Saturday, August 29, 2009

Great Things Happen Here

For the past three days I have been moving my daughter out to Edinboro, Pennsylvania to attend college there. We were able to move her in a day early because of an orientation she had to attend on Friday. At least it saved me from participating in the official "Move-In" day - which is today.

Welcome To Edinboro. Okay I like Edinboro. It is a small college that has a nice campus. Like most colleges there seems to be construction going on all the time.

And like most colleges the moving in and class registration has not changed - Lines - hurry up and wait stuff - last minute panic problems - and money money money

Great Things Happen Here - if you ever get out of a line

The professors and staff were actually helpful and took a long time going over Susan's classes. Dr Terry Smith, Liberal Arts, and Dr Janusz Czejdo, Foreign Languages, and Susan - notice the "Free" Edinboro backpack she got registration day. Free my ass

Finally got to The Highlands Dorms - Edinboro is a scottish theme college - lots of plaid, kilts, bagpipes and scottish names. Their team is called the Fighting Scots. Oh well!

The room is shared with someone else who had not moved in yet. The dorms are new which is good and bad. She called us last night at 1 AM in the morning to say power had gone off in her building. On the official "move in" day it started with out power to the elevators. There are a few kinks to work out with new things.

contemplation of floor and space layout

We stayed at the Comfort Suites in Edinboro. It was a nice place. The drawback to Edinboro is it had over 150 inches of snow last year.

From the Edinboro College website;
Lake Effect Snow: This is the source of Edinboro's designation as a snowbelt area. According to The Weather Channel, lake effect snows occur when a mass of sufficiently cold air moves over a body of warmer water, creating an unstable temperature profile in the atmosphere. As a result, clouds build over the lake, in our case Lake Erie, and eventually develop into snow showers and squalls as they move downwind. The most likely setting for this localized type of snowfall is when very cold Arctic air rushes over warmer water on the heels of a passing cold front, as often happens in the Great Lakes region during the winter. Areas, like Edinboro, of relatively high elevation downwind of the Great Lakes generally receive heavier amounts of lake effect snow than do other locations in this region. Once the lake is frozen, the threat of lake effect snow is diminished.

WTF! why would she pick a place with over 150 inches of snowfall a year! In another two weeks it will probably start snowing. Christ! It snowed for 42 straight days last year. As a reference; Anchorage Alaska's average snowfall is 70 inches.

Wednesday when I was helping to pack the van with her stuff I had sweat rolling off me. Friday morning when I woke up in Edinboro it was 60 degrees and I was wondering why I didn't pack sweats instead of tee shirts and shorts.

Anyway it has a Walmart and a Drive Thru Beer store - what more do want to face 120 inches plus of snow?

George Chamberlain Missing

George Frank Chamberlain, a resident from Melson Road, has been missing since Sunday (August 23rd). Most of us in Delmar know George from his participation in School and church activities. Please keep an eye out for any information that may help in this search for him. George is 52, and is 6' 2", 225 pounds. Deer season begins Monday and if any hunters see George's truck which is a 2000 F150, ½ Ton Lariat Flared Side, dark blue half ton pickup with Maryland Tag # 18P025 and a vanity tag on front says: Daddy’s Boy” and has picture of Jack Russell Terrier. On the Driver side rear window there is a stuffed Taz. Or if you have any information at all that may help find George, please call 410-548-4892.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Sussex County Breaks Bad

A Sussex County Press Release

Sussex County to begin fining those who fail to display 911 addresses

Georgetown, Del., Aug. 26, 2009: Sussex County property owners who have put off posting their 911 addresses may have escaped tragedy thus far. But there will be no escaping fines in the months ahead.

Beginning Oct. 1, Sussex County will begin fining property owners who fail to post their 911 addresses outside their homes and businesses. Violators, who would be identified upon complaint, would first receive warning letters; after 45 days, fines would begin at $50 and eventually increase to as much as $100 a day until the address is properly posted.

“Sussex County has been patient long enough. This is a matter of life and death, and some people just aren’t getting the message, for whatever reason,” County Councilman Michael Vincent said. “I’m no fan of fines, certainly not as a means to generate revenue. But those who refuse to follow the law have left us no choice. Hopefully, this will catch their attention.”

The fines are the last step in a years-long effort to educate and encourage Sussex residents to properly display their addresses, a combination of a unit number and street name that replaced the more-vague rural route post office addresses used before that.

The 911 addressing project began more than a decade ago to give homes and businesses easier-to-find addresses that firefighters, medics and police could find when minutes count. Since then, Sussex County has issued more than 120,000 new addresses countywide.

The County adopted an ordinance in October 2005 that set rules for the proper display of 911 addresses and established fines for those who did not comply. However, the County elected to not impose fines, for the time being, instead relying on public service announcements, mailers and advertisements as a means to improve compliance. Now, the clock has run out on that grace period.

The County’s 911 addressing ordinance requirements are simple:

Residences and businesses shall have reflective numbers displayed on a contrasting background, in plain sight of the street to which the property is addressed, for emergency workers to see.

For numbers displayed on a sign or mailbox, numbers must be at least 3-inches in height, and must be located on both sides of the mailbox, for instance;

For numbers displayed on the structure itself, numbers must be a minimum of 4 inches in height, and face the street;

The standards for other types of properties can be found in §73-28 of the ordinance, available at

Addressing Director Megan Nehrbas said installing the required numbers on a home or mail box is easy to do, with lettering and numbers available at hardware stores and large retailers.

“A relatively inexpensive investment of $10 and a few minutes of time now can prevent a costly fine later on,” Ms. Nehrbas said. “More importantly, it could save yours or your loved ones’ lives.”

For more information, contact the Addressing Office at (302) 855-1176.

Exodus 1947

Today in 1952 The USS President Warfield, famous for being the Exodus 1947 ship, caught fire and burned to the waterline. The hulk was towed out of the shipping area and abandoned on Shemen Beach Haifa, Israel.

The USS President Warfield was built in Wilmington, Delaware in 1928 at the
Pusey and Jones Shipyards.
The ship was named for the Old Bay Line’s president, S. Davies Warfield. The ship was designed to carry 400 excursionist for the
Old Bay Line
primarily between Baltimore and Norfolk. Weighting in at 1814 tonnes, 320 feet long, with a 56 ft beam and a speed of 15 knots, it was not designed to travel the seven seas. On July 13, 1928, the President Warfield made her debut on the Chesapeake Bay where it performed the job of sailing between Baltimore and Norfolk, Virginia from 1928 to 1942.

On June 11, 1942, a decree from the U. S. War Shipping Administration ended the President Warfield's quiet years on the Chesapeake. After undergoing extensive modifications in Baltimore, she departed for her new assignment as a troop transport and barracks ship on loan to the British Ministry of War Transport. Considerably outdated by this time, the Warfield performed surprisingly well, even surviving a U-boat attack while crossing the Atlantic. During the invasion of Normandy she again proved her worth as a floating operations center, outlasting frequent German air raids.

The battered Warfield returned home to the Chesapeake Bay in July 1945 and was formally decommissioned. Four months later she joined the James River Idle Fleet in Lee Hall, Virginia. In June 1946 the decrepit President Warfield was put up for sale by the Maritime Commission, but attracted little interest. She was eventually purchased for scrap by the Potomac Shipwrecking Company and towed to Baltimore. On November 11, 1946, the Warfield was purchased by the Weston Trading Company, a facade for Haganah, which was procuring old ships to run the British blockade of Palestine.

Baltimore, Maryland has one of the largest Jewish communities in the U.S. The Jews are so cohesive that most live within an area of northern Baltimore County – Pikesville. It is not surprising that the President Warfield was purchased and supplied in Baltimore to become a blockade ship to carry Jews to Palestine.

Unofficially renamed Exodus 1947 the old President Warfield crossed the Atlantic to Marseilles France and on July 11, 1947 carrying 4,500 Jewish refugees (remember it was designed for 400) sailed for British Palestine. The British authorities had adopted a policy to return ships to their European point of embarkation and had warships accompany the Exodus once it left French territorial waters. After a one sided battle between Jews and the British Navy the refugees were forced off the battered Exodus 1947 and onto British transport ships. Exodus lay within view of Tel Aviv for some time before being towed to a maritime graveyard near Haifa in the fall of 1948. In 1952 the ship burned and a little bit of Wilmington Delaware history lies underwater in Haifa.

The Exodus 1947 burning

Jake and Megan - Sidewalk Chalk Messages

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Linda Harrison

Over on the blog GREAT ACTRESSES II they have a writeup on Linda Harrison. Linda was a local Berlin girl who played a number of roles in such movies as; "Planet of the Apes", "Cocoon" and its sequel "Cocoon: The Return". Born in 1945 she was Miss Berlin in 1963, Miss Del-Mar-Va in 1964, Miss Ocean City and Miss Maryland in 1965.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Delmar Police Rescue Man - 1994

From the State Register August 31, 1994


Two Delmar policemen were on routine patrol at around 8:45 Monday morning when they saw smoke coming from 206 E. East St. Minutes later, they pulled a man from the burning home.

Cpl. Mike Bond and Patrolman Ron Marzak were familiar with the home and its occupants, so after a head count, they concluded that Evan “Pete” Hall may still be in the home. The officers summoned Delmar firefighters and then went in.

Sure enough, Hall was upstairs “Thank goodness, they could see his legs. Otherwise they probably wouldn’t have found Pete – the smoke was so thick,” Chief Harold Saylor said.

The man was asphyxiated from smoke and overwhelmed by the heat when the officers pulled him from the building and handed him to bystanders, Eugene Pete and Samuel Joseph, while they went back into the building to search for additional occupants. None were found.

Two youngsters, Corey Jones and Ruth Bacle, ran home and brought back buckets of water to pour on the man’s body.

“These kids should be commended; they did exactly what they should have. Bond and Marzak actually rescued the guy, but if his body hadn’t been cooled down in a hurry, I don’t think he could have made it. In fact, he was having such a hard time breathing, I don’t think he could have lasted 30 more seconds in that building as it was,” Saylor said.

Delmar firefighters, assisted by Salisbury Station 2, were at the scene with 30 men by 8:49. They spent a little more than an hour extinguishing the blaze.

Fire chief Brian Adkins said the fire itself was contained to the second-floor bathroom, but smoke and heat damage throughout that level of the home brought the total dollar amount of damages to around $10,000.

Hall was transported to Peninsula Regional Medical Center, where he was admitted and remains in critical conditions, according to hospital officials.

The fire chief said the cause of the fire is undetermined and is under investigation by the Wicomico County fire marshal office.

The Delaware Senior School Property Tax credit and Delmar Senior Tax Credit

As a reminder Delaware allows a credit for the school district tax of up to 50% or up to $500 for those who are age 65 and over at the beginning of the tax year and who own their home. The application is at this location. You must have it in to them by September 1st. Mailing addresses are shown on the form for each county.

The Town of Delmar also provides a tax credit for those who are age 65 and older. Delmar Property owners who meet the following qualifications can apply to receive a 5% discount on their annual property taxes:
1) That one of the property owners has attained the age of 65 years by March 1st of the year the application is filed
2) That as of March 1st, they are the sole owners of the property; they reside on said property 7 out of 12 months of the year; that the property is used exclusively for residential purposes for the owners and that the property taxes are current.

Form MUST accompany payment to receive discount. If you send your tax bill to your mortgage company to pay your taxes, this form MUST be remitted with your
payment in order to receive the discount. Please be informed that no discounts will be given after September 30th or after initial payment has been received and processed. Discount is on property taxes only; this DOES NOT apply to the garbage fee.

The form is in the fall issue of the Town Newsletter. No discounts will be given after September 30th.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

The Ships Of The Air Force

I had mentioned before about when I was in the Air Force I would travel by Army ships to the island I was stationed at. The Air Force song line; "off we go into the wild blue yonder" doesn’t just refer to the sky however as the Air Force also has ships, none that I was on, but I thought it was interesting to know. They use the ships to transport equipment, munitions, recover of sub-scale drones after they are shot down during live-fire exercise, and there are some that are used for missile tracking.

Some times the cargo planes of the Air Force just are not big enough to supply an Air Force base. Something called the Military Sealift Command's Afloat Prepositioning Force supplies the ships and they are manned by a merchant marine crew. They operating out of the Military Ocean Terminal–Sunny Point near Southport, N.C., located near the Cape Fear River on the North Carolina coast. There are three chartered Air Force container ships; the Motor Vessel Maj. Bernard F. Fisher, Motor Vessel Capt. Steven L. Bennett and the Motor Vessel A1C William H. Pitsenbarger. Each ship can transport about 6 million pounds of explosive weight which can weigh about 24 million pounds. They can hold about 935 containers. Like they say at Sunny Point a “6-pack” doesn’t refer to beverages or anyone’s abdomen — but how many 500-pound MK-82 bombs go into a container. At 2,000 pounds each other bombs like MK-84s and BLU-109 Penetrators are better to transport over water.

Down at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla the 82nd Aerial Targets Squadron have three 120 foot boats used to help recover sub-scale drones after they are shot down during live-fire exercises.

As for missile tracking ships one rusty old ship sits in the Chesapeake Bay. The American Mariner’s was/is used a target ship for aircraft. From what I read most of the missle tracking ships are gone from the Air Force Inventory.