Saturday, June 29, 2013

Dollar Chinese Made Flip Flops

My daughter who is still getting over her operation and mainly lays around in the recliner, was unable to resist Chinese made Flip Flops for a dollar and had me drive her to Old Navy in Salisbury at 7:30 AM.  I think most of Salisbury was there or had already been there.   The Checkout line was too the end of the store. 

Looking at the people buying Flip Flops there seem to be a number of them between the ages of 20 to 30.  I wonder how many of them are unemployed and how many of their parents paid $50,000 or so for a college education for them and here they are buying Chinese made goods and wondering why they can't find a job. Those are the ones that should have "Government Worker" stamped on their forehead if they can't figure out why there are no jobs in America when they buy imported goods.

Looking For Information On Joe Wilton/Joseph Whelpton

I am doing an article for the next issue of the Delmar Historical and Arts Society newsletter on Joe Wilton/ Joseph Whelpton. Joe Whelpton lived in Delmar around 1950. He wrote an a weekly article in the Bi-State Weekly in that time period under the name of Joe Wilton which was also his stage name. Born around 1885, in the 1920's and thru 1940 he was in vaudeville crisscrossing America doing comedy acts and producing his own shows. He had a wife named Lulu and three children a daughter Jean, son Peter and son Joe. I am looking for information on what he did when he was in Delmar. Where did he go and why did he go.

Signs Around Delmar This Week

"Praise In The Park" July 7th State Street Park Delmar Delaware

It's that time of year again.  The Itinerant vendors have set up around the Delaware/Maryland Line

Interesting that the "old" Tabernacle building is becoming a Childcare Center and the "New" building they have moved into use to be a daycare center.

and finally I received a "free" yard Stick from John Riggin, Thanks John.

Friday, June 28, 2013

They Just Can't Give Up That Easy Government Work and Big Paychecks

Sussex County welcomes former DelDOT director as new Assistant County Engineer

Georgetown, Del., June 28, 2013: Sussex County government welcomes Joe Wright as its new Assistant County Engineer, a position that will support the County in the planning and management of major capital projects that include the ongoing airport runway extension, building renovations, parking lot improvements and sewer system expansions.

Mr. Wright comes to Sussex County with more than three decades of public service; he retired in May from the Delaware Department of Transportation, where he dedicated nearly 33 years of his career in a variety of capacities, including project engineer, project manager, assistant director of various programs, Sussex County district engineer, and statewide Director of Maintenance & Operations.

 Mr. Wright has already taken on a number of duties since joining the County on June 10. In addition to overseeing four project engineers who manage ongoing projects, he will be responsible for assisting County Engineer Michael Izzo and other staff with consultant selection, negotiation, and management, as well as the review and update of standards and specifications for numerous future projects.

A graduate of the University of Delaware, Mr. Wright holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and is a registered Professional Engineer in Delaware. He resides in Lewes with his wife and two children.



I was reading an article on a prostitute sting operation in Howard County, Md. and found the comment posted to the article to be an interesting outlook on the morality of our country.  It is posted below;

Prostitutes held against their will should be helped, but if a woman willing chooses to make money providing this service it is her prerogative. Prostitution should be legalized and regulated and taxed. My God we have men marrying men and women marrying women. Is prostitution more bizarre than this? Really

Thursday, June 27, 2013

403 East Chestnut

I, like many others, have been watched the little house being built at 403 East Chestnut Delmar Maryland.  A small house but it is progressing along quickly. 

Selling for $144,900 at 1,100 sq ft 3 bedroom 2 baths it exceeds the minimum square footage size requirements in Delmar Maryland of 1000 feet by a 100 foot.

Frankly the house I posted about at $65,000 yesterday seems a better buy as you spend another $65,000 fixing it up and you still have more footage at less money than this one, but this one will be new and for an older couple who aren't interested in house maintenance it might work.

I assume the drive way will be to the right of the house.

Michael Moore, Keller Williams Realty 410-726-8829

This is what it is suppose to look like when finished

The H. L. Hunley Talk At Ft Delaware State Park


Contact: Laura Lee, Fort Delaware State Park, 302-834-7941; or Necia Beck, Delaware State Parks, 302-739-9175 or

History of Civil War submarine to be presented at Fort Delaware State Park

DELAWARE CITY (June 26, 2013) - Fort Delaware will host a special program on Saturday, June 29 featuring the story of the H. L. Hunley, an ill-fated Confederate submarine that sank in Charleston Harbor in 1864 with its crew on board. Local historian Bill Jenkins will conduct a special presentation at 11:30 a.m., during which he will discuss the mission and the recovery of the submarine and the sailors who went down with it, as well as the artifact record of the submarine.

Access to Pea Patch Island is by ferry from either Delaware City or Salem, New Jersey. Ferry tickets cost $11 for adults, $6 for children 2 through 12 and $10 for seniors and Active Duty Military (with ID). Children under 2 are admitted free of charge.

 There is no extra charge for the program. Those who wish to see the program will need to take the 9:30 a.m. Salem, N.J. ferry or the 10:45 a.m. Delaware City ferry to reach the fort in time.

Ferry reservations are suggested, but visitors may purchase tickets on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations may be made by calling 1-877- 987-2757 or visiting Tickets may only be reserved 24 hours in advance.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Local Man is Added to Board Of Directors of Hunter Technology Santa Clara California

Hunter Technology, a full range provider of EMS, has announced the addition of Walter Gordon to the company’s board of directors. Gordon currently serves as president of IntelexMicro, a privately-held company located in Delmar, Delaware, that supplies microwave and RF components for use in commercial, aerospace, and defense electronics.

“We are extremely excited to have Walt Gordon as a member of our board of directors,” states Hunter Technology President, Joe O’Neil. “Walt’s insights are a tremendous value to the future of Hunter as we continue our evolution and diversification into the RF Microwave Systems and Sub-System solutions industry.”

As a member of the signal intelligence and microwave electronics industry for more than 25 years, Gordon has held positions in both engineering and management for numerous companies as well as participated in successful startup ventures. Prior to his work at IntelexMicro, he served as CTO and business manager for Spectrum Microwave, Incorporated. A professional engineer licensed in the state of Delaware, Gordon received a BS in Electrical Engineering from North Carolina State University.

About Hunter Technology
Headquartered in Santa Clara, California, Hunter Technology specializes in customer collaboration on the design and development of integrated RF solutions up through 77 GHz including frequency synthesizers, microwave receivers, up/down converters, and MM-wave subsystems which are not addressed by existing COTS products. In addition to product level solutions, the company is a leading EMS provider, focused on delivering specialized design, engineering, and manufacturing services to defense, aerospace, industrial, and medical OEMs. Hunter Technology helps clients design, engineer, build, test, and ship reliable, mission-critical electronics products. Design and engineering solutions, combined with vertical integration, help Hunter optimize its clients’ operations by lowering costs and reducing time-to-market. For more information, call +1 (408) 245-5400 or visit

Home For Sale In Delmar Maryland

I happen to be looking at the price of homes for sale in Delmar and came across this Cape Cod(?) located at 208 E. Walnut Street Delmar Maryland. 

What makes it special is the selling price of $65,000.  3 bedroom 2 bath 1600 sq ft built in 1925 and the photos of the woodwork look great

The downside is, it is in Maryland, the upside is, it is in the Delmar Delaware school district

Now It Is A Bail Bond Shop

As many of you have noticed the little building that has been many things (Buy Gold, Bakery, Hot Dog shop etc.) in Salisbury at the corner of RT13 and Naylor Street - 1100 North Salisbury Blvd is now a bail bond shop.  See my previous discuss of this building here;

The building had been for sale at $129,000 for 500 sq ft and built in 1969

Civil War Comes To Rockville Maryland

Should You Be In Rockville Maryland this weekend;

On Saturday, a day of free historically themed events will commemorate the 150th anniversary of Confederate Gen. J.E.B Stuart's march into Rockville on his way to Gettysburg.
The event—Civil War Comes to Rockville—is part of a countywide celebration of history this weekend, the 2013 Montgomery Heritage Days.
Here’s the scheduled of events or Rockville:
Beall-Dawson Park103 W. Montgomery Avenue
  • 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.—Montgomery County Historical Society will have reenactments of Civil War camp life, including historic reenactors and craft demonstrations. Dr. Stonestreet, a Civil War-era surgeon will hold "office hours."
  • 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.—Songs, stories, mummers' plays and crafts for kids, provided by Washington Revels. Meet historic personae Abraham Lincoln, his secretary, John Nicolay, and Ann Maria Weems, an enslaved girl who excaped to freedom on the Underground Railroad. Join in a family sing-along at noon with Bruce Hutton and the Roustabout String Band.
  • 2 p.m.—Federal City Brass Band Concert
Historic Red Brick Courthouse29 Courthouse Square
  • 10 a.m.—Lecture. “Changing America,” John W. Franklin, National Museum of African American History & Culture. Presented by Peerless Rockville.
  • Noon—Lecture. “Emancipation Proclamation at 150,” by Scott Ackerman, President Lincoln’s Cottage. Performance by Washington Revels Jubilee Voices. Presented by Peerless Rockville.
  • 2 p.m.—Lecture. “J.E.B. Stuart’s ‘Wild Ride’ through Montgomery County, June 1863,” by Robert C. Plumb, Historian.
Christ Episcopal Church107 S. Washington Street
  • 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.—Concerts by Washington Revels Heritage Voices, Jubilee Voices, and Roustabout String Band.
Courthouse SquareE. Montgomery and Maryland Avenues
  • 10:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.—Civil War/Underground Railroad Walking Tours
  • 3 p.m.—Reenactment of the June 28, 1863 arrival of J.E.B. Stuart in Rockville. Follow Stuart from Courthouse Square to Christ Episcopal Church to Beall-Dawson Park, as he rounds up Union-sympathizing citizens.
  • 4 p.m.—Federal City Brass Band Concert
Rockville Town Square21 Gibbs Street, Rockville
  • 6:30-8:30 p.m.—Community Country Dance with Washington Revels Roustabout String Band and dance caller Janine Smith
Rockville Memorial Library Rockville Town Square
  • 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.—Screening of film, "Life in a War Zone: Montgomery County during the Civil War" in Meeting Room 1.
Picked Up from the Rockville Patch

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

The Poured Concrete Tombstone

In my travels thru graveyards and recording tombstones I occasionally come across the poured concrete tombstone.  Some of these seem to be commercially made, others are homemade.  Virtually all are in poor condition.

Now I assume the main reason for a concrete tombstone instead of granite or limestone would be money.  In some cases however I am sure it was because the family or friend felt they could make it a more personal monument to the deceased.

There are two drawbacks to the concrete tombstone that I see.  First the surface is more porous than granite and as such they erode more quickly and moss and fungus settle on them more than with granite.  The second is the engraving or lettering.  If you have at any time wrote your name in wet concrete you know the lettering is usually only as wide as the nail, or pointed stick that you use to write with.  You also will find out the still moist concrete will flow back into the lettering making the letters even more narrow.  Over the years this narrow lettering and the amount of fungus on the concrete will make it difficult to read.

These poured concrete tombstones can be found in just about every older graveyard and I wish I had taken photos of some of them I have seen over the years.  The examples shown are all mostly from the local area.

These last two photos I feel are also poured concrete based on the width of  lettering and the condition of the  stone.  Altho both show a certain neatness and order not achieved in the other photos.

Update:  From the Parkersburg News and Sentinel  (West Virginia)

Proposals for changes at the Wood County Poor Farm Cemetery to make maintenance easier and improve burial recording-keeping were submitted to the Wood County Commission.  In 1864 the Overseers of the Poor purchased about 300 acres of the former Kincheloe property to establish a farm to care for the indigent of the county. Many of the burial records for the cemetery were lost when the infirmary at the poor farm was destroyed by fire in 1950. The county-owned cemetery is in the parking lot of West Virginia University at Parkersburg.  Bob Enoch with the Wood County Historical and Preservation Society  proposed the commission consider having concrete stones, which Enoch said are relatively inexpensive, be placed as headstone markers instead of larger monument style markers, at least on the new graves. He showed the commissioners a sample of such a concrete marker.   County officials said for indigents buried at the county cemetery, the county pays about $250 for burial and the plot and the state pays about $1,250 to reimburse for interment.

Plebe Summer For The Class Of 2017

Come this Thursday 1,200 men and women will start Plebe Summer as the Class of 2017 enters the Naval Academy in Annapolis.  For the next six weeks they get no television, music, or internet.  They cannot leave campus and are only allowed three phone calls.  After being sworn in Thursday night they will not see their parents again until Plebe Parent’s weekend – August 8 to 11th. 

Among the Plebes from Delaware are;
Adrian Chinnery – Naval Academy Preparatory School (previously attended John Dickinson High School)
Jack Partlow – Caravel Academy
Jarred Reid-Dixon – Naval Academy Preparatory School (previously attended Caesar Rodney High School)
Jessica Ringer – Caesar Rodney High School
Haley Wahrhaftig – Appoquinimink High School

Referred to as I Day for Induction day, on Thursday the Plebes have their haircut, uniforms issued, medical examinations, and learn some naval ways.  If they wear glasses they also give them up for military issue glasses.  Last year those glasses were given a trendier design replacing the old ones that were so unflattering they were called birth control glasses. The Plebes (being potential officers, pay for the uniforms and other costs.)  The costs come to about $9,000 and are usually handled thru an interest free loan called an ACE Loan.  During Plebe Summer every Plebe will receive $50.00 at the end of July and the end of August, and starting in September it goes up to $100 per month – that is all that is left over after deductions for the ACE Loan from the $850 per month they receive in pay.

Monday, June 24, 2013

The Delmar Maryland Officials Are At The MML Convention.

It is that time of the year once again when we in Delmar are missing some town officials and Delmar Maryland elected people have joined them at the Maryland Municipal League (MML) Convention in Ocean City. 
It should do your heart good to know they get a little R&R from their stressful schedule and they have an "opportunity to meet key state officials at the Cabinet secretaries Roundtable and attend the exhibit hall which will include 200 exhibits."  The Maryland Municipal League website says Past MML convention attendees report that attending educational workshops and meeting with a convention exhibitors have saved significant amounts of money from what their municipality had previously been spending for the same service or product.
Being a Delmar Maryland Elected Official is a tough job but someone has to do it. 

Sunday, June 23, 2013

The Tabernacle Has Moved Again

Based on the sign above, the Tabernacle had services today at the Old Building Block Day Care Building on Old Stage Road. 

A Book Review; The Final Confession of Mabel Stark

I recently picked up at the Friends of the Delmar Public Library book sale a book called "The Final Confession of Mabel Stark" by Robert Hough, Copyright 2001 published by Grove Press.  When selecting books from a book sale, after you have gone thru the authors you have heard of it is just a wild chance of a good selection.  I am afraid I go by the graphic work on the book cover for selections of authors I know nothing about and being from the Eastern Shore I tend to gaudy instead of sophisticated  and refined book covers, thus I selected this book.

Red and Yellow predominate colors, tigers and a woman.  Never heard of Mabel Stark in my life and have a low interest in Circus related items.   It turned out to be a really great book, well written, fits what I call the historical novel type of book in which a fictional book is written that hangs loosely on historical facts and dates.   It turns out there really was a Mabel Stark and she lead a life just as real as the book.  In the short version her name was Mary Haynie born in 1889, she was an orphan, became a nurse, was put in an insane asylum, married a number of times, joined the circus, was in those side shows known as cooch shows, became a big cat tamer, was bitten clawed and mauled numerous times and finally committed suicide in California in 1968.
The only thing I would recommend is glossary of circus terms, as you know they have their own language, I would suggest Hobo Nickel's Circus Lingo to reference while reading for those terms such as; Backdoor, blowdown, High School Horse, Pie Car, Cherry Pie, etc etc etc. 

Of current interest after reading of all the mauling and stratching etc in the book, I read yesterday about a worker at the Exotic Feline Rescue Center in Indiana, who was attacked by a tiger who during the attack put the woman's head in its mouth leaving her in critical condition.  Never trust a wild animal.