Saturday, September 15, 2012

The 2012 Permanent Fund Dividend

Unlike Delaware and Maryland in Alaska they actually give you money to live in their state.  Delaware and Maryland however do give you ration of shit so I guess that makes up for the money. 

The 2012  dividend applications that are in eligible status on September 21st will be distributed October 4, 2012 and in 2011 it was $1,174 per resident.  The math to arrive at the number looks like Chinese math. however an estimated 647,549 residents will receive it.  Not based on family but for everyone who reached the below requirement. 

To qualify for a 2012 Permanent Fund Dividend you must be able to answer yes to all of the following statements.
I was a resident of Alaska during all of calendar year 2011;
On the date I apply for the 2012 Permanent Fund Dividend, I have the intent to remain an Alaska resident indefinitely;
I have not claimed residency in any other state or country or obtained a benefit as a result of a claim of residency in another state or country at any time since December 31, 2010;
  • I was not:
    • Sentenced as a result of a felony conviction during 2011;
    • Incarcerated at any time during 2011 as the result of a felony conviction; or
    • Incarcerated at any time during 2011 as the result of a misdemeanor conviction in Alaska if convicted of a prior felony or two or more prior misdemeanors since January 1, 1997
  • If absent from Alaska for more than 180 days, I was absent on an allowable absence; and
  • I was physically present in Alaska for at least 72 consecutive hours at some time during 2010 or 2011.
Yes indeed October will be drunk month in Alaska.

Library To Have Railroad Speaker on Delmar Heritage Day

The weekend of Delmar Heritage Pride Day (Yes Saturday the 22nd of September) the Delmar Library will have what could be a very interesting talk.  At 11:30 on Saturday Mike Dixon will present an informative talk on "Rails in Delaware".

Bike Weekend

Bike weekend is here - more noise for Howard to put up with, but in spite of their image, bike riders are a fairly crime free group.  Someone who works on the Ocean City police Force was commenting that there are less arrests on Bike Weekend than when the Volunteer Fireman have their weekend in Ocean City.   

How Scrapple Saved The War

Foods That Will Win The War and How To Cook Them. By C. Houston Goudiss and Alberta M. Goudiss
This is a very interesting cookbook from 1918 that can be found on Gutenberg's books  free website

The cookbook is a help the war effort book by using less wheat, meat, sugar, fat etc, but many recipes are interesting and viewed from a modern day approach of less gluten, less sugar, and whatever is the current "use less of" for healthy living the recipes can easly be made "modern" to fit 'healthy' living style.

One recipe for the war effort was Scrapple - what could be more healthy for you?
Place a pig's head in 4 quarts of cold water and bring slowly to the boil. Skim carefully and season the liquid highly with salt, cayenne and a teaspoon of rubbed sage. Let the liquid simmer gently until the meat falls from the bones. Strain off the liquid, remove the bones, and chop the meat fine.
Measure the liquid and allow 1 cup of sifted cornmeal to 3 cups of liquid. Blend the cornmeal in the liquid and simmer until it is the consistency of thick porridge. Stir in the chopped meat and pour in greased baking pans to cool. One-third buckwheat may be used instead of cornmeal, and any kind of chopped meat can be blended with the pork if desired. Any type of savory herb can also be used, according to taste.
When scrapple is to be eaten, cut into one-half inch slices, dredge with flour, and brown in hot fat.

There are also many sugar free desserts and candy recipes.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Sod at The Freeney Hearne Cemetery

Sod has been put down at the Freeney/Hearne Cemetery outside of town.  It was a donation from Oakwood Sod Farms - so a big thank you to them.  Volunteers from the Delmar Historical and Arts Society previously had laid chicken wire on the ground before the sod was put in place.  It is hoped the chicken wire under the sod will discourage the foxes etc from digging in the cemetery.

First Street Construction - A Life Time Project

Well almost two weeks ago they came in and put down some topping on First street between Jewell and Grove. 
That was on a Thursday and they had signs up not to park on First street Thursday and Friday.  so come Friday no work - no work all the next week - Yesterday they were back.

Due to First Street being closed however the Post Office was unable to have their trucks back into the Post Office and load and unload.  In True "The Mail Must Go Thru" manner however the postal employees rolled their mail carts across the street on a very hot day and loaded in Shorts Funeral Home Parking Lot.  I even saw one woman employee remove her coat as she must have broke a sweat working.  So Lets Hear It For The Post Office and Shorts Funeral Home who allows everyone to use their Parking lot. -- Hurrah, Hurrah, Hurrah, Yea !!!!

Let's see this project started before school started a year ago and we have gone thru a school year, a summer break and are now starting a new school year, children have been born, people have died, but still the project goes on.

Weight Lifting Wednesday

Beer Joint To Open In Woodcreek

Bistro at the links have applied for a beer license for their cafe at Ocean Pines.  Their hearing will be Sept 18th at the County Government Building

Montgomery County Pulls 324 Crown Vic police cruisers

From the Germantown Patch - Maryland

Montgomery County Police Cruisers Being Pulled Off Street
Steering failure on two Crown Victorias prompts Montgomery County police's most massive maintenance operation.

Nearly a third of Montgomery County’s police cruisers are being pulled off the road in an unprecedented inspect-and-repair operation that has caught the attention of national safety inspectors.

Starting Tuesday morning, all 324 of the county’s Crown Victorias are being inspected at the department’s maintenance shop in Seven Locks after the steering failed on two of the Ford vehicles.
Cruiser recalls are not uncommon, said Lt. Darren Francke, but they typically involve non-safety issues that are handled via the dealership. Never in Francke’s 16 years on the force has the department had to launch its own 24-7 operation to inspect and repair so many cars.

“This is uncharted territory. The total loss of steering was such a critical issue that we had to bring the fleet down,” Francke said. “The majority of officer deaths are related to vehicle accidents, so we take any kind of vehicle failure very seriously.”

The problem traces back to July, when an officer who was about to respond to a call had the steering on his Crown Vic “completely fail,” Francke said. When the same thing happened to another Crown Vic a few weeks ago, MCPD launched a probe.

Officials with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration came to Montgomery County on Friday, and Chief J. Thomas Manger made the unprecedented call late yesterday afternoon.
As of 10 a.m. Tuesday, 124 Crown Vics have been inspected, 30 of which were flagged for repair. Of those 30, two were “on the verge of failure,” Francke said.

“We’re very lucky we’ve avoided a wreck, an injury or anything worse,” he said.
With the NHTSA investigation pending, Francke did not want to detail the nature of the malfunction beyond saying that it appears to be caused by one specific part in the steering column that, when it fails, forces the wheels to switch into a default straight position.

NHTSA did not immediately return a call for comment. The agency oversaw a 36,000-cruiser recall of Chevy Impalas last month, The New York Times reported.

For now, MCPD is taking on the cost of replacement parts and man hours—but NHTSA’s findings could shift the burden to Ford.

“We’re expending a great deal of energy and money on this. We’re running a 24-7 operation right now to get these vehicles inspected and repaired,” Francke said.

Officers whose cruisers need repairs are riding along with other officers or are borrowing spare cruisers from their district station.

The inspections should wrap up by Thursday and the fleet of Crown Vics should be back to full force by Saturday, Francke said.

Dodge Chargers and Chevy Impalas make up most of the other two-thirds of MCPD’s cruiser fleet. The department has begun phasing in the new Chevy Caprice and the new Ford Interceptor. The Interceptor will eventually replace the Crown Vics, Francke said.

Part Of a Point For The Lord

Sussex County forges agreement to keep prayer as part of weekly Council meetings

Georgetown, Del., Sept. 11, 2012: Prayer will remain a staple at each weekly meeting of the Sussex County Council.

County Council, at its Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012, meeting, approved an agreement with litigants in the case of Mullin et al. vs. Sussex County that will allow County Council to invoke a legislative prayer ahead of each week’s Council meeting. Prayer, specifically reciting the Lord’s Prayer, has been a decades-long tradition for Sussex County Council, but became the subject of a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in June 2011.

The agreement by both parties will allow members of Council to precede each weekly meeting with an invocation. However, the agreement Council approved Tuesday does not restore recitation of the Lord’s Prayer in Council’s chambers.

Terms of the agreement were not announced, pending court approval. The agreement effectively ends more than a year of litigation that threated to end a tradition viewed by many as central to the way of life in Sussex County.

“Prayer is an important part of the lives of so many Sussex Countians,” Council President Michael H. Vincent said. “While this body represents all Sussex County residents, who come from a variety of faiths and walks of life, we firmly believe it is our right – and our duty – to honor the traditions of the past, and to ask for divine guidance each week as we conduct the people’s business. I am happy that both sides have reached an amicable resolution, one that respects the rule of law, but preserves Council’s prerogative to have a legislative prayer.”

Watermelon Wednesday


Sept. 10, 2012

Farm to School program marks ‘Watermelon Wednesday’
in school cafeterias across Delaware

DOVER – Tens of thousands of students across the state will get slices of Delaware deliciousness with their lunches this week, with all 19 state school districts joining together to serve the fresh, locally-grown fruit on lunch lines Wednesday.

The project is part of Delaware’s Farm to School program, a collaborative initiative between local school districts, farmers and the Department of Agriculture to get local foods into schools, increasing healthy eating opportunities and students’ awareness of agriculture. The event was launched by local school district child nutrition supervisors, who organized it with several Delaware farmers.

The Watermelon Wednesday event showcases one of Delaware’s best-known agricultural products, with more than 100 million pounds produced every year, said Secretary of Agriculture Ed Kee.

“Getting fresh, local produce to our young peoples’ plates is vitally important to helping them understand the connections between food and farming,” Kee said. “Delaware schools have really taken the lead in helping our students eat healthier. The Farm to School program deserves a lot of credit for getting local food in our school cafeterias.”

The Farm to School Advisory Board, which supports local food purchases by Delaware’s public school districts, includes representatives from all school districts, farmers, parents, the Department of Education, Nemours Health and Prevention Services, the University of Delaware, Delaware State University and Master Gardeners.

“We serve every type of local food we can buy - apples, potatoes, pumpkins, corn, squash, string beans, broccoli and much more,” said Paula Angelucci, supervisor of nutrition services for the Colonial School District and chair of the advisory board. “While we have been serving Delaware-fresh watermelon since the start of school, this is a great way to celebrate the wonderful healthy options our students are getting.”

Eight farms will help supply the watermelon for Wednesday’s statewide event – Downes Farm (near Laurel), Kalmar Farms (Harrington), Marvel Farms (Harrington), Magee Farms (Selbyville), Vincent Farms (Laurel), Malfitano Farms (Greenwood) and Calloway Farms (Laurel), with Malfitano and Calloway watermelon being delivered by Fifer Farms of Camden-Wyoming.

“Delaware farmers overwhelmingly support the Farm to School program, with more getting involved every year,” said David Marvel, a Harrington-area farmer and vice-chair of the advisory board. “From large farms to small, we are all interested in helping our students eat local and experience what true freshness tastes like.”

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Monday, September 10, 2012

The Delmar Delaware Election

Well another election is coming up in Delmar delaware.  The election will be October 1st and the people who will be running are;

Mike Houlihan has applied for his present position of Mayor and is running unopposed.  This will be Mike's third term and as good as I think he is you know I don't approve of anyone who runs for the same office they have had for more than two terms.

There are two councilman positions - Woody Payne is not running for re-election.  There are three people who are running for the two slots.  First Robert Thompson has re-filed for councilman - again he has held the office for more than two terms.  William Boylan from the Planning and Zoning Commission has file to run for council person.  Alan Littleton has also filed to run for councilman. 

At least we have an election. 

A little Cooler Weather - Finally

After a rotten hot summer the weather has finally started to turn cool.  It is a great relief to me.  I had the windows open yesterday airing the house out and I be damn the stock car races started up and the sound was so bad I had to shut the windows back up.  We have got to either shut that place down or make the state enforce some noise regulations on them.