Saturday, September 19, 2015

Photo Contest..

Amateur photographers..there's still time to submit photos in the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge Annual Pass Photo Contest.

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Friday, September 18, 2015

The Worcester House history?

From a Pocomoke Public Eye reader:

"Not a comment or an opinion but a question that some long time resident of Pocomoke may know. Just over the MD line in VA not far down from the Royal Farms (same side of the highway) is an antique store. I think it is called  the Worcester House. It is a long, low building. On one end is a large walk in fireplace. Does anyone know when this building was built and what was its original purpose?"

Thursday, September 17, 2015

TIME MACHINE ... This Sunday's Preview

1888.. Fire sweeps Pocomoke City business district;  1892.. Virginia's Hog Island then and now; 1959.. Yacht Club queen is chosen;  Circa 1920's-1980's.. recalling the small tobacco shop that, for many decades, was the Eastern Shore's music headquarters for records.

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

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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Beach Cleanup Day..

News Release Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge 


We invite you to join refuge staff and volunteers on Saturday, September 26 th for the Annual Beach Cleanup at the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge. Registration will begin at 8:00 am at the Hebert H. Bateman Educational and Administrative Center parking lot. 

The annual beach cleanup is part of the International Coastal Cleanup sponsored by The Ocean Conservancy and Clean Virginia Waterways. Marine debris is a persistent problem that threatens ocean and coastal health. We all depend on the oceans: for food, recreation, transportation, and even for much of the oxygen we breathe. And we all have a responsibility to care for our oceans and the life they hold. Participating in a beach cleanup is a positive, active way to show you value clean oceans and waterways. You’ll be amazed at what you can accomplish in one day. You’ll be surprised at what you learn about yourself, your neighbors, and your environment. 

Save the date! September 26 th, 2015. We hope you’ll join us. Be sure to bring water, sunscreen, and wear comfortable footwear. Trash bags, gloves, and data sheets will be provided. The first 250 participants will receive a free T-shirt. In celebration of National Public Lands Day, the entrance fee for everyone will be waived.

This year’s beach cleanup is sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management, The National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, The Ocean Conservancy, Clean Virginia Waterways, Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, Chincoteague Natural History Association, Assateague Island National Seashore, Chincoteague Chamber of Commerce, Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company, Town of Chincoteague, and Accomack County. 

For more information contact the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge at 757-336- 6122 or email, or write to the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, P.O. Box 62, Chincoteague, VA 23336.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015


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Sunday, September 13, 2015

TIME MACHINE ... 1884, 1950, 1976, 1917, 1893.

 "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."

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August, 1884..

The Denton Journal

Footnotes: The term "drummer" meant salesman.

When the case was being heard in court in October the sudden death of a juror resulted in postponement of proceedings until a new jury could be be seated.  The case was concluded in November with Mills being sentenced to eight years in prison.

(From a September, 2000 "Yesteryears" column in the Somerset Herald) 

1950 ... The formal opening of the new State road between Marion and Westover, completing a modern highway from Crisfield to Route 13 was scheduled for Saturday, September 2nd, when Governor William Preston Lane, accompanied by a number of newspapermen from the Eastern Shore, would cut the ribbon crossing the highway at the Marion end of the road. The Crisfield American Legion band was scheduled to appear at the opening, along with many citizens, representatives of local organizations and businessmen.

June, 1976 
(The Salisbury Times)

Father And Son To Head Clubs

SNOW HILL-  Father and son will become presidents of their Rotary Clubs at a joint meeting of the Snow Hill and Pocomoke City clubs Wednesday night.

The event will be at the Nassawango Country Club.

William G. Kirbin, Jr., Snow Hill attorney, will become president of that club succeeding Ninnian Beal.

His son, William H. Kirbin, editor of the Worcester County Messenger, will become president of the Pocomoke City club. He will succeed Thomas Ashby.  

July, 1917
Richmond Times-Dispatch

The Wallops Island Oyster Company is the name of a new concern chartered and organized at Chincoteague Island with $7,500 capital stock. The company will plant, grow and catch oysters for the markets.

September, 1893..

Peninsula Enterprise

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