Saturday, June 13, 2009
The Service Unit will be hosting a fundraising project on Saturday, June 20, in front of Edwards Seafood in Onley. It will be selling barbecue chicken dinners, which includes chicken, potato salad, green beans, a roll and drink for $7. Dinners will be sold from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. It is eat-in or takeout.
There will also be a yard sale at the same location starting at 8 a.m. Individuals or groups can rent a space for $10. Vendors must provide their own tables for set up. To donate items to Salvation Army yard sales, contact Mary Waldron at 757-787-3420, Julia Spickofsky at 757-302-9077 or Jesse Poulson at 757-787-1311.
To reserve a space for the yard sale and/or to order dinners, call Earline Washington at 757-787-8321 or Brenda Holden at 757-787-8590. All proceeds will be used for the Salvation Army County Service Unit's Emergency Services Program.
Captain's Cove Golf and Yacht Club will offer swim lessons for ages 4-15 at its Town Center Pool.
Registration and a swim test will be conducted on June 19 from 2 to 5 p.m.
The class dates are June 22-26 from beginners and June 29 to July 3 for advanced. Swim times are 4:45 to 5:45 p.m.for ages 4-8 and 5:45 to 6:45 p.m. for ages 9-15.
Call Jimmy Coulbourne at 757-824-5478, ext.216 for more information
Registration open for youth soccer
CHINCOTEAGUE -- Youth Fall soccer registration is open through Aug. 7.
Girls and boys, ages 4-to-13 are welcome to enroll.
Games are played every Saturday from September to November at the Chincoteague High School fields.
There are two ways to register. Pick up a player form at either H&H Pharmacy location or visit the youth soccer league at www.AYSO1184.org.
For more information, call Ricky Stanfield at 757-990-9770.
Entries open for youth football
ACCOMAC -- The Accomack County Parks and Recreation Department is now accepting registrations for its Youth Football League. Eligible ages are 7-10 and 11-13.
Practice will begin in August and games will start in September.
Call 757-787-3900 or 757-824-0314.
Youth football clinic lined up
ONLEY -- The Accomack County Parks and Recreation Department is hosting a youth football clinic that will be conducted by T.J. and Todd Washington, Coach Tony Washington, and others beginning Friday, June 26, with registration at the Parks and Recreation office and a full-day clinic on Saturday, June 27.
The clinic will conclude on Sunday, June 28, with a rap up session and picnic for the presenters, participants and their family. This clinic will be held on the grounds of the Nandua High School.
Those interested can register early at the Parks and Recreation office, Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m.- 5 p.m. Youth ages 6 and up are eligible to participate. Lunch will be provided for all participants.
The registration fee is $20 for youth enrolled in the ACPR Youth Football League, and $25 for youth not enrolled in the youth football league.
The first 50 youth that register will receive a special gift package.
For additional information, contact the Parks and Recreation office at 757-787-3900 or 757-824-0314.
INFO: Daily Times
According to Sheriff Larry Giddens, several suspects had entered the trailer and were spotted, at which time shots were exchanged between the suspects and the victims. The victims were wounded and the suspects fled prior to deputies’ arrival, according to the sheriff. He said one victim was taken by Parksley Ambulance to Shore Memorial Hospital as his wife, who sustained minor injuries, followed in a personal vehicle. Both victims have been treated and released.
Giddens said the investigation is continuing.
Anyone with information concerning this crime is asked to contact the Accomack County Sheriff’s Office at 787-1131 or 824-5666.
In other crime news, Elton Lewis Merritt III, 19, of Cape Charles was charged by Northampton deputies with malicious wounding, shooting into an occupied vehicle, and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, all in connection with a May 30 incident. According to Northampton County Sheriff Jack Robbins, Merritt is being held in Eastern Shore Regional Jail with bond denied.
Anyone that possibly has any connections or friends that know the system this family needs our help. If nothing else post this story all over the internet. This is one of the most disturbing things I have seen in awhile but not surprising
original post below;
How far up does Government Corruption go in New Jersey? Does it reach up to the Senate? The Governor? Who is it that oversees the Office for the Public Guardian?
Dear, Americans! Help!
My Father, a Vietnam Vet with a purple heart, is having his estate stolen by New Jersey’s Government Courts.
I am begging for your help on behalf of a Vietnam Vet who did three tours of duty and earned a purple heart. He is currently being robbed by the Office for the Public Guardian in Ocean County NJ
His name is Vincent Stanley Blasco and he is my Dad. He has Alzheimer’s and is in their care where they refuse to give any of his 3 children here in Georgia custody of him. Instead they continue to sell off dozens of plots of my Dad’s property and continue hiding thousands and thousands of dollars in false expenses. Now they are trying to sale his 19 acre farm off East Veterans Hwy.
The courts have allowed OPG to already sale 7 properties of his in Berkley NJ and they claimed it was for medical bills. We received accounting after 4 years of requests only to find out my dad by himself racked up $800 per month in Grocery bills, $2,000 a month in landscaping bills. $500 per day about 3 days a week in Home Depot bills, etc... I have a stack of accounting 2 inches thick of frivolous spending.
I am contacting News Agencies or whatever it takes to get this to quit. We deserve to have our father in Georgia where all 3 of his children live. Not tucked away in a nursing home in NJ to have his Army Pension and Social Security bilked as his farm goes on the market to cover thousands of bogus expenses and invented expenses
I found out second hand, through my sister, Amy Ferguson, that my father, Vincent Stanley Blasco, had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. By the time I found out, my father had already been placed in the care of OPG and we all assumed he was being taken care of. Well it was only after a trip up there that we started to wonder.
When Megan (employee of OPG) did call she told Amy Ferguson (my sister) and me that because they (OPG) were the guardians that all medical information on dad had to be retrieved through them (OPG) and any information on dad’s status would be reported to them only per the guardianship papers. They (OPG) told us that with any change in condition they would notify us. We had to call them consistently as they would never return our phone calls or give us any health updates, we repeatedly asked if we can get him in a home down here, could we get custody, could we email him? They told us they shut down his email and as far as transfer of Guardianship, they told us no! We are my fathers children, how can they say no?
The OPG recently went to court in Ocean County in front of Judge John Peterson to try to sale my dad’s 19 acres farm in Ocean County.
My older brother Joseph Stanley Blasco hired an Attorney (Olszak & Olsazk) to contest the sale.
We reside in the state of Georgia and had his attorney appear for us.
The OPG claimed not only that they had kept us well informed of my Dad’s health, but also his financial transactions. IN COURT BEFORE JUDGE PETERSON they also said Dad’s farm had been ON THE MARKET for 2 years already. How can they even place my dad’s farm on the market without notifying his children?
Why have we not been notified that Dad’s farm was for sale until 2 years after it went on the market? Because in front of a Judge it is easier to get permission to sell his property WITH a buyer on stand by.
OPG told the judge that we were well aware of the farm being on the market. Bull Crap!
WHAT HAPPENED? Read the complete story HERE
When he got to the first one, he asked the Madam, 'Is this a union house?' 'No,' she replied, 'I'm sorry it isn't.' 'Well, if I pay you $100, what cut do the girls get?'
'The house gets $80 and the girls get $20,' she answered. Offended at such unfair dealings, the union man stomped off down the street in search of a more equitable, hopefully unionized shop.
His search continued until finally he reached a brothel where the Madam responded, 'Why yes sir, this is a union house. 'We observe all union rules.'The man asked, 'And if I pay you $100, what cut do the girls get?'
'The girls get $80 and the house gets $20.' 'That's more like it!' the union man said. He handed the Madam $100, looked around the room, and pointed to a stunningly attractive green-eyed blonde.
'I'd like her,' he said...'I'm sure you would, sir,' said the Madam. Then she gestured to a 92-year old woman in the corner, 'but Ethel here has 67 years seniority and according to union rules, she's next
NOW YOU Know what's wrong with the AUTO industry.And why they want a BAILOUT.
Friday, June 12, 2009
There was a time when the food vendors were strung out from the last bridge piling all the way around to the tennis court parking lot and they had more than every kind of food you could think of for an event as this.
But anyway, armed with my camera all excited to come home and report how nice it was and post some great pictures for everyone and tell them to get out there and enjoy the fun and food at the Pocomoke City Cypress Festival.
To start we entered on the dock at the big bridge end and gladly gave up six bucks for my son, wife and myself to enter we headed straight to the food as we had been waiting all day and we were starved.
There was oh, about 4 or 5, at the most 6 booths for food, each booth had it's own specialty except one booth that had hot dogs AND hamburgers. The wife had her taste buds set on a soft crab sandwich which we quickly found out they didn't have this year. My son loves hot dogs so that was a no brainer until I saw him throw it in the trash, he did eat his french-fries though.
I love most all seafood so a good'ol crab, oyster or clam fritter and I would be set. My only option this year was an oyster fritter so no big deal for me until I found out I'd be lucky to find a bite of oyster in the fritter.
After my son got his dog, fries and a drink the wife and I were his table, holding one of his items until he was ready for the next because there was no place to sit and eat, that was fun trying to juggle his food while holding our own drinks, camera and trying to dodge the mud and water.
There were seats on the bottom of the bleachers but the folks on the second row of the bleachers decided that the lower seats were foot stools so we waded through the water and mud and almost got run over a couple of times by golf carts, one of the golf cart operators was nice enough move over so he didn't throw an over abundance of mud all over us, then we made our way towards the little arch foot bridge on the walkway and found a bench that didn't have to much trash on it have a seat.
We had a seat on the bench and the son finished his fries (remember the hot dog lover threw it away). There was a nice officer standing right next to the bench where we sat, I had never seen him before so I greeted him and he very politely looked away.
All and All, for around 20 bucks for 3, the Cypress Festival was great if you have 6 hands and like French-fries, oyster batter sandwiches, overpriced hamburgers, 2 dollar sodas, playing dodge the mud slinging golf carts, bleachers with muddy foot stools, "police line do not cross" taped off around the pavilion tables, playing musical empty food containers and rude cops. Did I leave anything out? Oh, the drunks on their boats and the dock that expect you to walk on water to get past them seamed to be having a great time.
This festival was a complete disaster, I think it gets worse every year, clearly they need someone that knows how to put this thing together much, much better and sadly with the results I have seen over the last few years if something is not done in the form of a good committee and PR it's a dieing event and that is truly a shame it's been Pocomokes number one drawing card for what, 30 years now?
Hey! the funnel cake looked good but I didn't have any. Don't miss it, I can't wait 'till next year.
I am sending you some news about a local event that does not get alot of publicity.
This is the website you can go to for just about all the info anyone needs.
www.gumboromudbog.com. Since the mudbog is supposed to be in Pocomoke this summer maybe more local people need to know about it.
Fun for the whole family. No alcohol. Plenty of seats but people do bring their own lawn chairs. Usually it is crowded so get there early. Refreshment stand with hamburgers, hotdogs, chicken, etc. Even icecream!
If you have never been to a mudbog it is quite amusing at times. My husband races and so do some of his friends. I am sending a pic of his mud truck.
Sorry this is late but I just thought about it. Everyone else is busy with the Cypress.
Check out the website and see what you think.
Thanks to jmmb
A dog that ran off from its owner in Seattle's Seward Park found and ate some marijuana and got high.
Owner Jen Nestor Waddell told KING-TV the 11-year-old black Lab mix named Jack was "just stoned" May 12 after they returned home from the park. The dog's eyes glossed over and he had trouble walking.
The vet said Jack had swallowed a large amount of dried, harvested marijuana. After some medication to induce vomiting and a night of rest Jack was back to normal.
Waddell told police about the drugs and joked they could borrow Jack to find them if they paid the $1,500 vet bill.
Now I'm no fan of Rush, he is way to far left for me ;) but this very old video that he was obviously joking about way back then is absolutly true today plus more.
Woman who missed Flight 447 is killed in car crash
An Italian woman who arrived late for the Air France plane flight that crashed in the Atlantic last week has been killed in a car accident, it has been reported.
Johanna Ganthaler, a pensioner from Bolzano-Bozen province, had been on holiday in Brazil with her husband Kurt and missed Air France Flight 447 after turning up late at Rio de Janeiro airport on May 31.
All 228 people aboard lost their lives after the plane crashed into the Atlantic four hours into its flight to Paris.
The ANSA news agency reported that the couple had managed to pick up a flight from Rio the following day.
It said that Ms Ganthaler died when their car veered across a road in Kufstein, Austria, and swerved into an oncoming truck. Her husband was seriously injured.
Todays WTH was sent in by TWO SENTZ
I have checks, I have all the paperwork needed, now they can't send the bills but I keep paying.
A few months ago I canceled my land-line and it's been really hell every since. I called in April and 'thought' I had everything straightened out, I was told I was paid-up and had a $13.00 credit toward my DSL because my final land-line/DSL payment went to the wrong department, today I get a "interruption" notice by email AGAIN for the DSL.
I have the bill AND the canceled check for 5/15 that I overpaid once again. They will not send me a monthly statement to save my life.
So... as it stands right now I have a $13.00 credit but verizon says I owe them $140.00 WTH?
After 17 calls and 4 disconnects and being unwillingly transfered to the wrong departments 6 times and hung-up on twice I'm still right where I started.
I told them they wont have to worry about this after Monday because I was going to cancel verizon after being a good customer since they have been in business and they offered to transfer me to the service cancellation department.
Boy has things changed, I remember when a good customer had problems and they would give you a credit for their error. Now! They offer to disconnect you.
Where do y'all do business with your ISP and cell phones?
How about this new $19.95 per year telephone service being offered now?
BTW; I was on the phone for 2 hours for nothing
oh I forgot to mention my wife was on the phone with them for an hour before i started out.
Today was not a good day for me either.
"press 1 for English" then I get someone that spoke broken English with a headset that was breaking up.
My first words were, "there must be a mistake, I pressed 1 for English"
I have an old blind dachshund/beagle mix (mutt) that is a house dog that goes outside on a chain. One day I heard the wife screaming and I ran to see what was happening. An un-leashed pit-bull was in our yard attacking our dog while she was chained, the pit had her by the neck and shaking her like a rag.
I'm a big guy and I tried to pull the pits jaws from around our dogs throat and I couldn't budge it, they say they cannot lock their jaws but I don't believe that, I then started punching the pit in hopes to break a rib or hopefully it's neck, it wouldn't give up,
I then started kicking the pit hopefully to at least make it let go and start on me, the pi held on and was still doing major damage. Finally I told the wife to get my gun, just as she did the owner of the pit casually walked up and was able to get his dog off our old dog and he just walked away, not a word did he speak, I should have shot them both.
Pit-bulls are dangerous animals and have no place in society, this is one law I could get behind.
Wilmington police say a 2-year-old girl was seriously injured when she was bitten by a pit bull her mother was watching for a neighbor.
The girl was attacked while she and three siblings were playing with the dog around 9:30 p.m. Wednesday in the basement of a home in the 1000 block of West Fifth Street.
The dog bit the girl on the neck, but her siblings got the dog off her and got the girl out of the basement.
The girl was taken to Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Rockland where Master Sgt. Paul Reutter says she was listed in stable condition after surgery.
The dog was turned over to animal control officers in Kent County. It will be quarantined while the investigation continues.
A diverse committee of ordinary citizens and professional heavyweights has formed to tackle what civil rights leaders call racial disparities in hiring practices by Somerset County government and Board of Education leaders.
At a Thursday meeting of the Somerset Branch of the NAACP and the ACLU of Maryland, 16 community residents volunteered to serve on a county committee formed to continue dialog on the hiring and appointment practices by county agencies and to make recommendations that would create a work force to include African-American professionals more closely reflective of the county's 42 percent black population.
The meeting was attended by an estimated 75 blacks and whites from across the county, and included Crisfield and Princess Anne elected officials, members of the Somerset County Commissioners, the Democratic Central Committee and the Somerset County Board of Education.
Public figures who volunteered to tackle the issue in committee are schools Superintendent Karen-Lee Brofee, School board members H. DeWayne Whittington and William Miles, State's Attorney Kristy Hickman, Police Chief Warner Sumpter at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore and Crisfield City Councilwoman LaVerne Johnson. Other members are county residents Joy Beacott and NAACP member Mary Handy.
The Rev. Craig Matheis of Princess Anne called on residents to admit that racial divides continue in the county, and urged them to be unafraid in speaking out against injustices. Disparity in the workplace hurts those shut out during uncertain economic times more than any other, he warned.
"In Somerset County, we have a problem," he said. "There is going to come a time when you will need a method to survive."
The session was moderated by noted longtime civil rights activist Carl Snowden, the first civil rights director for the state of Maryland, who told the audience that that the process to solving problem starts with an admission that there is one.
"As we move in this next phase, where community residents have an opportunity to ask the question, 'Where do we go from here?' " he said. "There are strong feelings."
The session followed the release of a report by the NAACP branch and ACLU several weeks ago claiming that, among other things, no African-Americans worked in a professional capacity for county government in the year 2007.
Most African-Americans employed by the school system "are mostly employed in a nonprofessional capacity," the report says.
Brofee called the report "alarming," and committed to working to address the issue. "There may be ways to increase the number of minorities," she said. "Black and white (students) need to see strong African-American models."
Delegate Page Elmore, R-38A-Wicomico, who also represents Somerset County, said while the number of African-Americans in key positions at the Board of Education could be improved, he has seen great strides since taking office seven years ago.
"There is room for improvement, although it's better today than seven years ago," he said, adding that he was instrumental in a move to hire more blacks at the Tri-County Council, a community services umbrella agency that represents Somerset, Wicomico, Worcester counties. "I went to (Director) Mike Pennington. We can do the same in this county."
Somerset Commissioner Rex Simpkins, though, said while he favored fair hiring practices, he questioned some of the facts in the NAACP/ACLU report, such as the statement that the county government lacked a black professional in the workplace in 2007.
He also cited the 350 or more African-Americans employed at UMES, out of the 433 county residents who work on campus.
"We're going to walk out of here and we'll be friends," he said, underscoring that he is not prejudice. "My house is open to anyone."
Hickman said that although she, too, doubted some of the statistics in the report, she argued "that that doesn't make up for the disparities."
"That's why I'm here, to see what can be done," she said.
NAACP President Kirkland Hall said he was pleased with the interest from the total community, and expected that through the committee, "there will be immediate change."
Debbie Jeon, an ACLU legal council, said she believes both races are committed to seeking a resolution.
Snowden said he hoped that recommendations would be formulated within 45 days of the first committee meeting.
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Most of the schools you are hearing about, South Gate High, Bell Gardens, Huntington Park , etc., where these students are protesting, are alsoTitle 1 schools. Title 1 schools are on the free breakfast and free lunch program.
When Isay free breakfast, I'm not talking a glass of milk and roll -- but afull breakfast and cereal bar with fruits and juices that would make aMarriott proud. The waste of this food is monumental, with trays andtrays of it being dumped in the trash uneaten.
( OUR TAX DOLLARS AT WORK) I estimate that well over 50% of these students are obese or at leastmoderately overweight. About 75% or more DO have cell phones. The schoolalso provides day care centers for the unwed teenage pregnant girls(some as young as 13) so they can attend class without the inconvenienceof having to arrange for babysitters or having family watch their kids.
(OUR TAX DOLLARS AT WORK) I was ordered to spend $700,000 on my department or risk losing fundingfor the upcoming year even though there was little need for anything; mybudget was already substantial. I ended up buying new computers for thecomputer learning center, half of which, one month later, have beencarved with graffiti by the appreciative students who obviously feelhumbled and grateful to have a free education in America ..
(OUR TAX DOLLARS AT WORK) I have had to intervene several times for young and substitute teacherswhose classes consist of many illegal immigrant students here in thecountry less then 3 months who raised so much hell with the femaleteachers, calling them "Putas" whores and throwing things that theteachers were in tears. Free medical, free education, free food, day care etc., etc, etc. Is itany wonder they feel entitled to not only be in this country but todemand rights, privileges and entitlements ?
To those who want to point out how much these illegal immigrantscontribute to our society because they LIKE their gardener andhousekeeper and they like to pay less for tomatoes: spend some time inthe real world of illegal immigration and see the TRUE costs .. Higher insurance, medical facilities closing , higher medical costs,more crime, lower standards of education in our schools, overcrowding,new diseases etc., etc, etc .For me, I'll pay more for tomatoes.
We need to wake up. The guest worker program will be a disaster becausewe won't have the guts to enforce it. Does anyone i n their right mindreally think they will voluntarily leave and return? It does, however, have everything to do with culture: A third-worldculture that does not value education , that accepts children gettingpregnant and dropping out of school by 15 and that refuses To assimilate , and an American culture that has become so weak andworried about " politically correctness " that we don't have the will todo anything about it. If this makes your blood boil , as it did mine, forward this to everyoneyou know.
CHEAP LABOR? Isn't that what the whole immigration issue is about? Business doesn't want to pay a decent wage. Consumers don't want expensive produce. Government will tell you Americans don't want the jobs. But the bottom line is cheap labor.
The phrase "cheap labor" is a myth,a farce, and a lie. There is no such thing as "cheap labor." Take, for example, an illegal alien with a wife and five children. Hetakes a job for $5.00 or 6.00/hour. At that wage, with six dependents,he pays no income tax, yet at the end of the year, if he files an IncomeTax Return, he gets an "earned income credit" of up to $3,200 free.
He qualifies for Section 8 housing and subsidized rent. He qualifies for food stamps.
He qualifies for free (no deductible, no co-pay) health care.
His children get free breakfasts and lunches at school.
He requires bilingual teachers and books.
He qualifies for relief from high energy bills. If they are or become, aged, blind or disabled, they qualify for SSI.
Once qualified for SSI they can qualify for Medicare.
All of this is at(our) taxpayer's expense.
He doesn't worry about car insurance, life insurance, or homeownersinsurance. Taxpayers provide Spanish language signs, bulletins and printedmaterial.
He and his family receive the equivalent of $20.00 to $30.00/hour inbenefits. Working Americans are lucky to have $5.00 or $6.00/hour left afterpaying their bills and his.
The American taxpayers also pay for increased crime, graffiti and trashclean-up. Cheap labor? YEAH RIGHT! Wake up people!
The cash for clunkers bill past the house today, just after the government took over a major auto maker, hmmmm? smell a rat? I do. The new government motors is not unrealistic it's here.
Soon we will be driving little chump mobiles by law and if you don't have one tags will be unaffordable for anything the government thinks is "not green". GM, under it's new administration 'the white house' has already dropped the "mid size" trucks yup! Euro here we come. Do the people not see what happened in Germany? Cuba? with this very same craziness?
read more HERE
Today the Pocomoke schools sent letters home to parents and guardians. If you did not receive the letter it states as follows.
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaner are also effective.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread that way.
- Avoid close contact with sick people.
According to the WCHD, "If individuals are sick or experiencing flu-like symptoms, they should stay home from work or school and limit close contact with others for at least 7 days after symptoms begin or until you have been symptom-free for 24 hours, whichever is longer. If symptoms get worse, individuals should contact their primary care physician or provider for treatment. parents can help to slow the spread of this virus by keeping sick students at home for the recommended period of time".
For more information on the H1N1 Flu, you may contact the WCHD Information Line at 410-632-4321 or visit the WCHD Website at www.worcesterhealth.org If you have any questions or concerns, you may also contact me at 410-632-5021 or your child's principal at school.
The health and safety of our students are always a priority.
John M. Andes
Superintendent of Schools
So remember this story the next time someone who knows nothing and cares less tries to make your life miserable.
A woman was at her hairdresser's getting her hair styled for a trip to Rome with her husband...
She mentioned the trip to the hairdresser, who responded:
"Rome? Why would anyone want to go there? It's crowded and dirty. You're crazy to go to Rome. So, how are you getting there?"
"We're taking Continental," was the reply. "We got a great rate!"
"Continental?" exclaimed the hairdresser. "That's a terrible airline. Their planes are old, their flight attendants are ugly, and they're always late. So, where are you staying in Rome?"
"We'll be at this exclusive little place over on Rome's Tiber River called Teste."
"Don't go any further. I know that place. Everybody thinks its gonna be something special and exclusive, but it's really a dump."
"We're going to go to the Vatican and maybe get to see the Pope."
"That's rich," laughed the hairdresser. You and a million other people trying to see him. He'll look the size of an ant. Boy, good luck on this lousy trip of yours. You're going to need it."
A month later, the woman again came in for a hairdo. The hairdresser asked her about her trip to Rome.
"It was wonderful," explained the woman, "not only were we on time in one of Continentals brand new planes, but it was overbooked, and they bumped us up to first class. The food and wine were wonderful, and I had a handsome 28-year-old steward who waited on me hand and foot.
And the hotel was great! They'd just finished a $5 million remodeling job, and now it's a jewel, the finest hotel in the city. They, too, were overbooked, so they apologized and gave us their owner's suite at no extra charge!"
"Well," muttered the hairdresser, "that's all well and good, but I know you didn't get to see the Pope."
"Actually, we were quite lucky, because as we toured the Vatican, a Swiss Guard tapped me on the shoulder, and explained that the Pope likes to meet some of the visitors, and if I'd be so kind as to step into his private room and wait, the Pope would personally greet me.
Sure enough, five minutes later, the Pope walked through the door and shook my hand! I knelt down and he spoke a few words to me."
"Oh, really! What'd he say?!"
He said "Who screwed up your hair?"
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
OCEAN CITY, Md.- Ocean City police say a Pennsylvania man was critically injured when he walked into a bus as it drove past him.
It happened about 11:20 a.m. Sunday on 123rd Street. Police say 18-year-old Brett Patrick Dellomo of Williamsport, Pa., was walking north on the sidewalk. Witnesses say he walked off the sidewalk and into the southbound bus lane as the municipal bus was approaching from about 100 feet away.
Dellomo was thrown to the ground and his head hit the sidewalk. He was taken to Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury. Police are still investigating this incident.
Monday, June 8, 2009
The court said it will not hear an appeal from former Army Capt. James Pietrangelo II, who was dismissed under the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy.
The federal appeals court in Boston earlier threw out a lawsuit filed by Pietrangelo and 11 other veterans. He was the only member of that group who asked the high court to rule that the Clinton-era policy is unconstitutional.
In court papers, the administration said the appeals court ruled correctly in this case when it found that "don't ask, don't tell" is "rationally related to the government's legitimate interest in military discipline and cohesion."
During last year's campaign, President Barack Obama indicated he supported the eventual repeal of the policy, but he has made no specific move to do so since taking office in January. Meanwhile, the White House has said it won't stop gays and lesbians from being dismissed from the military.
Last year, the federal appeals court in San Francisco allowed a decorated flight nurse to continue her lawsuit over her dismissal. The court stopped short of declaring the policy unconstitutional, but said that the Air Force must prove that ousting former Maj. Margaret Witt furthered the military's goals of troop readiness and unit cohesion.
The decision by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals was the first that evaluated "don't ask, don't tell" through the lens of a 2003 Supreme Court decision that struck down a Texas ban on sodomy as an unconstitutional intrusion on privacy.
The administration did not appeal that ruling to the Supreme Court and Witt's lawsuit is ongoing.
The appeals court in Pietrangelo's case also took the high court decision into account, but concluded that it should defer to Congress' determination that the policy fosters cohesion in military units.
The case is Pietrangelo v. Gates, 08-824.
Now, don't get a 'converter' box and a cable box confused, if you have cable now you do not need a converter box. You will however need a 'converter' box if you use and external antenna to receive TV channels.
In other words if you do not get a monthly bill for cable or steal it you need a 'converter' box.
Here's a little tip for those that do have cable and do not need a 'converter' box.
The cable company will give you a couple of 'cable' boxes free of charge, but you have to go to Salisbury and go directly to the office and sweet talk them but they will do it.
Why? That's what I said too, but my son went and picked-up one and we get a lot more channels then the TV itself would receive. It also gives you access to on-demand, I thought it was only because we had an old TV but he went and picked-up another box and connected to a brand new LCD TV and it gets a lot more channels with the box then it did without it also.
Good luck on the change from analog to digital.
Sunday, June 7, 2009
The black and white pinto colt is the son of Misty's Desert Sun, a direct descendent of Misty.
The sire is Tuffer than Leather, a Chincoteague stallion whose roots originate with the wild ponies on Assateague Island.
The foal was born on May 24, early in the morning, with no complications.
Smoke'n Mist is one of several Misty descendants that grace the paddocks at the Chincoteague Pony Centre, which has the largest herd of Misty family ponies in the world.
The Eastern Shore Public Library Board of Trustees toured the addition on Monday after its monthly meeting, which was held on the island.
“As you can see, we needed room to grow,” said Carl Palmer, vice president of the Island Library’s Board of Directors and overseer of the construction project, on the tour.
The library opened in 1995 in a renovated 1890s barber’s shop. It is run by two part-time employees and about 25 volunteers.
“We had the idea to expand from the time that we opened,” said Board of Directors President Linda Ryan.
The town donated the land on which the addition is being built. The project was set in motion about five years ago, when the size of the addition necessary to serve the needs of the library’s patrons was assessed.“We just don’t have an adequate collection to serve the needs of the island.
During the summer, we have so many computer users and visitors that the space was inadequate,” Palmer said.Fundraising efforts ranged from collection boxes placed in businesses around town to grants. “We had so many groups and individuals that helped us achieve our goal in two years,” said Ryan.
Billy Reed Jr. Construction, a company located on the island, began building the addition in November of last year.
Plans for the new addition include a children’s room, meeting room, and a second reading room. The second floor will have additional bookshelves and a section on Chincoteague’s history. The addition will be complete with a sprinkler system and an elevator.“It’s very handicap-friendly,” said Palmer.
The new building will also allow the library to have more computers for public access. During the peak tourist season, approximately 500 people use the library’s computers each week.
The library currently has around 7,000 books. “We plan to triple that,” said Palmer.Once the addition is completed, everything will be moved out of the original building, which will be renovated.
The original part of the library will be used as a reading room and popular books section. “We just can’t wait,” said Ryan. “It’s happening.”The Chincoteague Island Library, located on Main Street, is open six days a week: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Mondays and Tuesdays, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, and 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursdays.
Accomack County Supervisor Wanda Thornton addressed the council about a vicious dog attack recently that left her great-granddaughter, Joy, suffering serious injuries and her family traumatized.
"I'm here on a serious note," said Thornton. "Last Saturday afternoon people and four dogs were trespassing on my property. A pit bull attacked my great-granddaughter as she was getting out of the car."
Thornton said the attack came so fast that there was no time to stop it.
"I think they would have killed her," said Thornton and the council members listened to every emotional word.
Fortunately there were a number of people in the vicinity of the attack and they responded by pulling the dog off the 6-year-old child.
"She was bleeding profusely," said Thornton. "She was in shock."
Thornton said the dog got the little girl on the ground and went for her face.
"She put her arm up to protect her face and the dog bit her arm," said Thornton.
Thornton said that on at least two other occasions the dog had attacked others in the neighborhood.
Thornton said she contacted Accomack County Animal Control, but it takes about 45 minutes for the agency to respond to calls from Chincoteague.
Thornton stated the dog has been destroyed and the remains sent to a lab to test for rabies.
Thornton requested the town look into constructing a "holding pen" to keep such animals until the county's animal control can get here to pick up the animal.
She praised the response of Chincoteague Policeman Kenny Reese. "Kenny Reese was wonderful," said Thornton.
The council expressed concern about the attack and pledged to discuss the matter at the next meeting.
“For too long, my country has ignored the devastating impact that 160,000 soldiers, 5,000 ships, and 13,000 aircraft had on both the peace-loving French people and the delicate Normandy ecosystem 65 years ago. My friends, the epic struggle between good and evil that the United States presented as a pretext for the invasion was simply a ruse for our insatiable imperialism. I am here to say, Je suis desole. A thousand times, je suis desole.”
Obama also offered specific regrets for:
the deafening noise of the invasion, which interrupted German lessons for French citizens up and down the Normandy coast;
the widespread urination by anxious American GIs in the French surf, upsetting the delicate pH balance of the water
the failure to secure the proper beach permits for the invasion
The pastor entered his donkey in a race and it won.
The pastor was so pleased with the donkey that he entered it in the race again,and it won again.
The local paper read:PASTOR'S ASS OUT FRONT.
The Bishop was so upset with this kind of publicity that he ordered the pastor not to enter the donkey in another race.
The next day, the local paper headline read:BISHOP SCRATCHES PASTOR'S ASS.
This was too much for the bishop, so he ordered the pastor to get rid of the donkey.
The pastor decided to give it to a nun in a nearby convent.
The local paper, hearing of the news, posted the following headline the next day:NUN HAS BEST ASS IN TOWN.
The bishop fainted. He informed the nun that she would have to get rid of the donkey, so she sold it to a farmer for $10.
The next day the paper read:NUN SELLS ASS FOR $10.
This was too much for the bishop, so he ordered the nun to buy back the donkey and lead it to the plains where it could run wild.
The next day the headlines read:NUN ANNOUNCES HER ASS IS WILD AND FREE.
The bishop was buried the next day.
The moral of the story is . . .
being concerned about public opinion can bring you much grief and misery . . even shorten your life. So be yourself and enjoy life. Stop worrying about everyone elses ass and you'll be a lot happier and live longer!
Rescue crews first went to Korena Roberts' home in Washington County on Friday in response to a call of a newborn in distress. They found Roberts' boyfriend unsuccessfully trying to revive the baby using first-aid techniques.
Roberts told deputies the baby was hers, the county sheriff's office said. Medics noticed a lot of blood at the home, and sent Roberts and the baby to a hospital.
"Doctors at the hospital were not able to revive the baby," said Sgt. David Thompson of the Washington County Sheriff's Office in a news release. "They also discovered that Ms. Roberts had not delivered a child at anytime in the recent past."
Authorities learned Snively had been pregnant at the time she was attacked, and they determined she was the mother of the infant.
An autopsy will now determine how the baby was delivered, and whether he died before or after birth, Thompson said.
The outcome could result in another murder charge for Roberts, deputies said.
Residents in the woman's Mill Creek Drive neighborhood said Roberts had told them she was expecting a child, according to CNN affiliate KPTV.
"She didn't appear to be pregnant to us," neighbor Doug King told KPTV.
NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) - Police say an officer spotted a huge load of marijuana in the bed of a pickup truck during a traffic stop in the New Castle area Friday night.
A Delaware River and Bay Authority officer pulled over the truck on southbound Interstate 295. The driver has been identified as 51-year-old Eric Baptiste of Virginia Beach, Va.
The marijuana weighed about 50 pounds. Baptiste has been charged with with trafficking in marijuana and related offenses. He's being held at the Young Correctional Institute on $27,500 bail.
If that being the case why in the world didn't the boaters pull the teens out of the water?
Something ain't right here. Stay tuned for more than we are hearing on this one.
Article from WBOC;
ABERDEEN, Md. (AP) - Authorities say two teenage males drowned while swimming in the Gunpowder River on Saturday afternoon.
The teens were on a boating excursion with adults when they drowned. Authorities say the boaters made an emergency call to report the two were having trouble swimming in the water off the Hammerman beach area at Gunpowder Falls State Park.
Police from nearby Aberdeen Proving Ground were involved in the search. George Mercer, a spokesman for the federal facility, says the teens' bodies were found late Saturday night in federal waters.
Their ages were estimated at between 17 and 19 years old. Aberdeen Proving Ground police are handling the investigation into their deaths.
Great ways, and great ideas on how the city could very easily save our tax dollars. A little commonsense goes a long way.
Billy Burke said...
Tom,These are good observations.
I think the City of Pocomoke could save a lot of money by:Getting a new City Manager.Russ Blake has been there simply too long, he is at the highest end of the pay scale one could achieve for the position and he has a negative affect on bringing new business to town.
Limiting the mileage on take home police carsI understand that giving officers a take home car has become industry standard, has a positive effect when the officer lives in the city limits and is a financial motivator.
The lady who lives in Delaware is one of the nicest people on the force but 100 miles plus per day is over the top.
The cop who lives in town or just up the road 5 to 15 miles is not getting the same "bonus compensation" as someone who commutes 100 miles plus daily on the city's credit card.City needs to get out of real estate businessPocomoke City owns at least 60 parcels of land, lots & buildings they have taken from citizens by demolishing their buildings, taxes or whatever.
The City has NEVER publicly sold or offered for sale their real estate, its all back room deals.I can see negotiating for something like Industrial Park space where the land is owned to attract businesses.Lots around town are something else.
This is something Mikey campaigned on and he even took my suggestion to "tie conditions" to the sale such as building a home within a specific period of time.
The property will be on the tax rolls PLUS the city will get cash when it's sold.
Be more business friendlyThis goes back to the city manager wanting to control every business in town.If it's legal then let it go. Why can't someone get an adult beverage downtown?We don't need another Lawsons so Honiss Cane does not need to be a "silent-partner" in the first drinking establishment.
Snow Hill & Berlin are filled with art galleries, small shops and have more than a few places to get a coke or a beer. Why not Pocomoke?Utilize the riverfrontThe riverfront has needed gas & ice sales available since the day we moved here in 1987.
The City says you can't have a pump next to the bridge because that is the spot that makes the most sense.OK why not put the pumps down at the boat ramp? Duh???
Employee's NEED Raises & Benefits
The employees are dedicated and put up with a lot of crap coming out of City Hall.
They don't like to see or hear about Russ & the Chief going to their vacation condo's in Florida on the city's nickel when they don't get a $50 a month COLA raise.
That's about the worst thing you can do for morale and makes people less productive.It's back to getting rid of the City Manager and new blood at City Hall.It's quite obvious that what Russ Blake & Company have been doing does not work.