Saturday, February 14, 2015

The Bankruptcy Filing of the Golf Club At Briar's Creek

Those who read this blog know that I am nosy person.  One of the things I like to look at on-line is bankruptcy filings.  That is if they are available free of charge and I don’t have to pay for them, I am nosy but I am also cheap.  Recently the upscale Golf Club at Briar’s Creek, about 30 miles outside of Charleston, South Carolina, filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy protection, with $1.56 million in assets and $37 million in debts.  You can see that filing here;

Now Briar Creek Golf Club has about 210 members, with a refundable initiation fee of $100,000, recently dropped from $160,000, annual dues of $11,700, and a $1,000 annual food minimum at the club house. It has about 50 employees.   It is a tad more expensive than Wood Creek. 

The filing has a number of interesting things in it, such as individuals / members who owe money to the club. 

Itemized equipment and furniture is out on page 16, and Out on Page 129 is the wines owned by members that are held on premise for their use – estimated at $40 a bottle - and not a bottle of Gallo, Ripple or MD20/20 in the list - God knows, don't those people take sipping wine  with them when they are on the golf course..


 Anyway if you were interested in how much money it takes to run a golf club you might want to read this filing. 

Let me also mention Document Cloud
It is used by newspaper writers to store large public documents they reference in their articles.  You can search and read a large number of public documents .  A search of Delmar Delaware brings up a couple of redacted documents for the Delmar police Department, you can search your name, you even search some genealogical information.  Nothing is secret anymore.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Trivia Information For Friday

Cambridge American Cemetery is one of fourteen permanent military cemetery memorials established on foreign soil by the American Battle Monuments Commission to honor the dead and missing in action of World War II. It covers 30.5 acres and was established as a temporary military cemetery in 1943 on land donated by the University of Cambridge. The site was later selected as the only permanent American World War II military cemetery in the British Isles and was dedicated on July 16, 1956. There are 3812 interments of American servicemen and women.

Each headstone is hand washed three times a week.  If the staff is aware a family member or family representative is coming to see a particular grave on a specific day they wipe moist sand into the inscription on the grave marker and the memorial wall to highlight the casualty details. The sand comes from the Omaha Beach where so many American casualties fell on D-Day 1944.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Auto Zone Is Open

Auto Zone in Delmar is open.  I stopped by this morning and picked up a couple of things.  I found out they give a 10% senior citizen discount, something I didn't know about them before.  You have to ask for it as they don't volunteer it.  Plus it is "tax free" Delaware.  Auto Zone is in the old furniture store building that always had a "going out of business" sale.  They finally did. Just north of the Cashpoint store and right across the street from Advance Auto parts. 

The back of building houses Stanley Steemer.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

It's back - School redistricting and another referendum

Once again Wicomico County school board is looking at redistricting the Delmar School district.  They do this about every 8 to 10 years and each time it creates a riot from the parents - sometime the parents think they won the fight but in the end the school board always wins because they have time on their side.

So will this draw attention away from the Delaware Delmar School district referendum election on March 10th. and Dr Rings referendum will sail thru with only 10 or so people actually voting?

For the Wicomico County people there is a meeting about the redistricting proposal on Wednesday at 6:00 PM in the Delmar Fire Department.   And Wicomico County Public Schools will hold four information and input meetings on the proposals:
- Tuesday, February 10th at Salisbury Middle School at 7:00 PM
- Thursday, February 12th at Delmar Elementary at 7:00 PM
- Tuesday, February 17th at Pittsville Elementary and Middle at 7:00 PM
- Thursday, February 19th at Fruitland Intermediate at 7:00 PM

Back in Delaware Dr. Ring would like to add to my taxes and the one eyed jack, Governor Markell, would see to see I have a little less deductions on my taxes.  Naturally I will be voting against the referendum.

From WBOC;  - Don't know which date is correct March 10 or March 3rd but we should find out soon enough.

DELMAR, Del. -  Homeowners in the Delmar School District hold the fate of a possible tax increase in their own hands.  The school district will be holding a vote on the referendum in early March that could increase taxes by about $60 for average homeowners.

The first tax increase to be decided on would help fund the replacement of the roof and renovations at the Delmar Middle School and High School.  The plan calls for an increase of about $19.50 a year for the average home owner.  Over the 20 year life of the tax, the rate would decrease.

The second proposed increase would be permanent and that would be roughly $40 more a year for the average Delmar homeowner.  That increase would be used to fund the general operation of the district, including classroom materials and staff salaries.

Some owners say it is an easy price to pay when it comes to helping the schools and local children.

"My kids aren't in there anymore but they went there and they gave them a good education and I want that education for other kids to have it.  As long as the high school is here, as long as everything is going well, as long as our schools are going well, then the town goes well," said David Hudson of Delmar.
Casandra Kirbow of Delmar also said she would agree to the new tax because in the long run it would benefit her young son.  "He doesn't start school until three years from now, but still, at least he'll get a better education than what most kids are getting around here."
Others WBOC spoke with in Delmar believe an extra $60 a year will add up quickly and when the vote is held, they will be casting their vote against any tax increases.
The vote on the referendum will be held on March 3rd in Delmar and the polls will be open inside the district board road from 10 am to 8 pm.

Delaware Food safety certification course offered to potential on-farm food entrepreneurs

Food safety certification course offered to potential on-farm food entrepreneurs

DOVER – Agricultural entrepreneurs who want to produce certain foods in their on-farm kitchens can receive food safety training and become certified under Delaware law at an upcoming workshop jointly sponsored by the University of Delaware Cooperative Extension and the Delaware Department of Agriculture.
The eight-hour Food Safety for Entrepreneurs program presented by Dr. Sue Snider of the University of Delaware will take place Saturday, Feb. 28, at the Department of Agriculture offices near Camden, 2320 South DuPont Highway. The class will be 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Participants should arrive by 7:45 a.m. for registration and bring a bagged lunch.

Register by Feb. 20 by contacting Debra Whitmore at or 302-698-4540.
Participants will learn how to identify potentially hazardous and non-potentially hazardous foods; understand foodborne pathogens and ways to control them; reduce the risk of foodborne illness; evaluate their plan for controlling potential microbial problems; and understand state regulations on farm-produced, non-potentially hazardous food items.

Those items include such things as baked breads, cakes, muffins, cookies, non-chocolate candy, jellies, jams, preserves, marmalades, fruit butters, fruit pies, herbs in vinegar, honey and herb mixtures, dried fruit and vegetables, spices or herbs, maple syrup, sorghum, popcorn, caramel corn, peanut brittle and roasted nuts.
The training, certification and inspections of farm kitchens are required under Delaware regulations adopted in 2006, and apply to farmers who wish to process non-potentially hazardous foods in their on-farm home kitchens for sale to the public at DDA-listed farmers’ markets, on their farm or at a roadside stand on or near their farm. On-farm kitchens will be inspected by appointment after participants complete the training and pass a written test.

Bad Morning To Be On The Roads

The trees and roadways all have a nice layer of ice on them this morning
Makes me glad I am retired and don't have to fight this mess this morning