Friday, December 02, 2011

Delmar Middle School Winter/Christmas Chorus Concert 2011

I walked up to the High School Last night to watch and hear the Middle School Winter Christmas Chorus Concert. Yes I walked. Altho we talk about the criminal element in Delmar it is still safe to walk the streets at night - at least on the Delaware side of town. I also saw some very nice Christmas light displays on the walk there.

I arrived about 6:45 and it was standing room only. I finally found a place way way back in the cafeteria. The Programs were long gone by the time I arrived, however some kind person slipped me one and for those parents who did get one I have scanned it and placed it in this post. By clicking on the photo to enlarge it and printing it you can have a copy for that memory box of yours. You can also see the names of the chorus members.

I thought the auditorium was packed but then the 5th and 6th grade chorus came on stage and it was SRO on the stage also. Wow! the 5th and 6th grade chorus is about 140 kids. How does the director, David Smith, do it? School started three months ago and he managed to get this group to sing as a unit.

The 5th and 6th grade chorus did five numbers. They were; 'Nuttin for christmas', 'Holiday Lights', 'Christmas Crazes,' 'Frosty,' 'Scrooge!Scrooge!Scrooge!', 'Winter Troika Ride', and 'Gonna catch That Santa.' Needless to say they were all sung in an excellent manner.

The three songs I thought were best done were; 'Frosty','Winter Troika Ride' and 'Gonna Catch That Santa.'

Their version of Frosty had more of a hip beat to it.

'Winter Troika Ride' had a rhythm that clearly produced the sound of hoof beats of a horse pulling a sled.

'Gonna Catch That Santa' had a choreograph hand movement which always waked people up plus the unexpected ooh oohs.

With only a brief pause the 5th and 6th grade chorus exited the stage and the 7th and 8th grade chorus came on. When the 140 members of the 5th and 6th grade chorus left so did a quarter of the parents.

Well the 7th and 8th grade chorus was almost as large as the 5th and 6th grade Chorus. Coming in at about 70 students it means total Middle School students taking Chorus is over 200.

The 7th and 8th grade Chorus did four numbers; 'It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year', 'March of the King', 'Keep On Following The Star', and 'The Twelve Groovy Days Of Christmas'.

Since this group was older they did more moving to the music and finger clicking.

Of Course all the songs were performed brilliantly, did you have any doubts?

The initial song was marred slightly by people in the audience moving about and I assume leaving to locate their 5th or 6th grade chorus member.

I liked 'The Twelve Groovy Days Of Christmas' best as it had an unexpected Woo, Woo, Woo thrown in thru out the song.

Mr. Smith said two members of the chorus were chosen for the Delaware State Jr. High All State Chorus. Congratulations Katherine Schell and Raekwon Deshields.

All of this was done is just over an hour and did I mention it was FREE, amazing. I watched it and still managed to walk back home and catch the prime time TV shows (which by the way were repeats and not nearly as interesting as the chorus Concert)

Remember to Support Your Chorus Booster Fundraisers

The High School Chorus Concert is Thursday December 8th at 7:00 PM

Thursday, December 01, 2011

Arsonist Search

Picked Up from WBOC

DELMAR, Del.- Authorities are asking the public's help in locating a Delmar man accused of intentionally setting fire to a shed.

The Delaware State Fire Marshal's Office said warrants are on file for the arrest of 43-year-old Robert L. Scarborough. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call the State Fire Marshal's office at (302) 856-5600 or Delaware State Police.

Scarborough is wanted in connection with a fire that occurred at around 10:43 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30, on the 38000 block of Saint George Road in Delmar.

The Delmar Fire Department, assisted by the Laurel Fire Department, responded to the scene. Upon arrival they encountered the shed fully involved in fire with exposure to an adjacent shed.

There were no reported injuries. Damages have been estimated at $2,500.

State Fire Marshal Investigators determined that the fire originated inside the shed and was intentionally set.

Herb Wright Explains It To Carper

Picked up from Delawareonline

After the congressional Super Committee failed last week to come up with $1.2 trillion in cuts to the debt-ridden federal budget, Delaware Sen. Tom Carper remains committed to reducing the nation’s deficit spending somehow.

Carper told a group of farmers on Monday that Congress should adopt the Bowles-Simpson plan to reduce deficit spending by $4 trillion over the next decade with $3 of spending cuts for every $1 of new tax revenue.

“The best jobs bill we could have is a bipartisan deficit reduction package,” Carper said at a Delaware Farm Bureau meeting at the Modern Maturity Center in Dover.
Carper, a Democrat who is up for re-election next year, cited an example of wasteful spending he’s found in the Defense budget in which the Pentagon spends eight times the cost of parts for certain helicopters.

“We’ve got to be smarter than that,” Carper said. “What we need to do is change the culture of the federal government from a culture of spend thrift to a culture of thrift.”

But the on-going spending impasse between Congress and President Barack Obama had clearly irked some farmers attending the breakfast with Delaware’s senior senator.

“Quite frankly, you’re ruining America for our kids and grandkids,” Delmar farmer Herb Wright told Carper.

Delmar Christmas Parade

Delmar Christmas Parade
Sat. Dec. 10th - 2pm
Rain date: Sun. Dec. 11th - 2pm
Participation is FREE with application
on file. Trophies & plaques will be
awarded in several categories
Applications available by calling
302-846-3336, download from website at
or at Delmar Town Hall.
Application deadline is Dec. 7th!
Parade sponsored by The Greater
Delmar Chamber of Commerce

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Bryan and Brittingham Open House This Weekend

Bryan and Brittingham is having their open house this Friday and Saturday. Friday 7:30 AM to 5:00 PM and Saturday 7:30 AM to 3:00 PM - A Must see event.

The Signs Are Everywhere

Some Signage From My Walks Around Delmar

The Parking Ordinance - Revisit

At the November joint council meeting there was a first reading of Ordinance No. 161 - "An ordinance of the mayor and council members of Delmar Delaware to regulate parking within the town of Delmar, to authorize the issuance of citations for parking violations, establishment of requirements for handicapped parking, setting of fines, provide for impoundment of vehicles, regulating the use of bicycles and skateboards on sidewalks and providing for snow emergencies."

Now as you recall the last parking ordinance the town tried to pass was poorly written and was tossed aside and rewritten. This version, as far as being an ordinance, is greatly superior to the previous one. Six pages of definitions, including how much you should weight (170 pounds) if driving a 750 watt electric powered bicycle on a level surface, will entertain you along with the additional ten pages.

Happily they do not define what is art, so when I bring my 1984 Dodge Omni back home and place it on blocks in the front yard it will not be an inoperable vehicle but yard art. And happily there is no regulation in the parking ordinance against having sex in a parked car on a Delmar street.

I think the town has too many ordinances that they do not enforce now, adding another, regardless how well written it is, is overkill. As I have said before these ordinances are discriminatory applied to some individuals while others can totally ignore them and not be fined or bothered.

My thoughts are; instead of writing a new ordinance to suppress people living in Delmar, rewrite what you have and maybe even get rid of some of them. This ordinance should come with a statement that it is replacing such and such an ordinance as I am sure in the array of town ordinances most of this is already covered.

Poor Ronald tried to ride a bike and weight over 170 pounds - teach him not to eat those burgers and fries

The British Are Coming The British Are Coming

November 30, 1782 - Volunteers from Onancock attacked British ships off Hog Island, Virginia in order to stop the plundering of American ships and the local fishing fleet

Today's Thought

"Today's debt is yesterday's theft by the dominant class"

The Mainz Daily photo Blog

Interesting viewpoint and comment on the 4 November Mainz (Germany) Daily Photo post #1502 about Child labor and Alcohol Laws in the United States and Europe.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Earle Teat Music Delmar Delaware

Ethics, Morality and Public Policy

In dealing with governments sometimes the ten commandments are not enough maintain ethics. The Town of Delmar had a first reading in their November 2011 Joint Council Meeting of Ordinance No. 162 (Delaware version) "An ordinance to adopt a code of conduct for the elected and appointed officials, officers and employees of the town of Delmar and providing penalties for violations thereof."

I have scanned and placed the ordinance in this post - click photo to enlarge.

I view it as a beginning for a Code of Conduct and have no objections to it. At this point it is mostly definitions and conflict of interests issues. The whole issues of Code Of Conducts (Ethics, Morality and Public Policy) is one great philosophical debate. For some reason, however, there is no mention of stealing (Thou shalt not steal) nor a sentence or statement of Basic Honesty and Conformity To law (The public servant is morally bound, just as are other persons, to tell the truth, to keep promises, to respect the person and the property of others, and to abide by the requirements of the law) nor a mention of Ethic of democratic responsibility (the obligation to carry out the will of the people.) It remains to be seen as to how this Code Of conduct will be carried out however.

Page one has the Whereas and therefores

Page two is definitions, part of which is a complicated definition of "Financial interest".

Page three - more definitions - of interest to me is in "private Enterprise" they include not for profits.

page 4 - the Exceptions and Contracting with the Town.

Page five is the wrap up and a penalty if convicted in a court of law.