Saturday, October 25, 2014

Every Sunday On The Pocomoke Public Eye..

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It's reader-friendly viewing of newspaper archive and historical archive material, primarily of local interest. 

This week we share items from 1962, 1920, 1956, 1930, 1996, and 1903.

Check back tomorrow, 10/26, right here!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

TIME MACHINE ... This Sunday's Preview



1962.. Pocomoke City planning week-long Halloween celebration; 1920.. Prescriptions for whiskey send Crisfield doctor to jail; 1956.. Lower shore loses an agricultural leader; 1930.. Passengers flee burning bus at Pocomoke City stop; 1996.. Crisfield High renovations to begin; and more of the observations made by a visitor to Chincoteague in 1903.

Although you may not find all of these items in a history book, they are a part of our local history and you can read more about it this Sunday right here at The Pocomoke Public Eye!  

Do you have a local memory to share with PPE readers.. such as a big snow storm, a favorite school teacher, a local happening, something of interest your parents or grandparents told you about?  It can be just a line or two, or more if you wish. Send to  tkforppe@yahoo.com and watch for it on a future TIME MACHINE posting!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Accidental release of murder suspect latest O'Malley-Brown failure to place Marylanders at risk

Despite assurances by Lt. Gov. Brown that administration addressed “issues” at Baltimore Detention Center, a state correctional facility went full weekend unaware that dangerous murder suspect was accidently released

Lt. Gov, Anthony Brown: “We took far-reaching, decisive action in response to the recent safety and personnel issues discovered at BCDC.”Baltimore Sun primary candidates questionnaire

Annapolis, MD – October 21, 2014 – Gubernatorial candidate Larry Hogan today issued the following statement following reports that a state-run corrections facility in Baltimore accidentally released a murder suspect. 

 
“The lives and safety of Marylanders are once again at risk because of a colossal management failure in an O’Malley-Brown Administration agency.  Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown on numerous occasions assured Maryland families that his administration had addressed the horrific problems in the Baltimore City Detention Center, which was overtaken by a dangerous street gang under their watch.  

 
“How many examples do overtaxed Marylanders need that Anthony Brown lacks the management and leadership skills necessary to run our state government?” Hogan asked.  

“Despite spending $288 million of our tax dollars, he couldn’t build a functioning Health Exchange website; despite 40 straight tax hikes, he raided billions from environmental and transportation trust funds; despite warnings, assisted living facilities with track records of abuse and neglect were awarded tens of millions in state contracts; and now we learn that a state-run detention center didn’t realize for a full weekend that it failed to detain a murder suspect.”

“As governor, I’ll hold my administration accountable to the people who pay their salaries.” 

What should be done to correct and prevent problems at the state-run Baltimore City Detention Center?” - Baltimore Sun 2014 gubernatorial primary questionnaire 

We took far-reaching, decisive action in response to the recent safety and personnel issues discovered at BCDC. – Anthony Brown response to Sun questionnaire
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For more information and interviews, contact Adam Dubitsky at O (443) 221-4450, M (240) 625-2683 adubitsky@hoganforgovernor.com or visit www.hoganforgovernor.com

Authority: Hogan-Rutherford Committee to Change Maryland.  John C. Wobensmith, Treasurer

Times Endorses McDermott...Kinda..Sorta


“Times Endorses McDermott for Senate...Kinda, Sorta…”
by Delegate Mike McDermott

The DailyTimes rightly states, “It’s time for change in Annapolis” and then makes the case for that change by pointing out the failed policies which have continued to provide high unemployment, increased burdens on business, and no recovery from the Great Recession.

They go on to outline their rejection of Maryland’s Lieutenant Governor in favor of Larry Hogan with words that they should have also utilized to endorse me for the Senate seat in District 38.

Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown/Senator Jim Mathias, the Democratic candidate for governor/Senator, has a distinguished career. His dedication to public service is remarkable. Sadly, however, he comes out of the same mindset that’s helped create Maryland’s current economic problems. Is Brown/Mathias likely to set a new course for the state and for job creation? It is hard to see that happening.”                -The Daily Times 10/19/14

To further their point, the Times goes on to highlight several key issues they believe Hogan will address. They are the same issues and policies that I have fought for in the House and campaigned on in the district:
• Lessen the tax burden.
• Reduce the impact of burdensome regulations, an especially important issue for the     Eastern Shore’s poultry industry.
• Promote jobs and the middle class.     -The Daily Times 10/19/14
Yet, the Daily Times appears bifurcated when they consider our future. They believe we need a new pilot, but they think the navigator should keep his job. I think the Times did a nice job on the Hogan piece so allow me again to offer another minor correction to make it perfect in closing:
When you vote, in early voting starting Thursday or at the polls on Nov. 4, think of the economy. Better yet, think of your children and grandchildren. Which candidate will best serve their futures?
In our view, it is clearly Larry Hogan and Mike McDermott.”
-The Daily Times 10/19/14
I could not have said it better myself!

Sheriffs Who Are Protecting Liberty

An increasing number of sheriffs are rising to resist federal overreach in their counties.  About 100 of them met in mid-September at the National Press Club in Washington, DC.  

The gathering was organized by the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association -- a group that was formed by former Sheriff Richard Mack.  It was a time of mutual encouragement, where several sheriffs shared their experiences in resisting federal overreach.

Sheriff Mike Lewis of Wycomico County, Maryland was one of the sheriffs in attendance.  He got national attention recently for saying that the feds better not try grabbing guns in his county.


“I can tell you this,” Lewis said, “if they attempt to do that, it will be an all-out civil war. No question about it.”

Another attendee, Sheriff Denny Peyman of Jackson County, Kentucky, was equally blunt.  “My office will not comply with any federal action which violates the United States Constitution or the Kentucky Constitution which I swore to uphold.”  

Gun Owners of America presented Sheriff Peyman with the “Nullifier of the Year” award last year because of his strong commitment to defend the Constitution -- and the Second Amendment in particular.

Source: [GOA CLICK HERE]

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Monday, October 20, 2014

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

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HALLOWEEN PLANNER NEWS RELEASE





FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:October 20, 2014
CONTACT: Gayle Waters, Pocomoke City Police, 410 957-1600, PocomokePD@comcast.net



Trick-or-Treat? Drink-or-Drive?
Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving


Pocomoke City, MD; Halloween is quickly approaching, which for many people means celebrating with alcohol. As you carve your pumpkin or pick out a costume this year, keep in mind that one of the best choices you can make is to drive sober or designate a sober driver to get you home safely. Chief Kelvin Sewell and members of the Pocomoke City Police Department is reminding all drivers that Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving because every Halloween there are still some people who think they can drive after drinking.    


 “We want people to remember: like ‘Trick-or-Treat;’ ‘Drink-or-Drive.’ One or the other, but never both,” said Gayle Waters. Before you take your first sip of alcohol on October 31, figure out who your designated sober driver will be.  If you wait until you’re ‘buzzed’ to make a decision, you may decide to drive. Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving, which means that driving “buzzed” brings very serious consequences. In 2012 alone, there were 10,322 people killed in drunk–driving crashes. Those were preventable deaths that happened when drunk drivers failed to plan ahead.  

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Halloween is a statistically dangerous night for drunk driving. In 2012, almost half (48%) of all crash fatalities that night involved a drunk driver.

 Chief Kelvin Sewell recommends these simple tips for a safe Halloween:        

·         Before the Halloween festivities begin, plan a way to safely get home at the end of the night.

·         Always designate a sober driver.

·         If you are drunk, take a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation.

·         Walking impaired can be just as dangerous as drunk driving.  Designate a sober friend to walk you home.

·         If you see a drunk driver on the road, contact local law enforcement, it’s your responsibility.

·         If you know someone who is about to drive or ride impaired, take their keys and help them make safe travel arrangements to where they are going.





 




House Of Pocoween


Sunday, October 19, 2014

TIME MACHINE... 1969, 1905, 1977, 1937, 1960, 1903

"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; is 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 newspaper archives material)

April, 1969
Evening Capital (Annapolis, Md.)

Renowned Mansion Destroyed

BERLIN, Md. (AP)-  The mansion on an estate where the great racehorse Man O'War trained burned to the ground today.

Richard Ketterman, caretaker for the 1,500 acre spread, said the three-story frame house with at least 21 rooms was a total loss. He estimated the loss at $500,000 since the house was filled with antiques and at least 100 paintings of famous racehorses.

The estate, between Berlin and Ocean City, now called Winchester, was bought by the late Samuel D. Riddle in 1917, the same year that Man O'War was born.

Most of his horses had been transferred from the estate to Garden State Park by Trainer Oscar White.  The flames did not reach any of the stables.

Ketterman said the fire in the house started around 7 a.m. and two hours later it was in ruins.  Firemen from four towns were hampered by the lack of water, having to  pump it from a creek one-quarter of a mile away.  

Footnote: The property encompassing the estate has been developed as the Glen Riddle new homes community in recent years.

November, 1905
The Washington Post

OYSTERMEN RAIDED COURT

Mob Released Prisoner and Made Magistrate Revoke Sentence.

Held Him A Captive Until He Yielded.

Paraded Crisfield, Md., in Triumph.

Threatens Planters. 

Special to the Washington Post.

Crisfield, Md., Nov. 29-  A mob of several hundred oystermen this afternoon attacked the courthouse, rescued Ralph Nelson, just convicted of raiding oyster beds, and captured Justice G. W. Kennedy, whom they released only after they had forced him to revoke his decision.

Nelson was arraigned on the charge of raiding oyster plantations of the Tangier Packing Company, in Tangier Sound, and it was alleged that he and his friends had been defying the law for a long time.  After trial to-day, he was pronounced guilty by the magistrate.

The announcement of the verdict was a signal for an attack by the oystermen, who throunged the court. A rush was made, in which the prisoner was taken from the court officers, and the magistrate was captured.

For about an hour Justice Kennedy was held prisoner by the mob, before he was induced to revoke his verdict, declaring he would never try another oyster case.

Nelson and his friends then paraded the streets in triumph.  The mob declared there shall be no planting of oysters, and threatens to raid and tear up the beds that already exist in these waters.

March, 1977 (Time Machine archive)

A health care clinic was being readied to open in Pocomoke City in the former school building at Fourth & Walnut Streets. A fund drive for the clinic's start-up operation was underway and the City Council was making a $5,000 contribution.  A physician assistant, Theodore Holt, was hired for the clinic's operation.

(Correct reference would be "Smith Island.")  
October, 1937
The Daily Mail (Hagerstown, Md.)

Smith's Island Soon Will Have Paved Road

SMITH'S ISLAND, Md., Oct. 7. (AP).-  Smith's Island motorists-all twelve of them- soon will be able tlo whiz up and down a paved road, as least as much as it is possible to whiz on a three-mile stretch.

Whizzing is not possible at all now. The only roads now on this Chesapeake Bay isle are little more than trails, with occasional spaces wide enough for cars to pass one another or turn around.

But the Somerset county commissioners over on the mainland about ten miles away voted $800 to surface the road from Ewell to Rhodes Point.

The County commissioners opposed the appropriation at first on grounds their were no traffic problem(s). Islanders replied:

"Without roads how can we have a traffic problem?"

May, 1960 (Time Machine archive) 
(The Salisbury Times)

Pocomoke Kiwanis Entertain Team

 POCOMOKE CITY-  The Pocomoke Kiwanis Club had as their guests on Monday evening the varsity basketball team of the Pocomoke Boys Club.

 Ben Cohen introduced the leaders of the club, Avery Smith and Dave Wagner.  Mr. Smith introduced the boys to the club and praised them on the excellent way they played during the season.  He then awarded a trophy to the most improved player. This award went to Jerry Smith. 

(A visitor to Chincoteague writes his observations.)
August, 1903
The Times Dispatch (Richmond, Va.)

PART 1

CHINCOTEAGUE ISLAND, ACCOMAC COUNTY, VA., August 7.-Many attempts have been made to tell the outside world of Chincoteague and its inhabitants, and all that I have seen have failed. I came to the island with very hazy ideas concerning the nature and appearance of the people and their manners and customs. I cannot say that I have learned all there is to know concerning Chincoteague and the Chincoteaguers in the course of my stay, but I have learned enough to make me look forward with anything but pleasure to the time tomorrow morning when I must board the Franklin City boat and say good-bye to Chincoteague, probably for good, for though this old world is small it is very busy.

I do not believe that one-half the boys and girls of Virginia, who are studying geography, could tell where Chincoteague is if asked the question offhand. The other half would say it is an island off the coast of Virginia, inhabited by about 3,000 people and wild ponies. A few of the older generation who have come here would tell stories to illustrate the primitive way in whlch the people live. A smaller number, imbued with the ladder day spirit of commercialism, would tell of the money the people make off the oysters and clams, and the fish and crabs, and would speak of the number of stores on the island, and the volume of business done.

After spending some days on Chincoteague I find it impossible to give any of the descriptions I have given above. It may be the air, but I think it is the people; at any rate, I have found in Chincoteague that which makes me hate to leave. The island is so contradictory. It is up-to-date in many ways; it is fifty years behind in others. There is a railway terminus only six miles away, but three hundred or four hundred ponies run wild on the island, and men with money in their pockets walk along the main streets of the town in their bare feet, and nobody thinks of looking at the feet. Those facts seem to me to state in a satisfactory way the contradictory conditions on Chincoteague.

Chincoteaguers are amphibious, living on an island half a mile wide and seven miles long, those three thousand islanders have occasion to know much more of the sea than of the land. Only a very small fraction of the vegetables eaten on Chincoteague are grown on the island, and more than six hundred vessels of various sizes are owned in Chincoteague and call Chincoteague the home port. An average of one sailing craft for every five of population is probably greater than at any other sea town in the country.

(More from this article next Sunday.)

Do you have a local memory to share with PPE readers.. such as a big snow storm, a favorite school teacher, a local happening, something of interest your parents or grandparents told you about?  It can be just a line or two, or more if you wish. Send to tkforppe@yahoo.com and watch for it on a future TIME MACHINE posting!


"Somewhere Over The
Rainbow Bluebirds
fly.."

Flying On For JMMB.
Her Pocomoke Public
Eye postings (April,
2008 to June, 2014)
kept us informed. 

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Every Sunday On The Pocomoke Public Eye..

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It's reader-friendly viewing of newspaper archive and historical archive material, primarily of local interest. 

This week we share items from  1969, 1905, 1977, 1937, 1960, and 1903.

Check back tomorrow, 10/19, right here!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Ebola Free Zone


This Weekend October 17 & 18 7 PM @ The Mar-Va Theater

 If I Stay


October 17 & 18
7 PM
Tickets: $5


Life changes in an instant for young Mia Hall after a car accident puts her in a coma. During an out-of-body experience, she must decide whether to wake up and live a life far different than she had imagined.

For Up-coming events at The Mar-Va Click [HERE]

PraiseON Worship at Salem United Methodist Church

 PraiseON Worship at Salem United Methodist Church





Thursday, October 16, 2014

The Mayor's Old-Fashioned Christmas Evening


Free CPR & AED Class for the general public & civic organizations.



 Non provider course. To register call Michael Thorton at 410-726-0622 or Pocomoke Ambulance Squad 410-957-3600. Course will be held a the Pocomoke City Ambulance Building on 137 Eighth St. in Pocomoke City, MD.

TIME MACHINE ... This Sunday's Preview

1969.. Fire destroys renowned mansion near Berlin; 1905.. Oystermen force Crisfield magistrate to reverse sentence; 1977.. Progress towards health care clinic in Pocomoke City; 1937.. A paved road for Smith Island; 1960.. Pocomoke Kiwanis Club hosts Boys Club team; 1903.. A visitor to Chincoteague writes his observations.

Although you may not find all of these items in a history book, they are a part of our local history and you can read more about it this Sunday right here at The Pocomoke Public Eye.  

Do you have a local memory to share with PPE readers.. such as a big snow storm, a favorite school teacher, a local happening, something of interest your parents or grandparents told you about?  It can be just a line or two, or more if you wish. Send to tkforppe@yahoo.com and watch for it on a future TIME MACHINE posting!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Pumpkin Hunt! Find your favorite pumpkin in the Costen House Garden and decorate it.

Halloween Event 
at the Costen House

Pumpkin Hunt!

Find your favorite pumpkin in the Costen House Garden and decorate it.

Make a Scarecrow!

Materials provided

Saturday
October 25, 2014
2 - 4 PM

Space Limited
Call 410 957-4966 for reservation

General Membership Luncheon

Mark Your Calendars:

General Membership Luncheon

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Riverside Grill

12:00 - 1:00 PM

Guest Speaker:

Judy Morgan
Eastern Shore Communications

REGISTER ONLINE!




Business After Hours

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Regent Homes by Beracah

5:00 - 7:00 PM


Beaver Dam Presbyterian Church Harvest Music Festival!

Beaver Dam Presbyterian Church Harvest Music Festival! 
 
Place: Beaver Dam Presbyterian Church 345 Makemie Rd.Pocomoke, Maryland 21851 
 
Date: Sunday, October 19th, 2014 
 
Time: 2:30pm  
 
Come join us for our Harvest Music Festival! There will be music, entertainment, fellowship, & food. For more information contact The Church Office at 410-957-2383 or pittsbeaver@verizon.net. Invite all your friends to this fun event!
 ___________________________________________________________________
 
Vocalists:
*Faith Dimattia *Eunice Esposito *Rosebel Pruitt *Donna Hardin *Lowell Stoltzfus *Ray Annis *Jimmy Worth *Danny Bell *Eric White
 Music from Virginia:
*Second Chance
 Our Church:
*Beaver Dam Choir *Beaver Dam Strings
 And More!
“Growing up, the doctors told us that Jacob was essentially born with half a heart. For him to surf with Ricochet and Jacob K is kind of like having a whole heart for the first time”.  
Jacob J’s sister, Hailey.


SURF DOG RICOCHET RIDES “WAVES OF THE HEART” WITH TWO
CRITICALLY ILL TEEN BOYS WHO NEED LIFE SAVING HEART TRANSPLANTS

BOTH HAVE THE SAME NAME, SAME AGE, SAME HEART CONDITION
& MET FOR T
HE 1st TIME WHEN RICOCHET BROUGHT THEM TOGETHER!

Click here to watch the video!

On October 10th, Ricochet rode “waves of the heart” with two critically ill teenage boys who also met for the first time. All three of them rode the board together to signify one perfect heart. This was the first time Ricochet had surfed with two people who have life threatening illnesses at one time, but they were successful on their very first wave!

Both boys are named Jacob. They are both 19 years old, born 25 days apart. They both have Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome. They are both critically ill and need life saving heart transplants. Jacob Kilby lives in San Diego, and Jacob Jumper lives in Houston.

The two families contacted Ricochet for assistance within 24 hours of each other.

The similarities don't stop there. Ricochet has been involved with many fate guided encounters, but this is the most serendipitous of them all. to read  more about the parallels of these cosmic cousins, go to: 
http://www.surfdogricochet.com/waves-of-the-heart.html

Ricochet created a “Waves of the Heart” campaign to help raise awareness of the boy’s life threatening situations and need for organ donors. With the help of  Audie Marks, Head of MADE’s Team Oliver and Hotel Indigo Del Mar Ricochet made it possible to bring the two Jacob’s together for the same surf session.

The magical day started with the Jacob's greeting each other with a big hug and handshake. Ricochet quickly nuzzled her way in, and the three bonded instantly.  It was if the universe was sensitive to the fragility of this surf session because the waves were flat lining, making it difficult to catch one. After about 10 minutes in the line up, they were pushed into a wave, and both boys popped up, using Ricochet's lifejacket to hold onto. Huge smiles came across their faces, as cheers from family members and friends echoed on the beach. Once out of the water, Ricochet gave high fives to the boys who were beaming with delight. "What an experience. I can't believe I was invited out here to surf with them" said Jacob J. "This moment is the top for me! It's cool to see how we both can surf right now because we don't know what the future holds for us", Jacob K said.

The problem for both boys is… there is an overwhelming shortage of donors. Each day, 18 people in the United States die while waiting for organ transplants. Every 13 minutes, another person's name is added to the list of thousands who have been waiting for life-saving organ transplants. Right now, more than 120,000 patients are waiting for a transplant in the United States.

Jacob Kilby underwent four open-heart surgeries between his birth in 1995 and his second birthday to try and correct the problem. But, the attempts failed, and he was given 24 hours to live. 

Miraculously, he received a life-saving heart transplant at the last minute. Recovery had it's challenges, but Jacob was able to live a healthy, active life. But now, sixteen years later, his sense of adventure belies a devastating reality: he is facing an uncertain future of deteriorating health because he needs another heart transplant. He is currently on the lowest level of the donor waiting list. 

Even though there are a lot of similarities with the Jacob's, there is one big difference. Jacob Jumper did not receive a heart transplant as a child. He grew up with an abundance of health issues, and was never able to do normal things like run around or play sports. He stopped growing at about the age of 10 and often uses a wheelchair. He will need a heart transplant too, but is not currently on the donor waiting list.
 
Surf Dog Ricochet hopes you will help raise awareness by sharing this story. She urges everyone to get on board and join her “waves of the heart” campaign to help lower the desperate statistics. Please give the gift of life by signing up to be an organ donor. Additional info and how to register can be found at http://www.surfdogricochet.com/waves-of-the-heart.html

For more information, contact Judy Fridono at pawinspired@aol.com or 707-228-0679


Surf Dog Ricochet
306-N West El Norte, #20, Escondido, CA, 92026

Sunday, October 12, 2014

TIME MACHINE ... 1939, 1921, 1999, 1900, 1935

"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; is 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)

July, 1939
The Cumberland News (Cumberland, Md.)

Young Prosecutor Finds Large Still

Kirbin Stages Raid In Worcester County After Pastors Praise Him

Ocean City, Md., July 26 (AP)-  Youthful William G. Kirbin Jr., states attorney for Worcester County, responded to a laudatory resolution from Methodist ministers for his clean-up efforts by raiding one of the largest stills ever found in the county.

The Salisbury District Ministerial Association voted the resolution and sent a copy to the 28-year-old prosecutor. It congratulated him on the arrest of more than 500 bootleggers, gamblers, persons who disturb the Sabbath, confiscation of stills and slot machines since January 1.

A few hours after receiving the resolution, Kirbin gathered his raiders and in a bramble thicket near Pocomoke City they found a 100-gallon still. The squad destroyed more than 20 gallons of mash and whiskey but the operator had fled.

The resolution, presented by the Rev. L. L. Powell, declared:

"We extend our compliments and commendations to you and all other Worcester county officials associated with you in your famous flying squad in your effective enforcement of law, without fear or favor.

As ministers and leaders representing the largest Christian body on the Shore, we not only extend our thanks and compliments, but also pledge you our co-operation and support in whatever way you may call on us in ridding our beloved Eastern Shore of gambling, bootlegging, and other kindred evils... and the social and economic parasites who grow fat on these illicit occupations. Keep up the good work."


February, 1921
The Washington Herald (Washington, D.C.)

Farmer Battles With Bald Eagle In Death Strugle

POCOMOKE CITY, Md., Feb.6.-  William Outten, a farmer residing near Pocomoke City, was attacked by a large American bald eagle in the swamps adjoining his farm yesterday afternoon and only succeeded in killing the bird after a desparate battle which lasted thirty minutes.

Outten's attention was attracted by the barking of his dog, and, believing the canine had caught a coon, he started to investigate. The swampy ground in the vicinity of his farm is very treacherous, and to guide his way Outten procured a large stick. This forethought probably saved his life.

As he passed underneath a large tree, the eagle sprang upon him from a limb. The sudden attack caught Outten off his guard. For protection he jumped behind the tree with the eagle close at his heals, clawing at him with all its might.

Regaining his composure, Outten started to give battle to the rapacious bird, striking blow after blow. Each time the eagle would spring back at his antagonist, the blows seeming to have no effect. 

Outten, who was becoming fatigued, and very much alarmed at the resiliance of the eagle, waited for an opening and when the eagle rushed toward him the last time he landed a heavy blow upon its head, killing it. The eagle measured six feet, four inches.

August, 1999
Somerset Herald (Princess Anne)

(Excerpt)

Liquor board says no to beer sales on island

A 300-year-old tradition of prohibition will not be broken on Smith Island, whose residents largely opposed general store owner's attempt to change it.

The Somerset County Board of License Commissioners denied Steven Eades' application to sell beer and wine at his Driftwood General Store in the island's largest town of Ewell.

Currently the islanders must have the beer or liquor transported from Crisfield on a ferry for a $1 freight charge.

1900 (Time Machine Archive)

When was the first automobile driven on Pocomoke City streets?  Perhaps it was sometime during the first decade of the 1900's for it is said that Salisbury may have had up to a dozen cars on its streets by 1910.  The first car to be driven in Salisbury was around 1900 and the driver and owner was Billy Edison, son of famed inventor Thomas Alva Edison.  The young Edison had lived in Salisbury for a while and married a  young lady from Salisbury.  But he encountered the problem of tires on his Stanley Steamer being cut while negotiating Salisbury's sandy oyster shell based streets of that era.  Years later when Edison returned to the area in an expensive Pierce Arrow he found that attempting to drive the vehicle on country roads was too hazardous an endeavor.  He decided not to attempt a return trip from the country back to Salisbury; he sold the vehicle.

October, 1935

Playing at Pocomoke City's Marva Theater during the week of October 21st, 1935... Clark Gable, Jean Harlow, and Wallace Berry in "China Seas," Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday; John Boles in "Orchids To You," on Thursday; Joe E. Brown in "Bright Lights," Friday and Saturday.  Coming the next Monday thru Wednesday.. Marion Davies in "Page Miss Glory," with  Dick Powell and Pat O'Brien.

Matinee Tuesday at 3:30p.m. and Saturday at 3p.m.; shows every weeknight at 7:15p.m. and 9p.m.; Saturday night shows at 7p.m., 8:30p.m., and 10p.m.

In 1903 a visitor to Chincoteague wrote about his observations of the island community of that era in a feature article published in The Times Dispatch of Richmond.  Next Sunday we'll have the first portion in a series from that article. 

Do you have a local memory to share with PPE readers.. such as a big snow storm, a favorite school teacher, a local happening, something of interest your parents or grandparents told you about?  It can be just a line or two, or more if you wish. Send to tkforppe@yahoo.com and watch for it on a future TIME MACHINE posting!


"Somewhere Over The
Rainbow Bluebirds
fly.."

Flying On For JMMB.
Her Pocomoke Public
Eye postings (April,
2008 to June, 2014)
kept us informed.