Saturday, March 19, 2011

Delmar Milling Company


In 1911 the Delmar Milling Company was located in Delmar, Maryland just south of East Chestnut Street on what is today Bi-State Boulevard. It was a two and half story frame building located next to the "woods" as Delmar was not developed any farther south at that time. The central mill and attached storage shed had a large Corn crib and storage shed in the back and an office building out front. The mill was powered by electric with three electric motors on the first floor and appropriate shafting to run two corn mills, a corn crusher and a flour mill. The second floor had a hominy mill, gyrator, smut machine, separator and dust collectors.

Today the section between Chestnut and Pine is perhaps the largest accumulation of American Four square style houses in Delmar.

The swallows come back to Capistrano


That's the day you promised to come back to me
When you whispered, "Farewell," in Capistrano
'twas the day the swallows flew out to sea

—excerpt from "When the Swallows Come Back to Capistrano" by Leon René (he also wrote "Rockin' Robin")

Today is the day - maybe - that the swallows come back to Capistrano. Migrating from Goya, Argentina (winter is starting in the southern hemisphere), avoiding Homeland Security, they return to their spring and summer home in San Juan Capistrano each March. The Swallows celebration began centuries ago when Mission padres observed that the birds return roughly coincided with St. Joseph's Day (foster father of Jesus Christ) on the church calendar, March 19.

The swallows leave Goya on the 18th day of February, at dawn, in successive bands, and that they arrive all together in Capistrano on the 19th day of March, taking exactly thirty days to cover 7,500 miles.

During their flight for the thirty days they fly, they do not eat or drink, since they fly from dawn to sunset in order not to waste time.

They fly at an altitude of more than 6,600 ft. In order to take advantage of the fast and favorable currents (tail winds pun excluded) and to avoid plundering birds.

But few things in life are predictable, even the swallows, although their numbers have declined in recent years, the swallows’ return is still celebrated with frill and fanfare at San Juan Capistrano. A large number now go elsewhere in the region to less urbanized areas such as the San Bernardino Mountains (Big Bear Lake) while others have taken up residence at other areas around southern California including the Vellano Country Club in Chino Hills.

Each year the Fiesta de las Golondrinas is held in the City of San Juan Capistrano. Presented by the San Juan Capistrano Fiesta Association, the Fiesta de las Golondrinas is a week-long celebration of this event culminated by the Swallows Day Parade and Mercado, street fair. Tradition has it that the main flock arrives on March 19 (Saint Joseph's Day), and flies south on Saint John's Day, October 23.

This can be compared to March 15th when the city of Hinckley Ohio has the return of the buzzards at "Buzzards' Roost" at the Hinckley Reservation. At one time Laurel Delaware had a day for buzzards arriving in that fair town.

Friday, March 18, 2011

The Pattern Is Set For the Crazies to Roam Tonight

Friday night, looks like a full moon, a warm night, and the old downtown section of Delmar is crowded with people at the auction, Milanos and the Sports Nuts bar.
The Pattern For a Night Of crazies to be on the loose later tonight is set.

Delmar Band Beef and Dumpling Dinner - Sunday

Don’t forget! Sunday- Beef and Dumpling Dinner 1-4pm at the Delmar VFW. Tickets are $10 and available at the door.

Shadow Puppets


Oh We Got trouble

Trouble, oh we got trouble,
Right here in Woodcreek!
With a capital "T"
That rhymes with "P"
And that stands for PCS Homes,

Apologizes to "Professor" Harold Hill and The Music Man (1957)

If only Woodcreek had the problems River City had, they wouldn't think they had problems.


A sign that has been seen before. I think the Golf course is but a minor part of their woes. The bankruptcy has been going on since fall of last year.

Write that March 22nd date down in your datebook for golf equipment etc. Buy At auction is here.

Check out the items listed;
Equipment: Hustler Super Z Mini zero turn mower, John Deere 757 zero turn mower, John Deere 797 zero turn mower, (3) Jacobsen Greens King IV Plus mowers, Ryan GA30 ride on greens aerifier, Smitco G-Star bunker rake, John Deere E-Gator, (2) Club Car Turf 2 Carryall, (2) Cushman Turf Truckster, Cushman Spraytek DS-175 w/Raven spray control and electric booms, Turfco Model F12D Mete-R-Matic top dresser, Lely broadcast spreader, Sweepster 72” 3PH PTO rotary broom, 6’ box blade, Woods 650 3PH backhoe, Massey Ferguson 48” 3PH roto-tiller, 1993 Centre-ville 16’ 10,000 GVW equipment trailer, Field office trailer, Ryan Jr. sod cutter, Hose reel on cart, Jacobsen 6hp aerator, Jacobsen 22” walk behind greens mower, 7hp air compressor, 9000lb capacity Golf-Lift post lift.


Other Shop Equipment: Ladders, gas tote, safety cones, trash cans, misc. building materials, 150,000 BTU Reddy Heater, Rigid shop vac, Husky 1800 psi pressure washer, 5500 lb pallet jack, ext. cords, gas cans, 16 gal pressurized oil drain, battery tester, 36” floor fan, hand truck, jack stands, creeper, bolt bins, parts shelving, small parts assortments, vise, portable air tank, fire extinguishers, first aid kit, time clock, spill kit, Tyvek coveralls, box fan, (2) desks, (4) chairs, (3) Motorola Radius hand-held radios, measuring wheel, eyewash station, tow straps, lockers, come-a-long, huge quantity of hand tools (shovels, rakes, post hole diggers, brooms).

Golf Course supplies: Ball washers, (5) hand sprayers, backpack sprayer, golf balls, sprinkler valves, hazard spikes, tee towels, Rain Bird heads and valves, valve boxes, marking flags, (4) hole cutters, hip boots, hand pump, tee flags, hose, bunker rakes, Stihl weed eaters and hand blowers, water cooler, greens sweeper, 25 gal. electric sprayer, (2) Lesco Commercial Plus broadcast spreaders, Scotts drop spreader, spare tires & wheels, pond fountain, submersible pump.

Pro Shop & Snack Bar equipment: (2) cash registers, credit card machine, Sentry safe, hats, (4) sets of golf clubs & bags, shoe brush, Scotsman ice maker, Star Grill-Max hot dog roller, Bunn Pour-O-Matic coffer maker, Beverage Air glass door dou-ble refrigerator MT-49, Beverage Air stainless refrigerator EF24-1A5, Beverage Air stainless freezer ER24-1A5.


Maybe the town should go to it to pick up some equipment.


Having Fun Yet Woodcreek?

Woodcreek is a development well blessed with for sales signs as people try and get out now before it gets worst and we won't even talk about the home Owners association.

In the next week or so I will write a little more about Woodcreek and it's problems.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Scrapplefest - 2011

Next Saturday (March 26), the Reading Terminal Market will be once again throwing its annual celebration of this misunderstood breakfast meat. There will be scrapple tastings (including options for the vegan set), cooking demonstrations by area chefs, scrapple sculptures, a recipe contest and plenty of music to help it all go down easy.

Scrapplefest
Where: Reading Terminal Market
When: March 26, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cost: Free!
More info: Reading Market

and live music from Bobby Mansure’s Stars and Stripes band!!!!

Delmar Business District in 1904


Delmar 1904 Business District

The map above is of the business district in Delmar Delaware in 1904. This is three years after the 1901 fire burnt the town and 12 years after the 1892 fire. So with the exception of the large empty lot facing State street and First street most of the business section had been rebuild. The dark shaded building are brick buildings and those that are just an outline are wood frame buildings. Altho there was suppose to be a regulation that said all buildings after the fire should be built of brick obviously at this point all were not built of brick.

At the top of the map five major Railroad tracks are shown going thru Delmar. In the larger map there are another 4 to 5 spurs shown on it in addition to these five.

In front of the building is a dotted line indicating a porch roof or awning was in front of the buildings.

I took photos of this section this morning to give us some relationship to 1904 and today.

Starting in the bottom tight hand side

Position 1 Corner First and Grove - today is an empty lot. In 1978 when I moved here the house shown on the map was still standing. Shorts funeral Home tore it down and built as parking lot. I have no memory of the brick wheel wright shop behind the house.

The house next to it however is still standing.


Position 2 - Grove St
You see most of the buildings from 1904 today are still standing. There has been some additions added to them but mostly it is all there. In 1904 where the Doctor's Office is was a Hardware store. Next to it was a furniture store and next to it was a clothing store.

Position 3 - RR Ave (Today Pennsylvania Ave) and Grove St.
Starting at the North corner of Railroad Avenue (Today Pennsylvania Ave) The first four buildings were standing. They were a millinery shop, a clothing store, a general store, and a notions shops. An empty lot (today a storefront church is there)followed before coming to the bank (Today the bank is the Barber shop)

Position 4 RR Ave (Pennsylvania Ave )
Again on Pennsylvania Ave (Railroad Ave) There is the bank ( barber shop) and in 1904 five wood buildings that housed - vacant bldg, Grocery store, Post office and telephone exchange, a millinery, and a Grocery store. After the grocery store was the brick LeCates building.

Position 5 RR Ave (Pennsylvania Ave)
The Lecates building was there. The other brick buildings to the left (North) were not there in 1904. The leCates building shows it had a notions shop, a grocery store and a Clothing store.

Position 6 RR Ave and State St again the Lecates Building and behind it was an empty lot where today the pharmacy and laundry mat is now.

Position 7 State Street
shows the back of the today's buildings - in 1904 there was a carriage repository back there.

Pocahontas Died today in 1617


Today in 1617 at age 22, Indian Princess Pocahontas (wife of John Rolfe, mother of Thomas Rolfe) died from a disease on board ship while returning to America. She was buried in a churchyard in Gravesend, England on March 21. The site of her grave is unknown.

Let's Hear It For The Unification of Italy - hip hip Hooray

Presidential Proclamation--150th Anniversary of the Unification of Italy
A PROCLAMATION

On March 17, Italy celebrates the 150th anniversary of its unification as a single state. On this day, we join with Italians everywhere to honor the courage, sacrifice, and vision of the patriots who gave birth to the Italian nation. At a time when the United States was fighting for the preservation of our own Union, Giuseppe Garibaldi's campaign for the unification of Italy inspired many around the world in their own struggles, including the 39th New York Infantry, also known as "The Garibaldi Guard." Today, the legacy of Garibaldi and all those who unified Italy lives on in the millions of American women and men of Italian descent who strengthen and enrich our Nation.

Italy and the United States are bound by friendship and common dedication to civil liberties, democratic principles, and the universal human rights our countries both respect and uphold. As we mark this important milestone in Italian history, we also honor the joint efforts of Americans and Italians to foster freedom, democracy, and our shared values throughout the world.

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 17, 2011, as a day to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the Unification of Italy. I encourage all Americans to learn more about the history of Italian unification and to honor the enduring friendship between the people of Italy and the people of the United States.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this sixteenth 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.

BARACK OBAMA

National Green Beer Day


Today Is National Green Beer Day

Gross

Stephanie Mickle - 8 years for theft

Ex-Kenton Treasurer Sentenced to Prison as “Habitual Offender” for Theft
Dover – The Attorney General’s office announced that Stephanie Mickle, the former Treasurer of Kenton, was sentenced today to eight years in prison for theft of Kenton town funds and forgery of town documents.

Mickle pled guilty to 3 counts of felony Theft over $50,000 on January 26, 2011. Following her conviction, prosecutor R. David Favata petitioned the Court to sentence Mickle as an habitual offender. Kent County Superior Court Judge William L. Witham, Jr. granted the State’s motion and sentenced her today as a habitual offender. Under Delaware law, offenders convicted of 4 separate and distinct felonies can be declared a “Habitual Offender” and sentenced to enhanced penalties up to life in prison.

Judge Witham also ordered Mickle to pay the Town of Kenton $198,013 in restitution and, following her release from prison, sentenced her to two years of intensive probation followed by level 1 probation until restitution is paid. She was also ordered to obtain a mental health evaluation and treatment and to maintain full-time employment in a position with no access to funds or other peoples’ personal information.

Mickle was arrested in September, 2010 by Special Investigators from the Attorney General’s office and was charged with 3 counts of Theft over $50,000 and two counts of Forgery Second Degree. Mickle’s arrest followed an investigation by the Attorney General’s Fraud and Consumer Protection Division following a referral by the State Auditor’s Office, which had conducted an audit at the request of Kenton town officials. The agencies’ investigations revealed that Mickle made herself Town Manager with forged town Council Meeting documents and then proceeded to sell the town’s cell phone tower easement and access those funds for personal use. Investigators also learned that from 2008-2010, approximately 900 fraudulent financial transactions were made by Mickle, who as Kenton Treasurer had complete control of the town’s bank accounts. Mickle used debit cards, checks, computer transactions, and electronic transfers of funds to pay personal expenses, including previous court-ordered restitution.


So how did William Hitch escape with such a light penalty for taking money from the Laurel School Board?

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Local Blogger Paints House


From yellow to gray - quiets the neighborhood down.

The My Lai Massacre

I have written before about the My Lai massacre so I will just mention that on March 16, 1968 American servicemen of Charlie Company 11th Brigade, American Division massacred a number between 300 to 500 apparently unarmed civilians including women, children, and the elderly. I have always found it interesting that this was held in contempt by all, except for some veteran groups, but bombing of civilians by the Air Force was never considered a crime.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Sewer Grate Thefts

Picked up from WGMD

DSP News Release: Two Charged in Sewer Grate Thefts
Location(s):
• INDIAN MISSION ROAD STONEWATER CREEK DEVELOPMENT MILLSBORO, DE
• POT NETS BAYSIDE MILLSBORO, DE
DATE and TIME: Monday March 14, 2011
Defendant(s) Charge(s) and Bond Information:
Justin C. Holston-21 Georgetown, DE
John R. Haas-20 Millsboro, DE
• Both charged with below:
• Theft $1,500 or Greater
• Conspiracy Second Degree
• Theft by False Pretense
• 2 counts Criminal Trespass Third Degree
Holston and Haas each were each released on $4,500 unsecured bond

Resume:
Millsboro-State Police Monday March 14th charged Justin C. Holston and John R. Haas with selling sewer grates stolen from two Sussex County communities.

Monday morning State Police were notified by an independent witness; who observed the transaction, that Holston and Haas had just sold 6 sewer grates at Donovan’s Salvage Georgetown Delaware. The alert witness obtained the registration off the pickup truck Holston and Hass were occupying and provided the information to Troopers. Investigators learned that the sewer grates were stolen from the Stonewater Creek and Pot Nets Bayside communities Millsboro Delaware.

The steel sewer grates cost approximately $300.00 dollars each; however Holston and Haas only received $220.00 for all 6 grates.

Holston and Haas were charged with a felony theft charge and then each released on $4,500 unsecured bond.

Delmar Delaware Board Of Adjustments

I went to the Delmar Delaware Board Of adjustments meeting tonight at 7:30 p.m. The only item on the agenda was Doug Warner- Element- Special Exception Extension Request for apartment use in R-2 zoning for Delmar Grove. Since the Delmar Delaware Board Of adjustments is held on a need-only basis let me say that it is made up of Mayor Michael Houlihan, Director of Public Works Jerome Reid and the town's attorney, James F. Waehler. The Town attorney was not here tonight.

In General the Duties, Power and Responsibility of the Board
a. Hear and decide appeals where it is alleged there is error in any order,
requirements, decisions, or determination made by an administrative
official in the enforcement of this ordinance or any ordinance adopted
pursuant thereto;
b. Hear and decide special exceptions to the terms of the ordinance upon
which the Board if required to pass under such ordinance;
c. Authorize, in specific cases, such variance from the zoning ordinance,
Town Code or regulations that will not be contrary to public interest,
where, owing, to special conditions or exceptional situations, a literal
interpretation of the zoning ordinance, Town Code or regulations will
result in unnecessary hardship or exceptional practical difficulties to
the owner of property so that the spirit of the ordinance, Town Code, or
regulation shall be observed and substantial justice done, provided
such relief may be granted without substantial detriment to the public
good and without substantially impairing the intent and purpose of the
zoning ordinance, Town Code, regulations or zoning map.

Tonight Doug Warner of Design Elements requested an extension of his previously granted exception to allow apartments in an R2 zone for Delmar Grove. Delmar Grove is owned by Delmarva Woodlands Alliance II, LLC, and/ or Chesapeake LLC. It is a development on 97 acres (of which 83 acres are wetland) located on the southwest corner of the Iron Hill Road and Old Stage Road. The last number I had on them was 120 units in three story condos spread over five buildings with 24 condominiums in each building. I asked the questions are the apartments to be rented out and it was explained to me that no - due to the town codes the type of condos they were putting in fell under an apartment classification so that is why they need a special exception. Now back on Dec 11, 2007 they told P & Z it would be a combination of condominiums to rent, and to own, but I guess at some point now they are only looking at to own.

The special exception was extended by the board until October 23rd 2012.

The meeting was shorter than the time it took me to write this.

Delaware On Line Logbook for anglers

Free online logbook unveiled for anglers to keep track of trips, catches

DOVER (March 15, 2011) – The Delaware Division of Fish & Wildlife has partnered with the Atlantic Coastal Cooperative Statistics Program (ACCSP) to create an electronic logbook for use by all anglers who fish in Delaware waters so they can easily keep a running tally of their fishing trips and catch.

“You can retrieve reports about what species of fish you caught for the year, how many you kept and released, where you fished, what gears you used and more. You can even record your shellfish catches if you happen to be a recreational crabber or clammer,” said Richard Wong, Fisheries Biometrician.

For many years, DNREC’s Fisheries Section has relied on a federal survey to shed light on marine recreational catches and fish sizes in Delaware. That survey provides a great deal of information, but it does not cover information about many aspects of our recreational fishery, such as sizes of released fish, basic information about less popular game fishes, or fishes caught at night.

“Anglers can use the electronic logbook for free and enjoy its features, while at the same time they will be helping the Division better understand what’s ‘really’ going on out there with our recreational species,” said Wong. “Our aim is to provide a useful, interesting tool for our anglers, crabbers and clammers while enabling us to improve fishing for all Delaware anglers.”

To use the new online logbook, visit www.fw.delaware.gov/Pages/Logbook.aspx . Users will be prompted to create a login name, and then follow the instructions to record information.

Delaware Duck Stamp Contest

DNREC announces annual Duck, Trout Stamps contests set for April 2

Delaware’s Junior Duck Stamp winners also to be unveiled at Greenwings event

GREENWOOD (March 15, 2011) – Wildlife art enthusiasts, stamp and print collectors, waterfowl hunters, birdwatchers and wetland conservationists will gather beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 2 at the Delaware Ducks Unlimited Greenwings’ Event at Owens Station in Greenwood for the judging of Delaware’s annual Duck Stamp and Trout Stamp contests.

Sponsored by the Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife in partnership with Delaware Ducks Unlimited, the annual competitions draw entries by renowned and emerging artists from across the country. A panel of judges consisting of an artist, a waterfowl collector, an art teacher/professor, a biologist and the chair of Delaware Ducks Unlimited will select Best of Show winners for the 2012 Delaware Duck Stamp and the 2012 Delaware Trout Stamp. Judges will base their decisions on originality, artistic composition, anatomical accuracy and suitability for reproduction as a stamp and print.

Delaware’s 2012 waterfowl stamp will mark the 32nd anniversary of the contest, which began in 1980 to raise funds for waterfowl conservation, including acquiring and improving the wetland habitats that are vital for the survival of migratory waterfowl. To date, more than $2.5 million has been raised. The artwork chosen for the 2012 stamp will be fourth in a new series which must include one or more Delaware native species as the dominant feature, and may include any other objects including man-made objects.

Artists from across the nation will submit paintings of rainbow, brown or brook trout for the competition to choose the illustration for the 2012 Delaware Trout Stamp, which must be displayed by all trout anglers. Some 6,500 trout anglers and stamp collectors support this program annually, generating approximately $25,000 in annual revenues to stock trout in six northern New Castle County streams, Tidbury Pond in Kent County and Newton Pond in Sussex County.

The 2011 Junior Duck Stamp winners also will be unveiled at the event. The competition provides an opportunity for students throughout Delaware to participate in a national art competition keyed to native waterfowl and wetland values. Students learn hands-on activities in waterfowl, wetland and habitat education and conservation while completing duck stamp art entries. Artwork is judged in K-3, 4-6, 7-9 and 10-12 grade categories, with various prizes. The Best of Show will move on to the National Federal Junior Duck Stamp Competition.

For more information on the Delaware Duck Stamp, Trout Stamp or Junior Duck Stamp programs, please contact the Division of Fish and Wildlife at 302-739-9911, or visit www.fw.delaware.gov.

The Ides of March and Tombstone Tuesday



0044 -BC- Julius Cæsar assassinated in Roman Senate in the Portico of the Theater of Pompey

Burial:in Rome Lazio, Italy in a fairly plain grave on the site of the Forum Romanum


His burial

Interesting Commercial Aspect of Pi Day

From Beacon Hill, Mass.

As if anyone needs an excuse to eat pie, do it in celebration 3/14, or 3.14 (which is pi), with a slice at The Beacon Hill Hotel and Bistro. From 7 to 10 a.m. today only the bistro is offering pie with a cup of coffee for $3.14 in its annual recognition of the mathematical sequence.

Civil War Common Colloquialisms

I was recently reminded that altho the American Civil War is over 140 years past we still use some common sayings from that period today. Here are four.

Your name is mud -Dr. Samuel Mudd tended to John Wilkes Booth’s (broken) leg after he shot President Lincoln so after that, if your name was ‘Mudd,’ it meant you were strongly disliked.”

knowing the ropes - referring to Union sailors learning their knots;

heard it through the grapevine - or the rumor mill that brought war news to troops.

shoddy workmanship - was based on an underhanded method used by one textile maker after the government placed an order for uniforms, the unscrupulous manufacturer made fabric from rags and dyed it blue but when it rained, the uniforms came apart and fell off. (Shoddy - a fibrous material obtained by shredding unfelted rags or waste)

"Sunshine Week"

From the Delaware House of Representatives' e-Newsletter


This is "Sunshine Week," a national initiative to promote a dialogue about the importance of open government and freedom of information.

Although the 146th General Assembly has only met for three weeks thus far this year, there are four good government/open government bills pending action in the House of Representatives:

· Sponsored by State Rep. Deborah Hudson, House Bill 14 would require candidates running for office in the General Election to disclose if they owe any state, federal or property taxes as well as if they are not current on their child support obligations.

· House Bill 16, also sponsored by Rep. Hudson, would require all state agencies to reveal the consultants and contractors with which they do business and their terms of service. The list would be available to the public via the state's Internet portal.

· Two other bills - House Substitute 1 for House Bill 4 & House Bill 24 - deal with the issue of imposing a one-year waiting period on former state legislators before they would be eligible to return as lobbyists. The former, authored by State Rep. John Kowalko, would not take effect until 2013. The latter, sponsored by Rep. Hudson, would become law next January and cast a wider net by including former high-ranking members of the Executive Branch (i.e. agency heads, members of the governor's staff, etc.).

All four bills are currently pending action in the House Administration Committee.

Delaware History

Picked up from This Day in Delaware History:
March 15, 1726 The General Assembly passed a law declaring that white women with a bastard child would receive a 10 pound fine, 39 lashes, and a 2 hour stay in the pillory.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Dog Found


A found Dog message was received from Uncle Paul;

A relatively small, older dog has lost his way and taken up residence at the Delmar High School. He's possibly a terrier / poodle mix, about 15-20 pounds with a stocky build. He's mostly tan in color with some red markings. He's well behaved, house-broken and wearing only a flea collar. It's assumed he must live near the HS.

If he's your dog or you may know something about him, please call the school: 302-846-9544.. Today, to keep him busy, he's teaching a math class.

Woodlawn's Shotgun Houses

I was cutting thru Woodlawn this morning and remembered they have a couple of shotgun houses in their development. Woodlawn was a large development that was planned back about 1900 that was to be part of Delmar but never made it. The East/West streets match up with the streets in Delmar proper. At one time I was working on a write up of Woodlawn but when the house fire hit it destroyed most of my notes.


Unlike the shotgun houses farther south which tend to be one story the Woodlawn houses are one and a half or two story. Above are two on Pine street. As you can see they are a narrow rectangular house, one room wide and normally that room will lead into the next without a hallway. You can guess the house has four rooms (2 up, 2 down) maybe five if a small kitchen is in the back. I have seen versions in Virginia will they are three and four rooms deep - all in a row. They fit well on small city lots.


The houses are called shotgun houses because you could fire a shotgun through the front door and the pellets would fly cleanly through the house and out the back door, since all the doors are on the same side of the house. Here is another view on Pine street.

Usually they are associated with African American communities, and it happens that Woodlawn is mainly an African American community. Above is another one on Pine Street.

Again like the American Four square style of house, these houses were built before air conditioning and is particularly well suited for hot climates because one can open the front and back doors, and the breeze will flow through the entire house. I would imagine the breeze in the winter time also flows thru the entire house.

Superstition holds that ghosts and spirits are attracted to shotgun houses because they may pass straight through them, and that some houses were built with doors intentionally misaligned to deter these spirits

Delmar Del Board of Adjustment Meeting

There will be a public hearing on Tuesday, March 15, 2011 at 7:30 P.M. at town hall for the purpose of hearing an extension request for the special exception for the use of section 14 to allow apartments with in R-2 zoning at Delmar Grove.

Time - It's Relative

Well here it is 6:30 in the morning and it is black out side. Daylight Savings Time is in effect again and somewhere out there, there are school children waiting for the school bus in the dark.

A recent McMaster University study called “Sleep Deficit, Fatal Accidents and the Spring Shift to Daylight Saving Time” states that traffic crashes during the Monday that follows the weekend when we turn our clocks forward could increase by as much as 17 percent compared to the normal Monday. The study also reports that most of these collisions will take place in the afternoon.

This is because even though your watch may say it’s a certain time, your body is still on the old schedule and may think it’s time to slow down and relax. This change to your circadian rhythm is sufficient to slow your reflexes and decision-making ability just when you need them at their most efficient: while driving.
From Auto evolution.

Of all the various time manipulation I think Daylight savings time is the most ridiculous. It is not mandated by the federal government so some states and territories such as Arizona, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Guam, and the Northern Marianas Islands don't do it. But Delaware does - no doubt because all the adjacent states do and for business reasons it would not work well to not go on daylight savings time. It's been around since World War I but that doesn't mean it is a good idea. The idea behind it is it saves fuel and energy but I am going to be burning more energy this morning than last Saturday because it is dark outside at 6:30.

So that brings us to all the problems in Japan and New Zealand etc, simply put the Maya's were right the world will end in 2012.


Since I introduced calendars as a subject in this post let me address another historical pain in the ass research issue. Our current calendar is called the Gregorian calendar, prior to that the Julian calendar was used. The Julian calendar was instituted by Julian Caesar about 46 B.C. (strangely 46 B.C. was referred to as the last year of confusion - like they finally got it right). In 1582 Pope Gregory XIII introduced the Gregorian calendar. the new calendar was not accepted by every one immediately and finally in 1752 Sweden and England and it's colonies adopted it.

Prior to 1752 the first day of the year was March 25th thus New Years Day was March 25th (Ecclesiastical calendar, Lady Day, Annunciation day etc). The results for researchers was double dating (I will leave the pun for Uncle Paul to do) for those three months (January to March). As opposed to an event happening on say January 12 1681 (Julian calendar) it was now 1682 (Gregorian calendar) so the answer was (even then) was the double dating system of writing January 12 1681/2. As an added enjoyment to make you think prior to 1752 the months that ended in "ber" were written as 7ber (September) 8ber (October) 9ber (November) 10ber (December). So when doing genealogy research prior to 1752 remember that.

Life was easier back when I was a Leo but now I am told that I am Cancer.

Delmar In 1929


From Deldot photo archives

Screen Painting

On March 17, 2011 at 11 A.M. - The Art of Screen Painting - at the Ocean City Branch - Worcester County Library - 10003 Coastal Highway; Ocean City, Maryland

The famous Baltimore screen paintings from yesteryear are now as popular as they were back then. Learn how to create a master-piece of your own from John Iampieri, of Bella Designs.

This 3-hour workshop as we learn the art of Screen Painting. Space is limited to 12 participants. Please register by calling 410-524-1818.

Contact Information: 410-524-1818
Worcester Library

The Grapes of Wrath Published

Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord;
He is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored;
He hath loosed the fateful lightning of His terrible swift sword;
His truth is marching on.
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah! Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah! His truth is marching on


On this day in 1939, John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath was published. Great Story - Great movie read more about Steinbeck's story here.

Happy 3.14159265358979323846264338327950288419716939... Day!


Oh, number Pi
Oh, number Pi
You are a number very sweet,
Oh, number Pi
Oh, number Pi
Your uses are so very neat.
There's 2 Pi r and Pi r squared,
A half a circle and you're there,
Oh, number Pi
Oh, number Pi
We know that Pi's a tasty treat.

Little Jimmy's 1971

The Middle School Talent Show Is Coming

Delmar Middle School will be presenting their talent show on Friday, April 1st at 6p.m. in the school auditorium.

The Latest Edition of the Mockingbird is out.

The Double Mills newsletter The Mockingbird is out. Double Mills is a mill west of Delmar that is under restoration and the Double Mills Inc. puts out the Mockingbird. This issue is filled with Doctors, trains, and boats. The Newsletter is named after the pond the mill sets on; the Mockingbird.

Motivation Monday