Saturday, June 23, 2012

TIME MACHINE Preview ... Heiress Gives Up Society Life For Farming Near Princess Anne.

It's 1905 and an heiress from a prominent Maryland family chooses to give up her fashionable life in Baltimore, closes her home there, "boarding up its exterior to protect its rich furniture, works of art, and fine linen, placed the family silverware in storage and decided to go to Princess Anne" to run the 600 acre farm she had inherited.

Read much 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!

The New Restaurant Has A Name

Friday June 22, 2012

The New Downtown Restaurant

No longer known as the "new restaurant" downtown.

I like the name!

Word has it that the "Riverside Grill" should be open for business sometime around July 6th!
I will be away from my computer today but check back later....there are more photos.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Pocomoke City Police Dept. Grand Opening Ceremony

Pocomoke City Police Department


Friday June 22, 2012
Ribbon Cutting

Left to right- Councilman Clarke, Pocomoke City Manager Russ Blake, Senator Jim Mathias, Pocomoke City Police Chief Kelvin D. Sewell, Pocomoke City Mayor Bruce Morrison, Councilperson Tracey Cottman, Delegate Mike McDermott, Councilman Don Malloy, Councilperson Diane Downing, Worcester County Commisioner Meryl Lockfaw, State Director U.S.D.A., Jack Tarburton

(Don't worry about the arm in the photo- the time on the watch will forever show that things did, indeed, run on time.)

The men and women who so proudly serve Pocomoke City as Pocomoke City Police Officers. This is not all of them and I will do my best to find a photo that includes them all
It's official.

The Pocomoke City Police Department now operates 24/7/365 from the new headquarters on Market Street.

I have so much more to report and so many more photos so please be patient. This has been quite a day for so many... a very exciting day. A day that so many are proud to have been a part of, including myself.

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony~ Pocomoke City Police Department

Requesting your special attention.........


The Pocomoke City Police Department

will be having their ribbon cutting ceremony


Friday ~ June 22, 2012

1:00 PM

Please join them at their new location on

Market Street in Pocomoke City, Maryland

NASA Rocket Successfully Launched From Wallops Flight Facility

A NASA rocket carrying seventeen educational experiments was successfully launched at 6:40 a.m. today from the Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.

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

The two-stage Terrier-Improved Orion suborbital sounding rocket carried the experiments to an altitude of 73 miles before impacting into the Atlantic Ocean off the Virginia coast. The experiments have been recovered and will be returned this morning to the program participants at Wallops so they can begin their data analysis.

The next launch from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility is currently scheduled for no earlier than July 20.

Pictured: A NASA rocket launched from the Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island Thursday morning at 6:40 AM.

From The Worcester County Sheriff's Office



On June 20, 2012 around 8:00 pm Deputies from the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to near the Greene Turtle in West Ocean City. The reports were that an intoxicated person had wandered into the road and was lying in the roadway. When Deputies arrived they met with Karen Pledger 32 years of age from Delmar Md. who was very intoxicated and belligerent. Ms. Pledger was arrested for disorderly conduct and transported to the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office. At the office Ms. Pledger was processed and released on a criminal citation for disorderly conduct. Ms. Pledger was released to the care and custody of a male friend who had come to the Sheriff’s Office to give Ms. Pledger a ride home. Ms. Pledger became irate with the male and began to throw pieces of paper at him, and eventually threw a pen. Ms. Pledger was arrested again in the parking lot for assault. Ms. Pledger resisted the arrest and was eventually placed into custody once again. Ms. Pledger was later transported to the District Court Commissioner in Snow Hill and was released with a trial date of July 31, 2012 at 9:00 am in the Snow Hill District Court.

On 06/12/2012 at 0300 Worcester County Sheriff's Office Deputies received a call in reference to a disabled vehicle. The Deputies responded to the area and made contact with the defendant, Victor Evans II 22 years of age, of Temperancville Va. who was walking on the roadway attempting to purchase gasoline.
Upon the Mr. Evans returning to his car, Deputies observed marijuana and CDS paraphernalia in the vehicle. The Mr. Evans was placed under arrest and charged with, Possession of Marijuana, and Possession of CDS Paraphernalia. Mr. Evans was taken before the District Court Commissioner, where he was released on his own recognizance.

On 06/16/2012 at approximately 1750 hours, Worcester County Sheriff’s Office Deputies arrested Jeremy Wayne Snyder, 22, of Easton, Pennsylvania for a District Court Arrest Warrant issued on 05/29/2012 for Rape-Second Degree. Snyder was later taken before a District Court Commissioner and held at the Worcester County Detention Center on $25,000 bond.

On 06/16/2012 at approximately 1750 hours, Worcester County Sheriff’s Office Deputies arrested James McKinley Brown, 49, of Willards, Maryland for (4) District Court Arrest Warrants. Mr. Brown is being charged with Burglary-Second Degree, and Theft-$1,000 to $10,000 for the first warrant issued on 05/05/2012. Mr. Brown is also being charged with Burglary-First Degree and Fourth Degree for the second warrant issued on 08/06/2011. Mr. Brown’s also being charged with Burglary-First Degree and Fourth Degree, along with MDOP-Less than $500. Mr. Brown’s fourth warrant was issued on 08/29/2011 for Assault-Second Degree. Mr. Brown was later taken before a District Court Commissioner and held on $15,000 bond for each of the first three warrants and released on his personal recognizance for the fourth warrant. Mr. Brown has two additional warrants through Wicomico County and a detainer was sent from Baltimore City Police Department for Violation of Parole. Mr. Brown is currently held at the Worcester County Detention Center Pending Trial.

Soroptimists Mark 60 Years of Service

HAPPY 97TH BIRTHDAY TO BEAULAH BAYLIS and CONGRATULATIONS to the Pocomoke Soroptimist Club on 60 yearof service in the Pocomoke area !!

Written by

Bill Kerbin

POCOMOKE CITY -- The Pocomoke Soroptimist Club marked 60 years of service to the Pocomoke City area at a special banquet and ceremony on June 11. A major part of the celebration was the club's observance of the 97th birthday of Beulah Baylis, the only charter member who is still active.

Organized in 1952 with 22 members, the club became Pocomoke's first service club composed entirely of business and professional women. Very soon after the club's formation it took on a major project to meet the needs of the senior citizens in the local community.

PHOTO/Lynn Lang, Pres. of Pocomoke Soroptimists (standing) with Beaulah Baylis, the only charter member

Within three years, the members purchased the large Market Street home from the Hartley Stevens heirs. Hartley Hall, as it was named, became a home for the aged. In providing assisted living services, the home was considered ahead of its time. The home was converted to meet the requirements of a nursing home. With the united efforts of the members and the support of the community, the building was paid off in five years.

Then, in 1979, when the home could no longer meet state requirements, a new 50-bed facility, still under the name of Hartley Hall, was constructed. A new wing was later added to enlarge the home. Still involved in the home, the Soroptimist Club has a member on the board.

Advancing to the past decade, the club members saw a need for more space at Samaritan Shelter. When they learned in 2006 that 350 women and children had been turned away from Samaritan Shelter because of space, the club, now with 23 members, felt that they had to help. The following year they started the Samaritan Shelter Capital Campaign to build a wing for women and children.

Receiving a $10,000 grant from Soroptimist International early in the campaign, the club was able to raise $120,000 in cash and more than $80,000 in donated materials and labor. A little over two years later the shelter was completed and an open house was held. Since the wing opened it has been a shelter to 151 women and 282 children.

The members have also been involved in a number of other projects during the club's tenure. They have been involved in elementary, middle, and high school projects as well as the Samaritan Shelter and Relay for Life. They have provided scholarships for women and girls through fundraising efforts throughout those 60 years. They also honor those who volunteer and women who go above and beyond to help others better their lives.

As a member and leader in the club Beulah has served as president, vice-president, delegate, international liaison, and committee chair for many projects during her 60 years of membership. She attends meetings regularly and still serves as a liaison between the Pocomoke club and its Friendship Club in Finland.

She was married in 1932 to Preston Baylis and they shared their lives for 57 years until his death in 1989. The couple owned and operated a feed store and later Beulah worked as a proof operator in the baking industry until her retirement in 1977.

Other charter members included: Ruth Callahan, Hilda Craigmile, Mary Coleburn, Doris Duncan, Anna Davis, Juanita Harman, Joyce Hoffman, Virginia Hall, Grace Kirby, Elizabeth Kelley, Charlotte Lewis, Gladys Peacock, Myrtle Polk, Nannie Hughes, Vergie Reid, Annie Ross, Madeline Ross, Any Schoolfield, Ida Vincent, Margaret Watson and Alice Young, all of whom are deceased.

The Pocomoke City Lions Club and Rotary Club and the Soroptimists of Accomack County helped the local Soroptimists mark their anniversary.

Current members are: Lynn Lang, president; Denise Walter, vice president; Shelly Mitchell, recording secretary; Crystal Webster, corresponding secretary; Darlene Dean, chaplain; Beulah Baylis, Dorothy Bodley, Betty Burgert, Donna Byrd, Patty Dean, Amy Mason, Dawn Mason, Kathy Mason, Deidra Mears, Terrie Mullis, Gloria Pennewell, Margaret Pilchard, Carolyn Thompson, and Kathy Trumble.


Thursday, June 21, 2012

Pocomoke City Police Dept. ~ Links To Photos

OH, Happy Day!! The Pocomoke City Police Department is now totally working from their new facility on Market Street!! (oh, this brings happy tears to my eyes)

And to think all these photos I've taken through the months of the renovations taking place were because my husbands support and because of a Christmas gift from my husband. No, not my brand new camera but a signed copy of the book "Why Do We Kill?" ( written by former Baltimore Homicide Detective Kelvin Sewell, now Chief of Police for Pocomoke City, and Stephen Janis)

The fact that I was able to carry out my plans in providing the public with photos as the renovations progressed is to due my very dear friend Councilman Malloy....he knew I was on a mission and even through my stupid mistakes, has laughed at me.

I am very excited for Chief of Police Kelvin Sewell and his department and for the city of Pocomoke.

Listed below are links to photos I have taken along the way..... and there are so many more that I did not post. I hope they work.

Don't forget the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Friday @ 1:00 PM

TIME MACHINE Preview ... Heiress Gives Up Society Life For Farming Near Princess Anne.

It's 1905 and an heiress from a prominent Maryland family chooses to give up her fashionable life in Baltimore, closes her home there, "boarding up its exterior to protect its rich furniture, works of art, and fine linen, placed the family silverware in storage and decided to go to Princess Anne" to run the 600 acre farm she had inherited.

Read much 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!



8:00 am until NOON

(rain date June 30)

......Thank you for helping our
cats and our dogs.....

Accomack County Heath Dept. Urges Precaution During Extreme Heat

With the daytime heat index expected to reach or exceed 105 degrees over the next couple of days, it becomes even more important that people follow recommendations to protect themselves from the extreme heat.

According to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, in 2011 there were 10 heat related deaths in Virginia.

"During times of excessive heat, people need to pay attention and take additional precautions," says Henry Kurban, Director of the Eastern Shore Health District. "According to our statistics, almost 31 percent of hyperthermia cases, which were related to extreme heat, involved individuals who were engaging in outside activity such as gardening," added Kurban. "26 percent of hyperthermia cases were individuals who were inside without air conditioning."

One of the most important precautions people should take is to schedule or reschedule activities and outdoor work during the coolest parts of the day. In the summer, sunlight exposure is greatest between 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM.

Additional steps that can be taken to protect yourself against heat related illnesses are:

-Staying cool in an air conditioned area. Take a cool shower or bath. Consider a trip to the store or a local library or visit a friend with air conditioning. Spend at least two hours per day in air conditioning significantly reduces the chances of heat related illness. When temperatures reach the upper 90s or above, a fan may not prevent heat related illness.

-Drink plenty of fluids, 2-4 glasses of cool fluids each hour. To replace salt and minerals lost from sweating, drink fruit juice or a sports beverage during exercise or when you have to work outside. However, talk to your doctor first if you are on a fluid-restricted diet or medications or a low salt diet.

-Avoid sunburn and wear light clothing. Sunburn limits your body's ability to keep itself cool and causes loss of body fluids. Use sunscreen with a higher SPF. Lighter-weight clothing that is loose fitting and light colored is more comfortable during extreme temperatures. Use a hat to keep the head cool.

-Give your body a break as the heat wave can be stressful. Limit physical activity until your body adjusts to the heat.

-Never leave children or pets in cars. Temperatures inside a car can reach more than 150 degrees quickly, which could result in a heat stroke or death.

-Use the "buddy" system if you are working outside. If you are working outside and suffer a heat-related illness, you could become confused or could lose consciousness. Therefore, make sure someone else knows of your plans.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Pocomoke City Police Department- Making the Move

Landscaping 6.19.12
While the Pocomoke City Police Department continues to settle into their new headquarters on Market Street the "beautification project" proceeds out front.

By the way, it looks GREAT without those shrubs!!
Don't forget the ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday at 1:00!

Accomack Co. Board of Supervisors Meeting Tonight

By Connie Morrison
Tonight the Accomack County Board of Supervisors will consider a resolution concerning the distribution of funding appropriated for fire and rescue services.

In April, the Board of Supervisors voted to scrap the variable district-by-district taxation for fire operations, and replace it with a flat 3.5 cent increase to real estate tax rates, and a flat 5 cent increase to personal property tax rates. Although the Board voted to appropriate all of the revenue from these increases to fire and rescue funding, it did not specify how that revenue was to be divided among the 15 approved fire and rescue companies.

In the past, the Board took the revenue collected in each fire and rescue district, and divided it evenly among the companies within the district. The new funding scheme applies the same tax rates across the county, and the resolution that will be considered by the Board tonight would divide that county-wide revenue equally among the 15 companies.

The Board meeting is 5:00 p.m. at the County Administration building.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

MOVING.....The Pocomoke City Police Department

Oh, who said the landscaping wouldn't be ready?? It's only Tuesday and you can be sure the front of the new Pocomoke Police Department location will be completed! Compared to the extreme work inside this is a piece of cake - unless you are the person in charge of all the back breaking planting.

I hope many of you will be able to drop by and see for yourselves how amazing the inside of the new station looks. I took my first photo here on January 20, 2012 and have followed the progress at two week intervals ever since (hit or miss a few)

Congratulations to Chief Sewell and his department. What a welcomed relief to walk into your work place and find it bright, spacious and all on one floor. Personally, I can not remember another time in Pocomoke City history that this new headquarters could be more needed or deserved.

Thank you to each and everyone in the Pocomoke Police Department for your kindness. You just can't imagine how I am looking forward to seeing all of your in your new offices.

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Friday, June 22, 2012
1:00 PM

Truck and Tractor Pulling This Weekend

The Great Pocomoke Fair Presents

Lucas Oil Pro-Pulling League

Truck & Tractor Pulling

Photos from 2011

Pocomoke Fairgrounds

Pocomoke City, Maryland

Monday, June 18, 2012

Visit The Delmarva Discovery Center This Weekend

Opening Soon.......

The New Pocomoke Restaurant

Saturday, June 16, 2012
Watch for the opening date of the new restaurant in downtown Pocomoke City.
It's hard to believe that I have been taking photographs of this spot located on the Pocomoke River since December 2011 - when ground was first turned over to begin the foundation work.

The kitchen appliances have been delivered and are ready to be installed. Tables and chairs are there and the bar is just about completed!

In case you missed the photos of the beautiful landscaping that now surrounds the restaurant follow this link:

Landscaping was provided by Douglas Guns, Superintendent of the Winter Quarters Golf Course, and his crew. Douglas Guns and his crew, along with the assistance of some wonderful, hardworking people from Pocomoke High School, are responsible for the beauty in the Mini Park on the corner of Second Street and Market Street in downtown Pocomoke City.

Stayed tuned for an opening date! The wait is almost over........

Make Way For The New Pocomoke City Police Department

There's going to be plenty of hustle-bustle between the old Pocomoke City Police Dept. on Second Street and their new location on Market Street this week!

And have no fear! I'm quite sure those ugly, over grown shrubs from the previous landscaping will be transformed into another work of pleasant greeneries.

I will provide links later that go back to the first days of renovations in the former body shop building.

I will also provide any updates. Stay tuned! This is an exciting time for so many!

Girdletree Vol. Fire Co., Inc. Gives Back To Their Community

Girdletree, Maryland

Worcester County Department of Recreation & Parks (WCRP) is excited to announce the newest park site that will be built in Girdletree. The local contractor, Paul W. Jones & Son of Girdletree will begin the site work required for the new Girdletree Neighborhood Park in May 2012.

The three acre site was donated to the county by the Girdletree Fire Department to develop a neighborhood park. The future park will include a playground comprised of two adjoining sections, one for young children ages 2-5 and another for youth ages 6-12, a pavilion with grills and picnic tables, and a parking lot.

Earthwork at the park got underway recently and will continue through early summer in preparation for construction of the new park equipment, which will begin this fall.

Photo/Girdletree Vol. Fire Co,Inc.

For more information about the Girdletree Park, contact Parks Superintendent Bill Rodriguez at 410-632-3173 or

Sunday, June 17, 2012

TIME MACHINE ... An Eastern Shore Banquet!

(Reader-friendly viewing of newspaper archives material)

January, 1914

(The Denton Journal)

A Notable Banquet In Prospect

From The Baltimore Sun

The board of governors of the Eastern Shore Society have perfected plans for the first annual dinner, which will be given at the hotel Rennet on January 21. The menu has been arranged with a view of selecting those dishes for which the Eastern Shore counties are famous and nearly every dish served will carry the name of the county it represents. Here it is:

Selected Somerset Oysters.

Tomato bisque, Caroline County Style.

Wicomico Celery.

Salted Nuts, Terrapin, Dorchester County Style.

Queen Anne Filet of Beef.

Mushroom Sauce, Cecil County Peas.

Broiled Young Chicken, Kent County.

Worcester Sweet Potatoes Grilled.

Old Talbot Ham, Hearts of Lettuce.

Old Fashioned Ice Cream, Cakes, Coffee. Cigars, Cigarettes.

Eastern Shore Beaten Biscuit.

Beaten Biscuit will be imported direct from the Shore. The oysters will come from the waters of Somerset, while down in Kent they broil chicken as on one else can. Then there is the genuine diamond-back terrapin. It is said that in the board meeting there was considerable competition among the county vice-presidents as to which county the claiming of the terrapin should go. No one disputed the claim of Caroline to the tomato, for she grows more than any two counties put together; nor was there much dispute about the sweet potatoes, for the southern counties on the "Shore" produce the best that reach the city markets. Cecil took the petit peas, but Somerset, Dorchester, Kent, and Talbot all thought their terrapin the best.

A committee has been appointed to look after speakers and they will all be Eastern Shoremen. Lyn R. Meekins, of Dorchester, will be the toastmaster.


August, 1887

(The Denton Journal)

Maryland Cooking


(Quoting a New York Times correspondent.)

In Maryland one of the roads to Paradise begins in the kitchen and ends in the dining-room. Nowhere in the world do people as a class live better. They are born to good eating, and the cultivation of the appetite becomes a second nature.

The choicest things of life flourish here with a luxuriance that few, if any sections of the country can match.

... Cantaloupe, oysters, soft crabs, trout, rail birds, luscious peaches just plucked, and an indescribable watermelon fresh from the vine!

Good eating is so infectious in the State that it pervades politics. In one of the counties, Wicomico, the campaign is invariably opened in the spring by a great turtle dinner. All the candidates and politicians and district leaders come together in a love feast of turtle and politics. They sit around on stools and fences eating and talking and laughing booms and courting friendships. The affair lasts an entire day, and after it is over the candidates proceed to slaughter one another instead of turtle. Oyster roasts are features of all large campaigns. Several dozen bushels of oysters are roasted in one great fire and every man, equipped with an oyster knife, helps himself. Good dinners are also numerously used in a political way, and many a boom had its fruitful origin in well cooked food, flavored with rare old wines.

A year or so ago the best restaurant here, and all in all the best in the south, imported a staff of high-salaried New York cooks. The arrangement lasted less than a week. By that time the guests had asked for a return to Maryland dishes, for to a Marylander the subtle charm of home cooking is the greatest glory of the ages.


March, 1957

With the dualization of the nine mile stretch of U.S. 13 from just north of Princess Anne to Salisbury completed, plans were in the works to dualize the stretch from Pocomoke City to Princess Anne. By-passes for Pocomoke and Princess Anne were also being planned. 1956 saw the completion of a new railway overpass near Pocomoke that replaced a dangerous Route 13 grade crossing.

Footnote: Digging out tons of gravel for the overpass created a quite sizable man-made body of water, perhaps about a quarter of a mile across, just to the east of the overpass. This became known as Merrill's Beach and with the help of one of Pocomoke City's civic organizations it was maintained for a number of years as a popular local swimming and bathing area. Merrill's Beach eventually had to close because Health Department water standards could not be maintained.


December, 1967

Pocomoke City residents were remembering retired long time Market Street merchant L. Griffin Callahan who passed away at age 71. He had owned and operated Callahan's Ladies Shop; he was a charter member and past president of the Pocomoke Lions Club and had served several times as Commander of American Legion Worcester Post 93.


August, 1892

(The Daily News- Frederick, Md)

A stranger who attempted to introduce politics into a Farmer's Alliance meeting in Worcester County was surrounded by the Snow Hill Brass Band and blown off the stump.



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!