Saturday, September 10, 2011

St. Stephen's Summer Celebration

Music, Fire Engine Rides, car show, pony rides, train rides, petting zoo - another nice event was held by St. Stephen's Church today

Time To Apply To The Military Service Academies

The time for applications to the Military Academies is drawing near. For Senators Carper and Coons the application deadline is 11:59 p.m. on October 15. For Rep John Carney it is October 31, 2011. Your application will be reviewed once it is submitted. If you meet the general requirements, you will be contacted in writing to sit for an interview with my Service Academy Interview Panel. Nominations are announced in late December or early January; candidates are notified in writing.

To be considered for an appointment to a U.S. Service Academy, you must have a nomination from an authorized nominating source. Title 10 of the U.S. Code establishes two nominating authorities. The first, usually referred to as "congressional" nominations, includes the nominations of the Vice President and member of the U.S. Congress. The second, usually referred to as "service-connected" or "military-affiliated" nominations, includes selections by the President and nominations from the appropriate service (i.e., Secretary of the Army for nomination to the U.S. Military Academy).

In order to be considered for a congressional nomination, it is necessary that you meet all of the general requirements of the academy of choice and for you to complete the online application. Those requirements include:

Citizenship: U.S. citizenship, or having obtained it by graduation from high school
Residency: Only legal residents of Delaware may apply
Age: At least 17 years old, but not older than 23 years old by July 1 of entering year
Marital Status: Unmarried with no dependents
Academic: Must complete the SAT
Physical: Must meet the Academy physical requirement and the DODMERB medical examination


Information On Military Service Applications For Sen Coons.

Military Service Applications by Rep. John Carney

Joe Biden Interview

An interesting side of Joe Biden was show in a recent interview with Car and Driver. The interview is here. Altho the Secret Service does not allow him to drive himself anywhere (which makes me feel safer) he does own a 1967 Goodwood-green Corvette, 327, 350-horse. His dad ran multiple dealerships.

Friday, September 09, 2011

Database of Names to Trace Slave Ancestry

Picked Up From The New York Times;

A Database of Names to Trace Slave Ancestry By EVE M. KAHN

Scholars at the Virginia Historical Society in Richmond have set out to leaf through eight million documents dating back to the 17th century, seeking the names of slaves. The preliminary results, listing about 1,400 enslaved people and 180 owners, will start appearing on Wednesday in a database posted at

“Unknown No Longer: A Database of Virginia Slave Names” is searchable by locations, professions and first and last names, among other keywords. Listings for Thomas Jefferson’s holdings do not yet mention Sally Hemings, but they do include “Thruston the son of Isabel” and “Bec daughter of Minerva.” A search for nurses brings up Judy, age 10, valued at $900, working at a plantation near Fredericksburg, Va., with dozens of other slaves including Jef Davis, Magnus, Fenton and Jinney.

The historical society is finding the names in inventories, wills, correspondence, family Bibles and memoirs, among other paperwork. Each page has been scanned in such high resolution that researchers can zoom in “down to the pores of the paper,” said Paul A. Levengood, the society’s president.

The database will help genealogists trace ancestries, “providing links that families have been looking for, literally, for generations,” Mr. Levengood said. Descendants of plantation owners may be dismayed to learn how many slaves lived at the properties; in some cases legends have persisted that the families only had loyal servants.

“We’re trying to put out essentially unmediated information,” Mr. Levengood said. “This is just evidence. What you make of it, you make of it.”

Press Release - Michael Gibb Announces Candidacy for Delmar Town Council

Press Release
Michael Gibb Announces Candidacy for Delmar Town Council

Delmar resident seeks to improve quality of life for neighbors

Delmar, MD, September 7, 2011: On Sept 7th, Delmar resident Michael Gibb officially announced his candidacy to fill one of two open town commissioner seats open for election. A Delmar resident and Eastern Shore native, Gibb offers voters a viable candidate with more than 20 years of experience as a business leader and community volunteer.

“These are tough times for Delmar residents. And when the times get tough, we all have to chip in to improve our community. I want to make a difference and give back to my community by working for the community” says Gibb.

Gibb has more than 20 years of experience within the business community. Currently, Gibb serves as Sales Manager at Inacom Information Systems. As a volunteer, Gibb has worked on quality of life issues for Seniors, including:

• Being a Master of Ceremonies for the Alzheimer’s Association Memory Walk
• Lobbied elected political leaders in Annapolis and Washington for senior care
• Been Involved with fundraising for The MS Society and American Cancer Society
• Gave public educational seminars on Medicare Part D prior to and after its release
• Has served on several committees and public groups

“We have two open seats this election, and I am putting myself before the people to let them know I would like to step up and help make Delmar a better place to live. We need to improve our town’s business climate to bring in more jobs, work on our water issues, and reduce crime. At the same time, we need to keep an eye on preserving the small town charm that attracts us to living in Delmar.”

Gibb has lived on the Eastern Shore for 42 years, the last 4 in Delmar. He has been married to Tracy for 14 years, and they have two sons. Michael attends Salisbury University, while Alex attends Delmar Middle School.

Gibb welcomes any resident to contact him to discuss his candidacy, the major issues currently facing Delmar, and learn more about his personal qualifications to represent the town as a commissioner. He may be reached at

How Safe Is The US Mint?

Now you would think the US Mint would have as much security as Fort Knox but the Associated Press is reporting William Gray, previous employee of the U.S. Mint in Philadelphia, has admitted to stealing $2.4 million worth of "error" coins and selling them to a coin distributor in California. He was freed on $50,000 bail. He is scheduled to be sentenced on Dec. 20.

William Gray, 64, of North Wildwood, pleaded guilty to theft of government property and tax evasion before U.S. District Judge Noel L. Hillman in Camden. Gray acknowledged he did not pay taxes on the money he got for the coins.

The coins in question were mint error $1 presidential coins. They were missing edge lettering. The edges would normally have the mint mark, the year minted and the words "E Pluribus Unum". The Presidential series has been in production since 2007.

Now it was not mentioned if the coin distributor in California was arrested, (Note: this article is as a example it is not known if Numismatic Guaranty Corp is the distributor mentioned) nor was it mentioned if Gray stole 2,400,000 coins or if the 2.4 mil is just some retail value of the coins. The Approximate Value of mint error presidential coins is $50 to $3,000 each, depending on the President. The mint sells non-errors coins for $1 on up each depending on condition.

The Presidential $1 coin is a gift of former Delaware Rep. Mike Castle who moved the presidential coin bill forward if it didn't displace other dollar coins honoring Sacagawea, the teenage Native American guide to Lewis and Clark. Currently, the law says 20 percent of dollar coins made must have Sacagawea on them.

So, down in the vaults of the Federal Reserve is about 1.2 billion dollar-coin "assets" that the American Public refused to embrace and use as a replacement for the dollar bill. By the time the presidential coin series finishes, and there are coins honoring all past presidents, there could be 2 billion.

So how did he get all these coins out? My wife works at Sam's Club and her lunch box and purse is checked each night as she leaves and this guy takes an immense amount of coins and no one knows it - unless of course everybody is stealing and no one cares about it.

As the Roman poet Juvenal said "Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?" - "Who will guard the guards themselves?"

Local Man Makes The News

NEWS RELEASE: On September 8, 2011 at approximately 2:21 am, Officers of the Salisbury Police received a call to respond to the Monkey Barrel Bar and Grill for the report of an assault. Upon arrival the officers made contact with a Monkey Barrel employee who advised that staff members of the bar had responded to the parking lot area after hearing a disturbance and had broken up a fight between several subjects. After breaking up the fight, the employee advised that the below listed suspect approached him and struck him in the facial area. During the altercation between the suspect and the employee, the suspect also bit the employee on the arm.

ARRESTED: Nicholas Cyrus Taghipour, 24 years of age
Delmar, Maryland

CHARGES: Second degree assault

DISPOSITION: Released to Central Booking

Summer Celebration This Weekend

Music, Oyster, Sandwiches, pony rides, petting zoo and music by St Stephens very own *Morning Glories* this is the new contemporary music group formed by their youth group. They will be in stage at 10:30 and 12:30.

Nanticoke Indian Powwow This Weekend

Thursday, September 08, 2011

Expectations Of The Candidiates

Delmar Maryland, between now and September 27th, when the Primary, will occur there will be lots of candidates asking for your votes. Let me make some suggestions to those candidates, but let these suggestions also serves as a kind of voter's guide because these are expectations many of us who go to the polls might have.

Door-to-door campaigning: Do it. You'll learn about the town. You thought you knew about Delmar but going Door to Door gives you a whole new outlook on the town. See how we live. Learn about our problems. Let us see you. Actually go Door-To-Door in the entire town - not just your neighborhood. Earn our vote. Don't just advertise a lot or put your name in the ring and then just talk to your cronies - you will be representing all of us not just them. Be real.

The vision thing: If we don't have a vision — a blueprint of what we want to do or where we want to go — we might get someplace we don't want to be (like casinos or owning a golf course.) Without a plan, things just happen. We cruise. Have one. Tell us how you would like to get "there" from "here." For the new candidates we never see at town meeting there is a thing called a comprehensive plan for the town. Your vision should mesh with it or you will never get anything done in your term of office.

Run for the right reason: Then tell us that reason. If you run, do it not out of anger for the incumbents, but rather because you believe you have something to contribute to the dialogue about the future of Delmar. Do it out of appreciation for the people of our community. In other words don't waste our time if you are not serious about this. I always thought Ross Perot (1992 Presidential campaign) could have been President as he had some common sense but he was running for the wrong reasons.

And don't attack your fellow candidates, certainly not on a personal level. If you tell us your vision and what you want to do in a positive sense, you won't have time to be negative. Besides if you attack candidates now, if you were elected, you would do nothing but continue to destroy the council.

And finally, tell us how we can be better as a community. Challenge us to think about our future. Don't just appeal to our gut instincts or to our greed or wallet; tell us how you think we can invest in ourselves, and each other. It's about us. Our Delmar. Our future. We want to hear your ideas and Your vision.

and remember "Talk about us, not yourself."

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

The Delaware Avenue And First Street Restoration Project

As those who live in the area of First Street (Delmar Delaware) are aware the street will be removed and repaved, new utilities lines put in, handicap ramps on the sidewalks, and curb and guttering replaced.

I attended a Pre-Construction meeting at town hall this morning to find out how this would affect me. I found the contract is for 9 months - Lord 9 months of torn up streets and construction equipment. Altho they did say they would try and keep the inconvenience to the minimum you know there are going to be problems (dust, dirt water and sewer cutoffs, gas line shutoffs, no street to park in, construction equipment traffic, etc.) but it isn't like the entire street will be dug out and not replaced for 9 months - there is a a plan, which they will let us know about as it happens. They did say they would contact the residents before they start work on their block and we would know in advance of water and sewer cutoffs. The length of the contract is due to the winter weather being in the middle of it. As we know in this area the Asphalt plant shuts down in the winter so no street paving will be done. Since it takes several weeks to obtain permits and such the actual work will not start for at least 3 weeks. They are looking at using the land by the railroad tracks at the end of Delaware Avenue as a staging area and they will start at 7 in the morning.

The Great Galveston Hurricane of 1900

Galveston Hurricane Killed Over 6,000 People ---- $30 million in damage The greatest weather disaster in U.S. records occurred when a hurricane struck Galveston TX. A tide fifteen feet high washed over the island demolishing or carrying away buildings, and drowning more than 6,000 persons. The hurricane destroyed more than 3600 houses, and total damage was more than thirty million dollars. Winds to 120 mph, and a twenty-foot storm surge accompanied the hurricane. Following the storm, the surf was three hundred feet inland from the former water line. The hurricane claimed another 1200 lives outside of the Galveston area.

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Native Of Delmar Maryland Dies In San Diego

When he retired as editor of The San Diego Union’s editorial page in 1990, Edward Fike looked back at his 13-year tenure and noted the changes that had occurred in his beloved San Diego.

“We have seen the maturing of the city and a host of new problems,” he said in a March 31, 1990, interview with The San Diego Union. “But these are not problems of decline and decay. These are problems of growth.”

Mr. Fike died Aug. 26 of a heart attack at Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas. He was 91.

He worked diligently to help grow San Diego, from promoting the trolley to cofounding the San Diego Aircraft Carrier Museum, now known as USS Midway Museum. He was instrumental in the convention center’s construction, served on the board of Hubbs-Sea World Research Institute, and founded MILMEC, a local group of media, industrial, legal, military, educational and corporate leaders that has met regularly for 30 years.

“Ed Fike was an unalloyed conservative who always fought tenaciously for what he believed was best for San Diego and America,” said Bob Kittle, who succeeded Mr. Fike as editorial page editor of the Union. “Not everyone shared his conservative outlook, but no one could ever doubt his sincerity and his commitment.”

Edward Lake Fike was born March 31, 1920, in Delmar, Md., the second of four children to Claudius Edwin Fike and Rosa Lake Pegram. He received a bachelor’s degree in economics from Duke University in 1941 and graduated as an ensign from the Naval Officer Candidate School at Northwestern University in 1942.

As a navy lieutenant and division officer during World War II, he served as navigator aboard the ammunition ship Mount Baker and the amphibious ship Rushmore during its participation in the Battle of Leyte Gulf. He was a naval reservist from 1946 to 1963.

Mr. Fike’s first journalism job was from 1945 to 1948 as editor and co-publisher of the Nelsonville Tribune in Nelsonville, Ohio. After working as director of public information at Duke University and serving on the U.S. Delegation North Atlantic Counsel in Paris, he returned to newspapers in 1953 as associate editor of the Rocky Mount Evening Telegram in North Carolina.

From 1957 to 1968, he was editor and publisher of Fike Newspapers in Montana and California, followed by two years as associate editor of the Richmond News Leader in Virginia.

In 1970, Mr. Fike came to San Diego as director of news and editorial analysis for Copley Newspapers. In 1977, he was named editor of the Union’s editorial pages.

“He was a fearless editorialist,” said Kittle. “In a White House briefing for regional newspaper editors in 1978, Ed directly challenged President Jimmy Carter on his cutbacks in the Navy’s budget at a moment when the Soviet Union was engaged in an arms buildup. The White House transcript of that session shows that the president came out the loser in his encounter with Ed.”

Retired Rear Adm. Riley Mixson, who worked with Mr. Fike on bringing the aircraft carrier Midway to San Diego, remembers his friend as a “real fireball” but also someone who could just as easily defuse a tense situation.

“More than once when we were getting in heated discussions over this issue or that with regards to bringing the Midway here, Ed would say, ‘Let’s just take a deep breath here. We are in it for the same motivation.’

“Every step of the way, Ed had the right amount of sense intermixed with the right amount of humor and ability. He had a very calming effect when passions wanted to take over.”

Mr. Fike is survived by his wife of 59 years, the former Amy Drake of Cardiff; sister Ruth Pittman of St. Petersburg, Fla.; daughters Rosa Stevenson of Solana Beach, Evelyn Chapin of San Jose, Amy Peters of Carlsbad and Melinda Vertin of San Jose; and 10 grandchildren. He was predeceased by his twin brother Claude Fike and sister Evelyn Laupus.

A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Sept. 23 at First United Methodist Church in Mission Valley. Donations may be made in Mr. Fike’s memory to First United Methodist Church, 2111 Camino del Rio South, San Diego, CA 92108 or to Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute by emailing

From San

UMES Written Up For Numerous Inadequate Financial Controls

The Maryland Office Of Legislative Audits performed an audit of The University Of Maryland Eastern Shore and wrote the University up for numerous inadequate financial controls. Is this a great surprise to anyone? From Financial Aid, awarding grants for student financial aid, giving of honors grants to students without adequate grades, lack of control over food in the storage area, to outstanding uncorrected areas that were written up in the 2008 audit and still had not been corrected, and the list goes on. For a retired Accountant and alumni of UMES I found the report interesting and just added to my opinion of the place.

Public Works In Action

Public Works stopped by yesterday and picked up my storm debris

Relay For Life

Citizen Of The Year

The nomination boxes are out there - nominate someone

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Heroes On A Local Level

Heroes. What makes a hero in a non-war-time situation? We assume that people like Gandhi or Rosa Parks or the 9/11 hero Todd Beamer have some intangible quality that the rest of us lack. When we sit back and refuse to become involved, these brave souls find a way to act, to speak out, to help others in need. That's why they're heroes.

Research has shown that few people do evil and fewer act heroically. Between these extremes in the bell curve of humanity are the masses — the general population who do nothing, and by doing nothing, often implicitly support the perpetrators of evil.

I think the most common thing heroes have in common is they simply stand up and take action.

And that is what some residents in Delmar Maryland have become - heroes - simply because they chose to run for an elected office. They have chosen to put their personal reputation on the line and endure all the slams from the low life people who crawl around Delmar and refuse to be involved to help better the town. And they do it without expectations of a reward - certainly that small amount the towns pays the mayor and Commissioners each year is not enough to put up with the insults and time expectations - and as far the Glory - well I have never seen it.

These people have become a role model for your children and the rest of the world.

Stand up and take action Delmar Maryland residents, file for an elected position (you have until 4:30Pm Sept 12th) and join them to become a Hero - no cape required.

As the poet John Donne wrote: “No man is an island entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main; … any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind. And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.”

Montgomery County Government's Highest Salary

Interesting the median income in Montgomery County is $94,420. As of the census of 2000 the median income for a household in Wicomico County was $39,035 For Sussex County the median income for a household was $39,208

Picked up from the Germantown Patch

Who Has Montgomery County Government's Highest Salary?
Hint: It isn’t the highest elected official in office.

By Tiffany Arnold

Some of the highest-paid government workers in Maryland live in Montgomery County, but the county worker with the highest salary isn’t the county executive, the position at the top of county government.

When it comes to the top salaries in Montgomery County government, County Executive Isiah Leggett’s $175,000 full-time salary didn’t even make the top 10, according to 2010 salary data Patch obtained from the county.

In fact, Leggett’s two special assistants had higher part-time salaries — $175,627, the county data show.

So who had the biggest salary in county government?

Based on 2010 salary data, Chief Administrative Officer Timothy Firestine’s $266,266 salary was the highest — nearly three times what most county households earned.

Montgomery County workers earned more than any other jurisdiction in the state by the end of 2010, averaging $1,326 in weekly pay, according data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Still, the median household income for Montgomery County residents was $94,420, according to the most recent data available from U.S. Census.

Who sets county salaries?

The salaries of department heads and political appointees are proposed by the county executive and must be approved by the Montgomery County Council, explained Councilman Phil Andrews, D-Gaithersburg, a former but longtime member of the council’s Management and Fiscal Policy Committee.

But the county executive doesn’t determine everybody’s salary. The council, for example, appoints and determines the salary the director of council staff, Andrews said.

The county charter determines the salaries of Leggett and the council — $94,351, for the council; $103,787 for the council president in 2010.

Other positions are merit-based, Andrews said.

But it seems that even in one of the state’s wealthiest counties, it pays to work in government. Here are the top 10 county salaries for 2010:

Note: Because other employees had their salaries reduced by required furloughs and did not receive pay raises, some county officials chose to donate a portion of their pay. Patch has included the donations for whom amounts were listed, according to data obtained from the county. Also, data do not include other parts of local government, including the school system, and park and planning.

1.$266,266 — Timothy Firestine, Chief Administrative Officer. Firestine donated $972.15.
2.$216,603 — Montgomery County Police Chief John T. Manger. Manger donated $1,052.79.
3.$210,621 — Arthur M. Wallenstein, Director of Department Corrections and Rehabilitation. Wallenstein donated $1,052.79.
4.$206,492 (2-way tie) — Leon Rodriguez, County Attorney; Uma S. Ahluwalia, director, department of health and human services. Rodriguez donated $1,052.79; Ahluwalia donated $1,609.19.
5.$205,695 — Stephen B. Farber, director of council staff. Farber donated $972.15.
6.$201, 058 — Richard Y. Nelson, Director HSG & Community Affairs. Nelson donated $1,052.79.
7.$195,624 — Jennifer E. Barrett, Director of the Department of Finance. Barrett donated $1,052.79.
8.$195,247 —Joseph Alder, Director of Human Resources. Alder donated $972.15.
9.$194,537 (3-way tie) — Joseph F. Beach, Director of the Office of Management and Budget; E. Steven Emanuel, Director, Information Systems & Telecommunications; Carla A. Reid, Director, Department of Permitting Services. Emanuel donated $972.15. There were no donations listed for Beach and Reid.
10.$193,766 — Arthur Holmes, Director, Department of Transportation. There was no donation listed for Holmes.

Monday, September 05, 2011

Nicole McGuire Running For Mayor

Hi Delmar citizens, my name is Nicole McGuire and I want to be the mayor
of Delmar, MD. I am sure you all know that I filed for commissioner in
the last election and withdrew my name. I was at the time lead to believe
it would be beneficial for the election, by the powers that be or were at that time.
I think I would be a fresh breathe of air to the political machine in Delmar, MD.
The position I currently hold does not allow discussion. When I was hired documents had to signed as to the privacy of the company itself. However, I have lived in the area five years and have worked for this company over three of the five years. So there is no question on my "stay the course" attitude.

I am a Mom of two, one in Delmar Elementary and a Freshman in Wicomico High School.
The thing that I want to see more than anything else, is the forward momentum
of the town of Delmar. It is my sincere hope that as mayor, I could aid the town
in future improvements without hindering the delicious small town appeal that
so many of us recognize as Delmar.

Relay For Life - St. Stephens

St. Stephen’s Church is participating in the Wicomico County Relay For Life at Perdue Stadium on Sept. 30. We will be having a fundraiser this coming Sunday afternoon to help raise money for this event

Today Is Community Fun Day

and it is over at First Baptist Church on Bi-State Blvd in Delmar.

This Is The Obligatory Labor Day Post - Try Not To Think Too Hard About It

Labor Day became a Federal holiday in 1894 after 34 workers who were members of the American Railway Union were killed during a strike at the Pullman Co. Labor Day was first observed by the Central Labor Union in New York in 1882 and was intended to recognize and honor the American worker.

No one is 100 percent sure if McGuire or Maguire founded Labor Day. Many believe the founder of Labor Day was a man named Peter J. McGuire, a co-founder of the American Federation of Labor. But others say that it was actually Matthew Maguire -- a machinist who served as secretary for the Central Labor Union.

When you think Labor you think Union. However Union membership is down from from about 35 percent in the 1950s to about 11.9 percent, the lowest in 70 years, and the number of workers in government unions, 7.6 million, surpassed the number in private-sector unions, 7.1 million. Think about that - there are more Government employees than private sector employees.

Jobs – or the lack of them – are the single most important issue in America today. As many Americans know, we have a jobs crisis – not a deficit crisis, and as Congressional members filter back to Washington, DC after the Labor Day weekend, they need to immediately take up this critical issue - but as usual they won't.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports there were no jobs created in August. Zero. Nada. We need 125,000 a month merely to keep up with population growth. So the hole continues to deepen. Since this Depression began at the end of 2007, America’s potential labor force – working-age people who want jobs – has grown by over 7 million. But since then the number of Americans with jobs has shrunk by more than 300,000.

Grim, grim, grim. But try not to think about it.

above are Men still waiting for hope and change

Maybe we shouldn't think to much about the situation we are in and certainly don't think about why we have this day as a paid holiday. In fact, most of us don’t think much about why we have any paid holidays from work or paid vacations or paid sick days or health benefits or overtime pay from an employer and a host of other things we workers take for granted each day.

Instead think about how Labor Day is the gateway to serene September and golden October, which can be two of the more glorious months on the Delaware calendar. September-October is a time to savor the blue-sky and largely bug-free days and crisp nights that put a certain zip in one’s step. A time to undergo a healthy attitude adjustment that sultry July and August have never come close to providing and it is free so even unemployed American workers can enjoy it.

Blue Skies

Again try not to think about the exorbitant price of gasoline and the certainty that soon the heating oil delivery guy will deliver the season’s first load of equally expensive oil for the furnace.

Blue Skies

For the kids, Labor Day signals a return to school and a sign up for the free lunch program. Try not to think about that - blue skies - think that.

And maybe the Foreign workers they hired in Ocean City will go home and the business owners will actually be forced to try American Workers for the remainder of their season.

Blue Skies

Try not to think about recognizing the great American worker who made "Made in America" a noble claim and whose Holiday is going to be a big income producer for those businesses in Ocean City and Rehoboth that hires Foreign workers and those business with Labor Day sales that only sell Foreign Made goods.

Try not to think about listening closely and hearing that "giant sucking sound" that Independent Texas businessman Ross Perot warned us in the early 1990s that the North American Free Trade Agreement and other unfettered trade deals would create a giant sucking sound of jobs leaving this county, and he was right.

Try Not to think that America was made great by the things we designed, built and produced at home with American labor, not by importing cheap items that could be produced less expensively elsewhere. America was made great by investing in our own infrastructure and innovative technologies, not excessive nation-building, building foreign factories and being the World's police Force. America made tremendous progress in the 20th century solidifying the middle class and the American dream by protecting unions and strengthening labor by improving working conditions, not off-shoring jobs and rigging trade agreements to profit the few.

Try not to think about the fact no one -- not Republicans or Democrats or Whigs or Druids -- have an answer for America's labor dilemma. All any of them know is that someone else other than them is responsible and should pay for it.

Try not to think about the fact we put our elected officials in their leadership position and they screwed us.

Try not to think about if they're celebrating Labor Day in China. Actually they might want to send us a nice card thanking American businesses and consumers for helping to keep the unemployment rate there at less than half what it is here.

Try not to think too much about those purchases you recently made. Just throw that Chinese made hot dog on your Chinese made grill and think about who else you can blame for the fix we are in.

Finally so you won't have to think about the real life stuff - here's a little trivia - “No white after Labor Day” - not a race thing - a fashion statement instead, I am sure anyone under 40 (I am sure just by looking at their dress) has never heard of it. Typically, city-dwellers that were well-off enough to vacation during the hot months of summer wore white, not only as a means of escaping the heat but also as a fashionable symbol of their flight from the gritty city. In the cooler months, they would return and pull out the darker clothing, thus stowing away the breezy white apparel.

Since Labor Day is unofficially considered the end of summer, it became a guideline for the transition from warm weather to cool weather, and thus the wardrobe change from white to dark became tradition.

Lyrics to the song Blue Skies

I was blue, just as blue as I could be
Ev'ry day was a cloudy day for me
Then good luck came a-knocking at my door
Skies were gray but they're not gray anymore

Blue skies
Smiling at me
Nothing but blue skies
Do I see

Singing a song
Nothing but bluebirds
All day long

Never saw the sun shining so bright
Never saw things going so right
Noticing the days hurrying by
When you're in love, my how they fly

Blue days
All of them gone
Nothing but blue skies
From now on

Sunday, September 04, 2011

Press Release - Tom McGuire Is Running

Hello Delmar citizens.

My name is Tom McGuire and I am a candidate for the Delmar Md. Commissioners. As a stay at home Dad, I will have ample time to devote myself to the town of Delmar. It is my sincere hope that the things I believe are good for Delmar are also the things that you see as important.

One of the most important issues that will soon be coming to the forefront in Delmar,is population growth and how it will effect the town. Planning and zoning has made the growth of Delmar entirely possible. This growth will affect the education of our children. Delaware is already looking for property to build a new school which will possibly put an end to the BiState agreement in place for the school system. This growth, should it happen as planned could conceivably make Delmar a smaller version of our municipal neighbor, Salisbury.

With size and population growth, comes traffic problems, crime more children with less and less things to occupy their time.

Budgets are getting tighter all the time and Delmar is no exception. I feel whoever is on the town commission board will have to make very difficult decisions in the future.

If elected I will try to always make decisions that are good for Delmar now, and more importantly for the Delmar of the future.

Although recycling is not mandatory for Delmar MD, my family and I are avid recyclers.

In the weeks to come you can talk to me any time, express your hopes and concerns for Delmar and I am sure that they will be the same hopes and concerns that I have.

Thank you,
Tom McGuire

Press Release - Pam Schell Is In The Running For Commissioner

Sept. 3, 2011

I am taking this opportunity to introduce myself to the citizens of Delmar. My name is Pam Schell. I am a widow of a career Air Force member. We began our married life at Dover AFB and here I am back on the Delmarva. At the present, I have a fifteen year old grandson residing with me, a son, Richard, who lives in Delmar and a daughter,Valerie, who resides in Salisbury. As a military wife I have held several positions, almost all of which have been in direct connection with children.

Two months after coming to Delmar, I took the position, of Youth Services Coordinator for the Delmar Public Library, which I held until August 26, 2011 when I retired. Last year, I received the honor of being named Delmar's Citizen of the Year 2010.

As a twelve year resident of Delmar, I have decided it is time I give back to the community that has so graciously received me. So, I an announcing my candidacy for Delmar Maryland Commissioner. I have no experience as an elected official, but I can promise this to the citizenry, I will always be available to listen to you, I will always read everything that is purposed and I will look out for the benefits of my fellow citizens be they adults or children.
Thank you,
Pam Schell

How To Get Elected In Delmar

For people running for office I have listed some points I have observed over the years that may help you get elected.

A number of these points are the same as applying for a job and having a job interview.

Sign up as a candidate early in the game and start campaigning immediately. If there will be a number of people running for office, same as in a job interview, people will remember the First person they talk to and the Last, the ones in between are just vague images.

Always dress decently when campaigning.

If you have tattoos keep them covered.

Wear an American Flag pin and a "Go Wildcats" Pin on your Campaign Clothing.

Leave a piece of campaign literature on every door. There is no pick a color or color scheme for the campaign literature, it will be Blue and Orange, maybe pick a logo in blue and orange that will stand out or just go with black and white.

Use your photo on the campaign literature but unless you think you are great looking keep it small as possible. Just enough for people to remember your face - wallet size.

Get Out and Campaign. So many people think their name alone is going to get them elected. People want to at least think you truly want the job.

Don't run your opponents down. If you have to run a negative campaign let someone other than you spread the dirt. You should appear pure. Remember Delmar is a small town, the person you run down you will continue to meet face to face long after this election.

If you have not been to a Joint Council Meeting maybe you should go to one so you will at least know where they are held and their general format. You also can stand up in the Public Comment section and announce you are running for office and it will become part of the official transcription of the meeting.

Always mention how you support Delmar Schools and the school Kids.

Be present at any kind of Sport Function Going

Set Up a booth at Delmar Heritage Days (Sept 24th)and work the crowd. (maybe sign up for the pie eating contest to show you are a great guy or girl).

Try to be in as many Newspaper or TV Photo as possible if you can't be in them try to get your 'Vote For Me" sign in the background. Ideally you will posed with kids.

Send Press releases to announce your candidacy to the Blogs - you need any kind of free advertising you can get. Start your own blog or facebook page - they are free. Remember to use spell check.

Belong to one or all three; the Delmar Alumni Association, The Fire Department, and/or The VFW.

And take a tip from the Beauty pageants when asked what you want to do if elected the answer is always; "I want to promote world peace."

On The Delaware side of town, work the nursing home

Bring Registered voter forms with you and sign people up to vote as you campaign.

and I will Reprint this post I did from Oct 1, 2007 for your benefit

Ten Concerns of Delmar Residents

Over the years these are the ten most frequently occurring complains or concerns that I have heard in town meetings from the residents of Delmar. A hint for those candidates running for office in the upcoming Maryland election, pick 3 or 4 of these to run on and you will have a ready made audience to listen to you. The ten items are in no particular order, they are voiced at public meetings as the problem du jour.

1) Water; When they turn the faucet on they want water to come out of it and they want clear, odor free water.
2) Trash Pickup; They want all the trash they put out at curbside picked up. They don't want it scattered around the street when it is picked up and they want their trash cans put back in an orderly fashion, not tossed all over the place.
3) Sewer; When they flush the toilet they want for it to go away with no backups or odors.
4) Safety; They want to see the police. They want their property protected from damage. They want to feel safe.
5) Animal control; They don't want dogs and cats running thru their yard.
6) Teenagers; They don't want them bunched in groups or taking over the parks or wandering around town in groups and they want them quiet.
7) Street upkeep; They want the potholes fixed, they want the streets and gutters sweep. If a road cut is made they want it repaired in good fashion and in a timely fashion.
8) Neighborhood/town upkeep; They want to see run down buildings torn down or fixed up. They don't want tall grass and weeds growing in their neighborhood. They don't want drug areas.
9) Town employees; There are too many. What are they doing? Why aren't they doing more?
10) Traffic/Parking; Areas in town are being taking over by too much parking (school, Woodcreek). Can't get down a street because of parking. Too many trucks running down streets. People parking in fire lanes.