Saturday, November 26, 2011

Can Anyone Help?

Received this request;
I am developing a documentary on a father and son killed in World War Two. The father, Col. Ollie Reed, CO of the 175th Regiment, was wounded on 30 July 1944 and his driver, Sgt. Vaughn Bounds, in spite of being wounded himself, drove Col. Reed to the closest aid station where he died of his wounds.

Vaughn Bounds was a resident of Delmar where he died in 1999. The Salisbury Times noted Cpl. Vaughn Bounds having been wounded in the August 24, 1944 edition.

Do you know where I might find a photograph, ideally wartime, of Vaughn Bounds
Many thanks

Dennis Whitehead
1410 N. Nelson Street
Arlington, VA 22201

Sorry If You received An Advertising Email From My Email Address

I am sorry if you received an email from any of my email address advertising products, services etc. Something has hijacked my computer and used it to send advertisements to my email contact list. I am working on trying to get rid of it with a system restore.

It Is A Glorious Fall Day In Delmar

It is a glorious Fall Day In Delmar, let me share with you some of the sights on my morning walk.

It is indeed a glorious morning.

7:30 AM - Looking North on Bi-State Blvd - still waiting for the first vehicle to come thru Delmar

Looking South on Bi-State - nothing on the road - so much for build it and they will come.

Noticed the boarded up vacant building

It could be an improvement if it was really boarded up. The touch of graffiti on the fence adds a little class to it.

The Sports Nut - what is that in front of it by the curb - a bottle?

so did someone leave a bottle or piss in it for some unsuspecting alcoholic

speaks for itself

squint your eyes and you can hardy see the graffiti

Lots of windblown leaves

It may not be frost on the pumpkin but it is frost on the someone's garden.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Restaurant: Impossible - Rascals - New Castle Delaware

My wife was off from work today and she likes to watch reality shows on the various networks, one of which is Restaurant: Impossible - a knockoff of Kitchen Nightmares with Chef Gordon Ramsay. Restaurant: Impossible features Chef Robert Irvine a man whose bio says he has 25 years in the culinary profession, Chef Robert Irvine has cooked his way through Europe, the Far East, the Caribbean and the Americas, in hotels and on the high seas. Long story short Chef Irvine fix up failing restaurants using $10,000 in two days.

One of the episodes we watched today was an attempt to revive the business of Rascals in New Castle Delaware. The episode was taped about the beginning on 2011 and has aired a number of times but this was the first time I saw it. The episode was written about in the News Journal. Rascals, in business since 1965, received a routine Delaware Division of Public Health restaurant inspections. If you had seen this episode of how filthy the restaurant looked you would have been shocked.

Now various reports are the Food network filming crew made a certain amount of mess in order to make the place look bad but there is no way the crew could have made that place look that bad. It was accumulated filth. The restaurant owner did not dispute the 13 dead mice found in the place. Back to the Delaware Division of Public Health restaurant inspections, looking at the online reports the restaurant has shows semi annual inspection from 2007. the write ups of the place were; 2007 - quantity and availability of water, 2008 - packaging of open products, 2009 - no violations, 2010 - cleaning of equipment. From what I saw the place should have been closed.

Now over at Yelp the place had excellent reviews prior to the TV Show taping the clean up and turn around there. Supposedly the BBQ was excellent but that would not a surprise as the best BBQ is cooked in rather dirty places. But after the cleanup Over at Yahoo is a range of good/ bad reviews from before and after the TV Show. So who knows today how the restaurant really is? Lets hope today the restaurant is a great place.

DelMarVa Model Railroad Club Open House Schedule

DelMarVa Model Railroad Club is at 103 State Street, Delmar,Delaware (Look for St Stephen's church and the Masonic Lodge)

The open house schedule for 2011-2012:

Saturday, Nov 26th from 11am - 5pm
Sunday, Nov 27th from 12pm - 5pm

Saturday, Dec 3rd from 11am - 5pm
Sunday, Dec 4th from 12pm - 5pm

Saturday, Jan 7th from 11am - 5pm
Sunday, Jan 8th from 12pm - 5pm

Saturday, Jan 14th from 11am - 5pm
Sunday, Jan 15th from 12pm - 5pm

Another Image of Delmar

I have written before about this house in Delmar Maryland. Back on Sunday November 6th there was a fire in it. The fire, which caused an estimated $30,000 in damages to the structure of the vacant home, originated in the kitchen and the Maryland State Fire Marshal's office ruled it an arson. Now the photo's of the house I am showing is merely the side and front. The real damage was in the rear of the house but I just take pictures from the sidewalk which is not trespassing.

This vacant home which has created problems for the town in the past what with debris in the yard, unmowed grass, and damaged trees, seem to lack an owner for the town to contact and have corrections made. Rumor has it that the fire was set by Idiot teens — yes, I know “idiot teens” is redundant but when you baby children until they are in their 30's what do you expect from teenagers. They know nothing will happen to them if they are caught, so why should they stop doing what they do?

So here it sit with windows out and not boarded up - a magnet to vagrants, more firebugs, stray animals, and scrap metal thieves. No wonder the house next to it went thru the expense of installing security cameras - they should bill the town for them, since the town allows this to continue. I had offered to post comments from candidates in the recent Maryland election about the problem of vacant houses in Delmar but I received none. I guess the elected ones figure it wasn't in their neighborhood so why should they get involved - yea this newly elected bunch is really going to do well representing Delmar - what do you expect when two of them live in Woodcreek and may have never even driven down this street. Amazes me they could find townhall to vote - oh that's right they made a number of trips to town hall to get the town to handle their Woodcreek problems - that how come they knew where it was.

The crap from inside the building blows around the neighborhood creating that ghetto look that we have become use to in Delmar. The house and property had been vacant for a year or so and before the fire already had that vacant house look: unmowed grass, peeling paint, weeds growing out of every crack in the sidewalk, and broken/missing windows and half opened doors. An untended house on the street not only ruins your view, but it can jeopardize the financial wellbeing of every house in the neighborhood by sucking out your home equity and house values.

and the town government does nothing but collect taxes from us.

The neighbors to this burnt out property, will have to keep their eyes and ears wide open. Once a property has been vandalized – it becomes tougher to sell, more likely to languish without care for a long time, and a greater burden to the neighborhood.

Hopefully the Police Department have stepped up their patrols in this neighborhood. Maybe it is time for putting together a neighborhood watch to head off potential issues with this house or maybe a vigilance committee to set some examples in Delmar.

Doug Niblett and The Daily Times

There is a good article in today's Daily Times about Doug Niblett banging his final gavel.

Black Friday and ChristKindlesmarkt

Altho on the Eastern Shore we rarely hear about ChristkindlesMarkt, or Christ Child Market, other areas with a strong German population are aware of these Christmas flea markets and of course the mother of all ChristKindlesmarkt in Nuremberg Germany will open today.

Every year, Germany's most famous Christmas Market opens its stalls for visitors from all over the world, right in the middle of the city, on Nuremberg Main Market Square. At 5.30 p.m. on the Friday before the first Advent Sunday, the Christmas Angel opens her market, reciting the solemn prologue from the gallery of the church of Our Lady. And as every year, by Christmas Eve, more than two million visitors from all over the world will have sampled the delights of the Christmas Market.

About 180 wooden stalls, festooned with red-and-white cloth, have given the Christmas Market its name of "Little Town from Wood and Cloth". 200 stall holders present their traditional wares: Nuremberg spicy gingerbread, fruit loaves, bakery goods and sweets, typical Christmas articles such as Christmas tree angels, cribs, Christmas tree ornaments and candles, toys as well as arts and crafts products. Favourite souvenirs include "Nuremberg Plum People", little figures made from prunes. And of course, by way of refreshments, there are always rolls with Nuremberg roast sausages and mugs of mulled wine.

Elsewhere these markets will spring up in the U.S. and Canada. Chicago is a big one and closer by in Pennsylvania, with Mifflinburg and Bethlehem being larger ones. It is almost like they are franchised.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Random Thoughts On A Thanksgiving Day

I finally am over some kind of flu that I have had for the last week, Thank You for asking. I did however miss the Delmar Joint Council and the Middle School Talent Show.

Both of our daughters arrived home last night - with two full hampers of dirty clothing for their mother to wash while they are home.

The roads were packed yesterday and so were the liquor stores in Delaware. Delaware has this law you can’t sell liquor on legal holidays. For purposes of this section, the following shall be considered holidays: Sundays, except the Sunday before Christmas when Christmas falls on a Monday and the Sunday before New Year's Day when New Year's Day falls on a Monday; Thanksgiving Day; Christmas; and Easter. In Immoral Maryland you can satisfy whatever addiction habit you have anytime you want to. When I grew up in Salisbury I thought liquor stores everywhere were referred to as dispensaries, had some strange looks when I moved elsewhere and asked for directions to a dispensary.

My youngest daughter, Susan, left Edinboro College Tuesday night to come home. She normally takes the Interstate down to Pittsburgh and picks up the Turnpike but this time she had to drop her roommate off at her home in Butler PA so she entered the turnpike at a point further east than she normally does. Lucky for her as Marino Transport Services of Stevensville, Maryland had a tanker with driveway sealant leak the contents of the tanker over 40 miles of the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Susan phoned home saying she didn’t know what was happenings as cars were pulled off on the shoulder of the turnpike and the first service exit she came to there were about a hundred vehicles lined up to turn into it. For once she lucked out and missed the problem and I didn’t have to put out money to fix another problem. The problem of course goes beyond the vehicle as stranded motorists tracked tar into business throughout the area including gas stations and motels. And if your tires were getting bare, Tuesday night would be a good time to drive on the turnpike so you can get a new set from the insurance claim.

I watched some of the Philadelphia Thanksgiving parade this morning and I think it gets more ghetto and gay looking each year.

And my brother and mother came to have Thanksgiving dinner with us. The dinner turned out exceptionally well and we should leftover for at least three days. So now I get a nap and rest up for pie and desserts later. I hope all of you had a good Thanksgiving this year.

Turkey receives Pardon

(Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama, with daughters Sasha and Malia, pardons Liberty, a 19-week old, 45-pound turkey, on the occasion of Thanksgiving, Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2011, on the North Portico of the White House in Washington. Each Thanksgiving, the President “pardons” a hand-selected turkey, sparing the bird from someone’s dinner table and ensuring the rest of its days are spent roaming on a farm or petting zoo. Liberty is the one on the table. The Presidential pardon of a turkey has been a long time Thanksgiving tradition that dates back to the Harry Truman administration

Retail Grocery Stores On The Stock Market

As we sit down today and enjoy all that delicious food recently purchased from a grocery store or obtained from a food bank lets look at grocery stores listed on the stock market. The stock market is always a mystery to me and for some reason beyond general economics, the retail publicly traded grocery stores stock prices are down. A good thing if you are bottom feeding for stock. I always like to include a few grocery stores in my portfolio, as long as they pay a dividend. Maybe you want to look at them if you have any money to invest prior to Christmas.

Koninklijke Ahold NV (Ticket Code: AHONY) Present $12.21 down from a high of $14.34 is a Netherlands-based retail group. Through its subsidiaries the Company operates supermarkets, liquor stores and drugstores in the Netherlands, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Sweden, Norway and the United States. Through its USA division, the Company runs the Stop & Shop, Giant Landover, Giant Carlisle and Martin's supermarket chains, as well as the home shopping and grocery delivery service.

American Consumers, Inc. (Ticket Code: ANCS ) Present $0.60 down from a high of $ 2.25, operates eight supermarkets within a geographical area that comprises Northwest Georgia, Northeast Alabama, and Southeast Tennessee. All of the Company's supermarkets are operated under the name Shop-Rite.

Arden Group, Inc. (Ticket Code: ARDNA ) Present $87.30 down from a high of $97.46, is a holding company, which conducts operations through its wholly owned subsidiary, Arden-Mayfair, Inc. (Arden-Mayfair) and Arden-Mayfair's wholly owned subsidiary, Gelson's Markets (Gelson's), which operates 18 full-service supermarkets in Southern California. As of January 1, 2011, Gelson's had approximately 1,222 full-time and 860 part-time store, warehouse and office employees.

Delhaize Group (Ticket Code: DEG ) Present $55.14 down from a high of $88.86, is a Belgium-based food retailer. The Company is principally engaged in the operation of supermarkets in Belgium, the United States (Southeast and Mid-Atlantic as well as Northeast and Sweetbay in Florida) and Greece, with smaller operations in Romania and Indonesia.. The Company operates: Food Lion, Bottom Dollar Food, Harveys, Bloom and Hannaford supermarkets in the United States.

The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company, Inc. (A&P) (Ticket Code GAPTQ ) Present $0.05 down from a high of $3.49 is engaged in the retail food business. The Company operated 429 stores averaging approximately 42,200 square feet per store as of February 27, 2010. Operating under the trade names A&P, Super Fresh, , Waldbaum's, Super Foodmart, Food Basics, The Food Emporium, Best Cellars, Best Cellars at A&P, Pathmark and Pathmark Sav-A-Center. In December 2010, the Company announced that it has filed a voluntary petition under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code with the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York

Ingles Markets, Incorporated (Ingles) (Ticket Code: IMKTA ) Present $14.21 down from a high of $20.45, is a supermarket chain in the southeast United States. As of September 25, 2010, the Company operated 202 supermarkets, including 73 in Georgia, 69 in North Carolina, 36 in South Carolina, 21 in Tennessee, two in Virginia and one in Alabama.

The Kroger Co. (Ticket Code :KR) Present $20.45 down from a high of $25.85, is a retailer in the United States The Company operated 2,460 supermarket and multi-department stores under banners, which included Kroger, City Market, Dillons, Jay C, Food 4 Less, Fred Meyer, Fry's, King Soopers, QFC, Ralphs and Smith's. In addition to the supermarkets, as of January 29, 2011, the Company operated through subsidiaries 784 convenience stores and 361 fine jewelry stores.

Publix Super Markets, Inc. (Ticket Code : PUSH ) Present $15.50 down from a high of $17.00 operating retail food supermarkets in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina and Tennessee.

Ruddick Corporation (Ticket Code : RDK ) Present $39.08 down from a high of $46.00 is a holding company that through its wholly owned subsidiaries, is engaged in two businesses: Harris Teeter, Inc. (Harris Teeter), which operates a regional chain of supermarkets in eight states in the southeastern and mid-Atlantic United States, including the District of Columbia, and American & Efird, Inc. (A&E) manufactures and distributes industrial sewing thread, embroidery thread and technical textiles on a global basis. A&E is a global manufacturer and distributor of sewing thread for the apparel and other markets, embroidery thread and technical textiles. During the fiscal year ended October 3, 2010 (fiscal 2010), Harris Teeter opened 13 new stores and closed three stores for a net of 10 additional stores. In November 2011, it sold American & Efird business to KPS Capital Partners, LP.

Spartan Stores, Inc. (Ticket Code : SPTN ) Present $16.60 down from a high of $21.37 is a regional grocery distributor and grocery retailer, operating principally in Michigan and Indiana. The Company operates in two business segments: Distribution and Retail. Spartan Stores distributes a variety of products to approximately 375 independent grocery stores and operates 97 conventional supermarkets.

SUPERVALU INC. (Ticket Code : SVU ) Present $7.23 down from a high of $11.77 is a United States grocery channel. SUPERVALU conducts its retail operations under the Acme, Albertsons, Cub Foods, Farm Fresh, Hornbacher's, Jewel-Osco, Lucky, Shaw's, Shop 'n Save, Shoppers Food & Pharmacy and Star Market banners. During the fiscal year ended February 26, 2011, the Company added 132 stores through store development and closed or sold 87 stores, including planned disposals.

Safeway Inc. (Ticket Code : SWY ) Present $18.37 down from a high of $25.43 is a food and drug retailer in North America. As of January 1, 2011, the Company had 1,694 stores. Safeway owns and operates Operating Company, LLC (GroceryWorks), an online grocery channel doing business under the names, and (collectively Safeway also has a 49% ownership interest in Casa Ley, S.A. de C.V. (Casa Ley), which operates 168 food and general merchandise stores in Western Mexico.

Village Super Market, Inc. (Ticket Code : :VLGEA ) Present $28.96 down from a high of $33.99 operated a chain of 26 ShopRite supermarkets, 17 of which are located in northern New Jersey, one in northeastern Pennsylvania and eight in southern New Jersey. The Company is a member of Wakefern Food Corporation (Wakefern), the retailer-owned food cooperative and owner of the ShopRite name.

Whole Foods Market, Inc. (Ticket Code : WFM ) Present $63.23 down from a high of $74.45 is a natural and organic foods supermarket. The Company has one operating segment, natural and organic foods supermarkets. As of September 26, 2010, the Company operated 299 stores in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom

Winn-Dixie Stores, Inc. (Ticket Code : :WINN ) Present $5.43 down from a high of $10.08 operates as a food retailer in five states in the southeastern United States. The Company operated 484 retail stores, with four fuel centers and 75 liquor stores. During the fiscal year ended June 29, 2011 (fiscal 2011), the Company closed 30 non-remodeled, underperforming stores.

Weis Markets, Inc. (Ticket Code : WMK ) Present $37.98 down from a high of $42.20 is engaged principally in the retail sale of food in Pennsylvania and surrounding states. As of December 25, 2010, the Company operated 24 stores in Maryland, three stores in New Jersey, 12 stores in New York, 120 stores in Pennsylvania and two stores in West Virginia, for a total of 161 retail food stores operating under the Weis Markets trade name. The Company also operated one Save-A-Lot and two Scot's Lo-Cost retail food stores in Pennsylvania.

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (Ticket Code : WMT ) Present $56.64 down from a high of $59.40 operates retail stores in various formats worldwide.

National Day of Thanksgiving

Presidential Proclamation -- Thanksgiving Day, 2011

- - - - - - -



One of our Nation's oldest and most cherished traditions, Thanksgiving Day brings us closer to our loved ones and invites us to reflect on the blessings that enrich our lives. The observance recalls the celebration of an autumn harvest centuries ago, when the Wampanoag tribe joined the Pilgrims at Plymouth Colony to share in the fruits of a bountiful season. The feast honored the Wampanoag for generously extending their knowledge of local game and agriculture to the Pilgrims, and today we renew our gratitude to all American Indians and Alaska Natives. We take this time to remember the ways that the First Americans have enriched our Nation's heritage, from their generosity centuries ago to the everyday contributions they make to all facets of American life. As we come together with friends, family, and neighbors to celebrate, let us set aside our daily concerns and give thanks for the providence bestowed upon us.

Though our traditions have evolved, the spirit of grace and humility at the heart of Thanksgiving has persisted through every chapter of our story. When President George Washington proclaimed our country's first Thanksgiving, he praised a generous and knowing God for shepherding our young Republic through its uncertain beginnings. Decades later, President Abraham Lincoln looked to the divine to protect those who had known the worst of civil war, and to restore the Nation "to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquility, and union."

In times of adversity and times of plenty, we have lifted our hearts by giving humble thanks for the blessings we have received and for those who bring meaning to our lives. Today, let us offer gratitude to our men and women in uniform for their many sacrifices, and keep in our thoughts the families who save an empty seat at the table for a loved one stationed in harm's way. And as members of our American family make do with less, let us rededicate ourselves to our friends and fellow citizens in need of a helping hand.

As we gather in our communities and in our homes, around the table or near the hearth, we give thanks to each other and to God for the many kindnesses and comforts that grace our lives. Let us pause to recount the simple gifts that sustain us, and resolve to pay them forward in the year to come.

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 Thursday, November 24, 2011, as a National Day of Thanksgiving. I encourage the people of the United States to come together whether in our homes, places of worship, community centers, or any place of fellowship for friends and neighbors to give thanks for all we have received in the past year, to express appreciation to those whose lives enrich our own, and to share our bounty with others.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this sixteenth day of November, in the year of our Lord two thousand eleven, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-

Happy Thanksgiving

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Cape Charles Museum Oyster Roast

CAPE CHARLES --The Cape Charles Historical Society will host its 14th annual Oyster Roast at the Cape Charles Museum from 5-9 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 26. The event is one of two annual fundraisers in support of the Cape Charles Museum and Welcome Center located at 814 Randolph Ave. in Cape Charles. The museum is owned and operated by the Cape Charles Historical Society.

The menu for the Oyster Roast includes roasted and raw oysters, fried chicken, homemade chowder and rolls, three-bean salad, potato salad, soda and hot chocolate. Beer and wine are also available for purchase. Food will be served from 5-7 p.m. with live music continuing until

9 p.m. The event also includes an eclectic silent auction and a 50/50 raffle. Seating is provided both inside the museum, which is handicapped-accessible, and outside under a
tent. Tickets are $30 for adults, $10 for children ages 7 to 12, and free for children under 7. The museum will also be open all day and admission is free.

The Blue Marsh Shoreliner trio of guitar, bass and drums will provide music throughout the event. The band is known for playing rockabilly, and country, western and folk music, with a bluegrass guitar twang. Lead singer and guitarist Chip Blackwell has previously performed at the Chincoteague Center for the Bluegrass Alliance and up and down the Delmarva Peninsula for many civic functions, restaurants and bars. You may check out the band on the web at

Tickets are available by cash or check at the museum or Sullivan's
Office Supplies in Cape Charles. To purchase online by credit card via Paypal send an email request to For quality purposes, tickets are limited and may be purchased at the door only if available. For ticket and other information, call 757-331-3180 or 757-331-1008. Sponsors for the event are also most welcome. For each $100 donation, sponsors receive two free tickets. To sponsor, send a check to CCHS, P.O. Box 11, Cape Charles or use the internet as above.

The Cape Charles Museum and Welcome Center is owned and maintained by the Cape Charles Historical Society. The museum is dedicated to preserving and presenting to the public the history of Cape Charles and surrounding areas through multi-media exhibitions. For information on exhibits, research materials and special events, or to request openings by appointment, call 757-331-1008, write to The Cape Charles Historical Society, P.O. Box 11, Cape Charles, Va. 23310, or send an email to The museum is open weekdays from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m.-5 p.m
and on Sundays from 1-5 p.m. from April to November.

Black Cloud Over Delmar

Monday, November 21, 2011

Wow! The First Christmas Card of the Season

Well I received my first Christmas card this weekend, it was tucked into my News Journal and was from the newspaper carrier. Interestingly his return address was printed in extra large letters. I can feel the love. Like they say it is the season for giving.

Travels In Egypt and Nubia

Today November 21st in 1818 Giovanni Battista Belzoni visited Edfu and "took a minute survey of these truly magnificent ruins." This was his third journey in Egypt, one purpose of this journey was to remove the obelisk from the island of Philoe.

Giovanni Battista Belzoni (15 November 1778 – 3 December 1823), was a great Italian adventurer. An extremely tall and strong man for his time he had a varied career until 1815 when he arrived in Egypt. Over the next couple of years he made three journeys around Egypt exploring and excavating tombs and temples. Since it was a time when foreigners could remove antiquities he send many to the British museum where they are still on display. Today of course Dr Zahi Hawass would be right along with him doing television interviews, photo ops, and making sure nothing was removed from Egypt. He married Sarah Bane an Englishwoman whom accompanied him on many of his journeys. Strangely a city in Mississippi is named for him. The town was originally known as “Greasy Row” because of the row of saloons along the bank of the Yazoo River, so I guess it was a step up for a name change to Belzoni.

I have recently been reading Belzoni's book "Travels in Egypt and Nubia." At times it is boring but also at times very exciting. He gives many details of how he climbed into tombs and made trips down the Nile and across the desert, very Indiana Jones like, only without the Nazis. I was impressed by the size of the monuments, tombs etc as he gives many measurements which in other readings I either did not pay attention too or were not given. It does renew your interest Egyptian antiquities. I found a number of points in the book to be interesting from a sidenote. First even he could not figure out how many of the tombs were built (aliens?) and second in the book he explains to an Egyptian leader why Europe was buying so much grain from Egypt in 1816. Which was of course due to the eruption of the volcano Mount Tambora creating the global climate anomalies that included the phenomenon known as "volcanic winter": 1816 became known as the "Year Without a Summer" because of the effect on North American and European weather. Below is how he described entering a tomb;

I descended, examined the place, pointed out to them where they might dig, and in an hour there was room enough for me to enter through a passage that the earth had left under the ceiling of the first corridor, which is thirty-six feet two inches long and eight feet eight inches wide, and when cleared of the ruins, six feet nine inches high. I perceived immediately by the painting on the ceiling, and by the hieroglyphics in basso relievo, which were to be seen where the earth did not reach that this was the entrance into a large and magnificent tomb. At the end of this corridor I came to a staircase twenty-three feet long, and of the same breadth as the corridor. The door at the bottom is twelve feet high. From the foot of the staircase I entered anther corridor, thirty-seven feet three inches long, and of the same width and height as the other, each side sculptured with hieroglyphics in basso relievo and painted. The ceiling also is finely painted, and in pretty good preservation. The more I saw, the more I was eager to see, such being the nature of man, but I was checked in my anxiety at this time, for at the end of this passage I reached a large pit, which intercepted my progress. This pit is thirty feet deep, and fourteen feet by twelve feet three inches wide. The upper part of the pit is adorned with figures, from the wall of the passage up to the ceiling. The passages from the entrance all the way to this pit have an inclination downward of an angle of eighteen degrees....

Delmar Joint Council Meeting - Tonight

The Delmar Joint Council Meeting will be held tonight at 7 pm in town hall. I did not see an agenda posted on the town website but I am sure it will be interesting.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Old Christ Church and Laurel Historical Society present 'Old Fashioned Christmas

Picked Up From The Laurel Star;
Old Christ Church, Historical Society present 'Old Fashioned Christmas'
By Mary Ann Torkelson

On Sunday, Dec. 18, the Old Christ Church League, St. Philip's Episcopal Church and the Laurel Historical Society will be hosting an afternoon concert of Christmas music and readings at Old Christ Church, Laurel, with an open house before and after at the Historical Society's Cook House Headquarters. The Open House at Cook House will be from one o'clock until six o'clock and the musical concert presented by the Southern Delaware Choral Society will begin at Old Christ Church, Chipman's Pond Road, at three o'clock. This musical concert at Old Christ Church, built in 1771, will mark the third year that a service has been held during the Christmas Season. Music and history lovers alike will experience the singing of the Southern Delaware Choral Society in the original manner of their ancestors, bundled up against the cold with only the twinkle of candles set in greenery to light the way for faithful worshiper. This year, the Choral Society promises to provide an opportunity for the audience to sing along with their beautiful voices. Those who have attended Old Christ Church know that the acoustics in this treasure of a building are absolutely beautiful. Before or after the concert, visitors are invited to warm up at the Cook House, home to the Laurel Historical Society, with warm cider and light refreshments. Located at 501 W. Fourth Street, the Cook House was built around the time of the Civil War. The society headquarters was, for many years, the home place of the Laurel branch of the Hearne family. Visitors to the Cook House are welcome to tour the home that includes among other treasures a Ralph Corner Cupboard that is native to Laurel and a collection of Waller photographs. Both events, being offered free to the public as a Christmas gift to participants, are intended to broaden public awareness of the uniqueness of these buildings and to celebrate the joys of the season. However, free will donations for the reservation and maintenance of these treasures are encouraged and will be gratefully accepted at each location. For more information about the Old Christ Church League, call St. Philip's office at 302-875-3644. For more information about the Laurel Historical Society call 302-875-2820 or email

More Christmas Gifts For Your Family Historian

From the Laurel Historical Society there are a number of books and a DVD that can be given as gifts this year for Christmas.

The second book in the cemetery series, Cemeteries in Laurel, Delaware, was launched by the Laurel Historical Society in May 2010. The book is a comprehensive listing of the families and individuals who are interred at the various cemeteries within the Town of Laurel. An excellent resource for genealogists and historians, the book also includes an overview of the history of the various cemeteries.

Price: $40 (includes shipping) Authors: Doug Breen and Chuck Swift

The first book in the cemetery series, Odd Fellows Cemetery, Laurel, Delaware, was launched by the Laurel Historical Society in August 2009. The book is a comprehensive listing of the nearly 5,000 families and individuals who are interred at the cemetery. An excellent resource for genealogists and historians, the book
also includes an overview of the cemetery's history, special features found within the grounds, and some stories of the families who are found there. Other interesting features include maps of the numerous sections of the cemetery, photos of various headstones, and a listing of organizations and symbols.

Price: $40 (includes shipping) Authors: Doug Breen and Chuck Swift

167 pages

First printed in 1986, The History of Nineteenth Century Laurel serves as a comprehensive collection of Laurel's history. Like a written time capsule, it captures the town's long and interesting past. This book has been reprinted recently by the Laurel Historical Society, and for good reason. It is a resource for readers to find the stories, maps, and photos that help to shed light on the history of Laurel. The book begins with the earliest known history of the area and the Native Americans who called the shores of Broad Creek home, and moves through the time of the town's initial settlement and its growth into a thriving ommunity.

Price: $50 (includes shipping) Author: Harold Hancock 438 pages

Bacon Switch DVD -The DVD contains a presentation that was made during the Laurel Historical Society’s Annual Dinner in June 2009. The presentation was made by Jay Hill and detailed the long history of the Bacon Switch area of Laurel and the families who have called it home. Price: $7 (includes shipping)Speaker: Jay Hill
Producer: Doug Breen

and as a Christmas Treat the third cemetery book will be available with a book signing on December 7 at the Laurel Library from 4:00-6:00. Just in time for Christmas.

Please make checks payable to “Laurel Historical Society”
Provide with your check your Name and Mailing Address

Mail to: Laurel Historical Society
P.O. Box 102
Laurel, DE 19956

Or you can use their order Form located here

Order Now For Christmas

The Brad Myers News Journal Article

There is a well written article on the recent Delmar Loses by Brad Myers at the News Journal.

National Child's Day

Presidential Proclamation -- National Child's Day, 2011

As a Nation, we carry a fundamental responsibility to unlock the potential within every child. To prepare our children for the 21st century, we must continue to make investments in their health, development, and learning that will be lasting cornerstones of their success. Today, we celebrate our sons and daughters, and we recommit to giving them the future they deserve.

My Administration is committed to providing our children with the care and support that will give them a strong, healthy start. To help ensure all children have access to nutritious meals and encourage healthy choices early in life, I signed the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act last year. We also launched MyPlate, a new food icon that can guide children and adults alike on healthy portions as they choose their next meal. These efforts go hand-in-hand with First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move! initiative, which is dedicated to solving the problem of childhood obesity within a generation. This year, over 1,250 schools took action to meet rigorous nutrition standards and expand opportunities for physical activity as part of our HealthierUS School Challenge, and 1.7 million Americans achieved the Presidential Active Lifestyle Award. By empowering children and their caregivers with the tools they need to eat well and lead active lifestyles, we take steps to instill healthy habits that will last into adulthood.

To build a more prosperous future for our children, we must equip them with a world-class education. My Administration is advancing educational opportunities for students of all ages, from early learning programs that start our children down the right path, to Pell Grants that open higher education to more Americans. In communities across our Nation, parents, teachers, principals, and school boards are coming together to develop stronger educational standards that will reward progress and accelerate student achievements. As we work to ensure every classroom is a safe, supportive place where students can cultivate a love of learning, we advance our goal of putting an outstanding education within reach for every child.

On National Child's Day, we remember that the promise of a brighter tomorrow is fulfilled by what we do for our children today. As Americans, all of us share in the responsibility to do our utmost to give our children the love, safety, and protection that will nourish their development as healthy and

productive individuals. Let us kindle in them the hunger for knowledge, the courage to follow their dreams, and the spirit to pursue possibility wherever it may lead.

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 November 20, 2011, as National Child's Day. I call upon all citizens to observe this day with appropriate activities, programs, and ceremonies, and to rededicate ourselves to creating the bright future we want for our Nation's children.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this eighteenth day of November, 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 Family Week

Presidential Proclamation -- National Family Week, 2011

For generations, American families have empowered our sons and daughters with boundless love, giving them the courage to pursue their dreams. This week, we celebrate the threads of compassion and unity that tie our families together, enrich our communities, and strengthen the fabric of our Nation.

My Administration remains steadfast in our commitment to families across America. To ensure our children get a strong start, we are bolstering early learning programs and promoting education reform that will do more to bring every student the best our schools have to offer. By investing in Pell Grants and community colleges, we are working to make higher education affordable for more families and build a workforce of tomorrow that will excel in the global economy. And by taking executive action to lighten financial burdens on many middle class families, we are making it more affordable to pay back student loans and easier for homeowners to refinance their mortgages. As our families work hard to meet their obligations, these actions will give them the help they need to thrive in the years to come.

During National Family Week, let us also reflect on the contributions and sacrifices of our service members and their loved ones. Our troops and military families serve with valor at home and overseas, and as a Nation we have a moral obligation to serve these patriots as well as they have served us. To better fulfill this promise, First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden launched Joining Forces earlier this year, an initiative that challenges all Americans to make a difference in the lives of our veterans and military families.

As we gather with our loved ones this holiday season, let us pause to give thanks to all those who share in the trials and triumphs of our lives. Our families illuminate our days and bring meaning to our years, and their love has the power to see us through our greatest challenges. This week and throughout the year, let us strive to give back to our friends, families, communities, and neighbors, and to work together in pursuit of our highest ambitions.

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 November 20 through November 26, 2011, as National Family Week. I invite all States, communities, and individuals to join in observing this week with appropriate ceremonies and activities to honor our Nation's families.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this eighteenth day of November, 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.


Thanksgiving Service Today