County hosital groundbreaking held
Worcester County's long-awaited Atlantic General hospital is getting closer to reality. Last week, Gov. William Donald Schaefer joined state, county and Ocean City government officials for a ground-breaking ceremony at the site of the hospital at routes 50 and 113 in Berlin.
The $15-million facility will be built on about 7.5 acres donated by Berlin health care developers Irvin Bainum and Dennis Nooner. The state and Worcester County each put up $5 million and $5 million was raised by contributions, including $2.5 million from the town of Ocean City and $1 million from Daisey Townsend of Ocean City. The hospital is expected to open in the spring of 1993.
Beach renourishment end is celebrated
Government officials were in Ocean City last week to celebrate the completion of the beach renourishment project. Gov. William Donald Schaefer credited federal, state, Worcester County and Ocean City government officials for working together and jointly funding the project, but he also had an unhappy message.
"As you can see," he said, "I'm not in the happiest mood. The reason for this is that no matter what you do, you're wrong. Now is not an easy time, and decisions have to be made. It's a very happy occasion today, but in a way a very somber occassion. The beach is here, but will people have the money to come down?"
The renourishment project included widening of beaches, a protective sea wall along the east side of the boardwalk from Third to 27th streets, and vegetated sand dunes from 27th Street north to the Delaware border.
Mayor's Prayer breakfast is held
About 200 people gathered at Dunes Manor Hotel on the beach at 28th Street last week for the second annual Mayor's Prayer breakfast, hosted by Ocean City Mayor Roland "Fish" Powell. Charles E. "Skip" Venable, a native of Berlin and now a resident of Dover, was guest speaker. A former FBI agent, Mr. Venable is now a lay minister. He encouraged those attending to take their values from the Bible and to avoid wrongdoing.
Berlin to decide on annexation
The Berlin Town Council will decide whether or not to annex Route 346 into town limits.