Saturday, May 25, 2013

DRUMS ON THE POCOMOKE (PHOTOS/VIDEO)


"DRUMS ON THE POCOMOKE"
Assateague Peoples Powwow
Cypress Park
Pocomoke City, Maryland
May 18-19, 2013
 
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The Native American heritage was celebrated for the 20th year in Pocomoke City's Cypress Park last weekend. 
 
Now I'm not even sure if the old tale is true or even "politically correct" (in this day) the Indians of any tribe do a Rain Dance.  In any case I'm quite sure there wasn't any type of dance to bring on Saturday's rain - probably one to stop it.  But, word was received that the day went on in spite of Nature's decision to make it inclement for a "pale face" like me.
 
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Sunday brought blue skies and a perfect day to attend a powwow!
Attending a Native American powwow is the best way to learn about the heritage  and culture of such proud Americans.  Such great talent and pride in one area!
 
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Chief Medicine Cat states that he always loves this powwow, because of the "making of new friends and renewing old friendships. Celebrating all the gifts that the Creator and Mother Earth have been generous to bestow upon us. To remember the old ways and to preserve his tribes heritage and traditions". He and the Assateague People can not express enough gratitude to the Citizens and Government of Pocomoke City for all of the support over the last 20 years.

These are humble and gracious people in their setting but not without humor and didn't waste a breath at taking some joking stabs at the pale face!  Me, being the big sissy for not liking rain and for being a pale face probably laughed the hardest! 


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Then the dancing.....


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Certainly the Indian attire is extremely colorful- which suits me just fine!  But This headdress just caught my eye.  It's made from goose feathers.
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About the Assateague People: "The  Assateague People  name means a Place Across the Water. We Welcome ANY new members whose hearts and beliefs are on the red road." from Assateague People/facebook
 
The Assateague People have a 500 recipe CD now available! For more  info on the recipes and to learn more about the Assateague People click here.

TIME MACHINE ... This Sunday's Preview




1914.. Rebuilding a Somerset County church brick by brick by mail?; 1990.. A chance to ride the rails from Parksley to Pocomoke City; 1977.. Sunday business operations to be legal in Pocomoke City; 1930.. A new concrete road from Stockton to state line; 1893.. Eastern Shore's southern hospitality reputation.

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 tkforppe@yahoo.com and watch for it on a future TIME MACHINE posting!

Virginia State Police Increase Patrols for Memorial Day Weekend

 
Virginia State Police Increase Patrols for
Memorial Day Weekend/ /
Click It or Ticket
 
RICHMOND, Va. – Motorists, who anticipate enjoying the extended time off from work by traveling around the Commonwealth during the holiday weekend, can expect to see an increase in Virginia State Police troopers on the road with them.
 
 
The additional patrols statewide are part of the annual Operation C.A.R.E., (Combined Accident Reduction Effort) to reduce crashes, fatalities and injuries associated with speed, failure to wear seatbelts and impaired driving.
 
The state-sponsored, national program encourages law enforcement agencies to increase its visibility and traffic enforcement efforts on major travel holidays.
 
 
As a result, state police will boost patrols around the Commonwealth beginning Friday morning, May 24, 2013, at 12:01 a.m. and continue through midnight, Monday, May 27, 2013.

National Missing Children’s Day on May 25th

Caroline County Sheriff's Office

The National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA) and the 3,083 elected sheriffs nationwide, expressed their strong support for recognizing May 25th as National Missing Children’s Day, as well as support for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) Take 25 Initiative.
 
 
According to the United States Department of Justice, in a year there were an estimated 800,000 children missing, with an average of 2,200 children reported missing to law enforcement agencies daily. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children was created as a resource to help find missing children; to help prevent child abduction and sexual exploitation; and assist victims of child abduction and sexual exploitation, their families, and the professionals who serve them. Although the NCEMC’s domestic recovery rate for missing children has grown significantly over the years; there are still too many children who remain among the missing.


As a continuing effort to prevent the abduction and sexual exploitation of children, the National Sheriffs’ Association is an honored partner with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and its collaborative organizations to recognize May 25, 2011, and May 25th of every year, as National Missing Children’s Day. This special day is a time to remember those children who remain missing and give hope to their families that one day they will be found.



Furthermore, the National Sheriffs’ Association is proud to support NCMEC’s Take 25 Initiative, which encourages parents, educators, and communities to “Take 25” minutes to help children stay safer. Such education and awareness is essential in helping to prevent tragedies, such as child abduction and sexual exploitation, which have unfortunately become all too familiar incidents to law enforcement agencies throughout the United States.

As the chief law enforcement officers in our respective counties and cities, it is the duty of sheriffs nationwide to work to protect the safety and security of all citizens in our communities, particularly our most precious resource – our children. The National Sheriffs’ Association is proud to continue our vital partnership with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and express our unwavering support for
 National Missing
Children’s Day on May 25th and the Take 25 Initiative.


http://www.take25.org/ —  Caroline County Sheriff's Office

Biggest Lego Model Ever

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This 23-Ton, 5.3-Million-Brick X-Wing Is the Biggest Lego Model Ever

The newest addition to the grand list of Coolest Things Ever is being unveiled in New York today: the Lego X-Wing, the largest Lego model ever built.

The model of the classic Star Wars fighter being unveiled in Times Square has a wingspan of 44 feet and comes complete with R2-D2 and a full range of sound effects. It’s a super-duper-sized version of Star Wars Lego starfighter set #9493 and was made with 5,335,200 Lego bricks. That, according to Lego, makes it the largest model ever built, eclipsing the Lego robot at the Mall of America by some 2 million bricks. This replica of the Rebel Alliance dogfighter is 42 times the size of the Lego version we’ve all built and a bit bigger than a real X-Wing. (Yes, yes, we know they’re not real. Just go with it.) The X-Wing Luke Skywalker and his fellow rebels flew was about 41 feet long, 2 feet shorter than this Lego masterpiece.

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The X-Wing was built at the Lego Model Shop at the company’s facility in Kladno, Czech Republic. It took 32 “master builders” (Note: This is a real job, and we’re preparing our resum├ęs.) 17,336 man-hours to construct the X-Wing. Plans for the model were created using Lego’s proprietary 3-D design software, and the construction team had to work with a team of structural engineers to ensure that the model was safe, master builder Erik Varszegi told Wired.

“This has been a wild and exciting project for us, and it’s taken an international team of designers, engineers, structural consultants, model builders, and logistics personal over a year to bring this model from a conception to reality,” Varszegi said in an email. “In one respect, designing it was the ‘easy’ part, as we were creating a scaled version of an actual toy construction set.”

Once completed, the model — which weighs 45,980 pounds — was broken down into 34 pieces to be shipped to New York by boat (the voyage took two boats two months to complete). Lest the West Coast feel left out, the starfighter is coming to Legoland California after its tenure in Times Square and will remain there until the end of the year. Twenty-three tons is a whole lot of anything, especially Lego bricks, but much of the model’s weight lies in the model’s steel skeleton, which it needed in order to withstand the vibrations from the subway that runs beneath Duffy Square in Manhattan and any seismic activity it could face in Southern California.

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Friday, May 24, 2013

Memorial Weekend Car Show

Memorial Weekend Car Show
 
Eddies Auto Repair
 Market Street
Pocomoke City MD
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Saturday, May 25, 2013
11am – 3pm
 
Description Trophies awarded to the
 “Top 24”
 “Best in Show”
”Eddie’s Choice”
 “Peoples Choice”
 
Motorcycles will receive 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place Trophies
 
**Dash Plaques for the first 50 registered vehicles
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**Only $10 to register. Registration 11 AM-1PM
 
All proceeds go towards Living Waters Outreach Ministries
 

Any questions please contact Sammy at (410) 957-0212
or leave a message at the church (410) 957-3389.



DON’T LET SUMMER FUN BE A DISTRACTION

(PIKESVILLE, MD) – As summer travel begins, the Maryland State Police will be conducting strict enforcement targeting distracted, aggressive and impaired drivers.

Maryland State Police Superintendent Colonel Marcus L. Brown has ordered traffic safety initiatives to be conducted throughout the state. Troopers from each of the 22 state police installations will be out working a variety of enforcement programs. These initiatives will include DUI saturation patrols, speed enforcement as well as aggressive and distracted driving. Troopers are joining forces with local law enforcement and the Maryland Highway Safety Office to remind motorists that driving while impaired or distracted is not a good way to start the summer travel season.
“Our enforcement efforts focus on reducing fatalities and protecting the citizens of Maryland,” said Colonel Brown. “We hope motorists realize the dangers involved in distracted and impaired driving, to the point where they modify their driving habits to help protect themselves, their families, and others on the roads.”

Last year in Maryland, there were two fatal collisions on Memorial Day. In both of these crashes, alcohol was a contributing factor.

According to the National Highway Safety Administration, 3,092 people were killed in crashes involving a distracted driver in 2010. An estimated additional 416,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving a distracted driver. That same year, eleven percent of fatal crashes reported were listed as distraction-affected crashes.

High visibility enforcement is planned on Maryland roads, with a special emphasis on interstates and major highways where the majority of travel will be occurring. Overtime funding for additional patrols will be provided by grants from the Maryland Highway Safety Office.

Submitted:
Maryland State Police

Little Time Left To Register For Boat Decorating Contest

 
 
 
 
If you are bringing your boat (or a friend's boat!) to the Cypress Festival, register for this event today and get 2 free passes for Friday and Saturday, plus a chance to win one of three great gift certificates!
 
Tomorrow is the last day to register for free passes.

Coast Guard Oversees Oil Containment Following Boat Sinking

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PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Coast Guard is responding Thursday to a partially submerged 50-foot recreational boat at the Ocean Marine Yacht Center in Portsmouth.

The Marine Environmental Response Branch from Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads attempted to contact the boat's owner but were unsuccessful.  Due to the possibility of pollution, crews from the Coast Guard Hampton Roads Maritime Incident Response Team and the Portsmouth Fire Department responded to investigate, and as a precautionary measure, deployed containment boom around the boat.  

Due to the inability to establish contact with the boat's owner, the Coast Guard has federalized the response. A federalized response allows the Coast Guard members to utilize the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund to assist with clean up efforts. Hepaco Environmental Services has been contracted as the oil spill response organization.

Members of the Virginia Marine Resources Commission, the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality and the Virginia Department of Transportation have been notified.

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U.S. National Guard

One More Charged In Northampton Murder

John Logan
John Logan of Tasley has been charged in the murder case of Jessie Jordan. Logan was charged with Malicious Wounding by a mob. 

Jordan was killed at a party at A&E Auto Repair in Treherneville on April 13.

Northampton County Deputies along with the Virginia State Police, the FBI and the Drug Enforcement Agency and the Accomack County Sheriffs Department arrested Devon Thomas Blake, 30, Deleon Kinte Fitchett 29 and Durell Marion Fitchett 25 all of Tasley, and charged each of them with malicious assault by mob with intent to maim, disfigure or kill.

Devon Thomas Blake is also charged with second degree murder.

All four are incarcerated in the Eastern Shore Regional Jail in Eastville.

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Parksley Vol. Fire Co. ~ Boat and Bucks Giveaway


Va. Landmark Natural Bridge Up For Sale

Virginia landmark and tourism attraction once owned by Thomas Jefferson is up for sale.

The privately owned Natural Bridge, north of Roanoke, is being put on the market, along with Natural Bridge Caverns and a 150-room hotel.

Roanoke-based Woltz & Associates is marketing the tourist attraction.

Woltz & Associates owner and president Jim Woltz tells The Roanoke Times (http://bit.ly/Z2ioIT) the 1,600-acre property will be divided and listed by tracts. Potential buyers could purchase only the 215-foot-high limestone arch, or every tract.

The property's primary owner is Washington, D.C., businessman Angelo Puglisi. Woltz says Puglisi wants the bridge to remain open to the public.

Woltz would like to see the bridge become a national or state park. He plans to contact federal and state officials about purchasing it.

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Store Caught Selling $40 Water To Tornado Victims

The Oklahoma attorney general's office is moving quickly to prevent businesses from gouging helpless consumers in the wake of Monday's tornado.

Prosecutors in storm-ravaged parts of Oklahoma are harnessing a special law to ensure that desperate victims aren't ripped off by unscrupulous business owners.

The Oklahoma attorney general's office has already dispatched a team of investigators to uncover cases of price gouging and fraud in the wake of Monday's deadly tornado in Moore, ABC News reported.

According to the Emergency Price Stabilization Act, passed after another devastating tornado ripped through Oklahoma in 1999, businesses are barred from increasing prices more than 10 percent on goods and services like water and hotel rooms for 30 days following a disaster.

That period is extended to 180 days for construction services.

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt told ABC News that his office already has found a grocery store trying to sell water for $40 a case and a hotel overcharging, in violation of the Stabilization Act. His office is also examining prices on storage units, work gloves and rental cars, Pruitt said.

"They would never anticipate or expect or guess that someone would take advantage of them right now, but this situation is what criminals prey upon," he told ABC News.

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Thursday, May 23, 2013

UPDATE ON DENTON TRAFFIC INCIDENT INVOLVING OFF-DUTY TROOPER

(DENTON, MD) – The condition of the off-duty trooper injured in Caroline County last night has improved and no charges are being filed at this time in connection with the incident.
The off-duty trooper, assigned to the Easton Barrack, has been upgraded to serious condition, according to officials at the University of Maryland R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center. The trooper is continuing to receive treatment at the hospital.

After interviews by State Police investigators and a review of information by the Caroline County State’s Attorney’s Office, no charges are being filed at this time against
the three teenagers who were questioned overnight. All three were released after they were interviewed.

At this point in the investigation, information indicates the teen driver and his two companions may have encountered one or more trash cans in the roadway as they traveled in the area of 7th Street and Market Street in Denton, at about 7:15 p.m. yesterday. According to information developed during the investigation, the driver may have been attempting to push a trash can out of the way with the car. Then, a passenger reached out and grabbed the can, attempting to move it further out of the path of the car.

When the off-duty trooper drove up behind this scene in his personal car, it appeared the three may have been tampering with the trash can and possibly moving it into the roadway or turning it over. When the off-duty trooper approached the car, he was wearing plainclothes and was not displaying his badge or identification card.

The investigation indicates the 17-year-old driver was startled and unsure of whom the off-duty trooper was and may have instinctively accelerated away out of concern for his safety. The trooper was in contact with the car and was dragged down the street until he became dislodged and was injured as the car continued on.

The investigation is continuing.
 

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Maryland State Police

SUSPECT SOUGHT IN QUEEN ANNE'S CO. JEWELRY STORE ROBBERY

(QUEENSTOWN, MD) – Maryland State Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying an armed robbery suspect who disguised himself before robbing a Queen Anne’s County jewelry store last weekend.

The suspect is described only as a male, about six feet tall, with a thin build, possibly weighing 180-200 pounds, and possibly having short dark hair. He was wearing an oversized suit jacket, a backpack on his chest, a dark wig, a fake beard, sunglasses, and a ball cap. He was operating a white Yamaha sport motorcycle with silver stickers.

At about 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 19, 2013, the suspect entered the Ultra Diamonds jewelry store, in the 100-block of Outlet Center Drive, Queenstown, Md. He displayed a handgun and stole dozens of pieces of jewelry from the store. No one in the store was injured during the robbery. The suspect left the store on foot to an area behind the shopping center where he took his disguise off. He fled the area on the Yamaha motorcycle and was seen wearing a green and black riding jacket, with a multi-colored helmet that had yellow/green duct tape holding the face shield on.

The suspect was seen abandoning the motorcycle and fleeing into a wooded area on Nesbit Road in Grasonville. Maryland State Police, Natural Resources Police, and Queen Anne’s County Sheriff’s Office personnel set up a perimeter around the area. K-9 units and a State Police helicopter responded to assist with the search. Although an intense search of the area was conducted, the suspect was not located.

The motorcycle was recovered where the suspect abandoned it. It was found to have been stolen from Washington, D.C. in 2010. The motorcycle also had a stolen registration plate displayed on it.

State Police investigators believe the suspect was seen by a number of people in the shopping center parking lot before he committed the robbery. According to evidence developed, the suspect obviously turned his head and attempted to avoid people he encountered while making his way toward the store. His actions may have made his appearance and behavior even more obvious to people in the area.

Investigators believe the suspect’s ‘disguise’ was clearly fake and would attract the attention of people who encountered him. Police are hoping anyone who saw him or who was in the area of Outlet Center Drive in Queenstown on the evening of May 19th will call them immediately at the Centreville Barracks, at 410-758-1101. 

Callers may remain confidential. Investigators would also like to speak with anyone who observed any suspicious vehicles or persons in the area of the Chesapeake Motel, Nesbit Road, Blackbeard Road, Winchester Creek Road, Hissey Road and Route 50 in the Grasonville area during the past weekend. Citizens should not consider any information or observation they have to be insignificant. 

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MD.State Police

TIME MACHINE ... This Sunday's Preview


1914.. Rebuilding a Somerset County church brick by brick by mail?; 1990.. A chance to ride the rails from Parksley to Pocomoke City; 1977.. Sunday business operations to be legal in Pocomoke City; 1930.. A new concrete road from Stockton to state line; 1893.. Eastern Shore's southern hospitality reputation.

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 tkforppe@yahoo.com and watch for it on a future TIME MACHINE posting!
 

Crazy Lady Crusaders ~ Cancer Awareness

Crazy Lady  Crusaders
(Relay For Life)
 
Be sure to look for the  
during the 2013  Pocomoke Cypress Festival
to be held June 12th ~ 15th
 
Cancer Awareness items will be for sale
For $1 ~ Sign their banner showing you donated
to defeat cancer
 
DON'T FORGET :Buy a $5 raffle ticket and you could win a set of
 Victory Tailgate Custom Cornhole boards valued at $170.00

~All proceeds go to Relay For Life~
 
 
 

All this is in preparation for their
fundraiser and actual relay later this summer.

 
 
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OFF-DUTY TROOPER INJURED IN HIT AND RUN IN CAROLINE CO.

05/22/2013- 23:58
(DENTON, MD) – An off-duty state trooper is being treated for injuries he sustained when he apparently confronted vandalism suspects in a car and was dragged by the car when the driver accelerated and fled the scene in Caroline County earlier this evening.
Maryland State Police are still investigating the incident. Details are incomplete at this time.

The trooper is an eight-year veteran of the Maryland State Police assigned to the Easton Barrack. He is currently undergoing treatment at the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center where hospital officials say he is listed in critical condition.


The preliminary investigation by the Maryland State Police Criminal Enforcement Division indicates that at about 7:15 p.m. today, the trooper was traveling off-duty in the area of 7th Street and Market Street in Denton when he observed several people in a car ahead of him who appeared to be involved in some type of vandalism. The trooper exited his car and approached the car ahead of him on foot.

While the trooper was talking with the three individuals in the car, all apparently juveniles, preliminary information indicates the driver accelerated and the trooper was somehow dragged by the vehicle an undetermined distance down the road. The trooper became dislodged from the vehicle and fell to the roadway. The suspect vehicle fled the scene.

The trooper was flown by a Maryland State Police helicopter to the Shock Trauma Center. State and local police began a search for the suspect vehicle. A suspect vehicle has been located and three individuals are currently being questioned by State Police investigators.

No further information is available at this time. Additional information will be provided when it becomes available, probably at some point tomorrow morning.

The investigation is continuing.


Submitted:
Maryland State Police