Saturday, November 06, 2010

Delmar Christmas Parade December 11th


Sat. December 11th @ 2pm (Rain date – Sun. Dec. 12th – same time)



For a parade application: Call the Chamber voicemail at 302-846-3336, pick one up from Delmar Town Hall, or download from the Chamber website at

Application deadline is Dec. 8th !

Theme: “What Christmas Means to Me”

Parade sponsored by: The Greater Delmar Chamber of Commerce

DHAS candlelight house tour December 10th

Remember the Delmar Historical and Arts Society (DHAS) will have a candlelight house tour on Friday, December 10th from 6:30 to 8 PM. There will be several houses open and the tour will wrap up at the Masonic Lodge for punch and cookies. The price is $8 per person. So get ready to take a walk through Delmar this holiday season as Delmar people open their doors to visitors during the 1st annual DHAS candlelight tour. Whether you’re interested in getting a glimpse inside the candlelit windows, learning more about Delmar's history and architecture, or simply looking for an excuse to check out other people's homes, you’re invited to come celebrate the holidays on the Candlelight Tour.

"I didn't know God made honky-tonk angels

Today in 2007 Hank Thompson (Henry William Thompson September 3, 1925–November 6, 2007), died of lung cancer. Know for his honky-tonk style of Western swing perhaps his best known song was Wild Side of Life, in the 1950's from which the line "I didn't know God made honky-tonk angels" was in it. Others were; Oklahoma Hills (1961) and a Six Pack To Go,

Friday, November 05, 2010

Pick On Nuns Day

Smoking Nuns

Two Chicks Country Christmas Customer Appreciation Day

Two Chicks Country Christmas Customer Appreciation Day

8 AM TO 5 PM

Christmas in the olde barn…antiques…primitives…furniture…country decor…seasonal items…tools…jewelry…homemade jelly…the smell of Christmas trees…the taste of mulled cider…the sights of the season! Our barn sale is just in time for you to decorate your home during the Thanksgiving holiday or find a unique gift for someone special. Give yourself a gift…the joy of turning your home into a special holiday haven!

Come join us as we say ‘THANK YOU’ for being faithful Barn Sale customers (both new and old ones)! Join us for a holiday shopping adventure and tasty treats on us. We appreciate your business. 

Check us out at or on facebook!

Come see us at 36225 Columbia Road, Delmar, DE. 19940

Questions? Call 410-251-2344 0r 443-521-3110

Return Day Security Problems

Over at WGMD there is a report on the problems of security once again at this year's Return Day. It is a shame the elected officials fear the people that elected them.

The Delmar Laurel Football Game

Well as everyone knows tonight at 7:30 is the Delmar-Laurel Football game. I can't imagine anyone arriving at 7:30 and finding a spot to sit. My wife at 3 Pm forced me and my daughter to go with her to "mark" off their seats for the night. This is bad enough at 3 PM but about 30 other people had already "marked" off their seats. More seat "markers" were arriving as we left

LDGS Symposium

The Lower Delmarva Genealogical Society will have their long awaited for symposium tomorrow at the Holiday Inn in Salisbury. I am sure they will accept walk-in non-pre-registrants for about $50 a head.

Click on above photo for what will be discussed.

At The Delaware Public Archives

November 6, 10:30 a.m. - Genealogy Series: Analyzing Wills and Other Probate Records
Presenter: Nancy Lyons

This workshop focuses on what records constitute probate: where to find them, and how to use them! Wills and other probate records are valuable resources for family history research because they help establish family relationships and pinpoint dates of death. Handouts will include examples of the various records

How to Spot An RFD Delivery Vehicle

My parents had a mail contract once to delivery mail on Rural routes so it was easy for me to know why theses two mail delivery vehicles had the passenger side of the vehicle scratched, dented, side mirror missing etc.

Thor Ramsey

4th Annual Sportsman's Giveaway

The Big Tent is set up for the Delmar Volunteer Fire Department 4th Annual Sportsman's Giveaway tomorrow November 6, 2010

Vikings in America

In 1963, archaeologists found Viking ruins in Newfoundland predating Columbus by 500 years. Leif Ericson, Icelandic explorer, second son of Eric the Red, is believed by most historians to have been the first European to reach the North American mainland. About the year 1000 he landed at a place that he called Vinland. Vinland was identified as Newfoundland in 1963 when archaeologists uncovered the remains of a Viking-type settlement at L'Anse-aux-Meadows at the extreme northern tip of the island. His countryman, Bjarni Herjólfsson, had earlier sighted North America and reported that the land was rich in timber. Thus, Ericson had a clear economic motive for his journey. Icelanders needed wood for houses and ships, but their country is entirely treeless.

Lewes & Rehoboth Canal is started - 1913

November 5, 1913 - Digging began on the Lewes & Rehoboth Canal in Delaware, which had been authorized by U.S. River and Harbor Act of 1912. First boat through the new passageway on 8 October 1916

Initially, the canal was envisioned as a means of access to the sea for farmers and saw mills along the Indian River and Bay. Consent to acquire land for construction was granted to the U.S. Government by the Delaware state legislature in 1913. Construction by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was completed in 1927.

Today, this feeder route to the Inter-Coastal Waterway is used by commercial and pleasure boats and provides access for pilot boats to guide ocean-going vessels up the Delaware Bay to the major ports of Wilmington and Philadelphia.

Cheap Gas

Over at Delmar Daily he talking about the virtues of a frequent shoppers card applied to buying gas. Sounds as good as a cash back program from the credit card people.

Remember remember the fifth of November

Remember remember the fifth of November
Gunpowder, treason and plot.
I see no reason why gunpowder, treason
Should ever be forgot...

Thursday, November 04, 2010

DELMAR BANCORP decreased traded volume

From (EMAILWIRE.COM, November 04, 2010 )

DELMAR BANCORP (OTC: DBCP) reported a fall of 7.35% on overall traded volume of 595.00 shares for the day. The day low was at $3.15 and shares of DBCP closed the day at $3.15. Delmar Bancorp is a financial holding company. The company through its subsidiaries provides banking and insurance services. Delmar Bancorp was founded in 1988 and is based in Delmar, Maryland

Howard's comment; a number of banks had increases in their stock prices today due to the hint The Federal Reserve is poised to allow healthy banks to increase dividend payments for the first time since the financial crisis.

Sherrell Blake, Motorcycle Drag Racing Qualifying

Sherrell Blake, Delmar, Md., on a Suzuki will be in the HTP Performance Real Street category of the Lee’s Performance Fall Bike Nationals the nation’s largest all-motorcycle drag racing series at Rockingham Dragway

Qualifying for Orient Express Pro Street, HTP Performance Real Street, House of Speed Crazy 8’s and 5.60 will now be Saturday at 12 noon, 2 pm, 4 pm and 6 pm. This schedule moves up each session by two hours.

HTP PERFORMANCE REAL STREET – 1. (title clinched) Jeremey Teasley, Orient, Ohio, Kawasaki, 775; 2. Rickey Gadson, Hammonton, N.J., Kawasaki, 481; 3. Darion Payne, Ft. Washington, Md., Suzuki, 429; 4. Mark Billiter, North Augusta, S.C., Kawasaki, 418; 5. Tie, Stephen Reynolds, Winston-Salem, N.C., Suzuki, and Edward Murphy, Bridgeport, Conn., Suzuki, 343 each; 7. Coby Adams, Mooresville, N.C., Kawasaki, 340; 8. Sherrell Blake, Delmar, Md., Suzuki, 338; 9. Ashon Dickerson, Newark, N.J., Suzuki, 335; 10. Michael Glace, Pottstown, Pa., Suzuki, 303.

Delaware gross receipts tax-- a stealth sales tax

Over at Kilroy's Delaware (Sidebar) he has a post on in which he mention doing away with the Delaware Gross Receipt Tax. For those who may live out of Delaware and are not aware of the Gross Receipt tax, the Gross Receipt tax is Delaware's hidden sales tax. It is no where as high as Maryland's sales tax and mostly is under 1% but it does add up. Living in Delmar I usually have a choice of running about 4 miles south to the North Walmart in Salisbury and paying Maryland Sales Tax or driving up to Seaford where supposedly there is no sales tax. However the items sold in Seaford's Walmart run about 2 to 3% more than the items sold in the Salisbury Walmart. Part (not All) of this increase selling price is due to the Delaware's gross receipts tax -- a stealth sales tax.

From the Dept of Revenue

Delaware does not impose a state or local sales tax, but does impose a gross receipts tax on the seller of goods (tangible or otherwise) or provider of services in the state. Unless otherwise specified by statute, the term "gross receipts" comprises the total receipts of a business received from goods sold and services rendered in the State. There are no deductions for the cost of goods or property sold, labor costs, interest expense, discount paid, delivery costs, state or federal taxes, or any other expenses allowed.

Business and occupational gross receipts tax rates range from 0.1037% to 2.0736%, depending on the business activity. In instances where a taxpayer derives income from more than one type of activity, separate gross receipts tax reporting is required. The type of business activity additionally determines whether gross receipts tax is remitted monthly or quarterly.

Some of the rates are;
■contractors — $75, plus 0.6739 percent of the aggregate gross receipts less a monthly deduction of $80,000
■manufacturers — $75, plus 0.1944 percent of aggregate gross receipts less a monthly deduction of $1 million
■wholesalers — $75 plus 0.4147 percent of aggregate gross receipts (less an $80,000 monthly deduction)
■food processors — $75, plus 0.2074 percent of aggregate gross receipts less a monthly deduction of $80,000
■commercial feed dealers — $75, plus 0.1037 percent of aggregate gross receipts less a monthly deduction of $80,000
■retailers — $75 plus $25 per business location, plus 0.7776 percent of aggregate gross receipts from goods sold or services rendered less a monthly deduction of $80,000. Transient retailers pay $25 plus 0.7776 percent of aggregate gross receipts over $3,000.
■restaurant retailers — $75 plus $25 per business location, plus 0.6739 percent of aggregate gross receipts less monthly deduction of $80,000
■farm machinery, supplies or materials retailers — $75, plus 0.1037 percent of aggregate gross receipts less a monthly deduction of $80,000
■grocery supermarkets — $75 plus $25 per branch plus 0.3402 percent of the first $2 million per month and 0.6732 percent thereafter, less monthly deduction of $80,000

The wholesaler's Gross Receipt Tax is particularly frustrating to none Delaware companies who when shipping into Delaware become a wholesaler subject to the tax. As Smith Reed points out;

Consumer product companies care about Delaware's Wholesalers Gross Receipts tax because many sell a significant volume of products at wholesale in Delaware. Volume has increased for many businesses because of a recently opened Wal-Mart regional distribution center in Delaware. Shipments to that facility support Wal-Mart stores in three states. (For example, The Dial Corporation, a company that has just litigated a wholesalers tax case, supplies that facility and consumer product shipments to that facility were a focus of attention in that case.)

Reed Smith in their tax alert discuss some of this

Back to Kilroy, Kilroy's blog is aimed toward schools and he feels the source of money for schools will come from economy recovery so by doing away with the gross receipt tax his idea is business will be able to invest more in their business and in turn make more money which will make more profit which the state will take as increased income tax for the year which in turn those increased taxes will filter down to the schools.

I don't know if his idea would work for schools or if it would just make companies such as Walmart even richer, since they have a helluva tax department, but any tax that is removed I would be for.

German POWs in the U.S

A touring event that may well be interesting is:Held on the Homefront: German POWs in the U.S.- a traveling exhibit

On Tuesday November 9, 12:00PM-4:00PM Outside the Wicomico Public Library

The Friends of Wicomico Public Library are co-sponsoring, along with the Historical Society, Held on the Homefront at the Main Library on November 9th from 12-4 p.m.

Sixty-five years ago Allied forces defeated Nazism in Europe—while almost
half a million Axis POWs sat on U.S. soil! From Labor Day 2010 through
Memorial Day 2011 TRACES Center for History and Culture is featuring Held
on the Homefront: German POWs in the U.S., 1943-46, a traveling exhibit
touring the East Coast from North Carolina to Maine; passing through
Salisbury in November!

Held on the Homefront is an unusual, rich story brought to life in the
BUS-eum, a 40-foot school bus converted into a mobile classroom and
museum. The exhibit consists of 15 narrative display panels illustrated
with dozens of photographs and documents, DVD documentaries, artifacts and
much more.

Although few people know the story today, almost 380,000 German POWs were
held in 660 camps, in almost each of the then-48 states and in the
Territory of Alaska. They worked side by side with their American "hosts"
and in the process formed relationships, some lasting decades. Their
experiences embody ageless and timely themes of war and peace, justice
under arms, and issues regarding human rights, international
reconciliation and future conflict avoidance.

There were 12 camps in Maryland alone! Irving Kellman, our BUS
Driver/Docent Extraordinaire, will be conversant about your state’s local
POW stories; some of them included: Odenton – Gaithersburg – Frederick – Pikesville – Cambridge – Salisbury – Westminster - Berlin - Hurlock – Westover.

This is one of those events that appears to limit itself to retired people as the hours are noon to 4Pm


Should you not want to stand in the rain for Return's day, down in Crisfield at the Public Library from 1Pm to 2 PM is a talk called;


It will discuss a time before hospitals, synthetic medicines and technology when people lived closer to the earth, when the plants and herbs that grew up in the areas surrounding where we lived were more than ways to color our gardens, decorate our homes, and brighten our culinary efforts. They were the difference between live and death. In the hands of skilled folk doctors, these humble, amazing plants sustained life. Come join us to find what miracles thrive in our own backyards and by roadsides as we peer into who preserved and passed this knowledge down to a time within living memory.

World Championship Punkin Chunkin Starts Tomorrow

For more info on the World Championship Punkin Chunkin Nov 5th, 6th, and 7th, 2010
go here.

From Fake Science

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

The Obama's are going to India, hell for $200 Million a day they could go to Disneyland.

President Barack Obama after the shellacking his party received is going into hiding in India on Saturday. Reports are his four day trip will cost tax payers $200 Million a day. Let me say that again $200 million a day…. Let’s put this in perspective. During the pre-election campaign Obama liked to rail against the $10 billion a month that we were spending in two war zones. Break that down into a daily rate and you have $333 million a day. So the money Obama is spending to transport himself and his entourage to visit a friendly country is 60% of the money Bush spent to support the needs of 100 to 150 thousand US troops, set up two national governments, train and pay two foreign armies, gather intelligence, etc, etc. I just can not believe the money concept the people in power have. $200 Million a day how many manufacturing jobs in the United States could that create? Not giving it to the likes of GM and banks who merely enrich their CEO's but actually give it to someone who would start up a company. Then install tariffs so that company could sell in the United States.

Confederate POW escape Thru Delmar

There is a post over at DelMar History about a Confederate POW escape from Fort Delaware (Pea Patch island) that took the fugitives thru Delmar on their way back to the Confederacy.

Black Bart's Last Stagecoach Robbery

"I've labored long & hard for bread,
For honor & for riches,
But on my corns too long you've tred
You fine-haired sons of bitches."

Today in 1883 -- Black Bart,(Charles Earl Bowles (1829-1888?)), A gentleman bandit, poet, and Democrat with a fondness for stopping Wells Fargo stagecoaches, robs his last coach — his 29th, & never a shot fired — the Sonora to Milton stage, in Calaveras County, California, scene of his first heist back in 1875.

To think, if he had waited a hundred years he could have moved to Delaware and become a professional politician and stolen legally.

Askiminikonson Indian reservation

November 3, 1686 - Property for Askiminikonson Indian reservation on the Pocomoke River west of Snow Hill, Maryland was surveyed but not recorded officially so it would not legally belong to the Indians

Election Results - 2010

Today November 3rd is St. Pirmin feastday. St. Pirmin is the patron against snakebits and poisoning and what could be more relevant today with the election results. With few exceptions Delawareans continued to make professional politician a job calling by re-electing the incumbent. If not an incumbent than a new professional Democratic politician, which will ensure us of the same tax and spend policy that they pass off as hope and change. I am disappointed.

The only real change was in the Sussex County Row offices, which turned 100% Republican after 3 incumbents were upset in the Register of Wills, Recorder of Deeds and Sussex County Sheriff races.

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Horse Beats Man in Foot race - 1879

Today in History – In 1879 -- In a six-day footrace a Mr. Weston loses to a horse, 559.26 to 549.94 miles.

Now this is one of those blurbs the various “Today in History” websites give you. They tell you nothing about Mr. Weston nor who was the horse nor why they were racing. I attempted to find out more about the race and came up with nothing so let me make a few assumptions about the statement “In 1879 -- In a six-day footrace a Mr. Weston loses to a horse”.

The Mr. Weston in question I would guess would be the great American called Edward Payson Weston. (1839-1929). Mr Weston, AKA ‘The Wily Wobbler’ was a very famous professional pedestrian (walker) of his day. He created professional pedestrianism. In the late 1800's Professional pedestrianism had as much gambling connected with as horse racing and boxing. This year, 2010, happens to marks the centenary of one of his most famous walks. His 3,100-mile trek from California to New York, completed on 3 May 1910. It took him just 77 days (40 miles a day). He was 71 years old by then. As the newspaper reported on 3 May : “Five hundred thousand people crammed New York’s greatest thoroughfare today to see one white-haired man march through their cheering lines. The ovation which he received was the greatest ever accorded to any man not connected with public life.”

The United States of America after the Civil War, was in the full grip of a long-distance walking craze and it transformed to a six day walking race event (You had to take Sunday off or it would have been a 7 day walking event). Walking was big because frankly the road system sucked and other than boats and trains there were no other ways to race.

You can certainly google E P Weston's name and learn a great deal about him. His walking successes were amazing but he also failed a number of times. He was a showman and businessman and had more endorsements than a modern day basketball player. He also had shoes with his name on them. His picture was all over the place. There were Weston shoes, Weston hats, and Weston coats. Musicians composed Weston marches, and young ladies danced to Weston waltzes. He was a family man, married with three children but he was also a dandy, a charmer, a hit with the ladies who flocked to see him. His roving eye eventually led to the break-up of his marriage, to at least one illegitimate child, and to mortal danger. At one stage late in life he survived being shot. There was even a hint of cocaine involvement. He made money by betting on himself in the races (If only poor Pete Rose had lived at that time).

But let’s talk 1879, Weston was in England at the time (for 8 years from 1876). Taking on all challengers in his walking races and trying too set milestones in distant covered. In his debut race, he pulverised the English champion over 24 hours, then thrashed other challengers over 48 hours, 75 hours and six days, and attracted crowds of 200,000 in five weeks. He won a great many races and he lose a few. His greatest individual triumphs was winning the Astley Belt in 1879 at the age of 40, when he walked a record 550 miles in six days. Based on the name and time period I would say he was the one who was beaten by a horse in a footrace.

Weston, though colorful and world-renown in his day, is forgotten in our moment of super sports heroes and enhanced athletic prowess. Weston, the celebrated athlete, like so many who held the world stage, ended his life destitute and trying to make a comeback in his eighties. In his final years, broke and increasingly frail, Weston was supported by a trust fund established by a playwright, Anne Nichols. A week after his 88th birthday he was knocked down by a taxi, and never walked again. When he turned 90 in the spring of 1929, Weston, confined to a wheelchair, described the occasion as his “bitterest” birthday, but expressed the hope that he would walk again, when the weather became warmer.

Edward Payson Weston, the world’s greatest walker, died on 12 May 1929.

Edward Payson Weston Dies At Ripe Old Age of 90 YearsNew York, May 14 (AP)--Edward Payson Weston, famous long distance pedestrian died yesterday. He was 90 years' old.
The man who at the age of 70 walked 3895 miles from New York to San Francisco in 104 days and seven hours spent his last days in a wheelchair. He has been an invalid since being struck by a taxicab two years ago.
Shortly after the taxicab accident he was found wandering about the streets of New York in a daze.
Anne Nichols, author of "Able Irish Rose" established a trust fund for him which yielded an income of $150 a month. With this money Miss Anna O'Hagen, for 21 years his secretary, cared for the aged man in his quarters in Brooklyn.
Weston began his career as a walker while serving as a spy in the Union army in the Civil war. Later his remarkable ability to cover ground enabled him to beat rival reporters when he was on the Staff of the New York Herald. He was a friend of Horace Greeley and was at the deathbed of the famous editor.
His first long walk was at the age of 22 when he trudged from Boston to Washington to attend the inauguration of President Lincoln, covering the 443 miles in 208 hours.
He began his careen as a professional walker in 1867 when he walked from Portland, Me., to Chicago, 1326 miles in 26 days. He took part a great many contests and exhibitions in America and Europe. In 1879 he won the Astley belt in England by covering 550 miles in 141 hours and 44 minutes.

Alas! as to the name of the horse or any bits about the race I have nothing.

Election Day 2010

For Delmar there is a brisk amount of voting going on today. As the campaign workers can also tell you it is brisk outside.

Cordrey had a number of young campaign workers in Blue "Cordrey" Tee shirts out at both polling places in Delmar and they all looked like they were freezing. I didn't see any activity from Vance Phillips campaign workers.

a great trail of campaign signs lead you to the two Delaware polling places in Delmar - Makes Delmar sounds big with two Delaware polling places and a third over in Maryland. I wonder if we have the most polling places per capita in Delaware

Vote Vote Vote - But For Who?

At this time I have not gone out to vote and am trying to decide on who I will vote for in one minor elected position. As I have said before it is a pathetic choice this year. I think the CRIS BARRISH's News Journal article gave everyone an indication of it in this morning's issue;

Two candidates who preached fiscal responsibility -- running for state treasurer and the state House -- were found to have previously failed to pay their own taxes. Two others -- an incumbent representative and a sheriff -- got arrested for drunken driving.

The Republican Party didn't field a candidate for attorney general, but two write-in candidates -- neither of them attorneys and one a convicted felon -- mounted campaigns.

Another treasurer candidate alerted reporters that two women accused him of being physically abusive, including one case where he was charged with assault but acquitted. A House candidate who works for the state Department of Transportation got ticketed by DelDOT for having a campaign sign too close to the road.

A first-term House member who promoted his skills as a small-businessman was sued by his bank for more than $1 million. A state senator seeking re-election got a newly created $60,000-a-year public relations job for a school district that didn't advertise the post beyond its website.

Poor Diogenes he would indeed have a difficult time in Delaware trying to find an honest politician

Monday, November 01, 2010

DNREC Press Release

Weather conditions lead to window strikes of migrating songbirds

DOVER (Nov. 2, 2010) – A significant number of songbirds were silenced last week in Delaware when their southerly migration ran afoul of circumstantial weather conditions that led to their flying into glass windows causing mortal injuries to nearly a dozen species of thrushes and sparrows, common and rare birds alike.

As a cold front moved into the northeastern United States on the night of October 28, conditions were perfect for a mass migration of songbirds throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. After almost a week in which no strong bird migratory movements had been detected across Delmarva, many songbirds seized on the coming cold front to depart ahead of it, leading to a historic fallout of migrants in Delaware. Reports from birders indicate that migrant songbirds, particularly sparrows and thrushes, had descended on Delaware in record numbers as they worked their way south for the upcoming winter. Unfortunately, their epic migration also provided a glimpse into the dangers that many migratory birds face along their journey.

Just after daylight Friday morning, Oct. 29, shopkeepers, residents, and visitors of Rehoboth began noticing a number of dead birds along the boardwalk. Their concern led them to contact the Rehoboth Beach Police Department, which got through to the Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Section. Later, as he identified photos of some of the dead birds as thrushes, Anthony Gonzon, a wildlife biologist with the Division’s Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program, knew immediately that something disturbing had happened in the resort beach town.

For Gonzon, finding one or two dead songbirds almost anywhere would not be surprising, but an initial report of 12-15 birds at a localized site was highly unusual – especially occurring away from large cities where tall buildings and the potential for birds to strike windows would be much more prevalent.

Joined by Sr. Cpl. Tommy Penuel of the Division’s Enforcement Section and officers from the Rehoboth Police Department, Gonzon searched the Rehoboth boardwalk and side streets for dead migrants, eventually turning up 60 dead songbirds representing 11 different species. Counted among them were 20 White-throated Sparrows, 17 Hermit Thrushes, along with uncommon species such as the Lincoln’s and Nelson’s Sparrows.

Nearly all of the birds had injuries consistent with window or building strikes. Others had already been scavenged by cats and other birds, but all were found in proximity to those that had died as a result of collision. Sites along the northern half of the Rehoboth boardwalk resulted in the greatest number of mortalities. Windows along that stretch showed obvious signs of avian impacts, several with dead songbirds having fallen directly below them. While there were likely far more dead birds than searchers found at the time, between boardwalk residents and maintenance workers removing and discarding some birds and scavengers taking others, the actual number of mortalities is difficult to speculate.

All of the events leading to this mortality event might never be truly understood, but Gonzon ironically pegged it in the larger picture to perfect migration weather patterns. “I’d received word from several sources that migration on Thursday night (Oct. 28) would be historic in terms of the sheer number of birds on the move,” he said. “Given that hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of birds were passing by and descending on us very early Friday morning, and with winds blowing out of the north-northwest, birds coming off Cape May and crossing over to Delaware may have been forced a bit further south. This would result in a landfall at or about Rehoboth Beach.”

As exhausted birds reached the Delaware coast during the predawn period, lights and reflections from buildings and glass could disorient them, resulting in strikes. Because birds fly lower over water as they descend upon reaching land, it’s possible that buildings and glass along the boardwalk were directly in their path. Gonzon also noted that ominously perfect conditions aligned for the unfortunate mortality, and that until those conditions coalesce again, Delaware would likely not see an event like this anytime in the near future.

Unfortunately, there are no easy preventatives for birds striking buildings or glass. Because birds often cannot see glass or comprehend the difference between a flyway and a reflection, bird strikes on glass are implicated as one of the most significant causes of mortality for migrants. Mortality estimates from glass strikes range from a conservative 100 million annually to nearly 1 billion. “However, we can do some things to reduce the impacts of this type of mortality,” Gonzon said. “Decreasing the use of building and window lighting during peak migration periods and using bird-safe glass can help to reduce the number of strikes. The use of exterior window treatments such as pull down shades also can reduce or eliminate reflectivity, and prevent birds from striking.”

Wilmington Trust Sellout

As you may have heard Wilmington Trust was forced, under pressure from regulators, to sell to M&T Bank. It sold for $351 million, a 45 percent discount to Friday’s close. Wilmington Trust had suffered losses all this year from the loans (50% of their loans is to the Construction industry and Real estate) they had out. It has been in existence for 107 years and now this group of managing clowns has fucked it up. They must be Political Party appointees as only the government could be worst.

Now I think M&T Bank is one of the worst banking operations going. A complete lack of customer service and poor back office counting. When I worked for Wicomico County at the Detention Center, the Detention Center had an account with them. I use to always be in an argument with them about one thing or another. We referred to them as Mike and Tom's Bank (okay the M&T Bank is really Manufacturers and Traders Bank).

Since I deal with Wilmington Trust I am very disappointed with this sale. I am not sure what "local" bank is left in the area to go to. Delaware National merged with a Pennsylvania Bank recently. Bank of Delmarva could care less about Delmar. Bay National in Salisbury was taken over and now calls itself Bay Bank. What's left? Maybe County Bank in Laurel.

McCormick Recipe Inspirations

I don't know if you have noticed that McCormick has theses little bubble packs pre-measure spices and recipe card called Recipe Inspirations. I decided to give one a try and made Chicken Tikka Masala tonight. Now I won't say it compares to having that dish in an Indian restaurant but it was was a nice change from our usual Eastern Shore fare. About the only spice we would be missing if we didn't buy the McCormick pack would be Garam Masala, but still this little card has all spices pre-measured, individually, which is nice as if you are comfortable doing it you can increase the amount of one spice or decrease another, since unlike most of McCormick packaging, it is not in a premixed envelope of all the spices combined. Well that was a long sentence and I am sure grammatically incorrect. Anyway it is a $1.44 at the North Walmart and there are several different creations.

For Better Or Worst - Return Day 2010

Yes this Thursday is Return Day in Georgetown Delaware. Let's hope Biden is elsewhere so there isn't so much security this year. Although the date of the first RETURN DAY in Georgetown is uncertain, it could have been as early as 1792. The State Law in 1791 removing the County seat from Lewes along the Coast to the a more geographically centered site, later named Georgetown, required all votes to be cast in the new County Seat on election day. The same voters would "return" two days later to hear the results - hence the name RETURN DAY.

There are several event traditions during the day. There's the burial of the "Tomahawk," by the party chairmen, and a free ox roast sandwich for anyone willing to wait in the line. There are craft and food vendors throughout the center of town. And- of course- a parade stepping off at 1:30pm.

If you plan to drive, keep in mind the street closures. There is a park and ride at Del Tech.

The parade route -
Starting at Sussex Central Middle School, West Market Street to South side of The Circle, turning on East Market to South King Street, turning on East Pine Street, back to the school.

First Library of Congress Building

On November 1, 1897, the first Library of Congress building opened its doors to the public. Previously, the Library had been housed in the Congressional Reading Room in the U.S. Capitol

Susan B. Persists

On November 1, 1872, Susan B. Anthony and her three sisters entered a barbershop in Rochester, New York to attempt to register to vote citing the Fourteenth Amendment as her constitutional protection to do so. After much debate, the election inspectors allowed the ladies to register. Fourteen Rochester women registered that day. Four days later, Anthony casted a ballot in the Presidential election of 1872 between Ulysses S. Grant and Horace Greeley. Anthony is said to have voted for Grant.

Vote Tomorrow

Each year there is a more pathetic ass group of candidates running for office than the previous year. I find it hard to believe but it is true. Even I am disgusted with the group we have this year. Not a leader or an adult in the group and they all whine like babies while kissing ass trying to say they are more politically correct than the other one. Never-the-less tomorrow, short of revolution, you have to pick between one of them. Might as well flip a coin in the air and decide as they all promise the same thing - lower taxes - lower debt - less government blah blah blah - none of them are going to deliver on their promises you know that. Even if they can't do their part - do your part as an American and VOTE.

Company Tells Employee Who To Vote For

“If the right people are elected we will be able to continue with raises and benefits at or above our present levels,” the insert said. “If others are elected we will not.”

Taking a page from the Democratic party voting tactics, A handful of McDonald’s employees in northeastern Ohio received handbills in their most recent paychecks suggesting they vote for three Republican candidates.

The fast food chain’s corporate headquarters in Oak Brook, Ill., quickly condemned the action by Canton franchisee Paul Siegfried, saying it violated company policy. Allen Schulman, an attorney representing one of the employees, said Friday he had forwarded the paycheck insert to Canton’s city law director, citing an Ohio law against corporate advocacy in elections.

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Juliette Gordon Low

I am a day late in mentioning Juliette Gordon Low was born yesterday October 31st in 1860. For those with daughters who have been in the Girl Scouts you will immediately recognize Juliette Gordon Low as being the founder of American Girl scouting, those without daughters it may just find it a side note.

At a recent Birthday/Halloween party these old old old girl scout leaders got together.

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