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Losing our ‘Lore’…

LORE: noun – a body of traditions or knowledge on a subject or held by a particular group, to be passed from person to person by word of mouth.

ORIGIN – Old English – instruction and German – to learn.

 

During the past few years, our little Eastern Shore town of Berlin, Maryland has lost a number of well-known men and woman.   Collectively, these people embodied, at least for a generation, the real tellers of Berlin’s lore.

 

Early one morning, soon after moving to Berlin, I was out walking on West Street.  Along the way I met an old, though still vibrant woman. She stopped, and smilingly introduced herself as Bessye Moore.  Actually she introduced herself as Berlin’s Oldest Streetwalker – though obviously she was a lady of consequence.  I was immediately charmed.  After that first meeting, hardly a day went by that ‘Aunt’ Bessye couldn’t be recognized, doing her daily exercise – walking through town, visiting others, spreading good will and the lore.  Sadly she passed on a few years later – leaving a big gap in Town history.  Recently I saw some of her ‘recollections’ reprinted by Joel Todd on a popular social media website.  Like the author – though naïve – they tell a pure and endearing history of one family’s life in Berlin.  One day soon, I hope to see her narrative published.

 

The next teller I met was James (Jim) Barrett.  Though still new to the town, nevertheless, I was already busy seeking contributions for a cause I considered to be of community wide benefit.  I drove out to Barrett Chevrolet and asked to see Mr. Barrett, explained my mission and was directed to his office. After introducing myself, he asked me to be seated and to tell him about the project.  We finished that meeting with Mr. Barrett making a sizable contribution.  Jim Barrett was generous – though Berlin was his adopted home – Berlin Maryland was his heart!

 

I don’t remember when I first met the next teller of Berlin’s lore – but he too made a huge impression.  His name was Tom Patton.  By this time, Mike and I had a little ice cream shop on North Main Street.  One day Mr. Patton walked in and asked me if I would like to become ‘Market Mother’ to the Berlin Farmers’ Market.  He explained he would be taking on new projects and had little time to spare.  In Tom’s opinion, the still fledgling market needed some guidance from a local resident.  It didn’t hurt that our ice cream shop offered the nearest refreshment and restroom – offering respite to those growers who were outdoors in all types of weather providing fresh/local produce.  He was a smart man!

 

The fourth person I remember was Edward H. Hammond.  Ed’s presence was always large in Berlin, especially as the driving force behind the restoration of the Atlantic Hotel and the development and support of the Taylor House Museum.  After meeting Ed, I could consider no other to be more knowledgeable and supportive of the lore of Berlin.  He was encyclopedic of our local history and nothing was more enjoyable to Mr. Hammond than to share the stories.  Though sometimes, in his own self-descriptive, curmudgeonly fashion – once involved in a retelling, his obvious devotion to his hometown held any who listened, in thrall.

 

Along the way, I’ve met some other special folks – who have now passed on – native or no, who have shown themselves to be the best of Berlin Maryland history – who have also shared the lore.

I miss all of these folks.  They were to be admired and respected.  A town is its people.

In their honor, it is my wish that Berlin Maryland never lose its body of traditions; its story – its lore.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Furthermore…

Unable to let rest my recent suggestion to the Town, that of finding a larger, more convenient location for the Berlin MD Farmers’ Market, I decided to head out and investigate other area Markets.

Seems our nearest  (14 miles) Market is in Snow Hill located at the Green Street Parking Lot; held on Tuesday afternoons from 2 – 6pm.  This market then vies for attention with the Camden Avenue (Salisbury) Farmers’ Market (23 miles from Berlin), also held on Tuesday from 4 – 6 pm.  Also, considered within our Worcester County region is the Ocean City Farmers’ Market – a distance of 15 miles from Berlin; held on Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday from 8am – 1pm.  Finally, adding a new market to our list: the AGH (Atlantic General Hospital) Wellness Community Farmers’ Market held each week from noon – 4pm.

One would believe that with all of these Markets offering FRESH/LOCAL produce and locally grown goods I’d have little more to say.  Yet I do…except for the new AGH market; these locations require some driving time; distance and GASOLINE; a consideration for every shopper.  More importantly, BERLIN MD is easily the central location – north to south/east to west not including the ocean!  The 21811 zip code boasts a current population of 19,476 – this number does not include the folks who live in West Ocean City – South Point – Newark or the lower end  (60th Street south) of the island – Ocean City MD.  A reasonable guestimate then would be 25,000+ people, who EAT – 2 to 3 times a day, potentially to be served by Berlin Farmers’ Market vendors – our local producers!   With the current focus on eating healthy – fresh/local, is there any question that to offer an expanded market with variety vendors and convenient parking would be worth a look?

Having heard several emotional reactions to my earlier suggestion – most centered on the CHARM of having the market at its present location, I say, “YES, I agree, we have a charming downtown market and I support it every single week with my business!”  However these days, with local producers/growers and consumers having to do much more with much less – the question comes down to ECONOMICS; with future unknowns we cannot continue to ignore – though for which we may prepare. We can’t eat Charm and Charm doesn’t pay the bills; not even the utility bills!

It is time for the folks at the top to take a clear, unemotional look toward the future of our Market with attention toward optimum economic development for area growers COMBINED with service and convenience for our citizens.  Berlin could do better…!

Note: Another, nearer location, has been suggested: the large vacant lot (currently for sale) on Harrison Street: Keeps our market within the ‘walk-able/bike-able’ distance for in town shoppers.

 

Willing to take a look?

Though often hidebound by tradition, it sometimes benefits to stand back – to get a closer look…

The Berlin MD Farmers’ Market has been a focus of my interest for many years. From the day, ten years ago, Tom Patton walked into our ice cream shop asking if I would ‘take over’ the job of Market Master – through today – though no longer officially involved, I’ve been devoted to our area farmers and the ever-growing community of people that they serve.

Our Market is prosperous…basically; our area growers are able to serve several hundred regular ‘consumers’ each week. And, with recent change in hours for the Wednesday market (2-6pm), adding after-work shopping convenience for local workers, those numbers continue to grow. A facebook page – Berlin Farmers Market, Berlin MD, offering interactive, current information also enjoys increasing popularity.

Yet, limitations remain… The downtown, wedge shaped, parking lot is small. Vendors have been denied admittance on Fridays due to lack of space. This location, with its absence of convenient parking, further demonstrates that space problem. With the advent of a new restaurant across the street, it shall get worse. Additionally, the twice-weekly Market continually creates a thorny issue for those folks who work downtown – on two of five workdays they must find alternative parking.

Furthermore, many vendors interested in joining, cannot, due to local Worcester County Health Department rules requiring water for hand-washing stations and such. The regulations are restrictive and very clear. Vendors offering prepared foods such as ice cream, fresh-made cheeses, etc. (already prepared in an approved kitchen) cannot join. And, until recently, when a Port-a-Potty was temporarily installed, vendors often had to resort to begging use of restrooms in shops throughout the town.

It’s apparent that these issues are not going to go away, but will, in fact, increase as our town grows – along with those attending, economic issues which affect us all.

What can we do? Herein lies ‘the look’ of which I wrote earlier.

We need to seek a new location. I propose something just north of our downtown district; at those underdeveloped, somewhat unattractive, town entrances – even closer by the ‘feeder’ highways; something large enough upon which to erect a year-round cover; have running water numberswiki.com

and restrooms with a pole barn perhaps – beneath which, vendors and customers can meet to transact business during inclement weather.

Driving around I have identified three locations – near enough to the downtown area to bike and yet convenient to highways – U.S. Route 50 and Rt. 113. A location near Rt. 346 – Old Ocean City Blvd, would be ideal. The Town currently owns the old Raynes property – which already has that aforementioned building. Then, there is the ‘LaHa’ property…a one-acre, weedy mess with a rapidly deteriorating structure. Finally, there is the old Tyson plant overflow parking area beside the railroad tracks – definitely large enough to handle a growing market.

Considering a more convenient, larger Berlin Farmers’ Market location is important and brings forth thoughts of benefit…we all eat; most of us, three times a day!

Our area growers and consumers will have a permanent, more centered location. With the advent of the ‘high tunnel’, providing a longer growing season, many local farmers are able to offer fresh, local product months earlier and seasonally later than just a few years ago. The traditional, Eastern Shore grown, ‘4th of July ready’ tomato was available at our Market on May 14th- just a few, to be sure, but there! Local grower availability also means less shipping…those costs that currently increase the price of every product! (Personally, lettuce grown in Pittsville trumps California lettuce every time!)

Another economic consideration – one that’s sure to please the Berlin MD Town Government financial folks, is that increased space will draw expanded variety vendors while attracting a wider consumer audience to the area = equaling more revenue! More important even, Berlin MD finds its place at the forefront of today’s ‘Farm to Table’ economic thrust. (Seems to me that we may be heading back (wisely) to that old ‘agrarian’ economy.)

Finally, dear to me as a cook, is the fact that the goods I purchase locally are FRESH – offered within hours of picking – insuring little to no loss of vital nutrients – offering ‘best value’ for every food dollar spent. No mean feat today!

With this blog I invite our Town Government and the Berlin Chamber of Commerce to take a look…and not be hidebound!

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A Little Stumble (I dropped the ball) – then Berlin’s Great ‘First Step’!

It’s the first workweek of the New Year…and all eyes are looking forward.

Two thousand, eleven is already different.  As a life-long fan of calendars, with a tradition of purchasing far too many, this year I’ve limited myself to just two; a brainteaser, ‘puzzle a day’ calendar for Mike and a new ‘word a day’ for me.  Mike is a canny observer, and although sometimes hampered trying to express himself orally, he’s a wizard with anything that requires a little quiet contemplation.  By ‘little’ I mean the first time he was handed a Rubik’s Cube, he sat studying for a few minutes and then with a determined series of rapid rotations, had it solved.  I sat for three days twisting that infernal thing with no success.  On the other hand, I love words…their origin and meanings.  WARNING: Readers, be prepared as I try to use some of my new learning’s. –  So we’re good…and along with the half-dozen inspirational, perpetual calendars scattered around we are armed for most anything this year!

The ‘stumble’ mentioned above was my best intention to attend the first ever Berlin MD New Year’s Eve – Ball Drop party!  As Mike was heading to bed around 9, I was getting myself presentable for the evening – a little dressy.  My escort – a ten month old Kerry Blue pup named Lucy Brown, had been brushed…we were just waiting for 10:30 to head downtown to view the grand event.  Then I sat down…I awoke with a start ( a heap of rumpled clothing)– the clock showing 1:14am.  Yikes, and I had promised photos to someone…!  Fortunately a friend, Geren Mortensen Sr. had shot a series of really good, still photos, capturing the essence of that special evening.  Thanks Geren!  They are available on facebook under his profile for anyone who cares to look.  It was a ‘great first step’ for our Town, with many attending – and now another Berlin MD runaway HIT!

By the way, I don’t know about the rest of you in cyber land, but during the recent holidays I received quite a few notices in my inbox stating that there are ‘E-cards’ waiting to be opened.  A thank you to sender, however, the ‘E-card’ program is not Mac friendly and so I am unable to open and view…it’s the thought that counts, right?

Until…

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New Year’s Eve…a day of anticipation indeed!

Returning from yet another errand around 2 o’clock this afternoon, I drove through town trying to scope out a parking place for tonight’s much touted festivities – the first ever, Berlin Maryland BALL DROP at midnight. Frankly, except for our big daytime events, I’ve never seen the streets so crowded with people…walking in and out of shops, some stopping to take photos and all just generally seen to be enjoying this fine little town. Makes me think that Berlin has definitely arrived! Much of this success may be ‘laid at the door’ of Michael Day, the Town’s Economic & Community Development Director. Thanks Michael! Great job!

Speaking of tonight’s event…Mike (aka Grumpy) has made it very clear that he will be asleep by 9pm and I’ve found myself in need of an escort to attend. While considering what to do, Lucy Brown came up to the computer for a ‘pet’. Aha! …Lucy is the little, 10 month old pup who gets me up most nights around midnight to go outside for a quick tinkle… tonight she will get more than a run outdoors…she gets to go to a party – and I think she will enjoy it! I don’t have a coat for her and it’s too late to knit something but perhaps she can manage the cold for 30 minutes or so!

I find that facebook has been unusually busy today…lots of back and forth chatter including many spirited quips from friends. One of the best things to happen to me this year – has been facebook…the premier social media site (IMHO). I’ve reunited with some great “OLD”, old friends (Joan and Helen) and deepened relationships with new friends and neighbors. In fact, I’ve met some great new folks during several classes learning management of ‘social media’/viral networking, including Kay, Sandy and Kelly. Listing these dynamic women I cannot forget our leader, Mindie Burgoyne who along with her husband Dan Burgoyne and increasing extended family…four week old Tristan, have become very dear to me. Then there are the people, with whom, through facebook, I’ve found a commonality – shared interests. In fact, a group of us are now planning to attend a’ knitting club’, to be held each Tuesday evening at the Berlin Coffee House hosted by Peggy Hagy!

Anyway, all considered, 2010 has been a pretty good year…despite the economy; we’re all here and in spite of planning to have whole grain bread and filtered water for supper after fueling my car today, we’ve made it work! That’s about all I can ask!

Very Best Wishes for a GREAT 2011 to EVERYONE!

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Preamble to Ramble…(further)!

The New Year will bring a new title for my Berlin blog…”The View from My Window… a Berlin MD blog”. Occasioned by a recent relocation of my computer from a back corner to the front window overlooking West Street…re-titling seemed a natural segue!

Attempting to blog for the past seven plus years, through several incarnations, I’ve struggled to find a ‘tone’ with which to comment upon those many, sometimes humorous and charming (sometimes not so charming) everyday, real life experiences, in and around the little Eastern Shore town of Berlin MD.

To further qualify my intent – if as a reader, you’re looking for the sexsational – you won’t find it here. Growing up during the age of Ozzie and Harriet (their twin beds and chin to ankle pj’s), has instilled a respect for the true privacy of others. As a consequence of this early imprinting, I still find the recent Victoria’s Secret (FCC approved), TV commercials a bit risqué (possible envy?)! LOL  Nor am I a fan of ‘reality’ TV…often found to be exploitative and humiliating to the both participant and viewer – IMHO.

Yet, with Time Magazine naming Mark Zuckerberg, 2010’s ‘Person of the Year’, creator of the world-changing, social media smash hit, FACEBOOK, it’s apparent that privacy, whether by the often, rather revealing (TMI), self-authored, status blurbs or personal information ‘piracy’ via apps, we’ve all pretty much EMERGED! Yikes!

Finally, if you do find the early morning ramblings of a 66 year old woman at all interesting or amusing, I invite you to join me in this new written journey of continued observation and discovery of places familiar to most all…

Note: Occasionally I use text messaging abbreviations to express opinion in my writing…for a comprehensive directory visit this website…
http://www.netlingo.com/acronyms.php

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A little HUBRIS + A lot of HURRY = ‘Historic’ HUMILIATION

First, it is with regret that I read last week about the resignation of Mr. Bob McIntosh from the Berlin Historic District Commission.  His long and dedicated citizen volunteer, service plus his caring expertise will be sorely missed.

To begin, what arose from simple property maintenance need has created a most confusing situation.  Reading reports this weekend in the local tabloids I came away wanting to record my own thoughts.  My story goes something like this…

The Atlantic Hotel, the beloved landmark property located in the heart of Berlin MD’s Historic District, was found to need a window upgrade.  Apparently, the old, single pane, wood sashes of yore weren’t getting the job done – certainly understandable.  An upgrade to a more energy-efficient window system was deemed advisable.  Sadly, this is where the problems began…an owner representative contacted a local contractor of long standing.  Together it was decided that vinyl replacements would be both inexpensive and efficient…and soon, without benefit of obtaining a Town of Berlin building permit, 16 windows were replaced, unfortunately, without notification to the Berlin Historic District Commission as required under the Town Code…<http://www.ecode360.com/?custId=BE0619&guid=12485850&j=23>.

Was this lack of notification to the Town a little hubris or ignorance of the Town Code – I guess we’ll never really know?

Nevertheless, after installation of those now infamous sixteen windows, and being cited (caught) by the Town’s Code Enforcement officials, the Hotel’s representative deemed it advisable to come before the Town’s Historic District Commission and the case was presented on Wednesday, December 1st.

That evening, finding myself present that at this ‘packed house’, most newsworthy event, I didn’t have long to wonder the identity of the strange woman seated beside me.  After lengthy testimony by Mr. Larry Wigeon reciting that vinyl windows were the most affordable and efficient way for the Hotel to affect a solution and the representing attorney, Mr. Hugh Cropper, pleading forgiveness of the oversight. The mystery woman woman then got up and identified herself as Ms. Elizabeth Beckley, a representative of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the Eastern Shore Field Director of ‘Preservation Maryland’.  Indeed!  She quickly proceeded to refute Mr. Wigeon’s conclusions, saying that historically accurate, wood framed, sash replacement windows were available and in fact, were equal to or greater than vinyl in R value (energy efficiency) and equal to or lesser than vinyl in cost!  She ended her testimony by offering to supply a list of various local contractors who would be happy to submit a window estimate to the Hotel.  Further testimony from Staff caused even more consternation. Yikes!

A couple of glances up to look at the faces of the Historic Commission Board members; Chairman Bob McIntosh, Mary Rose and Kit Matthews (Betty Hammond having temporarily stepped down due to possible conflict of interest and Mary Moore being absent) told me that this issue was indeed causing confusion and concern.  To rule against long time friends, neighbors and town investors in order to enforce the Code was difficult.  After a couple of false starts it was voted that the Hotel was in violation and the sixteen vinyl windows would possibly have to be removed, to be replaced with wood…and with a to-be-determined fine levied for the violation.

The next hearing of the now ‘Atlantic window deal’ was when a notice circulated stating that the Hotel had filed an appeal and the ‘window deal’ would come before the Berlin Zoning Appeals Board on Wednesday, December 14th.

A further later installment to this regrettable story came about last week when Mayor Gee Williams, hastily decided to defy Berlin Town Code and allow the Hotel’s vinyl windows to remain and forgive any fines.  Again, understandable, practical – but perhaps not wise or even legal!  Certainly not setting an example of ‘leadership by example’ – the old ‘do as I say not as I do’!

We’re up to current with this story…and the Town’s in a fine pickle!  The never to be discounted, ‘Berlin grape-vine’ is wondering if what Gee has done is legal…I’m sure we’ll be hearing more about that.  Certainly our Town Code Enforcement has been effectively neutered – with a, ‘if they can do it, why not me?’ defiant attitude echoing from most everyone.  Also, innuendos abound as to the basis for Mayor William’s actions…again, we’ll never know!

Finally, by his summary action has Gee placed Berlin in further jeopardy with the various Historic Preservation groups – the ones that support with future grants and tax breaks?

In conclusion…my thoughts are that having no real industry except tourism, to speak of in Berlin, – our capital is in our ‘Historic-ness’ and to put this ‘…ness’ in jeopardy is perhaps more than a little bit of hubris plus a lot of hurry which equals much unwanted ‘Historic HUMILIATION’, within our fine little town of Berlin MD.

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Town Ordinance 2010-07…certainly worth another look (and post)!

The more I consider (and hear from others), the proposed Town Ordinance 2010-07 coming up for Public Hearing and FINAL VOTE on Monday evening, the more reasons present themselves in the averse column!

I hate unmanageable debt and do my personal best to remain solvent – as I’m sure do most in this town.   Why then are our elected officials so anxious to increase our communal debt?

If, in fact our Town is in such NEED of a new Police facility and Community Center why then have not all options been considered and presented to the folks who will pay – especially those options that would cost us (taxpayers) so much less?

This particular Ordinance proposes that we pay $828,530 dollars for new lands upon which these so-called NEEDS are to be erected.  With the 5% simple interest over 5 years this comes to around $1,000,000.  That’s a whole lot of money = debt – to be paid from future taxpayer contributions!

OUR TOWN ALREADY OWNS CONSIDERABLE UNDEVELOPED LANDS – debt free! What about the old Raynes Sand and Gravel property, already owned by the Town, along Rt. 346?  Or, how about the 14 Town-owned acres, re-discovered during the BEC sale debacle, on Schoolfield Street located on the East side of Town.  A quick look on a tax map shows these properties and others that could be used, as well as even other, perhaps more suitable undeveloped for sale properties at considerably less cost!

Even a simple redesign of the property upon which currently rests the Berlin Electric Company generation plant, could house a generous Police office with parking for our Town vehicles.

Good grief!  This whole idea is worth another (more careful) look before we leap into debt!

I say, let’s stop grumbling, muttering and sighing…phone or email your Town Council District Representative now and/or be present on Monday evening – August 23rd, 7 pm, Town Hall!

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IMnsHO…

In texting language IMHO stands for ‘in my humble opinion’, however, I find my opinion on the already much talked about ‘land purchase’ not so humble – more incensed perhaps.
My recent awareness of this proposed ‘Town’ land acquisition began on Thursday, August 6th when I received a copy, via email, of the upcoming agenda of the regular Berlin Mayor and Council meeting for August 9th, 2010. Scanning quickly, my attention settled on #6 –

“Introduction of Ordinance 2010-07An ordinance to authorize and empower the Mayor and Council to purchase real property to be used to house a new police station and a community center and to issue and sell general obligation installation bonds not to exceed $828,530.00. Public hearing to be held on August 23, 2010.”

First thoughts, “WHAT? WHERE? Wow, that’s a lot of money for six acres of undeveloped land! Where’s it going to come from? Perhaps I shouldn’t have paid my property taxes early?” (Further initial reactions not publishable!)
“OK, what to do – first, to find out where this land is located”…prompted a quick email to my 2nd District Councilwoman – Lisa Hall. She replied, “Philips – Rt. 50”.   “That couldn’t be right…if it’s the old Philips Farm, its on Rt. 113 and Bay Street extended.” A correction confirming this location quickly followed.
More tumbled thoughts followed – “wasn’t this land already slated for a medical office facility?“– I had attended the hearings where the Baltimore developer had promised to save a couple of ‘important’ trees during the construction process. Hmm, guess that fell through – tight economy and all.
“Why do we suddenly need a new, Berlin police station?”  Also, recollected a Town meeting some time back where our Chief, Arnold Dowling said we didn’t need the additional space. Now, suddenly we need a considerably larger facility for our still small, population of 3,947 folks? Has crime increased to this extent? This then would mean a larger chunk for Police from our already stretched Annual Budget…? A larger Police presence means more policemen present! Increased taxes?
Then came consideration of a new ‘Community Center’…what’s this about? We already have a multi-purpose community center of sorts…on Flower Street. Again, recollect that during past Mayor Tom Cardinale’s term, there was a push to rehab this facility – for community activities and as a possible site for an Arts & Entertainment Center…lotta’ push but apparently little action – probably due to little money from grants. New street surface, sidewalks and curbing are in place though. Still, if even a portion of the dollars now slated (to be borrowed) for the new land purchase could be funneled to a Flower Street multi-purpose facility rehab there could be a more effective overall Town integration of the East and West sides of Berlin. I’m for that!
Still trying to be fair, I weigh the importance of location. It’s a good corner; it’s an entrance of sorts to the Berlin downtown populated areas. Often, even being  familiar with Berlin’s ‘map’, when driving up from the south, I am oftimes surprised coming upon the traffic light! It’s a busy but poorly marked intersection – which needs some sort of transitional structure showing activity – perhaps a ‘Burger King’?

There could be only one solution to all this thinking; to be present at the scheduled meeting.
(I had missed a few recently; mostly due to weariness. We have a new puppy that awakens between 2 and 3 am; a nighttime ritual of – let’s ‘pee and play’ until 6 am! At six months of age she’s showing no signs of giving up this habit. At 12 months, I will help her!)
Back to the meeting – items #’s 1 through 5 go quickly, then Mayor Williams begins to speak…he talks particularly of the financing; simple interest payment only of 5% for five years, bond issues, delayed payment schedule, and so on. There was even an artful rendition of the planned layout (with buildings) for all to see.

However, my thinking keeps going back to the fact that we’ll (the Town) be in DEBT, further DEBT – for land – without even a brick placed! WHY? Is this commitment action based on need or want?
What will this proposed DEBT do to our property taxes in the future – five years down the road?
If this ordinance is passed, we’ll have committed to an already further unaffordable (for many of us) future IMnsHO!

Since the meeting, I’ve had a couple of people (who weren’t present that evening) ask me about this ‘purchase’…my response to those who are concerned; come to the Public Hearing on this subject on August 23rd! The meeting begins at 7 pm and will be held at Town Hall. Make your feelings known where it counts – and give YOUR humble opinions!

…cruel and unusual punishment!

In order to avoid any future threats of cruel and unusual punishment (only kidding) from Alice and the gang at the Berlin library for my consistently overdue books, I’ve promised to publish this list of stuff (many items of interest for any of us).    OK, here it is –  the 2010 Berlin Library Spring Program guide.  For further info – phone 410-641-0650.   (You may also find a current list under the top tab entitled “Library Events”)

Berlin Library Programs Spring 201

March 30            Story Time 10:30

Stories, rhymes, finger plays, music and crafts! Different stories and activities each week. Geared for children aged 3-5 years.

March 31             Teen Night 6:00

Unlimited computer access, video games, food and more . . . what more? You tell us! For teens aged 12-18, no registration required. Refreshments served.

April 6                Story Time 10:30

Stories, rhymes, finger plays, music and crafts! Different stories and activities each week. Geared for children aged 3-5 years.

April 13            Story Time 10:30

Stories, rhymes, finger plays, music and crafts! Different stories and activities each week. Geared for children aged 3-5 years.

April 16            Play Time Baby 10:30

Foster creativity and confidence with age appropriate toys, games and activities for children aged 0-5. Develop cognitive, physical and social skills while meeting new friends through this wonderful interactive, free play program! Parents and children will be delighted as they build a strong bond that will last a lifetime!

April 16            National Library Week  special event 2:00

Local artist Barbara Schmidt will unveil a mural she created for our children’s area. The mural will feature children enjoying town of Berlin and it’s Friendly Library. Children are invited to come dressed as their favorite story book character. Refreshments will be served.

April 20            Laptime 10:30

All children aged 2 and under are invited to visit the Berlin Library to enjoy our special lap time program with their parents or caregivers. Children will be introduced to songs, games, finger plays and movement activities, while parents will learn new and fun ways to communicate with their toddlers to help them grow.

April 21            Teen Night 6:00

Unlimited computer access, video games, food and more . . . what more? You tell us! For teens aged 12-18, no registration required. Refreshments served.

April 27            Laptime 10:30

All children aged 2 and under are invited to visit the Berlin Library to enjoy our special lap time program with their parents or caregivers. Children will be introduced to songs, games, finger plays and movement activities, while parents will learn new and fun ways to communicate with their toddlers to help them grow.

April 29            Fireside Chat 3:00pm

Join staff, friends and fellow book lovers to discuss and recommend your favorite books while enjoying a warm cuppa and light refreshments.

April 30            Baby Yoga 10:30

Developmentally enriched yoga for babies, toddlers and their caregivers.  Under the instruction of a certified instructor, learn the many benefits of yoga wile bonding with your child and meeting new people!

May 4               Laptime 10:30

All children aged 2 and under are invited to visit the Berlin Library to enjoy our special lap time program with their parents or caregivers. Children will be introduced to songs, games, finger plays and movement activities, while parents will learn new and fun ways to communicate with their toddlers to help them grow.

May 11            Laptime 10:30

All children aged 2 and under are invited to visit the Berlin Library to enjoy our special lap time program with their parents or caregivers. Children will be introduced to songs, games, finger plays and movement activities, while parents will learn new and fun ways to communicate with their toddlers to help them grow.

May 14            Play Time Baby 10:30

Foster creativity and confidence with age appropriate toys, games and activities for children aged 0-5. Develop cognitive, physical and social skills while meeting new friends through this wonderful interactive, free play program! Parents and children will be delighted as they build a strong bond that will last a lifetime!

May 18            Laptime 10:30

All children aged 2 and under are invited to visit the Berlin Library to enjoy our special lap time program with their parents or caregivers. Children will be introduced to songs, games, finger plays and movement activities, while parents will learn new and fun ways to communicate with their toddlers to help them grow.

May 19            Teen Night 6:00

Unlimited computer access, video games, food and more . . . what more? You tell us! For teens aged 12-18, no registration required. Refreshments served.

May 25            Laptime 10:30

All children aged 2 and under are invited to visit the Berlin Library to enjoy our special lap time program with their parents or caregivers. Children will be introduced to songs, games, finger plays and movement activities, while parents will learn new and fun ways to communicate with their toddlers to help them grow.

May 27            Fireside Chat 3:00pm

Join staff, friends and fellow book lovers to discuss and recommend your favorite books while enjoying a warm cuppa and light refreshments.

June 11            Play Time Baby 10:30

Foster creativity and confidence with age appropriate toys, games and activities for children aged 0-5. Develop cognitive, physical and social skills while meeting new friends through this wonderful interactive, free play program! Parents and children will be delighted as they build a strong bond that will last a lifetime!



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