Saturday, April 02, 2011

Largest Civil War Exhibit in Md. Opens April 16

Largest Civil War Exhibit in Md. Opens April 16

The Maryland Historical Society’s (MdHS) Museum will open Maryland’s largest and most comprehensive Civil War exhibit on April 16. The impact of the war on the people of Maryland will be told in personal terms in “Divided Voices: Maryland in the Civil War.” The largest Civil War exhibit in the museum’s 167-year history will occupy over 5,000 square feet and tell the story of a tragedy in three acts: the romantic war, the real war and the long reunion. For more information on this 150th anniversary of the war exhibit go to or call 410-685-3750.

The exhibit will take visitors back in time with 3-D videos that will lead them back to 1861. There will also be interactive exhibits designed for children and adults as well as storyteller guides in period costumes. On Saturdays and Sundays the Maryland Historical Society Players will perform short vignettes of major events that took place in Maryland. Admission - $6 adults, $5 seniors, 3-18 $4, under 3 free. Museum is free on first Thursday of each month.

The romantic war was the first year or so of the conflict, when both sides saw the war as an adventure and patriotic duty. The real war over the next three years of bloodshed left hundreds of thousands of young men dead. The long reunion focuses on the reuniting of the country, which some say is not complete to this day.

Maryland sent 60,000 men to serve in the Union Army. Over 20,000 more served in the Confederacy. The first bloodshed of the war took place in Baltimore. The human stories of these men and women are told by bringing letters to life with today’s technology, as well as the display of hundreds of rare objects, many of which have not been shown publicly since the 19th century. Museum visitors will see Robert E. Lee’s camp chair, John Brown’s carbine, Abraham Lincoln memorabilia from the Civil War era as well as compelling and heartbreaking photographs of the period.

Visitors will learn of Maryland’s major battles like Antietam and of lesser-known battles like the Battles of Monocacy and Silver Spring. They will come to understand how the soldiers suffered. More than 600,000 servicemen died in the Civil War, compared to 400,000 American deaths in World War II. It was the deadliest war in American history.

Museum goers will discover why the first widely-used bullet made this one of history’s bloodiest wars and how this spurred advances in medical care. Triage, the ambulance corps, field hospitals and many significant surgical advances all began during the Civil War.

The war’s impact on Maryland’s citizens will be revealed. Baltimore, for example, was under martial law and occupied by Union troops for the entire war. Lincoln’s suspension of the writ of habeas corpus ( people can’t be jailed without trial or a hearing) was famously used against John Merryman of Cockeysville, Maryland. Lincoln was willing to break the law to keep Maryland from joining the Confederacy and cutting the capital off from the North. The State legislature moved from Annapolis to Frederick to keep Maryland from joining the Confederacy.

Visitors also will learn the important role that African Americans played in the war. Over 10,000 African Americans served in the Union Army. Harriet Tubman served as a spy for the Union Army during the war. Black soldiers such as Christian Fleetwood of Baltimore led African American troops into battle and earned America’s highest military honor.

Women’s growing role in society during those years will be revealed. They began serving as nurses for the first time. Women on the home front mourned their dead, creating the “Empty Chair” tradition at dinner tables in Maryland and elsewhere.

The Civil War exhibit will run for the next four years with annual updates. Visitors to the museum will also find major exhibits of famous Maryland paintings, silver, furniture, maritime history and children’s toys from the last 300 years.

The Maryland Historical Society was founded in 1844 and is the world’s largest museum and library dedicated to the history of Maryland. Occupying an entire city block in the Mount Vernon district of Baltimore, the society’s mission is to “collect, preserve, and interpret the objects and materials that reflect Maryland’s diverse cultural heritage.” The Society is home to the original manuscript of the Star Spangled Banner and publishes a quarterly titled “Maryland Historical Magazine.” More information about the Maryland Historical Society can be found online at

Genealogy; Determining the Age of a person

In doing family tree research I generally like to have two different sources verify the same data, so I feel it may be right. One source I have recently had reason to use is the Delayed Certificate of Birth Form. Delaware did not start issuing Birth certificates until about 1915. This means anyone who was born before then had to prove his birth by other means – usually a family bible. As this batch of people became older and started to apply for social security one form they found useful to get was a Delayed Certificate of Birth Form. This form is issued for all births registered six months or more after the date of birth.

As I said I like to have at least two sources to verify information in the family tree. Frequently one source will be the census data which not only gives a year the person was born but also related family members. Other useful sources are the tombstone (sometime what is carved in stone is not always correct), family bibles, obituaries, birth certificates, marriage licenses, and death certificates. Remember errors can be made with all these sources, so use two sources.

Birth records, marriages, death records are held in a secure fashion by the government. The records, generally, are held until 72 years have elapsed after the date of birth, or 40 years have elapsed after the date of death or marriage. Such records in the custody of the State Registrar shall become available to any person upon submission of an application containing sufficient information to locate the record. It is also put on various on-line websites after that passage of time.

So looking for the date of death or birth can be determined from census records which are on-line up to 1930. For more recent deaths an obituary from a newspaper is good as many newspaper have them on-line. If the on-line service for the obituary turns out to be a paid on-line newspaper service look at your google search for that word at the end of the found item that says "cache." Google takes a snapshot of each page it examines and caches (stores) that version as a back-up. The cached version is what Google uses to judge if a page is a good match for your query. Since it is not going to the website but using googles own storage you can sometime bypass the paid service by clicking on the cache instead.

When talking about on-line genealogy research you will have to start at has one of the largest data bases for genealogy research – however it cost money. Now you will often see the ad for a free trial for 14 days but I don’t know anyone who has escaped without paying a fee. When you sign in for the free trial you have to give credit card and if you don’t cancel your free subscription in the manner they dictate you get charged a fee.

When I want to use Ancestry I go to a public library that has it, for me it would be either Salisbury or up to Dover at the Public archives. It’s free there.

My current favorite website, and it has worked well for this “Taylor” family connection, is the Latter Day Saints website Family Search at

The best part is it is simple, with no popups. The person I am looking for is George Taylor. He was not a direct family member but I needed information on him to complete a family tree writeup am doing.

At the website; Fill in first name”George”, last name” taylor”, location “Delaware” time period start “1896” end “1955”

In this case the search bought up a hundred or so George Taylors and combinations of the name.

Looking thru them I found the George Taylor I was looking for in a census (with image to look at), a marriage certificate, his daughter's birth certificate and a copy of his delayed birth certificate.

From these forms additional family members, middle names, and birthdates can be found plus a series of evidence from marriage records to child birth records. From this you can search for other members of the family

Remember the above criteria for records; if it is something less than 40 years or 72 years you probably won’t find it here.

Not everyone is in their data base but it is a good gold mine to mine until the vein runs out. Usually in reseaching you do well for short period of time and than the data connections run out. At that time you can search other family names in that time period in hopes that they will have a scrap of information about the person you are hunting.

A second source is for Delaware. Sometime back, the Public Archives in Delaware made a deal with that Delaware records could be copied and put on their website and Delaware residents (at least those holding a library card with a pin) could look at those records at for free - Only the Delaware records are free. Well it was a questionable deal, but I will give you the steps to access them – if you can. You will need a Delaware library card and a pin for that card number. Remember if you are a Maryland resident with a delmar delaware library card you can do this for free also.

1.Go to the Delaware Library Catalog page at

2.In the upper right corner of the Delaware Library Catalog log onto that site with your library card number and PIN. This will give you a new Delaware Library page.

3.Click on "Delaware Genealogy Online" in the menu at center - top of the page. This will take you to the Delaware page of

4.You may now search the vital records, but in order to view and print the record you must click the link to sign up for a free trial account. will ask you for your name and an email address. will then email you a user name and password. Based on the Web path you took to get here knows that you have a Delaware library card and will issue a non-expiring free membership limited to Delaware vital records. The problems I had with it was Another family member has a family tree and membership on ancestry. He gave me a limited membership to just look at that family tree. When I tried to use the email address to sign up for the Delaware part Ancestry refused to recognize it as a Delaware resident. I had to use a different email address that had not seen before.

I have had much trouble with this site but I have been able to get a few things Family Search was not able to provide.

5.Once you have received your user name and password, you can not only search but also view the digitized records from the Delaware Public Archives anytime. But not print. It is very difficult to use this program. Every chance it gets it keeps popping up with their free trail offer. Put simply Delaware got screwed taking this offer up from

Today's Poem

I Paint What I See, A Ballad of Artistic Integrity

“What do you paint, when you paint on a wall?”

Said John D.’s grandson Nelson.

“Do you paint just anything there at all?
“Will there be any doves, or a tree in fall?
“Or a hunting scene, like an English hall?”

“I paint what I see,” said Rivera

“What are the colors you use when you paint?”
Said John D.’s grandson Nelson.
“Do you use any red in the beard of a saint?
“If you do, is it terribly red, or faint?
“Do you use any blue? Is it Prussian?”

“I paint what I paint,” said Rivera

“Whose is that head that I see on my wall?”
Said John D.’s grandson Nelson.
“Is it anyone’s head whom we know at all?
“A Rensselaer or a Saltonstall?
“Is it Franklin D.? Is it Mordaunt Hall?
“Or is it the head of a Russian?”

“I paint what I think,” said Rivera.

“I paint what I paint, I paint what I see,
“I paint what I think,” said Rivera
“And the thing that is dearest in life to me
“In a bourgeois hall is integrity;
“I’ll take out a couple of people drinkin’
“And put in a picture of Abraham Lincoln.
“I could even give you McCormick’s reaper
“And still not make my art much cheaper.
“But the head of Lenin has got to stay
“Or my friends will give me the bird today,
“The bird, the bird, forever.”

“It’s not good taste in a man like me,”
Said John D.s grandson Nelson,
“To question an artist’s integrity
“Or mention a practical thing like a fee.
“But I know what I like to a large degree.
“Though art I hate to hamper,
“For twenty-one thousand conservative bucks
“You painted a radical. I say shucks,
“I never could rent the offices—
“The capitalistic offices.
“For this, as you know, is a public hall,
“And people want doves, or a tree in fall,
“And though your art I dislike to hamper,
“I owe a little to God and Gramper.
“And after all,
“It’s my wall.”

“We’ll see if it is,” said Rivera.

—E.B. White

(The poem above, which references Diego Rivera’s ill-fated mural for New York City’s Rockefeller Center, was first published in the New Yorker magazine on May 20, 1933.)

Friday, April 01, 2011

Pedal Works Cyclery

I stopped into Pedal Works Cyclery today to browse. It is a nice place. They have about 70 bikes, plus a selection of footware and clothings for you, and accessories for your bike. Definitely not Wal-mart prices but this is aimed at the sports fan of biking. The address is;
Pedal Works Cyclery
38613 Benro Dr
Unit 4, Delmar, DE 19940
(302) 907-0146

I noticed Tony Caruso Pizza sign was going up while I was in the Delmar Commons shopping center. They should be open shortly.

38627 Benro Dr, Delmar, DE 19940
(302) 846-9800

National Popular Vote Bill HB55

Over at Delaware Politics there is a good post on HB55, the National Popular Vote bill, called Making Your Vote Meaningless

HB55, is a bill that is part of a larger national effort to fundamentally change the way in which Delaware participates in the election for U.S. President and Vice-president. If enacted, HB 55 would enter Delaware into an interstate compact where the member states agree to award their electoral votes based on the national popular vote.

Imagine 62% of Delawareans proudly casting their votes for its favorite son, Senator Biden and Senator Obama, but the state decides to give its electors to McCain and Palin because they received 45% of the vote nationally to 44.9% for Obama/Biden in a three way race with Nadar/McKinnley holding the balance. Suppose that number flipped to the narrowest of leads for Obama and Biden due to recounts just a 5 days before the electors vote.

Read more

"Slavens Says" also made comment on it here.

April Is

April is many things; from National Arab-American Heritage month, National Donate Life Month, National Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month, National Child Abuse Prevention Month, National Cancer Control Month, National Financial Literacy Month, (all with presidential proclamations) It has Take Your Child to Work Day in it, it is Stress Awareness month, it is National Garden Month, but for me (Besides Gardening) it is National poetry month.

The Waste Land
by T.S. Eliot

April is the cruelest month, breeding
Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing
Memory and desire, stirring
Dull roots with spring rain.
Winter kept us warm, covering
Earth in forgetful snow, feeding
A little life with dried tubers.
Summer surprised us, coming over the Starnbergersee
With a shower of rain; we stopped in the colonnade,
And went on in sunlight, into the Hofgarten,
And drank coffee, and talked for an hour.
... continue

April Fool Day

The "Hope and Change" has fallen by the wayside and things seems to have gone back to "Business as usual"

Thursday, March 31, 2011

It's Cesar Chavez Day

Presidential Proclamation--Cesar Chavez Day

Our Nation's story of progress is rich with profound struggle and great sacrifice, marked by the selfless acts and fearless leadership of remarkable Americans. A true champion for justice, Cesar Chavez advocated for and won many of the rights and benefits we now enjoy, and his spirit lives on in the hands and hearts of working women and men today. As we celebrate the anniversary of his birth, we honor Cesar Chavez's lasting victories for American workers and his noble methods in achieving them.

Raised in the fields of Arizona and California, Cesar Chavez faced hardship and injustice from a young age. At the time, farm workers toiled in the shadows of society, vulnerable to abuse and exploitation. Families like Chavez's were impoverished; exposed to hazardous working conditions and dangerous pesticides; and often denied clean drinking water, toilets, and other basic necessities.

Cesar Chavez saw the need for change and made a courageous choice to work to improve the lives of his fellow farm workers. Through boycotts and fasts, he led others on a path of nonviolence conceived in careful study of the teachings of St. Francis of Assisi and Mahatma Gandhi, and in the powerful example of Martin Luther King, Jr. He became a community organizer and began his lifelong advocacy to protect and empower people. With quiet leadership and a powerful voice, Cesar founded the United Farm Workers (UFW) with Dolores Huerta, launching one of our Nation's most inspiring social movements.

Cesar Chavez's legacy provides lessons from which all Americans can learn. One person can change the course of a nation and improve the lives of countless individuals. Cesar once said, "Non-violence is not inaction. . . . Non-violence is hard work. It is the willingness to sacrifice. It is the patience to win." From his inspiring accomplishments, we have learned that social justice takes action, selflessness, and commitment. As we face the challenges of our day, let us do so with the hope and determination of Cesar Chavez, echoing the words that were his rallying cry and that continue to inspire so many today, "Sí, se puede" – "Yes, we can."

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 31 of each year as Cesar Chavez Day.

I call upon all Americans to observe this day with appropriate service, community, and educational programs to honor Cesar Chavez's enduring legacy.

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


2005 Frank Perdue president of Perdue Farms died today

Frank Perdue president of Perdue Farms died today March 31 in 2005

Obit from Cnn/Money

NEW YORK (CNN/Money) - Frank Perdue, the Maryland farmer who revolutionized the poultry industry and gave chicken a brand name, died Friday following a brief illness at the age of 84.

At the time of his death, Perdue was chairman of the executive committee of the board of Perdue Farms Inc., the company said in a statement.

The hands-on CEO became well-known as a company spokesman, appearing in radio and print ads and some 200 television commercials. Among his memorable lines: "It takes a tough man to make a tender chicken."

Over his career, Perdue transformed a family backyard egg business into the nation's fourth-largest integrated food processor. When he became president of Perdue Farms Inc. in 1952, the company was averaging revenues of $6 million, and exceeded $35 million by 1967.

"The prime ingredient of success is fear," he told the Washington Post in 1975. "I'm talking about the kind of fear that made me thorough. You should have enough fear to always second-guess yourself."

The only child of Arthur W. and Pearl Perdue, Franklin Parsons Perdue was born in 1920 in Salisbury, Maryland. His father Arthur gave up his job as a Railway Express agent and, with the help of his wife, raised 50 Leghorn chickens that he bought for $5.

The venture grew, and the family sold enough eggs to stay out of debt and prosper, even through the Depression.

Frank Perdue worked the family business and attended Salisbury State College. A mediocre student, he left after two years and returned to the family farm.

Although he insisted that his success was due to a superior product, many believe the company's success was due to its advertising.

He spent $50,000 in 1968 for radio ads to bring the previously anonymous fresh poultry industry to the public, making his name synonymous with chicken.

In 1971, with characteristic thoroughness and with a preparation of months of reading and research, he chose New York advertising firm Scali, McCabe, Sloves Inc. to help him deluge the New York area with radio, television, newspaper and subway ads that featured him giving customers direct quality assurances.

In one ad he said, "If you're not completely satisfied with my chicken, you can always write to me -- the president of Perdue -- and I'll give you your money back. If you buy some government-approved chicken, and you're not completely satisfied, who do you write? The President of the United States? What does he know about chickens?"

"In one month alone some 10,000 New Yorkers contacted Perdue for a list of stores selling his chickens, while 22,000 customers who have written him to praise, criticize, or satisfy their curiosity about his business have received his free 59-page cookbook," Business Week reported after the first round of ads.

Scali, McCabe, Sloves Inc. won several awards for the Perdue marketing spots.

Perdue is survived by his third wife, Mitzi Ayala Perdue, four children, two stepchildren and 12 grandchildren.


Delmar Delaware Expenditures For Sept 1944

For many years towns would publish monthly a list of what expenditures they had for the month in the local newspaper. It kept people honest. Needless to say we no longer do that. I would be willing to say few if any people on the council know what checks are written by the town each month. When I first became involved in town affairs there would be a list of expenses submitted at the council meetings and we would vote on rather or not to pay them. It was a matter of record. Not done now, but I am considered old fashion on that subject. Here are the expenditures for Delmar Delaware in 1944 when we had no town employees other than a cop and parttime people. The elected councilmembers collected the taxes and wrote the checks.


Cash on hand...................................$5,305.28
Bank of Delmar, Int on Bond........................87.50
Joe Walker, work on streets 55 hours @ 60c hr......33.00
Sam Bynum, work on streets, 22 hrs @ 50c...........11.00
Patrolman salary, Joe Walker August................40.00
Wm Wailes, work on streets, 15 hours @ 50c hr......10.00
Rob't Bynum work on streets, 15 hours @ 50c hr......7.50
Sunoco Service Station, 32 gal gas and 1 qt oil.....6.84
The Bi-State Weekly Printing .......................9.30
Delmarva Asphalt Co., 10 ton stone @ 4.00 per ton..40.00
700 gals asphalt @ 12c.............................84.00
Delmarva Asphalt Co, 10 ton stone @ 4.00 ton.......40.00
Delmarva Power and Light Co Street Lighting Aug....99.58
Ira Wilson cutting weeds 6 1/3 hrs @ 1.50...........9.50
Cash on hand Oct 1, 1944........................$4,827.06

So there are a couple of interesting items, first is 32 gallons of gas and a quart of oil for $6.84.

Second is why was Ira Wilson paid three times as much per hour as the other workers?
I thought at first it was a difference in pay for white and black workers. Sam and Robert Bynum, and William Wailes are black. Joe Walker is white and so is Ira Wilson. Joe Walker was paid 60 cents an hour so that isn't the entire reason for Ira Wilson's $1.50 an hour. My thoughts and guess is that Ira Wilson supplied some kind of equipment, perhaps horse and wagon, grasscutter or chemicals that were figured into his hourly rate, as I know for previous research the town baliff was paid one hourly rate and if he used his horse he was paid a higher hourly rate.

Delmar Spring Clean-Up Day

Each year the town of Delmar has a Spring Clean Up Day. On the Delaware side of town it is April 13th and 14th. On the Maryland side of town it is April 19th and 20th. In order to have trash picked up on one of those days you must call town hall one week prior to pick up day and let them know you have stuff to be picked up. The town hall numbers are 410-896-2777 and 302-846-2664.

Normally I would link you to the town's newsletter with the information in it but they have decided not to put it on their website at this time.

There is a lot of stuff they won't accept. Among those ineligible items are;
oil, gas cans
riding lawn mowers
air conditioners
construction material
large tree stumps
auto parts
heavy machinery
tires freezers refrigerators
sleep sofa
any item containing freon
limbs over three feet
limbs not bundled.
and any other item that Public Works may get a hair up their ass and decide they won't pick up.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Historical Buildings Conference

The Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs will host a free conference today focusing on the historical potential of buildings constructed between 1900 and 1961, and their eligibility for listing in the National Register of Historic Places.

The conference will take place from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Delaware Public Archives Building on Duke of York Street in Dover

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Update on The On-Going Whoopie Pie War

As many of you know there is a war between Pennsylvania and Maine over the origins of the whoopie pie (two round chocolate cakes stuffed with filling - hell you know what a whoopie pie is). Maine introduced a bill to make the whoopie pie its "official state treat," and Pennsylvania is in an uproar.

In the latest news the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society will award two dozen home-made whoopie pies and a gift certificate to The Good Cooking Store to the researcher, young or old, who produces the most convincing evidence that the whoopie pie should be Pennsylvania’s state dessert.

Submissions must be delivered by May 9 to The Whoopie Monster, Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society, 2215 Millstream Road, Lancaster, PA 17602, or e-mailed to The Society is open 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM, Tuesday through Saturday. Entries will be judged on scholarship, substance, creativity and humor.

Maine is not totally sold on the whooppie pie as there are enough people moved there from New York and Mass. to bring up nutrition-conscious questions and a wild blueberry pie is also in the running.

State Representative Donald Pilon “At a time when 31.3 percent of Maine’s children are considered overweight or obese, do we want to glorify a dessert that lists lard as its primary ingredient?’’

Whoopie pies today, scrapple tomorrow - Maine has got to be stopped.

Come Miss Hinkley in my flying machine

I lifted this photo from the blog Shorpy (see my sidebar for the link) The photo is circa 1911 and what is interested in the rope tied around the lady's dress so the rushing air will not display anything immodest, however I do not see a seatbelt or anything holding them - well in 1911 it was better for them to find your body on the ground but with nothing that would be immodest showing.

Society Girl Flies
Other Washington Social Leaders May Follow Precedent.
To Miss Gladys Hinkley, one of Washington's most popular society belles, belongs the distinction of being the first girl to make a trip in an aeroplane in the Capital.

Late yesterday afternoon Miss Hinkley prevailed upon Aviator Antony Jannus to take her for a ride over Potomac Park. When the birdlike machine several times circled the field and slowly settled to earth Miss Hinkley most enthusiastically expressed her delight at the experience.

Aviator Jannus, who is making flights almost daily at Potomac park in the Washington-built Rex-Smith biplane, had not only as his guest Miss Hinkley, but Dr. Charles D. Walcott, secretary of the Smithsonian Institution: Victor Emerson, several business men of the city, a representative of the Washington Post, and officials of the company.

Aviator Jannus has perfect control of his machine at all times, and while he has not made an attempt for an altitude record, declares that as soon as he becomes familiar with all conditions of weather he will seek a level higher than has ever before been reached. A squad of officers from the United States engineer corps is detailed to Potomac park daily to watch the flights in the interest of the War Department, and it is the plan of Aviator Jannus to take each of the army representatives for flights that they main gain the experience necessary to make an ascension alone if necessary.

Yesterday was not an ideal day for flying, yet more than 50 flights were made in the presence of nearly a thousand persons. After a few practice flights Aviator Jannus took as passengers as many as could be accommodated. He promises to make more flights during the week and has partially promised rides to a number of society leaders. So far no charge has been made for the trips, but owing to the great number of demands upon the aviator the promoters of the company may arrange a schedule of prices.

Trips over the city are already being discussed by the aviators, and it may not be long before "Seeing Washington from an Aeroplane" will be the most talked-of attraction for the city's visitors.

Thomas Legg and Joe Albero

The Delmar Daily Post on The Thomas Legg Plea agreement also pointed to an article on Delmarvanow and a video of Roberta Wexler, grandmother of Sarah Foxwell, ripping Joe Albero a new ass hole and calling him pretty much every name in the book - watch the video.

2011 Delaware Fishing Guide

2011 Delaware Fishing Guide now being distributed to fishing license dealers statewide

DOVER (March 29, 2011) – The new 2011 Delaware Fishing Guide has arrived and is in the process of being delivered to fishing license dealers throughout the state, including many hardware, sporting goods and bait and tackle shops. Anglers also can pick up a guide along with their fishing license and trout stamp, at the Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife’s main office in the Richardson & Robbins Building, 89 Kings Highway, Dover.

This year’s special edition guide features photos and historical information celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife, which formally began in 1911. That year, the Governor appointed the state’s first Board of Game and Fish Commissioners and the first game warden was hired. Among the highlights that followed: the first marine patrol boat purchased in 1923, the Shell Fisheries Commission created in 1943, and the first Delaware Trout Stamp introduced in 1955. Wildlife artist and fisheries biologist Duane Raver, whose fish illustrations appear in the guide, won the first Delaware Trout Stamp contest in 1977.
The tackle box-sized guide includes information on Delaware’s fishing license requirements and the F.I.N. number program, as well as sections on tidal sport fishing, freshwater fishing, newly enacted fishing regulations, and general angling information. Other topics include trout stocking, fish consumption advisories, invasive species and Delaware’s artificial reef program.

For more information on the 2011 Delaware Fishing Guide or on fishing in the First State, please call the Fisheries Section at 302-739-9914. For freshwater information, anglers also may call the section’s Smyrna field office at 302-735-8650, or for saltwater information, the Little Creek field office at 302-735-2960.

The guide is also available online at

DNREC Press Release

Trout season to open April 2 in six upstate streams

DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife to stock streams weekly through end of April

NEW CASTLE COUNTY (March 29, 2011) – Anglers, take note: White Clay Creek, Christina Creek, Pike Creek, Beaver Run, Wilson Run and Mill Creek are stocked and ready for trout fishing beginning this weekend. In late March, thousands of trout were stocked in these six designated trout streams in northern New Castle County, and trout stocking will continue on a regular weekly basis through the end of April.

Trout season opens upstate on Saturday, April 2. Downstate, Tidbury Pond in Dover and Newtons Pond near Greenwood also were stocked last month for the March 5 opening.

Anglers wishing to try their luck are reminded that in addition to the normal fishing license requirements, they also must purchase a trout stamp, which costs $4.20 for ages 16 and older, or a youth stamp, which costs $2.10 for boys and girls ages 12 to 15. A resident annual fishing license, which now covers fresh and tidal waters as well as crabbing and clamming, costs $8.50 for ages 16 to 65; persons under the age of 16 and residents over the age of 65 are not required to purchase fishing licenses in Delaware. Higher stamp and license prices apply to non-resident anglers.

All proceeds from trout stamps are used to purchase next year’s fish. Since the price of trout is not expected to decrease in the immediate future, the Fisheries Section is hoping plenty of anglers will come out this season to help support the program.

To purchase a fishing license or stamps or for more information about the trout stocking schedule, visit, or call the Fisheries section at 302-739-9914.

1913 Politically Incorrect

I recently was doing some family tree research on-line and downloaded this birth certificate of George F. Merrill, Jr from 1913. What I found interesting was block 6 - Legitimate, in this case the answer was "yes" as the parents; George and Nora Merrill, had married in 1905. Can you imagine having this on a birth certificate today?

I have heard stories of people who were born "out of wedlock" in genealogy discussions and the horrible life they had to endure growing up and in society in general at that time. They talked of being referred to as a bastard in school and how many families did not allow their children to associate with him. And at that point in time the government didn't step in and give their mother a monthly check for being a slut.

A Look At A Few Members Of The WiHi Class Of 1927

I recently was looking thru a 1927 yearbook called the Tatler. It was from Wicomico High School. Again I am usually amused by the description of the student in the years before political correctness. Here are a few I randomly selected for no particular reason.

Giovanni Miciotto

Margaret Trader

Irene Chatham

Philip (Pete) Cooper

Cleopatra Dennis

Ford Brewington (Senior not the Junior)

A Turnaround For The Infamous Wal-Mart Greeter

You know all the bad jokes about being a Wal-Mart greeter and the jokes exist for good reason. Usually tire looking, over 80, and they give you a half hearty "Welcome to Walmart." Well on my daily trip to the North Walmart in Salisbury today, there was someone new on the door. A young lady with a nametag that said "Maria", not only was she bubbly, cheerful, and enthusiastic; in the 5 seconds it takes to go past her going in and on the way out you actually feel a little more cheerful from her enthusiasm. If you view a greeter as the first person that the customer sees and talks to when they walk in and is the first impression of your company, Maria is doing an outstanding job. Thumbs Up For Maria at the North Wal-Mart.

For some reason I am reminded of Anis Mojgani's poem "Shake the Dust", maybe because it mentions a walmart greeter and no Maria is not fat. I love that line of his "This is for the two year olds who cannot be understood because they speak half English and half God"

This is for the fat girls.

This is for the little brothers.

This is for the school-yard wimps, this is for the childhood bullies who tormented them.

This is for the former prom queen, this is for the milk-crate ball players.

This is for the nighttime cereal eaters and for the retired, elderly Wal-Mart store front door greeters. Shake the dust.

This is for the benches and the people sitting upon them,

for the bus drivers driving a million broken hymns,

for the men who have to hold down three jobs simply to hold up their children,

for the nighttime schoolers and the midnight bike riders who are trying to fly. Shake the dust.

This is for the two-year-olds who cannot be understood because they speak half-English and half-god. Shake the dust.

For the girls with the brothers who are going crazy,

for those gym class wall flowers and the twelve-year-olds afraid of taking public showers,

for the kid who's always late to class because he forgets the combination to his lockers,

for the girl who loves somebody else. Shake the dust.

This is for the hard men, the hard men who want to love but know that it won't come.

For the ones who are forgotten, the ones the amendments do not stand up for.

For the ones who are told to speak only when you are spoken to and then are never spoken to. Speak every time you stand so you do not forget yourself.

Do not let a moment go by that doesn't remind you that your heart beats 900 times a day and that there are enough gallons of blood to make you an ocean.

Do not settle for letting these waves settle and the dust to collect in your veins.

This is for the celibate pedophile who keeps on struggling,

for the poetry teachers and for the people who go on vacations alone.

For the sweat that drips off of Mick Jaggers' singing lips and for the shaking skirt on Tina Turner's shaking hips, for the heavens and for the hells through which Tina has lived.

This is for the tired and for the dreamers and for those families who'll never be like the Cleavers with perfectly made dinners and sons like Wally and the Beaver.

This is for the biggots,

this is for the sexists,

this is for the killers.

This is for the big house, pen-sentenced cats becoming redeemers and for the springtime that always shows up after the winters.

This? This is for you.

Make sure that by the time fisherman returns you are gone.

Because just like the days, I burn both ends and every time I write, every time I open my eyes I am cutting out a part of myself to give to you.

So shake the dust and take me with you when you do for none of this has never been for me.

All that pushes and pulls, pushes and pulls for you.

So grab this world by its clothespins and shake it out again and again and jump on top and take it for a spin and when you hop off shake it again for this is yours.

Make my words worth it, make this not just another poem that I write, not just another poem like just another night that sits heavy above us all.

Walk into it, breathe it in, let is crash through the halls of your arms at the millions of years of millions of poets coursing like blood pumping and pushing making you live, shaking the dust.

So when the world knocks at your front door, clutch the knob and open on up, running forward into its widespread greeting arms with your hands before you, fingertips trembling though they may be.


Maryland Ratified the 19th Amendment

March 29, 1941 - Maryland ratified the Nineteenth Amendment granting women the right to vote, a symbolic gesture since though Maryland had rejected it women had enjoyed the right to vote since the amendment's passage in August of 1920

Delaware had ratified it on Mar 6, 1923

and Virginia not until Feb 21, 1952

The March Delmar Joint Council Meeting - 2011

The March Delmar Joint Councils meeting was held last night at 7:00PM (Over with by 8:55). Last night's missing member was Delaware Councilman Woody Payne. 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 started with the reading of Proclamations; the first was a Proclamation read by Mayor Houlihan for the Delaware side of town proclaiming the support of Delmar for Fair Housing. Mayor Niblett for the Maryland side of town read a ditto proclamation supporting fair housing in Delmar Maryland. As we all know in Delmar this is a "do as I say not as I do" approach to fair housing.

The second Proclamation just pertained to Maryland and it was "Healthcare Decision day." Penny Manning (RN) gave at least a five minute pep talk on Five Wishes, well not so much a pep talk as a depressing thought on decisions you need to make when you are terminally ill and about to die.

The Five Wishes are to let your family and doctors know:
•Who you want to make health care decisions for you when you can't make them.
•The kind of medical treatment you want or don't want.
•How comfortable you want to be.
•How you want people to treat you.
•What you want your loved ones to know

I think the town website should have a section on it where these proclamations given each month can be displayed. Something other than be mentioned in the minutes that a proclamation was read.

If you or your organization would like to have a day or month proclaimed you can send your proclamation to town hall and they will more than likely have it read at the appropriate month's council meeting. Naturally it has to be submitted at least one week prior to the next council meeting.

The Town manager introduced an item not on the agenda. The Wicomico County Emergency Management department is doing a survey of fire hydrants and the locations and their operating specifications and would like that data from Delmar for their survey. The town engineers a year ago said they would supply the data for $3,000. The two towns voted to contribute a thousand from Delmar MD, a thousand from Delmar DE and they would let the fire department contribute the remaining thousand.

I don't see why the towns did it. They will not receive any of the data from the engineers and if they want the data will have to pay again to receive it. It seems just to be $3,000 paid out so Wicomico County Emergency Management can complete a survey and receive grant money.

The town attorney discussed the Bloosurf agreement and gave a number of suggestions of changes. Naimat Mughals from Bloosurf said he generally agreed them with the exception of the mutual termination part in the agreement. The council said they would table it until next month.

A confused plan for the Little League Parade on April 16th was given by Maryland Commissioner Karen Wells. When it was done I was not sure if it would start at 8 or 9 a.m., but it does seem to start at the All Saints Episcopal Church parking lot on Grove Street goes down Grove street to either 8th street or Bi-State than cut over to State street and end up at the little league park. There is however plenty of time before April 16th to finalize a plan and if I hear of it, I will post the parade route on this blog.

The abandon Building Ordinance was tossed back to P&Z, which will have workshops to have a proposed ordinance ready for the April Joint Council meeting.

I commented on the lack of procedures when it come to vacant apartment buildings. In my neighborhood we have a house that was used as two apartments (101 E Jewell St) and it has sit empty for a number of years. In Delmar after a year of being vacant an apartment house is suppose to convert back to a single family resident but recently a construction permit was issued and now it is going to be two apartments again. The reason given was the permit had been issued and the town has collected fees for water/sewer and garbage picked up in the vacant time period for two apartments.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Delaware International Speedway April 2nd

The 2011 season at the Delaware International Speedway will start with a free preview on Saturday night April 2nd. Anyone with a picture I.D. with a Delmar, Delaware or Delmar, Maryland address on it will be admitted to the spectator side for free.

Gates open at 5 p.m. Saturday for Tune & Test night for all divisions with free admission on the spectator side. Practice will be by division in sessions from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. The regular season takes the green on Saturday night, April 9th with gates opening at 5 p.m. and hot laps at 7 p.m.

Vacant Houses

Over at Delmar Daily Tom is screaming favoritism by the town when it comes to applying the "code' to houses.

Delmar Man Caught In Drug Stop

DRUG, GUN CHARGES: A Delaware man and two Virginia men were arrested Saturday after they were caught with drugs and guns east of Bridgeville, Delaware State Police said. Troopers said they pulled over the trio's car shortly before 7:30 p.m. on U.S. 13 because Breon Scarborough, 20, of Pungoteague, Va., was talking on a cellphone while driving. According to a report, one of the troopers smelled marijuana as he approached the car. Troopers also found a .40-caliber handgun in the waistband of passenger Jaquan Leonard, 19, of Delmar, and a .380-caliber handgun under the passenger seat where Tevin Scarborough, 20, also of Pungoteague, was sitting. Police also found ammunition, a digital scale and more than three grams of marijuana. All were charged with weapons and drug offenses and committed to Sussex Correctional Institution. Leonard's and Tevin Scarborough's bail was set at $6,000. Breon Scarborough's was set at $4,000.

Today Is National "Something On A Stick" Day

If it is March 28th, it is National "Something On a Stick" Day.

It actually isn’t quite as strange as it first sounds when you think about it more carefully. Sticks, skewers, poles and the like have been used in cooking for centuries, it was a means of holding and cooking food over an open fire for hundreds of years and those primitive methods are still used today across the globe in one form or another.

So what comes on a stick? Practically anything. The first thing that comes to mind is popsicles and fudgecicles. Hotdogs are poplar on a stick at campfires. There's also corndogs, and shrimp and many chinese treats. Cocktail wieners and cheese are picked and eaten on a stick(a toothpick).

You can also get just about anything on a stick when receiving food samples at a store or festival.

and there is Beer On A Stick

The Pepsi challenge of 1996

Today March 28, in 1996 John Leonard, 21 year old college student, submitted an order form along with 15 'Pepsi Points' and a check for $700,008.50 to Pepsi for a Harrier Jump Jet. The Harrier had been featured in a Pepsi commercial as one of the items that could be redeemed for 'points,' or a combination of cash and points. (the Harrier was listed for 7 million points). Pepsi subsequently refused to send Leonard the Harrier Jump Jet (actual cost: $23 million). Leonard then sued, and finally a judge ruled that the Harrier Jump Jet had obviously been mentioned in the promotion as a joke.

Delmar Alumni Association Meeting Tonight

The Annual General Membership Meeting will be held on Monday, March 28th at 7pm in the Delmar High School Library. ALL ALUMNI MEMBERS ARE WELCOME. Officers for the 2011/2012 year will be nominated and voted on among other business issues presented that evening. Please make every effort to attend if you belong to the alumni association.

Delmar Joint Council Meeting Tonight

On Monday, March 28, 2011, the Joint Council, consisting of the Mayor & Council of Delmar, Delaware and the Mayor & Commissioners of Delmar, Maryland, will meet at the Delmar Town Hall for their regularly scheduled meeting at 7:00 pm. The following Agenda is scheduled:
Proclamation: April is Fair Housing Month (MD/DE) - Howard Note: Ironic after the Section 8 turnout
Proclamation: Healthcare Decisions Day (MD)
• Bloosurf- Proposed Contract
• Delmar High School Traffic Patterns
• Parking Ordinance Revision
• Traffic/Parking Code
• Municipal Building
• St. Stephens Lease Agreement
• Abandoned Building Ordinance
• Municipal Sprinkler Legislation
NOTE TO THE PUBLIC: The Agenda items as listed may not be considered in sequence.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Patton Crosses the Rhine River 1945

Between March 22, 1945 and April 1, 1945 the U.S. Third Army under Gen. Patton, began its famous bridging and crossing operations of the Rhine. After the completion of the Battle in The Ardennes, Patton and his Army turned to the south and east attacking toward the Rhine. Starting with assault rafts and moving on to treadway bridges on floats they crossed the Rhine River. A total of 60,000 vehicles passed over these bridges. After consolidating on the east bank, the Third Army continued its drive to the east, capturing Darmstadt on March 25, and arriving in Frankfurt the following day.

When the Allied Armies reached the Rhine River the first thing men did was urinate in it. This was pretty universal from the lowest private to Winston Churchill (who made a big show of it) and Gen. Patton (who had himself photographed in the act).

In Carlo D'Este book "Eisenhower, A Soldier's Life"  It was mentioned that Patton was constantly being told to tone down his profanity in his daily reports.  His initial report about crossing the Rhine was in proper military language but at the end as a handwritten postnote he wrote; "I Peed in the Rhine today".

The War Is Out Of Control

Picked Up from The Fayetteville Observer

FAYETTEVILLE -- Two Fort Bragg soldiers, working along with an Afghan interpreter, embezzled nearly $1.3 million while deployed in 2009, according to court documents filed Thursday.

Edwin Vando and Juan Lamboy Rivera each were charged in a criminal information filed in U.S. District Court. The document, sometimes used in lieu of a grand jury indictment, alleges that the men took $1,297,959.31 in vendor payments owed to Abdul Wasi Faquiri Co. Ltd.

According to court documents, Vando and Rivera were sergeants with the 82nd Finance Battalion who were deployed to Camp Eggers in Kabul at the time, May to June 2009.

It is unclear whether Vando and Rivera are still Fort Bragg soldiers. According to the criminal information, Vando lives in Hope Mills, and Rivera lives in Fayetteville.

While deployed, both worked in the Camp Eggers finance office overseeing payments to commercial vendors, according to court documents. Vando was a commercial vendor service representative, and Rivera served first as the disbursing noncommissioned officer in charge of the finance office and later as a customer service representative in charge of personnel matters.

The third accused conspirator, identified in court documents only as "R.J.," was an Afghan citizen employed as an interpreter for the Camp Eggers Finance Office, according to court documents.

The company from which the three are accused of embezzling is an Afghan company that provides, among other items, military apparel and equipment for the Afghan National Army and Afghan National Police.

Vando and Rivera were charged Thursday, but their cases date back to July, when documents pertaining to the case were filed under seal.

The U.S. Attorney's Office also filed a forfeiture notice declaring its intent to seize any property allegedly obtained through the crimes.