Christmas Parade Rescheduled
posted: Dec 9, 2013
The Snow Hill Lion's Club has announced that the Christmas Parade in Snow Hill has been postponed until Wednesday, December 11th at 7:00pm.
Two Ribbon Cuttings in Two Days
posted: Dec 3, 2013
The Town of Snow Hill and the Snow Hill Area Chamber of Commerce plan two Ribbon Cuttings to welcome two new businesses to town: The Corner and The Green Doors.
On Thursday, December 5th at 5:00 pm The Corner will open at 100 W Green Street. This unique shop will feature the Big Green Egg ceramic cookers, infused oils and flavored vinegars. Join owners Sophika and Rick Smith as they celebrate the opening of their new business venture.
The next day The Green Doors will open at 302 N Washington Street with its Ribbon cutting at 5:00 pm. The Green door will feature Milk paint and supplies. Owner Ronna Pishtey will give classes in this furniture refinishing technique. Also available are organic soaps, decorative pillows, jewelry, glassware and more.
Town Offices Close for Chrsitmas
posted: Nov 27, 2013
Town Hall in Snow Hill will close at noon Tuesday, December 24th, 2013 for Christmas. The office will remain closed Wedneday, December 25th and will reopen at 8:30 am Thursday, December 26th.
Worcester County Museums Explore Christmas Traditions
posted: Nov 20, 2013
Worcester County—The Museums of Worcester County are pleased to announce that a number of holiday programs will be offered throughout the month of December. Residents and visitors alike will want to take advantage of this opportunity to explore the fun, interesting, and meaningful ways in which Christmas was celebrated on the Eastern Shore.On Sunday, December 1st the Ocean City Life-Saving Station Museum will be having an open house. The theme is “Christmas By the Sea.” The museum will be open from 10am to 5pm and admission is free. There will be a 10% discount on gift shop merchandise and the first 100 visitors will receive a gift.On Saturday, December 7 there are a number of celebrations that will take place in Snow Hill and Berlin. From 1-4pm the Calvin B. Taylor House Museum in Berlin will offer wassail and gingerbread to visitors. The Julia A. Purnell Museum will present the Victorian Christmas Celebration from 10-4pm with old-fashioned refreshments and a live musical performance by Canzona Diversa at noon. The Mount Zion One Room School will be open to visitors from 1-3pm with information about school-time in the past. Furnace Town Living Heritage Museum will be open from 12-5pm and will have a free church service at 7pm. On Sunday the 8th, Furnace Town will also host a hymn sing-along at 2pm.The Delmarva Discovery Center will be holding the Winter Waterman’s Festival on Saturday, December 14 from 10am-4pm. On Sunday, December 15, Saint Martin's Episcopal Church in Showell will have a Community Service at dusk.For more information about the Museums of Worcester County's holiday events, including times and fees, please contact the individual museums. Information on the museums can also be found at the consortium's website, www.worcestermuseums.org.
Furnace Town Celebrates the Holidays
posted: Nov 19, 2013
The Holiday Season will be ushered in at Furnace Town Living Heritage Museum on Saturday, December 7th and Sunday, December 8th, 2013. Between Noon and 5:00 p.m. Furnace Town artisans will welcome you to their workplace as they weave, make broom products, and pound iron at the forge.
Don’t miss a walk along The Paul Leifer Nature Trail over the Nassawango Cypress Swamp for views of cedar, cypress, and pine above – and sweet gum balls, partridge berry, and wintergreen at your feet. Warm up in the Gathering Room with mulled cider and cookies, and browse the Museum Store’s broad selection of created treasures made by Furnace Town’s own weaver, blacksmith, broom-maker, printer, woodworker, and gardener. The Museum also features books on local topics, toys of yesteryear, and many other local items. There will be crafts for kids, homemade breads and cookies, jewelry, wooden crafts and more available for purchase. Stroll the grounds to visit many local artisans with their unique crafts on hand.
Join us on Saturday at 7:00 pm for the 19th Century Christmas Service by the Snow Hill Ministerial Association & Rev. Andrew Frick in the historic Old Nazareth Church. The evening church service is free to all!
Also, on Sunday at 2:00pm there will be a hymn sing with Charlie Paperella & guests. Please come out and join us in sharing the holiday spirit!
Furnace Town’s daily admission will be applied both days. $6.00 adults / $5.00 over 60 & AAA / $3.00 children ages 2-18 and children under 2 are Free. The Evening Church Service is Free! Contact Furnace Town at 410-632-2032 for more information.
Notes in Coats Program
posted: Nov 12, 2013
Furnace Town is assisting the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore for the "NOTES IN COATS" drive. If anyone would like to donate your gently used or new coats, hats, scarfs, gloves, and socks (new only) please contact FT at 410-632-2032.
Or sign up to help the Community Foundation to write encouraging notes of support to those receiving the donated coats. For detailed information please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Textile Artists Receive Awards
posted: Oct 28, 2013
Each autumn visitors travel to Snow Hill to view the Julia A. Purnell Museum’s Delmarva Needle Art Show and Competition. This year, the winners were chosen by viewers' choice, and visitors to the museum during the months of September and October had the opportunity to cast a ballot for their favorite works in each of five categories.The winners are:Embroidery1st Prize: Angela Johnson of Ocean City MD for “Antietam”2nd Prize: Martha Pratt of Frankford DE for counted cross stitch “Ann Hair 1762 Sampler”3rd prize: Patty Yergey of Millville DE for counted cross stitch “Catherine McNeal 1843”Knit and Crochet1st Prize: Julie-Ann Stimmel of Ambler PA for knitted shawl “Mend My Heart”2nd Prize: Edna Richards for crocheted bedspread submitted by her granddaughter Vicky Layman of Snow Hill MD3rd Prize: Julie-Ann Stimmel of Ambler PA for knitted shawl “Glacial Relations”Quilts1st Prize: Myra Ireland of Willards MD for “Bird Quilt”2nd Prize: Myra Ireland for “Cotton Crazy Quilt”3rd Prize: Linda La Pointe of Malvern PA for “La Pointe”Misc.1st Prize: Marjorie Barnard of Berlin MD for rug-hooking “Nubble Light”2nd Prize: Peggy Kernehan of Lewes DE for hand-smocked “Bishop Style” dress3rd Prize: Betty Burbage of Berlin MD for rug-hooking “Little Cumberland”Honorable Mention: Ami Reist of Berlin MD for sewing “Marion Wedding Gown”Children's Category1st Prize: Ruby Lilley of Berlin MD for knit and felting “Flower Headband”2nd Prize: Lily Jones of Snow Hill MD for embroidery “Mouse in the Grass”3rd Prize: Berty Lilley of Berlin MD for hand-dyed scarf “Fire Scarf”Congratulations to the winners for their outstanding pieces of art. The museum extends its appreciation to the many participants who provided their creative works for this year's Delmarva Needle Art Show & Competition. Prizes for the competition were generously donated by Sea Needles of Bethany Beach and A Little Bit Sheepish of Berlin.For more information on the Delmarva Needle Art Show and Competition and its winners, contact the Julia A. Purnell Museum at (410) 632-0515.
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 email@example.com. md.us
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.
Town Offices close for Thanksgiving Day
posted: Aug 26, 2013
Town Hall offices will be closed on Thursday November 28, 2013 and Friday November 29th in observance of Thanksgiving Day. Regular office hours will resume on Monday, December 2 at 8:30 am.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org .
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 Currents , Issue 2 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 The First Issue of River Currents you can follow this link.
Please call 410-632-2080 with any questions
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.
Snow Hill Farmers Market Makes a Move
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 2, 2013. 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 he Snow Hill Farmers Market.
Snow Hill Participates in Geocache Trail
posted: Dec 19, 2012
Snow Hill Takes Part in New Statewide Geocahce Trail ProjectMaryland Municipal League Treasure Hunt to Promote TourismSnow Hill—Looking for a fun, interactive way to explore the unique history of Maryland's cities and towns? The Maryland Municipal League (MML) is set to open the Discovering Maryland MML Geotrail on January 5, 2013. “Geocaching” is a free, interactive outdoor treasure hunt. Participating players seek to locate hidden containers, called “caches” using their smart phone or Global Positioning System (GPS). This is the League’s second state-wide trail.The trail’s theme, Discovering Maryland, is designed to promote awareness of and visits to Maryland’s municipalities. Visitors and residents alike will get to know Maryland’s cities and towns’ rich history as they travel towns along the trail. While searching, cachers, are often guided to various attractions like museums, parks and main streets so they can experience as much of the town as possible.The town of Snow Hill, along with other towns on the Lower Shore, is participating in the Geoache Trail. “It's an additional opportunity to encourage residents and visitors to come out and explore Snow Hill,” said Town Manager Kelly Brewington.The League’s ultimate goal is to help support economic development in Maryland municipalities, by bringing as many cities and towns together as possible via the trail. Avid cachers are known for cache-hunting all day. This translates to town-hopping and increases the odds that a vast majority of locations along the trail will be visited. Forty-nine (49) municipalities are participating in the new trail.Geocachers can also access the coordinates, anytime after 1 pm. on January 5, by registering atwww.geocaching.com. Basic registration is free. A trackable collectible coin will be awarded to the first 200 geocachers who locate at least two caches within each of the participating MML districts. To be eligible for the commemorative coin, geocachers must record the location, date and code, of their find, in the Official MML Geocache Trail Passport and post a picture at each cache. Completed passports must then be mailed to MML offices for coin redemption. The official Passport can be downloaded at www.mdmunicipal.org/geocache..The trail is sponsored by Magellan GPS, L.L. Bean, Maryland Geocaching Society and City of Havre de Grace Economic Development Office. For more information on the Discovering Maryland MML Geocache Trail visit: www.mdmunicipal.org/geocache and Geocaching.com.
Holiday Closings for 2013
posted: Dec 5, 2012
The offices in Town Hall will be closed 13 times during 2013 for holidays. The Holiday Closings Schedule for Calendar Year 2013 is available.
Call Town Hall at 410-632-2080 for more information
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.”
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.”
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.
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.
Facade Grant Program 2013
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 2013
Call Ann Gibb or Kelly Brewington at 410-632-2080 for further information
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.
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.