Saturday, March 25, 2017

TIME MACHINE: 1938, 1995, 2012

Our Little Corner In Space And Time

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October, 1938

The Morning News (Wilmington)

February, 1995

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The Sunday Star (Easton)

Five Years Ago

2012 Technology

  • Windows releases the Windows 8 operating system meant for tablets and touch screens.
  • Sally Ride, the first woman in space, dies at the age of 61 on July 23rd.
  • The popular iOS photo filter application Instagram releases a version for the Android operating system.
  • Facebook goes public and its initial stock offering was at thirty-eight dollars per share, the current price is $55.06 (Jan. 28, 2014). Initial investors were worried about the social media website's ability to make money and approached with caution, this forced Facebook to think of creative ways to monetize the company.
  • Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon, dies at the age of eighty-two on August 5th.

2012 Pop Culture
  • Musicians like Rihanna, Adele, Bruno Mars, Gotye, Carly Rae Jepsen, and Taylor Swift top the charts and win awards.
  • Television shows like Homeland, The Voice, NCIS, Revolution, and Elementary are widely watched and discussed.
  • Popular movies released in 2012 include The Avengers, The Amazing Spider-Man, The Hobbit, The Dark Knight Rises, The Hunger Games, and Lincoln.
  • Whitney Houston, widely recognized as one of the greatest voices in history, dies in the bathtub of a hotel at the age of forty-eight after drowning due to a drug overdose on February 11th.            


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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

History Event In Crisfield

From The County Times, Crisfield

Gravesite of Crisfield’s early settlers to be stabilized, public invited to hear lectures on local history

Joe Paden and UMES students in 2016 worked to restore the Nelson Homestead family cemetery off Cash Corner Road. On Saturday, March 25, they will be back stabilizing another small cemetery, this time on Calvary Road. The public is especially invited for the talks about local Native American history, genealogy and lore which begin at 10 a.m. The program is free, but donations will be accepted.

CRISFIELD — On Saturday, March 25, Joe Paden of the historic preservation group and tour guide outfitter, The Crisfield Story Project, will be leading a cemetery restoration of “Nelson’s Plot” located at 3075 Calvary Road in Crisfield. The restoration will be carried out by volunteers consisting of students and staff from the UMES Office of University Engagement and Lifelong Learning.

The Nelson Plot is the family cemetery of John Nelson, son of Revolutionary War Veteran, Thomas King Nelson, and grandson of Sacker Nelson who was kidnapped during that war to pilot the British fleet up the Chesapeake Bay. Mr. Paden will be sharing stories of this and other families throughout the day.

At 10 a.m., Native American expert, Norris Howard, chief of the Pocomoke Indian Nation will be giving a lecture and presentation on Native American life in the area. He will be followed by historian and genealogist Philip Goldsborough who will be covering the colonization of the Eastern Shore along with other interesting episodes in our history. Genealogist Linda Paden will also be present to answer questions pertaining to the histories of local families.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

TIME MACHINE: The Coastal Storms of 1962 & 1933.

  Our Little Corner In Space And Time

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This month marks the 55th anniversary of the disastrous northeaster that devastated the Eastern Shore coast in early March, 1962.  This storm and the August, 1933 hurricane that created the Ocean City inlet were two of the most infamous storms affecting the Eastern Shore in the twentieth century.




August, 1962
The Baltimore Sun

April, 1962


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Saturday, March 18, 2017

Infamous Coastal Storms

This Sunday's Time Machine recalls the 1962 and 1933 coastal storms that brought havoc to the Eastern Shore coast.

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Eastern Shore Man Charged In Dallas Investigation


Salisbury Man Charged with Cyberstalking a Magazine Reporter

Posted: Mar 17, 2017 7:28 PM EDT Updated: Mar 17, 2017 10:49 PM EDT

Sunday, March 12, 2017

TIME MACHINE: 1973, 1847, 1937, 2007.

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December, 1973

The Daily Times (Salisbury)

January, 1847

. The Tennessean (Nashville, TN)

January, 1937

The Baltimore Sun

Ten Years Ago

Technology 2007
  • Apple Introduces The iPhone on June 29th
  • Apple Introduces The new Itouch with built in WiFi and touch screen
  • Following it's introduction in late 2006 Nintendo Wii with it's motion sensitive controllers is the game system in demand.

Popular Culture 2007
  • The Final Harry Potter book is published, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • Fisher Price recalls over 1 million Chinese Made Toys
Popular Films
  • Spider-Man 3
  • Shrek the Third
  • Transformers
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End
  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • The Bourne Ultimatum Uni.
  • 300
  • Ratatouille
  • The Simpsons Movie
  • I Am Legend
  • Live Free or Die Hard
  • Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer
  • American Gangster
  • Bee Movie
  • Ocean's Thirteen
  • Evan Almighty
  • National Treasure: Book of Secrets
  • Saw IV
  • Surf's Up
  • Resident Evil: Extinction
  • Epic Movie
  • Nancy Drew
  • The Hills Have Eyes 2
Popular Musicians
  • BeyoncĂ©
  • Fergie
  • Nelly Furtado
  • Gwen Stefani
  • Justin Timberlake
  • Avril Lavigne
  • Plain White T's
  • Pink
  • Sean Kingston
  • Ludacris
  • Carrie Underwood
  • Nickelback
  • Diddy
  • Rihanna
  • Britney Spears
  • Kelly Clarkson
  • Linkin Park
  • Christina Aguilera
  • Keyshia Cole
  • Hilary Duff
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • Nelly Furtado
  • Jennifer Lopez
  • Dixie Chicks
  • Young Jeezy
  • 50 Cent
  • Alicia Keys
  • Maroon 5
Popular Television
  • CSI Crime Scene Investigation
  • Grey's Anatomy
  • Survivor: China
  • Sunday Night Football
  • Without a Trace
  • Amazing Race
  • Two and a Half Men
  • Cold Case
  • Deal or No Deal
  • NCIS

Best Picture : The Departed
Best Documentary : An Inconvenient Truth
Best Actor Leading Role : Forest Whitaker ( The Last King Of Scotland )
Best Actress Leading Role : Helen Mirren ( The Queen )
Best Actor Supporting Role : Alan Arkin ( Little Miss Sunshine )
Best Actress Supporting Role : Jenifer Hudson ( Dream Girls )


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Friday, March 10, 2017

Honors For Pocomoke Elementary!

From The Dispatch, Ocean City.

National Recognition For Pocomoke Elementary School

POCOMOKE – Pocomoke Elementary School earned recognition as a National Title I Distinguished School this week.

“We are incredibly excited to have Pocomoke Elementary School recognized for the outstanding work the administration and staff are doing to ensure the children in Pocomoke are achieving at high levels,” Superintendent Lou Taylor said. “The efforts of the PES family are commendable, and this is certainly a day to celebrate not only in Pocomoke, but across our county.”

The National Title I Distinguished Schools Program was created in 1996 to highlight the efforts of Title I schools making significant improvements for their students. Schools are honored in one of three categories — exceptional student performance for two consecutive years, closing the achievement gap or excellence in serving a special population of students. Pocomoke Elementary earned its recognition for exceptional student performance.

Principal Michael Browne says this is the second time in five years the school has received the recognition, something state officials told him had never happened before.

Browne credits the FAME (Formative Assessment for Maryland Educators) initiative, which has been in place at PES for three years, with the increase in student achievement that led to the Title I honor. Beverly Watson, FAME specialist, says teachers have worked ongoing formative assessments into the curriculum so that rather than simply testing student comprehension at the end of a unit, they monitor it throughout the process.

“I think it’s played a tremendous role in supporting students,” she said. “You see a great deal of growth across the board.”

Browne said along with FAME, his school’s efforts to do more with technology and increase parent involvement had also had a positive impact on student achievement. Melissa Freistat, assistant principal at PES, said the school had implemented activities to get parents involved in their children’s education.

“Parent engagement is important,” she said. “That plays a big role in student achievement … I think it’s important the public know it’s a partnership. We’re all pieces of a puzzle fit together for the betterment of the child.”

Browne agreed and said the National Title I Distinguished School recognition was an honor for the entire PES community. He says it’s a great feeling to watch PES students — 72 percent of whom come from households of poverty — walk into school each day eager to learn in spite of any hardship they might face.

“They strive to learn,” Browne said. “This is an honor for the students as well as the staff

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Tribute Event This Weekend

From The Dispatch

10th Annual Snow Hill Blues Jam Organized As Mike Armstrong Tribute

Mike Armstrong
Mike Armstrong
SNOW HILL – The Snow Hill Blues Jam will celebrate 10 years with a tribute to a local musician.

The 10th annual Snow Hill Blues Jam is set for March 11 at the town’s old firehouse. This year’s event will honor Mike Armstrong, a local musician who passed away in September.

Armstrong was a member of the Snow Hill All Stars, a group known for its participation in the Blues Jam.

In addition to the live music, attendees at the Blues Jam will be offered a barbeque dinner, cash bar, raffle and silent auction. Tickets are $25 and are on sale at or at the Town of Snow Hill office.

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Sunday, March 5, 2017

TIME MACHINE: The Pocomoke River Bridge Collapse1988.

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August, 1988


Baltimore Sun

In August, 2009 our late Brenda Wise (jmmb) for The Pocomoke Public Eye posted pictures and information she had gathered regarding the 1988 bridge collapse.

The Falling of the Pocomoke Bridge

August 17,1988

Do you remember the day the Pocomoke River Bridge fell? My telephone rang very early that morning to tell me the news. I will admit I didn't really believe it until I saw it for myself! For some reason, very early in the morning the little bridge just came tumbling down. And of course, for months there were the rumors and speculations of how it could fall, who was the last to travel it and how remarkable it was no one had been killed.

My news clippings from the Pocomoke paper are gone but I did find these pictures that were taken 2 days after it collapsed. There isn't much on the internet but I did find some interesting information.......

Well, that was not all I found. Two days before the collapse of span, a motorist traveling west to east noticed a dip in the bridge deck and that the pedestrian crosswalk railing ,in places seemed to bowed downward. The same motorist on August 16,1988 crossed the bridge again and noticed the dip in the bridge had become more severe. He naturally assumed that the bridge tenders were aware of it and didn't feel the need to report it to anyone. ( I would assume that too). And the manager of the market on the Somerset side of the bridge
noticed the same thing
on those same two days.

August 16, 1988, around 11:00 a.m. another motorist noticed
a "V" shaped depression that traveled 10 to 12 inches deep and about 20 ft. long. This wasn't all he found to be faulty with the bridge and immediately drove to Pocomoke City Police Dept. and reported it to the dispatcher. The dispatcher did not notify the officers on duty nor was it logged in as a complaint on the police log.

Finally that afternoon another motorist noticed it and contacted the police chief. The police chief stated that all he saw was a pothole, and did not inspect any other sections of the bridge.

The report further stated that the police department is not trained in matters of bridge construction and defaults................And even though the tiny bridge would have collapsed anyway, IF someone had perhaps paid more attention to what these 3 people were saying that bridge could have been shut down and eliminated the possibility of personal injury or even death. No, personal injury did not occur. But it sure could have.

Quite interesting. I worked downtown for over 25 years and never heard any of this. I don't know of anyone at the time that had heard about this report written in January of 1990. Be sure to read it.  Another DUH moment.

Posted by jmmb at 9:52PM

A link to the report was posted by Brenda but that link is no longer working.  The bridge re-opened in June, 1989 with Maryland governor William Donald Schaefer on hand for the ceremonies.  Cost of repairs was about $3.5 million. -tk 

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