Saturday, June 04, 2011

Day In The Park - 2011

The weather was great today for the 34th annual Delmar Day-In-the-park. A good turnout and food vendors sold out.

Now you know if Gary Horseman approved of the oyster sandwiches they must be good.

and the Delmar PD approved of the oyster sandwiches.

Many organizations were selling things as fund raisers. The Delmar Fire Dept auxiliary has these cookbooks for $15.00.


Must have been armtwisting going on there I see Tidewater Utilities gave money and they haven't even built anything in town yet.

Yardsales and Day In The Park

At State Street Park people are setting up their tables and booths getting ready for the 10 AM start. All over Delmar are yard sales so you have places to visit before Day In The Park opens.

Friday, June 03, 2011

Another Graduation Wraps Up

Delmar High School had their graduation tonight and once again another group turned their tassels and some of them are about to venture out into the real world and others will stay in the academic world another four or eight years.

I arrived late and had my usual camera problems tonight but as Michael Vick would say "I don't have a dog in this fight" so I was just there for amusement. Other than a few people that acted retarded the event went off okay.

The school has long been a part of the lives of the students for a long time. This is where they prepared for their life's work. This is where they made life-long friends and now they have that big question mark to face.

Congratulation 2011 graduates I wish you the best.

In spite of a number of people walking in the street back to their cars or homes I noticed there was at least one fool in a white pickup with loud mufflers that had to zoom down the street at 50 miles an hours. All it takes is one asshole to screw up an evening.

Cold Harbor - 1864

1864 - Union General Ulysses S. Grant makes what he later recognizes to be his greatest mistake by ordering a frontal assault on entrenched Confederates at Cold Harbor. The result was some 7,000 Union casualties in less than an hour of fighting. Grant's Army of the Potomac and Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia had already inflicted frightful losses upon each other as they wheeled along an arc around Richmond—from the Wilderness to Spotsylvania and numerous smaller battle sites—the previous month. On May 30, Lee and Grant collided at Bethesda Church. The next day, the advance units of the armies arrived at the strategic crossroads of Cold Harbor, just 10 miles from Richmond, where a Yankee attack seized the intersection. Sensing that there was a chance to destroy Lee at the gates of Richmond, Grant prepared for a major assault along the entire Confederate front on June 2. But when Winfield Hancock's Union corps did not arrive on schedule, the operation was postponed until the following day. The delay was tragic for the Union, because it gave Lee's troops time to entrench. Perhaps frustrated with the protracted pursuit of Lee's army, Grant gave the order to attack on June 3—a decision that resulted in an unmitigated disaster. The Yankees met murderous fire, and were only able to reach the Confederate trenches in a few places. The 7,000 Union casualties, compared to only 1,500 for the Confederates, were all lost in under an hour. Grant pulled out of Cold Harbor nine days later and continued to try to flank Lee's army. The next stop was Petersburg, south of Richmond, where a nine-month siege ensued. There would be no more attacks on the scale of Cold Harbor.

Richard Henry Webb, a young Wilmington Quaker, joined the Fourth Regiment Delaware Volunteer Infantry in 1862. Despite their commitment to pacifism, some Quakers fought in the Civil War to help end slavery. The Fourth Delaware first saw action at Cold Harbor, Virginia, on June 2, 1864. Twenty-four year old Lt. Webb was killed in action that very day.

DNREC Press Release

Delaware’s spring turkey season enjoys eighth-straight record harvest

DOVER (June 3, 2011) – For the eighth straight year, Delaware’s wild turkey season has set a new harvest record – bringing more prominence to one of the state’s most successful wildlife restoration programs as it coincides with DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife’s celebrating its first century of conservation service. The spring wild turkey season tallied 487 birds, surpassing last year’s harvest by more than 100 gobblers, and included a 25½-pound tom shot by a first-time turkey hunter that was the largest in the state this year.

“The turkey harvest really started climbing in 2004 and we have experienced a remarkable 350 percent increase in just eight years,” said Fish & Wildlife game biologist Matt DiBona. “While we can’t predict what our maximum harvest level might be, we feel that the turkey population is growing, along with hunter interest, so there might be more record seasons to come.”

A number of nice gobblers were recorded this year, the largest the 25½-pound tom taken by Jamie West of Milton. “I talked to Jamie a couple of weeks after the season, and he was still pretty excited about his accomplishment on his first time out,” said Fish & Wildlife program manager Ken Reynolds. “I think Jamie’s now a committed turkey hunter.” With Delaware hunters permitted to take only one turkey per season, almost 500 hunters scored with the big birds.

Rob Gano of Frankford took the turkey with the longest beard at 16-1/16 inches. Jay Hastings of Delmar had the longest spur lengths with a matched set measuring 1-13/16 inches each.The top overall scoring bird as measured using the National Wild Turkey Federation formula was taken by Mark Fenimore of Clayton. This system takes into account weight, total spur length and total beard length. Mr. Fenimore’s bird weighed 23 lb. 7 oz., had a total spur length of 2-1/16 inches and had five beards with a total length of 39-3/16 inches for a score of 122.4375 points.

Birds were harvested in 16 of the 17 management zones in the state but several areas stood out as turkey “hotspots.” Zones 4, 6, and 11 accounted more than a third – 38 percent – of the total statewide harvest. Zone 1, which is New Castle County north of the Canal, was the only zone where no birds were taken.

Biologists weren’t surprised to find that nine in 10 birds were taken on private land. But given the limited amount of public land in Delaware and the limited number of turkey-hunting permits available, hunters also did well on state-managed property. Fifty-one birds were bagged on public lands, another new record. Redden State Forest, the Midlands Wildlife Area and the Norman G. Wilder Wildlife Area were the top three producing sites. Birds were also taken on the following wildlife areas: Assawoman, Nanticoke, Marshy Hope, Milford Neck, Little Creek, Cedar Swamp, Blackiston and Ted Harvey.

With the Delaware Game and Fish Commission having been established in 1911, the Division of Fish & Wildlife is now celebrating 100 years of fish and wildlife conservation. “There have been many noteworthy conservation accomplishments during this century, and the restoration of the wild turkey definitely ranks high among them,” said Greg Moore, Wildlife Section administrator. “We look forward to having this magnificent game bird around for many years to come.”

For hunters planning ahead, Delaware’s 2012 turkey season will run from April 14 - May 12, with the special youth and disabled hunter day set for April 7. Also: a reminder for hunters aiming to pursue wild turkey for the first time in Delaware that a one-day turkey hunter education class is required – for more information about upcoming classes, please call 302-735-3600.

Last Day Of School - Beware and Slow Down

For many students in Delmar Delaware today is the last day of school (always going to be some going to summer school) so when school is let out much of their normal common sense also leaves them. Beware Delmar and stay alert for children racing around town, playing in the street, and darting out in front of cars, etc. Drivers need to take responsibility for the safety of children playing, so slow down and be vigilant around schools, parks and homes. Give our children a 'brake.'

The Herbert L. Pratt

June 3, 1918 - An oil tanker, Herbert L. Pratt, hit a mine which had been laid down a by German submarine, U-151, off of Cape Henlopen. Damage did not prevent the ship from being salvaged.

The Herbert L. Pratt under salvage after hitting a mine.

The Herbert L. Pratt, a 7150 gross ton oil tanker, was completed at Alameda, California, in 1918. She was ordered delivered to the Navy but, while off Cape Henlopen, Delaware, on 3 June 1918 she struck a mine laid by the German submarine U-151. Though her entire forward section was submerged, structural damage was apparently not too severe, as she was quickly salvaged and repaired. While this work was in process, the ship was placed in commission as USS Herbert L. Pratt (ID # 2339) in June 1918. At the end of July she began her first Navy voyage, taking fuel oil to Brest, France, for use by the U.S. warships stationed there. She made a second trans-Atlantic trip, from New York to England and back, in October-December 1918. USS Herbert L. Pratt was decommissioned in mid-January 1919 and returned to her owners, the Atlantic Refining Company. She had more than two-and-a-half decades of further commerical service, taking her through the Second World War. The old ship was placed in the War Shiping Administration's reserve fleet in February 1946 and sold for scrapping in December of that year.

National Oceans Month

Presidential Proclamation--National Oceans Month

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During National Oceans Month, we celebrate the value of our oceans to American life and recognize the critical role they continue to play in our economic progress, national security, and natural heritage. Waterborne commerce, sustainable commercial fisheries, recreational fishing, boating, tourism, and energy production are all able to contribute to job growth and strengthen our economy because of the bounty of our oceans, coasts, and Great Lakes.

Last year, I signed an Executive Order directing my Administration to implement our Nation's first comprehensive National Policy for the Stewardship of the Ocean, Our Coasts, and the Great Lakes. This policy makes more effective use of Federal resources by addressing the most critical issues facing our oceans. It establishes a new approach to bringing together Federal, State, local, and tribal governments and all of the ocean's users -- from recreational and commercial fishermen, boaters, and industry, to environmental groups, scientists, and the public -- to better plan for, manage, and sustain the myriad human uses that healthy oceans, coasts, and the Great Lakes support.

One year after the devastating BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, we remain committed to the full environmental and economic recovery of the region. My Administration is assessing and mitigating the damage that was caused by this tragedy, and restoring and strengthening the Gulf Coast and its communities. These efforts remind us of the responsibility we all share for our oceans and coasts, and the strong connection between the health of our natural resources and that of our communities and economy. While we embrace our oceans as crucial catalysts for trade, bountiful sources of food, and frontiers for renewable energy, we must also recommit to ensuring their safety and sustainability, and to being vigilant guardians of our coastal communities.

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 June 2011 as National Oceans Month. I call upon Americans to take action to protect, conserve, and restore our oceans, coasts, and Great Lakes.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this second day of June, 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.


Thursday, June 02, 2011 - Interesting

One of the exciting things to happen in local and small town newspapers is Patch. Patch, AOL’s network of Web-only local newspapers is controlled by Arianna Huffington (The Huffington Post) and is a national network of hyperlocal sites currently covering community life in 800 towns across America.
says it's mission is to; "To improve the quality of life in underserved communities across the globe through access to trusted local news and information." Well, anyway they have a lot of small town and regional newspapers hooked up with them. Reading these papers give you a great view of America (well at least 18 states - they are still expanding) that is less influenced by large metropolitan newspapers. I have several small town online newspapers, that share my views, "patched' into my email that I glance at each day.

Now I am not an Arianna Huffington fan. That opinion is just based on what I read about her as I have never meant the woman. I read that she is a very controlling person that use her clout to her personal advantage. So now she is controlling what 800 newspapers display and with the 2012 presidential election coming up how bias will these 800 plus newspapers be? She says "Patch pages harbor no ideological or political slant. Which is not to say that we expect them to have no political content." We will see.

Anywho take a look at some of the newspapers In Patch

8th Grade at Delmar Middle School Moves On

I stopped by to see the 8th grade graduate to High School this morning. Quite a turn out for the event and they (the audience) were well behaved. I wish the High school graduation was the same way. Only a few (as in under four) did a little cheer and dance for their child - definitely that group was in the minority. And as warned by the Middle school principal - no cell phones went off.

some of the honor students - you can see how filled the place was. The first half of the program was filled with honor awards. Not many usable photos came out of it as I was far in the back of the room.

Ag honor students above and finally the graduation paper.

The ACLU and the School System

Down in Snellville, Ga., approximately 18 miles east of Atlanta and "where everybody is proud to be somebody," the Gwinnett County schools district is being hit by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) for blocking student website access to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender issues. Supposedly they received complaints and they sent a letter to the school system saying; "Keep blocking these sites to students, and legal action could be next."

The ACLU's has a "Don't Filter Me Campaign," in which they feel prohibiting students from viewing lesbian, gay bisexual and transgender persons websites or reflecting the viewpoints of LGBT people is "viewpoint-based censorship." Interestingly the ACLU said they received 70 complaints from across the country which to me says it is more an adult special interest group thing than a student's thing.

Naturally I feel students are not adults and they should not be allowed to view whatever they want to. It is one more example of the minority controlling the direction of what the majority wants to do. Everywhere I look people seem to be bringing lawsuits now days. Instead of our money going for education it is being tied up in lawyers and settlements. In Delaware the Catholics are well aware of this trend and the Eastern Sussex County school system with their Muslim problems are well aware of it.

Last Day Of School at Delmar Friday

Delmar Students' last day of school for students will be Friday, June 3rd.

Sussex Tech to Graduate tonight

Sussex Tech will have their graduation cermonies at 6 P.m. tonight

Delmar Middle School Graduation This Morning

Delmar Middle School Graduation today from 9:30 to 11:45 a.m. at the school.

Delmar High School Graduation Friday

Graduation Delmar High School will hold the Commencement Ceremony on Friday, June 3rd at 7pm in the school gymnasium

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Banks Pants Company - 1950's

A recent donation, from Gary White, to the Delmar Historical and Arts Society is this photo of the Banks Pants Factory in Delmar sometime in the 1950's. Click photo to enlarge

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month

Presidential Proclamation--Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month

The story of America's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) community is the story of our fathers and sons, our mothers and daughters, and our friends and neighbors who continue the task of making our country a more perfect Union. It is a story about the struggle to realize the great American promise that all people can live with dignity and fairness under the law. Each June, we commemorate the courageous individuals who have fought to achieve this promise for LGBT Americans, and we rededicate ourselves to the pursuit of equal rights for all, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

Since taking office, my Administration has made significant progress towards achieving equality for LGBT Americans. Last December, I was proud to sign the repeal of the discriminatory "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy. With this repeal, gay and lesbian Americans will be able to serve openly in our Armed Forces for the first time in our Nation's history. Our national security will be strengthened and the heroic contributions these Americans make to our military, and have made throughout our history, will be fully recognized.

My Administration has also taken steps to eliminate discrimination against LGBT Americans in Federal housing programs and to give LGBT Americans the right to visit their loved ones in the hospital. We have made clear through executive branch nondiscrimination policies that discrimination on the basis of gender identity in the Federal workplace will not be tolerated. I have continued to nominate and appoint highly qualified, openly LGBT individuals to executive branch and judicial positions. Because we recognize that LGBT rights are human rights, my Administration stands with advocates of equality around the world in leading the fight against pernicious laws targeting LGBT persons and malicious attempts to exclude LGBT organizations from full participation in the international system. We led a global campaign to ensure "sexual orientation" was included in the United Nations resolution on extrajudicial execution -- the only United Nations resolution that specifically mentions LGBT people -- to send the unequivocal message that no matter where it occurs, state-sanctioned killing of gays and lesbians is indefensible. No one should be harmed because of who they are or who they love, and my Administration has mobilized unprecedented public commitments from countries around the world to join in the fight against hate and homophobia.

At home, we are working to address and eliminate violence against LGBT individuals through our enforcement and implementation of the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act. We are also working to reduce the threat of bullying against young people, including LGBT youth. My Administration is actively engaged with educators and community leaders across America to reduce violence and discrimination in schools. To help dispel the myth that bullying is a harmless or inevitable part of growing up, the First Lady and I hosted the first White House Conference on Bullying Prevention in March. Many senior Administration officials have also joined me in reaching out to LGBT youth who have been bullied by recording "It Gets Better" video messages to assure them they are not alone.

This month also marks the 30th anniversary of the emergence of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, which has had a profound impact on the LGBT community. Though we have made strides in combating this devastating disease, more work remains to be done, and I am committed to expanding access to HIV/AIDS prevention and care. Last year, I announced the first comprehensive National HIV/AIDS Strategy for the United States. This strategy focuses on combinations of evidence-based approaches to decrease new HIV infections in high risk communities, improve care for people living with HIV/AIDS, and reduce health disparities. My Administration also increased domestic HIV/AIDS funding to support the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program and HIV prevention, and to invest in HIV/AIDS-related research. However, government cannot take on this disease alone. This landmark anniversary is an opportunity for the LGBT community and allies to recommit to raising awareness about HIV/AIDS and continuing the fight against this deadly pandemic.

Every generation of Americans has brought our Nation closer to fulfilling its promise of equality. While progress has taken time, our achievements in advancing the rights of LGBT Americans remind us that history is on our side, and that the American people will never stop striving toward liberty and justice for all.

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 June 2011 as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month. I call upon the people of the United States to eliminate prejudice everywhere it exists, and to celebrate the great diversity of the American people.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this thirty-first 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.


Great Outdoors Month

Presidential Proclamation--Great Outdoors Month

For generations, America's great outdoors have ignited our imaginations, bolstered our economy, and fueled our national spirit of adventure and independence. The United States holds a stunning array of natural beauty -- from sweeping rangelands and tranquil beaches, to forests stretching over rolling hills and rivers raging through stone-faced cliffs. During Great Outdoors Month, we rededicate ourselves to experiencing and protecting these unique landscapes and treasured sites.

As America's frontier diminished and our cities expanded, a few bold leaders and individuals had the foresight to protect our most precious natural and historic places. Today, we all share the responsibility to uphold their legacy of conservation, whether by protecting an iconic vast public land, or by creating a community garden or an urban park. Last year, I was proud to launch the America's Great Outdoors Initiative, a project that empowers Americans to help build a new approach to conservation and outdoor recreation. My Administration hosted dozens of regional listening sessions to collect ideas from people from across our country with a stake in the health of our environment and natural places. Our conversations with businesspeople, ranchers, hunters, fishermen, tribal leaders, students, and community groups led to a report unveiled in February, America's Great Outdoors: A Promise to Future Generations, which lays the foundation for smarter, more community-driven action to protect our invaluable natural heritage.

Our plan will restore and increase recreational access to public lands and waterways; bolster rural landscapes, including working farms and ranches; develop the next generation of urban parks and community green spaces; and create a new Conservation Service Corps so that young people can experience and restore the great outdoors. To implement these recommendations, my Administration is dedicated to building strong working relationships with State, local, and tribal governments, as well as community, private, and non-profit partners across America. The First Lady's "Let's Move!" initiative encourages youth to enjoy what our outdoors have to offer. These programs and partnerships will improve our quality of life and our health, rejuvenate local and regional economies, spur job creation, protect wildlife and historic places, and ensure our natural legacy endures for generations to come. All Americans can read the report and learn more at

As we commit to protecting our country's outdoor spaces, we also celebrate all they have to offer. Our public lands and other open areas provide myriad opportunities for families and friends to explore, play, and grow together -- from hiking and wildlife watching to canoeing, hunting, and fishing, and playing in a neighborhood park. These activities can help our kids stay healthy, active, and energized, while reconnecting with their natural heritage. This month, let each of us resolve to protect our great outdoors; discover their wonders; and share them with our friends, our neighbors, and our children.

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 June 2011 as Great Outdoors Month. I urge all Americans to explore the great outdoors and to uphold our Nation's legacy of conserving our lands for future generations.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this thirty-first 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.


National Caribbean-American Heritage Month

Presidential Proclamation--National Caribbean-American Heritage Month
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The fabric of our Nation has been woven together and enriched by the diversity of our people. Our legacy as a Nation of immigrants is part of what makes America strong, and during National Caribbean American Heritage Month, we celebrate the rich history and vibrant culture Caribbean Americans have brought to our shores.

Immigrants from Caribbean countries have come to America for centuries. Some came through the bondage of slavery. Others willfully left behind the world they knew in search of a better life. Regardless of the circumstances of their arrival, they had faith their descendants would have a chance to realize their greatest potential.

Caribbean Americans have prospered in every sector of our society and enhanced our national character while maintaining the multiethnic and multicultural traditions of their homelands. They are doctors and lawyers, public servants and scientists, and athletes and service members. Their successes inspire individuals in the United States and abroad, and we take pride in the contributions Caribbean Americans continue to make to the narrative of our Nation's progress. Their achievements are borne of hard work and ambition, and my Administration is committed to creating pathways to prosperity that ensure future generations of Caribbean Americans, along with all Americans, are able to pursue and realize the American dream.

This month, we also recognize the important friendship between the United States and the countries of the Caribbean as we expand our partnership to promote economic development, democratic governance, citizen security, and improved health and education in the region. Additionally, as Haiti continues to recover from last year's devastating earthquake, we remain committed to standing beside the people of Haiti as they rebuild their proud nation, and to working with others in the region to bring lasting prosperity and stability to the country.

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 June 2011 as National Caribbean American Heritage Month. I urge all Americans to commemorate this time when we celebrate the history and culture of Caribbean Americans.

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


African-American Music Appreciation Month

Presidential Proclamation--African-American Music Appreciation Month
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The music of our Nation has always spoken to the condition of our people and reflected the diversity of our Union. African-American musicians, composers, singers, and songwriters have made enormous contributions to our culture by capturing the hardships and aspirations of a community and reminding us of our shared values. During African-American Music Appreciation Month, we honor the rich musical traditions of African-American musicians and their gifts to our country and our world.

From the cadenced hums of spirituals to the melodies of rhythm and blues, African-American music has been used to communicate, to challenge, to praise, and to uplift in times of both despair and triumph. The rhythmic chords embedded in spirituals have long expressed a deep faith in the power of prayer, and brought hope to slaves toiling in fields. The soulfulness of jazz and storytelling in the blues inspired a cultural renaissance, while the potent words of gospel gave strength to a generation that rose above the din of hatred to move our country toward justice and equality for all.

Today, African-American musicians continue to create new musical genres and transform the scope of traditional musical formats. The artistic depth of soul, rock and roll, and hip-hop not only bring together people across our Nation, but also energize and shape the creativity of artists around the world. The contributions of African-American composers and musicians to symphony, opera, choral music, and musical theater continue to reach new audiences and encourage listeners to celebrate fresh interpretations of these and other genres.

In cherished songs passed down through generations and innovative musical fusions crafted today, African-American music continues to transcend time, place, and circumstance to provide a source of pride and inspiration for all who hear its harmonies. This month, we celebrate the legacy of African-American music and its enduring power to bring life to the narrative of our Nation.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim June 2011 as African-American Music Appreciation Month. I call upon public officials, educators, and all the people of the United States to observe this month with appropriate activities and programs that raise awareness and foster appreciation of music which is composed, arranged, or performed by African Americans.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this thirty-first 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.


Today is National Flip A Coin Day

Flipping a coin was started by Julius Caesar who started the practice of flipping a coin to make decisions. His own head was on one side of every Roman coin, so "heads" determined the winner in each flip. People thought "heads" meant that Caesar agreed with the decision. The coin flip was used in serious litigation involving property, marriage and even criminal guilt.

Today, June 1st, 2011, is also National Go Barefoot Day, Pen Pal Day, Say Something Nice Day, Dare Day, Heimlich Maneuver Day, National Running Day, Madaraka Day, Stand for Children Day, International Children's Day, National Tailors Day, and National Hazelnut Cake Day.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

A Storefront church - C. O. G. I. C.

A traditional church brings images of a tall building with a steeple and stained glass windows, but a few local churches have found their homes in commercial buildings nestled in and around downtown Delmar. At the moment a daycare is being converted to a church.

Now a church is not the physical building but the people that make it up so the building should be secondary altho there seems to be some churches in which the building stands for more than the word of Christ.

Frankly storefront churches fill an empty space that would otherwise be vacant. One example is the Church of God In Christ, Old and New Testament located on Pennsylvania Avenue in Delmar. It brings a little life to the downtown area on Sundays in which there is very little going on beyond the Pizza place and the bar.

A number of shops have occupied this store front over the years. When I moved here I think a 5 and 10 cents store occupied the space.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Art In The Park In July

Every Thursday In July the Delmar Historical and Arts Society will present "Art In The Park" - Free Concerts from 6 to 9 - Bring a blanket and picnic supper and enjoy the bands

Day In The Park This Saturday

Delmar Day in the Park is from 10am - 6pm at state Street park this June 4th. plenty of Oyster sandwiches, crabcakes, hotdogs, burgers, frenchfries, cheesesteaks, italian ice, funnel cakes, snow cones, pit beef, pretzels and bagels, bake sale goodies and the Official Drink of the Festival is Coca-Cola! Plus Game Booths - dart toss, bean bag toss, basketball shot, golf putt putt, Giant Dual Slide for ages 5 to Adult, plus our old favorites - Kiddie Train Rides and the Moon Bounce!

50/50 sales again this year go toward the High School Scholarship Fund

In 1976 the Delmar Bi-Cennential Commission held a homecoming and recognition day in State Street park. It was successful beyond their wildest expectations. In 1977 the Delmar Chamber of Commerce decide to replicate the event by having their first "Day In The Park." Chamber President Roy Jones along with the two Delmar Mayors; William Brittingham and Florence McGee spoke at the Day in the Park. Entertainment such as; the Deacon Comedy team, Bushin Kai Karate by Mike Triglia, Cake decorating by Elizabeth Pastula, Magic by William Mieder, exhibition of the Bi-State Twirlers, music by Bill Godfrey and the associates, the Savannah rock group, the Northwind band, and the Epworth Quartet.

The format hasn't changed much in 34 years. It is something Delmar enjoys so there is no reason to change it. Come on out for an enjoyable day.

The White House Proclamation

Prayer for Peace, Memorial Day, 2011

For over two centuries, brave men and women have laid down their lives in defense of our great Nation. These heroes have made the ultimate sacrifice so we may uphold the ideals we all cherish. On this Memorial Day, we honor the generations of Americans who have fought and died to defend our freedom.

Today, all who wear the uniform of the United States carry with them the proud legacies of those who have made our Nation great, from the patriots who fought at Lexington and Concord to the troops who stormed the beaches at Normandy. Ordinary men and women of extraordinary courage have, since our earliest days, answered the call of duty with valor and unwavering devotion. From Gettysburg to Kandahar, America's sons and daughters have served with honor and distinction, securing our liberties and laying a foundation for lasting peace.

On this solemn day in which Americans unite in remembrance of our country's fallen, we also pray for our military personnel and their families, our veterans, and all who have lost loved ones. As a grateful Nation, we forever carry the selfless sacrifice of our fallen heroes in our hearts, and we share the task of caring for those they left behind.

In his second Inaugural Address, in the midst of the Civil War, President Lincoln called on our embattled Nation "to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just, and a lasting peace, among ourselves, and with all nations." On this Memorial Day, and every day, we bear a heavy burden of responsibility to uphold the founding principles so many died defending. I call on all Americans to come together to honor the men and women who gave their lives so that we may live free, and to strive for a just and lasting peace in our world.

In honor of our fallen service members, the Congress, by a joint resolution approved May 11, 1950, as amended (36 U.S.C. 116), has requested the President issue a proclamation calling on the people of the United States to observe each Memorial Day as a day of prayer for permanent peace and designating a period on that day when the people of the United States might unite in prayer. The Congress, by Public Law 106 579, has also designated 3:00 p.m. local time on that day as a time for all Americans to observe, in their own way, the National Moment of Remembrance.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim Memorial Day, May 30, 2011, as a day of prayer for permanent peace, and I designate the hour beginning in each locality at 11:00 a.m. of that day as a time to unite in prayer. I also ask all Americans to observe the National Moment of Remembrance beginning at 3:00 p.m. local time on Memorial Day.

I request the Governors of the United States and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and the appropriate officials of all units of government, to direct that the flag be flown at half staff until noon on this Memorial Day on all buildings, grounds, and naval vessels throughout the United States and in all areas under its jurisdiction and control. I also request the people of the United States to display the flag at half staff from their homes for the customary forenoon period.

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


Sunday, May 29, 2011

Crystal Cathedral's Bankruptcy

For some reason everyone enjoys popular preachers and politicians to fail. Politicians manage to fail about everyday, a recent religious failure is the Crystal Cathedral, formerly known as Garden Grove Community Church, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Oct. 18, 2010 after citing debts of more than $43 million.

Founded by the Rev. Robert H. Schuller in 1955, the church in Garden Grove, Calif., is considered the nation’s first modern megachurch by many church historians. Schuller’s upbeat, optimistic message resonated with people across the country. At the church’s peak in the 1980s, two million viewers tuned in to the program every week, while more than 10,000 worshipers filled the pews. Schuller was ordained as a minister in the Reformed Church in America.

Schuller got his start in Southern California preaching about the “power of positive thinking” from the roof of a concession stand at a drive-in theater as the nation’s car culture began to boom.

In 1980, he opened the Crystal Cathedral, a 2,900-seat see-through church made of 10,664 panes of glass. A $20 million architectural marvel designed by the acclaimed Philip Johnson.

I think most people have watched at one time or another Robert Schuller's “Hour of Power” and his importance of positive thinking. Like many CEO's of businesses (Oral Roberts come to mind) he bought his family into the business and that didn't work out.

In 1950, Schuller married Arvella De Haan, a church organist, who was instrumental in developing the music department at the Crystal Cathedral and produced the Hour of Power for over 40 years. The Schullers had one son, Robert, and four daughters, Sheila, Jeanne, Carol and Gretchen.

Schuller's son, Robert A. Schuller, and eldest daughter Sheila Schuller Coleman also became ministers and both have been senior pastors of Crystal Cathedral.

Schuller's second daughter, Jeanne Dunn, and her husband, Paul Dunn, oversee "The Glory of Christmas" and "The Glory of Easter" productions. Jeanne Dunn has assisted in various editorial contributions to various printed works and for Schuller's books. Her husband co-authored "The Possibility Thinker's Bible" and "Living Debt Free with Schuller."

The third daughter, Carol Schuller Milner, was the writer, director, and producer of "Creation: Once Upon All Time" that debuted in 2005 to an audience of over 70,000. She co-wrote Schuller's autobiography, "My Journey," and has written several other works.

The youngest daughter, Gretchen, is director of programming for the ministry. She makes $70,000 a year. Her husband, James Penner, is the producer of the "Hour of Power" telecast. Her daughter, Neva Klaassen, who books musical guests for the TV show, makes $55,000.

Bankruptcy filings in December 2010 showed that Crystal Cathedral gave a generous payout of nearly $2 million to 23 insiders and Schuller relatives in the 12 months leading up to the Chapter 11 filing. During the same period, the church sold its Ranch Capistrano retreat center and slashed over 150 jobs. The church laid off 250 of its roughly 450 employees, cut salaries and canceled contracts with more than 100 TV stations nationwide.

The real estate group, Greenlaw Partners, is paying $46 million for the property — almost exactly the same as the amount that the Crystal Cathedral owes its creditors. The sale will allow the church to “immediately eliminate” most of its debts, while continuing religious services at its current location and broadcasts of “Hour of Power."

The sale of the 40-acre campus includes an exclusive lease agreement that will allow Crystal Cathedral Ministries to continue to operate at its current location. After four years, the church will also have an option to buy back almost all of the property it is now selling. However, the church will likely lose its Family Life Center, which represented $16 million of the total sale price and can be resold at any time.

If the plan is approved, all creditors will be paid back within 42 months, church officials said in the statement they issued.

Another Caboose Is on Display

Caboose No. 50 out in California has been restored by the Central Sierra Historical Society museum after years of restoration work.

The caboose once pulled up the rear of the San Joaquin & Eastern Railroad and is 28 feet long and 9 feet wide. It is displayed on 60 feet of track. For now, visitors can only enjoy the exterior. In October, the museum plans to open up the inside to people using steps at all four corners. There's a vintage railroad stove and seating inside.

The restoration project cost about $40,000, which was raised through private donations, fundraising events and small grants

About 75% of the original wood suffered dry-rot or was dried out from excessive sun exposure -- and replaced. Framing was completed. All mortise and tenon construction, with iron reinforcing rods on all sides, top to bottom, compress the framing. Couplers were reinstalled in the end sills. The brake hydraulic reservoir and air-tank assembly were hung, and the brake lines run. The roof was nailed down, and the redwood exterior siding put into place. Windows and doors were made and installed. And a kerosene lantern mounted. The exterior was painted box-car red. The interior was painted dark and light green.

VFW Post 8276 Memorial Day

Memorial Day needs a public revival. Far too few Americans genuinely appreciate the sacrifices made on their behalf. From VFW Website

Delmar VFW Post 8276 had a Memorial day observance today at their park

It was nicely done

Once again those who died in the service of their country have been remembered.

If other eyes grow dull, other hands slack, and other hearts cold in the solemn trust, ours shall keep it well as long as the light and warmth of life remain to us.

Let us, then, at the time appointed gather around their sacred remains and garland the passionless mounds above them with the choicest flowers of spring-time; let us raise above them the dear old flag they saved from his honor; let us in this solemn presence renew our pledges to aid and assist those whom they have left among us a sacred charge upon a nation's gratitude, the soldier's and sailor's widow and orphan.