Saturday, September 17, 2011

Delaware Confederate dies - 1861

Sep 17, 1861 Caleb Ross, son of former Delaware Governor William Ross, died of typhoid fever in Confederate service as an enlisted man in the 9th Virginia Cavalry in Big Spring, Virginia near Luray.

Friday, September 16, 2011

National POW/MIA Recognition Day, 2011

Presidential Proclamation -- National POW/MIA Recognition Day, 2011



In every conflict in which our Nation has been involved, selfless American service members have sacrificed their lives for the sake of our country and its principles. Too many have never come home, or have endured unthinkable hardship as prisoners of war. On this day, we echo the creed inscribed on the black and white banners that fly in honor of America's Prisoners of War and Missing in Action, and we renew our promise to our heroes, that "You Are Not Forgotten."

We will never give up the search for those who are held as prisoners of war or have gone missing under our country's flag. We honor their sacrifice, and we must care for their families and pursue the fullest possible accounting for all missing members of our Armed Forces. Together, we must serve our Nation's patriots as well as they have served us by supporting them when they come home, and by carrying on the legacy of those who do not. This is a promise we keep for our fallen, for our veterans past and present, and for all those whose loved ones have not returned from the battlefield.

On September 16, 2011, the stark black and white banner symbolizing America's Missing in Action and Prisoners of War will be flown over the White House, the United States Capitol, the Departments of State, Defense, and Veterans Affairs, the Selective Service System Headquarters, the World War II Memorial, the Korean War Veterans Memorial, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, United States post offices, national cemeteries, and other locations across our country. We raise this flag as a solemn reminder of our obligation to always remember the sacrifices made to defend our Nation.

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 September 16, 2011, as National POW/MIA Recognition Day, and I urge all Americans to observe this day of honor and remembrance with appropriate ceremonies and activities.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this fifteenth day of September, 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.


Breakfast At Applebee for the Delmar Band

Saturday Sept. 17 The Applebee’s "All You Can Eat pancake breakfast" North Salisbury Rt13, will be from 8-10 am. Please come eat!! Unlimited pancakes, eggs, sausage, and beverage $6.00/person It is a fund raiser for the Delmar Band Boosters. All proceeds will allow them to continue working to fulfill their mission of supporting students of the Delmar Middle and High School Band

Also if you ordered mums/flowers from the band boosters They will be ready for pick-up by the seller or the buyer from 12-3 at the school behind the band room.

Citizen Of The Year

The nomination boxes are around town, think about someone who has helped the town, an organization, or an individual and nominate them, time is growing short

Virginia Deed - 1686

Deed from Nathaniel Walker to John Tankred - Recorded 28 February 1686 - Transcribed by Frank V. Walczyk

Know all men by these presents that I Capt. Nathaniel Walker of the County of Northampton for and in consideration of twenty four thousand pounds of tobacco and cask to me secured by bills passed by John Tankred have bargained sold and delivered like as by these presents I do bargain sell and deliver to the said John Tankred his heirs and assignees forever six hundred and fifty cres of land in the county aforesaid being a plantation whereon John Winbury now dwelleth part whereof was by me bought from Owen Edmunds and the other part from Mr. John Vines and John Billiard and I do hereby oblidge me my heirs exec'rs and admin'rs to give him the said Mr. John Tankred a firm assurance for the same (such as he his heirs and assignees shall devise advise and require) and acknowledge the same in open court provided always nevertheless that if the said John Tankred his heirs, exec'rs and admin'rs shall not well and truly pay or cause to be paid the said sum in four years time and also permit John Winbury to live in a house the said Walker shall build for him to look after the said Walkers stock of creatures on the said plantation, and also the said Winbury to have liberty to make use of half the clear ground during the said four years then this present writing and the deed hereby intended and expressed to be utterly void and of noneffect He the said Nath'l Walker his heirs exec'rs and admin'rs repaying to the said John Tankred his exec'rs admin'rs and assignees all such sum and sums of tobacco as shall be really paid and satisfied towards payment for the said land as witness my hand and seal the 10th day of September anno 1681.

Nathaniel Walker

Signed sealed and delivered the words (during the said four years) first interlined in presence of;

Nathaniel Bradford

John Jennings

Recorded - Daniel Neech Clk. Cur. Co. Northampton

Job Fair - Sept 26th

From Sen. Tom Carper website

Sep 15 2011
A few days left for employers to sign up for delegation?s Sussex County job fairM&T Bank among those who have already signed up, says it is ready to hire 60 people for its Millsboro location and will conduct on-the-spot interviews at the job fair

WILMINGTON, Del. – With their Sussex County job fair a little over a week away, U.S. Senators Tom Carper and Chris Coons, and U.S. Representative John Carney reminded employers in the region that there is still time to sign up for a booth at the fair. The free job fair will be held on Monday, September 26 from 9 am to 3 pm at Delaware Technical and Community College in Georgetown.

Dozens of employers and exhibitors are already signed-up for the job fair, including M&T Bank, which needs to hire 60 people for its Millsboro location by November. Recruiters from M&T’s human resources department will conduct on-the-spot interviews for part-time and full-time operations specialists, senior telephone service representatives, telephone sales representatives, supervisors and early-stage credit counselors.

“Job fairs offer a great opportunity to connect Delawareans searching for jobs with prospective employers,” said Senator Carper. “Employers at jobs fairs held earlier this year in New Castle and Kent Counties saw a strong turnout from job seekers, and we hope to continue that success in Sussex County. Far too many Delawareans are still struggling to find work. That’s why one of the top priorities for me, Governor Markell and the rest of the Congressional delegation is to find ways to encourage job creation in Delaware. I encourage Delawareans seeking job opportunities – and Delaware businesses looking to hire – to attend this upcoming job fair.”

“We’ve got a terrific array of businesses ready to hire lined up for the fair, but there is still room for a few more,” Senator Coons said. “That M&T Bank has 60 openings to fill and will be conducting on-site interviews at the job fair says a lot, I think, about the confidence they have in the capabilities of the Delawareans they’re going to meet at the fair. I really encourage Delawareans looking to get back to work to come to this job fair on the 26th with resumes in-hand. Just as we did for our job fairs in Wilmington in April and in Dover in May, we are coming together as a community to connect our neighbors looking for jobs in and around Sussex County with employers who are ready to hire.”

"The Sussex County job fair is an excellent opportunity for employers to find qualified workers and for qualified workers to find employers," said Congressman Carney. "I encourage more businesses to sign-up in the next 10 days, and I urge anyone looking for a new job to attend the job fair to learn about the different companies looking to hire Delawareans."

Employers who’d like to recruit at the job fair should call Latisha Bracy at 302-573-6345 or email her at

In addition to networking with companies looking to hire, job seekers can also take advantage of the myriad workshops, career counseling and resume review opportunities, including:

“New Strategies for Changing Times: Transform Your Mind and Embrace Change,” with career coach Joyce Dungee Proctor
Resume review with a career services counselor from Delaware Technical and Community College
“Applying for jobs with the State of Delaware,” with the Delaware Office of Management and Budget

Job-seekers looking for more information or to pre-register should call Senator Coons’ office at 302-573-6345, or email

Another Campaign Sign

Thursday, September 15, 2011

First Campaign Poster I Have Seen

Storage Wars In Delmar

I have written before about how foolish I think the TV Show Storage Wars is. On September 24th Greenbriar Storage units (hey same as Delmar Heritage Days) will auction off the contents of ten units at 10 AM. Greenbriar is on RT13 a little north of Delmar. So come out to Delmar Heritages day and than go get rich by buying the contents of a storage unit. For more information call 302-846-2802.

Questions I am asking the Candidates for Mayor

I have emailed these questions to two candidates and now have to deliver them to Luther. Less questions for the Mayor candidates than the commissioners, we will see how they answer them.

1 - Mayors throughout Maryland hold the reins of the first level of government that affects most Marylanders. In the case of Delmar the Delmar, Maryland Mayor will also influence Delmar, Delaware. With a proper perspective on the uses and limits of government, you can foster prosperity in our community. The Mayor must have leadership, the ability to respond to the Media, knowledge of the town charter and ordinances, and the ability to negotiate cooperation between citizen groups, town employees, Wicomico County and Maryland Government, and outside business interests. Please tell us something about your background and how it fits in with the Mayor’s Office.

2 – What is your vision for Delmar and how will that improve the quality of life in Delmar?

3 - A large part of the Mayor’s job is trying to maintain cooperation between various groups. Cooperation with Wicomico County is very important but at the same time issues in the Town of Delmar must be recognized. How would you address some of these issues as public safety, double taxation, the growth or lack of growth of the Delmar Elementary school, urban utility agreement etc.? Along the same lines how would try to integrate the various neighborhoods in Delmar (Woodcreek, Amber Ridge, Breckenridge, Colonial Estates, Pond’s Edge, etc) and the old town into one unified town?

4 – If elected is there any one goal you would like to immediately pursue?

5 - Do you have an email address or a phone number you wish to give out for people to ask you questions?

Rabies Clinic Tonight

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.

Cost is $10 each

I contacted the Health department and they said Delaware residents could bring their pets and the charge would be $10.

FPD, LLC in the news

The companies (FPD, LLC, Acorn Land, LLC, Breezewood Homes, LLC, First Development Group, LLC, MD Homes, LLC, NC Homes, LLC, Tidewater Land, LLC, NC Development, LLC, Shadow Brook Farm, LLC, 7800 Philadelphia Road, LLC) that own Woodcreek and other developments are in the news again SALE BY FIRST DEVELOPMENT GROUP, LLC OF THE REAL PROPERTY KNOWN AS CLEARVIEW MEADOW TO IAN COHEN FREE AND CLEAR OF LIENS, CLAIMS AND INTERESTS . Clearview Meadow is a development in Dover Delaware.

The Mayflower Leaves Port

1620 Sept 15th or maybe Sept 16th -- England: Mayflower departs from Plymouth with 102 pilgrims. Some say it was Sept 16th some say Sept 15th, anyway it was a group of johnny-come-lately who were sailing for Virginia and ended up in New England. Spain had already established towns in Florida by 1565 and New Mexico by 1598. England settled Virginia by 1607 and the Dutch were in New york state by 1614.

Questions For The Delmar MD Commissioners Candidates

I have emailed most of the Commissioner candidates the below questions. I hope to post the answers on my blog next friday. I am still seeking email addresses on two of the commissioner candidates.

Questions For Candidates for the Maryland Election 2011

1 - Please tell us something about your Background and how it fits in with the elected office you are running for.

2 - Would you support a change to the town charter to remove elected officials who are not performing the duties of the office?

3 - Delmar is a wonderful place to live. If you are elected, what is your vision for Delmar and how will that improve the quality of life in Delmar?

4 - In some ways Delmar is made up of disassociated neighborhoods — the various developments (Woodcreek, Amber Ridge, Breckenridge, Colonial Estates, Pond’s Edge, etc) and the old town. What are your ideas to better integrate these communities?

5 - In a year in which we have seen heavy snows, drought, an earthquake, and the usual hurricanes, Is Delmar prepared for a major disaster and what are your ideals to improve the disaster plan?

6 - Despite the progress made, Delmar still has a large number of vacant lots, empty and blighted buildings, and undeveloped developments, what role can you and the Town of Delmar take, if you are elected, to improve this situation?

7 - Recently there have been many discussions about controlling government employees when they are off the time clock and on their own time. The emphasis has mainly been about the employee use of social networking. Altho employees owe a common law duty of loyalty to their employer, and this duty doesn’t end at the end of their shift, do you feel the Town Of Delmar needs to address this issue?

8 - Water is a limited resource. With the drought we have had for the last two years there has been a ten-fold increase in applications for private irrigation wells in the town limits and an even higher number outside of the town limits. Many use the same aquifers as the town. What is your opinion on this?

9 - Infrastructure is a key maintenance item in Delmar Maryland. Do you have a plan to improve the streets (and the utility lines under the streets) and what is that plan?

10 – It has been suggested the town should buy the Woodcreek Golf course. Do you support the Town buying the Woodcreek Golf course?

11 - Are current salary and benefits for town employees sustainable? If not, what do you suggest we do about future employee contracts?

12 - A large part of any elected official’s job is trying to maintain cooperation between various groups. Cooperation with Wicomico County is very important but at the same time issues in the Town of Delmar must be recognized. How would you address some of these issues as public safety, double taxation, the growth or lack of growth of the Delmar Elementary school, urban utility agreement etc.?

13 - How do you differ from the other candidates in this race?

14 - What town-related issues do you feel have gone unaddressed and what would you do to address them?

15- Do you have an email address or a phone number you wish to give out for people to ask you questions?

Opinions On The Maryland Candidates For Election

Over at The Delmar Daily Tom is giving his opinion of the candidates that are running against him and his wife. Interesting views.

Tom has made the following statement;

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Welcome To Delaware - 1961

In the 1950's and 1960's Delaware was known as a speed trap state. As I remember it the use of the aircraft to catch speeders was particularly hated.

Liquor License Application For Delmar Diner

I see on the agenda for the Wicomico County Board of License Commissioners at 6 PM is the application for a Class "B" Beer, Wine and Liquor (7days) Restaurant Alcohol Beverage License. It was applied for by Serpil Murat of Delmar and Merry Saylor of Mardela Springs. The Corporation that owns Delmar Diner is KAAN, Inc. The president of KAAN is Ahmet Ceylan. Opposing or supporting comments can be phoned in at 410-548-4835

Sen. Carper Commends the Laurel Softball Team World Championship

Tom Carper Press Release
Sep 12 2011
Sen. Carper Commends the Laurel Softball Team World Championship Win at Town Celebration LAUREL, Del. – Today, Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) congratulated the 14 members of the Laurel Senior League Softball team, along with Manager Brad Lee and Coaches Bo Collins and Kevin Green, on winning the Senior League Softball World Series on Aug. 13, 2011. The town of Laurel celebrated the team's win with a block party.

In its 38th year, the Senior League Softball Little League division for girls ages 14 to16 is a worldwide tournament with teams traveling from as far away as Italy and the Philippines. The Senior League Softball World Series has been held for eight years in Sussex County. As the host, Delaware's top team gets a berth in the tournament and Laurel has captured that spot seven of the past eight years. This was the team's first Championship win, defeating Latin America 2-0.

Sen. Carper presented team members with a Congressional Record Statement congratulating the young women on their achievement.

"Today, we congratulate the Laurel Senior League Softball team, Manager Lee, and Coaches Collins and Green," said Sen. Carper. "They made their dreams come true, accomplished something that no other Delaware team has done, and they made each one of us very proud. Their win is an example of the success that comes from hard work, perseverance, teamwork, dedicated coaching, and the support of community, parents, and fans."


Presidential Proclamation--National Health Information Technology Week



Technological advances have always driven America's economy forward and improved the lives of our people, from the industrial innovations of the nineteenth century to today's cutting edge science. Progress in our Nation's health care system is no different, and hinges on the work of hospitals, private practices, and information specialists as they modernize our health information systems. During National Health Information Technology Week, we highlight the critical importance of secure and efficient information systems to improving the delivery of health care in the United States.

Health information technology connects doctors and patients to more complete and accurate health records. Tools like electronic health records and electronic prescriptions help patients and providers make safer, smarter decisions about health care. This technology is critical to improving patient care, enabling coordination between providers and patients, reducing the risk of dangerous drug interactions, and helping patients access prevention and disease management services. It is currently being used with great success to coordinate and improve care for members of our Armed Forces, as well as our Nation's veterans. Better technology can also cut costs for providers by reducing paperwork and duplicative tests.

Ensuring the security of health information records is a top priority for my Administration. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, passed in 2009, promotes the use of Health IT while significantly strengthening Federal laws protecting patient privacy. Entities violating privacy laws are now subject to increased penalties. The Recovery Act also provides landmark financial incentives to eligible professionals and hospitals that adopt and meaningfully use electronic health records while protecting the privacy and security of health information.

Everyone can play a role in improving our health care system. An important part of this vision is recognizing the pivotal role patients play in maintaining and improving their own health. Patients can work with their doctors to access information about their care. And those who design and implement Health IT systems can enable software that puts patients and their families at the center of their own care, empowering and engaging them in reaching their health goals.

America is home to the world's best universities and technical schools, and the most creative scientists and entrepreneurs. As we challenge ourselves to push forward into a new century of health technology, we will continue to foster and promote the innovative spirit that has made our country what it is today.

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 September 11 through September 17, 2011, as National Health Information Technology Week. I urge all Americans to learn more about the benefits of Health IT by visiting, take action to increase adoption and meaningful use of Health IT, and utilize the information Health IT provides to improve the quality, safety, and cost effectiveness of health care in the United States.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twelfth day of September, 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.


Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Murio por la patria - He died for his country

Today, all of Mexico celebrated Los Niños Heroes and when each of the six names of the Mexican cadets that died for their county are called out the crowd responses with "Murio por la patria!" (He died for his country!)

Today in 1847 the United States (in the Mexican American War) entered Mexico City and took Chapultepec castle. In the years preceding the war, Chapultepec Castle had been utilized as Mexico's military training academy. As a result, when the war broke out, there were dozens of teenage cadets in attendance. During the battle, six Mexican military cadets refused to fall back when General Bravo finally ordered retreat and fought to the death. These were teniente Juan de la Barrera and cadets Agustín Melgar, Juan Escutia, Vicente Suárez, Francisco Márquez and Fernando Montes de Oca, all between the ages of 13 and 19. According to legend, the last of the six, Juan Escutia, grabbed the Mexican flag, wrapped it around himself and jumped off the castle point to prevent the flag from falling into enemy hands. The Stars and Stripes were planted on the rubble of the castle.

On 5 March 1947, a few months before the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Chapultepec, U.S. President Harry S. Truman placed a wreath at the monument and stood for a few moments of silent reverence. Asked by American reporters why he had gone to the monument, Truman said, "Brave men don't belong to any one country. I respect bravery wherever I see it."

and today in 1848 about 20 members of The Saint Patrick's Battalion (Spanish: Batallón de San Patricio), who had deserted or defected from the U.S. Army in the Mexican - American war and joined the Mexican Army, were hung at Chapultepec.

Wind Turbines In Your Backyard

Sussex County adopts ordinance allowing wind turbines in residential, other areas
Georgetown, Del., Sept. 13, 2011: Sussex County has a few new rules for windmills.

County Council, at its Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2011, meeting, adopted an ordinance that better defines and updates the County’s regulation of windmills and wind turbines. The action follows a change in Delaware law in 2009 and 2010 that altered County oversight of windmills, removing the Board of Adjustment from the process to approve or reject applications.

Because of that change, which was intended to give homeowners more flexibility to erect windmills, the County had to revise its code to make the structures a permitted accessory use within residential areas and other zoning districts. Previously, they were only allowed as a special use exception with approval from the County’s Board of Adjustment.

Applicants no longer will need board approval, just a County building permit. Each application, though, must contain an engineering certification, be subject to inspection, and meet various criteria, such as setbacks from property lines, in order to be in compliance.

“This tightens the process and puts the County in sync with State law,” County Administrator David B. Baker said. “We wanted to make sure the County has the appropriate controls in place so those who want windmills can have them, while still taking into consideration the public’s safety and best interests. We believe this new ordinance does that.”

The new rules take effect immediately. To view the ordinance, visit the ‘Ordinances’ section under ‘Online Services’ on the County website at

Bombardment of Fort McHenry - 1814

Today, September 13th, 1814 - A British fleet under Sir Alexander Cochrane began the bombardment of Fort McHenry, the last American defense before Baltimore. Lawyer Francis Scott Key had approached the British attackers seeking the release of a friend who was being held for unfriendly acts toward the British. Key himself was detained overnight on September 13 and witnessed the bombardment of Fort McHenry from a British ship. As the sun rose, Key was amazed to see the American flag still flying over the battered fort. This experience inspired Key to write the lyrics to "The Star-Spangled Banner" and adapt them to the tune of a well-known British drinking song. "The Star-Spangled Banner" was officially recognized as the national anthem in 1931.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Candidates For 2011 Delmar, Maryland Primary Election

For Mayor; one position
Carl Anderton, Jr.
C. Luther Hitchens
Nicole Crystal McGuire

For Commissioners; two positions
Michael Gibb
James Alan Henderson
Thomas "Bunky" Luffman, Jr.
Thomas John McGuire
Mary Stephanie Ring
Pamela K. Schell
Cory Shaffer

Another Problem Solved

From Discover Magazine

“Electroejaculation in rhinoceroses has historically yielded inconsistent results, with the collection of high-quality, sperm-rich samples rare. The goal of this study was to develop a reliable method of electroejaculation in the rhinoceros by designing a rectal probe that appropriately fits the anatomy of this taxon and refining the procedure. A curved probe handle ending in an oblate, ellipsoid head was built using readily available supplies. A combination of rectal massage, penile massage, and electrical stimulation with a specially designed probe was employed in attempts to collect semen on 14 occasions from greater one-horned rhinoceroses (Rhinoceros unicornis; n = 4), black rhinoceroses (Diceros bicornis; n = 2) and a southern white rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum; n = 1). During 13 of the 14 attempts, ejaculates were collected in multiple fractions. All but one of the ejaculates contained spermatozoa, and seven ejaculates contained good-quality fractions of semen (-60% sperm motility; > or =20 x 106 spermatozoa/ml) suitable for sperm banking and assisted reproduction procedures. Mean (+/-SEM) values for volume, pH, osmolality, and total sperm number for ejaculates containing good-quality fractions (98.2 +/-21.8 ml, 8.5+/-0.1, 290.4+/-6.7 mOsm, and 37.1+/-12.0 x 10(9), respectively) did not differ (P > 0.05) from those containing only poor-quality samples. Urine and/or erythrocyte contamination was not uncommon in fractions of both ejaculate types. Males producing good-quality samples ranged in age from 7 to 34 yr. None of the samples contained > or =75% morphologically normal spermatozoa. Electroejaculation with a uniquely designed probe consistently produced ejaculates in the rhinoceros. However, the production of high-quality samples continued to be challenging, occurring in only 50% of collection attempts. Regardless, the technology has progressed to a stage at which good-quality semen samples can be produced for sperm banking and assisted reproduction, and thereby can be integrated into intensive rhinoceros management strategies for the ultimate survival of this taxon.”

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Manufactured Homes - A Delmar Housing Style

Manufactured Homes, rather you call them trailers or mobile homes or Manufactured Homes you either love them or hate them. Over 20% of the housing units in Sussex County are Manufactured Homes (Manufactured Home is a more politically correct name).

In Delmar our ordinances only allow Manufactured Homes in mobile home parks.

Mobile homes offer housing ownership within the means of people who might otherwise be required to rent, and this mode of housing should not be excluded entirely from the Delmar Planning Area. However, due to their basic incompatibility with areas developing with conventional housing, mobile homes should be carefully controlled.

It is recommended that mobile homes be permitted on an individual basis as accessory to farms in rural-agricultural areas or in mobile home parks in areas carefully selected and provided for in the zoning code. Areas for mobile home parks should be selected on the basis of the ability to serve the area efficiently with public services and compatibility with surrounding development.

Mobile home parks should be developed at a density appropriate for conventional dwellings; 7,000 to 9,000 square feet per dwelling unit is recommended. Mobile home parks should be excluded from established, conventional residential areas and zoning regulations should provide standards to assure greatest compatibility with the character of the area.

In the town limits of Delmar there are about a 110 units in Colonial Mills Estates on the Maryland side of town and about a 150 units in Holly Oaks on the Delaware side of town. Certainly less than the number of apartments in Delmar, however Manufactured Homes should not be compared to apartments because apartments are rental units and Manufactured Homes are 70% plus owner‐occupied. The difference between owner occupied housing and renter housing is significant to the makeup of a town. In most cases an owner occupied housing unit will participate in town events and organizations more often than the renter. A look at people who live in Holly Oaks park will show they are active in the town compared to the people who live in Pond's Edge apartments who aren't even aware they live in Delmar. Altho there are a wide array of reasons for owning a mobile home from affordability to life style changes the vast majority of manufactured homeowners, once their manufactured home is in placed, will remain there for a long period of time so the owner will be in Delmar a high percentage of their life, creating a stable environment for the town. Since they are only allowed in Delmar when in a manufactured Housing park it affords an opportunity for people of modest income to live close to the center of town and enjoy the benefits and services offered people in the town of Delmar.

Usually when mobile homes are thought of a image of a rectangular shape, made from pre-painted aluminum panels that is very long comes to mind and yes although they may have additions built on to them that is the most occurring shape but look again at manufactured homes and you will find them to come in single wide, double wide, triple wide and shapes that look like rancher style homes. They have come a long way from the days when the "trailer" was hauled behind a car (Think of that interesting 1953 movie Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz made called "the Long Long Trailer") to being called mobile homes (A factory‐built unit constructed on a chassis and completed before June 15, 1976) to today's Manufactured Home (A factory‐built housing unit designed and constructed to meet the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Code after June 15, 1976. A manufactured home is built on a chassis that supports the structural integrity of the home and to allow transport to the site). The poor mobile home has suffering from the negative stereotypes of the quality of the housing, its benefit to the consumer, and unfortunately often about consumers themselves.

They are affordable, at about half the square footage price of a stick built home, and as with a stick built home the way you keep it up determines how long it is going to last and how well it will look.





In the aftermath of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the American people demonstrated that in times of hardship, the values that define us do not simply endure -- they are stronger than ever. As a Nation, we responded to unthinkable tragedy with an outpouring of service and goodwill. On that dark day, first responders rushed into a burning Pentagon and climbed the stairs of smoking towers on the verge of collapse, while citizens risked their own health and safety to prevent further heartbreak and destruction. As Americans, we came together to help our country recover and rebuild.

Today, we pay tribute to the selfless heroes and innocent victims of September 11, 2001, and we reaffirm the spirit of patriotism, service, and unity that we felt in the days and months that followed. By volunteering our time and unique skills, we can enrich communities across our country, and together, we can strengthen our Nation to meet the challenges of the 21st century.

In the days to come, I ask all Americans to join together in serving their communities and neighborhoods in honor of the victims of the September 11 attacks. Today and throughout the year, scores of Americans answer the call to make service a way of life -- from helping the homeless to teaching underserved students to bringing relief to disaster zones. I encourage all Americans to visit, or for Spanish speakers, to learn more about service opportunities across our country.

As we join in serving causes greater than ourselves and honoring those we lost, we are reminded of the ways that the victims of 9/11 live on -- in the people they loved, the lives they touched, and the courageous acts they inspired. On Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance, we pledge to carry on their legacy of courage and compassion, and to move forward together as one people.

By a joint resolution approved December 18, 2001 (Public Law 107-89), the Congress has designated September 11 of each year as "Patriot Day," and by Public Law 111-13, approved April 21, 2009, the Congress has requested the observance of September 11 as an annually recognized "National Day of Service and Remembrance."

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim September 11, 2011, as Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance. I call upon all departments, agencies, and instrumentalities of the United States to display the flag of the United States at half-staff on Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance in honor of the individuals who lost their lives on September 11, 2001. I invite the Governors of the United States and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and interested organizations and individuals to join in this observance. I call upon the people of the United States to participate in community service in honor of those our Nation lost, to observe this day with appropriate ceremonies and activities, including remembrance services, and to observe a moment of silence beginning at 8:46 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time to honor the innocent victims who perished as a result of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this ninth day of September, 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.


National Grandparents Day

Presidential Proclamation -- National Grandparents Day

The support of loved ones provides the earliest and often most powerful influence on our lives. Grandparents hold a special place in our families, serving as elders, caregivers, and sources of lasting inspiration. On National Grandparents Day, we honor the loving presence of these mentors who have contributed immeasurably to the strength of our families and our Nation.

As a country, we understand our welfare is determined by that of all Americans, and it is our responsibility to provide for our grandparents as they have for us. We must keep Social Security strong and viable, while preserving it for future generations. We must strengthen Medicare by making common-sense changes that encourage high-quality care and address wasteful spending. After a lifetime of contributions to our Nation and its economy, seniors have earned this support.

Today, our grandparents continue to serve their communities in many ways. Their spirit of service and warm guidance instill in each of us the values of community and compassion and inspire all of us to reach for ever greater heights.

The greatest generation built America into a global force for prosperity, opportunity, and freedom. They taught us that with hard work, sacrifice, and a determined spirit, anything is possible. Today, we honor their contributions to our Nation and its proud story.

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 September 11, 2011, as National Grandparents Day. I call upon all Americans to take the time to honor their own grandparents and those in their community.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this ninth day of September, 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.


National Days of Prayer and Remembrance

Presidential Proclamation -- National Days of Prayer and Remembrance

Ten years ago, a bright September day was darkened by the worst terrorist attack on America in our Nation's history. On this tenth anniversary of the tragic events of September 11, 2001, we lift in prayer and remembrance the men, women, and children who died in New York City, in Pennsylvania, and at the Pentagon, and we honor the countless heroes who responded to senseless violence with courage and compassion. We continue to stand with their families and loved ones, while striving to ensure the legacy of those we lost is a safer, stronger, and more resilient Nation.

Since that day, a generation has come of age bearing the burden of war. The 9/11 Generation of service members and their families has stepped up to defend our security at home and abroad. They volunteer, knowing they might be sent into harm's way, and they uphold the virtues of selflessness and sacrifice that have always been at the center of our Nation's strength. We pay humble tribute to all those who serve in our Armed Forces, and to the thousands of brave Americans who have given their last full measure of devotion during this difficult decade of war.

First responders, law enforcement officials, service members, diplomats -- the range of Americans who have dedicated themselves to building a safer world is awe-inspiring. We have put unprecedented pressure on those who attacked us 10 years ago and put al-Qa'ida on the path to defeat. Around the globe, we have joined with allies and partners to support peace, security, prosperity, and universal rights. At home, communities have come together to make us a stronger country, united by our diversity, our character, and our enduring principles.

Today, our Nation still faces great challenges, but this last decade has proven once more that, as a people, we emerge from our trials stronger than before. During these days of prayer and remembrance, a grateful Nation gives thanks to all those who have given of themselves to make us safer. And in memory of the fathers and mothers, sons and daughters, brothers and sisters, and friends and loved ones taken from us 10 years ago, let us join again in common cause to build a more hopeful world.

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 Friday, September 9 through Sunday, September 11, 2011, as National Days of Prayer and Remembrance. I ask that the people of the United States honor and remember the victims of September 11, 2001, and their loved ones through prayer, contemplation, memorial services, the visiting of memorials, the ringing of bells, evening candlelight remembrance vigils, and other appropriate ceremonies and activities. I invite people around the world to participate in this commemoration.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this ninth day of September, 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.


Incumbents Win Again

Picked Up From WGMD

Bethany Beach voters opted to return the incumbents to Town Hall. Three seats were up for grabs with 5 candidates vying for the spots on the council. Joseph Healy was the top vote getter with 588 followed by Jerry Dorfman with 541 and Carol Olmstead with 512. Challengers Tony Carmen received 282 votes and Thomas Lennon got 200 votes. The winners will be sworn in during a special organizational meeting will be held at 4pm September 20th. The council will also select a Mayor, Vice Mayor and Secretary-Treasurer.

Now isn't this the way it is. People complain about the operation of government and the lack of new ideals but they return the same people to office each year. Like they say "the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results."