Delmar Events
Thursday, September 2, 2004
 
Delmar VFW Basket Bingo
Delmar VFW Post 8276 and VFW Post 194 will have a basket bingo party with Longerberger baskets, Saturday, Sept. 25. Doors open 5:30 p.m. and games begin at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20. Call for tickets at 410-896-3722 or stop by Post 8276, 200 West State St., Delmar, Md.

Church Selling Sandwiches
Delmar Church of God of Prophecy, US 13, three miles north of Delmar, Del. oyster, crab cake and soft crab sandwiches, baked goods. Starting at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 4. Phone 875-7824.

Hastings Reunion Sept. 5
The Family of Cyrus and Catherine Hastings annual family reunion, will be Sunday, Sept. 5, 1 p.m., at the Melson Church Hall, Melson Church Road, Delmar, Md. Each family bring a lunch to share.

Autumn in Delmar
Country Collections Craft Fairs annual “Autumn In Delmar” craft show Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 11 and 12, Delmarva Convention Center, at the intersection of State Line Road and US 13, Delmar, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. daily. There will be over 75 exhibitors from Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia New Jersey and New York. Admission is $2 per person and children under 12 are free.Contact Kim Jackson, event coordinator, toll-free at (888) 288-5065.

Delmar VFW Event
Second annual Delmar VFW Men’s Auxiliary yard sale and chicken barbecue, Saturday, Sept. 11, 7 a.m.-2 p.m. at Delmar VFW Post 8276, 200 West State St., Delmar, Md. Table rentals $10. Donations accepted. Call VFW for information (410) 896-3722.

Gospel Sing in Delmar
The 14th annual Gospel Sing in the Park will take place on Saturday, Sept. 18, in the Delmar Park from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Featured groups will be Kings Ambassadors, Lights of House, the Vance Family and the Smith Family. Refreshments (including oyster sandwiches) will be available. Those attending should bring their own lawn chairs. The playground is available for children.
Delmar passes scooter ordinances
By Mike McClure

The Delmar (Md.) Commission and the Delmar (Del.) Council each passed ordinances relating to the operation of scooters and all-terrain/off-road vehicles during the joint council meeting on Monday, Aug. 30. The joint council also discussed its commercial trash collection policy. The Maryland and Delaware councils each held a public hearing on the scooter/ATV ordinance Monday night with no one from the public coming forward to speak about the proposed ordinances. The Delmar Commission voted 4-0 to approve the Maryland ordinance, while the Delmar Council voted 5-0 in favor of its ordinance. Both ordinances define motor engine driven scooters as class I scooters, with human-powered scooters designated as class II scooters. The Delaware ordinance also regulates three-wheel all-terrain vehicles or four-wheel all-terrain vehicles, which are also known as tribes or quads. The all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) are defined as motor-driven off-road vehicles capable of cross-country travel without the benefit of a road or a trail and are classified as motor vehicles. The Maryland ordinance also deals with “off-road vehicles,” motorized vehicles designed for or capable of cross-country travel including four-wheel drive or low-pressure tire vehicles, motorcycles and related two-wheel vehicles and all-terrain vehicles. Otherwise the two ordinances have the same guidelines. Operators of scooters or ATVs/off-road vehicles under the age of 18 must wear a properly fitted and fastened bicycle helmet. Class one scooters and ATVs/off-road vehicles are not allowed on a roadway within town limits with a speed limit of more than 25 miles per hour (except to cross over it). The operators of these motorized vehicles should stay on the right edge of the road when travelling at less than the normal speed except when passing another vehicle proceeding in the same direction, preparing for a left turn, or to to avoid objects, vehicles, bicycles and pedestrians. A person riding or operating a scooter or ATV/off-road vehicle is required to use hand and arm signals when turning. Under the new ordinances, the operation of a scooter or ATV/off-road vehicle is prohibited on sidewalks within town limits, private property (without verbal consent of the property owner) and commercial property without consent from property owner or the owner’s designee. Aside from penalties for unsafe or improperly equipped scooters and off-road vehicles/ATVs (Delaware and Maryland Motor Vehicle codes apply) and riding in prohibited locations (Delaware and Maryland Criminal codes apply), violations of the ordinances carry the following fines:
  • Class I scooters and off-road vehicles/ATVS, first offense - $25 plus court costs. Second offense - $50 plus court costs. Third and subsequent offenses - $100 to $ 500 plus court costs and forfeiture of the scooter or ATV to the Delmar Police Department for destruction.
  • Class II scooters, first offense - $10 plus court costs. Second offense - $25 plus court costs. Third offense - $25 to $50 plus court costs
  • In other business, Richard Johnson of Johnson OK Used Cars asked the town if it could pick up his regular trash. The town recently ceased most commercial garbage collection. Johnson said that he is taking care of disposals of the pipes and metal at his business, but would like the town to collect his boxes and regular trash. The joint council discussed the possibility of collecting the trash once a week (commercial trash was collected two times a week), but some council members questioned whether the town would be setting a precedent by collecting Johnson’s trash. Commissioner Larry Points said that the council had agreed to consider collection if an owner demonstrated a hardship. The council agreed to pick up Johnson’s regular trash as part of the public works department’s normal run on Tuesdays. Similar requests will be decided on a case-by-case basis. Councilwoman Mary Lee Pase reported that she attended a recent meeting of the Concerned Citizens of Delmar. She advised residents who attended the joint council meeting to “take pride in being a good neighbor and watch out for your next door neighbor.” She told them that the job of keeping the town safe, will take all its citizens, not simply the police. “If everybody does their job maybe we can get this town on a more friendly basis,” she said. Earlier in the meeting, Delmar (Del.) Mayor John McDonnell pointed out that schools are opening this week and asked that citizens look out for small children who walk to the high school to catch the bus and sometimes dart out into the street. Councilman Paul Scovell questioned if the town can reduce the speed limit near the high school/middle school from 25 to to 15 miles per hour when school is in session. The town is looking into that possibility.