Thursday, January 17, 2013

Pocomoke City Vol. Fire Company Control Burn

Earlier in the day.......

Around 4:30 in the afternoon fire equipment began to roll in  and the attending fire departments began their preparations for the control burn.  There was no wind at all and fog was moving in.  It wasn't long before activity began to take place in so many different directions!


Pocomoke City Volunteer Fire Company Chief Dicky Gladding had everything under control


Final inspection.  This would be the last time the building would ever be entered. The three people I assumed to go in there was a Pocomoke City Fireman, the Mayor of Pocomoke Bruce Morrison (a fireman himself) and Worcester County Fire Marshall.

Three items were found in the building that evening.  Some type of trinket, a stuffed animal- that happened to fall in front of the building when tossed AND the "special keepsake" the Mayor found!

According to time in my world it was a little after 5:00 when the fire departments began to wet the surrounding buildings.

Pocomoke City Fireman Larry Fykes with
Pocomoke City Councilman Don Malloy
It was shortly after the wet down- I'd say between 5:30 and 6:00 when the first flames popped through the roof of the structure and what was last known as Lawson's Nightclub would be a memory....
When flames broke through the roof I knew that it wouldn't be long before we would all be warm!!-Or at least I would.
More photos to follow..........


All photos by JMMB

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

BINGO !! Thursday Night

EPISODE 2: Black October In Baltimore / Why Do We Kill?

Why Do We Kill? Episode 2: Black October and the murder of State Delegate Turk Scott from Why Do We Kill? on Vimeo.

As the drug business spread its tendrils through the city of Baltimore in the 1970s, a shadowy vigilante group emerged threatening to fight the narcotics trade with street justice. And in the cavernous parking garage of a non-descript apartment building Black October did just that. Gunned down was State Delegate Turk Scott, a consummate political insider who had just been indicted for bringing ten kilos of heroin into the city. Tasked with solving the crime was former Baltimore Homicide Lieutenant Stephen Tabeling. The veteran cop takes the reader inside the investigation of one of the most notorious murders in charm city history. A deep and compelling look at the emerging drug business that would engulf the city in violence for decades.

If you want to learn more you can purchase the ebook at

Or, Why Do We Kill?

Current Pocomoke City Police Chief Kelvin D. Sewell and Stephen Janis
Why Do We Kill?
The Pathology of Murder In Baltimore

Episode 2 is just as gripping as Case File 1/The Bounty Hunters. 
Many of us were in our teens during the 70's and if we take time to reflect on the events of those days gone by we CAN remember those dark and difficult days....

1st Episode / Case File 1THE BOUNTY HUNTERS

Thanks Tom 

Sharp Divergence In Maryland Counties' Job Growth, Economic Performance

Annapolis, MD - Change Maryland issued a report today that shows how each of the state's 24 jurisdictions are performing on job growth. The report comes on the heels of the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics quarterly report on employment released last week.

Analyzing employment trends since 2007, Worcester County has emerged as the clear leader attracting jobs. Since 2007, the county has increased employment levels just over 50%, a remarkable gain of over 10,000 jobs in the five-year period. The county's property tax rate is among the lowest of any of the state's 24 jurisdictions, while the local income tax is the lowest.

"The county with the lowest taxes is attracting the most jobs and generating the most economic activity," said Change Maryland Chairman Larry Hogan. "We need only look to our own backyard for yet more proof that lower taxes lead to economic prosperity."

A separate Change Maryland report issued last summer showed that Worcester County increased its individual income tax base more than any other county. In the most recent Internal Revenue Service data, Worcester increased its tax base just over 2% as measured by net gross incomes flowing into the jurisdiction.

Hogan also noted that Worcester enjoys bipartisan government at the county commission level.

One-party monopoly rule - whether at the state or county level – is leading to economic stagnation, lost jobs and overall decline," said Hogan. "Bipartisan governance, on the other hand, enables a robust debate on tax and fiscal policy that is missing on the state level and in our largest jurisdictions."

The correlation between high local tax burdens is also made clear by looking at the worst-performing jurisdiction. Baltimore City's property tax rate is the highest in the state and double the average. The local income tax rate is also the highest. Its loss of nearly 9600 jobs since 2007 is the worst decline of any Maryland jurisdiction.  IRS numbers also show Baltimore City leading the state in tax flight.

A BLS analysis measures the nation's 328 largest counties in year-over-year job growth. By that measure, Anne Arundel County is leading the state, with an employment gain of 3.6% from 2011 to 2012, the 27th highest growth rate among large counties. Prince George's and Baltimore City, with flat employment growth, garnered the 288th and 280th spots, respectively, in terms of growth rates, far below other large U.S. counties.

County employment and wage data are compiled under the Bureau's Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages program, which produces detailed information on local employment after each quarter.



BLS: county employment and wages

State Department of Assessments and Taxation: property tax rates

Watchiing Over The Control Burn Saturday Evening....



Pocomoke City Mayor Bruce Morrison and   CPL Brad Morgan of the Pocomoke City Police Department
CPL Morgan received his promotion to Corporal a few weeks ago and has been on the Pocomoke City Police force since 2007.

Riverside Grill - Pocomoke

January 16, 2013
-Cheeseburger Soup w/ ½ turkey sandwich or side salad 5.99
 -NC Pulled Pork BBQ Sandwich w/ cole slaw and hush puppies 6.99
 -Pittsburgh Salad 8.99
 -Ale-Batter Fried Shrimp Basket w/ fries 8.99
Happy Hour 4-7 w/ $1 off all appetizers
 @ 8 pm:
 $5 crab dip
 $5 pink or white cosmos
$2 Coors light drafts
 $2 house wines

Let's Make This A Successful Event !!

The Weekend In Ocean City For 2 will be on Valentine's Day weekend!!!

Bring a designated drive OR if you can't do the
Watermelon Crawl a shuttle will be available at certain times during the evening!

Stockton Crime Watch Meeting

 Stockton, Maryland Community Crime Watch meeting held on January 25, 2013 at 6 p.m. at the Stockton Fire Department.

Visit the Stockton Volunteer Fire Company FACEBOOK PAGE

Eastern Shore virginia Residents ~ Get Your Free Flu Shot

The Accomack and Northampton County Health Departments will  offering free flu shots next week. While there is no charge for the vaccine,  the shots will be given on a first come first served basis.

The free vaccine is available to anyone 3 years and older.

The schedule is as follows:

Tuesday, January 22, 2013 - 4 PM 7 PM at Accomack County Health Dept., 23191 Front St., Accomac

Tuesday, January 22, 2013 - 4 PM 7 PM at Northampton County Health Dept., 7114 Lankford Hwy., Nassawadox

Thursday, January 24, 2013 - 8:30 AM 11:30 AM at Accomack County Health Dept., 23191 Front St., Accomac

Thursday, January 24, 2013 - 1 PM 4 PM at Accomack County Health Dept., 23191 Front St., Accomac

For more information contact:
 Accomack County Health Department at 787-5880  
 Northampton County Health Department at 442-6228.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Change Maryland to Martin O'Malley: Follow Andrew Cuomo

Change Maryland to Martin O'Malley: Follow Andrew Cuomo
Annapolis - Underscoring the steady erosion of the state's manufacturing sector, Change Maryland Chairman Larry Hogan called on the Governor and General Assembly leaders to enact corporate income tax reform.  There is no indication that such reform will be among the Governor's legislative priorities, and the General Assembly's presiding officers and key committee chairs have also been silent in the lead up to this year's session.

"It is not just red states moving to cut taxes," said Hogan. "Governor Andrew Cuomo has aggressively moved to improve New York's business climate and cut the corporate income tax on manufacturers to stem job losses in that sector, and it's working."

Change Maryland, citing Bureau of Labor Statistics figures, issued a report showing the state has the second-worst decline year-over-year in manufacturing of any state.  Maryland's loss of 4500 manufacturing jobs, a 4% loss, is eclipsed only by West Virginia which saw a 5.4% decline in the same period.  The long-term decline in this sector transcends governors' administrations.  Since 2002, Maryland has lost 33% of its manufacturing jobs, the sixth-worst decline in the nation.

The dismal trend has only worsened since O'Malley became governor. Since 2007, Maryland lost 20% of its manufacturing employment base, the 10th worst decline in the country.  Over 26,000 manufacturing jobs vanished during that time.

"It is unacceptable that the state's most powerful elected officials do nothing with numbers as clear and convincing as these," said Hogan. "These are the results when economic development is nothing more than cherry-picked pie charts and bar graphs in the Governor's power point demonstrations."

Just over a year ago, Governor Cuomo forged an agreement with the senate majority leader and assembly speaker on executive proposals to cut taxes and create jobs in advance of the 2012 legislative session.   The corporate income tax rate for New York manufacturers was cut to 6.25%.   Maryland's rate is 8.25%

New York's decline of year-over-year manufacturing jobs is 1.4%, less than half of Maryland's decline during the same period.

About the plan to cut the corporate income tax, New York's Democratic house speaker said the state "wins when manufacturers thrive, so by decreasing their tax burden, manufacturing companies will be more likely to hire and spur the economy."

"As he has done on other high-profile issues, O'Malley should follow Cuomo's lead and build support for manufacturing jobs with the General Assembly," said Hogan.  "I also applaud the minority party for pushing to lower corporate income taxes and recognizing that over-reliance on government employment and dismissing the private sector spell economic trouble for Maryland."

Change Maryland reported on O'Malley's tax-raising legacy which includes 24 tax and fee hikes since 2007, including raising the corporate income tax from 7% to 8.25%. 


U.S. Dept of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics:

O'Malley's Tax and Fee increases:

Riverside Grill - What's Cooking Today

JANUARY 15, 2013
 -Turkey Noodle Soup w/ 1/2 tuna salad sandwich or side salad 5.99
 -Meatloaf w/ mashed potatoes and green beans 6.99
-Apple Cranberry Salad 7.99
-Cajun Shrimp Caesar Wrap w/ fries 8.99

 @ 4 pm: 99 cent kids' meals

 Happy Hour 4-7 w/ $1 off appetizers

 @ 8 pm: 50 cent wings

There Is A Great Need For The Connecting of Cops and Kids In All Communities

Whether police officers are fighting crimes, building safer neighborhoods, or combating terrorism, their relationships with children are critically important. The way police interact with children in a neighborhood can have a significant impact on police effectiveness and safety, and on the stability of communities. Raising Awareness. Modeling Behavior.

Pocomoke City Police  Chief Kelvin Sewell takes time to pose with some of the students at  Pocomoke  Elementary School./Photo Pocomoke Police Department
One-on-One provokes discussion and raises officers’ awareness of children in their work and of the tremendous impact their presence, authority and actions have on children. It is also designed to show how basic knowledge of children and their development can enhance an officer’s impact, safety and ability to achieve law enforcement goals in the community. Children serve an important role in facilitating the goals of law enforcement.
  • Children are almost always present when police officers perform their duties.
  • Children can make police officers’ work easier, or harder, depending on the level of trust that is built between children and police.
  • Positive community attitudes toward police officers and cooperation with investigations can significantly affect the way police officers are perceived: how they interact with children, and act on their behalf on the job, is critical.
  • Children grow up quickly to become the adults of the communities that officers are sworn to serve.
By giving officers tools to communicate and build relationships with children, One-on-One can improve officer’s safety and help officers achieve their law enforcement goals.


"....we pledge to develop a partnership with the Community, lead a community commitment to resolve problems, and improve the safety and quality of life in our city."

-Pocomoke City Police Chief Kelvin D. Sewell-

GOP Rep. Threatens Impeachment If Obama Goes Around Congress to Enact Gun Control

Rep. Steve Stockman R-Texas)
CBS photo
Should President Barack Obama decide to make good on his threat to enact gun regulations through executive order, Rep. Steve Stockman (R-Texas) says he may, among other actions, file articles of impeachment against the commander-in-chief.

“I will seek to thwart this action by any means necessary, including but not limited to eliminating funding for implementation, defunding the White House, and even filing articles of impeachment,” Stockman said in a statement on Monday.
In a statement, Stockman didn’t hold back, saying Obama is launching an “attack on the very founding principles of this republic.”
“The President’s actions are an existential threat to this nation,” Stockman said in a statement. “The right of the people to keep and bear arms is what has kept this nation free and secure for over 200 years.  The very purpose of the Second Amendment is to stop the government from disallowing people the means to defend themselves against tyranny. Any proposal to abuse executive power and infringe upon gun rights must be repelled with the stiffest legislative force possible.”
Obama said in a Monday morning press conference that he will make public recommendations from a task force run by Vice President Joe Biden to curb gun violence in the wake of shootings in Newtown, Conn. Last week, Biden said some of those restrictions may be achieved through executive order instead of the legislative process.
Stockman said tinkering with the Second Amendment requires due process and the consent of Congress, the representatives of the American people. Stockman is a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives who returned after 15 years in January to oppose John Boehner as speaker of the House.

“The President’s actions are not just an attack on the Constitution and a violation of his sworn oath of office – they are a direct attack on Americans that place all of us in danger…If the President is allowed to suspend constitutional rights on his own personal whims, our free republic has effectively ceased to exist,” he added.


Man Awaiting Trial for 6 Ocean City Burglaries Arrested for Stealing a Car

Alexander George Ellis
On January 12, at approximately 5:30 a.m. Ocean City police responded to the area of Beachcomber Lane, in reference to a motor vehicle theft. When officers arrived in the area, they observed a vehicle matching the description of the stolen car, parked near the victim’s residence with the engine running and a person sitting in the driver’s seat.

As officers attempted to approach the stolen car, the driver, who was later identified as Alexander George Ellis, 20, of Ocean City, fled from the vehicle and jumped into the bay.  Ellis was located, pulled from the water by officers and placed under arrest.

During the investigation, officers located several items in the vehicle that did not belong to the owner of the car.  The investigation revealed that Ellis had stolen several items out of other vehicles from at least three victims who lived in the area.

As a precaution, Ellis was seen by Ocean City Paramedics and transported to Atlantic General Hospital where he was treated and later released to police.  Ellis was charged with seven counts of thefts, including;
  •  Theft:  $1,000 to under $10,000.
  • Theft:  Less than $100.00.
  • Theft Scheme:  $1000 to under $10,000.
  • Theft/Rogue and Vagabond .
 In addition, Ellis was charged with the following traffic charges related to the incident;
  • Attempt by driver to elude uniformed police by fleeing on foot.
  • Attempt by driver to elude uniformed police by means other than failing to stop and fleeing on foot.
  • Driving vehicle without the owner’s consent with intent to deprive owner.
  • Taking vehicle without the owner’s consent with intent to deprive owner.
  • Driving without license.
Ellis was seen by an Ocean City District Court Commissioner and was held on $25,000 bond.  On January 3, 2013, Ellis was charged by Ocean City police in connection with six residential burglaries that had occurred last spring and was awaiting trial after being released from custody on a $50,000 unsecured bond.

Ocean City Police Dept. Press Release

Monday, January 14, 2013

Riverside Grill - Pocomoke City

Monday Specials
January 14, 2013
 -Turkey Noodle Soup w/ 1/2 ham sandwich or side salad 5.99
 -Taco Salad 6.99
 -Buffalo Shrimp Wrap w/ fries 8.99
 -1 Chili Cheese Dog w/ FF 4.99 or 2 dogs 6.99
 -Chili Nachos 5.99
Happy Hour 4-7 w/ $1 off appetizers
 @ 8 pm: $1 tacos & quesadillas
 $3 margaritas
 1/2 price appetizers and import bottle beer

**Be sure to take your lunch receipt to "A Second Time Around" for a 30 % coupon to be used on any purchase or purchases !!**

Pocomoke City Vol. Fire Company Control Burn

As most of you know this building is nothing but a pile of burned debris this morning in downtown Pocomoke on the corner of Willow Street and Clarke Avenue. 
I have photos to post from Saturday nights control burn that included fire departments from the local area.  There are many of them and I will have them posted later today.

Field Notes By Delegate Mike McDermott

Observations and Reflections on Legislative Activities

Week 1, January 8-11, 2013Tuesday Morning Caucus Meeting: The House Republican Caucus had their traditional pre-session organizational meeting to elect the Minority Leader and the Minority Whip. With no objections, the members decided that Delegate Tony O’Donnell and Delegate Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio would continue to serve in their current positions. There was limited discussion on strategy, policy, or legislation, although it is clear that gun control, along with taxes on gasoline and electricity are in the forefront. Congressman Andy Harris spoke to the members about pending legislation in the US Congress and budgetary issues which could have a direct impact on Marylanders and our own budget proceedings. He also addressed his vote on Hurricane Sandy Relief indicating that his hope was that congress would fix the National Flood Insurance Program instead of simply piling on many more billions in debt. As it sits right now, the program is insolvent and inadequate for any future relief efforts.

This meeting expanded to a joint luncheon conducted with the Senate Republican Caucus. There were presentations by the Minority Leaders of both bodies as well as the Minority Whips. All focused on the need to remain motivated and encouraged our members to fight. This is an important factor as we face an emboldened progressive legislative effort taking shape from the Democrats and a governor with his eyes on 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

Wednesday Opening Ceremonies: At noon, the House Chamber opens for business with many ceremonial acts, including the recognition of guests and dignitaries in attendance. Almost all of Maryland’s Congressional Delegation was present as well as the Governor, Lt. Governor, and Cabinet members. Many County Executives were also in attendance including Wicomico County’s Rick Pollitt.

With a carefully scripted agenda, Delegate Michael Busch (D-Anne Arundel) was elected to another term as Speaker of the House. We heard presentations from Governor O’Malley, Sen. Mikulski, and Rep. Hoyer. Historically, these ceremonies amount to a love fest for the Democrats as the party that has ruled for a hundred years. It was no different today. As members of the minority party, we were thanked for our input by Speaker Busch. Governor O’Malley referred to our “creative tension”. My analysis: It must be great to be the king.

Thursday: Most of the morning session was devoted to honoring many of our former colleagues who had passed away during the previous year. A delegate from the respective district is selected to eulogize the member who has passed on from this life. There was much reflection and an abundance of laughter shared as stories and tales were told. Many of those former members had family members present in on the House Floor while the ceremonies were conducted. Following these presentations, there is a long moment of silence followed by a solid rap of the Speaker’s gavel on the dais to close the day’s proceedings. It stands as a solemn reminder that time is fleeting, and another will fill your seat as soon as you are done. Keeping this in mind helps cut down on the many worries and stressors of this life.

Thursday Afternoon Judiciary Committee: There was a brief organizational meeting of the Judiciary Committee this afternoon. Originally, we were told that we had two new members to replace Delegate Don Dwyer (R) and Delegate Tiffany Alston (D). Dwyer was transferred to Ways and Means in response to criminal charges stemming from a drunken boating accident and he was replaced with Delegate Glen Glass (R). Alston was forced out of the House following her criminal conviction for misappropriation of campaign funds. She was replaced by Delegate Michael Summers (D-Prince Georges). There was another appointment to the Judiciary Committee that was most peculiar, but keeping with many shenanigans I have come to expect. Delegate Sandy Rosenberg (D-Baltimore City) has been added to the committee as well, thereby increasing the Democrat presence. Rosenberg left his post as the Vice Chairman of Ways and Means (a posh assignment) and is a staunch advocate for greater gun control and is expected to be at the forefront on the O’Malley-Brown legislative effort to seize, ban, or further restrict firearms in Maryland. It is, to say the least, an interesting turn of events. “Stacking the deck” is not restricted to Vegas. This would change the vote count needed for passage to 13, so it is an interesting strategy.

Friday Morning: Eastern Shore Delegation Meeting
The delegation heard presentations from the Secretary Raymond Skinner from the Dept. of Housing and Community Development and Secretary Richard Hall from the Department of Planning. We also received a presentation on a coordinated project in Cambridge at Sailwinds Park. (click link below for full reporting of meeting minutes).

I received most of my requested bills back from Bill Drafting and made a few alterations following review. Next week, I will be dropping some in the Hopper and will provide you with a good overview of the legislation. My office will also be publishing Press Releases in the coming days as we move forward with our legislative agenda.
***Eastern Shore Delegation Minutes

Community Garden In Winter

Even though it's winter the Pocomoke Community Garden still continues to flourish with winter veggies.  It's not too soon to consider being a volunteer this spring season.  All vegetables are donated to the Samaritan Shelter in Pocomoke City and last season, in its first year, produced a considerable amount of fresh vegetables to be donated to the center.
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"The King and I" ~ Pocomoke High School

"The King and I" will be performed
 at the Pocomoke High School
January 18th & 19th
7:30 PM
Tickets  $5.00  At the door

Coupon Offer From A Second Time Around

Buy a gift or something for yourself!

Sunday, January 13, 2013

TIME MACHINE ... 1976, 1929, 1886, 1910, 1890

(Reader-friendly viewing of newspaper archives material)
September, 1976
(The Salisbury Times)


Opening Of New School Is Delayed

POCOMOKE CITY- It will be several weeks after school starts Tuesday before classes will be held in the elementary school under construction on Old Virginia Rd., here, Robert W. Gaddis, superintendent of education, has announced.

Members of the Worcester County board of education inspected the project recently and decided not to accept it from the contractor until he had made corrections requested by the board.

Mr. Gaddis complained of "poor workmanship" in the installation of materials. He said that all materials met specifications but that in many instances were not installed properly.

So for the first few weeks of school, elementary school children will be attending classes in three different locations, as they have been doing since a fire wiped out the building on Market St., in December, 1970.

Kindergarten students will be attending classes at the Walnut and Fourth Sts.structure, first and second grades in temporary classrooms on Market St., and the third grade in the Pocomoke Middle School.

December, 1929
(Salisbury Times)


Ten minutes from court house. Brick residence centrally located in Delmar, supplied with gas and electricity for lighting and cooking, containing six rooms, besides bathroom and kitchen pantry, bathroom complete with modern fixtures, bedrooms supplied with clothes presses. Also a good sized garage, opening on an alley with ample coal and wood compartments attached, a good front porch and back porch, ample back yard, all for $15.00 per month, which is about one-half or two-thirds of the real rental value. Anyone wishing to inspect the property can find keys left with Mrs. J.D. Mills. Apply by letter or phone to Jay Williams, Salisbury.

April, 1886
(Peninsula Enterprise- Accomac)

Rates for board at Savage hotel Accomac C. H. is now $2 per day — in fact most of the hotel proprietors, throughout the county have entered into an agreement to that effect.

September, 1910
(The Washington Post)


Aged Physician of Princess Anne Succumbs After Years of Illness

Special to The Washington Post

Princess Anne, Md., Sept. 4.- Dr. John W. Dashiell died at his Princess Anne home, the old Teagle Mansion, this morning. Dr. Dashiell was 93 years old last January. He had been an invalid for the last ten years, and had been confined to his home for the last four years. Dr. Dashiell began to study medicine in the office of Dr. Nathan Smith, in Baltimore, and was graduated in the medical department of the University Of Maryland in 1842. In 1849 he engaged in the practice of his profession in Princess Anne. In 1875 he engaged in the drug business, and retired from active work in 1895.

In politics Dr. Dashiell was a Democrat, but was originally a Whig, and cast his first vote for William Henry Harrison. He is survived by two daughters- Mrs. Francis H. Dashiell amd Mrs. E.O. Smith, of Princess Anne.
Memories of Accomac, 1890 John S. Wise Jr.. "Memories of Accomac, 1890" Peninsula Enterprise (Accomac, Va.: August 21, 1937)

A friend recently said to me that after all, our memories remain with us and with many are all they get out of life. Certainly I cherish nothing more than my memories of old Drummondtown and Accomack County in 1890, now nearly half a century ago, when I spent a summer with my dear old cousin, Dr. John J. Wise, at his old home "Woodburn," about a mile north of Drummondtown.

I was then a lad of fourteen and full of youthful vitality and activity and interest and curiosity about all things of the Eastern Shore new to a boy who had spent most of his time in the inland country mountains.
(PART 3)

Nobody in town was a subscriber to any daily metropolitan newspaper giving the racing returns of the previous afternoon. Before leaving New York I had subscribed to the New York Evening World. It was an innovation in Drummondtown. As all the blades usually made an annual trip north to trotting and running races they gathered for the news and Drummondtown, was threatened with becoming a sporting centre in a mild way.
Mr. Blackstone was always neatly and well dressed, with the old fashioned white pique tie. He was a very handsome old gentleman, with a clear complexion, gray hair and always neatly shaven. He was all that dignity and refinement could suggest. Even with me, only a boy, he was princely in his courtesy and consideration.

I have no memory of any man of my many acquaintances I hold above him in his eminent gentility.

John W. G. Blackstone was pretty regular at the noon gatherings. He was then a practicing lawyer. John wore the loudest clothes he could buy, the gaudier the better for him. His cuff buttons were a gold enameled poker hand. He was an able young lawyer and well liked and respected. He later became Circuit Judge.

Mr. Willie Bell and Mr. Thomas W. Blackstone were busy at their drug store and had little time for these gatherings.

Bill Ayres (pronounced Rs) the blacksmith was a man of intelligence and character and always welcome, but in working hours he rarely had time to leave his shop. He had his shop where his son now is. Ned was then his understudy.

Mr. Elijah Hickman was the other village smithy but he was a quiet type.

We had no telephone in those days and telegrams had to come up from Tasley.
"Like a comet
Blazing 'cross the evening sky
Gone too soon
Like a Rainbow
Fading in the twinkling of an eye
Gone too soon
Shiny and sparkly
And splendidly bright
Here one day
Gone one night
Like the loss of sunlight
On a cloudy afternoon
Gone too soon
Like a castle
Built upon a sandy beach 
Gone too soon
Like a perfect flower
That is just beyond your reach
Gone too soon
Born to amuse, to inspire, to delight
Here one day
Gone one night
Like a sunset
Dying with the rising of the moon
Gone too soon
Gone too soon"
Seems like only yesterday when we listened to them on the radio, and their passing is much too soon...
C R HOOK.. WICO (December, 2012)

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. Send to and watch for it on a future TIME MACHINE posting!