Saturday, July 23, 2011

Woodsboro Historical Society seeks to turn old train station into museum


A train station off of Creagerstown Road in Woodsboro, (MD) which has not functioned in nearly 50 years, may soon be converted into a museum for the Woodsboro Historical Society.

Jay Wolfe, president of the society, said members of the organization have been renovating the 128-year-old building since they purchased it from the Maryland Transit Authority in 1997.

After a fundraising effort, during which the group hopes to raise between $15,000 and $20,000, Wolfe said the building will be populated with town artifacts, photographs and land records.

"It will principally serve as the historical society's museum," Wolfe said. He hopes the fundraising campaign, which has so far included sending mailers to residents of the 21798 ZIP code, will be the final push that will see the building through to completion. That's why it carries the slogan "Driving The Last Spike."

"We're trying to impress upon people that we're close [to making this a reality]," he said. "It has been a long time coming."

Renovations will include the installation of heating and air

From the The Frederick News-Post

The Woodsboro Historical Society is seeking the public's help in completing its restoration of the town's historic train station.
The society is in the midst of a fundraising campaign, titled "Driving the Last Spike," and members hope to raise between $15,000 and $20,000, President Jay Wolfe said. He said the campaign will continue until the money is raised.

The society purchased the station -- built in 1883 and closed in 1963 -- from the Maryland Transit Authority in 1997, and the restoration has been ongoing since 1999.

The project is in its final stages, Wolfe said, with the installation of a heating and air conditioning system and custom-milled lumber in the interior left to be done. The station will be opened to the public as a museum containing items from Woodsboro's history, as well as used for the historical society's meetings and other public events.

Wolfe said every effort is being made to restore the station to its original look, as well to the standards of the Maryland Historical Trust, which holds a lien on the property.

"We're trying to get it as close as possible, within reason," he said.

The station was used for both passengers and freight until 1948, when passenger service was halted.

During the early part of the 20th century, the Woodsboro area was home to a thriving goldfish industry, and fish from area ponds were loaded up at the station for distribution all over the country, Wolfe said.

There are three levels of sponsorship for both business and individual donors, and sponsors will be recognized on a plaque that will be erected at the completed station.

Wolfe said the fundraising efforts received a major boost when Woodsboro Historical Society Vice President J. Robbins offered to match all individual contributions.

"We thought that was extraordinarily generous," Wolfe said. "That's a tremendous plus for us, of course."

Wolfe said only a few donations have come in so far, but that the society plans on getting the word out through mailers to be sent out to everyone in the zip code this week or next.

"It's started off rather slowly so far, but we're just rolling the thing out right now," Wolfe said.

Contributions can be sent to the Woodsboro Historical Society at P.O. Box 42, Woodsboro, MD 21798. Those interested in contributing can also call 301-845-6607.

Delmar Economy Store Ad - 1946

Delmar Standpipe - 1921

The Standpipe (elevated Water Storage tank) was built in 1913. It was 12’ by 115’ and held 100,000 gallons of water. It was removed about the year 2000. To the left of it is the pump house that today is used as a public works office.

The system in 1923 had a 100,000 gallon storage tank (standpipe) that was 12’ by 115’, a 20’ by 40’ pump house, four wells, two Deming Triplex pumps, 44 fire hydrants and five miles of pipe. It was know as the Delmar Water Works. There were smaller water systems in Delmar prior to this one but they served very localized areas and not the entire town. The standpipe served the town from 1913 until about 2000. As with any water tower it was a landmark and reference point for the town. The water mains serves both sides of town. Each town at that time was approximately one half square mile in size.

Dog Sitting

My brother and sister-in-law are away camping and left their dogs with us to watch. Being old dogs they mainly sleep all the time and we keep them inside in the air conditioning. The temperatures continue to be oppressive and old people and pets should stay cool and indoors when possible. If the pets are outside they require shade and cool water. Remember walking dogs on grass is best since asphalt can become very hot and can burn a dog’s paws, just try walking barefooted on it yourself.

Carey's Camp To open July 27th

Carey's Camp 7/27- 8/7 Millsboro, DE, 302-934-7357
Dixie Melody Boys, Reminders, All For Him, Anchormen,
Simply JK, Many Great Preachers & Singers!

Henry David Thoreau jailed - 1846

On this day (July 23rd) in 1846, Henry David Thoreau was jailed for not paying his poll tax. Thoreau was almost exactly half-way through his Walden stay, and had come to Concord to pick up a shoe at the cobblers; this came to the attention of Sam Staples, tax collector and warden of the county jail, who was under orders from the town fathers to confront and, if necessary, confine this most contrary of its sons. Thoreau was willing to pay his highway taxes, and generally felt himself to be "as desirous of being a good neighbor as I am of being a bad subject," but he saw no choice with tax dollars that might buy "a man, or a musket to shoot one with." Sam Staples had similarly jailed Bronson Alcott three years earlier -- "I believe it was nothing but principle," concluded Sam, "for I never heard a man talk honester" -- but he offered Thoreau a neighborly loan just in case. This Thoreau refused; and he was not happy to hear, the next morning, that his tax had been anonymously paid for him.

DelDot News Release

NEWS RELEASE: Woodland Ferry Resumes Limited Service Starting July 25
Delays, Schedule Changes Possible as Department Evaluates Performance

Seaford – The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) today announced that the Woodland Ferry will begin limited service on Monday, July 25, 2011. However, travelers are advised that DelDOT will continue to evaluate vessel performance during actual operation, and delays and schedule changes are possible. For this reason, DelDOT suggests that the ferry be used only by those with flexible schedules at this time.

The ferry Tina Fallon will be accepting vehicles for crossing of the Nanticoke River from 7:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., seven days a week, unless vessel captains and on-site project engineers deem it necessary to delay operations to conduct inspections. Further, the ferry will not conduct crossings during periods of excessively high and low tides. Tides at the Woodland Ferry crossing on the Nanticoke River can vary by as much as four feet at certain times of the year. DelDOT hopes to be able to make an announcement about returning the Tina Fallon to full service soon.

Please note that the advance electronic warning signs will be used at critical detour points in the event of ferry closures in order to provide the opportunity for motorists to take alternate routes.

The Woodland Ferry successfully completed a U.S. Coast Guard inspection on June 24, 2011, and since that time has been repeatedly tested in a loaded condition to ensure safe operation.

For further information on this or other DelDOT projects, please visit, or contact DelDOT’s Office of Public Relations at 1-800-652-5600 or 302-760-2080.

Saturday Cartoons

Saturday Blonde Joke

Two blondes were sipping their Starbucks when a truck went past loaded up with rolls of sod.

"I'm going to do that when I win the lottery," announced the first blonde.

"Do what?" asked the other blonde.

"Send my lawn away to be mowed."

Friday, July 22, 2011

Thursday Night's Art In The Park

I had been told that Thursday night's Art In The Park performance would be by The Allen Memorial Praise Band, but instead it turned out to be

Yes Skinny Elvis

He did an assortment of slower (it was hot out) Elvis tunes

Even Skinny Elvis has groupies that come forward to take his picture

A second act (or if you consider Skinny Elvis the warm up act than the main act) was Frank Antion who did an interesting assortment of music.

The man is a one man band


Two invasive snakeheads caught recently in Delaware waterways

DOVER (July 22, 2011) – Northern snakeheads have been caught in two Delaware waterways in recent months, the DNREC Fisheries Section said today. The snakehead is an invasive species that can impact fish, amphibians and invertebrate populations due to their predatory nature, competition for food resources and alteration of established food webs. According to research by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, northern snakeheads and largemouth bass have similar food and habitat patterns, and bass numbers increased as snakeheads were removed from shared waterways.

Last week, an angler caught a 24-inch fish in the Marshyhope Creek near the Route 404 bridge. Last fall, DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife Fisheries staff collected a 26-inch long snakehead during electrofishing efforts in Broad Creek just downstream of Laurel. Both fish were adults, weighing between four and six pounds. Both waterways are tributaries of the Nanticoke River, a very popular largemouth bass fishery in Delaware.

“We are concerned about possible adverse impacts to largemouth bass in this important watershed if snakeheads become established,” said Fisheries Biologist Catherine Martin.

Northern snakeheads live in fresh and low salinity waters, generally preferring weedy locations. They are long slender fish with long anal fins reaching from mid-body to the tail. The pelvic fins on the belly and pectoral fins behind the gills are very close together. The dorsal fin on the back runs from the back of the head to the tail. The mouth is large and has sharp teeth. Coloration is generally tan with dark brown blotchy bands. Federal law prohibits import and transport of live snakeheads.

The Fisheries Section asks that any possible snakehead catches in Delaware waters be reported by calling 302-739-9914. Photos may be sent to Snakeheads should not be released back into the water but should be killed or frozen.

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is sponsoring a contest for anglers who send a photo of a dead snakehead with location of catch, date and angler’s contact information. Each report will be entered into a raffle with prizes awarded at the end of 2011. Any snakehead taken in Maryland or Delaware waters tributary to the Chesapeake Bay is eligible for the contest. For more information, visit

Signs That Don't Lie

With the hot weather I have been staying inside. It has given me an opportunity to go thru a number of old photographs, one of which is this 1994 photo of a "No Swimming" sign at Gatorland in Florida. Located between Orlando and Kissimmee (Is there a between anymore?)on the South Orange Blossom Trail, Gatorland is one of Central Florida's oldest attractions. I can't imagine anyone wanting to swim at Gatorland as they have about a zillion gators there. We first encountered Gatorland in 1969 when I was transferred to Florida. Within two weeks of arriving we started having visitors, we were a handy spot to stay at when people from the North came down to take a vacation in Florida. Naturally they expected to be entertained and our meager budget was being eat up and then we discovered Gatorland. No admission cost, just a donation to get in, wow after that we were taking company to Gatorland about once a month. I liked Gatorland enough that when we took our daughters down to Florida in 1994 Gatorland was still high on my list. It was still just a donation to get in, I understand now they charge about $23 to get in. It was a classic Florida attraction that harks back to the time of roadside attractions that advertised giant squirrels, Piano Playing chickens, Monkeys and gators.

DNREC Press Release

DNREC to hold public information meeting on Delaware’s Universal Recycling Law August 3 in Newark

DOVER (July 21, 2011) – DNREC’s Solid and Hazardous Waste Management Branch will hold another public information meeting August 3 in Newark to provide information and answer questions on Delaware’s new Universal Recycling Law as well as yard waste management throughout the state. The public meeting will be held from 7 - 8:30 p.m. at the Independence School library, 1300 Paper Mill Road, Newark.

The new law establishes a comprehensive statewide system of recycling that with full implementation will include effective and convenient recycling programs for every Delaware residence and business. The law is structured to maximize recycling rates and diversion of waste and is expected to support and stimulate job growth and new businesses.

By Sept. 15, 2011, waste haulers will provide a recycling bin and single stream (all recyclables mixed in one container) recycling collection services to every single family residential customer and to bars and restaurants that provide on-premise sales. Some waste haulers are already offering the service and more are planning to offer the service prior to the deadline.

Single stream recycling collection services will be provided by waste haulers to multi-family residential customers by Jan. 1, 2013; and by Jan. 1, 2014, all commercial businesses will participate in a comprehensive recycling program

Gov. Markell Cost Florida $8,166 Due To His Visits

Picked up from St Petersburg Times;

Florida taxpayers pick up the tab for security when other governors visitBy Steve Bousquet, Times/Herald Tallahassee Bureau
In Print: Friday, July 22, 2011

TALLAHASSEE — When Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana visited Jacksonville to campaign for Rick Scott last fall, state law enforcement agents provided extra security — and Florida taxpayers picked up the tab.

Jindal's one-day trip last September cost $3,137 and was one of 51 visits by out-of-state dignitaries in the past fiscal year, costing the state about $77,000.

For years, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement has provided security and transportation to visiting presidents, governors and foreign leaders. State law says failure to do so could put a high-profile visitor in danger "or could result in public embarrassment to the state."

Whether they're here on business, for meetings, or simply to golf or fish.

The dignitary protection costs stand out in a new report by FDLE that shows the agency spent $1.9 million to protect the governor, his wife, family members and grounds of the Governor's Mansion from July 1, 2010, to June 30 of this year.

The first six months of that period were the last six months of former Gov. Charlie Crist's term. His security and transportation cost $893,000. Protecting Scott and his family for the past six months cost $982,000, the FDLE said.

For out-of-state visitors, the state-funded security is in addition to the dignitaries' own security.

FDLE spokeswoman Heather Smith said other states return the favor when Florida's governor travels. "We benefit from that reciprocity. When our governor travels, we are assisted by other states," Smith said.

The single most expensive dignitary visit was by Jindal's wife, Supriya, last April. The four-day trip cost $4,423. Jindal's office declined to respond to requests for the purpose of the trip.

Delaware Gov. Jack Markell made several trips to Florida, including three visits so far in 2011. A spokesman said he visited the Tampa area with his family in February, attended a March meeting of the National Assessment Governing Board (a student achievement group) in Miami and brought his children to Fort Myers for spring break in April.

Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead and his wife made a brief stop in Florida in April while en route to the Guantanamo Bay naval base in Cuba to visit members of the Wyoming National Guard stationed there, spokesman Renny MacKay said. The cost: $2,342.

"When the governor and first lady landed in Miami on (April) 18th, law enforcement took them from the commercial side of the airport to the private side, where the military provided transportation to Cuba," MacKay said in an e-mail. "Upon their return to Miami, law enforcement drove them back to the commercial side of the airport."

FDLE spent $2,300 last fall when Gov.-elect Tom Corbett of Pennsylvania spent Thanksgiving week in the Florida Keys.

"He was in Florida. It was a personal trip at the invitation of friends," said Sgt. Anthony Manetta of the Pennsylvania State Police.

Manetta said that if Scott visited Pennsylvania, he would have a state trooper escort and access to a state car.

"He'd have one of our troopers at a minimum," Manetta said.

Other visitors who received FDLE protection in the past year included former Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton, governors of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, the prime minister of Guyana and 20 governors.

The state does not provide details on the purpose of any of the trips.

A frequent Florida visitor was former Gov. Mark Sanford of South Carolina, who made five trips to Florida, all of them personal, at a total cost of $9,200.

Sanford is a Fort Lauderdale native, his parents live in Florida and his ex-wife's parents own a house in Hobe Sound.

Sanford acknowledged in 2009 an extramarital affair with an Argentine woman, and the two were photographed in the Keys in June of last year. The ex-governor, who was termed out of office in January, could not be reached for comment.

One name not on the FDLE report is President Barack Obama, who made several high-profile visits to Florida over the past year. The FDLE's Smith said the Secret Service did not request the agency's help.

Times researcher Caryn Baird contributed to this report. Steve Bousquet can be reached at or (850) 224-7263.

Gov. Mark Sanford $9,219 The former South Carolina governor made five visits.

Gov. Jack Markell $8,166 Delaware's governor and his family made seven total trips.

Source: Florida Department of Law Enforcement, July 1, 2010-June 30, 2011

Gov. Bobby Jindal $3,296 The Louisiana governor's trips included a campaign stop for Gov. Rick Scott.

Supriya Jindal $4,423 Jindal's wife's trip was for "personal" reasons.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

The Stone House

The Stone House was built about 1904 by Theodore A. Veasey. He build the Stone House because he had the Veasey House across the street in Maryland and in 1903 Wicomico County decided to go dry putting a stop to his lucrative bar business in the Veasey House. In 1908 Sussex County went dry putting Mr. Veasey once again out of the bar business, but T. A. Veasey was not to be stopped and he changed the stone house into the Stone Garage and sold Overland automobiles. Veasey was into a little bit of everything. He owned hotels, distilleries, engaged in timber and fire insurance and was involved in both banks in Delmar. He married Augusta (Mary) Culver in 1894.

Theodore A. Veasey

The Delaware State Fair - 2011

The preview of the Delaware State Fair begins tonight. The The official opening of the 92nd annual Delaware State Fair is 8 A.M. Friday. With a theme of "Come Be a Kid Again" you have to wonder why do they need a theme? The admission price is; General Admission (ages 10 and up)- $6.00, Children (ages 9 and under)- FREE. It is cheaper than many state fairs and a little more expensive than a few, but it does have free parking.

Food Lion is giving away free admission to the Delaware State Fair with a $50 purchase at a participating location. Shop now through July 30, Use your personal MVP Card, Spend $50 or more in a visit, Receive One (1) Free Ticket to the Delaware State Fair from Food Lion. Just show your receipt of $50 or more to the store manager to receive your Delaware State Fair Tickets. Admission tickets good through 7/30/11. Or, Save $1 on Admission Tickets at participating Food Lion locations – pay $5 instead of $6 at the gate. Save $6 on Weekday Ride Wristband voucher – Pay $16 at Food Lion ($6 off on-site price).

Shows that are scheduled;
Big Time Rush Sunday 7/24/2011 8:00 PM
Toby Keith Monday 7/25/2011 7:30 PM
Kesha 7/26/2011 7:30 PM
Miranda Cosgrove Wednesday 7/27/2011 7:00 PM
Josh Turner Thursday 7/28/2011 7:30 PM
Alan Jackson Saturday 7/30/2011 7:30

Montgomery County Council and the FOP

From the Germantown MD On-line Newspaper

Legislation that strips a bargaining tool from the county’s police union won approval from the Montgomery County Council on Tuesday.

The council voted unanimously to do away with “effects bargaining” for county police officers.

The legislation eliminates the collective bargaining process between the county and the Fraternal Order of Police on management decisions such as how officers are given new assignments and how a new computer system used by employees is implemented.

Council President Valerie Ervin (D-Dist. 5) of Silver Spring introduced the bill on the recommendation of the county’s Organizational Reform Commission and at the urging of County Executive Isiah Leggett (D).

FOP Lodge 35, which represents county officers in the bargaining process, opposed the change. In a message on its website, the union said that the change would “disrupt services in the police department.”

“When we follow a process we don’t have these problems,” the message said. “Despite what you have been told in the media, this dispute is not about money. It is about process. The FOP was willing to give up $2.4 million in benefits cost for the county. The County Council rejected that and did what they wanted to do.”

County police Chief J. Thomas Manger released a statement in support of the council's passage of the bill.

“This change increases the ability for the public to hold me and future Montgomery County Police Chiefs accountable for running the Police Department in an effective and efficient manner; while protecting the rights of Police Officers to bargain their salary, pension, benefits, working conditions, and issues related to their health and safety,” Manger said in the statement. “This change provides for the balance between labor and management as required by law.”

Saturday Is When The Double Mills Chicken BBQ Happens

The Double Mills Chicken BBQ at Wright's Market on Saturday! Platters are $8 and include chicken half, baked beans, chips, roll, and drink. "Meal Deal" is $10 and includes all that PLUS corn-on-the-cob, watermelon, and cornbread. Chicken halves are also available by themselves for $6 each or 6 halves for $35. All proceeds go toward the restoration of the Historic Double Mills Grist Mill.


A recent letter to the editor in the Wilmington News Journal by Judy Whitaker of New Castle echos my thought on recycling.

A recent News Journal article spoke to the issue of the state losing money on its landfill fees since yard waste is no longer accepted.

So, now, I receive my quarterly bill for trash collection and it increased $35.16 from last quarter, or a total of 31 percent. Why?

I am told it is the mandatory recycling program in Delaware and even if I choose not to participate the additional "collection" fees will be included in my household billing. I have been taking my recyclables to the free centers for some time, but I guess that did not generate any revenue and the one at Christiana was closed.
Why? How much more money does this state think seniors like myself on a fixed income can squeeze from their monthly budget?

My trash service previously provided a discount to me as a senior citizen -- guess that went away, too. So, now seniors like myself who do not even qualify for an increase in Social Security benefits, can juggle medication, food, gas, mortgage and trash collection when deciding what is going to have to remain unpaid.

Thanks, Delaware legislators, for being as attuned to the constituents as you are to the "surplus" funding you immediately used for infrastructure and wage increases. It is nice to know our legislators have the voters in mind when deciding how we should spend our money.

Judy Whitaker, New Castle

National Junk Food Day

Today is National Junk Food Day!!! Hurray!!! The term was coined by Michael Jacobson, director of the Center for Science in the Public Interest, in 1972 as a food with empty calories, or no nutritional value, sort of like Federal Government Spending.

Today is National Junk Food Day, a day where you can eat whatever you want without feeling any guilt, and still be sin free

So rather you are international and like Fresh, crusty baguettes smothered in butter and confiture aux fraises (strawberry jam), Alfajores, these amazing little sandwich cookies, Paneer Butter Masala, or more homebred stuff like a trip to Dunkin Donuts where just smelling the air around one is good for a five pound weight gain or here in Sussex County Delaware - scrapple - Today is your day pig out.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Woodlawn Dairy - 1921

From the Progress Edition of the Peninsula News Delmar Delaware 1921

Woodlawn Dairy
John W. Culver, Prop.

The residents of Delmar are indeed fortunate in having an up-to-date dairy where pure milk can be obtained with sanitary surroundings. The Woodlawn Dairy, established 9 years ago and owned by Mr. John W. Culver, has a herd of twelve fine specimen of milch cows whose product is rich, free from unsanitary surrounding as many places are. The product of this dairy is known to all in this community and the demand is greater than the supply.

Mr. Culver, who takes great pride in his dairy and has built an enviable reputation for himself, is one of the most substantial citizens in this section of the State. He is virtually interested in farming, trucking, raising corn and berries and small fruits on his 25 acre tract which is a pleasing sight to behold and at all times every thing thereabouts is like unto a new pin.

Mr. Culver is practically a young man and still has a great future before him. His methods have been the cause of much favorable comment and commendation by the people of this section, and his moves are being watched with interest for they never know when he is going to spring something new on the community which will prove to be an advanced step.

Mr. Culver is a good substantial citizen and has always taken a keen interest in Delmar and vicinity, believing that a great future lies before it. He stands ready at all times to do anything within his power to advance its interests in order that it may have a place on the map such as it deserves.

With men possessed of activity and progress like Mr. Culver who are willing to do whatever they are called upon to do, this section is sure to take advanced strides.


The sunflowers in my yard look good this year. What is that black thing on your arm Howard you are asking? Interesting - Last week I went for a morning walk and while on the Maryland side of town on First street I stumbled in one of the many potholes they have and took a fall flat on my face. I tried to stop by self by holding my arm out, that didn't work - just hurt my wrist bad. Mere mortals would have been destroyed by the pain but with self administered drugs and alcohol I managed to hold off going to a doctor until this morning where he said there was a chipped bone and small fracture. So now I am in an Immobilizer instead of a cast.

What gets me is Delmar Maryland has the worst streets going and yet they brag about the amount of cash they have in reserve. Delmar, Delaware may not have shit for cash but you can walk on our streets. The cash doesn't do the citizens any good if the streets are unsafe.

Anyway the sunflowers look good.

Art In The Park This Thursday

Yes Thursday night is a return of Art In The Park. The music will be provided by will be "Allen Memorial Praise Band." Come on out and join us. 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday night

Planning and Zoning Meeting This Thursday

On Thursday July 21st the Delmar Planning and Zoning Commission will meet at Town hall at 7 p.m.

There are only to items on the agenda so the meeting should be short.

Signs for;
M&T Bank (Changing from Wilmington Trust)
Sign for IVESCO (New business at the old Cheese factory building)

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Today's Quote

I called my stockbroker and asked him what I should be buying.

He said, "If the current administration is in office much longer, canned goods and ammunition are your best bet."

“Wrong Way” Corrigan Begins the Flight That Gave Him His Name

Today July 17th, 1938 – Douglas Corrigan takes off to fly the “wrong way” to Ireland and becomes known as “Wrong Way” Corrigan.

The Feds said his plane, "Sunshine", was unsafe due to a gasoline leak, 9 years old and a second hand wreck. The plane was purchased by Corrigan for $325 and the authorities felt it was simply too old and unsafe to make such a journey over water, and denied him permission for the flight to Ireland, so he took off, with 320 gallons of gasoline, 16 US gallons of oil, two chocolate bars, two boxes of fig bars, and .25 gallon of water, ostensibly for home in Los Angeles, and ended up in Ireland, claiming he’d gotten lost. He claimed his unauthorized flight was due to a navigational error, caused by heavy cloud cover that obscured landmarks and low-light conditions, causing him to misread his compass. In his words to a US government official after landing in Ireland "I sure am ashamed of that navigation." He landed at Baldonnel Aerodrome, County Dublin, on July 18, after a 28-hour, 13-minute flight. He lost his US Flying license for fourteen days and became a legend.

Corrigan retired from aviation in 1950 and bought an 18-acre orange grove in Santa Ana, California. He lived there with his wife and three sons until his death on December 9, 1995.


Presidential Proclamation--Captive Nations Week



There are times in the course of history when the actions of ordinary people yearning for freedom ignite the desires of people everywhere. Such brave actions led to the birth of our Nation, the fall of the Soviet Union, and countless other achievements that have shaped our world. During Captive Nations Week, we remember the men and women throughout the world still suffering under oppressive regimes, and we underscore our commitment to advancing freedom's cause.

President Dwight D. Eisenhower issued the first Captive Nations Week Proclamation in 1959 amidst an escalating Cold War, affirming America's support for the individual liberties of those living under Communist oppression. Our world has transformed dramatically since President Eisenhower first proclaimed Captive Nations Week. The burst of freedom following the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of the Soviet Union led to the emergence of new democracies that are now steadfast allies of the United States and key contributors to the expansion of human rights worldwide.

With each generation, people have breathed new life into democratic ideals, striving for personal freedom, political and economic reform, and justice. The United States stands firmly behind all those who seek to exercise their basic human rights. We will continue to oppose the use of violence and repression and support the universal rights of freedom of religion, expression, and peaceful assembly; equality for men and women under the rule of law; and the right of people to choose their leaders.

This week, we rededicate ourselves to promoting democratic values, economic development, and respect for human dignity, and we express our solidarity with freedom seeking people everywhere whose future reflects our greatest hope for peace.

The Congress, by joint resolution approved July 17, 1959 (73 Stat. 212), has authorized and requested the President to issue a proclamation designating the third week of July of each year as "Captive Nations Week."

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim July 17 through July 23, 2011, as Captive Nations Week. I call upon the people of the United States to reaffirm our deep commitment to all those working for human rights and dignity around the world.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this fifteenth day of July, in the year of our Lord two thousand eleven, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-sixth.


Carry A. Nation Comes To Salisbury - 1910

I felt invincible. My strength was that of a giant. God was certainly standing by me. I smashed five saloons with rocks before I ever took a hatchet.
Carry Nation

Carry Amelia Moore Nation was a six foot tall temperance advocate famous for being so vehemently against alcohol that she would use hatchets to smash any place that sold it. Born on November 25, 1846, in Garrard County, Kentucky, to George and Mary Moore. George Moore was of Irish descent, and he owned a plantation with slaves. Mary Moore had a mental illness that caused her to be under the delusion that she was a lady-in-waiting to the queen of England, and later she imagined that she actually was the queen.

She married a doctor named Charles Gloyd on November 21, 1867, who was an alcoholic, Their only child, a girl they named Charlien, had a mental disability. Carrie believed it was caused by her husband’s drinking, altho it may have been from her side of the family given her mother condition. He died at the age of 29, less than two years after his marriage to Carrie. He left behind a 23-year-old wife and an infant daughter.

Carrie felt he spent too much time drinking with his fellow Masons. When she asked for their help in controlling his drinking, they ignored her request. This instilled negative feelings about the Masons that lasted a lifetime.

Her second husband was David Nation, an editor of a newspaper and a part-time preacher and lawyer. Their marriage was not happy either, In 1901, after 29 years of marriage and at the height of Carry's prohibition activities, David filed for divorce. Claiming, "I married this woman because I needed someone to run my house," he cited grounds of "desertion."

On June 5, 1900, she was convinced she heard the words

"GO TO KIOWA," and my hands were lifted and thrown down and the words, "I'LL STAND BY YOU." The words, "Go to Kiowa," were spoken in a murmuring, musical tone, low and soft, but "I'll stand by you," was very clear, positive and emphatic. I was impressed with a great inspiration, the interpretation was very plain, it was this: "Take something in your hands, and throw at these places in Kiowa and smash them."

Nation promptly went to Kiowa, Kansas, (Kansas had outlawed alcohol sales)gathered some rocks, and entered a saloon. Announcing "Men, I have come to save you from a drunkard's fate," she began to destroy alcohol bottles and other objects by throwing the rocks. She similarly destroyed two other saloons in town, using not only rocks but brickbats, bottles, and a billiard ball as ammunition. Carry's attack surprised local officials, but because of the fact that the operation of saloons was illegal she was not jailed as she would be later in other communities. Turning from rocks to a hatchet to destroy saloons between 1900 and 1910, she was arrested 30 times for "hatchetations," as she called them.

In November 1910 she visited Salisbury Maryland for a couple of days. The local papers of the time report her visits as recounted here;

From the Salisbury Advertiser November 1910
Tells Them a few Things At parson Opera
Pool Rooms Declared Great Evil

Carrie A. nation, who has been classed as the modern Don Quixote has been making a tour of the Eastern Shore, reached Salisbury this week and for two evenings made the Welkin ring in Parson's Opera House on the smashing question. a number out of curiosity were present to hear her deliver her addresses. It is to be presumed that she found conditions fairly satisfactory here as we have heard of no places being smashed or any raids being made. Despite her national reputation she was not greeted here with the overwhelming enthusiasm that some had expected. The chief evils found on the Easter Shore seem to be the pool rooms and bottle business chiefly carried on by the colored population.

From the Salisbury Courier Nov 5 1910

Famous Saloon Smasher Of The West At Parsons Opera House.
Scores The Old Parties and denounces Secret Societies.

Mrs. Carrie A. Nation the famous saloon smasher blew into Salisbury on Tuesday last and out again on Thursday, leaving a trail of hatchets in her wake.

Carrie evidently does not place a very high valuation on her services as an American platform speaker for she delivered two fifteen cent lectures or rather tirades in Parson's Little Opera House on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings. She is a religious crank of the genus lunaticus and has divided her activities between the smashing of saloons and the counting of money upon her wideshend notoriety. She had with her a quantity of souvenir hatchets which she sold for ten cents or three for a quarter and a $1.00 book of her life, entitled "How I Smashed the Saloons.

Mrs. Nation has recently branched out and is smashing everything in general and such small organizations in particular as the Republican and Democratic parties and the Masonic fraternity. She declared that God had shown her a vision while in a revolving cage of a Kansan Jail of two terrible serpents with bodies as large around as a barrel and the horrible reptile with the head was the Republican party and the one without the a head the Democratic party and that was the only difference between them one had a head and the other didn't.

Mrs. Nation paid her respects to all Masons in sulphuric language and denounced secret orders in general. she declared that both her former husbands were Masons and while they paraded pompously around the corpse the widow paid the bills. This seemed to be the casus belli of her furious attack on the fraternity.

She is not a brilliant speaker nor even a fluent talker, but she gets off a number of trite sayings and characteristic utterances. She quotes largely from the bible by which she attempts to bolster up her wholesale attacks and peculiar philosophy.

In less than eight months after her Salisbury visit she would be dead. Her final speech was in Eureka Springs on January 13, 1911. She had health problems prior to her death that may account for problems with her lecture speeches. She lapsed into a coma during the speech and was taken to Evergreen Place Hospital in Kansas, where she remained in poor health until her death on June 2, 1911. Doctors said the cause of death was heart failure.

She was buried in Belton, Missouri. If Carry Nation had lived just a few years longer, she could have seen Prohibition become the law of the land. She was not the only temperance advocate, but she probably was one of the most influential.

"You refused me the vote and I had to use a rock."
Carrie A. Nation

Fruitland - Boomtown - 1909

Tomlinson Re-Appointed Postmaster Delmar Delaware 1909

From a 1909 edition of the Salisbury Courier

50 Jobs In The Future Offset by 700 lost now

M&T Bank and Delaware Gov. Jack Markell announced Wednedsay that M&T Bank will build a new $20 million, 20,000-square-foot data center in M&T Bank's existing operations facility in Millsboro, Del. Approximately 50 jobs will be added, between the expansion of the call center and the building of the data center

M&T is eliminating more than 700 jobs at its Wilmington as operations are consolidated.

How much did this cost the taxpayers by way of grants and tax concessions?

Let's celebrate

DNREC Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Section celebrates a century of service to the people of Delaware

DNREC Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Section celebrates a century of service to the people of Delaware

DOVER (July 13, 2011) – As the DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife celebrates its first century of fish and wildlife conservation by reflecting on the past and moving into the future, it is fitting that we revisit the foundation laid 100 years ago of what would become today’s and tomorrow’s modern force of highly specialized enforcement agents.

The story of the Division’s Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Section begins in October 1911, when the newly established Delaware Fish and Game Commission hired the state’s first game warden, Fred B. Murphy, at a salary of $60 a month. In 1913, through “competitive examinations conducted along civil service lines,” the first Chief Game Warden, John P. LeFevre, was chosen, along with a number of deputy wardens. The goal, according to the 1914 biennial report from the Board of Game and Fish Commissioners, was “seeking to have in the service only men of highest type who have at heart the conservation of wild life.”

“For 100 years, Delaware’s fish and wildlife agents have acted not only to protect and serve the citizens of Delaware but also our lands, waterways and wildlife. Today, these well-trained, professional men and women continue to play a key role in the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control’s mission to promote and practice environmental stewardship and conservation,” said DNREC Secretary Collin O’Mara.

As of 2011, Delaware’s Fish and Wildlife Enforcement agents have grown to a force of 28 men and women who watch over tens of thousands of acres of state-owned wildlife areas, patrolling our coast and waterways and protecting our natural resources by enforcing conservation as well as criminal law. These specially-trained, Delaware State Police Academy graduates are fully equipped with police vehicles and boats, mobile data terminals, night vision goggles, standard police-issue weapons and equipment and even a special decoy deer used to catch nighttime poachers. In a day’s work, they may rescue a hunter stranded on the marsh, stop a boater operating under the influence, check an angler’s catch, call in their canine unit to search for a lost child, or break out their side-scan sonar to locate a vehicle in the water.

“Over the past century, Delaware has grown and changed in ways our early game wardens and marine police couldn’t have imagined. Our Enforcement Section has expanded its training and scope to meet the challenge while continuing their core mission: to ensure compliance with state fish and wildlife regulations, and to educate the public about conservation as well as health and public safety issues such as safe boating, hunter education and more,” said Division of Fish and Wildlife Director David Saveikis.

Back in the 1950s, fish and wildlife enforcement was on its way to what it is today. Fishing and hunting licenses and dog control had been established, conservation was becoming a priority, the first managed state wildlife lands had been purchased and, in 1952, the first marine patrol boat was purchased for enforcement work in tidal waters. The 13-warden statewide force was involved in game stocking and fish rearing – work that was later transferred to the Division’s Wildlife and Fisheries sections – in addition to its primary mission of enforcing the state’s game, fish, dog, songbird and certain marine laws.

However, a 1954 report from the Wildlife Management Institute to the Fish and Game Commission notes, “In reality, the wardens devote practically their entire time to the handling of dog complaints, checking on dog licenses, and the investigation of poultry damage or domestic animal damage reported as caused by dogs.”

By the time of the Institute’s 1963 report, the Division of Law Enforcement had two branches – a marine branch and a game warden branch – and the concerns sound more familiar: stopping illegal night hunting, modernizing equipment and increasing the emphasis on information and education.

With the formation of the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control under Governor Russell Peterson in 1970, the Game and Fish Commission became part of DNREC as the Division of Fish and Wildlife. In 1971, dog control was contracted out and George Stewart became Delaware’s first Boating Law and Enforcement Administrator under a new federal boating safety program that would form the roots of the present Office of Boating Safety. In 1988, something the Institute had long since recommended came to be: the marine police and game wardens merged into a single law enforcement agency, the DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Section.

“The future will bring new challenges and new technologies. The Enforcement Section’s highly-trained Fish and Wildlife agents will adapt and change to continue our legacy of conservation law enforcement protecting Delaware’s valued fish and wildlife resources while educating our boaters through public cooperation and compliance,” said Enforcement Chief James Graybeal.

This short history of the Delaware Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Section is part of a series of press releases to be issued in 2011 in honor of the 100th anniversary of the DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife.

Justice Is Served?


WILMINGTON, DE - The United States Attorney for Delaware, Charles Oberly, III, late yesterday notified attorneys for Christine O’Donnell and Friends of Christine O’Donnell that his office has dismissed the complaint filed against them by Melanie Sloan and Citizens for Responsibility & Ethics in Washington (“CREW”) last September.

“We are, of course, very pleased that the US Attorney’s office has finally seen through the bogus CREW complaint and concluded it is without merit, because there was never any evidence to support their allegations,” said Christine O’Donnell. “CREW interjected itself into the campaign within hours of my winning the Delaware GOP primary, even though CREW had no actual basis for its complaint. Even more troubling is that CREW, as a 501(c)(3) organization, is prohibited by law from intervening in political campaigns – but they more than intervened in the campaign, doing everything they could possibly do to sabotage my election.”

Cleta Mitchell, attorney for the O’Donnell campaign said Friday, “the CREW complaint was nothing more than yet another partisan hit job by Melanie Sloan, an ultra-liberal Democratic operative and former Joe Biden staffer posing as a nonpartisan activist. This is not the first time a citizen has been unfairly maligned by CREW and Melanie Sloan, always to great press fanfare when the attacks are launched. However, my clients have always prevailed against CREW’s attacks because CREW consistently and continually files false allegations. It is high time we put a stop to these unlawful, politically motivated CREW schemes that waste countless hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars being reviewed by federal authorities, only to ultimately be dismissed.”

“We are absolutely confident the FEC complaint will also be dismissed because there are no facts to support any of CREW’s allegations against Christine or the campaign,” Mitchell added.

Today is National Peach Ice Cream Day

Today Is National Peach Ice Cream Day and it is peachy cool and scoopalicious. Given the short season for peaches this is the perfect time for peach ice cream, using Delaware peaches of course.

Leaving Jail at Midnight

Casey Anthony walked out of jail at 12:14 A.M. a free woman under heavy guard (armed with semi-automatic rifles) Sunday, facing shouts of "baby killer" from a heckling crowd only days after a nation in rapt attention watched as she was acquitted of murder in the death of her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee.

In the short period I worked at the Wicomico County Jail I was surprised they release prisoners that finished their sentence at midnight. Their sentences expired at midnight, but still with normal government bureaucracy you would think they really wouldn't be released until "Normal" business hours. As someone who had not been involved in incarnation work issues before it was interesting that their clothing and possessions they came in with, are return and usually they leave jail with them in a trash bag. There were some odd cases where people who were put in jail in the summer wearing tee shirt, shorts and sandals were released in January and given those same tee shirt, shorts and sandal back to dress in and venture out at midnight in the winter. Some assholes had the clothing they were jailed in released to their friends or family so when they are released and return their jail uniform they were dressed only in their underwear and a pair of rubber sandals they had purchased while in jail. If you are riding down Naylor Mill Road shortly after midnight and see people walking carrying trash bags you can guess that they are ex-prisoners.