Pine’eer Craft Club Holiday Luncheon

The Pine’eer Craft Club held its Holiday Luncheon and Installation of 2009 Officers on Dec. 18 at the Ocean Pines Yacht Club. Pictured, from left, are Executive Board members Joan King, Margaret Lamphier, Jackie Kollar, Midge Powell, Mary Cavey, June Sassaman, Janet Rosensteel, Carol Mills, Margaret Long and Nancy Welsh, President.

Grinch Steals Christmas

Grinch Steals Christmas

Grinch Steals ChristmasWHALEYVILLE – Maryland State Police this week are looking for the suspect or suspects who broke into a residence in Bishopville last week just three days before Christmas and stole, among other things, wrapped gifts for small children.Around 5:30 p.m. last Monday, Maryland State Police troopers from the Berlin barrack responded to a… Read more »

Fatherhood Adventures

Last week was our first Christmas with our little boy. It’s worth pointing out I intentionally did not word it this way: it was our little boy’s first Christmas. Although that’s technically true, of course, this year’s holiday seemed to be more about us enjoying having him around this time of year than our 7-month-old… Read more »

My Thoughts

My Thoughts

This is the true doldrums. Everywhere Insider seems to turn these days it’s gloom and doom about this and that. Nobody has any money to pay their bills, especially their mortgages, blah, blah. It’s all you read about any more in the news. Sales are down everywhere, while the cost of everything is going up…. Read more »

A Week in Business

A Week in Business

AGH Eyes Magnet DesignationBERLIN –  Atlantic General Hospital is working toward being the third hospital in the state of Maryland designated as Magnet facilities.Fewer than 300 hospitals world-wide are currently recognized as having the Magnet Designation, the highest international recognition for nursing and clinical excellence, which is used as the ultimate benchmark to measure the… Read more »

Tourism Plays Role Even In Cold Times

BERLIN – Despite Worcester County’s reputation as a summer destination, winter in Worcester County still attracts tourists. “January is never going to be July in terms of visitors but we can still have some pretty solid weekends with events going on,” said Ocean City Public Relations Director Donna Abbott. Events like the Winterfest of Lights in Ocean… Read more »

Take Tax Rate Hike Off Table Early On

Take Tax Rate Hike Off Table Early On

Ocean City property owners are now receiving their assessment notices and discovering first hand what happens when a real estate market basically collapses.Three property owners we spoke with this week saw annual decreases in property values of 2 percent, 7 percent and 11 percent. One property owner saw an increase of 4 percent because his… Read more »

Munis Carry Risks And Opportunities

Munis Carry Risks And Opportunities

OCEAN CITY – While historically less volatile than stocks, bonds nevertheless have been affected by the turmoil in global economies. But lately some investors who fled equities have been giving muni bonds, with their tax-free advantages, a second look. Given current economic conditions, they want to know: Are munis safe? Michael Sullivan, Director of Municipal… Read more »