Thursday, September 10, 2015

TIME MACHINE ... This Sunday's Preview.

1884.. Real life soap opera: The murder of Pocomoke City's Captain Davis; 1950.. Modern highway opens between Marion and Westover; 1976.. Rotary in Snow Hill and Pocomoke City headed by father and son; 1893.. (Ad) Services of 15 fashionable dressmakers offered by an expanding  Pocomoke business; 1917.. Big news from the Wallops Island area. What's going on?

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Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Police Chief Named..


Pocomoke City Officials Introduce New Police Chief

Posted: Sep 09, 2015 4:45 PM EDT


Pocomoketoberfest is Back! Saturday, September 26th in Cypress Park.

Early Bird Tickets are now availalbe for Pocomoketoberfest through September 18th.

Save $10 on admission! Stop by the Chamber office in Pocomoke or purchase them online:

 Visit for additional information!

Holiday Patrol Results..

Maryland State Police News Release

Troopers Labor Throughout State Yielded Positive Results

(PIKESVILLE, MD) – The Labor Day weekend efforts of the Maryland State Police had a positive effect on reducing crashes and keeping the public safe to enjoy the last holiday of summer.

Preliminary information indicates from September 4 through September 7, 2015, troopers made approximately 8,075 traffic stops.  They issued 5,493 citations and 4,720 warnings.  There were 126 drunk driving arrests and 866 repair orders issued for defective vehicle equipment.

In support of the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign, S.P.I.D.R.E., a full-time drunk driving enforcement team, was out this weekend in areas of Prince George’s County where drunk drivers and drunk driving crashes are known to be prevalent. The team arrested 20 impaired drivers and issued over 120 citations.  Five of those drivers arrested were repeat offenders.

The traffic enforcement efforts of the Maryland State Police led to criminal violations as well.  Troopers made 65 arrests and an additional 75 wanted people were arrested on outstanding criminal warrants.

Troopers assigned to the Southern Maryland and Eastern Shore regions worked the Operation SHOWBOAT initiative and inundated the Route 50 corridor from the Chesapeake Bay to Ocean City.  Operation Millipede enforcement efforts placed troopers along the entire I-95/I-495 corridor from the Delaware to Virginia state lines.  Both operations successfully contributed to highway safety this weekend.  During these initiatives there were no fatal or serious crashes.

The Maryland State Police continue to support the Maryland Highway Safety Office’s ‘Move Toward Zero Deaths’ campaign. These high visibility enforcement efforts reduce the number of aggressive driving motor vehicle crashes in which speed, alcohol and other driving violations are contributing factors to crashes on Maryland roads.  Troopers will continue initiatives throughout the year.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Citizens Help Is Asked.

"If you See Something Say Something"

NRP Officer on patrol during sunset
Maryland's Natural Resources Police
are taking an active role in combating terrorism in the State of Maryland.

You too can help by reporting suspicious activity to law enforcement personnel.

The following could be indicators of potential terrorist activity:
  1. Suspicious attempts to buy or charter vessels using large cash payments.
  2. Vessels operating at night without running lights.
  3. Loading or unloading activity dockside at unusual hours.
  4. Immediate modifications or repairs to vessels demanded without regard to cost.
  5. Communications between a boat and shore by unusual means (lights, flags, etc.).
  6. Vessels riding excessively low in the water.
  7. Improper or false registration numbers.
  8. Suspicious activity around large commercial vessels (freighters, tankers, etc.) including off-loading of persons and packages on to small boats.
  9. Unusual diving activity around vessels, wharfs, bridges, dams, etc.
  10. Abandoned or unattended vessels or vehicles in or near unusual locations or near key facilities or public areas.
  11. Suspicious filming activity near public or key facilities.
  12. The throwing or recovering of items into/onto the waterways or shoreline.

Report Suspicious Activity
Contact Maryland Natural Resources Police
at 800-628-9944
VHF Channel 16
Hail Maryland Natural Resources Police

Sunday, September 6, 2015

TIME MACHINE ... 1993, 1915, 1886, 1936, 1943.

"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)

September, 1993..

The Gettysburg Times (Gettysburg, Pa.) 


Although Ocean City received 2.8 inches of rain from the storm, Emily remained offshore and weakened .


Emily was the fifth named storm, first hurricane, and only major hurricane of the 1993 Atlantic hurricane season. Emily formed on August 22 in the Atlantic Ocean well away from any land areas. Emily moved northwest, and was slow to attain tropical storm status, becoming a tropical storm on August 25. Emily briefly became a hurricane on August 26 as it moved to the southwest. Emily quickly weakened back to a tropical storm, later regained hurricane status, and moved generally west-northwest towards the coast of North Carolina. Emily attained Category 3 status just offshore the Outer Banks of North Carolina before turning east, southeast, and south where it weakened to a tropical storm once again. Emily then moved northeast and east, where it dissipated on September 6.

Emily caused $35,000,000 (1993 USD) in damage and killed 3 people, all directly.

January 1915 (Time Machine archive)

What may have started as a routine overnight boarding for passengers on the Chesapeake Bay steamer "Maryland" from departure points along the Pocomoke River and other lower Eastern Shore locations ended in a harrowing experience. After crossing the bay en route to Baltimore  the steamer caught fire.  Most of the passengers were in their berths at the time.  Some of the frightened passengers donned life belts and jumped into the icy bay waters attempting to swim ashore. Two night liners from Norfolk to Baltimore arrived promptly to offer assistance and other smaller boats soon were on the scene. The steamer carried 76 passengers and a crew of 32.  All were safely accounted for with apparently no serious injuries. The steamer was beached at the mouth of the Magothy River and burned to the water's edge.  In addition to $10,000 loss in cargo the value of passengers' personal possessions was expected to reach a high mark.  The steamer's value was placed at $120,000.

August, 1936
Cumberland Evening Times (Cumberland, Md.)



 Washington.  Aug 25. (AP)-  The bureau of foreign and domestic commerce reported today that the municipality of Pocomoke City had a per capita of retail sales of $699 in 1933, the highest in Maryland and triple that of the national average. 

The average per capita sales for the United States was $204, and for Maryland $236.

Towns over 2500 population in Maryland had per capita sales of $318, while the average per capita for the remainder of the state was $113.

In most of the cities and counties in Maryland the per capita retail sales were shown to be well above the national average of $204.

September, 1886..

Peninsula Enterprise (Accomac)

May, 1943..


Salisbury Times

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