Friday, January 9, 2015

Princess Anne Police unveils Citizen Notification Service

Princess Anne Police unveils Citizen Notification Service
The Town of Princess Anne citizen notification service delivers important and timely emergency and general information to the residents using the latest technology available.

What is Nixle?

The notification service, NIXLE, will alert residents to emergency weather events, road closings, public safety advisories, natural and manmade disasters, and general city information through email and or text messaging.

How Do I Sign Up?

NIXLE is free and is easy to register for through Those who wish to register will need to create an account with a user name and password, enter an email address and/or cell phone number where you would like to receive the messages, and then enter your address. Click the “Sign Me Up” button to complete the registration.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Two of our officers are lucky to be alive

Two of our officers are lucky to be alive this afternoon after a dump truck driver intentionally rammed his truck into two PGPD cruisers, crushing one of them. This occurred at 11:39 am this morning at the Woodmore Shopping Center near Rt. 202 and I-95.The suspect is in custody. Our officers were outside their cruisers at the time.There were no injuries to the officers or the suspect. We are working to determine the suspect’s motive.This incident is still unfolding. You can get the latest at @PGPDNEWS.Prince George's County Police Department

TIME MACHINE ... This Sunday's Preview.

1962.. Billed as ''one of the most important meetings ever to be held in Worcester County;"  1959.. Pocomoke City's "Merrill's Beach;" 1654.. The Maryland Assembly enacts penalty for swearing;  1880's & 1890's.. Ice skating fun on the Eastern Shore of Virginia; 1941..  Pocomoke boys bagged it with their Christmas rifles..what was it? 1958.. A visual reminder from the days of a beloved Maryland sports team.

It's this Sunday right here at The Pocomoke Public Eye!  

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Tuesday, January 6, 2015


Many thanks to the following 
new & renewing
PACC Members!

Affordable Business Systems
Associated Insurance Centers, Inc.
Atlantic General Hospital
Beauchamp Construction
Becker Morgan Group, Inc.
Bel-Art Products, Inc.
Calvin B. Taylor Banking Company
Choptank Electric
Coastal Hospice
Comcast Spotlight
Costen House Museum
Delmarva Media Group, VA/Eastern Shore News
& Chincoteague Beacon
Eastern Shore Lanes
Fairfield Inn & Suites Marriott
First Shore Federal Bank
Hartley Hall Nursing & Rehabilitation Center
Hertrich of Pocomoke
Holloway Funeral Home
Jackspot Restaurant
Jaqueline B. Gordon
Larry Leese & Associates, P.A.
Mar-Va Theater
Market Street Deli
MidAtlantic Farm Credit
Midway Toyota, Inc.
Outten Brothers of Maryland, Inc.
Peninsula Regional Medical Center
Philadelphia Investment Management, Inc.
PKS & Company, P.A.
Pocomoke Animal Hospital
Pocomoke Chiropractic Center
Pocomoke City Volunteer Fire Company, Inc.
Pocomoke Elks Lodge
Pocomoke High School
Pocomoke Primary Care
Ralph D. Welsh, Jr.
Regent Homes by Beracah, LLC
Riverside Grill
Samaritan Ministries, Inc.
Sharp Energy, Inc.
Sysco Eastern Maryland
Tangier Island Cruises, Inc.
The Law Office of Deborah Ullmann, LLC
Three Guys Construction
Tidewater Physical Therapy 
Tri-County Workforce Development Initiative
Tyson Foods, Inc.
WCTG Radio - 96.5 FM
Worcester County Board of Education
Worcester County Commission on Aging
Worcester County Economic Development

Pocomoke City Police Department 2014 End of Year Stats

Pocomoke City Police Department 2014
End of Year Stats

       CRIME          YEAR  2013     ARREST
Murder                  0                  0
          Armed Robbery           3                  2
          Rape                    0                  0        
Assault                 65                 55
          Theft/Wal-Mart          174                96
          Burglary                8                  2

          CRIME          YEAR 2014      ARREST
       Murder                  0                  0
          Armed Robbery           2                  2
          Rape                    0                  0
          Arson                   2                  2
          Assault                 44                 44
          Theft/Wal-Mart          199                184
          Burglary                27                 14**

              **4 arrested responsible for 10 incidents

Arrest    Warrants  Patrol Checks      Foot Patrols
2013/ 498     2013/ 81      2013/ 6,928        2013/ 3,668
2014/ 745      2014/ 99      2014/ 10,435       2014/ 5,791

Assist Other Agencies
2013/  185
2014/  104

1944 --- 2014
This is an interesting use of technology---like traveling back in time! 1944-2014
Left click and hold on each photo, and then drag your mouse gently from  left to right. The  original photograph will be become a photo of the exact same location as viewed today - drag it back to the left and you are back in 1944!
It works both directions

Scroll down for more of the same. Just fascinating!

Sunday, January 4, 2015

TIME MACHINE ... 1828, 1902, 1996, 1959, 1974, circa early 1960's.

"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 archives/historical archives material)

May, 1828

A new weekly newspaper to be published in Princess Anne was to be entitled "The Somerset Iris And Messenger Of Truth." According to the publisher "The proposed periodical will be chiefly devoted to Politics, General Literature, and Morality.  It will review with temperance and candour the effusions of contemperaneous writers, and will apply the laws of criticism, or appropriate reprehension, to every lurking sophistry, insideous deception, and unveied or wanton falsehood."

"The Iris will be printed on a super-royal sheet, with entire new type, at Three Dollars for a whole year, to be satisfied by Two Dollars if paid within thirty days, or Two Dollars and Fifty Cents if paid within six months.  A subscription will be taken for six months after which it will cease upon the order of the subscriber."  

January, 1902
(Peninsula Enterprise- Accomac Court House)

Regardless of the snow storm, dark night and other difficulties in the way, the marriage of Mr. Thomas Chandler, a prosperous young man of upper Accomac, and Miss Margaret Bloxom, the beautiful, and accomplished daughter of Mr. C.W. Bloxom. of Parksley, was solemnized at Zion Baptist Church, Wednesday, Jauuary 20th, 1902.

The bridal party entered the church, beautifully decorated with festoons and arches of evergreen, one arch bearing the letter B and another the letter C, with a large bell suspended from centre of main arch, at 8 o'clock to the strains of Mendelssohns wedding march, skillfully rendered by Mrs. Florence Rew, preceded by the ushers, Harry Gillespie and Woods Garland, James Abbott and Willie Marsh up opposite aisles, followed by four of the bride's little Sunday school scholars, Mary Parks and Sarah Core, Mary Wessells and Sadie Parks, each carrying pink satin ribbon, which reached from the door to the arch in the centre of the church which the little girls attached to the arch with long bows of pink satin ribbon. Next came the bride with maid of honor, Miss Elizabeth Mason, up one aisle and the groom with his best man, Prof. V.S. Deitrick, up the other, and were met at the altar by their pastor, Rev. M. F. Sanford, who gracefully performed the ceremony, while "Eventide" was softly and sweetly played, which made them man and wife. Alter the ceremony, while Lohengrins wedding march was being played and amid showers of rice, the bride and groom retired from the church to the home of the bride's sister, Mrs. W. W. Parks where an elegant supper was served to them and numerous guests with old time Virginia hospitality. 
The presents were numerous and valuable. 

Mr. and Mrs Chandler will be at home to their friends at their beautiful new home at Mappsville which has just been completed, after the 15th of February. 
May long life and happiness attend them. 

November, 1996
The Capital (Annapolis, Md.)

Church bell back after 100 years

Salisbury-  St. Peter's Episcopal Church finally got its bell back- after 108 years.

Several parishioners were on hand Saturday as the 1,500 pound bronze bell was lifted from the tower at the Wicomico County courthouse where it had rested since 1888. 

It was after the fire of 1886 in Salisbury, which burned down the church and 200 buildings, that the bell was lent to the city. Two years later, the bell was installed in the courthouse, and its ownership forgotten.

The most persuasive evidence in finding the bell was noting its inscription, from Isaiah 51:1- "Hearken unto me, ye that follow after righteousness, yet that seek the Lord."

The bell will be refurbished before returning to the church tower.


The bell, which alerted Salisbury citizens to the 1886 fire, is now back home.

December, 1959
The Cumberland News (Cumberland, Md.)


Tawes May OK Island Bridge

BALTIMORE (AP)-  Gov. Tawes indicated Thursday he will approve a proposal for a public authority to construct a bridge between Worcester County and Assateague Island.

Referring to the plan submitted by an executive study commission, the governor said, "I think we'll be able to go along with it."

The commission, headed by Sen. John L. Sanford (D., Worcester), recommended building a $1,217,000 steel and concrete toll bridge reaching 2,800 feet between the Worcester County mainland on the Eastern Shore and the almost barren island, south of Ocean City. The island is now accessible only by boat.

The bridge would be financed through the sale of revenue bonds.

March, 1974
Marylander And Herald (Princess Anne)


Each year the Somerset County Conservation District honors the farm it feels is outstanding in the field of conservation work completed on the farm.

The 1974 Farmer of the Year, John Murray, Mt. Vernon, was this year's selection.

Mr. Murray's conservation program consists of drainage, ponds, cropland rotations, pasture, hayland and woodland improvement.

Circa early 1960's..  

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