The Dispatch Marks 35 Years In Circulation

The Dispatch Marks 35 Years In Circulation

This month marks 35 years in circulation for this newspaper. Whenever we encounter these sorts of milestones, we can’t help but think about our founding publisher, Dick Lohmeyer, who was also our current leader’s stepfather.To mark the occasion of the newspaper’s 20th year in business, we featured an interview in a special publication with Lohmeyer,… Read more »

We Need More Leaders Like Late Harry Hughes

We Need More Leaders Like Late Harry Hughes

During his two terms as Maryland’s 57th governor, from 1979 to 1987, Harry Hughes enhanced civility, integrity and prudence in state government leadership. Elevating Maryland’s political culture and public discourse at a difficult period in our state’s history, Governor Hughes reinforced the value and credibility of public service.He was a much-understated politician and became successful,… Read more »

Berlin Tax Talks Require Attention

Berlin Tax Talks Require Attention

Berlin businesses and residents need pay attention to the current budget process. Through tax and fee increases, it’s clear the cost to live and do business in town is about to jump significantly. How much appears to be the only question at this point.This has been a talking point for the last six months, but… Read more »

Congratulations To Decatur Wrestlers, Coaches

Congratulations To Decatur Wrestlers, Coaches

Sports can be cruel and heartbreaking at times, but they can also be inspiring and rewarding.The Stephen Decatur High School wrestling team’s state Class 3A championship earlier this month is one of those feel good stories that highlights the positives in amateur sports.It was a memorable season for Decatur, rolling through most of their matches… Read more »

Beach Music Festival Worth OC Investment

Beach Music Festival Worth OC Investment

There were mixed reactions to this week’s announced entertainment lineup for the inaugural Jellyfish Festival in Ocean City.While we were generally underwhelmed by the lineup based on the buildup over the last year and assurances bigger names would be landed, we support the festival and believe this could be just the type of event Ocean… Read more »

Tech School An Asset For Entire Community

Tech School An Asset For Entire Community

Worcester Technical High School was in the spotlight this week when a privately-funded makeover was unveiled for its welding program. It was an occasion to demonstrate the wealth of learning opportunities available to students in a non-traditional learning environment.Thanks to winning an online contest through the Channellock Trade School Trade-Up contest last year, the school’s… Read more »

Keep Post-Labor Day School Start In Place

Keep Post-Labor Day School Start In Place

Legislators need to look no further than Worcester County to conclude a post-Labor Day school start does not harm public school students or educators.Senate Bill 128 seeks to repeal the mandate signed into law by Gov. Larry Hogan in 2016. It reads, “requiring each county board to set the start date and end date of… Read more »

What Others Are Saying: Education Changes Would Be Alarming

What Others Are Saying: Education Changes Would Be Alarming

(Editor’s Note: The following commentary was submitted by Worcester County Commissioner Chip Bertino.)A threat looms over the horizon.Earlier this month I attended the annual Maryland Association of Counties (MACo) conference held in Cambridge. One of the conference sessions entitled “Keeping Up with Kirwan,” was an update on the Kirwan Commission’s progress. What was said was… Read more »