Friday, January 20, 2012

Delmar Little League Registration

2012 Registrations for Delmar little League is going on; January 21 9-12 at High school, 25th 6-8pm at VFW, 28th 12-3pm at high school and February 1st 6-8pm at VFW, 4th 9-12 at high school. See their website on my sidebar.

Cost are; $55 Tball, Coach Pitch (softball & baseball), Girls Softball
$65, American League, National League

$75 Jr & Sr League Baseball, $5 discount for 3+ kids

Bring copy of birth certificate (new & returning players)

Bring children for uniform sizing (ages 5-12)

Volunteers- $15 for background check and coverage
Bring drivers license

Taxpayers Cost of Prison For Robert Gattis

So in Delaware you can not only have your daughter shot and killed by some useless piece of shit, watch the a jury sentence him to die, watch a wimp of a governor running for re-election ignore the findings of the jury by giving him life, and then as an additional insult you can pay to support this person for the rest of his life.

So how much will it cost the taxpayers to keep a 49 year old Robert Gattis behind bars for the rest of his life?

From the Department of Corrections FY2011 annual report their average cost for an inmate is $34,920.18 annually. This would be $95.67 per day. Since this is average cost, I would think a Level V high security incarceration would be higher than this. At least I hope he is still in high security. Again using general average figures the $95.67 per day would break down to cost of; personnel to run the prison $59.31, Inmate medical $17.22, Food $5.74, Energy $3.83, Transportation $1.91, and Other $ 7.66 per day.

If we say Robert Gattis stays in prison and doesn’t escape or is killed before he reaches age 70 at which times he dies a natural and peaceful death, unlike his girlfriend, whom he shot between the eyes, it will cost the taxpayers at least $733,320, not allowing for any inflation which so ever. Figure he has been in jail since 1990 throws another $733,320 into the mix that has already been spent. So Robert Gattis has and will cost the Delaware taxpayers at least a million and a half.

Interestingly compare this to a previous post I had made about how irate people were in 1933 when they were only paying 25 cents a day for food to keep prisoners.
Jail time

Gov. Markell Statement on Robert Gattis

Pursuant to my authority under Article VII, Section 1 of the Delaware Constitution, I have decided to commute the sentence of Robert Gattis to life in prison without the possibility of parole, subject to the conditions set forth below.

I realize my decision may cause pain to the family and friends of Shirley Slay. For that, I deeply apologize.

In reaching this conclusion, I give great weight to the decision of the Board of Pardons. In the exercise of its constitutional duties, the Board thoroughly reviewed Mr. Gattis’s application for clemency and the State’s response. The Board studied the entire historical record of this case, carefully listened to the statements made by parties on both sides, and had the opportunity to look Mr. Gattis in the eyes and question him. Having done so, the Board took the unusual and perhaps historic step of recommending, by a 4-1 margin, that Mr. Gattis’s death sentence be commuted to life without parole. I take the Board’s considered decision seriously.

Over the last two decades, executions pursuant to death penalty sentences imposed by the State have proceeded only in the absence of an objection from the Board of Pardons and the multiple courts having jurisdiction over the case. In essence, the multiple checks and balances that are in place have historically been in alignment before the extraordinary action of executing a criminal defendant proceeds. While I have supported the imposition of the death penalty in the past and I consider Mr. Gattis’s crimes to be heinous, I am not prepared to move forward with imposition of the sentence in this case.

I undertake this commutation after thorough review of the record presented and substantial contemplation. I have read Mr. Gattis’s application for clemency, the state’s response, and Mr. Gattis’s reply. I have reviewed the many affidavits submitted. I have spent substantial time considering the harm endured by Ms. Slay and her family, Mr. Gattis’s history, and the merits of the clemency application. I have prayed. At the end of the day, although I am not free from doubt, I believe moving forward with the execution of Mr. Gattis is not appropriate under the totality of the circumstances. After my review, I find myself in agreement with the four members of the Board of Pardons who concluded the mitigating evidence here is sufficiently substantial that an act of clemency on my part is warranted. In doing so, I am committed to the fact that Mr. Gattis will spend his remaining life in prison and will pose no threat to public safety.

Even if one were to discount certain of the allegations of sexual abuse recently alleged by Mr. Gattis (as the Board did), the fact remains that Mr. Gattis’s family background is among the most troubling I have encountered. As one of his former attorneys stated in an affidavit, the additional evidence about Mr. Gattis’s childhood “puts Mr. Gattis, his case, and his potential defenses to capital murder in an entirely different light.” This substantial dysfunction, abuse and neglect Mr. Gattis experienced as a youth does not in any way excuse the cowardly murder of Ms. Slay.

This commutation in no way relieves Mr. Gattis of his moral or legal guilt, and I am mindful of the fact that an innocent victim lost her life on the night of May 9, 1990. That is why I have conditioned Mr. Gattis’s commutation on the following: (1) Mr. Gattis shall forever drop all legal challenges to his conviction and sentence, as commuted; (2) Mr. Gattis shall forever waive any right to present a future commutation or pardon request and agree to live out his natural life in the custody of the Department of Correction; (3) Mr. Gattis will be housed in the Maximum Security Unit of the James T. Vaughn Correction Center for the remainder of his natural life, unless constitutionally required medical care is necessary; and (4) Mr. Gattis, after consultation with counsel, shall knowingly, willingly and voluntarily accept these conditions, as determined by the Superior Court. With these conditions, Ms. Slay’s loved ones can at least know that they will never have to go through the painful process again of trials, hearings or requests for release.

My decision is among the most difficult I have had to make in all my years in public service. But in light of the Board’s unprecedented decision and the reasons set forth above, I believe it is the correct one under the circumstances. My thoughts and prayers are with the loved ones of Shirley Slay during this difficult time.

Nevermore Nevermore

It would seem for the third year in a row the Poe Toaster did not return to Edgar Allen Poe's Grave site on his birthday and leave three roses and a half-emptied bottle of cognac on the grave.

Poe, who was born in Boston, lived in Baltimore, London, New York, Philadelphia and Richmond, Va. He died in Baltimore in 1849. Poe was buried in his grandfather's lot in Westminster Burial Grounds of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Baltimore. In 1875, his body and that of his mother-in-law Maria Clemm were moved to a prominent spot by the entrance with a memorial marker. Ten Years later the body of his wife, Virginia, was exhumed and reburied with him. The three roses that are left by the Poe toaster are for each of them.

The Poe Toaster, an anonymous man wearing black clothes with a white scarf and a wide-brimmed hat, date back to at least the 1940s.

The Sale Of Hearn's Cross Roads - 1932

From State Register March 1932


Historic Farm And Other Property Will Go Under Sheriff’s Hammer

An entire town, located two miles from Laurel, will be sold under the sheriff’s hammer this afternoon. The town in question is known as of Hearn’s X Roads, and in days gone by was a thriving business center. The property consists of several hundred acres of high grade farm land, some woodland, and about a dozen houses, a large store, a large potato storage house in addition to scores of barns and other countless outbuildings. William F. Windsor is the present owner of the property and has lived on the farm for many years.

The farm is located on the old main road to Salisbury, Md. and was formerly a thriving business center. I n addition to being one of the leading farming sections, a large brick yard is located on the property, which made a large part of the bricks used in the county at one time, being one of the few such manufacturing plants in the county. In former days most of the traffic thru the state from north to south passed thru this land and the large store did a thriving business. The property is connected to Laurel with a concrete highway and is ideally located for truck farming. The land is the best in the section for the growing all kinds of truck crops, such as thrive in this community.

The sale is expected to attract a large number of curious and interested spectators as it will be one of the largest sales of farm property held in this section in recent years.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Millsboro Holds State record For Coldest temperature

On January 17, 1893 Millsboro Delaware recorded -17°F (-27°C) (state record)

on the 21st of July, 1930 Millsboro recorded the hottest temperature of 43.3 C (110.0 F)

Monday, January 16, 2012

Bed Bath and Beyond Sells Radioactive Tissue Boxes

Radioactive material was discovered on Jan. 5 at a California Truck inspection station. It would appear besides truck weight California also checks for radiation. The truck was bound for the Bed Bath and Beyond retailer's stores in Santa Clara and San Jose. I can only imagine the excitement that must have been created when the radiation alarms went off. My guess is a homeland security Grant gave them the equipment.

Bed Bath and Beyond are accepting returns of the product called "Dual Ridge Metal Boutique tissue boxes" with the model number DR9M. They contain radioactive cobalt-60.

Cobalt-60 is a man-made product that is typically used to sterilize medical products or for cancer radiation therapy.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission said that scrap metal containing the cobalt-60 could have strayed into a metal load smelted in India and been incorporated into the tissue boxes.

Next time Buy American.

Robert Gattis May Get A Chance To Kill again

Robert Gattis shot and killed his girlfriend Shirley Slay in 1990. He has been in jail every since. He is finally scheduled to die Friday, January 20th. The state Board of Pardons is recommending on a 4 to 1 vote that Gov. Markell grant clemency to Gattis and commute his death sentence to life in prison without parole. What a bunch of crap. The man should have died in 1992 when he was sentenced to death. Given it is an election year and Governor Markell doesn't have much in the way of balls he will no doubt let the taxpayers continue paying for this man to live in jail and give him that slim chance that he will be able to escape one day and kill again.

There are 17 men on deathrow in Delaware. Gattis has been there the longest, Craig A. Zebroski is the second longest have been sentenced in 1997.

The Eighteenth Amendment Was Ratified Today

The National Prohibition Act (18th Amendment) was ratified on January 16th, 1919 with North Carolina, Utah, Nebraska, Missouri and Wyoming all approving the amendment on January 16, 1919 giving the required 36 states (Delaware was the 9th) to approve the amendment. This gave everyone one year to stock up on alcohol before the amendment went into effect. It is frequently thought that having possession of alcohol was against the law but the amendment merely deny manufacture, sale and transportation of liquors and on January 17, 1920 it went into effect.

The 18th
Section 1. After one year from the ratification of this article the manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors within, the importation thereof into, or the exportation thereof from the United States and all territory subject to the jurisdiction thereof for beverage purposes is hereby prohibited.

Section 2. The Congress and the several states shall have concurrent power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

Section 3. This article shall be inoperative unless it shall have been ratified as an amendment to the Constitution by the legislatures of the several states, as provided in the Constitution, within seven years from the date of the submission hereof to the states by the Congress.

Davis-Noble Kinder Family Inquiry

I received this email. Does anyone have data they can supply this person?

I am a decendant of Nathan Noble through his son James E. who moved from Maryland to Ohio sometime between 1850-55. James married Susan Maria Keiter in 1860 in Xenia,OH and they had 3 children: Jennie Lynd (my maternal great-grandmother), William Keiter, and Charles Edward. Moved to Maryland in 2006 and excited to find out I am a Marylander. Missedthe reunion as I just started researching in 2011 - but am excited to connect with my roots. Does anyone have early info on James? It appears his mother, Mary Hubbard, died young and that hi sister went to live with her Uncle Joshua Noble. My email is:

Sunday, January 15, 2012

A Couple Of Bulletin board Notices

What Really Happened to Amelia Earhart?

The Delaware Public archives has an interesting sounding talk on March 3, 10:30 a.m. - What Really Happened to Amelia Earhart?

Presenter: Richard E. Gillespie, Executive Director of TIGHAR (The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery)

In 1937, Amelia Earhart set out to be the first person to circle the globe by air in the area close to the equator. On July 2, Earhart and her navigator Fred Noonan failed to arrive as planned on Howland Island in the Central Pacific. Since that time, their disappearance has become one of the most baffling mysteries of the 20th century. At the time of her disappearance, Amelia Earhart was arguably the most famous woman of her generation and is, even today, certainly the most well-known woman aviator of all time.

These programs are free to the public and no reservations are required unless otherwise noted. The Delaware Public Archives is located at 121 Duke of York Street in Dover, Delaware

Crystal Steel Fabricators Is looking for a Project Manager

Project Manager, Steel Fabricator
Crystal Steel Fabricators, Inc. - Delmar, Delaware (Dover, Delaware Area)
Job Description

We are seeking a motivated Project Manager for our Delmar, DE office. This Project Manager will be responsible for managing the progress of multiple steel fabrication jobs from notice to proceed to close out documentation. This is an outstanding opportunity to manage challenging jobs for a multi-national fabricator of structural steel and miscellaneous metals. Crystal Steel offers outstanding benefits and compensation.

Essential Job Functions

•Develop and maintain client relationships
•Develop and maintain relationships with suppliers and subcontractors
•Resolve jobsite problems
•Price and issue change order requests
•Negotiate change orders with GCs / CMs
•Schedule fabrication, deliveries, and erection
•Manage the RFI process
•Work with accounting on job cost estimates
•Review contract scopes

Desired Skills & Experience
•2 years of experience in structural steel fabrication
•Knowledge of the building construction process
•Negotiation skills
•Estimating of structural steel fabrication and erection
•Knowledge of structural design

Company Description
Founded in 1992, Crystal Steel has grown to become a multi-national fabricator of structural steel and miscellaneous metals. With 4 locations: DE, PA, TN, and Manila, Crystal Steel serves the requirements of sophisticated nationwide clients including Whiting Turner, Turner, Gilbane, Holder and Clark.

A Couple of Mysteries

At the last Delmar Historical and Arts Society (DHAS) meeting we had two mysteries we are looking at.

First is a spoon that feature the original 1897 bank building for the Bank of Delmar on it. It has thrown everyone off by the spoon saying Bank Of Delmar Del. At first we thought it was the First National Bank (now the Barber shop) on the Delaware side of town but it doesn't look like that building so we have no idea why Del is included. So does anyone know anything about it?

Second was a wooden mantel taken from a house being remodeled over on E. East street. I didn't get a picture - one of those rare times I was without a camera. It is a simple wooden mantel with some decoration from the 1920's. It was manufactured in South Boston VA in 1923 and shipped to Delmar BR Delmar. At this time we have no idea what Delmar BR was. Active in the 1920's was a development around East street and State Street called "Brooklyn" and I thought it may have something to do with that, but I really have no idea.

A Delmar Eyebrow Window

On my morning walks I frequently pass this single story brick home with two eyebrow windows, one on each side of the house. Usually I see Eyebrow windows on older two story houses in the Greek and Italian Revival style, but they are also associated with the Craftsman bungalows and English cottages that sprang up in the 1920s and '30s.

The Eyebrow is a low dormer on the slope of a roof. It has no sides, with the roofing carried over it in a wavy line. The window normally used in an eyebrow is rectangular on the bottom and slightly arched on the top the eyebrow window. As you can see this eyebrow pictured above uses a simply rectangular window.

Most do not open but some are hinged so they open inward, and due to the narrow, low space to access the window they are also called 'lie-on-your-stomach windows' because that is the only way you will get to them. They are used to provide light to a storage area, or bedroom. Altho they look like they would cost less than a shed dormer they are expense for new construction or a retro fit to an existing house. This Old House online magazine says

"Anytime you build something that breaks away from a straight line," says This Old House general contractor Tom Silva, "it costs more." Most window companies routinely make true half-round windows, but a more traditional eyebrow — a semi-oval or a small segment of a circle — will have to be custom made. Depending on its size and whether the dormer is being retrofitted or planned as part of a new house, Tom says, an eyebrow can cost upward of $10,000. Bensley agrees. For comparison purposes, he tells his clients that a simple shed dormer will cost twice the price of a roof skylight and an eyebrow window three times as much. Along with the expense of a curve-topped window, the high cost of an eyebrow comes from the complicated carpentry it requires. Finishing the inside of a curved wall, be it drywall or plaster, adds to the cost."

Today, in 2001, Wikipedia was launched

Today, in 2001, Wikipedia was launched

William J. Palmer, Congressional Medal of Honor

Jan 15, 1865 - William J. Palmer, born in Leipsic, Delaware was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor as Colonel of 15th Pa. Cavalry for valor at Red Hill, AL.

Delaware Agriculture Week

Delaware Agriculture Week January 16-21, 2012 at Delaware State Fairgrounds Harrington, DE

Delaware “Ag Week” is in its 7th year and is an ongoing collaboration between University of Delaware Cooperative Extension, Delaware State University Cooperative Extension, and Delaware Department of Agriculture. The Ag Week program this year includes a wide variety of workshops, exhibits, and activities, providing timely information to the agricultural community and industry through education. Some sessions will count for Maryland pesticide and/or nutrient management certification credits.

Mega Jewish Book Sale in Rockville

Picked up from the Rockville Patch

Mega Jewish Book Sale 15 January
Today, January 15, 10:00 am Tikvat Israel Congregation, 2200 Baltimore Rd, Rockville, MD, FREE

One of the Washington area’s biggest collections of used Jewish books will be offered for sale at a huge event hosted by Tikvat Israel Congregation in Rockville, Md., on Sunday, Jan. 15. The event will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Approximately 5,000 books will be available, organized in 10 categories, including Talmud and Rabbinic literature, philosophy and theology, history, Holocaust studies, Israel and Zionism, and Kabbalah and Hasidism. There also will be an expanded Yiddish and Hebrew section over previous book sales, as well as more seforim (classic Jewish texts) than in past years. Most titles are priced at $1 to $5.

A copy of a 1948 newspaper front page announcing Israel’s statehood will be auctioned off at the event.

For further information, contact book sale chair Felicia
Black at

Genealogy Search in 1932

From the Laurel State Register - 1932

April 15, 1932
Laurel, Del.
Dear Sir:

I am trying to trace the genealogy of my great grand-father George Hitchens who was born near Laurel about 1775 to 1780, and who went to Chillicothe, Ohio, prior to 1805. If there are any of the Hitchens family still living in that vicinty who might possibly know something about this branch of the family will you be kind enough to hand this letter to him with the request that he communicate with me?

Self-addressed stamped envelope is enclosed

Very truly,