Saturday, November 01, 2008
Laurel Runs Over Wildcats
Friday, October 31, 2008
Share The Wealth
1938 Ad - Republican Meeting - Salisbury
The 1979 Laurel-Delmar Football game
1938 Ad - Paddle Club at Public Landing
Jolly Jack's Restaurant Burns in 1977
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Trick or Treaters
Another Halloween - this year's trick or treater (TT) count was 77. I understand the high school was mobbed with kids which kept them away from my house. As you know I record my TT count each year.
My daughter started keeping count for me tonight but she refused to put the numbers down by time increment preventing me from doing my time increment vs trick or treater count graph. Non number people do have a hard time with the data gathering part of Halloween.
The Delmar police was cruising the streets and it was a good thing they did.
War of The Worlds
I looked thru some local newspapers in that time period and found very little effect on our local populous. In part I think this was because it happened on a Sunday. Most of the local papers were weekly and would not be published until the following Thursday or Friday. The daily paper at that time, The Salisbury Times, didn't publish on Sunday, not that it would have had anything on a radio show that was produced that evening, and by the time it produced it's Monday evening edition it was old news so the only thing in the paper was an AP story of the event. Maybe everyone in this area listen to the Charlie McCarthy radio program which broadcast opposite the Mercury Theatre on the Air.
What did come to light in reading in this time period was with the expectations of going to war shortly. The US Navy had increased it's blimp patrols from Norfolk to New York. I can't help but think when the announcements of invasions started coming thru people begin to think "wait I saw a big shiny thing in the sky today". This would set them in the right frame of mind to accept the story.
There has been many many stories written about that broadcast so I will not try to add anymore to it.
1938 Ad - Arcade Theatre Salisbury
"I brought jobs to Delaware and refused to bow down to multi billion-dollar insurance companies and the lawyer/lobbyists to whom they pay millions of dollars per year to do their dirty work," Mr. Levinson said. "The industry went berserk."
I personally had no objections to what he was doing, except when he seem to personally benefit from it. The multi-billion dollar insurance companies directs more state policies than I would care to talk about and that direction is in their favor, not the individual.
Altho I looked at their finance forms and did not see any obvious contribution from Insurance PACs they may be buried under a name I didn't recognize. Of interest Tom Savage is the only finance form filled out by hand instead of a computer.
Anyway Brian did a good job asking questions and getting the candidates to answer them.
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
The Tina Fallon Christening Event
I went over to the "Tina Fallon" christening today. The "Tina Fallon" is the latest ferry to be used at Woodland. A ferry has been in operation here since about 1743. This current ferry was named for Tina Fallon, a State Representative from the area. The ceremony was to start at 1:30 P.M. but Governor Minner went to the wrong side of the river and had to drive back around to the Woodland Ferry Park landing. There was a crowd of about 150 attending the ceremony which started about 2 P.M.
The "Tina Fallon". I have written about the ferry before and the previous ferry the "Virginia C."
The ramp, as we all know the old one was so steep the bottom of your car would scrape leaving the ferry. This is at an in between tide level and it still looks steep.
On board - The Ferry has that new ship smell - fresh paint, no heavy diesel oil smell to it.
The "Tina Fallon"
New Line untouched by mud
Car wheel stopping device
The real live person, Tina Fallon, being interviewed
Tina Fallon being presented with a commemorative plate from Governor Minner.
Biff Lee speaking, other speakers were; Robert Venables, Daniel Short, Roger Hamrick, Rev Jervis Cooke and Pastor Richard Bridge. Biff Lee is everywhere now days. He was the first person I saw when I arrived at the landing.
Secretary Department of Transportation Carolann Wicks breaks the bottle of "champagne"
Dignitaries on board. They made the rest of us riffraff stay ashore
Leaving the landing
The Ferry on the East Shore
They were passing out a samll booklet called "Woodland Ferry: Crossing the Nanticoke River from the 1740' to the present." It was interesting and I have included a couple of photo from that booklet of earlier ferries at Woodland.
The 1900 to 1930 ferry being "poled" across the Nanticoke.
The 1930 to 1937 Ferry with the Model T engine
The 1937 to 1961 Ferry. It is interesting that just a couple of weeks ago I was reading two newspaper articles in a 1937 paper about this particular ferry. The first article talked about the new ferry being put into service. Two days later they had another article about two cars that had rolled off the ferry and sunk in the river. In the photo it looks like the ramp stayed permanently down.
The Virginia C took over as the ferry in 1961.
Delmar's First Police Car
Clipping from the Bi-State Weekly Friday, November 2, 1951
On Saturday October 27th 1951 Delmar put it's first police car into action. It was a new black Ford (Does new mean 1952 or 1951) with "Delmar Police" on each door panel and the word "Police", all in gold lettering, on the trunk lid. The car was equipped with a siren on the top and a "stop" light on the right fender.
Shown left to right in the clipping photo are; Councilman Howard King, Automobile Salesman Leslie Evans, Mayor A. E. Hantwerker, Officer Philip Breyer, Councilman Gene Hammond, and Councilman Alton Tryuitt.
Bits of News About Delmar - 1937
Mrs. D. B. Waller has returned from Wilmington where she has been visiting her son, Franklin and family.
Mrs. Lizzie Elliott is spending some time in Norristown with her daughter, Mrs. James Van Ellen and family.
Mr. Frank Taylor, who was retired by the Pennsylvania Railroad Company a short time ago, left on Wednesday with Mrs. Taylor to make their home in the future at New Freedom, Penna. The town regrets losing these good people, but our best wishes go with them.
Fire, caused by burning a pile of leaves in the yard, spread over five acres of wood land on the Hughes farm, four miles east of Delmar on Tuesday afternoon. The Delmar Fire Company responded to a call for help and soon had the fire under control.
The winners in the essay contest on Fire Prevention were as follows; First prize, Mary Nehf; second, Robert Elliott; third, Bobby Adkins. These awards represent the best essays submitted by the pupils of the fifth, sixth, seventh and eight grades of the Delmar, Delaware school.
Rockville, Maryland Trip
I was over to Rockville Maryland yesterday. I guess you would call it downtown Rockville, anyway Court House Square is a very nice area in which a lot of money has been dumped. I didn't see much in the way of business except those that would live off the Court building business (usual restaurants for lunch, parking lots, law offices) that are there. Brick is used a lot, from brick paved streets to inserts in the sidewalk to the building themselves. The place looks nice.
This is a statue in Courthouse Square Park, behind is the Old 1891 Red Brick Courthouse. The courthouse was closed in 1982 but preservation groups restored it and it was put back into use in 1996.
1955 Halloween Contest in Salisbury
The Adults from left to right are; Frank Ulman, Judge Fanny B. Murphy, Mayor Rollie W. Hastings, and William Agnew.
The children are Debbie Shores, Bill and Dick Dyke.
Griffin Seward - Congressional Medal of Honor
Today in 1869 Griffin Seward of near Dover, Co. G, 8th US Cavalry, was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for gallantry in action in a fight with Apache Indians in the Chiricahua Mountains, Arizona Territory.
This Day In Delaware is compiled by historian Roger Martin and brought to you by the Delaware Public Archives.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Seniors and Guns
Other Choices For President
The Constitution Party
U.S. President - Chuck Baldwin
U.S. Vice President - Darrell L. Castle
The Green Party
U.S. President - Cynthia A. McKinney
U.S. Vice President - Rosa A. Clemente
U.S. President - Ralph Nader
U.S. Vice President - Matt Gonzalez
U.S. President - Bob Barr
U.S. Vice President - Wayne A. Root
Socialist Worker Party
U.S. President - Roger Calero
U.S. Vice President - Alyson Kennedy
1978 Ad - Parents Without Partners Halloween Dance
The Delmar Joint Council Meeting for October 2008
I did obtain a copy of Diane Buckley's farewell address and I have reprinted it below:
This is my last meeting as a Delmar, Delaware Councilperson.
For approximately the past 6 years, I have held this position as a representative on Delmar’s Town Council.
I am proud of my years of service as I have had the chance to take part in many very important decisions to help make Delmar a better place to live and do business.
I stand by my votes on all issues and I hold my head high.
I feel that I did my best to represent the citizens I have served and I believe that many of them are satisfied with the work I have done.
I did not take this position for any one purpose and I leave just as I started….not aligned with any type of “special interest” group, or anyone’s personal agenda, including my own.
I would like to thank the former Mayor John McDonnell and the Delmar, Delaware voters for giving me the opportunity to serve the community which I love so much.
I would also like to thank my fellow Council Members and Mayor Outten for understanding my dedication to the Town and to the voters I represented even when at times I was very passionate about one thing or another.
To the Maryland Mayor and Commissioners, I thank you also for understanding my passion and being willing to work with me even though we found ourselves on the opposite ends of the spectrum more than once.
Last but certainly not least, thank you to my fiancé` John Johnson for his support and understanding.
I bid farewell to all of you tonight and I wish you all the best in dealing with the issues of the Town that are current and those which are forthcoming.
Since I chose not to file for re-election, I will say, I came in on my own terms and I am leaving on my own terms as well. I leave with my integrity and my pride intact.
Delmar Utility Commission Meeting October 2008
Work continues on the Urban Service Agreement with Wicomico County.
We accepted the utilities installed at Lighthouse Square based on a letter of recommendations from the town engineers. The effective date to be September 29th.
The Holly Oak lift station requires repairs and estimates are being received.
Flushing of town hydrants will begin November 7th.
We accepted the utilities part of the Jewell Street project as being complete. Effective October 10th.
Tidewater Utilities is still in discussions with the State of Delaware about spray irrigation.
There was a meeting on the 17th with Maryland and Delaware to review the funding for the Biological Nutrient Removal (BNR) project that hopefully will have the bid process started in January.
Discussion is going on with the State of Delaware concerning the depth of the backup well recently drilled.
The commission all told Diane Buckley what a pleasure it was too work with her and we all hope the incoming new Delaware councilperson will be as concerned with Delmar as she was.
Since I mainly talk about the Biff Lee and Barbara Hudson campaign lets look at their reports. At the end of Biff Lee 30 day report he had an ending balance of $33,624.36. He had previous campaign contributions of $35,188.70 to start this year's election campaign with (you can roll money over from the last year's election, obviously an advantage to Biff since he was running unopposed in the last election). Barbara Hudson started her campaign with zero dollars. On his eight day report he had an ending balance of $31,994.59. Barbara Hudson had an ending balance of $2,525.92 on her 30 day report and on her 8 day report she had a balance of $2,900.92.
The 30-day report has the most information on it. Looking at the 30-day report you wonder why out-of-state people would contribute to a fairly local campaign fund. Remember $650 is the most you can donate to a campaign fund. Biff Lee has donations from;
Walmart Stores Bentonville, Arkansas $600
Medco Health Solutions,Inc. Franklin, N.J. $100.00
PHI-PAC Washington DC $120.00
Bank of America Atlanta GA $400.00
Genesis Healthcare Corp PAC Kennett Square, PA $150.00
Norfolk Corp Norfolk VA $100.00
Walgreens Deerfield IL $250.00
His beginning balance for this year's election was made up of even more out-of-state monies.
Barbara Hudson had no out-of-state sources of money.
The website is not the most user friendly site but once you find the reports they are interesting reading.
Monday, October 27, 2008
1976 Ad - Carter
1978 Ad - Salisbury Mall Haunted House
1976 Ad - Delaware Slots Referendum
Fair Trade Items
Now Fair trade items is a program where items (handicrafts, clothing, bananas, coffee, tea, chocolate etc) are imported from poor countries or poor areas of the United States and a fair price is paid for the item. This fair price will allow a fair wage to be paid in local communities. There is more to it than that but those select products should help with a fair wage, Children rights, Women rights, and environmental rights. Right off you can figure it is going to be more expensive and you are not apt to find many of these items at Wal-Mart. However I thought for festivals and fairs and other like events this would be a good ideal. The price of a cup of coffee is always higher at these events than what I would normally pay, why not make it a fair trade item cup of coffee and I would feel I was doing more than buying a cup of coffee.
A number of church groups such as the Lutheran World Relief, and Catholic Relief Services support this program. A little more information is here.
Most of this was started under the administration of President Bill Clinton, who tried to set free trade agreements that would encourage countries to adhere to minimum labor and environmental standards. He argued that citizens of other countries will not receive the benefits of free trade if their employers exploit workers or damage the environment in an effort to compete more effectively in international markets. Given the buying power of our dollar today most of us will continue to shop for the cheapest price and turn our heads to sweatshop practices.
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Fire News From Ramona California
In the paper they have ten tips (questions) to prepare for the next disaster (they know it is going to happen again)
1) Have you and your family registered your cell phone with AlertSanDiego, the County emergency notification system?
2) Have you removed fire hazards near your home?
3) Have you checked to make sure none of your tree branches are touching or are located too close to your roof or home?
4) Have you scheduled a high-fire hazard inspection from your local fire agency?
5) Have you completed a family disaster plan?
6) Are you ready to evacuate your home in just 15 minutes?
7) Do you have emergency supplies to last you and your family at least 72 hours?
8) Have you removed any outside furniture or other items that could be blown into your home if you have to evacuate?
9) Do you have a non-cordless phone that does not require electricity to charge and a battery-powered radio?
10) Do you have a plan for your pet?
It must really be freaky to live in an area where wildfires could happen at any time. We can rest assured that Delaware Emergency Planning has a plan for any disaster that may happen in Delmar. I would feel more comfortable if Biff Lee hadn’t said it was being kept secret from the public due to national security reasons.
1964 Ad - Oliver Hill
Monday Oct 27th; Delmar Utility Meeting 6:30 Town Hall - No agenda posted on website
Monday Oct 27th; Delmar Joint Council Meeting 7:00 Town Hall - no agenda posted on website
Wednesday Oct 29th Dedication of new Woodland Ferry at 1:30AM
Thursday Oct 30th Halloween in Delmar. School will give out treat at night
Friday Oct 31st Delmar-Laurel Football game
Friday Oct 31st Punkin Chunkin begins at 7:30 AM, competition at 10:30 AM
Saturday Nov 1st Punkin Chunkin 2nd Day open 7:30 AM Competition at 10:30AM, Fireworks at 8:30 PM
Saturday Nov 1st Book Festival in Dover and First Saturday tours in Dover
Sunday Nov 2nd Punkin Chunkin final day 7:30 Am open, competition at 10:30AM