Saturday, June 15, 2013


I stopped by the Aforetime Shop on 5 East State Street this morning.  The shop is owned and run by Jessica Cherrix LeCates of Delmar.  The items sold can be described as Upcycle furniture, collectibles, home decor and more. 
Now if you have rode down State Street you have seen it and wondered what it was so you might as well stop in and look. 
The hours are; Monday thru Thursday 10:30 to 5:30, Friday 10 till 3 Pm and Saturday 9:30 to 6 Pm. 
She will also refinish your furniture, so stop by and talk to her about that.
with the bright colors I am sure you can think a number of places where the furniture would fit in

House History

Altho looking up the history of a house sounds simple it is a lot harder than you may think it is.  You may think a simple trip to Georgetown to look thru the deeds will do the trick, well you are wrong.  First dealing with the people in the Deed section is a trip in itself.  Let me say the property deed section in Georgetown is orientated to lawyers and title searchers, not an  amateur like you.   Plus the deed is to the land, when a house is referred to on the land it could be the one you are looking for or a previous dwelling that once existed on the land.  Sometime if you can find fire insurance maps they will give you a good clue but mostly they only good back to the early 1900's.   As far as newspapers mostly you will find they have a comment like  Joe Blow is building a house on 2nd street type of reporting.  If you knew Joe Blow owned the property you may be in luck.  The good news, most of the houses that are presently in Delmar were built after the first great fire so most were built about 1900, only a hundred and thirteen years of records searching to do.

Over on the blog Marian's Roots and Rambles she writes about house history and her clients for house histories.
 and she writes The New England House Historian
again if you are thinking of researching the history of your home or even if you are not thinking of doing so you will find her blogs to be interesting.

Another blog on House History is The House History Man
He had an interesting post on when he found a house had been moved.   Houses being moved do occur so in researching your house history consider that.  Even in Delmar it happens as next to my property in the 1940's the town had build Veteran housing for return serviceman and in the 1950's they sold those houses and they were moved.

Below is a good article on hunting down your house history.
From The Milwaukee and Wisconsin Journal Sentinel
By Michele Derus of the Journal Sentinel
Posted: Dec. 24, 2006
Memories pile up in our homes over the years - the look and laughter of people who lived or visited, the view of trees shimmering in the wind, the graceful curve of a stairway banister, the golden cast of wood floors in afternoon sunlight.
From time to time, we may wonder: What is it about this place that captured my heart? And does it, like me, have a storied past?
This is what turns homeowners into detectives. They probe the recollections of long-time neighbors and scour public records from previous decades, seeking clues to their homes' histories. Some wind up at places like the Milwaukee Central Library, a repository for historic records.
"We can show you how to find information on your house and neighborhood, on the Web and in the published records," said Virginia Schwartz, the library's coordinator of arts and humanities.
Librarian Kristin Connell called house genealogy "a treasure hunt."
The 60 people at the Milwaukee Central Library's November seminar on house history research, a periodic event, were eager learners with constant questions.
Milwaukeean William Shaw, who said he bought his Sherman Park bungalow in 1989 for its "fantastic architectural features" and near-distress sale price of $63,000, learned a lot.
"I knew it was a neat building, with all those sconces, that Spanish plaster, crown molding and ceiling medallions," Shaw said. "But now I know it's on the National Register of Historic Places, and that it was built in 1928 for $8,000."
Shaw is proud of his home's prominence, especially after the neighborhood's rocky decades of white flight to avoid racial integration.
"Values used to be absurdly low, but all these central city neighborhoods are coming back now," he said. "My house is now assessed at $209,000."
Kathy Waites, born and raised in a 1960s northwest-side ranch near Timmerman Field, took the house history class in hopes of discovering more about her late father, Jim Walters, and his ancestors.
"Dad died a couple years ago," she said. "He didn't talk about himself. He was always at work, then out in his gardens in the backyard. When I was growing up, we always had homemade food from Dad's gardens."
Waites can't take comfort in the homestead itself. It was sold. Instead, she is probing genealogical records to illuminate the background of her reticent father, a painter for the former Pabst brewery here.
"My father's father died when he was young. His name was Frank Roth and he worked for a brewing company. I think he was a mason," she said. "I was born in '65 and my father built the house with (another man) a couple years later."

Feeling a part of the place

Stirring up the past can provide a stronger sense of belonging, George Wagner and Barbara Rasman have found.
Since 1985, they have lived in a 1903 American Four-Square brick and wood house on Milwaukee's east side, near the Milwaukee River and the old Chicago and Northwestern railroad tracks. The river is largely unchanged a century later, but the train route is now a bike path.
When they moved in, the couple vowed to yank off the reddish-brown fake brick veneer overlaid on the home's fa├žade as soon as time allowed. Over time, the veneer lost its power to irritate and the project was forgotten - until 18 years later.
"The house was turning 100, and we wanted to have a party," Rasman said.
"For the party," Wagner added, "I wanted to know more about the house."
Rasman, an artist and handywoman, restored the house just in time for its 100th birthday, while Wagner, a librarian, researched its past.
"We had found out from the previous owner that the original owners lived here about 75 years," Wagner said. He checked the 1910 U.S. Census report and discovered the original owners were a policeman, his Danish-born wife and their factory-apprentice son. Further research confirmed the son's lifelong stay. The house itself proved a common example of its era, erected about midway in the block's development.
"The neighborhood was made up of crafts people, small business people and some civil servants - not a whole lot different than it is today," Wagner said. Nearby Gordon Park sported a ski jump back then, and farther north, an amusement park operated. Wagner learned the area was dotted with commerce - grocers, pharmacists, hardware store owners and confectioners - operating in storefronts topped by living quarters.

Places to look

"Many people find that the more questions they get answered, the more questions they have," Connell said.
The hunt should include record searches at the public library, historical societies, courthouses and university libraries to learn about the house, she advised. To learn about who lived in the house, she said, read newspaper obituaries and death notices.
Librarian Schwartz says that people often strike pay dirt with these sources:
• The Sanborn Atlas, which dates to 1876, shows details of blocks and outlines of buildings, so you can tell if your house once had a porch or stables.
• Old city tax rolls show how many bedrooms the house had and whether it had a fireplace.
• The Sentinel index, with records from 1837 to 1890, has information on people, buildings and events.
• City directories reveal the identities and professions of a house's inhabitants.

Adding to the story

Reprinted photographs of those early 20th-century neighborhood scenes covered the inside walls at the Wagner's centennial house party, held just about three years ago today. Celebrants included neighbors who, spotting the photographs, fleshed out the scenes with their own stories and memories, Rasman said.
"Some had knowledge of the families who lived here before - how they lived, how many kids they raised, why they put on additions," she said. "We heard about how the doctor who lived in the house across the street used the parlor as his front office, and about the family who took in boarders during the Depression."
The house-history pilgrimage he started in curiosity gave Wagner a new perspective.
"I knew I'd found a place where I'm a good match," he said. "It's nice to know it has this history."

Friday, June 14, 2013

The June Planning and Zoning Commission Meeting 2013

I attended the Delmar Planning and Zoning Commission Meeting tonight.  There were a number of items on the agenda but since they were all given a favorable recommendation the meeting was over with by 8:05.  The P & Z members Eric Catellier, Dr. David Ring, Commissioner Thomas Luffman, Robert Thompson and William Boyan were present.  Joe Dixon was missing.

Dr. Michelle Christopher was given approval for a temporary tent at State street Park to hold an old fashion revival on August 21 to 23rd.  The tent will come down on Saturday.

Douglas Price was given a favorable recommendation to build a house ( one story ranch 3 bedroom 2 bath price between $185 to $200K) at 8871 Lenox Drive.
The Gilkersons were given favorable recommendation to build a house (1200 sq ft 2 bedroom 2 bath ) on lot 12 of Amber ridge II.
Doug Marshal was given approval for 4 new house designs to be offered at Heron Pond.  He also was given approval for three temporary tents for craft beer to be used on June 29 at a festival at Heron Pond Recreation.
The Becker Morgan Group, William Nickols, Susan Upole, and Beverly Wilson came to ask for a favorable recommendation concerning parking and the design of the new library building to be given to the Delaware Board of Adjustments. 
As we know the current library is too small and the new library will add a great deal to the programs and media used.  Altho an odd angled shape it was the best fit for the existing land they have.  A nice feature is they have moved the entrance to the parking lot so small kids going and coming out of the library will not run the risk of running out in to traffic on Bi-State Blvd.  Eric Catellier said he worked for Becker Morgan and excused himself from voting.  A favorable recommendation was given to the board of adjustment.

Finally Mike Rittenhouse and George Vouros came asking for approval to put a church at 38238 Old Stage Road (the old Building Blocks building) It already is a Church so at first the commission thought they didn't need to do anything but finally to cover any future questions they voted for a favorable recommendation to the Delaware council. 


Moving The Will Work For Food People Along

I saw the Delmar Police were moving one of the "I'll work for food" people along out at Delmar Commons

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Tonight's Planning and Zoning Meeting

The Planning and Zoning meeting scheduled for this evening is being postponed to tomorrow evening, Friday, June 14, 2013. The reason for this is the impending storm.

The meeting time will be the same, 7:00 p.m.

The Delmar Post Office

I have heard so many rumors about what is going to happen to the Delmar Post office that I called them up and asked what was happening.  The only thing moving from Delmar are the delivery carriers (Rural Route Carriers and the Post office vehicles).  They will now work out of the Laurel Post Office.  The Retail counter and the Post Office Boxes will remain at the present Post Office and the hours will stay the same. 

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

The Maryland Board of Zoning Appeals June 2013

I went to the Delmar Maryland Board of Zoning Appeals last night.  Those that are on the board are; David Schultz, Earl Wells, Lloyd Unsell and Christine Phiefer.  Robert Benson, the Delmar Maryland town lawyer, was also present. 

Additionally Cindy Fisher, Gaylon Bounds, Commissioner Tom Luffman and Nick Piperis were also present.  Nick Piperis had been to the Planning and Zoning Commission about allowing a church at 501 E. pine street - the old Banks pants factory.  He requested to put a church there and was given a favorable recommendation by P&Z.  Currently the building is zoned as Community Business which does not spell out allowing a church.  First was a discussion as to rather it should be a variance or a special exception.  It was finally decided that it should be a variance asked for, as a variance from code would not be an inherent use but would be consistent in the use of the building.   All people giving testimony were swore in.  Chairman Shultz said Piperis would have to give a reason of unnecessary hardship if he could not use the building as a church.  Piperis said the building had sit empty for three years.  when asked if he a church lined up to go in the building he said no he didn't (so why is he wasting every one's time?).  Long story short, Piperis gave very little justification for using the building as a church.  The board members and Tom Luffman supplied reasons and Piperis said yes or no and in the end the Board gave him his variance.  Amazing no where did Piperis justify using the building as  a church and this Board all voted yes to giving him what he wanted. 

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

DNREC Press Release - Crab regulations

Recreational crabbers reminded of catch regulations, including turtle excluder

DOVER (June 6, 2013) – The DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife would like to remind recreational crabbers to make sure that a turtle by-catch device, also called an excluder, is installed in their crab pots before using them.

 State fisheries regulations require use of a turtle by-catch reduction device attached in the funnel entrance of all recreational crab pots. The device is a rigid rectangular frame made of metal or plastic that measures 1.75 inches by 4.75 inches. By-catch devices are available at local tackle shops or may be handmade of heavy wire. (Directions to make a by-catch reduction device are available online at Crab pot excluder .)

 “Turtle excluders are required to reduce the possibility of diamondback terrapins entering the pots, getting trapped and drowning, since they need air to breathe,” said Wildlife Biologist Holly Niederriter. “Research shows that use of excluders significantly reduces turtle mortality without adversely affecting the recreational blue crab catch.”

Diamondback terrapins are not federally or state endangered, but they are a species of conservation concern, Niederriter noted. They are an important part of the food chain, serving as a food source for many other species, including gulls, crows, fox, fish and raccoons that eat terrapin eggs or hatchlings.

Since terrapins produce only about 40 eggs per year and do not reach maturity before 8 years of age, females must reproduce for many years to stabilize or increase their population. Although diamondback terrapins are commonly seen in the Delaware Bay and Inland Bays as well as along many brackish rivers, Niederriter said they could become a rare sight if threats are not addressed, including death by drowning in crab pots and habitat loss.

State regulations on crabbing include:

· A Delaware recreational fishing license is required for crabbing.

· Recreational crabbers may not use, place, set or tend more than two crab pots.

· Recreational crab pots must be tended by the owner at least once every 72 hours and must be marked with white buoys with the owner’s name and permanent mailing address.

· A turtle by-catch reduction device is required to be attached in the funnel entrance of recreational crab pots to reduce the possibility of diamondback terrapins entering the pots and drowning. The device is a rigid rectangular frame made of metal or plastic that measures 1.75 inches by 4.75 inches. By-catch devices are available at local tackle shops or may be handmade of heavy wire.
· Recreational crabbers may use any number of hand lines, traps or trot lines (no length limit).
· Minimum “keeper” size for male blue crabs and immature female crabs with the V-shaped apron is 5 inches, measured across the shell from point to point.
· Mature female crabs, identified by the U-shaped apron, are exempt from the minimum size of 5 inches because many females reach maturity at a smaller size.
· Mature female blue crabs bearing eggs, known as sponge crabs and recognizable by the orange eggs visible under the apron, may not be taken and must be returned to the water immediately.
· The recreational daily limit on blue crabs is one bushel per person.
Also, recreational anglers who fish, crab or clam in tidal or non-tidal waters statewide must have a valid 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.
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 or calling 800-432-9228 toll-free.
 For more information on crabbing and other fishing 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 For more information, call the Fisheries section at 302-739-9914.

Don't They Have Anything Better To Do In Dover?

Debate Over
Gender ID Discrimination Bill Moves to the House
A controversial anti-discrimination bill squeaked through the Senate this week with the minimum number of voters needed for passage.
Senate Bill 97 cleared the 21-member Senate on a vote of 11 to 7 (with one member absent and two not voting) on Thursday, just eight days after its introduction. Support and opposition was mildly split, with each camp including members of both political parties. Ten Democrats and one Republican voted for passage. Five Republicans and two Democrats voted "no."
The legislation seeks to add the term "gender identity" to the already-existing list of prohibited practices of discrimination in the areas of housing, employment, public works contracting, public accommodations and insurance. It would also provide increased penalties for those criminals who select their victims based on the victims' gender identity.
Sponsored by Sen. Margaret Rose Henry, D-Wilmington East, the bill defines "gender identity" as "a gender-related identity, appearance, expression or behavior of a person, regardless of the person's assigned sex at birth." Supporters say the bill is intended to protect the rights of transgendered people and is supported by Equality Delaware, a group formed to advocate for the rights of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.
Opponents believe the bill infringes on the rights of other members of society and say it is being rushed through the General Assembly, preventing the measure from being properly vetted and increasing the chances it could have unintended consequences.
The bill has been assigned to the House Administration Committee and has been slated for consideration by the panel on Wednesday (6/12) at 2:30 p.m.
The House Administration Committee consists of the collective leadership of the House of Representatives' Democratic and Republican caucuses. Majority Democrats outnumber Republicans on the committee, 3 to 2.
Citing the committee's action earlier this year on legislation that has since made same-sex marriage legal in Delaware, most observers expect that Senate Bill 97 will be released for debate on the House floor.

The June Delmar Police Commission Meeting 2013

The June Delmar Police Commission Meeting was held last night.  All members were present.  Really not much going on.  There seem to be bad people being released from jail who will no doubt return to Delmar.  A few Bad people were sent to jail.  There are complains about the Sports Nuts Bar allowing people to stand outside on the sidewalk drinking from open containers, having fights outside the bar etc.  The commission wants the Police Chief to speak to the owner instead of going to the liquor board about it.  As the only member of the public at the meeting I commented that since the owners lives above the bar they alreadys knows about what is going on in the streets after closing and the Chief should take it to the liquor board.  Instead the town will play games and wait until someone is hurt before taking action.  Reminds you of the State Roads department waiting until someone is killed at an intersection before they do something about it. 
You may have noticed the speed indicator over by the post office.  The indicator isn't turned on so you may not think it works but it is gathering data on the speed of everyone who passes it.  I guess they don't want for you to realize you are speeding and might slow down, so they turned the display off.

They are thinking of having a volunteer Chaplin for the Police department.  Lord, I do enought praying for the Police Department and their actions as it is.

The Buffalo Wing Place

As you may have noticed there is a Buffalo Wing place being put in where the old Atlantic Books store was, in the shopping center by Walmart.   They have added an outside eating area which looks out on the intersection where homeless beg for money.  Sounds appealing doesn't it?  Maybe the customers can toss chicken wings to the homeless or make fun of them as they eat. 

Monday, June 10, 2013

1974 Uncle Joe's Place


Finally our youngest daughter has gotten out of the hospital.  She went in 22 days ago for abdominal surgery and was suppose to be out in five days, infections etc kept her there for another 17 days.  It has been an ordeal for all of us.   

President Proclaim Flag Day and National Flag Week

Presidential Proclamation -- Flag Day and National Flag Week, 2013


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Each June, our Nation lifts its sights to the flag that has watched over us since the days of our founding. In those broad stripes and bright stars, we see the arc of the American story -- from a handful of colonies to 50 States, united and free.

When proud patriots took up the fight for independence, they came together under a standard that showed their common cause. When the wounds of civil war were still fresh and our country walked the long road to reconstruction, our people found hope in a banner that testified to the strength of our Union. Wherever our American journey has taken us, whether on that unending path to the mountaintop or high above into the reaches of space, Old Glory has followed, reminding us of the rights and responsibilities we share as citizens.

This week, we celebrate that legacy, and we honor the brave men and women who have secured it through centuries of service at home and abroad. Let us raise our flags high, from small-town storefronts to duty stations stretched around the globe, and let us look to them once more as we press on in the march toward a more perfect Union.

To commemorate the adoption of our flag, the Congress, by joint resolution approved August 3, 1949, as amended (63 Stat. 492), designated June 14 of each year as "Flag Day" and requested that the President issue an annual proclamation calling for its observance and for the display of the flag of the United States on all Federal Government buildings. The Congress also requested, by joint resolution approved June 9, 1966, as amended (80 Stat. 194), that the President annually issue a proclamation designating the week in which June 14 occurs as "National Flag Week" and call upon citizens of the United States to display the flag during that week.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim June 14, 2013, as Flag Day and the week beginning June 9, 2013, as National Flag Week. I direct the appropriate officials to display the flag on all Federal Government buildings during that week, and I urge all Americans to observe Flag Day and National Flag Week by displaying the flag. I also call upon the people of the United States to observe with pride and all due ceremony those days from Flag Day through Independence Day, also set aside by the Congress (89 Stat. 211), as a time to honor America, to celebrate our heritage in public gatherings and activities, and to publicly recite the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this seventh day of June, in the year of our Lord two thousand thirteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-seventh.


Town Meetings This Week

On Monday (tonight) at 6:30 PM the Delmar Police Commission will have their monthly meeting at the Delmar Maryland Town Hall.

On Tuesday 6/11 at 7:30 PM The Maryland Board of Zoning Appeals will meet at the Delmar Maryland Town Hall to discuss Nick Piperis request for a variance to place a church at 501 E. Pine Street.

On Thursday 6/13 the Delmar Planning and Zoning Commission will meet at 7 Pm at the Delmar Maryland Town Hall to discuss various new home plans and signs.