Saturday, June 05, 2010

Double Mills Newsletter

I was reading the latest edition of The Mockingbird, the news letter for Double Mills. Once again it is filled with great articles. This issue has a write up on the BC&A railroad, Dr Lynch, and the pants factory in Delmar. Take a look I am sure you will enjoy it.

Parson's Cemetery

I stopped by Parsons Cemetery in Salisbury tonight and was displeased over how poorly it is being kept up. The grass is up over your ankle heading for your knees. It is a shame the place can't be kept better.

The TIGHAR search for Amelia Earhart

Again I have to piggy back Fallston Almanac of american History and post about a subject everyone interested in history, mystery and relic hunting loves; Amelia Earhart. Even after many many years America still finds anything about her of interest. The Earhart Project is part of The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery, (TIGHAR) which is conducting a science-based investigation testing the hypothesis that Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan landed, and eventually died, on Gardner Island, now Nikumaroro in the Republic of Kiribati. The Niku VI Expedition has a daily log of their finds as they search.
TIGHAR is a Delaware organization located at 2812 Fawkes Drive • Wilmington • Delaware. This expedition marks TIGHAR's tenth visit to Nikumaroro since 1989. During the previous campaigns, the group uncovered a number of artifacts which, combined with archival research, provide strong circumstantial evidence for a castaway presence.

Delmar Day In The Park - 2010

Diane Johnson once again trys to hand off the chairpersonship for this event to someone else, this time Conrad Morgan. Give it up Diane you know you are stuck with "Day in the Park"

Notice that menu board. Do you see Scrapple Sandwich anywhere on it? What kind of Eastern Shore Festival would not serve scrapple sandwiches? Almost made me turn around and go home.

Bob from public works was there, keeping the place working and clean

Phyllis is knocking out those funnel cakes

I had hoped at the Delmar Police booth some of the freebies they were giving away would be some of that $49,000 forfeited money, but no luck on that.

The man who takes the pictures for the Laurel Star had his picture taken

The Slower Lower Delaware man was there

Friday, June 04, 2010

Things You Wouldn't Waste Your Time Thinking about

Ian's Shoelace Site Bringing you the fun, fashion & science of shoelaces

He shows 33 ways to lace your shoes. with a separate listing for for shoes with lugs instead of eyelets

Advanced Data is in Town

A new business has moved to Delmar Delaware this month. Advanced Data from New York City has opened an office in Delmar in the old Movie theater.

The company deals with mortgage banks by processing their paperwork for the IRS. They hope to hire a staff of from 20 to 25 in the near future. The building is currently having increased security features put in place.

Lindsey, Siena, and Savannah Names Makes The Wall

While having Lunch at Milano's today I noticed new names had been added to the wall

Lindsey Bacon, Siena Schultheis and Savannah Smith have added their names to the wall

Down Town Delmar Scene

Shopping Carts Were Put into Action Today in 1937

Whether you call it a shopping cart, buggy, grocery cart, trolley, shopping carriage, or shopping basket the device that makes shopping easier was put into action on June 4, 1937, in the Humpty Dumpty supermarket chain in Oklahoma City. Sylvan Nathan Goldman (1898 - November 27, 1984) was an American businessman and inventor of the first shopping cart. With the assistance of a mechanic named Fred Young, Goldman constructed the first shopping cart, basing his design on that of a wooden folding chair. They built it with a metal frame and added wheels and wire baskets. Another mechanic, Arthur Kosted, developed a method to mass produce the carts by inventing an assembly line capable of forming and welding the wire. The cart was awarded patent number 2,196,914 on April 9, 1940 (Filing date: March 14, 1938), titled, "Folding Basket Carriage for Self-Service Stores". They advertised the invention as part of a new "No Basket Carrying Plan."

The invention did not catch on immediately. Men found them effeminate; women found them suggestive of a baby carriage. "I've pushed my last baby buggy," offended women informed him. After hiring several male and female models to push his new invention around his store and demonstrate their utility, as well as greeters to explain their use, shopping carts became extremely popular and Goldman became a multimillionaire by collecting a royalty on every shopping cart in the United States until his patents ran out.

The shopping cart has an amazing range of uses for things other than shopping. How many times have we seen parents using shopping carts as child-restraint systems instead of having the lazy kids that are old-enough and big-enough to walk along in the store actually do so. How many times have you seen shopping carts being pushed down State street heading for God knows where? How many times have you found a shopping cart smashed into the side of your car? College kids like to use them to haul their drunken friends back to the dorm in. Abandoned shopping carts at times seem to be everywhere. So lift your drink and give a salute to Sy Goldman the man who changed the face of shopping.

VFW Repaving Parking Lot

Allens to sell 2 facilities

I guess the big news today is Allens Family Foods is selling their chicken production complex in Hurlock, Maryland and their feed mill in Delmar, Delaware to South Carolina’s Amick Farms LLC. The sale is expected to be completed by the end of the month.

It is interesting in the timing they selected for the announcement of the sale. The mill originally had their grand opening on June 4, 1952 when the Ralston Purina Company built it.

Employment Rejection Letters

Over the course of my working life I have received over 200 rejection letters for jobs I had applied for. If the trend had not changed in the late 1990's to companies just not sending you anything to acknowledge your application and to tell you you were rejected it would be much higher. I had saved those letters with the intend to wallpaper a small room I had in the house which, of course, the fire that occurred took care of the rejection letters, the small room and the house, so that project has been eliminated.

Living on the Eastern Shore where there are limited companies and trying to work in the manufacturing sector which decided to move to another country (my own country works against me) or another state for tax incentives resulted in me being unemployed more than I desired to be, which in turn resulted in a shotgun approach to sending out resumes which in turn resulted in over 200 rejection letters along the lines of;

We have received your resume and we find we have no position open that you would be qualified for nor due to your unique and unusual experience I doubt we would ever have an opening you would be qualified for. We wish you the very best in your pursuits, career and otherwise. Thank you for considering XYZ Company for employment.

Well for most of us rejection letters are a way of life when we are unemployed, I saved mine to remind me that not everyone shared my belief that I was a hot shot accountant with outstanding experience. It keeps you humble the same as the comments I receive about this blog.

There is a new crop of High school and College graduates coming into the unemployed work force. One group from Sussex Tech entered it last night and tonight another group from Delmar High school will enter it. The fact of life is we're at an unprecedented moment in the history of employment rejection. As Obama put it in his May 1 commencement speech at the University of Michigan: "When you leave here today, you will search for work in an economy that is still emerging from the worst crisis since the Great Depression."

So to those graduates I will merely say Good Luck and don't become discouraged by rejection letters, rejection emails, or rejection texting we all get them at one time or another and you may be sorely disappointed when you get one, but bask in the sympathy of your friends who are also receiving them and keep trying.

Ashcraft To Sing At Wesleyan Church

Butch Ashcraft will sing and give testimony at the Wesleyan Church on 8th Street in Delmar this Friday and Saturday at 7 P.M. and on Sunday he will sing at the 11 A.M. and 6 P.M. service. Mr. Ashcraft currently lives in Galena, MO.

DNREC Press Release

What you should know if you find a seemingly abandoned fawn

The end of May marks the beginning of the fawning season in Delaware, with most born during the last week of May through the first week of June. Some fawns will be born as late as August. Each year around this time, the DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife receives numerous calls regarding “abandoned fawns.” In an attempt to “do the right thing” individuals may attempt to “save” these animals and bring them to a wildlife rehabilitator.

“There are a number of things people who remove fawns from the field may not realize. Fawns actually don’t become active enough to start traveling with their mothers until they are about two months old, and the survival instinct of a fawn is to stay very still and “hide” from predators,” said DNREC Wildlife Biologist Joe Rogerson. “Also, even if a fawn appears to be alone, the mother is likely bedded close by. Newborn fawns need to feed every few hours so the doe never strays far.”

Furthermore, research has shown that many fawns cared for by people have a greatly decreased chance of survival once they are released back into the wild, compared to their counterparts raised by their mothers. Fawns raised in the wild are able to learn survival instincts from their mothers that people simply can’t teach them.

Not only is removing a fawn from its hiding place not in its best interest, it is also illegal for an individual in Delaware to possess a live white-tailed deer. If found guilty, such an offense is punishable by a fine not less than $250, nor more than $1,000, plus the costs of prosecution and court costs; the person may also be fined and imprisoned for up to 30 days. In addition, any deer held illegally in captivity will be removed by the Division.

“The bottom line is, if you really care about the fawn and its well-being, please leave the animal alone. Its mother will return and the animal will have a far greater chance at survival than if you take it home,” Rogerson added.

For more information about fawns or white-tailed deer in general, please contact Ken Reynolds, Rob Hossler or Joe Rogerson, Wildlife Section, at 302-735-3600.

DNREC Press release

Volunteers needed for Inland Bays Cleanup on June 19

The DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Section, along with the Enforcement Section volunteers, the Center for the Inland Bays and the Division of Parks and Recreation are seeking volunteers for the Sixth Annual Cleanup of the Inland Bays beginning at 9 a.m. and finishing up about 2 p.m., Saturday, June 19.

This year the cleanup will once again concentrate on two locations. The northern group will meet at the Massey’s Landing Public Boat Ramp at the end of Long Neck Road and concentrate on the Rehoboth Bay and Indian River Bay areas. The southern group will meet at the Mulberry Landing Public Boat Ramp at the Assawoman Wildlife Area just southwest of Bethany Beach. A number of local businesses are donating money, food and equipment such as dumpsters. Volunteers who can bring shallow draft boats are also encouraged to take part.

Volunteers should dress to get dirty and be prepared for cooler conditions on the water as well as wet walking conditions on land. Boots are also suggested. Those who have access to lifejackets should bring one, as they are required on boats. Otherwise, lifejackets will be provided. Young children should not attend.

Last year’s event drew 100 volunteers who collected a large quantity of debris, including soda bottles and cans, tires, derelict crab pots and a lot of plastic. A large construction dumpster was donated and filled by the end of the day.

“With this event, we are continuing our public outreach on behalf of the Division of Fish and Wildlife, Delaware State Parks, the Center for the Inland Bays and our Fish and Wildlife Enforcement volunteers. We hope that through activities such as the clean-up, the persons using the Inland Bays will pause long enough to make decisions that truly benefit these waterways,” said Capt. Aaron Hurd of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement.

Volunteers are encouraged to sign up in advance, as lunch and t-shirts will be provided. To volunteer or for more information, please contact Capt. Aaron Hurd at 302-855-1901 or 302-270-8496, or by email at

Thursday, June 03, 2010

Benefit For Wayne Bailey

Delmar or Delmarva Day In The Park

So which is it? The Chamber of commerce Website says Delmar Day in the Park the signs said Delmarva Day In The Park, inquiring minds want to know.

Does It really Work?

I came across this picture by Caleb Charland, a Maine-based photographer who combines a love of scientific experiments and photographs, I have to ask myself can you really re-create this?

Best Band-Aid Packaging Ever

click to enlarge
These 12 (2 sizes) white foam bandages use hospital-grade hydrocolloid to heal wounds faster and reduce scarring of minor cuts and blisters. No gauze technology can remain on skin without irritation.

about $4.00 for 12 "help. I've cut myself" bandages - obviously you are buying the cute packaging that says;

Hello, I'm sorry you cut yourself. It could be an isolated incident, or maybe you are a very clumsy person. Don't worry. the clumsy are much more lovable than the graceful. The graceful are always busy ballet dancing and doing incredible feats on the trapeze. The clumsy are always busy being coddled, rubbed, and cared for.

So if you're not too busy having attractive persons ravish you with affection, take a minute to care for your injury. wash it and lay one of our pretty bandages on top. In a matter of moments you will be able to return to your clumsy affairs.

I hope my daughter Megan is reading this

Carolyn Thomas and John Stewart - 1996

About this time in 1996 the area was abuzz about the car found at the bottom of the Nanticoke River. On May 20 Gregory Boor was working as a diver on the US Rt13 bridge in Seaford, Delaware. While under water he found a wrecked Cadillac and in the Cadillac were human bones. He had found the remains of Carolyn Thomas and John Stewart. For 28 years, people in Seaford had talked about the couple, how John was a married man and Carolyn was single and it was assumed they had ran off together somewhere distant where they were never heard from again. Instead they were about two miles from home. John Hobart Stewart ran a cleaning service, Stewart's Custodian Service, and Carolyn was a student who worked for him occasionally. On January 15, 1968 Carolyn Thomas was hired to be the driver of John Stewart's Cadillac. Sometime that night the car and the two of them ended up in the Nanticoke river where they remained for 28 years. On May 28, 1996, with about 150 onlookers, the car was pulled up from the river.

Carolyn's family felt that Carolyn's disappearance and the anguish it created was the cause of her father, Courtland Thomas Sr, fatal heart attack two years later. John Stewart's wife, Elsie, was financially ruined because she was partner in the business and without her husband to run the business it collapsed. In 1976 she had her husband declared dead. The life insurance company refused to pay up. Finally in 1996 the life insurance paid off after deducting a small loan John had taken out. Black people were bitter over the incident as they felt that in 1968 no one, mainly the police, gave a damn about what happened to two black people who disappeared.

Boston Molasses Disaster

Altho I try to post historical events on the day or month that they happen I found this one strange enough to briefly mention. The Boston Molasses Disaster occurred on January 15, 1919, in the North End neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts. A large molasses storage tank (2,300,000 gallons) burst, and a wave of molasses rushed through the streets at an estimated 35 mph, killing 21 and injuring 150. The event has entered local folklore, and residents claim that on hot summer days, the area still smells of molasses.

Civil War Children

Over at Fallston Almanac of American History he has picked up an interesting article about children born of Civil War Veterans that are still alive today. Most were born in the 1920's with fathers who were in their 70's (don't snicker, it's possible). Like children of slaves their numbers are down to around a hundred. It is good that some will still be around for the 150th years Anniversary of the American Civil War (2011-2015) and form that human link to the Civil war.

Of note, Mrs. Alberta Martin, possibly the last known living widow of a War Between the States veteran, died, May 31st, 2004, Memorial Day, at 12:30 PM at Enterprise Nursing Home, Enterprise, AL. Miz Alberta, as she was called, abandoned by the taxi driver she had married as a teenager, was 21 when, in 1927, she became the third wife of William Jasper Martin, an 81-year-old former private in the Confederate army. Their courtship was brief, spanning just a few words spoken over a picket fence in Opp, when he'd stopped to chat on his daily amble into town to play dominoes with his war buddies. He was a handsome man with a bushy mustache, a quick temper and a $50-a-month military pension -- a princely sum in those days for a woman stalked her whole life by poverty. He was lonely, and she was needy. The couple were serenaded with cowbells and horns on their wedding night. She bore him a child.

In 1895, Alabama passed a 1-mill(one-tenth of a cent) tax to provide pensions for Civil War veterans and their widows who had a net worth of less than $400. By the 1940s, the fund had grown into millions of dollars and was administered by 17 people, although only a handful of eligible recipients were still alive. Alabama still collects the tax and, with no Civil War widows left except for Martin when she alive, tapped into the $30 million nest egg to support the state's human-resources department, the veterans' administration and a Confederate cemetery in Marbury. Government!!! Those taxes never go away. I would not be surprised to find Delaware, Maryland or Virginia still had such a tax.

Yet another! The publicity surrounding Alberta Martin's death prompted relatives of Maudie Celia Hopkins of Arkansas to reveal that the 89-year-old was in fact the last civil war widow. Hopkins married 86-year-old William Cantrell on Feb. 2, 1934, when she was 19. She did so to escape poverty, but kept quiet about the unusual marriage, “I thought people would gossip about it.” Cantrell, who served in the Virginia Infantry, supported her with his Confederate pension of “$25 every two or three months” until his death in 1937. Hopkins has outlived three other husbands. Maudie Hopkins died on August 17, 2008 in a nursing home in Lexa, Arkansas, aged 93.

For those interested here are some June Civil war events
June 5-6, Anniversary of the Battle of Cold Harbor at Richmond National Battlefield Park Richmond, VA

June 5, Hallowed Ground: A Lantern Tour of Stones River National Cemetery
at Stones River National Cemetery Murfreesboro, TN

June 5 Battle of Old Men and Young Boys at Petersburg at Petersburg National Battlefield Petersburg, VA

June 12-13 37th Georgia Regiment at Chickamauga Battlefield at Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia

June 12-13 Artillery Weekend at Antietam Battlefield at Antietam National Battlefield
Sharpsburg, MD

June 12-13 A Focus on Chatham at Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania NMP
Fredericksburg, VA

for more events go here

State Of Delaware Auction

The State of Delaware has an online auction that starts today at 9AM. Included in the auction are; Assorted Vehicles, and 3 Harley Davidson motorcycles.

The auction opens today, June 3, 2010 at 9:00 a.m. thru June 11, 2010 6:00 p.m.
Inspection: June 9, 2010 from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.
Location: Delaware State Police Headquarters, 1441 N. DuPont Highway, Dover, DE 19901
Contact: Robert B. Johnson or Normajane Davall 302.836.7640

So here is a good chance to buy that harley to ride around on this summer.

The Motorcycles are;
2006 Harley Davidson Sportster XL883
301 2008 Harley Davidson FLHX - Six Speed
302 1990 Harley Davidson Ultra Classic Tour Glide

The vehicles are;
1998 Chevy Monte Carlo
101 1999 Ford Taurus
102 2000 Pontiac Grand Prix
103 1998 Pontiac Grand Prix SE
104 2000 Honda Accord EX
105 1999 Pontiac Grand Am
106 2001 Dodge Intrepid SE
107 1998 Ford Crown Victoria
108 2000 Ford Crown Victoria
109 1998 Ford Crown Victoria
110 2000 Ford Crown Victoria
111 2000 Oldsmobile Alero
112 1998 Chevy Lumina
113 1998 Toyota Camry
113A 2001 Ford Crown Victoria
114 2001 Ford Crown Victoria
115 1987 Chevy Monte Carlo
116 1998 Ford Crown Victoria
117 1998 Ford Crown Victoria
118 2001 Ford Crown Victoria
119 1999 Ford Crown Victoria
120 2000 Ford Crown Victoria
121 2002 Ford Crown Victoria
122 2002 Ford Crown Victoria
123 1999 Ford Crown Victoria
124 1999 Ford Crown Victoria
125 1999 Ford Crown Victoria

DNREC PRESS Release - Coyotes

Coyotes documented as rare, but present in Delaware

Residents encouraged to avoid leaving wildlife-attracting food, garbage outside

Just 10 years ago, the First State had very few – if any – resident coyotes. Even now, coyotes remain rare, so rare that even Delawareans who spend a lot of time outdoors probably will not encounter one. However, the DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife has documented that these animals can now be found in each of Delaware’s three counties.

Because of this, residents are no longer being asked to report sightings to the Division. “In the past, we have asked people to contact us if the saw an animal they believed to be a coyote. These sightings helped us document their distribution but now that we know they are here, we do not need sighting reports from the public,” said Joe Rogerson, Deer and Furbearer Biologist.

Coyotes resemble medium-sized dogs, with erect pointed ears, a long, slender muzzle and a bushy tail held low to the ground. Typically, they are brownish or reddish gray with a lighter-colored belly and rusty ears and legs, weighing between 20 and 50 pounds. Highly adaptable to change and able to thrive in suburban as well as rural areas, these opportunistic predator-scavengers will eat practically anything, from garbage to small mammals, berries and even deer on some occasions.

As with all wild animals, Rogerson urges residents to use caution if they do spot a coyote in their area. “Remember, all wild animals are unpredictable and caution is the watchword when they are around. If you want a closer look, use binoculars and observe from a distance. Never put food out to lure them closer. Nearly all bites or attacks occur when people attempt to feed wild animals or to treat them like domestic animals,” Rogerson said. “The chances of being attacked by a domestic dog are approximately one million times greater than being attacked by a coyote. In a given year, there are usually fewer than five coyote attacks on humans across the entire United States, and no one has ever reported a coyote attack on a person in Delaware.”

To make your property less appealing to coyotes, take the following steps:

Do not leave food outside, and eliminate standing sources of water.

Elevate bird feeders so that coyotes can’t reach them. Coyotes are attracted by bread, table scraps, and even seed. They may also be attracted by the birds and rodents that come to feeders.

Put all food waste in secure garbage containers.

Keep pets safely confined and provide secure nighttime housing for them.

Discourage coyotes from “cohabitating” with humans. If you see them around your home, chase them away by shouting, making loud noises or throwing rocks.

For information or questions concerning coyotes in Delaware, please contact Joe Rogerson, Wildlife Section, at 302-735-3600, or visit .

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

How Is The Job hunt Going For Recent College Graduates

stolen from The Beach report

Census takers Problems in Hawii

A reader sent me this article from the West Hawaii Today

Police arrest Census taker
by John Burnett And Peter Sur
Stephens Media

Saturday, May 29, 2010 7:27 AM HST
A battle is brewing between the state and federal governments over a Census taker arrested in Puna for misdemeanor trespassing.

The U.S. Attorney's office filed papers Thursday in federal court in Honolulu to take the case of 57-year-old Russell Haas out of 3rd District Court. That will pit the feds against local prosecutors.

"I'm looking to have it kept in state court," county Deputy Prosecutor Christopher Bridges said Friday.

Haas pleaded not guilty on April 8 to second-degree trespassing. He was arrested March 10 at 12:30 p.m. in in Hawaiian Acres, after a resident Haas says was an off-duty police officer allegedly refused to cooperate with the Census and called Puna police.

"When I opened his gate and walked in ... he stepped out of his garage and said, 'Please get off my property,'" Haas said Friday. Haas said he identified himself as a Census worker, and the man again requested for him to leave.
"I said, 'Can I please just give you the Census (form)?' And he didn't want it," Haas said. "He said he was going to call the cops, so I said, 'OK, fine.' We'd been trained to wait by the gate for the cops to get there and hand them the forms that we would have handed to the guy. The police then hand it to them and tell them, 'It's the law, do it.' Then everybody would walk away and it would be fine. That was what I expected.

"But when I was standing next to the gate talking to the guy, he pulls something out ...and out pops this little tin shield, and it falls and clatters on his driveway. And I realized he was telling me he was a cop."

"Then I went, 'Dude, if you're a cop, you know that you have to be in the Census. You have to be because you've sworn an oath to uphold and obey (the law).'"

Haas, who is a former New Jersey police officer, said while he and the man were talking across the gate, police "pulled up behind me, suddenly."

"I handed them the Census and expected them to hand them to this guy and say, 'That's it,'" Haas said. "They walked over and talked to him for a minute or two, then walked back to me ... and then stuffed it into my chest, and said, 'He doesn't have to enter your Census. He doesn't have to enter any Census. He doesn't have to fill out any of your forms or answer any of your questions. And if I were you, I'd get into my car and get the hell outta here, right now.'

"I turned to him and said, 'Or what?' And he said, 'I'll lock you up.'" And I turned back and said, 'So make your case.' They threw the cuffs on me, took me down to Keaau Police Station and I waited there until my daughter bailed me out." Haas' bail was $25.

According to the Census Bureau website, people are required by federal law to respond to the census. Title 13 of the U.S. Code says adults who refuse or willfully neglect to complete the questionnaire can be fined up to $100, and people who refuse to answer questions posed by census takers can be fined up to $5,000.

The identity of the man who refused to answer Haas' questions wasn't immediately known.

Howard's Comment; interestingly Hawaii was a strong center of resistance to the census in 2000. It was one of the few states in which people who refused to give information were actually sent to jail. The purpose of the census is to determine how many Representatives a state will have in congress based on the population of the state. Hawaii has two, unlike Delaware with just one, so you would think people would want to be counted so they can increase their congressional representation and receive more government pork.

One Room School Houses

Today in 1949, Governor Carvel signed a bill closing one room school houses with less than 15 children over the past 3 years.

Picked up from "This Day in Delaware History" compiled by historian Roger Martin and brought to you by the Delaware Public Archives.

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Dennis Hopper 1936-2010

As usual I seem to be slow on the news. I understand Dennis Hopper, actor/director, producer, screenwriter, photographer, painter and art collector, died Saturday of prostate cancer at age 74. Born in Dodge City, Kansas, he got out of Dodge at an early age. Altho I was never a true follower of his almost all his characters made you think the word "strange". From ‘Easy Rider’ (1969), ‘Apocalypse Now’ (1979), ‘Hoosiers’ (1986), and my all time favorite ‘Blue Velvet’ (1986). He took strange to a new level with the character of Frank Booth and he made you believe that there were people like that out in the real world.

Isabella Rossellini, co-star in "Blue Velvet" (1986): "When I first met Dennis on the set of 'Blue Velvet,' he had just come out of rehab. I was afraid of him, but Dennis turned out to be infinitely kind, compassionate and understanding. He had gone to hell and came back from it with great wisdom. It will take me a while to realize and accept he isn't with us any longer."

Moving Day

with over two hundred apartments at Pond's Edge it seem like everyday is moving day for someone. I was told this weekend 15 families moved in.

Downtown Flowers

The flower in the pots down town are maintained by the ladies of the New Century Club

Sussex Tech Graduation June 3rd THURSDAY

Graduation at Sussex Tech is Thursday, June 3, 2010 at 6:00 p.m. in Raven Stadium.

Admission to the outside stadium will be open to everyone.

Seniors should report to the gym by 5:00 p.m. In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held in the gym where admission will be by ticket only. Tickets will be distributed to seniors during graduation practice. Each senior will receive 3
tickets for gymnasium seating and 2 run-over tickets to watch the ceremony either in the cafeteria or a classroom in the 800 wing.

Delmar High School Graduation - June 4th

Delmar's Senior Class of 2010 Graduation Commencement Exercises will be held on Friday, June 4th at 7pm. The graduation will be held at the football stadium. (If inclement weather, it will be held in the school gymnasium.)

Scotch Whiskey - 1495

Today in 1495, the first written mention of scotch whiskey is in the Exchequer Rolls of Scotland. A Friar John Cor was the distiller. Not much is known about the Friar and his scotch but John C. Abell at his blog This Day in Tech writes well about it.

The Capture of USS Chesapeake and Don't Give Up The Ship

Over at Fallston Almanac of American History he writes about the Capture of USS Chesapeake. On 1 June 1813, the HMS Shannon and the USS Chesapeake, as part of the War of 1812 fought it out with the Shannon winning the battle, and the Chesapeake was captured. Read more at his blog

The U.S.S. Chesapeake Commander, Captain Lawrence, mortally wounded died with his last command still on his lips: 'tell the men to fire faster.fight 'til she sinks, boys, don't give up the ship.' Lawrence's dying words lived on. Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry, who is frequently and incorrectly credited with being the source of the phrase, had Lawrence's words - 'don't give up the ship' - stitched onto a battle flag." Perry later coined his own phrase: "We have met the enemy and they are ours."

Rehoboth's Transgender Men and Their Breasts

Over at Alan Henney's The Beach report Blog, he reports from Rehoboth;

Rehoboth Beach lifeguards summoned police assistance late Saturday afternoon for a group of transgender men who had their breasts exposed.

The incident happened near the surf off Queen Street around 4:45 p.m. "We have like a bit of an odd problem," the lifeguard reported over the radio. "There are girls on our beach without tops," he continued. "Well there apparently they are transgender and they have female breasts and a [incomplete sentence]. We tried to tell them to put shirts on and they told us they are transgender so that it's illegal to discriminate and I just had a problem with it and that's where we're at right now," he added.

Yes life does get strange

June is Cancer in the Sun Month, Gay Pride Month, Fight the Filthy Fly Month, National Accordion Awareness Month, and Gay & Lesbian Book Month. Perhaps these people were trying for all of them.

Day In The Park

Yes this weekend is Day In the Park

Festival Hours 10am - 6pm

FOOD, FOOD, FOOD 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 - Coca-Cola!

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

Town Meetings Tonight

The May town meetings of Public Works (6PM), Utility Commission (6:30PM) and the Joint Council Meeting (7PM) normally held on the last Monday of the month, will be held tonight since yesterday was a government holiday. The agenda for the joint council meeting has not yet been posted on the town website.

Plastic Furniture Covers - 1950's

Pawn Shop Coming To Town

Tucked into the corner of the Stateline Laundromat and Bi-State Pharmacy is another new business coming to town - a pawn shop. I can't think of any business that has lasted longer than a year in that spot.

Monday, May 31, 2010

Memorial Day - 2010

Memorial Day 2010 for me seem to mostly consist of eating. Ponds Edge Apartments had a Resident Appreciation Day in which they had free food, music and the pool has opened for the summer. As hot as it was the pool was enjoyed by a large number

Famous Dave's catered the event

Have no idea of the name of the band

Yes he had a dipping spoon in his hand to serve those slushies

and in the evening more food and drinks back in the old neighborhood.