Saturday, September 03, 2011

Rabies - From "Dogs Naturally"

Rabies Vaccination Debate In Delaware
by Dogs Naturally on September 1, 2011

Spurred by consumer concerns about over-vaccination of pets, authorities in Delaware and Minnesota separately are considering rules governing the frequency with which companion animals are immunized against rabies.

In Delaware, state Sen. Karen Peterson has introduced legislation that would subject veterinarians to disciplinary action if they vaccinate animals more often than is recommended by vaccine manufacturers.

In Minnesota, advocates for rules on rabies vaccination intervals are scheduled to address the state Veterinary Medical Board at its next meeting on Sept. 27.

In its present form, Delaware’s SB 147 covers all veterinary vaccinations. However, Peterson told the VIN News Service in an interview last week that she is likely to narrow its scope to rabies vaccination, as that is the only veterinary inoculation mandated by law. Excerpts follow from the VIN interview:

“Concerns in Delaware and Minnesota about over-vaccination center around the practice by some small-animal veterinarians of administering every one or two years rabies vaccines that have been proven to be effective for three years.

Peterson said her attention was drawn to the issue by Diane Meier, whose 5-year-old apparently healthy beagle, Molly, died in January shortly after a routine checkup at Savannah Animal Hospital in Lewes, Del., where the dog received shots for rabies and distemper. Shortly afterward, Molly became lethargic, unresponsive and glassy-eyed, according to Meier.

“I took Molly back to the vet twice and was told that they could not tell from the exam, blood work or X-rays what was wrong with her,” Meier said. “I asked if it could be the rabies shot and was told ‘no.’” Within about a week, she said, Molly died.

Later, after examining Molly’s medical record with a veterinarian in a different clinic, Meier said she became aware that Molly had been given a three-year rabies vaccine — IMRAB 3 TF made by Merial — each year for the past two years.

Molly was vaccinated at Savannah for rabies a total of four times between 2008 and 2011, Meier said; she suspects but doesn’t know for certain that three-year vaccines were used each time.

Although the cause of death was not established, Meier believes overexposure to rabies inoculant is to blame. “You can say we don’t know, but when you put two and two together, it’s four,” she said.

Meier said she filed a complaint with the state Division of Professional Regulation, which reviewed the matter and referred it to the Attorney General’s Office, which ultimately dismissed the case.

Meier’s experience resonated with Peterson. The Delaware lawmaker said she lost a miniature poodle, Rosie, six years ago to an autoimmune disease — immune-mediated thrombocytopenia — that she suspects was triggered by overexposure to rabies vaccine.

The condition developed in the 2-year-old dog a few months after a rabies booster shot, Peterson said. She said that with the help of good veterinarians and great effort and expense, Rosie lived until age 5.

Experts say scientific evidence that vaccinations may cause health problems in pets is spotty because the research is difficult and costly and funding is hard to come by.

“You have to do studies that look at a lot of animals,” explained Dr. Philip Kass, a professor of epidemiology at the University of California, Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine. “You can’t do experiments because they would be unbelievably expensive and long. I’m not talking about problems like getting an allergic reaction within a half an hour,” he added. “I’m talking about more substantial, chronic diseases that are uncommon and can take a long time to develop.”

According to the 2011 Compendium of Animal Rabies Prevention and Control published by the National Association of State Public Health Veterinarians, Inc., 14 rabies vaccine products for dogs and 17 for cats are licensed and marketed in the United States. Almost all come in one- and three-year versions. (The exception is Continuum Rabies, which has been shown to be effective in cats for four years.)

The array of offerings is produced by four companies: Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc.; Pfizer, Inc.; Merial, Inc.; and Merck Animal Health, owner of what used to be the separate companies Intervet and Schering-Plough Animal Health.

The difference between one- and three-year formulations is, in many cases, little to nothing, according to scientists familiar with the manufacture and testing of vaccines. Manufacturers’ representatives say a key distinction between most one- and three-year rabies vaccines is the testing they undergo to demonstrate the duration for which they confer immunity.

In the case of Defensor 1 and Defensor 3 vaccines made by Pfizer, testing is the only difference between the products. “The formulations are the same, but regulatory requirements for the one- and three-year vaccines are different, requiring distinct and separate studies for each label,” said Pfizer spokesman Richard Chambers.

Duration of immunity studies for the licensing of rabies vaccines and for labels on other types of vaccines are a significant and costly undertaking. Vaccine makers wishing to market products in the United States must maintain two groups of research subjects for the period for which they wish to label the product. In general, one group must include at least 20 vaccinated animals; the second is a control group that should consist of at least 10 unvaccinated animals. When the period has elapsed — one year, three years, or any other period the vaccine maker desires — both sets of subjects must be exposed to the disease. If at least 85 percent of the vaccinated animals are protected and at least 80 percent of controls develop the disease, the vaccine is considered effective for the period and labeled as such.

In reality, protection could continue much longer than the labeled period with certain vaccines and/or in some or many animals. How long immunity truly lasts for the rabies vaccine beyond the period demonstrated is unknown.

Why make one- and three-year versions of vaccines? The reasons are several. Pfizer spokesman Chambers cited customer preference and varying local rules. “Where local laws and regulations mandate annual rabies vaccination, many veterinarians prefer to use a rabies vaccine that is specifically labeled, based on the required studies, for annual vaccination,” he said.

Ronald Schultz, professor and chair of the Department of Pathobiological Sciences at the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine and an authority on veterinary vaccines, supports rules controlling the frequency with which veterinarians administer vaccines.

Vaccines “do have components in them that can cause hypersensitivity reactions and so forth,” he said. “So you never give a vaccine more often than is needed.”

But what constitutes need is another open question. Dr. John Baillie, a clinic owner in Lake Elmo, Minn., said he routinely administers three-year rabies vaccines to patients every two years.

The reason, which he said he explains to clients, is that he prefers to alternate the years in which patients receive distemper and rabies shots. “Then we’re not overloading them with the viral vaccinations,” Baillie said.

A biennial schedule also ensures that patients aren’t late for their required rabies shot, he said. “If everyone was always in on time (with their pet) it would be a moot point,” Baillie said. “But that doesn’t happen.”

He recently monitored how many clients visited the clinic on time for their pets’ rabies vaccinations. In two weeks, he counted 11 clients whose pets were behind schedule, one by six months.

However, because he had used a three-year vaccine on the patient, Baillie said, “that animal was still protected against rabies and the client was protected against legal ramifications.”

Baillie, who is vice president of the Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association, noted that the ultimate purpose of animal rabies immunization is to protect people. “For me, it gets down to what’s best for my patients and my clients and what makes it simplest for them as far as keeping track of it and ensuring that their animal is protected,” he said.

For reasons similar to Baillie’s, other veterinarians also issue rabies certificates for shorter periods than indicated on the label of the vaccine they use. Doing so comes with a risk, warns Dr. Deborah A. Sprong, a relief veterinarian in Maryland. In a discussion of the subject on a message board of the Veterinary Information Network, an online community for the profession, Sprong said:

“The problem with issuing a 1-year certification when a 3-year vaccination … is given is that if the animal has a wound of unknown origin or a high-exposure-risk situation after the first year but prior to the three-year expiration, it may well wind up being euthanized because it is (seen as) overdue for rabies vaccination. … This would be a shame if the animal really was current and the record doesn’t reflect it.”

In an interview by email, Sprong added that even if the veterinarian who administered the vaccine documents in the medical record that the animal is protected for three years, the pet could still be vulnerable.

“If the animal presents to an emergency clinic after a tangle with a raccoon, the rabies certificate is all that is available to determine whether the animal is legally protected or not,” she said. “What if something happens to the medical records — a computer crash, fire, bankruptcy? Then the certificate is all there is.”

Meier, the dog owner in Delaware whose experience inspired the proposed legislation, said she is glad the bill has attracted attention to the subject. “However it turns out,” she said, “the issue needs public discussion.”

Proposals in both states have caused a stir among practitioners, many of whom believe the issue is a medical matter to be decided between doctors and their clients.

“The veterinarian is a professional,” said Dr. Heather Hirst, Delaware State Veterinarian. “A veterinarian is a source of medical expertise and they need to be allowed to use clinical judgment to make decisions about how they use vaccines.”

Hirst and the Delaware Veterinary Medical Association (DVMA) oppose the legislation. “Manufacturer recommendations are just that — recommendations,” said DVMA Executive Director Lynn Appel. “We’re not in favor of taking the ability to practice veterinary medicine out of the hands of the practitioner.”

What upsets Meier is that her veterinarian didn’t volunteer information about the type of vaccine being used and the reason for giving boosters more frequently than recommended on the label. “I’m not an uneducated person,” she said. “I am very risk-averse and I am very interested in the health of my animals. But I trusted (veterinarians). I trusted them to be doing no harm. It’s agonizing to me. Why do we have to be experts on rabies-vaccine duration? Why can’t we trust our vets?”

Battle of Cooch's Bridge - 1777

September 3, 1777 - The Battle of Cooch's Bridge in Newark, was the only battle of the American Revolutionary War fought on Delaware soil, and though the day was lost to the British it was the first time that the Stars and Stripes was flown in battle.

Friday, September 02, 2011

North Carolina - Experience The calm after The Storm

I am on an email list in North Carolina so I receive emails from the North Carolina Tourism office. I see they have put a positive spin on the Hurricane that went thru the Carolinas than dropped to a tropical storm when it hit us. Their new slogan on their ad campaigns is; "Experience The Calm after The Storm."

Just like our beautiful skies, North Carolina beaches have reopened and are ready for visitors this Labor Day holiday

Every Man For Himself At Traffic Lights In Maryland

From Towson Patch

Hurricane Irene Exposes Traffic Law Myth

Maryland has no law governing right of way when power fails and traffic lights go dark.

By Bryan P. Sears August 30, 2011

Irene didn't just knock down trees and cut off power.

The weekend storm that churned up the East Coast has inadvertently revealed a hole in Maryland's traffic laws, according to a regional motorist organization.

Scores of intersections were left without power in the days following the weekend storm, leaving government officials to plead for motorists to treat intersections with inoperable traffic lights as four-way stops.

But Maryland law does not require it.

"People think we have a law but we don't," said Ragina Averella, public and government affairs manager for AAA Mid-Atlantic. "I was a (Baltimore City) police officer and I thought we had a law."

Del. James Malone, chairman of the House subcommittee overseeing motor vehicles and transportation issues, agreed.

"It's surprising how many people think that there are laws on the books when they're really not on the books," said Malone, an Arbutus Democrat.

Malone said he's seen people in the last few days slow down as they approach intersections where the lights are out rather than coming to a stop.

"They're still moving and hoping that the other guy will stop," said Malone, who is a retired career firefighter who still volunteers at the Arbutus Volunteer Fire Department. "I'm hoping and praying we don't see any accidents because of this."

Averella said that while she believes "the majority of drivers use good judgment and courtesy to slow down when a signal isn’t functioning" inoperable lights are still a danger.

"Intersections, especially large intersections, where the traffic lights aren't functioning pose a serious safety risk," Averella said. "Intersections can be dangerous even when the lights are working."

For some, there is an "every-man-for-himself rule that prevails and pervades during rush hour" when traffic lights are out, Averella said.

As of Tuesday afternoon, there were 76 state road intersections where lights were inoperable. Baltimore County officials reported another 30 on county roads.

Since the storm, county and state officials have repeatedly asked the motorists to treat the intersections as four-way stops. At the intersection of North Charles Street and Bellona Avenue, police positioned cones and stop signs to clearly define traffic flow.

So far, Baltimore County officials said they have seen no increase in motor vehicle accidents. Concern about the intersections was such that County Executive Kevin Kamenetz announced Monday that county police would be stationed in intersections where the lights are out.

In Harford County, Maryland State Police positioned troopers in a number of intersections during rush hour Monday.

“It’s things like that that really start to eat at your resources,” said Lt. Chuck Moore from the Bel Air Barrack.

Richard Muth, executive director of the Maryland Emergency Management Agency, said Monday that state officials were huddling to come up with a solution.

"A lot of these are handled on the local level, and the problem is there are so many that they can't (all) be covered," Muth said.

He encouraged drivers to treat the intersections as four-way stops.

But Averella said there is confusion among drivers about how to treat the intersections. The lack of a law doesn't help, she said.

"You hate to legislate everything," Averella said.

A bill requiring motorists to treat the intersections as four-way stops has been introduced in 2008, 2009 and 2010. None of the bills passed. AAA Mid-Atlantic supported the bill all three times.

Malone said the trouble with similar so-called common sense transportation legislation is that "in Annapolis, everyone drives and everyone has an opinion."

Averella said Maryland needs such a law and her organization will press legislators to revisit the issue next year.

Malone said he'd be willing to look at the issue as early as the special session scheduled for the week of Oct. 17.

"We definitely are going to have to address this," Malone said.

"I can promise you I will sit down with everyone and try to find out if there was anything we learned from (Hurricane Irene) so that this never happens again," Malone said. "Maybe we can come up with something during the special session."

Copperhead Bite

From Germantown Patch

Copperhead Bites Man in Germantown Maryland

Hospital says storms may have lured snakes from their wooded habitats, warns of more snake sightings.

By Tiffany Arnold August 31, 2011

Copperheads are considered dangerous, but their bites are rarely fatal. A 37-year-old man was bitten on the foot by a copperhead Tuesday night in Germantown.

The man, who has not been identified, was walking his dog at a retention lake near Wisteria Drive when he was bitten, said Jennifer Plaia, a spokeswoman for Shady Grove Adventist Hospital.

He was admitted to Shady Grove Adventist Emergency Center at Germantown at around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and was later transferred to Shady Grove Adventist Hospital in Rockville. The man was still recovering from the bite as of early Wednesday evening, Plaia said.

Further information about the bite victim’s condition was not available at presstime.

Of the 27 snakes in Maryland, only the copperhead and timber rattlesnake are poisonous, according to information Plaia provided.

Copperheads are considered dangerous, though their bites are rarely fatal.

Nationwide, poison snakes bite an estimated 7,000 to 8,000 people per year, and about five of those people die, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

News of the bite comes with a warning that there could be more snake sightings, recent storms having lured the reptiles from their wooded habitats.

Plaia said Shady Grove Hospital recently has treated a snake victim who was bit in Potomac

Thursday, September 01, 2011

Laurel Does It Better

Whereas the Town of Delmar wants to put a hidden speed camera somewhere in the school zone, the Town of Laurel put this speed sign next to their speed limit sign which tells the driver if he is speeding or not. Certainly a person would slow down to the speed limit if they saw how fast they were going, if they didn't I certainly would object to a ticket for them. Thumbs up for the Laurel approach and Thumbs down for the Delmar approach.

St. Stephen's Summer Celebration

Music, Oyster, Sandwiches, pony rides, petting zoo and more

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Hay Explosions

1995 - The summer was so hot in Missouri, that at the end of August, methane gas emitted within large bales of freshly-cut hay began to spontaneously combust.

Will hay be put on the do-not-fly list and will Homeland Security be in the fields? Will inquiring minds test this phenomenal?

more on hay explosion here and here

Delmar Heritage Day Celebration Sept 24th

Delmar Heritage Day Celebration
The 2011 Delmar Heritage Day is being scheduled for Saturday, September 24, 2011.
Events for the day are to include a car show presented by the Delaware Mustang Club;
food & craft vendors; a skateboard contest & three point basketball shootout; live music performances by the Delmar HS Acappella Chorus, St. Stephen UMC contemporary
group “Morning Glories” and “13 South”; a Farmer’s Market; kiddy crafts and historical exhibitions at the Delmar Library and their downtown booth location. The opening ceremony will begin at 9:00 a.m. with a ribbon cutting at the new Delmar Municipal Building, (the old Bank of Delmarva Building) Delmar, MD. with activities to run throughout the day at various sites. The Celebration will be capped off with
fireworks at 8:00 pm in Mason-Dixon Park.

There will be a meeting on Sept 7th at 7pm and on Sept 21 at 7 pm at Town hall to discuss and finalize the event.

The Delmar Maryland Election Guidelines


The Delmar, Maryland Primary Municipal Election for one (1) Mayor and (2)Commissioners will be held on Tuesday, September 27, 2011 (if needed) and the General Election will be held on Tuesday, November 15, 2011.

Qualified voters may vote between the hours of 7:00 A.M. and 7:00 P.M.

Deadline-Candidate Filing Monday, September 12, 2011 By 4:30 P.M.
Deadline-Voters to Register Tuesday, September 13, 2011 By 4:30 P.M.
Deadline-Absentee Ballot Applications Tuesday, September 13, 2011 By 4:30 P.M.

ELECTION DATE Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Starting at 7:00 A.M. Closing at 7:00 P.M. or until the last person in line at close of doors has voted.
Absentee & Emergency Ballots Tuesday, September 27, 2011
No later than closing of the polls on Election Day 7:00 P.M.

ELECTION DATE Tuesday, November 15, 2011 Starting at 7:00 A.M. Closing at 7:00 P.M. or until the last person in line votes

Qualifications for Mayor and Council Members are that they shall (a) be a citizen of the United States, (b) be at least eighteen (18) years of age on the date of the general election, (c) reside in the State of Maryland for at least one (1) year prior to the date of the general election, (d) reside in the corporate limits of the Town of Delmar for at least six (6) months immediately preceding the date of the general election, and (e) be a qualified voter of the Town of Delmar on the date of the general election.

Certificates of Candidacy must be completed at the Town Hall by 4:30 P.M. on Monday, September 12, 2011. No person shall file for nomination to more than one (1) elective town public office at any time.

To be eligible to vote in this upcoming municipal election, persons must be at least 18 years of age, reside in the state of Maryland for at least thirty (30) days, persons must be a resident of the Town of Delmar for at least thirty (30) days, and must register at town hall. Registration deadline is Tuesday, September 13, 2011 at 4:30 p.m. Voter registration forms may be filled out at Town Hall, 100 S. Pennsylvania Avenue, Delmar, MD Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Please contact Town Manager Sara Bynum-King with any questions at (410) 896-2777 or (302) 846-2664, Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Rabies Clinic

Rabies Clinic- Thursday, Sept. 15, 2011 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Delmar, MD. V.F.W. 200 W. State St. Sponsored by Wicomico County Health Dept. Cash Only- No Checks Bring a previous rabies vaccination certificate in order to obtain 3 year shots. Otherwise, 1 year shots will be given. Pets must be brought by a responsible adult. Dogs must be secured on a leash. Cats must be in a carrier or box with air holes. Only dogs and cats will be vaccinated. Maryland law requires all dogs and cats four months of age or older be adequately vaccinated against rabies.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Band Booster's Flower Sale

The annual fall Band Booster Flower sales is about to start. The Band Booster flower order form will be going out tomorrow or Thursday. Each year the band sells Mums ($5), Flowering cabbage ($5) and winter pansies ($4 a pot)as one of their fund raisers. Checks must be written to Delmar Band Boosters.. not to the school. See a band member and buy some flowers and help support the band.

Mosquitoes Are Out There

After a relatively mosquito free summer I find they are here in full force. The rain from the tropical storm we had has filled every container in the yard and mosquitoes are breeding big time. Now I attract mosquitoes less than other people in my family. I attribute it to the bee's pollen I take and being God's Chosen Child. Other people are Mosquito Magnet.

So it is time to cut your grass and get rid of the high wet grass where they breed, dump the excess water from the flower pots, and dump any container holding water including garbage cans.

MacArthur lands in Japan - 1945

Today in 1945 - Gen. Douglas MacArthur lands in Japan to oversee the formal surrender ceremony and to organize the postwar Japanese government. On August 30, 1945, MacArthur landed at Atsugi Airport in Japan and proceeded to drive himself to Yokohama. Along the way, tens of thousands of Japanese soldiers lined the roads, their bayonets fixed on him. One last act of defiance-but all for naught. MacArthur would be the man who would reform Japanese society, putting it on the road to economic success.

Making Life Safer and More Efficient In Delmar

Life and vehicles flow is easier in the morning now since the Delmar PD is directing traffic at the Delmar Middle and High School. Vehicles leaving the school loop will now be forced to turn right and exit down Lincoln avenue.

Is that Cpl Thomas Esham directing traffic? I can't tell anymore as they all have the same haircuts and sunglasses.

Is that Dr. Ring and Lt Remo? Wow! One man working and two supervising him.

Thumbs up for Delmar PD - making sure the traffic flows and our children are safe.

The Delmar Joint Council Meeting For August 2011

The August 2011 Delmar Joint Councils meeting was held last night at 7:00PM. Last night's missing member was once again Woody Payne who notified the council he had a family member with health issues and would be unable to make it. Maryland Commissioner James Henderson had brain surgery for a tumor and was back last night. My usual disclaimer is I am not part of the council and what I write is my personal views, not the minutes, of the meetings. It is also just the parts I want to comment on or write about. If you want to know the real stories go to the meeting or buy a newspaper.

The Oath of Office was given to the three people who will supervise the Delmar Maryland Election.

Generally there was not much going on in the meeting. Some discussion of; the effects of Irene, the Delmar Maryland Election, open house for the new town hall will be on Heritage Day (September 24th), plans for the new public safety building were shown (I use to call it the Police department but in the world of double speak politically correctness it is now Public Safety), New traffic patterns for Delaware and first street will be sent out this week to residents who live in the area of construction, the town newsletter also will go out this week, Tuesday Sept 6th the town will have a storm clean up day in which any trees etc that have fallen will be picked up by the town, Oct 9th the Delmar Fire Department will host the Delmarva Convention - big parade etc, the deed transfer on the LeCates building has once again been held up (no great surprise there) and maybe out in October it will be done, Walnut street flooding was discussed, and Woodcreek development is still complaining.

This is what the current town hall will look like after it is converted to a "Public Safety" building - Yes it does say police.

This is the floor plan of the building - in the event one of your black sheep relatives gets put in jail you will know how to break them out.

Town Of Delmar Has Storm Cleanup Day

The Town Of Delmar will have a Storm Clean Up day Sept 6th Tuesday. Put limbs and yard debris at the curbside for pickup.

Delaware Lift Yard Waste Disposal

Statewide yard waste disposal ban temporarily lifted in storm’s aftermath

DOVER (Aug. 29, 2011) – Due to the many downed trees and fallen limbs statewide caused by Hurricane Irene, DNREC has given temporary approval allowing Delaware residents to dispose of storm-related yard waste along with their household trash through Tuesday, September 6. The statewide yard waste ban that went into effect earlier this year has been rescinded for eight days to help residents clean up their property after the storm.

Delawareans are still encouraged to keep their yard waste separated from their household trash and to take it to a DSWA facility, yard waste drop-off site, or to a private company that accepts yard waste in order to preserve land fill space and to provide valuable material to the mulch and composting industries.

However, as part of a vigorous effort to clean up the state quickly from Hurricane Irene, residents may put yard waste in with their household trash for disposal until Sept. 6. (Please note that residents who live in municipalities that already have a separate yard waste collection program should continue to use that service rather than put their storm debris in with their household trash. Also, DNREC’s yard waste drop-off sites in New Castle County, the Polly Hill Drummond site and DART Mid-County site, will be open every day this week.)

Questions on the temporary lifting of the yard waste ban can be answered by DNREC’s Solid & Hazardous Waste Management Section by calling 302-739-9403 or by the Delaware Solid Waste Authority at 1-800-404-7080. For a list of yard waste drop off facilities, go to

First Day Filer - A Man Who Knows What He Wants

Tom “Bunky” Luffman, Jr. is Running for the office of Delmar Town Commissioner

Delmar, Maryland, USA August 29th, 2011

My name is Tom “Bunky” Luffman, Jr. and today I filed to be the next Town Commissioner in Delmar, Maryland. You may know me from my service on our Planning and Zoning Commission or my previous service on Wicomico County Board of Education Superintendent Frederickson’s Re-districting Committee.

During my time on Planning and Zoning I have consistently voted in a way that is both pro-home owner and pro-business. While I was on the Re-districting Committee I fought hard to keep Delmar children going to Delmar schools. When I joined the committee our town was faced with the specter of bussing some of our best and brightest to East Salisbury Elementary, which in turn would have forced those students to go to Wicomico Middle and High Schools. While I have nothing personal against any of these three schools (my mother went to Wi-Hi), I attended Delmar from kindergarten through graduation in 1991 and believe in the power of community and community schools. What we have in Delmar as a community is special and this is reflected and exemplified in our schools. Ask any realtor in the area and they will tell you that people want to move to Delmar so their kids can attend our schools. However, what is lesser known, but just as palpable to those of us that live here, is that the same spirit that inhabits our schools is manifest in our community as a whole. It is with this spirit that I intend on serving you as your Town Commissioner.

In the coming weeks I will launch my website ( that will outline my platform.

However, I promise you these things as the rock that my character and campaign stand upon:

1. I won't raise taxes
2. You'll always know where I stand
3. I won't lie to you
4. You will always be able to get ahold of me to discuss any issue

I humbly ask you to remember me when you cast your ballot for Town Commissioner.

The dates are:

Primary (if needed): Tuesday, September 27th 7am-7pm

General: Tuesday, November 15th 7am-7pm

For voting eligibility call the Delmar Town Hall: (410) 896-2777 Monday through Friday 8am-4:30pm.

God Bless America and God Bless the Wildcats of Delmar.

Tom “Bunky” Luffman, Jr.

Monday, August 29, 2011

The Delmar Maryland Election 2011

Today is the first day to file to run for elected office for these slots in Delmar Maryland; The Mayor and two Commissioners. They are currently held by P. Douglas Niblett Mayor , C. Luther Hitchens Deputy Mayor, Carl James Henderson Commissioner.

I would encourage people to become politically involved. Delmar is a small town it is time to step up to the plate and take your turn at holding office. You have a moral duty to do what you can within the scope of your capabilities and opportunities to effect positive change.

Even the voters in Delmar, Maryland are looking for someone who is capable of handling the office but more important wants the office. I would encourage you to step forward and put your hat in the ring. You have had two years since the last election to think about it. If you don't know for sure you want to do it by now don't do it. If you couldn't make up your mind in two years the town sure doesn't need you governing it's future. The town also doesn't need any "Well-maybe-I-will-run-if-no-one-else-wants-it-but-I-will-wait-until-the-last-day-before-I-file-Just-in-case-someone-else-wants-it." And for all of you people that have been rejected for a job due to not having a college degree, elected offices have no education requirements. We are looking for people with common sense. This could be your first step on the run to being the president.

Return Day?

I wonder how many Hurricane related items purchased last week (generators, propane tanks, candles, etc)are being returned to the store today?

Sunday, August 28, 2011

M. Carrie Ellis - A Mystery

A reader sent me a reference to a newspaper article on M. Carrie Ellis. Carrie Ellis lived in Delmar in the 1890's and 1900's. Her son-in-law was Dr. James Brayshaw, whose name a house on Jewell Street carries. I had done a post on The Brayshaw House some time ago.

Mary Carrie Chaworth married Jonathan Waller Ellis on January 13, 1874 in Cambridge Maryland. Her mother was Margaret Phillips Chaworth and her father was L. Byron Chatworth. The two of them were married June 2, 1852.

The newspaper article I keyed in to this post and is interesting. I know that altho the house was called The Brayshaw house it was owned by M. Carrie Ellis. Perhaps this inheritance mentioned in the article was the source of the money for the house - one can only guess. Googling Chaworth and you find only confusion with no reference to L. Byron Chaworth than in marriage license and this newspaper article. So it is a bit of a mystery.

So back to Dr James Brayshaw, in 1896 he married Agnes Ellis, a young lady 27 years his junior. She was the daughter of Jonathan Waller Ellis (1840-1915 son of James Ellis and Eleanor Ann Waller) and Mary Carrie Ellis (1854-1930). James and Agnes had one son, James Ellis Brayshaw (1897-1931). The son married Laura Rodney (1897-1930). Altho the house is called the Doctor James Brayshaw house from what I can determine the house was owned by his mother-in-law, M. Carrie Ellis. The house was built between 1903 to 1906 (fits the time of an inheritance). It is unclear when the house was sold. It could have been after Jonathan Ellis died in 1915 or after Carrie Ellis died in 1930. Regardless, in the 1920 census Dr. Brayshaw is practicing medicine in Delaware City and his mother-in-law is living with them. James Brayshaw died in 1927 and Agnes Brayshaw died in 1957. The Brayshaws and Ellis' are buried in Parson Cemetery in Salisbury.

So here is the article;

A Romance of Maryland

Marriage In Dorchester County of L. Byron Chaworth

From The Evening Times May 7, 1901

CAMBRIDGE, MD May 6, - A letter from an attorney in the South to Mayor Robert G. Henry, of Cambridge, inquiring the whereabouts, if living, of a certain lady, has revived an old romance that has been forgotten for 40 years.

Somewhere about 1850 or ’52 a young Englishman came to Cambridge and announced himself as L. Byron Chaworth, of England. He came, he said, to make the Eastern Shore his home and wanted employment. He was a comely young fellow with the thews and sinews of a trained athlete and accomplished in feats of strength and agility then quite uncommon in this region, In addition to this he performed some creditable tricks in legerdemain and ventriloquism, which added to his graceful manner and charm of an educated cultivated mind, soon made him a welcome guest in the best homes in Dorchester county.

He had very little means at his command and engaged in teaching school at Antioch, several miles from Cambridge. His athletic training stood him in good stead in those days when big boys in country schools were very hard customers to handle. Young Chaworth proved to be an all-round good fellow and waxed popular with young men and maidens. He could hold his own with the best educated gentlemen in the country, back a horse as well as the most cunning jockey and play a stiff hand at poker with the best adepts of the game.

It was the possession of such accomplishments as these that caused Farmer Henry Phillips to refuse Chaworth the hand of his pretty daughter Margaret when the Englishman sued for it. But the objection was of no avail, for one dark night pretty Maragret escaped out of a second-story window into the arms of her lover and was married to him by the most convenient minister. The elopement was the talk of the county for a while and many thought that the young lady had “carried her ducks to a bad market.” Pretty soon Chaworth began to show himself in colors other than those exposed to the public eye before his marriage. He treated his wife badly and became very dissipated and reckless in his conduct. A year after the marriage a girl child was born. She was named Karee. The child was yet an infant when Chaworth left his wife and went South. He never came back to Maryland nor communicated with his wife so far as known. He was heard of during the Civil War as a spy in the Confederate service. Chaworth said his full name was Lord Byron Chaworth and created the impression that he was of the same family of Chaworths into which the poet Byron tried to marry. He also claimed to be a scion of a noble house and possible heir to wealth and title. No one believed this to be true after his bad conduct in the county.

Now, however, comes a letter from a Southern Lawyer to Mayor Henry asking after the daughter of L. Byron Chaworth, in which it is stated that such a person was known to have been born in Dorchester county in the fifties. The letter also stated that the inquiry was made through the request of the London solicitor of Count Chaworth. Mayor Henry declines to disclose the name of the lawyer who wrote the letter and the name and residence of the lady. But, he says, the lawyer stated that there is a considerable estate in which the daughter of Lord Byron Chaworth is interested aboard, presumably in England. The lady in question was married many years ago and lives in Delaware. She was located by Mayor Henry after some effort and told of her probable good fortune. The lady requested Mr. Henry to withhold her name from the public until she learned more about the matter, to which he gave assent.

Now, then, comes an interesting point, Why should an English solicitor be writing to a lawyer in the South about a lady who presumably could be found in Cambridge , Md.? It looks as if there are some people in the South who may be interested in any estate that rightfully belongs to the heirs of Byron Chaworth, that worthy gentleman having been long since gathered to his fathers, and his wife, poor woman, having died seven years after giving birth to his child. It may be that Chaworth married in the South and left a family there and that the lawyer mentioned might be their attorney. At any rate, the parties interested are moving warily and some developments are soon expected to throw more light upon the situation.

The resurrection of this old romance brings up memories of another person who figured in Cambridge for many years and who though as well known as any man in the county during his life, passed into the beyond and left behind an impenetrable mystery. This man, George Winthrop, was closely connected with this romance of the Chaworths, inasmuch as he was appointed guardian of Karee Chaworth by the court upon the death of her mother and administered the property her mother left her faithfully and well until she grew to womanhood, married and left the State.

George Winthrop came to Dorchester about 1832 as the tutor of the children of Levin Richardson at Elsing, on the Little Choptank river. He said he was from Massachusetts and of the same family as the historic Governor Winthrop. Later on he abandoned school teaching and created the impression that he had become well off through a family inheritance.; He lived in Cambridge in good style always had money and all thought him comparatively rich, though he never possessed property here. He was highly respected all his long life and died full of years and honors, leaving behind him only about enough money to pay funeral expenses.

Some of his close friends here wrote to the people in Massachusetts that George Winthrop claimed as his relatives and whom he ostensibly visited in his annual trips North and were amazed to learn from their replies that none of them had ever heard of him. From that day to this no one has been able to find the slightest clue to either the supposed fortune or the birthplace or a single Northern friend of George Winthrop.

The Day after The Storm

Clearly Irene was more of a tropical storm than a real Hurricane. Today Delmar had a number of trees and tree limbs down and some flooding still in the streets but it could have been a lot worst. People were generally picking up tree branches and limbs or just wandering around looking for damage. Those that live in Delaware are no doubt wondering how they are going to get rid of them since the State no longer allows them to go to the landfill.

I noticed this house that backs on Wood Creek had about 8 boats in the yard so I guess they were expecting the creek to rise.

Delaware Bay Is Discovered

1609 Aug. 28 – Entrance to Delaware Bay is discovered by Capt. Henry Hudson, an Englishman in the employ of the Dutch, in the Half Moon