Saturday, March 15, 2014

A Saturday Morning Look At The Chris Mills Building

To my untrained eye I didn't see any major change to the building from Thursday.  The bricks have been picked up and put in a pile and it looks like some of the items in the building had been removed to reduce the weight on the upper floors.

and this piece of angle iron had been bolted to the State Street Side of the building.  I guess to reinforce it.

As a side note the town website says State Street will be closed until Monday March 31st

I Am From The State And I am Here To Help You

I received the below email annoucement from DNREC yesterday and finally got around to reading it.  I happen to use the dirt road they are talking about to go to Phillips Landings as it is shorter than going thru Laurel and Bethel.  Besides Phillip Landing there is also a small graveyard slightly off the dirt road that I sometime go to for research.  I find it interesting that they state; "we cannot allow a few people who do not respect the area to ruin things for the many who do", so what do they think they are doing to the "many" when they close the road?

I think the problem they should look at is Delaware's dumb ass trash pickup/drop off sites and recycling program.  Maybe if they actually had sites you could dump at without listening to bullshit you would not have people dumping in the woods.

DNREC’s Division of Fish and Wildlife to close Nanticoke Wildlife Area road
due to ongoing problems with dumping, vandalism

LAUREL (March 14, 2014) – Beginning Friday, March 28, the Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife will be installing gates and closing an unpaved cross road connecting Phillips Landing Road with Sharptown Road through the Robert L. Graham Nanticoke Wildlife Area near Laurel. The area continues to attract illegal activity including trash dumping and vandalism despite increased signage and public notification and increased law enforcement presence.

“We encourage the public to enjoy our Fish and Wildlife areas and the unique outdoor experiences they offer. However, state wildlife areas are public lands with a conservation mission – and the Division of Fish and Wildlife’s mission is to protect and conserve these areas for current and future generations,” said David Saveikis, director of the Division of Fish and Wildlife. “As stewards of this land for Delaware, we cannot allow a few people who do not respect the area to ruin things for the many who do. Therefore, we are closing the gates to this roadway, at least temporarily, as a stronger deterrent to illegal activity.”

The 4,415-acre Nanticoke Wildlife Area includes access for anglers and boaters to the scenic and historic Nanticoke River via Phillips Landing public boat ramp. However, the area has been plagued by a variety of violations, including: dumping trash, furniture, appliances, scrap tires and yard waste; damaging access roads with vehicles; smashing access gates; and spray-painting graffiti on wildlife area signs, as well as damage to the John Smith monument at Phillips Landing.

“Most visitors to the Nanticoke Wildlife Area and Phillips Landing treat this beautiful area with respect and enjoy the fishing, boating, picnicking, horseback riding and other outdoor activities that it offers,” said Chief Robert Legates 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 the enjoyment for others. To anyone considering actions that damage this area, be warned: we have zero tolerance for your illegal activities.”

Fish and Wildlife Enforcement agents will continue to monitor the Nanticoke Wildlife Area closely, Chief Legates said. “We rely on the people of Delaware to share and support our role as good stewards of our natural resources – and that includes reporting those who abuse these valuable resources,” Legates added. “And, those who are caught will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”

DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife Enforcement Section works to achieve public compliance through education and enforcement actions that help conserve Delaware’s fish and wildlife resources and ensure safe boating and public safety. Citizens are encouraged to report fish and wildlife and boating violations to the Delaware Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Section by calling 302-739-4580 or

Friday, March 14, 2014

Obituary Competition,0,6301680.column

As to be expected I am a habitual obituary reader so I was pleased that a Delaware man currently has the best obituary written;  noted on several newspapers and online sources it goes like this

Walter George Bruhl Jr. is dead.
“He is no more; he is bereft of life; he is deceased; he has rung down the curtain and gone to join the choir invisible; he has expired and gone to meet his maker,” reads the obituary of the grandpa, who was from Delaware but had retired to Florida.
Instead of treating death as something to be frightened of, Bruhl was ready and prepared. Grandson Sam Bruhl said the 80-year-old “cut out the middleman” and wrote his own obituary just before he “drifted off this mortal coil” Sunday. Walter even printed it out and left it in a conspicuous place so that his family would discover it.
“I read through it and I was crying and laughing,” Sam told The News. “It really shows his humor and his wit and wisdom about life.”
Walter was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran of the Korean War. He apparently chose this path “because of Hollywood propaganda.” He returned from the war to work in manufacturing and eventually started his own contract business in Newark, N.J., and Dewey Beach, Del. He died in Florida on March 9.
Sam remembers his PopPop as a funny old soul who could find the humor in the smallest things. Any situation that reminded Walt of a song would set him off.
“He had a song for everything,” Sam said. “I’m sure he had more songs in his head then any iPod.”
Instead of flowers, Walt asked others to raise a glass of their favorite drink in his memory and to “do an unexpected and unsolicited act of kindness for some poor unfortunate soul in his name.”
It was that simple request that prompted Sam to post the obituary to Reddit.
“This was something he wanted to share with the world,” Sam said.

Today Is Pi Day - Long Live Pi

Today March 14th (3.14) is Pi day that magic ratio of a circle's circumference to it diameter. It is usually celebrated at 1:59 PM as the number extended out is 3.14159 26535 89793 23846 26433 83279 50288 41971 69399 37510 58209 74944 59230 78164 06286 20899 86280 34825 34211 70679........

Today is the day math nerds select to be married, and next year it will be even bigger because in 2015 at 9:26 AM and PM it can be written 3/14/15 9:2653 the first ten digits of Pi.

While other people become excited over St Patty's day approaching, for math nerds this is the EVENT of the year.

Today is also Albert Einstein's birthday. The German theoretical physicist was born on March 14, 1879.

In the Movie "Life of Pi" the character Piscine Molitor Patel hates his first name being mocked by schoolmates and decides to reinvent himself by shortening his name to “Pi”.

And of course that is how Mr. Spock in Star Trek managed to stop an evil entity that has taken over the Enterprise's computer system. He ordered it to "compute to the last digit the value of pi."


Thursday, March 13, 2014

New Events At The LeCates/Chris Mills building

March 5 2012

Mills said despite the age of the building, he is confident in its sturdiness following an inspection after the 5.8 magnitude
earthquake that hit the East Coast in August 2011.

"This structure of the building is pretty unique," he said. "It survived a pretty big earthquake with the standards from the late 1800s. I went through it and not one brick fell down. Hopefully it has structural integrity."
Oct 8 Mayor and council Meeting 2013
Chris Mills came to talk about what I still refer to as the LeCates Building. As we know it looks like nothing has been done to it in the past year, however Chris Mills says he has cleaned the place out and is getting an architect to look at it. He hopes to have a coffee shop in it by Spring of 2015. He mentioned the East wall is bad and unsafe. I guess the good news he gave us, is the building (built in 1893) has fire cuts on the floor joist. Meaning the building will collapse in on it self rather than out into the street. FIRE CUT - At a supporting wall a regular joist has a square cut end, whereas a fire cut has an angled cut on the end. The cut angles away from the outside wall so that in the case of a fire severe enough to cause a floor collapse, THE JOIST CAN ROTATE OUT OF ITS BEARING, LEAVING THE WALL INTACT. If the joist has a regular square cut end, as the floor collapses, the end of the joist can push up on the wall above it, causing that wall to tip outward and endanger people outside of the building      
Today; State Street is blocked
Looks like the East wall (back of building)  may have collapsed

Using that upstairs bathroom may be embarrassing


Junior Solar Sprint on May 14


Contact: Joanna Wilson, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902

Delaware students invited to sign up for unique science and technology experience at annual Junior Solar Sprint on May 14

DOVER (March 11, 2014) – Middle school students from across Delaware are invited to compete in the 20th annual Delaware Junior Solar Sprint (JSS) Competition on Wednesday, May 14 at Dover International Speedway. Sponsored by DNREC’s Division of Energy & Climate, the competition is open to all seventh and eighth graders attending public or private schools in Delaware.

Participants form teams of four to five students per car, with each team required to design, build and race a model car no larger than 30 cm x 60 cm x 30 cm. The cars must be powered by sunlight using a solar photovoltaic cell that converts the sun’s energy into electricity. Students must consider such critical factors as aerodynamic drag, rolling resistance, weight, and drive train when designing their cars for speed and reliability. The race is a double elimination competition with awards going to the five fastest cars. Awards also will be given for most innovative design.

Junior Solar Sprint (JSS) is a national program that was developed to provide a hands-on opportunity for students to apply Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) concepts, creativity, and problem-solving skills as they design, construct, and race solar-powered cars.

“Students have an exciting opportunity to apply the scientific concepts they are learning in class to a real-world challenge with Junior Solar Sprint,” said Lynda Haitz, national program manager for JSS at the Technology Student Association. “Kids develop teamwork and problem-solving abilities, investigate environmental issues, gain hands-on engineering skills, and use principles of science and math to get the fastest, most interesting, and best crafted vehicle possible,” she said.

For more information about the Delaware Junior Solar Sprint Competition, or to register for the event, please contact Crystal Nagyiski at More information also is available at

Delaware’s Junior Solar Sprint drew 80 students from around the state last year, and has hosted more than 1,700 Delaware middle schoolers since it began 20 years ago. The national Junior Solar Sprint program is sponsored by the U.S. Army Educational Outreach Program and is managed by the Technology Student Association. The Army Educational Outreach Program is comprised of Army-sponsored research, education, competitions, internships and practical experiences designed to engage and guide students and teachers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education. Visit for more information.

Farm Stand Owner workshop


March 10, 2014

DOVER -- Delaware farm stand owners are invited to a free marketing workshop next month to learn how to reach more customers and improve profits.

"Using the latest marketing techniques can make a real difference for farmers' profitability," said Delaware Secretary of Agriculture Ed Kee. "Our farmers are working hard every day to grow the freshest produce and agricultural products for Delaware consumers, and we want to support them in those efforts.”

The Department of Agriculture's "Secrets of a Successful Season" workshops - set for April 2 in Dover and April 9 in Georgetown - will feature expert advice on creating farm stand displays, event planning and roadside traffic safety. Attendees will also bring home free promotional materials to boost their markets' reach, including a carousel display.

Attendees can pick one of two workshop dates: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 2 at the DDA Administration Building, 2320 South DuPont Highway, Camden, or 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 9 at the Carvel Research & Education Center, 16483 County Seat Highway, Georgetown.

The registration deadline is March 26. To register, email or call 302-698-4535.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Financial Management Practices of the Wicomico County Public Schools Audit

The Maryland Office of Legislative Audits’ report of the Financial Management Practices of the Wicomico County Public Schools is available at

Altho Wicomico County Board of Education responses (at the end of the report about page 33 appendix A) to the audit suggestions to improve instead took the approach to fight some of the suggestions and some they accepted, mainly in the area of computer security.  47 pages of worth while reading for Wicomico county taxpayers.