Saturday, April 23, 2011

The Charles Du Pont Bird Letter - 1861

Charles du Pont Bird a student at Loyola college in Baltimore in 1861 wrote this letter to the Governor of Virginia, that eventually was forwarded to Gen'l Robt E Lee. No action was ever taken on it.

NORFOLK, April 26, 1861.
Major General ROBERT E. LEE:
Comdr. of the Land and Naval Force of the State of Virginia:

GENERAL: I herewith send you a communication from Charles Du Point Bird, Loyola College, Baltimore, Md., sent to me by Governor Wise.

By order of Walter Gwynn, major-general, commanding forces in Nortfolk Harbor:
I have the honor to be, general, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

Colonel and Aide-de-Camp

Loyola College
Baltimore, April 25, 1861

A Strong feeling in the two lower counties of Delaware is aroused in favor of Delaware joining the Southern Confederacy. With a man or two from you to give directions and a hint that arms and men would come if necessary, the people of Sussex themselves would destroy the Delaware railroad terminating at Seaford, on the Nanticoke. This railroad, I am confident, the General Government of Lincoln wish to secure that they may transport troops by the Nanticoke River to the Chesapeake , and thence to Washington by the Potomac River. A vessel or two sunk in the Nanticoke will hinder this design. There is considerable trestling work on the Delaware railroad near Dover which would retard that road if it were broken. The arms that Delaware owns are in the hands of the secessionists. The powder mills on the Brandy wine (owned by relatives of mine) should be secured at all hazards. With a not very large force, if we cannot hold them, they should be destroyed. Some of the Du Ponts are friendly to the South. If it is possible to guard theses works for a few weeks the stock of powder for the Southern Confederacy would be largely increased. Information received this a.m. that 8,000 Northern troops are at Annapolis. Do not wait for our Legislature to invite you. Start up the bay at once . if haste is not made, by Saturday night 25,000 troops will be in Washington. The legislature meets at Frederick to-morrow. Nine thousand one hundred and thirty five was the vote polled in Baltimore for secession candidates. No opposition being made the vote was small. Come to our help. We need force at the Susquehanna to stop the hordes of the North.

Respectfully, your, and every moment waiting your orders, I am
Charles Du Pont Bird
Loyola College, Baltimore, Md.

Today's Poem

by Mark Terrill

Hemingway’s looking down the
twin-barrel of the shotgun
into a blue metallic void.

Hart Crane has one foot on deck,
the other over the rail,
his eye on the ship’s boiling wake below.

Sylvia Plath’s on her knees in the kitchen
with her head in the oven,
wondering if she paid the gas bill or not.

Richard Brautigan’s up in Bolinas
with a Saturday-night-special
nudged snugly in his graying temple.

Paul Celan looks down and sees
one last despondent metaphor
in the swirling waters of the Seine.

Lew Welch loads his 30-30 rifle,
heads up into the California hills,
unsure about when he’ll be coming back.

The ways in merge with the ways out,
life’s complexity compounds daily,
and no one’s getting any writing done today.

Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? is a Latin phrase from the Roman poet Juvenal, which is literally translated as "Who will guard the guards themselves?"

In Maryland, one of the audit departments, is the Office of Legislative Audits' (OLA). On April 1, 2011 they did an audit of the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services Division of Pretrial Detention and Services. They found a number of things wrong but the one that struck me was this one I have cut and paste below;

Contaminated Inmate Funds
Finding 4

Controls over contaminated inmate funds were inadequate, allowing a DPDS
management employee to misappropriate inmate funds totaling $12,500.

Controls over contaminated inmate funds were inadequate and, consequently, a management employee misappropriated $12,500 over an approximate three-year period. These funds, which were received occasionally during the inmate intake process, were contaminated from bodily fluids, such as blood.

According to DPDS management, beginning in June 2006, DPDS mistakenly believed that the local bank branch would no longer accept contaminated funds for deposit. The aforementioned management employee collected all contaminated funds, which totaled $12,500 between June 2006 and November 2008, and allegedly disposed of the funds in a county landfill. State general funds were then improperly transferred to the related inmate accounts. However, it was later determined that this employee had misappropriated these funds. We were advised by the State Treasurer’s Office that the bank did accept deposits of contaminated funds during this period at another location.

In November 2008, DPDS revised its procedures for contaminated funds so that the funds were maintained in a safe until the inmates were released. These procedures continued to be inadequate because the funds were not deposited in a bank. According to DPDS records, contaminated inmate funds collected from November 2008 through June 2010 totaled approximately $3,600, including approximately $1,850 which was on hand as of June 30, 2010.

In April 2010, the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services
(DPSCS) Internal Investigative Unit conducted an investigation of the
contaminated funds that were received during the period from June 2006 through
November 2008. During the investigation, the aforementioned management
employee admitted to misappropriating contaminated funds. Consequently,
DPDS terminated the employee from State service and referred the matter to the Office of the Attorney General’s Criminal Division. In August 2010, the former employee paid restitution in the amount of $12,500, which was credited to the State’s General Fund. In October 2010, the former employee pled guilty to felony
theft and received a six-month suspended sentence, unsupervised probation, and
community service.

Recommendation 4
We recommend that DPDS establish controls over contaminated funds by properly depositing these funds in the bank

Again you will notice almost no sentence given to this person (a six-month suspended sentence, unsupervised probation, and community service)

My recollection of how we handled this at the Wicomico County Detention Center was we handled it the same as regular cash except we wrapped the money in a note to tell the bank teller the money may be soaked in body fluids, naturally the county money handlers always used rubber gloves when counting ANY money that was received in. As most of us know - currency and coins are filthy with well filth of all kinds regardless rather it is received from an inmate or bank or retail store. So the question is did the bank simply give it back out as cash to an unsuspecting customer?


DNREC announces 2011 Young Environmentalist Awards

DOVER (April 21, 2011) – Do you know a Delaware student who is working to make a difference for the environment? The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control is encouraging teachers, classmates, parents, club or group leaders and others to begin planning to nominate these students for the 2011 Young Environmentalist of the Year Awards. Nominations must be based on actions or projects which have taken place between July 1, 2010 and June 30, 2011.

Nominations will be accepted between Sunday, May 1 and Wednesday, June 1, 2011. A winner will be chosen from each of the following categories:

Elementary for students in grades 1-4
Middle School for students in grades 5-8
High School for students in grades 9-12

The Young Environmentalist program honors Delaware students whose actions have resulted in the protection, restoration or enhancement of Delaware’s natural resources. Judges will look for innovative projects that increase public awareness and demonstrate environmental ethics and stewardship.

Past honorees have included students who have organized tree plantings, a household hazardous waste community collection day and school recycling programs; students who volunteered their time with the Delaware Nature Society, DNREC’s Piping Plover Monitoring Program, the DuPont Nature Center, the Hooked on Fishing – Not on Drugs program, and the Marine Education, Research and Rehabilitation Institute, among other organizations; and a prolific poster artist, who worked to raise public awareness on a variety of environmental issues.

This is the 18th year for the award, which was established by DNREC colleagues and friends in honor of Dr. Edwin H. Clark II, who served as Secretary of DNREC from 1989 until 1993.

A $100 U.S. savings bond and a Delaware State Parks gift certificate will be awarded to each category winner in recognition of his or her contribution to the community. Winners will be honored in a special ceremony.

For more information, including nomination forms, please call Joanna Wilson, Public Affairs, at 302-739-9902, or visit

Friday, April 22, 2011

Delmar Honduras Illegal Charged With Identity Theft

DSP News Release: Honduras Illegal Charged With Identity Theft
• Public Safety Way Bridgeville, De
• 10000 block Pit Road Seaford, De
• May 16th 2009 4:00 a.m.
• April 21st 2011 2:49 p.m.
• 25 year old female victim
• 3 and 6 year old victim
Defendant(s) Charge(s) and Bond Information:
Rosario A. Pineda-Sierra-27 Delmar, De
• Identity Theft
• 3 counts Forgery First Degree
• Criminal Impersonation
• Assault 3rd Degree
• 2 counts Endangering the Welfare of a Child
Committed Delores J. Baylor Correctional Institute $10,000 cash bond

Bridgeville/Seaford-On Wednesday April 20, 2011 Delaware State Police arrested and charged Rosario A. Pineda-Sierra-27 of Delmar with Identity Theft, Forgery, Criminal Impersonation, Assault and Endangering crimes after she reported to court for an unrelated driving offense.

State Police were summoned to Justice of the Peace Court 3 in Georgetown Delaware on April 20th in order to contact Gabriela Alvarado who had an outstanding warrant from a domestic assault which occurred in May of 2009.

Troopers placed Alvarado later determined to be Rosario A. Pineda-Sierra under arrest and charged her for Assault Third and 2 counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child. Pineda-Sierra was later arraigned and released on bond. During the arraignment proceedings Pineda-Sierra signed her name as being Gabriela Alvarado.

Shortly after Pineda-Sierra was released from custody, Delaware State Police were contacted by Agents from the Vermont section of Immigration and Customs Enforcement. ICE informed Troopers that Gabriela Alvarado was an alias Pineda-Sierra was using. ICE was alerted through fingerprint analysis after Pineda-Sierra was arrested and printed by State Police.

Pineda-Sierra an illegal immigrant from Honduras was again contacted by Delaware State Police and asked to come to State Police Troop 5 Bridgeville. When Pineda-Sierra arrived she was arrested for Identity Theft, Forgery First Degree, Criminal Impersonation and re-arrested for the Assault and Endangering crimes under her correct name.

Pineda-Sierra is currently being held on $10,000 cash bond and a detainer issued by Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Delores J. Baylor Correctional Institute.

Today's Poem

In God We Trust
By AHO Speaks

In God we trust'; found on a penny
I wonder if it is still part of this land of plenty?

This is supposed to be a Christian nation
Yet denial for those who are different as a human relation.
We enact separate laws to protect and make others equitable
As to try and legislate morality and that is regrettable.

Do we go through the same process when others are due
Or by the living Christian way of life by me and you?

This is not a radical approach or even revolutionary
It's the living in and with other human beings which is necessary.

If Christians do not practice what their leader had said
Then how can they believe he rose from the dead?

Christians are the majority and have the most power in this nation
In each house of God the words of truth about every human relation

In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash

Today, April 22, 1864 Congress passed "The Coinage Act of 1864", a United States federal law, that authorized the minting of the two-cent coin with phrase "In God We Trust". This was the first time the phrase was used on a circulating United States coin.

The U. S. Department of Treasury states “the motto, IN GOD WE TRUST, was placed on United States coins largely because of the increased religious sentiment existing during the Civil War.

American history demonstrates repeatedly that the nation was founded on Christian principles and its founding fathers wished to acknowledge that fact.

And no April 22, 1864 was not Good Friday (Good Friday fell on March 25th).

Speaking of money; in that most Godless place, the New York Stock Exchange, Good Friday is celebrated. Three times a year, the NYSE’s calendar diverges from that of the U.S. federal government. On Columbus Day and Veterans Day, the market stays open even as federal workers take a break. But only on one day each year — Good Friday — does the NYSE keep the markets shut, even as the federal government toils.


Today Is Good Friday

Good Friday was the day on which Jesus died. Good Friday is a Friday before Easter Sunday. It is a religious day on which Christians commemorate the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his death. It is believed that lord died on Good Friday and resurrected on Easter Sunday. Good Friday is called so because christen believe that Jesus sacrificed his life for humanity and good of everyone.

Today Is Earth Day

1970 The first Earth Day was celebrated. It was intended to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth's natural environment. Earth Day was founded by United States Senator Gaylord Nelson as an environmental teach-in first held on April 22, 1970. Do you really thing the earth is better off than when before Earth Day was celebrated?

Presidential Proclamation--Earth Day



For over 40 years, our Nation has come together on Earth Day to appreciate and raise awareness about our environment, natural heritage, and the resources upon which generations of Americans have depended. Healthy land and clean water and air are essential to the health of our communities and wildlife. Earth Day is an opportunity to renew America's commitment to preserving and protecting the state of our environment through community service and responsible stewardship.

From the purity of the air we breathe and the water we drink to the condition of the land where we live, work, and play, the vitality of our natural resources has a profound influence on the well-being of our families and the strength of our economy. Our Nation has a proud conservation tradition, which includes countless individuals who have worked to safeguard our natural legacy and ensure our children can benefit from these resources. Looking to the future of our planet, American leadership will continue to be pivotal as we confront the environmental challenges that threaten the health of both our country and the globe.

Today, our world faces the major global environmental challenge of a changing climate. Our entire planet must address this problem because no nation, however large or small, wealthy or poor, can escape the impact of climate change. The United States can be a leader in reducing the dangerous pollution that causes global warming and can propel these advances by investing in the clean energy technologies, markets, and practices that will empower us to win the future.

While our changing climate requires international leadership, global action on clean energy and climate change must be joined with local action. Every American deserves the cleanest air, the safest water, and unpolluted land, and each person can take steps to protect those precious resources. When we reduce environmental hazards, especially in our most overburdened and polluted cities and neighborhoods, we prioritize the health of our families, and move towards building the clean energy economy of the 21st century.

To meet this responsibility, Federal and local programs will continue to ensure our Nation's clean air and water laws are effective, that our communities are protected from contaminated sites and other pollution, and that our children are safe from chemicals, toxins, and other environmental threats. Partnerships and community-driven strategies, like those highlighted by the America's Great Outdoors Initiative, are vital to building a future where children have access to outdoor places close to their homes; where our efforts to leave rural working lands and waters are conserved and restored; and our parks, forests, waters, and other natural areas are protected for future generations.

On Earth Day, we recognize the role that each of us can play in preserving our natural heritage. To protect our environment, keep our communities healthy, and help develop the economy of the future, I encourage all Americans to visit www.WhiteHouse.Gov/EarthDay to learn ways to protect and preserve our environment for centuries to come.

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 22, 2011, as Earth Day. I encourage all Americans to participate in service programs and activities that will protect our environment and contribute to a prosperous, healthy, and sustainable future.

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


420 Day - National Marijuana Day

420, 4:20 and 4/20 are all pot smoker code for lighting up, and each April 20 crowds gather in cities across the U.S. to celebrate cannabis and push for laws okaying its use. It is called National Marijuana Day

Now in Delmar we are so far out of the main stream I have never paid any attention to it - I don't think I have even heard of it. However my daughter is a Maryland Judiciary Commissioner over in Montgomery County and she was mentioning how full of Marijuana and Marijuana related cases her Wednesday night (4/20) was. She said she thought every other case was a Marijuana case.

Those sort of things does make me happy living in Delmar and just putting up with our local low life's that we have.

There are many myths behind why the holiday is called 420 and is celebrated on April 20. One possibility is 420 began at San Rafael High School in 1971, when about a dozen pot-smokers would meet daily to smoke at 4:20 p.m. To be discreet, they used the term 420 as a secret code when chatting to each other about when it was time to smoke pot.

Mason and Dixon Set the Delmar Marker - 1764

Today, April 22, 1764 Charles Mason, Jr. and Jeremiah Dixon measured Delaware's western boundary and placed a marker in the southwest corner of the state at Columbia west of Delmar

Picked up from This Day in Delaware History.

Texting Alleged Cause of Traffic Crash

DSP News Release: Texting Alleged Cause of Traffic Crash


◦Woodland Ferry Road and Bethel-Concord Road Seaford, DE


◦Wednesday April 20, 2011 2:15 p.m.


◦William Davis-23 Delmar, De
◦Keisha Davis-20 Delmar, De

Defendant(s) Charge(s) and Bond Information:

◦Jeffrey L. Downes-25 Laurel, De

◦2 counts Vehicular Assault Second Degree (Misdemeanor)
◦Driving a Vehicle Under the Influence of Drugs
◦2 counts Failure to Drive in Proper Lane and direction
◦Failure to Stop at a Stop Sign
◦Committed Sussex Correctional Institute $3,300.00 secured bond

Seaford-Delaware State Police have charged Jeffrey L. Downes-25 of Laurel Delaware with Vehicular Assault and 4 traffic related offenses following a Wednesday afternoon crash.

State Police responded to the personal injury crash around 2:15 p.m. Wednesday April 20th involving two vehicles. The first vehicle a 2000 Ford Mustang driven by William M. Davis-23 of Delmar Delaware was stopped at intersection of Woodland Ferry Road and Bethel Concord Road E/O Bethel for a stop sign. The second vehicle a 2006 Honda Pilot driven by Jeffrey L. Downes was southbound on Woodland Ferry Road approaching the Ford Mustang from behind.

Downes failed to slow his vehicle as he approached Davis’ Mustang and crashed into its rear. Witness information obtained at the crash scene reported Downes also had crashed into a Verizon phone box on Woodland Ferry Road prior to striking the Mustang.
William (Operator) and Keisha Davis (passenger) both sustained non-life threatening injuries and were treated then released from Nanticoke Hospital. The Davis’ 3 year old son, who was securely fastened in his child safety seat, was unharmed.

Downes who is alleged to have been texting while driving was charged with 2 counts of Vehicular Assault, Driving under the Influence of Drugs, and 2 counts of Failure to Drive in the Proper lane and Direction. A quantity of Oxycodone pills were located thrown about the inside of Downes car. Downes was arraigned then committed to Sussex Correctional Institute on $3,300 secured bond.

Chinese Bibles

I went to the Dollar Tree store recently and noticed they had bibles for a dollar - made in China of course. At one time, years ago, almost all churches had a "send bibles to China" program, now our Chinese masters sent us the word of Christ - for a dollar - interesting.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Today's Poem

William Blake. 1757–1827

The Tiger

TIGER, tiger, burning bright
In the forests of the night,
What immortal hand or eye
Could frame thy fearful symmetry?

In what distant deeps or skies
Burnt the fire of thine eyes?
On what wings dare he aspire?
What the hand dare seize the fire?

And what shoulder and what art
Could twist the sinews of thy heart?
And when thy heart began to beat,
What dread hand and what dread feet?

What the hammer? what the chain?
In what furnace was thy brain?
What the anvil? What dread grasp
Dare its deadly terrors clasp?

When the stars threw down their spears,
And water'd heaven with their tears,
Did He smile His work to see?
Did He who made the lamb make thee?

Tiger, tiger, burning bright
In the forests of the night,
What immortal hand or eye
Dare frame thy fearful symmetry?


I noticed Food Lion at Tilgman Road and RT50 uses their shopping carts to protect their fruit trees and flowers at night - interesting

Delmar Planning and Zoning Commission Meeting

The Delmar Planning and Zoning Commission Meeting was held tonight. All members were present with the exception of Robert Thompson. The meeting was over by 7:30.

A landscaping plan was submitted by Kraus Development for the bath fitter place. It looks like Bradford pear trees or weeping cherry trees will be part of the plan.

Danny Maszera did not show up so the Pheasant Lake extension request was tabled until next month.

A draft of the Vacant Building Ordinance is to go to the Joint Council on Monday, if approved it will go to the attorney for a first reading in May.

The Residential Sprinkler System ordinance is being prepared by the town attorney.

Kenny Soni representing Country Hearth Inn & Suite came requesting a sign approval. The sign does not meet the town code and will have to go to the Maryland Zoning appeal board. The Commission gave a favorable recommendation on the sign due to hardship of not having front footage on Rt 13 and the public can not tell the motel is there. The pool at the motel will open this summer.

There is confusion of the commission part as to if they will meet a week early next month (the 19th) or on the 26th due to Memorial Day. Time will tell.

The Act Concerning Religion - 1649

April 21, 1649 Today 362 years ago, the Maryland Assembly passed the Toleration Act, providing protection to Roman Catholics against Protestant harassment and discrimination, a problem which had been on the increase due to the growing power of Oliver Cromwell in England.

The Maryland Toleration Act, also known as the Act Concerning Religion, was a law mandating religious tolerance for trinitarian Christians. It created the first legal limitations on hate speech in the world and it attempted to separate church and state, a constitutional principle that would have to wait another 150 years before it became accepted practice in America.

The Act allowed freedom of worship for all trinitarian Christians in Maryland, but sentenced to death anyone who denied the divinity of Jesus. It was revoked in 1654 by William Claiborne, a Virginian who had been appointed as a commissioner by Oliver Cromwell and was a staunch advocate for the Anglican Church. When the Calverts regained control of Maryland, the Act was reinstated, before being repealed permanently in 1692 following the Glorious Revolution. As the first law on religious tolerance in the British North America, it influenced related laws in other colonies and portions of it were echoed in the writing of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, which enshrined religious freedom in American law.

Confirmed by Lord Proprietary by an Instrument under his hand & Seal dated 26
August 1650 Phil Calvert

Acts and Orders of Assembly assented unto enacted and made at a General Session of the said Assembly held at Saint Mary's on the one and twentieth day of April Anno Domini 1649 as followeth viz:

An Act concerning Religion

Forasmuch as in a well Governed and Chris-
tain Commonwealth matters Concerning Religion &
the honour of God ought in the first place to be taken
into serious Consideration and endeavoured to be settled.

Be it therefore Ordered [ordeyened] and Enacted by the right
honble Cecilius Lord Baron of Baltimore absolute Lord
and Proprietary of this Province with the advice and
Consent of the General Assembly that whatsoever Person
or Persons within this province and the Islands thereto
Belonging shall from henceforth Blaspheme God that
is Curse him or deny our Saviour Jesus Christ to be the
Son of God or shall deny the holy Trinity the Father
Son & Holy Ghost on the Godhead of any of the said
three Persons of the Trinity or the unity of the Godhead
or shall use or utter any reproachful speeches words or
Language Concerning the said holy Trinity or any of the
said three Persons thereof shall be punished with death
& Confiscation or forfeiture of all his or her lands and
Goods to the Lord Proprietary and his heirs and be it
also Enacted by the Authority and with the advice and
assent aforesaid that whatsoever Person or Persons
shall from henceforth use or utter any Reproachful words
or speeches concerning the blessed Virgin Mary the Mother
of Our Saviour the holy Apostles and Evangelist or any
of them shall in such Case for the first Offence forfeit to
the said Lord Proprietary and his heirs Lords and Proprie-
tarys of this Province the sum of five Pounds Sterling or
the Value thereof to be levied upon the Goods and Chattels
of every such Person so Offending but in case such Offen-
der or Offenders shall not then have Goods and Chattels
sufficient for the satisfying of such forfeiture or that
the sume be not [otherwise] speedily satisfied that then such Offen-
der or Offenders shall be publickly whipt and be impri-
soned during the Pleasure of the Lord Proprietary or the
Lieutenant or chief Governor of the Province for the time
being & that every such Offender or Offenders for every
Second Offence shall forfeit ten Pounds Sterling or the
Value thereof to be levied as aforesaid or in Case such Offen-
der or Offenders shall not then have Goods and Chattels
Sufficient for the satisfying of such forfeiture then to
be publickly and severely whipt and imprisoned as be-
fore is Expressed and that every Person or Persons before
mentioned offending herein the third time shall for such
third Offence forfeit all his lands and Goods and befor-
ever Banished and expelled out of this Province and
be it also further enacted by the name authority advise
and Consent that whatsoever Person or Persons shall
from henceforth upon any occasion of offence other-
wise in a reproachful manner or way declare call or
denominate any Person or persons whatsoever inhabi-
ting Residing trafficking trading or Comercing within
this Province or within any the Ports Harbours
Creeks or Havens to the same belonging an Heretick,
Schismatick, Idolator, Puritan, Independent Presbyterian
Antenomian, Barrowist, Roundhead, Seperatist, Popish
Priest, Jesuit, Jesuited Papist, Lutheran, Calvenist, Anabap
tist, Brownist or any other name or term in a reproach-
ful manner relating to matters of Religion shall for every
such Offence forfeit and Lose the sum of ten shillings
Sterling or the Value thereof to be levied on the Goods
and Chattels of every such Offender and Offenders the
One half thereof to be forfeited and paid unto the Person
and Persons of whom such reproachful words are and
shall be spoken or uttered and the other half thereof
to the Lord Proprietary and his heirs Lords and Pro
prietarys of this Province but if such Person or Persons
who shall at any time utter or speak any such re-
proachful words or language shall not have Goods &
Chattels sufficient and overt within this Province
to be taken to satisfy the Penalty aforesaid or that the
same be not otherwise speedily satisfied that then the
Person or Persons so Offending shall be publickly whipt
and shall suffer imprisonment without bail or main
prize until he she or they respectively shall satisfy the
Party so Offended or Grieved by such reproachful Lan-
guage by asking him or her respectively forgiveness pub-
lickly for such his Offences before the Magistrate or chief
Officer or Officers of the Town or Place where the Offence
shall be Given and be it further likewise enacted by
the Authority and Consent aforesaid that every Per-
son and Persons within this Province that shall at
any time hereafter prophane the Sabbath or Lords day
Called Sunday by frequent swearing drunkenness or
by any uncivill or disorderly recreation by working
on that day when absolute neccesity doth not require it
shall for every such first Offence forfeit 2s.6d sterling
or the value thereof and for the second Offence 5s sterling
or the Value thereof and for the third Offence and so for
every time he shall Offend in like manner afterwards
10s sterling or the value thereof and [in case such offender and]
Offenders shall not have sufficient Goods or Chattels
within the Province to satisfy any of the said Penalties
respectively hereby imposed for prophaning the Sabbath
or Lords day called Sunday as aforesaid that in every
such Case the Party so Offending shall for the first
and Second Offence in that kind be imprisoned till
he or she shall publickly in open Court before the chief
Commander Judge or Magistrate of that County Town
or Precinct where such offence shall be Committed acknow-
ledged the scandall and Offence he hath in that respect
Given against God and the Good and Civil Government
of this province and for the third Offence and for every
time after shall also be publickly whipt and whereas
the enforcing of the Conscience in matters of Religion hath
frequently fallen out to be of dangerous Consequence
in those Commonwealths where it hath been practised
and for the more quiet and peacable Government of this
Province and the better to preserve mutual Love and
Amity amongst the Inhabitants thereof Be it therefore
also by the Lord Proprietary with the advice & Consent
of this Assembly Ordained and enacted except as in this
present Act is before declared and set forth that no Person
or Persons whatsoever within this Province or the Islands
Ports harbours Creeks or Havens thereunto [professing] to
believe in Jesus Christ shall from henceforth be in any ways
troubled molested or discountenanced for or in respect of his
or her Religion nor in the free exercise thereof within this
Province or the Islands thereunto belonging nor any way
Compelled to the Belief for exercise of any other Religion
against his or her consent so as they be not unfaithful
to the Lord Proprietary or molest or Conspire against
the Civil Government established or to be established in
this Province under him or his heirs and that all and
every Person and persons that shall presume Contrary
to this Act and the true intent and meaning thereof
directly or indirectly either in Person or estate wilfully
to wrong disturb trouble or molest any Person whatsoever
within this province professing to Believe in Jesus Christ
for or in respect of his or her Religion or the free Exercise
thereof with this Province other than is provided for
in the Act that such Person or persons so offending shall
be compelled to pay treble damages to the party so wron-
ged or molested and for every such Offence shall forfeit
20s Sterling in money or the Value thereof half thereof
for the use of the Lord Proprietary and his heirs Lords and
Proprietarys of this Province and the other half
for the use of the Party so wronged or molested as aforesaid
and if the Party so Offending as aforesaid shall Refuse
or be unable to recompence the Party so Grieved or to satisfy
such fine or forfeiture then such offender shall be severely
[punished] by publick whipping and imprisonment during the
Pleasure of the Lord Proprietary or his Lieutenant or other
Governor of this Province for the time being without Bail
or Mainprize and be it also further enacted by the autho-
rity and Consent aforesaid that the Sheriff or other Offi-
cer or Officers to be from time to time authorized and appoin-
ted for that purpose of the County town or Precinct where
Every particular offence in this present act contained
shall happen at any time to be Committed and whereupon
there is hereby a forfeiture fine or penalty imposed shall
from time to time distrain and seize the Goods and estate
of every such Person so offending as aforesaid against this
present Act or any part thereof and sell the same or any
Part thereof for the full Satisfaction of such Forfeiture fine
or Penalty as aforesaid Restoring unto the party so offen-
ding the Remainder or Overplus of the said Goods or estate
after such a satisfaction so made as aforesaid

The Freemen have assented: Tho Hatton
Enacted by the Governor William Stone

Source: An Act Concerning Religion, 1649, April 21.
GENERAL ASSEMBLY, UPPER HOUSE (Proceedings) MSA S 977-1, f. 354.

David Smith becomes Middle School Band and Chorus Director

As many may have heard by now Mr. Smith, current Middle School and High School Band Director will become the 5th-8th grade band, 5th-8th chorus and Middle School general music director starting next fall.

I thought this announcement was in the records of the February School BOE minutes (which by the way now has April minutes posted). In looking thru them I was unable to find that record.

A new high School Band Director will be hired to teach High School Band and a number of classroom classes related to music.

I think Mr. Smith has been with the school for 28 years, but I may be mistaken on that. We, in the general public, have long felt that with the addition of the 5th thru 8th grade to the high school it was too much for one person to do. This move should be in the best interest of the school and Mr. Smith in ensuring our children have an acceptable amount of time given to them for band instruction.

Good luck with the Middle School next fall Mr. Smith.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Today's Poem

The Survivors
by Anne E. King

Two Islands grow
off the Virginia shore,
one dilled with men
who carve wooden ducks
for tourists, the other
with horses left by the tide

I'll live on one island
in a wind-gray house
between the salt marsh
and the mainland road.
At night, I'll walk the shore
to search across the channel,
listen for shipwrecks
churning in the foam,
and wait for calm weather:

If my sleep's not filled
with nightmares
of white-eyed horses
swimming for their lives.

Laurel School District and Money

From the News Journal


The Laurel School District, which has been rocked by an embezzlement scandal, now can't produce a report on how it spent $452,556 in federal stimulus funds last year, according to a state audit.

The school district blames "staff turnover" in the finance office for the missing paperwork following the December 2009 resignation of finance manager William Hitch, who pleaded guilty last July to stealing $151,000 from the district.

The report appears to be missing because the state Department of Education was temporarily handling the district's finances in early 2010 before a new finance director was hired, said Laurel Superintendent John McCoy.

McCoy said the school system can account for the money, but not in the report requested by State Auditor R. Thomas Wagner's office.

Wagner said his auditors sought the report as a requirement of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

"We write that issue up and go on," Wagner said. "You've got to have documentation."
-- The News Journal

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Delmar High School Senior Band Concert

Another great performance was given tonight by the Delmar High School Senior Band. The Spring concerts are always fun for everyone. Everyone cheers their favorite Senior etc. The band enjoys it as much as the audience.

Tonight started off very well by having the band come from the side entrances and back of the auditorium as they played 'The Olympic Spirit". It gave the audience a chance to see those Sax, Trombone and percussion players that are usually hidden from view because they are in the back. Also a good photo opt. I know when one of my kids played sax the only photos we had of her was made a hand or part of her face. It's important when you have someone that can't walk and chew gum at the same time to have a photo of them actually holding an instrument in a band.

The Senior Band was directed by Mr. David Smith.

The Oom-Pah Band (Adwoa Nyame, Yvette Siegel, Dillon Koval, Matt Waldman, and Josh Wilder.)

Fritz and Franz (Todd Moore and James Hastings)

Skyler Schirtzinger played "Allegro Spiritoso" on the French horn. Both french horn players are named Skyler, the other Skyler Blewitt and both have played in a number of honor's bands etc.

Miranda Wood has great posture when she plays the Baritone sax.

The Clarinets (Adwoa Nyame, Yvette Siegel, Melinda Matos, Jessica Walter, Whitley Langless, Amore Buonopane, Dhvani Patel) did "Music of the Night" (from Phantom of the Opera)

I had too leave after the Senior Band Performance and did not get to see the Jazz band.

Tombstone Tuesday

Members of the Delmar Historical and Arts Society made a trip out to the Elijah Freeney cemetery this afternoon.

The cemetery is west of Town and the society is looking at cleaning it up and doing some repair work on it.

A number of tombstones are knocked over and ground hogs have tunnels all over the place.

We may be asking for volunteers out in May to help us - so think about it.

Elijah Freeney was one of two large estate owners, granted right-of-way to the railroad and donated land for a terminal. Mr. Freeney laid out the small town and built the first house and the first store in Delmar. He was co-owners of a Delmar store with E.E. Jackson who became a Governor of Maryland. In 1872, Delmar Methodists Episcopal Church (Today's St Stephen’s United Methodist Church) was dedicated to its present site, the land being donated by Elijah Freeney. Mr. Freeney farm was on the original land grant of ‘St. Kitt’s’.

A layout of the cemetery is above

Cost of Delaware's Civil Union Bill

Picked up from the Delaware House of Representatives' e newsletter

Cost of Delaware's Civil Union Bill in Question - Monday, April 18, 2011

April 18, 2011- Expected to be signed into law at a ceremony next month, the ultimate cost of Delaware's civil union legislation remains an open question.

Starting New Year's Day, Delaware will join a group of eight states where same-sex couples can enter into pacts giving them spousal rights. Hawaii, Illinois and New Jersey have enacted civil union laws. Massachusetts, Iowa, Connecticut, Vermont and New Hampshire currently issue marriage licenses to same-sex partners.

What was recognized by all sides during the debate on Delaware's civil union bill is that its enactment will drive up state costs. How deep taxpayers will have to reach into their pockets to finance the measure is still being debated.

An analysis by UCLA's Williams Institute estimated that establishing civil unions in Delaware will cost the state $93,000 in the first year, jumping to $630,500 by the third year. The study considered cost factors such as higher spending for benefits to state employees entering into civil unions and the loss of revenue due to tax advantages granted to spouses. It also weighed elements believed to offset these expenses, including increased tourism and reductions in public assistance.

A separate report compiled by the Delaware Office of Controller General looked solely at the increased costs associated with offering spousal group health insurance benefits to the same-sex partners of state employees who enter into civil unions. The analysis estimated healthcare claims arising from civil unions could be as high as $670,000 in the first full fiscal year after the law is implemented and $840,000 in the subsequent fiscal year.

Taking issue with both reports is State Rep. Dan Short (R-Seaford). "The projections are extremely low and I think ... it could cost us hundreds-of-thousands, if not millions of dollars for what we've just done."

Rep. Short owns an insurance agency and is a specialist in employee benefit packages. Several of his clients are "self-insured." Self-insured entities, like the State of Delaware, do not contract with an insurance company to cover their risks. Rather, using actuarial and insurance information, they set aside money to pay healthcare claims from their own internal funds.

"What most people don't realize is that while state employees have health coverage from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Delaware and Aetna, these companies are only used by the state to process claims," Rep. Short said. "It is the State of Delaware that pays for all claims out of its own fund."

State Rep. Short has detailed knowledge of the system. While an employee of Blue Cross Blue Shield, he managed the State of Delaware's account with the company.

According to the Williams Report, there are 2,677 same-sex couples living in Delaware, an estimated 268 of which have one state employee. Of this number, the report estimates 75 of these couples will enter into civil unions in the first three years after they are established and that most (72 couples) will enter partners into one of the state health coverage plans.

Additionally, the report states: "A recent study shows that people with unmarried partners-either same- or different-sex-are much more likely to be uninsured or on Medicaid than are married people. People in same-sex couples were twice as likely as married people to be uninsured; one in five with a same-sex partner does not have medical insurance."

Fiscal critics of the civil union legislation note that neither the Williams Report nor the Controller General's analysis makes any mention of the additional exposure to the state presented by the opportunity civil unions will create.

"There is no waiting period for healthcare coverage and we cannot exclude anyone for pre-existing conditions, nor charge them a higher premium," Rep. Short said. "It is not difficult to imagine a scenario where someone with a serious illness or condition will enter into a civil union with a state employee solely to take advantage of the health benefits. Even a single major health issue suffered by just one of the new enrollees will swamp the cost estimates in both reports because all of that claim money will come directly from the pockets of taxpayers."

Some of the questions regarding the bill's cost to the state should have been explored in the Senate and House Appropriations Committees, but the bill was not considered by either. Senate Bill 30, which took just over three weeks from first introduction to passage by the General Assembly, circumvented a House of Representatives' rule that requires that any bill with a cost to taxpayers in excess of $50,000 be considered by the Appropriations Committee. House Democrats, who control the chamber with a 26 to 15 majority, suspended the rule and avoided the process designed as a safeguard against increased state expenditures.

The state is not the only organization likely to experience higher costs. During debate on the House floor, State House Minority Whip Gerald Hocker (R-Ocean View), who owns several small businesses in Sussex County, said the civil union law will increase employment costs for small businesses and hurt job creation.

Rep. Hocker also questioned the timing of establishing civil unions, saying it would increase state spending in the service of one group, while funding to programs helping senior citizens and the disabled is being cut.

Speaking on that issue on WDEL 1150-AM (4/15), State Rep. Helene Keeley (D- Wilmington South) said Senate Bill 30 addressed what she perceived as a civil rights shortcoming and that the cost of the legislation was justified based on that consideration.

Exactly what that cost will be will not be known for several years, if ever. Rep. Dan Short said the expenses associated with the legislation would have to be tracked and tabulated, a task he believes will hold little benefit for the people that control the government and supported the new law.

Pvt. Thomas C. Marando liberated From POW Camp - 1945

Today in 1945 Mrs. Mildred Marando of Delmar was notified by the War Department that her son, Pvt. Thomas C. Marando, was liberated from a German prison camp
Picked Up from the Delaware Public Archives "This Day in Delaware History"

Thursday Is Delmar Planning and Zoning Meeting Night

On Thursday April 21 the Delmar Planning and Zoning Commission will meet at Town hall at 7 p.m.

Some of the items on the agenda are;

Kenny Sori sign approval for Country Hearth Inn and Suites

Kraus Development - Bathfitters - landscape plan

David Ring - Sunroom addition (I assume this is an extension request as he obtained approval for the sunroom addition on March 25, 2010)

Danny Maszera - Pheasant Lake extension request

Vacant and Abandon Building ordinance

Residential Sprinkler Sysytem Legislation

Sussex Tech Band Concert

The Sussex Tech Spring Band Concert is tonight at 7 p.m.

The Baltimore Riots of April 1861

On April 19, 1861, one of the first regiments to respond to Lincoln's call for troops arrived in Baltimore by train, en route to the capital. Because the rail line did not pass through the city, horse drawn cars had to take the Massachusetts infantrymen from one end of Baltimore to the other. An angry crowd of secessionists tried to keep the regiment from reaching Washington, blocking several of the transports, breaking windows, and, finally, forcing the soldiers to get out and march through the streets. The throng followed in close pursuit. What had now become a mob surrounded and jeered the regiment, then started throwing bricks and stones.

Panicking, several soldiers fired randomly into the crowd, and mayhem ensued as the regiment scrambled to the railroad station. The police managed to hold the crowd back at the terminal, allowing the infantrymen to board their train and escape, leaving behind much of their equipment as well as their marching band. Four soldiers and twelve civilians were killed, and scores were injured. Maryland officials demanded that no more Federal troops be sent through the state, while Baltimore's mayor and police chief authorized the destruction of key rail bridges to prevent Union troops from entering the city. Secessionist groups, meanwhile, tore down telegraph wires to Washington, temporarily cutting the capital off from the rest of the nation. The North was outraged; New York Tribune editor Horace Greeley even called for Baltimore to be burned to the ground.

Official Report Of Baltimore Police

Baltimore, May 3, 1861.

To the honorable the General Assembly of Maryland:

The board of police of the city of Baltimore, created and appointed by your honorable body by the provisions of the fourth article of the Code of Public Local Laws, section 806, &c., deem it their duty respectfully to report:

The board continued from the date of their above report to exercise their regular functions until Friday, the 19th April. On that day a large detachment of, it is understood, about 1,800 men of the Massachusetts and Pennsylvania Militia arrived in the forenoon in the city via the Philadelphia, Wilmington and Baltimore Railroad. No member of the board of police had any information that these troops were expected on that day until from half an hour to one hour of the time at which they were to arrive. The marshal of police was immediately notified, and called out at once a large portion of his force to preserve order during their transit through the city. When they arrived, there were manifestations to interfere with their passage; and after some had been transported by cars through the streets to the Washington depot obstructions were placed on the track in the city which stopped the progress of the remainder. These alighted to march to the depot, and to prevent any difficulty the mayor placed himself at their head, and they thus proceeded on their route. Missiles were, notwithstanding, thrown at the troops, and some of them were injured. Their assailants were fired upon, and in some instances with fatal effect. An intense and irrepressible feeling appeared to be at once aroused, and repeated conflicts between parties of citizens and the Massachusetts troops took place, several being killed on both sides.

The marshal, who had been on active duty at the Camden-street depot, and did not know that these troops were on their route or expected, hearing of this, hastened to meet them with a force of the police, and under their escort they reached the Washington depot, and after some delay the train finally started for Washington. Attempts were made to hinder it by placing obstructions on the track of the railroad, but by the interference of the police these were soon removed.

The city authorities were meanwhile informed that there had been another arrival of military, who were then at the Philadelphia depot. The marshal of police hastened to that point, and as it was impossible for them at that time to be taken through the streets without a general and bloody conflict, he protected them with a party of his police until they were sent back by the railroad company in the cars to Havre de Grace.

During the afternoon and night a large number of stragglers from some of the above detachments of troops sought the aid and protection of the police; they were safely cared for at the several station-houses, and were sent off in security by the earliest opportunity to Havre de Grace or Philadelphia in the cars.

The same night the board had a meeting, when the opinion was unanimously expressed that it was utterly impossible from the state of the public mind that any more forces from other States could, by any probability, then pass through the city to Washington without a fierce and bloody conflict at every step of their progress, and that whatever might be the result, great loss of life and imminent danger to the safety of the city would necessarily ensue. The board were equally unanimous in their judgment that, as good citizens, it was their duty to the city, and to the State of Maryland, to adopt any measures whatsoever that might be necessary at such a juncture to prevent the immediate arrival in the city of further bodies of troops from the Eastern or Northern States, though the object of the latter might be solely to pass through the city. It was suggested that the most feasible, if not the most practicable, mode of thus stopping for a time the approach of such troops would be to obstruct the Philadelphia, Wilmington and Baltimore, and the Northern Central Railroads by disabling some of the bridges on both roads. His honor the mayor stated to the board that his excellency the governor, with whom he had a few minutes before been in consultation in the presence of several citizens, concurred in these views; they were likewise those of the board, and instructions were given for carrying them into effect. This was accordingly done. The injury thus done on the railroads amounted to but a few thousand dollars on each; subsequently, as has been stated, further and greater damage was done to other structures on the roads by parties in the country or others, but this was without the sanction or authority of the board, and they have no accurate information on the subject.

The absolute necessity of the measures thus determined upon by the governor, mayor, and police board is fully illustrated by the fact that early on Sunday morning reliable information reached the city of the presence of a large body of Pennsylvania troops, amounting to about twenty-four hundred men, [who] had reached Ashland, near Cockeysville, by the way of the Northern Central Railroad, and were stopped in their progress toward Baltimore by the partial destruction of the Ashland Bridge. Every intelligent citizen at all acquainted with the state of feeling then existing must be satisfied that if these troops had attempted to march through the city an immense loss of life would have ensued in the conflict which would necessarily have taken place. The bitter feelings already engendered would have been intensely increased by such a conflict; all attempts at conciliation would have been vain, and terrible destruction would have been the consequence, if, as is certain, other bodies of troops had insisted upon forcing their way through the city.

The tone of the whole of the Northern press and of the mass of the population was violent in the extreme. Incursions upon our city were daily threatened, not only by troops in the service of the Federal Government, but by the vilest and most reckless desperadoes, acting independently, and, as they threatened, in despite of the Government, backed by well-known, influential citizens, and sworn to the commission of all kinds of excesses. In short, every possible effort was made to alarm this community. In this condition of things the board felt it to be their solemn duty to continue the organization which had already been commenced for the purpose of assuring the people of Baltimore that no effort would be spared to protect all within its borders to the full extent of their ability. All the means employed were devoted to this end, and with no view of producing a collision with the General Government, which the board were particularly anxious to avoid, and an arrangement was happily effected by the mayor with the General Government that no troops should be passed through the city. As an evidence of the determination of the board to prevent such collision, a sufficient guard was sent in the neighborhood of Fort McHenry several nights to arrest all parties who might be engaged in a threatened attack upon it, and a steam-tug was employed, properly manned, to prevent any hostile demonstration upon the receiving ship Allegheny, lying at anchor in the harbor, of all which the United States officers in command were duly notified.

Property of various descriptions, belonging to the Government and individuals, was taken possession of by the police force with a view to its security. The best care has been taken of it. Every effort has been made to discover the rightful owners, and a portion of it has already been forwarded to order. Arrangements have been made with the Government agents satisfactory to them for the portion belonging to it, and the balance is held subject to the order of its owners.

Amidst all the excitement and confusion which has since prevailed, the board take great pleasure in stating that the good order and peace of the city have been preserved to an extraordinary degree. Indeed to judge from the accounts given by the press of other cities of what has been the state of things in their own communities, Baltimore, during the whole of the past week and up to this date, will compare favorably, as to the protection which persons and property have enjoyed, with any other large city in the United States.

All of which is respectfully submitted.

By order of the board:

Source: Official Records of the War of the Rebellion

Today's poem

I Love Democrats
by George Carroll

The Democrats are my cup of tea.
They're always thinking about me.
They gave me Social Security
And Medicare for almost free.

Doesn't matter if the money runs out
They will just tax the rich
And leave us poor souls alone.
So how can anyone ever have a bitch?

Hillary is my darling
And old teflon Bill is my King.
He lied to us on TV
About having a fling.

But who can knock that?
Don't we all lie too?
Look how great the economy was
How could anybody be blue?

Yes the Democrats are my cup of tea
In this land of Liberty.
May you always vote your conscience
As I will also you see.

Maryland General Assembly Suspended - 1774

April 19, 1774 - The last colonial General Assembly was suspended in Maryland

In 1774, the colonies were showing support for Boston because of the closing of the port and the increased occupying military force. they created the committees of correspondence and Massachusetts had asked for a general meeting or Continental Congress to consider joint action. To forestall any such action, the royal governor of Maryland, Robert Eden prorogued the assembly on April 19, 1774. This was the last session of the colonial assembly ever held in Maryland.

The Outhouse King Dies

At 89, William Donald Schaefer (Democrat) has died, finally. He was a former Maryland governor and four-term Baltimore mayor. He is best known in this area as referring to the Eastern Shore as an outhouse.

Waco - 1993

April 19, 1993 burning of the Branch Davidian church outside of Waco, Texas after 50 days of attacks by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (BATF) ended with 82 civilians, mostly women, children and the elderly dieing.

Under President Clinton (Democrat) and his Attorney General Janet Reno the Executive, Legislative and Judicial branches of our government having a vested interest for finding federal agents innocent of all crimes let them get away with it.

50th anniversary of U.S. Bay of Pigs invasion

From April 15th to April 20th, 1961 about 1,500 CIA trained Cuban exiles tried to invade Cuba at a beach named Playa Girón on the bay of Bahía de Cochinos, which in the United States is translated as the Bay of Pigs. In Latin America, the conflict is often known as La Batalla de Girón, or just Playa Girón. It ended in the defeat of some 1,500 CIA-trained Cuban exiles in the 1961 attack. Of the 1,500, 116 were killed and 1,202 were captured, the remaining ones escaped.

Approved by President Kennedy (Democrat) and utilizing American Armed Forces in both support and direct air assaults, the main result of the invasion was to make Castro even more popular.

And still the CIA under President Obama (Democrat), continues to try to over thrown foreign governments even today

Monday, April 18, 2011

Today's Poem

Adam Sandler's Passover Song

This is a song for all those kids who can't eat

Jerry from Seinfeld, Jason Alexander, too
Celebrate Passover, just like me and you...

At the cliffs of Dover,
We'll celebrate Passover
We'll sing "Crimson and Clover"
and celebrate Passover

So many people dipping parsely in salt water,
I think including someone from "Welcome Back Kotter"!

So get out your Charoses,
it's time to talk about Moses,
And open the door for Elijah,
He really might surprise ya.

Not a Jew is unabomber Ted Kaczynski...
But guess who is--White House intern Monica Lewinsky!

Tell old Pharoah to let my people go,
So I can have Seder with David Schwimmer and Lisa Kudrow.
And guess who asks the four questions, timidly and shyly,
We know him as Carter from ER, but his real name's Noah

For eight long days, we cannot eat bread or rice,
But guess who can? The boys from Hanson and Ginger Spice!
The girl who plays Colleen on Dr. Quinn is named Jessica
I bet if she was Jewish she would find the Afikomen!

Tell Big Bird and Grover
It's time for Passover
Get in your Land Rover,
and come celebrate Passover.

Chag Sameach

Pesach (Passover) begins tonight at sunset, its celebration continues through the evening of Tuesday, April 26, 2011.

Passover, or Pesach commemorates the Israelites Exodus from Egypt. Its name refers to the passage in the Book of Exodus (12:11) when God "passed over" the houses of the Israelites during the tenth plague.

Delmar Board Of Education Meeting

I think tomorrow night is the Delmar Board Of Education meeting at 7 p.m. in the Board Room, which also is the night of the High School Band Concert at 7 p.m. How does this happen that they are both scheduled for the same night? The Delmar BOE meeting rarely have public anyway, is this a way to ensure they don't have people wandering in to listen?

Finally, the Board Of Education Minutes have been posted for February and March. For a long time the only ones that were posted were the January minutes.

The February minutes had an interesting item recorded;
A motion was made by Greg Cathell to go out of Executive Session and back into regular session at 8:19pm, seconded by Jason Coco and carried unanimously.

A motion to approve coaches a, b, c, d, e, f, g, h, i, j, k, l, m, n, o, p, s, t, u, v, w, and x was made by Greg Cathell, seconded by David Burton Jr. and carried unanimously.

Interesting way of approving people without letting the public know what is going on. But of course we are just suppose to be sheep that provide whatever money they want without any comments or questions.

The Bush River R.R. Bridge Raid - 1861

Today in 1861 Isaac R. Trimble, the engineer who helped build Delaware's railroads, led a party of Confederate sympathizers to destroy railroad bridges over Maryland's Bush River. The Bush River basin lies entirely in Harford County, Maryland and was a major Railroad River crossing for the Philadelphia, Wilmington & Baltimore Rail Road. Fort Sumter had just been fired upon a week or so before this.

Realizing that Maryland had more Southerns than Union people in it and they would cause damage to the company's property. President Samuel M. Felton, of the Philadelphia, Wilmington and Baltimore Railroad, organized a select force of about two hundred men to guard the bridges, and act, if necessary, as a military body. A train was kept in readiness to concentrate them at any time, and in order to allay suspicion, they were put at work whitewashing the bridges, some of which were given, it is said, six or seven coats, a very good protection against fire. The Mayor and Police Commissioners of Baltimore ordered the destruction of the bridges. The work was entrusted to a force in charge of Isaac R. Trimble, formerly a superintendent of the railroad company (he would later join the Confederacy).

As a result, in April, the Harris Creek bridge at Baltimore, and the Bush River bridge were burned. The draw of the long Gunpowder River bridge was burned six days later. All telegraph wires leading from Baltimore were cut.

From this raid on the Bush River Bridge a remarkable heroine would be produced in the form of Miss Jane Bowman. Her exploits were recorded a couple of months after the event took place when the First Delaware Volunteers then were guarding the bridge.
In a letter to Col. H. H. Lockwood, commander of the Eastern Shore Union forces.

Camp Dare, at Bush River
July 11, 1861

Col. H. H. Lockwood:

Sir: As a part of the command stationed on the line of the Philadelphia, Wilmington and Baltimore Railroad, we deem it but right and proper to make known to you the heroic conduct of the daughter of Mr. Bowman, the keeper of the bridge at this place, on the night of the burning of the bridge by Trimble and his men. From Mr. Smith, the master carpenter of the road, and others who where present on the occasion, we have learned the following particulars:

When the train bearing the bridge-burners had crossed the bridge, and Trimble had drawn his men in line immediately in front of Mr. Bowman's house, the object of their coming was announced in the hearing of Miss Jane by Trimble himself. She pronounced him a coward, and in a loud voice called upon the men, who had been armed by the road and placed there to protect the bridge, to defend it, and when she saw these men throw away their arms, some of them taking to the woods and others hiding within her father's house, she called upon them again not to run, but to stand fast and show themselves to be men. At this time, seeing one of the pistols lying on the floor of the porch, which had been thrown away by one of the bridge-guards, she picked it up and ran with it. Meeting Mr. Smith she gave it to him, saying at the same time, "Use it; if you will not, I will."

Another evidence of the wonderful courage and presence of mind of Miss Jane was shown in her anxiety for the safety of one of the men employed by her father to assist him in taking care of the bridge. This man was on the draw at the time the firing of the bridge commenced. Miss Jane was the first to think of him, and promptly called upon her father, or some one, to go for him in a boat, saying, "If no one else will go, I will."

In conclusion, permit us to say that such heroism in a young lady as shown in the conduct of Miss Bowman on this occasion has rarely been met with anywhere, and, in our opinion, should not be suffered to go unrewarded.

James Green
Captain Company D, First Delaware Volunteers
E. J. Smithers
First Lieutenant

From The Official Records of the War of the Rebellion.

Shortly afterwards the 1st Delaware Regiment Infantry would be assigned to the rebuilt Bush River Bridge for guard duty.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

UMES Honors Band and Choir Concert - 2011

I went to the UMES Honors Band and Choir Concert today in Princess Anne. This is always a great program and Dr. Lamkin has been having it for years. It is such as a step up from High School Band and a great opportunity for High School students to play in a higher level band. I feel if you are a band member you owe it to your community to play in these type of bands, that feeling is not shared by members of the Delmar High school band, as only one member played in the honor band today. Whitley Langless (Clarinet) was the only who represented Delmar today. There was no choir members from Delmar. In the past Delmar has had 15 or so in the honor band. I will say there was a smaller number of high school students in the band today than other years and as such the audience was smaller this year.

Whitley showing Dr. Lamkin how well she is tuned up.

The Honor Band. They started out with the "Light Cavalry Overture" which is a likeable number to me. By far the best number of the afternoon was "Danzas Cubanas" - great drums, great piano, terrific sax work and a flute solo.

Dr. John Lamkin

The choir did five numbers, generally I was unimpressed by them. "Hold On" was good. Jamal Drayton has a great voice but tend to overpower the rest of the Choir, but he is good.

Chelsea Corpening and Jamal Drayton

In the back is the Percussion group doing "Danzas Cubanas."

For those that missed it, you missed a great performance.

Todays poem

To the Foot From Its Child

by Pablo Neruda, translated by Jodey Bateman

A child's foot doesn't know it's a foot yet
And it wants to be a butterfly or an apple
But then the rocks and pieces of glass,
the streets, the stairways
and the roads of hard earth
keep teaching the foot that it can't fly,
that it can't be a round fruit on a branch.
Then the child's foot
was defeated, it fell
in battle,
it was a prisoner,
condemned to life in a shoe.

Little by little without light
it got acquainted with the world in its own way
without knowing the other imprisoned foot
exploring life like a blind man.

Those smooth toe nails
of quartz in a bunch,
got harder, they changed into
an opaque substance, into hard horn
and the child's little petals
were crushed, lost their balance,
took the form of a reptile without eyes,
with triangular heads like a worm's.
And they had callused over,
they were covered
with tiny lava fields of death,
a hardening unasked for.
But this blind thing kept going
without surrender, without stopping
hour after hour.
One foot after another,
now as a man,
or a woman,
through the fields, the mines,
the stores, the government bureaus,
outside, inside,
this foot worked with its shoes,
it hardly had time
to be naked in love or in sleep
one foot walked, both feet walked
until the whole man stopped.

And then it went down
into the earth and didn't know anything
because there everything was dark,
it didn't know it was no longer a foot
or if they buried it so it could fly
or so it could
be an apple.