Saturday, March 31, 2012

Is It Finally Going To Happen?


See the handcart standing in front of the Lecates building, it is being used to remove things from the building. Can we hope that Hell is freezing over and the Lecates building is going to be sold?

Friday, March 30, 2012

At The Library April 3rd

Concerned about utility bills? The Delmar Library will be hosting two home energy savings workshops on Tuesday, April 3. The Workshop will be presented by Mr. Charles Kistler from Kina’ole Group LLC which specializes in Energy Management Services. The first workshop will be at 1 pm and the second workshop will at 6:00 pm. Both Workshops will cover the same material and will help you understand your home as a system of interrelated parts, identify home energy-based problems, and come up with a simple action plan for reducing energy. A great deal of helpful and money-saving information will be presented at each of these identical workshops; you need attend only one of them. This program is offered free of charge. Mr. Kistler comes to us well-qualified as a certified Building Performance Institute (BPI) Building Analyst and Building Envelope Professional with experience in residential and small commercial business as well as federal and state government agencies.

New Sign Being Installed


The new sign for Anytime Fitness was being installed today at Delmar Commons.

National Cleavage Day


I actually had to be reminded that today is National Cleavage Day. National Cleavage Day is not a day created by Hallmark, instead it was created by Wonderbra back in 2002. As Wonderbra brand manager Samantha Paterson describes its purpose:

It is a day for women to realise that their cleavage is something unique and that they should be proud of it.

Naturally it is a day to be celebrated by visual images but after hours and hours in trying to find just one or two tasteful images I realized it was an impossible task and realizing the gravity of the situation I decided to leap into the breach and randomly pick up two, after all normally they come in pairs how else would you get a cleavage?

So Google always have a cartoon images on holidays and other days of significance why not today? Or maybe the two O's in Google have a special meaning today.

On the historical side; The specific word "cleavage" is a derivation of the word "cleave".

Cleave "split" comes ultimately from Old English cliofan/cleofan. There were cognates in Old Scandinavian, Old High German, and Old Norse. The Old Teutonic root was *kleub-, and we even get a pre-Teutonic root with this one: *gleubh! Both meant "split".

The pre-Teutonic root is thought to be the source of Greek gluph- "cut with a knife" and Latin glub- "peel, flay". The Old English inflected forms became cleave, clove and cloven, though cleft appeared in the 14th century and has survived.

Cleavage originally was a technical term in geology (1816). The sense of "cleft between a woman's breasts in low-cut clothing" is first recorded in 1946, when it was defined in a "Time" magazine article as the "Johnston Office trade term for the shadowed depression dividing an actress' bosom into two distinct sections."

Thursday, March 29, 2012

DNREC Press Release



White-Nose Syndrome detected in Delaware bats

Visitors to Fort Delaware to be asked to follow guidelines to minimize spread

DELAWARE CITY (March 29, 2012) – Visitors to Fort Delaware State Park are drawn by the history of the famed Civil War fort and prison for Confederate soldiers. The more adventuresome are thrilled and chilled by its popular ghost tours. Other visitors are birdwatchers interested in Pea Patch Island’s heron rookery. But few are aware of Fort Delaware’s rarely-seen bat population. However, when the park opens for the 2012 season, visitors will learn about these long-time Fort residents due to DNREC biologists’ recent detection of white-nose syndrome (WNS), an illness that has befallen millions of bats in eastern North America.

“White-nose syndrome is an illness that has devastated bat populations throughout the Northeast and has spread to the Southeast, Midwest and Canada,” said DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife biologist Holly Niederriter. “There is no evidence that it poses any health threat to humans. However, we will need to educate visitors to Fort Delaware about the presence of WNS and how they can help prevent spreading it to other bat populations. Microscopic WNS spores can easily hitch a ride on shoes, clothing, cameras and backpacks from the fort to areas where unaffected bats reside.”

Delaware Division of Parks and Recreation staff and Division of Fish and Wildlife biologists are currently working together on a plan to educate park visitors about WNS and on guidelines for visitors to minimize contact with WNS spores while they enjoy Fort Delaware’s popular programs.

“Fort Delaware’s new season begins on May 5, and we will welcome thousands of visitors to enjoy our regular full calendar of spring, summer and fall activities,” said DNREC Division of Parks and Recreation Director Charles Salkin. “We will simply be asking our visitors to follow some new guidelines to help protect unaffected bats in other parts of the state and beyond.”

Since its discovery in 2006, WNS has caused the death of 5.7 to 6.7 million bats. The disease has been detected from Canada to Indiana to Alabama. In 2010, the fungus associated with white-nose syndrome was found on bats at maternity colonies in Delaware but no bats were confirmed to actually have the disease. This winter, Division of Fish and Wildlife biologists visited hibernating bats at Fort Delaware and nearby Fort DuPont in Delaware City to monitor the population and to look for signs of WNS – and found it on northern long-eared and little brown bats. The big brown bats and tri-colored bats hibernating there could also have WNS, but were not showing symptoms.

Characterized by a white fungus visible on the noses, wings, tails and ears of bats, WNS is transmitted primarily by contact between
bats. The fungus thrives in cold temperatures and is found mainly in areas with caves and mines where bats hibernate. “Delaware does not have typical hibernation sites such as mines and large caves, but the cave-like conditions at the forts provide the right temperature and humidity levels for bats to hibernate and for the fungus to survive,” Niederriter said.

All northeastern cave-hibernating bat species – little brown, big brown, tri-colored, Indiana, northern long-eared and small-footed bats – are known to be affected by WNS. Other bat species found in Delaware, such as the red bat, silver-haired, hoary and evening bats are less at risk because they do not typically overwinter in caves and mines where the fungus is doing most of its damage.

“Although there is no evidence of a health threat to humans, pets or livestock, the loss of large numbers of bats in Delaware could have indirect impacts on humans,” Niederriter said. “As the primary consumer of night flying insects, bats help control mosquito, beetle and moth populations, including some serious agricultural pests. A recent study estimated that bats save farmers as much as $3.7 billion to $53 billion a year in pesticide costs.”

Division of Fish and Wildlife Director David Saveikis said state wildlife biologists will continue to monitor Fort Delaware and other bat populations statewide for WNS impacts. “Fort Delaware is a popular destination for Delaware residents, tourists and school groups, and we are committed to protecting wildlife resources while the Fort continues to provide its regular programming,” Saveikis added.

Volunteers, information needed for bat count project

The Division of Fish and Wildlife is also continuing its volunteer bat count project to search for bat colonies, monitor bats for signs of WNS and assess possible changes in population sizes. The public can assist by:

· Reporting bat roost locations;

· Reporting dead bats or bats exhibiting unusual behavior, such as flying during the day;

· Not touching bats. In addition to the possibility of the bat carrying rabies, there is concern that humans can speed the spread of WNS by unknowingly carrying the fungus from one location to another.

To report a bat colony or unusual bat behavior, please call 302-735-8651 or enter the information online at http://www.dnrec.delaware.gov/fw/bats and scroll to link at bottom of page.

To volunteer to help with the bat count, please visit http://www.dnrec.delaware.gov/fw/bats



Chicken and Crust Dinner


Adults $12 Kids $5
Camelot Hall 4 to 7 pm

Delmar Kiwanis Club Community Easter Egg Hunt

Delmar Kiwanis Club Community Easter Egg Hunt - Saturday March 31st, 2012 at 12 noon; Delmar Senior & Middle High School Football field

Em-Ings BBQ

Carry Out BBQ Only Saturday April 14th at the Delmar Wesleyan Church 800 E. East Street Delmar Maryland
From 11 till 2 PM at a cost of $10.50 each
To Benefit Purchase of a Church Power Point System

Living In Nome Alaska

Picked up from the Boston Globe;
NOME, Alaska—The measure of how challenging it can be to live in Nome, Alaska, starts with a dollar sign.

There are plentiful, painful reminders all over this Being Sea coastal community. At the grocery store, it's $39.25 for a 12-roll package of paper towels. Toilet paper costs $37.85 for a 36-roll package.

Want a 2-liter of Diet Pepsi? It's on sale this week for $4.49. At a restaurant, breakfast for one will run about $16.

And the price for a gallon of gas is well above the national average, at $5.96 a gallon.

If there's any good news for the 3,500 residents of Nome, it's that gas is cheap compared to what it could have been.

One of the two main fuel suppliers for Nome didn't have the last barge arrive before the Bering Sea froze for the winter. Bonanza Fuel considered flying in fuel from Anchorage, but the cost would have made gas prices jump to $9 or $10 a gallon.

Instead, Bonanza arranged for a Russian tanker to make a 5,000-mile journey, and with the help of a U.S. Coast Guard icebreaker, it made the first-ever winter delivery by sea to Nome when it brought in 1.3 million gallons in early January. The painstaking delivery played out as a worldwide media drama.

When the Coast Guard vessel Healy and the Russian tanker Renda sailed off, everyone waited to see where Bonanza would set the price of their fuel, fearful that Bonanza's parent company, Sitnasuak Native Corp., would pass on the costs.

Sitnasauk CEO Jason Evans wouldn't disclose how much the international effort cost (they filed a $1.5 million lawsuit against the company that didn't deliver before the freeze, and have been countersued), but said market pressures dictated $5.96 a gallon, two cents below its competitor.

"It could have been a lot worse," Mayor Denise Michels said from her City Hall office, located on the site where Wyatt Earp -- he of Gunfight-at-the-OK-Corral fame -- owned a bar during Nome's heady gold rush days.

For the hardy residents of Nome, high prices are just a way of life.

"There are times we wonder how we can live here, too," joked Leo Rasmussen, 70, a former mayor and business owner.

Nome, located about 535 miles northwest of Anchorage, is whipped by wind from the Bering Sea in winter. Front Street, the town's main drag, is right on the coast and serves as the backdrop for the finish line of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race each year in March. Just outside town limits, the winter landscape is rolling hills of deep snow along the frozen, treeless tundra.

It's not uncommon to see small airplanes using the frozen Bering Sea as a runway, or to see people riding ATVs or cross-country skiing on the ice near mushers finishing the Iditarod. Once the sea melts, floating dredges can be seen along the coast, with crew members diving with suction hoses, hoping to pull up gold from the sediment. A new TV reality show, "Bering Sea Gold," prompted state officials to send information to people inquiring about dredging. It starts with the salutation, "Dear Gold Seeker," and asks them if they "are prepared to find very little gold compared to what you'll spend to find it?"

Nome -- like most Alaska communities -- is not on the state's road system and goods have to be shipped or flown in, increasing the prices.

Greg Hetu, 52, is a cook at the hospital. "It's really difficult, actually," he said of dealing with the high prices in Nome.

He said dishwashers make $16 an hour, but that's barely a livable wage in Nome.

"I came up from Florida a couple of years ago; 16 bucks an hour, people would be standing in line for the job. Nobody will even take it here," he said.

Matt Savard, an unemployed ironworker, says he literally threw a dart at the map and wound up in Nome last December, taking a job at the city's recreation center, where the town's basketball tournament is held at the same time as the Iditarod. The tourney's official logo this year featured both the Healy and the Renda in honor of the winter delivery.

"The rent here is a lot more than what I'm used to, and the cost of living is a lot higher," the Boston native said. "I was not prepared for that."

Hetu will drive if he has to, but prefers to walk -- even in subzero temperatures -- to beat the high gas prices. "Zero is nice after 35 below every day in January," he said.

But he admits he doesn't pay that much attention to the price of gas.

"It's one of those things, you got to buy it so you just go buy it," he said.

Townspeople say Nome is small enough that one doesn't need to drive around much, and, besides, most cab rides in town cost $4 a trip, $6 to the airport. The cabs are large passenger vans and people just jump in when they need a ride.

Some homes in Nome show the wear both from the salt from the Bering Sea, and the storms it produces. Still more share a feature common in Alaska villages: most have snowmobiles sitting outside the front of their homes, some next to snow-buried cars.

One is likely to see a string of snowmobiles in city traffic, or a rider pulling up to the fuel pumps.

Scott Tallon says not only is it cheaper to drive a snowmobile in Nome ($80 for 13 gallons lasts him a month), it's a lot more versatile during winter months.

"And we got a lot more winter months here than we do summer months," he said.

Rasmussen, the former mayor, says Nome is literally on the edge of the world, and it's difficult to explain how hard it would be to live here if something were to disrupt either the energy or food supply.

"It's a fantastic place to live, but you never have to worry about to being overcrowded because a majority of the people don't have the guts to live here," he said.

Radford's and Seinfeld


Do you remember the Seinfeld show (The Cafe,Season 3,Episode 7,November 6, 1991) where Jerry is looking down from his apartment at a new restaurant going in and comments something along the lines of "that building has a constant turnover of businesses some locations are like that." He trys to help make it a success by telling the owner, Babu, to make his authentic Pakistani dishes as the menu was a hodge podge of items before. The restaurant continues to fail.

Well this building on RT 13 and Naylor Street in Salisbury is one of those buildings. Radford"s Bakery has moved on and before that it has been a number of things. Some spots are like that.


"Where are people? You see people? Show me people! There are no people!” – Babu yelling at Jerry

Sin, Baptism, Baptismal Fonts and The State Of Maryland

In the legal notices today was an announcement of a change by the Maryland Department of the Environment, Water Management Administration in the "General Permit for Discharges from Swimming Pools and Spas, including Baptismal Fonts."

Baptismal Fonts - are they kidding? Of course not, actually Baptismal Fonts have been under close scrutiny by the State of Maryland for close to 30 years maybe more. Now generally when you walk into a church, not all but some, you might find a holy water font (or "stoup") attached to the wall at one or both sides of each door, or you might find a free-standing font. Some are used to dip the tips of the fingers of your right hand into the water and cross yourself while mentally contemplating the words, "In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost." Never the less, rather it is used for dipping finger tips or flicking water on babies most only hold about 50 gallons of water, Holy or otherwise. So when the water is changed is it any worst in quantity or make-up then the amount of water you use to sprinkle on your yard in a weeks time?

I am sure some churches have the full body Baptismal Fonts so they may hold 2,000 gallons of water but it is blessed water and I don't know that it has any other chemicals other than sin added to it.

Well let's think about it - Water is a symbol in baptism, and it represents many things. It represents death in that when you go under the water this is symbolic of a death to your old, sinful self. It represents life in that when you come out of the water, this is symbolic of a resurrection to new life. Water is also symbolic of birth, since, just as we are physically born when we come out of the water of the womb, we are "born again" or experience a spiritual rebirth when we come out of the waters of baptism. Water is symbolic of cleansing. Just as regular water cleanses dirt from our bodies, the water of baptism cleanses us of spiritual filth and sin. So how bad can water be that had a baby dipped in it? Well maybe the State of Maryland thinks baptismal water is full of sin and as such will pollute the Chesapeake Bay and the land. Lord knows Annapolis could use a good dipping in baptismal water and sometimes when I look over at Delmar Maryland I can only think that there is just not enough Holy water to ever clean that town of sin.

Back in the 1980's the Mormon Temple in Kensington, Maryland made a few newspaper when it renewed it's five year State of Maryland Discharge permit. At that time it was dumping about 1,000 gallons of water every two weeks and most people (except the State Of Maryland) thought it was silly for them to have to have a permit. Maybe when Mitt is elected he will change that.

This permit action is typical of governments - they go for the weak individual they figure won't fight back or organizations since organizations are made up of many people and as such the fees and expenses are shared by all so like the speed cameras fines the amount individuals have to contribute is low enough it is not worth fighting it.

The answer is too go back to River and Pond Baptisms


Delmar: Well that's it, boys. I've been redeemed. The preacher's done warshed away all my sins and transmissions. It's the straight and narrow from here on out, and heaven everlasting's my reward.
Everett: Delmar, what are you talking about? We've got bigger fish to fry.
Delmar: The preacher says all my sins is warshed away, including that Piggly Wiggly I knocked over in Yazoo.
Everett: I thought you said you was innocent of those charges?
Delmar: Well I was lyin'. And the preacher says that that sin's been warshed away too. Neither God nor man's got nothin' on me now. C'mon in boys, the water is fine

Frida Kahlo Quote


I drank to drown my pain, but the damned pain learned how to swim, and now I am overwhelmed by this decent and good behavior. - Frida Kahlo

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Dress Hair or Chest Hair?


Lisa Cant Photographed by Irving Penn

Crows

DELDOT Against Confederate Flag

The Delaware State Department of Transportation is reviewing a letter it received from the American Civil Liberties Union in response to disciplinary action taken against an employee for having a Confederate flag license plate on his personal vehicle.

The ACLU says it was contacted by a union for state employees after DelDOT employee Tom Drummond was suspended earlier this month and told his license plate was inappropriate.

DelDOT issued a statement Tuesday saying the action taken against Drummond was prompted by a complaint from another employee who claimed harassment.

The ACLU says flags and other symbols, including Confederate flag license plates, are entitled to First Amendment protection.

Read more here

Yoga At The Library Tonight

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Freeney Cemetery Work

We spent an hour or so out at the Freeney Cemetery today working on the iron fence. I thought the wind would freeze me. Last week I was digging out summer clothes this morning I am back looking for the winter clothes I put away.

Like most old cemeteries there are/were trees growing in it. The roots from the trees have wrapped around the fence and grown around parts of it. Can't tell much from the above photo but it is a slow process of cutting to free the fence section. Oh well all it takes is time and eventually we will get it.

Chris Walter is welding away.

Easter Sunrise Service

Go Vote Delmar Delaware


Today there is an election to approve or disapprove a $375,800 general obligation bond that will be used for a new well in Delmar Delaware. The voting is from 2 PM to 7 PM in Town Hall.

Up date 15 people voted, all in favor of the bond issue and committed the town to borrowing and paying back $375,800

The March 2012 Joint Council Meeting



The March 2012 Delmar Delaware and Delmar Maryland Joint Council meeting was held last night. All the elected officials were present. My usual disclaimer is I am not part of the council and what I write is my personal views, not the minutes, of the meetings. It is also just the parts I want to comment on or write about. If you want to know the real story go to the meeting or read a newspaper.

The two Mayors alternate each month as to whom will be the chairman of the meeting, tonight was Mayor Carl Anderton, Jr turn to be Chairman. Carl's usual enthusiasm was lacking tonight and he seemed tired. No doubt in my opinion it is because he knew he would have to approve the Heron Pond mess.


First order of business was Delmar Delaware Mayor Michael Houlihan swearing in of three people for the Delmar Delaware Board Of Elections.

The big item of the night was Heron Pond. First the Town attorney pointed out various parts of the Maryland law pertaining to zoning changes and presented to the Delmar Maryland Council new versions of Ordinances 721 and 722. These two ordinances are being put into effect because Heron Pond developer Doug Marshall wants the zoning changed in Heron Pond. As you may recall there was also a legal notice posted in the newspaper about the zoning change.


Well as the discussion progressed it now seems Doug Marshall did not want the zoning change as advertised. Heron Pond is divided into three phases of development. There is a separate entity that purchased each phase but Doug Marshall is the principal in all three. A very confused discussion between the attorney, Doug Marshall and the council followed and frankly I am not real sure how it ended up. I think Doug Marshall wants Phase 1 to remain R2 zoned, Phase three to be R4 zoned and Phase two to be commercial, but hell as confused as Doug Marshall is about what he wants it may change entirely today. Also the special meeting advertised for the zoning changes is dropped for the time being due to incorrect information.

I had hopes for Heron Pond when I heard Doug Marshall was buying it but it is obvious he does not have a plan for the development of it. Even worst in spite of a poor record of dealing with developers the Maryland Mayor and Commissioners are going along with whatever he wants.

In approving construction for the three houses at Heron Pond the open space issue again came up. The Development was approved at 15% open space initially, it now seems the developers never had 15% open space in Phase One. Doug Marshall is saying when you consider the storm drain ponds and the area around them as open space then there is 15%. Some members or the Delaware Council pointed out Woods and drain ponds are not open space. One person from the public said open space was considered as play grounds and she didn't consider it safe for children to be playing next to a drain pond as they might fall in. Marshall said the way the ponds are built with a gentle down slope, the children would more than likely wade in as opposed to falling in. Anyway Doug Marshall got what he wanted as The Maryland Mayor and four Commissioners all voted their approval.

Other items;
Verizon wireless sales office was given approval for flutter flags signs for 90 days. I am sure the flags will blend in well with the trash image of massage parlor, payday loans offices, pawn shops, and tattoo shops Delmar Delaware has.

Woodcreek development residents have dropped their lawsuit against the Thompsons. The new buyer of the Woodcreek property, Barry Mehta, is hoping to have the golf course open on Memorial Day and by mid-October be in operation seven days a week. So is this Barry Mehta the same one that had all those legal problems back in 2002?

The Walnut Street Project on the Maryland side of town will have at least one sidewalk according to the ADA.

The Fire Chief requested financial help in buying Thermo Imaging Cameras for the fire Department. They cost $6,100 a unit.

The Lecates building will be settled on next week.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Pennies From Heaven


With the rain and overcast weekend it has been a good time to pull out those coins I throw into a can when I clean out my pockets and roll them. It use to be I considered this "extra" money to blow on fun or nonessential things, now it buys another gallon of gas and a can of cat food.

You may notice many of these pennies have a silver whitish film on them. This is because after 1982 pennies are made of 97% zinc and 3% copper. If you remember pennies prior to 1982 were made of 95% copper and 5% zinc. The pre-1982 pennies would corrode to a nice green color. The post-1982 pennies end up with a gray whitish film on them. By the way for people from Baltimore when I say Zinc I am talking about a mineral not a kitchen sink.

The pre-1982 copper pennies would use about 145 pennies to the pound and the price of copper per pound is about $3.80 today. The post-1982 zinc pennies take about 181 pennies to make a pound and zinc price per pound is 91 cents. Even going to the cheaper version I understand it takes the government about 1.2 cents to produce a penny.

The United States is well blessed with Zinc mines so hopefully the government is buying Zinc mined here.

A disadvantage to the zinc pennies is about 21,000 kids a year swallow coins. There is a reaction between gastric acid and zinc-based pennies that may have a toxic effects of zinc absorption include local corrosion and ulceration of the esophagus and stomach, nausea, vomiting, hematemesis, and abdominal cramping. Click here for Zinc toxicity

Wake Up


Sometime when you wake up you just know something went wrong the night before