Saturday, January 23, 2010

An Insult To Our Democracy

YOU WILL NOT BELIEVE THIS! 2 minutes long and straight from C-Span - how a vote was passed. (the video is very short and very maddening).

If anyone wonders about our current Congress and especially the House of Representatives this youtube will open their eyes. Watch this, then cry. We are losing our nation and everything it stands for.

Take a look:

Century-old skipjack destroyed

The century-old skipjack Ethel Lewis, which was transported from New York to Onancock five years ago by volunteers hoping to save her, was destroyed this week in a controlled burn after those involved said it was unsalvageable.

The 58-foot boat, built in Chesconnesex in 1906, had been one of only about 40 skipjacks still in existence. The wooden sailing vessels were used at the turn of the century to dredge for oysters on the Chesapeake Bay.

Several experts who examined the Ethel Lewis since it came to Onancock in 2004 said it was beyond repair and in April, the citizens' committee that had taken on the restoration project released the town to dispose of it.

The town asked the Onancock Volunteer Fire Department to burn what remained of the skipjack.

"That boat, it looked like it was pretty rotten. ... It was beyond repair, basically," said Reedville Fisherman's Museum's Aubrey Henry, who was part of a group that surveyed the skipjack about three years ago.

Onancock recently sold the waterfront lot on which the boat sat, making the vessel's removal necessary.

After changing hands several times since the 1950s, the Ethel Lewis was restored in the 1970s by Richard Schaefer of Islip, N.Y., who used it for two decades, according to a 2004 Newsday article about the restoration effort.

Schaefer donated the boat, in need of repair, in 1998 to a nonprofit group based at the Brooklyn Navy Yard that taught inner-city youth about boat restoration.

But that organization ceased operating when it lost funding after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

A downtown revitalization plan the town unveiled in 2006 but never implemented featured a park at the corner of Ames and Market streets with the fully rigged, restored skipjack as its centerpiece.

The Reedville group recently restored another skipjack, the Claud W. Somers, which was built in Accomack County in 1911.

Paul Ewell, an Accomack County native and Virginia Wesleyan College professor who is compiling a database of old Eastern Shore workboats, also examined the Ethel Lewis earlier this month. Ewell's family members have been commercial fishermen on Virginia's Eastern Shore since the 1600s.

"I remember thinking, 'they're probably not going to be able to do anything with it,' " he said. "If anybody wants to preserve an old workboat, it's me; but the problem is she's so far gone."

Ewell said he recorded the boat's dimensions and took photographs during his survey.

"I've got a significant amount of history," he said.

Skipjacks were "cheaper, easy to build" vessels which in the late 19th century and largely replaced the earlier, sturdier-built bugeyes, Ewell said.

"They were meant to be disposable boats," he said.


The WeekEnd Is Here! Let's Laugh!

A man in his late 40’s had to have his father put in a nursing home.

While his father was sitting on a bench in the dining area of the nursing home, he started to fall over to the left side and a nurse came over and helped him sit back up.

After a few minutes, he started to fall over to the right side and again the nurse came over and helped him sit back up.

A few days later, the son came to visit his father and he asked, "Dad how do you like it here? Are they treating you good?"

His father replied, "I like the food, the entertainment is very good. But, they won’t let me F_rt!"

Enjoy your weekend!


Friday, January 22, 2010

Pocomoke: Burglary Alert


During the period of November 2009 to January 4, 2010 several Breaking & Entering occurred in the below listed City locations.

100 Blk 8th St- Daytime

400 Blk Maple St- Daytime

100 Blk Hailey's Way- Daytime

200 Blk Morgan's Court- Daytime

20 Blk Central Ave- Daytime

600 Blk Oxford St- Daytime

200 Blk Carson's Court- Daytime

Crimes were committed by entering through rear doors/windows. Residents should be aware of any unusual activity in their neighborhood and are requested to call the Police @ 410-957-1600 or 911. If they observe any unknown persons or unusual activity in their neighborhood. If you have any information concerning the Breaking & Enterings you are requested to call Pocomoke City Police. You may remain anonymous.

JD Ervin

Chief of Police


Meteorite Lands In Lorton, Virginia

On Monday at just around 5:45 in the late afternoon Marc Gallini and Frank Ciampi were having the usual day of seeing their patients at the Williamsburg Family Practice in Lorton, Virginia when they heard a crash in one of the examining rooms.



"The first thing I thought of was that Dr. Gallini's bookshelf fell on him," Ciampi told a WUSA9 TV crew.

The fist-size rock had crashed through the roof, a fire wall and the room's ceiling tile before it hit the floor and shattered.

According to the Smithsonian Institution it was the first known meteorite to hit Virginia since 1924. Linda Welzenback, meteorite curator to the Smithsonian reported that it weighed slightly more than two thirds of a pound and identified it as stony "ordinary chondrite."


"It's 'ordinary' because 85 to 90 percent of everything that falls is this type," she said. "It has a light gray interior with little, tiny iron, nickel metal particles," all covered by a black fusion crust that melted as the rock entered the atmosphere.

It's arrival on Monday evening was witnessed by hundreds of people from New Jersey to southwestern Virginia being described as a brilliant fireball that broke into pieces as it fell.

"Ken," in Baldwin, wrote: "It appeared to break up slightly as it fell and almost seemed to sparkle like a firework would. It was an awesome sight between the orange/pink color of the horizon, the navy blue of the sky and the moon. The trail stayed in the sky for a number of minutes and seemed to have a slight crook or bend to it."

It has been estimated that the space rock was traveling at a speed of close to 220 mph when it struck the building's roof raining debris into the office. No one was injured.

Solar Energy for Eastern Shore By End of Year

The Accomack County Board of Supervisors met Wednesday night for their first meeting of 2010. Many important issues were discussed by the Supervisors.

The meeting began with a brief overview of Community Energy, the company interested in renewable energy in Accomack County. Bill Finch began to address the Board expressing the companys desire to build a five megawatt power plant on the Eastern Shore. According to Finch, this will be able to power roughly 1,000 homes. Community Energy has leased a 100 acre parcel in Accomack County but only about 35 acres of it will be used for the solar panels.

Finch pointed out that unlike other community projects require large infrastructure to be built, roads, bridges, etc. However, this project will not require any additional infrastructure spending, a point which was likely well received by the Board given the state tax revenue shortfalls.

The land Community Energy is interested in as of now is located near the overpass in Onley, although the exact parcel was not identified. The Eastern Shore is ideal for solar energy projects because of the relatively low cloud cover, excellent sunshine, the ocean and the bay provides great solar insulation will provide a 3-4% higher energy yield than other places. There are currently 29 states in the region that require the energy producers to create at least a portion of renewable energy. Finch promised that when the five year lease is up Community Energy will leave the land in better condition than it was before.

If all goes as planned, the project could be powering Eastern Shore homes by the end of this year.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Thought For The Day

Eskimos Wanted

No, eskimos have not landed on the quiet island of Saxis, Virginia and built a home there.

This igloo was built after the January 8th snow we had. The local engineers were Stephanie Schivo, Josh Voss, Tyler Williams, and Cory Chance. All of them are just local kids with the creativity
for building something other than the traditional snowman............not to mention the motivation to get out in the cold.

Great job, guys!!!!

Pocomoke: Election supervisors appointed

The mayor was given the authority to appoint the members of the Board of Supervisors of Elections to handle the duties for the April 6 municipal election. John Haynie was appointed to replace Carolyn Hoffman. Members reappointed include Diane Downing, Rich Choquette, Barbara Browning and Christina Tasker.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Thought For The Day

Children's Versions of History:

The following excerpts are actual answers given on history tests and
in Sunday school quizzes by children between 5th & 6th grade ages in
Ohio. Kids should rule the world, as it would be a laugh a minute for
us adults and therefore no time to war or argue.

Ancient Egypt was old. It was inhabited by gypsies and mummies who all
wrote in hydraulics. They lived in the Sarah Dessert. The climate of
the Sarah is such that all the inhabitants have to live elsewhere....
Moses led the Hebrew slaves to the Red Sea where they made unleavened
bread, which is bread made without any ingredients. Moses went up on
Mount Cyanide to get the ten commandos. He died before he ever reached
Canada but the commandos made it.

Solomon had three hundred wives and seven hundred porcupines. He was A
actual hysterical figure as well as being in the bible. It sounds like
he was sort of busy too.

The Greeks were a highly sculptured people, and without them we
wouldn’t have history. The Greeks also had myths. A myth is a young
female moth.

Socrates was a famous old Greek teacher who went around giving people
advice. They killed him. He later died from an overdose of wedlock,
which is apparently poisonous. After his death, his career suffered a
Dramatic decline.

In the first Olympic games, Greeks ran races, jumped, hurled biscuits,
and threw the java. The games were messier then, than they show on TV

Julius Caesar extinguished himself on the battlefields of Gaul. The
Ides of March murdered him because they thought he was going to be
made king. Dying, he gasped out “Same to you, Brutus.”

Joan of Arc was burnt to a steak and was canonized by Bernard Shaw for
reasons I don’t really understand. The English and French still have

Queen Elizabeth was the “Virgin Queen,” As a queen she was a success.
When she exposed herself before her troops they all shouted “hurrah!”
and that was the end of the fighting for a long while.

Sir Walter Raleigh is a historical figure because he invented
Cigarettes and started smoking.

Sir Frances Drake circumcised the world with a 100 foot clipper which
was very dangerous to all his men.

The greatest writer of the Renaissance was William Shakespeare. He was
born in the year 1564, supposedly on his birthday. He never made much
money and is famous only because of his plays. He wrote tragedies,
comedies, and hysterectomies, all in Islamic pentameter.

Writing at the same time as Shakespeare was Miguel Cervantes. He wrote
Donkey Hote. The next great author was John Milton. Milton wrote
Paradise Lost. Since then no one ever found it.

Delegates from the original 13 states formed the Contented Congress.
Thomas Jefferson, a Virgin and Benjamin Franklin were two singers of
the Declaration of Independence. Franklin discovered electricity by
Rubbing two cats backward and also declared, “A horse divided against
itself cannot stand.” He was a naturalist for sure. Frianklin died in
1790 and is still dead.

Johann Bach wrote a great many musical compositions and had a large
number of children. In between he practiced on an old spinster which
he kept up in his attic. Bach died from 1750 to the present. Bach was
the most famous composer in the world and so was Handel. Handel was
half German, half Italian, and half English. He was very large.

Beethoven wrote music even though he was deaf. He was so deaf that he
wrote loud music and became the father of rock and roll. He took long
walks in the forest even when everyone was calling for him. Beethoven
expired in 1827 and later died for this.

The nineteenth century was a time of a great many thoughts and
inventions. People stopped reproducing by hand and started reproducing
by machine. Then invention of the steamboat caused a network of rivers
to spring up.

Cyrus McCormick invented the McCormick raper, which did the work of a
hundred men.

Louis Pasteur discovered a cure for rabbits, but I don’t know why.

Charles Darwin was a naturalist. He wrote the Organ of the Species. It
was very long, people got upset about it, and had trials to see if it
was really true. He sort of said God’s days were not just 24 hours,
but without watches who knew anyhow? I don’t get it.

Madman Curie discovered radio. She was the first woman to do what she
did. Other women have become scientists since her but they didn’t get
to find radios because they were already taken.

Virginians Gather At Capitol For Gun Rights

Mar-Va Theater Is Looking for Friends

I think that the Mar-Va Theater is the most wonderful thing that has happened in Pocomoke for a very long time. And I glad to see that Emily is now a part of the Mar-Va team. Here's an opportunity for all of you that were younger "in the day" and gave Mrs. Hattie Clark, Jeannie Byrd, and Roger Marriner "headaches" on those Friday nights (as they pointed the flashlight in your direction) a chance to give back to your wonderful community!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Brown Wins Election in Massachusetts

Tonight in the state of Massachusetts Republican
Scott Brown has won! Brown defeated Democrat
Martha Coakley who was in the race to win the senate seat held for 46 years by the late Ted

Browns victory in Massachusetts makes him the 41st Republican in the Senate, which means that the Democrats are no longer capable of stopping a GOP fillibuster. This throws a huge monkey wrench in to President Obama's agenda and the health care legislation currently pending in Congress.

Who says there is never any hope?

Missing Temperanceville Man Found

The body of John Benjamin Thornton, III was found on Monday, January 18. Thornton's body was found in a shed near his residence in Temperanceville, Virginia. The body was transported to the Medical Examiners Office in Norfolk for an autopsy to determine that actual cause of death.

Thornton was reported missing on Monday, January 11 by his girlfriend who had reported that she had last seen Thornton around 3a.m.
that same morning.

According to Sheriff Giddens further investigation of the cause of death is continuing.

Poe's Birthday "Toaster" Is a No-Show

Edgar Allan Poe
Born January 19, 1809 Died October 7, 1849

On the birthday each year of Edgar Allan Poe and mysterious figure appears at the graveof the famouse writer leaving a bottle of cognac and 3 roses. It is thought that one rose is for Poe's wife, another for his mother-in-law Maria Clemm and the third for Poe himself Between the hours of midnight and 5:30 a.,m. the Poe Toaster (unoficially named) walks into the Westminster Burying Grounds in Baltimore, Maryland at the corner of Fayette and Greene Streets and leaves the gifts for Poe. After a short and touching ceremony of kneeling and placing his hands on the stone the toaster leaves. The persons identity has never been known and the tradition has been kept since Poe's 100th birthday in 1949.

However, this morning the Poe Toaster did NOT visit the burial site of Poe! For the FIRST time since 1949 no one crept into the cemetary leaving the traditional cognac and roses. Last night 30 to 50 people stood outside the gate singing Happy Birthday to Poe several times during the night while awaiting the mysterious visiter.

At 5:30 this morning the curator the Edgar Allan Poe House, Jeff Jerome, broke the news to the crowd that had been standing vigil outside the locked gate through the night. The Poe Toaster had not had not shown. Jerome did make the statement that he plans to keep the vigil through 2012.

"After two years if he doesn't show up, I think we can safely assume the tribute has ended," Jerome said.

Odor on Nictitate (chapter 8)

Odor on Nictitate
By Odor Eliminator

Chapter 8
The Invention of a Story

We have been patiently waiting to hear about the tremendous efforts to find Christine by Nictitate and the groupies. It has been very quiet and one could assume that a time out was taken for the Holidays.

A few rather strange postings have appeared on blogs concerning Christine’s case. One rather entertaining post introduces a person named Henry. Where Henry came from is anyone’s guess and OE supposes that he is another conjured up mystery to try and keep Nictitate in the spotlight.

Using the imagination, OE has invented a story to go along with this new mystery.

Along came a spider named Nictitate spinning tales of deception while the groupies hanging from her nest conjure up subjects to add to the tales.

A person named Henry met Christine through a mutual friend. They went out on a date and he instantly became obsessed with her. Supposedly, Christine never told her family about Henry. - Okay, I can buy that she might have met someone and gone out on a date however how could her family not know about Henry. Someone had to babysit for her while she was out and she was living at her mother’s home. Did she just up and walk out and not tell anyone where she was going? What excuse did she give for needing someone to watch the children?

The story continues with Henry instantly becoming so enamored with Christine that he turns into a stalker. Anyone who has ever been a victim of stalking knows that their stalker appears everywhere that they go and the stalker is always watching. Are we to believe that no one ever saw Henry the stalker and that Christine told no one not even her sister whom she was close with or her BFF “Q”?

Continuing on…… Henry has been stalking Christine however he convinces her to go out on another date. What? I’m sorry folks but OE was shocked by this revelation. No one in their right mind would go out on a date with someone who has been watching and following them. The end of the story about Henry the stalker is that while out on this date he took Christine across the State Line and she disappeared.

Nictitate and the groupies have out done their selves with this one.

We all know that Christine and the boy’s left with her BFF “Q” after having an argument with her mother and went to the Milford, DE Wal-Mart to meet JR & Tia. We also know that JR & Tia took Christine and the boy’s across the State Line to Pocomoke, MD where she lived with them at the farm house on Byrd Road until she disappeared.

On a blog frequented by Nictitate and the groupies one of the comments wonders when we will hear the next chapter on Christine. We all are waiting for the great one to tell us where Christine is and still we wait, and we wait, and we wait……….

As is appropriate for the New Year, OE is taking a “look back” at 2009. Sadly enough, looking back at the Nictitate saga in Christine’s case, OE comes up with a big fat zero.

It’s been almost 6 months since Nictitate and the groupies were inserted into Christine’s case. Many of us knew from the beginning that the promise of solving the case within 3 months was empty. Some of us tried to warn Christine’s family about Nictitates real motives for getting involved. We were attacked for doubting and anyone who opposed Nictitates methods were quickly turned into being suspect or being someone with something to hide.

Nictitates methods made an attempt at tearing a community apart and we saw the owners of a local blog jump into Nictitates nest and spew forth hatred and ugliness at anyone who dared to oppose their Queen.

Conspiracy was the word for 2009. One after another, conspiracies swirled around Christine’s case like a dust devil. They blew in from nowhere, stirred up the dust, and blew away as quickly as they appeared.

Friendships were broken and support for Christine’s family was withdrawn by many people because the family supported Nictitates methods and never spoke up in an attempt to end it. Many people felt a slap in the face as Nictitate continued on with the whirlwind of destruction.

From the very beginning of Nictitates appearance, lies were told. Bloggers quickly did research and past acquaintances of Nictitate came forward with the truth. We had in our midst nothing more than a self proclaimed investigative journalist who has a habit of worming into cases of missing people. High profile was the target and we were told that the national media was coming to cover Christine’s case. Sources tell OE that efforts from the community got more attention than anything Nictitate did. A letter writing or sending email campaign to America’s Most Wanted by the community got Christine case onto AMW’s website. We’re still waiting for Nictitates national media blitz.

Sadly, it appears that Christine’s case is at a standstill. Sources tell OE that private opinion of some LE is that the case has been turned into a 3 ring circus. Without naming names, it’s easy to figure out who’s staring in each ring!

A post by the great one herself says that she is letting the powers to [that] be do their work…….. What a novel idea. It’s a little too late for that notion don’t ya think?

The post finishes by saying that “with some other interesting developments in the background……”. If the groupie story about Henry is an example of the interesting developments in the background, OE for one can’t wait to see what is conjured up next.

Note: For those of you who want to highjack writings from OE – DON’T. Any writings contributed by Odor Eliminator belong to The Pocomoke Public Eye exclusively and all rights are reserved. You may not copy and paste, dissect, snip, or use any of OE’s writings in any part or its entirety without prior written consent.

Read Chapters 1-7 HERE

Monday, January 18, 2010

Edgar Allan Poe's Body To Remain in Baltimore

by Chris Kaltenbach

Edgar Allan Poe should rest in peace, and right here in Baltimore.

Saturday in Richmond, Va., a representative of the Poe family came down foursquare against the idea that their famous ancestor's body should be moved anywhere, but still didn't decide which American city can best lay a dominant claim to the author.

The announcement, made at Richmond's Poe Museum during a 24-hour commemoration of the celebrated author's 201st birthday, is the latest declaration in a years-long mostly good-natured debate over where Poe should rest and which city most deserves his legacy.

Noting that distant cousin Edgar already has been subjected to four funerals, most recently two organized by Baltimore's Poe House and Museum back in October, Harry Lee Poe said enough was enough. After all, he noted, none of the author's living descendants have been buried even once.

"In the spirit of fairness, the family simply cannot agree to move the body just yet," Harry Lee Poe, whose great-grandfather was Edgar Allan Poe's cousin, told an audience of about 80 in Richmond Saturday. "Not until the rest of us have had our turn."

Harry Lee Poe, however, took no position on which American city has the most legitimate claim to Poe's legacy - a question that was at the heart of a pair of debates last year between representatives of Boston, where Edgar Allan Poe was born; Philadelphia, where he wrote many of his most famous stories; and Baltimore, where he died and was buried. Representatives from Richmond, where he grew up, did not participate in either debate.

"They really didn't take a stand," said Jeff Jerome, curator of the Poe House in Baltimore. "If they want to shy away from a dialogue about this, that's certainly their prerogative." Still, Jerome added, "I'm pleased that they came to the conclusion they did about the body. Poe died in Baltimore, and he should stay here."

Rest of the story on Poe:

Please Help Locate Missing Person

STILL MISSING...................................................

John Benjamin Thornton, III

Missing from Temperanceville, Virginia

since Monday January 11, 2009.

If you have see him or know where he may be PLEASE CONTACT THE



Sunday, January 17, 2010

MISSING: Temperanceville Resident John Benjamin Thornton Still Missing

UPDATE: As of Thursday afternoon Accomack County Sheriff's Department has conducted a search of the surrounding areas and has found no trace of Thornton.

The Accomack County Sheriff's Office is asking the public for help in locating John Benjamin Thornton, III of Temperanceville, Virginia. Thornton was last seen around
3:00 a.m. on Monday January 11, 2010 by his girlfriend.

Thornton is 55 years of age, 5 feet 8 inches tall with blue eyes and fair reddish complextion. He was last seen wearing light blue jeans, white tennis shoes,a red shirt with black and white on it, long johns, also a dark colored t-shirt. Thornton sometimes wears glasses.

The Accomack County Sheriff's Department conducted searches on Monday and Tuesday but were unable to find any trace of the missing man.

If you have any information concerning the whereabouts of John Benjamin Thornton, III please call the Accomack County Sherriff's Office: 757-787-1131 or 757-787-1264. photos and info

From circa 1957

1) "I'll tell you one thing, if things keep going the way they are, it's going to be impossible to buy a weeks groceries for $20."

(2) "Have you seen the new cars coming out next year? It won't be long when $5000 will only buy a used one."

(3) "If cigarettes keep going up in price, I'm going to quit. A quarter a pack is ridiculous.."

(4) "Did you hear the post office is thinking about charging a dime just to mail a letter?"

(5) "If they raise the minimum wage to $1, nobody will be able to hire outside help at the store."

(6) "When I first started driving, who would have thought gas would someday cost 29 cents a gallon. Guess we'd be better off leaving the car in the garage."

(7) "Kids today are impossible. Those duck tail hair cuts make it impossible to stay groomed. Next thing you know, boys will be wearing their hair as long as the girls."

(8) "I'm afraid to send my kids to the movies any more.. Ever since they let Clark Gable get by with saying 'damn' in 'Gone With The Wind,' it seems every new movie has either "hell" or "damn" in it.

(9) "I read the other day where some scientist thinks it's possible to put a man on the moon by the end of the century. They even have some fellows they call astronauts preparing for it down in Texas."

(10) "Did you see where some baseball player just signed a contract for $75,000 a year just to play ball? It wouldn't surprise me if someday they'll be making more than the president."

(11) "I never thought I'd see the day all our kitchen appliances would be electric.. They are even making electric typewriters now."

(12) "It's too bad things are so tough nowadays. I see where a few married women are having to work just to make ends meet."

(13) "It won't be long before young couples are going to have to hire someone to watch their kids so they can both work."

(14) "Marriage doesn't mean a thing any more, those Hollywood stars seem to be getting divorced at the drop of a hat."

(15) "I'm just afraid the Volkswagen car is going to open the door to a whole lot of foreign business."

(16) "Thank goodness I won't live to see the day when the Government takes half our income in taxes. I sometimes wonder if we are electing the best people to congress."

(17) "The drive-through restaurant is convenient , but I seriously doubt they will ever catch on."

(18) "There is no sense going to Lincoln or Omaha anymore for a weekend. It costs nearly $15 a night to stay in a hotel."

(19) "No one can afford to be sick any more, $35 a day in the hospital is too rich for my blood."

(20) "If they think I'll pay 50 cents for a hair cut, forget it.

Thought For The Day