Friday, June 17, 2011

Delmarva Chicken Festival

We stopped by the Delmarva Chicken Festival in Georgetown this afternoon. It sets in a field with no shade so it is hot and dry. Let me say do not follow the signs to the place (Truck Route 9) just cut thru the center of Georgetown on out to the school, it is alot quicker.

Chicken cooking everywhere. Lots of vendors, mostly selling the same stuff as each other.

You have to have funnel cake and this one from Always Smokin is almost as good as the ones Phyllis from the VFW makes.

Instead of the usual chicken we normally get from the big frying pan we went with some chicken kabobs from this place which looks and smells great.

Some Time At The Firing Range

My eldest daughter and I went over and spent a little time at the firing range today.

This is sort of our annual take the guns out and see if they still fire.

Since they are 22's and shotguns it is not very expensive to spend some time firing away.

USS Delaware Drydocked

Today in 1833 - the USS Delaware enters drydock at Gosport Navy Yard in Norfolk, VA, the first warship to enter a public drydock in the United States.

The third USS Delaware (there has been 6) of the United States Navy was a 74-gun ship of the line, named for the state of Delaware.

She was laid down at Norfolk Navy Yard in August 1817 and launched on 21 October 1820. She was roofed over and kept at the yard in ordinary until on 27 March 1827, was she was ordered repaired and fitted for sea.

Delaware put to sea on 10 February 1828 under the command of Captain J. Downs to become the flagship of Commodore W. M. Crane in the Mediterranean. Arriving at Algeciras Bay, Spain on 23 March, she served in the interests of American commerce and diplomacy in that area until returning to Norfolk on 2 January 1830. According to Ned Myers, who shipped on her maiden voyage, " required some little time to get her trim and sailing. She turned out, however, to be a good vessel; sailing fairly, steering well, and proving to be an excellent sea-boat."

Delaware was decommissioned on 10 February, and lay in ordinary at Norfolk until 1833. Recommissioned on 15 July 1833, she received President Andrew Jackson aboard on 29 July, firing a 24-gun salute at both his arrival and departure. The following day she set sail for the Mediterranean where she served as flagship for Commodore D. T. Patterson and cruised on goodwill visits and for the protection of the rights and property of American citizens until her return to Hampton Roads on 16 February 1836. She was placed in ordinary from 10 March 1836 until recommissioned on 7 May 1841 for local operations from Norfolk.

Delaware sailed on 1 November for a tour of duty on the Brazil Station as flagship for Commodore Charles Morris. She patrolled the coasts of Brazil, Uruguay, and Argentina to represent American interests during political unrest in those countries. On 19 February 1843, she sailed from Rio de Janeiro for another cruise in the Mediterranean. Delaware returned to Hampton Roads on 4 March 1844 and was decommissioned at Norfolk Navy Yard on the 22nd. Still in ordinary there in 1861, she was burned on 20 April along with other ships and the yard facilities to prevent their falling into Confederate hands.

In June 1930, a bronze replica of Delaware's figurehead was presented by the Class of 1891 to the United States Naval Academy. This bust, one of the most famous relics on the campus, has been widely identified as that of Native American leader of the Shawnee people, Tecumseh. However, when it adorned the man-of-war, it commemorated not Tecumseh but Tamanend, the revered Delaware chief who welcomed William Penn to America when he arrived in Delaware country on 2 October 1682

The June 2011 Delmar P&Z Commission Meeting

The Delmar Planning and Zoning commission had their monthly meeting last night. Ed Ferro and Joe Dixon were missing.

One event has been occurring in both the P&Z meetings and the Joint Council Meeting and that is the members of the commission tend to gather in the back rooms of town hall before the meeting. It gives a perception to the public that items on the agenda are being discussed before the meeting. To add to this Danny Maszera exit from the back room when commission members were still back there. Now it may have just been the man had to use the rest rooms in the back since he drove down from New Jersey but still you don't know and it leaves things open to imagination.

The public’s business should be available to the public whenever it is possible and the citizenry (regardless how few show up for a meeting) must be permitted to hear and see what public officers and their employees say and do. It is always beneficial to remember that the appearance of a violation is often as damaging as an actual violation.

That said on with a brief summary of last night's meeting.

Lucy Louie of Rainbow Spa requested approval to operate her massage parlour at 609 Bi-State Blvd and for sign approval and the commission gave approval for it.

David E. Davis (t/a Davis Construction, 1218 Johnson Rd., Salisbury, MD) requested approval to built a home in Breckenridge. The Commission approved it and will give a favorable recommendation to the Joint Council on Monday.

Approval was given for a sign for Verizon Wireless, which will be in the Shopping center with Dollar General in it. It should open in July.

Richard Haxton was given sign approval for Furniture and More.

Delmar Dinner was given approval for their sign at their restaurant.

Timothy Ramia requested a zoning change for 5 S. Maryland Avenue. That property is the old B & D Machine & Repair Shop (5 S Maryland Ave Delmar, MD). Mr. Ramia said with the current economic conditions the bank would not loan him money to build a house on the property and he would like to rent the buildings out to a low activity business such as a storage unit in order to generate some cash flow. The commission explained that back in 1975 the property was zoned R1 residential and there was nothing they could suggest. Mr. Ramia said he had built a number of houses in Delmar which increased the tax base. The commission said the only thing he could use the property for was R1 uses.

Danny Maszera (of Maszera Corporation, Toms River N. J.) request another 18 month extension on his development for Pheasant Lake (Maryland side of town). It was granted. A general discussion went on about the feasibility of him putting in the development at the priced homes he had originally proposal. He said he felt at present homes in the $170K and below range was what people were looking for.

The abandoned Building Ordinance (MD) will have it first reading at the joint council.

The meeting was over at 8:15 p.m.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Delmarva Chicken Festival

From the Sussex Countian

GEORGETOWN, DEL. — Event Highlights for the Delmarva Chicken Festival, slated to begin today.

1 For the first time in 25 years, the Delmarva Chicken Festival is on its way back to Georgetown. Hosted by the Greater Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and staged at Delmarva Christian High School, the event is expected to attract 20,000 visitors throughout the coming weekend. Festival grounds are slated to open at 10 a.m. on Friday and the day’s events will conclude at 8 p.m. Saturday, festivities are to begin at 10 a.m.

2 Festivities will include ceremonies featuring local, state and chicken industry dignitaries. At 11 a.m., a home and trade show, an arts and crafts show and several food and beverage vendors will open. Included in the vendors section will be, of course, Delmarva’s renowned giant frying pan.

3 Cooking demonstrations will kickoff Friday at 1 p.m., with Chef Paul Buchness, owner and head chef at Lighthouse Landing in Georgetown, who will showcase his philosophy of using local food sourcing. Following Buchness, at 3 p.m., Chef Carmen Bocerril-Garcia, of Lighthouse Cove in Georgetown, will demonstrate two of her creative chicken preparations. On Saturday, beginning at 11 a.m., Chef Barbara Royal from the Coral Bay Café and Bar in Georgetown will be showing her style of American and West Indian/Caribbean dishes. Free samples of all recipes will be available following each demonstration.

4 Plenty of additional entertainment for patrons of all ages will take place over the two-day festival. Carnival rides and games for kids will be in abundance, and several live bands will be there to perform for the crowd. Included in the list of bands playing are The Funsters, The Hilltop Ramblers, The Delmarva Big Band and more.

5 Attending the festival is free, and parking is available near the site for $1 per car. For additional information, see or or call (800)-878-2449.


As the town manager pointed out to me today, the curbside recycling information was in the newsletter the town put out for Summer. The information is on the town website and in the on-line newsletter.

Below is the information from the newsletter;
The State of Delaware Legislators have enacted legislation which mandates state
wide curbside recycling for Delaware residents. In the last week in June, the service provider will deliver to each Delmar, Delaware household one 95 gallon brown recycle container for your use. The first curbside recycle pickup will take place on
Friday, July 8, 2011 and continue to be picked up every other Friday thereafter.

1) Recyclable containers will be provided at the expense of the Hauler.
2) Recyclables will be collected bi-weekly and no separation of recyclables required.
3) Household recyclables must be separate from household trash.
4) Items to be collected:
a. PAPER (newspaper, phone books, magazines, white office paper, junk mail corrugated cardboard, paperboard/boxboard);

b. CANS (Aluminum and steel)
c. PLASTIC BOTTLES (narrow neck)

Tax Free Flags, Sometimes

With all of the patriotic holidays and specials days that occur in the spring and summer I needed to replaced the flags burnt in the house fire. Over the past month or so I have purchased a couple of flags and banners, mostly from Michaels in Salisbury (using that 40% off coupon). Now in Maryland there is no 6% sales tax on the American Flags, Maryland flags, POW/MIA flags and star-spangled banners. Maryland is one of 14 states that exempt flags from sales tax - as they say there is no tax on patriotism. But as it turns out it is not entirely true because as with many things it is the details that creates the problems. I recently was going thru my receipts for those items and two items I had purchased were Flag banners and there was no sales tax on them. The other two items were two flags, actually it was the flag and the pole and hardware. There was sales tax on those two items. It would seem what I had thought was flag purchases was really a wood pole accessory kit and the flag in the packaging was apparently thrown in free? Anyway due to the way it was labeled it was taxable. Too add insult to injury altho the package had a big sticker saying FLAG 100% MADE IN U.S.A. (which as it turns out I was not buying) in reading the package the Wood Pole Accessory Kit was made in China. So long story short buy in Delaware - it is alot less confusing and you know you aren't going to pay sales tax on anything - even Chinese made items.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Pizza Direct Mail Advertising

There is either a pizza war going on in Delmar since Tony Caruso's opened up or a very energetic direct mail salesman went thru town.

I don't think I have ever gotten any direct mail ads from Delmar Pizza since I have lived here and now I have received something - with coupons.

Well whatever was the reason it is bound to work out for the consumer

They're Here

The Recycle Trash Cans arrived today on the Delaware side of town. Now I think they should have put them up Gov. Markell's ass instead of in my front yard. In typical fashion nothing was left to indicate what should go into them or when they should be put out to be picked up. Another fucked up Government idea at work.

The Crab Coop Is Open

Corner of Rt13 and Rt54 where Golden Rule Homes use to be

DNREC Press Release

Cows to help improve marsh habitat at Brandywine Creek State Park

WILMINGTON (June 15, 2011) – In an effort to restore the Freshwater Marsh Nature Preserve within Brandywine Creek State Park, DNREC’s Division of Parks and Recreation will borrow two cows from a Delaware farm to graze the area and help reduce the number of invasive plants.

The two Belted Galloway cows, from Belted Galloway Cows of Centerville, will be on loan for seven to eight weeks beginning later this month. They will graze a five-acre fenced area in the park’s nature preserve.

“The cows are being used for prescribed grazing, or restoration,” said Rob Line, Environmental Stewardship program manager, with the Division of Parks and Recreation. “The Belted Galloways are an ancient Scottish breed used to eating coarse grasses, which is why they will work so well on a site like this,” Line said.

The project is a partnership among Delaware State Parks, which owns the land, DNREC’s Division of Fish and Wildlife’s Natural Heritage program scientists, who will help monitor vegetation changes at the site, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which provided the $23,500 funding to build the fence.

“This is new for Delaware, but not new for marsh restoration projects throughout the Northeast,” continued Line. “Very often, sheep, goats and other cow breeds are utilized for prescribed grazing.” Historic records show that dairy cows grazed the area during the 1940s.

The cows will suppress invasive plants – especially reed canary grass among others - by eating and crushing them since the weight of the cows breaks up the root mat. The black and white cows weigh approximately 1,200 pounds each. “Their grazing will be beneficial to Delaware’s native plants and animals, including rare species that are currently being compromised by the invasives,” Line said.

The cows will arrive after the fence is completed, expected by the end of June. Plans are for the cows to be used for seven to eight weeks during spring and summer months for the next few years. DNREC will monitor the marsh to determine how much grazing will be needed from year to year.

Judy Nicholson - Delmar Elementary Principal

Wicomico County School District Superintendent John Fredericksen has moved Judy Nicholson from acting principal of Delmar Elementary to Elementary principal of Delmar Elementary .

She has previous experience as an assistant principal at Delmar Elementary, West Salisbury Elementary and Fruitland Intermediate. She was a Title I and classroom teacher at several Wicomico public and private schools. Nicholson has served on the countywide Facilities Task Force and has worked on the implementation of Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports at Delmar. She received a bachelor's degree from Salisbury State University and has a master's degree in public school administration

Separation Day

Today in Delaware is Separation Day. Separation Day has always been enjoyed by married couples breaking up but in Delaware on June 15th, 1776, the Delaware General Assembly passed a resolution stating that Delaware, now fighting in the American Revolution, was declaring its independence from Great Britain and Pennsylvania with whom it had shared a Royal Governor. Less than three weeks later, Caesar Rodney, the Speaker of the Assembly, rode 80 miles in one night to arrive in Philadelphia by July 2nd. There, he voted for independence from England and signed the Declaration of Independence.

This event is recorded on the "Great Seal of the State of Delaware" by way of the date "1776". The dates 1704, 1776 and 1787 stands for; The Lower Counties on the Delaware established their own General Assembly in 1704; Separation Day, June 15, 1776, was the day the colonial General Assembly declared Delaware an independent state; Delaware Day, December 7, 1787, was the day Delaware ratified the United States Constitution, being the first state to do so

So lets hear it for Separation Day - Yippee!!!!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011


June 1966 from The State Register


A twin-engine rented airplane en route to Norfolk ran out of gas Friday just across the Delaware State Line and made an unexpected emergency landing one half mile north of the Maryland State Police barracks on Route 13.

The pilot, who attempted to land in the south-bound lane of the dual highway, had to veer across the median strip to avoid a south bound automobile. The plane’s landing gear was damaged by the forced landing.

Maryland State police said the plane was piloted by Joseph B. Coray, 48, of Somerset Mass., and had been leased from the Apex Leasing Company of Somerset. The pilot was en route from Falls River, Mass., to Norfolk when he was forced to make his emergency landing. Only one automobile was in the vicinity of the landing when it occurred, according to state police.

A tow truck assisted by a group of men guiding the aircraft, pulled the plane north to the State Line Airport. State police directed traffic during the hour long operation.

The landing is currently being investigated by the Federal Aviation agency. No charges have been filed against the pilot by the Maryland State police.

$50K for running your mouth

MeriTalk, a public-private partnership, has launched a new innovation contest that is looking for the best ideas on how to use IT to improve the U.S. government.

The contest, called the Merit Awards, is structured in eight categories – citizen engagement, defense, emergency response, entitlement reform, workforce management and motivation, back office operations, results achievement, and waste. MeriTalk’s panel of judges will recognize a winning entry in each category, with the best overall idea earning the $50,000 award.

The entry process runs today through August 1, and the winning entries will be announced on August 23rd at the Innovation Nation Forum in Washington, D.C. For more information, please visit Meritawards.

So there is your chance, run your mouth about how to improve the government information systems and pick up $50,000 for walk around money.

Bankruptcy Documents

This website at Delaware Claims Agency will show some of the 200 plus documents issued by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for District of Maryland for some of the corporations (Acorn Land, LLC, Breezewood Homes, LLC, First Development Group, LLC, MD Homes, LLC, NC Homes, LLC, Tidewater Land, LLC, FPD, LLC) for Bankruptcy Case Number: 10-30424 (PM) Chapter: 11. This would include some items related to Woodcreek.

The Daily Republic and Lori Dewald

Picked up from The Daily Republic serving SOUTH DAKOTA

Freeman native Lori Dewald has not forgotten her roots.

On Tuesday, at the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Annual Meeting & Clinical Symposia in New Orleans, Dewald will be awarded this year’s NATA’s Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award.

Even though Dewald lives in Delmar, Md., she said the award goes back to her days in South Dakota.

“As I reflected on it, it’s really an award for the people in South Dakota who believed in me,” said Dewald in a phone interview with The Daily Republic. “I may be receiving an award in 2011, but it goes back to South Dakota.”

Dewald, 51, was born and raised in Freeman and is the daughter of Arden and Marilyn Dewald.

Dewald said she always had a love for sports.

“Ruth Rehn started sports for girls in the 1970s when it wasn’t socially acceptable, and I thankthose that supported me as a kid growing up and supporting my love of sports and learning,” she said. “Having been a high school athlete, I went to college and discovered athletic training.”

Dewald attended South Dakota State University. She said everyone at SDSU helped her further her education as an athletic trainer.

“It was my professors at SDSU that believed in me,” she said. “I want to thank the athletes at SDSU, who let us tape their ankles and evaluate their injuries when they we were just students there.

“It also goes back to my friends in the dorms who let me practice on them, whether it was bandaging, taping or practicing an evaluation. That’s where it started.”

Dewald received her undergraduate degree in athletic training and physical education from SDSU, and later received an undergraduate degree in teacher education from Minnesota State University-Mankato.

She later earned her masters and doctorate in health education at the University of Tennessee.

Dewald was the first person in the country to achieve credentials for both the Certified Athletic Trainer and Certified Health Education Specialist, which she achieved in 1994.

“That’s what made me unique,” she said.

Dewald taught both athletic training and health education at the undergraduate level from 1990 to 2006 before focusing on teaching just health education at the graduate level in 2006.

Today, Dewald teaches online in the doctoral program in heath education for A.T. Still University in Mesa, Ariz.

Dewald has been an athletic trainer in all three NCAA divisions and has done volunteer work for the Senior Olympics, the Junior Olympics and the Special Olympics.

Dewald said her most rewarding work is the volunteer work she has done.

“I enjoy the (volunteer) work because it allows me to give back for everything the world has given to me,” she said. “I enjoyed working with the Senior Olympics and the Special Olympics because I had just wonderful experience at the national games for both of those groups.”

Parth Gadani

The Center for Internet Security, through the U.S. Cyber Challenge (USCC) initiative, announced the winners of the Cyber Foundations competition, a national online contest designed to test the computer networking skills of high school students while introducing them to the growing field of information technology. The top scoring students in each school and state earned awards for their achievements.

The 2011 Delaware winners are:

Kevin Schiavi, Salesianum School

Yura Kim, Cab CallowaySchool of the Arts

Jacob Davis, Charter School of Wilmington

Kevin placed 7th, Yura 14th, and Jacob 16th out of 1,000 students who competed nationwide.

Other Delaware schools’ top scoring champions are: Gina Picciano, Padua Academy; Austin Ryan, Concord High School; Parth Gadani, Delmar Senior High School; Brianna Navarro, Red Lion Christian Academy; Benjamin Keeper, St. Mark's High School; and Rubal Bagga, William Penn High School.

The Cyber Foundations competition was conducted throughout March and April and featured a series of timed quizzes to test aptitude in the three most important foundational skills of effective cyber security: networking, operating systems, and system administration. Students were provided with tutorials and training materials to review in each of the three subject areas and then participated in a series of increasingly challenging quizzes focused on those foundational skills.

Delaware’s Chief Information Officer Jim Sills, III said, “Delaware students performed exceptionally well in this competition, placing three students in the top 16 in the nation. We are excited and proud that so many young Delawareans are attracted to the ’hot’ and growing field of cyber security.”

High school students can register for the next round of competition to be held in October-November 2011. Early registration is open at

The Red, White and Blue: Flag Day - 2011

In the United States, Flag Day is celebrated on June 14. It commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States, which happened that day by resolution of the Second Continental Congress in 1777.

So let's hear it for the flag Hip hip hooray! Hip hip hooray!! Hip hip hooray!!!

June 13, 2011 Presidential Proclamation--Flag Day and National Flag Week

On June 14, 1777, the Second Constitutional Congress adopted a flag with thirteen stripes and thirteen stars to represent our Nation, one star for each of our founding colonies. The stars were set upon a blue field, in the words of the Congress's resolution, "representing a new constellation" in the night sky. What was then a fledgling democracy has flourished and expanded, as we constantly strive toward a more perfect Union.

Through the successes and struggles we have faced, the American flag has been ever present. It has flown on our ships and military bases around the world as we continue to defend liberty and democracy abroad. It has been raised in yards and on porches across America on days of celebration, and as a sign of our shared heritage. And it is lowered on days of remembrance to honor fallen service members and public servants; or when tragedy strikes and we join together in mourning. Our flag is the mark of one country, one people, uniting under one banner.

When the American flag soars, so too does our Nation and the ideals it stands for. We remain committed to defending the liberties and freedoms it represents, and we give special thanks to the members of the Armed Forces who wear our flag proudly. On Flag Day, and during National Flag Week, we celebrate the powerful beacon of hope that our flag has become for us all, and for people around the world.

To commemorate the adoption of our flag, the Congress, by joint resolution approved August 3, 1949, as amended (63 Stat. 492), designated June 14 of each year as "Flag Day" and requested that the President issue an annual proclamation calling for its observance and for the display of the flag of the United States on all Federal Government buildings. The Congress also requested, by joint resolution approved June 9, 1966, as amended (80 Stat. 194), that the President annually issue a proclamation designating the week in which June 14 occurs as "National Flag Week" and call upon citizens of the United States to display the flag during that week.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim June 14, 2011, as Flag Day and the week beginning June 12, 2011, as National Flag Week. I direct the appropriate officials to display the flag on all Federal Government buildings during that week, and I urge

all Americans to observe Flag Day and National Flag Week by displaying the flag. I also call upon the people of the United States to observe with pride and all due ceremony those days from Flag Day through Independence Day, also set aside by the Congress (89 Stat. 211), as a time to honor America, to celebrate our heritage in public gatherings and activities, and to publicly recite the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America.

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


Monday, June 13, 2011

Delmar Nonprofit groups lose tax exemption

As you may be aware more than 850 Delaware Organizations lost their Federal Tax-exempt status with IRS. Nationwide more than 275,000 lost their tax-exempt status because they have not filed as legally required for the past three years.

In Delmar Delaware only three organziations were affected by this. They are;


In Delmar Maryland:

Plant No Grass On My Grave

I was out to a graveyard yesterday and saw this grave site with it's lack of grass covering it. This practice use to be more common years ago but there are a few graves still left like this. The site is usually covered in white sand or gravel, edged, and some descendant of the family pluck weeds and grass out of the gravel or spread weed killer. In a more modern world members of the families do not stay in the area where they were born so there is no one around to do the maintenance on such a grave site. I remember someone I worked with telling me his mother asked that no grass be planted on her grave so each week he would go out and pull grass and weeds from it. Since he is dead now I don't know who does it. Let's face it this is only going to done for about two generations after the last person known to your memory is buried there.

Now there are also ghost stories concerning graves such as this, but I think the real reason is, it is just a decoration, much like the way people use to have a swept yard (no grass, just sand and it would also be weeded and raked or actually swept with a broom) around their house. This practice may have also cropped up from the family avoiding the maintenance fee on the grave site. Most cemeteries now have perpetual maintenance included in the price of the plot but in an earlier time it was yearly charge.

I understand in other parts of USA they are going to artificial grass to avoid cutting grass.

Delmar Planning and Zoning Meeting Thursday

The Delmar Planning and Zoning meeting will meet Thursday night at 7 p.m. at Town Hall.

Among the items on the agenda are;

Lucy Louie - Rainbow Spa
Timothy Ramia - Zoning change 5 S. Maryland Ave.
The Myer Group LLC - Sign approval
David Davis - New home Breckenridge
Richard Haxton - Sign approval Furniture and more