Volume 29, Issue 10 | October 2021
2021 Board of Directors
Celeste Rayne Chair
Derrick Elzey Vice Chair

Wes McCabe Treasurer
Olive Mawyer Secretary
Sarah Yonker

Laura Morrison

Allen Duncan

Ashley Sloan Haldeman

Nancie Corbett

Donna Frankowski

Rich Cropper

Steven Sweigert
Past Chair  
Sat, Oct 9
Fall Al Fresco Community Expo Register

Sat, October 16
Harbor Day at the Docks

Tues, October 19
Ribbon Cutting Barbers Alley

Tues. October 19
YPP Monthly Mingle at Fox's Pizza

Wed, October 20
Ribbon Cutting ERA Martin & Assoc Shamrock Division

Thurs, October 21
Regional Workforce Preparedness Forum

Mon, October 25
Anniversary Ribbon Cutting Apple Discount Drugs in Fruitland

Wed. October 27
Ribbon Cutting AND Business After Hours OC Eateries

Thurs, October 28
Ribbon Cutting Pip the Beach Cat's Kitten Emporium

Wed, November 10
Annual Awards Banquet
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President's Corner
It's difficult to wrap my brain around all that is going on right now. Our Ocean Pines Visitors Center is taking shape nicely. The redesign of our logo is exciting and almost complete. And we have SO many Ribbon Cuttings this month, I barely have a free space on my calendar! Make sure you check our Save the Date section above and plan on hitting as many events as possible. They are not only fun but a great networking occasion as well.

Nothing is as exciting, however, as our annual awards banquet. Sadly, we did not hold it last year so this year needs to be even larger. We will pretend to escape for the evening and satisfy everyone's wanderlust as we "travel" through various locales around the world. The Ocean Pines Yacht Club will be preparing a plated dinner before we install four new Directors to our Board. We will be welcoming Tina Simmons of AGH, Amy Hedger of Coastal Home Care, Don Robertson of Seafloor Carpets, and Tylor Lennox of Coastal Wealth Management. At the same time, we will give our deepest thank yous to two long-time Directors, Wes McCabe of Taylor Bank and Sarah Yonker of AGH.

The highlight of the evening is always our award presentations. This year was more difficult than others, in that, most businesses, out of necessity, turned inward. Most struggled to stay afloat which left very little time to extend themselves into the community. However, I am very excited to share with you our following award recipients who managed to still stand out this past year or so:


You didn't hear this from me, but, I think there might be something else in the works. Shhhhhh! "Passports" are available online, as are event sponsorships. Make sure you don't miss the boat.

With as many events as we have this month, I am sure I will be seeing you all soon.
Corporate Sponsors

Governor Hogan Announces Project Restore Now Accepting Applications From New or Expanding Maryland Businesses

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan today announced that Project Restore, the State of Maryland’s $25 million economic recovery initiative to revitalize vacant retail and commercial spaces across the state, is now accepting applications.

“Thanks to the hard work and the resilience of the people of Maryland and our small business community, our state has had one of the strongest economic recoveries in the nation, and Project Restore will help us build on that progress,” said Governor Hogan. “With applications now open, I encourage all eligible local businesses and developers to apply for these financial incentives right away.”

Applicants can apply on the Project Restore website now through Friday, Oct. 8 at 5 p.m. The application portal may close sooner if grant requests exceed the funding available, so applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

Project Restore is providing two grant opportunities for businesses planning on opening or expanding into previously vacant spaces:

  • Rental Assistance Grant: The maximum grant request amount is $30,000 for rent for one year (rental payment up to $2,500 per month) for qualified small business with 50 or fewer employees (full time equivalents). The applicant’s monthly rent can exceed $2,500, but the maximum that will be paid by the Rental Assistance Grant will be $2,500 per month for one year.
  • Business Operations Grant: The maximum grant award amount is $250,000 for one or two years for businesses that generate sales and use tax. Grant funds can be used for activities and costs related to sustaining and growing the business such as staff costs, capital improvements, marketing, inventory, supplies, and utilities cannot be used for executive salaries or bonuses. Grant awards will be paid quarterly and will be based on sales and use tax generated by and submitted to the state in 2022.

Why are there logos and ads in the newsletter?

The first week of each month (if I'm on the ball), over 800 businesses, media outlets, community leaders and residents receive this newsletter.
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Please join us on November 10 as we celebrate our 2021 award recipients! It is truly in a crisis setting that stars really shine. And shine our awardees did.
Back at Play

Parke resident and former board member, Jerry Gietka, is the current president of the Ocean Pines Players, your local community theater group. Their motto this year is WE BRING THE SHOW TO YOU. Jerry and the entire troop would like to invite you to view some of the group's productions in October.

Our scheduled events are primarily in collaboration with the local museums in conjunction with Worcester County History week.

October 12, we present Eleanor Roosevelt visits the eastern Shore to be performed at the Discovery Museum in Pocomoke City. twice that day. Check the museum web page for times.

October 16th, you can see Clara Barton, a retrospective at the Taylor House Museum in Berlin. That will be an afternoon show.

Also on October 16th, come and visit the Ocean City Life Saving Museum on the OC Boardwalk and see the OP players bring characters from the museum to life. Talk to Zippy Lewis, Dr. Townsend, and Laughin' Sal that afternoon.
There will also be performances where you will be able to see Harriet Tubman and Amelia Earhardt come to life at local museums in November. This is all part of the OPP's Women of Substance series.

Finally, on October 14th, come to the Windmill Creek Winery where you can see the Ocean Pines Players recreate a variety show in two performances on that date. Enjoy the wine with your entertainment.

Lots more plans for the future as the Players ramp up their schedule for 2022.  
POA Opens Berlin Location

Peninsula Orthopaedic Associates (POA) has provided exceptional orthopaedic care to the Delmarva Peninsula community since 1952. With four orthopaedic offices, fifteen doctors, and 21 physician assistants and nurse practitioners we have one overriding philosophy; that the best patient experience is predicated upon a focused approach.

The comprehensive nature of orthopaedics – muscles, bones, joints – demands specialized expertise. The physicians of Peninsula Orthopaedic Associates represent a broad spectrum of sub-specialty care and offer advanced orthopaedic treatments and diagnostic services. Whether you’re affected by a playground injury or an advanced degenerative disease, you can trust that you’ll receive the right treatment for your situation.

Recognized as one of the premier orthopaedic groups on the east coast, POA values the intimacy of a small town atmosphere – our patients are our friends and neighbors, not just procedures.

POA continues to expand and meet the needs of our growing communities. POA welcomed Dr. Scott Gelman on September 1, 2021. Dr. Gelman is the perfect addition to expand POA’s Joint Replacement service line and he will work alongside our team of premier orthopaedic surgeons including Dr. Petrera, Dr. Trauger, Dr. Adrignolo, and Dr. Falvello. This team of experts are providing the most advanced and comprehensive treatment for hip and knee replacements in the region. 

POA will also be relocating the Berlin office, currently located at 314 Franklin Avenue, to the TidalHealth Campus in Ocean Pines starting the beginning of the new year. POA will offer both orthopaedic and physical therapy/occupational therapy services at its brand new location. POA is excited to expand upon its tradition of excellence with increased accessibility to quality orthopaedic providers on the Delmarva Peninsula.

For more information visit: peninsulaortho.com | 410-749-4154
Salisbury and Berlin, MD | Seaford and Millsboro, DE


Next Meeting
November 3, 2021
8:30am - 9:30am
at the Chamber office

October Monthly Mingle Tues. Oct. 19
Fox's Pizza at 5:30
The Young Professionals of the Pines (YPP) aims to unite the next generation of professionals. YPP creates opportunities for emerging business leaders to build relationships, expand their leadership skills, and develop their careers while paving the way for the future success of the Ocean Pines community.

The group is designed for professionals between the ages of 21 and 35. 
If you can’t make it to our meeting in person, the option to join us via Zoom is also available. Keep an eye on our Facebook page (Ocean Pines Chamber YPP) as well as our LinkedIn Group for more information on upcoming events! 
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The Chamber of Commerce has partnered with nationally recognized energy management experts, CQI Associates, to administer and manage the Chamber Energy Purchasing Cooperative. Competitive rates are obtained by leveraging aggregated usage from members of 23 Chambers of Commerce. The group purchasing power allows members to receive lower rates than they could typically attain on their own.
Since 2004, the Cooperative electricity rates have been lower than both market rates and the weighted annual utility standard offer service rates. During our previous campaigns, participants saw an average annual savings of $4,000. Natural gas rates were also lower on average than market rates and utility monthly winter peak indexed rates.

Our partners renew their support on their anniversary months. The below list are those who renewed since the last edition of the Chamber Chatter. Thank you for your continued trust and support!
1 - 4 years
JDog Junk Removal and Hauling
MAC, Inc
Coastal Home Care
Most Blessed Sacrament
Ocean Pines Players
PT Marine
5 - 10 years
Seacrets Distilling Company
Bishop-Hastings Funeral Home
RJ Lock & Security
Piney Island Builders
Shaffer, McLauchlin, and Stover
11 - 19 years
Atlantic Moving
Delmarva Discovery Center
Pedar Didriksen DDS