Saturday, May 22, 2010

Ah Yes the 1970's

How To Store and Organize cats

From Charlotte Arnhold

Laurel Strawberry Festival

I went to the Laurel Strawberry festival this morning. As usual a great turnout and a great day for it. I like to hit there before 11 AM as they serve scrapple sandwiches. They are a bit thick, as I like mine thin and crispy, but like sex can you ever have a bad scrapple sandwich?

the kitchen elves frying scrapple

Ahh!! makes your glands secrete saliva from the aroma.

The nice thing about Laurel is their none prosecution outlook so if you see something you like just take it as they won't have you arrested.

"Seeing is deceiving; it's eating that's believing."
James Thurber

The Clown was great

It has been about ten years since I have been to a circus and while at Bargin's Bill's today I decided to attend the Lewis and Clark Circus out of Easley SC.

Now this is a small circus where everyone does about twenty different jobs. I am sure the routines were old when they were performed in the coliseum in Rome but it is still great fun to attend the circus. So if you haven't been in awhile now is the time to go. They are a traveling circus and i think they perform somewhere different each night. Tomorrow I think they are in Hurlock.

All the standard stuff of cotton candy, popcorn and funnel cakes, and a midway featuring a petting zoo, face painting, camel rides the illusion of scanty clad women, clowns in baggy underwear, High wire act, balancing acts, clowns, photo op with a snake ($5.00)

Jose Ayala

Elizabeth Ayala Lyra

Ringmaster Rebecca Ostroff

Smelly Feet

I noticed this car at the stop light with some young lady's feet stuck out the window - they must have stunk real bad for her friends to make her stick her feet outside the car..

The Jones Boys

Yes the Jones Boys on July 31st at the Laurel Fire Hall - put it on you calendar

Gordy's Exxon - Go Cats

I am sure you have not missed the dozen or more "Go Cats!" Signs around Gordy's Exxon

Golden Meadows

The decorating the residents of Golden Meadows do is amazing. Their yards are always filled with stuff. Tina whips her minion into action and what ever is the season or holiday they are ready for it.

Check out the size of this plant.

Living at Pond's Edge

Altho I complain about some things at Pond Edge it really is a nice apartment complex. We have had no trouble getting maintenance to come by to change out light bulbs etc and recently they have been adding trees and plants and this gazebo

I think Stalling Landscaping did the work and they did a very nice job, in spite of the fact I don't think they are local.

Milano's To serve Breakfast

Starting May 31st - dare we say scrapple sandwiches

Friday, May 21, 2010

Lost Dog

Maggie may be the dog spotted to be traveling with the black lab that was killed this morning on Rt 13 Southbound across from Peninsula Gastroenterology almost in Delmar. While the black lab was in the road, the rust colored dog believed to be Maggie was darting across the highway. Many officers and others tried to catch her, unsuccessfully. If anyone sees her, please call me. Thanks!

National Waiters and Waitresses Day

National Waiters and Waitresses Day recognizes the value and importance of a good waiter or waitress. When you go out to eat, they represent the restaurant, and are all the difference between a good or a bad experience.

You already recognize your waiters and waitresses every time you go to a restaurant. That recognition comes in the form of a tip. The tip should be commensurate with the quality of the service.

You can recognize your waiters and waitresses on National Waiters and Waitresses Day by giving them a little something extra (maybe instead of 5% go spurge and give them 6%). In addition to a generous tip, a card or simple verbal recognition is sufficient.

So today is your day Murf from Delmar Diner - enjoy it. After all you have spent all your tip money putting Kelly thru college and you get to see her graduate today from SSU. It is like investing in a retirement fund when you pay for your child's education.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Where everybody knows your name

Today in 1993, the sitcom "Cheers" aired its 275th and final episode. For 11 seasons, fans tuned in to follow the intertwined lives of people who seemed to spend every night in Sam Malone's bar, a place "where everybody knows your name."

In the summer of 1981, the NBC team came to Boston in search of a bar. The team visited bars all over town, before settling on the Bull and Finch Pub on Beacon St. just across from the Public Garden. With its three steps down to a brick walled room with diamond glass windows, Tiffany lamps, and wooden benches, the Bull and Finch had just the atmosphere they were looking for. Within a few months, a replica of the Bull and Finch interior had been constructed in Hollywood. The show was shot mostly on Paramount Stage 25, "Cheers" premiered in September 1982. The Bull and Finch of course became famous and even Howard visited the Bull and Finch once on a business trip to Boston.

In the memorable final scene, Sam is locking up after the regulars have gone home; a customer comes to the door, but Sam turns him away, saying simply, "Sorry, we're closed."

Piccadilly Circus on Sunday

Lewis and Clark Circus

Picked up from the Balloon Man the Lewis and Clark Circus will play in Fruitland tomorrow (check the Ballon Man for the times), Laurel on the 22nd and Hurlock on the 23rd.

Salisbury City Center For Sale

I received a commercial property for sale email that the City Center building in downtown Salisbury is up for sale for $995,000. Described as;

This is a 3-story, 31,000+ sq. ft. building with 28,000+ sq. ft. of it leasable. There is a full-service restaurant and bar on the first level which opens into the atrium. Along with the restaurant, you have 8 retail spaces ranging from 400s/f - 2,200s/f; with 3 units having glass frontage. The second floor consists of all office space with the exception of a 3,600+/- sq. ft. banquet room. The third floor is office space. The inside of the building was fully renovated around 2000 and a complete new roof in 2006. There is an elevator to all floors, and common-area bathrooms. This building is priced to sell; it is the lowest priced per/sq.ft. building downtown. Seller is motivated, BRING ALL OFFERS!

Sounds like a buy - except there is no customer traffic downtown.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Delmar Board of Education and the Arts

Last night at the Delmar School Board of Education meeting several students, parents, and teachers were present. They filled the relatively small school district meeting room. I was unable to attend due to having another meeting opposite the board meeting, but various people have told me about it.

The reason why there was a number of the "public" in attendances last night is they were there to address the board about Band Director, David Smith's, more than full schedule for next year and to ask why he is having to teach band from grade 5 thru 12 and teach two chorus classes in addition to his band classes.

Laurie Bireley, President of the Band Parents Association, sees it this way;
The administration at Delmar is making changes in the schedule that will greatly affect the band/music program. I though I should share with you what I have learned. First, they are going from 8 periods per day to 7. Band will be moved to first period. This will conflict with many other AP/honors classes. As you know, many band students are college bound and need these classes as well. The biggest changes concern our band director, Mr. Smith. The schedule they are giving him is so challenging, I don't see how it will benefit anyone, and will only hurt, possible destroy, the band program in the long run. As many of you know, Delmar Middle will have fifth grade next year. This is the school grade in which student chose their instruments, learn how they work, start learning fundamentals of the instrument, and music. Normally, students in fifth grade band are taught in sections; woodwinds, brass, percussion, etc. This coming year, the administration would like Mr. Smith to teach high school band, 7th &8th grade band, 6th grade, band, 5th grade band, two chorus classes, and possibly another non music class. Senior band meets everyday. The others will meet on an every other day basis, as in the past. I do wonder how any teacher can teach an entire band of students, that have never played an instrument, all at one time. He will be spread so thin, with no extra time, there is no way to do the exceptional job he does with our children, with all of those classes. There will be no time to spend on sectionals, or to give extra help where needed. No other teacher in the state teaches middle school and high school at the same time. Why should Delmar be any different?

This really isn't about Mr. Smith. This is about our children's music education. It will suffer if the administration forces this schedule. Imagine what the Senior band will be like in 5 or 6 years. This may not affect some of you, but look to the future of the children of Delmar. It is not enough that they offer classes in the arts. They need to be nurtured, encouraged, supported. Our children deserve better. Delmar deserves better.

Anne Dethloff spoke to the board, speaking about how the band and Mr. Smith helped her son, Ben, become a great student. I, Howard, certainly know he is a great performer in band, drama, and assisting the chorus.

Ben Gifford spoke to the board also. Is that man at the table asleep or just deep in thought?

Donya Smith spoke to the board. You know when the board go rubbing on their chin they are thinking hard.

Not surprising even Ramona had a few comments to make

Todd Bireley, husband of Laurie Bireley who is president of the Band Parents Association, spoke on Laurie behalf addressing problems that may arise from the change the administration intends to make.

David Smith has been doing band/chorus for 19 years at Delmar. Simply put if the time is not available, due to the number of students he teaches, to teach individual students how to use their instruments, the band's performance will go down hill, which in turn will contribute to less students being interested in band. Maybe that is what the school administration is hoping for - so they can do away with band entirely.

Now I have complained before about the rubberstamp school board we have at Delmar. You keep re-electing the same people and this is what you get. The end result was the school board saying "we were not aware of this situation and will have to look into it." NOT AWARE of the situation if they were to go to school events other than sports maybe they would be aware of it. The Board of Education; Joanne Gum, Shawn Brittingham, David Burton, Jason Coco and Greg Cathell just do not seem as interested in what is going on at the school as other Delmar Board of Educations in the past. I am not sure any of them even has a child in Delmar Middle or Delmar High School.

Harvard and the Laurel School Board

Adam Wheeler, Delawarean, is being prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney John Verner of Massachusetts essentially for stealing $45,000 in financial aid, scholarship money and academic awards from Harvard. Mr. Wheeler, age 23, is described as leading a life of deception. Yesterday he pled not guilty to 20 charges including larceny and identity fraud.

How had Mr. Wheeler slipped through the Harvard admissions committee? Naturally since it would not work in their favor Harvard officials declined Tuesday to comment on the case, citing the inquiry and federal rules on student privacy.

One ideal on how he did it was Mr. Wheeler likely exploited a potential loophole: because he applied to Harvard as a transfer student several years removed from high school, his school counselor — ostensibly at Phillips Andover — might not have been contacted by Harvard about his application. Wheeler graduated in 2005 from Caesar Rodney High School in Camden, Delaware. He was a member of the National Honor Society, earned himself a place in the top 10 percent of his class, and participated in the school’s marching band. His resume is here.

Now let's compare 23 year old Adam Wheeler who is being prosecuted for "stealing" $45,000 to Mr. Bill Hitch of Laurel Delaware. Mr. Hitch worked for the Laurel school board and took over $150,000 from the Taxpayers. Mr. Hitch also exploited a loophole. This one in the pay system. Yet the Laurel School Board has chose to overlook this little bit of chum change he took and do nothing in prosecuting Bill Hitch and attempt to get some of the money back. Even more amazing, no one in Laurel seems concerned over this. Is Laurel so crooked and depraved that the residents consider this normal daily behavior and nothing to be concerned about? Laurel has their Strawberry festival this weekend. With the resident's outlook on crime I for one will keep an eye on my wallet, if I attended the festival.

The Test of Fingerprinting - 1911

Today in 1911, the first person to commit a crime and be convicted through the use of fingerprints turns out to be Caesar Cella

Caesar Cella was accused of a robbery in New York City in 1911. Unfortunately, there were no eyewitnesses and he was about to be let free. However, the prosecutor, highly confident that Cella had committed the crime, had something up his sleeve. He called Detective Sergeant Joseph A. Faurot to the Stand. The detective had found several marks of dirty fingers on the window frame. According to the Detective the finger markings matched those of Cella. The defense was suspicious, wondering how a bunch of little marks could be significant in the case. The Judge had to make a choice as to whether or not this new evidence would be accepted into court. So, the judge devised a method to test the validity of the fingerprints. He asked the detective to leave the room, then had 15 people make a mark on a piece of glass. One of the 15 people also had to leave a mark on the judge's desk. The detective was then asked to identify the fingerprint on the desk. He went to work with his magnifying glass and within a few minutes he matched the print. From "You Just Left A Fingerprint" by Mini George

The acceptance of Fingerprinting, for that time period, was the equivalent of DNA testing and court accepting today.

Commercial Side of Camp Meetings

I did a historical post once on the commercial side to camp meetings. There are fewer and fewer camp meetings in the area now but I saw in the Sussex Guide last week this ad;

Carey's Camp accepting sealed bids for 2010 Carey's Camp Confectionary & Boarding Tent. Bids due 5/15/10. For info., call 302-934-7357

It's Coming

34th Annual Delmarva's Day in the Park Festival

Sat. June 5th - 10am - 6pm

State Street Park - Delmar, DE

Food & Craft Vendors Wanted. Call 302-846-3336 - leave info. for vendor application.

Sponsored by Greater Delmar Chamber of Commerce

The Laurel strawberry festival is this weekend

4th Annual Strawberry Festival, Saturday, May 22. St. Philip's Episcopal Church, 600 S Central Ave., Laurel. Breakfast, Lunch, Craft Tables, Bake Table, Everything Strawberry beginning at 8am.

This event always has good scrapple sandwiches.

From the Laurel Historical Society Facebook page;

The Laurel Historical Society, in partnership with St. Philip’s Strawberry Festival, will present its 2010 Art and History Tour. The Society will be hosting several events that day. An art sale will be held at the Cook House and also at the Studley House, and a history tour will begin at the Strawberry Festival site (St. Philip's Church).

Doug Breen, author of the Odd Fellows Cemetery Book which was published last August, will conduct and narrate two bus tours through some of the notable cemeteries in the immediate Laurel area. Only 10 people will be able to go on each trip, so if you are interested, purchase your $10.00 ticket at the Festival as soon as you can. Unfortunately, it will be first come, first served, with no advanced reservations. We are planning two tours, one at 11:00 and a second one at 1:00 each lasting approximately 90 minutes. Tour tickets can only be purchased at the Society sales table at the festival, which will open in Memorial Hall of St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, 600 S. Central Ave. at 8:30 am.

Also at that time, the society will proudly launch the newest book in the cemetery series, Cemeteries in the Town of Laurel, which documents the remaining cemeteries found within the Laurel town limits. Author Doug Breen and Chuck Swift, photographer and fellow transcriber, will be available for book signings from 8:30 am until 10:30 am. The first book on Odd Fellows Cemetery will also be available for purchase along with other Laurel books and reference.

The second part of the Art and History Tour will center on object art works at both the Cook House and at the Studley House. Admission is $6.00 at either house, or ten dollars admission to both shows. Tickets can be purchased either at the church festival or at each site.

At the Cook House, selections from the personal art collections of Charles Palmer and his late sister, Ruth Ann Palmer, will be exhibited for sale from 10 am-4pm. Charles is a former director of the Rehoboth Art League and Ruth Ann was at one time a secretary to Henry Francis DuPont of Winterthur fame. This collection is comprised of varying art objects, drawings, fabrics, paintings, and a host of curious and unique items formerly belonging to or executed by Charles and/or his sister Ruth Ann. A former officer of the Laurel Historical Society, Ruth Ann passed away recently, and Charles is donating all sales receipts to the society as a memorial to his sister. If one-of-a kind, bordering on the funky, is your kind of thing you won’t want to miss this opportunity to pick up something special. Prices are affordable and cover a wide range of costs. Charles will be on hand to delight visitors with the background tales of each item and their connections to Laurel. Even if your art collection is complete, you won’t want to miss this opportunity to view these striking items.

Over at the Studley House the art sale there takes on a completely different atmosphere. Against the barren studs of the unfinished interior, this show is comprised of colored prints reproduced from photographs taken more than thirty years ago by former Laurel resident, Reid Williamson. Scenes include views of buildings long gone, as well as some of the horrific Laurel fires at the mill dam on Willow St and Dickerson’s mill office near Eighth St. Peaceful views of both Trap and Trussum Pond will contrast with the blazing colors of sunsets over Records Pond. The colors and intensity of the prints, sharply contrast with the bleakness of the former Studley Store walls. If you are in the market for some local art, then you will want to visit with Reid and his sister Margho and reminisce with them about Laurel of yesterday. Reid has graciously donated the profits from these priced-to-sell prints to the society, so please consider purchasing some of the documentary images.

On Sunday following the Strawberry Festival, the Cook House will be open to the public from 1-4pm for a second Book Sale and Signing so if the crowds at the church are too much for you stop by to purchase your cemetery books. Doug and Chuck will be available for signing either volume one or two. What remain from both art sales will again be available for purchase, but of course, by then, the selection will be very limited

Sussex Tech Band and Chorus Dates

Sussex Tech will have their spring band concert on Friday May 21st at 7 PM. Sussex Tech has one of the largest bands in Sussex County.

The Sussex Tech Spring Chorus Concert will be on May 24 (Monday) at 6:30 PM

Monday, May 17, 2010

Guess Who Was At The Gun Show Sunday?

Paris scorns lovers with scour of romantic bridge

For years love-struck couples have been fastening padlocks to the railings of the Pont des Arts, engraving them with their initials, adding a few sentimental words and then tossing the keys into the Seine river below to symbolize their eternal love.

The hundreds of "love locks" adorning the Napoleonic passarelle under the watchful eye of Notre Dame Cathedral came in all shapes, sizes and styles from sparkling colors to rusting clunkers all bearing witness to love.

They vanished overnight sometime before Wednesday morning.
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The Sax was patented today

today in 1846 the Saxophone is patents by Antoine Joseph Sax

Sax was one of the PEOPLE WHO BECAME WORDS

A few photos of his original saxes are located here.

The Fiery Cross Survives

Back when I was a teenager (and dinosaurs walked the earth) I would go to Benny Well's auction on Stage Road on Friday night. One of the purchased I made was a windup Victrola. Included in the deal was about 50 records from the 1920's. The records ended up stored in my attic and when the fire came along it dumped them out at about ground level. A number of them survived, one of which was a KKK record.

Now we know the KKK was active in this area from the very early 1900's on up thru at least 1990 and perhaps still is around. This recording has on the "A" side "The Bright Fiery Cross" - 100% Americans with Orch. Acc.

The flip side was "Mystic City" . The record label also states - Best In Klan Music "The American" PO Box 871, Indianapolis, Indiana

The items removed from the house are interesting, most stuff is just burnt sitting in embers but right next to it will be a wine glass unbroken.

State of Delaware Vehicle Auction

26 Para Transit Buses,
8 Miscellaneous Vehicles,
and Miscellaneous Equipment

Opens: May 14, 2010 at 9:00 a.m. thru May 24, 2009 6:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
Inspection: May 20, 2010 from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.
Location: Department of Transportation Complex, 800 Bay Road, Dover, DE 19901
Contact: Robert Johnson or Normajane Davall 302.836.7640

Texas Poll

Texas Poll:

The latest telephone poll directed by Rick Perry, the Texas Governor, asked whether people who live in Texas think illegal immigration is a serious problem:

29% responded, "Yes, it is a serious problem."

71% responded, "No es una problema seriosa."

Blue Bug Photo

Over at Bluebug photo is an adorable baby photo of a Delmar Maryland child. make comments so the parents will receive a free 5X7.

Delmar Made The Ugly House Blog

Check out the bathroom photos of a house in Delmar Maryland on the Ugly House Blog

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Gun Show

My daughter and I went to the gun show at Nur Temple in New Castle this morning.

Of course I bought one - it's just a big toy store for men and women. I was also glad we were heading in the opposite direction of the traffic going to the racetrack in Dover - must have been a six mile backup of cars coming south and trying to exit into Dover at 8:30 this morning. Coming back to Delmar they were all in the stands watching the race so no traffic.

Census Taking 101

Luke 2:1-7

[2:1] In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. [2] (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) [3] And everyone went to his own town to register.

[4] So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. [5] He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. [6] While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, [7] and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.