Saturday, July 19, 2014

229th Maryland Army National Guard Band had a great turn out tonight!

From the Pocomoke Area Chamber of Commerce 

From The Pocomoke Public Eye; Thank you for your service. 

Pocomoke Horizons Summer Academy. The Art Academy students painted windows in downtown Pocomoke.

Thank you Pocomoke High School Warriors Horizons Summer Academy! You did a wonderful job making Downtown Pocomoke look beautiful!

What do YOU want to see next?

Help us out! I've been researching for a new movie, but nothing jumps out! What do YOU want to see next?
Here are the typical guidelines:
It's release time was 6-8 weeks from the show date. So, it had to be released between mid June and early July.
Must be something that a ton of people want to see!
I always take in audience feedback, chart ratings, and IMDB ratings, but this round has me stumped! HELP!


Join us at Brown Dog Ice Cream and meet some SPCA alumni!

SPCA Eastern Shore Virginia

Pawsome news! Michelle's adoption was finalized today. Here’s Michelle going home with her new sisters Emma & Kaley. We are so happy for all!

Join the MarVa Theater for "Drop Dead Juliet"

Each year, the MarVa Theater in Downtown Pocomoke City holds a theater academy for students who like to enjoy the summer time acting in different plays, and learning more about theater and acting.  This year, the Advanced Theater Academy group is performing "Drop Dead Juliet" this Friday, July 25th during the Art Stroll at 5:00pm.  Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for kids.  The Theater Academy students will be also be performing the musical portion of the academy, "Totally Awesome 80's" on August 15th at 3:00pm.  Come out and enjoy this awesome play, and support your local children's talent at your local theater!


Our beloved Brenda (JMMB) believed that we all have a Guardian Angel, she even knew the name of hers. She made me promise to keep PPE alive, and the people informed and "KEEP IT POSITIVE" she would say and find someone to take her place, (that will never happen) I believe that we have a Guardian Angel now, and I know 'her' name just Like Brenda knew hers. So with much regret in my heart I ask.    

We are looking for someone that loves our area that would like to meet interesting people, make new friends, and see new places. It really doesn't take much time but you must enjoy what you'd be doing. Of course a phone and camera are the most used tools minus the computer. If you think you'd like to be a investigator, reporter, publisher and would like to give it a try please contact me on facebook or my email address on the right of the PPE Blog 

This is a position ideal for someone that has spare time that they would like to fill with fun and doesn't mind volunteering to keep or community informed on all the local happenings and events and also show future visitors and tourist all the hidden treasures of downtown Pocomoke. Actually if you are active and visit local events, meetings, etc. anyway then it takes very little time, a few pictures and then typing your experience of that event on PPE and that's it.


Thursday, July 17, 2014

TIME MACHINE ... This Sunday's Preview.

1975.. Snow Hill High School's newspaper stirs controversy with sex education articles and editorial; 1920.. Crisifield churches hold prayer services for tax relief;  1931.. Delmarva promotes itself in National Baloon Races; 1881.. Water in short supply, sellling for as much as ten cents a gallon; 1905.. Ad advises of Pocomoke City's Parker House offerings.

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!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Hertrich July 24 Business After Hours Press Release

Jennifer Rafter
Pocomoke Area Chamber of Commerce

For immediate release

Hertrich Ford Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Pocomoke Business After Hours July 24th and DEBUT OF THE NEW 2015 CHRYSLER 200

Join Hertrich and the Pocomoke Chamber of Commerce for a Business After Hours and Grand Re-Opening on July 24 from 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.  Have a chance to win exciting door prizes, meet old friends and new, and experience great networking opportunities with local business leaders. Chrysler Representatives will be in attendance for the DEBUT OF THE NEW 2015 CHRYSLER 200, showing from July 24-26. Stop by and join us for the Hertrich of Pocomoke Business After Hours and Grand Re-Opening on July 24 from 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.  All are welcome and no RSVP is required.  Please call the Pocomoke Chamber of Commerce at 410-957-1919 for further information.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

TIME MACHINE ... 1907, 1870, 1914, 1991, 1933, 1943

(Reader-friendly viewing of news archives/historical archives material)

August, 1907
The Washington Post


Red Handkerchief Around a Lantern Signals Flyer


Horse, with Unconscious Driver, attempts to Cross Bridge Over Humphrey's Lake and Falls Through Ties. Salisbury Officer Stops Exposition Express from Plunging Into the Water.

Special to The Washington Post.

Salisbury, Md., Aug. 12.-  With a red handkerchief held in front of an ordinary lantern, Officer James Crouch, of this city, held up the Exposition Flyer on the New York, Philadelphia and Norfolk Railroad to-night and prevented a wreck on the long bridge over Humphrey's Lake, saving probably several hundred lives.

The officer was notified that a horse and buggy had attempted to cross over the bridge and the the horse had fallen between the ties.

Crouch realized that an awful accident would likely happen, as the express was due within a few minutes. He broke into the baggage room and secured a lantern.  After lighting it he made his way up the railroad track to the bridge and found a horse and buggy about twelve feet from the end of the bridge.

The officer took his red handkerchief from his pocket, wrapped it around the lantern, and waved the signal before the approaching train, which by this time was coming rapidly toward him.

The engineer saw the signal, applied the emergency brakes and stopped the train within six feet of the horse and carriage. The train crew found Lemuel Brittingham, a resident of this city, in the carriage, and it was with difficulty that he was aroused and told of the dangerous position.

The position of the buggy and horse was such that would have caused almost certain derailment, and had such been the case the entire train, consisting of Pullman sleepers, would have fallen into the water, a distance of thirty-five feet below.   

Footnote:  Salisbury's Humphrey's Lake extended from just east of the Court House through what is now the City Park.  The dam containing the lake burst in 1909, leaving a large swampy area. The dam originally had been constructed in connection with a grist mill operation.

April, 1870 
(Maryland State Archives)

Proceedings and Acts of the General Assembly, 1870

AN ACT to change the name of the town of Sandy Hill, in the Eighth Election District of Worcester County, to the name of Stockton.

Name changed

SECTION 1. Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Maryland, That the town of Sandy Hill, in the Eighth Election District of Worcester County, is changed, and shall hereafter be known and called by the name of Stockton.

In force.

Sec. 2. And be it enacted, That this Act shall take effect from the date of its passage.

Approved. April 4, 1870.

February, 1914
The Times-Dispatch (Richmond, Va.)

The Pocomoke City National Bank has offered $90 to be divided Into three| prizes-$50, $25, $15-as an incentive to the boys of Accomac County, Virginia, and Worcester and Somerset Counties, Maryland, to join a Boy's Corn Club. The prizes are to be awarded tor the largest yield of ears per acre. The boy will be required to do all the work pertaining thereto, from the breaking up of the land to the husking of the corn. Mr. Chilton, Accomac County demonstrator, has visited ten schools in this county and has now a club membership of 100.

January, 1991

Bill Riordan, the former Salisbury businessman who became a well-known figure in the tennis world, died at the age of 71 in Naples, Fla.  Riordan managed the early career of Jimmy Connors and was instrumental in bringing the men's National Indoor Tennis Championships to Salisbury from 1964-1976, as well as supporting youth tennis opportunities.  

February, 1933
(Hattiesburg American- Hattiesburg, Miss.)

Mr. and Mrs. Linn Benton Hostetler announce the marriage of their daughter, Mary Lynn, to Mr. Verlin C. Krabill at Elkton, Md., February, 10, 1933.  Mr. and Mrs. Krabill will make their home at Pocomoke City, Maryland, where Mr. Krabill is principal of the high school.

1943 (Time Machine archive)

As a young Navy pilot former President George H.W. Bush trained at  the Chincoteague base.  As reported in various published accounts he flew low over an area of Crisfield where a circus had setup nearby and a frightened elephant broke away, in turn frightening nearby residents.  Reports were that Bush's low fly-over was an attempt to impress a young Crisfield woman he had met at a USO dance at Chincoteague. 

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!

"Somewhere over
the rainbow 
Bluebirds fly..."

Flying on for JMMB