Saturday, September 13, 2014

Lt. Col. Allen West headlines Wicomico County Patriot's Dinner to be held September 27

Lt. Col. Allen West headlines Wicomico County Patriot's Dinner to be held September 27
Former Congressman and Iraqi war hero headlines election prelude and fundraiser

The Wicomico County Republican Central Committee is proud to announce their first Patriot's Dinner will feature former Congressman, Lt. Col. Allen West.
Describing himself as “steadfast and loyal,” Lt. Col. West grew up in the same Atlanta neighborhood where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once preached. After serving 22 years in the Army, including combat in Operation Desert Storm, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Afghanistan, West retired in 2004, later serving as a civilian military adviser in Afghanistan.
In 2010 he was elected to serve in Congress, representing Florida's 22nd District. After being redistricted to the 18th District, he lost a bid for re-election in 2012 by less than 1% of the vote. Since serving in Congress, West has become a Fox News Contributor, a Senior Fellow at the London Center for Policy Research, and regularly writes for numerous media outlets. He recently served as a guest host for Sean Hannity's radio show.
“This will be an opportunity for local residents to meet and hear the most famous conservative to visit the Lower Shore within memory,” said Wicomico County Republican Party Chair Dave Parker. “West loves his country and its Constitution more than its government or his own skin color, and proves that people of every race can be Christian, patriotic, and conservative.”
"Every time I've had the honor to hear Lt. Col. West speak, I have been invigorated and encouraged,” added Wicomico County Republican Club president Jackie Wellfonder. “We are very grateful for the opportunity to have him here on the Eastern Shore as we get closer to election day in November. It is my hope that his message will promote a deeper level of engagement with our local conservative base.”
A number of public and private events are slated with West:
  • 4:30 p.m. - Private reception with the Salisbury University College Republicans.
  • 5:00 p.m. - Allen West Guardian Roundtable, to benefit West's Guardian Fund PAC. Donation is $1,000 for Host, $500 for Patron, $250 for Sponsor. Attendees also receive an autographed copy of West's new book, Guardian of the Republic.
  • 6:00 p.m. - VIP Reception and Pictures with West, to benefit the Maryland Republican Party. Donation is $150/person or $270/couple.
  • 7:00 p.m. - Patriot's Dinner featuring Allen West, to benefit the Lower Shore county Republican parties. Donation is $65/person or $115/couple.
The College Republican reception, Guardian Roundtable, and VIP Reception will be held at the Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art, 909 South Schumaker Avenue in Salisbury. The Patriot's Dinner will be held at the Wicomico Youth and Civic Center, 500 Glen Avenue in Salisbury. Attendees of the Guardian Roundtable or VIP Reception will also get free admission to the Patriot's Dinner.
The Republican Central Committee asks that those interested in attending the VIP Reception or Patriot's Dinner register and pay through their website: or mail check payable to WCRCC with the mail-in form at the above site by September 20, to WCRCC, PO Box 252, Salisbury, MD 21803.
Media contact:
Dave Parker, WCRCC Chair
(410) 749-4030

Thursday, September 11, 2014

TIME MACHINE ... This Sunday's Preview

1963.. Pocomoke Drive-In Theater case challenges censorship law; 1968.. Somerset teachers reluctantly accept a salary offer; 1904.. "Colored" Fair at Tasley offers fun and educational attractions. 1839..The long, long hours of Eastern Shore mail carriers; 1943.. Salisbury airport is dedicated; 1910.. Pocomoke City is "baseball crazy" following Philadelphia's championship victory.

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!

Welcome to our new Executive Director

Welcome to Our New Executive Director 

Debbie Brown

We are excited to welcome Debbie Brown as the new Executive Director of the Pocomoke Area Chamber of Commerce!  She has a solid leadership background through her work with the Chincoteague Natural History Association and as a school administrator in Loudoun County, VA.  In addition Debbie has a warm and welcoming personality perfect for the "Friendliest Town on the Eastern Shore." Please stop by the Chamber office at 6 Market and say "Hi!"

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Shakespeare in the Park

For Immediate Release
September 8, 2014
Pocomoke City - 

The City of Pocomoke presents “Shakespeare in the Park” on Friday, September 19th, 2014 at 7:30pm under the Cypress Park Pavilion in Pocomoke City, Maryland.
Brown Box Theatre Project returns to the Eastern Shore with a live performance of William Shakespeare’s famous play “Macbeth”.
Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy this free performance with a beautiful view of the scenic Pocomoke River. Bleacher seating is also available. Refreshments will be available for purchase.
In the event of rain, the performance will be held inside Pocomoke High School.
For more information and a calendar of events please visit or call 410-957-1333.

Karah Lacey
410-957-1333 x111


National Highway Traffic Safety Administration ; Our Child Passenger Safety Twitter Chat is Coming Up!


Join us September 17 on Twitter to chat about #therightseat

A child’s safety is every parent’s priority. Yet many parents think their child is safe when they’re in their car seat, and the truth is that they may not be. Too often, car seats aren’t installed properly, or the car seat may not be the right fit for the age and size of the child riding in it.
Car crashes are still a leading cause of death for children 1 to 13 years old. Car seats make the difference: they reduce the likelihood of death in a car for infants by 71 percent and a toddler by 54 percent. Having a child in the right seat for their age and size, and having the car seat properly installed, is crucial.
Having a car seat registered is just as important. We need your help to educate parents and caregivers on why car seat registration matters. It’s the best way to know if a car seat has been recalled. Registering a car seat is part of keeping children safe on the road.
This is where you come in. We’re hosting a Twitter chat on Wednesday, September 17, starting at 3pm ET. We’ll be sharing life-saving tips about car seats, from how to find the right car seat for your child’s age and size, to how to register a car seat. We need you to share this message with your followers and invite them to join and learn. Use #therightseat to follow the conversation or to ask questions; our experts will be on hand for the hour to answer them all.
Here are some quick social media messages you can share with your followers:
  • Join @NHTSAgov on 9/17 at 3pm ET for tips and info about car seat safety. Follow with #therightseat
  • Get the facts on car seat registration and why it matters from @NHTSAgov on 9/17 at 3pm ET with #therightseat.
  • Want to know which car seat is best for your child? Ask @NHTSAgov on 9/17 at 3pm ET with #therightseat.
  • Do you know for sure that your child is in #therightseat? Ask @NHTSAgov on 9/17, starting at 3pm ET!
  • We’re supporting @NHTSAgov’s Twitter chat on Child Passenger Safety on 9/17, at 3pm ET; join us with #therightseat
During Child Passenger Safety Week, many communities will have certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians available to provide free, hands-on, car seat education and inspections. Our Twitter chat is just another way to get involved in helping save children’s lives and giving parents everywhere vital information. Join us on Twitter and spread the word to your followers about #therightseat.
You can also find more free materials for Child Passenger Safety Week on

Forward this on to your followers/readers and encourage anyone interested in vehicle and child safety to join our conversation on Facebook and Twitter.


SaferCar App Can Help Keep Your Family Safe

Check out our SaferCar app for your mobile device, which gives you immediate access to key safety information to help you make informed decisions, with features including:
Help with car seats: Quickly get driving directions to the nearest child-seat inspection station and get assistance to properly install car seats and boosters.
Information for buying a car: Access our 5-Star Safety Ratings and compare different makes and models before you decide to buy.
Stay connected: Be notified of safety issues for your vehicles. Use the app to register a vehicle and we will notify you if we find it has a safety issue. The SaferCar app also makes it simple to submit complaints to NHTSA regarding possible safety problems with your car.
Safety Headlines and Alerts: Receive important news and information from NHTSA, as well as recall notices and push notices on your vehicles.

NHTSA on YouTube

Teen Youtube
Our "5 to Drive" campaign PSA is in an easy to view place: NHTSA's YouTube channel. Additional videos for multiple campaigns, along with vehicle crash test videos, can be found through our YouTube page.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

September Treat For Some..


supermoon vancouver

             (Picture- 9/8/14)

Last nights super moon. #Vancouver #PacificSpiritPark

Photograph by: @shimsher, Twitter

Well, unfortunately, the cloud cover prevented us from viewing the Harvest Moon Monday night here on the Eastern Shore. Elsewhere, where conditions were favorable, eyes to the sky gazed at the lunar treat. 

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Pocomoketoberfest in the beautiful waterfront Cypress Park!

The Pocomoketoberfest was held on Saturday.  In spite of the heat and humidity, vendors and               
visitors were having a great time.  Local wineries and breweries showed off some of their finest products and answered questions from  visitors.
Sparking bottles of wine from St. Michael's Winery.

                                                                   Layton's Choice!
Ready to sample?

Artists came to downtown Pocomoke on Friday and Saturday,  painting  "Plein Air" on Market Street and in the park.  By 3:30  on Saturday afternoon, the freshly painted canvases were on display.  Standing in the shade of the buildings, I watched one lady work, as she was taking some artistic license in painting some very familiar downtown businesses.    As she worked, the familiar fragrance of oil paints and solvents assaulted my senses, making me want to join her in the colorful quest of putting art on canvas.

 Artist Kathy Gibson painted a scene of Bill Hudson's office and The Pincushion.

Complete with tartan kilt, Gus the Troubador from Accomack VA, sang ballads in a comical brogue voice.  Very entertaining songs were perfect for the beer and wine fest!  

Creative displays of handmade crafts were juried. 

  For the juried show, Amused Studios won 1st place in Fine Art for the ceramic art "Telluric", Guy Shover 2nd for his bronze and wood snail. in Crafts, Linda Muir won 1st place for her crab goblets, and Marilyn Deihle won 2nd for her Baby Circles Afghan.  In jewelry, Mona Margarita won 1st for her "Epic Fairy Wing" and Dana Smith 2nd for her "Take Me to Your Leader."

Winners of the Scarecrow contest will be announced on Monday.

Pocomoke City Councilman Clarke, Mayor Bruce Morrison & Councilwoman Tracey Cottman
, enjoying the Pocomoketoberfest.

TIME MACHINE ... 1968, 1922, 1977, 1939, 1953, 1902

"Friendliest Town On The Eastern Shore."  Our tradition runs deep.  Excerpt from a letter to the editor from a visitor to Newtown, (former name of Pocomoke City) published in the Baltimore Sun, April 28,1847.

This place (Newtown) is a pretty snug little village, containing about 500 clever and hospitable inhabitants; is has good wide streets, quite clear of that "eye sore," known mostly over the Peninsula by the name of "deep sand"; the houses, though built of frame, are generally built substantially and with some discretion and taste; there are two neat, new, and quite handsome frame churches in it; as for the merchants of the place, suffice it to state that they are very clever and hospitable.  F. Mezick, Esq., the landlord with whom I stopped, and his very obliging and jolly assistant, are richly deserving of a passing notice, for the good treatment and the extension of the many civilities to "the stranger."

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

May, 1968
The Capital (Annapolis, Md.)

Teachers Threaten

PRINCESS ANNE-  The Somerset County Teachers Association says 85% of the county teachers and school administrators have agreed to sign letters threatening to resign if their salary demands are not met. Jack C. Morgan, association president, said he had received about 155 signed letters and expects more by tonight, when he plans to present them to the county school board.  There are about 180 teachers and 25 administrators in the county. The teachers want a salary package which would give starting teachers $6,000 a year and provide a $300 salary increase for each year of experience up to a maximum of $8,700 after 10 years.

April, 1922
The Washington Times (Washington, D.C.)


Girl Jointly Accused Also Released From Prison by Virginia Authorities.


NORFOLK, Va., April 29.-  William E. Thursby, wealthy yachtman, and a young woman posing as his daughter, both of whom were arrested a week ago on a charge of abandoning a baby, placing it in a basket and hanging it to a gate post, have been released from the Accomac county jail through the payment of $800 and the deeding of a half-interest in a costly home to the child.

The money has been paid to J. A. Brasure, who conducts a general merchandising store in Chlncoteague, Va., and on whose gate post the baby was hung.

Lived in a "Pretty House."

Thursby and the woman have been occupying a luxuriously furnished home on Assateague Island. Other inhabitants of the island called it the "Pretty House." Thursby and the woman have spent the best part of a year cruising up and down the Atlantic coast. They always returned to the "Pretty House."

The night of December 7, J. A. Brasure and his wife heard the cries of a baby. While his wlfe held a lamp at the front door, Brasure explored the yard. He found a basket hanging on his gate post. 

In the basket was a baby, just a few days old. It was wrapped in costly garments. There was money and a warm bottle of milk in the basket. The baby was taken in by Brasure. The next morning he reported the case to the county authorities. He also assumed the role of detective.

Causes Couple's Arrest.

Ten days ago he caused the arrest of Thursby and the woman. He said he was unable to secure sufficient evidence sooner to cause the arrest. He accused Thursby and his woman companion of leaving the baby on his gate post. Both denied the charge. The woman said she was Thursby's daughter and she threatened to "make it hot" for Brasure for subjecting her to arrest.

Thursby and the woman were placed in jail in Accomac. They had money enough to secure their release on bail, but the authorities decided they could not go on their own bond. They were told they would have to secure some person who owned real estate In Virginia.

The prisoners made no further effort to secure bail. They lingered in jail several days.

By some unexplained method, Thursby and Brasure reached an agreement whereby neither the man nor woman would he prosecuted for abandoning the baby, although such an offense is criminal in Virginia.

The authorities agreed to the compromise.

Thursby agreed to pay and has paid Brasure the money, which Is to be used, according to the agreement, for the support of the baby; a half interest in the "pretty house" at Assateague was deeded over to the baby until such time as it is competent to handle its own affairs.

Case May Be Reopened.

Despite the agreement between Thursby and Brrasure, the authorities may be called to terms for permitting Thursby and the woman to go free without answering to the laws of the State for abandoning an infant. Had the child died of exposure before it was found, those guilty of abandoning it could have been held on a murder charge.

The Accomac county authorities offer no explanation for the release of Thursby and the woman, excepting the compromise reached with Brasure. The case has attracted unusual interest on the eastern shore of Virginia and elsewhere since the facts were published.

Thursby claims his home is in Flushing, N. Y. He is said to be very wealthy. The identity of the woman Is a secret.

April, 1977
The Daily Times (Salisbury)


Deal Island Observing Week Of Rediscovery

DEAL ISLAND-  This Sunday, designated as Joshua Thomas Day, launches Deal Island Rediscovery Week.

But the big day will be next Saturday when an all-day program will be highlighted by a talk by newly named Puliter Prize winner William W. Warner of Washington.

Each day will have a different designation and special mail cachets will be sold at 50-cents apiece and there will also be a special postal cancellation.

Monday, (is) Heritage On Display Day; Tuesday, Flag Day, when new American and state flags will be dedicated at the Deal Island school; Wednesday, Oral History Day; Thursday, Skipjack Day; and Friday. Family Heritage Day.

Footnote: Mr. Warren's Pulitzer writiing prize was for his book "Beautiful Swimmers, Watermen, Crabs and the Chesapeake Bay."  Rediscovery Week was sponsored by the Deal Island Regional Bicentennial Committee, with college student Craig E. Webster as its executive director.

May, 1939
The Cumberland News (Cumberland, Md.)

Heating Asphalt Starts Fire At Snow Hill

Snow Hill, Md., May, 18 (AP)-  An attempt to heat asphalt with a blow torch today caused a $16,000 fire which destroyed a tank truck and the State Roads Commission warehouse.

L. H. Steuart, commission secretary, said employees told him Luther Jones, driver of the truck, was attempting to heat the asphalt so it would flow from the truck and the warehouse was soon enveloped in flames. 

February, 1953 (Time Machine archive)

The Elks Club of Pocomoke City was sponsoring a big stage show at the Marva Theater featuring The Barter Players of Virginia in 'The Virginian.'  "Don't Miss This Fine Entertainment By This Well Known Group Of Professional Players.  No Expense Spared In Settings, Costumes, Lights And Music."  Ticket price was $1.80 for general admission and $2.40 for reserved seats.  Tickets in advance were available at Marva Soda Parlor, Ward's Barber Shop, Pocomoke City Pharmacy, and C.W. Renninger Esso Servicenter.

August, 1902
The Times (Washington, D.C.)

(Conclusion of Tangier Island article from last week)

Sunday, however, is the great day of the week. Not by any means a day given to mirth or sport, for the boats are all anchored and all of the islanders are at home for the purpose of attending church, and there is service of some kind for nearly every hour of the day, from 9 in the morning until twilight. The one street at this time presents a busy appearance for on account of its long, narrow character it seems literally crowded from the time of the tolling of the church bell until the service has commenced. All of the services seem to be well attended and young and old are very constant in attendance upon church.

The final service of the day closes a little after sunset, and at its close the young men take the young women of their choice and promenade the narrow street, the only boulevard of the town. There is noted an absence of the noise and gayety that might be expected from so many young people. As they walk along some of them hum selections from the gospel hymns or converse in a quiet manner. Occasionally some young fellow without a partner stops a promenadlng couple with the inqiuiry, "Who's best?" and if the young lady desires a change of partners she accepts the arm of the newcomer and leaves number one disconsolate, but such affairs are few and far between, and love seems to run as smoothly as it might be expected in Arcadia.

The promenade lasts but a little time and at an early hour the street is deserted, for the men are obliged to be on the crabbing grounds at an early hoar the next morning. The day of the week has passed and life until the next Saturday afternoon will be filled with the exciting struggle of dipping a livelihood from the sea.

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!

"Somewhere over
the rainbow
Bluebirds fly..."

Flying on for JMMB