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."
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Somerset Herald (Princess Anne)
County, towns try to head
off Y2K computer glitch
By Liz Holland
When the clock strikes midnight on Jan. 1, 2000, some experts are predicting the world could be thrown into chaos due to a glitch that causes computers not to recognize the Year 2000.
The glitch — which affects personal computers and equipment containing computer chips — could affect anything from utilities and the stock market to elevators and heating systems.
But despite what happens in the outside world, Somerset County, Princess Anne and Crisfield officials said they expect to be ready locally.
About nine months ago, the county formed a committee to assess the Year 2000 computer problem, which is commonly called Y2K.
Although the county expects to have all of its equipment Y2K compliant in time, certain things, such as utility service, will still be out of local control. The worst case scenario, the committee decided, would be for a massive
power outage to leave vital services in the dark.
Part of the county's efforts has included making sure those areas have back-up generators to ensure the continuation of police, fire and ambulance services, Adams said. Work on the high-risk areas is currently about 90 percent cornplete, he said.
December, 1941 (Time Machine archive)
A system of guard duty was put into effect to allow Maryland State Guard members to return to their civilian jobs. The armories in Pocomoke City, Crisfield, Salisbury, and Cambridge remained under guard and closed to all public activities. All guard members were under orders to report to their armories each evening for roll call and orders.
Accomac deals with pig pens and Sunday bicycle issues.
April, 1946 (Time Machine archive)
School news reported by students in the "PHS Speaks" column in Pocomoke's Worcester Democrat newspaper included items about a month long competition among home room classes for cleanest rooms...the annual Commercial Day program under the direction of Miss Mary Emily Matthews...an Easter Party being planned by Miss Pearl Bratten's 5th and 6th grade classes...a victory garden project under the direction of Mrs. Wilson...a fried chicken dinner for faculty and Chef Club members, directed by Miss Mable Jones...the organization of an Aviation Club to make model airplanes and collect information about important flights, under the direction of Mrs. Mae Taylor...and the organization of a Camera Club under the direction of Mrs. Cutright.
The Salisbury Times
Pocomoke City Tops Ocean City
Mason Pitches 5-Hit Ball
Pocomoke City ruined the home opener of Ocean City High yesterday afternoon with a 12-1 setback.
Robert Mason hurled a five-hit victory, whifting 12 and walking but two. The big blow of the day was a sixth inning pinch-hit homer by Dennis Lees with two aboard. Dick Bundick and Dick Parsons each laced out two hits apiece.
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