Friday, June 17, 2016

Police Asking For Help

Maryland State Police and the sheriff's office are asking for the public's help in solving a series of daytime burglaries near Delmar and Parsonburg, the Wicomico Bureau of Investigation has announced.
The agency reported Wednesday that Wicomico troopers and deputies have responded to a rash of break-ins during the first two weeks of this month. Residents are asked to secure their homes and vehicles, as well as to report any suspicious activity, according to a news release.
Anyone with any information regarding the burglaries is asked to contact Deputy 1st Class Robert Wilson of the bureau at 410-548-4898.

Above from delmarvanow

Checking the ground water

Another bore to test for water quality in Delmar. 


Thursday, June 16, 2016

The Days Of Rented Swimsuits

Girls in rented Baltimore Public Bath (BPB) swimsuits  Looks like one size fits all  maybe Druid Park Swimming pool in Baltimore. in the 1930s.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

South Fork Deli On Drinking Water Alert

I happen to look at the public notice section of the Delaware Office of Drinking Water website
and to my surprise found the South Fork Deli was on the list of Health Alerts (Since April). 

In their case they are on the health alert list for a high nitrate level in their water.  Now it just happens I was by the Deli a couple days ago and didn't notice any warning sign, but I wasn't looking for one.  I don't think high nitrates is going to bother me as it mainly is more of a harm to  infants under six months of age if they drink the water.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Howard's View Of The Shooting

The current number of people killed at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, they are saying ,is 49 followed by 53 wounded.  Now the way I look at it is, there were 300 or more people in this nightclub at the time Omar Mateen, (Muslim, Isis supporter and registered Democrat) open fired and spent the next three hours shooting or holding hostages (15 to 20 people).   That is 300 people to one shooter.  You tell me that out of three hundred people there was not enough people with balls to attack this one person. This isn't kindergarten kids or high school kids these are adults.   I can see in the first 15 minutes the general confusion but after that it is your responsible to take care of yourself and the people around you, fuck the police, fuck the government it is up to you.  The trouble with this age group of people is they have indoctrinated into thinking they have to wait for someone else to handle the problem.  If you have a shooter in the same building as you, you are the adult, and it is up to you to handle the problem. 

and by the way the shooter had a Glock 17 handgun and a Sig Sauer MCX assault rifle, not an AR-15, but that doesn't fit President Obama's agenda.

and also by the way it is not the largest mass shooting in US history, that claim goes to Wounded Knee when 297 Indians were shot in 1890

Monday, June 13, 2016

The Delmar Pure Gas Station

I recently was reading an article in "Secrets of The Eastern Shore" about the English cottage type Gas station in Cape Charles Virginia.
NOTE: The photo at top is by Jill Jasuta Photography

It happens that Delmar has a similar gas station.  It is on North Bi-State Blvd (next to the 3rd Wave Brewery).  Owned by Johnson and today is three apartments. It has been modified from it's original look.

This type of building is a design used by the Pure Oil Company and  was used from the 1920s thru the 1940s.  A more original photo of this type of gasoline station (not Delmar) is shown below;
Many of these cottage gas stations were pre-fabricated, being a steel unit that was assembled and then a stucco or brick exterior was applied.  I do not know if the Delmar one was a pre-fabricated unit.  The cost was between $7,500 to $10,000 (1929 prices, today prices would be  $103,000 to $138,000) for one.  Until about 1925 most gas stations were clap board box type building that were ugly.  In order to improve the image of gas stations and allow their placement in more residential areas the Pure Oil English Cottage gas station design entered the picture (along with the similar designed Phillip 66 Gas stations).  They usually incorporated end chimneys, Bay windows, home-like entry doors,  steep gabled roofs done in blue tile, and generally were  home looking.

In 1953 Hank Williams Sr pulled into a Pure Gas station in Oak Hill West Virginia of this design and died. Photo of it is above.  It has since been bulldozed.

Some points about the gas station design is given in a survey of a similar design in Greenville S.C.

The owners of the Pure Oil Company were well aware of the growing disdain to the image of the gas station.  Therefore, they planned to revitalize their structures.  President Henry M. Dawes sought after a new building style that could easily and distinctively be associated with the gasoline brand of the Pure Oil Company. Dawes hired supposedly self-taught architect Carl Petersen, whose ideas were rejected previously by the Gulf Oil Company.  Petersen worked at home to avoid distractions and unwanted ideas and strove to design a unique style to unify the Pure Oil Company brand.  Petersen came up with an easily built, inexpensive English Cottage style design that would redefine the gas station on the suburban landscape.  On the drawing board was a building with steeply pitched roofs, a side gable, rounded entranceways, prominently located chimneys, and decorative lattice and shutters that gave the building a “home-like” appearance.  Petersen thought the English Cottage would be accepted by residents of America's suburban neighborhoods.  Petersen was right.  The public grew to enjoy the way the Cottage style looked and eventually came to see the style as a symbol for Pure Oil’s quality products.  Whether the buildings sat on a busy roadside or in a quiet sub-urban neighborhood, the home-like structures fit in very well.  Dawes gave Petersen a $750 bonus check straight out of his own pocket because he liked the drawings so much.  A variety of models were then drafted and built all around the country.  The design proved economical to build and could be constructed from numerous materials.  The house structure then became an accepted architectural form for gasoline stations and adopted by many corporations.  It quickly became the most popular form of architecture for gasoline stations and became an architectural asset in residential neighborhoods.  John Jakle and Keith Sculle write in their book, The Gas Station in America, "

Michael Carl Witzel in his book, The American Gas Station, gives a beautiful description of the important role Carl Petersen took on to reform gas stations to a more pleasing, domestic design.  He writes, “From the vantage point of the motorist wheeling past, the pleasant trappings of a roadside house conjured up welcome feelings of friendliness and offered the atmosphere that was greatly missed by the traveler when venturing forth on the open road.  The mere sight of a white-shuttered window spilled forth memories of Mom and those delicious home-baked pies cooling in the sill.  A house meant quiet evenings by the fireside with one’s favorite dog or the whole family huddled around the radio listening on the exploits of Fibber McGee and Molly which was a safe, warm and happy place for many and a common association that would be exploited to maximize potential by hundreds of roadside motels and gasoline stations constructed in its image.”  (Witzel, p. 48) Such

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Misc Sunday

As I enter this post in the background I can hear the news on TV and the death toll in the Gay nightclub in Orlando keeps climbing.   I see a gay lives matter movement coming up. and not a damn one apparently had a concealed weapon on them to fight back.

The Ocean City Police are their summer mode.  The holding tanks are full every night now.  lots of High School grads over in OC celebrating.  A little trivia, generally you can tell a seasonal Ocean City policeman from a "regular" Ocean City policeman by the gun they carry.  Seasonal police are issued revolvers and full time police are issued automatics.

I hear more and more about people I know in the area having their home broken in.  Most are outside of Delmar, but you know the trouble I have had just living in Delmar with crime.

over the years since I have lived in Delmar I have had my vehicle windshield smashed about three times, the car tags have been stolen also about three times, tag stickers stolen, all the vehicles have been rummaged thru and items stolen, porch furniture stolen, hanging flower baskets stolen, bicycles stolen, the outside unit of my heat pump was tampered with breaking a fan, I guess they were trying to steal copper or Freon. and various items in the yard were stolen.  Interestingly rarely was a tool, to do work with, stolen.  Naturally with the exception of the broken windshield none of those items were covered by insurance so I had pay out of pocket to replace them
above from Feb 13th 2016 post

I went to the crime comparison site:

and compared Delmar DE to Baltimore MD

It is good to know that Baltimore has more violent crime, at the moment, but Delmar has more property crime than Baltimore.

With the home break-ins think about some of the things you can do to prevent them and if it happens how can you make things go better for you. 

First,  everyone should have an inventory of the items outside and inside so if they are stolen you can report them.  If you can take a hundred selfies of yourself a day take the time to take a picture of everything in the house and outside including manufacturing tag with the serial number.  Remember the art work on the walls and clothing.  At the very least just walk thru the house and yard with a video camera.  Keep a copy on disk or flash drive etc.  Put one copy off premises and hide the other copy.  Don't keep it on your computer as the computer will probably be stolen. 

There are several templates out there to use in creating your inventory, here are a couple sites to look at;

Second; things to lower the chance of a break-in;

Lighting - keep a good security light outside and at night keep a light on inside
Odds are you won't be home when the break-in occurs
but if you are, If you keep your car keys near you, in the event of  a break-in or attempt you can press the panic button on the key and the noise may run them off.
noise and alarms may stop them if you are home, air horns from the dollar store, simple bells hanging from the door, stuff that will fall over and create a noise in front of the windows.
Firearms should only be used as a last resort, don't care about the criminal but think of the destruction to your home if you fire a shotgun off in it, drywall damage, appliances TV etc damage plus you will probably be deaf for a day or so from the noise.

The Delmar police should be putting out something to help us, but they aren't

and use your intelligence don't facebook you are on a vacation trip and let every criminal you are friends with know it, (and we know you are friends with some trash) wait until you are back to talk about the vacation.  If your driveway will be empty because you are using the only vehicle for your trip maybe ask a friend to park their second or third car in your drive way to look like someone is there.

Like Mayor Jimmy  Smith use to say back some years ago; "It's summer and the animals are out at night keep your eyes open."

Tomorrow night the Delmar Maryland Mayor and commissioners meet

Laurel just does not have honest people and it spreads to even those who just work there
and can you believe two months in jail!!!!!


Laurel-based businessman sentenced for skimming payroll taxes
By Mark Fowser

A Delmar, Maryland man is sentenced to two months in prison and is ordered to make full restitution in what Delaware federal prosecutors say was a scheme to skim payroll taxes.

53-year-old Keith Clarke, operator of a Laurel-based plumbing and air conditioning business, pleaded guilty in December and was sentenced this week according to Delaware US Attorney Charles Oberly.

Court filings and statements at the plea hearing indicated that during a two-year period ending in late 2011, Clarke withheld at least $131,400 in payroll taxes but did not pay those funds over to the Internal Revenue Service.

Also, prosecutors said Clarke withheld retirement plan contributions from his employees' paychecks, and it's alleged that he spent nearly $160,000 in company funds on vacations, golf excursions, dining out, and on personal retail purchases and groceries.

“Business owners looking to enrich themselves at the expense of their employees by not remitting payroll taxes will be held accountable. The programs funded by employment taxes are essential to the American workforce and the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation has placed a high priority on employment tax compliance.” said Special Agent in Charge, Akeia Conner.
“Although the Government sought a sentence of 16 months incarceration, the imposition of a prison term of two months, coupled with restitution and the impact of a felony conviction, will hopefully serve as a deterrent to others who ignore their obligations to properly account for payroll taxes and retirement plan contributions, so as to support a more lavish lifestyle," Oberly said. "My office is committed to prosecuting those who want to cheat the IRS and those who fail to fulfil their tax obligations.”

1956 Seaford DE High School Hockey team

A husband and wife who work for the circus go to an adoption agency.
Social workers there raise doubts about their suitability.

The couple produces photos of their 50-foot motor home, which is clean
and well maintained and equipped with a beautiful nursery.

The social workers raise concerns about the education a child would
receive while in the couple's care.

"We've arranged for a full-time tutor who will teach the child all the
usual subjects along with French, Mandarin, and computer skills."

Then the social workers express concern about a child being raised in
a circus environment.

"Our nanny is a certified expert in pediatric care, welfare, and diet."

The social workers are finally satisfied.  They ask, "What age child
are you hoping to adopt?"

"It doesn't really matter, as long as the kid fits in the cannon."