Saturday, June 25, 2011

Missing Girl Sought In Ocean City

Written By: News Editor, Shawn J. Soper

OCEAN CITY- Ocean City Police this week continue to search for a teen reported missing earlier this month in Baltimore County who is believed to have traveled at some point to the resort for Senior Week.

According to Baltimore County Police, Kirsten L. Ratliff, 16, of Perry Hall, was reported missing by her father shortly before 8 p.m. on June 9. Ratliff had apparently had a dispute with her father, with whom she was living, and ran away. When she did not return, he father reported her missing to Baltimore County Police and an investigation was undertaken, according to BCPD public information officer Lt. Robert McCullough.

Ratliff is a white female about 5’4” tall and around 105 pounds with long brown hair at the time of her disappearance. She was last seen in the Perry Hall area of Baltimore County around 2 p.m. on June 9. Ratliff was wearing blue Capri-style pants and a white tank top, and was carrying a pink bag, at the time of her disappearance.

McCullough said this week an initial report placed Ratliff at a Chick-Fil-A restaurant in Bel Air, but that rumor proved to be unfounded. Baltimore County Police also searched to no avail in and around the Dundalk area where Ratliff’s mother lives and works. After the first few days of the investigation, the search focused on Ocean City, after Baltimore County Police received information the teen had traveled to the resort.

“Her father had received information she had gone to Ocean City,” said McCullough. “Apparently, she had been seen by friends at a party in Ocean City sometime over the weekend from June 10 to June 12, although that hasn’t been officially confirmed.”

Another witness has provided information lending credence to the Ocean City connection for the missing teen. The witness told The Dispatch she was walking on the Boardwalk on Sunday, June 12, when she was approached by a young man holding a picture of his girlfriend, Ratliff, who told the witness he was desperately looking for Ratliff. The boyfriend told the witness Ratliff had been missing since she was last seen at a party on 119th Street on the Thursday before. The missing girl’s boyfriend also told the witness Ratliff’s family was also looking for her in Ocean City.

Meanwhile, McCullough said this week Ratliff is still missing and the investigation continues. He said the search continues on several fronts, while the focus has centered on the Baltimore County area where she was first reported missing.

“The investigation is ongoing and nothing has been ruled out, but our investigators have reason to believe she may be back in our area,” he said.

The Ocean City Police Department continues to search for Ratliff, according to spokesperson Jessica Waters.

“We were made aware of this shortly after she was reported missing in Baltimore County,” she said. “As far as I know, she has not been located. We are actively looking for her and her picture and information is distributed each day at roll call.”


The Fintastic Festival - Today

The Delmarva Discovery Center
2 Market Street
Pocomoke City, MD


The Fintastic Festival
Saturday, June 25 ·
10:00am - 4:00pm

More fun than the Finfest last year!!

Food and drinks for sale in front of building.

Local artist Sara Grangier will demonstrate painting techniques.

Sara did the artwork for the children’s book "Bob the Big Bad Bluefish"

Local artist Ed Kuhn will display fish carvings for sale.

Captain Walt will tell true tales of fishing exploits and demonstrate fishing gear.

Assateague State Park will have children’s games *Bring your camera so you can get your picture taken as a dolphin or a turtle!

10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Face paintings by Tracey Arvidson!

11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Mrs. Coleen Mister will read children’s stories in the Beaver Lodge.

12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Bernadette Gesser, will be reading her book "Bob the Big Bad Bluefish" and talking about fishing with children.

1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Watch a SCUBA diver as she feeds the fish in our 6,000 gallon aquarium.

Face painting, play a game, kids crafts
Food, drink, baked goods and cotton candy for sale outside.
This event is free with paid admission!
 Don't miss out on this day of fun
for more info go to

Friday, June 24, 2011

New Businesses In Pocomoke...........

A New Medical Facility...

Coming Soon... Pocomoke Your Docs In!
Your Doc's In puts you first with convenient locations, convenient hours, convenient services, and non-appointment care!
  • Open 8 am to 8 pm Monday through Friday
  • Open 8 am to 6 pm weekends
  • No appointment needed
  • Lab on site
  • Xray on site
  • Staffed by physicians
  • Occupational Health Services
  • Most Insurances Accepted
  • Owned and operated by Board Certified Emergency Physicians
  • Coming soon - in house pharmacy!

Servicing the Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia Peninsula

For more info go to:

I've been told when this site (below)  is finished this will be a fruit and vegetable business similar to the one on Route 13 North.

Possible job opportunities for some in the local area.

"Build Your Own Tour" At the Delmarva Discovery Center


DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) -- Move over funnel cakes and corn dogs, deep-fat fried Kool-Aid is here.
"Oh, the moment of truth," said Joe Cocoba, a 31-year-old nursing student before biting into the glistening brown dough ball with a pink fluffy interior. "I can taste it (the Kool-Aid)! It's good."

San Diego County fair goers can't seem to get enough of the newest, oily treat that debuted at "Chicken Charlie's" food stand about two weeks ago when the annual event kicked off at the Del Mar horse race track and fairgrounds, about 20 miles north of San Diego.

Charlie Boghosian - aka "Chicken Charlie" - is the man behind the creations. The 42-year-old Boghosian has spent two decades testing the limits of what can be cooked in grease and still taste good. Each year, he adds new, unusual items to his popular food stand.

This year, it's fried Kool-Aid.

He uses flour, water and Kool-Aid powder to make a batter that scoops into little balls that he then plops into hot oil. Boghosian says he can't go into more specifics because he has plans to come out with a cookbook that will explain it all.

He said he has fried up about 500 pounds of Kool-Aid powder so far.

Cocoba said biting into a kid's drink only made him want to try more of Chicken Charlie's other deep-fried offerings such as Klondike bars, Girl Scout cookies, Twinkies, avocados and the ultimate cholesterol-builder: A Krispy Kreme Chicken Sandwich. Yes, it's two deep-fried doughnuts with a chicken breast squashed between them.

"I can feel my arteries screaming at me," Cocoba joked.

Boghosian, who weighs about 300 pounds, said he has sold 100,000 fried Klondike bars last year and 2 million fried Oreo cookies over the past decade. But the $5.95 fried Kool-Aid is quickly becoming his top seller.

"It's been huge," Boghosian said. "People are loving it."

Well, not everyone.

Chelsea Lightfoot scrunched up her nose at the thought.

"It just seems really weird," said the 23-year-old college student after buying a plate of fried zucchini at his stand. "Things like fried Kool-Aid, Twinkies, are kind of gross."

Many, though, relish in the experience of sinking their teeth into something so utterly unhealthy in complete rebellion against doctors' orders and societal pressures to eat fresh vegetables and low-fat foods.

"It's awesome," said Cindy Thornton, a 47-year-old waitress who was carting a bag of fried Kool-Aid balls to take home to her husband.

"I just love how frying makes things crunchy on the outside and good on the inside," Boghosian said. "Food that's not fried can't compare."

And he joked: "We leave all the calories in the oil."


Thursday, June 23, 2011

Submarine Racing

Submarine Racing - Awesome Pictures!The 2009 World Submarine Racing Championships held from New London , Connecticut to Hamilton , Bermuda 

Well, ...What did you expect to see?
They're submarines!!!!

Hat Tip; Doon

Bounce This Along

U.S. Postal service sent out a message to all letter carriers to put a sheet of Bounce in their uniform pockets to keep yellow-jackets away.

Use them all the time when playing baseball and soccer. I use it when I am working outside.. It really works. The insects just veer around you.

All this time you've just been putting Bounce in the dryer!

1. It will chase ants away when you lay a sheet near them.. It also repels mice.

2. Spread sheets around foundation areas, or in trailers, or cars that are sitting and it keeps mice from entering your vehicle.

3. It takes the odor out of books and photo albums that don't get opened too often.

4. It repels mosquitoes. Tie a sheet of Bounce through a belt loop when outdoors during mosquito season.

5. Eliminate static electricity from your television (or computer) screen.

6. Since Bounce is designed to help eliminate static cling, wipe your television screen with a used sheet of Bounce to keep dust from resettling..

7. Dissolve soap scum from shower doors. Clean with a sheet of Bounce.

8. To freshen the air in your home - Place an individual sheet of Bounce in a drawer or hang in the closet.

9. Put Bounce sheet in vacuum cleaner.

10. Prevent thread from tangling. Run a threaded needle through a sheet of Bounce before beginning to sew.

11. Prevent musty suitcases. Place an individual sheet of Bounce inside empty luggage before storing.

12. To freshen the air in your car - Place a sheet of Bounce under the front seat.

13. Clean baked-on foods from a cooking pan. Put a sheet in a pan, fill with water, let sit overnight, and sponge clean. The anti-static agent apparently weakens the bond between the food and the pan..

14. Eliminate odors in wastebaskets. Place a sheet of Bounce at the bottom of the wastebasket.

15. Collect cat hair. Rubbing the area with a sheet of Bounce will magnetically attract all the loose hairs.

16. Eliminate static electricity from Venetian blinds.. Wipe the blinds with a sheet of Bounce to prevent dust from resettling

17. Wipe up sawdust from drilling or sand papering. A used sheet of Bounce will collect sawdust like a tack cloth.

18. Eliminate odors in dirty laundry. Place an individual sheet of Bounce at the bottom of a laundry bag or hamper.

19. Deodorize shoes or sneakers. Place a sheet of Bounce in your shoes or sneakers overnight.

20. Golfers put a Bounce sheet in their back pocket to keep the bees away.

21. Put a Bounce sheet in your sleeping bag and tent before folding and storing them. It will keep them smelling fresh.

22. Wet a Bounce sheet, hose down your car, and wipe love bugs off easily with the wet Bounce.

Fun With Puns

1. The fattest knight at King  Arthur's round table was Sir Cumference. He acquired his size from too much pi.

 2. I thought I saw an eye doctor on an Alaskan island, but it turned out to be an optical Aleutian.

 3. She was only a whiskey maker, but he loved her still.

  4. A rubber band pistol was confiscated from algebra class, because it was a weapon of math disruption.

 5. No matter how much you push the envelope, it'll still be stationery.

 6. A dog gave birth to puppies near the road and was cited for littering.

 7. A grenade thrown into a kitchen in France would result in Linoleum Blownapart.

 8. Two silk worms had a race. They ended up in a tie.

 9. A hole has been found in the nudist camp wall. The police are looking into it.

10. Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana.

11. Atheism is a non-prophet organization.

12. Two hats were hanging on a hat rack in the hallway. One hat said to the other: 'You stay here; I'll go on a head.'

13. I wondered why the baseball kept getting bigger. Then it hit me.

14. A sign on the lawn at a drug rehab center said: 'Keep off the

15. The midget fortune-teller who escaped from prison was
a small medium at large.

16. The soldier who survived mustard gas and pepper spray is now a seasoned veteran.

17. A backward poet writes inverse.

18. In a democracy it's your vote that counts. In feudalism it's your count that votes.

19. When cannibals ate a missionary, they got a taste of religion.

20. If you jumped off the bridge in Paris, you'd be in Seine .

21. A vulture boards an airplane, carrying two dead raccoons. The
stewardess looks at him and says, 'I'm sorry, sir, only one carrion
allowed per passenger.'

22. Two fish swim into a concrete wall.  One turns to the other and says 'Dam!'

23. Two Eskimos sitting in a kayak were chilly, so they lit a fire in the craft. Unsurprisingly it sank, proving once again that you can't have
your kayak and heat it too.

24. Two hydrogen atoms meet.  One says, 'I've lost my electron.' The other says 'Are you sure?' The first replies, 'Yes, I'm positive.'

25. Did you hear about the Buddhist who refused Novocain during a root canal? His goal: transcend dental medication.

26. There was the person who sent ten puns to friends, with the hope that at least one of the puns would make them laugh.  No pun in ten

Hat Tip; Mrs. M

Tommorrow Is "Take Your Dog To Work Day" Woof! Woof!

Better ask today if it's okay to bring your dog to work tomorrow.

Friday is this year's Take Your Dog to Work Day, designated by Pet Sitters International.

Some workplaces don't need a special day or permission. Pets at work are fine any day of the year.

The Humane Society of the United States thinks that's a great way to spread employee satisfaction and general workplace morale.

In fact, at the Humane Society's offices in Washington, D.C., about 60 dogs regularly come to work with their owners and spend the days behind baby gates in the employees' cubicles.

Offices should have designated dog-free zones, noise rules, and make sure the dogs are well-mannered, healthy and up-do-date on all shots.


Local Game Wardens Out In Force This Weekend To Issue DUIs On The Water

Virginia boaters, take note that this weekend, June 24th-26th, Conservation Police Officers with the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) will be patrolling Virginia's waterways looking for boat operators with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher. Operation Dry Water is a national effort coordinated by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA).

According to Sargeant Steve Garvis of the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, local wardens will be out in force participating in this statewide event. Garvis warned local boaters that boating under the influence is not only dangerous to watercraft operators, but also to their passengers and others who enjoy Virginia's waterways. Nationwide almost 20 percent of boating-related fatalities are a result of alcohol, drugs, and some medications. These substances can slow reaction times, impair vision, and lead to boating accidents.

Operating a boat with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 percent or higher is illegal in Virginia. Penalties may include fines, jail, impoundment of boats, and loss of boating privileges. Other consequences could include higher insurance rates and impacts on employment as a BUI conviction is a public record.

Boaters should never boat under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Designate an operator or leave the alcohol on shore.

In an effort to promote increased awareness of the dangers of boating while under the influence, VDGIF asks Virginians to support programs and policies that help reduce the incidence of impaired boating, to promote safer and healthier behavior regarding the use of alcohol and other drugs and to provide opportunities for all to participate in and enjoy a safe recreational boating season this year.

For more information about Operation Dry Water and boating laws in Virginia visit


Local Annual Event This Sunday!!

Don't miss the official beginning of the summer carnival season!!!
2011 New Church Annual
Independence Day Celebration
Sunday June 26, 2011
5:00 PM until 9:30 PM

Location:  New Church Vol. Fire & Rescue Co.
4264 Firehouse St., New Church, Va. (Just behind the scales on Rt. 13).

Come spend the evening with the New Church Vol. Fire Co. in celebrating the Independance Day.
Games, rides, food, auction, and lots of fun.

Ends shortly after 9pm with an American slideshow and

Summer Carnival Season does not start until New Church says so!!

Robbin Thompson In Concert At Cokesbury Church In Onancock

Tickets are now available for a concert by Richmond musician Robbin Thompson, who will appear at Historic Cokesbury Church in Onancock at 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 15.

Thompson has shared the stage with many recording artists, including Bob Dylan, Bonnie Raitt, Bruce Hornsby and longtime friend Bruce Springsteen. In the early years, Thompson was the lead singer in Springsteen's band Steel Mill.

Thompson has won two awards at the American Song Festival and has recorded more than a dozen albums. One of his more notable songs is "Sweet Virginia Breeze," co-authored with friend Steve Bassett.

Thompson enjoys sailing the Chesapeake Bay aboard his boat Songbird. He is particularly fond of Onancock, where in years past he has performed at Harborfest. Thompson will sail the Songbird into Onancock Creek for the performance.

A reception with refreshments will immediately follow the concert, where guests can meet Thompson and purchase CDs. The concert is sponsored by Blue Crab Bay Co. and Shore Bank. Proceeds will benefit the Historic Cokesbury Church Fund.

Tickets are $15 each and are available starting June 1 at Blue Crab Bay Co. in Melfa, Shore Bank's Onley branch, Mallards at the Wharf in Onancock and The Book Bin in Onley. Only 150 tickets will be sold.


Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Minutes From JUNE 6 Pocomoke Mayor and Council Meeting

June 6, 2011
The regular meeting of the Pocomoke Mayor and Council was held in the Council Chambers at City Hall on Monday, June 6, 2011. The meeting was called to order at 7:30 P.M.
Present: Mayor Bruce Morrison

Council Members: Tracey Cottman,
Rob Clarke, Diane Downing,
Bob Hawkins, Donald L. Malloy
City Attorney Mark Tilghman
City Manager Russell W. Blake
City Clerk Carol L. Justice

Review Minutes:In a motion (Hawkins, Clarke passed), to approve the minutes of May 2, 2011.

Review Bills:In a motion (Cottman, Downing passed), the bills presented to be paid. (Copy of bill list attached to original minutes).

Introduction of new police officers, Jarmel Gibson and Jessica Villanueva. Mayor to swear in new officers:Chief Ervin introduced Jarmel Gibson, who graduated from Prince Georges County Municipal Police Academy in December 2011. He is Maryland certified and will only require firearms, field training and in-service training.
Chief Ervin then introduced Jessica Villanueva, who graduated from Messiah College with a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and a minor in psychology. She will need to attend the academy in July to become certified.
Mayor Morrison sworn in both officers.

Presentation of plaque to former Mayor Michael McDermott in recognition of his six years of service as Mayor of Pocomoke City (2005-2011):Mayor Morrison presented former Mayor McDermott with a plaque of appreciation for his service to Pocomoke City as Mayor.
Mr. McDermott thanked Councilman Hawkins for being a great interim Mayor. He stated that it was a great honor to serve this City and hoped that he made a difference in the lives of Pocomoke City residents.

Special recognition of Mr. William Kerbin, of Pocomoke City, on his recent induction into the Maryland, Delaware, D.C. Press Association’s Newspaper Hall of Fame:Mayor Morrison read a "Proclamation designating June 18 as "Bill Kerbin Day in Pocomoke City". Mayor Morrison congratulated Bill on his recent accomplishments. (Copy attached to minutes).

Public Hearing on proposed City budget for 2011-2012 fiscal year as required by Sec. 49 of Pocomoke City Charter:Mayor Morrison stated that he was pleased to submit the proposed 2011-2012 City Budget. The General Fund, Ambulance Fund, and the Water and Sewer are balanced as required. He stated that he would like to mention a few items in the budget: Highlights of revenues: We have saved on personnel by not filling several vacant positions in various departments; some positions will be filled with seasonal or part-time workers. The Real Property Tax Rate for owner-occupied homes would not change. It was reduced by 1¢ in 2008. However, the Real Property Tax Rate would increase by 4 ¢ (to $0.80/$100) for non-owner –occupied real property. Water and Sewer rates would be increased slightly to make sure that the Water/Sewer Enterprise fund is balanced. There would be no increase in the rates for owner occupied properties, and a 15% increase for all other properties. Rates have not been raised in several years. Income taxes are expected to be down approximately $10,000 due to the economy. SHA Highway User Funds would increase to $59,300. In 2008, we received $240,000. Last year, we received $22,900. Fairgrounds grant funds from the State were cut from $20,000 to $14,000 last year and will be cut by 15% more next year. These funds are used partly to offset our expenses as well as purses, etc. Highlights of expenses: employees’ salaries and related expenses are the most important and largest portion of the budget. In April the Maryland General Assembly changed the policy to now require State and (City) employees to pay 2% more into the pension fund. The budget includes a 2% increase to offset the pension fund increase, and a 2% COLA (Employees have not received raises for three years). Donations to non-profit groups will remain the same as the current year. Some local groups have requested significant increases. There is an additional donation of $2,000 for the Worcester County Youth and Family Services Agency. The EMS budget is balanced, including a subsidy from the General Fund of $87,324. The budget includes $20,000 for a part-time employee who would concentrate on downtown and other economic development issues. The funds will be taken from a separate account that was set up with a grant several years ago for downtown business start-up and expansions. The new Police Department building will be remodeled this fall with an estimated cost of $100,000. The budget includes $100,000 for street paving and repairs. The budget will allow the City to continue providing essential services including public safety, water and sewer, ambulance, and street maintenance. The budget is balanced at a total of $8, 548, 71 including water and sewer, ambulance, and general fund. This figure is $2,060,898 less than last year’s budget of $10,602,769.

Mayor Morrison opened the Public Hearing.
Rev. George Tasker thanked the Mayor and Council for including the Worcester County Youth and Family Services in their budget.
With no other comments from the audience (Hawkins, Malloy passed) a motion to close the Public Hearing was approved.

First Reading of Res. No. 447 to set the tax rate for 2011-2012:
Resolution No. 4447
FOR FISCAL YEAR 2011-2012.

First Reading of Res. No. 448 to adopt the proposed budget for fiscal year 2011-2012:
Resolution No. 448
FOR FISCAL YEAR 2011-2012.

First Reading of Res. No 449 to establish certain fees and other charges for fiscal year 2011-2012:
Resolution No. 449

Review proposal for architectural services for improvements to new police station building at 1500 Market Street:City Manager Blake stated that an ad was placed in the paper for proposals and the deadline was last week. No proposals were received. He added that he contacted Becker Morgan Group of Salisbury to ask for a proposal. They stated that they did not see the ad in the paper. He stated that the City may be able to negotiate with them for a proposal and that they were certainly qualified and had experience to do the work. They have done several other police departments in the area.

In a motion (Hawkins, Cottman passed) to allow City Manager Blake to negotiate with Becker Morgan Company a proposal to bring back to the Council.

Review of bids for electrical pedestals and wiring services at City docks. (DNR Grant funding):City Manager Blake stated that this was phase three of the improvements to the City docks. The first two included life rings and ladders. This project would include installing the new pedestals that were purchased last fall. The City received two bids with the low bidder being Fisher Electric in the amount of $57,165.21. (Bid summary attached).
In a motion (Cottman, Downing passed) to accept the low bidder Fisher Electric in the amount of $57,165.21 to install the new pedestals at the docks.

City Attorney to present revised lease agreement between Pocomoke City and Bloosurf Broadband Co. regarding the placement of antennas on City water towers:City Attorney Tilghman stated that he still had some concern regarding the changes that Bloosurf wanted. Bloosurf wanted to delete "and it is agreed by the parties that the minimum rental under each renewal term will cover any and all costs, fees, (including attorney’s fees), or any other expenses associated with Bloosurf’s presence on the tower, including the management of and administration of this contract with Bloosurf" and "or if Bloosurf loses its status as a non-profit corporation". He stated that he had a problem with the changes and wanted the Council’s input.
Councilwoman Cottman stated that she would like him to take the current contract and come to an agreement for the next council meeting June 20. The Council agreed.

City Attorney to introduce Emergency Ord No. 407: An ordinance authorizing the issuance of Pocomoke City Water Quality Bond for Wastewater Treatment Plant Improvements:City Attorney Tilghman stated that MDE needed the Ordinance passed and returned to them before June 30. The Ordinance is authorizing more than we may need but if the project runs over we don’t need to pass another Ordinance. The City would pay back approximately $104,000 with $716,000 being forgiven by the State.
In a motion (Hawkins, Cottman passed) to adopt Ordinance No.407 as an emergency Ordinance to borrow money from MDE to upgrade our Wastewater Treatment Plant. Roll call: Hawkins aye;, Downing aye;, Malloy aye;, Clarke aye;, Cottman aye.

Comments from the Audience:Rev. Barbara Bassuener, from St. Mary the Virgin Episcopal Church, located at 18 3rd Street asked permission to use Cypress Park on Thursdays during the summer months to serve bag lunches to those in need. The lunch would consist of deli-meat sandwich, small bag of chips, fruit, and bottled water. She stated that she could serve between 15-20 people each week.
Councilman Hawkins asked if she was going to advertise this event.
Rev. Bassuener stated that she would.
Councilwoman Cottman asked if this was once a week.
Rev. Bassuener stated that it would be once a week.
Councilman Hawkins asked if she would be using the stage or the pavilion.
Rev. Bassuener stated that she would need to have a small table to serve the lunches from.
Councilman Clarke suggested using the larger pavilion.
Mayor Morrison stated that she would need to coordinate the event with City Hall, and that she would need to work around the Theater Camp which will begin June 23.
In a motion (Malloy, Cottman passed) to grant permission for Rev. Barbara Bassuener to serve bag lunches in Cypress Park during the summer months.

Mayor Morrison suggested that the July meeting be held on Tuesday, July 5..

The Council agreed to meet July 5, at 7:30 P.M. The next meeting will be held on June 20, 2011 at 7:30 P.M.
With no further business (Cottman, Downing passed) a motion was approved to adjourn the meeting at 8:28 P.M.
Approved on ____________________, 2011
Carol L. Justice
City Clerk

Truck and Tractor Pull This Saturday

Broad Street - Pocomoke City
Truck and Tractor Pull

Saturday  June 25, 2011
Show  Time - 7:00 P,M.
Gates Open - 4:00 P.M.
Admission:   $15.00 - Kids  6 and under FREE

East Coast Pullers, LLC Classes: Modified Two Wheel Drive Trucks
Modified Four Wheel Drive Trucks
Super Modified Tractors
Super Stock/Pro Stock Tractors

**Available for the first time - and for this event only- Beer will be sold on premises (Bud, Bud Lite  and Natural Lite) ONLY in a restricted area**

Contact email:
Contact phone: 443-614-3044

Mark Kelly Retires From Navy To Be With Wife

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Captain Mark Kelly, the astronaut who commanded the final Space Shuttle Endeavour flight, will retire from the Navy and NASA to focus on his wife Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords' recovery and work on a memoir with her.

"I want to be by her side. Stepping aside from my work in the Navy and at NASA will allow me to be with her and with my two daughters," Kelly said in a statement posted to his Facebook page on Tuesday.

Giffords is recovering after being shot through the head at a Congressional outreach event in Tucson on January 8.

The as-yet untitled memoir will be published by Scribner, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, which said in a statement it will be a "deeply personal account" of the couple's courtship, Giffords' career in politics and the shooting.
It also will tell the story of her recovery process and trace Kelly's career from decorated Desert Storm combat pilot to his recent mission as shuttle commander, the statement said.

Jeffrey Zaslow, an author and Wall Street Journal columnist, will collaborate on the book, Scribner said.

Zaslow co-wrote "Highest Duty" by pilot Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger, who safely landed a US Airways jet in the Hudson River in January 2009.

A publication date for the memoir has not been set. Scribner said a portion of the net proceeds will go to charity in Tucson and Arizona.

"Gabby and I are forever grateful for the heartfelt support we've received over these many months. We are looking forward to sharing our story," said Kelly in the Scribner statement.

Kelly said he would retire on October 1. He said he hoped to serve the country again in the future.


NASA Rocket Launch From Wallops Set For Thursday

Seventeen educational experiments will fly June 23 on a Terrier- Improved Orion suborbital sounding rocket from NASA’s Launch Range at the Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.

The experiments built by university instructors and students from across the country were developed through programs conducted with the Colorado and Virginia and Space Grant Consortia. The programs are designed to provide participants an introduction in building small experiments that can be launched on sounding rockets.

Based on the approved range schedule, the rocket is set for launch between 6 and 10 a.m. EDT. The backup launch days are June 24 and 25. The rocket will be visible to residents in the Wallops area. The NASA Visitor Center will open at 5 a.m. on launch day for viewing the launch.
The launch will be webcast beginning at 5 a.m. on launch day at:

Launch status can be followed on Twitter at:

Launch status also is available at the Wallops launch status line at 757-824-2050.

Further information on this mission is available on the Internet at:

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Man robbed bank for $1 to cover jail health care

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Desperation apparently drove a North Carolina man to commit a bank robbery last week. What made him sit down and wait for police to arrive to arrest him, is another story.

"I'm sort of a logical person and that was my logic, what I came up with," James Verone said.

Verone says he came to the decision to rob the RBC Bank on Thursday of last week. He had no gun but handed the teller a rather unusual note.

"The note said this is a bank robbery. please only give me one dollar," Verone said.

 Then he did the strangest thing of all.

"I started to walk away from the teller then I went back and said, 'I'll be sitting right over there in the chair waiting for the police," he said.

And that is what he did. So why did he did he do everything he could to get arrested?

"I wanted to make it known that this wasn't for monetary reasons, but for medical reasons," he said.

That's right James Verone says he has no medical insurance. He has a growth of some sort on his chest, two ruptured disks and a problem with his left foot. He is 59 years old and with no job and a depleted bank account. He thought jail was the best place he could go for medical care and a roof over his head. Verone is hoping for a three-year sentence.

He'd then be able to collect social security when he got out, and says he'd head for the beach.

"I've already looked at a condominium. I've spoken to a realtor, on Myrtle Beach," he said.

He admits his story is unusual and says he wouldn't recommend anyone else do what he did, but James Verone says he has no regrets. He says he is getting good medical care now, but the jail doctor accused him of manipulating the system.

"If it is called manipulation, then out of necessity because I need medical care then I guess I am manipulating the courts to get medical care," he said.

Verone may have a little problem with his plan. Because he only demanded one dollar and didn't have a weapon police charged him not with bank robbery, but larceny, so he might not get as much time in the slammer as he was hoping for.


MarVa Theater Performing Arts Center

Thursday is the deadline to sign up for the Introductory Session of Theater Academy!
Call the Box Office at 410-957-4230 to sign your child up today!
This year the Mar-Va Theater Performing Arts Center will bring you three exciting sessions of Theater Academy. We will offer sessions for varying abilities.
Our Introductory Session is for those thespians that are beginning to learn the craft of theater and performing arts. Students with three years or more experience may register for our Advanced or Musical sessions.
Each session culminates in a production.
Sessions are 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM Mon – Fri

Advanced: Midsummer Night’s Dream
Musical: Peter Pan and Wendy

Introductory Session: Ages 8-15
June 27 – July 1
Advanced: Ages 8-17
July 18 – July 29
Musical Session: Ages 8-17
August 1 – 12

Introductory Academy Fee
$100 members / $150 non members

2 Week Academy Fee
$200 Members / $250 Non Members

Hurry! Spots fill up fast! Email Emily to sign your child up!

A New Season Begins

AT 1:16 P.M.

155 Marijuana Plants Seized In Drug Bust

According to Sheriff David Doughty of the Northampton County Sheriff's Office and Major Todd Godwin of the Accomack County Sheriff's Office, their agencies along with the Virginia State Police and the Eastern Shore Drug Task Force conducted marijuana eradication in Accomack and Northampton Counties during the week of June 15-17.

A total of 155 marijuana plants were seized during the operation with a mature street value of over $400,000.00. Multiple arrests are pending and the investigation continues.

If you have any information related to the cultivation of marijuana or any other drug activity, you can contact the appropriate Sheriff's Office or the Eastern Shore Drug Task Force.

 A reward is offered for information that leads to an arrest for the distribution of or the recovery of illegal narcotics and you do not have to provide your identity.

Please contact the appropriate agency at the following numbers:
Accomack County Sheriff's Office 757-787-1131
Northampton County Sheriffs Office 757-678-0458
Eastern Shore Drug Task Force 757-414-0746


~Delmarva Discovery Center~

The Delmarva Discovery Center
2 Market Street
Pocomoke City, MD


The Fintastic Festival
Saturday, June 25 ·
10:00am - 4:00pm

More fun than the Finfest last year!!

Food and drinks for sale in front of building.

Local artist Sara Grangier will demonstrate painting techniques.

Sara did the artwork for the children’s book "Bob the Big Bad Bluefish"

Local artist Ed Kuhn will display fish carvings for sale.

Captain Walt will tell true tales of fishing exploits and demonstrate fishing gear.

Assateague State Park will have children’s games *Bring your camera so you can get your picture taken as a dolphin or a turtle!

10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Face paintings by Tracey Arvidson!

11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Mrs. Coleen Mister will read children’s stories in the Beaver Lodge.

12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Bernadette Gesser, will be reading her book "Bob the Big Bad Bluefish" and talking about fishing with children.

1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Watch a SCUBA diver as she feeds the fish in our 6,000 gallon aquarium

This event is free with paid admission!
 Don't miss out on this day of fun
for more info go to

Barge Collides With Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel

A barge collision shut down northbound traffic on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel on Monday.

About 6:30 p.m. a 140-foot-by-40-foot barge loaded with rocks for an on-going construction project at the bridge came loose from its mooring at the west end and struck the bridge between the two tunnels, said Tom Anderson, deputy director of the facility.

Northbound traffic was halted while the barge was secured and workers could inspect the damage to the bridge. In the meantime, northbound traffic that was stuck at the bridge had to be turned around.

It took about two hours to secure the barge and tow it away. About that time, bridge-tunnel personnel began alternating traffic on the southbound span to help move motorists who were stuck waiting on the northbound side.

The inspection revealed that the bridge sustained only some minor damage. A few pieces of concrete were knocked off a pile of rocks at the bottom of one part of the bridge. Other piles only had scrape marks.
All lanes of traffic reopened before midnight.

The barge was there as part of an on-going project to lay rocks along the bed of the Bay to support the bridge. It was unknown how the barge came loose from its mooring.


No Taxpayer Dollars Are Planned To Be Use In Tangier Barge Project

No taxpayer dollars are planned to be used in a project initiated by Congressman Scott Rigell to help ease erosion on Tangier Island.

In a conference call on Monday morning, Rigell said that as of now no taxpayer dollars will be spent. Rigell, along with Ron Mills of Bay Bridge Enterprises, Mayor James Eskridge of Tangier, and Town Council Member laid out the plan to sink barges on the Islands east side.

Mills said the barges that will be used are seaworthy, will have never been used to transport oil or other substances that could harm the environment, but can no longer be used for commercial undertakings.

The barges will be placed in strategic locations, sunk and then anchored. In the fall, the Army Corps of Engineers will conduct a dredging operation near Tangier Island. Mills said hopefully those involved in this project will be able to convince the Army Corps of Engineers to dump the spoils on and around the sunken barges.

Bay Bridge Enterprises will work in cooperation with the Army Corps of Engineers, the Department of Environmental Quality, the Virginia Marine Resources Commission and the Environmental Protection Agency. The Chesapeake Bay Foundation will also be involved.

Rigell said this project will be complimentary with already existing projects to help erosion and it will help protect the jobs and livelihood of the watermen on Tangier.

Rigell hopes the project will be finished in 3 months, but said 6 months is a more realistic goal.


Monday, June 20, 2011

The Captains Cove Golf and Yacht Club in Greenbackville

The Captains Cove Golf and Yacht Club in Greenbackville, Virginia will cosponser with the  Breast Health & Healing Foundation (BH&HF) a Cancer Tournament on July 9th at 9:00 a.m.  The Tournament will be an 18 hole Florida Scramble with lots of prizes to win and a hat for everyone.  $20 for members and $25 for non members.  Call 757-824-3465 Pro shop

~Clever Inventions~

Things that make you go hmmmm...........OR "why didn't I think of that!"

This gizmo is for the purpose of saving the lives of frogs, toads, lizards, etc. that may get sucked into the skimmer in your swimming pool. You don't  have to pull their lifeless bodies out with your bare hands.  And since these small creatures have no GPS tracking devices it gives them a moment to rest and realise they made the wrong turn. 

So far it works!!