Saturday, August 15, 2009

Wicomico County Fair - 2009

Ducks, Car Show, knights of olde battling it out, tractor pulls, food and more food, the Wicomico County Fair is off and running this weekend. I wandered around for a while.

Tom Adkins was there pounding iron. He makes really nice knives. I usually see him at the mule show in the fall.

This little garden cake by Chelsea Hudson was imaginative.

I thought the above painting by Jessica Schlegel was well done.

I thought these painted gourds by Connie Windmann, both above and below, were quite nice.

Carriage Rides, where have we seen that man before

Laurel Farmer's Auction Market

A light but constant line of watermelons were passing thru the auction this morning. Money is rolling in

Yes it is that time of the year

I saw this on one of the tables up at Bargin's Bill Flea market today.

Grotto Pizza - Seaford Delaware

I see in today's News Journal there is a write-up about another fight in the parking lot at the Grotto Pizza in Seaford. I have to wonder how often there is some form of violence at Grotto's in Seaford. I know there has been at least one shooting and a number of fights. It doesn't sound like a place you would want to take your family to.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Virginia Jefferson - Miss Delaware 1958

From the Bi-State Weekly August 1958

In August 1958 the Bi-State Weekly announced Miss Virginia Jefferson would wed. Miss Jefferson was Miss Delmar of 1957, Miss Navy-Marine Recruiting and Miss Delaware of 1958. She is the Daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Theodore T. Jefferson of Delmar. She was to wed William Jackson, both were from Delmar and were Delmar High School Graduates.

The WBOC -TV Visit

Well it looks like WBOC-TV is set up for their broadcast from Delmar tonight. Captain Willie is circling the town.

The streetscape is finished. I see Milano's Pizza hung their sign and have advertisement in their window. I wonder if this was for the benefit of the TV cameras as I think they are still a week or so away from opening? I see Black Belt World moved their van down closer to the cameras so it will be in the background when they start rolling the cameras.

Delmar Band Camp - Final Day

Well after putting up with 30 hours of heat, sweat, rain and practice the Delmar High School Band Camp gave their concert of numbers they will do this football season. People, they are going to be good this year. The band has a little over 40 members plus ten or so flag twirlers. A large number are freshman. The name of this years collection of music is called "Live In Concert". Happily about 60 people showed up today to watch them perform and support them.

David Smith, band Director

Kelly Grubbs, Director of the Flag line and Twirlers

The play book

Twirling those flags


Thursday, August 13, 2009

Laurel Vs Philippines

We went over to Roxanna to watch the District 3 host team (Laurel) play against
Asia-Pacific (Philippines). It was a boring game, with a ten to zero win for District 3 and the slaughter rule went into play. District 3 (Laurel) score most of their runs in the first and sixth innings. Asia-Pacific (Philippines) had good outfield players but could not hit.

Lost In A Corn Field In Sussex County

For some time now I have been wondering how the yield of bushels per acre of corn were calculated in the field. Now I know they don't really use a bushel basket to determine bushels. The Government set 56 pounds of shelled corn at 15% moisture content to be the standard for a bushel of corn. A bushel is suppose to be 90,000 kernels of corn to a bushel for that 56 pounds. Now supposedly field corn, not sweet corn, in Delaware averages 125 bushels an acre, a significant increase from 1879 when there was only 19.8 bushels per acre. I also understand out West, Arizona gets a 190 bushels per acre and Washington State gets 195 bushels per acre (possibly has to do with free government supplied water). So, since everything is on the internet I made a quick search and found these tidbits of information.

Yield components include number of ears per acre, number of kernel rows per ear, number of kernels per row, and weight per kernel. The first three yield components (ear number, kernel rows, kernels/row) are easily measured in the field.

and this method of calculation;

1. At each estimation site, measure off a length of row equal to 1/1000th acre. For 30-inch (2.5 feet) rows, this equals 17.4 feet.

TIP: For other row spacings, divide 43,560 by the row spacing (in feet) and then divide that result by 1000 (e.g., [43,560/2.5]/1000 = 17.4 ft).

2. Count and record the number of ears on the plants in the 1/1000th acre of row that you deem to be harvestable.

TIP: Do not count dropped ears or those on severely lodged plants unless you are confident that the combine header will be able to retrieve them.

3. For every fifth ear in the sample row, record the number of complete kernel rows per ear and average number of kernels per row. Then multiply each ear's row number by its number of kernels per row to calculate the total number of kernels for each ear.

TIPS: Do not sample nubbins or obviously odd ears, unless they fairly represent the sample area. If row number changes from butt to tip (e.g., pinched ears due to stress), estimate an average row number for the ear. Don't count the extreme butt or tip kernels, but rather begin and end where you perceive there are complete "rings" of kernels around the cob. Do not count aborted kernels. If kernel numbers are uneven among the rows of an ear, estimate an average value for kernel number per row.

4. Calculate the average number of kernels per ear by summing the values for all the sampled ears and dividing by the number of ears.

EXAMPLE: For five sample ears with 480, 500, 450, 600, and 525 kernels per ear, the average number of kernels per ear would be (480 + 500 + 450 + 600 + 525) divided by 5 = 511.

5. Estimate the yield for each site by multiplying the ear number by the average number of kernels per ear, then dividing that result by 90. The value of '90' represents the average number of kernels (90,000) in a bushel of corn.

TIP: Use a lower value (e.g., 80) if grain fill conditions have been excellent (larger kernels, fewer per bushel) or a larger value (e.g., 100) if grain fill conditions have been stressful (smaller kernels, more per bushel).

Sounds simple enough doesn't it. So I found a corn patch and discovered it had 30 inch spacing on rows and corn stalks growing every 6 inches. I measured off 17.4 feet and counted ears of corn. First problem; altho there was a corn stalk every 6 inches not all stalks had ears of corn, and while most had two ears the second ear was not developed. Obviously there is a judgement call involved. I estimated there were 33 ears of usable corn in my 17.4 foot of corn row. Pulling a few sample ears of corn I found they averaged 582 kernels of corn per ear. Multiplying this times 33 ears of corn in my 17.4 feet of row, I arrived at 19,206 kernels which I divided by 90 (remember 90,000 kernels to a bushel and the 17.4 feet is 1/1000 of an acre) to arrive at 213 bushels of corn per acre.

Well this farmer is going to be rich if the average is 125 bushels in Delaware. Obviously something went wrong. I think it shows the inherent problems of sampling and extending those samples out. It also shows using untrained help will get you into trouble. Third, the untrained help should not have stopped by Red Top Liquor store and than tried to count the number of kernels on an ear of corn.

Red Top Liquors and $ watermelons

I was out on the Laurel-Sharptown Road today and stopped into Red Top liquors. Now Red Top is an institution. It sets at the Maryland - Delaware border and is in Delaware. No one can tell me how old the place is. As best as we can guess it started up sometime in the 1950's. At various times over the years and usually on the weekends the empty lot across the road from it is one big migratory workers party.

Coming back on the Delmar-Sharptown road I see the farmer in Columbia is selling Dollar watermelons.

Wally Watermelon

Delaware On-Line checkbook

I was looking at the Delaware on-Line checkbook. This is a good thing. Taxpayers can look and see where their money goes. They may form the wrong opinion but at least they can look at it. Check out the site. I was looking at the Department of Elections and it list who were paid for working the poll stations and how much they were paid and how much that location got for being used as a poll station. Now if the Town of Delmar and the Delmar School District were to do the same thing.

DNREC Press Release

Mountaire Farms applies for Coastal Zone Act permit

The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control has received an application for a Coastal Zone Act permit from Mountaire Farms of Delaware, Inc., to construct and operate a resource recovery facility within the existing Mountaire Farms complex located on the south side of Rt. 24, east of Millsboro.

According to the application, the proposed operation consists of the recovery of unused protein materials (blood, feathers, and offal) from the Mountaire Millsboro and Selbyville poultry processing plants, farms and hatcheries and processing these materials into hydrolyzed feather and poultry meal and feed grade fat at the Millsboro facility.

The permit application can be inspected at DNREC offices at 89 Kings Highway, Dover; the Air Quality Management Office, 715 Grantham Lane, New Castle; and at three public libraries: the Hockessin Public Library, 1023 Valley Road, Hockessin; Delaware City Library, 250 Fifth Street., Delaware City; and the Wilmington Public Library, 10th & Market Street, Wilmington.

The application is presently under review. If and when the application is determined to be preliminarily, administratively complete, a public hearing will be announced.
For more information, contact Kevin Coyle at 302-739-9071.

The Delaware Coastal Zone Act Program regulates existing heavy industrial activities, as well as new and existing manufacturing activities in Delaware’s Coastal Zone through a status decision and permit process.
For program information, visit DNREC website,

Howards Comment: If it is a permit application for an operation in Sussex County why is it the only places mentioned where you can see the permit is in Dover or New Castle County?

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Band Camp

Band Camp Continues at Delmar High School

Big Thursday - 1852

Today in 1852 the May 1st thru August 10th taking of oysters ban was lifted and the Town of Bowers Beach had a party. Named after the Bowers family who owned it from 1734 to 1847, Bowers Beach was/is a fishing community on Delaware Bay. The party started on Wednesday with oystermen taking oysters for the big party on Thursday. It became a tradition and every year the second Thursday in August is called Big Thursday. In keeping with today's government tradition of celebrating holidays on the weekend or the Friday or Monday next to a weekend regardless of what day the celebration actually is suppose to occur, Bowers Beach celebrated Big Thursday this past weekend, actually on Sunday.

Black Saturday followed Big Thursday and it was a day slaves and free blacks were given as a holiday to celebrate the opening of Oyster season. Whites were expected to stay away from the party on Saturday.

In a time of family and community gatherings, Big Thursday was popular because as a government publication from the 1930s described the tradition, "Automobiles and trucks bring farm families from nearby necks along the bay or from piney-woods regions near the Maryland Line. Farm work is slack: corn is too big for cultivating, and tomatoes and other crops have not reached their peak. It is a good time to take a breathing spell from hot fields and hotter kitchens." As we know, today, farm work is not slack on the second Thursday of August. Due to improved strains of tomatoes, corn etc and truck farming, plus the general change to earlier and warmer summers, produce is ready at an earlier date than what was in 1852.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

1958 Town Of Delmar 100 Year Anniversary Planning

From the Bi-State Weekly August 8, 1958

Delmar Starts Plans For 100th Birthday in Fall of 1959

The Towns of Delmar are beginning to think about the celebration for their 100th anniversary to be held around October 16th 1959.

The President of the Maryland Town Commission M.B. Sherwood and Mayor A. E. Hantwerker are setting their heads together to study what sort of celebration will be possible and to stir interest in the movement.

According to records the last spike in the railroad from Wilmington to Delmar was driven on that date and it is generally accepted the town sprang up at the same time.

Sometime soon the town fathers will get together with the heads of organizations and go over the possibilities of such a celebration. Already facts and figures have been gathered from towns that have previously held anniversary programs.

Woodland Ferry Works again

Well the Tina Fallon - the Woodland Ferry is back in operation. I decided I should grab a quick ride as it may go out of operation again anytime. After 9 or 10 months it still has the new ferry smell and look, of course out of 9 or 10 months it has only worked maybe 3 months. You can tell this is a government ferry.

These hours are a laugh considering how often it has been out of operation.

Waiting on the ferry

About four cars were on the ferry. Since I was in the front I got the tire chock put on my car. There has been a number of deaths with the previous ferries caused by cars rolling off into the water with their passengers.

The water was up today and it was a nice smooth ride over. Bumped it way into the ferry landing and exited with no scraping of the bottom of my car.

The Woodland Ferry Festival is coming up. The Second Saturday in September.

150 Years

First Baptist Church Sept 7th

St. George U.M. Church Gospel Concert Aug 15th

Sunday, August 09, 2009

Whole House Sex and Two For The Road

I was watching the movie "Two For The Road" with Audrey Hepburn and Albert Finney this afternoon. It is about a couple, Mark and Joanna Wallace and their struggles over ten years of marriage. Very well done film and I think it was the first time I have seen it. It starts with them in love and their high values and than the child comes along and they have less time for one another and finally after ten years he is successful but both have had affairs. The last lines of the film were;

Mark Wallace: Bitch.
Joanna Wallace: Bastard

What came to mind was the old "Whole House Sex Joke", which goes something like this;

When you are first married you have sex in any room of the house at any time; whole house sex.
After the children arrive sex is limited to the Bedroom; Bedroom Sex
Finally, after the children move out you have hall sex which consist of passing one another in the hallway and each of you say to the other; "Fuck You".