Friday, March 29, 2013

State Hospitals and Jennie L. Hearn

I recently was writing an article for the Delmar Historical and Arts Society Newsletter about the death of Ella Hearn (shot by Lillie Duer) in Pocomoke in 1878.  In the process of tracking down the family tree for Ella Hearn (actually her name was Sarah Ellen Hearn) I came across her sister Jennie L. Hearn.   Now both girls had a father and mother; James Thomas Hearn and Leah Ann Hearn, that were from the Delmar, Delaware area.  James Hearn was a brother to Samuel Batson Hearn, the Delmar Confederate.  In the 1870's the family moved to Pocomoke where James Hearn would follow his trade as a machinist.  The family consisted of Thomas, Leah Ann, Sarah Ellen, Louisana, Jennie, James, and Ida May.  As I said Ella would be shot by Lillie Duer in 1878.  The family would move sometime after 1880 to North Carolina where James Thomas Hearn would die in 1906, shortly after that their daughter Jennie L. Hearn would be committed to a State Hospital in North Carolina. At present it is not known if her problem was physical or mental. She would stay in North Carolina State Hospitals for the next forty years until she died in 1952.  Her body would be returned to Pocomoke to be buried by her Father, Mother and sister.

Now as someone who works on family trees I have a special spot in my heart for those in institutions.  They are usually forgotten and even finding their name and birthdate is difficult so frequently they are left out of family trees, sometimes on purpose. Frequently they end up being buried on the grounds of the institution they die in. The whole bureaucratic affair of confidential information comes into play every time you try to find information out about them.

While searching around on ancestry.com for information on Jennie, I hit a family tree that was done by Dr. Suzannah McCuen (Chief psychiatrist of adult admission service at Broughton hospital).  She has taken all or at least a high percentage of people who had been committed to Eastern North Carolina State hospitals  and created a family tree for each one.  It was by way of her family tree on Jennie that I found she had been put in a state hospital and what year she died.  She has also put this information into Find A Grave where if you were to look at people buried in Broughton Hospital Cemetery you would information on them. Great Work, a great help to all of us who do family trees and a great service to those who were committed to a State Hospital as they will not be just a name but a person with a family.


 

The Delmar Advance Auto Parts Store Is Open

I stopped by Advance Auto Parts in Delmar out by Food Lion this morning.  It is a great looking store with a large selection of parts and materials.  The store has that fresh paint smell to it.  They are running buy one get one free specials.  The store is their largest store on Delmarva and I think it is bigger than their competitors; Pep Boy, Auto Zone and Napa. Plus it is in Delaware so you don't pay Maryland sales tax. With close to 4,000 stores Advance Auto Parts has the buying power to give you parts at a reasonable cost.
 
 
This is some of the crew running the store; Left to Right; Barbara the store manager, David in the back, Jessica, Tom the District Leader and Matt. 
 
 
They provide a range of free services from battey checks to loaner tools and they are open seven days a week and look how late they are open Sunday night.  Wow gives you that last minute chance to fix the damage you did to your vehicle over the weekend and have it running again for Monday.
 
And The Metal Shop In Delmar has one of their Monster Trucks parked out front.

The big Ribbon Cutting will be in two weeks

Welcome to Delmar Advance Auto Parts and Good Luck.

The Public Safety Building Gets A Roof

This week Huston's Crane Service was in moving tresses to the roof. 
The plywood has been put on for the roof now
I was inspecting the outside of the building this morning (all retired men are unofficial building and construction inspectors) and you know this is just an ugly ass building. 
The entire outside is suppose to have a stucco type finish on it but I just don't see this building being anything but ugly.
Chris Walter is the official inspector and supervisor - looks like he is working hard. On his behalf I did see him pick up a piece of plywood and move it.

I understand when Diamond Dream went out of business they donated some of their exercise equipment to the Delmar police department and that equipment has already been moved into the building.  A big Thanks to Diamond Dreams for that donation.  Maybe that is something for you to think about.  Those treadmills and other pieces of exercise equipment you purchased and were really planning to use to get in shape that now stands in a corner unused taking up space causing you to stomp your toe on it as you try to get around it could be donated to the Delmar Police Department. 

Yardsale Today At 6 E. East Street

Bright and early on my morning walk I came across this yard sale at 6 E. East St on the Maryland side of town.  Kid toys etc seem to be the main items

Volunteer training on 2013 Horseshoe Crab Spawning - Just a Little Kinky

Volunteer training on 2013 Horseshoe Crab Spawning Survey

offered on March 21 and April 6


DOVER (March 11, 2013) – The Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve (DNERR) is seeking volunteers to assist with the annual Delaware Bay-wide horseshoe crab spawning survey in May and June on Ted Harvey Wildlife Area, Kitts Hummock and North Bowers beaches.

DNERR staff will host two volunteer training sessions at the St. Jones Reserve, 818 Kitts Hummock Road, Dover. All new volunteers are required to attend one of the two sessions and must be 7 years old to participate in the survey. Volunteers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Past participants are strongly encouraged to attend one of the two sessions.

· Thursday, March 21st, 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

· Saturday, April 6th, 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

 Register for the training online by visiting, http://de.gov/dnerrhscsurvey. For more information on horseshoe crab monitoring or volunteering at DNERR, contact Jennifer Holmes at 302-739-6377 or Jennifer.Holmes@state.de.us.

Volunteers will learn how to conduct the survey, how to properly record data and how to distinguish between male and female horseshoe crabs. The training will also highlight results of horseshoe crab survey data and how it is being used.

In addition, training participants will have first preference for beach and date signups for the DNERR coordinated beaches. Participants who are interested in other Delaware Bay beaches not coordinated by DNERR are welcome to attend the training and will be referred to the appropriate beach leader for further information.

2013 Horseshoe Crab Spawning Survey Dates and High Tide Times

Survey Date Time of High Water*

Tuesday, May 7
8:56 p.m.
Thursday, May 9
10:14 p.m.
Saturday, May 11
11:27 p.m.
Thursday, May 23
8:53 p.m.
Saturday, May 25
10:36 p.m.
Tuesday, May 27
12:21 a.m.
Thursday, June 6
9:11 p.m.
Saturday, June 8
10:26 p.m.
Monday, June 10
11:40 p.m.
Friday, June 21
8:31 p.m.
Sunday, June 21
10:20 p.m.
Wednesday, June 25
 
* Times are for beaches coordinated by the Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve only
 Please note that the times listed are the high tides for the DNERR coordinated beaches only. The total time commitment per night will range from 2 to 3 hours, depending on how many horseshoe crabs there are to count.
Since 1990, surveys have been conducted of horseshoe crabs spawning in Delaware Bay. Despite the horseshoe crab’s importance to the ecology of the Bay, little is known about its population status. The data collected by volunteers during these surveys is key for scientists to monitor changes in numbers of spawning crabs in the Bay. Now, every spring on several peak spawning days, volunteers donate their time to count crabs on key beaches in Delaware and in New Jersey. Delaware’s well-trained and enthusiastic volunteers have made this program one of the most successful volunteer based wildlife surveys in the country.
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The Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve is a partnership between the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. DNERR is administered through the Delaware Coastal Programs Section of DNREC’s Division of Soil and Water Conservation.
This project is part of DNREC’s Bayshore Initiative, a landscape approach to restore and protect fish and wildlife habitat, increase volunteer participation in habitat stewardship projects, enhance low-impact outdoor recreation and ecotourism opportunities, and promote associated environmentally compatible economic development. For more information, click Delaware Bayshore.
 

Annual youth/non-ambulatory disabled turkey hunt set for April 6

Annual youth/non-ambulatory disabled turkey hunt set for April 6

New this year: State wildlife areas to open for hunting this special day

DOVER (March 13, 2013) – Prior to Delaware’s 2013 spring turkey season, youth ages 10 to 15 and non-ambulatory disabled hunters will have a special one-day hunt opportunity on Saturday, April 6. This year, youth and disabled hunters will be able to hunt turkeys on state wildlife areas. Traditionally, this special one-day hunt had been restricted to private property.

All participants are required to have completed a Delaware-approved turkey hunting safety course. In addition, hunters ages 13 to 15 must have a valid Delaware junior hunting license and must have completed a hunter education course. Young hunters must be accompanied by an adult age 21 or older who is licensed to hunt in Delaware, and who has taken a Delaware-approved turkey hunter safety class. Adult companions may not possess a firearm during the hunt.

All state wildlife areas normally open for hunting during the regular turkey season are also open for the youth/non-ambulatory disabled turkey hunt. However, all state forest lands that are open during the regular turkey season will be closed for the special hunt – these include Redden State Forest, Blackbird State Forest and Taber State Forest.

No special turkey hunting permits are required for hunting on state wildlife areas on this day. Areas are open on a first-come, first-serve basis with no registration required.

As with the regular turkey hunting season, hunting hours are a half-hour before sunrise until 1 p.m. All birds taken must be checked by 2:30 p.m. on the day of the hunt at an authorized turkey check station. Bag limit is one bearded bird per year; birds without beards may not be taken.

Delaware’s regular spring turkey hunting season opens on Saturday, April 13 and runs through Saturday, May 11.

For more information, please contact Matt DiBona, Wildlife Section, at 302-735-3600, or visit www.fw.delaware.gov.

Delaware Waterfowl, Trout Stamp contests set for April 11

Save the date:

Delaware Waterfowl, Trout Stamp contests set for April 11

 
DOVER (March 14, 2013) – Wildlife art enthusiasts, stamp and print collectors, waterfowl hunters, anglers, birdwatchers and wetland conservationists will gather at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, April 11 at the Delaware Agriculture Museum and Village in Dover to watch the judging of Delaware’s annual Waterfowl Stamp (formerly known as Duck Stamp) and Trout Stamp contests. Entries will be on display at the museum through Friday, April 26.

Sponsored by the Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife in partnership with Delaware Ducks Unlimited, the annual waterfowl stamp competition draws entries by renowned and emerging artists from across the country. The winning artwork will be reproduced on a stamp which must be signed and carried by all duck and goose hunters while hunting in Delaware. Waterfowl stamps are also purchased by collectors and other conservation-minded citizens.

Delaware’s 2014 Waterfowl Stamp will mark the 34th anniversary of the contest, which began in 1980 to raise funds for waterfowl conservation, including acquiring and improving the wetland habitats that are vital for the survival of migratory waterfowl. To date, more than $2.5 million has been raised. The artwork chosen for the 2014 stamp must include one or more Delaware native species as the dominant feature, and may include any other objects including non-natural objects.

For the trout stamp contest, artists from across the nation submitted paintings of rainbow, brown or brook trout for consideration in the 2014 Delaware Trout Stamp competition. The winning artwork will be reproduced on a stamp which must be displayed by all trout anglers while fishing. Some 6,500 trout anglers and stamp collectors support this program annually, generating funds to purchase trout for stocking in six northern New Castle County streams, Tidbury Pond in Kent County and Newton Pond in Sussex County.

A panel of judges consisting of an artist, a waterfowl collector, an art teacher/professor, a biologist and the chair of Delaware Ducks Unlimited will select Best of Show winners for the 2014 Delaware Waterfowl Stamp. A similar panel will select the 2014 Delaware Trout Stamp. Judges will base their decisions on originality, artistic composition, anatomical accuracy and suitability for reproduction as a stamp and print.

The previously-selected 2013 Delaware Junior Duck Stamp winners also will be on display. The competition provides an opportunity for students throughout Delaware to participate in a national art competition keyed to native waterfowl and wetland values. Students learn hands-on activities in waterfowl, wetland and habitat education and conservation while completing waterfowl stamp art entries. Artwork is judged in K-3, 4-6, 7-9 and 10-12 grade categories. The Best of Show will move on to the National Federal Junior Duck Stamp Competition.

For more information on the Delaware Waterfowl Stamp and Trout Stamp programs, please contact the Division of Fish and Wildlife at 302-739-9911, or visit www.fw.delaware.gov.

Delaware Fishing license

With spring fishing season gearing up, the Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Section would like to remind recreational anglers who fish, crab or clam in tidal or non-tidal waters statewide that they must have a valid 2013 Delaware fishing license. A resident annual fishing license costs $8.50 for ages 16 through 64. Higher license prices apply to non-resident anglers. Anglers under the age of 16 and residents age 65 and older are not required to purchase fishing licenses in Delaware. Exempt persons may purchase fishing licenses if they so choose to help support fisheries management in Delaware.

Recreational anglers fishing Delaware waters also are required to obtain a Delaware Fisherman Information Network (F.I.N.) number; this number is generated automatically on all individual fishing licenses sold through Delaware’s electronic licensing systems. License-exempt anglers, including Delaware residents 65 and older; non-resident boat fishing license holders who do not have an individual license; and individuals fishing on licensed boats who do not have an individual license, must obtain their free F.I.N. number by visiting www.delaware-fin.com or calling 800-432-9228 toll-free.

For more information, pick up a copy of the 2013 Delaware Fishing Guide at your local tackle shop or license dealer, or check it out online at www.fw.delaware.gov/fisheries.

DNREC Offer Rain Barrels

DNREC offers rain barrels at discount price to Delawareans

Barrels to be sold first-come, first-served April 16-18 at three locations

DOVER (March 18, 2013) – To encourage water conservation and promote wise use of it throughout the state, DNREC’s Division of Watershed Stewardship is again offering rain barrels at a discounted price to Delaware residents in April at pickup locations in each county. Having a rain barrel provides an innovative way to capture rainwater from your roof and store it for later use. Water collected from rain barrels can be used to wash cars and to water lawns, gardens and indoor plants.

“Without a rain barrel, this water would run off your roof and become stormwater, picking up pollutants on its way to a storm drain, stream, lake, bay or ocean,” said Environmental Scientist Sharon Webb of the Division’s Nonpoint Source Program. “By using a rain barrel, you can lower your water bill, conserve well water in the dry season and reduce polluted stormwater runoff.”

The terra cotta-colored barrels are made from recycled food grade barrels that originally entered the United States filled with olives and pickles. Thoroughly scrubbed, the barrels may have some small scrapes and scratches from their travels. The barrels are fitted with a screw-on perforated top with an inside mesh screen to help keep out debris, bugs, pets and children. Included are a spigot and an overflow hose fitting to allow water to be diverted into a second barrel.

 Rain barrels will be available for pickup at the dates, times and locations listed below. Barrels will fit in the backseat of most cars but not in most normal trunk space, so you may want to bring a tarp or blanket to protect the seat. A limited number of barrels are available and will be distributed on a first come, first served basis.
New Castle County residents: Tuesday, April 16 between 10 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., or until all barrels are sold, at the New Castle County District office Maintenance Yard, 2430 Old County Road, Newark. For directions, please visit http://newcastleconservationdistrict.org/ and click on directions at bottom of page.
Kent County residents: Wednesday, April 17 between 10 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., or until all barrels are sold, at the DNREC State Fair Building, located off Route 13 in Harrington on the north end of the Delaware State Fairgrounds just past the Centre Ice Rink. For directions, please visit http://local.yahoo.com/info-12358148-delaware-state-fair-incorporated-harrington?viewtype=map.

 Sussex County residents: Thursday, April 18 between 10 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., or until all barrels are sold, at the DNREC Division of Watershed Stewardship, Lewes Facility, next to the Lewes boat ramp, located at 901 Pilottown Road, Lewes. For directions, please visit http://www.swc.dnrec.delaware.gov/Shoreline/Pages/LewesFieldFacility.aspx.

 Regular retail price for these heavy-duty plastic barrels is $120 or more. However, by purchasing the rain barrels in quantity, DNREC’s Nonpoint Source Program can offer them for $59 each.

 In addition to the barrels, Flex Fit Diverters, which connect the downspout to the barrel, will be available at a discounted price of $19.85. To view diverters please visit http://www.rainbarrelsandmore.com/ .

 For more information, please call Sharon Webb, Nonpoint Source Program, at 302-739-9922, or email sharon.webb@state.de.us. To check on availability during distribution, please call 302-739-9922. Payment may be made by check or money order made out to “State of Delaware.” Credit cards cannot be accepted.

Managing Invasive Plants

Training workshop set for April 24 on managing invasive plantsCivic and community groups, municipalities encouraged to attend

DOVER (March 22, 2013) – A training workshop on preventing and managing invasive plants and supporting healthy habitats will be held 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 24 at the St. Jones Reserve, 818 Kitts Hummock Road in Dover. The workshop is a partnership among DNREC’s Delaware Coastal Training Program, the Delaware Invasive Species Council and the Mid-Atlantic Invasive Plant Council.

Civic associations, nonprofit groups, community organizations, local governments and municipalities, landowners and environmental educators are invited to attend and learn how to successfully establish and support a Cooperative Weed Management Area (CWMA).

CWMAs are local organizations that bring together community members like landowners and land managers to coordinate actions and share expertise and resources to manage common weed species.
The spread of invasive species is a pervasive and growing problem within Delaware and the United States.The economic and ecological threats of invasive plants has led to many CWMA groups being established throughout the U.S.

Registration is required by Friday, April 19 by visiting http://de.gov/dectp or contacting Kelly Valencik, at Kelly.Valencik@state.de.us or 302-739-6377.

Invasive species typically harm native plants by competing for resources, such as space, sunlight, water and minerals, and can disrupt natural habitats and impact other organisms, such as birds and mammals. These harmful invaders spread at astonishing rates – negatively affecting property values, agricultural productivity, public utility operations, native fisheries, tourism, outdoor recreation and the overall health of an ecosystem. Early detection and rapid response and control are key to managing invasive plants.

Workshop presentations will be given by people who have successfully developed and implemented CWMAs in the mid-Atlantic region and will include discussions on the challenges and rewards of those efforts. Simple steps on establishing a CWMA will also be presented.

The registration fee is $15 and includes lunch and refreshments. Payment should be made by an intergovernmental voucher for state employees, or for all others, by check payable to the “State of Delaware.” Please mail checks to:

Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve
c/o Kelly Valencik
818 Kitts Hummock Road
Dover, DE 19901

This training, originally scheduled for last November, is being rescheduled for April 24. If previously registered, re-registration is required to confirm attendance.

DNREC Water Barrels and "Free" Trees - Is any thing you get from the state "Free"?

Delaware Forest Service offers ‘Trees for the Bay’

in partnership with DNREC’s rain barrel program


DOVER (March 28, 2013) - In partnership with DNREC’s Division of Watershed Stewardship’s rain barrels program, the Delaware Forest Service is inviting residents of Delaware communities within the Chesapeake Bay Watershed to “buy a rain barrel … get a free tree” through the Forest Service’s new “Trees for the Bay” program.

For each purchase of a discounted rain barrel on Wednesday, April 17 in Kent County and Thursday, April 18 in Sussex County, Delaware residents who live in eligible zip codes will receive a voucher worth $125 toward the purchase of a qualifying tree(s) at participating nursery and garden centers. Additional rain barrel purchases to qualifying residents will be eligible for additional vouchers, while supplies last on a first-come, first-served basis.

Available through DNREC’s Nonpoint Source Program, the heavy-duty plastic rain barrels are for sale to Delaware residents at a discounted price of $59 each. Tree vouchers will be available to Chesapeake Bay Watershed residents when purchasing rain barrels at these pickup locations:

 Kent County: Wednesday, April 17 between 10 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., or until all barrels are sold, at the DNREC State Fair Building, located off Route 13 in Harrington on the north end of the Delaware State Fairgrounds just past the Centre Ice Rink.
· Sussex County: Thursday, April 18 between 10 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., or until all barrels are sold, at the DNREC Division of Watershed Stewardship’s Lewes Facility, next to the Lewes boat ramp, located at 901 Pilottown Road, Lewes.

 Vouchers are available only to those who reside in the following Delaware communities, which are located within the Chesapeake Bay Watershed:

COMMUNITY
ZIP
COMMUNITY
ZIP
Bethel
19931
Georgetown
19947
Blades
19973
Greenwood
19950
Bridgeville
19933
Harrington
19952
Clayton
19938
Hartly
19953
Delmar
19940
Laurel
19956
Ellendale
19941
Marydel
19964
Farmington
19942
Seaford
19973

 Vouchers must be redeemed by Sunday, May 5 at these participating nurseries and garden centers:

· Bess Buds, 34593 Sussex Highway, Laurel, 302-875-2507

· Jeff’s Greenhouse and Gift Shop, 7781 Main Street, Bethel, 800-276-3420
· Barton’s Landscaping/Lawn Co., 20689 Sussex Highway, Seaford, 302-629-9645
 Vouchers are not redeemable for the following tree species (which are not recommended and/or considered invasive species): ash, northern red oak, Leyland-cypress, hemlock, Japanese black pine, Australian pine, American elm, Norway maple, Tree of Heaven, Paulownia, mimosa, white mulberry, Chinese elm, any white-barked birch and any species or variety of pear.
The Delaware Forest Service and DNREC’s Division of Watershed Stewardship both recognize the important role trees play in cleaning our air and water while enhancing the quality of life for Delaware residents. Trees reduce soil erosion and sedimentation, remove excess nutrients, and filter harmful pollutants before they make their way into the tributaries, streams and rivers within the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.
 The Delaware Forest Service’s Trees for the Bay program is underwritten by federal funds designed to help communities meet the water quality goals outlined in the Chesapeake Bay’s Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP). For more details, visithttp://www.dnrec.delaware.gov/swc/wa/Pages/Chesapeake_Wip.aspx.
For more information about the Forest Service’s Trees for the Bay program, please visit http://delawaretrees.com/trees-for-the-bay, or contact Kyle Hoyd, Delaware Forest Service, at 302-698-4578 or email kyle.hoyd@state.de.us.
For more information about DNREC’s discounted rain barrel program, please call Sharon Webb, Division of Watershed Stewardship, Nonpoint Source Program, at 302-739-9922, or email sharon.webb@state.de.us.

Wood Duck Nesting Box Available

Nesting boxes for wood ducks available from Division of Fish and Wildlife


DOVER (March 28, 2013) – The Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife is offering wood duck nesting boxes available for sale to the public for a discounted price of $30. The boxes are made of low-maintenance, easy-to-clean plastic. Wildlife staff maintains approximately 350 wood duck boxes on state wildlife areas, and has found no difference between wood and plastic boxes in terms of nesting success or preference of use by wood ducks and other species.

 To attract wood ducks, and avoid competition from other species, the ideal location for wood duck boxes is in wooded areas or forested wetlands installed at least six feet above the ground on predator-proof poles. Although the boxes are designed primarily for wood ducks, they also attract other species, including the screech-owl and the European starling. The Eastern screech-owl is a small, nocturnal raptor that favors similar habitat to the wood duck, whereas the European starling is an aggressive, non-native, invasive species that competes with native cavity-nesting birds such as wood ducks, screech-owls and woodpeckers.

Screech owls and wood ducks are not competitive and can use separate wood duck boxes in the same area, if the boxes are placed in or near appropriate habitat. Screech owls will roost in the boxes year-round and sometimes nest in them. On winter days, the owls can often be seen in the nest box entrance sunning themselves, particularly if the box is south-facing. Unlike starlings, which compete for the boxes and will often exclude wood ducks, the screech owls will leave the box if a wood duck moves in.

“Starlings prefer to nest in open habitat, whereas both screech owls and wood ducks like nesting in wooded areas,” said Kent County Regional Wildlife Manager Wayne Lehman. “Nesting boxes shared by screech owls and wood ducks should be placed primarily in wooded habitat, where the boxes don’t attract starlings.”

Although wood ducks will nest in boxes located in close proximity, the latest research indicates that boxes too close together may lead to high incidences of dump nesting. Dump nesting occurs when several wood duck hens lay their eggs in one box. A normal clutch size for a wood duck is 10 to 12 eggs. A dump nest may have a clutch with as many as 40 or more eggs. Usually, none of the eggs hatch. To reduce this potential problem, researchers now recommend that boxes be placed out of sight of each other.

Boxes should be cleaned annually in late winter and new wood chips or saw dust replaced. Poles should be smooth wood or PVC, making it difficult for predators such as raccoons and arboreal black rat snakes to climb up to the nest box.

DNREC’s conservation efforts to protect wood ducks, screech owls and other native species is one of several initiatives of the Division of Fish and Wildlife’s Species Conservation and Research Program and is part of Delaware’s Wildlife Action Plan, which outlines a comprehensive strategy for conserving the full array of native wildlife and habitats in the state.

Plastic wood duck boxes are available to the public for $30 through the Division of Fish and Wildlife’s regional wildlife offices in each county. For more information in New Castle County, call Craig Rhoads at 302-834-8433; in Kent County, call Wayne Lehman at 302-284-1077; or in Sussex County, call Rob Gano at 302-539-3160.

Wicomico Public Library Book Sale April 26 and 28

The Friends of Wicomico Public Library will hold a Spring Book Sale on April 26th and 27th.  It will be held during the Salisbury Festival weekend so be prepared for parking problems and crowds.
 
 
 

The Laurel Library Booksale - Monday

The Friends of the Laurel Library will have their annual book sale in the Laurel Library Community room from 10 AM to 6 PM on April 1st, 2nd and 3rd.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Don't do the crime if you can't do the time

Everyone is waiting for the peak time to go view the 1912 Yoshino cherry trees blossoms in Washington DC and each year it is always a guess until the last minute when is the best time to travel over to see them.   Cherry Blossom watching is the equivalent of groundhog day for Washington DC.  Forecasters have pushed back the peak bloom time until April 3 thru 6th.  The Park Service expects no impact, at least on the Cherry Blossom Festival, from sequester budget cuts.

The crime museum in Washington DC (575 7th Street, just south of F Street before you reach E Street) recently did a survey and found that 17% of people going to see the blossoms will also steal blossoms as a keepsake.  The lowlifes.  Don't they know that is a violation of Federal Law to steal blossoms from a Federal Park?  One of many laws that rule our lives. 

The Lacey Act provides that it is unlawful for any person to import, export, transport, sell, receive, acquire, or purchase any fish or wildlife or plant taken, possessed, transported, or sold in violation of any law, treaty, or regulation of the United States or in violation of any Indian tribal law whether in interstate or foreign commerce. Violation of this federal act can result in civil penalties up to $10,000 per each violation or maximum criminal sanctions of $20,000 in fines and/or up to five years imprisonment. All plants or animals taken in violation of the Act are subject to forfeiture as well as all vessels, vehicles, aircraft, and other equipment used to aid in the importing, exporting, transporting, selling, receiving, acquiring, or purchasing of fish or wildlife or plants in a criminal violation of this chapter for which a felony conviction is obtained where the owner should have known of the illegal transgression.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Tomorrow Go Vote

Tomorrow at the fire house from 2 Pm until 7 Pm Delmar Delaware residents will have the chance to vote on extending our debt by another $616,890.  The money will be used to upgrade 1991 feet of water main on Grove Street.  It's money people, and it is your money so take an interest in voting for your approval or disapproval.

UPDATE:  18 people voted, all in favor of the bond issue

Congratulations Bob Windsor

At the Delmar Utility Commission Meeting tonight they announced that our own Bob Windsor of the water department in Delmar has been awarded the Delaware 2013 Operator of the Year Award. 



The statewide Operator of the Year Awards ceremony serves to highlight the role of Delaware's water and wastewater operators in protecting the environment. Award winners are chosen for their "outstanding technical excellence and exemplary work ethic contributing to the high level of water quality in Delaware."

Congratulations Bob !!!!!!!!!