Saturday, August 12, 2006


Israeli paratroopers advancing in Lebanon

Today's Photo of Delmar

A rabbit encountered by the caboose in Delmar.

Miller Hastings Reunion

Talking and meeting cousins

Food is most important at a family reunion

Act like they haven't ate in a week

My cousin contemplating an empty fork


Reunion speakers

Today the 23rd Miller-Hastings Family reunion occurred at St George Church. Unlike some other family events the"law" did not have to be called to this one. A good time was had by all.

Friday, August 11, 2006

Bloggers on vacation

Since summer has begun I am surprised at how many bloggers announce on their blog they "will not be posting for the next couple of weeks because I am vacation". Most bloggers, due to the personal natural of the information and opinions published, can be identified and thusly the location of their house can be found. It is like announcing to the world "my house is empty, come rob me in the next couple of weeks as I won't be there". These people probably make sure someone will pick up the newspaper and mail each day, leave a light on or put one on a timer, and ask the police to check their house, than they turn around and publish on the world wide web they will be away.

Thursday, August 10, 2006

243 North Americans migrate to Israel

Immigrants to Israel

You don't often think of the continuing migration of people to Israel. In the newspapers I read, there seem to be a monthly arrival of people from North America arriving in Israel. This article in Israel National News
talks about the group that arrived on Thursday.

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Life in the Bomb Shelters of Israel

Entrance to a bomb shelter

The Israel National News had an article on Tiberias, a tourist town, on the Sea of Galilee. It has been under rocket attacks since July and the tourist trade is closed down. Few people visit and those who are there hang close to the vicinity of bomb shelters.

Speaking of bomb shelters I was in the Delmar Library today, looking thru the old "BiState News" papers they have there. A 1962 article I came across was describing how you could install glass blocks in your fall out shelter to allow in light. For those of you who are older, you have to think back to when we had nuclear bomb attacks practices in school. There were two variations in one you were expected to sit under your school desk and in the second you marched to the hallway and sit against a wall. I doubt either would have done much good.

Poco died

My mother's chihuahua, Poco, died yesterday. He seem to like her a lot but hated everyone else, which is about normal for a Chihuahua. Old age and overweight seem to have been the main cause.

Monday, August 07, 2006

Delmar Elevated Water Storage Tank

The 1913 Water Plant Building as it stands today.

While doing research at the Nabb Research Center in Salisbury I came across a small report done on the old 1913 Elevated Water Storage tank in Delmar. The report is titled "Historic Structure Report Elevated Water Storage Tank in Delmar, Delaware" by Edward Heite of Heite Consulting. The old water standpipe that stood next to the water plant building was a bit of an eyesore and we decided to tear it down. Altho it was not nearly as bad as the downtown section of Delmar. The State of Delaware (Delaware State Historic Preservation Office) decided it was a potentially significant historic structure and before we could tear it down we had to pay for a report on the structure. The report at the Nabb Center was the outcome of the paid study. I assume somewhere the town has a copy. It is an interesting report that has a little information about the water system in Delmar when it was installed and a lot of filler information. The top part of the Storage tank we retained and it was to be stored at the waste water treatment plant, until some future date when it might be incorporated into a town museum.

The current building left standing is a nice looking building with a good color scheme. I think it is currently used as offices for the public works department.

Sunday, August 06, 2006

Lebanon Israeli fighting

And it continues

The LeCates Property in the Summer

These photos are of the John LeCates property on the corner of State and Pennsylvania. I did a previous post on this property with accompanying photo back on January 20th. I can't decide if it looks better in the summer with the vegetation growing or in the winter, naked. Either way several hundred people drive by it each day and this is the image they have of Delmar. Mayor Outten at the last town meeting commented he felt it had been that way for 30 years. Pigeon come and go freely in the building. You can see the photo of the vines growing inside the building pressed against the glass. The condition of the doors are shown in one photo. Now the question is why hasn't the town (Mayor and Council) done something about it?

At the last Joint Council Meeting, Councilperson Mary Lee Pase made the comment that citizens were cutting their grass and brushing the trimmings into the street. She requested the town put in the next quarterly newsletter it was against a town ordinance to do so. How can she bring up grass trimmings being in the street and not mention that pile of shit with vines and trees growing all over it on the corner of State and Pennsylvania. Has the Council gone blind or is there favoritism at work in Delmar?