Saturday, August 27, 2011

French Azilum

As you know My wife and I have recently finished a trip to Western Pennsylvania. While returning we stopped off to see the site of a ghost town called Petroleum Center which in turn perked my interest in “ghost” towns of Pennsylvania. I purchased a book called “Pennsylvania Ghost Towns” by Susan Tassin and was surprised at the number of them. Most were related to some natural resource (coal, lead, lumber, oil etc) in which the town was built with the idea it would only exist as long as the natural resource exist. Others were Forts used for settlers to defend themselves from the Indians. Still others were made a ghost town by a dam being put in and the town was flooded out and is now underwater.

The one I found most interesting due to the uniqueness of it is French Azilum.

Our federal government did not begin to regulate the flow of immigrants until 1875 and there is some question as to if they regulate it today. However in the 1790s three events and subsequent flows of migrants to the United States emerged. First was the French Revolution (1789), second, the Haitian Revolution (1791), and third, the failure of the United Irishmen to win independence for Ireland in the 1790s. The first two had French refugees flooding into the United States, taking up residence in New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Savannah, Wilmington (Delaware), New Orleans and numerous other cities. The main French family that comes to mind for Wilmington Delaware would be P. S. du Pont and E. I. du Pont. There is some question however as to rather they were fleeing the French revolution or merely came to America with the French Government knowledge. But other French families arrived here.

Nevertheless, French Azilum was a town created as an escape effort by French nobles fleeing the Revolution. When Comte Louis de Noailles, a French Naval officer, and Omer de Talon, a French nobleman, fled France for fear of execution, they came up with the idea for a settlement by and for refugees.

French Azilum was located on a horseshoe bend along the Susquehanna River in northeastern Pennsylvania, at a point about ten miles below Towanda, Pennsylvania. In the autumn of 1793 sixteen hundred acres were acquired, three hundred of which were laid out as a town plot with a two-acre market square, a gridiron pattern of broad streets and 413 lots of about one-half acre each.

Those fleeing the French revolution and coming to America numbered between ten and fifteen thousand and mostly they settled in the coastal towns such as Philadelphia. Some however went further west to Azilum. The French revolution refugees were in two waves with the first being the elite classes who feared that their wealth, status, and privileged positions were lost (but not their heads) and the second wave consisted of patriotic and intellectual nobles and the middle classes who had supported them.

The second group of French refugees to go to Azilum were from Santo Domingo,(Haiti) when between 1791-1804, the island of Santo Domingo was shaken by a series of revolutions. Thousands of the inhabitants of the island, both black and white, were murdered in the series of slave rebellions and counter-revolutions that broke out. Hundreds of white aristocracy were guillotined during the reign of terror that followed the rebellions. Most who flee went to Charleston and New Orleans but a few made it to Azilum.

A little over 100 noble settlers set up businesses and produced such goods such as pots, furs, and baskets. In time, several small shops, a schoolhouse, a chapel and a theatre appeared around the market square, along with a gristmill, blacksmith shop and a distillery. Dairying and sheep raising began. Orchards and gardens were planted, and the manufacture of potash and pearl ash. The first Catholic Church in the present day Diocese of Scranton was started. While these nobles lived in the wilderness, basic and independent, some of the luxury goods that they were accustomed to as nobility were brought to Azilum on barges up the Susquehanna River.

After Napoleon Bonaparte gained control of France, he signed a general amnesty on April 26, 1802 that allows all but about 1,000 of the most notorious émigrés of the French Revolution to return to France, as part of a reconciliary gesture to make peace with the various factions of the Ancien Regime that ultimately consolidates his own rule.

Missing all the perks of being noble (afterall what is the point of being noble if you only have what everyone has), many of the occupants of Azilum left in 1803 to return to comfort in France. With a large share of its inhabitants gone, the local economy of Azilum collapsed, causing all the families that stayed behind to disperse. The remaining families either struck it up and moved south, or settled in emerging towns across Northeastern Pennsylvania. By 1804, Azilum was deserted. As time passed the site, and its history, passed into obscurity.

Azilum was largely abandoned until the 1830s when Rep. John LaPorte, a son of one of the original LaPorte Azilum settlers, returned to the region and built a home and farm there.

Delmar Weather Station CW4197

There is an amazing amount of weather information out there on the media, internet etc, but locally for basic information I look at Weather Station CW 4197. A local person has a weather station set up and he feeds data into the weather system. It just shows the basic items of; Temperature/ dew Point, Barometer, wind speed and direction and the amount of rain. He is at the top of my side bar.

First Hurricane Written About in USA

(A letter from Thomas Ludwell to Lord Berkeley of Stratton—a favorite of King
Charles II, and the elder brother of Sir William Berkeley, Governor of Virginia)
November 4 th , 1667
Right Hon’ble
(He describes Virginia as “…now much reduced to a very miserable
condition by a continual course of misfortunes,” and lists them as follows:) …in
April we had a most prodigious Storm of hail many of them as big as Turkey Eggs
which destroyed our younge Mast (nuts on the ground) and fruit, and forward
English grain (wheat, Rye, oats) brake all the glass windowes and beat holes
through the tiles of our houses, killed many young hogs and cattle…(in June) it fell
to raining and continued for 40 days together, which spoiled much of what the hail
had left of our English graine.
But on the 27 th of August, followed the most dreadful hurricane that ever this
country groaned under, it lasted 24 hours began at North East and went round
northerly till it came to West and so on till it came to South East where it ceased. It
was accompanied with a most violent rain but no thunder, the night of it was the
most dismall tyme that ever I know or heard off, for the wind and rain raised so
confused a noise mixt with the continual cracks of falling houses and the murmer of
the waves impetuously beaten against the shores and by that violence forced and as
it were crowded up into all Creekes, Rivers, and Bays to that prodigious height that
it hazarded the drowning of many people who lived not in sight of the rivers yet
were forced to climb to the tops of their houses to keep themselves above water,
carried away all the foundations of the fort at Point Comfort into the river…
…all the Elements were at strife which of them should do most towards the
reduction of the Creation into a second Chaos, it was wonderful to consider the
contrary effects of that storm, for it blew some ships from their anchors and carried
them safe over shelves of land, yet knocked out the bottom of a ship…in eight feet of
water more than she drew…(As) to the ruins of our plantations, of which I think not
one escaped, the nearest computation is at least 10,000 houses blown down, all the
Indian grain (corn) laid flat upon the ground, all the tobacco in the fields torn to
pieces and most of that which was in the houses perished with them…”

de la warre is named - 1610

1610 Aug. 27 – Capt. Samuel Argall, English, anchors in the bay and names the cape in honor of the Lord de la Warre, Sir Thomas West, Governor of Virginia. “de la Warre” is soon applied to the Bay & River.

Friday, August 26, 2011

School Closing

Not sure why but Delmar High School was dismissed at 12:45pm today. The 5th grade students are not yet entered into the Honeywell Instant Alert system, so we are trying to get the word out to their parents

Delmar Elementary’s Open House today is cancelled.

We're Going To Die, We're Going To Die

I fully expect to hear this "news" headline on the TV anytime. Without a doubt the legitimate news has degenerated down to the level of Bloggers. It really is not a fine line between telling people about weather and to use common sense and protect themselves compared to the panic that the news media and State Emergency Management system is creating.

In the recent earthquake you could almost hear the disappointment in the newscasters voice when they didn't come up with deaths, major damage and almost no aftershocks.

This is my windsock this morning

This is my barometer reading this morning.

Maybe it is just because I am 68 and have gone thru well over a hundred Hurricanes and windstorms that this storm is not bothering me. Altho we are due for a major Hurricane I don't think we will see much more than 60 mph winds and heavy rain in Delmar.

I also think if we don't see winds of 120 mph we should sue the local news stations and State Emergency management system for creating a panic and causing economic hardship.

However my wife who works at Sam's Club told me last night some astronomical figure of sales increase for yesterday over the average sales for this day last year. And I see Home Depot has a signs on Rt13 that they are open 24hrs and have generators. I think Walmart and the other groceries and big box store pay the news announcers to make these storms sound worst than what they will be.

Try and find a "D" cell flashlight battery in a store in town.

I am sure the Delmar Police department is standing by with their new humvee.

My old house was about a hundred years old and would creaked and sway in ten mph winds but it withstood numerous hurricanes so I am looking forward to see how this new house does in the storm. I still think my worst threat will be from Delmarva Power.

While I am bitching about storm coverage; our news coverage is controlled by Yankees. All of North Carolina could be wiped out and if a teacup blew off a table in New York City 90% of the news coverage would be about that teacup.

I am not saying to disregard the outside chance this storm will be bad - just use common sense which our state officials are not doing.

Women's Equality Day

Presidential Proclamation--Women's Equality Day



The 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution tore down the last formal barrier to women's enfranchisement in our Nation and empowered America's women to have their voices heard in the halls of power. This Amendment became law only after decades of work by committed trailblazers who fought to extend the right to vote to women across America. For the women who fought for this right, voting was not the end of the journey for equality, but the beginning of a new era in the advancement of our Union. These brave and tenacious women challenged our Nation to live up to its founding principles, and their legacy inspires us to reach ever higher in our pursuit of liberty and equality for all.

Before the Amendment took effect, women had been serving our Nation in the public realm since its earliest days. Even before they gained the right to vote, America's women were leaders of movements, academics, and reformers, and had even served in the Congress. Legions of brave women wrote and lectured for change. They let their feet speak when their voices alone were not enough, protesting and marching for their fundamental right to vote in the face of heckling, jail, and abuse. Their efforts led to enormous progress millions upon millions of women have since used the power of the ballot to help shape our country.

Today, our Nation's daughters reap the benefits of these courageous pioneers while paving the way for generations of women to come. But work still remains. My Administration is committed to advancing equality for all of our people. This year, the Council of Women and Girls released "Women in America: Indicators of Social and Economic Well-Being," the most comprehensive report in 50 years on the status of women in our country, shedding light on issues women face in employment, crime, health, and family life. We are working to ensure that women-owned businesses can compete in the marketplace, that women are not discriminated against in healthcare, and that we redouble our efforts to bring an end to sexual assault on college campuses.

On the 91st anniversary of this landmark in civil rights, we continue to uphold the foundational American principles that we are all equal, and that each of us deserves a chance to pursue our dreams. We honor the heroes who have given of themselves to advance the causes of justice, opportunity, and prosperity. As we celebrate the legacy of those who made enormous strides in the last century and before, we renew our commitment to hold true to the dreams for which they fought, and we look forward to a bright future for our Nation's daughters.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim August 26, 2011, as Women's Equality Day. I call upon the people of the United States to celebrate the achievements of women and recommit ourselves to the goal of gender equality in this country.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty fifth day of August, 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.


Open House At Delmar Elementary

Delmar Elementary has an open house today August 26, from 1-3 p.m

Thursday, August 25, 2011

The August Planning and Zoning Meeting 2011

The August Planning and Zoning Commission was held tonight. Started at 7 PM over with by 7:15 PM. Joe Dixon was the only member missing. Commissioner Carl Anderton started the meeting with approval of the minutes. The new home for Daryl Willing in Amber Ridge was approved by a vote of 5 ayes, 1 absent and 1 nay. Tom Luffman who voted no said if Darryl Willing couldn't come before the commission and answer questions put forth by the commission than he wouldn't vote for approval.

At the last minute the representative from the Myers Group showed up for the sign approval of Shayona Pharmacy to go in by the dollar general and cash pointe store. Approval was given.

This will make a drugstore for every thousand heads in Delmar now comparable to the furniture store for every 300 people we now have.


Paw-Power is an Initiative that aims to provide affordable, structure beyond the bell for students in grades 5, 6, and 7. Beyond the bell care will be provided Monday-Friday from 3:00-5:30 p.m. For additional information please contact Mrs. Terri Addlesberger at

Okay translated to normal language this is a day care program where your child can stay after school and be supervised until 5:30 PM when you have to pick them up. I understand it is limited to 40 and there were still open spaces available as of last night. They will have help with their homework, a little physical activity, snacks, games, and some of what is now called life skills (personal conduct, personal hygiene, table etiquette and how to operate a household). It is not free it will cost $40 a week. Contact Terri for more information.

Laurel Building Knocked Down

We were in Laurel today and I see the Laurel Redevelopment Corp. (LRC) is in the process of demolishing the building on the corner of Market and Central

In looking at the debris you see where the bottom of the building had Formstone or Perma-Stone decorated surface to make it look like cut masonry blocks or faux stone creating the trompe l'oeil appearance of rock.

It has fallen off in big sheets allowing you to see a very study wall behind it that looks to be about three bricks thick.

So even in death this building has added a little more to my knowledge of the building trade.

"The Rancher" - A Delmar House Style

The Ranch style house - what can you say about them? They are everywhere and there are so many of them you may not even notice them anymore. In the 1950s, the California ranch house, or Rancher accounted for nine out of every ten new houses. Delmar was no exception to the 1950 trend. Today the suburban ranch house (or rambler) gets a pretty bad rap. For starters, there are just so many of them, a large number of which are bland and inoffensive at best. The ranch house has been called the "poor stepchild of American architecture," by Alan Hess of Architectural Digest. "Unpretentious, low-slung, cranked out like Big Macs by tract-house builders in the 1950s, it was America’s most widely built single family home its very success casting a spell that doomed it to invisibility."

The ranch house is noted for its long, close-to-the-ground profile, and minimal use of exterior and interior decoration. The houses originally fused modernist ideas and styles with notions of the American Western period working ranches to create a very informal and casual living style. The Rancher is usually a long, low, Single story, low roofline, sometime attached garage, Sliding glass doors opening onto a patio, Large windows, often decorated with shutters house that has a lot of variations to it. Practical and cheap millions of returning soldiers from WWII received VA loans for these houses. Prevailing loan programs of the day made getting a home loan with no money down easier than it ever had been in previous years. The House design is considered the epitome of "suburbia."

The availability and increasing popularity of the automobile also defined the heyday of the ranch house floor plan. For the first time, the garage was moved to the front of the home. This was the first generation of home owners to have a highly prized freedom and mobility to work and shop in the city and then retreat to the suburbs to live. Because the suburbs removed the need to build houses close together, lots became increasingly larger and the square footage of the average house floor plan expanded accordingly. Still square footage can run from 800 to 4,000 sq ft. The popularity of these houses ran from the 1940's to the 1980's and are still popular.

In Delmar perhaps the most Classic of ranchers are in the Delmar Manor section of town. But every development around town and in town has some of them. a number of lots in which the old Victorian two story burnt now have a rancher built on them. in some cases they are turned sideways in order to fit the small 40' frontage of in town lots.

The ranch house floor plan was the American Dream in a box from the late 1940s to the mid 1960s. Sliding glass doors, kidney shaped swimming pools and back yard patios created a new informal way of entertaining guests. Though the ranch house floor plan was the embodiment of casual living, most homes of that era lacked architectural details that would make them memorable.

By the 1970's and 1980's the pampered baby boomers demanded more square feet and showy front entries with grand staircases and vaulted ceilings and the house of choice became a the split level home with Colonial or English details.

In recent years, interest in ranch house designs has been increasing. Younger house buyers find that ranch houses are affordable entry level homes in many markets, and the single story living of the house has appeal for the aging baby boomers to whom stairs are no longer attractive with their knee and hip problems.

Missing in Action or Buried at Sea

Ralph C. McCain Aviation Radioman, Third Class, U.S. Navy
Service # 2584604 United States Navy
Entered the Service from Delmar, Maryland
Parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph L. Booth, 205 East St., Delmar.
Died: 25-Aug-44 Missing in Action or Buried at Sea

Name is on Tablets of the Missing at Honolulu Memorial Honolulu, Hawaii


School Starts This Week

Summer vacation is almost over, and soon it will be "back to school" for the children of our community. The 5th and 9th grade begins today at Delmar Middle and High School. Tomorrow all classes start. In Wicomico County, schools open on Monday, Aug. 29,

School children are too often the tragic victims of automobile crashes, because of their small size, inattention to vehicular traffic, and speeding vehicles. Some of the children may be walking to school for the first time, while others may have forgotten their pedestrian safety lessons.

All drivers need to be especially alert for the following situations:
1. Children walking or riding bicycles
2. School buses loading or unloading children
3. Crossing guards at school crossings
4. Posted school speed zones
5. Plan ahead to allow for the extra school bus traffic that will be on the road

and from Wicomico County is this news on Delmar Elementary School
Delmar Elementary School -- “The School too Great for just One State” -- welcomes back Mrs. Judy Nicholson, Principal, and Ms. Karen Parsons and Dr. Kathleen Vail, Assistant Principals as they return to Delmar Elementary as the administrative team for the 2011-12 school year. Please note the new school hours: School will start at 8:15 a.m. and end at 2:45 p.m. Many exciting things have been planned to enrich, encourage and empower each student. Technology integration possibilities have been enhanced with each classroom now being equipped with LCD projectors and document cameras. Several new SMART boards are also on the way. The administration is very excited to have the following new additions to the staff: Mrs. Kayla Malone (second grade teacher), Mrs. Shelly Hall and Mr. Sonny Smith (third grade teachers), Miss Katherine Diven and Mrs. Marylynn Wien (fourth grade teachers) and Mrs. Donna Mason and Mrs. Liz Adams (Physical Education teachers). Returning to us this year but in new positions we have Mrs. Sarah Adams (Kindergarten teacher) and Mrs. Becky Mumford (second grade teacher). We are also excited to share that Delmar Elementary met AYP for the 2010–2011 school year in both Reading and Math. This is Delmar’s 9th year in a row meeting this achievement. We are so proud of Miss Brooke Fleetwood as she represented Delmar Elementary as a semi-finalist in Wicomico County’s 2011- 2012 Teacher of the Year recognition program. Delmar Elementary was once again recognized by the Maryland State Department of Education for its PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports) program as an Exemplar School receiving gold status for 2011. The administrators, teachers, and staff will continue to use research-based best practices to ensure “Success: Every Student, Every Day” during the 2011 – 2012 school year. Delmar Elementary is honored to have Delmar VFW Post 8276 and Auxiliary, Delmar Lions Club, Delmar Kiwanis, St. Stephens United Methodist Church, Verizon Pioneers, Chick-Fil-A, Food Lion, Baxter Enterprises and Gordy Exxon as its community partners.
Key dates: Aug. 26, open house from 1-3 p.m. Sept. 19, PTA Back-to-School Night followed by classroom visitations.

Weather Saves Washington DC in War Of 1812

AUGUST 25, 1814
After the British Army took Washington on the 24th and burn it, fires were still burning on the 25th. A severe thunderstorm with a tornado tore through Washington that killed several British soldiers and buckled the heavy chain bridge across the Potomac River. The very heavy rains associated with the storm also helped put out the fires set by the British troops. (p.31-32 Washington Weather Book 2002 by Ambrose, Henry, Weiss)

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Sussex County Press release

Sussex County faces serious threat from dangerous Hurricane Irene

Storm center expected to pass just off Delaware coast, but hurricane-force winds, flooding, and 10 inches of rain expected


A dangerous Hurricane Irene continues to churn off the southeastern United States coast, with its sights set on possibly brushing Delaware by week’s end, lashing the region with storm-force winds, large waves, and flooding rains.

Forecasters expect the center of the Category 3 storm, now with sustained winds of 130 mph, to pass approximately 75 to 100 miles off the Delaware coast late Saturday night or early Sunday morning, before quickly departing the region later in the day Sunday. At that time, the storm may be slightly less intense, at Category 2, with sustained winds of 100 mph.

While a direct hit is not in the forecast, Sussex County is nonetheless expected to feel some of the stronger effects of Hurricane Irene, which covers a wider swath than most other storms. Winds of at least 40 mph, possibly gusting to 75 mph, 10-foot waves in the surf zone, tidal flooding and as much as 10 inches of rain are all possible with this storm.

No evacuations have been ordered, and no shelters have been designated. The Sussex County Emergency Operations Center, however, reminds the public to prepare now, in advance of the storm. Have a supply kit ready, know the evacuation routes, and plan ahead on where to relocate, if needed.

“This is still an evolving forecast, but with the degree of certainty the hurricane center seems to have with each update, it appears more likely we’re in for some very significant weather this weekend,” said Joseph L. Thomas, director of Sussex County EOC director. “Anything can change, but now is the time that everyone should be using to prepare themselves and their property for the strong possibility of flooding rains, storm surge and high winds.”

Forecasters believe Hurricane Irene’s current predicted track will come close enough to give Sussex County the strongest effects of the storm, with tidal flooding likely in low-lying areas, particularly along the oceanfront and the Delaware Bay shoreline. Forecasters, meantime, say a storm surge of 2 to 4 feet is possible along coastal areas, on top of the 5 to 10 inches of rain expected across the area.

Residents and property owners should secure loose objects, such as lawn chairs and trash cans, to prevent storm winds from turning those items into potential projectiles. Also, residents in low-lying tidal areas should make sure submersible pumps are working and check storm drains to ensure they are clear of debris.

The Sussex County EOC encourages residents and visitors to continue monitoring the tropics and conditions as they deteriorate. For updates, stay tuned to local television and radio stations, the Sussex County EOC Web site at, and the County’s Twitter feeds at and The public should also monitor the National Weather Service, at, for the latest forecast.

Sussex County urges those planning to visit the area for the upcoming weekend to carefully monitor conditions and plan accordingly. Campers in area parks should also monitor the forecasts, and be prepared to leave if ordered to do so.

For helpful tips on what to do in preparation for a hurricane, including evacuation maps and preparedness brochures, visit

For more information, please contact the Sussex County EOC at (302) 855-7801.

Wildcat Pride Day

I walked up to the High School tonight to the Wildcat Pride night - Wow - I was impressed. Orange and Blue was all over the place. They had about 200 to 400 people there milling around, a few goats, and about 25 to 30 booths setup providing information on different organizations and programs. I won't attempt to name all of them but some were; Jobs For Delaware Graduates, Band Boosters, Cheerleaders Boosters, Chorus Boosters, Paw Power (more about that in a separate post), Key Club, PNC Bank, Honor Society, FFA, Chamber of Commerce, Contender Academy, Even M&T Bank was there, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, The Town Elected Officials from Delmar Delaware with the exception of Woody Payne who was a no show, also no Delmar Maryland elected officials were there, and free hot dogs, assorted game booths were set up and Farrah D. Morelli and her family was there, etc etc just a great event. Below are some photos of the event.

Sussex County Press release

Hurricane Irene expected to graze state; could produce 10-foot waves, 10 inches of rain and winds up to 75 mph

FOR IMMEDIATE 1530 Hours, Wednesday
RELEASE Aug. 24, 2011

With Hurricane Irene threatening Sussex County and the rest of the mid-Atlantic region, the Sussex County Emergency Operations Center is advising residents and visitors to keep a watchful eye on the tropics and to prepare now, when the weather is calm.

Here are some steps you can take now to make your home and family ready in the event of a tropical storm or hurricane:

 If you live in a flood-prone or other vulnerable area, be prepared to evacuate. Plan your evacuation route now. Emergency managers will notify the public, via the media, of what areas should evacuate and when. In the event you evacuate, take a storm kit with you. Take valuable and/or important papers with you. Secure your house by locking the windows and doors. Turn off all utilities (gas, water, electric, etc.). Notify a family member or someone close to you outside the evacuation area of your destination.

 Secure all outdoor items. Property owners also will need to secure their boats. Area residents should clear rainspouts and gutters and trim any trees that may pose a problem during high winds.

 Have a family disaster kit. This kit should include the following items:
• A three-day supply of water. This should include at least one gallon of water per person per day;
• Non-perishable foods and a manual can opener;
• A change of clothes and shoes for each person;
• Prescription medicines;
• A blanket or sleeping bag and pillow for each person;
• Personal hygiene items;
• A flashlight and extra batteries for each person;
• Special needs items, such as formula and diapers for infants, as well as items needed for elderly or disabled family members;
• A portable radio with extra batteries;
• Money. During power outages, ATMs will not work;
• Fuel. Gas pumps are also affected by power outages, so it is a good idea to have fuel in advance.

 In the event of an approaching storm, travel during daylight hours. DO NOT WAIT UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE TO MAKE PLANS OR TO PURCHASE GASOLINE AND SUPPLIES. When a storm watch is issued, you should monitor the storm on the radio and television. An evacuation could take 24 to 36 hours prior to a storm’s onset.

 If ordered to evacuate and seek shelter elsewhere, follow the instructions of local emergency managers on where to go and when. Authorities will announce shelter locations in advance of their opening. Make provisions for your pets, as many shelters will not accept animals.

 If not ordered to evacuate and you decide to take shelter in your home, have your disaster kit ready. Keep your important papers with you or store them in the highest, safest place in your home, and in a waterproof container. Even if you seek shelter in place, you need to secure your home by locking the doors and windows. Turn off all utilities (gas, water, electric, etc.). Monitor the storm by portable radio to keep up with the latest information. Stay indoors. Try to stay in an inside room away from doors and windows.

 Use your phone sparingly. Make only essential calls and keep the calls brief. Report emergencies to 911. When reporting emergencies, identify yourself and your location, making sure to speak clearly and calmly. If you have a mobile telephone, make sure it is charged and ready to use at all times. Remember, however, that cell service may be interrupted during and after the storm.

In the event a hurricane affects our area, expect polluted water, limited communications, no electricity, overflowing or backed-up sewers, undermined foundations, beach erosion and heavy damage to homes and roadways.

Do not re-enter the area until recommended to do so by local authorities. As you re-enter the area, be aware of possible hazards such as downed trees and power lines. Be aware of debris and water on roadways. Upon re-entry, have identification and important legal papers ready to show officials proof of residency. Continue to use your emergency water supply or boil water until notified that the drinking water is safe. Take precautions to prevent fires.

Sussex County is encouraging those visiting the area to monitor conditions and to use caution if planning a visit to the beach.

The Sussex County EOC encourages residents and visitors to continue monitoring the storm as it moves closer to the coast. For updates, stay tuned to local television and radio stations, the Sussex County EOC Web site at, and the County’s Twitter feed at and The public should also monitor the National Weather Service, at, for the latest forecast.

For more information, please contact the Sussex County EOC at (302) 855-7801.

For more information on preparing for hurricane season, including evacuation maps and preparedness brochures, visit Another helpful source is the NOAA Hurricane Preparedness Week homepage,

Delmarva Power Is At it Again

Tuesday Delmarva Power was back farting around with the overhead wires again

Last week during the storm they again were working on the transformer and overhead wires.

Those damn people are just determine to burn this house down also.

The Pam Schell Retirement Party

Delmar Youth Services Librarian Pam Schell is retiring this month (August 26th) from the Delmar Library. There was a small surprise party for her this morning. Pam has spent many years (I think 12 years as the youth service coordinator) with the Delmar library and we wish her well in her future endeavors which may be a run for a Delmar Maryland Commissioner seat. Pam is the one in Orange on the left. She was also the 2010 Delmar Citizen of the year.

Three Lower Counties - 1682

August 24, 1682 - After the British secured the colony from the Dutch, The Duke of York awarded William Penn a deed to the "Three Lower Counties" that make up the present state of Delaware

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Wildcat Pride Day Tomorrow

The school is celebrating their first annual Wildcat Pride Day from 6-8:00 PM on Wednesday, August 24. Meet and greet their staff, students, parents, and community members as they celebrate our programs, successes, and Wildcat traditions.


Wow so what just occurred a couple of minutes ago? I was sitting in the recliner and the whole house rocked. The neighbors came out of their house asking what was going on. So what is it earthquake or what?

UPDATE: So it was a 5.9 earthquake in Virginia. My daughter in Edinboro (Western Pennsylvania) felt it out there and called us. The other daughter in Germantown Maryland certainly felt it and gave us a call that she was okay.

Our cats were on the back porch and after the shake we opened the door and it was like a stampede for them trying to get back into the house.

Today is Laurel Little League day

Picked up from WGMD

The Sussex County Council has proclaimed today as Laurel Little League day after their win in the Senior League Softball World Series.

County Administrator David Baker tells the County Council that the last time a Sussex County team won a Little League World Series was in 1981

Hoss’s Steak and Sea House Stuffed Pepper Soup

Normally I try not to eat in chain restaurants while traveling but frequently it can't be avoided. While returning from Edinboro Monday we were driving thru Cranberry township, Pennsylvania between (Oil City and Clarion) and came across a Hoss’s Steak and Sea House so we decided to try it since we had not visited one before. They seem to mainly be in Pennsylvania. Generally I would describe it as a Ponderosa with seafood. Since it was lunch time we just went with the Soup and salad bar. Nicole, the hostess, was very helpful explaining the layout of the restaurant and where the food was etc.

They have a Stuffed Pepper soup that is very tasty. Of course if you don't like stuffed peppers it will not be for you but I found the combination of peppers, tomato, sauce and rice to be very good. It is more like a chili-type thing than soup.

The place was clean and the chief cook kept constant watch on the serving line, checking that it was full and up to temperature.

The location is;
Cranberry (Venango County)
2432 State Route 257
Cranberry, PA 16319
(814) 677-3002
Intersection of Rt. 322 and Rt. 257

Planning & Zoning Commission Meeting Thursday

The regularly scheduled meeting of the Planning & Zoning Commission will be held at
Town Hall on August 25th. Some items on the agenda are;
Darryl Willings - a new home in Amber Ridge
The Myer's group - sign approval for 31010 Thornton Blvd Unit 2.

The Maryland Board Of Zoning Appeal - August 30th

On Tuesday, August 30, 2011, the Maryland Board of Zoning Appeals of
Delmar, MD will meet at the Delmar Town Hall for their scheduled meeting.
The following agenda is scheduled:
• Danny Maszera- Extension Request for variances
and special exceptions for the Pheasant Lake Sub-

Pittsburgh, Phipps, Pierogies and Primanti Bros Sandwiches or call it P-ing in Pittsburgh

We took our daughter back to college on Sunday. Last year after dropping her off and returning home we got lost explored new and unfamiliar roadways and ended up in downtown Pittsburgh. Well I hadn't been to Pittsburgh since the 1960's, back then it had a continual haze over it and all the images you may recall from the movie "The Deerhunter" were true. I didn't see a nice side of the city at that time. This time however you could see in Pittsburgh and it actually looked nice, so this year we decided to extend the trip to Edinboro by a couple of days and look at Pittsburgh.

We did the usual tourist stuff of riding the incline - if you are over 65 you ride free on the inclines. As an added bonus you get a great panoramic view of the central part of Pittsburgh.

Friday afternoon we did a Just Ducky Tour in one of the World War II amphibious vehicle.

The Tour guides and the tour was interesting, however while on the water part of the tour a hell of a storm came in. Tons of rain came down with us out in the river. There was a short pause in the rain after we left the tour than while Megan was driving us to another destination the rain came poring down a again

Riding in rain about 4:30 PM. I understand Delmar also had bad weather on Friday. This storm was so bad in Pittsburgh that four people died from drowning. On the East End a flash flood ran down Washington Boulevard with waters nine foot deep taking people with it out into the Allegheny River. I understand even with 100 inch storm drains the street still flooded over. Even standing on the top of their cars people still had water up to their waist. I read where two woman swam to safety by using their purses as life floating devices - something they learned in Girl Scouts - wow.

We went to the Phipps Conservatory & Botanical Gardens. The Phipps has the largest Victorian "glass houses" in the country, filled with tropical plants that were the original seedlings at the 1890 Exposition, beautiful orchids, indoor and outdoor gardens, Children Discovery Garden, etc etc etc it was great

As you know, unless you are really a strong palm tree person, it gets boring just seeing green so the Phipps placed a lot of Glass flowers by Dale Chihuly to add color.

Fabric Flowers

The flowers had a mirror in the center so you could angle photos and get family members faces in them. Megan in a flower

Green People

Pittsburgh is the pierogi capital of the United States so we had to have some on this trip and we stopped by S & D Polish Deli in the Strip area. We were not disappointed. As you walk in the air is filled with cabbage cooking so you know you have found the right place for Polish cooking.

Pierogies – Polish dish, pasta dough filled with potato and cheese, onion or sauerkraut

Red Borscht with dumplings (really good), also the deli's homemade bigos (hunter’s stew), pierogies and Potato pancakes was some of the fare we sampled.

After eating we walked some on The Strip, which is one of those city things of combination sidewalk flea market, outdoor bars, produce, seafood and meat shops.

The Strip

The Strip

Steeler T Shirts are sold everywhere. I think every fourth person had a Steeler T shirt on. If you know my outlook on sports you will know I was in Sport's Hell.

Primanti Bros in Monroeville PA. I would describe Primanti Bros as a sport's bar - yes Howard was in a sport's bar. The Pittsburgh-style sandwich was made famous by Primanti Brothers. They have about 18 locations now. They serve sandwiches on sliced Italian bread with a vinegar-based cole slaw, tomatoes, and hand cut fries topping your choice of meat—including an egg served all as a sandwich.

This is the sandwich washed down with an Iron City. It is not a bad sandwich. it is messy and big to take a bite out of but the Iron City beer helped wash it down.

Susan and Ramona chowing down. Naturally we ordered pierogies as a side dish as they are served everywhere - like fries here.

Pittsburgh is all about Tunnels, bridges, Hills, and neighborhoods. They use PGH as a shorthand for Pittsburgh so being from this area it took some adjusting as to why they would know about Peninsular General Hospital.

The old Pittsburgh was a gritty place with a perpetural haze but the people there had a certain strength of "in your face," blue collar attitude with well paying jobs to back their attitude and actions. Today's Pittsburgh is a little effeminate and instead of being tough they seem to like to watch men acting tough playing a child's game of football.

Frankly I liked the people in the old Pittsburgh better, but our little vacation in Pittsburgh was good and we might even do it again.