Saturday, April 17, 2010

Arizona Does It right

In a state where adults are treated like adults and can carry a weapon openly, if 21years of age, this week signed into law a bill allowing people to carry a concealed weapon without requiring a permit. The legislation will allow people 21 or older to forego background checks and classes that are now required.

Shopping At Home Depot

Below is one of those countless emails people send you, but I thought this one was funny and no it isn't a Tiger Woods joke;

I was in Home Depot the other day pushing my cart around when I collided with a young guy pushing his cart.

I said to the young guy, "Sorry about that. I'm looking for my wife and I guess I wasn't paying attention to where I was going."

The young guy says, "That's OK. It's a coincidence. I'm looking for my wife, too. I can't find her and I'm getting a little desperate."

I said, "Well, maybe we can help each other. What does your wife look like?"

The young guy says, "Well, she is 24 years old, tall, with blonde hair, big blue eyes, long legs, big boobs, and she's wearing tight white shorts, a halter top and no bra. What does your wife look like?"

I said, "Doesn't matter --- let's look for yours."

The State Fire Marshal Saga

As an update on the incompetent Delaware State Fire Marshal office. As you know I posted about requesting a Fire Marshal Report for my house fire and was told all the secretaries were out of the office and wouldn't be back until next week at which time they would call me and send me a a report. So that was last week, back on April 5th, this week arrives and no phone call so Tuesday (the 13th) I called over to request the report again. She told me she had put it in the mail yesterday (April 12th) - so here it is April 17th and no report has yet arrived to my mail box. Even I don't believe it takes over five days to get mail from Georgetown to Delmar. I guess Grover P. Ingle, State Fire Marshal is the one in charge of the Fire Marshal offices and so for I have a pretty poor opinion of his management of the fire Marshal office - maybe he is a political appointee. Come Monday I will tackle this issue again.

Saint Donnán's feast day is Today

In 618 (or maybe 617) St Donnan, an Irish monk who founded a monastery (Cill Donain, meaning Donnan’s church)on the island of Eigg (5 miles by 3 miles in area) in the Inner Hebrides (northwest Scotland), was killed today April 17th as recorded in the Felire of Oengus. Donnan and 52 other monks were all slaughtered by some robbers, who descended on them while the abbot was celebrating the Holy Mysteries on the night of Easter. St Donnan was allowed to finish the sacrifice, and then gathered his brethren into the refectory, which seems to have been set on fire, the robbers slaying with the sword those who tried to escape. Various version of who and why it was done has been given. The main version is Donnan and his group pissed off a woman over her right to pasture sheep in a certain area and she sicked (or sic, however it is spelled)the "robbers' on to them. Donnan is the patron saint of Eigg.

Photo's of the old chapel of St Donan on Eigg can be found here.

Flag Day in the American Samoa's

On April 17, 1900 American Samoa became a U.S. Territory with the raising of the American Flag by Captain B.F. Tilley of the Navy and was hence forth referred to as Flag day.

PROGRAM AMERICAN SAMOA FLAG DAY 2010 PROCLAMATION

WHEREAS, on April 17, 1900, and July 14, 1904, the Chiefs of Tutuila and Manu’a respectively, by virtue of their offices as the hereditary representatives of the Government of American Samoa, for and on behalf of said Government, entered into agreements of cession whereby the islands of Tutuila, Aunu’u and Manu’a were ceded to the Government of the United States of America, with all sovereign rights thereunto belonging, to be annexed to said Government, and designated as Tutuila and Manu’a; and

WHEREAS, the Chiefs of Tutuila and Manu’a, for and on behalf of the people of their islands agreed for themselves, their heirs and representatives by Samoan customs, to owe allegiance to the Government of the United States of America; and

WHEREAS, in return, the Government of the United States agreed to establish a good and sound government, protect traditional rights and property of the Samoan people, and promote the peace and welfare of the people; and

WHEREAS, the aforesaid agreements were confirmed by the raising of the Flag of the United States, at the United states Naval Station, Tutuila and Fale’ula, Ta’u; and

WHEREAS, the people of American Samoa and the United States of America, have adhered faithfully to the purposes and obligations of the agreements of cession so entered.

NOW, THEREFORE, in honor of these momentous historical events, I, TOGIOLA T. A. TULAFONO, Governor of American Samoa, proclaim that Flag Day will be celebrated on Saturday, April 17, 2010, in American Samoa, for the observance of appropriate ceremonies, commemorating the raising of the Flag of the United States of America over American Samoa. I further call upon the government and the people of American Samoa to participate wholeheartedly in this year’s celebration.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I hereby affix my signature and seal of my Office on this 14th day of April, in the year of our Lord, two thousand ten.

TOGIOLA T. A. TULAFONO
Governor of American Samoa


American Samoa was created by old-fashioned gunboat diplomacy in the Pacific. It is permitted to send a single member to the House of Representatives in Washington. Congressman Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin is not allowed to vote on the floor of the House - American Samoans are US nationals but not citizens - but thanks to an obscure procedural anomaly he can vote in committee. Congressman Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin is very vocal about President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton's constantly ignoring the islands by bypassing them on visits. Besides being known for sending players to the NFL, Samoa was exempt from the minimum wage law so workers were paid $3.50 and hour for the "good" jobs instead of $7.25 but recently that changed and minimum wage prevailed and 2,000 jobs were lost when the tuna factories pulled out of the islands.

Go Fish

Yesterday we were in Rehoboth Beach and had lunch at Go Fish. We had seen quite a bit of TV advertising for the place and decided to try it. Overall it was disappointing. It is only a short distance from the beach so parking is a problem. The restaurant is a narrow-hole-in-the-wall place. Food always comes first with me so ignoring those two small drawbacks we order the Fish and chips.

As you can see it almost looks good. Looks and taste are separate matters at Go Fish however. The Fries and coleslaw tasted like they were straight off the Sysco truck. The fish was good and it had a nice light batter. I would say it would have been an adequate meal at $8.00 but they charged $11.00 for it. Entirely too much. There are better places too spend $11.00. I think all of their beer they offer is about $5.00 a bottle so that also jacks the lunch price up.

I am sure there are people who work for the government north of the canal who thinks this is a great place but for me I will pass it by the next time I go to Rehoboth.

I happen to see this display of Sand Dollars for sale at $1.99, isn't that sort of like an oxymoron?

DNREC Press Release

Delaware students to compete for scholarships in Delaware Envirothon on April 29 in Lewes


Eighty students from around the state will converge at Camp Arrowhead on Rehoboth Bay in Lewes, Delaware on Thursday, April 29 to compete in the 15th Annual Delaware Envirothon. These students, representing nine high schools and Kent County 4-H, will compete for more than $3,000 in college scholarships and awards.

The Envirothon is a team-based outdoor academic competition which challenges high school students’ knowledge and practical application of aquatic ecology, forestry, soils/land use, wildlife, special environmental topics and public speaking. This year’s teams come from the following: A. I. DuPont High School, St. Elizabeth High School, Charter School of Wilmington, Hodgson Vocational Technical High School, Pencader Charter High School, Polytech High School, Caesar Rodney High School, Dover High School, and Sussex Tech High School. Another team will represent Kent County 4-H clubs.

Sponsored by the Delaware Association of Conservation Districts (DACD), the Envirothon is able to offer students monetary awards for higher education purposes and for their commendable efforts. These awards are made possible through generous financial donations throughout the year. Sixteen teams will compete for an annual $3,000 renewable four-year scholarship to attend Wesley College in Dover and a $500 scholarship from the Delaware Envirothon. Second and third place teams will receive $300 and $150 team awards, respectively. The winning team will also advance to represent Delaware in the 2010 Canon Envirothon at California State University in Fresno, Calif., from Aug. 1 - 6.

The goal of the Delaware Envirothon is to prepare students to be future leaders in environmentally related careers, and provide knowledge about our environment. The competition provides experience in real world situations, which fosters sound decision making, problem solving and critical thinking skills. Teams will be tested at outdoor eco-stations, located throughout designated areas of Camp Arrowhead.

Registration for the competition starts at 8 a.m. and the event begins at 9 a.m. The awards ceremony will begin at 1:45 p.m.

The DACD is a voluntary, non-profit association that coordinates conservation efforts statewide to focus on natural resource issues identified by Delaware’s three local districts. For more information on the Delaware Envirothon and the Canon Envirothon, please contact Michelle Jacobs at 302-739-9921.

The Delmar 7th Grade Math Team


Recently the 7th grade math team attended the Delaware Secondary School Math League award dinner in Dover.

As a team Delmar was 1st in their region (which is the 10th region). Individually they also did well. Trophies were given for first-third place. Here are the results for their region:

1st: Joshua Lord, Delmar Middle
tie Marshall Saunders, Selbyville Middle
2nd: Nina Chen, Delmar Middle
tie Sarah Buchler, Selbyville Middle
3rd: Zane Luffman, Delmar Middle

The coaches for the team are Ms. Wille and Ms. Nock.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Delmar Middle School Spring Concert

Tonight was of course the Delmar Middle School Spring Concert - an hour of great music.

The 6th grade band did seven numbers (maybe 9 depends on how you count them). There was A Classic Suite consisting of Rondo Alla Turca, Morning and Spring, followed by Kum Bah Yah, Callisto, Brain Stew, La Cuchracha and Magma. Now I think the number that turned out best was Callisto (Moon of Jupiter) as a group they performed as a band and the music had enough drama in it to make it interesting. It was powerful piece for a 6th grade band.

Kayia Hudson and Jasmin Deal playing Swing Low.

Alex Singh, Alyvia Hutley, Drew Michaels, Matthew Dill and Andrew Knight doing La Cucharache

One side of the band

The other side of the band

Now when you think about the fact that last year these band members were trying to get Hot Cross Buns down pat they did very well. It makes you realize that a band director has too have two things going for him or her - nerve to stand in front of an audience and hope the beginning band does fall on it's face and a good posterior as that is what the audience mainly sees of a band director. Mr Smith does well on both. Mr Smith is one of the dedicated leaders who guide good young minds to their best at Delmar Middle and Delmar High.

After a ten minute intermission the 7th and 8th grade band came on stage. They did nine numbers; Pikes Peak March, New World Symphony, Lost Tomb of the Incas, Hungarian Dance #5,Lean on me, Botany Bay, Surfin USA, Brass Bottom Blues and America The Beautiful.

Some of the Brass section

The two Clarinets people; Dhavi Patel and Christiana Schilling.

Joseph Langless and Zach Egolf playing New World Symphony

Sammy Schroeder and Alex Shires doing Hungarian Dance #5

some of the brass; Tim Moore, Jessica Gerstle, Zach Egolf and some one hidden behind the music stand

Some of the flute people

Botany Bay by Dhavi Patel and Stephen Michaels

Bass Bottom Blues

Since this was their last performance night with the Middle school band the Eighth Graders received recognition

Jessica Gerstle received recognition for being selected for the Sussex County Honors Band - What a go Jessica!!


Another successful Spring Concert pulled off by David Smith and some very talented Delmar students.

Some upcoming events;

Senior Band Concert April 22 at 7PM
Junior Chorus Concert on May 6 at 7 PM
Senior Chorus Concert on May 13 at 7PM
Band awards & desert night May 26 6:30 Pm

DNREC press release

Scrap Tire Drop-off Day in Seaford set for Saturday, April 24 Citizens encouraged to recycle tires to protect the environment

Delaware residents are encouraged to help protect the environment by recycling scrap tires during Scrap Tire Drop-Off Day from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., rain or shine, Saturday, April 24 at the Seaford boat ramp parking lot on Nanticoke Avenue.

DNREC is partnering with the city of Seaford to offer this free recycling event. Up to 10 tires – passenger car or light duty truck tires – can be dropped off, free of charge, per Delaware household; larger tires, tires on rims or bicycle tires will not be accepted. Scrap tire drop-off is limited to Delaware residents; tires from commercial dealers will not be accepted. Proof of residency is required – either a driver’s license or utility bill.

DNREC’s Solid and Hazardous Waste Management Branch manages the state program created to eliminate large, unsightly scrap tire piles that can pose hazards to human health and the environment. Tire piles can spawn dangerous fires that produce toxic smoke and the oily liquid runoff from melted tires can pollute groundwater. In addition, tire piles can be the dominant source of a local mosquito problem.

Delaware produces more than 750,000 scrap tires a year. While many of these tires are recycled or properly disposed, some end up in stockpiles or in illegal dumps around the state. The state program helps defray the cost of cleanup of scrap tire piles created before June 30, 2006 and comprising more than 100 tires. This is the fourth scrap tire drop-off event held by DNREC’s Solid and Hazardous Waste Management Branch.

The Delaware Scrap Tire Cleanup and Control Program is funded by a state fee of $2 per tire on the sale of new tires. Enacted Jan. 1, 2007, the fee is diverted to the Scrap Tire Management Fund, a matching fund and program created to clean up existing scrap tire piles statewide.

For more information on DNREC’s Scrap Tire Control and Cleanup Program, visit www.awm.delaware.gov/Info/Pages/ScrapTire.aspx or call 302-739-9403 or 1-800-662-8802, or e-mail Laurene.Eheman@state.de.us.

Directions to the Seaford Boat Ramp - From Alt. 13, Bridgeville Hwy/Front Street, turn west on High Street, then left/south on Porter Street. Follow Porter Street around, as it becomes Nanticoke Ave..

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1926 Delmar Maryland High School Band

Truth

One walks alone to walk in truth
but often he will find
A hundred silent hearts in step
A pace or two behind

John Denyes - University of Delaware - the VENTURE literary magazine - Vol V, Number 3 1959-1960 issue

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

DNREC Press Release On Junior Duck Stamp Competition

Below is the press release from DNREC about the winners of the Junior Duck Stamp competition. Altho none from Sussex County won a large number from Woodbridge High School (Bridgeville and Greenwood) were given awards in the runner up and first place winners in their grades. Matter of fact out of 35 winners thru out Delaware 34% were from Woodbridge. They must have an exceptional art program or an active art teacher who promotes the Duck Stamp competition


2010 Delaware Junior Duck Stamp Competition winners announced

On March 29, 141 entries created by students in grades K through 12 from all over the state were judged in the 2010 Junior Duck Stamp Contest. Winners will be unveiled on Saturday, April 24 during the annual Delaware Ducks Unlimited Greenwings Event at Owens Station in Greenwood.


Maria Ji, a 14-year-old from Wilmington and first place winner for grades 7 through 9, won best of show for her work, “Rising Glory,” an oil painting which depicts a blue-winged teal taking flight. Her winning Duck Stamp entry will be judged on April 23 in the Federal Junior Duck Stamp Design Contest, sponsored by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Office of the Interior and held this year at the Science Museum of Minnesota.



First runner up YuChen Li, age 16, of New Castle, a first place winner for grades 10 through 12 and best of show winner for the past three years, attends the Cab Calloway School of the Arts. Second runner up Emily Buck, age 15, a first place winner for grades 10 through 12, attends Woodbridge High School in Bridgeville. .



Other winners were (name, age, school/sponsor, town of residence and/or school location):



GRADES K-3

First place: Wayne Morris, age 8, home sponsored, Clayton

Grace Winston, age 8, Winston Learning Academy, Milford

Tony Monaco, age 9, Wooden Palette Studio, Seaford

Second place: Ben Humphries, age 9, St. Anne’s School, Dover

Virginia Chambers, age 9, St. Anne’s School, Townsend

Mercy Winston, age 6, Winston Learning Academy, Milford

Third place: Jiankarla Rubio, age 5, Latin American Community Center, Newark

John Fritz, age 9, St. Anne’s School, Middletown

Victoria Rios, age 10, Latin American Community Center, Newark



GRADES 4-6

First place: Zachary Hudson, age 11, Wooden Palette Art Studio, Laurel

Aaron Howard, age 12, Wooden Palette Art Studio, Seaford

Lynn Marcus, age 11, Round Hill Studio, Wilmington

Second place: Daniel Winston, age 10, Winston Learning Academy, Milford

Rachel Winston, age 11, Winston Learning Academy, Milford

Fabrizio Alburqueque, age 10, Latin American Community Center, Newark

Third place: Jerald Reb, age 10, Free Water Academy, Felton

Tanhya Resendiz, age 11, Latin American Community Center, Newark



GRADES 7-9

First place: Carly Mutschler, age 13, Round Hill Studio, Kennett Square, Pa., Hockessin

Erica Parker, age 15, Woodbridge High School, Greenwood

Second place: Jamicia Flamer, age 14, Woodbridge High School, Bridgeville

Amudeo Cruz, age 15, Woodbridge High School, Bridgeville

Omar Davila, age 17, Woodbridge High School, Bridgeville

Third place: Adrian Holt, age 14, Woodbridge High School, Bridgeville

Bryan Samuels, age 15, Woodbridge High School, Bridgeville

Joy Winston, age 15, Winston Learning Academy, Milford



GRADES 10-12

First place: Carmelle Senzamici, age 16, Polytech High School, Felton

Second place: Joie Polite, age 15, Woodbridge High School, Greenwood

Patrick Davis, age 15, Woodbridge High School, Bridgeville

Jason Jerez, age 16, Woodbridge High School, Bridgeville

Third place: William Egutierrez, age 18, Woodbridge High School, Bridgeville

Bret Smith, age 16, Woodbridge High School, Greenwood

Meagan Drake, age 17, Polytech High School, Hartly

All participants in the 16th annual contest will receive a certificate, while first, second, third and honorable mention will receive ribbons and prizes from sponsors. All are invited to attend the Greenwings event. Entries, which should depict a species chosen from a list of North American ducks, were sponsored by 11 teachers with 11 schools and organizations, plus individuals. A list of honorable mentions is available on request.



The 2010 Junior Duck Stamp judges were: Division of Fish and Wildlife staff members Matthew Fisher, Jared Jacobini, Robert Jones, Matthew Dibona and Catherine Martin, with alternate judge Anthony Gonzon.



The work of all first place contest winners will be on public display at various locations and special events in the year ahead. For more information about displaying the artwork or about the Delaware Junior Duck Stamp Contest, please contact Trina Cale-Rosario, contest coordinator, 302-735-8656.

DNREC press release

Training offered on May 15 for volunteer piping plover, beachnester monitors



Volunteers who would like to learn more about Delaware’s endangered piping plovers and other beachnesters and find out how they can join DNREC’s monitoring team are invited to a free training session from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 15, at the Biden Center at Cape Henlopen State Park in Lewes.



The session will begin with refreshments and a slideshow, followed by a discussion on the monitoring program and how volunteers can help to ensure that our beachnesting shorebirds are given the peace and quiet they need to successfully rear their chicks.



Weather permitting, the group will finish out the session by going out to the Point at Cape Henlopen to look for piping plovers and other shorebirds that will likely be out on the tidal flats feeding. A few birding scopes and pairs of binoculars will be available for use, but volunteers are encouraged to bring their own optics if they have them.



Wildlife Biologist Matthew Bailey hopes the session will draw both new and seasoned volunteers – and plenty of them – to help DNREC staff in their efforts to protect beachnesters and educate the public.



“Volunteers are a critical component of our protection efforts. When posted at the boundaries of the nesting areas, they can help explain to the public facts about the breeding birds and the importance of keeping closed areas free of human disturbance. Without having volunteers to supplement the coverage that our staff can provide, many people might never have the chance to better understand how humans can make a difference in the breeding success of beachnesting birds,” Bailey said.



Preregistration is encouraged, but attendees also will be accepted at the door. Park entrance fees will be waived for volunteers attending the training by notifying the fee booth attendant. For more information, please contact Wildlife Biologist Matt Bailey at 302-382-4151 or email matthew.bailey@state.de.us.

April Delmar Police Commission Meeting

I stopped by for the Delmar Police Commission meeting last night. It was a very short meeting(about 15 minutes) for the public. It did go into executive session after the public meeting. Not much was discussed, some points made;

Back on April 8th they did a drug bust in which they confiscated $55,920.

They would like to get a second K9 on the force. The current one (aron) is quite successful and has done 63 drug searches with a high arrest rate and 6 tracks resulting in a capture on each one. The current dog is on duty four days a week. The second dog would be paid for by grants.

Coverage on the Little League parade was request. I think April 24th was mentioned as a date.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Milano's Pizzeria Is Open


Yes Finally Milano's Pizzeria (20 N. Pennsylvania Ave - 302-846-9066) is open.

Based on the recommendations of the barber, I stopped by for lunch today and was pleased with what I found.

What strikes you as you enter is the wildcat mural is still up but the hamburger has been changed to a pizza.

Our host/waitress/cashier/etc, Charlie O'Brian, is at work

The place is clean and now has a men's bathroom and a women's bathroom and they are completely new and clean.

Charlie insists everything is made fresh - not hauled in on a Sysco truck. The menu is as you can see below - Italian

I ordered the chef salad and it was good - it had a load of meat and cheese on it.

Edgar the owner and the chef

I am glad to see the place back into operation again. It looks like they can handle 24 people sitting down (6 tables - 4 chairs each table). They do delivery but charge a delivery fee. She said to deliver to Pond's Edge would be $2.00.

I was pleased with the place and will eat there again. Stop by I am sure you will enjoy it.



The Great Unicorn Hoax

Today in 1985 The four 'unicorns' of Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus were declared to be only goats with surgically implanted horns by federal inspectors. The circus was ordered to stop advertising them as unicorns.

For an article on the goats click here

Some Upcoming Events

The quarterly Delmar Police Commission meeting is tonight at town hall

On Thursday the 15th the Middle School Band will perform in concert at 7PM

The Elementary school, that same night, will have a talent show

On Friday the 2 chicks barn sale will start

On the Saturday the 17th the Wesleyan Church will have their BBQ