Saturday, March 31, 2012

Melson Power Show Opening Soon !!





Saturday, May 12th
Registration @ 3 PM
Events begin @ 5 PM

More info coming soon.....

TIME MACHINE Preview ... Passing Era Of The Old Eastern Shore Doctors.

The Eastern Shore doctor... "is now typified by a young, aggressive, business-like physician...a cold now a clear-cut matter of business...discovery upon discovery of new drugs...the 'spirit of commercialism' has entered into the sickroom...the Hippocratic oath is now a relic of antiquity...the stupendous field of medical science today in which one man can hope to master little more than one branch..."

These words weren't written recently, they're from a newspaper article published more than a century ago... in 1903!
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!



Pit Beef Sandwich w/ Side
Drink ~ $7.95
1/2 Rack of Ribs & 1/2 BBQ Chicken w/ 2 Sides ~ $17.95

From the Cook -
"Smoker will be cooking".

See you there.....

Virginia Sheriffs' Institute Scholarship Program

Accomack County Sheriff Todd E. Godwin announced today that he is accepting applications for the Virginia Sheriffs' Institute Scholarship Program. The VSI Program was established to provide an opportunity for young people across Virginia to pursue an educational curriculum in law enforcement or criminal justice.

Full-time and Part-time students are eligible for this program and all applicants must meet the requirements set forth by the Virginia Sheriffs' Institute in order to qualify as a recipient of the VSI scholarship award.

Applicants must live in the locality where the sheriff is a member of the Virginia Sheriffs' Institute and must be accepted to Virginia Colleges and Universities with a major in the criminal justice field.

All students interested in the Virginia Sheriffs' Institute Scholarship Program for the 2012/2013 school year should contact Karen C. Barrett of the Accomack County Sheriff's Office @ 787-1131, 824-5666, or 891-2489.

Applications may be obtained from the Accomack County Sheriffs Office and must be completed and returned by April 13, 2012.

"Musical Traditions" At The Delmarva Discovery Center On Saturday Afternoon

The Delmarva Discovery Center Presents
Musical Traditions
with Diana Wagner
March 31st at 2pm to 3pm 
For more information contact 410.957.9933

Diana Wagner is an acoustic musician and folksinger who preserves and shares contemporary, historic, and traditional folk music. As an historian, collector, and performer of local and regional music, Diana gives voice to our musical traditions and tells the stories behind the songs. 

Come hear her at the DDC on March 31st at 2pm! Free with paid admission to the Delmarva Discovery Center.  This event is appropriate for all ages.

Mar-Va Theater This Saturday Night

Comedian & Songwriter
Aaron Wilburn
March 31st
(Saturday Evening)
7 PM
Mar-Va Theater

Don't miss the chance to see Aaron Wilburn who has been a feature on the Gaither Homecoming Tour! He has endeared himself to thousands with his down-home brand of humor.

$7.50 in advance
$10 at the door
*Group Rates Available.*
Tickets can be purchased in advance at the following locations:
(Pocomoke City)  
Outten Brothers

(Pocomoke City or Salisbury)  
RobinAnne's Quilt Shop
(Pocomoke City)  
or by calling 410.726.5029
**Event sponsored by Glad Tidings Assembly of God**

Friday, March 30, 2012

Spring Shoppers Fair - On Saturday

Shoppers Fair
Pocomoke Fairgrounds
Broad Street
Pocomoke City, MD.

March 31, 2012
10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Vendors include: Mary Kay,
Thirty-one, Scentsy candles, Tupperware, Party Lites
** also added~ Doll Clothes & Craft Items**

Shopper Admission $1 -- Door Prizes.

~Fair kitchen open for sandwiches and drinks.~

For information call: 443-614-4456 or 410-726-2300.

Pocomoke City Police Department


March 16, 2012 to March 30, 2012

3-17-2012        Pocomoke Police Officers conducted a traffic stop for a vehicle travelling upon the roadway with extremely loud music.  Upon contact with the driver, the Officer detected an odor of marijuana emanating from the vehicle.  A Probable Cause Search was conducted and suspected marijuana was located in the vehicle ashtray.  Ioannis Agathos, 22, of Pocomoke City, MD was placed under arrest for “Possession of Marijuana” and related traffic offenses.  Agathos was released on his own recognizance pending trial.

3-21-2012        Pocomoke Police Officers responded to the Pocomoke High School in reference to a student found to be in possession of a suspected controlled dangerous substance on school grounds.  Enrique Armondo Farrar, 18, of Pocomoke City, MD was found to be in possession of a pouch, which contained suspected marijuana wrapped in plastic wrap.  Farrar was removed from the school grounds and arrested and charged with “CDS Possession Marijuana” and was released on his own recognizance pending trial.

3-22-2012        Pocomoke Police Officers responded to a call at the Pocomoke Wal-Mart for a subject trespassing on their property after receiving prior notification.  Upon arrival, Officers met with Store Security and an individual identified as Robert Boyd Hayman, 65, of Pocomoke City, MD.  Hayman had previously been issued a Three (3) year Judicial Order not to trespass upon the property of Wal-Mart which stemmed from a previous theft case at the store.  Hayman was arrested and charged with “Trespass” and was released on his own recognizance pending trial.

3-29-2012        Pocomoke Police Officers were dispatched to the Pocomoke Wal-Mart in reference to a Theft.  Upon arrival, Store Security met Officers in reference to a subject who intentionally walked past all point of sales without stopping to purchase items that were concealed on her person.  Megan Benton Bowden, 26, of Pocomoke City, MD was arrested and charged with “Theft” of over $300 worth of merchandise.  Bowden was placed on a $5,000 Bond and transported to the Worcester County Jail.

3-28-2012        Pocomoke City Police arrested Joseph Iberhim Ahmed of Pocomoke for intentionally providing a “False Statement to an Officer” regarding a motor vehicle theft that was reported on March 15, 2012.  Ahmed was released on his own recognizance pending trial.

Chief Kelvin Sewell
Pocomoke City Police Department

From Pocomoke City Police Chief Kelvin Sewell

Commendation Letter

I received a letter of appreciation from a local business on March 26, 2012 for the exceptional job from the Pocomoke City Police Officers & Worcester County Sheriff’s Deputy while handling a complaint at their business location. The letter goes to say on March 24, 2012 the responder of the business was contacted to respond to the scene in reference to a suspicious person on the property. The Officers made contact with the responder to complete an interior check due to the officers finding a rear window unlocked and rear screen door damaged. While two (2) Officers were conducting the search, the assisting Officer held the possible suspect until the officers were complete to see if anything was missing. The business was very fortunate Officers located this individual when they did as nothing was missing or disturbed. This is a great example of what happens when agencies work together.

It’s Officers like them that continue to make Pocomoke City a safer place for our citizens. Your dedication and commitment are an inspiration to us all.
Chief Kelvin Sewell
Pocomoke City Police
March 30, 2012

Reminder: Easter Egg Hunt - Delmarva Discovery Center


$500 Million~ All-time Lottery Jackpot Record

Don't forget to buy a lottery  ticket! 
YOU could be the big winner !!

By Todd Northrop
There will be a lot of daydreaming going on this week around America.

Dreaming about what it would be like to win a half-billion dollars.

That's because Tuesday's Mega Millions drawing did not produce a winner, sending the game into uncharted territory.  The new jackpot for Friday, March 30, 2012 — $476 million $500 million — has officially broken the record for the largest lottery jackpot ever offered worldwide.

And if past ticket sales are any indication of what will happen this week, the jackpot may get bigger — much bigger — by the time the drawing kicks off.

Doubtless, there will be a rush of media pundits clamoring to cite the tiny chance each player has of winning. 

There will probably be a thousand different analogies designed to explain how small the chances are.  Maybe someone will compare it to the odds of getting hit by lightning while at the same time being eaten by a shark.

But no matter how hard they try to convince people to resist the urge to play, the pundits are up against a simple fact: there is enough money at stake to make even the most pessimistic person fork over a buck or two at the lottery ticket counter this week.

To get an idea of how many tickets are being sold, the Mega Millions jackpot estimate was raised a staggering $137 million in just one drawing.  It normally takes at least 9 consecutive drawings to raise the jackpot by that amount.

Likewise, the lump-sum cash option of Friday's jackpot is $341.4 million $359.4 million — an increase of $99.6 million from Tuesday.  Unimaginable.

Lotteries are typically conservative when estimating jackpots, to ensure that the actual jackpot amount is not less than the estimate.  Often the jackpot is much higher than the estimate by the time all ticket sales are accounted for.

In the case of a world-record lottery jackpot, it's anyone's guess how much higher it will go.

Friday's world-record Mega Millions jackpot is the result of an unprecedented 18 consecutive drawings without a top-prize winner.  The jackpot started off as a $12 million grand prize on January 27th, and has continued to be drawn without a winner for two months.


Chincoteague Island Easter Decoy & Art

33rd Annual Easter Decoy
 & Art Festival

April 6 & 7, 2012
Friday, April 6   Noon to 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 7     9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 7  Auction  7:30 p.m.
Chincoteague Combined School
4586 Main St.
Chincoteague Island, VA  23336
Local and national carvers and artists of all kinds exhibit and sell their works.  Awards are given in various categories.  Wooden Easter Eggs decorated by the exhibitors are offered in a silent auction.  A live auction of donated works at 7:30 p.m. Saturday evening caps off the weekend. 
Admission to the show is $3.00 per day.
(children under 12 are free--no admission to auction)

Fax: 757-336-1242

Meet the Exhibitors
    (updated as applications come in)

Michael & karla adcocK
vic & ellen berg


bob booth

jimmy bowden




lisa byrd

jay & lilly cherrix

bill cowen

billy crockett


harry danforth

rocky detwiler

shannon dimmig

lou doughty


robert gray

bill hickson

james johnson

ed kuhn

matt mason sr.

cork mcgee

ron rosciszewski

ronnie stevens

bill veasey

michael veasey



Ryan wooster

2012 artists

denise bennett

grover cantwell jr.


pat ellison

sarah grangier

janet hong

mary jager

C. jean ketner-loeffert


carl "spike" knuth

ellen lawler

tina mccloud


jenny somers

rose tayloR

donnie thornton

richard toft

mary LOU


nancy richards

susan wheeler

         & OTHERS



























Thursday, March 29, 2012



1/2 BBQ Smoked Chicken w/ Side
& Drink ~ $7.95

Full Rack of Ribs w/ Side
& Drink ~ $17.95


From Richard Douglas U.S. Candidate For Senate- Maryland 2012

In Case You Missed It:
Press Coverage of Richard Douglas
SBY news:  Douglas on Sen. Cardin's Speech re: Trayvon Martin / 3.28.12
"We haven't heard the Senator make floor speeches about over 200 men and women murdered in Baltimore City and Prince George's county within a one-year period, " said Douglas. "Trayvon Martin's death is a tragedy, and our prayers are with his family. But let's remember that this is an election year and not forget our people here at home when career politicians seek media attention."
citybizlist: Congress, Not Supreme Court, May Ultimately Decide Fate of Obamacare / 3.27.12
"Many Americans hope the court overturns the mandate, while Maryland, on the other hand, filed a friend-of-the court brief urging that the law is upheld."  

Baltimore Sun: Douglas Runs First TV Commercial in GOP Primary/ 3.27.12  
"Cardin votes against the Keystone pipeline, gas prices go up," the narrator says in the 30-second ad as words are written on a chalkboard and images of a classroom are shown. "Cardin votes for Obamacare, costs skyrocket...After 45 years, it's time to retire Ben Cardin. Vote Richard Douglas for a better economy." 
Easton Star-Democrat: Taking on Ben Cardin / 3.26.12
When Governor O'Malley pops up with his gas tax idea, what do you hear from Mr. Cardin? a deafening silence. What you should hear is bloody hell being raised. If I were your senator, you would hear bloody hell being raised.  

Douglas said Sen. Cardin recently voted against the Transportation Empowerment Act, legislation introduced to lower the federal gas tax and devolve the power of the Federal Highway Trust Fund back to the states.

WMAR TV:  Douglas on the Economy / 3.26.12
"Why would Senator Cardin vote against the Keystone pipeline?  It just doesn't make sense.  It would bring jobs to places all over the country including Bethlehem Steel in Dundalk where 30 years ago there were over 30,000 jobs and today there are less than 2000." 

Monoblogue: Douglas on Cardin, O'Malley / 3.26.12  
Rich compared Ben Cardin to a brick in a wall - as the mortar is wearing away, soon the brick would drop from the wall and the remainder of the house would follow. And Douglas wasn't going to be timid in his role, either, warning "Martin O'Malley is going to be one unhappy fella" when Rich wins. "(He'll) wish he'd never heard my name," continued Douglas, because he has a "duty to speak" as a Senator. Douglas promised to be our voice and vote in the Senate. 

Pocomoke Public Eye: Douglas on Cardin re: North Korea / 3.26.12  
"North Koreans, caught in a crushing vice formed by Pyongyang and Beijing, are the forgotten victims of communist oppression," said Douglas. " Maryland does not need a US Senator who chirps pathetic State Department talking points and calls it 'statesmanship.'"

citybizlist: Douglas Urges Common Sense, Not Tax Hike / 3.22.12
"The Annapolis tax-a-thon marches on."  

SBY News:  Douglas Questions Cardin's Opposition to Cutting Federal Gas Tax / 3.22.12  
Appearing on radio stations WCBC and WFRB in western Maryland, where gas prices hover at $4 per gallon, Douglas condemned Cardin's failure to support a Senate bill that would have reduced the current federal gax tax from 18.4 cents per gallon to 3.7 cents over five years. 
Pocomoke Public Eye:  Douglas Blasts Luxury Tax / 3.23.12 
Richard Douglas, candidate for U.S. Senator, noted that the Maryland General Assembly's House Ways and Means Committee is holding hearings today on a "Luxury  Surcharge" tax that would affect boat, airplane and other vehicle owners.  
Monoblogue: Controversy Erupts in U.S. Senate Race / 3.23.12  
It's likely he's hammering incumbent Ben Cardin on his lack of support for the DeMint amendment to lower the federal gasoline tax and begin devolving the federal program to states, or Cardin's reluctance to decry the "Annapolis tax-a-thon," as Rich called it in a recent statement. 

Upcoming Radio:  

WQMR "Power Talk" 1590 AM 3/29 11:20 a.m.

WBAL "Jimmy Mathis" 1090 AM 3/31 7:30 am

Bayside Community Church In Pocomoke City ~ Their Mission To Help Others

Many people, when planning a trip to a warm tropical destination, select one with quiet clean beaches, great food and spend a few days relaxing.

And then there are those from the Bayside Community Church in Pocomoke City, who after weeks of yard sales, bbq's, and fund raisers opted out from the bikinis, flip flops,  umbrella drinks and basking in the warm sun. Their wardrobe for those few hot tropical days consists of work boots, gloves and in some cases, a tool belt. And let's not forget the muscle power they took along with them on their journey.

Village men help with the demolition of the old church in their village. 

Their mission? To take down and remove a church in a small village located in the Dominican Republic....and rebuild it!

Team A removes the foundation of what was once a church made from tin and sticks in the Dominican Republic
 Team A arrived in the Dominican Republic on March 28th and have been busy working with the village people to remove their old church. Team B leaves within the next couple days to  aid in rebuilding  the church. Both teams will return April 6th.

I can't wait to see what the new church will look like.

You can find Bayside Community Church and more amazing photos of  this mission  on facebook.  These photos from Bayside Community Church facebook page.  Best of luck to each and every one of you.  Stay safe.

TIME MACHINE Preview ... Passing Era Of The Old Eastern Shore Doctors.

The Eastern Shore doctor... "is now typified by a young, aggressive, business-like physician...a cold now a clear-cut matter of business...discovery upon discovery of new drugs...the 'spirit of commercialism' has entered into the sickroom...the Hippocratic oath is now a relic of antiquity...the stupendous field of medical science today in which one man can hope to master little more than one branch..."

These words were not written recently, they're from a newspaper article published more than a century ago... in 1903!
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!

Breakfast With The Easter Bunny !

Mudbog Banquet

Reminder to Gumboro/Crisfield Mudbog drivers, crews, etc:

The Awards Banquet for the 2011 racing season will be held Saturday, March 31, 2012  at the Crisfield Elks.  Dinner is at 7:00 PM. 

Awards will be handed out during the evening.

If you have any questions contact Charlie Price

2012 Mudbog Racing Schedule

Gumboro - May 5th

Crisfield - May 27th (Sunday)

Crisfield - July 21st (Night)

Crisfield - Sept. 1st

Gumboro - Oct. 13th

Delmarva Discovery Center - Save The Date

Illinois Congressman Thrown Off House Floor For Wearing Hoodie

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Ill.) was thrown off the House floor Wednesday after wearing a hoodie and sunglasses in protest of the Trayvon Martin shooting in Florida.

"Racial profiling has to stop," Rush said as he peeled off his suit jacket to reveal a hoodie underneath, at which point he pulled the hood over his head and replaced his glasses with sunglasses. "Just because someone wears a hoodie does not make them a hoodlum."

Rush began citing passages from the Bible about the need "to do justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God" and about being "sent ... to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and to recover the sight to the blind and to set the oppressed free .... I urge all men who hear these words to heed these lessons."

Rep. Gregg Harper (R-Miss.), who was presiding over the chamber at the moment, repeatedly hammered the gavel and tried to interrupt Rush, but he kept talking with a louder voice.

"May God bless Trayvon Martin's soul, his family," Rush shouted. He was still yelling as he was escorted off the floor by the House Sergeant at Arms.

Harper said Rush violated House rules by wearing a hoodie and reminded those in the chamber of the rules.

"Clause 5 of Rule 17 prohibits the wearing of hats in the chamber when the House is in session," Harper said after Rush had been taken out. "The chair finds that the donning of a hood is not consistent with this rule. Members need to remove their hoods or leave the floor."

A request for comment from Rush's office was not immediately returned.


Bailed Denied Again For Virginia Beach Police Officer

Bradley Colas
 PHOTO Hyunsoo Leo Kim/ Virginia Pilot
By Sarah Hutchins
Wednesday March 28, 2012
As a two-hour hearing in Circuit Court came to a close Wednesday, Virginia Beach police Officer Bradley Colas told firefighters he was sorry for what happened earlier this month, when he's accused of attacking rescue workers after a car crash.

Testifying in a white jail jumpsuit, Colas told the firefighters he would do what he could to make things right. His mother, who lives in upstate New York, has offered to move in with her son in Virginia Beach until the case ends. If granted bond, the officer also agreed to see a psychiatrist and give up his weapon.

However, for the second time this month, a judge denied Colas' bond request, citing the need to further understand whether his actions were signs of a psychotic disorder or, as the officer and his attorney argue, a terrible reaction to an antibiotic.

Virginia State Police initially charged Colas with two counts of malicious bodily injury to law enforcement or rescue workers after he crashed his car on the side of Lankford Highway the morning of March 4. He said he was on his way to find Jesus and protect his ex-girlfriend, who he believed was in danger.

During an earlier bond hearing, Colas said he had tried to kill the rescue workers because an antibiotic he was taking caused him to believe they were trying to hurt him.

A psychiatrist hired by his attorney testified at both hearings that the officer's behavior was likely the result of side effects of Biaxin, a brand name for clarithromycin. Colas had been taking the prescription medication to treat a respiratory infection and he said it caused him to hallucinate and suffer from insomnia.

Psychotic reactions to the antibiotic are rare, but documented in medical journals, testified Dr. Thomas Tsao, the psychiatrist retained by Colas' attorney, Moody E. "Sonny" Stallings Jr., to evaluate Colas. Tsao said he believed the officer's behavior was due to the medication. Colas said he is not on medication in jail, and Tsao said the officer has exhibited no further unusual behavior.

A neurologist who treated Colas at Riverside Shore Memorial Hospital after the crash said Wednesday he couldn't make a diagnosis without following up after the officer's hospital discharge.
Colas could have experienced acute drug-induced psychosis, Dr. Robert Paschall said, or the first episode of a more serious psychotic disorder.

"I wanted this patient to go to a psychiatric facility," Paschall told the judge.

During the hearing, family members, a friend and an instructor from the Virginia Beach Police Academy testified to Colas' character and reputation. In a written statement, Colas' parents said they pray for the full recovery of the firefighters who were injured.

"We are confident that as... facts about clarithromy-cin-related manic episodes are brought to light, that Bradley will be fully exonerated...," they wrote.

Colas, who turned 24 Wednesday, testified for a second time to tell a judge what happened.

"To all the firefighters here," he said, turning to a row of men sitting in the back of the room, "I am so sorry you had to go through this nightmare."
"I hope that in time you'll be able to forgive me," Colas said.

In the back of the room, someone nodded.

"This is a most unfortunate situation," Judge W. Revell Lewis III said before delivering his decision. Colas came from a good family and was following his dreams to become a police officer, he said.

"On March 4 here in Accomack County, he snapped."

Like Commonwealth's Attorney Gary Agar, Lewis said he still had concerns about what caused the officer to act violently.

While medical journals acknowledge psychotic side effects to clarithromycin, Lewis said few patients go on to commit criminal acts.

The judge ruled the case will go Monday before a grand jury, which will decide whether Colas should face trial.

Colas remains employed by the Virginia Beach Police Department and will remain in the Accomack County Jail until the case is resolved.



Annual Dinner Meeting
Pocomoke Community Center
April 10th at 6 PM
Tickets: $20
Menu Includes:
Beef & Dumplings with Mashed Potatoes & Gravy, Turnip Greens, Baked Corn, Pickled Beets, Cornbread, Iced Tea, Coffee, & Dessert
by the Pocomoke Fire Co. Ladies Auxiliary
Thank you for your continued support throughout the years. We sincerely appreciate it and hope that you'll join us on Tuesday evening, April 10th.
Tickets can be purchased at the Mar-Va Box Office or on our website before noon on April 3rd.
If you're unable to attend the new date and have already purchased tickets, please contact the Box Office for your refund.
We apologize for the inconvenience.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012



Pulled Chicken Sandwich/ w Side
Drink ~ $7.50

1/2  Rack Ribs and 1/2 Chicken w/ 2 Sides


Pocomoke City Mayor and Council Meeting Minutes/ /February 2012

Pocomoke City
Mayor and Council Meeting Minutes
February 6, 2012

The regular meeting of the Pocomoke Mayor and Council was held in the Council Chambers at City Hall on Monday, February 6, 2012. The meeting was called to order at 7:30 P.M.
Present: Mayor Bruce Morrison

Council Members: Rob Clarke, Tracey Cottman,
Diane Downing, Donald L. Malloy
City Manager Russell W. Blake
City Clerk Carol L. Justice
Review MinutesIn a motion (Malloy, Downing passed), to approve the minutes of January 9, 2012.
Review Bills:In a motion (Cottman, Downing passed), the bills presented to be paid. (Copy of bill list attached to original minutes).
Mayor to welcome members of Webelos #1 - Troop 143 Pocomoke City:Scout Leader John Hickman introduced the scouts and adult leaders in the audience. He said that this is the first year of Webelos #1. These boys have come up through the Cub Scouts. They are working on their Webelos badges, which will take two years. One of the requirements of Webelos is a Citizenship Badge. In order to get the badge, they need to see community leaders in action, and we appreciate the Mayor and Council for having us tonight.
Mayor Morrison thanked the troop for coming.

Representatives of the Delmarva Discovery Center to discuss plans for future events and continued support:Brian Garrett, Executive Director of Delmarva Discovery Center, said that the DDC would like to request a loan in the amount of $60,000 to be drawn on as needed, with a deferred payment for one year and repaid within seven (7) years. We would like to have the ability to draw up to $60,000, in order to maintain the current level of service to the schools, and the community and to avoid program reductions at the Center until the summer season. This will also allow the Discovery Center to capitalize on much needed advertising in advance of the tourist season. Mr. Garrett stated that they recognize and appreciate the prior support that the City has provided them, and hope that the City will look favorably on their request. In an effort to improve the cash flow for the upcoming years a new "Ways and Means" committee has been established, to seek new programming to generate funds for the Discovery Center.
Mayor Morrison asked what type of events has the Discovery Center done or will be doing to raise funds for the Center.
Mr. Garrett stated that they just held the Gala on Saturday night, with a live auction which raised over $5,400. We are continuing to grow the school business; it tripled last spring and we are expecting it to be the same this year. We are focusing on increasing tourist visits this summer by advertising more.
Mayor Morrison asked if they were still negotiating with UMES on a possible collaboration.
Mr. Garrett answered that the Discovery Center has not given it up, but until there is a new UMES administration they cannot go any further with plans. We also continue to work with the County, the Board of Education and the neighboring counties.
Councilman Malloy asked City Manager Blake if there is enough money in the budget to proceed with this request.
City Manager Blake stated that they could use funds from the contingency account. Very little of that money has been used so far, and we are in the eighth month of the fiscal year.
Mayor Morrison stated that he would like to make installments to the Discovery Center as needed, on a monthly basis.
Councilwoman Cottman stated that at the last meeting it was suggested that the Discovery Center submit monthly expense requirements, and the City would review it and advance loan funds as appropriate.
City Manager Blake stated that we will need a written agreement between the City and Discovery Center and which will state how the money would be disbursed.
In a motion (Malloy, Cottman passed) to provide a loan to the Discovery Center for up to $60,000 to be paid in monthly installments as needed through June 30, 2012. Loan funds to be repaired to City over seven (7) years period, with no payments in first year.
Chip Choquette, representing F.I.R.S.T. Robotics Team 1829, to discuss upcoming competition:Ashley Webb, Team Captain, stated that the Eastern Shore Robotics Team was founded in 2006 by Arcadia High School in Oak Hall, VA. In 2008 the team expanded to include students from Pocomoke High School, Bennett High School, Worcester Technical School and home schooled students. She stated that competing in the FRC (First Robotics Competition) is very expensive. The team has had fundraising events and now is asking the communities for support. She stated that they would be going Richmond to compete and the entry fee is $5,000.
In a motion (Downing, Malloy passed) to donate $1,000 to the Eastern Shore Robotics Team 1829.
Second Reading of Ord. No. 408 to authorize a new franchise agreement with Comcast Cable, Inc. for cable TV, internet and other services:
Mayor Morrison read for the record Ord. #408 a summary of which follows:

An Ordinance to grant a franchise to Comcast of Delmarva, Inc. a Delaware Corporation, its successors and assigns, for the installation, maintenance and operation, within the corporate limits of Pocomoke City, Maryland, as presently constituted and as subsequently enlarged, of a cable communications system, and fixing the duration of such franchise.In a motion (Cottman, Downing passed) to approve Ordinance No. 408 authorizing a new franchise agreement with Comcast of Delmarva for cable TV, internet and other services.

James Jones and others to discuss Save the Youth Program:
Mr. James Jones thanked the Mayor and Council for allowing them to present their plan. We hope that all the information that you need is before you tonight. This is not our Strategic Plan; we hope to have it available to you at the March meeting. We have letters of support. This is just an outline to show you what we do at "Save the Youth". We apologize for not getting back last month but we were not ready. This is an outline as to what we are currently do at this time. Ms. Dennis takes care of the computer lab and all that it entails; they have fourteen reconditioned computers. Our plan is to utilize the upstairs of the Armory building into offices and class rooms. We would like to use the gym by offering sporting events and teams. This will give the young children a safe haven after school.
Mayor Morrison asked how many people were on the "Save the Youth" board.
Mr. Jones stated currently they have seven (7) board members.
Mayor Morrison asked how many kids they are currently serving.
Mr. Jones stated that at this time there are about eighteen (18) kids. At one time there were 70 to 80 youths, but they do not feel comfortable attending in the lower part of the Armory building.
Mayor Morrison asked how many days a week is this available to the kids.
Mr. Jones stated at this time the computer lab is open two days a week. The office is opened Monday –Friday 9:00 A.M to 3:00 P.M.
Councilman Malloy asked if there are any requirements for membership.
Mr. Jones stated that the main requirement for membership is that you are from the community and we are tri-county. The screening that we do is quite simple: that they are healthy, that they want to belong, and we look for the desire to grow and increase both their education and their resources being productive citizens of the community.
Councilman Malloy asked the age limits.
Mr. Jones stated at this time age 5 to 17. He stated that they were not looking to be solely dependent on the City. They are in the process for applying for grant money from the government to assist them to function and to continuing function.
Councilman Clarke asked if there was a dues structure for members to pay.
Mr. Jones stated that they did not in the past but with the program they will have a minimum fee. It will be affordable to all the youth in the community. We have sent letters out to the community to have parents get involved.
Councilman Malloy asked how many paid employees.
Mr. Jones stated that there are no paid employees because they do not have the funds to pay anyone a salary.
Mayor Morrison stated that at this time they are not in a position to make a decision tonight.
Mr. Jones stated that he felt comfortable saying the total Strategic Plan for "Save the Youth’ will be completed before the March meeting, and when the Council has had time to review it, invite them back for more information.
Mayor Morrison stated that once you have your final Strategic Plan completed please send to us to review before next meeting in March. We need for you to understand that the Armory building is very expensive to operate and needs a lot of repairs. That is why we are moving the police to a new building. It is a huge expense for the City.
Bishop Jenkins stated that he and the entire staff wished to thank the wonderful Councilmembers and Mayor for their kindness for all these years. We are 32 years old. Many projects and programs that have started before and after us have closed and we are still going strong. As Rev. Jones referred being down in the basement, it is true that when we were upstairs (in the 1980’s) every Monday night that we met we would have from 70 to 80 people or more. He stated that he had been told by some of the youth that they were not going to participate as long as they were in the basement. It is very difficult down there but we are very dedicated that we won’t quit or stop. We are just praying the best will come out of this. Along with our wonderful staff here our motto is "If I can help somebody as I pass this way, then my living shall not be in vain."
Rev. Jones thanked the Mayor, City Council and City Manager.
Mayor Morrison thanked them for coming.

City Manager to present recommendations for recreation equipment purchases for Cypress Park (POS funds):
City Manager Blake said that the proposed list of improvements at Cypress Park arises because of some remaining funds from prior POS projects at the park. In a meeting last week advised the City of available funds for a brief period of time. The total funds available are just under $28,000. The proposed list includes mostly furniture and equipment. Our bleachers are old, and they are extremely heavy. They would be replaced with aluminum bleachers with galvanized frames. Other items would include benches, bike racks, spring rides, and a water spray area. The funds have to be used at Cypress Park and have to be used for capital items, not for maintenance or repairs. We need to spend it quickly.
Mayor Morrison asked if they could have a little more time to think about it and look at catalogues.
In a motion (Clarke, Cottman passed) to order new equipment pending any City Council request/changes to be made by the end of February.

Discuss recommendation from Downtown Coordinator Angela Manos regarding a consultant to work with downtown businesses and other groups to improve profitability and performance. (Partnership with Downtown Pocomoke Association and Worcester County Tourism Department):
City Manager Blake stated that Shoptalk is a company that travels around the country working with Main Street Communities and other downtown areas to help improve the bottom line of local businesses. Ms. Manos learned about this organization though conversations with both Cambridge and Berlin, which have both used it in the past couple of years with great success. The timing is very critical according to Ms. Manos because Ms. Johnson is almost booked up, but she has a window of opportunity coming up this spring for a couple of days. This would be an investment, because in conjunction with the restaurant downtown and hiring a downtown coordinator and other improvements that will also benefit the downtown. The Downtown Pocomoke Association would contribute up to $600; the county would contribute $1,000. The key is that Ms. Johnson will sit down with six different individual businesses and work with them on how they can improve their profitability. The total cost to the City will be about $4,000.
Councilman Clarke asked if this was an off budget item.
City Manager Blake stated that there are some funds in the Downtown Revolving Loan Fund that can be used for this purpose.
Councilwoman Cottman asked if this is a one day thing and with a return visit to talk to six businesses or how does it work.
City Manager Blake stated that it is a two day program. On the first night there will be a 2-hour presentation, at the MarVa Theater which will be open to all businesses. The six businesses to receive private consultations will be selected based on an application process, with input from the Downtown Pocomoke Association.
Councilwoman Cottman asked if there would be any cost to the business.
City Manager Blake stated that there would not be any cost.
In a motion (Malloy, Clarke, passed) to approve agreement with "Shoptalk" to assist downtown business to improve profitability and performance.

Comments from Council:
Councilman Malloy stated that Classic Collections would like to have a reserved parking space near their store on Clarke Ave.
The Council did not approve their request.

Comments from Audience:
Robert Revels stated that his sister lives on Ninth Street and sewage has been running in the street for the past year. She has been trying to have it repaired, but she doesn’t have the funds to take care of it. Mr. Revels stated that he thought that the City should take a look at it and take care of the problem.
Mayor Morrison stated that it was on private property, and it was not really a City issue. Councilwoman Cottman had been in contact with Ms. Revels and explained the situation.
Councilwoman Cottman stated that she had been trying to find resources to pay for the repairs. She stated that she was working with another agency and they thought they found the community resources that were available, but then the estimate was raised to about $1,400.
Mr. Revels stated that the City is letting the waste run down the street and something should be done about it; it is a health issue.
Councilwoman Cottman stated that she has been working hard trying to find funding available and someone that can come in and repair the sewage line. She will continue to work with Ms. Revels to come to some resolution of the problem.
Mayor Morrison stated that a contractor that was hired to do the job left it and didn’t finish the job. It may be a legal issue as well, because he was paid.
Walter Eskiewicz, 407 Second Street, stated he wanted to make a short comment on the "Save the Youth" program. He stated that his concerns are that the Armory building is old, and the City should consider possible lead and asbestos issues in the building. Secondly, crowd control. Eight to ten children is not bad, but when there are eighty (80) it could be a big problem. Especially because article in the paper quoted Mr. Jones "what would happen when summer comes and the kids don’t have a place to assemble?" He lives on Second Street, within a block of the Armory building. Some area children are just marvelous, others walk around in a daze and others are just awful and disrespectful, especially when it’s a crowd. He is very concerned that without the police there, because the kids without their parents they just act up, they forget their manners, run across lawns, and throw things. His window has been busted out, his truck window shot out. A brick was thrown at his house. He stated that he is concerned when he hears the number of 80 children or more. He stated that he was just thinking about what happened at the YMCA just recently; two 17 year olds are responsible for a shooting. His concerns include health issues within the building itself, also the maintenance of the building. Who is going to be responsible for that? The whole Willow Street area is a fiasco in terms of maintenance of buildings. The former owner of several buildings gave the property to a Church, but the Church is not apparently able to maintain those buildings. He stated that he wanted to have his comments known concerning the Armory building and issues with the crowds. The police will be far away. There were two girls fighting on his lawn; he broke it up and lost his patrons. One girl came back with her uncle who wanted to fight him and the police came just in time. The other girl came back with her mother and apologized. Thank you for your consideration while you are making a decision regarding the building.
Mayor Morrison stated that although the Police Department is moving, they will still be in the area. They are there when they first arrive to work and the rest of the time they are patrolling the streets.
Mayor Morrison stated that he would like to congratulate Councilwoman Cottman and Councilman Clarke and new Councilman-elect Tasker; we won’t need to have an election this year.
City Manager Blake stated that the Tri-County Council is a group of all the elected County Commissioners, all three delegates and our Senator, which meets several times a year. Mr. Hawkins was the representative for all of the municipality in Worcester County. The director of Tri-County council said they would entertain a nomination from Pocomoke City to fill that position on that board.
Councilwoman Cottman asked what time did they meet.
City Manager Blake stated that he would find out and let her know.
Following a motion by Councilman Malloy and seconded by Councilman Clarke, the Council voted to meet in a closed session at 8:52 P.M. in the Council Chambers. Present were Mayor Morrison, Councilman Clarke, Councilman Malloy, Councilwoman Cottman, Councilwoman Downing, City Manager Blake, and City Clerk Carol Justice. Items discussed were cell phone use, and information regarding the new restaurant. The Executive Session was adjourned at 9:13 P.M.

The next scheduled meeting will be March 5, 2012.
Carol L. Justice
City Clerk