Saturday, July 14, 2012

Tornado Touches Down On Virginia Eastern Shore

A tornado touched down on the Eastern Shore, in Accomack County near Logan Road in Onley on Saturday.

A strong series of storms began moving down the seaside of the Eastern Shore Saturday morning. Heavy rain, thunder and lightening were also reported.

As much as 6 inches of rain fell in the Gargatha area. Several reports of heavy rain were also reported as the storms moved south by southwest along the Eastern Shore.

Pictured: A confirmed tornado hit the Eastern Shore early Saturday afternoon. The top photo is courtesy of Linda Ross and was taken near Logan Road in Onley. The bottom photo is courtesy of Kate Evans and was taken at 1:25 this afternoon behind Melfa just off of Phillips Drive/Mapp rd, just off of Main Street.


A Private Wedding At the Mar-Va Today

What a wonderful idea!  
 A wedding at the Mar-Va Theater in downtown Pocomoke City.

Congratulations  and best of luck to the couple:  Tanya Bridell of Westover, Md. and Eric Butler of Salisbury, Md.

TIME MACHINE Preview ... Pocomoke's "Birdseye".

In a 1956 view of the Eastern Shore's top industries... "Pocomoke City holds ties to products that are known all over the world."

A 1937 news item tells of an underground warm water stream that was flowing under Pocomoke City's business district.

An 1895 fire destroys Berlin's business district.
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Saturday ~ Downtown Pocomoke City

**Due to inclement weather, there will be no guided walk of the Cypress Park nature trail. Instead, meet a naturalist inside for a getting-to-know-you with one of our native reptiles!**

Stop by the Farmers & Flea Market
Downtown Pocomoke City
NO FEE for vendors

Saturday at the Delmarva Discovery Center:  Nature Walk - 2:00 - 2:30 ~ Join us for a walk along the Pocomoke River as we spot wildlife and discuss incredible natural environment of the Delmarva Peninsula.  Great for all ages.
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Don't forget to check out the Museum Store!

Friday, July 13, 2012

Melson's Power Show- From June 9, 2012

Many of you were at the Crisfield Mudbog back in May when it was announced that on June 9, Melson's Power Show/Tractor Pull would be having a "Fastest Sand Drag Event".  The payout for the winner in the event would be $500!

News like that travels fast if you race mudtrucks.......

Saturday- June 9, 2012
Only a handfull of mudtrucks were on hand for the event... plenty of mudbog friends but they didn't bring their trucks.  And it wasn't long before we learned that the rules had been changed for racing in the event.  At some point during the evening we learned the rules had been changed to "bracket style racing".  In bracket style racing there is NO guarantee that the FASTEST truck would win.  Hmmm.....

So, here goes.  All trucks made two passes with the "Short and Sassy" having the fastest pass. BUT, according to the new rules set the "Short and Sassy" still had to race the second fastest.  Well, it just so happened that the second fastest vehicle is owned by the sponsor and owner of the property, Dave Humphreys.  We had learned earlier in the evening that Dave had HIRED a "seasoned" drag strip racer to drive his car.  Hmm.....

When hearing of the rule changes - and they seemed to be changing frequently by the time it grew dark- tempers began to flair, words said, etc.  My view?  The driver,  of the "Short and Sassy", my husband Barry Wise was not getting a fair deal and everyone in the pits seemed to agree.

This was a situation that you really needed to be present for in order to believe.  The nights events regarding the rules- and how they seemed to change during the course of the evening seemed to go on forever.

Probably the icing on the cake was when another participant rolled in around 10:30 that evening- right in the middle of the disagreements between Staff Member, Dave and the racers. 

I questioned Dave about this- so did everyone else.  The story some got was that Dave called him.  The story I got from Dave was that the driver had a flat tire and called saying he would be late.  Well, it wasn't until some weeks later that I would  find out the driver did NOT have a flat tire and really hadn't planned on being there at all. 

If there is one thing I cannot tolerate is a lie.  Truth would have been a whole better!  A little more respect torwards the racers, including MY husband,  would have been a whole lot better!  Not changing the rules to suit YOUR agenda, Dave, would have been a whole lot better and I NEVER intend to watch what I witnessed that night ever again.  We all know that the so called "hired" driver practiced on Saturday.  If you wanted the keep the $500 for your win why have the event at all?  You should have disqualified your car.

Here's food for thought:  More times than not those guys that race their mud trucks together are going to rally around each other.  They may beat each other up in racing but in the pits they stick like glue.  What you experienced with the "in your face attitudes" is what friendship is all about. 

The "Short and Sassy" with driver Barry Wise won the $500 that evening..... at some point during midnight.
Here's the video.
A huge thank you needs to go out to Lee Serman, Chuck West, Chuck Jr. and  Bart Parker.  You guys are the greatest.  Thank you for rallying about and trying to get your point across.  Also a thank you to the others in the pits that recognized the fact that the event was not being handled fairly.

That particular  evening is over.....I'm going to put it to rest.  Melson's is a nice place.  Barry and I  always enjoyed going there.  But I'm afraid that there will be no more least not for a very long time.   I begged Barry to give it another try after words a few years ago.  He did give it another........but after this particular race we have called it least for a while.  Enough is enough.

The great sponsors for the "Short and Sassy" are:
Bowden's Racing - Donald Bowden
Odie's Garage- Roger Evans
Seaside Repair- Gerald Matthews
 Vertical Services, Inc.- Jack Shockley

In Case You Missed It: Change Maryland / Larry Hogan

Profile of Change Maryland:
Easton Star Democrat 6.20.12

Group Targets Spending and Tax Hikes

Change Maryland Tax Migration Report:

State and Local

Washington Times 7.03.12
Many Marylanders who leave go to Virginia, study finds

The Daily Record 7.04.12
Maryland’s biggest jurisdictions are losing tax filers

Annapolis Capital 7.05.12
Tax analysis

St. Mary's County Times 7.05.12
Local Tax Base Growth Among Best in State 

Washington Examiner 7.05.12
Examiner Local Editorial: Maryland taxpayers head for the hills -- and the shore

Monoblogue 7.06.12
Shocker: capital leaves a high-tax state
Ocean City Dispatch 7.06.12
Worcester Leads Md. In Incoming Taxpayer Migration

Washington Examiner 7.07.12
Wealthy leave Md. suburbs, IRS data show

WFMD 7.08.12
Alex Mooney Show

Washington Times 7.10.12
EDITORIAL: Escape from Maryland

WTOP 7.10.12
Report: Higher taxes may drive out rich Marylanders

Cross Purposes 7.10.12
Somebody Got Somebody's Attention

WBAL TV 7.11.12
Change Maryland finds 31K residents moved

Frederick News-Post 7.11.12
Population shift swells county tax dollars

Washington Times 7.11.12
O’Malley blog rebutting exodus report causes stir

Patch: SPEAK OUT:   7.11.12
Are Taxes Driving Out Maryland's Millionaires?

Pocomoke Public Eye 7.11.12
Change Maryland Responds to Gov. Martin O'Malley's Political Attack

Worcester County Times 7.12.12
Worcester's tax base sees most new residents

The Tentacle 7.12.12
A Sorry State of Affairs

Global Rhetoric 7.12.12
O'Malley's Meltdown
SBY News 7.12.12
Change Maryland Responds To Gov. Martin O'Malley's Political Attack

Gazette 7.12.12
O'Malley, Hogan Square off about Data 

CNBC 7.09.12
In Maryland, Higher Taxes Chase Out Rich: Study

Hot Air 7.09.12
Surprise: Higher taxes in Maryland chasing out the wealthy

Daily Caller  7.10.12
Study: Marylanders moving to Virginia because of high taxes

CNBC 7.10.12
Hogan: Tax & Regulatory Policies Key to Attracting Business

Fox Business News 7.12.12
Higher Taxes Cost Maryland $1.7 Billion in Tax Reven

Other States

West Virginia
Charleston Daily Mail 7.11.12
Maryland shows folly of overtaxing people 

New York
Diary of a Republican Hater 7.09.12
Don't Worry the Right Just Wants to Increase the Tax Base

New Mexico
News New Mexico 7.10.12
Taxes Backfire in Maryland

North Dakota
Say Anything Blog 7.09.12
Maryland Learns If You Tax Rich People You Get Fewer Rich People

Jefferson Policy Journal 7.12.12
Overtaxed Marylanders Flee to Virginia
Washington D.C.
Washington Free Beacon 7.09.12

Dennis Tubbergen blog 7.12.12

Drones: An Inexpensive Way To Accomplish Expensive Surveillance

By Alex Bridges
Gilbert, ACLU join to seek rights protections from drones

A conservative state legislator and a civil rights group want rights protections in place if and when unmanned aerial drones start patrolling from the skies over Virginia.

Del. C. Todd Gilbert, R-Woodstock, and the American Civil Liberties Union have teamed up to craft legislation which aims to regulate the use of drones across the state. Gilbert said by phone Thursday he plans to introduce the legislation in the 2013 session of the General Assembly. As drone technology becomes less expensive and law enforcement agencies show more interest in the technology, Gilbert and the ACLU urge the state needs rules in place in advance.

"Some people are going to scoff at it because they never have thought of the notion that these types of vehicles are going to be used domestically," Gilbert said. "But I'm here to tell you that the technology is here and the domestic uses are coming and we simply wanted to try and get ahead of it and make sure that we're not reacting to already existing policies, that we are setting the policies."

Legislation would need to address what cameras on drones can view and record and how this relates to constitutionally protected activities such as rallies or speeches, or if the devices peer into the windows of private residents without a warrant, Gilbert explained.
The concern by the ACLU comes in part after Gov. Bob McDonnell expressed an openness to the domestic use of unmanned drones in Virginia, according Claire Gastañaga, executive director of the Virginia ACLU. McDonnell noted then that drones could help cut down on needed manpower.
"Obviously part of the reason why we're interested in making sure that everybody understands that they should only be used if they're carefully regulated and police officers have a warrant is in part triggered by the fact that [the] governor seemed to be giving a green light signal," Gastañaga said by phone. "One of the things that is a hallmark of new technologies is that they make possible what might previously have been too expensive or difficult."

"Drones [are] a very inexpensive way to accomplish pretty expensive surveillance at a pretty low cost and that means that people might be tempted to use them without thinking about what the policies ought to be," Gastañaga added.

The proposed legislation would prohibit the use of drones by law enforcement agencies without a warrant; require policies and procedures for the use of the devices be adopted by legislative bodies in open meetings; provide for public monitoring and accountability and mandate the pictures of people taken by drones be destroyed unless part of an authorized investigation, according to the release.

Gilbert and Gastañaga say they expect the coalition of support to grow. They acknowledged the organization and the legislator don't always see eye to eye.

"Of course the ACLU and I are at odds on issues from time to time and this represented a good chance for us to work on an issue on which we wholeheartedly agree, which is constitutionally protected rights," Gilbert said.

Neither local nor state law enforcement agencies use drones yet. But Gilbert expressed concern that some federal agencies do use drones and such practice could spread.

"This is not some unfounded theoretical concern that this may happen in the future," Gilbert said, adding that some law enforcement agencies in Virginia have looked into using drones.

Second Annual Diaper Change Diaper Drive Event

The Diaper Change Diaper Drive event will be on Saturday, July 14 from 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. at the Wal-Mart on Lankford Highway in Onley, Virginia.

Wal-Mart is teaming with the Eastern Shore Rural Health Centers and more than 20 local organizations and agencies to help raise diapers for local babies and adults in need during the second annual Diaper Change diaper drive led by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield affiliate HealthKeepers, Inc. Last year, the diaper drive was successful in helping to raise over 34,000 diapers for the Hampton Roads area and the Eastern Shore and event organizers are hoping to surpass last years numbers.

On average, infants use 12 diapers per day -- the cost for which can reach upwards of $100 a month and, in todays economy, some local families are struggling to have an adequate supply of diapers on hand. Oftentimes, this can lead to infants and toddlers spending long hours in a soiled diapers which can increase the risk of many health problems ranging from skin diseases to hepatitis. Adding to the challenges faced by low-income families, the cost of diapers is not covered by social services programs.

This year, the diaper drive will also collect adult diapers to help area adults who suffer from some form ofurinary incontinence. Like many young families, adults also face the added struggle of making sure they have an adequate supply of diapers on hand to ensure they are helping to avoid additional health risks.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

25th Annual Chincoteague Island Blueberry Festival

TIME MACHINE Preview ... Pocomoke's "Birdseye"

In a 1956 view of the Eastern Shore's top industries... "Pocomoke City holds ties to products that are known all over the world."

A 1937 news item tells of an underground warm water stream that was flowing under Pocomoke City's business district.

An 1895 fire destroys Berlin's business district.
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.....Decision Regarding Dogs Is Not Yet in Effect

Maryland Attorney General Confirms that Tracey v. Solesky Decision Regarding Dogs Is Not Yet in Effect

The Humane Society of the United States urges landlords to cease restrictions on pet owners pending new ruling from Court of Appeals

In a turn of events welcomed by The Humane Society of the United States, the Maryland Office of the Attorney General has issued an opinion stating that the controversial Maryland Court of Appeals decision holding that all pit bull and pit bull type dogs are “inherently dangerous” is not yet in effect. The Court of Appeals decision in Tracey v. Solesky, issued two months ago, holds that not just owners of pit bull-type dogs but anyone with the power to control the presence of these dogs is strictly liable for any damages they cause. The Office of the Attorney General issued its statement in response to a request submitted by Maryland Delegate Heather Mizeur, D-Montgomery

Reports have increased in recent weeks from Maryland residents being forced to choose between their family pets and their homes, as landlords have worried about liability imposed by Tracey. The imposition of strict liability on parties other than the dog owner is unprecedented, as is the Court’s singling out of one particular type of dogs for this stricter standard.

“With this latest news, we urge landlords and property owners across the state to adhere to their existing leases with dog owning tenants,” said Tami Santelli, Maryland senior state director for The HSUS. “With the ruling suspended for the time being, landlords have no legal basis to evict their tenants who may own ‘pit bull type dogs’. This is fantastic news.”

The Attorney General’s opinion hinges on a Maryland Rule of Procedure (8-605) which provides that any mandate from the Court of Appeals will be stayed pending the Court’s decision on a motion for reconsideration. On May 26, State Farm Insurance Company, a party in the Tracey case, filed a motion asking the Court of Appeals to reconsider its decision in Tracey. Because the Court has not yet ruled on that motion for reconsideration, the ruling in Tracey is stayed.

“After the initial court ruling, confusion reigned. Landlords, fearing new liability concerns, began readying eviction notices to their renters with pit bulls,” said Del. Mizeur. “This opinion is welcomed relief for thousands of Maryland families that should never have to choose between their beloved family pet and their home.It gives us time to pass a legislative remedy to permanently fix this problem,” she concluded.

The Maryland General Assembly may consider this issue this summer if Gov. Martin O’Malley calls a special session. The joint legislative task force appointed to study this issue held a work session on June 26 to discuss the details of potential legislation. If there is no special session, a legislative fix will have to wait until January, making this potential reprieve even more critical.

Humane Society press release.

~BINGO Coming SOON ! ~


On July 9, 2012, at approximately 10:15 p.m., Ocean City Police were in the area of 28th Street and Coastal Highway when they witnessed a truck driving on its rims.  At the same time, Ocean City Police communications received numerous calls regarding a vehicle matching the description of the truck involved in several traffic collisions from 20th Street to 28th Street.

The driver of the vehicle, who was stopped by police on Robin Drive, was identified as Michael Keith Hall, 43, of Greenwood, DE.  Hall, who exited the vehicle at the time of the stop, admitted to police he was under the influence of alcohol.

While speaking with Hall, officers learned that he had an outstanding warrant for his arrest through the state of Delaware. In addition, during the conversation, Hall made several threats, stating that he would “kill” and “snipe” police.  Police searched Hall’s vehicle and located a rifle, a pistol holster with blanks, binoculars, a spotting scope and several knives.

Hall was arrested and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, driving while impaired by alcohol and negligent driving.  In addition, over 60 traffic citations were issued to Hall in reference to failing to stop after an accident, failure to return to and remain at the scene of accident, reckless driving and speeding.

At the time of this release, Hall was being held on a $25,000 bond after an initial appearance in front of an Ocean City District Court Commissioner.

Coming Soon.......The Great Pocomoke Fair

Sponsored by Aurora Agronomy
Pocomoke City, Maryland
Seaford, Delaware

Ocean City Police Seeking Public’s Assistance

Ocean City Police Seeking Public’s Assistance in Identifying Assault Suspect

The Ocean City Police Department is requesting the public’s assistance in locating the suspect of an attempted sexual assault that occurred at approximately 2:45 a.m., on Tuesday, June 26, 2012. On that date, Ocean City Police Department responded to the area of 4200 Coastal Highway in reference to an attempted assault that had already occurred.

OCPD officers met with a female victim who told police that she was walking home when an unknown male initiated a conversation with her.  A short time after, the male suspect pushed the victim into the bushes and attempted to sexually assault her.  During the attack, the victim was able to fight the attacker causing significant injury the suspect’s ear.

The suspect, who is a white male, is described as being approximately 5’10”, approximately 170 pounds and in his mid-20’s to early-30’s. In addition, it is believed that the suspect would have a visible injury to his ear.

Ocean City Police are asking anyone with information about this incident, or the suspect involved, to please contact Detective N. Simpson Ocean City Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division, at 410-520-5349.  Those providing information may remain anonymous.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Change Maryland Responds to Gov. Martin O'Malley's Political Attack

Change Maryland Responds to Gov. Martin O'Malley's Political Attack

Change Maryland Chairman Larry Hogan appeared on WBAL's "C-4" show this afternoon to discuss the organization's study on tax flight and the Governor's response yesterday.
C-4: The Governor said Change Maryland is a partisan political organization led by a failed Congressional candidate,  Ehrlich appointee and would-be candidate for Governor.   Is that the preferred way for a Governor to handle something like this?

Larry Hogan: It was a childish lashing out.  Once again, Governor O'Malley chose to attack the messenger, rather than address the facts.

We are not going to lower ourselves to his level and resort to name calling. But, it was surprising that he used a state website, using tax payer funds, to make this kind of a petty, personal, partisan attack.

He can call me names if he wants to, but Change Maryland is the largest grassroots organization in the state with 14,000 members and they insulted our members.

These are not our numbers, these are the IRS numbers in our study. CNBC wrote the story, not us. If he wants to lash out, maybe he should lash out at NBC and the IRS.

C-4: This thing is big national news. You have opened up the debate. They are talking about this across the country. They've been able to control the spin, here in Maryland, but they can't control the national media.

Larry Hogan: The Governor has had a bad week on an NBC network. This tax exodus story broke, then CNBC came out with it's annual business climate report, in which Maryland slid again in the rankings.  And they also ran our opinion piece yesterday in CNBC.  So I think the national media focusing on what is really happening in Maryland just frustrated the Governor because it may effect his presidential aspirations.



Larry Hogan Op Ed: 

Gov. O'Malley blog:

~Cole's Cakes Plans Grand Opening~

Grand Opening Block Party

Pocomoke City Mayor Bruce Morrison proudly announces the grand opening of
"Coles Cakes"
a bakery featuring custom cakes, cupcakes and sculpted creations. Cole’s Cakes is a family run business.
photo from

The store is owned by baker, Nicole Ayres, of Virginia, and her tight-knit family is always there to lend a hand. The bakery sits at 205 Clarke Avenue, in beautiful Downtown Pocomoke.
Saturday, July 21
Ayres will host a grand opening and open house, along with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The city is blocking off a portion of Clarke Avenue, between Market and Willow Streets, for the event. Ayres is inviting the public to sample her confections by creating a festive block-party-like atmosphere. There will be free refreshments, music, and plenty of activities for children, including face-painting, cupcake-decorating, sidewalk chalk art, and a cupcake-eating contest.

 Local business owners and public officials will be on hand and a number of exciting door prizes – provided by at least fourteen local downtown businesses – will be distributed.

 Event begins at 12:00pm
and will wrap-up by 2:00pm, with the ribbon-cutting scheduled for 12:15pm.

Cole’s Cakes specializes in custom-ordered cakes for all special occasions, and they offer a variety of cupcakes flavors, cookies and "cake-pops," baked fresh daily. They will work with any budget and they will attempt any flavor. "We love a challenge," says owner, Nicole Ayres.

Cole’s Cakes grand opening marks another milestone in the city’s efforts to attract new businesses to Pocomoke’s downtown as it repositions itself as a tourist destination. Members of the community who are interested in learning more about Cole’s Cakes, or other downtown businesses, are encouraged to stop by on Saturday.

Cole's Cakes has already been awarded "Honorable Mention"/3rd Best Bakery on Delmarva on DelmarvaLife's Best of 2012 list!
For more information visit:

Those interested in the city’s downtown efforts in general, should contact Angela Manos, at 410-603-1178, or

From The Worcester County Sheriff's Office

Worcester County Sheriff's Office
Arrest Report

 Thursday, July 5th,2012, the Worcester County Sheriff's office responded to a Bishopville address for a reported 911 hang-up. Upon arrival, deputies met with a victim who had reported that a suspect, later identified as William Randall Lewis, white male, age 54 of Berlin, had assaulted her and attempted to steal her purse which contained money. Mr. Lewis had left the scene prior to the deputies arrival. Mr. Lewis was located a short time later in Berlin, Maryland and arrested by deputies from the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office. Mr. Lewis was charged with Robbery, and second degree assault. He was subsequently held on a $10,000.00 bond. He awaits trial on those charges.

Friday, 07-06-12, deputies from the Worcester County Sheriff's Office responded to an address in Berlin, Maryland for a civil complaint investigation. Upon arrival, deputies observed Joseph Daryl Webster, white male, age 50, of Ocean City, enter the property. Deputies were aware of a protective order in place that prohibited Mr. Webster from being on the property. Mr. Webster was then arrested by deputies from the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office for violation of a protective order. Webster was released on his own recognizance by a judicial officer until a trial date.

Lt. Edward C. Schreier
Worcester County Sheriff's Office

Wednesday At the Delmarva Discovery Center

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Save the Date: Snow Hill's 14th Annual Blessing of the Combines

This IS a truly wonderful event!
 It is not too early to save the date of Saturday August 4, 2012 for Snow Hill’s Fourteenth Annual Blessing of the Combines celebration.

Becky Payne, event chairperson, is enthusiastic about this popular summer event to honor the agricultural community while bringing between 500 to 1000 festival goers into Downtown Snow Hill.
Festivities begin on Green Street at 11:00 with live music and street activities. The Parade of Combines sets off down RT 12 to Green Street at 11:15. A "throttle thrust" will signal Steve Hales, master of ceremonies, to begin the program with the presentation of colors by the award-winning Snow Hill High School Junior Marine Corps ROTC.

 After recognitions and keynote speaker Mike McDermott, the afternoon’s lineup of selections featuring area musicians will begin.

Children can visit a variety of animals at the Petting Barnyard; then hop aboard a wagon for the hay ride. There will be a Children’s Barnyard of activities, and the popular Children’s Tractor Pull as well as a Scales and Tales presentation from the Pocomoke River State Park.

Booth space for craft vendors is available - email Diana Nolte at for a contract. Food vendors are lined up.

The 2012 Combines T-Shirts, designed by Beth McGrath Cooper, will be available.

For details contact Becky Payne at 443-783-1715, or email .

photos from the 2011/ 13th Annual Blessing of the Combines.jmmb photos


Now that the cooler weather is back SHORE BEEF & BBQ is now
Smoked  Pit Beef  Cheesesteak w/ fried onions & peppers
French fries

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

"Community Giving Garden"

I checked on the "Community Giving Garden" last week and it seems to be making progress.  I'm sure the recent rainfall has helped it along tremendously.
If you would like to volunteer or assist in any way please contact:
 Neelam Strom @ 443-437-7203;
or Norma Howard @ 410-726-0066
The "Community Giving Garden" is located on the corner of Willow Street and Clarke Avenue.

Downtown Pocomoke City Restaurant ~ Riverside Grill

Great news sure travels fast!

Most of you know by now that the  new Riverside Grill Restaurant opened quietly on Monday.
Keep in mind that this new restaurant has a computerized system for employess to work with.  If you have any knowledge at all about computers you know how tempermental they can be. In an attempt to check and work out the glitches that often occur in anything that is new, and to get a little more practice time, the Reeves  decided on a "quiet opening".   In the long run the customer benefits.

I can't say I blame them for deciding on the "quiet opening".   (Even though it wasn't quiet for long)  Makes good business sense to me. After all, Riverside Grill is new to all of us....even to those who work there. Nothing can be more taxing on the nerves than the first day on the job. And nothing can be more devastating than a bad food revue.

And remember: we all want to see Corey succeed  at operating a brand new beautiful restaurant. And it is very important to Corey, her family and the employees at the Riverside Grill that your first dining experience with them is a pleasant one.

The Riverside Grill is  now open for your business. 

Enjoy your meal and enjoy the view.


Monday, July 9, 2012

The NEW Pocomoke City Restaurant


Mark Reeves announced to the crowd present at the ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday "there's not a bad seat in the house."  Well, I knew this was true.  After months of walking through the building-before it even was a building- countless times and standing in just about every corner I already knew that he was telling the truth.  Every single person present on Friday marveled at the beauty of the finished product and I couldn't help but think about all those responsible for this in the restaurants early years of development (when it was just a dream) that are no longer with us to share the excitement.

 The Riverside Grill will be managed by Corey Reeves, the 23 year old daughter of Mark and Leslie. What a responsibility for her and how lucky the Reeves are to have a daughter that can handle such a responsibility at a young age.  And what a lucky young lady to have a father to have such confidence in  a daughter. 

This restaurant will be operating by a computer system.  I'm not sure how it all works but it sounds interesting.  The wonderful thing about the system is that it has never been used in Pocomoke and once again Pocomoke is on the "cutting edge". 

Just think of the view the bridge tender has! Hmm......
  The extended area of the patio is new.  In most of my older photos it shows that the patio area stopped a few feet shorter than shown here, but was still very nice.  Mark however, had a different idea and felt the need to enhance the area with the thought of  possible patrons approaching from the south along  Riverside Drive.  The monies for the brickwork, etc.  came from the Reeves themselves.  Personally, this IS the "icing on the cake"! 

So, chew on some celery sticks while you wait for the restaurant to open.  You have to appreciate the fact that the new proprietors want to be able to give all of us a pleasant dining experience for the first time.  They are as anxious as we all are. 

The best of luck to Corey and everyone at the
 Riverside Grill Restaurant.

The Riverside Grill is on facebook now also.  Be sure to take a look.

Monday At the Delmarva Discovery Center

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Sunday, July 8, 2012

Pocomoke's "Riverside Grill Restaurant"

Downtown Pocomoke City, Maryland
Friday   July 6, 2012

You just can't imagine the excitment that was all around Friday morning.  The people of Pocomoke City have waited for a beautiful downtown restaurant for so many years.  And now there is one sitting right on the banks of the beautiful Pocomoke River.

Easy access by boat with FREE docking.  It's within walking distance after shopping downtown or attending the movies.  And yes, it's very easy to find if you are traveling south on US Route 13 highway.....just turn right at the first intersection light, follow the road to the left.  You can see this beauty of a restaurant before you travel over the downtown draw bridge! 

The proprietors: Mark, Leslie, the two younger brothers (I will get their names) and Corey Reeves. Corey will manage the Riverside Grill Restaurant and I can tell you that this entire family and the entire working staff at the restaurant will fit in quite nicely with the people of Pocomoke and those visiting. 

(I took a peek through the kitchen door window.  Nice kitchen.  I remember when there was nothing there to even look at!)

There have been many ribbon cutting ceremonies and it was Mayor Bruce Morrison who said he'll never get tired of them!  I don't think anyone will.
MD. Delegate Mike McDermott(center) Pocomoke City Police Chief Kelvin D. Sewell(right) speak with the newest Pocomoke City Police Officer. 

This is just one view of how beautiful it is from the inside looking out.  There are more photos soon.

What an exciting time in downtown  Pocomoke recently.  I've been downtown alot in the past few months and I can see the wonderful changes that have taken place in just a short time.  There are still stores downtown that I haven't had a chane to visit- but I will.  The Mayor was absolutely correct when he mentioned Pocomoke Pride.  Not one person disagreed...why would they?

So many of you have been asking when the restaurant will open.  The only answer I have as of right now is "SOON".  So just have patience.  If it were my restaurant and I was about to serve so many Pocomoke citizens I'd want things to be right too!

I know you will enjoy the restaruant and those that work there.  I know you will love the view.

Note to Kathy:  Get ready.... 

Delmarva Discovery Center ~ OPEN Today

Discover something new at the Delmarva Discovery Center every day from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

The Delmarva Discovery Center offers daily programs that are free with paid admission for all guests from Memorial Day to Labor day.

Sunday Program
Sunday 2:00 - 2:30 PM Fish Food- Watch the fish in our 6,000 gallon aquarium eat lunch while learning about the adaptations that allow these species to gobble, gulp and thrive in the Pocomoke River. A family presentation perfect of fish-lovers of all ages.

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"Mail Call!" Footnote

(Here's a resend in larger print of the Footnote in today's Time Machine posting.) -tk

In his book on the history of Pocomoke City (formerly New Town) through 1882, the Rev. James Murray wrote:

The post office, in the early history of New Town, was a very small affair, so small, indeed, that I have the impression that there was no pay for transmission of the mail from Snow Hill to New Town, as that was, then, the mail route. I am indorsed in this declaration by the fact that it was transmitted by individual citizens when they would go to Snow Hill, on business, on public days. As early as 1820, Michael Murray, my father, was post- master for New Town. When other means of getting: the mail would fail, my father would send my two oldest brothers, each one on horseback, to Snow Hill for the mail. After these two brothers went to Baltimore to learn a trade, this duty at times fell upon my two next older brothers and myself. The mail was due at New Town once a week, and sometimes it would lay in the office at Snow Hill two weeks for the want of a carrier. In such emergencies, my father would say to us: "Boys, you must take the canoe," for then we had no horse, ''and go to Snow Hill for the mail." At that period I do not think I was more than eight years of age.