Friday, May 27, 2011

Memorial Day Weekend - 2011

It's Memorial Day weekend, so certainly you are going to find something to get into, maybe even honor the fallen people who served our country and have died. Memorial Day was first observed on May 30, 1868, when flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery. It started as a way honor of our fallen heroes who died in battle. It now become a day to honor all the dead who served in our armed forces. I understand the Delmar VFW will have an observance of the day at their post at 1 pm on Sunday. Also on Sunday the traditional Sussex County Memorial Day Celebration will be at 1:30 p.m. on The Circle in Georgetown. On Monday, May 30 10:00 a.m. at the Wicomico War Memorial (Civic Center) there will also be an observance.

There's a lot to choose from this weekend, and the weather will be perfectly hot, so there's no reason to be cooped up in your house. Many of you also have a long weekend, so spend a little money for a gallon of gas and head to the beach after all Memorial Day Weekend is the unofficial start of summer.

and there is a summer full of new sights and adventures

Or if not the beach there is;
The Hebron Carnival, since 1926 it has been going on.
Out in marsh of Somerset County is the Fairmount Academy Festival
or if you are at the beach go to the Ocean City Craft Show
and for myself I will probably go to the Seaford Heritage Weekend out at Gov. Ross Manor.
Go Camping
Or stay at home and fire up the barbecue.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

The May Planning and Zoning Commission Meeting

The May Planning and Zoning Commission Meeting happened tonight at 7 p.m. in town hall. Chairman Carl anderton Jr requested all cell phones to be turned off during the meeting. The Rainbow Spa asking for zoning and sign approval at 609 BiState Blvd didn't show up so that was tabled until next month.

An operation to be known as the Crab Coop (corner of Rt13 and 54) asked for zoning approval and sign approval. They will sell ice cream and live crabs. Approval was granted.

John M. Mcclellan, representing Leonard Kraus, asked for approval for a temporary gravel driveway and a facade change on the Maryland Avenue Business Center (the building that held the old cheese plant, Wicker outlet, watermelon warehouse, now Bath Fitter.) Approval was held off until the Joint council meeting of July 20th.

And it was over with by 7:50 p.m.

A Reply To Howard's Comments Regarding Woodcreek

Howard's Note: Mr. Unsell and myself have different views on Woodcreek. I invited him to write his comments and post them on the Dustpan.

Dustpan Readers:

I am a resident of Wood Creek who has taken on the responsibility of updating the Town Joint Councils on our situation in Wood Creek (as Howard has taken on the responsibility of informing our lovely Town and community, at least in his own way, of what's going on in our community from his point of view, and I commend his efforts on our behalf, however opinionated).

I read with interest his report on the last two Joint council meetings in this blog, and would like to clarify a couple of issues:

Regarding our sprinkler system: We paid dearly, up-front, to have that system installed, and certainly enjoyed the convenience of it until this year. The operation of the sprinkler system is something that we do pay for ourselves, through our $98/per month HOA dues and a $647 annual facilities assessment, and we expected it to be operational 2-3 months ago; however, our system is attached to the golf course irrigation system, and the golf course is very much in limbo right now, as I'm sure you are aware. Today, we decided to initiate legal action against the Thomasson's (PCS Homes), and expect, in time, that things will return to "normal" around here, whatever that can be defined as these days. I cringe at your insinuation that we are "too lazy" to hook up a hose and turn on the sprinklers...I'll have you know that those women who have been attending the joint council meetings every month have an average age around 75+ years old, have paid up front for the sprinkler system and pay each month for it's continued operation. Why should they be expected to hook up a hose and sprinkler, and spend more of their fixed-income money?

Regarding our pool: We would object very strongly if the Town, or anybody else outside our community, even suggested buying the pool, and in fact, hope that the pool and clubhouse are owned and controlled by our Homeowners Association at some point in the future.

Regarding Mowing the Golf Course: If you had a neighbor who had an empty lot, and their lack of attention to the mowing of that lot led to the devaluing of your property, would you just ignore the problem and live with it, or would you ask the Town to send that neighbor a letter warning that if they didn't comply with the grass height ordinance and mow the lot by a certain date that it would be mowed on their behalf, and the owner would receive a bill? (Hope you're intelligent enough to answer that question with a "Yes.") We are in that situation, admittedly on a much larger scale, living in a "golf community" with a golf course that is quickly becoming a jungle due to lack of maintenance...we are not asking the town to pay for mowing the course; just to enforce the grass height ordinance at the expense of the owner of the property. We are not even asking that the course be put back in "playable" condition, just that it be put in the condition it was in before the grass got 3-feet high, so it looks somewhat presentable and does not further erode our already-depressed property values! And if Wood Creek is your idea of a "Utopia," look again....then take a look at a real golf community like Glen Riddle, Lighthouse Sound or Heritage Shores. We pay taxes to the Town of Delmar (I would guess a lot more taxes than the like-valued home on the other side of the state line) and, believe it or not, have every right to expect the town to enforce the grass height ordinance, so that Delmar remains a "livable community," just as you do.

Regarding the purchase of the Golf Course: We don't really believe for a minute that the Town will ever give serious consideration to purchasing and running the golf course, but I believe that as an asset for the future of the Town, it would be a good decision for the town to make if the price were right, for at least four reasons: 1.) It would make a fine addition to the Parks and Recreation offerings of the Town; 2.) It could have educational value as the home course of the Delmar Wildcats Golf Team, as it was in the past; 3.) It could serve as a training ground for students enrolled in UMES's "PGA Golf Management Degree Program;" and 4.) I believe it could be a significant source of income to the Town as we continue to recover from the downturn in the economy.

I also resent your depiction of me as a "golf player out of Woodcreek." Although I have been "retired" to Wood Creek since February of last year, I have spent most of my time since February of this year working on what is nearly a full-time basis, pro-bono, to help my neighbors achieve at least a modicum of what they expected when they purchased a home in our "Utopia."

Lloyd Unsell, Jr.
Wood Creek Golf Community
Delmar, MD

The Pledge of Allegiance

"I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."

At the start of each Delmar Joint Council meeting everyone repeats a loyalty oath to the national flag and the Republic of the United States of America, know as the Pledge of Allegiance. It is sometime amusing to listen to a newly elected official stumble over the 31 words. According to the United States Flag Code, the Pledge "should be rendered by standing at attention facing the flag with the right hand over the heart. Members of the Armed Forces and veterans (A military veteran is Any person who served for Any length of time in Any military service branch) who are present and not in uniform may render the military salute. Persons in uniform should remain silent, face the flag, and render the military salute.

The Pledge was originally composed by Francis Bellamy in 1892. Bellamy was both a Baptist minister and a Nationalist and Christian socialist (the cousin of socialist utopian novelist Edward Bellamy), in other words a radical. Part of an elitist socialist movement in Boston known as “Nationalism,” whose members wanted the federal government to national most of the American economy (They are doing well even today). In 1891, he was forced to resign from his Boston church, the Bethany Baptist church, because of his socialist activities.

The original "Pledge of Allegiance" was published in the September 8 1892 issue of the popular children's magazine "The Youth's Companion" as part of the National Public-School Celebration of Columbus Day, a celebration of the 400th anniversary of Christopher Columbus's arrival in the Americas. Combined with drumming The Pledge into everyone head, the magazine also began a campaign to sell American flags to the public schools. By 1892, the magazine had sold American flags to about 26 thousands schools. Nothing wrong with creating Nationalism and a profit and the Flags were probably made in America.

Triglia's Package Store -1 977

The First National Bank of Delmar, Delaware

I picked this information up from Rare National

The First National Bank of Delmar, Delaware

The First National Bank of Delmar, Delaware was the only bank in Delmar in to nationalize. It originally opened for business as a national bank in 1904 and it survived the great depression to make it past the national currency era which ended in 1935. The bank’s charter number is 7211.

On occasion a 1929 small size note from Delmar is available. However, 1902 red and blue seal national bank notes from The First National Bank of Delmar are hard to find. It is currently thought that only two notes from that 1904 to 1928 period still exist. As with most banks in Delaware, the appeal of currency from The First National Bank of Delmar is that it is from a small one bank town in a very small state.

James Polk Morris was likely the JP Morris listed as the first president of The First National Bank of Delmar in the 1904 Office of the Comptroller of Currency report. Samuel Kerr Slemons was the first cashier of the bank.

If you have any currency from The First National Bank of Delmar, please tell us about it. We are certainly interested parties, and you will likely be very pleased with our appraisal.

Contact me via email:, phone: 864-430-4020,

Note: A $10 1929 Type 1 issued by The First National Bank of Delmar was sold three years ago. The note was graded Fine+. It had an opening book bid of $1,500 and sold for $1,600.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Taking Back The Streets - 1950

Packing Mamas Round Up Marauders.

Viers Mill Village -- Pistol-packing mamas of Viers Mill Village, a Washington D.C., suburb, terrorized by night marauders for 3 weeks, rounded up four men in gun-fire studded chase early today. Wielding rifles, pistols, knives and baseball bats, the aroused housewives had the intruders begging for mercy when police reached the battlefield. Shown are Mrs. Mary Schultz, holding a .45; Mrs. Doris Young, carrying a butcher knife; Mrs. Martha Newell with a rifle, and Mrs. Warren Leigh, wielding a baseball bat. (1950)

Words From The NCR Days

I saw this still from the movie "Escape From Fort Bravo" (1954 MGM) and it reminded me of my days at NCR Corporation in Millsboro back in the 1970's. When a new product was introduced it always had some kind of problems. So the engineering department had a saying "If you want to be a pioneer you have to expect to receive a few arrows" referring to customers who wanted the most current product than bitched about the problems the new product had.

National Safe Boating Week

Presidential Proclamation--National Safe Boating Week
As Americans anticipate the warm weather of the summer months, we look to our Nation's abundant outdoors and waterways for relaxation and recreation. America's lakes, rivers, and oceans are enjoyable, but can sometimes pose dangers to watergoers. National Safe Boating Week is an opportunity to highlight the importance of safety precautions and sensible behavior when spending time on the water.

Safe boating is responsible boating. Individuals can prepare for excursions by taking boating safety courses and filing float plans with family members, relatives, or friends. To prevent accidents and drowning while on the water, boaters should remain aware of weather conditions, perform vessel safety checks, and ensure each passenger wears a life jacket and all required safety equipment is on board. Safe boating is also sober boating. Alcohol use is a leading factor in fatal boating accidents, so limiting alcohol use while on or operating a boat can save lives.

Each year for National Safe Boating Week, the United States Coast Guard partners with boating organizations to raise awareness on the importance of taking proper precautions while boating. By embracing responsible boating practices, Americans can avoid preventable injuries and enjoy the majesty of our Nation's waterways.

In recognition of the importance of safe boating practices, the Congress, by joint resolution approved June 4, 1958 (36 U.S.C. 131), as amended, has authorized and requested the President to proclaim annually the 7-day period prior to Memorial Day weekend as "National Safe Boating Week."

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim May 21 through May 27, 2011, as National Safe Boating Week. I encourage all Americans who participate in boating activities to observe this occasion by learning more about safe boating practices and taking advantage of boating education.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this
twentieth day of May, 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.


The B&O Becomes The First Passenger Railroad

Today May 24th, 1830 - The first passenger railroad (the Baltimore and Ohio Rail Road Company) in the United States began service between Baltimore and Elliott's Mills, Md (now known as Ellicott City.)

The fast-growing port city of Baltimore, Maryland faced economic stagnation unless it opened routes to the western states, as New York had done with the Erie Canal in 1820. In 1827, twenty-five merchants and bankers studied the best means of restoring "that portion of the Western trade which has recently been diverted from it by the introduction of steam navigation." Their answer was to build a railroad—one of the first commercial lines in the world. Their plans worked well, as the railroad grew from a capital of $3 million in 1827 to a large enterprise generating $2.7 million of annual profit on its 380 miles of track in 1854, with 19 million passenger miles. The railroad fed tens of millions of dollars of shipments to and from Baltimore and its growing hinterland, thus making the city the commercial and financial capital of the region south of Philadelphia.

Two men — Philip E. Thomas and George Brown — were the pioneers of the railroad. They spent the year 1826 investigating railway enterprises in England, which were at that time being tested in a comprehensive fashion as commercial ventures. Their investigation completed, they held an organizational meeting on February 12, 1827, including about twenty-five citizens, most of whom were Baltimore merchants or bankers. Chapter 123 of the 1826 Session Laws of Maryland, passed February 28, 1827, and the Commonwealth of Virginia on March 8, 1827, chartered the Baltimore and Ohio Rail Road Company, with the task of building a railroad from the port of Baltimore, Maryland west to a suitable point on the Ohio River. The railroad, formally incorporated April 24, was intended to provide not only an alternative to, but also a faster route for Midwestern goods to reach the East Coast than the seven-year-old, hugely successful, but slow Erie Canal across upstate New York. Thomas was elected as the first president and Brown the treasurer. The capital of the proposed company was fixed at five million dollars, but the B&O was initially capitalized in 1827 with a three million dollar issue of stock. Virtually every citizen of Baltimore owned a share as the offering was oversubscribed.

Today is National Escargot Day

Today May 24th, is National Escargot Day!!! Yippee lets hear it for snails!!!
Escargot is a tasty appetizer made from cooked snails that has been consumed by humans for centuries.

Escargot can be considered a healthy food because snails are high in protein and very low in fat. However, not all species of snails are edible and the taste of the snails vary among species.

To cook escargot, the snails are removed from their shells, gutted, and cooked with garlic butter. Once cooked, they are then poured back into the shells to be served. Did you know that the French consume 40,000 metric tons of snails annually?

Let's face it people it is never going to replace scrapple.

Delmar High Volume Water User Credit

Listening to the Woodcreek residents complain about water last night reminded me, if you use more than the "normal" amount of water in Delmar due to having a pool, lots of watering of the garden and lawn, or other reasons you can receive a credit for the sewer portion of the water used (since it went on the ground - not down the sewer) by filling out the High Volume User Data Form and turning it in before August 13th.

The May 2011 Joint Council Meeting

The May Delmar Joint Councils meeting was held last night at 7:00PM (Over with by 9:00). Last night's missing members were Delaware Councilman Woody Payne and Maryland Commissioner Karen Wells. 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. Again tonight there was a smattering of cell phones going off – not from the council – from the audience. I don’t see why the mayors just don’t say turn off your cell phones before the meeting begins. It is also just the parts I want to comment on or write about. If you want to know the real stories go to the meeting or buy a newspaper.

The meeting started with The Pledge of Allegiance

The meeting went in an unformatted fashion tonight so I will just highlight a few things in no particular order that were of interest to me.

Dr Lori Dewald was recognised for her accomplishments

The break-in and theft at the concession stand last month was solved and some items were recovered. Two juveniles were arrested.

The Bloosurf lease was signed by both towns.

Chesapeake Waste won the bid for waste removal in both towns so the garbage pickup rate will stay the same. It is my understanding Delaware came out ahead on this deal as Gov. Markell’s mandatory curbside recycling will be included in this rate.

The budget was approved for next year. The Town employees and elected officials did an exceptional job on the budget this year resulting in the same tax rates and same services with no furloughs or laying off of town employees.

Public works is looking at taking the Delaware Side of town branches, leaves, grass clippings to the Wicomico County Mulching facility. As you know Gov. Markell has stopped those items from going into the Delaware garbage pits. The cost will be $27.50 a ton.

The town had selected a tree trimming company to trim trees that are blocking the street lights on the Maryland side of town but the company had problems with their equipment and will not be able to start for another couple of weeks.

The town is now responsible for the bathrooms at Gordy Park. They have renovated them. The town is buying the security gate from the Little League to go over the bathroom doors when the bathrooms are not in use for $800.

Woodcreek Development took up an abnormally large part of the joint council meeting time last night. Again the residents there are trying to pass the cost of maintaining their development back to the town government. There are 200 plus empty lots in Woodcreek plus the Golf course that will need grass cutting and since the town has an ordinance against tall grass the town will have to cut the lots and golf course and place a lien on the individual properties. The golf course for an initial cutting will cost $4,750 to do, than about half that amount each month. An individual from Woodcreek once again said the town should buy the golf course. This time his suggestion was to apply for Maryland open space grant money, as Maryland supports other golf courses with this taxpayers money. The grant money could also be used to buy equipment to maintain the golf course. The Woodcreek group also complained about the owners of the bankrupt development not turning the irrigation system on to water their lawns and now their grass is turning brown and they would like the town to do something about it. Hell I don’t have an irrigation system I just hook my hose up to the outside facet and connect a sprinkler to it. Of course I have to pay the water bill for that water and maybe once again Woodcreek is just trying to pass a cost off to the town instead of taking responsibility for their property.

The town gave the auditing firm of TGM Inc an audit contract with only one bid. So much for competitive bidding.

Once again the traffic pattern at the High school was pushed off to next month.

Chef Saylor attended the meeting tonight to talk about Redspeed. As you may recall from the January Joint council Redspeed USA is a company that will supply a speed camera to be put in school zones. The company will issue a ticket of $40 for speeding and $25 of that will go to the town. Chef Saylor is saying if the town doesn’t go with a Redspeed or a similar company Wicomico county will, also the state of Delaware is looking at doing this on all school zones and construction road sites. He feels if someone is going to do it anyway we might as well do it and get the money. Before the Chef and the council were not overly in favor of this but now there is a complete turn about and everyone was discussing how much money could be made. They were even more excited about the idea, when the Redspeed representative said if the town supplies them with vehicle information than they would see that ‘special’ people never received a ticket from their company. Special as in mayor and council, town employees, undercover police, volunteer fire company people or anyone the town thought was one of the good old boys network and deserved not to get a ticket. I can’t say there was any mention of children safety, just money and special exceptions. Frankly I was ashamed of the whole bunch of them tonight.

Monday, May 23, 2011

The Unabomber Auction

Besides being in the news again for a DNA sample for tampering with drugs. There is a GSA Sale of Theodore John Kaczynski aka “The Unabomber” items – Per a Court Order in the criminal case United States V. Theodore J. Kaczynski (96-cr-259-GEB, E D. Cal.; 06-10514, 9th Circuit), the government has been ordered to conduct a “well-publicized” internet sale of Kaczynski’s seized property to be sold to the general public in the effort to pay off a $15 million restitution order to the victims and their families. Unlike other sales, neither the U.S. Marshals Service nor GSA will receive any revenue from this sale Go to here than to the line that says Click here to view the item list. and you will see 58 overpriced items Note: beware I had problems returning back to the Dustpan using this link.

American Surrender Corregidor - 1942

Today in 1942 - General Wainwright broadcasts the news of the American surrender at Corregidor from Japanese custody. He invites the remainder of the American forces in the Philippines to surrender. Despite the American surrender, the opposition faced by Japanese forces has been effective in disrupting their plans. General Homma was allocated 50 days to take the Philippines, the actual conquest took five months. The continuing resistance of the Filipino forces has prevented the release of his troops for other campaigns.

At Corregidor was Lieutenant Colonel Samuel Wesley Freeney, United States Marine Corps. Sam Freeney had entered the Marine Corps from Hebron, Maryland Sam Freeney, born in 1896, (son of Martha A. Freeney)was inducted into the Marines at St. Johns College, Annapolis, Maryland in 1917, just as the nation was entering the First World War. He served in Cuba and Haiti in that war and stayed in the Marines after World War 1 ended. In 1939, he was sent to Shanghai as Commander of the Marine Garrison there. Then in 1941, on the eve of America’s entry into World War 11, he was transferred to the Philippines. As Japan launched its attack on Bataan he was wounded and made a Prisoner of War in April 1942. From Corregidor in 1944, he was put on a POW ship leaving the Philippines. It was sunk by a United States submarine. He was rescued but remained a Prisoner of War of the Japanese until he was killed by them on 24 December 1944.

The Chestertown Tea Party

May, 1774 Residents of Chestertown, Maryland react to news of the Boston Tea Party by staging a similar protest, dumping a shipment of tea into the Chester River

This weekend there may be another wild drunken Chestertown Tea Party Festival

To late to sign up but they may still take you as vounteers are always in short supply

The authenticity of the Chestertown tea Party has been questioned by historians, who have been able to find little record of the event prior to the Nineteenth century. The first mention of a "tea party" dates from 1899, in a booklet about Chestertown by Fred G. Usilton called History of Chestertown: Gem City on the Chester. Usilton was involved with the local newspaper, which was edited by his his father. Oh well any excuse for a party.

"One bad apple spoils the bunch."

The mature male role model image seem to have had a rough time this month. Between former International Monetary Fund head Dominique Strauss-Kahn, former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and former Nevada Sen. John Ensign, ethics and fidelity went down the drain.

A new phrase has been introduced and it is "entitlement Sex", where due to his or her position that person feels a sense of entitlement to getting what they want.

Now in the case of Strauss-Kahn anyone accused of rape deserves the presumption of innocence altho the press has pretty much convicted him. If he did do it and it was not consensual than even Ex-President Clinton defense that the legal definition of oral sex was not encompassed by "sex" per se as along as he did not touch any body parts of the woman. Still like Clinton he seems to have had a long history of using his position of power for sexual aggressiveness.

In Schwarzenegger's case he seem to taken that whole "acting like a member of the Kennedy clan" thing just a little too far. In both cases they used their position of power to have sex with females in a servant position. Schwarzenegger also was accused of having groped more than a dozen women before he ran for Governor.

Again in the Ensign situation the Nevada Republican had an affair with his wife's best friend, who also happened to be the wife of the senator's best friend. The woman, Cynthia Hampton, was also Ensign's campaign treasurer; her husband, Doug Hampton, was the senator's senior aide. According to Cynthia Hampton she was pressured into having an affair.

So there are reasons why at times the TV Show "The Good Wife" mirrors real life.

These are but three out of what must be a zillion elected officials and powerful people around the world. As the saying goes "One bad apple spoils the bunch." and these are but a very small portion of a larger group that is remarkably sin free. Happily in Delmar our two Mayors and Council and Commission members and the members of our school board seem to be able resist what is now called entitlement sex.

Another Week Begins

Another Week of Office Politics and Politically Correctness and all this after a failed rapture Saturday in which God did not destroy the universe and everything in it.

Tonight - The Delmar Joint Council Meeting

Tonight the Delmar Joint Councils will meet at 7 p.m. at Town Hall. Among the items that may be discussed are;
The FY12 Budget Acceptance
High School Traffic Pattern
Woodcreek update
Full House Poker Update
Abandoned Buildings

Delmar Middle School Chorus Thursday

The middle school chorus will present its spring concert on Thursday, May 26th at 7pm in the school auditorium.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Comments On The Missing Elected Officials

What if you landed a job and came to work only four out of every five days you were scheduled or maybe even two days out of five?

Barring any unusual circumstances, you’d probably be shown the exit. Yet that is the kind of commitment Delmar residents are seeing from some of the officials they voted to represent them.

Constituents have a right to expect that their representatives attend meetings to ask questions, pass along their views, make informed decisions and/or at least be a number to make up a quorum. That can’t happen from an empty chair.

It’s fair to say most people who enter public service start with good intentions. This is particularly true at the town and school board level. But whatever motivates a candidate, a thorough self-assessment of commitment and time constraints is in order before filing to run. Besides attending meetings, they must read the materials, attend events, keep up on issues and answer constituents’ calls and emails.

Blending public service with careers and family life will test even the most organized person’s time management skills. Illnesses, family challenges or job changes cannot be predicted, and an occasional vacation should be allowed. But the amount of work required to serve shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone who achieves an office. The no-show elected members in Delmar personify missed opportunities. They must shift their priorities, keep their promise and be fully accountable to the taxpayers, who deserve better representation from the people they elect or be honest and resign and let someone else take over.

Wayne Bastian School Superintendent - 1977

Click Photo To enlarge - article from State Register