Saturday, May 12, 2012

Melson's Power Show OPENS TODAY !


Fun for the whole family!
Bring a lawn chair and sit under the shade trees or use the picnic tables

Tractor Pulling, Lawn Tractor Pulling, Truck Pulling

And in the Sand Drag Event look for familiar names like
"Little Red Dakota", "Freak Nasty" or my favorite "Mud Pie"

Registration @ 3:00PLEASE BE SURE TO BE REGISTERED BY 5:00 !
Admission: $5.00 - Children under 11 years FREE!

Refreshments available

9343 Guy Ward Road
Parsonsburg, Maryland


facebook ~ Melson's Tractor Pulling


TIME MACHINE Preview ... Eastern Shore Strawberries, 1919 & 1920!

Did the "dry" period of Prohibition play a part in producing some banner years for the Eastern Shore Strawberry crop?

From 1936... "The trouble started when 74-year-old Mrs. Ida Altman Barton read a newspaper account of her husband's wedding. His wedding, that is, to someone else." (a Pocomoke City woman)
Read more about these and other items 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!



Saturday May 12, 2012
7:00 a.m. ~ 1:00 a.m.

Salem United Methodist Church
Second Street
Pocomoke City, Maryland


OPEN Friday and Saturday


7 AM  ~  2 PM

Dolly's Greenhouses
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If you have something to sell or want to buy shop downtown Pocomoke

Friday, May 11, 2012

Pocomoke City Police Department

Notice any changes?

Second Street
Pocomoke City, Maryland

Save The Date....

In Honor of Trooper First Class Shaft S. Hunter.


MD. State Trooper
1st Class Shaft S. Hunter

(Jessup, MD) – Maryland State Police Superintendent Colonel Marcus L. Brown will be joined by State Senator Allan H. Kittleman, Delegate Kevin Kelly, other elected officials, family members, fellow troopers and friends to unveil a memorial highway sign in honor of Trooper First Class Shaft S. Hunter.

Trooper First Class Hunter was assigned to the Waterloo Barracks and was working night patrol on May 21, 2011 when he was killed. While pursuing a speeding motorcycle, his patrol car collided with the back of a tractor trailer that was parked on the shoulder of I-95, near the Maryland Welcome Center, south of Route 32 in Howard County. At age 39, Trooper First Class Hunter, was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and had served the Maryland State Police for eleven years. He left behind his wife and six children.

The State Highway Administration will be placing a memorial sign along Interstate 95, on both the northbound and southbound sides, near the location of the crash.


WHEN: FRIDAY, MAY 11, 2012, 1:00 P.M.

JESSUP, MD 20794
(410) 799-2101


On May 9, 2012, at approximately 4 p.m., Ocean City Police and Paramedics responded to the Holiday Inn hotel, located at 1701 Atlantic Avenue, regarding a person that had fallen onto the pool deck.

Emergency personnel located an unresponsive individual who appeared to have fallen from a hotel balcony.  The individual was transported to Atlantic General Hospital where he was pronounced dead.  The deceased has been identified as Eric Austin Allen, 26, of Dayton, Maryland.

Allen’s remains were taken to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner of Maryland in Baltimore for autopsy.  Ocean City detectives continue to investigate the manner and cause of death in this case.

~Maryland Votes For Animals ~

The legislature continues to support us!
They are telling us to keep the pressure on!

From: Stocksdale, Nancy Delegate []
Sent: Thursday, May 10, 2012 4:15 PM
Subject: Pit Bull dogs
Thank you for contacting me regarding the very disturbing Maryland Court of Appeals decision designating pit bull or pit-bull type dogs as dangerous. I agree with you that the ramifications from this decision will be far reaching and devastating to the pets, pet owners, landlords, tenants, shelters, veterinarians, etc., and this law needs to be overturned.

I have heard, and you may have as well, that when the Maryland General Assembly convenes next week it is only for the purpose of raising taxes and shifting the cost of the teachers’ pensions to the local jurisdictions. At this point, it is my understanding that nothing else will be heard.

That said, and knowing the dire situation that this court ruling imposes on certain citizens of this state, I strongly urge you to contact the Governor, the Speaker of the House, and the Senate President as soon as possible and ask that they include this issue to be heard during next week’s Special Session in an effort to have the court decision overturned. I believe that nothing but public pressure will get this topic included in the Special Session agenda.

Contact information:

Governor Martin O’Malley
Call his office at 410-974-3336. You can also e-mail him at However, the call is more immediate, but the e-mail is another source to express your concerns.

Speaker of the House, Michael Busch
Call his office at 410-841-3800 or e-mail him at

President of the Senate, Mike Miller
Call his office at 410-841-3700 or e-mail him at

Feel free to pass this on to anyone anywhere in the State to ask for them to also contact these people.

I am as concerned as you and will do what I can here.


Nancy R. Stocksdale

322 Lowe House Office Building
Annapolis, MD 21401
410-841-3077 (phone)
410-841-3241 (fax)

Downtown Pocomoke City Farmers & Flea Market Is OPEN





Maybe there will be strawberries.....


7:00 AM – 2:00PM

Now Fridays AND Saturdays!


Thursday, May 10, 2012

Melson's Power Show Opens Saturday

SATURDAY  MAY 12, 2012


From Change Maryland 5/10/12

State's Own Budget Analysts Warns Maryland's Reliance on Income Tax Already High

TIME MACHINE Preview ... Eastern Shore Strawberries, 1919 & 1920!

Did the "dry" period of Prohibition play a part in producing some banner years for the Eastern Shore Strawberry crop during that era?

Read more about it 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!

EPA Promotes Safer Alternatives to Nonylphenol Ethoxylates

This explains why my clothes haven't been coming clean for a looooong time now!  In fact, most things that once "cleaned" don't clean anymore!  I don't dare list know what they are.

May 9, 2012

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has released the final report on alternatives to nonylphenol ethoxylates (NPE) through the Design for the Environment (DfE) Alternatives Assessment Program. NPEs are widely used surfactants with a range of industrial applications and are commonly found in consumer products, such as laundry detergents.

When released into the environment, they can be persistent and highly toxic to aquatic organisms. The report identifies eight safer alternatives to NPE that meet EPA’s criteria for safer surfactants.

“I applaud the product manufacturers who have stopped using NPEs and switched to safer alternatives and the chemical manufacturers who have made the safer alternatives available,” said Jim Jones, acting assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention (OCSPP). “This report shows the important strides that have been made to identify safer alternatives and the progress being made to phase out NPEs in detergents and reduce its use in other applications. By developing rigorous technical assessments through public participation, EPA can help successfully encourage the transition to safer chemicals.”

The report provides information on the availability of safer alternatives, DfE’s hazard evaluation method for surfactants, and the progress being made in adopting safer surfactants.  Using rigorous hazard-based criteria, EPA evaluated hundreds of chemicals for their biodegradability and their potential effects to aquatic organisms.

DfE’s Alternatives Assessment Program helps industries choose safer chemicals and offers a basis for informed decision-making by providing a detailed comparison of the potential human health and environmental effects of chemical alternatives. To date, the DfE program has labeled more than 2,700 safer products, including detergents that contain only safer surfactants and other chemicals.

All companies participating in the DfE Safer Detergents Stewardship Initiative have eliminated NPE from their product lines to meet DfE criteria.

More information on the DfE Alternatives Assessment Program and the NPEs Report:


The New Pocomoke City Mini Park

This eyesore of a corner lot in downtown Pocomoke City has had a true makeover!  Angela Manos, Downtown Coordinator for Pocomoke City has done an amazing job with sprucing up downtown Pocomoke in the short time she has been there. 

In fact, I'd say, Pocomoke City has had a makeover!

Great job, Angela and everyone involved.

Written by
Angela Manos
Pocomoke City Downtown Coordinator

Are you watching our NEW MINI-PARK -- at Second & Market -- start to take shape?

Many thanks go to our WINTER QUARTERS MUNICIPAL GOLF COURSE Superintendent, Douglas Guns AND to Pocomoke High School Media Relations Specialist, Patricia Tomasovic & PHS freshman STUDENTS, (left to right) Brandi Lemaster and Carolinda Fear.

Brandi and Carolinda worked with Ms.Tomasovic to plant our seasonal flower beds  as part of PHS' After-School Academy; also completing their Service Learning Requirements.

Brandi Lemaster (left) Carolinda Fear (right)
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The students’ work is just one downtown beautification project that PHS administration, faculty and students have been involved with. Youth involvement with our downtown revitalization effort has been championed by PHS' newly appointed Principal, Annette Wallace.

MANY THANKS to all!!!

— with Douglas Guns, Brandi Lemaster, Annette Wallace, Patricia Tomasovic and Carolinda Fear at Pocomoke City, Maryland.

~You can find City of Pocomoke and kb photo on facebook ~

Chincoteague's "Mother Earth Festival"

The 4th Annual
Saturday May 12, 2012
10:00 a.m. ~ 4:00 p.m.
Robert Reed Park
on the waterfront downtown
CHINCOTEAGUE --Chincoteague's 4th annual Mother Earth Day Festival features family fun plus a chance to keep toxics out of our landfills by recycling old electronics.

County residents can bring computers, printers, radios, TVs -- just about anything with a plug -- plus cellphones and batteries to a collection trailer behind Sundial Books on Main Street anytime from May 6 to 12. (Large appliances, such as refrigerators, washers and dryers, are not included; please call the Town of Chincoteague to arrange pickup.)

On Saturday, May 12, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., the Robert Reed Downtown Park will again be transformed into an environmental and artistic jamboree, featuring live music, arts and crafts sales, nature and environment exhibits, food, and a kids' play area. Entry to the festival is free.

Live music includes Island favorite Ruth Wyand from North Carolina, local musician Greg Shupe & Men with Issues, The Eclecticians, and the Bombay Garden Jive Club.

Families will love the educational exhibits from Wallops Island Flight Facility, the Virginia Marine Science Consor-tium's touch tank, advice from the Eastern Shore Native Plant Council, eastern shore reptiles with Master Naturalist Ruta Vaskys and Waste Watchers of the Eastern Shore.

You'll want to check out the Chincoteague Garden Club's annual plant sale and our yearly Mother Earth Day Auction.

This year the auction includes four artfully redesigned carousel ponies from the carnival and benefits the Chincoteague Island Fire Company's Building Fund.

In addition to electronics recycling, on the day of the festival, bring any "gently used" items you can no longer use to the Hospice Truck (also located behind Sundial Books).

Hospice requests clothing, kitchen and household wares, furniture and knick-knacks.

Mother Earth Day is a program of the Chincoteague Cultural Alliance (CCA), and is supported by the Chincoteague Chamber of Commerce, Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, Davis Disposal, the Kiwanis Club of Chincoteague, Refuge Motor Inn, and WCTG.

CCA is a nonprofit and is supported by grants from the Town of Chincoteague, the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.


For more information: 

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

On Sunday: Five-Hour -Standoff Closes Belle Haven Road

In case you have been wondering -

NORTHAMPTON COUNTY, Va. (WAVY) - After five hours, law enforcement officials took a 62-year-old man into custody Sunday.

According to Northampton County Sheriff David L. Doughty, deputies attempted to serve a warrant on Bell Haven Road in Northampton County.

“When deputies arrived on scene, the subject was unwilling to surrender to law enforcement, therefore we took the necessary precautions to protect the community as well as the suspect and the law enforcement officers on scene,” Doughty said.

The precautions included closing Belle Haven Road to all traffic.
James Allen Powell, 62, of Belle Haven, was taken into custody and charged with possession of a firearm by a felon.

Exmore Police Department, Accomack Sheriff's Office, Virginia Marine Resource Commission, Cape Charles Police Department and Virginia State Police responded to this incident.


Yard Sale & Flea Market


Saturday  May 12, 2012
7:00 a.m.  ~  1:00 a.m.

Salem United  Methodist Church
Second Street
Pocomoke City, Maryland


To donate items or reserve a table call:   410-957-0991

Northampton County Sheriff's Report

Sheriff David Doughty reports the following arrests for April 2012:

On April 14, 2012, Terry Wyatt, age 62, of Cape Charles, was arrested for the felony charge of break & enter and grand larceny. The incident occurred on April 14, 2012. He is being held in Eastern Shore Regional Jail.

Also arrested in the same incident, Tommy Wyatt, age 60, of Cape Charles. He was charged the same two felonies. He was released on bond.

The third person arrested in this incident, Andres Rodriguez, age 30, of Melfa. He is being held in Eastern Shore Regional Jail with bond denied.

Terry Wyatt was also arrested on 04/28/12 for grand larceny in another incident which happened on April 28, 2012. He is now being held with bond denied.

On April 27, 2012, Calvin Nock, age 34, of Painter, was arrested for robbery. The incident happened on April 25, 2012. He is being held with bond denied in Eastern Shore Regional Jail.

Also served:
13  Capias for failure to appear in court
7    Emergency Protective Orders
11  Misdemeanor warrants for assault
3    Misdemeanor warrants for drive on suspended operators license
1    Warrant for fail to stop for siren
1     Temporary Detention Order
1     Misdemeanor warrant for DUI
1    Misdemeanor warrant for drunk in public
2    Misdemeanor warrants for trespass
1    Misdemeanor warrant for violate protective order
3    Summons for dog running at large
3    Summons for unlicensed dogs
3    Summons for unvaccinated dogs
2    Summons for vicious dogs


Mom Looks for Daughter’s Prom Date on Craigslist

Photo By Varin Tsai
Photo by Varin Tsai
SEATTLE — Without fail, most of us were mortified by our parents at one point or another during our adolescence. But one Seattle mom, who posted an ad on Craigslist looking for prom dates for her daughter and some of her friends, may just take the cake for the creating the ultimate embarrassment.

The ad, which has since been removed, was headlined “Hot Male Teens 17 to 19 yrs old for Prom Date (Seattle).”

We’re not sure if it was mom’s own rosy memories of her prom or if it was just the opposite — a lonely night at home in front of the TV while everyone else donned evening wear and sped off in limos — that prompted her to pen the ad.

Whatever the reason that made mom post the ad, it’s clear she was making a pitch to ensure her daughter and friends weren’t flying solo for this year’s prom — and she’s pretty particular about what she’s looking for in a date.

Here’s the ad:

My daughter and her friends attend a small private school in Seattle. The Senior Prom is June 2nd. My husband and I are looking to hire four prom dates for my daughter and her three friends. All the gals are very good looking, trim, friendly, and fun. We can trade photos.

The time commitment would be seven hours..5pm to midnight paid at $50 per hour. If you are taller than 6feet, good looking, fit and outgoing, please send your photo to me as soon as possible. You will be required to interview, if selected, you will also need to meet for a one hour strategy session and tux fitting in advance of prom night. All expenses will be paid by us, tux rental, pre-party at down town high rise condo, limo, Senior dinner, and prom. To be clear..all expenses paid, no compensation for interview or tux fitting, $350 for seven hours on Prom night.

I look forward to hearing from you.


Location: Seattle
Compensation: $350
This is a contract job.
Principals only. Recruiters, please don’t contact this job poster.
Please, no phone calls about this job!
Please do not contact job poster about other services, products or commercial interests.

No matter what happens, we’re guessing this is one prom that these girls won’t forget.





Pulled Chicken BLT (lettuce, tomato, bacon and  (NEW) honey mustard bbq sauce
w/ Side & Drink  ~  $7.95

Thursday will be new burger day!

The seafood sandwiches were a big hit!

And beginning this Saturday: Large Soft Crab Sandwiches....

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Your Calls Are Needed TODAY to Help MD Dogs!

Please let the Governor Know
YOU Care About Maryland's Dogs

On April 26, 2012, the Maryland Court of Appeals issued a decision which has serious and far-reaching consequences for everyone in Maryland who deals with dogs.  In the case of Tracey v. Solesky.  The court ruled that in a dog attack involving a pit bull or a pit bull cross, the owner or other persons (including a landlord) who have the right to control a pit bull’s presence on a premises, is liable for damages caused by the dog.  Previous to this ruling a landlord could only be held liable if the landlord had a reason to believe that a dog was dangerous. 

This ruling effects dog owners, residential and commercial landlords, veterinarians, groomers, and pet stores.   Landlord associations are already advising landlords that they can’t afford the liability of having tenants with pit bulls and pit bull mixes, and dog owners are being pressured to give up well-tempered family dogs.   

The ruling sets a very dangerous precedent under which other dog breeds can be designated as inherently dangerous.  It discourages landlords from renting to families with pit bulls, pit bull mixes, or anything that anyone thinks looks like a pit bull.  Some landlords will decide it is easier and safer to ban all dogs from their residential and commercial properties. 

Please call Governor Martin O’Malley on TODAY, May 8
to urge him to support introduction of legislation during next week’s special session to provide a legislative remedy to the Court of Appeals ruling on pit bulls.  Dangerous dog legislation should be based on a dog’s behavior, not the dog’s breed.  We want to create an impression by overwhelming the phone lines at the Governor’s office on Tuesday but calls are needed any time this week.  You can also e-mail the Governor.  Be polite.  The Governor and his staff did not create this problem, and we need their support to solve it. 

Governor Martin O’Malley

410 974-3901

1 800 811-8336

Maryland Relay:  1 800 735-2258

Sample script/letter:
Dear Governor O'Malley:

Please put a legislative remedy to the pit-bull ruling on the agenda for the special session starting next week.  The consequences of this ruling are so dire that pit-bulls, their owners and landlords cannot wait until 2013.  We ask for your intervention now.

Sincerely. ________________(your name and address)



Fundraiser For Local Robotics Team

FIRST Team 1829, the Carbonauts, and Johnny Mo of Mallards on the Wharf have joined together to bring you an evening of great music and food, featuring the band, Kid Architect.

Student members of the team will staff the event, May 12, starting at 8 pm (doors open at 7 pm) All proceeds from ticket sales and a portion of food and beverage sales will go to Team 1829 in preparation for their 2012-13 competition season. Tickets need not be purchased to eat in the Restaurant.

Team 1829, Carbonauts, is the FIRST robotics competiton team serving students in Accomack county high schools as well as students from Maryland's eastern shore. FIRST is an international organization dedicated to helping young people discover and develop a passion for STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math). Each season, teams of high schoolers and their professional mentors design, build, and program robots to play and compete in a new game.

The season culminates in an international robotics competition and celebration where teams win recognition, gain self-confidence, develop people and life skills, make new friends, and perhaps discover an unforeseen career path The Carbonauts have been building and playing together under several names since 2006. Interest and participation in Accomack county have grown over the years, with 16 students now, primarily from Nandua and Arcadia High Schools. Even more are expected to participate next year.

Graduates from this team have gone on to colleges and engineering schools in Virginia, Maryland, and Florida. Most of these students have received scholarships.

Kid Architect
Kid Architect, an experimental rock band from Fairfax, VA, is performing for this concert, and this team, free of charge, in order to support the vision and mission of FIRST on the Eastern Shore. Driven by heavy piano and ethereal guitars, Kid Architect delivers an explosive, clean, and undeniably catchy sound. Fronted by singer and keyboardist Thom Bridgwood, the band continues to propel their reputation up and down the east coast with powerful performances and a clear passion for life and music. Mallards on the Wharf has agreed to help host this concert, and donate a portion of all food and beverage sales to the team.

Listen to local radio for promotions and contests, and to hear some of Kid Architects music.

A limited number of tickets will be available in advance for $7 at Mallards or the Book Bin, or for $10 at the door.

More PHS Prom Photos From Cypress Park

I asked for more photos taken in Cypress Park on Prom Night and I received some!

What a wonderful idea to use  the beauty of Cypress Park as background for prom photos.

These young adults look absolutely elegant yet comfortable in formal wear and the photos are wonderful.

Matt Whyte and Amber Hall

Robbie Stancil, Austin McGee, Matt Whyte

Group Photo

Taken Saturday May 5, 2012
PHS Prom

Thank you Sandee Whyte for sending the photos !

An Evening With David Ogden Stiers

What do M*A*S*H, Perry Mason's TV movies, the Dead Zone, Disney's: Beauty and the Beast, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Pocahontas, Atlantis: The Lost Empire, and Lilo and Stitch, and the Newport Symphony Orchestra ALL have in common? Save the date for an evening with David Ogden Stiers! This talented celebrity will be showcasing his years on stage at the Mar-Va! This will be an evening you won't want to miss!

Thursday Evening
May 17th

VIP Reception at 6 PM
VIP Tickets: $25

Show begins at 7 PM
Tickets: $15

You can purchase tickets at the Mar-Va Box Office or
 online by visiting the "Event" section of our website.


Monday, May 7, 2012

From Maryland Business For Responsive Government

MBRG to Keep Close Eye on Special Session

Towson, MD - Maryland Business for Responsive Government announced today it will be monitoring votes from both the special and regular sessions of the Maryland General Assembly for possible inclusion in the annual publication that monitors the legislature's impact on the business community and job creation.

With a compressed time frame, legislation in a special session is often introduced without adequate vetting in the committee hearing process. One notable example is the "tech tax" which swiftly passed the General Assembly in the 2007 special session and was signed into law only to be repealed and later replaced by the millionaire's tax after an outcry from Maryland's IT sector.

"All kinds of mischief is possible in a special session," said MBRG President Kimberly M. Burns. " And everyone is aware that the Governor, Senate President and House Speaker didn't finish their work by April 9."

MBRG noted the legislature is not limited to simply proposals to increase the income tax, which is bad enough, but that a special session puts everything back in the mix. Still, the impetus for the session is to raise revenues to please government spending advocates.

"It’s a pretty sad day in Maryland when the legislature re-convenes just to raise taxes on hard working Maryland families and businesses to support its spending habit," Burns said. "I hope folks will be paying attention."

MBRG will be taking a close look at regular and special session votes in its annual Roll Call publication, which grades legislators on their votes on issues affecting jobs and business in Maryland. The publication will be issued in late June; the 2012 edition will mark the 27th edition of Roll Call.

Maryland Business For Responsive Government

Friday May 4, 2012

Maryland Business for Responsive Government on official announcement of special session:

“It’s a pretty sad day in Maryland when the legislature re-convenes just to raise taxes on hard working Maryland families and businesses to support its spending habit,” MBRG President 
 Kimberly M. Burns said.    “I hope folks will be paying attention.” 

Men's Lingerie Contest

ALL proceeds go to benefit the COURTNEY BLOXOM FUND


Gumboro Mudbog Racing Has Begun

Gumboro/Crisfield Mudbogs opened the 2012 season on Saturday under foggy skies but the weather didn't seem to put a damper on the amount of mud trucks anxiously awaiting opening day.

I'll have more photos and video posted later.

But first here's something that, in my opinion, you need to know.

The Modified Race was "The William "Mike" Brittingham Mudbog Tribute Race.  

After very successful pass through 200 feet of mud Charlie Price, driver of "Midnight Express",  stopped his truck, removed his helmet and presented it to someone in the granstands.  During the remainder of the race day Charlie's helmet was passed around in the grandstands and pit area to collect funds for the Mike Brittingham family.   

"Midnight Express" / Driver Charlie Price

For those who may not know,  "Mike" Brittingham  was killed in a vehicle accident a few weeks ago.  He was an avid fan of mudracing and  Mike's untimely death  leaves behind a wife and four young children.  Funds collected will go into a trust fund for Mike's  children.


Pocomoke City Mayor and Council Meeting Tonight

7:30 P.M., MONDAY
 MAY 7, 2012

  1. Call to Order, Prayer, and Pledge of Allegiance.

2.  Review and approval of minutes from meeting of April 9, 2012.

3.  Review and approval of bills to be paid.

4.  Authorize Mayor to sign  lease agreement for new restaurant.

5.  Public Hearing on proposed 2013 CDBG and status report on current CDBG projects.

6.  Emergency Resolution No. 459 to authorize submittal of CDBG application and to adopt updated “Section 3 Plan”.

7.  Discuss letter from Andy Clarke, president of Pocomoke City Volunteer Pocomoke Fire Company, Inc. to purchase new slip-in pump and tank unit for their brush fire response unit.  Total cost $11,185.

8.  Consider request from DPGA to use Winter Quarters Golf Course for a tournament on Friday morning June 15.

9.  Second Reading of Res. No 457 to authorize USDA loan to purchase new ambulance.

10.  Second Reading of Res. No. 458 to refinance loan with new police department building with USDA funds.

11.  Emergency Resolution No. 460 to approve a three year lease with Ford Motor Credit for a new Ford police vehicle purchased for the Police Department, and allowing the Mayor to sign documents relating to this lease.

12.  City Manager to discuss proposed regulation of interior furnishings left on open porches, balconies or other exposed areas.

Comments from the Audience.
Mayor and Council Items.


The Rural Sign Painter Is Back !

The Rural Sign Painter is back and, as usual, I intend on catching his works of art  every chance I get.

Photos In the Park....

The Pocomoke High School Junior-Senior Prom was held Saturday May 5, 2012

Before the prom a group of prom attendees had photos taken in Pocomoke's  Cypress Park.

This lovely looking couple had their photo taken while posing on the footbridge located at the Olive Lippoldt Tidal Wetland Garden. 

If  anyone from this group has photos to share that were taken in Cypress Park please send them to me.  I would be more than glad to post them.

Shore Beef & BBQ- "The Summer 7 Days A Week" Begins

Beginning Monday Shore Beef & BBQ begins its summer hours and  will be OPEN 7 days a week !

Mondays and Tuesdays will be
"Surprise Seafood Sandwich Day"


Fried Shrimp Big Boy Sandwich
(topped with lettuce, tomato, seafood mayo,  6 golden shrimp)
w/ Pickle and Chips & Drink ~ $9.75

Reminder:  All of our great sandwiches are also available for lunch.

Looking forward to spicing up Shore Beef & BBQ !


Sunday, May 6, 2012

TIME MACHINE ... "An Eastern Shore Miser.- No more curious or interesting character perhaps ever lived on the Eastern Shore..."

(Reader-friendly viewing of newspaper archives material)


November, 1884

(The Denton Journal)


An Eastern Shore Miser.- No more curious or interesting character perhaps ever lived on the Eastern Shore than William J. Handy, of Somerset County, who died last week at the age of 85.

The Handy family is a prominent one in Somerset and Worcester counties, and several of its members have risen to distinction. William J. Handy was born before the 19th century began, on a farm on Jones Creek near Princess Anne, and lived there until he was taken away by an order of the court a year or so ago. He was thoroughly educated and remarkably intelligent. He studied law, but never practiced. He never married. He was of miserly habits, and in slave times, it is said denied his Negroes food enough to keep them from being hungry;- the weekly allowance being a peck of corn and two pounds of bacon. So (they) had an evil reputation throughout the countryside for stealing. He had a hundred slaves and a large-landed estate.

Handy accumulated a large amount of money which he kept hid about his premises, being afraid to trust a bank with it. In 1851 he was robbed of $3,200 which was never recovered.

When he lost his slaves through emancipation, Handy became embittered and enraged. It made him almost helpless, and his lands were never thoroughly cultivated afterwards. And the revenue raised by hiring out slaves was gone, so that he became more miserly than ever, and it is said that his sister who kept house for him, with thousands of dollars around her, did not have enough to eat.

In 1863 a second attempt was made to rob him. The house was entered, but Mr. Handy opened upon the intruders with a double barreled shotgun, and drove them off.

After this affair Mr. Handy kept strict watch and ward over his money. Even in the hottest weather the windows and doors were kept fastened down, and Mr. Handy and his sister led miserable lives. During the night while one slept the other would watch with a double-barreled gun and pistol heavily loaded at hand. Even during the day Mr. Handy kept his gun in his hand and seemed to be constantly afraid somebody would rob him. The farm became a wilderness, and the house almost inaccessible from the bushes and thorns that grew around it.

(In a third robbery attempt he told would-be robbers to go ahead and kill him but his sister persuaded him to relinquish $3,000 in gold. He hired detectives to track down the robbers but when they were located he refused to identify them.)

A short time after this (the robbery) his sister died and he was left alone, and he would have died several years ago from hunger and cold had it not been for the kindness of his neighbors. He would furnish neither food nor raiment for himself, yet he persisted in the house in which he had eked out such a miserable existence, though kind friends offered to care for him at a reasonable figure. But he rejected every generous offer, and would have remained under the old roof until his death had not the house been reduced to ashes. He was then forced to take up quarters elsewhere.

Two years ago he was judged a lunatic and Col. Levin L. Waters was appointed by the court trustee to sell the property and take care of the proceeds.


October, 1893

(The News- Frederick, Md)

The Eastern Branch of the Maryland Agricultural College, near Princess Anne, Somerset County, is rapidly growing to be a flourishing institution.  


June, 1959

Mayor Fred W. Parsons announced that construction was to begin on a new boat dock near Pocomoke's Winter Quarters Golf Course. The 28x90 foot dock would cost $1,000 and was expected to last "up to 20 years." Dredging work for the dock would be done by the Norfolk construction company that was currently involved with the building of the new bridge that would be part of the Pocomoke By-pass. The Mayor and City Council felt the new dock would bring an increase in trade in conjunction with a proposed Chincoteague Bay-Pocomoke River Canal. 


September, 1983

(Daily News-Record- Harrisonburg, Va.)



WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. (AP)- The United States Navy, which closed its Chincoteague Air Station in 1959, has returned here to break ground for a new $6.8 million combat system center.

The new computer-age facility, a two-story steel frame structure, is to house the Navy's Aegis Combat System Center and is set to be completed in June, 1986, Naval officials said at a ground-breaking ceremony Monday.

The new facility is expected to bring some 120 new civilian and military personnel to the area and officials say they anticipate annual employment increases. The Wallops Island flight facility employs 400 people.

Pocomoke City Mayor Dawson Clarke said he and his town council had visited Washington to lobby for the new center.


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