Friday, April 20, 2018

Event Listings for the Delmarva Peninsula | Community Calendars, Car Shows & Local Activities

Where to find local happenings, area events, community activities, outdoor programs and tourism departments on Delmarva. This is not complete yet and there is more to be added but since folks often ask me where to find such info I've included a number of sites to get started. I hope you enjoy finding fun things to do here on the eastern shore areas of Maryland and Virginia and also the state of Delaware!

Monday, March 26, 2018

Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day 2018: Delmarva Peninsula Events

Friday, March 30th is Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day. First established in 2001, a number of dedicated individuals have worked tirelessly to see it made a national day of recognition and honor. Sadly, most of our veterans remember returning home from war to anything but a welcome, and for that reason I feel all of us can now step up and ensure to acknowledge their service and dedication. Of course, you don't need to wait for a specific date to shake the hand of someone who was there and say "Thank you for your service", but especially on March 29th and 30th there are a number of events being held to express our appreciation for what they have done. Read more about WHVVD here.

Please take the time to acknowledge our veterans this week and attend a local event to show your support for these men and women. See below for local events around Delaware and the eastern shore areas of Maryland and Virginia.

Dover, Delaware || Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day observance takes place at 2 p.m. March 31st at the Kent County Veterans Memorial Park on South Little Creek Road in Dover. See the article in the Cape Gazette.

Easton, Maryland || E.E. Streets Memorial Post 5118 in Easton will have an open house on March 29th from 5:00 PM through 9:00 PM to honor National Vietnam War Veterans Day. The event is open to the public to WELCOME HOME Vietnam era veterans. Shared via Facebook - see the post here.

Georgetown, Delaware || In memory of Delaware's 124 military casualties of the Vietnam War, a ceremony will take place at 3 p.m., Thursday, March 29th, on The Circle in Georgetown. Article via Cape Gazette.

Wilmington, Delaware || On Saturday, April 7th, the Delaware Veterans Post #1 will hold an event to welcome home Vietnam Vets. See details on their Facebook page.

Berlin, Maryland || Memorial Bench dedication to be held in Ocean Pines, MD on Friday, March 30th at 11:00AM. Held at the Worcester County Veterans Memorial. Visit the American Legion website for details.

Ocean City, Maryland || Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day at the American Legion in Ocean City, MD. Friday, March 30th 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm. Visit the American Legion website for details.

Other News Items and Nearby Events:

As I reviewed my previous blog post with the history of WHVVD I noticed that the website was down. Searching further, I learned that the gentleman I've followed for several years, Mr. Jose Ramos, an Army medic and Vietnam Veteran who dedicated much of his life working to establish a national day of honor for all who served in Vietnam, passed away in September. I'm not certain if he was the sole owner/admin of the WHVVD website, but if he was, that may explain why it is no longer active. Article from September 2017.

Baltimore, MD || Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day observance on March 30th from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Held at Martin’s West, 6817 Dogwood Road, Baltimore, MD 21244. Click here to see details.

In northern Delaware, a ceremony was held on Saturday, March 24th to honor the fallen Vietnam Vets. "A year ago, an act of Congress was signed into law by President Donald Trump designating March 29 as National Vietnam War Veterans Day. In honor of the newly created day commemorating all the veterans who served in Vietnam, the local Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 1095 held a ceremony on Saturday in front of the old Delaware County Courthouse, 91 N. Sandusky St., Delaware." Article from 3.26.18 in the Delaware Gazette.

New York, also on Saturday the 24th: While not in our area, I was glad to see this an article about this event: "The purpose of this new event is to encourage our younger veterans to embrace Vietnam Veterans Day so that it will continue to be a meaningful commemoration of those who served and sacrificed in Vietnam, for years to come. The Tribute March will retrace the route of the 1985 Welcome Home Parade that celebrated the dedication of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial at 55 Water Street. We encourage veterans of all eras, family members and supporters to join us".

We thank our soldiers and we honor those who went, served and sacrificed. Let us come together and acknowledge our Vietnam Veterans this coming week and take the time to shake the hand of a hero. To all of you, WELCOME HOME.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Franchise vs. an Independent Family Business "Why I Use a Real Mechanic"

Dear Corporate Chain,

I don't think you are an independent, family owned business, no matter how many commercials you run telling me this. I'm hearing them constantly lately on the radio, listening to you explain how your "owners" which are actually "franchisees", see members of the community around town, at the bank or the post office, and that they know their customers.

Well, you left out some of that hardworking local business owner stuff. You overlooked the part about how there is safety in a franchise, less risk and far more following for a step-by-step plan which in turn pays generous rewards to corporate headquarters. Franchises generally are not started from scratch like my local auto repair shop was, and which through the years and the various generations of family members, has survived on its own. They don't have the perks that your franchisees do of buying supplies and parts from a corporate warehouse and I'd assume that by purchasing in bulk, those costs are far less than for an independent. (read more about them here)

There is no marketing plan shipped to them each quarter or massive advertising coverage; as a matter of fact, my local place DOESN'T advertise other than basic phone book listings. They don't need to - their reputation and honesty speak louder than any commercials ever could, and quite often they can barely keep up with the work they have.

There are still some things which just can't be duplicated, don't you think? Funny that chains and corporate "partners" are feeling the need to call upon the local angle to prove they are worth choosing.....or you can just pick the guy that isn't "trying to prove anything", because he already IS small business, defined.


A loyal customer of my hometown auto repair shop.
P.S. I love, appreciate and support MY locally-owned mechanic shop.

Delmarva, USA | community advocate | localist
United we Stand | respect

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Directory of Image Generators, Free Clip Art and Visual Design Resources (Part II)

This is the second of several installments of posts offering a database of image makers, font and logo options, creative visual effects and fancy text generators. See Part I here.


Monday, December 11, 2017

When it's not all about "Saving Time" but perhaps about the "Things That Matter"

I'm stuck at a crossroads, attempting to merge skillfully into the next levels of automation and technology - and hanging back a bit, not quite ready to admit that losing personal interactions and connections is the best idea. While many folks have pointed out the breakdowns of society which could be resulting from such "progress", it's continually a tempting goal of our it seems to save time and make less effort....and inside my head, a small voice keeps telling me we are headed for trouble. I realize that social media networks are incredible, and sure, we're hinged together now in ways never conceived before. The goals of efficiency and time-saving, spending fewer minutes away from home and reducing our need to speak to one another, are a huge focus in today's world. A giant, MEGA-SIZED focus. And I know what "they" say; folks have more on their schedules than they did decades ago; how we're more in tune with what's happening than ever before; parents need to cut down on the amount of hours they spend shopping instead of heading home after work; that time is precious. And it is precious indeed. But are we better for losing the social connections of being in a local business and running into the neighbor down the street, or chatting with the independent business owner who supports so many fundraisers which take place in the community? On the second point, if we DON'T support that small business owner by purchasing from their shop, how will they remain IN business to be able to offer that community support?

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

November 25th is Small Business Saturday on Delmarva

I believe in small business and supporting the locally-owned shops, restaurants and service companies in our area. "Small Business Saturday on Delmarva" was launched to tell everyone about some of the wonderful small towns hosting celebrations that day. Visit the event on Facebook here. Join us in promoting the events and celebrations which will be taking place across Delaware and the eastern shore counties of Maryland and Virginia. Post your community activities and downtown or Main Street events for November 25th! We're following Small Business Saturday on all the social networks, offering marketing tips for retailers and sharing your local events. Don't forget to invite your friends to come out and share in supporting this celebration of locally-owned businesses here on Delmarva!