Voices From The Readers

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Community Support
Made Gala A Success
Editor:

On Nov. 12, the greater Ocean City area gathered to honor Leighton Moore as he was presented with the Second Annual Hal Glick Distinguished Service Award.

A sold out ballroom of 435 people came out to honor Moore at the Clarion Fontainebleau Resort Hotel, for his many years of quiet philanthropic service to the community. Peninsula Regional Medical Center, Atlantic General Hospital, the Art League of Ocean City and Temple Bat Yam were the beneficiaries of the event.

Over $50,000 was raised to be distributed to the organizations involved.

We would like to thank the nominating committee of Hal Glick, Peck & Patti Miller, Mayor Rick Meehan, Amy Unger, and Reese Cropper III for their efforts. The event would not be possible without our dedicated organizing committee: Chris Glick, Amy Unger, Sidney Eagle, Hilda Plisko, Debbie Resnick, Larry Pack, Carole Schacter, Rina Thaler, Candy Gusst, and Steve Cohen. We are extremely grateful to Rebecca Moore for her valuable input and assistance. Thank you to Dr. Berger and the excellent staff at the Clarion for hosting a beautiful event. To our talented emcee David “Bulldog” Rothner of Irie Radio/Ocean 98, thank you for making the entire evening so enjoyable. To radio personality Erich “Mancow” Muller, thanks for adding your special humor to the night.

Our appreciation to the Diamond, Platinum and Gold Sponsors: Dr Leonard & Kari Berger, Sun Marine Group/Michael Jahnigen, Reliable Churchill (Rob Schoenfelder), PRMC, Carey Distributing, Price Hill Television and Leighton Moore and his family. In addition, there were many other Gold sponsors, Patrons and Donors who helped make this evening a success. Thom Gulyas of Ace Printing is to be commended for the beautiful programs and invitations.

Heartfelt presentations were given by State Senator Jim Mathias on behalf of U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, Governor O’Malley, and the Maryland State Senate. Worcester County Commissioner Louise Gulyas, and Ocean City Mayor Rick Meehan, The Art League of Ocean City, the National Aquarium, and PRMC also made presentations. The actual Distinguished Service award was presented to Leighton by Hal Glick.

Thank you to all the attendees who came out to recognize and support Leighton Moore. He is truly deserving of this award. We are looking forward to next year’s event, and the search for future deserving recipients.

Jeff Thaler and Warren Rosenfeld(The writers are the co-chairmen of the Hal Glick Distinguished Service Award Committee.)

Utility Comparison
Yields Interesting Finds

Editor:
Citizens of Delmarva, we have had some really nice weather lately.
However, Old Man Winter is creeping towards us. Time to get ready to pay some serious heating bills.

Periodically, I wonder what type of savings are out there, Sometimes, I wonder what other people pay. Sometimes, I don’t worry about it at all. This time, I did the work comparing two companies, Eastern Shore (ESG) and Cropper Oil and Gas (COG). These are my results.

In Berlin, my annual gas bill is approximately $2,220. Last month when I was not burning too much LP, I consumed 5.24 CCF’s. At the ESG rate of $10.02 per CCF, plus $4.50 service charge that’s $57 ($52.50 minus the service charge). Note: On the slow months, I use gas for hot water and cooking.

If I opted for a swap-a-roonski and went with COG, first we need to assess usage/price in terms of gallons. A CCF is 100 cubic feet. Supposedly there is 2.8196 gallons of LP in one CCF (14.73 psi/60 degrees Fahrenheit). That means last month I burned up 14.774707 gallons. Ridding the world of fossil fuels one a gallon at a time. What ever happened to those windmills?

Assuming annually I used approximately 300 to 500 gallons, my contract would be for $2.999 (yes three 9′s) per gallon. Thus the COG price per CCF is ($2.8169 [gal to CCF] * $2.999) or $8.478831 per CCF. Last month’s ESG usage * COG price (8.478831$ * 5.24 CCF) = $44.26907444, or 44.26$ gas cost, a savings of $8.24 (don’t forget about the $4.50 service charge)

OK, not so much.

Humor me, Let’s do the math:
Assuming eight slow months, approximately $65.92 savings a year.

Over a good solid cold season, (the other 5 months), in good old Berlin, we burned up approximately 200 CCF.

ESG: (200 CCF * $10.02) = $2,004.00COG: (200 CCF * $8.478831) = $1,695.77
Savings: ($2,004-$1695.77) = $308.23
That is a swap-a-roonski savings of $54 savings (4.50 service charge * 12 months, remember?)

$308.23 cold season savings; $65.92 slow month savings; and $428.15 approximate total savings (that’s quite few rib eyes and fingerlings, delicious).

Overall, I don’t think it’s worth the hassle. I don’t really like the looks of propane tanks around the property. I enjoy the magic of underground piped-in gas and the added privacy of not having workers scurrying about the property.

Also, there is a $500 deposit/buy-in program for the tank. That’s the equivalent of 11 years (give or take) of service charges.

Granted, first year savings create almost an equal offset, me, I just prefer magic gas over visible labor and tanks.

Without a doubt cheaper gas bills are awesome, but good luck on that.I hope this information helps. 
Citizen Matt Schwab
Berlin

Holiday Dinner Near
Editor:

The Noel Community is preparing for its 14th annual dinner on Christmas Day. The volunteers serve a free turkey and ham dinner with all the trimmings from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at St. Paul’s by-the-Sea on 3rd and Baltimore Streets in Ocean City. This event has become an important part of the Christmas celebration for many including the homeless, unemployed, underemployed, shut-in, and those who are alone. Noel provides gifts and toys to many who attend. All items are free and all are welcome.
Last year, the Noel Community volunteers served over 1,600 meals including sit-down dinners and carry-outs. Meals were delivered to those who could not leave their homes and to the police, fire departments, and others who serve our community on Christmas Day.
Again this year, there is a need for monetary donations. Checks made payable to the Noel Community can be mailed to PO Box 1207, Ocean City, Md., 21843. Your financial support to purchase items for the dinner is appreciated.
Donations of non-perishable food and toiletries from individuals or organizations will be collected on December 23 and December 24 from 10:00 to 12:00 at St. Paul’s by-the-Sea. If your business or organization is willing to sponsor a collection drive of non-perishable food or toiletries during the holiday season, please call and the Noel Community will make arrangements to pick-up the items.
The Noel Community with the generosity from Ocean City, Ocean Pines, Berlin, Fenwick, Bishopville, Selbyville, and the surrounding neighborhoods is able to make the Christmas celebration special for many in our community. The Noel Community appreciates the support and hopes you will consider their request again this year. If you have any questions please call 410-289-3453.
The Noel Community
Ocean City

Church Thanks All
Editor:

We are writing this letter to express our appreciation to everyone in the community that attended our fall Dinner/Silent Auction/Bake Sale At Stevenson United Methodist Church in Berlin. In addition, we would like to thank the area businesses that donated items to our silent auction and bake sale that was held at Stevenson United Methodist Church’s Chicken/Dumpling/Oyster Dinner On Sunday, Nov.  13.

The area businesses are as follows: Ayres Creek Adventures, Ace Hardware in Selbyville, Park Place Jewelers, Barrett’s, Barbely’s, Barb Holloway Cakes, Berlin Farm & Home Center, Berlin Coffee House, First Shore Federal, D.A. Kozma, Captain Bill Duncan, Pnc Bank, Casual Designs Furniture, Choptank Electric, Cutting Crew, Delmarva Discovery Center, Delmarva Powerwash, Donaway Furniture, Doyle’s Restaurant, Deer Run, Ed Horner, Downtown Video, Vicky Nock – Scentsy Products, Friendship Cottage Antiques, Em-Mings, Frankford Diner, Jolly Roger, Baked Dessert Café, Farmers Bank Of Willards, Ocean Club Golf, The Georgia House, Gold Crafts, Healing Hands Chiropracters, Hairworks, Pat Oltman – Premier Designs Jewelery, Jiffy Lube, Miones’ Pizza, Omh Salon, Palmer’s Appliances, Pam Russell, Panera Bread Co., Phillips Restaurants, Rayne’s Reef, Ryt Plumbing, Sea Bay Hotel, Selbyville Pet & Garden, Smith Island Cake Company, Ta Da, Cindy Jones – Thirty One, Treasure Chest, Taylor Bank, Victorian Charm, West O.C. Fitness, Wainwright’s Tire Center, Berlin Florist, Bay Club Golf, Eagles Landing, Rebecca Carbaugh, Carousel, Donna & Tessa Snyder, And Cupcakes In Bloom.

We thank all the businesses listed above and for everyone in the community that attended our fall dinner. Your support and your donations are greatly appreciated.

The proceeds from this event will be used for various projects and missions in our community such as helping feed the needy and support area youth.

Kathy Davis, Nanci Savage and Dee WhittingtonKathy Davis, Nanci Savage, Dee Whittington
Berlin

One comment on “Voices From The Readers

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