall (Corridor 6). They could could be built in the mid-bay from Mayo to Easton (Corridor 8). Or something could be built alongside the existing spans at Sandy Point (Corridor 7). The best for moving vehicles to and from the Eastern Shore? That’s lucky Number 7 — although the price tag for such a structure could run into the billions of dollars, and that doesn’t even consider its ancillary costs. (More about that in a moment.) The good news is that this is just a first step of a required, and pretty darn elaborate, planning process undertaken by the Maryland Transportation Authority. This is merely a Tier 1 National Environmental Policy Act study that’s not expected to be completed until 2021. Think of it as a high-altitude flyover. MdTA wouldn’t even be sorting through a specific route within a preferred “corridor” until Tier 2. And then there’s the not-so-minor matter of how to pay for it and detailing the exact environmental consequences of such a major transportation investment versus the presumed benefits. Which brings us to the most important point: The best alternative of all (a point not refuted by preliminary study results, by the way) is not to build anything. Oh, it might not be the choice if one’s only goal is to move the maximum number of vehicles across the Chesapeake Bay with the minimum amount of waiting, but that’s a remarkably short-sighted way of looking at a potential disaster in the making. The rural Eastern Shore is already suffering under development pressure as wetlands and other critical habitat are lost to condos and waterfront construction. Meanwhile, the region is especially vulnerable to sea level rise. Indeed, because of climate the state’s own scientists have forecast a possible two-foot rise by 2050. That raises the question: Would the third span be to improve traffic flow or accommodate an evacuation of the waterfront? The irony is that vehicle exhaust is a prime source of excess greenhouse gases. Small wonder that Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman has already expressed reservations about any new bridge, especially

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one built in the Pasadena or Mayo peninsulas. He points out that the whole thing smacks of dated 20th century thinking about transportation. Building nothing doesn’t mean doing nothing. It would mean investing in low-impact alternatives like ferries, rapid bus service, offpeak toll pricing and other, smarter and less costly approaches. The reality is that the existing Chesapeake Bay spans have encouraged people to make bad lifestyle choices by enabling long commutes from towns and villages on the Eastern Shore to employment centers in Central Maryland. It would be idiotic to enable more bad and environmentally costly planning (including all those out-of-state tractor trailers using U.S. 50 and U.S. 301, including the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, as an outer bypass of the Interstate 95 corridor). Ocean City seems to be doing just fine with the current five lanes of traffic at Sandy Point. Too bad that Gov. Larry Hogan, who happily spiked Baltimore’s Red Line, the much-anticipated light rail project, four years ago as wasteful spending, can’t recognize a genuine transportation boondoggle when he sees one. On Wednesday, his office issued a statement from him saying that a third span at Sandy Point is the “only one option I will ever accept." It’s an odd position given the years of study still ahead, and one seemingly without much political foundation. Other than local real estate brokers and Ocean City business tycoons, the appetite for growth on the Eastern Shore is far from inexhaustible. Locals weren’t all that wild about Willliam Donald Schaefer’s “Reach the Beach” highway construction initiative a generation ago; it’s hard to believe they want a bigger influx of westerners (people living on the western side of the bay) today. While Mr. Hogan is unlikely to still be in office when, and if, ground is ever broken for a third span no matter the location, just to be on the safe side, Maryland voters should express their preference for the nobuild option to the MdTA in the coming weeks, either by speaking out at one of six public hearings on the study’s preliminary findings beginning Sept. 24 at Kent County High School or by submitting written comments to the study’s web site at Sorry, governor, but building yet another bay bridge is a bad idea whose time has not yet come and probably shouldn’t. Ever. The Baltimore Sun Editorial Board

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I wonder how many reporters Ocean City Solicitor Guy Ayres spoke to over the course of his 37 years on the job. I venture a guess of 80. I wonder how many dumb questions he was asked during that time. It’s at least 1,000, including a dozen or so from me. I recall several occasions as a cub reporter calling Ayres after a council meeting and being nervous. He could be intimidating, plus I went to high school with his twin sons, Chip and Chase, so I knew him on a personal and professional level. There were times I recall being chastised by Ayres for my line of questioning because they were not germane to his role as solicitor. He would often say that’s a policy matter for the Mayor and Council to decide and I don’t know how they will vote. He would remind me his job is to provide legal counsel not to make political decisions. That sort of response is precisely what he should have said in response to a leading question. This week, as I reflected on some of those sophomoric phone interviews, I recall being grateful for his patience with me. He was never rude. He always returned calls. He could just be short and pointed at times. He would answer questions, but he was never going to give you a ton of material. I’m thinking there are dozens of others (or maybe 80) who would agree. However, knowing what I am aware of now, there’s no disputing the Mayor and Council, in all their incarnations over the years, did what Guy would suggest for the most part. He may not have set policy, but there were times when the law steered decisions. They followed his legal advice always, but he also brought decades of background and familiarity with Ocean City to City Hall. He may not have been a voting council member, but he was relied on numerous times for his experience and expertise. While he was paid handsomely for his work for the city, it’s important to note Ayres also saved the town a lot of money when the city was sued. Ocean City was not viewed as a honkytonk type of town when it appeared in court elsewhere with Ayres representing the city. Though there were settlements along the way in unfavorable cases, most of the legal battles brought against the city during his tenure went in the city’s favor. Back in 2008, when the city settled a $19 million police brutality case for $63,000, Ayres was quoted as saying, “Other than the fact that we don’t like to pay out anything, I think this was a wise settlement for the town and the various defendants. Sometimes you weigh these things and the smartest route is to reach an agreement.” In May of 2016, Ayres sat down for a question-and-answer session with then-News Editor Bryan Russo. When asked how much longer he wanted to continue as city solicitor, Ayres said, “… if you love what you do, you don’t want to stop doing it. I don’t want to belittle what I do, but to me, it’s not work, it’s almost like its’ play. People will say, ‘Guy, when are you going to retire?’ I say, ‘I’ll retire when they carry me out of here in a box.’ My wife and I have been married for 47 years but I know she doesn’t want me home every day. She’ll be the first one to kick me out the door in the morning. I just thoroughly enjoy it, and I particularly enjoy representing the town. I love the town.” Guy worked as long as he could before his health issues overcame him. It’s comforting to know that was how he wanted it to be. It’s going to be interesting to see what transpires in the spring involving a deal made among the Worcester County Commissioners. In exchange for his vote two weeks ago for a room tax increase, it’s clear Commissioner Josh Nordstrom was promised some funding for the south end of the county by his colleagues. It was reported this week that agreement involved a certain percentage of table games revenue being diverted to Pocomoke and Snow Hill. Ever since being elected, Nordstrom has been outspoken over his desire for the south end to get more financial help from the county. He threatened this spring to withhold his critical support for the room tax increase after he got the shaft from his colleagues during budget time about increased funding for his district. If he had abstained or not voted for the room tax hike, the proposal would have died because unanimous support from the commissioners was needed. Last month he went ahead and voted for the new 5% room tax, an 11% increase from the former 4.5%. He said he did so because of assurances from his colleagues a plan was in place to boost funding for his area. Suspicions were raised, however, this week when the commissioners postponed a vote until next spring on whether to delegate a certain amount of the county’s table gaming revenue take to the south end. A vote on this quasi impact grant was initially expected to take place at Tuesday’s meeting. The delay was more of a procedural thing, according to Nordstrom. “I have a lot of support but the commissioners are uncomfortable committing to anything that will be included in the budget before budget deliberations start,” he said. “Addressing their concern and knowing we’d have to vote again anyway before one dime was received I said, ‘well instead of trying to do a good thing badly let’s follow protocols and let’s get it in the budget for ’21. … I’m very confident it will be in the budget for 2021 but we want to go about it the right way.” Perhaps it’s a conspiracy theory on my part, but I would not be surprised if a majority of the commissioners renege on this deal at budget time.

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BERLIN – On Sept. 10, Atlantic General Hospital will hold an open house and ribbon cutting for the community to celebrate AGHRx RediScripts Pharmacy’s fifth anniversary. In recognition of this milestone, RediScripts will make a donation to Atlantic General’s indigent patient fund equal to the total register sales at RediScripts on Sept. 10. The pharmacy started small in 2014, and its evolution has been dramatic. In addition to handling the prescription needs of Atlantic General Hospital and Health System employees, medical staff and volunteers, RediScripts was there to fill the first supply of medication ordered for patients discharged from the hospital. The primary goal was to get the necessary medication in the hands of patients before they left the hospital, thereby increasing the odds that they would remain adherent with their physician’s treatment plan and continue on the path to recovery. The retail pharmacy’s scope of business expanded quickly as Atlantic General layered on new services to further improve medication adherence and reduce barriers to improved health for the community at large. RediScripts was soon filling prescriptions

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for all Atlantic General Hospital and Health System patients, and then for any community members with medication needs. The pharmacy began a discharge concierge program, offering advice and education about prescribed medications as well as the purchase of first-fill prescriptions right at the bedside for patients scheduled to go home. Pharmacy representatives also launched an award-winning medication therapy management program that helps individuals with complex medication needs to better understand their medications and keep them organized to ensure safe and effective use. Consultations and education are offered at the pharmacy or directly in the home, to ensure a complete review of all medications and supplements. Compliance packaging, which organizes multiple medications by dosage time, is provided at no additional charge to these patients. To increase prescription fills among patients who might typically forego their medication due to cost, the pharmacy instituted a co-pay support program as well as an indigent fund. A financial counseling function is baked into the medication filling process for pharmacy staff members, who are constantly on the lookout for cost savings for their patients. In addition to the typical offerings of a retail pharmacy, RediScripts coordinates fulfillment of oral chemotherapy needs for patients of the Burbage Regional Cancer Care Center and stocks bariatric and wound care specialty products. “What helps set RediScripts apart is our passion for tackling the tough challenges with medication for our patients to help support them on their path to wellness,” said Jeff Kukel, manager of RediScripts pharmacy. “Rising prescription drug costs are nothing short of a national crisis. While our donation to the indigent fund is by no means the solution for the larger problem at hand with prescription drug prices, we hope that by continuing to help sustain this indigent fund we can make a difference for families in our area who would have otherwise walked away from a pharmacy counter untreated.” Kukel added, “Our goal is that every patient we serve gets the medications they need at a price they can afford. While certainly no easy task, the staff at AGHRx RediScripts Pharmacy is always up for the challenge.”

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OCEAN PINES – A large environmental festival will return to Ocean Pines this weekend with hands-on activities, educational exhibits and more. On Sunday, Sept. 8, the second annual Bay Day at Ocean Pines will return to White Horse Park. Maryland Coastal Bays Program (MCBP) has partnered with the Ocean Pines Association to educate homeowners on how to improve backyard habitats. Liz Wist, education coordinator with MCBP, said the day will focus on hands-on activities and educational exhibits that teach watershed residents how they can make a positive impact on the coastal bays. “It’s about taking simple steps to creating a bay-friendly backyard,” she said. “Homeowners, by doing that, reduce time and effort in maintaining their yards while at the same time helping to improve the health of the coastal bays. That’s our underlying theme of this whole day.” Wist said Bay Day at Ocean Pines will feature roughly 35 environmental vendors, food and music, kayaking and free bay boat tours, live animals, native plant giveaways, interactive art using recycled materials and more. “The idea is there is something for everyone,” she said. Wist noted that this year’s event will also include a new make-and-take workshop pavilion. There, participants can make bee homes out of cans and bamboo, construct seed bombs and fish prints, and build bat boxes and bird houses that will be raffled off at the end of the day. “Those that assist in building them have an opportunity to take them home,” she said. Wist said the festival will be spread out across the entire park. She added that those who attended last year’s event will find new vendors and activities. “We learn and grow with every event …,” she said. “Probably a third of our vendors are new. So there will be something new for a lot of people to see.” Wist said the event was originally scheduled for May 5, but poor weather conditions forced organizers to postpone the event to September. She noted, however, that they hope to utilize the entire outdoor area on Sunday. “Even if there is a little bit of drizzle, or if it is overcast, we’re running with the event outside,” she said. “The idea is to have an outdoor event because we are promoting the health of our watershed, specifically the St. Martin River on which Ocean Pines is located.” Wist noted the St. Martin River is classified as the unhealthiest water-

way in the coastal bays system. “By targeting an area that has such a high population, we think this event will draw a lot of people and have very positive effects of being more conscious of individual actions. When a community comes together, things take root in order to improve our environment.” Bay Day at Ocean Pines will take place Sunday, Sept. 8, from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at White Horse Park, located at 235 Ocean Parkway in Ocean Pines. For more information, visit the “Bay Day at Ocean Pines” Facebook event page or contact Liz Wist at 410-2132297 ext. 110 or “Hopefully individuals will walk away with more knowledge,” she said.

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Decatur Starts New Era With Home Opener In The News



BERLIN – Stephen Decatur’s varsity football team is scheduled to christen the school’s new turf field completed late last month with a season opener against Arcadia on Friday. As much as things are different this year for the Seahawks, much will remain the same. Coach Bob Knox returns to lead Decatur for the 36th year and 20 of the 37 players on the opening day roster return from last year’s 3-7 team. That’s where the continuity ends, however. The aforementioned new turf field will be christened with Friday’s opener against Arcadia. Later this month, the new field will be christened the Robert G. Knox Field at Louis H. Taylor Stadium for the long-time coach and former Decatur principal, now the superintendent of Worcester County Public Schools. In addition, Knox has brought in a handful of new young coaches from Bayside North schools and from neighboring Sussex County in Delaware. With Knox at the helm, the new coaches and returning coaches this summer have been implementing new schemes and systems on both sides of the ball and the new-look

Seahawks will be revealed on Friday. After the opener on Friday against Arcadia, Decatur will play a steady stream of Bayside North schools through the rest of September and into early October, beginning with a road game against Queen Anne’s next Friday. The new field and stadium christening and renaming ceremony is set for halftime of the home game against Easton on September 20. After the run of four straight games against Bayside North teams, the Seahawks play their usual Bayside South rivals down the stretch including Bennett, Wicomico and Parkside. The regular season culminates with the annual showdown against Worcester County rival Snow Hill on the road on November 1. Under the new scheduling format, Decatur and other high school teams this season will play a nine-game regular season schedule instead of the traditional 10-game regular schedule. The upside to the abbreviated regular season schedule is an expanded field of playoff teams and an extra round of playoff games. With so much new and so much remaining the same, the Seahawks appear poised to break into the post-season this year under the new format.

Annual Challenge Cup Returns Next Week



OCEAN CITY – The Ocean City Marlin Club will face off against Old rival Cape May next week in the 41st Annual Charles Kratz and Scott Smith Challenge Cup, pitting boats and teams of anglers against each other with bragging rights and the handsome trophy on the line. The Challenge Cup, which pits teams of boats from the Ocean City Marlin Club against teams of boats from the Cape May Marlin and Tuna Club, officially began in 1978 as a formal competition between the friendly rivals which share the same canyons off the coast. The two rival clubs meet each September to compete for the Challenge Cup and bragging rights for the next year. The tournament used to alternate between Cape May and Ocean City, but has been a strictly Ocean City

event the last several years because of the nightlife and other amenities the resort offers. If ever one team wins three Challenge Cup tournaments in a row, the trophy is retired and turned over to the winning club, while the losing club purchases a new trophy. The contest has been fairly close over the years with each team retiring trophies, but Ocean City has had the upper hand in recent years. Ocean City won the Challenge Cup last year for the second year in a row and will have the opportunity to win for a third time next week. If Ocean City prevails, the Challenge Cup will be retired. The tournament gets started next Wednesday with a captains’ meeting and registration, with the first of three fishing days set for next Thursday. The competing boats will choose to fish two of the three fishing days, next Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Club’s 61st Labor Day Tourney In The Books

The happy crew on the Billfisher finished second in the billfish release category during the Ocean City Marlin Club’s 61st Labor Day White Marlin Tournament last weekend with a slew of releases and a second-place dolphin as well.

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OCEAN CITY – There were no shortage of billfish releases in the Ocean City Marlin Club’s 61st annual Labor Day White Marlin Tournament last weekend. While it may lack the glamour and high payouts of the White Marlin Open, the Ocean City Marlin Club’s 61st Annual Labor Day White Marlin Tournament trumps all others in terms of history and prestige. The tournament is the oldest among the tournaments held in and around the resort area each summer. The first was held in 1958 and the annual event has endured for six decades and several generations of local anglers. The tournament got started last Thursday with registration and a captain’s meeting, while the action offshore got underway Friday, the first of three fishing days. As the name implies, the focus of the tournament is on white marlin, but unlike the other high dollar tournaments in recent weeks, there weren’t any billfish

weighed at the scale. Instead, the event is largely a release tournament and there was no shortage of billfish released over the weekend. In the billfish release division, the crew on the Sea Wolf took first place with 1,200 points and earned $13,080. The Billfisher was second with 1,150 points and earned $4,608, while the Voodoo Child was third with 1,100 release points and earned $3,072. The Fish On took first place in the dolphin division with a 26-pounder worth $10,080. The Billfisher took second with a 25-pounder worth $2,268, while the Par Five took third with a 23-pounder worth $1,512. On day one of the daily billfish release division, Grande Pez took first with 500 points and earned $1,800 in prize money. Voodoo Child won the daily billfish release division on day two with 1,000 points and earned $1,800, while the Pumpin Hard took first in the daily release division on the last day with 750 points and also earned $1,800. Jonathan Duffie on the Billfisher won the Master Angler award with 500 points.

Decatur Golfers Finish 2nd In O.C. Match



BERLIN – In the second match of the season pitting the Bayside South schools against the Bayside North, it was Easton taking first place last week at the Ocean City Golf Club Seaside Course. In near perfect conditions, the Bayside schools faced off last week at the Seaside course at Ocean City. A total of 38 golfers representing 10 schools competed in the second match of the year. Easton took first in the match with a team low score of 176, led by medalist Will Denny.

Decatur finished second overall and first among the Bayside South schools with a 178, just two strokes off the lead. Decatur was led by Brady Leonard, who shot a 42, and Abby Wesche, who also shot a 42 in her first-ever varsity match. Parkside finished third overall among the 10 teams. In the conference season opener for all schools last week at Rum Pointe in Berlin, Kent Island finished first overall with a team score of 180, while Decatur finished a close second at 187. In two matches thus far, the Seahawks have finished second both times, but have turned in the lowest team scores among Bayside South schools.

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The Ocean City Fishing Center next Wednesday will host its annual 9/11 Spot Tournament, commemorating the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Pictured above is a scene from last year’s event. Photo by Shawn Soper

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OCEAN CITY – The Ocean City Fishing Center next Wednesday will host its 18th Annual Ocean City Spot Tournament, an event held each year to remember the September 11 terrorists attacks. On that fateful September 11, 2001, the mood was grim all over the country including Ocean City as the nation watched the horrific images coming in all day from New York, the Pentagon and the Pennsylvania hillside. To break

the tension and get away, for a short time anyway, from the endless gloomy news reports, someone at the Ocean City Fishing Center suggested breaking out the light tackle and doing a little spot fishing from the docks and piers and the annual tournament was born. The tournament has been held every year since, always on September 11, to commemorate the fateful day and this year will be no exception. The tournament will be held on Wednesday at the Ocean City Fishing Center in West Ocean City and all are welcome to participate in the annual event.

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OCEAN CITY – The Ocean City Recreation and Parks Department’s six-week field hockey camp for young players in grades 4-8 gets underway next week at Northside Park. The six-week field hockey clinic runs each week on Monday evenings from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Northside Park. The clinic runs from next Monday, September 9 through Mon-

day, October 14. Young players in grades four through eight will get training and instruction in the intricacies of field hockey from experienced coaches, who will help them prepare for the next level and ultimately their high school careers. The cost of the clinic is $20 for Ocean City residents and $41 for non-residents. For more information, contact the Ocean City Recreation and Parks Department’s Anna Paterson at (410) 250-0125 or visit

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OCEAN CITY – The Ocean City Recreation and Parks Department next week will start another session of its summer-long skate camp series at the Ocean Bowl at 3rd Street. The skateboard lessons are open to skaters of all abilities age six or older including Level 1, which includes new skaters, and Level 2, which includes skaters with some experience and ability. The camps open next Tuesday, September 10, and will be held on Tuesdays and Wednesdays through October 2. The sessions for Level 1 skaters

will be held each Tuesday and Wednesday from 4:45 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., while the Level 2 skaters will take over the bowl from 5:45 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The cost is $38 for local residents and $49 per lesson for non-residents. Safety equipment is available for use at no additional charge. Class sizes will be limited to 10 skaters per session. A parent or guardian will have to sign a waiver in advance for minors to participate and a current waiver must be on file before the sessions begin. For more information, contact the Ocean City Recreation and Parks’ Dan Reed at (410) 289BOWL or visit

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The Adventures Of Fatherhood By STEVE GREEN

irst days of school are memorable no matter the age, but there’s no question they have changed over the years. Mention school to Carson, 9, and the result is a big sigh followed by a grunt merging frustration, disappointment and resentment into one sound. We spent most of last week talking up the prospects of school and all the fun things that come with it. We did actually get a small smile from him when Pam reminded him fourth grade is not a standardized testing year. We hammered that point home consequently. For Carson, our non-verbal kid who falls on the Autism spectrum, school brings him anxiety. When he’s stressed, things do not go well. He makes bad decisions and poor judgment results in erratic and unexpected behavior. We start every year with optimism, but we fully expect and understand there will be challenges along the way we must confront. That’s why the first day of school is stressful for his parents, too. I didn’t get a lot of meaningful work done myself because I was preoccupied by how his day was going and hoping for the best. It was a relief to learn he had a solid first day. Overall, he had a smooth first week. It wasn’t perfect, but that’s not a reasonable goal. We knew the first week back would be a major adjustment. Changes in schedule never go well for him, as is the case with most kids on the spectrum. There is no greater transition for him to overcome than going from summer to a school routine in one day. He’s aware enough to know not everything about school is enjoyable to him and that simply makes him not want to go initially. Overall, despite a few tears the first couple days walking into school, he did well and continues to adjust to

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his new normal. That’s good enough for us at this point. I think for him the adjustment to the new schedule and new people are daunting at first. It takes Carson time to warm up to people. He’s shy and introverted by nature, which is compounded by the fact he’s different because he doesn’t speak, but once he gets to know people he comes out of his shell. He shows people his sense of humor, his math prowess and his general fun outlook on life. On the drive home from school the first two days, the wear of a school day was evident. He was asleep within a few minutes. For Beckett, he’s incredibly laidback about school, confirming we have kids on two opposite extremes as far as their approaches to school. While Carson takes it overly serious, his big brother clearly does not worry enough about it. Beckett was disinterested this week. He says he’s just learning the ways of middle school and going through an adjustment. However, it’s interesting that doesn’t explain his approach to completing his summer work last week. Throughout the summer, we reminded Beckett about his summer reading requirements – read at least three books assigned by his school and finish book reports on them. Despite our constant encouragement to divide the load up throughout the summer, he procrastinated, resulting in him spending every night of August reading multiple chapters and almost all of Labor Day writing his three book reports. School started the next day, of course, so he couldn’t have put it off any longer. He likes to say he enjoys working on a deadline, but there was still a lot of moaning and complaining, reciting often how his friends don’t have to do school work in the summer. There were no receptive ears in the house to the whining.

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As far as Beckett’s first day of school, the days of walking him into school are no more. After the traditional first day pictures at home on our stoop, it’s basically like any other day. Drop him off and watch him roll into school, hoping he looks both ways before crossing the parking lot. This is a big year for Beckett. He’s in the sixth grade now and middle school means a rotating schedule with less emphasis on homeroom teachers and more on the various subjects of the day. Anxious to hear how his first day back was, I remembered he’s 11 years old now and sharing details is not really his thing. After the first few days, we got next to nothing out of him about what’s going on at school. One night he did finally say something and described it as “confusing.” He also added he was getting better at opening his combination locker. It wasn’t a lot of information, but it was something. Though he’s not falling asleep on his way home from school like his brother, I have noticed a definite need to relax and unwind after school. That’s why I’m done asking him immediately at pickup about his day. I might circle back later in the night or maybe not. It’s part of growing up for him to be more independent. Part of that process is keeping some things to himself. It might be a bit frustrating at times for his parents, but it’s a natural progression. All in all, with one week down the start to school went about as smooth as expected for both kids. Homework comes next week and that brings its own set of challenges.

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The Kiwanis Club of Greater Ocean Pines-Ocean City Club President Dick Clagett recognized the Kiwanians who serve as the liaisons to the schools and to the Worcester County Developmental Center. Pictured, from left, are Skip McComas, liaison to Berlin Intermediate School Kiwanis Builders Club; Jackie Todd, Stephen Decatur Middle School Builders Club; Shelley and Steve Cohen, Worcester County Developmental Center Aktion Club; Roy Foreman, Stephen Decatur High School Key Club; Ralph and Wilma Chinn, Buckingham Elementary K-Kids (not pictured) Candy Foreman. Showell Elementary K-Kids; and President Dick Clagett.

Kiwanis Club of Greater Ocean Pines-Ocean City President Dick Clagett, left, is pictured accepting a $400 donation from Kiwanis House Signs Community Service Program Chair Ralph Chinn. Signs still cost only $15 and repainting of them is only $10. Order forms can be obtained at the Ocean Pines Administration office. The signs help to identify the houses more easily from the street for emergency services. Submitted Photos

Ocean Pines Wednesday Bridge Club donated to the servers who took care of them at the beautiful Ocean Pines Yacht Club this summer. Pictured, from left, are Server Kearston Frey, club Treasurer Pat Steven, Yacht Club Manager Austin Chavis and Frank Schwartz.

The Whatcoat United Methodist Church in Snow Hill hosted the Pillowcase Ministry seamstresses and a Haitian ministry effort last month. Through the efforts of the Pillowcase Ministry, pillowcase dresses, shorts, kitchen and personal hygiene kits, market bags, quilt sleep mats, flip flops and undergarments were given to the Beverly and Tom Brumbley for the Haitian children. Donations are needed for the cost of transporting goods to Haiti. Email to make a monetary gift.

The Ocean Pines 50th Anniversary team won the county’s group award for Team Volunteer Spirit. Above, Worcester County Commissioner Jim Bunting, Ocean Pines Board President Doug Parks and Mary Ellen Areno are pictured at the event.

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Going a couple hours without my phone How much my son loves shrimp When the weather cooperates on a holiday weekend Teachers who are excited to get back in the classroom A pool day with friends

Burgers and hot dogs hot off the grill Old T-shirts from 5K races

Stories from when Seacrets was private Beach days in September

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Dick Lohmeyer featured Councilman John Dale Showell and his wife, Anne, out to dinner “following the opening of their beautiful Castle in the Sands Motel” in his “Salt Spray” column.

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On June 7, the Stephen Decatur High school graduation was held at Convention Hall and has been for the past 40 years. Jolly Roger advertised “money saving treasure coupons,” which one received after purchasing 10 or more gallons of fuel at any participating BP dealers in the region.

Issue Highlights This was the first year in 18 that The Resorter published 15 issues rather than the usual seven.

Singer Jimmy Holmes was set to perform at the Ships Café Lounge for the beginning of

There was a record number of white marlin forecasted for summer fishing and fishermen were advised to “count on a good volume of fish” that season.

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BERLIN – The Ocean Pines Sports Core Pool will reopen on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 2, at 6 a.m. Planned deck repairs closed the pool on Aug. 19. During that time, the pool was also drained and cleaned, and the parking lot was resurfaced. “We are excited for the new decking that was just done by Rubaroc out of Texas,” Operations Director Colby Phillips said. “I know our regular pool members will be very happy when they return to our indoor pool…”

“We thank everyone for their patience while we have done the upgrades to the indoor pool,” Phillips said. According to Phillips, the Yacht Club Pool will be open on Saturdays and Sundays, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., through Sept. 22. The indoor Spore Core Pool, on 11144 Cathell Road in Ocean Pines, is normally open year-round, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays.

New decking has been added to the Ocean Pines Sports Core Pool.

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Among my stops over Labor Day weekend were The Bonfire, 45th Street Taphouse, Higgins Crab House South and Northside Pit & Pub.

The Bonfire Servers: Alina Vartan, Florin Mahara, Andrea Hada, Stoyan Barilski and Borislav Margaritov By Terri French



45th Street Taphouse: Bar Manager-Brian Mayhew, Katie Kaniecki, Dalton Foxwell and Dusty Rothschild

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45th Street Taphouse Staffers: Ana-Maria Stanica, Nicole Weatherstein, Francesca Bellai and Igana Agachi

The Bonfire: Joey Monfort, Sabina Kilarova and Cameron Campbell

Higgins Crab House: Parker Topping Jr and Vlada Sergent

45th Street Taphouse: Elena Vazova, Travis Murray and Jovana Marjanovic

Higgins Crab House: Adinna Vasiliu, Raluca Rus and Venko Valkov

Northside Pit & Pub: Bill “Tecate” Fox and Brian Ziegler

Northside Pit & Pub: Adam Taylor, Brian Ziegler and Brian Grover

The Bonfire: TJ More and Colin Campbell

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The Church of the Holy Spirit Indoor Yard Sale was well run by Kay Saxon, Carol Lee Hensyl, Carolyn Jonston, Monica Martin, Kathy Elmer, and Ann Dougherty.

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Cooking up chicken and all the fixins for the Calvary United Methodist Church fundraiser were Andrese Foreman, Barbara Jarmon, and Yashica Smith.

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Post 123 Sons of the American Legion took a break after putting out a delicious steak dinner last month to benefit their veteran’s programs.

Raising money to help fund their feline services, were Donna Martin and Dianne Spatcher of Town Cats at the Ocean Pines Farmer’s Market.

Sharon Hilty and Bonnie Kirschbaum know tiedying is fun, and helped kids design their own Tshirts during ArtX in Northside Park.

At the Ocean Pines Farmer’s Market, Karen Timmons and Lisa Shockley of the Worcester County Board of Elections, were looking for new election judges to help out this November.

Art League of Ocean City volunteers Peter Gibson and Stuart Glassman were charge of beer sales at ArtX on Saturday afternoon.

At this year’s ArtX, Mike Dawson and David Smith of Salisbury University Ceramics gave pottery making demonstrations.

Ocean City Film Festival Director William StrangMoya and Poster Designer Ian Postley promoted the 2020 Film Festival at ArtX.

Welcoming diners into their chicken and dumplings fundraiser were Kesha Morton and Shirl Ellison of Calvary United Methodist Church.

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BERLIN – A local suicide prevention campaign for farmers and farm families will expand this year with the help of additional grant funding. Last fall, the Jesse Klump Suicide Awareness and Prevention Program partnered with the local Suicide Prevention Coalition – a consortium of nonprofits, counseling services, health departments, hospitals and school systems – to launch “Save a Shore Farmer” with the help of a $19,000 grant from the Rural Maryland Council. Officials said Save a Shore Farmer’s first year focused on intensive media outreach to raise awareness of the heightened risk of suicide in farm families and to spread the message that suicide can be prevented. This included billboard placement, more than 1,000 television spots, placing printed information at 19 sites in the lower three counties where farmers may gather, and appearances at agricultural-related events. Jesse Klump Memorial Fund President Kim Klump said a report from the Centers of Disease Control (CDC) noted the high suicide risk associated with farmers, forestry workers and commercial fishermen. “It didn’t take us long to realize how important those industries are to our communities, especially farming, and when a grant opportunity arose we were prepared to take advantage of it to launch this new campaign,” she said. Ron Pilling, secretary and treasurer of the Jesse Klump Memorial Fund, noted that the goal of the outreach campaign in the first year was to direct farm families to the coalition’s Save a Shore Farmer website, which contains information on risk factors, warning signs and local resources. “The day before those billboards went up we had five visits to that website,” he said. “The day after the billboards went up we had 35 visits to the website, and those numbers stayed above 20, sometimes as high as 50, throughout the entire campaign. When the public service announcements started on Comcast and Mediacom we saw the same thing happen … We know we are reaching people.” Now in its second year, Pilling said officials with the nonprofit and the local Suicide Prevention Coalition are eager to introduce new initiatives to the campaign. Using another $19,000 grant from the Rural Maryland Council – coupled with money from the Jesse Klump Memorial Fund – he said the campaign

will expand to include Spanish language versions of materials and additional efforts to engage farmers and their families. Officials will also present their Save a Shore Farmer campaign at both the Maryland Suicide Prevention Conference and the Maryland Rural Health Association Conference. “These sessions will be a great opportunity to showcase the innovative and collaborative suicide prevention work from our area to partners across the state,” said Worcester County Health Planner Jackie Ward. Pilling said the campaign has also attracted the attention of agencies in other states, including the University of Minnesota’s Rural Health Center. He said Save a Shore Farmer is developing into a model program for other areas. “Things have just happened with this program,” he said. “It’s amazing what the reach has been. It’s vastly wider than we ever anticipated.” Pilling noted the campaign comes at a critical time in the farming community. He said recent years have proved difficult for farmers, as they have faced poor weather, falling prices and trade wars, and other economic challenges. “Between 2010 and 2013, the average farm family income dropped by 50%,” he said. “The percentage of the food dollar that goes to farmers, rather than distributors, grocery stores, processors and packaging plants, drops year after year.” But Pilling noted that stresses on farmers and their families also go beyond economic matters. “Farmers don’t think of what they do as their job,” he said. “It’s providing food. They think of it as a legacy and as a responsibility.” Officials noted the importance of suicide prevention efforts in rural communities, where farm families are less likely to seek and receive help for mental health issues. Those with the Klump Fund and the coalition are currently exploring ways to reach local farmers and farming organizations. “In year two we hope to engage farm families more directly, teaching recognition of the warning signs of suicide’s threat,” Klump said. “We’re open to any suggestions about events relating to farming where we may exhibit, organizations that would invite us to speak, or any way to reach the agricultural population.” For more information, or to learn about the risk factors and warning signs of suicide among farmers, visit

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who’s where when 28th/127th Street Pit & Pub 410-289-2020 • 443-664-7482 28th St. & CoaStal hwy. & 127th St. & CoaStal hwy. Friday, Sept. 6: Jack & T Wednesdays: DJ Wax (127th St.)

45th Street taPhouSe 443-664-2201 • 4507 CoaStal hwy. Friday, Sept. 6: Wes & Natalie Davis Saturday, Sept. 7: Rymac Sunday, Sept. 8: Phil Knight Wednesday, Sept. 11: Torrey B Thursday, Sept. 12: Ward Ewing

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DJ WIZ Greene Turtle North: Thursday, Sept. 12

DJ BK Green Turtle North: Friday & Saturday, Sept. 6 & 7 Hooters: Thursday, Sept. 12

DJ DUSTY Clarion/Ocean Club: Every Friday & Saturday

atlantiC hotel 410-641-3589 2 north Main St., berlin Friday, Sept. 6: Zander Jett Mondays: Earl Beardsley Tuesdays: Bob Miller on Piano

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NEW CENSATION Clarion/Lenny’s Beach Bar: Friday & Saturday, Sept. 6 & 7

CaPtain’S table 410-289-7192 CourtyarD by Marriott hotel, 15th St. & baltiMore ave. Every Thursday Thru Saturday: Phil Perdue On Piano

ZANDER JETT Atlantic Hotel: Fridays

Clarion hotel 410-524-3535 10100 CoaStal highway Ocean Club: Friday & Saturday, Sept. 6 & 7: New Censation Fridays & Saturdays: DJ Dusty

CoConutS beaCh bar & grill CaStle in the SanD hotel 37th & 38th St. • 410-289-6846 Friday, Sept. 6: Opposite Directions Saturday, Sept. 7: Kevin Poole & Joe Mama, Zion Reggae Sunday, Sept. 8: Keri Anthony, Identity Crisis Monday, Sept. 9: Bob Wilkinson & Joe Smooth Tuesday, Sept. 10: Bettenroo Duo Wednesday, Sept. 11: Monkee Paw Thursday, Sept. 12: Kevin Poole & Joe Mama CrabCake FaCtory baySiDe 302-988-5000 rt. 54 FenwiCk iSlanD, De Friday, Sept. 6: Lauren Glick Duo Wednesday, Sept. 11: Keri Anthony

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Who’s Where When Sunday, Sept. 8: Opposite Directions, Rockaholics Mondays: Blake Haley, DJ Billy T Tuesdays: Dust N Bones Wednesdays: DJ Billy T, Trivia w/DJ Bigler Thursdays: Opposite Directions

LOWER CASE BLUES High Stakes Bar & Grill: Friday, Sept. 6

HIGH VOLTAGE (AC/DC TRIBUTE) Purple Moose: Thursday, Sept. 12

HARPOON HANNA’S 302-539-3095 • RT. 54 & THE BAY, FENWICK ISLAND, DE Friday, Sept. 6: Dave Hawkins, Full Circle Saturday, Sept. 7: Dave Sherman Sunday, Sept. 8: Kevin Poole, Dale Teat Monday, Sept. 9: Dave Hawkins Tuesday, Sept. 10: Kevin Poole Wednesday, Sept. 11: Dave Sherman Thursday, Sept. 12: Dale Teat HIGH STAKES BAR & GRILL 302-537-6971 RT. 54, FENWICK ISLAND, DE Friday, Sept. 6: Lower Case Blues Saturday, Sept. 7: Slappy Hour Thursdays: Baltimore Bob Fridays & Saturdays: Bob Burns

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HOOTERS 410-213-1841 12513 OCEAN GATEWAY, RTE. 50, WEST OC Saturday, Sept. 7: Classic Vibe Thursday, Sept. 12: DJ BK JOHNNY’S PIZZA & PUB 410-723-5600 RT. 54 FENWICK ISLAND, DE Wednesdays: Randy Lee Ashcraft & The Saltwater Cowboys LOBSTER SHANTY 302-436-2305 56TH ST. & COASTAL HWY., BAYSIDE Sunday, Sept. 8: Joe Mama w/Smooth & Remy Thursday, Sept. 12: Full Circle Duo

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JIM LONG BAND Seacrets: Friday & Saturday, Sept. 6 & 7, & Thursday, Sept. 12

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M.R. DUCKS 410-289-9125 • 311 TALBOT ST. Friday, Sept. 6: Johnny Seaton & Bad Behavior Saturday, Sept. 7: Johnny Bling Sunday, Sept. 8: Landmark Wednesday, Sept. 11: Dust N Bones Thursday, Sept. 12: Tranzfusion PICKLES PUB 410-289-4891 8TH ST. & PHILADELPHIA AVE. Friday, Sept. 6: Beats By Jeremy Saturday, Sept. 7: UFC Fight, Sean Loomis Mondays: Karaoke W/ Jeremy Tuesdays: Beats By Adam Dutch Thursdays: Beats By Wax PURPLE MOOSE 410-289-6953 BETWEEN CAROLINE & TALBOT STREETS ON THE BOARDWALK Friday, Saturday & Wednesday, Sept. 6, 7 & 11: Doc Marten & The Flannels Sunday & Monday, Sept. 8 & 9: CK The DJ/VJ Tuesday, Sept. 10, VJ Mazi Friday-Sunday, Sept. 6-Sept. 8: CK The DJ Thursday, Sept. 12: High Voltage (AC/DC Tribute) SMITTY MCGEE’S 302-436-4716 • 37234 LIGHTHOUSE RD., WEST FENWICK IRELAND, DE Thursdays & Fridays: Randy Lee Ashcraft & The Saltwater Cowboys SEACRETS 410-524-4900 49TH ST.& COASTAL HWY. Friday, Sept. 6: Jim Long Band, 9 Mile Roots, Kristen & The Noise Saturday, Sept. 7: Bobby O On De Bay, Jim Long Band, 9 Mile Roots, Lost In Paris Sunday, Sept. 8: Bobby O In De Bay, DJ Tuff Monday, Sept. 9: Flowers For Taco Tuesday, Sept. 10: Flowers For Taco Wednesday, Sept. 11: Triple Rail Turn Thursday, Sept. 12: Jim Long Band, Triple Rail Turn, Tuesday’s Gone (The Ultimate Lynyrd Skynyrd Tribute)

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OCEAN CITY – “17:25. (5:25 p.m.) The Ocean City Beach Patrol is now up and clearing the water.” This message is broadcasted daily through the Ocean City Communications Center to all beach patrol radios. All SRTs, covering 10 miles of beach, simultaneously whistle and point toward the west with semaphore flags. We clear the ocean of all swimmers every day at 5:25 p.m. (earlier on some days if conditions are more dangerous), so we know when we leave the beach everyone is safe and out of the water. Furthermore, we do our best to advise people that swimming while lifeguards are off duty is dangerous. Our beach patrol has always taken efforts to let swimmers know when we were off duty. In 1999, by suggestion of Councilman Dennis Dare, the City Manager at that time, we began completely clearing the ocean before our departure. Since we implemented the clearing policy, the average drownings per summer has fallen to one or less, in spite of increases in beach population. We have also implemented a before and after hours mobile patrol to be available for response should communications receive a 911 call for a

swimmer in distress or someone needing assistance on the beach. This is not an effort to expand our guarding hours, since patrols are limited and not stationary to watch swimmers. Through July and August, the average weekly number of visitors in town, at any time in July or August, is 300,000. We are a high-volume resort area, and although the police patrol the beach for criminal activity, there is no provision in the city code that restricts swimming when the beach patrol is off duty. It was not unusual in the past for police, fire/EMS or our off-duty personnel to make dozens of evening or early morning rescues or to be involved with CPR DAMIEN related to a drowning. SANZOTTI Thankfully, because of our change in policy at the end of our day, our extended mobile patrol and an increased emphasis on education, these numbers have been greatly reduced and needless loss of life has diminished. Unfortunately, during my 16 years on the beach patrol, I can recall several before or after hours’ situations in which someone entered an unguarded ocean to swim and found themselves SEE NEXT PAGE



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quickly needing assistance. Even more tragic are the ones who do not survive to tell about how they were rescued. Having been involved in some of these rescues myself, I cannot even begin to explain the impact that it has on the family as well as the emergency personnel who respond. One particular situation continues to come to mind even years after it happened, and I think it hits home personally with me because I’m a father of three. Several years ago, two small children became stuck in a rip current only about 15 minutes before the guards came on duty. The mother was forced to attempt to rescue the two. Fortunately, the two children were able to use the mother to survive, but sadly the mother did not make it. Another 15 minutes and it would have been a routine rescue for our guards. Surely, before and after-hours drownings can occur on any beach. Like all beach patrols, we do everything we can to reduce these tragic occurrences. Clearly, public education is the key. We hand out thousands of brochures that provide rip current information, safety tips and our hours of operation. We hold weekly Beach Safety Seminars for thousands of our visitors. Our community has shown its support for our efforts, with local businesses posting our hours and safety tips on their marquees not to mention the local paper such as this one you are reading that help to get the safety messages out. Captain’s Note: The single, strongest message that we try to impress on people is that they should stay out of the ocean when the beach patrol is not on duty. I have been personally involved in cases where, if this simple rule had been followed, many lives and families would not have been scarred by such a preventable tragedy, the death of a loved one. Clearing the water at the end of our shift may seem routine, but we must never take the goal of this policy lightly. Before we started clearing the water of swimmers at 5:25, it is very possible that a swimmer could have entered the water while guards were on duty, only to turn around and find the stands empty and pulled back for the night. In most cases this would not be a problem. However, if the swimmer were to become caught in a rip current, the situation could quickly take a tragic turn, despite their intentions to swim only under the watchful eyes of the patrol. In contrast, by pulling everyone out of the ocean before we leave the beach, we know that those who enter the water during unguarded hours are taking that risk knowingly. It is critical that we continue our efforts to educate the public, warning them of the dangers of swimming on unguarded beaches. Please help all public safety agencies by staying out of the ocean until the SRT’s return at 10 the next morning. (The writer has been with the beach patrol for 16 years and is currently a sergeant. He is a physical education teacher at Berlin Intermediate School.)

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BERLIN – A library is more than just a place for books. That is what officials with the Worcester County Arts Council want community members to know as they explore the Berlin branch of the Worcester County Library. Since the library opened last year, local and regional artists have had an opportunity to display their work at the facility’s second-floor gallery. Anna Mullis, executive director of the Worcester County Arts Council, said the effort to support local artists is made possible by a partnership between the nonprofit and the Worcester County Library Foundation. “The foundation has gifted that space to the arts council for the use of the gallery …,” she said. “We are so appreciative for the support of the library foundation. Without them, the gallery wouldn’t exist to provide a space for local artists.” Mullis said the Worcester County Arts Council has its own gallery at the nonprofit’s facility on Jefferson Street. The space features artwork from 27 members of the council’s cooperative. She noted, however, that gallery space at the library is meant to offer additional opportunities for all artists. “We are very pleased because we see a lot of artists coming here to our gallery inquiring about exhibiting opportunities,” she said. “Because we have a co-op, and because space is limited – it’s not a huge gallery here – this offers us an opportunity to provide space for artists who want to show their work.” Nancy Howard, a member of both the Worcester County Library Board of Trustees and the Worcester County Arts Council Board of Directors, noted the rarity of finding a dedicated art gallery within a library. “From the lighting and ceiling height to the size of the room, everything about it says, ‘Come on in,’” she said. “There are even benches in the middle of the room to sit and admire the artwork. And, of course, all the paintings are for sale.” Every two months, new exhibits are introduced at the library gallery and a committee at the Worcester County Arts Council selects the two local or regional artists who will have their work on display during that time. Mullis said artists must submit their resumes and samples to the committee for consideration. “We’ve been lucky enough that we’ve actually sold several pieces there,” she said. “So it’s been very encouraging.” Mullis also noted the strategic location of the library gallery. “It’s connected to a community room,” she said. “So it gets a lot of exposure. It’s a wonderful opportunity for people who come for library programs, SEE NEXT PAGE

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OCEAN CITY – The Mid Atlantic Chapter of The Best Day Foundation announced this week it will return to Ocean City the weekend of Sept. 7-8. The organization, which hosts several events in North Carolina, Virginia, and Maryland each year, seeks to provide a personalized, fun and safe experience for participants with disabilities and make the ocean accessible to everyone, while providing them with confidence and independence throughout the day. During the events, participants will have the opportunity to explore water sports like surfing, stand up paddle boarding and more as well as beach activities like obstacle courses. For the entire day, each participant will be paired with a beach buddy who will assist with beach and ocean activities. Individuals with developmental, physical, injury or illness induced challenges are welcome to attend the events. Special beach wheelchairs and custom surf chairs will be available for use. “Best Day events are magical, memorable days for participants, their fami-

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lies, and volunteers,” said Alexis Downham, co-chair of the Mid Atlantic Chapter and East Coast event coordinator. “Parents will often tell us that their child will never surf or even walk on the beach. With the patience and encouragement of our volunteers, they are often the last ones out of the water. We get emails all throughout the year about participants wearing their medals all year long, eagerly awaiting their chance to catch another wave. These days put smiles on the faces and in the hearts of everyone involved.” There are still a few spots open for each of the upcoming events in September. Interested families can go to the Best Day website, to complete a profile and register for the event. Best Day is also always looking to add to its volunteer roster. No special experience or expertise is required and there are roles for everyone – just bring your helping hands and an open heart. Volunteers can also register at

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meetings or children’s events to see local artwork on display. You don’t usually expect that at a library.” Mullis said the Worcester County Arts Council is currently accepting proposals from local artists wishing to exhibit their work at the library for the 2020 season. Resumes and samples can be sent to “We’ve already had several people apply,” she said. “But we still have spots available.” Mullis added that participants of this year’s 10th Annual Paint Berlin-Plein Air event will also have an opportunity to display their work in the Berlin library. After the Paint Berlin exhibit concludes at the Worcester County Arts Council gallery, artwork will be transported to the library gallery, where it will remain throughout the entire month of October. “That way community members or visitors who didn’t have a chance to

come for Plein Air will be able to see the artwork,” she said. In the future, Mullis said the nonprofit hopes to also include three-dimensional work at the library gallery. “Right now, we are only limited to showing two-dimensional pieces,” she said. “But in the future we hope to have some display cases to incorporate three-dimensional pieces like glasswork, jewelry and ceramics.” Mullis encouraged everyone to visit the library gallery and support local artists. “It’s very important not only for their artwork to be seen, but also for the community to enjoy,” she said. “We can only see this project growing.” Howard agreed. “It’s a delight to share the artwork with people who visit the library …,” she said. “It’s a perfect combination of everything that helps the public have a wonderful experience.”

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TOP Soccer Starts September 14 The River Soccer Club offers an outreach program called TOPSOCCER at our soccer complex located on Gum Road in Roxana, Del. This program is designed for youth with special needs. The sessions focus on having fun with soccer in a laidback, structured environment and partnering volunteer buddies in high school and middle school with these special needs participants, ages 4-19. Would you be willing to volunteer one hour a week to play with a special needs kid in our TOPSoccer Program at River Soccer Club? We give community service credits. If you are interested in participating or being a team buddy, please call or text Pete Bussa at 516-456- 5828 or email

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ROXANA, Del. – The Outreach Program for Soccer (TOPS) will begin its fall session on Saturday, Sept. 14 at River Soccer Club. The program is designed for kids 419 with special needs, either physical, cognitive, or social. There are seven weekly one-hour sessions from noon1p.m. TOPS players are paired with a high school/middle school youth who volunteer to assist their player with activities. Instruction sessions follow a structured format and focus on having fun. There is a $20 registration fee to cover cost of shirt/ball for each player. The fee can be waived on a needs basis. The program is in need of buddies to pair up with special needs players. Buddies help make this fun program a success while learning about life and society and obtaining community service hours. No soccer experience is needed. All is needed is a willingness to have fun with a player and a ball. To become a participant or a “buddy” to spend an hour with the players, call Coach Pete Bussa at 516-456-5828, or email him at Registration can be done online at

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SALISBURY – Twenty-four hours. Twenty-four 5Ks. The new Pemberton 24 – Festival of 5Ks event offers the opportunity for runners to participate in as many 5Ks as they wish during a 24-hour period from Friday-Saturday, Sept. 20-21. This event is a partnership between Wicomico County Recreation, Parks & Tourism and Algonquin Ultras Inc. A 5K will start every hour on the hour for 24 hours at Pemberton Historical Park in Salisbury beginning at 7 p.m. Sept. 20. Runners can complete up to a total of 75 miles. “The Pemberton 24 is a very unique running event that will allow participants to run as many or as few 5Ks as they would like within a day,” said race director Trent Swanson. “To our knowledge, there is no race like it anywhere. Runners can run a few 5Ks at night and a few more in the morning or they can be really crazy and try to run all 24 5Ks.” There will also be a festival atmosphere. People can reserve a camping spot and camp in tents overnight; no electricity is provided. “When not running, participants can enjoy food from different vendors, beer and music,” said Allen Swiger, program director for Wicomico County Recreation, Parks & Tourism. “This event also offers the unique opportunity to camp at Pemberton Park.” The course will be on the trails of Pemberton Park, and there will be an aid station with water, snacks, gels, chips, sodas and more. Runners must have a headlamp if they plan to run any night 5Ks, along with a water bottle or hydration belt, as this is a cupless race. The Pemberton 24 will not be a typical race. There will be a timing clock; however, winners will be determined based on a point system. Runners can compete as individuals or as part of a four-person team. Early registration is $50, and late/on-site registration – Sept. 1 or later – is $60. The shirt deadline is Aug. 31, and long-sleeved shirts are available for an additional $5 if reserved by that date. Camping is $10 for a 10-foot by 10-foot space; the deadline to register for camping is also Aug. 31. The grounds open and packet pickup begins at 4 p.m. Sept. 20. “This is an exciting opportunity for local and far away runners to see how many 5Ks they can run,” Swanson said. Registration and further details about the event, scoring and rules can be found at People can also register in person at the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center box office at 500 Glen Ave. in Salisbury (Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.).

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BERLIN – Congratulations, you are turning 62 this week and are eligible for social security; should you take it? If not now, when? There are many factors involved in this important decision, and they vary significantly from person to person. The factors may include, but are not limited to, other income sources, employment status, health, family history, investment accounts and federal income tax implications. Yes, social security is taxable depending on something called “provisional income.” There is a simple calculation that determines your provisional income. Take one half of your annual social security amount, add to that all other income (including your tax-free income) and the total is your provisional income, also known as modified adjusted gross income. If you are a single filer and your proviJOHN BARRETT sional income exceeds $25,000, half of the amount in excess is included as taxable income. If you exceed $34,000 with this calculation, an additional 35% is included as taxable income. If you are married filing jointly these numbers increase to $32,000 and $44,000, respectively. As you may or may not know, we all have something called full retirement age (FRA), which will give you your full benefit amount. For every year before your FRA that you take your benefits, there is a reduction on your benefits of approximately 7%. The earliest most recipients can take benefits is age 62, for each year you delay taking social security past your FRA, benefits will increase by 8%. If your plans include working while drawing social security, there are special rules that apply, which affect your benefits dramatically. Does it make sense to live off other investments in retirement in order to maximize your social security? What other investments do you have that are guaranteed to increase at 8%? What if you delayed taking your social security to maximize it at age 70? On your 70th birthday, you go to the mailbox to get your new maximized social security check and get hit by a school bus. Did you realize that 8% gain? It is never too early to start planning the best way to claim social security and distribute other retirement accounts. Everyone’s situation is different, just because a situation may have worked for a friend or a neighbor, it may not be the best plan for you. (The writer is an income specialist with Key Financial Services. As a past business proprietor, he focuses and excels on helping small business owners.)

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And Real Estate News Va. Bank Branch Planned

BERLIN – Raymond M. Thompson, President and CEO of Calvin B. Taylor Bankshares, Inc. and Calvin B. Taylor Banking Company, has announced the bank has made application with the Maryland Division of Financial Regulation, The Virginia Bureau of Financial Institutions and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation to establish a new branch location on the north side of West Main Street and the west side of Shore Parkway, more particularly described as Lot #1, containing 1.5 acres, on certain plat of survey entitled, “Subdivision Plat of Property of R. Preston Richardson, Tax Parcels #093C1A0000001A0 and #09300A0000088A0, within the town limits of Onley, Accomack County, Va. The proposed full-service branch will provide general banking services to residents and businesses located in the Onley and Onancock, southern Accomack County, and the northern Northampton County, Va. areas. Any person wishing to comment on this application may file his or her comments in writing with Mr. John Vogel, Regional Director, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, 350 Fifth Avenue, Suite 1300, New York, N.Y. 10118. Comments are due not later than Sept. 21. The non-confidential portions of the application are on file at the appropriate FDIC office and are available for public inspection during regular business hours. Photocopies of the non-confidential portion of the application file will be made available upon request. Calvin B. Taylor Bank is a community bank providing deposit and loan services to consumers and businesses through 11 offices located in Worcester County and lower Sussex County, Del., and northern Accomack County, Va. and a loan production office located in Onley, Va.

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New Board Officers Named SALISBURY – Russell W. Blake of Pocomoke City was recently named chairperson and Kimberly C. Gillis of Salisbury was named vice chair of the board of trustees at Wor-Wic Community College. Blake, who was appointed to the board in RUSSELL W. 1996, served as chair BLAKE from 2003-06 and 201315, and as vice chair from 2001-03, 2011-13 and 2018-19. Blake retired as city manager of Pocomoke City after 40 years in the position. He received his bachelor’s KIM GILLIS

degree in civil engineering from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and his master’s degree in business management from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo. Gillis was appointed to the board in 2017. She is a senior associate and business development manager at the Becker Morgan Group in Salisbury, where she has been employed since 1999. She holds a bachelor of science degree from Salisbury University and currently serves as vice president of the Salisbury University Alumni Association. A member of the Shore Leadership Class of 2013, Gillis is also a member of the Greater Ocean City Chamber of Commerce, the Ocean City Hotel-Motel-Restaurant Association and the Education Awards Committee of the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore. In addition to Blake and Gillis, WorWic board of trustee members include William H. Kerbin of Pocomoke City, Lorraine Purnell-Ayers of Snow Hill, and Andrew W. Booth, Morgan Hazel and Martin T. Neat of Salisbury.

New Surgeon Announced SALISBURY – Medicine fellow and orthopaedic surgeon Dr. Taylor Wiley recently joined the team of orthopedic specialists at Peninsula Orthopaedic Associates. Wiley joined the Sports Medicine Team alongside Dr. Thomas Brandon and Dr. DR. TAYLOR Jason Scopp who have WILEY treated patients on the Delmarva peninsula for over 45 years combined. “Dr. Wiley’s addition to our Sports Medicine team allows POA to further offer the most advanced and comprehensive treatment of sports injuries in the region,” said Brandon. Wiley completed his Bachelor of Science Degree at Providence College and his Medical Doctorate at New York Medical College. Wiley selected the University of Connecticut Health Center to complete his residency in Orthopaedic Surgery and recently completed a fellowship in Sports Medicine at Brown University. Dr. Wiley has contributed to several publications including “Acromioclavicular Joint Injury, Surgical Treatment: Open” as well as “Osteochondritis Dissecans of the Capitellum.” Wiley has joined the practice to help serve the needs of the community, particularly in the areas of the shoulder, hip and knee that need proper diagnosis, customized treatment plans and restored mobility.

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Worcester Preparatory School’s College Counseling Department led a group of students on a summer road trip to visit four colleges in Delaware and Pennsylvania over two days. Students Ian Betterson, Waverly Choy, Josh Conway, Grace Hopkins, Sophia Ludt, Riley Schoch and Summer Walker accompanied Director of College Counseling Victoria Garner and Assistant to College Counseling, Katie Oxenreider, as they navigated Swarthmore College, Villanova University, University of Pennsylvania and University of Delaware. The students experienced college information sessions with admission counselors, in addition to campus tours with student ambassadors from each college. Garner has more than 30 years of experience as a college counselor and independent school administrator. Submitted Photo

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BERLIN – A recent trip to the US Naval Academy in Annapolis exposed me to the exploits of Stephen Decatur. Since he had ties to Worcester County, I decided to find out more about this naval hero, and I wasn't disappointed. He was born in 1779 at Sinepuxent in Worcester County, the son of a naval officer who served in the Revolutionary War. After a brief stint at college, he joined the United States Navy at 19. In the tumultuous early years of our country, he played a major role in the development of the American navy. He served under three presidents and was involved in almost every theater of operation during that era, showing exceptional heroism and leadership. He rose rapidly through the ranks and became the youngest person in the history of the US Navy

to achieve the rank of captain. His initial trial by fire was in the Barbary Wars where he helped defeat the nest of pirates at Tripoli. Then he acted with honor in the quasiwar with France, and especially in the War of 1812 with Britain. He was renowned for his leadership and his DR. JOSEPH F. genuine concern for PALMISANO the seamen under his command. His numerous victories over the French, British, and Barbary states helped establish the United States as a rising power, able to take its place alongside the established great nations. Subsequently he commanded many vessels and ultimately became a member of the Board of Naval Commissioners. He built a large home in Washington known as the Decatur House in Lafayette Square. He and his pretty wife, Susan, became the

center of Washington society and counted President James Monroe and numerous other Washington dignitaries as their personal friends. Decatur's life and distinguished career in the US Navy came to an early end in 1820 at the hands of disgraced Commodore James Barron. Because of past disagreements, Barron became embittered towards Decatur and challenged him to a duel. This occurred at a time when duels between officers were so common that it created a shortage of experienced officers, forcing the War Department to discharge those who attempted to pursue the practice, too late to save Decatur. Both men were wounded in the duel, but Decatur's wound was mortal. He died later that evening. Washington and the nation were shocked upon learning that Decatur was killed at the age of 41 in a duel with a rival naval officer at the pinnacle of his career and usefulness to our country.

His funeral was huge and attended by President Monroe, the justices of the Supreme Court, and over 10,000 citizens of Washington. His body was temporarily buried in Washington but was later moved to Philadelphia next to his parents at St. Peter's Church. At least 40 communities in America were named after him including Decatur, Ala., Decatur, Ga., Decatur, Ill. and Decatur, Texas. Stamps, ships, streets and other places were named in honor of Stephen Decatur. In the county of Worcester, a street, monument, park and middle and high schools were named after him. It is ironic that even though he is revered as a local hero, he left this area at a very early age and never returned. (The writer is a retired physician who shares insights about historically significant events and personal reflections on the area. The Ocean Pines resident is the author of “Doctor Joe, A Family Doctor In The Twentieth Century.”)


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SNOW HILL – The annual Worcester County Fair opens at Byrd Park in Snow Hill on Friday, Sept. 13 and runs through the weekend with a variety of new entertainment as well as traditional favorites. On Friday, Sept. 13, the fair will open with a Safe Kids Celebration and an interactive story time set in a hay wagon. Buster Douglas, Mini Horse Wonder will make you believe unicorns do exist. Smoky Bear will be on hand, and the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office will put on a K-9 demonstration. Many agencies will be offering giveaways and providing activities for the children. Families can visit the Maryland Agricultural Education Foundation Ag Showcase, sponsored by M&T Bank, for hands-on learning and crafts. Learn the beautiful art of Rangoli in the afternoon. Friday evening features the anticipated auction of prize winning cakes and closes with the musical sounds of God’s Country Crossroads. A highlight of this year’s fair will be the dunk booth to benefit Operation We Care (OWC), a local grassroots organization that has supported military men and women and first responders for 12

years. OWC packs over 2,000 care packages a year which are sent to deployed troops. OWC strives to support both active duty and veteran military through care packages, events, and a variety of assistance outlets. OWC also makes donations to local law enforcement and fire departments in addition to many support and appreciation causes. Sheriff Matt Crisafulli will be among the first to take the plunge on Friday at 11 a.m. Delegate Wayne Hartman will be inviting the crowd to try to dunk him on Saturday at 1 p.m. with OWC founder Jeff Merritt, Snow Hill postal clerk Steven Zelechowski, John Foxwell from Worcester County Public Works and others volunteering throughout the weekend. Local legislators, educators, business and community leaders are encouraged to participate for this great cause. Saturday, Sept. 14 has a full slate of activities including kid’s games and contests, livestock shows, salsa and square dancing, karate demonstration and Drums Around the World with Ted Nichols. After admiring the exhibits in the indoor tent, those feeling inspired to learn can join Patty Grey in the Cro-

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chet Circle. The featured act on Saturday afternoon is sure to be a crowd pleaser. John “Laughing Wolf” from the Great Cherokee Nation will be putting on a thrilling demonstration of horsemanship and tricks with Sokie, his trained appaloosa at 2 p.m. Saturday also features the popular Classic Car & Truck Show. Dash plaques go to the first 50 participants. Fair goers can vote for their favorites to vie for one of the sponsor trophies. The Peninsula Tractor Organization will also be on hand with an antique tractor demonstration. On Saturday evening, come out for the annual Talent Show at 6 p.m. when youth and adult acts will compete for cash prizes and a year’s worth of bragging rights. A non-denominational church service by Bayside Community Church will be held Sunday morning at 11. Sunday also features Lego Building contests, arts and crafts for kids, Rangoli and Paint Day in the Park. Two talented young ladies take center stage on Sunday afternoon. Kira Knappenberger, a member of the Voyagers 4-H Club, will put her two

Dobermans through their paces with an exciting demonstration of dog training and agility skills. Then, all are invited back to the main tent to enjoy the classic rock and country sounds of Haydyn Ryan before the fair closes out with its awards ceremony. The Worcester County Fair celebrates the county’s agricultural roots upon the start of harvest season. The fair highlights accomplishments of both 4-H and FFA youth with awards for their entries and livestock showing. Worcester FFA will be selling local honey at the Fair with four delicious varieties. Voyagers 4-H Club offers a yarn and wool sale with a huge variety from which to choose. The Worcester County Fair is a family-friendly event open to the entire community. There is no admission charge. Well-behaved pets are welcome and must remain on leash at all times. Other attractions include Scales and Tales Exhibits, Black Acre Farm pony rides, UMES fruit crop display, food and craft vendors, and more. For a full schedule of events, visit or call 410-632-1972.


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FULL-TIME PERSONAL BANKER Farmers Bank of Willards has a full-time Personal Banker position available at the Talbot Branch, Ocean City location. Looking for professional and motivated individuals with extraordinary customer service skills. Cash handling experience & excellent computer skills a must. Please send resume to 12641 Ocean Gateway, OC, MD 21842 410-213-2983 or email: Application cut off is 9-16-2019 “Equal Employment Opportunity-Affirmative Action Employer”

Now accepting applications for the following positions: ROOM ATTENDANTS BREAKFAST SERVER LINE COOK PAINTER Looking for experienced personnel with customer service skills. Must be flexible with hours. Email res. to or stop by and complete an application at the Front Desk. We require satisfactory pre-employment drug testing and background check. Carousel Resort Hotel & Condominiums 11700 Coastal Highway Ocean City, MD 21842 EOE


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CHRISTOPHER G. MANCINI, ESQ. 115 72ND STREET OCEAN CITY, MD 21842 NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT NOTICE TO CREDITORS NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS ESTATE NO. 17957 To all persons interested in the estate of ALICE MARIE TARAILA, AKA: ALICE M. TARAILA, ESTATE NO. 17957. Notice is given that BARBARA TARAILA DIX, 27099 PATRIOT DRIVE, SALISBURY, MD, 21801 and WALTER DENY TARAILA, 12158 SOUTH PINEY POINT ROAD, BISHOPVILLE, MD 21813, was on AUGUST 13, 2019, appointed Personal Representative of the estate of ALICE MARIE TARAILA, who died on JUNE 14, 2019 with a will. Further information can be obtained by reviewing the estate file in the office of the Register of Wills or by contacting the personal repre-

sentative 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 13th day of FEBRUARY, 2020. Any person having a claim against the decedent must present the claim to the undersigned personal representative or file it with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned on or before the earlier of the following dates: (1) Six months from the date of the decedent's death, except if the decedent died before October 1, 1992, nine months from the date of the decedent's death; or (2) Two months after the personal representative mails or otherwise delivers to the creditor a copy of this published notice or other written notice, notifying the creditor that the claim will be barred unless the creditor presents the claims

The Dispatch/Maryland Coast Dispatch within two months from the mailing or other delivery of the notice. A claim not presented or filed on or before tha 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 AUGUST 23, 2019 BARBARA TARAILA DIX WALTER DENY TARAILA 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 8-23, 8-30, 9-06

Name of Newspaper: Maryland Coast Dispatch Date of Publication AUGUST 23, 2019 PHILLIP K. LEE NANCY L. LEONG 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 8-23, 8-30, 9-06






NOTICE TO CREDITORS OF APPOINTMENT OF FOREIGN PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE ESTATE NO. 17958 Notice is given that the CIRCUIT COURT of FAIRFAXCOUNTY, VA, appointed PHILLIP K. LEE, 2886 HAVEN LANE, DECATUR, GA 30030 and NANCY L. LEONG, 9413 BETHANY PLACE, MONTGOMERY VILLAGE, MD 20886, as the COADMINISTRATORS of the Estate of BENJAMIN K. LEE, who died on (title) JANUARY 11, 2018, domiciled in Virginia, USA. The Maryland resident agent for service of process is CHARLES S. ABELL ESQ., whose address is 7600 WISCONSIN AVENUE, SUITE 600, BETHESDA, MD 20814. At the time of death, the decedent owned real or leasehold property in the following MARYLAND counties: WORCESTER. All persons having claims against the decedent must file their claims with the Register of Wills for Worcester County with a copy to the foreign personal representative on or before the earlier of the following dates: (1) Six months from the date of the decedent's death, except if the decedent died before October 1, 1992, nine months from the date of the decedent's death; or (2) Two months after the foreign personal representative mails or 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. Claims filed after that date or after a date extended by law will be barred.

To all persons interested in the estate of GAIL MARIE MCWILLIAM, ESTATE NO. 17975. Notice is given that MATTHEW DAVID MCWILLIAM, 19 MOBY DICK DRIVE, BERLIN, MD 21811, was on AUGUST 27, 2019, appointed Personal Representative of the estate of GAIL MARIE MCWILLIAM, who died on JUNE 24, 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 27th day of FEBRUARY, 2020. Any person having a claim against the decedent must present the claim to the undersigned personal representative or file it with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned on or before the earlier of the following dates: (1) Six months from the date of the decedent's death, except if the decedent died before October 1, 1992, nine months from the date of the decedent's death; or (2) Two months after the personal representative mails or otherwise delivers to the creditor a copy of this published notice or other written notice, notifying the creditor that the claim will be barred unless the creditor presents the claims within two months from the mailing or other delivery of the notice. A claim not presented or filed on or before

September 6, 2019 tha 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 AUGUST 30, 2019

tor presents the claims within two months from the mailing or other delivery of the notice. A claim not presented or filed on or before tha date, or any extension provided by law, is unenforceable thereafter. Claim forms may be obtained from the Register of Wills.

MATTHEW DAVID MCWILLIAM Personal Representative True Test Copy

Name of Newspaper: Maryland Coast Dispatch Date of Publication AUGUST 30, 2019

TERRI WESTCOTT Register of Wills for Worcester County Room 102 - Court House One W. Market Street Snow Hill, MD 21863-1074 3x 8-30, 9-06, 9-13

CHARLOTTE J. BALON RICHARD A. JONES Personal Representative True Test Copy


PAUL D WILBER ESQ WEBB,BURNETT,CORNBROOKS,WILBER,VORHIS 115 BROAD STREET P. O. BOX 910 SALISBURY, MD 21803-0910 NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT NOTICE TO CREDITORS NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS ESTATE NO. 17959 To all persons interested in the estate of RICHARD E. JONES, ESTATE NO. 17959. Notice is given that CHARLOTTE J. BALON, 9409 KILMANJARO ROAD, COLUMBIA, MD 21045 and RICHARD A. JONES, 8304 CLOUD ST., LAUREL, MD 20724 were on AUGUST 15, 2019, appointed Personal Representatives of the estate of RICHARD E. JONES, who died on AUGUST 01, 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 fore the 15th day of FEBRUARY, 2020. Any person having a claim against the decedent must present the claim to the undersigned personal representative or file it with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned on or before the earlier of the following dates: (1) Six months from the date of the decedent's death, except if the decedent died before October 1, 1992, nine months from the date of the decedent's death; or (2) Two months after the personal representative mails or otherwise delivers to the creditor a copy of this published notice or other written notice, notifying the creditor that the claim will be barred unless the credi-

TERRI WESTCOTT Register of Wills for Worcester County Room 102 - Court House One W. Market Street Snow Hill, MD 21863-1074 3x 8-30, 9-06, 9-13

SECOND INSERTION PETER S. BUAS, ESQ. WILLIAMS, MOORE, SHOCKLEY & HARRISON, LLP 3509 COASTAL HIGHWAY OCEAN CITY, MD 21842 NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT NOTICE TO CREDITORS NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS ESTATE NO. 17976 To all persons interested in the estate of RALPH M. HITCHCOCK JR., ESTATE NO. 17976. Notice is given that NEIL HITCHCOCK, P.O. BOX 100, OCEAN CITY, MD 21842 and ANNA KOST, 17600 NEW HAMPSHIRE AVE., ASHTON, MD 20861 were on AUGUST 27, 2019, appointed Personal Representatives of the estate of RALPH M. HITCHCOCK JR., who died on AUGUST 12, 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 27th day of FEBRUARY, 2020. Any person having a claim against the decedent must present the claim to the undersigned personal representative or file it with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned on or before the earlier of the following dates: (1) Six months from the date of the decedent's death, except if the decedent died before October 1, 1992, nine months from the date of the decedent's death; or (2) Two months after the personal representative mails or otherwise delivers to the creditor a copy of this published notice or other written notice, notifying the

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inch. Deadline for all legal advertising is Tuesday at noon. For more information, call 410-641-4563 or fax 410-641-0966.

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 tha 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 AUGUST 30, 2019 NEIL HITCHCOCK ANNA KOST 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 8-30, 9-06, 9-13


NOTICE TO CREDITORS OF APPOINTMENT OF FOREIGN PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE ESTATE NO. 17961 Notice is given that the CIRCUIT COURT of PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, VA, appointed SAMUEL WAYNE BYRD, 8836 FLATBUSH COURT, MANASSAS, VA 20109 and ELIZABETH ANNE PRATT, 4216 YUCCA FLATS TRAIL, FORT WORTH, TX 76108, as the PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVES of the Estate of LINDA BARBARA BYRD, who died on JULY 8, 2018, domiciled in Virginia, USA. The Maryland resident agent for service of process is R. ERIK WINDROW, whose address is 6200 COASTAL HWY, #101, OCEAN CITY, MD., 21842. At the time of death, the decedent owned real or leasehold property in the following MARYLAND counties: WORCESTER. All persons having claims against the decedent must file their claims with the Register of Wills for Worcester County with a copy to the foreign personal representative on or before the earlier of the following dates: (1) Six months from the date of the decedent's death, except if the decedent died before October 1, 1992, nine months from the date of the

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decedent's death; or (2) Two months after the foreign 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. Claims filed after that date or after a date extended by law will be barred. Name of Newspaper: Maryland Coast Dispatch Date of Publication AUGUST 30, 2019

dates: (1) Six months from the date of the decedent's death, except if the decedent died before October 1, 1992, nine months from the date of the decedent's death; or (2) Two months after the foreign personal representative mails or 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. Claims filed after that date or after a date extended by law will be barred.

SAMUEL WAYNE BYRD ELIZABETH ANNE PRATT Personal Representative True Test Copy

Name of Newspaper: Maryland Coast Dispatch Date of Publication AUGUST 30, 2019

TERRI WESTCOTT Register of Wills for Worcester County Room 102 - Court House One W. Market Street Snow Hill, MD 21863-1074 3x 8-30, 9-06, 9-13

BURKE & HERBERT BANK - TRUST Personal Representative True Test Copy


LAW OFFICE OF MARIANNA BATIE MARIANNA BATIE ESQ 9748 STEPHEN DECATUR HIGHWAY, STE 112 OCEAN CITY, MD 21842 NOTICE TO CREDITORS OF APPOINTMENT OF FOREIGN PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE ESTATE NO. 17966 Notice is given that the CIRCUIT COURT of FAIRFAX COUNTY, VA, appointedBURKE & HERBERT BANK TRUST, 117 N. FAIRFAX STREET, ALEXANDRIA, VA 22314, as the PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE of the Estate of ROGER H. OLLSEN, who died on MAY 22, 2019, domiciled in Virginia, USA. The Maryland resident agent for service of process is MARIANNA BATIE, whose address is 9748 STEPHEN DECATUR HIGH, STE 112, OCEAN CITY, MD 21842. At the time of death, the decedent owned real or leasehold property in the following MARYLAND counties: WORCESTER. All persons having claims against the decedent must file their claims with the Register of Wills for Worcester County with a copy to the foreign personal representative on or before the earlier of the following

TERRI WESTCOTT Register of Wills for Worcester County Room 102 - Court House One W. Market Street Snow Hill, MD 21863-1074 3x 8-30, 9-06, 9-13


MARIANNA BATIE ESQ LAW OFFICE OF MARIANNA BATIE 9748 STEPHEN DECATUR HIGHWAY STE 112 OCEAN CITY, MD 21842 SMALL ESTATE NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT NOTICE TO CREDITORS NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS ESTATE NO. 17984 To all persons interested in the estate of TO ALL PERSONS INTERESTED IN THE ESTATE OF GLADYS BIRCH. Notice is given that DIANA KIO, 3905 REDDEN ROAD, POCOMOKE CITY, MD 21851, was on SEPTEMBER 03, 2019 APPOINTED PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE OF THE SMALL ESTATE OF GLADYS BIRCH, who died on AUGUST 7, 2016, 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

shall file their objections with the Register of Wills within 30 days after the date of publication of this Notice. All persons having any objection to the appointment shall file their objections with the Register of Wills within 30 days after the date of publication of this Notice. All persons having claims against the decedent must serve their claims on the undersigned personal representative or file them with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned on or before the earlier of the following dates: (1) Six months from the date of the decedent's death, except if the decedent died before October 1, 1992, nine months from the date of the decedent's death; or (2) Thirty days 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 claims will be barred unless the creditor presents the claim within thirty days from the mailing or other delivery of the notice. Any claim not served or filed within that time, or any extension provided by law, is unenforceable thereafter. Name of Newspaper: Maryland Coast Dispatch Date of Publication SEPTEMBER 06, 2019 DIANA KIO 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 1X 9-06



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PENNSYLVANIA, USA. The Maryland resident agent for service of process is KATHLEEN JEWETT, whose address is 1192 CODURUS STREET, FREDERICK, MD 21702. At the time of death, the decedent owned real or leasehold property in the following MARYLAND counties: WORCESTER. All persons having claims against the decedent must file their claims with the Register of Wills for Worcester County with a copy to the foreign personal representative on or before the earlier of the following dates: (1) Six months from the date of the decedent's death, except if the decedent died before October 1, 1992, nine months from the date of the decedent's death; or (2) Two months after the foreign personal representative mails or 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. Claims filed after that date or after a date extended by law will be barred. Name of Newspaper: Maryland Coast Dispatch Date of Publication SEPTEMBER 06, 2019 CAROL A. SPRINGER 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 9-06, 9-13, 9-30



ESTATE OF WILLIAM THOMAS LONG. Notice is given that JENNIFER OSWALD, P.O. BOX 60361, SAN DIEGO, CA 92166, was on SEPTEMBER 03, 2019 APPOINTED PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE OF THE SMALL ESTATE OF WILLIAM THOMAS LONG, who died on SEPTEMBER 24, 2018, 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 shall file their objections with the Register of Wills within 30 days after the date of publication of this Notice. All persons having any objection to the appointment shall file their objections with the Register of Wills within 30 days after the date of publication of this Notice. All persons having claims against the decedent must serve their claims on the undersigned personal representative or file them with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned on or before the earlier of the following dates: (1) Six months from the date of the decedent's death, except if the decedent died before October 1, 1992, nine months from the date of the decedent's death; or (2) Thirty days 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 claims will be barred unless the creditor presents the claim within thirty days from the mailing or other delivery of the notice. Any claim not served or filed within that time, or any extension provided by law, is unenforceable thereafter. Name of Newspaper: Maryland Coast Dispatch Date of Publication SEPTEMBER 06, 2019 JENNIFER OSWALD 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 1X 9-06

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Nathaniel, 8, and Landon Gillam, 6, in Ocean City

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Kids of Summer

Leah, 8, and Ellie Papsan, 4, in Ocean City

Hailey Fitzpatrick, 3, in Ocean City

Layla Fitzpatrick, 6, in Ocean City

(Part 3)

Jessica, 16, and Dylan Hackimer, 14, in Ocean City

Otto, 11 months, and Carisa Schaeffer, 5, in Ocean City

Taylor, 11, and Hunter Phipps, 9, and Carter Lee, 12, in Ocean City

Julia, 6, and Colton Mann, 4, in Ocean City

Caitlyn Crockett, 10, in Berlin

It’s our pleasure to produce the 13th Annual Kids of Summer photo series, featuring little ones of all ages, from near and far, enjoying all that comes with the summer season. If you would like your child(ren) featured in this space, there’s still time. Just email us your photo(s) at or mail to P.O. Box 467, Berlin, Md. 21811 with the child’s name, age and location.

Did, 5, and Erik Hultgren, 8, in Ocean City

Brody Spear, 3, in Ocean City

Jeremy Spear, 11, in Ocean City

Lexi Martin, 9, and Nicolas, 12, and Alexander Rittersbacher, 6, in Ocean City

Gavin, 10, and Ryan Mann, 12, in Berlin

Colin O'Brien, 9, in Ocean City

Richie Nelson, 6 in Ocean City

Grayson Woodfield, 6, in Ocean City

Riley Woodfield, 2, in Ocean City

Hannah Fitzpatrick, 19 months, in Ocean City

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Premium Bay Front Lot in West OC. Offers wide open vistas of Assateague, Atlantic Ocean, Chincoteague Bay. Located across from Sunset Marina. Walking distance to many of West OC’s finest establishments. MLS# MDWO106058 $875,000

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3BR/3BA main home features 5 balconies to take in all the fantastic views and fresh salty air! Ground floor efficiency apartment with separate entrance to use or rent out as you please. Outdoor pool and private beach area. Perfect beach getaway or investment property. MLS# MDWO107946 $635,000




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Well maintained, 3BR/1.5BA features cedar siding, metal roof, garage, upgraded kitchen with stainless appliances, large back porch, brick fireplace, slate patio, 10x12 pergola, large shed. Many more amenities with this one! A must see to appreciate! MLS# MDWO108776 $314,900




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DEER POINT 757 94TH STREET, OCEAN CITY 3BR/2.5BA townhouse with boat slip, great views, large deck, 1400+ sq. ft., 2 car parking, and so close to the open bay. MLS# MDWO106714 $364,900

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DESIRABLE WEST OC LOCATION! Fantastic 3BR/2.5BA townhome with gorgeous pond views from your back deck! Open floorplan, gas fireplace. Indoor/Outdoor Pools, Clubhouse, Fitness Center, Tennis/Basketball Courts. NO City Taxes! MLS# MDWO100075 $262,500

Outstanding 1BR/1BA unit in one of the finest buildings in OC! Huge Pool and Sundeck just steps to the beach. Mid-town location across from Gold Coast Mall – convenient to movies, restaurants, shopping. Not currently a rental but could easily generate $15-$17K in summer rental income. MLS# MDWO107202 $262,500



Quaint mobile home in sought-after Montego Bay Community. 3 BR/1 BA. Enclosed back porch. Community offers 2 pools. Close to the bay and the beach. MLS# MDWO108402 $172,500



ATLANTIS #602 10300 COASTAL HIGHWAY, OCEAN CITY Higher floor efficiency unit in popular Atlantis. Gorgeous pool. New elevators. Parking, onsite security and management. Great deal for oceanfront! MLS# MDWO106062 $160,000




1614 MOUNT HERMON ROAD SALISBURY Great location! 3BR/2BA rancher. Heat/AC recently replaced. Fireplace with wood stove installation. Storage shed. Quick ride to shopping, restaurants, entertainment. Only 30 minutes to beach! MLS# MDWC103478 $160,000

1 On eligible fixed-rate and adjustable rate first mortgages, PenFed will give a promotional credit of .50% of the loan amount not to exceed $20,000. To receive the maximum amount offered of $20,000, the loan amount must be $4 million. The average promo savings is $1,416 as a lender credit. Available when obtaining an eligible mortgage through PenFed, using a network real estate agent and using our affiliated title providers. In states where PenFed does not have an affiliated title company, and in Florida, New York and Texas, members can choose their own title company and still be eligible for the promotion. The application of additional loan level pricing adjustment will be determined by various loan attributes to include but not limited to the loan-to-value (LTV) ratio, credit score, transaction type, property type, product type, occupancy, and subordinate financing. Promotion available for the purchase of a primary residence, second home or investment property only. The promotional credit cannot be used for the downpayment. Other restrictions may apply.On eligible fixed rate VA mortgages, PenFed will give a promotional credit of 0.50% of the total loan amount. Loan amounts available up to Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) 2019 loan limits for the One-Unit Limit. While a veteran may use the promotion to acquire a property up to 2-units in size, the total loan amount will be based on the One-Unit (single-family residence) limit for the county in which the collateral is located. Veteran may finance the funding fee and still be eligible for the promotional credit even if the addition of the financed funding fee exceeds the county loan limit. Available when obtaining an eligible mortgage through PenFed, using a network real estate agent and using our affiliate title providers. In states where PenFed does not have an affiliated title company, and in Florida, New York and Texas, members can choose their own title company and still be eligible for the promotion. Promotion available for the purchase of a primary residence. Applicant is responsible for VA funding fee. Lender credit cannot be used for downpayment. Other restrictions may apply.


THE QUARTERS #304A 12108 COASTAL HIGHWAY, OCEAN CITY 2BR/2BA, thirteen week timeshare that covers every season of the year. Beautiful bay and sunset views! MLS# MDWO103890 $27,900

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Every Monday: TOPS Meeting 5:30-6:30 p.m. Atlantic General Hospital, Berlin. Take Off Pounds Sensibly is a support group promoting weight loss and maintaining a healthy life-style.410-641-0157.

Every Monday: Delmarva Chorus Meeting 7 p.m. Ocean Pines Community Center. Women of all ages invited to sing with the group. 410-641-6876.

Second Monday Of Month: Ocean Pines Camera Club 7 p.m. Ocean Pines branch library. Monthly get-together to share photos, tips, programs. Group goes on a photo shoot the Saturday following meeting and hosts a hands-on workshop the last Thursday of each month. Professional and amateur photographers and new members welcome. Meets second Monday of each month.

Every Tuesday: TOPS Meeting 5:30-7 p.m. Worcester County Health Center, 9730 Healthway Dr., Berlin. Take Off Pounds Sensibly is a sup-port and educational group promoting weight loss and healthy lifestyle.

Second Tuesday of Month: Eastern Shore Stamp Club Meeting 6 p.m. Salisbury branch, Wicomico County Library. Meetings held in basement.

Third Tuesday: Alzheimer’s Support Group 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Berlin Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 9715 Healthway Dr., Berlin. Free caregivers group. 410-6296123.

Every Wednesday: Community Bible Study (Women and Children) September 2019 through May 2020. Harvest Baptist Church, 29945 Dixon Rd., Salisbury. Pre-registration now open. $35 for adults, $10 for children. Thirty-week study of Revelation, Galatians and Colossians. Women of all ages and Bible knowledge welcome. Coordinator Linda Frey, 410-422-8773. Register and pay online at

Every Wednesday: Delmarva Hand Dance Club Dance To Sounds of ’50s And ’60s Music 5:30-9 p.m. Ocean City Elks Lodge, 13708 Sinepuxent Ave. $5 donation per person to benefit veterans and local charities in the Delmarva region. All are welcome. or 410-208-1151. Second Wednesday: Polish American Club Of Delmarva Meeting 2-4 p.m. Columbus Hall. Anyone of Polish or Slavic descent is welcome. No meetings June, July, August. 410-723-2639 or 410-250-2548.

Every Thursday: Beach Singles 45 Plus, happy hour 4-7 p.m., Clarion Hotel, 10100 Coastal Hwy., Ocean City. 302-4369577, 410-524-0649, Second Thursday: Ocean Pines Garden Club 10 a.m. Ocean Pines Community Center. Visitors and new members welcome.

Every Friday: Knights Of Columbus #9053 Bingo Doors open at 5 p.m., bingo at 6:30 p.m. 9901 Coastal Hwy., Ocean City. Possible to win the $1,000 big jackpot each week. 410-524-7994.

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Every Friday: FORGE Contemporary Youth And Family Ministry 6:30-8:30 p.m. FORGE Center, 7804 Gumboro Rd., Pittsville. Designed for kids ages 5-65, the program provides a meal, music, games, activities and a life lesson that can be of use to anyone. Christianbased program but does not require the practice of faith to attend. 443-366-2813.

Every Saturday: Goat and Sheep Seminars 10 a.m. Tractor Supply Co., Berlin and Farmers & Planters Too, Salisbury. Free programs focusing on small ruminant health, fencing and pasture management and feeding. Programs by University of Maryland Extension. For full schedule and registration, contact Maegan Perdue, or 410-632-1972.

First Saturday Of Month: Writers Group 10 a.m.-noon. Berlin branch, Worcester County Library. Anyone interested in writing is invited to join the group and share a story, poem or essay or just come and enjoy listening to others. This is a free activity. New members are always welcome. The group is comprised of amateur as well as professional, published writers willing to share their knowledge and offer tips on being creative with words.

Every Sunday Now Through Sept. 29: Berlin Farmers Market 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Producers-only market featuring locally handmade or grown products. More than 20 vendors including fresh fruits and veggies, baked goods, seafood, poultry, farm-fresh eggs, organic goods, wood working, beauty products and much more. Live music by local artists, kids crafts and a petting zoo. Berlin Welcome Center: 410-973-2051.

June-Sept. 8 Saturdays: Yoga On The Beach 8 a.m. Enjoy low-impact exercise to increase balance, flexibility and reduce stress to the sound of ambient waves. All levels welcome. Free but park entrance fees are in effect. Donations benefit Assateague Island National Seashore. Bring your own beach towel. Meet at the Shade Pavilion in North Beach parking lot, 6633 Bayberry Dr., Berlin.

Sept. 6-8: National Folk Festival Downtown Salisbury hosts the large-scale three-day outdoor event. The National Folk Festival celebrates the roots, richness, and variety of American culture. It features over 350 of the nation’s finest traditional musicians, dancers, craftspeople, and other keepers of culture in performances, workshops, and demonstrations, plus children’s activities, savory regional and ethnic cuisines and craft brews, non-stop participatory dancing, storytelling, parades, and more. Free

Sept. 6-8: Sportsman Expo The inaugural Ocean City Fishing Hunting Expo, held at the Roland E. Powell Con-

vention Center, is a regional consumer buying show that will bring together all things sportsman.

Sept. 7: Walk To End Epilepsy 8 a.m. Boardwalk at the Inlet, Ocean City. Free registration. Join the Ep-ilepsy Foundation Maryland at this nationwide walk to end epilepsy, a fun, family-friendly walk that brings the community together to affect change through care, advocacy, research and education. Features kids’ games, purple tent, scavenger hunt, entertainment. Money raised from the walk helps fund research and awareness, training programs and first aid, as well as improved access sto specialty and supportive care for the more than 60,000 people affected by epilepsy in Maryand. Create a team, sponsor an activity or be a volunteer. or Sept. 7: Corn Hole Tournament Noon- 5 p.m. Berlin Lions Club, 9039 Worcester Hwy., Berlin. Teams of two will face off in a double elimination battle. Food and beverages for sale. $30 per team. Sponsored by Ocean Pines Chamber of Commerce. Registration closes Sept. 5. Register online at Sept. 7: Walk for Recovery 1 p.m. Ocean City Boardwalk. Five-mile walk on the Boardwalk starting at the Inlet. Registration at 1 p.m. Walk begins at 2 p.m. First 50 registrants receive a free tshirt. Participants are encouraged to wear purple. $20 donation requested. Proceeds benefit Worcester County individuals and families touched by the disease of addiction. Register online at For more information, call 410-213-1007.

Sept. 7: Car/Bike Show The 14th Annual Cruizers for Christ Car/Bike Show will be held at the Whaleyville United Methodist Church, located at 11716 Sheppards Crossing Road. Trophies will be given to the Top 20 and "Best in Show". There will be vendors, a silent auction, gospel music, and food for purchase including scrapple sandwiches, hamburgers, hot dogs and baked goods. 410-641-0059 Sept. 7: Small Town Throw Down From 1-6 p.m., enjoy the sounds of Nashville style music, food and beer on Berlin’s Main Street. Entertainers include Jason Morton and the Chesapeake Sons, Boy In Black (Johnny Cash tribute) and Ruthie and the Wranglers.

Sept. 8: Sunday Worship Time Sunday worship will return to 10 a.m. beginning Sunday, Sept. 8 at Bethany United Methodist Church on Route 611 and Snug Harbor Road. Children will leave worship to attend Sunday School following the children’s message. 410-641-2186.

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Sept. 9: Diabetes Support Group The Diabetes Support Group will meet from 6 to 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 9 in the Avery W. Hall Educational Center auditorium on the Peninsula Regional campus. The session this month will include a talk about diabetes medications, with pharmacist Daehak Yim, PharmD. 410-543-7061. Sept. 10: Ocean Pines Boat Club The Ocean Pines Boat Club is sponsoring a luncheon and fun cruise aboard the Choptank River Queen from 12:15 to 2:30. Open to the public with lunch at Suicide Bridge in Hurlock. $43 per person, inclusive. Doris Lloyd, 410-629-9349 for information and reservations. Deadline is Sept. 1.

Sept. 11: Free Square Dance Lessons 7-9 p.m. Ocean Pines Community Center. Adults, singles and couples welcome. Additional square dance lessons available October 2019 through May 2020 for a nominal fee. Pine Steppes Square Dance Club President Barbara C. Roos, or 908-229-8799. Sept. 11: Parade of Brothers Parade will begin at 11:30 a.m. at 27th Street south to N. Division Street. This annual event is a motorcycle ride and memorial service to commemorate the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

Sept 12-14: Kids Consignment Sale Wicomico Youth & Civic Center will host the consignment event for family and home. Coastal Kids Consignment offers area families the opportunity to sell, shop and save on high-quality, gently used and new merchandise for infants to youth size 14/16 and maternity. Continuing its tradition, financial and in-kind donations will be distributed to Hope and Life Outreach Ministries (HALO) of Salisbury and local churches and shelters. Sept. 13: Crab Cake Dinner Stevenson United Methodist Church will hold its Maryland Crab Cake Dinner, 46:30 p.m. Carry-outs available and bake sale table offered.

Sept. 13-14: Regional Performers “An Evening of Regional Performers and Storytellers: Laugh, Love, Inspire” will benefit the American Cancer Society, Wicomico County, at Wor-Wic Community College’s Guerrieri Auditorium. Tickets $10 apiece at (search for event name)

Sept. 13-15: Worcester County Fair Planned for Byrd Park in Snow Hill, it’s a family-friendly event open to the entire community. There is no admission charge. Full slate of activities planned.

Sept. 14: Farm-to-Table Harvest Dinner 4-8 p.m. Ocean Pines Community Center. Local food prepared by Berlin chef Toby Gilbert with music by local musician Bryan Russo. Hosted by Socially Responsible Agricultural Project. Portion of proceeds will benefit Delmarva Farmer’s Union. Tickets available by phone at 717-826-


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Sept. 14: Relay For Life Fundraiser The Snow Hill Fire Ladies Auxility and Relay For Life Team Bucket will hold a social cornhole tournament with men’s and women’s brackets at the fire department. Teams randomly chosen the day of the event with $10 per person charge for the fundraiser. Teams welcomed. Food available, beer for sale, raffles and 50/50 all day. Registration starts 10 a.m., play at 11 a.m. 410-632-2115 or 410-430-6179. Sept. 14: Yard Sale Whispering Woods community on Route 611 will have a yard sale from 8 a.m.noon.

Sept. 14: Central Committee Meeting The Democratic Central Committee of Worcester County will meet from 9-11 a.m. at the downtown Berlin library, 13 Harrison Avenue. All interested parties welcome. 410-213-1956. Sept. 16: Fall Club Meeting The Democratic Women's Club of Worcester County will host its first fall meeting at the Community Center in Ocean Pines. Coffee and conversation at 9:30 a.m. At 10 a.m. Berlin Mayor Gee Williams will discuss environmental issues affecting Worcester County and Berlin. The September non-perishable food donations will go to Diakonia. 410-208-2969. Sept 17: Financial Peace Nine-week course being taught at Salem UM Church in Selbyville by Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University. Classes held Tuesdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Learn to handle money the way your grandmother did. This class will help you learn to save, invest, and to live like no one else so you can live and give like no one else. There is a material cost. Child care will be provided. To register for the class go to Questions call Burt Murray, 302-228-2758.

Sept 18: Free Square Dance Lessons 7-9 p.m. Ocean Pines Community Center. Adults, singles and couples welcome. Additional square dance lessons available October 2019 through May 2020 for a nominal fee. Pine Steppes Square Dance Club President Barbara C. Roos, or 908-229-8799. Sept. 19: NAACP Meeting The Worcester County NAACP will host Worcester County Public Schools Chief Academic Officer Denise Shorts at 6:40 p.m. at the Berlin MAC Center, 10129 Old Ocean City Blvd, Berlin. Meeting is open to the public. 443-944-6701

Things To Do activities are printed free of charge. To ensure that an event is listed in a timely manner, please submit information as early as possible, since all items will be listed in advance as space permits. Be sure to include the date, name of event, time, location, address and a contact number. Email to; fax to 410-641-0966; or mail to The Dispatch, P.O. Box 467, Berlin, Md. 21811.

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ARIES (March 21 to April 19): Changing your mind doesn't come easily for Lambs, who place a high value on commitment. But new facts could emerge that might persuade you to rethink your situation. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20): This is a good time to put that fine Bovine's eye for beauty to work in redecorating your home or workplace. And don't forget to indulge yourself in some personal time as well. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20): Your sense of loyalty to someone who asks for your help is commendable. But make sure there are no information gaps that should be filled in before you move too far too quickly. CANCER (June 21 to July 22): Don't let difficult people raise the Crab's ire levels this week. Avoid them if you can. If not, resist telling them off, even if you think they deserve it. Things improve by week's end. LEO (July 23 to Aug. 22): Your suspicions about a colleague might be on the mark. But you also could be misreading the signals you believe you're getting. Do some discreet checking before jumping to conclusions. VIRGO (Aug. 23 to Sept. 22): Take some time out from your many tasks and see if someone might be trying to reach out to you. You could be surprised to learn who it is and why you might want to reciprocate. LIBRA (Sept. 23 to Oct. 22): You still might want to do more investigating before taking on a new commitment. Later would not be the time to try to fill in any crucial gaps in what you need to know about it. SCORPIO (Oct. 23 to Nov. 21): A new opportunity should be carefully studied. It might offer some of the things you've been looking for. Or it could contain new possibilities you never considered. Check it out. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22 to Dec. 21): You might have to work harder this week to get people to listen to what you have to say. But if you stay with it, you could start to get your message out to many by week's end. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22 to Jan. 19): Although family matters again take up a big chunk of the Goat's time, the week also offers a chance to explore a new career move you'd been contemplating for a while. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20 to Feb. 18): Applying your practicality (what does it offer me?) and your creativity (how can I improve on it?) could provide sound reasons for seriously considering that new offer. PISCES (Feb. 19 to March 20): The single set will find that keeping their romantic aspirations on high gives Cupid a better target to aim at. Paired Pisces will find that this week helps reinforce their relationships. BORN THIS WEEK: You believe in encouraging others to demand the best from themselves. You would be a fine sports coach, as well as an enlightened teacher. Š 2019 King Features Synd., Inc.

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Page 82 WEST OCEAN CITY-BERLIN-OCEAN PINES ASSATEAGUE CRAB HOUSE & CARRYOUT Rte. 611, Assateague Island • 410-641-4330 On the way to visit the ponies of Assateague, stop by this rustic crab house. Enjoy Maryland crabs by the dozen, or try the all-you-can-eat specials including snow crab legs. Their extensive menu features various appetizers, fresh fish, seafood, steaks, chicken and ribs. The kids can enjoy their own menu along with the great game room. Great for casual dining or carry-out. House specialties: All-you-can-eat, crab cakes, steaks and ribs. ASSATEAGUE DINER Rte. 611 & Sunset Avenue, West Ocean City • 443-664-8158 Inspired by a classic diner culture, this new hotspot offers breakfast, lunch and dinner. The menu here features classic comfort foods prepared and executed with a modern coastal trust. Be sure to check out the exceptional coffee program and the Westside Bar within features delicious craft cocktails throughout the day. BLACKSMITH RESTAURANT AND BAR 104 Pitts Street, Berlin 410-973-2102 Located in the heart of America’s Coolest Small Town, Berlin, Md., Blacksmith has established itself as one the area’s most loved dining and drinking destinations for foodies and wine, spirt and craft beer enthusiasts. Chef owned and locally sourced, Blacksmith keeps the main focus on Eastern Shore tradition. Everything here is homemade and handmade. Cakes and baked goods are delivered daily from down the street. Cozy and modern, traditional and on trend; Blacksmith has risen to the ranks of the area’s finest casual eating and drinking establishments. Visit and see why folks from Baltimore, D.C., Chincoteague and locals alike think Blacksmith is worth the trip. Open daily at 11:30 a.m. for lunch, dinner and bar snacks. Closed Sunday. BREAKFAST CAFE OF OCEAN CITY 12736 Ocean Gateway, West Ocean City 410-213-1804 Open 7 days a week between Sunsations & Starbucks, across from Outback, come join us at the “Breakfast Cafe” (formerly Rambler Coffee Shop) we are a family-friendly restaurant that’s been family owned for 30 years passed from mother to son in 2001. We believe that fair pricing, putting out quality food as fresh as we can make it and a nice atmosphere makes a meal. I like to think we have many “House Specialties” which include our Crab Omelet, real crab meat, cheddar cheese and mushrooms, our Sunfest Omelet, Swiss cheese, ham and mushrooms; Cafe or French Sampler, pancakes or French toast, with eggs, bacon and sausage. Homemade creamed chipped beef on toast and sausage gravy on biscuits with browned potato home fries, with onion, excellent cheesesteak subs and fries and more! We use Rapa Scrapple fried on the grill the way you like it for all our breakfasts, sandwiches and sides. Summer hours, 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Come enjoy! CARIBBEAN JOE’S BAR AND GRILLE 12614 Ocean Gateway Next To Alamo Hotel 443-664-8509 Completely renovated and under new ownership, we are proudly located at the first ever motel in Ocean City, “The Alamo.” You truly will not believe what we’ve done! Thursday we have fresh 1/2-lb. burgers served on a delicious Hawaiian Roll for only $5. Wash it down with a natural light for only $1. We also have tender pulled-pork sandwiches and unique chicken salad to die for. We’re open 7 days a week when the season kicks in. Come see our Caribbean atmosphere, 7 flat-screen TVs and the coolest pool bar in Ocean City. CRAB ALLEY Golf Course Road, West Ocean City Head Of Commercial Fishing Harbor 410-213-7800 • Just close enough to be out of the way-located at the head of the commercial fishing harbor in West Ocean City, Crab Alley has it all! Spectacular view, casual and fun atmosphere, super service and mouth-watering food combine to make “The Alley” a true locals’ favorite. Enjoy our light fare and full menu of unbelievably fresh seafood, chicken and steaks indoors or on our upper deck. We offer appetizers, sandwiches and a children’s menu too. Our name says it all -”crack’em and attack ‘em”. Big Fat Crabs both by the dozen and all you can enjoy specials. Check out our website for our fantastic happy hour food and drink specials or find us on Facebook. Having a special affair? We can handle your group, large party or special occasion. Make Crab Alley your first stop!

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DUMSER’S DAIRYLAND West Ocean City, Boardwalk locations, 501 S. Philadelphia Ave., 49th St. & 123rd St. This classic ice cream shop is a tradition for many families. Voted O.C.'s “Best Ice Cream” for the past 20 years, Dumser's is celebrating 80 years of serving the shore, and the ‘40s-style décor takes you back in time. With locations throughout Ocean City, treating your tastebuds to this signature homemade ice cream is easy. The 49th and 124th streets locations offer vast lunch and dinner menus (breakfast too at 124th) in addition to a wide variety of ice cream treats. You’ll find an impressive array of kid-favorites, along with fried chicken and seafood options, wraps, subs, sandwiches, salads and sides like sweet potato fries and mac-andcheese wedges. FOX’S PIZZA DEN 11328 Samuel Bowen Blvd., West Ocean City 410-600-1020 • Enjoy a brand new, spacious dining room. Happy hour every day from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. with $5 food specials and awesome drink specials. Enjoy incredible weekly chef specials along with our extensive regular menu. Check out for a list of our regular menu items

FULL MOON SALOON 12702 Old Bridge Road, West Ocean City 443-664-5317 Locally owned and operated, this moderately priced casual restaurant/bar has freshly caught seafood, BBQ, and pork entrees, giant sandwiches as well as a variety of homemade soups. Locally we are known for our jumbo lump crab cakes, pork and beef BBQ, cream of crab soup, and 100% angus burgers as well as a variety of other sandwiches and entrees that are cooked with a local flair. Open daily at 11 a.m. for lunch and open until midnight. Sundays breakfast offered 8 a.m.-noon. Fifteen televisions and a big screen available for all sports events. GREENE TURTLE-WEST Rte. 611, West Ocean City • 410-213-1500 Visit Maryland’s No. 1 Sports Pub and Rest-aurant, the World-Famous Greene Turtle. Proudly serving West Ocean City since January 1999, The Greene Turtle features a beautiful 80-seat dining room, large bar area with 54 TVs with stereo sound and game room with pool tables. With an exciting menu, The Greene Turtle is sure to please with delicious sizzling steaks, jumbo lump crab cakes, raw bar, homemade salads and more. Live entertainment, Keno, Turtle apparel, kids menu, carry-out. Something for everyone! Voted best sports bar, wings and burgers in West OC. Great happy hour and plenty of parking. HARBORSIDE BAR & GRILL South Harbor Road • 410-213-1846 They take their mantra, “Where You Always Get Your Money’s Worth,” seriously here with daily food and drink specials during happy hour as you watch the boats come in from a day offshore. Delicious daily chef specials are always worth a try or stay with any of the house favorites, such as the calamari and ahi bruschetta for appetizers or any of the homemade tacos and fresh off the dock seafood selections as sandwiches or entrees. It’s the home of the original fresh-squeezed orange crush, of course. HOOTERS RESTAURANT Rt. 50 & Keyser Point Rd., West Ocean City 410-213-1841 • New mouthwatering smoked wings with half the calories. Traditional wings and boneless wings with 12 sauce selections. Burgers, quesadillas, tacos, and healthy salads. Extensive seafood selections with raw bar and Alaskan crab legs. Children's menu and game room. Apparel and souvenir shop. Sports packages on a ton of TVs and live entertainment. Wing-fest every Tuesday from 6 to 8 with 50 cent wings. And of course, the world famous Hooters Girls. Large parties welcome. Call for private party planning. LIGHTHOUSE SOUND St. Martin’s Neck Road • 410-352-5250 Enjoy the best views of Ocean City at the newly

renovated, Lighthouse Sound. Come relax and dine overlooking the bay and the beautiful Ocean City skyline. Savor entrees such as local rockfish, tempura-battered soft shell crabs, char-grilled filet mignon and jumbo lump crabcakes. Open to the public, we serve Sunday brunch, lunch and dinner. One mile west of Ocean City, Md., just off Route 90 on St. Martin’s Neck Road. Reservations recommended. RUTH’S CHRIS Within the GlenRiddle Community 410-213-9444 • Ruth’s Chris specializes in the finest custom-aged Midwestern beef. We broil it exactly the way you like it at 1,800 degrees to lock in the corn-fed flavor. Then we serve your steak sizzling on a heated plate so that it stays hot throughout your meal. Many of our recipes were developed by Ruth, favorites such as shrimp Remoulade, Crabtini and Ruth’s chop salad. Located five miles west of Ocean City in the GlenRiddle Golf clubhouse. Extensive wine list. Reservations recommended. THE SHARK ON THE HARBOR 12924 Sunset Ave., West Ocean City 410-213-0924 • We make real food from scratch. We believe that great food and healthful ingredients are not mutually exclusive of each other. Featuring local organic produce and seafood. All natural products – clear of preservatives and antibiotics. Whole grains and whole foods are used in the preparation of our menu – which our chefs write twice daily, based on what's fresh, available and delicious. Fresh. Local. Organic. Taste the difference. Open Daily Year Round, Monday through Saturday for Lunch & Dinner and Sundays for Brunch, Lunch & Dinner. Reservations suggested. INLET TO 94TH STREET 28TH STREET PIT & PUB 28th Street & Coastal Highway 410-289-2020 • Ocean City’s home of Pulled Pork and the finest barbecue, the legendary 28th Street Pit & Pub is known for serving up delicious smokehouse specialties. Grab a brew and enjoy the live sports action on one of the big screen TVs. Happy Hour daily, 3-6 p.m. Family friendly atmosphere. Weekend entertainment. 32 PALM 32nd Street Oceanside In The Hilton 410-289-2525 • Executive Chef Rick Goodwin has introduced an exciting new menu. A favorite among many is the Bermuda Triangle, featuring cinnamon seared scallops finished with an ancho mango coulis along with house broiled crabcake with a sweet chili remoulade and finally, applewood smoked bacon wrapped around jumbo shrimp, grilled to perfection with jalapeno barbecue sauce. Other wonderfully delicious dishes cover the land and sea as well and each have a special touch that makes this restaurant unique among its peers. Children’s menu available. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. 45TH STREET TAPHOUSE 45th Street and the bay • 443-664-2201 At the newly remodeled 45th Street Taphouse, the best views of bayside Ocean City, MD are the backdrop where craft beer meets Maryland cuisine. This is vacation done right, all year long. Wash down a Crabby Pretzel or homemade crabcakes with one of our 35+ craft beers on tap, all made right here in the USA. Not feeling crabby? Pair your craft brew with our award-winning wings or even our brand new breakfast menu. Anyway it’s served, come get tapped with us. BLU CRABHOUSE AND RAW BAR 24th Street & Coastal Highway 410-289-3322 • Brought to you by the restaurateurs of The Embers, BLU Crabhouse and Raw Bar features outside dining under the palms, with a newly expanded outdoor bar, beautiful sunsets on the bay, and accessibility by boat to enhance your experience. Featuring jumbo crabs by the dozen, all-

September 6, 2019 you-can-eat crab feasts and a diverse menu focusing on a variety of seafood & non-selections. Be sure to check out the popular BLU Beach Bar Happy Hour from 3-6 p.m. for great bargains on drinks and food. Open Saturday & Sunday at noon, Monday-Friday at 3 p.m. BONFIRE 71st Street & Coastal Highway 410-524-7171 150 ft. Seafood & Prime Rib Buffet. A famous Ocean City Restaurant for 37 years. It’s all here. The service, the atmosphere and the finest, freshest food available. Fresh seafood, snow crab legs, prime rib, BBQ ribs, raw oysters, raw clams, steamed shrimp, fish, homemade soups & salads. Decadent dessert selection – homemade donuts & bread pudding, soft serve ice cream with hot fudge topping and lots more! Large selection of children’s favorites – chicken tenders, hot dogs, burgers, macaroni & cheese and pizza. A la carte menu available featuring fresh cut steaks and seafood. Open Monday-Friday at 4 p.m. SaturdaySunday, at 3 p.m. Plenty of free parking. BUXY’S SALTY DOG 28th Street • 410-289-0973 • Destiny has a new home in Ocean City. From the ‘burgh to the beach, Buxy’s is your home away from Pittsburgh. Come see what all the locals already know and have known – Buxy’s is the place to come to meet friends, relax and be social with no attitudes. House specialties include “The” Cheesesteak Sub, Primanti-styled sandwiches, piero-gis,egg-rolls and homemade crab dip. Don’t miss our daily specials. CAPTAIN’S TABLE 15th Street & Baltimore Avenue • 410-289-7192 One of Ocean City’s premier restaurants is back with a new and improved atmosphere and a brand new home. However, the mission to provide the same fresh, quality food and attentive service has not changed. Excellent chefs, who inspect each dish for culinary perfection, prepare the meals here. The finest seafood is guaranteed and nothing but the best in black angus beef is served. Be sure to inquire about the daily specials and check out the new bar and lounge area. They have the kids covered as well with a quality kids menu. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. COCONUTS BEACH BAR & GRILL 37th Street Oceanfront • 410-289-6846 No matter if you are looking for a hearty sandwich, a tasty seafood appetizer or a robust fresh salad, they have all the bases covered. A favorite on the appetizer list is the wasabi shrimp and crab dip bites, but everything on the menu is worth a try at least once and never disappoints, especially the fresh seafood offerings that can be added to salads and make for impressive sandwiches. They have the “Little Surfers” covered as well with several offerings. Also be sure to ask about their specialty cocktails that are always impressive. COINS PUB & RESTAURANT 28th Street Plaza • 410-289-3100 Great mid-town location offering a complete dinner menu, lunch and lite fare. Coins features the freshest seafood, shrimp, scallops, clams, fresh catch and lobster plus the best crab cake in Maryland, hand cut steaks cooked to your liking, succulent veal and chicken dishes. Also authentic pasta selections. Enjoy live entertainment and dancing in the lounge nightly. Happy hour daily 3-6 p.m. Casual dining in a relaxed atmosphere. Special kids menu. Lots of free parking. DRY 85 OC 12 48th Street • 443-664-8989 • Steps from the beach. Gourmet "stick to your ribs" Lowcountry cuisine. A made-from-scratch kitchen with every sauce and every dressing hand crafted. It's that attention to detail that takes the concept of burgers, fries, ribs and wings and turns them completely on their head. Charcuterie boards. Late night bar. 120+ Whiskies. Craft beer. Artisanal craft cocktails. Seasonal outdoor seating. Named one of the Top 40 Whiskey Bars in America by Whiskey Advocate. DRY DOCK 28 28th Street and Coastal Highway 410-289-0973 The new kid on the dining scene in Ocean City features eclectic pizzas, delicious sandwiches, soups, salads and hot steamers in a modern, nautical themed atmosphere. A beautiful boat bar is featured inside and features craft cocktails and brews. Outdoor seating is available. Carry out available and beer and wine to go. Live music is also offered in this kid-friendly establishment. EMBERS RESTAURANT 24th Street & Coastal Highway SEE NEXT PAGE

September 6, 2019 410-289-3322 • The Embers is stepping it up again with their Famous All-You-Can-Eat Seafood and Prime Rib Buffet. New buffet selections from our Executive Chef and Sous Chef paired expertly with all the old favorites! Massive crab legs, large shrimp, crab cakes, and over 100 additional items including our Raw Bar, Steamed Clams, various fish selections and a continuous array of delicious surprises from the kitchen daily. The Embers also offers an excellent happy hour with some of the lowest drink prices and discounts on selected items from the buffet until 6 p.m. in our bar! Open daily at 4 p.m. FAGER’S ISLAND RESTAURANT & BAR 201 60th Street On The Bay 410-524-5500 • Fager’s Island is an award-winning popular bayfront restaurant where lunch is a forgivable habit, dinner an event and sunsets unforgettable. Lite fare lunch served from 11 a.m.-9 p.m., dinner from 5 p.m., famous raw bar, festive Sunday Jazz Brunch, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and children’s menu. Complete house wine list and award-winning proprietor’s list available upon request. Outdoor decks and bar. Nightly entertainment in-season, FridaySaturday, off-season. Open every day, year-round. A Fun Place! GENERAL’S KITCHEN 66th Street & Coastal Highway • 410-723-0477 Join us at our new bigger and better location. Everybody likes breakfast, but for too many it comes too early in the morning. Not so at this sunshine-happy delight. Breakfast is what it’s all about, from 6:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. The menu is a breakfast lover’s dream. From juice, cereal and eggs, to corned beef hash, waffles, hot cakes, bacon, sausage, to the best creamed chipped beef on the coast (try it on french fries). This is definitely the place. House specialties: creamed chipped beef, O.C. No. 1 breakfast, own recipes. HARRISON'S HARBOR WATCH RESTAURANT AND RAWBAR 1 Boardwalk South, Overlooking the Inlet 410-289-5121 Harrison's Harbor Watch Restaurant and RawBar has been bringing Ocean City, MD the Freshest Seafood, an award winning RawBar, Certified Angus Beef Steaks, unlimited sides and a view you have to see to believe for the past 35 years. Please come join us at the end of the Boardwalk where the Inlet meets the Atlantic Ocean. Open for lunch and dinner everyday. Banquet and wedding space available. HAPPY JACK PANCAKE HOUSE 2404 Philadelphia Avenue • 410-289-7377 Happy Jack Pancake House has been serving the families of visitors and locals alike for over 50 years. Started by Dick Smith and taken over by Bob Torrey over 30 years ago, the restaurant has been a “must-visit” for generations. Good food, including 14 varieties of pancakes, fast service and a friendly staff is a guarantee. A family operated and family oriented restaurant, family serving family is a way of life here. There is something for every breakfast lover on the menu. HIGGINS CRAB HOUSE 31st Street & Coastal Highway 128th Street & Coastal Highway 410-289-2581 There is no doubt about it. Higgins offers traditional Eastern Shore favorites for the entire family to enjoy. Of course, the house specialties include all-you-can-eat crabs, crab legs, fried chicken, steamed shrimp and baby back ribs. In addition, there is a full menu offering a variety of delicious soups, appetizers and entrees. Open Monday-Friday at 2:30 p.m., Saturday & Sunday at noon. HOOTERS RESTAURANT 5th Street & The Boardwalk Ocean City 410-289-2690 • Mouthwatering traditional and boneless wings with 12 sauce selections. Burgers, quesadillas, tacos, and healthy salads. Extensive seafood selections with Alaskan snow crab legs and Maryland steam pots. Kids’ menu. Pet-friendly oceanfront patio. Official Hooters merchandise and of course, the world-famous Hooters Girls. HOBBIT RESTAURANT 81st Street, Bayside • 410-524-8100 Beautiful panoramic views day and night from the bayside await in a warm, sleek and sophisticated dining room. Forgetting the view, the menu will also please, featuring the Hobbit Catch, Veal Pistachio and Jumbo Lump crabcakes. Fresh, new preparations from the chef will also never disappoint. The bar is friendly and inviting with bar stools and lounge seating available.

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JOHNNY'S PIZZA & SPORTS PUB 56th Street & Coastal Highway 410-723-5600 The Official Pizza of OC, Johnny's Pizza & Sports Pub serves families throughout Ocean City and its surrounding communities 365 days a year. Eat in, carry out or have it delivered right to your doorstep. Our comfortable dining room features ample seating for small groups or large parties and our speedy delivery service will deliver your hot, delicious pizza right to your home, hotel or condo for your added convenience. From steaming homemade pizzas to lightly tossed salads and fiery hot wings, we have something for everyone. Live entertainment every weekend all winter and live entertainment four nights in the summer.

MARLIN MOON RESTAURANT 33rd Street in the DoubleTree Ocean City Oceanfront 410-289-1201 Eat where the locals eat. Marlin Moon is back in town with the talented Executive Chef, Gary Beach, creating his legendary food magic. Marlin Moon combines an eclectic atmosphere of ocean views and a fresh vibe with creative seafood and steak dishes you won’t forget. Winner of the Maryland People’s Choice Award, Marlin Moon delivers the culinary combinations you’re craving and uses only locally sourced seafood, meats and vegetables. Some of the original classics, such as Mom’s Shrimp and Freddy’s Seafood Pasta, are back as well as a raw bar, small plate appetizers, fresh salads and entrees sure to satisfy any food mood. Open daily serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner from 7 a.m.-11 p.m. M.R. DUCKS WATERFRONT BAR & GRILLE Talbot St. & The Bay • 410-289-9125 A world-famous, open-air gazebo bar on the bay. Deck seating available for lunch and dinner. Live entertainment Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 4-9 p.m. No cover and plenty of parking. Wings, crab dip, burger, steamed shrimp, crab cakes and much more. Kid-friendly menu. Great sunsets and cool drinks. One block south of the Rte. 50 bridge. RED RED WINE BAR OC 12 48th Street • 443-664-6801 Steps from the beach. Fresh coastal cuisine with a focus on locally sourced seafood and hand tossed pizzas. Artisanal cheeseboards. 35+ Wines By the Glass. Full bar. Craft beer. Late night bar. Luxurious colors and custom built couches. Casual atmosphere. Seasonal outdoor seating. Named Best Wine and Beverage Program in Maryland by the Restaurant Association. PICKLES PUB 8th Street, Ocean City • 410-289-4891 It’s pub food with a twist and a special emphasis put on quality and large portions. The big juicy burgers and oven baked wedge sandwiches are locals’ favorites as are the pub wings (in a variety of styles) and tacos (choose from thai pulled pork, grilled chicken and blacked ahi avocado). There are numerous unique craft pizza options to choose from as well with the house favorite here being the blackened shrimp and arugula. SEACRETS On The Bay At 49th Street 410-524-4900 • We are Jamaica USA! Serving our world famous jerk chicken, along with a full menu of appetizers, soups, sandwiches, salads, entrees, desserts and a children's menu. Enjoy happy hour drink prices everyday until 7 p.m.and live entertainment in a tropical atmosphere. Please check our website for a complete list of live bands and daily food and drink specials or call 410-5244900. Find us and get lost! 94TH STREET NORTH-FENWICK-BETHANY ABBEY BURGER BISTRO • 410-250-2333 12601 Coastal Highway An enticing selection of flavors are offered for any

burger palate, from rotating exotic meats like antelope to locally raised Dry Aged Black Angus to Delicious Handmade Vegetarians and even Vegan options. All are hand-pattied and made to order. If you’re feeling creative, you can build your own using our signature ‘Build A Burger’ checklist, or simply choose one of the tested and proven classics and leave it to the chef. A wide selection of local, domestic, and imported beers and microbrews as well as an expansive bar are featured. Also offered are adult and children’s arcade games as well as a children’s play area. BILLY’S SUB SHOP • 410-723-2500 140th Street, Oceanside • 410-250-1778 Rte. 54, Fenwick Shoals • 302-436-5661 Now the best just got better because they deliver fresh-dough pizza, subs and shakes to your door and have three locations to serve you better. Washington Magazine wasn’t lying when it said Billy’s had the best milkshakes and fresh ground beef hamburgers at the beach and they don’t stop there. Fresh-dough pizza, cones, shakes, sundaes and more. More cheese steaks sold than anyone else in Maryland. Billy’s accepts MC/Visa. CAROUSEL OCEANFRONT HOTEL AND CONDOS 118th and the Beach • 410-524-1000 Reef 118 Oceanfront Restaurant located in the Carousel Hotel offers beautiful oceanfront dining in a casual atmosphere. Enjoy a hearty breakfast buffet or try one of our specialty omelets including lump crab and asparagus. Our menu offers a wide variety of Succulent Seafood along with steaks, pastas & ribs. $5.95 kids’ menu available. Stop by the Bamboo Lounge serving happy hour daily 4-6 p.m. with super drink prices and $4.95 food specials. Visit the Carousel and get served by the friendliest staff in OC! THE CRAB BAG 130th Street, Bayside • 410-250-3337 Now serving lunch and dinner, trust us when we say you can’t go wrong with anything you order here. The crabs are fat and never disappoint and are available eat-in or carryout. The BBQ ribs are also worth a try as well as any of the char-grilled specialties. Remember “Super Happy Hour” offered seven days a week, all day. Plenty of bargains available on drinks and food. THE CRABCAKE FACTORY USA 120th Street/Beachside (Serene Hotel) 410-250-4900 Voted “Best Crabcakes in Maryland, DC and Virginia” by The Washington Post. Full-service family restaurant, carry-out and sports bar. Outside seating available. Menu selections include prime rib, chicken Chesapeake, steamed shrimp, beer battered fish, real Philly cheesesteaks, burgers, and a kids menu. Casual attire, full liquor bar, no reservations. Open Year Round. The Crabcake Factory started out as a breakfast house in 1996 and still serves one of the best and most creative breakfast menus in Ocean City. Try Eastern Shore favorites prepared daily by Chef-Owner John Brooks including a chipped beef, skillets, omelettes and their famous lump crab creations. World-Famous Crabcakes are served all day starting at 8 a.m. and can be packed on ice for you while you are eating breakfast. Try Sue’s Spicy Bloody Marys to start the day with a kick. Full breakfast menu available for carry-out. Online at: See other listing (Crabcake Factory USA). Open year-round. CRABCAKE FACTORY BAYSIDE Rt. 54, Selbyville, DE • 302-988-5000 Under new ownership but SAME award-winning crab cakes and bloody marys! Enjoy WATERFRONT dining. Full-service family restaurant, carry-out & sports bar. Outside seating available. Open daily at 9 a.m. YEAR ROUND. Menu selections include crab cakes, prime rib, Philly-style cheese steaks, various seafood, kids menu plus full breakfast menu. visit us online at or on our Facebook page. Casual dress, full liquor bar, no reservations. FENWICK CRAB HOUSE 100 Coastal Highway Fenwick Island, DE • 302-539-2500

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Along with all-you-can-eat crabs every day, the full menu is available daily for eating in or eating out. Daily dinner specials are offered along with favorites such as fried chicken and baby back ribs. Check out the new lunch menu, which is available until 3 p.m. daily. A fun and popular happy hour is also offered daily until 6 p.m. with food and drink specials.

GREENE TURTLE-NORTH 116th Street & Coastal Highway 410-723-2120 This is the Original Greene Turtle, an Ocean City Tradition, since 1976! A fun and friendly Sports Bar & Grille, where every seat is a great spot to watch sports with 50+ High Def. TVs up & downstairs! Menu favorites include homemade crab cakes, kids’ menu, salads, burgers, wings and more! Join them for weekday lunch specials 11 a.m.-4 p.m. and happy hour 3-7 p.m. Popular features are game room, gift shop, carry-out, party trays, nightly drink specials, MD Lottery-Keno, Powerball and DJs with dance floor. Something for everyone! Open 11 a.m-2 a.m., year-round. HARPOON HANNA’S RESTAURANT & BAR Rte. 54 and the bay, Fenwick Island, DE 302-539-3095 No reservations required. Harpoon Hanna’s features a children’s menu & full bar. We are a casual waterfront restaurant serving lunch & dinner including fesh fish, seafood, steaks, sandwiches and all-you-can-eat Alaskan crab legs. Open yearround. HORIZONS OCEANFRONT RESTAURANT Located inside the Clarion Resort 101st Street, Ocean City 410-524-3535 Horizons Oceanfront Restaurant is proud to have Chef Rob Sosnovich creating beach-inspired dishes in both our oceanfront restaurants, Horizons and Breaker’s Pub. Our new all day menu, available 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m., features many of your favorites and some exciting new creations with a local flare – from Lite Bites to Big Bites and everything in between. Our deluxe Sunday breakfast buffet is open year-round and our “famous” allyou-can-eat prime rib, crab legs and seafood buffet is available most weekends throughout the year and daily in season. The Ocean Club Nightclub features top-40 dance music every weekend and nightly this summer. We’ve added some popular local bands to our lineup, so come join us “where the big kids play!” Lenny’s Beach Bar & Grill: enjoy surf, sun and live entertainment 7 days a week on the deck, from Memorial day through Labor Day during our afternoon beach parties. Enjoy something to eat or drink from our extensive menu. Try our “Bucket of Fun”, or a fresh “Orange Crush”–two of our favorites! NANTUCKETS Rte. 1, Fenwick Island • 302-539-2607 Serving the beach great food and spirits for over 20 years. David and Janet Twining will wow you with the finest foods and drinks in the area. You’ll be pleasantly surprised by what one of the coast’s finest dining establishments has in store for guests. Everything here is a house specialty. There’s the memorable steaks, fresh seafood, famous quahog chowder and the chef’s daily specials, just to name a few. SMITTY MCGEE’S Rte. 54-West Fenwick Ireland 302-436-4716 Smitty McGee’s is the place to be for fun. Best wings on the beach for 28 years and counting. Enjoy great food and drink specials in a casual atmosphere. Happy hour daily. Come enjoy the live entertainment Thursday and Friday. Full menu served unil 1 a.m. Banquet facilities available. Open seven days a week. We never close! SURF’S EDGE DELI & PIZZERIA 100 Coastal Hwy., Fenwick Island 302-537-5565 Best Salads award by Coastal Style 4 years in a row. Healthy, casual dining featuring home-made salads, fresh salads, subs, paninis, sandwiches and pizza. Open for lunch and dinner. Children’s menu, take-out and delivery available. TWINING’S LOBSTER SHANTY Rte. 54, Fenwick Island 302-436-2305 “A funky little place at the edge of town.” Classic New England Fare, Lobsters, Steaks & Burgers, Children’s menu. Bird watching, magical sunsets await. Open for lunch and dinner. Reservations are suggested.

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with Scott Lenox

Captain Chase Eberle of Chasin’ Tides Charters fished the Route 50 Bridge and had awesome catch and release fishing for rockfish.

This lucky angler almost had his limit of flounder after a full day trip aboard the Angler with Captain Chris Mizurak at the helm.

Bob Haltmeier captured this 18inch keeper flounder on a live minnow while fishing the Oceanic Pier in downtown Ocean City.

Young Noah caught his first ever keeper rockfish while casting Roy Rigs at the Route 50 Bridge with Big Bird Cropper

Anatoli Georgiev caught a keeper sized weakfish while fishing the north sea wall near the Oceanic Pier.

This rare Atlantic moonfish was caught over ocean structure by an angler fishing on board the Angler with Captain Chris Mizurak and mates Dean Lo and Rich Fouts.

Captain Chris Watkowski and mate Ayrton Pryor put this crew on a great day of offshore fishing with two white marlin releases and a pile of gaffer mahi. Submitted Photos

John from Baltimore has been catching some nice rockfish from the Route 50 Bridge at night including this dandy that fell for a Zoom bait.

Hello everyone and welcome to the second season. Around Ocean City a lot of people have come to call anytime after Labor Day the second season so I guess I’ll do it too. The “second season” happens to be one of my favorite times of the year, thanks to awesome fishing and less crowded fishing spots, and if this year’s second season is anything like the “season” then we fish heads are in for a real treat. As I write my column, I’m optimistic that Dorian’s impact here in Ocean City will be as minor as possible. We had some other weather to deal with last week as a strong northeast wind blew for several days at the beginning of the week and didn’t let up until Wednesday. The ocean was closed for almost a week, but seaworthy inshore fishermen were still able to enjoy some rod bending action if they didn’t mind a breeze mixed with a chance of showers and a dash of dirty water in the bay. Conditions were tough, but there was still some good fishing for bluefish and stripers as some nice sized fish were caught. Big Bird Cropper would fish during a zombie apocalypse immediately following a nuclear holocaust so a little wind and rain are no big deal to him and anyone wanting to fish with him. Big Bird had his young friend Noah out one day during the blow and had a crazy good day of chucking Roy Rigs at the Route 50 Bridge. The duo caught and released several short rockfish, Big Bird caught a big 33-inch bluefish and Noah caught his first ever keeper sized rockfish

that just hit 28 inches. It was a great day of fishing for the guys despite the crappy conditions. When the offshore fleet was able to get back out to the canyons midweek they were able to find the billfish and the mahi exactly where they left them. The canyon areas from the Poor Man’s Canyon north to the Wilmington were the best spots to see some billfish action and there were lots of nice mahi to be had as well. There were also several more blue marlin to be caught last week with some boats seeing three or four fish and catching two. We have had a good summer for blue marlin fishing with lots of fish caught and released and some very nice fish boated during some of the offshore tournaments this season. We rarely see blue marlin under 150 pounds eating a trolled bait so if you’re interested in catching one make sure you are prepared. Some boats will choose to pull a blue marlin bait in their spread of six or seven rods, but most will opt to have a large pitch bait ready to go on a 50 wide or 80 sized rod and reel. The same mullet dredges and squid teasers that attract white marlin will attract blue marlin so when the man in the blue suit shows up to the party you can “pitch” him a larger bait like a Spanish mackerel or large artificial plug and try to entice a bite. If you’re lucky enough to hook him up on that, you’ll have him on the right stuff and improve your chances for having a successful fight and making a release. Don’t get me wrong, someSEE NEXT PAGE

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Louden Swain and Nathan Mangiafico display two of many jumbo triggerfish they caught while fishing with Randy Swain, Sr., Randy Swain, Jr., Rick Kramer and Jim Turner.

times a blue marlin will devour a small ballyhoo on a 20 or 30 pound setup before you have a chance to know what hit you. If that happens you can do one of two things -- cut him off or have a seat in the fighting chair and get comfortable. Flounder fishing in the back bays has slowed down a bit thanks to the

wind making water clarity an issue. There are still fish around, and there will be until November, but water clarity is key to flounder fishing so look for clean water at the top of the high tide when it has had a chance to come in from the ocean. Right now the deeper channels will hold the largest fish and you will have your best luck catching one on live bait like bunker, mullet or spot. I use our Dale Timmons’ Deadly Double rig exclusively and have great luck with any type of live or artificial bait.

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Anglers on the Tortuga wish Captain Drew Zerbe braved nasty conditions, but were rewarded with some good fishing including four keeper flounder.

This weekend is the very first OCMD Sportsman’s Expo at the Roland E. Powell Convention Center right here in Ocean City. The expo is a regional consumer buying show that will bring together all things fishing, hunting and outdoors and there will be well over 100 vendors in attendance including yours truly. Show hours are Friday, Sept. 6 from 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 7 from 9 a.m.-8 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 8 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Come see Fish in OC and Hooked

on OC in booth 2001. We’ll have new Fish in OC apparel, Fish in OC rigs and Big Bird Cropper’s world-famous Roy Rigs for sale. I look forward to seeing you at the show or on the water. Until next week, tight lines.

(The writer is the owner of Fish in OC and host of Ocean City’s fishing television show Hooked on OC. He has worked in the fishing industry and been fishing the waters in and around Ocean City for over 25 years.)

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