Saturday, March 14, 2015

Cara Tamosaitis

I see Cara Tamosaitis tombstone made the website Geographically Yours Cemeteries

A Sampler

Some women sew samplers that say "Home Sweet Home" and then there are the other ones

Yes The Downfall

From The Queen Of Moonbeams and Magic

I came across this in a Red Hat Society Cookbook and decided since Jo Anne Schultz
 was from Delmar I would post it.

1920 ad Rosenfeld & Co. Pocomoke City MD

It's Pi Day !!!!

A very special Pi Day, because on March 14, 2015, at 53 seconds past 9:26 AM the date and time will spell out the first 9 decimal digits of the constant π.
Pi =3.14159 26535 89793 23846 26433 83279 50288 41971 69399 37510 58209 74944 59230 78164 06286 20899 86280 34825 34211 70679........

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Some Houses For Sale In Delmar Delaware

502 Lincoln Ave, Delmar, DE 19940

 3 beds 1 bath 1,110 sqft  $84,900


507 Lincoln Ave, Delmar, DE 19940

 2 beds 2 baths 1,184 sqft   $144, 900


405 Delaware Ave, Delmar, DE 19940     4 beds 3 baths 2,214 sqft  $149,900


203 Delaware Ave, Delmar, DE 19940  3 beds 2 baths 1,350 sqft  $124,900

306 N 2nd St, Delmar, DE 19940   4 beds 2 baths 1,344 sqft   $48,000

304 N 2nd St, Delmar, DE 19940  4 beds 2 baths 1,236 sqft  $48,000

305 Delaware Ave, Delmar, DE 19940  3 beds 1 bath -- sqft   $136,900

200 E Grove St, Delmar, DE 19940  5 beds 2 baths 2,560 sqft   $113,900


109 E Grove St, Delmar, DE 19940  4 beds 1.5 baths 2,300 sqft   $159,900

706 Delaware Ave  Delmar, DE 19940 3 beds 2 full bath  1800 sq ft $165,000


Mother Nature Corrects Some Of Man's Mistakes

This World War 2 equipment has been swallowed by trees in Neva Bridgehead area in Russia

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Wing Dings and Beans - Does It Get Any Better?

On Friday March 20th At Mt Nebo Community Center 4498 White Deer Road, Delmar, DE 19940

Noon to 6 p.m. Green Lima beans and Great Northern beans, with or without dumplings, wing dings, dessert, drink. $7; under age 6, $3.50. Call for deliveries, 302-846-2181.

Monday, March 09, 2015

Watching All The Girls Go By

Bi State Pharmacy

Well as many of us are finding out, from calling in a prescription or by mail, the pharmacy business at Bi-State Pharmacy has been moved to Walgreens at the commons shopping center 38627 Benro Drive Delmar Delaware. I understand Ed Asare is out at Walgreens for the time being filling prescriptions until the transfer is complete.  I was told if you call the Bi- State Pharmacy number it will roll over to Walgreens.  Talking to his assistant this morning he said it was combination of high pharmaceutical prices from the suppliers and low insurance reimbursement that finally lead him to the decision to close.  I understand the non-pharmaceutical part of the store will stay open for those other drug store needs.

Snow Chains

I noticed during the last and hopefully last snowstorm the post office delivery vehicle had this type of snow chain on.

Back when I use to use snow chains (back in the 70's) I recall how effective they were as long as you were driving on snow.  Once you hit clear road they bounced you around all over the place.  What a pain they were to put on, you would end up laying in the snow trying to get them to line up on the tire and tighten enough so they wouldn't slide loose.  The post office ones however look really tight on the tire but of course they have money to burn so they can afford the best.  Much like the school district they just raise the rates.

Sunday, March 08, 2015

The Delmar School Referendum

This Tuesday once again the Delmar school district will have a referendum that will ask to increase taxes.  The right for citizens to vote for or against this referendum was approved by the elected members of Delmar Board of Education;

Shawn Brittingham, President:

David Burton, Jr., Vice-President:

Thomas Elliott:

Jason Coco:

Farrah Morelli:
The referendum consists of two questions of which you vote for or against.
Those questions are
1) A tax increase of 15.2 cents per hundred for capital improvements

2) A permanent tax increase of 31.1 cents per hundred for operating expenses
Over the years or at least since about 1997 the Delmar school District has had a referendum to build a new school, a referendum to add six new classrooms and an expanded school cafeteria, and the strange one in 2007 of transferring 15 cents from the debt service fund to current operations.  All have been approved in part due to the low Sussex county tax rate which makes a school tax increase look less depressing and the high number of school employees who vote for their own personal benefit.

Looking at the school tax rate from 2010 to current the rates have looked like this;
2010-2011  $3.12 per hundred

2011-2012  $3.31 per hundred

2012-2013  $3.7574 per hundred

2013-2014  $3.8094 per hundred

2014-2015  $3.6394 per hundred

So since 2010 the school board have increased our tax rate by $.5194 or 16.6% in spite of a decreasing capital portion of the bill.

A 2014 comparison of school districts

Laurel $ 3.696

Delmar $3.6394

Woodbridge $3.617

Milford $3.4783

Seaford $3.20

Cape Henlopen $3.071

Indian River $ 2.693

So in spite of having the second highest tax rate in Sussex County they want more

Population wise the total school population is 1,367 if I copied the right numbers down at the meeting.  Of that amount 520 are from Maryland (of note 460 Delaware kids go to the Maryland school) and 50 are school choice from other school districts.

The current taxes and the proposed increase will be the responsibly of the property owners in the Delmar School district.  There is a case to be made that the cost of the Maryland kids who go to school in Delaware will be reimbursed by the Bi-State agreement from Wicomico County.  Of course the reimbursement for those kids will be spread over the much larger property base of Wicomico county as opposed to the few of us in the Delmar school district who will bear the burden

In looking at the capital improvement tax increase it is a little misleading in the ballot description.  The school supplied the items that the capital improvement will cover at their informational meeting and the school was nice enough to give me a breakout of Estimated costs (what real cost will be will be determined after the bids, if referendum is approved)  for the items when I asked  for it.

 Roof replacement                                                 $  663,900

Exterior coating & caulk repair                            $  320,500

ADA compliant adjustments                                $  672,799

Keyless entry system                                            $    45,865

Canopy & bus waiting area at North entrance     $  300,855       

Retention pond relocation                                    $  100,000

New locker room/Athletic facility                        $2,000,000

Total                                                                    ​ $4,103,919  (State will pay 80%; Delmar will pay 20%)

So the main capital item is a sports facility followed by those American with Disability act (ADA) requirements and the roof repairs on the “new” school built in 2000.  I can only assume the new roof repairs will come with a warranty at least as long as the 20 year capital improvement loan

The operating portion on the referendum is a 31.1 cent per hundred permanent increase for salaries and operating items.

Let me say there is some merit in the capital improvements altho I can only see about $1.5 million being needed, instead of $4 million.  The Operating portion I wouldn’t vote for at all.

It is interesting that a large percentage of the people who ask for the money/tax increase and who will benefit from it if the referendum is passed do not live in the school district and will not have to be burdened by the tax rates.  Much like the town employees, who you can count on one hand those that live in the town limits, school employees live out of state or out of the district.  

The largest employer in Delaware is the state of Delaware , the counties, the towns and the school districts.  As any politician knows if you give people jobs it ensures they will vote for you and your policies.  School referendums are prime examples of this outlook in the Delmar School district.  Less than 10 percent of voters will vote in a school referendum.  I am guessing only about a hundred will vote in this one.  Altho a large percentage of the school employees live out of the school district there are enough living in the district that they will pass this referendum, the same as the previous referendums, for their own personal benefit.    

If you decide you want to waste your time on a done deal the election is March 10th Tuesday from 10 AM to 8 PM at the Delmar School District office at the school.

No great surprise below are the results

Tomorrow Night The Delmar MD Commissioners Meet

The Sunday Blue Law On Tangier Island In 1920

Many of us are old enough to remember living under the “Blue” Laws, those laws that directed what you could do and what you could buy on Sunday.  On Tangier Island, Virginia in 1920 they had a very strict blue law.  It said on Sunday you were either in church or you were home inside your house – no sitting on the porch – but inside the house.  To ensure that law was enforced, the island selected Charles Christopher “Bud” Connorton as their constable or sergeant of police.  Charles Connorton was born in 1870 to Patrick H. Connorton (1843- ) and Matilda P. (1848- ).  Patrick Connorton parents were born in Ireland.  Charles was born around Lee on the Eastern Shore of Virginia.  He was a teacher at the Onancock Academy for a while before deciding to make his fortune on Tangier Island. His father also moved to Tangier.  

Charles "Bud" Connorton was a well respected individual.  He worked the water with his pungy named “Robt L. Rodgers”.  He married Mary J. Crockett in 1897.  They had one daughter; Mary. In 1899 Mary Crockett Connorton died at age 28.

Richmond Times Dispatch August 27 1897

Peninsula Enterprise May 6 1899
Charles Connorton had a run-in with the federal government in 1899 when he assaulted a federal agent who was sent to Tangier island to make an arrest.  He also had a run in or two with the Maryland crabbers. The newspaper reports of the time would indicate he was a strong willed individual.

Richmond Times Dispatch 1893

He next married Priscilla Parks in 1909.  They had three sons named; Albert Wright, Charles Donald “Don”, and Melvin A.  Mary, his first born by Mary Crockett, lived with her grandparents Henry and Elizabeth Crockett.

In 1920 he was made a census taker for the island of Tangier.

On April 11th 1920, Sunday, Sergeant Connorton found Roland Parks, son of Henry. P. Parks, sitting on the porch of his brother’s store, definitely not in church nor at home.  He told Roland to go home. Roland started cussing but went home, however on arriving at home he decided to sit on the front porch.  Sergeant Connorton grabbed him to take hin to jail and in the ensuing fight Parks was shot. The family took Roland Parks the 12 miles to the Crisfield hospital where he recovered.  A gang of Tangier citizens went looking for the Mayor whom they found hiding in his attic and demanded Connorton be arrested.  Bud Connorton was not arrested but gave himself up volunteering to the Accomack courthouse and was placed on bail.

Found guilty of unlawfully shooting Roland Parks when he refused to go to church Bud Connorton was given a year in the State penitentiary at Richmond ,Virgina.

This shooting made the National news and a movie cameraman was sent to Tangier to do a story and movie about the event.  The people on Tangier closed ranks and ran him off the island.

After jail, Bud Connorton returned to the island and was made Constable or Chief of Police again. On April 25, 1925 Charles Connorton  was shot in the back by an unknown assassin and he died the next day of his wounds at McCready hospital in Crisfield.

Crisfield Times 1925

Priscilla Connorton continued to live on Tangier and was manager of D. Tischler, a clothing store. Her sons would move to Baltimore with the exception of Melvin who stayed on Tangier island.

1954 Crisfield Times

Roland Lee Parks would die in 1962.

The Salisbury Times April 24,  1962