Tuesday, September 16, 2014


Tuesday Comments Sept 16

No election in Delmar Delaware, even President Obama shed a tear

True -  the only people who filed for the office of Mayor and two councilmen were the present  incumbents--- Mike Houlihan, Mary Lee Pase and Greg Smith.  All are good people but it would help to have some new ideals from new people.

It is indeed a shame the apathy of holding public office continues in our town.
Well on to other things, the Lower Delmarva Genealogical Society has as it's September speaker Joesph diCarlo see the blub below;
Digital Photo Restoration and Preservation
The Lower Delmarva Genealogical Society is proud to present
Joseph DiCarlo
Mr. DiCarlo will speak on “Digital Photo Restoration and Preservation.”  Mr. DiCarlo of DiCarlo Digital Copy Center and Graphic studio has handled more photo image capturing and digital preservation and restoration projects than anywhere else in the region.
Digitally preserving & restoring historical and family photography is of great importance to the next generation. Many families have already lost troves of photographic material to fires, floods and poor storage. Some photos are salvageable but physical preservation is very costly. Digital preservation is typically a more cost effective way to capture, restore, reproduce & share photographs. We will discuss everything from image scanning to digitally fixing and restoring images to reproduction and digital dissemination.
This event is open to the public and is free.
Wednesday night at 7 PM September 24th at the Edward H. Nabb Research Center for Delmarva History and Culture at Salisbury University - Wayne and Powell Street Unit #190
I recently finished reading "The Madonnas of Leningrad" by Debra Dean.  An interesting book.  Combined the battle for Leningrad in 1941 with a survivor of it who now has alzheimer. 
and of course this upcoming wekend is Delmar Heritage days

I am involved in a general cleanup of my backyard.  I had a couple trees cut by Keith D'Armi of D'Armi Tree Service ( 410-546-1342)

and a lot of roots removed by Jeff Workman of Jeffrey's Loader Service ( 302-853-5869)

very reasonable and I recommend both of them.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014


Time For You To Take Responsibility

It is time people for you to share the load of civic responsibility and file for an elected office.  There will be an election for a Mayor and two council members on the Delmar Delaware side of town. Don't wait for someone else to do your part in the town - file for one of those positions.  You will have to file by September 12th. Yes This Friday!  You can only file for one office at a time. About the only requirement for filing is you have to be 18 years of age and a resident of the town for one year preceding the election

Tuesday, September 09, 2014


Vote Today In The Primary

Today in Delaware is your chance to vote in the primary election.  It is overcast with a light rain off and on.  It is the kind of day, even in Delaware, that the incumbent prays for as people will not come out to vote in bad weather.  So that vote against the incumbent will never happen. 

Monday, September 08, 2014


Delaware Primary Tomorrow - Vote Early - Vote Often

One of the people missing today that was in bygone elections long ago (not so long ago)  is the half pint man.  Each party would have a guy pass out half pints of liquor for voting the way the party wanted you to.  Now days all you get is an "I Voted" badge/sticker and it is made in China.  America is going to hell.

Sunday, September 07, 2014


Delmar Maryland Mayor and Commissoners Meet Monday Night

Friday, September 05, 2014


Community Yard Sale

Monday, September 01, 2014


Monday Comments - Labor Day

The Delmar Delaware Mayor and Council meeting is tomorrow night at 7 PM.




After a number of weeks of inactivity I see Chris Mills is working on a plywood wall for the back wall.  I don’t know if this is to be an interior wall and another outside wall will go up.  As you can see this wall sits in beyond the original brick wall.

Fools are on the road driving this labor day weekend.  Beware.
Election time is going full blast and my mailbox is being filled with candidate flyers.  You can tell those with full war chests as their campaign signs are larger than everyone else. 

Our own local Carl Anderton is out campaigning. See his website here http://www.carlandertonjr.com/

Sept 9 th is the primary.  Not that far away.  I had written briefly about the Sussex County candidate Councilman forum at the Laurel Library.  The Laurel Star has the questions and answers asked and given in last week’s newspaper.  What is missing is the body, tone of voice, train of thought and response time of the candidates which was a deciding factor for me.
Speaking of Sussex County I received the tax bill and it is amazing.  My taxes were a couple hundred dollars.  My mother’s house in Wicomico County was about $1,500.  Of course in Wicomico County you have hogs to feed.  

Should you not remember; this October there will be an election for a Mayor and two council members on the Delmar Delaware side of town. Should you be interested in filing for one of those positions (and you should be) you will have to file by September 12th. You can only file for one office at a time. About the only requirement for filing is you have to be 18 years of age and a resident of the town for one year preceding the election.

Say what you will about the above but I know once the wife leaves the house you are going to try it.  I think the bun warmer is a nice touch.

I received this comment in regards to the Delmar post office from a reader;
....I want to thank our local post office. I was tracking a package that was shown to be delivered in Mardela Springs Post office. I thought little of it and thought I would see it tomorrow. However.... a gentleman in his own vehicle delivered today. I was so surprised I didn't even think to ask his name or how. I did reconigize him from post office. What a great service!

So a big thumbs up to the Delmar Post Office.

School has started which means waiting on school buses and trying not to hit school kids who seem to lack common sense. 
I was driving thru Woodcreek development a week or so back and noticed how bad the houses look with all the mildew on the north side of the homes. 

I recently took my mother to a Doctor’s appointment and on leaving the exam room we commented on how twisted and how many turns the hallway took.  It turns out it is part of security - as in the case of an “active shooter.”  The old way there would be one long straight hallway that a shooter could kill anyone standing in it.  Now, there is only a 20 foot straight hallway before it turns.  This of course dates back to trench warfare in the civil war and WW1 in which the armies found if their trenches were straight and one end was over run by the opposing army that army  could shoot everyone in the trench.  They turned to making the trenches zigzag so only a limited area of a trench was exposed.
Speaking of active shooters what is the deal with this teacher Dorchester County escorted off the school grounds and put on administrative leave?  He had worked in Delmar school before and very little is being said about that. I understand the Delmar police are investigating him, big waste of time for them.   My impression is their problem was a couple books he has written under a pen name which Dorchester County calls an alias and the books are about school shootings.  So now everyone that writes about school shooting are denied access to their job and school grounds?  Going to be some out of work TV and newspapers reporters if that happens as that seems to be the main subject they report.

From WW1 but just as applicable today

Humanitarian bombing does this not sound like government doublespeak?  What is humanitarian about dropping bombs, but we again at that point that logic is pushed aside and the American people accept it.  Pretty much what the German people did under Hitler. 

The Lower Delmarva Genological Society are having some good speakers for their fall session.  They meet at the Nabb research center at 7PM and the meetings are open to the public and of course free.
On Sept 24, Joey Di Carlo of di Carlo Digital Copying will talk about restoring old photographs and documents.

On October 22nd Delmar’s own Elaine Patterson will speak on how to publish your family tree. 
On Nov 19th Tony Russo will speak on his new book “Eastern Shore Beer; a heady History of chesapeake brewing”  It includes the Third Wave in Delmar.   

And if you enjoy Labor day as a holiday you can thank the Labor Unions for creating it. You notice in Obama's proclamation there is no mention of them altho he does almost say it.

On Labor Day, we honor the legacy of our working women and men who have played a defining role in the American story and all those who carry forward our Nation's proud tradition of hard work, responsibility, and sacrifice. From assembly lines to classrooms, across highways and steel mills, American workers strengthen the foundation of our country and demonstrate that our economy grows best from the middle out.
For generations, working Americans have fought to build a better life for their families and a better future for their country. United in the cause of dignity and justice in the workplace, they organized for the workplace protections that have helped build the largest and most prosperous economy in the world, including the 40-hour workweek, overtime pay, and safe working conditions. Each hard-won victory, from laws establishing collective bargaining to those guaranteeing a minimum wage, has helped raise standards of living for people across our Nation and provided them with opportunities to climb the ladder of success.
In the same spirit of strength and resilience, Americans today have battled back from a financial crisis, a weakening economic foundation, and the worst recession of our lifetimes. We have brought manufacturing jobs back to America, invested in skills and education, and begun to lay the groundwork for stronger, more durable economic growth.
But we still have more work left to do to reverse the forces that have conspired against working Americans for decades. As we seek to strengthen our economy and our middle class, we must secure a better bargain for all -- one where everyone who works hard in America has a chance to get ahead. I am committed to boosting economic mobility by empowering our workers and making sure an honest day's work is rewarded with an honest day's pay. My Administration is fighting for a fair minimum wage for every employee because nobody who works full-time should ever have to raise a family in poverty. We must also eliminate pay discrimination so women receive equal pay for equal work, combat unfair labor practices, and continue to defend the collective bargaining rights our parents and grandparents fought so hard for.
As we celebrate Labor Day, we reflect on the efforts of those who came before us to increase opportunity, expand the middle class, and build security for our families, and we rededicate ourselves to moving forward with this work in our time. We stand united behind our great American workforce as we lay the path for economic growth and prosperity.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim September 1, 2014, as Labor Day. I call upon all public officials and people of the United States to observe this day with appropriate programs, ceremonies, and activities that honor the contributions and resilience of working Americans.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-ninth day of August, in the year of our Lord two thousand fourteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-ninth.



Tuesday, August 26, 2014


Delmar Library Fundraiser

Thursday, August 21, 2014


Some Thursday Comments

The Delmar Delaware and Delmar, Maryland Planning and Zoning Commission will meet tonight at 7 Pm
Help Bring Tigger Home

        Last night I went to the Laurel Library where the League of Women Voters had a Candidate Forum for the four people running for the 5th District of the Sussex county council.  Those people are; Vance Phillips, Bob Wheatley, Rob Arlett, and Brad Connor.  There was a turnout of 60 or more people.  I even saw a couple of Delmar people there mainly Dr. Ring and Kathy Porter.  I found it to be an interesting two hours.  Thank you Laurel Library and the League of Women Voters.

  I would give more details of the meeting but if you were interested you would have been there.  After listening to them, I can say that there are only two actual candidates and they are Vance Phillips and Bob Wheatley.  One is a republican and the other is a democrat.  Hopefully neither are big on their parties as I view the actions of both the Republicans and the Democrats to be a disgrace to the United States.    The Primary election will be Tuesday Sept 9th.

Should you not remember; this October there will be an election for a Mayor and two council members on the Delmar Delaware side of town. Should you be interested in filing for one of those positions (and you should be) you will have to file by September 12th. You can only file for one office at a time. About the only requirement for filing is you have to be 18 years of age and a resident of the town for one year preceding the election.

The Delmar Historical and Arts Society is continuing their project to take a photo of all the houses in Delmar.  Taking the photo is but a quarter of the work involved in the project, the other part is to come up with a labeling process so we can Id the houses and develop a history on each one.  I was surprised that less than half the houses in Delmar have house numbers on them.  I am sure the emergency workers and volunteers find that as no surprise to them but it was to me.   Also judging from the "For Sale" signs half of Delmar is up for sale.  If anything would actually sell than most of Delmar would be available for sale.  Other than the noise I am not sure why that is.

I had competition on taking photos of houses yesterday as the Google maps vehicle was in town.

Who ever drives the vehicle is a fast moving driver.  The above photo is not good but there is a 6 foot tripod thing on top of the car that I guess takes the photo. 

and speaking of houses, this one at 403 North second St Delmar DE. is being advertised by the town for demolition. Demolition is one of the reasons we are trying to take photos so we will have an image of what was there before it is gone.

Again last week I attended another Funeral, this time it was Larry Esham, a school classmate of mine.  He was buried up at the Veteran cemetery north of Hurlock MD.

Larry went in the Army after High school and I went in the Air Force as it happens we both ended up on Okinawa in 1964/65, so we were able to get together some.  He was at Machinato army Camp before going to Nam.  Machinato was a phsy warfare camp and it was also the storage depot for all kinds of chemicals from agent Orange on up.  A bit of trivial; agent orange got it name from the orange stripe on the 55 gallon barrel that it was stored in.  There were other chemical defoliants that had different color stripes on their storage barrels and they were called agent pink, agent Green, agent purple etc.  Sort of like the names given to the characters in the movie "Reservoir Dogs."

Last week there was a film crew staying at the Holiday Inn Express in Delmar.  They were here to shoot some interviews with a family over in Frankford Delaware for the PBS series "Our American Family".  The series is about average American families in the 1900 to 1950 time frame so it is genealogy orientated.  One of the researchers, Michael Nolan,  had emailed me with a question about the area.  Because I put history items on my blog I get the occasional email with questions.  Anyway I had the chance to interview him for the Lower Delmarva Genealogical Society fall Newsletter, so the interviewer got interviewed.

I am currently reading "Gumbo Limbo" by Tom Corcoran, a mystery book that takes place in Key West.  As is frequently the case with fiction about Key West there is so much travelog material in it that it doesn't make for a good book, but he did have this interesting take on post office mass shootings.  As you recall back a number of years ago  mass killing by postal workers were more popular than todays school shootings.  So it goes like this;
"Political Correctness Police. It's like this.  Three people, two guys and me, we take the post office job app test.  Each of us gets a ninety-five.  We all have equal chances of being hired.  But John Smith was in the military.  He gets an extra five points.  He gets hired before me.  Bill Jones is a Vietnam combat veteran with a Purple Heart.  He gets ten bonus points, and he gets my job.  Do that enough times, Alex, the post offices across the country are staffed by people trained in hand-to-hand combat, small arms, semiautomatic, and automatic weapons.  They got a problem, they solve it the way the government trained them, thirty years ago. "
and by the way Gumbo Limbo is a small tree that grows in Florida.

Monday, August 11, 2014


Monday Comments

The Delmar Maryland Commissioners will meet tonight, below is their agenda;
Should you be in Southern California this week they are expecting a major Grunion Run due to the Super moon we have been having.  http://www.dfg.ca.gov/marine/grunionschedule.asp

The supermoon has also produced super arrests in Ocean City Friday and Saturday night.

Another fire damaged a house on East State Street on the Maryland side of town.  Estimated $95,000 worth of damage and it was one of the newer homes built in that area within the last fifteen years.

Delmar Heritage Day Celebration will be on September 20th.

The Town is installing utility Lines on Grove street in the area of Delmar Manor.  Work will be continue to Grove street until after school starts.

The people who lived in Mrs. Ellis house had the moving truck there this past week.  The house is up for sale.

This morning there was a little touch up work going on downtown;

and #5302 was sitting on tracks waiting to go someplace

Once again the United States can not stay out of Iraq.  This is the third time they are sending troops back in.  Even to me it is obvious no one knows what they are doing and how can you say you won the war the last two times when you are going back a third time.

I turned 71 this month and the most obvious things that have changed is I notice I tell people to go pound sand up their ass a little quicker then before and I notice the shadow people are getting closer.  You know those dim shadows you see out of the corner of eye and when you turn your head to look at them better  they are gone.  I guess when I get a good look at them it will be too late. Anyway 71 might be a prime number but it is not a prime age.

The amount of stealing that goes on from non-profits etc seem to be back on the rise.  Angela Taylor down in Accomack county was indicted on five counts of embezzlement for the girl scouts, cub scouts and boy scouts.  Brenda Malone was indicted for embezzlement of $70,000 from Lower Shore Enterprise. 

It was in the news that the Princess Anne Library was being used as a place prostitutes work from.  I thought all the traffic was just people enjoying books. 

The Delmar Historical and Arts Society has a project we call "Snapshot in Time" in which we are photographing all the houses and businesses in Delmar DE/MD.  We hope to determine the age of the house and whatever history we can find out about it.  So if you see a fat old man in the middle of the street taking a photo of your house relax he means you no harm.

The Grocery store out at Sandy Fork, East of Laurel,  has been removed.  I rode by it today and just dump trucks are there.  As you can see in the below photo. It was a handy way to tell people where the Sandy Fork area was.  When my children were young and we were leaving Trap Pond we would always stop off there for ice cream.

Our annual Miller-Hastings Family reunion came off very well at St. Georges church this past Saturday.  I think it was the 30th one.

Monday, August 04, 2014


Delmar Delaware Mayor and Council Meeting Tonight

Thursday, July 31, 2014


Some End Of July Comments

Well the Delaware State Fair is over with and as expected during the State Fair week we got rain.  It seems to be a tradition that when the fair rolls around the area will get rain.  No one was expecting however a tornado at Cherry Stone Campgrounds on the Eastern Shore of Virginia that would kill two people and injury a number of others. 

Last night my wife and I went to Chincoteague for the Volunteer Fireman Carnival and those great oyster sandwiches.  Once again they were great.
no doubt thanks to this guy who was frying away.


   The wait in line was a few minutes but well worth it. 

 These sea gulls thought it was worth the wait.  I think now days it is politically incorrect to call them sea gulls - only gulls. 


and of course the mandatory photograph of ponies.

While driving back on RT13 between Pocomoke and Westover we were remarking about how dark RT13 is now on the section of highway.  Back in the 1960s it had several businesses that kept their lights on most of the night.  The English diner in Westover stayed open all night.  We also talked about the colored bar that use to be in the south bound lane about 4 or so miles north of Pocomoke.  It was a big two story house that I assume had the bar in the bottom and the top was living quarters, neither one of us could remember it's name, but they kept their lights on all night.  Something else to wake me up at 3 AM - wondering what the name of the place was.  We also had the chance to listen to 540AM Pocomoke radio station and their great selection of 1950's music.  The station fades away about Salisbury and it is rare to receive it in Delmar.  

Last week I renewed my driver's license.  I had to carry over all those identification papers they require now.  This seems to be easier for men as with woman they have to also bring wedding and divorce papers showing name changes.  For some of these women now days those papers must fill up a grocery bag. 

While there we went over to the new Redner grocery store in Georgetown.  It is located along side the Walmart and is a new store.  With a new store you get new grocery carts.  I have been to the one in Dover so I new what to expect but I was still pleased to see so many more brands than what Walmart and Food Lion carry.  Several new brands of scrapple in their scrapple section.  I guess since they are mainly a Pennsylvania grocery store chain there is a lot of that Pennsylvania Scrapple which is mostly meal instead of "meat".

I was out at the Holiday Inn Express in Delmar this week and saw that they were making a little money off USSSA.
One of the teams was practicing outside on the front lawn
Stained Glass Bridal and Tuxedo has moved from Bi-State Blvd to the old Movie theater at 10 N. Pennsylvania Avenue.  I think it is a good match for the downtown businesses.

The Sport's Nut Bar was doing a retouching this week, still keeping with the South Beach Miami colors.
and the electric company was in town changing out some light poles.
and over at Ponds Edge Apartments they have added an additional sign on their stop sign

and locomotive # 8338 was sitting downtown this week.

and still in the town limits but on the east side of town is this development up for sale

172 home sites.  This development was back in the days when Delmar had about 1,500 new homes proposed and they were going to move Delmar Delaware from the 23rd largest town in Delaware up to the 10 largest.  Oh well for the time being it is  pipe dream.

"oh my we are not the 10th largest?"

Like a number of families this summer that will attend reunions, we will be attending the Miller-Hasting family reunion out at St. George's church Hall on August 9th (Saturday) at 12 PM.   For some years now the reunion have talked about making a family cookbook and have gotten nowhere with it.  I recently was looking at  - "The Woolford Family Cookbook" with the Woolford family being out of Taylors Island, Maryland.  It follows the classic format of about 300 recipes scattered over about 125 pages.   This one has a wide range of recipes.  They have managed to include most of the homey recipes that make me cringe like "Recipe for Happiness" 2 heaping cups Payience, 1 heartful love, 2 handful Generosity, dash of laughter, and 1 headful of Understanding.  There are about 12 of those.  They seem to have missed the old faithful recipe for Elephant stew and the recipe for a Scripture cake.  One I hadn't seen before was for a Simon and Garfunkle Chicken recipe in which the last ingredients are parsley, sage rosemary and thyme.  I guess you have to be of a certain age to "get" it. They seem to have everyone, regardless of age, put in a recipe as there is; HOT DOGS - 4 hot dogs, Catsup - Put hot dogs on paper plate.  put holes in hot dogs.  Microwave for 2 minutes.  Cut in small pieces on plate.  Put catsup on it - Gary West, D. J. West .  Now I am not making fun of their cookbook as I think it follows the classic format of all family cookbooks.  I bought it because some one had highlighted certain recipes and written in how good they were - the classic yardsale sucker sales pitch for books.

To the West of us on Columbia Road the Rider farm has their one dollar watermelons agin this year.
and the corn is up and money is about to start coming in.  On humid days the smell of corn is everywhere.

and the watermelon buses and the migratory field crews are everywhere
as a wrap up here is a S. N. Culver Men's Shop Clothing store ad from 1960;

and at that time no doubt everything was manufactured in the United States.

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