Thursday, August 23, 2007

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

The Seven Wonders of Delmar

If someone came to visit Delmar what would be the seven spots I would suggest they go see that best represents Delmar and it's way of life, and this is my list I came up with.

1) The Caboose.
2) Linda's Cafe.
3) The John LeCates Property on the corner of State and Pennsylvania.
4) State Street itself with the State line going down it.
5) The Sport Complex on the Maryland Side of Town.
6) The Steel Plate on Foskey Lane.
7) The Mason Dixon Marker west of town.

I am sure you have your own list. What would be on your list?

Monday, August 20, 2007

Gas Prices


A 1973 Gas Coupon Printed but not used in the 1973 oil shortage.

The price of gas today around Delmar and Laurel is

Shell Station,Laurel, DE $2.559

OASIS TRAVEL PLAZA LAUREL, DE $2.559

ROYAL FARMS #114 LAUREL, DE $2.559

VALERO,SHORE STOP #213 405 N CENTRAL AVE LAUREL, DE $2.589

BOULEVARD BEER & WINE 300 E STATE ST DELMAR, MD $2.619

SHELL/THIRSTY'S 9534 OCEAN HWY,DELMAR, MD $2.639

MYSTIK BISTATE BLVD, DELMAR, MD $2.629

WAWA 0856 38711 SUSSEX HWY DELMAR, DE 19940 $2.639

A revisit to the Watermelon Bus


Elbert was right. He said he didn't think the "watermelon buses" had to be inspected in Delaware if they had a Farm Use Tag. I emailed the Delaware Divison of Motor Vehicles the question concerning watermelon buses and a Mr. Scott Clapper answered today.

Mr. Clapper said;
Vehicles with a "farm use" tag on them qualify for an inspection waiver provided they meet the requirements of Title 21, Section 2113 (2), which I have copied for your convenience.

§ 2113. Special farm vehicle registration.
(2) Farm vehicles exempt from inspection and registration ("Farm Vehicle" tags):
a. Farmers may qualify for a registration and inspection waiver for a farm motor vehicle, farm vehicle, or farm trailer if they derive at least $1,000 of their annual income from the operation of their farm and they own or rent at least 10 acres which are actively used in the farming operation from which they derive that income.
b. Any vehicle or trailer upon which a "Farm Vehicle" tag is affixed must be used exclusively in the operation of a farm.
c. No farm motor vehicle, farm vehicle, or farm trailer may be used for hire or for any use except in the exclusive operation of a farm owned or rented by the owner of such vehicle or trailer, or in aid of and assistance to another farmer for harvest purposes.
d. Farmers shall not hire or rent any farm motor vehicle, farm vehicle, or farm trailer, or permit a farm motor vehicle, farm vehicle, or farm trailer to be used for hauling merchandise, farm products, or other items whatsoever under rent, hire, or for pay.
e. Farmers shall not use any vehicle or trailer upon which an "Farm Vehicle" tag is affixed for any use except in the operation of a farm owned or rented by the titled owner of such vehicle or trailer or in aid of and assistance to another farmer for harvest purposes.
f. No farm motor vehicle, farm vehicle, or farm trailer may be operated or towed upon the public highways or roads unless:
1. Those highways and roads are within a 10 mile radius of a farm owned or managed by the owner of the vehicle or trailer;
2. The vehicle or trailer is operated or towed by a person who is properly licensed by the Division of Motor Vehicles;
3. The vehicle or trailer is properly equipped with a stop light, turn signals and brakes which are in a safe operating condition.



So the question comes up if the farmer is not required to inspect the "bus" or tag it with anything other than a sign saying "Farm Use" is the driver of the bus licensed? and does the farmer pay the Highway use tax on the gasoline that goes in the bus or does he treat it like a tractor and claim a refund?

My guess would be that none of these vehicles are ever stopped by the police for any kind of safety check or driver license check. I guess their insurance coverage is through some umbrella policy that the farmer has and it covers all equipment he owns. Again something that the driver of the "bus" probably doesn't carry with him. It sounds like the "Public" is at risk with these vehicles on the road. Does anyone doubt that the watermelon bus operates more than ten miles from the farm that owns them or that Maryland farmers drive them into Delaware to the auction block in Laurel?

Meetings This Week

August 21st Tuesday 10 AM Sussex County Council Meeting

August 23rd Thursday 6 PM Sussex County Planning and Zoning

August 23rd Thursday 7 PM Delmar Planning and Zoning (The Agenda has not been posted on the website)

Sign of the Times

I understand a sign of a modern, sophisticated, Eastern Shoreman is that he orders a Caffe latte with his scrapple and egg sandwich in the morning.

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Ron Williams Opinion Column

Today in the News Journal, Ron Williams expressed his opinion on the lack of financial oversight in Delaware Fire Departments. In it he suggests more financial accountability for the money given or loaned to Delaware Fire Departments. Many will think this is an attack on Fire Departments, as on Delmarva, Volunteer Fire Departments are among the holy ones you can not question. I however agree with Ron Williams, increased accountability for tax payers money given or loaned to Fire Departments should be required.