Thursday, December 18, 2014

Princess Anne Police Department special request

A special request from our Brothers at the Somerset County (MD) Sheriff's Office. Let's help this good man and his family out!!
We have a Deputy who is in need of our assistance this holiday season. Deputy Chuck Salvas is terminally ill with only a short time. His only wish is to take a trip with his family after the holidays. We need to raise some money so this can happen. Im asking for the community's assistance. Any donations can be dropped off at the Somerset Co. Sheriffs Office. Please make checks or money orders payable to the Somerset Co. Sheriffs Office c/o George Nelson. You can put Chuck Salvas Fund in the memo section of your check. Please help us with this cause.

Somerset County Sheriff's Office
c/o George Nelson
30426 A Sam Barnes Rd.
Westover, MD 21871

Governor-elect Hogan announces four Cabinet Secretary appointees

Office of the Governor-elect

For Immediate Release:
December 17, 2014
Contact: Hannah Marr
O: (443) 221-4450 M: (443) 935-3684
Governor-elect Hogan announces four Cabinet Secretary appointees

ANNAPOLIS, MD – December 17, 2014 – Governor-elect Larry Hogan announced four Cabinet Secretary appointees today at a press conference in Annapolis. The appointees include: Delegate Kelly Schulz for secretary of the Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation; Bel Air Town Administrator, Dr. Jim Fielder for Appointments secretary; President & CEO of TCE, Incorporated, Gail Bassette for Secretary of the Department of General Services; and Secretary of Juvenile Services Sam Abed, to continue in that role.

"I want to sincerely thank all four of these distinguished and talented individuals for their willingness to join us in public service to our great state," Governor-elect Hogan said. "I look forward to working very closely with each of them over the next four years, as our new team endeavors to put Maryland on a new path and change Maryland for the better."

A diverse group, each appointee brings a wealth of experience to their new role. Dr. Jim Fielder, former secretary of DLLR, currently serves as Town Administrator of Bel Air, Harford County. He has also served as the deputy secretary of the Department of Business and Economic Development, and has a long record of accomplishment in government, academia, and the private sector. He has served as Vice President, Director, and Chief Development Officer of Business Development in the IT and accounting industries, and has served as Vice President of Finance and Administration at Towson University, as well as Director of Budget, HR, and Analysis at the University of Michigan.

Gail Bassette is President & CEO of TCE, Incorporated, a management consulting firm in Laurel. She has over 25 years of experience in Broadcast Media, Business Development, and Project Management. As a government contractor, Bassette understands the challenges faced by small businesses in doing business with government, and understands the importance of delivering services on time and under budget.

Current secretary of the Department Juvenile Services Sam Abed will reprise his position under the Hogan administration. Abed has served as secretary of DJS since 2011, and has led over 2,000 employees and overseen all services of the agency, including probation, supervision, and the treatment and aftercare of committed youth. Prior to his work in Maryland, Abed served as deputy Director of Operations at the Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice.

Finally, Delegate Kelly Schulz has been a member of the House of Delegates since 2011, representing Frederick County, and has sat on the House Economic Matters Committee. She is a former federal appointee to the Environmental Protection Agency, and has experience in the private sector.

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For more information or to request an interview, contact Hannah Marr at (443) 935-3684

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Authority: Hogan-Rutherford Committee to Change Maryland, John C. Wobensmith, Treasurer.

Pocomoke Area Chamber of Commerce Rescheduled General Membership Luncheon to be held at Hartley Hall

December 18, 2014

Can't make it to New Orleans in early 2015?
Don't fret!

Join us for 
Mardi Gras on Saturday, January 17, 2015!

See flyer below for Pocomoke Area Chamber of Commere's Annual Dinner details!

Upcoming Events
See more at

Downtown Pocomoke Winter

Santa House
Saturday, December 20, 11 AM - 2 PM
In the Mini Park, corner of Clarke Ave & Market Street

Holiday Train Garden
Saturday, December 20, 10 AM - 5 PM
Sunday, December 21, 10 AM - 5 PM
145 Market Street, next to Enchanted Florist

Rescheduled  General Membership Luncheon to be held at Hartley Hall Nursing & Rehabilitation Center 1006 Market Street in Pocomoke City

Wednesday, January 21, 2015 from 12:00 - 1:00 PM

The menu for this event includes:  Fried Seafood Platter, Baked Chicken Breast, Tossed Salad, Baked Potato, Asparagus, Cornbread & Dessert

There is no charge for this luncheon.  You are asked to bring paper goods, canned foods or any non perishable items for the Hartley Hall Senior Housing tenants. This is an independent living apartment complex located behind the Hartley Hall facility.

Spaces are limited!
Please register online or email Deb at pocomokechamber@gmail .com 
Registration Deadline is Monday, January 19, 2015

Please confirm you can attend the luncheon on January 21 even if you already signed up for the December date.  Thanks!

US probe links N. Korea to Sony hacking

WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal investigators have now connected the hacking of Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc. to North Korea, a U.S. official said Wednesday, though it remained unclear how the federal government would respond to a break-in that exposed sensitive documents and ultimately led to terrorist threats against moviegoers.

The official, who said a more formal statement might come soon, spoke on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to openly discuss an ongoing criminal case. A security professional with knowledge of the breach also said investigators had strong circumstantial evidence and technical commonalities pointing to North Korea.

Until Wednesday, the Obama administration had been saying it was not immediately clear who might have been responsible for the computer break-in. North Korea has publicly denied it was involved, though it did issue a statement earlier this month describing the hack as a "righteous deed."

The unidentified hackers had demanded that Sony cancel its release of the movie "The Interview," a comedy that included a gruesome scene depicting the assassination of North Korea's leader. Sony on Wednesday canceled the Dec. 25 release, citing the threats of violence at movie theaters that planned to show the movie, and later said there were no further plans to release the film.

The disclosure about North Korea's involvement came just after Sony hired FireEye Inc.'s Mandiant forensics unit, which last year published a landmark report with evidence accusing a Chinese Army organization, Unit 61398, of hacking into more than 140 companies over the years.

Tracing the origins of hacker break-ins and identities of those responsible is exceedingly difficult and often involves surmise and circumstantial evidence, but Mandiant's work on its highly regarded China investigation provides some clues to its methods.

Investigators typically disassemble any hacking tools left behind at the crime scene and scour them for unique characteristics that might identify who built or deployed them. Hints about origin might include a tool's programming code, how or when it was activated and where in the world it transmitted any stolen materials.

In some cases, investigators will trace break-ins by hackers to "command and control" computers or web servers, and logs in those machines or information in Internet registration records might provide further clues about who is behind the hack. Sometimes, hackers using aliases are identified on social media networks or in chat rooms discussing targets or techniques.

In the Sony breach, investigators first examined the malware, or malicious software, from the cyberattack. That was key because it had many commonalities with pre-existing malware - specifically Operation Troy and DarkSeoul - used in North Korea-linked cyberattacks on South Korean media and its financial institutions in recent years, according to the security professional, who was not authorized to discuss an ongoing investigation and spoke on condition of anonymity.

Security professionals looked at the code structure, the language setting and time zone, and then looked at what infrastructure the malware was using to communicate, the professional said. In the end, a singular IP address in Bolivia seemed to match the server used in the DarkSeoul attack, while two others led to Singapore and Thailand.

Because North Korea is highly controlled in its connection to the outside world, links back to it are almost always to proxies or presumed connections to the country, the security professional said.
Beyond the technical commonalities, the professional said, the circumstantial evidence was strong, including a June declaration by the North Korean foreign ministry that the movie would be considered an "act of war."

It wasn't immediately clear how the U.S. government was preparing to respond to the Sony hack. Bernadette Meehan, National Security Council spokeswoman, said the United States was "considering a range of options."

In May, the Justice Department took the highly unusual step of announcing indictments against five Chinese military officials accused of vast cyberespionage against major American corporations. But months later, none of those defendants has been prosecuted in the United States, illustrating the challenge of using the American criminal justice system against cybercriminals operating in foreign countries.

Jonathan Zittrain, a professor of law and computer science at Harvard University, said Sony was unquestionably facing anger over the breach and the resulting disclosure of thousands of sensitive documents. But the movie studio may be able to mitigate that reaction and potential legal exposure if it's established that North Korea was behind the attack.

"If Sony can characterize this as direct interference by or at the behest of a nation-state, might that somehow earn them the kind of immunity from liability that you might see other companies getting when there's physical terrorism involved, sponsored by a state?" Zittrain said.


TIME MACHINE ... This Sunday's HOLIDAY Edition Preview

1951.. Who's the U.S. future world leader featured in a Christmas cigarette print ad?..view the ad; 1956.. Pocomoke City is collecting gifts for Yule; 1955.. Letters to Santa from The Crisfield Post; 1972.. Maybe someone you know or remember is named in this item about the Christmas Concert by Pocomoke's Salem United Methodist Church; 1950 Ladies Home Journal Christmas ad features the latest Motorola TV's and radios; 1930's-1980's.. Take a journey through pages of popular Christmas Catalogs of the era. 

Although you may not find these items in a history book, they are a part of our local and national history and culture, and you can see and 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!

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Santa arrives in a most unusual way!

Santa Claus arrived in Pocomoke this cloudy Sunday afternoon in a most unusual way!
As the helicopter flew over my house, I sprang to my feet to see all the clatter!  Away to 14th Street I flew like a flash, just to see the jolly old man for myself.
I saw all the children with their rosy red cheeks, standing out in the cold, just for a peek.
Anxious parents accompanying their tots,  just face it, they too, love Santa Claus lots!

It's a bird.  It's a plane. NO!  Look closely children!  It's a helicopter!   Who is that passenger in the red suit and white beard?

Why it is Santa, on loan this afternoon from the blustery North Pole!
Mrs. Claus is smiling as she leads the main man to the chair by the fireplace to visit the children.

Once Santa was inside the Community Center the crowds gathered, lining up patiently.
 Excitement surrounded the crowd as they waited to enter the building.
 Grownups peeked at the beautiful window displays.

 The line of children wove past the train gardens.

Trains are fun for young and old!

Finally the children get to tell Santa about their wish lists for this year.
May all your wishes come true!

TIME MACHINE ... 1968, 1883, 1894, 1908, 1885, 1968, 1916.

"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; it 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)

December, 1968 (Time Machine archive)

A new 1969 Camaro would be given away in a Shop Pocomoke promotion sponsored by the Pocomoke City Businessmen's Association.  Members of the Association were: Bata Shore Store...Burnett White of Pocomoke...W.H. Clarke & Company...City Service Oil Company (C.K. Duncan)...The Democratic Messenger...George's Furniture...Guy's Implement Company... Hancock's Grocery...Lankford & Cutler Hardware...Montgomery Ward Catalog Store...Midway Auto...Miller-Massey Auto...Somers-Kirby Motor Company...Miller's Ladies Shop...Modern Floor Company... J.J.Newberry... Outten Brothers...Pocomoke City Flower Shop...Pocomoke City Pharmacy... Pocomoke Machine & Implement Company...R.E.Powell & Company... Scher's...  Scher's...Schoolfield & Ham...Sears Catalog Store...Sherwin Williams...Silco...Vincent's Jewelers...Webb's Grocery... Western Auto... George E. Young Auto Parts.

 December, 1883 (Time Machine archive)
(Peninsula Enterprise- Accomac)

The "hardware dealers" are making preparations on a large scale to have a fine line of "Guilford trifle" for the holidays.

Footnote.. Wikipedia: Trifle is an English dessert dish made from thick (or often solidified) custard, fruit, sponge cake (often soaked in sherry or other fortified wine), fruit juice or jelly (gelatin in American English), and whippedcream. These ingredients are usually arranged in layers.

December, 1894 (Time Machine archive)
(Peninsula Enterprise- Accomac Court House)


The N. Y. P. & N. R. R. Co., will run an excursion train from Keller station to Pocomoke, next Tuesday, 18th, at regular excursion rates, leaving Keller at 8:10 a. m., Melfa 8:15, Onley 8:22, Tasley 8:28, Parksley 8:39, Bloxom 8:51, Hallwood 9:00, Bloomtown 9:05, Oak Hall 9:10, New Church 9:25, arriving at Pocomoke 4 p. m., giving all who go six hours to visit and examine the large stores which are just loaded with Christmas goods. Special bargains will be offered to all who go. Those wishing Xmas goods will more than make their expenses by taking advantage of this cheap trip.

Footnote:  Assuming 4 p.m. arrival time is an error.  Perhaps 4 p.m.was the departure time from Pocomoke. 

December, 1908

See the big newspaper ad for the many Christmas gift suggestions available at Dickinson's in Pocomoke, "Headquarters For Holiday Shoppers."  

Peninsula Enterprise (Accomac Court House)

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January, 1885
Peninsula Enterprise (Accomac Court House)


White Hotel, Girdletree Hill, Worcester county, Md.

A. I. White, Prop'r

This hotel located on the railroad, recently built, and with rooms large, airy, convenient and newly furnished is now open to the patronage of the public.

Special accommodations provided for those fond of gunning, fishing, &c., on the waters near at hand and charges reasonable.

December, 1968 (Time Machine archive)

Pocomoke City residents were remembering Miss Mildred Schoolfield who passed away at age 65.  Miss Schoolfield served as Pocomoke's town clerk for 30 years until her retirement six months earlier. 

Decorations for Christmas from the 1916 Sears Roebuck Catalog...


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

Flying On For JMMB.
Her Pocomoke Public
Eye postings (April,
2008 to June, 2014)
kept us informed.