Friday, November 17, 2006

Sara Bynum-King - Cover Girl

Photo stolen from Maryland African American Pride Magazine web site

The winter edition of the Delmar Town Newsletter is out. In the news letter it mentioned Sara Bynum-King was on the cover of "Maryland African American Pride Magazine". It is not a magazine I am familar with but the link is here MAAPM
I found the on line article by going to the top and click recent articles and than go to the bottom and clicking on "Past News article Sept-Oct 2006". Sara was recognized as the first Black Town Manager of Delmar. Congratulations Sara on not only being an exceptional town manager but now on being a cover girl!!

Delmar Bakery

The Delmar Bakery at 500 North BiState

The Delmar Bakery was built in 1939 and opened for business in December 1939. The building cost $50,000 to build. It took the place of the old bakery building at North Second and Grove street where the bakery had been operating for over 25 years. The new building had a storage room capable of holding 12 carloads of flour, an office, a makeup room, a boiler room, a loading platform and an apartment on the second floor. It could bake 1,800 loafs of bread an hour. The bakery was acquired by G. D. Rugeriis of Philadelphia from Carroll Elliott of Delmar. The bakery later was acquired by the William Freihofer Baking company. It ceased operations I believe in the 1960's.

Today it is the home of Skywatch Electronics and AutoWorld. It is owned by John Theofiles of Seaford. John was honored as "Business Person of the Year" in Laurel recently. The building is one of the better kept up buildings in Delmar.

Newspapers, Priests and the FBI

I receive two daily papers, one is "The Daily Times" out of Salisbury, Maryland and the other is "The News Journal" out of Wilmington Delaware. Both are Gannett papers. By far, the "News Journal" is the better of the two papers. Today is a typical example of the reporting of both papers. In the "Daily Times", back on page B4, is a short article that said the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington has released the names of 20 priests accused of sexual abuse. The "News Journal" however had this information on the front page with photographs of the priests and a detail followup on them on pages A12 and A13. Now it can be said that the "News Journal" would give this more attention because it is out of Wilmington. In looking at the assignments the accused priests served at, out of the 20 listed, 9 had served at Saint Francis de Sales in Salisbury Maryland. Certainly this information would have been of interest to Salisbury area residents but the "Daily Times" elected not to print that information.

Taken from the "News Journal" those priests that served at Saint Francis de Sales and the year they served are;
Francis P. Cornely - 1949
William E. Irwin - 1976
John A. Lind - 1960
Leonard J. Mackiewicz - 1970
Walter D. Power - 1952
Francis G. Deluca - 1958
Edward F. Dudzinski - 1983
Joseph A. McGovern - 1978
Charles W. Wiggins - 1987

Another article that caught my eye was about four Boston men who were wrongly convicted and sentenced to life in jail. It turns out the FBI was protecting two mob informants and let those four men go to jail even thro they knew they were innocent. Two died in jail and the other two have served jail time since 1968. It is always disgusting when the people you paid to represent and protect you, screw you over. I am sure if any of the FBI men are still alive nothing will be done to them (like send them to jail) as even when wrong the Federal Government will do nothing against their own people. People that do such things should be given life in jail.

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Autumn Leaves

I rode by Short's Funeral Home last evening and saw Amy running her lawn mower over the leaves in her backyard. This morning there are so many leaves in her back yard you can't tell she made any attempt at all on them. I went out this morning and tried to rake up some of my leaves and finally gave up as the wind whipped those I had raked up right back into my yard. The streets Including Delmar Manor has quite a few leaves in them and I guess since the town elected not to buy a street sweeper they will sit there until they decompose. I notice Holly Oak Mobile Home Park is going for the natural look as they have leaves about three to six inches deep in the "old" section.

Some time ago the State of Delaware decided we could not burn leaves in Delaware (Foolish). They would however accept leaves at the landfill so we had a way of getting rid of them. Now they won't accept leaves. Decreased service should result in decreased land fill dumping fees, have we seen that? Typical government service, first they make laws prohibiting the property owner from disposing of leaves by burning them, then they do away with the alternative method (landfill) they want you to use. They say the homeowner can make a mulch pile in his backyard and turn the leaves into compost. Anyone who has tried this knows it takes more than piling the leaves up and waiting for nature to take it course. You are lucky if by spring they have rotted away.

Have you noticed over the years as the state pass laws about what they won't take at the landfill (without paying extra) the number of those items dumped in ditches in the more isolated areas around Delmar. The road alongside the railroad track is always a popular place for this.

Campers at Best Buy

I rode by Best Buys in Salisbury this morning and saw about ten tents sit up along side the store. I guess they are waiting for the new Play Station 3's due out Friday. If what I read is right they care less about playing the game as reselling it at twice what they they paid for it. Greed is good and so American.

The Price of Bread

As we all know the price of a loaf of bread has increased from 25 to 50 percent over the last 5 months. I think I was buying Walmart bread at 58 cents a loaf five months ago and am now paying 78 cents. The main reason being given is the cost of flour. Hard red winter wheat flour, the type of flour commonly used in bread is up in price by 25% this year. This type of wheat is planted in the fall and harvested in early summer, and the harvest this spring was poor. The predictions are that we may continue to see the price of flour increase as the wheat crops never really recovered from the flooding that occurred in 1993. Farmers have planted less wheat, moving to corn and soybeans. At $5.00 a bushel no doubt more farmers will switch back to wheat.

From what I can determine some very rough guidelines on the output of loafs of bread to bushels of wheat would be; It takes four bushels of wheat to produce 100 pounds of flour that will produce 150 loafs of bread. So at $5 a bushel for wheat the bread maker cost for flour would be about 13 cents a loaf. Naturally, or unnaturally, a loaf of bread has other ingredients besides flour. From the wrapper of my Great Values bread I see there is corn syrup, yeast, soybean oil, salt, soy protein, sodium stearoyl lactylate, monoglycerides. enzymes, calcium propionate, calcium iodate, vinegar, iron, vitimins a b, b1, and b2. I assume the rest of the price of a loaf of bread is baking, labor, distribution and profit. Strange how a five cent increase in flour results in a 20 cent increase in a loaf of bread. Perhaps my loafs to bushel calculation is wrong or it is the price of sodium stearoyl lactylate, whatever the hell that is.

Wheat futures are not showing any kind of decrease in flour. Back a year ago the price of a bushel of wheat on a 5,000 bushel contract in the futures market was $3.7375. Now it is about $4.805. The forecast from December thru March is over $5.00 a bushel. A look at the future markets at the Minneapolis Grain exchange is here.
An earlier news report from Bloomberg talks about $7.50 a bushel wheat.

The price of flour affects not only my costs at the supermarket but also in investments. Lance, the snack food people, has always been a good stock for us. We purchased it several years ago and it has been a consistent performer. It is down now. It dropped from $24.85 per share back in May to $19.16 per share now. One of the reasons they gave is the price of flour is decreasing their profits. This would only have an effect on us if we were going to sell the stock.

Leaf CleanUp

waiting for the leaves to be picked up.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

The Texas Fishman

A redneck was stopped by a game warden in Texas recently with two ice chests of fish. He was leaving a cove well known for its fishing. The game warden asked the man, "Do you have a license to catch those fish? "Naw, sir, I ain't got none of them there licenses, no. You must understand these here are my pet fish. "Pet fish?" said the game warden. "Ya. Every night I take these here fish down to da lake and let them swim 'round for a while. Then I whistle and they jump rat back into this here ice chest and I take them home. "That's a bunch of hooey! Fish can't do that!" says the warden. The redneck looked at the game warden for a moment and then said, "It's the truth Mr. Government man. I'll show you it really works. "Okay," said the game warden, "I've GOT to see this! "The redneck poured the fish into the lake and stood and waited. After several minutes, the game warden turned to him and said, "Well? "Well, what?" said the redneck. The warden said, "When are you going to call them back? "The redneck said, "Call who back? "The FISH!" replied the warden. "What fish?" answered the redneck. Some in Texas may not be as smart as some city slickers, but they aren't as dumb as most government employees.

Where to House Transsexual Criminals

In today's News Journal was an article about a transsexual - Tanya Bowie who was sentenced to jail for passing over 350 bad checks (netting him over $90,000). In 1999 Anthony Bowie (AKA Tanya Bowie) under went half of a sex change operation. Bowie still retains his male genitalia and was classified on being jailed as a male. When placed with the male population in Young Correctional Institution he created problems by him being there. Bowie was moved to a federal facility in Philadelphia and kept in solitary confinement. Bowie feels the two year sentence was given him because he was transsexual and the solitary confinement was inappropriate.

Well that is an interesting dilemma. Where should this person be put? I think due to the transsexual problem this person has gotten away with a great deal from the court system before finally being sentenced, because the courts were afraid to put him in jail.

I think Tanya Bowie is where he belongs. I worked briefly at a jail and queers when jailed were put him with the general male population. Any problems that may be created by that person being in jail is a reflection on the jail. If the inmates are observed at all times no harm should come to some one in jail. The problems comes when there is a shortage of guards or the guards are doing a half ass job or when the guards would like to see some harm come to someone. No doubt this person will be released early due to the problems he is creating. The people you hire to protect you and see to it that these type people are kept off the streets are the very ones who don't want to get their hands dirty by handling a case that may make the news.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Congratulations John

John McDonnell was nominated and honored as Citizen of the year for 2006. John was the prior Mayor of Delmar Delaware for a number of years. He was elected when Sam Bynum did not seek a second term as mayor. I can't think of a better choice for citizen of the year than John.