Blessing of the Combines
posted: Jul 18, 2016
Have you ever seen a farmer's Combine up close? Well, picture a whole line of them, parked
right downtown along Green Street in Snow Hill.
Add in farm animals, a city block loaded with agricultural themed games for children, lots of
food, and live stage entertainment and you have the Blessing of the Combines.
Come join the folks of Snow Hill on Saturday, August 6th, for the 18th annual Blessing of the
Combines from 11 to 3. Come early for easier parking and the bake sales and vendors that start
as early as 9am.
This popular summer event honors the agricultural community while bringing more than 2000
festival goers into downtown Snow Hill.
Come check out all the craft vendors and food vendors along Bank Street and Green Street.
There is still room for a few craft vendors and area organizations to participate in the festival if
they desire. Contact Diana Nolte at 4439444402
or email firstname.lastname@example.org to
Festivities begin on Green Street at 11:00 with live music and street activities. The Parade of
Combines sets off down RT 12 to Green Street at 11:15. A “throttle thrust” will signal Master of
Ceremonies, Steve Hales, to begin the program with the presentation of colors by the
Snow Hill High School Junior Marine Corps ROTC. After recognitions, a
keynote speaker, and the Blessing, the afternoon’s lineup of area musicians featuring the Michael
Christopher Band ( http://michaelchristopherband.com ) will perform.
Children can visit a variety of animals at the Petting Barnyard, then hop aboard a wagon for a
free hayride. There will also be free pony rides on Willow Street. There will be a Children’s
Barnyard full of activities and the popular Children’s Tractor Pull as well as a Scales and Tales
presentation from the Pocomoke River State Park.
For details contact Becky Payne at 4437831715,
or email email@example.com .
Work Sessions - Time Change
posted: Jul 8, 2016
The Mayor and Council work sessions will return to being held at 4:30pm on the first and last Tuesday of each month.
Quarterly work sessions will be held at 6pm.
All citizens are encouraged to attend the work sessions and town meetings. If you have a topic that you would like to discuss at a work session please contact Kelly Pruitt, Town Manager at 410-632-2080 and request to be placed on the agenda.
Food Truck is fixed! July 20, 2016
posted: Jun 22, 2016
The food truck is fixed! Rosenfeld's Jewish Deli food truck will be in town Wednesday, July 20, 2016. Look for it on W Green Street from 11:00am until 2:00pm.
Worcester Co Solar Co-op
posted: May 31, 2016
Worcester County solar co-op opens to help residents go solar together, get a discount
Snow Hill, MD - Neighbors in Worcester County are forming a solar co-op to save money and make going solar easier, while building a network of solar supporters. The Town of Snow Hill and the Assateague Coastal Trust, along with MD SUN are the co-op sponsors. MD SUN is a non-profit effort working in Maryland to help homeowners use their collective buying power to go solar together for a discount and gain the support of a group. The co-op is seeking members and will host information meetings June 23rd at 7 p.m. at the Snow Hill Train Station (200 Belt Street, Snow Hill) and June 29th at 7 p.m. at Ocean Pines Library (11107 Cathell Road, Ocean Pines) to educate the community about solar and the co-op process.
“We’re forming this co-op to make saving money with solar energy as simple as possible,” said Karen Houtman, Planner for Snow Hill. “Working with the group helps members learn about the technology while making solar a sustainable energy option for more residents.”
MD SUN expands access to solar by educating Maryland residents about the benefits of distributed solar energy, helping them organize group solar installations, and strengthening the state’s solar policies and its community of solar supporters. MD SUN has worked with communities to develop co-ops across the state. It has helped hundreds of Marylanders go solar including residents in Chestertown, Easton and Salisbury.
Worcester County residents interested in joining the co-op can sign up at www.mdsun.org/worcester. Joining the co-op is not a commitment to purchase panels. Once the group is large enough, MD SUN will help the co-op solicit competitive bids from area solar installers.
“A solar co-op is a great model for county residents to take advantage of to put solar on their home” said Kathy Phillips, Executive Director of the Assateague Coast Trust.
Co-op members will select a single company to complete all of the installations. They will then have the option to purchase panels individually based on the installer’s group rate. By going solar as a group and choosing a single installer, each participant generally saves up to 20% off the cost of their system.
Coastal Style Magazine Article
posted: May 16, 2016
From the recent article by Mindie Burgoyne in Coastal Style Magazine
Day trips on flat water, #3. Porters Crossing, Maryland — Worcester County
The Pocomoke River in Worcester County is Maryland’s deepest river for its width — and second deepest for its width in the world (the Nile is no. 1). The Pocomoke got its name from the Algonquin word meaning “black water,” and about six feet below the surface, there is no ambient light, so wearing life jackets on this river is a must. It is by far one of the region’s most scenic rivers. This trail has varied landscapes: forest, swamp, open water and a place to disembark if you want to rest. Launch at the Pocomoke River Canoe Company ($10 launch fee) in Snow Hill. The guides there are competent, friendly and enthusiastic about the Pocomoke River. It’s a five-mile paddle each way.
The water trail between Porters Crossing and Snow Hill runs through a densely forested cypress swamp. The forest canopy provides cool shade in the summer. The river is narrow, and the water is still. Wildlife is abundant, especially in the summer. There is life all around but not a sound from the human-inhabited world. This trail is secluded. Cypress knees push up through the water and onto the banks, and it’s not uncommon to see otter, turtles and water snakes. When the water is still, and there’s enough light coming through the trees, beware of an optical illusion that reflects the trees at the water’s surface. It becomes impossible to see where the waterline separates reflection from the actual trees.
Eastern Shore Lifestyle Magazine | Coastal Style Magazine www.coastalstylemag.comCoastal Style Magazine is the Eastern Shore's most popular and widely read publication.
Willow Street Property RFP
posted: May 2, 2016
Snow Hill Food Pantry Honored
posted: Apr 20, 2016
County honors Snow Hill Ecumenical Food Pantry volunteers for feeding the hungry
The Commissioners and Volunteer Services Manager Kelly Brinkley recently recognized volunteers from the Snow Hill Ecumenical Food Pantry with a County proclamation for the investment this group is making in improving the quality of life here in Worcester County.
“Volunteers like the Snow Hill Ecumenical Food Pantry and the services they provide are a critical component in the quality of life here in Worcester County,” Commission President Jim Bunting said. “The work that volunteers do in the community day in and day out, year after year benefits all of us in some way.”
The Commissioners also presented the food pantry volunteers with the prestigious President’s Gold Volunteer Service Award for investing over 3,000 volunteer hours in 2015. The Snow Hill Ecumenical Food Pantry hosts diverse programs and services designed to provide food and resources to those in need.
The food pantry serves residents of Snow Hill and the surrounding areas. Their mission statement comes straight out of Matthew 25:35, “For I was hungry and you fed me; I was thirsty and you gave me drink.”
There are no residency requirements, and no one in need is ever turned away. Pantry operations are headed up by a core group of 15 individuals from diverse denominations, many of whom have been a part of the food pantry since its inception more than 30 years ago. Volunteers strive to provide food and other resources to residents throughout our Eastern Shore communities, and they are undertaking a building campaign to revitalize a donated facility that will allow them to offer additional services, including free health screenings.
“These volunteers feed roughly 120 families each month and hand out 3,000 bags of groceries per year,” Brinkley said. “This is a dedicated group, and instead of being recognized as the guests of honor during our annual volunteer dinner, the volunteers are asking county government and area residents to participate in a cereal drive.”
Area residents are invited to partner with the Worcester County Volunteer Services (WCVS) by donating dry cereal to the Snow Hill Ecumenical Food Pantry. Cereal can be dropped off at the Branch Library in Ocean Pines and the Worcester County Recreation Center in Snow Hill. All donations will be used to help feed those in need who live on the Lower Eastern Shore. Learn more about how you can partner with the Snow Hill Ecumenical Food Pantry by visiting them online at www.snowhillfood.org.
Volunteers from the Snow Hill Ecumenical Food Pantry represent a small sampling of the many outstanding individuals throughout the county whose contributions make a positive impact on their communities.
The presentation to the Snow Hill Ecumenical Food Pantry volunteers took place during the Commissioners’ meeting on April 5, 2016, ahead of National Volunteer Week, which runs April 10-16. Learn more about volunteer opportunities in Worcester County by contacting Brinkley at (410) 632-0090 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Snow Hill Seeks Main Street Affiliate Status
posted: Apr 14, 2016
Water Quality Report 2015
posted: Apr 7, 2016
Follow this link to the Town's most recent CCR Report on its Water Quality.
Town Hall Newsletter Published
posted: Apr 7, 2016
The Mayor and Council of Snow Hill has published its semi-annual newsletter to keep residents abreast of local government news. River Current 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.
Flushing Schedule for 2016
posted: Mar 14, 2016
The Snow Hill Water Department will be flushing hydrants the first two weeks of the months of April through December.
The Town of Snow Hill posts the Flushing Schedue for 2016.
For more information, Call Jason Self at 410-632-1144.
Farmers Market begins every Thursday
posted: Mar 7, 2016
Thursday, May 5, 2016 marks the first day for Snow Hill's Farmer's Market. The market is held each Thursday through September in the parking lot behind Town Hall. Come to the market for the season's best produce, bedding plants and handmade items.
Vandors are welcome. Although there is no fee to become a vendor, there is a registration form below to be completed and turned in on the first day of the market.
Call 410-632-2080 for more information
Snow Hill Featured in Kayaking Magazine
posted: Feb 16, 2016
Follow the link below see what kayaker and writer, Natalie Warren, has to say about her visit to Snow Hill late last year.Snow Hill is featured in Canoe & Kayak Magazine!!
Commercial Building Grant Program
posted: Jan 14, 2016
The Town of Snow Hill has been awarded a Community Legacy Grant for the rehabilitation of Old Buildings in Snow Hil
The documents for this program are available here:
Facade Grant Program 2016
posted: Jan 14, 2016
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 for Businesses
Click here for the Façade Grant Application for 2016 for Businesses
Grant funds were made possible for the Facade Improvement Program through a Community Legacy Grant from the Department of Housing and Community Development. Call Ann Gibb or Kelly Pruitt at 410-632-2080 for further information
Green Pearl Contemporary Fine Art
posted: Jan 5, 2016
Ground Breaking and Welcoming
Green Pearl Contemporary Fine Art
Monday, January 11th, 9 AM
112 Pearl Street
First Shore Federal in Snow Hill, MD, will be hosting a ground breaking and welcoming Monday, January 11th, at 9 AM at 112 Pearl Street, which is behind the branch office on Green Street. Sue Vincent, branch manager and Marty Neat, President of 1st Shore Federal will be on hand to welcome Paul Volker, who will be opening up his new art gallery and studio, Green Pearl Contemporary Fine Art, once the renovations are completed.
Over the last 25 years Mr. Volker has produced over 3,000 works of art, many owned by collectors around the country and internationally. The gallery will be open to the public and designed so that visitors can look at paintings on display and also observe and talk to the artist at work. There will also be a small retail area featuring cards, prints and small works for purchase.
First Shore Federal has already taken advantage of the town’s façade grant program, renovating the front of the building. They will also be helping Paul with interior renovations and will take advantage of the new interior grant program the town will be introducing later this month. The bank is using this as an opportunity to demonstrate their involvement with the town and economic growth.
Snow Hill is a Maryland Art & Entertainment District, designated by the Maryland Department of Commerce.
Tax incentives are offered through the state and town for working artists, renovation projects and entertainment events.
For more information about Green Pearl Contemporary Fine Art please contact Paul Volker at 614-395-6783
or email: email@example.com.
For more information about Snow Hill’s Art & Entertainment District contact Michael Day at 443-735-0957
or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Holiday Closings for 2016
posted: Jan 2, 2016
The offices in Town Hall will be closed for 11 holidays during 2016. The Holiday Closings Schedule for Calendar Year 2016 is available here.
Call Town Hall at 410-632-2080 for more information
Questions & Answers about Trash
posted: Dec 21, 2015
The Mayor & Council has adopted a new trash collection policy for Snow Hill. Click on the link to see answers to the most common questions.
Canoe & Kayak Writer to speak at PRCC
posted: Oct 20, 2015
Natalie Warren PresentationOctober 24th , 9AM, Pocomoke River Canoe CompanyNatalie Warren, noted Canoe & Kayak travel writer, will be making a presentation on the economic benefits of Canoe & Kayaking at the Pocomoke River Canoe Company in Snow Hill, Maryland, on Saturday, October 24th, at 9AM. The presentation is open to the public.She will be paddling all day Friday with Jim Rapp gathering information for an article to be featured in Canoe & Kayak Magazine showcasing the great canoe, kayak and stand-up paddle board activities that Snow Hill has to offer.In 2011, Natalie Warren was one of the first two women to paddle 2,000 miles from Minneapolis to Hudson Bay, recreating Eric Sevareid's route from Canoeing With the Cree. On that expedition, she saw first hand issues surrounding small town economies, agriculture, industry, and the environment. After the 85-day expedition, she was nominated for Canoe &Kayak's 2012 Expedition of the Year and began her public speaking career to inspire audiences to learn from their local water trails. In 2012, she formed Wild River Academy to present urban rivers as a natural, dynamic classroom for students. In this presentation, Natalie accounts her journey to the bay and her experience building a non-profit organization from the ground up. She encourages listeners to turn their passion into a career and shares her adventure learning about social, economic, agricultural, and environmental issues from a canoe."Natalie's talk (Blazing Your Own Trail) at Augsburg was inspiring, informative, and funny. Her Hudson Bay expedition was an amazing journey, and she recounts the story eloquently. Natalie is a gifted speaker and an inspiration for anyone interested in the ways we can all benefit from getting out into the world and diving into an adventure! It's a great message for young people getting ready to head out into the world themselves." - Jo Underhil, Augsburg ProfessorYOUR COMMUNITY FROM THE PADDLER'S PERSPECTIVEYour Community from the Paddler's Perspective focuses on integrated recreation and economy in relation to the health of our rivers and river communities. This presentation is great for groups who want to learn more about how their water way can improve their economy, i.e. city development groups, chamber groups, groups concerned with the future of our water trails, government agencies, colleges and universities, and community action groups."I’ve seen Natalie speak a number of times in a variety of settings and felt fortunate to get her to be the keynote speaker for the first-ever Water Trails Tourism Summit, a gathering of community representatives, paddling advocates, and businesses. I highly recommend Natalie as a speaker!"
- Erik Wrede, Minnesota DNR
WholeHome Launches in Snow Hill Sept 10th
posted: Sep 10, 2015
Help for Small Businesses in Snow Hill
posted: Sep 8, 2015
The Maryland Small Business Development Center Network has assisted numerous new and current businesses over the years across Worcester County, the Eastern Shore, and state of Maryland. This year, the center has expanded services in Snow Hill with the support of Worcester County and the town of Snow Hill. As an accredited member of the national network, the Maryland centers are committed with pairing business advisors to small business owners to support start-up or ongoing activities by offering cost services.Snow Hill is currently served by the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) located at the Perdue School of Business, Salisbury University. In the hope of better assisting the community of Snow Hill, SBDC counselor Tim Sherman works in Snow Hill twice a month. Sherman has been with the SBDC for a little over a year and is passionate about helping small businesses open for business as well as helping current business build sustainable practices. The scope of the work of the SBDC includes assistance with writing business plans, projecting future cash flows, providing start-up assistance, and discussing marketing options but the organization is not limited to these activities. Any small for-profit business can approach the SBDC for free help by a friendly and qualified counselor.To reach Tim Sherman, you can call him at his office in Salisbury, MD at (410)-548-4505 or visit him in Snow Hill from 9-1 the first and third Wednesday of every month.You may also contact Michael Day, Snow Hill Economic Development Coordinator at 443-735-0957 or email him at email@example.com.
Time Change for Mayor & Council Work Sessions
posted: Jul 10, 2015
The Mayor and Council of Snow Hill work session times have been changed. The meeting on the first Tuesday of the month will remain at 4:30 pm but the meeting on the last Tuesday of the month will now be held at 6:00 pm. This is in hopes to have better attendance for those interested.
Mt Zion One-Room Schoolhouse Moved
posted: Mar 30, 2015
The Mt. Zion One-Room Schoolhouse
The Mt Zion One-Room Schoolhouse was built in 1960 near Whiton and used as a school until 1931. It stood empty until Dr. Paul Cooper, Superintendent of Schools, had the building moved to Snow Hill. It was opened to the public in 1964 and has since demonstrated to students and visitors how their forebears were taught in the days of one room schools.
Donations of the 19th century texts and furnishings make a visit to the school a leap back in time. McGuffy readers, quill pens, inkwells, slate and a water bucket are in place just as if the students had been dismissed yesterday.
Many of your parents and grandparents may have attended a one-room schoolhouse. In 1905 there were 110 one-room schoolhouses in Worcester County. Today there are only two which are open to the public.
Unfortunately, because of location, the Mt Zion Schoolhouse is not receiving the attention and attendance it so rightly deserves. The Board of the Worcester Historical Society proposed to have the school moved to Furnace Town Living Heritage Village which will provide increased access to this great community resource.
On May 24, 2012 the Worcester County Board of Education sent a letter to the Worcester County Historical Society granting the Mt Zion One-Room Schoolhouse to the WCHS at such time as it is ready to move it. Furnace Town agreed to have the school placed on its grounds. The move took place in November of 2015.
Funding is required to move the building. Fundraising events were planned and corporate donations were being sought. Private donations are always welcomed. Categories of Giving levels range from $50 to $1,000 or more. WCHS is a 501(c) (3) corporation. Donations are deductible according to current tax regulations. For more information or a tour of the Schoolhouse, call Bob Fisher at 410-632-1265.
Strategic Revitalization Plan Available
posted: Mar 16, 2015
The Town's recently adopted Strategic Revitalization Plan (SRP) is available in Town Hall. Copies are available free of charge on a first-come-first-serve basis.
Town Hall is located at 103 Bank Street and is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 - 4:30.
Snow Hill Ecumenical Food Pantry
posted: Dec 29, 2014
"I was hungry and you fed me; I was thirsty and you gave me drink." Matthew 25:35
Snow Hill Ecumenical Food Pantry distributes food the second Friday of every month. It also provides emergency food service.
The pantry was established as an ecumenical food pantry, which means that it is supported by local churches and parishes in the area to provide food for those in need. The mission is to provide food and resources to those in need in Snow Hill and the surrounding areas.
For information on volunteering and providing support, please contact the pantry at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website: www.snowhillfood.org
The new location for the pantry is 241 South Washington Street in Snow Hill.
Town Hall at 103 Bank Sreet is now a Drop Off place for Food Pantry donations. Look for the basket in the lobby.
Checks may be made out to Snow Hill ecumenical Food pantry and sent to the Mailing address:
P.O. Box 165,
Snow Hill, MD 21863
Needs as of 12-29-2014 include: Peanut butter and jelly, spaghetti sauce, shaghetti noodles, canned chicken, tuna and hams, canned vegetables, medium sized boxes of cereal, bags of beans or rice. Town Hall at 103 Bank Street is now a drop off point for contributions to the Food Pantry.
Gift cards for Office supplies from Staples or Sam's Club are always appreciated.
Snow Hill is Added to MDE Site
posted: Jul 22, 2014
The state of Maryland maintains a Green Registry of businesses and localities that conform to certain environmental friendly standards as part of its Smart, Green, and Growing initiative. By highlighting its sustainable and green practices in an application, the Town of Snow Hill was recently named to the Maryland Green Registry. While most of the entries on it are individual businesses, the Town is one of four municipalities that have completed its profile for the Maryland Department Environment (MDE) site. Maryland Green Registry members are saving over $79 million annually through environmental best practices.
Go to the Green Registry at mde.maryland.gov/marylandgreen/Pages/GreenMembersList.aspx and click on Snow Hill to see its profile and profiles of others to learn more about how these practical, proven practices can save money and put your business or organization on the path to sustainability.
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 www.baltimoresun.com.
Article about15th 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 email@example.com .
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. — EditorWhen 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 andneeded 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 reservationsabout small town living; it can be difficult to integrate into the social system when you are an outsider. But not inSnow Hill. We were treated as welcome new members of the community. I had a small sign that I would point towhen 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 firstSunday we were here, we took a break from renovations and went to church. After the kind greetings of thecongregants, 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 becontagious, and others will catch the spirit. The common theme you will hear in this town is how much we love thistown. 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.
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.”
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 secure.SpeedViolation.com. 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.
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 Pruitt, 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.
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
Water Meter Leaks
posted: Jul 29, 2010
Water Meter LeaksThe 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.