Community Briefs 01/08/2021

Dean’s List

Kai McGovern, class of 2023, has been named to the dean’s list for the fall 2020 semester at the University of Vermont. McGovern from Berlin, is enrolled in the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources.

To be named to the dean’s list, students must have a gradepoint average of 3.0 or better and rank in the top 20 percent of their class in their respective college or school.

McDaniel College in Westminster, Maryland, recently announced its fall 2020 dean’s list, recognizing full-time undergraduate students for outstanding academic achievement.

The list includes James Church of Ocean City, recognized with honors (grade point average of 3.90 or higher), and Hannah Burke, also of Ocean City, recognized with highest honors (grade point average of 3.70-3.89).


Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Eastern Shore (BBBSES) has presented Dan Ervin, Ph. D., Professor of Finance at Salisbury University and board chair, as its 2020 Board Member of the Year.

This prestigious honor recognizes Dr. Ervin’s unwavering commitment to empower youth to achieve their full potential at Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Eastern Shore.

Dr. Ervin joined the BBSES Board of Directors in January of 2017.

While he is currently board chair, Dr. Ervin has long dedicated unwavering support to the organization through financial counseling and visionary leadership.

He has been instrumental in the concept, construction and launch of programs and services provided to the community by Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Eastern Shore.

His role as board chair has become more vital in 2020. The covid-19 pandemic has undoubtedly challenged BBBSES to provide mentoring, resources, and enrichment to the community.

Although the service delivery method of providing essential support to families in the community has changed, Big Brothers Big Sisters with the steadfast board leadership of Dr. Ervin, will continue to support the Eastern Shore community in overcoming adversity through leadership and collaboration.


After 39 years of dedicated service as a member of the board of trustees of Wor-Wic Community College, William H. Kerbin of Pocomoke City recently retired from the board.

Kerbin has the distinction of being the longest serving board member. He joined the board of trustees in 1981 and served as chair from 1984-85 and 1997-99, and as vice chair from 1995-97 and 2015-17.

He promoted the college and the benefits of higher education in his personal life, as well as in his membership in community groups, such as the MDDC Press Association, the Sinepuxent Lodge AF&AM, the American Legion, the Pocomoke Rotary Club and the Pocomoke City Chamber of Commerce.

Other members of Wor-Wic’s board of trustees are Russell W. Blake of Pocomoke City, chairperson, Kimberly C. Gillis, vice chairperson, Andrew W. Booth, Morgan Hazel and Martin T. Neat of Salisbury, and Lorraine Purnell-Ayres of Snow Hill.


The Kiwanis Club of Greater Ocean Pines-Ocean City is conducting a fundraiser to support vital community projects.

The club is selling handcrafted masks for $10 each, or $25 for three.

Four sizes are available: adult large, medium (for women and teenagers) child (for 7- 12 years old) and small child (3-6 years old).

They are made in Maryland with fabric and supplies from other small businesses in the community. The masks come with an adjustable elastic band.

There are a variety of themes to choose from including sports teams, music groups, nautical and animal motifs. Contact Steve Cohen at 301-667-3099 or for purchase information.

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