Friday, December 25, 2009
Merry Christmas Everyone
Thursday, December 24, 2009
New Look For What A Smell
This bit of snow and ice reminds me of when we use to use studded tires in the winter. Back in the 1960's and before it snowed more on Delmarva, than we stopped receiving consistent snows (OK an occasional one that buried us)until perhaps this winter. Studded tires in Maryland (except for the far Western countries are illegal now. Studded tires are legal in Delaware and Virginia from October 15 to April 15th. I would guess that if snow tires are legal in your state and you drive in Maryland it is ok. There were a number of reasons for banning studded snow tires all together or limit them to a few months. They did some damage to the highway when there was no snow or ice for them to bit into, occasionally a stud would fly loose and hit another car, they made noise while driving, and on wet or dry roads (no snow or ice) it took longer to stop. If you drove a car in the snow with them on your vehicle they were great, so I guess the states decided; better for someone to occasionally end up in an accident dead or paralysed from the waist down than to have to repair roadways. I think the main reason you don't see them that often now days is due to the limited amount of snow we received most people just stopped buying snow tires of any type.
For those too young to remember studded tires they looked similar to regular tires except they had deeper tread and tiny holes for studs. The tire dealer would install the studs for you. The more studs, the more expensive the tire. The studs consisted of a small jacket made of steel, aluminum, or plastic, and a tungsten carbide pin that protruded 1 to 2 millimeters from the surface of the tread. As I recall you had to buy a set of four you couldn't drive with just two studded ones and two regular tires.
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
The amazing Louis Lazarus Goldstein (1913 – 1998) the Longest serving Maryland Comptroller, as I recall he even came into Delmar Delaware at election time seeking votes.
Bill Hitch Jr and his self help program
Delmarva Sportsmen Blog
1937 Christmas Menu at Snow Hill CCC Camp
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Here's to you Mrs. Robinson
Long before the title Cougar was developed we had Mrs. Robinson.
Benjamin: Mrs. Robinson, you're trying to seduce me.
Mrs. Robinson: [laughs]
Benjamin: Aren't you?
Mrs. Robinson: Benjamin, I am *not* trying to seduce you.
Benjamin: I know that, but *please*, Mrs. Robinson, this is difficult...
Mrs. Robinson: Would you like me to seduce you?
Today in 1967 The movie The Graduate, a film directed by Mike Nichols, was released, with Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft, and Katharine Ross, plus a sound track by Simon & Garfunkel and an uncredited role by Richard Dreyfuss.
The movie was based on the 1963 novel "The Graduate" by Charles Webb. Charles Webb life is as strange as the movie. He wrote the book at age 24, shortly after graduating from Williams College. Charles Webb's Elaine was Eve Rudd (who has changed her name to Fred). They lived for many years in Hastings-on-Hudson, NY. She was notorious for greeting people at the door stark naked. Their lives has had many ups and downs. Webb sold the movie rights for a one time payment of $20,000. He wrote the book at age 24 at the poolside bar of the Pasenda Huntington hotel and supposedly it was based on his affair with an older, wealthy, married Pasadena socialite. He, himself, however now says he never had the affair.
For an interview with Charles Webb go here.
Today, Canal, a French media company owns the rights to "The Graduate."
"I know that without having money it becomes a preoccupation, obviously, and people think of it that way. I don’t know why people have to keep thinking about money. I know you don’t have enough,” he says diplomatically, “but people who, once they have enough and they keep thinking about it, what’s that all about? It’s a boring subject.” Charles Webb
Monday, December 21, 2009
December Joint Council Meeting
food collected for the Tom McGuire/Maryland Food Bank collection
Newly re-elected Mayor Niblett put forth two names for the resigned commissioners positions; Karen Wells, an 18 year resident of Delmar and a previous blogger. Karen has interest in youth Sports and the fire department. James Henderson the second person put forth is a member of the Planning and Zoning commission and resident of WoodCreek. Naturally they were approved.
Karen Wells and James Henderson being sworn in by Mayor Niblett.
The Stop sign at 4th and Chestnut was discussed and finally approved with Karen Wells abstaining.
Additional lighting was approved for Elizabeth street after 16 crime incidents were reported.
Animal Control Officer Robert Kenney is retiring due to health problems. He has been the town animal control person for 17 plus years.
Director of Public Works Jerome Reid's mother passed away, our prayers go out to him and his family.
Town manager Sara Bynum-King discussed plans for offices at the old Bank Of Delmarva building. The bank's final day is the 31st and they will remove the ATM in January.
Since Sara Bynum-King had not shared floor plans or asked for input from the ten members of the councils this put Maryland Commissioner Carl Anderton into a snit. He felt the council people should all have input into where the offices are placed, if for no other reasons than they would have to explain the floor plan to the public.
Delaware Councilman Payne had issues about the flyer Tom McGuire handed out for the food drive.
Speaking of Food Drives the Middle/High school recently had a very successful food drive. A letter from Terri Addlesberger (Mary Lee Pase's daughter) is below that shows the success of it. Click on photo to enlarge.
Below a photo of a photo showing the students at school on the canned food drive
and as a final note; Jamie Rostocki's wife gave birth to a boy. Congratulations Jamie
December Delmar Utility Commission
Nothing of any great importance's was discussed. The Tidewater Draft agreement Revisions (which I am against) is still being discussed. Our engineers gave us information on the town sewer collection system. A great piece of information that I may share with you in the future. I complimented the Public Works department for the work they did on clearing the recent snow from the streets, given our limited budget and equipment.
It is slippery out there
Reminder Delmar Joint Council Meeting For December
Among the items on the agenda;
an Oath of Office
Richard Evans- Request to hunt on 200+ acres annexed into Town
Resolution 2009-12-21 Employee Pension (MD, DE)
TESI Agreement Revisions
Proposed Zoning Code Change
Stop Sign- 4th Street and Chestnut Street- Survey Results
Lighting on E. Elizabeth Street
The Winter Solstice Is Upon Us
Survivor Samoa winner 2009
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Going to Work
The Delaware Christmas Tree
Since 1923, the United States has held a tradition of lighting a National Christmas Tree in Washington, DC. and on December 3rd it was lit for another year. Surrounding the National Christmas Tree is what is known as the "Pathway of Peace" and consists of 56 decorated trees representing all 50 states, five territories, and the District of Columbia. Sponsoring organizations from each state provide the decorations and each decoration is encased in a plastic globe to shield it from the weather. Every year one-of-a-kind ornaments are made to hang on the 56 trees. For the Delaware tree the Art Therapy Express Program has been chosen for 5 years to represent the state of Delaware in creating the decorative ornaments for the Delaware State Tree in Washington, D.C. The Delaware ornaments were made by 40 children with cerebral palsy working as a team with non-disability volunteers. What would we do without art programs in Delaware?
My daughter sent me these photo of the Delaware tree.