Saturday, May 08, 2010

Susan Moves Home

I have spent the past few days moving my daughter back from Edinboro University out in Western Pennsylvania. Always exciting.

I had forgotten how poor pizza is in a college town. John's Wildwood Pizza is a popular place in Edinboro for 30 years. It is also dirty, has greasy pizza and rotten service - a typical college town pizza place. Naturally my daughter decided we should go there one night in this "moving her out" event.

You always start out loading the van with such hope that there will not really be as much stuff as you see in her room.

and you are always wrong. But there is always room for one more thing.

We had high winds and rain all the way back, made for an exciting nine hours.

Thursday, May 06, 2010

The Virgina State Seal Issue

In Virginia there seems to be some discussion about Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli who changed the state seal on a lapel pin he gave his staff to a more family-friendly state seal in which the Roman goddess Virtus has her exposed breast covered up by a breastplate. He felt the change would make her look less like she's performing in a Super Bowl halftime show.

The seal side in question, depicted on the state flag, features Virtus standing victoriously over Tyranny, a male figure prone on the ground in defeat, his crown fallen from his head. Beneath him is the motto Sic Semper Tyrannis: Thus Always to Tyrants.

Cuccinelli has since said he would return to the original seal. It does however bring up the question of Politically Correct. If something is offensive to someone, it’s gotta be changed. He seems to be worked up about a breast, and nobody cares that she appears to be carrying a 2'long phallus device in one hand and a weapon of mass destruction in the other hand and standing on someone she just murdered. But history has always been changed to reflect the attitudes of current society so why not a state seal?

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

School Board Election on May 11th

Yes, Tuesday May 11th is the big Delmar School Board Election. The two people who have filed to run for the five year term are; David Burton of Hantwerke Drive and Phillip Thompson of Brittingham Road. Mr. Burton is currently on the school board and Mr. Thompson ran for a school board position in the last school board election. The Election will be held at the High School between 10 AM to 8 PM.

Delmar Raceway - 1951

The reason Old Racetrack Road is called Old Racetrack Road

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Open burning Ban

Open burning prohibited May 1 – Sept. 30 to protect public health
Ban coincides with ozone season when ground level-ozone can reach unhealthy levels

DNREC reminds Delawareans that open burning is prohibited statewide from May 1 through Sept. 30 to protect public health. The only exceptions to Delaware’s open burning ban are cooking fires (BBQs), recreational campfires and ceremonial fires. All other burning activities are restricted during ozone season.

Open burning contributes to the formation of ground-level ozone and fine particle pollution by producing smoke and toxic chemicals that can trigger asthma attacks and other respiratory problems,” said Tom Postell, environmental program manager. “The ban coincides with the beginning of ozone season when ground-level ozone can reach unhealthy levels.”

Ground-level ozone, a colorless gas, is formed from a chemical reaction in the lower atmosphere on hot, still sunny days. The air pollutants contributing most to ozone formation are volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and nitrogen oxides (NOx). There are many sources of VOCs and NOx in Delaware, including large and small industrial facilities, gasoline vapors, vehicle exhaust, chemical solvents and natural sources. Also, many of these compounds are blown in from upwind areas such as Baltimore and Washington, D.C.

Ground-level ozone can damage lung tissue, aggravate respiratory conditions and make people more susceptible to other respiratory infections. Children are especially vulnerable to ozone’s harmful effects.
The number of days with “unhealthy” levels of ozone has been declining in Delaware for more than a decade. This is largely due to pollution control and prevention programs, including tougher emission controls on large industries, cleaner-running cars, vehicle emissions inspection programs and reformulated gasoline.
Chief of DNREC’s Environmental Crimes Unit, William (Chip) McDaniel, warns that Environmental Protection Officers are on the lookout for violators and will be citing those performing illegal open burning activities. Penalties range from $100 to $500 in fines, plus a criminal record. To report illegal open burning, call the 24-hour hotline in Delaware at 1-800-662-8802. Verizon wireless customers in Delaware can call, toll free: #DNR (367).

Alternatives to open burning include composting, chipping and other forms of recycling and taking non-recyclable trash or yard waste to a licensed landfill or a yard waste drop-off site. More information on these alternatives can be found on DNREC’s web site, and click on “Division of Air and Waste Management” and “Recycling” or contact the Solid Waste Branch at (302) 739-9403.

For more information on open burning, visit

1951 Whayland Drug Store Closes Down

On May 1 1951 Dr. S. H. Whayland sold his Drug Store to C. Burns Marvil and the business became known as Marvil's Cut rate

Day In The Park June 5th

Delmar Day in the Park

Festival Hours 10am - 6pm

Oyster sandwiches, crabcakes, hotdogs, burgers, frenchfries, cheesesteaks, italian ice, funnel cakes, snow cones, pit beef, pretzels and bagels, bake sale goodies

Official Drink of the Festival - Pepsi!

Game Booths - dart toss, bean bag toss, basketball shot, golf putt putt.

Attractions Giant Dual Slide for ages 5 to Adult, plus our old favorites - Kiddie Train Rides and the Moon Bounce!

50/50 drawing held at 5:45pm - "door" prizes ALL day long!
NOTE: You have to be present to win "door" prizes.
You do NOT have to be present to win 50/50 drawing.
IF you win a "door" prizes during the day - your ticket is returned to the bowl,
and you still have the same chance to win the 50/50 as everyone else!)

50/50 sales again this year go toward the High School Scholarship Fund

Dozens of Craft Booths, Face Painting

Sat 10am - 6pm
State Street Park, Delmar


Delmar High School Junior/Senior Prom May 8th

Grand March - 6:30pm in the School Auditorium

Spectators- $1 admission

Dance - 7pm-11pm at Dove Pointe

After Prom Party - 10pm-5am in the School Gym & Cafeteria

(Must arrive prior to 12:30am)

Middle School Chorus Spring Concert May 6th

The Middle School Chorus Spring Concert will be performed on Thursday, May 6th @ 7pm in the school auditorium.

Kiwanis Club Prayer Breakfast May 8th

Pancake Breakfast May 8th

Delmar Public Library Book and Bake Sale May 14th

Monday, May 03, 2010

DNREC Press Release

Workshop on stormwater pond maintenance to be held May 26

Sussex County property owners who want to learn more about how to maintain stormwater ponds are invited to attend a free workshop being offered by the Sussex Conservation District and the Center for the Inland Bays on Wednesday evening, May 26 at the Millsboro Fire Hall. The workshop will begin with registration at 6 p.m. and will run until 8 p.m.

Stormwater ponds act as temporary holding basins to prevent flooding, remove pollutants and settle suspended sediments transported by stormwater. These ponds can add to the aesthetics of a community, and homeowners often pay a premium to be close to these manmade waterfront sites.

The task of maintaining stormwater ponds falls on the property owner. In many cases, the owner is a homeowners’ association or maintenance corporation, whose responsibilities also include open space management. Some associations seek professional support, while others, particularly those with dry ponds, choose to manage them on their own. Other property owners may not even be aware that the ponds require ongoing and sometimes extensive periodic maintenance. The workshop will provide general information on why stormwater management is needed and how to ensure its proper function for years to come.

Many homeowners do not reach out for technical assistance until there is a problem. “Stormwater ponds are important for water quality and by being informed, a community will hopefully save money when they are responsive to early signs of erosion, invasive species or blockages that could cause flooding,” said Eric Buehl, Habitat Coordinator with the Center for the Inland Bays.

“It is not our intent to turn property owners into pond-maintenance experts. However, we do want to provide them with the general knowledge of why the ponds are there, and where to go for technical assistance regarding maintenance,” said Jessica Watson, program manager with the Sussex Conservation District. Topics also will include information on stormwater and open space enhancement including information on grants for planting trees.

Seating is limited. To register for this free workshop or for more information, please contact the Sussex Conservation District at 302-856-7219.

Sunday, May 02, 2010

Brits Strip For Art

This weekend hundreds of Brits will strip and pose nude for photographs by Spencer Tunick for a public photo shoot marking the 10th anniversary of the Lowry art gallery in Salford. As we know Spencer Tunick, American, is the artist/photographer best known for his photos that feature large numbers of nude people posed in artistic formations. He has done this thru out the world In June 2003, Tunick photographed 7,000 naked people in Barcelona and 18,000 in Mexico usually his groups are smaller from 500 people on up.

I think on-stage nudity is disgusting, shameful and damaging to all things American. But if I were 22 with a great body, it would be artistic, tasteful, patriotic and a progressive religious experience.Shelley Winters (1922 - )

They say a lot of women would like to see me naked, but there's not a lens long enough for that.
Andy Garcia