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By Brian Paxton, The Baltimore Sun | April 20, 2013
When Paul Makuchal won the 39th annual Maryland Migratory Game Bird Stamp Design Contest last month, he didn't think about it being his third win. He was humbled. “It was a great surprise when I won. It's a pretty competitive art contest,” said Makuchal, 36, of Pocomoke City. “There are a lot of good artists in Maryland and a couple of them have won the federal contest, which is a really prestigious prize. So it's definitely an honor to win in a state that has a really competitive field of artists.” Makuchal with his painting “Peaceful Swim,” inspired by a photograph of a lesser scaup, a species of North American diving duck.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | March 14, 2014
Margaret J. Wimbrow, a retired Eastern Shore educator who was a co-founder of the Worcester County Republican Women's Club, died Sunday of complications from a stroke at her Berlin home. She was 100. She was born Margaret Coulbourne Johnson, the daughter of Oliver and Florence Dryden Johnson, in Somerset County near Pocomoke City, and later moved with her family to a home on Market Street in Pocomoke City. After graduating in 1930 from Pocomoke High School, she attended what is now Salisbury University, where she studied to become an elementary school teacher.
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November 27, 2005
POCOMOKE CITY -- A 29-year- old woman was killed and her two children were injured in a house fire early yesterday. Neighbors rescued the woman and her two boys, ages 6 and 6 months, from the burning home, Worcester County Chief Deputy Fire Marshal Matthew Owens said. The woman was taken to Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, where she died, Owens said. The infant was being treated at John Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. His condition was unavailable last night. The older boy was treated and released.
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By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | December 9, 2013
A merger of the top two U.S. food distributors, Sysco and US Foods, could mean cutbacks at facilities in Severn and Jessup that employ hundreds of workers and sit fewer than 10 miles apart as a combined company consolidates operations across the United States. Sysco Corp. announced Monday that it plans to buy US Foods Inc., based in Columbia until a 2007 buyout, for about $3.5 billion in a deal that will create a company commanding at least a quarter of the $235 billion North American market.
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By Maureen McNeill and Maureen McNeill,Special to The Sun | September 5, 1991
A tropical macaw apparently birdnapped from the Salisbury Zoo was found unharmed -- but hungry and untalkative -- yesterday in a telephone booth outside Pocomoke City.The greenwing macaw, named Beauty, disappeared from her uncaged perch sometime between 6 and 6:30 Sunday evening. It happened shortly after a group of teen-agers was seen approaching the bird, which usually greets visitors with a throaty "hello" -- the only word in her vocabulary.Zoo Director Donald D. Bridgewater said Beauty's wings were clipped, so she could not have flown the coop on her own, much less made the trip to Pocomoke City some 18 miles south as the crow flies.
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By Chris Guy and Chris Guy,sun reporter | November 2, 2006
POCOMOKE CITY -- A decade ago, the old Mar-Va Theater didn't look like a good bet for restoration - especially in a fading downtown that was losing its luster to the new Wal-Mart and other chain stores on the U.S. 13 bypass. An ancient furnace had given up the ghost. The place had become home to an assortment of bugs, birds and feral cats. Worse, the roof of the ornate 1927 art deco vaudeville stage and movie house was a disaster. Volunteers recall futile efforts to contain rain leaks with dozens of buckets.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF | September 17, 1999
Even an old car, battered by eight years and 120,000 miles of constant police work, can attract a buyer. Sykesville had three for its 1991 Ford.With the recent addition of a fully equipped 1999 Crown Victoria to its fleet of five vehicles, the town Police Department opted to sell its oldest. Advertising and word-of-mouth drew bidders, ready to buy it sight unseen, without so much as a tire kick or test drive."You wouldn't think this would be a hot item," said Mayor Jonathan S. Herman.The last time the town sold a police car, $300 was the best deal it could make.
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By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | March 28, 2013
Officials in Worcester County are investigating the cause of a fire at a Perdue Farms research facility that destroyed two poultry houses and killed 8,000 chicks. The fire broke out at 3:15 p.m. Wednesday, more than an hour after the four workers on duty to care for the birds had ended their day and left the farm in Pocomoke City, said Julie DeYoung, a Perdue spokeswoman. The fire in the 8-year-old, 22,500-square-foot buildings — two of 15 poultry houses on site — is being investigated by the Worcester County Fire Marshal, DeYoung said.
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By Chris Guy and Chris Guy,SUN STAFF | December 28, 2000
POCOMOKE CITY - Gene Lusby is pretty sure things are looking up for the downtown business district of this riverfront town. Some days, he actually has to search for a parking spot. Lusby and his wife, Joanne, have worked since 1966 from the same brick Market Street storefront. They say the extra traffic is cause for optimism in the two-block commercial center, where recently it seemed that For Sale signs and vacant storefronts were everywhere. And the Lusbys are not alone in thinking that the 300-year-old town, named for the dark and deep river that runs through it, has a shot at recapturing something of the glory days when Pocomoke, population 3,900, served as a hub for much of the Lower Eastern Shore.
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August 4, 2006
LYNNE SOCHOR BOYD, 55, of Pocomoke City, died unexpectedly, Tuesday, August 1, 2006. Born, July 25, 1951 in Camden, New Jersey, she was a daughter of Phyllis R. Sochor of Pocomoke City and the late Milton J. Sochor. She was an active member of St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Pocomoke City, serving in the choir, as Senior Warden and as a worship leader. Lynne was the Program Director of Mental Health at the Worcester County Health Department and was responsible for innovative and nationally recognized programs benefiting children and adults.
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By Brian Paxton, The Baltimore Sun | April 20, 2013
When Paul Makuchal won the 39th annual Maryland Migratory Game Bird Stamp Design Contest last month, he didn't think about it being his third win. He was humbled. “It was a great surprise when I won. It's a pretty competitive art contest,” said Makuchal, 36, of Pocomoke City. “There are a lot of good artists in Maryland and a couple of them have won the federal contest, which is a really prestigious prize. So it's definitely an honor to win in a state that has a really competitive field of artists.” Makuchal with his painting “Peaceful Swim,” inspired by a photograph of a lesser scaup, a species of North American diving duck.
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By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | March 28, 2013
Officials in Worcester County are investigating the cause of a fire at a Perdue Farms research facility that destroyed two poultry houses and killed 8,000 chicks. The fire broke out at 3:15 p.m. Wednesday, more than an hour after the four workers on duty to care for the birds had ended their day and left the farm in Pocomoke City, said Julie DeYoung, a Perdue spokeswoman. The fire in the 8-year-old, 22,500-square-foot buildings — two of 15 poultry houses on site — is being investigated by the Worcester County Fire Marshal, DeYoung said.
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Jacques Kelly | July 1, 2011
A friend gave me some honest advice: Summer starts to go by more quickly after the Fourth of July celebration. I've learned this to be true, and now I've got to get moving on a lot of stuff I plan to accomplish before Labor Day — or maybe Oct. 1. Or perhaps Thanksgiving. My plans are fluid, and if I don't achieve them all, at least I've set down a list. I've never been to Chincoteague, Va., or Assateague Island, despite spending weeks each summer in nearby Delaware. I've never been south of Salisbury, and I want to make it to Princess Anne and Pocomoke City, as well as the Eastern Shore towns of Virginia.
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November 15, 2009
On October 3, 2009, STANLEY WHITNEY OLSON, passed away at his home in Sebring, Florida, of natural causes at the age of 93. Born July 13, 1916 in Somerville, MA, he was a Marine Corps veteran and a long-time resident of Baltimore and Pocomoke City, MD. He is survived by daughter Mary Ann Fry of Sebring, FL; son, Richard and wife, Sharon, of Lutherville, MD; five grand-children and six great-grandchildren. A memorial service is planned at the 1st Baptist Cemetery in Pocomoke City, MD at a future date.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen | November 15, 2009
Roland Talmadge Talton Jr., former owner of a Baltimore engineering firm, died Nov. 6 of cardiac and respiratory failure at Upper Chesapeake Bay Medical Center. The longtime Bel Air resident was 89. Born and raised in Pocomoke City, the son of a B&O railroader and a homemaker, Mr. Talton was a 1937 graduate of Pocomoke High School. During World War II, he joined the Army Air Forces and served as an instructor with the 88th Bomb Group. Mr. Talton attended the University of Virginia and Georgetown University.
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November 9, 2009
On November 6, 2009, ROLAND TALMADGE TALTON, JR., of Bel Air, MD. Devoted father of David Alan Talton and wife Kelly, Annette Talton Fisher and husband Jim, Jennifer Talton Rickey and husband Tim. Loving brother of Bonne Talton Duke, Patricia Talton Crim and Winifred Talton Roloson. Grandfather of James Fisher and wife Jennifer, Jeffrey Fisher, Suzanne Fisher, Jamie Rickey, Seth Rickey, Cassie Rickey, Eve Talton and Claudia Talton. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Beloved companion of Dr. Beverly Stump of Bel Air, MD. Predeceased by wife Hilda Leonard Talton, brother William Jesse Talton and sister Ann Talton Peitz.
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September 18, 2004
On Wednesday, September 15, 2004, CALEB PAUL TAYLOR, infant son of Scott Alan and Casey Drebitko Taylor of Salisbury, Maryland, passed away at University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore following a nine day battle to survive. He was born September 6, 2004 in Salisbury. Along with his parents, he is survived by his grandparents, Michael and Teresa Drebitko of Pasadena and Ronald and Jean Taylor of Pocomoke City, MD; great-grandparents, Ida Belle Clarke of Washington State, Mary Frances Riggin of Pocomoke City and Harvey and Audrey Thornton of Temperanceville, VA; uncle and aunts, Wade and Christa Taylor of Pocomoke City and Carrie Drebitko of Pasadena; cousins, Ethan and Meredith Taylor of Pocomoke City; a special uncle, Kevin Peppers and his wife Maggie and their children Athena and Wesley Peppers of Columbia, MD; and a host of extended family and friends.
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October 14, 1993
Henry P. Walters, who practiced law in Pocomoke City for 55 years, died Monday of liver failure at the Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury. Mr. Walters, 79, began his practice in 1938. He was born in Pocomoke City and lived there all his life. Graveside services were set for 2 p.m. today in the Pitts Creek Presbyterian Cemetery in Pocomoke City.Charles A. Speas, retired vice president for research and development at a Baltimore company that makes plastic industrial containers, died Saturday at Manor Care Towson Nursing and Rehabilitation Center of complications to Parkinson's disease.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen | May 21, 2009
Mary E. "Betty" Thompson, a retired country club banquet manager and widow of legendary sports broadcaster Chuck Thompson, died Tuesday of complications from dementia and kidney failure at a Pocomoke City nursing home. She was 82. Mary Elizabeth Cupp was born in Baltimore and raised on Aiken Street and at a family farm in Butler. She was a 1945 graduate of Clara Barton Vocational High School. Mrs. Thompson had worked as a cosmetics buyer for the old May Co. department store and later for the Baltimore Display Co. For many years, she was the banquet manager at the Turf Valley Country Club and the Hillendale Country Club, from which she retired in 1989.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen and Frederick N. Rasmussen,Sun Reporter | June 29, 2008
What do you know about Marcellus shale, a sedimentary bedrock that underlies much of the Appalachian Basin, including Maryland's westernmost counties, and why should you care? I didn't know anything about the black shale that was deposited about 400 million years ago during the Devonian period until the other day, when I was talking with a few Maryland geologists. In an 1839 report, Marcellus Shales in Seneca County, James Hall of the New York State Geological Society named the shale after an outcropping of it was discovered near Marcellus, N.Y. The reason Marcellus shale is important in this energy-conscious age is that it may well harbor about 500 trillion cubic feet of untapped natural gas, according to Terry Englander, a geoscience professor at Pennsylvania State University, and Gary Lash, a geology professor at the State University of New York at Fredonia.
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