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(Sept. 10, 2021) This week, 80 years ago, the 900-day Siege of Leningrad was entering its second week. It was not actually 900 days, but more like 873, or maybe 880. To those who endured it — and survived — undoubtedly it seemed like an eternity. So many people died, especially during the fi…

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(Sept. 10, 2021) Although Labor Day marks the traditional end of the summer season and begins what the Ocean City Beach Patrol refers to as “fall guarding,” we all know that there will be a lot of beautiful sunny beach days ahead, well into the fall.

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(Aug. 20, 2021) ArtX, Ocean City’s festival focusing on artistic expression, brings additional opportunities for creative experiences to the beach this weekend at Northside Park.

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(Aug. 20, 2021) This week, 80 eighty years ago, the Imperial State of Iran was, preemptively, invaded from three directions. The Red Army came from the north, while forces of the United Kingdom struck from the south and west.

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(Aug. 20, 2021) “Keep your feet in the sand until the lifeguard’s in the stand!” This is our trademark slogan that you will see many places throughout Ocean City.

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(Aug. 13, 2021) So far this summer we have experienced our fair share of heat and humidity, but mostly we have enjoyed some very pleasant beach days.

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(Aug. 6, 2021) This week, 80 years ago, the President of the United States, Franklin D. Roosevelt, was on a fishing trip in the waters off of Cape Cod. At least that is what he told the First Lady, before he left the White House on Aug. 3. Then the president smiled, and Eleanor knew there wa…

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(Aug. 6, 2021) Summer is in full swing - the beach has visiting vacationers, day trippers, and locals enjoying what Ocean City has to offer. With a busy beach comes busy days for our lifeguards, otherwise known as surf rescue technicians.

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(July 30, 2021) This week, 80 years ago, the Siege of Odessa began as elements of the Romanian Fourth Army, commanded by Lt. Gen. Nicolae Ciupercă, arrived outside Odessa.

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(July 23, 2021) If you spend anytime at the beach and listen to local television or radio at this time of the year, you will hear about the dangers of rip currents, often confused as riptides.

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(July 23, 2021) Today, 80 years ago, the Germans finally captured Maj. Pyotr Mikhaylovich Gavrilov of the Red Army during the fight for the Brest fortress. Maj. Gavrilov was an officer in the 44th Motor Rifle Regiment, one of the units tasked with defending Brest. This was the second time in…

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(July 16, 2021) This week, 80 years ago, the 29th Motorized Infantry Division, commanded by Walter von Boltenstern, from Gen. Heinz Guderian’s Second Panzergruppe, entered the 1,000-year-old city of Smolensk, and captured it after three days of house-to-house fighting. The Soviets did not co…

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(July 16, 2021) I have come to realize that most people have no idea that digging deep holes in the sand can be dangerous. Even a small deep hole can break a leg if not seen by someone jogging or casually walking along the crowded beach.

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(July 2, 2021) The Ocean City Life-Saving Station Museum is offering six different summer programs starting July 4, which will run through Aug. 28, and are free to the public.

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(July 2, 2021) This week, 80 years ago, Hungarian and Finnish soldiers joined German, Slovakian and Romanian soldiers in their assault on the Soviet Union. Finland had a score to settle with the USSR. and Hungary owed a debt to the German Reich.

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(June 25, 2021) Country music recording artist, singer/songwriter, and Ocean City native Jimmy Charles, along with his band, will perform “A Night of Hope” Benefit Concert for the ALS Association on Thursday, July 1, at Southern Belle in Delmar, Maryland, from 6-10 p.m.

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(June 25, 2021) This week, 80 years ago, Minsk, the capital of Belarus, fell to the onrushing German Wehrmacht. When hostilities opened, Minsk had a population of 300,000. By the time the Red Army liberated the city in 1944, its population had shrunk to 50,000. Today it has a population of m…

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(June 18, 2021) This week, 80 years ago, German dictator Adolf Hitler declared, “When Barbarossa is launched, the whole world will hold its breath.” On the morning of June 22, 1941, exactly one year after the French armistice, more than 150 divisions with 3.2 million men, 500,000 horses, 3,5…

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A year after adding a summer blood drive date, the Blood Bank of Delmarva is coming back again on Tuesday at 9 a.m. in the Roland E. Powell Convention Center parking lot on 40th Street.

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(June 4, 2021) This week, 80 years ago, Allied forces invaded the French Mandates of Syria and Lebanon, in “Operation Exporter.” The Allied forces did not believe that they would face serious resistance from the French forces stationed there, or their colonial Arab units. They were wrong.

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(May 28, 2021) This week, 80 years ago, the Royal Navy began evacuating Allied forces from the Greek island of Crete, after having failed to stanch the German airborne invasion.

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(May 14, 2021) This week, 80 years ago, Commonwealth forces in North Africa launched a limited offensive against Erwin Rommel’s Axis forces. Before delving into the particulars of that operation, let’s reacquaint ourselves with the history.

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(May 7, 2021) This week, 80 years ago, Deputy Führer of the Nazi Party, Rudolf Hess, (not to be confused with Rudolf Höss, commandant of the extermination camp at Auschwitz) climbed into a Messerschmitt Vf110E-1/N at the Messerschmitt company airfield, at Augsburg-Haunstetten Airport, in Bav…

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(April 30, 2021) Today, 80 years ago, 6,000 — soon to grow to 9,000 — Iraqi soldiers occupied the heights surrounding Habbanayi Royal Air Force Base, which was located near Lake Habbanayi, about 60 miles outside of Baghdad.

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(April 16, 2021) Today, 80 years ago, the Independent State of Croatia was created when Dr. Ante Pavelić declared the Provision for the Appointment of the Croatian State Government, which he signed as Poglavnik of the Independent State of Croatia.