Thursday, April 24, 2014


The Laurel 1921 High School Frank Calio Comments

Over at Frank Calio's Blog
He has written a few comments on the meeting with the school board to discuss not tearing down the 1921 Laurel school house.  Again - it is the way Laurel does business.  Read the comments attached to his write up also.


The Carl Anderton Family Tree Presentation

Carl gave a very interesting talk to the Lower Delmarva Genealogical Society last night at the Nabb Research center.  Filled with personal comments and stories about his family, the entire audience enjoyed his talk.  Usually when the meeting adjourn there is a mass of old people hobbling for their cars to leave, last night most people stayed and asked Carl questions about his family and shared common links to his family and their family. 

Tuesday, April 22, 2014


Delmar Planning and Zoning Commission Meeting Thursday Night - April 30th

The Town has changed the meeting date to April 30th.  

Monday, April 21, 2014


Monday Comments

Delmar Dustpan does have a facebook page but facebook is not a media I like, so I don't put anything on it.  I did however look at some of what was posted by various people who are facebook 'friends" and I thought this bit from Elberet Collins posting was amusing.
A little Resurrection Sunday humor:
Conversation between my son in-law and our 4 year old grandson about the true meaning of Easter.

John: Jesus died on the cross for us and on the 3rd day he rose from the dead.
Johnny: (As serious as he could be) Daddy, was Jesus a zombie?

Also on facebook are two pages I look at occasionally,  one is
"You know you're from the Eastern Shore"  which is mainly about Salisbury in the 1970's.
and the other is "I REMEMBER HEBRON, MARYLAND " which obviously is about Hebron.

Like everyone else I am trying to do some work outside.  I think my body is generating pheromones for wasps as everywhere I go they trail me or fly into my car at traffic lights. 

Saturday and Sunday were disruptive days listening to the sound of engines at the  Delmar Raceway. Even with windows closed we had to turn the sound on the TV up in order to hear the TV.

A little Delmar history

Houses and a church Replaced

Above is All Saints Episcopal church in 1929.  Originally erected in 1889.  As you can see it had houses to the right of it, trees in the back and and unknown fenced in area to the left.  This structure was torn down and replaced with the Delmar Fire department building and parking lot.   All Saints moved to 10st Street and Grove.

 All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Delmar, Delaware

Above is the 1931 Sanborn Fire Insurance map of Third Street (Bi-State Blvd) and Grove Street (in the upper third of the map) .  As you can see besides the church there were three houses along side the church on Grove Street.  Today all are gone. 

Let me mention that Carl Anderton Jr will speak at the Lower Delmarva Genealogical Society meeting at the Nabb Research center (Wayne and Powell Street) 7 PM Wednesday night.  Carl will speak about his family tree research into the Anderton, Figgs, Dryden, White, Stant and Hearne branches of his family tree.  Carl, of course, is Mayor of Delmar Maryland, President of the Maryland Municipal league and a candidate for Maryland House of Delegates District 38 B. 

I am sure it is a cultural thing but I do not understand why Vice principal Kan Min Kyu committed suicide.  He just arranged the ferry trip he didn't have anything to do with the Korean ferry turning over.  It just added another death to a rising death toll.

His final note read: 'Surviving alone is too painful while 200 remain unaccounted for. I take full responsibility. I pushed ahead with the school trip.'
The note added: 'Burn my body and scatter my ashes at the site of the sunken ferry. Perhaps I can become a teacher for the missing students in my next life.'
'I will once again become a teacher in the afterlife for my students whose bodies have not been discovered.'

There was an amusing article by Pat Murphy in the past week's Morning Star.  He was bemoaning the fact that what was promised in their school referendum in 2010 is not being followed thru with.  Now I think the referendum process was illegal to begin with.  As you recall it was put up once and voted down by the taxpayers but in typical school bureaucrat fashion, which knows better than taxpayers, the school put it back up again and it passed.  In the referendum there was to be no football field but now there is too be a football field.  The old 1921 school which is something of a landmark in Laurel is too be torn down.  The school looks good to me but I thought the Delmar High school looked good and it is history.  It is interesting in this tear down world that the one thing not be torn down is the Lecates/Chris Mills building which is falling down by natural means.  Well Laurel is a a laugh anyway - look at their Mayor.  It is a Good Old Boy Town which if you are not in the Good Old Boy pack you have no say on any matter in Laurel. 

Monday, April 14, 2014


Bans Boutique Easter Egg Hunt - April 19th


The Delmar Police Commission Meeting - not tonight

For those who follow Delmar Commission meetings, the Delmar Police Commission use to meet quarterly, than it was moved up to monthly, and today (tonight would be their normal meeting night) I have been told the Police Commission meetings are postpone indefinitely.   One can only wonder why?  Certainly an overall lack of public attending these meetings would not be a reason as most Delmar commission meeting are rarely attended by the public.  There has been disagreements in the past year between the two sides of town over the police however, so maybe everyone is in a snit.

Sunday, April 13, 2014


Delmar Maryland Mayor and Commissioners Meeting Monday Night


Buddy Boy Farms - 1969

As I recall Buddy Boys had the processing plant in Nanticoke


It's National Library Week

Yes Once again it is National Library Week.  Stop by the Delmar library and see what they have got going to celebrate this week.  Their website address is;
Library Hours
 Monday 10am - 8pm
Tuesday 10am - 8pm
Wednesday 10am - 8pm
Thursday 10am - 8pm
Friday 10am - 5pm
Saturday 10am - 2pm

Phone Number: (302) 846-9894

Friday, April 11, 2014


Delmar Fresh Produce Market

I see in the building north of town on Bi-state Blvd a produce market has opened.  As you may recall the building had been a liquor store for a long time, then a Thrift store for a short time.

I stopped by and it has a wide selection of produce plus a lot of ethnic Turkish can goods.  I purchased some items and am waiting to see what it does when the local produce comes on.

 Great hours


The Lecates/Chris Mills Building

Back four years ago when my house burnt I had to have someone come in and board it up so kids and vandals wouldn't sleep in it or enter it.  I was told it was a town ordinance requiring me to board it up.  It cost me about a thousand dollars for a plywood wall to built to cover the open part of the house and the windows boarded up.  Yet the Lecates building is just left open for whoever to enter and cause mischief or potential harm to passerbyers on the street.  I sent an email to the town asking why Chris Mills could get away with this when other people could not and of course received no reply. 


Walnut Street

Well they are finally starting to pave Walnut Street, does that mean they are finishing up or just toying with everyone?


Sussex County Genealogical Society

Barbara Paulish, regent of the Daughters of the American Revolution chapter in Millsboro, will speak about the DAR and how to access and use its databases at the April general meeting of the Sussex County Genealogical Society. The meeting will take place at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, April 19, at the Rehoboth Beach Public Library.

An often-overlooked resource, the databases available at the DAR are extensive. As one of the most inclusive genealogical societies in the country, DAR boasts 177,000 members in 3,000 chapters across the United States and internationally. The Daughters of the American Revolution was founded in 1890 and is headquartered in Washington, D.C. The organization is dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history, and securing America's future through better education for children.

The DAR recently announced that the Genealogical Research System, a combination of several extensive genealogical databases, is now available online. The DAR Genealogical Research System is a free resource provided by the DAR to aid general genealogical research and to assist with the DAR membership process. The GRS is a collection of databases that provides access to the many materials amassed by the DAR since its founding in 1890.

The public is welcome to attend the April 19 meeting. For more information go to or contact Sheryl Schulte at

Thursday, April 10, 2014


The Washington DC Cherry Blossoms

As you may know the Cherry Trees in Washington are at their peak bloom now and for the next week.  If you want to keep track of them there is a live web cam located here


The Metal Shop April 19th

Wednesday, April 09, 2014


Delmarva African American History

While searching the web for Delmar references I noticed the website Delmarva African American History  The website is interesting altho it does more referencing other peoples blogs and website than doing research on it own.  The blog had mentioned my post on Camp Somerset  is how come it came up on my radar. 


The Laurel School Demolition

For those who are interested there is suppose to be a meeting tonight at the 1921 Laurel School about the demolition of that school.  The meeting is at 7 PM. 

Sunday, April 06, 2014


Delmar Delaware Mayor and Council Meeting Monday Night


Carl Anderton To Speak At LDGS


The Lower Delmarva Genealogical Society is proud to present


Mr. Anderton  will speak on researching his family tree.  Mr. Anderton is Mayor of Delmar Maryland, President of the Maryland Municipal League, and candidate for the Maryland House of Delegates 38b. He will give us a unique perspective of someone who holds a job, has a family, has numerous evening activities and who attempts to research his family tree.  Mr. Anderton hails from the Westover Maryland area and has lived in Delmar for a number of years.   He will speak on the Anderton, Figgs, Dryden, White, Stant and Hearne families.

This event is open to the public and is free.


Wednesday night at 7 PM April 23rd at the Edward H. Nabb Research Center for Delmarva History and Culture at Salisbury University - Wayne and Powell Street Unit #190

Friday, April 04, 2014


Go Kubota

From The Dover Post;

Kubota Tractor Corporation rewarded local Kubota Dealer, Burke Equipment Company of Newark, Felton, and Delmar Delaware with a week-long trip to Sydney Australia, March 3-11.
The trip included a black and white gala formal dinner, a sailing regatta on Sydney Harbor, The Sydney Opera House, The Rocks Walking Tour, The Sydney Grand Town Hall, Featherdale Wildlife Park and cruising to Manly Beach and Watsons Bay.

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Thursday, April 03, 2014


Delaware State Parks


 Contact: Caroline Foltz, Delaware State Parks, 302-739-9185,

Outdoor Family Programs at Delaware State ParksTwo programs geared toward connecting families to nature offered this spring

DOVER (March 2, 2014) – Delaware Outdoor Family, in conjunction with the Children In Nature initiative, will provide two campouts this spring to begin Delaware State Parks’ second year of overnight family camping programs. The programs are geared toward sparking families’ interest in spending time outdoors.

Delaware Outdoor Family provides overnight camping trips guided by park staff, giving families an opportunity to get outdoors and experience the state parks in a new way. Programs include activities that daytime park visitors don’t get to experience, including beach campfires and nighttime astronomy.

Camping can seem like a challenge for busy parents, but the experience of sleeping under the stars is meaningful for kids and adults alike. When families spend time together outdoors, children are more likely to feel a strong personal connection with nature.

 Two campouts will be offered this spring. The Lums Pond State Park campout in Bear, on April 12 and 13, will highlight tent-building and campfire cooking, and will also include a full moon kayak trip. Staff at Trap Pond State Park in Laurel, will teach camping basics and offer a nighttime hayride and evening owl prowl on May 17, and a morning pontoon boat tour after campfire breakfast on May 18.

Details are available in the Delaware State Parks’ 2014 Winter/Spring Guide. More daytime Delaware Outdoor Family opportunities are marked throughout the guide, including Youth Fishing Tournaments in Wilmington and Laurel, and Campfire Circle programs at Cape Henlopen. Pre-registration is required for each campout and can be made by contacting the hosting park. Information is also available at, or at Lums Pond State Park: 302-368-6989; or Trap Pond State Park: 302-875-5163



Laurel lions club Showboat April 3rd to 5th

Sunday, March 30, 2014


The History of Ocean City Talk At LDGS

Last Wednesday George Hurley gave a talk to the lower Delmarva Genealogical Society (LDGS) on "The History Of Ocean City."  It was a highly entertaining talk.  Two items that stood out from many interesting topics were these;  Each high rise Condo in Ocean City has a higher appraised tax value than the entire town of Snow Hill.   Second, in the 1930's when the government was trying to give everyone a job they would pay 35 cents for a filled quart mason jar of dead mosquitoes - he had a filled jar there for an example.


Delmar spring clean Up

A reminder that Delmar Spring Cleanup is this coming Tuesday and Wednesday on the Delaware side of town and next week on the maryland side of town.  Good time to get rid of the tree limbs, etc that have accumulated over the winter.  Call town hall to tell them you have stuff for them to pickup.


The Farm Use Tag

I recently was reading an email newsletter from the Delaware  House of Representatives that addressed "Farm Use" tags on alleged farm vehicles.  Now I have written about, what I view as a problem, with the use of these tags.  At that time I was concerned about the safety issue with the watermelon buses that are so popular in our area.  House Bill 122 will put a $10 registration fee for a "FV" tag to replace the farm use tag.  It is a shame that farmers have abused the farm use tag for it to come to this.  We all know once the State begins issuing a tag, that $10 registration will go by the wayside in a couple of years and an annual fee will replace it followed by inspections.  However I agree something has to be done about it.

From the Delaware House of Representatives

Curtailing the Misuse of Farm Vehicles:
Farmers are currently allowed to operate vehicles on their properties and in the general vicinity of their operations using plastic "Farm Vehicle" tags available at any supply store, but that will change in about six months.
House Bill 122 (as amended) was approved by the House this week and is heading to Gov. Markell for his expected signature. The measure will replace the non-specific plastic tag with a new "FV" tag that will be numbered and registered with the Division of Motor Vehicles.
The bipartisan bill is supported by the Delaware Farm Bureau and grew out of repeated complaints about abuses. Downstate legislators regularly receive calls that the tags are used by non-farmers. Additionally, authorities have no way of identifying farm vehicles that violate traffic laws or run tolls.
The new tags will be limited to farm vehicles and trailers owned and used exclusively by farmers who derive at least $1,000 of their annual income from actively farming a minimum of 10 acres. Such vehicles can only be legally operated for personal or agricultural use within 20 miles of the farm. A one-time $10 registration fee will apply.
While exempt from state inspection, a farm vehicle or trailer with an FV tag must be equipped with a functioning stop light, turn signals and brakes.
During debate Thursday, State Rep. Dave Wilson, R-Cedar Creek Hundred, said while he supported the bill, he was concerned about a flurry of late objections he received about it. He said more than a dozen farmers contacted him recently because they had no proof-of-ownership of some of their farm vehicles.
"In many cases, (farmers) have lost the title or destroyed the title because they never intended to register it ..., so my question is: 'How are they going to show proof-of-ownership?'" he said.
State Reps. Wilson, Ruth Briggs King, R-Georgetown, and Ron Gray, R-Selbyville, preferred to delay the bill briefly until officials with the Division of Motor Vehicle officials could weigh-in on the issue. Ultimately, the House decided to move forward, with Reps. Wilson, Briggs King & Gray not voting on the legislation.
State Rep. Steve Smyk, R-Lewes-Milton, was the only House member to oppose the measure, which passed 34 yes, 1 no, 3 not voting, and 3 absent.


Today - A Walking Tour


Contact: Laura Lee or Wendy Minor, Fort Delaware State Park and Fort DuPont State Park, 302-834-7941;

Fort DuPont Walking Tour set for Sunday, March 30

DELAWARE CITY (March 28, 2014) – The Interpretive staff at Fort DuPont State Park will conduct a walking tour of the park at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 30. The tour includes a discussion of how many of the buildings on the grounds have been used over time and plans for adaptive reuse of the site in the future.

 Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable walking shoes, and dress for the weather.

The program meets at the entrance to the Fort DuPont fishing point (near the Fort DuPont sign), located on Wilmington Avenue. There is no charge for the program.

Reservations are not necessary, and visitors may obtain specific directions by calling the Fort Delaware State Park office at 302-834-7941. In the event of inclement weather, cancellation information will be available at 302-256-6321.


Stolen Airbags

It never entered my mind that people would steal airbags from cars but it seems to be a big item to steal.  So these people that actually buy your car for scrap metal and give you a hundred or so must have a number of ways to make a profit besides scrap metal.

The Columbus Patch recently had an article on it

Airbag theft is a growing crime trend, according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau, which reports an estimated 50,000 airbags are stolen each year, costing vehicle owners more than $50 million.
An airbag sells for about $1,000 from a car dealer but can go for between $50 and $200 on the black market, according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau.

Thursday, March 27, 2014


Delmar Planning and Zoning Commission Meeting Tonight

Wednesday, March 26, 2014


George Hurley to address the Lower Delmarva Genealogical Society


The Lower Delmarva Genealogical Society is proud to present


Mr. Hurley will speak on the “History of Ocean City.”  Mr. Hurley is a long time member and volunteer at the Ocean City Life-Saving Station Museum.  He is also a co-author of “Ocean City: A Pictorial History”, “Shipwrecks and Rescues along the Barrier Islands of Delaware, Maryland and Virginia” and “Calvin B. Taylor, Banker, the first 100 years.” Mr. Hurley is also a past President of the Ocean City Council and a past President of the Worcester County Commissioners.

This event is open to the public and is free.


Wednesday night at 7 PM March 26th at the Edward H. Nabb Research Center for Delmarva History and Culture at Salisbury University - Wayne and Powell Street Unit #190





Sunday, March 23, 2014


Feathered Companions Avairy

I recently came across a website; "Amy Holliday Illustration"
that spoke of illustrating a logo of macaws for "Feathered Companions Avairy" in Delmar Maryland.  The unique thing is "Amy is a young professional illustrator and typographer based in Cumbria in North West England," according to her website.  "Feathered Companions Aviary" is John and Miranda Flamos' aviary. 

Maybe they spell it avairy in England instead of aviary, actually avairy looks better.

Thursday, March 20, 2014


Spring is here

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