Saturday, October 16, 2010

October is a Bad Month for Delaware State Troopers

Looking over the DELAWARE STATE POLICE MEMORIAL I see three of the State Troopers on their memorial page died or received their fatal injury on October 16th or October 17th.

Paul H. Sherman, 1909-1945
"Trooper First Class Paul H. Sherman, a six year veteran of the Delaware State Police, was fatally injured in a collision with a Baltimore and Ohio Railroad passenger train on October 16, 1945. He was pulled from the wreckage and rushed to the Wilmington General Hospital where he expired. Trooper Sherman was born August 7, 1909 in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania"

Francis Ryan 1891-1922
"One of the State Highway Police’s brave officers was Officer Francis Ryan, the first state police officer to die in the line of duty. Officer Ryan was born December 7, 1891 and at the age of 31 joined the Highway Police in the summer of 1922. While attempting to apprehend a speeding motorist on the Philadelphia Pike, October 17, 1922, Officer Ryan’s motorcycle was struck by a vehicle traveling in the opposite direction. Severely injured, Officer Ryan was taken to a local doctor for immediate treatment. He was subsequently taken to Delaware Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries on November 2, 1922."

Robert A. Paris 1935-1963
"Robert Paris joined the State Police on May 1, 1959. On October 17, 1963, Detective Robert Paris made the supreme sacrifice – he gave his life. Assigned with Trooper Robert Forenski to investigate the burglary of television sets from motels on the DuPont Highway in New Castle, Delaware, Trooper Paris was murdered by three armed perpetrators. The entire state of Delaware was shocked by this senseless tragedy."

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Talking Trash

There’s something deeply satisfying about having someone you don’t know take away
your trash each week with such noisy enthusiasm. I saw today the Maryland side of town had their weekly trash removal. I always find it to be a welcome weekly reminder that the sins and excesses of the past seven days are about to become memories. Boone's Farm wine bottles, beer bottles, and Old Crow Bottles vanish forever with the toss of the plastic garbage bag into the back of the truck. No longer sitting under the scrutiny of the neighbours guessing how much he has drank this week and God knows what else he has put in those bags. I don’t want to know where my unread circulars the post office keep putting in my box or the never ending telephone books they keep throwing in the yard go, I just want them gone from my daily life. No one will now know my pledge of frugality of actually eating the leftovers we have in the refrigerator was forgotten and the leftovers were tossed. Trash pickup was one the most frequent complains I received when I held public office - right up there with stray animals and dirty looking water.

My few attempts at recycling consist of what I can get for my attempt at it. I recycle plastic soda bottles because I get a nickle a piece for them (of course I also paid a nickle a piece as a deposit so I am not "making" money just getting it back). I recycle aluminium cans because I get a little bit of money for them. The other items people recycle for nothing I throw in the trash. The State of Delaware has decided to take the soda bottle deposit money for themselves so that is one less item I will make an attempt at recycling. Currently aluminium cans still pay a little but the Chinese are keeping the price on that down.

I understand now the State of Delaware doesn't want yardwaste in their landfill.
Effective Jan. 1, residents of Kent and Sussex counties will be prohibited from mixing their yard waste into their regular trash for disposal in landfills. But, the state Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, along with the Delaware Solid Waste Authority, want people to know there still will be viable alternatives for disposing of those materials.

At an Oct. 6 public meeting at DNREC headquarters in Dover, staff from those agencies did their best to allay the concerns of residents and clarify what those three ominous words actually mean for them.

“This is not to say DSWA will not accept yard waste,” said DNREC environmental scientist Jim Short. “They will accept it separated and manage it at their facility as mulch or compost.”

The main goal of the yard waste ban is to extend the life of the state’s landfills by reducing the amount of material sent to them.

Diverting yard waste from landfills also will decrease greenhouse gas emissions. Organic waste, like grass clippings, branches and leaves, emits methane gas when it decays in the absence of oxygen — when buried under a mountain of trash, for example.

However, organic compost and mulch that decays in the open air releases carbon dioxide, which although also a greenhouse gas, is far less damaging than methane, Short said.

The ban, which affects the Sandtown landfill near Felton and the Jones Crossroads facility near Georgetown, follows a yard waste ban put into effect at the Cherry Island landfill in Wilmington in 2008, which applied to all of New Castle County.

Fees for dumping yard waste range from $1 a bag at DSWA’s Cheswold collection station to $7.50 for a private resident to dump a load at Sandtown,

As always with Delaware there is no talk of decreasing rates just charging more in the form of Fees. Like the Maryland political commercial says; Fees are taxes if it come out of my pocket. I think the only results from this is me dumping trash in a ditch on a county road.

Kyle Dixon Memorial Scholarship Fund

Kill A Weed Day

Join DNREC’s Cedar Swamp Wisteria Weed-out on Oct. 30

TOWNSEND (Oct. 14, 2010) – Spend an autumn morning at Cedar Swamp Wildlife Area near Townsend and help protect Delaware’s wildlife habitat. DNREC’s Division of Fish and Wildlife is seeking volunteers to join in the Wisteria Weed-out from 9 a.m. until noon Saturday, Oct. 30. Volunteers should meet at the Cedar Swamp Wildlife Area parking lot on Thoroughfare Neck Road.

The wisteria colony is located in an area currently managed by the Division of Fish and Wildlife as a wildlife refuge. Volunteers will remove Japanese wisteria vines from a section of the woods that is stifling native plant growth and weighing heavily upon upper canopy tree branches.

Japanese wisteria is an invasive vine that outcompetes native plants, girdles trees, and can blanket natural areas. Removing this invasive vine will allow native plants to grow and help re-establish native habitat for birds, small mammals and other wildlife.

Volunteers will use hand tools to remove the wisteria, including loppers, pruners and hand saws. Because of the tools being used, volunteers should be at least 15 years old, wear close-toed shoes and long pants for this project. Tools and gloves will be provided, but volunteers may also bring their own.

Pre-registration is encouraged by contacting Lynne Staub at or 302-735-3600.

To learn more about other volunteer opportunities, call 302-735-3600 or visit\

Directions from the North:
Take DE Rt. 1 South
Merge onto U.S. Rt. 13 at Smyrna via exit 119A
Turn Left onto Paddock Road
Turn Left at Thoroughfare Neck Road
Cedar Swamp Wildlife Area parking lot is on the Right.

Directions from the South:
Take Rt. 13 North through Dover
Turn Right onto Dover Leipsic Road
Take Left to stay on Dover Leipsic Road (behind Dover Downs)
Take Left onto Bayside Road (Rt. 9)
Take Right onto Thoroughfare Neck Road
Cedar Swamp Wildlife Area parking lot is on the Right.

The Senate Debate

For those who may be interested, the Wilmington News Journal has a transcript of last night's debate between CHRIS COONS and CHRISTINE O'DONNELL. Since both use a varation of the name of Christ for their first name we know Delaware will be saved if we elected either one.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Sussex County Press Release

Sussex County employees to volunteer time for Habitat for Humanity

Georgetown, Del., Oct. 13, 2010: Nearly two dozen Sussex County government employees will trade in their computers and calculators for hammers and hardhats this weekend to benefit a local charity and needy family.

County employees on Saturday, Oct. 16, will volunteer their time to Sussex County Habitat for Humanity by helping build a house at the corner of Greene Avenue and West Sixth Street in Laurel. Volunteers will give six hours of their ‘sweat’ to hang walls and perform other jobs in the home that benefits a single mother and her four children, who hope to move in by Christmas.

Employees from the County’s Accounting, Administration, Engineering, Finance, Information Technology, Personnel, Recorder of Deeds, Sheriff’s and Treasury offices, along with County Councilman Michael Vincent, are scheduled to work on the home from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The County organized the Build Day as an opportunity to gather employees who want to make a difference in the community, Sussex County Administrator David B. Baker said. “What better way to give back then by helping to build a home for a family to live in?” Mr. Baker said.

The Build Day is the latest partnership between Sussex County government and Habitat for Humanity, a non-profit organization whose mission is to build decent, affordable homes in partnership with low-income families. In March, the County donated to Habitat for Humanity the use of two vacant houses near Georgetown, which will be used as temporary housing for families waiting to move into their new homes and as quarters for AmeriCorps volunteers.

Today's Quote

“Government big enough to supply everything you need is big enough to take everything you have,”
Thomas Jefferson

Wake Up Little Susie

Today in 1957 the number one song played was "Wake Up Little Susie" by The Everly Brothers. It would appeared in 1957 we were greatly challenged by to many lyrics in a song so this one became a hit.

Wake up, little Susie, wake up
Wake up, little Susie, wake up
We’ve both been sound asleep, wake up, little Susie, and weep
The movie’s over, it’s four o’clock, and we’re in trouble deep
Wake up little Susie
Wake up little Susie, well

Whatta we gonna tell your mama
Whatta we gonna tell your pa
Whatta we gonna tell our friends when they say “ooh-la-la”
Wake up little Susie
Wake up little Susie, well

I told your mama that you’d be in by ten
Well Susie baby looks like we goofed again
Wake up little Susie
Wake up little Susie, we gotta go home

Wake up, little Susie, wake up
Wake up, little Susie, wake up
The movie wasn’t so hot, it didn’t have much of a plot
We fell asleep, our goose is cooked, our reputation is shot
Wake up little Susie
Wake up little Susie, well

Whatta we gonna tell your mama
Whatta we gonna tell your pa
Whatta we gonna tell our friends when they say “ooh-la-la”
Wake up little Susie
Wake up little Susie
Wake up little Susie

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Wiretapping and Videos

Last month an interesting case came to court, Anthony Graber was speeding on his motorcycle and was pulled over by a plain clothes Maryland State Trooper, Joseph David Uhler. Graber video taped the affair and posted it on You Tube. The result was Uhler charged Graber with a wiretapping charge, claiming the videotaping violates wiretap laws. Graber spent 26 hours in jail, the police searched his residence and seized computers. Graber spent 26 hours in jail, a judge signed a search warrant, allowing them to raid Graber’s parents home at 6:45 a.m. on a weekday, detaining his entire family for 90 minutes, forbidding his mother from going to work and younger sister from going to school while they rummaged through the family’s personal belongings.

The legal argument prosecutors rely on say the audio aspect of the videos violates wiretap laws because, in some states, both parties to a conversation must consent to having a private conversation recorded. You may remember the problems the blogger in Pocomoke had a year or so back with this exact problem. The key to the argument is the word "private." A police officer arresting or questioning someone on a highway or street is not having a private conversation. He is engaging in a public act.

Judge Emory A Plitt Jr. tossed all the charges filed against Anthony Graber, leaving only speeding and other traffic violations, and most likely sparing him a trial that had been scheduled for Oct. 12. The judge ruled that Maryland's wire tap law allows recording of both voice and sound in areas where privacy cannot be expected. He ruled that a police officer on a traffic stop has no expectation of privacy.

I usually do not post videos for that simple reason.

I have however been reading an interesting book called "The Mayor of Lexington Avenue" by James Sheehan. Without going into the story line, one of the characters made a tape of a telephone conversation between another person and himself. When told that he couldn't use the tape he informed the person that he had waited until the telephone answering machine picked up the phone call and than pick up the receiver to talk to that person, thus his argument was that the other person knew when he started to leave a message on the answering machine that he was talking to a recording and just because he picked up the phone and continued the conversation did not change the fact that it was being recorded by the answering machine. He did not have to inform the other party that he was recording the conversation. Thusly avoiding the wiretapping laws pertaining to audio. This is of course a fictional story but it is an interesting argument.

Retirement Schadenfreude

In German, Schadenfreude, is pleasure derived from the misfortunes of others. One of my Schadenfreudes since I have retired is to sit outside on the patio at 7:30 AM drinking my Beer cup of coffee and watching everyone rush out of their apartment with their cup of coffee, dragging a child, and lugging various bags and laptop and leave for work and/or daycare. Oh yes Howard does remember those days of having to be somewhere at a set time, working for bosses who are assholes, being told how grateful he should be because he received a 5% raise instead of a 3% raise than increasing the employee paid share of health insurance 100 fold, changing the pension plan to a 401K and in the end closing the plant and moving to Mexico. Yes retirement does have aspects of a Roman Holiday (where a gladiator in Ancient Rome expects to be "butcher'd to make a "Roman holiday") but hell someone should receive enjoyment from other people working.

Delmar Police Commission Meeting - October 2010

The Quarterly Delmar Police Commission meeting was held last night at 6:30 PM at Town Hall. The members of this commission are; Mayor P. Douglas Niblett, Mayor John F. Outten, Sr. and Delaware Council Member Glen Payne. Lt. Robert Remo presented the police department tonight as Chief Saylor had a personal matter to attend to. All members of the commission were present. Very little is discussed in the public section of these meetings and tonight was no exception. As usual I was the only member of the "public" in attendance. The apathy of Delmar public involvement in even attending a meeting is amazing. Among the items mentioned I found of interest were;

Delmar has received a grant of $161,901 for the hiring of a police officer for three years. The town will begin advertising shortly for one. They hope to find a certified officer in Delaware or Maryland so the new hire will not spend a large portion of his/her three years in training to be certified. They would prefer a Maryland certified Officer as Delaware will recongize the Maryland certification quicker and in total, than Maryland will recognize a Delaware certified officer.

The policies of the Police Department are all being reviewed.

Woody Payne started to ask about the lack of traffic citation given out this quarter. But Lt Remo said it was due to having to put the resources of the department into solving the crime and drug issues Delmar has been having this quarter.

They discussed a complaint by Robert Brown of Woodcreek about vehicles parking to close to his driveway. He may be at the joint council meeting later this month.

And than they went to executive session.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Oak Grove Restaurant - 1941

From the State Register - 1941

Oak Grove Attracts Diners and Tourists

Known and patronized as a quality spot that caters to the public in the pleasing, modern style throughout a program of complete merit, Oak Grave Restaurant, Delmar Road, Delmar, is an asset in the area. It was established in 1937 and is now favored widely by discriminating people.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner menus contain the full selection of fine food offerings. Best brands of beer are also sold. Clearly surrounding and prompt courtesy service in the efficient way add to the satisfaction.

Mrs. Mary Morris, with 22 years of experience in this scope of endeavor, is the proprietor. She also features comfortable rooms and cabins as tourist accommodations. Her establishment is operated on the refined first class basis to invite the better class of trade only.

Lauren and Justin's Wedding

I heard on TV today that yesterday (10/10/10) there were 31,050 weddings. We attended one them. My wife's niece, Lauren, married Justin and they had a Scottish style wedding in Lewes.

From a piper at the entrance to the church

To the groom and groomsmen wearing kilts. Interestingly a week ago I had attended my niece's gay "wedding" in New Jersey in which both the bride and "Groom" wore pantsuits. Both were well planned and well attended events.

The Wedding Party at Baywood Club house and grounds. Baywood is that development on Rt 24 between Millsboro and Midway. It is a well landscaped place with great service.

I knew this was going to be a sophisticated affair when at the reception they had more than one fork at each place setting and didn't have a bucket of KFC chicken in the center of the table. But since my wife and daughter were there I had plenty of supervision on how to act. In spite of that I still had a good time.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Sussex County Press Release

Telephone service out in western Sussex County

Cell phones, landlines affected; 9-1-1 still available from homes and businesses

FOR IMMEDIATE 2130 Hours, Sunday

RELEASE Oct. 10, 2010

A vehicle crash east of Seaford earlier today has knocked out telephone service to parts of western Sussex County, though callers can still reach 9-1-1 if dialing from a landline telephone.

The crash along Concord Road at approximately 1:50 p.m. severed a fiber optic cable that Verizon crews are now working to repair. Verizon officials have reported to Sussex County that service is slowly being restored at this hour, with a goal to restore all service by late tonight.

The outage has affected landline service to homes and businesses in the Seaford, Laurel, Bridgeville, Greenwood and Georgetown areas, as well as cell phone service throughout western portions of the county. Callers from landline telephones may hear a dial tone, but will receive a fast busy signal or a recorded message when trying to place a call.

The Sussex County Emergency Operations Center reminds the public that 9-1-1 service is still available from affected landline telephones. Built-in redundancies in the 9-1-1 system allow emergency calls to go through to the County EOC, even in outages such as this. However, 9-1-1 service may not be available to some wireless telephone users.

If you live in the affected areas and have an emergency, please dial 9-1-1 from the nearest landline. Wireless service is spotty.

For the latest information, the public should tune to local media or follow the County Twitter feeds, at and

Scouts Pass the test - 1943

From The Salisbury Times 1943


Delmar, Nov 11 - A board of review was held by the Troop Committee of the Boy Scout troop No. 174 at the scout meeting last night. David Green, Granville Brumbly and J. E. McClaine, Jr., of the committee conducted the review and Howard Cline, Clarence Wright, Jimmy Banks, Robert Maddox, Nelson Smith, William Fisher and Leroy Baymuno passed to second class scouts

Scoutmaster Daniel Culver announced the Boy scout Court of Honor in the Salisbury District to which troop 174 belongs, will be held tomorrow evening at State Teachers College, Salisbury.

Harold David Figgs - 1943

Delmar Lions Club Thanksgiving Dance - 1943

Lou Startt and his band

Col. Edmund Scarburgh

October 10, 1663 - Col. Edmund Scarburgh and his militia of Virginia terrorized the people of Manokin and Annamessex Hundreds (now Dorchester and Somerset counties) in an effort to claim that area for Virginia. In 1663 Virginia becomes conscious of her boundaries and realizes potential problems with boundary between Maryland and the newly-formed Accomack County; Territory disputes between Va. and Md. Boundary begin. Colonel Edmund Scarburgh, ardent Virginian and noted Indian-baiter, in his contrivance to force the settlers of the Annemessex and Manokin Rivers into Virginia's jurisdiction, continued to harass the settlers. He would bring his troops into Annemessex, try to arrest the Quakers who had moved from Virginia into Maryland.

LGBTQIA Month an offense at so many levels

As I have mentioned before my daughter goes to Edinboro university out in Western Pennsylvania. In checking the Edinboro U. events website I came across;

EDINBORO, Pa. – Edinboro University continues to celebrate its diversity during October as the University community observes a number of important events highlighting LGBTQIA Heritage Month.

“Lesbian, Gay Male, Bisexual, Transgender People, Questioning, Queer, Intersex People, Asexual People and Ally Heritage Month” will be observed at Edinboro University through myriad activities during the next three weeks, including two significant highlights on Monday, Oct. 11.

In observance of National Coming Out Day and LGBTQIA Month, information tables will be set up at the Baron-Forness Library on Monday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Then at 8:30 p.m. in front of the Frank G. Pogue Student Center, a candlelight vigil will be held for Rutgers University’s Tyler Clementi and other LGBTQIA suicides nationwide.

Edinboro University has long embraced the multi-faceted diversity of its students, faculty, staff and the broader region beyond, celebrating such significant annual events that recognize the members of ethnic, racial, religious and sexual orientation groups.

This month, Edinboro University recognizes that LGBTQIA Americans have made important and lasting contributions to the nation in every field of human endeavor. Members of the Edinboro community are encouraged to attend the programs and activities that celebrate such diversity and recognize LGBTQIA Americans who have contributed to and enriched the national life.

Now this just sends me up the wall. There is just so much political correctness Howard can take - actually I have a pretty low threshold for it. First, I find such a conglomeration of initials as LGBTQIA to be offensive by itself but than to learn what the letters stand for is even worst. And to celebrate a month for it and have a "coming out" day. Frankly I could care less that Rutgers University’s Tyler Clementi committed suicide, it is just one less pervert in the world as far as I am concerned.

Applescrapple - 2010

well we went up to applescrapple yesterday. Listen to the band 13 South.

This event is a money makers - lots of vendors, lots of people

Lots of People there. The nice thing about hitting there at 4Pm is the crowd is leaving (but still more than I would like to be in) but the vendors are still there. Lots of Christine O'Donnell supporters, but did not see her.

Miss Delaware was there

and of course food

The good thing about this festival is you can get scrapple sandwiches all day long.

apple dumplings um-um-good

Singletree Stables - 40 years

Megan and I stopped by the Singletree Stables open house celebrating 40 years in business. It had been about ten years since Megan took lessons there. I think all the horses had turned over but everything else was the same. Congratulations Mollie and Singletree.