Friday, January 12, 2007
Delmarva Sporting Clays
Susan on the firing range
Susan reloading the 22 rifle
My daughter and I went over to Delmarva Sporting Clays today to fire some shells thru the shotgun. It was the first time I have been there and it isn't bad. It cost $10 a person. They have 55 stations, most of them covered. They give you hearing protection and some targets to use while you are there. It was nice since it was about 9:30 in the morning and no one else showed up until about 10AM. It is located just before the Vienna bridge heading West on Route 50. They say they are open 9AM to sunset, 7 days a week. Their phone number is 410-742-2023.
Salisbury Monument Company
UPDATE: I spoke to Wanda, of Salisbury Monument,and she said they had ordered the wrong size bronze marker and had to reorder it, than they found they didn't have the right size stone to put the marker on. Today (1/24/07) I rode by the grave and I saw the marker had been set. About 13 weeks after we ordered it.
Wednesday, January 10, 2007
DUI - John Atkins
Tuesday, January 09, 2007
A quote from "Shantaram"
"The world is run by one million evil men, ten millon stupid men and a hundred million cowards...There are only one million of them, the truly evil men, in the whole world. The very rich and the very powerful, whose decisions really count -- they only number one million. The stupid men, who number ten million, are the soldiers and policemen who enforce the rule of the evil men. They are the standing armies of twelve key countries, and the police forces of those and twenty more. In total there are only ten million of them with any real power or consequence. They are often brave, I'm sure, but they are stupid, too, because they give their lives for governments and causes that uses their flesh and blood as mere chess pieces. These governments alway betray them or let them down or abandon them, in the long run. Nations neglect no men more shamefully than the heroes of wars....and the hundred million cowards..they are the bureaucrats and paper shufflers and pen pushers who permit the rule of the evil men and look the other way. They are the head of this department, and the secretary of that committee, and the president of the other association. They are managers, and officials, and mayors, and officers of the court. They always defend themselves by saying that they are just following orders, or just doing their job, and it's nothing personal, and if they don't do it, someone else surely will."
The Price Of Bread
Police Commission Meeting of January 8th
The Police Report, that gave a summary of citations issued, money and vehicles seized.
Burglaries in the area, not just in the town limits. Police Chief Saylor said there was about 40 breakins over the last 4 months. They were mostly daytime breakins where no one was home. They would verify no one was home by coming to the door, knocking and if someone answered they would ask if a fictitious person lived there and leave. If no one came they would figure the house was empty. Diane Buckley asked me not to publish the 40 burgaries number until the number could be verified. I called the police chief this morning to verify the number but he was out. When I receive a better number I will update this post. UPDATE 1/19/07 the Delmar PD called to tell me the number was 19 breakins, not 40, in the Delmar area.
The new police officers have finished Maryland Police Academy training and will start the Delaware Police Academy training shortly.
The police department have started work on their budget.
Jill Braungart, from Wood Creek, gave a brief talk about adding speed bumps to Executive Club drive. She said there was a two tenths of a mile section of Executive Club Drive that was straight and people were speeding up when they came to it. She said golf carts used that public road and they run the risk of being struck by a speeding car ( Is that legal to have untagged vehicles on a public road?). Jill Braungart gave the commission material that showed a selection of speed bumps and she said they were temporary in nature and could be removed later. Diane Buckley said she was concerned over doing it for one development, as other developments may request the same thing. Jill Braungart said there was a 15 mph speed limit on the street. Chief Saylor said altho the developer put a speed limit sign of 15 mph on the street it was not enforceable. He could however look for speeders that exeeded 25 mph (25 MPH I guess is the standard speed limit for residential areas).
Diane Buckley inquired about stopping the transit buses from parking in the fire lane in front of Food Lion. It will be looked into.
The Police arrested 3 under the age of 10 children for vandalism in state street Park.
Gail Black has a birthday
Mayors in Delaware
Now I have always thought that it was every citizen's civic duty to run for an elected office. I also feel anyone who keeps an elected office for more than two terms has other reasons for doing so than doing their civic duty. After two terms I think they cross the line from doing civic duty and become a politician.
Just summary of the pay the Mayors receive;
Wilmington Mayor James Baker, $100,003
Dover Mayor Stephen Speed, $45,000
Newark Mayor Vance Funk, $8,400
Laurel Mayor John Shwed, $1,920
Henlopen Acres Mayor Wanda Davis, $0
Lewes Mayor James Ford, $4,000
Blades Mayor David Ruff, $2,100
Georgetown Mayor Michael Wyatt, $750
Milton Mayor Don Post, $ 900
Rehoboth Beach Mayor Samuel Cooper, $999.96
Wyoming Mayor Hans Riegle $0
Hartly Mayor Raymond Morris, $0
As I recall the Mayor of Delmar, Delaware receives a $1,000 a year. The salary structure was originally developed so the councilmembers would receive enough to pay their Town Taxes and the Mayor would receive enough for his/her Town Taxes and compensation for the many dinners and events he/she was expected to attend without reimbursement from the town.
Monday, January 08, 2007
School Lunch Times
Motor Vehicle Inspection Station - Georgetown
The Georgetown Department of Motor Vehicles
I donated a car to the Salvation Army a couple of weeks back and finally got around to turning the tags into the Department of Motor Vehicles. I am always so amazed how well they handle titles, tags etc. About 30 years ago I lived in Maryland and it was just a disagreeable experience to go to the motor vehicle office in Salisbury and even worst to go to Glen Burnie. I don't think I ever got a single thing done that did not require two trips back to that office. When I moved to Delaware and went to the Department of Motor vehicles I just couldn't believe it, everything done in one trip that was under an hour. It verified that I had done the right thing moving to Delaware. Todays trip into the office to turn in the tags was under 10 minutes. The new office they have in Georgetown is a great looking place, no doubt it contributed to the budget overruns that department has.