Saturday, June 26, 2010

National Chocolate Pudding Day

Yay, it’s National Chocolate Pudding Day Today. Yes I have been living with a sense of anticipation all week - so grab that package of instant chocolate pudding and whip it and chill it. In America, chocolate pudding is a chocolate flavored custard. In Britain, chocolate pudding is more of a dense cake, and the word "pudding" itself can be a generic term for "dessert." But Britain doesn't have National Chocolate Pudding Day like we do in this country! USA! USA! So drown your sorrows in chocolate and forget about some little county called Ghana kicking our ass in soccer today and knocking us out of the world cup match - again - we were never going to win it anyway.

Henry Smith - Accomack County VA - 1668

In the later half of the 1600's a Mr. Henry Smith lived in Accomack County Virginia. By all accounts he was a mean person (even by 1600 standards) who cheated many people and was constantly showing up in court. Eventually he was forced to leave the Eastern Shore of Virginia and he moved to the Eastern Shore of Maryland, where he fit in well and was one of the founding fathers of that area. From JoAnn Riley McKey series of books on the Accomack County Virginia Court Order Abstracts I randomly selected this episode of Henry Smith.

Anne (Jane) Powell, servant to Mr. Henry Smith made a complaint to Col. Edmund Scarburgh and Mr. Revell that her master "without cause most severely whipped her, which was apparent by the many stripes seen on her back." He had often done this, and she sought relief and protection. She also complained "for want of shifts and lying on the ground." The evidence confirmed the truth of the complaints, but Mr. Smith pretended that he was not well informed, and presumed that a master could whip a servant. He blamed the deficiencies on a lack of supplies and promised to correct it. The court warned Smith that justice should be done by a "qualified person and that in greatest favor a master might be permitted to whip for such a fault as a justice of peace might by law whip and not other wise." Though his ill usage of servants was commonly presumed it was the first complaint brought to court, so Smith was admonished to treat his servants better and ordered to pay the cost of the suit.

Deposition of Rich. Chambers and Wm. Nock, 16 June 1668: Chambers and Nock, since living in Smith's house, never saw Jane Powell neglect "her service to our master, Mr. Henry Smith." Signed Wm. Nock and Richard Chambers.

Deposition of Rachell Moody aged about 25 years, 16 June 1668: About two weeks ago Saturday "my uncle Mr. Henry Smith whipped Jane Powell for weeding but 37 hills of corn." Rachell said that Jane had only two shifts from Smith; one was given her before and the other after she came. That was all she had except an old shift that had belonged to a girl that ran away. It was too small and "would do her no service." Signed Rachel (RM) Moody.

Friday, June 25, 2010

G-Size Garden Railroad Tour

June 26 and 27th there will be the Annual Shoreline Garden Railroad Tour. G size trains run on tracks thru the gardens on June 26th from 10 AM to 5 PM at Mary and Hollis Noel's home at 18272 Progress School Rd, Bridgeville, Jay and Sandy Ruark, 102S Park Lane Federalsburg Md, Lou and Marie Visco 44 Teal Circle Ocean Pines Berlin, MD, Paul & Ann Bottino 34053 Beachwood Drive Frankford, DE, and Brad & Barbara Moore, 30566 Gull Point Road Millsboro, DE

Seaford Art Show Tomorrow

There will be an art show at the Seaford Kiwanis Park from 10 AM to 3 PM on Saturday June 26th Food Art Fun

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Homes For Colored people - Newport DE - 1952

Clemente’s Bus Stop in the 1950's and 1960's

For some reason today I was thinking about the Clemente's Bus Stop (Largest bus stop in the nation, at least that what the billboard said) up in Wilmington or New Castle. It was located right after the Rt13 and Rt40 split and was a very active bus stop in the 1950's thru 1970's. It is closed now and I think in it's declining years it was mainly a beer joint, but at one time it always had 6 to 10 Greyhound or Trailways buses pulled in under the bus port. You could change buses, buy tickets, etc, it also had a gift shop/diner with a buffet line. I think what ever bus you took going from Delmar or Salisbury to the Wilmington area for your peregrinations, it had to stop at Clemente's. I really don't know when it started up or when it went out of business, and I can only assume it was actually run by one of the Clemente family. In the early 1900s, many Italian immigrants from Valle San Giovanni and the surrounding province of Teramo Italy came to work at the local E.I. DuPont de Nemours plant in Carneys Point. One large family from that area was the Clementes.

Unclaimed Land

I had written once before about unclaimed land on Delmarva and I came across this article in the Wilmington News Journal about land found in Chance Maryland in 1952.

Man Asks Land Nobody Owns

Virgin Area Involves 30 Acres Along Tangier Sound

A 20th century "prospector" Thomas H. Price of Chance, has staked out a claim for about 30 acres of marsh land in Somerset County which is owned by nobody according to officials.

The virgin, vacant, land requires claiming it from the state and money to invest in its purchase. Necessary is a thorough knowledge of who owns what in your section and the sense to realize where boundary lines suddenly shape a "no man's " territory.

Mr. Price, 49, holder of a bus line franchise here, has had success before in acquiring vacant land he said. he said he already holds patents for about 100 acres of other marsh land near his home, less than a mile from Deal Island.

Toward the eventual conveyance of the land Monday, he applied for a special land warrant last October from the Maryland Land Office at Annapolis. This was the first step toward making his latest stake for this piece of land which no one ever owned.

It was icy cold out along Tangier Sound, a good day for duck shooting but Mr. Price was after different game. He wanted to be sure his claim of the 30-acre stake was right. A survey was made and it was correct.

St. Stephen's BBQ Chicken Dinner This Weekend

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

United States Marine George Henry Humphrey

Before a small group of family and friends, the remains of World War I United States Marine First Sergeant George H. Humphrey were buried at Arlington National Cemetery today.

On Sept. 15, 1918, with World War I nearing an end, United States Marine George Henry Humphrey was killed by a machine gun bullet through his helmet. He was 29 when he died in the St. Mihiel offensive, the first U.S. led offensive of the war and ultimately a success. He was buried near where he fell, not far from Thiaucourt in the Lorraine region of France.

Pinned down by the Germans, George's fellow soldiers hastily buried him in the woods of rural northern France. Later a letter was sent to his brother.

"During the day, we buried your brother on the crest of that hill about 150 yards from that trail," he wrote. "Whatever personal effects your brother had were buried with him as they were shelling the hill all the time and we didn't have time to search him, and there was no one to send them in with anyway."

They drew a map and later tried to explain the location to George's family, but the grave could not be found.

At the war's conclusion, several attempts to locate Humphrey's remains through the United States Army Graves Registration personnel were uneventful. Then, in September 2009, while looking for war souvenirs near Rembercourt, where Humphrey was believed to be buried, French nationals stumbled upon several war items. They were believed to belong to a World War I American soldier. The items were turned over to the United States military.

Upon further investigation of that area from the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command, they recovered remains, along with additional military items, including a marksman's badge with First Sgt. George H. Humphrey's name.

An exhausting forensic investigation, along with countless evidence, backed up by dental comparisons from the scientists of JPAC laboratory, cemented the identification of First Sgt. George H. Humphrey's remains. JPAC is the Joint Prisoners of War, Missing in Action Accounting Command.

It is now down to a little over 3,000 missing in action military from World War One.

His uniform had mostly disintegrated, though the helmet and some hardware survived along with coins, 30-06 ammo, a canteen, razor, toothbrush, fountain pen, tobacco pipe and a marksman badge with GH Humphrey engraved on the back. You can tell he laid undisturbed. The ammo across his chest exactly where the bandoleer was slung, the coins where his pocket one was.

John and Lorena Bobbitt

Today in 1993 (actually the night of 1993) Lorena Bobbitt, the Ecuadorian wife of, John Bobbitt, cut the penis off her husband using a kitchen carving knife, than took the penis for an evening car ride and tossed it into a field.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Student Driver

So which makes you more nervous; a student driver in front of you, in back of you or along side of you?

1972 Datsun Ad

In 1986 Nissan phased out the Datsun brand name so there are people reading this who have never heard of a Datsun or Peter Max.

The SLAP Test and Henry Miller

On this day in 1964 the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a lower court ruling that found Henry Miller's "Tropic of Cancer" to be obscene. Now I have always thought Henry Miller's books were some of the truly great books of our time, but not everyone it would appears felt that way. The Miller ruling is considered landmark for having led the way to the establishment of a new, more liberal standard in censorship that we enjoy today.

It was the publication of "Tropic of Cancer" in paperback that brought the case to trial. Fearing that cheap editions would flood the corner stores, local authorities launched actions against over sixty booksellers all across the country. When the dust had settled, the old idea that a book must pass a national "prurience" test had been replaced by what has come to be called the Brennan Doctrine, after its presiding judge. The new standard has three important tests, and a book can be banned only if it passes all three: 1) the dominant theme must be prurient; 2) the book must offend contemporary community standards; 3) the book must be "utterly without redeeming social importance," by virtue of having no "serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific" merit. Some lawyers call this last criterion the SLAPS test; some have tried to apply the test to my blog.

In the 1960's I found Miller's books "Tropic of Cancer", "Tropic of Capricorn", "Black Spring" and the "The Rosy Crucifixion" series of "Sexus", "Plexus", and "Nexus" to describe a free roaming life style all young men of that age would like to have, until the ugly head of responsibility appeared and destroyed it. Henry Miller both narrates and writes his stories. He tells about the people he meets and lives with, his impressions of Paris, America, New York City, and somewhere, inbetween having sex, waxes philosophically on the meaning or meaninglessness of life in a mechanized age during the Great Depression. Sometimes he works, and other times he lives off the good will of others. The books were much like the other enjoyable novel of that time period, "On the Road" by Jack Kerouac and it should come as no great surprise that Kerouac was an admirer of Henry Miller's works. Much as Sal Paradise and Dean Moriarty free roamed across the United States, Henry, Mona, Elsa, Anastasia, Vanya, and Thelma screwed their way thru Paris and New York City.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Delmar Joint Council Meeting For June 2010

The Delmar Joint Council meeting for June was held tonight. All town meetings are being held a week early due to the Maryland Municipal League convention being held next week in Ocean City and the Maryland elected officials are attending. Delaware Elected Officials Mayor Outten, Councilman Thompson and Councilman Payne were missing. Their absent caused the Delaware Council to not have a quorum and thus could not officially approve or disapprove any Delaware issue. Normally, as an observer of town councils, I would have been merely disappointed in our elected officials not fulfilling the duties they were elected to do but tonight it pissed me off because I needed approval from the Delaware Council for my house design so I could get a demolition and construction permit from the town. A postponement of a month would have screwed up my construction schedule and relocation period with the insurance company.

Among some of the items either commented on by the town manager or actions the Maryland Council took were;

The police department have extended an offer to someone to be the animal control officer.

Public Works has hired a general laborer.

The Maryland Council approved Ordinance 712 permitting casinos and gambling houses in town.

The Maryland Council approved ordinance 713 to reduce the number of members on the MD Board of Zoning Appeals.

People are using the handicap sidewalk ramp at the old bank of Delmar as an exit from the parking lot. This is creating a traffic hazard and some type of blockage at that point is being looked at.

Vandalism continues with the bathrooms at Gordy Park. A security camera is being looked at and the money for it may come from left over funds from building the skateboard park.

September 25 is Heritage day in Delmar and a sponsor has been found that will pay half the fireworks costs.

Vice Mayor Michael Houlihan said he would go out on a limb and give approval to me for the house design, demolition permit and construction permit. The official vote will have to handled next month, if there is a quorum.

Cathay Crosby from the Delmar Library introduced herself to the town council.

The meeting was over with by 8:30 PM

Delmar Utility Meeting For June

The Delmar Utility Commission meeting for June was held tonight. All town meetings are being held a week early due to the Maryland Municipal League convention being held next week in Ocean City and the Maryland elected officials are attending. Commission member and elected official Robert Thompson was missing.

Some items discussed were;
Yorkshire Estates - an offer has been extended to WSFS Bank to buy Yorkshire Estates. The offer was accepted. Outstanding taxes for Yorkshire have been settled. The new developers are working with the town on a public works agreement. The new people are looking at making some changes in the way Yorkshire is designed. It should be noted that about all Public Works agreements with developers are expiring and new ones will have to be worked out.

The VFW drilled a well to keep the water level in their pond at a level sufficient for the fish that are stocked in it to survive.

DNREC is saying, based on our water usage reports, that we have a 16% unaccounted for water usage. Normally something in a 4% to 8% unaccounted for water usage would be expected and a higher percent could indicate an undetected water leak in the mains.

Ex-Laurel school finance director admits fraud

Over at The daily Times website they are reporting that William Hitch admits fraud but disputes the amount of the fraud. He says didn’t take the full $151,000. He also says his use of a “retroactive pay code” was authorized.

Drug Raid at Woodcreek

A source told me there was a Federal Bureau of Investigation drug raid on a rental house on Executive Club Drive in Wood Creek this afternoon! Three dozen SWAT suited agents with M-16s, etc. and dozens more state, county, and Delmar city police cars, many of which are still here in Wood Creek surrounding the house! This follows a county sheriff's drug raid on the same house last week. Woodcreek - a class place. That what happens when you drop the selling prices down to $120,000 a unit.

Paint Crew Are Busy Today

It was a whole paint convoy going north on Bi-State today painting street lines

New Sign For The Sport's Nut Bar

Summer Solstice 2010

If the astronomical longitude of the Sun is 90 degrees, and the sun had entered the zodiacal sign of Cancer it must be the First day of summer, YEA!! Hooray!! The Solstice (“sun stand”) is the longest day of the year, after today the day begins to decline and the night time starts growing for six months, until December 21, when the winter solstice occurs.

The Waste Water Treatment Plant

I took a drive thru the Waste Water Treatment Plant area this morning to check on the progress of the new upgrade. The entrance driveway looks like a parking lot and has more patches than the streets in Delmar Maryland.

This project is over a hundred days behind schedule, not due to weather, but due to accepting federal stimulus money. Federal money always come with stipulations that tell you how to use the money. In this case it was a good ideal because the requirement was to use American made parts. The problem is the factories that produced the parts became so overloaded from so much stimulus money that now they can't supply the parts in a timely fashion.

Now our problem is the state of Maryland is fining us for not meeting certain standards that we will not be able to meet until the upgrade is complete. So you're damned if you do, damned if you don't.

Drinking in 1968

Picked up from This Day in Delaware History

Today in 1968 Tavern patrons were permitted to stand up to a bar and drink due to legislation signed by Governor Terry.

This Day in Delaware History facts were compiled by historian Roger Martin and brought to you by the Delaware Public Archives

For those of us old enough to remember in the 1960's Delaware had a number of odd laws concerning drinking in taverns, compared to Maryland. I can remember the bar stools had to be screwed to the floor and if you decided to move from the bar to a table you couldn't pick up your drink and just go, the waitress had to carry the drink over to the table for you.

Tom Dick and Harry

The Community Players of Salisbury, Inc this past weekend and next weekend are putting on a production of Tom Dick and Harry

In this hilarious story of three brothers, Tom and his wife are about to adopt a baby. His brothers are anxious to help make a good impression on the woman from the agency who has arrived to check on the home and lifestyle of the prospective parents. Unfortunately Dick, who has stashed boxes of smuggled brandy and cigarettes in the house, and Harry, who is in possession of a cadaver he is planning to sell illegally to a medical school, fail miserably. The adoption agency representative is aghast - and the illegal Croatian aliens who do not speak English are no help at all!

Delmar High School's Judy Hearn plays Mrs Potter in the production .

All performances in Guerrieri Hall at Wor-Wic Community College

Friday, June 25 2010 8:00 pm
Saturday June 26 2010 8:00 pm
Sunday June 27 2010 2:00 pm

Prices for "TOM, DICK AND HARRY" (All performances at Wor-Wic Community College)
Adult $ 11.00, Senior $ 9.00 ( 55+), Student $ 9.00, Family $31.00