Saturday, March 07, 2009

Storage Units Auction

On occasion I will go to a storage unit auction and today I went to one in Pittsville. It does amaze me what people pay money to store. Mostly it is clothes and what looks like junk. For these units to be in the auction stage it must mean they are 6 to 9 months overdue on their rent, so you are talking 600 to 1,500 dollars owed on stuff that has a value of about $100. Okay occasionally you come across good stuff which is worth biding on but mostly it is junk. It is also depressing to look at as you know some of it was stored due to divorce and house foreclosure etc. Most auctions today make you bid on the entire contents of the unit so you end up with stuff that is going to the landfill after you have sorted out the "good" stuff. In general it is more trouble than it is worth to bid on these units.

Alsop - Evans Wedding - 1958

From the Bi-State Weekly March 7, 1958

Miss Lois Eileen Alsop, daughter of Mrs. Irving R. Alsop and the late Mr. Alsop of near Delmar, became the bride Saturday afternoon in a candlelight service at the St. George's Methodist Church, of Mr. Claude Edward Evans, son of Mr. and Mrs. Glen Evans of Laurel, with the Rev. J. Edward Layton, pastor of the church officiating.

The bride, who was given in marriage by her brother, First Sgt. Irving R. Alsop, Jr. of Washington, DC, wore a gown of imported Chantilly lace over satin. The fitted bodice had a scalloped neckline and dipped to a deep point front and back. The satin skirt was floor length and had a full gathered tunic of lace, cascading from the pointed waistline. Her elbow length veil of tulle fell from a satin headdress trimmed with pearl sequins. she carried a small white prayer book topped with an orchid and spray of lilies of the valley, with baby ivy streamers.

Mrs. Irving Alsop as matron of honor wore a gown of light green brocaded taffeta fashioned with full gathered skirts and topped with a fitted bodice of emerald chiffon velvet with a bateau neckline and bracelet length sleeves , wide taffeta sash ending in a large bow completed her costume. She wore a band of velvet and taffeta and carried an emerald green muff, trimmed with feathered carnations and white Velvet leaves.

The bridesmaids were Miss Betty Lou Sirman and Miss Joyce Lea Carey both of Delmar. They wore gowns fashioned like that worn by Mrs. Alsop, Miss Sirman wore skyblue velvet and Miss Carey wore beige taffeta with rust velvet. They carried matching muffs and their carnations blends with their costumes.

Mr. Davis E. Evans of Laurel was best man for his brother and the ushers were Mr. Ronald Moore and Mr. Robert Dukes both of Laurel.

Mrs. Jane Helm of Frankford was the soloist and Mrs. Paul Powell played the wedding music.

A reception for one hundred and fifty guests followed at the community house. There were guests from Delmar, Laurel, Seaford, Sharptown, Newark, Salisbury, and Elizabeth and Linden N. J.

They will make their home in Laurel.

You know these wedding reviews could only be done by a woman as who else would know all those descriptions of taffeta, muffs, tulle, Chiffon, and bateau neckline.

The 2009 Iditarod Starts Today

Today, in Anchorage, the ceremonial start of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race will start. No doubt with last year's presidential race still in everyone's mind, Governor Palin will be featured prominently in the race coverage. The restart of the race will take place tomorrow in Wasilla, Sarah Palin's home town, from where on your front porch you see Russia - you betcha. This is the 37th race, which commemorates a lifesaving medicine relay in 1925 of 1,100 miles to Nome and Fairbanks. Alaska has had, and is expecting more, heavy snows and the race volunteers are still trying to mark the trail which is buried in waist deep snow. It is expected to be an even more physically challenging race this year then it normally is.

Some economics has hit the race this year. The purse has been slashed to about $650,000, from $900,000 last year. Wells Fargo & Co, one of the major sponsors of the race, has received billion of dollars under the U.S. government's Troubled Asset Relief Program, it is under political pressure to cut non-essential spending. Only 67 mushers and their dog teams are scheduled to start the race, down from last year's record field of 96. The entrance fee still remains high at $4,000. It is estimated to participate in the race it will cost each musher $20,000.

In sheer geographic size, the city of Anchorage is larger than the state of Rhode Island. It is home to 42% of all Alaskan residents.


Inside a dog trailer waiting for the start of the Iditarod

A nose waits for the race to start

It starts, Sixty-seven mushers will start, some will drop out quickly. At the start they have people riding in the sled with them until the actual race tomorrow. Those people paid thousands in a bid for their seats during a fundraising auction.

An Alaskan blogger Mamadance has more local information.

Friday, March 06, 2009

Delmar High School "Back To The 80's"

My wife and I went to Delmar High School tonight to watch "Back To the 80's"

It was really a great show. It is playing again tomorrow night at 7 P.M. (cost ten dollars), last about 2 and a half hours.

The students did a very impressive job.

A show is a team effort, it takes everyone to make it right. I could not however but be impressed with Nancy Maner (I hope I have the name right, she is the one on the right) She is just a little ball of dynamite and her enthusiasm greatly added to the show.

Another person who stood out was Chris Raglin in the role of the geek.

The narrator, Skylar Schirtzinger with his powerful voice, carried the show and kept the continuity.

The musical number that stood out most was "Total Eclipse of the Heart" featuring Kelsey Murrell and Ben Gifford. They totally nailed the number. The photo above shows Kelsey Murrell in red but is not of "Total Eclipse of the Heart". Other numbers that stood out were; "Footloose", "Believe it or Not", and "The Time of My Life." I will say Josh Wilder did very well, demonstrating his strong voice in "Nothing's Going To stop Us Now." Excellent performances were given by Megan Spindler, Lean Wilson, and Josh Smith

Other cast members were; Sean Moore, Kevin Nichols, Megan Upole, Amelia Mitchell, Marybeth Bradshaw, Deondre Reddick, Tay Moore, Raven Neubert, Ryan Prettyman, Caitlyn Frey, Donya Smith, Tatyana Gonsalez, Sierra Schirtzinger, Kayla Trelfall, Alex Harris, Chassidy Jewell, Adwoa Nyame, Allison Scott, Ashlie Walter, BB Johnson, and Brinkley Rayne. And what would a show be without backstage, sound and lighting covered by; Courtney Jones, Jessica Ludemann, Annika Nichols, Fiona Siegel, Steven Smith, Chris Bireley, and Sarah Benny.

Great Job by all of them.

The show had two draw back; first you had a tendency to sing along with the music. Second the sound system was bad, which is even worst when you are doing a musical. The volume could have been twice what it was and some microphones didn't seem to be working. I guess the money went for sports.

Delmar Ambulance Subscription

A while back many of us received the annual Delmar Ambulance Subscription request. For $40 a family it is a good deal. Today we take ambulance service and a local hospital pretty much as a given. For most of us it is just a 15 to 20 minute wait before you arrive at a hospital. Prior to having hospitals and ambulance service (maybe 1920 for hospitals and 1940 for ambulance service) it was not that way. You had about three choices; first, if you could get to a town on a rail line you could ride on a litter they kept in the baggage car of the train to Philadelphia. Another choice was a steamboat ride to Baltimore. The third choice was a psychological downer as it called for a ride in the local undertaker hearse to the hospital. Undertakers would use their vehicles for both living and dead as there were no ambulances. Either way you had hour(s) before you would arrive at a hospital. You had best hope you did not have an immediate life threatening problem.

Last Filing Day For Delmar School Board

Today is the last day to file for the two open positions on the Delmar School Board. Those that have filed so far are;

Member At Large - Five Year Term
Jason Robert CoCo
Charles S. Smith

Member At Large - Three Year Term
Gregory A. Cathell
Jeffrey T. Fleetwood
Wayne F. Moore
Phillip W. Thompson

For additional information on the people who filed go to this site.
The filing deadline for the May School Board election is the first Friday in March at 4:30 p.m. in the year of the election (That's today folks). How to file is at this site.

The Delmar School Board Election Date is Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Thursday, March 05, 2009

Battery C. 261st Coast Artillery WWII

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Cosden, Gilbert C.
1st Lieutenants
Lee, Daniel P.
2nd Lieutenants
Coleman, Clarence N.
Jefferis, Charles R.
First Sergeant
Short, Herman R.
Coulbourn, Thomas J.
Hastings, Marshall H.
Killen, James M.
Layton, Vernon W.
Orvis, Isaac B.
Southerland, Percy D.
Bryan, James M.
Carpenter, Walter D.
Fitzgerald, William E.
Mahieu, Gerald L.
Moore, Reuben M. Jr.
Plummer, Joseph F.
Short, Norman L.
Smith, William A.
Thompson, Rexel M.
Private, 1st Class
Blocker, Smith H.
Fitzgerald, James R.
Lundy, William F.
Marvel, William T.
Matthews, Harrison W.
Matthews, Horace C.
O'Neal, Larry W.
O'Neal, Thomas L.
Records, Charles V.
Suthard, William H.
West, Milan F.
Allen, Donald M.
Ammons, Frank B.
Cannon, William A.
Clifton, Charles M.
Conoway, Aloysius C.
Dickerson, Howard L.
Dickerson, Martin H.
Emory, Joseph
Freeman, Alfred H.
Garey, Gerard S.
Haering, Howard R.
Hall, Richard E.
Harris, Leonard D. Jr.
Hastings, Odel M.
Hayes, Lawrence F.
Hearn, William T.
Hitchens, Ray D.
Ingram, Raymond W.
Johnson, Ira W.
Johnson, Perry C.
Knowles, Horace J.
Knowles, William C.
LeCates, Granville
Lewis, William H.
Littleton, William J.
Mackey, Robert F.
McCabe, Herbert J.
McDonald, Ellice, Jr.
McSweeney, Joseph F.
Mioduszewski, Charles A.
Mincher, Benjamin E.
Murphy, William S.
Parsons, Luther A.
Revel, Raymond J.
Rickenback, Harry T. Jr.
Riddle, Robert B.
Taylor, William J.
Todd, Clifford W.
Vincent, Joseph W.
Wallace, Randolph L.
West, Asbury A.
West, George M.
Willin, Norm

1st Lieutenants
Lynch, John W.
McDaniel, Joseph S. Jr.
Staff Sergeant
Helm, Harry A.
Prettyman, John H.
Privates 1st Class
LeCates, Edward F.
Marvel, Victor F.
Moore, Phillip C.
Anstine, Daniel P.
Boswell, Wilson C.
Hitchens, James E.
McDaniel, Harry III
Scheider, Edward W. Jr.
Walls, Marion H.
Williams, Seth E.

The 261st Coast Artillery was of course stationed at Fort Miles and made up of a large number of Delaware residents because it was National Guard Unit before it was federalized..

Delmar Delaware Streetscape - Thursday

Work has picked back up on the Delmar Delaware Streetscape project. The Town Police are there today with their flashing lights on the police cars. Actually I understand they were clearing an accident at the time I was there.

The town police, public works and DelDot looking at? UFO's or the train or the virgin Mother Mary has appeared in the sky over Delmar, take your pick.

The backhoe is digging out the space for the sidewalk.

Let's hope everyone looks down at the street instead up at the LeCates building

Old Salisbury and the class of 61

For those of us who use to beat around Salisbury in the 1950's and 1960's Ernie Matthews has posted some memories on his website. He is one of the central people to touch base with for our class of 1961 events.

Congratulations Joshua David Smith

I read in today's News Journal that Joshua David Smith from Delmar High School has been selected to be in the chorus of the All Eastern Honors Ensemble. This Chorus will perform Sunday March 15th at 1 P.M. at the The 51st MENC Eastern Division Biennial In-Service Conference in Providence, RI at the Veterans Memorial Auditorium. The chorus and other musical ensembles are made up of students from 12 states in the Northeast and the Middle Atlantic. Other Delaware students named members in the ensembles were; Sara Baker (Sussex Tech), Garrett Fullerton (Caesar Rodney) and Aaron Selestok (St Thomas More).

MENC: The National Association for Music Education, the world's largest arts education organization, marked its centennial in 2007 as the only association that addresses all aspects of music education. More than 142,000 members and supporters represent all levels of teaching from preschool to graduate school.

and in their own words; Why Doesn't MENC's Name Match the Acronym?

We were originally called Music Supervisors National Conference, then Music Educators National Conference. (That's what the "MENC" stands for.) In 1998, our National Executive Board voted to change our name to MENC: The National Association for Music Education to better reflect our mission.

Good Job Joshua Smith!!!

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Giddy Up Oom Poppa Omm Poppa Mow Mow

One of the less complicated lyric songs, the song "Elvira" sung by the The Oakridge Boys was released on March 4 1981. It was written by Dallas Frazier in 1966. He received his inspiration while out drinking and his car stopped in East Nashville at the intersection of Gallatin Road and a side street called Elvira Street. He immediately started writing the song after seeing the street sign.

I can remember being in the "Starting Gate" bar in Georgetown in 1981 when "Elvira" came on the jukebox and everyone in the bar sang along with the song (like I said the lyrics didn't tax your mind to remember them). It was sort of like a redneck version of the Dion Warwick song "I Say a Little Prayer" being sung in the lobster restaurant in the movie "My Best Friends Wedding."

Eyes that look like heaven, lips like sherry wine
That girl can sure enough make my little light shine
I get a funny feelin' up and down my spine
'Cause I know that my Elvira's mine

So I'm singin'
Elvira, Elvira
My heart's on fire Elvira
Giddy Up Oom Poppa Omm Poppa Mow Mow
Giddy Up Oom Poppa Omm Poppa Mow Mow
Heigh-ho Silver, away

Tonight I'm gonna meet her at the Hungry House Cafe
And I'm gonna give her all the love I can
She's gonna jump and holler 'cause I saved up my last two dollars
We're gonna search and find that preacher man

Now I'm a singin'
Elvira, Elvira
My heart's on fire Elvira
Giddy Up Oom Poppa Omm Poppa Mow Mow
Giddy Up Oom Poppa Omm Poppa Mow Mow
Heigh-ho Silver, away

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Railroad Locomotive Engineer School

With all the schools in the United States, for about anything you would want to be in life, I have often wondered why there aren't more for Railroad Engineer. I know the usual way is to first get hired by a railroad than become an apprentice to the machinist or boiler maker. As you move through the various jobs to learn about locomotives you get a chance to become a locomotive engineer. Now I have come across a number of community colleges that train you in railroad operations (but it seems to be academic instead of real training), and
Railroad Training Services does some on brakeman training. I have however only found one that train you to be a Locomotive engineer (Cost $19,000) and that is MODOC Railroad academy in California. You can also train to be a Conductor ($6,000). Strange, you would think with all the short spur small railroad companies there are they would try to make additional money by running a training school.

Every month the U.S. Railroad Retirement Board makes a list of railroad vacancies. To look at this list of available jobs click on
U.S. Railroad Retirement Board list of vacancies.

New Nurses - 1961

In March of 1961, in the Bi-State Weekly, there were photos of a couple of student nurses who were "Capped".

Miss Bonnie Snyder of Beebe Hospital School of Nursing.

Miss Yvonne C. Lowe, Wilmington General hospital School of Nursing.
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In 1961 nurses still wore caps, white starched uniforms and nurses shoes. It was such an improvement over today where the nurses dress the same as the person who scrubs the floor. When you are in a hospital bed you don't know who is examining you, the janitor or a nurse or a doctor. The only differences in appearance is the stethoscope hung around their neck, which you can pick up for ten dollars. Like school teachers, causal Friday is everyday for nurses.

I suppose it was simply because the photos were in a small town local paper but these were separate articles giving these two people the attention and recognition they should receive instead of one large "class" photo of 50 people like you see today, if you see it at all.

It's Square Root Day

Yes once again in this century Square Root day has arrived. There are only going to be nine of them this century. Today is 3/3/09 which equates to 3 x 3 = 9 or if I knew how to make a square root sign in blogger I would write the square root of 9 equals 3.

Today I don't know of anyone who still works square roots by hand. or as far as that goes does any math functions. Even I use a calculator now days. Obviously since people my age went to school before hand held calculators and had to work this by hand we were genius level people. Or maybe we just had more actual school days and didn't get off every times you had an inch of snow or a little ice or the 50 in-service days teachers get each school term. In a different post I will have to talk about walking five miles in three foot snows to get to school.

The next big event is Pi day on 3/14.

Monday, March 02, 2009

Still Snowing

Welcome To Delmar

About 9:30 I went for a walk in the snow. Altho public works has made several passes on the streets the wind and the fact it is still snowing keeps covering the streets up.

All is not lost Delmar Liquors has a clean parking lot

The Post Office employees are scraping ice getting ready to go out in it.

Downtown is pretty quiet. Altho not all the businesses are closed many are closed.

Well this should give those college students and other people who moved away from Delmar and who look at my blog an idea what it looks like here.

A little Snow

Just when you were hoping winter was coming to a close we get a little snow.

By 7:30 public works had made a path down Jewell Street.

By neighbor is overjoyed. He bought a snow blower this year and finally gets to use it.

Sunday, March 01, 2009

The Delmar Promotional Advertising Card Table

My neighbor brought over a card table he bought at auction today. It was put out by the Delmar Republican Women's Club and had advertising on top of it from various Delmar companies. It appear to be from the mid to late 1950's. I tried making photos but never did get a good photo of the card table. The card table was produced by M. Ware (Woodland Ave., Folcraft PA) which may well be this current M. Ware

Most Improved Students - 1992

Chris Lloyd, Pat Brown, Blaine Altman

Samuel Mitchell Died in 1992

Samuel Mitchell died on February 24, 1992 at the age of 80. Mr Mitchell was the first town manager of both Delmar, Delaware and Maryland. He was given that position in 1963 after serving as a Maryland councilman for ten years. He retired in 1974 from the town after being the clerk-treasurer-town manager. He had previously worked as a service manager at Oliphant's Chevrolet in Salisbury retiring in 1963. He also worked at Short's funeral Home for 16 years.

In thinking about town managers I think the next town manager was Robert Martin, followed by James Peck, followed by Karen Horsman, followed by Carl Pollitt (acting town manager), followed by Roberta Nealson and currently Sara Bynum King

It's Catherine Bach Birthday

Today in 1954 Catherine Bach was born. She is an actress who is best known for playing the character "Daisey Duke" on the 1979 to 1985 TV show "Dukes of Hazzard." She lent her character's name to the fashion world in the form of referring to short shorts as Daisey Dukes.