Saturday, June 12, 2010

Mary Lee Pase Retires As School Nurse

Tonight at the VFW a retirement party was held for Mary Lee Pase, Delmar Elementary School nurse. Her job as the Delmar Elementary School nurse was often thankless, and far from glamorous and she gave 40 years of her life to it. After Nursing School, a spell in a general hospital and a little private duty work she started work at Delmar Elementary in 1970. She has provided care to children who have since grown up and she has provided care to their children and at the forty year mark she is providing care to their grandchildren. She has handled everything from measles to mumps, scraped knees to head lice. I would estimate she has examined 30 to 40,000 elementary school kids for head lice over those forty years. Maybe given out a thousand pair of clean underwear, spent numerous hours trying to find parents and convince them to come to school to pick up their sick child, been thrown up on too many times to count, and seen a lot of things most of us would not like to see or know about.

She has seen a lot of social changes since 1970 and encounter multi fold increases in paper work for the job she does and usually that job paid about half what the teachers were receiving.

She has tried to identified children (discreetly) who were in need of financial assistance and do a little fund raising to help them.

On her off time she served on Delmar High School Board of Education and currently is a town councilperson.

Mary Lee's sisters were at the party and I tried to get some good dirt on Mary Lee from them but she whisk them away so they wouldn't talk

In her own words she considered any day all "her" children in school got thru safely to be a successful day.

Congratulations Mary Lee!!! enjoy your retirement

Even In Death

It is truly disgusting that someone has vandalized Sarah Foxwell’s grave. The girl’s mother visited the grave site Thursday – and discovered the damage on Friday morning. Officials say a granite vase that was attached to the matching stone was kicked off its stand, but cemetery officials say no other graves were disturbed. The 11 year old was kidnapped and murdered in December. Anyone with information – call 410-548-4891.

New Face At Helm of Library

The Delmar Public Library had a reception today (still going on) to introduce the new library director, Cathay Crosby, to the community. Cathay replaces Veronica Schell. The five member board of trustees voted unanimously to offer the position to Ms Crosby and she has been in the position for about three weeks.

Now you know what penny pincher's the Library Board of trustees are - today however they actually had free food and drink for the reception - no doubt creating an image of magnanimous for Ms Crosby and a false sense of security

Cathay will oversee the nine paid staff member in our 4,500 sq ft and 22,000 volume library.

Cathay Crosby originates from Seattle Washington and has been in our region for over twelve years. she has worked at the Cecil County Maryland Library and Drexel University library. She has a Master in Library Science from Drexel University.

Ms Crosby is highly oriented to the computer world and hopes to begin a number of new projects in that direction. As you may know the library website has been down for the past few weeks and the new website should be back up by the end of August. There will be a new information desk, in addition to the current checkout desk, to help you find material. She hopes shortly to begin to survey our community to find out what the community wants from the library. She will also be starting on fund raising for the library building project so hang on to your wallet if you see her coming your way.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Don't Buy - 1960

The Cambridge Race Riots of the 1960's

Ah yes the 1960's on the Eastern Shore and what seems like all over the United States was a period social and political unrest. Today in 1963 Cambridge Maryland was once again put on the map with Black demonstrations which turned violent. There were shootings by blacks and whites, brick-throwing and fires started by Molotov cocktails and 20 people were arrested. Governor J. Millard Tawes ordered the National Guard into Cambridge. The Guard imposed a strict 10 p.m. curfew, ordered all businesses to close at 9 p.m., and ordered all establishments selling alcoholic beverages to close until further notice. Despite the presence of the National Guard, on July 11th, supposedly "two carloads of white men ripped down Pine Street, the main black thoroughfare of the city, at seventy miles an hour while shooting in all directions. The fact that Cambridge had a street called "Race" street was a photo op for newspaper and TV people since a lot of marching and rioting was in that general area.

Over the next few years, the Black and White relationship in Cambridge continued to fall apart. With the visit of Alabama Governor and Democratic presidential contender George Wallace and visits from Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., Fannie Lou Hamer, Minister Louis 3x (a.k.a. Louis Farrakhan), and other black militants the pot was being stirred up on both sides. In July 1967, with Detroit still smoldering and the screams of "black power" resounding through Black communities across the country, Gloria Richardson (the leader of the 1963 riot), now living in New York City, arranged for H. Rap Brown to speak in Cambridge.

Now for those who are old enough to remember him, H. Rap Brown holds a particular place in our hearts. In his speeches in Cambridge he unleashed a barrage of incendiary speeches, attacking "white honkies," "Uncle Toms," white landlords, and the federal government, while extolling the virtues of black power and armed resistance. He concluded with a fiery flourish, stating, "if this town don't come around, this town should be burned down"

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Jack Johnson Died Today in 1946

My Lord, What a Morning

O my Lord
What a morning,
O my Lord,
What a feeling,
When Jack Johnson
Turned Jim Jeffries'
Snow-white face
to the ceiling.

On July 4th 1910 Jack Johnson beat the "great white hope," James Jeffries and became the world's first African American heavyweight champion. It touched off numerous race riots across the united States.

Johnson lead a flamboyant life style, married two white woman, fled to Europe to avoid jail time for violation of the Mann act until 1920 and returned to the US to serve a year's jail sentence, was the first African American heavyweight champion to patented a wrench (U.S.patent#1,413,121), worked as an evangelist, worked as a spear carrier in opera, died today in 1946in a car accident in Raleigh, N.C. and was buried in a grave that was initially unmarked

Even today nearly a century after Jack Johnson, was convicted of crossing state lines with a prostitute, Johnson continues to make news as the congress attempts to have President Obama grant a posthumous pardon for him.

Delmar Historical and Art Society Meeting

As a reminder the Delmar Historical and Art Society will have a meeting tonight at 7 PM at Wilmington Trust.

Delmar Police Run For Special Olympics

Delaware Law Enforcement for Special Olympics started their annual torch relay run this morning (6 A.M.) in Delmar. Each year the Delmar Police participates in this run. Police officers from across the state carry the Special Olympics ‘Flame of Hope’ to create awareness and generate excitement about the upcoming Special Olympics Summer Games.

Our Chief of Police, Harold Saylor, carried the torch in the first leg of the event.

Off and running into the ground fog and early morning mist

The Torch Run today was started in three Sussex County locations – Delmar, Lewes and Georgetown. The three Sussex County legs of the Torch Run unite in Harrington, where the three torches become one and continue heading northbound through Kent County. The procession stops for an afternoon ceremony at Legislative Hall in Dover before the flame makes its way to Odessa.

A big thumbs up for the Delmar Police Department participating in this program.

Of note at 6 A.M. I saw no Delmar Delaware/Maryland elected officials at the start of the event and other than myself and another blogger that was about it for a show of support from Delmar for this event.

Wednesday, June 09, 2010



A man walks into a pharmacy and wanders up & down the aisles.
The sales girl notices him and asks him if she can help him.
He answers that he is looking for a box of tampons for his wife.
She directs him down the correct aisle.
A few minutes later, he deposits a huge bag of cotton balls and a ball of string on the counter.
She says, confused, "Sir, I thought you were looking for some tampons for your wife?
He answers, " You see, it ' s like this, yesterday, I sent my wife to the store
to get me a carton of cigarettes, and she came back with a tin of tobacco
and some rolling papers; cause it ' s sooo-ooo--oo-ooo much cheaper.
So, I figure if I have to roll my own .......... so does she.

Recycle Recycle

The ex-USS Arthur W. Radford today in tow from a berth at the Philadelphia Navy Yard to dry dock for preparations for sinking as an artificial reef in Delaware waters

The transfer agreement giving title of the ex-USS Arthur W. Radford to Delaware for sinking as an artificial reef was formalized this week when the US Navy issued a “Notice to proceed” to move the former destroyer to dry dock in the Philadelphia Naval Yard and prepare the ship for sinking. The ex-Radford will be the largest ship ever reefed in the Atlantic Ocean.

The 563-foot-long Radford is scheduled to go down later this year onto the Del-Jersey-Land Inshore Reef site, located 26 miles southeast of the Indian River Inlet. The reef’s name comes from the three states – Delaware, New Jersey and Maryland – partnering with the Navy to enhance fisheries habitat and recreational diving opportunities by putting the Radford on the ocean floor. The Navy also is sharing cost of reefing preparations, including transport of the ex-warship to its resting place in Delaware waters.

The Radford will be berthed at Pier 5, Dry Dock 2, during cleaning and preparation for sinking. Cleanup will follow EPA best management practices for reefing vessels and will be undertaken by American Marine Group, a Virginia-based contractor that has reefed many vessels along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts. American Marine contractually has 110 days from the Radford’s entering dry dock to have the ex-destroyer ready for sinking.

For more information on Delaware’s artificial reefs, please visit or contact Jeff Tinsman, Delaware Reef Program administrator, at 302-739-4782.

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Congratulations Kevin Gardner

Kevin Gardner of Laurel, DE, a student at the Pennsylvania State University, Dickinson School of Law, received a B.A. from the University of Delaware is one of fifteen summer Law Clerks named to the Delaware Department of Justice. Named through a competitive selection process, these law school students volunteer their time, gaining legal experience and insight into the rewards and demands of public service by working in all three county offices in the Department’s Civil, Criminal, Family, and Fraud and Consumer Protection divisions. Over the next ten weeks, Summer Law Clerks will assist in hearings and trials, complete research projects, prepare briefs, write memos, and conduct other tasks reflecting the day-to-day experiences of Deputy Attorneys General. Each of this year’s clerks have completed two years of law school and will also be certified by the Delaware Supreme Court to prosecute minor misdemeanor cases.

Maybe he will be the one to work on the Bill Hitch case and bring some honor back to Laurel.

One Eyed Jack Markell signs curbside recycling law

Another government mandate was signed into law today when One-Eyed Jack Markell signed the curbside recycling law. Terms of the bill oblige all waste haulers statewide to offer curbside recycling pickup as part of their regular services, with service required to begin for single family homes, restaurants and bars by September 2011. More time will be given to set up services for apartments and other businesses, although "universal" service must be in place by 2014.

In an unabashedly grabbing of money the new law will convert the state's 5-cent bottle deposit law into a 4-cent fee earmarked for recycling startup subsidies on Dec. 1. More government employees on the way people. The bill sets a 50 percent municipal waste recycling goal to be reached by Jan. 1, 2015, and a 60 percent target for Jan. 1, 2020.

End result is less bottles will be recycled, we will now have a tax and we will be supporting more government employees ensuring the incumbent will be re-elected.

Mayor Outten Can Marry People?

Sussex Clerk of Peace, George Parish, told WGMD’s Dan Gaffney today that every mayor in Delaware is now authorized to officiate weddings in town limits. Maybe Delmar can develop a fee for that (revenue in for the town) and Mayor Outten can turn Delmar into a Las Vegas of the East (after all he is favor of a casino - why not weddings). I certainly would offer to sell my burnt house to the town so it could be turned into a 24 hour wedding chapel. Oh! that's right people just shack up now days and avoid responsibility - no money for the town in that arrangement.

Fish'N For Sight

Remember the 3rd annual tournament of the Laurel's Lion Club Fish'N For Sight is Sunday June 13th at Johnny Janosik Park 1PM to 4PM

Also this weekend is free fishing in Delaware - no fishing license needed

A Look At The 1953 Classified

Some ads taken from the classified section of the "Salisbury Times" in the first week of June 1953. Jobs finding depended on if you were male, female, white, colored, married, single, how old you were, etc - didn't matter - none paid anything back then. I think all the companies are gone now except Pine Bluff.

BIG Moth

My neighbor, Joseph, was showing me this really big moth

he found. It has a hurt wing. We don't know what the technical name is for the moth

I am sure it is something other really big big moth.

Chinese Made 4th of July Items

I was in Michael's today looking at some items for the 4th, not unsurprising I flip it over

and there it is" Made in China."

St Stephen's Cemetery

I guess I shouldn't complain about Parson's cemetery, St. Stephen's at 9th Street doesn't look any better.

Treasure Hunter

So is he treasure hunting or did he lose his keys at Day In The Park?

Pond's Edge Rainbow