Saturday, May 21, 2011

TIME MACHINE ... January, 1885

(The Freeborn County Standard [Minnesota])


Remarkable Mirage Seen From The Decks Of A Steamer In Chesapeake Bay

From The Baltimore Herald.

"At the time I discovered it," said Captain Wilson of the steamer Tangier "we were off Watts Island on the Pocomoke Sound. The day was clear and bright. I was standing on the hurricane deck forward with a passenger, and we were commenting on the strange action of a dense line of smoke which rose perpendicularly from the stack of a saw mill in Pocomoke City, which lay to the east of us. My attention was suddenly called to the distinct outlines of a three-masted schooner which appeared above the line where the smoke spread out and disappeared. I could hardly believe my senses, and, calling my attention to the gentleman who was with me to the strange sight, I rushed into the pilot house and got my glasses. Through them I discovered more clearly the outlines of the vessel. There was evidently no breeze, as the sails were lying inboard. Then I scanned the horizon on either side of the smoke with the glasses and discovered four additional schooners, all of them similarly rigged and all wearing a full set of sails which were also inboard. They were more or less distinct as they were nearer or farther from the shore. Three of them pointed north and two south. The vessels were enveloped in what appeared to be a transparent haze, which I at once supposed to be the ocean. Fringing the lower edge of the haze were the outlines, perfectly distinct of the Atlantic coast between Chncoteague and Cobbs Islands. Even the inlets and small capes were discernible. Next appeared the broad waters between the outer bar and the mainland. This was also depicted as a haze, the land dovetailing into it here and there. Skirting the lower edge of the haze was the mainland, with open fields and clumps of trees. The mirage extended down to the meeting line of the land and the eastern horizon. I called all the passengers up from the lower deck and saloon, and all of them gazed at the phenomenon with wonder and admiration. The sight lasted about twenty minutes and gradually disappeared from view."

Captain Wilson stated that a land breeze had prevailed for several days previous to the mirage, and the phenomenon is accounted for on the ground that there was unusual retraction of the lower strata of the atmosphere. This is the first known instance of a mirage being seen in the lower Chesapeake. This phenomenon, however, is not infrequent in the Chesapeake, and Captain Wilson states that he once saw Cove point light from the lower end of Tangier Island, a distance of 38 miles. He calculated the distance of the mirage of a few days ago to be 30 miles.

Visit The Delmarva Discovery Center



SATURDAY - MAY 21, 2011
2:00 PM
"As the summer season approaches and temperatures rise, what will *you* see along the Pocomoke River?"

Go to for admission price.

Beginning  Memorial Day weekend
the Delmarva Discovery Center will be open
7 days a week.

Center hours will be: 10:00 am until 4:00 pm

Stop by the Discovery Center to purchase a membership and visit  the Discovery Center for one full year ADMISSION FREE!

~Performing SUNDAY At The MarVa Theater ~

at the
SUNDAY  MAY 22, 2011
AT 2:00  PM
Adults - $12.00   Students - $7.00   Small Children -  $5.00

~Delmarva Discovery Center On Saturday ~ 5/21/11

Bombs Away - It’s Armed Forces Day!
Saturday, May 21st
10 AM - 3 PM

Come visit the DDC as we celebrate our men & women in the military!

Receive 50% off admission with valid Military ID. Learn about

"Hearts Away, Bombs Away" from author, Vince DePaul Gisriel, Jr.

He’ll also be signing books between his talks!

*Hearts Away, Bombs Away is available for sale in the DDC Museum Store


Appeals Court Denies Condemned Va Man's Appeal

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) A federal appeals court has denied a Virginia death row inmate's request to reconsider his case, clearing the way for his execution to be set.

The U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday denied 29-year-old Jerry Terrell Jackson's request asking a three-judge panel that ruled on his case last month to reconsider or to allow the full court to hear the case.

A federal judge ruled last spring that Jackson deserved a new hearing because his attorney did not present evidence during his 2002 sentencing of the extreme abuse Jackson faced as a child. Last month a three-judge panel of the 4th Circuit overturned that ruling.

Jackson was convicted of raping and killing 88-year-old Ruth Phillips of Williamsburg in 2001.


Hurricane Preparation Tax Holiday Begins Wednesday

Virginians who want to stock up on batteries, bottled water and other supplies for the hurricane season will get a tax break next week.

Starting Wednesday, May 25, and continuing for seven days, a sales tax holiday will spare them state and local levies for items deemed eligible. They include flashlights, first aid kits and big-ticket items such as generators priced at $1,000 or less.

U.S. government forecasters announced Thursday they expect three to six major hurricanes from an above average Atlantic storm season.

For a full list of products eligible for the sales-tax break, go to  

Source; shoredailynews

Friday, May 20, 2011

Pirate Party! CASA Event at the Sunset Grille

If you are in the Ocean City area this evening stop by and bail out Beau so he doesn't have to walk the plank!

Good Luck, Beau !!

Dear Friends,
I am writing to ask for your help. This Friday night I will be helping to raise money for a very important cause. The Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) 3rd Annual Pirate Party is being held at Sunset Grille from 5:00-9:00pm. I will be held captive on "the brig" after 7:00 pm. If I don't raise enough bail money, I'll be forced to walk the plank! Please join us for a great night at Sunset Grille and stop by the brig to help bail me out! If you can't make it Friday night, but would still like to donate, let me know and I can fill out a "bond" form for you!

Every day in Maryland, 22 children are abused or neglected. In our State alone, there are over 10,000 children caught up in the court and child welfare maze because they are unable to live safely at home. In an overburdened social welfare system, abused and neglected children often slip through the cracks. Appointed by judges, CASA volunteers typically handle just one case at a time—and commit to staying on that case until the child is placed in a safe, permanent home. While others may come and go, CASA volunteers provide that one constant that children need in order to thrive. The goal is simple – to speak up for every child’s right to a safe, permanent home.

Please join us Friday night to help this worthy cause!

Yours truly,

Ocean City Shark Tournament Catch & Release

Statement in Support of the Ocean City Shark Tournament Catch and
Release Clinic May 21, 2011

On Saturday, May 21, Captain Mark Sampson and the other the directors of the 31st Annual Ocean City
Shark Tournament will be conducting a catch and release clinic on the docks at the Ocean City Fishing
catch and handle sharks in a manner that's safe for both fish and fishermen.

We commend Captain Mark Sampson and the Ocean City Shark Tournament for taking concrete steps to protect sharks and emphasize the importance of having fishermen catch and release sharks safely, said Steve Stock of the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation and Dr. John W. Grandy of The Humane Society of the United States

According to Dr. John Grandy, senior vice president of The Humane Society of the United States, the catch and release clinic is an important step forward in shark conservation. “We applaud MarkSampson’s commitment to promote the catch and release of sharks in this summer’s tournament  and toprovide this special training to help ensure that released sharks will survive the encounter.” Steve Stock, president, of the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation agrees. “Guy Harvey has officially endorsed this year’s tournament and fully supports this clinic because it will increase public awareness of the status of sharks and how important it is to utilize proper release techniques.

For more information please contact:
Mr. Steve Stock
Dr. John W. Grandy (202) 251-2163
Captain Mark Sampson (410) 726

~This Weekend At The MarVa Theater~

Fri, May 20th   
Sat, May 21st 
Time: 7 p.m.  
Tickets: $5  

When Blu, a domesticated macaw from small-town Minnesota, meets the fiercely independent Jewel, he takes off on an adventure to Rio de Janeiro with this bird of his dreams.
 Rated G

College Teams Will Launch Rockets From NASA On Saturday

Teams from three southeastern colleges will try to launch rockets 10,000 feet in the air from Wallops Island and survive a water recovery.

Students from the University of Alabama at Huntsville, Mississippi State University in Starkville, and Mitchell Community College in Statesville, N.C., will participate in the event sponsored by NASA on May 21.

As part of the challenge, each team will design and build its own rocket and operate it during flight. Each team is also required to develop a project website and write progress and post-launch analysis reports.

Teams also develop space- and exploration-themed educational projects to share with schools and youth organizations in their communities.


Obituary For Curt Lippoldt

MAY 17, 1926 ~ MAY 18, 2011

Curt Lippoldt, Jr., 85, of Pocomoke City, died Wednesday, May 18, 2011 at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury. Curt was born May 17, 1926 in Denver, CO to the late Curt and Evelyn (Hunter) Lippoldt.

Curt served in the Navy from 1944 - 1946 in the Pacific Theater. Following his naval service, he earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Denver in 1949. He developed and managed J.C. Penney's national hard goods service network based in New York City. In 1971 he moved to Pocomoke City where he became the owner/ proprietor of the Pocomoke Western Auto store and he and his late wife, Olive Dunker Lippoldt, raised their family. He served as the Mayor of Pocomoke City from 1986 - 1998, was a member of St. Mary's Episcopal Church, served as the President of the Board of Directors and member of the Marva Performing Arts Center, was a charter member of the Great Pocomoke Fair Committee, was a founder and former co-chair of the Lower Eastern Shore Heritage Committee, a member of the American Legion, Past President of the Lower Eastern Shore Mayors Association, a member of the Maryland Municiple League and the Pocomoke City Chamber of Commerce, served on the board of the Cheasapeake Bay Commission, the Sturgis One Room School, the Pocomoke River Alliance and nature trail and was a member and past president of the Pocomoke City Downtown Improvement Association.

He is survived by a son, Douglas Curt Lippoldt and his wife Danielle of Chaville, France, a daughter, Valerie Marie (Lippoldt) Woods of Pocomoke City, MD, two granddaughters, Erika and Rachel Lippoldt of Chaville, France and one grandson, Devin Woods of Pocomoke City, MD.

In addition to his parents and wife he was preceded in death by a brother, LeRoy Lippoldt.

A viewing will be held Friday, May 20th from 3 PM to 7 PM at the Holloway Funeral Home in Pocomoke City and a funeral service will be held Saturday, May 21st, at the Marva Theater on Market Street in Pocomoke City at 3 PM. Interment will be private in the St. Mary's Episcopal Cemetery in Pocomoke City. Friends are invited to the Pocomoke Commuity Center, 1410 Market Street, following the funeral service

If desired, contributions in Curt’s memory can be made to the Marva Performing Arts Center, Pocomoke City, MD 21851.

Arrangements are in the care of Holloway Funeral Home, 107 Vine Street, Pocomoke City, Maryland 21851.To send condolences to the family visit

Former Pocomoke City Mayor Curt Lippoldt

Salisbury, MD--Former Pocomoke City Mayor Curt Lippoldt, who served as mayor of the city from 1986-1998, died Wednesday afternoon. His death came a day after his 85th birthday.

Last Saturday, Lippoldt suffered a cardiac emergency and collapsed while giving a public talk on stage at his beloved Mar-Va Theater on 103 Market St. in downtown Pocomoke. He was rushed to Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury where he remained in a coma until his death early Wednesday afternoon. 

While mayor of Pocomoke, Lippoldt spearheaded efforts to revitalize downtown- including the Mar-Va Theater- and the city in general.

People who knew Lippoldt said he taught them so much. One of those people is the city's current mayor,

Bruce Morrison, who administered CPR to Lippoldt following his collapse last Saturday. Morrison said of his friend, "He taught me how to be an ambassador to Pocomoke just like he did, and to be friendly to people, talk to people and smile all the time. That was his big thing. If you always saw Curt, Curt was always smiling. No matter if he met a stranger on a street he would smile and ask them, 'How you're doing? Where are you from? What can I do to help you?'"

Joanne Lusby, who owns a hardware store located across the street from the Mar-Va Theater, said of Lippoldt, "He was a friend to everybody in Pocomoke, whether he knew them or not. People loved him because he couldn't do enough for you and he was the same way with the theater. He just had to do more than his part."

Lippoldt's funeral will will be held Saturday, May 21, at the Mar-Va Theater.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Pocomoke Is Saddened Over Loss......

So many have been saddened at the death of former Mayor of Pocomoke City Curt Lippoldt.   

Former Mayor Lippoldt was rushed to Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury last Saturday evening after collapsing on stage at the Mar-Va Theater.  He remained in a coma after suffering from a cardiac emergency until he died Wednesday at the age of 85.

Mr. Lippoldt served happily as Mayor of Pocomoke City from 1986 until 1998 and will be remembered for so many wonderful deeds he accomplished.  We all know that one of  his  major accomplishments was the restoration of his beloved Mar-Va Theater.

  Pocomoke City and so many others have lost a true friend.

A facebook page has been set up for those that would like to share their  wonderful memories of Mr. Lippoldt.   On facebook go to Curt Lippoldt.

Funeral arrangements will be posted soon.

Northampton County - Director of Building Arrested and Charged With Abduction

According to Northampton County Sheriff David L. Doughty, Jr., on May 9, 2011, Mark Edward Cline Sr., 52, of Exmore was arrested in connection with a December 11, 2010 incident occurring in Northampton County.

Mark Cline, Sr. was charged with abduction, use of a firearm during the commission of a felony and brandishing.

Cline is listed as the Northampton County Building Department's Director of Building. A call to Northampton County Administrator Katherine H. Nunez was not returned on Wednesday afternoon.

He is currently being held in the Eastern Shore Regional Jail with no bond.


Husband Lies About Tickets To Oprah Show

William Lee
Tribune Reporter
While legions of Oprah fans have endured endless lines hoping to catch a glimpse of the Queen of Talk before her long-running show ends, police say a Canadian man endured a self-administered beating -- and a night in jail -- for the same privilege.

Chicago police said that Robert Spearing, 44, was taken to Stroger Hospital Tuesday after reporting that two people beat him before stealing his passes to a star-studded farewell show that took place later that evening at the United Center

Spearing originally told police that just after 10 a.m., he was standing in the 200 block of South Wood Street -- about a block from the United Center -- when two men in their 20s, one African-American and one Hispanic, beat and robbed him.

But hours later, police said Spearing changed his story, later admitting he'd never been attacked and merely concocted the story so he didn't disappoint his wife because they'd traveled from Ontario without tickets.

Spearing, police said, cut his own forehead with a rock and scraped his hands on the sidewalk to mimic injuries from a violent street robbery.

Spearing was charged with one count of felony disorderly conduct, police said, for filing a false police report. Cook County Judge Donald Panarese Jr. today ordered Spearing held on $20,000 bond and scheduled a hearing for next week.

A Spearing relative was at the Cook County Jail this evening posting the $2,000 needed to gain the suspect's release, according to a sheriff's spokesman.

The event, “Surprise Oprah! A Farewell Spectacular” featured numerous celebrity appearances including actors Tom Cruise and Will Smith, and former Chicago Bulls star Michael Jordan.


Pow-Wow This Weekend In Pocomoke Cypress Park

Written by: Bill Kerbin
POCOMOKE CITY -- Cypress Park will once again be the location for the 18th annual Drums on the Pocomoke Native American Indian Pow-Wow and Festival hosted by the Assateague People's Tribe of Delmarva on May 21-22. The pow-wow grounds will open to the public at 10 a.m. each day and close at 5 p.m. There is a $3 donation for adults over 12, and children 12 & under are free with a paying adult.

The grand entry begins at noon, followed by the flag song and veteran's honoring song. All vetrans are encouraged to particatate. Throughout the day there will also be demonstrations of the different varieties of Native American Indian dancing, including grass dancing, traditional men's and womens southern and northern styles, and fancy and jingle dress dances. There will be two dances in which public can participate -- the friendship dance and a children's candy dance.

The Host Drum for the weekend will be White Buffalo. Snow Owl of the Abenaki Tribe will be the emcee.

The lead female dancer this year will be Cynthia Adkins from Pocomoke. There will be numerous Native American craft vendors from Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, New Jersey and New York selling leather, fur hides, jewelry, dreamcatchers, beads, blankets, herbs and homemade soaps and other numerous handmade crafts. Joan Filmer will be selling her exquisite beaded necklaces, earrings, and superb beadwork.

The Accohonnok Tribe of Bending Water Park/Marion Station will be selling Indian tacos, fried bread, buffalo burgers and other tasty treats. This year the tribe will be raffling a handcrafted knife made by the Assateague Peoples Chief Medicine Cat and a Pendleton blanket, "Navajo Water Blanket," which features a dragonfly on it, valued at $300.

This year the Pow-Wow will also include Pearl Beamer, who has been a state and federally licensed wildlife rehabilitator and educator for 20 years. She and her husband, Jimmy "Two Hawks" Beamer Jr., take in orphaned, injured and sick wildlife. They specialize in birds of prey. They will have two red-tailed hawks, Wakon and Luta, who would have starved the death in the wild if it had not been for the Beamers.

Guests are reminded to bring their cameras.

Source;|newswell|text|Worcester County Times|s

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Former Pocomoke City Mayor Curt Lippoldt Has Died

This just breaks my heart.   In my opinion there has never been anyone quite like him and in all the years I have known him I have known him to always lend a helping hand.   One of Pocomoke's finest! and I will miss him.

Former Pocomoke City Mayor Curt Lippoldt died this afternoon at the age of 85.

Last Saturday afternoon, Lippoldt collapsed while on stage at his beloved MarVa Theater in downtown Pocomoke. He was rushed to Peninsula Regional Medical Center where he remained in a coma until his death today.

Lippoldt served as mayor of Pocomoke from 1986-1998.

Facebook Dislike Button ~ WARNING

By: Ben Parr
Facebook does not have a dislike button, but that hasn’t stopped spammers from trying to use it to scam users.

Online security firm Sophos rang the security alarm Monday with a post warning users about a scam that asks people to enable the dislike button.

Clicking it takes you to a page that asks you to copy and paste Javascript code into the address bar. Executing it activates the malicious code.

It looks like the bulk of the damage from the scam occurred during the weekend. Nobody on team Mashable has seen the scam, and there is no evidence of the scam on public status updates from the past 24 hours. (It’s important to note that Facebook search isn’t comprehensive, and the scam may have found a way to hide from public search results.)

This isn’t even the first time spammers have used the nonexistent Facebook dislike button to scam users, but this weekend’s attack seems to have been more sophisticated. Facebook’s new security tools likely limited the scam’s effects.


Schaefer Honors Friends and Institutions In Will

By: Liz F. Kay, Scott Calvert and Laura Vozzella
William Donald Schaefer's ability to surprise, delight and confound was on display again Tuesday with the public release of his last will and testament, which showered bits of his $2.4 million estate on devoted aides, friends and institutions.

Beneficiaries ranged from multimillionaire baker and developer John Paterakis to a chauffeur, an obscure Ellicott City church and a man who introduced Schaefer to black church leaders a half-century ago, at the dawn of the future mayor, governor and state comptroller's political career.

"His will reflects all the things that so many people admired," said Zelig Robinson, Schaefer's longtime personal and campaign attorney, who first prepared his will 10 or 15 years ago and revised it at Schaefer's direction "from time to time," most recently in 2009. "He's thoughtful, he's careful and he's generous."

Not to mention unpredictable.

Schaefer, whose 50 years in public life put him in contact with thousands, singled out 20 people for special gifts. The largest by far went to Lainy LeBow-Sachs, his former aide and one of his personal representatives, who is to receive $500,000, as well as a quarter of whatever is left of the estate after it is distributed.

Jeanne Bell of Locust Point, a friend for 30 years who three years ago tried to help Schaefer thwart LeBow-Sachs' plan to move him to the Charlestown retirement community, received only his plate and stamp collections. Bell, who had Schaefer's power of attorney at one point, declined to comment.

"He did what he wanted to do," said LeBow-Sachs, adding that she was "stunned" by his large gift to her. "He's so wonderful and he just wanted to touch everybody a little bit."

The dollar value of the bequests was surely not the point for some beneficiaries. Schaefer, who died April 18, gave $1,500 to Paterakis, whose personal wealth was estimated at $240 million last year by The National Herald, a Greek-American newspaper. Brice Phillips, one of the founders of Phillips Seafood, got $2,500 — and the lone sentence-length tribute in an otherwise straightforward legal document: "He is one of the nicest men I have ever met."

Nelson J. Sabatini, who served as state secretary of health under Schaefer from 1991 to 1995, had a hard time believing he was given $1,500.

"Are you kidding me?" he told a reporter. "Wow. That's astounding."

"It's worth $10 million to me to know he was thinking about me the way he did," Sabatini said in an emotion-choked voice. "It makes me realize how justified I was in loving the old man the way I did."

Sabatini said he would try to think of how best to spend the money. Maybe, he mused, he'll plant African violets somewhere in Schaefer's honor.

"He gave me more than I could ever have asked, just in terms of his friendship and loyalty and what I learned from him," Sabatini said. "Look, the privilege of having been able to work for William Donald Schaefer was something you should almost have to pay for."

The value of Schaefer's estate is estimated in the will at $2.4 million, $2 million of that in personal property and $400,000 in real estate. But Matthew Penater, one of the attorneys working on the estate, said those numbers will not be finalized until an accounting is filed next February.

The will, filed with the Register of Wills in Baltimore County Circuit Court, dictates that his memorabilia, writings, photographs and other personal property be given to the William Donald Schaefer Foundation Inc. These items are now maintained by the Maryland State Archives.

The will stipulated that his funeral and related expenses were to be paid from his estate.

One of the more obscure beneficiaries is Roscoe Herring, a longtime assistant and friend of Schaefer's who stands to receive $2,000. Now 81, Herring says he helped Schaefer get to know influential members of the city's African-American community in 1970 while gearing up to run for mayor.

"My connection was — I am sure I'm right on this — I was the one who introduced him to the black community," Herring said. "Somehow I met him. I decided I was going to support him, so I took him to this breakfast with a group of Baptist ministers. It was at the Holiday Inn downtown. He met them, and they certainly liked him."

Their early interaction forged a bond that led to friendship and lasted four decades. In March, just a few weeks before Schaefer died, Herring says he got his last birthday card from the former governor, and as usual there was a check inside.


Hardwire LLC Makes Donation To Ocean City Police Department

On Monday, May 16, 2011, the Ocean City Police Department was the proud recipient of 120 ballistic grade ticket books and clipboards, thanks to Hardwire LLC.  Representatives from Hardwire LLC, a local armor and survivability company located in Pocomoke, MD, visited the Ocean City Police Department to donate the protective items to be used by OCPD personnel.

The clipboards are manufactured from laser trimmed portions of the same armor being manufactured from their highly successful program to increase the survivability of the HMMWV. In today’s economic environment the ability to make the HMMWV, which the military already owns hundreds of thousands of units, into a vehicle with the same survivability characteristics as a modern tank yet light enough to be rapidly deployed, is the focus of the engineers at Hardwire LLC.

“I feel honored that Hardwire chose to donate these items to local law enforcement,” said Ocean City Police Chief Bernadette DiPino.  “We are very fortunate for the partnership with Hardwire and local law enforcement.  In light of the increase in deaths of police officers due to firearms nationwide, this donation offers our officers additional protection.”

Chief DiPino, who recently toured the secure Hardwire LLC facility, was impressed by the specialized technology and advanced products.  “The Hardwire facility is incredible – it looks like something out of a James Bond movie,” said Chief DiPino.  “There are a lot of highly confidential products being developed and manufactured by Hardwire.  In this time of economic uncertainty I feel extremely privileged that Hardwire has reached out to the Ocean City Police Department and shared some of their survivability knowledge and products to protect the lives of our officers. It’s a clipboard but what it may prevent is almost beyond comprehension.”

Paraplegic Maryland Driver Could Go Back To Jail

Associated Press
An Ellicott City man who killed two people in a car crash in 2002 faces up to seven more years in prison for allegedly violating probation.

Matthew Meyer has a court hearing scheduled for Wednesday morning in Hagerstown.

Meyer served about four years of a seven-year prison term for two Washington County manslaughter convictions. He was released in 2008.

Prosecutors say Meyer then obtained a Maryland driver's license and was caught last year speeding, despite a probation condition barring him from driving in the state.

If he is found in violation, Meyer could be ordered to serve a seven-year term that was suspended as part of a plea deal on the manslaughter charges.

Meyer is paralyzed from the chest down due to injuries from an earlier wreck.


Associated Insurance Centers Opens In New Location

Associated Insurance Centers, formerly H. Merrill Walters, whose office has been located  in downtown Pocomoke has moved.

The new location is  2412 ByPass Road in the building where Pocomoke Machine and Implement Company was for many years.  The entire building has been renovated to accomodate all employess from the downtwon office.

Associated Insurance Centers will open its doors in the new location today, Wednesday May 18, 2011.

Office hours are Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

Stop by and let them help you with insurance needs.  Their office sells Auto, Home, Farm, Business, Life & Health insurance.  Other offices are still located in  Chincoteague,  Onancock VA and West Ocean City and  Leonardtown, MD.

 Associated Insurance Centers will also be hosting the Chamber's Business After Hours on Wednesday the 25th from 5-7.

TALL SHIP OF DELAWARE Coming to Cape Charles In June

Kalmar Nyckel, official Tall Ship of Delaware, is coming to Cape Charles. Kalmar Nyckel will tie up at the Towns municipal docks the evening of June 2 and stay until departure the morning of Tuesday, June 7. She will be open to the public for tours and day sails.

Northampton County and Cape Charles recently adopted the Tall Ships Economic Development Initiative to attract a new industry as a means to develop business and job growth in the community. Under this plan, Kalmar Nyckel, arguably the queen of the tall ship fleet, is the first ship to accept the invitation of the County and Town to visit our shores. Unique from other ports of call, Cape Charles harbor allows the ship to set sail carrying passengers for hire. Visitors will be able to watch an historic tall ship under full sail from the close vantage point of the Towns fun pier.

Kalmar Nyckel is an authentic re-creation of a 17th century Dutch vessel, one of Americas pioneering Tall Ships that brought some of the earliest permanent settlers to the colonies. Her historical significance mirrors that of the Mayflower. The original Kalmar Nyckel sailed from Sweden to the New World in 1638 leaving her passengers to establish the first permanent European settlement in the colony of "New Sweden" in present-day Wilmington, Delaware.

On Friday, June 3, the ship will be open for public tours from 1-4:30 p.m. followed by a public welcome reception at the harbor at 6 p.m.

On Saturday and Sunday, June 4 and 5, there will be two day sail charters each day from 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and 3:30 to 6 p.m.

On Monday, June 6, the ship will be open for school visitation from 9-10:30 a.m. and noon to 1:30 p.m. followed by public tours. The day sails are $60 per adult and $40 for students under 17. Call 302-429-7447 or 866-659-7447 to make reservations.

Space is limited.

All voyages last 2.5 hours and leave from Cape Charles harbor.


Tuesday, May 17, 2011


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U.S. state riled up over "relaxation" brownie

(Reuters) - Two towns in the state of Massachusetts are moving to ban sales of a "relaxation" brownie named Lazy Cakes, laced with melatonin and sold in food markets, after children who ate them required hospitalization.

The mellowing chocolate treats, which sell for $3 to $5 at food stores and some night clubs, are legal but contain nearly 8 milligrams of the supplemental sleep aid, which is about 25 times the usual amount prescribed for adults.

Melatonin is a hormone produced naturally by the body. Standard doses in the Unites States, where it is available over the counter, and in Europe, where a prescription is typically required, range from 0.3 mg to 3 mg.

Considered a dietary supplement rather than a drug, melatonin is not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration. Doctors say an adult dosage could be dangerous to a child, effectively acting as a strong drug akin to Valium that can cause extreme drowsiness.

There have been reports of youngsters who sampled Lazy Cakes being rushed to hospital emergency rooms. In Arizona, a two-year-old boy given a few bites of a relative's treat was hospitalized after becoming withdrawn and falling deeply asleep.

In the Massachusetts cities of New Bedford and nearby Fall River, efforts are underway to ban their sales, largely because of their appeal to children. Purple packaging features Lazy Larry, a cartoonish brownie with a big grin on its face.

New Bedford Mayor Scott Lang said he supports a statewide ban, at least until such products are federally regulated.

"It's clear to me that a young child would find it attractive and tasty, and it's got chemicals in it that aren't appropriate for kids," Lang said.
National poison control centers receive more calls regarding melatonin than for any other herbal supplement - about 5,000 calls in 2009, William Flanagan, mayor of Fall River, Mass., told a press conference last week about his ordinance to ban Lazy Cakes in the city.

Baked World/HBB, the Memphis-based maker of Lazy Cakes, says it clearly labels each brownie to show it advises consumption by adults only.

"We encourage stores to place these products alongside the energy shots or with other dietary supplements that are also produced for adults," Chief Executive Terry Harris said.

Lazy Cakes are the latest snacks marketed as an antidote to energy-boosting products and everyday stress. Another is DRANK, a carbonated beverage made with "natural calming agents including melatonin, rose hips, and valerian root."

The FDA sent DRANK's manufacturer, Houston-based Innovative Beverage Group, a warning letter citing concerns that melatonin can cause a drop in blood pressure or have hormonal effects on women who are pregnant or trying to conceive.


Counterfeit Bills Being Passed

According to Onley Police Chief Walter Marks, over the past weekend counterfeit $100 bills were passed at Onley businesses.

Marks said the bills were taken to a local bank where they were confirmed to be counterfeit.

Anyone who receives bills they believe to be counterfeit should contact their local police department or the Accomack County Sheriff's office immediately.

Marks added that it was easy to tell the bills were counterfeit.

No arrests have been made but the matter is being currently investigated by the Onley Police Department.


Monday, May 16, 2011

Frog Leap Test

Keep at it 'cause it is possible. This is one way to keep your mind sharp!
It's a little 'test' that is (supposedly) part of a second grade Computer class in China . Some figure it out right away. Others report having to work on it for a week (or more) to solve it.

Did Philip fart?


Did Philip fart?
..and he probably does all the time. What the heck, he's almost ninety,
and at that age you don't hold anything back even if you wanted to!

The really important question?
Did Philip Fart?

What do you think?

The expressions are priceless!

Look at the Queen's face!

A fart is a pleasant thing,
It gives the belly ease,
It warms the bed in winter,
And suffocates the fleas.

A fart can be quiet,
A fart can be loud,
Some leave a powerful,
Poisonous cloud

A fart can be short,
Or a fart can be long,
Some farts have been known
To sound like a song......

A fart can create
A most curious medley,
A fart can be harmless,
Or silent, and deadly.

A fart might not smell,
While others are vile,
A fart may pass quickly,
Or linger a while......

A fart can occur
In a number of places,
And leave everyone there,

With strange looks on their faces .

From wide-open prairie,
To small elevators,
A fart will find all of
Us sooner or later.

That farts are all bad,
Is simply not true-
We must never forget........
Sweet old farts like you!

Kinda brings a tear to your eye - right?

Why not send this on to other old farts and bring a smile...or....tear to them!

Hat Tip; Kack

Pocomoke Chamber

General Membership Meeting on Wednesday, May 18th 12 noon at The Bay Queen Galley - at the Day's Inn