Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Delmar Library Fundraiser
Thursday, August 21, 2014
Some Thursday Comments
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.
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.
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
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.
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
Last night my wife and I went to Chincoteague for the Volunteer Fireman Carnival and those great oyster sandwiches. Once again they were great.
The wait in line was a few minutes but well worth it.
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.
and the electric company was in town changing out some light poles.
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.
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.
Saturday, July 26, 2014
A Reflection of Our Times
Delmar Real Estate
Described as 2300 sq ft, 4 bedroom 1.5 baths built 1920. The house is actually on two lots as I recall. Also it is a corner lot in a fairly quiet neighborhood, with the exception of trains, fire alarms and the racetrack. At $167,900 it seems a bit pricy for just having 1 and half baths in it, but it does look nice inside judging from the photos at the website given.
Thursday, July 24, 2014
Real Estate In Delmar
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
PRESS RELEASE DELMAR POLICE DEPARTMENT
Planning and Zoning Commission Meeting Thursday Evening
BBQ For Carl Anderton Jr
Sunday, July 13, 2014
Sunday Comments July 13, 2014
I have been told the bricks on the La Cabana (the old memories) were originally the bricks in the Delmar Railroad station.
Hills is sawt o’ hazy
Meddahs level ez a flo’
Callin’ to de lazy
Sky all white wif streaks o’ blue
Sunshine softly gleamin’,
D’aint no wuk hit’s right to do
Nothin’s right but dreamin’.
Dreamin’ by a rivah side
Feelin’ good an’ satisfied
Ez you lay a-list’nin’
To the little naked boys
Hollerin’ fu’ to spress deir joys
Jes’ lak youngsters ought to.
Whole flocks o’ camp-meetin’ crows
Peckahwood erpon de tree
Tappin’ lak a hammah;
Jaybird chattin’ wif a bee
Tryin’ to teach him grammah.
Hollyhocks is all in bloom,
Smellin’ fu’ to please you.
Go ‘way, folks an let me ‘lone,
Times is getting’ dearah—
Summah’s settin’ on de th’one,
An I’m a-layin’ neah huh!
By Paul Laurence Dunbar