Wednesday, July 17, 2013

For Immediate Release

Mike Latimer
2146 Old Snow Hill Rd, unit 1
Pocomoke MD

For Immediate Release

Don’t miss your chance to get a FREE backpack full of school supplies for your child before the new school year!

We encourage you to bring your children to your local The Cellular Connection store at 2146 Old Snow Hill Rd, next to Dollar Tree, in Pocomokebetween noon and 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 3 to pick up a free backpack filled with pencils, paper, a pencil box, folder, glue and more. It’s as simple as that: just come in and ask for a backpack. Your local TCC store will be donating between 100 and 150 backpacks, which will be given away on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last.

TCC is the largest Verizon Premium Wireless Retailer in the U.S. In a joint effort with its customers, the company is donating a total of 60,000 backpacks full of school supplies to children across the country through the School Rocks Backpack Giveaway initiative.

More information about the School Rocks Backpack Giveaway initiative is available on YouTube. Supporters of the cause are encouraged to use hashtag #TCCRocks on Instagram and Twitter to help spread the word.

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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Change Maryland Grows to 50,000

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Letter from the Chairman
Dear Friends,
I have spent a lifetime challenging the status quo, fighting against tax increases and wasteful spending, fighting to reform government and to make Maryland a better place. And in spite of the tremendous odds stacked against us, I am not ready to give up the fight.
Our mission quite simply is to organize, inform and energize average Marylanders to fight back and to bring some much needed fiscal restraint and common sense to Annapolis.
All Marylanders - Republicans, Democrats and Independents - suffer when the professional politicians and the special interest groups go unchecked and continue to push the same failed tax and spend policies, year after year.
The sad truth is that the one-party monopoly that rules Annapolis has a failed record of lost jobs, higher spending, record tax increases and broken promises. I think it's time we said 'enough is enough.' The time has come for us to stand up together and fight back for a change.
My hope is that you won't give up on our state and that you will become a part of this important fight forMaryland's future. With your help, with all of us working together, I truly believe that we can send a loud and clear message to Annapolis and that we can Change Maryland for the better.
Please join us by "liking" our ChangeMaryland facebook page, and going to our website at to volunteer, contribute and join the fight!

Change Maryland, the state's largest and fastest-growing, independent, nonpartisan grassroots movement, has surged to 50,000 members, from every single county and jurisdiction in Maryland. Founded in 2011 by successful business leader and former Maryland Cabinet Secretary Larry Hogan, the organization's primary mission is to increase the state's economic performance and job growth. The group has built a dominating presence on social media with more people engaged online than the Maryland Democratic Party, the Maryland Republican Party and all of the potential statewide candidates of either party, added together. Change Maryland's Facebook page has a total weekly reach of over 341,153 people. No other citizen group in the state has ever accomplished what Change Maryland has, in just over two years.

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Change Maryland Blasts July 1 Tax and Toll Hikes

Change Maryland founder Larry Hogan fired up a sold-out crowd of several hundred at a fundraiser last Thursday, "Your family trip to the beach just got a lot more expensive. Today, the second round of O'Malley toll increases took effect and the gas tax increase kicked in at the same time. While you are sitting in traffic at the Bay Bridge for the 4th of July weekend you can thank Governor O'Malley and the monopoly in Annapolis for the 140% increase in tolls, and for giving us the most expensive gas in the region."

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Hogan's Group Grows Larger than O'Malley's

Change Maryland, a non-partisan organization, is the largest and fastest growing grassroots movement in the state made up of more than 46,000 people from every jurisdiction in the state. Nearly half of them are Democrats and Independents. The group's Facebook page includes 10 times more people than Democrat gubernatorial candidate Anthony Brown, and 25 times more than Republican candidate David Craig. In fact, the Change Maryland page has more people engaged on-line than the Maryland Democrat and Republican Parties, and all the potential Democrat and Republican candidates for governor, combined. As of yesterday, Larry Hogan's organization actually surpassed that of his frequent sparring partner, Martin O'Malley, the former Baltimore Mayor, two term governor and candidate for President.

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Another Month, and Job Losses Continue for Maryland Families

"Every month in Maryland is like Groundhog's Day – over and over again we hear this administration talk about jobs, yet more times than not, Maryland families wake up to learn once again our state has lost jobs," said Larry Hogan. "Career politicians think that if they say something enough times, it will eventually become true. And while the O'Malley-Brown administration likes to talk about jobs, the cold harsh reality is that 5,700 hard working Marylanders lost their job last month."

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Hogan hopes Change Maryland is the ticket

"'We're the largest and fastest growing grassroots organization in Maryland,' Hogan said in an interview, with 10 times more 'likes' than Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown. His nonprofit group has more thumbs-up than all the candidates of both parties combined."

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Pocomoke Area Chamber of Commerce Newsletter


RSVP for Thursday
July 18 General Membership Luncheon
at the Upper Deck
 at noon with speakers Worcester County Commissioner Merrill Lockfaw and
Maryland State Delegate Mike McDermott.
 Please notice the date change from Wednesday to Thursday
Next month's lunch will return to the regular Wednesday schedule

Please RSVP or 410-957-1919 with your menu
selection from below. Lunch is $12.

1. Chef salad
2. Crispy chicken Caesar wrap
3. Fried fish sandwich

Hope to see you there!

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 Free Yoga at the
Pocomoke Branch Library
Tuesdays, 5:30-6:30
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Pocomoke Branch Library
 Story Time
for 2 to 5 year old children
 Wed, July 17, 10:30am - 11:30am
Stories, Rhymes, Fingers Plays, Music and Crafts. A different theme each

 Mike Rose: "Magic You Will Dig" at the Pocomoke Branch Library
 Thu, July 18, 2pm - 3pm
An action packed, hilarious magic show full of no-holds-barred comedy.
Suitable for the whole family.

 Worcester County 4-H ~Adventurers Club ~

Change Maryland Grows to 50,000 People

For Immediate Release
July 16, 2013

Contact: Steve Crim
ANNAPOLIS - Change Maryland, the state's largest and fastest-growing, independent, nonpartisan grassroots movement, has surged to 50,000 members, from every single county and jurisdiction in Maryland. Founded in 2011 by successful business leader and former Maryland Cabinet Secretary Larry Hogan, the organization's primary mission is to increase the state's economic performance and job growth. The group has built a dominating presence on social media with more people engaged online than the Maryland Democratic Party, the Maryland Republican Party and all of the potential statewide candidates of either party, added together. Change Maryland's Facebook page has a total weekly reach of over 341,153 people. No other citizen group in the state has ever accomplished what Change Maryland has, in just over two years.

Nearly half the organization's members are Democrats and Independents. "The only way to bring about real change in Maryland is to build a coalition of Republicans, Independents, and fiscally conservative and moderate Democrats to work together. That is exactly what Change Maryland has been doing so effectively. We are uniting people of all parties to work together to bring reform, fiscal responsibility, and common-sense to Annapolis. This isn't just another fight between Democrats and Republicans, it's more important than that. This is a fight for Maryland's economic future, and it's a fight worth fighting!", Hogan said.

Change Maryland gained national prominence with the production of numerous economic studies that have shown the impact of 40 consecutive O'Malley-Brown tax increases, that take an additional $3.1 billion annually out of the pockets of struggling Maryland families and small businesses. The group has highlighted the fact that Maryland is no longer competitive with other states in the region, that we have lost 6,500 businesses and that our unemployment rate has nearly doubled under the O'Malley-Brown Administration. A well-publicized taxpayer migration study by Change Maryland showed that the state had the largest mass exodus of any state in the region and that 31,000 taxpayers have fled the state, taking $1.7 billion per year out of Maryland's economy. Change Maryland hosted an Economic Summit on Improving Maryland's Economic Competitiveness, which brought together economists, think-tanks, Federal, State and local government officials, and over 400 top business leaders, to focus on finding solutions to the state's serious economic problems.

Change Maryland founder and Chairman Larry Hogan is also the founder, President and CEO of the Hogan Companies, leaders in economic development who have brought hundreds of companies and thousands of jobs to Maryland, and have done over $2 billion in business in the state. Hogan left his business for public service as a State Cabinet Secretary from 2003-2007, appointing over 7,000 people to all three branches of state government. In 2010, Hogan was the only serious challenger willing to take on O'Malley, and was considered by many to be the presumed Republican nominee for Governor, until former Governor Bob Ehrlich decided to enter the race. Bob Ehrlich called Hogan one of the only Republicans in the state with a chance to win. Maryland's most powerful Democrat, Steny Hoyer called Hogan the toughest opponent he has ever faced in his entire career.

David Craig Announces Lt. Governor Running Mate

Annapolis - Harford County Executive David Craig announced his Lt. Governor running mate today saying she is “capable of being Governor on day one.”

Jeannie Haddaway, who has served as a Delegate representing the Eastern Shore for nearly ten years, brings legislative leadership, committee experience and a wide-ranging policy background to the Craig ticket.   She started her own graphic design business in 2003 and held environmental policy positions in the government and non-profit sectors prior to holding elective office.   She is a longtime advocate for policies that protect women, children and families.

“The Lt. Governor is too important a position to tell them to go in a corner for eight years and dabble on public policy experiments and
come out to attend press conferences for the cameras," said Craig.  "I chose Jeannie because she will actually help me run the government."

Craig, who has extensive experience in local office, also chose Haddaway because she understands rural Maryland and the importance of county and municipal government in an era of unbridled state power affecting land use, public schools and transportation.   Characterizing the Eastern Shore as a region that represents a disproportionate amount of “forgotten Marylanders,” Craig has been pushing a theme of getting state government  aligned with the aspirations of the vast majority of Marylanders.

Craig will widen the portfolio of the Lt. Governor beyond that seen in any modern Administration, where Haddaway will help rejuvenate the state’s lackluster record on job growth, business retention and recruitment.

"Many have heard me criticize the O’Malley/Brown Administration," said Haddaway. "It is not criticism for the sake of being critical.  The
arrogance of power in Annapolis has cost us a great deal, but especially so when it comes to job creation.  We must do better."

Haddaway comes from an Eastern Shore family who made their living in agriculture and commercial fishing.  Her husband, Joe Riccio, is a real estate broker, and they reside in St. Michaels with their dog Max.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

TIME MACHINE ... 1929, 1909, 1930, 1982, 1897

(Reader-friendly viewing of newspaper archives material)

August, 1929
(Denton Journal)

A Street Afire

The intense heat of summer is said to cause asphalt paved streets in some of our cities to expand for several inches, but it remained for Crisfield to furnish the first instance in the country's history where a highway actually caught fire. One day last week children playing with matches on "Paper Street," set off a lot of trash and paper which had been dumped there by the city garbage man and it required the local fire department to put the blaze out, as the flames were spreading desperately near to several large buildings. "Paper Street" runs parallel to Main Street and is a continuation of Broadway. It runs through the marsh and is being constructed of garbage and waste paper, collected by the city garbage man. In this way the city has found it inexpensive to build the street and at the same time to provide a dumping place for waste paper.


May, 1909  (Time Machine archive)
(Trenton Evening Times- Trenton, N.J.)


NEW CHURCH, VA., MAY 20 - There is a strip of land of considerable area lying between here and Pocomoke City, Md., that for more than a century truly has been called "No Man's Land." It is not within the recollection of the oldest resident of Accomac County, Va., or of Worcester County, Md., that anyone ever has laid claim to it, nor are there any records of it in the courts of either county. Even the question as to which of the two states the land belongs has been considered seriously.

Not a few of the older residents hold the opinion that the land does not even belong to the United States, some of them going so far as to say that, if it belongs to any country at all, it is England's as the mother country owned everything down this way before the Declaration of Independence changed ownerships, and they think it more than likely that, in dividing up, Maryland and Virginia overlooked "No Man's Land," leaving it out in the cold and making of it a miniature territory unto itself, without a ruler.

There are between 300 and 400 acres of virgin soil in the tract that could be made to produce bumper crops, but no one cultivates it, and, so far as is known today, there is no one who has any desire to do so. For some unaccountable reason it does not appeal strongly to the farmers and truckers of this section, and they always take good care to steer clear of the apparently hoodooed land.  

November, 1930
(Cumberland Evening Times)


Unearthed By Worcester Co. Roads Engineer Employees At St Martin's
Pocomoke City, Md., Nov. 22 (AP)- What is believed to be an ancient burying ground of the great tribe of Pocomoke Indians, that roamed the Eastern Shore 300 years ago, has been unearthed at St. Martin's by employees of the Worcester County roads engineer's office who are constructing an improved road in that vicinity. The relics disclosed have been found on the Noah Adkins farm and the excavation of several loads of sand from a nearby hill, for use on the road, unearthed arrow heads, tomahawk stones, pewter bowls and parts of skeletons. Since several hundred loads of sand remain to be taken from the hill engineers are interested in prospects of digging other relics of other days.

September, 1982

Pocomoke City Mayor J. Dawson Clarke was to be one of five Maryland mayors to be featured in the 1983 winter issue of Maryland Magazine according to The Maryland Municipal League bulletin. The other mayors featured would be from Baltimore, Frederick, Easton, and LaPlata. The bulletin stated "these mayors were selected for the article because of their innovative and creative approach in managing their city/town and also because of the variety in population, size, and geographic location. The Department Of Economic And Community Development published the quarterly magazine. 

March, 1897 

(Emmet County Republican- Estherville, Iowa)

William Moore, of Snow Hill, Md., on a wager of 5 cents, attempted to kiss a possum and is now mourning the loss of part of his nose.

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