Saturday, April 27, 2013

May 9th Thomas Summers Will Speak in Delmar

James Alan Henderson

DELMAR, MD—After a 21-month heroic battle with brain cancer, James Alan Henderson, 37, departed this life and entered eternal peace on Friday, April 19, 2013. He was born on Feb. 16, 1976, in Morris, ILL., to Robert and Evelyn Entwistle Henderson.

James grew up in Morris, ILL., and later moved to Gettysburg, Pa., where he graduated from Gettysburg High School in 1994. After high school, he joined the United States Marine Corps. He served for eight years and was Honorably Discharged achieving the rank of Corporal. He was a member of The Marine Corps League Ssgt Walter "Trae" Cohee III Detachment #115 in Salisbury.

In 2000, he married Alice Abbott Hartman, moved to Delmar, Md., and began work for Harkins Concrete Construction in Salisbury, as Concrete Finisher. In 2001, he was promoted to Project Manager/Estimator, a position he held for nine years.

James served on the Town of Delmar Planning & Zoning Council in 2008 & 2009. He then became The Commissioner for The Town of Delmar in 2010 & 2011.

In 2010, James was hired as General Manager of Delaware Tire Center in Salisbury, where he remained until 2012.

James was preceded in death by his grandparents Alan & Genevieve Entwistle, and grandfather James Henderson of Morris.

He is survived by his wife, Alice; children, Jacob Hartman and wife, Jessica of Laurel, Del., Justin Hartman, Jonathan Hartman, Olivia Hartman and Nathaniel Henderson of Delmar, Md; uncle and aunt, Jim & Barbara Entwistle; cousins Julie (Kelly) Retowsky, Heather (Mannie) Roberts, Jamison (Troy Kessel) Entwistle and Erin (Mike) Del Balzo of Gettysburg, Pa.; parents Robert & Evelyn Henderson and brothers, John & Jeffery Henderson and grandmother Virginia Henderson of Morris.

A celebration of the life of James will be held at 4 p.m. on Monday, April 29, 2013, at The Tabernacle, 8997 Bi-State Boulevard, Delmar, Md 21875. Pastor Mike Rittenhouse will officiate. Interment will take place at a later date in a private family ceremony in Gettysburg.

Memorial donations may be made to: The Bank of Delmarva, 2727 North Salisbury Blvd, Salisbury, Md 21801.

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Published in The Daily Times from April 26 to April 28, 2013

Friday, April 26, 2013

The 2013 April Planning and Zoning Commission Meeting

Well at the meeting last night there was two interesting agenda items one was a beer joint trying to come in to town and the second was a church trying to come into town. Maybe they will offset one another.   In general if anything could describe the meeting it was lateness.  Apparently a number of people didn't get the memo telling them what time they were scheduled to show up for the meeting including P&Z commission member Catellier.  Eventually everyone made it and since this is a small town P&Z meeting everyone was  accommodated and no one was told to come back next month as they missed their scheduled time.

Doug Marshall was late along with Parker and Associates along with Erik Williams so they were moved to a later time.

The sign approval for Pizza Hut was dropped from the agenda for tonight at their request.

Aaron Holler requested permission to build a 12' by 20' extension onto the back of his house at 8846 Lennox drive.  He received it with 5 ayes and 1 absent.

David Davis wanted to build a spec home at 8845 Lennox Drive.  It is to be 2 story, 1601 sq ft, selling for about $209,000.  Due to lot size/ incorrect plat he was tabled until next month.

Erik Williams arrived and discussed opening a tap room where Caruso was in Delmar Commons.  He will operate 7 days a week and employ 6 to 24 people.  no food will be prepared there other than bar snacks (chips pretzels etc).  Food can be delivered and consumed there from other food establishments.  His main objective now is getting approval from the State.  P&Z said there would be no problem with them.

 Nick Piperis wants to allow a church to be put at what use to be the old Banks Pants Factory at 501 E. Pine St.  Parking for the church will be at an adjoining parcel (next to Stop and Shop).  He received an Ok for that.

The long awaited for Final plat arrived with Doug Marshal for the amphitheater at Heron Pond.  As I have said before no other developer could get away with the stuff Marshal submits to P & Z for approval.  Differences were pointed out from the preliminary Plat, Marshall brushed it off by saying the preliminary was a cartoon this was real world.  Various items concerning heights of Billboards/ Sound reduction boards were changed as he discussed the plan.  They may be 5' tall or maybe 10' tall he hasn't decided (remember this a final plan).  The P&Z express concerned over noise, altho I have not seen them do anything about noise before.  It would appear Houlihan who owns property next to the proposed amphitheater is on Marshals ass about noise, he doesn't want noise coming on to his property.  Interestingly the noise argument they give is compared to the racecar track and the noise they put out every week thru the spring summer fall, the noise from the amphitheater will be minor at only maybe six times a year.  Long story short, there was a building that exceed the 40' max height restriction (it went to 46') and the P&Z gave favorable approval for a variance to the Maryland Board of zoning appeal.

I do not understand why the traffic issue is not addressed at these meeting.  The traffic at Line Road and Rt 13 is bad normally and trying to make a left turn onto RT 13 from Line road is difficult so add 1,000 to 2,000 cars all leaving the amphitheater at the same time in a spot where two states join and you are going to have a mess.

Parker and Associates came forward with new plans for a major subdivision on the property that is on the west side of US Rt 13 and between Napa and Stage Road.  Big Yawn on this one, as this property has had a new major development coming for at least six years and the owners keep going out of business.  The current developer is Bob Miller and he is going for seven commercial lots on the property.  They will be single pad sites similar to NAPA.

And it was over with by 8:35 PM

Book Sale At Wicomico County Library

Great incentive to become a member - 50% off the books buy.  You could easily pay for your membership in onr buying spree

Hydrant Flushing Today

The Town of Delmar will be flushing water lines today. It’s done to rid the system of any accumulated sediment so that the Town can provide residents and visitors alike with the highest water quality possible and to ensure that fire hydrants are operating properly in case of an emergency.

While the flushing is being done users of our water system may notice a drop in pressure. You should not experience a total loss of water pressure. Your water should return to normal within a few hours.

Water users are advised that some discoloration of the water may occur if you draw water while Public Works is flushing near your home. If this occurs you should wait until public works is out of the area and then run cold water from the faucet nearest to the water meter for several minutes and it should clear up.

It’s recommended that no laundry be done during the flushing period to prevent discoloration and before doing laundry, residents are advised to run the cold water to make sure it runs clear.

Motorists are asked to use caution on streets where flushing is being done; there may be temporary ponding of water in those areas.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

The April Delmar Planning and Zoning Commission Meets Thursday 2013

The Delmar Planning and Zoning Commission for April will meet Thursday Night at 7 PM in the Delmar Maryland Town hall.  Among the items to be discussed;

Doug Marshall - final Plat approval Heron Pond

Erik Williams and Ralph Larson - proposed Pub and Bar at Delmar Commons

Parker and Assoc - discuss major sub division Stage road and RT13

Richard Haxton - sign approval Pizza Hut Delmar Commons

Aaron Holler - property addition 8846 Lennox drive

Nick Piperis - church at 501 E. Pine

David Davis - new Home at 8845 Lennox Drive

Sunday, April 21, 2013

The Delmar Army Navy Store

Shortly after World War two Army Navy Surplus stores sprang up all over the United States.  With a combination of economic incentives given out to returning veterans and a stockpile of used and unused war material,  it was a perfect match for  surplus stores and  every town had one, including Delmar. 

Surplus stores were unique places and when you walked in to one you could tell immediately you were in one just by the smell.  It was a sort of musty-oily-dusty smell of old canvas, rubber made things, and a substance known as cosmoline.   What could you buy?  Wow! you could buy a world of stuff that any ten year old kid would die for.  Helmets, C-Rations, Entrenching tools, ammo belts, cans of sterno, rafts, soap, camouflage nets,  canteens, tents, rifles, ammo, clothing, back packs, and things that you had no idea what it was but you knew it was just great.   You could buy dud hand grenades – try taking one of those to school now days. And all of it was cheap. 

Back to the one that was in Delmar.  In 1946 Charles Rickenbach (1912-1999) was released from military service and came to Delmar where his wife Kathleen Lillian Smithers was from. His wife’s family was William Ted Smithers and Lillie Smithers.  He was a Railroad engineer and they lived on Chestnut street in Delmar Maryland.  Charles opened an Army Navy surplus store over on Foskey Lane and his family lived in the brick house that is on the corner of Foskey Lane and Bi-State Boulevard. 

Above where the Army navy store was

Above the Rickenbach home

He kept the store until sometime toward the end of the 1940’s.  He sold to the store to Luther Mitchell, a drycleaning owner, in Delmar.  Mr. Mitchell converted the store to apartments and they have remained so today.  After the Army Navy store Charles Rickenbach ran a bar (Rick's Rathskeller) in the local area and about 1953 he moved to Melbourne, Florida where he became a Real Estate broker dealing in land.  He was quite successful in business.  He passed away at age 87 leaving his wife and five children. 

Today Army Navy surplus stores are but a pale replica of what they use to be.  Most of the stuff found in them is Chinese made knockoffs.  There is a store in Delmar that is close to what an Army Navy store was and that is the Military Exchange out at State Line Plaza.  Altho they do not have the range of material the old stores had they do have some items.