Friday, February 27, 2015


Making sure they stay put

A Victorian-era grave cage or “mortsafe” was intended to keep grave robbers from thieving jewelry or organs from graveyard corpses.  When you have really rotten family members some people used this to make sure they didn't come back.  It could be used in place of the extra large and heavy tombstone placed on the evil person's grave to ensure they couldn't crawl out.  The next time you see a really large tombstone in a cemetery think about that.


Delmar Delaware School Referendum

There is another informational night on Tuesday, March 3 at 7:00 in the auditorium.

The vote on the referendum will be March 10th Tuesday from 10Am to 8 PM

Thursday, February 26, 2015


Another Snow Day And A Few photos

East Grove Street

as usual click on photo for a larger version

Wednesday, February 25, 2015


Love The Swiss

Some of the 150 American B-24s and B-17s that ended the war in Switzerland, stored at Dübendorf, where most interned aircraft were stored.
The aircraft were kept in working order by a small maintenance crew who would preflight the engines from time to time, and a team from the US 8th Air Force was allowed to visit in mid-1944 to provide advice on proper care even. A number of the aircraft would be repainted in Swiss colors for their ferry flights to designated storage fields, although several were pressed into service as training aircraft as well. At the end of the war, those planes in working order were returned (those damaged beyond salvage had been scrapped), and the Swiss provided the US government with a bill for maintenance, and the room & board of the crews, eventually settled by the US at the cost of just over $100,000.00.
via History! by Zhukov - The Military History Emporium on Tumblr


Delmar High School Principal Moves On

Picked up from Delaware 105.9

Laurel School Board Votes to Relieve Laurel Superintendent John Ewald of His Contract
By Kelli Steele

Updated Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 10:26am

The Laurel School Board is buying out the remaining contract time of Superintendent John Ewald which expires at the end of this year.

Delaware 105-9 has confirmed that because of the recent resolution passed by the Board, Ewald will be relieved of his duties as superintendent, effective March 2.

Current Delmar High School Principal Shawn Larrimore will replace Ewald as superintendent and the current Delmar High School Assistant Principal Ashley Giska will become the assistant superintendent of the Laurel School District, effective July 1.

Ewald began his tenure as superintendent of the Laurel School District on October 1, 2012.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015


I Am Impressed

I drove to the school tonight in the cold and snow to listen to the information about the referendum but could not find a place to park.  I am impressed, usually the only time you see that many cars is when there is a sport event, I guess finally people are taking an interest in where their money is going.  I will just have to wing it on what I say about the referendum.

Monday, February 23, 2015


School Board Election - 2015

It seems the Delmar School District is the only game in town to write about.  Besides the referendum there is an election coming up for a school board member.  This is a five year elected position.  I think it is David Burton whose term will be up this year, but I could be wrong on that.  Anyone interested has until 4:30 PM March 6th to file for the position. A qualified person seeking to become a candidate for the Board of education should submit a candidate Filing Form to the Department of Elections for Sussex County.

I will have more on this subject in the future.


Delmar School District Referendum

Tuesday night at 7 PM Dr. David Ring will have an informational meeting about his referendum for school improvements and an operational budget increase in the school district office/meeting room.  If you live in the Delmar Delaware school district this will be your money he will be asking for so you might as well attend and find out why he wants your money.  So stop looking at cute pictures of bunny rabbits and get out there and protect your money.

There is also a "regular" meeting tonight.  One of the things picked up from Exceptional Delaware

is this which I will merely copy from that site;

The Delmar School District Board of Education is considering a parent opt out resolution like the one Capital School District’s Board passed last October.  This resolution would allow a parent to opt their child out of the state assessment, currently the Smarter Balanced Assessment, without any penalty or punishment to the student.
If you are in the area, and would like to support this school board, please attend their meeting tomorrow night, February 23rd and give public comment to support this resolution.  Or you can email their board at the following email addresses:
Shawn Brittingham, President:
David Burton, Jr., Vice-President:
Thomas Elliott:
Jason Coco:
Farrah Morelli:

Saturday, February 21, 2015


Is This Not Cute?

Friday, February 20, 2015


When Life Gives You Lemons make

In the Palestinian village of Bilin — near the West Bank city of Ramallah — residents have planted flowers in hundreds of spent Israeli tear gas grenades collected after clashes with Israeli security forces.
The garden is “meant to show that life can spring from death.”
(Via The Associated Press: West Bank garden of tear gas grenades. Photo credit: AP Photos/Majdi Mohammed.)

From Gardens in unexpected Places

Thursday, February 19, 2015


Own Your own Floating Dock

Over at GovBid the State of Delaware has several floating docks up for auction 8'x55', 8'x 30' and 8'x24'.  On-Line Bidding between Feb 18 to March 5th

Wednesday, February 18, 2015


Delmar Planning and Zoning Tomorrow Unless Cancelled


Snow Day Pictures

From yesterday and Today
Jewell St looking East
I hired Bill to shovel my sidewalks, I am simply to fat to do it.  After Bill had shoveled the front sidewalk Bob came along in the Town plow and covered it back up so here we have a discussion between the two about it.

Altho she could retire she insists that working at Sam's Club and fighting the snow is better than sitting around all day putting up with me.
Grove street today and it is a mess.  Bi-state Pharmacy has their sidewalk shoveled and the Funeral home always have their sidewalks shoveled, everybody else is hit and miss.

Downtown, Pennsylvania Ave as you can see most businessess have not shoveled their sidewalk.

The rr tracks heading south
Heading North

Monday, February 16, 2015


Some Houses For Sale In Delmar Maryland

208 East Walnut  $55,0003Bedrooms, 1 full, 1 partial Bathrooms, Single-Family Home, 1,616 sqft, Lot size: 7,840 sqft, Built in 1925

208 E Walnut St Lovely older home with beautiful hardwood floors needs a little TLC. Home has some newer windows and central air downstairs. Original woodwork and trim with wood burning stove/fireplace. This home has tons of potential so come take a look! Short sale, being sold ''as is''. Sale subject to seller's lender approval.         

500 East East Street $24,900
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 2 full Bathrooms
  • Single-Family Home
  • Lot Size: 0.32 acres
  • Built in 1913
  • 1,544 sqft
      500 E East St Great opportunity for the investor or contractor!! This home has style and the exterior is in pretty good shape overall but does have some damage due to fire. The downstairs has been gutted to the stud walls and cleaned so it is ready for work to begin! What a great opportunity to buy a home to fix up and re-sell, rent, or move in and have an almost new home when you finish! The home is on a spacious corner lot and the frame should make a great start to work with! Get your contractor to check it out and write a contract before its gone!!! Brokered And Advertised By: William E. Burris .

    8986 Executive Club Dr  $149,900
    Spacious 3 bed 3 bath Manchester model! TAX RECORDS are incorrect.Square footage is approximately 2,342 with enclosed heated sunroom. Home has all the amenitites & upgrades. Open floor plan with 2 story great room w/ skylights & sunroom extension. Cherry hardwood floors, cherry cabinets, loft, superbath, whirlpool tub & bay windows. End unit located on the golf course with pond view. Energy efficient upgraded heating & air system. SOLD ''AS-IS''. Sale is subject to seller's lender approval.
    Bedroom(s)3, Bathroom(s) 3, Square Footage 1,994, Lot Size 0.16 acres, Property Type CONDOMINIUM
    Year Built 2005,  Last Sold Date 12/04/2008, Last Sold Price $259,900

    12 E. Pine St  $144,900
    You couldn?t ask for a much better renovation job. This house has been completely redone. It has all new windows, hvac, beautiful bamboo hardwoods throughout the 1st floor, custom tile in the kitchen, bathrooms, and laundry/mud room, as well as solid birch cabinetry and stainless appliances in the kitchen. The dramatic 9? ceilings, and a huge wraparound front porch, make the house feel even grander than it already is. This is a deal, for under $150k, and all you have to do is move in! Eligible for USDA 100% Financing too!!!
    Bedroom(s) 4, bathroom(s) 1, Square Footage 1,714, Lot Size 0.19 acres, Stories 2,  Year Built 1920
     Last Sold Date 05/01/2014, Last Sold Price $33,000

    413 E Pine St  $39,900
    4 bedroom 2 bath home in Delmar school district! Plenty of square footage just needs some finishing touches! To submit an offer on the property for consideration, click on the following link to submit through RES.NET: RES.NET Property Offer
    Bedrooms 4, House Size1,952 Sq Ft, Price$39,900, Property TypeSingle Family Home, Stories 2

    9531 Wedge Way  $79,990
    Short Sale with 2 banks. 2 bed and 2 full bath, Showing time is restricted. Appointment Only
    Bedrooms 2, House Size1,416 Sq Ft, Price$79,990, Property TypeCondo/Townhome/Row Home/Co-Op, Stories1, Baths2 Full Bath, Lot Size3,565 Sq Ft Lot, Year Built2005 , Garage1 car garage

    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

    Sunday, February 08, 2015


    The Delmar Maryland Commissioners Will Meet Tomorrow Night

    Saturday, February 07, 2015


    A Death Reported In 1918

    As you know the newspapers enjoyed reporting gruesome accidents in sensational detail in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.  The Death of James Otwell is but one local example.

    From The Marylander and Herald Princess Anne MD 1915 June 4th


    The Tee Shape Farm House – An American Classic


    One of the most predominate house styles on Delmarva and perhaps anyplace east of the Rocky Mountains is the Tee Shape farmhouse.  Although I refer to the house as a "farmhouse" it is found in towns and cities across Delmarva.  Delmar has many versions of this style of house.  A tee shape floor plan, two stories high, one room deep, two rooms wide on all stories for a total of six rooms, stairs normally in the center of the house, side facing gables, a symmetrical façade with a center door, a front porch and a porch in the ell of the tee, a tall narrow profile, this is what makes the classic tee shape farmhouse.  Additional embellishments of ginger breading may have been added and more likely were removed at the time they had asbestos siding put on.   The results are houses that are very stark and houses that are fancy folk Victorian and many of us have lived in one or visited one at some period of our lives.


    These house shapes are so predominate that cultural geographer Fred Kniffen labeled them “I” house.  The “I” comes from the Indiana, Illinois, and Iowa. Three states beginning with the letter “I”, in which these houses cover the country side. 

    The style is so popular that even Beracah has house plans called “The Delmar”    they describe the house as;

    The Delmar is a classic Eastern Shore Farmhouse with modern appeal & amenities. This 2-Story home is 2016 Sq. Ft. with 3 Bedrooms & 2.5 Baths. The 8 ft. wraparound porch is perfect for rocking chairs, porch swings and encompasses 3 sides of the home. Front & back doors are perpendicular to each other allowing you to open both for great natural ventilation. Natural lighting is extensive in this home with windows at every turn.

    In typical Farmhouse fashion, the living quarters are downstairs while all the bedrooms are located upstairs. Upstairs, each bedroom has it’s own advantage (Bedroom 1 – access to the attic, Bedroom 2 – availability of a bench/window seat, Bedroom 3 – the view). With Beracah’s full roof rafter system combined with the 12/12 roof pitch of this design, you’ll have a large amount of storage space in the attic area.

    The house shape evolved from a British symmetrical style called the center-hall or hall and parlor house.  The house was side-gabled, two rooms wide and one room deep with the central front door opening into a small vestibule.  When the British settled the area they brought with them the house style, here it had several modifications with the addition of a back room off the center of the house that became the kitchen being the most common change.  Thus it became a tee shape farmhouse.  As the new Americans moved west they took the style with them. 

    With out the turrets and multi levels roofs of other types of houses, the house was simple in its construction and style so most local carpenters could build it.  

    About the main variations of the house in this area is the direction of the base of the tee faces and the amount of embellishment.  In most cases the base of the Tee is the entrance but in some cases the house is turned and the side of the stem of the tee is the entrance.


    In most cases there will be an open front porch although more than half have been closed in instead of being an open porch.    The stem of the tee will usually retain an open lean to/ shed type roofed porch on one side of the tee that serves as a utilitarian porch where family members and hired hands could enter the house.  On the other side of the tee will be a closed in lean to type roofed porch.  The closed in porch will usually be a service area for washing, possibly a bathroom, and may have the well pump or pump bench also located in it.  


    The bedrooms are usually on the second story.  The three rooms on the bottom story will usually be the kitchen, a living room and the third room could be a formal parlor or in other cases it is made into a ground floor bedroom.  When built indoor plumbing was not predominate so in later years when it was added a bathroom was placed wherever it would fit.


    Monday, February 02, 2015


    A Few Monday Comments

    The Delmar Delaware Council will meet tonight
    A new store opened in the old Stainglass bridal store
    called Second Chance Baby Boutique
    And a little trivia
     “Currently there are three (3) active Potter’s Fields in the State of Delaware. The Potter’s Field in New Castle County is located in New Castle behind the Baylor Women’s Correctional Center and currently has 665 indigent persons buried there. We bury an average of 26 persons a year in this cemetery. The Kent County Potter’s Field is on the grounds of the Delaware Hospital for the Chronically Ill in Smyrna and currently has 1,182 indigent persons buried there. We bury an average of 18 persons a year in this cemetery. The Sussex County Potter’s Field is on the grounds of the Stockley Center in Georgetown and currently has 148 indigent persons buried there. We bury an average of 14 persons a year in this cemetery. Most gravesites currently have a small marker with a number to identify the deceased” From The Delaware Division of Social Services website
    In 2014 the low bidder cost to the State for an indigent adult burial in Sussex County is $1,500.00 which consists of embalming, body wrapped in a plastic sheet, opening and closing of grave, a pine particle board box in a concrete vault and a grave marker.  Infants over 350 grams in weight are buried for $723.00 and infants under 350 grams in weight are cremated for $95.00

    Monday, January 05, 2015


    Mayor and Council Meeting Tonight

    Sunday, January 04, 2015


    Sunday Trains In Delmar

    Tuesday, December 30, 2014


    Before Credit Card Gas Pumps - 1951

    From Popular mechanics Magazine April 1951

    I trust you picked up on the relationship of quarters and gallons of gas. Gas was about 20 to 25 cents a gallon in 1951.  What is also unique is, it is in New Jersey which I don't think allow self service gas pumps today.

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