One man's outlook on living in the little town too big for one state.
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
DNREC Press release
shotgun deer hunting season to open Nov. 15 with successful harvest
projected for Delaware hunters
DOVER (Nov. 13, 2013)
– The DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife reminds hunters that shotgun deer
season dates run from Friday, Nov. 15 to Saturday, Nov. 23, and resume from
Saturday, Jan. 18 to Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014. Muzzleloaders also may be used
during these dates, and may be equipped with scopes.
all Delaware’s deer seasons, the shotgun dates draw by far the most interest
from hunters. “It’s remarkable that during Delaware’s five-month deer season,
nearly 50 percent of the overall annual deer harvest will occur during these
eight days in mid-November,” said Deer and Furbearer Biologist Joe Rogerson.
“This year we anticipate Delaware hunters will harvest more than 13,000 deer,
with nearly half of them taken during the November shotgun deer season.”
In order to hunt,
Delaware residents age 16 through 64 are required to purchase a Delaware hunting
license; a Delaware junior license is required for ages 13 through 15. Some
license requirements differ for non-resident hunters. Delaware hunting licenses
are sold online, at the licensing office in DNREC’s Richardson & Robbins
Building, 89 Kings Highway, Dover, and by license agents statewide. To find the
participating agent nearest you, or to purchase a license online, click
Licenses. For more
information on Delaware hunting licenses, call 302-739-9918.
Deer must be tagged
immediately after harvest, and tags must remain attached until the deer is
processed. Delaware hunting licenses come with two antlerless deer tags and two
doe tags. Additional antlerless deer tags may be purchased online or from
license agents for $10. Hunter’s Choice tags, which may be used on antlered or
antlerless deer, may be purchased for $10. Hunter’s Choice tags come with a
Quality Buck tag, which can only be used on an antlered deer with a minimum
outside spread of 15 inches. Hunters are permitted to harvest a maximum of two
antlered bucks for all seasons combined; all other deer taken must be
Hunters are reminded
that they must register their deer within 24 hours of harvest. However, if a
hunter plans to take their deer to a butcher or taxidermist, they must register
their deer before dropping the animal off, as the registration number will be
required before the deer can be accepted. Hunters who butcher their own deer
must also register the deer within 24 hours of harvest or before processing,
whichever comes first. Hunters may register deer by clicking on
Registration, or by calling
Hunters also are
reminded that during any firearm deer season, any person hunting any wildlife
except migratory game birds is required to wear no less than a total of 400
square inches of hunter orange material on their heads, chests and backs. Deer
hunters concealed inside ground-level blinds also must place 400 square inches
of hunter orange within 10 feet outside of the blind and at least 3 feet off the
hunters who harvest a deer and already have enough venison for themselves are
encouraged to donate their deer to the Delaware Sportsmen Against Hunger
Program. All donated deer will be processed free of charge to the hunter, and
the meat will be distributed to participating charitable groups.
DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife maintains eight walk-in coolers where
hunters may donate field-dressed, tagged deer at the following
Wildlife Area, Port Penn
Beach Wildlife Area, Smyrna
G. Wilder Wildlife Area, Viola
of Fish & Wildlife Mosquito Control Office, Milford
Wildlife Area, Frankford
Community Center, Millsboro
State Forest Headquarters, Georgetown
Pond State Park, Laurel
deer dropped off at a cooler must be field dressed and registered, with the
registration number written on the field tag attached to the animal. The number
on the field tag will allow the Division to verify that a deer has been
hunters may also take their deer to any of the Sportsmen Against Hunger
participating private butcher shops found throughout the state.
Butchering Cedar Hill Custom Deer Cutting
1300 Dexter Corner
Road 738 Paddock Road
Townsend, DE 19734
Smyrna, DE 19977
Shop D&J Custom Cutting
577 Morgans Choice
Road 89 Myers Drive
19934 Hartly, DE 19953
Cutting Dave’s Cut ‘Em Up
Road 6854 Delmar Road
19968 Delmar, DE 19940
Mark’s Meats &
For more information
on hunting in Delaware, hunters should consult the 2013-2014 Delaware Hunting
and Trapping Guide, along with state wildlife area maps if they plan to hunt on
wildlife areas. Copies of the guide are available at DNREC’s Dover licensing
desk, at license agents statewide, and online at 2013 Hunting
Guide; the maps are
available in hard copy at DNREC’s Dover licensing desk and online at
I stopped by the Delmar Maryland Town Hall to attend the Police Commission meeting. All members were present. Really nothing much to comment on as after about 10 minutes they went into executive session and I was kicked out. A couple items that were mentioned were;
Julia Smith is the new manager at Chestnut Manor and the Police Chief believes she will take a positive role in clearing up some problems there.
An officer was stuck with a hypodermic needle while investigating and he and the needle are being tested.
Cocaine is leading heroin in usage in Delmar
Since today is Veteran day let me point out that for every homeless vagrant you see that claims they are a veteran and that you owe them for being a veteran, there are thousands of veterans who lead everyday normal lives contributing to their family, schools, community and nation. The Delmar Police Commission is typical of this dedication of veterans. Out of the three on the Commission two served in the military; Mayor Michael Houlihan and Commissioner Michael Gibb, both continue to give community service. I did thank them for their service to our country.
One of the advantages of being retired and staying home is you get to meet new people. Last week I had a couple of Jehovah Witnesses stop by and talk with me. Mostly however the door-to-door salespeople are few and far between. I think the people who come knocking on the door mostly are magazines salespeople, frozen meat people, Girl Scout Cookies people, and kids hustling some overpriced school related fund raiser item. The end of the heyday of the Door-To-Door salesman seem to have occurred about the end of the 1960's. Prior to that period women usually stayed home and raised the kids and took care of the house so there was usually someone at home. Somewhere along the line the wife decided to work to bring in extra money that now is not extra because regardless of the money you bring in you live up to that standard and higher; or the wife got a divorce and had to work - the end result there was no one home and there was no need for a door-to-door salesperson.
Now back in the 1940's and 1950's you had a steady stream of Door-To-Door salespeople. They sold everything. They sold clothes and food out of the back of a panel truck. There were fish and produce salesmen going down the street. There were school teachers on summer break hustling World Book encyclopedias. Vacuum cleaners, brushes, pots and pans salesmen were always there. The guy who had the pony and a kids size cowboy outfit would come thru the neighborhood and sell photos of your kid dressed up as a cowboy on a pony. Life insurance salesmen were everywhere. Usually once a summer some guy in a truck from North Carolina would come thru the neighborhood selling furniture made from branches and twigs (I usually refer to that style as tramp art.) My father sold used cars briefly in the 1940s and he would talk about taking a car out from the dealership and go farm to farm trying to sell it instead of waiting for the customer to come to the dealership. Avon, Mary Kay, and spice/extract salespeople were out there knocking on the doors. There were people selling food freezers on an installment plan for a dollar down and they would throw in a hundred pounds of meat if you bought one. Anything and everything you could think of was sold door to door by someone.
I gave in to the media biz of getting a shingles Shot and a flu shot last week. The shingles shot wasn't bad, no side effects or sore arm. I was undecided about getting one but watching people with shingles made me decide it might be worthwhile to try it. The Flu shot however was another story. My arm is still sore and within a couple of hours of getting it I had a headache, sore throat and runny nose, so yes if you get a flu shot you will come down with the symptoms of a cold for about 24 hours. In the past I have not gotten a flu shot because you never know what type of influenza viruses will appear that winter. I understand this one I received guards against influenza A ( H1N1), influenza A (H3N2) and an influenza B. Plus I have aways held off getting the shot because I felt that this is part of a government plot to insert a microchip in to you at the time of the vaccination so they can track you.
I think everyone has an opinion on Obamacare but frankly I care less about Obamacare and more about the news media biz that is being generated toward it. It is my opinion that all this news media attention about the problems with the website and problems with Obamacare in general is a red herring to make people forget about the government shutdown that occurred because of our elected assholes that were suppose to lead were unable to lead or govern. As far as I am concerned why would you expect a computer program created by government contractors and overseen by government employees to work? Apparently they are better at listening in on our phone conversations, tracking us by satellite, and creating new undeclared wars than doing any kind of social welfare. Not much else the government has had their hand in works so why should it work now. The shutdown however had a limited number of people that created it and they are elected and they are the ones that are responsible for the cluster fuck generated by the government shutdown. Get rid of them people, nothing is going to work until you do.
In spite of a depressing couple of weeks one item of news appeared that I am pleased about and that is the Delmar High School sent a group of students to theEastern
Shore High School Mathematics Competition. There is hope. I understand North Caroline High School won the competition but just the ideal there were students at Delmar interested in math encourages me.
Well it is approaching that time of the year again. The wife has told me to start clearing out food in the freezer and the refrigerator to make way for Thanksgiving supplies that she will be buying shortly. Every where you look there is a festival, charity, or event with their hand held out for money. Did you know those who live off social security will receive a one and one half percent increase shortly because that is how much the government things the cost of living has gone up? Don't know what world they live in to arrive at that figure. It is also a time for end of the year organization and companies dinners and parties. I can remember the days when a company would give a Christmas party and besides the bonus, food and dance there would be unlimited booze - alas no more. Today I avoid the organization/volunteer party, if possible, for those of us with a hearing lost to go to a dinner or party where a dozen or so people are talking at once is total mayhem on our hearing. In my case I am deaf in one ear so all sound flow into that one remaining ear which means you decipher nothing. I started picking up a few batteries yesterday at the Dollar Tree (probably Chinese made) as you know in another month the seasonal shortage will hit and you won't be able to find a D, C, AA, or AAA battery around.
Another perfect date is approaching for the perfect wedding for the perfect bride and that is this coming Tuesday which in America is written as 11/12/13. They do love these sequential dates. The rest of the world that records the date as day-month-year (12/11/13) will make no sense of selecting this day.
Maryland, which gives itself the title of the Free State, has more taxes, laws and restrictions than any other state on Delmarva. Today is the last Sunday Maryland residents can get outside and spread lawn fertilizer on their lawn. Now if you have gone to a Delmar Maryland council meeting you know they spread fertilizer all year long but this is a case where the State of Maryland is going to "save the bay" and they passed a law prohibiting lawn fertilizer being applied after November 15th by the homeowner. You can hire a certified lawn care person to do it until December 1st. Of course there are penalties if they catch you spreading fertilizer after November 15th. Read more here; http://mda.maryland.gov/Pages/fertilizer.aspx
Wow first you can't make fertilizer bombs any more and now you can't even spread it on your lawn. I guess Bryan and Brittinghams will do a boom business selling the "good" stuff once Maryland suppliers go to the reduced nitrogen fertilizer.
I am sure the Maryland side of town will use this as justification to race out and hire another police officer.
Let me say over my 70 years I don't think I have ever had any good news arrive via a certified letter. Last week I received a certified letter and it was from the Sussex County Assessment office threatening me with being turned over to the County Constable office if I did not obtain a permit for the storage shed I am building. Now it happens back in July I made the trip to Georgetown to get a building permit for the shed. You may recall how inefficient I thought the office was at that time.
From the July post;
I went to Georgetown yesterday to get a permit to build a shed. I had already
gotten a permit from the town of Delmar but Sussex County also requires you to
to drive to Georgetown ands pay $10 to them for a permit. I am always
impressed with the employees that work for Sussex County. There was like 6 of
them and one worked the desk while two snacked on food and the other three were
in a conversation that didn't sound like it was work related.
This just adds to my feelings about the place. The certified letter cost them $6.11 to send. I paid $10.00 for the permit, if they send one more certified letter they are going to blow whatever "profit" they would have made from this transaction. I would think before sending the letter a computer check on my property would have been made and they would have found out about the permit being issued - but in dealing with Government people what do I know. I am sure even when they realize it is their mistake they will twist things around so it appears to be my mistake.
The Annapolis Patch has a blog connected with it called http://annapolis.patch.com/blogs/the-annapolis-dui-and-criminal-defense-blog
The Annapolis DUI and Criminal Defense Blog. A recent article talked about
getting your conviction expunged from court and police records in Maryland. In
general any court record or police record currently maintained which was in
existence before July 1 1975 may be expunged.
When I briefly worked at the Wicomico County Detention Center, as an
accountant, expunged records were hell on my record keeping, happily it didn't
happen that often. Matter of fact I had never heard of the word expunged before
going to work there (government job - maybe employed is a better word to use
than worked). It means erased, like it was never there. To give you an example
each month financial accounts are balanced and totals are produced and
reported, say six months pass and a State audit team arrives and they look thru
the detail of the totals reported and they don't add up. The reason is the
expunged records also remove any financial transactions that person may have
had. As an example one month you have ten inmates with a total of a thousand
dollars in their accounts. You report the one thousand dollars. The next month
an inmate records are expunged so the audit team looks at the one thousand
dollars reported and they only see nine inmates whose accounts total up to nine
hundred dollars so where did the extra one hundred dollars reported come from
and more important where did it go? Since no one in government communicates
with one another the accountant has to bust ass to find out what happens.
Happily for the accountant even tho the records are expunged there are enough
hard copy printouts archived and available with the expunged inmate name and
financial records to explain to the auditors what happened.
The Mayor and Council Meeting November 4th
2013 started at 7 PM and was over with by
8:05 PM ( see you could have attended the meeting and still made it home for
most of the prime time TV shows).Due to
illness in the family Vice-Mayor Pase was unable to make the meeting.My usual disclaimer is I am not a member of
council and what I write is my personal views and opinions.In no way should this be considered minutes
of the meeting.It is also just the
parts of the meeting I want to comment on.If you want a more accurate accounting then attend the meetings or buy a
newspaper, this is a blog.
The bathrooms at Gordy Park are closed and
winterized for the winter. The Mayor and Council agreed the new traffic
pattern at North 8th street is working well.
A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was reached
with the State, School district and both towns.It was agreed the state would put up the bulk (75%) of the grant and the
remaining three entities would split the cost at one third each.The amount the state supplies would decrease
each year for three years at which time any state support would go away and it
would be up to those three entities to decide what they were going to do
then.Sounds innocent enough doesn’t
it? Councilman Littleton, whom I
greatly admire because he doesn’t mind speaking his mind and isn’t afraid of
being labeled the “bad” guy, again spoke up and asked why was the town of
Delmar Delaware involved in this at all?This is a school issue and the town should not be paying anything for
it.He then explained his position.Long story short when the motion to accept
this grant was made the motion died because no one would second it.I don’t know how in the technically of
government if this means the Town of Delmar Delaware has refused the grant and
the state will be so notified or if this is now in limbo.As Councilman Littleton pointed out it is not
like the town does nothing as the daytime policeman is suppose to stop by the
school at random times and walk thru the school checking on the place.
A non-resident operating a business outside the
town of Delmar came before the Council to publicize his business and to try and
see if the council could encourage the Delmar High School to support his
business which they are not doing currently.
Lower Delmarva Genealogical Society is proud to present
Jim will speak on the War of 1812 and how it involved the
Delmarva Peninsula. Jim is President
of The Preservation Trust of Wicomico County, Past President and Curator of the
Lower Delmarva Genealogical Society, Past Vice-President of the Wicomico County
Historical Society and President of The Peninsula-Delaware Conference
This event is open to the
public and is free.
night at 7 PM November 20th at the Edward H. Nabb Research Center for Delmarva History
and Culture at Salisbury University - Wayne and Powell Street Unit #190
Kathleen Adam Pedersen Will Talk At The LDGS Meeting In October
IS FAMILY HISTORY MONTH
Lower Delmarva Genealogical Society is proud to present
Kathleen is a native of
Delmar, a Genealogist and Historian and she will tell the family history story
of the Hadder family of Maryland, North Carolina and Delaware. In addition she will
talk about the related families of Mills, Adams, Moore and Conoway.
night at 7 PM October 23rd at the Avenue building (10 North
Pennsylvania Ave.) in Delmar Delaware.
Note Previously it was announced we would have a civil war speaker Oct 23 but a medical emergency required her to cancel her talk.
Delmar School District to Host School Choice Info Night - Oct 28 7 PM
Picked up from WBOC
Delmar School District to Host School Choice Info Night
DELMAR, Del – The Delmar School District announced Monday that it will host a Delaware School Choice Information Night on Monday, Oct. 28 in the auditorium of Delmar Middle and High School.
Officials said the purpose of this meeting, which will begin at 7 p.m., is to update Delaware residents about the recently revised Delaware School choice Program regulations. School Choice is a program established by the state of Delaware to give parents a choice about requesting education opportunities for their child regardless of their place of residence in Delaware.
The Delaware House Bill 90 was passed in 2013, which updates the Delaware school choice program. It has not received substantive attention since 1998, officials said
The purpose of the bill is to make it easier for parents to navigate the choice process. Changes are made to standardize the application form and deadlines across traditional and charter schools.
All Delaware districts will be required to accept a standard form provided by the Department of Education, which will be available on the DOE website. The bill will eliminate discrimination of choice students by districts through the required information request process, limiting any supplemental criteria requests, and removing the provision that allows a district to deny students with special needs.
Districts will also be required to accept choice students until each school has reaches 85% of its capacity. The Delmar School District, along with the rest of the school districts and charter schools in Delaware, is required to hold a public information session about choice and enrollment opportunities.
The district is also required to report estimated capacity and projected enrollment information to the Department of Education by Nov. 30 with revisions accepted until Jan. 30.
A task force will be established per the bill's revisions to consider the current landscape of all school enrollment preferences. The task force will review all school districts along with magnet, vocational technical and charter schools to develop recommendations as necessary.
The Delmar Historical and Arts Society, a non-profit organization, will be selling a 2014 calendar that has vintage photographs of Delmar. The calendar will sell for $10 each and be available the first week of December. An excellent calendar for your own use or as a gift to that person who may have moved out of town.
In addition; we are selling two small advertising business card spaces on each month for $25 a space. If you are interested you can also specify which month you would like the advertising to appear.
The order forms are below and the form and check (Made out to DHAS) are to be mailed to: DHAS, Atten Chris Walter, 34662 St. George Road, Delmar, DE 19940.
I attended the October 2013 Delmar Police Commission Meeting at the Delmar Maryland Town Hall last night at 6 PM. Mayor Houlihan was the only missing member. Not that much was discussed in the general session as they went into executive session after a short time. Some things of note;
The Federal Government shutdown is holding up the COPS Hiring Program Award. Delmar was the only town awarded this grant in both Maryland and Delaware.
The Police received a thank you letter for their response to a domestic dispute.
The new police building is experiencing flooding.
The State is changing police radio frequencies which means most of the radios in the Delmar police department will have to be replaced. Those not replaced will be re-programmed to the new frequency. Makes you think this stuff happens just to force town to spend money.
The Police have received two new radios at $9,000 a piece by way of a grant.
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