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expand Soles4Souls Shoe Drive
posted: Mar 18, 2014

Join Taylor Bank in making a difference in our world. The bank will be collecting footwear between March 1 and April 30th. You can drop off new or gently used shoes at any Calvin B. Taylor Bank Location.

Your extra pair of shoes could be someone's first pair. Your gift of footwear is important to children and adults around the world. Footwear can help eliminate the spreading of diseases though the foot as well as help children obtain an education - as many schools have footwear requirements to attend. When you take time to RECYCLE your footwear, you are in fact changing lives.

All sizes for children or adults are welcome.


Learn more about Soles4Souls at

expand Town Hall offices Closed
posted: Mar 17, 2014

The Offices in Town Hall will be closed on Friday, April 18, 2014 in observance of Good Friday. Regular office hours will resume on Monday, April 21 at 8:30 am.

expand SH PD Warns of Scam
posted: Mar 14, 2014

Phone Scam Targets Ocean Pines Computer Owners

Written by Charlene Sharpe , Staff Writer

OCEAN PINES — An apparent phone scam is targeting computer owners in Ocean Pines.

Several residents say they’ve been contacted via telephone by someone claiming to be with Microsoft. The caller offers to help them straighten their computer out and then asks for a fee. If the computer owner gets suspicious or refuses to pay, the person on the other end of the line locks their computer.

“If and when the person realizes something isn’t right and tells ‘Microsoft’ that they don’t have to give any more information or they tell them they don’t want them to have access to the computer anymore,” Robert Hutton, a field specialist with Worldwide Tech Services, said, “the people on the phone lock up their hard drive.”

“There’s no telling whether or not the customer’s files are being tampered with since the only thing visible now is a blank screen with a little window requiring a password,” he added.

Hutton said he’s fixed two computers in recent weeks for residents that have fallen victim to the scam. Once the caller locks the computer, nothing is visible but a blank screen. Most people are forced to take the machine to a repair shop or call a repairman like Hutton.­

“The only resort is to reinstall the operating system,” he said. “It’s like wiping the hard drive.”

Pines resident Iris Carey said she was targeted by the scammers. For a period of about two weeks, someone claiming to be Microsoft called her home. When she picked up, the caller said Windows on her computer wasn’t working properly and offered to help her straighten it out.

Because she rarely uses her computer, she declined.

“I right away was suspicious,” she said. “I wouldn’t do it. I thought they wanted to get control of the computer.”

One of her friends, however, was more trusting. She let the caller walk her through the so-called “fix” and ended up with a blacked-out screen. She said she had to spend $85 to get her computer repaired.­

“He froze her computer,” Carey said.

Hutton wants area residents to be aware of the scam so they don’t fall victim to it. He said if an individual does have a computer problem, they should deal with the computer maker, such as Dell or HP, and not a company like Microsoft.­

“Microsoft would never call and say there’s something wrong with your computer,” he said.

Ocean Pines Police say they haven’t had any reports of the Microsoft scam but that the community has its share of phone scams circulating. Lt. Leo Ehrisman warns residents to be wary, as things that sound too good to be true usually are.

“We get some solicitation via email and phone,” he said. “We get the normal. If someone calls and says you’ve won a contest, think— did you enter the contest?”

He also said it’s very important to be careful with debit card numbers.­

“If it’s a credit card, most are insured for fraud,” he said. “If they get your credit card number it’s not as bad. If it’s your debit card, that money is taken from your account. That money’s gone.”
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If anyone receives calls of this nature, they are urged to contact the Snow Hill Police Department at 410-632-2447.

expand Bay Restoration Fund Fee
posted: Mar 14, 2014

The Town of Snow Hill is offering a program that exempts certain residential users from paying the Bay Restoration Fund fee because of substantial financial hardship.  Applications will be on the website or at Town Hall, along with instructions.  Applications should be filled out and returned to Town Hall by May 31, 2014.  The 2014 Bay Restoration Fund Fee Exemption Notice and the 2014 Bay Restoration Fund Fee Hardship Exemption Applicaion are available for download here.

expand Heritage Arts for Kids at Purnell Museum
posted: Mar 13, 2014

Every Wednesday in July and two Wednedays in August  history will come to life for children at the Purnell Museum at 208 W Market Street. Kids can learn about history with a hands-on art project. No pre-registration is needed; just drop in. July dates are 2, 9, 16, 23, 30. August dates are 6 and 13. All workshops begin at 1:00 and last until 3:00pm.

208 W Market Street

expand Candidate Filing for May 2014 Election
posted: Feb 18, 2014

May 6, 2014 will be Election Day in Snow Hill.  The town will be holding a General Election for the seats of Mayor and Eastern District Council.  Both of these offices are a two-year term.

Interested candidates have until March 31, 2014 at 4:30pm to file their paperwork at Town Hall. 

Candidate Packets may be picked up at Town Hall during normal business hours. 

Mayor John "Charlie" Dorman has filed to run again for the office of Mayor. 

Allison Cook and Gary Weber have filed to run for Eastern District Council.

We encourage everyone to make sure they are registered to vote.  The deadline for registration is April 4, 2014.  If you are not a registered voter you may register with the Worcester County Board of Elections on Belt Street. For more information contact their office at 410-632-1320.   

expand Snow Removal for Business Owners
posted: Jan 28, 2014

Dear Snow Hill Business Owner:

It is once again the winter/snow season and we are anticipating another winter storm this afternoon into evening.  We are asking for your assistance in helping to effectively prepare for parking and snow removal.

The Snow Hill Public Works Department will begin snow removal functions this evening and possibly overnight into the morning hours.  The downtown area will be a main focus so that businesses traffic can travel safely.  We ask that you make every attempt not park along the street so that the plows may remove all the snow that has accumulated.  Staff will also be treating the roads with salt and would like to be able to cover the entire roadway for effective cleanup.

We would also like to remind you that the snow should be removed from the sidewalks in front of your business either 4 hours after the snow fall ends or prior to the opening of your business the following day if the snow falls overnight. 

Your assistance in this process is greatly appreciated and will help to make traveling safer.

Should you have any questions or need assistance during this weather event you may contact me at Town Hall 410-632-2080 or on my mobile 410-430-6705. 

Thank you,


expand Town joins Shore Power Project
posted: Jan 22, 2014

Town joins Shore Power Project

Snow Hill and four other towns have joined together to take advantage of the Easton –based Town Creek Foundation’s $150,000 grant to examine energy use by municipalities on the Eastern Shore. An article by Jamie Smith Hopkins in the Baltimore Sun on January 21, 2014 highlights the partnership to ultimately save energy on the Shore. The Shore Power Energy Project will be led by Washington College Center for Environment and Society (CES) and is designed to help community leaders on Maryland’s Eastern Shore to track energy and reduce energy expenditures and green house gas emissions..

The Eastern Shore has always been environmentally sensitive. It is believed that the alliance between Cambridge, Snow Hill, Easton, and Salisbury which replicates the previous study for Chestertown may be the first of its kind in the state to study energy use and to conserve energy regionally. The Department of the Environment in Maryland is very excited to see the cooperative effort by the towns. The Department sees the project’s potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the state by 25% by the year 2020.

As each town conducts an energy audit, it will find ways to reduce energy use and to save money by making changes to its energy consumption. The municipalities shall assist CES with energy usage data with regard to its municipal buildings, municipal fleet, landscaping, recycling, etc.

Snow Hill Planner, Karen Houtman says” we are excited to get some assistance tracking energy usage and determining the most economically sustainable options to reduce energy usage.”

To read the full article go to



expand Third Public Input Meeting Scheduled
posted: Jan 13, 2014


I WELCOME you to help shape the Town’s Revitalization Strategy

The third public gathering for Public Input concerning the revision of the Town's Strategic Revitalization Plan has been scheduled for Tuesday evening, April 22, 2014 from 7:00 PM to 8:30PM at the Old Firehouse on Green Street.

The Town is beginning to update our 2003 Strategic Revitalization Plan. This Plan has helped guide our Town over the past decade.  The Town accomplished many things, but it is time to revise and update the Plan. 

This event will be the first of four gatherings that will take place over the next six months. So, please join your fellow citizens as we begin working together on this project.  We are looking for fresh ideas about ways to improve our economy for all and to meet the needs of residents, businesses and visitors.  Our meeting will not result in any immediate changes or quick fixes but it will lay the groundwork for improvements that will be inclusive of the entire community.

I believe if we work together, there are great possibilities in store for our Snow Hill community. So please accept this invitation. The only thing that I ask is that you come prepared to engage with others about our future and not come just to listen to “experts” talk.

We hope you can make this first Strategic Revitalization Plan kick off meeting and will continue to attend and contribute to these gatherings to shape Snow Hill’s future.  Please make every effort to attend as many of the functions as possible.  I hope to see you at all four meetings.

Sincerely yours, 

Charlie Dorman, Mayor

Old Firehouse on Green Street

expand Community Emergency Response Training (CERT)
posted: Oct 23, 2013

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. CERT members also are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community.

For more information about upcoming CERT Classes, contact Tom Kane at Worcester County Department of Emergency Services at 410-632-1311 or by email tkane@co.worcester.

expand CCR Report 2012
posted: Aug 26, 2013

Frank Daniels of the Wastewater Treatment Plant has provided the CCR Report for 2012 that shows the Drinking Water Quality for 2012.

expand 15th Blessing of the Combines Festival
posted: Jun 14, 2013

SNOW HILL, MD.  Even as farm fields are being planted in corn and soybeans, farmers are preparing their combines for the summer and fall harvests.   Several Worcester County farmers - including George Lee Clayville, Bill Figgs, Byron Hauck, Lee Holloway, Buster Powell, Roger Richardson, David Shockley and Virgil Shockley - are  readying their machines for The Blessing of the Combines on August 3, 2013.   Festivities in downtown Snow Hill  begin at 11:00 and conclude at 3:00.

A Parade of Combines - led by Antique Tractors and by Mr. Orem Perdue’s horse-drawn combine - moves slowly south on MD RT 12, across the drawbridge over the Pocomoke River, and west onto Green Street.  Parade directors lead each combine to its stopping place and, with turn-on-a-dime accuracy, position each at the perfect angle.  A growing hum of engines culminates with a throttle thrust - and then silence.  But not for long!

Music, (including Too Far Gone), food, vendors, crafts, a Petting Barnyard, activities for children, hay rides, carriage and pony rides, Scales and Tales are ongoing.  The Program, directed by Master of Ceremonies Steve Hales, includes welcomes, introductions, and a keynote address by Jim Perdue, and preceeds the Blessing of the Combines by Snow Hill Ministerial Association member, Rev. Seth Nelson.

The Wheels that Heal Car Club’s show sets up in Sturgis Park along The Pocomoke River from 11:00 - 3:00

For details contact Becky Payne at 443-783-1715, or email .

expand Town Hall Newsletter Published
posted: Jun 5, 2013

The Mayor and Council of Snow Hill has published its second newsletter to keep residents abreast of local government news. River Current, Vol 2/Issue 1 is available at various locations in the town or on the website in PDF format. The Town plans to publish its newsletter twice a year. If you missed back issues, you may download them

 The First Issue of River Currents, Vol 1 Issue1 Summer 2013 

River Currents , Vol 1 Issue 2 , Fall/Winter 2013

Please call 410-632-2080 with any questions

expand Great article about Snow Hill
posted: Jun 3, 2013

This is the first in a series of commentaries submitted by the four volunteer community members of The Daily Times Editorial Board as their six-month term comes to an end. — Editor
When my husband and I decided to look for property to start a bed and breakfast back in 1990, we knew we wanted to be on the Eastern Shore. We had kept our sailboat at Kent Narrows, and loved sailing the Chesapeake Bay.
The “Land of Pleasant Living” certainly fit the ticket for two people who had had enough of corporate life and
needed to find calm and control over our time and resources.
As we searched through all the by-ways we finally found a home in the town called Snow Hill. I had reservations
about small town living; it can be difficult to integrate into the social system when you are an outsider. But not in
Snow Hill. We were treated as welcome new members of the community. I had a small sign that I would point to
when our guests asked if we were natives. It said “I wasn’t born here but I got here as soon as I could.” And that’s exactly how I feel about the place that has embraced us.
We have moved a lot and I often thought about where I would go if I had to choose any of those places. The first
Sunday we were here, we took a break from renovations and went to church. After the kind greetings of the
congregants, and the warm atmosphere of acceptance I turned to my husband and said “Honey, we’re home.”
Part of being accepted is a willingness to pitch in, to be someone who is happy to give back to others. It can be
contagious, and others will catch the spirit. The common theme you will hear in this town is how much we love this
town. We can’t imagine living anywhere else.
My neighbors all keep track of each other, to care about and help when needed. My husband had a severe accident that had him in Shock Trauma and then bed-bound for three months. He received a paper grocery bag full of get well cards to cheer him up. People came and sat just to visit.
That’s kindness and caring. When I had to call an ambulance when he was ill, our Chief of Police came to make sure everything went well. How wonderful to see a concerned face in times of stress.

We have friends who have moved to retirement communities, giving up friends and neighbors of many years. They urge us to do likewise, which is a puzzle. Small towns have a sense of place, where you go out in the evening or sit on your porch to greet your friends. I walk our standard poodles around town almost every day. There is always someone out and about, even some who I don’t really know except we always cross paths and say good morning. Being in a small town means you can walk almost anywhere you want to go. It’s small town life for us.
Here is where our hearts are, and here we will stay.

Susanne Knudsen is a former Mayor of Snow Hill.

expand Snow Hill Farmers Market Begins on May 1
posted: Jan 23, 2013

The Snow Hill Farmer's Market is making a move! The Market will be held on Thursdays beginning on Thursday, May 1, 2014. It will move down Green Street to the Town's parking lot in front of the Old Firehouse. The hours will be from noon to 5:00 pm. Mark your calendars! See you at the market in May!

If you are a vendor, you are asked to register with the Town by filling our the Farmers Market Contract. There is no charge to participate in the Snow Hill Farmers Market. 

expand Holiday Closings for 2014
posted: Dec 5, 2012

The offices in Town Hall will be closed for 12 holidays during 2014. The Holiday Closings Schedule for Calendar Year 2014 will be available here.

 Call Town Hall at 410-632-2080 for more information

expand Panel to decide Future of Opera House
posted: Nov 1, 2012

Originally published in the Salisbury Daily Times

Eight have been named to the blue ribbon panel that will help decide the future of the old Mason’s Opera House.

Mayor Charlie Dorman personally appointed the members of The Raley Building Blue Ribbon Panel. All either live or work in Snow Hill and have volunteered for the position.

The Opera House, also called the Raley building after current owner Robert Raley, is being donated to the town by Raley after sitting vacant for more than 14 years. The building is prominently located at the corner of Market and Washington Sts. at the town’s only traffic light.

Panel members are:

• Pastor Elbert Davis, founder of Free Indeed Ministries;

• Pastor Joe Poe of the Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church;

• T.J. Patel, owner of the Snow Hill Foodrite and Town Market Basket;

• Todd Crosby, board member of the Worcester Co. Children’s Theater Workshop and professional singer;

• Gary King, retired school principal and sign language instructor;

• Wendy Myers, social worker and program manager of the Cricket Center;

• Shawn Johnson, owner of the Snow Hill Auto Mart;

• Christina Welch, assistant principal at Snow Hill Middle School.

“In my heart,” said Dorman, “I felt these were the best suited people in town.”

“I’m interested, because I’m a Snow Hill native, a Snow Hillian. I just want to see progress in our community. I was honored to be chosen as part of this because the building can be a resource for civic groups and youth programming. I look at this as a great opportunity to have your voice heard,” Panel member Shawn Johnson said.

Todd Crosby, also a panel member, said, “Because I’m involved with so many people here, in theater and Little League, people talk to me about what we need in the area. My background is in not-for-profit work and in old buildings. I spent 20 years in New York City getting projects like this done.”

Michele Ennis-Benn, director of mediation at The Center for Conflict Resolution at Salisbury University, will facilitate panel meetings.

According to Dorman, Ennis-Benn will set up meetings for the panel with the Snow Hill Historic Commission, the town’s Arts and Entertainment District, and the town planner to see how the opera house fits in with Snow Hill’s comprehensive and strategic plans.

The town government will then step aside, and allow the panel of citizens to meet and discuss options for the old building. The panel will report back with their recommendations.

The mayor is hoping for a report sometime in January, as the next round for grant applications is in early spring.

“Whatever we end up doing with the building,” said Crosby, “it will nice to have it come back to life.”

expand Old Opera House Receives an Encore
posted: Nov 1, 2012

Originally printed in the Salisbury Daily Times

SNOW HILL — After more than 14 years of vacancy, the old opera house at the corner of Market and Washington streets finally has a chance for new life.

For years, the empty building has been greeting visitors to Snow Hill as they stop at the town’s only traffic light.

Knowing what a landmark the building is, the Town Council has decided to take possession of the long-abandoned property; owner Robert Raley of Lewes has verbally agreed to turn the property over to the town at no cost.

“During my (mayoral) campaign, one of my priorities was to have something done with the Raley building,” said Snow Hill Mayor Charlie Dorman. “Once I took office, we made an appointment and I met Raley at his vineyard. I asked if he would like to give (the building) to me.”

According to Dorman, Raley developed a donation proposal, which the Town Council has accepted; details of the agreement are not being released as paperwork has not been finalized. Final property settlement is expected before the end of the year, one of Raley’s stipulations.

The corner property has been for sale for years, listed privately by Raley for $850,000, according to Snow Hill Realtor Gary Weber.

Weber, an agent with Newport Bay Realty and owner of the Blue Dog Café in Snow Hill, said the building is in desperate need of improvements.

“When people come to town to pay a parking ticket or go to jury duty or head east to Assateague, it faces them,” he said. “It’s been a sad sign for Snow Hill to have such a prominent building vacant. It sends a false message that nothing’s happening in Snow Hill.”

According to the city’s website, the old Mason’s Opera House was built in 1908. It showed movies, minstrel shows, vaudeville acts and plays. It also hosted high school graduations and public meetings.

The original design with three stories and a distinctive metal cornice was deemed “aesthetically obsolete” in the 1930s by new owner W. Outten, who removed the third floor and gave the building a modern appearance. Brimer’s Restaurant occupied the first floor, and a movie theater showed films on the second floor.

After a fire in the early 1940s, the building was once again remodeled and used as a movie theater and Brimer’s Soda Fountain. The Outten Theater became the town’s social center for more than three decades before losing popularity.

According to ongoing research by town grant writer Ann Gibb, the building was purchased in 1981 by John T. Bell of Rockville, Md., for $55,000. The new owner agreed to renovate and restore the building “to its old Victorian beauty.” Bell never fulfilled the conditions of the sale. The roof collapsed, and plywood covered the windows.

The town repossessed the building in 1993 and sold it to Robert Raley and Mike Makowski in early 1994. Raley operated an antiques center there until 1998, when the building was finally shut down. The marquee and interior were removed, and the building has been a vacant shell ever since.

Now, the Town Council hopes to breathe new life into the structure.

“We discussed the pros and cons (of the building). People were cautious and questioning structural integrity. We know it needs a new roof,” Dorman said. “In the end, they all came around and said, ‘OK, we’ll take the building.’ ”

“Once the town owns the building, we can ask for help,” Dorman said. “This is our first baby step. Now we go out and look for grants.”

Weber said the acquisition of the building is important for Snow Hill as it will help with the revitalization of downtown.

“Pocomoke got millions to renovate their theater and build a restaurant,” he said. “Now it’s our turn.”

expand 2012 Flushing Schedule
posted: May 7, 2012

Snow Hill Water Department will be flushing hydrants on the scheduled dates listed on the Snow Hill Hydrant Flushing Schedule for 2012.

expand Speed Cameras Are in Snow Hill
posted: Mar 15, 2012

Speed Cameras are in Snow Hill. In an effort to increase driver compliance with the posted School Zone speed limits surrounding Cedar Chapel School and Snow Hill Elementary, Middle and High Schools, the Town has launched an Automated Speed Enforcement Camera Program Similar programs are being utilized in Delmar, Princess Anne and Fruitland, and are viewed as an effective means of positively changing driver behavior and improving safety for both pedestrians and motorists.

According to Chief Kirk Daugherty, “Our main objective is to protect the children and residents of Snow Hill from drivers who are choosing to disobey the posted speed limit and break the law”. 

If you receive a citation through the Speed Camera Enforcement  program you may pay it online at You will need to provide the Citation Number and the License Plate Number of the vehicle. There is a $3.50 processing fee to pay online. 

If you receive a citation for a speed camera violation in error, you may be able to use an Affidavit to Transfer Liability. 



expand Facade Grant Program 2014
posted: Feb 28, 2012

The State of Maryland Community Legacy Program has awarded the Town of Snow Hill another grant to be used toward funding facade improvements of commercial buildings. This program is to assist business owners who seek to improve the facade of their buildings.

Click here for the  Façade Grant Overview document

Click here for the Façade Grant Application for 2014

 Call Ann Gibb or Kelly Brewington at 410-632-2080 for further information

expand Help for Snow Hill Businesses
posted: Jul 12, 2011

Are you thinking about locating a business in Snow Hill or do you want to expand the business you now have? Town Hall is here to help. Come in and meet with the Town Manager, Kelly Brewington, or others officers in Town Hall to discuss your plans and to learn about the Town’s code, and financing opportunities that the Town has to offer.
Through a grant, The Town has small business loans available for new and existing business owners in the town. Business owners can borrow up to $10,000 at a 3% interest rate for 5 years. Applications are available in Town Hall at 103 Bank Street.
So come to Town Hall where you will find people who are eager to assist small businesses and to help others to enjoy our charming and unique small town. 

expand Snow Hill Historic District Guidelines
posted: Feb 23, 2011

The Mayor and Council approved the Historic District Guidelines for Property Owners in December of 2010. A copy of The Snow Hill Historic District, A Reference Guide for Property Owners is available here in PDF format.

It is also available in hard copy at Town Hall for $5.00 per copy.

Call Karen Houtman at 410-632-2080 for more information

expand Water Meter Leaks
posted: Jul 29, 2010

Water Meter Leaks
The Town of Snow Hill Water and Wastewater Department has installed new meters that report any water leaks detected. Water leaks, such as a running toilet can cause your water bill to drastically increase. 
If a leak has been found, you will see notification on your quarterly water/sewer bill. Please review your bill thoroughly for any communication from the Town about potential problems.
If you have any questions regarding your water/sewer bill please contact Town Hall at 410-632-2080.

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