Am I the only one tired of the dreary days and the snow?
Thursday, February 25, 2010
Am I the only one tired of the dreary days and the snow?
The House Appropriations Committee in Richmond has announced it will recommend funding be cut in half to the Virginia Arts Commission in FY 2010 and that funding be completely eliminated in FY 2011. This is one of many recommended cuts to the Commonwealth's budget aimed at balancing the $4 billion revenue shortfall.
Theresa Bliss, Attorney in Onancock and Artistic Director of the North Street Playhouse, says that is not a good idea.
"These cuts can really cripple smaller organizations," explains Bliss. "The arts are responsible for jobs and education. With all the cuts to the schools, arts education falls back on these small arts organizations. The North Street Playhouse, along with other organizations on the Shore such as ESO & ACES, hold educational classes year around."
Bliss said many of the funds the North Street Playhouse receives from the Commonwealth are returned to small businesses here on the Shore.
"The arts are not frivolous," said Bliss. "They are invaluable to the life of any healthy community and to dismiss that is blindly short sided."
Bliss estimated that anywhere between six to twelve non-profit arts organizations receive funds from the Virginia Arts Commission for shows and events.
Nick Covatta, President of the Virginia Arts Commission, says the arts provide a direct economic benefit to all communities. Covatta said the Onancock restoration took place in large part due to organizations like the North Street Playhouse and the Art Galleries in town.
"People come into town for a show, then they want to go to dinner," Covatta said. "They'll come to visit for the summer and stay in the B&Bs and go to a show while in town. It's a huge economic driver."
The Virginia Senate voted on their budget today, which took Governor McDonnell's proposal to only cut 10% of the funds to the Virginia Art Commission. The final budget will be reached in reconciliation. Covatta will be traveling to Richmond to speak to the Reconciliation Committee to urge them to not cut the entire Commission.
"I'm optimistic that we'll only lose 10% of our funding, not half of it... I understand the State has to cut $4 billion out of a $12 trillion budget and that's not easy. But you cut things, you don't disband things."
The Virginia Commission for the Arts is the state agency that supports the arts through funding from the VA. General Assembly and Nat'l. Endowment for the Arts. These grant awards are given to artists, arts and other not-for-profit organizations, educational institutions, local goverments and educators, and provides technical assistance for art management.
These monies over the years have enabled Onancock to become the beautiful town that it is and has also given many artists the ability to display their work so beautifully. It has also given the youth of today the opportunity to understand just how important all of the arts and different talents are in our society. The North Street Playhouse and the art galleries are very important for everyone in that area.
Asbury Child Development Center - Closed Thursday
Crisfield Christian Academy - Closed Thursday
Delmar School District - Closed Thursday
Holly Grove Christian School - Closed Thursday
Most Blessed Sacrament Catholic School - Closed Thursday
Somerset County Public Schools - Closed Thursday
St. Francis De Sales School - Closed Thursday
Wicomico County Schools - Closed Thursday
Worcester County Schools - Closed Thursday
Worcester Preparatory School - Closed Thursday
NASA Wallops - Opening at 10a.m. Thursday
PRMC - Infant Care Class cancelled
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
procedure for launching a boat at the ramp. However, he figured it couldn't be that difficult to do, so he stopped by his Union office for advice, and they just told him... "Don't let the trailer get too deep in the water when you're launching your boat".
Well later on, he couldn't understand what they meant by that, as he just could barely get his trailer in the water! Here's a picture worth a "thousand' words! Your gonna love this guy!!! They walk among us, get married, have children and vote! Sticker on back glass explains everything!!!
Hat Tip; Eric
Fire marshals announced new charges in an arson case involving potato chips set on fire in the Pocomoke Walmart.
Officials said Lamar Rashad Watson, 20, of Pocomoke City was charged as an accomplice in the Feb. 11 fire.
Police had already charged Vincent V. Harmon, 20, of Pocomoke City with lighting chips on fire in a store aisle. The ensuing blaze caused about $1 million in damaged food, equipment and merchandise, officials said, and caused the store to close for about two days for cleanup.
Watson was held on $150,000 bond at the Worcester County Jail.
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
I can't eat anymore snow cream! I'm so tired of shoveling snow!!!! And my arms ache from forming snow angels!!!
S N O W ---- another bad 4 letter word......
The space agency said the support contract with the Virginia Space Flight Authority has a potential value of approximately $43 million through May 2014.
The investment is part of an effort to enhance the Atlantic center to successfully launch small and medium class orbital missions for NASA, as well as other federal organizations and commercial launch providers.
Launches are planned in 2011 and 2012 at Wallops.
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SNOW HILL -- Dental records could reveal the identity of a body unearthed on a Snow Hill property as soon as Thursday.
Until then, Worcester County State's Attorney Joel Todd won't confirm rumors that the skeletal remains found on the grounds of a Snow Hill inn are those of missing Delaware woman Christine Sheddy.
"It would be inappropriate to comment on the identification," he said. "I don't know who this is. At this point we're referring to the person as Jane Doe. The Maryland Medical Examiner will have to make that determination."
Sheddy was last seen Nov. 13, 2007, at a residence outside Pocomoke City. The single mother of three was 27 years old when she vanished without a trace, police said. Local groups searched for her with no results, and her story had been featured on the TV show "America's Most Wanted."
The remains were found by investigators Feb. 19 buried on the property of the River House Inn, a bed and breakfast adjacent to a municipal parking lot and the Pocomoke River in downtown Snow Hill. Todd said the discovery came as a total surprise to the couple that owns the inn.
The remains were taken to the state Medical Examiner's Office in Baltimore, where the woman's body will be checked against dental records of known missing persons. Sheddy's dental records will be included among those because she's known to police as a reported missing person.
Members of the Maryland State Police, Worcester County Sheriff's Office, Worcester County Bureau of Investigation and the Worcester State's Attorney's Office were led to the site Feb. 19 as part of a larger investigation, Todd said.
Police said in a statement that the remains were found after several hours of searching. Only a pair of shoes and blue jeans were found with the body. Todd said no clear cause of death was apparent, nor was it clear how long the body had been there.
The whale was a 10-12-foot Pilot whale, and was sick when it died, said the Marine Stranding team. They will do an autopsy (necropsy) on the mammal to determine its cause of death. Dare County police say they are waiting for scientists from Wilmington, N.C., to complete the autopsy (necropsy).
The Marine Stranding team called on ABC Towing in Kitty Hawk to remove the animal from the beach.
Monday, February 22, 2010
Sunday, February 21, 2010
MANASSAS, Va. — A teacher at a high school in Manassas is accused of sex offenses against a 16-year-old former student.
Manassas police say they got information last week about inappropriate conduct between 49-year-old Kevin Ricks of Federalsburg, Md., and a teenage boy. The victim is a former student at Osbourn High School, where Ricks teaches.
Ricks was arrested and charged with carnal knowledge, aggravated sexual battery and two counts of indecent liberties while in a supervisory position.
Police say the sexual contact took place at a Manassas home in December and January. Ricks is being held without bail.Snatched: DelmarvaNow.com
By Odor Eliminator
The Final Chapter
OE is writing the final chapter of Nictitate and the groupies drama. It is with sadness that OE writes this chapter because a beautiful young woman’s life has been taken. The mother of three will never come home to her children and they will have to go on in life knowing that there are bad people out there who do bad things all the while pretending to be a friend. Sadly this is what our world has come to.
Realistically, we all were fairly sure that something terrible had happened to Christine. When we all spent time searching for her, it was remains that we were looking for. Even so, confirmation of our thoughts has cast a sorrowful shadow over everyone.
Along came a spider named Nictitate spinning her web of lies and deceit. She and her 3 ring circus of groupies hanging from her nest spreading their tales have done nothing but dish out a lot of hurt at many people. The accusations have been ruthless and no one was spared any kindness from this bunch. It brings to mind a picture of a pack of wild dogs running unrestrained from attacking anything that moves.
Instead of issuing the many apologies that are owed, once again Nictitate has publicly blamed the Pocomoke Volunteer Fire Company for Christine’s death. As the spokesperson for Christine’s family, she announced that had the PVFD investigated the fires on Byrd Road, Christine would not have been murdered. In Chapter 5 of Odor on Nictitate OE clearly explained who is responsible for investigating fires. OE will say it one more time – The Fire Marshalls Office investigates fires not the VFD’s. PVFD puts out fires and has nothing to do with any investigation of a fire. Got it?
It is beyond OE’s understanding that why, at this time is Nictitate blaming people? She should be grieving along with Christine’s family and should be relieved that Christine has finally been found. Does Nictitate imagine that her statement will bring hoards of press to her as someone “in the know”?
Of course the Pocomoke Tattler has used the blog as a forum to launch political attacks. While they may be right about Mayor McDermott they don’t have the knowledge, manners, or breeding to know that Christine’s murder and the finding of her remains is not something to use as a forum for their ranting of conspiracies. Billy Burke defined the purpose of the blog in a recent post – “ The purpose of the Pocomoke Tattler is to expose corruption & incontinence in the Pocomoke city government”. Is he talking about fecal, urinary, or philosophical incontinence? Check the word out on Wikipedia.
Maybe the owners of the blog should explain why they withheld postings from a person claiming to be JR. In one of those postings this person said that we were “way off” in finding her when we had the big search in March. A conspiracy was launched by the owners when they conspired to withhold evidence. Sources tell OE that the evidence would not have come forth unless a citizen had not informed LE about these posts. Contrary to claims made LE did not tell the owners to withhold the postings. After LE questioned the owners, all of the postings magically appeared on the Pocomoke Tattler.
Accusations of LE persons withholding and tampering with evidence in the Sheddy case has been said and Billy and Stephanie Burke have used Christine as an avenue to spew forth their hatred of authorities in Pocomoke and at people who don’t agree with them or that they don’t like.
It’s clear that Nictitate and her groupies know nothing about what lead LE to finding Christine. No, someone did not have the “cajones to come forward” with information in this case. At this time OE will not say anymore. But OE can say that Nictitate and the groupies had nothing to do with the info that LE received. A piece of advice to Nictitate and her groupies - if you’re going to say something make sure you know what you are talking about.
Some people have not appreciated anything that the people of Pocomoke have done to try and find Christine. OE would like to say “thank you” to all of the many fine people of the City and surrounding area for all of the hard work and time put forth to find Christine and for opening up your arms to welcome her family in their search for her. It has been an exemplary example of how a community can come together for a common cause.
Time will tell all. Unfortunately, Nictitate and her groupies were visited upon all of us and managed to divide people. We have endured. Nictitate and the groupies will be left to go on their way. They will find other victims to feed of off. Unfortunately in their quest for fame they have managed to announce to the world things that could jeopardize the case. Blabbing everything that one knows doesn’t do anything but give information to the accused. How stupid!
OE is glad to be writing this last chapter about Odor on Nictitate and will now tell the meaning of the title – Stink on Blink! From the very beginning this person smelled. The odor of deceit lies heavily around her. One can smell it from a distance and know that this is evil. She launched her lies by pretending to be a new investigator on Christine’s case and started collecting her groupies to launch a rainstorm of untruths and hatred upon us. She was immediately “outed” and her real purpose was exposed – writing a book. This book is what spurred OE’s tale in order to get at the truth instead of allowing Blink to write made up stories. There is something seriously wrong with this person.
The International Seer Society also visited us. Those claiming to “see” where Christine was were nowhere near being correct. While their claims hampered searches for Christine one has to admit that this part of the tale provided much amusement. Who knows, maybe there are people out there who “see” things but OE doesn’t believe that any of those people visited us. Those who did visit us wasted much time and energy in the search for Christine but one can shrug it off and say “oh well” it was all for the cause of trying to find her. We will miss “man with a stick” although misguided in his methods he appeared to be genuine about finding Christine. I imagine that us “inbreeds” will talk about this for a long time!
May Christine rest in peace and may her family find closure to this horrible story. May her children grow up to be strong, healthy, and good people. May those responsible be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law and may they rot in hell. Just remember, the State of Maryland does have the death penalty!
Bye, Bye Blink!
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