Saturday, May 26, 2012

Quiet Saturday Morning In Delmar

A quiet morning in Delmar - no Racetrack blasting away - you can actually talk to your neighbors and be heard without the background noise that Dixie and Ray W. seem to enjoy.
Flags have been put out at monuments and cemeteries

Lisa Szewczyk

From News and Tribune

A Delaware woman was killed and her husband was seriously injured Thursday after they were thrown from a motorcycle during a crash near mile marker six on Interstate 65 southbound in Clark County.

According to a press release from Indiana State Police, Lisa Szewczyk, 52, of Delmar, Del., was the passenger on a 2006 Harley-Davidson motorcycle being driven by 45-year-old Edward M. Szewczyk, when the accident occurred about 4:20 p.m.

Clark County Coroner Edwin “Huck” Coots declared Lisa Szewczyk dead at the scene of the accident. Edward Szewczyk was air-lifted to University Hospital in Louisville with life-threatening injuries, according to ISP.

A preliminary investigation found a semi-trick was traveling southbound on I-65 near exit 7 when the rear passenger tires came off a trailer being pulled by the truck. One of the tires rolled into the grass on the west side of the interstate, but the other tire rolled into traffic and came to rest in the far left lane of I-65.

The Szewczyks, also traveling southbound, struck the tire in the interstate and were ejected from from their motorcycle, the release said. Neither of them was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.

The driver of the semi, William A. Ross from Ransom, Ill., was not injured.

A motorcycle lays on Interstate 65 after a fatal crash near Jeffersonville. (Photo provided by Indiana State Police

Friday, May 25, 2012

Beer and Friday Night

Natural Born Killers

A Look At Yorkshire Estates

I was driving thru Yorkshire Estates (behind Delmar Commons - Old Stage Road) last week and I must say it is an odd development in the mix of housing that it has.  Yorkshire Estates was originally 66 acres on which was planned 250 homes and as far as I know it is still planned that way.  It started out with two story houses, than it did those town houses that back on Stage Road, now it has gone to single story homes and the two story and single story are together on the same road so the single story stands out as not being up to par with it's neighbor.  From the front it looks like the garage is bigger than the house on the single story.

and they are only about 10 or 20 feet apart.  Surprising to me anyway is the Townhouses, now since they are occupied, actually look better than the homes - except they are right backed against Stage Road.

This house use to be the sales office and maybe still is.  But look at the outside light

One is fallen over - does that make you wonder about the quality of the homes?

Delmar Day In The Park Is Just Around The Corner

Delmar Day in the Park This year's 36th Annual Festival sponsored by the Greater Delmar Chamber of Commerce will be held on Saturday, June 2 from 10 a.m to 6 p.m. Rain date is Saturday, June 16. There will be many craft, food and informational vendors, along with several other vendors from businesses, churches, food, raffles, kiddie train ride, games, other attractions, live entertainment and more. Since this is the chamber's largest fundraising event of the year, the goal is to raise enough funds from donations and sponsorships to cover all of the costs for the festival. Funds raised from the games and attractions can then be used for other events throughout the year and usual expenses. For more information, call Diane Johnson at 846-3336 or email

Melungeons Undone

The  Melungeons of the mountains of south-central Virginia, western North Carolina and upper South Carolina are a group of people that no one, until recently, were sure how to classified them - were they Blacks, Mediterranean, Indians or some mix of everything?  They are much like our Moors of Delaware.  Science however has found them out.  According to an Associated Press story;
For years, varied and sometimes wild claims have been made about the origins of a group of dark-skinned Appalachian residents once known derisively as the Melungeons. Some speculated they were descended from Portuguese explorers, or perhaps from Turkish slaves or Gypsies.
Now a new DNA study in the Journal of Genetic Genealogy attempts to separate truth from oral tradition and wishful thinking. The study found the truth to be somewhat less exotic: Genetic evidence shows that the families historically called Melungeons are the offspring of sub-Saharan African men and white women of northern or central European origin.
And that report, which was published in April in the peer-reviewed journal, doesn't sit comfortably with some people who claim Melungeon ancestry.....

Read more here

The test results do not apply to everyone who is considered a Melungeons, obvious in any mixed race and mixed ethnicities the word Melungeons becomes a catchall term for any people of mixed-race ancestry.  The DNA testing was limited to 69 male lines and 8 female lines so there are no doubt many more combinations out there.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

My Business Was To Fight The Devil

I recently read "My Business was to Fight The Devil - Recollections of Rev. Adam Wallace Peninsula Circuit Rider 1847-1865" edited with notes by Joseph F. DiPaolo.   As the lengthy title says, the book is a series of recollections about the Eastern Shore and being a Circuit Rider Preacher in that time period.  It has many interesting subjects as it was right before and during the civil war but one part I will print out  is one of his visits to Delmar.  At this time Delmar was just being created but it had outside of town an existing church called Union M. E.  Church. Now Rev. Wallace was born in  County Leitrim Ireland in 1825 and he came to America in 1843 and ended up being a traveling preacher.  In Delmar in 1859 were gangs of track workers who were mostly Irish and they were known for getting drunk on Sunday and fighting.  Rev. Wallace relates this incident at the Union Church on a Sunday he was preaching there.

"the Irish laborers were then engaged in digging and grading the new railroad; when Sunday came around and they could obtain whiskey, they became fond of attending our service.  We preferred to keep them outside for fear of a tipperary fight, but one Sunday evening, with the alter crowded and the prayer meeting moving on in a lively way, a gang of these tipsy fellows burst in to 'clane out' as they threatened, the whole concern.  I had the assurance to mount a bench and address them in a few words of the original Irish tongue, which I had picked up as a boy.  It surprised them completely to find the 'journeyman soul-saver,' as they called the preacher, a fellow countryman.  I blarneyed them out of the church, where sundry bottles were produced to 'treat' such a 'broth of a boy'.  I afterwards visited them at their work along the line; and when our quiet people were terrorized by their turbulent behavior, I always had some influence as a peacemaker."

A Couple of Random Items

I have been away for a few days so I did not get to post that Planning and Zoning would not be meeting tonight nor did it meet last night.  The only thing on the official agenda was Tammy Watts of Verizon Wireless (she requested and received permission to fly flutter flags in front of her business a while ago) has decided to come back and ask for a Roof Top Ballon  to float over her business.  I guess Tom Luffman will have to wait until the Joint Council meeting to come out in favor of it. 

I see Greg Wood has a poem published  called Bored Hearts.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Have You seen This Dog?

How True

The Mockingjay - The Last Book Of The Hunger Game Series

I finished reading "The MockingJay" by Suzanne Collins.  It is the last book of the Hunger Game Series.  Again it is a book aimed at 13 year old girls so it has the type of things they are interested in; a couple of boys desiring her, she wants none of them, she does boys stuff (hunting fighting) and outshines them, she is a leader people look up to, she becomes a Joan of Arc figure both as a leader and being burnt, she is known as "the girl on fire", she always protects her family.  In this third book of the series Katniss becomes the Joan of Arc of Panem.  The Districts are rebelling against the capital, District 13 is leading the battle and Kat is the figurehead of the rebellion.  In an attempt to kill President Snow she only suceeds in killing off a number of her friends, family and allies.  In the end boy gets girl and they more or less live  happily ever after.