Monday, January 24, 2011

Vol. Firefighter Named the "Firefighter's Firefighter" To Be Buried Today

Mark Gray Falkenhan was a "firefighter's firefighter," a man driven to battle flames and train others to do so.

When the Baltimore County volunteer ran into a burning apartment building Wednesday in the Hillendale area, he was doing what he always did, using his instincts and his training, looking for cues about the risks he was taking. "Up until those last few moments, Mark did the right thing," said Division Chief Michael W. Robinson, his former boss at the Baltimore County Fire-Rescue Academy, who had known Falkenhan for a quarter-century. "In this case, the risk played itself out."

A 43-year-old volunteer firefighter and father of two boys, Falkenhan died in the fire after sending a "mayday" distress signal, his body found on the building's third floor by a rescue team. Two residents of the Towson Crossing complex were critically injured.

Falkenhan had worked as a career firefighter on the county force for 16 years until 2006, when he joined the U.S. Secret Service, training agents and officers to respond to life-threatening incidents. On occasion, he would accompany the presidential protection team. But in his off hours, he still fought fires as a member of the Lutherville Volunteer Fire Company, whose firehouse was draped Thursday in black-and-purple bunting in his honor.

"He's the fire service version of a Renaissance man," Kyrle Preis III, director of the county's Emergency Medical Services Division, said of Falkenhan, with whom he went through the fire academy, both graduating in 1990. "He's a search-and-rescue guy, tactical rescue, a paramedic, a certified diver, he drove the equipment, he became fire chief of the volunteer force down there in Middle River. He had all these disciplines, and he taught all that as well. You can't think of anything the guy couldn't do."

Three of his fellow firefighters, working on an ambulance behind the station Thursday, declined to comment on what had happened. "We're dealing with a lot of things right now," one of them said.

Mary Catherine Haines, a first cousin to Falkenhan, said at her
Dundalk home that everyone in the family is "in such a state of shock — we just can't believe it." Falkenhan's death was especially disturbing to Haines and her relatives because it occurred only a week after the passing of her own father, William H. Falkenhan Sr., a 91-year-old retired Baltimore County firefighter and Falkenhan's uncle. At the funeral Saturday, Falkenhan served as a pallbearer for his uncle, who had inspired him years ago to become a firefighter.

"At his graduation from the fire academy, Mark gave a speech, and he said he had big boots to fill," Haines recalled. "He followed my dad into the Baltimore County Fire Department and now he's followed him into heaven."
To add to the family's woes, Falkenhan's father-in-law, Edwin Emkey Sr., who was an honorary county fire chief — a title seldom awarded, according to Robinson — died just last month. He was given a funeral with full firefighter's honors.

Having attended that event, Falkenhan's 14-year-old son, Christian — the other son is 5 — told Haines that he "couldn't handle another funeral so soon" and declined to go to William Falkenhan's last week. Now that the boy's own father is dead, Haines said, "I can't even imagine what he must be feeling."

Haines remembered the day Falkenhan proposed to his future wife, Gladys — Emkey's daughter — on the beach in
Ocean City, during a Firefighters' Week outing: "There was a big crowd of us, maybe 25 people, from his natural family and his firefighters' family, leaning over the railing. We were all screaming to Gladys, 'Say yes! Say yes!' "

Falkenhan is survived by his father, Casper Falkenhan, who is 85, and two siblings. His mother died several year ago, Haines said.

In memory of Falkenhan,
Gov. Martin O'Malley ordered that state and U.S. flags be flown at half-staff until sunset Monday, the day of his funeral. The county Fire Department's commendations board posthumously awarded its Medal of Honor to Falkenhan, for action "above and beyond the call of duty, at the grave risk of personally being killed or seriously injured." The board also awarded Falkenhan a Purple Heart, given to members "who, in the course of firefighting, rescue or emergency operations, receive a grievous or life-threatening injury, through no fault of their own."

Viewings will be from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Ruhl Armory, 1035 York Road in Towson. A funeral will take place 11 a.m. Monday at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, 5200 N. Charles St. in Baltimore. Interment will follow at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens.

Girl With Local Ties On 'Live To Dance' This Week

Nine year old Ava Landis of Cape May, New Jersey will be competing in CBS new reality competition series, Live to Dance, this Wednesday night. Landis is the great-granddaughter of Gladys Marsh, the granddaughter of the late Van Marsh and the niece of Tracy Marsh and Crystal Hart, all of Onancock.

America will have the opportunity to call in votes for Landis dance group, Shore Thing at the end of the show. Landis also competed in last seasons Americas Got Talent, where her group, The Pixie Six made it to the semi-finals.
The show airs on Wednesday, January 26th at 8:00 p.m. on CBS so be sure to tune and cast your vote for the
Shore Thing.
by: Linda Baylis Spense

"Celebrate Chocolate" Theme At Krispy Kreme

Watch out, donuts lovers of the world. Krispy Kreme, that iconic, yummy scented denizen of the South, has unveiled a new treat. Called the Dark Chocolate Kreme Doughnut, the signature yeast raised doughnut is filled with a rich dark chocolate cream and hand dipped in dark chocolate frosting. It is then drizzled with more chocolate. The doughnut is available for a limited time and will be out of their shops by February 14.

In conjunction with their “Celebrate Chocolate” theme, Krispy Kreme pairs the Dark Chocolate doughnut with their European Dark Hot Chocolate. The hot chocolate is topped with whipped cream and a chocolate drizzle. Be careful, though – this combination may be delicious, warm and filling during the brutal weather we’ve been experiencing this winter, but it’s deadly to your diet.

The Dark Chocolate Doughnut has 360 calories, 22 grams of fat and 40 grams of carbohydrates. A 16 ounce Hot Chocolate contains 320 calories, 8 grams of fat and 85 grams of carbohydrates. If you choose this afternoon snack, you’ll need to spend more than 3 hours walking at a brisk pace or play racquetball for more than an hour and a half to counteract it.

Jacl LaLanne Dies

MORRO BAY -- Jack LaLanne, the fitness guru who inspired television viewers to trim down and pump iron for decades before exercise became a national obsession, died Sunday. He was 96.

LaLanne died of respiratory failure due to pneumonia Sunday afternoon at his home in Morro Bay on California's central coast, his longtime agent Rick Hersh said.

Lalanne ate healthy and exercised every day of his life up until the end, Hersh said.

"I have not only lost my husband and a great American icon, but the best friend and most loving partner anyone could ever hope for," Elaine LaLanne, Lalanne's wife of 51 years and a frequent partner in his television appearances, said in a written statement.

LaLanne credited a sudden interest in fitness with transforming his life as a teen, and he worked tirelessly over the next eight decades to transform others' lives, too.

"The only way you can hurt the body is not use it," LaLanne said. "Inactivity is the killer and, remember, it's never too late." His workout show was a television staple from the 1950s to the '70s. LaLanne and his dog Happy encouraged kids to wake their mothers and drag them in front of the television set. He developed exercises that used no special equipment, just a chair and a towel.

He also founded a chain of fitness studios that bore his name and in recent years touted the value of raw fruit and vegetables as he helped market a machine called Jack LaLanne's Power Juicer.

Just before he had heart valve surgery in 2009 at age 95, Jack Lalanne told his family that dying would wreck his image, his publicist Ariel Hankin said at the time.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, Dan and Jon, and a daughter, Yvonne.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

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The Old Suit

His words don’t come easy, they’re real hard to find
His clothes they are tethered, his smile it is kind

His hands they are callused and wrinkled from age
His brow is sun weathered but he never complains

He’s as gentle as a new born asleep in the night
If he thinks he’s threatened, prepare for a fight

When Sunday comes round, the old suit he adorns
The same worn out suit from decades before

His family they sit at the table and pray
They give thanks for the food they are eating today

Tomorrow he’ll leave for another day’s wages
And repeat the same thing he’s been doing for ages

His life like it’s scripted from out of a book
He goes with a smile and no second look

But this day he’s late, then comes the phone
Momma is crying he’s not coming home

I remember so well the day he went away
I still have that suit and I wear it Sunday

The funny thing is that I have to say
That tethered old suit starting looking brand new that day

The History Of Pocomoke By Murray James (24)

Well it looks like one or two more post after this one will finish this book.

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There is only one incident of his life which I wish to mention and that is the circumstance of his conversion It was brought about by a dream, He was already under deep conviction for sin. He had no rest day or night and seemingly could find none. While in this condition he dreamed that he was down a deep well ; how he got there he could not tell. In contemplating his condition, he saw no way of his escape. He seemed hopelessly lost. In casting his eyes upward he saw a star, about which there was peculiar attraction. While looking at it he discovered himself rising out of the well. It was such a strange phenomenon he could not understand it ; and in looking" down the well, that moment he fell to the bottom. How- ever, in looking up again he saw the same star, and while looking at it, he discovered that he was rising again this time higher; but some how or other he took his eyes off the star, and down he fell to the bottom again.

In this sad condition he concluded there must be some power in that star to bring him out of the well, and if he could but see that star once more, he never would take his eyes ofT of it until he would be out of the well. Fortunately, again he saw the same star. He fixed his eyes upon it, and he felt that he was rising, but he would not take "his eyes off of it until he found himself entirely out of the well. At that moment he awoke out of sleep and concluded that that dream was from God, and was intended to point him to the Day Star from on high. He made the application and found Jesus without further trouble. He was converted immediately and awoke the family, and there was a great shout that night.

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  The incredulous may say, oh, pshaw; that was only a dream. It was a dream, that is true, but it was more than a dream in the commom acceptation of that term. It was the instrumentality which the Holy One used to save his soul. Lorenzo Dow preached in New Town in 1805, to about 2000 people, assembled from all the country around, and at night he preached at Rev. Jas. Tilghman's house. After he had conducted the preliminary services and had read out the text, Captain Harry Long came into the congregation and after he had taken his seat, Lorenzo said, "Captain my text is "Pray without ceasing and in every thing give thanks." The fact of his giving Capt. Long his title, without having any previous knowledge of him, produced a wonderful thinking in the minds of the audience ; for they had previously heard that Lorenzo could foretell future events, and was a discerner of spirits.

There are only two incidents in the life of Lorenzo that I will here mention. The first is his courtship and marriage. On a certain preaching tour, he made the acquaintance of the lady whom he afterwards married. The courtship is as follows : he said to her' " I think you will suit me for a wife, and as I am going to such and such places to preach, and shall be gone such a length of time, you can think the matter over, and if you think you would like me for a husband, when I return we will get married.

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But, one thing must be clearly understood, and that is, you must never get in my way in preaching the gospel, for if you do I shall pray to the Lord to take you out of the way and I believe he will do it, and upon his return they got married. The second incident is the tin horn story, which is as follows : He was going to fill an appointment which he had made, probably a year before. When he was nearing the place where he had to preach, he over-took a colored boy with a tin horn ; he asked him his name, the boy said his name was Gabriel. Lorenzo said to him : "I am going to such a place to preach to-day, and if you will go there and climb up into a tall pine tree, and remain there silent until I call for Gabriel to blow the trumpet, then if you will blow one of your loudest blasts, I will give you a dollar." The bargain was made, and Lorenzo commenced the services and took his text, which embraced the idea of the Resurrection and the general Judgment.

As he proceeded, in unfolding the awful truths contained in the text, in graphic style, holding his large audience, which was assembled in the grove, spell-bound, and as all eyes were upon him while contemplating the sublime majesty of Christ's coming in the clouds of heaven with ten thousands of His saints to judge the world. When he had reach the climax, and had Gabriel standing one foot upon the sea and the other on the dry land, with his long silver trumpet, he called aloud for Gabriel to blow, at that moment, Gabriel in the pine tree, blew the tin horn.

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The scene as portrayed by eye witnesses was indescribable, The people were in utter consternation, some falling to the ground and crying for mercy, while others were shouting salvation, in the immediate prospect of standing before the Throne, and the horses were squealing and prancing. Finally the congregation discovered the boy in the pine tree and became composed. When Lorenzo then said, if the blowing of a tin horn by a little black boy in the top of a pine tree could produce such an effect, what would they do when the great day comes ?

206 History of Pooomoke City, CHAPTER XXXII. CHURCHES (CONTINUED.) 

But to return to the subject of the church at New Town, I have already said, the house was built in 1808, on the site of the present one. Its dimensions were 30 by 32 feet. It had three galleries, two side and one end gallery. Its pulpit was of the old style of the Episcopal Church pulpits. At first, its benches were thick planks, laid on blocks of wood ; but in process of time it had benches with backs to lean against. The church had three doors, one side door leading out into the grave yard, and two end doors ; one for the white people to enter the church, and the other one for the colored people to go up into the galleries. There were eleven windows in the church, seven below and four above, those below were one-half sash and glass, the other half were wooden slides, and those above were all wooden slides. There was one old style box stove in it, which was given to the church by Miss Rosa B. Schoolfield, after-wards, Mrs. Rosa B. Quinn, wife of Rev. William Quinn.

The church was neither lathed nor plastered for thirty years. In its erection, some gave lumber, some work and others money. I have seen the old subscription book for the erection of the church, and in looking it over my heart has been cheered in reading the name of Michael Murray, my father as a subscriber to build the Methodist Episcopal Church in New Town, he being a Roman Catholic.

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 The reader will remember, that according to the limits given to New Town, that this church was in the suburbs. After it was ready for divine service, the appointments at the private houses were abandoned, and preaching was held every two weeks at the church. Of this church, Bishop Asbury, thus speaks in his journal, under date of April nth, 1810 : "I preached at New Town ; we were crowded. This is a flourishing little place, and we have a beautilul little chapel." As this was the only house of worship in the place for several miles around, great assemblages of people would attend divine service, especially on quarterly meeting occasions.

The church would be crowded to its utmost capacity and more people outside listening and looking in through the windows and doors than were in the house, and the thickets in the neighborhood of the church would be full of horses hitched. At such times the Presiding Elder would preach. In the order of time there were such men as Dr. Chandler, Lawrence Lawrenson and Henry White. These •men had great pulpit power. The subject selected would •be one of the most lelicitous in the Gospels. As the minister would proceed and be in his happiest mood and tired .with his subject, responses of loud aniens and hallelujahs would be heard in the congregation, and especially in the amen corner.

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Before the services closed strongmen, who did not make any profession of religion, would be bathed in tears, and others crying for mercy, while Christians were shouting salvation, and the whole scene would impress the thought of the shout of the King in the camp of Israel. The first class was formed about 1790 or shortly afterwards. The names that were enrolled upon that first class-book were as follows : Littleton Long and wife, Win . Melvin and wife, William Merrill and wife, Geo. Houston and wife, Rosa Merrill. Avra Melvin, Joshua Sturgis and wife, Nancy Sturgis, Levin Mills, Polly Blades, Samuel Blades and wife-, Susan Ward. James Tilghman and wife,. Nancy Blades, Hannah Benson, Joseph Young and wife, James Dickinson, Sr., and wife. Jemima Henderson, Ibba Chapman and Nathan Milbourn. These names are very dear to many who are still living: in Pocomoke City. During the year 1800, Avra Melvin was licensed to- preach, and in 180S. James Tilghman was licensed to preach and shortly afterward, he was ordained a deacon. A little incident in relation to Mr. Tilghman is here inserted.

Shortly after his ordination, he was called upon to marry a couple in the country. It was his first attempt, and while he was on his way thitherward, he stepped a side from the road into the woods and selecting two trees representing the parties before him, he went through the ceremony, after which he went on his way to the place of destination and united the parties, applying.. in marriage.

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  Rev. James Tilghman was the father of Mrs. Mary Cottingham of Snow Hill, Md., he died in 1816, aged 34 years. His tombstone is still standing in the Methodist Episcopal Church burying ground of Pocomoke City and bears the above date. In reviewing the religious condition of New Town, as late as 1820, it may be of interest to notice its denomina- tional status. There were only two Presbyterian families in the place. There were no Baptists here then. There was one old lady by the name of Elizabeth Matthews, who was a member of the Protestant Episcopal Church at Dividing Creek ; this old lady would be seen on Sunday morning wending her way to Dividing Creek, to church.

A little humorous story is here recorded about Aunt Betty, that was the name we used to call her by. Aunt Betty used to raise geese. At the usual time of picking the feathers off the geese, she picked the down also off both geese and goslins. There came a sharp snap of cold weather the night following, and next morning Aunt Betty's geese and goslins were all dead. She went over to the neighbour's to make her tale of sorrow known.

Said she in a whining tone, "child, what do you think ? I picked my geese yesterday, and today they are all dead." After telling how she picked them, the lady remarked: "Ah ! Aunt Betty that is the way, crave all and loose all."

There was another family in the town which was Roman Catholic, that family was my father's. He was educated a Roman Catholic in Ireland, his native country. My mother was raised a Methodist.

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I am happy to say, how- ever, though my father was a Roman Catholic, yet he was a liberal one, for he helped to build the Methodist Episcopal Church in New Town, and had his children baptized by Protestant ministers. He would hold family prayers on Sunday mornings, and teach his children the duty of private prayer. The prayers that he used to teach us, would be the Lord's prayer ; the Apostle's Creed, the salutation and invocation to the Holy Virgin, Mary, etc. All others in the town who professed Christianity, were Methodists, and there was a goodly number of them too.

In the early history of Methodism in Xew Town, putting up places for the preachers would be scarce. The members of the church were, almost without an exception, poor and had no accommodations for the preacher and his horse. As a general thing there was not more than one place at which they could stop and find entertainment. The preacher in charge lived in Snow Hill and the assistant preacher lived with the several Methodist families on the circuit. They would come here on Saturday after- noon, stay until after dinner on Sabbath, and then go to their afternoon appointments. This condition of things existed as late as the writer's own personal knowledge, and foremost among those who bore the burden and stood by the Church in its low estate was Jesse Long, who not only entertained the preachers, but would bear the greater part, if not all of the expenses of light and fuel for the church. He would collect the quarterage money, and go out among the citizens of the town and ask contributions for the support of the preacher.

Formerly New Town. 211 

 He was the mainstay of the church in New Town until he died, which event took place in 1845. He was buried in the Methodist Episcopal Church burying-ground in New Town, at the age of 52 years, as his tombstone bears the above date. In the early history of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and as late as the writer's own personal knowledge, the amount of quarterage paid to the preachers by the church in New Town was fifteen dollars and twenty-five cents per quarter, or sixty one dollars per year, and as this was the only church in the place, until 1832, the amount of money paid for the support of the gospel, by New Town, was sixty one dollars per year. About the year 1835, accessions were made to the church, which was the result of revival meetings, among others was the Rev. John D. Long, who was a young man of prominence. His father and mother died before he reached his majority, and upon him devolved the responsible task of taking care of two sisters and a brother younger than himself. At this time he was merchandising at Steven's Ferry in Somerset County, on the lot of ground where the Phosphate factory now stands. After conducting this business until about 1837, he gave it up and commenced teaching school in Nassawaddux, at Williams' school-house, where he continued until the close of 1838. In the spring of 1839, he joined the Philadelphia Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Subsequently he married Miss Sarah Caulk of New Castle County, Delaware; a young lady of fine intellect and culture, by whom he has four sons, all grown men.

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  Mr. Long was always delicate in health, and had been in the traveling ministry only about nine years, when his health was so broken down that he was compelled to take a superannuated relation. In that capacity he has remained until the present time. During the intervening years he became the author of a book called "Pictures of Slavery." For sixteen years he was missionary of Bedford Street Mission in Philadelphia. That position he resigned in April, 1882, and in order to show the value of his services and the esteem in which he was held during that long time of service, I will here insert an appreciative resolution by the Board of Managers of that institution, which was unanimously adopted. "The Rev. Mr. Long having tendered his resignation as superintendent of the mission, a position he has held for the past sixteen years, the Board of Managers hereby accept it. They do so, however, with sincere regret, as well for the separation it involves as for the cause (Mr. Long's increasing bodily weakness) that compels it. And they would place on record, in connecting with their action, the expression of their high regard and thanks to Mr. Long for his uniformly wise and faithful administration of the mission during his long term of service in it; for his personal worth, which secured for it so largely the confidence and support of our citizens; for his consistent life and just and kindly course towards all with whom his work brought him in contact, by which he won their affection and respect, and (as the result of all) for the good name in the possession of which he now leaves the mission.

Formerly New Town. 213 

They earnestly wish for him all possible benefit from the rest he has well earned and which he so much needs, and hope he may be long spared to enjoy it." The above resolution I copy from the Philadelphia Evening Bulletin of Saturday, February nth, 1882. This resolution of the Board of Bedford Street Mission is eulogy enough, but I will add that I have known him from his infancy, and most intimately for forty-five years, and I must say that he has the highest sense of moral rectitude and is one of the most conscientiously just men I have known. He, now in all probability, has done his last work, and has returned to this his native place to rest.

NEXT: 214 History of Pocomoke City.

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Tracking Snow.......Again.

More and more signs are pointing toward a major storm along much of the Atlantic Seaboard next week, meaning a wind-whipped snow for some areas and wind-driven rain for others.

The storm could rank right up there with the Christmas Weekend Blizzard and could hit part of the same area, or different areas farther inland. No matter what, it looks like a "big deal."

While the storm will have its nasty moments over the Rockies, Plains and part of the Midwest this weekend into early next week, it will be at its worst along the Atlantic Seaboard, where it is forecast to markedly strengthen. Arctic air building into the Northeast will also be a major factor in the big storm that will unfold.

More and more signs are pointing toward a major storm along much of the Atlantic Seaboard next week, meaning a wind-whipped snow for some areas and wind-driven rain for others.

The storm could rank right up there with the Christmas Weekend Blizzard and could hit part of the same area, or different areas farther inland. No matter what, it looks like a "big deal."

While the storm will have its nasty moments over the Rockies, Plains and part of the Midwest this weekend into early next week, it will be at its worst along the Atlantic Seaboard, where it is forecast to markedly strengthen. Arctic air building into the Northeast will also be a major factor in the big storm that will unfold.

Storm Track(s)

The key for what the weather will be in your area is the exact track of the storm.

A track along or just inland of the coast would bring rain over the eastern Carolinas and even a wintry mix into the I-95 corridor of the mid-Atlantic. This track would dump heavy snow, perhaps on the order of 1 to 2 feet, over the Appalachians. Snowfall rates would be intense with perhaps 1 to 3 inches per hour.

A track just off the coast would bring the heaviest snow to the I-95 cities and the beaches, as we have seen before, thus sparing the Appalachians the worst.

It is also possible the storm could swing out off the southern Atlantic coast, then hook back in over the Northeast with a more complex precipitation pattern.

No matter which way the storm tracks, it looks like big trouble for the Atlantic Seaboard next week, not only for the U.S., but all the way to Atlantic Canada.

Worcester County District Court

The following cases were heard in Worcester County District Court in Snow Hill by Judge Gerald V. Purnell on Jan. 7 and Jan. 11.

Patricia Jean Celmer, 26, of the 10000 block of Pin Oak Drive, Berlin, was charged with theft of less than $100 and theft of less than $100. The verdict was probation before judgment for the first charge. Nol pros was entered for the second charge.

Elizabeth Yvonne Jean, 19, of the 75000 block of Baringer Drive, California, Md., was charged with possession of intoxicating beverage under 21 years of age. Nol pros was entered.

Kennth Walkefield Davis Jr., 72, of the 900 block of Waterview Drive, Crownsville, Md., was charged with theft of less than $100. Nol pros was entered.

Denise Michelle Williams, 41, of the 11000 block of Back Creek Road, Bishopville, was charged with two counts of fraud -- per identification info theft, forgery -- private documents and theft of less than $1,000 value. For all charges, the verdict was not guilty.

Daniel A. Savage, 33, of the 7000 block of Tull Street, New Church, Va., was charged with violating exparte/protective order. The charge was placed on the stet docket.

Van Eugene Byrd, 57, whose last known address was the 400 block of Bank Street, Pocomoke City, was charged with robbery, theft of $500 plus value, assault second degree, sex offense fourth degree and two counts of malicious destruction of property valued at more than $500. For all charges, the verdict was abated by death.

Whitney Nicole Smith, 22, of the 500 block of Bay Street, Berlin, was charged with assault second degree. The verdict was not guilty.

Taneka Brittingham, no date of birth listed, of the 100 block of Branch Street, Berlin, was charged with assault second degree. The verdict was not guilty.

Mark James Bell, 47, of the 11000 block of Back Creek Road, Bishopville, was charged with assault second degree and reckless endangerment. The verdict was not guilty for both charges.

Kimberly Joy Hinkley, 44, of the 11000 block of Back Creek Road, Bishopville, was charged with assault second degree and reckless endangerment. The verdict was not guilty for both charges.

Bucky Ray Reed Jr., 19, of the 7000 block of Old Ocean City Road, Whaleyville, was charged with possession of marijuana. The charge was placed on the stet docket.

Jeff Murgatroyd, no date of birth listed, of the 50 block of Castle Drive, Berlin, was charged with acting as contractor without license and failure to perform contract. Nol pros was entered for both charges.

Sergio Adrian Fuentes, 23, of the 500 block of Monticello Avenue, Salisbury, was charged with assault second degree and false statement to officer. Nol pros was entered for both charges.

Paul Somers, 34, of the 6000 block of George Island Landing Road, Stockton, was charged with assault second degree, malicious destruction of property valued at less than $500, dangerous weapon with intent to injure, handgun in vehicle and reckless endangerment. Nol pros was entered for all charges.

Eric Michael Lawbaugh, 20, of the 300 block of Bay Avenue, Prince Frederick, Md., was charged with possession of alcoholic beverage under 21. Nol pros was entered.

Eric Michael Lawbaugh, 20, of the 300 block of Bay Avenue, Prince Frederick, Md., was charged with possession of controlled dangerous substance -- not marijuana, controlled dangerous substance remove/alter required label, driving at speed exceeding the limit at 83 mph in a 55 mph zone, attempt by driver to elude uniformed police by means other than failure to stop and fleeing on foot, attempt by driver to elude uniformed police by failing to stop, attempt by driver to elude police in official police vehicle by failing to stop, driving on revoked license and privilege, reckless driving, negligent driving, failure to obey properly placed traffic control device instructions and driving at speed exceeding limit at 106 mph in a 55 mph zone. Nol pros was entered for all but the first and seventh charges. The verdict was guilty for the first charge and merged for the seventh charge.

Labronte Lamont Lewis, 19, of the 600 block of Hammond Street, Salisbury, was charged with two counts of theft of less than $100, resist/interfere with arrest, assault second degree and theft of less than $100. The verdict was probation before judgment for the first charge and merged for the third charge. Nol pros was entered for all other charges.

Benjamin Eley Travis, 42, of the 11000 block of Newport Bay Drive, Berlin, was charged with bad check/pass/stop pay $500 and up and theft of $1,000 to under $10,000. Nol pros was entered for both charges.

Julian Andres Bautist Carreno, 28, of the 10000 block of Keyser Point Road, Ocean City, was charged with burglary fourth degree. The verdict was probation before judgment.

Joseph Ralph Frontera, 41, of the 600 block of Ocean Parkway, Berlin, was charged with possession of controlled dangerous substance -- not marijuana and possession of controlled dangerous substance paraphernalia. The verdict was merged for the first charge. Nol pros was entered for the second charge.


Missing Teens Vehicle Located

Two Maryland teenagers have been missing for ten days and the search for the teens now has ties to the Valley.

Rachel Reilly, 16, of Olney, MD and Nicholas Balderson,17, of Brookeville, MD have been missing since January 12.

Virginia State Police found a 1989 black Jeep Wrangler that the two were last seen riding in at a rest stop in Augusta County on Friday.

The Jeep was abandoned at the rest stop near exit 231 along I-81.

The State Police have stored the vehicle and spoke with rest stop attendants who told them the Jeep pulled in on Thursday.

Montgomery County police detectives in Maryland have taken over the investigation.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Thank God and Greyhound He's Gone

Olbermann that is.

i think the same fantasy popped into the head of everybody in my business who has ever been told what i have been told. this will be the last edition of your show. you go to the scene from the movie network complete with the pajamas and the rain coat and go off on a verbal journey of unutterable vision and you insist upon peter finch's gutteral resonance and you will the viewer to go to the window, open it, stick out his head and yell. you know the rest. in the mundane world of television goodbyes, reality is laughably uncooperative. when i resigned from espn 13 1/2 years ago, i was given 30 seconds to say goodbye at the end of my last edition of sports center. with god as my witness, in the commercial break before the moment, the producer got into my earpiece and said can you cut it down to 15 seconds so we can get in the tennis result? i'm grateful that i have more time to sign off here. regardless, this is the last edition of countdown. it is just under 8 years since i returned to msnbc. i was supposed to fill in for exactly three days. 49 days later, there was a-year contract for me to return to this 8:00 time slot that i fled years earlier.


God Save Arizona

From the enemy within.

Chandler Sentenced For Drug Possession and Distribution

A Virginia man, arrested in May after police discovered 75 pounds of marijuana in the trunk of a vehicle in which he was traveling, pleaded guilty last week in Circuit Court to one count of possession with intent to distribute and was sentenced to five years in jail with all but two years suspended.


On May 19, Maryland State Police stopped a vehicle heading south on Route 113 for speeding. During a search incident to the speeding stop, an MSP K-9 unit alerted on the trunk of the vehicle and 75 pounds of marijuana was discovered in two gym bags.

Two men were arrested including Darnell Kelley, 24, and Modis Chandler, 40, both of Newport News, Va.

Last week in Circuit Court, Chandler pleaded guilty to one count of possession with intent to distribute marijuana and was sentenced to five years in jail, all but two of which were then suspended. He was also fined $1,000 and placed on probation for five years.

In December, Kelley pleaded guilty to the same charge and was sentenced to five years with all but one year suspended. Kelley was also fined $1,000 and placed on probation for three years.

Stop By The Bay Queen Restaurant and Bakery This Weekend

Warm up this weekend with a hot bowl of soup from the Bay Queen Restaurant and Bakery

6 AM until 9 PM
6 AM until 7 PM


Carry Out and Delivery Available

In addition to great food, the bakery section is making Smith Island Cakes daily, featuring their Original "Smith Island BabyCakes". Cakes on hand daily. Be sure to try either one.
Need private dining for a group? The Bay Queen Restaurant has 2 dining rooms. One can be rented for private affairs.

Bay Queen Restaurant and Bakery is located on Rt.13 North next to the Ford dealership.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Exercises From NASA Beginning Tonight

NORFOLK, Va. - The Navy is planning to conduct its first live sea-based Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) test on the East Coast this weekend.

The test is part of exercise Atlantic Trident 2011 scheduled through January 25.

According to the Navy, the exercise will provide realistic training for BMD ships and give them the opportunity to track a live target and simulate intercept of a short-range target missile in the midcourse phase of flight.

A target missile will be launched from the NASA Wallops Island Flight Facility on Virginia's Eastern Shore. The launch is scheduled during the overnight hours of Friday night into Saturday morning.

As part of the exercise, the Navy says a cruiser and destroyer will detect and track the target with its SPY-1 radar, develop fire control solutions, and simulate firing SM-3 missiles.

The Navy stresses that no missiles will be fired from the ships as Atlantic Trident 2011 is a tracking exercise only.

Aegis BMD is the sea-based mid-course component of the Missile Defense Agency's (MDA) Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS) and is designed to intercept and destroy short to intermediate-range ballistic missile threats.

The MDA and the U.S. Navy cooperatively manage the Aegis BMD program.

DiPino & Oglesby Attend "Governor's Forum on Security"

Ocean City Police Chief Bernadette DiPino and Worcester County State’s Attorney Beau Oglesby attended Gov. Martin O’Malley’s “Governor’s Forum on Security” in Annapolis on Jan. 13.

As two of the Eastern Shore’s representatives, DiPino and Oglesby participated in identifying and building key partnerships with other regional leaders during breakout sessions. Participants reported their recommendations to the governor concerning the public safety and security needs of Lower Shore residents.

“I was asked by the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention to represent and facilitate the forum for the eastern region of the state. I was honored to be chosen. We discussed the direction of public safety. I was able to give my insight and opinions about various topics that impact Ocean City, including communication issues, better public safety cooperative initiatives and recommendations for new legislation including mandatory sentencing for repeat offenders. It was a privilege to be a part of this discussion,” DiPino said.

Working alongside DiPino, Oglesby discussed how the state plans to reduce crime in Maryland by 20 percent by the end of 2012. Strategies such as identifying high risk offenders and holding them accountable, enhancing warrant service to swiftly re- move violent of- fenders from the streets, maximizing the use of DNA samples to convict the guilty and exonerate the innocent, expanding efforts to reduce illegal gun use and possession and modernizing the fight against crime by utilizing the best technology avail- able were among the topics discussed.

Presentations included topics on Homeland Security, ad- vances in public safety technology and emergency management strategies.

As the state continues to reduce crime in Maryland, Oglesby said he looks forward to building new partnerships and seeking fresh, innovative ways that Worcester County can continue to be a leader in the fight against violent crime.

Bill Proposed To Exempt Firefighters From Jury Duty

RICHMOND -- Because they perform such a vital public service, Virginia law exempts police officers from jury duty. But what about firefighters?

They'd be exempt too under a bill proposed by state Delegate James E. Edmunds II, R-South Boston, and endorsed last week by a House subcommittee.

House Bill 1527 also would apply to emergency medical technicians, rescue squad members and arson investigators. Along with firefighters, they would be exempt from jury duty if they so request.

Firefighters and other emergency personnel often are stretched thin; in a fire department, only a handful may be licensed to drive a fire truck. Requiring them to serve on juries puts more stress on first responders and can undermine public safety, Edmunds said.

"A lot of departments only have one or two who have the license to drive a truck," Edmunds said.

"You can imagine if they were on vacation and there's no substitute, and you have to call somebody from a different department. It could potentially be a life-saving issue."

The issue was brought to Edmunds' attention by the Virginia State Firefighters Association.

On Wednesday, a subcommittee of the House Courts of Justice Committee voted 11-0 in favor of HB 1527. The measure now goes to the full committee for consideration this week.

Edmunds assured the panel that such claims could easily be disproved by simply calling the department.

He said the bill is a fitting recognition for public servants: "It's a small token of appreciation for those who serve.

Missing Maryland Teens

OCEAN CITY – The Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) and law enforcement agencies across Maryland this week continue to look for a pair of Montgomery County teens reported missing last week and were believed to have been heading to the resort area.

The Maryland Center for Missing Children and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, along with several state and local law enforcement agencies, this week continue to search for Rachel Elizabeth Reilly, 16, and Nicholas “Cole” Balderson, 17, both of Olney, Md., who were reported missing in Montgomery County last week. The couple was last seen on Wednesday, January 12, in the Damascus area in Montgomery County.

According to the Maryland Center for Missing Children, Balderson and Reilly may have attempted to travel to Ocean City or Lewes, Del. It is uncertain why it is believed the pair of teens could be headed to Ocean City or the Delaware resort areas, but Balderson’s grandmother lives in Lewes.

Reilly, 16, is a white female, about 5’5” tall and around 125 pounds with brown hair and hazel eyes. Balderson is a white male, about 5’10” tall and 140 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. The couple is expected to be traveling in a black 1989 Jeep Wrangler with a gray hardtop. Montgomery County Police said this week they were concerned for the welfare as the search moved into its second week.

“They are still missing,” said Montgomery County Police Public Information Officer Lucille Baur. “We know they left the area together of their own volition and we don’t have any evidence of foul play. It’s just a concern because they are so young and have been missing for over about a week now. You just don’t know what kind of choices they could make at their age.”

Meanwhile, Ocean City police remain on the lookout for the two missing teens although it is uncertain they ever came to the resort area.

“We’re all well aware of the situation,” said OCPD public information officer Jessica Waters on Wednesday. “Their information and descriptions go into our roll call every day. Our officers meet daily before they start their shifts and they are all well aware of the missing teens.”

Anyone with information on the welfare or whereabouts of Balderson and Reilly is urged to contact the Montgomery County Police Family Crimes Division at 240-773-5400, or the non-emergency number at 301-279-8000. Information can also be reported to the OCPD at 410-723-6610.

Increase In Ticket Prices For Orioles Games

For the first time since after the 2006 season, the Orioles are raising single game ticket price the s at Camden Yards.

All tickets -- except for the cheapest, left-field, upper reserve seats which will remain at $8 and $9 -- will increase in cost for 2011, ranging from $1 to $7 extra depending on the game desired and when the tickets are purchased.

Greg Bader, the club’s director of communications, said non-prime, advance tickets will increase on average $3, which would make the average price for those tickets roughly $28. The average season-ticket price remains at about $23, below the 2010 Major League Baseball average of $27, according to Bader.

“We believe that the average increase of $3 per ticket is not going to negatively impact someone’s decision to buy, although we recognize no one ever wants to pay more for anything. We certainly understand that point,” Bader said.

Season ticket prices did not go up for 2011 and this is the first, full seat hike for advance tickets since after the 2003 season, Bader said. The increase after 2006 affected some but not all of the tickets sold.

However, this increase comes after the Orioles lost 96 games in 2010, their 13th consecutive losing season. Fans who have not seen an increase of production on the field are being asked to pay more for that product.

“I understand that reaction, but the reality is that there are other factors that are part of that decision-making process,” Bader said.

The Orioles will also continue to implement higher prime-game prices – for all contests against the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox as well as Opening Day on April 4 against the Detroit Tigers – and an extra charge for walk-up ticket purchases the day of the game.

Gameday charges were implemented last season and Bader said it had little to no effect on the number of walkups in 2010. The drop in attendance to an all-time low at Camden Yards last season had more to do with a drop in advance sales after the Orioles began the year 2-16 and 9-24, he said.

“The 2010 walkup figures were essentially unchanged from previous seasons. The difference in attendance from 2009 to 2010 was directly attributable to the lack of advanced sales, which was directly attributable to the team performance during the first two weeks of the season,” Bader said. “So from early April until July, we simply were not selling tickets in advance at the rate we did in previous years. But game day sales were practically identical. And we do not believe that the average $2 difference (for walkups) is going to prevent most fans from making a game-day purchase.”

Concert To Benefit the Courtney Bloxom Fund


NASSAWADOX -- The Franktown United Methodist Church Choir will perform a variety of songs including "Child of Peace" by Mark Hayes, a seasonal cantata, in addition to solosists presenting Opera and Broadway selections on Jan. 21, 7 p.m. at the Franktown Methodist Church.

Performers include Marilyn Kellam, Anna Womble Sterrett, Jo Ann Molera, BJ Rogers, Dora Weston Wilkins, choir director Judi Tracy, and Stefan Dulcie on the piano.

All proceeds will benefit the Courtney Bloxom Fund.

Courtney is a local teen who was involved in a single car accident in May 2010. Although unable to attend graduation exercises she is a graduate of Arcadia High School. Courtney suffered a severe brain injury that left this young teen in a coma for six weeks with her Mother constantly by her side.

Through days and weeks and months of prayer and constant rehabilitation in hospitals far away from her hometown, friends and loved ones, Courtney now continues her daily sessions of speech and physical therapies to regain her skills from Shore Lifecare in Parksley.

This has been a long and hard struggle for Courtney and all that know her and love her. The hard work is far from over for her. Each day she continues to work hard and each day she is surrounded by those that love her and each person takes the time to give Courtney the extra care she needs to be complete again.

This Week At The MarVa Theater

"Chronicles of Narnia:
Voyage of the Dawn Treader "

Friday &Saturday
January 21st & 22nd - 7PM
January 23rd - 2PM

Admission Only $5

Rated: PG-13

Lucy and Edmund Pevensie return to Narnia with their cousin Eustace where they meet up with Prince Caspian for a trip across the sea aboard the royal ship The Dawn Treader. Along the way they encounter dragons, dwarves, merfolk, and a band of lost warriors before reaching the edge of the world.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

UPDATE: Criminal Investigation Into Parksley House Fire

Parksley -A structure fire occurred in Parksley on January 19th, 2011. State Police were notified at approximately 2:21 AM and Special Agent N. Glenn responded.

At this time there is an ongoing criminal investigation.

There was one fatality-45 year old Dana Rodriquez of Estate Lane in Parksley. At this time an arrest of a juvenile has been made.

There will be more details on a future report.

Assateague Pony Shot During Deer Hunt

BERLIN — Assateague park officials said a wild horse was apparently shot during a two-day deer hunt. The horse was a 28-year-old bay mare, Assateague Island National Seashore officials said, and park rangers are looking into who may have shot the horse.

“Regardless of whether the shooting was accidental or not, the failure to report the incident violates National Park Service regulations and we intend to prosecute to the fullest extent of the law,” Chief Ranger Ted Morlock said in a news release. The statement said a hunter found the dead animal on Jan. 15 and reported it to park rangers the next day.

Park officials allow several gun-hunting seasons a year to control the barrier island’s deer population, but do not permit the hunting of its wild horses, instead using contraceptives to keep their population on the Maryland side to about 125 animals.

The National Park Service is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the responsible individual. Persons with information about the incident should contact Chief Ranger Morlock at 410-629-6055, or by email at All information provided may remain confidential.

Arrest Made For Breaking and Entering Into New Church Business

According to Major Todd Godwin, on Thursday, January 13 at approximately 1:07 a.m., the Accomack County Sheriff's Office received a call regarding an alarm at the Bargain Barrel in New Church which was found to be the result of an actual breaking & entering.

When deputies arrived at the location, they discovered the suspect to be still inside the building at which time a perimeter was established around the business. Further investigation revealed that the suspect was in possession of stolen merchandise and the property was recovered by the Accomack County Sheriff's Office as the suspect was apprehended on the scene.

Douglas Edward Waters, age 42 of Pocomoke, MD, was arrested on charges of Breaking & Entering and Grand Larceny. He is incarcerated in the Accomack County Jail in lieu of a $3500 bond.

The Accomack County Sheriff's Office was assisted by the Virginia State Police and the Chincoteague Police Department.

Gov. Bob McDonnell Ends Ban On Guns In State Parks

Gov. Bob McDonnell has ordered an immediate end to a ban on firearms carried openly in Virginia state parks.

The Republican governor ordered Conservation and Recreation Department Director David Johnson to stop enforcing the ban in a letter sent Friday.

McDonnell also gave initial approval to another administrative change allowing firearms to be carried openly in state forests.

Concealed handgun permit holders were already free to carry firearms. The right to openly carry guns is widely recognized across Virginia.

In his letter, McDonnell wrote that the department lacks authority under state law to prohibit firearms being carried in plain view.

McDonnell said it was clear that the General Assembly never intended to restrict firearms in parks. "Lacking specific legislative authorization to further regulate firearms, the Department of Conservation and Recreation can not promulgate a regulation that does so," he wrote.

The ban was put in place by McDonnell's predecessor, former Gov. Timothy M. Kaine, now chairman of the Democratic National Committee, said J. Tucker Martin, McDonnell's chief spokesman.

"These regulations ... would simply allow law-abiding Virginians who legally own a firearm to exercise the same rights in a Virginia state forest or state park that they already possess while elsewhere in the commonwealth," Martin said.

In his letter to Johnson, McDonnell cites an opinion he wrote as attorney general on Sept. 26, 2008, answering an inquiry from then-Sen. Ken Cuccinelli, a Republican who is now attorney general.

In the opinion, McDonnell told Cuccinelli that although state laws don't explicitly permit weapons carried openly in parks, nothing in the law prohibits it, either.

Gun control advocate Lori Haas, whose daughter survived a gunshot in the 2007 Virginia Tech massacre, said it was bad for public safety and for tourism.

"You really think we're going to get tourists to Virginia parks if people are carrying firearms everywhere," Haas said. "Who would want to be camping in a state park if the person in the next campsite is carrying an AK-47?"

Bingo Night Tonight

The Shore Lifesavers Relay for Life team's 50-50 Bingo Night is tonight at the Parksley Volunteer Firehouse.

Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and the last game will be at 9:00 p.m.

Bingo cards are $1 each and refreshments will be sold. there will be a raffle for a Smith Island Cake.

For more information, please contact (757) 709-2866 .

All proceeds are to benefit the American Cancer Society.

What Were They Thinking ????

MIAMI (Reuters) – Burglars snorted the cremated remains of a man and two dogs in the mistaken belief that they had stolen illegal drugs, Florida sheriff's deputies said on Wednesday.

The ashes were taken from a woman's home in the central Florida town of Silver Springs Shores on December 15. The thieves took an urn containing the ashes of her father and another container with the ashes of her two Great Danes, along with electronic equipment and jewelry, the Marion County Sheriff's Office said.

Investigators learned what happened to the ashes after they arrested five teens in connection with another burglary attempt at a nearby home last week.

"The suspects mistook the ashes for either cocaine or heroin. It was soon discovered that the suspects snorted some of the ashes believing they were snorting cocaine," the sheriff's report said.

Once they realized their error, the suspects discussed returning the remaining ashes but threw them in a lake instead because they thought their fingerprints were on the containers, sheriff's spokesman Judge Cochran said.

Police divers were trying to recover the ashes. The suspects were jailed on numerous burglary and other charges.

House Fire Claims Life Of Accomack County Mother

PARKSLEY -- An Accomack County woman was killed in a house fire early Wednesday morning.

The owner of the residence identified the victim as Dana Rodriguez, 45, of Estate Lane, off Country Court. Police could not be reached to confirm the identification of the victim.

Units and personnel from Parksley, Bloxom, Tasley and Onancock responded to the 2 a.m. fire, which flattened the single-wide mobile home where Rodriguez's body was found.

Rodriguez did not work, said neighbor Willie Tumblin. He said the victim's 14-year-old daughter escaped from the fire.

Tumblin said there had been no fire when he arrived home from his job at the Perdue Farms Inc. plant at about 1:20 a.m.

Before the blaze, he said, there had been a family argument in which one of the members threatened the others.

A state police fire detective is investigating the incident. A police spokesperson did not immediately return a phone call for comment.

Rodriguez is survived by her children and an estranged husband.

The house was owned by Henry and Wanda Johnson of Bloxom. Rodriguez and her family had lived there for about eight years, said Wanda Johnson. They were in the process of purchasing the home.

"She's always been nice to me," she said. "Isn't it horrible?"

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

NOTICE To Hunters

Oh the joys we had of our youth

Oh the joys we had of our youth
Like waiting for a new nickel for a lost tooth

Remember the snow that we used to play in?
We thought it was deep if it was more then a dusting

The toys we enjoyed were all American made
We never ate them, because Maw raised us that way

Dad had 2 jobs and Maw helped us grow
Something today’s kids will never know

We never locked all our bikes at the rack
If somebody took it, we’d just go get it back

The morals diminished, the times how they’ve changed
Come robberies, and car jacking, more drug dealers, and gunfire exchanged

If I was a bad boy there was a spanking for me
And now if we touch them its jail time we’ll see

Oh yes, the joys we had of our youth
Oh, now it is 5 bucks for one stinking tooth

When I was a young’un I walked to and from
Now in the wrong place you’re bound to be mugged

When the fire whistle blew the whole town ran to see
Now sirens and whistles blow constantly

Oh the joys we had of our youth
Now it’s 10 bucks for one stupid tooth

As time ticked away and we grew day by day
Those memories stay with me, you can’t take them away

Now that I have 2 kids of my own
I wish they could have some of the memories I’ve known

Oh the joys we had of our youth
And I ain’t gonna pay 20 bucks for one flipping tooth

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Pocomoke Councilman Has Filed To Run For Mayor

POCOMOKE CITY -- After serving two three-year terms as councilman of Pocomoke's third district, Bruce Morrison has filed to run for mayor. A lifelong resident of Pocomoke City, Morrison is the second longest-serving council member.

As Morrison took the oath of office in April 2005, along with outgoing Mayor Mike McDermott, a top concern was reducing crime and tackling the drug issue that seemed prevalent. The overall crime rate has dropped by 18 percent in the last year, according to Morrison. This focus on crime has been aided by community outreach and a number of concerned citizens getting involved. A Neighborhood Crime Watch has been established that meets in area churches to target problematic issues. Six cameras have been installed in hot spots around town, aiding in many drug crimes being solved and two additional cameras are scheduled to be added complete this year, Morrison said.

In early 2011, Pocomoke City will be completing a $6 million upgrade to its sewage treatment plant, making it one of the few compliant plants in the state. This effort was largely funded through federal sources.

Pocomoke's downtown makes up a large part of the third district that Morrison has served. Upon taking office six years ago, Morrison expressed his concern for the downtown area, hoping to make its revitalization a priority. Many area attractions have come to fruition, he said, including the new addition to the Sturgis One-Room School Museum, which has brought the black history of the area to life, adding to Pocomoke's other history museum, The Costen House.

The opening of the Mar-Va Theater now brings first-run movies to Pocomoke City on the first and third weekends of each month along with outstanding musical and theatrical performances.

The Delmarva Discovery Center is open and loaded with much of Delmarva's history, highlighting many outstanding exhibits depicting life in yesteryear -- a look into the past and a step into the future.

The Bay Queen calls the docks of the Pocomoke River home and offers cruises almost daily and by reservation three seasons a year.

Even though much has been accomplished in the downtown area, Morrison said he thinks much is left to be done. It is his hope Pocomoke City is charting a course toward reinvention as a tourist destination area, he said.

Morrison has served on the Maryland Critical Areas Commission, serving under governors Robert Ehrlich and Martin O'Malley.

Locally, he is an active member of Salem United Methodist Church, having served as chairman of the trustees for two years. He is a member of Pocomoke Elks Lodge 12624, where he is a past exalted ruler. In the Pocomoke Volunteer Fire Company he has served as a line officer and past president. He is also serving on the Board of Directors of the Lower Shore YMCA. Morrison is employed at Hardwire LLC and is married to Laura Gladding Morrison; they have two children.

Pocomoke's elections are held on the first Tuesday in April. Registered voters who wish to run for office must file nominating petitions 60 days before the elections are held.

New Rocket Integration Facility to be Unveiled At NASA

NASA will unveil its new rocket integration facility at the Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia, during a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. EST on Friday, Jan. 21.

The Horizontal Integration Facility will support medium class mission capabilities. The first customer to use the facility will be Orbital Sciences Corporation of Dulles, Va., with its Taurus II launch vehicle.

Orbital will be conducting missions for NASA under the agency's Commercial Orbital Transportation Services project and Commercial Resupply Services program. Integration of the Taurus II at the facility will begin in February with launch expected later this year.

Participants in the ceremony:
- Sen. Barbara Mikulski
- NASA Administrator Charles Bolden
- NASA Associate Administrator for Space Operations William Gerstenmaier
- NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Director Rob Strain
- NASA Wallops Flight Facility Director William Wrobel
- Orbital Sciences Corp. Chairman and CEO David Thompson

For more information about Wallops, visit:

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Structure Fire In Pocomoke

The Worcester County Fire Marshal’s Office investigated a residential structure fire on January 15, 2011.

The fire was reported at approximately 1 pm by an occupant of the dwelling involved in the fire. First arriving fire units reported heavy fire showing from a single-story residential dwelling.

Firefighters from the Pocomoke Volunteer Fire Company quickly extinguished the fire. Stockton Volunteer Fire Company assisted with the extinguishment of the fire and remained on the scene for approximately 2 hours.

The dwelling was occupied at the time the fire by Terri Jones. Jones was able to escape and no injuries were reported. The dwelling is located at 523 Young Street, Pocomoke, Maryland in Worcester County.

The fire originated near a portable kerosene heater. During the course of the investigation, it was determined the kerosene heater was filled with gasoline, not kerosene. The fire is listed as accidental.

The occupant of the dwelling is being assisted by the American Red Cross
Anyone with additional questions or comments should contact Chief Deputy Matt Owens at 410-632-5666 ext. 2 or