Monthly Archives: May 2013

GEORGE CHOISSER RETIRES AFTER 20 YEARS WITH TOWN OF OCEAN CITY

IMG_0937George Choisser has retired after nearly 20 years with the Town of Ocean City.  Choisser, who joined the Town in December 1993, has spent his career as the Turf Equipment Manager at Eagles Landing.

While Choisser’s formal responsibilities included equipment maintenance, he was also instrumental in keeping the equipment performance at an award winning and quality level.  In addition to founding the Eastern Shore Association of Turf Equipment Managers, Choisser presided over the group, which served as an educational and networking group which enhanced the golf industry on the shore for 15 years.  During Choisser’s employment he was also on staff at Delaware Technical and Community College for over 10 years, where he educated and mentored students in their Turf Management curriculum and served on their Agriculture Department Advisory Board.

“Shortly after the opening of Eagles Landing, I began my employment there,” said Choisser.  “In nearly 20 years, I have met many employees and officials who were dedicated to making Ocean City a warm and welcoming place to work and play.  I am grateful for those who have become my friends and enriched my life.”

Choisser lived and worked in California in the high performance racing industry for 25 years before moving to Maryland in the 1990’s.  His background includes sales, teaching, management and special factory training and updates from Toro and John Deere.  His retirement plans include spending more time focusing on his home, his family and his faith.  He hopes to enjoy the beach, his garden and his church, while also traveling to other parts of the country to visit his family and friends.

“While working with the Town, I have appreciated the benefits received, both tangible and unexpected,” Choisser continued.  “Look for me strolling the boardwalk with my blue eyed husky, Turbo, or checking out the Cruisers when they are in town, or enjoying the many concerts, art shows or dining spots with my wife, Kandi.”

 

 

Ocean City Museum Society opens newest exhibit

veterans check 002The Ocean City Museum Society is pleased to announce the grand opening of its newest short term exhibit entitled “Veterans of Worcester County Maryland…Home of the Free because of the Brave.” To celebrate the opening on May 27, guests will be treated to refreshments and free admission from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Ocean City Life-Saving Station Museum.

This exhibit, which was funded by the Synepuxent Post 166 American Legion , features veterans from Worcester County from World War I through the Vietnam War and will be open through April 2014.  There are artifacts, stories of a few of the county’s veterans and also a movie featuring photographs of veterans of the county.

The Ocean City Life-Saving Station Museum is located at 813 S. Atlantic Avenue on the Boardwalk at the Inlet and is open Wednesday through Sunday in May from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and daily June through September.

For more information call 410-289-4991 or visit www.ocmuseum.org.

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Hurricane Preparedness Meeting Scheduled for May 22

DSC00234The Town of Ocean City will be hosting a meeting to discuss hurricane preparedness on Wednesday, May 22,  beginning at 6:30 pm in the Council Chambers at City Hall 3rd Street and Baltimore Avenue.  This meeting will present history from recent storms, preparedness information, flood insurance information and general session for questions and answers.

“The Atlantic Hurricane Season begins June 1, 2013 and runs through November 30,” said Joe Theobald, Emergency Services Director.  “With fresh memories of the impact that Hurricane Irene and Hurricane Sandy had on our town, state and region, it is important for citizens to get ready and be prepared.”

Ocean City Emergency Management advises individuals and families to take the following actions:

  • Consider buying flood insurance, even if you don’t live in a flood plain.
  • If your house sits in a low laying area prone to flooding consider elevating the main breakers or fuse box and utility meters.
  • Trim trees close to your home and storage sheds.
  • If you have a boat, determine where to move it in an emergency.
  • Inventory your property and put the list in a safe place.
  • Know storm surge and flooding history of your area.
  • Know the locations of local shelters, in case of an ordered evacuation.
  • Consider what you will do with your pets, pets are not allowed in shelters.
  • Individuals with special medical needs should make plans ahead of time where they could evacuate to.
  • Prepare a disaster kit in a duffel bag,backpack or covered garbage pail that you can carry easily.

The Maryland Hurricane Preparedness Guide and other general preparedness brochures are available by contacting 410-723-6650, or the Maryland Emergency Management Office at 410-517-5135 or 1-800-442-8799.

 

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OC Public Works Director Accepted as a National Public Works Leadership Fellow

halTown of Ocean City Public Works Director, Hal O. Adkins, was recently accepted as a “Public Works Leadership Fellow” by the American Public Works Association, Donald C. Stone Center for Leadership Excellence in Public Works. This designation affirms that Adkins has attained nationwide recognition for his contributions to the Public Works profession as a senior executive.

The Donald C. Stone Center was created to meet the critical need to foster and develop leadership skills for the next generation of Public Works Executives.  Considered succession planning on a grand scale, the Center reinforces the importance in investing in the future of public works professionals through mentoring the next generation of leaders.

“For my entire career with the Town of Ocean City I’ve had a plaque that resides on my desk that reads “Lead, Follow, Or Get Out Of The Way,” said Adkins.  “For those who truly know me, they would say I live and breathe that statement.”

An induction pinning ceremony will be held in Chicago on August 26, at the annual International Public Works Congress and Exposition, at which time Adkins will be formally recognized for his achievements and contributions to the public works profession.  “In the profession of Public Works there is rarely room for wavering or error. It is of extreme importance that today’s managers recognize the need to properly train, mentor, and support the growth of the next generation of public works managers.”

Adkins, 50, started his career with the Town of Ocean City on May 28, 1984. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University Of Maryland Eastern Shore with a B.S. in Construction Management – Engineering through the Department of Industrial Education and Technology. He will complete his 29th year of service with the Town later this month.

Adkins is a native of the Eastern Shore of Maryland and currently resides in West Ocean City with his wife Alison and family. “I take great pride in the thought of someday leaving my current position of Public Works Director and having the public in general never realizing I am even gone,” Adkins continued.  “If that seamless transition occurs, I will have succeeded at one of my most important goals, succession planning through mentoring.”

 

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Ocean City Life-Saving Station Museum Celebrates International Museum Day

choo choo blueThe Ocean City Life-Saving Station Museum is celebrating International Museum Day on Saturday, May 18, 2013, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The theme for this year’s celebration, which is celebrated in over 30,000 museums in 120 countries, is Museums (memory + creativity) = Social Change.

Choo Choo Blue, the B&O Railroad Museum’s children’s mascot, will be joining the festivity, by making a special appearance at the Boardwalk tram station, just north of the museum from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  The Ocean City Life-Saving Station Museum, which is located on the south end of the Boardwalk at 813 S. Atlantic Avenue, will be offering free admission on May 18, in honor of International Museum Day. In addition, a 10% discount will be offered on all gift shop merchandise.

For more information about International Museum Day, contact 410.289.4991 or visit http://icom.museum/events/international-museum-day/imd-2013/.

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