Saturday, January 12, 2013

Another Great Reason To Shop Downtown Pocomoke City

TIME MACHINE ... This Sunday's Preview.

1976.. New Pocomoke school opening delayed; 1929.. Good house for rent at $15.00 a month; 1886.. Hotel boarding is $2.00 a day; 1910.. Princess Anne's Dr. Dashiell; and Part 3 of Memories Of Accomac, 1890.
Although you may not find these items in a history book, they are part of our Eastern Shore history and you can read more about it this Sunday right here at The Pocomoke Public Eye!

  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!

Riverside Grill ~ Pocomoke

January 12, 2013
-Oyster Stew w/ ½ chicken salad sandwich or side salad 6.99
 -NC Pulled Pork BBQ Sandwich w/ cole slaw and hush puppies 6.99
 -Fried Rockfish Sandwich w/ chips and a pickle 9.99
 -Caesar Salad w/ blackened shrimp 9.99
 -Ale-Batter Fried Shrimp Basket w/ fries 8.99*

 $2.50 Bloody Mary’s & Mimosas *Take another $1 off shrimp baskets all day

@ 5 pm: $4 burgers

@ 8 pm: $3.50 Stoli drinks
 $3 Coronas Corona lights and Red Stripes


Bloxom Woman Fires Two Shots At Home Intruder

BLOXOM — An Accomack County woman surprised an intruder who had broken into her Mason Road home Friday morning by drawing a gun on him and firing off two shots after the armed suspect fired at her first.

The man and an accomplice fled the scene, prompting a large manhunt that included a Marine Police airplane and a Maryland State Police helicopter.

The search continued for hours. The two men, described as armed and wearing black clothing, remained at large Friday afternoon.

The broad-daylight home invasion and ensuing search was chronicled on police scanners as rapt residents listened.

The victim, whose name is being withheld by the News, recounted in a Friday interview several harrowing minutes in which she thought a daylight banging at the door was a delivery driver.

But then she saw a man kneeling — apparently a lookout — near a woods as an intruder broke through a door. The woman had armed herself and had words with the intruder.

"Look what I've got," she said she screamed at him.

"I was just showing him my gun."

The man, as he left the yard, whirled and fired a shot at the woman, she said. She returned two shots herself.

Police established a perimeter, observed roads and searched with canine units.


Princess Tea Party

Don't Forget Your Tickets
Limited Seating

Virginia Governor Won't Stop Next Weeks Execution of Gleason

Governor McDonnell says he will not stop the execution next week of a man convicted of murder in Amherst.

Robert Charles Gleason was convicted of killing Michael Kent Jamerson in 2008. While in prison, Gleason killed two inmates. He is set to be executed January 16.

“Gleason has expressed no remorse for these horrific murders,” McDonnell wrote in a news release.

“He has not sought to appeal his convictions and has not filed a petition for clemency. He has consistently rejected any offers of legal assistance. Gleason has said that he wants the January 16th execution to ‘go as is.’ He has been found competent by the appropriate courts to make all of these decisions.”

Gleason killed Harvey Watson, his cellmate at Wallens Ridge State Prison, and Aaron Cooper, an inmate at Red Onion State Prison. Gleason strangled both men to death.

Even though Gleason has not filed a petition for clemency, McDonnell says he still reviewed the history and facts around Gleason’s convictions.

“I have found no compelling reason to intercede,” McDonnell wrote in the news release.

“Accordingly, I decline to intervene.”


Gleason, who vowed to keep killing unless he was put to death has chosen to die by electrocution.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Worcester Co. Collision Reconstruction Unit Seeking Info

Worcester County Sheriff’s Office
Press Release

On Friday December 28th at about 7:00 P.M. the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office Collision Reconstruction Unit, assisted the Pocomoke City Police with a motor vehicle collision involving a pedestrian. The investigation has revealed that the pedestrian was initially struck by a Ford passenger car. After that vehicle struck the pedestrian other vehicles struck her.

The Worcester County Collision Reconstruction Unit is requesting that anyone that may have been traveling Rt. 13 south bound in the area of Your Docs in, in Pocomoke Maryland at about 7:00 P.M. on Friday December 28th and may have seen something or believes they may have run over something, to please contact Lt. Schreier of the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office at

410-632 -1112 ext 2224.

Lt. Edward C. Schreier
Worcester County Sheriff’s Office


Home Owner Exchanges Gun Fire With Robbers In Accomack County


Accomack County, Va. – An Accomack County homeowner traded gunfire with two people who broke into his home Friday morning.

According to Sheriff Todd Godwin, two people wearing dark clothing forced their way into a home on Mason Road near Bloxom around 9:48 am.

The homeowner confronted one of the suspects inside and both ran into a nearby wooded area while exchanging gunshots with the homeowner. There were no reports of injuries from the shooting.

Sheriff’s deputies and K-9 units searched the area with assistance from the Virginia State Police, Maryland State Police, Virginia Marine Police, Bloxom Police Department, Parksley Police Department and the Onley Police Department. So far the two have not been found.

An investigation into this incident is continuing and anyone with information on this crime is asked to contact the Accomack County Sheriff’s Office at 757-787-1131 or 757-824-5666.


Get Paid For Beekeeping

The State of Virginia is now willing to pay for you to take up beekeeping.

The Virginia General Assembly created the Beehive Grant Fund to promote the establishment of new beehives.

Under the program, people can apply for a grant from the fund to cover the cost of purchasing a new hive or materials to construct a new hive.

The grant will pay for the actual expenses incurred up to $200 per hive, not exceeding $2,400 per person, per year.

You can find out more about the grant by clicking here.

Norfolk Beekeepers Association President Frank Walker thinks the new grant will encourage more people to keep beehives.

“The goal is to try and encourage more people to buy beekeeping equipment and get involved in bee keeping because it’s vital – the honey bee is one of our greatest natural resources,” Walker explained.

Walker says the every third bite of food the average Virginian takes is pollinated by a honey bee.

“All your fruits and vegetables are pollinated by honeybees. I just look at fuel today – how we have to buy fuel from another source,” Walker explained. “ If we lose the ability to grow our own food locally, it’s going to impact the cost of it.”

John Schonk keeps several beehives in his Norfolk backyard and already has heard people interested in the state grant program.

“I’ve already talked to people who know that I’m a bee keeper and they’ve heard about the grant program and they’ve said, ‘What can I do to get started in bees?” Schonk explained.

For more information about beekeeping in the Hampton Roads area, check out the Norfolk Beekeepers Association here or the Tidewater Beekeepers Association here.


Riverside Grill ~ Friday Specials

January 11, 2013
-Oyster Stew w/ ½ ham sandwich or side salad 6.99
 -Fried Rockfish Sandwich w/ chips and a pickle 9.99
 -Wedge Salad w/ buffalo shrimp 8.99
-“Neptune Wrap”- shrimp salad w/ lump crabmeat, lettuce and tomato. Served w/ fries 9.99
Happy Hour 4-7 w/ $1 off appetizers 
 @ 8 pm: $3.50 Capt Morgan & Sailor Jerry drinks
 $1.50 Coors lt, Bud lt, and Yuengling drafts

Checkout the Movies For "Throwback Thursdays" At the MarVa

Community Resource Day for the Homeless

Snow Hill, Md. – The Worcester County Homeless Committee will host a Community Resource Day for homeless people or people at risk of homelessness from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. on January 30 at Snow Hill Christian Church, Bay Street and Park Row in Snow Hill.
The Community Resource Day is an opportunity for people to have one-on-one time with groups that provide services such as housing, counseling, treatment and health care.
In addition to the regular soup kitchen, people attending the event will also have access to personal hygiene products such as soap and toothpaste that are not normally provided at food pantries.
Donations are needed for the success of the event. Local businesses and individuals are encouraged to donate personal hygiene products, especially individually rolled toilet paper, paper towels, diapers and baby wipes. The items will be distributed at the Community Resource Day in December and at future Community Resource Days throughout the winter. Monetary donations are also accepted.

To donate or for more information about donations, please contact Donna Taylor with Worcester Youth and Family Counseling Services, Inc. at 410-641-4598.

Worcester County Library "Young and Restless"

Be sure to call to register !

It's Not Too Late To Get Your Flu Shot

It’s not too late to vaccinate   
Flu activity is on the uptick in the state and nation, but it is not too late to get your flu shot.

 Flu shots are available to Worcester County residents at the Worcester County Health Department’s offices in Snow Hill, Pocomoke and Berlin. To make an appointment, call our office. The Snow Hill number is 410-632-1100; Berlin is 410-629-0164; Pocomoke is 410-957-2005.
Flu vaccine is $15 for self pay clients. Medicare is billed when cards are presented. No one will be denied service due to inability to pay.
Each year the flu poses serious health risks for thousands of Americans. Flu season generally peaks between January and March. Vaccination is the first and most important step in protecting against the flu. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend everyone age 6 months and older get a seasonal flu shot each year. Remember, it takes about two weeks after vaccination for the body’s immune response to fully respond and for you to be protected.
This year’s vaccine provides protection for the flu viruses circulating this season. Two of the strains are different from the 2011 vaccine. Last year’s vaccine will not protect against this year’s flu viruses. All people including pregnant women and those with medical conditions are strongly recommended to get a flu vaccine each year.

 People age 65 years and older who visit the Worcester County Health Department have the choice of receiving a high dose flu vaccine which will result in a stronger immune response against the flu.
For more information visit the Worcester County Health Department‘s website at, email

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Police have not released the names of the victims and the accident remains under investigation.

WESTOVER, Md.- Police say two people are hospitalized following a Thursday morning two-vehicle collision at Sam Barnes Road and Route 13 in Somerset County.

The Somerset County Sheriff's Office said the driver of a box truck tried crossing over Route 13 and onto Sam Barnes Road when he struck a car heading southbound.  The driver of the car was flown by Maryland State Police Medevac helicopter to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore where he is listed in critical condition.

The passenger in the car  was taken by ambulance to Peninsula Regional Medical Center where she is listed in stable condition, according to police.

Somerset County Deputies said the driver of the box truck was not injured.

CHANGE MARYLAND: Omalley Is The Reason.....

Change Maryland: O'Malley is reason for state having no transportation solutions

Annapolis - Change Maryland Chairman Larry Hogan disagrees that the state is "out of options" regarding transportation upgrades, an assertion Governor Martin O'Malley made during a press event yesterday.  Hogan also said the Governor squandered an opportunity to name a new secretary to the state Department of Transportation before the start of the General Assembly session today. The department is in limbo since the departure of former secretary Beverly Swaim-Staley six months ago, on July 1.

"For six months, there has been a leadership vacuum in addressing massive structural problems with the transportation grid itself and the financing mechanisms needed to pay for it," said Hogan. "Addressing transportation challenges is a key priority of this general assembly session, yet the governor inexplicably dithers on naming a cabinet secretary and defaults to raising gas taxes as a panacea."

Since O'Malley became Governor in 2007, nearly $700 million has been diverted from local transportation projects and has not yet been repaid. Chronic siphoning of such funds and the lack of a consensus on how to protect the transportation trust fund have caused O'Malley's gas tax increase and other revenue proposals to stall.  Moreover, Governor O'Malley has raised taxes and fees 24 times, removing an additional $2.4 billion out of the economy annually.

"There should be no surprise that there is no political will to raise fuel levies," said Hogan.  "It's the governor himself who has created a situation where there are 'no options' on addressing our transportation woes. He's raised too many taxes and fees already,  refuses to offer solutions for protecting transportation monies from fund raids and won't pay back local governments for the infrastructure projects that was instead used for his favored programs."

Since a major reorganization in 1970, MDOT has never been without an official secretary for this long.  MDOT is a massive organization with a $3.7 billion annual budget and 8700 employees.

"There have been two special sessions last year in which the Senate could have confirmed a secretary.  At the very least, the senate could have been - and should be - holding confirmation hearings today for a new secretary.  Meanwhile priorities such as protecting the transportation trust fund, restoring local transportation funds,replacing aging roads and bridges, and financing mass transit expansions in Baltimore and suburban Washington are languishing," said Hogan.

Hogan, a former Appointments Secretary for previous Governor Robert L. Ehrlich, was responsible for placing senior administration officials in departments and agencies and leading the executive branch's senate confirmation process for cabinet secretaries.  

Legislative analysts say the state is about $2 billion short of the money it needs to undertake projects currently approved. Some analysts project that Maryland will have no funds for new transportation projects beyond maintenance by 2018.


Dog Treat RECALL

Nestle Purina PetCare is voluntarily recalling Waggin' Train and Canyon Creek Ranch brand dog treats in the United States because the products may contain trace amounts of a poultry antibiotic that isn't approved in the U.S. Milo's Kitchen also announced a recall of Milo's Kitchen Chicken Jerky and Chicken Grillers brand dog treats.

The chicken jerky products, which are made in China, may contain trace amounts of antibiotic residue, (in the parts per-billion range) but do not pose a health or pet safety risk, Purina said on Wednesday, January 9, 2013. No other Purina treats or pet food products are affected by this withdrawal. 

The New York State Department of Agriculture & Markets (NYSDAM) found trace amounts of antibiotic residue in samples of Waggin' Train and Canyon Creek Ranch chicken jerky products. These antibiotics are approved for use in poultry in China and the European Union, but are not approved in the U.S.

NYSDAM initially requested that Purina remove the products from New York retail locations, which is being done and Nestle Purina extended the voluntary recall nationwide. 

The company contacted the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regarding NYSDAM's findings. The company maintains that there is no indication that the antibiotic residue is linked to the FDA's ongoing investigation of chicken jerky products. 

Several thousand consumers have reported to the FDA that their dogs have gotten sick and gotten kidney problems as result of eating jerky treats made in China. The FDA agency said in September 2012 that it had been notified of 360 dogs that died after eating the suspected treats over the last 18 months and is conducting a broad investigation. No definitive cause for the dogs' sicknesses has yet been identified. Irradiation, among other possible causes, is being researched.

The two brands of dog treats are being taken off the market in the U.S. until further notice.

 For product refund or more information call Purina's Office of Consumer Affairs at 1-800-982-0704 or go to their website for more information on this recall.

2nd Annual Winter Wonderland Gala


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TIME MACHINE ... This Sunday's Preview

1976.. New Pocomoke school opening delayed; 1929.. Good house for rent at $15.00 a month; 1886.. Hotel boarding is $2.00 a day; 1910.. Princess Anne's Dr. Dashiell; and Part 3 of Memories Of Accomac, 1890.
Although you may not find these items in a history book, they are part of our Eastern Shore history and you can read more about them this Sunday right here at The Pocomoke Public Eye!

  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!

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Worcester County Deputies Make Arrest In Hit and Run

On January 5, 2013 at approximately 2249 hours, Worcester County Deputies were dispatched to the Masonic Lodge, Trappe Rd, Berlin, Worcester County, Maryland, for two pedestrians struck by a vehicle.  A BOLO was issued for a silver pickup truck heading toward Rt. 113 that had fled the scene.  An off duty NRP unit in the area located the vehicle and stopped it at Germantown Rd and Trappe Rd.  The vehicle was occupied by 4 persons, one of whom was identified as Cedrick Fooks 20 years of age from Bridgeville De.
Investigation revealed a grey Toyota Tacoma pick up had struck two pedestrians.  Witnesses stated the vehicle swerved into the two victims. Both victims were transported to PRMC for their injuries.  Witnesses positively identified Cedrick Fooks as the driver of the vehicle when it struck the victims.
Further investigation revealed that Fooks and one of the victims had an altercation prior to the incident.   Witnesses stated Fooks drove the vehicle up and down the roadway several times.  Once Fooks observed the victim walking he swerved the truck into him and the other victim causing injury.
Fooks was charged with two counts of First and Second Degree Assault, Reckless Driving, Negligent Driving, Driving without a License, Failing to return to and remain at scene of accident involving bodily injury, Failure to stop vehicle at scene of accident involving bodily injury, and Failure to render aid at scene of accident involving bodily injury.  Fooks was taken before the court commissioner and held on $150,000.00 bond.
 Edward C. Schreier
Worcester County Sheriff's Office

Pocomoke Native and Radio Legend- Wayne Powell Dies

Wayne  A. Powell
1/1/47  to 1/4/13

Pocomoke City—Wayne A. Powell of Berlin, MD, passed away on January 4, 2013 at his home.

Born January 1, 1947, he was the son of the late Lawrence A. and Marie M. Powell.

He grew up in Pocomoke City and was a member of the Class of 1964 at Pocomoke High School. Following his graduation from Salisbury State College in 1968, he was a teacher in the Worcester County School System for three years. He then worked as assistant Sports Editor of the Daily Times for 2 and ½ years before entering—fulltime—into a career in Radio Broadcasting which he began as a partner as WDMV in Pocomoke City in 1963.

In 1978, he and partners Choppy Layton, Klein G. Leister and William E Esham Sr. founded the original WKHI - known 100—KHI—in Ocean City, MD. He ended his broadcasting career in 1999 with his retirement from WKHW in Pocomoke City.

1997, Powell became a member of the Maryland State police Volunteers in Police Support (VIPS) program. He remained active in the program until his death, logging 6576 volunteer hours while performing various duties at the Berlin and Princess Anne State Police Barracks.

He is survived by his faithful dog T.J. and several cherished friends.

At Wayne's specific request there will be graveside service at First Baptist Church Cemetery, 2240 Old Snow Hill Rd., Pocomoke City, MD, on Friday January 11, 2013 at 11:00 AM with no viewing. Friends will gather at the First Baptist Church Social Hall following the service for a time of sharing memories.

He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Pocomoke City and it's suggested that in lieu of flowers, donations in his memory should be made to the church, or the charity of one' choice.

Arrangements are in the care of Holloway Funeral Home, P.A., 107 Vine Street, Pocomoke City, MD 21851.
More about Wayne:
Radio Legend Wayne Powell Dies

SALISBURY — Before Mike Seidel became nationally known as a meteorologist for the Weather Channel, he got his start on local radio.

As a wide-eyed 16-year-old, Seidel recieved his first taste of radio in 1973 doing weather for WJDY-AM thanks to Wayne Powell, an announcer at the station. It was the first of three times Seidel would work with Powell during the early part of his career.

“The owner of the station wasn’t enamored with my voice, but Wayne had the guts to put me on the air,” Seidel said. “When WKHI went on the air in 1978, he had me do weather there. If he hadn’t done that, I may have never gotten another shot at radio and my career would’ve been completely different.”

Powell, whose radio career spanned more than 35 years, including as an announcer and later owner of the popular FM station“100 KHI,” died last week at the age of 66.

The voice of Powell, a Pocomoke City native, could be heard over the airwaves at a number of stations, including WDMV-FM, WJDY and WKHI.

Longtime disc jockey and radio personality Choppy Layton became friends with Powell more than 50 years ago, when as a 16-year-old himself, Powell showed interest in the medium.

Going, Going, GONE ! PHOTOS

Building demolition is  underway at the corner of Willow and Clarke Avenue in Pocomoke City.
Originally known as The Parker House
Photo/ A. H. Hicks/City of Pocomoke
Obviously this historic building has seen better days.  Once known (before my time) as The Parker House then in later years became Peacock's Hotel.   I remember Peacock's Hotel and if my memory is correct the building was pink......  maybe?

The Parker House
 I have been told many times that the best muskrat dinners could be eaten at Peacocks' Hotel.  My own father once ate a chicken and dumpling dinner at Peacock's and told my Mother the meal was the best chicken and dumpling dinner he had ever eaten!  (That's all I'm going to say on that subject except she wasn't very happy)

And in recent years- as most will remember the building became Lawson's Bar and from that point on "the rest is history"......

This is the condition of the building as of August 2012. 

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Please avoid the area if at all possible.

Northampton County Arrest Report

Northampton County Sheriff David Doughty reported the following arrests for December 2012:

Benjamin Leon Turner 41, of Virginia Beach was arrested there October 25, 2012 for Felony obtaining money under false Pretense. He is being held in the Eastern Shore Regional Jail, on no bond.

Terence D. Brisco 38, of Nassawadox was arrested December 4, 2012 for Felony assault and battery. He has been released on bond.

Kwame Terrell Benton 22, of Cape Charles was arrested December 2, 2012 for Felony Breaking and Entering, Grand Larceny, Credit Card theft and Misdemeanor vandalism. He has been released on bond.

Also Served:
4Capiases for failure to appear
5Misdemeanor warrants for assault.
4Emergency Protective Order
1Preliminary Protective Order
1Misdemeanor summons for assault
3Misdemeanor warrants for trespass
1Misdemeanor warrant for Petty Larceny
1Misdemeanor warrant for Harassment
11Misdemeanor warrants for Violate a Protective Order
1Misdemeanor summons for Possession of Marijuana
2Emergency Custody Orders

Riverside Grill Pocomoke

Riverside Grill Specials
Wednesday  January  9, 2013
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 -Vegetable Beef Soup w/ 1/2 turkey sandwich or side salad 5.99
 -NC Pulled Pork BBQ Sandwich w/ cole slaw and hush puppies 6.99
 -Apple-Cranberry Salad 7.99
 -Ale-Batter Fried Shrimp Platter 9.99

Happy Hour
 4-7 w/ $1 off appetizers
@ 8 pm:

$5 crab dip
 $2 house wine
 $2 Coors light draft
 $5 cosmos

Tickets Available For Chicken and Dumpling Dinner


at the MarVa Theater
This should bring back some memories !!

Thursday   January 10, 2013
7  PM
Tickets   $5

Take A Look In The Mirror.....

Take A Look In The Mirror
  Drawing the Right Lessons from Newtown
Photo/AND Magazine
Written by:
Charles Faddis
AND Magazine
Let me start with a couple of caveats.

First, I am not a particular gun enthusiast. I was taught to shoot as a boy by my father, and we had numerous firearms in the house at all times. I served as a combat arms officer in the Army and learned to operate a wide range of automatic and semi-automatic weapons. I spent twenty years in the CIA and for many years carried a weapon on my hip or my ankle every waking moment. I own several weapons, and I shoot often enough to maintain proficiency.

Still, guns are nothing but tools to me, and tools I hope not to use. Second, I am not opposed to reasonable measures to control the sale and licensing of firearms. I think the reality of our modern society is such that we need to accept such restrictions, and I do not see any inherent conflict between such controls and the right to bear arms. I know that the gunfight at the OK corral in Tombstone was precipitated by Wyatt Earp's insistence on enforcing a ban on the carrying of firearms in Tombstone, Arizona. We have understood the necessity to manage the power of guns for a long time.

 Having said all that, the demands being made for an assault weapons ban in the wake of the horrific Newtown, Connecticut shooting strike me as completely disingenuous. They may make people feel that they are doing something. They may provide an outlet for grief and anger. They have virtually nothing to do with what has just happened, and such a ban will not stop the epidemic of mass shootings plaguing our nation.

 What happened at Newtown was unspeakable. I have been around death and conflict most of my adult life. Still the horror of the senseless shooting of helpless children was such that I found it almost impossible to bear to watch the news coverage of the event. The cause of this tragedy, however, was not a semi-automatic rifle, and a ban on the sale of such weapons would not have prevented it.

Disaster Unemployment Assistance Available......

Disaster Unemployment Assistance Available
as a Result of Hurricane Sandy

RICHMOND- Individuals unable to work as a direct result of the effects of Hurricane Sandy that occurred in Accomack County on October 26 through November 8, 2012, may be eligible for disaster unemployment assistance.

Self-employed and unemployed workers that live or work in Accomack County who are not covered by regular state unemployment insurance programs may be eligible for this assistance under the major disaster declaration announced by President Obama on November 26, 2012. Under this program, benefits of up to $378 per week may be paid to eligible individuals until they are able to return to work.
Disaster unemployment assistance covers those who:
  • are unable to work because their place of employment was put out of operation or they were unable to travel to their workplace due to the effects of the hurricane damage;
  • are self-employed, but are prevented from working due to the effects of the hurricane damage;
  • have become the breadwinner or major support of a household because the head of the household died as a result of the hurricane; or
  • cannot work because of an injury caused as a direct result of the hurricane.
Anyone interested in filing for disaster unemployment assistance should visit the nearest Virginia Employment Commission (VEC) local office on or before the filing deadline of Monday, February 4, 2013. The VEC office on the Eastern Shore is located at 25036 Lankford Highway, Unit 16, Onley, Virginia 23418.

Applicants should have their Social Security number and, if possible, documentation showing earnings for the year 2011.
For further information, contact C. B. Pierce at the VEC at (804) 786-1883 or Bob Spieldenner at the Virginia Department of Emergency Management at (804) 897-6510.
 Click here for the official Press Release

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Caroline County / Attempted Child Abduction

AlertAttempted child abduction - Federalsburg MD
On 1/8/13, at approximately 3:00 PM Officers of the Federalsburg Police Department received a complaint of an "Attempted Child Abduction" in the Town of Federalsburg, MD, near the 300 block of West Central Avenue. The suspect attempted to abduct a 12 year old child. The suspect was using a vehicle in the attempted abduction.
The description of the suspect is:
 - A Black Male
 - Bald
 - With a Medium Complexion
 - Wearing a red sweatshirt with blue jeans
 - Red necklace with beads and a Jesus with a cross on it.
The vehicle used was described as:
 - An older model sedan
 - Whit or Eggshell colored
 - Possibly an "Oldsmobile"
 - Dark tinted windows
 - A dent on the rear drivers side
 - Had black steel rims with no hubcaps
 - Chrome cover at the bottom of the door that was dirty
Please contact the Federalsburg Police Department at 410-754-8966 or 410-479-2515 if you should have any information on the suspect or the vehicle used.

Riverside Grill ~ Downtown Pocomoke

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JANUARY 8, 2013

-Chili w/ 1/2 turkey sandwich or side salad 5.99
 -Meatloaf w/ mashed potatoes and green beans 6.99
 -Fried Oyster Po' Boy w/ fries 9.99
 -Apple Cranberry Salad 7.99

@ 4 pm: 99 cent kids meals
 Happy Hour 4-7 pm w/ $1 off appetizers
@ 8 pm: 50 cent wings

MarVa Theater ~ Volunteers Needed

Forever Missed ~ Frank Shockley

Frank Shockley
7/27/42 - 1/3/13
Pocomoke City Volunteer Fire Company - 45 years
 Gold Badge Member
Pocomoke City, MD. – Elton Franklin “Frank” Shockley, Jr., 70, of Pocomoke City, died January 3, 2013 at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury.

Born in Salisbury, MD on July 27, 1942, he was a son of the late Elton Franklin Shockley, Sr. and the late Lucinda Hobbs Shockley.
Frank served in the Navy for four years aboard the USS Kirwin. He then started his career with Eastern Shore Gas, from where he retired with nearly 40 years of service. An avid bass fisherman, he also served the Pocomoke City Vol. Fire Dept. for 45 years and was a member of the American Legion.
He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Sandra Phillips Shockley, one daughter, Robyn S. Pettit (Jeffrey), one grandson, Joshua Howard Griffin all of Pocomoke City; one brother, Ronald Shockley of Tampa, FL; one sister, Marilyn Joan Levy of Greenwood, DE, several nephews and one niece.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Sherman Shockley.
A funeral service, officiated by the Rev. Tom Northam, will be held Monday, January 7, 2013 at 2:00 PM at the Holloway Funeral Home in Pocomoke City, where family and friends will gather 2 hours prior to the service. Interment with military and firefighter honors will follow in the First Baptist Cemetery.
If desired memorial donations can be made to the Pocomoke City Vol. Fire Dept., 1410 Market Street, Pocomoke City, MD 21851.
Arrangements are in the care of Holloway Funeral Home, P.A., 107 Vine Street, Pocomoke City, MD 21851.
My sincere condolences to the Shockley family.  I will forever cherish his friendship.  Frank will always be missed....fondly remembered. bw

No More Paper Check Refunds From Virginia

RICHMOND, Va. (WAVY) - If you generally choose to have your Virginia tax refund printed on a paper check, get ready for a change.

All state refunds will be issued by either direct deposit or on a prepaid debit card, beginning with tax year 2012 returns.

It's a cost-saving measure that is part of the 2012-2014 Appropriations Act .

If you don't select direct deposit when you file your return, you will automatically receive a debit card, according to the Virginia Department of Taxation .

For additional details on the new 2013 rules, click here.


Casino Night To Benefit Billy Marsh

For more info go   HERE

Monday, January 7, 2013

Monday - Riverside Grill Specials

JAUNARY 7, 2013
-Shrimp & Corn Chowder w/ 1/2 ham sandwich or side salad 6.99
 -Fried Oyster Po' Boy w/ chips and pickle 9.99
 -Taco Salad 6.99
 -1 Chili Cheese Dog w/ fries 4.99 or 2 dogs for 6.99
 -Chili Nachos 5.99
 Happy Hour 4-7 w/ $1 off appetizers
 @ 8 pm: 1/2 price apps and import bottles, $1 tacos & quesadillas, $3 margaritas

PES Teacher Of The Year ~ Gina Dean

A graduate of Pocomoke High School herself !

STORY TIME ~ Worcester County Library- Pocomoke Branch

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Tales from Tangier: An Evening of Lively Stories at the Barrier Island Center

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation will host an evening of storytelling about the past, present, and future life on Tangier Island
 Saturday, January 19,
 beginning at 6 p.m.
 Barrier Island Center
 Machipongo, Va.

In this intimate atmosphere, some of Tangier's most colorful characters will share treasured memories and perspectives that exemplify the unique lifestyle that is Tangier.
Scheduled speakers include the Mayor of Tangier James “Ooker” Eskridge; Charles and Cindy Parks; Lonnie and Carol Moore, and others. The evening of storytelling will be hosted by Don Baugh, CBF’s Vice President of Education, who will ask speakers to reflect on their childhood, and how life is changing and becoming more challenging on Tangier. All share a love and concern for their unique home in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay. All realize that a healthier Bay is key to maintaining a healthy economy for the future of the island.

“Tales from Tangier” is a free, family-oriented event open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided. At the conclusion of the storytelling, The Chair Place Players, a bluegrass band from Craddockville, Va., will perform.
The Barrier Island Center is located on Route 13 between mile markers 90 & 91 at the intersection of Route 13 and Young Street in Machipongo. For more information, contact Tatum Ford, or call 757/971-0366.
About the speakers

 Mayor James (Ooker) Eskridge A lifelong waterman fishing for crabs and eels, he has been mayor for the last six years. In the last election he received 100 percent of the votes. He was also instrumental in recently getting U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the state of Virginia to commit to building a seawall and jetty to protect the island.
Lonnie Moore Prior to coming to CBF’s Education Department 20 years ago, he was Virginia’s top waterman for decades. One of Tangier’s favorite sons; excels at many things from pitching and dancing to winning boat docking competitions.
Charles Parks
 A lifelong Tangier waterman, who has worked as captain and educator for CBF for 15 years, he is one of CBF’s best messengers, telling stories to students about life on Tangier and the need for improved water quality. He is also noted for his role in the church choir.

Accomack County Fires.......

The fires that have seemed to plagued the Accomack County emergency personnel from all branches along with the residents of the county have seemed to cease.  At least for now.

The last fire (according to my notes) was December 24 in a barn situated on a farm in Bloxom.

Bloxom, Parksley, Tasley, Atlantic, Onancock and Saxis were all dispatched to the scene.  It took approximately two hours to control the fire on this Christmas Eve night.

There have been many nights when so many of our volunteers, police officers, investigators, etc. have been called to duty.  As insane as fires such as these are it is their duty to serve us- the residents.

Please remember to say thanks.  Their job is not always an easy job and very seldom does it come with any great benefits.  And if possible make a New Year's Resolution to support the fire department in your area in any way you can.  Pay it forward........

And since there has been no recent word from investigating parties I remind you that
anyone with information about the fires or people or vehicles seen near the destroyed structures PLEASE call:

Virginia State Police at 800-582-8350 or 757-424-6820 or the Accomack County Sheriff's Office at 757-787-1131.

As soon as I receive any word concerning this investigation I will pass it along.

Virginia Launches New State Government Website

RICHMOND - Virginia has redesigned and launched an entirely new version of its official state website,, Governor Bob McDonnell announced today.

"The Commonwealth has a national record of providing outstanding citizen services online," said Governor McDonnell. "Our new state Web portal continues this tradition by streamlining access to Virginia government through one efficient Web portal.

"Internet service delivery has changed significantly since Virginia launched its first government website in 1997," Governor McDonnell added. "Today, our citizens are enjoying faster connections and often using mobile devices. Our job as a website provider has not changed, however; we must efficiently deliver information and services that our citizens, businesses and visitors need."

The site has an inviting new look backed by an efficient architecture focused on improving citizen usability. It provides citizens with easy-to-use Web access to Virginia government information and services. An all-new mobile version also has been launched. This website, also known as the state portal, directs visitors to the many online offerings of Virginia agencies faster and more efficiently.

The new website enhances Virginia's image as one of the nation's best states in which to operate a business and raise a family. It provides direct access to information that businesses looking to start up, locate or expand can use, enhancing economic development and job creation efforts.

Five rounds of formal citizen usability testing were conducted on the desktop and mobile versions. Citizen users participated in a series of real-world scenarios during each test. Their responses drove enhancements.

"We have measurably improved our service delivery through this new website by focusing on the user's experience with government tasks," Governor McDonnell said. "Use of this quantifiable process will help us continue to improve going forward."

The new site measurably loads more quickly, both on desktop and mobile versions. Task times to complete and success rates of task completion also are improved. The same tasks were tested on the previous version of the website and the new site in order to validate the comparison. A user survey is prominently displayed on the home page of the website; ongoing refinements and enhancements will continue based on further usability best practices.

The Virginia Information Technologies Agency (VITA) led the public procurement, which established the contracts and managed administration of the project. Multiple agency representatives helped define the mission, vision and requirements for the new website during both the procurement and design processes.

Service providers for the website all are Virginia-based. Website architecture, construction and usability testing were performed through a contract between the commonwealth and CapTech of Richmond. Big River, a Richmond-based advertising agency, provided design work through CapTech. The site is hosted by AIS Networks of Falls Church. The commonwealth will continue to manage the website.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

TIME MACHINE ... Clogg's Garage Left Mark In Pocomoke City's History.

(Reader-friendly viewing of newspaper archives material)
February, 1921
(The Worcester Democrat)

The Front and Willow Street section of the new garage of Mr. J. Milton Clogg is nearing completion. So much so that he was able this week to move most of his business interests into that section.
September, 1921
(The Worcester Democrat)

Saturday last was one of the largest days ever experienced in Pocomoke City, so it is claimed by our oldest citizens. The occasion was the giving away by Mr. J. Milton Clogg of a new Ford Touring Car, the event marking the opening of his new and handsome garage at the foot of Market Street.

Ira Brittingham won the car with ticket No. 2151.

Footnote: Clogg's Garage escaped the disastrous Pocomoke fire of 1922 and after the fire, served as temporary headquarters for Pocomoke City National Bank, Lloyd Blaine Druggists, Pocomoke City Garage, and E. Fontaine Insurance. Numerous buildings which survived the fire served as temporary locations for businesses that didn't survive the blaze as outlined in the April 22,1922 edition of The Worcester Democrat. 

Note the Front and Willow Street, foot of Market Street, locations given for Clogg's Garage. Possibly the same building, or part of the building, that would later be home for decades to Duncan Brothers auto dealership and in more recent years the Delmarva Discovery Center. -tk
June, 1976
(The Salisbury Times)

Father And Son To Head Clubs

SNOW HILL- Father and son will become presidents of their Rotary Clubs at a joint meeting of the Snow Hill and Pocomoke City clubs Wednesday night.

The event will be at the Nassawango Country Club.
William G. Kirbin, Jr., Snow Hill attorney, will become president of that club succeeding Ninnian Beal.

His son, William H. Kirbin, editor of the Worcester County Messenger, will become president of the Pocomoke City club. He will succeed Thomas Ashby.
September, 1924
(Kingston Daily Freeman- Kingston, N.Y.)


(Item reporting on tourists visiting in Crisfield) 

...While they were attending services at the Methodist Church at Crisfield, Md., they were surprised to see President and Mrs. Coolidge enter the church, accompanied by Secretary Hughes. The congregation remained standing until the president's party had left the church, then hurried to the wharf to wave as they returned to the president's yacht, the Mayflower, that had quietly anchored in the harbor. 

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 (later named Accomac) 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 2)

Dr. Wise was a typical Eastern Shoreman of his time. He was slight of stature and a little less than six-feet tall. He was as bald as a clam-shell with a pair of big violet-blue eyes that popped out like the eyes of a crab. They were the kindest eyes anybody ever saw but when angered the old man could almost shoot fire and his swearing was sulphurous and almost musical. He had a pair of large ears that stood well out from his head and were so thin the light came through them. He also had the full length Eastern Shore beard.

I slept in the room with him. In those days we had no fly screens. The doctor's abomination was flies. They tickled his bald head so that when smoking his pipe on the porch evenings he had to wear his hat. He said, a mosquito gave an honest warning, but, what he said of flies, ought not to be printed for general reading.

Many nights I was awakened by the old fellow, out of bed, killing flies with a folded newspaper and throwing stifling clouds of fly powder.

Nights there would be medical calls. For those he went out regularly without any secrecy. But other nights there were very gentle taps on the blinds, hushed talk and quiet exits.

Some have suspected this meant a poker game in the town. Generally after these calls the doctor did not get up in the morning early enough to make his customary inspection of the farm before breakfast.

The doctor had five good horses and there was one always available for my travels around the country and I traveled. Tom Scarburgh was a distant relative of mine and about my age and we ranged far and wide for youngsters.

Money we didn't have so we made out own amusement out of riding, fishing, sailing and swimming.

After the doctor's visits to his patients he was on the porch of his office where gathered a group of cronies to settle the affairs of the land and await the midday mail. Only a few of the elite belonged to this coterie.

Mr. John J. Blackstone was the most regular. He was older than the doctor but they had been friends many years.

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!