Friday, May 22, 2015


Presidential Proclamation - Prayer for Peace, Memorial Day, 2015


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On Memorial Day, the United States pauses to honor the fallen heroes who died in service to our Nation.  With heavy hearts and a sense of profound gratitude, we mourn these women and men -- parents, children, loved ones, comrades-in-arms, friends, and all those known and unknown -- who believed so deeply in what our country could be they were willing to give their lives to protect its promise.  Our hearts ache in their absence, but their spirit gives us strength to continue their work of securing and renewing the liberties that all Americans cherish and for which these heroes gave their last full measure of devotion.

In solemn reflection, we gather -- in small towns and big cities, on battlefields, in cemeteries, and at sacred places where blood has been shed for freedom's cause -- throughout our country and around the world to remember the unbroken chain of patriots who won independence, saved our Union, defeated fascism, and protected the Nation we love from emerging threats in a changing world.  Today, their legacy is carried forward by a new generation of servicemen and women and all who strive to shape a more perfect America; and their enormous sacrifices continue to make our opportunity possible.

We owe all those who sacrifice in our name a tremendous debt, including our Nation's mothers and fathers who have given their daughters and sons to America, spouses and partners who shoulder the weight of unthinkable loss, and courageous children in whom the legacies of their parents live on.  As a Nation, we must uphold our obligations to these Gold Star families.  We have pledged to them that they will never walk alone -- that their country will be there for them always -- and we must work every day to make good on this promise.

Our Nation will never forget the valor and distinction of the women and men who defend freedom, justice, and peace.  Today, we rededicate ourselves to commitments equal to the caliber of those who have rendered the highest service:  to support our troops with the resources they need to do their jobs; to never stop searching for those who have gone missing or are prisoners of war; to ensure all our veterans have access to the care and benefits they have earned and deserve; and to continue our constant work of building a Nation worthy of the heroes we honor today.

In honor of all of our fallen service members, the Congress, by a joint resolution approved May 11, 1950, as amended (36 U.S.C. 116), has requested the President issue a proclamation calling on the people of the United States to observe each Memorial Day as a day of prayer for permanent peace and designating a period on that day when the people of the United States might unite in prayer.  The Congress, by Public Law 106-579, has also designated 3:00 p.m. local time on that day as a time for all Americans to observe, in their own way, the National Moment of Remembrance.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim Memorial Day, May 25, 2015, as a day of prayer for permanent peace, and I designate the hour beginning in each locality at 11:00 a.m. of that day as a time during which people may unite in prayer. 

I also ask all Americans to observe the National Moment of Remembrance beginning at 3:00 p.m. local time on Memorial Day. I request the Governors of the United States and its Territories, and the appropriate officials of all units of government, to direct that the flag be flown at half-staff until noon on this Memorial Day on all buildings, grounds, and naval vessels throughout the United States and in all areas under its jurisdiction and control.  I also request the people of the United States to display the flag at half-staff from their homes for the customary forenoon period.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-second day of May, in the year of our Lord two thousand fifteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-ninth.


Thursday, May 21, 2015

Events, Comments, Observations, and General Pissing and Moaning

Tonight The Delmar Planning and Zoning Will Meet

A Sub Sale Is Going On At St. Stephen's
A Yard Sale will happen Saturday May 23rd at All Saints Episcopal Church 100 North 10th Street  7 Am to 1 Pm rain or shine

The Greater Delmar Chamber of Commerce Day in the Park  will be June 6th, from their website
Our 39th Annual Delmarva's Day in the Park Festival will be held this year
on Saturday, June 6th from 10am to 6pm in State Street Park, Delmar, DE.
Crafts, food, games, drawings, live entertainment and more! 
A fun-filled day for the entire family! 
Vendors wishing to participate in the festival can call the Chamber voicemail at
302-846-3336 and leave your name, address and phone number, along with product
you wish to sell or email the Chamber at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 Quarter Auction to benefit the Delmar Public Library capital campaign will be held Saturday, May 23, at the Delmar VFW, located at 200 W. State St. in Maryland. The event will raise funds for an expansion to the library. Doors open at 5 p.m. Games being at 6 p.m. First paddle $5, with additional paddles $3 each. Many items will be up for bid including gift certificates to local restaurants. Paddles available at the door. Food on sale. Bring a roll of quarters.
From Cindy Fisher Town Clerk of the council

The Heritage Day Fundraising  Committee will be hosting a Quarter Auction on Friday, August 7th at the VFW.  The doors will be open at 5 pm with the auction starting at 6 pm.  Should be over between 9 and 9:30 pm.

I am asking everyone to tap into your personal and professional resources for donations for that cause. The donation could be an item, a gift card, gift certificate, restaurants, golf courses, off-season passes (for those who have OC connections), hair saloon, automotive certificates, etc.

There will be vendors there who will be offering donations as well, such as Avon, Pampered Chef, etc.  The donations cannot be liquor or tobacco related.

They are asking if we can come up with at least 20 donations. I am checking with the Sheriff’s Office-who controls “gambling”, to see if we can make themed Baskets and have them there. By baskets I mean maybe a grill with grill accessories,  a basket with tons of schools supplies since it will be school time. IF we get the okay from them, then we will be making some of those as well.

I feel embarrassed to ask for help, but the Heritage Day is a Town event and with money tight in the budget, this is a fundraiser that should bring in some money.

 All donations will need to be at Town Hall no later than June 15th so that they can be incorporated into a list and then we will advertise the event.

I am also looking for people who can work the event. I am told it is major. I need people at the door (2), people selling quarters (2). People collecting the quarters after each auction (4-6), and we need people to be “Vanna White” and show off the merchandise.  It can be you, your spouses and adult children. Teenagers and tweens can be used as “Vanna” but adults need to be dealing with the money aspect of the event.
Food is also a big feature at these events. I’m going to see if the VFW will cook for us and if there is a charge, or if they will let us use their kitchen and ask Milano’s or Jessica’s Place to sponsor us with free pizza and we will sell them per slice and make money that way as well.

Thanks in advance for any and all considerations to this worthy cause. I’m hoping for a nice turnout and it being very profitable.

 The Estate Of Gary Horseman, Sr Auction Friday May 29th at 4:33 PM, Looks like the Mason Dixon auction a couple blocks away is going to have competition Friday night.

On-Site Single Estate Home & Contents Auction

Allen & Marshall Auctioneers is pleased to offer the Estate of Gary Horseman Sr
FRIDAY May 29th, 2015 @ 4:33 PM
Real Estate at 6:30 PM
203 West State Street, Delmar, DE 19940

4 BR, 2.5 BA Home on Large 4.2 Acre lot in Sussex Co., DE right across the Street from the Old Mill! 2014 GMC Terrain SLT, 2003 Chevy Silverado 3500, John Deere Zero Turn Mower, Dump Trailer, 2011 Utility Trailer, Furniture, Tools, Equipment, Personal Mobility Carts, Kubota Riding Lawn Mower, DE Tags and MORE!

Auctioneers Note: Join us for a good old fashion home and contents sale. Please note date and time!! There is plenty of street parking on Rd81 and N. Memorial Drive and even more parking in the pasture. There will be absolutely NO PARKNG on RT 54! (Please view photos on the website)
Directions: (From MD/DE Line) – At the Rt 54/Line Rd Traffic Light on Rt. 13 in Delmar turn West onto Rt. 54 and follow to traffic light at Bi-State Blvd. Proceed straight and follow for 0.6 miles to Rt 81 (Just Past Old Mill. Turn Right onto Rt. 81 and park behind the home. Property is located across the street and just before you get to the Old Mill Crab House. Signs Posted.
Primitives/Glass/ China/Collectibles(4:33 PM): Antique Oak gingerbread kitchen clock, Purina Mills advertising walking cane, Pr.of 20” concrete horse heads, Sessions Mahogany camelback mantel clock, cast iron horse hitching post, Ansonia camelback mantel clock, Bufflehead decoy by Robert Sunderland, wood duck decoy, (2) mallard decoys, Galileo thermometer, (2) Frank Perdue bobble head decoys, blue stoneware washbowl and pitcher, wooden two seat miniature buggy, Cast iron horse bookends, (2) cast iron horse banks, horse weather vane, Qty. of Nascar racing memorabilia, Lg. Qty. of Jeff Gordon memorabilia and more!
Jewelry/Coins: 14kt gold men’s necklace w/ stallion charm, 10kt men’s ring w/ tigers eye stone, several tie tacs, (2) Faux Rolex watches, several half dollars, Lg. Qty. of $2.00 bills, costume jewelry and more!!
Furniture (5 PM): Ridgeway Oak beveled glass grandfather clock w/ triple weighted movement, Stanley F.C. Pine King size 5pc bedroom suite, Kincaid F.C. solid Pine 5pc bedroom suite, Broyhill Pine 4pc bedroom suite, Antique Oak four door two drawer china cabinet, 3pc Amish made solid Oak living room table set w/ carved paw feet, (2) Pine horizontal file cabinets, Bench Craft F.C. upholstered sofa and loveseat, Dunmore F.C. plaid upholstered three cushion sofa, (2) La-Z- Boy overstuffed upholstered lounge chairs, contemporary white tile top breakfast table and stool set, (2) office chairs, 3pc living room table set, Maple rocking chair, Pine rocking chair, Oak quilt rack, Oak computer desk, Sony big screen HDTV, cast iron 3pc garden bench set, concrete urns, concrete park bench and much more!
Tools (5:45 PM): DeWalt DP3700 13HP Honda 3700 PSI pressure washer, Emglo model 3800 portable jobsite air compressor, DeWalt DW705 miter saw, 24ft Werner fiberglass extension ladder, 20ft fiberglass extension ladder, several aluminum extension ladders, 11 drawer locking tool box, DeWalt 18volt drill, Dewalt sawzall, Hitachi cordless drill, Makita sawzall, 2.5 ton hydraulic floor jack, Makita grinder, tripod halogen light, Mr. Heater dual head propane heater, 16 gal shop vac, Remington nail set, Louisville 8ft “A” frame step ladder, (2) Werner 6ft “A” frame step ladders, (3) Skil saws, Milwaukee drills, socket sets, table saw, several jack stands, extension cords, gas cans and more!!
Riding Lawn Mowers/Yard Equipment (6 PM): John Deere Z424, 23HP G4 42” commercial zero turn mower, garage kept showing just 177hrs!!, Kubota T1570 15HP 40” cut riding lawn mower, Stihl F5 55R gas trimmers, Agrifab HD1000 Mow and Vac pull behind lawn vac w/ Briggs 3.5HP mower, Briggs Classic 3.5HP push mower, Poulan Pro Wild Thing 18” chain saw, Poulan Pro 2775 20” chain saw, Redmax CHT2300 gas trimmers, Craftsman 25cc gas blower, pull behind yard cart, Fimco pull behind sprayer, lawn aerator, wheel barrow, tripod yard sprinkler, garden tools, commercial lawn cart and more!
Trailers: 2011 Better Built Trailers, Inc. 5ft x 8ft single axle utility trailer with ramp door and 2,000lb GVWR, Crosley Mfg. Co. 6’x10’ dual axle dump trailer with roll tarp.
Estate Vehicles (6:45 PM): 2014 GMC Terrain SLT, 3.6L V6 VVT, automatic, loaded with black leather interior, sunroof, On-Star, Satellite radio, GMC Intelink with collision alert, cruise, push button shift, Pioneer 8 speaker system, touch screen selector, keyless entry garage kept showing just 4,083 miles!!! Vin# 2GKFLSE39E6375887 (Will be offered with a very low reserve), Single owner 2003 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 dually, 8.1L 8100 Vortec V8, automatic, 4 door loaded with leather, Classy Chassis, Bose, Cobra VHS, P/W, P/L, 5th wheel, electronic brake controls, Garage Kept showing just 55,008 miles!!!
Delaware Tags (7 PM): Delaware Tag # C9929, Delaware Tag #HP6086.
Special Interest/Boxlots: Maxima battery operated personal mobility cart, Harmar battery operated personal mobility cart hitch attachment lift, Personal mobility scooter hitch lift attachment, City bug battery operated scooter, Large wooden outhouse with carved crescent moon in door, (2) Large concrete Stallion horse yard ornaments, concrete lawn jockey, several concrete bird baths, Lg. Qty. of kitchen wares, several concrete planters, porch swing, Qty. of animated Halloween yard characters, Kenmore dehumidifier, Coleman coolers, Lg. Qty. of vintage Playboy magazines, Cosco step stool, wheel cart, horse saddle, small Qty. of horse tack & more!
Terms Personal Property: Cash Or Approved Check Day of sale. Visa/MC/Amex/Discover. 13% Buyer Premium. 3% Discount for cash or check. If vehicles are paid for by check Auction Company reserves the right to retain the vehicle/title until check clears. Everything Sold “As Is” with no warranties of any kind. Auction conducted onsite. Two Auctioneers. Some seating provided. Food served by Johnny’s Sub Shop of Salisbury, MD.
Personal Property Preview: Two hours prior to the Auction! Note Personal Property will not be available to preview at the Real Estate Open Houses.

Out on May 27th a Wednesday
The Lower Delmarva Genealogical Society will have a Tour of Green Hill Church in Wicomico County on May 27th.
The Lower Delmarva Genealogical Society will meet at noon at The Deli At Pecan Square, off Nanticoke Road, for a business meeting.  From there we will drive to Green Hill Church for a 2 PM tour of the church.
St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church, also known as Green Hill Church was built in 1733. The church was built to serve the needs of the town of Green Hill, on the banks of the Wicomico River.  Green Hill never became a town but the church remains and it has changed little from it’s original colonial beginnings

Directions: from Salisbury business RT50 head west on Nanticoke Road.  Pecan Square Shopping Center is on the left.  Leaving Pecan Square go West 6 miles to Whitehaven Road.  Turn left onto Whitehaven road and drive about 4.2 miles to Green Hill Church Road.  Turn left onto Green Hill Church Road and go about 8/10s of a mile to where the road takes a sharp right.  Do not take the right, keep straight onto the dirt road that will lead back to Green Hill church.  For those with GPS use 4025 Green Hill Church Road as a location.  This is the house with an iron rail fence around it by the dirt road that will lead to Green Hill Church.

 There is no charge if you would like to join us for the tour just show up.

Delmar High School last day for Seniors is tomorrow May 22nd

The doorway to what today is the Greater Bethel Zion Church In Delmar

I have lived in houses that had entranceway door locks like this.

I received a letter from the Prothonotary of Sussex county last week.  In my case I know this means it is Jury Duty time again.  I try not to avoid my civic duty but since I have gotten old I find if I am picked for a jury the defendants lawyer will usually dismiss me from the jury because I am an old white guy and his defendant is a young black man and he knows I am going to be against him and he is right.  But since I am 71 years old Sussex County gives me the option of declining jury duty and I decided to do so.
I have had a couple of good lunches at Milano's in Delmar.  I have had a couple of disappointing meals at Delmar Pizza.  The pizza is still good and usually anything with a sauce smothering it, but I think the quality of the food has gone down out there.
Above from the Salisbury Advertiser 1880  Jesse Huffington
I went to the St. Phillips strawberry festival in Laurel last week.  It is a nice event.  This year was a little smaller from the initial strawberry festival a few years back and I didn't see a booth for the Laurel Historical Society.  The scrapple sandwich was good but not as good as in the past years.  I think they are cutting the scrapple thinner. 
The Peddlers Four in downtown Delmar had an interesting sidewalk display last week
 A photo of my brother's dog; Nugget, Golden Retrievers always look happy, except in this case.

The most recent car cruisin event in Ocean City had my daughter busy.  She works in the Ocean City Police Department and they had the holding cells full every night of this event.  She even got a small cut from a knife in the pocket of one of the arrested people while patting down and frisking him.  Next to the Volunteer firemen convention this is one of the more raunchy gathering of people.  
I had construction to do in the yard this week so I got the tool box out
The flea markets and produce stands have great looking tomatoes this time of year.  They almost look vine ripe until you eat one and they are bad disgusting tasting things.  I have at least another month before I will be picking tomatoes in my garden.
I made a trip upcounty last week to Dover to visit the Delaware archives for some research.  The Delaware general assembly is in session and it is next to the archives so finding a parking spot took a little more time.   It is always a feast or famine situation at the archives.  I either find a lot of information on the subject I am researching or I find nothing.  This time was a good trip.   This trip I was looking for information on the Bethesda Church School (School nr 40) over in Trap pond. 
Every time I turn around it seems like some organization has their hand out for a donation or my taxes are being raised.  I understand part of the Delmar Town budget are contributions to the Library and the fire departments.  I usually make donations to them but since the town's contribution is part of my upcoming taxes I guess I am making an involuntary contribution to them in addition to what I have already made.  Both are worthy organizations but there is only so much on my social security I can support.  It's like having a drug addict, or an alcoholic or a gay member in your family; they are part of the family so even when you know they are doing wrong you can't turn your back on them.   I see that Dr. Ring, after getting a tax increase thru for the school, is leaving the school for greener pastures. 
Due to the drought out west places and towns that were flooded by the Hoover Dam construction in 1938 are reappearing.  One is the town of St. Thomas Nevada. The town was founded by Mormon pioneers in 1865 and named after one of the expedition’s leaders, Thomas Sassen Smith. The group was sent by Brigham Young to grow cotton and open a supply route to Utah via the Colorado River.  At it's peak it had about 500 people.  Today you can walk to the town's site, which is just foundations today.  Read about it here;
DNA testing is one of the tools used to track family trees.  For a hundred dollars on up you can have your DNA taken and tested and compared to other people who have been tested and are doing family trees to see where you fit in.  You don't think of it being used for anything else but family tree stuff.  Recently however a police department got a court order to have Ancestry's DNA lab do a comparison and hand over data on a possible DNA match.  It turned out to be a bad match but that very personal information is sitting out there for anyone to access. Read about this issue at the Legal Genealogist
I was out to Cove Beach last week
This beach tends to be wildly popular in the summer.  Right now you can walk on it and be the only one there.  Wicomico County has marked off parking spaces for about ten cars and now it has "no parking" signs up and down the road leading back to the beach.  They should have parking for about 50 vehicles.   
The above is a 1926 AAA road map of roads on Delmarva.  Notice all the roads on the Eastern Shore of Virginia that are just graded earth instead of being paved.
RT54 Bargain Outlet on State street in Delmar had an interesting looking bicycle for sale. 
Besides the fringe work and cutouts it has a large oversize wheel on the rear of the bike.  photos do not do it justice, stop by to see it.
You know you elect public officials to look out for your interests.  Sussex Technical High School District is increasing taxes once again.  The tax increase seems to be due to ambition, empire building and just generally knowing they will get away with it.  They may not get all they want but they know they will get something and that something they can build on for the next tax increase.  The solution, which none of our elected officials have the balls to do, is to fire the top six people at Sussex Tech.  It sends an effective message to stay within the budget or get out. 
Some of us may have taken German in school and recall how easy it seemed at first as German and English share a common background and then you start having to pronounce it correctly and do grammar and it just lost all it charm.  It also has some fine points on capitalization such as;

Die Spinnen!
= The spiders!
Die spinnen!
=You are crazy!
Sie konnte geschickt Blasen und Glieder behandeln.
= She was adept at treating blisters and limbs.
Sie konnte geschickt blasen und Glieder behandeln.
= She was adept at giving blowjobs and handling members.

Der Gefangene floh.
= The prisoner escaped.
Der gefangene Floh.
= The imprisoned flea

Helft den armen Vögeln.
= Help the poor birds.
Helft den Armen vögeln.
= Help poor people with sex.