Saturday, July 17, 2010

Full House Poker of Delmar

Well I am not impressed with having Delmar associated with gambling but I will say Full House Poker. seems to be a low key operation with little public disturbance. They also have a nice website. A look at some of the non-profits that sponsor their charity based poker room are;

American Legion Sussex Post #8
The American Legion Post #6
The American Legion Post #24
Bethel Historical Society
Delmar Pop Warner
Delmarva Model Railroad Club
Diamond Dreams
Diamond State Swoop
Georgetown Public Library
Homeless Cat Helpers
Kiwanis Club of Georgetown
Laurel Pop Warner
Laurel Volunteer Fire Department
Milton Cat Snippers
National Federation of the Blind of Sussex County
New Coverdale Outreach Mission
Seaford Alumni Association Foundation
Seaford Fraternal Order of Police
Seaford Volunteer Fire Dept.
Southern Delaware Horse Retirement Association
Spuck & Lib Bennett Scholarship Fund

Chesapeake Center and Camp Meetings

After doing the post on the Church of God camp meeting site in 1971 and since I was in that general area today I decided to drive by the site of that location today.

Today it is called the Chesapeake Center . It seem to have reduced in size to 68 acres from the 79 acres mentioned in 1971 but it does seem to live up to their vision of what it would be back in 1971.

Raymond E. Crowley Tabernacle and Worship Center

Paul Walker and C J Abbott Annex

Robert W. Clagg Annex

Of interest, up until this year the Delaware Code required a permit from a commission and a dollar fee in order to have a camp meeting or outdoor religious meeting
DEL CODE § 701 : Delaware Code - Section 701: PERMIT FOR RELIGIOUS CAMP MEETINGS

No person, association of persons, church or religious corporation shall hold or conduct a camp meeting or outdoor religious meeting without first obtaining a permit authorizing the holding of such meeting.

29 del. Laws, c. 263, § 1; Code 1935, § 4110; 27 Del. C. 1953, § 701.;

It was an antiquated provision in state law that requires the clerk, the sheriff and the president of the county government to get together and decide whether to issue a permit. This came about no doubt because camp meetings apparently could get rowdy in the early 20th century, which led to a crackdown and the now-antiquated law.

This year Rep. Robert Walls, D-Milford advanced a bill (House Bill 352) to do away with the one dollar fee and the permit process. It was signed by Gov. Markell 5/21/2010

Synopsis: This act deletes antiquated code provisions requiring churches and religious organizations to obtain a permit from a commission (composed of the Sheriff, County Council President and Clerk of the Peace of each respective county) to conduct camp meetings and outdoor religious meetings.

Officer Bond, Delmar PD

Wayne Barrall sent me a photo of Officer Bond at work. He said "Last week I was lucky enough to catch one of Delmar's finest Police Officers doing his job. I feel Officer Mike Bond is one of the best police officers that I have ever known from any department. Not sure how long he has been with Delmar but Im sure its at least 10 years. He has always worked hard to protect our wonderful town that we call home!

Feel free to post this photo on your blog and let the folks of Delmar that just saying Thanks for you hardwork to an officer is enough to put smiles on these officers face.

Thank You Officer Bond

Camp Meeting - 1971

From The Daily Times 1971;


GEORGETOWN - The Delmarva Peninsula Camp Meeting, sponsored by 23 Churches of God, will feature the ministry of the Rev. D. A. Biggs of Tampa, Fla.

The meetings will be held on the newly - developed 79 acre camp site of the Church of God, about one mile south of Route 18 on Road 529 (near Cokesbury Church) from July 26 through Aug 1. Services are scheduled at 8 P.M. Monday through Friday, 7:30 p.m. on Saturday and 2:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Sunday.

Mr. Biggs has served his church as chairman of its World Missions Board, state overseer Evangelist and is currently state overseer of Florida.

Eight different church choirs including one from the Parkway church of God in Salisbury, will be a special feature of the camp services along with guest singers.

The new 8,000 - square foot tabernacle will be formally dedicated by the Rev. R. Leonard Carroll, Ed. D., D.D., general overseer of the Churches of God in nearly 100 countries. His sermon of dedication can be heard Aug 1 at 2:30 p.m.

The Rev. Ralph E. Day, liaison officer for the Delmarva D.C. overseer, A. W. Brummett, said the future development of the camp site to include full facilities for camps and conferences for children, young people and adults.

According to The Rev. Mr. Day, pastor of the Church of God in Salisbury, the public is invited to attend camp meeting services.

1971 Ad - Pony Ranch Drive In - Pocomoke

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Faith Baptist Church Break-ins

Over at WGMD Faith Baptist Church's Pastor Ken Johnson said the church has had a problem for years with break-ins and robberies. Pastor Ken Johnson told WGMD’s Jared Morris show that the police need to be more present at that location. Faith Baptist is located at 1207 State St, Delmar Maryland.

Teen Scene Opens

The official ribbon cutting happened today at 2:15 for the Teen Scene room at the Delmar Library.

Everyone enters the room

The big ginger ale toast to celebrate the opening

New furniture for the teen scene room

And over in the big meeting room they had

Bowling Wii

"Teen Scene" Room to Open Today

The Delmar Public Library will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony, complete with a toast of ginger ale, at 2:15 on Wednesday, July 14th (2010) to officially open its new “Teen Scene.” The former reference room will house new, red and silver ‘diner-style’ furniture (funded by the Friends of the DPL) and two teen computers, board games, fiction and non-fiction books, and teen-focused magazines.

Law for the Prevention of Genetically Diseased Offspring

Today in 1933 Germany passed their Law for the "Prevention of Genetically Diseased Offspring" (Gesetz zur Verhütung erbkranken Nachwuchs) to be effective Jan. 1, 1934. An extension of the Social Darwinism theory that nations, like animal species, fight for the survival of the fittest. The fittest nation would be the one that is genetically the ‘purest’.

To stop the ‘contamination’ of the German people by ‘inferior’ blood, forced sterilization was legalized on 14 July 1933, The "Law for the Prevention of Genetically Diseased Offspring" provided that handicapped individuals were to be identified, examined by a jury of ‘experts’ and subsequently sterilized. Some 200 ‘Genetic Health Courts’ were instituted. They ordered the involuntary sterilization of approximately 400 000 individuals. Once the first step of sterilization was accepted by the masses than the next step was Involuntary euthanasia to handle children suffering from idiocy, Down's syndrome, hydrocephalus and other abnormalities.

Compulsory sterilization programs sprouted up in many countries including the United States, at the beginning of the 20th century, usually as part of a program of negative eugenics -- to prevent undesirable members of the population reproducing.

About the picture above; The caption of "Wir stehen nicht allein": "We do not stand alone". Nazi propaganda poster from 1936. The woman is holding a baby and the man is holding a shield inscribed with Nazi Germany's 1933 Law for the Protection of Genetically Diseased Offspring. The couple is in front of a map of Germany, surrounded by the flags of nations which had enacted sterilization legislation.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Krispy Kreme Started Operations Today in 1937

Today July 13, 1937 Krispykreme sold it's first donut. The founder, Vernon Rudolph, worked for his uncle, Ishmael Armstrong, who purchased a secret recipe for yeast-raised doughnuts and a shop on Broad Street in Paducah, Kentucky, from Joseph LeBeouf of Lake Charles, Louisiana. Rudolph began selling the yeast doughnuts in Paducah and delivered them on his bicycle.

However, the donut shop was pumping the smell of his deep-fried donuts into an area frequented by pedestrians. They began stopping by to ask if they could purchase doughnuts for themselves rather than waiting to buy them at a store. Rudolph eventually succumbed to their demands and cut a hole in the wall so that he could sell doughnuts directly to the public fresh from the production line. The hole in the wall, which turned a wholesale operation into a retail business, had unintended consequences for how customers interacted with the business by showing them an open view directly into the production center. In addition to purveying their glazed calorie-bombs to the general public, Krispy Kreme was now selling the experience of sneaking a peek into the behind-the-scenes activities of the shop.

Did you know that on National Donut Day ( National Donut Day falls on the first Friday in June each year) Krispy Kremes, Dunkin Donuts and LaMar's across the U.S. offer a free donut in celebration of National Donut Day. Yes, another diet downfall.

A Day In The Garden

this Saturday, July 17, 2010 Sussex County Master Gardeners Announce Open House- A Day in the Garden at Elbert N. and Ann V. Carvel Research and Education Center, Georgetown

Sharon's Natural Gardens - Winemaking

Just a note on Sharon's Natural Garden she is offering a winemaking course on July 25th.

Learn how to make homemade wine without chemicals using flowers and homegrown fruits. Prepay $50/person for 4 hour class which includes sampling of all of our wines and vinegars and homemade snacks to accomply the tastings. We will also tour the gardens where we harvest the things we use to make the wines. We will demonstate the entire process for teaching you to make your own healthful and delicious wines . We only use sugar, wine yeast, fruit/flowers and water for our wines . We make dandelion, rose , Rhubarb /strawberry, grape blackberry, plum and raspberry Jul 25, 2010, Start Time: 12:00 PM End Time: 4:00 AM 8887 BLACKBIRD ROAD, Delmar, DE 19940 302-846-2571

Monday, July 12, 2010

Double Mill Chicken BBQ

There will be a chicken BBQ fundraiser on July 17, 10 a.m. - ? at Wright's Market in Mardela to benefit the Double Mills Restoration Project. Anyone wishing to purchase tickets in advance please email me ( Advanced sales are not required, and we will sell the dinners until they're gone. Dinners include a half chicken, baked beans, chips, drink, and roll for $8. I hope to see you there!

Delmar 3rd Quarter Police Commission Meeting

The Delmar July Quarterly Police Commission meeting was held tonight. All members were present and as usual I was the only one in the "Public." Our Police Chief Hal Saylor talked about DEA drug arrests, cash and vehicle seizures for the quarter.

Someone in town was arrested on a violation and their vehicle was impounded. The father of that person is pissed off. I guess it is normal for a parent to be that way but there comes a time when your child has to accept responsibility for their actions. God knows how many parents I dealt with at the county jail who were still trying to keep their child under their wing and never let him grow into a man. No doubt the reason why you have 26 year olds that should be men but still don't accept responsibility for their actions and act like 13 year olds. Anyway the Seizure and Impoundment policy for Delmar came from The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) so it should be a good policy. I have known Hal for thirty years and I think he is fair a person so I don't think this person was singled out.

The Chief showed off one of the new Tasers. Each certified police officer will have one. Frankly I don't know where on their belt they are going to put it as they seem to be toting a wide range of stuff on their belts now. Each officer will receive six hours of training on the Taser.

Now it was scary when our town manager Sara was handling the Taser

but then it got worst when this guy had it in his hand

than the town's worst nightmare happened when the two Mayors got to play with it.

As the only person in front of them and a clear shot I did feel a little more attention my way than I wanted.

Willie Davis and Three Steps Away

Lyudmila Pavlichenko, Sniper

Lyudmila (Liudmila) Pavlichenko was born in the Soviet Union on July 12, 1916. When Germany invaded the Soviet Union in 1941, 24-year old Pavlichenko was in her fourth year of studying history at the Kiev University. Pavlichenko was among the first round of volunteers at the recruiting office, where she requested to join the infantry and subsequently she was assigned to the Red Army's 25th Rifle Division; Pavlichenko had the option to become a nurse but refused. She became one of 2,000 female snipers in the Red Army, of whom about 500 ultimately survived the war. As a sniper, she made her first two kills near Belyayevka, using a Mosin-Nagant bolt action rifle with a P.E. 4-power scope. An interesting article on sniper rifles is here.

Pavlichenko fought for about two and a half months near Odessa, where she recorded 187 kills. When the Germans gained control of Odessa, her unit was pulled to be sent to Sevastopol on the Crimean Peninsula, where she fought for more than 8 months. In May 1942, Lieutenant Pavlichenko was cited by the Southern Army Council for killing 257 German soldiers. Her total confirmed kills during World War II was 309, including 36 enemy snipers, in a little over a year.

In June 1942, Pavlichenko was wounded by mortar fire and pulled from combat.

Pavlichenko died on October 10, 1974 at age 58.

Woody Guthrie wrote a Folk Song about 1942 to her

Miss Pavilichenko's well known to fame;
Russia's your country, fighting is your game;
The whole world will love her for a long time to come,
For more than three hundred nazis fell by your gun.
Fell by your gun, yes,
Fell by your gun
For more than three hundred nazis fell by your gun.
Miss Pavlichenko's well known to fame;
Russia's your country, fighting is your game;
Your smile shines as bright as any new morning sun.
But more than three hundred nazidogs fell by your gun.
In your mountains and canyons quiet as the deer.
Down in your bigtrees [SIC] knowing no fear.
You lift up your sight. And down comes a hun.
And more than three hundred nazidogs fell by your gun.
In your hot summer's heat, in your cold wintery snow,
In all kinds of weather you track down your foe;
This world will love your sweet face the same way I've done,
'Cause more than three hundred nazzy [SIC] hound fell by your gun.
I'd hate to drop in a parachute and land an enemy in your land.
If your Soviet people make it so hard on invadin' men;
I wouldn't crave to meet that wrong end of such a pretty lady's gun
If her name was Pavlichenko, and mine Three O One.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Delmar Police Comission Meeting

As a reminder, on Monday, July 12, 2010, The Police Commission of Delmar Delaware/Maryland will meet at the Delmar Town Hall for their regularly scheduled meeting at 6:30 pm.

Fried Squash

From The Delmar Bi-Centennial Cookbook

From the kitchen of Bonnie Bogardus

Fried Squash
4 lbs Yellow Squash
1/2 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper
1 cup ground corn meal
1 egg, beaten

Wash, pare, and cut squash into 1/2" slices. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, cover with cornmeal, dip into egg, and again in meal. Fry in hot deep fat until brown. Drain on absorbent paper.


Today in 1804 was the famous duel between the former Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton and sitting Vice President Aaron Burr, at Weehawken, New Jersey, Burr shot and mortally wounded Hamilton. Hamilton was carried to the home of William Bayard on the Manhattan shore, where he died at 2:00 p.m. the next day.

The days of formal shooting duels are pretty much over, now we just have random shootings. However at one time gentlemen felt they had to defend their honor, right or wrong, they developed codes involved in gentlemen dueling . Altho not a gun duel, Edward Doty and Edward Lester, of the Massachusetts colony, fought the first recorded American duel in 1621, just a year after the Pilgrims arrived at Plymouth. Armed with swords, both men sustained minor wounds. A unique aspect of this duel was that Doty and Leicester were servants. For the most part, only gentlemen dueled.

Duels were fought by men from all walks of life. But many of America's most important citizens defended their honor on the dueling grounds. Button Gwinnet, who had signed the Declaration of Independence, was shot down by General Lachlan McIntosh in a duel. Commodore Stephen Decatur of the United States Navy, an experienced duelist, died at the hands of another commodore, James Barron. And Abraham Lincoln narrowly averted a battle with swords by apologizing to an Illinois state official he had ridiculed in a local newspaper.

As a young man, attorney Andrew Jackson, future president of the United States, earned a reputation as a formidable duelist. He was the veteran of at least 13 duels. These showdowns left his body so filled with lead that people said he “rattled like a bag of marbles. His honor suffered, however, after a duel against Charles Dickinson of Caroline county, Maryland in 1806.

Dickinson fired his pistol, slightly wounding Jackson. Jackson's weapon misfired -- which according to dueling rules counted as a shot. Technically, the duel should have ended there. But Jackson coldly pulled his hammer back again and fired, this time killing Dickinson. In the eyes of many, Jackson's behavior amounted to little more than murder. Jackson was also wounded in this encounter but like many Duelist he was clever enough to dress for the occasion. By putting on full, voluminous clothing (winter was best for a duel) the deadly shot from the opponent would often miss a vital organ, allowing the wounded duelist to finish off his opponent.

As we know certain ill defined political areas become dueling grounds. The well known "wedge" in Delaware was one of those areas. For a period (up until 1921), the screw up in the Delaware Pennsylvania state line left a wedge shaped section of land in the northwest of Delaware. Maryland also made an attempt for it but neither of the three states felt they had legal rights to it but all three wanted it. The 800 acre wedge-shaped piece of land was finally granted to Delaware in 1921. Through most of the 19th century the Wedge was a popular hideout for criminals, and a place for duels, prize-fighting, gambling and other recreations, conveniently outside any official jurisdiction.


Altho this morning is cool compared to the previous two months, I saw few people this morning out walking. Usually in Delmar there is that group of people who walk each morning, some in groups, some in pairs and some just alone.

As a man I often forget that a walk for me is different from a walk for women. One female walker was telling me she use to take a long walking loop each morning out RT54 west than back on Race Track Road into Delmar. She stopped going that way because the men at Crystal Steel Fabricators would stop work and stare at her as she walked by and one day one decided to urinate by the building in front of her. Shame Shame on those Crystal Steel workers, no need for that action at all, didn't their parents raise them up any better?.

1953 - Culver's Men Store

Laurel People and their forged prescriptions

On 7/7/10 at approx. 4:00pm members of the Laurel Police Department responded to the Rite Aid on South Central Avenue for a forged prescription.

Upon arrival officers made contact with the pharmacist and the suspect. The pharmacist advised that he called to verify the prescription when it appeared that it had been changed from 50 percocets to 150 percocets. At that point the suspect was taken into custody without incident

Arrested: Sara Adkins, 46, Laurel, Delaware

Charges: Forgery 2nd, Obtaining a controlled substance by fraud

Bond: Released on unsecured bond

Delmar Man arrested

DSP News Release: Oasis Truck Stop Robber Apprehended
Location: 30759 Sussex Highway (Oasis Travel Plaza) Laurel, De
DATE and TIME: Friday July 2, 2010 12:46 p.m.
Victim(s): 63 year old male Laurel, De
Defendant(s): Dontrez L. Archer-21, 100 block Pennsylvania Ave. Delmar, De

Charge(s) and Bond Information:
Robbery First Degree
Archer was remanded to Sussex Correctional Institute in lieu of $10,000 secured bond.

Delaware State Police Friday July 2, 2010 investigated a robbery in the parking lot of the Oasis Travel Plaza 30759 Sussex Highway Laurel, Delaware.

The robbery occurred around 12:46 p.m. when a black male later determined to be Dontrez L. Archer of Delmar, DE approached a 63 year old male victim from Laurel. The victim was seated in the passenger side of his friend’s truck who was inside the travel plaza. Archer asked the victim if he could use his cellular phone. The victim was counting money when Archer approached. As the victim placed his money under his leg Archer reached inside the vehicle and grabbed the victim’s money. Archer fled the scene to an unknown destination. The victim was not injured.

Delaware State Police Evidence Detection Unit responded to the robbery scene and was able to lift several latent prints from the side of the vehicle. Delaware State Police Bureau of Identification returned results of the prints as those of Archer. Friday July 9, 2010 Archer was arrested for Robbery 1st degree for his role in the July 2, 2010 robbery.

National Blueberry Muffin Day

Today is National Blueberry Muffin Day!!! YaY Blueberry Muffins Mmmmm.