Soccer Great To Headline Fundraising Event

SALISBURY- Local soccer fans will have the opportunity next week to meet and greet and have a drink served to them by one of the sport’s all-time greats all in the name of a worthy cause.

Brew River Dock Bar in Salisbury next Wednesday is hosting a benefit for the Cystic Fibrosis in the name of young local Keller Koch, who was diagnosed with the disease at the age of three. Keller’s father Corey Koch is the brother-in-law of U.S. women’s soccer great Tisha Venturini-Hoch, who is likely the most decorated athlete in women’s soccer history.

Venturini-Hoch will serve as guest bartender at next Wednesday’s benefit for Cystic Fibrosis at the Brew River Dock Bar with proceeds going to the foundation in the name of Team Keller. Venturini-Hoch was a four-time national champion at the University of North Carolina from 1991 to 1994. In 1996, Venturini-Hoch was on the U.S. Women’s National Team that won an Olympic gold medal at the Summer Olympics in Atlanta and scored the U.S. team’s first-ever goal in Olympic competition.

In 1999, Venturini-Hoch was a member of the U.S. women’s national team that won the FIFA World Cup championship. She later won a professional championship in women’s soccer with the Bay Area Cyber Rays. She is believed to be the only athlete in history to win a collegiate championship, an Olympic championship, a World Cup championship and a professional championship.

Venturini-Hoch will be the featured guest bartender at the Cystic Fibrosis fundraising event next Wednesday at Brew River and will bring her Olympic gold medal. She will pose for pictures, sign autographs and allow attendees to wear and touch her Olympic medal. The event is set for next Wednesday, August 5, at Brew River from 5-9 p.m.

There will be live music and drink specials all night and the event is open to all ages. Proceeds will go to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation under the name Team Keller.

Wicomico Man Charged With Uncle’s Murder On Farm

SALISBURY — A Wicomico County man faces first-degree murder charges this week after allegedly striking and killing his uncle in the head with a blunt object while the pair worked in a watermelon patch near Mardela on Monday.

Shortly before 11:30 a.m. on Monday, Maryland State Police troopers responded to a produce farm field on Snethen Church Rd. in Mardela after receiving a 911 call from the scene. Upon arrival, troopers found a man identified as William Harcum III, 31, of Mardela, being treated by paramedics near the entrance to a lane that led back to the farm field.

About a quarter of a mile back down the rural lane, MSP troopers found the body of Lee Harcum, 62, of Salisbury, lying in a watermelon field with obvious trauma to his head. Wicomico EMS personnel pronounced Lee Harcum deceased at the scene. The victim’s body has been transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore for an autopsy to determine the cause and manner of death.

Troopers called for the Maryland State Police Homicide Unit and the Wicomico Bureau of Investigation to respond to the apparent homicide. Maryland State Police crime scene technicians were also dispatched to collect and process evidence.

Detectives interviewed multiple witnesses and collected evidence from the scene. The preliminary investigation revealed William Harcum and Lee Harcum were picking watermelons in the field when an argument ensued between the two men. Detectives believe William Harcum III used a blunt object to strike his uncle, Lee Harcum, in the head.

Investigators recovered a piece of farm equipment from the scene that has been forwarded to the State Police Forensic Sciences Division Laboratory for analysis to determine if it was used in the assault. While the piece of equipment has not been identified by the MSP, it is reportedly a pin from a tractor coupling.

After consulting with the Wicomico County State’s Attorney’s Office, MSP homicide detectives have charged William Harcum III with first- and second-degree murder and first- and second-degree assault. William Harcum was taken before a District Court Commissioner on Monday and was ordered to be held without bond at the Wicomico County Detention Center.

At a bail review hearing on Tuesday, Harcum was again ordered to be held without bond. A preliminary hearing has been set for Aug. 27.

Ocean City Recreation And Parks Department’s 2015 Men’s Softball League Crowns Champions

BYB 1st Place Bayside Division

 

 

 

 

The Ocean City Recreation and Parks Department’s 2015 Men’s Softball League concluded last week with champions crowned in both the Bayside and Atlantic Divisions. In the Bayside Division, the BYB team pictured above took the title with a 12-4 win over Abbey Burger in the championship games. In the Atlantic Division, it was the Fisher’s Popcorn team pictured below winning the championship.

Fisher's Popcorn 1st Place Atlantic Division

 

 

 

 

Submitted photos

Third Pocomoke Site Will Help Company Continue To Grow

Hardwire recently leased a 42,000-square-foot building in Pocomoke that will help it further increase operations. Photo by Charlene Sharpe

POCOMOKE CITY – Hardwire, the armor company based in southern Worcester County, has expanded to include a third building in Pocomoke City.

The company has entered into a lease with an option to buy the Pocomoke Flex Building on Broad Street. George Tunis, CEO of Hardwire, says the additional 42,000-square-foot building will enable the company to grow.

“We’re continuing to diversify and make Americans safer wherever they are,” Tunis said, “whether they’re in the military or just driving across a bridge.”

Tunis said the lease of the new space was meant to provide Hardwire with the opportunity to increase its operations. Since being founded in 2000, the company has grown to include 34 employees. Though Hardwire began with its namesake product, a high tensile strength steel composite used to reinforce bridges and buildings, its product line has grown to include armor protection for vehicles as well as bulletproof whiteboards, among numerous other things. Tunis said the new building would give the company space to focus on new market areas.

“As the company diversifies, we’re continuing to expand our footprint and technology base,” he said.

Tunis said the Pocomoke Flex Building was ideal for Hardwire because it was on a large site and could accommodate additional buildings in the future. It also allowed the company to expand within Pocomoke.

“Pocomoke is definitely our home base,” Tunis said.

In order to lease the building, Hardwire worked with state officials, as it was Maryland’s Department of Business and Economic Development that constructed the Pocomoke Flex Building and the Maryland Economic Development Corporation that owns it. Bill Badger, Worcester County’s director of economic development, said Hardwire had been using a portion of the building already.

“This allows them to expand as they need the space,” he said of the lease.

Badger said he was thrilled to see the already successful business become even larger.

“It’s a great thing,” he said.

Tunis said he wasn’t yet sure how many additional people he would hire in conjunction with the expansion but that he had added six people to his staff already.

“It’ll be tens of employees if not more,” he said.

Tunis said leasing the space was just the first step.

“The building is the first Lego block,” he said. “The real investment comes when we add the tools and equipment.”

Tunis said he was encouraged to move forward with the expansion by Maryland’s current administration. He said Gov. Larry Hogan and Mike Gill, the state’s secretary of business and economic development, had given him the confidence he needed to go ahead with the expansion.

“There are two things that make a good business deal,” Tunis said. “Crystal clear communication and trust. Both of those elements were there with this administration.”

In a news release from the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development, Gill said Hardwire’s products had addressed some of the country’s key safety and security issues during the past 15 years.

“Gov. Hogan and I are very pleased that the company has opted to expand its operations on Maryland’s Eastern Shore and help grow the state’s burgeoning high-tech defense and aerospace industries,” Gill said.

Things I Like

The smell of an old library

 

Listening to Spotify

 

Doing this list on Monday mornings

 

When trusting an instinct is right

 

Seeing a whale off Ocean City

 

Hearing a good outcome from a bad accident

 

A nice tidal pool on the beach for the kids

 

Hosting visitors in the summer

 

Getting a lucky parking spot

 

The smell of a crab house

 

A great sea shell score on the beach

Housing Sector Showing Promise

Brian Selzer

OCEAN CITY — Amid growing concerns over Greece, Puerto Rico and China, signs of economic improvement in the U.S. continue to sprout – notably in the housing sector. Recent data suggests the sector’s growth is likely to improve steadily in the near term. What’s important is that strength in the housing sector has historically had positive knock-on effects for consumer confidence and, ultimately, consumer spending.

In a sea of worry about global debt, stronger U.S. housing data gives us confidence that U.S. economic growth for 2015 remains intact.

Data for April indicates housing starts were up 20% over last year, to over 1 million starts – a level last reached in 2007. The growth was complemented by both new and existing home sales, and the strength looks set to continue, at least in the near term, as permits (needed before building) increased in both April and May. This growth is increasingly set against a backdrop of a recovering U.S. consumer. More than twelve million jobs have been created since the trough in 2009, and Americans have been increasing their savings and paying down debt.

Notably, debt burdens for the average American have dropped to record lows (of 9.9% of total disposable income), according to the Federal Reserve’s Household Debt Service Ratio1, and home mortgages that are 30 to 60 days delinquent have fallen to levels last seen in 2000.

The positive trends in consumers’ health and their willingness to commit to rentals and new homes should translate into higher home prices in 2015, to the tune of 3.7% annual growth on average, according to BofAML Research. The importance of housing growth for the economy is

hard to overstate. The typical related purchases of durable goods (washing machines, air-conditioners, etc.) and their ongoing upkeep and maintenance add to economic growth over a long cycle, typically a generation. Even though prices have risen, the “low for longer” interest rate environment should maintain housing affordability and support the housing recovery.

Over the medium term, demand for housing stock is likely to change. Beyond 2015, two developing trends will influence demand and change the composition of housing in the U.S. These trends fall at the opposite ends of the homeowner age spectrum: millennials, who continue to demonstrate a preference for renting as they redefine their social relationships, and baby boomers, who are increasingly transitioning into retirement housing (and even renovating their existing homes for retirement).

For millennials, or those born between 1980 and 2000, we see the 2008 financial and real estate crisis as having scarred their views on housing and how leverage can affect one’s net worth.

Couple this with large amounts of outstanding student loan debt ($1.2 trillion, according to the New York Federal Reserve) and a tougher labor market with less job security, and you have a recipe for flexibility – via renting an apartment rather than buying a home. It’s no surprise that apartment construction is up strongly.

For aging baby boomers, or those born between 1946 and 1964, the transition is different. The demand for incremental health care services means many seniors consider assisted living arrangements either in their existing (or downsized) homes or, increasingly, in newly built facilities. Baby boomers are reshaping the assisted living industry, including through such setups as home based assisted living. According to BofAML Research strategist Sarbjit Nahal, over 80% of baby boomers prefer to remain at home for as long as possible. Spending more years in their homes should translate into more years spent on their homes.

(A Merrill Lynch Wealth Management Advisor who can be reached at 410-213-8520.)

Quiet Storm Makes Mark On National Stage

The Quiet Storm Surf and Stick 2018 Lacrosse Team enjoyed a great summer season on the tournament circuit, finishing near the top in several regional and national tournaments.

Submitted photo

OCEAN CITY- The Eastern Shore’s growing lacrosse presence around the region and beyond was greatly enhanced by the Quiet Storm Surf and Stick 2018 team throughout this summer with strong finishes in several high-profile tournaments around the country.

The Quiet Storm 2018 team, made up largely of rising sophomores from all over the Eastern Shore including players from Decatur, Worcester Prep, Bennett, Cape, Indian River and Saints Peter and Paul, played in three large tournaments on the east coast this summer with great results. The Quiet Storm 2018 team reached the finals in two of the major tournaments and reached the semifinals in a third.

In the Warrior Summer Sizzle earlier this month, for example, the Quiet Storm team swept through its pool play games with wins over St. Mary’s Admirals, Alexandria and Maryland Extreme twice. Quiet Storm fell to the Jr. Maryland Terps, but beat Black Bear in the semifinals. Quiet Storm then lost to Power Play of Lansing, Michigan in the championship game. Although the team lost in the finals of their last two major tournaments, they represented the Eastern Shore well on the national stage.

Things To Do Around Town

Thngs to do

Every 1st Friday:

Star Charities Volunteers Meet

10 a.m., Ocean Pines Library. For more information, 410-641-7667.

 

Every Saturday:

Weekly Farmers Market

8 a.m.-1 p.m., White Horse Park, 239 Ocean Parkway, Ocean Pines. Year-round featuring locally grown vegetables, fruits, eggs, honey, kettle corn, flowers, artisan breads, seafood, meats and more. New vendors welcome. For more information, 410-641-7717.

 

Every Saturday: Morning Worship

10 a.m., Bible study; 11 a.m., worship, Beatitudes by the Beach (Seventh-day Adventist Ocean City Company), 10301 Coastal Hwy., (St. Peter’s Lutheran Church), O.C. For more information, 443-397-4005.

 

Every Sunday: Morning Worship

8:30 a.m., contemporary; 10 a.m., traditional, Atlantic United Methodist Church, 105 4th St., O.C. For more information, 410-289-7430.

 

Every Sunday: Morning Worship

8 a.m. & 11 a.m., Traditional Worship; 9:30 a.m., Contemporary Worship; St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, E.L.C.A, 10301 Coastal Hwy., O.C. For more information, 410-524-7474.

 

Every Sunday:

Outdoor Casual Worship Service

8:30 a.m., front lawn of Bethany United Methodist Church, corner of Rte. 611 and Snug Harbor Rd., Berlin. Bring your lawn chair or blanket. Indoor worship in case of inclement weather. For more information, 410-641-2186 or email: Bethany21811-@gmail.com.

Every Sunday: Divine Liturgy

9:30 a.m., St. Andrew’s Orthodox Church, 33384 MacKenzie Way, Lewes. Visitors always welcome. All services in English. For more information, 302-645-5791 or visit www.orthodoxdelmar.org.

 

Every Monday: Delmarva Chorus,

Sweet Adelines Meet

7-9 p.m., Ocean Pines Community Center. Women are invited to learn the craft of a capella singing under the direction of Carol Ludwig. For more information, 410-641-6876.

 

Open Mondays June-September:

Historic St. Martin’s Church Museum

1-4 p.m., 11413 Worcester Hwy., Showell. For more information, 410-251-2849.

 

Open Monday-Saturday:

Atlantic United Methodist

Church Thrift Shop

10 a.m.-2 p.m., AUMC, 105 4th Street, O.C. For more info, 410-289-7430.

 

Open Monday-Saturday:

Coastal Hospice Thrift Shop

Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Berlin Shopping Center, just off Rte. 50, 10445 Old Ocean City Blvd # 7, Berlin. Proceeds support the Coastal Hospice at the Ocean Residence. For more information, 410-641-1132.

Open Monday-Saturday:

Shirley Grace Pregnancy Center

Thrift Shop

10 a.m.-5 p.m., Bank Plaza, 34407 Dupont Blvd., Unit 3. Frankford, Del. All proceeds benefit the Shirley Grace Pregnancy Center. For more information, 443-513-0114.

 

Every Monday: Berlin TOPS Meeting

5-6:30 p.m., Atlantic General Hospital, Conference Room 1, 733 Healthway Drive. TOPS is a support and educational group promoting weight loss and a healthy lifestyle. For more info, 410-251-2083.

 

Every 2nd Tuesday: Worcester Co.

Parkinson’s Support Group

2:30-4 p.m., Ocean Pines Library. Speakers, exercises, discussions of current medications and new sources of help. For more information, 410-208-3132.

 

Every Tuesday: TOPS Meeting

5:30-7 p.m., Worcester Co. Health Center, 9730 Healthway Dr., Berlin. Take Off Pounds Sensibly is a support group promoting weight loss and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. For information, jeanduck47@gmail.com.

 

Open Wednesday-Saturday:

‘Used To Be Mine’ Thrift Shop

Supporting Diakonia

10 a.m.-4 p.m. Located at the intersection of Rte. 611 and Sunset Ave. For more information, 410-213-0243.

 

Open Wednesday-Saturday:

Shepherd’s Nook Thrift Shop

9 a.m.-1 p.m., Community Church at Ocean Pines, Rte. 589 & Racetrack Rd., Berlin. Accepting donations of gently worn clothes and household items.

 

Every Thursday:

Beach Singles 45+ Happy Hour

4-7 p.m., Clarion Hotel, 10100 Coastal Hwy., O.C. For more info, 302-436-9577 or 410-524-0649.

 

Now Through Labor Day:

Friends Of OC Library,

Books By The Bag Sale

During normal library hours, Ocean City Library, 10003 Coastal Hwy., O.C. Gently used books for $5 a bag.

 

July 31: KC Bingo

5 p.m., doors open; games begin, 6:30 p.m.; Columbus Hall, 9901 Coastal Hwy., behind St. Luke’s Church, O.C. Refreshments on sale. For more information, 410-524-7994.

 

Aug. 1: Outdoor Flea Market

8 a.m.-1 p.m., Bethany United Methodist, Rte. 611 & Snug Harbor Rd., near Frontiertown, Berlin. Breakfast and lunch served. Great soups and baked goods. For more information or to rent a table, 410-629-0926.

 

Aug. 1: OP Pine’eer Craft Club

Artisan & Craft Festival

9 a.m.-3 p.m., White Horse Park and Community Center, Ocean Pines. Featuring over 100 artisans and crafters from Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania and Virginia. No charge for admission or parking. In conjunction with the festival the OP Association will celebrate it’s 47th anniversary with music by the Honeycombs, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., a bounce house for children and farmers market. For more information, 410-641-6187.

 

Aug. 2: Free Gospel Concert

7 p.m., St. Matthews By-The-Sea UMC, Coastal Hwy. & Dagsboro St., Fenwick Island. The Hysongs will perform. Free concert but a free-will offering will be collected for the singers. For more info, 302-436-1562.

 

Aug. 2: Free Family Outdoor

Movie Night

7:30 p.m., Bethany United Methodist Church, 8648 Stephen Decatur Hwy., Berlin. The Walt Disney movie, “Up” will be shown on a 12’ screen. Bring a lawn chair, beach towels or blankets. Free popcorn will be provided. In case of rain, there will be an indoor showing. For more information, 410-641-2186.

 

Aug. 4: Meet Award-Winning Young

Adult Author, Jennifer Mathieu

6:30-8:30 p.m., Bethany Beach Books, 99 Garfield Pkwy., Bethany Beach. Meet young adult author Jennifer Mathieu as she discusses her latest book, Devoted. She is also the author of The Truth About Alice, the Amazon Best Young Adult Book of 2014 and the Children’s Book Council Teen Choice Debut Award of 2015. For more information, 302-539-2522.

 

Aug. 4: KC Steamed Crab Night

5-7 p.m., Columbus Hall, 9901 Coastal Hwy., behind St. Luke’s Church, O.C. Maryland steamed crabs, shrimp at market price. Hot dogs, pizza, corn on the cob, fries and crab soup also available. For more information or to reserve your crabs and shrimp, 410-524-7994.

 

Aug. 5-7 & 9: Vacation Bible School

Wednesday-Friday, 6:30 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.; Peninsula Community Church of Selbyville, 28574 Cypress Rd., Selbyville. Bible games, cool crafts, songs and celebration. For more information, 302-436-4522 or revodom@gmail.com. There will also be an exciting class for the adults as well.

 

Aug. 5: Bingo

5:30 p.m., doors open; 6:30 p.m., early bird games; 7 p.m., regular games; Ocean City Elks Lodge #2645, 138th St., across from the Fenwick Inn. $1,000 jackpot available, food, snacks and non-alcoholic beverages. No one under 18 allowed in bingo hall during bingo.

 

Aug. 5: Delmarva Hand Dancing

5:30-9 p.m., Peaky’s (formerly Jordan’s Roof-top), at the Fenwick Inn, 138th St., O.C. Jitterbug, swing, cha-cha to the sounds of the 50’s & 60’s. Beginner and intermediate dance lessons 5:30-6:30 p.m. For more information, 302-200-3262.

 

Aug. 6: Jewelry Show & Boutique

11 a.m.-4 p.m., Ocean City Marlin Club, Golf Course Rd., West O.C. Sponsored by the OCMC Auxiliary to benefit the scholarship fund. Admission is $5, which includes a glass of wine, beer or soda. Unique handcrafted jewelry, fashion and home accessories. Lunch will be available. Raffles for two baskets of cheer. For more information, 410-641-7602 or 302-541-4642.

 

Aug. 6: Legion Bingo

Doors open 5 p.m., games begin 6:30 p.m.; American Legion Post 166, 24th St. & Philadelphia Ave., O.C. Food and drink available. For more info, 410-289-3166.

 

Aug. 7: KC Bingo

5 p.m., doors open; games begin, 6:30 p.m.; Columbus Hall, 9901 Coastal Hwy., behind St. Luke’s Church, O.C. Refreshments on sale. For more information, 410-524-7994.

 

Aug. 7: Temple Bay Yam’s

Shabbat At The Beach

7:30 p.m., Ocean Pines Beach Club, 49th St. & Coastal Hwy., O.C. In the case of rain the service will be held at Temple Bat Yam, 11036 Worcester Hwy., Berlin.

 

Aug. 9: KC Breakfast Special

8:30-11:30 a.m., Columbus Hall, 9901 Coastal Hwy., behind St. Luke’s Church, O.C. Menu includes eggs, western omelet, bacon, sausage, home fries, chip beef, french toast, plain and blueberry pancakes, orange juice and coffee. Cost: $9, adults; $4 for children under the age of 8. For more information, 410-524-7994.

 

Aug. 9: Free Gospel Concert

7 p.m., St. Matthews By-The-Sea UMC, Coastal Hwy. & Dagsboro St., Fenwick Island. Cathy & Merle will perform. Free concert but a free-will offering will be collected for the singers. For more info, 302-436-1562.

 

Aug. 10: 50+ Christian Social Club

6:30-8 p.m., Bethany United Methodist Church, 8648 Stephen Decatur Hwy., corner of Snug Harbor Rd. and Rte. 611, Berlin. Socialize, enjoy games, friendship, activities and prayer. For more info, 410-629-9986 or Bethany21811@gmail.com.

 

Aug. 11: KC Steamed Crab Night

5-7 p.m., Columbus Hall, 9901 Coastal Hwy., behind St. Luke’s Church, O.C. Maryland steamed crabs, shrimp at market price. Hot dogs, pizza, corn on the cob, fries and crab soup also available. For more information or to reserve your crabs and shrimp, 410-524-7994.

 

Aug. 12: Bingo

5:30 p.m., doors open; 6:30 p.m., early bird games; 7 p.m., regular games; Ocean City Elks Lodge #2645, 138th St., across from the Fenwick Inn. $1,000 jackpot available, food, snacks and non-alcoholic beverages. No one under 18 allowed in bingo hall during bingo.

 

Aug. 12: Delmarva Hand Dancing

5:30-9 p.m., Peaky’s (formerly Jordan’s Roof-top), at the Fenwick Inn, 138th St., O.C. Jitterbug, swing, cha-cha to the sounds of the 50’s & 60’s. Beginner and intermediate dance lessons 5:30-6:30 p.m. For more information, 302-200-3262.

 

Aug. 13: Legion Bingo

Doors open 5 p.m., games begin 6:30 p.m.; American Legion Post 166, 24th St. & Philadelphia Ave., O.C. Food and drink available. For more info, 410-289-3166.

 

Aug. 14: KC Bingo

5 p.m., doors open; games begin, 6:30 p.m.; Columbus Hall, 9901 Coastal Hwy., behind St. Luke’s Church, O.C. Refreshments on sale. For more information, 410-524-7994.

 

Aug. 16: Free Gospel Concert

7 p.m., St. Matthews By-The-Sea UMC, Coastal Hwy. & Dagsboro St., Fenwick Island. Jack Anderson and Friends will perform. Free concert but a free-will offering will be collected for the singers. For more info, 302-436-1562.

$23,000 Raised For Jesse Klump Suicide Awareness And Prevention Program And Memorial Scholarship

Community A

Jesse’s Paddle volunteer Bob Steffen was the high bidder for the kayak auction at the annual event that raised $23,000 for the Jesse Klump Suicide Awareness & Prevention Program and the Jesse Klump Memorial Scholarship. Pictured, from left, are Jesse Klump Memorial Fund President Kim Klump, Fund Secretary Ron Pilling, Steffen, and Barry Laws, proprietor of the Pocomoke River Canoe Company where Jesse’s Paddle is held. Photo by Creig Twilley