Saturday, March 09, 2013



Contact: Sgt. Gregory Rhodes, Division of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement, 302-739-9913 or 302-542-6102, or Joanna Wilson, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902

Fish and Wildlife Enforcement agents
charge three Sussex men with 50 hunting violations

LAUREL (March 8, 2013) – An investigation into illegal hunting practices that began last October culminated in DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife Enforcement agents arresting three Sussex County men and charging them with a total of 50 violations of Delaware’s hunting laws. The three men were taken into custody and arraigned in Justice of the Peace Court 3 in Georgetown on Feb. 24.

 · Kyle A. Trice, 18, of Laurel, was charged with 30 violations: five counts of possession of a loaded firearm in a motor vehicle, five counts of shooting near a roadway, five counts of hunting from a motor vehicle, five counts of hunting at night, five counts of hunting deer during a closed season, and five counts of third degree conspiracy. Trice was released on $15,000 unsecured bond, pending trial in the Sussex County Court of Common Pleas/Superior Court.

· John M. Adkins, 20, of Laurel, was charged with 18 violations: five counts of hunting at night, five counts of hunting deer during a closed season, five counts of third degree conspiracy, and one count each of failure to tag antlerless deer, failure to register antlerless deer and butchering antlerless deer prior to registration. Adkins was released on $9,000 unsecured bond, pending trial in the Sussex County Court of Common Pleas/Superior Court.

· Cody L. Pistoia, 20, of Delmar, was charged with hunting at night and third degree conspiracy. He pled guilty to hunting at night and was ordered to pay $534 in fines and court costs.

 “These charges represent serious violations of Delaware’s hunting laws. The majority of Delaware hunters respect and support these laws,” said Sgt. Gregory Rhodes of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement. “Our mission as Fish and Wildlife Enforcement agents includes enforcing these laws and other state statutes designed to conserve and protect our wildlife and natural resources – and catching those who break them.”

Friday, March 08, 2013

Kendall Batson - A Sussex county Name

I recently was helping someone with their family tree and one of the people in the tree was Kendall Batson Adams. Kendall (and Kendall was spelled every conceivable way you could think of) Batson Adams was born in 1845 and died in 1914. He lived around Laurel, Delaware and had two wives and several children. His descendants are now from Delmar to Wilmington. Now we know that people name their children after well known people such as Presidents (there must be thousand of people named George Washington), Generals ( after the civil war - countless people were named Robert Lee), local doctors, Mayors, politicians etc. In Sussex County a number of men born about 1830 to 1850 had the first and middle name of Kendall Batson. So who was Kendall Batson?

Kendall Batson was born about 1771 and died in 1840. He was the son of Thomas and Tabetha Batson. He lived in Sussex County where he had a variety of jobs and occupancies. He was the Sheriff of Sussex county, Judge, Keeper of the Cape Henlopen Lighthouse, vestryman of St. Peter's church in Lewis, he served in Capt Rodney's Company in the War of 1812 as a Sergeant and he was one of the founders of Georgetown, Delaware. A Freemason, on June 27, 1823, a charter was granted to Franklin Lodge No.12 Georgetown Delaware by Grand Master James Derrickson, naming Caleb Layton – Worshipful Master, and there is our man Kendal Batson– being made Senior Warden. Their meeting place was the third story of the Eagle Hotel where they continued to meet until 1838.

Kendall Batson and his wife, Margret Ellis Kollock, seem to have only produced daughters, so with no male heirs to carry on his name it is good that so many Sussex men were named after him. It also left a number of current family tree hunters wondering why their ancester was named Kendell Batson.

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

The Revised Delmar Fire Dept Website

The Delmar Fire Department has revised their website for a look see go here;

Calling All History Buffs - The Mason Dixon Line

Mike Dixon will speak about the Mason Dixon Line at the Delmar Library on Saturday March 9th at 11 AM.   Come on Out for what  I am sure will be an interesting Talk.   Maybe he will even tell us a little trivia information about how Charles Mason invented the Mason Jar and Jeremiah Dixon, invented the Dixie Cup.

The MML 2013 "If I were Mayor " Contest

Each year, the Maryland Municipal  League ( MML) and the Maryland Mayors’ Association (MMA) invite 4th grade students throughout Maryland to participate in a statewide essay contest: “If I Were Mayor, I Would...” This year, students are asked to include ideas for reaching out to all community members.

The contest gives students a chance to creatively use grade-specific language arts skills and civics / social studies knowledge.
The contest is open to all Maryland students enrolled in the 4th grade during the 2012-2013 school year.

All essays must begin with the opening line: “If I Were Mayor, I Would...”  Essays may not exceed 275 words.

Only one essay may be submitted per student.  Essays will be judged by contest sponsors in the  following areas: essay relation to contest topic; displayed knowledge about municipal government  and the role of a mayor; creativity; and proper use  of grammar.

Students must include their first and last names, school and teacher’s name at the top of their essays.  Essays must be received no later than March 30,

2013. Winners will be notified by the end of  April 2013.

For More Information Go Here;

DNREC Press Release


Contact: Joanna Wilson, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902

DNREC restocking Records Pond after drawdown last fall

DOVER (March 6, 2013) – The Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife is advising anglers to expect a reduced fish population in Records Pond, a 92-acre impoundment in Laurel that typically plays host to several small bass fishing tournaments each year and is popular with anglers seeking a variety of fish species.

Records Pond was drawn down to stream level as part of protective measures in advance of Hurricane Sandy last October. Although the pond was immediately allowed to refill, a large portion of its fish population washed into Broad Creek when the pond was drawn down.

In November, Fisheries staff stocked 4,800 advanced bluegill fingerlings and 2,300 golden shiner to reestablish a forage base. Biologists will survey the pond this summer to evaluate the success of these stockings. Based on these results, it is anticipated that largemouth bass fingerlings will be stocked in 2013 to get this popular fishery back in balance.

In the meantime, anglers are encouraged to take advantage of some of the state’s other public fishing access areas. Good fishing spots for largemouth bass, pickerel, crappie and bluegill in the Laurel area include the Division of Fish and Wildlife’s Chipman and Horsey ponds, both of which offer boat ramps and shore fishing.

Also, Trap Pond State Park offers a variety of outdoor recreation opportunities including a boat ramp for small motorized boats, non-motorized boat rentals and fishing for largemouth bass, pickerel, crappie and bluegill.

For more information on fishing and boating areas, check out the 2013 Delaware Fishing Guide, available from license dealers statewide or online at

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Delmar Maryland Special Meeting March 11th

March 11, 2013- There will be a Special meeting of the Maryland and Commissioners to hear a Public Hearing on Maryland Ordinance # 725- Revised Storm Water Management Ordinance. The meeting will start at 6:00 p.m.

Monday, March 04, 2013

The Second Japanese Raid On Pearl Harbor

Less than ninety days after the Japanese Navy attacked Pearl Harbor in December 1941 they launched a second attack on Pearl Harbor.  The attack would occur on March 4th 1942 and was part of  K-Operation.  It came about because of the confusion and tying up of war materials, men and money created after the Japanese had attacked the oil tank field at Elwood City, California with submarine I-17.   This Pearl Harbor attack was designed to put fear in to the American people again and with the clamoring of them for more protection in Pearl Harbor the results would confine American Warships to Pearl Harbor for protection instead of having them out on the ocean hunting the Japanese Navy.

The Japanese would use two of their giant four-engine flying boats (Kawanishi H8K"Emily" ) each carrying one ton of bombs (about four bombs).  The bombers flew from Japan to Wotje (Marshall Islands) refuel than flew to the French Frigate Shoals, about 500 miles from the Oahu, Hawaiian Islands.  There submarines I-15, I-19 and I-26, which had been converted to carried aviation gasoline, would refuel them for their bomb attack.  The Flying Boats would make one pass at 1 AM drop their bombs and then fly back to Wotje.

All went well until they arrived over Pearl Harbor and found low overcast clouds obscuring any chance to see the target.  They took a chance and dropped their bombs based on their best guess where their target was.  If nothing else they would let Pearl Harbor know it could be bombed at will.  Their guess as to where the target was failed.  One load of bombs fell into the sea.  The second load of bombs fell to the East of Honolulu.  The planes had been picked up by radar and by their radio messages and once again the military did nothing about it.  Instead of thinking the Japanese had attacked them the Army accused the Navy of dropping bombs by mistake and the two services argued back and forth for a day or so until bomb fragments were analyzed and it was determined it was Japanese.   The two Flying Boats returned safely to Wotje.