Showing posts with label Eastern Shore. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Eastern Shore. Show all posts

Friday, January 24, 2014

Virginia Symphony To Perform

Hear "Symphony at the Cinema" by the Virginia Symphony, conducted by Benjamin Rous, on Friday, January 31st at 8:00 PM at Nandua High School in Onley.

Presented by The Arts Council of the Eastern Shore and PNC Bank, the orchestra will perform compositions by classical and contemporary masters including selections from "Amadeus," "Empire of the Sun," "Apocolypse Now" and more.

Tickets are available online at and at the Book Bin, Marsh Jewelers, Rayfields Pharmacies and H&H Pharmacies. Tickets are $24 online and at the outlets and $26 at the door.

All student tickets are $5. Tickets and information are available at or 757-302-0366.

Monday, June 17, 2013

The Delmarva Discovery Center Is Seeking Volunteers


BINGO ! To Support Two Great Causes

Thursday, June 20, 2013
18431 Dunne Ave.
bingo, prizes, food, and more
Doors open at 6 pm
Games at 7 pm
Proceeds of this event go to
 Greater Parksley Association
Bring an item for a care package and get one card FREE!

 Games are only a dollar!

Monday, June 10, 2013

PRESTON FORD Celebrates 100 Years In Business!

CONGRATULATIONS!!  To PRESTON FORD for 100 years in business!

Preston, Maryland- The Biggest Little Town in the USA

((Oh, I have to smile...How could this be?  100 years!  Surely it has not been that long ago since my cousins and childhood friends played in that area of  Preston Ford years ago when the dealership was on Main Street.))

Over the weekend Preston Ford threw an enormous community birthday bash to celebrate the 100th anniversary of having a Ford dealership in Preston, Maryland.

Just as the Preston Frog had promised the Preston Ford grounds were transformed into an amusement park/carnival setting with everything to enjoy from rides and games, great foods, LIVE music by  Mikes Hines & The Look and the one and only Kentavius Jones!!!

The weekend closed  with the big bang celebration of fireworks on Saturday night!  


History of Fords being sold in Preston, MD for 100 years (1913-2013)

In the year 1913 Joseph J. Garris opened the first Ford dealer in Preston, MD and it was called Preston Auto Agency.  He eventually built the a new building on Main Street in Preston and that is where it stayed until destroyed by a fire in February of 2000.

 In 1935 Garris sold the Ford Dealership to Mr. M Heber Lane and Frank Brauchle, the name was changed to the Preston Motor Company. In 1975 M. Heber Lane sold the dealership to Frank Showell and Robert MacDonald, the name was changed to Preston Ford Inc.  The current owner of Preston Ford Inc. is Dave Wilson and the dealership has grown to be the Preston Automotive Group selling more than just Fords.

 Although there are other brands sold at the dealership, it all started with Ford and that is what is being celebrated, 100 years of it!


Saturday, June 1, 2013

Locals Appreciation Weekend At Delmarva Discovery Center

Locals Appreciation Weekend
The First Weekend of Every Month
 50% off Admission for Locals!
(Sussex, Worcester, Wicomico, Somerset
 and Accomack Counties)
PLUS  The Delmarva Discovery is now open
7 days a week 10 AM - 4 PM
Don't forget to visit

Monday, April 15, 2013

Antares Rocket Rehearses For Countdown On Wednesday

NASA Photo

On Saturday, Orbital Sciences Corporation conducted a wet dress rehearsal for the Antares rocket in preparation its Test Flight scheduled for later this week on April 17.

 Late in the countdown, at about T-16 minutes, the test was halted because the launch team had detected a technical anomaly in the process. Orbital has determined that a secondary pyro valve aboard one of the two first-stage engines used in the propellant chilldown process was not functioning properly.

 A replacement unit will be installed within 24 hours with the goal of maintaining the April 17 launch date.

To stay updated:

Friday, April 5, 2013

Reminder: PCVFD Community Dinner

The Pocomoke City Vol. Fire Co.  will have their
Community Dinner
 on Sunday, April 7, 2013
12 noon til 4 p.m.
 Prepared by the Ladies Aux. and
Served Family Style by the Firemen at
The Community Center
 (next to the fire station)
 All you Can Eat!
Menu includes:
Chicken & Dumplings <> Roast Beef
 Mashed Potatoes <> Turnip Greens
 Baked Corn <> Pickled Beets <> Cornbread <> Rolls
 Coffee - Tea - Water <> Assorted Cakes
Tickets: In Pocomoke - First Shore Federal,
 PNC Bank, Taylor Bank, Enchanted Florist,
 Country Blossoms.
 Oak Hall - T's Corner
Adults $18 <> 4 to 12 yrs $10 <> under 4 free
Please come out and support
 The Pocomoke City Vol. Fire Co.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Sheriff'sOffice Seeking Suspect Wanted In Shooting

From Accomack County Sheriff Todd Godwin

On Sunday, March 17 at approximately 4:54 pm, the Accomack County Sheriff's Office received a report from the Eastern Shore 911 Center of a subject shot at the Pine Ridge Trailer Park in Melfa. Upon the arrival of Deputies, it was determined that an altercation had occurred between several individuals resulting in multiple gunshots being fired.

 One subject received a gunshot wound and was transported by Melfa Rescue to Riverside Shore Memorial Hospital and later transferred to a Hampton Roads area hospital where he is listed in stable condition.

Through the investigation into this incident, a suspect was identified and warrants were issued against 20 year old Christopher Monfiston of Belle Haven for one count of Malicious Wounding, with additional charges pending.

Assisting with this incident were officers from the Parksley and Onancock Police Departments.

Anyone with information into this incident or the whereabouts of Christopher Monfiston is asked to contact the Accomack County Sheriff's Office at 757-787-1131 or 757-824-5666.


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This photos was taken on Sunday March 16, 2013 in a small community in Accomack County.  It is a photo of a control burn which is completely legal in the county after 4 PM.  Residents must call the nonemergency number to inform Accomack 911 Center that you will be burning.  It's a law that comes into effect in Virginia every February.  This year it should have been thought about sooner.

Saxis Volunteer Fire Company was alerted which resulted in the response of a brush truck followed by their tanker.

Normally this would have been no big deal but with Accomack County working on 71 unsolved arsons since November 12, 2012 IT IS!

Tuesday evening fire units were called to an abandoned structure fire.  The alerted fire departments responded to such fire in the same manner they have always responded only to find that this was a control burn.  Someone had seen flames and called the fire into 911 which in turn alerted the needed stations and sent them scrambling to a fire that did not need their response at all.  Control burn.

What a waste of resources in every capacity!  Our emergency personnel investigator, police officers, and anyone working deeply with this investigation is worn out! 

And this disturbed me greatly. It wasn't the residents fault for calling in a fire.  We have been told repeatedly to report anything suspicious.  And how can anyone consider even striking a match knowing the possibility  that a control burn can become uncontrollable in a matter of seconds.

These are two I am aware of.

However, things changed Wednesday afternoon.  I'm just sorry the change didn't happen sooner.  And shame on ALL the supervisors of Accomack County if you had to wait for your regular meeting to discuss this dire situation.

But it is what it is and I just hope everyone adheres to it because if I see a flame I'll be upset again.

Thank you Sheriff Todd Godwin !

Controlled Burn Ban.

The Accomack County Sheriff's Dept. says this was necessary after a few controlled fires caused already exhausted firefighters to rush out to the fires.

Wednesday - March  20, 2013
ACCOMAC--The Accomack County Board of Supervisors approved a request made by Accomack County Sheriff Todd Godwin to authorize a temporary ban on controlled burns because of the arson spree plaguing the county.
here have been over 70 arsons in Accomack County since November

 Godwin said firefighters already weary from responding to near-nightly arsons were called out needlessly to two controlled burns Tuesday night, one in Painter and another in Poplar Cove.

Passersby reported the fires.

“We are taxing our firefighters now…God bless them, they are worn out,” said Godwin.
The board unanimously approved authorizing a standing committee to implement the ban, similar to what happens during a drought.
The board will reconsider the ban on a month-to-month basis.
 Supervisors agreed to exempt the town of Chincoteague from the ban after Supervisor Wanda Thornton, who represents the island community, said it has a serious issue with pine bark beetles that would make a burn ban a hardship.

“We have to burn them, there’s no other way,” she said of hundreds of affected trees on the island.

 None of the arsons have occurred on Chincoteague.
Godwin said he knows the burn ban will place a burden on area farmers and others, but said the safety of firefighters outweighs those concerns at present.

“I think we’ve got to protect our firefighters and our law enforcement,” he said.
The ban includes all towns in the county with the exception of Chincoteague.
Godwin assured the board, “We are doing everything possible to catch this person or persons” and thanked supervisors for their support.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Arrests Made For Multiple Burglaries

According to Sheriff Todd Godwin, the Accomack County Sheriff's Office has arrested two individuals for multiple burglaries and thefts from area businesses.

Based on the investigation into these incidents and information received by the Accomack County Sheriff's Office, arrests were made for the following in Virginia:

October 18, 2012 burglary and theft from Colonna Industries in Painter

November 19, 2012 burglary and theft from Sturgis Farms in Painter

December 24, 2012 theft from Bundick Well and Pump in Painter
January 11, 2013 theft from Bundick Well and Pump in Painter

January 23, 2013 burglary and theft from Virginia Art Castings in Tasley

January 27, 2013 theft from Turner Sculpture in Melfa.

Jacqueline Hunter, 45 of Melfa, was arrested on February 4, 2013 and charged with 3 counts of Breaking and Entering and 6 counts of Grand Larceny and is incarcerated in the Accomack County Jail with bond denied.

Keisha N. Merritt, 25 of Melfa, was arrested on February 4, 2013 and charged with 3 counts of Breaking and Entering and 5 counts of Grand Larceny and is incarcerated in the Accomack County Jail on a $10,000 bond.

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Weekend Public Programs ~ Delmarva Discovery Center

Interpretation Programs are back!
Starting March 2, every weekend on Saturday and Sunday, the Delmarva Discovery Center will host educational programs for the family!
Saturday's program Critter Corner featuring Diamondback terrapins, including our very own Scorchy! Here is a list of our interpretation programs for March.
Come check us out!

For More Info :  Delmarva Discovery Center
Delmarva Discovery on Facebook

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Riverside Grill Specials For Wednesday

FEBRUARY 27, 2013
 -Turkey & Rice Soup w/ 1/2 roast beef sandwich or side salad 5.99
 -Pear-Mango Salad (spinach, pear, mangoes, candied pecans, feta) 6.99
 -NC Pulled Pork BBQ Sandwich w/ cole slaw and hush puppies 6.99
 -Thai Chili Shrimp Wrap w/ fries 8.99
 Happy Hour 4-7 w/ $1 off appetizers
 @ 8pm
 $5 crab dip
 $5 cosmos
$2 house wines
 $2 Coors light drafts

A Minute With Delegate Mike McDermott- Video

Published on Feb 26, 2013
On February 22nd, the Maryland House of Delegates heard HB 226 - Maryland Offshore Wind Energy Act of 2013 on "third reader." The bill passed 86-48. In this video, Delegate McDermott addresses why he voted against the bill.

Monday Night Fire Continues The Count - 53

The abandoned structure fire on the corner of the Saxis Road and Wessells Farm Road that occurred Monday, February 25, 2013 has been classified by investigators as arson.

This was the third fire in three days. Fire fighters and other emergency personel, along with police and investigators, were busy on Drummondtown Road in Wachapreague on Saturday evening.

Sunday evening another fire in an abandonded structure kept units busy also. These two fires have also been classified as arson.

Monday night's fire is the second fire set in an abandoned building in eight days to be set in the Saxis Road area.  On February 17, 2013 fire was set to an abandoned dwelling in the 29000 block of the same road.


No injuries  within the fire and emergency departements have been reported and it must be said that these brave men and women are doing a remarkable job in protecting properties and lives when they are called on at a moments notice.  They are volunteers that Accomack County residents can be proud of. 

These have been trying times for the residents of Accomack County and I don't suppose any people know that better than the families of the fire/emt/emergency personel, Accomack County Sheriff's Office, the Virginia State Police and all the investigators who have been anxiously seeking an answer to the fires that have plaqued Accomack County since November 12, 2012.

Monday nights fire brings the total of arson to 53.

A reward of up to $25,000 is being offered to anyone who can provide information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for this or any other of the more than 50 arson fires reported since November 13, 2012.

The number to call,text or email is 757-655-1437.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Maryland State Police: REWARD OFFERED


(PRINCESS ANNE, MD) – Crime Solvers is offering a reward of up to $2,000 for information leading to an arrest in the murder of Edmond A. St. Clair, a University of Maryland Eastern Shore student.
Anyone with information relevant to the investigation is asked to call the Crime Solvers tips line at 410-548-1776. Callers may remain anonymous.

Police continue the search for those individuals responsible for the murder of St. Clair, 21, of Severn, Maryland. He was a student who died on February 16, 2013, of injuries sustained when he was assaulted during an apparent altercation on the Somerset County campus.

Three unidentified suspects are being sought by police for the murder of St. Clair, a student at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. The suspects are described only as African American males in their late teens or early twenties.

The preliminary investigation indicates that shortly after 9:00 p.m. on February 16, a campus police officer was parked in her patrol car in the parking lot of the “Pavilion” on College Backbone Road, when a male, later identified as the victim’s brother, came running to her police car and reported his brother had been stabbed. The officer responded to the nearby scene and found the victim lying on the roadside next to his girlfriend’s car

The officer saw the victim had sustained injuries to his upper torso. EMS personnel were summoned to the scene and the victim was transported to the Peninsula Regional Medical Center where he later succumbed to his injuries.

Investigators have learned the victim was apparently a passenger in his girlfriend’s Honda that was being driven by his brother. Another male passenger was in the rear of the vehicle. Neither the victim’s brother nor the other male are students at the university, but both were visiting for the weekend.

According to witnesses interviewed so far, the three were driving through campus when they encountered three or four people walking in the street. Some type of altercation ensued and the victim was stabbed with an unidentified weapon.

Police have no reason at this time to believe this was a random assault. The motive appears to be the result of an argument or ongoing dispute. State Police are continuing to conduct interviews and serve search warrants as the investigation progresses. Anyone who witnessed this crime or has information is urged to contact Maryland State Police at the Princess Anne Barrack at 443-260-3700. Callers may remain anonymous.

University students were warned of the crime through their campus security alert system. Students have been provided a number to call, 410-651-8484, if they have questions or concerns.

The investigation is continuing.

Maryland State Police Press Release

Friday, February 15, 2013

REWARD Increased and HOT LINE Has Been Set UP


The Accomack County Sheriff’s Office is putting forth funds to increase the reward related to the Accomack County arsons. As of Thursday, persons coming forward with information that leads to an arrest and conviction in these cases could be eligible for a reward of up to $25,000.
To notify the Eastern Shore community about the reward increase and a new Accomack County Arson Tip Line number, state police and the sheriff’s office are also distributing and posting new printed fliers throughout the Eastern Shore. Anyone with information about the arsons and/or individual(s) responsible is encouraged to contact law enforcement via a new Tip Line dedicated to these investigations. Text, call or email at 757-655-1437.

“The sheriff’s office and state police have received an overwhelming response from the public with tips and information, but there are still residents out there who know something about the persons involved in setting the fires,” Accomack County Sheriff Todd Godwin said. “I hope the increase in the reward will help persuade these residents to now come forward. These fires must be stopped – for the safety of our property owners, for the safety of our volunteer firefighters, and for the safety and wellbeing of our close-knit community.”

From Nov. 12, 2012, through Feb. 11, 2013, there have been 48 structure and debris fires intentionally set in Accomack County. On Feb. 13, 2013, it was discovered that someone tried to burn down the Leatherbury United Methodist Church in Onancock, Va. The church building suffered only minor damage. No one, to date, has been injured in any of the arsons.

“As we have stated before, state police are aggressively pursuing all leads related to these arsons,” Capt. T.A. Reibel, Commander of the BCI Chesapeake Field Office. “We are also confident, based on the evidence collected at the scenes, that the majority of the arsons are the work of a collaboration of individuals. The information needed to put a stop to these fires and effect an arrest is out there – we just need the right people to text us, call us or email us with what they know.”

Initially, a $5,000 reward was made available through the International Association of Arson Investigators ( The Sheriff’s Office is allocating the additional $20,000.