Saturday, November 13, 2010

Outcome of the G20 Conference

I have been looking for some positive outcome for America from the G20 Conference in Seoul, Korea last week. Frankly I have found none. As you know the G20 is made up of the finance ministers and central bank governors of 19 countries: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Republic of Korea, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States of America and the European Union, who is represented by the rotating Council presidency and the European Central Bank, is the 20th member of the G-20. I tend to view it as part of the one world government. The G-20 is a forum for international economic development and discussion between industrial and emerging-market countries on key issues related to global economic stability. The next one will be held in France in June.

I think the President of the United States is viewed as a lame duck President and that is one reason why the other countries paid less attention to his ideals at this meeting. In addition just prior to the meetings the Federal Reserve announced it was going to pump $600 billion in new money (printing more with nothing to back it up) into the economy. The other countries saw this as a move to devalue the dollar to make American products cheaper, which will help other countries to buy American made goods (not sure what we make that they will buy) and decrease the trade deficient. Obama says he is trying to stimulate US economic growth by giving us less buying power with our money, however this very thing he is doing is what he said China was doing and he wanted it stopped. The expression two faced come to mind. A very damning article is in the French paper La Monde that points a number of views the world has of America.

In addition China this year became the No. 2 world economy (behind the US), and Germany’s unemployment rate is already several notches below the US’s 9.6 percent (if you believe that number) and German exports have boomed. As usual we owe Japan a great deal in trade deficient. All of them figure the United States needs to take lessons from them instead of telling them what to do. They no longer view us as an 800 pound gorilla that can pursue its own purposes without the slightest regard to the needs or desires of others, social conventions, or even the rule of law, but instead they view us as an 800 pound overweight child that can't control it's consumption behavior nor stay within it's budget.

Maybe Obama should consider this;
“Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?”
Matthew 7:3 (NIV)

I don't see it getting better by June when the next meeting is held.

So Who Can You Trust


DSP News Release: State Police Probe Unlawful Sexual Contact Incidents at Christiana Hospital
Location: Christiana Hospital 4755 Ogletown-Stanton Road Newark, DE 19718
Date of Occurrences: October 29, 2010 to November 11, 2010
Victims: 3 Female patients
Suspect: Dark skinned male, 5′07′-5′10″, 150-170lbs, average build, black hair, brown eyes, wearing t-shirt, blue jeans, and white lab coat.

Newark- The Delaware State Police are investigating the reports of three separate incidents of Unlawful Sexual Contact that occurred at the Christiana Hospital, 4755 Ogletown-Stanton Road, Newark, between the dates of October 29, 2010 thru November 11, 2010.

All of the victims were female patients that were admitted to Christiana Hospital.
The incidents occurred when a male suspect, described as a dark skinned male,
5′07″-5′10″, 150-170lbs, average build, black hair, brown eyes, wearing t-shirt and blue jeans, and a White Lab Coat, entered the victims’ rooms, posing as a doctor.

The suspect then performed a physical exam on the patients, where he improperly touched and fondled the victims and then exited the room. The incidents were reported to Christiana Hospital Staff and the Delaware State Police were notified on Friday, November 12, 2010 and are investigating.

Christiana Care Health System is fully and actively cooperating with, and assisting the Delaware State Police with the investigation. Christiana Health Care system is also conducting its own thorough internal investigation, has heightened security and surveillance, and is reviewing recent ID card-reader activity and surveillance videos. All staff has also been reminded to follow all safety-first guidelines including the proper display of employee identification badges at all times.

Detectives are asking anyone with any information in reference to this incident or
believe that they may have been victimized in similar incidents to contact Troop 2 at 302-834-2630 ext. 205. They may also submit tips through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or online at

Brainwaves Computer Service Facebook page

I see where Brainwaves Computer Service has added a Facebook page. Brainwaves is the main computer service I use and normally have had good results with them. They clean up those problems I seem to download from web pages I shouldn't be in and not sure how I got into them.

Did you realize that Tim Berners-Lee proposed the world wide web yesterday 20 years ago? A reader sent me that bit of information and no Al Gore, the Democrat, did not invent the internet. Can't imagine doing without the World Wide Web.

The Barn In Delmar

The Barn in Delmar Maryland is open again. For a while it was closed. I stopped in the other day and it is carrying pretty much the same stuff as before it closed, by that I mean Candles, furniture, rugs, country decor items. Christmas is coming you might as well stop in and take a look see.

The upstairs seem to be consignment booths with the usual array of items you would expect, again generally country decor and seasonal items.

There were some interesting wreaths by Myrna Wright Enlow.

I have noticed this in a number of country decor stores from the "Country Store" in Salisbury, to the "Barn", and everywhere; that is this craze for hand painted country or primitive wood signs, with messages, sayings and quotes on them. Now I find them interesting to look at but I don't see them being part of my house. I also don't see neon beer signs being part of it. I think signs are like lawn ornaments one might be okay but it is something you can get carried away with and it ends up really looking tacky, but hell what do I know after all I have a bottle tree in my yard.

Prince George's County Executive Jack Johnson and his wife were arrested

Maryland Prince George's County Executive Jack Johnson and his wife, Leslie, were arrested Friday morning on destruction of records and evidence tampering charges.

Johnson, 61, a Democrat, has been the county executive since 2002. He was the county's state's attorney for eight years before becoming the county's chief executive. Leslie Johnson was elected earlier this month as a Democrat to a seat on the County Council but has not yet been sworn in.

Now it isn't unusual for the western shore politicians to be involved in money or drugs problems. Look at Mayor Barry and the mayor of Baltimore. The interesting thing about this story is Leslie Johnson tried to stuff $79,600 into her bra to hide it before the FBI arrested her.

Transcription of phone conversation;
But what about the cash? she asked - $79,600.

Put it in your underwear, the county executive told his wife.

She replied, "I have it in my bra" - which is where agents discovered the money after she answered the door.

Per the Washington Post's calculation, a 79 grand with all $100 bills will be six inches long, 2.6 inches wide and a little more than 3 1/4 inches thick.

OK so what kind of chest does this woman have that she thinks she can stash 796 $100 dollar bills into her bra and not be noticed?

She is the one in green. Jack Johnson is on the right

I think it would be obvious she had something more than flesh in the bra.

Friday, November 12, 2010

It's a "Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah" day

Today in 1946 the movie "Song of the South" was released in Atlanta GA and shown at the Fox theatre. Now "Song of the South" is one of those casualties of political correctness. The Walt Disney film is based on the Uncle Remus cycle of stories (Uncle Remus: His Songs and His Sayings) by Joel Chandler Harris and used a mix of live actors and animation. Naturally I am old enough, I saw it when it first came out and hit the theatres in Salisbury and I had a VHS tape of it before "the Fire". The politically Correct people are concerned that that the film showed colored people below the Mason-Dixon line as a group of cheerful folks who liked nothing better than going fishing, spinning tall tales and looking after white folks' kids. Given this was set in a period after the civil war, what do those people expect? Besides with the exception of looking after kids what is better than going fishing and spinning tall tales? If it took place today Uncle Remus would be a blogger. God save me from the politically correct and the wishy washy people we have in this world. Get over it people and enjoy the movie - you know you can't hear "Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah" with out singing it out loud or in your head.

Amy Grossberg and Brian Peterson Kills Child

Today in 1996 Amy Grossberg and Brian Peterson, New Jersey teenagers, dumped their new born child in a dumpster at a Comfort Inn in Newark, Delaware. The child died. The two were brought to court, charged with manslaughter and released on bail and allowed to return to New Jersey, thanks to Charles Monroe Oberly, III. I always found that to be so unbelievable that they were allowed to leave the state while on charges of man slaughter. Each, eventually, received an 8-year prison sentence, based on a plea agreement and being guilty to manslaughter. Amy Grossberg spent two-and-half years in prison. Brian Peterson spent two.

Brian Peterson left prison, married a Jersey girl and fled 1,200 miles away in Florida. With a degree from Montclair State University, he works in his stepfather's thriving video business.

Amy Grossberg served her time, still lives with her parents, and opened a business in Hackensack, custom-making greeting cards, including announcements for other people's babies.

Amy Grossberg and Brian Peterson's infant son was buried on March 14, 1997, at Temple B'nai Abraham Memorial Park in Union, N.J. Amy, her parents and the undertaker were the only people in attendance at the ceremony.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

New Mayor and Council At The Helm

On November 1st the new Delmar, Delaware Mayor and Council people were sworn in. I had really wanted to attend this event as this is one of the times, as a blogger, you can act nice and watch an event in which people are proud to take part in. Due to my confused and aging mind I thought it was on November 8th and missed the swearing event. Frustrating, but thankfully someone sent me some pictures of that evening so I am able to share them with you.

These events usually follow the same pattern so I am guessing previous Mayor John Outten is thanking the council and saying farewell in this photo.

Council person Mary Lee Pase, Vice Mayor Mike Houlihan and Mayor John Outten

Ed Ferro swearing in Mike Houlihan as Mayor of Delmar, Delaware.

Mayor Houlihan swearing in Vice Mayor Mary Lee Pase

Mayor Houlihan swearing in Councilman Gregory Smith

Town Manager Sara Bynum King, Councilman Gregory Smith, Councilman Glen "Woody" Payne, Vice Mayor Mary Lee Pase, Mayor Mike Houlihan. Missing is Councilman Robert Thompson

I congratulate the New Mayor and Council members for stepping up to the plate and assuming responsibility for the many who just stay home and complain. Good Luck.

The 1992 - 1993 Lil Red Hen Nursery School Enrollment

I came upon this Lil Red Hen Nursery School Enrollment for 1992 - 1993 year. Now both of my children went to Lil Red Hen and the day care that was there before it (name escapes me) so Jane Bonsell must have opened it about 1985 or 1986. We were pleased with what they were taught there. This group that is on the list were born between 1987 to 1992 so some should still be graduating this year and the rest I assume are making their way in the world or still living off their parents.

Two Chicks Country Christmas

Veteran Benefits

Laurel Terrorist Emergency Plan - Cover the bridge

A few days ago it was thought that a missile had been launched in southern California. The town of Laurel immediately went into their terrorist emergency plan and covered the main bridge in Laurel with camouflage tarps.

Altho the missile was later determined by our government to be a contrail from an aircraft the town of Laurel has decided to continue to shroud their bridge. Just in Case our government is wrong.

It is almost invisible and I just about bumped into it before I realized it was there.

Good Job Laurel!!!

Veteran's Day - 2010




On Veterans Day, we come together to pay tribute to the men and women who have worn the uniform of the United States Armed Forces. Americans across this land commemorate the patriots who have risked their lives to preserve the liberty of our Nation, the families who support them, and the heroes no longer with us. It is not our weapons or our technology that make us the most advanced military in the world; it is the unparalleled spirit, skill, and devotion of our troops. As we honor our veterans with ceremonies on this day, let our actions strengthen the bond between a Nation and her warriors.

In an unbroken line of valor stretching across more than two centuries, our veterans have charged into harm’s way, sometimes making the ultimate sacrifice, to protect the freedoms that have blessed America. Whether Active Duty, Reserve, or National Guard, they are our Nation’s finest citizens, and they have shown the heights to which Americans can rise when asked and inspired to do so. Our courageous troops in Iraq, Afghanistan, and around the globe have earned their place alongside previous generations of great Americans, serving selflessly, tour after tour, in conflicts spanning nearly a decade.

Long after leaving the uniform behind, many veterans continue to serve our country as public servants and mentors, parents and community leaders. They have added proud chapters to the story of America, not only on the battlefield, but also in communities from coast to coast. They have built and shaped our Nation, and it is our solemn promise to support our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen as they return to their homes and families.

America’s sons and daughters have not watched over her shores or her citizens for public recognition, fanfare, or parades. They have preserved our way of life with unwavering patriotism and quiet courage, and ours is a debt of honor to care for them and their families. These obligations do not end after their time of service, and we must fulfill our sacred trust to care for our veterans after they retire their uniforms.

As a grateful Nation, we are humbled by the sacrifices rendered by our service members and their families out of the deepest sense of service and love of country. On Veterans Day, let us remember our solemn obligations to our veterans, and recommit to upholding the enduring principles that our country lives for, and that our fellow citizens have fought and died for.

With respect for and in recognition of the contributions our service men and women have made to the cause of peace and freedom around the world, the Congress has provided (5 U.S.C. 6103(a)) that November 11 of each year shall be set aside as a legal public holiday to honor our Nation’s veterans.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim November 11, 2010, as Veterans Day. I encourage all Americans to recognize the valor and sacrifice of our veterans through appropriate public ceremonies and private prayers. I call upon Federal, State, and local officials to display the flag of the United States and to participate in patriotic activities in their communities. I call on all Americans, including civic and fraternal organizations, places of worship, schools, and communities to support this day with commemorative expressions and programs.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this fifth day of November, in the year of our Lord two thousand ten, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-fifth.


SEOUL Korea- President Obama marked Veterans Day on Thursday at a U.S. military base outside this capital, where he warned North Korea that the United States "will never waver in our commitment to the security of the Republic of Korea."

First Lady Michelle Obama surprised a group of U.S. servicemen and women based in Germany on Thursday, jumping in to serve them steaks at a special Veterans Day meal.

"I think there is one higher office than president and I would call that patriot."
Gary Hart

In Delmar Veteran's Day is a holiday at the school (Which day isn't) so the planned Veteran's day ceremony will be on November 12th at 10:00. By law, Veterans Day is set aside to honor our nation's military veterans both living and dead, who served in time of war. This year's guest speaker is Major Gen. John M Custer who is currently in command of the United States Army Intelligence Center and Fort Huachuca. He graduated from Woodbridge High as part of the first graduating class from that school and is the brother of Delmar Middle School's own Dan Custer Special Ed Teacher in the Middle School.

They are looking for Delmar Alumni that were killed in action in World War I and II. We would like to honor their families at the ceremony. We are also going to honoring the women of these two wars as well. The public is invited.

If you have any questions please contact either Faith Melvin ( or Tommy Nichols (

As I recall ex-military and present military can get a free meal at Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill and Bar and Golden Corral. Over at Outback Steakhouse a free Blooming Onion and beverage. At Subway a Free six inch sub today if you were or are in the military.

Some Band and Chorus Concert Dates

It never to early to mention the Band and Chorus Winter Concert dates;

December 2(Th) Middle School Chorus Concert 7:00 p.m.

December 6 (M) Middle School Band Concert 7:00 p.m.

December 9 (Th) High School Band Concert 7:00p.m.

December 16 (Th) High School Chorus Concert 7:00p.m.

Another Accountant Gone Wrong

DSP News Release: Church Accountant Charged in Embezzlement Investigation
Location: 129 W. 4th Street Lewes, Delaware
DATE and TIME: December 13, 2007 thru July 26, 2010
Victim(s): Bethel United Methodist Church Lewes, Delaware
Defendant(s): John M. Duckworth-56 Milton, Delaware
Charge(s) Bond Information:
• 9 counts Theft by False Pretense Over $1,500
• 11 counts Theft by False Pretense Under $1,500
• Released $14,500 unsecured bond

Lewes-Delaware State Police Tuesday November 9, 2010 arrested John M. Duckworth-56 of Milton Delaware on 20 charges related to theft from a Church fund.

Delaware State Police was contacted by the Bethel United Methodist Church located in Lewes Delaware concerning large sums of money missing from the Church bank account. Delaware State Police learned that John M. Duckworth who has been an employee of the Church as an accountant was responsible for bookkeeping and accounting duties.

Duckworth who also owns his own private accounting company is alleged to have written out checks to himself which belong to the Bethel United Methodist Church from December of 2007 through July of this year 2010 Delaware State Police were able to trace 20 checks written out by Duckworth to himself amounting to over $32,000. Duckworth who is paid a fee for his bookkeeping and accounting services wrote out checks for $699.00 up to $2,400.

Duckworth was charged Tuesday November 9, 2010 with 20 counts of theft and then released on $14,500.00 unsecured bond.

Because Duckworth owns his own Accounting business Delaware State Police believe there could be additional victims. If anyone believes they have been a victim of John Duckworth’s accounting practice, the victims are urged to contact Delaware State Police Troop 4 Fraud Unit Georgetown Delaware. Please call ahead of time to make an appointment with a Fraud Investigator. Callers may remain anonymous. Tips may also be forwarded to law enforcement through tip lines maintained by Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or on line at

Salisbury-Ocean City-Wicomico Regional Airport (SBY) Opens In 1943

In October 1940, the Civil Aeronautics Administration decided an airport in the Salisbury area should be part of the national defense plan. On November 25, 1941 seven farms containing 695 acres were purchased (for $41,452) near Mt. Hermon Road.

Following a basic design of three 5,000 feet concrete runways, round the clock construction begin. Due to the war time labor shortage of men really good wages were paid and lots of overtime was available.

A lot of people were required as seen in the above ad from B. Perini and Sons. As usual the construction contract did not go to a local company.

E. Clarke Gardner, director of Salisbury public works and Work Project Administration (WPA) labor cleared the land and paved the runways in 51 weeks, at a cost of $1,500,000.

On November 11th, Thursday, 1943, Armistice day at about 2:30 PM the dedication of the Salisbury-Wicomico county airport took place.

Salisbury stores closed for the occasion.

Before a crowd of 6,000 on a very cold, wind swept, snowy day at the airport the "Dawn of a new age" was announced by the politicians. Winters back in the 1940's were much like the winter we had last year. Cold weather started in September and snow was on the ground by November. A number of airports on the East Coast were closed due to the snow so many of planes scheduled to fly in for the opening ceremonies didn't make it. The politicians from the western shore that did make it were forced to spend the night in Salisbury due to the weather. The high winds and failure of the public address system prevented many from hearing the speeches. Today that may be considered a blessing but in the 1940s Politicians were still respected and feared. The Navy group of commanders came in a B-26 Martin Marauder and it was commented on that the B-26 used only a third of a mile of runway to land and take off. It was pointed that the Salisbury-Wicomico airport was one of 865 completed in 1943.

On May 15, 1944 the city and county signed a lease with the navy for one dollar for the airport to become the Salisbury Naval Auxiliary Air Station.

After the war, on November 15, 1945 the airport reverted back to civilian use.

In 1946 Chesapeake Airways (as shown in the above postcard) started operations at the Salisbury Airport. The officers and Directors were; Fred P. Adkins president, Charles D. Briddell and Enos Valliant vice presidents, Stanley Robins secretary, Ralph Grier treasurer, John Downing, Ralph Dulany, Avery Hall, Edgar Bennett and George Radcliffe, officers. It sounded like a who-who of the 1940s and 1950's in the Salisbury area. On April 4, 1946 the first Chesapeake planes arrived, with appropriate politicians giving speeches and taking credit. Mostly their planes were C-47’s and DC-3’s. They handled 25,000 passengers in the first 18 months. At $6.50 for passenger fare from Salisbury to Baltimore the airlines couldn't make it and stumbled on until 1949 and folded. Chesapeake Airways does still exist but as a part supplier.

Even my mother made me stand under a wing of a Chesapeake Airways plane for my photo to be taken.

Followed by several other short lived local airlines it was not until Mr. Richard Henson moved his commuter service to Salisbury in 1968 as Henson Airlines that the airport found some stability.

In 1992 U.S. Airways purchased Henson Airlines and made it a part of its U.S. Airways Express system. The name was changed to Piedmont Airlines and the Salisbury operation grew to over 800 employees, as it became the maintenance center for U.S. Airways Express commuter aircraft.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Delmar Varsity Hockey Girls Playoff Game

Delmar Varsity Hockey Girls has their first playoff game @ 2:30pm at home against Hodgson. GO LADY WILDCATS!

Comments on Chesapeake Waste

The Blog, Up A Creek In Lower Slower Delaware, has a few comments on Chesapeake Waste. Are they the same ones the town of Delmar has?

The Cave Dwellings blog is traveling again.

The family that produce the blog "Cave Dwellings" (on the side bar) are on the move, traveling again. After a summer at home they have taken the RV out again and are on the road traveling for the winter. Great Blog, interesting places they visit.

Tax and Spend Continues

From WGMD;
Senator Tom Carper is one of the senators who wants the gas tax to be raised to replenish the Highway Trust Fund and improve the nation’s infrastructure. Carper and Senator Voinovich also say it will create more than 750-thousand jobs. They suggest that the taxes be increased by one cent per month for 25 months—a total of 25 cents over a three-year period

next election remember this quote;
Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently. — Henry Ford

Tuesday, November 09, 2010


Well you knew it would happen. Airport scanner operators in Nigeria are using the 3D full-body scanners to check out female passengers for fun. It has a word; E-Stripping.

Check out the story at the online newspaper, All Africa

And you know it goes on here in the US.

Somewhere out there I am sure there is a porno site with 3 D body Images.

'Louie Louie'

Today in 1963 The enigmatic 'Louie Louie' was released by the Kingsmen

Today Is National Scrapple Day

Yes, Finally the day has arrived. It is National Scrapple Day. Let's hear it for RAPA.

Sussex County Press Release

Sussex County to host 27th annual Caroling on The Circle event Dec. 6

Georgetown, Del., Nov. 8, 2010: With a song on their hearts, hundreds of Sussex Countians will carol for a cause this holiday season to put food on the table for the less fortunate in our community.

Sussex County Council next month will host the 27th annual Caroling on The Circle, to be held at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 6, in downtown Georgetown. Each year, the community singing event doubles as a food drive for the hungry and needy of Sussex County, drawing hundreds of residents – along with the support of area schools, businesses and civic organizations – who join to sing Christmas carols and collect canned goods for area pantries, churches and food banks.

In 2009, Caroling collected more than 23,000 items for nearly a dozen organizations. Sussex County is aiming to collect as many, if not more, items for the 2010 holiday season.

County Administrator David B. Baker said so many people look forward to Caroling on The Circle each year because it literally represents an entire community coming together for one cause.

“Caroling on The Circle brings out the best in our community. It’s neighbor helping neighbor and friends and strangers coming together to share in the holiday season,” Mr. Baker said. “If the down economy the past couple of years has shown us anything, it’s that now more than ever we need opportunities like this to join together, to share our joys and to do something positive for others who are in need.”

As always, the historic Sussex County Courthouse and picturesque Circle will serve as the stage for an evening of traditional and Spanish carols, as well as a visit from Santa Claus. Local singing artists Ed Shockley and Kevin Short will lead a special performance of The Reminders. Joining them to perform will be the Sussex Central Middle School choir and the El Centro Cultural group.

Following the festivities, free cookies and hot chocolate will be available for all to enjoy at the Georgetown Fire Company, one block south of The Circle.

The event is free to attend. Participants are asked simply to bring canned goods and other non-perishable food items for donation. Beginning Monday, Nov. 8, anyone who cannot attend this year’s Caroling event but who still wishes to contribute can drop off food items from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at the County Administrative Offices building, next to the courthouse, in Georgetown.

Caroling on The Circle will be held regardless of weather. In the event of rain or snow, it will be moved inside the fire hall on South Bedford Street. For more information, call (302) 855-7700.

Monday, November 08, 2010

173rd Airborne

Today in 1965 – The 173rd Airborne is ambushed by over 1,200 Viet Cong in Operation Hump during the Vietnam War. Forty-eight Americans, two Australians and over 400 VC die. Severely wounded, and risking his own life, Lawrence Joel, a medic, was the first living black man since the Spanish American war to receive the United States Medal of Honor, for saving so many lives in the midst of battle that day.

The Dover Whipping Post

Over at Shores of Delmarva there is a good picture of the Whipping Post in Dover being used. I assume it is sheriff with the whip as usually in Delaware he did it. He doesn't seem to be putting much effort in to it, so maybe it was just a posed picture.

Antiques and Collectable Road Show

The LDGS Symposium

Last Saturday I attended the Lower Delmarva Genealogical Society (LDGS) Symposium at the Holiday Inn in Salisbury. It was interesting and they served a great lunch (good Brownies) no scrapple sandwiches however.

Several libraries pointed out the resources they had available.

John Lyon and Mike Hitch gave a presentation called "Sussex Recovery." As you know Sussex County has been claimed by several different countries and states. When you live in Paradise they all want a piece of it. This has created issues with land ownership and clear titles to deeds however. The biggest problem is where the records are store which prior to the Revolutionary war they were stored in Maryland or Pennsylvania. The records today are treated as orphans in those two states archives. Delaware does very little to try and bring the records back to Delaware. John Lyons and Mike Hitch have researched land grants, patents, surveys, and deeds in those states extensively and constructed a map of original land patents, recovering that information.

They were nice enough to point out to me that Delmar Delaware and Delmar Maryland were made up of original land tracts called; Watermelon, Freeneys Design, Poor Choice, Reeds Folly, Jericho, Poverty, Bush Ridge, Freeneys Hard Fate, Parker's Mistake and Davises Discovery. With those names you can only go up.

Ray Thompson talked about the immigrants to Virginia and Edward Wrights talked about finding Military records for members who were in the Revolutionary War and War of 1812.

Moody K. Miles talked about land and genealogy on Saxis Island, Virginia, which was interesting. He pointed out on Saxis they use Chicken Wire on their porches to keep the small mosquitoes out.

A good selection of vendors -libraries, history center, and book publishers were there to show their wares and to sell. One was Elaine Patterson, who has Arcadia Enterprises. She lives in Delmar and has her business in Delmar.

Delmar Water Treatment Plant - 1997

Today in 1997 Delmar Broke ground on the "new" Water Treatment Plant on York Street.

Delmar Street Cuts

If you notice in Delmar, there is Utility work going on Bi-State Boulevard. There has been a few street cuts and that new sidewalk installed a year or so ago is being cut. If it was not so absurd it would be funny. A street is paved, a sidewalk is put in and within a year it has utility patches all over it. I won't even talk about a ride down south RT 13 in North Salisbury with all those street cuts.

Now a utility has to get their pipe or underground lines in, it is just part of the business. The question is how much should their business interfere with normal day to day activities - converted to a financial item.

In Delmar an application fee of $500 for each street cut is required. The fee is the same for a 4'X6' cut or a 6' by 25' cut across a street. The fee covers the cost of an inspection of the cut as it is made and after the utility back filled and re-paved, a second inspection.

I tend to think the $500 should be the minimum and after a street cut of so many square feet the fee should increase per square foot. The current $500 (this is a recent increase, the fee use to be about $10) would be good for 25 square feet (about $20 a square foot) and for cuts over that then the $500 application fee plus $5 a square foot sounds reasonable to me.

The Frog Festival

Should you be in Rayne, Louisiana this week the Frog Festival begins.

The Frog Festival is a celebration of Rayne's heritage as the single largest worldwide shipper of frog legs throughout most of the 20th century. Music, arts & crafts, frog jumping & racing contests, parade, bullfrogs in costume

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

6:00pm Miller Spectacular Shows Fairgrounds

Thursday, November 11, 2010—Sneak Peak Night!

5:00pm Miller Spectacular Shows Fairgrounds Armband Special

7:30pm Geno Delafose & French Rockin' Boogie Main Stage

9:30pm Jamie Bergeron & The Kickin' Cajuns Main Stage

Friday, November 12, 2010

6:00pm Opening Ceremony Main Stage

6:00-11:00pm Miller Spectacular Shows Fairgrounds

7:00-8:00pm Jackie Callier/Ivy Dugas & Cajun Cousins Main Stage

8:30-10:00pm The Backwood Boyz Main Stage

10:30-12:00mid John Conlee Main Stage

Saturday, November 13, 2010

9:00am All Vendor Booths open Fairgrounds

9:00am Poker Run Fairgrounds

9:00am Diaper Derby Mid Stage

9:30am Project Dance Performance Team Pavilion

Judice Middle School Unicycle Team

10:00am-5:00pm Arts & Crafts Show Rayne Civic Center

10:00am Mr. & Miss Tadpole Introductions Mid Stage

Sponsor: Rayne Jaycees

Frog Festival Royalty Presentations

Local Royalty Presentations

10:15am International Rice Festival Dance Troup

10:30am Frog Derby Queen’s Contest Mid Stage

Sponsor: Rayne Lions Club

11:00am Miller Spectacular Shows Fairgrounds

11:00am Frog Festival Golf Tournament Cajun Pines

Sponsor: Cajun Pines Golf Club, Branch, LA

12:00n-2:00pm Frog Racing & Jumping Contest Mid Stage

Sponsor: Rayne Jaycees & Rayne Acadian Tribune

Register & rent a frog at Rayne Jaycees Booth

3:00pm Grand Parade Main Street

4:30-6:00pm Drew Zaunbrecher Main Stage

6:30-8:00pm ssfyre Main Stage

8:30-10:00pm Chubby Carrier & The Bayou Swamp Band Main Stage

10:30-12:00mid Bucky Covington main Stage
Nashville Recording Artist & American Idol Finalist

12:00mid Festival Closes

Sunday, November 14, 2010—Family Day-Carnival

10:00am-5:00pm Arts & Crafts Show Rayne Civic Center

11:00am-4:00pm Miller Spectacular Shows


Children: (12 yrs of age & under) Thursday Free , Friday/Saturday $1

Adults: Thursday $5, Friday $10, Saturday until 3pm $5, 3pm until $10

Music Education in Public Schools

Here is an interesting post on Music Education in Public Schools by Maria Rainier.
As education funding decreases, one of the first programs to be scrapped in schools across the nation is that of music. And to justify that, we often think to ourselves that music must not have the same caliber of student benefits as math, science, English, and other “core” subjects. It’s the easiest way to view the problem, but unfortunately, it’s just not accurate. Music instruction has unbounded benefits for students, and depriving them of the opportunity to participate in a school music program could stunt their social, academic, and personal growth. The following are just some of the most important benefits enjoyed by students who receive music instruction-- irrefutable evidence that music programs in our public schools are a necessity, not a luxury..... read more.


DHAS Meeting

The Delmar Historical and Arts Society will hold it's monthly meeting November 11th at the District office at the High School at 7 PM. The public is welcome to attend.

Double Mills meeting

The next Double Mills meeting will be Tues. Nov. 23, 7 pm, at the Lodge Hall on Brattan St. in Mardela. Anyone interested in restoring the Double Mills grist mill is invited and encouraged to attend.

Sunday, November 07, 2010

Bird Dog & The Road Kings - Nov 13th

Prime Rib Dinner & Dance
"Bird Dog & The Road Kings"
Tickets $25 each <> 8 seat tables available
Cash Bar <> Doors open at 6:30 Dinner at 7:00
Come out for great Food and Entertainment
Located at the all new Community Center
next to The Pocomoke City Vol. Fire Co.
1410 Market St.
Info and tickets 410-430-4379