Saturday, January 19, 2008
Lee - Jackson Ceremony
I drove over to Georgetown today to attend the Lee - Jackson Day Ceremony at the Confederate Monument. The event was put on by the Delaware Grays and the United Daughters of the Confederacy. It celebrated Robert Edward Lee's birthday, which is today and Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson whose birthday is January 21st. On a cold day there was but a small crowd for the outdoor event. The event was very well done.
The Commander, Robert Eldreth, Jr, of the Camp #2068 of the Sons of Confederate Veterans Spoke
Richard Jamison said a prayer
John Zoch spoke
Jeff Plummer Spoke
Joyce Zoch, President of the Caleb Ross Chapter #2635 of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, spoke
Terry Ayers Spoke
A salute was fired
Rats and Irish Potatoes
From the Eastern Shore Classic Cookbook "The WICO Cookbook";
MUSKRAT STEW by Darlene Williams
2 tsp ground sage
1/2 cups bacon grease
salt pepper (red)
Put in water, just enough to cover them. Let cook over medium heat for 5 hours. Start on high heat until it starts boiling then cut down. Let cook until it's all off the bone.
From the Delmar BiCentennial Cookbook
From the kitchen of Mrs. Laura Phillips
Take 3 muskrats & cut up. Soak in salt & water for a few hours. Rinse in cold water & drain. Heat 1/4" shortening or bacon drippings in large heavy skillet. Brown muskrat on all sides. Add 1 1/2Tbsp. sage & 1 hot pepper can be used instead of cayenne pepper. Cover & simmer until tender. If water boils down low, add more & salt & sage if needed for taste.
Robert E. Lee was born today
Robert E. Lee was born today in 1807. His history is well known unless you were taught by New England teachers. In the south and elsewhere this coming Monday is considered a holiday for the birthday of Robert E. Lee.
Friday, January 18, 2008
Norman Rockwell - Four Freedoms - Freedom of Speech
An article in today's News Journal said Greenwood and Frankford Delaware had canceled their upcoming elections because either no one was interested in running or the seats were not contested and the incumbents will continue in office.
This is becoming an increasingly important problem in small towns - people don't want to run for office and people don't want to vote. Delmar is a prime example of this. However, Delmar is not the only small town this is happening in.
We have troops dying in Iraq and other parts of the world to protect our democracy yet the people in the United States can not even take the time to go out and vote or run for an elected office. What a waste of life for something even United States citizens do not appear to be interested maintaining in their own country.
When no one comes forward to run for an elected office the town, it's citizens loses - they lose new ideas, new blood and new views. Worst, they lose a certain pride in their town. I am sure the town government makes out as they don't have to pay for an election and there is no upset due to new ideas so the status quo can continue.
One of the more inspiring speeches was John F. Kennedy Inaugural Address in 1961 in which he said;
And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you—ask what you can do for your country.
My fellow citizens of the world: ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man.
Today that idea seems to have slipped from many of the citizens in Delmar and other small towns. There is no one cause to blame, altho I do put a lot of this on the school system that is so concerned about being politically correct that such things as civic duty, running for office and voting is largely ignored.
The system still works, it is just a matter of "We the People" doing our bit and ensuring we are active in politics. Politics is not some backroom dirty dealing system it is "We The People" getting involved and making sure it is not some backroom dirty dealing system. So tell your child you voted in the last election and will do so again. Tell your child you ran for town office because you wanted to. Do less flag waving and rhetoric and do the real basics of democracy by running for office and voting.
Today in 1949 in a charity ward of a Rio de Janeiro hospital, at the age of 67, Charles Ponzi died. He was one of the great swindlers in America and gave his name to a pyramid scheme of fleecing greedy people. In the Ponzi scheme of 1920 he would buy International Reply Coupons (IRC) in foreign countries with distressed currency values and redeem them in the United States for full US Currency value postage stamps. Obviously, this was at a time when the United States Dollar still had some standing among the Nations of the world. He promised investors in his scheme a 50% return on their money. He gave the initial investors their 50% return by taking the money from new investors and paying the old investors. At it's peak in 1920, this scheme was bringing in a million a week. He went to jail for mail fraud, and eventually ended up in Brazil where he died.
Frank Goes To Jail
It is interesting that the other Delmar Mayor that went to jail was also named Frank; Frank Edward Gully. Frank is still in the Western Correctional institution in Maryland.
Thursday, January 17, 2008
The National Grange
I was reading in the Laurel Star about National Grange approaching 140 years as an organization. Now, this isn't an organization you heard much from. My main exposure to them is the food booth they have at the Delaware State fair. I like their food booth because you can sit down and the food is usually good. I also pass the Laurel Grange on Route 9 when I go to Georgetown, but I never see any activity there. The Laurel Grange is one of 16 granges in Delaware. Their sign out front is posted above. The "P of H" that surrounds the sheaf of wheat stands for "The Order of Patrons of Husbandry". The Broad Creek Grange in Laurel was formed March 2, 1875. Members met at the Masonic Hall in Laurel until 1952, when the current hall was built. This fraternal order is one of a number of fraternal and secret organizations that were big in the 1900s but now has diminished in size.
For some reason when you go to the Delaware Grange website, it is in Russian. Could the Grange in truth be part of a Communist movement? Perhaps I should reconsider supporting their food booth.
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Is Delaware the same as Arkansas?
Delaware was... not really what I was expecting. It was sorta like Arkansas with an ocean. I guess I thought that, since it was so close to the culturally diverse D.C. area, it would be slightly more... I don't know... interesting. I had a great time lounging around the house with Alice, but our biggest outing was eating at Bob Evans.
Now being a native of Delmarva I have been as far North as Wilmington and as far south as Cape Charles, and I have never been to Arkansas. I have nothing against Arkansas, except they elected the Clintons and Huckabee to office.
Christine Truitt, Sentenced
1949 Ad - Jack's Market
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Flamingo at Salisbury Zoo
Monday, January 14, 2008
An informal dance was given in the Masonic Temple at Delmar, on January 4 by the young men of the town. It was a well attended and enjoyable affair.
Sunday, January 13, 2008
This Weeks Delmar Meetings and Events
January 15, Tuesday, 6:30 P.M. Sussex County Council Meeting
January 17, Thursday, 3:00 P.M., Sussex County Planning and Zoning
Bugie or Bugia
Recipe for Bugie
3 C flour
1/2 C sugar
1/4 tsp salt
4 oz brandy
Mazola oil for deep frying
Mix dough well. If too dry, add water. If too soft add flour to the work surface. Roll out thin, cut into any shape you wish. Fry in hot oil, 4 or 5 pieces at a time. Place on paper towels to drain, sprinkle with powdered sugar.
Now you know anything that is fried and has alcohol and sugar in it, has to be good.