Saturday, April 30, 2011

Delmar Alabama and the Tornado

I have been looking for information on how Delmar, Alabama fared in the severe weather they had in Alabama. So for I have found nothing out. What is the name for two towns that share the same name? Not also homophones, maybe Polysemes?

Anyway Delmar Alabama is a small, rural, unincorporated community in west-central Winston County, It sits between Natural Bridge and Haleyville. Oddly enough the main road thru it is Alabama Rt 13. As with many towns named Delmar they try to maintain their independence from the rest of the state. When the Civil War started up Delmar (at that time called Frog Level) and Winston County refused to join the Confederacy and secede from Alabama. They formed the "Free State of Winston." It didn't help them any as once the Yankees came thru they were treated the same as everyone else.

Back on the night of April 3, 1974, Delmar was struck by a deadly tornado, as were communities in 12 other states and Canada during the Super Outbreak. One person died in Delmar as a result of the tornado. Several homes and other structures were destroyed. Many homes that suffered little or no direct damage were without electricity, telephone, and water service for several days.

In looking at the internet I think what may say it all for Delmar is the HBTV | HBTV 5 | News & Information headline posted in Haleyville (five miles north)
No Electricity, No Water, Everyone is Alive

In looking at the death toll I have seen no deaths for Winston County.

Two tornado's hit northwest Alabama Wednesday afternoon. Seem to have followed a valley west of Delmar and Haleyville destroying a number of business, chicken houses, and homes. The area has a large Pilgrims Pride processing plant and raising chickens is a mainstay. North of Haleyville is Phil Campbell and a number of deaths occurred there. The TV Station reported from the air, tens of thousands of dead chickens could be seen strewn for miles from their original homes. Unlike the disaster in Japan there is looting going on in Alabama.

The second tornado hit Haleyville around 5 p.m., destroying most of the homes in the Cummings subdivision, located on the east side of Highway 13 south. This tornado continued across 14th Avenue and on across Macedonia Road. Several homes were heavily damaged or destroyed before the tornado ended it's northeast trek just short of Moulton.

Power and internet was not restored until today, so maybe some news and photos of Delmar will be put out.

Morelli "Meet and Greet"

I stopped by the Farrah Morelli, school board candidate, Meet and Greet in front of Delmar Pizza today. She is a person filled with enthusiasm. She said she has knocked on over 700 doors in the school district and she showed me her notebook of suggestion, ideas, and comments from people she spoke to about the school board. I hope you all got a chance to stop by and meet her today. We agree on a number of topics, but I also agree with Joann Gum on a number of things. I will be posting Morelli's answer to my questions next week.

This is the famous mini-van that won her the CAT Country/ Dr. Pepper Summer Crusin' Grand Prize Package! Check it out here.

Final Poem to Wrap Up Poetry Month

John Luther ("Casey") Jones died today in 1900. He was an American railroad engineer from Jackson, Tennessee, who worked for the Illinois Central Railroad (IC). On April 30, 1900, he alone was killed when his passenger train, the "Cannonball Express," collided with a stalled freight train at Vaughan, Mississippi, on a foggy and rainy night.


by: Wallace Saunders

COME all you rounders, for I want you to hear,
The story of a brave engineer.
Casey Jones was the rounder's name.
On a big eight wheeler of a mighty fame.

Caller called Casey 'bout half-past four,
He kissed his wife at the station door,
Climbed to the cab with the orders in his hand,
He says, "This is my trip to the holy land."

Out of South Memphis yard on the fly,
Heard the fireman say, "You got a white eye."
Well, the switchmen knew by the engine moan
That the man at the throttle was Casey Jones.

The rain was comin' down five or six weeks.
The railroad track was like the bed of a creek.
They slowed her down to a thirty mile gait
And the south-bound mail was eight hours late.

Fireman says, "Casey, you're runnin' too fast,
You run that block board the last station you passed."
Casey says, "I believe we'll make it though,
For she steams a lot better than I ever know."

Casey says, "Fireman, don't you fret,
Keep knockin' at the fire door, don't give up yet,
I'm going to run her till she leaves the rail,
Or make it on time with the south-bound mail."

Around the curve and down the dump,
Two locomotives was a bound to jump,
Fireman hollered, "Casey, it's just ahead,
We might jump and make it but we'll all be dead."

Around the curve comes a passenger train,
Casey blows the whistle, tells the fireman, "Ring the bell,"
Fireman jumps and says "Good-bye,
Casey Jones, You're bound to die."

Well Casey Jones was all right.
He stuck to his duty day and night.
They loved his whistle and his ring number three,
And he come into Memphis on the old I.C.

Fireman goes down the depot track,
Begging his honey to take him back,
She says, "Oranges on the table, peaches on the shelf,
You're a goin' to get tired sleepin' by yourself."

Mrs. Casey Jones was a sittin' on the bed.
Telegram comes that Casey is dead.
She says, "Children, go to bed, and hush your cryin',
'Cause you got another papa on the Frisco line."

Headaches and heartaches and all kinds of pain.
They ain't apart from a railroad train.
Stories of brave men, noble and grand,
Belong to the life of a railroad man.

Diane Buckley Johnson's Birthday

Diane Buckley Johnson has a birthday today. Happy Birthday Diane

Friday, April 29, 2011

Today's Poem

William Butler Yeats.

When You are Old

WHEN you are old and gray and full of sleep
And nodding by the fire, take down this book,
And slowly read, and dream of the soft look
Your eyes had once, and of their shadows deep;

How many loved your moments of glad grace,
And loved your beauty with love false or true;
But one man loved the pilgrim soul in you,
And loved the sorrows of your changing face.

And bending down beside the glowing bars,
Murmur, a little sadly, how love fled
And paced upon the mountains overhead,
And hid his face amid a crowd of stars.

The Farrah Morelli Meet and Greet

As a reminder Farrah Morelli, Candidate for Delmar School Board will have a Meet & Greet Saturday, April 30 at Delmar Pizza from 11am-1pm
Here is your chance to ask her questions.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Today's Poem

A Hundered Days Plus Seven
from the celtic IRA

Now it is, twenty one years gone past
Since the events, of eighty one
When we gained, ten more martyrs
But lost, ten cherished sons

The first we lost, was Bobby Sands
He volunteered, to take the lead
With great courage, and commitment
He carried out, his final deed

Second in line, was Francis Hughes
He didn’t hesitate, to join the fast
He perished, soon after Bobby
And sadly, would not be the last

Ray McCreesh, and Patsy O’Hara
Starved, from the very same day
And twenty one an’ a half hours apart
Were martyred, on the twenty first of May

Joe McDonnell, he was mortalized
In that touching, tribute song
He was a soldier, and a family man
Not a criminal, the brits were wrong

Martin Hurson, he was the next along
Great torture, he did endure
So for his bravery, we will not forget him
For that, we will make sure

From Dungiven, in North Derry
Was Kevin Lynch, a great sportsman
For justice, he gave up his own life
Something, not all men can

He who hungered the longest
And his fighting spirit, did typify
Was twenty five year old, Keiran Doherty
On his seventy third day, he did die

Last but one, was Thomas McElwee
He fought, for his peoples rights
And like, his brave companions
He refused, to give up the fight

Mickey Devine , from the Creggan
Was the last , of that famous ten
He died for the rights, of his comrades
Just like the other nine, brave men

From the death of Bobby , until Mickey’s
Was an enduring, hundred days plus seven
Their last days, being hard and lonely
But now UNITED, they rest in heaven

TastyKake and Flowers Foods Merge

I really do have a life so I haven't been blogging much this week. One of the things I see that is occurring is Flowers Foods, Inc. (NYSE: FLO)(“Flowers”) and Tasty Baking Company (NasdaqGM: TSTY) (“Tasty”) announced on April 21 that Flowers’ direct wholly-owned subsidiary, Compass Merger Sub, Inc., has commenced its tender offer for all outstanding shares of common stock of Tasty at a price of $4.00 per share, net to the seller in cash, without interest and less any required withholding taxes.

Tasty’s board of directors has unanimously determined that the Agreement and Plan of Merger and tender offer are in the best interests of Tasty’s shareholders. Tasty’s board of directors also recommends that shareholders of Tasty tender their shares pursuant to the tender offer. The tender offer is scheduled to expire at midnight Philadelphia, PA time on May 19,

Flowers Foods was founded in 1919 and headquartered in Thomasville, Ga., Flowers Foods, with $2.6 billion in annual sales, is one of the nation’s leading producers and marketers of packaged bakery foods for retail and foodservice customers. Among the company’s top brands are Nature’s Own, Whitewheat, Cobblestone Mill, Blue Bird, and Mrs. Freshley’s. Flowers operates 39 bakeries that are among the most efficient in the baking industry. Flowers Foods produces, markets, and distributes fresh bakery products that are delivered to customers daily through a direct-store-delivery system serving the Southeast, Mid-Atlantic, and Southwest as well as select markets in California and Nevada. The company also produces and distributes fresh snack cakes and frozen breads and rolls nationally through warehouse distribution.

Even tho Tastykakes have suffered in the last few years this is a step down for them. Tasty Bakery is trading today at $3.98 down from their 52 week high of $7.90. With an EPS of -5.56 you can't expect much more.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Today's Poem

by Christina Georgina Rossetti

Remember me when I am gone away,
Gone far away into the silent land;
When you can no more hold me by the hand,
Nor I half turn to go yet turning stay.
Remember me when no more day by day
You tell me of our future that you plann'd:
Only remember me; you understand
It will be late to counsel then or pray.
Yet if you should forget me for a while
And afterwards remember, do not grieve:
For if the darkness and corruption leave
A vestige of the thoughts that once I had,
Better by far you should forget and smile
Than that you should remember and be sad.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Local Girl makes the News

NEWS RELEASE: On April 24, 2011 at approximately 9:08 pm, Officers of the Salisbury Police arrested the below listed suspect on an outstanding arrest warrant for a number of thefts that occurred in March of 2011. At that time, it was reported to the Salisbury Police that a suspect had used a stolen credit card to make purchases at a number of locations in Salisbury. Officers investigated the thefts and were able to positively identify the below listed suspect.

ARRESTED: Rodnisha Monique Mitchell, 22 years of age
Delmar, Maryland

CHARGES: Credit card theft
Theft (under $ 1,000)
Fraudulent use of credit card (16 counts)

DISPOSITION: Released to Central Booking

Today's poem

By Cristian Dolon

I'm going to say this in a form that you will understand...
Simply for the reason so you won't ask me again...
My passion has ran away it no longer stands.

I'm sick of your so called 'innocence'...
And now I will change everything this instant...
It's time to draw a line where we both fit.

You have wasted the time I had with you...
Now it's time to let you know what I'm going to do...
There were even moments I had to sacrifice too.

But love changes to another set...
If it's always the same one who has to arrange it...
I've given everything to you as I never from you get.

You've given nothing to me actually...
Now it's time for you to accept reality...
And it's me who will turn the tables finally.

Now today I checked the very amount...
Of your bank account...
The number of places you have in my heart I can't count.

Because there is nothing there for your account is dead...
It seems your numbers are way under the color red...
Now you have to open a new one under a new man.

And it's so sad to see...
How everything in life empties...
Well to say the least, you're at a bankruptcy.

The April 2011 Delmar Joint Council Meeting

The April Delmar Joint Councils meeting was held last night at 7:00PM (Over with by 9:10). Last night's missing members were Delaware Councilman Woody Payne (unknown reason for missing the meeting) and Delaware Councilperson Mary Lee Pase (death in family). My usual disclaimer is I am not part of the council and what I write is my personal views, not the minutes, of the meetings. It is also just the parts I want to comment on or write about. If you want to know the real story go to the meeting or buy a newspaper.

Tonight started with the reading of a Proclamation for Municipal Clerks Week. I should point out that any organization or group can request a proclamation be made for whatever event - with in reason. They tend to be more acceptable if they are short (250 words). Submit at least a week before the joint council to town hall.

There was a first reading of the 2011/12 budget. Anyone can come to town hall and look at this budget and I will be looking at it this week. The next reading will be in May and it will no doubt be approved. I am happy to say there are no rate increases so thumbs up to the council people.

Michael Still hopes to sell fireworks in town and requested a special exception and it was granted.

Bloosurf discussed changes in their proposed contract with the two councils. Currently the town will charge them $250 a month for each water tower to install up to six 17" diameter antennas. Some council people felt a percentage (4 to 7% was discussed) of the revenue should be used as that is what Comcast is doing in town. I don't know what world they live in, but my Comcast bill shows the amount of franchise fee given to the town as an add on to the monthly rate. If the town gets more - I pay more. again the two town attorneys will talk with the bloosurf people to work out an extra wording on various items.

The Delmar High school Traffic pattern discussion is pushed off to July.

The Traffic code/ parking ordinance revision is in the hands of the Wicomico County State attorney for review.

Demolition is nearly complete on the inside of the 'new' Municipal building

W. F. Horn Architect was chosen to do Architect work on the 'old' town hall to turn it into a public safety building.

In the Parks and Recs report Delmar has been selected to be the spot for the Maryland State Little League tournament for girls at the end of June. The Little League concession stand was broken into Sunday night and $800 worth of merchandise was stolen.

Under code Enforcements there have been two bids received for demolition of 203 E. Elizabeth street.

Under public works report; public works is looking at ways to handle the yard waste that the State of Delaware is refusing to accept at their landfill, leaving the homeowner hanging out there looking for ways to get rid of tree limbs, leaves and grass clipping. I didn't notice anyone from the State of Delaware solid waste being laid off or rates going down however. Again less service, more taxes from Delaware and Gov. Markell. Thumbs up to the town for trying to correct this problem the State of Delaware stuck everyone with. My suggestion is to haul it to Dover and dump it in Markell's front yard.

A Massage parlor has asked to operate in town over in the building between Cornerstone Church and Bryan and Brittingham. Why not? we have most everything else except a casino.

The Town manager said Pohanka of Salisbury painted the Town's Humvee town police colors at no charge.

The police are looking at an police accreditation program from the State of Delaware. Mayor Houlihan said to refer it to the Police commission as the Budget has been made for next year.

Pam Schell, Citizen of the Year, and Youth Services Coordinator at the Delmar Public Library commented on the trouble they had with Delmar's Animal Control and a bat that flew in to the library and broke it's wing. To say the least it sounds like Delmar PD and Delmar Animal's Control did a poor job of protecting the citizens (considering how many children go to the library) and according to Pam generated a "not my job to handle a bat" attitude - well whose job is it? I know I had problems with the police when we had a raccoon running around the neighborhood during the day and they again came up with the "what do you want me to do about it?" Shows what happens when only the criminals and the police have guns - the average citizen is left to using a baseball bat to protect his self. Anyway the bat lived for several days with a broken wing screaming at passing by people which as Pam pointed out is animal cruelty.

In recent years the one thing I have learned from Woodcreek is if you see a Woodcreek resident, hang on to your wallet as they are sure to come up with some way for you to pay for their life style. Since the Developer has gone bankrupt they are regulars at the Town Meetings. Monday night Dr. Ring, Delmar Delaware School Superintendent and resident of Woodcreek lead off with an introduction to a golf player out at Woodcreek who made the suggestion the Town Should buy the bankrupted Woodcreek Golf course and run it for the residents (same as Seaford). No - seriously he really did suggest that. They are just determine the town (me - as a tax payer) in some way will pay for restoring the Utopia they thought they were buying into before their development went south. Next they will want the town to buy the Woodcreek pool and as usual they will complain if they get to much traffic or people park in the wrong spot etc etc etc and God forbid if poor people are in their development. In case you had doubts I am not in favor of the Town buying and running the golf course. Not my fault their house values are cut by 50%, they need to be responsible for their decisions to buy into the community.

One thing that drives me nuts in the Council and other Town Meetings, is the amount of text messaging the council members do doing the meeting. Hell take care of business and leave the cell phones at home.

At the end of the meeting Councilperson Karen Wells asked for a private meeting with the councils.

Buffalo Bill Comes To Delaware

Today, April 26, in 1872, William F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody brought his Wild West Show to Wilmington's Grand Opera House.

Picked up from This Day in Delaware History from the Delaware Public Archives


Picked up from Delaware House of Representatives' e-Newsletter


House Bill 91 - Sponsored by: Rep. Heffernan & Sen. McDowell - This bill seeks to require that all new state laws and publications avoid language considered disrespectful and/or offensive to individuals with disabilities.

The sponsors of the bill say the measure is part of a national People First Language (PFL) movement that is designed to promote dignity and inclusion for people with disabilities. PFL specifies that the order of terms used to describe any individual places the person first and the description of the person second. For example, a term such as "the disabled" would be re-phrased as "people with disabilities."

A violation of the bill would not be grounds to invalidate any new state law or publication. This legislation would also not apply to terms required by federal law, regulation or state statute.

Status: Pending action in the House Administration Committee.

1968 Delmar High School Grad Retires

Picked up from the Hagerstown Herald Mail

It’s been almost 40 years since Maryland’s District Court system began operating in July 1971, and Dixie Scholtes is just one month shy of being able to say she’s worked for the District Court system since it opened.

“It’s been a great job, so many changes in 40 years. We grew up together, the District Court and I,” she said.

Born and raised in Delaware, Scholtes — whose maiden name is Lecates — graduated from Delmar High School in 1968. She spent summers working in Ocean City, Md., driving the boardwalk train, then working a boardwalk game stand, then serving as a motorcycle meter maid.

A police officer with whom Scholtes worked suggested she apply for a job with the new court system.

“I’ve always ridden a motorcycle. Confrontations over $3 parking tickets — it led to here. Everything happens for a reason,” Scholtes said.

Scholtes, 60, started working in the District Court system in August 1971 in Ocean City and Snow Hill. In 1977, she became a Frederick County, Md., clerk.

Working her way up from district courtroom clerk to her current position as administrative clerk, Scholtes has worked just about every position throughout the system.

“I’ve never forgotten what it’s like to work in the trenches and do the paperwork,” she said.

Scholtes became administrative clerk for District 11, which includes Frederick and Washington counties, 33 years ago and has remained in that position.

When Scholtes started working in District 11, she said the office didn’t even have an electric typewriter. It has grown from eight clerks to 32 employees in Washington County. Frederick County has about the same number, she said.

Statewide, the caseload has grown from 800,000 cases in 1971 to 2.4 million last year, according to Scholtes.

Scholtes attended Salisbury State University and earned an associate degree from Hagerstown Community College. Her current position now requires a bachelor’s degree, she said.

Scholtes said spending eight hours a day with her co-workers has created a work family. They will celebrate Scholtes’ last workday, Friday, with a party at the Red Horse Steak House in Frederick, where she first met her husband, Michael.

Scholtes has lived in Hagerstown, but now lives in Frederick with her husband. The couple has three grown children, including twins, and this year they will have been married for 29 years.

The children live in Arlington, Va., Georgetown and Rockville, Md.

As Scholtes considered retirement, she chose not to wait until August for her 40th anniversary, so she could spend the summer at the couple’s Ocean City condominium. Her husband will continue to work for a while as she settles into retirement.

“I’m looking forward to spending the summer there and spending time with my children,” Scholtes said.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Today's Poem

by Percy Bysshe Shelley

I met a traveller from an antique land
Who said: "Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. Near them on the sand,
Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown
And wrinkled lip and sneer of cold command
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed.
And on the pedestal these words appear:
`My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings:
Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair!'
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare,
The lone and level sands stretch far away".

Delmar Alumni Banquet April 30th

The Delmar Alumni will hold their Annual Association Banquet on Saturday April 30th at the Delmar VFW. Social Hour begins at 5:30 p.m. and will be followed by a prime rib and crab cake dinner at 6:30 p.m. The cost is $22 per person. For more information contact Gary Riley at 846-3846.

LDGS Meeting Wednesday Night

On Wednesday night (April 27th) at the Lower Delmarva Genealogical Society (LDGS) library we will have George Shivers, President of the Allen Historical Society speak. The talk is free, join us at 7 PM for an interesting night. The library is located at 116-1 North Division Street (across from the court house), Salisbury Maryland

The Status Quo Continues

Delmar Joint Council Meeting Tonight

Tonight at 7:00 p.m. the Delmar, Maryland and Delmar, Delaware Mayors and councils will meet for their monthly meeting at town hall. Among some of the items to dicuss on the agenda are;

The new budget for the upcoming year
Keystone Fireworks - special exception
High School Traffic patterns
Municipal Building
Public Safety Building
St. Stephen's Lease Agreement
Municipal Sprinkler Ordinance
Abandoned Building Ordinance

The Old Bank Of Delmar Building - A Good Buy

The two towns of Delmar jointly purchased the old Bank of Delmar(va) building last year and are now beginning renovation of building. In the long run this purchase will be viewed as a wise decision by the town. In the short run the expense is a hard pill to swallow. The town, by acquiring the bank property, has pretty well locked up that block. I think there may be three properties not owned by the town on the block. It still has the current town hall which will be converted to a police station - also at an expense. Certainly there is space for whatever expansion the town government will want to do in the future.

The current town hall was part of the old Moose lodge and later became a photo developer business and than in a clever swap on the part of the Bank of Delmar (which owned the building) in the 1980's the town traded their old town hall (an 1897 building) for the 1961 60' by 70' block building that is town hall today.

As you may recall the Bank of Delmar formed in 1896. The first bank building was built and occupied in 1897. In the 1970's when I moved here that brick building stood next to the 1929 Bank of Delmar. When the Bank of Delmar built their 1929 building the old 1897 building eventually became the Town of Delmar Town Hall. I remember attending town hall meetings in it in the late 1970's - Very cramped, I think the "police station" and the "town meeting room" was upstairs and was perhaps two small rooms. In the 1980's the Bank of Delmar enlarged taking back in their "old" 1897 building and swallowing it and the 1929 building into one large building.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Today's Poem

An Easter Carol

by: Bishop Phillips Brooks (1835-1893)

Tomb, thou shalt not hold Him longer;
Death is strong, but Life is stronger;
Stronger than the dark, the light;
Stronger than the wrong, the right.
Faith and Hope triumphant say,
Christ will rise on Easter-Day.

While the patient earth lies waking,
Till the morning shall be breaking,
Shuddering 'neath the burden dread
Of her Master, cold and dead,
Hark! she hears the angels say,
Christ will rise on Easter-Day.

And when sunrise smites the mountains,
Pouring light from heavenly fountains,
Then the earth blooms out to greet
Once again the blessed feet;
And her countless voices say,
Christ has risen on Easter-Day.

Up and down our lives obedient
Walk, dear Christ, with footsteps radiant,
Till those garden lives shall be
Fair with duties done for Thee;
And our thankful spirits say,
Christ arose on Easter-Day.

Alleluia! He Is Risen

“He Is Risen Indeed! Alleluia!” (Matthew 28:1-10)

Now after the Sabbath, toward the dawn of the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. And behold, there was a great earthquake, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow. And for fear of him the guards trembled and became like dead men. But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead, and behold, he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him. See, I have told you.” So they departed quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. And behold, Jesus met them and said, “Greetings!” And they came up and took hold of his feet and worshiped him. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee, and there they will see me.”

My dogwood tree is in bloom and since it is Easter a short version of the legend of the Dogwood tree must be told;

At the time of Crucifixion the dogwood had been the size of the oak and other forest trees. So firm and strong was the tree that it was chosen as the timber for the cross. To be used thus for such a cruel purpose greatly distressed the tree, and Jesus nailed upon it, sensed this.

In His gentle pity for all sorrow and suffering Jesus said to the tree:

" Because of your regret and pity for My suffering, never again shall the dogwood tree grow large enough to be used as a cross. Henceforth it shall be slender and bent and twisted and its blossoms shall be in the form of a cross--two long and two short petals. And in the center of the outer edge of each petal there will be nail prints, brown with rust and stained with red, and in the center of the flower will be a crown of thorns, and all who see it will remember."

Which brings us to the legal status of dogwood trees and can you legally cut them. As a child my parents always told me you could not legally cut Dogwood Trees. The Dogwood is the official State tree for the U.S. Commonwealth of Virginia and the state tree of Missouri, it is the state flower of North Carolina. I have found nothing that says you can not cut the tree but "Tree law" is a bizarrely complex part of the legal system. Plus in some some states Dogwood are considered endangered and threatened which makes the issue even more complex. The good news is most laws pertain to the wild Dogwood not Flowering Dogwood you use for decoration on your property. Realistically, like dumping trash on a country road, you can cut it and no one is going to bother you (unless the tree police spot you). I have never seen a developer not cut every tree on property he or she is developing, dogwood or not dogwood. In all cases you can "Trim" the tree to keep the tree healthy. As to what the real legal answer is in Virginia, Delaware or Maryland I really do not know, so voice your opinion, or leaf it alone, or branch out and spruce up the topic.