Friday, May 22, 2015

Free Concert in Cypress Park!

Looking ahead to after the Memorial Day Weekend, mark your calendar for this Pocomoke City entertainment event..

The City of Pocomoke kicks off their Concert in the Park summer series with the Blue Crab Crossing Bluegrass Band on May 28, 2015 at 6:30pm under the Cypress Park Pavilion in Pocomoke City, Maryland.

Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy this free performance with a beautiful view of the scenic Pocomoke River. Bleacher seating is also available. Refreshments will be available for purchase.

For more information and a calendar of events please visit or call 410-957-1333.

Thursday, May 21, 2015


Strawberry Day This Sunday!!! Doors will open at 12:00pm and general admission prices will apply. Furnace Town Members are FREE!!
Tickets sales will begin at 1:00pm for strawberry tastings. Items to taste include but not limited to Chocolate Covered Strawberries, Strawberry Salsa, & even Strawberry Lemonade!
If baking is one of your skills and you have a dessert you would like to share, enter our contest! No cream fillings or cheesecakes allowed. Each dessert must feature strawberries and should be accompanied by two (2) copies of the recipe. Desserts will be accepted from 11:00am – 12:30pm

Saturday, July 6th
Kick off the upcoming summer at Furnace Town, June 6, 2015 for a Gospel Day Jamboree!
Furnace Town village is a great place for friends; family, fellowship, and fun so save the date and spread the word! Furnace Town artisans will also be on site and The Paul Leifer Nature Trail is open!
Beginning at 1:00pm the day will feature uplifting gospel from God’s Country Crossroads, Brittany Lewis, and Triple Praise.
Light refreshments will be available for purchase. Don't forget your lawn chairs!
General Admission price $7.00 for adults, $6.00 for seniors, $4.00 for children, and Furnace Town members are Free.

TIME MACHINE ... This Sunday's Preview.

1940.. The story you may not know behind the first public performance of God Bless America, plus film and audio of that performance by a legendary singer of the era;  1932.. Memorial Day monument dedication in Snow Hill;  1943.. Ad suggests how American housewives could aid the war effort with a by-product from their kitchens;  1953.. a treasure in old coins found along Accomack County road construction site.

It's this Sunday right here at The Pocomoke Public Eye! 

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Monday, May 18, 2015


From:   The Office of the State’s Attorney for Worcester County
Date:    May 18, 2015
RE:       Two Sexual Predators Found Guilty

            SNOW HILL – On May 13, 2015, Daniel Brynan Kerstetter, age 56, of Berlin, Maryland was found guilty after a jury trial of 28 counts of Distribution and Possession of Child Pornography. Mr. Kerstetter was sentenced to 10 years with all but 5 suspended in the Department of Corrections. 
                That same day, Gregory James Carr, age 41 of Ocean City, Maryland was also found guilty after a trial in the Circuit Court before the Honorable Thomas C. Groton, III of secretly recording his girlfriend’s minor child as the juvenile used the bathroom in his house. His bond was revoked pending a pre-sentence investigation. Mr. Carr’s sentencing has not yet been scheduled, but he will be required to register as a Tier I Sex Offender for the next fifteen years since the victim was under the age of 18.

               In the case against Mr. Kerstetter, members of the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office in cooperation with The Department of Homeland Security and The Worcester County Criminal Bureau of Investigation executed a search and seizure warrant at the residence of Mr. Kerstetter following an online investigation. At his home multiple hard drives and computers were recovered with images and videos depicting minors involved in sexual acts. Judge Richard R. Bloxom of the Circuit Court for Worcester County described the images as “probably the most revolting images I have ever seen”.

                State’s Attorney for Worcester County Beau Oglesby stated “In no corner of our community will these types of detestable individuals be allowed to corrupt and victimize the most vulnerable among us. Let these cases, and the many like it that we prosecute be a reminder to those who may think that their computer screens and secret cell phone recorders keep them anonymous – you’re not, and we’re watching.”

                State’s Attorney Oglesby continued, “These victories are testament to the outstanding and tireless efforts of law enforcement.” He then offered congratulations to the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office, the Worcester County Bureau of Investigation, The Department of Homeland Security, The Page County Virginia Sheriff’s Office, The Child Advocacy Center and Assistant State’s Attorney Diane Cuilhe.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

TIME MACHINE ... 2002, 1974, 1654, 2004, 1852, 1992.

"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 archive/historical archive material)

May, 2002
 Gettysburg Times (Gettysburg, Pa.)


June, 1974 (excerpt)
Daily Times (Salisbury)


October, 1654

Maryland State Archives (Original Spellings)

Assembly Proceedings, October 1654

Stealing of Indians

Whatsoever person or persons that shall steale any friend Indian or Indians whatsoever or be accessary in Stealing them and shall sell him or them or transport them out of the County shall be punished with death, and if any shall intice 'pswade or attempt the stealing or Selling of any friend Indian or Indians shall be Censured according as the Court shall think fitt, and if any shall make Information thereof he shall be satisfied out of the Estate of the offendor as the Court shall think fitting.

April, 2004
Somerset Herald (Princess Anne)


Tyler is '04 Teacher of the Year

Marion Sarah Peyton teacher picked from eight nominees 

PRINCESS ANNE-  April Tyler, who started her career 14 years ago in Maryland's last one-room school house, was named Somerset County's Teacher of the Year at an awards banquet last week.

Tyler was also named Elementary Teacher of the Year.

For six years Tyler was the teacher for students in kindergarten through sixth grade at the tiny, one room school at Tylerton on Smith Island. After it was closed by the Board Of Education eight years ago, Tyler at Woodson Middle School in Crisfield for six years.

For the past two years she has been a math and language arts teacher at Marion Sarah Peyton school.

July, 1852  
The Sun (Baltimore)

1992 technology.. here's how you could listen to a CD in your car!

 FOOTNOTE: Years earlier, when audio cassette tapes were becoming popular a similar method was used to play the cassettes through your car's radio.  In the mid/late 1960's and early 1970's when most vehicles still had only AM radios, FM converter boxes were becoming available. In the mid 1930's the luxury of adding a radio to your vehicle was being promoted.-tk


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