Saturday, October 18, 2014

Every Sunday On The Pocomoke Public Eye..


It's reader-friendly viewing of newspaper archive and historical archive material, primarily of local interest. 

This week we share items from  1969, 1905, 1977, 1937, 1960, and 1903.

Check back tomorrow, 10/19, right here!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Ebola Free Zone

This Weekend October 17 & 18 7 PM @ The Mar-Va Theater

 If I Stay

October 17 & 18
7 PM
Tickets: $5

Life changes in an instant for young Mia Hall after a car accident puts her in a coma. During an out-of-body experience, she must decide whether to wake up and live a life far different than she had imagined.

For Up-coming events at The Mar-Va Click [HERE]

PraiseON Worship at Salem United Methodist Church

 PraiseON Worship at Salem United Methodist Church

Thursday, October 16, 2014

The Mayor's Old-Fashioned Christmas Evening

Free CPR & AED Class for the general public & civic organizations.

 Non provider course. To register call Michael Thorton at 410-726-0622 or Pocomoke Ambulance Squad 410-957-3600. Course will be held a the Pocomoke City Ambulance Building on 137 Eighth St. in Pocomoke City, MD.

TIME MACHINE ... This Sunday's Preview

1969.. Fire destroys renowned mansion near Berlin; 1905.. Oystermen force Crisfield magistrate to reverse sentence; 1977.. Progress towards health care clinic in Pocomoke City; 1937.. A paved road for Smith Island; 1960.. Pocomoke Kiwanis Club hosts Boys Club team; 1903.. A visitor to Chincoteague writes his observations.

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!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Pumpkin Hunt! Find your favorite pumpkin in the Costen House Garden and decorate it.

Halloween Event 
at the Costen House

Pumpkin Hunt!

Find your favorite pumpkin in the Costen House Garden and decorate it.

Make a Scarecrow!

Materials provided

October 25, 2014
2 - 4 PM

Space Limited
Call 410 957-4966 for reservation

General Membership Luncheon

Mark Your Calendars:

General Membership Luncheon

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Riverside Grill

12:00 - 1:00 PM

Guest Speaker:

Judy Morgan
Eastern Shore Communications


Business After Hours

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Regent Homes by Beracah

5:00 - 7:00 PM

Beaver Dam Presbyterian Church Harvest Music Festival!

Beaver Dam Presbyterian Church Harvest Music Festival! 
Place: Beaver Dam Presbyterian Church 345 Makemie Rd.Pocomoke, Maryland 21851 
Date: Sunday, October 19th, 2014 
Time: 2:30pm  
Come join us for our Harvest Music Festival! There will be music, entertainment, fellowship, & food. For more information contact The Church Office at 410-957-2383 or Invite all your friends to this fun event!
*Faith Dimattia *Eunice Esposito *Rosebel Pruitt *Donna Hardin *Lowell Stoltzfus *Ray Annis *Jimmy Worth *Danny Bell *Eric White
 Music from Virginia:
*Second Chance
 Our Church:
*Beaver Dam Choir *Beaver Dam Strings
 And More!
“Growing up, the doctors told us that Jacob was essentially born with half a heart. For him to surf with Ricochet and Jacob K is kind of like having a whole heart for the first time”.  
Jacob J’s sister, Hailey.



Click here to watch the video!

On October 10th, Ricochet rode “waves of the heart” with two critically ill teenage boys who also met for the first time. All three of them rode the board together to signify one perfect heart. This was the first time Ricochet had surfed with two people who have life threatening illnesses at one time, but they were successful on their very first wave!

Both boys are named Jacob. They are both 19 years old, born 25 days apart. They both have Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome. They are both critically ill and need life saving heart transplants. Jacob Kilby lives in San Diego, and Jacob Jumper lives in Houston.

The two families contacted Ricochet for assistance within 24 hours of each other.

The similarities don't stop there. Ricochet has been involved with many fate guided encounters, but this is the most serendipitous of them all. to read  more about the parallels of these cosmic cousins, go to:

Ricochet created a “Waves of the Heart” campaign to help raise awareness of the boy’s life threatening situations and need for organ donors. With the help of  Audie Marks, Head of MADE’s Team Oliver and Hotel Indigo Del Mar Ricochet made it possible to bring the two Jacob’s together for the same surf session.

The magical day started with the Jacob's greeting each other with a big hug and handshake. Ricochet quickly nuzzled her way in, and the three bonded instantly.  It was if the universe was sensitive to the fragility of this surf session because the waves were flat lining, making it difficult to catch one. After about 10 minutes in the line up, they were pushed into a wave, and both boys popped up, using Ricochet's lifejacket to hold onto. Huge smiles came across their faces, as cheers from family members and friends echoed on the beach. Once out of the water, Ricochet gave high fives to the boys who were beaming with delight. "What an experience. I can't believe I was invited out here to surf with them" said Jacob J. "This moment is the top for me! It's cool to see how we both can surf right now because we don't know what the future holds for us", Jacob K said.

The problem for both boys is… there is an overwhelming shortage of donors. Each day, 18 people in the United States die while waiting for organ transplants. Every 13 minutes, another person's name is added to the list of thousands who have been waiting for life-saving organ transplants. Right now, more than 120,000 patients are waiting for a transplant in the United States.

Jacob Kilby underwent four open-heart surgeries between his birth in 1995 and his second birthday to try and correct the problem. But, the attempts failed, and he was given 24 hours to live. 

Miraculously, he received a life-saving heart transplant at the last minute. Recovery had it's challenges, but Jacob was able to live a healthy, active life. But now, sixteen years later, his sense of adventure belies a devastating reality: he is facing an uncertain future of deteriorating health because he needs another heart transplant. He is currently on the lowest level of the donor waiting list. 

Even though there are a lot of similarities with the Jacob's, there is one big difference. Jacob Jumper did not receive a heart transplant as a child. He grew up with an abundance of health issues, and was never able to do normal things like run around or play sports. He stopped growing at about the age of 10 and often uses a wheelchair. He will need a heart transplant too, but is not currently on the donor waiting list.
Surf Dog Ricochet hopes you will help raise awareness by sharing this story. She urges everyone to get on board and join her “waves of the heart” campaign to help lower the desperate statistics. Please give the gift of life by signing up to be an organ donor. Additional info and how to register can be found at

For more information, contact Judy Fridono at or 707-228-0679

Surf Dog Ricochet
306-N West El Norte, #20, Escondido, CA, 92026

Sunday, October 12, 2014

TIME MACHINE ... 1939, 1921, 1999, 1900, 1935

"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)

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

Young Prosecutor Finds Large Still

Kirbin Stages Raid In Worcester County After Pastors Praise Him

Ocean City, Md., July 26 (AP)-  Youthful William G. Kirbin Jr., states attorney for Worcester County, responded to a laudatory resolution from Methodist ministers for his clean-up efforts by raiding one of the largest stills ever found in the county.

The Salisbury District Ministerial Association voted the resolution and sent a copy to the 28-year-old prosecutor. It congratulated him on the arrest of more than 500 bootleggers, gamblers, persons who disturb the Sabbath, confiscation of stills and slot machines since January 1.

A few hours after receiving the resolution, Kirbin gathered his raiders and in a bramble thicket near Pocomoke City they found a 100-gallon still. The squad destroyed more than 20 gallons of mash and whiskey but the operator had fled.

The resolution, presented by the Rev. L. L. Powell, declared:

"We extend our compliments and commendations to you and all other Worcester county officials associated with you in your famous flying squad in your effective enforcement of law, without fear or favor.

As ministers and leaders representing the largest Christian body on the Shore, we not only extend our thanks and compliments, but also pledge you our co-operation and support in whatever way you may call on us in ridding our beloved Eastern Shore of gambling, bootlegging, and other kindred evils... and the social and economic parasites who grow fat on these illicit occupations. Keep up the good work."

February, 1921
The Washington Herald (Washington, D.C.)

Farmer Battles With Bald Eagle In Death Strugle

POCOMOKE CITY, Md., Feb.6.-  William Outten, a farmer residing near Pocomoke City, was attacked by a large American bald eagle in the swamps adjoining his farm yesterday afternoon and only succeeded in killing the bird after a desparate battle which lasted thirty minutes.

Outten's attention was attracted by the barking of his dog, and, believing the canine had caught a coon, he started to investigate. The swampy ground in the vicinity of his farm is very treacherous, and to guide his way Outten procured a large stick. This forethought probably saved his life.

As he passed underneath a large tree, the eagle sprang upon him from a limb. The sudden attack caught Outten off his guard. For protection he jumped behind the tree with the eagle close at his heals, clawing at him with all its might.

Regaining his composure, Outten started to give battle to the rapacious bird, striking blow after blow. Each time the eagle would spring back at his antagonist, the blows seeming to have no effect. 

Outten, who was becoming fatigued, and very much alarmed at the resiliance of the eagle, waited for an opening and when the eagle rushed toward him the last time he landed a heavy blow upon its head, killing it. The eagle measured six feet, four inches.

August, 1999
Somerset Herald (Princess Anne)


Liquor board says no to beer sales on island

A 300-year-old tradition of prohibition will not be broken on Smith Island, whose residents largely opposed general store owner's attempt to change it.

The Somerset County Board of License Commissioners denied Steven Eades' application to sell beer and wine at his Driftwood General Store in the island's largest town of Ewell.

Currently the islanders must have the beer or liquor transported from Crisfield on a ferry for a $1 freight charge.

1900 (Time Machine Archive)

When was the first automobile driven on Pocomoke City streets?  Perhaps it was sometime during the first decade of the 1900's for it is said that Salisbury may have had up to a dozen cars on its streets by 1910.  The first car to be driven in Salisbury was around 1900 and the driver and owner was Billy Edison, son of famed inventor Thomas Alva Edison.  The young Edison had lived in Salisbury for a while and married a  young lady from Salisbury.  But he encountered the problem of tires on his Stanley Steamer being cut while negotiating Salisbury's sandy oyster shell based streets of that era.  Years later when Edison returned to the area in an expensive Pierce Arrow he found that attempting to drive the vehicle on country roads was too hazardous an endeavor.  He decided not to attempt a return trip from the country back to Salisbury; he sold the vehicle.

October, 1935

Playing at Pocomoke City's Marva Theater during the week of October 21st, 1935... Clark Gable, Jean Harlow, and Wallace Berry in "China Seas," Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday; John Boles in "Orchids To You," on Thursday; Joe E. Brown in "Bright Lights," Friday and Saturday.  Coming the next Monday thru Wednesday.. Marion Davies in "Page Miss Glory," with  Dick Powell and Pat O'Brien.

Matinee Tuesday at 3:30p.m. and Saturday at 3p.m.; shows every weeknight at 7:15p.m. and 9p.m.; Saturday night shows at 7p.m., 8:30p.m., and 10p.m.

In 1903 a visitor to Chincoteague wrote about his observations of the island community of that era in a feature article published in The Times Dispatch of Richmond.  Next Sunday we'll have the first portion in a series from that article. 

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!

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Eye postings (April,
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kept us informed.