Public schools ready for students’ return next week

When students return to the classroom next week, Wicomico County Public Schools will be ahead of schedule along the path to reaching some strategic goals, according to Superintendent Dr. Donna Hanlin. Named superintendent in 2016, Hanlin spent her first year taking stock of the system and listening to the community. She held focus groups within […]

Folk Festival volunteer opportunities available

A bucket brigade – a human chain of first-responders, if you will – is generally a firefighting tactic used to put out a fire, in the absence of more sophisticated equipment. Not so at the National Folk Festival, which will take place Sept. 6-8 in Salisbury. For those three days the Bucket Brigade will be […]

Updated Langeler Memorial Building is rededicated

A building that originally served as Fellowship Hall for Asbury Methodist Church was updated and recently rededicated by Wicomico Presbyterian Church, which now owns the building. Wicomico Presbyterian is Salisbury’s oldest continuously active congregation, established in 1683 when the Rev. Francis Makemie arrived on lower Delmarva from Ireland to minister to Presbyterians located along the […]

Sharptown readies for 93rd Firemen’s Carnival

It wouldn’t feel like summer on the Eastern Shore without the traditional carnivals operated by volunteer fire companies. One of the largest and longest-running of those is the Sharptown Firemen’s Carnival, opening for its 93rd year at 7 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 1. The time-honored tradition of the firemen’s carnival is enough to get people out […]

Jackie Fritch was a true believer in supporting peace

“Activism in the pursuit of peace was not something Jackie Fritch did, it’s who she was,” said John Wright, minister at Unitarian Universalist Fellowship at Salisbury. Fritch, who was a longtime member of that congregation, died Saturday, July 20. She was 86 years old. Wright, who was her minister for 10 years, struggled to find […]

Don Fitzgerald’s voice will never go silent

Don Fitzgerald has a long history of survival. He survived a tour of duty in Vietnam as a young draftee with the U.S. Army more than 50 years ago. He has survived 11 surgeries since 2002, when he was diagnosed with a rare form of low-grade sarcoma in his larynx. He also survived two false-negative […]

Colleagues, patients remember Dr. Jim Burns

On the Fourth of July, while communities across the United States celebrated the birth of our nation with fireworks and barbecues, Dr. Jim Burns quietly lost his battle with cancer, at home and surrounded by those he loved most. He was by all accounts a most unusual breed of doctor, multi-talented both professionally and personally. […]

Salisbury Guardsman ready for Mideast deployment

Working amid empty desks and piles of equipment crates, Platoon Sgt. Lee Beauchamp feels ready for his pending deployment to the Middle East in August with the 198th Expeditionary Signal Battalion of the Delaware National Guard, based in Georgetown. Beauchamp, who lives in Salisbury, is looking forward to this new adventure. “We’ve been preparing for […]

Wicomico unveils its plans for Pirate’s Wharf Park

Monday evening at the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center, Wicomico County unveiled the master plan for Pirate’s Wharf Park on 340 acres along Whitehaven Road near the village of Quantico. The plan was years in the making, the culmination of a county executive’s vision that was enhanced by the interests and concerns of residents and […]