State Funds Planned For Bays

BERLIN – Maryland’s Board of Public Works (BPW) this week approved grants totaling nearly $12 million to local governments and land trusts earmarked for the preservation of farmland and forest, including $1 million for Worcester County’s coastal bays.On Wednesday, the three-member BPW, which includes Governor Martin O’Malley, Comptroller Peter Franchot and Treasurer Nancy Kopp, approved… Read more »

Showell School Gets Connected

SNOW HILL – The long awaited public sewer and water connection for Showell Elementary School should be completed by the time school starts in fall 2010.The design for both connections is complete, and money has been set aside to pay for the construction.The bid package for the construction should be sent out in mid-January, said… Read more »

Senators Scrap For Route 113 Funds

BERLIN – At a time when state funding for highway projects has become doubtful, Maryland’s U.S. Senators this week announced nearly $1 million has been included for the ongoing Route 113 dualization project in a recently approved federal transportation appropriations bill.Maryland Senators Barbara Mikulski and Ben Cardin this week announced the federal Transportation, Housing and… Read more »

Rules Needed For Gated Communities, County Says

SNOW HILL – A planned gated development of 15 homes has prompted the Worcester County Commissioners to call for regulations to govern gated access to local communities to ensure that emergency responders can open those gates.“We need to have some rules,” County Commissioner Virgil Shockley said Tuesday during a brief discussion of the Aramis community… Read more »

OC Budget Review Looks Solid

OCEAN CITY — All things considered, the town of Ocean City’s budget is still holding a reasonably strong line.During the first of two annual budget amendments, which was presented by Budget Manager Jennie Knapp on Tuesday afternoon at City Hall, Knapp told the Mayor and City Council that she was able to move some things… Read more »


In the article “Three Local Families Growing Through Adoption” in the Dec. 4 issue, it was incorrectly implied that adopted children Jessie and Keri Tinker have no other family aside from their adoptive parents. The children are still in contact with their birth mother, Cristi Ann Shankland. The Dispatch regrets the error.Editor.

Clean Water Act Lawsuit Filed

BERLIN – Local green advocacy group Assateague Coastal Trust (ACT) and the national  Waterkeepers Alliance plan to file suit against a Berlin chicken farm and Perdue Farms, Inc. over manure pollution in local waters.Farm owners Alan and Kristin Hudson, contract growers for Perdue, and Perdue Farms, have been served notice of ACT and the alliance’s… Read more »

Berlin Council News In Brief

BERLIN – The Berlin Mayor and Council discussed several topics at their first December meeting Monday night, such as the design of and funding for the town’s new spray irrigation space in Newark, a water rate study and new town-supplied garbage cans for residents.——-The council has authorized the beginning of the design process for the… Read more »