Saturday, January 22, 2011

Ads From 1940 Baltimore

At the auction last night I came across a program for the First Annual Dance of the Breweries Athletic and Beneficial Associations (1940), It had a couple of interesting ads, at least to me, from 1940.

Free State "Supreme" and Hackney Ale - save the crowns, Frankly I can't recall this beer.

Bechelli's Restaurant and Tavern

Brocato's Cafe

Brown's Cafe Ye Carney Tavern

Orie's Drive-In Restaurant

Sweeney's Hilltop Tavern

Maps - works of art

Next to books, I like maps, that is the reason the blog "strange maps" appear on my sidebar. Today's maps are less interesting to me, altho I am sure they are more accurate. The older maps are works of art and reflect the cartographer skills of draftsmanship and, in some cases, imagination. The blog Make Maps is another interesting example of art and maps coming together. I recently bought at a thrift store a box of National Geographic maps from the 1930's to the 1970's. It was interesting to see the changes in the names of the countries. Even more interesting was trying to refold them, indeed a puzzle to solve. When I was in school and we studied geography there were many more countries that reflected Colonial Empires and these maps reflected them. Some of them were;

British Guiana
Dutch Guiana
French Guiana
French Somaliland
British Somaliland
Spanish Morocco
French Equatorial Africa
French West Africa
Spanish Sahara
Rio Muni
and of course;
Union of Soviet Socialist Republic
and the maps also showed the occupied zones in Germany and parts of Europe.

Friday, January 21, 2011

What's Wrong With This Story

"The exit of your hostages out of the hands of our brothers depends on the exit of your troops from Afghanistan," bin Laden said in the message broadcast by Al-Jazeera

Osama bin Laden demanded that France withdraw its troops from Afghanistan in exchange for the release of French hostages.

I find it difficult to believe the greatest military power on earth can not find
Osama bin Laden. The guy makes routine TV and radio announcements and still the United States can't locate him. It makes you think they just use him as an excuse in order to spend our money on foreign wars, listen in on our phone calls, monitor our every movement, and take more freedoms away everyday.

A Spot in the Mythology of American Culture

Let me say two names; John Bobbitt and Lorena Bobbitt. Do you recognize these names? Of course you do. The media made them famous. Well, today in 1994, Lorena Bobbitt,charged with severing her husband's penis with a knife, was acquitted of assault charges on the ground of temporary insanity. As mandated by Virginia law, Circuit Court Judge Herman Whisenant did not free Lorena Bobbitt, instead he committed her to a state mental hospital in Petersburg, Va., for a 45 day evaluation of whether she poses a present danger to herself and others

From this event the name Bobbitt became synonymous to cutting the penis. The term “Bobbittised punishment” gained social acceptance if not legal dictum

The two would have stayed below the radar had not Lorena decided to make the well known cut. They would have been one more domestic argument case other than for that cut.

Afterwards the couple divorced. In December 1997, Lorena was charged with assaulting her mother, but was found not guilty. She currently works as a hair stylist in Asburn, Virginia. She has founded the organization Lorena's Red Wagon which helps to prevent domestic violence through family oriented activities.

John tried to cash in on the incident, he formed a band, "The Severed Parts", the band was unsuccessful. He appeared in the adult film John Wayne Bobbitt: Uncut, and Frankenpenis. He appeared on the World Wrestling Federation's Monday Night Raw program. He worked as a bartender, limo driver, mover, and tow truck operator. He also had a stint serving as a minister of a Las Vegas church. He was reportedly arrested seven times for offenses ranging from assault to grand larceny. He was convicted of misdemeanor domestic battery against his former fiancée, Kristina Elliott, and sentenced to 15 days in jail. He was sentenced to five years probation for his role in the theft of more than $140,000 in clothing from a store in Fallon, Nevada. He has had three trials for domestic abuse against Joanna Ferrell, his third wife

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Laurel To Tear Down Historical Building

Over at Frank Calio Blog he writes about how Laurel will lose three more buildings. The Laurel Redevelopment Corp. (LRC) announced they will demolish a third of the remaining commercial buildings on the once booming Market St. Now the poor photo above is of the building (the one on the corner) I think it has active businesses in it. Compare this to the LeCates building in Delmar, below. The Lecates building has no active business in it, nor has it had business for a good ten to fifteen years.

Now the LRC generally control downtown Laurel. They have bought up historical building and torn them down before. To Paraphrase Frank Perdue line of "It takes a tough man to make a tender chicken", "It takes a tough Redevelopment Corporation to make a decent Town." I am all for historical buildings ( I must say the one in Laurel looks good) but if there is not money to keep them up - tear them down. To those who reminisce about old buildings long gone (the Delmar Railroad Station) back your opinion with your wallet and don't volunteer my money to support your idea. Old building not kept up become safety hazards and contribute to the run down look of a town.

Tombstone Thursday

Abigail Small, May 30, 1831 to Jan 20 1898

A Comment on a line in the State Of The State Message

our state hospital, we have made improvements and have more to make...

we should be treating fewer people in institutions and more in the community

The above is from Gov. Markell "State of The State" message.

One of the things I observed when I "worked" (OK I didn't work I was a government employee maybe employed is a better word) at the Wicomico County Detention Center is when the State of Maryland decided to move more crazy ass people from the mental institutions into the community (really they were just cutting the budget and used an excuse that crazy ass people shouldn't be in a mental institution) the number of people the local county (Wicomico) arrested went up dramatically (so did the increase in number of new bloggers). All the state did was transfer the cost of handling crazy ass people from the state to the county. Wicomico county (actually the courts) was putting people, who were mentally ill, into jail because they were a problem harming other people and their selves if left out on the street. The state mental institutions refused or used as an excuse they didn't have room when the jail tried to send them someplace to get help. I think I can say this is what is going to happen in Delaware when he moves them to the community.

Gov. Markell - The State of the State Address 2011

The State of the State given by Gov. Markell this afternoon. Here are the buzz words I picked out from it but I suggest you read it yourself.

we have recently dug ourselves out from a series of blizzards.

economic blizzard

Delawareans have already been hard at work from Day One to dig ourselves out of this mess.

Delaware is far stronger than the challenges we face

Building Our Economic Future

Job Creation Infrastructure Investment Fund

Manufacturing jobs have provided a ladder to economic independence for countless families and they must remain part of our economic future.

World Class Education

I signed an agreement with the Hanban Institute to bring several teachers from China to Delaware, offering Chinese language courses to our students at virtually no cost to our State.

We need to be China’s trade partner, not just a customer or debtor

Safer Schools and Communities

creation of model comprehensive school safety plans for the 26 public schools with a State Police School Resource Officer.

maximize public safety

A More Efficient State Government
we must secure the necessary savings during this session of the General Assembly

we cannot spend money we do not have

Protecting the Most Vulnerable

our state hospital, we have made improvements and have more to make

we should be treating fewer people in institutions and more in the community

we can dig our way out – but we can do it best together.

God bless you. God bless America. And God bless the great state of Delaware

Sussex Tech High School - Time For A Change

An article from the Middletown Transcript by Doug Denison, (Staff Writer Dover Post) about Sussex Tech I found interesting. Now public schools pretty much have to take whoever is in their district, whereas, Sussex Tech is selective and has requirements to meet before you can go there. Sussex Tech has succeed in having the highest percentage of grads go on to college in the state. It would appear the old days of teaching a manual skill to people who are not interested in academics is a thing of the past, like many other principles I grew up with. Between the entrance requirements and having what some times must appear as unlimited tax resources (look at your annual county tax bill for the rates "everyone" in the county pays vs your local school district) no wonder they can succeed.

Sussex Tech gets its funding directly from the state’s annual budget,and from the school districts when one of their students enrolls. Their school boards are by gubernatorial appointment, not by election within the district. The voters have no say in the matter and some people think it is run like a private school instead of a public school.

Negro Ads in Richmond - 1861

Taken from The Daily Dispatch: January 19, 1861. Richmond Dispatch. Richmond VA.

Negro Blankets
--Just received at Levy's, 15 Main street, colored and white Negro Blankets of all qualities, at the lowest prices.

Negro Clothing. Negro Clothing,
Darracott, Harris &Co. have on hand an unusually large stock of Clothing for Servants, and to reduce their stock as much as possible, will sell their Negro Clothing lower than ever before offered. They would, therefore, invite all in want to give them a call, as they are determined to sell, regardless of profit.

Darracott, Harris &Co.,
No. 112 Main street

To Farmers--Negro Shoes.
--Farmers and others wanting Negro Shoes are invited to call at No. 93 Main street, where will be found the largest and best assortment ever offered in Richmond. My assortment embraces, 2.000 pairs of heavy Sewed Brogans, of my own make; Men's Army Brogans' Men's high-cut do., very thick, nailed with hob nails; Dane's best thick pegged Broggans; Herrick's best thick pegged Brogans; Planters' and Dutch Boots for women, together with all other grades, suitable for servants, men, women and boys. Farmers will do well to give me a call, at No. 93 Main st.

John C. Page. Jr

Main street Hospital for Slaves.
--This Hospital is situated near the corner of Main and 23rd streets, and is admirably adapted in and healthfulness of position, to the purposes for which it has been instituted, namely; For Medial, Surgical and Obstetrical treatment of Slaves.--The rules and regulations governing this institution have already been published. A circular containing full particulars will be furnished those who may desire further information.
Terms.--Patients per week, $5 week. $1 per diam; but the aggregate shall not exceed the charge for a full week. Patients attending the daily examinations (not fit subjects for Hospital Confinement.) charged the regular fee adopted by the profession at large.--The above charges include board, medicine, medical attendance and nursing. Surgical operations charged according to rules of other Hospitals of the city. For further information, apply to the Physician resident at the Hospital, or to either of the undersigned Physicians and Proprietors.

Frs. W. Hancock, M. D.,
Main st., bet. 3d and 4th or No. 130 Main st.
St. Geo. Peachy, M. D.,
Exchange Hotel, or Grace st., bet. 5th and 6th.
R. S. Vest, M. D., Franklin st.,
Near Ballard House, or cor. Main and 7th sts.
Philip S. Hancock, M. D.,
Resident Physician.
J. G. Trevilian, M. D.
Resident Assistant. ap 19--ly

Negro Hiring.
--The subscriber again offers his services to his friends and the public for Hiring out Negroes for the ensuing year. He pledges himself to use his best exertions to promote the interest of those who may favor him with their business, and to pay special attention to the negroes during sickness. He hopes, from long experience, to be able to give satisfaction.
Office, corner of Main and 15th streets.

Edward N. Dabney. de 24--d1m&cw2t

Good Negro Blankets--only fifty Cents each.
--200 Negro Blankets, slightly damaged by water, only 50 cts. each, worth $1.25 each.

Alfred Moses, 63 Main st

A servant Woman for Sale privately.
--We have for sale a Negro Woman, well qualified; has been raised in a very respectable family, and sold for no fault whatever. If immediate application is made, a bargain can be had.

Pulliam & Co.,
Auctioneers. ja 15--ts

Dining-room Servants.
--I have for hire two excellent young Negro Men, who have been used to the dining-room and house waiting for years. To secure a good home, the price will be moderate.

R. H. Meade,
At Meade & Baker's. ja 3--ts

$20 reward.
--I will give $20 reward for the return of my Negro man, "Washington," who left my house, in the lower part of Henrico county, on the morning of the 17th inst., without leave or provocation. Washington is about 5 feet 8 or 9 inches high, very black, about 20 years old, and has very white teeth, and smiles very pleasantly when spoken to. He will probably have a forged pass in his possession, as he can read and write.
I will give the above reward for his return to me at my house, or if he is secured in jail so that I can get him.

L. S. Courtney. ja 18--1w

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

DRC Cancelled Tonight

The Delmar Revitalization Committee (DRC) Meeting For Wednesday 01-19-2011 has been cancelled due to illness.

DNREC Press Release

Water samples from wells in Sussex’s Nanticoke River Watershed
needed for groundwater quality study

SUSSEX COUNTY (Jan. 19, 2011) – Water samples from domestic wells in Sussex’s Nanticoke River Watershed are needed for a groundwater quality study being completed by DNREC’s Division of Water. Property owners living in the Nanticoke River watershed, who are willing to have their well water sampled and tested, are encouraged to contact DNREC by Feb. 15.

The Nanticoke River Watershed is located on the western side of Delaware from Harrington, east to Georgetown and south to Delmar and includes lands that drain into the Nanticoke River. Attached is a map of the watershed.

The study will determine general groundwater quality, the amount of nutrients that groundwater contributes to streams, and how land use and soil types may influence groundwater quality in the watershed. The results will be used to educate the public and develop recommendations to improve groundwater quality in the Nanticoke River Watershed.

To complete the study about 80 to 90 unconfined domestic wells (shallow wells less than 100 feet deep) will need to be sampled. Samples generally can be collected from an outside spigot, and sample collection takes about 15 to 20 minutes. Samples will be tested for inorganic compounds, such as metals, and for nutrients, including sodium, iron, chloride, magnesium, potassium, nitrates and phosphorus. There is no cost for residents, and analytical results from water samples will be provided to well owners. The test results have a value of approximately $200.

Property owners, who are willing to have their well water sampled and tested, are encouraged to contact Blair Venables or Amber Joseph at (302) 739-9945, or email or and provide name, address, telephone number and email address. If available, please provide the property’s tax map parcel number and well permit number. This information will help to determine whether the well meets the study criteria.

The 2010 Health Dept Reports For Delmar

I looked over the food inspection reports from the Health Dept for Delmar. Really no serious violations except for Express Food Market (Hay I get my scrapple sandwiches there) which may have had a sick or diseased employee

Food Lion, Routine Inspection, Date: 04/14/2010 No Violations
Delmar Jr-Sr High School Cafeteria, Routine Inspection, Date:04/14/2010 No Violations

Cookies By Design, Routine Inspection, Date: 04/22/2010, No Violations
Delmar Pizza, Routine Inspection, Date: 05/10/2010, No Violations
Bistro 54, Routine Inspection, Date: 05/10/2010, Violation 5-205.15 /No
Bistro 54, Followup Inspection, Date: 05/28/2010, No Violations
Domino's Pizza, Routine Insopection, Date: 06/14/2010, No Violations
Delmar Jr-Sr High School Cafeter, Other Inspection, Date: 07/23/2010, No Violation
Express Food Market, Routine Inspection, Date: 09/24/2010, Violations 2-201.11 /No, 5-205.15 /No
2201.11Employee Health Disease or Medical Condition Responsibility of the Person in Charge to Require Reporting By Food Employees and Applicants
Jerry Fletcher Catering, Routine Inspection, Date: 10/13/2010, No Violations
Delmar Jr-Sr High School Cafeteria, Routine Inspection, Date: 10/13/2010 No Violation
Delmar Pizza, Routine Inspection, Date:11/01/2010, No Violation
Bistro 54, Routine Inspection, Date:11/01/2010, Violations 7-202.12 /Yes
Delmar VFC, Routine Inspection, Date: 12/01/2010, No Violation

Which Elected Officials Missed The Most Joint Council Meetings

Which Delmar Elected Officials Missed The Most Joint Council Meetings? Wow, that is really an easy question to find the answer too. The town of Delmar post the minutes of the meetings online and in those minutes it says who is present and who is missing. Now currently they only have from January 2010 to November 2010 on line, so looking at eleven months we see that Woody Payne has missed three meetings out of eleven, Mayor Niblett has missed two meetings out of eleven, Mayor Outten missed two meeting out of the eleven, Council Person Pase missed two meetings out of the eleven, Councilman Thompson missed one meeting and Commissioner Wells missed one meeting. So there you have it.

A headless slave in Lewes - 1662

Picked up from "This Day in Delaware History:"
1662 Director Alexander D'Hinoyossa of New Castle sentenced one slave named Turck to be hanged, his head cut off, and placed upon a post at Lewes. His crime? Attempted murder.

In that time period sticking a cut off head on a post was not unusual, as in 1661 Royalist in England dug up Crowell's corpse, drug it thru the streets and beheaded it. It was left on a spiked Westminster fence for the next 25 years.

It was in 1659 that D’Hinoyossa, the flamboyantly corruptible director of the New Amstel region of New Amsterdam established the town Zwaanendael (Lewes) here, idly promising it would become a great prosperous, sin-free, diked city.

What was usual is that there was a slave at all in Lewes. In 1662 Pieter Cornelisz Plockhoy the "originator of socialistic and communal views" established an early version of a Mennonite colony there. One of their first rules of order was the Anti-Slavery rule: "No lordship or servile slavery shall burden our company". Their anti-slavery declaration preceded by five years the first published statement against the practice in North America (made by the Quakers and Mennonites of Germantown in Pennsylvania in 1668).

On September 4, 1664 with the turn over of New Amsterdam to England, Col. Carr lead soldiers to Zwaanendael and destroyed it.

Today Is Robert E. Lee Day

Robert E. Lee day is an unofficial Southern holiday observed on January 19 of each year. The day is a day of remembrance and celebration. Remembrance of a man who gave his utmost for a cause, and put duty, faith, and service above all else.

It is an additional day for Lee who also has Lee–Jackson Day which is a holiday celebrated in the Commonwealth of Virginia, for the birthdays of Robert E. Lee and Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson. The original holiday, created in 1889, celebrated Lee's birthday. Jackson's name was added to the holiday in 1904. In 1983, the holiday was merged with the new federal holiday Martin Luther King, Jr. Day as Lee-Jackson-King Day in Virginia. This merge was reverted in 2000.

Lee–Jackson Day is currently observed on the Friday before Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, which is the third Monday in January. State offices are closed for both holidays

The annual Lee-Jackson Day Proclamation Given by Gov. Robert F. McDonnell


WHEREAS, Generals Robert E. Lee and Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson are native Virginians, having served our great nation and Commonwealth as educators, leaders, and military strategists; and

WHEREAS, Lee served in the United States Army for more than three decades until he left his position to serve as Commander in Chief of Virginia’s military forces and as Commander of the Army of Northern Virginia; and

WHEREAS, Jackson taught philosophy and military tactics as a professor at the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington for nearly a decade before serving briefly in the United States Army and later joining the Confederate Army to fight for his native Virginia; and

WHEREAS, Lee dedicated his life after the Civil War to reforming higher education in the South by serving as President of Washington College, now Washington & Lee University, in Lexington, Virginia, where he helped to greatly increase the school’s funding and expand the curriculum to create an atmosphere most conducive to learning for young men of both Southern and Northern heritage; and

WHEREAS, Jackson’s leadership and bravery enabled him to rally his troops to several improbable victories against numerically superior forces, and Jackson’s inspired “Stonewall Brigade” fought alongside General Lee’s troops in another victory, even after their leader was fatally wounded on the second day of the Battle of Chancellorsville; and

WHEREAS, it is fitting to recognize Generals Lee and Jackson as two of our nation’s most notable military strategists, as beloved leaders among their troops, as pioneers in the field of higher education, and as faithful and dedicated Virginians;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Robert F. McDonnell, do hereby recognize January 14, 2011 as LEE-JACKSON DAY in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of our citizens.

Happy Birthday Edgar Allan Poe

Happy Birthday Edgar Allan Poe !!!!! You never looked better at 202.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

One To Remember

I am sure we all have thought up an alibi to use in case we kill anyone - mine has always been the old standby of "The Voices Told Me To Do It." This is a new one and may work if you are caught with the skeletal remains. A Cypriot monk caught at a Greek airport with the skeletal remains of a nun in his baggage on the weekend told authorities he was taking the relics of a saint back to his monastery. So instead of saying "Nun of this Monk-ey business For me" you might want to tuck the story a way for future reference.

Sussex County Press Release

Sussex County turns previous losses into small gains in 2010, audit shows

Georgetown, Del., Jan. 18, 2011: An independent audit of the 2010 budget year shows Sussex County has turned a corner and earned a small but important financial gain in the past year, erasing a three-year slide that tallied nearly $8 million in deficits compliments of the sluggish local and national economies.

Sussex County Council, at its Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2011, meeting, accepted the Audited Financial Statements for Fiscal Year 2010 from Jefferson, Urian, Doane & Sterner, P.A., Certified Public Accountants. The auditors released an unqualified report noting that the financial statements “present fairly, in all material respects, the respective financial position” of Sussex County as of June 30, 2010.

The audit report is presented annually to detail the County government’s finances in the previous fiscal year. The latest report shows Sussex County’s financial numbers are accurate and meet generally accepted accounting standards.

For Fiscal 2010, Sussex County ended the budget year with approximately $618,000 in revenues over expenditures, the first positive gain since slow home sales and the down economy, beginning in 2007, led to three years of deficits that totaled nearly $8 million.

“Given the sobering news of the past three annual audit reports, this is fantastic news,” County Finance Director Susan M. Webb said. “We are cautiously optimistic that brighter days are ahead, thanks in large part to our measured steps to curtail spending coupled with some glimmers of hope for a rebounding economy.”

The report shows the county is continuing its recovery from a slumping economy, particularly in the housing sector. One of the most significant sources of revenue for the County’s general fund in recent years, the realty transfer tax, has nearly leveled off, netting $13.1 million in Fiscal 2010, a decrease of $479,000, or 3.5 percent, from Fiscal 2009. The year prior, that line item had dropped by 35 percent.

Meantime, other related revenues, including fees collected through the Recorder of Deeds office, building permits and building inspections, also declined slightly, by a total of about $400,000, or 7 percent, from Fiscal 2009 to Fiscal 2010.

However, there were gains made elsewhere in the 2010 fiscal year, with foreclosures driving an increase of more than $425,000 in added revenue in sheriff’s sales, as well as additional property tax income, almost $300,000, thanks to new construction and stepped up delinquent tax collections. There was, however, no increase in the County’s property tax rate.

Those added revenues, along with decreases in budgeted expenditures in Fiscal 2010, helped keep the County on the positive side of the balance sheet.

County Administrator David B. Baker said the report reflects the continued hard work of County staff to maintain services with fewer resources. “General fund expenditures were $2.4 million less than the previous year. The County Council and staff deserve tremendous credit for providing County services with reduced staff and fewer funds,” Mr. Baker said. “Difficult choices were made reflecting the state of our economy, and this is the product of those efforts.”

Council President Michael H. Vincent said the audit should continue to give taxpayers confidence in the financial health of the County government and how their money is being managed locally.

“This Council has worked extremely hard in support of the staff to make the tough decisions to live within our income and still provide the required services for the residents of the county,” Council President Vincent said. “In these tough economic times this is good news that all of the efforts of the administration and staff have paid off with a small surplus at the end of a very tough year.”

Sussex County has submitted the 2010 audit report to the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada for consideration of its Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting award. The County has received the award the past eight years. Ms. Webb said she is optimistic the County will receive the same recognition for the Fiscal 2010 audit report.

The complete report and other information will be available on the County’s Web site at

I Think I Can See A Gov't Building Named After Him In The Near Future

Sussex County Administrator David Baker announces retirement

Georgetown, Del., Jan. 18, 2011: Sussex County Administrator David Baker will retire from County government this spring, capping more than three decades of service to the people of Sussex County that has seen balanced budgets, prestigious financial awards and the expansion of critical sewer service among his greatest accomplishments.

Mr. Baker, at the Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2011, meeting of County Council, announced he will step away from County government later this year, ending his nearly 33-year career that began in April 1978 in the Accounting division and eventually took him to the County’s top appointed administrative position. Mr. Baker has not yet set an official end date.

“Sussex County is a great place to live and work, and I am sincerely thankful for the opportunities you have provided me here,” Mr. Baker said in reading a letter to County Council and the public. “I have made many friends during my tenure here and have enjoyed the many challenges we have faced. Having worked here for 32 years, I have seen many changes for the betterment of our residents, and I am absolutely sure that many more will occur in the future with your leadership.”

As County Administrator, Mr. Baker has managed a staff of nearly 500 County employees and directed the day-to-day operations of the local government. The County Administrator is appointed by County Council and is responsible for, among other duties, making recommendations to the County Council, preparing and submitting the annual budget, and carrying out the policies and laws set forth by the Council.

Mr. Baker became County Administrator on Nov. 1, 2006, the fifth administrator since the Delaware General Assembly granted Sussex County home rule in the early 1970s, converting the old Levy Court into the current Sussex County Council.

Prior to becoming County Administrator, Mr. Baker served 14 years as the County’s Finance Director, overseeing all County finances. He began his career with County government in April 1978 as the director of the Accounting division. A native Delawarean, he is a graduate of the University of Delaware and Wilmington College, and holds bachelor’s degrees in both accounting and sociology, as well as a master’s in business administration.

Mr. Baker can count many achievements among his works at County government, both as Finance Director and County Administrator. These include a reputation for developing balanced, sensible annual budgets, which have earned numerous national awards for financial reporting; the adoption of and implementation of the County’s 2007 Comprehensive Plan Update; the County’s procurement of more than $50 million in federal ‘stimulus’ funding to expand sewer service in the Angola, Johnson’s Corner, Miller Creek and Millville districts; overseeing growth in the County’s industrial park and airport; the addition of open space for future wastewater needs; launching a partnership with Delaware Tech to create a new airframe maintenance program for aviation students; directing the purchase of land near the Nanticoke River for a future dredging site and public park; earning an upgrade in the County’s bond rating to Aa; steering the County toward full funding of its pension fund; and most importantly working with a talented, dedicated staff that has made all the County’s successes possible.

“I am sure that our outstanding staff exhibiting Sussex County’s strong work ethic will continue to make you proud. Our staff has adapted to many changes over the last several years in response to the state of economy,” Mr. Baker said. “… They recognize the plight of our residents and are doing more with less. I am proud of County staff. They are dedicated to providing outstanding service to our residents.”

County Council President Michael H. Vincent expressed the County’s appreciation for – and regret at the close to – Mr. Baker’s nearly 33 years of public service, in particular his leadership and guidance during his time as County Administrator. Council President Vincent said Mr. Baker’s departure will leave a tremendous void for the County government, one that can be filled, but never truly replaced.

“It has been a true pleasure to work with Dave Baker as our County Administrator as he is truly a public servant of the highest degree,” Council President Vincent said. “We certainly wish David and his family well in his retirement, and we truly realize that he will be sorely missed by the entire county.”

In the four months ahead, Mr. Baker will remain on as County Administrator as County leaders now begin their search for his replacement. County Council, which appoints the County Administrator at its pleasure, will conduct a search and interview applicants in hopes that a successor will be in place sometime early this spring, before Mr. Baker’s eventual retirement.

Mr. Baker has agreed to remain in place to help train the next County Administrator, which comes at a critical time as the County will begin crafting next year’s budget later this winter. County leaders are confident a timely search will provide the County with an individual who has the right skills and background to make the transition.

As for Mr. Baker, he intends to spend more time with his wife, Sandy, their four grown sons, and five grandchildren as he makes his own transition from public figure to private citizen. He plans to invest some time and his strong financial background by helping one of his sons with a new business, as well as doing some volunteer work and traveling.

Oral history - Bill and Monica Jokes - 1996

As you may recall in 1996 the President Clinton and Monica Lewinsky affair was hot and heavy, but it would not be until 1998 that America would hear about it, when Matt Drudge breaks the Bill Clinton-Monica Lewinsky affair story on his website The Drudge Report. “I did not have sex with that woman, Monica Lewinsky” becomes the quote that best characterizes the Clinton presidency.

so a few Bill and Monica jokes are in order.

Monica walks into her dry cleaning store and tells the guy, "I've got another dress for you to clean."

Slightly hard of hearing, the clerk replies, "Come again?"

"No," says Monica. "Mustard."

Monica went up to the pharmacist and stated, "I need to buy condoms."

The pharmacist looked up and asked, "Shall I put it on your bill?"

"No, thanks," Monica responded. "I prefer to put them on him myself."

Q. What does Bill say to Hillary after a romantic interlude?
A. Honey, I'll be home in 20 minutes

Bill Clinton and Al Gore go into a local diner for lunch.

As they read the menu the waitress comes over and asks Clinton, "Are you ready to order?"

Clinton replies, "Yes, I'd like a quickie."

"A quickie?!?" The waitress replies. "Sir, given the current situation of your personal life I don't think that is a good idea. I'll come back when you are ready to order from the menu." She walks away.

Gore leans over to Clinton and says, "Bill, it's pronounced 'Quiche.'"

Chinese President Hu Jintao Visits His New Kingdom

There was an article on the CNN website that talks about China; The new landlord of the U.S. and how the Obama administration just doesn't get it.

More interesting was the article Five Chinese trade tricks.

Chinese President Hu Jintao is of course in the United States to meet with President Obama. Delaware Gov. Markell will be sucking up at a luncheon hosted by Vice President (This is a big fucking deal) Biden and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to welcome Chinese President Hu Jintao to the United States. Washington, DC on Wednesday.

It's A Buyers Market On Policemen

The ongoing budget cutbacks has effected the police in New Jersey. Camden, N.J., the city with the second highest crime rate in the nation, is laying off 163 police officers. That's nearly 44% of the force. In November Newark, N.J., lay off 167 officers. Trained and certified don't mean a thing if you don't have money to pay them. Will uniformed policeman be on street corners holding up signs saying "Will protect for food"? What will be the budget effect in Delmar this upcoming year?

Unwanted Help

Sometimes when you are assembling a knock-down bookcase you really don't need a small cat playing with the screws and hardware.

Moving Susan Back

This past weekend we took our daughter Susan back to college in Edinboro, PA. I hate the winter trips there. It is always cold with much snow and you have to haul twice as much clothing and gear with you in the winter time. Here are a few photos of the trip.

Once we went thru the Allegheny Mountain Tunnel on the turnpike things changed. Much more snow on the ground, but it still wasn't snowing. This was on Saturday so We saw a lot of cars loaded down with Steeler and Raven fans. When you went into a rest stop for food it was like attending a cult meeting only you weren't part of the cult.

40 miles from Edinboro our luck ran out and it started to snow.
The Hotel

we stayed at the Comfort Suites and in the winter time, at moments, it reminds you of the Overlook in the movie the Shining


Susan brings van around so we can go to college. Notice amount of snow that fell over night on van. The locals don't consider this snow it was described to me as just being "flurries" to them.

attempts were made at clearing the walkways - notice the flag pole on the fire hydrants so they can find them.

moving in

notice those icicles

okay the one plus is ice fishing

This College has the worst art works scattered around campus, yet it has a good art program. The most recent addition is a statue called the Fighting Scot.

The Fighting Scot in front

Looks Like A Turtle from the side. It is just an ugly work of art.

Selective Politically Correct School Subjects - I Had A Dream

Let me say that the majority of this country are of the Christian religion. It is because of them schools are let out at Christmas Time. This bullshit of a Muslim student at a Cape Henlopen School District elementary school bringing a lawsuit against the school district for a teacher reading a story at Christmas about candy canes are shaped like the letter "J" for Jesus and that the red in the peppermint-flavored symbol of the holiday stood for the blood that Christ shed on the cross, is just that - bullshit.

Yet yesterday being "Martin Luther King" Day there is no out cry from the Muslim Community about the number of Christian bible references in his "I had A Dream speech."

Some Samples;
(MLK) No, no, we are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters, and righteousness like a mighty stream.

Amos 5:24 “But let judgment run down as waters, and righteousness as a mighty stream.”

(MLK) I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, and every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight; and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together.

Isaiah 40:4-5 “Every valley shall be exalted, and very mountain and hill shall be made low: and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain: and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.”

(MLK) It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of their captivity.

Psalm 30:5 “… weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.”

(MLK) And when this happens, . . . we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual:

Galatians 3:28 “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.”

So why has the Muslim community not come forth?

Very selective in their lawsuits. and why are the schools even discussing the "I had a dream" speech since it is a Christian based speech? Are they too using a selective Politically Correct criteria (meaning you can only bring a lawsuit against white people)?

Looking For The Poe Toaster

No not a bread toaster, an anonymous mute person who has left roses and cognac at Edgar Allan Poe's original gravesite on the writer's birthday every year since 1949, is who we are looking for. Last year the toaster did not show up. Will He/She do it this year, inquiring minds want to know? After all a city that names their football team after one of Edgar Allan Poe best known works certainly awaits tonight. Or will it be; Quoth the Raven, "Nevermore."

He was born as Edgar Poe in Boston, Massachusetts on January 19th 1809. An orphan at an early age he used his benefactor last name of Allan as his middle name.

Delmar School Board Meets Tonight

The Delmar Board Of Education meets tonight at 7 PM in the district meeting room. I could find no agenda posted for tonight on the website.

School Dress At Sussex Tech.

I was looking at the Sussex Tech website this morning and see they must be having problems with student dress also. Again notice it does not say the dress rules only apply to female, so I guess the boys can't wear a skirts more than 4 inches above the kneecap, but is it discrimination against students of Scottish descendants who wear a kilt?

I, for one, am glad the Delmar School went to uniforms. If the families of these children can't dress them like young ladies and gentlemen the school government again has to step in and control them. If you don't like it you should have have taught them the difference between "proper" dress and dressing like street prostitutes (male and female.)

Mon., Jan. 24 - Sussex Tech’s addition/modification to the student dress code policy will go into effect on Monday, January 24, 2011 at the start of the 3rd marking period. Tights and leggings worn alone will no longer be acceptable. A student may wear tights or leggings in the event they have a blouse, skirt, or top that meets the skirt requirement. Skirts are not to be worn more than 4 inches above the kneecap.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

The On Going Maryland Virginia Border - The Black-Jenkins Award - 1877

January 16, 1877 - The Maryland-Virginia boundary in the lower Chesapeake Bay was demarcated by the Black-Jenkins Award. This line would contribute greatly to the Oyster Wars and as late as 2003 the determination as to where in the Potomac River Virginia had a right.

MARCH 3, 1879, ch. 196,
Chap. 196 — An Act giving the consent of Congress to an
agreement or compact entered into between the States of
Virginia and Maryland respecting the boundary between said

Whereas arbitrators duly appointed on the part of the State
of Virginia and on the part of the State of Maryland for the
purpose of ascertaining and fixing the boundary between the
States of Virginia and Maryland, did proceed in the premises
to examine into and ascertain the true line of said boundary,
and did award as to the same in words following, to wit:


“And now, to wit, January sixteenth, anno Domini, eighteen
hundred and seventy-seven, the undersigned, being a
majority of the arbitrators to whom the states of Virginia
and Maryland, by acts of their respective legislatures,
submitted the controversies concerning their territorial limits,
with authority to ascertain and determine the true line of
boundary between them, having heard the allegations of the
said states, and examined the proofs on both sides, do find,
declare, award, ascertain, and determine that the true line of
boundary between the said states, so far as they are
coterminous with one another, is as follows, to wit:

“Beginning at the point on the Potomac River where the line
between Virginia and West Virginia strikes the said river at
low-water mark, and thence, following the meanderings of
said river, by the low-water mark, to Smith’s Point, at or
near the mouth of the Potomac, in the latitude thirty-seven
degrees fifty-three minutes eight seconds, and longitude
seventy-six degrees thirteen minutes forty-six seconds;
thence crossing the waters of the Chesapeake Bay, by a line
running north sixty-five degrees thirty minutes east, about
nine and a half nautical miles, to a point on the western shore
of Smiths Island, at the north end of Sassafras Hammock, in
latitude thirty-seven degrees fifty-seven minutes thirteen
seconds, longitude seventy-six degrees two minutes fiftytwo
seconds; thence across Smith’s Island south eighty-eight
degrees thirty minutes east, five thousand six hundred and
twenty yards, to the center of Horse Hammock, on the eastern
shore of Smith’s Island, in latitude thirty-seven degrees fiftyseven
minutes eight seconds, longitude seventy-five degrees
fifty-nine minutes twenty seconds; thence south seventy-nine
degrees thirty minutes east, four thousand eight hundred and
eighty yards, to a point marked A on the accompanying map,
in the middle of Tangier Sound, in latitude thirty-seven
degrees fifty-six minutes forty-two seconds, longitude
seventy-five degrees fifty-six minutes twenty-three seconds,
said point bearing from Jane’s Island light south fifty-four
degrees west, and distant from that light three thousand five
hundred and sixty yards; thence south ten degrees thirty
minutes west, four thousand seven hundred and forty yards,
by a line dividing the waters of Tangier Sound, to a point
where it intersects the straight line from Smith’s Point to
Watkins’ Point said point of intersection being in latitude
thirty-seven degrees fifty-four minutes twenty-one seconds,
longitude seventy-five degrees fifty-six minutes fifty-five
seconds, bearing from Jane’s Island light south twenty-nine
degrees west, and from Horse Hammock south thirty-four
degrees thirty minutes east; this point of intersection is
marked B on the accompanying map; thence north eighty-five
degrees fifteen minutes east, six thousand seven hundred and
twenty yards, along the line above mentioned, which runs
from Smith’s Point to Watkins’ Point until it reaches the
latter spot, namely, Watkins’ Point, which is in latitude thirtyseven
degrees fifty-four minutes thirty-eight seconds,
longitude seventy-five degrees fifty-two minutes forty-four
seconds; from Watkins’ Point the boundary line runs due
east seven thousand eight hundred and eighty yards, to a
point where it meets a line running through the middle of
Pocomoke Sound, which is marked C on the accompanying
map, and is in latitude thirty-seven degrees fifty-four minutes
thirty-eight seconds, longitude seventy-five degrees fortyseven
minutes fifty seconds; thence by a line dividing the
waters of Pocomoke Sound, north forty-seven degrees thirty
minutes east, five thousand two hundred and twenty yards,
to a point in said sound marked D on the accompanying map,
in latitude thirty-seven degrees fifty-six minutes twenty-five
seconds, longitude seventy-five degrees forty-five minutes
twenty-six seconds; thence following the middle of the
Pocomoke River by a line of irregular curves, as laid down
on the accompanying map, until it intersects the westward
protraction of the boundary line marked by Scarborough and
Calvert, May twenty-eighth, eighteen hundred and sixtyeight,
at a point in the middle of Pocomoke River, and in the
latitude thirty-seven degrees fifty-nine minutes thirty-seven
seconds, longitude seventy-five degrees thirty-seven minutes
four seconds; thence by the Scarborough and Calvert line,
which runs five degrees fifteen minutes north of east, to the
Atlantic Ocean: the latitudes, longitudes, courses, and
distances here given have been measured upon the Coast
Chart, number thirty-three, of the United States Coast Survey
(sheet number three, Chesapeake Bay) which is herewith filed
as part of this award, and explanatory thereof; the original
charter line is marked upon the said map and shaded in blue;
the present line of boundary, as ascertained and determined,
is also marked and shaded in red, while the yellow indicates
the line referred to in the compact of seventeen hundred and
eighty-five, between Smith’s point and Watkins’ point; in
further explanation of this award, the arbitrators deem it
proper to add that —
“First. The measurements being taken and places fixed
according to the Coast Survey, we have come as near to a
perfect mathematical accuracy as in the nature of things is
possible; but in case of any inaccuracy in the described course
or length of a line, or in the latitude or longitude of a place,
the natural objects called for must govern.
“Second. The middle thread of Pocomoke River is equidistant
as nearly as may be between the two shores, without
considering arms, inlets, creeks, or affluents as parts of the
river, but measuring the shore lines from headland to
“Third. The low-water mark on the Potomac, to which
Virginia has a right in the soil, is to be measured by the
same rule, that is to say, from low-water mark at one headland
to low-water at another, without following indentations, bays,
creeks, inlets, or affluent rivers.
“Fourth. Virginia is entitled not only to full dominion over
the soil to low-water mark on the south shore of the Potomac,
but has a right to such use of the river beyond the line of
low-water mark as may be necessary to the full enjoyment
of her riparian ownership, without impeding the navigation
or otherwise interfering with the proper use of it by Maryland,
agreeably to the compact of seventeen hundred and eightyfive.
“In testimony whereof we have hereunto set our hands the
day and year aforesaid.
“J. S. Black, of Pennsylvania,
“Chas. J. Jenkins, of Georgia.
“A.W. Graham

And whereas the said award has been ratified and confirmed
by the legislatures of the States of Virginia and Maryland

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of
the United States of America in Congress assembled, That
the consent of Congress of the United States is hereby given
to the said agreement or award and to each and every part
and article thereof: Provided, That nothing therein contained
shall be construed to impair or in any manner affect any right
of jurisdiction of the United States in and over the islands
and waters which form the subject of the said agreement or
Approved, March 3, 1879.