Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Delmarva Power Pocomoke City Reliability Improvement Project


In 2015, Delmarva Power will invest $1 million to improve electric service for customers in Pocomoke City.

Between March & August 2015, Delmarva Power will upgrade and modernize its electric distribution system along the following streets:
  • Market Street (between 10th Street & Pocomoke Beltway/Old Virginia Road)
  • Payne Avenue (between Market Street & Route 13)
  • Pocomoke Beltway (between Cedar Street & Route 13)
  • Walnut Street (between 2nd & 10th Streets)
  • 10th Street (between Market & Walnut Streets)
The Pocomoke City electric reliability improvement project will include the replacement of about 70 electric distribution poles and the installation of new wire, crossarms, switching equipment and other assorted upgrades.
Once the pole replacement and line construction are complete, crews will convert customers to the new power lines.  These conversions will necessitate planned outages of several hours. Prior to the conversion, crews will notify customers who will be affected by an outage.  Any outages for businesses will be coordinated to take place during non-business hours.

Over the last five years, Delmarva Power has invested approximately $1 billion to strengthen its transmission and distribution systems to improve reliability.  This project is one of numerous infrastructure improvements planned throughout their service territory over the next several years designed to improve service to their customers.

Questions about the project can be referred to Delmarva Power Senior Public Affairs Manager Jim Smith at jim.a.smith2@delmarva.com or at (410) 860-6366.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Injured Bald Eagle Causes Stir On Route 50

Injured Bald Eagle Causes Stir On Route 50
Unusual sight this afternoon when an injured bald eagle caused traffic to come to a crawl on Route 50. Some Good Samaritans stood guard over the bald eagle, which was bleeding, until DNR and volunteers arrived. Photos by Heather Vest and Harry Reinhart




UPDATE: Injured Bald Eagle Reportedly Recovers On Its Own After Being Transferred To Nearby Woods
Charlene Sharpe, Staff Writer
WEST OCEAN CITY – “There is something truly majestic when you get to see a bald eagle.”
That’s what area resident Kristi Clarke was thinking when she turned around to get a better look at the eagle she saw standing in the median of Route 50 in West Ocean City. That’s when she saw it fly into an oncoming vehicle.
“It actually hit the side of the car,” she said, “knocking itself to the ground.”
Although it landed in the left lane of eastbound Route 50, vigilant motorists were quick to stop and block the bird that lay prone on the asphalt. Clarke, who called 911 as soon as she saw what happened, says she watched as the bird tightened its wings, trying to lift its body off the ground. With the help of an onlooker, the eagle was eventually able to stand.
“Although blood ran down its body from what was its right eye, he stood with such strength and fortitude,” Clarke said.
An officer from Maryland’s Department of Natural Resources reached the scene — near the intersection of Route 50 and Jerry Mack Road — shortly after and moved the eagle from the roadway.
“It was stunned and appeared to have a leg injury,” said Candy Thomson, public information officer for Maryland Natural Resources Police. “But the officer said the bird was active and mobile.”
The officer consulted with one of the wildlife rehabilitators Natural Resources Police typically works with and was instructed to take the eagle into the woods nearby and to watch it to see if it recovered on its own. Thomson said it did and was left to return to its natural environment. She said incidents like Sunday’s were not unusual.
“It happens often enough that NRP has a list of wildlife rehabilitators across the state with whom we work to ensure that injured wildlife receives appropriate attention,” she said.
Thomson said if needed those rehabilitators would take over the care and treatment of the injured animal.
Motorist Heather Vest was among the crowd of onlookers who watched as the NRP officer covered the bird in a towel and carried it off in a large plastic tub. She said there was an animal carcass in the median that the animal may have been scavenging before the incident.
“It appeared unconscious when we first arrived. My husband approached with a couple other drivers. At that point, the eagle regained consciousness and raised its head. Neither driver knew who may have hit it,” Vest said in an email to The Dispatch.
Clarke said seeing the eagle up close and watching it recover from what appeared to be a near-death experience was incredible.
“What a true life synonym of America,” she said.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

TIME MACHINE ... 1883, 1918, 1943, 1959, 1995, 1963, 1878.

"Friendliest Town On The Eastern Shore."  Our tradition runs deep.  Excerpt from a letter to the editor from a visitor to Newtown, (former name of Pocomoke City) published in the Baltimore Sun, April 28,1847.

This place (Newtown) is a pretty snug little village, containing about 500 clever and hospitable inhabitants; it has good wide streets, quite clear of that "eye sore," known mostly over the Peninsula by the name of "deep sand"; the houses, though built of frame, are generally built substantially and with some discretion and taste; there are two neat, new, and quite handsome frame churches in it; as for the merchants of the place, suffice it to state that they are very clever and hospitable.  F. Mezick, Esq., the landlord with whom I stopped, and his very obliging and jolly assistant, are richly deserving of a passing notice, for the good treatment and the extension of the many civilities to "the stranger."


October, 1883
The Baltimore Sun 

Pocomoke, Md., Oct 5, 1883: The Pocomoke Times gives some details of the cyclone which passed over Worcester County, Md., on Tuesday, October 2. The storm was in fact a furious hurricane, during which the rain fell in torrents. For miles fence rails lay in and along the road and large pine trees of the toughest were twisted and broken as if they had been straw. William Trader, returning to Pocomoke from Snow Hill, was blown with his horse and carriage over a fence into an adjoining field, destroying his carriage. James T. Hancock, who had just recently built a new house, had it blown off its foundation, carried thirty feet and dashed to the ground a total wreck. Corn stacks, stables, carriage houses and out houses of all kinds were completely wrecked. Thomas Dickerson, near Girdletree, had a part of his house blown away and his wife injured. A number of Worcester residents suffered from the storm to a greater or less extent. The storm, coming from the west, began about 3 o'clock in the afternoon and lasted nearly an hour.


1918

Only 6 more days before Prohibition


(Maryland Historical Society photograph.)

"Prohibition [Jefferson Liquor Company storefront with customers], [1918]. [Probably] 15 North Liberty Street, Baltimore, Maryland."


April, 1943
The Salisbury Times 

Old Dominion Club now Coast Guard Hospital

Accomac, Virginia, April 10, 1943-  The Old Dominion Club, one of the most beautiful properties in Chincoteague, located in a little grove on the east side of the island, with deep water all around, is to become the Coast Guard Hospital, it was announced last night by Lt. Charles Mister, in command of the coast Guard at Chincoteague. Lt. mister said the property will be taken over April 15th and $42,000 in new equipment will be brought to the island and installed at once. The Old Dominion Club was taken over to meet the requirements of the Coast Guard and other service men until a permanent hospital can be erected. The Old Dominion Club was built by New York sportsmen and has fourteen rooms.


November, 1959
The Cumberland News (Cumberland, Md.)

Veteran Worcester Sheriff Dies At 71

ASSATEAGUE BEACH, Md. (AP)-  Edwin D. (Ned) Lynch, veteran Worcester County sheriff, died Sunday of a heart attack while rounding up stray cattle he owned.

The 71-year-old law officer had been sheriff in Worcester County for seventeen years, having been elected last fall to a fifth four-year term. Prior to that he served eight years as deputy sheriff and constable.

He lived at the county jail in Snow Hill.

Lynch was also a farmer and cattleman. He had been flown to Assateague Island from the mainland and was with a son, Wilson, when he suffered the attack.


January, 1995
The Somerset Herald (Princess Anne)

Professional wrestling coming to Pr. Anne

Mt. Vernon VFC sponsors fundraiser

The Mt. Vernon Volunteer Fire Company along with ACW Wrestling will bring an afternoon of professional wrestling to Princess Anne in March.

The volunteer firefighters recently signed a contract with American Commonwealth Wrestling promoter Ed Zohn to bring professional wrestling to the Tawes Gym at UMES. Included on the Saturday, March 18 card will be Cactus Jack, Shane Douglas, 2 Cold Scorpio, Ron Simmons plus women wrestlers Angel and Peaches.

Tickets for the 1 p.m. event will be $10 for general admission, $15 for ringside seats. Ticket sales and advertisements in a souvenir booklet will benefit the Mt. Vernon VFC.  More details will be released as the event date nears.


January, 1963 (Time Machine archive)
(The Salisbury Times)

POCOMOKE CITY - New officers of the city volunteer fire department were elected recently.  They are: Joe Byrd, president; Joe Mariner, vice-president; James Fykes, secretary; Raymond Dryden, treasurer; Fred U. Henderson, chief; Raymond C. Dryden, assistant chief; George Young, chief engineer; Clayton Lambertson, trustee.

On the ambulance committee are: Lee Ray Thompson, president; R.I. Givens, secretary and treasurer; Herbert Somers, Pete Dulick, and Dwight Campbell, trustees.


ACROSS THE USA

December, 1878 (Time Machine archive)
The New York Times

Every man for himself is emphatically the modern sentiment, and there are some signs of completing this declaration of independence  by adding the clause "Every woman for herself, also."

 "THE STRAIN UPON MODERN LIVING."

(Excerpts)

What is more clear than the fact that now no family is left to itself and to its own traditions and habits, but that the most out-of-the-way homes, whether in the backwoods or on the distant coast, are within reach of the world's vast and intense life, and no strangers to its hopes and fears, its learning and its folly, its triumphs and its disasters.

Not only every family that takes a newspaper, but every person who hears the village gossip, knows what is going on all over the globe, and every man who has to buy or sell anything, has cause to revise his estimates from day to day; and very often men lose their appetite for their breakfast by news from the great market of America or Europe that prices have changed sadly to their hurt.  A considerable proportion of pain goes with the news of the day, and a large portion of unwholesomeness, for disasters and scandals are dwelt upon with more minuteness than successes and satisfactions, and no great bargains or great weddings are reported half as fully as great frauds and great divorce and scandals.

It is not remarkable that the rich and conspicuous should strive to outshine each other in dress and living, but the remarkable thing is that in our modern life there are now no radical distinctions of class or fortune in costume or habits, and that all persons, and especially all women, follow the same fashions as far as they can, and catch the course of the same social ambition.  So far as street dress is concerned, the wives, and especially the daughters, of the poorer classes, make, relatively, far more display than their richer neighbors, and to a certain extent, the exactions of modern society are in the inverse proportion of means and abilities, since they who have least fortune and talent are subject to the same high pressure from the reigning mode, and women who are not usually trained to earn their own living are beset by the same ruling passion for dress and ornament.

The palace of merchants and bankers, and the cottages of farmers and mechanics among us have a similar story to tell. Indeed it may be set down as part of the universal strain on modern living, that its exactions are out of proportion to its means, and the exaction presses upon every family, while the means at hand vary from wealth, or what is called competency, down to limitation and want.

Surely our modern living is under great strain, and many lives break down beneath the pressure.


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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Muslim Immigrants Smash & Urinate on Virgin Mary Statue in Italy

A man was kneeling in prayer before the statue of the revered Madonna, with the photograph of a loved one in hand, in the small chapel of St. Barnabas in Perugia (Italy), when he was attacked by five “immigrants.”
The first thing they did was rip the photo from his hands.
Next they unleashed their hatred against the image of the Virgin Mary. They broke the statue to pieces and then urinated on it.
Don Scarda, pastor of St. Barnabas, said the event was led by five “foreigners.” By the time police arrived at the chapel, the unidentified attackers had already fled.
The incident has caused a stir among locals. Some have lambasted Pope Francis who is accused of appeasing immigrants—mostly Muslims—to wild extremes. Earlier he had said that “Migrants, through their own humanity, cultural values, expand the sense of human brotherhood.”
Although the Diocese condemned the act of sacrilege against the Madonna statue, it also followed the Pope’s lead by absolving Islam of any responsibility for what happened.
[SOURCE]

TIME MACHINE ... This Sunday's Preview.

1883.. Ferocious storm rakes Worcester County; 1918.. Counting the days until prohibition begins (photo); 1943.. A new life for Chincoteague's beautiful Old Dominion Club property; 1959.. Worcester County loses its veteran sheriff; 1995.. Pro wrestling coming to Princess Anne; 1963.. Pocomoke Fire Company elects officers.

And from ACROSS THE USA: (The good old days?) The year is 1878 and the New York Times writes about "THE STRAIN UPON MODERN LIVING" in an article concluding: "Surely our modern living is under great strain, and many lives break down beneath the pressure." 

Read more about these items this Sunday right here at The Pocomoke Public Eye!


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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Reptile Festival

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Chicken & Dumpling Dinner & Black History Program

Sturgis One Room School Museum
Annual Fundraiser
Chicken & Dumpling Dinner
& Black History Program
Saturday, February 7, 2015
6:00 PM
Come one, come all!  Please join us for another unforgettable evening of community fun, fellowship, live entertainment & inspiration!
Performance by Pocomoke High School Show Choir
Pocomoke City Volunteer Fire Co. Community Center
1410 Market Street
Tickets Available Now - $20 each
Final Ticket Sales: January 30
Tickets can be purchased at the following locations:
City Hall (101 Clarke Ave) or Chamber of Commerce (6 Market St)
Questions:  Call Sturgis One Room School Museum @ 410 957-1875

General Membership Luncheon


General Membership Luncheon 
Hartley Hall Nursing & Rehabilitation Center
 1006 Market Street in Pocomoke City.


Wednesday, January 21, 2015 from 12:00 - 1:00 PM


There is no charge for this luncheon.  You are asked to bring paper goods, canned foods or any non perishable items for the Hartley Hall Senior Housing tenants. This is an independent living apartment complex located behind the Hartley Hall facility.

PLEASE BRING YOUR BUSINESS CARD FOR A 
DOOR PRIZE DRAWING!

Ribbon Cutting


February 
Business After Hours

H&R Block

New Location!

H&R Block has recently relocated to 130 Newtowne Blvd
Pocomoke City, MD

Please join us on Thursday
January 22 for a 

Ribbon Cutting

at 5:00 PM as we welcome them to their new location. 

Following the Ribbon Cutting, see their new facility, meet the staff and enjoy some refreshments!

Sunday, January 18, 2015

TIME MACHINE ... 1958, 1917, 1923, 1889, 1899, 1970's.

"Friendliest Town On The Eastern Shore."  Our tradition runs deep.  Excerpt from a letter to the editor from a visitor to Newtown, (former name of Pocomoke City) published in the Baltimore Sun, April 28,1847.

This place (Newtown) is a pretty snug little village, containing about 500 clever and hospitable inhabitants; it has good wide streets, quite clear of that "eye sore," known mostly over the Peninsula by the name of "deep sand"; the houses, though built of frame, are generally built substantially and with some discretion and taste; there are two neat, new, and quite handsome frame churches in it; as for the merchants of the place, suffice it to state that they are very clever and hospitable.  F. Mezick, Esq., the landlord with whom I stopped, and his very obliging and jolly assistant, are richly deserving of a passing notice, for the good treatment and the extension of the many civilities to "the stranger."


(Reader-friendly viewing of news archives/historical archives material)


June, 1958
The Salisbury Times

Changes Made In Worcester School Faculties

(Excerpts)

John W.  Tatem Jr., has been appointed principal of the Pocomoke elementary school on Market St.  Mr. Tatem has taught a total of ten years and for the last four years has served as principal of the Buckingham elementary school. He holds a bachelor's degree from Lynchburg College and a master's degree from Columbia University.

Fredella Norfleet (was a new teacher named) to the Stephen Long school (Pocomoke). Mrs. Luella H. Tatem was transferred from Stephen Decatur to a new position at the Pocomoke High School, and Mrs. Ruby T. Wilson, who had taught for a part of last term, was named a teacher at Pocomoke elementary school. 


May, 1917 (Time Machine archive)

The Worcester County Medical Society, meeting in Pocomoke City, passed a resolution regarding county physicians who were called to serve on the war front. The resolution stated that if a Worcester County physician was called to the front to serve his country, another society member designated by him would take over his practice and give a third of the fees collected to the military physician's family. The physician's former practice would be restored to him upon his return. 


August, 1923
The Daily News (Frederick, Md.)

Salisbury Hotel Plans Approved

Architects plans for the Wicomico Hotel have been approved by the building committee and bids have been asked for on Salisbury's proposed $250,000 hostelry.


Salisbury's new Wicomico Hotel

(Picture courtesy of "Historic Salisbury Maryland" http://historicsalisburymaryland.blogspot.com)

March, 1889 (Time Machine archive)
The Herald And Torchlight (Hagerstown, Md.)

About eight o'clock last Thursday evening the large steam and planing mill, situated in the center of Pocomoke City, and owned by Messrs. Young and Colbourn, caught fire and was burned to the ground.  The new fire engine and recently organized fire company did good service in saving the southwestern end of town, which certainly must have gone but for the assistance rendered by the engine.  The loss was about twenty thousand dollars, covered by insurance. 


March, 1899
The Peninsula Enterprise (Accomac Court House)

Mr. Frank W. Byrd had a narrow escape from serious injury, on his way over the Saxis Island road to Belinda a few days ago. The holes in the road are so deep much of the way that the axle of his carriage touched the ground and his horse was frightened by dragging through them and ran away with him. In many places the holes can not be shunned and the danger is so great, that it is worthy the attention of the Board of Supervisors, if they do not want a suit for damages against the county.


   ACROSS THE USA 


Fiat commercial from the 1970's.

It's the new Brava starting from about $5,900.

The Pocomoke Public Eye connects you to this and other vintage Fiat commercials. To view, click this link:

http://archive.org/details/dmbb26901

(Courtesy of Duke University Libraries Digital Collections)


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Friday, January 16, 2015

TIME MACHINE ... This Sunday's Preview

1958.. Personnel changes at Pocomoke schools; 1917.. Practices will be maintained for Worcester physicians called to war service; 1923.. Plans approved for Salisbury's proposed Wicomico Hotel; 1889.. Pocomoke City's new fire company and engine quell large in-town blaze; 1899.. Dangerous roads in Accomack County.

It's all a part of our local history and you can read more about it this Sunday right here at The Pocomoke Public Eye!
  


And this week from AcrossThe USA view a TV commercial for a 1970's Fiat. 

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Sturgis One Room School Museum Annual Fundraiser

Sturgis One Room School Museum
Annual Fundraiser
Chicken & Dumpling Dinner
& Black History Program
Saturday, February 7, 2015
6:00 PM
Come one, come all!  Please join us for another unforgettable evening of community fun, fellowship, live entertainment & inspiration!
Performance by Pocomoke High School Show Choir
Pocomoke City Volunteer Fire Co. Community Center
1410 Market Street
Tickets Available Now - $20 each
Final Ticket Sales: January 30
Tickets can be purchased at the following locations:
City Hall (101 Clarke Ave) or Chamber of Commerce (6 Market St)
Questions:  Call Sturgis One Room School Museum @ 410 957-1875

Rescheduled General Membership Luncheon

Rescheduled  General Membership Luncheon to be held at Hartley Hall Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, 1006 Market Street in Pocomoke City.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015 from 12:00 - 1:00 PM

The menu for this event includes:  Fried Seafood Platter, Baked Chicken Breast, Tossed Salad, Baked Potato, Asparagus, Cornbread & Dessert.

There is no charge for this luncheon.  You are asked to bring paper goods, canned foods or any non perishable items for the Hartley Hall Senior Housing tenants. This is an independent living apartment complex located behind the Hartley Hall facility.
Spaces are limited!

Register online or email Deb at pocomokechamber@gmail.com 
Registration Deadline is Monday, January 19, 2015.

Please confirm you can attend the luncheon on January 21 even if you already signed up for the December date.  Thanks!

THANKS TO MORE NEW & RENEWING PACC MEMBERS!

Many thanks to the following 
new & renewing
PACC Members!

Annemessex Plumbing & Heating, Inc.
Atlantis Homes
Branscome Eastern Shore
Great Pocomoke Fair
H & H Furniture
Holiday Inn Express
Hoober, Inc.
Mariner Oil Co./Taylor Oil & Propane
Maryland Coastal Bays Program
Poultry Supply, LLC
Shore Bank
Smart Graphic Designs/Frugals
TD Digital Printers, INC
Women Supporting Women
 
 
 

PETA Tries Fat-Shaming to Convince People to Go Vegan

Peta ad links obesity to animal fats

Peta, the animal rights campaigning charity, is launching a provocative new bus ad linking obesity to eating animal fats.

 

The ad will appear on the back of buses and creates an optical illusion, which shows an obese man seemingly making a single deck bus tilt due to his weight.

The copy asks, "Time to go vegan?" The charity says it is trying to make the point that meat, dairy products and eggs are prime culprits in Britain's obesity crisis and going vegan is the way to reduce weight.

The ad was made in-house with photography by Pal Hansen.
Yvonne Taylor, senior programmes manager, Peta UK, said: "People who insist on stuffing themselves with Sunday roasts, bacon, cheese and eggs are throwing their health under the bus.
"Going vegan is a delicious, easy way to help dump unwanted weight, save animals' lives and keep your body running at peak efficiency on high-octane veggie power."
[SOURCE]

Sunday, January 11, 2015

TIME MACHINE ... 1962, 1959, 1654, 1880's & 1890's, 1941, 1958


"Friendliest Town On The Eastern Shore."  Our tradition runs deep.  Excerpt from a letter to the editor from a visitor to Newtown, (former name of Pocomoke City) published in the Baltimore Sun, April 28,1847.

This place (Newtown) is a pretty snug little village, containing about 500 clever and hospitable inhabitants; it has good wide streets, quite clear of that "eye sore," known mostly over the Peninsula by the name of "deep sand"; the houses, though built of frame, are generally built substantially and with some discretion and taste; there are two neat, new, and quite handsome frame churches in it; as for the merchants of the place, suffice it to state that they are very clever and hospitable.  F. Mezick, Esq., the landlord with whom I stopped, and his very obliging and jolly assistant, are richly deserving of a passing notice, for the good treatment and the extension of the many civilities to "the stranger."



(Reader-friendly viewing of news archive/historical archive material)


January, 1962
The Evening Sun (Hanover, Pa.)

Worcester Leaders Meet To Discuss Economic Future

Snow Hill, Md., (AP)-  Civic leaders and businessmen will meet in the Worcester County Courthouse Feb. 23 to plan and discuss the economic future of the county.

"This is probably one of the most important meetings ever to be held in Worcester County," said William G. Kirban, Jr. of Snow Hill, chairman of the county's eight-member Economic Development Committee. 

Kirban said his committee will attempt to create a favorable climate for industry and work to attract it. The group also plans to:

1. Publicize the county.

2. Encourage conservation of natural resources, with special attention to seafood and agriculture.

3. Work indepently with a similar state group appointed by Gov. Tawes last fall, as well as with the county's Chambers of Commerce and other local groups.

Jack Truitt of Berlin is vice-chairman of the committee and Robert Jackson of Ocean City is secretary. Other members are Angelo M. Villani of Ocean City, John H. Pigman of Berlin, G. Howard Collins of Snow Hill, Robert I. Gibans of Pocomoke City, and Dr. Myron Smith of Pocomoke City. 


October, 1654
Maryland State Archives




Assembly Proceedings, October 1654

(Original Spelling)

Concerning Swearing

It is Enacted that Every person or person within the Province that shall be Lawfully Convicted of Swearing shall be Lyable to pay for Every oath Tenn pounds of Tobacco which shall be discovered and brought to Tryall & punishment as is mentioned in the Act Concerning Drunkeness. And if any person or psons shall be known and Convicted to be a Comon Swearer Blasphemer or Curser by any Imprcations whatsoever against God or man after one admonition by a Magistrate shall be Subject to such penalty or punishmt as the Court before whom it is presented shall Determine.


July, 1959
The Salisbury Times

FROM PIT TO POOL.  The Lions Club of Pocomoke City turned an old sand pit into a beach and swimming pool on the outskirts of their town. Now in its third season, the several acre pool, known as Merrill's Beach, is enjoying increased popularity. Property for the project was donated to the club by the late Archie Merrill of Pocomoke City. Club members fenced it in, provided pumps for fresh spring water and erected a concession stand.

Footnote: Merrill's Beach was located just to the east of the overpass north of Pocomoke City on Route 13.  Its creation came about when sand and gravel was being excavated for construction of the overpass. As a member of the Pocomoke High School Band I remember our band playing for opening day at Merrill's Beach one year. I also recall our phys-ed class went there for swimming.  The beach was eventually forced to close because the fresh water pumping equipment couldn't maintain health department water safety standards. -tk 



ICE SKATING DAYS ON THE EASTERN SHORE OF VIRGINIA... 


 In our mind's eye, similar to this?

December, 1885
Peninsula Enterprise (Accomac Court House)

Skating parties have been frequent during the late cold weather and been participated in by both sexes. On Monday last especially, a gay party of ladies and gentlemen "took in the sport" at Hoffman's wharf, and at night the "boys by the light of the moon" indulged in the light fantastic on wharf. Jeff D. H. Mears acted as floor manager, and John Hutchinson as musician on the occasion. The ladies were not invited to the hop.

December, 1888
Dispatch (Richmond, Va.)

The boys had their first skating this season on Onancock creek to-day.

 January, 1891
Peninsula Enterprise (Accomac Court House)

Chincoteague.

Our young bloods had the first opportunity last Tuesday in last two years, to try their skill in skating. The ice houses are being filled up by those of a more practical turn of mind, and will be filled with fine ice if the cold snap continues a day or so longer.

January, 1893
Peninsula Enterprise ( Accomac Court House)

Onancock.

The creek was frozen over last week and for several days the skating was excellent.

January, 1895
Peninsula Enterprise (Accomac Court House)

Parksley.

Our young people have been having fine times in skating and are wishing for more ice.

Footnote: If you're under 30 do you ever remember outdoor ice skating on the Eastern Shore? If you're older, can you recall when? -tk


January, 1941 (Time Machine archive)
Abilene Reporter-News (Abilene, Texas)

 Pocomoke City, Md., Jan. 1-  (AP)-  It's been a mild winter, but two local residents hadn't figured as too unusual until:

Young Billy Ross and Clifton Dennis, out hunting with new Christmas rifles, bagged a three-foot, nine-inch alligator- about as common in Maryland as patting a polar bear.

The gator is believed to have escaped from a circus visiting here last year.  


1958.. Marylanders loved their Colts!



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Friday, January 9, 2015


Princess Anne Police unveils Citizen Notification Service

Princess Anne Police unveils Citizen Notification Service
The Town of Princess Anne citizen notification service delivers important and timely emergency and general information to the residents using the latest technology available.

What is Nixle?

The notification service, NIXLE, will alert residents to emergency weather events, road closings, public safety advisories, natural and manmade disasters, and general city information through email and or text messaging.


How Do I Sign Up?

NIXLE is free and is easy to register for through http://princessannepolice.com/nixleSignUp.html. Those who wish to register will need to create an account with a user name and password, enter an email address and/or cell phone number where you would like to receive the messages, and then enter your address. Click the “Sign Me Up” button to complete the registration.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Two of our officers are lucky to be alive

Two of our officers are lucky to be alive this afternoon after a dump truck driver intentionally rammed his truck into two PGPD cruisers, crushing one of them. This occurred at 11:39 am this morning at the Woodmore Shopping Center near Rt. 202 and I-95.The suspect is in custody. Our officers were outside their cruisers at the time.There were no injuries to the officers or the suspect. We are working to determine the suspect’s motive.This incident is still unfolding. You can get the latest at @PGPDNEWS.Prince George's County Police Department

TIME MACHINE ... This Sunday's Preview.

1962.. Billed as ''one of the most important meetings ever to be held in Worcester County;"  1959.. Pocomoke City's "Merrill's Beach;" 1654.. The Maryland Assembly enacts penalty for swearing;  1880's & 1890's.. Ice skating fun on the Eastern Shore of Virginia; 1941..  Pocomoke boys bagged it with their Christmas rifles..what was it? 1958.. A visual reminder from the days of a beloved Maryland sports team.

It's this Sunday right here at The Pocomoke Public Eye!  

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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

THANKS TO THESE NEW & RENEWING PACC MEMBERS!

Many thanks to the following 
new & renewing
PACC Members!

Affordable Business Systems
Associated Insurance Centers, Inc.
Atlantic General Hospital
Beauchamp Construction
Becker Morgan Group, Inc.
Bel-Art Products, Inc.
Benelli
Calvin B. Taylor Banking Company
Choptank Electric
Coastal Hospice
Comcast Spotlight
Costen House Museum
Delmarva Media Group, VA/Eastern Shore News
& Chincoteague Beacon
Eastern Shore Lanes
Fairfield Inn & Suites Marriott
First Shore Federal Bank
Hartley Hall Nursing & Rehabilitation Center
Hertrich of Pocomoke
Holloway Funeral Home
Jackspot Restaurant
Jaqueline B. Gordon
Larry Leese & Associates, P.A.
Mar-Va Theater
Market Street Deli
MidAtlantic Farm Credit
Midway Toyota, Inc.
Outten Brothers of Maryland, Inc.
Peninsula Regional Medical Center
Philadelphia Investment Management, Inc.
PKS & Company, P.A.
Pocomoke Animal Hospital
Pocomoke Chiropractic Center
Pocomoke City Volunteer Fire Company, Inc.
Pocomoke Elks Lodge
Pocomoke High School
Pocomoke Primary Care
Ralph D. Welsh, Jr.
Regent Homes by Beracah, LLC
Riverside Grill
Samaritan Ministries, Inc.
Sharp Energy, Inc.
Sysco Eastern Maryland
Tangier Island Cruises, Inc.
TGM Group LLC
The Law Office of Deborah Ullmann, LLC
Three Guys Construction
Tidewater Physical Therapy 
Tri-County Workforce Development Initiative
Tyson Foods, Inc.
WCTG Radio - 96.5 FM
Worcester County Board of Education
Worcester County Commission on Aging
Worcester County Economic Development

Pocomoke City Police Department 2014 End of Year Stats







Pocomoke City Police Department 2014
End of Year Stats


       CRIME          YEAR  2013     ARREST
Murder                  0                  0
          Armed Robbery           3                  2
          Rape                    0                  0        
Assault                 65                 55
          Theft/Wal-Mart          174                96
          Burglary                8                  2


         
          CRIME          YEAR 2014      ARREST
       Murder                  0                  0
          Armed Robbery           2                  2
          Rape                    0                  0
          Arson                   2                  2
          Assault                 44                 44
          Theft/Wal-Mart          199                184
          Burglary                27                 14**

              **4 arrested responsible for 10 incidents



Arrest    Warrants  Patrol Checks      Foot Patrols
2013/ 498     2013/ 81      2013/ 6,928        2013/ 3,668
2014/ 745      2014/ 99      2014/ 10,435       2014/ 5,791


Assist Other Agencies
2013/  185
2014/  104