Friday, April 27, 2012


Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover’s Soul Issues Voluntary Recall
Recall is limited to one formula of Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover’s Soul distributed to 10 states

Diamond Pet Foods is recalling one production run of Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover’s Soul Adult Light Formula dry dog food. One bag of the product has tested positive for Salmonella, and the recall of the four production codes is being conducted as a precautionary measure. 

We encourage consumers who have purchased Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover’s Soul Adult Light Formula dry dog food with the specific production codes and best before dates to discard the product. Diamond Pet Foods apologizes for any potential issues this may have caused our customers and their dogs.  No dog illnesses have been reported.

Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover’s Soul Adult Light Formula – dry dog food:

35 lb - CLF0102B31XCW,    Best by Date 27/JAN/2013
35 lb - CLF0102B31XCW,    Best by Date 28/JAN/2013
35 lb - CLF0102B32XWR,    Best by Date 28/JAN/2013
6 lb - CLF0102B3XALW,     Best by Date 28/JAN/2013

Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover’s Soul Adult Light Formula dry dog food is manufactured by Diamond Pet Foods and was distributed in Florida, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Virginia, who may have further distributed the product to other states, through pet food channels. The company is working directly with distributors and retailers who carry these products to remove them from the supply chain.

Pets with Salmonella infections may have decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. If left untreated, pets may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever and vomiting. Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.

Individuals handling dry pet food can become infected with Salmonella, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with surfaces exposed to this product.

Healthy people infected with salmonella should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, people who are more likely to be affected by Salmonella include infants, children younger than 5 years old, organ transplant patients, people with HIV/AIDS and people receiving treatment for cancer.

Pet owners, who are unsure if the product they purchased is included in the recall, or who would like replacement product or a refund, may contact us at 800-442-0402.

Chincoteague Seafood Festival

The 2012 Chincoteague Spring Seafood Festival May 5 at Tom's Cove Park...Noon to 4 p.m.

Call the Chincoteague Chamber of Commerce for tickets. 757-336-6161

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Atheist Group Demands Fire Department Remove 91-Year-Old Monument

A cross is at the center of another church and state controversy in Rhode Island. 

Earlier this year, Jessica Ahlquist, 16, successfully sued to remove a school prayer banner from her high school in Cranston, R.I. 

Now, an atheist group called Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) has written a letter to Leo Fontaine, mayor of Woonsocket, R.I., stating that a cross in the parking lot of the town's fire department is "unlawful" and requesting that the town remove it. 

According to the Daily Caller, the letter also asked that a memorial angel and firefighter's prayer be removed from the department's website. 
(Click here to read the letter from FFRF )
The offending monument was unveiled in 1921 in memory of William Jolicoeur, a member of the American Expeditionary Forces who was killed in France during World War I, the Woonsocket Call explains. The monument was later rededicated in May 1952 to honor three brothers killed in World War II. The original monument was dedicated by French Field Marshall Ferdinand Foch, Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces, who came to Woonsocket at the end of World War 1. 

The mayor is exploring the city's options, but says he has no intention of removing the cross.
However, the cross could be relocated to private property if a lawsuit is mounted. City Council President John Ward informed the Woonsocket Call that the city is on the verge of bankruptcy and cannot afford to get dragged into a costly legal battle over a principle.

The controversy has prompted Tom Poole, a disabled veteran, and Barbara Dardeen of Warwick to start a vigil at the monument. As WoonsocketPatch reports, the couple is hoping to stop any removal of the cross: "We'll both spend as much time out here as we need to, to make sure that the monument stays put," Dardeen said.

For more on this story, watch WPRI's video report below.

Best Used Car Ad Ever Touts A Teal 1995 Pontiac Grand Am

Take a unicorn, promises of fast-growing beards and a teal 1995 Pontiac Grand Am, and what do you get? 

Possibly the best used car ad you'll ever see. 

It doesn't include anyone dressed as Uncle Sam, nor does it make promises about low prices. The Seattle Craigslist ad promises that if you buy this car, the experience will be "better than your last four romantic encounters, combined." 

"I know what you're asking yourself, 'Am I man enough to handle a car this flawless?'" the ad reads. "The short answer is no." 

The car is owned by Joe Strachila, of Everett, Wash., whose childhood friend Kyle Miller "dug deep into his manly creativity center (a place often filled with beer), and created the ad for me," Strachila said in an email to The Huffington Post. The Washington State grad, now an engineer for an aerospace company in Seattle, wrote that it's time to let someone else have the joy of owning the Pontiac. 

Strachila's cellphone battery quickly died after the ad was posted. No doubt because he was getting calls from throngs of buyers in the Seattle area who are dying to get their hands on this teal Pontiac masterpiece. 

Craigslist took down the ad shortly after the auto enthusiast website Jalopnik linked to it, declaring it "The Best Craigslist Car Ad Ever."

Miller, a communications manager near Seattle, said graphic design is a part of his job, and humor is a hobby. 

"As you can probably guess, I love humor that blows simple things completely out of proportion," he said in an email. "I thought the ad was funny, but I am completely taken aback by the response."
See the ad (we scrubbed out Strachila's phone number, because we might want to buy the car ourselves) below:


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Both Johnson and Jackson Denied Bond

Tia Johnson and Clarence (Junior) Jackson were both denied bond yesterday by Worcester County Circuit Court Judge Thomas C. Groton III. The writer of the article must have meant Jackson and not Johnson as being unruly and making threatening comments. That's just Junior Jackson being himself.........

Accused killer, accomplice denied bond in Sheddy case

Brian Shane
Daily Times

SNOW HILL -- Two people accused of participating in the 2007 slaying of a Delaware woman were denied bail and are set to face murder and accessory charges at trial in June.

Worcester County Circuit County Judge Thomas C. Groton III denied bond for Clarence Butch Jackson, 37, of Pocomoke City, and Tia Lynn Johnson, 31, of Eden. Police say both participated either directly or indirectly in the Nov. 14, 2007, beating death of 26-year-old Christine Marie Sheddy.

Deputy Worcester County State's Attorney Abigail Marsh said there are no allegations that Johnson participated in the "brutal" murder, but that Johnson "most certainly" aided in the cover-up and posed a flight risk.

"Christine Sheddy had her skull essentially bashed in by a shovel," Marsh said. Based on "the horrific nature of this crime," she asked the judge to deny bond for both.

Jackson and Johnson -- who remain engaged to be married, Jackson told the judge -- are now set for a June 8 motions hearing and a June 13 Jury trial.

Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting At "A Second Time Around"

The owners of the  newest business to open in downtown Pocomoke City, A Second Time Around  had their Grand Opening and ribbon cutting on Saturday  April 21.

Present at Saturdays ceremonies were:  (Left) Councilman Malloy, Councilwoman Downing (Center to right) Terri Darby and Dana Blanchard , Dana's grandson Maddox, Mayor Bruce Morrison, Councilman Tasker and Councilman Clarke.  Photo/ City of Pocomoke

Located on Market Street (once J.J. Newberry building) A Second Time Around offers something for everyone.  Stop by.......

For more information on A Second Time Around go HERE 

Justice For Phylicia ~ Finally....

Arrest made in Phylicia Barnes case

Another Proposal From the Obama Administration: Prevent Children From Doing Farm Chores

Bennie Hall Farms
Eastern Shore Virginia
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Rural kids, parents angry about Labor Dept. rule banning farm chores

By Patrick Richardson
A proposal from the Obama administration to prevent children from doing farm chores has drawn plenty of criticism from rural-district members of Congress. But now it’s attracting barbs from farm kids themselves.

The Department of Labor is poised to put the finishing touches on a rule that would apply child-labor laws to children working on family farms, prohibiting them from performing a list of jobs on their own families’ land.

Under the rules, children under 18 could no longer work “in the storing, marketing and transporting of farm product raw materials.”

“Prohibited places of employment,” a Department press release read, “would include country grain elevators, grain bins, silos, feed lots, stockyards, livestock exchanges and livestock auctions.”

The new regulations, first proposed August 31 by Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, would also revoke the government’s approval of safety training and certification taught by independent groups like 4-H and FFA, replacing them instead with a 90-hour federal government training course.

Rossie Blinson, a 21-year-old college student from Buis Creek, N.C., told The Daily Caller that the federal government’s plan will do far more harm than good.

“The main concern I have is that it would prevent kids from doing 4-H and FFA projects if they’re not at their parents’ house,” said Blinson.

“I started showing sheep when I was four years old. I started with cattle around 8. It’s been very important. I learned a lot of responsibility being a farm kid.”

In Kansas, Cherokee County Farm Bureau president Jeff Clark was out in the field — literally on a tractor — when TheDC reached him. He said if Solis’s regulations are implemented, farming families’ labor losses from their children will only be part of the problem.

“What would be more of a blow,” he said, “is not teaching our kids the values of working on a farm.”

The Environmental Protection Agency reports that the average age of the American farmer is now over 50.
“Losing that work-ethic — it’s so hard to pick this up later in life,” Clark said. “There’s other ways to learn how to farm, but it’s so hard. You can learn so much more working on the farm when you’re 12, 13, 14 years old.”

John Weber, 19, understands this. The Minneapolis native grew up in suburbia and learned the livestock business working summers on his relatives’ farm.

He’s now a college Agriculture major.

“I started working on my grandparent’s and uncle’s farms for a couple of weeks in the summer when I was 12,” Weber told TheDC. “I started spending full summers there when I was 13.”

“The work ethic is a huge part of it. It gave me a lot of direction and opportunity in my life. If they do this it will prevent a lot of interest in agriculture. It’s harder to get a 16 year-old interested in farming than a 12 year old.”

Weber is also a small businessman. In high school, he said, he took out a loan and bought a few steers to raise for income. “Under these regulations,” he explained, “I wouldn’t be allowed to do that.”


Ocean City Police Dept. ~ Bikes To the Beach Event


This weekend thousands of motorcyclists are anticipated to visit OceanCity, as the 2nd Annual Bikes to the Beach Spring Rally is scheduled to begin on Thursday, April 26.  In correlation with Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, which begins May 1, the Ocean City Police Department is reminding motorists and motorcyclists to “share the road” with each other and be extra alert to keep motorcyclists safe.

Motorcycles are vehicles with the same rights and privileges as any motor vehicle on the roadway.  Motorists and bicyclists should perform visual checks for motorcyclists by checking mirrors and blind spots before they enter or exit a lane of traffic, and at intersections.  In addition, pedestrians should also get into the habit of scanning for motorcyclists who might be hidden by other traffic.

“As summer nears and special events such as Bikes to the Beach are held, more and more motorcyclists will be hitting the roads inOceanCity,” said Ocean City Police Chief Bernadette DiPino.  “A motorcycle is one of the smallest vehicles on our roads, often hidden in a vehicle’s blind spot.  Every driver needs to aggressively look for them before changing lanes or merging with traffic.”

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, motorcyclists are much more vulnerable than a passenger vehicle occupant in the event of a crash. “Motorcyclists have responsibilities too,” continued Chief DiPino.  “Motorcyclists should obey all traffic rules, be alert to drivers and pedestrians, never ride while impaired or distracted and always wear a helmet.” 

In order to help keep motorcyclists safe inOceanCity, the Ocean City Police Department would like to offer the following tips:
  • Remember, a motorcycle is a vehicle with all of the rights and privileges of any other motor vehicle.
  • Always allow a motorcyclist the full lane width—never try to share a lane.
  • Perform a visual check for motorcycles by checking mirrors and blind spots before entering or exiting a lane of traffic, and at intersections.
  • Always signal your intentions before changing lanes or merging with traffic.
  • Don’t be fooled by a flashing turn signal on a mo­torcycle – motorcycle signals are often not self-canceling and riders sometimes forget to turn them off. Wait to be sure the motorcycle is going to turn before you proceed.
  • Allow more following distance – three or four sec­onds – when behind a motorcycle so the motorcyclist has enough time to maneuver or stop in an emer­gency.
  • Never tailgate. In dry conditions, motorcycles can stop more quickly than cars.
  • Never drive while distracted.
In addition, motorcyclists can increase their safety by:
  • Avoiding riding in poor weather conditions.
  • Wearing brightly colored protective gear and a DOT-compliant helmet.
  • Using turn signals for every turn or lane change, even if the rider thinks no one will see it.
  • Combining hand signals and turn signals to draw more attention to themselves.
  • Using reflective tape and stickers to increase visibility.
  • Positioning themselves in the lane where they will be most visible to other drivers.
  • Never driving while impaired or distracted. 
In hopes of a safe and successful “Bikes to the Beach” event and Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, the Ocean City Police Department reminds all drivers and motorcyclists to help share in the responsibility of keeping all road users safe, and do your part by safely “sharing the road.”

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Basket Bingo ~ Proceeds Benefit the Mar-Va Theater

Have Dinner At Friendly's Thursday And Support The Fire Company

On Thursday, April 26th, the Pocomoke Vol. Fire Co. will be having a fundraiser  at Friendly's in Pocomoke.

Have dinner at Friendly's 5:00 PM and 8:00 PM  and the Pocomoke City Fire Company will received a portion of the profits.

Spend some time meeting your local fire fighters.

Some fire equipment will be there and maybe even a visit from Sparky! 

Please Support Your
 Local Fire Company

Teenagers Drinking Hand Sanitizer To Get Drunk

Experts say parents should buy foam hand sanitizer

(CNN) - A half dozen teenagers in Southern California had to be taken to emergency rooms in the past few months because of hand sanitizer.

Public health officials say they had to be treated for alcohol poisoning after drinking the liquid. Now, officials tell the LA Times, they're worried this could become a dangerous trend.

Liquid hand sanitizer is 62 percent ethyl alcohol and makes a 120-proof drink. And it is very easy for teens to purchase.

Experts say parents should buy foam hand sanitizer because it's harder to distill the alcohol.

They also say parents should monitor the sanitizer the same way they would liquor or medicine.


From Delegate Mike McDermott

Budget Truth
by Delegate Mike McDermott

Does the Maryland State Budget “cut” spending on education as is being reported?

Here is the truth (and please fact check it at
Under the current budget as passed
● Spending for K-12 education increases by $199 million.
● Spending for higher education will increase by $82.4 million.
● Spending for Public Safety will increase by $23.2 million.
No raiding of specialized funds and trusts are allowed under the adopted budget as well as no
tax increases and, for the first time in anyone’s memory, the budget simply spends based upon
current revenues.

When liberals ask for a million dollar increase and you only give them half a million, to them
this is a “cut”. If an employer pays you more money this year than they did last year, was your
pay “cut”, or did you receive a raise?

The passed budget represents as much a compromise as Annapolis may be capable of
producing. It is $700 million more than Republicans wanted in their budget proposal and $500
million less than the O’Malley-Brown Budget submitted to the General Assembly in January. It
does not increase taxes nor pass down many costs to the county governments.

The only reason we will be called back into a Special Session by Governor O’Malley is to
raise taxes. There is no other reason. Those clambering for us to go back must agree with the
progressive, liberal agenda of tax and spend which has dominated Maryland for far too long.

As a result of previous and current failed taxing policies in this state, we have fewer millionaires
and fewer businesses from which we receive revenue. We have made ourselves dependent
upon the federal government and that money is gone.

In any courtroom in the United States, the witness is compelled and put under oath to tell, “the
many words being written and those being spoken regarding this budget. whole truth, and nothing but the truth...” This is something sorely missing from the

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Charges Have Been Changed For Jackson

It appears that Clarence Butch Jackson (Junior) has now been charged with First Degree Murder in the death of Christine Sheddy.

Charges stem from the murder of Ms. Sheddy in November of 2007.

In 2011 Justin Hadel was sentenced to life behind bars  without the possibility of  parole for the muder of Christine Sheddy.

Pocomoke Bookkeeper Charged In Theft

DATE: April 24, 2012
CBI Case # 12-0001
LOCATION: Nock’s Tire Service
1242 Ocean Highway
Pocomoke, MD
CHARGES: Theft Scheme over $100,000.00
ACCUSED: Julie D. Holland W/F 39yoa
Pocomoke, MD

NARRATIVE: Yesterday, Julie Holland of Pocomoke, Maryland was charged with a single-count criminal information for theft scheme over $100,000. Holland had been employed by Nock’s Tire Service as the bookkeeper for more than fifteen years before her employment ended in November 2011. The filing of this criminal information comes on the heels of a five-month-long investigation into missing funds from Nock’s Tire Service, Inc., Mason Quality Homes, and Mason Trucking, LLC, all Pocomoke businesses owned by Carlton Mason. The total dollar amount of the alleged thefts exceeds $400,000.

The Worcester County Bureau of Investigation was asked to investigate and Detective Corporal Robert Trautman, Worcester County Sheriff’s Office led the investigation after being provided extensive documentation from Charles Barnes, the General Manager of Nock’s Tire Service. Detective Corporal Trautman interviewed Holland, who at first denied her involvement with any theft from Nock’s Tire Service. Once confronted with bank records and credit card documents showing unauthorized transfers of money to her account from Nock’s Tire Service’s business checking account, Holland admitted to taking the funds. She later gave a written statement acknowledging that she took over $400,000 from her former employer. Holland stated that she had suffered some financial hardship, but could not explain where all of the money had gone.

The case is schedule for a May 2012 court date in the Worcester County Circuit Court.

Gardening 101

Gardening 101

How To Plant Cattails

*Thank you to my sister and Miss Kitty for the photo.*

2012 Miss and Little Miss Pocomoke Pageant Winners

POCOMOKE CITY -- The 56th Annual Miss Pocomoke Pageant took place April 14.

 The winners were Little Miss Pocomoke Brystal Autumn Ward, First runner-up Courtney Louise Metcalf, Second runner-up Payton Ashlyn Piercy, Miss People's Choice Dakota Hewitt Trader. Miss Pocomoke was Jasmine Elaine Brown, First runner-up Autumn Nicole Fritz, Most Talented Brittany Elaine Stevens, Miss Congenality Abby Bunting and Miss People's Choice Courtney Hope Quillen.

The Little Miss Pocomoke contestants are, front row, Courtney Louise Metcalf, Savannah Leigh McCarty and Emily Grace Skorobatsch; back row, Sammy Jo Rogers, Payton Ashlyn Piercy, Josie Amber Stevens, Dakota Hewitt Trader and Brystal Autumn Ward.

The Miss Pocomoke contestants are, front row, Abby Bunting and Courtney Quillen; and back row, Autumn Fritz, Jasmine Brown and Brittany Stevens.

Peru Approves First Step Toward Extradition of Joran van der Sloot

CNN) -- The process to extradite Joran van der Sloot from Peru to the United States to face criminal charges has begun, according to Maximo Altez, van der Sloot's Peruvian attorney.

Peruvian judges in January sentenced the Dutchman to 28 years in prison for the murder in 2010 of Stephany Flores. He is also the prime suspect in the disappearance of American Natalee Holloway. U.S. authorities want to try van der Sloot on charges of extortion and wire fraud in the Holloway case.

According to court documents obtained through Altez, a Peruvian judge has approved a U.S. request for provisional detention. This is the first step in the extradition process between Peru and the United States. The document says a formal extradition request has yet to be submitted, but will follow.

The document names the U.S. Embassy as a party in the proceedings. InSession reached out Monday for comment but did not receive a response. The Peruvian Justice Ministry also did not return a request for comment.

The only hold-up to the extradition is van der Sloot's appeal, which should be finished in about a month, Altez said.

"I think he will be extradited within the next three months," said Altez. "He will go to trial in the United States. Once he is sentenced, he will return to Peru to finish serving his 28 years, and then go back to the States to serve whatever sentence he gets there."

In June 2010, a federal grand jury in Alabama indicted him after allegations that he tried to extort $250,000 from Holloway's mother, Beth Holloway. Van der Sloot offered to provide what turned out to be bogus information about the whereabouts of Holloway's remains in exchange for the money, according to the indictment.

He was allegedly given $25,000, which authorities say he used to travel to Peru for a poker tournament.
If found guilty of extortion, he could be sentenced to 25 years in prison.

Monday, April 23, 2012



Ocean City Police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating a missing 22-year-old man.  Lance Corey Gaines, who was visiting Ocean City with his family from upstate New York, was last seen on April 21, 2012at approximately 1 The Sandbar on33rd Street and Coastal Highway.

Gaines, who was reported missing by his family, has brown hair, blue eyes and was last seen wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt.  He is approximately 6’-4” and approximately 190 pounds.

Ocean City Police are asking anyone who has seen Gaines or who has had contact with him to notify Detective Carl Perry with the Ocean City Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division at 410.723.6604.

Beauchamp Construction Gets A High Five !!

If you remember....back in 2011 the Pocomoke City Mayor and Council tooks steps in purchasing the  former Delmarva Auto Collision building on Market Street for the purpose of moving the Pocomoke City Police Department.

I started on my journey with this rennovation by taking photos  in January and watched this building go from bare walls with hanging wires to the showcase it is today.  It's  taken 4 months, maybe longer, of steady hard work!  I've seen workers walking on stilts gracefully (but probably can't dance a lick), men hanging through the rafters pulling wires.  I've been locked in a cell.  I've questioned Darren of Beauchamp Construction and he has told me more than I can remember.  In these few months I've seen carpet laid, tiles put down and seen  those same tiles waxed a week later.  I've left my toe print in a corner of a room in the building.

But the photos I take and display and all the newsy things I write are nothing compared to the authority and decisions that Pocomoke City Hall  has and makes.

On Friday April 20th City Manager Russ Blake, Mayor Bruce Morrison and Pocomoke City Council took a tour and inspected the work  of the soon to be new home of the Pocomoke City Police Department. 

The rennovations of the building met their expectations and was approved! 

GREAT JOB  Beauchamp Construction!! 

 All work inside the building has been done by Beauchamp Construction crews with the exception of twice.  Those jobs were contracted out to other  very local businesses. 

So  CONGRATULATIONS Tom Beauchamp,  Darren (operations manager) and all of you that had a hand in turning this buiding  into a masterpiece and something not only the Pocomoke City Police Department will be proud of but the people of Pocomoke City as well.......for many years.

It's not moving in time just yet........There's wiring to run for the radio systems and phones, etc.  That takes time too....

Another chapter begins.

SPCA Eastern Shore Needs Everyones Help

Dear SPCA Eastern Shore Friends:

We know how many solicitations we all get, no matter what time of year. At the SPCA, since we can only count on your contributions and our fund raisers to help us care for our No-Kill shelter animals, we sometimes put off important projects until they are critical. We're facing one of those situations now.

We asked a roofer to try and help us identify why we were getting some leaks around the ventilation ducts. When he went up on the roof to check and repair these two leaks, he found the entire roof in bad shape. Nails are protruding through the shingles, the shingles are peeling and falling apart and some of the roofing plywood needs to be removed and replaced. In short, we need to spend approximately $18,000.00 to replace the roof, depending on the amount of substructure that need to be replaced. We have already received four bids.

Our question to our many supporters is, "Can you help us keep our shelter pets dry?"
Built in 1990, the SPCA Eastern Shore shelter is structurally sound but in need of some repairs and improvements. We have had some plumbing problems that have been fixed and we are working on fixing the heating and air conditioning which are all critical for our pets, staff and visitors. But we can't keep patching the roof beyond a certain point and that point has been reached.

We DON'T want to have to cut back on the number of pets we can shelter so we're asking for your help. We will replace the roof but we want to do it with the least interruption of services.

We ARE fortunate to have a matching funds donor that is offering us $5,000.00 if we can raise an additional $10,000.00 which would get us more than half way to our goal. If you can help, please do so by sending your donation to the SPCA Eastern Shore at:

26528 Lankford Hwy.
PO Box 164
Onley, VA 23418


Go to our web site: and donate through our secure paypal account. Under your shipping information there is a place to make a note, just add ROOF and you can rest assured your donation will go directly to the roofing fund.


Call us @ 757-787-7385 for more information.

Thank you for helping us to keep our shelter pets dry!

**The SPCA Eastern Shore is a no-kill shelter located in Onley, Virginia. We provide food, shelter and medical care for cats and dogs on the Eastern Shore as we search for adoptive homes.**

National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

The 4th National Prescription
Drug Take Back Day
Saturday, April 28, 2012
10:00 am - 2:00 pm

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has scheduled another National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day which will take place on Saturday, April 28, 2012, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. This is a great opportunity for those who missed the previous events, or who have subsequently accumulated unwanted, unused prescription drugs, to safely dispose of those medications.

Americans that participated in the DEA’s third National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on October 29, 2011, turned in more than 377,086 pounds (188.5 tons) of unwanted or expired medications for safe and proper disposal at the 5,327 take-back sites that were available in all 50 states and U.S. territories. When the results of the three prior Take-Back Days are combined, the DEA, and its state, local, and tribal law-enforcement and community partners have removed 995,185 pounds (498.5 tons) of medication from circulation in the past 13 months.






Collection Site Locator:

Find a collection site near you. Check back frequently as collection sites are continuously being added.

Infected PCs May Lose Internet In July

WASHINGTON – For computer users, a few mouse clicks could mean the difference between staying online and losing Internet connections this summer.

Unknown to most of them, their problem began when international hackers ran an online advertising scam to take control of infected computers around the world. In a highly unusual response, the FBI set up a safety net months ago using government computers to prevent Internet disruptions for those infected users. But that system is to be shut down.

The FBI is encouraging users to visit a website run by its security partner,, that will inform them whether they're infected and explain how to fix the problem. After July 9, infected users won't be able to connect to the Internet.

Most victims don't even know their computers have been infected, although the malicious software probably has slowed their web surfing and disabled their antivirus software, making their machines more vulnerable to other problems.

Last November, the FBI and other authorities were preparing to take down a hacker ring that had been running an Internet ad scam on a massive network of infected computers.

"We started to realize that we might have a little bit of a problem on our hands because … if we just pulled the plug on their criminal infrastructure and threw everybody in jail, the victims of this were going to be without Internet service," said Tom Grasso, an FBI supervisory special agent. "The average user would open up Internet Explorer and get 'page not found' and think the Internet is broken."

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Don't Miss The Relay For Life, Mother's Day Tea Party

Red Hills Fire ~ Sign Post, Virginia April 2012

My husband and I took a ride to Red Hills in the Sign Post area  on Saturday to see  the damage from recent fires in the area.  It always baffles me how these things happen and continue to happen. 

So many local people have great memories about being there in days  gone by. 

We should all be proud of those fireman  and the forestry division who,  for a few days in a  row,  fought those fires in the wooded areas of Red Hills.  Even the paved road is narrow and hardly accomodates a large car.  I can't imagine so many fire trucks equipped with men and women moving around.  They're just good at what they do.  Their job is not easy and we are so very fortunate that we have so many brave men and women willing to drop what they are doing, leave their meals, jump out of bed with the only thing on their minds is fire and getting the job done in the least amount of time.  It doesn't always work out that way and while we were snug in our beds or sitting back watching the television these brave souls were out.  Those fires very easily could have turned into the raging fires we  only see on televison. 

Please remember to thank them for what they do and for how much they give to not just one community but to all communities by being there when called to serve. 

 You are the greatest!

Photos don't tell the entire story of what it looks like in the wooded areas that sit there charred while the rest of the trees continue to blossom.  I counted 3 - or maybe 4- separate burned areas leading from the paved road on towards the water.  Here are just a few photos.......

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April, 1880

(The New York Times)



Ocean City, Md., March 31.- On the morning of Dec. 29, 1874, THE TIMES was sent the first letter ever written for publication from this place. The first paragraph of that letter read: "I write from where the Ocean House is to be, and not from where it is. Atlantic Ocean City is purely an American city. It exists only on paper and in the imagination of its founders. It is situated on the Synapuxant Beach, (newspaper spelling) about 20 miles below Lewes, and is intended by its founders to be a sea-side summer resort for Baltimorians, and a Winter resort for gunners from New York and Philadelphia." The dream of the originators of that sea-side city has been fully realized, and what then was a barren waste of sand is now covered by many hotels and private cottages. The Ocean House, the largest and best appointed hotel on the beach, had, last year sleeping accommodations for upwards of 500 guests, and dining arrangements for as many more. This season's preparations are being rapidly pushed to a conclusion, and when that house is opened this Summer it will have sleeping accommodations for upward of 800 guests, and will have dining-room and kitchen capacity for furnishing upward of 400 meals an hour. The Massey House, which stands just across the street from the Ocean House, can readily accommodate several hundred people, while the "Lynch" and the "Ayers" are also large and well kept houses. Besides, there are several other very good hotels in Ocean City, while the Philadelphia, Wilmington, and Baltimore Railway Company owns a very large and pretty excursion house, or pavilion, built by that company for the accommodation of excursion parties brought by the company during the season to this city. During the past season excursions to Ocean City from all parts of this peninsula became very popular, and it was estimated that on some days last year not less than 20,000 people visited this place on these excursion trains. On one particular day, (a day made memorable by the death, by drowning, of Senator Fords, of Queen Anne's County, who at the cost of his own life, saved a young lady from that death,) excursion trains were made up to run directly to this point at Washington, at Baltimore, at Wilmington, at Philadelphia, and from off the Kent County Railroad, the Maryland and Delaware Railroad, and from the Maryland Extension Railroad.

(Many more details about Ocean City in 1880 coming up in Part 2 of this article next week!)


June, 1955

Numerous correspondents from surrounding communities near Pocomoke City contributed news of interest from their respective areas to Pocomoke's local newspaper, The Worcester Democrat, and were recognized in a 1955 seventy-fifth anniversary edition of the paper:

Mappsville area... Mrs. Anna Roberts

Cokesbury area... Mrs. Mildred Beauchamp

Snow Hill area... Mrs. Flossie H. Richardson

Beaverdam area... Mrs. Margaret Holland (contributing her column for 40 years)

Wattsville area... Mrs. Hazel Collins

Chincoteague area... Mrs. Kay Connor 


December, 1968

Pocomoke City residents were remembering Miss Mildred Schoolfield who passed away at age 65. Miss Schoolfield served as Pocomoke's town clerk for 30 years until her retirement six months earlier. 



May, 1893

Iowa Postal Card(Newspaper)- Fayette, Iowa

Miss Susan B. Anthony declares that we are on the eve of an era of unmarried women. The grounds for her opinion are that under modern social conditions young women are becoming more and more self-dependent.



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