Fresh Start designed to get school year off right

Backpacks, back-to-school supplies, haircuts – even hot dogs – will be given away at the first Fresh Start: A Wicomico County Community Back-to-School Event on Sunday, Aug. 26. Set for noon to 5 p.m. at the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center, Fresh Start will also provide information about community services and prizes. Some 4,000 students […]

Coastal Hospice Kicks 4 Kids event is Saturday

Kicks 4 Kids, a family event sponsored by Coastal Hospice and featuring games and foods, will be at WinterPlace Park on Saturday. Scheduled for 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the event costs $5. Tickets can be purchased there, or online at coastalhospice.org/kicks. Activities include a watermelon eating contest at noon, door prizes given away at […]

Salisbury looks to replace bicycle program provider

Spin, the San Francisco-based company that has provided popular, bright orange bicycles for short jaunts around Salisbury since February, is replacing the bikes with motorized scooters — but neither the city nor Salisbury University has agreed to switch. SU officials are waiting to hear if the bikes will be collected and take off campus, and […]

Wicomico Revenue Cap’s impact is examined

The county’s 19-year-old Revenue Cap and its possible link to precarious public school rankings was discussed at a forum hosted by the Greater Salisbury Committee and BEACON this week. Mike Dunn, Greater Salisbury Committee CEO, and Sarah Guy, Associate Director of Business Economic and Community Outreach Network, or BEACON, presented details to about 40 people […]

Lindsay, Howard to fill key Salisbury positions

Mayor Jake Day this week spoke with confidence about local men hired to fill two positions in the city. Kevin Lindsay is the new Neighborhood Relations Manager and Everett Howard Jr. was named Director of Housing and Community Development. Howard had been interim director since April. Lindsay, 41, was case manager at Goodwill for the […]

Allen Fire Chief remembered as ‘true gentleman’

When he talked to customers at Mrohs Gas Inc. in Crisfield, David Barry often repeated his motto: If you’re not happy, we’re not happy. And Barry had a way of cheering and pleasing those he came in contact with, including Danny Mrohs, co-owner of the company that employed him for nearly 10 years, recalling how […]

Weather Channel’s Mike Seidel gets own bobblehead

When meteorologist Mike Seidel of The Weather Channel fame received a call from Delmarva Shorebirds officials, telling him they wanted to have a bobblehead made in his likeness, and honor him at a game, he was surprised. “I was like, ‘Me? Why?’” he said with a laugh during a phone conversation this week. “They said, […]

Poplar Hill Camp eyed for live-in opioids rehab facility

As plans develop to transform the defunct Poplar Hill Pre-Release Unit into a live-in rehab center for those addicted to opioids and other drugs, Wicomico County Council members will tour the facility and, in weeks to come, meet with Clay Stamp, Executive Director of the Opioid Operational Command Center under Gov. Larry Hogan. Council members […]

Advocates working to build home for veteran

In months to come, when a newly built house in Sharptown is finished, the keys will be ceremoniously presented to a family of three, who will live there without the burden of a monthly mortgage payment. That family, comprising a 26-year-old veteran who served as a foot soldier in Afghanistan, his wife and their 3-year-old […]

Family man, Police Officer Dan VanMeter mourned

There were moments so touching when Dan VanMeter was dying that they were excruciating — his 11-year-old son sleeping beside him, his 9-year-old daughter gently stroking his cheek, his wife grasping his hand, telling him how much she loved him. Once, as he lay in bed, weak and emotional, he said he saw angels and […]