Saturday, March 26, 2011

If you're taking the pole, you're taking me with it

For those who do not receive the Wilmington News Journal there is an article on Basketball Hoops and the 2005 Free Zone law that prohibit them from being next to the street. Deldot went thru, pulled them out of the ground (they were not the portable basketball hoop type) and loaded them up in a dump truck and hauled them away. It took some effort when Melissa McCafferty climbed up in hers and refused to come down, like several police cars and Deldot vehicles worth of effort. The "If you're taking the pole, you're taking me with it" quote is from McCafferty. Eventually they got all of them.

Now with all the problems DelDot has you would think there are other activities DelDot could do instead of digging up basketball hoops. Nevertheless I agree with the action. The neighborhood had received letters from DelDot before the event happened, telling them it was illegal. I have never understood why parents have to have them aimed toward the street so the kids play in the street. Why don't they just put them in their driveways and have the kids play on their own property?

But yet I don't hear President Obama saying " these people are freedom fighters against an oppressive regime and we are sending in our military to assist them". Well when you have two faces what can you expect? It's easier to issue a proclamation about Greek Independence day - someplace not so close to where he lives.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Kateri Carmola an alleged Embezzler with a PHD

As readers of this blog know I have a dislike for people that are in a position of trust who steal and I am a history fan who belongs to a couple of Historical societies. Well a recent embezzling of funds combined the two for me and altho it did not happen locally it is of interest to me.

Kateri Carmola, PhD, an assistant professor of political philosophy, at Middlebury College is facing a felony charge alleging she embezzled $4,800 from the Salisbury Historical Society (Salisbury, VT). Carmola was on the society’s board of directors at the time but was not authorized to spend the group’s money without the board’s consent. The board subsequently voted to have Carmola removed from the board.

Vermont State Police Trooper Joseph Szarejk said, Carmola ”did not think anything was wrong with borrowing the money at first until she was confronted about this issue.”

Does this sound like that God like attitude some professors and other supposedly educated people take?

What is more interesting is Carmola is the author of the book "Private Security Contractors and New Wars: Risk, Law, and Ethics." She has written about alleged U.S. military crimes at Abu Ghraib Prison in Iraq

She has pleaded not guilty to the embezzlement charge in February and was released on her own recognizance pending trial. If convicted, Carmola could be sentenced to up to 10 years in prison and a $500 fine.

A Little Water Tower Maintenance

Looks like an exciting job - painting the water tower.

I wonder how many gallons of paint it takes to do this job?

Beware if you drive by there is always a danger of paint dripping

100th Anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire

Presidential Proclamation--100th Anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire

On March 25, 1911, a fire spread through the cramped floors of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in lower Manhattan. Flames spread quickly through the 8th, 9th, and 10th floors -- overcrowded, littered with cloth scraps, and containing few buckets of water to douse the flames -- giving the factory workers there little time to escape. When the panicked workers tried to flee, they encountered locked doors and broken fire escapes, and were trapped by long tables and bulky machines. As bystanders watched in horror, young workers began jumping out of the windows to escape the inferno, falling helplessly to their deaths on the street below.

By the time the fire was extinguished, nearly 150 individuals had perished in an avoidable tragedy. The exploited workers killed that day were mostly young women, recent immigrants of Jewish and Italian descent. The catastrophe sent shockwaves through New York City and the immigrant communities of Manhattan's Lower East Side, where families struggled to recognize the charred remains of their loved ones in makeshift morgues. The last victims were officially identified just this year.

A century later, we reflect not only on the tragic loss of these young lives, but also on the movement they inspired. The Triangle factory fire was a galvanizing moment, calling American leaders to reexamine their approach to workplace conditions and the purpose of unions. The fire awakened the conscience of our Nation, inspiring sweeping improvements to safety regulations both in New York and across the United States. The tragedy strengthened the potency of organized labor, which gave voice to previously powerless workers. A witness to the fire, Frances Perkins carried the gruesome images of that day through a lifetime of advocacy for American workers and into her role as the Secretary of Labor and our country's first female Cabinet Secretary.

Despite the enormous progress made since the Triangle factory fire, we are still fighting to provide adequate working conditions for all women and men on the job, ensure no person within our borders is exploited for their labor, and uphold collective bargaining as a tool to give workers a seat at the tables of power. Working Americans are the backbone of our communities and power the engine of our economy. As we mark the anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire, let us resolve to renew the urgency that tragedy inspired and recommit to our shared responsibility to provide a safe environment for all American workers.

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 25, 2011, as the 100th Anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire. I call upon all Americans to participate in ceremonies and activities in memory of those who have been killed due to unsafe working conditions.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this
twenty-fourth 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.


Greek Independence Day

Presidential Proclamation--Greek Independence Day: A National Day of Celebration of Greek and American Democracy

One hundred ninety years ago, Greece regained its independence and became a symbol of democracy for the world for the second time in history. As America recognizes this milestone in the birthplace of democracy, we also celebrate our warm friendship with Greece and the lasting legacy of Hellenic culture in our own country.

America's Founders drew upon the core democratic principles developed in ancient Greece as they imagined a new government. Since that time, our Union has strived to uphold the belief that each person has a fundamental right to liberty and participation in the democratic process, and Greece has continued to promote those very principles. Over the centuries these cherished ideals -- democracy, equality, and freedom -- have inspired our citizens and the world.

The relationship between the United States and Greece extends beyond our common values and is strengthened by the profound influence of Greek culture on our national life. From the architecture of our historic buildings to the lessons in philosophy and literature passed on in our classrooms, America has drawn on the deep intellectual traditions of the Greeks in our own establishment and growth as a nation. Reinforcing the steadfast bonds between our two countries, Americans of Greek descent have maintained the best of their heritage and immeasurably enriched our national character.

The American people stand with Greece to honor the legacy of democracy wrought over 2,000 years ago and its restoration to the Hellenic Republic nearly 200 years ago. As we celebrate the history and values of Greece and the United States, we also look forward to our shared future and recommit to continuing our work as friends and allies.

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 25, 2011, as "Greek Independence Day: A National Day of Celebration of Greek and American Democracy." I call upon all the people of the United States to observe this day with appropriate ceremonies and activities.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-fourth 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.


It's Maryland Day

Today is Maryland Day. Let hear it for Maryland Day - hip hip Hooray! hip hip Hooray!! hip hip Hooray!!!

Maryland Day commemorates March 25, 1634. On that day, settlers disembarked from two small sailing ships - the Ark and the Dove - on to Maryland soil. At St. Clement's Island, they landed in what is now St. Mary's County, Maryland.

At one time it was a state holiday and is considered a legal holiday but I don't think the state employees get off work anymore. Maybe a reader can clear this up.

Maryland's legal holidays include each statewide general election day, and each other day that the President of the United States or the Governor designates for general cessation of business. If a holiday falls on a Sunday, it is observed the following Monday (Chapter 422, Acts of 1994; Code 1957, Art. 1, sec. 27).
Although Holiday generally means "a day marked by a general suspension of work in commemoration of an event", in Maryland, this is not always the case

The Battle of Great Severn - The Other Civil War

Although the events leading up to the Battle of Great Severn and the battle itself are inextricably linked to the English Civil War and its aftermath, their context is very much that of Maryland itself.

On Sunday 25 March 1655 there was a battle on and around the banks of the River Severn in what is now the state of Maryland, USA. It was small as battles go: only 400 or so men altogether were involved, of whom 19 were killed during battle, and 4 were executed afterwards.

It was the final battle of the Civil War. Not the American Civil War, but the English Civil War in which the King of England, Charles I, was put on trial and beheaded, and his son, Charles II, regained his throne at the expense of abandoning the claim to absolute power that had cost his father his life. The conflict divided a country, and though the wounds healed relatively rapidly, the consequences of the war, the effect it had on the relationship between Crown and Parliament, were immense.

Read more of Radmila May's 1999 article on the Battle of Great Severn here

Delmar Planning and Zoning Meeting - March

The Planning and Zoning meeting for Delmar took place last night. David Ring and Ed Ferro were the missing members. Carl Anderton, Jr., William Boyan, Joe Dixon, Thomas Luffman, and Robert Thompson are the other members.

Joe Dixon received an appreciation award for service to the town.

Approval was given for the sign for Tony Caruso Pizza to go in where the Old Domino pizza place was.

Tim Robinson and Bill Nelson representing Leonard Kraus who owns Bathfitters came asking for approval to modify a building on Maryland Avenue and for sign approval. The building is part of the Old Cheese factory and the commission gave their opinion on the size of the signs. With Carl Anderton abstaining since he lives next to the building their request was approved.

David Davis came before the commission to ask what was the town position on installing fire sprinklers in homes. The Commission decided that sprinklers would be in Commercial buildings and multi-family dwelling but it was an option for individual single dwelling homeowners.

Henry Hanna came before the commission to verify a church would be an appropriate use for Community Business zone. The commission decided since we already had a church in a community business zone (Downtown) that converting Building Blocks to a Church would fit the use for that type of zoning.

The Delmar, Delaware side of town currently has about 11 churches and with a population of 1597 it would be a church for every 145 people. One more added would make a church available for every 133. Actually allowing for those who backslide and just don't go to church I would say it is more like a church for every ten people. The Delmar Delaware side can always use another church (Poor Delmar Delaware, so far from God, so close to Delmar Maryland) and it is better than a casino. Perhaps an ordinances can be designed that will keep casino more than a mile from a church.

I am glad Building Blocks found a buyer for their property. Since it was set up for child care it had limited options for other uses without major renovation.

A Vacant Building ordinance was discussed. The P & Z thought it should be decided by the Joint Council and if the Joint Council wanted P & Z to do one they would. The ordinance would not just be aimed at a building that was vacant but more aimed at one that was vacant and run down.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Obama's War

Needless to say this Libya thing drives me up the wall. I view it all as a diversion from the real problems the United States has. President Obama does not seem to be capable of fixing our problems. The Congress is even more incapable. There is no coalition against libya - there is no oppressed people - it is all bullshit except the money and lives we have spent and will be spending. It is also unconstitutional.

The only thing left for me to do is to form a presidential exploratory committee to test the waters for my run for President. it's the only way I can correct these problems.


The Angels Wept

How many times have you been driving on Delmarva and looked across a plowed field to see a clump of underbrush surrounding a cedar tree in the middle of the field? Those of us who track tombstones and graveyards know full well there is a high probability in that clump of underbrush is an old family graveyard. Tonight two intrepid souls, who go where no man has gone before - well at least not in a very long time, gave a multimedia presentation about their tombstone cataloguing in the Laurel zip code. Doug Breen and Chuck Swift, from the Laurel Historical Society, gave their hour long multimedia talk called "Fields of Stone" last night to The Lower Delmarva Genealogical Society at their monthly meeting.

Three years ago they started this project and todate they have identified 135 cemetery locations in the Laurel Zip Code. From this they have produced over 12,000 names from the tombstones. They have co-authored two books; "Cemeteries in Laurel,Delaware" and "Odd Fellows Cemetery, Laurel, Delaware". A third book is in the works. The books are sold by the Laurel historical Society.

They started with a brief video showing some of the graveyards they have visited and the shape they were in. Followed by a PowerPoint presentation of how they went about locating cemeteries, finding the tombstones in the underbrush and sometimes buried in the ground, reading the tombstones and fighting the chiggers and animals that live in the underbrush.

This endeavor is even more remarkable, to me, in that neither Doug nor Chuck are from the area. They are "Come Here's" and they take an active interest in our history more then most of us "natives." They have even been the subject of a Brice Stump article in the Daily Times (August 8, 2010).

I am sure last night, at the end of the presentation, the Angels Wept because I got wet going back to my car. It was one of the better talks the society has put on this year and I recommend if you get a chance to heard Chuck and Doug speak for you to attend.

“In the old burying ground over the hill; Our fathers are sleeping calmly and still; The moss-covered tombstones guarding their rest; The soft earth pressed gently on each quiet breast; Loud have the winter storms round their graves swept; Long years have silently over them crept; Pet all unheeding have they slept on; Sweet, silent sentinels guarding our town.”

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Increase of Pension For Charles T. West - 1905

Increase of Pension For Charles T. West

February 6, 1905 – Committed to the Committee of the Whole House and ordered to be printed.

Mr. Gibson, from the Committee on Invalid Pensions, submitted the following Report

The Committee on Invalid Pensions to whom was referred the bill S.65-40 granting an increase of pension to Charles T. West, have examined the same and adopt the Senate report thereon and recommend that the bill do pass

(Senate Report 3215, Fifty-eighth Congress third session)

The Committee on Pensions to whom was referred the bill (S.6549) granting an increase of pension to Charles T. West, have examined the same and report:

This bill proposes to increase from $14 to $24 per month the pension of Charles T. west, of 915 East Duval Street, Jacksonville, Fla., late of Company H, Fourth Regiment Delaware Volunteer Infantry and Second Lieutenant Company C, Third Regiment U. S. Colored Volunteer Infantry.

Claimant is shown by the records of the War Department to have enlisted August 11, 1862 in Company H, Fourth Delaware Infantry and to have served as a private and as a noncommissioned officer until August 24, 1864 when honorably discharged to accept promotion. He was mustered in September 20, 1864 as second lieutenant with Company C, Third U. S. Colored Infantry and was finally and honorably discharged October 31, 1865.

Soldier filed and established a claim under the general law for disease of eyes, of service origin and was originally pensioned at $8 per month from July 26, 1880 date of filing claim, which was increased to $10 per month from October 19, 1898 and to $14 per month from August 28, 1901.

Claimant is 67 years of age. When he was last examined by a board of surgeons for the Bureau October 19, 1898 he was rated $10 for disease of eyes, $8 for rheumatism and $4 for right hydrocela. An examination by an expert oculist for the Bureau August 28, 1901 rated him $12 for disease of eyes and impairment of sight.

Evidence filed with this committee shows that claimant is now almost blind and at times can scarcely tell a white person from a colored 10 feet away; that he is badly ruptured and by reason of erysipelas has almost lost the use of his right leg, and is wholly incapable of earning a living. It is also shown that he is in indigent circumstances without resource or means of support aside from his pension.

In view of his faithful service of three years, his advance age, total disability and extreme poverty, your committee are of opinion that an increase of his pension to $24 per month may very properly be provided to aid his support.

The bill is therefore reported back favorably with a recommendation that it pass.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Day In The Park Is Coming

June 4th - Delmar Day in the Park

Festival Hours 10am - 6pm

Oyster sandwiches, crabcakes, hotdogs, burgers, frenchfries, cheesesteaks, italian ice, funnel cakes, snow cones, pit beef, pretzels and bagels, bake sale goodies

Official Drink of the Festival - Coca-Cola!

Game Booths - dart toss, bean bag toss, basketball shot, golf putt putt.

Attractions Giant Dual Slide for ages 5 to Adult, plus our old favorites - Kiddie Train Rides and the Moon Bounce!

50/50 drawing held at 5:45pm - "door" prizes ALL day long!
NOTE: You have to be present to win "door" prizes.
You do NOT have to be present to win 50/50 drawing.
IF you win a "door" prizes during the day - your ticket is returned to the bowl,
and you still have the same chance to win the 50/50 as everyone else!)

50/50 sales again this year go toward the High School Scholarship Fund

Dozens of Craft Booths, Face Painting

Sat 10am - 6pm
State Street Park, Delmar

Lower Delmarva Genealogical Society meeting on March 23

The Lower Delmarva Genealogical Society has it's monthly meeting tomorrow at 7 PM. The Society's meeting room/library is located at 116-1 North Division Street (across from the court house), Salisbury Maryland. The speaker will be Chuck Swift, co-author of two books on Cemeteries in Laurel. He will speak on Tombstones and cemeteries. The meeting is free and open to the public.

Delmar Planning & Zoning Commission Meeting Thursday

On Thursday, March 24, 2011 the Delmar Planning & Zoning Commission will meet at the Delmar Town Hall for their regularly scheduled meeting at 7:00 pm.

• First State Signs- Dale McCalister – Sign Permit for Tony Caruso Pizza
• Kraus Development- Bathfitters- Sign Permit
• David Davis- Davis Construction- Residential Sprinkler System Legislation
• Vernon Esham Homes- New Home for Lot 21, Amber Ridge
• Henry Hanna- 38238 Old Stage Rd- Building Blocks Building- Zoning for

• Vacant/Abandoned Building Ordinance
• Residential Sprinkler System Legislation

Another's Woman's Boyfriend, Texting and a knife - bad combination

Picked up from WBOC

DELMAR, Md.- Police are looking for a woman accused of stabbing another woman during a dispute over a text message the victim allegedly sent to the suspect's boyfriend.

The Wicomico County Sheriff's Office says the incident happened shortly after 5 p.m. Friday, March 18, on the 1100 block of Walnut Street in Delmar.

According to police, a woman was walking down the street when she was confronted by another woman. Investigators say that during the encounter, the victim was accused of texting the other woman's boyfriend. Police say that as the altercation escalated, the suspect retrieved a knife from her vehicle and came after the victim, cutting her on her forearm.

The victim was taken to Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury for treatment.

According to investigators, the suspect was described as black, 5-foot-4, 250 pounds, in her late 20s, and wearing a black shirt and black pants. The suspect was also operating a green in color sedan, believed to be either a Ford Taurus or a Mercury Sable with Maryland registration.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Sheriff's Office at (410) 548-4891 or Crime Solvers at (410) 548-1776.

The Woodcreek Golf Equipment Auction

For a group of people that constantly complain about parking, the Woodcreek residents must be having a shit fit this morning. When I left the auction the vehicles were out to Bi-State Boulevard and well beyond the golf house.

I arrived about 9:15 and the place was crowded with men in Baseball caps, juggling coffee cup, cell phone and scrapple sandwiches. About 80% must be driving a pickup truck with a trailer on it. Lots of lawn, landscape, irrigation, companies and a few fire dept vehicles. By the time the auction started at 10 a.m. there was about 200 people there. Pretty good for a Tuesday morning. And the weather was good.

I thought thing sold high, plus most of it was items you would do work with and Howard sure as hell didn't want anything related to that, so I left early.

I heard a rumor while there that they may have a buyer for the golf course and unbuilt lots, if so this may be the only development with section 8 apartments that have a golf club membership.

Camelot Hall is reroofed

Work continues on the roof of Camelot Hall

The Taylors - April 15th

First Baptist Church - Cost is Free - love offering will be taken

A Couple of White Gospel Quartets From The 50's

I was browsing the record box in the Salvation Army Store in Salisbury yesterday and came across theses two 45 records from I think, the 1950's. Now you can always find these offbeat small label musical religious groups records in thrift stores. In this case it is the Dominonaires of Newport News and the Cavaliers of Norfolk, Va.

The Hampton Roads/Tidewater area of Virginia, that includes Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Chesapeake and Newport News has long been a hotbed of quartet harmony Southern Gospel music. It was usually called quartet music because of the originally all-male, tenor-lead-baritone-bass quartet make-up. Early quartets were typically either a cappella or accompanied only by piano or guitar, and in some cases a piano and banjo. But there must have been and still are thousands of these groups that make the tour of small churches performing for the price of a love offering/gift, hustling their private label records and waiting for the big break. As the Cavaliers Quartet back Album cover says; "The Boys sincerely hope that the songs herein bless your heart real good."

Some of the best known Southern Gospel male quartets include The Blackwood Brothers, The Oak Ridge Boys, Brian Free and Assurance, The Cathedral Quartet, Ernie Haase & Signature Sound. Somewhere in this genre were the Cavaliers quartet performing on Sing Music Company Atlanta Georgia and the Dominonaires of Newport News. Altho I insist the internet has everything these were two groups I could not find on a quick google search.

The Flood Of Blood - Jamestown, Va. - 1621/22

Today in 1621/22 the Indian chief ruler of the Powhatan Confederacy, Opechancanough, led an attack on some settlers in Jamestown killing 347 of them. This was a third of the settlers in Virginia. After the the Friday killing he had their body parts scattered around his nation.

There is an interesting theory that Opechancanough, Powhatan's younger brother and successor was Don Luis de Valasco. In the 1560's a young American Indian was abducted by the Spanish along the Virginia Coast. He was taken to Spain educated, named Don Luis de Valasco, and returned to his people. Variously he has been described as Powhatan's father or maybe an Uncle but some feel the Indian Don Luis de Valasco was Opechancanough.

What is certain is that this Don Luis de Velasco gave to the Powhatan Confederation some background regarding the European civilizations, power and intent. In the Algonquin language Opechancanough means "He whose Soul is White".

When Powhatten daughter Pocahontas married the Englishman John Rolfe, Powhatten refused to fight the English settlers instituting the Peace of Pocahontas. It took five years for the word eventually to reach the Indians that Mrs. John Rolfe, had died in England in March 1617 while preparing to return to Virginia. Powhatten had died in 1618 and his brother, Opechancanough was chief ruler of the Powhatan Confederacy. He decided the time had come to scuttle the truce and promote and all-out effort to drive the hated invaders from his peoples' hereditary hunting grounds.

John Donne referred to this massacre as the “Flood of Blood,” as the honorable Powhatan warriors had always spared the lives of women, children, and even enemy chiefs in their traditional warfare. In this case men, women, children were killed.

All of Jamestown would have been destroyed except a friend of the English and traitor to his tribe, Chanco, a Christianized Indian boy. Chanco, was staying with Richard Pace who had a plantation across the James river from Jamestown. On the night before the massacre, Chanco was visited by one of his brothers, and was instructed to murder Pace the next morning when the signal to begin the massacre was given. Chanco went to Pace and revealed the plot. Heeding Chanco's warning, Pace rowed across the river to Jamestown "before day" to spread the alarm. The governor sent out warnings to all of the settlements within reach, thusly saving hundreds.

A few months prior to the massacre The "Laughing King of Accomac" on the Eastern Shore had told his English friend, Thomas Savage, that Opechancanough had sent an Indian in an unsuccessful attempt to kill Savage for diverting trade from his area to the Eastern Shore and that Opechancanough was planning a massacre. Word was sent to Jamestown and the Jamestown governor ignored the warning. During the March 1622 massacre, the Eastern Shore Indians remained friendly to the few colonists on the Eastern Shore of Virginia.

Indian wars would continue until the Indians were eradicated or enslaved. The elder Opechancanough, was captured by the colonists in 1644 and killed by one of his prison guards. If he was Don Luis de Valasco he would have been in his 80's.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Slaven Says Goes Tombstone Hunting

Over at Slaven Says he has a post on the Bethesda M E Church over by Trap Pond. I have made a couple of posts on this church before one of which is here.

A few Delaware House of Rep Bills

Picked up from the Delaware House of Representatives' e-Newsletter

The following bills are among the more newsworthy measures currently making their way through the Delaware House of Representatives:

House Bill 36 - Sponsored by: John Mitchell, et. al. - An attempt to deal with a growing customer load at the Division of Motor Vehicle offices, this bill would increase the term of a Delaware driver's license from five to eight years and learner's permit from 60 days to 6 months. By making driver's licenses valid for an additional three years, the DMV estimates it can reduce customer volume by approximately 48,000 visits annually.

Status: Passed the House. Pending action in a Senate committee.

House Bill 41 - Sponsored by: Rep. Gerald Brady, et. al. - This bill seeks to exempt property owned by The Academy of the Dance, Inc. from county or local government taxes. The measure would not cover property held for purposes of investment. The bill would eliminate $7,228 in taxes the school already owes to the Red Clay School District and the New Castle County Vo-tech School District. Both districts would lose a combined $2,681 annually in future years. According to the school's website, the Academy of the Dance was founded in 1956 and is one of the oldest surviving ballet schools in the tri-state area. Status: Released from committee. Awaiting action in the House.

House Bill 42 - Sponsored by: Darryl Scott, et. al. - This bill would require the Department of Education (DOE) to promulgate uniform school discipline regulations to provide consistency in public schools statewide. The bill implements recommendations made in a DOE report written in response to House Resolution 33 (145th General Assembly).

Status: Pending action in the House Education

House Bill 44 - Sponsored by: Teresa Schooley, et. al. - This bill would create the White Clay Creek Wild and Scenic River Preservation Fund as well as a new "tax check-off" to benefit it. A tax check-off is a device that allows people filing a state income tax return to designate contributions to specified causes. The White Clay Creek Wild and Scenic River Preservation Fund would support efforts to enhance water resource restoration and management programs within the creek's watershed. White Clay Creek is Delaware's only federally-designated wild and scenic river.

Status: Pending action in the House Revenue & Finance Committee.

House Bill 46- Sponsored by: D.P. Williams, et. al. - One of the four gun control proposals unveiled by Gov. Jack Markell in February, this bill seeks to establish a process to destroy thousands of firearms seized by Delaware's law enforcement agencies. House Bill 46 would allow police to dispose of these firearms if, after sending written notice to the last known address of the owners, the firearms are not reclaimed within 60 days. Law enforcement agencies would be barred from disposing of firearms owned by people subject to Protection from Abuse (PFA) Orders, while the PFAs were in effect.

Status: Pending action in the House Judiciary Committee.

House Bill 47 - Sponsored by: Rep. Bryon Short, et. al. - This bill is in reaction to a series of news stories regarding late-term abortions allegedly performed by Dr. Kermit Gosnell in Philadelphia. During the investigation it came to light that Dr. Gosnell, who is facing eight counts of murder in PA for his activities, practiced at Delaware health clinics and that these facilities were not subject to state inspection. House Bill 47 would give the Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) the authority to investigate and inspect unsanitary or unsafe
conditions in certain facilities where invasive medical procedures are performed. Additionally, the bill would give the DHSS the authority to adopt regulations to strengthen oversight of such facilities. The Division of Professional Regulation (Department of State) the Board of Medical Licensure and Discipline would also gain additional authority under the measure.

Status: Released from committee. Awaiting action in the House.

House Bill 48- Sponsored by: Rep. Valerie Longhurst, et. al. - One of the four gun control proposals unveiled by Gov. Jack Markell in February, this bill calls for Delaware to share information with the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) regarding people who are prohibited from possessing firearms, including the mentally ill. Delaware is one of 10 states that have provided no information on mentally ill individuals to the federal database. This bill would also create a federally-mandated "relief from disabilities" program, which would allow individuals adjudicated as mentally ill to once again become eligible for gun ownership by demonstrating they are unlikely to become a threat to public safety. If this bill is enacted, the state's existing firearms transaction program would become redundant and would be eliminated.

Status: Pending action in the House Judiciary Committee.

House Bill 49- Sponsored by: Rep. Bryon Short, et. al. - This bill would regulate door-to-door sales in Delaware. Among other things, it would require solicitors to wear state-issued identification cards. It would also limit the hours during which door-to-door sales could be conducted to between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m. The proposed statute would not apply to members of non-profit organizations, utilities, or cable TV companies. The bill is nearly identical to a heavily amended bill (House Bill 317) that failed to win approval in the last General Assembly. Some critics of the bill note that regulating door-to-door activity is usually something left to the discretion of local governments. Others are concerned that a state-issued I-D badge may give citizens the mistaken impression that the individuals conducting the sales are trustworthy.

Status: Released from committee. Awaiting action in the House.

The Greater Bethel Zion New Church Roof

Over at Delmar Daily, Tom writes about new roofs going on buildings in town - some from the storm - others just general maintenance.

At the corner of State Street and Maryland Avenue (Delaware side) is the Greater Bethel Zion Family Life Ministries, COGIC (Church of God in Jesus Christ.) It has a new roof and new windows and some other needed repairs going on.

This church started life in 1883 as the First Baptist Church, back when Maryland Ave. was called South Street. In 1963 the Baptist moved to Bi-State Boulevards and Walnut Street after that the old church building had a number of different religious groups in it. Today, as I said, it is the home of the Greater Bethel Zion Family Life Ministries

On the other side of Maryland Avenue, across from the Church, is a foundation being dug for a new house.

Lou Alberti is sub-dividing the old Hastings property into three lots. Another two story house stood on that site, as you can see from the old bricks being dug up for this new foundation. I have been told that Albert M. Givans (born about 1906, son of John R. Givans), a white, one legged, shoe repairman, and at one time a heavy drinker lived there. In one of the times he gave up drinking the Baptist church built a two bedroom house behind the church for him but when he started drinking again they moved him across the street.

National Poison Prevention Week.

Presidential Proclamation--National Poison Prevention Week
A Proclamation

Each day, emergency rooms treat nearly 2,000 Americans for accidental poisonings, and dozens die as a result of ingesting, inhaling, or otherwise exposing themselves to poisonous substances. In many cases, these tragic incidents are preventable. During National Poison Prevention Week, I encourage all Americans to identify possible dangers in the home, take action to address poisoning hazards, and learn how to respond if a poison emergency should occur.

Children are particularly susceptible to unintentional poisoning. More than half of all reported poison exposures involve children under the age of six, and many occur when unsupervised children find and consume medicines or harmful chemicals. Unintentional poisonings among young people often occur when misusing or abusing prescription medications such as pain killers, sedatives, and stimulants taken from a home medicine cabinet. Parents and caregivers can help prevent these injuries by taking simple steps to secure medications and other dangerous materials including resealing child‑resistant containers, placing drugs and toxic chemicals out of reach of children, and storing all these products in locked or childproof cabinets.

Sadly, death rates from unintentional poisonings have increased steadily in recent years. Many adult poisonings stem from accidental or intentional exposure to over‑the‑counter or prescription drugs. These can be avoided by reading labels before taking medications, storing medicines in their original containers, and safely disposing of unused prescription medication. These actions can reduce the risk posed by medications with abuse potential. All Americans can help prevent needless harm from hazardous materials by becoming more aware of the dangers of poisonings and the ways we can prevent and respond to these incidents.

In the event of an accidental poisoning, quick action can prevent serious injury and save lives. If confronted with a suspected poisoning, individuals should call the national poison control hotline at 1‑800‑222‑1222. I encourage families to post this number near their home telephone, which connects callers to potentially life‑saving information at local and regional poison control centers 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

To encourage Americans to learn more about the dangers of accidental poisonings and to take appropriate preventive measures, the Congress, by joint resolution approved September 26, 1961, as amended (75 Stat. 681), has authorized and requested the President to issue a proclamation designating the third week of March each year as "National Poison Prevention Week."

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim March 20 through March 26, 2011, as "National Poison Prevention Week." I call upon all Americans to observe this week by taking actions to protect their families from hazardous household materials and from misuse of prescription medications.

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


Motivation Monday

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Sunday Delmar Cows

The Joseph R. Biden Jr Railroad Station

Well he didn't get a school named after him but he did get an Amtrak station named after him. The Joseph R. Biden Jr Railroad Station is now the official name. Again I will say a building should not be named after a living person. Yes, he is a Vice president but think about Spiro Theodore Agnew who was also a Vice President. Very recently Appoquinimink school district agreed to rename the high school football field which was dedicated to coach and teacher William E. Billings, who recently was exposed on allegations he had sexually assaulted a teenage student.

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Many have said that Scranton Joe doesn't deserve this, but I disagree. It's the essence of Scranton Joe's political career - an overglorified Senator/VP with an overspent rail station project from an underperforming stimulus plan at an overhyped media event for an underperforming railroad with overpaid directors including his underqualified son, Hunter.

William Hitch in The News Again

A Sussex County judge has sharply chastised former Laurel schools finance chief William Hitch for having paid back just $400 of the $151,000 he stole from the school district.. according to the News Journal article today.

Superior Court Judge Bradley ordered Hitch this week to pay $1,850 a month starting in May, and to sell a Laurel property he owns and make a lump-sum payment of $30,000 to the school district by July 1.

The only way I will be happy with this case is when this guy is doing some jail time and they clean up the state prosecutors office for going with this plea deal.

The Honorable E. Scott Bradley became a Judge of the Superior Court of Delaware on April 7, 2000.

Judge E. Scott Bradley

Judge Bradley received his B.S. magna cum laude in Accounting from the University of Delaware in 1980 and his J.D. magna cum laude from the Widener University School of Law in 1987.

From 1980 until 1984 he was an Accounting Analyst with DuPont. He was admitted to the Delaware Bar in 1987 and until his appointment to Superior Court was a partner with the law firm of Young Conaway Stargatt and Taylor, LLP in Georgetown, Delaware. He is a member of the American Bar Association, the Delaware State Bar Association, the Sussex County Bar Association, and the Terry-Carey American Inn of Court.

Judge Bradley's present term ends April 7, 2012.

LeCates Building Article

This has been an exciting news day for me as three of my favorite subjects made the news today. In the Salisbury Daily Times was an article about the LeCates Building and Chris Mills purchase of the building. It was erroneously report that "the building had been last used in the 1970s", in Truth it was used thru the 1980's as Duke Jewelry store was there.

Altho Chris Mills said it would take 18 months to clean the outside, I don't think we will see any improvement in the LeCates Building for quite a while.

I will take the other two news item Biden and Hitch as separate posts.