Saturday, April 06, 2013

Trivia Information

On April 6, 1979, The Oriole Bird hatched out of a giant egg at Memorial Stadium and became the official mascot of the Baltimore Orioles.

Friday, April 05, 2013

DNREC Fish & Wildlife Enforcement Blotter: March 27-April 3

Agents are investigating an April 2 incident of criminal mischief at the Phillips Landing public boat ramp near Laurel, in which unknown suspects pulled down the John Smith Memorial Monument and damaged four road signs. Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact Sr. Cpl. Douglas Messeck, Sussex County Enforcement office, at 302-855-1905, or call Fish and Wildlife Enforcement’s 24-hour line at 302-739-4580.



Above the Monument in 2007
Below the monument now
 
UPDATE:
LAUREL (April 12, 2013) – On April 9, DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife Enforcement agents concluded a week-long investigation by making four arrests in connection with an April 1 incident of criminal mischief at the Phillips Landing public boat ramp near Laurel, in which unknown suspects pulled down the Captain John Smith Nanticoke Exploration Monument and damaged four road signs. The following charges were issued or are pending:
· Mike A. Hicks, 22, of Laurel, was charged with criminal mischief and trespassing after hours in a state wildlife area. He was fined $180 plus full restitution for the damage, and received one year of probation.
· Matthew J. Trivits, 18, of Laurel, was charged with trespassing after hours in a state wildlife area. He was fined $92 and received one year of probation and 16 hours of community service on state wildlife areas.
· Zachary Lecates, 18, of Laurel, was charged with trespassing after hours in a state wildlife area. He was fined $92 and received one year of probation and 16 hours of community service on state wildlife areas.
· Charges are pending on a Laurel juvenile for his role in the incident. Pending a Family Court appearance, he will be charged with criminal mischief and trespassing after hours in a state wildlife area.
 Dedicated in May 2007 to coincide with the 400th anniversary of the founding of Jamestown, the Captain John Smith Nanticoke Exploration Monument commemorates Smith’s historic 1608 expedition exploring and mapping the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries. The 8-foot-tall black granite obelisk also marks part of the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Water Trail.
 “Most visitors to the Nanticoke Wildlife Area and Phillips Landing treat this beautiful, scenic area with respect and enjoy the fishing, boating, picnicking and other outdoor activities that it offers,” said Sgt. Gregory Rhodes of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement. “However, this area also seems to be a popular target for vandalism and criminal mischief by a few who would spoil its enjoyment for others. To anyone considering actions that damage this area, be warned: our agents are watching and we have zero tolerance for your illegal activities
 

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Turkey hunt day - DNREC Press Release

Turkey hunt day for youth, hunters with disabilities
set for April 6, with state wildlife areas open to hunting


DOVER (April 3, 2013) – Prior to Delaware’s 2013 spring turkey season, youth ages 10 through 15 and non-ambulatory hunters with disabilities will have a special one-day hunting opportunity on Saturday, April 6. This year, and for the first time, these hunters can go for turkeys on state wildlife areas that are open for hunting during Delaware’s regular turkey season. Traditionally, this special one-day hunt was restricted to private property.

All participants must have completed a Delaware-approved turkey hunting safety course. In addition, hunters ages 13 through 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 open for the youth/hunters with disabilities 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. Bag limit is one bearded bird per year; birds without beards may not be taken. All birds taken must be checked by 2:30 p.m. on the day of the hunt at an authorized turkey check station. For a list of check stations, click Turkey Check Stations.

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.

Monday, April 01, 2013

The Laurel Library Booksale

The Friends of the Laurel Library are having their annual book sale in the Laurel Library Community room from 10 AM to 6 PM on April 1st, 2nd and 3rd.  I stopped by and naturally bought a few books. 

A Horse Is a Horse, of Course, of Course

April 1 to 7 have been declared ‘Horse Appreciation Days’ in the state of Delaware by Governor Jack Markell.
“Delaware has a strong and vibrant equine industry, which provides thousands of jobs from veterinarians to trainers,” Markell said as the Delaware Horse Expo was preparing to open.
“Events like the Delaware Horse Expo help introduce even more people, especially young people, to a lifelong passion for horses, and I am pleased to help recognize this growing sector of our agricultural economy.”
And Secretary of Agriculture Ed Kee said the Department of Agriculture is committed to supporting the equine industry.
There are an estimated 2,000 equine operations in Delaware, including breeding farms, training facilities, riding schools, and trail riding centers.
“Horses add so much beauty, grace and talent to our state, with an estimated economic impact of $360 million,” he said. “From our racing commissions to our veterinary inspectors, we firmly support the industry’s success by protecting the security of racing and by protecting the health of your animals.”
The proclamation was presented to the Delaware Equine Council at its scholarship dinner Saturday by Sen. Gary Simpson of Milford and Rep. Bobby Outten of Harrington.
Capping the Horse Appreciation Days is the annual Delaware Horse Expo, from April 6 to 7 at the Delaware State Fairgrounds in Harrington.
Events include a Cowboy Race, retired Thoroughbred clinic, a Cowboy Church worship service, trick riding performances, the Parade of Breeds led by the Delaware State Police Mounted Patrol unit on Saturday and the Paso Fino Bailadores Team on Sunday, mounted drill team and jumper exhibitions, guest speakers, pony and carriage rides. Headlining the Expo will be Craig Cameron, host of the RFD-TV show Ride Smart.
“We are pleased to have the Governor recognize our industry and its successes,” said Stan Vonasek, president of the Delaware Equine Council. “We welcome everyone with an interest in horses to attend the Expo – there’s something for everyone.”
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