Saturday, December 11, 2010

The LeCates Building When It Was Occupied

about 1910, if you notice in the middle of State Street is a turn stile for a traffic regulation device

House Tour Blogs

A blog I sometime look at is call "Hooked on Houses" and one of their posts is Hooked On Holiday House Tours. Now the post on the blog is nice for Christmas Decorating ideas but at the bottom of the post is a large number links to other Christmas decorating posts for houses on house tours or just your own personal Christmas decorating idea. Now the vast majority use Chinese made Christmas decorations - are there any other kind? A few however are those who search thrift stores and create interesting and imaginative Christmas trinkets. It is worth the look if you still have not finished decorating.

It Is The Season To Help Yourself

DSP News Release: Real Estate Agent Embezzles from Company Location: 703 Chestnut Street (Sunrise Real Estate) Milton, DE
DATE and TIME: June 2005 thru April 2010
Victim(s): Sunrise Real Estate
Defendant(s): Donna M. Johnson-60 Milton, DE
Charge(s) and Bond Information:
• Theft Where the Property Value is > $50,000 but < $100,000
• 13 counts Theft $1,500.00 or Greater
• 5 counts Theft Under $1,500
• Released on $116,250 secured bond

Milton-Delaware State Police Thursday December 9, 2010 arrested a Milton woman following an investigation into theft from the Sunrise Real Estate company located on Chestnut Street Milton Delaware.

Delaware State Police arrested Donna M. Johnson-60 of Milton Delaware for writing over $285,000 in checks to herself and husband over the last five years dating back to June of 2005.

Johnson a real estate agent worked within the Sunrise Real Estate Office and wrote unauthorized checks, took cash and made unauthorized debit withdrawals from the business account.

Johnson was charged yesterday with 19 counts of theft and released on $116,250 unsecured bond.

The 2010 Delmar Christmas Parade

The Delmar Christmas Parade was on schedule today and it was super! For those that missed it you can look at the photos but the photos are but a small number of the parade participants. With all the participants it still was only about 45 minutes long which is just long enough, none of that three hours Salisbury Parade stuff where is your body is frozen and your brain is numb after watching it.

Since the Maryland/Delaware state line runs down the center of State Street, the unique thing about a Delmar Parade is when a parade participating unit marches down State Street, half the marching units are marching in Maryland and the other half are marching in Delaware.

Now I have to enter my Grinch mode and mention some of the things I didn't like that went on in the parade.

First when the United States Flag is passing by you remove your hat and salute it. I tend to go with my own flag etiquette of only saluting the flag carried by the honor guard. Other US Flags in the parade I usually do not salute unless it is carried by a military unit.

Second if you have horse riders participating in the parade and small children sitting on the curb you do not allow car club participants to squeal their wheels and gun their engines and you don't have the fire trucks sound their whistles and alarms. It obviously will scared the horses which will create problems for by standers and an uncontrolled car burning rubber can kill someone.

as usual click on the photo to enlarge it.

The Delmar Christmas Parade at 2 PM Today

With 3 bands this year and over 40 entries this year's parade should be entertaining. Again it is at 2 PM. Dress for the weather, maybe bring a folding chair and a blanket.

The Holiday House Tour - 2010

I declare the Delmar Historical and Arts Society Holiday House tour a success. A big thanks to the gracious homeowners who opened their house to visitors this year. Also, a big thanks to Faith Krebs and Denise Cugler who organized the event.

I cannot gave a fair review of the home tour as I was a greeter in the Joy Fothergill's house and did not take the tour. Joy’s house is a well decorated bungalow built in the 1920’s by the Workman family. The homes in Delmar rarely are older than the early 1900’s due to the fires the town have had.

Those houses on tour were; The Steve Liller house, The Sue Reszutek house, The Bob and Bobby Hettinger house,The Dorene and Keith Davis House, The Sharon Levodnik house, and the Audrey Serman House (out in the Shadow Hills development). The Del-Mar-Va Model Railroad Club, the Delmar Library, the Delmar Wesleyan Church the Masonic Lodge and St. Stephens Church were open for the tour. Cookies and Hot Chocolate was served at the Masonic Lodge. Jerry Carr displayed part of his enormous Delmar Memorabilia.

This was the First House Tour the the Delmar Historical and Arts Society has put on. Hopefully they will continue annually and become a quintessential holiday tradition.

Now since this was the first house tour we know there are many areas for the society to improve in future house tours. We would like your comments and you can post them here or over at the society’s blog or send an email to

Hopefully we will see you next year on the tour.

Friday, December 10, 2010

And The Band Played On

Another great night of music in the Delmar High School Auditorium Thursday night as the Delmar High School Winter/Christmas Band Concert was performed. Directed by Mr. David Smith. The auditorium was only about 2/3 filled, I assume due to the Christmas pressure of shopping and events but it did not stop the band from giving an excellent performance. As sometimes happens, there is a combination of overhead stage/flood lights that prevent me from getting good photos. Well, actually, it is my inability to compensate for the red tones with the camera I used. They all turn out poorly, so that is the reason for the lack of photos in this post.

The numbers performed by the band were; "Do You Hear What I Hear", "Bell Carol A' La Big Band" (this number made full use of the band) "Parade of The Tin Soldiers" (since I am a sucker for any form of march music I particularly enjoyed this one) "Jingle Bell Rock", "Have Yourself A Merry Christmas", "Carol Of The Bells"(good number with flute and clarinet, even had a little movement of band members swaying like bells), "You're A Mean One, Mr. Grinch" (Will be used in the Christmas Parade Saturday) and "A Cartoon Christmas" (enjoyable selections of Rudolph the Red Nose reindeer, Frosty the snow man etc - the band seem to like it).

after intermission the jazz ensemble did about six numbers. As usual Tori Blewitt and Matt Waldman stood out.

Thursday, December 09, 2010

Another lump of Chinese Coal to the U.S. Surgeon General

Do they know how asinine they sound? U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin today announced in a new 700-page government report (they justify their job by poundage of the report)that one single inhalation from a cigarette can trigger a heart attack and can cause damage to nearly every organ in the body.

From Yahoo News;

"How many reports more does Congress need to have to say that cigarettes as a class of products ought to be banned?" asked well-known nicotine expert Dr. K. Michael Cummings of the Roswell Park Cancer Institute, who helped to review the report. "One-third of the patients who are in our hospital are here today because of cigarettes."

Maybe Dr Cummings and Dr Benjamin should look the effect of hiring our armed Forces out as mercenaries to fight in foreign countries and see what effect that has on the health of those young people.

Two more people who I hope get Chinese Coal in their Chinese made Christmas Stocking.

A lump Of Coal To The President, Vice President and Congress

Just a few days ago the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform told us that the fiscal crisis is the greatest threat to the economic and political stability in the United States. Now the President and Congress is talking about extending the tax cuts for two years, provide a variety of other tax breaks, extend unemployment benefits for another 13 months, and add other spending programs. The cost is estimated to be nearly a trillion dollars spread over two years, all of which will be added to the Federal deficit.

Have they lost their fucking minds?

It’s almost beyond comprehension that our political leaders would deem it appropriate to add another trillion dollars to an already staggering Federal debt.

May they find a lump of Chinese coal in their Chinese made Christmas stockings this year

Delmar Christmas Parade Saturday

The Christmas Parade for this bifurcated town will be on Saturday at 2 PM. The weather forecast calls for 50 degrees and partly cloudy so dress accordingly. I have not heard otherwise so I assume the route will be from the railroad tracks east on State street, turning north on Bi-State Blvd 8th st. and ending at the school.

Beef and Dumpling Dinner

The Delmar Chorus Boosters will hold an all-you-can-eat Beef and Dumpling Dinner on Sunday December 12 from 1-4 PM at the Delmar VFW. Tickets are $12 and are available from any chorus member or call 443-523-5488. Wow! all-you-can-eat, next to free they are my favorite words.

High School Band Concert Tonight

The High School Band Concert will be presented Thursday, December 9th at 7pm in the school auditorium

Delmar Historical Society Meets Tonight

The Delmar Historical and Art Society (DHAS) meets tonight at 6PM at the High School District Office. Come out and join us.

Planning and Zoning Meeting on the 16th

On Thursday, December 16, 2010 the Delmar Planning & Zoning Commission will meet at the Delmar Town Hall for their regularly scheduled meeting at 7:00 pm. The following Agenda is scheduled:
• Ryder Truck Rental, Inc. - Used Car Sales at 8693 Bi-State Blvd.
• Demetrius Davis- 100 W. State Street- Grandfather Duplex

Wikileaks - Freedom of information

The story end to the last of the Emperor's New Clothes

"....A child, however, who had no important job and could only see things as his eyes showed them to him, went up to the carriage.

"The Emperor is naked," he said.

"Fool!" his father reprimanded, running after him. "Don't talk nonsense!" He grabbed his child and took him away. But the boy's remark, which had been heard by the bystanders, was repeated over and over again until everyone cried:

"The boy is right! The Emperor is naked! It's true!"

The Emperor realized that the people were right but could not admit to that. He though it better to continue the procession under the illusion that anyone who couldn't see his clothes was either stupid or incompetent. And he stood stiffly on his carriage, while behind him a page held his imaginary mantle

I will repeat again if the documents are on the internet they are no longer classified, regardless what the President and United States Government says. The United States is making a fool of itself in this Wikileaks issue.

Some views from the German newspaper - Picked Up from Speigel;

The German Newspaper "Berliner Zeitung" writes:

"The reputation of the United States has been damaged by the WikiLeaks-controlled release of secret documents. That is true… But the United States' reputation is being damaged much more right now as they attempt -- with all of their means -- to muzzle WikiLeaks and its head, Julian Assange. By doing so, the US is betraying one of its founding myths: Freedom of information. And they are doing so now, because for the first time since the end of the Cold War, they are threatened with losing worldwide control of information."

"'The first real information war has begun,' writes US civil rights activist John-Perry Barlow. 'The battlefield is WikiLeaks.' He is right. With the doctrine 'Free Flow of Information' the US has dominated the flow of information and most of its content for decades. They said that every person had the right, everywhere, and without limitations, to collect information and to broadcast and disseminate it. That was a tremendous doctrine, as long as only American companies had the power, the means, and the logisitical capabilities, to make use of this freedom. That changed somewhat with the Internet, but companies like Apple, Windows, Google, Facebook and Amazon advance US-domination in the supposedly democratic Internet. Julian Assange and WikiLeaks are the first who have used the power of the Internet against the United States. That is why they are being mercilessly pursued. That is why the government is betraying one of the principles of democracy."

The Geramn Newspaper "Die Tageszeitung" writes:

"In the so-called 'war on terror' the democracies of the US and Europe have not only instigated wars without satisfactory reasons but have also tried to reduce the privacy, civil rights and liberties of their citizens. More power for the state but less transparency for the people -- this asymmetrical conflict is self-inflicted by countries like the US and it has created a need for a platform like Wikileaks."

"The new anti-terror powers have made it difficult to bring criticism into the public domain. But now it is much easier to understand 'when who has talked to whom about what'. It doesn't matter if the threat was more imagined than real - it still gave rise to the need for a trustworthy channel. Classic media could not fill this need: It doesn't have a clear awareness of the new, general feeling of being threatened, nor the technical know-how. Wikileaks had both."

"Julian Assange is the star of Wikileaks but the need for his website is bigger than the need for him. If Wikileaks doesn't survive the current attacks then similar sites will take its place, as long as there is a need for them."

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

War On Japan Declared Today In 1941

Following Pres. Franklin D. Roosevelt famous "Day of Infamy" speech the Congress voted to declare war on Japan.

Yesterday, Dec. 7, 1941 - a date which will live in infamy - the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.

The United States was at peace with that nation and, at the solicitation of Japan, was still in conversation with the government and its emperor looking toward the maintenance of peace in the Pacific.

Indeed, one hour after Japanese air squadrons had commenced bombing in Oahu, the Japanese ambassador to the United States and his colleagues delivered to the Secretary of State a formal reply to a recent American message. While this reply stated that it seemed useless to continue the existing diplomatic negotiations, it contained no threat or hint of war or armed attack.

It will be recorded that the distance of Hawaii from Japan makes it obvious that the attack was deliberately planned many days or even weeks ago. During the intervening time, the Japanese government has deliberately sought to deceive the United States by false statements and expressions of hope for continued peace.

The attack yesterday on the Hawaiian islands has caused severe damage to American naval and military forces. Very many American lives have been lost. In addition, American ships have been reported torpedoed on the high seas between San Francisco and Honolulu.

Yesterday, the Japanese government also launched an attack against Malaya.

Last night, Japanese forces attacked Hong Kong.

Last night, Japanese forces attacked Guam.

Last night, Japanese forces attacked the Philippine Islands.

Last night, the Japanese attacked Wake Island.

This morning, the Japanese attacked Midway Island.

Japan has, therefore, undertaken a surprise offensive extending throughout the Pacific area. The facts of yesterday speak for themselves. The people of the United States have already formed their opinions and well understand the implications to the very life and safety of our nation.

As commander in chief of the Army and Navy, I have directed that all measures be taken for our defense.

Always will we remember the character of the onslaught against us.

No matter how long it may take us to overcome this premeditated invasion, the American people in their righteous might will win through to absolute victory.

I believe I interpret the will of the Congress and of the people when I assert that we will not only defend ourselves to the uttermost, but will make very certain that this form of treachery shall never endanger us again.

Hostilities exist. There is no blinking at the fact that that our people, our territory and our interests are in grave danger.

With confidence in our armed forces - with the unbounding determination of our people - we will gain the inevitable triumph - so help us God.

I ask that the Congress declare that since the unprovoked and dastardly attack by Japan on Sunday, Dec. 7, a state of war has existed between the United States and the Japanese empire.

Unlike Presidents in the last 40 years who would use a speech writer, Roosevelt had composed the speech in his head after deciding on a brief, uncomplicated appeal to the people of the United States rather than a thorough recitation of Japanese perfidies

Today In History On Delmarva

December 8, 1963 - Lightning caused the crash of a jet airliner killing 82 persons at Elkton, Maryland

From The Dark Side Of Music History

On this day in 1980 Mark David Chapman murdered John Lennon outside his New York City apartment building. After shooting Lennon four times, Chapman sat down on the sidewalk to read the book "Cathcher In The Rye" while he waited for police -- or perhaps just to have it ready for presentation, given that he had inscribed the inside cover with "This is my statement. Holden Caulfield, Catcher in the Rye."

Welcome To The 'Hotel California'

Today in music history in 1976 'Hotel California' was released by The Eagles. One of the best selling albums of all time. (An album is what we had before CDs).

Tyaskin Maryland - The Book

I picked up, at the Mardela Springs Christmas Tour, a book called Tyaskin, Maryland - In Photo's and Documents Compiled and written by Barbara Marhoefer. I paid $26.50 for it. Now what can you say about Tyaskin? Apparently enough to fill 174 pages. To me it was highly interesting. Filled with many, many photo's, it also answers those questions about Tyaskin as to why the purple house is purple and the pink house pink, along with the ferry, school houses, canneries etc. To answer the question on your inquiring mind the purple house is purple because Mrs Sara Knott wanted a house painted the color of her favorite iris. A similar story with the pink house only this time it was the color of a petunia that was matched. Could be a good Christmas present but I don't know where it is sold other than the Westside Museum in Mardela. So since the book has been published is a movie in the works?

Madison Hill Knows Politics

Sussex County announces Election Year Scholarship Contest winners

Georgetown, Del., Dec. 7, 2010: Forget the political insiders and talking heads of the press, cable TV and the Internet. Sussex County has its own pundits who can see the political future. And that prognosticating prowess is paying off.

Sussex County Council, at its Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2010, meeting, announced the 2010 winners of the Election Year Scholarship Contest, recognizing six children – one grand prize recipient and five runners-up – with plaques and scholarship prizes for their winning efforts.

“Predicting politics is never an easy thing to do, but these six young men and women were able to pull it off and beat many of the so-called experts,” Council President Vance Phillips said. ”That’s an impressive accomplishment, and we congratulate them on their awards.”

Students ages 18 and younger who are residents of the county and enrolled in public or private schools were invited to participate in the contest, which serves as a lesson about the democratic process. To take part, students had to fill out a form on the County’s Web site, and then predict the winners of 22 national, state and local races in the Nov. 2 general election. To break a tie, each entrant was asked to predict the total number of votes the winner of the U.S. Senate race would receive from Sussex County. U.S. Sen. Chris Coons, who won the election, collected 28,019 votes from Sussex County.

Students competed for one $200 scholarship prize, and five $100 runner-up prizes.
Sussex County announces Election Year contest winners One winner and five runners-up were declared, based on their predictions and the tie-breaking
question, from a field of nearly 500 participants. Those students were recognized at the County Council meeting Tuesday morning. The winner and five runners-up are:

 Winner Jordyn Tonelli, 12, a seventh-grader at Laurel Middle School. Jordyn correctly picked 21 of 22 races, the only entrant to guess that many correctly;
First runner-up Madison Hill, 12, a seventh-grader at Delmar Middle School. Madison correctly predicted 20 of 22 races;
 Second runner-up Rebecca Guyer, 17, a senior Milford High School. Rebecca correctly
predicted 19 of 22 races, with a tie-breaking prediction of 3,200 votes from Sussex County for the U.S. Senate race winner;
 Third runner-up Easton Ball, 10, a fifth-grader at Milton Elementary School. Easton also correctly predicted 19 of 22 races, with a tie-breaking prediction of 1,543 votes;
 Fourth runner-up Kevin Vandeyar, 13, an eighth-grader Laurel Middle School. Kevin also correctly predicted 19 of 22 races, with a tie-breaking prediction of 900 votes;
 Fifth runner-up Jake Jones, 17, a senior at Sussex Technical High School. Jake correctly predicted 18 of 22 races, with a tie-breaking prediction of 25,647 votes to capture the last prize.
County Administrator David Baker said participation for this year’s Election Contest was high once again, following a record number of entries in the 2008 presidential year. That year, more than 530 students took part, the most since the contest began in 2000. This year, the contest collected 477 entries, the second-highest total in its 10-year run.

“That’s a terrific turnout for a mid-term election,” Mr. Baker said. “But this isn’t about the numbers. It’s about involving young people in the democratic process. We hope this experience has helped better prepare all of our participants for the real civic duty that awaits them in a few years – the right to vote.”
While the top student won a $200 scholarship prize, the five runners-up were not left empty handed. Each won a $100 scholarship. All of the scholarships are to be paid upon a student’s enrollment in college or another post-high school educational program. Funding comes through councilmanic grants, as well as from the Moore & Rutt law firm.

PHOTO CUTLINE: The Sussex County Council on Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2010, recognized the winners of the 2010 Election Year Scholarship Contest. Each child was presented with a certificate and plaque for his or her accomplishment. Shown from left to right are County Council President Vance Phillips; first-place winner Jordyn Tonelli; first runner-up Madison Hill; second runner-up Rebecca Guyer; third runner-up Easton Ball; fourth runner-up Kevin Vandeyar; and fifth runner-up Jake Jones.

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Drawing the noose tighter

More bad news for Julian Assange of Wikileaks: his Swiss bank account was frozen over residency issues, and MasterCard and Visa will no longer process payments to Wikileaks. What on earth is going to happen to his credit score?

The irony of the situation is that Mastercard and Visa process donations to the KKK. Charles Arthur, the Guardian's technology editor, points out that while MasterCard and Visa have cut WikiLeaks off you can still use those cards to donate to overtly racist organisations such as the Knights Party, which is supported by the Ku Klux Klan.

The Ku Klux Klan website directs users to a site called Christian Concepts. It takes Visa and MasterCard donations for users willing to state that they are "white and not of racially mixed descent. I am not married to a non-white. I do not date non-whites nor do I have non-white dependents. I believe in the ideals of western Christian civilisation and profess my belief in Jesus Christ as the son of God."

I guess the obvious thing is Julian Assange of Wikileaks is not stealing any government secrets he is just publishing information given to him by people who do steal. I see this as a newspaper journalist just publishing information from a secret source, it is called freedom of speech.

High School Band Concert this Thursday

The High School Band Concert will be presented Thursday, December 9th at 7pm in the school auditorium.

Beef and Dumpling Dinner Dec 12th

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Happy Delaware Day

December 7, 1787 - Delegates meeting at a tavern in Dover signed documents making Delaware the first state to do ratify the US Constitution. Today is DELAWARE DAY, a day that is overshadowed by Pearl Harbor day, but never-the-less is an important day in Delaware History.

Today Govenor Markell will issue his proclamation, as all Delaware Governors have since 1933, stating "Today Is Delaware Day." At 10:00 a.m. he will celebrate Delaware Day at the Grand Opening of the First State Heritage Park Welcome Center. Delaware Public Archives, 121 Duke of York Street, Dover. I will update this post with his proclamation when it becomes available.

Middle School Band Christmas Concert 2010

I had the enjoyable pleasure to attend the Delmar High School Winter/Christmas Band Concert performed by the 5th grade, 6th grade, 7 & 8 grade bands last night. The bands were directed by Mr. David Smith, who was assisted by Mrs Kelly Grubb.

The first band to perform was the 5th grade band, photos of which are below.

This band is somewhat historical since it is the first 5th grade band to perform at Delmar Middle School. The numbers they did were; Jingle Bells, Jolly Old St. Nicholas, and Christmas Fun. Considering this group have only played instruments a very short time and performed as a band since mid October they did very well.

The next band was the 6th grade band and again photos are below. Dressed in their uniforms they looked sharp and sounded sharp.

The numbers they did were; "Penquin Promenade," "A Holly Jolly Christmas" (I thought this was the best number of the ones they did) "Name That Christmas Carol," and "Who Let The Elves Out?"

There was a short Intermission in which a number of people left. I guess their children were in the 5th and 6th grade bands and they saw no reason to hang around to lend support by being in the audience to watch the 7 and 8th grade band. I have always considered this rude of them.

The 7 and 8th Grade band performed and photos are below. As to be expected they were the best of the bands. They had a couple years of experience so they were better able to control their instruments and they merged in as a band.

The numbers they did were; "Gingerbread Men on Parade", "Trombonanza," "Christmas Chimes" ( I think this was their best number), "We Wish You A Rockin Christmas," "March of the Magical Toys."

The number "Trombonanza"

As a wrap up all the bands came on stage and performed the number they will do in Delmar Christmas Parade this Saturday at 2 PM. which is "Hark The Herald Angels Sing". I think this was the best number number of the night. The question is, come Saturday, can they perform it well while marching. For a number of these students this will be the first time marching. We will see how well they do.