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Pohanka of Salisbury Sponsors Mardela Fire Company’s Annual Extrication Day

On Saturday, April, 9th, Mardela Springs Volunteer Fire Company held their annual vehicle extrication training day. Each year Mardela Springs invites all surrounding fire companies of Delmarva to participate in this instruction and training to better prepare all first responders.

In the event of a severe motor accident, firefighters use hydraulic tools, often known as the jaws of life, to free trapped passengers from the vehicles. Annual training days are used to simulate collisions to give the rescuers first-hand experience with these life-saving tools. It is also an important team-building day since the surrounding companies often respond to assist with vehicle accidents. Fire Fighters from Sharptown, Hebron, Vienna, Delmar, Pocomoke, and Mardela Fire Companies were invited to participate in this event.

This year, Pohanka of Salisbury graciously donated the training cars for the extraction drills. Five cars were delivered to be flipped, rolled, and torn to pieces in the name of training. Pohanka then took care of removing the vehicle pieces after the training. Without the transportation, a fire company would be out of service for trips to the junk yard, making it a critical step.

The generous donation from Pohanka of Salisbury of their time and vehicles is vital to the success of the training day. It also ensures that firefighters all over the Delmarva peninsula are fully prepared to respond to vehicle emergencies.

Junior Achievement Inspire Allows Teens to Explore Different Careers with Hands-on Experience

Pohanka of Salisbury recently teamed up with one of our loyal community partners, Junior Achievement of the Eastern Shore, for the third annual JA Inspire Experience. The event took place on Tuesday, March 28th, and Wednesday, March 29th at the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center in Salisbury, MD. 

Pohanka of Salisbury is proud to be a sponsor of this event each year because they believe in empowering the next generation. It was an exciting time for thousands of eighth-graders from Delmarva to get their first hands-on experience changing a tire, getting under the hood of a car, or building an electric circuit. Pohanka hopes to spark that excitement in these teens to motivate them to explore what interests them for a career in their future. 

According to students from Mardela and Bennett schools:
“I would never have thought I’d be interested in that [being an electrician] and it seems like it would be really fun to learn more about”

“I like how we actually got to do things that we would do on each job and we could talk to the actual people [from the business].”

Pohanka of Salisbury was happy to partner with Parkside CTE and instructor Mr. Dave White to give these students more information on the next steps available to them. Career and Technical Education is an opportunity that many students have not yet considered but could open a door to their future careers. Thanks to volunteers from Mr. White’s current classes, these students we able to speak with teens that were in their shoes a few short years ago. 

Junior Achievement is a powerful coalition of educators and industry leaders designed to present eighth-grade students with a jumpstart into their future career endeavors. Not all students are lucky enough to have access to a positive career mentor in their home life. It is Junior Achievement’s mission to lead these students down the path to success, out of generational poverty, and to help young people succeed. Junior Achievement’s financial literacy lessons and career readiness planning positively impact the lives of young people all over the country.

Sandy Angello, Pohanka of Salisbury, named winner of Maryland’s Top 100 Women for the 3rd Year

Every year The Daily Record recognizes the top 100 Women in Maryland. The contest honors high-achieving Maryland women who are making an impact through their leadership, community service, and mentoring. The nominees each year are selected by past inductees and business leaders across Maryland. 

The Daily Record, based in Baltimore, has been a news operation for over 134 years with both a digital-first newsroom and daily printed publication. The Daily Record features stories about women business leaders from a woman’s perspective, along with a podcast series, webinar courses, newsletters, and yearly awards recognizing Maryland’s outstanding women in business. 

This year, Sandy Angello, owner/operator of Pohanka of Salisbury was among those honored as Maryland’s Top 100 Women. Sandy has been included in The Daily Record’s Top 100 Women for the past 3 years. It marks a special year for Sandy as her third recognition earns her induction into The Daily Record’s circle of excellence. 

Sandy Angello has made her mark on the community which she serves not only as a reputable businesswoman but also as a leader for charitable giving all over the Delmarva Peninsula. In 2009 she launched the Pohanka Pays it Forward initiative which has proudly donated over 3 million dollars back to the Eastern Shore community. 

Congratulations to owner/operator Sandy Angello of Pohanka of Salisbury for her induction into the circle of excellence among top Maryland businesswomen! 

Pohanka Welcomed Sheriff Mike Lewis and County Council Candidate AJ Angello for a Business After-Hours Event

Pohanka of Salisbury hosted a meet and greet with Wicomico County Sheriff Mike Lewis and County Council Candidate AJ Angello on Wednesday, March 16th at the stunning Pohanka Toyota showroom. Over 100 members of the community came out to enjoy the evening with two of Salisbury’s most prominent political figures. Lewis has been serving his local community as Sheriff since 2006, following his 22 years as a dedicated state police Sergeant. Angello is a promising candidate for County Council to bridge the generational gap of District 5 and keep Wicomico County at the forefront of our ever-changing economic environment.

It was a great chance for Sheriff Lewis to showcase his new biography Constitutional. Uncanceled. His biography follows the 37-year career of one of the most prominent and constitutionally steadfast sheriffs in the nation. Sheriff Lewis has been a leader of important initiatives protecting conservatism and the American way of life. Fans eagerly lined up to speak with the Sheriff and have their copies of his book signed.

Guests we were also able to speak with County Council candidate AJ Angello and learn more about his platform. Angello is a local business owner here on the Delmarva Peninsula and hopes to bring a fresh perspective to the county council. He strongly supports protecting individual freedoms, including 1st and 2nd Amendment Rights. Angello also believes in advocating for the county’s first responders and agricultural workers. 

The evening was rounded out with a spectacular tasting menu provided by Executive Chef Jeremy Dashiell of Green Hill Country Club. The event was a great way for members of the Salisbury community to support their long-time Sheriff, meet a promising new candidate of the local government, and enjoy the generous hospitality of Pohanka of Salisbury. 

5 Steps to Prepare your Vehicle for Harsh Winter Weather

Driving in winter weather can be difficult and scary. Snow and sleet can make the roads slippery and even cause harm to your vehicle. Still, certain precautions can be taken to ensure your vehicle is as ready as possible to face harsh weather conditions. Here are five easy steps to prepare your vehicle for driving in winter weather.  

1. Check Your Tire Pressure

In order for your tires to perform their best make sure your tire pressure is within its recommended range. When it’s cold outside the air within your tires condenses often causing your tire pressure to fall. If your tire pressure falls too low it results in excessive wear, tread separation, and even a viscous blowout while on the road.

2. Check Your Battery

Cold weather also negatively affects the battery of your car, truck or SUV. The strength of your vehicle’s battery plummets in cold weather compromising its ability to start and run your vehicle efficiently. It is important to check the condition of your car battery before taking your vehicle out on the road when the outside temperature is freezing or below.

3. Invest in Winter Windshield Washer Fluid

Not all windshield washer fluid can help when traveling in icy conditions. In fact, some will even freeze while being applied to your windshield. For this reason, it is important to make sure you use proper winter weather windshield washer fluid when driving in snowy conditions. This will provide prime visibility and will not freeze to your windshield when traveling in freezing temperatures.

4. Have the Proper Tools Readily Available

It may sound simple but make sure you have the necessary tools available to help your vehicle and passengers get through winter conditions. This can include an ice scraper to help defrost your windshield and windows, tire chains for hard to navigation conditions, a first aid kit for emergencies, and more. Make sure you know exactly where these items are and how to get to them in need of an emergency.

5. Check for Wildlife

After a storm, be sure to check under your vehicle before starting it. Many times stray wildlife hides under automobiles in order to keep warm or shelter themselves from the storm. Starting your vehicle too quickly can harm them and even cause damage to your car.

Concerned about preparing your vehicle for harsh weather? Come by one of our service departments for a complete vehicle inspection and have our expert technicians make the necessary adjustments for your vehicle to perform its absolute best with the changing conditions.