Saturday, March 05, 2011

Delmar School Board Candidates have filed

The Delmar School District has one opening (Five Year Term Member at Large) for the election scheduled on May 10th.

Joanne M. Gum (Current incumbent) 36718 Providence Church Rd., Delmar DE. 19940 302-846-9680 has filed on 03/01/11

Farrah Dawn Morelli of 36826 Robin Hood Rd., Delmar DE. 19940 302-846-3071 also filed on 03/04/11

So we are going to have an election.

I think Farrah Dawn Morelli is same person who is Vice president of Choose Life. Choose Life in Delaware is affiliated with the national Choose Life Organization and it's other associated state Choose Life organizations. They contribute member revenues to other Delaware organizations that support adoption rather than the abortion alternative.

We all know Joanne Gum.

100 Most Common U.S. Surnames

Rank Name Population
1 Smith 2,772,200
2 Johnson 2,232,100
3 Williams 1,926,200
4 Jones 1,711,200
5 Brown 1,711,200
6 Davis 1,322,700
7 Miller 1,168,400
8 Wilson 934,200
9 Moore 859,800
10 Taylor 857,000
11 Anderson 857,000
12 Thomas 857,000
13 Jackson 854,200
14 White 768,800
15 Harris 757,800
16 Martin 752,300
17 Thompson 741,300
18 Garcia 699,900
19 Martinez 644,800
20 Robinson 642,100
21 Clark 636,500
22 Rodriguez 631,000
23 Lewis 622,800
24 Lee 606,200
25 Walker 603,500
26 Hall 551,100
27 Allen 548,400
28 Young 531,800
29 Hernandez 529,100
30 King 523,600
31 Wright 520,800
32 Lopez 515,300
33 Hill 515,300
34 Scott 509,800
35 Green 504,300
36 Adams 479,500
37 Baker 471,200
38 Gonzalez 457,400
39 Nelson 446,400
40 Carter 446,400
41 Mitchell 440,900
42 Perez 427,100
43 Roberts 421,600
44 Turner 418,900
45 Phillips 410,600
46 Campbell 410,600
47 Parker 402,300
48 Evans 388,500
49 Edwards 377,500
50 Collins 369,300
51 Stewart 366,500
52 Sanchez 358,200
53 Morris 344,500
54 Rogers 338,900
55 Reed 336,200
56 Cook 330,700
57 Morgan 325,200
58 Bell 322,400
59 Murphy 322,400
60 Bailey 316,900
61 Rivera 311,400
62 Cooper 311,400
63 Richardson 308,600
64 Cox 303,100
65 Howard 303,100
66 Ward 297,600
67 Torres 297,600
68 Peterson 294,900
69 Gray 292,100
70 Ramirez 289,300
71 James 289,300
72 Watson 283,800
73 Brooks 283,800
74 Kelly 281,100
75 Sanders 275,600
76 Price 272,800
77 Bennett 272,800
78 Wood 270,100
79 Barnes 267,300
80 Ross 264,500
81 Henderson 261,800
82 Coleman 261,800
83 Jenkins 261,800
84 Perry 259,000
85 Powell 256,300
86 Long 253,500
87 Patterson 253,500
88 Hughes 253,500
89 Flores 253,500
90 Washington 253,500
91 Butler 250,800
92 Simmons 250,800
93 Foster 250,800
94 Gonzales 239,700
95 Bryant 239,700
96 Alexander 234,200
97 Russell 234,200
98 Griffin 231,500
99 Diaz 231,500
100 Hayes 228,700

Friday, March 04, 2011

Want Ads 1971 vs 2011

I was looking thru this weeks want ads in the Daily Times - No I am not looking for a job - I had a curiosity how the number of them stacked up - to say 40 years ago. The February 27th wants ads in 2011 totaled about 42. Of that number 13 of them were for a government or institution (college, hospital, health center) job.

In March 7, 1971 there were 66 ads, of which only 1 was for a government or institution (college, hospital, health center) - it was for a nurse. Most of the jobs were truck driver, mechanic, sales people, secretarial or poultry related. Jobs that did not require a college degree.

In 1971 to 1978 there was a recession same as now so the economy in general is not a factor here. Interestingly read Lights Out Seattle article if you want to read about a recession in 1970.

No great comment here just wanted to see if things have greatly improved in the US of A and Delmarva in paricular - they haven't.

Chinese Fish

I was in Superfresh, south side of Salisbury, this afternoon looking at fish for supper. Now you know how picky I am about Chinese goods (I buy it if I have no other choice). You would think something called Great American Seafood Pacific Cod would be a package of American caught fish.
No way another product of China.

I asked if the "crab" cakes he had were a) Crab and B) American crabs. They were imitation crab cakes. reminds me of Phillip Seafood Restaurant - made their reputation on local crabs than changed over to Asian crab meat, but the price stayed the same.

Ribbit Ribbit Can You Hear Me Now?

DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife seeks volunteers to monitor frog calling
Orientation meeting set for March 16 at the St. Jones Reserve in Dover

DOVER (March 4, 2011) – The sound of frogs calling in the night is more than just a sign of spring’s arrival. Frog calls can also be an important way to determine where different species live and how populations are doing over time – and many scientists now believe keeping track of these small amphibians can provide valuable information about our natural world.

“Frogs, toads and other amphibians have received more attention over the last few years as scientists and the public have become increasingly alarmed over amphibian declines and deformities. Because amphibians are aquatic for at least part of their life cycle, they can serve as important indicators of water quality and other aspects of environmental health,” said Holly Niederriter, a wildlife biologist with the Delaware Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program.

Concern over declines in amphibian populations has prompted the initiation of amphibian monitoring programs in North America and around the world, Niederriter added. The Delaware Amphibian Monitoring Project (DAMP) is our local chapter of a national effort called the North American Amphibian Monitoring Program.

This spring, DAMP is seeking volunteers to conduct surveys of calling frogs around the state. Volunteers with DAMP are assigned a route in one portion of the state, and they conduct surveys by listening for calling frogs at stops along the route, where they record the species they hear and general number of frogs calling. A number of routes have yet to be assigned in Delaware, particularly in Sussex and Kent counties.

An orientation meeting will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 10 at the St. Jones Reserve in Dover, with a training CD and other information to be provided. Potential volunteers need to have a car, access to the internet and be willing to conduct surveys along a roadside at night. After volunteers learn the calls of Delaware’s 16 frog species, they conduct three nighttime surveys between February and July each year. Each survey takes between two to three hours, not including drive time to the start point. This is a long-term project and is best suited for volunteers who are able to commit to conducting surveys for at least a few years.

To find out more about volunteering for DAMP, please contact Vickie Henderson or Lauren Johnson, Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife, at 302-735-8651 or via e-mail or Preregistration for the orientation is encouraged but not required. Information is also available by visiting the national project website,

DAMP was started in 1997 and is part of the North American Amphibian Monitoring Program (NAAMP), which helps to coordinate similar efforts in other states and provinces. The program is funded by donations to the Nongame and Endangered Species Fund on the Delaware state income tax form. You can donate all or a portion of your state tax refund to keep frogs singing in Delaware.

March Is Irish-American Month

Presidential Proclamation--Irish-American Heritage Month, 2011



Our diverse Nation has been shaped by the sacrifices and successes of those who crossed both land and sea in pursuit of a common dream. For millions of Americans, this journey began in Ireland. In the wake of the Great Hunger, many sons and daughters of Erin came to our shores seeking a brighter day, with only courage and the enduring values of faith and family to sustain them. Alongside many others who sought a better life in a new Nation, these intrepid immigrants built strong communities and helped forge our country's future. During Irish-American Heritage Month, we honor the contributions Irish Americans have made, and celebrate the nearly 40 million among us who proudly trace their roots back to Ireland.

From the earliest days of our Republic, the Irish have overcome discrimination and carved out a place for themselves in the American story. Through hard work, perseverance, and patriotism, women and men of Irish descent have given their brawn, brains, and blood to make and remake this Nation -- pulling it westward, pushing it skyward, and moving it forward. Half a century ago, John F. Kennedy became our first Irish-American Catholic President and summoned an expectant citizenry to greatness. This year, as we commemorate the 50th anniversary of President Kennedy's inauguration, we recognize our 35th President and the countless other Irish Americans whose leadership and service have steered the course of our Nation.

Seldom in this world has a country so small had so large an impact on another. Today, the rich culture of Ireland touches all aspects of American society, and the friendship that binds Ireland and the United States is marked by a shared past and a common future. As communities across our country celebrate Irish-American Heritage Month and St. Patrick's Day, our Nation pays tribute to the proud lineage passed down to so many Americans from the Emerald Isle.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim March 2011 as Irish-American Heritage Month. I call upon all Americans to observe this month by celebrating the contributions of Irish Americans to our Nation.

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


March Is Woman's History Month

Presidential Proclamation--Women's History Month, 2011



During Women's History Month, we reflect on the extraordinary accomplishments of women and honor their role in shaping the course of our Nation's history. Today, women have reached heights their mothers and grandmothers might only have imagined. Women now comprise nearly half of our workforce and the majority of students in our colleges and universities. They scale the skies as astronauts, expand our economy as entrepreneurs and business leaders, and serve our country at the highest levels of government and our Armed Forces. In honor of the pioneering women who came before us, and in recognition of those who will come after us, this month, we recommit to erasing the remaining inequities facing women in our day.

This year, we commemorate the 100th anniversary of International Women's Day, a global celebration of the economic, political, and social achievements of women past, present, and future. International Women's Day is a chance to pay tribute to ordinary women throughout the world and is rooted in women's centuries-old struggle to participate in society on an equal footing with men. This day reminds us that, while enormous progress has been made, there is still work to be done before women achieve true parity.

My Administration has elevated the rights of women and girls abroad as a critical aspect of our foreign and national security policy. Empowering women across the globe is not simply the right thing to do, it is also smart foreign policy. This knowledge is reflected in the National Security Strategy of the United States, which recognizes that countries are more peaceful and prosperous when their female citizens enjoy equal rights, equal voices, and equal opportunities. Today, we are integrating a focus on women and girls in all our diplomatic efforts, and incorporating gender considerations in every aspect of our development assistance. We are working to build the participation of women into all aspects of conflict prevention and resolution, and we are continuing to lead in combating the scourge of conflict related sexual violence, both bilaterally and at the United Nations.

In America, we must lead by example in protecting women's rights and supporting their empowerment. Despite our progress, too many women continue to be paid less than male workers, and women are significantly underrepresented in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. By tapping into the potential and talents of all our citizens, we can utilize an enormous source of economic growth and prosperity. The White House Council on Women and Girls has continued to remove obstacles to achievement by addressing the rate of violence against women, supporting female entrepreneurs, and prioritizing the economic security of women. American families depend largely on the financial stability of women, and my Administration continues to prioritize policies that promote workplace flexibility, access to affordable, quality health care and child care, support for family caregivers, and the enforcement of equal pay laws. I have also called on every agency in the Federal Government to be part of the solution to ending violence against women, and they have responded with unprecedented cooperation to protect victims of domestic and sexual violence and enable survivors to break the cycle of abuse.

As we reflect on the triumphs of the past, we must also look to the limitless potential that lies ahead. To win the future, we must equip the young women of today with the knowledge, skills, and equal access to reach for the promise of tomorrow. My Administration is making unprecedented investments in education and is working to expand opportunities for women and girls in the STEM fields critical for growth in the 21st century economy.

As we prepare to write the next chapter of women's history, let us resolve to build on the progress won by the trailblazers of the past. We must carry forward the work of the women who came before us and ensure our daughters have no limits on their dreams, no obstacles to their achievements, and no remaining ceilings to shatter.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim March 2011 as Women's History Month. I call upon all Americans to observe this month and to celebrate International Women's Day on March 8, 2011 with appropriate programs, ceremonies, and activities that honor the history, accomplishments, and contributions of American women. I also invite all Americans to visit to learn more about the generations of women who have shaped our history.

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


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Thursday, March 03, 2011

Public Works In Action

Back before the fire we had lower than normal water pressure in the house, but it was an old house and we figured somewhere there was just a corroded pipe ot valve that was dropping the pressure. When the new house was built we still had lower than normal pressure but I knew we had all new plumbing. Bob Windsor, public works foreman, checked our house water pressure and found it was at 35 lbs instead of 50 lbs.

So starting yesterday Public Works started a street cut.

Today they broke into the street found the lateral connection to water main and Fixed my problem.

It was a lot of effort but it is part of the service you pay for.

Bob down in the hole again standing in water fixing the problem.

Pinned On The Bulletin Board

The Delaware Motorsports Complex Openings

The Delaware Motorsports Complex, home of the ¼ mile drag strip U. S. 13 Dragway, the ½ mile clay oval Delaware International Speedway has released the tentative 2011 racing schedules’. The action this year looks to be a revving one.

The Dragway has set the first “Test-n-Tune” for this Sunday providing Mother Nature cooperates? Gates will open 11 AM, running 12-5 PM. The first point’s event is scheduled on April 3, 2011. Providing the weather doesn’t interfere causing changes in the dates; so check the tracks new web site at The next two dates March, 6 & 13 will be for two more “Test-n-Tune” weekends, and the first ET Brackets starts on Sunday, March 20. The first “Bad 8” is set for Easter, April 24, 2011. Call the tracks hot line by calling 302-846-3968 to the tracks action to be sure.

picked up from Who Won

Delaware Census Data

The Delaware census data is out and some of it is shown in the News Journal. Since census data determines Federal revenue hand-outs or giving back what they took from you, Lets look at Delmar, Delaware. It says we grew by 10% from 1,446 in the year 2000 to 1,597 in 2010. The town is 75% white, 17% black .7% Asian and the rest is multiracial (Delmar places third in the state for the most multiracials, with Laurel leading the state followed by Frederica).

Regarding race; Farmington, Delaware is the whitest town in Delaware with 100% of the population being white. Wilmington is the Blackest city in Delaware at 58% of the population black. Not a race item but Georgetown, Delaware has the most Hispanics at 47% of the population.

In general Delaware grew by 14.6% from 783,600 to 897,934 in 2010.

A comment on Private Information and Data stolen

In the News Journal there is an article on the information of 113 Delaware patients at Beebe Hospital that was stolen around Christmas Time last year. The Beebe hospital worker (name not given) took the information to Florida by accident according to the worker. She had taken the information home to work on. There-in is the reason how the data got where it was. More and More, all companies are going with this work at home idea. In order to have the information to work at home they have to carry it home. Much more of this stuff will be stolen or end up at school because their kid grabbed the wrong papers. I think all the hospitals in the area has some kind of work at home option. Someone I know at Perdue was commenting Perdue is looking at the accounting department working out of their homes at least two days a week and they will no longer have a desk in the office they can call solely theirs. It will be shared. Now most of us would not care about Perdue's data but is but one more example of an idea that was not really thought thru.

The Politically Incorrect 1930's

More of 1950's Politically Incorrect

1950's ad - would that Mexican accent get you in trouble today?

Camels Come To America

Today in 1855 Congress authorized $30,000 to purchase dromedaries (camels) for the military to use in the Southwest. Which lead to the U.S. Camel Corps and later the the Confederate Army Camel Corps. It also brought the term Cameltoe to America.

A good article on the history of bringing camels to America is here.

Why Are We Involving Our Self in Libya?

Once again the United States is involving itself in another country's affairs. We have been warned by a number of middle east countries to stay out of their affairs but once again we going to spend a billion or so of money we don't have to send Navy ship and aircraft off shore of Libya.

Just because a county has a Revolution we should not confuse it with a revolution (as in the American Revolution) for liberty - it is just one group taking over where the old group left off.

As I get older I consider our elected leaders as fools who don't understand jack shit but double talk and spending money. They seem to use these military operations and talk of liberty as a diversion from all of the real problems we have right here in the United States. Problems they can't solve. If there was a country that needed a revolution to replace it's ass holes leaders it is right here.

On a history note; the sword carried by US Marine officers in dress blues is called the Mameluke Sword. First awarded to Marine 1LT Presley O'Bannon by Prince Hamet Bey in recognition of the USMC role in the Battle of Derne during the Tripoli Wars. Officers have carried replicas of it since 1825. It does resemble a scimitar. Tripoli is the largest city and capital of Libya.

The Ark and The Dove Arrives In Maryland

After traveling since November from England today, in 1633, the Ark and Dove arrived at Maryland. In spite of a long voyage with many stop overs they didn't come ashore until March 25, on which they celebrate the Feast of the Annunciation, that today we celebrate as Maryland Day. So is the school teaching of Maryland Day really a teaching of a Catholic semi-holy day and it is just a matter of time before a Muslim sues the state over it? Maryland Day has many references in it's history to religious matters from the name of the two ships Ark and The Dove to waiting until the Feast of the Annunciation before sitting foot on Maryland (like making a virgin pregnant the settlers on the Ark and Dove started the birth of a State)

Narrative of a Voyage to Maryland, 1633-34
by Father Andrew White, S.J., who came with The Ark and The Dove

On the Twenty Second of the month of November, in the year 1633, being St. Cecilia's Day, we set sail from Cowes, in the Isle of Wight, with a gentle east wind blowing. And after committing the...ship to the protection of God especially, and of His most Holy Mother, and St. Ignatius, and all the guardians of Maryland, we sailed...past a number of rocks...which from their shape, are called the Needles...We left behind us the western promontory of England and the Scilly Isles...sailing easily on...[we passed] over the British channel. Yet we did not hasten, ...fearing, if we left the pinnace [i.e., the Dove] too far behind us, that it would become the prey of Turks and Pirates, who generally infest that sea...

The winds increasing, and the sea growing more boisterous, we could see the pinnace in the distance, showing two lights of her masthead. Then indeed we thought it was all over with her, and that she had been swallowed up in the deep whirlpools; for in a moment she had passed out of sight, and no news of her reached us for six months afterwards...[But after returning to England and made] a fresh start from thence, ...[and] overtook us [months later at the Antilles].

[Several days later] so fierce a tempest broke forth, ...that it seemed every minute as if we must be swallowed up by the waves...The clouds...were fearful to behold, ...and excited the belief that all the malicious spirits of the storm, and all the evil genii of Maryland had come forth to battle against us...And such a furious hurricane followed...that the mainsail, the only one we were carrying, [was] torn in the middle from top to bottom...All control of the rudder being lost, the ship now drifted about like a dish in the water, at the mercy of the waves...[But eventually] the storm was abating...[and] we had delightful weather for three months. [We continued past the Strait of Gibraltar, and the Madeiras, with favorable winds [the Portuguese trade winds], which blew steadily towards the South and the south-west [to] the Fortunate Isles [the Canary Islands].

[En route to the Caribbean Sea Christmas was celebrated and] in order that that day might be better kept, wine was given out; and those who drank of it too freely, were seized the next day with a fever; and of these, not long afterwards, about twelve died... [We reached Barbados on the third of January, [but] They had no beef or mutton at any price, ...On the twenty-fourth of January, we weighed anchor and [continued past St. Lucia, Guadalupe, Montserrat, and Nevis and spent ten days at St. Christopher's].

At length, sailing from this place, [we went north, rounded Cape Hatteras, and entered Chesapeake Bay between Cape Charles and Cape Henry and] reached Point Comfort, in Virginia, on the 27th of February, full of apprehension, lest the English in habitants, who were much displeased at our settling, should be plotting something against us. Nevertheless the letters we carried from the King, and from the high treasurer of England, served to allay their anger.

After being kindly treated for eight or nine days, we set sail on the third of March, and entering the Chesapeake Bay, we turned our course to the north to reach the Potomack River...Having now arrived at the wished-for country. Never have I beheld a larger or more beautiful river [than the Potomac]. The Thames seems a mere rivulet in comparison with it...The first island we came to [we called] St. Clement's Island...On the day of the Annunciation of the Most Holy Virgin Mary in the year 1634, we celebrated the mass for the first time, on the island...[then] we took upon our shoulders a great cross, which we had hewn out of a tree...[and] erected a trophy to Christ the Saviour...Since, however, the island contains only four hundred acres, we saw that it would not afford room enough for the new settlement, [we went] about nine leagues from St. Clement, [and] sailed into the mouth of a river, on the north side of the Potomac [now St. Mary's River] capable of containing three hundred ships of the largest size...We landed...and going in about a mile from the shore, we laid out the plan of a city, naming it after St. Mary. And in order to avoid every appearance of injustice, and afford opportunity for hostility, we bought from the [Indian] King thirty miles of land.
Extracted from The Maryland Historical Society's Fund Publication No. 1, Baltimore, Maryland, 1874.

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Jennifer Riegler Does A little Dance

There was an article about Jennifer Marie Riegler who danced naked around a Royal Farms Convince Store in Hebron just prior to Christmas and sexually harassed employees. No doubt Christmas pressure and she didn't see the sign saying "no shirt no shoes no service." She was from Accomack County Virginia which should explain a lot. As usual now days when people go to court her sentence was suspended.

Reportedly she was charged with disorderly conduct, indecent exposure, disturbing the peace, theft of less than $100, fourth-degree sex offense, malicious destruction of property valued at less than $500 and six counts of second-degree assault -- for allegedly kicking one officer in the crotch and another in the hand while they attempted put her in a patrol car.

Two things are interesting, first it was not mentioned if she now had to register as a sex offender, certainly if a man carried on like that he would be on the sex offender list in a heartbeat. And second she also had to agree to not return to the State Of Maryland (no time period given - maybe forever - you know that is not going to work). The do not return to Maryland is interesting because it was a frequent "sentence" handed out by Wicomico county judges in the 1950's and 1960's. The person would be released and put in a police vehicle and taken to the Delaware/Maryland State line and put out. Needless to say that did not help Delmar's reputation.

Wilmington Trust/M&T Merger Hearing

I see in the News Journal where there will be a public hearing about the merger of Wilmington Trust and M&T Bank. The draw back is it will be in Wilmington at the Carvel State office, 820 N. French St at 10 A.M. on Thursday March 24th. You would really to to hate one or the other of those two banks or both to drive all the way up there.

Delmar Gets A Little

Governor Markell, DNREC Secretary O’Mara announce municipal energy efficiency investments in Sussex County

BRIDGEVILLE (March 2, 2011) – Governor Jack Markell and DNREC Secretary Collin O’Mara announced today that as part of the statewide Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) Program, 21 Sussex County towns will receive federal grant funds to make improvements to municipal buildings that will save the towns an estimated total of nearly $250,000 in annual energy costs. The downstate Delaware towns receiving grants are Bethany Beach, Bethel, Blades, Bridgeville, Dagsboro, Delmar, Dewey Beach, Ellendale, Fenwick Island, Frankford, Greenwood, Henlopen Acres, Laurel, Lewes, Millsboro, Milton, Ocean View, Rehoboth Beach, Selbyville, Slaughter Beach and South Bethany.

Projects planned with the EECBG grants include heating and cooling efficiency upgrades, energy efficient lighting retrofits, window upgrades, insulation additions, pump upgrades, solar energy installations and a white roof project, all of which help to reduce energy consumption and lower energy bills. These projects will also provide job opportunities for local HVAC, general and specialty contractors.

“These projects represent a smart investment in our smaller towns and provide an opportunity to strengthen and stimulate the local economy by bringing a variety of work,” said Governor Markell. “These grants will save our local governments money and put Delawareans to work in jobs that make our buildings more energy efficient and help the environment.”

“By focusing on energy efficiency, local governments across the state will save energy, save money, reduce emissions and improve their bottom line, both long- and short-term,” added Secretary O’Mara.

For example, the town of Bridgeville, population approximately 1,700, was awarded grants to make pump motor improvements and weatherization improvements at the wastewater treatment plant, lighting improvements at the police station and public works building, and pump improvements at the well house. According to estimates based on these improvements, the town stands to save more than $24,000 in annual energy costs, reduce energy consumption by approximately 272,300 kilowatt hours or 33.5 percent, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by about 145.6 metric tons – equal to taking 28 cars off the road for a year or planting more than 3,700 trees.

“The Town of Bridgeville is very excited to partner with the Delaware Energy Office on energy conservation, especially on a program like this that reduces energy consumption as well as impacting our bottom line. Reducing our energy consumption and costs – that’s a win for the residents and businesses of Bridgeville, and it will allow us to use the money we save creatively for other things such as debt reduction and current and future projects,” said Bridgeville Town Manager Merritt Burke.

Bridgeville is one of 41 Delaware municipalities statewide that will share $5.46 million in federal grant funding through the EECBG program,
receiving grants ranging from $10,000 to $500,000. In addition to making municipal improvements, some towns also opted to offer energy efficiency rebate programs for residents.

Each state, including Delaware, was awarded a portion of $3.2 billion under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and through the U.S. Department of Energy to be divided in the form of grants among its municipalities to reduce fossil fuel energy use and lower emissions by generating a portion of their own energy needs with renewable energy. The Delaware Energy Office has been working with municipal governments throughout the state to distribute Delaware’s share through the EECBG program.

DNREC first offered grants to cover the cost of energy audits to help identify projects that would qualify for additional funding under the program. Municipalities were eligible for awards ranging from $20,000 to $45,000 based on the size of the population. Competitive grants were awarded in amounts ranging from $10,000 up to a maximum of $500,000 per local government.

Kent and New Castle County EECBG grant recipients were announced last week in Camden and Delaware City.

Howard's Comment; Interesting that the grant is for saving energy and now the town has two Humvees - the most fuel efficient vehicle on the road.

National Invasive Species Awareness Week

Is It Possible that we are in the middle of National Invasive Species Awareness Week 2011 and I have not mentioned it to you at all? Yes, it is and if you were in Washington DC today from 4:15 to 5:00 P.m. at the U.S. Department of the Interior (South Interior Auditorium)you could watch a Documentary Screening of “Bugged: The Race to Eradicate Asian Long-Horned Beetle”, a Documentary by Emily Driscoll.

Seriously around 120 billion dollars are spent every year on fighting the damage done by invading plant species. I am sure Emily Driscoll's documentary didn't cost half of that amount - but who knows for sure.

Invasive plants have been introduced intentionally (Kudzu) and by accident for decades and those invaders that have found themselves in comfortable quarters with few, if any, natural predators are beginning to clog rivers and streams, strangle out native plants that provide food and habitats for local wildlife and even threaten human food sources and gardens.

And in Delaware DNREC put out this press release;

DNREC seeks volunteers for Blackbird Reserve Wildlife Area project
SMYRNA (Feb. 22, 2011) – In honor of National Invasive Species Awareness Week, DNREC’s Division of Fish and Wildlife is looking for volunteers to help with an invasive plant removal project at the Blackbird Reserve Wildlife Area in Smyrna from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 5.

Non-native vines have invaded a section of the Blackbird Reserve and are clinging to trees and covering native plants and wildlife habitat. The plant species to be removed include Wintercreeper Euonymous, English Ivy and Japanese Wisteria.

Volunteers should plan to meet at the parking lot on Eagles Nest Landing Road, between Gum Bush and Deer Run roads. Gloves and tools (pruners, loppers, hand saws, etc.) will be provided, but volunteers may choose to bring their own.

Due to the nature of the work, this project is recommended for adults and older youth (age 13 and over). Volunteers also are strongly encouraged to pre-register with contact information in case of inclement weather leading to postponement.

For more information or to sign up for these projects, please contact Lynne Staub at 302-735-3600 or email

For information on other volunteer opportunities with the DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife, visit

Forget the head of John the Baptist bring me Wintercreeper Euonymous, English Ivy and Japanese Wisteria on the platter

Some Invasive Species that are on the Delaware Hit List are;
Norway maple
sycamore maple
five-leaf akebia
garlic mustard
joint-head arthraxon
Japanese barberry
tickseed sunflower
Carolina fanwort
Oriental bitter-sweet
Canada thistle
Japanese virgin's-bower
Asiatic dayflower
field bindweed
Indian mock-strawberry
Brazilian water-weed
water hyacinth
autumn olive
winged euonymus
meadow fescue
English ivy
orange daylily
Japanese hop
common hop
yellow iris
summer snowflake
European privet
Japanese honeysuckle
amur honeysuckle
Morrow’s honeysuckle
Tartarian honeysuckle
floating seedbox
creeping Jennie
purple loosestrife
Japanese stilt grass
marsh dewflower
parrot feather
Eurasian water-milfoil
reed canary grass
common reed
Japanese black pine
water lettuce
rough bluegrass
tufted knotweed
Japanese knotweed
lesser celandine
multiflora rose
red raspberry
Johnson grass
water chestnut
stinging nettle
Japanese wisteria


Presidential Proclamation--Read Across America Day, 2011




Hidden in the pages of books are extraordinary worlds and characters that can spark creativity and imagination, and unlock the potential that lies within each of our children. Reading is the foundation upon which all other learning is built, and on Read Across America Day, we reaffirm our commitment to supporting America's next generation of great readers.

Cultivation of basic literacy skills can begin early and in the home. It is family who first instills the love of learning in our future leaders by engaging children in good reading habits and making reading a fun and interactive activity. Regardless of language or literacy level, every adult can inspire young people to appreciate the written word early in life. Parents and mentors can help build fundamental skills by reading aloud to children regularly, discussing the story, and encouraging children to ask questions on words or content they do not understand. By passing a passion for literature on to our sons and daughters, we prepare them to be lifelong, successful readers, and we provide them with an essential skill necessary for academic achievement.

Teachers also play an integral role in our students' lives, and educators can help prepare our children to meet the challenges of tomorrow by making reading a key component of classroom activities. Our Nation's young people rely on the critical thinking and analytical skills gained from reading to build other areas of knowledge, including the subjects of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The next generation's ability to excel in these disciplines is crucial to America's strength and prosperity in the 21st century.

Read Across America Day marks the birthday of Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known to the world as Dr. Seuss. Through amusing wordplay and engaging tales, his stories have helped generations of young Americans enjoy reading and sharpen basic reading skills, vital tools for their future success. With parents, teachers, and communities working together, we can ensure reading is a national priority and American pastime. By recommitting to improving literacy and raising the expectations we have for our students, for our schools, and for ourselves, we will win the future for our children and give every child a chance to succeed.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim March 2, 2011, as Read Across America Day. I call upon children, families, educators, librarians, public officials, and all the people of the United States to observe this day with appropriate programs, ceremonies, and activities.

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


National Anthem draft leaves Md. home for 1st time

National Anthem draft leaves Md. home for 1st time

From The Associated Press
Tuesday, March 1, 2011; 5:46 AM

BALTIMORE -- The original manuscript of "The Star-Spangled Banner" written by Francis Scott Key is leaving Baltimore for the first time in nearly 200 years for an event in Annapolis.

The document will be moved from its home at the Maryland Historical Society on Tuesday in an armored car. It will be placed on view during a private two-hour reception hosted by the National Anthem Celebration Foundation for the Maryland General Assembly.

The group is preparing to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the writing of the anthem in 2014. It was written during the Battle of Baltimore in 1814.

On Wednesday, the handwritten document will be lent to the National Park Service for public viewing at Fort McHenry for three months.

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

National Pig Day

Yes today is National Pig Day, let hear it for pigs Yea Yea !!! So today honor that special pig in your life.

I guess it is not celebrated in the Muslim world.

Hindering, alive and well in Delmar

Picked up from WGMD

NEWS RELEASE: Incident: Hindering
Date of Incident: 27 February 2011
Location: 200 block of S. Pennsylvania Avenue, Delmar, MD
Suspects: Amy R. Bott, 40, Delmar, MD

Narrative: On 27 February 2011 at 1:50 AM, a deputy from the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office was investigating an assault that had just occurred on Waller Road outside of Delmar, when a vehicle alleged to be carrying the suspect in the assault drove by. The deputy attempted to locate the vehicle again and soon found it as it pulled up in front of a residence in the 200 block of S. Pennsylvania Avenue in Delmar.

During the investigation, deputies had received information that the suspect was picked up by this vehicle nearby where the assault occurred. Upon stopping it and speaking with the operator, Amy Bott, she repeatedly denied knowing who the suspect was and denied picking anyone up. The deputies subsequently learned the suspect was supposedly Bott’s boyfriend and that she had dropped him off in another location to avoid contact with the police.

Because of the overt actions of Bott and her attempts to keep the investigating deputy from locating the suspect in this case, Bott was arrested. Bott was transported to the Central Booking Unit where she was processed and taken in front of the District Court Commissioner. After an initial appearance, the
Commissioner released Bott on Personal Recognizance.

Charges: Obstruct and Hinder
False Statement

A Trip to Walmart

I think I must make at least a trip a day to WalMart. The prices for everything is just going up every day. It is rare that I get away with just a $50 trip. The last couple of times I have come home and pulled the calculator out to add up the receipt - I keep saying something must be wrong. The government has said they aren't increasing social security because there is no inflation - I don't know what world they live in.

The other thing I notice on my trips to Walmart is how much fresh produce and fruit the Hispanic women have when they check out. It must be at least five to ten times more than 'local" customers have.

Delmar Joint Council Meeting - February - 2011

The February Delmar Joint Councils meeting was held last night at 7:00PM. Last night's missing member was Commissioner Henderson. My usual disclaimer is I am not part of the council and what I write is my personal views, not the minutes, of the meetings. It is also just the parts I want to comment on or write about. If you want to know the real story go to the meeting or buy a newspaper. Tonight was a boring - boring meeting and thankfully it came to an end for me about 8:55 P.M. when they went into an executive session. I wasn't going to write anything about the meeting since I didn't pay that much attention but than I decided what the hell - can't do any harm - after all this is a blog not a newspaper.

The School Zone ordinance #714 on the Maryland side was discussed. They passed it. In spite of dozens of ordinances the town has but don't enforce they succeeded in adding one more. A zone a half mile radius around Delmar Elementary School (encompasses most of the town of Delmar Maryland) will be considered a school zone. Tom Luffman (member of the public) spoke out against along with Tom Mcquire. both said the problem is congestion not speeders. Commissioner Carl Anderton pointed out he would like to have heard input from the school but in spite of a notice being sent them no one showed up to the town meeting.

Chris Mills gave a talk about how he has finally got all the signature needed to go before the court and get a deed to the LeCates building. He said he would talk about plans for the building in the future. Again I am not impressed the whole thing as it has gone on too long and I don't see anything being done there for years. Well maybe he will cut the trees growing out of it.

Deldot will be redoing the intersection at Iron Hill and RT 13. The Town send a letter to them for additional items to be considered since that area could have a number of house build in the future. Deldot said they would stick with their plan and not consider the town's opinion. Really have to clean house in that department.

Bloosurf is headquartered in Pocomoke, Maryland and Bloosurf is a joint venture between Pocomoke Holdings, a Delaware based LLC, and Alsatis, a French corporation specializing in rural broadband markets. Bloosurf took over the old Lower Shore Broadband Cooperative
when it went belly up. In simple words the company is trying to supply high speed internet to rural areas. They want to use Delmar water towers to place their antenna on them to provide the service to this area. Naimat Mughal gave a long and boring description of it. Since Comcast (their competition) pays the town franchise money the councils suggest that Bloosurf comes back with a proposal for how much they can pay.

On the agenda but not really discussed with the public was a letter received from David Davis that pertain to sprinklers in homes on the Maryland side. Someone said it should add about $2.50 per sq ft to the price of a new home. Like the housing market isn't depressed enough as it is so the State of Maryland jumps in and kicks it a little harder to make sure it doesn't recover.

Doug Warner of Design Elements gave a talk similar to the one he gave at this month's P & Z meeting. he requested an extension on the time to start work on his two Delaware developments. It was given. He will be going to the Delaware Board of adjustments on March 15th to request an extension on his exception to R2 zoning for apartments. Isn't that one of the excuses given for turning down the low income housing project? You couldn't have apartments in an R2 Zone - but yet here it is.

The old bank was rebidded for conversion to the Town Hall. The Low Bidder was Gillis Gilkerson Inc at $364,400

The Town has been dealing with the owners of a house on E. Eliz street to fix it up or tear it down. The owners have said they would start work to fix it up in the next 45 days. I think this property has been that way for about two years. The lecates building has been that way for 20 years but I have not heard of the town bothering with it.

P&Z is looking into a Vacant house ordinance for Delmar. The one they looked at was based on the one in Smyrna, Delaware but after talking to people in Smyrna they have decided to look at other towns for a design for their ordinance. Smyrna is one of six towns in Delaware with Camden, Dover, Elsmere, New Castle and Wilmington being the other ones. I am simply not impressed with the town and their ordinance as they apply their ordinances to those they don't like and their friends can get away with whatever they like.

The Town will have their Spring Cleaning in April.

The Delmar Chamber of Commerce transferred the money collected for Christmas Holiday decorations to the town. It was about $180. A big thank you to the Delmar C. of C.

Death of Army Corporal Frank W. Buckles, the Last Surviving American Veteran of World War I

Presidential Proclamation--Death of Army Corporal Frank W. Buckles, the Last Surviving American Veteran of World War I
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As a mark of respect for the memory of Army Corporal Frank W. Buckles, the last surviving American veteran of World War I, and in remembrance of the generation of American veterans of World War I, I hereby order, by the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, that, on the day of his interment, the flag of the United States shall be flown at half‑staff at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions until sunset on such day. I further direct that the flag shall be flown at half‑staff for the same period at all United States embassies, legations, consular offices, and other facilities abroad, including all military facilities and naval vessels and stations.

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


Delmar Band Boosters Fundraiser - TODAY

Tuesday, March 1 · 11:00am - 11:30pm

Location Green Turtle, Salisbury Md
North Salisbury Blvd
Salisbury, MD

More Info The Green Turtle is donating a portion of their proceeds ALL DAY/NIGHT Tuesday to the DHS Band Boosters. You don't have to have a ticket or anything, and it's any time Tuesday. Round up as many people as you can! Go to the turtle, any time Tuesday!! Please spread the word!

Sussex County News Brief

News Brief

Sussex County issues statement on court decision regarding Inland Bays regulations

Georgetown, Del., Feb. 28, 2011: The Delaware Superior Court has ruled in favor of Sussex County government and landowners concerning the legality of State-imposed regulations for buffers on private properties surrounding the Inland Bays.

The order was handed down late Friday, Feb. 25, 2011, by Judge T. Henley Graves in the case of Sussex County vs. the State of Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control. The County joined several private landowners in the suit.

The County issues the following statement:

Sussex County Council and its legal counsel, Moore & Rutt, P.A., are pleased that the Delaware Superior Court has ruled in the County’s favor concerning the authority of DNREC to regulate land buffers surrounding the Inland Bays.

The court found that the DNREC regulations known as the Pollution Control Strategies were an attempt to usurp the local authority to zone land. The Superior Court ruled that the Delaware General Assembly has granted the primary land use authority to the counties and municipalities, not State agencies.

The court’s decision affirms what was the central argument in this case – that local land use decisions rest with local governments. Thanks to the court’s ruling, that will continue to be the case in Sussex County and throughout the state of Delaware.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Tarps Of Many Colors

Yesterday was busy day for Camelot hall as a roofing company came in and laid tarps and protective coverings down. I understand the loss is reported at $100,000.

Interesting isn't it? Ten people on the roof and only one seems to be working. The rest are there for moral support. Hard hats optional.

Alive In The Chesapeake Blog

There is a poster who leaves comments on my blog occasionally named Bill Livingston. I took a look at his blog Alive In The Chesapeake and found he is a very prolific blogger. He seems to have only started the blog this year and already has 200 plus posts. Take a look and see what you think.