Saturday, March 27, 2010

Some Shots of the Kiwanis Easter Egg Hunt

SSGT Barry Sadler

Fighting soldiers from the sky
Fearless men who jump and die
Men who mean just what they say
The brave men of the green beret.....

This time back in 1966 the one hit wonder of "The Ballad of the Green Beret" by Ssgt Barry Sadler was number one on the charts. None of his songs written later would come close to hitting the popularity of this song.

Sadler spent time in the Air Force and later joined the Army to be come a green beret. He was wounded in Vietnam and in May of 1965 while recovering wrote and recorded his hit song, “Ballad of the Green Berets,” which was released in early 1966.

In 1978 Sadler was accused of shooting Lee Emerson Bellamy (Nashville songwriter and manager)in Nashville. I have read he was found guilty and I have read he was found not guilty who know?

In the 1980's Sadler moved to Guatemala City where in 1989 he was shot in the head while in a taxi the cause of the shooting remains unknown.

Friday, March 26, 2010


DNREC Fisheries reminds anglers of licensing, F.I.N. number requirements

With snowdrifts finally a memory and fishing season underway, DNREC’s Fisheries Section would like to remind anglers to make sure they have their 2010 fishing license and a Delaware Fisherman Information Network (F.I.N.) number before heading out with their rods and tackle boxes.

“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. Getting a new number for 2010 can be done very easily either online or with a quick phone call, at no charge,” said Fisheries Administrator Craig Shirey.

The First State’s F.I.N. registry was established so that Delaware could provide its own information to the National Marine Fisheries Service for the new federal registry. Anglers in states without the federal agreement are required to register directly into the federal registry, which is presently free but will begin charging fees in 2011. With the state registry in place, Delaware anglers are not required to participate in the federal registry and will not pay these federal fees.

For Delaware to qualify for exempt status, the F.I.N. registry must include those who are not legally required to purchase a recreational fishing license. This includes resident senior citizens age 65 and older and anglers fishing under a boat license. Anglers fishing only from a charter or head boat do not need a F.I.N. number because they are covered under a separate program. Also, those who have a federal registry number are not exempt from obtaining a Delaware F.I.N. number for fishing in Delaware waters.

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 with them 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. Anglers who plan on trout fishing this spring also will need to purchase a trout stamp, which costs $4.20 for residents and $6.20 for non-residents; proceeds support purchase of trout for next year’s stocking in two downstate ponds and six upstate streams.

Complete information on fishing licensing in Delaware, including boat licenses, exemptions, where to purchase and other requirements, is available at For additional information, please contact the Division of Fish and Wildlife, Fisheries Section, at 302-739-9914.

Two Chicks Spring Barn Sale

Two Chicks Spring Barn Sale

Fri., April 16…9 am to 5 pm
Sat., April 17…8 am to 4 pm

furniture..and more!

On Saturday from 8-2 !
Crabcakes, Oysters, Shrimp, Clams, Hotdogs, Hamburgers, French Fries, Scrapple Sandwiches, etc…..

‘One Of A Kind’ Florals…On Saturday
Floral Arrangements in Unique Containers

36225 Columbia Rd., Delmar, DE. Directions…from Delmar, head west on Delmar Rd (Rt.54) to Columbia Rd. From Rt. 50, head east onto Delmar Rd. (Rt.54) to Columbia Rd. Barn is approximately 1 ½ miles on the right. Hope to see you there!
410-251-2344 or 443-521-3110

Sinbad Inn 1970's

Remember the Kiwanis Easter Egg Hunt is Tomorrow

The annual Kiwanis Easter Egg Hunt will be held on March 27 at 1 PM at the Delmar High School Football Field (Rain date April 3)

Union Church Dinner April 1

The March Planning and Zoning Meeting

The March Planning and Zoning meeting was held last night. It was a short meeting and it had a full seven person commission for a change. The commission now consist of Michael Houlihan, Ed Ferro, William Boyan, Carl Anderton, Jr., Joe Dixon, Tom Luffman and David Ring.

Among the items discussed were;
Pastor Jim Hitch of the Delmar Wesleyan Church asked that his requested to combine two parcels of land be tabled until next month.

David Davis asked for a variance request and a new home construction in Breckenridge and it was approved.

David Ring step down from the commission and asked for approval of a sun room addition to his home in Wood Creek. It was approved and he did not vote on the matter.

Chris Walters said he had a couple of people interested in the space previously occupied by the Karate club. One was a coffee shop and the second was a data research company who may employee up to sixteen people. As usual the drawback problem of parking is an issue.

Restaurant Night - Another High School Success

The wife and I went to Restaurant night at the high school last night. The Delmar High School Culinary Club puts it on.

You had a choice of Pot Roast, Lasagna, Glazed Chicken or Baked Chicken. We went with the pot roast, which was great.

The servers and chefs are students with Terri overseeing the operation.

as in real life restaurant operations there was "the spill."

which was quickly cleaned up.

Lower DelMarVa Genealogical Society March Meeting

Wednesday night we had a superb speaker at the meeting. Ralph E. Nelson, president of the Sussex County Genealogical Society gave his presentation of "Mommie, where did I come from?" I had not expected it to be as entertaining as it was, as it was aimed at beginning family tree research, but he used his own efforts in that direction as the focus of his presentation. It turned out very well and if any group would want a speaker on the subject I would recommend him. He is part of a ten person traveling speaker section of the Sussex County Genealogical Society.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Delmar Police Department Press Release


Incident: Home Invasion

Location: Chestnut Manor, Delmar, MD

Date: March 22, 2010

Arrested: Undra Huggins, black male, 19, Frankford, De

On 03-22-2010 the Delmar Police Department arrested Undra Huggins for the Home invasion robbery which occurred on 03-05-10 at Chestnut Manor apartment complex in Delmar, Maryland. The investigation is still ongoing.

Armed Robbery
Assault First Degree
Reckless Endangerment
Burglary First Degree
And numerous more robbery charges total of 38

Huggins was processed at the Wicomico County Detention Center where Huggins was held on $750,000.00 bond.

Mosquito Time Again - DNREC Press Release

Mosquito Control season begins with spraying wooded wetlands

Weather permitting, DNREC’s Mosquito Control Section will start its annual spring woodland-pool spraying on Friday, March 26, treating wooded wetlands near populated areas in New Castle, Kent and Sussex counties. Approximately 7,000 to 10,000 acres with woodland pools where early season mosquitoes breed in quantity will be strategically larvicided by helicopter and possibly aircraft.

If larval stages of these early season mosquitoes are not successfully controlled, an intolerable number of biting adult mosquitoes could take wing by early to mid-May and remain through late June, becoming particularly troublesome within one to two miles of their woodland pool origins, and significantly affecting local quality of life for residents and visitors alike.

According to Mosquito Control Administrator Dr. William Meredith, only woodland pools near populated areas will be treated as in past years. “Delaware has about 100,000 acres of wet woodlands and it is not possible logistically or for budgetary and environmental reasons to larvicide all woodland mosquito-rearing habitats,” said Dr. Meredith. “Targeting the pools near populated areas is the best return-on-investment in providing mosquito relief to the most people.”

Over the next few weeks, Mosquito Control will apply a bacterially-produced insecticide, Bti. “Like all insecticides used by the Section, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has determined that Bti, when used in accordance with all EPA-approved instructions as required by federal law, can be applied without posing unreasonable risk to human health, wildlife or the environment,” said Meredith.

The amount of spraying needed is determined by where the woodlands are and how wet they are, which can vary from year to year depending on the location and amount of precipitation that has occurred over the past autumn, winter and early spring. “Woodland pool wetness in downstate areas is much higher than in recent years due to higher-than-average amounts of winter precipitation and recent rains,” Meredith said. “Spurred by these extremely wet conditions, we’ll probably see a lot of adult woodland pool mosquitoes in May and June, but less in or near the areas we sprayed.”

Aerial spraying of woodland pools must be completed before the forest canopy fills in with leaves, usually around mid-April, because leaves prevent the insecticide from reaching pools and other wet spots containing larvae on the forest floor. The spring campaign marks the beginning of Delaware’s mosquito season, which in most years continues until sometime between mid-October and early November, depending upon when the first killing freeze occurs.

Effective with this spring spraying season, the coverage areas of Mosquito Control’s two field offices in Glasgow and Milford have been changed to better accommodate and service residents’ calls statewide. Glasgow Office staff will continue to cover New Castle County and northwestern Kent County while expanding into central Kent County north of a line extending from Kitts Hummock on Delaware Bay southwest to Magnolia, northwest to Camden-Wyoming, and then southwest along Route 10 to Sandtown, including these five towns. This new area also includes all of Dover, plus Hartly, Marydel, Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge and Little Creek and encompasses zip codes 19901, 19904, 19934 and 19962. Residents in these areas with mosquito control needs or concerns including intolerable infestations can call the Glasgow Office at 302-836-2555.

Milford Office staff will continue to cover Sussex County, with reduced responsibility in Kent County. Their jurisdiction south of the new Kent line includes Bowers Beach, Woodside, Viola, Frederica, Felton, Milford and Harrington. Their Sussex jurisdiction continues to cover Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge, the Inland Bays, the coastal resort areas from Lewes to Fenwick Island, and inland population centers such as Georgetown, Seaford or Laurel. Residents of southern Kent County and all of Sussex County with mosquito control needs or concerns including intolerable infestations can call the Milford Office at 302-422-1512.

As in the past, advance public notice of when and where spraying will occur this year will be given daily via radio announcements, by calling 800-338-8181 toll-free, or by visiting Interested parties may also subscribe to receive email notices by visiting the DNREC homepage - click on “Email List Subscription” under Services and follow directions to sign up for mosquito control spray announcements.

During mosquito season, the public is encouraged to do its part to reduce mosquito-rearing habitat by cleaning clogged rain gutters, keeping fresh water in birdbaths, draining abandoned swimming pools and emptying standing water from such containers as scrap tires, cans, flower pot liners, unused water cisterns, upright wheelbarrows, uncovered trash cans, depressions in tarps covering boats or other objects stored outside.

For more information about Delaware’s Mosquito Control program, call 302-739-9917.

Mayflower Grill

February Was A Hard Month

February was a hard month. Not only for myself but there was a number of other people who suffered from the snow and winter related problems. Roofs collapsed, heating oil spills, power outages, carbon monoxide issues and I was too wrapped up in my own problems to draw your attention to other people problems.

Most of the month of February we were living in motels or here at Pond's Edge I lost touch with what was happening. I have dropped my newspaper subscriptions and was without a computer until this month, plus most people did not know how to reach me so all those excuses given let me say it came as a shock when I was talking to Kaye Records yesterday and she said Carl Pollitt had passed away.

Carl and I served on the the town council back in the late 1980's and later due to his great common sense at addressing problems both town councils in 1990 asked him to serve as acting town manager, after Karen Horsman left that office. In that time period I also knew Carl's wife, Ellen, as we both worked at Con Diesel, she was another great person. It was indeed sad when she died in that car accident. Carl lived in Delmar Manor and I use to kid him about having so many relatives there he should have it named Pollitt Manor. Carl passed away February 22 at the age of 85 and the town lost a value asset that day. His memory lives on in his sons, stepson, stepdaughter and his numerous grandchildren.

Jules Gabriel Verne Died Today

Jules Gabriel Verne died at 3:10 PM (French Time) today in 1905 at his home in Amiens. He had been ill with diabetes. He helped pioneer the science-fiction genre of novels and his novels were considered to be aimed at youth as opposed to adults.

Interestedly there are many places, businesses, and honors named after him, one of which is the Jules Verne Trophy which is given for around the world sailing. Just last Saturday French skipper Franck Cammas and his nine-man crew won the Jules Verne Trophy by his circumnavigation via the capes of Good Hope, Leeuwin and Horn in 48 days, 7 hours, 44 minutes and 52 seconds. His vessel was the multihull "Groupama 3."

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

St George's Church Luncheon

Snethen Church Spaghetti Dinner

The Mysterious Island

"Are we rising again?" "No. On the contrary." "Are we descending?" "Worse
than that, captain! we are falling!" "For Heaven's sake heave out the
ballast!" "There! the last sack is empty!" "Does the balloon rise?" "No!"
"I hear a noise like the dashing of waves. The sea is below the car! It
cannot be more than 500 feet from us!" "Overboard with every weight!

Such were the loud and startling words which resounded through the air,
above the vast watery desert of the Pacific, about four o'clock in the
evening of the 23rd of March, 1865.

So the book by Jules Vernes The Mysterious Island (a sequel to "Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea") starts the story of the adventure of five men and a dog today March 23rd in 1865. The book follows the adventures of a group of castaways who use their survivalist savvy to build a functional community on an uncharted island. A hot-air balloon carrying five passengers and a dog escapes from Richmond, Va., during the American Civil War. It is blown off course and deposited near an obscure island. One of the castaways nearly dies after a skirmish with pirates; he is saved by the unexplained appearance of medicine after the pirates are unexpectedly routed. The group later discovers that their secret helper is the reclusive Captain Nemo (first introduced in Verne's Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea), who dies and is buried at sea in his submarine. The castaways are eventually saved by a passing ship.

The Mysterious Island is usually made into a movie about every ten years.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Money and Security In The House Fire

Like many people I had a tendency to come home and toss my loose change into a can I had in the bedroom. That money may never be recovered and I have no idea how much it would amount to.

I did keep some documents, saving bonds, and stock in a Sentry security Box. One of my main concerns was to recover that box after the fire. It turned out it was buried under about two foot of burnt debris.

The outside of the Sentry Security Box was burnt and show signs of melting.

Inside the sentry security box it was clean. The documents have been removed in this picture but you can see the inside of it is reasonably clean. The papers and other contents are usable, altho they smell of smoke. I was lucky, I understand these boxes are designed for about two hours of fire than they begin to give in. But unlike other products purchased in my life that fail to deliver on their promise the Sentry Security Box came thru for me. One of my first purchases was another one from Walmart for about $40.

I had an older style security box that had thin walls

Inside the locked box - as you can see everything that was plastic melted and some currency is singed.

The burnt currency was mailed off to the Bureau of Engraving Mutilated Currency Division to see if they can replace it.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Into The Woods

This afternoon I decided to take-in the Delmar High school play "Into The Woods", for once I made the right choice. Now I have sit thru some really bad middle school and high school plays (Never at Delmar of course) so I always attend these productions with some apprehension.

Into The Woods is based on the book by James Lapine and the music and lyrics by Stephen Sonheim. The play was originally produced in 1987.

The story line is a group of fairy tale characters (Cinderella, The Baker and the Baker's wife, and Jack from Beanstalk fame) journey into the woods where they discover many things - mostly about theirselves. In order to reverse a witch's curse, a baker and his wife have to get Red Riding Hood's cape, Cinderella's slipper, Jack (and the Beanstalk)'s cow and Rapunzel's hair. The other characters also have wishes they want and in order to get his or her wish, each character has had to cheat or lie a little, to compromise themselves or one of the other characters. Despite all this, by the end of the first act, everyone appears to have what they want and to be ready to live happily ever after.

In Act 2, they learn that all their actions, good or bad, have an effect on others. when the wife of the dead giant (from the beanstalk) comes to avenge the murder of her husband. In the process of the group destroying the female giant they destroy themselves.

Produced by Iris Stuart and directed by Rachel Schrider with Bianca Johnson as assistant to the director this was by far one of the best of a series of exceptional musical shows generated by Ms Stuart. Normally there are several players that stand out in High School productions and I like to mention their name but this show was so well performed that all of them were exceptional.

The same as a football team, Drama and Chorus department productions have to have a supply of "new" people coming into replace the "old" people who will be graduating. I am pleased to see there is a good supply of Freshmen and Sophmores in this production that will be around for future productions

Those who were in the cast of Into the Woods were;
Lyndsi Jones, Leah Wilson, Chris Raglin, Chelsea Brown, Josh Smith, Amelia Mitchell, Rhiannon Smith, Mary Beth Bradshaw, Megan Upole, Mila Simon, Raven Neubert, Subrina Shockley, Brinkley Rayne, Kevin Nichols, Josh Wilder, Sierra Schirtzinger, Yvette Siegel, Ben Gifford, Josh Wilder, Sean Moore, Katie Defelice, and Taylor M. Pierson.

For once I have no complaints about the sound system - everything seemed to have worked and the volume was loud enough even for someone as hard of hearing as me to hear it. Good job Ryan Prettyman, Jared Messick and Bianca Johnson

In this show the sets, costumes, makeup and hair, and lighting were grand and more lavish then previous shows I have seen at Delmar.

The audience was appreciative and rewarded the performers with boisterous applause throughout the show. Any doubts that one might have held about the production prior to the performance were emphatically banished. This was a first-rate production.

and yet the art programs continue to suffer. How someone can watch a production of this quality and not contact the school board to encourage their support of the art programs at Delmar is beyond me.

I think a DVD was made of this production and someone will have to tell me where I can get a copy.

Other people may not agree but I think the music tempo etc in this play is similar to Sonheim's music in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street".

Paloma Negra

Songs that run thru your head, sometime they are current silly ones like the McDonald Fish Sandwich commercial one and sometimes they are long term songs that at various times in your life will run thru your mind for a month or so than leave you in peace for a few years. One song is Paloma Negra (Black Dove). I first heard when I was in Arizona in the 1960's and even tho I don't speak Spanish it is a griping wailing Mexican love song of sorrow, particularly the second half of the song. It was written by Tomas Mendez and the song has been in a number of Mexican movies and United States movies with a Mexican flavor. Most recently was the movie "Frida" in which it sang by Chevela Vargas (whom I think gives the best rendition of it). When I first heard it, Lola Beltran was singing it. The version by Lila Downs is also spectacular. She stretches out a note for about 30 seconds, which takes a song that is about 3 1/2 minutes out to over 4 minutes.

Gene Corbett Sport Lines Co - 1958

Delmar School Board Election

Altho still over a month away the Delmar School District has an election coming up on Tuesday May 11th for a five year term school board position. There are two candidates for the one position and they are; David Burton Jr and Phillip W Thompson. David A. Burton, Jr., current member of the Delmar School Board, lives at 301 N Hartwerke Dr. and Phillip W. Thompson lives at 38324 Brittingham Road. I hope to post some position comments from them before the election.

Genealogical Society Meeting

The Lower Delmarva Genealogical Society will have it's monthly meeting at it's office (116-1 North Division St Salisbury - opposite the court house) at 7 pm On March 24th. The guest speaker will be Ralph E. Nelson, president of the Sussex County Genealogical Society and his topic will be; Mommie, where did I come from?" which will be a presentation on how to start in researching your family tree. Stop by it is free.

Kiwanis Easter Egg Hunt

The annual Kiwanis Easter Egg Hunt will be held on March 27 at 1 PM at the Delmar High School Football Field (Rain date April 3)