Saturday, April 21, 2007

A Splendid Little War - I

In a backdated resolution, the United States of America declared war on the Kingdom of Spain and stated it had existed since April 21, 1898. Click here for The American Declaration of War Thus started the Spanish American War.

Little League Parade

What does it take to put on a Little League Parade in Delmar? It takes school grounds to form the parade. It takes Delmar Public Works people to block off the streets.

It takes the Delmar Police to lead the teams in the parade.

Any Delmarva Parade and particularly a Parade in Delmar, calls for the Fire Department.

It calls for a lot of supporting civic organizations and businesses. And it calls for kids and a whole bunch of people to organize it.

Hats off to the people who did the parade.

Delmar Yard Sale

The yard sale, held by the Concerned Citizens, in State street Park came off very well. The weather was great and a number of people were there.

The Delmar Police had their booth set up with free information. You could also get a great Scrapple Sandwich over at the Kiwanis.

Friday, April 20, 2007

Petty Crimes

I don't know if it is just Spring or an on going problem, but we seem to be having another rash of small crimes. It those irritating things like egging cars, high school age people driving by and yelling obscenities at people, moonings, an increase in speeders, petty thief of bicycles etc. Most are things frankly the police can't seem to do anything about. Altho I do think the presence of a marked police car on town streets, more often then what we currently see one, would help. The petty thief are too small to report to your insurance company as they are under the deductible so it ends up coming out of your pocket to replace the items. In the time I have lived in Delmar, I have learned not to invest to much money in hanging plants for your porch as they are often stolen, likewise for porch furniture, try and lock your car as they will rifle thru it at night (when I first came to Delmar I didn't even lock my house at night or when I went work, now I have a shotgun in the house and am constantly looking at new locks for the house), and my kids' bicycles were stolen at the rate of one or so a year, I am sure most people in town could tell you the same thing.

What to do about it? First, always report these things to the police. They may not be able to help after you report it but it is for sure nothing will be done if you don't report it. There no sense belly aching about it three months after it happens, report it when it happens. Second, if you are not happy about the way the police handled the problem go to your Town Council meeting. You can voice your opinion on things in the public comment section of the meeting. It helps if you are specific not just some general comment like "crime is up in Delmar". If you feel it is important, call town hall and request to be put on the agenda at the council meeting to speak about it. Bring photos of damaged things for a show and tell presentation. Bring your neighbors to the meeting, this will show it is not just you with some gripe against the police. Finally get involved, take photos of cars riding by with people that seem to causing the trouble, form a neighborwatch group, go to the Concerned Citizens meeting.

Spring and warm weather always bring out an increase in these type of crimes, so don't think it is going to go away in the next couple of weeks.

Thursday, April 19, 2007


Today, in 1993, the siege at Waco, Texas ended. A fire destroyed the compound the Branch Davidians were hold up in. Much like who killed JFK, questions continues as to how the fire was started.

Upcoming Delmar Events

April 21st Saturday Yard Sale at State Street Park by Concerned Citizens of Delmar
April 21st Saturday Little League Opening Day and parade
April 25th Wednesday Voting for Delmar School District Referendum

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Roy Wohlust Letter to the Editor

The following is a reprint of a Letter to the Editor from the Tuesday edition of the News Journal. Since I share some of the same sentiments, but not all, as Mr. Wohlust of Dagsboro, I am reprinting it here.

Taxpayers ultimately pay for generous state pensions

Retirees are living longer than ever anticipated. Earnings on invested assets of defined benefit pension plans have proved to be less predictable than expected. As a result, virtually all private-sector plans have been closed and benefits have been limited.

In the steel and airline industries, most plans have failed and been turned over to the government. The only large defined benefit plans still going are provided by taxpayers to government employees. What companies like Verizon and IBM can no longer afford, taxpayers presumably can.

The assumption is that politicians and bureaucrats, facing no requirement to make a profit, can raise whatever funds they need to pay promises by taxing future generations.

New accounting rules are requiring public bodies to come clean about the financial status of their benefit plans. It's already obvious that pension plans of cities like San Diego, Detroit and Pittsburgh, and states such as Massachusetts and Rhode Island, are under-funded and insolvent.

Some Delaware legislators propose to enrich pensions of state workers by reducing the years of service required for full benefits from 30 to 25. There is no need to do this to attract qualified workers, as the state offers competitive salaries, full retirement after 30 years regardless of age, and free medical insurance for most workers.

So what's the purpose? The state is the largest employer in Delaware, and gaining the support of all those voters is too much for some politicians to resist. Paying for this largess will fall on future taxpayers after current legislators have retired.

The wonder is that taxpayers aren't up in arms over proposals that they should not only pay for benefits to public employees that they themselves no longer receive, but that they should make benefits even more generous.

Ron Wohlust, Dagsboro

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

La Mexicanita

I noticed a new business today in Delmar, Delaware. In the commercial building on Bi State where "Think Pink" is, a Mini Market is going in. Their sign says Mini Market, Spanish Products, La Mexicanita.

Monday, April 16, 2007

Delmar Police Commission April 16th

The Delmar Police Commission held their quarterly meeting tonight at 6:30PM. There was about four people in the audience. Police Chief Hal Saylor said credit for the arrest of suspect Antonio Herneison in the killing of Van Crawford should be given to the members of the church Crawford attended as they gave them the leads to arrest the suspect.

Chief Saylor and Officer Ed Ferro gave a demonstration of the new security camera they have. The camera is mounted outside and surveys a given area of town. The long range goal of Chief Saylor is to have 10 to 15 cameras located around the town. He said volunteer civilians would monitor these camera and report anything suspicion. The civilians would undergo a background check, training, and have to commit to a set number of hours a week to monitor the cameras. The civilian force would provide an extra set of eyes in Delmar. The cameras cost about $6,000 each.

Chief Saylor gave the police report. One item was the confiscated drug money. He said they confiscated $16,500 in cash, a $50,000 bank account and 15 kilo of drugs. Eventually a portion of this money will come back to the town. The money returned to the town does have strings attached as to how the town can spend it. Again it would be nice if the police report was made public.

At the last council meeting there was a resolution to increase the fine to $75 for parking in a fire zone. Chief Saylor said he thought the state may not allow this as the highest fine the state (Delaware) has is $65 for parking. The town police issued 21 state citations for parking in a fire lane.

Councilperson Buckley asked if there couldn't be more police monitoring on Route 13 as when she is driving at 60, people are passing her by. (Isn't the speed limit 55mph? Why is Buckley doing 60mph?)

When Mayor Niblett asked for public comments, I asked if there could not be more publicity, regarding crime in town. I suggested they put the police report crime on the town/police website or newspapers. He said they lacked manpower to update the website and they did not routinely supply information to the newspaper unless asked for it. It frankly doesn't sound like there is going to be any change.

The Commission then went into executive session.

UPDATE: Karen, from the Delmar blog "A Women's Point of View" attended her first Police Commission meeting last night. Her post on the meeting is great as it gives a newbie's first impression of Delmar town government. Her blog is listed in my sidebar, click it to go to her blog.

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Two Ships Named the "Pearl"

There have been many ships named the "Pearl", this is a post about two of them and slavery. In 1858 the ship "Pearl" took Doctor David Livingston to the mouth of the Zambesi River on the South East Coast of Africa. As we know Dr. Livingstone was a great missionary and explorer of Central Africa in the mid 1800's. Oddly, in spite of his good deeds, he is best remembered from the quote "Dr. Livingstone, I presume". He was also a strong anti-slavery person and attempted to prevent the African tribes and Arabs, who captured slaves to sell, from doing so.

On April 15, 1848, ten years prior to Dr. Livingstone arrival on the Zambesi River, 77 slaves tried to escape from Washington DC, on another ship named the "Pearl". Abolitionist had made arrangements with Captain Daniel Drayton to sneak the slaves out of Washington and take them north to Philadelphia so they could travel on to Canada. He had done this before with a few slaves, but never 77 of them. At the time he was without a ship so he hired the schooner "Pearl" with it's Captain (Edward Sayres) and a helper named Chester English. The "Pearl" was a small bay craft of 150 tons that was leased to Captain Sayres from Caleb Aaronson of Bordentown, New Jersey. The ship was used to haul coal, lumber. oysters and anything else that would make money around the Chesapeake Bay region. Daniel Drayton And Edward Sayres were aware they were going to help runaway slaves but apparently Chester English did not know anything about it. On the 15th (Which was also a Sunday Morning) the slaves were loaded on the "Pearl" and the ship sailed down the Potomac River until at the mouth of the river they encountered strong winds and had to anchor at Cornfield Harbor.

Meanwhile, a slave named Judson Diggs tipped off the slave owners that their slaves had escaped. The slave owners had the steamship "Salem" pursue the "Pearl" where it was found at the mouth of the river. They took all on board the "Pearl" prisoner. Captain Drayton and Captain Sayres spent four years in jail for helping slaves to escape. The slaves were sold down south.

Back to Dr. Livingstone and how he connected to slavery in America. Dr. Livingstone had a son named Robert Muffat Livingston living in England. Robert Livingstone traveled from England to Boston, Massachusett in 1863. He enlisted under an alias of Rupert Vincent into the New Hampshire Volunteers, 10th Army corp and fought in the American Civil War. He was wounded at Laurel Hill Virginia, captured there, and died in 1864 during a riot at the infamous confederate prison at Salisbury, North Carolina. So although David Livingston was unable to carry on a fight against slavery in America his son was able to continue in that tradition.

Today's Tax quote

"I don't care if you pay your Income Tax but please keep paying into the Social Security Fund"
Quote from Howard

Happy Birthday Ellen Garrabrant

Today Ellen turns 43, Happy Birthday Ellen!!!

Happy Birthday Alan Dickerson

Today Alan turns 56. The only way he can continue to say he is middle age is if he truly thinks he is going to live to be 112. Happy Birthday Alan!!