Friday, December 16, 2011

Other Alternatives

As you may know I try to buy items made in the USA but in many cases you can't find anything because the big box stores insist on buying from China. Another consideration is instead of buying mass produced Chinese items look for handcrafted items from Fair Trade stores. None of these craftsman companies pay into the United States social security fund so they don't do crap for me but if I have to buy foreign I feel a little better dealing with items labeled "fair trade". As with American made goods you have to look for them. Altho over on the western shore here is one store that sells Fair trade.

You know most people when they buy Chinese made goods merely look at the object of their purchase and say what a shame it isn't made in America. The object is only part of the deal however it is the cardboard that used to be made and printed in America, it is the twist ties that used to be made in America, it is the plastic bubbles and wrap that used to be made in America, It is the trucking companies that used to haul theses packaging materials to the American manufacturing plant, it is the state taxes that disappear that used to paid by the companies that manufactured goods, it is the social security funds that goes down hill because American politicians sold out the United States.

December Planning and Zoning Meeting - 2011

The Delmar Planning and Zoning Commission had it's monthly meeting last night at 7 PM. Mayor Anderton had not appointed a new commissioner to the Planning and Zoning Commission to replace his self, so he was chairperson of the commission. Commission member David Ring was the only member missing.

First order of business was to present Joe Dixon and William Boyan with a certificate of appreciation for volunteering their time to serve on the Planning and Zoning Commission.

Next up was sign approval for E Z Loans in Delmar Commons between Nationwide and the Bike shop. A favorable recommendation was approved and it will go to the Joint Council for final approval next Monday.

Next was approval for various signs that will go on the old Bonanza building. Atlantic Financial has several businesses that will go in the building and each wants a sign on the building. It seems to be complicated by the fact it is one large open building without firewalls between the offices so it is more like a mall than a strip mall that has firewalls between the businesses and as such are considered individual buildings. The ordinance calls for one sign per building. The old Bonanza building wants at least four signs. They finally gave favorable approval to four out of six signs, sending another sign request to the Delaware Board of Adjustments and tabled the sign request for the Pylon sign outside the building until next month. The current view is a monument sign should be used and the only way plyon signs remain are to be grandfathered in. The building hopes to be officially open on February first.

The meeting was officially over at 7:55 PM however a group of Woodcreek residents approached the commission as I was leaving so maybe it is true that someone is going to buy the remaining lots in Woodcreek and it is payback time for the Woodcreek support of the newly elected Maryland town officials. Hopefully nothing was discussed that should have been discussed in public.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Diamond Dreams at $1,395,000

30174 Foskey Lane,Delmar,MD
Zoned Community Business District- 25,200 sq. ft. Recreational/Warehouse Facility (formerly Diamond Dreams) situated on 4.15+/- acres. There are 2 offices, 1 conference room, 2 locker rooms w/restrooms and 2 additional restrooms, a gym and a large open area that is utilized as an indoor baseball field.

Interesting Ideal

Picked up from the Lake Minnetonka Patch
Clergy Demonstrate Faithfulness By Sleeping Out

December 8, 2011, was the coldest night of the season to date.

The temperature plunged to just below zero that night. That didn't stop a hardy group of faithful area clergy from braving the elements in an effort to raise awareness of the fate many families are forced to face when they become homeless.

For the 7th consecutive year, clergy from the western suburbs came together to give of themselves to the IOCP Sleep Out campaign, sleeping outside in frigid temperatures and asking friends to donate to IOCP on their behalf.

Seven clergy (men and women) from six area churches along with three friendly supporters slept out December 8.

Never were we more happy to see 6 a.m. arrive so we could drive off in our heated vehicles to a hot shower and a warm bed. If only homeless families had a warm morning awaiting them as well.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Today's Quote

Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol

Out upon merry Christmas! What's Christmas time to you but a time for paying bills without money; a time for finding yourself a year older, but not an hour richer...? If I could work my will," said Scrooge indignantly, "every idiot who goes about with 'Merry Christmas' upon his lips should be boiled with his won pudding, and buried with a stake of holly through his heart. He should!"

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Matt Waldman Awarded President's Volunteer Service Award

In last week's Laurel Star they had a nice article about Matt Waldman being recognized by President Barack Obama for his accomplishments in volunteer work. He was awarded the President's Volunteer Service Award. Matt Waldman completed 127 hours of community service, working at St. Frances de Sales in Salisbury and Delmar High School. In addition to this Matt holds a 4.43 GPA and is ranked second in his class. What a go Matt!!

The Special Delmar Maryland Meeting

The Delmar Maryland Mayor and commissioners has a meeting last night to pass the parking ordinance on their side of town and too swear in a new mayor. They barely had enough for a quorum as Commissioner Luther Hitchens and Commissioner Jim Henderson did not show up. Nevertheless, as to be expected, the parking ordinance was approved. I find it interesting that they did not approve last month's joint council minutes as this month there will only be two members of the commission that participated in the meeting last month and two does not make a quorum to approve them.

Maryland Senator Jim Mathias showed up to give Mayor Doug Niblett a certificate for his years of service as Mayor.

and at 8 PM Mark S. Bowen, Clerk of Circuit Court for Wicomico County showed up and administered the oath of office for Mayor to Carl Anderton Jr. Carl mentioned that 19 years ago Mark married Carl and his wife.

Stephanie Ring and Mike Gibb were than sworn in as Commissioners.

One of the administrative functions of the Circuit Court in Maryland is for those people sworn in as officers of the State to sign an oath in the "Big" book. This is not just for elected officials but for anyone the Clerk administers oaths of office to; such as Notaries Public, County officials, Judges and Governor appointees. In research I have done it is very impressive to sign your name in this book, called the test book records, as you are listed with the who's who of Wicomico County going back a long, long ways.

Doug passing the gavel to Carl

The Delmar Maryland New Mayor - May God have mercy on us. Altho I did not get a picture of her Delmar Maryland also now has a new first Lady.

The first order of business for the "new" commission was to appoint a person to complete the remaining two years of Carl Anderton Commissioner office. They selected Tom Luffman who was than sworn in as Commissioner.

Commissioner Karen Wells was made Vice-Mayor and the above is Delmar Maryland's new team of elected officials.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Horse and Carriage In Christmas Parade

Mike McClure from the Laurel Star got this shot of the horse and carriage and I am posting it because someone asked for a shot of the horse and carriage.

Smoke Testing Wednesday and Thursday

Smoke Testing will take place on Wednesday and Thursday, December 14th & 15th in certain areas in Delmar, Maryland. Please read the SMOKE TESTING NOTIFICATION notice in the Public Notices section of this website for more specific information.

The testing will take place on the Maryland side of town, west of Bi-State Blvd and North of Foskey Lane

Sunday, December 11, 2011

The Bethel Museum - Victorian Open House

Victorian Open House - The Bethel Museum has undergone many extensive interior changes in the past year thanks to a partnership with the Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs and the guidance of director Kevin Phillips. The museum has housed artifacts related to the shipbuilding industry and the division will help with arranging the displays and contributing furniture of the Victorian era. Visit the Victorian Christmas Open House on Sunday, Dec. 11 from 3 to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 18 from 2 to 4 p.m.