Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Pocomoke City Police Dept. Annual Easter Egg Hunt

Pocomoke City Police Dept.
Annual Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, April 19, 2014
The Easter Bunny hopped his way down the bunny trail and into Cypress Park last Saturday afternoon and into a crowd of anxious children of all ages.
The Easter Egg Hunt began at noon under cool but sunny skies.    Clad in jackets and sweaters with Easter baskets in hand each child scrambled to find the eggs carefully hidden by the Chief himself and others in the department.
According to Pocomoke City Police Chief Kelvin Sewell this years annual hunt brought between 100 and 125 youngsters.  This was the highest turnout since 2009.
Prize baskets- There were 12 winners from the egg hunt, each receiving a prize basket loaded with candy!
Pocomoke City Police Chief Kelvin Sewell poses with the Easter Bunny....having fun and that's what it's all about.
Hunting Easter eggs can be hard and exhausting work.  Afterwards the guests were treated to a lunch of hotdogs, French fries and a drink.  Egg hunt and picnic in Cypress  Park- what a perfect way to spend the day!
Photo (above) with the Easter Bunny.  Rear l to r:  Councilman George Tasker, Easter Bunny, Pocomoke City Police Chief Kelvin Sewell and Councilman Rob Clarke.  Unnamed children in front.
Future police officer?  Officer Horseman seems to have made a friend and let him experience what it might be like to be a police officer.
Children's events and "hands on" experiences are very important for the youth of today.  So many of the children in today's society only see the bad side of the law and never get the chance to fully understand that the police are their friends.
Pocomoke City Police Department is very conscious about the youth in Pocomoke City and also provide other sponsored events for the young.
Another successful event sponsored by the Pocomoke City Police Dept.  Everyone left with a smile and a full belly.
The Easter Bunny kept hopping  down the bunny trail....There were baskets to get ready for delivery...



The Lower Shore Family YMCA in Pocomoke City, MD is set to host their third annual Man Meets Mud Run, the dirtiest 5k on the Eastern Shore, on Saturday, May 3, 2014. 

You can register online at www.manmeetsmud.com
 to sign up for your heat of choice. Heats begin at 10am for kids 12 and under. Other heats begin at 11am and run every half an hour until 4pm. Cost is free for kids 12 and under, $20 for teens 13-17 years old, and $55 for adults. Entry cost includes wave time of choice, event t-shirt, finisher’s medal, goodie bag, and one beverage ticket. Individuals may also register the day of the race.

Participants are encouraged to run with teams and costumes. Awards will be giving to runners with the best finish times in addition to awards such as Best Costume, Funniest Costume, Best Team Name, Dirtiest Girl, Dirtiest Guy, and more!

The party doesn’t stop after the race. Trader’s will be selling their famous chicken breast sandwiches along with hotdogs, hamburgers and fries. Beer is also available for purchase. Trade your muddy sneakers for dancing shoes with live entertainment from Alex&Shiloh then the Time Police from 4pm-6pm.

The YMCA is a community based organization with a focus on Youth Development, Healthy Living, and Social Responsibility.

Proceeds from the Man Meets Mud Race benefit the YMCA of Chesapeake’s Open Doors Program. This allows the Y to offer memberships and programs to families and kids that need financial assistance. The Y's Open Doors Program is available to anyone. Fill out the Open Doors application and turn it in at the Welcome Center at any of our locations.


Contact: Mary Chamberlin 410-957-9622

Two Charged with 2nd Degree Assault ~ Pocomoke City Police Department

Shannon Broadwater
PCPD Photo
On April 22, 2014 at approximately 0011 hrs Police responded to a call for Domestic Assault.

 Upon further investigation Police learned both parties involved had Assaulted each other.

Franco Benoit
PCPD Photo

 Arrested was Franco Benoit, age 24 of Pocomoke and Shannon Broadwater, age 19 of Pocomoke. They were both charged with 2nd Degree Assault.

Pocomoke City Police Department

BI-WEEKLY COM STAT MEETING ~ Pocomoke City Police Department

 April 1, 2014 to April 14, 2014
Pocomoke City Police Chief Kelvin Sewell, Lt. Lynell Green and Lt. Brian Craven hold their bi-weekly Com Stat meeting to discuss the Officers performance and City wide crimes.
During the past two weeks the Pocomoke City Police Officers issued 97 citations, 155 warnings, completed 30 Arrest and answered 251 calls for service.

Driver Fails Field Sobriety Tests

Worcester County Sheriff's Office

On Monday April 21, 2014 at approximately 0035 hours a Deputy Sheriff of the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office observed a black GMC Envoy traveling southbound on Route 589 in the area of Gum Point Road.

 The Deputy observed the vehicle cross over the double yellow centerline and also observed both tag lights on the license plate were inoperative. The Deputy initiated a traffic stop as the suspect vehicle made a left turn into Ocean Down’s Casino.

The Deputy made contact with the driver, identified using his Delaware Driver’s License as Mark Joseph Williamson, age 30, of Dagsboro, DE.

The Deputy detected a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from Williamson’s person, slurred speech, and observed Williamson struggle to find the registration card for the vehicle.

The Deputy conducted a series of field sobriety tests on Williamson. Williamson failed all tests and was placed under arrest for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol.

Williamson refused to submit to a breath test and was released on four citations pending trial in Maryland District Court.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Worcester County Sheriff’s Office Press Release

Worcester County Sheriff’s Office

On 04/20/2014 at approximately 1530 hours, the Worcester County Sheriff's Office Deputies responded to a residence on Grays Corner Rd, Berlin, Worcester County, Maryland for an assist EMS call.  Upon arrival, Deputies learned that Anna Harbeson had been inside of her residence cleaning the bathroom.  While cleaning the bathroom, Ms. Harbeson had possibly mixed two bathroom cleaners and then became sick and had trouble breathing. Ms. Harbeson became unconscious. Mr. Harbeson began CPR and called EMS. Ms. Harbeson was transported to ed Atlantic General Hospital and was pronounced dead.

The investigation revealed that Ms. Harbeson had mixed bleach and "The Works" bathroom cleaner together. 

 During a search of the residence, investigators were able to locate both "The Works" cleaner and the bleach in the bathroom.  Both of these cleaning agents were found to have instructions on the back advising never to mix the agents with one another.
  The Office of Chief Medical Examiner was contacted and Ms. Harbeson was transported to the Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy.
Investigators contacted the poison control center and learned that these two cleaning agents create chlorine gas if mixed, which can be very toxic and dangerous to lung and lung tissue.
Always read the product’s instructions. Never mix products. Always work in a well ventilated area.
Lt. Edward C. Schreier
Worcester County Sheriff’s Office

Suspected Marijuana In Vehicle During Traffic Stop

On Sunday April 20, 2014 at approximately 1705 hrs Pocomoke City Police Officers were operating stationary radar on Route 13 s/b traffic in the area of rt. 113, when a silver Ford Fusion entered the radar beam at a target speed of 66 mph in a 50 mph zone.

A traffic stop was conducted on the vehicle.

 As the Officer approached the passenger side of the vehicle he could smell an odor of marijuana. Upon further investigation, Police discovered suspected marijuana in the vehicle.

 Arrested was Markita Davis, age 20 of Wachapreague, Virginia.
 Davis was charged with CDS Possession of Marijuana, and issued a citation for speeding.

"Grandparent Scam" What You Need To Know

In a CBS News investigation, an admitted con artist has revealed how a scam targets and steals money from grandparents.

The scam begins with something most grandparents don't get enough of -- a phone call from a grandchild -- or so the caller says. But it almost always ends with a desperate plea for money, and the criminal CBS News met used to be on the other end of the line.

Shackled, and in federal custody, the 31-year-old conman is awaiting sentencing in California for his role in what's known as the "grandparent scam."

He agreed to let CBS News in on how he did it, but only if we wouldn't reveal his name.

The former scammer told CBS News' Carter Evans, "You can make $10,000 sometimes in a day if you do it properly."

Part of elaborate scheme run out of Canada. He would call senior citizens in the U.S., impersonating a grandchild in distress, begging for cash.
Asked how a typical call would go, he said, "You just say, 'Hey, how are you, hi grandma, hi grandpa... I'm in a little bit of trouble right now. If I tell you, just keep it between us, I'm on vacation, but I got into a little accident, and I was arrested for a DUI.' You tell them, 'Things got out of control, and I need you to send me the money."

So how many people would fall for it? "One out of 50 maybe," he said.

It's estimated senior citizens are robbed of roughly $3 billion a year in financial scams. Phone scams are often run outside the U.S. Con artists usually buy their victims' personal information online, including age and income.

"We target people over the age of 65, mainly, because they're more gullible," the former scammer said. "They're at home. They're more accessible. Once you get them emotionally involved, then they'll do anything for you, basically."

Doug Shadel of AARP said, "We've had doctors and lawyers fall for this. It doesn't matter what your educational level is because it triggers something emotional, it causes you to act."


4th Friday Art Stroll! Downtown Pocomoke City

Accepting artist registration forms thru Wed this week for the
4th Friday Art Stroll!

Enjoy The Delmarva Birding Weekend


The Delmarva Birding Weekend starts this Thursday!

The migration forecast is calling for Spotted Sandpiper, Great Crested Flycatcher, Red-eyed Vireo, and Orchard and Baltimore Orioles to arrive this week.

There's still room to register for a few of our field trips. Check out
www.DelmarvaBirding.org for more information.

Riverside Grill - Closed Today

Photo BW- 2012
Riverside Grill Pocomoke

CLOSED for Easter Monday 4/21

 Re-open Tuesday 4/22 with normal hours.


Let's make t his a HUGE success for the SOROPTIMIST OF POCOMOKE
Applications available at:
Coldwald Banker
Market Street Deli
T's Corner


Your nice article on the Chincoteague goose farm omitted the name of the operator but brought back some fond memories of growing up on Chincoteague Island. Thought you may like some additional info.  

Hi to Brenda, Barry and brother Ronny. 
Tom Elliott
Ft. Myers, Fl. 
Thanks Tom!  Here's an excerpt of the 1929 article for PPE readers.- tk 

Breeding Wild Water Fowl at Chincoteague, Virginia

Thomas J. Reed Has Interesting Wild Water Fowl Preserve. Started 10 Years Ago With Two Ducks. Has 1200 Wild Ducks And 300 Wild Geese.
"A man must like his business to make a success of it." Thomas J. Reed, of Chincoteague Island, is right, for he has demonstrated it in his fascinating business breeding wild water fowl. From his early childhood he has loved ducks and geese. If you are interested in attracting game to your vicinity here is the man who can furnish you with widgeon grass, eel grass, wampee or white waterlily. In his files are letters from every State in the Union, Germany, France, other European countries and Asia. Wild water fowl are shipped to Zoological gardens, game preserves and scientific institutions.
Let it be understood wild fowl is not raised for the table. They are too costly for that. It is easy enough to bring home wild birds, but they are usually dead. To raise wild fowl is another story. So successful has Reed been in his chosen vocation that he doubles his business every year. The fowl are hatched in incubators. As many as a thousand little ducks may be seen in one of his houses during the hatching season. On an average he raises all but five out of every hundred ducklings.
Ten years ago young Reed started his unusual business on a large scale. Two ducks constituted his original investment. With the help of nature and artificial heat he has gradually developed a big business. Last year he shipped not less than 1,400 wild ducks and geese and at the present time he has 1,200 wild ducks and 300 wild geese. By study and application he has learned to understand the peculiar traits and tricks of his feathered friends.
What impressed us most was the tameness of the quackers. We followed our guide to one of his ponds and observed with intense interest. What a sight! As soon as the birds saw their master they came flying and swimming from all directions. Bedlam reigned. We have seldom heard such confusion and tongues as we heard that afternoon, with the exception of a holy rollers camp meeting. The funny thing about it was that the smallest ducks made the greatest noise. Throwing handfuls of feed into the water; for all the feeding is done this way. Tom pointed out the different species. "The little ones there are the gray Holland call ducks. They were imported because of their loud call." We have a ministerial friend who candidated in Kentucky but failed to land the call. He received a letter shortly after saying: "If you had hollered louder, we would have called you." That beautiful glossy blue back bird is imported from India. How gracefully she floats on the water.
Mr. Reed is in a position to furnish wild Canada geese, brant, wild black mallard, wild gray mallard, black English call ducks, gray English call ducks and hopes to breed other varieties as time goes on. His license of a sort rarely issued by our government reads as follows: "To possess, buy, sell and transport migratory waterfowl and their eggs, legally acquired for propagating purposes, to kill migratory waterfowl bred in captivity, and to sell and transport the carcasses of the birds so killed for good purposes, subject to the conditions and restrictions of Regulation 8 of Migratory Bird Treaty Act Regulation." In issuing a license of this kind Uncle Sam recognizes the value of a reservation like the one Reed has established on Chincoteague Island.
Breeding Wild Water Fowl at Chincoteague, Virginia
Peninsula Enterprise
Accomac C. H., Va.
October 5, 1929

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Man Charged and Arrested With Carrying Weapon In Back Pocket

At approximately 1300 hrs Pocomoke City Police received a complaint regarding a person by the name of Larry, walking down Second Street Pocomoke City with a .25 caliber weapon in his back pocket.

 Police canvassed the area searching for the suspect. Upon firther investigation Police learned the suspects last name and obtained a MVA Photo. Police observed the suspect in question walking in the area of Second Street in Pocomoke City.

 Arrested was Lorenzo Davis, age 47 of Pocomoke City.

Davis was charged with Handgun on Person, Dangerous Weapon - Concealed, and Firearm Possession with Felony Conviction.

Davis was transported to the Commissioners Office.

Pocomoke City Police Department

TIME MACHINE ... 1917, 1897, 1950, 1920, 1994, 1884

(Reader-friendly viewing of newspaper archive material)

Thanks to former Chincoteague resident Tom Elliott for providing additional information regarding the old Chincoteague wild goose farm.  Check Monday's Pocomoke Public Eye for an excerpt from the 1929 article that Tom sent.-tk

March, 1917 
Washington Post

Col. Charles Chaille-Long, author, explorer, and one-time American consul general at Alexandria, Egypt, is dead at his home in Virginia Beach, Va. He was 75-years-old. He was born at Princess Anne, Somerset County, Md., in 1842, and during the civil war served in the First Maryland volunteers, and later became a captain of Company G. Eleventh Maryland cavalry. Three years after the war he became a lieutenant colonel in the Egyptian army. In 1882 he was appointed consul general at Alexandrea. He also served as consul general and secretary of the American legation in Seoul, Korea from 1887 to 1889.

He wrote several books on exploration in central Africa.

May, 1897
The Colfax Chronicle (Colfax, Grant Parish, La.)

Maryland Malaria

Col.Chaille-Long, of the eastern shore of Maryland, well known as an African traveler, tells the following story: '"One day, when I was with Gordon as chief of his staff, he asked me, in a quizzing way, why it was I never died of the jungle fever. 'Sir,' I said, I was born on the eastern shore of Maryland and have breathed the air of malaria and swamp fever for many years. This was my training school for eastern travel." -Chicago Inter Ocean.

September, 1950
Evening Times (Cumberland, Md.)

State Editor 90 Years Old

POCOMOKE CITY— (AP)—"Jukey" Clarke, one of the nation's oldest newspaper editors, had only one complaint on his ninetieth birthday last Saturday:

"This heat gets me," he said at his desk in the weekly Worcester Democrat where he celebrated his birthday as usual.

"Jukey"—more formally known as Dr. Edward J. Clarke —has been owner and editor of the paper since 1922. Before that he had been an educator. He taught in Worcester county and Accomack, Va., public schools and at Washington College where he was head of the English Department and on the Board' of Governors. He also was superintendent of Kent County public schools.  

One of Dr. Clarke's English students was Federal Judge T. Alan Goldsborough.
His newspaper routine consists of getting in at 9 a. m. and returning after lunch about 3 p.m. Mrs. Clarke, to whom he's been married 51 years, is 82.

Moderation is his advice far longevity and for success, sincerity. "That's the thing that counts," he said.

September, 1920
New York Tribune


Nation-Wide Wet Crusade Is Launched

Plan Devised in Maryland Already Is Extended to New York, New Jersey and Five Other States

Special Dispatch to The Tribune

BALTIMORE, Sept. 5- Maryland wets have begun a drive against the Volstead law and the prohibition amendment. In addition, prominent anti-prohibitionists will seek to bring the question up before the extra session of the Maryland Legislature called for September 20 to provide facilities for registration of women.

Captain W. H. Stayton, native of the Eastern Shore of Maryland and at present president of the Baltimore Steamship Company, took the initiative in suggesting the wet plan. And it is due chiefly to his efforts that the association has organized branches in New York, Connecticut, Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia, in addition to Maryland.

November, 1994

In 1994 CBS aired a two-part mini-series on the famed Dionne quintuplets.

The quintuplets in "Million Dollar Babies" were played by two sets of triplets: Brooke, Emily and Samantha Gilliland from Snow Hill, Md., and Erin, Grace and Bonnie Morris-Vanasse from Ottawa, Canada.

January, 1884
(The New York Times)

MARRIED ON A STEAM-BOAT (Time Machine archive)

From The Pocomoke City (Md.) Record

At Onancock, Va., on Wednesday morning of last week, as the steamer Tangier was preparing to leave her wharf, a young man, closely followed by a young lady, was seen making for the landing with hurried strides. The gang-plank, which had been drawn in, was again put out, and the couple, gasping for breath, hastily boarded the steamer. As the boat moved off an elderly man came rushing down to the wharf, gesticulating wildly and shaking his fist at the receding vessel, but the lucky couple- Mr. George S. White and Miss Annie T. Hopkins- only laughed at the old gentleman. They were aged 20 and 18, respectively, and were married speedily afterward by the Rev. George Bradford, who was on the steamer at the time on his way to Pocomoke City. The ceremony was witnessed by others of the boat and passengers, among whom the little romantic episode caused quite a ripple of pleasurable excitement. The newly married couple had intended returning to Onancock and facing the irate parents, but owing to the dense fog prevailing the boat failed to reach that place and they were carried on to Baltimore. They spent the first three days of their honeymoon, therefore, on the steamer Tangier, not even so much as going ashore to view the beauties of the city and enjoy the festivities of the holidays.

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!

Celebrate Earth Day 2014 With NASA

NASA Celebrates Earth Day with Public Events, Online Activities


NASA will celebrate the 44th anniversary of Earth Day with a variety of live and online activities April 21-27 to engage the public in the agency’s mission to better understand and protect our home planet.
NASA #GlobalSelfie Event

Join NASA April 22 as we encourage people all over the world to step outside and celebrate environmental awareness.  Anyone, anywhere on the globe, can participate by posting a "selfie" with their local environment as a backdrop.

 Post your photo to Twitter, Instagram or Google+ using the hashtag #GlobalSelfie or to the event groups on Facebook and Flickr.

Photos tagged #GlobalSelfie will be used to create a mosaic image of Earth. For details on how to participate, visit:


Coast Guard Oversees Bulk Carrier Refloating Off Virginia Beach

The Ornak, a 751-foot bulk carrier, is shown aground near First Landing State Park in Virginia Beach, Va., Thursday, April 17, 2014. The ship became grounded after severe weather passed through the Hampton Roads region Tuesday evening. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Brandyn Hill
PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Coast Guard oversaw the refloating of the 751-foot bulk carrier, Ornak, Friday.

 At approximately 9:35 a.m., the Ornak was refloated offshore of the Virginia Beach Resort and Convention Center and repositioned to the Lynnhaven anchorage.

 Agencies involved in the removal of the grounded ship were Svitzer, the contracted salvage company, McAllister towing, the Virginia Pilots and the Coast Guard.

"Freeing this vessel from the beach was truly a collaborative effort," said Capt. John Little, the Captain of the Port of Hampton Roads. "The coordination today and over the last few days between the salvage company, the Coast Guard engineers, including the team from the Coast Guard's Marine Safety Center in Washington, D.C., McAllister Towing and our port partners brought this event to a successful conclusion. The vessel is now undergoing inspections to verify that the ship poses no hazard to the port or the environment prior to being returned to commercial service."

Friday morning, ballast water began being pumped off the Ornak. Afterwards, two McAllister tugs, the 5,150 horsepower AJ McAllister and the 4,650 horsepower Emily Anne McAllister, attached tow lines to the vessel and slowly began towing the ship toward deeper water. The vessel was freed on an incoming tide at approx 9:35 a.m. and anchored further from shore where an underwater hull survey will be conducted.

Once the ship is deemed safe, the Coast Guard will remove the captain of the port restrictions and allow the vessel to continue on its intended voyage to load grain at the Purdue facility at the Portsmouth Marine Terminal.

U.S. Coast Guard

Saturday, April 19, 2014

TIME MACHINE ... This Sunday's Preview

1917.. Colonel Chaille Long of Somerset County was a noted author, explorer, and foreign dignatary; 1950.. Pocomoke newspaper editor "Jukey" Clarke is 90; 1920.. Eastern Shore native leads anti-prohibition campaign; 1884.. Onancock couple's unplanned marriage on a steam boat; 1994..Snow Hill triplets in TV mini-series.

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!

NASA Completes LADEE Mission with Planned Impact on Moon's Surface

Concept art showing LADEE over the lunar surface
Image Credit: NASA
Ground controllers at NASA's Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif., have confirmed that NASA's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) spacecraft impacted the surface of the moon, as planned, between 9:30 and 10:22 p.m. PDT Thursday, April 17.

LADEE lacked fuel to maintain a long-term lunar orbit or continue science operations and was intentionally sent into the lunar surface. The spacecraft's orbit naturally decayed following the mission's final low-altitude science phase.

During impact, engineers believe the LADEE spacecraft, the size of a vending machine, broke apart, with most of the spacecraft’s material heating up several hundred degrees – or even vaporizing – at the surface. Any material that remained is likely buried in shallow craters.

"At the time of impact, LADEE was traveling at a speed of 3,600 miles per hour – about three times the speed of a high-powered rifle bullet," said Rick Elphic, LADEE project scientist at Ames. "There’s nothing gentle about impact at these speeds – it’s just a question of whether LADEE made a localized craterlet on a hillside or scattered debris across a flat area. It will be interesting to see what kind of feature LADEE has created."

In early April, the spacecraft was commanded to carry out maneuvers that would lower its closest approach to the lunar surface. The new orbit brought LADEE to altitudes below one mile (two kilometers) above the lunar surface. This is lower than most commercial airliners fly above Earth, enabling scientists to gather unprecedented science measurements.

On April 11, LADEE performed a final maneuver to ensure a trajectory that caused the spacecraft to impact the far side of the moon, which is not in view of Earth or near any previous lunar mission landings. LADEE also survived the total lunar eclipse on April 14 to 15. This demonstrated the spacecraft's ability to endure low temperatures and a drain on batteries as it, and the moon, passed through Earth's deep shadow.

In the coming months, mission controllers will determine the exact time and location of LADEE's impact and work with the agency’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) team to possibly capture an image of the impact site. Launched in June 2009, LRO provides data and detailed images of the lunar surface.

"It's bittersweet knowing we have received the final transmission from the LADEE spacecraft after spending years building it in-house at Ames, and then being in constant contact as it circled the moon for the last several months," said Butler Hine, LADEE project manager at Ames.

Launched in September 2013 from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia, LADEE began orbiting the moon Oct. 6 and gathering science data Nov. 10. The spacecraft entered its science orbit around the moon's equator on Nov. 20, and in March 2014, LADEE extended its mission operations following a highly successful 100-day primary science phase.

LADEE also hosted NASA’s first dedicated system for two-way communication using laser instead of radio waves. The Lunar Laser Communication Demonstration (LLCD) made history using a pulsed laser beam to transmit data over the 239,000 miles from the moon to the Earth at a record-breaking download rate of 622 megabits-per-second (Mbps). In addition, an error-free data upload rate of 20 Mbps was transmitted from the primary ground station in New Mexico to the Laser Communications Space Terminal aboard LADEE.

LADEE gathered detailed information about the structure and composition of the thin lunar atmosphere. In addition, scientists hope to use the data to address a long-standing question: Was lunar dust, electrically charged by sunlight, responsible for the pre-sunrise glow seen above the lunar horizon during several Apollo missions?

"LADEE was a mission of firsts, achieving yet another first by successfully flying more than 100 orbits at extremely low altitudes," said Joan Salute, LADEE program executive, at NASA Headquarters in Washington. "Although a risky decision, we're already seeing evidence that the risk was worth taking.”

A thorough understanding of the characteristics of our nearest celestial neighbor will help researchers understand other bodies in the solar system, such as large asteroids, Mercury and the moons of outer planets.

NASA also included the public in the final chapter of the LADEE story. A “Take the Plunge” contest provided an opportunity for the public to guess the date and time of the spacecraft’s impact via the internet. Thousands submitted predictions. NASA will provide winners a digital congratulatory certificate.

NASA's Science Mission Directorate in Washington funds the LADEE mission. Ames was responsible for spacecraft design, development, testing and mission operations, in addition to managing the overall mission. NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., managed the science instruments, technology demonstration payload and science operations center, and provided mission support. Goddard also manages the LRO mission. Wallops was responsible for launch vehicle integration, launch services and operations. NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., managed LADEE within the Lunar Quest Program Office.

For more information about the LADEE mission, visit:

For more information about LLCD, visit:

Friday, April 18, 2014

Maryland State Police I-95 CRASH UPDATE II

Maryland State Police Press Release

(Havre de Grace, MD) -- Two travel lanes are now open on I-95 in northern Harford County, but northbound traffic remains slow as the investigation into the passenger bus crash continues.

Four passengers on the bus have been transported by ambulance to Harford Memorial Hospital as a precaution. All of the approximately 75 passengers on the commercial tour bus have been transported off the interstate to a nearby park and ride by state troopers, Maryland Transportation Authority Police officers and courtesy patrol units, as well as fire department personnel. Arrangements are being made to move all the passengers to the Maryland House rest area until a replacement bus can arrive.

Lanes one and two of the northbound interstate are now open. Those are the fast lane and the lane to its immediate right. The bus will have to be towed from the scene, so at least some lane closures are expected until a heavy duty tow truck can arrive and remove the bus.

The crash was reported to Maryland State Police at 3:39 p.m. The bus apparently left the highway, traveled across the right shoulder and struck the guardrail. The investigation is continuing.

Pocomoke City Police Department ~ EASTER EGG HUNT THIS SATURDAY

Maryland State Police - I-95 CRASH UPDATE

Maryland State Police Press Release

(Havre de Grace, MD) -- Maryland State Police on the scene of the northbound I-95 bus crash near exit 89 are reporting it is a single vehicle crash that caused no visible injuries to any passengers, but EMS personnel are responding as a precaution.

The crash involved a commercial tour bus carrying about 75 people, none of whom are showing signs of visible injury. Emergency medical services personnel have been summoned to the scene and are evaluating the passengers as a precaution.

Troopers and Maryland Transportation Authority officials are working to obtain shuttle vehicles to move the bus passengers off the interstate to a nearby location until a replacement bus arrives. Until that occurs, the passengers are standing on the shoulder of the interstate.

Traffic is able to move by the scene on the left shoulder of the interstate, but all travel lanes of the interstate remain closed. It is unknown how long the closure will occur, but lanes will be reopened as soon as possible.

The investigation is continuing. Preliminary information indicates the bus traveled onto the right shoulder of the interstate and struck the guardrail. It remained upright and no other vehicles were involved.

Larry Hogan Significantly Expands TV and Radio Advertising

Annapolis, MD – April 17 – Two days after his campaign reported raising more than $450,000 in its first filing period, gubernatorial candidate Larry Hogan significantly expanded his TV and radio advertising campaign.  His first 30-second ad entitled “Dedicated” which began running in 11 Maryland counties on April 3 is now airing on cable networks in a total of 19 counties.  The small businessman, grassroots leader and former Ehrlich cabinet secretary’s first radio spot is now running statewide.
Larry Hogan said, “Through our one-on-one meetings with voters in their homes, places of work and communities and now with statewide advertising, Boyd and I are bringing our message of fiscal restraint and common sense reform to Marylanders who simply can’t afford another four years of single party rule and  incompetence by Annapolis elites.   
“Dedicated” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7kLlS9qjiVY


"The largest grassroots organization dedicated to changing Maryland wasn’t started by a politician, but a businessman, a community leader, a father.  Larry Hogan.  Like you, Hogan was fed up with 40 tax increases in a row, even taxing the rain.  Too many lost jobs.  And a failed health care exchange.
Today, Larry Hogan is running for governor.  To turn this state around, with fresh ideas that benefit everyone.  Larry Hogan.  Because we can’t change Maryland without changing governors."
Larry Hogan is an Anne Arundel county small businessman, former state cabinet secretary and founder of Change Maryland, the state’s largest non-partisan grassroots o rganization advocating fiscal restraint and common sense government reform.  A lifelong Marylander, he and his wife Yumi, a teacher, artist and first generation Korean-American, reside in Edgewater.  They have three daughters.


At the Pocomoke Fairgrounds!
 A weekend long Jeep party put on by the Eastern Shore Jeep Association.

Show N Shine event begins at 8am on Saturday the 26th followed by:

Mud Pit Rock Garden
 Tire Boneyard
 Car Crushing
 Jeep Tug O' War
 Kill the Cone Competition
And whatever else they can get into!

A Tremendous Opportunity/ Hogan for Governor

Dear Pocomoke,
The opportunity for change in Maryland has never been as great as it is today. Our momentum is proof!
 This week, we released our first finance report showing we have outpaced all of the other candidates for governor – in both parties. In just 68 days, over 2,000 grassroots contributors have donated to our campaign, and because of their generosity, we outraised both Doug Gansler and Anthony Brown in the same time frame. In fact, in our first 68 days we raised more than all of the other Republican candidates combined raised in 2013.
 But we aren't just winning the money race. The grassroots are on our side, too!
 Over 3,000 fed-up Marylanders have attended our recent events, and our social media presence has grown by over 11,000. Our campaign has visited 20 of Maryland's 24 counties, and our aggressive TV and radio advertising campaign is growing our number of volunteers and supporters rapidly.

Even better, the political environment in Maryland is tilting in our favor. A recent poll released by the Gansler campaign shows that support for Lt. Governor Brown has fallen 14 points as the election draws closer and his failures in leadership are brought to light.
We cannot let this opportunity to finally change Maryland for the better go to waste. We have had much success over the past two months, but there is still so much work left to do.
Pocomoke, can we count on your support to keep our momentum going? Our campaign relies on the grassroots support of people like you to finally stand up and fight back for a change.

Click here to donate now.
Together, We Can Win!
Thank you, 

Larry Hogan


Maryland State Police Press Release

(SALISBURY, MD) – Investigators from the Maryland State Police Homicide Unit continue to seek leads in the investigation of a home invasion that left one dead and another injured early yesterday morning in Salisbury.

The deceased victim is identified as Donald G. Mariner, 72, of the 27,000-block of Pemberton Drive in Salisbury. Mariner was pronounced dead at the scene by emergency medical personnel. The cause and manner of death are pending autopsy results.

The identity of the second victim remains undisclosed at this time due to safety concerns. He is being treated for injuries sustained during the incident at Peninsula Regional Medical Center.

The suspect is described as an African American male. Police believe he was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans at the time the crime occurred.

The preliminary investigation indicates the injured victim made the 9-1-1 call to police, reporting the home invasion on Pemberton Drive. Upon arrival, troopers from the Salisbury Barrack, sheriff deputies from the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office, and officers from the Salisbury Police Department found the injured victim, who told police he had been assaulted with a blunt object. He was transported to Peninsula Regional Medical Center for treatment.

Police also found Mariner inside the home. He was pronounced dead by emergency medical personnel. Police believe the two victims were roommates.

During the initial stages of the investigation, police learned that Mariner’s Ford F150 pickup truck had been stolen from the residence. Police believe the truck may have been operating sometime between the hours of 11:30 p.m. on Monday night to 1:45 a.m. on Tuesday, April 15th.

The truck was found abandoned on West Main Street near the VFW, approximately two miles from location of the crime. Anyone who may have seen the black Ford F150 in the area of Pemberton Drive or West Main Street is urged to call police.

Crime Solvers of the Lower Eastern Shore at 410-548-1776 is offering a reward of up to $2,000 to anyone with information leading to the arrest and indictment of the suspect. Callers can remain anonymous.

The Maryland State Police Homicide Unit continues the investigation…

Thursday, April 17, 2014

TIME MACHINE ... This Sunday's Preview

1917.. Colonel Chaille Long of Somerset County was a noted author, explorer, and foreign dignatary; 1950.. Pocomoke newspaper editor "Jukey" Clarke is 90; 1920.. Eastern Shore native leads anti-prohibition campaign; 1884.. Onancock couple's unplanned marriage on a steam boat; 1994..Snow Hill triplets in TV mini-series.

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!

Body Found On Racoon Island Identified

A body recovered on Racoon Island on April 2 has been identified by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Norfolk.

The recovered body is that of Gary Edward Webb, 56, of Williamsburg, Virginia.

 According to Sheriff David L. Doughty, Jr., Mr. Webb was reported missing on December 17, 2013 by his family, after he failed to return home from a fishing trip on the York River the evening prior. His boat was later recovered on the Gloucester County side of the York, approximately one mile south of the Coleman Bridge.

Officers from the Virginia Marine Resources Commission investigated the initial report and also assisted Northampton County investigators with the recovery on Raccoon Island, a remote barrier island at the southern tip of the Eastern Shore , near the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay.

The medical examiners office reports that a cause of death is still pending.


The Costen House Museum ~ Annual May Day Tea

Annual May Day Tea
The Costen House Museum
 206 Market Street
 Pocomoke City
Sunday Afternoon
 May 4th, 2014
2:00 P.M.
Contact Rita Ullmann at 443-783-5285 or Kathleen Palmer at 443-783-4471 for tickets.
 Seating is limited.
 As always, there will be a special activity for the children.
 Adults $12.00 / Children under ten $5.00.

Coast Guard Reflects On Titanic Anniversary

NEW LONDON, Conn. – Members of the U.S. Coast Guard International Ice Patrol reflected on the sinking of the RMS Titanic and the importance of their mission during a ceremony held in New London, Conn., today. 
The annual ceremony serves as a way to remember and honor those who lost their lives during the Titanic’s maiden voyage, which ended tragically on the evening of April 14, 1912, when the ship struck an iceberg in the North Atlantic.

"It is with great respect and reverence that we commemorate the 102nd anniversary of the sinking of the RMS Titanic on April 15, 1912," said Cmdr. Gabrielle McGrath, commander of the IIP. “We remember over 1,500 souls who perished on that fateful morning." 

During the annual ceremony, Coast Guard Cmdr. Keith Shuley, chaplain of the Coast Guard Academy, dedicated floral arrangements in remembrance of the more than 1,500 passengers who died.

Every year, the IIP conducts a ceremony to remember the passengers and crew who lost their lives as a result of the Titanic sinking.

A special moment of silence was held to honor Edward Kamuda, president and founder of the Titanic Historical Society, who died April 13, 2014.

“Delegate McDermott Receives Award for Youth Advocacy”

April 16, 2014   

ANNAPOLIS- Delegate McDermott has been recognized by Youth for National Change, a national youth advocacy organization, for his steadfast efforts to ensure the safety of our youth through school security legislation.
I am extremely grateful for this award, and I am thankful to have had the opportunity to bring awareness to an issue as important as school security,” Delegate McDermott said. “I am appreciative for being recognized for something that I believe in so strongly”.
Delegate McDermott will be receiving this award from the YNC this April in response to House Bill 15 that he sponsored during the 2014 legislative session. HB 15 sought to improve security in public school facilities by establishing a security improvements program that would receive funding from the Governor’s capital budget.
It is imperative that the safety and well being of our youth be at the forefront of our concerns as elected officials”, McDermott said. “I am exceptionally grateful to be receiving this award, and will continue to advocate for causes like this in the future”.