Saturday, April 14, 2012


Visionaire by Inez & Vinoodh, 2000


Lily Cole

Hair - The Musical Hair

Gimme head with hair
Long beautiful hair
Shining, gleaming,
Streaming, flaxen, waxen


Mrs. A.W. (Pauline) Barrett and boatman Jim Gardner with the black sea bass she had caught, 1901

The Titanic Last Meal

Friday, April 13, 2012

Brace Mouth

Attempted Rape - 1898

From The Salisbury Advertiser Feb 26, 1898

A Negro Assaults A lady and Narrowly Escapes Lynching

The good people of Delmar were roused to a frenzy of excitement last Saturday night when it became known that a negro had attempted to violate Mrs. W. W. Carey, who lived with her husband and family a short distance from the town on the Delaware side.

Mr. Carey was in Delmar when the assault was made. Mrs. Carey was at home with no company except the children.

A voice outside calling her by name first attracted her attention, and when she opened the door to answer, she was seized by a colored man who at once attempted to rape his intended victim. Mrs. Carey little girl caught up the fire poker and begin to deal the wretch blows over the head and shoulders.

The mother called to the child to get a sharp knife, which the little defender soon found and came running to her. At the sight of the gleaming blade of steel the cowardly ravisher fled.

When Mr. Carey returned home soon after he found his wife almost prostrated from the shock she had sustained. The alarm was given and the neighbors at once sought the identification and arrest of the despoiler.

Late at night a negro whose name is Dorsey, was taken into custody. A careful examination showed him to be the guilty man, and for a time the people threaten to lynch him Good counsel finally prevailed and a hearing was held before Justice Culver.

Later Sheriff Johnson of Sussex county took the prisoner to Georgetown and lodged him in jail.

This Is The Dress To Wear To A Job interview - They Will Remember You

Mary Katrantzou Fall 2012, February 21st

Teach Your Child Gun Safety

A Helicopter In Every Home

Back in the 1950's, when I was in school, people fully expected that everyone would have a helicopter by the 1980's. I can remember several school books we read that predicted by the 1980's everyone would commute to work by helicopter. The above photo is from 1951

Miracles You'll See in The Next Fifty Years - Popular Mechanix Feb 1950
This extension of aerial transportation has had the effect of distributing the population. People find it more satisfactory to live in a suburb like Tottenville, if suburb it can be called, than in a metropolis like New York, Chicago or Los Angeles. Cities have grown into regions, and it is sometimes hard to tell where one city ends and another begins. Instead of driving from Tottenville to California in their car—teardrop in shape and driven from the rear by a high-compression engine that burns cheap denatured alcohol—the Dobsons use the family helicopter, which is kept on the roof. The car is used chiefly for shopping and for journeys of not more than 20 miles. The railways are just as necessary in 2000 as they are in 1950. They haul chiefly freight too heavy or too bulky for air cargo carriers. Passenger travel by rail is a mere trickle. Even commuters go to the city, a hundred miles away, in huge aerial busses that hold 200 passengers. Hundreds of thousands make such journeys twice a day in their own helicopters.

A Still From "Gone With The Wind"

Is that not a good Photo layout of a Dress Sleeve?

The Titanic and Some Delaware Connections

On April 14th 1912 at 11:40 PM (Ship Time) the Titanic, with 2,224 people on board, hit an iceberg and two hours and forty minutes later sank. As to be expected there there are not many Delaware connections as most passengers were going to the Northern United States or Canada. Below are a few who were born in Delaware or ended up in Delaware.

Miss Emily Rugg, 21, was born at Guernsey, Channel Islands. Her father, W.H. Rugg, resided at Bus Road, St. Sampson's, Guernsey. She was on her way to her aunt at Wilmington, Delaware. To reach her destination, she boarded the Titanic at Southampton as a second class passenger. She had bought ticket number C.A. 31026 for £10 10s. She travelled with, amongst others, Lillian Bentham.

Being asleep, a jar aroused her. Looking out, she saw a mass of ice. She went on deck and saw the lifeboats were made ready for lowering. Back in her cabin she dressed and aroused two women friends in the adjoining cabin. On deck a member of the crew dragged her forward to a lifeboat and lifted her into it. This boat was well overcrowded. She saw an Italian jumping from the deck into a lifeboat landing upon a woman. She saw the Titanic go down and seemend broken in half. The stern arose onto the air, the lights went out as it did so. A moment later the ship plunged beneath the surface.

Miss Rugg survived the sinking. She was rescued by the Carpathia in lifeboat 12. In New York, she was awaited by her uncle, Mr F.W. Queripel of 119 South Van Buren Street, Wilmington, a grocer.

Mr Elmer Zebley Taylor, 48, and his wife Juliet were living in London, England when they sailed on the Titanic. They were originally natives of Smyrna, Delaware, USA. The Taylors would spend many summers in East Orange, New Jersey, USA, and they were heading there at the time of the disaster.

Mr Taylor was a business partner of Fletcher Lambert Williams in the Mono Service Company, Paper Cup Manufacturers, and travelled extensively for the business.

They boarded the Titanic at Southampton as first class passengers (Ticket No. 19996, £52), they occupied cabin C-126.

Mr Taylor reported that he was awakened by the impact. He and his wife got up and got dressed. Taylor knocked on his partner's door as he passed on his way to the deck. Williams answered and said he didn't believe it worth while to get up. He was not seen again.

Mr and Mrs Taylor were rescued in either Lifeboat 5 or 7.

After his wife's death in 1927 Elmer remarried, he lived in East Orange until his death on 20th May 1949 aged 85.

Mrs Elmer Zebley Taylor (Juliet Cummins Wright) and her husband Elmer were living in London, England when they sailed on the Titanic. They were originally natives of Smyrna, Delaware, USA. The Taylors would spend many summers in East Orange, New Jersey, USA, and they were heading there at the time of the disaster.

They boarded the Titanic at Southampton as first class passengers, they occupied cabin C-126.

Mr and Mrs Taylor were rescued in either Lifeboat 5 or 7.

A few years after they survived the Titanic, the Taylors returned to live permanently in the United States - settling in East Orange, New Jersey. They continued to travel the world.

Juliet Taylor died in Atlantic City, New Jersey in April of 1927.

Mr Frederic Kimber Seward, 34, was born in Wilmington, Delaware on 23 March 1878, the son of Samuel S. Seward and Crissie Kimber.

A corporation lawyer, he lived in from New York City. He boarded the Titanic at Southampton as a first class passenger (ticket number 113794, £26, 11s).

On the night of the accident Seward played cards with William T. Sloper and his church friend Dorothy Gibson in the first class lounge.

Gibson was able to help her friends to escape with her in lifeboat 7.

Whilst returning to New York on the Carpathia, Seward organised a group of other survivors (Karl H. Behr, Molly Brown, Mauritz Björnström-Steffansson, Frederic Oakley Spedden, Isaac Frauenthal and George Harder) to honour the bravery of Captain Rostron and his crew. They would present the Captain with an inscribed silver cup and medals to each of the 320 crew members.

He died in Queens, New York on 7 December 1943.

In 1987 The Titanic Historical Society (THS) Convention was held in Wilmington, Delaware, with survivors:

Mr. Frank Aks
Mrs. Ruth Becker Blanchard
Mr. Bertram Dean
Mrs. Edith Brown Haisman
Miss Eva Hart
Mrs. Marjorie Newell Robb
Mr. Michel Navratil
Mrs. Louise Kink Pope
Mrs. Eleanor Johnson Shuman

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 - Thumbs Down

Like many people last night I watched "Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23". For me it is another loser TV show to be put on my list of other shows not to watch like; New Girl, Two Broke Girls,Cougar Town, Happy Endings, etc. Etc. Etc.

Using a fairly repeated theme of small-town girl with big city dreams moves to New York City and her adventures. Ho Hum.

This is but one more show that will guarantee I will have more time to read books.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Rain Barrels

DNREC offers rain barrels at discount price to Delawareans

Barrels to be sold first-come, first-served May 22-24 at three locations

DOVER (April 11, 2012) – To encourage water conservation and promote wise use of it throughout the state, DNREC’s Division of Watershed Stewardship is again offering large rain barrels for sale at a greatly reduced price to Delaware residents.

Regular retail price for these heavy-duty plastic barrels is $120 or more. However, by purchasing the barrels at a quantity discount, DNREC’s Nonpoint Source Program within the Division of Watershed Stewardship is again selling them for $66 each. A limited number of barrels are available and will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis. All three counties will have a sale and pick-up location in late May for the barrels, which cannot be ordered or reserved in advance.

The 60-gallon capacity terra cotta-colored barrels are recycled food grade barrels that originally came into the United States filled with olives and pickles. Though thoroughly scrubbed, the barrels may have small scrapes and scratches from their travels. The barrels are fitted with a screw-on perforated top with an inside mesh screen to make them child- and pet-safe, and to help keep out debris and bugs. They also come with a spigot and an overflow hose fitting to allow water to be diverted into a second barrel.

The barrels will be available for pickup at the locations listed below, along with the time and date when they go on sale:

For New Castle County residents barrels will be available for pick-up from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (or until all barrels are sold) on Tuesday, May 22 at the New Castle County District office maintenance yard, 2430 Old County Road, Newark (signs will be posted). For directions to the facility, please visit and click on directions at bottom of page.

For Kent County residents, barrels will be available for pick-up from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (or until all barrels are sold) on Wednesday, May 23 at Polytech High School, 823 Walnut Shade Road, Woodside (signs will be posted). For directions, please visit

For Sussex County residents, barrels will be available for pick-up from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (or until all barrels are sold) on Thursday, May 24 at the DNREC Division of Watershed Stewardship, Lewes Facility, next to the Lewes boat ramp, located off Pilottown Road, Lewes. For directions, please visit

Rain barrels provide an innovative way to capture rainwater from your roof and store it for later use. Water collected from rain barrels can be used for lawns and gardens and for watering indoor plants, or for washing cars.

“Without a rain barrel, the water would run off your roof and become stormwater, picking up pollutants on its way to a storm drain, stream, lake, bay or ocean,” said Environmental Scientist Sharon Webb of the Nonpoint Source Program. “By using a rain barrel, you can lower your water bill, conserve well water in the dry season and reduce polluted stormwater runoff.”

Complementing the rain barrels’ use, Flex Fit Diverters which connect the downspout to the barrel will be available at a discounted price of $19.85. To the view the diverters, please visit .

For transport home, the barrels will fit in the backseat of most cars though not in the trunk so you may want to bring a tarp or blanket to the pick-up location to protect car seats.

For more information, please call Sharon Webb at 302-739-9922, or email check on availability during distribution, please call 302-739-9922. Payment must be made by check or money order made out to “State of Delaware.”

Wisteria Tunnels

An interesting article on Wisteria Tunnels is here.

Garden Math

Here is an interesting video on how many bags of soil or mulch it takes to fill a 10 X 10 area.

Master Gardeners Workshops

As you may know Master Gardeners Workshops are conducted over at The University of Delaware ag complex on Rt9. They have a demonstration garden with a big open house on July 16th and they have workshops to help you garden. Pre-registration is required so contact Tammy Schirmer at 856-2585 ext 544.

Those workshops open in the next couple of months are listed below;

Planning/Journaling in the Garden Tuesday, April 24, 2012, 11:00 a.m., Meeting Room 3
Presented by Jessica Clark.

A Garden journal can add to your gardening success and enhance your enjoyment of your gardening activities. Discover how creative you can be with the written word. Weather permitting; we will explore the Demonstration Garden for inspiration. You can feel free to share your writings or write only for your benefit. Bring a notebook, some photos of your garden and some ideas.

Children Planting the Children’s Garden
Saturday, May 19, 2012, 10:00 a.m., Held in the Demonstration Garden.
Presented by Chris Henderson.

Children will work with the Master Gardeners to plant seeds and seedlings in the Children's Garden area and learn about theme gardens. Ages 5-11, accompanied by an adult, limit 20 children.

Five- Minute Flower Arranging
Tuesday, May 22, 2012, 1:00 p.m., Meeting Room 3
Presented by Lisa Arni.

Watch our instructor make floWer arrangements in 5 minutes - no rules, just fun with flowers! Several quick and easy flower arrangements will be demonstrated (not hands-on) using flowers and other elements from the garden.

Photographing Your Garden
Tuesday, June 19, 2012, 2:00 p.m., Meeting Room 3
Presented by Bobbie Ranney.

Whether you want to document development of your own garden, capture the essence of gardens you visit in your travels or take close-up pictures of your favorite flowers, you will gain insights that will enable you to take garden photos that look like they were taken by a professional. Bring your camera and we will go out to the Demonstration Garden to practice.

You Just Have to Look!
Tuesday, June 26, 2012, 1:00 p.m., Meeting Room 3
Presented by Brent Marsh.

The insects in your backyard are just as exciting as the wild animals in the jungle, but because they’re so small, you just have to look. Grownups, kids, and grandkids will enjoy this lively presentation. We’ll end up with a safari outside to our Demonstration Garden. Bring the kids and grandkids, or come by yourself.

Got Drugs?

Should you have leftover unused Prescription drugs and don't intend to sell them on the black market for food or gas the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has scheduled another National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day which will take place on Saturday, April 28, 2012, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

In our area you can take them to the Laurel police department, The Fruitland Police Department setup outside the Apple Drugs Store, Wicomico County sheriff Office, and the Salisbury Police department.

Yoga At The Library

BBQ Saturday

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

Monday, April 09, 2012

Sher Valenzuela candidate for Lt. Governor

I received this email today about Sher Valenzuela, candidate for Lt. Governor

Don't miss the opportunity to meet and hear from Sher Valenzuela as she travels the state tomorrow to announce her candidacy for Lt. Governor. She's intelligent, dynamic, practical and approachable. (When was the last time all that came together in one person running for office)

Below is information about the stops she will be making and events where you can meet her on a more personal basis and share a meal.

On April 10th, we invite you to stand with us when Sher Valenzuela, candidate
for Lt. Governor and Jeff Cragg, Gubernatorial candidate will officially unveil
their candidacy and promise to take a stand and usher in the kind of common
sense SOLUTIONS that will soon make the “status quo” a thing of the past.

Your voice, your vote, will no longer be ignored.
Your presence will TRULY make a difference.
Won’t you join us for this not‐to‐be forgotten “caravan” event
that will start from the sandy shores of Rehoboth Beach
to the Riverfront Marketplace in Wilmington?
Because We ALL Have a Stake in the Outcome!
Put Your Stake in Sussex County

7:30AM ‐ Breakfast with Sher at Arenas Café in Rehoboth
Space is limited... Register TODAY!
10:30AM ‐ Cragg and Valenzuela Official Announcement, Sussex Co., Glass Doctors, 8303 DuPont Blvd, Lincoln

Put Your Stake in Kent County
12:00PM ‐ Cragg and Valenzuela Official Announcement, Kent County, Legislative Hall
1:00PM ‐ Lunch with Sher at Cool Springs, Dover, Delaware
Space is limited… Register TODAY!

Put Your Stake in New Castle County
3:30PM – Mid‐Afternoon Meet and Greet with Sher at the Riverfront Market in Wilmington
Space is limited… Register TODAY!
6:00PM – Campaign Rally at the Elsmere Fire Hall
Space is limited... Register TODAY!
Psssst … Pass this on to others you know, right now.

Dear God another Delaware candidate who thinks Delaware consists of Rehoboth Beach on up to Wilmington. I don't even know about this person and she has lost my vote right off by not coming to Delmar.

A Lecture For All Of Us

Delaware Hospice’s Family Support Center will hold a Lunch Bunch Lecture on “Understanding Hoarding,” with Dr. Angela D’Antonio, on Friday, April 13th, at the Delaware Hospice Center, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m.

The suggestion that 3 million people engage in compulsive hoarding is likely an underestimation of this generally hidden and untreated clinical condition.

For families who have had to deal with someone who hoards, this problem is a living nightmare. Those who hoard have limited insight into the seriousness of their living situation, experience extreme anxiety when asked to part with their possessions, and are strongly resistant to getting help. Judging those with this crippling disease is never helpful. Understanding what drives this behavior is the first step in being able to address it.

This workshop will explore the causes of this compulsive behavior, ways families can intervene, the resources available and therapeutic approaches generally used to treat hoarding.

Lunch Bunch Lectures are organized by Delaware Hospice’s Family Support Center and are open to the public. Registration is required as seating capacity is limited, and the cost of lunch is $5.00 per person.

Register by Wednesday, April 11th, by contacting Vicki Costa, Associate Director of Family Support Center, at 302-856-7717, x1129, or

About Delaware Hospice
Since 1982, Delaware Hospice has provided exceptional care and support to 39,000 patients and their families. Its mission is to help each patient, each day, live the fullest, most comfortable life possible. Delaware Hospice is the largest and only licensed, nonprofit, community-based hospice serving Delaware and southern Chester and Delaware counties in Pennsylvania. Delaware Hospice is honored to be accredited by the Joint Commission, the nation’s leading health care standards-setting and accrediting organization. Delaware Hospice was voted as a 2011 Top Workplace in an employee survey by Workplace Dynamics and the News Journal. For more information about Delaware Hospice’s programs and services, upcoming events, or employment opportunities, call 800-838-9800 or visit our website,

Monday's Marilyn

The Delmar Police Commission Meeting - April 2012

The Quarterly Delmar Police Commission was held tonight at 6:30. It lasted about 15 minutes before going into executive session. One member, Councilman Woody Payne, was missing. The other two members of the Police Commission; Mayor's Michael Houlihan and Carl Anderton were present. There were several people in the "public" present, including Commissioner Mike Gibb, who was there to familarize himself with the Police Commission.

Besides the usual stats on citations Chief Saylor mentioned four juvenile were arrested for vandalizing a manufactured home on Emory Circle in Holly Oaks.

A Thank You letter to the Delmar Police Department from Pond's Edge Apartments was read thanking them for clearing up a drug problem they had there.

Last night PFC Cahill and Sgt Bond stopped a vehicle and smelled marijuana coming from it. The female driver refused to exit the vehicle and created a ruckus before being removed.

A camera for the area around the basketball courts is out for bids ($8,000). Once the new bathrooms are installed and are open thru the day the camera will help ID people who may vandalize them.

Two young ladies from the "public" told Chief Saylor about the problem they had trying to contact the Delmar Police Department at night on the weekends. The calls are suppose to kick over to the Wicomico County Sheriff Department dispatcher but for some reason did not. The area in question was Lincoln Street. They said they had to wait 20 minutes before the police arrived. They showed Chief Saylor their cell phone with the phone number called which was the 410-896-3131. They had issues with people coming to their door and banging on it or trying to yank it open. Chief Saylor said it was probably the four juveniles they arrested Saturday.

Sunday, April 08, 2012

Easter Supper

National Library Week - You belong @ your library

National Library Week begins today, April 8-14, 2012, with the theme of “You belong @ your library.”

Altho President Obama issues a White House Proclamation for every odd ball group out there I see none for National Library Week, therefore, I Howard will issue my own proclamation for National Library Week.

National Library Week 2012 Proclamation

WHEREAS, libraries have historically served as our nation’s great equalizers of knowledge by providing free access to all;

WHEREAS, libraries work to meet the changing needs of their users, including building print and electronic collections, expanding outreach services and increasing programming;

WHEREAS, our nation’s libraries provide a forum for diverse ideas and points of view that help us better understand each other and ourselves;

WHEREAS, librarians are trained professionals, helping people of all ages and backgrounds find and interpret the information they need to live, learn and work in a challenging economy;

WHEREAS, librarians design and offer programs and courses to develop research, information literacy, and related technology and learning skills;

WHEREAS, libraries are part of the American dream, places for education, opportunity and lifelong learning;

WHEREAS, libraries, librarians, library workers and supporters across America are celebrating National Library Week, April 8-14, 2012, with the theme of “You belong @ your library.”

NOW, THEREFORE, be it resolved that I, Howard, Blog Owner Of The Delmar Dustpan, proclaim National Library Week @ Delmar, April 8-14, 2012. I encourage everyone in the Delmar community to take advantage of the many resources and services available at the Delmar Library. I also encourage everyone to thank the entire Library staff whose expertise and dedication make the Delmar Library a Library of distinction.

Like I said this week is National Library Week, so take advantage of the most valuable card in your wallet. Stop by to check out the local libraries awesome materials or our even awesomer events; even some of their normal programming has been “revved” up!

Whether you are a job seeker looking for resources to land a new job, a parent looking for free activities for children, or a student working on a project or searching for your next favorite book, you will find what you need at Delmarva Public Libraries. Stop by use the computers, read a "free" newspaper or magazine, research your family tree,check out a movie or even check out a book.

Libraries are about people, not just books, and librarians are about more than just saying “Shhh.” They are also about saying: “Psst – have a look at this.” They are sifters, guides and co-creators of human connection. Most of all they are cultural curators, not of paper, but of human history and ideas.

National Library Week was First sponsored in 1958, it is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April. It is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation's libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support. All types of libraries - school, public, academic and special - participate.

In April many of our local libraries will be having book sales, some in the immediate area are;

The Annual book sale given by the Laurel Library Friends. Come to the Laurel Library Community Room from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday, April 9, Tuesday, April 10 and Wednesday, April 11. There will be great, cheap prices for books, tapes and DVDs. All proceeds are used to promote youth programs at the library.

Wicomico Public Library will have a Spring Book Sale on Fri., Apr.13, and Sat., Apr. 14, to help celebrate National Library Week 2012.

At The Delmar Library; Friends of the Library Book and Bake Sale will be held Friday, April 27 from 4 to 7 p.m. and Saturday, April 28 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Police Commission Meeting Monday Night

The Quarterly Delmar Police Commission will meet Monday night at 6:30 PM in Town Hall.

Wake Up - He Has Risen

He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay.