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Sunday, September 16, 2012

BREAKING NEWS: Chicago To File Suit To Force End Teachers Strike

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says city will file lawsuit to force end of teachers strike.

From Fox News

Chicago Teachers Union Continues Strike

The Chicago teachers union will continue strike into second week, keeping thousands of students out of class.

From Fox News

The Salisbury Metro Lions Club Meeting

The Salisbury Metro Lions Club

will be hosting

District Governor Charlene Travers

and her Cabinet

on Monday, September 17, 2012

at Adam's Ribs in Fruitland.

All members are encouraged to attend.

Despite Employment Rates, Obama Declares That The US Is Not In Decline

"Good subjects must feel guilty. The guilt begins as a feeling of failure. The good autocrat provides many opportunities for failure in the populace." –Frank Herbert, Children of Dune

Chicago teacher strike. Neoliberalism: "There is freedom in drawing a line in the sand. For too long now, teachers have known that they were participating in something cruel." .... Deal tomorrow? "Under the [new] proposal, teacher raises would be structured differently, as requested by the union; evaluations of tenured teachers during the first year could not result in dismissal; later evaluations could be appealed; and health insurance rates would hold steady if the union agreed to take part in a wellness program. The new proposal also removes the district's ability to rescind raises because of an economic crisis. The board stripped teachers of a 4 percent raise last year, sparking union distrust of the mayor." ... Deal: " But given where the two sides started, it looks to me as though Mayor Rahm Emanuel's team has moved further than the CTU." ... Testing: "These days it is unusual to find an editorial or opinion column asking whether the tests were designed to measure teacher quality. They were not. Frankly, the test publishers ought to be yelling bloody murder about the inappropriate use of the tests, but they are making so much money that it's hard to hear their complaints or to expect them." ... Testing: "[T]here's not a lot of research that says the key to better-educated students lies in holding teachers accountable for numbers that were never designed to judge their performance." ... Newark: "'You have members who look at the news," [Joe Del Grosso, the Newark Teachers Union president] said. 'If the teachers there prevail in their way, the teachers here would want to prevail here, also. It's just human nature.'"

AK. Climate: "King salmon fisheries in major Alaska watersheds have been declared failures by the U.S. Department of Commerce, making commercial fishermen eligible for disaster relief. The reason for the poor returns [from the ocean for spawning] remains unknown but researchers continue to suspect ocean factors."


Paradoxical Quote Of The Day From Ben Stein

"Fathom the hypocrisy of a government that requires every citizen to prove they are insured... but not everyone must prove they are a citizen."

Now add this, "Many of those who refuse, or are unable, to prove they are citizens will receive free insurance paid for by those who are forced to buy insurance because they are citizens."

Think about it when you vote in November!

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New Report

A new report reveals just how damaging the financial crisis perpetrated by banksters on Wall Street was to our economy. The organization, Better Markets, calculated that our economy lost as much as $12.8 trillion as a result of the financial crisis. But beyond the numbers, there's a human toll, too. As the report says, "There are millions of Americans and perhaps tens of millions of Americans, who will never regain their earnings, educations, skills, and trainings that they lost during and as a result of the crises." We know this crisis was caused by rampant fraud on Wall Street, yet not a single bankster has gone to jail for their involvement in the meltdown. In fact, they got bailed out – and are doing just fine today. Meanwhile the Middle Class continues to suffer – and they can't expect any help from multimillionaire Mitt Romney, who said in an interview today on ABC that he believes the Middle Class is defined by those making between $200,000 and $250,000 a year. No wonder he's Wall Street's favorite candidate.

Homeless And Hungry At College

As the mainstream press frets that the much-touted "economic-recovery" appears to have lost steam, the economic crisis continues to escalate for ordinary people.

With official unemployment holding steady at 9.5 percent (real unemployment is much higher), and with the state budget cuts producing yet more tuition increases, a growing phenomenon is sweeping the nation: homeless and hungry college students.

National Public Radio (NPR) reported in late July: "For many college students and their families, rising tuition costs and a tough economy are presenting new challenges as college bills come in. This has led to a little-known but growing population of financially stressed students, who are facing hunger and sometimes even homelessness."

While no exact figures are available, the National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth reports a large increase in homeless students.



Bennie and the Inkjets went all in yesterday at 12:30. This Princeton professor who has never held a real job in his entire life actually proclaimed that buying hundreds of billions of toxic mortgage backed securities from the insolvent Wall Street bankers that own the Federal Reserve, will benefit the average American. He proudly stated that he will hold interest rates at 0% until at least 2015. This means that senior citizens can plan ahead and stock up on cat food to eat, because they will be paid nothing on their savings for at least the next three years. Ben’s claim to help home buyers is a bold faced lie. Mortgage rates were already the lowest in history. Interest rates are not the problem. Debt is the problem. Insolvency is the problem. Spending money we don’t have is the problem. Debasement of the currency is the problem.

Ben Bernanke has one purpose on earth as Federal Reserve Chairman and that is to enrich the owners of the Federal Reserve and protect them from ever accepting the consequences of their criminal, traitorous actions. The impact of his disgusting actions can already be seen:

•The 10 Year Treasury rate has increased from 1.66% to 1.82% this week. That is a 9.6% increase in a few days. Mortgage rates key off this rate. This result does not match Bernanke’s rhetoric about helping the housing market.
•The USD has declined by 2.2% against the Euro and the entire basket of worldwide currencies. The debasement continues, as it is the main goal of Bernanke.
•Oil prices broke through $100 per barrel this morning and are up 3.6% this week alone. The pundits will blame it on Middle East tensions or speculators. The truth is that Oil is priced in USD and as Bernanke debases the currency, oil prices will rise. Luckily, Bernanke’s chauffer fills up his limo with the Fed credit card. He will just recalculate the CPI and pretend energy and food prices don’t really matter.
•The Dow is up 2.2% this week as Bennie’s QE3 to Infinity makes the Wall Street crowd giddy. The net worth of the .01% is getting a real boost.
•It seems a couple of asset classes reveal the real implications of Bennie’s money printing. Silver is up 5.8% and gold is up 2.5% this week. JP Morgan and the rest of the Wall Street scum are doing their utmost to keep a lid on gold and silver prices through their use of derivatives, but the lid is about to be blown off. Anyone who can’t see that Bernanke’s latest move is a last ditch desperate attempt to keep the economic system from collapsing, doesn’t have their eyes open.


Anti-Islam Filmmaker Donated Million Dollars To Obama Campaign

Even though "the movie" was on YouTube for months prior to the collective indignation of thousands of Middle Eastern Islamists all coming together on the eleventh anniversary of September 11th (through a wild coincidence, no doubt), we are being told by our government and our media overlords that we must blame the movie.

You see, if we blame the movie for the burning of our foreign outposts and the brutal murders of four Americans (including our Libyan ambassador who was reportedly raped), we won't blame the burners and the looters and the murderers and the rapists.

You see, if we blame the movie for the Middle East burning, we won't blame the Islamists who are doing the burning and looting and raping and murdering.

Which means we won't further connect the dots and blame Obama's failed Middle East policy; the Obama Doctrine of backing away from the region and allowing events to unfold as America stands idly by -- as the Islamists in the Muslim Brotherhood grab hold of power in Egypt, a country that was once our largest and closest ally.


Delaware State Police Explorer Open House

Where and When:
•Troop 2 (Newark): Monday September 17, 2012, 7:00 p.m. at Troop 2.
•Troop 5 (Bridgeville): Tuesday September 18, 2012, 6:30 p.m. at Troop 5.
•Troop 4 (Georgetown): Tuesday September 18, 2012, 7 p.m. at Sussex Central High School.
•Troop 9 (Odessa): Monday September 24, 2012, 7:00 p.m. at Troop 9.
•Troop 7 (Lewes): Tuesday September 25, 2012, 6:00 p.m. at the Lewes Senior Center.
•Troop 3 (Dover): Monday October 8, 2012, 6:30 p.m. at the DSP Academy.

Delaware- What are the Explorers and what do they do?

Our program consists of young men and women who have an interest in Law Enforcement. We participate in fingerprinting young children at community events; work the missing children’s area at the State Fair, and many more community events. We also offer opportunities for the National Law Enforcement Exploring Conference and the Federal Leadership Academies.

We teach a variety of police procedures including fingerprinting, evidence collection, and patrol procedures. We strive to lead them down the right path and stand as positive role models. We also plan to instill leadership, responsibility, integrity, and commitment.

We have minimum qualifications of mature, clean cut, clean shaven, 2.0 and above GPA, and no criminal convictions. This is not a discipline program. The age range is 14-20 years of age and at least in 9th grade. We welcome college students as well. If you are under the age of 18, you must bring a parent or legal guardian, a $40.00 program fee, and a copy of last school year grades.

We hope to see you at our Open House so we can explain more about our program and how to become a Delaware State Police Explorer.

Reality Is?

Somerset County Sheriff's Office Press Releases

Mark Anthony Torres of Princess Anne, Criminal summons served for theft less than $1,000. Torres was released on signature pending court actions.

Darryl Michael Trostle of Laurel Delaware, arrested 9-5-12 on a warrant for failing to appear in court. Trostle was released on personal recognizance.

Joseph Lamont Lewis of Salisbury, arrested 9-6-12 on a warrant for failing to appear in court. Lewis was held on a $10,000 bond.

James Lee Cotton Sr. of Westover, arrested 9-7-12 on a warrant for 2nd degree assault. Cotton was released on personal recognizance.

Darryl Bryant Ramsey of Springdale Maryland, arrested 9-7-12 on two warrants for violation of probation. Ramsey was held on a $40,000 bond.

Juvenile arrested 9-13-12 for possession of suspected marijuana, and drug paraphernalia. The juvenile was released to parents pending juvenile court actions. The arrest was the result of a traffic stop conducted by deputies on Ocean Highway, Westover where deputies recovered a small amount of suspected marijuana, and a pipe in the vehicle.

Getahum Bekele Heyi of Washington DC, arrested 9-11-12 for driving without a license and failure to drive right of center. Heyi was released on signatures pending court actions. The arrest was the result of a traffic stop conducted by deputies on Ocean Highway, Eden.

Kenneth Lee Hitch of Salisbury, arrested 9-12-12 on a warrant for failing to appear in court. Hitch was released after posting bond.

Juvenile arrested 9-13-12 for contempt of court. The juvenile was later turned over to the Department Of Social Services.


U.S. Department of Education: 79% of Chicago 8th Graders Not Proficient in Reading

Seventy-nine percent of the 8th graders in the Chicago Public Schools are not grade-level proficient in reading, according to the U.S. Department of Education, and 80 percent are not grade-level proficient in math.

Chicago public school teachers went on strike on Monday and one of the major issues behind the strike is a new system Chicago plans to use for evaluating public school teachers in which student improvement on standardized tests will count for 40 percent of a teacher’s evaluation. Until now, the evaluations of Chicago public school teachers have been based on what a Chicago Sun Times editorial called a “meaningless checklist.”


Anna Gristina Refuses To Name Names

Anna Gristina, who has been dubbed the "Millionaire Madam"/"Soccer Mom Madam", appeared on Dr. Phil after being released from Rikers on bail.

During her talk show interview, Gristina told Dr. Phil that she believes "in her heart of hearts" that the prosecutors have "an agenda" to get her to talk about a specific person.

She told Dr. Phil that they have told her the name of one person and the other person they will not disclose.

So far, Gristina has refused to name names.

"I have a deep sense of loyalty and I'm Scottish. It was the way I was raised. Your word is everything and your friendship. I'm not going to hurt somebody with a family," she said.

She claims that she doesn't know what the prosecutors want.

"They have not told me why they want them," she said, adding, "I won't put the nail in somebody who was very-dear-to-me's coffin."


Household Income Dropped To Its Lowest Point Since 1995

In the aftermath of the Great Recession, household income dropped once again in 2011 while the poverty level stayed flat after three straight years of increases, the Census Bureau said Wednesday.

Median household incomes adjusted for inflation fell 1.5 percent to $50,054.

That’s 8.1 percent lower than it had been in 2007, the year before the recession, and almost 9 percent lower than the peak income level reached in 1999.

The last time median household income was lower was 1995 – meaning it’s been a lost decade and a half for Americans looking to get ahead.

The gross domestic product has gone from $7.4 trillion to $15.1 trillion in current-dollar terms over that time, suggesting that families have fallen behind even as the economy has expanded.

The poverty rate last year dipped from 15.1 percent to 15 percent, a statistically insignificant change, as the number of people living in poverty stayed at 46.2 million, including 16.1 million children. Census Bureau officials suggested that workers shifting from part-time to full-time work as the employment picture improved may have helped keep the poverty level stable. Expanded unemployment benefits also helped.


It’s Easy To Pay A Semester’s Tuition If You Just Amass Thousands Of Dollars In Mail-Rebates

File this one under "Why didn't I think of that?": A student attending Auburn University to get his PhD figured out a way to cut way down on his tuition expenses by amassing thousands of dollars in rebate checks and prepaid debit cards. After punching in the numbers on anywhere from 200 to 250 debit cards he received as rebate payments along with $1,000 in rebate checks, he'll only have to pay $450 out of pocket for this semester's $4,500 tuition.

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States That Have Lost The Most Jobs To China

Debate over how many jobs the United States loses to China has gone on for years. Today, China is one of the two largest manufacturing economies in the world. The other is the United States. Many labor groups and politicians are trying to tip factory activity back to the U.S. — a difficult task to accomplish when companies send work to China to bring labor costs down. So, in many cases, China cannot be blamed for the shift in workers.

In a recent study, the Economic Policy Institute analyzed American jobs lost to China between 2001 and 2011. During that time, “the trade deficit with China eliminated or displaced more than 2.7 million U.S. jobs, over 2.1 million of which were in manufacturing,” according to the report. Based on the study, 24/7 Wall St. identified the 10 states that experienced the most job loss as a result of the deficit between 2001 and 2011.


President Obama, Stop Blaming The Victim For Mideast Violence

"Disgusting and reprehensible." said Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. "Truly abhorrent," an outraged White House official told an international conference. Were they talking about the murder of four Americans in Libya? Or perhaps the hoisting of an Islamist flag over the U.S. Embassy in Cairo?

No. For that they stuck to diplomatic speak. For the president, the harshest language was: "I strongly condemn the outrageous attack." For Clinton it was that the US is heartbroken and she condemned "this senseless act of violence." But "disgusting and reprehensible" and "truly abhorrent " were reserved for an amateurish and silly film by someone nobody has ever heard of.


My Run-In With A Creepy, Scammy Locksmith

You don't need a locksmith right now. That's the best time to look for one, so take some time today to ask your friends and colleagues, search Yelp, and do whatever you can to learn which locksmiths in your area are reliable and reasonable. Then put their numbers in your phone contacts. This will help you in your time of need, so you're not stuck with a scammy, creepy bait-and-switch artist in an emergency situation. That's what happened to Rob's daughter recently in Washington, D.C.

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Libya President Says Consulate Attack Was 'Preplanned,' Eyes Al Qaeda Link

Libyan President Mohammed el-Megarif says in interview he believes Al Qaeda-linked foreigners infiltrated his country to carry out 'precalculated, preplanned' attack on US consulate in Benghazi.


Trooper Involved Shooting With Suspect Fatally Wounded, Harrington

Thornwood Drive west of Dusty Branch Lane, Harrington, DE

Date of Occurrence:
Saturday, September 15, 2012 at 9:30 p.m.

Angel A. Feliciano-42 of Harrington, DE

Harrington-The Delaware State Police continue to investigate a Trooper involved shooting that occurred last night in Harrington that has left a 42 year old man fatally wounded.

The following information outlines the initial investigation into a Trooper involved shooting that occurred last night in Harrington, DE, which left Angel A. Feliciano-42 of Harrington, DE fatally wounded.

The incident occurred on Saturday, September 15, 2012 at approximately 9:30 p.m. as Troopers responded to 17 Dusty Branch Lane, Pine Ridge development, Harrington, after the suspect Angel Feliciano contacted the mobile crisis hotline stating that he was suicidal and armed with a weapon. After Troopers arrived at the residence, they observed Feliciano seated in the driver’s seat of a Chevrolet Tahoe located in the driveway of the residence facing westbound, towards the backyard. As Troopers attempted to make contact with Feliciano, the Tahoe accelerated forward into the grass area of the rear yard and completed a U-turn traveling eastbound, through the driveway and exiting, making a right onto Dusty Branch Lane. A Trooper in a fully marked patrol vehicle began to follow Feliciano as he turned right, traveling westbound onto Thornwood Drive. Feliciano traveled approximately 300’ on Thornwood Drive and then made an abrupt U-turn, traveling eastbound on Thornwood Drive directly at the Trooper’s vehicle, with the Trooper still seated inside. The Trooper was able to jump and exit the patrol vehicle, as Feliciano accelerated at a high rate of speed. The front of the Tahoe, equipped with a steel push bar, rammed the patrol vehicle in a head on collision, causing severe and disabling damage.
The Trooper discharged multiple rounds from his Divisional issued weapon, striking the windshield and front passenger side window and door of the Tahoe, also striking Feliciano who was located in the driver’s seat. After the initial impact, the Tahoe continued to push the patrol vehicle approximately 60’ backwards before coming to a stop.

Angel A. Feliciano was pronounced dead at the scene by responding EMS, and his body was turned over to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner to determine cause and manner of death.

The Trooper involved in this incident was not injured.

The Trooper involved in this incident is a 3 year veteran of the Delaware State Police assigned to Troop 3 in Dover. He has been placed on administrative leave as per Divisional policy, pending the outcome of the investigation. The Trooper’s name will not be released at this time.

Detectives from the Delaware State Police Homicide Unit responded to the scene and are conducting the investigation. This is an active investigation with detectives continuing their investigation, evidence processing, and interviews.

NHL Locks Out Its Players

National Hockey League locks out players as labor pact expires.

Overheard In 10 Million American Households: Bank Account? What Bank Account?

I used to know a guy who kept his money hidden in his home because he didn't trust banks. Like, all of it. He would never tell me where, obviously, guess though I may (Freezer? Under the mattress? Behind the "secret" DVD collection?). He isn't alone — there are 10 million American households that don't have bank accounts, a number that is increasing every day.

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American Airlines Catering Truck Drivers Allegedly Skimmed More Than 100,000 Mini Liquor Bottles

Remember the movie "Office Space," where the conspiring co-workers wrote wrote a banking program to take a fraction of a cent here, a fraction of a cent there until they amassed a small fortune? Some employees of Sky Chef, the catering contractor for American Airlines, did that at New York's JFK Airport. Except instead of a massive ill-gotten fortune, the 18 current and former truck drivers ended up with hundreds of thousands of tiny liquor bottles. Which they sold, instead of just having a few really amazing parties.

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Vermont Store Does Away With Pennies

Earlier this year, our upstairs neighbors in Canada decided to stop minting one cent pieces. Now that anti-penny sentiment has seeped across the border to the town of Morrisville, VT, where one sporting goods store has decided to just say no to copper coins.

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Man Spends $20,000 To Clean Up Vacant Lot, City Says He’s A Trespasser

During the past few years, a Philadelphia developer and business owner says he's been fined for un-shoveled snow, trash and other violations for a vacant lot (pictured, left) adjoining one of his properties -- a vacant lot he doesn't even own. But after he decided to spend his own money and time having 40 tons of debris removed from that same lot, the city claims he's a trespasser.

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IRS, Room For Improvement

There's room for improvement in an Internal Revenue Service program designed to investigate tax fraud. That's according to a new report released by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration. It said that the Collection Fraud Referral Program, which is a joint venture between IRS' Fraud and Collection Policy offices, successfully developed criminal fraud referrals. But it also said many officers were deterred from investigating because of the complexity of fraud cases and the additional work required. It also said officers don't have enough. IRS has agreed to implement the recommendations in the report

Election Voting On The Internet ‘Inevitable,’ Experts Say

Democrats and Republicans agreed that Internet voting is “inevitable” for the future of America’s election process at a panel hosted by the University of Maryland’s Center of American Politics and Citizenship on Capitol Hill Wednesday. “Its just a matter of time until people demand that we vote on the Internet. People do everything on the internet,” said Republican Dave Mason, a former commissioner of the Federal Election Commission.

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Why This Fed Decision Is A HUGE Change From Every Decision The Fed Has Made In The Past

Here are the key paragraphs from today's Fed announcement...

To support a stronger economic recovery and to help ensure that inflation, over time, is at the rate most consistent with its dual mandate, the Committee agreed today to increase policy accommodation by purchasing additional agency mortgage-backed securities at a pace of $40 billion per month. The Committee also will continue through the end of the year its program to extend the average maturity of its holdings of securities as announced in June, and it is maintaining its existing policy of reinvesting principal payments from its holdings of agency debt and agency mortgage-backed securities in agency mortgage-backed securities. These actions, which together will increase the Committee’s holdings of longer-term securities by about $85 billion each month through the end of the year, should put downward pressure on longer-term interest rates, support mortgage markets, and help to make broader financial conditions more accommodative.

The Committee will closely monitor incoming information on economic and financial developments in coming months. If the outlook for the labor market does not improve substantially, the Committee will continue its purchases of agency mortgage-backed securities, undertake additional asset purchases, and employ its other policy tools as appropriate until such improvement is achieved in a context of price stability. In determining the size, pace, and composition of its asset purchases, the Committee will, as always, take appropriate account of the likely efficacy and costs of such purchases.

The Fed just changed the game.


Grains Then Grapes: Tickets On Sale For Good Beer And Autumn Wine Festivals

With summer fading and a new season on the horizon, minds are quickly turning with the anticipation of fall favorites including the changes of leaves, pumpkin carving and of course fall festivals. The Good Beer Festival, Delmarva’s largest craft beer event will return to Salisbury, Maryland’s Pemberton Historical Park on October 13-14 and the Autumn Wine Festival will follow just one week later on October 20-21. Advanced tickets to both festivals are
available and are on sale now. Volunteers are also being recruited and offer a complimentary festival t-shirt as well as discounted or even free admission to the festival.

The Good Beer Festival is first on tap offering festival-goers unlimited tastings from over 75 different American Craft Brews (no tasting tickets needed). In its inaugural year, the festival quickly garnered a reputation for its winning and eclectic music mix. The tradition continues this year, as live music across two stages will bring sounds of blues, acoustic, pop, rock, funk,
reggae, folk and bluegrass. Sport fans need not fear, as the weekend’s biggest games will be aired in the WBOC Sports Zone. Aside from great beer and eclectic music, the festival offers a Chili Cook-Off on Saturday, a Hangover 5K Run (or walk for those not up for it) on Sunday and a Home Brew Competition.

Just one week later, the Eastern Shore welcomes its second fall staple – the Autumn Wine Festival. In partnership with the Maryland Association of Wineries, this festival offers the perfect opportunity to explore Maryland wine all from one scenic location. Wine connoisseurs and first time samplers alike enjoy the annual festival, where a rich mix of wine makers, talented musicians, skilled craftsmen and culinary ambassadors converge to highlight all that is right about Maryland Wine. The event is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a variety of ‘birthday’ surprises and will offer festival-goers samplings from over 20 Maryland Wineries.

Both festivals are hosted at the beautiful Pemberton Historical Park. Just off a clam shell road on the western side of Wicomico County, the park’s rural backdrop boasts sprawling meadows. In the fall, the meadows are lined with trees of vibrant orange, red and yellow. Pemberton’s 207 acres are highlighted by a charming 18th century plantation home.

Dates & Info:

Good Beer Festival
Saturday, October 13-Sunday, October 14 from 12:30pm to 6:30pm

Autumn Wine Festival
Saturday, October 20 11am-6pm / Sunday, October 21 12:30pm-6pm

Coming into town for the festival? Book a hotel room from the festival web site and receive 2 free festival tickets when staying at one of our partner hotels.

Tickets for the Good Beer Festival or Autumn Wine Festival are:
1-day admission $20 in advance; $30 at the gate
2-day admission is $35 in advance; $45 at the gate
DD or Youth: $5 all the time

Cecil County Appartently Going To Court Over Septic Tiers

Cecil County Fires the First Shot in the Defense of Rural Maryland Citizen’s Property Rights by Telling the State “NO!” to the Tier Takings.

The Cecil County Commissioners took a step reminiscent of the first shot at Lexington and Concord or on Fort Sumter. For weeks the Commissioners have struggled with the question of how to comply with the State’s mandate of taking property and development rights away from rural constituents without compensating them for the lose, as the State law now dictates, and protecting their constituents property rights as the U.S. and State Constitutions provide.