Thursday, November 01, 2012

Sussex County Cousins

Genealogy researchers gather The next meeting of "Sussex County Cousins" will be held at the Laurel Public Library from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 3, in the Carpenter Community Room. The morning session of sharing and networking will begin at 10 a.m. with coffee and light refreshments and conclude at noon. The optional afternoon session will resume for an hour at 12:30 p.m. with additional, informal group conversations. Topics for the group conversations include What land records can do for you, What message boards can do for you, and Hidden gems you can find in Laurel Library's Delaware collection. These small group discussions will be led by local, experienced genealogy enthusiasts and are meant to help sharpen research skills. For more information, visit or email

Democrats Are Gathering In Laurel

Fall Festival "Get Out the Vote" Fall Festival, Market Square Park, Laurel, on Sunday, Nov. 4 from 2 to 5 p.m. Meet the Democrat candidates. Free food and beverages, music, children games, and prizes. 

Book and Bake Sale Starts Tomorrow

Book and Bake Sale The Friends of the Delmar Public Library are holding a Book and Bake Sale on Friday, Nov. 2 from 3 to 6 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 3 from 8 a.m. to noon and Monday, Nov. 5 through Saturday, Nov. 10 during library hours. The sale ends on Nov. 10 at noon. 


Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween 2012

It was a pleasant night for trick or treaters tonight, it wasn't raining, nor bitter cold, just a nice fall evening.  I had 71 trick or treaters come to my door tonight and almost all were under 12 years old.  

Delmarva Power Tree Limb Cutting in Delmar

Asplundh came thru yesterday and cut tree branches around the electric wires, maybe before the storm would have been better, or maybe Delmarva Power is  trying to cover up the fact those branches haven't been cut in a while.
anyway for some reason they tossed the cut branches on the ground
Today the Town of Delmar Public Works came thru and picked them up.  So why did the town have to pick up the branches.  When Asplundh does this outside of town they are the ones who remove the branches. 

From Delmarva Power FAQ on tree cutting

Q | Will you clean up and remove the debris?
A | When pruning is done as part of our scheduled tree maintenance program, debris will be removed. We will not remove debris from storm-damaged trees.
But the trees were not storm damaged!!!!

Delmar Delaware Trash Pickup

Delmar Delaware normally has trash pick up on Tuesday, due to aftermath of the tropical storm we had,  trash was not picked up on Tuesday.  The Delmar Town Hall says it will not be picked up this week so hold it until Tuesday next week.

True Today As In 1912

From The Marylander and Herald newspaper, Princess Anne MD Sept 3, 1912

"The high cost of living doesn't bother those who can beg, borrow, or steal"

The Delmar Historical and Arts Society General Meeting

The Delmar Historical and Arts Society will hold its annual meeting on Thursday November 8th at 7 PM, at the Avenue Building (10 N. Pennsylvania Ave) in Delmar Delaware.

At 7 PM author and historian Chuck Swift will present "The Field of Stone Project".   Whoever said "Dead men don't tell tales" must have never visited a cemetery and Chuck Swift will tell us how the tombstones of the deceased actually do tell stories.In fact, they stand as some of the richest sources for biography and local history anywhere around.Chuck has been to area cemeteries that are in corn fields, towns and church yards and he will relate the graves to the living families in the area.  He will bring some of the books he has co-authored and they will be available for sale and book signing.

Afterwards there will be a general meeting.  Both the talk and the meeting is free and open to the general public

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Halloween in Delmar 2012

Halloween in Delmar will be from 6 PM to 8 PM on Wednesday October 31st for children under 12.

A Brief Mention Of The Tropical Storm

Well at 9:30 AM the storm is over.  It was not much of a storm, I would classify it as a Tropical Storm.  God knows what Gov. Markell would do if an actual Hurricane would come thru, I guess he would shit in his pants.  Traffic is moving with or without Markell's consent.  Interesting he said he was over all the state of Delaware yesterday while the rest of us simple shits were confined to home.  One of those "do as I say not as I do" things.  The vehicles I have seen on the road are like my vehicle;
cover in leaves and debris that was blown on them.  I have seen some siding blown off a couple of houses but generally no great damage for the hype the TV Stations have made of this storm.  It was mild.  The power went off last evening for about an hour.  There are a number of election campaign signs blown around.  When John Brady came over to visit me he had commented he was picking up his signs and storing them until after the "Hurricane" passes. 
A couple branches down but down town came out well.  Even the swing signs over the stores were not blown off
Bi-State Pharmacy is open
The Post office is closed, again, at the moment I don't know if they will open later. They moved their vehicles yesterday out of their parking lot into Short's Funeral Home Parking lot. Regardless when they do start delivering mail it will be a walk of shame as they failed in their creed of "Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds" of course that was said in a time when men were men and not the wimps they are today.
Town Hall put some sand bags in front of their door to keep the water out
To show how minor this storm was I have a car tent/canopy in my backyard.  These things are notorious for the slightest breeze tearing them apart and nothing happened to it during this storm. In Riding around town I notice the Halloween decoration people have put up are still in place and the flowers on tombstones are still in place - so much for this bad ass storm.  I did notice a house north of Delmar had a metal car canopy flipped upside down so some minor damage has been done and there is a lot of standing water.  The town of Delmar streets seem in good shape so a big thank you to Delmar Public Works. .  Since it is an election no doubt Markell will be passing out big bucks in aid to people in order to buy votes.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Another Useful Tip

It could happen to anyone. People bury a person alive to scare them or to get rid of them. In this situation, rely only on yourself.
  1. Do not waste oxygen. In a classic coffin there’s only enough oxygen for about an hour, maybe two. Inhale deeply, exhale very slowly. Once inhaled - do not swallow, or you will start to hyperventilate. Do not light up lighters or matches, they will waste oxygen. Using a flashlight is allowed. Screaming increases anxiety, which causes increased heartbeat and therefore - waste of oxygen. So don’t scream.
  2. Shake up the lid with your hands. In some cheap low-quality coffins you will be able to even make a hole (with an engagement ring or a belt buckle.)
  3. Cross your arms over your chest, holding onto your shoulders with your hands, and pull the shirt off upward. Tie it in a knot above your head, like so: This will prevent you from suffocating when the dirt falls on your face.
  4. Kick the lid with your legs. In some cheap coffins the lid is broken or damaged already after being buried, due to the weight of the ground above it.
  5. As soon as the lid breaks, throw and move the dirt that falls through in the direction of your feet. When it takes up a lot of space, try pressing the ground to the sides of the coffin with your legs and feet. Move around a bit.
  6. Whatever you do - your main goal is to sit up: dirt will fill up the empty space and move to your advantage, so no matter what - do not stop and try breathing steadily and calmly.
  7. Get up. Remember: the dirt in the grave is very loose, so battling your way up will be easier than it seems. It’s the other way around during a rainy weather however, since water makes dirt heavy and sticky.

Not Much Is Happening

A light wind from the West and some light rain and that is about the main effect of Hurricane Sandy in Delmar at 10 AM.

The wimp of a Governor we have has panicked once again and put Delaware under lock down.  He just doesn't think anyone has any common sense, certainly he doesn't have any. 

The taxpayer supported people have the day off and are planning to take off the rest of the week.  The non taxpayer supported people went to work or are sitting home figuring out how they are going to adjust their budgets for a day or two of lost pay.

My wife who works at Sam's Club is at work but called and said they were going to close shortly.  She had commented about the amount of bottled water and generators they were selling the past couple of days, however with Sam's Club and Walmart liberal return policy she said about a third of the generators will be returned Thursday.  The same when Super Bowl is running they "sell" a number of big screen TV's that are returned after the game is over.   Pepboys has a sign up saying all generators sales are final so I guess this practice must be rampant.

So today is a good day for looking at Wedding websites where the bride and groom post their wedding announcements and photos of themselves, great amusement looking at them, about 10% are gay couples who think they are getting married.

Joint Council Meeting Cancelled

From the Town of Delmar website;


There was no mention of trash pickup being cancelled tomorrow.

Delmar Public Health Restaurant Inspections

Looking at the Delaware Health and Social Services, Division of Public Health Restaurant Inspection reports for Delmar, Delaware in the past year here is what they gave as the results of their inspection;

Delmar Vol. Fire Co inspected 12/12/2011 no violations
Delmar Jr-Sr High School Cafeteria Inspected 4/17/2012 no violations
Delmar Pizza inspected 4/24/2012 a violation of Cooling time and temperature was found
Express Food Market insoected 8/16/2012 No violations
Food Lion inspected 3/06/2012 two violations; sewage disposal system and Poisonous and toxic material container use
Food Lion inspected 3/13/2012 no violations found
Jerry Fletcher Catering inspected 10/12/2011 no violations
Milano's Pizzeria inspected 11/02/2011 separate packaging violation
Milano's Pizzerai inspected 5/8/2012 no violations
Peking Cheer New Dragon inspected 01/24/2012 no violations
Peking Cheer New Dragon inspected 01/31/2012 no violations
Peking Cheer New Dragon inspected 04/17/2012 no violations
Sports Nut restaurant and Pub inspected 10/132/2011 2 violations; Prevention Contamination employee Hands, availability of Food Temperature measuring device
Tony Caruso Pizza and Italian Eatery inspected 11/09/2011 no violations
Tony Caruso Pizza and Italian Eatery inspected 4/24/2012 no violations
Taste of China inspected 07/10/2012 no violations
US 13 Dragway Oval II inspected 07/17/2012 no violations
US 13 Dragway Oval I inspected 07/17/2012 no violations
Wawa inspected 08/16/2012 no violations

How does someone complain about a food establishment - how and when is that complaint acted upon?

A: To file a complaint regarding a food establishment contact the Environmental Health Field Services Offices for the county where the establishment is located or Contact the Office of Food Protection.
When a complaint is received it is investigated, on a prioritized basis, as soon as possible. Complaints are investigated by field staff by visiting the establishment. As with all inspections, management should correct any violations found during the investigation.

John Brady Found Me

John Brady, candidate for Sussex County Clerk of Peace - the marrying person in Sussex County,  stopped by to see me Saturday, yes he does know where Delmar is.

Wasted Donation and Taxpayer's Money In Other States

Picked up from the St. Louis Post- Dispatch

n April 2010, Nina M. Archabal retired after 23 years as director of the Minnesota Historical Society in St. Paul. At the time of her retirement, she was being paid $285,000 a year, way better than the $185,000 that John Herbst was making as head of the Indiana Historical Society or the lousy $146,600 that Paul Levengood was making as head of the Virginia Historical Society.
On the other hand, Ms. Archabal was making about $108,000 a year less than the $393,281 that Robert R. Archibald was paid to run the Missouri Historical Society that year.

On the third hand, I did find a history-plus museum director who was paid more than Mr. Archibald: Thomas Ott got $523,158 for running the Smithsonian Institution. Mr. Archibald’s total compensation package is $8,000 less than that.

The base compensation figures all come from the Form 990s that not-for-profit organizations are obliged to file with the Internal Revenue Service.

I was drawn to the Archabal/Archibald comparison by the similarity in their names and the fact that they both took over their respective institutions at about the same time — Ms. Archabal in 1987 and Mr. Archibald a year later. Both presided over major capital programs. The Missouri History Museum in Forest Park attracts more visitors every year — 364,000 in 2011 to the Minnesota History Center's 230,000.

On the other hand, you can get into the Missouri History Museum for free. Minnesota charges 11 bucks. Plus the Minnesota Historical Society operates 25 other state historical sites (“See Lindbergh's Boyhood Home!”) which draw another half-million visitors a year.

A little more than half the Minnesota society's $63 million in revenue last year came from the state government, which made big cuts this year. The Missouri Historical Society's budget is about a fourth of that, but it's more secure; it has its own pot of money, thanks to its inclusion in the Zoo-Museum tax district.

To add it all up, the Minnesota operation is four times the size of Missouri's and draws 366,000 more visitors. And yet the Missouri Historical Society Board of Trustees was paying Mr. Archibald $108,000 more than Minnesota was paying Ms. Archabal and deems him so irreplaceable that they just gave him a new $375,000 contract. Plus perks. Lots of perks.

I suppose it was the minivan that got to me, the 2011 Toyota Sienna that the History Museum is providing Mr. Archibald. Last summer I bought a 12-year-old Sienna with 80,000 miles on it and thought I got a good deal. I didn't know from good deals.

By comparison with the $33,000 a year housing allowance, the 410 vacation days he can pile up toward his retirement, the six weeks of “historical research and writing” leave he gets each year on top of four weeks' vacation, the minivan isn't such a big deal. I shouldn't be so jealous.

But the idea that taxpayers should underwrite these goodies to keep Bob Archibald from straying is preposterous. The man is 64 years old. He's got nearly a quarter-century's worth of schmoozing invested in his board of trustees and his donors. What's he going to do, start over somewhere else?
Where else is he going to find a history museum with a guaranteed $10 million annual pot of taxpayer money and a board that has been cultivated to think he walks on water? A board willing to say “Great deal, Bob” when he spends nearly $1 million of museum funds on a closed barbecue joint on a contaminated lot on Delmar Boulevard?

Usually a guy who wants to be his own boss has to start his own business. But not always.
Since the mid-1970s, when free agency began to take over baseball, corporate executives have been pushing the idea that they, too, are superstars who must be compensated lavishly to keep them from, say, moving to Anaheim.

Compensation committees on board of directors tend to buy the idea, often because they include peer CEOs whose own values go up when they overpay their pals. But it turns out that corporate skills aren't readily transferable.

In a new study, Charles M. Elson and Craig K. Ferrere of the University of Delaware concluded that CEO talent doesn't transfer.

“It’s a false paradox,” Mr. Elson told The New York Times. “The peer group is based on the theory of transferability of talent. But we found that CEO skills are very firm-specific. CEOs don’t move very often, but when they do, they’re flops.”

CEOs promoted from within the company tend to generate more shareholder value; they understand the business and culture. You want to steal an executive, look for a young one who's underpaid somewhere else.

Say you're the Missouri Historical Society and Archibald threatened to leave. You'd hand him an empty box and call someone like this Paul Levengood guy who is 41 and was making the lousy $146,600 in 2010 at the Virginia Historical Society.

Virginia's got everything from Jamestown to Mount Vernon to Appomattox. Think he can't handle Lewis & Clark? Offer him 200 K. Throw in a minivan and you're still way ahead.
Kevin Horrigan is deputy editorial page editor of the Post-Dispatch. Follow him on Twitter at @oldsport

A Good Ideal

Mayor Offers City Garages, Free of Charge, to Residents During Storm
Annapolis, MD (10-28-12) Annapolis Mayor Joshua J. Cohen reminds residents, that as of 3:00 this afternoon, all four City garages (Hillman, Gotts, Knighton and Park Place), opened free of charge to City residents allowing them to get their vehicles in the garages before the storm hits.

The mayor encourages residents who live along narrow streets to move their vehicles into the garages or into other sheltered areas to help keep the streets clear for emergency vehicles and utility crews. Vehicles can remain in the garage through the duration of the storm.

For those parking at Hillman garage, residents need to go to garage office and pick up a validation ticket before exiting the garage free of charge. For those City residents parking at Gotts, Knighton and Park Place, just show the attendant a valid drivers licence, showing proof of Annapolis residency, when exiting free of charge



Oct. 27, 2012
Horses can be sheltered at Delaware State Fairgrounds

DOVER -- Horse owners may shelter their horses at the Delaware State Fairgrounds as Hurricane Sandy approaches, the Delaware Department of Agriculture has announced.

The Sussex Barn will be open for horses free of charge, but a limited number of stalls are available. Owners must supply feed, water, bedding, daily care and security. The fairgrounds assumes no liability.
Preparedness information for livestock and pet owners is available at the Department of Agriculture's website.