Friday, June 15, 2012

Random Photos From the Cypress Festival 2012

37th Annual Cypress Festival

Pocomoke City, Maryland


The New Pocomoke Restaurant...Just a Little More Time

The New Pocomoke City Restaurant

Downtown Pocomoke City, Maryland

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

If you've been downtown within the past few days you would have noticed the beautiful landscaping that has been done around the restaurant.

Just a few short weeks ago the brick pavers had just arrived and workers were busy at the job of arranging the walkways and tamping the bricks into place. Now all the mud that has been there all these weeks is coverd with grass and attractive shrubs and foliage outline the building.

Even the area below the Delmarva Discovery Center got some special attention!

Who's responsible for all this magnificent landscaping??
Douglas Guns, the Superintendent of the Winters Quarters Golf Course, and his marvelous crew along with Pocomoke City Public Works crew!! Along with the landscaping they paved an area next to the drawbridge so the Pocomoke Vol. Fire Co. can access a dry hydrant located on the docks.

Beautiful job!

Another good indication that it won't be long before many of us will be dining in the new restaurant and enjoying the view of the Pocomoke River. I will keep you posted on any updates.

National Flag Week /4




The only time a flag should be allowed to twist and turn is when it dances in the wind.B

What you may not know:

Superintendent Bill East of the Dept. of Public Works for Pocomoke City along with his crew are responsible for the large flag in Cypress Park and the flags displayed along the sidewalk in downtown Pocomoke City.

Bill tries to keep two flags on hand at all times in case one becomes damaged. He tries to make sure the flag has been taken down when high winds are predicted so there will be no damage to the flag or the pole. But Eastern Shore weather is not always pretictable and it's not always convenient to lower a 20' x 30' American flag under any circumstances. Flags of this size are pricey Bill and his crew, because of their special care for the flag, are helping to save the city tax dollars and always making sure that we are able to enjoy the greatest symbol of our country.

Thanks Bill! And thank you to your crew of great workers who make sure the American flag is protected. It is always the first thing I look for when I am downtown...before the red light!

New Church Man Convicted Of Drugs and Weapons Charges


Connie Morrison

Terrell Charles Thomas, of New Church, was convicted in Accomack County Circuit Court of drug and weapons charges. The charges stem from an incident in November 2011 during which members of the Eastern Shore Drug Task Force attempted to stop Mr. Thomas after receiving information by telephone about possible drug activity.

According to those officers, Mr. Thomas attempted to elude them and instead ended up in the median of US13 just south of Ts Corner. Mr. Thomas left the vehicle on foot, crossed north-bound traffic on US13, and ran between two buildings. Officers pursued on foot, and were able to apprehend Mr. Thomas. They then recovered two loaded 22-caliber pistols that Mr. Thomas had discarded during the chase, and recovered crack cocaine from Mr. Thomass Lexus.

The defense attempted to show that the cocaine did not belong to Mr. Thomas, arguing that he had purchased the vehicle less than 48 hours before the incident, and did not know the drugs were in the vehicle. Judge Frederick Lowe, however, found that the Commonwealth had met its burden of proof and found Mr. Thomas guilty. He was remanded to jail to await sentencing in this case and in another case of cocaine possession for which he was convicted in February.

The 37th Annual Cypress Festival


Wednesday June 13
Gates & Ride Open 6 – 10pm

6:00pm Flag Day Ceremony (Elks & Cub Scouts)
6:00pm Opening Ceremonies (Chamber & City Officials)
6:30pm Little Miss & Miss Cypress Festival Contest
8:00pm Feet of Fire Dance School Demo

Thursday June 14
Gates & Rides Open 6 – 10pm

7:00pm Pocomoke Karate & Judo Demo
8:00pm Pocomoke Idol Contest W/ MC John Phoebus

Friday June 15
Gates & Rides Open 6 – 10pm

6:00pm Midnight Country Express Band

Saturday June 16
Gates & Rides Open 12 – 10pm

8:00am YMCA Triathlon
**50/50 Duck Derby Race $1.OO a Duck or 6 for $5.00
4:00pm Dance Loft Demo
6:00pm Front Page News Band
10:00pm Fireworks

Have You Taken Your Boater's Safety Course?

If you're a boater under 30


Before you head out on the water, take a boating safety course! Virginia's Boating Safety Education Compliance Requirement states boaters must take a boating safety education course approved by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) and accepted by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF). The requirement has been phased-in by age group and category since 2009 and will continue to be phased-in over the next several years.

Currently, PWC (jet ski) operators age 50 and younger and motorboat operators 20 and younger who operate boats with motors of 10 horsepower and greater must complete a boating safety education course and have such proof in their possession while operating a boat or PWC.

On July 1, 2012, the law requires all PWC operators, and motorboat operators age 30 and younger who operate boats with motors of 10 horsepower and greater to have completed a boating safety education course and carry such proof in their possession while operating the vessel.

Boaters can take a classroom course, an internet course, or a challenge exam to meet the requirement. Classroom courses are taught by volunteer instructors throughout the state. There are several internet courses that are accepted by the VDGIF. Once you take a course, carry your course completion certificate or wallet card with you while operating a PWC or motorboat.

For boaters who have taken a boating safety course in the past, our optional Lifetime Virginia Boating Safety Education Card is available. This durable, drivers-license-styled card is available for a fee of $10.00.
You can get an application by visiting our website:

To learn more about boating laws in Virginia, and about boating safety education courses, visit the Department's website at


Thursday, June 14, 2012

Flag Day Ceremony 2012 / Cypress Park


Wednesday June 13, 2012

Cypress Festival
The Pocomoke Elks Lodge along with Cub Scout Troop 143 participated in theFlag Day Ceremony on opening night of the Annual Cypress Festival. Troop 143, you did an outstanding job!

American flag proudly waves from Tower 1 aerial truck of the Pocomoke City Volunteer Fire Company

American flag as it waves in Cypress Park, Pocomoke City, Maryland; at dusk

The Annual Cypress Festival continues tonight through Saturday night.

Schedule of events:

TIME MACHINE Preview ... An Eastern Shore Banquet!

The Banquet- 1914 ... "nearly every dish served will carry the name of the county it represents."

1887 (Eastern Shore food) ... "The choicest things of life flourish here with a luxuriance that few, if any sections of the country can match."

It's this Sunday on The Pocomoke Public Eye!

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MarVa Theater This Weekend


Friday, June 15, 2012

Saturday, June 16, 2012

7 PM

$5.00 Admission


The SPCA Eastern Shore Virginia

is having a


Saturday June 23, 2012

8 am until NOON

Onley, Virginia


They are still in need of furniture, tooLs, kitchen items, clothes, electronics, collectibles, etc

You can drop donated items off Tuesday thru Saturday (10AM to 3 PM)

For more information call: 757-787-7385



Rocket Week Launching at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility

WASHINGTON -- Students and educators from across the country will experience what it is like to be a rocket scientist during "Rocket Week," June 16–22, at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island, Va.

More than 100 participants will receive hands-on training in building payloads for spaceflight, learn the basics of rocketry and develop activities for the classroom through the fifth annual RockOn! workshop for university-level participants and the concurrent second annual Wallops Rocket Academy for Teachers and Students (WRATS) for high school teachers.

"RockOn! and WRATS provide a unique experience for students, faculty and teachers to understand the importance of a sounding rocket suborbital launch and the value of science that is collected," said Joyce Winterton, senior advisor for education and leadership development at Wallops. "Both opportunities demonstrate the practical application of science, technology, engineering and mathematics."

About 40 participants will build standardized experiments that will fly on a NASA Terrier-Improved Orion suborbital sounding rocket set to launch between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. EDT June 21. The 35-foot-tall rocket is expected to fly to an altitude of about 75 miles. After launch and payload recovery, the participants will conduct preliminary data analysis and discuss their results.

In addition to the nine workshop-built experiments, eight custom-built experiments also will fly on the rocket inside a payload canister known as RockSat-C. These experiments were developed at universities that previously participated in a RockOn! workshop.

The WRATS program gives high school teachers a technical flight experience to reinforce science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) concepts they teach in their classrooms. During the week, 13 teachers from 12 states will learn about the dynamics of rocketry and the science gained from suborbital sounding rockets. They also will attend the June 21 sounding rocket launch.

The programs continue NASA's investment in the nation's education programs by supporting the goal of attracting and retaining students in STEM disciplines critical to future space exploration.

RockOn! is conducted in coordination with the Colorado and Virginia Space Grant consortia. Supported by the National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program in NASA's Office of Education, it is designed to provide participants an introduction to building small experiments that can be launched on sounding rockets. The RockOn! and WRATS workshops are supported by the agency's Sounding Rocket Program at Wallops.

For more information on RockOn! and RockSat, visit:

For more information about the WRATS programs, visit:

For more information about NASA's education programs visit:

Wednesday, June 13, 2012



Photo was taken from inside the restaurant on March 16, 2012. I couldn't wait for the windows to be installed to take this photo! B

Here's some flag news you may not know.....

The American flag in Cypress Park measures 20' x 30'. Although the flags have never been weighed it is guessed that any of the flags will weigh close to 60 pounds. It takes at least three men to handle a flag of this size making sure it never touches the ground. The term for the task of raising and lowering the flag is "striking the colors". (please correct me if this is incorrect)

Maryland Spending Growth Highest in Region

Maryland Spending Growth Highest in Region


Annapolis, MD - A report issued yesterday underscores again

dramatic spending growth in Maryland, where the budget has increased

more than any other state on the eastern seaboard and the mid-Atlantic

region. Nationally, the rate of growth is higher than all but five other states,

according to the non-partisan National Governor's Association which

compares state general fund budgets from fiscal years 2011 to 2013.

"What happens when you increase spending by more than most other
states and you pass 24 tax and fee hikes? You end up having the
biggest job loss in the nation," said Change Maryland Chairman Larry
Hogan, referring to the latest U.S. Department of Labor report which
showed Maryland leading the nation in lost jobs.

The report, issued twice a year by the National Governor's Association
and the National Association of State Budget Officers, details budget
levels among the fifty states. Taking into account the last two years
and the next fiscal year's budget, Maryland's 15.5% growth contradicts
numbers the O'Malley Administration pointed to just six months ago.
At that time the spending increase was 11.4% between fiscal years
2011and 2012, which the Administration tried to dismiss due to
expiring federal stimulus dollars.

An O'Malley Administration spokesperson said in November that,
"Maryland has increased general fund spending more slowly over the
last two years than most of our neighbors."

"Once again, the Administration is making it up as they go," said
Hogan. This is just like the fictional $8 billion in 'cuts' the
Administration claims to have made. Fortunately, a non-partisan
organization, of which the Governor is a member, provides some
much-needed facts."

The total operating budget has grown from $28.8 billion in 2007 to
$35.5 billion today. The general fund accounts for discretionary
spending funded by state tax dollars.

The report adjusts budget numbers with each issue based on estimated
versus actual spending. The average budget growth among all states
from 2011 to 2013 is 5.5%.



"Fiscal Survey of the States," Spring 2012 page 7, table 6.

Baltimore Sun "Maryland Budget Increase Highest in Region"

Former Firefighter Convicted in Northampton Circuit Court


Connie Morrison

Tevin Delray Doughty was sentenced on June 11 in Northampton County Circuit Court for credit card fraud and obtaining a credit card number without permission of the owner. He was convicted in February, and has been out on bond awaiting sentencing.

Prior to his conviction, Mr. Doughty had been a volunteer firefighter, achieving certification to operate all the fire apparatus. He was also working to become a certified EMT at the time charges were filed. Mr. Doughty tried to get the charges reduced to misdemeanors, so that he could still become an EMT, but Commonwealths Attorney Bruce Jones said the victim was not in favor of a reduction of charges. Jeff Flournoy of the Eastern Shore 911 Commission testified as a character witness for the defense, saying that Mr. Doughty was respected at the firehouse and in the community, and the charges took everyone by surprise.

Perhaps the one person who was not surprised was Judge Glen A. Tyler. Citing Mr. Doughty's criminal record, he said there must be two personalities operating: one that is seen by the criminal justice system, and one seen by the general public. He added that the community has a high regard for fire fighters and EMTs, and there is a reason people with felony convictions cannot serve in those capacities: they do not warrant the trust of the public.

Judge Tyler sentenced Mr. Doughty to 5 years on each count, to run concurrently, with all but 8 months suspended and restitution of $656.

From The Worcester County Sheriff's Office

Worcester County Sheriff's Office


Incident: Assault on Police and Disorderly Conduct
Location of Crime: Rt 113 and Goody Hill Road, Newark, Maryland
Suspects: Thomas Anthony Honaker Age 18, Bel-Air, Maryland

Charges: 2nd Degree Assault, Disorderly Conduct, and Resisting Arrest

On June 9, 2012, a Worcester County Deputy was dispatched to the area of Route 113 and Goody Hill Road, Newark, Maryland in reference to a reported passed out male on the shoulder of the roadway. Upon the deputy’s arrival, he observed several vehicles stopped on the shoulder of the roadway. The deputy attempted to make contact with the subject who was identified as Thomas Honaker, age 18 of Bel-Air, Maryland. Mr. Honaker then ran from the deputy and attempted to enter a bystander’s vehicle. As the deputy approached Mr. Honaker again, Mr. Honaker began kicking the deputy and refused to comply with verbal commands. Mr. Honaker was subsequently arrested and charged with 2nd Degree Assault, Resisting Arrest and Disorderly Conduct. Mr. Honaker released pending trial.

Suspect: Orion Christopher Conway 22 yrs old
Berlin, MD

Charge: Violation of Probation (2cnts) Original Charges: Burglary 4th Degree and Theft under $1,000

On Friday June 08, 2012 the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office arrested 22 year old Orion Christopher Conway of Williams St Berlin, Maryland for two outstanding Circuit Court Bench Warrants for Violation of Probation on original charges 1) Burglary 4th Degree and 2) Theft under $1,000. Conway was process and held in the Worcester County Jail on a bond total amount of $50,000.00.

Suspect: William Arthur Sargent IV, 31 yrs old

W. Ocean City, MD

Charge: Two counts of Theft under $100

On Friday June 08,2012 the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office arrested William Arthur Sargent IV, of Swordfish Drive West Ocean City, Maryland on two counts of theft under $100.

The Worcester County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call to respond to the area of the West Ocean City Park & Ride for a purse that had been stolen from a female victim. Several calls came in by citizens in the area giving a suspect description. While Sheriff’s Units were in the area a report came in that the suspect was last seen climbing over a fence near the Francis Scott Key motel. A Worcester County Sheriff’s Deputy responded to the area and apprehended the suspect, who later admitted to stealing the purse and the money that was inside of it. The money was recovered and turned over to the victim. Mr. Sargent was transported to the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office where he was processed and charged with two counts of theft under $100. Mr. Sargent was seen by a District Court Commissioner and was later released on personal recognizance.

2012 Yappy Hour Fundraiser



4:00pm – 8:00pm

PLEASE CALL HEATHER @ (c) 410.430.9405 (w) 410.632.1112

ADULTS (Food Only) - $15 ** ADULTS (Food & Beverages) - $20
KIDS (Food Only) - $8

Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, Pork BBQ, BBQ Chicken,
Corn on the Cob, Potato Salad & Watermelon


* K9 Water Tricks by Delmarva Dock Dogs * Pictures * BAND * Silent Auction *
Special Guest Mitch Fletcher from K9 Heeling - As Seen on Animal Planet * 50/50 *
K-9 Demonstration by Worcester County Sheriff’s Office * K-9 t-shirts for sale *
100% of all ticket & auction sales benefit
Worcester County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit!
All food & beverages donated by Sunset Grille.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Opening Night ~ Pocomoke Cypress Festival 2012

Wednesday June 13, 2012
6:00 PM
Flag Day Ceremony - with the Elks and Boy Scouts- will take place in Cypress Park during the opening ceremonies of the annual Cypress Festival.

Photo by Councilman Rob Clarke- View of the American flag from the new restaurant

~Wednesday Night Schedule~

June 13
Gates & Ride Open 6 – 10pm

6:00pm Flag Day Ceremony (Elks & Cub Scouts)
6:00pm Opening Ceremonies (Chamber & City Officials)
6:30pm Little Miss & Miss Cypress Festival Contest
8:00pm Feet of Fire Dance School Demo

Full Cypress Festival Schedule will be posted tomorrow.

National Flag Week ~ 2012

American flag in Cypress Park

Pocomoke City, Maryland

National Flag Week ~2012

In Case You Missed It: Change Maryland / Larry Hogan

O'Malley Channels Elvis

The Washington Times 6.08.12

"Elvis Presley’s motto was 'Taking Care of Business.' But looking at Mr. O'Malley’s record, the evidence is clear that he has neglected Maryland’s business climate."

Maryland Residents Leaving for Virginia

Right Coast Conservative 6.07.12

Maryland Tax Base Flees to Virginia

Richmond Times-Dispatch 6.04.12

"The other day, Larry Hogan, chairman of a nonpartisan group called Change Maryland, penned a piece for Reason magazine...But Maryland's tax-happy governor doesn't seem to have gotten the hint."

Driving Jobs to Virginia 5.30.12

"An advertisement now running in Maryland's second-largest newspaper asks, 'relocating to Virginia?'"

Maryland's Tax Rates

Real Clear Politics 5.30.12

Change Maryland Releases Updated Tax List

SBY News 5.22.12

"The tax and fee list comes on the heels of a dire U.S. Department of Labor April report in which Maryland led the nation in job loss."

Taxes and Fees

WBAL Ch. 11 TV 5.22.12

"According to Change Maryland... the General Assembly has raised taxes and fees 24 times since 2007. Change Maryland amounts the annual impact on taxpayers at $2.4 billion."

Taxed to Death in Maryland? A new Study Supports That

WMAL 630 AM 5.21.12

"Larry Hogan of Change Maryland, says Maryland Needs to Change."

Melson Power Show ~ Sand Drag Event Winner

The winner of the $500 cash prize in the Sand Drag Event held at Melson Power Show on Saturday, June 9, 2012 was Barry Wise.

Driver/Owner Barry Wise ~ "Short and Sassy"

Thanks for your support - Lee, Chuck, Bart, Chuck,Jr., Wright Townsend, Jack Shockley (Snow Hill) @ Vertical Services, Inc., Roger Evans, 187 East Performance, Seaside Repair and Pit Crew for the evening Michelle and Aaron.

More to be posted soon.

Monday, June 11, 2012

National Flag Week 2012

This week is National Flag Week and all this week I have decided to post photos taken of the American flag that is located downtown Pocomoke City in Cypress Park.

These photos today were taken by Councilman Rob Clarke.


"Reflections on Pocomoke........
...reflections on a new day for Pocomoke City."

Image of the American flag in downtown Pocomoke Cypress Park as it reflects in the windows of the restaurant that is nearly completed across the street.

Many thanks Councilman Rob Clarke.

Pocomoke Budget Proposes 7-cent Property Tax Increase

Written by

Bill Kerbin

POCOMOKE CITY -- In presenting his proposed budget for fiscal year 2013, City Manager Russell W. Blake is calling for an increase of 7 cents to 82 cents per $100 valuation in the owner-occupied property tax rate.

However, he assured property owners they would not see an increase in their tax bills because the assessments have decreased.

He is also recommending a 10-cent increase in the tax rate for commercial properties, to 90 cents per $100. Other rates including those for business corporations, railroads, utilities and manufacturing equipment would remain the same.

Other rates impacting nearly all city residents, the water and sewer rates, will not be increased in the coming year. The rates are remaining stable even though the new upgrade to the sewer plant will be operational July 1, creating additional costs.

Costing $4 million to construct, the plant cost the town $102,078; the rest is being covered by grants. The half-million dollar ultraviolet project, a part of the new plant, will also be 90 percent funded by grants. That project will save the town $40,000 per year.

Some other major projects are the new police headquarters and the new restaurant on the Pocomoke River. The construction cost of the restaurant is 80 percent covered by grants. Plans call for covering the cost of a loan for the balance with rental income from the occupant.

A long-term low interest loan from the United States Department of Agriculture will cover most of the police building cost.

At $115,000, room taxes in town have grown to become a major source of revenue. Another major source is septic truck haulers. Coming mostly from Virginia, they are expected to pay the town about $330,000. The manager is planning on a $400,000 contribution from Worcester County in undesignated economic development funds.

With the county expected to contribute $415,500 toward funding the ambulance department, Blake expects it to be self-sustaining. The town is also planning to purchase a new ambulance, using a $50,000 USDA grant and a loan of about $150,000.

Another large capital purchase in the budget is a new trash truck at an estimated cost of $140,000. The present truck having been paid off three years ago, this one will be financed by a new loan.

Some other grants in the budget include: $140,000 for radio read water meters for the first phase of the town, $25,000 for a new police car and $57,500 for downtown improvements and for a new projector for the Mar-Va Theater.

Other economic ideas proposed by Blake include $20,000 budgeted for a part-time employee who is concentrating on downtown and other economic development issues (coming from a special downtown business account); and the suggestion that the city look into building a new shell building at the Industrial Park. However, this is not included in the budget.

Blake said the proposed budget is balanced at nearly $8.3 million, including water and sewer, ambulance and general funds.


Rides Wristbands for Cypress Festival On Sale

Rides wristbands for the 2012 Cypress Festival will be on sale at a discounted price at the Chamber office:

Monday ~ June 11, 2012

2:00 until 4:00

**Tuesday ~ June 12, 2012**

12:00 until 2:00

Tuesday will be the last day to purchase wristbands for a discounted price.
**NOTE that these hours have changed from what was posted previously**

Shore Beef & BBQ




MONDAY JUNE 11, 2012

Sunday, June 10, 2012

TIME MACHINE ... An Eastern Shore Duel To The Finish

(Reader-friendly viewing of newspaper archives material)


April, 1878

(The Liberal- LeMars, Iowa)

To The Death

Richmond, Va., March 30.- Intelligence has just been received here of the desperate and fatal rencontre on the eastern shore. It occurred at Eastville, the county seat of Northampton County, on the eastern shore of Virginia, and one well-known and respected citizen lost his life and another is expected hourly to die. The principles in the fatal rencounter were Major Sidney Pitts, second son of the late judge E.P. Pitts, and Mr. Alfred P. Thorn, a prominent young lawyer in the county. The former was killed outright and the latter lingers in an insensible condition. Some two weeks since Mr. Pitts announced his intention to going to St. Louis, and being indebted to the estate of Mr. Elijah Brittingham, the late Postmaster of Eastville, of which estate Mr. Thorn was curator, that gentleman took legal steps to hold him to bail as an absconding debtor. The County Sheriff being sick, the writ was placed in the hands of Mr. Colonna, the jailer, to serve. Mr. Colonna followed Maj. Pitts to the Baltimore steamer, at Hunter's Landing, and, aided by several parties, including Mr. Thorn, attempted to arrest him. He refused to be arrested, claiming that the jailer was not the properly authorized officer to serve the process. The Major then proceeded to Baltimore. A few days ago he returned to Eastville, and on yesterday demanded an explanation from Mr. Thorn, in the street, near Taylor's Hotel, for what he considered an insult in attempting to have him arrested as an absconding debtor, calling him a liar and a damned scoundrel.

Mr. Thorn then drew a navy Colt's revolver, and firing commenced with deadly earnestness. Each party fired two shots. Maj. Pitts fell to the ground, shot through the left breast, and died almost instantly, and at the same time Mr. Thorn fell, shot through the face and neck. The ball having passed through the right cheek, carried away a number of the teeth and a portion of the jawbone, and buried itself in the neck. A coroner's inquest was held a few hours after, and the verdict was delivered in accordance with the above facts. The sad affair has cast a gloom over the whole community around Eastville, where the young men were well known and respected. The body of Maj. Pitts arrived in Norfolk tonight for burial. It now turns out that both parties went armed, and that they expected that one must bite the dust. Thorn had a seven inch barrel Colts fluted navy revolver, and Pitts a five-shooter Hopkins & Allen make. On the evening previous to the shooting, Pitts went to the undertaker in Eastville and told him to take his measure for a burial case, as he expected it would be required for the next day.

At the first shot, Pitts was wounded in the right wrist, which disabled him from cocking his revolver, and he went up to the corner of a house and pried the trigger up, during which time Thorn coolly waited until his adversary was ready, when the two fired simultaneously, each falling at the same moment. Both principals were young. Pitts was in his twenty-second year, and was a nephew of Senator Dennis of Maryland. Thorn was aged twenty-four, a graduate of the University Of Virginia, and a final orator of the Jefferson Society two years ago. Here the romance in this sad affair comes in.

At the University Thorn met and won Miss Loulon Massie, the acknowledged belle of Virginia, who has had more suitors than any other belle in the State, and who has been called the peerless, by scores of students at Virginia's great institution of learning. They were to have been married this winter, when the beautiful girl was stricken down by a fearful malady. As a last resort, to save her life, the surgeon's knife was resorted to, and for three weeks she has been hovering between life and death in Richmond. Young Thorn, her affianced, has been here for months, anxiously awaiting the result.

He left the city a few days ago. While he was absent Miss Massie grew worse, and as he was kept hourly informed by telegraph of her condition, it is stated that upon receipt of the intelligence that she was sinking, he grew reckless and refused to avoid the fatal rencontre. Miss Massie's physicians say that if she hears of the rencontre she will die instantly, and it is kept from her. Mr. Thorn's only audible words since he was shot were, "Is she any better?"- Special Dispatch to the Globe Democrat.  


June, 1893

The Baltimore & Eastern Shore Railroad Company's regular summer schedule of express train service from Baltimore to the beach was to begin in mid June. In addition, special low rate tickets would be offered beginning in July. A $2 round-trip ticket between Baltimore and Ocean City would be available for use every Wednesday; or for $3: leave Wednesday and return Thursday, or leave Saturday and return Sunday or Monday.


August, 1902

Washington College in Chestertown was advertising to attract Eastern Shore students for three courses of study including a Normal Course of 3 years, with graduates of this course being eligible to teach in Maryland Public Schools without examination. "Buildings Furnished Throughout With Electric Light, Bathrooms, and Water-closets." Three free scholarships were being offered for each county on the Eastern Shore for total expenses of $140 to $150 per annum.


April, 1967

(Charlston Daily Mail- Charlston, W.Va.)


POCOMOKE CITY, Md. (AP)- A motel in this Eastern Shore city posted on its marquee Thursday night: Welcome Dean Martin.

Business was brisk.

Today Professor Martin checks out. He is a dean at Mars Hill College near Asheville, N.C.  



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