Saturday, February 27, 2010
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She rushed her cat,
Hat Tip; Kack
It's the local LE that have been left out of the picture, not only left out, they are now taking heat for not doing their job. Whaaaaat?
Many, many cases of this nature go unsolved or take many years to solve. I think our local LE deserves a grand salute.
I do not know who 'personally' found the missing piece of the puzzle that pointed them to the remains of Christine Sheddy but I can almost gar-dang-t-ya it was the effort of ALL the local agencies unitized as a whole.
I can say from my own personal experience that the office of the SA (Joel Todd) has the Sheddy family's feelings at heart. I commend him for that as everyone else should also.
To all the local authorities that are and have been involved in the case of missing Christine Sheddy I personally thank each and every one of you for your tireless work on this very controversial case.
For those that think that this case was solved in "ten days" because another LE agency stepped in, GET A BRAIN!! they caught a break and someone talked, it just happened to be at this time.
Pocomoke City police, WCBI, Maryland State police, and the office of the States Attorney, you deserve more than is being put out there about you and I hope you will get the praise you have earned.
From PPE, I Thank You.
PS: Mr Todd, you are a very morally guided person in the efforts you took to protect the family. A special Thanks should go to you.
NOW!! Lets hope the process of putting the creeps that were involved in this, and those that withheld information are put behind bars for a very long time is quick. Hopefully they get the needle to end their miserable life.
I pray that now the healing can begin for the Sheddy family.
There must be someone. Please tell me who you are. Please stand up and tell me that you are there and that you're willing to fight for our Constitution as it was written. Please stand up now.
You might ask yourself what my views and issues are that I would feel so horribly disenfranchised by both major political parties.
What kind of nut-job am I? Well, these briefly are the views and issues for which I seek representation:
One, illegal immigration. I want you to stop coddling illegal immigrants and secure our borders. Close the underground tunnels. Stop the violence and the trafficking in drugs and people. No amnesty, not again. Been there, done that, no resolution. P.S., I'm not a racist. This is not to be confused with legal immigration.
Two, the STIMULUS bill. I want it repealed and I want no further funding supplied to it. We told you no, but you did it anyway. I want the remaining unfunded 95% repealed. Freeze, repeal.
Three: Czars. I want the circumvention of our constitutional checks and balances stopped immediately. Fire the czars. No more czars. Government officials answer to the process, not to the president. Stop trampling on our Constitution, and honor it.
Four, cap and trade. The debate on global warming is not over. There are many conflicting opinions and it is too soon for this radical legislation. Quit throwing our nation into politically-correct quicksand.
Five, universal healthcare. I will not be rushed into another expensive decision that will burden me, my children and grandchildren. Don't you dare try to pass this in the middle of the night without even reading it. Slow down! Fix only what is broken -- we have the best health care system in the world -- and test any new program in one or two states first.
Six, growing government control. I want states rights and sovereignty fully restored. I want less government in my life, not more. More is not better! Shrink it down. Mind your own business. You have enough to take care of with your real [Constitutional] obligations. Why don't you start there?
Seven, ACORN. I do not want ACORN and its affiliates in charge of our 2010 census. I want them investigated. I also do not want mandatory escrow fees contributed to them every time a real estate deal closes -- how did they pull that one off? Stop the funding to ACORN and its affiliates. I do not trust them with taking the census with our taxpayer money. I don't trust them with any of our taxpayer money. Face up to the allegations against them and get it resolved before taxpayers get any more involved with them. If it walks like a duck and talks like a duck, hello. Stop protecting your political buddies. You work for us, the people. Investigate.
Eight, redistribution of wealth. No, no, no. I work for my money. It is mine. I have always worked for people with more money than I have because they gave me jobs -- and that is the only redistribution of wealth that I will support. I never got a job from a poor person! Why do you want me to hate my employers? And what do you have against shareholders making a profit?
Nine, charitable contributions. Although I never got a job from a poor person, I have helped many in need. Charity belongs in our local communities, where we know our needs best and can use our local talent and our local resources. Butt out, please. We want to do it ourselves.
Ten, corporate bailouts. Knock it off. Every company must sink or swim like the rest of us. If there are hard times ahead, we'll be better off just getting into it and letting the strong survive. Quick and painful. (Have you ever ripped off a Band-Aid?) We will pull together. Great things happen in America under great hardship. Give us the chance to innovate. We cannot disappoint you more than you have disappointed us.
Eleven, transparency and accountability. How about it? No, really, how about it? Let's have it. Let's say we give the buzzwords a rest and have some straight honest talk. Please stop trying to manipulate and appease me with clever wording. I am not the idiot you obviously take me for. Stop sneaking around and meeting in back rooms making deals with your friends. It will only be a prelude to your criminal investigation. Stop hiding things from me.
Twelve, unprecedented quick spending. Stop it now. Take a breath. Listen to the people. Slow down and get some input from non-politicians and experts on the subject. Stop making everything an emergency. Stop speed-reading our bills into law.
I am not an activist. I am not a community organizer. Nor am I a terrorist, a militant or a violent person. I am a parent and a grandparent. I work. I'm busy. I am busy, and I am tired. I thought we elected competent people to take care of the business of government so that we could work, raise our families, pay our bills, have a little recreation, complain about taxes, endure our hardships, pursue our personal goals, cut our lawn, wash our cars on the weekends and be responsible contributing members of society and teach our children to be the same all while living in the home of the free and land of the brave.
I entrusted you with upholding the Constitution. I believed in the checks and balances to keep from getting far off course. What happened? You are very far off course. Do you really think I find humor in the hiring of a speed reader to unintelligently ramble all through a bill that you signed into law without knowing what it contained? I do not. It is a mockery of the responsibility I have entrusted to you. It is a slap in the face. I am not laughing at your arrogance. Why is it that I feel as if you would not trust me to make a single decision about my own life and how I would live it but you should expect that I should trust you with the debt that you have laid on all of us and our children? We did not want the TARP bill. We said no. We would repeal it if we could. I am sure that we still cannot. There is needless urgency and recklessness in all of your recent spending of our tax dollars.
From my perspective, it seems that all of you have gone insane. I also know that I am far from alone in these feelings. Do you honestly feel that your current pursuits have merit to patriotic Americans? We want it to stop. We want to put the brakes on everything that is being rushed by us and forced upon us. We want our voice back. You have forced us to put our lives on hold to straighten out the mess that you are making. We will have to give up our vacations, our time spent with our children, any relaxation time we may have had and money we cannot afford to spend on bringing our concerns to Washington . Our president often knows all the right buzzwords like unsustainable. Well, no kidding. How many tens of thousands of dollars did the focus group cost to come up with that word? We don't want your overpriced words. Stop treating us like we're morons.
We want all of you to stop focusing on your reelection and do the job we want done, not the job you want done or the job your party wants done. You work for us and at this rate I guarantee you not for long because we are coming. We will be heard and we will be represented. You think we're so busy with our lives that we will never come for you? We are the formerly silent majority, all of us who quietly work, pay taxes, obey the law, vote, save money, keep our noses to the grindstone... and we are now looking at you.
You have awakened us, the patriotic freedom spirit so strong and so powerful that it had been sleeping too long. You have pushed us too far. Our numbers are great. They may surprise you. For every one of us who will be there, there will be hundreds more that could not come. Unlike you, we have their trust. We will represent them honestly, rest assured. They will be at the polls on voting day to usher you out of office.
We have canceled vacations. We will use our last few dollars saved. We will find the representation among us and a grassroots campaign will flourish. We didn't ask for this fight. But the gloves are coming off. We do not come in violence, but we are angry. You will represent us or you will be replaced with someone who will. There are candidates among us who will rise like a Phoenix from the ashes that you have made of our constitution.
Democrat, Republican, Independent, Libertarian. Understand this. We don't care. Political parties are meaningless to us Patriotic Americans are willing to do right by us and our Constitution, and that is all that matters to us now. We are going to fire all of you who abuse power and seek more. It is not your power. It is ours and we want it back. We entrusted you with it and you abused it. You are dishonorable. You are dishonest. As Americans we are ashamed of you. You have brought shame to us. If you are not representing the wants and needs of your constituency loudly and consistently, in spite of the objections of your party, you will be fired. Did you hear? We no longer care about your political parties. You need to be loyal to us, not to them... Because we will get you fired and they will not save you.
If you do or can represent me, my issues, my views, please stand up. Make your identity known. You need to make some noise about it. Speak up. I need to know who you are.. If you do not speak up, you will be herded out with the rest of the sheep and we will replace the whole congress if need be one by one. We are coming. Are we coming for you? Who do you represent? What do you represent? Listen. Because we are coming.
We the people are coming.
Hat Tip; Eric
Friday, February 26, 2010
EMMANUEL EPISCOPAL CHURCH, JENKINS BRIDGE
Spaghetti (meat-plain sauce), Salad, Garlic Bread
Take outs are available.
Adults - $8.00, Child (under 10) - $4.00, under 2 free)
For tickets call 757-336-1280 or 757-990-2075. Tickets are available at the door.
Grace Warner of Chincoteague, Virginia has been selected as the student ambassador for the People to-People organization. She is a student at Chincoteague Combined School and is the eighth grade. Grace was the only student in the Accomack or North Hampton counties to be selected.
Grace will be going to France, Italy and Greece during the summer of 2010 but must raise $6,500 for the expenses of her trip. Grace is active in her school, sports and church and not only represents Accomack County but the entire Eastern Shore.
Please give her your support.
A U.S. Marine squad was marching north of Fallujah when they came upon an Iraqi terrorist who was badly injured and unconscious. On the opposite side of the road was an American Marine in a similar but less serious state. The Marine was conscious and alert and as first aid was given to both men, the squad leader asked the injured Marine what had happened.
The Marine reported, "I was heavily armed and moving north along the highway here, and coming south was a heavily armed insurgent. We saw each other and both took cover in the ditches along the road. I yelled to him that Saddam Hussein was a miserable, lowlife scum bag who got what he deserved. And he yelled back that Barack Obama is a lying, good-for-nothing, left wing Commie who isn't even an American. So I said that Osama Bin Laden dresses and acts like a frigid, mean-spirited lesbian! He retaliated by yelling, "Oh yeah? Well, so does Nancy Pelosi!"
"And, there we were, in the middle of the road, shaking hands, when a truck hit us."
Hat Tip; Art
"We were holding out hope that was her," Dodenhoff told AOL News. "We wanted her children, my grandchildren, to know that their mother did not abandon them."
Sheddy was living with her mother in Bowers Beach, Del., with her three children -- two boys and a girl, ages 2, 4 and 8 -- when she traveled to Pocomoke City, Md., in November 2007, to stay with Clarence Jackson, his girlfriend, Tia Johnson, and their friend, Justin Hadel. Sheddy knew Jackson and his girlfriend through her boyfriend, Levi Hall.
"Christine and I had a fight prior to her trip," Dodenhoff said. "At the time, milk was three dollars and something a gallon, and her youngest son loved milk. He could go through a gallon of milk a day. I mean, this was the dumbest fight on the planet. She was also very stressed out about problems she was having with Levi, so when this milk thing came about, she just exploded and I reacted. She then left with the two boys for Clarence Jackson's Byrd Road farm in Pocomoke City."
Roughly one week after arriving at the farm, Sheddy was ready to return to Bowers Beach. Things were not going well, and an accidental chimney fire that had burned a hole in the roof of the farmhouse only added to her discomfort. As a result, Sheddy was desperate to go home, but she was hesitant to call her mom, because of their argument.
"Christine was a very stubborn and proud girl," Dodenhoff said. "Rather than give in and call me, she reached out to her best friend, Jimmy 'Q' Quail. Following that conversation, Q called me and said, 'Christine wants to come home. Why don't you give her a call?' So I did, and I said, 'Won't you please come home?' She wanted to know why, and I told her, 'You have no heat there. I want you and the boys here.' "
In the end, Sheddy and her mother reached a compromise. She would leave the farm and travel to Philadelphia to stay with her sister, Jennifer.
"Jennifer had already said Christine could stay there," Dodenhoff said. "There are more job opportunities, people, places and things there. From my understanding, Levi was supposed to pick Christine up after work on Nov. 13, but she called Q and made a backup plan because she felt she could not rely on Levi. The last time I spoke with her I told her I loved her and she said the same back."
Unfortunately, something went terribly wrong between Sheddy's Nov. 10 call and Nov. 13, the date she was set to leave the farm.
"On Nov. 13, Jennifer received a phone call from Jackson, saying they had gone to run some errands, and when they got home, Christine was gone and the boys were there alone," Dodenhoff said.
According to Dodenhoff, Jackson told her there were no signs of forced entry. In addition to her two children, Sheddy's belongings were left untouched.
"Jackson called me back later that day and said he had a fight with Christine prior to her disappearance. Apparently, he had concerns that she was not pulling her weight," Dodenhoff said. "He then said, 'I found a letter she wrote, and it was a letter stating thank you for letting me stay.' He called back again a little later and said, 'We had a fifth of vodka and half of it is gone,' and then he called me back yet again and said, 'We had $30 in change and that is gone.'
"He just kept calling and calling and calling. In the end, there were at least three different stories," Dodenhoff continued. "When I confronted him about that, he started screaming at me, and I screamed at him. I said, 'Look, I am just trying to find my daughter.' He then said, 'If you want to talk to me, you will have to do it through my lawyer -- don't ever call here again.' That was the last time I spoke with him."
Concerned about her daughter's safety, Dodenhoff contacted the Pocomoke City Police Department to file a missing-person report.
"I called Pocomoke police because she was in Pocomoke City when she went missing," Dodenhoff said. "They told me to call the police in Delaware because Christine was from Delaware. So I did, and Delaware police said that since she went missing from down there, I would need to call them. So after getting the runaround from everyone the first day, I was finally put in touch with the Worcester County Sheriff's Office and the Worcester County Bureau of Investigation on Nov. 14."
Dodenhoff says a sheriff's deputy went to the Byrd Road farm and spoke with Jackson and Johnson, but nothing relevant was learned during the conversation.
"We still don't know where she is," Detective Robert Trautman of the Worcester County Bureau of Investigation said in a November 2007 interview with The (Salisbury, Md.) Daily Times. "We've expanded our search to Delaware and Virginia."
Trautman also said he did not suspect any foul play in Sheddy's disappearance.
Investigators conducted a search at the Byrd Road farm but came up empty. According to Dodenhoff, police treated her daughter's case as a runaway investigation and ultimately issued a warrant for Sheddy's arrest for child abandonment.
"I was angry with the way the case was being handled, so I took it into my own hands," Dodenhoff said. "I posted fliers and spent a lot of time online trying to track down leads. I made contact with some people who had been at the farm during the time Christine went missing, and they were telling me stuff I was forwarding back to law enforcement. I angered a lot of people, but I didn't care. I wanted answers."
One of the people Dodenhoff reached out to was Mandy Albritton, co-founder of the nonprofit missing-person search and recovery group 3View Search Services.
"I can tell you, after working with Lynn for 10 months, there have been times she has called me and said, 'I am about to do this,' and I go, 'Oh crap,' " Albritton told AOL News. "I tried to tell her, 'Lynn, I think we need to stay calm and quiet on this,' but she would do it anyway. I did not always approve of her tactics, but each time she seemed to uncover another piece of information in the case."
Albritton said she was also concerned with Dodenhoff's unwillingness to accept the reality that she might never find her daughter.
"I was worried about that position she took, because in this business less than 10 percent of missing persons are ever located," Albritton said. "The odds are stacked against you, so I wanted to prepare her for the likelihood that she would not be found, but she just kept telling me, 'I am gonna find her, I will find her.' "
In January 2008, Dodenhoff thought the search for her daughter was over when she learned that human remains had been found in Westminster, Md. The find, however, proved to be a false alarm, when authorities later determined they did not belong to Sheddy.
"It was difficult," Dodenhoff said. "You don't ever want to hope your child is found dead, but at the same time, you are so desperate for answers."
However, the find did prove to be helpful, as shortly thereafter Dodenhoff learned that her daughter's dental records and DNA had not been entered into the National Crime Information Center database. The information was not officially entered until a year later.
In September 2009, Jackson was arrested in Rogersville, Tenn., and charged with aggravated burglary and arson for allegedly breaking into his girlfriend's former house and setting the shower curtain on fire. Fortunately for the homeowner, the fire extinguished itself before spreading. Jackson was held in the Hawkins County Jail without bond.
With Jackson behind bars, Dodenhoff and the police continued to work their own angles in the case.
"You can't put all your faith in the police," Dodenhoff said. "They are gonna do what they are gonna do. You have to keep pushing if you know in your heart that there is not enough being done. You push, you shove, you speak and you talk to anybody that will sit down and listen to you and tell them."
The case took yet another turn earlier this month when, according to a source close to the investigation, police received a tip. Authorities are not yet commenting on what the "tip" was; however, SbyNews.com has reported that it was credible enough for investigators to travel to Tennessee.
"They flew to Tennessee to speak with [Jackson]," an unnamed source told SbyNews.
Upon arriving back in town from that trip, authorities went to a location in Snow Hill, Md., and found human female skeletal remains next to the River House Inn. The location is roughly 10 miles from the Byrd Road farm. Jackson is a former handyman at the inn.
In an interview with WMDT.com, Worcester County Deputy State's Attorney Mike Farlow confirmed that his office had received "information that there were remains at a location in Snow Hill," but he declined to say how authorities got that tip.
The owners of the River House Inn were out of town at the time Sheddy disappeared. Authorities say they were unaware the remains were there and are not considered people of interest.
According to Albritton, the remains were found buried between a couple of cottages at the inn.
"They were in a side yard that backs up to a huge municipal parking lot that the post office is on," Albritton said. "It was a 15-by-15-foot area with sandy soil surrounded by evergreen trees."
Clothing and a shoe were the only known items found with the remains.
Based on authorities' trip to Tennessee and the sudden find thereafter, Dodenhoff and Albritton felt it likely that the remains would be identified as Sheddy's.
Sheddy's 10-year-old daughter, Hailey, was also resigned to the belief that she would not see her mom again. Last week she wrote the following poem for Albritton:
This could be a sweet dream or a beautiful nightmare
Or it could be a good dream
Oh no I could believe in you
But you made it a beautiful nightmare for a sweet dream
As Sheddy's family agonized over the possibility that she had finally been found, authorities Thursday reportedly arrested Justin Hadel, one of Jackson's guests at the Byrd Road farm when Sheddy was staying there. Hadel was reportedly picked up by police in Tomball County, Texas, on a child obligation and fugitive warrant.
The timing of Hadel's arrest has raised eyebrows; however, authorities will not say if there is any connection to Sheddy's case.
"I don't talk about pending investigations," Worcester County State's Attorney Joel J. Todd told AOL News.
So while a connection to Hadel remains unclear, Sheddy's family did finally receive the news they were hoping for today, when Todd announced that the remains found in Snow Hill had been positively identified as those of Christine Marie Sheddy.
"No cause of death has yet been determined," Todd said. "All involved law enforcement agencies are treating this as a suspicious death."
The news came as a bittersweet relief to Dodenhoff.
"I knew she was no longer with us, I just knew it," Dodenhoff said. "I felt in my heart that Christine had been dead and with Jesus ever since she went missing, because she would never ever leave her children. I kept telling myself it would all come out in God's time. I was right and that time is today."
The investigation into the Sheddy case continues. No suspects or people of interest have been named.
VIA AOL NEWS
HAT TIP: S.R.
Office of the State’s Attorney for Worcester County
The William G. Kerbin, Jr. Building
106 Franklin Street
Snow Hill, Maryland 21863
Michael W. Farlow Paul Haskell
Deputy State’s Attorney Deputy State’s Attorney
Circuit Court Division District Court Division
February 26, 2010
To: Local Media
From: Joel J. Todd
Re: Identification of Human Remains
On February 26, 2010, the Office of the Medical Examiner for Maryland advised the Worcester County Bureau of Investigation that the human remains located in Snow Hill on February 19 were the remains of Christine Marie Sheddy.
Sheddy has been missing since November 14, 2007. Since that time, the case has been handled as a "missing person" case by the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office and the Worcester County Bureau of Investigation. Assisting in the investigation is the Maryland State Police and the Office of the State’s Attorney for Worcester County.
No cause of death has yet been determined. All involved law enforcement agencies are treating this as a suspicious death.
Because this is a pending investigation, no further details will be disclosed at this time.
Our Words have consequences
It has taken me two days to write this letter regarding the recent events that have transpired in Snow Hill, Maryland. I’ll begin with explaining why I have been involved with this case and why it has given me a great deal of heartache as of lately. We were asked nearly 10 months ago if we could assist in searching for Christine Sheddy. I’ll fully admit from day 1, I honestly didn’t see how our foundation could be of any more benefit or success than the groups of officials and volunteers that had spend countless hours already trying to find the answer. Although along with so many others, we were at least willing to do our best, and simply try. To this point our only involvement with the direct search for Christine has been with a minor amount of studying aerial mapping and imagery from late 2007 and early 2008, along with deriving theories as to where the next search effort could be conducted.
Outside of this minimal involvement, our official capacity has been of no benefit or consequence to the agencies handling the proper investigations. However, for the last 10 months my partner Mandy Albritton and I have stood beside Lynn Dodenhoff, a mother that has put her life on hold because she has had no answers as to what happened to her daughter that November night back in 2007. In working with Lynn throughout the last several months, we have coached her through events as we have felt most appropriate and sometimes stumbling along the way. While we didn’t always agree with her actions and reactions, we continued to try and provide additional support across each road bump that would surface. We listened when she yelled; sympathized when she cried, and tried to understand the pain and frustration she was enduring through her nightmare. I make no proclamation that I could ever truly understand what this mother has endured. I can tell you however after meeting Lynn in person this last weekend, I have never met a mother so dedicated, so strong or so passionate about continuing the fight.
Last weekend, I also had the true honor of meeting Christine’s children. To look into their eyes and listen to their voices, I could not fathom the questions they would have regarding their mother or where she has been for the last two years, three months and 12 days. Every single day, these kids hope and pray that their mother is going to walk through the front door and their nightmare would end. I have 3 children of my own; a 19 year old step daughter, a 9 year old son, and a 5 year old daughter. It’s hard enough for me to explain to my youngest why I had to stay at the office all night and couldn’t be there to tuck her in bed. What I witnessed a few days ago, was a dedicated mother who would never stop fighting for the answers regarding her daughter. In addition I was inspired by how this grandmother was now protecting Christine’s children through all of the unknowns and chaos. Lynn has been so careful with these innocent kids and has tried in every way imaginable to protect and block them from the recent news and speculations around town. She is determined to hold true and not jump to conclusions until official word comes.
Every newspaper, every blog and every conversation around the community is consumed with the question. Is this Christine? Most of you feel it may be, while some of you actually state it as fact, even before there has been any medical declaration stating so. Let me give you very clear facts right now. I want you to understand and fully comprehend what I am about to write and take it to heart. Because of speculation, media sensationalism, blogger indiscrimination, leaks within the investigation and a rush to blast information, just over 48 hours ago, a ten year old girl read online that the skeletal remains of her mother had in fact been found and would never be walking through that front door again. I’ll state it again. Christine’s ten year old daughter has read online that her mother is in fact dead. Over 2 years ago three children were robbed of the chance to spend another night with their mother. Two days ago, Lynn was robbed of the chance to explain to her grand daughter on her own terms that this may be Christine. Through the advice of law enforcement and to protect her grandchildren, Lynn was trying so hard to keep the children from the news. She has been waiting in seclusion for official word since the news broke as to the identification of the body. She wanted 100% confirmation before she would have to explain anything to the kids. Unfortunately with Lynn only dropping guard for a few minutes, Christine’s daughter just over 48 hours ago, did get onto a computer and read information that was stated as fact, even though the true results have not yet been determined.
I have listened to some of you preach about your personal journalistic integrity or rights to deliver the news, and I have watched as others hide behind anonymous posts or made up names and locations. I have witnessed people patting themselves on the back for solving this or crediting others that have done little more than spread gossip. While it is apparent to everyone that the blogs and media outlets covering Christine’s case each display their own views regarding the events, circumstances and the investigation as well as opinions regarding the other blog owners. The simple fact remains that only one person has pushed hard enough for long enough and has never waivered in her quest for answers. Rest assured if you are stating something as fact prior to official confirmation or if you are hindering this investigation by reporting information detrimental to the case, your words will have consequences. If you are in official capacity and leaking information to the media pertinent to this investigation, then there can be a completely separate level of action and judgment. Even fake names or anonymous posts can be tracked by an ISP address through official subpoena.
I am pleading with you in the news, and with each of you blog owners along with those posting comments within these blogs on Face book, MySpace or any other social media. Please consider what you are writing before you submit. Yes, it is your first amendment right as a journalist to report on the news. And yes, It is each citizen’s right to have an independent voice stating personal beliefs. But the moral rights of this family and the children of Christine Sheddy should be given proper consideration before you ever comment on this case. Your words do have consequences and the results can cut deep into the heart of a child.
3View Search Services
A House subcommittee Thursday killed bills that would have banned talking on a hand-held cell phone while driving and made not wearing a seat belt a primary offense. Currently, police can only issue citations for not wearing a seat belt if the driver is pulled over for another reason.
It also killed a bill to make talking on a cell phone while driving with a provisional license a primary offense.
The subcommittee voted in favor of a bill that would require anyone under the age of 18 to wear a seat belt in the rear seat of a vehicle. Currently, only those under 16 must wear seat belts in the rear seats.
To the driver in the green pontiac with Md. tags: I hope I didn't scare you or interrupt your cell phone call the other day when you made the u-turn with no signal on Horsey Road. You probably didn't realise that I almost hit you. The elderly gentleman that was with you sure did.
Thursday, February 25, 2010
What I saw on the beach that day simply broke my heart. I have walked that beach so many times in my life I once felt I new every pebble by name. Many of you will agree. Please take a moment to see what it looked liked on February 21, 2010.
Unless you own a camel and that camel can walk a great distance don't plan on any parking. The parking lots are gone. The circle that once gave us the option for "north end" or "south end" is gone. The ocean has moved in and though the Yield sign still stands there is no reason to.
The ocean and the beach have always been an important part of my life. Teenage years were spent lying in the
sand with the radio on, baby oil and iodine, swapping stories with my best friends, and napping. Those were the days when
we all thought the sun was our best friend and a good beach day was from 9 in the morning until 4 in the afternoon.
No need to take a cooler with food. There was a resturant right there on the beach! Yep. The resturant even had a gift shop.
No need to worry about tourist too much. And can you acutally believe that once you parked
your car in the morning you could leave for lunch on Chicoteague and go back to beach and park in the
original parking spot! You sure could.
This electric wire cables were probably connected to the electric poles that once ran along the paved road and now sit almost at the waters edge. The gas line is in the water and I am sure upon hide tide the copper tubing cannot be seen.
That wire cable is just about where the info station and first aid station had been a few years ago. The boarded walkways our children once ran down and the benches, the iformation and first aid stations are now part of the ocean.
We all thought at the time Assateague would always be there. And it has been. I toted both of my children as toddlers to the beach. As they grew they knew on my days off from work we would be going to the beach. When they became older so did their friends and I ended taking all the kids to Assateague. Then in their teens the ideas of beach parties came along. And because they loved the beach as I do we had one beach party to start the summer and one to end it. Thank goodness by this time all of them could drive.
Oh, I have seen the changes. But the one thing that put an end to the enjoyment of the sand, sun and ocean was the sudden popularity of the beach. None of us could ever get used to the feeling of strangers being so close on the beach. When you're used to having all that sand for yourself for all those years and suddenly can't seem to stretch out and relax it's no fun. Tourism had hit the beach! By this time my kids were grown and could go alone and sit in line behind them and fight over a spot in the sand. I wasn't. But I have.
I've left lots of memories on that beach. I've cried alot of tears, had alot of kisses from old boyfriends and chatted many many hours with friends. I've made sand castles, dug holes, dug for sand crabs, picked up shells and jumped the breakers with my kids. I've explained sea nettles and porpoises and fish and crabs to the tourists. I've seen some of the most beautiful kites snap and fly into the ocean. And I wondered if
we were supposed to return the sand our kids took home in their bathing suits. I've seen beautiful sunsets and, yes, sunrises.
And through the years I learned that the ocean was NOT the best place to be during a thunderstorm. But I never once came home with a bad sunburn. And I learned at a young age what undertow is without almost drowing simply by watching others.
I have no idea what lies ahead for my dear friend Assateague. I can tell you that there were pieces of heavy equipment there and as you can see in the photos they have been working to restore some dunes. Other than that time will tell and I guess it just depends how many more nor'easters we have this season. After all we don't
own the ocean and we sure can't tame it.
But there is one very good thing to report about the day. The Chicoteague ponies were out strolling. Now that's a peaceful thought.
I leave you with this beautiful poem written by someone that I know well and respect a great deal.
The ocean she’s slick as a books open page
In a blink of an eye she takes out her rage
Fisherman prosper from her giving ways
She pleasures her patrons on hot summer days
Pirates have sailed her with not a fear
Only to find they soon disappear
She’s as gentle as a kitten, light winds in the air
She’ll lash out with anger and give you a scare
The respect that she’s asking not meant to cower
The ocean she’s silent then rumbles with power
She will hold you, caress you, and fill you with joy
Or she can toss you, and throw you like playing with a toy
Men sailed her, and fished her, sought treasure for fare
She held them; she fed them, with not a care
Others they tempted to conquer her fate
She swallowed them up and left not a trace
They’ve tried to control her powers you see
She shows them whose boss when they go to sea
Treat her like a lady, respect what she hails
Or you may be at rest with the Andrea Gail
I'll be back to check on you, old friend.
Am I the only one tired of the dreary days and the snow?
The House Appropriations Committee in Richmond has announced it will recommend funding be cut in half to the Virginia Arts Commission in FY 2010 and that funding be completely eliminated in FY 2011. This is one of many recommended cuts to the Commonwealth's budget aimed at balancing the $4 billion revenue shortfall.
Theresa Bliss, Attorney in Onancock and Artistic Director of the North Street Playhouse, says that is not a good idea.
"These cuts can really cripple smaller organizations," explains Bliss. "The arts are responsible for jobs and education. With all the cuts to the schools, arts education falls back on these small arts organizations. The North Street Playhouse, along with other organizations on the Shore such as ESO & ACES, hold educational classes year around."
Bliss said many of the funds the North Street Playhouse receives from the Commonwealth are returned to small businesses here on the Shore.
"The arts are not frivolous," said Bliss. "They are invaluable to the life of any healthy community and to dismiss that is blindly short sided."
Bliss estimated that anywhere between six to twelve non-profit arts organizations receive funds from the Virginia Arts Commission for shows and events.
Nick Covatta, President of the Virginia Arts Commission, says the arts provide a direct economic benefit to all communities. Covatta said the Onancock restoration took place in large part due to organizations like the North Street Playhouse and the Art Galleries in town.
"People come into town for a show, then they want to go to dinner," Covatta said. "They'll come to visit for the summer and stay in the B&Bs and go to a show while in town. It's a huge economic driver."
The Virginia Senate voted on their budget today, which took Governor McDonnell's proposal to only cut 10% of the funds to the Virginia Art Commission. The final budget will be reached in reconciliation. Covatta will be traveling to Richmond to speak to the Reconciliation Committee to urge them to not cut the entire Commission.
"I'm optimistic that we'll only lose 10% of our funding, not half of it... I understand the State has to cut $4 billion out of a $12 trillion budget and that's not easy. But you cut things, you don't disband things."
The Virginia Commission for the Arts is the state agency that supports the arts through funding from the VA. General Assembly and Nat'l. Endowment for the Arts. These grant awards are given to artists, arts and other not-for-profit organizations, educational institutions, local goverments and educators, and provides technical assistance for art management.
These monies over the years have enabled Onancock to become the beautiful town that it is and has also given many artists the ability to display their work so beautifully. It has also given the youth of today the opportunity to understand just how important all of the arts and different talents are in our society. The North Street Playhouse and the art galleries are very important for everyone in that area.
Asbury Child Development Center - Closed Thursday
Crisfield Christian Academy - Closed Thursday
Delmar School District - Closed Thursday
Holly Grove Christian School - Closed Thursday
Most Blessed Sacrament Catholic School - Closed Thursday
Somerset County Public Schools - Closed Thursday
St. Francis De Sales School - Closed Thursday
Wicomico County Schools - Closed Thursday
Worcester County Schools - Closed Thursday
Worcester Preparatory School - Closed Thursday
NASA Wallops - Opening at 10a.m. Thursday
PRMC - Infant Care Class cancelled
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
procedure for launching a boat at the ramp. However, he figured it couldn't be that difficult to do, so he stopped by his Union office for advice, and they just told him... "Don't let the trailer get too deep in the water when you're launching your boat".
Well later on, he couldn't understand what they meant by that, as he just could barely get his trailer in the water! Here's a picture worth a "thousand' words! Your gonna love this guy!!! They walk among us, get married, have children and vote! Sticker on back glass explains everything!!!
Hat Tip; Eric
Fire marshals announced new charges in an arson case involving potato chips set on fire in the Pocomoke Walmart.
Officials said Lamar Rashad Watson, 20, of Pocomoke City was charged as an accomplice in the Feb. 11 fire.
Police had already charged Vincent V. Harmon, 20, of Pocomoke City with lighting chips on fire in a store aisle. The ensuing blaze caused about $1 million in damaged food, equipment and merchandise, officials said, and caused the store to close for about two days for cleanup.
Watson was held on $150,000 bond at the Worcester County Jail.
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
I can't eat anymore snow cream! I'm so tired of shoveling snow!!!! And my arms ache from forming snow angels!!!
S N O W ---- another bad 4 letter word......
The space agency said the support contract with the Virginia Space Flight Authority has a potential value of approximately $43 million through May 2014.
The investment is part of an effort to enhance the Atlantic center to successfully launch small and medium class orbital missions for NASA, as well as other federal organizations and commercial launch providers.
Launches are planned in 2011 and 2012 at Wallops.
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