Saturday, October 02, 2010

Double Mills 2nd Annual Corn Festival

I wandered over to the corn festival today. It was a great day for an event like this and the event was great. Lots of things for younger kids and a number of things for us "older" kids. The event was a fundraiser for Double Mills. They need about $75,000 for a foundation for the mill and the money raised today will go toward that. But ignoring the reason for it, it was a fun event.

a few older cars

Appraisals by Upham's Antiques

I noticed one of the "2 chicks barn sale" girls were there listening to the appraiser (no doubt so they can price out their stuff better).

Stagecoach rides and lots of other amusements

A balloon man

I tasted the sample of corn bread from Pungo Creek Mill Indian Corn (Painter VA) - excellent. Had to buy a bag.

The Gigtones

Line to the food caterer - Jerry Fletcher

a basic menu which include something with corn in this case corn dogs and corn custard

Lost In Time Bluegrass Band

They were cooking ears of corn next to the fenced in area where the bovine was. Certainly tickled his taste buds

This was a really slick tractor train for kids. Different from the usual oil drums cut in half.

Joyce Taylor Dennis was there and we discussed self publishing and her latest book

Under a tent was a number of vendors and outside the tent even more.

Should you want to donate to Double Mills to help put it on a good foundation contact Lester Twilley at PO Box 120, Mardela Springs, MD 21837 or use the magic of email at

Baby's Bottom Tobacco

Blades Haunted Fire House

Delmar Bakery and R-B Baking Co. 1940's

The Delmar Bakery was built in 1939 and in January of 1940 The Delmar Bakery opened for business. Described as being located on North State Street, it took the place of the old bakery building at North Second and Grove street where the bakery had been operating for over 25 years. It employed 16 people and had six delivery trucks to cover the Sussex area. Alfred Goetz was manager of the firm and the bakery supplied bread, rolls, cakes, pies and pastries.

At some point in 1941 however the Delmar Bakery was sold and the new company was R-B Baking Co. They however had the same operation as the original Delmar Bakery. Their line of baked goods were label "Gingham Girl".

The building cost $50,000 to build. This "new" building had a storage room capable of holding 12 carloads of flour, an office, a makeup room, a boiler room, a loading platform and an apartment on the second floor. It could bake 1,800 loafs of bread an hour. The bakery was acquired by G. D. Rugeriis of Philadelphia from Carroll Elliott of Delmar. The bakery later was acquired by the William Freihofer Baking company. It ceased operations I believe in the 1960's. William Freihofer Baking Company sold "Hollywood" Bread

The William Freihofer Bakery at 500 North BiState

Delmar Theatre - 1941

Yes, a reshowing of "Gone With The Wind"

Friday, October 01, 2010

Some Delmar Police Department arrests

Robert Carvil Shockley Jr., 23, of Salisbury was charged with rape, sex offense, assault, reckless endangerment and false imprisonment on Sept. 27 by Delmar police.

Chaunte Paulk, 29, of Delmar was charged with narcotic possession with intent to distribute, marijuana possession, drug possession - not marijuana and community nuisance - narcotic distribution on Sept. 29 by Delmar police.

Orlando Silva, 31, of Delmar was charged with narcotic possession, narcotic possession with intent to distribute, community nuisance - narcotic distribution on Sept. 29 by Delmar police.

Verlin Richard Hudson, 36, of Delmar was charged with assault, obstructing and hindering, disorderly conduct and failure to obey a lawful order on Sept. 27 by Delmar police.

Michael D. McBride, 27, of Snow Hill was charged with drug possession with intent to distribute and drug possession - not marijuana on Sept. 27 by Delmar police.

Michael D. McBride, 27, of Snow Hill was charged with fugitive from justice (Delaware) on Sept. 27 by Delmar police.

Paycheck Fairness Bill

With election time approaching once again the paycheck fairness bill is being held up as carrot to vote for incumbents. Summary of bill here

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Tilghman Heights Subdivision - Delmar

September 27, 1940 ad.
Tilghman Heights is a new subdivision for me. I lost most of my old maps of Delmar in the fire but I think Sage Road was really Sage Road and not a misspelling of Stage Road. It may have been out around Evolution Brewery - does anyone know? Of course since it says "near" Delmar Del it may have been Stage Road. As flat as Delmar is, to include "Heights" in the description of the development, is a developer's dream.

Notice the terms of sale $10 down and $2 a week.

Rowdy Delmar People In Laurel - 1940

From The State Register - November 8, 1940

Four arrests for traffic violations prevented a fist-fight from materializing Saturday night. Following an altercation between two young men on the street here, it was decided to go out of town and stage a fight between the two. Four carloads of young men, who were rushed to the scene of the proposed fight, were picked up by Town (Laurel) Officer Harry R. Mitchell on charges of reckless driving. The would-be fighters returned to the scene of the arrests to see what was the matter and the arrests cooled their blood to the point that they decided not to fight at all.

The four traffic violators included Albert Joseph, James Truitt, Riley Watson, Jr., and Larry Perry, all of Delmar, were summoned to appear before Alderman Marvel Lynch Monday morning, and each was fined $5.50, all fines being paid

Frank Calio Shoe Store - 1941

Burn Baby Burn

Come tomorrow the Delaware statewide burning ban ends. The Ban runs from May first to September 30th. No leaves are allow to be burned even tomorrow due to ozone issues, does that sound like bullshit?

Why This Street?

I was riding by East Poplar Street this morning on the Maryland side of town and saw that it had been paved. I am sure it needed it, as most streets on the Maryland side of town are in extremely poor shape. I did have to wonder, out of all the bad streets in Delmar Maryland why this one? It is a short street (between First and Second Street) with maybe four houses facing it. Did they just have left over asphalt and decided to pave it? Certainly, except for baseball season, it doesn't get that much use.

St. Jerome Feastday - Patron of Librarians

Today in the Catholic church is St Jerome feast day. St Jerome is the patron of Librarians, Scholars, Students and Abandoned children. A group that needs a Saint.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Pittsville Racing Park - 1942

Yes It Is Almost Here - Yee Haw!!

The 2nd Annual Double Mills Corn Festival, Saturday October 2nd, 2010 10:00 AM until 4:00 PM, Location: Wright's Market, Map location for driving directions: 9300 Old Railroad Road Mardela Springs MD 21837

Activities include: lots of fun things for kids - games (lollipop pull, duck pond, corn relay, corn pool, corn toss), crafts, kiddie train, pumpkin decorating, scarecrow making, corn maze, tractor track, corn-on-the cob-eating contest (if corn available), face painting, balloon art, etc. For the adults, live music from Lost in Time bluegrass band (award-winning), and the Gigtones, featuring WBOC's Charlie Paparella. Stagecoach rides will be available again this year for all ages, and hopefully we'll be able to rustle up some old cars and farm equipment again. There will be demonstrations (blacksmith, corn shucking, corn grinding, textiles), craft vendors, local authors, as well as GREAT FOOD by Jerry Fletcher's Catering, and an adult corn-on-the-cob eating contest (if avail.). Silent auction and white elephant sale will also be held. Also again this year we will be having the antiques appraisal by Charlene Upham & Steve Blumenhauer, nationally certified estate appraisers. Appraisals are $6 per item and 3 for $15. Admission to the festival is a donation of $3 per person. Any adult who brings an antique for appraisal will get in free. Also, any family of 4 or more (mom, dad, and children) will only be charged $10. All proceeds from the festival will go directly toward the new foundation and the "Bring Down the Mill Campaign."

Paws of Tomorrow, Inc will be there with an information table, they will have items for sale and a book of all of their adoptable dogs .

Singletree Stables - 40 Years in Business

Singletree Stables will celebrate being in business for 40 years with an open house on October 9th from 9 to 11 AM. Now both of my girls rode at Singletree Stables under Mollie Easterson. I think the youngest, Susan, was 5 years old at the time she started riding, so we are thrilled Singletree has been in business so long. Never riding myself, I was surprise to find, when it comes to horseback riding lessons that it is a female dominated class. There seems to be some attachment 9 to 15 year old girls have to horses. Singletree always seem to offer riding courses thru DelTech and they offer a wide range of programs from summer camp to private lessons to family lessons to group lessons on and on. We had one or two riding birthday parties there that were successful. I think the girl's girl scout troops also went up for lessons in order to receive a horseback riding patch or a horsecare patch. Twice a year, I remember, they have a competition at Singletree in which the top riders in various age groups receive a ribbon. I will say we were proud of the ribbons our girls won. The ribbons also went up in the fire at our house but I figure now we can make up lies about how they were the top riders on the east coast instead of their 4th place at Singletree. If you are up in Seaford on Saturday Oct 9th and curious about riding lessons, or just a previous alumni, stop by Singletree Stables on Briarhook Road.

The Delaware State Auditor’s Office Audit Report on The Town Of Kenton Delaware

I was looking at the Delaware State Auditor's Report on the money stolen from The Town Of Kenton Delaware

Some points taken from the report;

The Office of Auditor of Accounts (AOA) received the following hotline allegation regarding the Town of Kenton from members of the current Town Council: "The former Treasurer of the Town of Kenton is alleged to have stolen approximately $100,000. She was removed from the position by unanimous Council vote just before Easter. She is the Mayor's wife and has also forged his signature on 2 checks to herself. At first, the checkbooks were not turned over because she said the bank had them for an audit. When the signature cards for the accounts were changed, the bank pointed out another account existed with an $8 balance. This was the Town's Activities Account, which should have been closed (NOTE: The complainant provided account statements for the Activities Account for the period from January through April 2010). In January, the Town received a wire deposit in this account from an unknown source for approximately $134,000. $50,000 was transferred to the general checking account and the former Treasurer spent the rest through April."

The Town of Kenton is located in Kent County, Delaware and is part of the Dover Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population as of the 2000 census was 237. A Town Council governs the town and is composed of five members, which are elected at large by the citizens of the Town of Kenton and are not compensated. The positions of Mayor, Vice Mayor, and Secretary are then filled from the elected Council members by Council vote. The Treasurer, per Town Charter, is also to be elected by the citizens
of the Town of Kenton.

The Summary Of Their Findings;
After review of the Town's records, the AOA has determined that the former Treasurer, who is also the former Mayor's wife, misappropriated funds in the amount of $198,013. (Note: Amount is subject to change pending further investigation.) In addition, evidence obtained indicates the former Treasurer allegedly fabricated and forged documents in order to grant herself the authority to sell an easement owned by the Town for net proceeds of $134,116.40. Of this amount, $77,000 was used to replenish the Town's bank accounts ($50,000 to the General fund and $27,000 to the Municipal Street Aid fund). The remaining funds that were misappropriated included $15,427.86 for restitution payments resulting from the former Treasurer's prior felony theft convictions. We have concluded that there was a lack of segregation of duties with the Treasurer's position and a lack of oversight by the previous Town Council regarding the financial management of Town funds. Furthermore, the loss to the Town of Kenton could have been mitigated if the Town Council had required the Treasurer to be bonded, as is required by the Town of Kenton Charter

Now listen People we know how this money was stolen. You have a town of 237 that has to elect 5 elected people to run the town. Delmar, Delaware with 6 times that population can't get enough people to file for open elected office positions - what is a town of 237 going to do? Let whoever wants the office have the office. Without looking into Kenton I am sure most of elected people in Kenton have held their office for years. If you don't care what happens to your town by not taking part and holding public office the results is a Kenton Delaware or a Laurel Delaware. It can happen in Delmar.

Some Photos Of Delmar Heritage Day 2010

Mr Hardin sent me some photos of Delmar Heritage days 2010

DNREC Press Release

DNREC showcases coastal and natural resources at Coast Day in Lewes on Oct. 3

LEWES (Sept. 29) –Delaware’s coastal and natural resources will be showcased at the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control’s Coast Day education tent,

11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 3 on the campus of the University of Delaware’s College of Earth, Ocean and Environment in Lewes. Coast Day – celebrating its 34th year – is the University of Delaware’s annual end-of-summer event that attracts an estimated 10,000 people from Delaware and throughout the region.

“Coast Day celebrates Delaware’s coastal resources and brings partners together who are committed to preserving our beaches, waterways and ocean for future generations,” said Delaware Department of Natural Resources Secretary Collin O’Mara. “We are pleased to partner with the University of Delaware in helping residents from across the state learn more about our incredible natural resources as well as the need to protect our coast, adopt clean renewable sources of energy and confront the challenges of climate change.”

The Coast Day theme, “Making the Most of Our Coast,” will be prominently showcased with displays and information in the DNREC tent. An interactive web-based exhibit on Sea Level Rise will be the highlight of the exhibit by Delaware Coastal Programs. Visitors can also learn more about the many coastal programs offered by the Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve located at the St. Jones and Blackbird Creek Reserves.

Take an “Estuary Eco Challenge” as part of the DuPont Nature Center’s exhibit, “Peace, Love and Horseshoe Crabs II,” which features live horseshoe crabs that highlight the valuable roles of horseshoe crabs and migrating shorebirds in Delaware’s coastal ecosystem.

Several exhibits highlight energy and pollution prevention programs. The Division of Energy and Climate will feature information about renewable energy and energy efficiency.

Other exhibits focus on Delaware’s biodiversity and natural resources, including information about Delaware wetlands and inland bays – complete with a rain garden display, along with

a display on private lands restoration, adopt-a-wetland, water supply and groundwater protection, and managing wells and septic systems. Other projects featured include Outdoor Delaware magazine, debris pits remediation, mosquito control programs, and the ecological importance of bats in our state.

DNREC's Environmental Crimes Unit will feature a display on the new TrashStoppers campaign to curtail Delaware's illegal trash dumping. DNREC’s Fish and Wildlife enforcement will feature its Operation Game Theft trailer, including seized illegal hunting equipment, taxidermy mounts, wildlife enforcement case photos and a new video on the program that promotes citizen reporting of violations of the state’s wildlife laws.

A new display on Delaware’s Artificial Reef Program will feature a preview of the sinking of the Radford, the longest ship to ever be sunk in the Atlantic. Also, docked nearby, DNREC’s Fisheries vessel, “First State,” will be open for tours. The ship is used by agency scientists for marine research, including the Delaware Bay Oyster Restoration Project.

Other displays include information on Delaware’s coastal dune and habitat protection program, DNREC’s Scrap Tire Program, shorebird and other wildlife monitoring, boating safety, coastal greenways and trails, the Indian River Marina, and the Nature Center at Cape Henlopen State Park.

The DNREC tent, located on the campus between the Smith and Cannon buildings, includes more than 35 displays and exhibits featuring the agency’s diverse programs designed to conserve and protect Delaware’s natural resources and encourage public participation through hands-on activities and educational games that appeal to both adults and children. DNREC has exhibited at Coast Day since its inception in 1976.

Delmar Is mentioned in Delaware Today

Over at Delaware Today there is a mention of Delmar and a photo or two of Heritage Day.

September Crime Reported By The Delmar Police Department

This is some of the September Crime reported by the Delmar Police Department on the Crime Report website (it is on the side bar), some crime is in town some crime is out of town. It goes from rape to security alarms being set off.

If you want to ask questions about this, on Oct 11th at 6:30 PM is the quarterly Police Commission meeting, it usually last about half hour.

BREAKING & ENTERING,27 Sep 2010, 1 BLOCK E STATE ST , Burglary
BREAKING & ENTERING, 25 Sep 2010 , 300 BLOCK N BI STATE BLVD, Burglary
BREAKING & ENTERING, 25 Sep 2010 , 300 BLOCK N 2ND ST , Burglary
BREAKING & ENTERING, 14 Sep 2010 , 700 BLOCK E CHESTNUT ST, Burglary
BREAKING & ENTERING, 13 Sep 2010 , 100 BLOCK W STATE ST , Burglary
ALARM, 29 Sep 2010 , 1 BLOCK 16111 STAGE ROAD , Alarm - Security
DISORDER, 28 Sep 2010, 400 BLOCK E ELIZABETH ST , Trespass
THEFT, 28 Sep 2010 , 1300 BLOCK E STATE ST , Shoplifting
THEFT, 28 Sep 2010 , 300 BLOCK LINCOLN AVE , Theft
FAMILY OFFENSE, 27 Sep 2010 , 8700 BLOCK SWEET PEA CT, Domestic Violence
DRUGS, 27 Sep 2010 , 1 BLOCK OCEAN HWY , Illegal Drug Violation
TRAFFIC, 27 Sep 2010 , 1 BLOCK N BI STATE BLVD , Reckless Driver
ASSAULT, 27 Sep 2010 , 300 BLOCK N BI STATE BLVD , Assault
THEFT, 27 Sep 2010, 1300 BLOCK E STATE ST , Fraud
TRAFFIC, 26 Sep 2010, 1 BLOCK OCEAN HWY , Accident-Property Damage
COMMUNITY POLICING, 26 Sep 2010 ,9500 BLOCK TOURNAMENT DR , Suspicious Event
MISSING PERSON, 26 Sep 2010 30300 BLOCK TRESTLE PL , Runaway
FAMILY OFFENSE, 25 Sep 2010 , 800 BLOCK E CHESTNUT ST , Domestic
DRUGS, 25 Sep 2010 , 9500 BLOCK OCEAN HWY, Illegal Drug Violation
DISORDER, 25 Sep 2010, 1 BLOCK E EAST ST , Intoxicated Subject
FAMILY OFFENSE, 25 Sep 2010 , 200 BLOCK E EAST ST , Domestic Violence
FAMILY OFFENSE, 25 Sep 2010 , 38700 BLOCK SUSSEX HWY , Check Welfare
DISORDER, 25 Sep 2010, 100 BLOCK E STATE ST , Harassment
TRAFFIC, 25 Sep 2010 , 200 BLOCK W STATE ST , Accident-Property Damage
DISORDER, 25 Sep 2010, 38600 BLOCK SUSSEX HWY , Intoxicated Subject
TRAFFIC, 24 Sep 2010, 1 BLOCK OCEAN HWY , Accident - Personal Injury
DISORDER, 24 Sep 2010 , 1 BLOCK W ELIZABETH ST, Disorderly
DRUGS, 23 Sep 2010, 8600 BLOCK OCEAN HWY, Illegal Drug Violation
ASSAULT, 23 Sep 2010 , 1 BLOCK N 4TH ST , Assault
ALARM, 23 Sep 2010 , 38600 BLOCK SUSSEX HWY , Alarm - Security
PEDESTRIAN STOP, 22 Sep 2010 , 8700 BLOCK LYNCH DR , Suspicious Person
PEDESTRIAN STOP, 22 Sep 2010, 9200 BLOCK OCEAN HWY, Suspicious Person
SEXUAL ASSAULT, 22 Sep 2010 , 9500 BLOCK OCEAN HWY , Rape
FAMILY OFFENSE, 22 Sep 2010 , 1 BLOCK E EAST ST , Check Welfare
DISORDER, 22 Sep 2010 , 1300 BLOCK E STATE ST, Disorderly
ALARM, 22 Sep 2010 ,1 BLOCK W STATE ST , Alarm - Security
DISORDER, 22 Sep 2010 , 38600 BLOCK SUSSEX HWY , Disorderly
DISORDER, 22 Sep 2010 , 1 BLOCK E JEWELL ST , Fight
TRAFFIC, 21 Sep 2010 , 38600 BLOCK BENRO DR , Accident-Property Damage
DRUGS, 21 Sep 2010, 1 BLOCK LONG NECK RD, Illegal Drug Violation
THEFT, 21 Sep 2010 , 1 BLOCK CLOVER ST, Theft
COMMUNITY POLICING, 20 Sep 2010, 8800 BLOCK LENNOX DR , Suspicious Event
FAMILY OFFENSE, 20 Sep 2010 , 1 BLOCK S 1ST ST, Domestic Verbal
TRAFFIC, 20 Sep 2010, 38700 BLOCK SUSSEX HWY , Accident - Leave scene
TRAFFIC, 20 Sep 2010 , 200 BLOCK DELAWARE AVE , Reckless Driver
VEHICLE STOP, 17 Sep 2010 , 200 BLOCK E PINE ST , Suspicious Vehicle
THEFT, 17 Sep 2010 , 600 BLOCK E ELIZABETH ST , Fraud
VEHICLE STOP, 17 Sep 2010 , 100 BLOCK W STATE ST , Suspicious Vehicle
DRUGS, 17 Sep 2010 , 1 BLOCK CLOVER ST ,Illegal Drug Violation
DRUGS, 16 Sep 2010 , 1 BLOCK 2702 N SALISBURY BLVD. , Illegal Drug Violation
FAMILY OFFENSE, 16 Sep 2010, 1300 BLOCK E STATE ST , Check Welfare
TRAFFIC, 16 Sep 2010, 38600 BLOCK SUSSEX HWY , Accident-Property Damage
ASSAULT, 15 Sep 2010 , 500 BLOCK S MARYLAND AVE, Assault
FAMILY OFFENSE, 15 Sep 2010 , 800 BLOCK E CHESTNUT ST , Domestic
TRAFFIC, 15 Sep 2010 , 38600 BLOCK BENRO DR , accident - Leave scene
DISORDER, 15 Sep 2010, 38600 BLOCK SUSSEX HWY, Disorderly
FAMILY OFFENSE, 15 Sep 2010 , 200 BLOCK N 8TH ST , Domestic Violence
TRAFFIC, 14 Sep 2010, 38600 BLOCK BENRO DR , Possible DUI/DWI
THEFT, 14 Sep 2010, 38700 BLOCK SUSSEX HWY, Shoplifting
DISORDER, 13 Sep 2010 , 500 BLOCK S PENNSYLVANIA AVE , Trespass
DISORDER, 13 Sep 2010, 1 BLOCK E ELIZABETH ST , Disorderly
TRAFFIC, 12 Sep 2010 , 9500 BLOCK OCEAN HWY , Accident-Property Damage
COMMUNITY POLICING, 12 Sep 2010 , 200 BLOCK E EAST ST, Suspicious Event
TRAFFIC, 12 Sep 2010 , 1 BLOCK N BI STATE BLVD, Accident - Personal Injury
FAMILY OFFENSE, 12 Sep 2010, 300 BLOCK N BI STATE BLVD , Domestic
DISORDER, 11 Sep 2010 , 9200 BLOCK CLARE CIR , Harassment
ASSAULT, 11 Sep 2010 , 200 BLOCK E CHESTNUT ST , Assault
ASSAULT, 11 Sep 2010, 100 BLOCK E EAST ST , Assault
DISORDER, 11 Sep 2010 , 11700 BLOCK BUCKINHGAM DR , Loud Music
ALARM, 10 Sep 2010 , 8600 BLOCK BARBARA ANN WAY , Alarm - Security
DISORDER, 10 Sep 2010 , 1 BLOCK LINCOLN AVE , Disorderly
DISORDER, 09 Sep 2010 , 8600 BLOCK OCEAN HWY , Disorderly
ALARM, 09 Sep 2010, 9100 BLOCK CLUB HOUSE DR, Alarm - Security
TRAFFIC, 08 Sep 2010, 1 BLOCK OCEAN HWY , Accident-Property Damage
OTHER SEXUAL OFFENSE, 08 Sep 2010 , 1200 BLOCK MAGNOLIA DR, Sexual Assault
DISORDER, 08 Sep 2010, 500 BLOCK N BI STATE BLVD , Fight
COMMUNITY POLICING, 07 Sep 2010 , 8800 BLOCK LYNCH DR, Suspicious Event
FAMILY OFFENSE, 07 Sep 2010, 38600 BLOCK SUSSEX HWY , Domestic Verbal
VEHICLE STOP, 07 Sep 2010 , 1 BLOCK CLOVER ST , Suspicious Vehicle
ALARM, 06 Sep 2010 , 9000 BLOCK OCEAN HWY , Alarm - Security
DISORDER, 06 Sep 2010 , 200 BLOCK E WALNUT ST , Prowler
COMMUNITY POLICING, 05 Sep 2010 , 500 BLOCK E CHESTNUT ST , Suspicious Event
FAMILY OFFENSE, 05 Sep 2010 , 9500 BLOCK OCEAN HWY, Check Welfare
FAMILY OFFENSE, 05 Sep 2010 , 1 BLOCK E STATE ST, Check Welfare
TRAFFIC, 05 Sep 2010, 1 BLOCK BENRO DR. Accident - Leave scene
FAMILY OFFENSE, 05 Sep 2010, 100 BLOCK N PENNSYLVANIA AVE , Domestic Violence
THEFT, 05 Sep 2010 , 38600 BLOCK BENRO DR , Theft
FAMILY OFFENSE, 05 Sep 2010 , 600 BLOCK DELAWARE AVE , Check Welfare
DISORDER, 04 Sep 2010, 400 BLOCK S BI STATE BLVD , Loud Music
TRAFFIC, 04 Sep 2010 , 38600 BLOCK BENRO DR , Accident-Property Damage
DISORDER, 03 Sep 2010, 9000 BLOCK OCEAN HWY , Fight
ALARM, 03 Sep 2010 , 8900 BLOCK EXECUTIVE CLUB DR , Alarm - Security
ALARM, 03 Sep 2010, 100 BLOCK E GROVE ST , Alarm - Security
TRAFFIC, 02 Sep 2010 , BLOCK OCEAN HWY , Accident - Personal Injury
FAMILY OFFENSE, 02 Sep 2010, 38600 BLOCK BENRO DR, Check Welfare
ALARM, 02 Sep 2010 , 38600 BLOCK BENRO DR , Alarm - Security
TRAFFIC, 01 Sep 2010 , 1 BLOCK OCEAN HWY, Accident-Property Damage
VEHICLE STOP, 01 Sep 2010 , 1 BLOCK N 7TH ST , Suspicious Vehicle

Say It Isn't So

I use Comcast for the internet and on the Comcast home page is usually a selection of news items and at least one item is a list of something. Today it is the Worst Driver In America. I decided to look at the list for verification that New Jersey drivers were the worst drivers in the country followed up by Pennsylvania and Ohio. To my great surprise looking at the top ten those three were not in the top ten but Delaware was. Bad research,reporting, and politics can be the only reasons this list is so inaccurate. The Top ten states for the worst driver title are;
North Dakota

Sussex County grants airport lease for Delaware Tech to expand aviation program

Sussex County grants airport lease for Delaware Tech to expand aviation program

Georgetown, Del., Sept. 28, 2010: A year-old aviation maintenance education program at the Sussex County Airport will get a chance to spread its wings a bit more, thanks to support from Sussex County that will help provide new opportunities for residents and boost the local economy.

County Council, at its Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2010, meeting, approved a 30-year lease agreement with Delaware Technical & Community College to expand its aviation maintenance program at the County owned airport east of Georgetown. In lieu of monthly rent, the lease of a nearly 1-acre parcel off Rudder Lane would be for the college to build a new hangar, where students would learn how to work on airplane engines.

The expansion would be the second of a three-phase plan to grow a new aviation maintenance program at the college, which launched an airframe maintenance training program three years ago. The airframe maintenance program, the first of what will eventually be three disciplines under the overall aviation maintenance program, saw its first group of students complete their coursework earlier this month.

“This agreement continues Sussex County’s role in the shared mission to provide enhanced educational opportunities for Sussex Countians, and that will allow our residents to train here and better compete for jobs here in the aviation industry,” County Administrator David B. Baker said. “With DelTech’s plans to expand their program and our goal to attract more aviation-related businesses to our airpark and the community, this will further establish the Sussex County Airport as a manufacturing base and strengthen the overall economy.”

Sussex County Council, DelTech and PATS Aircraft LLC in October 2006 announced a partnership to create an aviation maintenance associate degree, in part to help guarantee a pool of qualified, skilled mechanics for local manufacturers. The airframe maintenance courses were the first to be developed, training students to become airframe mechanics who service all parts of an airplane, with the exception of the engine, propeller and instruments. No such program existed in Delaware prior to the course’s creation.

In 2007, Sussex County sowed the first seeds of that partnership, providing more than $1.2 million in funding to purchase and renovate a 9,750-square-foot hangar at the airport. The building was converted into classroom and practical laboratory space for the airframe maintenance training program now underway.

Dr. Ileana Smith, vice president and campus director for DelTech’s Owens Campus, said the power plant technology program is the next phase in the evolution of the aviation maintenance program, giving students the necessary skills to move on from working on the body of airplanes to maintaining the engines. The third and final phase will be to develop a program that would train students to work on the avionics, or instruments, of an aircraft.

“This would allow them to maintain a plane top to bottom, inside and out,” Dr. Smith said. “What the County is doing with its generous offer of this long-term lease is a critical green light for us to proceed.

“This County government has affirmed that the way to develop the economy, to develop jobs, is by developing people through education,” Dr. Smith added. “Sussex County is investing in the education of its workforce.”

DelTech officials say that with the lease in hand, work can now begin to raise the approximately $2 million in funding necessary to pay for the construction of a new hangar and equipment for the power plant technology program. Dr. Smith said it could take up to two years for the next phase of the aviation maintenance program to get off the ground.


Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Anagrams, by Lorrie Moore

A book I have not read is Anagrams, by Lorrie Moore, however I understand it contains a reference to Delmar Delaware and Delmar Maryland. Anagrams concerns the lives of Benna, a nightclub singer, Gerard, a wimpy and admiring neighbor, and Eleanor, a witty friend.

Though Benna and Gerald are dating, they move into apartments across the hall from each other.

“It’s like parallel universes,” says Benna. “It’s like sleeping in twin beds.”

“It’s like Delmar, Maryland,” says Eleanor, “which is the same as Delmar, Delaware.”

“It’s living flush up against rejection.”

“It’s so like Gerard,” says Eleanor. “That man lives across the hall from his own fucking heart.”

Emergency Bra Saves Lives

A new bra for $29.95 on the market promises to do more than just make women look sexy -- it promises to save lives, too.

Dr. Elena Bodnar won the Ig Nobel Public Health prize in 2009 for her invention aptly named, the "Emergency Bra." The sexy lingerie "can quickly be converted into a pair of protective face masks, one for the brassiere wearer and one to be given to some needy bystander" in the event an emergency.

Bodnar says the bra-turned-masks could have been used in the Sept. 11 since they have been proven to filter out harmful particles.

read more at WPIX-TV

How It Works

The goal of any emergency respiratory device is to achieve tight fixation and full coverage. Luckily, the wonderful design of the bra is already in the shape of a face mask and so with the addition of a few design features, the Emergency Bra enhances the efficiency of minimizing contaminated bypass air flow.

1) Emergency bra shoulder straps which easily convert into adjustable head straps, providing firm fixation of the mask
2) Flex inserts along the top rim of the bra caps which allow to shape the masks tightly around the nose bridge area
3) Inner cap liner/filter which acts like a butterfly valve during inhale cycles

The Day Chestertown Exploded

On a sweltering July in 1954 a devastating explosion rocked Chestertown’s tranquility. Abruptly at 10:30 a.m. chaos erupted in the Eastern Shore town of 3,200 people when a blast jolted the county seat. Stunned people, many thinking the Russians had bombed the defense plant or the gas plant blew up, reacted. As they worried about the safety of friends and family, the telephone switchboard buzzed to life, many of the tiny signal bulbs lighting up all at once. The fire siren joined in, wailing out a most urgent plea for aid. Terror stricken people called the operator to say a bomb had gone off or to inquire about the blast. In minutes, a second, larger detonation ripped through the humid morning air shattering windows downtown.

At Kent Manufacturing, a company that made detonators and military fireworks for the government, the accidental blast sent the roof of one building into the sky. Shrieking workers ran for their lives while fireworks shot aloft and burst in the air. In town, the Associated Press reported that hundreds, including mothers wheeling baby carriages, fled across the Chester River bridge to safety in Queen Anne’s County. Firefighters prepared to fight their way into the blazing ruins of the plant to rescue injured workers.

Read more of this interesting article on Reflections of Delmarva Past.

Draft Dodgers - 1943

Poem from the State Register - Oct 14, 1943 from "contributed".

We are writing a short letter
And every word is true
Don't look away "Draft Dodger",
For it is addressed to you.

You feel at ease and in no danger.
Back in your old home town
You cook up your pitiful story
So the draft board will turn you down.

You never think of the real men,
Who leave their homes day by day,
You just think of those girl friends
That you can get while they are away,

What do you think Draft Dodgers?
That this free nation would do
If all men were slackers
And scared to fight like you?

We guess that is all, Mr. Slacker,
Your face should be awful red,
America is no place for your kind,
And we mean every word we say --
Keep away from our girl friends,
For we are coming back some day.

Second Chance Thrift Store and Outreach Center

I stopped by the Second Chance Thrift Store and Outreach Center at 18B N. Pennsylvania Ave. Downtown Delmar this morning. It is a typical thrift store, it has good bargains and good stuff. It is also another place to donate clothing and items for them to resale.

Second Chance is a non-profit which is looking at opening a homeless shelter in Delmar for recovering substance abuse people. All money raised at the store will go to their Celebrate Recovery and food pantry. They hope to open a shelter in the future for anyone that finds themselves in hard times (not only recovering addicts).

They also operate a food pantry. They are looking for volunteers to sort clothes and clean. They are also taking donations for the food pantry

You might say they are in competition with Harvest Ministries thrift store, food pantry and help office for people in need over on Bi-State Blvd. However competition is not the word to use as some mornings there is quite a long line of people at Harvest Ministries waiting the office to open to apply for help. Delmar could use another operation such as this.

The Hours - stop by - buy something - donate something - give your time.

The Thrift Store and Outreach Center is connected with The Edge Church in Delmar. The church is located in the old bakery building and old Auto Store.

The September 2010 Delmar Joint Council Meeting

The September Delmar Joint Councils meeting was held last night at 7:00PM. The missing member was Mayor Doug Niblett. My usual disclaimer is I am not part of the council and what I write is my personal views, not the minutes, of the meetings. It is also just the parts I want to comment on or write about. If you want to know the real story go to the meeting. Tonight was a short meetings night and was over with by 7:55PM.

Some items worth mentioning are;

Halloween in Delmar will be Friday night (not Sunday) October 29th between the hours of 6 to 8 Pm for children 12 and under. There will be no mischief night in Delmar. It was pointed out that this is homecoming weekend for the High school with Saturday being parade day and football night.

A proclamation was made by the joint councils declaring October to be Family History Month in Delmar.

The Town manager said she had received a letter from Wicomico County saying since the town had an animal control officer, Wicomico County animal control would no longer operate in the Town Of Delmar. The Town manager also pointed out the town had to sign an agreement with the Humane Society in Wicomico County to store any animals picked up in Delmar and taken to the humane society. This will come at a cost. Commisser Carl Anderton pointed out the double taxation of town residents. He said the residents currently pay Maryland/Wicomico County Taxes which includes the cost of animal control and it includes the cost of storing animals at the Wicomico County Humane Society. Now the residents of Delmar Maryland would be expected to pay twice for the same services.

Councilperson Mary Lee Pase pointed out there has been a number of burglars in Delmar and people should keep their houses locked.

The September 2010 Delmar Utility Commission

The Delmar Utility Commission had their September meeting at 6:30 PM last night. All members were present and it was a short meeting - over with by 6:50.

Among the items of interest were;
Well 2A is off line again due to iron contain in the water. Their is a fear the excess amount of iron may damage the new media recently put in the filters so the town switched back to well 3A.

The upgrade for the Waste Water Treatment Plant (WWTP) is nearing completion and a ribbon cutting ceremony is being looked at. A new Maryland Department of the Environment inspector is on the job and has cited the town for a number of items. Several were related to training of the public works employees and that is being looked into. The new upgrades to the WWTP call for a higher level of certification than what our current supervisor has. He was issued a temporary upgraded certificate but until he attends training the town will have to contract with a supervisor who has the higher certificate to oversee things.

See On Oct 5th Where Your Tax Dollar Went

Georgetown, Del., Sept. 27, 2010: Sussex County is opening up its attic for the public to see.

The County government on Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2010, will host an open house and tour of its new Records Management Center, located at the former Sussex County Emergency Operations Center, 21303 Airport Road, east of Georgetown. The open house and tour will be held from noon until 2 p.m., and the public is invited to join County leaders for the event.

County officials have spent the past three years sorting engineering, zoning and financial records, among others, as well as preparing the necessary space to house those documents. The work has been part of a concerted modernization effort to clean up record keeping, one that will see records stored in a central location and not scattered among various departments.

“Most people simply forget about the records and how their preservation and management is an important function on government,” said C. Daniel Parsons, the County’s historic preservation planner and records manager. “It is such a large, laborious project that takes time and space, and Sussex County has recognized what an important task this is by creating a records retention program and facility to house these very important documents.”

In August 2007, and with the help of County staff and the Delaware Public Archives, Mr. Parsons began the tall order of sorting through scores of boxes containing thousands of records, many of them packed in a storage room at the County’s West Complex. By the following summer, the County had allocated approximately $160,000 to convert the 5,000-square-foot former EOC into a dedicated records management center, complete with a revamped air system, a fire suppression system and adequate shelving to store 4,000 cubic feet of records.

Under Delaware law, all counties and municipalities must retain their records for varying lengths of time, depending on the type of record, before being transferred to the Public Archives or slated for destruction. Mr. Parsons said the new center will ensure that all County documents are properly retained and managed in a secure, centralized location.

The County, though, isn’t limiting its new records management program to just physical storage. Work is already underway to digitize years
of documents, which will enable County offices – and, thereby, the public they serve – easier access to records. “The goal is to eventually eliminate paper over time and increase the overall efficiency of government,” Mr. Parsons said.

County Administrator David B. Baker said the project goes beyond simply improving efficiency.

“Ultimately, this is about being accountable to the public and to future generations, in particular,” Mr. Baker said. “These records are a historic account of the people’s business, and we want to keep them safe and accessible for years to come. We believe this center and our records management program will do just that.”

Sunday, September 26, 2010

13 South at Delmar Heritage Day

I had to leave Delmar Heritage day and go to a family event but some one did post on youTube the band "13 South". the link is here