Friday, October 28, 2011

Some More Comments On Halloween

Picked Up from the Wheaton patch

Jeff Ward: Put the Beer Down, and Step Away From the Halloween Decorations!
(Jeff's 5 Rules for Oct. 31)

What is wrong with you people? Please allow me to suggest five simple rules that will make all of our pumpkin fests more pleasurable.

By Jeff Ward

As my lovely wife and I were enjoying a lovely evening stroll, I caught a bright orange glow out of the corner of my left eye. Turning to face the abomination, I sneered, “Would you look at that! Some overzealous Genevan already has their blanking Christmas lights up! Why, there oughtta be a law ... ”

But before I could finish my inspired rant, my sainted spouse interrupted it with something even more terrifying than Christmas in October. When she said, “Those aren’t Christmas lights, you idiot. Those are Halloween lights,” I almost ran home to hide in the crawlspace.

“Halloween lights!?” I exclaimed. “They can’t be Halloween lights because there’s no such thing as Halloween lights. Why, when I was a carefree young lad in Evanston, no one dared to have Halloween lights. That would have made them the laughingstock of the entire neighborhood.”

But when I went online in hopes of issuing that final and triumphant, “Ha!,” to my utter dismay, I discovered that Halloween lights actually do exist. “Mother of all things holy,” I wailed.

It already takes me months to recover from the psychological damage inflicted by optic-nerve-shattering yuletide displays, and now we have to deal with this crime against humanity? Isn’t it horrifying enough that we give ill-mannered costumed urchins license to infest the neighborhood with their insatiable demands for a sugary tribute?

And even the unplugged variety have gotten completely out of control. While we’ll collectively gasp at any teenage Eminem wannabe with the temerity to flash the top of his boxer shorts, we have no problem exposing 2-year-olds to the most graphic scenes of blood, gore and dismemberment you could imagine.

My family’s lone October decoration consists of that ubiquitous witch who received bad flight instruction. There’s no blood, a lot of humor, and a wonderful Zen-like quality to a nefarious female sorceress who somehow managed to barrel head first into your front lawn.

Here’s something to consider. If after completing your Halloween display, you’re either temporarily blinded or you can’t see a single blade of grass, then you need to dial it down a bit.

Please don’t tell anyone this, but even this cold-hearted curmudgeon can’t help but find some solace in the annual trek of local rugrats in their more imaginative costumes. But that small pleasure is summarily shattered when a pack of tween girls show up in something that truly makes what’s left of your hair stand on end.

And it ain’t scary in the good way, either! As friend and Lisle School Board member Anne Blaeske likes to say, “Girls’ Halloween costumes come in three sizes: baby, toddler and slut.”

Do we really have to sexualize every aspect of teenagers' miserable middle school lives? Can’t we let kids be kids just a little while longer?

Oh! And here’s some advice for you mature ladies considering a Halloween costume. If you don’t have the good sense to avoid the slutty nurse/policewoman/teacher theme altogether, then please try to remember that putting 20 pounds of sausage in a 10 pound casing is never a good idea.

Before you hit the send button, I’m well aware (and thankful) that no one’s asking me to pose in a Speedo, either.

Not that it takes all that much, but when did Halloween become another drinking holiday? I’m not talking about partying in your basement—though that’s getting out of hand, too—I’m talking about parents’ inability to escort their treat-seeking miscreants without a beer in hand.

Last year, I actually considered handing out Bud Lites instead of candy, but then realized I'd have to come up with bail money again.

And just when you think your end-of-October ordeal is over, dressed only as themselves with a pillow case in hand, the 6-foot-6 high school seniors show up at your front door. And if you dare to scowl at them disparagingly and refuse to fork over the goods, odds are, the next morning, your house will look like a giant roll of Charmin or the early stages of a Denver omelet.

This is exactly the kind of thing our “bigger is always better” hyperactively competitive culture loves to do. Take something simple like youth sports, school events or an autumnal celebration and blow it so far out of proportion it becomes unrecognizable.

Halloween was once a modest and fun fall experience for elementary and middle school children. But once adults got their grubby little mitts on it, just like the vampires their children portray, they sucked any remaining vestige of childhood pleasure right out of it.

So! In the spirit of comedian Bill Maher, here are some “new rules” to make Halloween a far more pleasant experience for everyone—and especially me.

(1) Turn off the lights or the party’s over! The only thing more heinous than Christmas lights are lines of little lighted smiling orange pumpkin faces. Stop it! Any violation of this blatant disregard for civilized behavior will result in the perpetrator having to repeatedly watch this video provided by Glen Ellyn Patch Editor Samantha Liss until they beg for mercy.

(2) Step away from the Halloween decorations! I’m unilaterally decreeing a two-figures and two-gravestones-per-household limit. Failure to comply will result in having to explain to your children why your skeletons and monsters have been placed in some rather compromising positions.

Whatever happened to that magnificent Taoist concept of “less is more?”

(3) No inappropriate costumes! Let’s take the “allow” out of Halloween by encouraging our daughters to dress appropriately for their age.

(4) Please leave the beer at home! I understand how difficult upscale suburban subdivision living can be, but why not consider writing a blues classic instead? Even I’m convinced you can make it around the block at least once without an Old Style.

And lastly, (5) If you’re old enough to drive, then you’re too old to beg for free candy! It’s never too early to have a little class. The last thing this planet needs is another hopped-up-on-sugar teenager.

I feel much better now! You may now proceed to enjoy your Halloween!

Halloween Block Party At Woodcreek - Tomorrow

Halloween Block Party At Woodcreek
WHEN: On October 29th 1:00 PM to 5 PM
WHERE: Corner of Tournament Drive and Clubhouse Drive (Enter Opposite Delmar Elementary School and turn left after Clubhouse)DELMAR, MD
WHY To help with Jim Henderson’s medical expenses To have Halloween fun
BRING: Chairs, drinks, one food item, and DONATIONS! Canned food also welcome.
ACTIVITIES: A craft table, games and prizes for the kids
DJ and great music
Hot dogs
Raffle and Silent Auction

Come help us celebrate Halloween and the Hendersons!

Comment on A Couple Of Prime Time TV Shows

Generally this fall’s prime time shows are a disappointment. One of the factors contributing to this disappointment is the amount of time a show devotes to commercials. It is up to 40% of the air time being commercials. How can they develop a story line in an hour show when they only have 36 minutes to do it in? I come from a time when TV would have commercial time of 1 minute at the quarter hour and 2 minutes at the half hour, now it is 24 minutes! I remember back in the 1980's one of the many companies I worked for had someone from England visiting - the land of the BBC. He commented how he could not understand how we watched TV shows here with the constant interruption of commercials. Today I have to agree. My time spent reading books instead of watching TV has increased two fold over what it was three years ago.

But back to my comments on two shows, the top one I have enjoyed so far is "Person Of Interest." It backs up my beliefs that the government has you under constant surveillance and the only true justice given out is the what you personally dish out. Some points are not believable but over all it can develop a story line in the 36 minutes allocated to this hour long show.

The big disappointment was "Pan Am." A period piece about stewardesses and airline pilots in a time when flying had a certain glamour image. Due to the show trying to follow several players in the same show and the flash back to previous times in their lives plus only having 36 minutes of story line time in the hour long show I simply can’t follow the show with any interest as the story line never develops.

Other new shows that almost make it but fails are;

Revenge - Nice looking female star and I like the idea of revenge, but it just doesn't keep my interest.

Two Broke Girls - keeps your interest as a fill in spot between other shows
New Girl - just fails in general
Two and a Half men - not a new show but I figure it is their last season.

Does Delaware have property belonging to you?

Are you one of the over 100,000 people who have unclaimed property in Delaware? You can check to see if your name is on the list by clicking on this link – UNCLAIMED PROPERTY

The items do not include real estate, but could be anything from stocks, wages, refunds, uncashed-undelivered or unclaimed dividends and more. If your name is on the list – you should fill out the request form that you’ll find with the list. You will also need to include a photo ID of your driver’s license or other applicable ID before the claim will be started.

Statewide – October 28, 2011 – The Department of Finance announces today that Delaware will publish the names of over 100,000 owners of unclaimed property in the Delaware State News, the News Journal and on
The published list includes property that has been reported to the Delaware State Escheator by corporations and other entities. It is not real estate but instead monetary items such as: stock, wages, refunds, uncashed/undelivered/unclaimed dividends, deposits, interests, payments for goods and services, debentures, bonds and more.

The publication will set forth the names and addresses of persons appearing to be the owners of unclaimed funds abandoned and delivered to the Delaware State Escheator pursuant to Section 1143, Chapter 11, Title 12 of the Delaware Code.
To claim property for a name listed, claimants must have their name appear on the published list, be an executor of an estate, or an heir, and believe that they have reason to file a claim. Claimants must then complete the request form that appears with the published list or download a request form from
In addition to the request form, all claimants must include a photo id of their driver’s license or other applicable identification before the claim will be initiated. Also, if inquiring about property not listed in their name, claimants must provide documentation demonstrating a legal right to claim the property (ex: a certified Letter of Testamentary or Small Estate Affidavit for Estates. A notarized Power of Attorney (POA) for a living person.)
Request forms should be sent to:
Delaware Division of Revenue
Bureau of Unclaimed Property
P.O. Box 8931
Wilmington, DE 19899
A claim form or request for additional information will then be mailed to the claimant for completion. Due to the size of this publication and the expected response, inquires will receive a response within approximately (12) weeks from the receipt of the inquiry. Upon request of your claim package further information concerning your claim can be obtained by calling (302) 577-8782 or by sending an e-mail to

Costume Contest At Walgreen's - Sunday

Local Haunted Houses

Nightmares in Delmar

Open every Friday and Saturday in October including September 30th and going through October 30th and 31st. Doors open at 7:30 PM every night and cost is $13.00. However, if you bring a non-perishable food item, we take $2.00 off (limit 1 discount, per person, per can). Proceeds will again benefit the American Cancer Society, Boys and Girls Clubs of Western Sussex, and the Delmar Fire Department. Food items will help Cat Country's "Feed A Friend" Food Drive.

Odd Fellows Cemetery House
Dont let the agonizing screams deter you from entering the disturbing dungeons and maddening mazes of this seasons Cemetery House in Laurel. Sponsored by The Odd Fellows Charity Lodge #27, the Cemetery House is open Fridays and Saturdays, Oct. 14-15, 21-22, 28-29, and is located on the west side of town at Sharptown and Hastings roads, next to the Odd Fellows Cemetery. Parking is only available next to the Laurel Firehouse on 10th Street. Ride on the free farm wagon to start your journey. Then stroll through 10-foot high grassy fields with spooky characters around every bend, as you wind your way to the haunted Cemetery House. The century-old home will thrill those brave enough to enter with a half hour tour accompanied by spirits and phantoms in every room. Tickets are sold from 7 to 11 p.m. Admission is $8 and children under 6 are free. Receive $1 off admission with a non-perishable food item donation. Limit one discount per person. Proceeds benefit the Boy Scouts of America and other charities

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Some Firearm Ads From the 1908 Sears Roebuck Catalog

I like the line in this ad about "any of our customers who have been in the civil war will know there is no better rifle at any price"

The Princess Kleening Kit

Today in a world of unisex and non-gender specific toys the drawing of the little girl on the box of cleaning toys would be considered "Politically incorrect" but I am sure in the 1930's it acceptable.

The Lower Delmarva Genealogy society had it monthly meeting at the Adkins historical and Museum Complex in Mardela Springs and in the tour of some of the buildings I came across this display of toys.

With a vacuum cleaner, hand vac, broom, dustpan, mop, broom brush, and pretend cleansers, the Dirt Devil 9 piece play set will make a fantastic toolkit for your little helper. Part of the charm is that the small tools look like the big ones that Mommy or Daddy would use, making your little one feel like an important part of the cleaning crew.
Todays toys - Notice the non-gender specific verbiage for the Dirt Devil Junior 13 Piece Cleaning Play Set. No doubt Mommy and Daddy are now on a Cleaning crew since they lost their higher paying jobs due to the economy and now Dirt devil is encouraging child labor.

Lisa Jackson - 1981

Delmar Hardware - 1979

V H Duke's Sinclair Station - Delmar 1937

Registered Sex Offenders in the Delmar Maryland zip code

Halloween is coming up and as such I usually publish a list of registered sex offenders in the Delmar Maryland zip code. This information is not to be considered in anyway a threat, intimidation or harassment of those individuals listed, it however information for parents who will be taking children trick or treating

Marion Sylvester Adkins Sr 31267 E LINE RD DELMAR MD 21875
Charles Robert Timmons 1209 WALNUT ST, Apt/Unit# 16 DELMAR MD 21875
Alan M Wilkerson 602 SIXTH ST DELMAR MD 21875
Lorenzo Lee Waters 607 CHESTNUT ST, Apt/Unit# A DELMAR MD 21875
Peter Lucas Blanchfield 408 E CHESTNUT ST DELMAR MD 21875
Brice Sebastian Shockley 3002 FOSKEY LN, Apt/Unit# 3 DELMAR MD 21875
Robert Lee Horstman 209 E ELIZABETH ST, Apt/Unit# 2 DELMAR MD 21875
Kevin Darnell Batson 304 E ELIZABETH ST, Apt/Unit# A DELMAR MD 21875
Virgil James Baker 9031 PARSONSBURG RD DELMAR MD 21875
Maurice Albert Adkins Jr 8703 BI-STATE BLVD DELMAR MD 21875
John William Litteton 600 S MEMORIAL DR DELMAR MD 21875
James Howard Jenkins 29866 CONNELLY MILL RD DELMAR MD 21875
Brian Robert Sullivan 203 E CHESTNUT ST DELMAR MD

Taken from the State Of Maryland Registered Sex Offender List

Hindus to Celebrate Diwali with Feasts, Music and Prayers

Picked up from The Rockville Patch

Hindus to Celebrate Diwali with Feasts, Music and Prayers
Diwali is the Hindu Festival of Lights and marks the beginning of a new year

By Sonia Dasgupta

Hundreds of locals Hindus will spend Wednesday evening celebrating Diwali, or the Festival of Lights, in temples across the Washington metropolitan region.

“Diwali marks a new birth of the inner light or knowledge, a journey from falsehood to truth and overcoming evil with goodness,” said Pandit Pitamber Dutt Sharma, head priest of The Hindu Temple of Metropolitan, Washington in Adelphi.

Equivalent to the Hindu New Year, the celebration reflects a story in the Bhagavad Gita, the Hindu holy book. It’s when Lord Rama returns after being exiled for 14 years by vanquishing the demon-king Ravana.

Hindus celebrate his return with feasts, music, praying and the lighting of lamps.

The five-day festival started Monday, with each day marking a spiritual cleansing for Hindus, said Vijay Kushawaha, volunteer coordinator with The Hindu Temple of Metropolitan, Washington in Adelphi.

Each region of India celebrates Diwali differently based on its own cultural interpretations.

Traditionally, on the first day, Hindus buy new dishes, utensils, or gold marking the auspicious occasion, Kushawaha said. On the second day, they should clean their home, to welcome God into their lives, getting rid of any demons.

The third day marks the official Diwali celebration, or the celebration of Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth, and Ganesh, the god of auspicious beginnings, she said. It brings good fortune and well being into the home. On the fourth day, Hindus celebrate Lord Krishna by offering him a “mountain of food.”

The final day is a celebration of brotherhood and celebrated with the exchanging of gifts between siblings.

For Hare Krishnas, the entire month is a holy, said Abahay Das, community secretary of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness in Potomac.

“We are orthodox in that way, as opposed to observing [Diwali] as another holiday,” Das said.

Several temples around the region will hold Diwali celebrations this week:

The Hindu Temple of Metropolitan, Washington
10001 Riggs Road, Adelphi.
7:30-8:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

International Society for Krishna Consciousness
10310 Oaklyn Drive, Potomac.
6 p.m. on Wednesday.

Greater Baltimore Hindu-Jain Temple
2909 Bloom Road, Finksburg.
6:30 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday.

Washington Kali Temple
16126 New Columbia Pike Burtonsville.
7:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

Sri Venkateswara Lotus Temple
12501 Braddock Road, Fairfax, Va.
11 a.m. on Thursday.

Durga Temple of Virginia
8400 Durga Place, Fairfax Station, Va.
6:30-8:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

Trick-or-Treating Etiquette

Picked up from The Lake Minnetonka Patch

Parents Talk: Trick-or-Treating Etiquette
How old is too old for trick or treating? How late can you knock on a door? Patch and parents discuss the etiquette surrounding the holiday outing.

By Caitlin Burgess
Grandpa Bob came over at 5 p.m.

We ate my mother's famous bake dish at 6 p.m.

And finally, once the last rays of sun were disappearing, we hit the streets.

In my opinion, we were gracious little monsters, smiling big as we said "Trick or Treat." Once our bounty was secured in our pillow cases, a heartfelt "Thank you" was said as well. We were careful not to trample fall plants or break lawn gnomes. Two door bell rings was the max before moving on to the next, and once 9 p.m. struck we were herded home, where we counted and traded our treasure. Once we hit high school, or treating days were over.

My mother was the reason we were so well behaved. We went out after dusk as to not disturb those families still eating dinner, the two-ring rule was to respect those who didn't participate in the holidays, ending the tradition at high school helped transform us into buding adults, and, well, thank yous were required for everything.

So what's your take on the trick-or-treating tradition? When do you start kids? When is it time to quit? What time of night should it all start? How many times can you knock before it's polite to move on to the next? Tell us your thoughts in the comments section below.


Delmar Library Pirate Day - Today

Delmar Library Pirate Day - Thursday, Oct. 27, 6-7:30 p.m. - Celebrate the pirate life with food, games and fun.

Spooky Cupcake Decorating - Halloween Night, 6-7:30 p.m. Stories, songs and cupcake decorating for kids and teens. Everyone can show off their costumes.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Halloween Block Party At Woodcreek

WHEN: On October 29th 1:00 PM to 5 PM
WHERE: Corner of Tournament Drive and Clubhouse Drive (Enter Opposite Delmar Elementary School and turn left after Clubhouse)DELMAR, MD
WHY To help with Jim Henderson’s medical expenses To have Halloween fun
BRING: Chairs, drinks, one food item, and DONATIONS! Canned food also welcome.
ACTIVITIES: A craft table, games and prizes for the kids
DJ and great music
Hot dogs
Raffle and Silent Auction

Come help us celebrate Halloween and the Hendersons!

The Launching Of The Albert B. Robinson - Sharptown Maryland 1906

From the Salisbury Advertiser - 1906 - Sharptown news

The event of this week was the launching of the four masted schooner, Albert B. Robinson which slid into the water at 9:15 A.M. Monday. This was one of the many very beautiful launchings that have been witnessed here. She made a complete semicircle crossing the river and stopping only after she had gone a considerable distance in the Dorchester shore, and many visitors were present, including many ladies, which made the event a very enjoyable one. This schooner is being built by the Sharptown Marine Railroad Co for Capt. E. C. Bennett and others at a cost of $30,000.

Delmar Joint Council Meeting - October 2011

The Delmar Joint Town Council Meeting was held tonight. All Delaware Council members were present including Woody Payne. Jim Henderson was absent due to health problems but all other Delmar Maryland Commission members were present. The meeting was over with about 8:30. There was a good turnout of the "Public" mostly Woodcreek people and candidates for elected office. 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 story go to the meeting.

Actually there was very little of any great interest that happened last night for me to write about. The Parking Ordinance first reading has been postpone until next month as the town lawyers are reviewing it.

The main reason for the big turnout of "public" was the appearance of Mark Thomasson - always an attraction for Woodcreek people. Mr. Thomasson requested a reduction in the amount charged him for the town cutting grass on vacant lots in Woodcreek. The town charged him $31,630 and he said his contractor normally only charged him $675 to do the same number of vacant lots. The Commission said they would review it. Carl Anderton, Candidate for Mayor, did some grandstanding with Mark Thomasson. I think more for the effect of standing up for Woodcreek residents. Later Tom Luffman at the public comments section of the meeting would do the same thing. Frankly Woodcreek voters will control this upcoming Maryland election as they did the primary, so I guess if I was running for office on the Maryland side of town I would kowtow to them also. Stephanie Ring and Mike Gibb, also candidates for elected office, were in the audience but said nothing - perhaps because they are Woodcreek residents. Carl did make some good points however. I understand Mark Thomasson had said he would contact his lawyer if the town did not reduce the amount charged so certainly the town should not back down for that reason. The town publish how much they are going to charge to cut your grass which is per lot. Mark Thomasson should have been aware of that. To reduce the amount charged per lot for Mark Thomasson would bring the amount charged to everyone in town for grass cutting up for negotiation. If it is reduced there would be no deterrent for Mark Thomasson or anyone else to cut their grass, instead, let the town do it and negotiate with the town for a lower price when the town charge them. Also there are a number of developments that have not been maintained that may be coming up for grass cutting by the town and the town would not want to set a precedence for negotiated grass cutting.

The other item discussed, of interest to me, was the landscaping of the "new" town hall. Bess Buds did design work and offer several concept plans. The actual landscaping cost for each of the different versions was under $5,000 each. When the drawings and art work was shown for the landscaping the town could have used a tripod easel display stand to place them on but instead made use of the Town manager to hold the drawings for the council to see them.

Above the Town Manager being used as a tripod Easel Display stand. The Councilman sitting on the end is Woody Payne, in case you have forgotten what he looks like. Woody however did suggest the town get two additional estimates for the work instead of going with one estimate for the work - thumbs up for Woody!

The Two Councils intensely listening.

And that is about all of interest to me to write about in last night's Joint Council meeting.

Hollywood Cottage - Sinnickson, Virginia - 1906

Sunday, October 23, 2011

The Fifty Year High School Class Reunion

Wow I went to my fifty year high school class reunion last night. The Wi Hi class of 1961 had about 354 that graduated. Last night about 150 (plus spouses) showed up at the Moose Lodge In Salisbury for the 50 year reunion. Out of the class of 1961, 63 are dead and of the remaining number 30% live off Delmarva, mainly in the southern states so most are still in the area, some even live in Delmar and Woodcreek.

The last reunion I went to was the 20 year reunion. No doubt I was still carrying too much baggage from High school to appreciate it and it has taken another 30 years before I decided to return to one.

Let me say the fifty year reunion is a lot better. Still some of the old cliques’ of our high-school days exist but the main clique was those who still get together every so often.

Not all of them were overweight and hard of hearing, such as myself, actually they are a fairly healthy looking group. I think there was only a handful I recognized. The main topic of talk was not about the last hospital operation they had or the judging blocks of financial success but about their grandkids.

In the end I had a decent time at my reunion. I thought everyone looked great; obviously more gray than the last time and everyone has now become a solid citizens.

I was impressed by the hard work and due diligence of the Class reunion Committee; Wayne Brumbley, Sandra Crouch, James DeVage, Pete Evans, Betty Evans, Sam Graham, Margaret King, Ernest Matthews, Thurman Moore, Phyllis Moore, Janet Nock, Sam Smullen. Great Job.

As I wrap up this post up I am reminded of that old internet joke that is passed around in emails;