Saturday, June 21, 2014

TIME MACHINE ... This Sunday's Preview.

1996.. Power blackout hits Delmarva; 1920.. Somerset County might lead U.S. with this crop; 1955.. Pocomoke City's newspaper publishes 75th anniversary edition;  1912.. Big doings in Greenbackville; 1917.. Pa. jobs luring young men from Pocomoke;  1901.. Snow Hill woman is first female licensed to navigate lower Eastern Shore waters.

Although you may not find all of 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!

**Remembering JMMB**

Friday, June 20, 2014

Solar Electric Project Groundbreaking in Pocomoke City, MD

     The Mayor and City Council are pleased to announce that they will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for their new Solar electric generation plant on Wednesday, June 25 at 5:00 p.m. The ceremony will be held at the project site on Dunn Swamp Road, 1/4 mile south of the Pocomoke Beltway.

     City officials have been working on this project for several months with partners Standard Solar LLC, Inc. and Sun Edison Company.  The new Solar array will be built on vacant upland property owned by the City. The project will encompass approximately 10 acres and will include over 6,200 new solar panels producing 2.1 Mega Watts of electricity per day.  The electricity produced will be virtually credited to all of the City's electric meters, and is expected to result in a reduction of the City's electric bills by approximately 16% or over $40,000/year. Several local non-profit groups will also join the City's new network and will realize similar reductions in their electric bills. These include the Delmarva Discovery Center, MARVA Theater, Samartian Shelter, and the Worcester County Developmental Center in Newark, Maryland.

The City has entered into a 20  year lease for the site and a separate Power Purchase Agreement with Sun Edison, which will own the new Solar Array on City property.  The construction of the project and all future management and maintenance will be the responsibility of Standard Solar LLC.  The company currently operates several similar facilities in the Mid-Atlantic region, including the Perdue headquarters in Salisbury, Maryland.  There will be no cost to Pocomoke City related to the construction, operation, or maintenance  of this project. Actual construction should begin by late summer and be completed late this year. To the City's knowledge, this will be the largest municipal government solar project on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, and the only one south of Kent County on the upper Shore.

        According to Mayor Bruce A. Morrison, "The City Council, staff,and I are proud and excited to be involved in this important green energy project. This new Solar array will benefit our taxpayers due to lower electricity bills, and will benefit our environment through the use of a renewable energy source.  We will also be able to help several local non-profit groups reduce their electric bills."  He added, "We hope to be able to demonstrate the effectiveness of this major cost saving project and become a model for other local governments on the Delmarva Peninsula."

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Delmarva Discovery Center Perpetual Commotion Performance

Delmarva Discovery Center

A special music performance by

Perpetual Commotion

Saturday, July 26th

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Come enjoy a special musical presentation at the DDC, given by the students of “Perpetual Commotion", who study Suzuki violin in Berlin, MD under the direction of Katherine Munson.

The program will include:
~ Interactive music activities aimed at children ages 2-8
~ A story
~ A short concert featuring folk, classical and fiddle selections

All attendees will have the opportunity to play a violin too!

Delmarva Discovery Center     2 Market Street     Pocomoke City, MD  21851

Delmarva Discovery Center Daily Summer Programs June 30th to August 31st

SUNDAY     12:00 - 1:00 Dive Dialogue
Learn about animal & human communication in the underwater world.  While diving in our 6,000 gallon aquarium, Aquarist Katie, will teach you dive sign language & Scorchy, our diamondback terrapin & her fishy friends will demonstrate their communication tricks and tips.
                      2:00 - 2:30 Fish Feeding
What do the fish at the Delmarva Discovery Center eat?  How are they fed?  Come join us for a fish feeding and find out!  See you at the aquarium tank!

MONDAY     3:00 - 3:45 A Walk to Remember*
Join our naturalists for a relaxing & educational walk on the beautiful nature trail.  Travel along the Pocomoke River, through the Cypress Swamp & into the forest beyond.  Observe three distinct plant communities competing & changing under the influence of the natural environment.  Keep your eyes open for some amazing wildlife too!

TUESDAY     1:00 - 2:00 Discovery Program
Discover more about various exhibits in the museum with a different program each week.  Learn more about the Native Americans, the animals, or even NASA.  Each week will be something new and exciting!

WEDNESDAY     10:30 - 11:00 Mommy & Me; Daddy too!
This program is specifically designed for children ages 2 - 5, but all are welcome.  Each program has a specific theme and relates back to colors, numbers, letters, or animals!  Make a craft, play a game, sing a song, and learn in a fun and engaging environment. 

THURSDAY     1:00 – 1:30 Beaver Lodge Story Time & Craft
Join us in the beaver lodge for story time & make a craft too!  Learn about beavers, their animal friends & the importance of being kind to others & the world around you!
                          3:00 - 4:00 Squeaky Clean!
Learn how our husbandry staff keeps our tanks clean.  Watch Aquarist Katie clean our 6,000 gallon aquarium and do water quality testing all while you learn how to do your own water quality testing on the same water.

FRIDAY     10:00 - 12:00 Fishing Fun*
Come fish with us at Stevens Pond!  Learn about fish native to the area & if you are lucky, catch the "big one"!  Children under 16 years of age do not need a fishing license.  All others must bring a valid license.  We will meet at the Center and walk there together. 

SATURDAY     1:00 - 1:45 Awesome Animals & Craft
Rat snakes, horseshoe crabs, snapping turtles - Oh My!  Come enjoy a 30 minute fun-filled, educational animal presentation on the many animals that call the Discovery Center home and make a related craft to take home! 

Delmarva Discovery Center... Stars, Soul, Rock and Roll Gala

Delmarva Discovery Center
Stars, Soul, Rock and Roll Gala
Saturday, September 6, 2014
6 pm – 10 pm

Delmarva’s Third Annual Social Extravaganza of the Year!

Waterfront Home of Mark & Leslie Reeves, Salisbury, Maryland

Tickets are $75/each or $700 for a table of ten.

Experience a night of tropical paradise!
This will be a fun, casual upscale rocking evening taking place on the scenic Wicomico River surrounded by waving palm trees where you will dance to the music from the 1970s, 80s, and 90s
with the striking sound of a highly popular dance band & more. 
Your ticket entitles you to a magnificent dinner including one free premium liquor drink ticket with a full bar available and an enjoyable evening.

A fundraiser for the Delmarva Discovery Center.

TIME MACHINE ... This Sunday's Preview

1996.. Power blackout hits Delmarva; 1920.. Somerset County might lead U.S. with this crop; 1955.. Pocomoke City's newspaper publishes 75th anniversary edition;  1912.. Big doings in Greenbackville; 1917.. Pa. jobs luring young men from Pocomoke;  1901.. Snow Hill woman is first female licensed to navigate lower Eastern Shore waters.

Although you may not find all of 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!

**Remembering JMMB**

NHTSA; Help us stop Buzzed Driving this Fourth of July

Driving buzzed can turn celebration into tragedy in an instant.  With July 4th approaching, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is reminding people of the cost of buzzed driving over the holiday. In 2012, 179 people were killed in crashes over the holiday period. Of those deaths, 44 percent were in crashes that involved alcohol.
We’re asking for your support to remind everyone to plan ahead - to ensure their Fourth of July list includes not only fireworks at the park and hot dogs on the grill, but a sober ride home for themselves or their guests. The only red, white, and blue we want anyone to see this holiday should be from the fireworks, not from cops and ambulances.
On July 2nd, we’re hosting a Twitter chat to discuss the dangers of buzzed driving in an easy to share way. We’re also posting tips on how to keep the roads sober and still enjoy the holiday. In order to get these messages out, however, we need you to join in the conversation. It’s easy to do.
WHEN: July 2nd at 4pm ET
WHERE:, use hash tag #buzzeddriving
HOW: Ask questions, retweet posts, and invite your followers. Use our sample tweets below to share with your followers:
  • Join us and @NHTSAgov to learn how to safely enjoy the 4th of July holiday! Follow #buzzeddriving on 7/2 @ 4pmET.
  • We’re joining @NHTSAgov to save lives this 4th of July. Help us: follow #buzzeddriving on 7/2 @ 4pmET.
  • @NHTSAgov wants this 4th of July to be fun and safe, and so do we. Do you? Join us on 7/2 @ 4pmET, follow #buzzeddriving.
  • Help us and @NHTSAgov keep the 4th of July safe with sober roads. Join #buzzeddriving on 7/2 @ 4pmET.
Help us share the message this Fourth of July: Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving. There is no difference between the two.
Forward this message on to friends, family, and followers and invite them to join us. Let’s make the Fourth of July a day of celebration and not a day of grief. Let’s put a stop to buzzed driving not just on the nation’s birthday, but every day.
Get materials and more facts here.

June 19, 2014

Additional Resources


Hogan slams USPTO Redskins trademark cancellation

Ocean City, MD – June 18, 2014 – Campaigning at the Maryland State Firemen’s Association parade here, Larry Hogan slammed today’s decision by the US Patent and Trademark Office to cancel several of the Washington Redskins’ trademarks.  The GOP gubernatorial frontrunner is a native of Landover in Prince George’s County, home to the 82-year-old National Football League franchise.
According to Hogan, “Whether you’re a fan of the Redskins, the Ravens, or God forbid, the Cowboys; today's unprecedented action by the US Patent Trade & Trademark Office should offend anyone concerned about Constitutional limits on government power and free speech.  This matter should be decided by the Redskins and their fans without the politically-motivated interference of pandering state and federal politicians,” Hogan said.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Pocomoke Area Chamber of Commerce

Date Correction
Coastal Hospice Bereavement Group
Thu, June 26, 11am - 12pm
(Please note corrected date of 26th rather than 19th.)
Salem United Methodist Church, 500 2nd Street, Pocomoke
Coastal Hospice Bereavement Group will meet with Chaplain Bob Miller at Salem United Methodist Church. Open to the community.
Meets on 2nd and 4th Thursdays.

Pearl Harbor, What God Did That Day

Sent in by an astute reader, a very good read...enjoy

Really interesting, and I never knew this little bit of history:

Tour boats ferry people out to the USS Arizona Memorial in Hawaii every
thirty minutes. We just missed a ferry and had to wait thirty minutes.
I went into a small gift shop to kill time.

In the gift shop, I purchased a small book entitled, "Reflections on
Pearl Harbor " by Admiral Chester

Sunday, December 7th, 1941--Admiral Chester Nimitz was attending an
afternoon concert in Washington D.C. He was paged and told there was a
phone call for him. When he answered, it was President Franklin Delano
Roosevelt on the phone.  Pearl Harbor had been attacked.  He told
Admiral Nimitz that he (Nimitz) would now be the Commander of the
Pacific Fleet.

Admiral Nimitz flew to Hawaii to assume command of the Pacific Fleet.
He landed at Pearl Harbor on Christmas Eve, 1941.

There was such a spirit of despair, dejection and defeat--you would
have thought the Japanese had already won the war.

On Christmas Day, 1941, Adm. Nim itz was given
a boat tour of the destruction wrought on Pearl Harbor by the Japanese.
Big sunken battleships and navy vessels cluttered the waters every
where you looked.

As the tour boat returned to dock, the young
helmsman of the boat asked, "Well Admiral, what do you think after
seeing all this destruction?" Admiral Nimitz's reply shocked everyone
within the sound of his voice.

Admiral Nimitz said, "The Japanese made three of the biggest mistakes
an attack force could ever make, or God was taking care of America.
Which do you think it was?"

Shocked and surprised, the young helmsman asked,
"What do mean by saying the Japanese made the three biggest mistakes an
attack force ever made?" Nimitz explained:

"Mistake number one: The Japanese attacked on Sunday morning.

"Nine out of every ten crewmen of those ships were
ashore on leave. If those same ships had been lured to sea and been
sunk, we would have lost 38,000 men instead of 3,800.

"Mistake number two: When the Japanese saw all those battleships lined
in a row, they got so carried away sinking those battleships, they
never once bombed our dry docks opposite those ships. If they had
destroyed our dry docks, we would have had to
tow every one of those ships to the mainland to be

"As it is now, the ships are in shallow water and
can be raised. One tug can pull them over to the dry docks, and we can
have them repaired and at sea by the time we could have towed them to
the mainland . And I already have crews ashore anxious to man those

"Mistake number three: Every drop of fuel in the Pacific theater of war
is in top of the ground storage tanks five miles away over that hill.
One attack plane could have strafed those tanks and destroyed our fuel

"That's why I say the Japanese made three of the biggest mistakes an
attack force could make...or God was taking care of America."

I've never forgotten what I read in that little book. It is still an
inspiration as I reflect upon it. In jest, I might suggest that because
Admiral Nimitz was a Texan, born and raised in Fredericksburg, Texas -- he was a born optimist. But anyway you look at it--Admiral Nimitz was
able to see a silver lining in a situation and circumstance where
everyone else saw only despair and defeatism.

P resident Roosevelt had chosen the right man for the right job. We
desperately needed a leader that
could see silver linings in the midst of the clouds of dejection,
despair and defeat.

There is a reason that our national motto is, IN GOD WE TRUST.

Why have we forgotten?

4th Friday Art Stroll

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Downtown Pocomoke hosts 4th Friday Art Stroll

For Immediate Release

June 16, 2014

Pocomoke City –

On Friday, June 27, 2014 the Downtown Pocomoke Association and the City of Pocomoke will

host their monthly Fourth Friday Art Stroll in Downtown Pocomoke, beginning at 5:00pm and

ending at 8:00pm. The event will be held in the two blocks of Market Street between Front Street

and Second Street. This is another step in Pocomoke’s overall downtown revitalization effort.

Local artists and craftsmen will fill the sidewalks of Downtown Pocomoke City to sell their art,

including; paintings, photography, jewelry, home decor, fabric art, dog accessories and much

more! Local retail stores are encouraged to stay open until 8:00pm.

Visitors of the Art Stroll may enjoy live music by Dark Gold Jazz. Refreshments will be

available for purchase. Downtown restaurants will offer special discounts including an after-
stroll party at Riverside Grill, with specials on house wines and other beverages from 8:00pm to


There will be a moon bounce for the kids and the Sturgis One Room School Museum will offer

sidewalk chalk art. The Costen House Museum and the Delmarva Discovery Center will provide

free admission during Art Stroll hours.

For more information please visit or visit our Facebook pages “4th

Friday” and “City of Pocomoke”.

In the event of rain the Art Stroll will be cancelled and will resume next month on July 25, 2014.

Karah Lacey

410-957-1333 x111

Larry Hogan’s “Changing Maryland” Bus Tour Returns to Ocean City for Maryland State Firemen’s Association Parade;

 GOP governor’s race frontrunner to also tour small businesses in Berlin.
Annapolis, MD – June 17, 2014 – On Wednesday, gubernatorial candidate Larry Hogan and running mate Boyd Rutherford return to Ocean City for the Maryland State Firemen’s Association Parade.  The visit to Worcester County is the second in as many weeks for the leading candidates in the Republican race for Maryland governor.

 The 15-day bus tour will span all 24 Maryland jurisdictions and include stops and events in several dozen communities.

B-Roll / Media Availability: Schedule may change, to confirm locations and times, please contact Hannah Marr (443) 935-3684


Ocean City, MD
10:45AM – 3:15PM – Maryland State Firemen’s Association Parade.  Parade starts at 1pm, prior to start, candidates Larry Hogan and running mate Boyd Rutherford will be meeting and greeting with voters at the staging area to the parade route.  The parade begins at 1PM and runs between 16th and 30th streets on Baltimore Avenue.
Contact:  Hannah Marr, (443) 935-3684.
Berlin, MD
3:45PM – 4:15PM – Meet and greet with voters and walking tour of Berlin.
#  #  #

To arrange interviews, b-roll or other information please contact Hannah Marr at (443) 935-3684 or Adam Dubitsky at (240) 625-2683

Authority: Hogan-Rutherford Campaign to Change Maryland.  John C. Wobensmith, Chairman

Monday, June 16, 2014

PPO Sgt. Robert Horseman Awarded

On August 26, 2013, a suspect was arrested and charged with Failure to Obey a Lawful Order and Disorderly Conduct. Upon arrival at the Pocomoke City Police Department for processing, the suspects handcuffs were removed in the cell area for fingerprinting purposes. At this time, the suspect unexpectedly charged at Sgt. Horseman who was working by himself and began choking him from behind, while punching and kicking him. The suspect was extremely combative and hostile; Sgt. Horseman made numerous unsuccessful attempts to activate his emergency button on his radio to alert other officers of his crisis. The suspect stated that he was going to kill Sgt. Horseman, while continually choking, kicking, punching and biting him. Beginning to lose consciousness from this violent onslaught, Sgt. Horseman was finally able to deploy his Taser with a shot to the suspects’ chest area, which yielded no relief from the attack.

The suspect continued his violent assault, which made its way from the cell area to the Processing Room hallway when Sgt. Horseman was finally able to activate his emergency button; Sgt. Horseman was unable to talk or yell for assistance due to the suspect having a strong chokehold on him from behind. Finally, Sgt. Horseman was able to maneuver his body to deploy departmental OC Spray. At this time additional officers responded for back up and the suspect was subdued.

Even after additional officers arrived on scene, the suspect was still extremely violent and combative. The entire assault on Sgt. Horseman lasted approximately 8 minutes and without his strong will to survive and his police training, he could have been killed. This event was videotaped through the in-house camera system. The video tape of this incident is now shown at all academy training classes to prepare recruits to the dangers of their job and to hopefully prevent this type of incident from becoming a reality to someone else.

Maryland Law Enforcement Officer, Inc. is proud to present Sgt. Robert Horseman with the Distinguished Service Award for 2014. Each year MLEO selects one (1) officer throughout the state of Maryland as their Distinguished Service Award recipient.
Sgt. Horseman received the below listed citations during the Awards Ceremony held in Baltimore, MD on June 11, 2014:
•Distinguished Service Award awarded by Maryland Law Enforcement Officer’s Inc.
•Governor’s Citation signed by Governor Martin O'Malley
•House of Senate Award signed by State Senator James Mathias
•House of Delegates Award signed by Delegate Michael McDermott
•Officer’s Award signed by the Mayor and City Council of Pocomoke City, Maryland


Sunday, June 15, 2014

TIME MACHINE ... 2014, 1989, 1821, 1913, 1956, 1953, 1882.

(Reader Friendly Viewing Of News Archive/Historical Archive Material)

June, 2014- Remembering JMMB...

"Special people touch our lives in everything they do and leave us changed long after they are gone. 

The gifts they gave us can become a part of who we are..

A legacy of beauty which lives on."

-Author unknown.

August, 1989  
The Capital (Annapolis)


Worcester Co. tries to dry out  

SNOW HILL (AP) - Runoff from fierce storm gorged Worcester County streams and rivers yesterday, flooding downtown Snow Hill, closing or restricting traffic on 46 roads and hampering motorists from southern Delaware to near the Virginia line. 

A Snow Hill outfitter lent canoes to merchants who could not otherwise reach their shops near the Pocomoke River, which crested about six feet above its banks around 10:30 a.m.

Stale Highway Administration trucks escorted convoys of cars on U S. 113 between Snow Hill and Pocomoke City, pushing along those cars that sputtered to a halt in the pools and puddles. 

The Snow Hill sewage treatment plant was swamped as treated water being pumped out sloshed right back into holding ponds.

Worcester tow-truck operators were working overtime.

Rushing waters ate huge chunks out of several county roads. County officials issued an urgent plea for people to stop stealing "Road Closed" signs and electronic flashers, which disappeared Saturday night from 10 stretches of flooded highway. 

"I guess they're collectors' items," said Edward S. Cropper, Worcester County director of emergency services.

Cropper said it was too early to estimate the cost of property damage, and state and county highway officials also declined to predict how much the emergency road repairs would cost.

"We won't know for sure until all the water goes down and we can inspect all the bridges and get a true picture of the damage, " said John A. Yankus, the county's chief administrative officer. 

Shore residents seemed both stunned and fascinated by the cresting flood, spawned by a northeaster that pumped out about 10 inches of rain in six hours Friday night and Saturday morning.

"I lived through Hurricane Hazel, Hurricane Agnes and the March storm" that cut Ocean City off from Assateague Island in 1933, said Jean Holloway, assistant town manager in Snow Hill "I've never seen it like this. "

November, 1821
(Maryland State Archives)

SEC. 1. Be it enacted, by the General Assembly of Maryland, That from and after the passage of this act, all white male citizens residing in Worcester county, who are not assessed, or pay a tax, shall be liable to be summoned to labour upon the public roads of said county, in the same manner that taxable inhabitants are required to perform such labour by the act to which this is a supplement, except that they shall not be required to perform more than three days labour on said roads in any one year; Provided, that no female of any age, nor any male under twenty-one years of age, or over fifty years of age, shall be subject to such duty.

February, 1913
The Times-Dispatch (Richmond, Va.)

[Special to The Times-Dispatch.]

Onancock, Va., February 9.- Captain W. H. Lang has given oyster shells enough to shell all the streets of Accomac Courthouse. The money for placing the shells was contributed by a number of the enterprising citizens of the town. Shell roads are considered more durable and more satisfactory than stone roads in this part of Virginia.

April, 1956(Time Machine archive)

Jerry Miles was assigned by the Baltimore Orioles to the Thomson team in the Georgia State League.  The 18-year-old Parksley, Va. righthander was a standout pitcher on Pocomoke City's 1955 Central Shore League team.

Footnote: Miles was in an automobile accident during the winter of 1957 and he later requested the Orioles to place him on the voluntary retired list for the upcoming season.  No Information was found about his future activity in baseball.

May, 1953

The Delmarva Division of the Pennsylvania Railroad announced a Delmarva Day Baseball Excursion, originating in Pocomoke City, to a Philadelphia Phillies-Brooklyn Dodgers baseball game in Philadelphia.  Reduced fares, combination tickets, and coach lunch service would be available. The Sunday game was expected to be a sell-out.  The Phillies organization was setting aside 1200 seats for the Delmarva Excursion fans.  The baseball excursion would leave Pocomoke City at 725A.M. and arrive in North Philadelphia at 11:15A.M., with pick-up stops along the way.  The excursion would leave back for Delmarva from North Philadelphia 45 minutes after the end of the game.

April, 1882
(Peninsula Enterprise- Accomac)

A petition is being circulated by the mechanics (i.e. "Blue Collar" workers) of Onancock and vicinity, looking to the restriction of a day's labor to 10 hours.

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!