Thursday, February 28, 2013

John Bailey - Charcoal Burner - 1928 - Henry Ford and Charcoal Briquettes

As the Death Certificate says John Bailey was a Charcoal Burner who lived in Dagsboro before being send to the Brandywine Sanatorium for TB.  He death was caused by Pulmonary Tuberculosis, now anyone could have that and die from it but you have to wonder with an occupation of Charcoal Burner if this isn't an occupational related death.

The Charcoal making industry was strong in Sussex county.  The Charcoals was used for the iron and steel industry, and gunpowder.

An interesting piece of Trivia information is Henry Ford was a great Recycler.  He would have his workman take the crates his auto supplier sent him to transports their parts and use them to create crates for his vehicles and parts and the wooden parts that went into the vehicles.  The wood not used in crates or the vehicles were used as fuel in the furnace at the steam plant at each auto making location.  The remaining sawdust and wood scraps were sweep up and made into Charcoal briquettes.  E. G. Kingsford and Henry Ford formed a company to sell the briquettes to use for heat in stoves and later for BBQ grilling.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

National Weights And Measures Week Starts Friday



 Feb. 26, 2013

 DOVER – More than 9,200 gas pumps across Delaware were checked and inspected for accuracy during 2012 by state Weights and Measures inspectors, the first line of defense to make sure Delaware consumers get what they pay for.

Add to that 3,721 retail scales, 234 fuel oil delivery meters and 478 retail price checks, among other inspections, and Delawareans can begin to get a sense of how the Weights & Measures Section of the Delaware Department of Agriculture affects their lives and businesses.

Friday marks the start of National Weights & Measures Week, March 1-7, by the National Conference on Weights and Measures, an opportunity to educate the public about the role of these behind-the-scenes workers. The first United States weights and measures law was signed by President John Adams in 1799.

“We help guarantee that transactions are fair to consumers and businesses, protecting people on both sides of the equation,” said Steve Connors, Weights & Measures Administrator. “It doesn’t matter if you’re purchasing or selling five gallons of milk, 10 gallons of gasoline, 100 gallons of fuel oil or a ton of gravel. We help make sure that consumers get what they pay for. Businesses are protected because even a small error – a fraction of one percent, for example – can lead to losses of thousands of dollars.”

The state’s six Weights & Measures inspectors check items in the state sold by volume, measure or count. They inspect gas pumps and store scales annually, and conduct regular audits and inspections of shelf pricing and packaged product volume. Inspectors are assigned to each county. If a device – such as a gas pump, scale or price scanner – is found to be out of compliance, inspectors will take it out of order until it has been fixed and retested for accuracy.

In 2012, inspectors also checked 136 LPG vehicle tank meters, 83 grain moisture meters and 228 large-capacity vehicle scales, and performed 152 gas-pump octane tests. For net weight compliance, they inspected 1,115 package lots, comprising 19,099 packages, and audited 1,428 package lots, comprised of 6,012,195 packages. They investigated and resolved 66 complaints overall.

“Our inspectors are out in stores and at gas stations every day helping protect Delaware consumers and businesses,” said Secretary of Agriculture Ed Kee. “They work quietly but efficiently to make sure the public can have confidence in getting what they pay for.”

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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

The Ellicott City Patch - News Source Or Blogger?

I follow several "Patch" on-line news sources and each seem to be run in a different manner.  Some are close to being a local news source for the area they are in and some are little more than a blogger who decided to call themselves a news source.  The below article is from the Ellicott City Patch.  It's lead title is HORSE MEAT FOUND IN IKEA MEATBALLS WILL YOU STILL EAT THE MEATBALLS FROM IKEA?   Well in reading the article it says horsemeat meat balls were not in the United States, just Europe.  Yet the Patch Headlines imply IKEA's in Baltimore and College Park are selling horsemeat.  Certainly Bloggers would have no problem using a headline like that but if Ellicott City Patch expects to be viewed as a news source they need to drop that approach. 

“Traces of horse meat” have been found in some of the frozen meatballs distributed by furniture giant IKEA, according to recent news reports.
An IKEA spokesperson told USA Today that those meatballs were distributed to several countries in Europe and were taken off the shelves. Shipments of the meatballs to the United States were not affected, she told the paper.
"Our global recommendation is to not recall or stop selling meatballs," said IKEA spokeswoman Ylva Magnusson, according to USA Today.
IKEA has Maryland locations near Baltimore and College Park, according to its website.


Annapolis Train Show

If you know a train enthusiast, take note that the Annapolis Train Show is coming to town. The show will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on March 9 at the Annapolis Armory.
The event promises family fun where "children can be engineers and adults can imagine themselves at the throttle of Lionel trains on a large layout with 3 engines running simultaneously."
There will also be trains for sale—including Lionel, American Flyer and more; train repair and parts dealers; free appraisals; door prizes and food. Bruce Greenberg, Lionel author and publisher, will present a seminar on Standard Gauge trains.
Tickets at the door for the Annapolis Train Show are $5; kids younger than 12, and military members and scouts in uniform are free.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Dog Tags

Sussex County dog license applications for 2013 due by March 1

Georgetown, Del., Feb. 25, 2013: Sussex County reminds dog owners that the deadline is near for pooches to have their permits.

Dog owners have until Friday, March 1, to obtain 2013 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.

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 “Buy Your Dog License Today” link on the lower right 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.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Frog Singing In Delaware or Where Does Your Money Go

Division of Fish and Wildlife seeks volunteers for 2013 frog monitoring

Orientation set for March 1 at the St. Jones Reserve in Dover

DOVER (Feb. 22, 2013) – The sound of frogs calling in the night is more than just a sign of spring’s arrival. This familiar sound is also a call to volunteers across the state to participate in the DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife’s Delaware Amphibian Monitoring Program (DAMP), for which the Division will hold an orientation for volunteers from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, March 1. The meeting will be held at the St. Jones Research Reserve, 818 Kitts Hummock Road, Dover, located off Route 9 just south of Dover Air Force Base.

This year, DAMP seeks volunteers to conduct surveys of calling frogs on 17 routes in all three counties, with the greatest need for volunteers in Sussex County. Volunteers should have a car and must be willing to conduct surveys along a roadside at night. Surveys are weather dependent, so volunteers need to be flexible on survey dates and times. Each survey takes two to three hours, not including drive time to the start point. Volunteers conduct three nighttime surveys between February and July.

Frog calls can be an important way to determine where different species live and how populations are faring over time – and many scientists now believe keeping track of these small amphibians can provide valuable information about our natural world.

“Frogs, toads and other amphibians have received more attention over the last few years as scientists and the public have become increasingly alarmed over amphibian declines and deformities. Because amphibians are aquatic for at least part of their life cycle, they can serve as important indicators of water quality and other environmental factors,” said Wildlife Biologist Holly Niederriter of the Division of Fish and Wildlife’s Delaware Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program. Concern about amphibian populations has prompted amphibian monitoring programs throughout North America and around the world, Niederriter added, noting that DAMP plays Delaware’s part in a national effort.

Conducted by Ms. Niederriter and Jim White of the Delaware Nature Society, the DAMP orientation includes a discussion of Delaware’s 16 frog species, their habitat and where in the state they are most likely to be found. Volunteers also will learn the calls of different species, and will be provided with a training CD and other materials upon selection of a survey route.

Surveys consist of listening for calling frogs at stops along the assigned route, recording the species heard and the general number of frogs calling, and then entering these data into the national database online. This is a long-term project and is best suited for volunteers who are able to commit to conducting surveys for at least three years.
To find out more about volunteering for DAMP, please contact Vickie Henderson, Division of Fish and Wildlife Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program, at 302-735-8657, or e-mail Preregistration for the orientation is encouraged but not required.
Information is also available by visiting the national project website, Volunteers are encouraged to visit this website prior to the training and choose an open route. If there are no open routes near your home, you can choose one that is taken.
 DAMP was started in 1997 and is part of the North American Amphibian Monitoring Program (NAAMP), which helps to coordinate similar efforts in other states and provinces. The program is funded in part by donations to the Nongame and Endangered Species Fund on the Delaware state income tax form. You can donate all or a portion of your state tax refund to help keep frogs singing in Delaware.

Delmar February Joint Council Meeting Monday Night

The 2013 School Board Election

Once again in July there will be an open position on the Delmar School Board.  The election will be on May 14th for this position.  Anyone who may be interested must file with the Sussex County Election Board by March 1st.

"A qualified person seeking to become a candidate for the Board of Education for a Public

School District shall submit a Candidate Filing Form to the Department of Elections for Sussex

County no later than 4:30 p.m. local time on Friday, March 1, 2013, for Sussex County School

The Forms are located at the below website
Currently no one has filed for the Open Delmar School Board position.
I went to the Delmar School District website thinking there would be something about the election but was unable to find anything.  Without a doubt the Town of Delmar and The Delmar School Board seems to make voting and running for an elected office as difficult as possible.  Maybe they don't teach Civics anymore but I would think with their constant push for community service they would stress running for an elected office because I can't think of anything that is more community service.  No doubt they want to keep the  semper eadem, "always the same" status quo. 
For what I can determine the general requirements to file for the school board position are;
In accordance with Title 14, Delaware Code, the following are the basic legal requirements for running for a school board:

1)U.S. Citizen; 2)Resident of the State; 3)Resident of the School District; 4)At least 18 years of Age and 5) No felony convictions