Monday, May 05, 2014

Monday Comments

Today was a great day to work in the yard - not too hot - not too windy - just a great day.  The pollen was a bitch however.  It covers the cars, the windows on your home and if you use the handrail on the steps your hand comes off yellow- green. 

Today is also Cinco de Mayo so beware of drunks on the road tonight.

Today's Delmar history is this house;

Great looking house, if you click on the photo it will enlarge,  It appears to be workmen standing on the porch and there is some boards on the steps to the right where the spotted dog is. To the left of it appears to be the old Delmar School that was on the corner of First and Grove where the post office is today.  The land to the right of the school was where W. L. Sirman had his Basket and Crate business.  The business appears on the map in 1904 so this house must have been built in maybe 1910 or so.  By 1930 it was gone and the present row of one story dwellings had been built.  So what happened to the house?  Fire maybe?  Fire has certainly removed a number of homes in Delmar.  It is another cold case Delmar mystery.   Which leads into my pitch for The Delmar Historical and Arts society.

Are you a Richard Castle, Patrick Jane, or a Dr. Temperance Brennan wannabe? They deal with mysteries every week in their television lives.

You can solve mysteries, too. There are some mysteries in your own town that you probably don’t even know about.

Join the Delmar Historical and Arts Society and you will find mysteries, most of them “cold cases”, without the mayhem of today’s actual world.  See us at our table in Day In The Park or come to our meeting on the second Thursday of each month 7 PM at the Avenue building.  Also look for announcements for the date of our Ice Cream Social that we will have in August. 

Naturally I have to mention the Chris Mills mess.  This week the fence was put back up so at least people and animals can not easily enter the building.  Looking at it you can only think how much it enhances your ability to tell someone what a great place Delmar is to live in so you can sell your house and get out of Delmar. 

Since I am retired I do most of the cooking in our house. It does get boring trying to decide what to cook and trying to avoid that institution menu trap of a certain item occurring the same day every week.  This week we had foil packs which is nothing special as it is the same old crap in a different package but my wife and daughter enjoy them for the novelty.
Trains, Delmar this evening had a wide selection of locomotives on the track downtown.
#3363 (SD 40-2) a Diesel-electric locomotive built by General Motors Electro Motive Division was in line

#5297 (Gp38-2) a Diesel-electric locomotive built by General Motors Electro Motive Division was next

#8395 (D8-40CW) a Diesel-electric locomotive built by General Electric Transportation Systems

#9712 (D9-40CW) a Diesel-electric locomotive built by General Electric Transportation Systems


Not that many cars for four locomotives

#3363 Gassed Up and ready to go

Tonight The Delmar Delaware Mayor and Council will meet at 7 PM

Sunday, May 04, 2014



May 2, 2014

DOVER – Delaware farmers are among the most productive and efficient in the nation, with the First State remaining first in the nation in the value of agricultural products sold per acre, according to U.S. Census of Agriculture data released Friday.

Sussex County remains the No. 1 broiler chicken-producing county in the nation, a position that dates back to the 1940s, and Delaware retained its spot as the state with the largest amount of lima bean acres harvested, according to 2012 Census of Agriculture data released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.

“Delaware farmers are maintaining their long and proud tradition of producing the best and freshest farm products,” said Gov. Jack Markell. “This is a testament to their hard work, resilience and dedication to their craft.”

“Delaware farmers know how to get the job done,” said Delaware Secretary of Agriculture Ed Kee. “This data confirms what many people already know: Farmers are the backbone of Delaware’s economy. But they’re more than just tillers of soil – Delaware farmers are smart businesspeople as well. They work hard every day to build efficient enterprises, increase productivity and grow the food that feeds our families.”

The new Census data also shows that agriculture remains Delaware’s largest single land use, with 41 percent of Delaware’s land (or 508,652 acres) in farming – 24 percent of New Castle County’s land, 46 percent of Kent County’s and 45 percent of Sussex County’s.

In the national rankings, Delaware was just ahead of California in the market value of agricultural products sold per acre, at $2,505 to California’s $1,667. Delaware was No. 2 in the value of agricultural products sold per farm, at $519,794 to first-place California’s $547,510. Delaware also topped California in the number of lima bean acres harvested – 12,564 acres to California’s 7,160.

Meanwhile, Sussex County again recorded the top number nationally in broiler chicken production, with 174 million birds produced in 2012. Polk County, Texas, ranked second, with 125 million birds.

Kee and Chris Cadwallader, Delaware state statistician for USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, said the participation of Delaware’s farmers in providing data is key to showing the industry’s importance both economically and environmentally. “It is critical to helping everyone understand agriculture,” Cadwallader said. “A big ‘thank you’ is owed to the Delaware agricultural community for making the Delaware 2012 Census of Agriculture a success.”

The USDA released the full Census of Agriculture results Friday, including county-level data on many topics. Preliminary state-level data released in February showed that state agricultural production hit a record $1.2 billion in 2012, up 19 percent from 2007. The value of crop production also more than doubled, to $429 million, while the amount of farmland and number of farms both decreased slightly, mirroring national trends. Complete Census data is online at

Other highlights in Delaware’s 2012 Census results:

>> Irrigation use was up 22 percent, to 127,272 acres versus 104,562 in 2007. All three counties saw increases in irrigated acreage.

>> More Delaware farmers have Internet access than in 2007, up 12 percent to 68 percent. Farmers are increasingly using mobile technologies and high-speed Internet access to map their farmland, plan production and conduct business transactions.

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