Saturday, June 28, 2014

TIME MACHINE ...This Sunday's Preview

1995.. Albany Polecats to become Delmarva Shorebirds; 1902.. "Sinner" Smack breaks up Berlin religious meeting; 1930.. Salisbury auto show generates intense interest on Eastern Shore; 1909.. Dispute prompts most Crisfield telephone subscribers to favor dropping their phone service; 1955.. Pocomoke City's new J.J. Newberry store to open; 1891.. Mappsville to host elaborate Fourth Of July celebration.

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! 

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Friday, June 27, 2014


Hope your summer is off to a great start! I also hope you’ll pencil in the following event on your busy calendar. My office will host a Weather-Emergency Preparedness Event at Stephen Decatur Middle School in Berlin, Md., on Monday, July 14. The event will be held from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. and is free and open to the public.
Representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA), the Lower Shore counties, the Red Cross, and Delmarva Power will be on hand to provide information and to answer questions about preparation for and recovery after a severe weather-related event, including floods and coastal storm surges from tropical storms and hurricanes.
The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30, with the peak occurring between mid-August and late October. Most of Maryland’s First District is on the coast, and I want its residents to be fully prepared for the damage that can come from heavy rains and wind, or, God forbid, a hurricane.
If you would like to RSVP for the event, please click here or contact my Salisbury District Office at 443-944-8624.
Thank you for your continued energy and enthusiasm, as reflected in your letters and Facebook posts. If you haven’t already, LIKE my Facebook page and subscribe to my e-newsletter to stay updated on what I’m doing in Washington. You can also follow me on Twitter @RepAndyHarrisMD.
It is an honor to serve you in Congress!


Andy Harris, M.D.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Pocomoke solar project unveiled

Pocomoke City officials celebrated the start of a solar project designed to cut the city's electric bills by more than $40,000 a year at a groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday.

The city's mayor and council members joined officials from Standard Solar LLC and Sun Edison Company to mark the start of a solar electric generation plant on a Dunn Swamp Road site owned by the city. The project, expected to be the largest municipally owned solar system in Maryland, will include 6,200 solar panels producing 2.1 megawatts of electricity a day.

"It's unbelievable that Pocomoke City is finally starting to go green," Mayor Bruce Morrison said. "It's been a long time coming."
He said the project came about through talks with Bill Badger, Worcester County's economic development director, who connected town officials with Standard Solar, the same company that handled the solar project at Perdue headquarters in Salisbury.

Rob Busler from Standard Solar said his company had similar partnerships underway with towns and businesses throughout the state. Pocomoke City has entered into a 20 year Purchase Power Agreement with Sun Edison, which will own the solar panels. Standard Solar will handle the construction and maintenance of the panels, which will be surrounded by a fence.

Morrison said there would be no cost to Pocomoke for the construction, operation or maintenance of the solar array.
"This is an awesome project that's going to turn into something great for the community," he said.


Monday, June 23, 2014

TCC Culture of Good School Rocks Backpack Giveaway Press Release

For Immediate Release
The Cellular Connection to host second annual backpack giveaway benefiting thousands of schoolchildren

Nation’s largest Verizon Premium Wireless Retailer donating 100,000 backpacks full of school supplies to school-aged children across the U.S.

Pocomoke, MD (June 21, 2014) – Residents in Pocomoke are about to benefit from a national backpack giveaway campaign. The Cellular Connection, the largest Verizon Premium Wireless Retailer in the U.S., in a joint effort with its customers, announces today that it will be donating 100,000 backpacks full of school supplies to children through its School Rocks Backpack Giveaway. Last year, the company donated 60,000 backpacks.

More than 350 participating TCC stores across the U.S. are inviting local families to bring their children to the store between noon and 2 p.m. on Aug. 2 to pick up a backpack filled with pencils, paper, a pencil box, folders, glue and more. One backpack per child present will be given away on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last. The participating store in Pocomoke is located at 2146 Old Snow Hill Rd, in East Towne Plaza. Each participating TCC store will donate between 75 and 300 backpacks. All leftover backpacks will be donated to local schools.

“The backpack giveaway is a huge part of TCC’s ‘Culture of Good’ movement that’s all about making a positive impact on employees while benefitting the world,” said Scott Moorehead, president and CEO of TCC. “It’s how our company gives back to every community where we do business, and it involves every employee at every level. We’re honored to have the ability to give back to those who need it.”

Local residents have also joined the cause. Since the beginning of March, TCC customers have been given the option to round their purchases up to the nearest dollar with the difference going directly toward the School Rocks Backpack Giveaway.

In 2013, the National Retail Federation predicted the average person with children in grades K-12 would spend $86 on school supplies such as notebooks, pencils and backpacks. On top of that, nearly 16 million children in the U.S. live in poverty. TCC is doing its part to ensure that as many children as possible are set up for educational success.

To learn more about TCC, visit  Consumers can also find more information about the company at  and

More information about the School Rocks Backpack Giveaway initiative is available on YouTube. Supporters of the School Rocks Backpack Giveaway are encouraged to use hashtag #TCCRocks on Instagram and Twitter to help spread the word.
Learn more about TCC’s “Culture of Good” by visiting

About TCC
TCC is the largest Verizon Premium Wireless Retailer in the U.S. with more than 900 locations across 28 states. Founded in Marion, Ind., in 1991 by Steve and Phyllis Moorehead, TCC owes its success to its ability to hire top-notch professionals who understand the meaning of customer service. For media inquiries, contact Megan Lawler at 317.202.2280 XT. 13 or email her at To learn more about TCC or to find a location near you, visit

Sunday, June 22, 2014

TIME MACHINE ... 1996, 1920, 1955, 1912, 1917, 1901.

(Reader-friendly viewing of news archive/historical archive material)

MAY, 1996
Gettysburg Times (Gettysburg, Pa.)


Delmarva Peninsula Suffers Blackout

DOVER, Del. (AP) -  Equipment trouble at a power substation caused a blackout in three states Tuesday, affecting 290,000 customers on the Delmarva Peninsula, snarling traffic and forcing some businesses, schools, and a nuclear reactor to shut down.

Customers in central and southern Delaware, and on the Eastern Shore of Maryland and Virginia lost power at 10:12 a.m. when 16 high-voltage circuit breakers at Delmarva Power & Light Co.'s Keeney substation tripped simultaneously.

Crews were replacing some components at the sub-station south of Newark at the time of the outage, said Howard E. Cosgrove, Delmarva Power's chief executive officer.

Company officials said power was restored to all customers by 6 p.m. Tuesday.

The blackout caused grocery stores and shopping malls to close, costing businesses thousands of dollars.  Some schools closed early, and police were dispatched to major intersections to control traffic jams caused by inoperative signals.

Footnote:  Where were you on Tuesday, May 14, 1996 when the power went out on Delmarva? I recall being with several co-workers attending a computer class in Salisbury.  The instructor was commenting on her week so far, and just as she was referencing and motioning with her hands that "Everything has been going wrong..................." the lights went out and  the computers went dead.  After about a half-hour or so wait the class was cancelled. -tk

 August, 1920
The Washington Herald (Washington, D.C.)


Somerset County, Maryland, Boomed as Future

New Church. Va.. Aug.9.- Somerset County, Md., promises to he
one of the richest potato fields in the United States. 

During the past month one real estate firm has sold twenty-five
farms, totaling 5.000 acres, in that section to prospective potato farmers.

Many of the buyers are coming from nearby Virginia territory.

Somerset County farmers this year obtained as high as seventy-five barrels of potatoes to the acre. The best potato land extends through the Dublin, Westover, Fairmont, East and West Princess Anne and Mount Vernon districts.

Some of the land sells for as high as $500 an acre, exclusive of

June, 1955
Annapolis Capital 

Eastern Shore Newspaper Marks 75th Anniversary

POCOMOKE CITY (AP)- The Worcester Democrat and Ledger Enterprise today published a 72-page edition celebrating its 75th anniverary.

It bore greetings from President Eisenhower and Governor McKeldon on the front page. The President said the freedom and independence of the press Is an essential of American democracy.

Columns of type and 109 pictures retold Worcester County's history from 1688 to the present. Capt. John Smith's map of the territory in colonial times was matched with a recent aerial photograph.

The paper was founded in 1880 by Willisam D. Clarke and in 1922 it was taken over by Dr. Edward J. Clarke, a cousin, when he retired from the faculty at Washington College. 

The latter Clarke edited it for 33 years until has death at 92 in February of 1953. 

The paper now is owned by Elmer M. Jackson, Jr., vice president and  general manager of the Speer publications at Annapolis, Glen Burnie, Brooklyn,  Waldorf and Leonardtown. Miss Alice R. Young is editor of the Democrat and O.J. Shively, vice-president and general manager, supervised production of the anniversary issue.

November, 1912
The Times-Dispatch (Richmond, Va.)

An ox roast was held at Greenbackville Saturday in celebration of the Democratic victory. There was a parade at 3 o'clock, headed by a donkey, which attracted much attention. There were several floats. One hundred school children, carrying American and Virginia flags, were in the line. They sang "America," "Dixie," "Bonnie Blue Flag" and "Maryland My Maryland." Addresses were made by Alfred Price Dennis, PH. D. D. of Pocomoke City, and Henry Conant (spelling?) of Chincoteague.

January, 1917 (Time Machine Archive) 
(Chester Times- Chester, Pa.)


There will be great activity in the Remington Arm's Company's plant  from now on until the contract for Enfield rifles is completed.

New Arrivals

Among the new arrivals are Arthur Brittingham, Claude Brittingham, John Brittingham, and Herbert Ross from Pocomoke City, Maryland.  They were lucky in securing a boarding place at Ivers House. 

On being asked if there were any young men remaining in Pocomoke City, they replied that all the young men were leaving and coming to Eddystone, attracted by the higher wages being paid in the plants in the borough.  They said the pay for men in their hometown ranged from a dollar a day to a dollar and a half.  That a cook's wages were two dollars a week, and board ranged from four and a half to five dollars a week.

October, 1901
(The Daily News- Marshall, Mich.)

The first license for a female pilot issued by the Baltimore board of steamboat inspectors was given to Miss Carrie B. Hunter of Snow Hill, Md.  Miss Hunter's father owns a small steam yacht, and her license entitles her to navigate vessels of that type on Pocomoke sound, river, and tributaries.  Miss Hunter is the second woman on the Atlantic coast to receive a pilot's license.

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!

Flying on for JMMB