Saturday, January 26, 2013

Unattended Death Being Investigated

Unattended Death Being Investigated by OCPD
On January 26, 2013, at approximately 1:30 a.m. Ocean City Police and Paramedics responded to 216 Somerset Street, in reference to a subject who was found unconscious on the street outside of the Harbor Inn bar.

EMS and Police personnel arrived at the scene and located an unresponsive male. The male was taken to Atlantic General Hospital where he was pronounced dead. The male has been identified as Michael Eric Post, 39, of Ocean City, Maryland.

Ocean City Police are currently investigating this incident as an unattended death. The deceased remains will be taken to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner of Maryland in Baltimore for autopsy to determine the manner and cause of Post’s death.

Ocean City Police Dept. Release


Dog Found Saturday afternoon around 2:30 PM on Horsey Road, Accomack County, Virginia.

Dog is friendly, well mannered and seems to be used to riding in a vehicle. Nails are clipped and one eye appears to have been shaven recently.   One white spotted ear.  Other ear is all black.

 Very sweet and friendly dog but I CAN NOT keep her. She was extremely! COLD and hungry!

Does anyone know who may belong to this medium sized dog????

Riverside Grill ~ Saturday Specials

Saturday  January 26, 2013

 * N E Clam Chowder w/ 1/2 Ham Sand or Side Salad 6.99
 * Ale Battered Fried Shrimp Basket 8.99
 * Neptune Wrap- Our Shrimp Salad w/ MD Lump Crab served
 w/ Fries 9.99
 * N C Pulled Pork BBQ Sand w/ Hush Puppies and Cole Slaw
 * Raspberry Walnut Salad 7.99

 ***** $ 1 off Shrimp Basket all day*****
 $ 2.50 Bloody Marys and Mimosas All Day!!!!

TIME MACHINE ... This Sunday's Preview

1983.. Princess Anne group prepares to fight plan for new prison; 1948.. Honoring long-time head of Pocomoke City's newspaper; 1925.. What's happening to Eastern Shore steamship traffic?; 1941.. War preparations experienced on Eastern Shore; 1890.. Worcester canners shun tomato price demand; And Part 5 of Memories Of Accomac, 1890.

Although you may not find these items in a history book, they are a part of our local history and you can read more about it this Sunday right here at 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. Send to and watch for it on a future TIME MACHINE posting!

Snowfall From the Riverside Grill - Photos

What a beautiful view from the Riverside Grill in downtown Pocomoke yesterday afternoon and early  evening while it was snowing......

Riverside Grill
Downtown Pocomoke City
Photo/Riverside Grill- John Price

Riverside Grill
Downtown Pocomoke City
Riverside Grill  Photo


Family Fun! Delmarva Discovery Center

Delmarva Discovery Center
Downtown Pocomoke City

10 A.M.  UNTIL  4 P.M.
Stop by and say "hi" to Scorchy.....visit the many other exhibits
Browse through the gift shop.....


NASA Wallops Rocket Mission January 29 Prepping for Future Projects

NASA Sounding Rocket Program
NASA Photo
WALLOPS ISLAND, VA -- A NASA rocket mission to test technology for gathering science data during future projects is scheduled for launch between 5:30 – 6:50 p.m. EST, January 29, from the NASA Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.

During the suborbital flight of the Terrier-Improved Orion sounding rocket, two red-colored lithium vapor trails will occur in space that may be seen throughout the mid-Atlantic region.

Cameras at Wallops and on a NASA aircraft will view the resulting red trails.

Libby West, mission project manager with the NASA Sounding Rocket Program Office at Wallops, said “This launch is a technology test flight for two upcoming missions. We will be testing two different methods for creating the lithium vapor to determine which configuration is best for observing various science phenomena in space.”

NASA has two missions later this year that will use the lithium trails to assist scientists in observing events in space. The first is scheduled for April in the central Pacific Ocean from Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands and the second will occur in June at Wallops.

In the technology test launch, two canisters in the rocket’s payload section will contain solid metal lithium rods or chips embedded in a thermite cake. The thermite is ignited and produces heat to vaporize the lithium. The vapor is released in space and can be detected and tracked optically.

During the flight, one vapor trail will occur at approximately 72 miles altitude and the second will occur at around 78 miles altitude.

The lithium combustion process poses no threat to the public during the release in space. When heated, the lithium rods change to lithium vapor and small amounts of lithium oxide. The thermite reaction produces iron and aluminum oxide.

The backup launch days for this project are January 30 through February 1.

The NASA Visitor Center at Wallops will be open on launch day for public viewing of the launch.



The mission will be available live on Ustream beginning at 4:30 p.m. on launch day at:

Mission status on launch day can be followed on Twitter and Facebook at: or

Mission status also is available on the Wallops launch status line at 757-824-2050.

More information on the NASA Sounding Rocket Program is available at:

"A Minute With Mike" Featuring Delegate Mike McDermott

 "A Minute with Mike": Your Right to Keep & Bear Arms
Published on Jan 17, 2013
"A Minute with Mike" is a one minute vlog (video blog) where Delegate Mike McDermott, who proudly represents the people of District 38B in the Maryland General Assembly, speaks on various topics in Maryland Legislature. This video is on the 2nd Amendment, your right to keep and bear arms.
In this vlog, Delegate Mike McDermott shares his thoughts on 2nd Amendment Rights. 


A Minute With Mike:  Keeping Government Local
 Below:  Published on Jan 22, 2013
"A Minute with Mike" is an approximately one minute vlog (video blog) where Delegate Mike McDermott, who proudly represents the people of District 38B in the Maryland General Assembly, speaks on various topics in Maryland Legislature. This video is on keeping government local because
 "Government is at it's best when it's closest to the people."- Delegate Mike McDermott
In this vlog, Delegate Mike McDermott shares his thoughts on 2nd Amendment Rights.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Riverside Grill - Pocomoke- Closing Early Tonight

From the Riverside Grill.....

Due to the inclement weather and for the safety of our employees, we will be closing for the remainder of the evening.

Riverside Grill  Pocomoke
Photo John Price
We apologize for any inconvenience and look forward to seeing everyone tomorrow.

We will open at 11am for our normal hours.

Pocomoke City Elections ~ New District Maps

Anyone interested in filing for one of the two offices must file at city hall by February 1.

To file for one of the council seats, a person must be a registered voter and a resident of one of the two districts.

NOTE:   This year some minor changes have been made in Districts 2, 3, 4 and 5. Letters have been sent to all affected residents.

The deadline for registering to vote in the city election  is March 2.

 To be eligible to register a person must be at least 18 years old, a U.S. citizen, a resident of Maryland for the past six months and must have been a resident of Pocomoke City for at least 30 days prior to the election.

**The maps below show the few changes that have been made in  the election districts.  I am hoping that by clicking onto each one it will be enlarged for your viewing. ***


Riverside Grill Specials ~ Friday

Riverside Grill Specials
Friday   January 25, 2013
PHONE:  (410)957-0622
On the banks of the scenic Pocomoke River
Downtown Pocomoke City
 *New England Clam Chowder w/ 1/2 Turkey Sand or Side Salad 6.99
 *Apple Cranberry Salad 7.99
 *Ale Battered Fried Shrimp Basket w/ fries 8.99
 *Neptune Wrap W/ fries 9.99
Happy Hour 4-7 PM Monday-Friday
Appetizers $1 off during Happy Hour
Friday: starting at 8 pm- $3.50 Captain Morgan
and Sailor Jerry drinks
 $1.50 domestic drafts

Reminder From The Stockton Vol. Fire Company

REMINDER   From the Stockton Volunteer Fire Company

due to the winter weather advisory.
 The meeting will be rescheduled in the near future
To receive updated messages from the Stockton Volunteer Fire Dept. from facebook go HERE

Handheld Bullet Proof White Board For Classrooms

Bulletproof White Boards Act As Shields

George Tunis, CEO/Chairman
Hardwire- Pocomoke City
USA Today photo
Written by
Brian Shane
POCOMOKE CITY, Md. — In direct response to the deadly school shooting in Newtown, Conn., a Maryland armor manufacturer has developed a handheld white board for classrooms that can stop a bullet from a handgun fired at point-blank range.

"It's something I don't think any American can tolerate anymore, and we're in a position to do something about it," said George Tunis, CEO and chairman of Pocomoke City-based Hardwire. "I was like — all right, let's take everything we got, see what we can throw at this problem, figure out an innovative solution."

The 18-by-20-inch, 3.75-pound white boards are meant to slip unobtrusively into the classroom as a teaching tool while being large enough to cover the head and torso. Each has three rubberized handles on the back, handy for a teacher to carry. In an emergency, the user can slip a forearm inside the handles, and it becomes a shield.

Tunis called the white boards a last line of defense for teachers and students against attackers with handguns, one meant to buy them time — or to avert tragedy — before police arrive. Hardwire also offers a 10-by-13-inch ballistic clipboard with a white board surface.

"As teachers are doing their daily lesson plans, it's in their hands. And if there's a crisis, it's in their hands," Tunis said. "Teachers are not first responders, but sometimes they're thrust into that role."

The white boards are derivative of Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle technology that Hardwire pioneered to protect military convoys in Iraq and Afghanistan. The armor is crafted from an ultra-strong, polyethylene-based textile called Dyneema.

Tunis donated 90 white boards, valued at $20,000, to Worcester Preparatory School, the Berlin school where he sends his children.

Headmaster Barry Tull declined to say how the school's 525 kindergarten through 12th-grade students were trained to use their white boards in case of an attack.

"We're very grateful to receive them," he said.

"The products he has provided for us, I have been able to (provide) widespread layered protection throughout all the buildings on our campus. I've had teachers say, every layer we add, it just makes people feel fundamentally a bit more secure."


Pets Get COLD Too!

In some cases it's ANIMAL CRUELTY.

Painting Classes At Delmarva Discovery Center

Watercolor Classes With Artist Willie Crockett
Artist Willie Crockett
10 classes on Monday evenings beginning
 Monday  February 4th and ending April 8th 2013.
6:00 PM until  9:00 PM
Ten classes for the fee of $150.
Incredible price, incredible teacher and Artist.

U.S. Navy Will Do Landing Operations At Wallops

NASA'S Wallops Flight Facility has been chosen for Navy Practice Landing.

Officials say the Navy has  determined the operations of field carrier landing practice at Wallops Island would have no significant environmental impacts on the local area.

Wallops was selected over the Emporia-Greensville Regional Airport and will begin practice at the NASA's Wallops Flight Facility on Virginia's Eastern Shore this summer.

The Navy says the  aircraft (E-2 Hawkeye and C-2 Greyhound) will conduct up to 20,000 passes annually at the Wallops Island site.

The twin engine, turboprop aircraft are said to be quieter than jet aircraft.

Rigell Applauds Navy's Selection of Wallops Flight Facility for E-2/C-2 Field Carrier Landing Practice     

Washington, DC – On Thursday, the Navy announced it had selected Wallops Flight Facility on Virginia’s Eastern Shore for E-2/C-2 Field Carrier Landing Practice (FCLP) for aircraft stationed at Naval Station Norfolk. The announcement came after a two-year consideration period. The Navy recently completed an Environmental Assessment (EA) which determined there would be no significant impact on nearby communities as a result of landing practice.

Congressman Scott Rigell (VA-2), a member of the House Armed Services Committee represents Virginia’s entire Eastern Shore, including Wallops Flight Facility. Rigell said he was pleased with the Navy’s decision and looked forward to seeing flight operations begin.

“NASA Wallops Flight Facility is a world class operation and I am encouraged that the Navy has chosen it as a partner to conduct Field Carrier Landing Practice for E-2/C-2 aircraft,” Rep. Rigell said. “Home to more active duty and retired military personnel than any other district in the country, VA-2 is proud to support our military in any way we can, and welcomes the Navy’s business to the Eastern Shore.”

Statewide Tornado Drill ~ Virginia

Save the date: March 12 is Statewide Tornado Drill
RICHMOND, Va. – Registration is now open for the March 12 Statewide Tornado Drill.  Businesses and organizations, schools and colleges, and families and individuals can practice taking cover from tornadoes by participating in this annual safety exercise, set for 9:45 a.m.
“During the past two years, 62 twisters hit Virginia,” said Michael Cline, state coordinator for emergency management.  “In fact, in 2011 we had the second highest number on record.  Ten people were killed and more than 100 were injured.  More than 210 homes were destroyed.  It’s critically important that everyone know what to do when a tornado warning is issued.”
The annual drill is a joint effort of the National Weather Service and the Virginia Department of Emergency Management.  To start the drill, at approximately 9:45 a.m., a test tornado warning will be sent by the NWS to NOAA Weather Radios.  These radios will sound a tone alert and message, or flash to indicate a message, simulating what people will hear or see during an actual tornado warning.  The test message then will be broadcast by many local radio and TV stations. 
Registration for the Statewide Tornado Drill is not required, but residents are encouraged to sign up to show their support.  Learn more about tornado safety, how to hold a drill, and how to register for the drill at
Here’s a look back at tornadoes in Virginia during 2012:
  • 11 tornadoes were recorded (8 EFO and 3 EF1).
  • There were no deaths, but six people were injured.
  • Property damage totaled $3 million.
  • The highest number of tornados occurred in June (6).
During 2011:
  • 51 tornadoes hit, the second highest number on record (87 struck in 2004).
  • In April, 10 people died and more than 100 were injured.
  • Most tornadoes occurred during April, but tornadoes also were recorded in March, May, August, September, October and November.
  • In April, 212 homes and 17 businesses were destroyed; more than 1,050 homes and businesses were damaged.
  • Nearly every part of Virginia experienced tornadoes, including mountain areas.
  • One-third of the tornadoes struck at night when people were asleep.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Closings........Friday - January 25, 2013

Accomack County Schools CLOSED !
 12 month employees report on time.

Riverside Grill Thursday Specials

Specials Of The Day
January 24, 2013

 *Veg Beef Barley Soup w/ 1/2 Shrimp salad sand 6.99
 *Open Faced Roast Beef Sand w/ Mashed Potatoes and Green
 Beans 6.99
 *Neptune Wrap -Our famous Shrimp salad with MD Lump crab in an Old Bay Wrap w/ Fries 9.99
 *Pear and Bleu Cheese Salad w/ Raspberry Vinaigrette 7.99

 *****$4 BURGERS Starts at 4 pm*******

Time is running out.............  Discount expires January 31.


Due to the recent weather and road conditions, we are postponing tonight's movie until March 14. Please help us spread the word. We apologize for any inconvenience, but safety is a priority.
Mar-va Theater

Pocomoke City Police Department ARREST REPORT

Kelvin D. Sewell, Chief

12-2-2012 Jessmin Duryea, age 27 of Pocomoke, MD was arrested and charged with Disturbing the Peace.

 12-4-2012 Keith Walker, age 32 of Parksley, VA was charged with Driving on a Suspended License.

12-5-2012 Crystal Sterling, age 38 of Oak Hall, VA was charged with Driving on a Suspended License.

12-5-2012 Victor Smith, age 39 of Dover, DE was arrested and charged with providing a False Statement to a Police Officer.

 12-6-2012 Edward Miller, age 27 of Pocomoke, MD was arrested on an Outstanding Warrant for Failure to Appear.

 12-8-2012 Darius Cox, age 22 of Pocomoke, MD was arrested and charged with 2nd Degree Assault, Reckless Endangerment, CDS Not Marihuana, Resist/Interfere with Arrest. Cox was held on $10,000 bond.

12-8-2012 Chico Kenney, age 40 of Pocomoke, MD was arrested on two Outstanding Warrants; the first Warrant for 1st Degree Assault and Handgun violation, the second Warrant 1st degree Burglary, Theft less than $1,000, and Conspiracy to commit 1st degree Burglary.

12-10-2012 David Manigault, age 23 of Raleigh NC was arrested and charged with CDS Possession of Marihuana.

 12-12-2012 Ronal William, age 26 of Mappsville, VA was charged with Driving without a License.

 12-16-2012 Joel Owens, age 20 of Pocomoke, MD was arrested and charged with Driving Under the Influence and Underage Possession of Alcohol.

12-16-2012 Derrick Dale, age 34 of Pocomoke, MD was arrested and charged with 2nd Degree Assault.

12-17-2012 Bryant Kellam, age 20 of Pocomoke, MD was arrested and charged with Disorderly Conduct, Failure to Obey, 2nd Degree Assault and Resist/Interfere with an Arrest.

 12-26-2012 Jocelyn Hurley, age 18 of Pocomoke, MD was arrested and charged with Theft less than $10,000.

12-28-2012 Hampton Taylor, age 61 of Philadelphia PA was arrested and charged with Vehicular Manslaughter, Driving on a Suspended License, Driving on a Revoked License and Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol. Taylor was held without bond.

12-31-2012 Michael Powell, age 55 of Pocomoke, MD was charged with Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol.


TIME MACHINE ... This Sunday's Preview

1983.. Princess Anne group prepares to fight plan for new prison; 1948.. Honoring long-time head of Pocomoke City's newspaper; 1925.. What's happening to Eastern Shore steamship traffic?; 1941.. War preparations experienced on Eastern Shore; 1890.. Worcester canners shun tomato price demand; And Part 5 of Memories Of Accomac, 1890.

Although you may not find these items in a history book, they are a part of our local history and you can read more about it this Sunday right here at 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. Send to and watch for it on a future TIME MACHINE posting!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Reported Marsh Fire / Wednesday Morning

Saxis Volunteer Fire Company was called to Matthews Road and Saxis Road Wednesday morning around 12:20 a.m. for a report of a marsh fire.

No other details at this time.

Hogan Hosting Business Summit to Improve Maryland's Economic Competitiveness

Annapolis - The urgent need to improve Maryland's economic competitiveness has been a consistent theme from economic watchdog group Change Maryland. It will be on the agenda next month when the organization's Chairman Larry Hogan brings together a panel of recognized business leaders, economists, policy experts and government officials.  They will lead an honest and candid assessment of what actions the state must take to improve conditions for private sector job growth.

"Maryland is lagging behind other states in the region in economic performance, and this forum is the first of what will be many bi-partisan, tangible steps towards a much-needed course correction," said Hogan.

With the poor business perception and a clear track record of tax and fee increases, Maryland is seen as damaged goods by employers of all sizes.  Companies including Boeing, Caterpillar and KIA have recently created tens of thousands of jobs in business-friendly southeastern states. Maryland does not even make the short list of such major facility expansions.

Meanwhile, Virginia continues to best Maryland in virtually every measure of economic performance.   Governors in nearby North Carolina, New York and Pennsylvania have realized the need to improve economic competitiveness and are actively pursuing fiscal, tax and regulatory reform to attract employers.

"Maryland will emerge as the mid-Atlantic dust bowl state when it comes to attracting private sector business and jobs if we do nothing," said Hogan. "Our over-reliance on the public sector employment base and federal government installations has been to the detriment of the private sector business community and has cost us jobs and revenue."

Change Maryland is committed to pro-business, private sector job growth and bringing fiscal responsibility and common sense to Annapolis. It is the largest and fastest growing non-partisan, grass roots citizen organization in the state with more than 25,000 members from every county. There has been tremendous interest in the February 21 event which has already sold more 250 tickets and is expected to sell out in well in advance.

Larry Hogan will moderate the panel and joining him will be Sage Policy Group Economist Anirban Basu, former Department of Business and Economic Development Secretary Aris Melissaratos, newspaper columnist Marta Mossburg, Maryland Public Policy Institute President Christopher Summers and General Assembly members Senator Allan Kittleman and Delegate Steve Schuh.  They will lead the review of Maryland's competitive situation and propose solutions.

The forum is scheduled in the middle of the legislative session in Annapolis to inject a different view into a hyper-partisan,politically-charged legislative agenda that glosses over structural problems in Maryland's economy.  It will be held at the Westin Hotel, February 21 at 8:00 A.M.

Sponsors of the event include Merritt Properties, the Peterson Companies, Apple Ford, Taylor and Preston, The Columbia Bank, Koch Homes, NOVUS Residences/Cafritz Interests, Great American Car Wash, Bank Annapolis/First National Bank, Bethesda Architects, Caruso Homes, Stavrou Companies, Ribera Development, The Hogan Companies and the Maryland Public Policy Institute.


More information and regular updates are available here:

Riverside Grill ~ Pocomoke

January 23, 2013
NC Pulled Pork BBQ Sandwich
Riverside Grill
 -Vegetable Beef Barley Soup and 1/2 deli sandwich or side salad 5.99
 -NC Pulled Pork BBQ Sandwich with coleslaw and hush puppies
-Pear and Blue Cheese Salad 7.99
 -Ale Battered Fried Shrimp Basket with fries 8.99
Ale Battered Fried Shrimp Basket
Riverside Grill

 Happy Hour 4-7pm daily with $1 off apps!!!

 After 8pm: $5 Crab Dip

 $5 Cosmos and White Cosmos

 $2 House Wines and Coors Lt. Drafts

 Come have a drink with Lindsey!!!


Adams United Methodist Church In Parksley Burns

Fire broke out at Adams United Methodist Church at approximately 8:45 this morning.

Adams United Methodist Church
Photo WESR
Several fire companies responded including Parksley, Tasley, Onley, Onancock and Bloxom. The fire quickly consumed the main sanctuary. At 9:50 it was reported that there was a roof collapse at the church.

Fire companies remain at the scene as of 10:00 fighting the fire.

 It will take a while to discover the cause. So far there is no evidence whatsoever that might connect this fire with the recent string of arson fires.


As of 11:17 a.m. the fire was reported under control

Eastern Shore SPCA ~ Support Murphy's Fund

Donations Needed!
General CornWallace is a sweet, young Beagle who was running along I95 in N.C. when a good samaritan (who was on her way to the Eastern Shore) stopped to rescue him from immanent tragedy. She called the N.C. sheriff's office and they told her she might as well take the pup with her to VA since he would likely be put down if left in N.C. So she did!
He now has a home with us until his forever home is found. He tested positive for heartworms and is receiving his first of three treatments today. His treatments will run us around $500.00. Our funds are depleted so we reach out for your help!

 Support Murphy’s Fund!
Extraordinary Medical Needs for Dogs and Cats

Murphy’s Fund was created so we would have money in place for extraordinary medical needs here at the shelter. Most of the money in this account has been used to treat dogs who are positive for heartworms, making it easier for those dogs to be adopted.
When we have money in Murphy’s Fund, we can offer to cover this cost for a prospective adopter, but at this time, these funds are depleted.
If you’d like to make a donation where you know exactly how the money will be used, consider donating to Murphy’s Fund. You’ll know that you’re helping to pay for the extraordinary medical needs of a dog or a cat that we wouldn’t be able to provide this level of care for otherwise.
You can donate through paypal on our secure website:
No amount donated is too small!
Thank you for loving animals!

Change Maryland on Governor O'Malley's Offshore Wind Proposal

Change Maryland on Governor O'Malley's
Offshore Wind Proposal

Note: In the third try in as many years, Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley is attempting to push an offshore wind scheme onto Marylanders.  The following statement is from Change Maryland Chairman Larry Hogan who wrote about this last year in the Baltimore Sun.

Annapolis - "It seems that Governor O'Malley's main goal is to make gasoline and electricity more expensive for Marylanders already struggling under 24 other tax increases. He is again pushing to increase the gas tax and to force the cost of electricity to go up.

"The Governor's offshore wind proposal has already been tainted by crony capitalism and has green energy debacle written all over it. There is nothing in this proposal that prevents politically-connected insiders from reaping huge financial rewards off the backs of Maryland rate payers.

"This scheme is simply another tax increase by another name, forcing ratepayers to subsidize a box to be checked for O'Malley's presidential to do list.  When the results of the financial waste become clear, O'Malley will no longer be governor, but we will still be paying the bills for decades to come. Renewable energy is too important to let personal political ambitions ruin it."



"Governor Martin O’Malley Introduces Maryland Offshore Wind Energy Act of 2013" 1.22.13

"Why do Annapolis leaders do these things? Because they can," Baltimore Sun 4.17.12,0,3065380.story

"For O’Malley and friend, interests align in offshore wind bill," Washington Post 3.15.11


(ANNAPOLIS, MD) – To celebrate the amazing Baltimore Ravens, a founding sports partner of the Maryland State Police Polar Bear Plunge, this Saturday’s 17th annual Plunge is being turned into the world’s largest and most unique Purple Passion Pep-Party that will include plunging Ravens cheerleaders and band members, as well as lots of spirit as we raise money for the athletes of Special Olympics and cheer the Ravens on to victory in the Super Bowl.

In cooperation with the Baltimore Ravens, Plungefest planners have arranged for a visit from the Ravens caravan at the Plunge. The caravan includes Ravens cheerleaders, members of
the Ravens Marching Band, Poe, give-aways and lots of purple pom-poms and purple painted people. A purple ‘Ravens’ tent on the beach will serve as headquarters for the World’s Largest Purple Pep Party and will be the place for fans to enter to win a 60” color television.

Second prize will be tickets to the Ravens first home game next season. The 17th annual Maryland State Police Polar Bear Plunge for Special Olympics is part of Plungefest, set for this Friday and Saturday, January 25th and 26th, at Sandy Point State Park in Annapolis. Friday morning, about 50 “Super Plungers,” each of whom pledged to raise $10,000, will begin their quest to plunge into the Bay once an hour for 24 hours. At noon Friday, thousands of high school students will hit the beach for the fourth annual “Cool Schools Plunge.” Hundreds of police officers will assemble at 1:00 p.m. for the “Police Plunge.” At 3:00 p.m., the first “Corporate Plunge” will occur with hundreds of plungers from several corporate supporters.

Saturday begins with registration at 8:00 a.m. The “Pee Wee Plunge” occurs at 11:00 a.m. for kids eight and under and their families. Senior citizens who wish to can also plunge at this time. The first general plunge occurs at 1:00 p.m., followed by a second at 3:00 p.m. In between, plungers and spectators can visit the vendors in the huge Carnival Funfest Tent, or listen to bands in the Rams Head Ice Lodge. The Astro Events Kids Zone is back by popular demand. The costume contest, a master chainsaw carver, real race horses and jockeys, police and military displays, and lots of unusual sights will all be free and fun to see.

All that is asked of plungers is to raise a minimum of $50 in donations that can be pledged on-line, or brought to registration at the Plunge. For a complete listing of anything related to the Plunge, visit

Plungefest is a family event with no admission fee and you are not required to plunge in order to come and enjoy the fun.

Alcohol consumption is prohibited throughout most of the Plungefest venue. It is permitted in restricted and designated areas that include the Rams Head Ice Lodge. While tailgating in parking lots is permitted, alcohol consumption in non-designated areas is not permitted. Police and security patrols will be enforcing the alcohol restriction. Violators may be subject to a citation, expulsion from the park, and/or arrest, depending on the circumstances.
There is no general parking at Sandy Point State Park. Parking permits are required in the park and have already been distributed to eligible persons. All those planning to attend the Plunge should use the Polar Express Shuttle System and park either at Navy-Marine Corps Stadium, Anne Arundel Community College, or Kent Island High School. Shuttle buses will quickly, effortlessly, and warmly transport plungers to and from their car to the beach and back again. Pick up spots will be clearly marked and staff will be on-hand in the shuttle lots and at the beach to answer questions and help people make connections.

In addition to the support raised by thousands of participants, donations by corporate partners significantly contribute to the success of Plungefest. This year’s corporate partners include Aerotek, Sam’s Club, Constellation Energy, WBAL TV, 98Rock, WBAL AM, Clear Channel Outdoor, The Sun, The Council of Baltimore Ravens Roosts, Comcast, Bingo World, Rams Head, Carnival Cruise Lines, and Wawa.

Plungefest, featuring the Maryland State Police Polar Bear Plunge, is part of the Maryland Law Enforcement Torch Run program. This program includes police officers, correctional officers, parole and probation officers, and federal agents, who work together throughout the year to conduct special events that raise money to support Special Olympics, which is the adopted charity of law enforcement worldwide. Maryland’s Law Enforcement Torch Run has been the most successful fundraising program in the world for the past four years.
MD. State Police Press Release


Thursday, January 24th at 7 PM
Tickets  $5

"I Have A Dream" Essay Contest For Youth

Angela L. H. Manos

Pocomoke City – 22 January 2013 –
The Sturgis One Room School Museum, Inc., will be holding its Annual Chicken & Dumpling Fundraiser Dinner, on Saturday, February 23, 2013 at 6:00PM.  The event will take place at the Pocomoke City Volunteer Fire Company Community Center, at 1410 Market Street, in Pocomoke.  The event will include live entertainment and an inspirational message delivered by Millicent D. West, motivational community leader. This year’s program was developed in collaboration with the Pocomoke High School administration and will include student involvement, as part of Black History Month.

 In conjunction with the dinner event, and in celebration of Black History Month, the board of the “Sturgis” is sponsoring an “I Have a Dream,” essay contest for Pocomoke High School (PHS) students.  A $100 cash prize will be awarded to the PHS student that delivers the most inspirational essay and the winner will read his or her essay to guests of the fundraiser dinner that evening.  In addition, the Pocomoke High School show choir will perform black gospel.  This is all part of the museum board’s expanded initiative to involve area youth with the museum and engage them in preserving and promoting their heritage.

 The Sturgis One Room School Museum is the only African American One Room School in Worcester County retaining its original integrity. Sturgis One Room School Museum, Inc. is an organization that actively works to preserve, promote, and protect the rich cultural heritage of Sturgis One Room School and educate our youth to value the school's cultural and historical richness.

 This will be the last year that the annual fundraiser dinner will be led by newly retired president and museum director, James and Sudie Gatling, respectively.  It is newsworthy that on January 16, 2013, Mr. and Mrs. Gatling were awarded the Lower Eastern Shore Heritage Council (LESHC) 2012 LEGACY AWARD for their 17+ years of work to reclaim, restore, refurbish and maintain the Sturgis One Room School Museum. They were commended for exemplary leadership and inspirational dedication.

 TICKETS for the fundraiser dinner event are now available from, City Hall or the Delmarva Discovery Center. They are $20 each. Final ticket sales: February 14, 2013.

 For more information, please contact, Angela Manos, at 410.603.1178, or visit for a complete schedule of events.