Saturday, May 05, 2007

Fire Department Event

I was asked to post this to advertise an event at the fire department.

The Delmar Fire Department is sponsoring their 1st Annual Sportsman Giveaway. Prizes include 4 Artic Cats and 16 cash prizes-- including a $10,000 Grand Prize. 37 prizes in all! Entrants need not be present to win!


1:00 Arctic Cat 250 w/ a Trailer
1:10 $250.00
1:20 Winchester SX2 12ga. Semi-Auto 3.5
1:30 $250.00
1:40 Remington 1187 12ga. Semi-Auto
1:50 $250.00
2:00 Arctic Cat 400 4x4 w/ a 5x8 Trailer
2:10 Mossberg 12ga. Over Under
2:20 $250.00
2:30 Browning A Bolt VRMT Stalker 243
2:40 $250.00
2:50 Stoeger 410 SXS DBL Barrel
3:00 Arctic Cat 500 4x4 w/ a 5x8 Trailer
3:10 $250.00
3:20 Remington 1187 20ga. Semi Auto
3:30 $250.00
3:40 T/C Omega Laminated Thumb Stk
3:50 $250.00
4:00 Arctic Cat TBX-OD 650 w/ a 5x10 Trailer
4:10 Remington 700 Classis Deluxe 30-06
4:20 $250.00
4:30 T/C Encore Pro Hunter
4:40 $250.00
4:50 Winchester MDL 70 BLK Shadow 270WSM
5:00 11' Tica Surf Rod w/ Calcutta B7004BBR Reel
5:10 $250.00
5:20 11' Daiwa Surf Rod w/ Stradic ST 6000FH Spin Reel
5:30 $250.00
5:40 11' Tica Surf Rod w/ Calcutta B7004BBR Reel
5:50 $250.00
6:00 Arctic Cat 650Camo w/ a 5x8 Trailer
6:10 Savage 16FXP3 Stainless Pkg 300WSM
6:20 $250.00
6:30 Mathews or Hoyt Bow of your choice
6:40 $250.00
6:50 Hunting Pkg. 1- 4x8 Blynd w/ a 10' Tower & 1 H&R 20ga., 1 H&R Youth20ga.
7:00 $10,000.00

To order a ticket now using a credit card or ATM card click, go to

Or you can also mail your $25 with your name, address, phone, and if you expect to personally attend (not required to win) to:

Delmar Fire Department
Attn: Ways and Means
P.O. Box 143
Delmar DE 19940

Your ticket will be sent to you via return mail.

Plenty of great food and soft drinks provided at no charge, and a cash bar starting at 11:00am on day of raffle.

For more information, or if you have any questions, email me at

Thank you for your support!

Drawing NOVEMBER 3, 2007. Donation: $25.00


Please read carefully!

Doors open at 11:00am. Ticket must be presented at the door and are good for only 1 admission. $15.00 admission for non-ticket holders. Drawings begins at 1:00pm. Must be 18 years or older to claim a prize. YOU NEED NOT BE PRESENT TO WIN. Winners will be notified. Prizes not claimed within 30 days will become property of the Delmar Fire Dept. DFD will not be responsible for any injuries or accidents. Only 5000 tickets will be sold. There will be 2 numbers per ticket. 3000 tickets must be sold or monies will be refunded in form of a check. Free food and refreshments & cash bar during giveaway. Additional raffles will be sold during giveaway. Any returned check will void ticket.

Some prizes may require payment of federal taxes or tags before receiving prize. This will be the responsibility of the winner.

Guns may be exchanged for Gander Mountain gift cards.

Neither the Delmar Fire Dept nor any other person, organization or business sponsoring or participating in the Sportsman's Giveaway assumes any liability for any claims for injury or other damages arising out of the possession of any firearm or four wheelers obtained through
this ticket.

Identification is required before prizes can be awarded.

Winners will be posted on the Delmar Fire Dept. website after signing a release form.

All firearms winners must have a background check before release of guns.

Must be 18 years old or older to claim prizes.

All prizes may be available the day of the drawing (depending on back ground checks)

Delmar Fire Dept. will not be responsible for the delay in correspondence for tickets by US Mail.

If not present for drawing, winners will be notified and arrangements made to claim prizes.

Christine Truitt, Embezzling

Well I have held off posting the various local fraud and embezzling cases for a while but this one I have to post. Christine H. Truitt, who was the former finance director of Harrington Delaware until April 20th, was charged with embezzling $547,500. Now, Harrington has an annual budget of about $3 million and a population about the size of both sides of Delmar combined so it is similar to Delmar. As a retired accountant, I am insulted by the fact she, if found guilty, would have violate her fiduciary responsibilities and second, by the unimaginative way in which she allegedly stole the money. Writing checks to yourself and forging someone name on them is not a very smart way of stealing money, but it seems to work in over 70% of the cases we read about. Stealing over $500,000 over the period of a year when the budget is only $3 million also is not very bright.

Could this happen in Delmar? Yes it could. No business is safe from embezzling and Delmar is not an exception. Hopefully we have accounting cross checks in place that would prevent this or at least catch it before it reached a half million dollars. At one time there was a Town check verification procedure where the Town of Delmar bank statement when received, would remain unopened until a Mayor opened it and ran thru the cancelled checks verifying they looked correct. I don't know if this cross check is still in existence. When I worked at the Wicomico County Detention Center we had a small checking account there and one of the accounting cross checks I set up was to have a clerk who was not connected with accounting to open the bank statements and look for signatures that looked fake or checks made out to employees that person also looked at the endorsement on the back of the check to see if an employee had endorsed the check, before the bank statement was sent to accounting for reconcilation. This is a simple cross check that would expose the less imaginative ways of fraud.

In addition, way back in the 1980's, a list of bills to be paid for that month would be presented to the Joint Councils, in public session, for approval. It would frequently break into a discussion as to why we had incurred certain bills but at least everyone knew what was going to be paid, including the public. That has since been dropped, as when I talk to councilmembers they have no idea what is being paid by the Town.

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Full Moon

The Full Moon is upon us. In the Spring time it seems to have an effect on the people in Delmar and not the best effect. Of note, this month we will have a second full moon on the 31st of May, as you know this is called a blue moon. So maybe all of those events that are suppose to happen "once in a blue moon" will happen.

If you are one of the people that plant your garden by the phases of the moon you know that a full moon is a prime time for planting some seed and plants. Since the moon and gravity effects the tides that ideal is converted to an effect on all moisture in the earth. So a full moon will bring to the surface the most moisture for planting, thus causing seeds to germinate. A full moon supposely is the best time for planting above ground annual crops that produce their seeds outside the fruit. Examples of such crops are lettuce, spinach, celery, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, and grain crops. An exception to this rule are cucumbers which seem to do well when planted on a full moon.

Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant. Robert Louis Stevenson (Scottish poet and writer 1850 – 1894).

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

A Pre Cinco de Mayo joke

This is an old one that beats around the internet this time each year.

Most people don't know that back in 1912, Hellmann's mayonnaise was manufactured in England. In fact, the Titanic was carrying 12,000 jars of the condiment scheduled for delivery in Vera Cruz, Mexico, which was to be the next port of call for the great ship after its stop in New York.

This would have been the largest single shipment of mayonnaise ever delivered to Mexico. But as we know, the great ship did not make it to New York. The ship hit an iceberg and sank, and the cargo was forever lost.

The people of Mexico, who were crazy about mayonnaise, and were eagerly awaiting its delivery, were disconsolate at the loss. Their anguish was so great, that they declared a National Day of Mourning, which they still observe to this day.

The National Day of Mourning occurs each year on May 5th and is known, of course, as Sinko de Mayo.

For a discussion on this joke click on Sinko de Mayo

A Spendid Little War - IV

Many people will say - Howard not another post on a long forgotten boring war - but that is the reason for the post, to show that one day you are hero and the next you are forgotten because there is a new war and new heroes. Of note, Nathan C. Cook was the last veteran of the Spanish American War and he died at 106 on Sept 10, 1992. Today, in 1898, Commodore Dewey steamed into Manila Bay in the Philippines on his flagship the Olympia and sunk the Spanish Navy there. For a more detail description see Manila Bay .He was promoted to Admiral, the country went wild over him, photographs were everywhere, dolls were made of him, sherbet desserts were served "a la Dewey" and a brand of gum was called Dewey's Chewies. The big honor was May 1st was made Admiral Dewey Day. Well time pass and Admiral Dewey Day was forgotten, except at Dewey Beach Delaware where there is still a wild drunken weekend called Admiral Dewey Day (this past weekend), in the 1920's May 1st was given an additional name of "Loyalty Day" to counteract the May 1st communist day. Loyalty Day seem to have fell by the wayside in popularity also. I don't have the site of the 2007 Loyalty Day Proclamation but this is the 2006 one Loyalty Day 2006. The Cruiser Olympia is still around in Philadelphia. The "Salisbury Advertiser" in Salisbury, Maryland for their May 7th edition devoted 5 of their ten pages to Commodore George Dewey, along with a map as to where the Philippines were ,as no one had every heard of them.

The other big publicity item for May 1st was Andrew S. Rowan, a native of Union, Monroe county, West Virginia, delivered his famous message to General Calixto y Inigues Garcia. Garcia was the leader of the Cuban insurgents and President McKinley wanted his help in fighting the Spanish. Rowan was given an order to take the message from the President to Garcia. Today it would be viewed as blind obedience but at the time and in a number of circles today it is viewed as a point of honor. Rowan took the the message to Garcia without asking questions as to where and how he should do it. After the war Elbert Hubbard wrote an article called A Message to Garcia. This article gained instant acclaim around the world and is the hallmark article for obedience and service. To be "A message to Garcia Guy/Gal" is an honor in both military and business communities.

Rowan, Andrew S.
Captain, U.S. Army
Home: Union, West Virginia
19th Infantry
Date of Action: May 1898
General Orders No. No. 38, W.D., 1922
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Andrew S. Rowan, Captain , U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action in connection with the operations in Cuba in May, 1898.
At the outbreak of the Spanish-American campaign Lieutenant Rowan, under disguise, entered the enemy lines in Oriente, crossed the island of Cuba, and not only succeeded in delivering a message to General Garcia, but secured secret information relative to existing military conditions in that region of such great value that it had an important bearing on the quick ending of the struggle and the complete success of the U.S. Army.

Monday, April 30, 2007

Delmar Joint Council Meeting - April

The Joint Council meeting of the Towns of Delmar Delaware and Delmar Maryland was held tonight. All council people were present and there was about 12 people in the audience. I was surprised at the low turnout considering we are only about two days from a full moon but I guess there was nothing of major importance tonight.

Both Mayors gave a proclamation declaring it "Municipal Clerk Week".

The Town application to FEMA to be accepted into the Flood Insurance program has been accepted. Residents who need flood insurance can now apply to their insurance representatives.

The Wicomico County Council will host a meeting at Delmar Town Hall on June 28th from 7 to 8 PM.

The local schools are looking for handicap children who may not be in school and they would like for them to apply for school by contacting the elementary school or the middle/high school.

There was a discussion on the "free" newspapers being tossed out on the street in Delmar. These orange wrapped papers stay in the street, as trash, making for an unsightly mess and clogging the storm drains. Bill Smith, the manager of this operation, said he was not aware they were creating a problem and would like to correct it by having residents who do not want the paper contact him and he would put them on a "Do Not deliver" List or those papers not picked up he would have someone pick up and put that lot number where the paper was on the "Do Not deliver" list. The council decided they would give this a try and if it didn't work in the next month discuss it in May.

The Parks and Recreation Committee said they were repairing some doors on the dugouts and in order to help the basketball court, they would like to keep the lights on later at night and keep the bathrooms open. There was also a question as to why a water fountain couldn't be made available in that area of the basketball courts.

The downtown revitalization committee said they were working on setting up their requested financial reports, the museum had electric in it, they were cleaning stuff out of the museum, they were looking at painting the caboose gray as it fit the color scheme for a 1929 caboose better than the red, and their next meeting is to be at the Top Hat Cafe on May 17th.

Ordinance 703 MD and 145 DE were read and approved tonight. This will put the fine for parking in a Fire Lane up to $65.00 and if it goes to court at a $150.00.

The Code Enforcement people issued 16 letters in Maryland for junk in yard and 8 letters for junk in Delaware. The Maryland side issued 17 building permits and the Delaware side had 3 building permits issued. The Code Enforcement people visited 177 rental properties on the Maryland side and 44 rental properties on the Delaware side.

The Public Works Department had interviews for the Director of Public works position. An offer was made to one person but not accepted as of yet. P&A Paving is working in Yorkshire Estates. There is some flooding on State Street due to clogged storm drains, this is a Maryland Department of Transportation issue and is to be worked out with them. DP&L has been replacing utility poles in Delmar. In some places they have left a hole in the sidewalk, where the old utility pole was, and not filled it in. In the interest of speed, public works was going to fill them in but the two Mayors said they would talk to DP&L and see if that company couldn't repair the holes. For Bulk Pickup day some residents put their stuff out late and Public Works said they would not be going back to pick it up.

Planning and Zoning, final plat approval was given to Ramled Villas. Approval was given for a Cabinetry business to go into the old "Furnture Plus" store. Altho annexation has not been approved for the "Brittingham Property" on Old Stage Road (Delaware Side), Element Design presented a conceptual plat design of 352 units (not all single family dwellings) for the property. Ellis Hammond wants the empty lot by his house and next to the school subdivide for 6 lots, approval was given. Approval of the light fixtures and poles for the Down Town area was given.

Other comments; Day in the Park is to be June 2nd. At the Delmarva Inn there seem to be some kind of drug dealing connection and there was a discussion on how long people could stay at the motel as it was not envisioned homeless people would live there. On a previous matter on Delmarva Inn, the Town Manager said she had looked at the old agreements and there was not any mention of the motel being torn down after 3 years, Joan Tisinger says she is sure there was an agreement to tear it down. The group from Woodcreek asked about a previous item that said Woodcreek would have additional parking by June.

Delmar Utility Commission Meeting

The Delmar Utility had their monthly meeting tonight. It was a short meeting as there were no pressing issues. Some items discussed were; All pump stations were working correctly, A sludge pump is to be repaired, the outstanding bill at Delmarva Inn has been satisfied, the Tidewater Utilities company agreement with the town for service to the east side of town is still in the works, The State of Maryland approved $200,000 for the BNR update project (Biological Nutrient Removal, BNR, is equipment to remove phosphorous and nitrogen from the treated water discharged from our sewage treatment plant), Work on the BNR project is scheduled for mid-summer, and finally, it is unknown when the metal plate on Foskey will be removed.

Some Events This week

This week
Monday 6 PM the Public Works Meeting is held at Town Hall
Monday 6:30 Utility Commission Meeting at Town Hall
Monday 7 PM Joint Council Meeting at Town Hall
Wednesday 8 PM Parks and Rec Meeting at Town Hall
Sunday The Chesapeake Bay Bridge Walk, Starts at 9 AM

Sunday, April 29, 2007

Wilmington Commercial May 1 1876


The whippings at Dover on Saturday were only two in number, and Sheriff Cooper had an easy time of it. The unfortunates were George Manlove and John Allen, both of whom had been convicted of larceny - the former of twenty cents worth of coal and the latter of $19 worth of lumber. Each received twenty lashes.