Saturday, June 14, 2014

TIME MACHINE ... This Sunday's Preview.

1989.. Fierce storm hits lower Eastern Shore; 1821.. Worcester County citizen road labor required; 1913.. Oyster shells donated for Accomac streets; 1956.. Pocomoke player assigned to Orioles organization; 1953.. Special Pocomoke to Philadelphia baeball rail excursion; 1882.. Onancock workers petition for daily working hours limit.

Although you may not find all of these items in a history book, they are a part of our local history and you can read more about it this Sunday right here at The Pocomoke Public Eye!  

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!

Friday, June 13, 2014

It Saddens Me to Have to Post This

 Very sad news, Brenda, JMMB our top publisher lost her battle with cancer.

She will be deeply missed by many, I know she enjoyed what she did here on this blog and really loved all the new friends that she made.

Chief Sewell, she especially loved you and what you do, she made the new PPD building her own and followed every nail, she enjoyed your books immensely and spoke of them often.

She loved The Downtown, Discovery Center, Pocomoke Chamber, anything and everything Pocomoke and the people of it.

We'll not forget how much she loved the Mud Hops either, Her Husband (Barry) has his own truck that she was so proud of and loved...

I know I'm leaving out a tremendous amount but in short, Brenda simply just loved life. She will be missed.  

We all made a good friend when we met Brenda and I know she will be deeply missed by her family friends and loved ones.

My condolences and prayers to all that knew and love her.

God Bless


Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Larry Hogan comments on Fed Gov’t report that Maryland’s economy did not grow at all last year.

For Immediate Release:                                                                                     Contact: Adam Dubitsky
June 11, 2014                                                                                             
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Hogan: “It's time to end one-party rule and get Maryland’s economy moving again.”

Cambridge, MD – June 11, 2014 – While visiting struggling small businesses and voters in towns on Maryland’s Eastern Shore today, GOP gubernatorial frontrunner Larry Hogan commented on the US Commerce Department’s report that Maryland’s economy did not grow at all last year.
According to Hogan, “Today, the Federal Government confirmed what Marylanders have long known:  Our economy is dead in the water.  The tax and spend policies and mismanagement of the Martin O'Malley and Anthony Brown years have destroyed jobs and are driving residents and employers out of state.  It's time to end one-party rule and get Maryland’s economy moving again.”
Hogan’s tour through this hard hit region of the state is part of a two-week “Changing Maryland” bus tour that will take the Anne Arundel businessman through all 24 of Maryland’s jurisdictions.

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For more information and interviews contact Adam Dubitsky (240)625-2683 or visit

Authority: Hogan-Rutherford Committee to Change Maryland.  John C. Wobensmith, Treasurer

Intro To Golf Summer Camp


Summer Trash Collection Schedule

Starting June 23, 2014, trash must be placed at curb by 6:30 a.m. for collection.

Pocomoke Cypress Festival Begins Today

The fun begins Wednesday June 11th and runs through Saturday June 14th. Rides, live entertainment, food, drinks and events for the entire family! Visit the website for a full schedule.

Hogan for Governor ADVISORY

For Immediate Release:                                                                     Contact: Adam Dubitsky
June 10, 2014                                                                             
“Changing Maryland” Bus Tour – Day 3 - Wednesday, June 11, 2014
GOP Gubernatorial frontrunner Larry Hogan’s “Changing Maryland” Bus Tour continues in Dorchester, Talbot, Queen Anne’s counties.  Stops scheduled in Vienna, Hurlock, Cambridge, Trappe, Easton, Centerville.
Annapolis, MD – June 10, 2014 – GOP gubernatorial frontrunner Larry Hogan’s “Changing Maryland” statewide bus tour enters day three with on Wednesday June 11 with visits to small businesses in Dorchester, Talbot and Queen Anne’s counties. Scheduled campaign events and whistle stops will take place in several communities. The 15-day bus tour will span all 24 Maryland jurisdictions and include stops and events in several dozen communities.
Vienna, MD 10:00AM – 10:20AM – Millie’s Road House - meet and greet
200 Middle Street, Vienna, MD 
Vienna, MD 10:25AM – 10:45 – Vienna Volunteer Fire Co. (tentative)
301 Old Ocean Gateway, Vienna, MD
Hurlock, MD 11:10AM – 11:35AM Suicide Bridge Restaurant – meet and greet and photo at park
6304 Suicide Bridge Road, Hurlock, MD
Cambridge, MD 12:00 – 12:25 Freedom House - tour and meet & greet with owner
1106 Locust Street Cambridge, MD
Cambridge, MD 12:55 – 1:20 High Spot Restaurant – meet & greet
305 High Street Cambridge, MD
Trappe, MD 1:35PM – 2:30 Hidden Gem Restaurant – lunch and meet & greet with owner
29350 Maple Avenue, Trappe, MD
Easton, MD  2:45 – 3:15 Easton Market Square - meet & greet
137 N. Harrison St, Easton, MD
Easton, MD 3:20 – 3:40 Albright’s – meet & greet with owner and staff
36 East Dover St, Easton, MD
Centerville, MD 4:10 – 4:40 Centerville Market – meet & greet
100 North Commerce Street, Centerville, MD
To arrange interviews, b-roll or other information please contact Hannah Marr at (443) 935-3684 or Adam Dubitsky at (240) 625-2683 or visit

Authority: Hogan-Rutherford Campaign to Change Maryland.

TIME MACHINE ... Carl Sagan quote.

( A quote from the late astronomer Carl Sagan.. referencing earth appearing as a tiny unspectacular pale blue dot hardly noticeable in the vast universe surrounding it.)

“We succeeded in taking that picture from [deep space], and, if you look at it, you see a dot. That's here. That's home. That's us. On it, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever lived, lived out their lives. The aggregate of all our joys and sufferings, thousands of confident religions, ideaologies and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilizations, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every hopeful child, every mother and father, every inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every superstar, every supreme leader, every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there on a mote of dust, suspended in a sunbeam.

The earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that in glory and in triumph they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of the dot on scarcely distinguishable inhabitands of some other corner of the dot. How frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds. Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity--in all this vastness-- there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves. It is up to us... To my mind, there is perhaps no better demostration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly and compassionately with one another and to preserve and cherish that pale blue dot, the only home we've ever known.” 

― Carl Sagan, Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space

Sunday, June 8, 2014

TIME MACHINE ... Napoleon-Eastern Shore Connection?

(Reader-friendly viewing of news archives material)

The first lines of a biography read "Napoleon Bonaparte was a military general who became the first emperor of France. His drive for military expansion changed the world."

A newspaper article published more than a hundred years ago reveals a possible Eastern Shore connection to Napoleon!

October, 1902
The Indianapolis Journal (Indianapolis, Ind.)


How Napoleon Was to Be Brought from La Rochelle to Virginia.

Baltimore American.
The sale of the colonial silver and antique furniture in the old King mansion, three or four miles south of Princess Anne, Somerset county, Maryland, marks the severance of the present and the past in a stately old home where a century ago fashion and wealth reigned and where centered the political and social influence of the county. Piece by piece the land was sold, but the house, of solid brick, weathered the storm and stands to-day a monument to the past.

In the King house at the beginning of the last century, and for many years thereafter, lived Colonel King, a stately gentleman of the old school, with business and social connections in Baltimore, Philadelphia and Washington. Among his friends was Stephen Girard. Tradition has it that Colonel King had planned for the escape of Napoleon from France after the second fall of Paris, a disaster which he plainly foresaw.

Mr. Girard Is said to have informed Napoleon of his plan, which was to spirit him away to America. For this purpose the fastest clipper which Mr. Girard could procure was dispatched to La Rochelle, where Napoleon was to take passage. Bonaparte acceded to the plan, and after his abdication in Paris he hastened to La Rochelle to embark for America.

His enemies, however, were in hot pursuit and on the alert and when he reached the port he was alarmed to find the harbor filled with the ships of the allies. He realized the impossibility of reaching the clipper ship, and even if once on board he saw the futility of escape from the harbor. He did not long hesitate what to do.

He selected the British warship Bellerophon, then in the harbor, and went aboard committing himself, as he stated in a letter at the time, "to the protection of the laws of the most powerful, the most persevering and the most generous of his foes." He little realized at the time that he was surrendering himself into life captivity and that the barren island of St. Helena was to be his prison.

Mr. Guard's plan was to bring Napoleon to America and to land him on the coast of Accomac county, Virginia, whose numerous inlets and bays afforded a most desirable harbor for the ship. The residents of the interior were most hospitable and would gladly have aided Mr. Girard in the concealment of the deposed Emperor had such course been deemed necessary by developments in France or on the continent.

Mr. Girard selected the eastern shore of Virginia as an asylum for Bonaparte because the Philadelphian had once lived there, and because, knowing its people, he knew he could trust them. When the young Frenchman first arrived in America he settled In Accomac county, and it was thence that he removed to Philadelphia.

Communication was slow in those days. There were no steamships which crossed the ocean in a few days. There were no submarine cables. Weeks were required then, where only days now count, for a voyage from Europe to America. Colonel King had heard of the battle of Waterloo and of the overthrow of Napoleon, and when a rumor reached Princess Anne that Napoleon had landed on the coast of Accomac he believed Mr. Girard's plans had carried safely and that the greatest military genius of the age was in America.

The report of the landing seemed so well known that Colonel King concluded that secrecy had not been deemed a necessary precaution by Mr. Girard. It was also reported that Napoleon would visit Princess Anne. According to legend Colonel King ordered out the local militia, of which he was commander, and all preparations were made to march to the Virginia line, about fifteen miles distant, to meet Bonaparte.

In the absence of more specific information as to the movements of the French Emperor the march was not immediately begun. After waiting for several hours for news the citizen soldiers returned to their homes, fully prepared to be called together to essay forth to greet the great Frenchman. 

The story of the origin of the intimacy of Napoleon and Stephen Girard is an interesting one and is of sufficient explanation of the activity of the latter in providing means of escape for the Emperor. They first met while Mr. Girard was negotiating for America the loan by which France was paid for the territory of Louisiana, during the administration of President Jefferson. Then began the friendship which lasted throughout that long imprisonment of Napoleon on the solitary rock-bound island in the Atlantic and who can tell but that in those legends of the plots to rescue Napoleon from his dreary prison and to give the world another flash of his genius was Stephen Girard with his enormous wealth the chief actor?

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!