Saturday, March 14, 2015

Some Things Never Change...

This political  cartoon, titled "Early Planting," appeared on the front page of The Sunday Star in Washington, D.C. 100 years ago this date.  If you're a history buff you may know or want to research who the presidential hopefuls were.  For the rest of us it might just be a reminder that as far as presidential politics is concerned, some things never change.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford Launches Heroin And Opioid Emergency Task Force Website

For immediate release:
March 11, 2015
Erin Montgomery
Shareese Churchill

Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford Launches Heroin And Opioid Emergency Task Force Website
ANNAPOLIS, MD – Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford today launched a dedicated section on his official state website for the Maryland Heroin and Opioid Emergency Task Force. The new website comes ahead of the Task Force’s first Regional Summit in Cecil County on Tuesday, March 17.

"The purpose of the website is to provide the public with information on who makes up our task force, the work they are doing, and how Marylanders can get involved with their efforts and participate in our regional summits," said Paul Beatty, spokesman for the Lt. Governor. 

"We will hold a summit in each region of the state. Getting the public's input on this crisis and hearing from people who have been affected by the disease of addiction is vital to the success of our task force."

The Heroin and Opioid Emergency Task Force and the Inter-Agency Heroin and Opioid Coordinating Council were created last month through executive orders signed by Governor Hogan. The governor tasked Lt. Governor Rutherford with the job of bringing together stakeholders to combat the heroin epidemic in Maryland.

The Heroin and Opioid Emergency Task Force is comprised of addiction experts, law enforcement, medical professionals, and government officials.

The Heroin and Opioid Emergency Task Force website can be found at:

Thursday, March 12, 2015

TIME MACHINE ... This Sunday's Preview.

1896.. Dispute over delivery of a telegram leads to a pistol fight in Princess Anne; 1935.. An Eastern Shore February freeze perhaps unequaled;  1981..  Pocomoke City loosing a long-time grocery chain; 1914.. Boring for oil near Ocean City.

1971.. Who's this Orioles pitcher and why did he visit Pocomoke City?

1922.. What's the price of a new Firestone standard non-skid tire?  See the ad.

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

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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Downtown Pocomoke Spring Festival

Presented by the Downtown Pocomoke Association

Live Entertainment, Food & Drink Sales, Sidewalk Vendors, Horse & Pony Rides, Kids Crafts, Sidewalk Chalk Art, Face Painting, Moon Bounce, "Passport to Pocomoke Game", FREE admission to our local museums & much more!

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Join NHTSA's Twitter Chat to spread the word about Tweens and seat belts - March 12

On March 12, join the "Never Give Up Until They Buckle Up” Tween safety campaign



Parenting a tween involves compromise. But here’s one rule that’s not up for debate – the car doesn’t move until everyone is wearing a seat belt. If you say it, and if parents buckle up themselves, your tween will buckle up. And if they don’t, that’s a fight worth having. It might just save your tween’s life.
Over the past 5 years, 1,609 kids ages 8-14 were not wearing seat belts when they died in a crash - one in four were age 14. As children get older they’re less likely to buckle up. Our “Never Give Up Until They Buckle Up” campaign aims to put an end to this trend – but we need your help.
On March 12, NHTSA will hold a Never Give Up Until They Buckle Up Twitter Chat to help spread the word to parents about the need to wear seat belts. During the chat you can question NHTSA experts, engage with your followers, and help ensure that tweens grow up to become young adults and safe drivers. We’ll also have terrific videos, banners, and other tools you can use to spread this lifesaving message far and wide.
Who: NHTSA and Our Team of Experts
What: Tween “Never Give Up Until They Buckle Up” Twitter Chat (follow along at #kidsbuckleup  and #tweens)
When: Thursday, March 12, 3-4pm Eastern
How: Use hashtags #kidsbuckleup and #tweens when the chat is about to start to join in the conversation. Feel free to mention @NHTSAGov in any of your tweets and NHTSA will get back to as many of your questions or comments as they can! Remember to include the hashtags #kidsbuckleup and #tweens in your comments so others can follow the conversation.
Invite your friends and followers to join us and help us spread the important message about tweens and seat belts. Let them know the dangers of failing to wear a seat belt and that parents are an essential part of protecting their kids by insisting on seat belt use at all times and by sending the right message by always wearing seat belts themselves. See you on March 12!
Forward this on to your followers/readers and encourage anyone interested in child safety and vehicle safety to join our conversation on Facebook and Twitter. Doing so will also make it easier for people to keep up to date on the latest vehicle and child seat recalls, and safety campaigns.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Phone Scam Alert!

Pocomoke City Police would like to take a moment to warn all citizens of most recent telephone scams involving people identifying themselves as IRS, Delmarva Power and the Publishers Clearing House. To date the Pocomoke City Police Department has received seven (7) reports for this type of scam! Please read carefully the below information. 

If you receive a phone call from someone claiming to be the IRS, here’s what you should do: 

• If you know you owe taxes or you think you might owe taxes, call the IRS at 1.800.829.1040. The IRS employees at that line can help you with a payment issue, if there really is such an issue.

• If you know you don’t owe taxes or have no reason to think that you owe any taxes (for example, you’ve never received a bill or the caller made some bogus threats as described above), then call and report the incident to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 1.800.366.4484.

• You can file a complaint using the FTC Complaint Assistant; choose “Other” and then “Imposter Scams.” If the complaint involves someone impersonating the IRS, include the words “IRS Telephone Scam” in the notes.
If you receive a phone call from someone claiming to be from Publishers Clearing House, remember:

• If you’re required to wire or pay any amount of money in order to claim a prize, it’s a Publishers Clearing House Scam. PCH sweepstakes are ALWAYS FREE to enter, and there is never any fee associated with winning.

• If you’re asked to load up a Green Dot MoneyPak or other money transfer card, in exchange for claiming your prize, it’s a Publishers Clearing House Scam. Again, PCH will NEVER ask you to pay a cent to collect a prize.

• If someone tries to contact you in advance regarding a prize delivery, it’s a Publishers Clearing House Scam! After all, that would ruin the surprise! For decades, our Prize Patrol has captured the elated reactions of surprised winners and used them in our nationally-televised commercials. You’ll know you’re a big PCH winner if you see the Prize Patrol at your front door holding a “Big Check” with your name on it!

• If someone calls you on the telephone claiming to be from Publishers Clearing House and says you have won, it’s a Publishers Clearing House Scam. Do NOT give them any personal information! As stated above, the Prize Patrol awards all our Big Prizes in person and would never call you to update any personal information in our files.

• If someone claiming to be from Publishers Clearing House tries to send you a friend request on Facebook, it’s a Publishers Clearing House Scam. Even if they are using the name and photo of a prominent PCH employee ―do NOT believe them. Our PCH employees and official PCH Prize Patrol Fan pages will never private message you on Facebook.

Finally, if you receive a call from Delmarva Power requiring you to make a payment on a Green Dot Money Pak Card, NEVER do so. Hang up immediately and contact Delmarva Power at 1-800-375-7117.

Please share this message with all of your friends and neighbors. Pocomoke City Police hopes to raise awareness of this ongoing trend to scam citizens out of their hard earned money. 

Chief Kelvin Sewell
March 10, 2015

Midway Chevrolet Raises Over $11,000 for Women Supporting Women

Midway Chevrolet in Pocomoke hosted its fifth annual "Drive out Breast Cancer" Walk on October 4th. Members of the community gathered to walk the lot in support of breast cancer awareness. Money raised from this event is donated to Women Supporting Women, a local breast cancer organization which offers free services and support to women and men battling breast cancer. Midway raised $11,027.31 at the October walk, which brings a total of $47,000 Midway has donated to Women Supporting Women in the past five years.

For more information, contact Emily Rantz, Director of Community Relations at

Sunday, March 8, 2015

TIME MACHINE ... 2002, 1962, 1885, 1942, 1956.

"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)

June, 2002
Somerset Herald (Princess Anne)


Getting a high school diploma will be tougher for members of the Class of 2006 who become the first wave of county students being measured by a new curriculum policy that requires more academic credits and tougher courses to graduate.

New requirements in math, science and computer application courses along with more rigorous course offerings in core subjects were approved by the county school board last spring. The policy takes effect in the fall with entering ninth graders.

June, 1962
The Salisbury Times

Snow Hill Chapter Plans Gift To Hospital Here

SNOW HILL -  The Snow Hill Chapter of the Junior Auxiliary Board of Peninsula General Hospital is giving the hospital an incubator.

The piece of equipment, to cost $480, is the first gift from the small chapter, which was organized less than four years ago. There are 34 members.

The chapter president, Mrs. Bond Truitt, said the "Womanless Miss America Contest," sponsored by the women in March brought in a net profit of about $600.  

"We were all surprised at such a turn-out for the two nights  the show was staged in the school auditorium," said Mrs. Truitt.

Since the group organized, the main project has been making Pinky, the clown puppet, for the children who are patients at Peninsula General. Since January they have made 600.

Members voted on the incubator at the chapter's June meeting.

A feature of the meeting was the honoring of Mrs. Paul Cooper, the club's first president and instigator of its organization. Mrs. Cooper has now moved from Snow Hill to Baltimore.   

December, 1885
Chicago Daily Tribune



The Only Cure For Consumption.


From The Baltimore "Times"

In addition to the good to be derived from their whiskey for consumption, all wasting diseases and all weak and debilitated conditions, the Duffy Malt Whiskey Company of Baltimore, Md., are furnishing a formula which was prepared for their special use by an eminent German scientist, consisting principally of raw beefsteak, and ingredients which any housekeeper can get and mix, combined with their Pure Malt Whiskey. On the receipt of a two-cent stamp the formula will be sent to all parties using their whiskey, under the seal of  the company.

Mr. A. J. Merrill, editor Ledger, Pocomoke City, Md., writes:  "I have been using the Duffy Malt Whiskey for two years in my family.  I got it originally for a delicate child, then but 3 years old, and which I never expected to be able to raise.  Have given the whiskey to the child ever since, and she is today in the best of health and as hearty as any child of her age. I attribute her present good health entirely to your excellent whiskey. My wife uses it for general debility with good results." 

Footnote: Numerous comments of praise attributed to physicians were also included. For the full story on Walter P. Duffy, see:  False Advertising and the Legacy of Duffy’s Pure Malt Whiskey.

February, 1942 (Time Machine archive)
(The Salisbury Times)


Half Of Rural Homes In Area To Get Electricity

More than 50-percent of approximately 1,200 rural homes and farm buildings on the lower Eastern Shore have been wired for electricity and inspected by the Choptank Cooperative in readiness for REA current to be turned on next Monday.

The three switches at power stations on the Eastern Shore at Salisbury, near Princess Anne, and at Airy in Dorchester County will be turned on according to John Warren of Snow Hill, coordinator of the project for the Choptank Cooperative.

Although houses are wired for the current, the system will not be ready for use for the homes for about ten days or two weeks after the current is officially turned on.  As soon as the homes are wired, the Choptank Cooperative inspects and approves each job.

Maintenance will be done by the cooperative, which has made arrangements to purchase power from the Eastern Shore Public Service Company.

Rights of way were obtained from all subscribers on the power routes by farmers who volunteered their services in the interest of obtaining power for their communities.

A meeting of the cooperative today in Denton was held to elect officers and make final arrangements for bringing the lower shore unit into the cooperative as a completed project of the Rural Electrification Administration. 

November, 1956 (Time Machine archive)

Probably more than a few Pocomoke City residents were planning a visit to Salisbury where 1936 menu prices were being featured during the 20th anniversary celebration at the two English Grills.  Menu specials, including all the trimmings, were 50-cent hotcake and sausage breakfast, 60-cent fried chicken lunch, and for dinner $1.25 breaded veal cutlet or local baked rock fish.

Footnote: Salisbury's original English Grill was located on East Main Street.  By 1956 there was also the English Grill diner on South Salisbury Boulevard. 

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