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									The Courier
December 21, 2011   Volume 12 Number 16
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                                                                                                                     December 21, 2011 The Courier Page 3

There is significance of Midnight Mass
    Christmas is one of the most cel-         The Nativity of Jesus takes place    house and family of David, to be en-    today in the city of David a savior has
ebrated dates on the Christian calen-      in two Gospels of the Bible: the        rolled with Mary, his betrothed, who    been born for you who is Messiah
dar. Commemorating the birth of            Gospel of Luke and the Gospel of        was with child. While they were         and Lord. And this will be a sign for
                          the Savior       Matthew. The version of Luke goes       there, the time came for her to have    you; you will find an infant wrapped
                          Jesus Christ     much more deeply into the story of      her child, and she gave birth to her    in swaddling clothes and lying in a
                          is only sur-     Mary’s virgin conception through the    firstborn son. She wrapped him in       manger.’
                          passed      in   time of Christ’s birth in Bethlehem.    swaddling clothes and laid him in a        Later, the Gospel continues, “He
                          importance       Here is Christ’s birth according to     manger, because there was no room       was named Jesus, the name given
                          by the cele-     the Gospel of Luke:                     for them in the inn.                    him by the angel before he was con-
                          bration of          In those days a decree went out          Now there were shepherds in that    ceived in the womb.”
                          Easter,      a   from Caesar Augustus that the whole     region living in the fields and keep-      Midnight Mass has become an
                          time when        world should be enrolled. This was      ing the night watch over their flock.   important component in the celebra-
                          Christians       the first enrollment, when Quirinius    The angel of the Lord appeared to       tion of Christmas for the faithful.
                          remember         was governor of Syria. So all went to   them and the glory of the Lord shone    While secular celebrations may focus
                          Christ’s sac-    be enrolled, each to his own town.      around them, and they were struck       on the arrival of Santa Claus at the
                          rifice of life   And Joseph too went up from Galilee     with great fear. The angel said to      midnight hour, religious celebra-
                          for His peo-     from the town of Nazareth to Judea,     them, ‘Do not be afraid; for I pro-     tions often involve filling churches at
                          ple.             to the city of David that is called     claim to you good news of great joy     midnight to spread the word of
    Christmas is often celebrated          Bethlehem, because he was of the        that will be for all the people. For    Christ’s arrival.
with much joy and fervor all around
the world, with exchanges of gifts
and special acts of charity all month
long. One component of the Christ-
mas celebration that has long been
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    Churches all around the world                                                                          4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
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T he C ourier
          Independently Owned
               P.O. Box 1326
          Ocean Pines, MD 21811
     410-641-6695 • fax: 410-641-6688

                 Chip Bertino
                                                                      Santa’s Workshop
         Debbie Haas / Graphic Artist                                    North Pole
           Mary Adair /Comptroller
                                                   Dear Children,
             Contributing Writers
           Betty Cianci, Ron Fisher,
              Douglas Hemmick,                         Well, it’s that time of year when we get really
        Betty McDermott, Dolores Pike,             busy here at the North Pole. The elves are working
        Tom Range, Sr. and Bev Wisch
                                                   very hard to prepare all the gifts; Rudolph and the
           Robert B. Adair 1938-2007               reindeer are practicing take-offs and landings (in
                                                   case of bad weather); Mrs. Claus is busy in the
The Courier is published Wednesday morning by
                                                   kitchen preparing a big meal for Christmas day (I get
CMN Communications, Inc. Contents copyright        really hungry after my trip around the world on
2011. News release items and calendar entries      Christmas eve.); and I’m making my list and checking
should reach us Friday noon prior to publication
date. The advertising deadline is Friday at 5      it twice.
p.m. First class mailed subscriptions are avail-
able for $68 annually. Six and three month paid        It’s good to see that so many children on the Eastern
subscriptions available.                           Shore are on the “nice” list this year. If, by some reason,
                                                   you haven’t made that list (You’re on the “naughty” one.),
  The U.S. National Christmas Tree                 I have some suggestions to get you there.
        and Christmas Trees                            First, be respectful of everyone. No bullying. No fight-
         in the White House                        ing. No talking back.
                                                       Listen well to your teachers, parents, grandparents, and
                             In 1856               all other adults who help you each day. They have a lot to
                        Franklin                   teach you.
                        Pierce, the
                                                       Express your thanks to everyone in a military uniform
                        14th President
                ou of the United                   for fighting to keep you free. Do the same for firefighters
        Did w... States, was the                   and police officers and remember them in your prayers.
         Kn  o                                         Remember the real meaning of Christmas.
                        first president
                       to place a                      Although you won’t see me (because you’ll be asleep),
                 Christmas tree in the                I’ll see you on Christmas eve. I can’t wait to see how
 White House.                                            much you’ve grown this year.
      President Coolidge started the                           Rudolph and the reindeer always appreciate a car-
 National Christmas Tree Lighting
                                                              rot or two, if you care to leave some out for them,
 Ceremony on the White House lawn
 in 1923.                                                       and you all know how much I love cookies.
      Teddy Roosevelt banned the                                      Well, until I see you, I hope you’ll continue to
 Christmas tree from the White                                     be good and respectful and kind to everyone
 House for environmental reasons.                                     you meet.. I’ll be watching.
      In 1963, the National Christmas                                      Wishing you a very merry Christmas
 Tree was not lighted until December                                      and a happy and healthful new year.
 22 because of a national 30-day pe-
 riod of mourning following the as-
 sassination of President Kennedy.                                                        Santa
      Since 1966, the National Christ-
 mas Tree Association has given a
 Christmas tree to the president and
 first family.
      In 1979, the National Christmas
 Tree was not lighted except for the
 top ornament? This was done in
 honor of the American hostages in
      In 1984, the National Christmas
 was lit on December 13 with tem-
 peratures in the 70s, making it one
 of the warmest tree lightings in his-
                                                                                                                           December 21, 2011 The Courier Page 5

                              It’s All About. . .
                              By Chip Bertino
                                                                                                             Ocean Pines Dog Park
                                                                                                                      6 Weeping Willow Court Ocean Pines, MD 21811

            It’s Christmas                                                                    We need your help! The Ocean Pines Association has approved the
        The room is still dark. The tree is recognizable in silhouette and scent.          creation of a community dog park at Manklin Meadows. The cost of the
                                                                                                                       project is $30,000, half of which needs to
The presents, big and small, wrapped in paper all glittery and colorful await under the                                                    be raised through
                tree and in the stockings that have been hung with care.
                                                                                                                                          community efforts.
             Outside the streetlight illuminates the falling snow creating a
                           yellowish hue through the window.                                                                                        The three-quarter
                                                                                                                                                acre fenced facility will
Children sleep restlessly dreaming the dreams children have dreamed through the ages,                                                           include two enclo-
                        hoping they’ve made Santa’s “nice” list.                                                                               sures, one for smaller
                                                                                                                                               dogs and one for larger
            Parents lie in bed anticipating when the children will burst into
                                the room to wake them up.
                                                                                                                                               dogs. It will also include
                                                                                                                                               dog watering stations.
         Children tiptoe down the hall to sneak a peek at what Santa has left.             The park will provide dog owners a
           Looks of wonderment and awe wash across their excited faces.                    place to exercise their four-legged companions who will be able
                                                                                           to play in a safe and pleasant envi-
        Children beg their parents to get out of bed. Get up! Come on! Get up!
Parents reach for their robes as children take their hands to pull them along. Hurry up!
                                                                                               The Ocean Pines
              The Christmas tree comes to life as the lights are flicked on.               Dog Park committee is
                    The ornaments sparkle. The children squeal.                            spearheading the com-
                                                                                           munity fundraising effort.
                    Look what I got! Look what Santa brought me!
                                                                                           We need your help to
                       Oh, I always wanted this! I got one too!
                                                                                           raise the community por-
                              Clothes. Underwear. Socks.                                   tion of the construction
                                                                                           costs, $15,000. Your tax
                Wrapping paper, crumpled and torn, litters the floor.                      deductible donation will
            Bows and ribbons thoughtfully tied are scattered and forgotten.                help create a useful and worthwhile new amenity for the community.

     Parents reach for the camera. Hold it up! Smile! Oh Dad! Hurry up Mom!
                                                                                              Your consideration of a donation is greatly appreciated. Donations can
        Batteries are not included. Assembly is required. It’s for ages 4 and up.           be sent to: Ocean Pines Dog Park, 6 Weeping Willow Court, Ocean
                                    One size fits all.                                                                           Pines, MD 21811. All funds are
                                                                                                                                                being deposited into
    Children sit on the floor playing with toys. Parents exchange satisfied glances.                                                           a special account at
                The aroma of coffee begins to overtake the scent of pine.                                                                      Taylor Bank.
             Parents collect and bag holiday debris strewn across the floor.
               Snow continues to fall illuminated now by the rising sun.                                                                        Sincerely,
                                                                                                                                                Jack Levering
         Grandparents, aunts and uncles, cousins and friends will soon arrive.                                                                  Chairman
            Cheers to the holiday will be toasted with egg nog and punch.
                Warm expressions of fraternity will be exchanged.

                   It’s a time to embrace those we love and cherish.

                                     It’s Christmas!
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                                                                                                   Hunters asked to stay clear
                                                                                                   of electrical equipment
                                                                                                       With hunting season underway,                 coming in contact with the pole could be
                                                                                                   Choptank Electric Cooperative is asking           electrocuted.
                                                                                                   hunters not to shoot at birds sitting on               Mr. Franklin said this type of equip-
                                                                                                   wires and asking gun-owners in general            ment is not the only material that can be
                                                                                                   not to shoot at or near electrical equip-         damaged in this way. “Choptank and
                                                                                                   ment.                                             other utilities are using more fiber optic
                                                                                                       “Shooting at electrical equipment is          cable than ever before. We use it for com-
                                                                                                   vandalism and could be deadly,” said Bob          munications to our equipment, as does
                                                                                                   Franklin, manager of electric operations          the telephone company and other busi-
                                                                                                   in the co-op’s Salisbury District. “Ener-         nesses. Damage to fiber optics can dis-
New officers — The Ocean City/Berlin Optimist Club installed officers at a recent                  gized wires can carry up to 500,000 volts         rupt service to large numbers of people.”
meeting. From the left, Charlie Dorman, Mel Jones, Rich Caproni, Joe Hammen [treasurer],           of electricity, which would cause deadly               Thousands of electric co-op members’
Bob Russell [past president], Ron Kupec, Steve Acton, Les McKee [secretary], Lew Frey [pres-       harm to the shooter and could cause               dollars are spent every year repairing
ident], and Dan Stachurski. Missing were Ken Mitchell, Ralph Green and Rich Dalton. Photo          costly equipment failures, resulting in           equipment and power lines that have
by John Harris.                                                                                    power outages to our members.”                    been shot accidentally by hunters or de-
                                                                                                       According to Franklin, shooting at a          liberately by vandals, Franklin said. “As a
                                                                                                   power line does not always produce an             not-for-profit cooperative, owned by our
                                                                                                   immediate result. “When someone                   members, we all share in this expense.
                                                                                                   shoots at a line, it could fall immediately       This doesn’t even include the inconven-
                                                                                                   or it could sever the line, causing the line      ience, damages and hazards to members
                                                                                                   to fall some time later.”                         down the line who may require power for
                                                                                                       As part of any routine safety discus-         medical equipment or other needs while
                                                                                                   sion, Mr. Franklin encouraged experi-             a lineman inspects spans of line trying to
                                                                                                   enced hunters to teach others that                locate the problem.”
                                                                                                   shooting at or near electric equipment is              Anyone who comes across a poten-
                                                                                                   unsafe and could cause power outages.             tially dangerous situation such as a bro-
                                                                                                       “The electrical equipment on utility          ken insulator or a downed or sagging
                                                                                                   poles serves a dual purpose,” said Mr.            power line in the woods or anywhere else
                                                                                                   Franklin. “Equipment like insulators              should contact Choptank’s member serv-
                                                                                                   helps provide consumers with electricity,         ice center at 877-892-0001 or 24-hour
                                                                                                   but also is used to help keep the public          outage reporting line at 800-410-4790.
                                                                                                   safe.”                                                 For more safety information concern-
                                                                                                       Insulators are typically made of              ing hunting near power lines, go to
                                                                                                   porcelain and are commonly bell shaped.  and click on
                                                                                                   Their purpose is to hold the power line in        “Be Safe.”
                                                                                                   place on the utility pole, keeping the wire
                                                                                                   from energizing the pole and electricity
                                                                                                   from finding a path to the ground. If an          ACT deadline
                                                                                                   insulator is broken or damaged, anyone
                                                                                                                                                     is Jan. 13
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                                                                                                                                                     day, January 13 to register for the
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                                                                                                                                     December 21, 2011 The Courier Page 7

Ocean Pines Paddle Tennis celebrates the holiday season
   Ocean Pines Paddle Tennis cele-             everyone on the dance floor all night.
brated their 2011 holiday season at the            A special thanks goes to Richard
Parke Clubhouse on Friday evening of           Marchesiello who has done a fantastic
December 9. The affair was a huge              job of running this event for the last
success and more than 70 people at-            three years. Other volunteers for the
tended the festivities. Catered by             night included John and Betty Biondi,
Jimmy’s Grille in Delaware, the menu           Valerie Estep, June and Jim Freeman,
included ham, turkey with stuffing,            John and Carolyn Henglein, John and
sweet potatoes, boiled potatoes, green         Ardell McNulyt and Jim and Audrey
beans, and cole slaw. The dinner was           Wahl.
topped off with mouth-watering                     This celebration is always the high-
homemade pies.                                 light of paddle tennis’s winter social
   The DJ played music which kept              events.
                                                                                            Carolyn Henglein, John Henglein, Pat Marchesiello, Richard Marchesiello, John Biondi and Va-
Loretta Lynn, Eddie Money to perform                                                        lerie Estep

    Tickets are now on sale for country star   sic rock show bands. The band performs               Best Children’s Books,      and Gifts are always blooming in
                                                                                                The Best Children’s Books, Toys and Gifts are always blooming in
Loretta Lynn, 80s sensations Eddie Money       Thursday, May 3 at 7 p.m. Tickets for this                               our Garden at…
                                                                                                                        our Garden att…
and Survivor, and the Fabulous Hubcaps,        show are $5 and $10.
all of whom will headline the entertain-           Tickets are on sale at the Ocean City
ment at Springfest 2012.                       Convention Center Box Office on 40th St.
    Loretta Lynn performs at 8 p.m. Fri-       Box office hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
day, May 4. Her instantly recognizable de-     Monday through Friday. Tickets are also
livery is one of the greatest country-music    available at or by
voices in history. Tickets range from $25      calling 800-551-7328.
to $55.                                            Ocean City celebrates the start of the       Open Christmas Eve from 10-2
                                                                                                Open Christmas Eve from 10-2
    Eddie Money and Survivor take the          season with the 22nd Annual Springfest at
stage at 8 p.m. on Saturday, May 5 with
tickets ranging from $20 to $45.
                                               the Inlet Lot May 3-6. For more informa-
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                                                                                                Christmas traditions
                                                                                                around the globe
                                                                                                    Families across the globe cherish
                                                                                                their Christmas traditions. Customs
                                                                                                may be unique to every family, but
                                                                                                many countries boast their own
                                                                                                unique traditions as well.
                                                                                                    * Australia: Many Australians
                                                                                                celebrate Christmas by coming
                                                                                                together at night to sing carols
                                                                                                outside. That’s not as chilly as
                                                                                                it might sound, as Christmas
 (L - R, front row) Co-chairs Cassandra Rox and Cheryl Jacobs with committee members Fe-        in Australia actually falls dur-
licia Daly, Diane McGraw; and (left to right, back row) Kay Hickman, Leslie Shelton. Photo by   ing summer vacation. In fact,
Diane McGraw                                                                                    many of the country’s most

Women’s luncheon planned                                                                        popular Christmas traditions
                                                                                                occur outside.
      The Worcester County Commis-                 The day is a celebratory one with                * England: Contrary to Aus-
sion for Women has reserved Wednes-             featured exhibitors, a luncheon, music,         tralia, England’s weather around          Germany and are purchased four Sun-
day, March 21, 2012 at the Clarion              awards, and raffles.        The 2012            Christmastime is much colder. Many        days before Christmas begins. The
Hotel, Ocean City for its annual gath-          Women’s History Month theme is                  of England’s traditions resemble those    wreaths have places for four candles,
ering of community leaders to recog-            Women’s Education - Women’s Em-                 popular in North America, including       and families light a candle on the
nize local women whose lives show               powerment. Event co-chairs Cheryl               wrapping gifts, hanging stockings over    wreath each Sunday.
exceptional vision and leadership. The          Jacobs and Cassandra Rox are seeking            the fireplace and gathering around the        * Mexico: Families in Mexico cele-
event is a fundraiser for the McGuffey          sponsors that exhibit the education             Christmas tree. Kids in England write     brate Christmas by decorating their
Literacy Summer Reading Program                 and empowerment of women entre-                 a letter with their wishes to Father      homes with lilies or evergreens. Be-
for Worcester County elementary stu-            preneurs. For information, call 410-            Christmas, but unlike mailing those       cause the weather is warm, many fam-
dents.                                          208-6798 or 410-591-5524.                       letters like many North American chil-    ilies also cut designs into brown paper
                                                                                                dren do, English children toss their      bags before inserting a candle and
                                                                                                letters into a fire so their Christmas    then setting the designs, called faroli-
                                                                                                wishes can go up the chimney.             tos, along the sidewalk, on win-
                                                                                                    * France: Christmas celebrations in   dowsills, on rooftops, and along
                                                                                                France begin several weeks before De-     outdoor walls. Many communities in
                                                                                                cember 25, but Christmas Eve is most      the southwestern United States have
                                                                                                special to many natives of France. On     adopted this tradition, which they
                                                                                                Christmas Eve, church bells ring as       often refer to as luminaria.
                                                                                                people sing noels, or carols. The fol-        * Sweden: Christmas celebrations
                                                                                                lowing day, a feast is enjoyed upon re-   in Sweden begin on December 13, the
                                                                                                turning home from church.                 day the country celebrates St. Lucia’s
                                                                                                    * Germany: In Germany, the            Day. Celebrations for St. Lucia, the pa-
                                                                                                weather is cold during the Christmas      tron saint of light, are intricate and in-
                                                                                                season, and in the weeks leading up to    volve the whole family. A couple of
                                                                                                Christmas families bake sweet bread,      days before Christmas is when many
                                                                                                cakes with candied fruits and spicy       families select their Christmas tree.
                                                                                                cookies. Advent wreaths are popular in
December 21, 2011 The Courier Page 9
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                                                                                                   A blizzard is one of
                                                                                                   winter’s great storms
                                                                                                       Every winter comes with its own           near coastal areas may cause coastal
                                                                                                   warnings of nasty weather. Blizzard-          flooding. Homes in low-lying areas
                                                                                                   like conditions is a popular term used        may be flooded as a result. Experts
                                                                                                   in conjunction with a snowstorm. Peo-         have found that for those who live in
                                                                                                   ple may wonder what actually consti-          the West and in Alaska, blizzard winds
                                                                                                   tutes a blizzard and just how common          coming off mountains have been
                                                                                                   it can be.                                    known to reach up to 100 mph and
                                                                                                       Blizzards are often associated with       damage roofs and other structures.
                                                                                                   heavy snowfalls. However, they can                Blizzards are actually quite com-
                                                                                                   also be caused simply by strong winds         mon, even more than one might think.
                                                                                                   blowing around existing snow. The             Over a 41-year-period of study by au-
                                                                                                                                                          thors who published in the
                                                                                                                                                          “Journal of Climate” in 2002,
                                                                                                                                                          438 blizzards took place be-
                                                                                                                                                          tween 1959 and 2000 in the
                                                                                                                                                          U.S. The research found an av-
                                                                                                                                                          erage of 10.7 blizzards took
                                                                                                                                                          place every year, 27 during the
                                                                                                                                                          period of 1996-1997 alone. In
                                                                                                                                                          early 2011, a megastorm
                                                                                                                                                          dumped more than two feet of
                                                                                                                                                          snow on the Windy City, stop-
Club celebration - Ladies by the Beach Book Club celebrated their Christmas                                                                               ping normal daily activities for
luncheon at “The Inn on the Ocean” in Ocean City. Barbara Thorsen, Emma Fralley, Pat                                                                      several days. A few months
Panuska, Barbara Loffler, Toni Coffland, Evelyn Shaub, Betty Stephenson, Mary Bendure,                                                                    prior to that storm, on Decem-
Eileen Smith and Pat Martina.                                                                                                                             ber 26, 2010, the east coast of
                                                                                                                                                          the U.S. experienced more
     ASIAN CUISINE                                   OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK                                                                                   than 20 inches of snow, crip-
                                               Mon-Thurs & Sun: 11:00am - 10:30pm                                                                         pling New York City due to un-
                                                  Fri & Sat: 11:00am - 11:00pm                                                                            derstaffed sanitation workers
                                                                                                                             from the Christmas holiday.
                                                                             Chinese               National Weather Service defines a            People were trapped in their homes,
                                            Open Christmas Day                Lunch
    Chinese & Japanese Cuisine               11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.           Specials               blizzard as large amounts of falling or       and ambulance crews were blocked
      TAKE OUT & EAT IN                     Open New Year’s Day                     at             blowing snow with winds in excess of          from rescuing people. Commuter
                                                                             $5.20                 35 mph and visibility of less than 1/4        trains, subways and buses were all
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                                                                                                   strong winds also contribute to cold          warm if the heat is off due to a power
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                              Ocean City, West Ocean City, Berlin,                                 air temperature when the wind is                  * Keep an extra stock of unperish-
                           Ocean Pines, Snow Hill and Pocomoke City                                taken into consideration. Wind chill          able foods.
                                Tank, Cylinder and Bulk Delivery                                   can make it feel several degrees colder           * Never light fires or barbecues in-
                                to Areas Just Beyond the Mains                                     than the actual air temperature and re-       doors.
                                                                                                   sult in frostbite or hypothermia.                 * Avoid overexertion outdoors.
              Before You Dig, Call Toll-Free “Miss Utility of                                          Apart from their effect on the body,      Wait until the storm stops.
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                                                                                                                                        December 21, 2011 The Courier Page 11

                                                                                                       BIS club makes math fun
                                                                                                       Keshawn Corbin, Evan Marlowe, Jimmy
                                                                                                       Willey, Ian Albert and Mr. Steve Wehlan
                                                                                                       are in the Berlin Intermediate School
                                                                                                       After School program known as the
                                                                                                       "Card Club" where students use Yu-Gi-
                                                                                                       Oh! cards to not only have fun and
                                                                                                       learn a new game system, but also to
                                                                                                       expand on their math skills and math

                                                                                                                                                              Christmas Eve
                                                                                                                                                  serving breakfast only...closing at noon!!!
                                                                                                                                                   Closed Christmas Day and Dec. 26
                                                                                                                                                   New Seasonal Beverages
                                                      WPS girls help at                                                                          LeinenKugal Sunset Wheat
                                                                                                                                                 Angry Orchard Apple Cider
                                                      Christmas bazaar
                                                                                                                                                 December Drink Specials!
                                                      Showing off some of the deli-
                                                      cious baked items that were                                                                    Corona.............$3.50
                                                      sold in Santa’s Bakery are: (l-r)                                                              Bud Light.........$2.50
                                                      Sarah Savage, Bishopville;                                                                     Yuengling.......$2.50
                                                      Maya Zia-Shakeri, Berlin; and
                                                      Kendall Whaley, Berlin. The                                                                  RED WINE OF THE WEEK
                                                      bazaar booth sold a wonderful                                                              Di Majo Norante Sangiovese
                                                      selection of cakes, pies,
                                                      breads, cookies, cupcakes,
                                                      fudge, muffins, and candies.                                                               WHITE WINE OF THE WEEK
                                                                                                                                                 Charles Krug Sauvignon Blanc
                                                                                                                                                       While Supplies Last!
                                                                                                                                                     Available 11 am til closing
                                                                                                                                                         Restaurant wide.
                                                                                          SES hosts holiday performance                          Excludes $1 off happy hour special
                                                                                          Second grade students Emma Johnson, Sommer
                                                                                          Smith and Zach Powers pose on the set of their
                                                                                          Showell Elementary Holiday Music program. The en-
                                                                                          tire second grade performed a "Holiday of Music" for
                                                                                                                                                  We are pleased to announce
                                                                                          a jolly audience!                                      that Liquor will be coming soon
                                                                                                                                                          at DeNovo's!!!!

                                                                                 BES students learn together                                              Pizza
                                                                                 Third graders Emanuel Aroh and Kevontae Johnson work on
                                                                                 math problems together during class at Buckingham Ele-
                                                                                 mentary School.
                                                                                                                                                     Collect 10 pizza coupons
                                                                                                                                                         (one on each purchase
                                                                                                                                                         of a large cheese pizza)
                                                                                                                                                   and get a large cheese pizza

                                                                                                                                                         (toppings are extra)
                                                                                                                                                 ½ Carafes of
OCES donates to animals                                                                                                                             Both Red
Students in Mrs. Andrea Wierengo's third grade
class at Ocean City Elementary School show their
                                                                                                                                                    & White
generosity by donating animal supplies to the                                                                                                        $12.00
Worcester County Humane Society. Pictured                                                                                                        New Lunch and Dinner Specials at
from left to right: Kendal Vick, Jacelyn Clapsadle,                                                                                               
Claire Williams, and Maddy Kiesewetter
Page 12 The Courier December 21, 2011

OPVFD holds annual banquet, installs officers
    On December 10 the Ocean Pines                    service and many OPVFD members                       totaled more
Volunteer Fire Department held its                    were also presented individual                       than the previ-
Annual Installation Banquet. Nearly                   awards for their year of service. Out-               ous year. Top
100 members and guests attended in-                   going Chief Tom Meadows was par-                     Responder
cluding Maryland State Senator Jim                    ticularly thanked for his six years as               Awards for fire
Mathias, Worcester County Commis-                     fire chief and the many innovations                  fighters were:
sioners Judy Boggs and Madison J.                     and programs he brought to the                       first place to
Bunting, Jr., Ocean Pines Police Chief                OPVFD. Newly elected Chief Tim                       Michael Allen,
Dave Massey, Ocean Pines Board of                     Canham was introduced.                               second         to
Directors President Tom Terry and                         Chief Meadows reported the num-                  Robert Gilbert,
fire chiefs from other Worcester                      ber of fire, ambulance (EMS-Emer-                    and third to
County fire departments. Outgoing                     gency Service), rescue and other calls               Neil     Gottes-
officers were recognized for their                    answered by the OPVFD which again                    man. Fire Po-
                                                                                                           lice        Top

                                                              Comfort Food Thursday                        were:       first

                              a n d ...
                                                                        Call for our                       place     Steve
                                                                                                                               Bob and Kelli Beck receiving their award from Steve Rosen
                                                                  Thursday Dinner Specials                 Rosen, second
                                                                                                           and third were tied and went to Dick personally thanked each of the re-
                                                                   $7.95 Take-out only                     Huettner and Reid Gay. Top EMS sponders.
                                                                   Available noon to 4 p.m.                Responders were: first place to Steve       There was one special recognition
                                                                                                           Rosen, second to Ryne Leslie and         award presented to Bob and Kelli
                                  Cookie Platters                     Open for Breakfast                   third to Ron Thorwart.                   Beck, owners of DeNovo’s Trattoria in
                                                                          and Lunch
        Free                                                                                                   One of the most moving moments Ocean Pines, for their continued do-
      Wireless                                                                                             occurred when Ocean Pines resident nations and support of OPVFD
      Internet               410-208-0707                                              RTE. 589
                                                                                           O.P. South
                                                                                           Gate Entrance
                                                                                                           Pam Mitchell, who was critically in- events.
                                                                                                           jured in a car accident in December         The final item for the night was
  11304 Manklin Creek Rd                          Hours:                                                   2010, spoke about her ordeal and         the installation of new officers by
  Southgate - Ocean Pines           Mon., Wed.,Thurs., Fri: 6 a.m.- 4 p.m.   A Bagel
                                                                                                           how the members of the OPVFD Worcester County Clerk of the Court,
   (Manklin Creek & Ocean Pkwy)      Tues, Sat. and Sun: 6 a.m.- 2 p.m.
                                                                                                           saved her life. She and her family Steve Hales.

                    We extend
              our warmest wishes to
                  everyone in the
                community during
               this holiday season.

                 May your time
            with family and friends
             be joyous and happy.

      Van’s Marine Service
              Marine Service & Parts
     10438 Racetrack Rd., Berlin
                                                                                                                                      December 21, 2011 The Courier Page 13

                                                                                                  Christmas traditions go
                                                                                                  back through history
                                                                                                      Many Christmas traditions are           candles and lead, trees that are overly
                                                                                                  older than some celebrants might            dry paired with lights that have frayed
                                                                                                  think. The tradition of lighting up a       wires can just as easily lead to fires.
                                                                                                  Christmas tree, for                               Plus, plastic tinsel can be a chok-
                                                                                                  example,        dates                             ing hazard for children and pets.
                                                                                                  back to the days                                      One Christmas staple that
                                                                                                  before Christmas                                  has lost its status as a safety haz-
                                                                                                  lights. Before elec-                              ard is the poinsettia plant. Poin-
                                                                                                  tric-powered twin-                                settias are a tropical plant that
                                                                                                  kle lights were                                   have become a fixture during the
                                                                                                  invented and even                                 Christmas season. It has long
                                                                                                  before electricity                                been thought that poinsettias are
                                                                                                  was discovered,                                   poisonous to people and ani-
                                                                                                  people used actual                                mals. While there is some toxic-
                                                                                                  candles to adorn                                  ity to the plant, it would require
                                                                                                  the Christmas tree.                               the ingestion of hundreds of
                                                                                                  As one can imag-                                  leaves to get a toxic dose of a
                                                                                                  ine, having an open flame next to a         plant’s poison. Ingestion may simply
                                                                                                  dried-out tree made for some fast fires.    cause a case of vomiting or diarrhea
                                                                                                  That is why it was customary to keep a      instead. But poinsettia leaves are said
Kiwanis rings the bell for Salvation Red Kettle                                                   bucket of water next to the tree as well.   to have an unpleasant taste, so one
Every year around Thanksgiving, the Salvation Army Red Kettle campaign begins collecting              As if fire was not enough, the tinsel   bite and most children and animals
donations in the familiar red kettle to help those in need and make for a happier holiday sea-    used to decorate trees was made from        will probably turn away.
son. Many clubs and organizations, as well as individuals, volunteer to ring the bell. Pictured   strips of silver and even lead — some-          Perhaps one of the biggest hazards
is Kiwanian Bill Long of the Kiwanis Club of Greater Ocean Pines - Ocean City as he rings the     thing that is now known to be a health      come Christmas — both then and now
bell at the Wal-Mart in Berlin. Members of the Kiwanis Key Club of Stephen Decatur High           hazard to adults and children alike. Al-    is not having enough turkey or eggnog
School also join in, manning the kettle and bell after school. Kiwanis has been recognized
                                                                                                  though we’ve come a long way from           to go around for holiday guests!
several times for their work in the Red Kettle Campaigns of years past.

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Page 14 The Courier December 21, 2011
                                                                                         necessary to preheat the oven since                  an eight inch burner will waste more
    Choptank Electric Cooperative                                                        food like turkey and ham cook for                    than 40 percent of the energy. The el-
                                                                                         hours and preheating really is not nec-              ements, burners and reflectors are
              Cooking up Savings                                                         essary. Recipes may call for the oven
                                                                                         to be preheated for these meats, but it
                                                                                                                                              equally important to reducing wasted
                                                                                                                                              energy and should be cleaned regu-
                  By Thomas S. Tyndall, III                                              generally is only necessary to preheat               larly. Replace the reflectors if badly
                                                                                         when baking bread, pastries and pies.                burned or worn.
    It may seem (or more likely is true)         Most of us catch a bite to eat on the
                                                                                             Turn on the oven light and peak                      The smaller cooking appliances in
that our money is leaving our hands          run as we check off items on our holi-
                                                                                         through the oven window when                         your kitchen should not be neglected
much too fast as we go about the hec-        day shopping list. We eventually end
                                                                                         checking the food. Avoid opening the                 and put the microwave oven, toaster
tic and at times stressful pace of holi-     up back in the kitchen in our home
                                                                                         oven door since the temperature may                  oven and slow-cookers (crock pots) to
day shopping. We heard reports from          preparing meals for ourselves, our
                                                                                         be reduced by as much as 25 degrees                  good use. Microwave ovens can be
Bloomberg of record spending on              family and our friends during this fes-
                                                                                         for that very short period of time.                  used to efficiently cook such things as
Black Friday to the tune of $11.4 bil-       tive time of year. It’s possible to keep
                                                                                                         Opening the door to                  vegetables and heat up leftovers later
                                                                                                         take a peak wastes en-               for dinner and snacks. Fast and effi-
                                                                                                         ergy and increases the               cient microwave ovens use 50 percent
                                                                                                         cooking time. Make the               less energy than conventional ovens.
                                                                                                         most of the time the                 If you’re baking or broiling small food
                                                                                                         oven is on and cook                  items, a toaster oven is ideal because
                                                                                                         several foods at the                 they use one-third the energy of a
                                                                                                         same time or within a                larger oven. Slow cookers are ideal for
                                                                                                         short period of time. If             busy families this time year. On aver-
                                                                                                         there is not enough                  age, they will cook a whole meal for
                                                                                                         room be prepared to                  about 17 cents worth of electricity.
                                                                                                         place another food item                  Enjoy the holidays, have fun cook-
lion dollars. Many expect to see an in-      cooking energy-related costs down in
                                                                                         inside immediately after removing the                ing for all and save a little money too!
crease in Internet sales over last year      the kitchen if we put into practice a
                                                                                         cooked food while the oven is already                    For more information about this
during this holiday season. The brick-       few common sense and practical
                                                                                         up to temperature.                                   topic or any other energy related
and-mortar stores and the online             ideas.
                                                                                             If you use the stovetop burners, be              subject, please contact me at 1-877-
merchants got some of my money and              The oven is typically crammed
                                                                                         sure to match the size of the pan or                 892-0001, ext. 8633 or tomt@chop-
they are likely to get a little more as we   with a stuffed turkey, ham, casserole,
                                                                                         pot to the heating element. The cor-       
get closer to Christmas. It’s hard to        bread and desserts, to name a few of
                                                                                         rect size pan or pot will reduce the                 Sources: Bloomberg News, Con-
think of “saving” money this time of         the delicious foods we all enjoy during
                                                                                         amount of heat lost to the surround-                 sumer Energy Center of California.
year and it is possible to do just that!     the holidays. In most cases, it’s not
                                                                                         ing air. For example, a six inch pan on

                                                                                                 ACROSS             28. Chart of the        4. Point that is one   30. Rectangular
                                                                                          1. Angry                     Earth’s surface         point E of SE          grooved joint
                                                                                          4. Mr. Claus              29. Fish eggs           5. Linen vestment      31. “___ the night
                                                                                          9. Minerals               30. Recto                  worn by priests        before Christmas”
                                                                                          11. Gluten-free diet      37. The cry made by     6. A B vitamin         32. Male parents
                                                                                             disease                   sheep                7. Ryan O’Neal’s       33. Earlier in time
                                                                                          12. Nickel-cadmium        38. Pitcher                daughter            34. Rampart of felled
                                                                                             accumulator            39. Supports climbing   8. Dull steady pain       trees
                                                                                          14. Day or rest              plants               10. Seaport on Osaka 35. Scoundrel
                                                                                             & worship              40. Arbitrager             Bay                    (Yiddish)
                                                                                          15. King of Magadha       41. Winglike structures 11. Cowpunchers        36. Pencilmark
                                                                                             (273-232)              42. Singer Ross         13. Mend a sock           remover
                                                                                          16. Satisfy an appetite   43. Belonging to        14. Ship’s canvas      37. Danish ballet
                                                                                          17. Stage signal             Barney & Betty       16. Aformentioned         dancer Erik
                                                                                          18. Durable aromatic      45. “Promises” author   19. Big man on         40. Blood clams genus
                                                                                             wood                      Wendi                   campus              41. Subsititutes (abbr.)
                                                                                          19. Something used        46. Swindles            20. English actress    44. Spoken in the Dali
                                                                                             to lure                47. In widespread          Stark                  region of Yunnan
                                                                                          20. Actress Basinger         existence            22. Malaria
                                                                                          21. A rare and            48. Those opposed to       mosquitoes
                                                                                             exceptional person     49. Used to be U___     23. Many
                                                                                          24. Quick head                                    subconsciousses
                                                                                             movement                       DOWN            26. A scrap of cloth
                                                                                          25. Yeddo                 1. Grace’s Principality 27. Cry loudly
                                                                                          26. Mythological bird     2. No longer seated 28. Actress Farrow
                                                                                          27. Root mean square      3. Translate into       29. S. Korean Pres.
                                                                                             (abbr.)                   ordinary language       Syngman
                                                                                                                                               (1948-65)         Answers for December 14
                                                                                                                            December 21, 2011 The Courier Page 15

A child’s question captivates the imagination
By Chip Bertino                               Again this holiday season, The             whole of truth and knowledge.Yes,         man, nor even the united strength of
    During the 19th century, newspa-       Courier thought it would be interest-         Virginia, there is a Santa Claus.         all the strongest men that ever lived
pers were the predominant news             ing to step back in time when things              He exists as certainly as love and    could tear apart. Only faith, poetry,
media. Newspapers published nu-            seemed a little simpler and the an-           generosity and devotion exist, and        love, romance, can push aside that
merous editions each day that were         swer to a child’s question could capti-       you know that they abound and give        curtain and view and picture the su-
sold by scores of newsboys hawking         vate and resonate through time.               to your life its highest beauty and       pernatural beauty and glory beyond.
them on street corners. Newspapers                                                       joy. Alas! how dreary would be the        Is it all real? Ah, Virginia, in all this
played a critical role in forming pub-     Editor:                                       world if there were no Santa Claus!       world there is nothing else real and
lic opinion. The power of newspapers           I am eight years old. Some of my          It would be as dreary as if there were    abiding.
across the United States was unsur-        little friends say there is no Santa          no Virginias. There would be no               No Santa Claus? Thank God he
passed as they held sway over politi-      Claus. Papa says “If you see it in The        childlike faith then, no poetry, no ro-   lives and lives forever. A thousand
cians and readers alike. So it was in      Sun it’s so.” Please tell me the truth,       mance to make tolerable this exis-        years from now, Virginia, nay 10
1897, when the New York Sun re-            is there a Santa Claus?                       tence.      We should have not            times 10,000 years from now, he will
ceived a rather unique letter                              Virginia O’Hanlon             enjoyment, except in sense and sight.     continue to make glad the heart of
from a young reader, Vir-                                                                The external light with which child-      childhood.
ginia O’Hanlon, wanting                                      Virginia,                   hood fills the world would be extin-          Merry Christmas and a Happy
to know whether or not                                              Your       little    guished.                                  New Year!!!
there was a Santa                                                 friends        are         Not believe in Santa Claus! You
Claus.                                                              wrong. They          might as well not believe in fairies.        Mr. Church’s editorial was an im-
    The letter ended                                                 have been af-       You might get your papa to hire men       mediate sensation and was published
up on the desk of                                                    fected by the       to watch in all the chimneys on           every year until the paper folded in
veteran      editor,                                                  skepticism of      Christmas Eve to catch Santa Claus,       1949. Mr. Church married shortly
Francis P. Church.                                                    a skeptical        but even if you did not see Santa         after the editorial appeared. He died
Mr. Church was the                                                    age. They do       Claus coming down, what would             in April 1906, leaving no children.
son of a Baptist                                                      not believe        that prove? Nobody sees Santa                Virginia O’Hanlon went on to
minister. He had                                                     except what         Claus, but that is no sign that there     graduate from Hunter College with a
covered the Civil                                                   they see. They       is no Santa Claus. The most real          Bachelor of Arts Degree at the age of
War for the New York                                               think nothing         things in the world are those that        21. The following year she received a
Times and had worked                                             can be which is         neither children nor men can see.         Master’s degree from Columbia. In
for the New York Sun for                                      not comprehensi-           Did you ever see fairies dancing on       1912 she began teaching in the New
20 years becoming the                                      ble by their little           the lawn? Of course not, but that’s       York school system and later became
paper’s anonymous editorial                             minds. All minds, Vir-           no proof that they are not there. No-     a principal. After 47 years as an edu-
writer. Mr. Church realized neither               ginia, whether they be men’s           body can conceive or imagine all the      cator she retired. Throughout her life
he nor the paper could ignore the          or children’s, are little. In this great      wonders there are unseen and un-          she received a steady stream of mail
child’s question. He must answer it        universe of ours, man is a mere in-           seeable in the world.                     about her Santa Claus letter. Virginia
and answer it truthfully. His re-          sect, an ant, in his intellect as com-            You tear apart the baby’s rattle      O’Hanlon Douglass died in 1971 at
sponse became one of the most mem-         pared with the boundless world                and see what makes the noise inside,      the age of 81 in a nursing home in
orable editorials in newspaper             about him, as measured by the intel-          but there is a veil covering the un-      Valatie, NY.
history.                                   ligence capable of grasping the               seen world which not the strongest

           Ti d e a n d S u n C h a r t
    * tide is for Ocean City Fishing Pier. Add two hours for Isle of Wight tide
 DATE                HIGH TIDE       LOW TIDE          SUNRISE            SUNSET
                         4:53 a.m.     11:25 a.m.       7:14 a.m.          4:44 p.m.
Thur., December 22       5:08 p.m.     11:18 p.m.
                         5:47 a.m.                      7:14 a.m.          4:44 p.m.
 Fri., December 23       6:03 p.m.     12:21 p.m.
                         6:40 a.m.     12:12 a.m.       7:15 a.m.          4:45 p.m.
 Sat., December 24       6:56 p.m.      1:12 p.m.
                         7:31 a.m.       1:04 a.m.      7:15 a.m.          4:45 p.m.
 Sun., December 25       7:47 p.m.       2:01 p.m.
                        8:20 a.m.        1:54 a.m.      7:16 a.m.          4:46 p.m.
 Mon., December 26      8:37 p.m.        2:48 p.m.
                        9:07 a.m.        2:43 a.m.      7:16 a.m.          4:46 p.m.
Tues., December 27      9:25 p.m.        3:34 p.m.
                         9:52 a.m.       3:32 a.m.      7:16 a.m.          4:47 p.m.
Wed., December 28       10:13 p.m.       4:19 p.m.
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                                                                           Help for residents of Worcester or Somerset County who
                                         Wrap up your Holiday Shopping     are at least 18. By appointment only. Call 410-641-9703                Wednesday, December 28
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leveling, foundation, and                2 FREE GIFTS! 26 gourmet fa-      Monday, December 26                                                    AGH, Conference Room 1
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                                                                           Take Off Pounds Sensibly is a support and educational
                                                                           group promoting weight loss and healthy lifestyle. For in-             Sunday, January 1
                                                                           formation contact Edna Berkey, 410-629-1006.
                                                                                                                                                  AGH Penguin Swim 11:30 a.m. registration
                                                                           Qigong Lessons 4 – 5 p.m.                                              Princess Royale, 91st Street and the ocean
                                                                           James G. Barrett Medical Office Building, Berlin                       Fun-filled day in support of this not-for-profit hospital.
                                                                                                                                                                              December 21, 2011 The Courier Page 17
                                                                                                                           3rd and Baltimore Streets in Ocean       Bradley Bag Bingo. Doors open at         Fundraiser to benefit our troops
              Events Calendar                                                                                              City. All items are free and all are
                                                                                                                           welcome. Meals are delivered to
                                                                                                                                                                    6 p.m. Bingo begins at 7 p.m. Tick-
                                                                                                                                                                    ets are $20 in advance (9 card
                                                                                                                                                                                                             overseas with phone cards to call
                                                                                                                                                                                                             home will be held at American Le-
                                                                                                                           those who cannot leave their homes       games) or $25 at the door. Food          gion Post #166 at 24th St. and
 When submitting items for the Events Calendar please include the event name,                                              and to the police, fire departments,     (including oysters & fried chicken)      Philadelphia Avenue in Ocean City
 date, where held, time and a little about the event. Items being considered for                                           and others who serve our commu-          and beverages will be available.         from 1 until 5 p.m. Great food,
           the calendar need to be in no later than noon on Friday.                                                        nity on Christmas Day. There is a        Call 443-235-2926 for advanced           music, dancing and other entertain-
                  E-mail to                                                                 need for monetary donations.             tickets.                                 ment. Tickets are $26 each. Call
                                                                                                                           Checks made payable to the Noel                                                   410-208-9514 or 410-641-7667.
Recurring Events:                        Ocean Pines. No meeting Dec. 27.          Delmarva Singles                        Community can be mailed to P.O.          Wed., Jan. 11
                                         Call 410-641-5433 for information.        Singles 50 and over gather at Sal-      Box 1207, Ocean City MD, 21843.          Barista and Books                        Pillowcase Dress Party
Every Sunday and Wednesday                                                         isbury Chamber for a potluck dinner     Donations of non-perishable food         Ocean City library will host a pro-      Mothers bring your daughters to the
AL-Anon/OP-Berlin                        Third Tuesday                             at 6 p.m. with the meeting at 7 p.m.    and toiletries will be collected on      gram for children infant to 5 years      Ocean City library. We will be mak-
Weekly meetings are held at the          Widow & Widowers Social Club              Call 302-846-3138 for information.      December 23 and December 24              and their caregivers including sto-      ing dresses using a pattern from
Berlin Nursing Home at 7:30 p.m.         Group meets at The Woodlands at                                                   from 10 to 12 at St. Paul's by-the-      ries, crafts, cocoa and pastries for     Nancy's Notions at 1 p.m. Nancy
                                         1 p.m. Call Barbara Mazzei at 410-        Fourth Wednesday                        Sea. For more information call 410-      the children...and freshly brewed        will ship these dresses to little girls
                                         208-0430 for information.                 Marine Corps League                     289-3453.                                coffee for the parents. For more in-     in Africa. If you have the following
Every Sunday
                                                                                   First State Detachment Marine                                                    formation call 410-524-1818.             items bring them with you: portable
Al-Anon                                  LAOH Meeting                              Corps League meets at 7:30 p.m.         Sat., Dec. 31                                                                     sewing machine, scissors, new or
Al-Anon OP/Berlin meets at 7:30          The Ladies Ancient Order of Hiber-        in VFW Post 8296 in Ocean City.         New Year’s Eve                           Thurs., Jan. 12                          used pillowcases, 1/2 or 1/4 wide
p.m. in the OP Community Center.         nians meets at 10 a.m. at the             Visit        Berlin transforms into a mini Times      Free Information Session                 elastic, double fold wide bias tape,
                                         Knights of Columbus in Ocean City.                                                                                                                                  thread. For more information call
                                                                                                                           Square with dancing in the streets,      The public is invited to a free com-
Second and fourth Sunday                 For information call 410-250-2271.        Every Thursday                                                                                                            410-524-1818.
                                                                                                                           music, food, refreshments and            puter information session from 5 to
KC Breakfast                                                                       Beach Singles                           plenty of entertainment. Count           6:30 p.m. in Room 309 of the Work-
Knights of Columbus serves break-        Every Wednesday                           Beach Singles 45 Plus meets 4-7         down the New Year with a ball drop       force Development Center at Wor-         Wed., Jan. 18
fast 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. behind St.        Kiwanis Club Meeting                      p.m. at Clarion Hotel, 10100            at midnight.The festivities will take    Wic Community College in                 Spaghetti Dinner
Luke’s Church in Ocean City. Cost        The Kiwanis Club of Greater Ocean         Coastal Hwy. Call 302-436-9577 or       place at the intersection of Main        Salisbury. The session is designed       Community Church at Ocean Pines
is $8, children under 9 are $4. Call     Pines/Ocean City meets at the             410-524-0649.                           Street and Broad Street. Horse and       to help prospective students deter-      will host a spaghetti dinner from 5 -
410-524-7994.                            Ocean Pines Community Center at                                                   carriage rides will be available for a   mine what non-credit courses or se-      7 p.m. Food provided by Decatur
                                         7:45 a.m. except the 3rd Wednes-          Legion Bingo                            tour of holiday decorations and                                                   Diner. Cost is $8 for adults, $5 for
Every Monday                                                                                                                                                        quence of courses would best meet
                                         day when the meeting is at The            American Legion in Ocean City           lights starting at 8 p.m. For infor-                                              children over 3. All proceeds bene-
                                                                                                                                                                    their needs. On-site registration will
Ocean Pines Poker Club                   Woodlands in Ocean Pines at 5:30          opens doors at 5:30 p.m., games                                                                                           fit Relay for Life and American Can-
                                                                                                                           mation call the Berlin Chamber of        be available. To reserve a seat, call
Poker players wanted in Ocean            p.m. with dinner at 6 p.m. (until April   begin at 7:00. For information call     Commerce at 410-641-4775.                (410) 334-2815.                          cer Society. Contact Joanne at
Pines area for Monday evenings.          2012) Call 410-641-7330 or visit ki-      410-289-3166.                                                                                                             410-641-5434.
Call 410-641-8351 for information.                                                        Sun., Jan. 1                             Fri., Jan. 13
                                                                                   Second Thursday                                                                                                           Thurs., Jan. 26
Sweet Adelines                           Square Dancing                                                                    AGH Penguin Swim                         Friday Game Night
                                                                                   AARP Meeting                                                                                                              Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast
The Delmarva Sweet Adeline Cho-          The Pinesteppers have introduction                                                Celebrate New Year's Day by get-         Time for the kids to have fun with
                                                                                   Ocean City AARP Chapter 1917                                                                                              Ocean City Mayor’s Prayer Break-
rus meets from 7 to 9 p.m. in the        to square dancing at the OP Com-                                                  ting wet for a good cause. Dip into      their friends and give parents a
                                                                                   will meet 9:30 a.m. at the Elks                                                                                           fast breakfast will begin at 7:00 a.m.
Ocean Pines Community Center.            munity Center at 7 p.m. Call Bruce                                                the chilly Atlantic Ocean to benefit     night off at the Ocean Pines Com-
                                                                                   Lodge, 138th & Sinepuxent (one                                                                                            and end at 9:15 a.m. The speaker
For information call 410-208-4171.       Barrett at 410-208-6777.                                                          Atlantic General Hospital at the         munity Hall 6-9 p.m. Games include
                                                                                   block off Coastal Hwy) January                                                                                            will be Three Star General Jerry
                                                                                                                           Princess Royal Hotel on 91st Street.     dodgeball, handball, swatball and
                                                                                   through June, October and No-                                                                                             Boykin. He was the commander in
DC Hand Dance Club                       Elks Bingo                                                                        Registration is at 11:30 a.m.; swim      basketball. Pre-registration is re-
                                                                                   vember.                                                                                                                   “Black Hawk Down” which was
The DC Hand Dance Club meets 6           Ocean City Elks in Ocean City (be-                                                at 1 p.m. Incentive prizes begin with    quested. Cost is $10 and includes
-10 p.m. at the OC Elks Lodge.           hind Fenwick Inn) open at 5:30                                                    $25 donation at registration. Call       snacks and punch. For more infor-        made into a movie. He was a
                                                                                   Every Friday                            410-641-9644 or visit www.pen-           mation call 410-641-7052.                founding member of Delta Force
Contact Diane at (301) 906-5962 or       p.m. Early birds at 6:30 and bingo
                                                                                   Women and Dogs Group                                                                                                      and a former commander of all the               at 7 p.m. Call 410-250-2645.                                            
                                                                                   Support group for women and their                                                                                         Green Berets. For ticket informa-
                                                                                                                                                                    Sat., Jan. 14
                                         Al-Anon                                   dogs 1-3 p.m. Contact HealingSto-                                                                                         tion and any other questions please
Every Monday and Thursday                                                                                                  Mayor’s Open House                       Beef & Beer Fundraiser
                                         Al-Anon OP/Berlin will meet at 7:30 or 240-626-5961.                                                                                             call 443-235-2669.
Poker Group                                                                                                                The Ocean City Mayor and City            Star Charities Annual Beef & Beer
                                         p.m. at the Berlin Nursing Home,                                                  Council’s 16th annual Open House
Group meets from 6 to 11:30 p.m.                                                   Knights of Columbus Bingo
                                         downstairs meeting room.                                                          is scheduled from 1 to 3 p.m. at City
Call 410-208-0063 for information.                                                 Bingo will be held behind St. Luke’s
                                                                                                                           Hall, located at 3rd Street and Bal-
                                         Rotary Club                               Church, 100th St. in Ocean City.
                                                                                                                           timore Avenue. This year’s theme
First Monday                             Ocean City/Berlin Rotary Club din-        Doors open at 5 p.m. and games
                                                                                                                           focuses on the Art League of Ocean
Coast Guard Auxiliary                    ner meetings are held every               begin at 6:30 p.m. Refreshments
                                                                                                                           City. Light refreshments will be
U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Flotilla     Wednesday at 5:45 p.m. at the Cap-        available. Call 410-524-7994.
                                                                                                                           served. Musical entertainment will
12-05 meets at 7:30 p.m. in the          tains Table in Ocean City. To attend
                                                                                   First and Third Saturday                be also be presented. For more in-
U.S.C.G. Station, Ocean City. For        contact Stan.Kahn@carouselho-
                                                                                   Habitat Warehouse Open                  formation call City Hall at 410-289-
information call Dennis Kalinowski
                                                                                   Habitat for Humanity of Worcester       8221.
at 410-208-4147.
                                         Story Time                                County warehouse on East Market
Second Monday                            Stories, rhymes, music and crafts at      Street in Snow Hill will be open 8      Thurs., Jan. 5
Friends of OP Library                    10:30 a.m. at the Ocean City library.     a.m. to noon. Building materials,       Eye Health Seminar
Friends of the Ocean Pines Library       Call (410) 524-1818.                      appliances, cabinets, furniture and     Dr. Todd Besack of Chesapeake
meets at 10 a.m. at the library.                                                   more are available. Cash only.          Eye Center will host a free seminar
                                         Delmarva Hand Dancing                     Habitat is also looking for gently      7-8 p.m. in the East Room of the
                                         Dancing at The Fenwick Inn in             used items for use in future sales.     Ocean Pines Community Hall. He
Every Tuesday
                                         Ocean City from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Con-       Contact               will present information on eye          Penguin Swim coming soon
Story Time
                                         tact 302-934-7951 or info@delmar-                                                 anatomy, diabetes, cataracts, glau-      As people start making plans for ringing in 2012, many on
Stories, rhymes, music and crafts at
                                                       Upcoming Events:                        coma and macular degeneration.           the Shore are preparing for a very different New Year’s Day
10:30 a.m. at the Berlin library. Call
(410) 641-0650.                                                                                                            For information call 410-641-7052.       tradition – the 18th Annual AGH Penguin Swim. Proceeds
                                         First Wednesday                                                                                                            from the event, gathered through corporate sponsorships
                                                                                   Sun., Dec. 25
                                         Blood Pressure Checks                                                             Fri., Jan. 6                             and participant fundraising, support the strategic plans un-
Second and Fourth Tuesday                                                          Noel Christmas Dinner
                                         The OP Volunteer Fire Dept. will                                                  Basket & Bag Bingo                       dertaken by Atlantic General Hospital to improve individual
Life After Loss                                                                    The Noel Community volunteers
                                         provide free blood pressure checks                                                The Bishopville Volunteer Fire Dept      and community health. For more information or to register
A non-denominational support                                                       serve a free turkey and ham dinner
                                         to residents at the Community Cen-                                                Auxiliary will be holding a              visit, find us on Facebook
group meets at 11 a.m. in Family                                                   with all the trimmings from 11 a.m.
                                         ter 10-11:30 a.m. Call Capt. Bill                                                 Longaberger Basket and Vera              at or call 410-641-9644.
Life Center at Community Church at                                                 to 2 p.m. at St. Paul's by-the-Sea on
                                         Bounds at 410-641-8272.
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