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Who’s got the coolest small town? Berlin, Md., and Cazenovia mayors make a friendly wager

— Within the past few weeks some local residents have placed signs in their yards and the village board unanimously agreed to allow a sign to be placed on the Lakeland Park fence at the end of Albany Street and waive the usual 10-day time limit. The sign will be up until the contest voting ends Feb. 25.

“We’re still fighting hard and going to give run for their money,” Wheeler said as the contest enters its final week of voting. “It’s a tremendous honor for the community to be so close and in the running to be named the ‘Coolest Small Town in America.’”

Cazenovia has gotten within two percentage points of Berlin’s lead, but, as of press time, Berlin had extended their lead to 4 percentage points.

And just as in Cazenovia, Berlin residents are fired up and working diligently to maintain their voting edge.

“They really, really want to win this thing,” Phil Jacobs, editor of the Bayside Gazette, Berlin’s weekly newspaper, told the Cazenovia Republican. “The town has a little inferiority complex, always in the shadow of Ocean City, and now here we are, we might be voted the ‘coolest small town’ … the mayor can’t get the smile off his face; he thinks it’s so great.”

Jacobs said everyone in and around Berlin has been excited and talking about Budget Travel contest, urging people to vote and putting up signs around the town. “There’s been a ton of participation,” he said.

The Bayside Gazette published an article on Feb. 13 titled, “Berlin going all out to tally votes needed to be the ‘coolest,’” which related how Berlin — and residents of the state, including the governor — are rallying around the town to complete its victory.

Mayor Williams told the Gazette after last week’s town council meeting that Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley made mention of Berlin’s “cool status” at a recent Maryland Mayors Conference, and all the mayors of other towns in the state congratulated him and said they would all urge their residents to vote for Berlin as well.

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