Thursday, December 29, 2011

DNREC Try out new guns, ATVs in proper areas

DNREC Fish & Wildlife Enforcement Blotter Dec. 21-28

Reminders for the week:

Try out new guns, ATVs in proper areas;

New Year is time to renew boat registrations, fishing licenses;

Deer hunters should take care with disposing of entrails

DOVER (Dec. 29, 2011) – To achieve public compliance through education and enforcement actions that help conserve Delaware’s fish and wildlife resources and ensure safe boating and public safety, DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife Enforcement agents issued 7 citations between Dec. 21 and 28. Agents also responded to a variety of complaints, including unfounded reports of gunshots, trespass, target shooting, injured deer and one erroneous report of gross over limit of Canada Geese – the birds reported to have been killed illegally turned out to be a spread of decoys.

Citations issued between Dec. 21 and 28 by violation type included the following: Wildlife Conservation: Trespassing to hunt, Middletown (3) trespass to trap, Smyrna Landing, (1); waterfowl stamp violations, near Smyrna (3).

Are you AWARE?
For this week’s Are You Aware, the Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Section has reminders for outdoors men and women who got “new toys” from Santa, for cold weather boaters, anglers and waterfowl hunters, and for deer hunters:

Hunters are reminded that target shooting is prohibited on state wildlife areas and in state forests. Those anxious to try out new guns are encouraged to visit Ommelanden Hunter Education Center and Range in New Castle, which offers free firearms safety instruction and public-use ranges for rifle, pistol, shotgun and archery target practice. Target shooting on private property is subject to local, county and state ordinances, and requires permission of the property owner. For more information on Ommelanden Range, please visit or call 302-323-5334 or weekdays or 302-323-5333 on weekends.

For those with new ATVs or dirt bikes: Operation of non-licensed motor vehicles is prohibited on state wildlife and forest lands, and violators may be subject to fines and seizure of their vehicles. Off-roading in street-licensed vehicles – trucks, SUVs, cars – is also prohibited on state lands. Riding or off-roading on private property is considered trespassing if done without the owner’s permission.

Recreational boaters, anglers and waterfowl hunters are reminded that 2011 fishing licenses and one-year boat registrations expire on Dec. 31, 2011. Anglers and boaters will need to display current license/registration beginning Jan. 1, 2012. Fishing
licenses and boat registration renewals can be purchased online at .

Deer hunters are reminded to properly dispose of entrails when field-dressing freshly-taken game. Entrails left near roadways and walking trails in multi-use areas such as state forests and wildlife area trails reflect poorly on sportsmen, cause problems for dog walkers and hikers and, in warmer weather, attract insects and produce foul odors. The ethics portion of Delaware’s Hunter Safety Course focuses on discouraging this activity.

Citizens are encouraged to report fish and wildlife and boating violations to the Delaware Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Section by calling 302-739-4580. Wildlife violations may also be reported anonymously to Operation Game Theft by calling 800-292-3030 or online at .

New Post Office Mail Box

Has everyone noticed that the Mail Drop Box outside the Post office is new?

Our Lady of Lourdes Seaford Delaware

I happened to spot this Grotto (is that the right word?) along side Our Lady Of Lourdes Roman Catholic Church in Seaford Delaware today. Nicely done.

Just as interesting is the website is maintained by Paul Grubb Realtor, I didn't know he knew anything about computers.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

The Post Christmas Induced Sleep

Well as you can see blogging has been light and will be so until next year. Christmas is finally over with and yesterday everyone here seem to have collapsed and fallen into a long post Christmas induced sleep (the rain helped). The tension of shopping and preparing for Christmas has lifted as Christmas is over and our bodies all seem to say sleep, sleep. I think the lights and the TV in the house have stayed on for the past 24 hours as everyone is on a different schedule of sleep. I tend to find myself waking up in the recliner at 2 in the morning wondering if I just need to go to bed again or get up and do something.

Paint By Numbers - Are They Returning?

One of the Christmas gifts my daughter received was a Paint By Numbers (PBN) and she is now busy filling in the spaces with the correctly numbered paint. One of the things I notice, that is different from the early PBNs, is today’s paint is water based unlike the oil paints of the 1950’s. Back then you could smell the uncompleted painting before you saw it. With the oil paints you also had to paint some and then let it dry for a couple of days before you could go back to painting which would mean it would take weeks to complete a “painting”.

In the 1950’s and 1960’s you could go in to any home in America and odds were you would find a PBN hanging on the wall. Done not only by children and teenagers, adults too use to sit and paint by the hour. They were fun to do and no one expected to become an artist but you did feel a sense of pride when it was completed. Up until this year two of my PBNs from the 1950’s hung in my parent’s home. This year my mother passed them over to me and I am now wondering where to hang them.

Un-like today, when people have access to the world, in the 1950’s and 1960’s there was limited things to do in your leisure time, board games and PBNs were a big hit. You could sit for hours at the kitchen table painting away and “create” The Last Supper, or maybe a Blue Boy or even a Horse Head. Paint by number functioned as a compromise between genuine creativity and the security of following instructions. Altho when you first opened a PBN it looked like a topographical map instead of a possible painting, in the end it was an artistic success - done by you.

One of the first (and most successful) makers of Paint by numbers was Max S. Klein, owner of the Palmer Paint Company of Detroit, Michigan. He along with artist Dan Robbins conceived the idea and created many of the initial paintings. Palmer Paint began distributing paint-by-number kits under the Craft Master label in 1951.

PBNs found their place in popular parlance when the expression "by the numbers" displaced "by the book" as an expression for doing anything formulaic.

As an indication of their popularity President Dwight Eisenhower, who was an amateur painter, and his presidential appointment secretary Thomas Edwin Stephens distributed Picture Craft kits to cabinet secretaries and Oval Office visitors. Once they were completed they were installed in the west wing corridor of the White House and they were referred to as the Stephens Collection. Twenty two of those paintings are now in Wichita, Kansas, at the Eisenhower Library.

Completed Paint By Numbers are often found at yard sales, flea markets and auctions. In relationship to other items they seem to go high. I think it is because they are considered 1950's kitsch and fall in to the black panther clocks, Elvis and Costume dolls catagory.

So maybe it is time for America to drop the snob appeal and go back to something non-electronic that was enjoyable - buy a paint by Number and enjoy yourself once again.