Thursday, January 22, 2015

Muslim Immigrants Smash & Urinate on Virgin Mary Statue in Italy

A man was kneeling in prayer before the statue of the revered Madonna, with the photograph of a loved one in hand, in the small chapel of St. Barnabas in Perugia (Italy), when he was attacked by five “immigrants.”
The first thing they did was rip the photo from his hands.
Next they unleashed their hatred against the image of the Virgin Mary. They broke the statue to pieces and then urinated on it.
Don Scarda, pastor of St. Barnabas, said the event was led by five “foreigners.” By the time police arrived at the chapel, the unidentified attackers had already fled.
The incident has caused a stir among locals. Some have lambasted Pope Francis who is accused of appeasing immigrants—mostly Muslims—to wild extremes. Earlier he had said that “Migrants, through their own humanity, cultural values, expand the sense of human brotherhood.”
Although the Diocese condemned the act of sacrilege against the Madonna statue, it also followed the Pope’s lead by absolving Islam of any responsibility for what happened.

TIME MACHINE ... This Sunday's Preview.

1883.. Ferocious storm rakes Worcester County; 1918.. Counting the days until prohibition begins (photo); 1943.. A new life for Chincoteague's beautiful Old Dominion Club property; 1959.. Worcester County loses its veteran sheriff; 1995.. Pro wrestling coming to Princess Anne; 1963.. Pocomoke Fire Company elects officers.

And from ACROSS THE USA: (The good old days?) The year is 1878 and the New York Times writes about "THE STRAIN UPON MODERN LIVING" in an article concluding: "Surely our modern living is under great strain, and many lives break down beneath the pressure." 

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Reptile Festival


Chicken & Dumpling Dinner & Black History Program

Sturgis One Room School Museum
Annual Fundraiser
Chicken & Dumpling Dinner
& Black History Program
Saturday, February 7, 2015
6:00 PM
Come one, come all!  Please join us for another unforgettable evening of community fun, fellowship, live entertainment & inspiration!
Performance by Pocomoke High School Show Choir
Pocomoke City Volunteer Fire Co. Community Center
1410 Market Street
Tickets Available Now - $20 each
Final Ticket Sales: January 30
Tickets can be purchased at the following locations:
City Hall (101 Clarke Ave) or Chamber of Commerce (6 Market St)
Questions:  Call Sturgis One Room School Museum @ 410 957-1875

General Membership Luncheon

General Membership Luncheon 
Hartley Hall Nursing & Rehabilitation Center
 1006 Market Street in Pocomoke City.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015 from 12:00 - 1:00 PM

There is no charge for this luncheon.  You are asked to bring paper goods, canned foods or any non perishable items for the Hartley Hall Senior Housing tenants. This is an independent living apartment complex located behind the Hartley Hall facility.


Ribbon Cutting

Business After Hours

H&R Block

New Location!

H&R Block has recently relocated to 130 Newtowne Blvd
Pocomoke City, MD

Please join us on Thursday
January 22 for a 

Ribbon Cutting

at 5:00 PM as we welcome them to their new location. 

Following the Ribbon Cutting, see their new facility, meet the staff and enjoy some refreshments!

Sunday, January 18, 2015

TIME MACHINE ... 1958, 1917, 1923, 1889, 1899, 1970's.

"Friendliest Town On The Eastern Shore."  Our tradition runs deep.  Excerpt from a letter to the editor from a visitor to Newtown, (former name of Pocomoke City) published in the Baltimore Sun, April 28,1847.

This place (Newtown) is a pretty snug little village, containing about 500 clever and hospitable inhabitants; it has good wide streets, quite clear of that "eye sore," known mostly over the Peninsula by the name of "deep sand"; the houses, though built of frame, are generally built substantially and with some discretion and taste; there are two neat, new, and quite handsome frame churches in it; as for the merchants of the place, suffice it to state that they are very clever and hospitable.  F. Mezick, Esq., the landlord with whom I stopped, and his very obliging and jolly assistant, are richly deserving of a passing notice, for the good treatment and the extension of the many civilities to "the stranger."

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

June, 1958
The Salisbury Times

Changes Made In Worcester School Faculties


John W.  Tatem Jr., has been appointed principal of the Pocomoke elementary school on Market St.  Mr. Tatem has taught a total of ten years and for the last four years has served as principal of the Buckingham elementary school. He holds a bachelor's degree from Lynchburg College and a master's degree from Columbia University.

Fredella Norfleet (was a new teacher named) to the Stephen Long school (Pocomoke). Mrs. Luella H. Tatem was transferred from Stephen Decatur to a new position at the Pocomoke High School, and Mrs. Ruby T. Wilson, who had taught for a part of last term, was named a teacher at Pocomoke elementary school. 

May, 1917 (Time Machine archive)

The Worcester County Medical Society, meeting in Pocomoke City, passed a resolution regarding county physicians who were called to serve on the war front. The resolution stated that if a Worcester County physician was called to the front to serve his country, another society member designated by him would take over his practice and give a third of the fees collected to the military physician's family. The physician's former practice would be restored to him upon his return. 

August, 1923
The Daily News (Frederick, Md.)

Salisbury Hotel Plans Approved

Architects plans for the Wicomico Hotel have been approved by the building committee and bids have been asked for on Salisbury's proposed $250,000 hostelry.

Salisbury's new Wicomico Hotel

(Picture courtesy of "Historic Salisbury Maryland"

March, 1889 (Time Machine archive)
The Herald And Torchlight (Hagerstown, Md.)

About eight o'clock last Thursday evening the large steam and planing mill, situated in the center of Pocomoke City, and owned by Messrs. Young and Colbourn, caught fire and was burned to the ground.  The new fire engine and recently organized fire company did good service in saving the southwestern end of town, which certainly must have gone but for the assistance rendered by the engine.  The loss was about twenty thousand dollars, covered by insurance. 

March, 1899
The Peninsula Enterprise (Accomac Court House)

Mr. Frank W. Byrd had a narrow escape from serious injury, on his way over the Saxis Island road to Belinda a few days ago. The holes in the road are so deep much of the way that the axle of his carriage touched the ground and his horse was frightened by dragging through them and ran away with him. In many places the holes can not be shunned and the danger is so great, that it is worthy the attention of the Board of Supervisors, if they do not want a suit for damages against the county.


Fiat commercial from the 1970's.

It's the new Brava starting from about $5,900.

The Pocomoke Public Eye connects you to this and other vintage Fiat commercials. To view, click this link:

(Courtesy of Duke University Libraries Digital Collections)

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