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(April 2, 2021) This week, 80 ago, Axis forces under the command of Gen. Erwin Rommel captured an old Turkish fort in the middle of the desert at a place called El Mechili. El Mechili is a small village located 170 miles east of Benghazi, at the eastern end of Jebel Akhdar, which was a raise…

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(March 12, 2021) This week, 80 years ago, U-99, skippered by Otto Kretschmer, one of Germany’s most famous U-boat commanders, had just fired the last of her torpedoes, when she was spotted by British destroyers southeast of Iceland in the North Atlantic.

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(March, 5, 2021) Eighty years ago, this week, U-47 commanded, by Günther Prien, was attacked and sunk in the North Atlantic, west of Ireland, by destroyers HMS Wolverine and HMS Verity. This happened not long after Prien was promoted to the rank of lieutenant commander.

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(Feb. 26, 2021) This week, 80 years ago, after a siege lasting more than a month, Free French troops, under the command of Col. Philippe François Marie Leclerc de Hauteclocque (“Leclerc”) finally captured Kufra, an oasis in the Sahara Desert that lies 530 miles south of Tobruk and the Medite…

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(Feb. 19, 2021) This week, 80 years ago, the Tirpitz, the second and last battleship of the Bismarck class, was commissioned. It was launched on April 1, 1939, and christened by Großadmiral (Grand Admiral) Alfred von Tirpitz’ daughter, Ilse von Hassel. Both the Tirpitz and the Bismarck were …

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(Feb. 12, 2021) Eighty years ago today, German Gen. Erwin Rommel arrived in the Libyan capital of Tripoli. Before his departure from the North African shore, he would earn the sobriquet “The Desert Fox,” and the admiration of friend and foe alike.

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(Jan. 22, 2021) This week, 80 years ago, the Australians continued their pursuit of the beaten Italian Tenth Army, now under the command of Lt.-Gen. Giuseppe Tellera, after capturing Tobruk.

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(Jan. 15, 2021) High school seniors – last year and this year – have missed out on many of the rites of passage that they look forward to, because of covid-19. So to boost the spirits of local 12th graders, the community has come together to support the “Adopt a Stephen Decatur Senior” campaign.

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(Jan. 8, 2021) Many observe the holiday season by putting up Christmas trees, setting up their menorahs or going to see light displays. Some members of the Ocean City community and visitors, however, greeted the season masked and socially distanced at the Ocean City Life-Saving Station Museum.

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(Jan. 8, 2021) This week 80 years ago, after the 6th Australian Division, commanded by Gen. Iven Mackay, completed the capture of Libyan port of Bardia, it continued its westward advance and began the assault on the fortress of Tobruk.

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(Jan. 8, 2021) Guests seemed to enjoy the revamped Winterfest of Lights this year as 74,201 visited the displays at Northside Park on 125th Street.

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In the midst of an extended visit to grandma’s house in Ocean Pines, Boy Scout Troop #763 member Christian Martin, 14, joined in from afar in November to support his Rockville-based associate’s “Scouting for Food” event and garnered donations for Sarah’s Pantry at the Community Church.

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Ocean City’s annual Winterfest of Lights opened on Nov. 19 at Northside Park on 125th Street as a walk-through event this year. Melissa and Claire, 10, Bechtel of Ocean City/West Chester, Pennsylvania, get their temperature checked by Kelley Green before entering the gift shop.

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Participating in the Ocean City Recreation and Parks Department’s Halloween “Spook Out” event in October at Northside Park on 125th Street, from left, are Ella, 8, and Scarlett West, 6, and Maddox, 5, and Preston Williamson, 9, of Ocean City. The annual event was held outdoors for the first …

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Rita and Bob Danhardt and Audreyanna Heinsinger, right, all of Berlin have Wizard of Oz-themed costumes for the “Howl-O-Ween Pet Parade,” part of the O.C.Toberfest free activities on the Boardwalk in Ocean City in October.

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More than 5,000 guests walked through the O.C.Toberfest Halloween beach maze with twists, turns, witches, scarecrows, ghouls, pirates and zombies set up on the beach at North Division Street in October.

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Birthday girl and breast cancer survivor, Jean “Bean” Keagle, of Ocean City, leads the inaugural Making Strides Against Breast Cancer car parade on the Boardwalk in October. Keagle was the top individual fund raiser, collecting $5,645. About 60 cars adorned with an assortment of pink decorat…

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The Ocean City Sunfest Kite Festival took place in October. Kites of all shapes and sizes flew above the beach between Third and Sixth streets throughout the weekend.

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Despite challenges presented by the novel coronavirus pandemic, members of the Red Knights Maryland Chapter 3 remained firm in their desire to commemorate the lives lost during the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Rick Ketterman, left, holds a wreathe and leads Mike Fiazzo and Nick Lepore …

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Motorcycle enthusiasts in all sorts of helmets, jackets, masks and gear filter into the parking lot of Hooper’s Crab House in West Ocean City for the unofficial OC Bike Fest in September.

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Sunil Shakya displays a world record award for longest performance of tai chi bestowed by the High Range Book of World Records after hitting the two-hour mark in August at Chesapeake Martial Arts in Ocean Pines

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The "Artists Paint OC" Plein Air Event featured artists painting around Ocean City and the sur- rounding area for five days. Rajendra KC of Falls Church, Virginia, won first place in the Quick Draw competition on Aug. 16 for his watercolor of a Boardwalk scene. He created the painting in les…

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Visitors peruse artwork, jewelry and other wares at Northside Park on 125th Street in August during the third annual ArtX (“Artistic Expression”) event.

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Ocean City Jeep Week 2020 was one of the few special events that survived the covid-19 pandemic this year. The 11th annual Jeep gathering took place in late August.

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Jimmy Charles, national recording artist and Ocean City native was named Nashville Industry Music Awards Male Country Artist of the Year, and he also won Song of the Year with “Never Had a Bad Day,” in August.

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(Dec. 25, 2020) This week, 80 years ago a regiment of the 6th Australian Division, under the command of George Wootten, was besieging the Italian garrison of Giarabub, commanded by Maj. Salvatore Castagna.

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(Dec. 18, 2020) Country music recording artist, singer/songwriter, Jimmy Charles, has come back to the area and will perform a concert to benefit Believe in Tomorrow’s Children’s House by the Sea, tonight in Salisbury.

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(Dec. 18, 2020) This week, 80 years ago, the German Auxiliary Merchant Cruiser Komet was on her first cruise, to hunt, sink or capture Allied merchant ships sailing in the Pacific Ocean.

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(Dec. 11, 2020) This week, 80 years ago, U.S. President, Franklin D. Roosevelt held a press conference to announce the “Lend-Lease” Program. The United States and the world had passed through the greatest depression in modern history and was still very much in the throes of a difficult and p…

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(Dec. 4, 2020) Volunteers prepared nearly 600 meals during Ocean City Baptist Church’s 41st annual Thanksgiving Day dinner.

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(Dec. 4, 2020) This week, 80 years ago, the Commonwealth’s Western Desert Force, under the command of Major-Gen. Sir Richard O’Connor, launched “Operation Compass” against the Italian Tenth Army commanded by Gen. Mario Berti.

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(Nov. 27, 2020) To continue to raise funds and awareness – needed now more than ever – the American Cancer Society will host its 31st annual “Holiday Wrappings” event online this year because of covid-19 restrictions.

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(Nov. 27, 2020) This week, 80 years ago, the Royal Navy and the Regia Marina Italia clashed in the Battle of Cape Spartivento off the western coast of Sardinia. The Italians know this as the Battle of Cape Teulada.

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(Nov. 20, 2020) The annual American Cancer Society “Holiday Wrappings” event will be virtual this year because of covid-19 restrictions.

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(Nov. 20, 2020) Fifteen-year-old Connor Smith spent six months working on his Eagle Scout project, and celebrated its completion with a dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony on Nov. 5.