Friday, January 06, 2006
FREE LUNCHES FOR WICOMICO COUNTY EMPLOYEES
DELMAR TOWN WEBSITE
Trip to Delaware Public Archives
I have been on a five year break from my family tree research. In the last five years remarkable free access to the internet genealogy data has been made available. I have never been able to justify paying the $300 a year membership to access the genealogy internet websites. I discovered the Delaware Public archives has free access to a genealogy website and the Wicomico County Free Library allows you to enter their website than pass through to another genealogy website. Now I can do some research from home. All the hours I spent trying to read microfilm records of census data and going blind doing it can now be done in a few minutes.
Wednesday, January 04, 2006
West Virginia Miners
Tuesday, January 03, 2006
Today is Trash Day in Delmar, Delaware. Not a day of talking trash - well maybe a little - but trash pickup day. Being a natural born scavenger, trash day and my morning walks are a great combination. The truth is the trash days following Christmas and New Years are poor pickings. The trash is mostly gift boxes, packaging, old wreaths, etc. It does however give you an insight into what the people of Delmar did between the last trash day and today. The trash today was mostly Christmas packaging material with a large amount of home improvement trash (drywall joint compound buckets, molding, scraps of boards, etc) and the usual Pizza boxes, empty beer cans and liqueor bottles (Delmar is not a wine sipping town - it is a straight blue collar town).
Until last July the Town Trash was picked up by the Town employees. The Town has now contracted with a private contractor - BFI- to pick up the trash. It is a vast improvement over the town picking up trash. Let's face it, as a resident you haul the trashcans to the sidewalk on trash day and by evening time you expect for it to be gone. When the Town picked up the trash about half the time they would reject it for one reason or another. If you had three trashcans and one had a trash bag protruding over the top of the trashcan the Town would leave all three trashcans with a note saying it did not meet their trash collection regulations. BFI just picks up the trash and it is gone. The other difference between municipal employees trash pickup and a private contractor trash pickup is the number of people involved. The Town had six town employees riding the trash truck. One was just the driver and the other five hung on the sides of the trash truck. BFI has two people, one drives until the next group of trash cans than jumps out and helps the other one load trash. So with six town employees freed up from trash collection for over six months why does the Town still look like a dump?
Monday, January 02, 2006
First Illegitimate Baby of the Year
For a few years I worked at the local jail. I continually would receive phone calls from mothers asking how they could improve their son's living conditions in jail. I was sorely tempted to tell them to leave their son alone and let him assume responsibility for his actions and perhaps he would finally become a man as opposed to a constant whinner who called his mother to get him out of trouble. I am not talking about the person with one arrest, but people who at age 21 had been in jail five times already.
My oldest daughter is returning to the University of Delaware today. With luck she will graduate this spring. Her mother and I will have paid over $50,000 for her 4 years of education. We have had to make numerous sacrifices for her to be there. A friend of my daughter was pregnant at 16. The state and federal government paid for her college education because she was a single mother. She finally dropped out of college when she was pregnant the second time. No doubt the government will continue to provide for her and her child so her, nor the fathers of her children, will have to accept any responsibility for their actions.