Is That Zero Tolerance?


After reading the article on the 7-Eleven at 139th Street in Ocean City selling alcohol to an underage OCPD cadet, I think it was unfair to terminate Alok Adhikari.

According to records, this is the fourth incident in several years. The employees responsible for the previous incidents were not terminated for selling to a minor, in fact one of those employees continues to work for Ms. Pohucki. I guess her form of punishment doesn’t apply to all employees equally.

As for Ms. Pohucki’s statement that "he betrayed our store and our trust". Didn’t the other three employees betray her trust also?

I will definitely be taking my business to another store where all employees are treated equally.

Michael Flemming
Ocean City

Support Appreciated, Needed

The Worcester County Humane Society would like to thank everyone that donated to the shelter in 2010.

From monetary support to supplies, no donation was too small and all benefit our animals. We received wonderful contributions all year round, and especially during the 2010 holiday season. Numerous people and local businesses held fund raisers for us. These are greatly appreciated. As a no kill shelter, our expenses are many.

A word of caution to those that contribute to us through events held by local businesses. Please check with the shelter to make sure it is a legitimate fundraiser and that we are aware of the event. Several businesses in 2010 advertised that events held benefited the Humane Society. Unfortunately, we have never received any funds from these events, despite contacting the businesses about this issue.

We hope 2011 will be just as prosperous of a year as 2010. This year we are holding our 1st Annual Cash Raffle, with a grand prize of $10,000. Contact the shelter to purchase tickets. Also on April 30, during the morning hours, please come down to the boards and participate in our main fundraiser, Board Walkin’ for Pets.

Thank you for all the community support.

Kelly Austin

(The writer is the secretary for Worcester County Humane Society.)

A Call For Assistance

The Delmarva Association of Animal Rescuers just received an email from one of its members, Town Cats, and the contents of said email have inspired us to reach out to the local community for ask for their assistance.

Town Cats maintains a working colony of 35-40 cats at Ocean Downs but was recently informed by track management that they would like the number reduced to just 12. They have given Town Cats Manager Jeanne Donovan until the end of March to accomplish the reduction or they will have animal control start removing and euthanizing some of the colony.

All of the cats in the colony have been through TNR so all are spayed/neutered and fully up to date on their shots. One of the biggest hurdles, according to Ms. Donovan, is “None of these cats would be considered adoptable. They are all three or older and most of them were born on the track.”

What this means, basically, is that any of the cats that are removed must be placed as barn or farm cats or in another setting where they will have minimal contact with humans. They would not make very good housecats but will be quite beneficial to anyone who needs a 4-legged watchcat to protect their property against mice and other rodents.

The DAAR is asking the Delmarva Community to step up and help save these precious lives. If you have a farm or know of someone with a farm or similar setting and would like to adopt one of these sweet animals before they are put down we urge you to contact Jeanne and make arrangements to view her colony so that you may choose a couple of her colony members to take home. 

Thanks for all of your help.

Paul Toulotte
Ocean City

(The writer is the founder of the Delmarva Association of Animal Rescuers.)

Welcome To Wicomico
Welcome to The Dispatch to Wicomico County and especially Salisbury.

What a treat it was to leave Superfresh on Friday, Feb. 18 and see your newspaper in the exit area. I thought for a moment I must be in Ocean City.

I have a condominium in Ocean City and although I’m only 35 minutes away I don’t get there as much as I would like to between November and March.

I always wonder what I’m missing “at the beach,” especially the restaurant offerings and discounts in the “off season.”

I think you have the best free newspaper at the beach — state news, regional happenings, county information, local goings-on, social functions, education and sports updates, fun photos and so much more.

I wish you success in your new endeavor.

Paula Johnson

Between The Lines

It’s been four months since Ocean City’s municipal election, and it’s not been made official because of two votes. This is not a huge deal because it will not impact the outcome, but it’s been an unresolved issue at City Hall for some time. According to City Clerk Kathy Mathias, the delay in making the election results official has become a complicated … Continue reading

Mallards Fall to Herons, 43-40

BERLIN- Worcester Prep’s boys’ varsity basketball team lost a tough one to visiting Gunston, 43-30, on Monday when a potential game-tying three-point shot swished through the net just after the final buzzer. The Mallards trailed 13-10 in second quarter before a three-pointer by Zander Farr tied the game at 13-13 and Andrew Ternahan made it 15-13 second later with a … Continue reading

Seahawk Cagers Prep for Post Season

BERLIN- Despite often uneven, up and down seasons, Stephen Decatur’s varsity basketball teams got decent draws when the state Class 3A-East region state playoff brackets were released this week. The Decatur boys earned a number-four seed in the Class 3A-East region and a first-round bye. The Seahawks will face fifth-seeded Bennett in the second round. The Clippers swept the Seahawks … Continue reading

Seahawk Wrestlers

Five Junior Seahawks claimed state championships in the Maryland State Wrestling Association’s East Region Novice Tournament at Loyola High School in Baltimore last Sunday and several others placed in their respective divisions. Pictured above, Jagger Clapsadle of West Ocean City won the state title in the Intermediate Division’s 55-pound class. Submitted photo

Decatur Wrestlers Claim 8th Straight Bayside Title

BERLIN- Stephen Decatur’s varsity wrestling team captured its eighth straight Bayside Conference tournament championship last weekend, topping runner up Parkside while collecting two individual meet titles. The Seahawks finished the Bayside Tournament championship with 181 total team points to finish first. Parkside was second with 172 team points, while Easton finished third with 142.5 team points. For Decatur, last weekend’s … Continue reading

Decatur Swimmers Dominate at States

BERLIN- Stephen Decatur’s varsity swimming teams turned in strong performances at the state Class 3A-2A-1A South Region meet last week, with the boys finishing first and the girls coming in third. The Seahawks boys were dominating at the state region meet, finishing with 349 total team points to claim the title. Easton was second with 254 points, while La Plata … Continue reading

Future Seahawks Shine at State Meet

BERLIN- While Stephen Decatur’s varsity wrestling team was winning its eighth straight Bayside Conference championship last weekend, the program’s future stars were collecting more than their fair share of championship hardware in the Maryland State Wrestling Association’s East Region Novice Tournament in Baltimore. Dozens of Junior Seahawks competed in the state tournament at Loyola-Blakefield High School in Baltimore last Sunday … Continue reading