Sunday, December 29, 2013

Kate Callahan, photographer

I recently stumbled across Kate Callahan's Blog, child photographer,

One of her post talks about living in Delaware but she goes to California for the beaches where she encountered someone who dislikes the beaches in California but loves the beach at Rehoboth.
of course at her prices she can easily afford to travel to the beach in California, naturally I still live in the 1950's so maybe her pricing is in line.

Friday, December 27, 2013

DNREC Press Release

Where to try out those new ‘toys’

With the holidays come days off from work and school, and Fish and Wildlife Enforcement reminds wildlife area visitors – especially those with brand-new ATVs or dirt bikes – that driving any type of motor vehicles off established roadways on state wildlife lands is illegal and damaging to wildlife habitat.

“Off-roading is very destructive to areas reserved for wildlife conservation and harmful to some of our more fragile species. In addition, Division staff have to replant vegetation, repair ruts and clean up after these activities,” said Sgt. Rhodes. “If you want to take that new ATV out for a ride, it’s best to do it on your own property or on private property with the owner’s prior permission.”

There’s another good reason to keep ATVs and other vehicles without a license plate on private lands, Rhodes added: it is illegal in Delaware to operate unlicensed motor vehicles on public roadways – including state, county and established wildlife area roads. “ATVs and other vehicles without a license plate are prohibited in state wildlife areas, both off-road and on established roadways, and violators who are caught will be cited,” Rhodes said.

Hunters who find new firearms under the tree are reminded that target practice is prohibited on state wildlife areas. However, the state-owned Ommelanden Hunter Education Training Center and Public Shooting Range, located at 1205 River Road, New Castle, is an excellent place to try them out. Operated by DNREC’s Division of Fish and Wildlife, the Ommelanden Center is dedicated to providing Delaware hunters with required hunter education courses and training opportunities.

Ommelanden’s range is open year round for public use for a small fee from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesdays. The facility is closed on state holidays, including Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. The range includes 25 and 50-meter rifle and pistol ranges, skeet and trap fields and a practice archery field. For more information, call 302-323-5333, or visit Ommelanden Range.

The DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife recognizes and thanks the majority of anglers, hunters and boaters who comply with and support Delaware’s fishing, hunting and boating laws and regulations. Citizens are encouraged to report fish and wildlife and boating violations to the Delaware Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Section by calling 302-739-4580. Wildlife violations may also be reported anonymously to Operation Game Theft by calling 800-292-3030 or online at

Decorating With Cats

As usual our Christmas tree had live cat decorations.

For a blog post that talks more about decorating with cats look here;

The Bar Downtown Goes Green on the Front Too

Some After Christmas Thoughts

It always amazes me how Christmas, a religious holiday, can manage to cause most of us to commit the seven deadly sins of; Gluttony, Greed, Envy, Pride, Lust, Wrath and Sloth.

I try to send American Made Christmas cards but the stores have 98% of their card selection Made In China.  Happily I am not the only one who seeks out American Made cards as 65% of the cards I have received were American Made. 

American made is just impossible to find in the stores anymore, however you can find items on the Internet.  The stores cut their own throat, as Al Lewis says in one of his columns "More imports=fewer jobs= fewer shoppers".

I didn't shop K-Mart this year.  I found their TV advertisement of the men shaking their balls to play jingle bells to be disgusting.   I am sure some people found it amusing.  I had thought about cutting Sears off my shopping stores also since K-Mart and Sears are owned by the same company, as it turned out there was nothing in Sears that interested me in buying from them.

When I was a child we selected our Christmas Presents from a Sears catalog, today I am selecting from the Internet. 

I certainly would not want to go back to "the Blue Laws"
but I do think these extended days and hours are ridiculous.  How many people really go out shopping at 3AM?  I can see the shopping at 3AM but most of these stores only have one cash register open so you spend just as long shopping at 3AM as you do 3PM.  Give the people that work in those store a break and let them have Thanksgiving with their family.

As you grow older you receive more gifts of food/sweets.  My blood sugar level is max out over the holidays.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Vienna Maryland Luminaries Tonight 6 to 9 PM

Don't miss the annual Vienna luminaries on Saturday, December 21. Trams will be available and parking is free. In addition to the luminaries around town, several homes will be open for viewing holiday decorations.  There is just a little wind tonight so it should be exciting watching these 1,500 luminaries.

The Great Klondike Big Inch Land Caper

Many of us who date to the 1940s can remember the big event in our life when in 1954 Quaker Puff Rice begin issuing deeds to one square inch of land in the Yukon in their cereal boxes. Wow suddenly at 11 year of age I became a land owner and not just any land but land in an area where gold had been found and my where TV hero Sgt Preston of the Yukon lived.  My square inch was part of Group 2 in lot 243. It is a 19.11-acre plot on the west bank of the Yukon River about three miles upstream from town.  Many of the baby boomers who acquired these deeds, (which were 35 times larger than their square inch of land) kept them and now as they die off their heirs are inquiring if this one inch they inherited has any value.  Each years hundreds of letters are mailed to the Land title Office in Yukon Canada.  The answer is no - there is no value other than the paper of the deed which sometimes brings $40 in antique stores etc.  Quaker did not pay the $37 tax on the property so the property was confiscated by the Canadian government.  In addition the deed had to be recorded and none were.  For a really great story about the One square inch deed go here

Friday, December 20, 2013

Walnut Street Is Decorated For Christmas

The Walnut Street Project continues.  It looks like this will be the main Christmas decoration on this end of Walnut street,  The yellow banners and orange and white cones are festival looking however.

The Voodoo Spiritual Temple - Keeping With The Christmas Spirit

Recently I was looking for a blog I thought was called "The Diary Of a Priest"  and stumbled into this one (oddly there seem to be a number of blogs by priest with similar names)

Voodoo or not everyone has their hand out so at the end of the web page is;

The Voodoo Spiritual Temple is a non-profit organization.
Donations are accepted for the Temple.

We accept MC, Visa, Amex, Discovery, Checks, Money Orders, Cash!

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Eastern Shore Wine and Beer Supply

So you are getting down to those final Christmas gifts to buy and are wondering what to get.  A place you might check out is Eastern Shore Wine and Beer supply  over at 1535 Northwood Drive, Salisbury, Maryland.  ESWBS shares the building with Pete Fischer's other business TruArc

Eastern Shore Wine and Beer Supply sells beer making kits and wine making kits.  They have a very nice salesroom with a good selections of kits and supplies for the home wine or beer maker.  See the website address above for a more complete description of what they sell.   The nice thing is they will let you make the beer or wine at their store.  This avoids the mess of making it in your kitchen and letting a large container of mash ferment for a few weeks in your house.  Plus you have access to Pete Fischer and his expertise while you are making it. Call the phone number on the business card to verify the hours that they are open.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Another Historical House Is Gone

On Tuesday the house on the corner of 2nd Street and Jewell Street was torn down.  As you may recall it caught on fire back a few months ago.  Built in the 1890's it took about 3 hours to demolish it.  You may say that a shame it wasn't saved and restored but no one was willing to put their money where their mouth was.  Frankly even if I am with the Delmar Historical and Arts Society it is better to remove these building than to have another abandon building that isn't kept up in Delmar.

Bennett Construction started about 10 AM on the building

and by 2 PM this was it.

I think the backhoe was doing a little victory dance on top of the house

I was surprised no one tried to get any of the architectural features from the building so they ended up in the big trailer.

And today it is just another empty lot next to another empty lot in which the house that was that lot beside it was also pulled down and hauled off.

Brother Dave Gardner

While writing about Charlie McCarty and the days of radio I happen to think of a comedian we use to listen to and that was Brother Dave Gardner.  Now in the 1950's and 1960's radio use to play more than music.  Mixed in with songs would comedy skits (on records) such as Andy Griffin with his skit of "What it was was football."  There was also one, by whom I have totally forgotten, that went along the line of;
“José, can you see?” about José, a new immigrant, who goes to a baseball game and in order to get a good view climbs the flagpole.   Just before the game began everyone stood up, turned to him—perched on the flagpole—and sang out, “José, can you see?”

Obvious a number of these skits would be politically incorrect today (what isn't?) but being white I found them to be funny and still do.  They certainly are more funny to me then the black comedian today who begins each line of their skit with mother fucker.

Another comedian on records played on radio was Brother Dave Gardner.  He had several routines such as "The Motorcycle Story" and "When John Gets Here."  He stressed a southern comic style and faded from the scene by the end of the 1960's.  I am sure somewhere on you tube are a number of his shows.


New Lights Downtown

Additional street lights have been added to Grove street.

They follow the same pattern as those lights added in the street scape project of a few years back.  I think it is a good ideal.  It adds more light in the area of the drug store, doctor and funeral home which certainly help old people see where they are walking and it makes it a little safer.

A Little Snow This Morning

We had a little snow on the ground this morning.  Since I am retired I get to sit back and drink my coffee and watch other people go to work, one of those people going to work is my wife who was brushing snow off her van when I asked, nicely, if she would brush the snow off my van also.  Well I won't tell you what she said nor where I could put my camera, but it wasn't very nice.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Sussex County 2014 Dog licenses On sale

Sussex County 2014 dog licenses on sale

Georgetown, Del., Dec. 17, 2013: Sussex County is now selling dog licenses for 2014, with all fees remaining the same as in previous years.

Dog owners have until March 1, 2014, to obtain up-to-date licenses for dogs 6 months or older. For spayed and neutered dogs, the annual cost is $10; for non-spayed and unneutered dogs, the cost is $15 yearly. Fees collected through dog licenses help to support animal control services provided by the County and mandated by Delaware law.

Dogs must be current on their rabies vaccinations at the time the license is obtained. Fees will be waived for seeing-eye, lead or guide dogs and those that have previously served in a branch of the U.S. military.

Licenses are available in one-, two- and three-year increments, and are valid through Dec. 31 of the expiration year. Owners who fail to comply with the County’s licensing requirements face an initial $50 fine, with a maximum fine of $100 for repeat offenses within a 12-month period.

Applications can be made online or in person. Visit and click on the “Dog Licensing” link on the bottom left side of the main page, or stop by the County Administrative Offices building, 2 The Circle, in Georgetown, between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

For questions about dog control services and licensing requirements, call (302) 855-7380.

Charlie McCarthy Appears on Radio

Today on December 17th 1936 Edgar Bergen introduced his dummy Charlie McCarthy to radio.  It was on the variety show The Rudy Vallee show.  For a good writeup on the show and Edgar Bergen go here

The article does ask the question why would you have a ventriloquist on a radio show - how would you know if his lips were moving?  

Before WBOC-TV started up in this area, about 1952, the "Charlie McCarthy" Shows on radio were one of my brother and I favorite show, along with "Our Miss Brookes," "Jack Bennie," "Amos N Andy,"   and "The Lone Ranger."

Thursday, December 12, 2013


Death comes regardless of the season but it seems the deaths that occur in the Christmas season are just that much more bitter.  Today my friend and neighbor, Harvey "Butch" Baker passed away.  I think he was 63. He was a good neighbor and will be much missed.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

The Chuck Lorre Vanity Cards

Some of you may have noticed at the end of a TV Show such as Mom, Big Bang Theory, 2 and 1/2 men, Mike and Mollie etc a quick flash of a card with a lot of words on it that you don't have time to read.  These are the vanity cards from Chuck Lorre.  Chuck Lorre is a writer, Producer, etc for many popular shows.  A website that has all his comments/cards can be found here;

Delmar Police Pass On Safety Tips For Shoppers

The Delmar Police suggest these safety tips from the National Crime Prevention Council for you at Christmas time.

Safety First Holiday Safety Tips for Last Minute Shoppers

The National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC) reminds last-minute holiday shoppers to keep safety in mind as they hunt for those last-minute bargains.

Arlington, VA –The National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC) reminds last-minute holiday shoppers to keep safety in mind as they hunt for those last-minute bargains.

The organization best known for its icon, McGruff the Crime Dog, has tips to help you shop safely while getting those great holiday bargains.

Shopping in Stores
•    Do not buy more than you can carry.  Plan ahead by taking a friend with you or ask a store employee to help you carry your packages to the car.
•    Save all receipts.  Print and save all confirmations from your online purchases.   Start a file folder to keep all receipts together and to help you verify credit card or bank statements as they come in.
•    Consider alternate options to pay for your merchandise, such as onetime or multiuse disposable credit cards or money orders, at online stores and auction sites.
•    Wait until asked before taking out your credit card or checkbook.  An enterprising thief would love to shoulder surf to get your account information.
•    Tell a security guard or store employee if you see an unattended bag or package.  The same applies if you are using mass transit.
Walking to and From Your Car
•    Deter pickpockets.  Carry your purse close to your body or your wallet inside a coat or front trouser pocket.
•    Have your keys in hand when approaching your vehicle. Check the back seat and around the car before getting in.
•    Do not leave packages visible in your car windows. Lock them in the trunk or, if possible, take them directly home.

Shopping with Small Children
•    If you are shopping with children, make a plan in case you are separated from each other.
o    Select a central meeting place.
o    Teach them to know they can ask mall personnel or store security employees if they need help.

Shopping Online
•    Before surfing the Internet, secure your personal computers by updating your security software. Everyone’s computer should have anti-virus, anti-spyware, and anti-spam software, as well as a good firewall installed. Visit for free software downloads.
•    Keep your personal information private and your password secure. Do not respond to requests to “verify” your password or credit card information unless you initiated the contact. Legitimate businesses will not contact you in this manner.
•    Beware of “bargains” from companies with whom you are unfamiliar—if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!
•    Use secure websites for purchases. Look for the icon of a locked padlock at the bottom of the screen or “https” in the URL address.
•    Shop with companies you know and trust. Check for background information if you plan to buy from a new or unfamiliar company.

To find more useful shopping tips and personal safety information, visit the National Crime Prevention Council’s


About the National Crime Prevention Council
The National Crime Prevention Council is the nonprofit leader in crime prevention. For 30 years, our symbol of safety, McGruff the Crime Dog®, has delivered easy-to-use crime prevention tips that protect what matters most—you, your family, and your community. Law enforcement agencies nationwide rely on our expertise to make an impact on personal safety and crime every day. For more information on how NCPC can be a public safety expert for you or how to “Take A Bite Out of Crime®,” visit

The Delmar Police Humvee

Perhaps my comments on the "Free" Humvee vehicle the Delmar Police Department received has disturbed them as I received this press release from them.  Free - get real you know as well as the Police department knows - the taxpayers of America paid for that Humvee.  Much the same as those "Free" policeman the town hire on grants, in the long run this Humvee will be a drain on my wallet.

 Incident:  Introducing of the newest member of our fleet
Location:  Delmar, DE/MD
Date:  12/09/13

Subject:  The Delmar Police Humvee                       

The Delmar Police received their Humvee from Ft. Meade, MD, through the Department of Defense, Law Enforcement Support Office; 1033 program.  The program’s motto is “from War Fighter to Crime Fighter.” The program enables Law Enforcement to receive military equipment FREE for utilization in its mission to serve to the people of Delmar. The Delmar Police Department’s Humvee made its debut to the public this past Saturday at the Delmar Christmas Parade.

The Delmar Police Humvee was given a complete makeover from its original War Fighter configuration to accommodate its new Crime Fighting and Rescue mission for the Delmar community. The funds for the makeover were obtained through a grant from the USDA Rural Development for Community Service. The remaining matching funds were paid by the Delmar Police Drug Forfeiture Proceeds. The makeover for the Humvee was led by Tom Hopkins of the Hopkins Automotive Group, with two locations to serve you, in Seaford, DE and Salisbury, MD. 

The Delmar Police thank the Mayors and council members of both Delaware & Maryland for supporting this project to better serve the citizens of Delmar.

Special thanks to Lester Hobbs of the State of Delaware Emergency Management, LESO, 1033 program coordinator.



Photo of exterior in its original configuration

Photo of exterior after its makeover


Photo of interior from the rear

Saturday, December 07, 2013

The 2013 Delmar Christmas Parade

Nice Christmas parade about 45 minutes long and it was getting cold toward the end.  A few photos of some of the parade are below; as usual click on photo for enlargement

Citizen of the year and Mayor; Mike Houlihan

Town Hall Ladies

The next Maryland Delegate from District 38B

Really? Delmar has never seen a police vehicle it didn't want



Does it look cold?  I understand the two dogs riding in the carriage behind her have their own heater

Santa at last