Saturday, September 05, 2009

Friday, September 04, 2009

Delmar Needs Volunteers For Their Committees, Boards and Commissions

Here is your chance to stop bitching and take part in the community. Delmar needs volunteers to serve on its Committees, Boards and Commissions. Most of these are one night a month. This is a great step for people wanting to learn how the town operates. No pay is involved - you will get your reward in Heaven. This is also a great first step for people who may be thinking about running for an elected office and need something to put on their resume.

Volunteer spots are as follows:
• Planning and Zoning
• Parks and Recreation
• Utility Commission
• Maryland Board of Zoning Appeals

Anyone who has an interest or experience in any of these areas is encouraged to pick up and fill out an application at Town Hall or on the town website: .

All applications will be reviewed by the Mayors and the respective Commissioners and Council members.

Delmar Sesquicentennial Town Wide Yard Sale and Farmer’s Market

As part of the week-long Sesquicentennial Celebration, a town-wide Yard Sale will be held on Saturday, September 26, 2009.

All residents are encouraged to join in the festivities by using this day to have their own yard sale. For yard-salers not living in Town, or those who want to be closer to the action, a Yard Sale and Farmer’s Market will be held in State Street Park.

Here are the details:
When: Saturday, September 26, 2009 from 6:30 a.m. to Noon
Booths: Each of the 40 booths will be approximately 10 x 10
BYOT: That’s “Bring Your Own Table”
Set-Up: No earlier than 6:00 a.m. the morning of the sale
Donation: $20.00 (will be used to cover advertising and supplies)
Applications: Applications for booths at the park must be submitted by September 19th and are available at Town Hall or by calling one of the numbers below. Applications should be submitted to either Melanie or Sharon.
Food: The Delmar Kiwanis will be selling scrapple sandwiches and beverages. Friends of the Delmar Library will be selling coffee and sweets.

More Info: Call Melanie at (302) 846-3079 or Sharon (302) 846-9574.

Delmar Maryland Election

The Town of Delmar Maryland has an election coming up on Tuesday September 22 for a mayor and two commissioners. Mayor P. Douglas Niblett, Commissioner Carl Anderton, Jr. and Commissioner Carrie Williams spots are up for grabs. candidates who may want the glory of these positions should file by September 14.

Qualifications for Mayor and Commission Members are that they shall
(a) be a citizen of the United States,
(b) be at least eighteen (18) years of age on the date of the general election,
(c) reside in the State of Maryland for at least one (1) year prior to the date of the general election,
(d) reside in the corporate limits of the Town of Delmar for at least six (6) months immediately preceding the date of the general election,
and (e) be a qualified voter of the Town of Delmar on the date of the general election.

To be eligible to vote in this upcoming municipal election, persons must be at least 18 years of age, reside in the state of Maryland for at least thirty (30) days, persons must be a resident of the Town of Delmar for at least thirty (30) days,
and must register at town hall. Registration deadline is Tuesday, September 15, 2009 at 4:30 p.m. Voter registration forms may be filled out at Town Hall, 100 S. Pennsylvania Avenue, Delmar, MD. Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Relay for Life Beef-n-Dumpling Dinner

St Stephens Family Relay for Life team is having a beef n dumpling dinner at the Delmar VFW on Sunday, Sept 13 from 12:30-4. $10 per ticket. Eat in, take out or home delivery to the Delmar area. Dessert available. Silent Auction. For tickets call the church office at 302-846-9501 or Dawn Turner at 410-726-2184

Colored Ball Team Exhibition - 1953

From the Bi State Weekly September 4, 1953


Two of the finest Negro Baseball aggregations in the country will play two exhibition games on the Shore Labor day (Sept. 7.)

At 2:30 p.m., the Negro League (Western) Stars will play the famous Indianapolis Clowns at Memorial Field in Salisbury. The two teams will again clash at the Milford Ball Park at 8:30 p.m.

The two clubs feature a combination of top grade baseball and a variety of comedy entertainment, headed by the great King Tut and Circus Ed Hammon, assisted by Spee Bebob, the Clowns offer an afternoon or evening of top-flight entertainment.

On the diamond the funmakers are also serious competitors and when the chips are down come up with timely hitting and clutch pitching to make trouble for their opposition.

A feature of this year's edition of the Clowns is Miss Toni Stone, sensational female second baseman. Called the female Jackie Robinson, Toni outhits, outruns, and outfields many of her male contemporaries.

Clown Ed Hamman is another new addition to the team. Circus Ed is one of the greatest ball handlers in the history of the game. He makes a standing offer of $1,000 to any player to duplicate his exhibition.

George Chamberlain Update

George Chamberlain was found September First, it was too late to help him. Funeral arrangements, handled by Shorts Funeral Home of Delmar, are as follows;

On Sunday September 6, 2009 there will be a Friends & Family visitation from 2 PM to 3 PM, followed by a service at 3 PM. This will be at the Living Bread Worship Center, 8662 Ocean Highway Delmar, Maryland.

Reception will follow at Delmarva Evangelistic Community Center, 408 Gordy Road, Salisbury, MD.

Our prayers go out to the family of George Chamberlain.

Thursday, September 03, 2009

Sussex County Justice System - 1871

From The Sussex Journal of September 8th, 1871

An amusing story is told of a trial which recently occurred before a Sussex magistrate. During the examination of the case the parties to the action got into a fisticuffs and the "Fur did fly", after they had several heavy rounds the bystanders concluded it was time to separate them and on looking around for the peace officers, found the magistrate and the constable putting up their cash on which of the pugilist would whip.

Portable Soup

I was recently reading a book on a sea trip that was taken in the 1780's and in it was mentioned some of the food supplies they took along on the trip; ship biscuits, salt pork and beef, dried peas, grog, beer, wine, and portable soup. Portable soup? Well portable soup was an early form of bouillon. Credit for it's creation is given to a number of people from Mrs Dubois, a London tradeswoman to Count Rumford. Mrs Dubois together with William Cookworthy won a contract to manufacture the concoction for the Royal Navy in 1756. Count Rumford, an American-born physicist and inventor, is credited with inventing "portable soup" or "pocket soup" while in the service of the Duke of Bavaria. In truth Portable soup had been around in various forms since medieval times for use by armies, navies and general travelers. It was said to prevent scurvy because of the vegetable content in bouillon. The navies of the world embraced it, Captain Cook used it, Lewes and Clarke used it.

So what is portable soup? Basically, it is a simple broth made by boiling bones and meat trimmings (cartilage and connective tissue are required in order for it form a gelatin) and various vegetable for several hours until it concentrates into a syrupy consistency, then pouring it in a shallow layer and allowing it to dry till hard (by leaving it in the sun for several days - think bugs and flies - given the sanitation of the 1700's). This was reconstituted by dissolving it in hot water, and served as a sort of instant soup. What you ended up with was a square of brown stuff that looked like leather. It would last forever as there are samples of it still in the museums in London.

Block of British Navy Portable Soup 250 years old - the Government "Broad Arrow" is clearly visible From Portable soup

One recipe is here

There a number of recipes on the internet - strange - but everything is on the internet.

Portable soup continues to be used even after the invention of canning and can goods. In 1850 Gail Borden received a patent for a different version of it GAIL BORDEN, JR., OF GALVESTON, TEXAS.PREPARATION OF PORTABLE SOUP-BREAD.

So there you have a little info on something you may have never knew or cared to know.

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Office Depot, Dover Speedway and Delmar School District

Office Depot partnered with Dover International Speedway to create an offer of a ticket to the Saturday, Sept. 26, 2009, NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Dover International Speedway. Students in second through tenth grades who scored a 4 or 5 on the Delaware Student Testing Program (DSTP). They will be rewarded with tickets to the race at the Monster Mile.

Led initially by the Delmar school district, a total of 14 schools, representing 12 school districts in Delaware, have joined the program and also include: Academy of Dover, Caesar Rodney school district, Cape Henlopen school district, Capital school district, East Side charter school, Laurel school district, Polytech school district, Red Clay school district, Seaford school district, Smyrna school district, Thomas Edison charter school and the Woodbridge school district. Approximately 9,500 students in Delaware achieved this score and are eligible.

See the writeup here.

Faces of the Hindenburg Blog

I was researching another item and came across this blog Faces of the Hindenburg. It is remarkable as it does a little write-up on each person who was on the Hindenburg when it caught fire in 1937. It has more data than I could absorb at the quick pass I gave it but I will return to read more.

DNREC Press Release on Mosquitoes

First findings of West Nile Virus reported in DNREC Mosquito Control’s sentinel chickens

West Nile virus has been detected for the first time this year in blood samples taken from Delaware’s sentinel chickens that are systematically monitored for mosquito-borne diseases. The samples were collected as part of a statewide surveillance program conducted by the Mosquito Control Section of the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC). No cases of West Nile virus have been found in humans or horses so far in Delaware this year.

The virus-positive results from two chickens sampled by Mosquito Control were reported to DNREC on August 27 by the Delaware Division of Public Health Laboratory. Both were sampled at a monitoring station between Felton and Harrington on Aug. 17 and 24, according to Mosquito Control Section Administrator William Meredith, Ph.D.

Based upon these virus-positive findings, Mosquito Control will increase its mosquito population surveillance-and-monitoring activities in the geographic area represented by the sampling station, and then take appropriate mosquito control actions as warranted.

The two virus-positive sentinel chicken stations are among 24 caged chicken stations operated statewide by Mosquito Control. The sentinel chickens are humanely kept and tended in the field. If exposed to West Nile and eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) viruses - both of which can affect humans and horses – the chickens develop antibodies that enable them to survive. Their blood is tested every two weeks for the presence of these antibodies, which indicate the birds’ exposure to these viruses.

In past years, West Nile most often has first surfaced by mid-July, making this year’s first occurrence in mid-August rather late this summer, as it was last summer. In addition, to date, West Nile has not been found in any sick or dead wild birds, and even the number of virus-suspect birds collected by Mosquito Control for testing – less than a dozen - has been far below the numbers of previous years. In recent years, the virus has often first appeared in wild birds during June, but Meredith noted the absence of virus findings in wild birds this year might in part be caused by the public now having less concern about this disease, and hence not reporting virus-suspect wild birds.

“All of this might point to a relatively light year in Delaware for West Nile virus, but nobody really knows for sure what the remainder of the year holds in store. Concerns for mosquito-borne disease transmissions now really won’t subside until much cooler autumn temperatures set in, lasting in most years until mid-October and sometimes even beyond,” Meredith said.

Meredith added that the significance of finding West Nile virus in sentinel chickens is that virus transmission has occurred at essentially ground level, where the virus might just as readily been transmitted to humans or horses, depending on the species of mosquitoes transmitting the virus to the chickens.

Nationwide, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as of August 25 there have been 123 human cases of West Nile virus in 22 states, with Mississippi, Colorado, California, Arizona, Nevada, Texas, Louisiana, and South Dakota having the most cases. Four deaths have been reported so far, two in Mississippi and one each in Texas and New Mexico. At this time of year in comparison to the past several years, occurrences of West Nile virus across the country have seemingly decreased, Meredith noted. On a regional basis for 2009, human cases of West Nile have now been reported only from New York and Pennsylvania with one case each, with no human cases yet in New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, or Virginia.

West Nile virus has been present every year in varying degrees in Delaware since 2001. The worst West Nile outbreak in Delaware occurred in 2003, with 17 confirmed human cases and 2 fatalities, plus 63 horse cases.

“While the finding of West Nile virus in two sentinel chickens thus far for 2009 is not cause for alarm, it serves as a good reminder for people to take common-sense precautions against mosquito bites, Meredith said. These include wearing long-sleeved shirts and long pants when outdoors in mosquito-prone areas, applying insect repellent containing 10-30 percent DEET in accordance with all label instructions, and avoiding mosquito-infested areas or times of peak mosquito activity around dusk, dawn or throughout the evening.

To reduce mosquito-breeding, people should drain or remove items that collect water, such as buckets, birdbaths, rain barrels, old tires, flowerpot liners, depressions in tarps covering boats, clogged rain gutters and unused swimming pools.

An effective equine vaccine now exists to protect horses from West Nile virus and EEE, but there are no approved West Nile or EEE vaccines for humans. The majority of humans infected with West Nile virus typically have only symptoms similar to a mild flu, if they show any signs at all; 20 percent of those infected develop a mild illness which includes fever, body and muscle aches, headache, nausea, vomiting and rash.

A very small percentage of patients, usually the elderly, develop severe neurological disease that results in meningitis or encephalitis (inflammation of the brain). Symptoms may include sudden onset of severe headache, high fever, stiff neck, confusion and muscle weakness. Individuals with these symptoms should see their physician immediately.

Delaware’s State Veterinarian, Dr. Heather Hirst, said, “I am urging horse owners to assist with prevention efforts by making sure their horses are vaccinated against West Nile virus. There is a very effective vaccine that is available to horse owners through their veterinarians. Two doses of the vaccine three weeks apart are necessary for immunization. After the initial two vaccinations, a yearly booster is needed. If horses have not been vaccinated or have only recently been vaccinated, owners should keep horses inside during peak mosquito times, i.e., dawn, dusk, and throughout the night.”

Suspect sick or dead wild birds for the species of interest (crows, blue jays, cardinals, robins, hawks and owls) when monitoring for West Nile virus can be reported to the Mosquito Control Section from Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. by calling:

New Castle County and northwestern Kent County (Glasgow office): (302) 836-2555

Remainder of Kent County and all of Sussex County (Milford office): (302) 422-1512

Calls made after business hours or during weekends or holidays can be recorded on a taped message. Callers should give their name, phone number, address and brief message about the finding. However, the public should be aware that some calls left more than 24 hours before Mosquito Control can review them (usually between Friday evening and Sunday morning) unfortunately usually result in the bird conditions becoming too deteriorated for virus testing.

The Mosquito Control phone numbers above should also be used for citizens to report intolerable numbers of biting mosquitoes. The section uses this information about severe mosquito nuisance situations to help determine when and where to provide control services.

For more information about mosquito biology/ecology and mosquito control, contact the Mosquito Control Section’s Dover office at 302-739-9917.

For more information about West Nile virus in humans and related medical issues, contact the Division of Public Health at 1-888-295-5156.

For more information about West Nile virus in horses and equine vaccines, contact the Department of Agriculture’s Poultry and Animal Health Section at 302-698-4500 or 800-282-8685 (Delaware only).

For more information on West Nile virus, visit the CDC website,

Monday, August 31, 2009

The August Delmar Joint Council Meeting

The August Delmar Delaware and Delmar Maryland Joint Council meeting was held tonight. All council members were present. My usual disclaimer is; I am not part of the council and what I write is my personal views, not the minutes, of the meetings. It is also just the parts I want to comment on or write about. If you want to know the real story go to the meeting.

The purchase of the Bank of Delmarva building was discussed along with the reading of ordinance 710 for the purchase. Ordinance 711 was read which allowed for a loan to buy the building. Some of the questions asked in the public hearing were; Why is $500,000 being borrowed when only $375,000 is needed? How many square feet is in the building? Do we need It? How much is the utilities going to be in this building? Will it be 'Green"? The Drive-in part of the building, the Bank of Delmarva, will retain for a period of years will be paid by the reduced price the Bank of Delmarva is giving us. Has the council thought about the lost of revenue from the tax rolls by the town acquiring it? The split on the loan will be 60/40 between the two towns. If you had been there you would have heard the answers given to the questions. There will be a Special Meeting on September 9th to approve it. The papers have to be signed on September 10th.

The door on the caboose is damaged and the Woodworkers will repair it. I only hope they give these people credit this time as last time they worked on the caboose they didn't feel they got the credit they deserved.

The State of Maryland cut highway users funding to the town

The State of Maryland cut the town $16,000 for police protections

The State of Delaware gave the town $15,000 for law enforcement - a reduction from last year

Mcdonalds will install a stop sign at their exit.

The State of Delaware said they had no claims on the land behind the LeCates Building.

The Town is in the middle of their annual audit.

Interestingly half way thru the meeting Jamie Rostocki came up and spoke to Woody Payne in private.

The Fire Department said they were losing money and if a casino came to town and would give them money they would support it. Any great surprise there?

Mayor Outten said he was in favor of a casino. Any great surprise there?

Woody Payne asked for a public hearing to be held at the fire house regarding input about the casino. It will be held Wednesday Sept 16 at 7 PM

Unlike the Dr Suess's Lorax (I am the Lorax. I speak for the trees.)I do not speak for the residents of the Town of Delmar I speak only for myself. If you have an opinion on the casino you should try and make this hearing.

The highlight of the meeting was during public comments; Jamie Rostocki addressed the Delaware council saying he did not owe the $4,100 the Town manager said he owed. The Town manager explained as she had before, when Rostocki was trying to push thru the annexation of the land that included his property he said he would collect the fees regarding annexation from the other property owners. Now he is saying he only said he would distribute the bills for the fees not be responsible for collecting them. Another deal where a developer will tell you anything to get what he wants and after he has it it becomes a different story as to what he will do. Considering the many millions if not billion it will take to build a casino/hotel/restaurant/ intertainment complex $4,100 seems like chump change. Something to remember on his Casino project.

I found the second half of the meeting from when Jamie Rostocki came up to speak to Woody to be interesting. You all should have been there. It would have given you some insight about our councilmen. I guess given the fact most people start their day eating something that popped out of a chicken’s ass you shouldn’t expect your day to improve by attending a council meeting.

The August Delmar Utility Commission Meeting

All members were present at the Delmar Utility Commission Meeting tonight. Among the items discussed were;

The commission voted to replace the Media in the filters at the water treatment plant.

Public works is replacing a sewer lateral at Thirsty's, which was broken while the Bank of Delmar was under construction.

There was a water line break on West Jewell street

We have moved up the list of projects for federal Funding and will be considered for a $1.2 million loan.

Bill Brittingham asked when the lights downtown would be turned on. The Town Manager said the lights were waiting for the State of Delaware and DP&L to inspect them. Once done they will be turned on.

He also asked why barricades were not put up on the streets where flooding occurred due to the recent rains