Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Modern Beauty Shop - 1930

Sussex County solicits public suggestions on County Council redistricting

Georgetown, Del., June 28, 2011: Sussex County government is taking the first steps in its 2011 redistricting effort for the county’s five elected County Council seats, and leaders are inviting the public to offer ideas on how those districts should be shaped for the decade ahead.

County officials on Tuesday, June 28, 2011, outlined the County Council redistricting process that must be completed by November. County Attorney J. Everett Moore Jr. will head the effort, preparing a plan and proposed district maps for Council consideration at a public hearing to be scheduled later this summer or early this fall.

Sussex County’s five-member County Council is the legislative body of County government, with members elected from individual districts. Each member serves a four-year term.

As part of the redistricting effort, County government is inviting the public to offer suggestions on how new Council districts should be drawn. The public can submit ideas by email to, or by standard mail. Letters should be addressed to the Clerk of the Sussex County Council, PO Box 589, Georgetown, DE 19947.

Written and email correspondence will be accepted through 4:30 p.m. July 19.
By law, the County must adjust its Council districts – a process known as redistricting – following each decennial census to equally distribute the population among the five County Council districts. Based on the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2010 population results for Delaware, Sussex County’s population increased nearly 26 percent between 2000 and 2010, from 156,638 residents to 197,145 residents.

Given those figures, each of the newly drawn Council districts would encompass an average of 39,429 residents. Each district must be within 5 percent of that average, containing no fewer than 37,458 residents and no more than 41,401 residents.
County officials have received the 2010 Census data as well as redistricting maps for the Delaware House of Representatives, which Council district boundaries must follow. New County Council district maps will be drawn in accordance with all federal and State requirements, officials said.

Once the redistricting proposal is complete, copies of the draft plan and the proposed district maps will be available for public inspection on the County’s website at The proposal also will be subject to a public hearing later this summer or early this fall. Notice of that meeting will be advertised in advance.

A map of the County’s current Council districts can be downloaded from the following link:

County Council President Michael H. Vincent said he is hopeful the public will take part in an important process that only comes along once every 10 years.

“This is a fundamental part of our democracy. It’s about who represents you, your neighbors and your community,” Mr. Vincent said. “And it’s about who will represent you for the decade to come, so I urge Sussex County residents to get involved in the process.”

Parkside High School Class of 1981 Reunion

Parkside High School Class of 1981 Reunion Tickets are Now On Sale!

Reunion Events:
Friday, July 22nd - Reunion weekend kickoff at The Fountains, Lagoon Bar and Grill, 1800 Sweetbay Drive, Salisbury, Maryland.
Saturday, July 23rd –
Informal breakfast at Sonic, located on Route 13 South, Fruitland, Maryland.
Parkside High School Tour.
Reunion dinner and dance to be held at Chef Fred's Chesapeake Steakhouse (formerly Webster's) located at 1801 N. Salisbury Boulevard, Salisbury, Maryland.
Sunday, July 24th - Reunion picnic to be held at Winterplace Park, Ocean City Road, Salisbury, Maryland.

The price for the dinner/dance and the Sunday picnic is $55 per person. If you would like to bring a child with you on Sunday, the cost will be $6.00 for children under the age of 12 and $12 for those children 12 and older.

Tickets are on sale now and through July 1, 2011. Refunds will not be given after July 1. No tickets will be sold at the events.

For more information and to register and order tickets, go to

Maryland State Money Mixing With Religion

Abstracted from the Germantown Maryland Patch Newspaper.

Last week, Maryland's Board of Public Works approved a $7.95 million, 90-year lease to Holy Cross Health to build a 93-bed hospital on Montgomery College's Germantown campus, which will provide a range of health services to Montgomery county residents.

The problem, opponents say, is that Holy Cross is a Catholic hospital, governed by ethical and religious directives. Of special concern are reproductive health procedures and end-of-life care.

The root of the opposition to the hospital is that Holy Cross will not provide a full range of services. Because Holy Cross will be the first hospital licensed in Montgomery County in more than 30 years, critics say that it sets a bad precedent for the requirements of future hospitals in the county.

Holy Cross spokeswoman Yolanda Gaskins said hospitals are not required by law to provide all services listed by the American Hospital Association, and that Holy Cross provides 70 percent of all services.

"No hospital provides all services, and in fact, none of the hospitals in Montgomery County provide more than 70 percent of services listed by the American Hospital Association," said Kevin Sexton, CEO of Holy Cross, during testimony before the Board of Public Works.

One concern of opponents is the availability of emergency contraceptives to rape victims.

Police will not take rape victims to Holy Cross, said Linda Mahoney, president of Maryland NOW, "because they won't follow up a rape kit with emergency contraceptives."

Gaskins said this claim is false. "We will provide emergency contraception," Gaskins said.

Another claim of opponents is that Holy Cross will not provide tubal ligation to women who have given birth in the hospital.

A woman who has given birth will be sent elsewhere to receive the procedure, also known as having one's tubes tied, said Marissa Valeri, senior associate for domestic programs at Catholics for Choice. "It's not the best thing for the patient" to have to undergo a separate procedure, Valeri said. "Not all women know the number of services that won't be provided to them at Holy Cross."

Catholic hospitals do not perform tubal ligation, Gaskins said.

Opponents also say that Holy Cross will not provide a full range of end-of-life counseling and services.

Holy Cross has been a leader, said Gaskins, in providing palliative care to terminally ill patients.

Another controversial service is condom counseling for HIV/AIDS patients. Opponents say that Holy Cross will not provide counseling because the Catholic Church considers condoms a contraceptive rather than a preventative health care measure.

Because this type of counseling usually takes places in private doctors' offices outside the authority of the hospital, Gaskins said Holy Cross would have no control over what is discussed between a doctor and patient in those settings.

"Catholic healthcare providers have a role to play," Valeri said. "But they have to provide all the services a community needs. A majority of Catholics in the area want those services provided in community hospitals."

There is no clear process, said Beth Corbin of Americans United for Church and State, for addressing these problems. "The best option at this point would be to approve the other plan [by Adventist Healthcare to build a hospital in Clarksburg] or change the lease to guarantee that they will provide these services," either in the form of separate clinics or through referrals.

Now that the lease has been approved by the state, Montgomery County will have to approve the plans for the hospital, a process that will likely take the Montgomery County Planning Board several months. The earliest likely date for approval is September or October, planning board spokeswoman Valerie Berton said. Once approved, Holy Cross plans to begin construction as soon as possible, planning to open the hospital in 2014.

Delmar Maryland Streets

I was driving on the Maryland side of town today - always an adventure - I almost missed this stop sign because of the foliage growing around it.

Bath Fitter Delmarva Bath Building

I rode by the old Cheese factory today and was impressed with what they have done to the south building. Compared to what it looked like before - It looks good. Bath Fitter Delmarva Bath is suppose to move into it, maybe they already have.

The Abandoned Building Ordinance For Delmar

I took a glance at the "Abandoned Building Ordinance For Delmar" today. The Ordinance has had a first reading so I assume both sides of town will approve it at the next joint council meeting.

It really only requires the owner of abandoned building to register them the town and pay a fee to register them.

The building is considered vacant if no one actually conducts a business or resides in any part of the building and it has been that way for 90 days.

The building has to be secured

and a certificate of occupancy has to be issued by the town for the building to be used again.

So all and all this doesn't get rid of abandoned buildings like the LeCates Building it just ensures the town receives a tax (fee) and the building is secure, otherwise the eye blight continues.

Paper Jobs or Real Jobs?

In Today's paper was an article about Hawker Beechcraft Service planning to open a regional aircraft maintenance facility at New Castle Airport. The state will give them $750,000. In turn there is a vague promise of 100 people having jobs over five year($7,500 per job.

Bloom Energy is suppose to build a fuel cell factory in Newark. The state gives them $16,000,000. They promise 900 jobs at some future time)($17,777 per job).

Fisker Automotive is promising 120 jobs by the end of the year and 2,000 more some time even farther out in time if ever. The state will do for them a $9,000,000 grant and a $12,500,000 convertible loan. they promise 1,495 direct full-time employees and an additional 1,000 indirect employees or about a purchase price for the State (That us folks) of $8,617 per employee. There is a claw back provision of $5,000 per employee if it falls short of its employment commitment. The claw back sounds better for them as they can still make a profit of $3,617 per job, without going thru the mess of hiring anyone.

All well and good but we need jobs now - jobs in the future are good - but you can starve to death waiting for them to appear - if they ever appear. As usual most of the money is going to Northern Delaware.

Wild Turkey Volunteers Wanted

DNREC seeking volunteer birdwatchers to report sightings of wild turkeys for 2011 survey

DOVER (June 28, 2011) – The DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife is looking for volunteer birdwatchers to assist the Division with its 2nd annual productivity survey on the location and number of wild turkeys in Delaware. This data will help biologists track the health, distribution and reproductive success of the state’s wild turkeys with the goal of ensuring a sustainable harvest of this treasured game species.

“Today, Delaware has a thriving wild turkey population that allows for an annual turkey hunting season, but this was not always the case. The reintroduction of the wild turkey back into Delaware, nearly 200 years after it became locally extinct, remains one of the Division’s greatest success stories,” said Wildlife Biologist Matthew DiBona.

Beginning in early 1984, with support from the National Wild Turkey Federation, Division biologists released 34 wild-trapped turkeys from Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Vermont into Sussex and Kent counties. Reintroductions continued through the 1990s, and once the population had established a foothold in Delaware, a hunting season was started. Today, the Division has a healthy statewide population estimated at 4,000 birds.

To help ensure the continued success of wild turkeys in Delaware, the Division needs information on their distribution and annual reproductive success. One simple and cost-effective method is to have volunteers record and report sightings of turkeys during their day-to-day activities. The 2011 survey period will begin on Friday, July 1 and continue through Wednesday, Aug. 31. Upon sighting turkeys, participants are asked to record the date, county and number of adult hens, gobblers and poults (young of the year) they observe. Participants are asked to submit their results to the Division by Saturday, Sept. 10, 2011.

Last year, 27 participants submitted a total of 77 observations that provided valuable insight on turkey production last season. Reports indicated that reproductive success was “fair to good” last year in the southern part of the state. No observations were received from the area north of the C&D Canal.

“This season, the Division hopes to increase participation and generate more observations from every corner of the state,” said DiBona. “We’d especially like to get some observations from northern New Castle County so the whole statewide turkey population will be represented.”

A summary of last year’s survey results, as well as a new data sheet and set of instructions is available for volunteers to download by visiting . Note: Data can now be entered electronically on the form and emailed to the Division.

For more information, please contact Wildlife Biologist Matthew DiBona at 302-735-3600

While DNREC volunteers wander around tick-infested woods in 100 degree temperatures looking for birds that want to be left alone, we can sit back and enjoy a cocktail or two. So here is Howard salute to the Wild Turkeys and the Fourth Of July

Wild Fourth Of July
•1 oz apple jack (or Calvados)
•1 oz Wild Turkey bourbon
•splashes of fresh lime juice (or Rose's)
•cranberry juice
Fill a highball glass with cranberry juice and add ingredients. Add ice and stir. Garnish with mint.

This cocktail has many flavors to it, apple, lime and cranberry. It's not exactly a complex drink, it's more like putting Fourth of July in a blender and adding Wild Turkey. While it won't replace Fourth Of July ice cold beer it gets the job done, though, and if you're the one grilling and cooking you should drink a few of these at the end of the day or the beginning of the day.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Art In The Park in July

The Delmar Historical and Arts Society will present free music in the State Street Park on each Thursday night in July. The first group that will play will be;

13 South is set to play 6:00 - 7:30 pm on Thursday 7/7.

Bring a folding chair and come on out

Brewington's Garage - 1930

Diamond Dreams Goes On The Auction Block

I see in the legal notices Diamond Dreams over on Foskey Lane, Delmar, Maryland will be auctioned off on July 14th at 11:00 A.M. at the Circuit Court For Wicomico County, Salisbury MD. The Property will be sold "As Is".

So what will it become; a church? A mattress Store? a furniture Store? an under 21 night club? Maybe another Delmar Public Safety building? Maybe Delmar Maryland will get that Casino they want so bad.

Pill Parents At The Delmar Daily

Over at the Delmar Daily a post is made about Local Pill Parents

Monday, June 27, 2011

The Northern Delaware Lynching of 1903

The only lynching to occur in Delaware happened in Wilmington in 1903. Normally when you think of lynching you think of hanging but the definition of the word is an illegal execution carried out by a mob, often by hanging, but also by burning at the stake or shooting. The term lynching probably derived from the name Charles Lynch (1736-96), a justice of the peace who administered rough justice in Virginia. But none of those fine nuances probably went thru George F. White’s head the night he was roped and bounded and thrown into a fire to burn to death.

Seventeen-year-old Helen S. Bishop (a white woman) was robbed, raped, and had her throat cut by someone. Helen Bishop was the daughter of Rev. Dr. Elwell and Clara Bishop. On June 15th, 1903 the police arrested George F. White an ex-convict and a Black man for the assault. On June 16th Helen Bishop died of her injuries, the coroner’s return of a death report put the cause of death as “ Shock Caused By Maltreatment.” George White was moved to the newly built workhouse in Price Corners. The public was inflamed over the girl death and demanded an immediate trial for George White.

The Sunday, June 21st, Sermon of the Reverend Robert A. Elwood (Wilmington Olivet Presbyterian Church) was a fiery one in which he showed blood-stained leaves from the site of Helen Bishop’s assault. He called for swift justice. Ellwood had came to Wilmington in 1899 and assumed the pastorate of the Olivet Presbyterian Church. He was known for his sensational methods in delivering sermons etc. at one time he was involved in charges of doing violence to church law but was acquitted on trial by the New Castle Presbytery.

Ellwood would say afterwards; “I am very sorry it happened as it did. I believe the man should have had a legal trial, but I also believe that he should have had a speedy trial. The lesson we can learn from last night’s outbreak is that people are tired of the delays of the law.”

On June 22nd at 10pm there was an attack by several thousand people on the New Castle County workhouse. This was at a time when Wilmington had about 11,000 people of which 70% was white. The police knew it was coming and reinforced the workhouse staff. They attempted to repel the attackers with water hoses and shooting over their heads. In the mob was 15 year old Peter Smith. He was hit in the back with a bullet and died on June 24th from the wound. He was the son of Michael and Fannie Smith.

The mob broke into the workhouse and took George White from his cell. They tied him up and took him back to the scene where Helen Bishop was killed. He gave a confession that he cut the throat of Helen Bishop. He was tied to a stake and a fire was started. He broke loose at least once when the fire had burnt the ropes on his legs and he was caught, beat, and thrown back in the fire. It was over with by 2 AM. The fire could be seen from the porch of Helen Bishop’s parents.

The next day thousands of people visited the scene of the lynching. Some sifted thru the ashes for relics ranging from bones to a foot to pieces of burnt wood. The coroner visited the scene and picked up the largest parts which was a small portion of the trunk and a couple of charred bones.

Most people involved started the excuse process the day after the lynching; Judges said they couldn’t have done a speedy trial. The Police said they couldn’t stop several thousand people from breaking into the work house. Everyone said the leaders of the Lynching were from out of state, not us. In general, Delaware said it was an unfortunate circumstance.

The mother of Helen Bishop, Clara, would die due to the shock of the event within the next couple of years.

Anonymous Posters

I decided this morning to no longer allow anonymous posts on my blog. I think if you want to post a comment on my blog you should bear the responsibly of your words. Now I know a register ID name is about like the CB handles of yesteryear but it at least shows a little responsibility and I am sure the anonymous posters were mostly democrats, but it is time for even them to accept some responsibility. The main group of people this will harm will be the infrequent reader who just had some brief comment or a one time comment that would add to my post, but the actions of many work to the disadvantage of the few.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Local Bankruptcy

The Wilmington News Journal usually post bankruptcies and I see where Kedesha R. Briddell, Bi State Boulevard, Delmar, filed a Chapter 7 petition with U.S. Bankruptcy Court to provide for a court-appointed trustee to liquidate all assets except those protected by law. She claims assets of $833, and liabilities $18,299.

Now the few times I have posted bankruptcy data I have received a lot of opinions that I should not do so. However I view claiming bankruptcy the same as stealing. People trusted you and gave you an opportunity to show you were financially responsible - they did you a favor - you screwed them. The government has allowed people once again not to have to accept financial responsibility for their actions and in turn place this burden on everyone by higher interest rates, higher prices and by small businesses going out of business. Frankly people who claim bankruptcy should do time.

This Ad was put in the Fourth of July 1930 State register telling people to pay their bills and be a respectable citizen.

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Line United Methodist Church Family Grave Plot Boundary Markings

Last week I was out to Line United Methodist Church out by Whitesville Delaware. I have written before about line Church. it has a number of unique things about it and the related cemetery, besides being old. For one Rt54/RT419 that normally straddles the states line dips into Maryland in order to avoid cutting thru the cemetery.

It also has a geodetic survey marker in the yard.

and Mile marker 20 for the Transpeninsular Line sits in the church yard.

But the main reason I find Line United Methodist Church cemetery interesting is the wide range of Family Grave Plot Boundary Markings and lack of trees in the cemetery. In older graveyards family plots delineate the boundary of the plot with a wall or fence. Whereas if they exist at all, in todays cemeteries they are usually an iron fence or pipe outlining the boundary. Even that has mostly been removed in the interest of low cost maintenance by the cemetery caretakers.

At Line Church graveyard there is a wide range of walls, iron fences, ground covered in stone or concrete or left bare, some with a degree of home crafting.

For an older graveyard I think there is a high amount of flowers and decoration put on the graves.

As you recall I did a post a short while back on graves that lack grass covering and Line Church has perhaps the most examples of this in our local graveyards.

"Killed, none; wounded, none; fooled, everybody" - the Utah War 1857 to 1858

June 26, 1858 The United States army entered Salt Lake City in order to restore peace and install Alfred Cumming (a non-Mormon) as governor.

Now I have always viewed the Utah war or Mormon war to be a microcosm of the pending American Civil War. Like the American Civil war the history of it is highly biased, depending on which side wrote the history. The Mormons have been very busy getting their side of the story out on the internet and for a "war" that most of us in the East today have never heard there is a lot of information. The war was generally over state rights and the phrase "secession from the union" was thrown around alot. Unlike the civil war both sides were not interested in being the first to draw blood and for the Military side of the war it was a bloodless war resulting in a correspondent of the New York Herald to write back; 'Killed, none; wounded, none; fooled, everybody,'

A Morman Politically Correct version of this story is at HistoryNet

A short summary of this incident of 1857-58 known as the Utah Expedition, the Utah War, the Mormon War, or Buchanan's Blunder War goes like this;

On July 24, 1847 Mormon Pioneers found Salt Lake City as the first city of the State of Deseret. Three years later the Utah territory was created and Brigham Young was appointed governor. Federal appointees were assigned to Utah and they had constant problems with the Mormons. They sent words back East about Mormon polygamy and theocratic tendencies and how they were even more peculiar and un-American then the Catholics. On March 4, 1857 James Buchanan takes office as President of the United States. He decides to replace Brigham Young as governor with Alfred Cumming and he sends in the Military. The Mormons panic and prepare for war which escalates the Military position. Heber C. Kimball, Morman, refers to 2,500 approaching troops by saying he had "wives enough to whip out the United States". The Mormons conduct guerrilla-style attacks on the Military. March 23, 1858, Brigham Young implements a scorched earth policy. All faithful are ordered to move south to Provo and to prepare their homes in Salt Lake City for burning. On June 26, 1858 Johnston's army marched through a deserted Salt Lake City and then went on to build Camp Floyd forty miles to the southwest, the Utah War was over. President James Buchanan proclaims a free pardon for the seditions and treasons heretofore committed by the Mormons.

An incident that is usually glossed over on Mormons websites is the Mountain Meadows Massacre. On September 11, 1857, more than 120 California-bound settlers from Arkansas and other states, including unarmed men, women and children, were killed in remote southwestern Utah by a group of local Mormon militiamen. They first claimed that the migrants were killed by Native Americans. The Mormon militia did not kill some small children who were deemed too young to relate the story. These children were taken by local Mormon families. Seventeen of the children were later reclaimed by the U.S. Army and returned to relatives in Arkansas. One version of the trial of John D. Lee, a participant, (the Trials were from 1875-76) involved in the massacre is here