Showing posts with label Christmas. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Christmas. Show all posts

Wednesday, December 25, 2019


Christmas, 1924 
(Editorial in The Evening Times, Salisbury)

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Christmas in Pocomoke City 50 years ago.

Christmas Season 1969

 Democratic Messenger

Friday, December 7, 2012

"Walk Through Bethlehem" OPENS TONIGHT!

More Reasons To Visit Downtown Pocomoke !


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Pocomoke City – 5 December 2012 – Mayor Bruce Morrison and his wife, Laura, have introduced a new tradition this year to add to the growing list of Christmas festivities in Pocomoke: Christmas river cruises.  It is their intention to capitalize on the area’s greatest asset, the Pocomoke River.  The effort began when they requested the owners of riverfront properties participate by decorating their home for the holidays.

 Bay Queen Cruises will take guests on an evening tour of these homes, via the Pocomoke River.  Cruises require advance reservations and occur at 7:00pm on Thursdays and Fridays throughout December, beginning December 6.  Captain John Riggi and First Mate Mary Ann take guests on a 40-minute tour that includes live Christmas music and hot cocoa along the way. The cost is $10 per person.  Reservations are required and can be made by calling: 443-437-7235 or 410-632-1415.

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On Saturdays throughout December, Santa Claus will visit with children from 11:00am – 1:00pm in his cabin downtown.  Our Santa house sits in the new downtown mini-park, at the corner of Market & Second Streets.  There is no charge.  The Junior Women’s Club of Pocomoke will be offering a picture with Santa for $5.00. 

Folks are encouraged to cross the street to A Second Time Around (125 Market Street), vintage and collectibles shop, for some special treats.


Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Lost Dog Reunited With Family Is 'Christmas Miracle'

WASHINGTON - Andi Vanko starts her mornings with a prayer: "I say, 'Please don't let me see a little stray on the side of the road.'"

Because if Vanko sees one, she'll stop for it.

And that's exactly what happened on Christmas Day.

She, her boyfriend and her mom were in the car driving along Route 140 in Carroll County when she saw it - a little Golden Retriever dashing in and out of traffic.

Vanko and her boyfriend were chatting and laughing while her mom slept in the back seat.

"I started screaming and he says the next thing he knows, we're flying across the turn lane and two lanes of traffic."

Vanko got out of the car and called to the little dog.

"And she came bounding to me and jumped on me like, 'Please! Help me!'" Vanko says.

Vanko hustled the dog into her already-full car, and drove on to her sister's house for Christmas dinner.

When she got there, she explained the situation. Soft hearts seem to run in the family.

Her sister had one question: "Does she bite?" When Vanko told her no, she added "Okay, let's get a leash. Bring her in, we'll feed her."

They checked her collar and found three tags, one with the word "GRREAT" on it.

Vanko thought that was odd.

"I looked at her and I said "GRREAT! What a funny name for you!'"

GRREAT wasn't the dog's name. It was an acronym for Golden Retriever Rescue Education And Training.

A call to the organization was returned quickly: The dog had been microchipped, the GRREAT volunteer was able to crosscheck a database and within hours, the dog's owners were on the way to pick up their wayward pup "Jazzy."

Vanko says a couple from Silver Spring had been in the area for a hike when Jazzy bolted and took off. They had no luck trying to catch her.

Vanko says she could see why. When she stopped to get the dog, two men approached the dog and she initially thought they were the owners. Like, her, they stopped to try to catch the dog, who had been dodging traffic on Route 140 for about 15 minutes when Vanko stopped.

Vanko says that's one reason she says that little prayer each morning.

"For some reason, stray animals have always been drawn to me."

When the dog's owners showed up, Vanko was thrilled for them, but admits she was a bit sad.

She lost her own dog about a year and a half ago and had already given the dog a new name, "Holly."

"She spent the day with us and she was the perfect little creature! And I thought, I hope no one calls me back about this little dog!"

But being able to reunite the dog with her owners was its own reward.

"When she saw her daddy, she was over the moon. And they were so thankful. They gave me a big, big hug. It was like a little Christmas miracle."

GRREAT is a local rescue group that offers all kinds of help and advice to those looking for a dog, and those who feel they have to surrender their dogs. Learn more about the organization by clicking here.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Worst Snow Storm In Over A Century

The worst snow storm to hit the Eastern Shore in December in over a century has passed but the effects are still being felt.

High winds began howling Sunday night just after sun down and continued throughout the day Monday and into Tuesday, reaching gusts as high as 50 mph. These high gusts have created large snow drifts, as the snow was still dry and fluffy.

Road ways were blocked by the snow drifts, and motorists who did not heed warnings of the hazardous conditions have left cars stranded on a slew of roads throughout the Eastern Shore, further blocking roadways.

According to Meteorologist Jon Cash, sun shine and higher temperatures today will begin to melt the snow. This in turn will make the snow more moist, heavy and less likely to be blown by the wind. High temperatures are expected at the end of the week which will likely rid the region of any remnants of the storm by the weekend.

However, motorists are still urged not to travel. Cars which get stuck in snow drifts will further block traffic and create more difficulties for VDOT to clear the roadways.


Saturday, December 25, 2010

Issued by The National Weather Service
Wakefield, VA
7:22 pm EST, Sat., Dec. 25, 2010










Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Christmas Wish To Help Dog Named JAZZ

OCEAN CITY – Worcester County Humane Society (WCHS) has sheltered and cared for a dog whose fight for life deserves for her Christmas wish to be answered.

According to Meggin McKnight of the Worcester County Humane Society, Jazz was left on the shelter’s doorstep a few months ago.
Jazz is the mother of the puppy featured in the beginning of October that was adopted by a family from Baltimore via Facebook.

“She was almost starved to death and was skin and bones with the exception of her swollen belly,” McKnight wrote. “A trip to Dr. Manniaty confirmed that she was indeed pregnant with 15 puppies.”

Out of the 15 puppies, only seven survived.

“They were all quickly adopted but Jazz remained,” she said.

Once the puppies were delivered and adopted, Jazz’s struggle remained.

“We were aware that she had some trauma to her hind legs as there were pins holding her ankles together,” McKnight wrote.

While being spayed, the doctor and staff discovered that her ankle was severely shattered and her hip was dislocated. She eventually stopped using that leg due to the pain. It was determined that she would have to loose that leg.

“We feared that she had bone cancer,” McKnight said. “However, Jazz finally caught a break when the biopsy showed no sign of cancer.”
Jazz’s surgery was a success, according to McKnight, who said, “she gets around almost better than before.”

After everything that Jazz has gone through, she continues to be sweet and loving, all at the shelter agree.

“It is nothing short of amazing,” McKnight said.

Jazz remains in foster care during recovery. Although she receives the proper attention, her follow-up visits to the vet and medication costs are astounding.

“We want to reach out to this amazing community of ours in the hopes that someone could possibly help us with her vet bill,” McKnight wrote.

Call the shelter at 410-213-0146 to help Jazz with her care or to check up on her adoption status. Jazz is also featured on the Worcester County Humane Society Facebook page.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Canned Food Drive

ATLANTIS HOMES of Pocomoke is hosting a canned food drive. All foods collected in the food drive will benefit the Food Bank in Tasley, Virginia.

Please help those that are less fortunate during this year's holiday season by dropping off your canned goods at:

Atlantis Homes of Pocomoke
742 Ocean Highway
Pocomoke City, Maryland

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Pocomoke Samaritan Shelter Fundraiser/Bake Sale

This Christmas season, there will be many less-fortunate people who have nowhere to stay, no songs to sing, no family to be with. The Samaritan Shelter, a non-profit organization which aims to provide shelter to the needy, will be holding a bake sale this Saturday, December 12th at Heart N Home Gift and Country Store, in Pocomoke MD. Please come out and enjoy delicious homemade treats and donate to the Samaritan Shelter as we try to provide for those who do not have family to be with this Christmas season. Also, all purchases made at Heart N Home Country Store and Floors, Décor & More will see a 10% donation to the Samaritan Shelter.

Please come out this Friday and Saturday to Heart-N-Home Gift and Country Store and Floors, Décor & more this Saturday and help the Samaritan Shelter.

This is such a wonderful organization with lots of hard working and caring citizens. Please pass on the spirit of Christmas and giving by attending.

Children's Angel Tree Program

Monday, December 7, 2009


Hey Folks!!!!

Just a reminder..............

There's still time to do your holiday shopping......

There's 19 days before Christmas!!!!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Remember Our Troops During Christmas

Congressman Glenn Nye (VA-02) is launching an effort to make sure our troops are not forgotten this holiday season. OnMonday, Nye invited residents of Hampton Roads and the Eastern Shore to take part in his Holiday Cards for Troops program.

For the next two weeks, Nye will collect holiday cards for injured military personnel who are stationed away from home this holiday season while recovering from their wounds. Nye will then deliver cards to troops at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., and the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, MD.

"The holidays are always a difficult time for our men and women in uniform to be away from their families, but it can be even harder for troops who are away from loved-ones while recovering from an injury," said Congressman Glenn Nye (VA-02), who serves on the House Armed Services Committee and the House Veterans Affairs Committee. "As we send care packages and cards to troops overseas this holiday season, we must also remember the soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines who are
separated from their families while recovering from injuries here in the United States."

Constituents are asked make or purchase a holiday card, write a message of thanks to a service member, and then send or bring the card - unaddressed and with an unsealed envelope - to Congressman Nye's Virginia Beach or Accomac District Offices no later than December 11, 2009. Nye's office will address and seal the envelopes and Nye will deliver them on behalf of the people of the 2nd Congressional District.

Cards may be delivered to:

Office of Congressman Glenn Nye Office of Congressman
Glenn Nye
4772 Euclid Road, Suite E 23386 Front Street
Virginia Beach, VA 23462 Accomac, VA 23301
(757) 326-6201 (757)

To learn more, visit Congressman Nye's website

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Holiday Decoration Contest

WESR and will be hosting a holiday decoration contest this December. We are asking our listeners to submit photographs to of their outdoor decorations. The contest is free to enter, and photographs will be accepted up until December 18th. The week of Christmas, the staff at WESR will select the top eight pictures and create an online poll where you will vote for your favorite. There will be prizes for the top three decorations and the prizes will be provided by Heart N Home Gift and Country Store in Pocomoke, MD. Pictures can be sent to The winners will be announced on Christmas Eve.

If you have any questions, call the staff here at WESR at 787-3200.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Pocomoke City Christmas Parade

The 2009 Date Has Been Set!

On November 30, 2009 (Rain date Dec.2) Pocomoke City will be turned into a magnificent winter wonderland with one of Delmarva's largest nighttime Christmas parades. Always held on the first Monday night after Thanksgiving, the Pocomoke parade has become an Eastern Shore tradition and will attract over 100 units from Maryland, Delaware and Virginia along with thousands of spectators. As part of the tradition, parade night is said to be the "coldest night of the year. Each year the parade features marching bands representing middle and high schools from seven counties in three states.

Also featured will be beautifully decorated and lighted floats entered by schools, civic organizations, churches and commercial enterprises. Clowns, marching units, fire departments, equestrian units, and of course the one and only "Santa Claus" will round out the two-hour event, slated to kick-off at 7:00 pm. sharp. Also as tradition the blowing of the fire siren will signal the starting of the parade. The route will take the parade North on Market Street beginning at 14th Street and ending at the Pocomoke River.

Professional Judges, from the Judges Association, will score entries in 10 different categories. Cash prizes and trophies will be awarded immediately following the event to the top entries in each category. A special thanks to the community of Pocomoke City and Surrounding areas for the recent support given to us to continue this great tradition that has been a part of the town of over 30 years. If you would like to enter the parade please fill out the appropriate judging form on the applications page. If you do not want to be judged but still enter please use the Miscellaneous form.

If you have any questions you can contact Mike Shannon at 410-957-0802 and leave a message with your name, address and telephone number and type of entry, or fill out our contact form in the Contact Us section of this website.

*New for 2009, The Pocomoke City Parade Association is currently seeking new members to join our parade committee. If you are interested please contact us by email ONLY.


Thursday, November 26, 2009

Christmas at Shore Flea Market

Rob & Kay would like to thank you for shopping at Shore Flea Market in Temperanceville, Va. this year. With Christmas and the end of the year coming up Rob & the vendors would like for you to stop in see our new & used items. Below are just some of the indoor vendoors. Open 8am to 4pm Sat. & Sun.
Get your coupon for the free Christmas giveaway at the snackbar.
A 32" color tv or men's 10 speed bike, drawing to be held on 12/20/09 at 3:00pm.
Must be 18 years or older and present to win.

Rob's Snackbar
The best fried chicken on Delmarva, chicken tenders, cheesesteak subs, burgers and fries. Also carrying breakfest items.

C'More Movies & Games
George has movies and games and game systems for adults and kids.

The Hurley's
Carrying jewelry, Native American items, home decor, t-shirts, hats and collector knives.

Shoe Shop
Carrying foot wear and cell phone assy., covers, chargers, cases, and pre-paid cards.

B&S Memories/Varity Shoppe
Designer scented body oils, Avon products, personlized t-shirts, and incense.

Le has new designer jeans and jackets.

It's A Shore Thing Photography & Imaging
Meeting all your photography needs, wedding, portrait, and events. Now doing Christmas portraits.

We all want to wish you a Merry Christmas & Happy Holiday season!!!!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

The Grinch Strikes North Pole (Alaska) Santa Won't Answer Kids' Letters This Year

It's going to be a tough year for parents who will have to explain why neither Santa nor his helpers are going to reply to letters this year.
The little town of North Pole, Alaska, where the thousands of volunteers answer letters addressed to Santa in the North Pole every year, will likely have to shut down their program after the U.S. Postal Service enacted stricter regulations on the national program when a sex offender was discovered among the volunteers in Maryland last year.

Now, Operation Santa volunteers are not allowed access to children's family names and addresses, which have been replaced with codes that match computerized addresses known only to the post office -- leaving it up to individual post offices to decide if they want to go through with the new time-consuming effort of addressing the response letters. And that's an effort that is likely not feasible in Alaska, said Anchorage-based agency spokeswoman Pamela Moody.

People in North Pole, where light posts are oversized candy-canes and streets have names like Kris Kringle Drive and Santa Clause Lane, are angry about the change, comparing the Postal Service to the Grinch who stole Christmas.

North Pole Mayor Doug Isaacson agreed caution is necessary to protect children, but was upset that the longstanding tradition would be ended by a sex offender on the East Coast, and that the North Pole volunteers weren't alerted earlier.

"It's Grinchlike that the Postal Service never informed all the little elves before the fact," he said. "They've been working on this for how long?"

Postal Service Spokeswoman Eva Jackson said the policy is in force to protect kids.

"Perhaps its a sad commentary in this day and age, but we feel we need to err on the side of caution and nothing is more important than making sure the privacy of the children is protected," Jackson said. "The North Pole post office didn't wish to participate in the program and redact the personal information. It's labor intensive and resources are scarce."

While the Operation Santa program will continue in other places with post offices that can deal with the changes, the program that forwarded letters generically addressed to "Santa Claus, North Pole" to the small town will be discontinued unless the town can achieve the feat of making the changes before Christmas.


Holiday Mail for Heroes makes it easy

For the third consecutive year, the Red Cross and Pitney Bowes are joining forces to send seasonal cheer to soldiers, veterans and their families during the holiday season through the Holiday Mail for Heroes program.

Holiday Mail for Heroes makes it easy for all of us to say "Thanks!" and "We're thinking of you!" to these brave Americans, particularly to the millions of soldiers, like my brother-in-law Chris (aka "Sgt. McHottie") and his team, the ODA 7315, who will be overseas and away from our families during the holidays.

Here's how it works:

1. Between now and the cut-off date of Monday, December 7th, you send a card to:
Holiday Mail for Heroes
P.O. Box 5456
Capitol Heights, MD 20791-5456

2. Pitney Bowes screens the cards to make sure they're safe (no hazardous materials) and forwards them to participating Red Cross chapters nationwide.

3. The Red Cross sorts and reviews the cards, and distributes them to service members, their families and veterans

It's so easy you could fit it in with your errands today!

They do have some basic rules:
  • Sign all cards.
  • Address them to "Dear Service Member, Family or Veteran."
  • There's a limit of 15 cards per person or 50 for a school class or business group.
  • Please bundle groups of cards in single, large envelopes.
To keep the program streamlined, safe and consistent, they ask that you not:
  • Send letters.
  • Include personal information such as home or email addresses.
  • Use glitter because it can aggravate the wounds of hurt soldiers.
  • Include inserts of any kind -- they'll be removed in the screening process.

According to the Red Cross, there are over 1.4 million men and women serving in the U.S. armed forces, and over 24 million veterans. This is the perfect way to thank them, and their families, for serving their country, with a holiday greeting!