Thursday, August 1, 2013

Ballistic Shields do Double Duty in Classrooms

Photo/ Bill  UhrcihGeorge Tunis, chairman and CEO
 of Hardwire LLC
in Pocomoke City, Md.

In most mass school shootings that have occurred in the U.S., the gunmen were armed with handguns, shotguns or smaller-caliber rifles and met their first resistance from building staff, not from first responders.

So teachers become reluctant first responders, with typically nothing but their bodies to protect kids from bullets, George Tunis, chairman and CEO of Hardwire LLC, Pocomoke City, Md., told representatives of several Berks County police departments Tuesday.

Tunis, whose company specializes in making armor for military and paramilitary units, sought an answer to this problem and he says he found it in the success of ballistic shields protecting troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Tunis demonstrated his company's lightweight, durable, versatile ballistic shields that are designed to blend in with other classroom fixtures. The shields can be hung on walls and used as dry-erase boards on which teachers write their classroom assignments.

The company also makes small shields that double as clipboards that can be particularly useful for coaches and physical education teachers or police during traffic stops.

As demonstrated at the Muhlenberg Township police shooting range Tuesday, they can stop a bullet fired from a .44-Magnum revolver from 7 yards away. A slug fired from a shotgun sent the shield flying, but the round didn't penetrate the compressed fiber.

Hardwire first designed its signature lighter-than-Kevlar, laminated compressed fiber shields for use in ballistic vests for U.S. special operations forces, Tunis said.

As troop casualties mounted from roadside bombs in Iraq, the company was asked to ramp up production. It started making shields for armored vehicles, and, as they were rolled out, casualty rates dropped significantly.

Hardwire gradually shifted to making ballistic shields for drug interdiction units such as Customs and Border Protection and even the Los Angeles Police Department, Tunis said.

Then the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre happened and the father of two school-age children felt utterly helpless.

"I'm literally watching the events of Sandy Hook unfold," 

 Tunis said. "I'm sitting next to my son and saying, 'Geez, we can do something about this.' We put armor in the hands of our soldiers, and the casualty rate just comes right on down in Iraq and Afghanistan. Armor was that equalizing force."
Tunis donated enough shields to his children's school to
equip every staff member.   


TIME MACHINE ... This Sunday's Preview

  (Part 2)

It's 1937 and 43-year-old Clarence J. Trader, owner of the Stockton electric company, is fatally wounded in the Snow Hill home of his estranged wife. His 37-year-old widow says his death was a suicide but after extensive investigation she is charged with his murder. But a twist of fate brings an abrupt conclusion to the case!

Read about it this Sunday right here at The Pocomoke Public Eye!

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2013 Pocomoke Police Department NATIONAL NIGHT OUT


Hosted by the Pocomoke City Police Department
Kelvin Sewell, Chief
Tuesday, August 6, 2013


6 PM  until  9 PM

Pocomoke City Mayor Bruce Morrison with Pocomoke City Police Chief Kelvin Sewell - August 2012
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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Gun Shot Fired In Home Invasion

According to Sheriff Todd Godwin, on Tuesday July 23, 2013 at approximately 01:03 a.m., the Accomack County Sheriff's Office received a report of a home invasion robbery that had occurred on Shell Bridge Road near Painter. Upon the arrival of deputies, it was determined that the victim had been outside of his home when he was confronted by fourSource; masked individuals. The victim was forced to enter his home where he was robbed of undisclosed property. During this incident, the victims dog was injured from a gunshot fired by one of the suspects and received medical attention at a local veterinary hospital.

The suspects were described as being black males wearing dark colored clothing and one having short dreadlocks.

The investigation into this incident is continuing and anyone with information concerning this or any other crime is asked to contact the Accomack County Sheriffs Office at 757-787-1131 or 757-824-5666. Tips may also be submitted through our website at

Girlfriend Arrested for Second Degree Assault On Boyfriend

Sibyl Curran
On July 30, 2013, at approximately 1 a.m., Ocean City police responded to 4709 Coastal Highway in reference to a first degree assault. The victim told police that he got into an argument with his girlfriend, who was later identified as Sibyl Curran, 32, of Coaldale, PA. During the argument Curran, who had recently arrived in Ocean City with her 18-month old child, brandished a folding knife and held it to the victim’s throat.
After the victim was able to wrestle the knife away from Curran, she grabbed her 18-month old child and left the unit. Officers were able to locate Curran and her child nearby and take both into custody. During a search of Curran incident to her arrest, officers also found a small amount of suspected oxycodone.
Ocean City police have charged Curran with first degree assault, second degree assault, reckless endangerment, possession of a dangerous weapon with intent to injure and possession of oxycodone.
Curran was seen by a Maryland District Court Commissioner and transferred to the Worcester County Jail on $2,500 bond. Worcester County Department of Social Services was contacted and Curran’s child was released to a family member.


Want information about this week's The Great Pocomoke Fair?  It's available at this address: 

Here's the text of an August, 1908, Washington Post news item about the fair:

Amid a mass and jam of fully 15,000 people the third day of the Pocomoke Fair passed off without the slightest hitch to mar the pleasure of those who attended. Twenty-three carloads of visitors were hauled from the eastern shore of Virginia, and several thousand came from Delaware, in addition to the Maryland contribution. The races, while not divided up as much as in previous days, were close in every heat, and down the stretch it was a battle royal for honors.

Read about the history of The Great Pocomoke Fair here:

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Tuesday, July 30, 2013


February, 1939
(The Daily Mail- Hagerstown, Md.


SNOW HILL, Md., Feb. 19 (AP)- State's Attorney William C. Kirbin, Jr. and his "Worcester County flying squadron" have confiscated four slot machines, destroyed four stills, stopped Sunday dancing in 11 Worcester beer taverns and made nine arrests since he instituted his campaign five weeks ago against gambling, bootlegging, and Sunday dancing.

Check for the weekly TIME MACHINE postings each Sunday on The Pocomoke Public Eye.


Sunday, July 28, 2013


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 For many weeks in early 1937 the news on the Eastern Shore centered upon the investigation of the death of the owner of the Stockton Power And Light Company and as the story unfolded it drew attention from across the nation.

(Charlston Gazette- Charlston, W.Va.)

G-Men Aid Asked In Death Inquiry

Want Fingerprints Taken From Gun Found By Body

Snow Hill, Md., Jan. 16. - (AP)- State Police asked the aid of the fingerprint division of the federal bureau of investigation today in the inquiry into the death of Clarence J. Trader, Stockton utilities operator.

Sergt. Marlin Brubaker said the death gun-a small calibre pistol-was "en-route" to Washington. With the gun, Brubaker said, were sets of fingerprints taken from "principals in the case" whom he would not identify.

Mrs. Trader, estranged wife of the owner of the Stockton electric plant, admitted she picked up the pistol when she found Trader's body. The officers said there was no incriminating evidence against her.

Trader was found dead Thursday night.

State's Attorney Johnson quoted Mrs. Trader as saying her husband shot himself. Acquaintances said Trader was despondent over his pending divorce suit against Mrs. Trader and was worried over the affairs at his electric plant.

Summary of press reports from various newspapers:

Jan. 18 .. Police and physicians study autopsy reports. Two local physicians who examined the body of 43-year-old Trader , Dickerson of Stockton and Waesche of Snow Hill, say it was possible for him to have inflicted the wound himself. But a coroner's jury came to a verdict that Trader came to his death from a pistol in the hands of a person unknown to the jury. Trader's funeral was held the previous day with his widow and three sons among those in attendance.

Jan. 20 .. Trader's widow gives straight-forward answers in a 4-hour grilling by State Police, and State's Attorney Thomas F. Johnson says he lacks evidence on which to take any action against her at this time but said his investigation would continue and his findings would be presented to the Grand Jury in late March.

Jan. 22 .. In a surprise move, Trader's 18-year-old son, Richard Trader, is taken into custody for questioning by county authorities.

Jan. 28 .. The Worcester County grand jury is ordered to reconvene in a special session although neither Judge James J. Crockett nor the States Attorney would link the session directly to the Trader case. However, Trader's 21-year-old son, Estel Trader, who has been operating the Stockton Electric plant since his father's death, is among those expected to be a witness. State's Attorney Johnson, after conferring with Judge Crocektt at Pocomoke City, says that since the October Grand Jury session, "several deaths have occurred in circumstances which are rather suspicious."

Jan. 29 .. Trader's 3 sons and two other relatives are summoned to appear before the grand jury. Trader's widow is not included in those to be questioned.

Feb. 2 .. At the close of the first day of the Grand Jury session Trader's 37-year-old widow is arrested on a warrant sworn by State's Attorney Johnson and is held without bond in the Worcester County jail, charged with the murder of her husband.

Feb. 4 .. State Police disclose they are working on a "new lead" in the Trader case. Sergeant Marlin Brubaker states: " We have always believed that someone else is in this case and we have been working along those lines. However, we don't know who he is."

Feb. 5 .. Mrs. Trader pleads innocent in Circuit Court and is returned to jail where she is awaiting the arrival of New York criminal attorney Samuel Leibowitz to aid in her defense. Leibowitz was one-time counsel to the convicted murderer of the Lindbergh baby. Mrs. Trader says the participation of Leibowitz is "without obligation or expense" to herself.

Feb. 7 .. Attorney Leibowitz says proof of Mrs. Trader's innocence is buried in a grave and calls for the digging up and further examination of her late husband's body.

Feb. 11 .. Former State's Attorney Godfrey Child, a member of Mrs. Trader's defense counsel, says the effort to have Mr. Trader's body exhumed will be dropped, following the State's Attorney Johnson's agreement to provide him with a copy of the autopsy report, and that it would not be made public. Child also states he has learned the identity of a third party reported to have entered the Trader home on the night of the fatal shooting but says he doesn't think that person has much bearing on the case and his identify will not be disclosed.

Next week on The Time Machine: A twist of fate brings an abrupt conclusion to the Trader case! 

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Friday, July 26, 2013

From The Pocomoke Chamber PSA Pocomoke Boat Docking Contest Aug. 18

"Racin on the River"

Date: Aug. 18

Gates open @ 10        Show starts @ 1

Downtown behind Riverside Grill

 3 & under free, 4 - 12 $5, 13 & Up $10
Presented by: Pocomoke Boat Docking Association

Please Say A Prayer

Our beloved writer Brenda (JMMB) is in Johns Hopkins with lung problems. Lets send or thoughts and prayers and hope she comes back writing real soon. 

Thursday, July 25, 2013

TIME MACHINE ... This Sunday's Preview

For many weeks in early 1937 the news on the Eastern Shore centered upon the investigation of the death of the owner of the Stockton Power And Light Company and as the story unfolded it drew attention from across the nation. 

Read about it this Sunday right here at The Pocomoke Public Eye! 

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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

From (JMMB) sister

As some of you know my sister Brenda is fighting a battle with leukemia. She was diagnosed about ten days ago. She has AML.She is currently johns hopkins.She is responding well to treatment. If anyone wants to write her some encouraging words that would be great. You can send them to her daughter's email
Michelle will print them out and take them to her. If you want to send acard her address is below . Thanks so much. 

. No fresh flowers

Brenda Wise
401 n broadway 
Johns hopkins weinberg building
Unit 5b Room 5B-04
Baltimore MD 21287

Monday, July 22, 2013

Unemployment Doubles Under O'Malley

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Unemployment Doubles Under O'Malley

For Immediate Release
July 22, 2013

Contact: Steve Crim

Governor Martin O'Malley issued another self congratulatory and blatantly false statement n a press released issued Friday saying: "As a state we've now recovered more than 99% of the jobs lost in the national economic downturn - a significant step forward in our job creation and recovery effort." 

As he travels around  the country, he continually touts his success at job growth and "driving down unemployment."There's just one problem, it's just not true. The irrefutable facts show the actual situation to be completely the opposite of his false claims.

When Martin O'Malley became Governor in January 2007 the unemployment rate was 3.6%, on the very day of O'Malley's latest outrageous claim, unemployment rose to 7%. So rather than driving unemployment down, as he claims, unemployment has, in fact, nearly doubled under the O'Malley Administration.

When O'Malley took the reins of state government in January 2007 there were 108,096 people unemployed in Maryland, today after nearly seven years of his leadership, there are now 218,741 people unemployed. That is an increase of 110,645 additional people unemployed and represents an increase in unemployment of more than 100%.

"This is a tragedy, these aren't just terrible numbers, these are real people, fathers and mothers struggling to make ends meet, to keep a roof over their head, put clothes on their kids back and food on the table," said Change Maryland Chairman Larry Hogan. 

Hogan, a successful businessman, who has brought hundreds of companies and thousands of jobs to Maryland said, "Sometimes politicians think that if they repeat something enough times people will eventually believe it. Governor O'Malley is pretty good at weaving magical tales with no basis in reality. But, no amount false spin can change the cold hard fact that no other Governor in Maryland history has ever lost as many jobs as Martin O'Malley has."

Change Maryland hosted an Summit on Improving Maryland's Economic Competitiveness looking for solutions to the State's serious economic problems, and has produced numerous economic studies and reports showing that the 40 consecutive O'Malley tax hikes have caused us to lose more than 6,500 businesses including 10 of our 13 Fortune 500 companies, and have caused a mass exodus of taxpayers fleeing the state in record numbers.

"The time for results is long overdue. There are no more excuses left for the O'Malley Administration? After nearly seven years of failed economic policy, there is no one to blame but themselves. We need Democrats, Republicans and Independents to put aside partisanship and work together on the shared goal of increasing employment is Maryland. The need for a real change in direction for Maryland has never been more clear," said Hogan, a former State Cabinet Secretary.

Change Maryland is the largest independent citizen activist group in Maryland, and advocates for pro-jobs policy in the state. The movement is made up of of more than 50,000 people from every jurisdiction in the state, and was founded by Hogan, who is also a Director of the Maryland Public Policy Institute, a respected economic think tank and policy group.

Sunday, July 21, 2013


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I'm away this week and have selected this item from the Time Machine archive which, perhaps, you may have missed when it was originally posted or would like to read again. Next Sunday, July 28th, we'll have a first-time posting of a big local story that gained national attention in 1937. -tk


December, 1878
(The New York Times)

Every man for himself is emphatically the modern sentiment, and there are some signs of completing this declaration of independence by adding the clause "Every woman for herself, also."



What is more clear than the fact that now no family is left to itself and to its own traditions and habits, but that the most out-of-the-way homes, whether in the backwoods or on the distant coast, are within reach of the world's vast and intense life, and no strangers to its hopes and fears, its learning and its folly, its triumphs and its disasters.

Not only every family that takes a newspaper, but every person who hears the village gossip, knows what is going on all over the globe, and every man who has to buy or sell anything, has cause to revise his estimates from day to day; and very often men lose their appetite for their breakfast by news from the great market of America or Europe that prices have changed sadly to their hurt. A considerable proportion of pain goes with the news of the day, and a large portion of unwholesomeness, for disasters and scandals are dwelt upon with more minuteness than successes and satisfactions, and no great bargains or great weddings are reported half as fully as great frauds and great divorce and scandals.

It is not remarkable that the rich and conspicuous should strive to outshine each other in dress and living, but the remarkable thing is that in our modern life there are now no radical distinctions of class or fortune in costume or habits, and that all persons, and especially all women, follow the same fashions as far as they can, and catch the course of the same social ambition. So far as street dress is concerned, the wives, and especially the daughters, of the poorer classes, make, relatively, far more display than their richer neighbors, and to a certain extent, the exactions of modern society are in the inverse proportion of means and abilities, since they who have least fortune and talent are subject to the same high pressure from the reigning mode, and women who are not usually trained to earn their own living are beset by the same ruling passion for dress and ornament.

The palace of merchants and bankers, and the cottages of farmers and mechanics among us have a similar story to tell. Indeed it may be set down as part of the universal strain on modern living, that its exactions are out of proportion to its means, and the exaction presses upon every family, while the means at hand vary from wealth, or what is called competency, down to limitation and want.

Surely our modern living is under great strain, and many lives break down beneath the pressure. 

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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

For Immediate Release

Mike Latimer
2146 Old Snow Hill Rd, unit 1
Pocomoke MD

For Immediate Release

Don’t miss your chance to get a FREE backpack full of school supplies for your child before the new school year!

We encourage you to bring your children to your local The Cellular Connection store at 2146 Old Snow Hill Rd, next to Dollar Tree, in Pocomokebetween noon and 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 3 to pick up a free backpack filled with pencils, paper, a pencil box, folder, glue and more. It’s as simple as that: just come in and ask for a backpack. Your local TCC store will be donating between 100 and 150 backpacks, which will be given away on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last.

TCC is the largest Verizon Premium Wireless Retailer in the U.S. In a joint effort with its customers, the company is donating a total of 60,000 backpacks full of school supplies to children across the country through the School Rocks Backpack Giveaway initiative.

More information about the School Rocks Backpack Giveaway initiative is available on YouTube. Supporters of the cause are encouraged to use hashtag #TCCRocks on Instagram and Twitter to help spread the word.

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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Change Maryland Grows to 50,000

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Letter from the Chairman
Dear Friends,
I have spent a lifetime challenging the status quo, fighting against tax increases and wasteful spending, fighting to reform government and to make Maryland a better place. And in spite of the tremendous odds stacked against us, I am not ready to give up the fight.
Our mission quite simply is to organize, inform and energize average Marylanders to fight back and to bring some much needed fiscal restraint and common sense to Annapolis.
All Marylanders - Republicans, Democrats and Independents - suffer when the professional politicians and the special interest groups go unchecked and continue to push the same failed tax and spend policies, year after year.
The sad truth is that the one-party monopoly that rules Annapolis has a failed record of lost jobs, higher spending, record tax increases and broken promises. I think it's time we said 'enough is enough.' The time has come for us to stand up together and fight back for a change.
My hope is that you won't give up on our state and that you will become a part of this important fight forMaryland's future. With your help, with all of us working together, I truly believe that we can send a loud and clear message to Annapolis and that we can Change Maryland for the better.
Please join us by "liking" our ChangeMaryland facebook page, and going to our website at to volunteer, contribute and join the fight!

Change Maryland, the state's largest and fastest-growing, independent, nonpartisan grassroots movement, has surged to 50,000 members, from every single county and jurisdiction in Maryland. Founded in 2011 by successful business leader and former Maryland Cabinet Secretary Larry Hogan, the organization's primary mission is to increase the state's economic performance and job growth. The group has built a dominating presence on social media with more people engaged online than the Maryland Democratic Party, the Maryland Republican Party and all of the potential statewide candidates of either party, added together. Change Maryland's Facebook page has a total weekly reach of over 341,153 people. No other citizen group in the state has ever accomplished what Change Maryland has, in just over two years.

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Change Maryland Blasts July 1 Tax and Toll Hikes

Change Maryland founder Larry Hogan fired up a sold-out crowd of several hundred at a fundraiser last Thursday, "Your family trip to the beach just got a lot more expensive. Today, the second round of O'Malley toll increases took effect and the gas tax increase kicked in at the same time. While you are sitting in traffic at the Bay Bridge for the 4th of July weekend you can thank Governor O'Malley and the monopoly in Annapolis for the 140% increase in tolls, and for giving us the most expensive gas in the region."

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Hogan's Group Grows Larger than O'Malley's

Change Maryland, a non-partisan organization, is the largest and fastest growing grassroots movement in the state made up of more than 46,000 people from every jurisdiction in the state. Nearly half of them are Democrats and Independents. The group's Facebook page includes 10 times more people than Democrat gubernatorial candidate Anthony Brown, and 25 times more than Republican candidate David Craig. In fact, the Change Maryland page has more people engaged on-line than the Maryland Democrat and Republican Parties, and all the potential Democrat and Republican candidates for governor, combined. As of yesterday, Larry Hogan's organization actually surpassed that of his frequent sparring partner, Martin O'Malley, the former Baltimore Mayor, two term governor and candidate for President.

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Another Month, and Job Losses Continue for Maryland Families

"Every month in Maryland is like Groundhog's Day – over and over again we hear this administration talk about jobs, yet more times than not, Maryland families wake up to learn once again our state has lost jobs," said Larry Hogan. "Career politicians think that if they say something enough times, it will eventually become true. And while the O'Malley-Brown administration likes to talk about jobs, the cold harsh reality is that 5,700 hard working Marylanders lost their job last month."

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Hogan hopes Change Maryland is the ticket

"'We're the largest and fastest growing grassroots organization in Maryland,' Hogan said in an interview, with 10 times more 'likes' than Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown. His nonprofit group has more thumbs-up than all the candidates of both parties combined."

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July 18 General Membership Luncheon
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Change Maryland Grows to 50,000 People

For Immediate Release
July 16, 2013

Contact: Steve Crim
ANNAPOLIS - Change Maryland, the state's largest and fastest-growing, independent, nonpartisan grassroots movement, has surged to 50,000 members, from every single county and jurisdiction in Maryland. Founded in 2011 by successful business leader and former Maryland Cabinet Secretary Larry Hogan, the organization's primary mission is to increase the state's economic performance and job growth. The group has built a dominating presence on social media with more people engaged online than the Maryland Democratic Party, the Maryland Republican Party and all of the potential statewide candidates of either party, added together. Change Maryland's Facebook page has a total weekly reach of over 341,153 people. No other citizen group in the state has ever accomplished what Change Maryland has, in just over two years.

Nearly half the organization's members are Democrats and Independents. "The only way to bring about real change in Maryland is to build a coalition of Republicans, Independents, and fiscally conservative and moderate Democrats to work together. That is exactly what Change Maryland has been doing so effectively. We are uniting people of all parties to work together to bring reform, fiscal responsibility, and common-sense to Annapolis. This isn't just another fight between Democrats and Republicans, it's more important than that. This is a fight for Maryland's economic future, and it's a fight worth fighting!", Hogan said.

Change Maryland gained national prominence with the production of numerous economic studies that have shown the impact of 40 consecutive O'Malley-Brown tax increases, that take an additional $3.1 billion annually out of the pockets of struggling Maryland families and small businesses. The group has highlighted the fact that Maryland is no longer competitive with other states in the region, that we have lost 6,500 businesses and that our unemployment rate has nearly doubled under the O'Malley-Brown Administration. A well-publicized taxpayer migration study by Change Maryland showed that the state had the largest mass exodus of any state in the region and that 31,000 taxpayers have fled the state, taking $1.7 billion per year out of Maryland's economy. Change Maryland hosted an Economic Summit on Improving Maryland's Economic Competitiveness, which brought together economists, think-tanks, Federal, State and local government officials, and over 400 top business leaders, to focus on finding solutions to the state's serious economic problems.

Change Maryland founder and Chairman Larry Hogan is also the founder, President and CEO of the Hogan Companies, leaders in economic development who have brought hundreds of companies and thousands of jobs to Maryland, and have done over $2 billion in business in the state. Hogan left his business for public service as a State Cabinet Secretary from 2003-2007, appointing over 7,000 people to all three branches of state government. In 2010, Hogan was the only serious challenger willing to take on O'Malley, and was considered by many to be the presumed Republican nominee for Governor, until former Governor Bob Ehrlich decided to enter the race. Bob Ehrlich called Hogan one of the only Republicans in the state with a chance to win. Maryland's most powerful Democrat, Steny Hoyer called Hogan the toughest opponent he has ever faced in his entire career.

David Craig Announces Lt. Governor Running Mate

Annapolis - Harford County Executive David Craig announced his Lt. Governor running mate today saying she is “capable of being Governor on day one.”

Jeannie Haddaway, who has served as a Delegate representing the Eastern Shore for nearly ten years, brings legislative leadership, committee experience and a wide-ranging policy background to the Craig ticket.   She started her own graphic design business in 2003 and held environmental policy positions in the government and non-profit sectors prior to holding elective office.   She is a longtime advocate for policies that protect women, children and families.

“The Lt. Governor is too important a position to tell them to go in a corner for eight years and dabble on public policy experiments and
come out to attend press conferences for the cameras," said Craig.  "I chose Jeannie because she will actually help me run the government."

Craig, who has extensive experience in local office, also chose Haddaway because she understands rural Maryland and the importance of county and municipal government in an era of unbridled state power affecting land use, public schools and transportation.   Characterizing the Eastern Shore as a region that represents a disproportionate amount of “forgotten Marylanders,” Craig has been pushing a theme of getting state government  aligned with the aspirations of the vast majority of Marylanders.

Craig will widen the portfolio of the Lt. Governor beyond that seen in any modern Administration, where Haddaway will help rejuvenate the state’s lackluster record on job growth, business retention and recruitment.

"Many have heard me criticize the O’Malley/Brown Administration," said Haddaway. "It is not criticism for the sake of being critical.  The
arrogance of power in Annapolis has cost us a great deal, but especially so when it comes to job creation.  We must do better."

Haddaway comes from an Eastern Shore family who made their living in agriculture and commercial fishing.  Her husband, Joe Riccio, is a real estate broker, and they reside in St. Michaels with their dog Max.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

TIME MACHINE ... 1929, 1909, 1930, 1982, 1897

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August, 1929
(Denton Journal)

A Street Afire

The intense heat of summer is said to cause asphalt paved streets in some of our cities to expand for several inches, but it remained for Crisfield to furnish the first instance in the country's history where a highway actually caught fire. One day last week children playing with matches on "Paper Street," set off a lot of trash and paper which had been dumped there by the city garbage man and it required the local fire department to put the blaze out, as the flames were spreading desperately near to several large buildings. "Paper Street" runs parallel to Main Street and is a continuation of Broadway. It runs through the marsh and is being constructed of garbage and waste paper, collected by the city garbage man. In this way the city has found it inexpensive to build the street and at the same time to provide a dumping place for waste paper.


May, 1909  (Time Machine archive)
(Trenton Evening Times- Trenton, N.J.)


NEW CHURCH, VA., MAY 20 - There is a strip of land of considerable area lying between here and Pocomoke City, Md., that for more than a century truly has been called "No Man's Land." It is not within the recollection of the oldest resident of Accomac County, Va., or of Worcester County, Md., that anyone ever has laid claim to it, nor are there any records of it in the courts of either county. Even the question as to which of the two states the land belongs has been considered seriously.

Not a few of the older residents hold the opinion that the land does not even belong to the United States, some of them going so far as to say that, if it belongs to any country at all, it is England's as the mother country owned everything down this way before the Declaration of Independence changed ownerships, and they think it more than likely that, in dividing up, Maryland and Virginia overlooked "No Man's Land," leaving it out in the cold and making of it a miniature territory unto itself, without a ruler.

There are between 300 and 400 acres of virgin soil in the tract that could be made to produce bumper crops, but no one cultivates it, and, so far as is known today, there is no one who has any desire to do so. For some unaccountable reason it does not appeal strongly to the farmers and truckers of this section, and they always take good care to steer clear of the apparently hoodooed land.  

November, 1930
(Cumberland Evening Times)


Unearthed By Worcester Co. Roads Engineer Employees At St Martin's
Pocomoke City, Md., Nov. 22 (AP)- What is believed to be an ancient burying ground of the great tribe of Pocomoke Indians, that roamed the Eastern Shore 300 years ago, has been unearthed at St. Martin's by employees of the Worcester County roads engineer's office who are constructing an improved road in that vicinity. The relics disclosed have been found on the Noah Adkins farm and the excavation of several loads of sand from a nearby hill, for use on the road, unearthed arrow heads, tomahawk stones, pewter bowls and parts of skeletons. Since several hundred loads of sand remain to be taken from the hill engineers are interested in prospects of digging other relics of other days.

September, 1982

Pocomoke City Mayor J. Dawson Clarke was to be one of five Maryland mayors to be featured in the 1983 winter issue of Maryland Magazine according to The Maryland Municipal League bulletin. The other mayors featured would be from Baltimore, Frederick, Easton, and LaPlata. The bulletin stated "these mayors were selected for the article because of their innovative and creative approach in managing their city/town and also because of the variety in population, size, and geographic location. The Department Of Economic And Community Development published the quarterly magazine. 

March, 1897 

(Emmet County Republican- Estherville, Iowa)

William Moore, of Snow Hill, Md., on a wager of 5 cents, attempted to kiss a possum and is now mourning the loss of part of his nose.

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Thursday, July 11, 2013

TIME MACHINE ... This Sunday's Preview.


1929.. Crisfield's "Paper Street;" 1909.. An Eastern Shore "No Man's Land," 1930.. Indian burial ground found in Worcester County, 1982.. Maryland Magazine feature includes Pocomoke City's Mayor Clarke, 1897.. Bad wager for Snow Hill man.
  Although you may not find these items in a history book, they are a part of our local history and you can read more about it this Sunday right here at The Pocomoke Public Eye!

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Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Delmarva Discovery Center / " DIVE DIOLOG"

Has anyone out there missed
 'Dive Dialogue'?

Join us for the shenanigans of
 Scorchy, the diamondback terrapin
and Sarah!



July 9, 2013
 The Pocomoke City Police Department is currently conducting an investigation in reference to citizens receiving phone calls from an unknown subject demanding money, stating that a family member was involved in an accident and has been kidnapped. The suspect may restrict their phone number to avoid detection and has personal information about a family member. The suspect tells the person that a family member has been involved in an accident and/or has been kidnapped and is being held hostage. The suspect then attempts to obtain bank account information or instructs them to wire money to a certain location. The suspect claims that once the money is received, the family member will no longer be in any danger.

Anyone receiving a phone call of this nature should make contact with their family member and confirm that they are not in any danger. Do not provide any personal information or send any money to the caller. Attempt to obtain information about the caller to include a phone number and notify the police immediately.

Anyone with information about these types of incidents should contact the Pocomoke City Police at (410) 957-1600.

Kelvin D. Sewell

Chief of Police

Sunday, July 7, 2013

TIME MACHINE ... 2005, 1920, 1909, 1963, 1933

(Reader-friendly viewing of newspaper archives material)

January, 2005
(The Sunday Capital- Annapolis, Md.)

Report: Md.-Va. ferry could profit


FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (AP)- Despite a startup cost that could approach $47 million, a study suggests that a ferry across the Chesapeake Bay from Virginia's Northern Neck to the Eastern Shore could be profitable.

The draft study predicts that more than 200,00 cars and trucks a year would use a ferry between Reedville, Va., and Crisfield, Md., which are separated by 38 miles of water.

A ferry could make the crossing in about two hours, while the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel is a 220-mile, five-hour journey. By the Bay Bridge at Annapolis, the trip is about 270 miles and six hours.

Previous studies have concluded a ferry could help the rural economies of the two regions by improving cross-bay commerce, and enhancing tourism. The latest study reaffirms a previous conclusion that 20-knot, twin-hulled ferries may be too expensive for the run.

The study, however, suggests that two off-shore vessels be converted to ferries at a cost of about $3 million each. At 16.5 knots, a converted vessel would take about 20-minutes longer to make the run than a 20-knot boat.

Using converted service vessels might lower the capital costs of the entire system to $19 million. A Reedville terminal might cost between $5 million and $6 million, the Crisfield terminal about $1 million more, and a maintenance facility about $2 million, according to the study, the contents of which were released Saturday by The Free-Lance Star.

With fares in the $32 to $40 range, the study says the converted service boats should expect annual income of $8.7 million, expenses of $7.1 million, and profit of $1.6 million.

The ferry studies have been commissioned by a coalition of local governments and other interested parties on both sides of the bay, but neither Northumberland County nor Somerset County, Md., has committed funds to the enterprise.

The counties, however, should now back the proposal with money, the report says.
August, 1920
(The Washington Post)
Pocomoke City, Md., Aug.18- Francis F. Thomas, 21 years old, a brakeman in the employ of the New York, Philadelphia, and Norfolk railroad, had a miraculous escape from death yesterday at Pocomoke City when he fell from the top of a freight car to the tracks beneath the moving train, which was switching cars. Despite the fact that an engine and twenty loaded cars passed over his body, he escaped with slight injuries, no bones being broken. 

October, 1909
(The Washington Post)

Parksley Church In Ashes

Special To the Washington Post.

Parksley, Va., Oct 20- The Methodist Protestant Church here was destroyed by fire tonight, which originated from the heater in the cellar. Before discovered it had gained such headway it was beyond control. The parsonage and other dwellings close by were saved after a hard fight. Loss estimated at about $3,000.

January, 1963 (Time Machine archive)

New officers installed by the Pocomoke City Kiwanis Club were:

Robert Pike, President
Gene Lusby, Vice President
William Murdock, Secretary-Treasurer
Board Of Directors:
A.T. Harmon
Paul Ehrenwald
Woody Selby
Ben Cohen
Norris Outten
Elmer Pryor
William Buchanan (outgoing president)

Receiving perfect attendance pins were Mr. Cohen for nine years; Mr. Selby eight years; Mr.Pryor and Mr. Outten seven years; Reds Harmon four years; and Mr. Buchanan one year.

November, 1933
(Reno Evening Gazette- Reno, Nevada)

Milk Trucks Carry Water To Fight Fire

Snow Hill, Md., Nov. 15- (AP)- When neighboring farmers and volunteer firemen couldn't put out the fire in the farm house of Walter Shockley, the milkmen did the job.

Shockley's electric pump broke down. The Snow Hill fire company ran out of chemicals. But a fleet of milk trucks was passing. The drivers drove to Snow Hill, filled their milk cans with water and rushed back to the farm to put out the flames.

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