Saturday, June 30, 2012

Art In The Park July 2012

The Delmar Historical and Arts Society (DHAS) will once again give free musical concerts in the State Street Park on Thursdays in the Month of July. They will go from 6 to 8 PM starting on Thursday July 12th and continue on July 19th and July 26th. Vendors will be at the park to sell craft items and food. So bring a lawn chair and come out and listen to the music.

Bands that will play are;
7/12 Riffshakers
7/19 Fossil Creek
7/26 Elwood Band

Friday, June 29, 2012

Misc Friday Photos 6/29/12

Nothing visible has been done to the Lecates Building
The irrigation and sod has been installed and put down at Town Hall.
Work is continuing at the Freeney Hearne Cemetery by DHAS

A rough grid system has been been put up so tomorrow we can use a metal probe, trowel, and metal detector to work each grid and record what we find.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

New Family Sport Recreation facility at Diamond Dreams

 Brent Miller, CCIM, CPM, Managing Director of Sperry Van Ness – Miller Commercial Real Estate in Salisbury, MD is pleased to announce the sale of 30174 Foskey Lane, formerly known as Diamond Dreams in Delmar, MD. Miller represented the Seller BB&T Bank. 

Delmar Properties, LLC purchased the 25,200 square foot building to accommodate a family sports recreational facility. Delmar Properties, LLC anticipates opening its new facility by the end of this year.

The Buyer was represented by Matthew Trader of Rinnier Development. “Being that I was born and raised in Delmar, it’s always great to have the opportunity to be part of a project that will help the community flourish. I feel this is a sign of many more exciting things to come for the town of Delmar”.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Delaware Loan Program For Irrigation

I received this press release about a loan program in Delaware for irrigation, naturally I have issues with it.  There is more and more demand for water each year, not only for residents but every farmer who expects to survive digs an irrigation well.  The State of Delaware issue permits to them but there is almost no monitoring of these wells nor the amout of water drawn from them.  The times I have contacted the state about the wells I have been told there is plenty of water and there is no need to be concerned. However in the middle of summer residents may get a notice saying no watering of lawns, flowers, etc but the farmers are pumping full blast and we are being told by one group of state people there is plenty of water and by another there is a water shortage and the state keeps issuing irrigation well permits.


 June 25, 2012

 Delaware loan program helping spread irrigation to more than 850 acres of farmland

DOVER – More than 850 acres of Delaware farmland will be irrigated this year with support from an innovative economic development and agricultural loan program now marking its first year.

The revolving loan fund is a joint effort between the Delaware Department of Agriculture and the Delaware Economic Development Office which has aided 15 farmers across the state. The program will grow, as applications are continually being accepted.

The Delaware Rural Irrigation Program, or DRIP, was created in July 2011 with $1 million from the Delaware Strategic Fund. It has made $223,570 in no-interest loans, for an average of $14,598 per farm.

Gov. Jack Markell said the program is an important part of his administration’s commitment to growing jobs in Delaware. “Agribusiness has a multiplier effect, supporting on-farm jobs and related industries,” Markell said. “This loan program provides our farmers with the support they need to help both their businesses and crops grow.”

Secretary of Agriculture Ed Kee said the program is an excellent example of how government agencies can partner with each other and with private industry.

“This program helps support our family farms by making them more profitable. Irrigation provides an edge against the unpredictability of a dry season and improves crop yields,” Kee said. “With just 24 percent of Delaware cropland under irrigation, this initiative is helping reach crops that may not otherwise have thrived.”

Kee also noted that irrigation has significant environmental benefits, making crops more efficient in the uptake of nutrients so they don’t stay in the soil during dry weather and then add to nutrient loading during the wet fall and winter months. “This is truly a triple-win program – for the agricultural economy, for consumers and for the environment,” he said.

DRIP is administered jointly through the Department of Agriculture and the Delaware Economic Development Office. DEDO staff members review and approve the loan applications, while DDA staff determines the agricultural eligibility of the applicants.
“Properly irrigated land leads to increased crop production and higher yields per acre. As a result, local farmers’ profits increase while the state benefits from an ample supply of healthy fruits and vegetables,” said Delaware Economic Development Office Director Alan Levin. “This program addresses the needs of Delaware’s agriculture industry and creates new economic opportunities for our state.”

Lee Collins, a farmer who grows corn, soybeans, barley and watermelons on 140 acres near Laurel with his wife, Hanna, said the DRIP loan was vital to help install an irrigation control system and a well to irrigate 37 acres earlier this spring.
“Without the program, I don’t think we could have irrigated that this year,” said Collins, who also praised the simplicity of the approval process. “There was no red tape, and it was very stress-free. I was surprised how easy it was.”
Collins said irrigation helps farmers in the fight against dry conditions. “The one thing we can’t control is the weather,” he said. “That’s the most limiting factor we have.”
Eligible farmers must have been actively engaged for at least two years in growing and harvesting of cash crops, such as corn, soybeans, fruit and vegetables, in Delaware, and must own or lease the land to be irrigated.
The program works in partnership with private lending institutions by providing the borrower with no-cost capital equal to the normal and customary equity requirements of a private loan.
The loan fund finances up to 25 percent of the total project cost, not to exceed $25,000, at zero interest for a term of no longer than seven years. Repayment of principal must begin in year three of the loan. A bank or other lending institution must loan the remaining balance of the project. Financing is limited to one project per farm each year.
towable systems, span angle systems, corner arm systems, single phase systems or wells and filters associated with drip irrigation systems. All work must be performed by experienced and qualified contractors licensed in and located in Delaware.
Farmers interested in participating in the Delaware Rural Irrigation Program, or DRIP, should contact the Delaware Economic Development Office at 302-672-6847 or Applications should be submitted concurrently with approved bank financing. The loan application will be reviewed by DEDO Capital Resources staff with comment from the Department of Agriculture.

Two Face Gov. Markell At It Again

Another Bullshit crackdown on Tobacco, but yet Markell ignore noise pollution

Delaware State Parks to expand tobacco free areas

NEWARK (June 25, 2012) – Tobacco free areas in certain sections of Delaware’s state parks will be expanded beginning July 1, 2012. Areas newly affected will include designated swim beaches and trails, boardwalks and bath houses, fishing piers, general picnic areas and youth camps, and other areas.

 Delaware Governor Jack Markell announced the expansion at the National Board Meeting of the American Lung Association, which was held in Delaware for the first time. “By making more areas of the state smoke-free, we are creating a healthier environment and a higher quality of life,” said Governor Markell. “While people are enjoying the natural beauty of our state parks, we want them engaging in activities that contribute to their well-being. Tobacco-free parks are part of a larger plan for more tobacco-free state properties, as we work to improve the health of state employees and all Delawareans.”

“The research is irrefutable when it comes to the dangers of exposure to second hand smoke, especially for children,” said DNREC Secretary Collin O’Mara. “According to the U.S. Surgeon General, we have clear evidence that only completely smoke-free environments can eliminate secondhand smoke exposure and its related health risks. Delaware State Parks strongly supports the health and well-being of all parks visitors.”

"We are pleased that Delaware State Parks is extending its tobacco free areas because the condition of the outdoor air affects each of us,” said Deborah Brown, CEO of the American Lung Association of the Mid-Atlantic States. “Secondhand smoke causes an estimated 50,000 deaths each year mostly from lung cancer and coronary heart disease and any exposure is harmful to the health.”

Tobacco free areas within Delaware’s state parks were first instituted in February of 2008. These initial tobacco free areas included bandshells, amphitheaters, athletic stadiums and fields, swimming pools, and playgrounds.

“Along with mitigating health concerns, our goal is also to reduce tobacco litter,” said Division of Parks and Recreation Director Charles Salkin. “There are numerous environmental and sanitation issues related to tobacco use, including the prevalence of cigarette butts on our beaches and other public parks areas, that can be reduced significantly with this new policy.”

In addition to the areas listed above, new areas soon to be off limits for tobacco products are concession areas, restrooms, the Brandywine Zoo and Fort Delaware State Park, including Pea Patch Island. Other areas include Cape Henlopen State Park’s residential youth camp facilities and all designated primitive youth group camping areas in state parks including special events/temporary sites (camporees) or other locations used for that purpose.

Also, the use of any lit tobacco or similar products will be prohibited during a burning ban designated by the State Fire Marshall in all areas and facilities covered by the ban.

In support of the policy change, Delaware State Parks will educate staff on managing compliance, avoiding confrontations and arrests through one-on-one education. “Enforcement staff will use a common sense approach to seek initial compliance,” noted Salkin.
Posters will be displayed in prominent locations near park entrances. Restricted areas will also be signed. Regulatory signs will also be on display.

Recent History Grads - Job Opening

Picked up from WGMD;

The current director of the Milton Historical Society has resigned – effective today. Jennifer Legates has resigned after just 6 months on the job. A search for a new director is already underway – Kevin Kelly will take over as interim director until the position is filled. Interested candidates can submit letters of interest and resumes to the address you’ll find below or call 302-684-1010.
Milton Historical Society
PO Box 112
Milton, DE 19968
NEWS RELEASE: Milton Historical Society Seeks New Director

The Milton Historical Society Board of Trustees has accepted the resignation of Jennifer Legates as Executive Director effective June 22. A search for a new director has begun. Interested candidates may submit letters of interest and résumés to Milton Historical Society, PO Box 112, Milton, DE 19968 or call the Lydia B. Cannon Museum at 302-684-1010 for further information. A detailed job description will be posted at

Kevin Kelly will assume the position of interim director until the position is filled. The museum is open Wednesday through Saturday from 11 am until 4 pm and by appointment. Admission is free, and the public is warmly welcomed. Exhibits, programs and events are ongoing providing enrichment and appreciation of the history of Milton and the Broadkill Hundred


Well yesterday morning those in my neighborhood were greeted with a loud explosion and lost of electricity.  The transformer and circuit breakers in our area  go out at least 4 to 5 times each summer.  Again we had 3 or Delmarva Power trucks working on the lines, will this fix last the summer?  No I don't think so. 
This Morning about 10:30 another storm with strong winds came thru - knocked the firework tent down that was set up in the north Walmart in Salisbury
Over at Staples their tree split

in Delmar, First Baptist Church lost part of a tree
Mrs Ellis had a tree blow down in her back yard
and around Delmar a number of trees and limbs are down

Monday Marilyn

Marilyn Monroe by Eve Arnold, August 1960