Saturday, June 12, 2010

Arizona Law Driving Illegal Immigrants Out of State

If one Phoenix school district is any gauge, Hispanics in Arizona appear to be leaving the state in anticipation of the tough-on-illegal-immigration law that goes into effect at the end of July.

It's not clear how many of them are illegal immigrants, but the exodus could be evidence that the law is achieving its goal of driving out illegals even before it takes effect next month.

There are no statewide statistics to prove a population shift, and accounts vary as to whether families are so concerned about the law they would pick up and leave.

Still, the superintendent of a Phoenix-area school district told that 95 students have left his system since the law was signed in late April.

Jeffrey Smith, superintendent of the Balsz Elementary School District, said mostly Hispanic students are leaving and that parents have told him they're leaving out of concern for the new law.

"They're concerned at what the law will do ... if they have anyone in their family that's illegal," he said. Enrollment went from 2,773 the day the law was signed to 2,678 this week.

The school district, which is 75 percent Hispanic, is the only district in Arizona where classes are still in session -- those schools have a rare 200-day school year, making it the only system where up-to-date comparisons of student enrollment can be made.

Elsewhere, the data was not as clear. The Arizona Republic reported last month that officials at another Phoenix-area district, Alhambra, were anticipating 200 to 300 students would leave their system over the summer because of the law.

But statewide enrollment figures were not up to date and did not reflect much movement at all in the student population.

Amy Rezzonico, spokeswoman for the Arizona Department of Education, said the state would not have "tangible evidence" of any population change until October when the schools are required to report their enrollment numbers.

"We've been having some decline in enrollment for the past couple years for a variety of factors," she said.

The economy was one of those factors, she said. But some have also pointed to a 2007 law that cracked down on businesses that hire illegal immigrants. Department of Homeland Security statistics show that 100,000 illegal immigrants left the state between fiscal 2008 and fiscal 2009, coinciding with a nationwide drop in illegal populations.

Smith suggested the immigrant flight from Arizona could be even more significant this time around, since the new law's provisions are broad and could drive entire families to leave the state. Smith said he's hearing secondhand that the families are going to New Mexico.

"The statement is something like New Mexico is the way Arizona used to be," he said. "I heard one lady say she might go back to Mexico."

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Neighborhood Associations Still Don't Like The American Flag - Or Any Flag That Supports the Military

These people that own/operate such type of housing had better come to grips with that great American flag! Let's face it. I can honestly see a rule concerning the decorative banner flags that you see flying in yards across America today. But to not allow these? Or the American flag? I can't imagine how a family must feel knowing that you are living somewhere without the respect for what your loved one is doing! I just can't imagine. And I would think that perhaps the operators of these "condo associations" or "neighborhood associations" would take the hint from the American people that we don't give a "you know what" about rules when it comes to the brave Americans that work at keeping our country free. We'll put our flags wherever we want to!
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Sen. Jim Webb has introduced legislation to ensure families who have relatives serving in the armed forces can publicly signal their support with a Blue or Gold Star flag.

The bill proposed by the Virginia Democrat was inspired by an incident in Ohio in which a woman was asked by her condo association to take down a Blue Star flag. The woman's son served two tours in Iraq and was wounded twice.

Webb's proposal would prevent any neighborhood associations from enacting such bans when relatives are serving during times of conflict.

A Blue Star flag is flown when a family member is serving in the military. A Gold Star signifies that a family member was killed in combat.

Cub Scouts Honor Veterans

You just can't say enough about these wonderful young men.

PARKSLEY -- The members of local Cub Scout Pack 300 honored nearly 300 veterans graves in the Parksley area this Memorial Day. The graves were located in the Liberty Cemetery and the Parksley Town Cemetery

Typically during Memorial Day and Veterans Day, local VFW and American Legion posts will honor fallen soldiers and veterans by placing a small U.S. flag at the headstone of each grave.

Pack 300 sought out the opportunity to assist with this task this year in Parksley. Much to the dismay of the pack leaders, the Parksley cemeteries were not being honored. The pack decided it was time to act and took up the task themselves.

Thanks to generous donations by the Parksley Volunteer Fire Company, the Town of Parksley, Jaxon's, Darcy's Sport Shop, St. Francis Thrift Store, Visual Changes, What's Your Fancy and Russell's Formal and Bridal, the pack was able to purchase flags for the graves. Each marked grave was visited, a flag placed and a salute was given.

With the recent vandalism in the Parksley Cemetery, the pack leaders thought it fitting to teach the Scouts that a cemetery is a reverent and honored place.
The new flags bring a bit of color and patriotism back to the cemetery. With veterans spanning the Civil War up to the recent Gulf War, the boys were given a history lesson in the events and people that helped keep this nation free.

It is the hope of Pack 300 to make this a tradition within the pack and local community for years to come. The pack intends to return for Veterans Day in September.

Pocomoke Crime Report

Here's the published crime report VIA: for so far this month.

Still no word of the murder and some other major crimes that we have heard about. There is one here that I have NOT heard about that should, [in my opinion] be highly publicized and that's the "SEX OFFENSE FOURTH DEGREE" @ "1000 BLOCK CLARKE AVENUE" listed as "OTHER SEXUAL OFFENSE"

11 Jun 2010
Distance: 0.94 miles
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Time(24h): 16:26
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10 Jun 2010
Distance: 0.58 miles
Identifier: 10-0003765
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09 Jun 2010
Distance: 0.65 miles
Identifier: 10-0003764
Time(24h): 23:42
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06 Jun 2010
Distance: 1.39 miles
Identifier: 10-0003670
Time(24h): 15:46
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06 Jun 2010
Distance: 0.48 miles
Identifier: 10-0003665
Time(24h): 11:39
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03 Jun 2010
Distance: 0.53 miles
Identifier: 10-0003628
Time(24h): 18:37
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02 Jun 2010
Distance: 0.94 miles
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02 Jun 2010
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02 Jun 2010
Distance: 0.86 miles
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Time(24h): 15:01
THEFT $1,000 - L/T $10,000
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01 Jun 2010
Distance: 0.62 miles
Identifier: 10-0003584
Time(24h): 15:10
THEFT $100 - L/T 1,000
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31 May 2010
Distance: 0.62 miles
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Time(24h): 14:48
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31 May 2010
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31 May 2010
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31 May 2010
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29 May 2010
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Drag Racer Killed During Qualifying Round

OLD BRIDGE, N.J. (AP) - A drag racing driver ran through a net at the end of a track and died of head injuries in a crash during a qualifying round at the NHRA SuperNationals at a New Jersey raceway Friday, state police said.

The driver, whose name has not been released, crashed at Raceway Park in Old Bridge, N.J., Sgt. Stephen Jones said.

According to the organizer's website, Sportsman qualifying was under way at the time of the accident.

The incident comes nearly two years after top racer Scott Kalitta died when his Funny Car burst into flames and crashed at the end of the track in central New Jersey.

Kalitta's Toyota Solara was traveling at about 300 mph when it burst into flames.

New Jersey State Police investigators determined that "catastrophic mechanical failure" caused the fuel-fired explosion.

The 1994 and 1995 Top Fuel season champion had 18 career victories.

In February, a spectator died after being hit by a tire from a crashing dragster at the NHRA Arizona Nationals. The woman was watching a first-round Top Fuel run when Antron Brown's Matco Tools/U.S. Army dragster went out of control on the strip and its left rear wheel came off.

Off-Duty Maryland State Trooper Fatally Shot While Working Security

Trooper Wesley Brown FORESTVILLE, Md. - Police have released photos of a man after launching a massive manhunt Friday for the gunman who fatally shot an off-duty Maryland State Police trooper working security at a restaurant in Forestville.

Trooper First Class Wesley Brown, 24, was working security at the Applebee's on Donnell Drive overnight after finishing his shift.

As Brown stepped out the front door to make a phone call, a gunman lurking in the shadows near a bus stop on Donnell Drive opened fire.

Law enforcement sources say the gunman fired seven times, hitting Brown with all seven rounds from a distance of about 70 feet. One of the bullets struck Brown's side, which was not protected by his body armor, the sources said; that bullet struck his heart.

"The trooper, it doesn't appear to us, even had a chance to draw his weapon or fire," said Maj. Andy Ellis, a Prince George's County police spokesman. "It appears he was ambushed."

Trooper Wesley Brown Brown stumbled into the restaurant where he collapsed. He was taken to Prince George's Hospital Center where he was later pronounced dead.

The investigation quickly focused on a man Brown had thrown out of Applebee's a half-hour before the shooting. He was described as a black male, 25 - 30 years old, 5'7" tall, weighing 130 pounds, with a dark complexion, short hair, and slight facial hair.

He may wear glasses and was last seen wearing a baby blue Hugo Boss short sleeve shirt with a midway zipper and blue jeans. (See surveillance photos to the left.)

After the shooting, the same man was seen running from the scene toward an apartment building on Donnell Drive.

All day, heavily armed officers combed the neighborhood but they did not find the man.

But investigators aren't certain the man who was ejected from the bar was the gunman, sources say. Police are urging the man to come forward.
"We've never had an unsolved police killing," Maj. Ellis said. "We're going to solve this case. It's better for him to turn himself in right now, contact an attorney and arrange to surrender, rather than have us knock on the door at 3 o'clock in the morning."

Maryland State Police Superintendent Terrance Sheridan says the gunman needs to know the consequence of his actions.

"What he has done is devastate his family, and all of those people he's protecting, day in, day out," Col. Sheridan said. "When this happens it goes against our society that we all stand for."

Family members were notified of Brown's death about 4 a.m.

His sister, Patrice Faison, focused on Brown's work as a mentor to children in his community, "using his own money, to provide education, trips for the young boys," she said. "For a lot of them, Wesley was their father."

Anyone with information about the man in the surveillance video's identity is asked to call the Prince George's County Police Department's Homicide Unit at (301) 772-4925.

Callers wishing to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411 TIPS (8477) or text "PGPD plus your message" to CRIMES (274637).

You can also go to the Prince George's County website and submit a tip online.

There is a total of $50,000 in rewards being offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction in this case.

Trooper Brown was the 42nd Maryland State Police trooper to die in the line of duty.

Pocomoke Cypress Festival Ends Tonight


Saturday, June 12th, 2010 Admission $3.00

Rides and Midway by Sherwood Amusements

*Wristband Special Night 12-4 pm

Bay Queen at the City Docks: Cruise our beautiful Pocomoke River from the City Docks!

Visit the Pocomoke City Chamber of Commerce Hospitality Table

for Duck Derby Tickets **50/50 Tickets ** Information ** Lost and Found **Souvenirs and Retail Items for Sale

Look for Sillee Willee the clown who will be walking the grounds

Sponsored by Hickman Heating, Plumbing, Air Conditioning Inc.

Coast Guard Boat Tours and Life-Saving Demonstrations.

**depending on availability, emergencies take priority**

10:00 AM Pocomoke 5K Race Starts- Sponsored by Atlantic General Hospital

11:00 AM Gates Open

11:00 AM - 1:00 PM Pocomoke Big Fish

12:00 PM Rides Start

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Rain Gutter Regatta brought to you by Cub Scout Pack 143

1:00 PM Car Show by Crabtown Cruisers

1:00 PM Bike Show

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM Pocomoke Potato Gun Challenge

TBA (according to tide) Duck Derby

6:30PM-10:00 PM Midnight Country Express

10:00 PM Fireworks - Sponsored by Pocomoke City

11:00 PM Gates Close

Ride Tickets--$1.00 for 1 or $20 for 25 tickets

Second Saturday Art Stroll On Chincoteague

CHINCOTEAGUE — Take advantage of the warm June evening and come out for the 2nd Saturday Art Stroll, sponsored by the Chincoteague Cultural Alliance, on Saturday, June 12 from 6-10 p.m. The participating shops and galleries have an array of special events in store this month. Most take place throughout the evening, unless specifically noted

Start the stroll at Threadgoodes on Main Street where Chincoteague’s own WCTG will be broadcasting live from 5-7 p.m. to celebrate Threadgoode’s second anniversary.

Next door, at Bayside Arts, watch a carving demonstration by Mark Pleasanton.

Bayside Arts also has an exhibit of Chincoteague scenes painted on elementary school bricks by Gary Taylor.

Then head over to Maddox Boulevard to continue the stroll. Island Cottage Collection features “By the Sea, By the Sea, By the Beautiful Sea” paintings by ICC Gallery Artists, sea glass by Suzie Hazel, handmade jewelry by Laughing Dog Studio, homegrown herbal soaps and lotions by Marianne Warren, wind chime making by Sue Eyet and live music with Bill Troxler playing hammered dulcimer. Next door at Island Arts, Donnie Thornton demonstrates painting on feathers.

From there, stroll over to Church Street where the Linda Nerine Gallery features hand carved cedar, crocheted beaded jewelry, vintage fabric jackets and scarves and a baby boutique.

Back on Main Street, stop in at Island Butterfly and have a portrait sketched by local artist Tracey Taylor Arvidson. Stop next door at Wine, Cheese & More, which offers a tasting with wines from South Africa from 6-9 p.m. There is no charge but a donation to the CCA scholarship fund is appreciated. Then cross the street to visit Psychotronic Music and Beads, where Mia Weldon demonstrates glass bead making and DJ Michael stirs up the sounds of formative years. A few steps away, visit Flying Fish gallery and check out the hand blown glass fish in the octopus garden.
Go back across Main Street and visit the newest 2nd Saturday participating shop: Island Style. Then walk down to Sundial Books where local author Jim Carpenter will sign copies of “From Tears to Memories I and II,” his book about local gravesites, 6-8 p.m. Then head over to Cleveland Street. and visit Egret Moon Artworks for a demonstration of the art of Batik. Stop by and watch how hot wax, colorful dyes and a piece of material can change a life, 6-8 p.m. Back down on Main Street, the Kite Koop and Book Store features live and lively music and treats.

End the evening with the ever-popular 2ndS Soirée at aNopheles Blues. This month the Soirée celebrates the birthday of Weegee, king of the N.Y. 9 to 5(am) news photogs and the noir nobility. Dance to the Beat of Billie (Holiday). It’s proper to schmooze at aNoPheles Blues.

Keep in mind that while the shops and galleries listed above have special events scheduled this month, other members feature art, books, antiques and specialty foods in their shops and many provide special treats during the art stroll. These include the Bookhounds, Guinevere’s & Vintage Rose, the Osprey Nest Gallery and Ron Hugo Photography.

The Chincoteague Cultural Alliance is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization formed to enhance community life by fostering and promoting the growth and vitality of arts and culture on Chincoteague Island and Delmarva’s Eastern Shore. Program support is provided by the Virginia Commission for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Town of Chincoteague. For more information, visit or call 757-336-5636.

Friday, June 11, 2010

The President Without A Country By Pat Boone

"We're no longer a Christian nation." - President barack obama, June 2009

" America has been arrogant." - President barack obama

"After 9/11, America didn't always live up to her ideals."- President barack obama

"You might say that America is a Muslim nation."- President barack obama, Egypt 2009

Thinking about these and other statements made by the man who wears the title of president. I keep wondering what country he believes he's president of.

In one of my very favorite stories, Edward Everett Hale's "The Man without a Country," a young Army lieutenant named Philip Nolan stands condemned for treason during the Revolutionary War, having come under the influence of Aaron Burr. When the judge asks him if he wishes to say anything before sentence is passed, young Nolan defiantly exclaims, "Damn the United States ! I wish I might never hear of the United States again!"

The stunned silence in the courtroom is palpable, pulsing. After a long pause, the judge soberly says to the angry lieutenant: "You have just pronounced your own sentence. You will never hear of the United States again.. I sentence you to spend the rest of your life at sea, on one or another of this country's naval vessels - under strict orders that no one will ever speak to you again about the country you have just cursed."

And so it was. Philip Nolan was taken away and spent the next 40 years at sea, never hearing anything but an occasional slip of the tongue about America. The last few pages of the story, recounting Nolan's dying hours in his small stateroom - now turned into a shrine to the country he fore swore - never fail to bring me to tears. And I find my own love for this dream, this miracle called America , refreshed and renewed. I know how blessed and unique we are.

But reading and hearing the audacious, shocking statements of the man who was recently elected our president - a young black man living the impossible dream of millions of young Americans, past and present, black and white - I want to ask him, "Just what country do you think you're president of?"

You surely can't be referring to the United States of America , can you? America is emphatically a Christian nation, and has been from its inception! Seventy percent of her citizens identify themselves as Christian. The Declaration of Independence and our Constitution were framed, written and ratified by Christians. It's because this was, and is, a nation built on and guided by Judeo-Christian biblical principles that you, sir, have had the inestimable privilege of being elected her president.

You studied law at Harvard, didn't you, sir? You taught constitutional law in Chicago ? Did you not ever read the statement of John Jay, the first Chief Justice of the Supreme Court and an author of the landmark "Federalist Papers": "Providence has given to our people the choice of their rulers - and it is the duty, as well as the privilege and interest of our Christian nation - to select and prefer Christians for their rulers"?

In your studies, you surely must have read the decision of the Supreme Court in 1892: "Our lives and our institutions must necessarily be based upon and embody the teachings of the Redeemer of mankind. It is impossible that it should be otherwise; and in this sense and to this extent our civilization and our institutions are emphatically Christian."

Did your professors have you skip over all the high-court decisions right up till the mid 1900's that echoed and reinforced these views and intentions? Did you pick up the history of American jurisprudence only in 1947, when for the first time a phrase coined by Thomas Jefferson about a "wall of separation between church and state" was used to deny some specific religious expression - contrary to Jefferson ' s intent with that statement?

Or, wait a minute . were your ideas about America 's Christianity formed during the 20 years you were a member of the Trinity United Church of Christ under your pastor, Jeremiah Wright? Is that where you got the idea that " America is no longer a Christian nation"? Is this where you, even as you came to call yourself a Christian, formed the belief that " America has been arrogant"?

Even if that's the understandable explanation of your damning of your country and accusing the whole nation (not just a few military officials trying their best to keep more Americans from being murdered by jihadists) of "not always living up to her ideals," how did you come up with the ridiculous, alarming notion that we might be "considered a Muslim nation"?

Is it because there are some 2 million or more Muslims living here, trying to be good Americans? Out of a current population of over 300 million, 70 percent of whom are Christians? Does that make us, by any rational definition, a "Muslim nation"?

Why are we not, then, a "Chinese nation"? A "Korean nation"? Even a "Vietnamese nation"? There are even more of these distinct groups in America than Muslims. And if the distinction you're trying to make is a religious one, why is America not "a Jewish nation"? There's actually a case to be made for the latter, because our Constitution - and the success of our Revolution and founding - owe a deep debt to our Jewish brothers.

Have you stopped to think what an actual Muslim America would be like? Have you ever really spent much time in Iran ? Even in Egypt ? You, having been instructed in Islam as a kid at a Muslim school in Indonesia and saying you still love the call to evening prayers, can surely picture our nation founded on the Quran, not the Judeo-Christian Bible, and living under Shariah law. Can't you? You do recall Muhammad's directives [Surah 9:5,73] to "break the cross" and "kill the infidel"?

It seems increasingly and painfully obvious that you are more influenced by your upbringing and questionable education than most suspected.. If you consider yourself the president of a people who are "no longer Christian," who have "failed to live up to our ideals," who "have been arrogant," and might even be "considered Muslim" - you are president of a country most Americans don't recognize.

Could it be you are a president without a country?

Hat Tip; Kack

The Hostory Of Pocomoke By Murry James (14)

Formerly New 2 own. 93 Paradee, Lycurgus Stevenson, Wilmer Mills, Rufns Ste- venson, John Foley, the Messrs. Hayman, Isaac Dennis, John G. Angelo, Alexander Harris and William Banks. As the idea of improvement is one object in this history, I desire to call attention to one name, and that is George W. Landing - . He was raised but a few miles from this place on a farm.

At a suitable age he was apprenticed to a man in Berlin, Worcester County, to learn the blacksmith business. After serving his apprenticeship he came to New Town and established himself in business. It was not long before he invented a new plow, this plow was an iron mouldboard and point all made in one piece, when the point wore out he would weld to it another ; previous to this the plows had wooden mould boards with an iron point fastened to them. In the invention of this plow, Mr. Landing attained great celebrity as a blacksmith. He worked hard and had a constitution to stand it ; made money and took care of it.

He, however, became an aspirant for political fame, retired from the blacksmith shop, and was so successful in his aspirations, that he could be elected to the legislature over almost any candi- date that might oppose him. In his political career he went by the name of the Old Blacksmith. He has, however, retired in a great measure from politics and business life, having possessed himself of considerable property, and is nearing the sixty-fifth year of his age. The coopering business, in the earlier

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Town, was carried on very extensively, it was, however, confined exclusively to making tubs and buckets ; there were six pieces, flitting in each other, from the cooler to the wash tub, which was called a nest of ware. Men became so expert in its manufacture, that they have made as high as eight nests a day.

The nest of ware, when bound with iron hoops, would sell for one dollar and twenty-five cents ; when bound with wooden hoops, for fifty cents. The manufacture of this ware, as late as 1845 became so extensive, that the ware received the appella- tion of New Town currency. Since 1845, the business has dwindled so, that to-day, it is becoming obsolete, there being only two or three per- sons in the place who make a few buckets and do some repairing. About 1 Si 5, Rev. James Tilghman and General Ebenezer Hearn commenced the tanning business, in New Town. After Mr. Tilghman died, which event occurred in 18 16, General Hearn carried the business on in his own name, until Gibson Cannon, a relative of his, who had served an apprenticeship with him, became of age, when he took him in as a partner.

Mr. Cannon did not, however, con- tinue in the business but a few years before he withdrew on account of feeble health. When another apprentice of General Hearn's, John S. Mills became of age, he then w'as taken as a partner by General Hearn. This firm continued until Mr. Mills died, which event took place about the year 1844. General Hearn still continued the business, but now, in his own name again, until 1851 or 2,

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when he sold out to John W. Ouinn. Mr. Ouinn con- ducted the business until 1854 or 55, when he closed out. In 1861, Levin Atkinson and George Hargis estab- lished themselves in the business, which firm continued but a few years, when Mr. Hargis sold out to Mr. Atkinson- Mr. Atkinson conducted the business until a short time before he died, which event transpired in October, 1877. Since that time the tanning and currying trade, as a sepa- rate branch of manufacturing has ceased to be carried on in Pocomoke City. All who have carried on the tanning and currying business in New Town, without an excep- tion, have passed away.

A tribute to the practical mechanics, engaged in the tanning and currying trade, in New Town, is in place just here. General Ebenezer Hearn was born in Sussex County, Delaware, March the 7th, 1792. Mr. Hearn served an apprenticeship in Delaware. After he was of age, he went to Modest Town, Accomac County, Va., and worked journey work for Mr. Lippincott of that place. He did not however, continue long in Modest Town before he came to New Town and engaged, as above stated, in the business with Rev. James Tilghman. Some years after this he married the oldest daughter of Dr. Steven- son. He soon began to be prosperous in his business- In the course of time he purchased a tract of land called Cowley, but more familiary known as Old Winter Quar- ter.

This tract of land he purchased of Mr. John Stevens, a regular descendant of Col. William Stevens, of colonial fame. As Old Winter Quarter has been a place of 96 History of Pocomoke City, renown, the reader may be anxious to know something more about it. It adjoins Pocomoke City; in fact, the dwelling and principal part of the farm is within the corporation of the town.

When General Hearn pur- chased it, it was a perfect wilderness; was interspersed with branches, sand hills, mud and swamp, where the yew pawns and prickly pears grew, and where it is said, bears were numerous, and old Blue Beard lived. These were terrible scarecrows to the boys when they would go into Winter Quarter yew pawning. Many a farce has been played upon strangers in getting them to dig in the sand hills of Winter Quarter for Blue Beard's money* which, it has been said, that he buried there.

Here Mr. Hearn built his house, which yet remains a fine one. Probably, about this time, he was chosen captain of militia. He now was called Captain Hearn; subsequently he was placed upon the Governor's Staff, as one ot his aids, with the title of Colonel, he now was called by that title, and later again he received the title of General, since which time, he was called General Hearn to the day of his death. General Hearn was a man of pleasure, he was fond of iox hunting and a game of chess; he also became a great politician, of the Whig party, and has been elected to the legislature of Maryland often er, probably, than any other man in Worcester County, in his day. He was kind and genial, calm and even in his disposition, and never in a hurry, and was very popular.

He was independent in his circumstances, and when he died he left a handsome

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estate to his children. He died January 13th, 1854, in the 62nd year of his age, honored and respected by all who knew him, and was buried in the family burying ground, in Winter Quarter. Gibson Cannon was born in Sussex County, in the State of Delaware. During his partnership with General Hearn, he married Miss Elizabeth Sturgis, in 1832. His health, as before stated, was so feeble as to compel a change; consequently he went to merchandising at Cot- tingham's Ferry ; here he continued for three or four years, when in 1839, July the 3rd, he died, being, at the time of his death, in the 34th year of his age. He was buried in the Protestant Episcopal Church burying ground, of Pocomoke City.

Mr. Cannon left a widow and two children, who are still living ; his widow and daughter are living in this place ; his son, Clayton, is living in the City of Baltimore. As Mr. Cannon is a native of this place, it gives me pleasure to state that he is an enterprising business man of the monumental city. At the age of fifteen years he entered the store of Colonel William H. Merrill as clerk and continued one year, then he went to Baltimore and engaged with Gibson & Co., auctioners, at the age of six- teen, here he continued one year. At the age of seven- teen, he entered the wholesale dry goods house of Lewis, Drost & Co. How long he continued in this situation I cannot say, but from there he entered a savings bank, then in the course of time, he procured a situation in one

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of the National Banks of the City, then again, he accepted a situation as cashier, in a bank in Annapolis. From there he returned to Baltimore and entered the Trader's National Bank as cashier, which situation he still holds. Clayton Cannon had to make his own mark. I need not tell the reader how well he has done it.

He now ranks well with the banking business men of Baltimore, with an unspotted character, at the age of forty- six years. After Gibson Cannon retired from the tanning and currying business, General Hearn took John S. Mills, who had just finished his apprenticeship, as a partner in the business.

Mr. Mills continued in this firm until he died. He died quite a young man, and left a widow, and one child by his first wife : that child is the Rev. Joseph L. Mills, D. D., of the Methodist Protestant Church. CHAPTER XIII. TRADES. &c. The Hatting business held a very important place in manufacture.

Hats, at an early day, were made of all the various grades of fur, from the rabbit to the beaver. The first hatter, of whom we have any information, carry- ing on the business in New Town, was John Hall, after he died, then Andrew Gilchrist, then in succession, James Hall carried on until he died. These all died young men. An- drew Gilchrist was a Scotchman and was full of playful fun.

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Bones Found Could Be Former Member of Blackbeard the Pirate's Crew

WASHINGTON, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina archeologists are preparing to surrender their hold on the remains of a Colonial-era resident who may have been a surviving member of Blackbeard's pirate crew.

The Washington Daily News reported Thursday that a Superior Court judge ruled the bones found in 1986 should be returned for reburial to people thought to be the man's descendants.

Raleigh researcher and Outer Banks historian Kevin Duffus thinks the bones are the remains of Edward Salter, a former member of Blackbeard's pirate crew who died 275 years ago.

Salter escaped being hanged after Blackbeard's death and became a barrel-maker and respectable member of the colonial port town of Bath.

Duffus has sought genetic testing on the bones to confirm his theory.

Arlington National Cemetary

I have visited Arlington National Cemetary. Once as a child and stood in line with my family waiting to see the grave of President Kennedy. Years later I was there as an adult and the same silence and stillness was there. Rows and rows of headstones each name a reminder of the 330,000 men and women that unselfishly gave their lives for all of us. You can't help but admire the beauty, the somberness. If each name were alive today we would receive a different account of what each experience during war time or peace. My guess it is the most respected cemetary and most cared for in America. As it should be. So HOW does this happen??? And more importantly WHY? Don't we care anymore? Is there no such thing as respect?
The Army ousted top supervisors of Arlington National Cemetery in the wake of a blistering report that found some graves had been mismarked and that raised questions about the Virginia burial ground's management, officials announced Thursday.

Army Secretary John McHugh said the Army inspector general's report raised questions about 211 gravesites and found unmarked graves, burial sites with the wrong headstones and improper handling of cremated remains.

"That all ends today," McHugh said.
The inspector general, Lt. Gen. R. Steven Whitcomb, found one case involving personnel killed in Iraq or Afghanistan. In that instance, two grave markers had been switched. Other cases involved areas of the cemetery used to inter personnel from earlier conflicts.

There are 330,000 bodies buried at Arlington, including Presidents Kennedy and Taft. As many as 30 funerals are held there each day, some for veterans of past wars and others for military personnel killed in Afghanistan or Iraq.

The extent of the problems at one of the nation's most venerated memorials was not entirely clear. In some cases, grave markers had been knocked over and not properly replaced, the report said. Other reported cases involved poor record-keeping. Whitcomb said there was no indication of mistakes at the point of burial.

But in one incident described in the report, a cremation urn with the remains of an Air Force master sergeant, who served in Vietnam and died in 2007, was buried above the casket of an Army staff sergeant.

The report also found that some cremation urns were mistakenly disinterred and moved to an area of the cemetery where excess dirt was held. One such set of remains had to be reburied as "unknown" because the urn was unmarked, the report said.

Explaining how gravesites could be disturbed, Whitcomb said cremated remains often had been removed to accommodate the burial of another family member at the same site, a permitted practice. But in some cases, the urns appeared to be improperly handled by cemetery workers or officials.

The problems at Arlington were raised in a series of reports by the online magazine Salon and in other publications. Those reports, as well as relatives' complaints and employees' concerns, prompted the inspector general's investigation, which began in August.

Respect for the country's war dead is a top military priority.

"Of all the things in the world, we view this as a zero-defect operation," Whitcomb said.

On Thursday, McHugh appointed Kathryn Condon, a senior Army civilian official, as executive director of the Army National Cemeteries program, a new position.

McHugh also announced the formation of the Army National Cemeteries Advisory Commission to advise on the oversight of the burial ground. Two former U.S. senators — Bob Dole, a World War II veteran, and Max Cleland, a Vietnam War veteran — will help form the commission, McHugh said. "The intent of the steps I have ordered today are designed to make sure things are done absolutely correctly from this day forward," McHugh said.

Cemetery Supt. John Metzler had announced last month that he intended to retire July 2. His exit, officials said, was the result of pressure from Army officials.

McHugh made public a brutal letter of reprimand filed against Metzler this week. In it, McHugh held Metzler responsible for the cemetery's problems and for systemic shortcomings that continued for years.

Metzler's deputy, Thurman Higgenbotham, also was stripped of responsibility. Investigations of his actions are continuing, officials said.

Paul Rieckhoff, founder of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, said members of his organization were "concerned and outraged" by the inspector general's findings.

"It is absolutely unacceptable that something like this would happen at America's most sacred burial ground," Rieckhoff said. "We expect swift action from the Pentagon and the administration."

The White House weighed in too.

"We have no more solemn commitment than to respect the service and the memory of those that died in service to preserving our freedom as a country," Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said.

Friday Night At the MarVa Theater

For All Interested "Ham Radio" Operators..........

The Eastern Shore "Radio Hams" will join in National "Field-Day" Exercises on June 26 and 27 to practice and demonstrate emergency communication skills.

"Hams" from Accomack and Northampton Counties will join with thousands of Amateur Radio operators to showoff their emergency capabilities this weekend. Over the past year, the news has been full of reports of ham radio operators providing critical communications during unexpected emergencies in towns across American including the California wildfires, winter storms, tornadoes and other events worldwide. During Hurricane Katrina, Amateur Radio, often referred to as "Ham Radio", was often the only way people could communicate, and hundreds of volunteer "hams" traveled south to save lives and property. When trouble is brewing, Amateur Radios people are often the first to provide rescuers with critical information and communications.

On the weekend of June 26-27, the public will have a chance to meet and talk with ham radio operators and see for themselves what the Amateur Radio service is about. Showing the newest digital and satellite capabilities, voice communications and even historical Morse code, hams from across the USA will be holding public demonstrations of emergency communications abilities. This annual event, called "Field Day," is sponsored by the ARRL, the national association for Amateur Radio. Using only emergency power supplies, ham operators will construct emergency stations in parks, shopping malls, schools and backyards around the country. Their slogan "When All Else Fails, Ham Radio Works" is more than just words to the hams as they prove they can send messages in many forms without the use of phone systems, internet or any other infrastructure that can be comprised in a crisis. More than 35,000 amateur radio operators across the country participated in last year's event.

The Eastern Shore Amateur Radio Club (ESARC) will host the Eastern Shore activities, at the Farmer's Market pavilion in Parksley for the 24 hour period beginning at 2:00 PM on Saturday June 26. The ESARC, in cooperation with other country agencies, rehearses throughout the year to prepare for whatever emergencies might arise, needing communications support. To learn more about Amateur Radio, even how to get your own FCC radio license, visit the Field Day activities in Parksley, and/or go to

Funds From The State Sponsored Energy Efficiency Program Still Available

A program that gives rebates to Virginia consumers who buy energy-saving products has spent only 30 percent of its $7.5 million allotment since it began in April.

Consumers have to get rid of older appliances in order to get a rebate from the Virginia Energy Efficiency Appliance Rebate program.

Amber Amato with the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy says the slow response may be due to the rebate amounts the state is offering.

Virginia's rebates start at $35 for storage gas water heaters and include $60 for refrigerators and $75 for clothes washers.

Massachusetts offered $200 rebates for refrigerators and $175 for clothes washers. That state's program ran out of money several hours after it began.
I've checked several sights about this and can't find a rebate for electric OR gas dryers.

Thursday, June 10, 2010


A lot of folks can't understand how we came to have an oil shortage here in our country.


Well, there's a very simple answer.


Nobody bothered to check the oil.


We just didn't know we were getting low.


The reason for that is purely geographical.


Our OIL is located in:






Coastal Florida


Coastal Louisiana


North Dakota














Our dipsticks are located in DC

Any Questions? NO? Didn't think So.

Hat Tip: Kack

Rocket Trial Run Heads For NASA

Here are a couple of thumbnail photos of the "mock rocket" as it travels to NASA today.

Upon reaching Rt. 13 the rig proceeded south in the north bound lane. Once it reached the Md/Va line at Dixieland it maneuvered into the south bound lane.

No, there was NO rocket. This was just a "test" or "trial run" to give insight towards the actual rocket trip to NASA in a few months.

Even so, I bet this was an awsome sight to behold and I imagine alot of people scratched their heads and wondered "what the heck is that?"

Remember the trailer with cab measured over 100 feet long and probably 16 feet high.

If anyone was able to get any photos send them to us................

Thanks, Pat!

After 15 Yers Mother Finds Daughter On Facebook

MONTCLAIR, Calif. (AP) — Prince Sagala searched for her son and daughter for 15 years, fearing she had lost them forever to the estranged husband who took them to his native Mexico.

Then one day, she typed her child's name into Facebook on a library computer, and suddenly found herself exchanging messages with a young woman who said she was her daughter in what experts say was a rare online success in the search for missing kids online.

But the exchange wasn't a happy reunion.
"She thought I was a stranger woman," Sagala said, with hurt and frustration in her voice. "I wrote back and she deleted it. Then, she disappeared."

Authorities tracked down the children, now 16 and 17, outside Orlando, Florida, and arrested their father, Faustino Fernandez Utrera, 42, on May 26. He faces kidnapping and child custody charges. Sagala is now racing to regain custody of her children before they turn 18 and she loses them to adulthood.

Florida authorities have temporarily placed the children with a non-relative whom the pair know and set a hearing for later this month.

"This has been so traumatic for them. The father, the only person they've known as a parent, is now in jail. When they have children of their own, when they're 25, 26, 27 years of age, it's going to dawn on them what their mother lost," Montclair police Detective Debbie Camou said. "You can't fault them for what they feel."

Utrera did not respond to a request for a jailhouse interview. Florida authorities did not know if he had retained an attorney.

The couple was contemplating divorce in 1995 when Sagala returned from work to find the children, then 3 and 2, gone, Camou said.

Sagala, 43, later learned through her husband's relatives in Mexico City that he was there with the children and didn't intend to come back, Camou said. "At that time, she was afraid to go to Mexico because he had threatened her," she said.

Police eventually referred the investigation to the San Bernardino County District Attorney's office, following the department's policy, but the probe stalled.

During this time, authorities recently learned, Utrera moved to Florida with his children and got a driver's license using a fake name. It's unclear how long the three had been in Florida when Sagala found the Facebook page.

Meanwhile, Sagala raised two younger children she had with a man she said she married three years after Utrera fled and with whom she now lives on a quiet residential street in this city about 35 miles east of Los Angeles. It's not clear if she ever divorced Utrera.

But she always hoped to reunite with her older children. On a visit to a neighborhood library in March, Sagala had one of her children enter her daughter's name into Facebook and her page popped up.

On March 10, she began exchanging e-mails and chatting with her daughter, and hoped to get her to reveal where she lived and re-establish a bond.

Sagala said she sent an old family photo to the teen, but her daughter broke it off, saying in an e-mail that she was happy with her family and that she'd heard bad things about her mother.

Sagala alerted police, who used the names of friends on the daughter's page to track the girl to central Florida — and her high school. Sagala gave police copies of e-mails she exchanged with her daughter, which helped prosecutors build their case against Utrera.

Authorities in Florida began surveillance of the children and Utrera to make sure they did not run off while prosecutors in San Bernardino built an extradition case in California, Camou said.

Investigators checked the children's attendance at school and drove by their house to make sure they weren't packing up. Utrera and the children had been living with another woman whom the children apparently considered a mother figure, said Kurt Rowley, who is prosecuting the case in California.

Once prosecutors said they had enough to charge Utrera, Florida deputies arrested him as he waited at a bus stop to pick up his son from school.

When Utrera was arrested, the family was living in a permanent mobile home on a palm-lined street of neatly trimmed lawns in Davenport, Fla. On a recent day, a minivan parked in the drive bore a speciality license plate with the words "Parents Make A Difference" inscribed on it.

The case is "more heartbreaking because now, with the dad in jail, she does have a right of custody by default, but it's not that simple," Rowley said, adding that courts give weight to the children's opinions because of their age. "If they were returned to her, in all likelihood, they would probably run away."

Even with the array of websites frequented by teens, discoveries like Sagala's are rare because abducted children's lives are so closely monitored by the offending parent that they can't easily get online, said Robert Lowery of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.

For now, Sagala is trying to sort out the pieces of her children's past. Her younger kids, she said, helped her stay strong.

Then, with a sad smile, she summed up what she's missed with the older ones: "Every single day."

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Big Cat Sighted Again.....Could It Be A Puma Concolor?

CHEAPSIDE -- Raymond Gunter of Townsend is not the first person to suspect he has seen a cougar or other large cat prowling on the Eastern Shore, but he may be the latest.

I have never seen anything like it and I have been in construction work for 38 years," Gunter said.

He's built highways all over the southeast and has seen alligators, rattlesnakes, bears and all sorts of wildlife.

"And I never heard a sound like this. It startled me, and I said, 'What in the world is this?' "

Gunter's report is one of several recent large-cat sightings, many of which describe a cougar-like animal.

The animal he saw on Friday, May 28, at fairly close range fits the same description -- a rusty-tan colored, three-foot long cat with a long tail. It was quick-footed and traveling close to the ground.

Similar sightings were reported in February a few miles to the north in Dalbys.

Since reporting that incident, the News has received accounts of more sightings in both Accomack and Northampton counties over a number of years.

Gunter was doing some tree work at a Cheapside home when he heard a loud sound coming from high up in a 50-foot-tall tree.

"It was a real scream like," Gunter said. "Like a growl that went into a scream. He did it twice, like he was warning me."

Then he heard rustling and scratching sounds as the animal made its way down the opposite side of the tree. Gunter didn't get a good look until it was on the ground.

"It was crouched, moving low to the ground, creeping like, at a pretty good rate, then crossed over the road and went into the woods," he said.

He said some neighborhood dogs heard the screeching and moved in to investigate.

"Then they stopped because I think they thought better of it," Gunter said.

In February, Ernie and Kathleen Coulter reported hearing a loud screaming sound over a couple days in December before they ever saw the would-be cougar.

"I thought it might have been a bobcat because it was loud,"

Kathleen Coulter said then. "It was a deep scream. It was scary. I have never heard anything like that before.

The couple saw a very similar animal to Gunter's at least twice after hearing the sounds.

The cat's official name is puma concolor, but the species has many common names including mountain lion, puma and cougar.

It is unlikely, though, to make it to this area, said Sue Rice, manager of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife's Eastern Shore of Virginia National Wildlife Refuge at the time of the February sightings.

"The chances of there being a mountain lion that is a wild animal on the Eastern Shore of Virginia is extremely low," she said. "Even in the whole state of Virginia, I don't believe there are enough sightings."

A wild cat would have to come from the woodsy north. "The chances are pretty slim for them to get here without being seen or getting hit by a car if they are wild animals," Rice said, suggesting instead a pet released locally.

Cougars are both solitary and nocturnal for the most part and feed on white-tail deer. Females have ranges of several square miles, but the male's home-range is much larger, which could account for reports of sightings in Melfa and Wachapreague and other parts of Accomack, too.