Saturday, January 09, 2010

Full House Poker Parlor Is Open

Full House Poker Parlor opened today at State Line Plaza. I stopped by to look at their establishment and I must say they have done an excellent job on the inside of the place. I think it has six poker tables, a soft drink machine, and a bar like station to buy chips at. A nicely done place. I wished them well.

Full House Poker acts as a facility for charitable organizations in Delaware to hold poker games at. It does not sponsor these events itself, Each Charitable organization can hold a game a month, so in order to operate five days a week they need at least 20 organizations a month to utilize the place. There is a white board in the facility that list which organization is sponsoring the game each night. The only one I recognized was DelMarVa Model Train Club which has a night later in the month. The Delaware Gaming Control Board lists the charitable poker events sponsored by the various organizations at this website. Since State employees update the list they naturally have not gotten around to listing Full House Poker Charitable sponsors as of today. Still Gov. One Eye Jack Markell refuses to lay anyone off.

Now as you know I am against the poker parlor being here just on grounds we don't need a gambling image for Delmar - lets stick with the LeCates Building as the image we want to project for Delmar. The approval of Full House Poker came in the October 2009 Joint Council Meeting. From those minutes this is what occurred;

Vice Mayor Houlihan said that on the Delaware side, Mr. Clayton had requested a business license to operate Full House Poker, Inc. at the State Line Plaza. He said that this was something new for Planning and Zoning, and they had quite a discussion about it. He had asked Mr. Clayton to be present here this evening to address the Council about his request.

Mr. Clayton stated that he is the manager of Full House Poker, Inc. and would like to put a charitable gaming room in the State Line Plaza. They are a third party management of the game. They basically host the games for non-profit charities, which get 50% of the income on the night of the event. He said that right now he has about 40 charities ready for him to open his doors. The State of Delaware regulates how they function. They can only be open 6 hours a day and players can lose no more than $150.00 per evening. There will be no alcohol served on the premises and smoking will not be allowed. Free soda and food will be served during the course of the event. No one under 21 will be allowed to enter. ID’s will be shown at the door and surrendered. They will be closed on Sunday and Monday and they will open at 5:30 p.m. with the first hand being dealt at 6:00 p.m. and will be closed by midnight. He stated that he has already spoken with the owner of the Plaza along with tenants that will be next to the site. No one has any problem with this business coming to the Plaza. There will be a total of 6 tables that will seat 10 persons per table. There will be both men’s and women’s restrooms and they will provide and maintain a smoking urn outside. He stated that they will have dealers that will have to go through a background check with the State of Delaware Gaming Board. He did report that there is a local police officer who has already inquired into being a dealer, which will provide security also. He said that he will also install 16 cameras and that every inch of the place, with the exception of the restrooms, would be covered, along with there being a floor manager on the floor at all times. Mr. Clayton stated that there is nothing in Delmar’s zoning code that would prevent him from operating his business in Delmar. He did say that he would like to do this on a trial basis so that everyone can see how it operates and how parking issues will be addressed. Vice Mayor Houlihan stated that Mr. Clayton is correct in that there is nothing in the zoning code to prevent this type of business from operating in Delmar. He did say that Planning and Zoning did not approve this, due to too much gray area, such as security and parking. He said that Mr. Clayton did answer the question of security with the addition of the cameras. He still said that parking will be a major concern especially with Delmar Pizza being so close.

Town Manager Bynum-King asked for some clarification. She said that although the zoning code does not prohibit this, the Planning and Zoning Commission had some concerns. Vice Mayor Houlihan responded that was correct.

There was some discussion amongst the Council Members. Some thought that they should wait for the responses to come back from the casino survey. Others thought maybe another survey should be done about the parking at the State Line Plaza. Mr. Clayton said that if the Town allowed him to operate for 6 months, they could re-address these issues and if there are still concerns, he would move his business out of Delmar.

Resident Melanie Boltz stated that it seems to be a mute point since there is nothing in the zoning code to prevent this.

Council Member Payne made a motion to accept the non-favorable recommendation of planning and Zoning for the approval of a business license for Full House Poker, Inc. Hearing no second, the motion dies. Council member Thompson made a motion for the approval of a business license for 6 months for Full House Poker, Inc., in care of Norma Stewart at State Line Plaza in Delmar, DE. After that time it will be brought back to the Joint Council for re-evaluation. The motion was seconded by Mayor Outten and passed with 3 ayes and 1 abstaining and 1 nay.

Now those three that voted in favor for Full House Poker were Councilman Payne, Councilman Thompson and Mayor Outten. Both Councilman Payne and Councilman Thompson belong to the Delmar Fire Department. The owner of Full House Poker said the Delmar Fire Department was one of their sponsors in February. We will see if this correct. If so I think there is some problems of ethics involved in the two fireman/councilman voting in favor on a matter that would benefit their organization.

as Mark Twain so aptly put it, Denial ain't just a river in Egypt.

John S. Cooper

Delmar Signs For Today

Soup and sandwiches at the Masonic Lodge

could have had a free lunch at St Stephens community Hall - missed it

Del Mar Va Model Railroad Club is open today and tomorrow

Italy avoids ghetto classes made up of foreign pupils.

Over at the Scotsman on line newspaper there is an article about how Italy will limit the number of foreign pupils in each classroom. They are imposing a 30 per cent limit on the number of foreigners in a class. The plan would reduce cases where classes consisted entirely of immigrant students who spoke barely any Italian. So America is not the only country where this is a problem. The United States does not have a national official language, nor does Delaware and Maryland. The last part of DelMarVa, Virginia, has made English it official language.

The Obama Musical

Over at Spiegel on-line there is article about the Obama musical show called "Hope!" . Set to premiere in Frankfurt Germany on Jan. 17., the show does a singing-dancing take of the campaign in 2008. Included in the show are actors for Obama, John McCain, Sarah Palin, Michelle Obama, and Hillary Clinton. Of course, we who live in the US, don't have to pay to see Obama do a song and dance number, we live it every day.

Friday, January 08, 2010

The Republic of Molossia Celebrates Emperor Norton Day

While looking up up a few bits of information on Emperor Norton I, I hit upon the Republic of Molossia which has recognized today as Emperor Norton I Day. The Republic of Molossia is located in the western United States. it has it's own its own Navy, Naval Academy, Space Program, Railroad, Postal Service, Bank, tourist attractions, measurement system, holidays, online movie theater, online radio station, and even its own time zone.

The Country is ruled by Molossian President Kevin Baugh.

Molossia does have custom and visa requirements

Missionaries and salesmen are prohibited from entering the country.

Molossia is at war with East Germany. It's President has said they would sign a peace treaty with East Germany but the only land mass that is still East Germany is Ernst Thälmann Island (Cayo Ernesto Thaelmann), off the coast of Cuba, which is unoccupied and as such there is no one to sign a peace treaty with.

Molossia is like The Kingdom of North Dumpling Island, which is a small piece of land just off the coast of Connecticut and the private residence of Dean Kamen, inventor of the Segway Personal Transporter. Kamen declared the island to be an independent state with its own currency (in increments of Pi) and has its own navy (an amphibious vehicle)Although his independence isn’t officially recognised Kamen even signed a non-aggression pact with then-president George H.W. Bush.

And of course there is the Conch Republic that was established by secession of the Florida Keys from the United States of America, on April 23rd, 1982 in response to a United States Border Patrol Blockade setup on highway U.S.1 at Florida City just to the north of the Florida Keys.

These micronationalists represents that famous Liberterian Ludwig von Mises' argument that "whenever the inhabitants of a particular territory, whether it be a single village, a whole district, or a series of adjacent districts, make it known, by a freely conducted plebiscite, that they no longer wish to remain united to the state to which they belong at the time, but wish either to form an independent state or to attach themselves to some other state, their wishes are to be respected and complied with"


State Fisheries reminds anglers: New Year means time for a new F.I.N. number

With winter winds whistling outside their windows, even the most avid anglers probably aren’t yet thinking of spring days spent casting a line. But with trout season just eight weeks away, now is the perfect time to check out your gear, clean out that tackle box and make sure you have everything you need when the time comes to land the big one – including your fishing license and a Delaware Fisherman Information Network (F.I.N.) number.

“As of Jan. 1, 2009, Delaware has required all anglers age 16 and older, including those exempt from purchasing a fishing license, to obtain a F.I.N. number annually from the state fishing registry. Getting a new number for 2010 can be done online or with a phone call, at no charge,” said Fisheries Administrator Craig Shirey. “And, there are no plans to begin charging for registration in the future,” he added.

The First State’s F.I.N. registry was established so that Delaware could provide its own information for a new federal registry that will begin charging fees in 2011. With the state registry in place, Delaware anglers will be exempt from participating in the federal registry and paying federal fees.

To qualify for exempt status, the registry must include those who are not legally required to purchase a recreational fishing license. Because of this requirement, resident senior citizens age 65 and older and unlicensed anglers who fish from a licensed vessel, except for those who fish exclusively from charter boats or head boats, will also need to obtain a Delaware F.I.N. number. Anglers who fish in other states are encouraged to check local regulations to ensure that they meet the licensing and registry requirements of that state.

To obtain a F.I.N. number or for more information, anglers may visit, or call 800-432-9228, any time of day, any day of the week. For live operator assistance, please call 866-447-4626 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. (EST). Anglers will be asked for their name, address, phone number and whether they intend to fish in freshwater, tidal water or both. Anglers must keep the F.I.N. number on his or her person while fishing and be able to produce it for a law enforcement official. Those with Delaware recreational fishing licenses should record the F.I.N. number on their licenses.

Purchase of a fishing license is required for anglers age 16 and older who are fishing, crabbing or clamming in all Delaware waters, including both tidal and non-tidal areas. Delaware residents age 65 and older are not required to purchase a license. A resident fishing license costs $8.50 and a non-resident license costs $20 per year. More information on fishing licensing in Delaware, including boat licenses, exemptions, where to purchase and other requirements, is available at

For more information, please contact the Division of Fish and Wildlife, Fisheries Section, at 302-739-9914.

Emperor Joshua Norton Died today in 1880

Today in 1880 Emperor Joshua Norton,"Emperor of these United States and Protector of Mexico", died on California Street in San Francisco. So who was the Emperor of the United States? As we know non-California people that move to California tend to go a little daft. So was the case of Joshua Norton who moved to California in 1849. He lost his fortune on a rice deal and went off his rocker blending in with the other Californians. In 1859, he distributed letters to the various newspapers in San Francisco "Emperor of these United States"

At the peremptory request and desire of a large majority of the citizens of these United States, I, Joshua Norton, formerly of Algoa Bay, Cape of Good Hope, and now for the last 9 years and 10 months past of S. F., Cal., declare and proclaim myself Emperor of these U. S.; and in virtue of the authority thereby in me vested, do hereby order and direct the representatives of the different States of the Union to assemble in Musical Hall, of this city, on the 1st day of Feb. next, then and there to make such alterations in the existing laws of the Union as may ameliorate the evils under which the country is laboring, and thereby cause confidence to exist, both at home and abroad, in our stability and integrity.

The editors realised a good thing and decided to publish the proclamation on the front page of the newspaper. The citizens of San Francisco liked the idea and accepted Joshua Norton as their Emperor. He reigned for about forty years.

Now what can you get from being Emperor in San Francisco; he ate in all of the finest restaurants and slept in the finest hotels for free, he had three seats permanently reserved in the front row of the San Francisco opera house -- one for him, and one each for his two dogs. Twice a year he would review the police and fire departments as they paraded by, and then he would make a grand speech to the assembled crowds. He printed his own money, which was accepted in business establishments around San Francisco as legal tender. When one of his dogs died, 10,000 people turned out for the funeral to console their grief-stricken emperor. Mark Twain wrote an epitaph for Bummer, his dog. When Norton died about 30,000 people turned out for his funeral. See how many of your facebook friends show up when you die.

He was a man who would fit-in in Delmar well. Maybe in a couple of weeks as the Alzheimer's get worst I will declare myself Emperor of Delmar and Protector of Melson.

An exhibit of notes issued by him. I understand they command a high value today when you can find them

A Winter Wonderland - Again

Well once again Delmar has snow. At 7:30 I was walking around looking. When we had store owners downtown they would be out shoveling snow off their section of the sidewalk by now instead since there is nothing downtown now the snow just sits there.

Public works were out early plowing streets

It is a nice light damp snow that should go away quickly. It should be good for making snow men/women

Thursday, January 07, 2010

The Delmar Hepatitis Scare of 1993

This time of the year in 1993 Delmar was buzzing with the news that a local food establishment had spread hepatitis A. With 15 reported cases we all wondered who was next and where it was coming from. Both the Wicomico County Health department and the Sussex county Health unit had both said it was from a restaurant in Delmar but would not identify the restaurant. Needless to say there was a great deal of speculation on which one was the cause.

Hepatitis is a fecal-orally transmitted disease. It is frequently spread by people not washing their hands properly and than handling food. Usually foods that are not cooked (salads) are the carriers. Hepatitis is an infection of the liver caused by the hepatitis A virus (HAV). Common symptoms were; Nausea and vomiting, Diarrhea, Dark-colored urine, pale bowel movements, and Stomach pain. The health departments were alerted to the problems when people went to the hospital and had lab tests done. The hospitals notified the health departments. Usually the health department recommends all members of the family get an antibiotic serum, such as globulin (IG) serum. Hepatitis takes from 21 to 28 days for the symptoms to appear so in this case the problem started back around the first week of December. It was a difficult case to solve as so many people travel and eat at different places during the Christmas season.

By the 12th of January it was announced that Delmar Pizza was the source of the problem. This did cause problems for business at Delmar Pizza as it went down the toilet. Nick Piperis, the owner of Delmar Pizza at that time, was alarmed to say the least and made use of his lawyer. The town officials came out against the way the health departments handled the matter particularly the Delaware Health department. The town officials made announcements they fully backed Delmar pizza and considered it a good place to eat. Delaware epidemiologist, Dr. Leroy Hathcock, said the department walks a fine line in investigations such as this and they were concerned with three major areas; public safety, safety of the staff at the restaurant, and the effect it will have on the owner’s and employee livelihood. The Town officials said they should have been notified first so they could answer any questions asked by the residents (like any of them knew jack shit about hepatitis). As for myself I felt the health department should have named the restaurant at the beginning instead of waiting two weeks to tell people who caused it. Countless patrons were exposed to the disease. As I recall an employee did not wash their hands after leaving the toilet and than made salad for the customers. Which takes the saying “This meal tastes like shit" to a whole new and disgusting level.

Delmar Pizza was a lucky place, most restaurants that have a Hepatits outbreak end up closing. I think the people that ate at the restaurant realized it could happen anywhere and was not totally the restaurant's fault so they continued going to it. I have not heard of any other problems there over the years. The best prevention of problems in a restaurant is proper food safety training. Some restaurants provide it or requires it - some don’t do anything. My wife works in food service and to go to a restaurant particularly a fast food restaurant with her is a trip. As a customer she is on the fast food staff constantly from the way they pick up a cup (they stick their fingers in it when they pick it up than hand it to you) to handling money at the cash register and at the same time handling your food. She does not hesitate to call the manager over to tell them about it either. Just as bad as the restaurant staff causing health problems is the public – watch what happens at a buffet when people go thru the line.

So, as we are told even today – wash your hands - it is the most simple way to prevent problems and when out shopping use those sanitizing cloths they have at most stores today when you take a shopping cart.

Bon Appetit


State Parks Enforcement investigation leads to indictment of two suspects on numerous felony, misdemeanor charges

On Jan. 4, two suspects from Ocean View were indicted by a Sussex County Grand Jury on a total of 103 felonies and 95 misdemeanors in connection with a two-year string of burglaries and stolen credit cards in the eastern Sussex County area.

Charles H. Hawkins, age 44, of Ocean View, was indicted on the following felony charges: 71 counts of second degree forgery, five counts of attempted second degree forgery, 20 counts of third degree burglary and three counts of theft from a senior citizen. Hawkins also was indicted on the following misdemeanor charges: 59 counts of unlawful use of a credit card, two counts of attempted use of a stolen credit card, 24 counts of theft, three counts of criminal mischief and three counts of second degree conspiracy.

Brittany L. Seiders, age 21, also of Ocean View, was indicted on four counts of second degree forgery, a felony, plus the following misdemeanors: two counts of unlawful use of a credit card, one count of receiving stolen property and one count of theft.

“At this time we have completed our investigation into a crime spree spanning more than two years and affecting at least 26 victims. These individuals came to enjoy a day at one of our beach parks, only to have it ruined by someone breaking into their cars and stealing their valuables. We are glad to bring this investigation to an end,” said Chief Wayne Kline of Delaware State Parks Enforcement.

Since last summer, Park Rangers had been actively investigating a series of burglaries and thefts in which state park visitors reported wallets and purses with credit cards stolen from parked vehicles or campsites at parks including Delaware Seashore, Fenwick Island and Holts Landing. Stolen credit cards were used at various merchants in the area of Rehoboth Beach, Dewey, Fenwick Island, Ocean View and Ocean City, Md.

The investigation links Mr. Hawkins to state park cases dating back to 2008, as well as a 2009 case handled by the Delaware State Police and a 2009 vehicle break-in at the Assawoman Wildlife Area handled by Division of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement agents. The suspect is also believed to have been the accomplice to another individual arrested in July 2008 for similar offenses which occurred in Delaware State Parks, Chief Kline said.

Hawkins and Seiders now have a pending arraignment in Sussex County Superior Court.

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

The Steamboat Patuxent - 1832

From the Village Herald, Princess Anne Maryland 1832 - click to enlarge

The Whack Heard Around The World

Today in 1994 Tonya Harding's ex-husband, Jeff Gillooly (changed name to Jeff Stone later), and her bodyguard, Shawn Eckardt hired Shane Stant to strike Nancy Kerrigan on the knee forcing Kerrigan to withdrawal from the 1994 U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Detroit.

Harding later would turn Pro Boxer, TV Host and Author

Today's Quote

"Pity the nation that welcomes its new ruler with trumpetings, & farewells him with hootings, only to welcome another with trumpetings again."

The Garden of the Prophet, 1934, Poet Kahlil Gibran who was born today in 1883

It's Ed Ferro's Birthday

Happy Birthday Ed !!!

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Delmar Post Office Seeks Help

Have No Fear Tom Wagner's here

Yes Delaware's Super Auditor is on the case of William S. Hitch, Jr., former finance director of Laurel School district. Mr. Hitch resigned after being confronted about a theft he was involved in. Naturally Tom Wagner is saying the school did the right thing contacting him first instead of the police. The tone of the article in the News Journal (by Molly Murray) has changed now to an alleged theft, before the other articles have said he admitted taking unauthorized money so I don't see any "alleged" to it.

MR. ED - 1961

A horse is a horse, of course, of course,
And no one can talk to a horse of course
That is, of course, unless the horse is the famous Mr. Ed.

Go right to the source and ask the horse
He'll give you the answer that you'll endorse.
He's always on a steady course.
Talk to Mr. Ed.


That's right the TV show Mister Ed aired today in 1961 in syndication. It was picked up later on October 1 1961 by CBS. To this day millions of people can not get the Mr. Ed theme song out of their head.

Monday, January 04, 2010

Rehoboth and it's Sewage Discharge

As you may have read a number of different places, including Frank Calio, Rehoboth is planning to discharge treated wastewater from it's plant into the ocean. This method is used at a number of different places in the United States. Rehoboth is proposing a 24 inch force main (force main means the waste is being pumped instead of using gravity flow) from their waste water treatment plant to the beach where it will flow in a pipe out 6,000 feet and disburse in the ocean. Some people are up in arms over it. The psychological idea of swimming in treated waste bothers some people, in spite of the fact we know birds, fish and tourist have always used the ocean as a toilet.

Now the end result of waste after it has been treated in a wastewater treatment plant is just clear water. The solids have been removed and the remaining liquids have been treated. It is used in agricultural situations. Any true Wastewater Treatment plant operator or supervisor will not hesitate to demonstrate to a tour group touring his plant the quality of the effluent (the end treated results) and actually will drink a glass to show out well his plant works. Certainly I and my fellow members of the Delmar Utility Commission would not hesitate to do so as a sign of confidence in the Delmar wastewater Treatment system .

If we would not hesitate to drink it we would not hesitate to swim in it. The Rehoboth project, if they keep their system up to snuff, is a viable way of disposing of treated wastewater.

Movie Quote of the Day

Four dollars? You know what four dollars buys today? It don't even buy three dollars!
From Saturday Night Fever, Frank Sr -commenting on Tony's four dollar raise in salary

Miss McClemmy VS Veasey & Brown - 1916

From the Marylander and Herald October 17, 1916


Miss Myra H. McClemmy, of near Princess Anne, in her replevin suit against Veasey & Brown, automobile dealers of Delmar Delaware, was awarded $896 last Wednesday night by a jury at Georgetown, Delaware.

The suit was an echo of the friendly interest which Miss McClemmy took in Harold C. Abbott, an engineer employed by the State Roads Commission in 1914, in the construction of the road between Princess Anne and Salisbury. Abbott representing himself to be a single man, he gained her confidence, and in addition to loaning him a sum of money, she purchased an automobile, which he used while making his headquarters in Salisbury.

When it was discovered that he was married writs were sworn out for his arrest, but he made his escape in the automobile. Upon reaching Delmar he sold the car to Veasey & Brown, trading as the Stone Garage. Miss McClemmy obtained possession of the machine by replevin. Veasey & Brown resisted her claim of ownership, contending that she had given the car to Abbott. The jury found that Miss McClemmy had not parted with title to the car.

Charles H. Cullin, of Georgetown and Henry J. Waters, of Princess Anne, representing Miss McClemmy and ex Attorney General Robert P White and Edward H. Tunnel, of Georgetown, Del., representing Messrs. Veasey & Brown.

Replevin – this is a type of legal lawsuit. It is common in disputes between sellers and buyers of movable goods. In a replevin action, one side asks the court to order the return of the goods from the other side. A similar type of case for return of property is called “detinue”.

Miyoko Has a Birthday - Today

Happy Birthday Miyoko Yagi Dickerson !!!!!!

Problems with the Woodland Ferry

The News Journal today had an article (by Dan Shortridge) on the mechanical problems of the Woodland ferry. As he points out; the ferry has only been in the water for six out of the fourteen months since it's launch. He says the problem it has had since October has been the thrusters, I tend to think the problem is state employees, both thoses who operate it and those who designed and approved the design for the ferry. Let's face it, if it was a commercially viable operation someone would have welded an arm on the side of the ferry and thrown an outboard motor on it and had it back into operation in a day's time. Instead it has been out since October while they think about the problem. The second issue is if it has only worked for six out of fourteen months are the captain(s) and crew being paid doing this time? With Markell's no state employee laid off policy I am sure they are all drawing a paycheck.