Saturday, December 24, 2011

TIME MACHINE Preview ... Childhood's Christmas Memories

If you have the chance on Christmas Day check The Pocomoke Public Eye for a 1924 newspaper article on Christmas memories and relating them to future generations.

Merry Christmas to all!

Ever Wonder What a Dohickie Was?

Well here ya go.

This  incredible machine was built as a  collaborative  effort between the Robert M. Trammell Music Conservatory and the Sharon  Wick School of Engineering at  the  University of Iowa . Amazingly, 97% of the machine's components came from  John Deere Industries and Irrigation  Equipment  of Bancroft , Iowa . Yes, farm equipment!

It took the team a  combined 13,029 hours (6.26 years) of
  set-up,  alignment, calibration,
and tuning before filming this video but as  you can see, it was WELL worth the effort.

It is now on display in  the Matthew Gerhard Alumni Hall at
  the  University,
and is already slated to be donated to the  Smithsonian

Merry Christmas


"Give us what we demand or we will shoot your loved ones"

Why isn’t this person with the sign
“we will shoot more police" not being arrested?

Take a good look at the sign he is holding! Ok, all you pushing for illegal immigrants' rights.... Here is one of the Reasons we have a problem with it.
We are the ones that will have to pay for the welfare of these immigrants,
depriving all of our natural citizens!!
"Give us what we demand or we will shoot your loved ones" .
This is only one of the several reasons the U.S.A. Is falling apart.

Enough said!

Another Shooting in Pocomoke

Date & Time: 12/22/2011 @ 4:00 P.M. Case #:11-0306

Location Occurred: Ninth Street, Pocomoke, Worcester County, Maryland

Crime or Violation: 1st Degree Attempted Murder, 2nd Degree Attempted Murder, 1st degree assault, 2nd degree assault.

Victim: (Juvenile)

Accused: Darius Tyrell Cotton B/M 18 years old, of 4th Street, Pocomoke, Worcester County, MD 21851


On Thursday, December 22, 2011 at approximately 4:00 P.M. a reported shooting had occurred at 700 block of 9th Street, Pocomoke, Maryland. The Pocomoke Police Department had arrived and secured the scene. A Juvenile victim had suffered a gunshot wound to the right leg. The juvenile was transported to Peninsula Regional Medical Center for treatment. The Pocomoke Police Department had requested the assistance of the Worcester County Bureau of Investigations (W.C.B.I.) and the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office to assist with the additional support. Detectives from (W.C.B.I.) arrived on scene and began conducting interviews. A suspect was identified through numerous interviews. A photo line-up was used and a suspect was identified as Darius Tyrell Cotton, 18 years of age, of the 800 block of 4th street was identified as the shooter. An arrest warrant and a search and seizure warrant were obtained for him.

On Friday December 23, 2011 at approximately 3:00 P.M. the Pocomoke Police Department, along with the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office, Maryland State Police and the Worcester County Bureau of Investigations had conducted a search and seizure warrant at Darius Tyrell Cotton’s residence. He was placed under arrest and taken before a District Court Commissioner where he was held without bond.

The juvenile has since been released from the hospital.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Being Demolished Today

The next time you travel Route 13 heading towards the Maryland/Virginia line you will see a noticable change on  the north bound side.

Being demolished today is the old Route 13 Truck Stop.

Many of us remember when this was a fully operational business many years ago.  Some of the guys we went to school with found summer jobs there.

These photos are a bit fuzzy but you get the idea.    More photos later.

Christopher Baker, 4th Grade Boy, Stuffed Into Duffel Bag By School Employees

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- A 9-year-old autistic boy who misbehaved at school was stuffed into a duffel bag and the drawstring pulled tight, according to his mother, who said she found him wiggling inside as a teacher's aide stood by.

The mother of fourth-grader Christopher Baker said her son called out to her when she walked up to him in the bag Dec. 14. The case has spurred an online petition calling for the firing of school employees responsible.

"He was treated like trash and thrown in the hallway," Chris' mother, Sandra Baker, said Thursday. She did not know how exactly how long he had been in the bag, but probably not more than 20 minutes.
Mercer County schools Interim Superintendent Dennis Davis said confidentiality laws forbid him from commenting.

"The employees of the Mercer County Public Schools are qualified professionals who treat students with respect and dignity while providing a safe and nurturing learning environment," Davis said in a statement.
State education officials said they were investigating.

Chris is a student at Mercer County Intermediate School in Harrodsburg in central Kentucky. The day had barely begun when his family was called to the school because Chris was acting up. He is enrolled in a program for students with special needs.

Walking toward his classroom, Baker's mother saw the gym bag. There was a small hole at the top, she said, and she heard a familiar voice.
"Momma, is that you?" Chris said, according to his mother.


Thursday, December 22, 2011

TIME MACHINE Preview ... Childhood's Christmas Memories

A 1924 newspaper article asks "What are your first memories of Christmas? Can you bring them back through the long years and tell them over again to the children?" And from that point in time it looks ahead to memories being retold to future generations "in 1950, 1975, and even up to 2000..."

It's this Sunday on The Pocomoke Public Eye!

Do you have a local memory to share with PPE readers.. such as a big snow storm, a favorite school teacher, a local happening, something of interest your parents or grandparents told you about? It can be just a line or two or more if you wish. Your name won't be used unless you ask that it be. Send to and watch for it on a future TIME MACHINE posting!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Christmas Lights in Pittsville

If you haven't seen the Christmas Lights on the houses in Pittsville you really need to take a short trip over there.

Times are tight so they have a schedule this year thanks to Obama!

The lights are displayed Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights... And Santa is there for the little'uns too.

There is also a donation box at the entrance, please make a donation as when you see these lights and all the other decorations and even animated and moving things and figures you will know how much time and money goes into this setup. It really is unbelievable to see it has to be over a million lights just draped across the house.

Sorry about the picture quality I took these with my very old flip phone. 


That's my Girl right here

And Here...

And Here....

Crabs For Christmas!

A week before Christmas in 2010 I spent a few days in Baltimore City.  The morning of my departure was a bitter cold morning in the early hours with the complete trip to the city hampered by nothing else but the winter precipitation everyone loves (except for me) SNOW!!

We made it there and my husband made the return trip home - the same day- safely. 

I am not a 'city' person.  I am not a fast paced person - unless I want to be.  But I managed to endure four whole days in the University of Maryland Hospital with my daughter. (no need to worry- she's fine) 

While my daughter recuperated I spent my days snapping photos and chatting with those around me within the area of the hospital - which actually resembles a mall in the lobby.  Weather was the topic of choice the first day.  (my displeasure of it and the fear my daughter and I would not be back on the Eastern Shore for Christmas).  Most people in Baltimore like the snow.  My final decision for their true love for the white mess is because many have never traveled on the country roads during a slippery and snowy time.  After all, where I come from if you can't go you don't go. 

There are many wonderful people up there and I made friends with those I will never see again.  Aside from the ways  the many people in Baltimore think, and do things there are TWO things that we have in common.  ACCENT!  With  the first syllable from my mouth they knew I was from the 'shore' and I knew I was in Balitmore! 

Secondly, CRABS!  Can you imagine they believe the crabs in Baltimore are the best crabs?  Well, being the 'southern gal' that I am I didn't argue even though I do know better.

So to all those I met at the University of Maryland Hospital that helped me through those days last year and discussed the Eastern Shore with  me have a MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR.  And to the gentleman that knows more about Ocean City than I do HAPPY HANUKKAH!

This video is for all of you...



A Fulfilling Way To Be A Secret Santa.........

Due to lack of donations and toys this holiday season the Pocomoke City Police Department did not host their annual Christmas party for the needy families in the area.

There is still a great need for your support!

Angel at the Pocomoke Police Dept. is  still accepting donations to be given to these less fortunate children.

Please give and while visiting the Pocomoke Police Dept. with your kind donation for this year make a pledge to donate in the next Christmas season.

Even the smallest donation will make some childs Christmas Day brighter!

  EDITOR: Alrighty Pocomoke lets get going! "Not enough toys"? This IS NOT the Pocomoke that I grew up in and know so well.... C'mon Pocomoke lets get those toys to the Police station and get this thing done, we don't have much time... to our readers, please send this to everyone local in your address book. The needed Pocomoke kids need our help. Lets go Pocomoke!... Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Accomack Sheriff Says Father Murdered Mother, Two Children, and Tenant of Home

According to Sheriff Todd Godwin, on Thursday, December 15 at approximately 5:10 p.m., the Accomack County Sheriff's Office received a report of a possible suicide at a residence on 6th Street in the Gargatha area of Accomack County. Upon the initial deputy's arrival, the bodies of five deceased individuals were discovered inside the residence. Accomack County Investigators spent hours processing the scene, collecting evidence and conducting interviews and a Medical Examiner's investigation has determined that all five individuals died as a result of gunshot wounds.

The five deceased persons have been identified as 20 yr old Zayday Reyes, 27 yr old Evelyn Colon-Matias, 10 yr old Jesus Angel Quintero-Colon, 9 yr old Ana Estefani Quintero-Colon and 37 yr old Esteban Quintero-Gonzales.

Based on evidence at the scene and interviews conducted, it appears at this time that Esteban Quintero-Gonzales forced his way into the residence on 6th Street and shot the other 4 victims and then himself. Esteban Quintero-Gonzales was the father of Jesus Angel Quintero-Colon and Ana Estefani Quintero-Colon and was involved in ongoing custody hearings with the children's mother, Evelyn Colon-Matias. Zayday Reyes was a tenant at the 6th Street location and had been allowing Evelyn and her two children to stay at the residence.

Assisting the Accomack County Sheriff's Office in this investigation was the Virginia State Police.

The investigation into this incident is continuing.


Sara McMeen Shot 3 Children, Boyfriend, Herself In Illinois Town: Police (VIDEO)

CHICAGO — An Illinois woman shot each of her three children, including a 10-month-old baby, in the head before apparently killing herself, authorities said Monday. Investigators arriving on the scene found their bodies in the backyard, the woman's hands stained with soot from firing the gun.

Authorities released new details on the shootings in Emington, a farming community with 117 residents about 85 miles southwest of Chicago. Neighbors have said the gunfire erupted moments after McMeen's two older children got off a school bus on Friday.

Investigators found the body of her live-in boyfriend, Daniel Warren, 29, inside the couple's rented home. They found McMeen, 30, and her three children in the backyard.

Next-door neighbor Annelise Fiedler told The Associated Press on Saturday that she ran out of her house when she heard the first burst of gunfire. She saw McMeen hovering over her baby as if she had dropped her.

Fiedler asked McMeen if everything was all right.

"She looked at me and said, `No, everything is not all right,'" Fiedler said. Then, McMeen shot the baby.

Autopsy results released Monday said 10-month-old Maggie Warren had two gunshot wounds in the head and a separate wound where a bullet grazed her neck.

McMeen's two older children, 8-year-old Skyler Lemke and 7-year-old Ian Lemke, also were shot in the head. Autopsy results showed Skyler died of two gunshot wounds to the head and one to the upper back. Ian was shot once in the head.

Daniel Warren, 29, had gunshot wounds in the back and neck, authorities said.


Monday, December 19, 2011

"Jingle Bells" In Perfect Harmony

Dogs barking "Jingle Bells" for a Pedigree commercial in perfect harmony -
Well, almost.

Pocomoke Police Confiscate $1k in Fake Bills at Walmart, Arrest Suspects

POCOMOKE CITY — The Walmart Supercenter in Pocomoke City was the target of a counterfeit scheme that also victimized stores in Fruitland. Two suspects are behind bars for the crimes.

Mary Guirand of Stanford, Conn., and Antwan Freeman of Dover were arrested on a warrant by Pocomoke police after investigators recovered $1,100 in fake bills allegedly used by the suspects to make Walmart purchases.

According to police, a suspect was seen on video surveillance purchasing an iPad at the Pocomoke Walmart, while a second suspect was filmed purchasing other items and receiving change back. Both suspects paid for merchandise with fake $100 bills, police said.

Police investigators, called by store management to examine the currency, recovered the fake bills and learned that merchandise purchased in Pocomoke had been returned for cash at stores in Fruitland. Police did not name the Fruitland businesses.

Both Guirand and Freeman remained behind bars late Friday.


Pocomoke City Restaurant

One week before Christmas Day - December 18, 2011/ Sunday

Progress seems to be moving right along......

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Walk Through Bethlehem

Wow! It's that time of year again.

Don't miss the "Walk through Bethlehem" at Lynnhaven Baptist Church, if you have never visited this wonderful event you have missed a really well orchestrated live Christmas display.

The "Walk through Bethlehem" at Lynnhaven Baptist Church is exactly that, it's a recreated Town of Bethlehem built and put together by volunteers. The Town has actual Bethlehem buildings, stable, manger, etc. it's complete with real animals and the scenic route and buildings are occupied by volunteers dressed in biblical attire.

This is admission free (donations accepted) and a must see for all ages and will leave you with a life long memory.

Take the "Walk Through Bethlehem" today, you will not be disappointed. 

"Walk through Bethlehem" Dates: 
December  10, 11, 16, 17 & 18 - 6:00 to 9:00 pm
To visit Lynnhaven Baptist Church web site CLICK HERE>>

TIME MACHINE ... Christmas Eve, 1897

(Reader-friendly viewing of newspaper archives material)




It appears from this article that more than a century ago it was Christmas eve that was the most anticipated time for holiday shopping.


December 24, 1897

(Woodland Daily Democrat- Woodland, California)


Children Will Catch A Glimpse Of Fairyland

People With Christmas Memories In Their Minds And Christmas Cheer In Their Hearts

Those who have had the opportunity to watch the people surge up and down the street this afternoon know is has been a busy day for the merchants, and without the use of the calendar they could easily determine the date. Indeed, if a resident of one of the planets could drop in on us unannounced he would know it was the day before Christmas on account of the industrious manner in which people are picking up odds and ends to fill the toe and heel of the Christmas stocking and add to the happiness of Santa Claus' day.

And this holiday rush will continue far into the evening because Christmas Eve is everybody's evening. It is the evening when all take the evening off from the ordinary occupations of their ordinary existences and spend that evening down town in the interests of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. It is the evening when the day laborer and the capitalist rejoice together in common cause that work is over, at least for a brief season. It is the evening when the best girl shares the pleasure of the best young man. It is the evening when whole families of young children get their first glimpse of the fairyland of Christmas and of the treasures piled high behind protecting windows, and of the white-whiskered and mysterious old man who shakes their hands, takes their names and promises them on the fairth of a Santa Claus a present of a doll or a drum on Christmas morning.

This evening being Christmas eve the electric lights on the streets, the electric lights over the store entrances, the electric lights that mist fantastically across the facade of tall buildings will flare their brightest radiance for the benefit and happiness of the passing throng. Windows will blaze with twinkling jets and reflect the shades of tinted glows upon the colors of the goods below. Light and darkness will chase each other up and down a continuous chain decorating the edge of our tallest structures. Lights will flicker from the branches of the Christmas trees and gladden the hearts of the children.

Christmas eve is the night when the green foliage of Christmas brings a breath of spring, and this evening it will be a cheerful spectacle to see the bright holly leaves, shining with the seasons good will, the hollie berries, red as the season's charity, the mistletoe hinting at furture pleasures and the joys of future frolics, the evergreens filling the streets with Christmas odors and the minds of the passing throng with Christmas memories and their hearts with Christmas cheer. This evening windows will blaze with light and glow with color. Pavements will resound with noisy clamor. Stores that are filled with a bewildering wealth of holiday treasures will be thronged with eager, admiring purchasers. But after all it will be the people who give life and animation to the spectable that will make the scene worth seeing, and the night worth living. It will be a crowd to watch and mingle in, to become part of it in the pleasure, in contentment, in wonder and in that satisfactory feeling of accomplished work and anticipated rest.




Do you have a local memory to share with PPE readers.. such as a big snow storm, a favorite school teacher, a local happening, something of interest your parents or grandparents told you about? It can be just a line or two or more if you wish. Your name won't be used unless you ask that it be. Send to and watch for it on a future TIME MACHINE posting!