Business Owner Earns Award

BERLIN — Terri Sexton, owner of The Treasure Chest in Berlin, accepted the prestigious award for “Excellence in Community Leadership” at the conference of the Independent Jewelers Organization (IJO) held recently in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Sexton was elected for this national prize from a poll of more than 800 IJO retail jeweler members. The criterion for this honor was the demonstration of ongoing community involvement, confirmation that the applicants used their time and talent to make a significant, positive impact in their area, as well as examples of how they continually give of themselves unselfishly.

Sexton has put in hundreds of volunteer hours as chair of the nationally recognized Main Street Program. Program accomplishments include creating way finding signs, increased downtown parking, business surveys, public surveys, raising funds for Victorian Christmas decorations, creation of Little Mister and Little Miss Peach Berlin Pageant, to name just a few. These efforts earned her the “Maryland State Main Street Organization Award” as well as the 2009 Volunteer of the Year Award.

“We were quite overwhelmed by the sheer number of testimonials we received from community leaders on behalf of Terri, who has been a member of IJO for almost 25 years,” says IJO President Jeffrey Roberts. “Her commitment to serving others is clearly evident and widespread, and she sets the finest example for others to follow. I’m very proud to have Terri as part of the IJO family.”

Sexton said, “I enjoy giving back to the community where I was born and raised, and I try to be a positive influence on my hometown. I have met and worked with so many good people over the years who constantly inspire me, and this transcends into further efforts and actions by everyone involved in our store. To be recognized for these efforts with an award of this magnitude means a great deal to me. I grew up in this business, and when I look back at the scope of some of the things I have accomplished, I’m proud to have been able to be a part of actions that have had a lasting impact. At our store we always strive to offer the very best to our customers, but this goes far beyond that.  We all care deeply and sincerely about all that goes on in Berlin, as well as the surrounding area, and we’ll continue to be as involved as we’ve been all these years. The rewards we receive are not monetary – they truly touch our hearts.”

Top Agents Recognized

BERLIN — Shamrock Realty Group named Jack Tellman as top sales agent and Julie Sadler as top listing agent for the month of February.

Seafood Restaurant Sold

SALISBURY — Henry Hanna, CCIM, SIOR, Senior Advisor for Sperry Van Ness – Miller Commercial Real Estate in Salisbury announce this week that the former Waterman’s Seafood restaurant on Snow Hill Rd. in Salisbury, has sold to Tom Kostis. The 5,540-square-foot restaurant sold for $495,000.

Waterman’s Restaurant was open for 25 years serving the Delmarva Peninsula and closed in 2009. This is the third restaurant the Hanna Team has sold in the past 12 months. They are currently offering two other restaurants in the area for sale.

Tax Credits Available

OCEAN CITY — The Ocean City Development Corporation (OCDC) has received State of Maryland 2011 tax credits to market to Maryland businesses and individuals who contribute towards downtown special events for the next two years.

Special events, like the free Sunset Park concerts, are designed to attract people to the downtown area and offer another fun thing to do in Ocean City. These tax credits and the tax savings they provide are a great way to support the OCDC special events. The OCDC is a nonprofit charitable organization.

For more information, call the OCDC office at 410-289-7739 or stop by its office at 108 Dorchester Street in downtown Ocean City.

Top Producer Named

WILLARDS — Atlantic/Smith, Cropper & Deeley recently congratulated Steve Soliday as top producer for February. He joined the agency in 2005 and specializes in writing property and casualty insurance for commercial properties.