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Home Country: The Read Me Bookstore

When one of our neighbors is sly enough, or funny enough, or even … cruel enough to pull one over on the whole neighborhood, that’s something that should deserve a yee-haw or a “get ‘em sis!” Well, we’ve got one of them right here in Home Country. Sarah McKinley is a shy woman. No one knows much about her, even down at the hairdresser’s. And that seems to be okey-doke with Sarah. She’s like that. Sarah owns the Read Me Now bookstore, the very finest bookstore in town. Well, the only bookstore, actually. The big question on readers’ minds, however,... Read more →

CNB Fishing News: Anglers Catch Huge Striped Bass, Walleye, Black Sea Bass

Maryland Fishing Report – November 15 Sara LaMonica is all smiles with this large crappie she caught at Prettyboy Reservoir recently. Photo courtesy of Sara LaMonica The weather is a bit chilly, but the fishing remains good. Anglers can be seen switching their footwear from sneakers to waterproof and insulated boots and warmer outdoor clothes. Forecast Summary: November 15 – November 21: The upcoming week should provide cool temperatures all week with windy conditions on Saturday. Surface water temperatures have dropped to the low 50s in the upper Chesapeake Bay, to the high 50s close to the Virginia state line.... Read more →

HOME COUNTRY: Alphonse Wilson Talks Turkey

By Slim Randles Alphonse Wilson here, you know … yore pal Windy? And I’m here to set the record straight, once and forever more, on turkeys. Now for those folks out there who think a turkey is something hot and brown and tasty and is full of stuffing, this here’ll come as a shock. You see, before he becomes a tasteful delicacity, the turkey is a big ol’ bird who lives in the woods, or on a farm, and ain’t too awful smart, neither. Iffen a turkey was smart, we’d probably have to eat vegetables for Thanksgiving. Now that’s a... Read more →

THE Problems with Alternative Approaches to Addressing Crime?

SOURCE : NRA, as well as many involved both with combatting violent crime and studying ways to reduce it, have long held that imposing restrictions on gun ownership does nothing to deter violent criminals from committing crimes while using firearms. As we have said time and time again, those who are already law-abiding will tend to obey “gun control” laws, while criminals will ignore them. They are, after all, criminals. Besides trying to impose new restrictions, though, many anti-gun “progressives” have also promoted alternative approaches to criminal justice. Most readers of our alerts are familiar with many of those... Read more →

CNB Hunting Delaware: Seasons Opening in November Include Deer, Waterfowl, Small Game

CNBNews graphic file Hunting season for Cottontail Rabbits, Ring-Necked Pheasants and Quail Starts Nov. 20 Many Delaware hunting seasons are to open or are already open this month, including the popular November general firearm deer season, also known as the shotgun season, which runs from Friday, Nov. 10 through Sunday, Nov. 19, the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control announced today. Duck, Canada goose and other hunting seasons open later in the moth on Nov. 20. Meanwhile, the DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife is clarifying season dates for small game, due to incorrect dates listed in print... Read more →

HOME COUNTRY: A November Romance

By Slim Randles There’s just something about falling in love in November, thought Steve. Something … timely. Something … special. Steve’s incredible shaving-brush-like moustache is gray now. It’s lasted a long time, there at the ranch and up at Steve’s cabin, and it deserves to be such an elegant gray. Falling in love, Steve said to himself, just couldn’t be all that terrific. November … the Native American’s hunger moon. The month of storms and danger, when smart outdoorsmen practiced being even smarter indoorsmen. But Steve always thought there was a slice of flavor inside a November romance because of... Read more →

HOME COUNTRY: Old Jasper's Love of Deer Hunting

BY Slim Randles Old Jasper Blankenship went out to hunt deer the other day, the same way he’s done for decades now. He’s slower than he used to be, of course. Deer season has changed a lot for Jasper over the many years he’s been at it. As a kid, he couldn’t wait until he was old enough to get a license because he wanted to bring a buck home to show his family. Not just any buck, either, but a big one. CNBNews graphic file As a young man, he wanted to see how many hunting seasons he could... Read more →

Delaware Officials Caution Drivers to be Alert for Deer

Watch Out for Deer During Mating Season, Delaware Authorities Caution Drivers Extra Vigilance on Roads Called for as Days Shorten and Deer Become More Active Morning and Evening CNBNEWS GRAPHICS FILE As clocks are about to fall back to Eastern Standard Time and the days and daylight shorten, it’s also a dangerous time of year to be on the road because of the annual white-tailed deer mating season known as the rut. During the rut, which lasts from late October through November and into December, males (bucks) go about their annual pursuit of females (does) in the First State. The... Read more →

CNB TRAVEL NEWS: Beware of Deer

NJDOT, NJDEP REMIND MOTORISTS TO BE ALERT AS DEER MATING SEASON GETS UNDERWAY (TRENTON) – The New Jersey Department of Transportation and New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection remind motorists to be alert for white-tailed deer as days get shorter and deer become more active with the mating season getting underway. CNBNews graphic files Deer are involved in thousands of collisions with motor vehicles in New Jersey each year, with the highest number occurring during the fall mating season,” said NJDEP Fish & Wildlife Assistant Commissioner Dave Golden. “It is very important that motorists in all parts of the state... Read more →

HOME COUNTRY: It's A Heavy Thinking Morning

BY Slim Randles “You hear ‘bout Andy’s barn?” asked Dud. We nodded and had another sip of morning coffee. “You s’pose it was all globally warmed up?” “Beats me, Windy. Could be.” “Buncha that,” Windy said. “On the news and all over the place. Fires and rivers goin’ over the bank and killin’ cows. Some places, they say, got so hot it caused an earthquake and shook people’s houses down.” And all of this, we knew, was going on faster than the paper could print the news. Hey, you turn on the teevee, somebody else just lost everything they had.... Read more →

Hot Temperatures Stop Annual Chipper Invitational Golf Tournament

BY Slim Randles We didn’t have the Chipper Invitational Golf Tournament this year. It wasn’t a good summer for anything that takes place outdoors, for one thing. It's just too danged hot. For another, people we knew all over the world by internet or pen pals were having a tough time surviving any disaster du jour. Thirdly, it just wasn’t a good year to celebrate Doc’s legendary pet squirrel. Chipper came to life several years ago when Doc placed an ad in The Valley Weekly Miracle offering a reward for finding his missing pet squirrel. Five dollars and fifty cents.... Read more →

HOME COUNTRY: Just One of Those Crazy Mix-Up...

by Slim Randles It was just one of those crazy mix-ups, you know. Like when one thing goes wrong, it triggers another thing that goes wrong and that sets off a multiplicity of crash-and-burns that are remembered long after people are dead and nations fall to Visigoths and such. That’s what happened with our buddy, Dud. You see, he was there at a time when something was needed, and he stepped forward and assumed the role. It was the high school band, of course. We love them. There aren’t that many of them, but they’re great kids and try hard,... Read more →

HOME COUNTRY: Pastor Jeff's Latest Tribulation

Slim Randles | CNBNews We all read about Pastor Jeff's latest tribulation in the local paper, the Valley Weekly Miracle. Maybe tribulation is too strong a word because, after all, when someone leaves your church a huge legacy, isn't it time for rejoicing? Shouldn't we all be walking around the walls of Jericho, tootling on ram's horns and beating the drums in jubilation? It seems one of Pastor Jeff's former church members - a kinda of strange former church member - went off to the city some years ago and became a fairly well-known painter of pictures. When this eccentric... Read more →

Amazing Video: Needing Help A Doe Stops Traffic

source TikTok The TikTok video of a deer blocking a road has gone viral in various versions on YouTube. It was originally posted two months ago. In the video, an unknown individual tries to move the deer but ends up trailing it for about ten minutes. Eventually, the deer stops near a house and approaches a trapped fawn. The man is seen making an effort to release the fawn from the netting, and after a few attempts, the fawn is freed and runs off into the brush. When the man goes back to his car, he encounters the fawn and... Read more →


BY Slim Randles Fall is the polishing time. Why? Your guess is as good as mine. For some reason, the spirit that guides us made our experiences in fall the peak of the year’s efforts. For animals, both wild and domestic, it is the rut, the breeding time. The bulls and bucks have never looked better. Their antlers and horns are hardened into weapons and sharpened against trees. Their bodies are lean and aggressive and they tend to lose all good sense. image courtesy of I don’t think for a minute that it is just a calendar coincidence that... Read more →

CNB Fishing: Maryland Anglers Catching Cobia, Blue Catfish, White Perch, Spanish Mackerel, Bluefish & Sheepshead

Maryland Fishing Report – September 6 Matheo Korin and his dad teamed up recently on this nice cobia. Photo courtesy of Chris Korin Although schools are now open and vacation season is mostly done, good summer fishing continues across Maryland. Take some time on the weekends and after-school hours to enjoy fishing together. Forecast Summary: September 6 – September 12: The upcoming week will be warm with scattered rain likely Friday through Monday. These conditions should result in Chesapeake Bay surface water temperatures holding stable in the low 80s. Cool water pulses will occur below Conowingo Dam during power generation... Read more →

Dina voted TSA’s Cutest Canine of 2023

Harry Reid International Airport Canine WASHINGTON – Dina, a three-year old German Shorthaired Pointer (GSP) explosives detection canine at Harry Reid International Airport (LAS), is the winner of the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) 2023 Cutest Canine Contest. Last week, TSA held a nationwide social media contest on Instagram, X (formerly known as Twitter) and Facebook, where the public voted for the agency’s “cutest canine” from among four agency finalists. TSA handlers from airports across the country initially nominated the dog candidates. TSA employees then voted and narrowed the original field of 92 contenders to the final four canines, all of... Read more →

NJ Has Another Gun Law

The statement below is by Commissioner Director Louis Cappelli Jr. regarding Gov. Phil Murphy signing legislation to hold gun traffickers criminally liable. “On Wednesday, Gov. Phil Murphy signed a groundbreaking piece of legislation that will change the way gun traffickers are prosecuted for their crimes. The Real Accountability for Consequences of Unlawful Trafficking of Firearms Act establishes strict criminal punishments for gun traffickers when a firearm they provided is used in a crime that results in serious/significant bodily injury or death. This legislation, which is the first of its kind in the nation, makes it so that a trafficked firearm... Read more →

HOME COUNTRY: The Hearth, the Touchstone of our Past

By Slim Randles...for CNBNews The other night it was hot. Hot during the day, hot at night. Heat seems to define this time of year for us, in many ways. But in spite of that, after a day in the outdoors, we built a fire. A small fire. A "hat" fire, which mountain people define as one you can put in your hat. Why so small? Because it was hot and we didn't need the heat. Why the fire? Because we need the fire. It is the hearth. It is the touchstone of our past. It is a link with... Read more →

 HOME COUNTRY: Nature, and Windy’s stories, Sometimes Defy History

Slim Randles “Hot? You boys think this weather here is hot? You jest don’t know, do you?” “What do you mean, Windy?” said Doc. “Wellsir, back in the old days, you know, when we was younger, there came upon us here in the valley a hot-em-up wave that tried to kill us. Your folks ever tell you ‘bout the wreck at the river with me and Old Man Jenkins?” Didn’t look like anyone had. “Pass that syrup over, will ya, Steve? Thanks. Well, the hot-em-up started off slow, you know they do that sometimes. Little stuff like burnin’ up your... Read more →

HOME COUNTRY: My Squirrel's Life Depends On It!

BY Slim Randles Doc isn’t even sure why he did it. For days afterwards, people would talk about it, then smile and shake their heads and just say “Oh, that Doc…” The whole thing came up on the spur of the moment. Doc and Mrs. Doc were planning to go out of town for a few days and needed several hundred dollars in cash, so Doc dropped by the bank to take it out. He drew Ardis Richardson as his teller, after he wound his way through the bank’s roped rat maze, and told her how much he needed. Then,... Read more →


by Slim Randles Steve, the tall cowboy of us philosophy types, was riding a young horse through town the other day to get him used to “boogers.” To gentle a horse, he explained, you give them something to booger at, and then talk them out of it. You keep coming up with new boogers and calming the horse until screaming fire engines and jet exhaust are no problem at all. He rode up to the Campbell house and saw Anita, Dud’s wife, shaking out a throw rug. The young horse began blowing nuclear snot all over the front yard and... Read more →

HOME COUNTRY: Windy Wilson's Turn

by Slim Randles It was Windy Wilson’s turn, unofficially, of course, to pick a coffee counter topic of learned truth and everlasting beauty. We sorta took turns without keeping score. “Ya know,” said the old camp cook, “Been thinkin’.” We gave him a second or two. Didn’t work. “About what, Windy?” said Doc. “’bout leisuractuvely activities. You know, what to do when you ain’t doin’ nothin’ else.” We grinned and sipped. Good topic, Windy. This works. “I like to read catalogs,” said Herb. “You can get all kinds of ideas in them. Don’t much care, really, what kind of catalogs,... Read more →

Pasquale Gismondi Sr., age 77, of West Deptford

Pasquale L. Gismondi, Sr., age 77 died on June 18, 2023. Born (in his home) and raised in National Park, Pasquale (Pat) graduated from Woodbury High School in 1963. He served in the US Army during the Vietnam War from 1966-1971. Pat lived happily in West Deptford for over 55 years with his family. He owned and operated Pat's Place as a Master Barber for over 52 years and co-owned Catherina Catering. Pat was active in both the Bellmawr and West Deptford communities. He sponsored Pat's Little Clippers little league team out of Bellmawr, as well as,coached and umpired his... Read more →

Record Wild Turkey Harvest for Delaware’s 2023 Spring Hunting Season

DNREC Announces Public’s Help Sought on Annual Turkey Productivity Survey Hunters reported harvesting 785 wild turkeys during Delaware’s month-long spring turkey season – which is 38% more than the total for the 2022 hunting season and a new all-time high harvest for the state, the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control announced today. The total easily eclipsed Delaware’s previous record harvest of 706 turkeys in 2016. The record harvest and plentiful turkey hunting opportunities to be taken advantage of in the First State are testament to the conservation success story of this important species after a restoration effort... Read more →

HOME COUNTRY: Doc and the Morning Dove with the Speech Impediment

By Slim Randles Doc smiled and felt really good inside when he heard the familiar bird song. “Hey there, Wheezer,” he said, “happy nesting!” For some reason, this mourning dove with the speech impediment comes around to Doc’s back yard every spring, and Doc thinks that’s just all right. If ol’ Wheez didn’t have that distinctive voice, Doc would never know if this bird favored his yard or was just another bird looking for a home. Let’s face it, Wheezer looks just like every other dove in town. But he was back and flirting with a good-looking lady dove up... Read more →

HOME COUNTRY: Happy Birthday America, We Love You!

By Slim Randles “Just about a week now, boys, and Happy Birthday America!” “Got that right, Herb. You finished with that hot sauce?” “Here you go,” said Steve. There’ll be the annual parade, of course, and each bonafide member of the world dilemma think tank, masquerading in public as the supreme court of dang near everything, would be down there on the street to judge. Oh, not officially. No one takes notes. This Fourth of July parade isn’t big enough to pass out trophies or anything. If they did, it’d say on the trophies something like “best brushed horse in... Read more →

Home Country: Little Joe The Wrangler

Home Country Slim Randles Our day is filled with heat at this time of year. It commands our attention and makes our work harder. As we toil, we daydream not about love or success, but things as mundane as shade and a cool drink. But though the oppressive heat weighs on our brains and taxes our bodies, it is the price we pay for being allowed to spend time outdoors … and it has its one singular consolation: our summer evenings. When the sun goes down in summer, it’s romantic enough to hug a cactus. The recipe is simple; keep... Read more →

HOME COUNTRY: “Wonder what the count is today,” said Herb

“Wonder what the count is today,” said Herb. “Sure is hot.” We sipped simultaneously, as is our wont, and stared at our friend. “What count would that be?” asked Steve. “The btu count, of course,” said Herb. “Those are British thermal units, you know. It’s how heat is measured.” Leave it to Herb. There doesn’t appear to be any coffee-drinking topic that Herb can’t make completely obscure. “I was just getting used to the difference between Fahrenheit and Celsius,” our cowboy, Steve, said. “I always eat my Celsius with peanut butter on it,” said Doc. “Doc made a joke!” came... Read more →

HOME COUNTRY: Fly Fishing at Lewis Creek

By Slim Randles | CNBNews Columnist Watching the fly fishing going on down at Lewis Creek is a little like box seats at the Bolshoi ballet. You might not even know what those old guys are doing, but dang they seem to do it well. Long, sinuous casts out from the bank to the Lunker Hole. The Lunker, often dreamed, never caught, but our community would be the poorer without him. “Fly fishing,” said Marvin Pincus, “is just another name for life.” “Or love,” said our cowboy, Steve. “Or frustration,” said Dud, who was about to shinny up a tree... Read more →

Trail Cameras for Recreational Use Banned in Delaware on State Wildlife Areas, State Forests and State Parks

DOVER, DELAWARE (June 2, 2023)(CNBNews)--After extensive interagency review and discussion, the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) and the Delaware Department of Agriculture (DDA) have determined that trail cameras for recreational use are no longer permitted on state wildlife areas, state parks, or state forests. The ban on trail cameras on state lands is effective immediately. CNBNEWS GRAPHIC FILES In announcing it today, DNREC and DDA emphasized that the ban on recreational trail cameras – most often used in Delaware by hunters during the state’s extended deer season – is for state lands only and does not... Read more →

CNB Hunting/Fishing News NJ: New Record Fish!

NJ CERTIFIES NEW RECORD FISH! Jim Piascik caught the new state record Hybrid Striped Bass in Monksville Reservoir on May 24, 2023. The fish weighed 17 pounds, 12 ounces, replacing John Vayda’s 16-pound, 10-ounce record from 2022. The old record only stood for 227 days. Jim was fishing for Walleye when the fish hit just after midnight. After previously landing a 25-inch Walleye, he was prepared with a large net, and managed to get this giant in the boat alone and in the dark. Congratulations Jim! What a catch! NJ Record Fish Program NJ Record Freshwater Fish List NJ Record... Read more →

CNB Hunting/Fishing Delaware: You Can Look But You Can't Touch

Public Encouraged to Avoid ‘Rescuing’ Young Wildlife DNREC Reminds Delawareans: 'If You Care, Leave Them There’ Look but don’t touch, much less disturb – and even then, just a quick glance and be on your way – that’s theDepartment of Natural Resources and Environmental Control’s message to Delawareans likely to see young wildlife in their backyards or almost anywhere in the outdoors this time of year. DNREC reminds the public that it’s best when encountering young wildlife of any species to leave the animals alone, since their mothers are usually nearby monitoring them. Taking or “rescuing” a young wild animal... Read more →

VIDEO: What Is Happening To Our Country? Why Is There So Much Hatred?

Guest Opinion There was a time when there was literally the United States of America. Not everyone agreed with each other; but unlike today, people didn't get beaten just because they had a difference of opinion. And each Sunday at the NFL game people stood for the playing of the National Anthem; players didn't kneel, and no one hid in the locker room until the anthem was over. Believe it or not, some of us actually got goosebumps when the anthem was sung. For those who long for the "Good Old Days" take a moment and watch this short video... Read more →

CNB FISHING: Proud Angler Faith Foelber With 24-inch Rainbow Trout

Maryland Fishing Report – May 10 Angler Faith Foelber caught a 24-inch rainbow trout in Cunningham Falls Reservoir on May 7. Photo by Paul Foebler The glorious outdoors are waiting for all to come and enjoy some peace, contemplation from our busy world, and special time with those we love. There are few better opportunities for quality time with our children than fishing together on a quiet stream, pond, or reservoir. Forecast Summary: May 10 – May 16: Warm weather in the upcoming week will keep water temperatures rising for fish in Maryland waters. Main Chesapeake Bay surface water temperatures... Read more →

CNB Fishing Maryland: You Must Have A License

MARYLAND--(APRIL 28, 2023)(CNBnews)--As a reminder, most individuals that fish in Maryland’s coastal and tidal waters must have either a valid Maryland Bay or Coastal Sport Fishing License or Maryland Saltwater Angler Registration. To make obtaining the state’s free saltwater registration even easier, Maryland now provides this convenient form that does not require you to create an account in the state licensing system. In 2010, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) began requiring anglers to pay a fee and register with the National Saltwater Angler Registry before fishing for anadromous species–those that move between saltwater and freshwater habitats. To comply... Read more →

51st Running of the Iditarod Trail Race Ends

Megan Pacer [email protected] The 51st running of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race has ended. Jason Mackey and his dog team crossed under the burled arch in Nometoday at 5:03 p.m. Alaska time to conclude the race. Musher Jason Mackey before the ceremonial start of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in downtown Anchorage on Saturday, March 4. (Emily Mesner / ADN) Mackey completed the race in 12 days, 2 hours and 3 minutes. As the final musher to cross the finish line, Mackey will receive the Red Lantern Award. This year's race marked a significant moment for the 51-year-old,... Read more →

CNB Fishing News: Despite The Chill Maryland Anglers Are Not Discouraged

By Keith Lockwood, fisheries biologist Maryland Department of Natural Resources. Maryland Fishing Report – March 15 Angelina Watts holds up a beautiful yellow perch caught recently. Photo by Rich Watts An old saying is that March comes in like a lion, and truer words could not be spoken this past week. The forecast now calls for warmer and less windy weather, so anglers will be out enjoying good fishing for trout that was stocked in open areas. Yellow and white perch are providing plenty of exciting fishing action in the upper reaches of the spawning rivers this week. Forecast Summary:... Read more →


BY Megan Pacer [email protected] Hi, ADN Iditarod fans, We hope you all enjoyed following along as Ryan Redington was crowned the new Iditarod champion yesterday. Seeing the first member of his legendary mushing family win the race after all that the Redingtons have contributed to competitive sled dog racing over the years certainly struck a chord with a lot of Alaskans. As part of his winnings, Redington will be presented with a bronze statue of his grandfather, Joe Redington Sr., who was instrumental in the Iditarod's founding. There was, even more, to celebrate in Nome yesterday, as fans watched three... Read more →


Which one of the 33 mushers dropped out of the race today? photo courtesy of the Alaska Daily News Hi, ADN Iditarod fans, We're getting a glimpse of strategy as mushers come out of the Alaska Range and start planning their mandatory rests. As teams crossed the range Monday, warm and sunny conditions convinced many mushers to take a midday break ahead of Rainy Pass, to take advantage of lower temperatures overnight. And that warm weather is set to continue. The National Weather Service is forecasting a high of 32 degrees and mostly sunny skies today in the community of... Read more →

The Iditarod Countdown: Race Begins Sunday

Hi, ADN Iditarod fans, The start of the 2023 Iditarod is almost upon us! We hope you're getting excited for this weekend's race kickoff — both the ceremonial start in Anchorage tomorrow, and Sunday's restart in Willow. Here are a few things to know as the race start approaches: • First, meet the mushers! This year's field may be the smallest in race history, but it's full of veterans and a crop of rookies as well. Thirty-three competitors, including defending champ Brent Sass, are set to launch from the starting line in this year’s race to Nome. The 2023 Iditarod... Read more →

CNB Hunting/Fishing Delaware News: Delmarva Fox Squirrels

The Delmarva fox squirrel has physical similarities to the common gray squirrel. It has a silver-gray coat, short rounded ears and whitish feet. Where the Delmarva fox squirrel sets itself apart is in its size. It can grow up to 30 inches long, weigh up to 3 pounds and its bushy tail can reach 15 inches in length. Delmarva fox squirrels are one of the 10 recognized subspecies of fox squirrels, which are the largest tree squirrels in the western hemisphere. The Delmarva fox squirrel was federally listed as an endangered species in 1967, but thanks to conservation efforts, it... Read more →

Dealaware's Hunting Seasons Continue Into 2023

Coyote Harvest Reporting Required by DNREC Within Next Business Day Additional firearm deer hunting seasons opening in January and the continuing archery deer hunting seasons provide the last chance for hunters to harvest deer during the 2022/23 hunting season, the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control announced today. Deer hunters are encouraged to harvest does (female deer) during deer hunting seasons to help manage the size and quality of Delaware’s deer population. Deer hunting seasons opening in January: Delaware's deer herd feeds on corn in many parts of the state. As a result, seeing a big buck like... Read more →