Saturday, April 16, 2011

Delmar Kiwanis Easter Egg Hunt - 2011

The Delmar Kiwanis Club Easter Egg Hunt was held under cloudy skies. Due to wind and the potential for immediate rain only about 30 kids showed up for the event - which means more candy for each one. Greed is good and I think the average take of candy filled Easter eggs was about 75 per child.

plenty of eggs for everyone

and the winners are the group below

Just what they need, a chocolate rabbit to go with the all the candy filled eggs they collected.

In the past few days there has been a discussion on the blogs about a teenager volunteering at a Seattle elementary school who apparently was told to use the politically correct name “spring spheres” when she tried giving kids plastic Easter eggs filled with candy. Spring spheres has no religious implications. As to be expected everyone was excited about it but the Seattle school board has not been able to confirm whether the incident actually happened.

Seattle Public Schools has received so many inquiries about the incident, it released a statement on its website to clarify its religious policy:

“We have a ‘Religion and Religious Accommodation’ policy, approved by the School Board in 1983, stating that ‘no religious belief or non-belief should be promoted by the School District or its employees, and none should be disparaged,’”..

So I don't know if it was true or not but tell me, when does it stop? Is Easter to be referred to as a "spring fertility festival"? The “Christmas Tree” has become a “Holiday Tree”, “Merry Christmas”, has become “Happy Holidays. We bend over backwards to make sure that certain religions can pray in schools, in the hopes that they won’t blow us up. But, if religions that preach peace and love want to display symbols of their beliefs, like a menorah or a manger, the liberal loonies go off the banana boat in an effort to get them removed. The Eastern side of Sussex county and the multiple lawsuits of Muslims in the schools is proof enough of that. They try to control the people by removing the pillars of moral values that a country has been built on. They then replace those rock solid values with the false promises that only government can give. Instead of the wisdom of the ages, the children learn of the false prophecies of those like Obama, Reid, Pelosi and Markell. It has to stop and it has to stop now.

But in a state that now accept gay same-sex-unions (someway this is different from marriage) maybe I should be a little more politically correct so have a "happy spring fertility festival" and enjoy your "spring spheres" hunt.

Sorry Kiwanis about wrapping this polically correct discussion in on your Easter egg Hunt but the topic seem to fit in with the activity.

Hello, my name is Howard, and I'm a blogaholic

Are you addicted to blogging? Since we all have better things to do (and posts to write and blogs to stalk), let's make it a Yes or No sorta quiz. Give yourself one point for each affirmative answer, and none for negatives.

~~Blogaholic Quiz~~

Do you think about blogging first thing in the morning...maybe even before you've had your first cup of coffee?

If you miss a few days of posting to your blog and/or reading friends' messages, do you feel strange or like something's missing?

Would you rather be writing/reading online than doing almost anything else?

At random times during the day do things you see, hear or experience pop into your mind as being possible good blogging fodder?

Do you carry a camera and notepad around just in case you see or hear something interesting to put on your blog?

Are you are constantly going online to check your blog for comments?

Are you putting search engine friendly words in your blog for more hits?

Do you worry the blogger server may not be big enough to handle your blog traffic?

Are you spending more time thinking of something to write about than writing about it?

Do you find yourself writing about really dumb stuff just to have a daily post?

Are you taking this quiz?

Okay, add up your points. If you got less than four, you're still a viable member of the living, breathing real world human race. Four and above points, you're doomed, so repeat after me;

Hello, my name is _______, and I'm a blogaholic

Delmar Little League Parade - 2011

On a cool, overcast morning, the Delmar Little League Parade started at 9 a.m. more or less. With about 40 teams, a few politicians, firetrucks, police vehicles, and the fire prevention Queen, it was a nice size parade. It looks like they may get in a couple of games before the rain comes today. Below are a few selected photos of the parade.

Today's Poem

Barack Obama wrote this in High School


I saw an old forgotten man
On an old, forgotten road
staggering and numb
pulls out forgotten dignity from under his flaking coat,
And walks a straight line along the crooked world.

This Is National Park Week

Superintendent Trish Kicklighter announced that in celebration of National Park Week the entrance fee to Assateague Island National Seashore will be waived from April 16th through the 24th, 2011. The fee waiver applies at both the Maryland and Virginia districts of the Seashore.




Every day, America's national parks -- from the smallest historic sites to the largest natural spaces -- contribute to our Nation's collective health and spirit. These places preserve our unique history and iconic symbols. They protect ecosystems and serve as reservoirs of biodiversity. They are sources of natural sounds, clean water, and fresh air. Our parks provide accessible, safe, and affordable places to appreciate the bounty of our land. They offer opportunities for wholesome outdoor recreation, which can improve the health and vitality of all Americans.

In no place is America's natural and historic legacy more evident than our extraordinary collection of 394 national parks. "Healthy Parks, Healthy People," the focus for this year's National Park Week, highlights the role of public lands -- whether an iconic national park or a local green space -- in connecting human and environmental well-being. To encourage citizens to spend time in national parks, all entrance fees will be waived during National Park Week. All Americans can visit to find nearby parks where history can be discovered and nature explored.

America is fortunate to have a long history of conservation pioneers, like President Theodore Roosevelt, who understood the value of protecting our most precious landscapes. My Administration is building on this legacy with the America's Great Outdoors Initiative, designed to create a 21st-century conservation ethic and reconnect Americans with our natural, cultural, and historic heritage. We are working to ensure more American children have access to safe and clean parks and open spaces close to their homes. We will better support the farmers, ranchers, and private landowners that help protect rural landscapes and we will manage our public lands and waters with a renewed commitment to sound stewardship and resilience. As part of this responsibility, Federal agencies are also partnering with the First Lady's "Let's Move!" initiative on "Let's Move Outside!," a program that connects young people and their families to the outdoors to encourage healthy recreation.

The National Park Service, with 84 million acres of land and 17,000 miles of trails, works with environmental groups, scientists, business innovators, and health-care providers to promote physical activity in parks. Every Federal dollar invested in our national parks generates benefits for State and local economies. Beyond park boundaries, the National Park Service's Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program works with communities to create and enhance local parks, revitalize rivers, preserve valuable open spaces, and develop trail and greenway networks that provide close-to-home outdoor opportunities for everyone -- from children to seniors -- to get outside, get healthy, and have fun.

During National Park Week, we reaffirm our need to maintain connections to the natural world. Whether on the open range or in the heart of a bustling city, each of us can work to conserve our lands and reinforce the importance of setting aside beautiful places for inspiration, relaxation, and recreation for all people.

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 April 16 through April 24, 2011, as National Park Week. I encourage all Americans to visit their national parks and be reminded of these unique blessings we share as a Nation.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this fifteenth day of April, 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.


Friday, April 15, 2011

Todays Poem

Pablo Neruda
translated by Jodey Bateman

It was the nightfall of the iguana
from his rainbow-colored crest
his tongue like a dart
sank into the greenery
The monastic ant colony stepped
with musical feet through the jungle.
The wild llama, as delicate as oxygen
in the wide brown high country
went walking in his golden boots
while the tame llama opened
his candid eyes onto the daintiness
of a world filled with dew.
The monkeys braided
an endless erotic thread
along the shores of daybreak
bringing down walls of pollen
and frightening the violet flight
of butterflies on the river.
It was the night of the alligators
the pure, pulsing night
of snouts sticking out of slime
and from the drowsy swamps
the dull noise of scale armor
goes back to the origin of the earth.
The jaguar touched the leaves
with his glowing absence.
The puma runs through the thicket
like a devouring fire
while in him are burning
the alcoholic eyes of the jungle.
Badgers are scrabbling the banks
of the river, sniffing at a nest
full of living delicacies
which they will attack with red teeth.
And in the depth of the great water
like the circle of the earth
is the giant anaconda
covered with ceremonial paint,
devouring and religious.


Era el crepúsculo de la iguana.
Desde la arcoirisada crestería
su leengua como un dardo
se hundía en la verdura,
el hormiguero monacal pisaba
con melodioso pie la selva,
el guanaco fino como el oxigeno
en las anchas alturas pardas
iba calzando botas de oro,
mientras la llama abria cándidos
ojos en la delicadeza
del mundo lleno de rocio.
Los monos trenzaban un hilo
interminablemente erótico
en las riberas de la aurora,
derribando muros de polen
y espantando el vuelo violeta
de las mariposas de Muzo
Era la noche de los caimanes,
la noche pura y pululante
de hocicos saliendo del légamo,
y de las ciénagas soñolientas
un ruido opaco de armaduras
volvía al origen terrestre.
El jaguar tocaba las hojas
con su ausencia fosforescente,
el puma corre en el ramaje
como el fuego devorador
mientras arden en él los ojos
alcohólicos de la selva.
Los tejones rascan los pies
del río, husmean el nido
cuya delicia palpitante
atacarán con dientes rojos.
Y en el fondo del agua magna,
como el círulo de la tierra,
está la gigante anaconda
cubierta de barros rituales,
devoradora y religiosa.

Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel Opened Today in 1964

April 15, 1964 - The Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel opened - named one of the 7 modern engineering wonders of the world.

From shore to shore, the Bridge-Tunnel measures 17.6 miles (28.4 km) and is considered the world's largest bridge-tunnel complex. Construction of the span required undertaking a project of more than 12 miles of low-level trestle, two 1-mile tunnels, two bridges, almost 2 miles of causeway, four manmade islands and 5-1/2 miles of approach roads, totaling 23 miles.

DNREC Press Release

F.I.N. numbers to be included with individual fishing licenses purchased starting April 15

DOVER (April 14, 2011) – Since 2009, recreational anglers fishing Delaware waters have been required to call or go online annually to participate in Delaware’s fishing registry by obtaining a Delaware Fisherman Information Network (F.I.N.) number. As of tomorrow, Friday, April 15, the required F.I.N. number will be generated automatically on all individual fishing licenses sold through Delaware’s electronic licensing systems.

“Anglers have asked for this change, the advisory council has recommended it, and we are very happy to announce that we will now be able to provide our recreational fishermen with a F.I.N. number and eliminate the extra steps,” said Fisheries Administrator Craig Shirey.

As before, license customers will be asked to provide basic information and complete the five-question F.I.N. survey. After the license sale is completed, the F.I.N. number will be printed on the lower left hand side of the back tag that comes with the individual license. If an angler has already received their F.I.N. number prior to purchasing a license, they will receive a new F.I.N. number with their new license that will replace any previously issued number. Anglers should copy the F.I.N. number from the back tag onto the license. This number must be in the angler’s possession while actively fishing.

The new system does not apply to anglers who do not purchase an individual fishing license. The three exceptions are: exempt anglers, non-resident boat fishing license holders who do not have an individual license, and individuals fishing on licensed boats who do not have an individual license. These anglers will still have to visit or call 800-432-9228 toll-free to obtain a F.I.N. number.

Delaware’s F.I.N. registry was established so that the state could provide information to the National Marine Fisheries Service for its new federal registry. Anglers in states without an approved state registry are required to register directly with the NMFS registry, which began charging fees this year. Anglers who join the Delaware registry are added to the federal registry without paying any fees.

Purchase of a fishing license is required for anglers age 16 and older who are fishing, crabbing or clamming in all Delaware waters, including both tidal and non-tidal areas. Delaware residents age 65 and older are not required to purchase a license. A resident fishing license costs $8.50 and a non-resident license costs $20 per year.

More information on fishing licensing in Delaware, including where to purchase, is available at For additional information, please contact the Division of Fish and Wildlife, Fisheries Section, at 302-739-9914.

Other PCS Homes Auctions

As you know PCS Homes (Woodcreek Delmar MD) has other developments that also are being auctioned off. There are several in the Raleigh, NC. area. I picked this up from the Triangle Business Journal - by Amanda Jones Hoyle

Multiple townhouses and housing lots in three communities owned by PCS Homes in Raleigh and in Cary will be going on the auction block May 18 as part of a U.S. Bankruptcy Court authorized sale.

It’s an absolute auction with all sales final – regardless of the bid price, according to Sheldon Good & Co., the New York auction company that will be leading the event in May.

The properties to be auctioned include:

• Kingston at Wakefield Plantation in north Raleigh, six unsold townhouse units and 30 townhouse lots. The suggested opening bid for the subdivision is $150,000.

• Breezewood at Falls River in north Raleigh, three unsold townhouse units and 42 townhouse lots. The suggested opening bid is $250,000.

• Weatherfield near N.C. 55 in Cary, six partially built townhouse units, 18 finished lots and 137 unfinished lots. The suggested opening bid is $950,000.

The suggested opening bid for the unsold townhouse units is $50,000.

The auction will begin with registration at 12 p.m. at the Four Points Sheraton hotel at 1200 Claren Circle in Morrisville, which is located off Airport Boulevard. The auction will begin at 1 p.m.

PCS Homes of Millersville, Md., filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in September 2010. It had built hundreds of affordable townhouse and condominium units across Wake County since the company entered the Triangle market in 1999.

At the time of its bankruptcy filing, PCS was building homes in six Triangle communities. Most of the homes were priced between $117,000 and $212,000.


New rain gardens open for view at Blackbird State Forest and St. Jones Reserve

DOVER, (April 15, 2011) – Rain gardens are sprouting up throughout Delaware – courtesy of the “Rain Gardens for the Bays” campaign that encourages citizens to create rain gardens where they work, live and play. Two rain garden demonstration sites for the public to view and enjoy were recently created at the Blackbird State Forest, 502 Blackbird Forest Road near Smyrna and the St. Jones Reserve, 818 Kitts Hummock Road near Dover. The rain gardens are open daily, from dawn until dusk.

A rain garden is a garden located in a shallow depression near a runoff source – a downspout, driveway or paved surface – with soil that drains quickly and deep-rooted native plants and grasses that naturally absorb water and filter pollutants.

Rain gardens are sustainable, affordable and particularly effective in capturing rain water, preventing flooding, creating habitat for local wildlife, and reducing up to 80 percent of pollutants in stormwater runoff. According to the Center for Watershed Protection, typically about 30 percent more water from a rain soaks into the ground in a rain garden than the same size area of lawn.

“Spring is the perfect time of year to plant a rain garden. We invite homeowners and businesses to learn more by visiting a rain garden or accessing our website,, where they will find a photo gallery of rain gardens and information on how to create a backyard rain garden,” said Lara Allison, environmental scientist with DNREC’s Watershed Stewardship Division.

The new rain garden at Blackbird State Forest is located adjacent to the Blackbird Forest headquarters building and measures 740 sq. feet. About 340 native plants were added to this garden, including: Joe pye weed; cardinal flower; blue flag iris; Virginia Sweetspire; blazing star; wild columbine; and more. The St. Jones Reserve’s rain garden is approximately 520 sq. feet and includes about 340 native plants – blue flag iris, Virginia Sweetspire, blazing star, wild columbine and swamp milkweed, to name a few.

The gardens were the hands-on component of rain garden training provided by the Rain Garden for the Bays Campaign partners, DNREC’s Delaware Coastal Training program and Rutgers Cooperative Extension Water Resources Program.

At the training, instructors presented topics on rain garden site selection, design, installation and maintenance, including soil function and what native plants to choose when planting a rain garden. The training culminated in all 50 participants – master gardeners, scientists and engineers, and representatives from municipalities and landscaping companies - planting the two rain gardens.

The gardens were funded by the Rain Gardens for the Bays campaign, Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve (DNERR), and the Delaware Department of Agriculture. The gardens were designed by DNREC and a registered landscape architect, excavated by Kent Conservation District and the Blackbird State Forest crew, and planted by the training participants.

Several campaign partners are working with homeowners, organizations, schools and others to provide assistance with installing rain gardens. Campaign partners are also conducting workshops, trainings, native plant sales and other activities promoting rain gardens. Education and outreach materials are available to organizations, landscapers and garden centers. Visit the Rain Gardens for the Bays website, for more information.

The “Rain Gardens for the Bays” campaign includes the following partners: Partnership for the Delaware Estuary; Center for the Inland Bays; Maryland Coastal Bays; U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 3; Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control; Sussex County Conservation District; University of Delaware Cooperative Extension Service; University of Delaware Sea Grant program; Delaware Nature Society; Delaware Nursery and Landscape Association; Town of Ocean City, MD; Assateague Coastal Trust; and Grow Berlin Green (City of Berlin, MD).

Other demonstration rain gardens are located at: the University of Delaware’s College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment campus in Lewes; the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service building in Dover; the St. Jones Reserve, a component of the Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve, near Dover; the Germantown and Rosewald School in Berlin, Maryland; and the Delaware Agricultural Museum in Dover

Yorkshire Estate Has a Little activity

I see where Yorkshire Estate is advertising a house for $134,900. 1,370 sq. ft., should be ready by Aug/sept, MLS:586441, they are in the process of building it now.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Today's Poem

by M.L. Liebler


”Why, to write down the stuff
and people of everyday,
must poems be dressed in gold,
in old fearful stone?…
I want poems stained
by hands and everydayness.”
–Pablo Neruda

I know Allen Ginsberg’s dead,
And I want to write
A poem for him just like every-
Body else wants to do, but I can’t
Help but think of my neighbor
Who too died alone, recently, in his home of
30 years, and how he was a person
Who will never have a poem
Written in his honor or to his memory.

He was a person who will never have
His life enshrined in sound
And symbol of verse or song.

I didn’t know my neighbor either,
But I want to remember him
With verse and poesy just the same.

I want to celebrate
His life as the important treasure
He must have been as someone’s

Husband, father, brother, friend.
I want to do this
Simply because he lived.

My neighbor wasn’t famous,
And I probably only saw him once
Or twice in all the years that I lived
Behind his back fence.

But his words always made me
Amazed at the kindness of this world
When he spoke softly to me,
While he tended his garden.

I don’t remember his words
As memorable quotes spoken
By a famous person. It was just small talk

Spoken in the lexicon of the backyard.
No “Howl” or “Kaddish” or
“Sunflower Sutra” to be sure,

But graceful words that rose
And danced over the fence,
Behind his red bricked house.

So, while I would really love
To write a poem for Allen Ginsberg,
Like everyone else, right now
It seems more important for me to capture
My neighbor’s life, just another person
Whom I never knew.

I’ll write it all down
In a poem that he’ll never read
And that his family will never see
In print or hear at a public reading.

But isn’t that what poetry is all about?
Images speaking to the unspeakable
In our dreams as we lie awake in our sleep?

And, now, because I’ve shared this poem
With all of you, we are forever connected
All of our bones together
Side by side in the rich graveyard
Soil of poetry and life.

The Fall of Fort Sumter - 1861

As Reported in the April 17, 1861 edition of the Daily Dispatch - Richmond Va.

Incidents of the surrender of Sumter.
A Charleston dispatch relates the following incidents:
Major Anderson stated that he surrendered his sword to General Beauregard, as the representative of the Confederate Government. General Beauregard said he would not receive it from so brave a man. He says Major Anderson made a staunch fight, and elevated himself in the estimation of every true Carolinian.

During the fire, when Major Anderson's flag-staff was shot away, a boat put off from Morris' Island, carrying another American flag for him to fight under — a noteworthy instance of the honor and chivalry of the South Carolina seceders and their admiration for a brave man.

During the raging of the flames in Fort Sumter, the officers and soldiers were obliged to lay on their faces in the casemates to prevent suffocation.

Major Anderson expressed himself much pleased that no lives had been sacrificed, and says that to Providence alone is to be attributed the bloodless victory. He compliments the firing of the Carolinian, and the large number of exploded shells lying around attest their effectiveness.

The number of soldiers in the fort was about seventy, besides twenty-five workmen, who assisted at the guns. His stock of provisions was almost exhausted, however. He would have been starved out in two more days.

The entrance to the fort is mined, and the South Carolina officers who visited it after the surrender were told to be careful on account of the heat, lest it should explode.

The scene in the city after the raising of the flag of truce and the surrender is indescribable; the people were perfectly wild. Men on horseback rode through the streets proclaiming the news, amid the greatest enthusiasm.

The forces of Major Anderson were entirely inadequate to effectually work the guns and attend to the incidental requirements. It is not to be wondered at, under the circumstances, that Fort Sumter surrendered. The men were on duty thirty-six hours, with balls or shells striking the casemates and guns of the fort constantly. Competent military men state that the intense vibration or shock produced on the brain and nervous system of those in the vicinity is terribly exhausting.

At the siege of Sebastopol the men who worked the guns were relieved every twenty minutes, and groomed with whiskey and flannel to enable them to endure the concussion produced by the firing of their own guns and the shock of the enemy's balls and shells striking the fortification. The concussion attending the firing of a columbiad in the enclosed casemate of a fort is said to be terrible.

In contrast with the conduct of the inaction of the war fleet, it is stated that an old slave passed through the hottest fire, with a sloop load of wool, on Friday evening, and came safely to the city. Somebody told him he would be killed in the attempt. ‘"Can't help dat, "’ said he, ‘"must go to de town to night. If anybody hurts dis chile or dis boat, massa see him about it shuah."’ His sloop received four shots.

It is reported that Major Anderson sent in his resignation, to take effect on the inauguration of the Lincoln Government, but no notice was taken of it.

The fort is burned into a mere shell; not a particle of wood-work can be found, The guns on one side of the parapet are entirely dismounted, others split, while the gun carriages are knocked into splinters.

Major Anderson says the accuracy of the firing surprised him, and that if he had had two hundred more men, one-half would have been killed for want of suitable protection.

Major Anderson says it is preposterous to fight such a people. One of the officers in the fort remarked that they had endeavored not to fire on exposed individuals. ‘"Yes,"’ said Major Anderson, ‘"I gave orders not to sight men, but to silence batteries."’

Both men and officers were begrimed with smoke and powder. The batteries which have done the most mischief are the Dahigrea battery, Stevens' battery, and the rifle can non.

As regards harbor defence, the fort is just as good as ever. The casemates are perfect, the guns there in prime condition, and bear on both sides. Major Anderson was obliged to throw overboard a large quantity of powder to prevent explosion, and it was floating around the fort to-day.

One of the aids carried brandy to Major Anderson in a boat, after the fire, and the latter said it was very acceptable, as the men were completely exhausted by their labors. I mention this to show the kind and chivalrous relations between the officers.

Before going into action, Major Anderson sent word by an aid of General Beauregard to the Governor, thanking him for kind attentions during the past two months, and very solemnly said, ‘"Farewell, gentlemen. If we do not meet again here, I hope we shall meet in a better world."’

The fort has been garrisoned by the Palmetto Guards and put under command of Lieutenant Colonel Ripley, who commanded Fort Moultrie after the departure of Major Anderson.

The city is resuming its usual quiet. Everybody is exchanging congratulations over the successful termination of the fight; but soldiers are itching for a hand-to-hand brush.-- The Confederate flag and the Palmetto flag were hoisted on separate spars simultaneously.

Dr. S. Wylie Crawford, the surgeon at Fort Sumter, who was slightly wounded, is a son of the Rev. Dr. Crawford, of Philadelphia.

W. Porcher Miles, of Charleston, telegraphs to Mrs. Doubleday, at Washington, that a report of her husband's insanity is without foundation. It is believed that Capt. Doubleday, who is a strong Republican, refused to obey Major Anderson's command to surrender, and was consequently placed in irons.

The Daily Dispatch: April 17, 1861. Richmond Dispatch. 4 pages. by Cowardin & Hammersley. Richmond. April 17, 1861. microfilm. Ann Arbor, Mi : Proquest. 1 microfilm reel ; 35 mm.
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Tracking Your Ancestors

The Sussex County Genealogical Society is having a one-day conference called "Tracking Your Ancestors" on April 30. You will find information on the classes and biographies of their speakers as well as the registration form that you can print and mail in at their site. For those of you researching Sussex County specifically they will be introducing a new program by John Lyon and Mike Hitch called "Mapping Colonial Sussex to be followed by individual consultations. Their noted instructors will also give guidance on Beginning Genealogy (Julia Coldren-Walker), Church Records (Ed Wright), Identifying Photographs (Susan Rowland), Researching Female Ancestors (Rebecca Koford) , Researching Your Home’s History (Margaret Raubacher Dunham), Brick Walls (expert Delaware genealogists, Jim Blackwell, Sylvia Bradley, and Jim Moore), and DNA (Mark Wadhams). Chuck Mason will give one class, "Coffin Maker, Undertaker & Funeral Director, the Other Death Recourd Source" as well as the methodology of docutmenting and resourcing. A special feature will be individual consultations by John Lyon, John Polk, and Mike Hitch who will use their land platting expertise to help researchers find their colonial ancestral lands on the Delmarva Peninsula. The conference will be held at the Delmarva Christian High School in Georgetown, Delaware.

Masada shall not fall again - 73 AD or CE - which ever you consider politically correct

Today, April 14 in 73 (Well according to some sources - date varies) According to Jewish historian Josephus, 967 Jewish zealots committed mass suicide within the fortress of Masada (Hebrew for fortress) on this last night before the walls were breached by the attacking Roman Tenth Legion. (Two women and five children survived by hiding in a cistern, and were later released unharmed by the Romans.)

Most consider it a myth that was greatly enlarged to give Israel a national mythology of heroism.

In the 1950's Israeli soldiers took an oath there: "Masada shall not fall again." but after the Six day war Israel had new accounts of glory that could take the place of the Masada suicide pact and new sites were found for the IDF swearing in ceremonies.

I have found no such mention of Masada in the oath taken today by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), including Lone Soldiers, but the "Masada shall not fall again" does have a nice ring, in a brief search of the internet. Their oath is;

"I swear and commit to pledge allegiance to the State of Israel, its laws, and authorities, to accept upon myself unconditionally the authority of the Israel Defense Force, obey all the orders and instructions given by authorized commanders, devote all my energies, and even sacrifice my life for the protection of the homeland and liberty of Israel."

The Flag - 1861

From; War Of The Rebellion, a compilation of the official records of the Union and Confederate armies Series


SIR; I have the honor to send you by the bearer, Capt. S. W. Ferguson, South Carolina Regulars, my regular aide, and Lieut. Col. A. R. Chisolm (aide to Governor Pickens), one of my volunteer aides, the flag which waved on Fort Moultrie during the bombardment of Fort Sumter, and was thrice cut by the enemy's balls. Being the first Confederate flag thus baptized, I have thought it worth sending to the War Department for preservation. I should have brought it on myself, but my present disposition will prevent me from leaving here for a day or two.

I remain, sir, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

Brigadier-General, Commanding

TO: Hon. L. P. Walker
Secretary of War

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Today's Poem

No Time To Pray
By K. J. Koshy

I knelt to pray but not for long,
I had too much to do.
I had to hurry and get to work
For bills would soon be due.

So I knelt and said a hurried prayer,
And jumped up off my knees.
My Christian duty was now done
My soul could rest at ease.

All day long I had no time
To spread a word of cheer.
No time to speak of Christ to friends,
They'd laugh at me I'd fear.

No time, no time, too much to do,
That was my constant cry,
No time to give to souls in need
But at last the time, the time to die.

I went before the Lord,
I came, I stood with downcast eyes.
For in his hands God held a book;
It was the book of life.

God looked into his book and said
"Your name I cannot find.
I once was going to write it down...
But never found the time"

Delaware Civil War Records

The Delaware Public archives have some of their Civil War records on line at this location. take a look, photos, records, lists of mustered in mustered out, dead and wounded - who knows you might find one of your ancestors.

Governor Markell Moves Furniture

Wednesday, April 13 at 9:30 a.m. – Governor Markell will volunteer to move furniture with the H. Fletcher Brown Boys & Girls Club to commemorate the Delaware Week of Service. H. Fletcher Brown Boys & Girls Club, 1601 N Spruce St, Wilmington (Location to be confirmed)

No Unlawful Trading with Indians

1638, April 13 - Thomas Boyes given Maryland commission to arrest any persons, vessels or goods unlawfully trading with Indians by and or in water.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Middle School Band Rocks!!

The 5th, 6th and 7th and 8th Grade bands did a great performance tonight. Now I tend to be a sucker for drums and particularly the thunder of the kettle drums so tonight was a treat for me as several numbers made use of them.

As usual I did not see any Board of Education members there - but of course it was not a football game. Who I did see there was Farrah Morelli, a candidate for the Board of Education. She has a daughter in 5th Grade band. Well - that would be interesting - too have a BOE member who was interested in something in addition to sports.

The bands were directed by Mr. David Smith, who was very ably assisted by Mrs. Kelly Grubb.

There are so many students with familar last names I see in these bands, where their brother or sisters were in bands preceding them, so music and band do run in these families.

The 5th grade band did well. They played four songs; Banana Boat Song, Monuments, Tyrannosaurus Rock (perhaps the best due to the kettledrum), and Bandroom Boogie - also done well.

The 6th grade band was even better. They also did four songs; Dragonslayer (I understand a brakedrum was used in it), Creepy Crawlies (the best of the night with foot stomps and buzzing), Barbara Ann and Wild Thing

As usual the 7th and 8th grade band were the best, mainly because they played numbers I liked such as Mambo #5, Funtango, and Wipe Out. But the number I liked best was Red Thunder.

Molly Malone


The 6th to 8th Grade Bands Combined for a final number of the "Armed Forces March", turned out very well

UMES Honors band and Choir Concert - Sunday

April 17 UMES Honors Band and Choir Concert at 4 p.m. Ella Fitzgerald Center for the Performing Arts. Each year musicians from local High Schools join the University of Maryland Eastern Shore Wind Ensemble and the UMES Concert Choir in a performance. All ways a great show and it is free.

The Assemblies of God denomination was founded today

April 12, 1914 The Assemblies of God denomination was founded during an 11-day constitutional convention in Hot Springs, Arkansas.

Today's Poem

Tax Forms

I think that I shall never see
a tax form plain enough for me.

A form that I can understand
without a lawyer near at hand

To guide this poor benighted me
so I won't owe a penalty.

A form that I will not detest
or take as more than an awful jest.

A form with pages that I can read
and fill out easily with some speed

Such forms weren't made for fools like me
nor even God who made a tree.

by Anonymous

Let The War Begin

The Civil War began with the first shots at Fort Sumter on April 12, 1861. Governments and historical societies are having events about the civil war all over the country. Delaware Gov. Jack Markell today at 2 p.m. will help commemorate the 150th Anniversary during a ceremony today at the Delaware Public Archives building in Dover. Markell is scheduled to issue a proclamation about the observance.

In the CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll released Tuesday, roughly one in four Americans said they sympathize more with the Confederacy than the Union, a figure that rises to nearly four in ten among white Southerners. If you view the WAR as a fight for state rights I am sure that number would be even higher. If our fore bearers could see the way the Federal government has forced mandates on the states today I am sure many more would have joined the confederacy.

McGinnis and Long Buried today in 2003

Today in 2003 Simultaneous burial services were held for Marine Sgt. Brian McGinnis of St. Georges and US Army Spc. Ryan Long of Seaford, 2 Delawareans killed in Iraq.

Picked up from this day in Delaware History

Monday, April 11, 2011

April 2011 Quarterly Delmar Police Commission

The Quarterly Delmar Police Commission meeting was held tonight. Both Mayor Doug Niblett and Mayor Michael Houlihan were present but Councilman Woody Payne was missing. Chief of Police Harold Saylor gave his report and discussed other items. Some of which were;

A couple of complaints about happenings in State Street Park. A resident called 911 about loud music in the park. Since it was a non-emergency item 911 put it to the bottom of the stack and Delmar Police were not notified. The music stopped on it's own. If you have a non-emergency problem the number in Delmar to call is; 410-896-3132.UPDATE I HAVE BEEN TOLD THE NUMBER FOR SMALL OR LARGE PROBLEMS IS 410-896-3131.

A resident reported graffiti was sprayed in the park. The police visited the family of a suspect (young girl) and her family said she was home all night. The police found spray paint on her fingernails. They are looking at collecting costs of painting over the graffiti from the girl's family.

The Delmar High School Traffic pattern still isn't settled as a meeting with Dr. Ring has not occurred. Chief Saylor said he thinks two officers on duty, all traffic flowing in one direction, and buses down Lincoln Avenue will work. Mayor Douglas Niblett suggested having a left and right turn lane at the intersection of 8th and State street.

They are going to paint the humvees black and white.

They are reviewing bid proposals for converting the current town hall to a public safety building.

At 6:55 p.m. they went to executive session and I left.

Chesapeake Bay Bridge Walk - 2011

One of the events, I have enjoyed over the years, is the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Walk. My impression of the State Employees who are there on that day is they hate it. They always have a disgruntle look on their face and just generally are unpleasant - but maybe that is the way all Maryland State employees are who are associated with the Department of Transportation are - think MVA. It comes as no great surprise that the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Walk will not be held in 2011. The event has not been held over the past few years due to the ongoing Bay Bridge Preservation Project and other construction activities underway at the bridge. Other years they didn't have it because they were afraid of terrorist attacks. Any excuse will do to close this event. Tens of thousand people turn out for this event, that they do not have to pay an admission fee to the state for (maybe that is the real reason for closing it. The 4.5 miles across the bridge event use to be held the first Sunday in May

Today's Poem

Just A Common Soldier
by A. Lawrence Vaincourt

He was getting old and paunchy and his hair was falling fast,
And he sat around the Legion, telling stories of the past
Of a war that he had fought in and the deeds that he had done,
In his exploits with his buddies; they were heroes, every one

And tho' sometimes, to his neighbors, his tales became a joke,
All his Legion buddies listened, for they knew whereof he spoke
But we'll hear his tales no longer for old Bill has passed away,
And the world's a little poorer, for a soldier died today

He will not be mourned by many, just his children and his wife,
For he lived an ordinary and quite uneventful life
Held a job and raised a family, quietly going his own way,
And the world won't note his passing, though a soldier died today

When politicians leave this earth, their bodies lie in state,
While thousands note their passing and proclaim that they were great.
Papers tell their whole life stories, from the time that they were young,
But the passing of a soldier goes unnoticed and unsung

Is the greatest contribution to the welfare of our land
A guy who breaks his promises and cons his fellow man?
Or the ordinary fellow who, in times of war and strife,
Goes off to serve his Country and offers up his life?

A politician's stipend and the style in which he lives
Are sometimes disproportionate to the service that he gives.
While the ordinary soldier, who offered up his all,
Is paid off with a medal and perhaps, a pension small

It's so easy to forget them for it was so long ago
That the old Bills of our Country went to battle, but we know
It was not the politicians, with their compromise and ploys,
Who won for us the freedom that our Country now enjoys

Should you find yourself in danger, with your enemies at hand,
Would you want a politician with his ever-shifting stand?
Or would you prefer a soldier, who has sworn to defend
His home, his kin and Country and would fight until the end?

He was just a common soldier and his ranks are growing thin,
But his presence should remind us we may need his like again.
For when countries are in conflict, then we find the soldier's part
Is to clean up all the troubles that the politicians start

If we cannot do him honor while he's here to hear the praise,
Then at least let's give him homage at the ending of his days
Perhaps just a simple headline in a paper that would say,
Our Country is in mourning, for a soldier died today.

April 11 1954: Most boring day of 20th century

A team of Cambridge scientists say the day was devoid of any major news events or even the birth or death of any famous people.

They made the discovery after developing a new search engine which collates 300 million facts and can reveal what happened on certain days in history.

Running a script to compare all days from the beginning of the 20th century April 11 1954 was revealed as the most uneventful.

The 'highlight' events included a general election in Belgium and the birth of a Turkish academic… and we thought today was boring. A spokesperson for True Knowledge said: "Nobody significant died that day, no major events apparently occurred and although a typical day in the 20th century has many notable people being born, for some reason that day had only one person that might make that claim: Abdullah Atalar - a Turkish academic.

"The irony is though, that having done the calculation, the day is now interesting for being exceptionally boring! Perhaps we need to calculate the second most boring day."

Work Begun On First Liberty Ship - 1941

April 1941 work begins on the First Liberty Ship; SS Patrick Henry

Sept 27th, 1941 the ship is launched at the Bethlehem-Fairfield Shipyard near Baltimore, Maryland. The SS Patrick Henry was one of 14 Liberty Ships launched that day. September 27th, 1941 was designated "Liberty Fleet Day" because all 14 were launched the same day. In January, 1941, President Roosevelt announced a $350,000,000 shipbuilding program to help win World War II. By September an emergency shipbuilding program had been launched. Shipyards located in thirteen states were involved in a class of cargo ships called "liberty ships." They were called liberty ships because the first one launched was the SS Patrick Henry.

Other Liberty Ships launched that day in our region were;
SS Adabelle Lykes (Pusey and Jones – Wilmington DE)
SS James McKay (Bethlehem Steel Sparrows Point – Baltimore, MD)
SS Louise Lykes (Federal Shipbuilding and Drydock Company – Kearny, NJ)

Originally referred to as "emergency vessels," these cargo ships were among the first to be mass-produced. Numbers were critical as the Allies hustled to recover from the staggering losses wrought by German submarines during the Battle of the Atlantic. These vessels became known as Liberty ships after President Roosevelt, christening the Patrick Henry, quoted the ship's namesake: "Give me liberty, or give me death."

Liberty ships represented the assembly line fully realized. The keel was laid in traditional fashion but the ship was then constructed from prefabricated sections welded together in the graving dock.

Although it took 244 days to build the Patrick Henry, the average dropped to a mere 42 days per ship by the middle of the war. One Liberty, the SS Robert E. Peary, was built in an astounding four days at the Kaiser shipyard in Richmond, California. This was largely a publicity stunt, however, and the feat was not repeated.

Although the Patrick Henry slid down the ways nearly 10 weeks before the United States came fully into the war, the U.S. Navy was already engaged, helping to escort merchant convoys through the U-boat infested waters of the North Atlantic.

Around 2,700 Liberty ships were built during World War II and many survivors found their way into merchant fleets after the war. Two fully operational Liberty ships remain afloat: SS Jeremiah O'Brien is tied up in San Francisco and SS John W. Brown is home-ported in Baltimore. The O'Brien has the distinction of being the sole surviving merchant vessel of the vast armada that took part in the Normandy invasion.

She survived the war but was seriously damaged when she went aground on a reef off the coast of Florida in July 1946. She was scrapped at Baltimore in 1960.

Data picked up from an article by By Tony Long

It's National Volunteer Week


America's story has been marked by the service of volunteers. Generations of selfless individuals from all walks of life have served each other and our Nation, each person dedicated to making tomorrow better than today. They exemplify the quintessential American idea that we can change things, make things better, and solve problems when we work together.

Volunteers are the lifeblood of our schools and shelters, hospitals and hotlines, and faith-based and community groups. From mentoring at-risk youth and caring for older Americans to supporting our veterans and military families and rebuilding after disasters, these everyday heroes make a real and lasting impact on the lives of millions of women and men across the globe.

Last year, nearly 63 million Americans gave of themselves through service. Their compassion is a testament to the generosity of the American spirit. In difficult times, Americans are coming together -- tackling our challenges instead of ignoring them -- and renewing the principle that we are our brother's keeper and our sister's keeper.

Today, as many Americans face hardship, we need volunteers more than ever. Service opportunities tap the energy and ingenuity of our greatest resource -- the American people -- to improve our neighborhoods and our world. My Administration is committed to investing in community solutions and increasing opportunities for Americans to serve. The bipartisan Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act strengthened the programs of the Corporation for National and Community Service, which engage millions of citizens each year in service through Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and Learn and Serve America. We are building the capacity of organizations and communities to tackle their own problems by investing in social innovation and volunteer cultivation. And through United We Serve, a national call to service, we are making it easier for women and men of all ages to find volunteer opportunities or create their own projects where they see a need.

During National Volunteer Week, we celebrate the profound impact of volunteers and encourage all Americans to discover their own power to make a difference. Every one of us has a role to play in making our communities and our country stronger. I encourage all Americans to help us renew progress and prosperity and build a brighter future for our Nation by visiting to find a local project.

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 April 10 through April 16, 2011, as National Volunteer Week. I call upon all Americans to observe this week by volunteering in service projects across our country and pledging to make service a part of their daily lives.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this seventh day of April, 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 Pan American Week

A Proclamation

Throughout Pan American Day and Pan American Week, we celebrate the close partnerships across our hemisphere that advance the ability of our citizens to enjoy freedom and reach for their highest aspirations. Every day, the future is being forged by the countries and peoples of the Americas. The world must now recognize the Americas as a whole as a dynamic and growing region, because the Americas are democratic and at peace, and we are coming together to address shared challenges. Increasingly, our hemisphere is contributing to global prosperity and security. The bonds between our people are rooted not only in mutual respect and shared interests and responsibilities, but also in common values. As the nations of the Americas continue to grow, progress, and address the challenges of our day, our friendships will be more important than ever to attaining and maintaining security and prosperity for all.

This year, the Americas can celebrate milestones that have strengthened the ties between our societies. More than 60 years ago, our nations came together in an Organization of American States and declared that "representative democracy is an indispensable condition for the stability, peace, and development of the region." A decade ago, we reaffirmed this principle, with an Inter‑American Democratic Charter that stated "the people of the Americas have a right to democracy and their governments have an obligation to promote and defend it." This year, we also observe the United Nations' and the Organization of American States' designation of 2011 as the International Year for People of African Descent, an opportunity to recognize the myriad ways that men and women of African descent have strengthened our countries and enriched our societies.

The Americas demonstrate to countries around the world the strength of democracy as a means of supporting people's yearnings for freedom and the pursuit of happiness, but we know our work is far from finished. Many citizens in our region live in poverty or lack access to jobs and economic opportunity, and some suffer injustice and human rights violations, including freedom of expression. In Haiti and in other places where natural disasters have struck, many lack access to basic necessities. As we come together to build our economies, increase cooperation on citizen security and trade, and promote democracy, we know our friendships, partnerships, and shared principles will help us overcome today's challenges and build a safer and more prosperous future.

As we celebrate Pan American Day and Pan American Week, let us reemphasize the cooperation between all nations of the Americas as a vital part of our interconnected world. Together, we will continue to build on our partnerships of equality and shared responsibility and demonstrate that change is possible, every nation can be free, and there can be no denying the dignity and human rights our countries uphold.

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 April 14, 2011, as Pan American Day and April 10 through April 16, 2011, as Pan American Week. I urge the Governors of the 50 States, the Governor of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and the officials of other areas under the flag of the United States of America to honor these observances with appropriate ceremonies and activities.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this eighth day of April, 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.


Today is International Louie Louie Day

Today is International Louie Louie Day.
Louie Louie, me gotta go
Louie Louie, me gotta go

Fine little girl she waits for me
Me catch the ship for cross the sea
I sail the ship all alone
I never think I'll make it home


Three nights and days me sail the sea
Me think of girl constantly
On the ship I dream she there
I smell the rose in her hair


Me see Jamaica moon above
It won't be long, me see my love
Me take her in my arms and then
I tell her I never leave again

Why April 11? Because it's the birthday of Richard Berry, the man who composed Louie Louie and in April 1957 the first recorded version of Louie Louie, by Richard Berry and the Pharaohs.

Louie Louie is a calypso sea chantey about a lover’s lament as told to a bartender named Louie Louie. He uses Afro-Cuban rhythms from René Touzet’s “El Loco Cha Cha”,” and story lines from Chuck Berry’s “Havana Moon” and Johnny Mercer’s “One For My Baby (And One More For The Road).”

Middle School Band Concert

Tomorrow night the Middle School Band Concert is scheduled to play at 7 p.m., come out and hear some good music - it's free.

Spring Clean Up This Week

This is the week for Delmar Delaware town wide clean up. Your yard trash will be picked up on the Wed & Thurs the 13th or 14th. Remember you have to let Town Hall know you have trash to be picked up.

For Delmar Maryland those dates are Tues & Wed – April 19th & 20th 2011

Again you have to contact the Town’s Administrative Office at 410-896-2777 or 302-846-2664 no later than the week prior to collection.

Delmar Police Commission Meeting Tonight

The quarterly Delmar Police Commission meeting will be tonight at 6:30 p.m. at Town Hall.

Sunday, April 10, 2011