Saturday, November 27, 2010

It's Turkey Shoot Time!

It's that time of year again for the Fairmont Vol. Fire Dept annual Turkey Shoot!  Sunday November 28 starting at 1:00 P.M. at the firehouse.  Prizes include cash, tools, and new guns.  The ladies will have the kitchen open with roast beef, burgers, hot dogs, soups and baked goods on the bill of fare.

To get there take Rt. 13 south to Rt. 413 just south of Westover.  Take 413 to Rt 361 on your right and follow 361 for 6 miles to the firehouse on your left.  You can miss it!  Activities for the shoot  take place at the rear of the station.

Call 410.957.2631 or 410.651.2888 for more info.
Great Fun for a Great Cause!   See you there!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Crown Skating Center

While schools are out over the Christmas break the kids will have a place to go plus a portion of the proceeds will benefit the  
Fruitland Recreational Park. 

Friday, November 19, 2010

Breakfast at Uno's

I went to this event a couple of months ago and they served a pretty good breakfast.  Good price too!  Served buffet style with beverages brought to you table. Most of all it's a local event to help local people--especially kids.  See you there!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Lest we Forget

November 11

When we honor those who served.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Great Food for a Great Cause, Women Supporting Women

Great food for a great cause.  Women Supporting Women and the Greene Turtle have teamed up to help the cause!  On Wednesday November 9th the Greene Turtle will donate 10% of the Days Sales to Women Supporting Women.

 What a great way to enjoy a great meal and help a local great cause.  Remember, all fund realized by this Women Supporting Women stays in the local area to help local people.

Need to know more?  Click on the title of this post to see what a great organization this is and to learn more about upcoming events!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

The Entabulator

 The last 5 seconds of this video makes the entire concept perfectly clear.

Click here and enjoy!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

He's back!

Uncle Paul over on the "whatasmell" blog had some trouble with his domain and was absent from blogging for a bit.  Seem he is on the mend now and is up and running once again delivering his "Commentary on News, Politics or anything that Smells" as he so eloquently puts it.  It's good reading and well worth sticking you head in the door and seeing whats on his mind.

You can reach whatasmell by clicking on the title of this post or just go here.

Welcome back Uncle Paul!

Monday, October 4, 2010

Three Big Events This Week-end!

There are three big events on the slate for this coming week-end, October 9th & 10th. First on the list is the Women supporting Women Walk for Awareness to be held at Winterplace Park.  Get a team together or walk as an individual or family.  Bring your favorite K-9 buddy to walk with you!   Proceeds from this event stay in the local area to assist local patients.      Information for participating in on the poster to the right or click on the title of this post to go to the WSW site.  Proceeds from this event stay in the local area to assist local patients.  
Next on the to-do list is the Antique Truck Show held at the Red Men Lodge on Clyde ave in Fruitland next to the Food Lion. This event is hosted by the Eastern Shore Chapter of the Antique Truck Club of America, and the  Redmen's Lodge # 149.   If you like antique vehicles this is the place to go!  Admission is free and there are refreshments on sale. This is a great place for an afternoon of leisurely family entertainment.  Meet old friends and make new ones at the truck show!                       

Last but not least in the Seagull Century bicycle tour sponsored by and beginning at Salisbury University.     

Go here   for additional information and registration

Friday, September 24, 2010

Children are Quick!

To all who have loved children and especially those in the school systems.

Enjoy Children Are Quick


TEACHER: Maria, go to the map and find North America .

MARIA: Here it is.

TEACHER: Correct. Now class, who discovered America ?

CLASS: Maria.


TEACHER: John, why are you doing your math multiplication on the floor?

JOHN: You told me to do it without using tables.


TEACHER: Glenn, how do you spell 'crocodile?'


TEACHER: No, that's wrong

GLENN: Maybe it is wrong, but you asked me how I spell it.

(I Love this child)


TEACHER: Donald, what is the chemical formula for water?


TEACHER: What are you talking about?

DONALD: Yesterday you said it's H to O.


TEACHER: Winnie, name one important thing we have today that we didn't have ten years ago.



TEACHER: Glen, why do you always get so dirty?

GLEN: Well, I'm a lot closer to the ground than you are.


TEACHER: Millie, give me a sentence starting with ' I. '

MILLIE: I is..

TEACHER: No, Millie..... Always say, 'I am.'

MILLIE: All right... 'I am the ninth letter of the alphabet.'


TEACHER: George Washington not only chopped down his father's cherry tree, but also admitted it.

Now, Louie, do you know why his father didn't punish him?

LOUIS: Because George still had the axe in his hand....


TEACHER: Now, Simon , tell me frankly, do you say prayers before eating?

SIMON: No sir, I don't have to, my Mom is a good cook.


TEACHER: Clyde , your composition on 'My Dog' is exactly the same as your brother's.. Did you copy his?

CLYDE : No, sir. It's the same dog.

(I want to adopt this kid!!!)


TEACHER: Harold, what do you call a person who keeps on talking when people are no longer interested?

HAROLD: A teacher




Wednesday, September 22, 2010

The Difference

“The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits.” --Albert Einstein

Monday, September 20, 2010

The Times are a Changin"

I received this in and e-mail and although most are already quite obvious some others are just quietly sneaking up on us.

. THE POST OFFICE: Get ready to imagine a world without the post office. They are so deeply in financial trouble that there is probably no way to sustain it long term. Email, Fed Ex, and UPS have just about wiped out the minimum revenue needed to keep the post office alive. Most of your mail every day is junk mail and bills.

. THE CHECK: Great Britain is already laying the groundwork to do away with checks by 2018. It costs the financial system billions of dollars a year to process checks. Plastic cards and online transactions will lead to the eventual demise of the check. This plays right into the death of the post office. If you never paid your bills by mail and never received them by mail, the post office would absolutely go out of business.

. THE NEWSPAPER: The younger generation simply doesn't read the newspaper. They certainly don't subscribe to a daily delivered print edition. That may go the way of the milkman and the laundry man. As for reading the paper online, get ready to pay for it. The rise in mobile Internet devices and e-readers has caused all the newspaper and magazine publishers to form an alliance. They have met with Apple, Amazon, and the major cell phone companies to develop a model for paid subscription services.

. THE BOOK: You say you will never give up the physical book that you hold in your hand and turn the literal pages. I said the same thing about downloading music from iTunes. I wanted my hard copy CD. But I quickly changed my mind when I discovered that I could get albums for half the price without ever leaving home to get the latest music. The same thing is happening with books. You can browse a bookstore online and even read a preview chapter before you buy. An d the price is less than half that of a real book. And think of the convenience! Once you start flicking your fingers on the screen instead of the book, you find that you are lost in the story, can't wait to see what happens next, and you forget that you're holding a gadget instead of a book.

. THE LAND LINE TELEPHONE: Unless you have a large family and make a lot of local calls, you don't need it anymore. Most people keep their land line telephone simply because they're always had it. But you are paying double charges for that extra service. All the cell phone companies will let you call others that use the same cell provider for no charge against your minutes.

. MUSIC: This is one of the saddest parts of the change story. The music industry is dying a slow death. Not just because of illegal downloading. It's the lack of innovative new music being given a chance to get to the people who would like to hear it. Greed and corruption is the problem. Over 40% of the music purchased today is "catalog items", meaning traditional music that the public is familiar with -- older established artists. This is also true on the live concert circuit. To explore this fascinating and disturbing topic further, check out the book, "Appetite for Self-Destruction" by Steve Knopper, and the video documentary, "Before the Music Dies."

 . TELEVISION: Revenues to the networks are down dramatically, and not just because of the economy. People are watching TV programs and movies streamed from their computers. And they're playing games and doing all lots of other things that take up the time that used to be spent watching TV. Prime time shows have degenerated down to lower than the lowest common denominator. Cable rates are skyrocketing and commercials run about every 4 minutes and 30 seconds. I say good riddance to most of it It's time for the cable companies to be put out of our misery. Let the people choose what they want to watch online and through Netflix.

. THE "THINGS" That You Own: Many of the very possessions that we used to own are still in our lives, but we may not actually own them in the future. They may simply reside in "the cloud." Today your computer has a hard drive and you store your pictures, music, movies, and documents. Your software is on a CD or DVD, and you can always re-install it if need be. But all of that is changing. Apple, Microsoft, and Google are all finishing up their latest "cloud services." That means that when you turn on a computer, the Internet will be built into the operating system. So, Windows, Google, and the Mac OS will be tied straight into the Internet. If you click an icon, it will open something in the Internet cloud. If you save something, it will be saved to the cloud. And you may pay a monthly subscription fee to the cloud provider. In this virtual world, you can access your music or your books, or your whatever from any laptop or handheld device. That's the good news. But, will you actually own any of this "stuff" or will it all be able to disappear at any moment in a big "Poof?" Will most of the things in our lives be disposable and whimsical? It makes you want to run to the closet and pull out that photo album, grab a book from the shelf, or open up a CD case and pull out the insert.

. PRIVACY: If there ever was a concept that we can look back on nostalgically, it would be privacy. That's gone. It's been gone for a long time anyway. There are cameras on the street, in most of the buildings, and even built into your computer and cell phone. But you can be sure that 24/7 "They" know who you are and where you are, right down to the GPS coordinates, and the Google Street View. If you buy something, your habit is put into a zillion profiles, and your ads will change to reflect those habits. And "They" will try to get you to buy something else. Again and again. All we will have that can't be changed are the Memories.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Sticky Lips BBQ

I know my BLOG is supposed to be about "For people and issues in and around Salisbury" but I just had to put this on on the board.  My son's in-laws invited us to visit them over Labor Day Weekend in Rochester N.Y.  So far as the the central and western part of the New York goes they are about as far North as you can get.  The truth of the matter is if you walk in a northerly direction from their back door for more than 50-60 feet your gonna get your shoes wet in Lake Ontario and I'm told on a good night with the weather just right you can see the lights of Toronto on the horizon across the water.  It is an absolutely beautiful view.

Back to the subject at hand----BBQ.  Now to me I have always been pretty indifferent to BBQ.  There is good BBQ and then there is good BBQ.  Regardless of who makes it or what style it may be there has never been a BBQ I didn't like and for the most the part so far as I was concerned BBQ is BBQ.  All that changed on Sunday, September 5th, 2010.  For you see that was the evening Mr. & Mrs. G. Eisan of Ontario N.Y. introduced me to "Sticky Lips Pit BBQ" in Rochester N.Y.  Believe me, you have never tasted anything like the food this place serves up.  I was in heaven!  I had the brisket and pork ribs and you have to believe me it was perfection!  Others in our party had beef ribs and chicken and they too sang praises to the flavor.  Even the appetizer--deep fried dill pickles--were to die for. YES--I said deep fried dill pickles!   Honestly, they were great! 

It's a good 8-10 hour drive to get there so it certainly wont be a regular visit for us but if you ever find yourself in Rochester N.Y. and want a great place to eat I strongly recommend Sticky Lips Pit BBQ.  It's very informal there so dress is not an issue.  We had a short wait for a table but then again we were a party of 11 and that takes a little time to set up but I was not at all displeased with the wait.  Want to know more about the them?  Click on the title of this post to be taken to their website for a history of the establishment, great photos, and a copy of the extensive menu they offer.

You can bet it's on my "must do" list when I get back there again!

And one one more thing!  Thanks to the Eisan family for introducing us to Sticky Lips and the phenomenal weekend in Rochester!

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Log Canoe @ West Side Vol. Fire Department

On my recent trip to the West Side of Wicomico Co., I stopped by the West Side Volunteer Fire Department. Station in Bivalve. Sitting next to the station is an open sided shed that houses a unique boat known as a “Log Canoe” or a “Chesapeake Log Canoe”. One may wonder why this craft is displayed at the firehouse as it really hasn’t any Fire Dept. markings on it and the concrete poles surrounding the shed prohibit it from being removed for use.
In order to tell what little I know about this boat I have to go back to 1967. That is the year that Wicomico County celebrated its centennial. I suppose this story may even go back to a year earlier but my memory is a weak on that point. I’m not sure how the WSVFD became the owners of this canoe but the craft was a sunken wreck somewhere on the shores of the Nanticoke River or its tributaries. Members of the Fire Dept raised the canoe and set about restoring it for the centennial celebration that was being planned for the County. I remember The Messick brothers, Cornelius (Corney) and Wilber did a great deal of the work in restoring the canoe. Many others were involved as well but names escape me right now. The canoe was placed in a small grassy field belonging to the Dayton family, across from the wood shop where the Messick brothers made tong shaft for oystermen and on at least one occasion I know a boat was built there.

These log canoes were used for harvesting oysters in the waters of the Chesapeake Bay and the many rivers that feed that grand body of water. This type of craft was the main workboat for watermen until the bugeye and the skipjack came along years later. Log canoes were either one or two masted boats and as such lacked the ability to operate a dredge. They were simple crafts and often could be fabricated without the skills required of a shipbuilder. The hull or main part of the boat was created by joining anywhere from 3 to 9 logs together and then digging out the basic hull design inside and smoothing the out the outside surface to create the smoothest line possible. The upper portion of the canoe was completed with “riser planks” to complete the overall appearance. There were some variation in the prow and stern construction. Some canoes, like the one shown here had very basic squared off bow and stern.

The canoe housed at the WSVFD is named the Wm. McKinley. I haven’t a clue as to why this craft was named after the 25th president of our country but I was told that this was the original name of the boat. The hull of this canoe was made from 5 logs and if memory serves me right that is just about all that was recovered when the canoe was raised. The riser planks, rudder mount and rudder were all manufactured for the restoration. When complete the canoe was put on a trailer and used as a float in the centennial parade in Salisbury in 1967. The novelty of the float was that two “oysterman” were aboard the float dressed in nor’easter gear and throughout the parade route they shucked and passed out to the audience oysters on the half shell. After the centennial parade and events the canoe found its way back to the West Side and eventually became a permanent display in its present location. I seem to remember that an auto accident severely damaged the canoe one night as a car failed to negotiate the turn in the road there. Another restoration took place and when the canoe was returned the concrete pillars were put in place in the hopes they would prevent such damage again. At some point in time the canoe and its display was dedicated to a number of the Fire Department members that were Cadets and have passed on.

With all that has been done to preserve this piece of history I found the canoe and its display in sad shape. The rear of the shed is used for storage of “stuff” and is a distraction to anyone wishing to walk around and examine the canoe. There are no less than a half-a-dozen swallow nests in the building and birds dive on visitors and screech at anyone who comes near. The canoe is in serious need of  a repainting and I surely don’t mean a weekend project for the members to just slap on a coat of paint. The boat needs a facelift by a craftsman well versed in this type of work. The cradle made for the boat is badly weathered and it honestly looks like a temporary set-up with a permanent and eye pleasing mount never materializing.

Though I was glad to see this canoe and remember its salvation in 1967 I find it is a bit insulting to the past members that worked so long and so hard on having a representative of our history for the Centennial celebration. I hope that someone soon realizes the importance of this artifact and moves toward once again rescuing this gem before nature reclaims it as its own and it is no more.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Women Supporting Women 6th annual Ride for Awareness

Women Supporting Women 6th annual Poker Run and ride for awareness will be heal on Saturday July 17th, 2010. Register for the ride is $20.00 per bike and rider and $10.00 per passenger.
Advance registration can be done online @:
or you can register the day of the event from 9:30 to 10:30 and the last bike must be out by 11:00 a.m.
The ride will begin at Seaford Harley Davidson and will end at the American Legion #64 in Salisbury. There will be live entertainment by "Crooked Finger and prizes awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place.
For more information please call 410.548.7880 or visit the above listed website.

Salisbury Fire Department

Salisbury Fire Department has rebuilding their website. It has a new look and is easier to navigate.

Clip on the title of this post or in the link list box to the left to go directly to their new site.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Kiss in Iraq---Awesome!

In the seventies the band "Kiss" was extremely popular although I was never a fan of that type music. Their wild costumes and stage performances certainly left it's mark in the Heavy Metal music industry. They still perform and do some shows but I not sure if the costumes are used as much anymore.
What made me a bit of a fan of this band is the fact that they recently went to Iraq to do a show for our servicemen there. Click on the title of this post to be taken to a short clip of part of that show. I think you will be pleasantly surprised at what you see and hear so turn up the volume, sit back, and enjoy!
What a morale booster for the guys and gals in uniform!
Thanks KISS!

Friday, June 25, 2010

In Memory of Sam Vincent

I was very distressed today to learn of the death of my friend Sam Vincent as the result of a traffic accident. I have know Sam and his twin brother Carl for about 30 years now. We first met when was initiated into the Masonic lodge in Salisbury. Sam and Carl were officers of the lodge at the time and helped me through that first night of initiation. Sometime after that I came to learn that Sam, Carl and I were related although it was a distant. Though we were never close friends Sam always had a warm handshake and kind word when we met and often asked about my family.
Sam will be sorely missed by all who knew and worked with him. R.I.P. my friend. God be with you.

It's Hot Out There!

Recieved this from a friend in Crisfield. No truer words have been spoken!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Robin Williams as the American Flag

A friend of mine sent this to me and I found it quite enjoyable. The American Flag as never portrayed before and as only Robin Williams can do it.

Click here or on the title of this post for the presentation.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Bingo Benefit sponsered by Salisbury Metro Lion Club

Salisbury Metro Lions will be sponsoring a Bingo Bash to benefit the sight and hearing impaired.
Event will be held July 29th 2010 @ the Salisbury Moose Lodge on Snow Hill Road.
Click on image to enlarge. Contact Phone numbers at bottom of poster for more information.
See You There!

Saturday, June 12, 2010

School Memories

This week-end my wife and I took a ride to the west end of Wicomico County where I spent most of my childhood and all of my teen years. I stopped by the schoolhouse where I went to school from the third to the sixth grade in the early and mid sixties and and found that time has really taken it's toll on the building. The owner of the property, Mr. Schoffstall lives next door and he came over when he saw us taking photos and we had quite an enjoyable conversation. When he bought the property many years ago he began a renovation on the building in the hopes of turning it into his residence. However after some personal set-backs and difficulties the project went on hold for an extended period of time.

I noticed a few things that I was never aware of about the building too. For one thing I never knew the original siding was cedar scalloped shingles as can be seen in these photographs. At some point in time clapboard siding was put over the shingles. The weathering is so complete I was unable to tell what color the shingles or clapboard was painted but my guess is it was probably white. What I remember as a siding was white asbestos shingles which have long since been removed, thus the exposure and weathering of the wood. Many trees have been planted in what was the playground and quite a bit of brush has grown up close to the building. Two dormers were added to the front and rear of the building in the initial renovation attempt and the north side of the building there is also evidence of renovation and some replacement windows in place. Other than that the building remains much the same structurally. The inside has been partially gutted and little of a schoolhouse appearance remains.

I went thee in the third through the sixth grade in the sixties. The school had first and second grade as well but but my first & second grade was in Pittsville School. There were only 3 teachers for all six grades at Nanticoke! First and second grade was in the same room, as was third and fourth in another room on the ground floor. On the second floor was the fifth and sixth grade sharing a room and a 4th upstairs room was used for special events, PTA meetings, school productions and such.

Mrs. Camila Leitch taught first & second grade, Mrs. Jeannette Insley instructed third & fourth, and Mrs Mildred Insley kept the fifth & Sixth grade toeing the line. Mrs. Mildred Insley also served as the principal for the school and was responsible for disciplinary action when called for. Believe me---she could swing a wicked paddle!

There was one other adult working full time at the school. The cafeteria manager, Miss Alberta Roberts, prepared meals everyday for the 80 or so students that comprised the school population. There was no cafeteria per-se, rather the lunches were served sort of a buffet style in the main hallway on the first floor and the students returned to their classrooms and ate at their desks. Trays and plates were taken to a designated area after the meal was over and under the very watchful eye of Miss Roberts the plates were scraped clean and stacked neatly.

Occasionally when a substitute teacher was needed another local resident, Mrs. Jane Dayton, was the go-to person for the school. Mrs. Dayton is the only living teacher today and I am unsure about Mrs. Roberts.

This little trip brought back many memories and while in the area I visited other places as well. More posts will be forthcoming about them.

Friday, June 11, 2010

New Site to Enjoy

I recently started reading "Reflections on Delmarva's Past" blog and I have say I really enjoy. I sent the author, Mr. Mike Dixon, a note and asked if I could add his site to my link list. He graciously approved and has added a link to this site to his list.

"Reflections" is a site dedicated to the history of Delmarva and is well researched and written. I urge anyone with local history interest to visit and read his articles.

You can reach his site by clicking on the tile of this post or by going to the link list box on the left and click on "Reflections of Delmarva's Past"

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Do You Remember Salisbury When?

There have been several good comments on this post so I brought it back to the top. Thanks to all for adding memories.

I borrowed this from " The Shores of Delmarva" blog.
I remember all of the things he mentions here.
Click on the title of this post to be taken to that site a see more about the shore.

Do you remember Salisbury when?

Do you remember?
Do you remember swimming in the park?
The Christmas parades on Main Street and the old swag lights that hung across Main Street and Route 13?
You knew Christmas was getting close when White & Leonard's opened its toy store on the second floor. Johnny's and Sammy's on Wednesday nights for chicken and dumplings and Gino's on Friday nights after Wi-Hi football games.Then there was "Party Line" on the radio with Bill Phillips, and the great dj of country music, CR Hook at WICO -- and of course there was Jolly Jack during the WBOC news with John B. Greenberger and Roland Twigg reminding us to "tell 'em RT sent you.".
The S & H Green Stamp store was down by Carroll's.
Use to get good prizes for collecting these stamps from grocery stores.
Giant used to be more than just groceries. You also got your groceries from the Colonial Store on South Salisbury Boulevard.
Remember the Wicomico Theater, the Boulevard Theater or the the Oaks Drive-In?
People would go to downtown Salisbury to Benjamin's or Hess Apparel or The Fashion Shop. Salespeople were friendly, mature and knowledgeable. And we actually dressed up for it.
Hungry? There was also the Saddle Club or either go downstairs to Reads Drugstore lunchroom on your way out the back door to the parking lot or sit at the lunch counter in Woolworths. Read's Drug Store was the only place to pass through when other stores closed at 5 p.m. on Saturdays on the way to the new parking lot. Woolworth's had the long counter upstairs.

Remember kids popping th balloons at the Woolworth's counter to see the discount?
McCrorys on Rt 13 also had a lunch counter but they had a deal where if you ordered a banana split you could pick a balloon to see how much you paid for it. They said there was a balloon with a penny.

As for the Benjamin family. They made sure that customers were treated with respect. That is what customer service was all about. Stores like that just don't exist anymore.
Does anyone remember how Watson's Smoke House stamped the date on a record when you bought it? Watson Smoke House was cool for not only 5 cent cigars but for the latest 45 record. An older gentleman by the name of Howard Riggins ran it, and was so very nice to kids. He would let you listen to recordings he had for sale, knowing we probably didn't have money to buy one. There was a soda fountain in the store, as well as a very hip magazine rack. We would often read it standing there. He never bothered u about reading and not buying, and whenever we had some money, we really would buy the magazine -- and even an album once in a while.Do you want fresh vegetables? Go to any farmers stand and buying whatever was fresh-picked that day, and putting the right money in a mason jar.

Remember Polar Bar ice cream?, It tasted like home made.

What I really miss about the old Salisbury is being able to go places without being accosted by thugs. And feeling safe . .. . and a sense of class in the businesses. Salisbury was one of the last small towns (at the time) where everything would be closed on Sundays. No shopping or anything. It was sorta like they forced you to take a deserved day off.

Friday, June 4, 2010

What is This?

Hint: The picture was taken in 1956
It is a 5 MB Hard Disk Drive for the IBM 305 RAMAC, the first IBM 'SUPER' computer released in September 1956.
This HDD weighed over a ton and stored an 'astonishing' (@ the time) 5 MB of data.
Do you appreciate being able to reach into your pocket & pull out your 8 GB memory stick now - or perhaps even your 3GS iPhone with 32 GB of memory?!?
Something to think about, huh?
(click on the title of this post to go to "Snopes" for more information on this photo)

Friday, May 28, 2010

4th Annual Pittsville Fire Dept. Clay Shoot

Don't forget this event on Sunday, May 30th!

You will get a great lunch, meet a super great bunch of folks, have a chance at some wonderful prizes, and support a dynamite cause.

I'll be there and if you need a ride around the shooting course look me up and I will be happy to help you out!

4th Annual Sporting Clay Shoot
To Be Held at Owens Station
In Greenwood DE

Tickets: $65/Person
Date: Sunday May 30, 2010
Each Ticket Includes: Lunch and (1) Chance For The Gun Raffle and a complimentary gift
Registration Is From 9:00am – 12:30pm

Gun To Be Given Away:Beretta A-400 XPLOR
12 Guage Semi Auto Shotgun with Kick-Off
28" Barrel with Tubes
Extra Chances For Gun Raffle: $5/1 or $25/6

Prizes: To be paid Lewis Class Style
Top Gun - $300
Class A, B AND C will pay 3 deep
1st $175
2nd $100
3rd $50
Class D - 3 Deep
1st $125
2nd $75
3rd $50

All Proceeds Will Benefit Pittsville Volunteer Fire Department

* Gun To Be Given Away Immediately Following*

* Side Games * Shell Game *
Lewis Class Side Bet *

For More Information Contact Shiloh Harris At
By Calling Owens Station at
This is a great event for sport shooters and PVFD supporters.
Click on the title of this post to go to Pittsvile VFD wbsite and learn more about this great organization.

Monday, May 24, 2010

The Big One

I just love that old time gospel style singing! Click on the title of this post or go here:

for a special treat.

(The devil made me do this)

Friday, May 21, 2010

"Celebration of the Brotherhood" Salisbury FO.O.L.S. event

(click on the title of this post to go to the Salisbury FOOLS site)

The Brothers & Sisters Of The
Salisbury FOOLS
(Fraternal Order Of Leatherheads Society)

Invite You To Join Them At The 8th Annual

“Celebration of The Brotherhood”

Wednesday 16 June 2010
18:00 thru 22:00 Hours
Seacrets – 49th Street & The Bay

Raffles/Door Prizes
2 Seacrets VIP Gold Cards
2 MSA Cairns N5A New Yorkers
1 Pair Warrington Pro Boots

Reduced Drink Prices

Remember to bring your "Can" for the Sunset Ritual

$10 Donation

We Hope To See You There!

Sunday, May 16, 2010

R.I.P. Mr. Robert Cannon, Honorary Fire Commissioner for SFD

I received a phone call this morning with the sad information that Mr. Robert Cannon had passed away. I have known Mr. Cannon since my days in high school and I truly came to known him through my many years with the Salisbury Fire Department and his love and respect for the all the members. Mr. Cannon could be seen in the fire house visited almost at any time of day or night. He always had a kind word for the men and women that worked and volunteered there and he truly was a friend to all. Many time in the spring while we were preparing the flower beds around the station Mr. Cannon would purchase the plants we needed. I can't begin to tell you how many poinsettias arrived for Christmas, all for the members to take home for their own use. Several times when a project was ongoing in the station Mr. Cannon would make sure that the materials needed to complete the job was made available at no charge to the Department.
Mr Cannon was always invited to our functions and more often than not he attended them. I believe it was Deputy Chief Tim Keenan that first gave me Cannon the "Honorary Fire Commissioner" title and Mr Cannon embraced that title with great pride. He attended the annual banquets, and in recent years the medal day ceremonies held in the spring. He made an effort to know each member by name and often times their spouses as well. A warm hand shake and a smile was the norm from Mr. Cannon and everyone looked forward to seeing him.
His accomplishments go far beyond being the Fire Commissioner for SFD. I don't have his entire bio but I do know he served for a time in the Maryland State Legislature and was politically active on the local front for many years.
Rest in Peace Mr. Cannon. Prayers are extended for you and your family during this difficult time.
You will be greatly missed by all who were blessed with your acquaintance.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Women Supporting Women Casino Night

Here Ye! Here Ye!
Riverboat Gamblers, pros and amateurs! A night for one and all.
Women Supporting Women with the Salisbury Elks Lodge #817 will be hosting a Casino Night on Saturday April 24th, 7-11 pm.
Lots of events and games to play and the proceeds go to Women Supporting Women.
Click on the tile of this post for more information about this wonderful organization or call 410.548.7880.
Remember---money raised for WSW stays on the Eastern Shore for patients on the Eastern.
Click on the poster at left for an enlarged view and additional information. See you there!

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Delmar Dustpan

It looks like Howard from "Delmar Dustpan" has done a little catching up on his blog. Many of you may know Howard and his family suffered a very severe house fire earlier this year during one of the major snowstorms. They have been living in an apartment and sorting through the mess and Howard hasn't kept up with blogging and certainly for good reason.

Welcome back Howard! Hopefully things are going to smooth out a little soon and you can get back on a regular tract with the "Dustpan". I, for one, have missed it greatly.

Click on the title of this post to go there or use the link list on the sidebar and click on:

"Delmar Dustpan"

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Kim Scott Memorial Benefit----UPDATE!

This event has been postponed until Thursday, March 11th due the inclement weather forecast for tonight. Please make you calenders accordingly.

Break Time Sports Grill & Pub will present
The Second Annual Kim Scott
Memorial Benefit

on Thursday, February 25th, 2010 at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $20.00 each and includes all you can eat with a cash bar & auction. Proceeds from this benefit will go to the Women Supporting Women.

Kim was the wife of Pat Scott, owner of Break Time Sports Grill and Pub. Kim lost her courageous battle with breast cancer in 2008 and in her memory Pat sponsors this event.

Please call 410.548.7880 or 410.742.7665 for more information. Click on the title of this post to be taken the Women Supporting Women website for more information on this wonderful organization.

(Click on image to enlarge)

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Cool Tricks

I like sleight of hand and good card tricks and this guy is really awesome! Click on this link:

or on the title of this post to watch his magic.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Roping Deer

I am sure there has been some "literary license taken her but my guess is this story is basically true. After all, as a dear friend in the police department used to say--"You just can't Make This Stuff Up!" Besides--I can easily picture myself concocting such a plan in my youth.

Author unknown - for good reason!!!!

Actual letter from someone who farms, He writes well and tried this:
I had this idea that I could rope a deer, put it in a stall, feed it up on corn for a couple of weeks, then kill it and eat it.

The first step in this adventure was getting a deer and I figured that, since they congregate at my cattle feeder and do not seem to have much fear of me when we are there (a bold one will sometimes come right up and sniff at the bags of feed while I am in the back of the truck not 4 feet away), it should not be difficult to rope one, get up to it and toss a bag over its head (to calm it down) then hog tie it and transport it home.

I filled the cattle feeder then hid down at the end with my rope. The cattle, having seen the roping thing before, stayed well back. They were not having any of it. After about 20 minutes, my deer showed up -- 3 of them. I picked out a likely looking one, stepped out from the end of the feeder, and threw my rope. The deer just stood there and stared at me. I wrapped the rope around my waist and twisted the end so I would have a good hold. The deer still just stood and stared at me, but you could tell it was mildly concerned about the whole rope situation.
I took a step towards it, it took a step away. I put a little tension on the rope .., and then received an education.

The first thing that I learned is that, while a deer may just stand there looking at you funny while you rope it, they are spurred to action when you start pulling on that rope. That deer EXPLODED. The second thing I learned is that pound for pound, a deer is a LOT stronger than a cow or a colt. A cow or a colt in that weight range I could fight down with a rope and with some dignity. A deer-- no chance. That thing ran and bucked and twisted and pulled. There was no controlling it and certainly no getting close to it.

As it jerked me off my feet and started dragging me across the ground, it occurred to me that having a deer on a rope was not nearly as good an idea as I had originally imagined. The only upside is that they do not have as much stamina as many other animals. A brief 10 minutes later, it was tired and not nearly as quick to jerk me off my feet and drag me when I managed to get up. It took me a few minutes to realize this, since I was mostly blinded by the blood flowing out of the big gash in my head.

At that point, I had lost my taste for corn-fed venison. I just wanted to get that devil creature off the end of that rope. I figured if I just let it go with the rope hanging around its neck, it would likely die slow and painfully somewhere. At the time, there was no love at all between me and that deer. At that moment, I hated the thing, and I would venture a guess that the feeling was mutual. Despite the gash in my head and the several large knots where I had cleverly arrested the deer's momentum by bracing my head against various large rocks as it dragged me across the ground, I could still think clearly enough to recognize that there was a small chance that I shared some tiny amount of responsibility for the situation we were in. I didn't want the deer to have to suffer a slow death, so I managed to get it lined back up in between my truck and the feeder - a little trap I had set before hand....kind of like a squeeze chute. I got it to back in there and I started moving up so I could get my rope back. Did you know that deer bite? They do! I never in a million years would have thought that a deer would bite somebody, so I was very surprised when ... I reached up there to grab that rope and the deer grabbed hold of my wrist.

Now, when a deer bites you,it is not like being bit by a horse where they just bite you and then let go. A deer bites you and shakes its head--almost like a pit bull. They bite HARD and it hurts. The proper thing to do when a deer bites you is probably to freeze and draw back slowly..

I tried screaming and shaking instead. My method was ineffective. It seems like the deer was biting and shaking for several minutes, but it was likely only several seconds. I, being smarter than a deer (though you may be questioning that claim by now), tricked it. While I kept it busy tearing the tendons out of my right arm, I reached up with my left hand and pulled that rope loose. That was when I got my final lesson in deer behavior for the day. Deer will strike at you with their front feet. They rear right up on their back feet and strike right about head and shoulder level, and their hooves are surprisingly sharp. I learned a long time ago that, when an animal -- like a horse -- strikes at you with their hooves and you can't get away easily, the best thing to do is try to make a loud noise and make an aggressive move towards the animal. This will usually cause them to back down a bit so you can escape.

This was not a horse.

This was a deer, so obviously, such trickery would not work. In the course of a millisecond, I devised a different strategy. I screamed like a woman and tried to turn and run. The reason I had always been told NOT to try to turn and run from a horse that paws at you is that there is a good chance that it will hit you in the back of the head. Deer may not be so different from horses after all, besides being twice as strong and 3 times as evil, because the second I turned to run, it hit me right in the back of the head and knocked me down.

Now, when a deer paws at you and knocks you down, it does not immediately leave. I suspect it does not recognize that the danger has passed. What they do instead is paw your back and jump up and down on you while you are laying there crying like a little girl and covering your head.I finally managed to crawl under the truck and the deer went away.

So now I know why when people go deer hunting they bring a rifle with a scope to sort of even the odds.

All these events are true so help me God... An Educated, Bruised and Bleeding Rancher........................

Monday, January 4, 2010

Ribbons for Sarah UPDATED--see bottom of post

I have been asked several times why I didn't post article on the Sarah Foxwell Saga at Christmas, so before I continue I would like to explain. At first I was going to create post about this and try to be informative to all my readers but it was clear to me that much of the media had already began coverage and the sources I had available to me were no better than what everyone else was already using. I didn't feel that it was necessary to add to the confusion of the situation or to compete with the real news agencies and with the Law Enforcement to get information to the public. I was also made painfully aware that another blogger was in the midst of this terrible tragedy and had at one point posted (or allowed to be posted) erroneous information. Having not visited that particular site in some time, and knowing the authors reputation I can only assume this is true. Myself, not wanting to be lumped in with such a miscreant decided to allow the MSM and LE do their jobs without the burden of having to contend with another press release to me.

Enough said on that.

In the aftermath if this tragedy the people of this community came together to support the family both emotionally and financially. One small group of local citizens began a fundraiser selling magnetic "Ribbons for Sarah" to assist the family. Once it was learned the several funds by other organizations had already done this it was decided that all the money raise from the sale of these ribbons would go to the Missing and Exploited Children Association of MD to help in the enacting of laws with in the State of Maryland that would help to protect our children from vile animals such as the individual alleged to have abducted Sarah. These ribbons are being sold for $5.00 each and checks can be made directly to MECA.

As of this moment I awaiting further information on where and when they will be available and as soon as I have that I shall post here and keep this post at the top for a period of time.

More information can be had by contacting Mr. Vic Gordy @


The following Businesses have the ribbons in stock for those who were unable to get to the candlelight vigil

The Doc's In, North Salisbury Blvd
Price Buick Pontiac GMC
Salisbury Camber of Commerce, Main St
Flavors of Italy, Main St
Salisbury Univ Admissions Office
Laptop Service Center, Right behind Chicfila
Delaware Lumber, Beaver Run Business Park
MAD Electronics, Delmar
IG Burton Cheverolet, Seaford
Grotons Performance, Seaford
Gully's next to Giant
Ocean City Chamber of Commerce
Ocean Pines Chamber of Commerce
Copy Central of Ocean Pines.

Also they are asking for suggestions for a similiar originization in Delaware so they can get the laws changed in both states. The money from the ribbons sold in MD will go to MECA and the ribbons sold in DE will go to a DE org. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thank you.

Friday, January 1, 2010

Here hoping everyone has a successful and prosperous New Year!
I plan on returning this BLOG to a more active status this year so please stop by often.
Thanks for you support in the past and in the future.