Friday, February 3, 2012

Winter Wonderland Gala and Auction- Many Items to Bid On!

It's wonderful to know that ALL tickets available for the first Winter Wonderland Gala at the Delmarva Discovery Center have been sold!

And the list of items for the LIVE and SILENT auctions keeps growing.

Two more paintings by local artists that will go up for bids at the auctions Saturday night.

Painting by local artist
Jenny Somers

Painting by local artist
Doris Glovier

Here are just a few of the items that will be auctioned Saturday night.  There are many, many more wonderful  items and something for eveyone to bid on!  And the items have been donated from everywhere.

These are just a few names I recognized:

Print by local artist Willie Crockett

Beautiful, fanciful Cake by Coles Cakes

Warm & lovely quilt by Robyn Ann

Wally Makuchal framed print entitled "Teals ".

Bay Queen Smith Island Baby Cakes

Salty Dog gift certificate

From Scher’s, lovely satin dark purple clutch with jeweled clasp

Hope everyone has a wonderful time.

Pocomoke Firefighters Honor Colleagues

Another year of great dedication and hard work.  Stan Finch- 30 years and it just seems like yesterday.  Mr. Young- a member since 1950- that's before Eddie was born and almost 62 years ago.  Wonder job!
Congratulations to everyone of you.

Written by
Bill Kerbin
POCOMOKE CITY -- Meeting for its annual awards banquet, the Pocomoke City Volunteer Fire Co. honored Stan Finch for 30 years of service to the fire company and the community.

In addition to the fire company presentation, Finch was given a Senate resolution by Delegate Norman Conway; a House of Delegates resolution by Delegate Michael A. McDermott; a proclamation by County Commissioner Merrill Lockfaw and a certificate by Mayor Bruce Morrison. Conway was acting in place of Sen. James Mathias, who had to leave early for the Crisfield Fire Co. annual banquet.

Fire Chief Dick Gladding presented Chief's Awards to the members who responded to the largest number of alarms during the year. Corey Dean, the assistant Chief, was the top responder, making 185 calls. Others honored were: Tyler Fairman, 180 calls; Mike Dean, 160 calls; Travis Cowger, 151 calls; Choppy Layton, 144 calls; Chris Vieira, 127 calls; Marion Butler Sr., 121 calls; Keven Hall, 112 calls; Paul Taylor, 106 calls; and Billy Sparrow, 104 calls. One of the cadets, Devin Fairman, was recognized for answering 107 calls.

A special award was presented to George Young Jr. for his term of service with the company. He joined the fire company on Oct. 5, 1950.

George E. Young Jr., left, received the President's Award from President Andy Clarke for his 60 years of service to the community and the Pocomoke Fire Company. / CHOPPY LAYTON PHOTO
Gladding also reported on the calls that the company answered during the past year. They were called out to 54 fires, or more than one a week. In addition, they assisted other companies in larger fires. One particular memorable blaze was a 70-acre field fire in which they assisted Stockton. Some other responses included 48 accidents and 10 spills.

Jeff McMahon, the Worcester County Fire Marshal, installed the new officers. They are Andy Clarke, president; Chip Choquette, vice-president; Mike Shannon, corresponding secretary; Merrill Lockfaw, recording secretary; Choppy Layton, treasurer; Mike Dean, chaplain. Line officers include Dick Gladding, Chief; Corey Dean, assistant Chief; Eric Denston, Capt.; Steve Larmore, 1st Lt.; Wade Taylor, 2nd Lt.; Rodney Sharpley, chief engineer; Tom Wall Jr., first asst. engineer; Chris Larmore, second asst. engineer; and Keven Hall, training officer. Directors for the coming year are Jerry Barbierri, Allen Butler, Mike Dean, Danny Miles and Rick Choquette.

Dan Redden announced that the Monsanto Chemical Co. had selected the Pocomoke Fire Co. to receive a $2,500 contribution. Each year the company selects a nonprofit organization in each of the different counties to receive the donation.


SHORE BEEF and BBQ Frriday Lunch Special

T. G. I. F.

~Special of the Day~
Pit Beef Sandwich w/ Side
Drink ~ $7.50

Half Rack/Half Rack Chicken w/ 2 sides
Enough for two...or one hungry belly!

Be sure to look for SHORE BEEF and BBQ on Facebook

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Legislative Updates By Delegate Mike McDermott

Feb. 2nd, 2012

The Governor Who Broke the Camel’s Back
Thoughts on the State of the State
By Delegate Mike McDermott

Every beast of burden has a limit where the proverbial “last straw” brings an end to any future.  In his State of the State Address, Governor O’Malley seemed intent on finding out exactly where that end may be with Maryland families and businesses.

The speech contained nothing new.  Within the first few minutes, the governor blamed former President Bush for Maryland’s current problems.  Perhaps it would have been best if the governor had ended on that note, but he proceeded to tell us how he was going to “strengthen Maryland families and small business” by increasing a multitude of their taxes.

The Governor does not understand the negative impact his gas and income tax hikes  will have on Maryland families.  Although he aligns himself with the “common man,” he recently could not identify the average price of gas, bread, or milk in Maryland, because his staff shops for him. (WJZ - Vic Carter interview with Gov. O’Malley on 1/31/12).  This could be part of the problem.

If O’Malley gets his way, Maryland’s gas tax will rise to 58.9 cents per gallon, making it the fifth highest in the nation. (Baltimore Sun, “MD Could get 5th Highest Gas Tax Under O’Malley Plan” by Jay Hancock.) This is not exactly the direction to move in if we want to protect our struggling families and make our state competitive and business friendly.  In fact, rural Marylanders will bear the brunt of the tax increase, since they consume more fuel than their urban counterparts.  Likewise, every item we ship or receive on the Shore will have this cost passed on to us as consumers, robbing families of what remains of their discretionary funds.

Perhaps the saddest indictment for this current state of affairs is how these budget debts will be passed on to coming generations. The governor and the Democrat leaders like to call this “investing in the future,” but what responsible parent gives their child a credit card that is already maxed out?  In Maryland government, it has become a common practice for us to build playgrounds for our children that their children will pay for.  Maryland citizens already carry more personal debt than their neighbors in 47 other states  (Yahoo Finance July 26, 2011). This does not even include our student loan debt. We can pass the buck, but unfortunately our children won’t be able to.

The growth the governor seeks is in the public sector.  The jobs he seeks to preserve or expand reside with the government.  When jobs are already dwindling, every dollar spent in the public sector is just one more dollar pulled from the private sector.   We need our construction crews busy building homes, factories, and office space based upon the actual consumer need that expands the economy.  It is a flourishing private sector that generates the jobs that provide the taxes to support the infrastructure projects of which the governor is so fond. Our private sector must drive our recovery.  Small business and entrepreneurs must lead the charge. The governor can help by clearing obstacles.  He alluded to this in his speech, and I encourage him to do more in the years left in his term.

The governor is a big-government guy; government is his natural fall-back position.  If the private sector will not build his project, he is apt to have the state build it, regardless of the risk or cost. Off-shore wind finds itself in this camp. It is too risky to garner private support - or it would already have been done. We have seen this in Delaware just last month with the evaporating private sector support for these projects. Yet the governor is attempting to go against the winds of a common-sense market place by advancing the idea that the tax payers and rate payers of Maryland should hamstring their collective futures by agreeing to subsidize Big Wind. “Feeling good” can be the by-product of a good decision, but it can also be used as an excuse to do that which makes no practical sense.

This administration refuses to drill for vast natural gas deposits in Marcellus Shale, so we import our gas from Pennsylvania and pay more for the privilege. We boost their state’s economy at our own peril. That does not make any Maryland family “feel good” about their pocket book.  There are ongoing private ventures centered on land-based wind and solar energy. Both are funded by the private sector and profitable. Why are we not encouraging and expanding these successes?

The speech’s premise that private sector growth is driven by public sector expansion is a flawed approach that we have seen on even grander scales in the form of various federal stimulus programs in recent years.   We cannot expand the public sector without damaging the private, and we cannot spend our way out of our deficits. No matter how many times you say otherwise does not make it so.

TIME MACHINE Preview ... A Letter Linked To Pocomoke City's History!

In 1931 a letter was mailed from Pocomoke City containing ten birth certificates that were decades old.

What was their destination? Why were they sent? Who was the sender?

Look for the details on this Sunday's Pocomoke Public Eye!

Do you have a local memory to share with PPE readers.. such as a big snow storm, a favorite school teacher, a local happening, something of interest your parents or grandparents told you about? It can be just a line or two or more if you wish. Your name won't be used unless you ask that it be. Send to and watch for it on a future TIME MACHINE posting!

~Ground Hog Day~

Punxsutawney Phil, the famous ground hog from Pennsylvania,  emerged from his burrow and saw his shadow- predicting 6 more weeks of winter.



Mar-Va Theater This Weekend

Friday and Saturday
February 3 and 4
Tickets $5.00

Facebook To Go Public, Raise $5B

NEW YORK (AP) -- Facebook made a much-anticipated status update Wednesday: The Internet social network is going public eight years after its computer-hacking CEO Mark Zuckerberg started the service at Harvard University.

That means anyone with the right amount of cash will be able to own part of a Silicon Valley icon that quickly transformed from dorm-room startup to cultural touchstone.

If its initial public offering of stock makes enough friends on Wall Street, Facebook will probably make its stock-market debut in three or four months as one of the world's most valuable companies.

In its regulatory filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Facebook Inc. indicated it hopes to raise $5 billion in its IPO. That would be the most for an Internet IPO since Google Inc. and its early backers raised $1.9 billion in 2004. The final amount will likely change as Facebook's bankers gauge the investor demand.

Joining corporate America's elite would give Facebook newfound financial clout as it tries to make its service even more pervasive and expand its audience. It also could help Facebook fend off an intensifying challenge from Google, which is looking to solidify its status as the Internet's most powerful company with a rival social network called Plus.

The intrigue surrounding Facebook's IPO has increased in recent months, not only because the company has become a common conduit -for everyone from doting grandmas to sassy teenagers- to share information about their lives.

Zuckerberg, 27, has emerged as the latest in a lineage of Silicon Valley prodigies who are alternately hailed for pushing the world in new directions and reviled for overstepping their bounds. In Zuckerberg's case, a lawsuit alleging that he stole the idea for Facebook from some Harvard classmates became the grist for a book and a movie that was nominated for an Academy Award last year.

Even before the IPO was filed, Zuckerberg was shaping up as his generation's Bill Gates - a geek who parlayed his love of computers into fame and fortune. Forbes magazine estimated Zuckerberg's wealth at $17.5 billion in its most recent survey of the richest people in the U.S.

Depending on how long regulators take to review Facebook's IPO documents, the company could be making its stock market debut around the time that Zuckerberg celebrates his next birthday in May.
The IPO filing casts a spotlight on some of Facebook's inner workings for the first time. Among other things, the documents reveal the amount of Facebook's revenue, its major shareholders, its growth opportunities and its concerns about its biggest competitive threats.

What's not in there, yet, is Facebook's market value. That figure could hit $100 billion, based on Facebook's rapid growth and the appraisals that steered investors who bought stakes while the company was still private.
Facebook heads a class of Internet startups that have been going public during the past year.

The early crop has included Internet radio service Pandora Media Inc., professional networking service LinkedIn Corp. and daily deals company Groupon Inc. Most of those Internet IPOs haven't lived up to their lofty expectations. The list of disappointments includes Zynga Inc., which has built a profitable business by creating a variety of games to play on Facebook. Zynga's stock fell 5 percent below its IPO price on the first day of trading.

Facebook stands apart, though. As it rapidly expands, people from Silicon Valley to Brazil to India use it to keep up with news from friends and long-lost acquaintances, play mindless games tending virtual cities and farms and share big news or minute details about their days. Politicians, celebrities and businesses use Facebook to connect with fans and the general public.

It's becoming more difficult to tell whether going to Facebook is a pastime or an addiction. In the U.S., Facebook visitors spend an average of seven hours per month on the website each month, more than doubling from an average of three hours per month in 2008, according to the research firm comScore Inc.

More than half of Facebook users log on to the site on any given day. Using software developed by outside parties - call it the Facebook economy - they share television shows they are watching, songs they are playing and photos of what they are wearing or eating. Facebook says 250 million photos alone are posted on its site each day.

Pocomoke Woman Stole Checks, Cashed Them

Nancy Drury Duncan
Staff Writer

ACCOMAC -- A presentence report was ordered for a woman who illegally obtained checks belonging to others and modified the names of the payees on the checks to make them payable to Food Lion, where she cashed them.

Kimberly Kenny, 36, of Pocomoke City, Md. got the checks from three different women in the northern part of the county, who had written the checks to pay bills, said Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney Matthew Brenner.

Some were taken from mailboxes, he said. A Food Lion surveillance videotape showed Kenny cashing the checks. The crime was discovered when the women began to receive calls about unpaid bills.

They checked with their bank and police were called when it was clear the checks were taken. One check was made out to the electric company and then changed to make Food Lion the payee, said Brenner. All were cashed at the Food Lion in Oak Hall.

"Food Lion took the checks, no questions asked," Brenner told the court. He said the bank paid the checks and were owed restitution.

Defense attorney Patrick Robbins called his client cooperative and said the $314 in restitution would be paid by the time Kenny returned to court for her sentencing.

He said Kenny had a crack cocaine habit but was in treatment while on probation in the state of Maryland. He said she was tested often for drug use and was successfully completing the requirements of her probation there.

"In consideration of the fact that you are enrolled in a program and are successful, I will allow you to remain on bond and continue with your program," said Circuit Judge W. Revell Lewis III.



BBQ !!

Pulled BBQ Chicken Sandwich w/ Side
Drink ~ $7.50
Melted Cheddar and Bacon ~ xtra $1.25


Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Banquet Scheduled For Mudbog Drivers and Guests

The banquet for the 2011  Gumboro and Crisfield racing season has been scheduled for March 31, 2012 at the Crisfield Elks.  The time has not been determined but will be decided within the week. .

All tickets are $15.00 per person and MUST be purchased in advance.

Tickets can only be purchased by contacting Charlie Price at 410-330-6571.

One of Worcester County's Most Wanted Is Arrested

In December 2011 Worcester County State's Attorney Beau Oglesby brought to the publics attention, in a five part series titled "HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS",   10 of Worcester County's Most Wanted.   Joined with Emily Rampa, Reporter from WMDT, Channel 47 News  photos and information were presented  in an attempt to achieve  assistance from  the public.

Brenden Leigh Sandifer- Listed among the top ten of Worcester County's Most Wanted

Brenden (Branden)  Leigh Sandifer, 31, of Baltimore was taken into custody on Sunday by Maryland State Police of the Berlin Barracks.  Ms. Sandifer was arrested from her Upshur Street home in Berlin.

 Sandifer was convicted of 3 Counts CDS Dist of Narcotic - Oxycodone & Cocaine and wanted for Failure To Appear.  Drugs were sold to an undercover narcotics officer. Sandifer was arrested in January 2011.

After having court hearings rescheduled not appearing in court on the last scheduled date of November 21, 2011, Judge Richard Bloxom issued a bench warrant for her arrest.

Sandifer was arrested and was being held on $25,000 bond at the Worcester County Jail.  Her trial has been scheduled for April 2, 2012 in Worcester County Circuit Court.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Don't Forget the SPCA "Mardis Gras"

The Winter Wonderland Gala ~ Don't Forget Your Tickets

Just a few tickets left for The Winter Wonderland Gala
More auction items

Bill To Try More Va Juveniles as Adults Rejected

A Senate committee on Monday rejected legislation backed by Gov. Bob McDonnell that would have resulted in more juveniles being tried in adult court.

The bill, sponsored by Republican Sen. Bill Stanley of Franklin County, would have automatically transferred repeat violent offenders from juvenile court to adult court rather than leave the decision up to a judge. It also would have allowed prosecutors to have juveniles charged with certain gang crimes or repeat drug offenses transferred to circuit court for trial as an adult.

"Juveniles need to be as accountable as adults," Fredericksburg Commonwealth's Attorney LaBravia Jenkins told the committee.

But several other speakers said the bill is essentially a solution looking for a problem.

"Judges already are making these decisions appropriately," said University of Richmond law professor Julie McConnell, a former juvenile court prosecutor.

McConnell said that in her six years as a prosecutor, she never had a case that should have gone to circuit court but didn't.

Lindsey Lawson, a Fairfax County attorney and former juvenile probation officer, also said the system is working.

"Trust your judges," she said.

Several committee members said they were reluctant to take discretion from judges.

"I don't like the policy worth a durn," said Sen. Thomas K. Norment, R-James City and chairman of the committee.

Stanley, sensing his bill's likely demise, asked Norment to postpone a vote until Wednesday to give him time to amend it to address the opponents' concerns. But the chairman called for an immediate vote, saying there's another bill pending in the committee that Stanley can try to amend.

Several Republicans joined Democrats in voting 11-4 to kill the measure.


Monday, January 30, 2012

Pocomoke City Police Dept. Press Release ~ Incident At YMCA


Pocomoke Police Department
300 Second Street
Pocomoke, Maryland 21851

Date: 30 January 2012 
Incident occurred 28 January 2012.
Pocomoke City Police received a call to respond to 1900 Worcester Hwy (YMCA) for a fight. Once officers arrived on the scene, they began investigating the incident. Officers learned that there was a birthday party for one of the Pocomoke resident inside the YMCA. Several individuals from Accomac, Virginia attended the party and a fight occurred. One victim was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

Further investigation revealed once the suspects from Virginia left the YMCA they began shooting in the direction of the crowd.
Pocomoke City Police Officer interviewed several witnesses and was able to identify several of the suspects involved.

The case is still under investigation however, I am confident Pocomoke City Police Officers will be applying for arrest warrants with the Worcester County Commissioners Office.
Submitted By:
Chief Kelvin Sewell
Pocomoke City Police Dept.

Mud Bog Team Participates In "Touch A Truck" in Parksley

What a great time the 187 East Performance mud trucks  drivers had on Saturday, November  5, 2011  in Parksley, Virginia.  The "Touch A Truck" event along with all Fall Festival events were canceled from the week before due to the rainfall we experienced that day  - all day long!  Only a few events were salvaged for this day.  It certaily was a shame because Parksley ALWAYS goes all out for this festival.

But the guys with the trucks were satisfied....they were able to please lots of children.

On  this Saturday the skies were clear but it sure was windy! ....Did I mention cool?   The gentlemen in the above photo had the right idea!  Wool uniforms!

"All Night Soldier"
Driver Patrick Long

"Sod Buster"
Driver Barry Long

All of us had quite a laugh the evening before when my "go to guy" Patrick made the comment that he hoped all of Parksley was awake by the time the mudtrucks rolled into town.  Each truck has an enormous powerful roar of a voice when it runs and I couldn't  help but laugh out loud  that day at the deafening sound these powerful  trucks made as they were unloaded and lined up in the street.

"Short and Sassy"
Driver Barry Wise

It's a "man thing" to enjoy the huge rumble sound  these trucks make.  I hope that no one was rolled out of bed that day as that rumble sound echoed through the steets.

For those that may not know "Touch A Truck" is an event that allows children the chance to see up close the many types of vehicles they see on a daily basis.  Most of the children who sat in the trucks on Saturday couldn't see over the window in any of the trucks!  They all had a great time.

I can't forget to mention that right in the middle of the "Touch A Truck" was a boat!  This gentleman was quite interesting  to talk to and drew a crowd just as large as the trucks on display.  This racing boat is one of many up and down DelMarVa.  They can be seen racing in Chestertown, Oxford and even Crisfield.  (Just to name a few) 


Railroad Station

Parksley Fire Company

Parksley, thanks for letting us participate!

Community Crime Watch Meetings

From the Worcester County Sheriff's Office

Feb. 8: Stockton Community Crime Watch, Stockton Fire Department.

Feb. 15: Girdletree Community Crime Watch, Girdletree Fire Department.

Feb. 19: Bishopville Community Crime Watch (including Hidden Harbor area) Bishopville Fire Department.

Feb. 24: Newark Community Crime Watch, Newark Fire Department.


For more information:  contact Deputy Dale Trotter at the Worcester County Sheriff's Office at 410-632-1112.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

My Visit To the Delmarva Discovery Center Jan. 20, 2012

The Delmarva Discovery Center hadn't been included in the plans Councilman Malloy and I had previously discussed for last Friday. Jan. 20)  We ran into Brian Garrett the Director of the  Delmarva Discovery Center and when he found out I had never seen the inside of the center it was a GO.  I went!

This is indeed another of the pride and joys in Pocomoke!  (I shudder to think how many memberships I may have bought by now if my son were still a young boy.)  Children and adults will enjoy it greatly!

The bear was the first thing I saw.  I knew absolutely nothing about bears being on the Eastern Shore (or don't remember) and unless it's Yogi Bear and Boo Boo I don't want to know too much else.  He's a little fuzzy in this photo but he is beautiful.

Believe it or not signs of the Beaver have been found along the Pocomoke River. 

These fish are actually larger in the tank. And there are plenty more! Catfish live in the aquarium along with the Bass and many more.   On Wednesday and Friday at 2:00 pm  every  week a SCUBA diver goes into the 6,00 gallon tank to feed the fish.  So when you visit try to see that. 

The tank is filled with the same type of fish that call the Pocomoke River home.  This was especially enjoyable to me because the waters of the Pocomoke River are so dark you can't see a thing.  The aquarium gives one the chance to watch them in  in their own habitat to see just exactly what it is they do all day....which isn't much except swim around and entertain.
This tank is filled with living coral of just about  every color you can imagine.  Those tiny fish look as if they have been hand painted.  Be sure to find out what type of fish they are....I didn't.

I believe it was in this tiny building  there were several hand crafted skip jacks.  When you visit the DDC please be sure to take a look at them.  They are just as elegant when small and hand made as they are sailing the Chesapeake.  One thing to keep in mind as you tour this magnificent place is that many of the items on display are tools and equipment actually used  at one time.  Many kind hearted persons have either loaned or given items to the Discovery Center because they recognize the importance of  educating those that do not know about this small part of the Eastern Shore or the Eastern Shore as a whole.
 This looks very much like a scene I see every day.  In fact, in the small "village" very near my own home motorists have to stop most mornings while the ducks cross the narrow road.  They don't move for you and they don't bother to fly away.... every day .....they've done it for years.  It isn't too bad sitting there waiting if you think about those on the highway or freeway trying to beat the clock to get to work on time.  In some places on the Eastern Shore traffic jams include ducks.  Yets, here we are at times,  (in the boonies Councilman Malloy calls it), waiting for ducks.  Doesn't get much better than that.
 Ladies and gentlemen, this is a female Diamond Back Terrapin. (Thank you, Jenny Somers).  I didn't know.  My son  brought turtles home in his lunch box, his pants pockets and in paper bags many times as a child.  I've seen them in our yard and a few years ago a female snapping turtle made herself comfortable and laid eggs in a pile of sand near our brand new garage....then she left.....hissing all the way down our drive.  I had never seen a Diamond Back and was really thrilled to see that this one was so active and didn't mind showing off.  Be sure to stop by and see her.

A work shop that represents the decoy carvers on the Eastern Shore.  Steve and Lem Ward, of Crisfield came to my mind when I saw this.  The Ward Brothers were friends of my in-laws.  In the dining room there were  framed ink sketches created by one of the brothers  and a couple of decoys in the livingroom.  My  children never wanted to leave Crisfield unless we road by the old workshop.  Did you know that the Ward Brothers were actually both barbers?

Today there are many decoy carvers withing the local area and I'm sure we all know who some of them are.  In fact, in the past many local carvers have set up displays in the DDC for the public to view.  Check the DDC website for upcoming events. 
Watch for the  the Oyster Toads (that's what Councilman Malloy said they were).  The aquarium has quite a few of them.  Cute little things but they always  look like they were having a bad day....Good defense...I wouldn't bother anything that contrary looking either.

This was at the end of our visit.  For those of you that like boats but don't like the water this might be the thing to try.  There is actually two speeds of  'wind' to blow the sail.  Jump in and hit the button!

Going through the Delmarva Discovery Center was great fun!  I didn't take time to see all of it.but I will go again.  My photos can not begin to bring you the true beauty of the display.  The entire center is amazing and seems to actually capture all of the things that make the Eastern Shore unique.  If you were born and have lived on the shore all your life you understand what I'm speaking about.

There are also hands-on learning stations for anyone that wants that experience. 

A steamship gives anyone the opportunity to go aboard, walk through and even go to the top deck.  The setting around the steamship is quite in line with what would be done during its use many years ago. 

The Delmarva Discovery Center truly  IS a "showcase of the regions cultural and environmental heritage".
And if you were born and raised on the Eastern Shore it is YOUR cultural and environmental heritage that is showcased there.  Spend the time and the money to see it.  Most of you will be able to identify with all of the exhibits and you will be amazed at the beauty of it all stretched out under one roof. 

An excellant way to see the Eastern Shore without being bothered by the summer heat, humidity and bugs.  There's also no marshy smell.

And you might just learn something new!

Sleepovers and birthday parties are welcomed there too!  For more information call the Delmarva Discovery Center - 410-957-9933 or go to   The center also has a page on Facebook with tons of photographs and information.  The website and the facebook page will enable you to be constantly updated.  And pass the word around ~ The DDC is looking for volunteers.  If you are interested give Brian a call.

If you have never visited the Eastern Shore and are planning to be in the area I would certainly reccommend the Delmarva Discovery Center to be the best museum to visit  to get good lesson about  the surrounding area. 

Thank you so very much Brian Garrett for allowing me to visit the Delmarva Discovery Center. I am impressed and it is quite plain to see that great amounts of hard work and time were taken to make the center the showcase it is. Everyone that had a hand in making the DDC the showcase it is should be very proud.  I will be back to visit very soon.


TIME MACHINE ... School Days!

(Reader-friendly viewing of newspaper archives material)

August, 1958

School faculty members were announced for Pocomoke City schools for the 1958-1959 school year:

Pocomoke High School

Leon N. Timmons, Principal

Verlin C. Krabill

Betty Jane Burton

William C. Carey, Jr.

Lucille G. Hatfield

Louise Holbrook

J. Nelson Jester

Clothilde H. Kellogg

Gladys N. Lankford

Louis Malkus

Elizabeth P. Marshall

Mary E. Matthews

Marilyn P. Melendy

Charles S. Murphy

Rheba Alice Palmer

Pauline L. Robertson

Marian G. Severance

Phillip W. Slacum

Luella H. Tatam

Jacquelyn E. Trader

Lawrence A. Powell

Pocomoke Elementary School

John W. Tatem, Jr., principal

Violel Chesser

Ruth Cropper

Dorothy A. Elliot

N. Mae Ellis

Katherine S. Etchison

Anna E. Meyers

Margaret V. Stoffers

Pauline P. Tyndall

Agnes B. Willard

Ruby T. Wilson

Blanche D. Wright

Pocomoke Primary School

Anne L. Ross, principal

Sara S. Dallas

Martha W. Duncan

Zella C. Lamdem

Pearl P. Mariner

LaReine T. Powell

Julia E. Robertson

Footnote: From a little earlier I recall Barbara Lee Tull (later active in Pocomoke business and civic affairs) as one of my Junior High teachers...possibly her first teaching job(?). -tk for PPE

February, 1964

Winners were announced in a contest in which high school students in Worcester County vied for honors for bringing in Civil War relics. Pocomoke High School winners were: Mike Bloxom placing first for an 1858 Colt .44 revolver; Jack Tatem, second, with a Springfield rifle and a Civil War era postage stamp; Melissa Jackson, third, with a Civil War sword that was used by her great-grandfather. The contest was jointly sponsored by the Worcester County Historical Society and The Maryland Civil War Commission.

June, 1941

With the closing of the one-teacher school in Westover Miss Mary Ritzel, the teacher in charge, was retiring from active duty. When school resumed the Westover students would be transported by bus to Princess Anne.

April, 1946

School news reported by students in the "PHS Speak's" column in Pocomoke's Worcester Democrat newspaper included items about a month long competition among home room classes for cleanest rooms...the annual Commercial Day program under the direction of Miss Mary Emily Easter Party being planned by Miss Pearl Bratten's 5th and 6th grade classes...a victory garden project under the direction of Mrs. Wilson...a fried chicken dinner for faculty and Chef Club members, directed by Miss Mable Jones...the organization of an Aviation Club to make model airplanes and collect information about important flights, under the direction of Mrs. Mae Taylor...and the organization of a Camera Club under the direction of Mrs. Cutright.

March, 1949

A fire broke out at the old Pocomoke school building on Walnut Street where some 190 first through third graders were attending classes. They filed out safely under the supervision of Principal Miss Annie Ross. Pocomoke firemen had the blaze under conrol in about 30 minutes. The 70-year-old three-story structure sufffered roof and water damage. An overheated flue was believed to be the cause of the fire.

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Legislative Updates By Delegate Mike McDermott

Field Notes
Observations and Reflections on Legislative Activities

Week 3 January 23-27, 2012

Judicial Electronic Filing
Briefings continue in every committee from various state agencies. The Judiciary Committee heard from Chief Judge Ben C. Clyburn on upgrades to the court records management system. Maryland has been in the process of moving to a relatively paperless system where records are updated and posted in real time. While the benefits are significant, the vendor costs are not a small thing. One of the focal points of the committee was the filing fees that the court intends to assess the attorneys for electronic actions taken by the court.

Budget Briefing
We received a budget briefing which I have touched on in previous press releases. In a nutshell, the overall budget grows by one billion dollars. We started with a 1.5 billion dollar deficit. Many of the revenue streams for the state have dried up. In particular the federal money on which we have become so dependant. There are significant proposals that would affect every family in Maryland if they are adopted. They include:
Income tax deduction changes (mortgage and charitable donations)
Fee increases (such as doubling of vehicle registration)
College tuition increases
Sales Tax applied to Internet purchases
Sales Tax applied to phone applications
Applying the Sales Tax to many items that, to date, have been exempt.

These would be on top of the tax and fee increases already being proposed such as :
a 15 cent (66% increase) rise in our gasoline tax
a 100 to 200% increase in the “Flush” tax
Rate and fee charges for Wind Energy proposals

Across the board, Marylanders will find themselves with fewer dollars in their pocket so the governor can have a few more in his. Even Pres. Obama does not think Marylanders making less than $250,000 should pay any additional taxes, yet our governor wants to lower that standard down to $100,000.

I urge you to call, email, write, and visit the General Assembly. It is easier for them to raise taxes than it is for them to say “no” to spending increases.

“We Are The 96%” Press Conference
On Wednesday, my freshman Republican colleagues and I conducted a press conference to highlight a Gonzales Poll which we commissioned to ask Marylanders how they felt about their current tax rates. 96% of us feel that we are being taxed enough. That number includes Democrats, Republicans, and Independents. Young and old, male and female, we all agree on the tax issue. The conference received a lot of press attention and raised the level of the debate with real facts and figures. It was picked up and broadcast extensively. Unfortunately, the shore rarely sends a crew to cover any of the business ongoing in Annapolis.

Public Defender Act Hearing
On Thursday the Judiciary Committee heard from many groups on the recent decision by the Court of Appeals in Maryland which would require the Public Defender to be present at Initial Appearances before a District Court Commissioners. This has not ever been the practice and it would cost the state anywhere from 30 to over 100 million to cover these 180,000 appearances and create facilities to accommodate the change. In response to this decision, I presented HB-112 as an Emergency Bill which would change the Public Defender Act so as not to require their presence at an Initial Appearance with a court commissioner. This has stirred many to action in the criminal justice community. I was happy to see Wicomico State’s Attorney Matt Maciarello and Somerset States Attorney Dan Powell attend the hearing and let the committee know the true cost to local government if we fail to take action. Another hearing on HB-112 will be conducted next Tuesday.

Eastern Shore Delegation Meeting
We met with Department of Natural Resources Secretary John Griffin who briefed the delegation on various DNR projects slated for funding in the governor’s proposed budget. The biggest items for our area included upgrades to the bathhouses on Assateague Island and a project to support the proposed new Ocean City Boat Ramp at 64th Street. These projects would represent several million dollars worth of improvements.

There was a passionate exchange between some delegation members and the Secretary over the use of tracking devices installed on commercial waterman's vessels last year. It seems several requests for information on this matter have received no response from the DNR. This was defended vigorously as an “ongoing” investigation although a year has passed. The Secretary stated he felt like he and his department were being “harassed” on this issue by certain members of the General Assembly (namely Sen. Colburn and Del. Smigiel). Little was resolved on this matter.

I inquired about the reductions in the Striped Bass Quota due to “anticipated theft” of the resource. I asked the Secretary to include any reductions in the original quota numbers so waterman can establish their budgets for the year without fear of reductions. It is absurd to reduce someones paycheck on the grounds that they “might” steal from you. Sen. Mathias had no problem with this premise, but most of the delegation was outraged by this approach. The purpose of having a citizen legislature is to provide direct oversight of these various government agencies and not simply take their word for any action they attempt to justify. It is called accountability and it can (as was the case on Friday), at times,be messy.

Upcoming Bills:
Next week I will provide a rundown on all of the bills I have sponsored or co-sponsored so far. They include bills to reduce or eliminate taxes, protecting private property rights, along with pieces of pro-gun legislation, and public safety bills.

Bond Bills:
For the second year, I have joined with most of my Republican colleagues in agreeing not to submit or vote for any bond bills which only serve to increase the debt for the future generations of Marylanders. Each one of these bills begins with the words, “Creation Of A State Debt...” for that is what they do. At a time when we walked in the door with a $1.5 Billion deficit, this is not the time to increase our debt, no matter how “worthy” one may think the proposal.

I have voted with the Republican Caucus to support giving any appropriated bond money available to local governments for replacement Highway User money. This would allow many road repairs and paving projects in our local area to be accomplished. I’m quite sure this notion will be summarily rejected by the democratic leadership, but we feel it is important to make these reasoned arguments.

It just does not make sense to go into debt to build a playground today for our kids that their kids will be taxed to pay for.