Saturday, November 14, 2009
Jason Donoway Jr Congratulations
Has It stopped?
Bet your bottom dollar
There'll be sun!
Just thinkin' about
The Sun Will Come OUt Tomorrow
Well Delmar is under gray skies and a light mist but the winds have stopped. I was able to squeeze in a short walk this morning. I went south on Memorial drive to the big ditch since that is one of the low areas in Delmar. Frankly, I didn't see much damage. People had standing water in their yards but the streets were passable. Some broken limbs had fallen. People with dirt driveways (such as myself) are about one step a way from a quagmire for a drive way.
I saw this large chicken yard ornament in someone yard, than it moved. It must have been a guard chicken as it had an aggressive look in it's eye. Now a chicken on Delmarva is not a unique thing but for one to be wandering loose is. He must have blown in with the storm.
The Big Ditch - not that bad
I see where the storm has wiped out the beaches again. The replenishment of the beaches have cost the taxpayers about a zillion dollars and now the beach town will be back again asking for more money. Let nature take it course and stop throwing money away on sand and water.
Eat A Pickle, Hug A Friend
The Delmar Library will celebrate it a little later this upcoming week, on Thursday November 19th. They will have an assortment of pickles and pickled items around the library to taste.
Friday, November 13, 2009
It's a Clam Chowder and Clam Cakes night
People in New England tend to view Clam Chowder and Clam Cakes much the way we view crab cakes around here and the recipes are hotly debated. Blood is drawn, friendships are lost, and families are divided. I noticed Clam Cakes recipes, particularly, are family secrets and there is a certain flair in frying them and afterward shaking them in a brown paper bag to get rid of the grease.
As with most shellfish the simplest cooking method is best, so this is the recipe I used. Like any soup what is already in house determined what went into it. Real clams are better than canned clams but canned was what I had on the shelf and I had an open container of chicken broth.
2 (6.5 oz) cans of chopped clams
3 cups of chicken broth
2 cups of water
1 cup of clam juice
¼ cup of salt pork cut into little cubes (about 2 – 3 oz)
1 cup of chopped onions
4 cups of cubed potatoes
Tablespoon of salt
Tablespoon of pepper
Fry salt pork until light brown, add onions, fry lightly, add water, chicken broth, clam juice. Add potatoes, salt, and pepper, simmer about 20 minutes until potatoes are tender. Add clams and liquid cook for about one hour.
2 cups of flour
1 teaspoon salt
3 heaping teaspoons baking powder
1 cup clam juice
1 can chopped clams
Oil for frying
Sift together flour, baking powder and salt. Add clam juice and clams. Stir until smooth. Spoon drop into hot oil and fry for 4 to 5 minutes. Should make about 12 to 16 clam cakes
Parking and Traffic at State Line Plaza
Friday The Thirteenth Again
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Sussex County Press Release
Those in low-lying, flood-prone areas should move ahead of deteriorating conditions
FOR IMMEDIATE 1530 Hours, Thursday
RELEASE Nov. 12, 2009
Sussex County emergency officials are strongly encouraging residents in low-lying, flood-prone areas to prepare now to move to higher ground as a major coastal storm could cause severe tidal flooding over the next two days.
No evacuation order has been issued, and conditions at this time do not warrant such action, Emergency Operations Center Director Joseph L. Thomas said. County emergency planners, however, are recommending that residents in flood-prone areas seriously consider moving elsewhere – with friends or relatives – now before conditions deteriorate later tonight and early Friday morning.
National Weather Service forecasts call for high tides tonight and Friday to run as much as 4 feet above normal, with up to 4 inches of rain and winds as high as 55 mph in addition to that. Forecasters expect the worst conditions to occur during the overnight and early morning high-tide cycle, between 4:30 and 7:30 a.m. Friday.
“If you’re in an area that typically has these problems, now is probably the time to consider your options,” County Administrator David B. Baker said. “If you can safely move to higher, drier ground, it would be advisable to do that now rather than wait until overnight when higher floodwaters could make that impossible.”
Residents in low-lying tidal areas – particularly along Sussex County’s Inland Bays, Delaware Bay and possibly along the Nanticoke River – should expect moderate to severe tidal flooding during the next 24 to 36 hours. Residents and property owners should ensure submersible pumps are working, storm drains are clear of debris and automobiles are moved from flood-prone locations.
Those who are considering vacating their properties, and who need assistance in temporarily relocating, should contact the EOC immediately at (302) 855-7801.
Here are some helpful tips for all residents to keep in mind:
Ø Be prepared to evacuate. Emergency managers will notify the public, via the media and automated telephone alerts, of an evacuation order, what areas area affected and when residents should leave. In the event you evacuate, take with you a storm kit, which should include:
o Bottled water;
o Non-perishable food;
o A manual can opener;
o Prescription medications;
o Personal hygiene products;
o A flashlight;
o A portable radio;
o Special needs items (diapers, formula, etc.).
Ø Take valuable and/or important papers with you;
Ø Secure your house by locking the windows and doors. Turn off all utilities (gas, water, electric, etc.);
Ø Notify a family member or someone close to you of your destination if you relocate.
With this storm, there is the possibility of downed trees and fallen power lines throughout the county, Mr. Thomas said. Residents, visitors and property owners should be cautious, and should never approach downed power lines. If there are downed power lines, members of the public should contact the proper authorities. As always, call 9-1-1 in an emergency.
Sussex County is bringing in additional staff to its EOC later this evening. Meantime, Sussex County Emergency Medical Services will activate a mobile paramedic unit in the Bethany Beach area this evening to ensure advance life support care is available on both sides of the Indian River Inlet, regardless of whether Del. Route 1 is affected by flooding.
For a complete list of current road closures, visit the Delaware Department of Transportation Web site at www.deldot.gov. To view a map of power outages in Sussex County, visit Delmarva Power’s Web site at www.delmarva.com and the Delaware Electric Cooperative’s Web site at www.delaware.coop.
The Sussex County EOC requests that residents and property owners with photographs of flooding or other storm damage send them through the County Web site. Visit www.sussexcountyde.gov/stormphotos to upload storm images.
For updates, stay tuned to local television and radio stations, and the Sussex County EOC Web site, at www.sussexcountyde.gov/services/storm. Members of the public who have questions regarding this information should contact the Sussex County Emergency Operations Center at (302) 855-7801.
The Delmar High School Veteran's Day Ceremony
So there was chit chat
Some photo ops
The school library had their Veterans Day display out.
So they said the ceremony would be in the gym. Interestingly since there were a number of ex-military people walking single file I noticed we all ended up walking in step, just can't drop that Cadence. Well was I surprised. The gym was full of students. They sit us in the center of gym.
The Chorus sang the star spangle banner and did it well. Beau Biden even said they did well.
Some of the speakers
I was pleased that Beau Biden spoke as Captain Beau Biden, veteran, as opposed to any political position. No he didn't say he would run against Castle in the upcoming election. He mentioned how touched he was of the crowds of people that mean his plane of returning Delaware Guard members and their welcome home. Now those who read my blog know I am not a Biden family fan but I will give the man credit he did a good job today.
The veterans who worked in the school were recognised, relatives of two Delmar alumni who died while on duty were presented flowers and recognised
The Honor Guard held up well. I can recall having to stand like this for a couple of hours in the Air Force and was glad it was only a half hour or so for them.
Biden receives a wildcat stadium blanket for his talk. Over all I was touched by the ceremony and thought the school did a good job. I understand it was organized by Faith Melvin and Tom Nichols.
Vote The Incumbent Out
There are three Delmar Maryland elected positions up for grabs this year. Two are commissioner’s positions and no one has filed to run against the two incumbents so nothing is going to change in the next term for those positions. The Delmar Maryland Mayor position however has two people running for it so we have an election. Mayor Doug Niblett has been mayor for 18 years plus before that he was a commissioner. There are people born since Niblett was first elected that are now old enough to run for office themselves. Tom McGuire, the other candidate for mayor, is inexperienced in elected offices and decided instead of running for commissioner and working his way up he would go for the top position in Delmar. Interestingly McGuire’s approach is the one used by the Libertarian party in Delaware – have no experience and go for the top office – you know how well that has worked for them. So there you have it – one has been in office too long and the other has never been in office. Unless you have a mystery write-in person those are your two choices.
“One thing our founding fathers could not foresee…was a nation governed by professional politicians who had a vested interest in getting reelected. They probably envisioned a fellow serving a couple of hitches and then looking…forward to getting back to the farm.”
—Ronald Reagan (1973)
After serving two four-year terms as President of the United States, George Washington gave up his elected seat and retired to Mount Vernon. He very easily could have stayed in the White House as the President of this fledgling nation, but he knew that doing so would be counterproductive to the free nation that they had just fought for and won. He left the office of power and retired to the life of a farmer. He was the definition of a citizen-politician. After Washington set the precedent of a two term limit on the presidency, no president broke that precedent until Franklin D. Roosevelt. Lesser men however continue to hold lesser elected office as long as they can get away with it.
What is desperately needed is the brand of public office seekers our founders, authors of the Constitution envisioned. These are the citizen politician who would run for office to serve their neighbors and their town for a limited time only. They would temporarily or on a part-time daily basis, leave their citizen pursuits to serve briefly, bringing their everyday common sense with them, then leave office after having completed their citizen responsibilities and allow the next citizen to be elected and fulfill their civic duty.
I am not saying a long term incumbent is a bad person or incompetent, matter of fact frequently an incumbent is of high quality, I am just saying somewhere along the way he or she stopped being a citizen politician and became a career politician and I personally have never consider “career politician” a career path or any type of a career. In High School I don’t remember on “career day” anyone saying career politician was a career. The career politician has long since stopped having fresh ideals about the way government operates and have become part of the government bureaucracy. Career Politicians are exactly what our founding fathers hoped to prevent when they penned the Constitution. They realized then, as we do today; some people in government want nothing more than to govern other people for their entire life and it would be bad if we allowed it happen
When long term incumbents do not stop running for re-election you have an increase of disinterest in elections. Knowing how hard it is to unseat a long time incumbent, people do not file to run for election. The lack of new people with fresh talent running in an election for one office creates low voter turnout. The very thing a long term incumbent will state they want to see – public participation and involvement, they actually destroy because they stay in office too long. In an election where an opponent may have an opposing view an increase in voter interest becomes apparent. Certainly in this upcoming election if there is voter turnout the voter turnout will not be because of the two unopposed commissioner slots (all they need is one vote to be returned to office) it will be because this year there is someone running against the incumbent Mayor.
There are a number of advantages an incumbent has and they have been discussed elsewhere to a great extent. Too repeat a few of them; first, incumbents may provide services to their constituencies, for which they are rewarded at the ballot box. Second, incumbents may receive more votes simply because of their name recognition. Third, the typical incumbent may face lower quality challengers, with the most promising candidates who would oppose the incumbent biding their time until the long term incumbent decides to leave office by his choice or by God’s choice.
Elections on Delmarva, particularly Sussex County, have an additional incumbent advantage and that is of being polite and nice in elections (The Delaware way). One form of this is people will not run against a long term incumbent who wants to continue to hold office because they don’t want to appear to be against or opposing the long term incumbent. In Sussex terms; they want to be nice about it. A small town is like a family - everyone knows everyone and frequently every other person is in some form a distant relative - and family ties can often lead to feelings of "entitlement" on the part of the long term incumbent. After all you will meet the long term incumbent in a small town and you want to be nice as opposed to disrespectful to someone who has given a lot of their time for the town but someone has to tell him he has been in office too long and it is someone else’s turn to hold the office. In order to avoid this appearance of being opposed to someone, people wanting to remove an incumbent will discuss a non confrontational circumvential approaches such as term limits (a good ideal) to removing an incumbent. I like to think of term limits as Non-confrontational Democracy in Action. This mention of term limits is more of “me too” on my part, as both Frank Calio and Elbert have had posts on term limits.
I have heard three different people say they were planning to run for mayor on the Maryland side of town but once they heard Doug Niblett was going to run again they never filed to run. We will never know if these people would be better or worst than Doug because they did not want to offend him by running against him so they never filed. I would prefer more competition or fresh talent for an elected office but if these people were afraid of offending an incumbent by running against him than they didn’t really want the office to begin with so it is better they didn’t run.
We can not all be a George Washington, but we can follow his example and serve willingly in public office and than willingly leave public office after two terms to allow another citizen to occupy it and show their civic responsibility. Square your shoulders away, stiffen that upper lip, and put your best foot forward Citizens of Delmar Maryland and on November 17th go vote and face up to your civic responsibility - vote the long term incumbent, Doug Niblett, out of office.
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Delmar Police Press Release
INCIDENT: Warrant obtained for Bank Robbery Suspect
LOCATION: Wilmington Trust Bank, Delmar, De
DATE: Wednesday November 11th, 2009
SUSPECT: Jonathan James Zulinski 33 Year Old White Male, Delmar, Delaware
The Delmar Police Dept. has obtained an Arrest Warrant for Jonathan Zulinski in reference to the October 15th Robbery of the Wilmington Trust Bank in Delmar, Delaware. Zulinski is currently being held at Sussex Correctional Institute in Georgetown, Delaware.
The Delmar Police Department was assisted in its investigation by the following agencies: Delaware Department of Parole and Probation, Delaware State Police, Wicomico Co. Bureau of Investigation, Maryland State Police, Salisbury City Police, and the Wicomico Co. Sheriff’s Department.
Dr. Richard Davis libertarian Candidate
His background is; Born and raised in New York State, Spent time in the Navy Dental corp, has a Private dental practice in Hurlock, MD and no indication he has ever been elected to a public office before. This is the problem with the Libertarian party. Whoever they put up to run for public office has never been elected before to anything and they always try to run for one of the higher public offices and they always lose. You would think after all these years it would sink in that if you are not part of the two major parties you have to start at the bottom in elected public offices where party affiliation will not be that large of a factor. Once elected to a public office they have something to build on. Does anyone have any hope for Davis (other than Davis) being elected?
Jack's Gift Shop
Veteran’s Day 2009
Two new blogs
Since Frank Calio and Elbert has already mentioned this blog I will have to do a "Me Too" and mention Slavens Says by Chris Slavens. Interesting comments and opinions and I expect some interesting politico comments in about six months as the new round of Delaware elections start up.
American Legion Memorial Dedication - 1975
Click on photo to enlarge
The article says 3,000 people were there to attend the dedication. Vandalism has removed the bust but at least the memorial is still there.
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
DNREC Landowner Incentive Program
The DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife’s Delaware Landowner Incentive Program (LIP) today announced a request for proposals from private landowners seeking to protect, enhance and/or restore habitat to benefit the First State’s species of greatest conservation need.
Projects may range from restoring or enhancing coastal plain ponds for tiger salamanders and controlling invasive species in bog turtle habitats to planting trees for Delmarva fox squirrels. Although LIP targets species of greatest conservation need, habitat projects designed for the target species almost always translate to benefits for a wide variety of species, including many game species.
Since LIP was established in 2003, 154 landowners have received funding and 1,303 acres of private property throughout Delaware have been protected, restored and/or enhanced. Eligible habitat management practices include grassland habitat management, reforestation and selective thinning, wetland restoration and enhancement and control of invasive species and woody vegetation.
Through LIP, technical and financial assistance is provided to landowners based on the practice used. Landowners selected to participate will receive financial assistance in the form of rental payments for lost agricultural income, and/or cost-share for habitat management practices.
Interested landowners may request a hard copy of the LIP proposal application and the request for proposal guidelines to be mailed to them by calling 302-735-3600 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Proposal applications and guidelines may also be downloaded from the Division’s website at www.dnrec.state.de.us/dplap/ .
Proposals should describe actions to be taken on the private landowner’s property addressing the management, protection and restoration of habitats to benefit at least one species of greatest conservation need. To obtain a list of Delaware’s species of greatest conservation need, please visit www.dnrec.state.de.us/nhp/information/SpeciesNeed.shtml, or contact Brian Jennings at 302-735-3600.
Completed electronic applications should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org, or hard copies should be delivered in person or by mail to:
Private Lands Assistance Program
Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife
Landowner Incentive Program
6180 Hay Point Landing Road
Smyrna, DE 19977
To be considered for 2010 funding, applicants must submit one hard copy and/or electronic copy of their proposals to the Division by 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 14, 2009. Applicants are responsible for ensuring timely delivery. Any proposals received after closing date will be returned unopened.
Cambyses Army is but one of a number of tales of “lost” military units that have come down thru the ages. Several Roman Legions were lost or disappeared. The IX or VIIII Hispana legion disappeared while fighting the Picts in Scotland. Tales tell of the Picts ambushing and annihilated the legion and throwing their bodies in a deep Loch. Erasing the Romans forever from history and cleansing the countryside of any trace of them.
One of the more recent tales of lost Romans takes place in China. In the battle of Carrhae (located on Turkey’s oriental border – now called Harran) which took place about 53 BC seven Roman Legions (45,000 men) commanded by Marcus Licinius Crassus were defeated with most of them dieing to Parthian archers. 10,000 Roman prisoners were taken and 33 years later when a truce was negotiated all of them had disappeared. Today one story is they ended up in China in Dzhambul, located close to Tashkent, in Uzbekistan.
In World War I the 1/5 Norfolk Battalion of the Sandringham Guards, which disappeared on the Gallipoli Peninsula in August 1915 The 1/5 Norfolks, 250 men and 16 officers strong, under Colonel Sir H. Beauchamp charged into a forest and were never seen again.
And the tales of disappearing military units and equipment continues making for good arm chair reading and history channel subjects.
Monday, November 09, 2009
Honors Night Recognition and Induction Ceremony
Tonight 35 students were inducted into the National Junior Honor Society
and 36 students were inducted into the National Honor Society. Needless to say there were proud parents sitting in the audience. Me - I was just there because a couple of neighborhood kids made the honor society and I wanted to see them inducted in.
Those inducted into the National Junior Honor Society were; 7th Grade; Kayla Marie Adkins, Karlie Arter, Nina Chen, Tasjah Davis, Jessica Elliott, Dillon Fletcher, Alexis Holland, Kenneth Holler, Renee Jennette, Joseph Langless, Krista Lepter, Joshua Lord, Cameron Malone, Mackayla Malone, Tiffany Meadows, Travis Quillin, Jessica Shockley, and Zachery Teter. 8th Grade; Evan Davis, Autumn Ford, Lauren Frey, Travis Gilmore, Kara Hughes, Mackenzie Kowalski, Kajol Patel, Taylor Smith, Shaina Thompson, and Hannah Young. 9th Grade; Christine Baum, Lewis Goslee, Tierra Handy, Ayza Hayat, Michaela Rittenhouse, Alex Seymore, and Devonna Towns.
Inducted into the National Honor Society were; Sophomores; Brittany Bolen, Genevieve Booth, Cassie Brennan, Carlee Budd, Hunter Causey, Taylor Elliott, Caitlin Frey, Samantha Johnson, Christina Lehman, Raven Neubert, Adwoa Nyame, Gabrielle Rairan, Alexis Smith, Donya Smith, Keyochia Taylor, Matthew Waldman, Kerry Ward, and Katherine Zerillo. Juniors; Logan Baxter, Noman Choudhry, Katelynn Defelice, Jaclyn Disharoon, Justin Elliott, Lyndsey Gerstle, Taylor Lucas, Morgan Parsons, Brent Tran, Caila White, and Brittany Wroten. Seniors; Casey Bellamy, Heather Conaway, Aurielle Hutley, Kevin Nichols, David Cody Salerno, Sara Shaw, and Leah Wilson
The FIN Number
This impulse of rant was created by the DNREC PRESS RELEASE below;
Fish and Wildlife Enforcement makes weekend arrests for fishing violations
DNREC Fish and Wildlife Enforcement agents over the weekend arrested two men in two separate cases involving alleged undersize fish in hidden compartments and fined five others for not having the required Delaware F.I.N. number. The violations were found during routine vessel safety inspections.
On Nov. 7 in Lewes, Fish and Wildlife agents arrested Chong Yol Kim, age 68, of 613 Cinnamon Tree Court, Baltimore, Md., and charged him for possession of 11 undersize tautog, which agents found in a hidden compartment on his boat. Kim was also charged with possession of two undersized channeled conch, failure to display a boat license and not having a F.I.N. number. Chong Yol Kim was issued a fine for $981.
Three passengers aboard Kim’s boat were fined $91 each for not having F.I.N. numbers: Tae Soo Lee, age 54, of Glen Burnie, Md., and Seung J. Yoo, age 45, and Young K. Song, age 68, both of Wilmington.
On Nov. 8 in Lewes, Fish and Wildlife agents arrested Yong Kim, age 57, of 231 St. James Drive, Glen Burnie, Md., and charged him with possession of nine undersized tautog, which agents found in a hidden compartment on Kim’s boat. He was also charged with not having a F.I.N. number. Yong Kim was issued a fine for $645.
Two passengers on Kim’s boat also were fined $91 for not having F.I.N. numbers: James Kwangyul Jeun, age 52, of Ellicott City, Md., and Yon Un Chong, age 60, of Laurel, Md.
Effective Jan. 1, 2009, Delaware requires all anglers fishing in Delaware waters, age 16 and older, licensed or not, to obtain a Fisherman Information Network (F.I.N.) number. License-exempt Delaware residents 65 and older and unlicensed anglers who fish from a licensed vessel are included in the requirement. The Delaware registry was created to meet new federal requirements. Anglers are required to carry the number with them when fishing. There is no charge for a F.I.N. number, which may be obtained online at www.delaware-fin.com, or by calling a 24-hour toll-free line, 800-432-9228.
For more information on Delaware’s F.I.N. registry, please contact the Division of Fish and Wildlife, Fisheries Section, at 302-739-9914.
For more information from DNREC Fish and Wildlife Enforcement, please contact Sgt. Gregory Rhodes at 302-739-9913.