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NEWS HEADLINES Morning Star celebrates anniversary This week, Morning Star Publications celebrates its 12th anniversary. Thank you to the advertisers and readers for making the Seaford and Laurel Star newspapers the largest paid circulation newspapers in western Sussex County. SCHOOL REFERENDUM SET - Laurel School Board votes to hold a tax referendum. The date for the referendum will be set later. Page 3 GOING GREEN - County making effort to recycle office paper. Page 10 STUDENT ACTORS - High school drama club ends the year on a comic note. Page 12 SEEKING ACCREDITATION - Area high school to be visited next week by team from Middle States Association. Page 13

READY FOR A BIG SEASON - Players on the Plymouth Tube Company team enjoy their ride through the Delmar Little League’s parade last Saturday. The league celebrated its 50th anniversary with the parade and opening day ceremony. See additional pictures, page 52. Photo by Mike McClure

BENEFIT AUCTION - Nanticoke Health Services held its annual auction and dinner last week at Heritage Shores, Bridgeville. Some delectable treats were among the auction items. Page 36

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State cuts could mean loss of 28 employees in Laurel schools By Mike McClure The Laurel School Board discussed the proposed 10-percent cut in the fiscal year 2008 budget for school districts statewide during its meeting last Wednesday. If the cut goes through, the Laurel School District is looking at operational budget cuts of $185,204

and the lay off of 28 staff members. Acting superintendent Linda Schenck said the state’s budget for FY 2008-2010 was presented at the monthly chief’s meeting and was “very grim.” At the meeting, superintendents were given the task of cutting 10 percent of their budget. The figure started at eight percent and went as high 12

percent before settling on 10 percent. The Delaware Economic Financial Advisory Committee (DEFAC) report indicated that a financial downturn in the state’s economy took place in March. As a result, the state is looking at a projected deficit of $146,290,062 Continued to page five

Scout built prayer garden to get Eagle badge By Pat Murphy James Michael Watts, or L.J., as he is called, is a senior at Laurel High School. He is also the newest Eagle Scout to come from a long distinguished list of area young men who have been involved in scouting. Scouting was started in Laurel around 1911. The ceremony for Watts, who is a

member of Troop 90, was held Sunday, April 20, in the prayer garden he built as his Eagle Scout project at Christ United Methodist Church, Laurel. More than 60 family members and friends attended the ceremony. Former Scout and master of ceremonies Bill Hitch told the audience, “Only one person in four, will become a Scout, but interesting to know is that among leaders in business, religion and

politics, three of four are former Scouts.” Hitch added that two of every 100 Scouts reach the rank of Eagle Scout. They use the skills they learn “sometimes in their lives to save others and many credit it with saving their own life,” he added. The invocation was given by Star Scout Joey Yawn and Watts was introContinued to page four


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Board votes to hold a referendum, date to be set later By Mike McClure The Laurel School Board unanimously approved plans for a major capital improvement referendum during its meeting last Wednesday. The board also received a report from the Western Sussex Academy and recognized the district’s teachers of the year. The board voted, 5-0, in favor of a major capital improvement referendum plan that was recommended by Studio JAED and revised by the board at a special meeting. The referendum date has yet to be determined. The referendum plans are to: • Construct a middle and high school complex for grades six through 12 on the existing high school site • Demolish the existing high school • Construct a new multi-purpose stadium on the existing high school property • Construct a new elementary complex for grades pre-kindergarten through five on the existing North Laurel property • Demolish existing Laurel Intermediate/Middle School building and current technology building (except the original 1921 portion) while maintaining and keeping the library and cafeteria/kitchen areas • Salvage usable materials before demolishing existing stadium and track on current middle/intermediate schools’ property • Renovate the 1921 portion of existing intermediate/middle Schools for a commu-

nity center and district administrative offices. The district also plans to: •Demolish the existing North Laurel School • Offer Paul Laurence Dunbar school to a non-profit organization for use. The organization must have the financial ability to properly maintain the facility. The district would keep the property as a potential future building site. • Declare the existing district administrative office building as a surplus property.

Giving students a second chance

Maria Levitsky, a Western Sussex Academy social worker, made a presentation to the board during Wednesday’s meeting. The Laurel School District’s alternative school is located next to the Laurel Middle School and is home to 15 special education students from the Laurel, Woodbridge, Delmar and Seaford school districts. Levitsky said the school allows students who were kicked out of their home schools to be given a chance to work their way back to their old school. She added that there is a misconception that bad kids attend the school. WSA student A.J. Hammond told the board that he was nervous when he first went to the school and that he didn’t like school.

From left are the Laurel School District’s teacher of the year nominees: Brian Swain, Laurel Intermediate; Terry Phelps, Laurel Middle School; Dawn Williams, P.L. Dunbar; Teyra Barrow, Laurel High School; and Robert Todd, North Laurel. Photo by Mike McClure

“Now I’m not nervous and I like going to school,” Hammond said. Levitsky told the board that the school is for special education students as well as for students who have behavior and attendance problems. “It’s an incredible school,” said acting superintendent Linda Schenck, who was the principal at Laurel Middle School when the school came to its current location in 1997.

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MORNING STAR • APRIL 24 - 30, 2008

Town considers Historic Preservation Committee By Tony E. Windsor

Preservation Committee. Also, Fasano reported that minor work The town of Laurel is taking an active has been planned for Laurel Town Hall. role in working with both the Laurel The work, which will start in the coming Chamber of Commerce and the Laurel weeks, will be done in three phases, the Historical Society to place a focus on the first of which will focus around the area at redevelopment of its historic downtown the entrance of the building, which is business area. occupied by the code enforcement office. Town manager Bill Fasano presented a Fasano said a former garage bay and report to the Laurel Town Council unused stairwell located behind the town Monday night regarding meetings held hall will be renovated and converted into between the two office space for the civic groups and the code enforcement The committee would work town to discuss a director and also to strategy for redevelhouse code enforceclosely with the town’s Planning oping the historic ment files. and Zoning and Economic district. The existing code Development committees to devel- enforcement office Fasano said as a result of the meetwill be renovated and op strategies for preserving the ings, it has been reccultural resources of Laurel’s his- a reception counter ommended that the and waiting area will toric downtown area. council consider the be added to the existestablishment of a ing office. Historic Preservation Committee. The Fasano said future phases of the renocommittee, according to Fasano, would vation project will include work on the work closely with the town’s Planning and second floor of the Town Hall to provide Zoning and Economic Development comadditional office space, as well as help to mittees to develop strategies for preserving better control access to the second floor the cultural resources of Laurel’s historic area. downtown area. The town manager explained that the Fasano said several names have been renovations are being done to “help forwarded to Mayor John Shwed to be improve the efficiency and safety of Town considered for appointment to the Historic Hall employees and the visiting public.” New Eagle Scout L.J. Watts stands with his parents, Jimmy and Sherrie Watts, in the prayer garden that he built at Christ United Methodist Church, Laurel. On right is Jim Bradley, committee chairman. Photo by Pat Murphy

Watts ‘made Boy Scouts proud’ What’s In Bloom at Continued from page one

duced by Life Scout Jack Blackwell. "This prayer garden has touched my heart,” said special speaker and committee chairman, Jim Bradley. “This is a fine young man, he definitely is an Eagle Scout. He has shown his love of the Lord at church, in school, at campouts and in his travels. He is one who has made the Boy Scouts of America proud.” A book of letters of appreciation were given to Watts. Many of the letters were read aloud, including one from President George Bush. Watts credits Delmar scoutmaster Donald Dunn for getting him involved in

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Acting superintendent wants state to cut out some mandatory programs ers but do not include state funding to pay Continued from page one for the impact of the mandates. Those for FY ‘08. The deficit is projected to unfunded mandates include Response to climb to $312,100,000 for FY ‘09. According to Schenck, district adminis- Intervention (RTI), a program for students in kindergarten through grade six who are trators were told to cut 10 percent from not meeting standards. their budgets but were not told where to “Nobody’s taking away any mandates. cut it from. She said her number one goal They’re still alive and well,” Schenck said. is to save as many jobs as she can. Schenck also suggested that the state “People are struggling right now to put put off its 502 curriculum alignment, gas in their tanks to come to their jobs. which costs the district from $50,000 to Now there are people who are going to be $70,000, for another year. She also called told they don’t have jobs if this program for the postponement of the 2012 graduagoes through,” said Schenck. tion credits program, which will also result If the proposed 10 percent cut goes in the district needing more staff and through as proposed (DEFAC was schedspending more money. uled to meet on Monday), the Laurel “I think it becomes our challenge as a School District will have to make 28 staff reductions as well as cut $185,204 in oper- board and as a district and as a community to be in communication with Rep. (Biff) ational costs in order to make the $1.674 Lee and Sen. (Robert) Venables,” Laurel million cut. Schenck said the operational School Board president Jerry White said. budget cuts equal about three teachers’ White asked Laurel residents to call salaries. their state representatives and let them As of last week, Schenck was waiting to hear if the 10 percent cut is still needed. know how the cuts will affect the schools If it goes through as planned she will meet and students in the community. White also said the state should look at raising taxes with the employees who will need to be to help bring in tax revenue. let go before meeting with each school’s “When it starts hitting our kids I think staff to let them know how the cuts will it’s time to talk to our legislative memaffect them. By state bers,” White added. law all teachers must know their employ‘When it starts hitting our kids I “We as a district have to stand up for ment status by what we think is May 15. think it’s time to talk to our legright for our kids and Schenck said the what is happening cuts will make an is not right.” impact on how the islative members. We as a district nowDuring the public district’s schools participation portion operate. She noted have to stand up for what we think of the meeting, one the following effects resident asked if the of the cuts: increase cuts will affect sports in class size in is right for our kids and what is and other afterkindergarten through school programs. grade 12; a violation Schenck said she is happening now is not right.’ of legislative manlooking at cutting dates for kindercosts in every area garten through grade and suggested the three classroom Jerry White possibility of playing enrollment, which is President, Laurel School Board high school football limited by law to 22; games on Saturday a violation of legislaafternoons instead of Friday nights to save tive mandate for staffing school at 98 peron energy costs as well as starting to cent of what it generates; and a possible loss of the school resource officer and vis- charge non-profit groups for facility rentals. The district is also cutting back on iting teacher. color copying, air conditioning and heatSchenck suggested a number of cuts in ing. state mandates, which require more teach-

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MORNING STAR • APRIL 24 - 30, 2008

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Memories of the concentration camps still vivid By James Diehl When the Japanese attacked Midway Island on their way home from Pearl Harbor in 1941, Bill Martasin called on an unlikely ally to protect himself from incoming shells – the island’s famous “gooney birds.” Commonly called gooney birds because of their lack of grace, especially when trying to land, the Laysan Albatross is the best known resident of Midway Island, which lies about 2,200 miles east of Tokyo. Fortunately for Martasin and others on Midway, the birds have a unique nesting ritual that provided the only available cover on an otherwise shelter-free island. “Thousands of gooney birds lived on the island and they laid their eggs by digging deep holes in the sand to put them in. So, they provided ready-made foxholes for us,” Martasin recalls. “We just tossed out the eggs and dove into the foxholes when the Japanese attacked.” Four months before the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Midway became a Naval Air Station. Martasin, then a civilian contractor, was helping construct several buildings on the island. From post exchanges to bowling alleys to officers’ quarters, they were hard at work building them all – what they didn’t have was a shelter. “That was one of the ironies of the situation – we didn’t have any cover,” he remembers. “All we had on Midway was a battalion of Marines and a whole lot of contract civilians. If the Japanese had wanted to, they could have taken over Midway Island right then. Whether they could have held it is another thing.” At the time of the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor, rumors ran rampant on Midway Island of the type, and scope, of the attack. Initial word was that the United States mainland had been attacked, along with Hawaii and the Philippine Islands. The afternoon of the attack, Martasin was a member of the “Filthy Six,” playing in a touch football game against the “Wharf Rats.” The game, for the island championship, was interrupted when bayonet toting Marines paraded across the playing field.” “They just walked across the field and said we’d better get back to the barracks because the Japanese had attacked us and we were at war,” Martasin remembers. “Sure enough, that evening the Japanese shelled us.” A few short weeks later, on Christmas Day, Martasin was evacuated to Hawaii. He arrived in Pearl Harbor on New Year’s Eve 1941. “The harbor was one hell of a mess – ships were upended and there were fires that were still smoldering,” he recalls. “The situation was tense because, at that time, they thought the Japanese might come back and take the islands just like we thought they might take Midway.” What transpired in the Hawaiian Islands after the Japanese attack was a period of martial law. The Army was in charge, not only of the islands, but also of the workforce. “We, in effect, told people where to work but we would give them a choice de-

pending on their skills,” Martasin says. “And if they wanted to leave their jobs, they had to get permission from the War Manpower Commission.” But Martasin, who was deputy director of the commission while in Hawaii, wanted to serve in the military. So, he did what few did during World War II – he volunteered for the draft. Feeling “a little conspicuous” walking around Hawaii during a time of war, Martasin traveled to New York City – his hometown – and registered for the draft. After completing officer’s candidate school, he headed for the European Theater of Operations. But he had no ordinary ride across the North Atlantic – Martasin traveled to the war zone with 10,000 other soldiers aboard the Queen Mary, the largest ship afloat at the time. “That was quite an experience. The Queen Mary rode without a convoy because she was supposed to be fast enough to outrun any submarines,” Martasin says. “It was a beautiful ship, even though she had been stripped down for wartime duty.” Arriving in Scotland, Martasin took a train to the English Channel, where he boarded a ship and crossed into France. Landing in La Havre in Feb. of 1945, newly-arrived soldiers loaded up into box cars and traveled by railroad through France, cheered at every stop by the newly liberated French. “At every station, the French came out with little goodies and we would stop for a rest,” Martasin recalls. “They would also throw flowers at us and give us food.” Assigned to the fourth armored division of the Third United States Army, commonly referred to as [U.S. Gen. George S.] Patton’s Third Army, Martasin began his drive for the Rhine River from the Allied replacement depot in Metz, France. They took prisoners, liberated concentration camps and captured supply depots along the way. The war was in its last days and many German soldiers were more than willing to lay down their weapons. “The war was basically over for them,” Martasin says. “Even though the Germans had a lot of propaganda that said the Americans would do terrible things to them, they knew we treated our prisoners properly. And we did.” Well, most of the time. “The only time we roughed up a few prisoners was when we captured a concentration camp and the refugees were still there,” Martasin says. “We got into the camp and all the refugees were telling us to kill those ‘son of a guns.’ We couldn’t go killing them, of course, but I did kick a few in the butt to show that we weren’t going to be too kind to them.” Martasin and the men of Patton’s Third Army liberated several concentration camps, places where they saw countless examples of what Martasin describes as “man’s inhumanity to man.” They were dark, depressing places full of evil. But they were also places that helped the invading forces realize exactly what kind of enemy they were dealing with. “I remember sending a picture to my wife that we had taken at one of the concentration camps where a [small room] was just stacked with bodies,” Martasin remembers. “I guess the Germans were sav-

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MORNING STAR • APRIL 24 - 30, 2008 ing them for the gas chambers.” Overseeing the operation was Patton himself, who had a welldeserved reputation as being a bit of a hard-nosed Army man. He had a rule, which Martasin and the rest of his unit followed to the letter. “Patton’s orders were that, when we captured a concentration camp, we were to take all of the officials from the nearest town, including the mayor, and walk them through the camp so they could see what was going on there,” Martasin says. “A lot of them said they had no idea what was going on, which was a lot of bunk. Of course, no one admitted they were a Nazi.” As Martasin’s unit continued across western Europe, they crossed the Minz River near the German town of Aschaffenberg. At the time, they were the only American unit east of the Minz River. One evening, a task force from Martasin’s unit went on a 60-mile march to liberate a prisoner of war camp. Martasin himself was not involved that night, but tells the story as told to him by his colleagues. “The plan was to go into the camp with their vehicles and pick up the 300 to 400 prisoners we heard were there and bring them back to American lines,” he says. “Well, they went there and there weren’t 300 prisoners, there were 1,200 and a lot of them were in the hospital and couldn’t travel. “In the meantime, the German army thought it was the entire fourth armored division coming through and they sent two panzer divisions down in there and dis-

persed our entire task force. It was just a fiasco.” Martasin found out later the reason for the raid. Patton’s sonin-law – who Martasin says today lives near Easton, Md., – was a prisoner at the camp. “And they didn’t even get him because he was too sick to travel,” he says. Martasin stayed in the Army after the war’s conclusion, going on to hold a number of important military positions, including time served with the Joint Chiefs of Staff and with the office of the Secretary of Defense. But it was after he retired and moved to Easton that he had what he describes as a “one in a million” moment. It all revolves around a time in Czechoslovakia when, near the end of the war, Martasin was in charge of setting up a prisoner of war cage for members of a captured Russian division that had been fighting with the Germans. Called “white Russians” because of their opposition to the Red Army, the 4,000 to 5,000 soldiers were to be turned over to their comrades the following day. “My cage was simply a great big field with a tank on each corner and I said to the guys that if [the prisoners] wanted to escape and go west, to just let them go because they were heading home,” Martasin says. “The commanding general of this white Russian division had one arm, but I have no idea what his name was.” Forty years later in Easton, he found out what happened to his former prisoner. “A few years after I retired, an

Star staff members win editorial awards Four members of the Seaford and Laurel Star staff won awards in the Maryland, Delaware, D.C. Press Association in the 2007 Editorial Contest. Newspapers enter published articles and photos for the contest. The winners were announced in April. The Stars competed in “Division F: Non-dailies under 10,000” circulation. Winning entries, the staff members and some of the judges’ comments follow: • Local Column: Critical Thinking, second place - Lynn R. Parks for her column entitled, “Turn the Tide of Climate Change.” • Series: first place - James Diehl for his series, “Remembering World War II Veterans.” “Mr. Diehl does an exceptional job at getting to the heart of long ago war stories that live on in World War II’s reluctant heroes.” • General News Photo: first place - Cassie Richardson for her photo entitled, “Scene at Galestown Pond.” “Good composition.” • Sports Photo: second place -Gene Bleile for his photo entitled “Making the Grab.” • Environment article: first place - Lynn R. Parks for her article entitled “No Grains,” about a farmer who raises grass-fed cattle. “A great job of explaining an environmental issue through a personal story.”

engineer from Delmarva Power came by and said he heard that I had been in the service and that his dad had been in charge of a white Russian division,” Martasin says. “I asked him if his dad had one arm and he asked me how I knew that. “It turns out his father was one of the prisoners who escaped that night and went to the west. Somehow he came to America and this was his son working as an engineer for Delmarva Power.” Today, more than 60 years

since the end of World War II, Martasin lives at the Methodist Manor House content in the fact that he helped the Allies win the war against an evil unrivaled in world history. “People have tried to compare World War II with Iraq and you just can’t; it’s totally different,” he says. “It was obvious what we were fighting for in World War II. We were fighting against a guy who wanted to take over the world and make slaves of us all. What Saddam did was child’s play compared to what Hitler

PAGE 9 did.” Martasin moved to the Manor House in 1994 with his wife, Susan. He was awarded a bronze star for valor for his service during World War II, retiring as a full colonel in 1966. NOTE: Next week’s profile will feature a Laurel woman who worked in a manufacturing plant in Elkton, Md., during the war. She helped make detonating equipment for shipment to the war zones.


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County hopes to save money by going green By Ronald MacArthur According to the Recycling Rules website, one billion trees worth of paper is thrown away each year in the United States. Chip Guy, the Sussex County public information officer, felt something could be done, in a small way, to cut back that number a little – at least as far as the county is concerned. Plus, he was getting tired of seeing piles of paper being thrown out every day. Guy said it’s ironic that there is more paper than ever, even though this is the electronic-digital age. And the amount of paper generated by government is even more excessive with most of it ending up shredded in the trash. When the Delaware Solid Waste Authority switched to a single-stream recycling system, Guy saw an opportunity to

“green” the county and formulate a county offices recycling program. Removing the sorting of recyclables has made a recycling program much easier. Guy said county employees now have a blue recycling container placed beside their trash container. Maintenance staff picks up the two containers and takes the recycled material to a new Delaware Recycles center set up at the County Administrative Offices West Complex near Route 113 in Georgetown. The center is also open to the public. At least 75 percent of the waste generated by county employees can be recycled. “Most of what we were throwing away could be recycled,” he said. Ray Webb, county facilities management director, said the idea of recycling is not new in the county, but it became impractical when the recycled materials had to be separated.

County launches new website Sussex County government on Tuesday, April 15, launched its newly designed web portal, an Internet site that features a crisper, more appealing design, improved user functionality and a more orderly grouping of information. The new design is the first major overall of the county website in about four years. “The County’s website is often the first point of contact for residents and visitors who utilize County services or who are looking for the latest information,” said County Administrator David B. Baker. In the mid-1990s, the County launched its first website, which featured little more than basic contact information, said Eddie Sparpaglione, director of the Information Systems office. In the years that followed, the County has added a host of other amenities, including agendas and minutes, searchable property records, online maps, live streaming broadcasts of County government meetings, as well as audio archives of those same meetings.

Some of the improvements to the site include: • A Google-based search engine that allows users to scan the entire site and its contents, including PDF documents • An index of frequently requested County services, as well as links to services provided by Delaware and other agencies • An enhanced property search program that will allow users to look for property information by name, tax parcel ID, billing address and property description • Updated, user-friendly maps to view or download • An expanded news section on the front page to highlight recent happenings in government • Improved font sizes, which users can customize on each page for easier visibility • A translation feature that allows users of different languages, including Spanish, French, German, Italian, Chinese and Japanese, to read the site. The web address remains www.sussexcountyde.gov.

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Now that everything can be collected together and placed in one bin, that obstacle has been removed. The program is expected to save the county money in landfill costs. With less waste going to the landfill, Webb said, the county would save on tipping fees, fuel costs and manpower. He said the county spent approximately $1,900 in landfill tipping fees over and above the contract fees for waste hauling. By recycling most office waste generated by county operations, there will be fewer trips to the landfill, Webb said. The program got off the ground in midMarch. “Sure, the savings are nice. It’s not a lot of money, but every little big helps,” said County Council President Finley Jones of Greenwood. “But overall, this is not about saving money. It’s about helping the environment, and that’s priceless.”

New curbside, single-stream recycling comes to your home Curbside recycling has come to homes throughout Delaware. The Delaware Solid Waste Authority’s single-stream program offers twice-amonth pick-ups for $6 a month. Those taking part in the program receive a 65-gallon cart and they do not need to sort recyclables. For more information, call 800-404-7080. To date, about 29,000 residents have signed up, or about 10 percent of the households in Delaware. Recycling centers are placed throughout western Sussex in each town. Visit www.dswa.com for a complete list of collection sites and what they accept.


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Police Journal Drug investigation leads to arrest

On April 18, at approximately 6:05 a.m., members of the Seaford Police Department executed a search warrant in the 400 building of Greenside Manor Apartments. The raid followed a month-long investigation by the department’s Criminal Investigations Division into the alleged sale of illegal narcotics from the apartment. Police said that marijuana, powder cocaine and ecstasy tablets, along with numerous drug paraphernalia items, were seized in the raid. Otis F. Smith, 31, Seaford, is being charged with possession with intent to deliver cocaine, possession with intent to deliver ecstasy, possession of cocaine within 1,000 feet of a school, possession of ecstasy within 1,000 feet of a school, possession of marijuana within 1,000 feet of a school, possession of marijuana, possession of cocaine, possession of ecstasy, maintaining a dwelling for keeping a controlled substance, and five counts of possession of drug paraphernalia.

Two die in crash east of Laurel

The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit is investigating a fatal crash that occurred Saturday, April 19, at 8:26 p,m. on U.S. 9 approximately 4 miles east of Laurel. Police said that a 1998 Saturn station wagon, operated by Mario Lucas, 22, of Georgetown, was traveling east on U.S. 9 when it crossed the center line and struck a westbound 2001 Honda Accord, operated by Mei-Yiao Lo, 69, of Salisbury, Md. The two cars collided head on. The Saturn then traveled off the south edge of the roadway and overturned. The Accord traveled off the north edge of the roadway into a grassy area and came to rest. Lucas was pronounced dead at the scene. Lo and his wife, Lin Lo, 60, who was a passenger, were airlifted to Peninsula Regional Medical Center, where Mr. Lo later died. His wife was being treated for non-life threatening injuries. All parties were wearing a seatbelt and alcohol use is unknown at this time.

Man accused of evading tolls

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who amassed $4,748 in unpaid tolls, is the top toll violator in the history of the Delaware Department of Transportation, police said. He faces charges of $30,000 in fees and penalties. Police said that from Jan. 2, 2005, through Oct.30, 2007, Maier used the I-95 toll plaza, which is just north of the Delaware/Maryland line. He allegedly traveled through the E-ZPass-only lanes to avoid having to Maier stop and pay the fees. On April 14, Maier voluntarily turned himself in to authorities. He was arraigned and released on a $2,000 unsecured bail.

Couple charged with trafficking

On Tuesday, April 15, the Delaware State Police Sussex Drug Unit, Sussex Governor’s Task Force and the Seaford Police Department completed a fourmonth joint investigation which led to the arrest of two Seaford residents on several drug related charges. State troopers and Seaford police officers executed a search warrant at a residence on King Street in Seaford. During the search, Jeremy Williams, 25, of Seaford, and Cherita Roach, 29, also of Seaford, were taken into custody. Police said that during the search, they seized two pounds of marijuana, some of which was packaged in one ounce baggies for distribution, 11.2 grams of crack cocaine, digital scales, drug paraphernalia and $677 cash. Both Williams and Roach were arrested for trafficking cocaine (felony), possession with intent to deliver cocaine (felony), possession with intent to deliver marijuana (felony), second degree conspiracy (felony), four counts of possession of drug paraphernalia (misdemeanor), and maintaining a dwelling for keeping a controlled substance (felony). Williams was arraigned and committed to Sussex Correctional Institution in lieu of $57,100 cash bond. Roach was arraigned and committed to the Delores J. Baylor Women’s Correctional Institution in lieu of $7,100 cash bond. Both suspects were also charged with violation of probation.

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A Bridgeville man and a Camden man are facing drug charges after police raided a home in the 100 block of Church Street in Bridgeville. Charles Cephas Jr., 56, Bridgeville, and Michael Smack, 31, Camden, are both facing charges. The home, located along the 100 block of Church Street in Bridgeville, was the target of a two-month investigation into alleged illegal drug activity there. Delaware State Police and Bridgeville Police searched Smack it on Monday, April 21, and found 13 grams of alleged crack cocaine and 12 grams of alleged marijuana. Smack was charged with trafficking cocaine, possession with intent to deliver cocaine, possession with intent to deliver marijuana, maintaining a dwelling for Cephas keeping a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was committed to the Sussex Correctional Institution in lieu of $25,000 cash bond. Cephas was charged with maintaining a dwelling for keeping a controlled substance, possession of cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was released on $10,000 unsecured bond.

Man convicted of dumping waste

Everrett E. Thomas, of Hurlock, Md., has been convicted of illegally transporting solid waste without a permit and illegally dumping clam waste in the Marshy Hope Wildlife Area in Sussex County. He was convicted April 16 by a jury in Sussex County Superior Court and faces incarceration, fines and restitution when he is sentenced by Judge E. Scott Bradley in June. In July 2007, a Sussex County resident discovered a large pile of decomposing clam waste at the edge of a ditch in the Marshy Hope Wildlife Area. The next day, the same resident observed a dump truck leaving the scene after it had dumped a load of clam waste nearby. Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control Environmental Protection Officers determined that the waste originated from Seawatch International, a seafood processing operation in Milford. Thomas had been contracted to use clam waste from the plant as hog feed. During the investigation, Thomas was observed dumping clam waste into a Maryland field six miles from the wildlife area. Thomas was convicted of three counts of transporting solid waste without a permit, two counts of disposing of solid waste without a permit, and two counts of operating a motor vehicle in a wildlife area. DNREC coordinated the removal of the clam waste from the Marshy Hope Wildlife Area.

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Delmar Drama Club ends the year on a comic note By Donna Dukes-Huston The Delmar High School Drama Club’s spring production was “Death by Dessert,” a murder mystery/comedy set in New York City’s Little Italy. The play centers around two feuding families, the Donnaduccis and the Duccedonnis. They own two competing Italian restaurants located side by side. They share a common wall and a landlord; that is, until the landlord is found dead center stage when the play opens. The landlord, Marie, narrates the story of her own murder. The story is told through flashbacks so Marie participates in the action as well as narrating her demise. Everyone is a suspect — from the oldworld Italian grandmother and the mafia don grandfather to the passionate chefs and bumbling wait staff. The audience is presented with all these suspects and must try to guess the identity of the culprit at intermission. Later in the play, they learn that the busboy from Don-

naducce’s and the busgirl from Duccedonni’s have fallen in love and want the families’ feud to end so that they can be together. They take matters into their own hands and kill the narrator, which ends the feud and brings the families together to form one restaurant — Duccedonnadonnaducce’s. Drama advisor Lorrie Sonnier said that the kids really enjoyed this performance. “They wanted to end the year on a funny note since they had tackled their first serious production earlier this year,” Sonnier said. This play was much shorter than others the students have performed so it was not as challenging for the actors to remember their lines, Sonnier said. The greater challenge for the actors was trying to “get into character.” “Each character had a very distinct, very overdone personality,” Sonnier added. One such character was Papa Don, played by Sean Scovell, who made his acting debut with this performance. Accord-

Sale of unimproved lot could mean $75,000 in town coffers By Tony E. Windsor Laurel officials took preliminary action Monday night to declare a parcel of land on the west side of the town to be surplus property. In doing so, the town moves toward selling the property, which has been appraised at $75,000. During the Monday, April 21, meeting of Laurel Town Council, code enforcement officer Paul Frick told members of the council that he was surprised to find the property, which has apparently gone unnoticed over the years. “This is a significantly sized property,” Frick said. “It is an unimproved lot and actually has entrance to the property blocked off by telephone poles. I have researched and have found no records of any plans for the parcel.” Frick said the property is located on the corner of Thompson and Central streets and measures about 122 feet wide and 91 feet deep. He said the property is large enough to meet town codes for subdivi-

sion. If subdivided, the two properties could bring the town about $37,500 each. Before taking any council action that could lead to the selling of the property, Councilman Don Phillips wanted to be sure that the parcel could not be used for the benefit of the town, including use by the Public Works Department for possible water well sites. Woody Vickers, public works supervisor, said his department researched all possible needs in the area of the property and determined that the parcel was not needed by the town. The council voted unanimously to approve a resolution declaring the property surplus municipal land. Frick explained that according to town ordinances, any property owner whose land “physically touches” the property will be contacted and given first rights for purchase of the property before it is marketed to the general public. Pro fes Insp s i o n a l l y ect ed

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Play at Delmar High teaches lessons about teen dating By Donna Dukes-Huston On April 7, City Theater Company of Wilmington presented “Maddie and Paul,” an interactive play that addresses the issue of teen dating violence and abuse, to ninth- and tenth-grade students at Delmar High School. The play opens on the first day of school after summer break. Maddie is telling her friends about Paul, the boy she started dating over the summer. Initially her friends are very happy for her. But as the play unfolds, the audience begins to see a controlling side of Paul that Maddie’s friends have not been privy to. He is sending her excessive text messages during class and demanding immediate response and then tries to control all of Maddie’s time outside of school. After each scene the actors remain onstage, and representatives from City Theater brought microphones out so that the audience could address the actors. They were able to offer commentary and ask questions about the behaviors they had just witnessed. At first the students in the audience were confused about whether the people onstage were really Maddie and Paul or if they were actors. “We purposely allow the students to be-

lieve that the actors are really the people they are portraying,” said George Tietze, outreach coordinator for City Theater Company. “This added dimension helps the audience become more interested and involved in the action while also creating a more visceral reaction.” Handing over a microphone to high school students during any assembly is unorthodox, but City Theater Company feels that doing so is the best way to present the message and themes of this play. “We want the students to express the positive and correct attitudes during their interaction with the actors, resulting in our message getting home to the students in a much more powerful way than if an adult stood up there and simply recited what we wanted them to hear,” Tietze said. “Without fail, at least one student stands and says the messages we want them to hear.” Associate principal Shawn Larrimore was pleased with the performance as well as the behavior of the students. “As an administrator, you always worry about what the kids might say in a situation like that,” he said. “But true to Delmar spirit, the students were very respectful and their questions were genuine and earnest.” Following the play, People’s Place sent counselors into classrooms for follow-up

LHS to be visited by accreditation team By Lynn R. Parks Representatives of the Middle States Association will be visiting Laurel High School next week, as part of the high school’s reaccreditation process. They will be talking with students, teachers and other staff members and members of the school accreditation planning team, made up of people from the School Improvement, Student Intervention and Community Relations committees. The school is currently accredited by Middle States. Representatives of the association last visited the school in the 1999-2000 school year. In a written explanation of the upcoming process, principal Dean Ivory said that accreditation is “affirmation that the school provides a quality of education that the community has a right to expect and the education world endorses.” “Accreditation is a means of showing confidence in a school’s performance,” he added.

Dean said that the process will examine the entire school and its practices, including its philosophy and goals, its programs and services, the building itself and the school’s financial stability. Representatives will ask students if they are aware of the accreditation process. They will also ask the students what they like about the school and what they would like to change. Teachers will be asked whether the school climate fosters learning, about the role of staff members and about areas of concern. Members of the planning team will be asked how the team planned for the accreditation process. “Accreditation provides a means for public accountability,” Ivory wrote. “The process validates to the public the integrity of a school’s programs…and assures a school community that the school’s purposes are appropriate and are being accomplished through a viable educational program.”

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discussion. Leverta Bradford and Heather Turner discussed negative patterns of behavior which can lead to many types of abuse. Their overall message was that in any relationship, decision-making should be a shared process. “This allows girls to keep their power and guys to keep respect,” said Bradford. People’s Place is the state of Delaware’s preferred provider for domestic violence counseling, according to Bradford. The agency was interested in bring-

ing this production to Sussex County schools for some time, but no state funding was available. It approached Soroptimist International of Seaford, whose members agreed to fund performances for Delmar, Seaford, Woodbridge and Sussex Tech high schools. City Theater has already performed in Seaford this year. “We are very proud of what we have achieved so far and hope that this project will become a fixture in the health curriculum at every high school in the state,” Tietze said.

School board hears construction update By Daniel Richardson The Delmar School Board had its regular meeting on April 15. Board members heard a construction update from Jim Willey of George, Miles and Buhr, the architectural firm handling the middle and high school expansion project. Willey said that the new science classrooms are expected to be ready for occupation on Sept. 5. He added that the fire marshal has said that the emergency strobe-light system was not up to standard. The issue with the current system, according to Willey, is that it does not have an annunciator, a device which uses a voice to instruct people in an emergency. Ring said that the school has had annual safety inspections for the past eight years, conducted by the fire marshal and the provider of the emergency system, Siemens, and there had never been a mention of a problem with the system until now. However, according to Ring, the fire

marshal is now requiring that the school purchase the annunciator for the auditorium and the cafeteria because, with the new addition, the capacity of the facilities has increased. Annunciators are required in Delaware when the capacity of the room exceeds 350 and the new addition expands the capacity of the facilities to 750. Once the annunciator is installed and the building passes the fire marshal inspection, the cafeteria will be ready for occupation. The new school parking lot is expected to be completed this summer. It was noted by board member Andy Fleetwood that the Delaware legislature was considering a bill that would require all elected school board members to undergo a background check. School employees are already required to have a background check. Ring mentioned that the school has a 98 percent attendance rate, one of the highest in the state of Delaware.


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Education Teachers look for strategies to help boost student test scores By Donna Dukes-Huston Teachers from the Delmar, Laurel and Seaford school districts have teamed up to share ideas and strategies for improving students’ test scores and overall success in language arts classes. This team is called SCORES, the Sussex County Organization to Raise English/Language Arts Scores. SCORES was developed by Shawn Larrimore, Delmar High School associate principal, and Doug Brown, Seaford High School’s associate principal, earlier this year. Brown and Larrimore have been friends for years and completed their graduate coursework together at Wilmington University. Both took the reins as administrators this year and decided that they wanted to continue to collaborate in order to benefit Sussex County students. The first session of SCORES, hosted by Seaford High School in November, was comprised of a smaller steering committee which looked at how each school performed on all indicators of the Delaware State Testing Program (DSTP). “At the first session, we narrowed our focus to seven common indicators (areas for improvement), four for writing and three for reading,” Larrimore said. “This session laid the groundwork for session two.” The second session, hosted by Delmar High School on April 9, was intended to give middle and high school English and language arts teachers strategies for improving these areas of weakness in their students’ performance. This was a larger group comprising middle and high school ELA teachers as well as special education

teachers. Presenters included Stephanie Miller from Wicomico County and Ann Lewis and Aleta Thompson, reading and writing specialists from Laurel and Cape Henlopen. They presented a variety of high-interest strategies that teachers could use to prepare students for state testing which would help address the areas of concern identified in the first session. Although the ultimate goal is to improve test scores, the presenters urged teachers to focus first on “authentic learning,” which would encompass a more inclusive approach to instruction rather than isolated test preparation. The teachers involved felt that SCORES was a refreshing in-service opportunity that offered useful strategies for the classroom. “Our in-service days are usually prescriptive, so I really enjoyed being able to collaborate with my colleagues on a common product,” said Penny Austin-Richardson, ninth- and tenth-grade English teacher at Seaford High School. Her colleague agreed. “I look forward to incorporating some of the ideas I received into next year’s curriculum,” said Erin Williams, tenth-grade English teacher. "I really liked the fact that we left the in-service with practical strategies that we could implement immediately in our classrooms, not just for test preparation but in all aspects of our curriculum," added Lorrie Sonnier, ninth-grade English teacher at Delmar High School. Both Larrimore and Brown were pleased by the reception of the teachers and plan to expand SCORES next year.

Epworth student wins hand-writing contest Students from across the United States participated in the Zaner-Bloser National Handwriting Contest. From the hundreds of entries that were submitted, Epworth Christian School first grader Sophia Dykstra was named the state’s grade-level champion. ECS has used the Zaner Bloser curriculum for more than 15 years and has had several state winners. Sophia has attended

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Aleta Thompson and Stephanie Miller (standing) discuss reading and writing strategies with Shawn Larrimore, Jenny Meister and Nancy Clayton of Delmar High School.

They are also setting up an e-mail group of all SCORES participants so that they can share ideas and strategies across the districts. “The SCORES workshop was a great opportunity to do something unique in our

area,” said Brown. “So often Delmar, Laurel and Seaford are seen as rivals. SCORES shows the community that we as athletic rivals can work together for our community when it comes to educating our youth and future.”


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SHS grad named to honor society

SUSSEX TECH STUDENTS HONORED FOR HELPING OTHERS. Two Sussex Technical High School upperclassmen were recently honored for helping other students. Senior Kory Belle of Laurel and junior Terell Hutchins of Seaford received leadership certificates for being presenters on the topic ‘Tips for Student Success’ at the Leap Into Literacy Night on March 3, a workshop for parents and students on academic success in high school. Librarian Trish Birch and reading specialist John Orlando, coordinators of Leap Into Literacy, presented the certificates. From left: Hutchins, librarian Trish Birch, reading specialist John Orlando and Belle.

Epworth students compete in Super Activity Day in Salisbury On April 4, Epworth Christian School traveled to Salisbury Christian School to participate in the ACSI Super Activity Day 2008.The day included competitions and challenges in science, math, speech and creative writing. Seventh-grader Amanda Vannicola took a blue ribbon and silver medal for her entry in the science fair. Other science fair winners were Alexander Gordon, with a red ribbon and silver medal, and Cassie Kerins, who received honorable mention. Fourth graders swept the math competition for reasoning with Laurie Wroten in first, Angela Baker second and Joey Phillips third. Classmate Alexis Holston placed fifth in computation. Other ECS students placing in the math competition were third grader Gabrielle Hastings and Moriah Reid, both scoring fourth place in reasoning and computation, respectively. Cassie Gordon and Matthew Dykstra represented the fifth grade with third-place winnings in computation and reasoning. Seventh-grader Jennifer Baker placed first in reasoning and eighth-grader Mack King placed fifth in reasoning. Blue ribbon winners for the speech competition were Holly Baker, first grade; Taylor Wroten, first grade; Olivia Kane, second grade; Andrea Timmons, third grade; Angela Baker, fourth grade; Laurie Wroten, fourth grade; Kyle Steel, fourth

Adult students receive awards

Four students from Sussex Tech Adult Education were recently honored during the 18th annual Delaware Adult Student Conference. Students honored included Lonnie Badger of Milford, Mary Gibbs of Georgetown, Douglas Torres of Bridgeville and Melgar Gonzalez of Georgetown. The event was co-sponsored by the Organization of Adult Alumni and Students in Service, in cooperation with the Delaware Association for Adult and Community Education and the Delaware Coalition for Literacy.

grade; Angela Agapito, fifth grade; and Isabel Wharton, eighth grade. Other ribbon winners were second graders Olivia Berger, Liam Catron, Alexis LaFreniere and Caleb McFarlin; third graders Moriah Reid, Jennie Parsons, Jared Willey and Michal LaFreniere; fourth graders Coleman James, Madison Dickerson and Joey Philips; fifth graders Julie Parsons, Keith Lankford and Cassie Gordon; sixth graders Kyle Sturgeon, Carissa Jones and Andrew Hartman; seventh grader Alexander Gordon; and eighth grader Dylan Holston. Creative Writing awards with superior ratings were given to Isabel Wharton, eighth grade; Jennifer Baker, seventh grade; Kelsey McMunn, seventh grade; and Alexander Gordon, seventh grade. These students will proceed to the national competition. Students receiving an excellence rating were fifth graders Renee Adams, Caroline Kerins, Logan Downes and Ike Wharton; seventh graders Cassie Kerins, Madelyn Gilbert, Travis Anderson and Andy Jones; and eighth graders Dennis Davenport and Isabel Wharton.

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Brea McMillen, a 2005 graduate of Seaford Senior High School, has been tapped for membership in Mortar Board, a national honor society for college seniors. McMillen is majoring in English and holds a minor in linguistics at the University of Delaware. She plans to graduate in 2009. In addition to her membership in Mortar Board, she is also president of the National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH), a member of the McMillen Central Complex Community Council and Residence Hall Government, and is involved in the Resident Student Association and Student Government. She has been named to the department

of English dean’s list and has participated in research projects at the University of Delaware. She is currently investigating graduate colleges to continue with her preparation for a career in higher education. McMillen is the daughter of Dr. Gene and Barbara McMillen of Seaford. Mortar Board provides opportunities for continued leadership development, promotes service to colleges and universities and encourages lifelong contributions to the global community. Some notable Mortar Board members include former President Jimmy Carter, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Lance Armstrong and former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor.

State to offer nature day camp for children Children ages 8 to 14 are invited to learn more about natural resources and the outdoor activities the state has to offer when the Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife hosts its annual Camp Awareness from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 17, at the Redden State Forest Headquarters Tract near Georgetown. Planned activity stations will include boating safety; wetlands, waterfowl, wildlife and habitat; target archery; air rifles; building a bird nesting box; and the Hooked on Fishing Not Drugs program. Each activity will begin hourly, running throughout the day, with rotation begin-

ning at 9 a.m. All activities will conclude at 4 p.m. Parents and/or guardians must remain with participants throughout the day and are encouraged to participate in the activities. The camp is free of charge, but preregistration is required by Wednesday, May 7. Vendors will be on site for lunch. The first 100 children to preregister will receive a camp T-shirt. For more information, contact Carol Weyant at 302-739-9913, or Sr. Cpl. Doug Messeck at 302-855-1921, Fish and Wildlife Enforcement.


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People Former nurse reflects on her career with Nanticoke By Lynn R. Parks The names still roll off her tongue as though she worked with the people to whom they refer just yesterday. Dr. Moyer. Dr. Lynch, who always had a joke. Dr. Fox. Dr. Elliott. Dr. Beckert. Dr. Ellis. Dr. Rawlins. All doctors who were delivering babies at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital, Seaford, in the 1950s when Louise Riddle Hanson was the head of the maternity ward there. And family practitioner Dr. Catherine Gray, whose office was in Bridgeville. “We loved Dr. Gray most of all,” says Hanson, who will be 90 in June and who has lived in the Methodist Manor House since September 2006. “She never left her patients. The others would come and go but she stayed with them until they delivered.” The hospital was young then. White women and African-American women gave birth in different rooms. Cots often had to be set up in the hallways to make room for more patients than the small number of rooms could accommodate. Nurses wore white uniforms and starched caps. “I’ve seen so many changes,” Hanson says. “Now, everybody dresses the same. You can’t tell the nurses apart from all the other employees.” Despite that, “some of the changes were wonderful,” says Hanson, who retired from Nanticoke in 1983. She includes in those changes the many services that Nanticoke Health Services now offers, including physical therapy and cancer treatment. Hanson grew up near Pittsburgh and graduated from nurse’s training at Phillipsburg State Hospital, Phillipsburg, Pa., in 1939. She went to Philadelphia for specialized training in obstetrics, then returned to Phillipsburg as head of the maternity ward

there. She was 21. In 1941, she was married to Bill Riddle and soon after that had their first child, Kathy. Bill’s Army career took the young family to Kansas City, Kansas, and Dallas, where Hanson worked in the maternity department at Mercy Hospital. “I could take Kathy to work with me,” she says. “The off-duty nurses would take care of her.” After Bill’s discharge, the family moved back to Pennsylvania. There, he learned about the then new DuPont nylon plant in Seaford, and the family moved here in 1947. Their second child, Geraldine, was born that same year. Nanticoke Memorial Hospital was opened in 1952 and Hanson went to work there in September 1953 as a general nurse. Soon after, Phyllis Baker, who was head of the maternity department, retired and Hanson was named to take her place. In 1958, at the age of 40, she complained to Dr. Rudolf Beckert, Bridgeville, that she did not feel well. He took one look at her and said, “I know what’s wrong with you. You’re pregnant.” And indeed, she was. After the delivery of her third child, Jack, she stayed home for nearly three years, then went to work in the office of family practitioner Dr. John Rawlins. A couple months later, she returned to Nanticoke, again as head of the maternity department. In 1971, she was named director of nursing. After Bill died in 1974, she held other administrative jobs, then returned to the maternity department as a nurse, her last job before retiring at age 65. During her time in the maternity department, Hanson delivered a number of babies, she says, when doctors weren’t there at the right time. In addition, “I don’t know how many times I flew on the police

Louise Hanson, in her room at the Methodist Manor House. She went to work at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital, Seaford in 1953. Photo by Lynn R. Parks

helicopter, taking a baby to Wilmington,” she adds. After retirement, Hanson volunteered with the now defunct hospital auxiliary and in the maternity department, knitting dishtowels and tea towels for the new mothers. She still volunteers for the Blood Bank and regularly attends meetings of the Soroptimist Club, Seaford, of which she has been a member since 1971. She also plays

bridge at the Nanticoke Senior Center. Her second husband, Ralph Hanson, died in 2003. Despite everything she has done since retirement, Hanson still enjoys talking about her time at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital. “I enjoyed all the years I spent at Nanticoke,” she says. “I am very proud that I was able to work for so long at the hospital.”

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Community Bulletin Board Friends of Seaford Library yard sale

The Friends of the Seaford district Library will hold a yard sale on Saturday, May 10, rain or shine. Your donations and support are needed to make this event a success. If you have items or plants to donate, they may be left at the library anytime starting May 3 during regular business hours. Clothing can not be accepted. The Friends would like to thank Janice Phillips for volunteering again to organize the yard sale. Call 629-2524 for more information.

Seaford Moose Lodge located at 22759 Bridgeville Highway, Seaford. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Food and refreshments will be available. Call David or Travis Sirman at 875-3792, or Seaford Moose Lodge at 629-8408 to reserve your tickets, or for information. Get your tickets early because seating will be limited. Must be 18 years old to play. This will be a community service project.

Cub Scouts Pack 381 fund raiser

An all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner will be served on May 3, 4-7 p.m., at Gethsemane United Methodist Church fellowship hall, Reliance Road, Seaford. Cost is $7 for adults, $4 for children ages 6 to 12. A bake table will be available.

Cub Scouts from Pack 381 are holding a camp fund raiser on Saturday, April 26, from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., in front of the Pawn Shop on Stein Highway. The scouts are raising money so they can go to Camp Henson this summer for several days of fun and learning. Local businesses have generously donated food to help these scouts raise money. Camping is a part of scouting to help the scouts learn more about nature, first aid, archery, swimming and more. Stop by this Saturday and pick up a delicious BBQ platter to help these scouts go to camp. Your donations are greatly appreciated!

Blades Fire Hall breakfast

Seaford Heritage Days

Gethsemane spaghetti dinner

There will be an all-you-can-eat breakfast at the Blades Fire Hall, located at the corner of Cannon and Fifth streets in Blades, May 4, from 8 till 11 a.m. Cost is adults $7, children $3. Sponsored by the Auxiliary and Firemen of the Fire Company. For more information call Jewell Chaffinch at 629-6904.

SHS prom night

The Seaford High School Class of 2009 will be hosting the Senior Prom, “La Ville de L’amour” on Saturday, May 3. Grand March tickets are on sale now for $3 or at the door for $4. Grand March will start promptly at 5 p.m. in the Madden auditorium.

Youth Flower Fair

The annual Gethsemane United Methodist Youth Group Flower Fair will be held in the Fellowship Hall of the church on Saturday, May 3, from 8 a.m. to noon, rain or shine. We will have hanging baskets, potted flowers, bedding flowers, plants and other items. We will also have breakfast sandwiches and hot dogs along with a bake sale. This event is a fundraiser of the youth group to help support their activities and events. Gethsemane U.M.C. is located four miles west of Seaford on Stein Highway. (Rt. 20), near Reliance, Md.

Boy Scouts hold BBQ

Boy Scout Troop 182 is having their 42nd annual chicken barbecue on Saturday, May 3, from 11:30 a.m. till it’s gone. We will be set up on Norman Eskridge Highway next to Dover Electric in Seaford.

Vera Bradley & Longaberger bingo

The Ritual Team of Seaford Moose Lodge #1728 will host a bingo featuring Vera Bradley bags and Longaberger baskets on Monday, May 12, at 7 p.m. Each game will alternate between bags and baskets. Door prizes featuring the Vera Bradley carry-on piece of luggage and the Longaberger dogwood wrought iron wall shelf combo will be given at the end of the night. The doors wil open at 6 p.m. at the

Re-live the rich history of Seaford and western Sussex County from the days of the area’s first natives, to the arrival of John Smith and the English explorers, divided loyalties during the Civil War, to present day during “Seaford Heritage Days,” Memorial Day weekend, May 23, 24 and 25. Crafters, food vendors, artisans and living historians are invited to meet the public and sell their wares during this three-day event at the Governor Ross Plantation in Seaford. For information, contact Paula Gunson at the Greater Seaford Chamber of Commerce 629-9690 or 800-416-GSCC.

Breakfast cafe

VFW 4961 breakfast cafe, open Monday-Friday, 7-10 a.m., Seaford VFW, Middleford Road, to benefit Veterans Relief Fund.

Held on the grounds of Concord United Methodist Church, 25322 Church Road, Seaford (corner of Rt. 20 and 20A Concord Road). There is no fee for exhibitors or admission charge. There will be scrapple sandwiches, hot dogs, oyster sandwiches, cake, pie, beverages and much more for all. For more information call Ken Whaley at 629-7706, or CUMC at 628-8114.

Delaware National yard sale

A yard sale sponsored by Delaware National Bank will be held on Saturday, April 26, from 8 a.m. to noon to raise funds to support DNB’s Relay for Life team. The yard sale will be in the Delaware National Bank parking lot located in the Seaford Professional Center, next to Burger King on Rt. 13. Any donations can be dropped off at the bank Monday thru Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Read Aloud Delaware training

Read Aloud Delaware volunteer training session will be held Wednesday, April 30, at 1 p.m. in the Seaford Public Library, 402 North Porter St., Seaford. Call 856-2527 to sign up for training, or for further information. Volunteer readers are needed at various reading sites in Sussex County.

Seaford Art Gala

Seaford High School will be hosting an Art Gala 2008 on May 15. The Seaford High School band and chorus will hold their annual spring concert and there will be

a show of student artwork judged by Nanticoke River Arts Council. Doors will open at 6 p.m. to view students’ artwork which will be on display in the lobby of Seaford High School until 7 p.m. The band and chorus concert will begin at 7 p.m. in the Madden auditorium.

Basket bingo

The Western Sussex Boys and Girls Club is holding a “filled” Longaberger basket bingo on Friday, May 16. Doors open at 6 p.m. and bingo begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $35- first 100 tickets sold receive a tote bag and a voucher for a Pizza King pizza, sweet tea and dessert to be used during the bingo event. Proceeds benefit programming at the Western Sussex Boys and Girls Club. For tickets, call Karen Schreiber at 629-8740.

SHS 1958 class reunion

The Seaford High School Class of 1958 will be holding their 50th class reunion on May 30, 31 and June 1. If you have information on addresses for the following classmates, call Sally (Hann) Van Schaik at 6290619. Walter Sirman, Madeline Meding Hurley, Patricia Lloyd Robinson, Woody Jones, Beverly Hoagland Murray, Judy Friedel Timmons, Connie Crockett Hastings, George Bell, Joan Cordrey Eckert.

‘Victorine Du Pont’ program

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Babies and toddlers stay & play

The ‘Parents as Teachers’ (PAT) stay & play - parents and children (birth to age four) are invited to play together, listen to a story, learn new songs and finger plays, and network with other families. No registration required. Sessions are Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m. to noon, Seaford Dept. of Parks & Recreation (SDPR), 320 Virginia Ave., Seaford. Parent educator, Cris Henderson. Call Anna Scovell at 856-5239 for more information.

Fitness classes

Fitness classes will be held Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 9 a.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. at St. John’s UMC Fellowship Hall in Seaford. Beginners to intermediate participants are welcome to try a free class to see if it meets your needs. For more information or to register call AFAA certified fitness professional Carol Lynch at 629-7539.

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Car & motorcycle show

Classic car and motorcycle show, flower sale and pulled pork platters, Saturday, May 3, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., at 9437 Ginger Lane, Rt.13 north of Seaford (next to Barton’s). $10 entry fee for classic cars and motorcycles.

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Laurel Strawberry Festival

Second annual Strawberry Festival will be held May 17, at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, Laurel. Breakfast, lunch, craft tables, Everything strawberry, beginning at 7:30 a.m. Scrapple sandwiches will be served. Includes Historical Society special tours $10. Strawberries sold by basket or gallon. Bake table. Something for everyone.

Family bike rally

Trap Pond Partners and Trap Pond State Park will hold its fifth annual “Get In Gear” family bike rally on May 3. Registration from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Adults $16; under 16, $8. Bike trail is 5 miles of easy riding, plus an 8-mile road course. Trails will be posted and volunteers will be present to help. Rain date is May 4. For more information call the park office at 875-5133.

Thursday, April 26, 7 a.m.- 6 p.m. Cost is $40/person. Lots of vendors, make-ntakes, certified massage therapist, door prizes, contests, candlelit dinner. Held at Central Worship Center (formerly Epworth Fellowship Church) in Laurel. Call 875-4254 for more information. Proceeds to benefit CWC youth group.

Preschoolers story time

Parents, caregivers and children ages two to five are invited to enjoy stories, songs, poetry, art, science, math, music and fun at the Laurel Public Library’s preschool story time. Story time is held every Tuesday morning at 10:30 a.m. For more information, call the Laurel Public Library at 8753184.

Casino nite

Laurel American Legion post #19, on Rt. 24, will hold a casino nite on Friday, April 25, from 7 p.m.-1 a.m.; Blackjack 7-11 p.m., Poker 7 p.m.-1a.m. Admission is $5 and includes beer, soda, food, snacks, door prizes and fun. Must be over 21.

LHS class of ‘87

The LHS class of ‘87 is hoping to hold its 20th year reunion this coming June 2008. The planning committee is trying to locate class members. If you have contact information and/or would like to help plan the reunion, contact Michele Procino-Wells at mpw@seafordlaw.com or 628-4140.

Oyster fry

An oyster fry will be held Saturday, May 3, at 11 a.m. at Charity Lodge 27, Poplar St., Laurel. Oyster, hamburger, hot dog sandwiches, baked goods, and homemade ice cream.

Miss Laurel Pageant

On Saturday, May 3, at 7 p.m., the 2008 Miss Laurel Pageant will be held at the high school. We are up to 11 little girls but only two big girls have applied. Applications are available at the High School, Ralph Todd’s office, the library and through Barbara Cross 875-3753.

Mt. Pleasant UMC Spring festival

Circle May 10 on your calendar for the Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church Spring Festival. It will be serving from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. The menu includes oyster fritters, chicken salad and hot dog sandwiches, homemade soups, ice cream and various bake items. The church is located on Mt. Pleasant Road approximately 3 miles west of Laurel off of Rt. 24. Carry-outs are available during the same hours.

Community yard sale

The town of Bridgeville will host a community-wide yard sale on Saturday, May 3, at 7 a.m. You will find great bargains at many homes throughout the town.

Clean-up day

Bridgeville will hold a neighborhood clean-up day on Saturday, May 10. All items must be curbside by 6 a.m., as M-T Trash will only go down each street once. Allowable items for pick-up include: furniture, household trash, stoves, and limbs bundled in 4-ft. lengths. Items that will NOT be picked up include tires, batteries, oil, construction materials, dirt, rocks, bricks, etc. M-T Trash will have a truck available to pick-up refrigerators, freezers and air conditioners, as long as the freon has been removed. M-T Trash will also have a truck to pick up paint, stain, etc. These items must be kept in a separate area from the rest of the trash. Large tree limbs can be delivered to the town’s wastewater treatment plant. A scrap metal container will be placed at the Town Hall parking lot for the disposal of such items as aluminum siding, window frames, barbecue grills, tire rims, bicycles and stainless steel. Questions may be directed to Town Manager Bonie Walls at 337-7135.

National Day of Prayer

The annual National Day of Prayer will be held Thursday, May 1. Prayer services will be held at the Bridgeville Historical Society Park, Delaware Avenue and Williams Street. Services will commence at 7 p.m. Join your neighbors to pray for our community, state and nation. God Bless America. (In the event of inclement weather services will be held at Union United Methodist Church, Laws and Market streets.)

CHEER dinner club

Join us at the Greenwood CHEER Center every Wednesday evening, for our weekly dinner club 5 p.m-7 p.m. The

CHEER Greenwood Center is located at 12713 Sussex Highway, Greenwood, and the public is welcomed. Each week there will be a delicious dinner offered for the price of $5 per person for individuals over 60+ years. For more information call the center at 349-5237 or visit the CHEER website at www.cheerde.com

Greenwood Spring festival

The Greenwood Mennonite School will be holding its 22nd annual Greenwood Spring Festival on Saturday, June 7, on the school grounds in Greenwood. This “rain or shine” event has become well respected in the community for its family fun and entertainment. Old-fashioned, all-you-can-eat breakfast from 7 to 9 a.m. Outdoor booths re-open from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. featuring hundreds of items, including fresh-made foods, chicken barbeque, pork barbeque, seafood, including crab cakes, baked goods, milkshakes, handcrafted items, books, plants, crafts; plus a petting zoo, children’s games, a quilting demonstration, a white elephant booth, and more. Activities include the popular Spring festival auction, beginning at noon, various entertainments on the main stage, volleyball and softball tournaments, and helicopter rides. All proceeds from the Greenwood Spring festival benefit the 80-year-old Greenwood Mennonite School, the longest continuously operating Mennonite elementary school in the U.S.A. G.M.S. offers quality Christian education for grades K-12, with the current enrollment at around 220 students. The school is located on Mennonite School Road, between Rts. 16 and 36, east of Greenwood. For more information, contact Kevin Troyer at 422-0745.

Beef, Pork & Beer fundraiser

Greenwood Volunteer Fire Co. will host a Beef, Pork & Beer fundraiser to benefit one of our own with medical expenses, Chief Tommy Jones. Saturday, June 14, from 2 p.m.-midnight. Tickets are $25 per person at the door, or $20 in advance. Greenwood Volunteer Fire Company is located at 112611 Sussex Highway, P.O. Box 1, Greenwood, DE 19950. Featuring: DJ Bullet; dunkin’ booth; silent auction, 2-6 p.m. (checks or cash only); live music: The 5:01 Band, 8 p.m.-midnight; cash bar; 50/50 raffle. For tickets contact: David Sapp 302-349-4529 or email dnisapp@comcast.net

AARP advanced safety program

The Greenwood CHEER Center, located at 12713 Sussex Hwy, in Greenwood, will host a 2-day, 8 hour total, AARP advanced safety program on Thursday, May 1, and Friday, May 2. This course will be held from 12:30 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. each day and the cost is $10 per participant. Upon completion of the course, participants will receive a deduction on the liability portion of their automobile insurance. For more information or to register call Susan Welch at 349-5237.

Georgetown Public Library events

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Presented by the Greater Seaford Chamber of Commerce and The Seaford Historical Society, Seaford Heritage Weekend is May 23-25, 2008. Held at the historic Governor Ross Mansion grounds in Seaford, this threeday event features dynamic glimpses into Civil War era life, complete with reenacted battles, living camp exhibits, period craft demonstrations and music, children’s games, and lots of food and fun. Morning Star Publications, Inc. is preparing a magazine that will be inserted in the May 15, 2008, edition of the Seaford and Laurel Star newspapers. The magazine has a glossy cover and full process color throughout. Those advertising in the Seaford Heritage Weekend magazine may pick up the same ad in the Annual Nanticoke Riverfest magazine to be published in July for a 20% discount. Call or email Morning Star Publications to reserve space in this magazine.

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MORNING STAR • APRIL 24 - 30, 2008 celing popcorn and a movie on Friday May 2 • Story Time is held at 10:30 a.m. every Tuesday morning with Miss Sherri. • The Friends of the Georgetown Public Library will hold its monthly book discussion on Wednesday, May 14. This month discussion will be on “The Innocent” by Harlan Coben. • The entire books and VHS in the conference room all one bag can hold for $1. • The Friends of the Georgetown Public Library will hold its annual meeting on Tuesday, May 13, at 7 p.m. at St Paul’s Episcopal Church at Academy and Pine Street. For more information about library programs call call 856-7958.

Spring craft show

The Georgetown Historical Society is seeking crafters for their May 17 and 18 Spring craft show to be held at the Marvel Carriage Museum located at 510 South Bedford St. in Georgetown. The doors will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. (Tables and chairs will be available.) Questions call 856-2760 or 8566642.

brary and look at their displays. If you need further information, contact Pam at 302846-9894.

Fish fry

The Bi-State Ruritans will be sponsoring a fish fry on Saturday, April 26, from 4 to 6:30 p.m. at the Melson Church Community Hall, Melson Road & Melson Church Road, east of Delmar. The cost is $8 per person for fish or chicken, hush puppies, coleslaw, rolls, iced tea and coffee. A chinese auction is also planned (bidders do not need to be present to win).

Sandwich sale

A sandwich sale will be held Saturday, April 26, 9 a.m. until… at the Delmar Church of God of Prophecy, Rt. 13 N. and Dorthy Road. Featuring oyster sandwiches, crab cakes, chicken salad sandwiches, cheese steak subs, hamburgers, hot dogs, homemade soups. Call the church for more information 875-7824.

Scholarship fundraiser

On Monday, May 5, Georgetown AARP #5340 will be hosting a fund raiser at the Roadhouse Steak Joint, Rehoboth Beach, from 6 to 8 p.m. Come out and eat, and ten percent of the day’s proceeds will go towards the scholarship fund. There will be a 50/50 drawing. For more information, call 856-3404 or 945-1288.

Confederate Heritage Day

Delaware Confederate Heritage Day, Saturday, May 10, at Soldier’s Monument, Marvel Museum, South Bedford Street, Georgetown. A newly discovered Delaware Confederate’s name will be added to the monument. Events get underway at 1 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Delaware Grays Sons of Confederate Veterans, Camp 2068, based in Seaford. For details, visit www.DESCV.org.

Ruritan Club breakfast

All-you-can-eat Sunday breakfast buffet served by the Galestown Ruritan Club, on the fourth Sunday of each month October to June 7-10 a.m. Cost is $6 for adults, $4 children 6-12 years, at The Galestown, Md. Community Hall, 5833 School House Road. This month it will be held April 27.

The Delmar Lions Club is selling a Longaberger basket with the Delmar’s school colors of blue and orange around the rim for $49. There is also a wildcat lid for $30 that can be purchased. All proceeds go to sponsored projects like the visually and hearing impaired and special olympics. For information, call Mildred Riley 846-3846.

Delmar Library program

Delmar’s Girl Scouts are helping our library celebrate National Library Week. They have incorporated their knowledge of authors and the books they have written in displays that help them earn a badge. They are also having a special story-time on Thursday, April 24, at 6:30 p.m. Snacks and stories compliments of our local Girl Scout Troops #246 and 81. Everyone who likes to listen to good stories being read is invited. There is no fee, all that is required is that you bring your listening ears. While you are here, walk around the li-

Kiwanis Club fundraiser

Ruritan’s ham and turkey shoot

Earth Day Celebration

Casino night

The Roadhouse Steak Joint in Rehoboth Beach is having a fundraiser day for the Kiwanis Club of Georgetown on Monday, April 28. The Roadhouse Steak Joint is located on Rt. 1 near the Midway Shopping Center. A portion of the proceeds earned that day will go to the Kiwanis Club of Georgetown’s programs. An Earth Day celebration, sponsored by The Alternative Energy Showroom and Good For You Natural Market will be held on April 26 from noon to 4 p.m., at 28841 Rte. 9, Lewes, four miles west of Five Points. Renewable energy demonstrations including solar panels and wind systems that will help you save electricity (and money). Solar educational activities for children of all ages. For more information, call 8410162 or contact lynne@flexera.net.

Airplane pull May 4

On Sunday, May 4, the Delaware Air National Guard will host the Delaware National Guard Plane Pull to benefit Special Olympics Delaware. Teams of 20 pit their strength against a 100,000 lb. C-130 aircraft to see who can pull the plane the fastest. More than 40 teams are expected to compete in 2008. Cost is $500 for the college and adult divisions, $250 for high schools. Awards will be given for “fastest pull” and “lightest team” in each division. Team members receive an event T-shirt with their team name on the back and a 5x7 team photo in front of the enemy (the plane).For more information contact Lisa Smith at 302-831-3482 or email lismith@udel.edu.

The Ellendale Ruritan Club ham and turkey shoot, Saturday, April 26, (rain date May 3) at 11:30 a.m., at Ellendale VFW, on V.F.W. Road. Directions: 1/2 mile south of U.S. 113 and 16 intersection). Refreshments will be available for sale. (If rain dates are cancelled, we will go to next shoot.) For possible cancellations call 302-422-2948 or cell 302-249-7025. Casino night to benefit nonprofit Delaware Hospice will be held on Friday, May 30, at Rehoboth Convention Center from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Local celebrity dealers will provide an entertaining evening of black jack, texas hold’em, roulette, and poker. Guests will enjoy refreshments provided by Lighthouse Cove & Catering, Wine Tasting by Kemp’s Liquors, beer from Banks Wine and Spirits, soft drinks donated by Pepsi, water by PepUp Inc., and great prizes from a raffle and silent auction. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased by calling Peggy Dolby, 800-838-9800, or emailing pdolby@delawarehospice.org. For more information go to www.delawarehospice.org.

Bethel town-wide yard sale

Bethel Historical Society will sponsor a town-wide yard sale, May 17, from 7 a.m. until…? Set-up in your own yard, or central location at corner of Main and First streets. $10 fee will be collected. Scrapple sandwiches and homemade baked goodies will be available at the Community House. This will benefit the Count On Me Club. Any questions call 875-3971.

Motorcycle ‘Ride of the Free’

“Ride of the Free for the Home of the Brave” (homeless Veterans Shelter) on Sunday, May 4 (rain or shine). Registration begins at 10 a.m., last bike out at 11 a.m. at “The Home of the Brave” located off Rt. 1 North on Sharps Road just south of Milford. Leisure ride through Greenwood, Bridgeville, Seaford, Millsboro, to “The Home of the Brave.” Join us for good food – a 50/50 rafflepin. Cost is $15, registration fee with free tshirt to the first 150 registered riders. Help us serve those who served us. (Donations of cash, food, clothing, etc. are appreciated.) For more information call 302-424-1681.

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Holly’s Community Center sponsors Gregory’s Blasters fundraiser, Longaberger basket and Vera Bradley bingo July 12 at the Salisbury Moose Lodge. Enjoy good food, specials, raffles, silent auction, 50/50 and much more. Baskets and bags are filled. Tickets $20 in advance; $25 at the door. Doors open at 5 p.m. Bingo starts at 6 p.m. For tickets call: Lois Burton at 410-7493947. Ask to reserve your table for six or more. The fundraiser is in memory of Greg Taylor, who was murdered in 1990 at the age of 18.

‘Pedals, Pipes, and Pizza’

On Friday, April 25, young pianists and music students, ages 7-17, will have an opportunity to meet the King of Instruments, the pipe organ! This event, entitled “Pedals, Pipes & Pizza,” is being sponsored by the Southern Delaware Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. It will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Milford. Those interested should call 302-236-6647 or email mleinbach@gmail.com.

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Flower Fair

The second annual Flower Fair will be held April 26 and 27 at Galestown Community House, Galestown, Md. Saturday hours are from 7 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. This is a benefit to remodel the Community House. Flowers, baked goods, hot dogs, and sodas will be available.

Italian night

The Reliance Grange #58 will hold a covered dish supper at Gethsemane United Methodist Church on April 28 at 6:30 p.m. The theme for the dinner will be “Italian Night.” State Policeman Greg Nolt will be the guest speaker. The public is invited. Bring a friend and a dish to share. For more information, call 377-3615.

MORNING STAR • APRIL 24 - 30, 2008 enced growers. Annual membership is $15 per family. For more information, contact either: Luther Shultz 410-341-6058, or Mary Jo Marshall 410-822-3941.

‘Knifty Knitters’ meet

The “Knifty Knitters” chapter of the Knitters Guild Association will be meeting the first Wednesday of each month from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the CHEER Community Center in Georgetown. Call 302732-6495 for further details.

AARP board meeting

AARP Seaford Area Chapter 1084 board meeting will be held Thursday, May 1, at 1:30 p.m., at the Methodist Manor House game room. Board and committee members are urged to attend and plan for the upcoming yard sale fundraiser. No meetings in June, July or August. The next chapter meeting will be in September. Call Helen Skjoldager at 875-5086 for more information.

Delaware Grays meet SHS Alumni meets

The next executive board meeting of the Seaford High School Alumni Association will be on May 1 at 7 p.m., in the Seaford Museum. If any additional information is needed, call Donna Hastings Angell at 629-8077.

Georgetown Lions meet

The Georgetown Lions Club dinner-meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 13, at Easter Seals, 22317 DuPont Blvd., conference room. District-22 Co-Chair of Special Olympics Lion Winnie and Barbara Spence will be the guest speakers accompanied by a Special Olympic athlete. Visiting Lions and potential members are welcomed, but should call Helen Wilson at 856-2972, or the Rev. Charles Covington at 855-1160.

S.A.L.T. Council meets

The S.A.L.T. (Seniors and Lawmen Together) Council has announced that their monthly meetings will be held on the second Wednesday of each month at 9:30 a.m. This month it will be on May 14, in the Sussex County Administration Office just south of the Wilmington Trust Bank on Route 113. The Council invites any individuals, organizations, agencies and police departments concerned with the welfare of senior citizens to attend. The Council is an Advisory Committee for the following Triad: Seaford Triad meets the second Thursday of each month at 10 a.m. at the Nanticoke Senior Center in Seaford. For additional information, contact president Al Hahn at 436-2157.

Orchid Hobbyists meet

Orchid Hobbyists of Delmarva will meet on the third Sunday of each month September through June, from 2-5 p.m. Everyone is welcome from beginners to experi-

Delaware Grays, Sons of Confederate Veterans Camp 2068 of Seaford regular monthly meeting is Monday, May 5 at 7 p.m. in conference room, Seaford Public Library. Open to all descendants of Confederate soldiers and those interested in preserving history. Details, WWW.DESCV.org.

Trap Pond Partners meet

Trap Pond Partners meets the second Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Bald Cypress Nature Center at Trap Pond State Park, Laurel. We are currently planning our 5th annual “Get In Gear” family bike rally to be held May 3. Visit us at www.trappondpartners.com for additional information.

Coast Guard Auxiliary

Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 12-04 meets the second Thursday of each month at Nanticoke Yacht Club in Blades. Call Wayne Hickman at 6296337 for details.

Cancer support group

The Wellness CommunityDelaware is offering a support group for people affected by cancer and their loved ones at the Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in Seaford. The group meets at the Cancer Care Center on the second Monday of the month from 4:30 to 6 p.m. To register for this program or for more information call Kaye or Lori at 645-9150. All programs at The Wellness Community are free of charge for people affected by cancer and their loved ones.

Senior Center trips

Knitting Guild meets

All Knitters: The “Sea Purls” Chapter of The Knitting Guild Association meets on the first Wednesday of each month from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Cheer Center in Georgetown on the corner of Rt. 9 and Sand Hill Road. For more details call Joyce Smirk, Secretary, 302-732-6495. Lunch available. Next meeting May 7.

Widowed Persons Service

The Seaford Chapter of the Widowed Persons Service will have its next meeting on Tuesday, May 20, at 12:15 p.m. at the Golden Corral. The planned guest speaker will be Charley Caparella of WBOC. All widowed persons of all ages are invited to attend. Come join us — we all enjoy the trips, lunches/dinners, etc. that we do.

July 4th meetings

Laurel July 4th meetings are set for the following days: May 19, June 2, June 9, June 16, June 23 and June 30. They begin at 5 p.m. and are held at the Laurel Chamber Office.

Class of 1956 luncheon

The Laurel High School Class of 1956 will hold their quarterly luncheon at the Laurel Dutch Inn, Friday, May 16, at 11:30 a.m. Plans will be discussed for their 52nd reunion dinner.

Marine Corps meeting

The Marine Corps League meets the first Thursday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at the Log Cabin in Seaford.

Durbin Rocket. Last, a visit to Blackwater Falls State Park. • Trip to U.S. Naval Academy – Annapolis, Md., on June 24. Cost is $64 per person. Leave Peebles parking lot 7 a.m. View exhibits and do a guided tour of the Academy. Have lunch (included) at “Phillips’ restaurant before doing some shopping. Board the Harbor Queen for a narrated sightseeing cruise of Annapolis Harbor and the banks of the Academy. Seats are stil available. • New Hampshire White Mountains trip on Oct. 13-16. The cost is $650 per person (double occupancy). Visit Franconia Notch State Park, Flume Gorge, world famous Chutter’s store, Littleton’s Pollyanna, Sugar Hill Sampler & Museum, Harman’s Cheese & Country Store. You will enjoy dinner aboard the Café Lafayette Dinnner Train and also ride on the Lake Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad. Then cruise across Lake Winnipesaukee on the 230” cruise ship. Next, a visit to Hampshire Pewter. Free time to shop along Main Street of Wolfeboro, a summer resort. Contact Rose Wheaton for more information about AARP Chapter 1084 trips at 629-7180.

AARP chapter 1084 trips

• Ride the Rails, West Virginia, trip on May 21-23. Cost is $420 per person, double; $515 single. Visit Backbone Mt. Windmill Farms on your way to Thomas, W.Va. Included are two breakfasts, two dinners and a box lunch aboard The Cheat Mt. Salamander. Your dinner will be at a vintage depot after a train ride on the

Nanticoke Senior Center’s Nashville and Memphis trip will take place on Sunday, Sept. 14 to Saturday Sept. 20. Cost is $850 double occupancy. Some of the sights you will see are Graceland, Grand Olé Opry, and Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum. For further information call 629-4939. Trip includes motor coach transportation, tip for bus driver, snacks from center and dinner theatre. Nanticoke Senior Center’s Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre Trip presents “Foot Loose” on Thursday, June 26, matinee in Lancaster, Pa. Cost is $70 members, $75 nonmembers.

Laurel Senior Center trip

Laurel Senior Center is planning a trip to Branson, Mo., on May 17-25. Cost is $735 per person, double occupancy. It includes nine days, eight nights, 14 meals, and seven fabulous Branson shows. For more information call 875-2536.

Seaford Recreation trips

On Saturday, May 17 a trip to the Inner Harbor is planned. Bus leaves at 8 a.m. and leaves Baltimore at 4 p.m. Cost is $20. On Friday, Aug. 22 - Yankees vs. Orioles, a trip to Camden Yards is planned. Bus will leave at 4 p.m. Game time is 7 p.m. Cost is $52.

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There’s a lot of history at old silos and soybean plant The old soybean storage silos on 10th Street in Laurel and buildings AT URPHY are to be part of a controlled burning on April 29, weather permitSuddenly, without warnting. The fire department will not have far to go as the structures are ing, the block retaining right across the street. Removing these are part of Emecal Speusa’s wall collapsed and tons of plans as the plant wants to utilize the railroad for shipping and possisoybeans came down on bly there will be a side-spur there. Anyway, I will tell you my Joe. memory of the once bustling place and add something of probably a song, “What God has done for others he more interest. can do for you.” I do know that some of those soybeans As they partially uncovered Joe he held were used in the kids’ “pea shooters” back the chisel so they could break the blocks in the 1950s and many came off the platthat were holding him down from the form and ground around the plant. You remanhole above. Before this all happened, member them, don’t you? Those perhaps though, Joe blinked his eyes repeatedly as 10-inch plastic straw-like items that got us if to say, “I cannot believe I am still alive.” in trouble in school and at the movies. Finally, after what seemed like hours, Now, I am just telling what others told they freed Joe and loaded him into the me, as I can’t recall being in any problems Laurel ambulance, to take him to the hosfrom them. Because the soybeans were pital. With no apparent broken bones and sometimes too large for those “shooters,” the Plummer spirit, Joe told them, “No, they often lodged in the tube, but were a just take me home,” and they did. lot of fun, so they say. Joe was laid up for exactly one week I can still see those old farm trucks and, miracle of miracles, there was no apbacked up to the platform, but for me it parent dust that settled in his lungs. Joe is was a way to make a living or at that age still with us and we have been able to ensupport my passion for baseball cards and joy his spirit, his candor, his love of anibooks. Behind the buildings were blackberry vines everywhere, as they seemed to mals and life, and most of all his family over these many years. like that sandy soil. I picked many a quart “Chairman of the bench” of the Bethel of berries from there and sold them for the Store Coffee Club, Joe has been a valuable tidy sum of 35 to 40 cents. Well, more important is this story, and I remember it as an 8-year-old boy living right up the street from the plant on Railroad Avenue. I was scared as I saw all those red lights flashing. Joe Plummer has always been one of Laurel’s most talented and hard workers. Everything from carpentry, painting and B ank-issued, FDIC- insured to $100,000 plumbing, Joe did, and wife Pansy has been the same, working at Acme for many, *APY many years. Joe was a DuPont shift worker, so it was not unusual for him to moonlight with other jobs. And so it was on this hot July afternoon in 1951 as he was 1-year Minimum deposit $5,000 working at the soybean plant. It was near 4 p.m. and Joe had just finished a Coke and *Annual Percentage Yield (APY) effective 4/21/08. CDs are federally insured up to $100,000 (principal and interest accrued was heading into the silo one more time but not yet paid) per issuing institution. CDs are also federally insured up to $250,000 (principal and interest accrued but not yet for the afternoon, walking up to the beans paid) in qualified retirement accounts per issuing institution. to see that they were being dried or movSubject to availability and price change. CD values may decline in a rising interest rate environment, and the market value may ing all right. Suddenly, without warning, fluctuate if sold prior to maturity. The amount received from the sale of a CD at current market value may be more than, less than or the block retaining wall collapsed and tons equal to the amount initially invested, FDIC Insurance does not of soybeans came down on Joe. cover losses in market value in these instances. Early withdrawal may not be permitted. Yields quoted are net of all commissions. A co-worker immediately called for You pay no additional commissions, annual fees or periodic help and the fire department with Ellis charges. The estate feature allows heirs to redeem the certificates of deposit upon the death of an owner at face value, interest Kettle was there in moments. earned, subject to limitations, CDs require the distribution of interest and do not allow interest to compound. CDs offered Pansy and the children were not althrough Edward Jones are issued by banks and thrifts nationwide. lowed near the terrifying scene, as rescue $5,000 minimum investment per issuing institution. 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part of the Laurel scene. Who can ever forget his oxen in the parades and so much more that make him with his red handkerchief, straw hat and jeans, part of Laurel as we know it? It’s a good part and I have to think that little prayer helped, as people such as Joe make small communities the great things they are! I have so many notes on my desk, I don’t know where to start. If I don’t do some more planning on our baseball trip, we may have to walk to the airport. I see where on May 10, Mt. Pleasant U.M. Church will hold its spring festival from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. I always look forward to it as I often see my old partner on the job at DuPont, Jack Cook. Mt. Pleasant is three miles west on Sharptown Road. Oh, yes, the fifth annual Vintage Car and Tractor Show is being held this Saturday the 26th on the grounds of Concord UMC. There is something for everyone, including food. Folks look to be socializing through July at these events if they want to, and I know you do. There is Laurel’s great Strawberry Festival and tours, Saturday, May 17, with free strawberry ice cream at the Hen House. Miss Laurel’s Pageant is May 3, and I know I am confused by now! Applications may be picked up at the high school or the library. As usual, the Miss Laurel contest-

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My love of Sussex County and Delaware runs as deep as my roots. As a sixth generation Sussex Countian whose family has farmed here for hundreds of years, I have come to understand what makes agriculture so successful. First and foremost, the Delaware farmer makes agriculture successful in the Diamond State. Many farm communities across America boast this point, but a unique breed of Americans developed on the Delmarva Peninsula since colonial days of old. Lower Delaware enjoyed a rare geographical isolation from the rest of the country by way of the Delaware and Chesapeake Bays. For centuries, travel to the lower counties of Delaware was a difficult undertaking which required significant effort across less than hospitable terrain and primitive paths and roads. The Chesapeake Bay Bridge and the Chesapeake Bay BridgeTunnel did not afford convenient travel to the Peninsula until they

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Say it ain’t so, Joe

In a bizarre twist to the Democrat Presidential race, Senator Joe Biden announced on Tuesday that he intends to campaign around the country against Senator John McCain throughout the 2008 election. During his speech at Georgetown University, Biden viciously attacked Sen. John McCain for taking a strong stance on stabilizing Iraq and winning what Biden flippantly called the “so called ‘war on terror.’" So called? Is he so partisan that he can’t even acknowledge there is a war on terror? At a time when pundits and Democrat leaders are criticizing Hillary Clinton for “hanging on too long,” Biden talks as if he is still in the running for President. Is it possible that Senator Joe Biden did not watch his own withdrawal speech three months ago? Perhaps, however, Joe Biden is suffering from a withdrawal of a different kind. After three runs for President in 1984, 1988 and 2008 as well as a near run in 2004, Biden is all too familiar with the symptoms of delusions associated with Presidential Race Withdrawal Syndrome. Always a bridesmaid, never a bride. The perennial candidate always has his eye on just about any job but representing Delaware in the U.S. Senate. Is there anyone who can’t imagine a young Biden forming a presidential exploratory committee as he

is sworn into the Senate way back in 1972? Even today, it is easy to picture a disappointed Biden grudgingly muttering “I could have been a contender” on the campaign jet back to Wilmington. One has to wonder what’s so bad with serving the state of Delaware in the U.S. Senate for 34 years? Why is that not enough for Joe Biden? The Senate Judiciary Committee and the Foreign Affairs Committee certainly make bully pulpits for a Senator with big ambitions but has it all gone to his head? Afterall, why spend time championing the needs of your state when you can get a sound bite on CNN by haranguing respected judicial nominees and military leaders with glib one-liners? Alas, having thrown in the towel on his own presidential ambitions (for now), pundits and politicians alike speculate that Biden is actively campaigning for secretary of state or maybe even vice-president in a potential Democrat White House. He certainly doesn’t discourage the speculation, and his many objections to Obama and Clinton during his campaign seem to be distant memories as Biden hedges his bets by cozying up to both candidates. In the meantime, the Senator happily plays the role of surrogate agitator for the yet to be determined Democrat nominee and chief derider of war-hero Sen. John McCain. All of this begs the question, has Joe Biden (or his ego) outgrown our wonderful little state of Delaware? It certainly looks like Senator Joe Biden spends a lot more time and energy on his high-profile extracurricular activities on the national stage than serving the people of the state of Delaware. Sure, focusing on local transportation or agricultural issues isn’t “sexy,” but it’s all part of the job of Delaware Senator. Serving in the U.S. Senate is about service, and Biden has not

served the people of Delaware well in a long time. He has taken the people of Delaware for granted and continually treated the job of representing our state as a consolation prize instead of the great honor that it is. The Senate was never intended to be a lifelong “fallback career” and certainly not a perpetual platform for Joe Biden’s endless political ambitions.

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It is understandable that 34 long years in the Senate might be starting to chafe and I certainly don’t want Mr. Biden to resent our fair state for holding him back. For his happiness as well as ours maybe it’s time to make a clean break while we can still be friends. Let someone who really wants and appreciates the job of Senator of Delaware handle

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Church Bulletins Bill & Karen Itzel in Concert

Singers/songwriters Bill & Karen Itzel will be in concert at the Atlanta Road Alliance Church in Seaford, on Sunday, April 27, at 7 p.m. Formerly a member of the Speers, Bill was featured on two radio singles: “Saved to the Uttermost” and “He’s Still in the Fire,” both of which soared to the No. 1 spot on the Singing News, Cash Box, and Gospel Voice charts, leading to two Dove and two Grammy award nominations. In 1990, Bill resigned from the Speers and began his own family ministry. This event is free. A love offering will be taken, and Bill and Karen Itzel’s CD’s and other products will be available. The Atlanta Road Alliance Church is located at 22625 Atlanta Road, approximately 1-1/2 miles north of Stein Hwy (Rt. 20). For more information, please call the church at 629-5600 or visit www.atlantaroadcma.or.

Trinity UM Gospel concert

Trinity United Methodist in Laurel, near Trap Pond will be sponsoring a Gospel Concert Friday, May 2. Join us for a night of gospel music featuring the inspirational sounds of “All For Him,” Phil Davis, Jerry Jones and the O’Day Family. Food will be available for purchase and a love offering will be taken. Doors open at 6 p.m. with the concert beginning at 6:30. For more information, call 875-7715 or 875-4741.

St. John’s multicultural services

Siempre Verde, a multicultural, bilingual service is being led by Pastor Luis Almandoz on Sunday afternoons at 3 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall at St. John’s United

Methodist Church at Pine and Poplar streets, Seaford. Praise music, powerful preaching and a small meal unite this fellowship of persons of both Hispanic and Anglo origins. Alberto Mendez leads worship on the keyboard.

Celebrate Recovery

Celebrate Recovery, a step program which claims Jesus Christ as its Higher Power, is meeting at St. John’s United Methodist Church, Pine and Poplar Streets, on Tuesday evenings from 7-9 p.m. This program is open to persons who wish to turn over their hurts, habits, and hang-ups to God such that they may be healed. For more information, call Rev. Constance Hastings, 629-9466, or Robert Spadaccini, 841-1720.

‘No Talent” talent show

Come enjoy an evening of fun, fellowship and laughter at Laurel Baptist Church as we will be hosting another “No Talent” Talent Show, on April 27, at 7 p.m. The church is located on the west side of 13A, approximately 2 miles south of Laurel. Any questions, call Shirley at 8752314.

Ladies’ bible study

There is a ladies’ bible study, held every Tuesday starting at 10 a.m., at Laurel Baptist Church, Bi-State Boulevard in Laurel.This bible study is a non-denominational study, only God’s Word is studied, making us to be more like Christ. Should you have any questions regarding the study, feel free to call Gertrude R. Smith at 875-5300.

Galestown UMC Spring hymn

Galestown United Methodist Church annual Spring hymn sing at the church at 2 p.m., (no morning service). Special music: The Sounds of Joy and Amanda Jones. A buffet style hot dinner will be served following the service at the Galestown Community Center.

Pastoral Sunday

All Walks of Life Outreach Ministries, 30599 N. Sussex Hwy. (Ste.6) Laurel, where Apostle Randy J. and Pastor Lorrie A. Jones are the Pastors, will be in Service with Pastor Tambara Stewart of Restoration Worship Center, Inc. of Georgetown, on April 27, at 4 p.m. Service sponsored by the pastoral committee. For more information contact 875-7772.

Gospel Concert

A Gospel Concert given by The O’Day Family from Georgetown will be held at Christ Lutheran Church, 315 N. Shipley St., Seaford, on April 27, at 6:30 p.m. A love offering will be taken.

Governor’s Prayer Breakfast

Tickets are now available for the 48th annual Governor’s Prayer Breakfast. Governor Ruth Ann Minner will host the 48th annual Governor’s Prayer Breakfast on Thursday, May 1 at the Modern Maturity Center, 1121 Forrest Ave., in Dover. Doors will open at 6:30 a.m., for the buffet-style breakfast, and the program will begin at 7:30 a.m. Tickets are available upon request by mailing a check payable to “Governor’s Prayer Breakfast” for $15 per person or $150 for a table, to

Governor’s Prayer Breakfast, P.O. Box 988, Dover, DE 19903 by April 25, 2008. Seating is limited, so reserve seats early. For more information, contact the Secretary of State’s Office at 302-739-4111.

Free ‘Speak Life' concert

Free “Speak Life” Concert featuring International Gospel Group, “Paid-n-full,” on Friday, April 25, at 7 p.m., St. Luke’s Parish Hall, North Street, Seaford. This will be a Farewell Service for Min. Thomas Palmer, sponsored by HeavenBound Ministries. For more information, call Pastor Pat Jones, 628-1908.

Loyalty Day & Day of Prayer

On May 1, at 7 p.m. at Greenwood Memorial VFW Post 7478 on Governors Avenue in Greenwood, the Ladies Auxiliary will sponsor a duel program of celebration for Loyalty Day and the National Day of Prayer. The program will begin at 7 p.m. with a half-hour patriotic concert (and old time favorite songs) by the Sweet Adelines known as the First State Harmonettes. Pastor Joyce Mizzelle of Grace-n-Mercy Church in Greenwood, will be the guest speaker for the second half of the evening’s program celebrating the National Day of Prayer. All area churches are invited to send two representatives from their worship service who will present prayers for our country. The public is invited to attend the Loyalty Day/National Day of Prayer Celebration. For more details contact Pres. Michaele S. Russell at 302-349-4220 more church items page 27

DIRECTORY: Your Guide To Local Houses of Worship TRINITY UNITED METHODIST Trap Pond, CHURCH NearLaurel, Del. 875-7715 Sun. School 9:00 a.m. Worship 10:00 a.m. Pastor Julie A. Lewis

“A caring church, a giving church, a sharing church; showing love, warmth and friendship to all.”

St. John’s United Methodist Church Pine & Poplar Sts., Seaford 302-629-9466 E-mail: st_johns@verizon.net NURSERY & HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE

SUNDAY WORSHIP 8:30 & 11:15 am Traditional 9:45 Sunday School 10:00 am Hearts Afire (Contemporary) Come as you are… and be transformed in the love of Christ!

Centenary United Methodist Church “Making Disciples of Jesus Christ for Over 200 Years” “NEW SONG!” - Contemporary Celebration, 8:45 a.m. Sunday School, Classes for ALL ages, 9:45 a.m. Every Traditional Family Worship, 11:00 a.m. Sunday

Rev. John W. Van Tine, Pastor, 875-3983 200 W. Market St., Laurel, Del.

CHURCH OF CHRIST

1010 S. Central Ave., Laurel Ph: 875-7748 Worship Services: Sunday 10 a.m. 6:00 p.m. Bible Study: Sun. 9:00 a.m.; Wed. 7:00 p.m. In The Interest Of New Testament Christianity

CHRIST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 510 S. Central Ave., Laurel, DE Pastor Barbara Wilson Church: 875-4233 Cell: 302-253-0083 Sunday Services: 8:30am Praise 9:30am Sunday School,11am Worship

DIAL DAILY DEVOTIONS: 875-4309

Christ Evangelistic Church Great Worship - Talented Singers Loving People - Powerful Preaching

Youth Group Wednesday 7:00 pm

Worship 10:45 a.m. • Sun. School 9:45 a.m. Wed. Night 7:00 p.m. • Sun. Night 7:00 p.m. Located on Camp Road between the Dual & Alt. 13 For info call: 629-3674 or 875-2915 Sr. Pastor Roland Tice

Christian Church of Seaford Dual 13N., Seaford, DE • 629-6298 Minister: John Herbst SCHEDULE OF SERVICES Sunday School 9:30 a.m. Evening Worship 6:00 p.m. Morning Worship 10:30 Wed. Night Service & (Nursery & Jr. Church) Youth Groups 7:00 p.m. A Firm Foundation • A Sure Hope • An Unending Love

St. Philip’s Episcopal Church & Old Christ Church

“A Place to Belong”

600 S. Central Ave., Laurel, DE 19956 (302) 875-3644 Rev. Rita B. Nelson, Rector www.dioceseofdelaware.net/churches/stphlps.html Holy Eucharist with Healing and Church School ~ Sunday @ 9:30 am

SUNDAY WEDNESDAY Underground Family Worship (7-12 grade) 6:15 p.m. 10:00 a.m. 7:00 p.m. Sunday School 9:00 a.m. Prayer Team ‘The Table’ God’s Big Back Yard (last Wed. of mo) 7:00 p.m. 9:00 a.m.

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875-7873

Centrally located at 14511 Sycamore Rd., Laurel, DE 19956 Sunday School - 9 a.m.; Worship Service - 10:30 a.m. FasTrak Children’s Ministry - 10:30 a.m.; E318 Youth - 6 p.m. Wednesday Midweek Services - 7 p.m.

For info, call 875.7995 or visit www.centralworshipcenter.org

St. Paul’s United Methodist Church Road 68, South of Laurel Laurel, Del.

Sun. School 10 a.m. • Worship 9 & 11 a.m. Wed. Night Bible Study 7 p.m. Hymn Sing: Last Sunday Each Month - 7 p.m. www.StPaulsUMCLaurelDE.org

Pastor - Donald Murray - 856-6107

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The God of Possible By the Rev. Todd K. Crofford Laurel Wesleyan Church

PASTOR’S PERSPECTIVE

The devil has been Napoleon once said that “impossible” was a word only found trying to hem God in the dictionary of fools. Chic Thompson said that “It in for years, but can’t be done” is a saying with no future. Richard Bullock said, “Im- God always, always possible is just a big word thrown around by small men.” outwits him. But it was Jesus who said, “Impossible is a reality for humanity. ness. His charger never runs short, his Possible is a specialty of God.” Truth be might is never depleted. God never rests, told, there are times when we face things never yawns, and is never just tired that really are impossible by our own enough that he misses something he strength. In such times we recognize our should have caught on your behalf. Our own limitations and are reminded that we faith is in a God who never is short of all must put our trust in One greater than our- He needs to do all He must do. selves. Second, there is no limit to his creativiMy son Clay recently celebrated his ty. When we think we have analyzed seventh birthday and I bought him one of every angle, God has even begun to exhibthose little radio controlled airplanes. In it the abundant ways to make things right. order to charge the plane so that it can fly The devil has been trying to hem God in around for 10-15 minutes you plug it into for years, but God always, always outwits the controller/charger. I chuckled when I him. The same God who creatively made realized that the power source of the the world around us is infinitely capable charger was six double-A batteries. of finding a way in your life. When we Sounds like a sweetheart deal struck by think there is no way, we lose hope. You Duracell or Energizer. Sometimes we face can hope again in the midst of your imsituations in life where we call on all the possibility because God can make a way power we have. Our most creative intelwhere there seems to be none. lect, our strongest efforts, and our entire Finally, there is no limit to his love. To financial resources are sometimes not sufbelieve that God is all-powerful and allficient to solve our problem. Like the creative, but not all-loving makes it very charger, eventually our own batteries run difficult to trust. Why would I entrust my out. Let’s face it, we need someone bigger life to someone who may or may not care than ourselves in this life. about what is best for me? God has Jesus told us there is nothing too big demonstrated his great love for me and for for God. He said that with God all things that I can put my trust in him. were possible. The word translated “posUltimately, when I face the impossible sible” in that passage in Mark 10 is the I can have faith because of God’s power, Greek word for power. Built into this hope because of God's creativity, and trust word are three concepts. because of God's love. With God, all First, there is no limit to God’s greatthings really are possible!

Gospel Café April guests Centenary United Methodist Church, corner of Poplar & Market streets, Laurel, holds its Gospel Café every Saturday night at 6 p.m. featuring Bruce and Nancy Willey music ministry with live Christian music, fellowship and refreshments. April 2008 guest singers are: April 26 – Gospel group (ALL 4 HIM), Wayne Dukes, Kaila Cluscas. Every week, Mary Ann Young joins us. Everyone is invited to attend. For more information, contact Bruce and Nancy Willey at 875-5539.

New Release ‘A Box of Memories’ on Sale Tony Windsor

A Box of Memories

Tony Windsor’s brand new CD compilation, “A Box of Memories” is on sale now. This 17-song CD features performances of songs including, “Only Make Believe,” “He Stopped Loving Her Today,” and the gospel classic, “In the Garden.” Get your copy at the Seaford Star office for only $5.00. Call: 302-236-9886

FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH 543 N. BRADFORD ST., SEAFORD, DEL. • 629-7161

Rev. Michael A. Hopkins, Pastor WEDNESDAY SUNDAY Sunday School......9:45 a.m. Prayer & Praise 7:00 p.m. Worship...............11:00 a.m. Patch Club (kids) 7:00 p.m. Eve. Worship........7:00 p.m. Youth Group 6:00-8 p.m.

Messiah’s Vineyard Church Located at Tyndall’s Furniture Plaza on Discountland Rd & Rt. 13, Laurel 302-875-4646 PO BOX 60, LAUREL, DE 19956

PRE-SCHOOL - 12TH GRADE - Office 629-7161 Quality Traditional Education Since 1973 Fully Accredited By Middle States in ACSI

Dr. Carl G Vincent, Senior Minister Pastor Barry B. Dukes, Music Minister Sunday 9:30 am Wednesday 7:00 pm Children’s Church • Nursery

GRACE BAPTIST CHURCH

OUR LADY OF LOURDES CHURCH

SEAFORD CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

A Cooperative S.B.C. Church 805 Atlanta Rd., Seaford, DE

302-629-8434 • www.graceseaford.org Sunday School 9:30 am Worship 10:45 am & 6:30 pm Children’s Church 10:45 am SPANISH Worship 10:45 am Wednesday Activities 7 pm Pastor: Homer McKeithan Youth Minister: James Hollis Music: Jim Burket “The Cross Is Grounded In Grace”

27225 Kaye Road Laurel, DE 19956 Ph: (302) 875-7814

www.thelighthouselaurel.org Timothy P. Jones, Pastor Sunday Family Worship - 10:00 a.m. Wednesday Family Ministries - 7:00 p.m.

“Shining His Light”

532 Stein Hwy., Seaford, DE 19973 Redemptorist Fathers • 629-3591 MASSES: SUNDAY: Sat. Eve. - Vigil 5:30 p.m.; Spanish 7:30 p.m. Sunday - 7 a.m., 8:30 a.m., 11 a.m. DAILY: Mon., Tues., Thurs. & Fri. 9 a.m. Wed. 9 a.m. & 7:30 p.m.; First Sat. 9 a.m. HOLY DAYS: Eve. 7:30 p.m.; 9 a.m. & 7:30 p.m. NOVENA DEVOTIONS: Wed. 9 a.m. & 7:30 p.m. CONFESSION: Sat. 4:30 p.m.

“The Pickle Church” CHRIST THE CORNERSTONE COMMUNITY CHURCH PICKLE MINISTRIES OUTREACH & CORNERSTONE NOTE MUSIC MINISTRY Corner of Bethel Rd. & Alt. 13 • 302-875-8150 Worship Svce 10 a.m. - Rev. Rick Elzey Church School & Jr. Church 10 a.m. - Pastor Doris Whaley Wings of Prayer Tues. 7 p.m. Exploring God’s Word, Wed. 7 p.m.

VICTORY TABERNACLE CHURCH OF GOD

SUNDAY WORSHIP 11 AM and 6 PM ~ Sunday School 9:45 AM

WEDNESDAY NIGHT Ministry for the whole family 7 PM

Pastor Stacey Johnson 28261 Seaford Rd., Laurel, 2 miles N. of Laurel on Alt. 13

302-877-0443

The Atlanta Road Alliance Church 22625 Atlanta Rd., Seaford, DE (302) 629-5600 • www.atlantaroadcma.org Rev. Edward J. Laremore, Sr. Pastor David A. Krilov, Associate Pastor

CHRIST LUTHERAN CHURCH

315 N. Shipley St., Seaford, DE 19973 • 302-629-9755 Pastor: Rev. Andrew C. Watkins www.christlutheranseaford.com

Praise Worship 8:30 AM • Sunday School 9:30 AM • Traditional Worship 11 AM

ROCK CHURCH

SUNDAY WEDNESDAY 8:30 Worship 6:45 Pioneer Clubs (age 3 9:45 Sunday School thru grade 6) & Divorce Care® 11:00 Worship/Kids Church 7:00 Prayer Service & Youth 7:00 Evening Service Group (grades 7-12)

538 N. Central Ave., Laurel, Del. Ph: 875-7275 • Pastor Bill Konkel Sunday School: 9 a.m. Worship: 10:30 a.m. & 1st & 3rd Sunday Evening: 6 p.m. Thurs Evening Prayer: 7 p.m.

COKESBURY CHURCH

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church

All Welcome Where Love Abides -- John 3:16

The Church by the Side of the Road 15092 Cokesbury Rd, Georgetown, DE (302) 629-5222 • www.cokesburywc.org Pastor Harold Carmean & Congregation Sunday School 9 am Contemporary Church Service 10 am

Mount Olivet United Methodist Church Serving Christ in the Heart of Seaford since 1830 315 High St. • Seaford, DE

Sunday Services: Informal Worship in Chapel 8:30 a.m. Traditional Worship 11:00 a.m. Sanctuary 9:45 Sunday School Pastor: Rev. Thomas Gross • 302-629-4458 PROFESSIONAL NURSERY CARE PROVIDED

Laurel Wesleyan Church Rt. 13A, Just North of Laurel Sunday School - 9:30 Worship - 9:00 & 10:45 Sunday Evening Worship Wed. Youth Ministries 6:30 p.m. Thurs. WKID, The Zone Children’s Ministries 6:30 Church 875-5380 • Sr. Pastor Todd Crofford Assistant Pastor Ken Deusa Asst. Pastor/Youth: Sue Boyce Children’s Pastor: Marilyn Searcey

629-7979 Holy Eucharist: 9:00 a.m. Sunday School & Adult Forum: 10:30 a.m. Thurs. Eve. Service: 6 p.m. Front & King St., Seaford, DE

The Rev’d. Jeanne W. Kirby-Coladonato, Rector

Seaford Church of Christ Acapella

(Rm. 16:16)

N. Dual 13, P.O. Box 783, Seaford, DE 19973 302-629-6206 Evangelist - Anthony Melakian - 629-3633 Elder - Don Birch - 629-8949 Elder - Ron Russell - 629-6033 Sunday School 10a.m. Sun. Worship 11 a.m., Sun. Evening 6 p.m Wed. Evenings 7 p.m. Live For God, Love Each Other, Light The World

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Obituaries Benjamin F. Kyker, 86

Benjamin F. Kyker of Seaford, formerly of Annapolis, Md., died on April 11, 2008, at home. Mr. Kyker was born in Berea, Ky., the son of B. Frank Kyker and Nell P. Kyker. He attended high school in Greensboro, N.C. and college at Wilson Teachers College in Washington, D.C. He received his Masters Degree at Catholic University in Washington, D.C. He retired from the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve as a Colonel, and later retired from the U.S. Government. He and his wife moved to the Methodist Manor House in Seaford in 1993. His wife of 56 years, Elizabeth Law Kyker, and a son, Jonathan, survive him. Memorial services were held on Saturday, April 19, at the Atlanta Road Alliance Church, Seaford. The family suggests donations may be made to Delaware Hospice Inc., 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963; or the Atlanta Road Alliance Church Mission Fund, P O Box 756, Seaford, DE 19973. Arrangements were handled by the Cranston Funeral Home, Seaford.

Shawn A. Starkey, 32

Shawn A. Starkey of Seaford passed away in Seaford on April 12, 2008. He is a son of Ronnie Starkey, Jr. of Seaford and Fay Orendorf of Laurel. Shawn worked for M & M Refrigeration in Federalsburg as an accomplished Welder. He graduated from the first graduating class at Sussex Tech High School, where he played football. His class was also involved in welding the Raven in front of the School. Mr. Starkey will be remembered by his family and friends for his great sense of humor, love of 4-wheelers, fishing, and racing. He also worked on racecars at the U.S. 13 International Speedway in Delmar. He was an avid sports fan, a Philadelphia Phillies fan, enjoyed watching NASCAR races and football games. He was a very likable man and a member of Seaford Church of Christ. His paternal grandfather Ronnie Starkey and maternal grandfather Frank Orendorf preceded him in death. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his fiancé Donna Hennessey of Seaford; a son, Shawn Starkey, Jr. of Seaford; stepsons: Kenneth, III and Justin Hennessey of Seaford; his daughters, Cheyenne Starkey and stepdaughter Jessica Hennessey, both of Seaford; a brother Dusty Harris of Laurel; maternal grandparents, Anita and Charles Campbell of Bethel; his nieces and nephews, Dylan Harris, Jade Harris and Conner Marvel. A funeral service was held at the Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel, on Thursday, April 17, where a viewing was held prior to the service. Mr. Ron Russell officiated. Interment was held privately by the family. Contributions may be made in his memory to the Shawn A. Starkey Memorial Fund, 27446 Iris Lane, Seaford, DE 19973.

Helen M. Arnold, 87

Helen M. Arnold (nee Buell), age 87, of New Windsor, Md. died on Thursday, April 17, 2008, at Lorien Nursing Home in Taneytown, Md. She was born June 4, 1920 in Baltimore, Md., a daughter of William L. Buell and Rose Chenowith Buell, who predeceased her. She was the wife of Charles G.R. Arnold who died on April 6, 2007. She was

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a homemaker. She enjoyed more than 30 years of retirement with her husband and family and many friends in Maryland and going as “snow birds” to Florida. She was an avid gardener “green thumb.” Mrs. Arnold was the mother of Rose Lee Wachter and husband George of Frederick County, Md., Charles G. Arnold, Jr. and wife Jeanne of Ellicott City, Md. and Donna M. Reed and husband John of Laurel, Del. She is also survived by 12 grandchildren and 15 great- grandchildren. Friends called at the Burrier-Queen Funeral Home & Crematory, PA, on April 20. A funeral service was held at Burrier-Queen Funeral Home & Crematory, on Monday, April 21, with her son-in-law, Deacon George Wachter officiating. Interment was in Crestlawn Memorial Park, Marriottsville, Md. Arrangements were made by: BurrierQueen Funeral Home & Crematory, PA. Condolences may be emailed to www.burrier-queen.com.

Helen Louise Croom, 77

Helen Louise Croom of Philadelphia, Pa., passed away on Wednesday, April 16, 2008, at Beebe Medical Center, Lewes. She was born on May 19, 1930 in Kinston, N.C., a daughter of Fredderick Scratch and Roberta Metz Croom, who preceded her in death. Ms Croom worked at the ACME Poultry Plant for many years. She was a member of the Bethel Holy Temple in Philadelphia. She loved cooking, fishing, and spending quality time with her family and friends. She is survived by a niece that she raised as her own, Renay Moore; a special friend and caregiver, Dorothy Durham of Philadelphia, one brother, James Moore of Kinston, N.C., two sisters, Hazel Dennis and her husband Richard of Baltimore, Md., and Betty Dennis and her husband Howard of Selbyville; a host of nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews, and many friends. Services for her are at 1 p.m. on Thursday, April 24, at the Watson Funeral Home, 211 S. Washington Street, Millsboro, where friends may call at noon. Pastor Baroness Martin, Pastor Pierre Dennis, and Elder Howard Dennis Jr. will officiate the service. Interment will be in Zoar Golden Acres Cemetery, Bishopville, Md. Letters of condolence may be emailed via watsonfh.com, or delmarvaobits.com

Barbara Alexis Constantine, 60

Barbara Alexis Constantine of Seaford passed away at her home on April 16, 2008. She was a daughter of Ralph and Bernice Perez, who preceded her in death. She was a Social Worker for New England Fellowship Healthcare where she worked to heal many patients with her skillful artist talents. Barbara was an accomplished painter. She attended the School of Visual Arts in New York City. She is survived by her husband Alvah “Al” Constantine. A sister, Cookie, a daughter, Maya Constantine of Millsboro, a brother-in-law, Paul Constantine and his wife Judy; a sister-in-law, Jenny Mechling. Two nieces also survive her. Services will be held privately at the convenience of her family. Arrangements were handled by the Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, 700 West St., Laurel.

Sophia P. Eckert, 80

Sophia P. Kowalczyk Eckert of Hebron, formerly of Baltimore, died Thursday, April 17, 2008 at her home in Hebron. She was born March 17, 1928 in Baltimore, a daughter of John and Catherine Hulak Kowalczyk, who predeceased her. Mrs. Eckert worked for a number of years as a seamstress at a garment company in Baltimore before deciding to stay home to raise her family. Once she moved to Hebron, she joined St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church in Salisbury. She loved to do embroidery and made many things to share with her family and friends. She also enjoyed gardening and flowers and was an excellent cook. Her love and devotion to her family is her legacy. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Henry Arthur Eckert; a son, Henry John Eckert, Sr.; a brother, and three sisters. She is survived by three children, Carroll Eckert, and his wife, Diane of Titusville, Fla., Diane Totaro, and her husband, Wayne of Baltimore, Md., and Joann Griffin, and her husband, John of Hebron; 12 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews. A visitation for family and friends was held on Monday, April 21, at Short Funeral Home, Delmar, with a Rosary service that followed. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Tuesday, April 22, at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, Delmar. Interment followed the services at Springhill Memory Gardens in Hebron. Memorial contributions may be made in her memory to: Coastal Hospice, P.O. Box 1733, Salisbury, MD 21802.

David K. Beeson, 69

David K. Beeson of Delmar died on Saturday, April 19, 2008, at home. Mr. Beeson was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He formerly built fire trucks for a living. His wife, Mildred, preceded him in death. He is survived by two step-sons, James Turner and his wife Betty, with whom David lived, and Johnny Littrelt and his wife Joyce of New Castle; three step-

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daughters, Yvonne Kachzovitz and her husband Ken of New Castle and Christina Butler and her husband, Nathan of Midwest City, Okla., and Mary Markley of Oklahoma City, Okla.; 14 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren also survive him. Funeral Services and burial will be private. Arrangements were handled by the Cranston Funeral Home, Seaford.

Elizabeth H. Donaway, 73

Elizabeth H. “Betty Ann” Donaway of Millsboro passed away after a long illness on April 17, 2008, in Delmar Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Delmar, Del. Mrs. Donaway was born on Feb. 26, 1935 in Harbeson, a daughter of Joseph T. and Margaret B. Veasey Hunter, who predeceased her. Mrs. Donaway was a banking proof operator working for Farmer’s Bank, Bank of Delaware, and then PNC Bank for a total of 32 years. For many years, she was a member of the Hickory Hill United Methodist Church, Millsboro. She was preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, George B. Donaway in January 2007; her sister, Lettye Gaye Pettyjohn in 1975, and a sister, Josephine Muir in 1985. She is survived by her son, Bart H. Donaway of Millsboro; grandson Jamie B. Donaway and his wife Ann, and two greatgrandchildren, Mya and Dax Donaway. Services for her were held Wednesday, April 23, at the Watson Funeral Home, Millsboro, where friends called prior to the service. Pastor Betty Jo Magee officiated the service. Interment was in Millsboro Cemetery, Millsboro. The family asks for contributions to the Hickory Hill U.M. Church, c/o Roy Rogers, Treasurer, 28209 Walt Carmean Lane, Millsboro, DE 19966. Letters of condolence may be emailed via watsonfh.com or delmarvaobits.com

William L. Blades, 78

William “Bill” L. Blades of Seaford passed away Saturday, April 19, 2008, at Coastal Hospice at the Lake in Salisbury, Md. He was born June 24, 1929 in Atlanta, Del., a son of Willis and Nellie Sammons

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MORNING STAR • APRIL 24 - 30, 2008 Blades, who predeceased him. Bill worked for the Easton Police Department before spending most of his life as an agriculture inspector for various companies, including Cargill in Seaford, The Maryland Department of AgriWilliam L. Blades culture, Farmers Grain and Seed and Nagel Farm Service. He enjoyed rabbit hunting, harness racing, playing cards, watching crops grow and picking produce to give away to others. He also loved to tease his family and friends. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, William “Billy” L. Blades, Jr., who passed in 2006, a granddaughter, Kilby Blades, who passed in 2004, and a sister, Mary Mae Dillard of Seaford, who passed in February 2008. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Thelma Zinn Blades, whom he married in 1952; a son, Scot Blades and his wife Sandy of Williamsburg, Va.; a daughter-inlaw, Dawn Blades of Laurel; a sister, Jeanne Marvel and her husband Donald of Greenwood; two step-granddaughters, and four step-great-grandchildren. He is also survived by many cousins, one who was like a brother to him, Bobby Cordrey; two aunts, an uncle, three nephews, and four great-nephews. Following cremation, services will be private at Bill’s request. Memorial contributions may be made in his memory, to Coastal Hospice At The Lake, P.O. Box 1733, Salisbury, MD 21802; or to a charity of your choice.

Arrangements are in the care of Short Funeral Home in Delmar. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.shortfh.com.

Robert Kenneth Sherman, 70

Robert Kenneth Sherman of Delmar died Friday, April 18, 2008, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in Seaford. He was born in Reading, Pa, a son of Earl Wilson Sherman and Agnes Kiem Sherman, who preceded him in death. After graduating from business school, he served in the U.S. Navy. Bob worked in supervising positions most of his life for various maintenance and manufacturing companies. He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Salisbury. He enjoyed fishing and boating. He is remembered as a man who was always considerate of the needs of others and was always willing to help those in need. He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth C. Sherman; three daughters, Susan Kohl and her husband, Leroy, Debra Lee Santos and Lisa M. Sherman; two sons, William Earl Sherman and Stephen Sherman; two stepdaughters, Elizabeth Beatty and her fiancé, George Bennett, Crystal Linton and her husband, Terry; a step-son, Charles B. Houseberg and his wife Mary; a brother, George Sherman and his wife, Peggy; and several grandchildren, great grandchildren, and step-grandchildren and step-greatgrandchildren. He is also survived by a half brother, Kenneth “Butch” Smith. Following cremation, a memorial service was held on Wednesday, April 23, at The Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter-Day Saints in Salisbury, Md. Memorial contributions may be made in his memory to: American Heart Association of Delaware, 600 DuPont Highway,

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Church Bulletins Pendel Brass to perform in Seaford

The Pendel Brass, Singers and Timbrelists of The Salvation Army will present a celebration of music on Saturday and Sunday, May 3 and 4, in Seaford. The weekend begins Saturday at 3 p.m. in the parking lot of Mt. Olivet Methodist Church on High Street in Seaford for open air sharing of music and the gospel. The celebration continues that evening at 7:30 p.m. at St. John’s United Methodist Church on Pine and Poplar Streets with a free will offering concert. Proceeds from the offering will benefit youth and camp programs of The Salvation Army of Sussex County. The climax piece of the concert “To the Chief Musician” will be a collaborative musical effort with the St. John’s United Methodist Church Choir. Continuing with the celebration on Sunday morning, The Salvation Army Pendel Brass, Singers and Timbrelists will participate in united worship at all three of St. John’s services at 8:30, 10 and 11:15 a.m.

‘Reunion Quartet’ at St. Paul’s

St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Laurel will have in concert the “Reunion Quartet,” from Princess Anne, Md. The concert will be held on April 27, and will begin at 7 p.m. Don Murray and friends will begin at 6:30 p.m. St. Paul’s is located just east of US 13, on Old Stage Road. For more information, call 875-7900, or visit us on the web at www.stpaulsumclaurelde.org

Communion of Choirs is planned

John W. Thompson, noted composer, music publisher and media producer, will join four other professional judges during the Mountaire Communion of Choirs competition at Trinity United Methodist Church, Salisbury, Md., April 24, 25 and 26. On Saturday, Thompson will lead contestants in a group choir worship singing of El Shaddi. For the past 13 years, Mountaire has presented financial awards to more than 600 participants in various categories during the Mountaire Gospel Talent Search. This year the contest will focus on choirs only with the top three winnings - $8,000, $6,500 and $5,000 to be awarded to the participating church. The competition will begin at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 24 and Friday, April 25 and 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 26. The winners will be anounced on Saturday. There is no charge to witness the competition. For more information, contact Roger Marino at 302-934-3123 or e-mail rmarino@mountaire.com.

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Clarence V. McCabe, II, 46

Clarence V. “Vince” McCabe, II, of Dagsboro, passed away on April 17, 2008, in Frankford.Vince was born on Jan. 26, 1962, in Salisbury, Md., a son of Clarence Vincent and Sue Ella Long McCabe, who predeceased him. He was a self-employed owner/operator truck driver for many years. He loved surffishing and driving his truck; He was a loving father and his kids always brought him a smile. Vince also was a loving brother and a good-hearted person even though people that knew him, knew that he was stuck in “his ways.”

He is survived by two sons, Clarence Vincent McCabe, III and Eben James McCabe, both of Statesville, N.C., one brother, William McCabe and his companion Michelle of Laurel, one sister, Malinda Ray Moore and her husband Joseph A. Jr. of Millsboro; three nephews, Joseph A. Moore IV, William M.L. McCabe, and Dylan McCabe, and one great-nephew, Joseph A. Moore V. Services for him are at 8 p.m., Thursday, April 24, at the Watson Funeral Home, 211 S. Washington St., Millsboro, where friends may call two hours before the service. Pastor Parris Sexton will officiate the service. Interment will be private. The family asks for contributions to the trust fund for his sons, Clarence and Eben payable to PNC Bank, Attn: Amber Altemose, 104 Main Street, Millsboro, DE 19966. Letters of condolence may be emailed via watsonfh.com or delmarvaobits.com

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Entertainment Art work will be featured during Laurel History tour on May 17 An exhibition of oil paintings created by a former student of Henry Progar and a display of photographs done for a college requirement will be available for public viewing as part of the Laurel Historical Society’s “Sites and Scenes from Days Gone Bye” spring history tour. Held in conjunction with St. Philip’s Strawberry Festival on Saturday, May 17, the art works will be displayed in historic properties maintained by the society. Along with the two different art shows, other historic sites will be open that day including the former Henry General Store on Route 24 west, the Old Post Office, the Laurel Train Station, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church and Academy Street Antiques. The Strawberry Festival at the church will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. while the history tour will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. At the society headquarters, “The Cook House,” Eunita Farrelly will display many of her oil paintings of Laurel buildings and scenes including the Laurel Flour Mill on Records Pond and the cypress trees at Trussum’s Pond. Mrs. Farrelly was a former student of Mr. Henry Progar, remembered by many as the popular art teacher in town during the ‘50’s and 60’s. Long

admired by local residents, Farrelly's paintings will be viewed publicly for the first time on this tour, evoking memories from earlier Laurel days. The same quality of reminiscing will be found in the artwork of Summer Spicer, who will show her photographs at the society’s restoration property known as “The Studley House.” Summer graduated from Laurel High School in 2003 and Swarthmore College in 2007. The photographs, shot at various locations in Laurel and around Delmarva as a requirement for her senior art thesis, were first shown in a student show at Swarthmore. Opened for the first time for Laurel viewing, the unfinished interior of the society’s “Studley House” will provide a stark but effective backdrop for Summer’s photographic art, while also preserving memories of another time. Tickets for the Strawberry Festival History Tour will be available at St. Philip’s Church on the day of the festival starting at 9 a.m. The history tour will include the art shows and five other stops, for a donation of $10. Sites will open at 10 a.m. For more information, e-mail laurelhistoricalsociety@hotmail.com or call 875-2820.

house Foundation. This season, the Foundation will offer eight Saturday tours to the lighthouses -on May 31, June 14 and June 28, July 12 and July 26, Aug. 9 and Aug. 23, and Sept. 6. Each tour goes by boat to both lighthouses and includes a history of the structures and stories of the keepers’ lives. You get to climb to the top of the lighthouses and stand on the exterior walkways for an unmatched view of Delaware Bay and the Lewes area. Price of the three-hour tour is $75 for those who are not members of the Foundation or $65 for members. Reservations are a must because participation is limited by Coast Guard controls on the number of people on the boat. Call 644-7046 for reservations and information.

Strawberry Festival to be held

Members of the St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, Laurel, Strawberry Festival committee are in the countdown stage. Saturday, May 17, beginning at 7:30 a.m., the

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Artists from the Delmarva region will display their crafts on May 9 and 10 at the 2nd annual Woodcarvers & Wildlife Art Exhibit at Delaware Technical & Community College, Owens Campus, Georgetown. This event is co-sponsored by the Adult Plus+ Woodcarvers Club. The work featured will vary in shape and size. At last year’s event there were woodcarvings in the shapes of birds, ducks, Santa Claus, jewelry boxes, boats, and much more. In addition to woodcarving, pictures and paintings of wildlife also will be featured. The show will be held in the Carter Partnership Center from 3 to 7 p.m. on Friday, May 9 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 10. Admission is free on both days. Even though admission is free,

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D ELMARVA AUTO A LLEY Delaware International Speedway begins new season April has come and almost gone, but dirt track racing in Delaware is just getting started. The new season has begun at Delaware International Speedway, a half mile clay oval located at the Delaware Motorsports Complex, in Delmar. The complex also includes a quarter mile dragway and a fast go-kart track. The season opener for the speedway was April 12 with a good show of stock cars. The mighty URC Sprints visited last week. William J. Cathell Memorial Night, which is this weekend, features a grand night of racing action in memory of founder William J. Cathell, by his son Charlie Cathell and the family as they continue to operate the track for the 45th year this season. Next weekend will be the first show of the “Blast From The Past” Little Lincoln Vintage Stock Car Club. Each weekend there is something special happening on the grounds. My race of choice is the fast half mile speedway - it fixes my “need for speed.” This year has started with a bang of action and changes in drivers. Here's the DIRT... Promoter Charlie Cathell just recently announced that Delmarva NAPA Auto Parts Stores will sign on as division sponsor for the Big Block Modifieds this year. In the NAPA Big Block Modified class, last year's 2007 Redbud Rookie of the Year in the AC Delco Modified, Chad Clark H20, will compete with the big boys of racing by switching to the big block. Steve Downs II will race in the Woods #39W full-time. 2007 DIS Rookie of the Year Joe Dekutoski has a new number this year - 50D. Tim Millman had back surgery near the end of 2007 and just got clearance to race for 2008. Millman started opening night off with a victory driving number 56 Jake Marine’s hot rod. One team had three cars running on opening night - Craig Ott T10, Scott Hulmes 410 and George Richardson 10. Donny Radd 9R powered behind Jeff Brown’s Chesapeake Paving NAPA Modified, with Brown behind the number 9. The top five on opening night went to Tim Millman 56, Ricky Johnson 69, Matt Jester 62, Steve Downs II 39W and Jamie Mills 55 in Keith Coulbournes’ modified. On opening night, 22 race cars started the field. The Super Late Models

had Richard Jarvis Jr. returning in Steve Nutall’s number 11. Jarvis ran a few races for Nutall at the end of last year and the two have teamed up again this year. On the first night of racing, Jarvis claimed the win followed by Ray Davis Jr. 84, Austin Hubbard 11A, Rob Massey 6 and David Hill 75. Hubbard, 2007 Virginia Motor Speedway Champion, held second until the latter five laps when Davis grabbed second. Other Late Model DIRT this year has Kevin Scott Jr. 12K moving from the Crate Late Model to the Super Late along with Derrike Hill 57. Staci Warrington 20 and Jon Callaway both come from the Crate Late Model with Callaway in the Gary Simpson 12 Super Late. Scott finished eighth and Warrington placed tenth on opening night; not bad for racing with the big dogs. The AC Delco Modified started the season with 26 race cars for the feature on opening night. The feature winner went to Joe Tracy 37J. Tracy finished second in last year's points standings. The top five finishes on opening night were Tracy, Tim Trimble 21, Brad Trice 57, Herman Powell 92 and Mike White 85M. Powell finished the best he has ever raced in this class. Trice, last year's DIS track champion, will be behind the number 57 Mitchell’s Auto Salvage modified. The Mitchell's have been a fixture in local racing for years and support many drivers. Quite a few of the same drivers returned this season - Casey Lynch 31, Scott Calhoun 6, Herbie Hempel 53H, Garrie Bostwick 82, plus many more. New this year - Danny Clark, age 14, will handle the number 25 some this year that Tommy Evans commands. The Street Modified/Crate Late Model had a good show of cars with 18 taking the field. The winner of the night was Herb Tunis 5M, with Jack Mullins Jr. 1 in second. Those two drivers started right back where they left off last year, with some good, tight racing action. Third was Barry Beauchamp 11B, his best finish, while Mike Wilson 12 and Eric Vent 86 rounded out the top five of the night. A few new names this year are Chris Justice 80, out of Virginia, Punky Chism 77 and Josh Millman 6. Returning drivers include John Imler 63, Kelly Putz 59, Nick Davis 92, Joe Warren 11 and Tyler Reed 44, plus

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Stock cars on the backstretch running in the track at the season opener on April 11. Photo by Bonnie Nibblett

a lot more to name as the year goes on. On opening night, the Modified Lite class had a couple new drivers this year TJ Williams 77 and Shawn Weber 19 made the switch from go-karts. The 10 lap feature winner went to the 2007 DIS Track Champ, Steve White 76. Brandon Dennis 10, Curt Miles Jr. 21JR, Tim White 93, and Sparky White 16 rounded out the top five. What a fantastic race between Dennis and Miles Jr! Miles worked his way up from fifth to second, with the two battling back and forth the last laps, except on the very last lap. As they came off turn four, both were wheel to wheel to the flag stand and Dennis, just inches away, took second from Miles under the checkered flag. Most of the regular drivers returned opening night Cody Belote 6, Rick Wheatley 14, Aaron Bada 10H, Chad and Alan Passwaters, just to name a few. Don’t forget that when NASCAR is in Dover this spring, kick off your weekend with the World of Outlaws Late Model Series (WoOLMS) on Thursday, May 29. The touring series hits over 50 races in the season. Greats include Rick Eckert, Steve Francis, Josh Richards, Chub Frank and Billy Moyer. This group of racers can go to any track and put on an ultimate night of racing. Another important date to keep in mind for the speedway is Wednesday, July 9, for the annual Camp Barnes Benefit night of racing. Watch for when tickets go on sale or call the track office at 875-1911. The dragway continues to race each Sunday until June 13 when they

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will switch to Friday nights after school ends. This Sunday will be the first Bad 8 out of the six scheduled Bad 8’s this season. Gates open at 10 a.m. with time runs at 11 a.m. and eliminations at 2:30 p.m. For more information, check the track's website at www.delawareracing.com or the track hotline at 846-3968. The US 13 Kart Club Track had the first Delaware Dirt Divisional Series (DDDS-WKA state) on April 5. Winners were Payton Heck 19, Dillon Adams 25, J. B. Loomis 17 (2), Brandon White 09, Robbie Emory 9, Chad Hayes 18 (2), Bryan Bradford 94, Kirk Harrington 98, Bryan Brobst 11, Charlie Vallandingham 15, Allen Larson 39, Shannon Morris 7 and Michael Ellerbush 4. Second club race winners at the kart track on April 11 went to Jace Darling 30, JB Loomis 17, Dallas Godman 97, Brandon Beale 10, Chris Perozzi 5, Mike Allaband 7, Allen Larson 39, Robbie Emory 9, Jacob Pearson 24 and Richie Hornsby 1. This coming Friday, the track is off and will return to Delmar on Friday, May 9. Gates open at 5 p.m. The second DDDS state races are Saturday May 3 at the Delmarva Motorsports Park and gates open at noon. For all of your Delaware track race news, visit www.redbud69racing.com. Check the largest racing message board on Delmarva at http://redbud69racing.proboards2.com powered by A1Graphic and Lettering of Georgetown and Hab-Nab Trucking of Seaford. See you at the track!

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A tale of woe, a tale of hope and a tale, at last, of joy A caution to dog lovers: This writing will feature three unsettling YNN ARKS tales of canines. One tale will end with death, another in mystery and The third tale started when the third, despite all initial indicamy daughter and her new tions to the contrary, in joy. Let me get the first, the tale that husband, living 1,500 ends in death, out of the way. A miles away from their dog was struck and killed in front of our house yesterday. Sitting at homes, decided to adopt a the kitchen table, I heard the impact. From what I could tell when I dog. looked out the window, the dog are similar to those of the first story — a died immediately. It was lying by the side dog was hit, no one stopped to check on it of the road, perfectly still. — this dog managed to get itself off the Its roaming partner, a large, black and road and into our yard. It lay next to a row white, shaggy dog, was pawing it, as of bushes for a while, then walked off though to say, “Come on, get up. Quit through the field, slowly at first and then fooling around.” When there was no reat a trot. When I checked the spot where it sponse, the shaggy dog moved on, hopefully having learned a lesson about staying had lain, there was no blood. So while I have to concede that I can’t be sure how away from roads. this dog’s tale ends, I can allow myself to I don’t know what kind of vehicle hit be optimistic that he got home, perhaps, the dog. None was stopped, no one like the shaggy dog, having learned a leschecked on the dog’s condition or tried to son. find its owners. The third tale, as third tales in sagas ofThe second tale ends in mystery beten are, is complicated. It started when my cause while the beginning circumstances

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Conservation district to hold workshop on plan to fund surface water management The Sussex Conservation District will hold a public workshop Tuesday, April 29, 6 p.m., at the University of Delaware’s Carvel Research and Education Center, 16684 County Seat Highway, Georgetown. The topic of discussion is the draft report on level of service and funding for surface water management in Sussex County. In May 2005, Gov. Minner’s Surface Water Management Task Force recommended that financial and program needs for surface water management related to drainage, stormwater and flood management be explored at the local level. The Sussex Conservation District, Sussex County government and the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC), with assistance from project consultant URS Corporation,

developed an assessment for program needs and funding in Sussex County. After nine months of communicating with agencies and stakeholder organizations, and careful analysis of current program levels, the draft report details levels of service and funding for surface water management in Sussex County. “Come and help us frame the final recommendations and assist the program agencies and elected officials in determining the future needs of Sussex County for surface water management,” said Sussex Conservation District coordinator Debra Absher. “Surface water management issues affect all citizens in the county so it is important to hear from the public as well.” For more information about the workshop, contact Absher at 856-3990, Ext. 3.

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daughter and her new husband, living 1,500 miles away from their homes, decided to adopt a dog. Because they live in a city apartment, they wanted a dog that would be quiet, that would sleep all day while they are at work and school, and that wouldn’t require much exercise. I suggested something stuffed, but they decided to take into their home a greyhound, a former racing dog that was no longer wanted on the tracks. Smooth Glass, Moo for short, had run in just four races, losing each one. He would be quiet, his adoption agency promised. He would be content to sleep while my daughter and her husband were away, and he would rarely, if ever, bark. So Moo came to live at their house. The first sign of trouble was Moo’s reluctance to go into his kennel when my daughter left for work. The representatives of the adoption agency had suggested using a kennel, as someplace he could feel secure when his people were away. But within a few days, he was balking at going in, even when lured with treats. Then my daughter got two telephone calls at work, one from a neighbor complaining that Moo had been barking all day, the other from her landlord. “You will have all weekend to convince him that you will always come back home,” I tried to reassure her. On the adoption agency’s advice, they gave up on putting Moo in the kennel. He was given run of the bedroom, and told that he could sleep on the bed. He even

got a new toy, something into which my daughter could put peanut butter and which was supposed to hold his attention for hours. Still, he cried. Still the neighbors called. And when my daughter and her husband came home from grocery shopping and found Moo standing in the middle of a puddle of urine, shaking, they knew that they could no longer keep him. They called the adoption agency. His former foster mother, who had kept him for just a matter of days and who had another greyhound at home, came to pick him up. He was delighted to see her, my daughter said, and seemed anxious to get in her car. There were a few tears, but all in all, my daughter and her husband were relieved to know that finally, after two weeks of trying, they had been able to make Moo happy. He will be adopted out again, the adoption agency said, but only to a family that has other dogs to keep him company when his people leave. And so end my trio of tales — or is it tails? There aren’t any grand lessons, I suppose. Except, perhaps, that roaming without watching where you are going is bound to end in trouble. And even though, as Toto learned, there’s no place like home, when being there makes you cry and shake, it’s time to move on.

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Take advantage of an evening in which a few solutions to the lack of affordable housing in Sussex County will be presented. The evening’s events will provide: A film screening of Homes & Hands: Community Land Trusts in Action, which illustrates what some communities in America are doing about affordable housing. A locally produced video titled Building Community: Partnering for Affordable Housing highlighting Sussex County housing problems and solutions. A Q & A session with a panel of housing professionals to address YOUR concerns, followed by the opportunity for one-on-one conversations. A reception with refreshments will follow the film and discussion.

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'99 SKYLINE NOMAD 38' travel trailer. 4 bunks in front, sleeps 10, bath w/shower, slide out. Full sz. fridge, gas stove & oven. $10,000. We have no time to use it! 629-7578. 3/13

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CAMPERS/ TRAILERS '05 PROWLER LYNX 27' Travel trailer, 1 slide out, queen bed, micro./convection combo, AM/FM/CD player, awning, dishes, etc. Exc. cond. Will sacrifice trailer for $13,000 firm. Also possible '05 F150 tuck incl. pkg. 628-0690. 4/24 '89 FLEETWOOD 21' Trailer on perm site, Tom's Cove, Chincateague. All camping facilities, boat ramp, dock & slips, great crabbing & fishing. 8757899. 4/24 ‘91 PALM AIR, 1 BR Camper, exc. cond., $8000 Firm. 875-4387. 4/17 FIFTH WHEEL TAILGATE, blk., fits '99+ Ford PU, $100. 8' Drop Hitch Receiver, $15. 875-1158 or 3393341. 4/10

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Lots of furniture & antiques, teak dining set, lamps, Blenko glass collection, jewelry, lots of collectibles & glassware, oriental pictures, dishes, pots & pans, a lot Xmas decorations, women’s coats & jackets, tools & hardware, garden tools & pots.

2-MAN CROSSCUT SAW, exc. cond. w/orig. wooden handle, 5' long, $65. 6827111. 4/24 '71 LAUREL H.S. YEAR BOOK, exc. cond., no writting, $75. 682-7111. 4/24 CHICKEN COLLECTION, roosters & hens, $30. 6296159. 4/3 LENOX BIRD COLLECTION in orig. boxes, some rare birds, $20 ea. 6296159. 4/3 EPIPHONE BB KING Lucille Guitar & case in mint cond. Pd. $768, askign $650 OBO. 337-7872 btwn 3-8 pm. 3/27 CHILDREN'S BOOKS: Old Disney & Pop Up Books, $100 for asst. 398-0309. 3/27

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Watson Road, Laurel, DE Auction Date: Saturday, May 10th 2008 • 1:30 p.m. Inspection: Wed. April 30th (4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.) Sunday, May 4th (2:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m.) Tues., May 6th (4:00-5:00 p.m.) Bidders are encouraged to inspect the property anytime during daylight hours. Location: Traveling west on Rt. 24 (Sharptown Rd.) towards Sharptown, MD from Laurel, DE turn right onto Mt. Pleasant Road and travel 1.3 miles. Turn left onto Watson Road and property will be on left. (Signs Posted)

Poplar St., Laurel, DE Auction Date: Saturday, May 10th 2008 • 3:30 p.m. Inspection: Thurs., May 1st (4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.) Bidders are encouraged to inspect the property anytime during daylight hours. Location: Poplar Street, Laurel, DE. Located just past Growmark FS. (Sign Posted)

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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING COUNTY BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT HEARING Northwest Fork Hundred Case No. 10152 In accordance with Chapter 115, of the Code of Sussex County, a hearing will be held on request for a special use exception as provided by: Chapter 115, Article IV, Subsection 11523, Item A of said ordinance of CHARLES AND JUDY MOORE who are seeking a special use exception to place a manufactured home on a medical hardship basis, to be located northeast of Road 34, northeast of Road 583. The hearing will be held in the County Council Chambers, County Administrative Office Building, Georgetown, Delaware, on Monday evening, MAY 19, 2008, at 7:00 P.M. or as soon thereafter as may be heard. All interested parties should attend and present their views. If unable to attend the public hearing, written comments will be accepted but must be received prior to public hearing. For additional information, contact the Planning and Zoning Department at 302-855-7878. 4/24/1tc

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Health The Nanticoke Derby Photos and Story by Daniel Richardson Because the annual themed auction and dinner held by Nanticoke Memorial Hospital keeps growing each year, the hospital had to move this year's event to the bigger venue. The new Heritage Shores Golf club hosted this years event, titled "The Nanticoke Derby." Named after the famous Kentucky Derby, the event brought a touch of the famous horse race to Bridgeville. Guests enjoyed a classic mint julep while they browsed the auction items and talked with other guests. Volunteers dressed in Jockey uniforms displayed donated items to the crowd during the main auction. The presenting sponsor for this year's event was Delaware National Bank and the proceeds of the auction will benefit the Charity Endowment Prescription Fund as

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well as a certified Stroke Center for the Hospital. WBOC anchor Jimmy Hoppa again donated his talents as the emcee for the evening. Auctioneer Don Moore, (top left) who is a familiar part of the event, also donated his talents this year and entertained guests with his comedic and at times outrageous performance. Moore had the audience rolling in the floors with his opening, which was an impersonation of a horse race announcer. During the monologue, Moore frequently referenced the horse “Docky Mackler” which always seemed to be bringing up the rear. Numerous local businesses and citizens donated auction items. One particularly popular and adorable item, an Akita puppy (shown at top right held by John Hearn) donated by Ed Wagner of Seaford Pet Emporium, went for $750. A single Smith Island Cake, held at left by Seaford High School Jr. Paige Crouse, took in $230.


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Local AMA launches walk season at Trap Pond The Sussex County division of the American Heart Association officially launched the Start! Walking program and the 2008 Heart Walk campaign on Wednesday, April 16 at Trap Pond State Park. Visitors enjoyed free information on heart disease and stroke, free blood pressure screenings, and received a free gift just for stopping by. There was also a sneaker drive for the SCCHP and the 2008 Heart Hero, Jill Ostermann was there to greet folks. They also had a surprise guest - The Tin Man from the Wizard of Oz. Start! is a national program to get Americans walking all year around, whether it’s at home, at work or somewhere in between. Now that the weather is warmer, going outside to walk is one of the least expensive and easier ways to increase your physical activity. The American Heart Association is also

hoping you’ll “START” your commitment by signing up to walk in the annual Heart Walk on Saturday, Oct. 4 at Delaware Technical and Community College. The annual Heart Walk - sponsored nationally by Subway, Healthy Choice and AstraZeneca, and sponsored locally by Beebe Medical Center - is Sussex County’s largest fundraiser of the year. “We depend on these funds to be able to help our communities in Sussex County with education, outreach, and research to build healthier lives free from cardiovascular disease and stroke,” said Helen Haughey, director of the Sussex County division of the American Heart Association. “However, we need local businesses and individuals to join us in our commitment.” To sign up as a walker or to make a donation, visit the Sussex County AMA’s website at americanheart.org/sussexwalk. For more information, call 302-856-7386.

The Tin Man gets his blood pressure checked by retired nurse Pat Shannon of Seaford at the launch of the American Heart Association’s Sussex County heart walk. Submitted photo

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Health Briefs Medicine collection a success

The Delaware Nurses Association’s environmental task force Nurses Healing Our Planet collected over 10 gallons of pharmaceuticals and countless inhalers, liquid medications, ointments and pet medicine at its one-day medicine takeback event held at the Newark Senior Center. All pharmaceuticals were disposed of in an environmentally safe manner. In addition, all medicine boxes, containers and plastic bags collected at this event were recycled. “The event was a huge success,” says Michelle Lauer, RN, chair of the NHOP task force. “The amount of drugs collected documents the need for this type event in the community on an ongoing basis. Despite the short advertising lead time and only four hours to collect, we received over 43,000 pills.” She also adds, “People want to the right thing and dispose of their unused pills in an environmentally safe manner. I’m glad we could help to facilitate this. Not only does it keep them from being flushed down the toilet and ending up in our water supplies, but getting these medications out of households is important to prevent accidental poisonings and abuse. We look forward to holding additional events.” “It is unfortunate that we had to turn people away after the event ended,” said Sarah Carmody, executive director of the Delaware Nurses Association. For those who were unable to attend the event, please follow these federal guidelines for disposal - place medications in a bag or container with coffee grounds/kitty litter, seal and place in the trash, or store them in a secure, locked container until the next event. Do not flush! Additional Medicine Take Back Events will be scheduled in the coming months in all three counties.

Report sick or dead wild birds

The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control's Mosquito Control Section is again asking the public’s help in monitoring West Nile virus by reporting sick or dead wild birds that may have contracted the virus, a mosquitoborne disease of considerable concern to human health and unvaccinated horses. Mosquito Control requests that the pub-

lic report only sick or dead crows, blue jays, cardinals, robins and hawks or owls, plus clusters of five or more sick or dead wild birds of any species. Specimens should appear to have been dead for less than 24 hours and not killed by other obvious causes. There is no cause for alarm or fear that uncollected specimens will transmit West Nile virus to humans or pets that might consume a sick bird or its carcass. Dead birds can be left to decompose in place, or they can be buried or bagged and disposed of in the garbage. When handling any dead bird, you should avoid direct skin contact by wearing gloves or using a shovel to dispose of the carcass. Sick or dead birds can be reported to the Mosquito Control Section between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, by calling 302-422-1512 in Sussex County (Milford office). Calls made after business hours or during weekends or holidays can be recorded. Callers should give their name, phone number, address and a brief message about the finding. However, the public should be aware that some calls left more than 24 hours before Mosquito Control can review them (usually between Friday evening and Sunday morning) usually result in the bird becoming too deteriorated for virus testing.

Golf tournament planned

The fourth annual Wellness Community Golf Tournament will be held on Monday, June 9 at Kings Creek Country Club in Rehoboth Beach. Enjoy prizes, a continental breakfast and barbeque luncheon celebration. Golfers may register to play for $125 per person, including green fees and cart. The event begins at 7:30 a.m. with registration followed by a shot gun start at 9 a.m. There will be guaranteed prizes awarded for the longest drive, closest to pin and low score. The tournament closes with the first 100 paid registrants. The golf tournament helps raise public awareness about cancer. To be a sponsor or donate items for the raffle, contact Marcia Esposito at 302-645-9150 or mesposito@wellnessdelaware.org. For more information, visit www.wellnessdelaware.org.

Alzheimer's offers courses

The Alzheimer’s Association Delaware Valley Chapter is offering professional training programs at the Georgetown of-

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fice. These programs include CEU credit for social workers, nurses and nursing home administrators. Certificates of completion are also available. Courses include "About Dementia" on Tuesday, May 6 from 9 a.m. to noon (three credits); "Making Connections" on Tuesday, May 13 from 10 a.m. to noon (two credits); and "Understanding Wandering" on Friday, May 23 from 10 a.m. to noon (two credits). The cost of each session including CEU credit is $49 or a certificate of completion is $29 per registrant. Pre-registration is required by e-mailing Jamie Magee at Jamie.magee@alz.org or by calling 302-854-9788.

Stroke support group

Nanticoke Memorial Hospital will offer free monthly Stroke Support Group meetings designed for individuals who have survived a stroke and their families and caregivers. Meetings are held the third Thursday of each month at Nanticoke Cancer Care Center, from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. The meetings will consist of guest

speakers and breakaway sessions, in which caregivers and survivors will meet in two groups to discuss concerns, provide support and networking. Refreshments will be provided. Sheila Brant and Joan Burditt, occupational therapists at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital, will facilitate the support group meetings. Pre-registration not required. For more information, call 629-6611, ext. 5121.

Depression support group

The Mental health Association in Delaware will be sponsoring a Depression Support Group in Laurel on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month. The meetings begin at 7 p.m. The MHA encourages anyone dealing with a depressive disorder to attend. Register in advance by calling 1-800-287-6423. Peer support groups sponsored by Mental Health Association of Delaware are not intended to replace professional mental health treatment. MHA does not publish support group locations; locations are provided with registration.

Breast and liver cancer among those linked to alcohol use Continued from page 37

and alcohol use significantly increases the risk of developing esophageal cancer, alcohol use alone also increases the risk of developing the disease. Alcohol is also a primary cause of liver cancer. Deaths from liver cancer are higher among heavy alcohol users than among individuals who do not drink. By altering the liver's ability to metabolize some carcinogenic substances into harmless compounds or to disable certain existing carcinogens, alcohol's effects may influence not only liver cancer but other cancers as well. Many studies have found an association between alcohol use and the risk of breast cancer. The risk increases with the amount of alcohol consumed and is highest among heavy alcohol users. Several studies suggest that alcohol may cause some colorectal cancers, but the evidence is not yet conclusive. Limiting the amount of alcohol a person

drinks may help prevent a number of cancers. If alcohol is consumed, men should have no more than two drinks per day, and women should have no more than one. In addition, the combined use of alcohol and tobacco greatly increases the risk of oral, laryngeal, pharyngeal and esophageal cancers. To learn more about nutrition and cancer and the American Cancer Society's programs, call 800-ACS-2345 or visit www.cancer.org. Sussex County Leadership Council is part of the American Cancer Society. The American Cancer Society is the nationwide community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives and diminishing suffering from cancer through research, education, advocacy and service. For information about cancer, call 24 hours day, seven days a week 1-800-ACS2345 or log onto cancer.org.

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On the Record Marriage Licenses

Sussex County Clerk of the Peace George Parish joyfully announces the following couples have obtained marriage licenses: Michael J. Hilliard, Vairico, Fla. to Angela R. Desire, Greenwood Henry F. Lankford, Greenwood to Norma Jean Lewis, Greenwood Daniel John Kunde, Delmar to Laura J. Hastings, Delmar Justin Ryan Schrock, Laurel to Malorrie Ann Chatfield, Laurel

Deeds

11/13/07, Russell M. Dadds to Heather Nicole King, Lot No. 21, Section C, Lakeshores Development, subdivision, Seaford Hundred, $175,000 11/09/07, Jose A. and Trisha L. Vazquez to James W. Bringhurst, Lot No. 3, Lands of Jose A. and Trisha L. Vazquez, subdivision, Nanticoke Hundred, $75,000 11/13/07, Richard C. and Patricia A. Anderson to John Robert and Mary Lynn Huberty, parcel, Seaford Hundred, $193,500

11/02/07, The Doris K. West Trust to John E. Beers, Parcel B, Lands of Doris West, Trustee, subdivision, Little Creek Hundred, $187,000 11/09/07, Elzbieta Antos to DC Medical Building, LLC, Lot No. 4, Block J, The Island Development, subdivision, Seaford Hundred, $415,000 11/15/07, Robert W. Durham, Trustee of Jean S. Durham Testamentary Trust to Country Grove, LLC, Lot No. 10, Lands of Jean S. Durham, Trust, subdivision, Little Creek Hundred, $35,000 10/19/07, Brookfield Heritage Shores, LLC to Debra Dey and Kenneth W. Hutchins, Sr., Lot No. 91, Phase I, Heritage Shores, Town of Bridgeville, subdivision, Northwest Fork Hundred, $349,990 10/30/07, Brookfield Heritage Shores, LLC to Susan Hutson, Lot No. 486, Phase II, Heritage Shores, Town of Bridgeville, subdivision, Northwest Fork Hundred, $286,175 11/12/07, Warren A. and Edith M. Weinmann to Delmarva Community Services, Inc., parcel, Seaford Hundred, $225,000

Building Permits

04/02/08, Annette B. and Brian F. Hall, W/Rd. No. 552, Lot w/Improvements, Seaford Hundred, Det. Garage, $13,312 Charles R. Fryling, S/Rt. No. 20, 1482’, W/Rt. No. 552, Seaford Hundred, Above-Ground Pool, $10,000 John C. and Laura Lo, N/Providence Mobile Home Park, Little Creek Hundred, Crane Runway, $18,000 William A. and Donna B. O’Day, SW/Rd. No. 78, Seaford Hundred, Pole Barn-Farm Use, $51,840 Steven H. and Michelle Hearn, N/Rd. No. 488, Broad Creek Hundred, Living Room, $20,880 D and N Properties LLC, Saddlebrook, Lot No. 14, Seaford Hundred, Dwelling w/Additions, $92,038 Charles M. Shiery, S/Rt. No. 40, 1800’, W/Rt. No. 593, Nanticoke Hundred, Pole Barn, $15,600 David B. and Connie H. Yeary, Rd. Nos. 468 and 479, Lot No. 4, Broad Creek Hundred, Pole Building, $15,600

Off-shore wind project in Senate

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On a mixed vote, the House of Representatives has given its blessing to the proposed Bluewater Wind off-shore wind farm project. Sponsored by State Rep. Bob Valihura (R-Talleyville), House Concurrent Resolution 38 is an attempt to advance a process that has been stalled for four months. That process began two years ago with the enactment of the Electric Utility Retail Customer Supply Act (EURCSA). Part of the law was intended to reduce price volatility in the electricity market for Delmarva Power’s residential and small business ratepayers by calling for the utility to enter into a long-term contract to purchase power from a generating facility located within the state. The legislation was a reaction to a steep rate hike resulting from the deregulation of Delaware’s electricity market. The law empowered four agencies - the Public Service Commission; the Office of the Controller General; the Office of Management and Budget; and the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control - to rule on which proposal should be selected to supply Delmarva Power with electricity. At a meeting in December, Controller General Russell Larson, who represents the General Assembly in the process, noted that state lawmakers were split

on the issue. He moved to table the proposal so legislators could revisit it. Rep. Valihura said he sponsored HCR 38 to break the impasse and get the process moving again. The chief provision of the measure calls for the Controller General to “vote to approve the power purchase agreement between Bluewater Wind and Delmarva Power.” Debate on the measure was often heated, with those opposed to the bill citing increased costs to consumers as a major concern. State Rep. Gerald Hocker (ROcean View) predicted that forcing Delmarva Power into a contract with Bluewater Wind would lead the utility’s customers to flee to competitors offering less expensive power. Supporters noted the Bluewater proposal is the result of a process the General Assembly approved. They also cited the environmental and employment benefits of the Bluewater proposal as well as its compliance with the Electric Utility Retail Customer Supply Act that requires that the power supplier be located within Delaware. The vote to pass HCR 38 broke across geographic and party lines (25 yes, 11 no, 3 not voting and 2 absent) with 15 Democrats and 10 Republicans on the prevailing side. Before being approved, HCR

38 was amended to recommend that state facilities be added to the same purchase power agreement as Delmarva Power’s residential and small business customers. It’s these ratepayers that would be buying the power produced by the wind farm. The sponsor of the amendment, State Rep. Joe Booth, said he wanted the state to make the same commitment it was mandating on others. Despite successfully amending the bill, Rep. Booth voted against the measure. “Look, I’m in favor of wind power, but I have some significant concerns regarding the Bluewater project and its impact on Delmarva customers,” he said. “Plans for a new regional transmission line that’ll run through Sussex County, and competing bids for less expensive land-based wind power, make the Bluewater proposal a lot less attractive. The fact that neighboring states are negotiating with Bluewater in a more competitive environment also gives me reason to think that we’re not on the right track.” The measure now moves to the Senate, where it faces an uncertain future. “It is now incumbent upon the Senate to step-up and make their voice known,” Rep. Valihura said. “If they take no action, the reality is that would be the same as a ‘no’ vote.”


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Eat fish and be friendly to environment at the same time As we celebrate Earth Week, ORETTA NORR it’s encouraging to note that Americans are becoming more and more conscious of the universal importance of saving energy and what it means to be “green.” One easy way to con1 teaspoon chopped shallots or tribute to our environmental onions health is to buy local produce — 1 tablespoon chopped capers it’s not only fresher but also the 1/4 cup sliced pitted black olives shorter shipping distance saves 1/2 teaspoon chopped lemon zest lots of energy. 3/4 cup vegetable oil Because I love fish, I’m very 3 tablespoons chopped Italian interested in where the fish I buy parsley comes from and how it’s been For the fish: harvested, so I checked with the 4 boneless, skinless Tilapia filMonterey Bay Aquarium’s lets or other firm, whiteSeafood Guide. Go to www.monfleshed fillets tereyaquarium.org and click on 1 teaspoon vegetable oil their Seafood Watch. You’ll find Garnishes: those fish that are best choices, Cooked asparagus some good alternatives and those Baby cherry tomatoes that you should avoid. (You can Chopped parsley even download a pocket guide). The seafood to avoid are eiIn a bowl, combine the lemon ther over fished or fished or juice, shallots, salt and pepper to farmed in ways that are harmful taste, capers, olives and lemon to other marine life or the envizest. Slowly whisk in the oil until ronment; the best choices are the sauce is emulsified. Stir in the abundant and are fished or parsley. Set aside. farmed in environmentally Season the fish with salt and friendly ways. pepper, to taste. Pour the teaI was distressed to find some spoon of oil into a nonstick skilof my favorites on the “avoid” let, and heat over medium-high list – going green fish-wise isn’t heat. When hot, add the fillets going to be as easy as buying loand cook for about 2 minutes on cal produce, that’s for sure! each side, depending on thickness (Goodbye to imported shrimp of fish. and Atlantic cod and halibut, for Put the fillets on a serving example). plate, garnish with the asparagus Here are some “best choice” and tomatoes, some lemon sauce, recipes that will make going and a sprinkle of parsley. green a bit easier. (US Farmed) Shrimp Enchiladas Classic Fried (Farmed) Catfish Source: Quick from Scratch Source: EatingWell Magazine Fish Makes 2 servings. Serves 4. Feel free to experiment 2 catfish fillets with the filling for these festive 1 egg Mexican-style packets. Use 2 tablespoons milk cheddar cheese instead of Jack. Vegetable oil Replace the black beans with pin1/2 cup cornmeal to beans. Vary the spiciness simLemon wedges, for serving ply by choosing the ready-made salsa that’s right for your palate. Pat the fillets dry with paper towels. In a shallow bowl, using 4 tablespoons cooking oil a fork, combine the egg and milk. 1 pound medium shrimp, shelled Heat 1/4-inch of vegetable oil 1/4 teaspoon salt in a large skillet. Dip the fillets 1/8 teaspoon fresh-ground black in the beaten egg-milk mixture, pepper then into the cornmeal to coat 8 6-inch flour tortillas the entire surface. Sauté the fil1 and 2/3 cups drained and lets in the hot oil — about 3 minrinsed black beans (one 15utes on each side, or until goldounce can) en. Serve with lemon wedges. 1/4 pound Monterey Jack cheese, grated (about 1 cup) (US Farmed) Tilapia Fish with 2 cups chunky tomato salsa (one Lemon Sauce 16-ounce jar) Source: EatingWell Magazine 1/2 cup sour cream Makes 4 servings 2 teaspoons chopped fresh chives or scallion tops For the lemon sauce: 1/4 cup lemon juice Heat the oven to 250 degrees

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surface. Cover half of each with the beans. Top with the cheese and then the shrimp. Fold the tortillas in half. In the frying pan, heat the remaining 3 tablespoons oil over moderately high heat. Add four enchiladas and brown, about 30 seconds per side. Put on the baking sheet and keep warm in the oven. Repeat with the remaining enchiladas.

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Robbie Budd, who represented his grandmother, Dorothy, is all smiles after throwing out a first pitch during the Delmar Little League opening day ceremony. Photo by Mike McClure

Laurel senior David Bartee delivers a pitch during the Bulldogs’ 7-3 home win over Lake Forest last Thursday. Bartee allowed three hits in the complete game win. Photo by Mike McClure

Bulldogs power past Smyrna, Lake Forest as three go deep By Pat Murphy The Laurel Bulldogs hit five home runs in a pair of wins last week. They coasted to a 15-7 road win over Smyrna on Tuesday, April 15 and a 7-3 win over the visiting Lake Forest Spartans on Thursday, April 17. The Bulldogs hit one home run against Smyrna and at home against Lake Forest they blasted four more in a well played contest for both teams. Lost in Thursday’s four home run power surge was a complete game, three hit effort by senior David Bartee. Bartee retired eight of the last nine Spartan batters. Tuesday’s win at Smyrna featured 15 hits by the Bulldogs including a home run by Laurel catcher Zach Bonniwell. Bonniwell was 3-for-3 with four runs batted in for the day. Lance Kelley and Brandon Hearne each doubled and junior Kyle Brown had two triples to add to the strong effort. Jay Liebforth added another triple and Chris Cutsail was 2-for-3 as the Bulldog bats prevailed. The game was never in doubt as the Bulldogs took a commanding 7-1 lead against the Eagles in the fourth inning and added six more in the sixth and two in the seventh. Hearne got the win for the Bulldogs. Laurel coach Jerry Mears said of his power laden team, “This is the most pow-

Laurel’s Kyle Brown lays down a bunt single during last Thursday’s win. Brown also had a pair of triples in the Bulldogs’ win over Smyrna last Tuesday. Photo by Mike McClure

er since the 98-99 team. They are starting to realize that with smooth swings things will happen.” In the Lake Forest game, Bartee found himself down, 1-0, in quick order as Cory Smith dropped a double into shallow right field in “no man’s land”, followed by a fielder’s choice that advanced Smith to third. When Jacob Hocker stole second, Smith strolled home for the first run of Continued on page 44

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Delaware State Representative Biff Lee prepares to deliver a first pitch during Delmar’s opening day ceremonies last Saturday. ”This is small town America. If you can’t get excited about this you can’t get excited about anything,” Lee told the crowd prior to reading a tribute from the House of Representatives. Photo by Mike McClure

Laurel High softball team blanks Lake Forest, falls to St. Elizabeth By Mike McClure The Laurel varsity softball team moved to 3-3 in Henlopen Conference play and 4-5 overall with a 6-0 win over Lake Forest and a 3-2 loss to St. Elizabeth. The Bulldogs’ Brittney Brittingham singled for the first hit of the game in last Thursday’s home contest against Lake Forest. Laurel pitcher Stephanie Wheatley recorded five strikeouts in the first two innings. In the top of the third inning the Spartans put runners on first and second following a one out walk, sac bunt, and an error. Laurel second baseman Brooke Evans made a nice play between first and second for the second out as the runners advanced to scoring position. Laurel recorded the final out of the inning when catcher Kelsey Oliphant caught the runner off third base and tagged her out following a rundown. In the bottom of the fourth, Jenna Cahall drew a leadoff walk, Brittingham reached first on error, and Mariah Dickerson walked to load the bases. Senior Kelsy Gordy reached on a fielder’s choice with Cahall scoring on the play. Taylor Oliphant delivered a pinch hit RBI single (2-0) and Wheatley was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Kelsey Oliphant added a two-run single for a 4-0 Bulldog lead. Mana Richards delivered leadoff double in the fifth inning for Lake’s first hit of the game before Wheatley and the Bulldogs got out of the inning unscathed. Laurel scored two more runs in the bottom of the inning as Alexis Oliphant reached first on an infield single, Britting-

Laurel senior Kelsy Gordy is all smiles after hitting a two-run double during last Thursday’s 6-0 win over Lake Forest. Gordy drove in three runs during the home win. Photo by Mike McClure

ham made it to first on a fielder’s choice with Oliphant reaching second on an error, and Gordy delivered a two-run double. Wheatley allowed a pair of hits before getting a strikeout and a fly out to end the game. Gordy doubled, drove in three runs, and scored a run; Kelsey Oliphant had a hit and two RBIs; Taylor Oliphant contributed a hit, a run, and an RBI; and Continued on page 45


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Sussex Tech’s Regina Fiacco, left, and Delmar’s Maribeth Beach battle for the ball as Sussex Tech’s Cassy Galon, right, looks on during last Thursday’s game. Beach had a goal and an assist and Fiacco tallied a pair of goals in the game, which was won by the Wildcats. Photo by Mike McClure

Delmar girls’ soccer team doubles up Sussex Tech, 4-2, in local battle By Mike McClure Despite controlling possession of the ball throughout the game, the Delmar varsity girls’ soccer team trailed last Thursday’s game at Sussex Tech, 1-0, before Corie Elliott netted a goal to make it 1-1 going into half-time. The sophomore tallied a total of three goals in the 4-2 win as the Wildcats found the net three times in the second half after many near misses in

the first half. “It’s always tough to play these games on the road. They kept their composure and dominated play,” said Delmar head coach Greg Cathell. “I really felt like we controlled the tempo of the game. “ Delmar fired shots at or near the goal throughout the opening half. Maribeth Beach’s shot went wide, Kelsey Murrell’s

PLAY AT THE PLATE- Woodbridge catcher Emily Williamson looks to tag Seaford’s Amanda Swift before she crosses the plate during last Tuesday’s game in Bridgeville. Photo by David Elliott

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Laurel Stars of the Week

Male Co-Athlete of the Week- Matt Campbell- Delmar

Male Co-Athlete of the Week- David Bartee- Laurel

Delmar senior Matt Campbell tossed a no-hitter, striking out 13 in the Wildcats’ win over Dover last Tuesday. Campbell also collected two hits including a rally starting triple. Matt had three hits including a double in Thursday’s win over Cape.

Laurel senior hurler David Bartee gave up three runs on three hits in a complete game win over Lake Forest last Thursday. Bartee retired eight of the last nine Spartan hitters. He also collected two hits and two RBI’s in Monday’s win over Holly Grove.

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Laurel Star minor league journal By Shawn Phillips Last Monday we had a 12:30 game and it was getaway day. Getaway day means that you play a day game so that the team that’s in town can get an early start to get back home or for the home team to get a start to go where they have to go. The bad thing about getaway day is that there usually aren’t many fans to come to the games because everyone is working. We got about 2,200 fans and we ended up winning the game 3-2. We won the series with Asheville 3 -1, and then on Tuesday we started a series with the Greenville Drive the Boston Red Sox affiliate. Their stadium is pretty neat, it was like a mini Fenway Park. They had the green monster in left with the manual scoreboard and everything. It was kind of cool to see but I received some bad news on Tuesday as well. I have been dealing with some elbow pain for the past couple weeks. I didn’t think anything about it because I thought it was just soreness from throwing but it never went away. It got to the point where I really couldn’t pitch to my quality so I had to end up telling the trainer and he pretty much told me that it could be tendentious or a bone spur. They had to put me on the disabled list for seven to 10 days with no throwing. I have to get an X-ray to see if there is a problem on April 21, so in my next journal I will let you know more. We ended up losing the first game of the series 7-0 and on Wednesday we had a day game starting at 11 a.m. I’m not

Female Co-Athlete of the Week- Stephanie Wheatley Female Co-Athlete of the WeekBrittney Brittingham- Laurel Laurel’s Stephanie Wheatley struck out nine and allowed no runs on three hits and a walk in last Thursday’s win over Lake Forest. Wheatley also doubled and struck out eight in Saturday’s narrow loss to St. Elizabeth.

Laurel’s Brittney Brittingham slugged a three-run home run in last Tuesday’s loss to Smyrna. Brittingham also had a hit and a run in Thursday’s win over Lake Forest.

Honorable mention- Zach Bonniwell- Laurel; Dylan Shupe- Delmar; Joe PeteDelmar; Brandon Fischer- Laurel; Matt Parker- Laurel; Brandon Hearne- Laurel; Taylor Ballard- Delmar; Nick Bond- Delmar; Justin Thomas- Delmar; David FluhartySussex Tech; Andrew Sellers- Sussex Tech; Clayton Bunting- Sussex Tech; Zach Adkins- Sussex Tech; Sam Grahovac- Sussex Tech; Kelsy Gordy- Laurel; Lauren Massey- Delmar; Shannon Wilson- Delmar; Carlee Budd- Delmar; Corie Elliott- Delmar; Brittani Scott- Delmar; Maribeth Beach- Delmar; Maxine Fluharty- Sussex Tech; Natalie Justice- Sussex Tech series with the Kannapolis Intimidators, the affiliate of the Chicago White Sox. Last year these two teams got into two bench clearing brawls so our manager warned us not to start anything. He also said he can’t stand them and if we scored 20 runs then that would be great. He didn’t want us talking with them or anything. It was a pretty good speech, I thought I was playing football with that speech. We ended up winning the first game 1-0 and there were no bean balls or bench clear-

ing brawls and on Sunday we won 4-2 and our manager was pretty much happy with us. On Monday we have our first off day and everyone is pretty excited just to relax because its our first off day since the one that we got in spring training. This next week is going to be exciting because Ashley comes in town this weekend and we're going to celebrate her birthday. I will leave you with this, to all the Yankee fans how about them Orioles.

Laurel golf team falls to Cape Henlopen, 172-200 The Laurel varsity golf team fell to Cape Henlopen, 172-200, in a match last Thursday. Chris Moore led the Bulldogs with a 47, Quinton Langley had a 48, and Gaven Parker added a 53. NO-HITTER-

Laurel’s Shawn Phillips

sure when the last time I played a game that early, I believe it was in high school. We ended up winning that game 8-2 and on Thursday we lost 8-0. On Friday we won a back and forth game 9-8, so we ended up split the series 2 games apiece and this was probably the best team we faced all year. So far this season we haven’t lost a series. Well since I can’t throw now for seven days I pretty much just go to the stadium and get treatment on my elbow by getting electric stem which is when they put patches on the spot that hurts and sends shocks waves to try and calm down everything that is aggravating the elbow. I do that for 20 minutes and then I do running that varies everyday. On Saturday we opened a four game

Delmar senior hurler Matt Campbell, shown delivering a pitch during a game earlier this season, pitched a no-hitter, striking out 13 in the Wildcats’ win over Dover last Tuesday. Photo by Mike McClure


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MORNING STAR • APRIL 24 - 30, 2008 the game. Bartee then bore down and retired the next three hitters. Bartee retired the Spartans in order in the second inning. In the Bulldog second Matt Parker hit the first of four Bulldog home runs of the day to knot the score at 1-1. In the Spartan third, the pesky Spartans (6-3) scored two more runs as Jon Scott singled and Hocker walked between two fly ball outs. Andrew Crawford hit a vicious ground ball that bounded off shortstop Brandon Hearne and into center field allowing two runs to score. After this Bartee was practically untouchable as he forced the Spartans to hit seven ground balls including a nice 5-4-3 double play which was started by third sacker Brandon Horsey. In the Bulldog fourth inning Laurel began its hitting display as Cutsail led off with a single followed by a booming home run by Hearne to tie the score. After an out Parker hit his second home run to give the Bulldogs a 4-3 lead, which they never relinquished. In the Bulldog fifth this power display continued as Hearne hit a 1-0 pitch for his second home run of the day and the fourth for the Bulldogs. Im the sixth, the Bulldogs scored two more as Jake Dubinski walked and Laurel’s Kelsey Oliphant drives in a pair of runs with a single during last Thursday’s home win over Lake Forest. Photo by Mike McClure Brown’s bunt was mishandled. A passed ball and Josh Kosiorowski’s deep sacriand struck out nine in seven innings. Laurel softball continued fice fly sealed the 7-3 win. On Saturday, Wheatley doubled and Alexis Oliphant and Brittingham each had Winning pitcher David Bartee, possiEvans tripled in a 3-2 loss to St. Elizaa hit and a run. Mariah Dickerson and Cably the quietest Laurel player in years, beth. Wheatley allowed three runs on five hall added a walk and a run. Wheatley alwas his usual self. “I am just happy to get hits and struck out eight in the loss. lowed no runs on three hits and one walk the win. I am out here doing my best, I am not going to take this anywhere pro-

Laurel third baseman Brandon Horsey waits for action during last Thursday’s home win over Lake Forest. Horsey started a 5-4-3 double play in the game. Photo by Mike McClure

fessionally. Competition is life,” Bartee said. Mears was high in praise for Bartee. “He pitched a gutty game. You don’t have to worry about Bartee giving you a great effort.” The Spartans are now 6-4 and the Bulldogs are 7-3.

Delmar varsity softball team defeats Cape, falls to Mardela By Mike McClure

Delmar’s Nick Bond, left, had three goals and two assists and Kevin Forse, shown above, added an assist in the Wildcats’ win over Sussex Central last Wednesday in boys’ lacrosse. Photo by Mike McClure

The Delmar varsity softball team defeated Cape Henlopen, 8-4, last Thursday before falling to Mardela, 6-5 in nine innings, in a non-conference game on Friday. On Thursday, Danielle McWilliams picked up the win, Shannon Wilson went 3-for-3, and Alison Bloodsworth and Mallory Elliott each doubled. On Friday, Delmar tied the score at 1-1 in the bottom of the third inning when

Delmar lacrosse team earns second conference win The Delmar varsity boys’ lacrosse team advanced to 2-1 in the Henlopen Conference and 3-2 overall with a 14-9 win over Sussex Central last Wednesday. Taylor Ballard had five goals and an assist, Nick Bond contributed three goals and two assists, and Justin Thomas added three goals for the Wildcats. Kerry King also had two goals, Tyrone Greene netted a goal, Seth Figgs and Kevin Forse each dished out an assist, and Sean Scovell recorded eight saves in the Delmar win.

Delmar’s Lindsay Lloyd looks to lay down a bunt during last Friday’s nonconference game against Mardela. Photo by Mike McClure

Delmar baseball team tops Cape Henlopen, Mardela The Delmar varsity baseball team moved to 3-2 in the Henlopen Conference and 73 overall with wins over Cape Henlopen and Mardela last week. On Thursday, Dylan Shupe struck out 11 in the win and also had two hits including a double. Chad Porter added two hits including a double, Matt Campbell had three hits including a double, Jeff Fleetwood picked up a pair of hits, and Mark Timmons doubled as the Wildcats collected 13 hits in the 7-1 win over the Vikings. The Wildcats beat Mardela, 12-2, in five innings on Friday. Delmar scored eight runs in the first, one in the third, and three in the fourth for the victory. Shupe had three hits including a home run and drove in four runs, Joe Pete collected three hits, and Timmons and David Webster combined to allow five hits.

Delmar right fielder Lauren Massey makes a grab during the Wildcats’ home contest against Mardela last Friday. Photo by Mike McClure

Lauren Massey singled, Bloodsworth hit a two-out single to put runners on the corners, Bloodsworth stole second, and Massey came home on a wild pitch. Mardela scored three runs in the top of the fourth before Delmar put four runs on the bottom of the inning for a 5-4 lead. Wilson singled, Caroline Phillips hit a single with two away, Carlee Budd walked to load the bases, and Massey and Continued on page 45


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Delmar Sports Scene By Tommy Young

Shown are members of the Delmar Little League’s 1960 all-star team, the league’s first all-star team. The team was recognized during the league’s 50th anniversary and opening day celebration last Saturday. Photo by Mike McClure

Letter to the Star Sports Editor The 50th Anniversary celebration of Delmar Little League was a huge success by any measure. The weather was perfect; the food, especially the chicken, was excellent; the fans were supportive and the players from Tee-Ball on up played well. I would like to thank everyone who was involved in the planning, coordination, support and the hard work that went into making this a truly memorable event. I would like to especially thank Delegate Norman Conway and Representative Clifford “Biff” Lee, for their attendance and the proclamations that they provided

and read from others including State Senator Robert L. Venables, and Governor O’Malley, Representative Mike Castle for recognizing the event in the House of Representatives and the Congressional Record, Mayor Doug Niblett, Council member Mary Lee Pase and Vice Mayor Michael Houlihan and Delmar Town Manager Sara Bynum-King. Thanks also to the Delmar Fire Department Fire Police, Public Works and Police Department for directing traffic and keeping the parade route clear and safe. To the

Delmar softball continued Elliott each hit a two-run single. The Warriors knotted the score at 5-5 with a run in the fifth inning. Mardela got a leadoff single in the top of the eighth

before Massey made a catch in right field and doubled the runner up at first. Mardela scored a run in the top of the ninth on a bloop single and a Delmar error for the 6-5 win. Delmar’s Alison Bloodsworth makes contact with a pitch for a single during last week’s extra innings loss to Mardela. Photo by Mike McClure

Delmar Fire Department, Lions Club, Kiwanis and VFW, thank you for being there year after year to support Little League. While there were many individuals who were involved, a few deserve special recognition. Shawn Johnson, Chairman of the Board; Ronnie Knight, President; Candy Shupe, Concessions Manager, and J. R. Wells, Vice President all worked

start pitching well enough to keep their team in the game. Although lacrosse is in its first year of play, they are doing very well as shown by their big win over Sussex Central last week. Taylor Ballard may have found his sport as he is tearing up the opposing team’s defense scoring four and five goals a game; in fact, I am sure he is among the top scorers in the state. Justin Thomas, who also had some lacrosse experience before coming to Delmar, is also leading the other ex-football players on the team who are making it tough on all opposition no matter whom they play. And, how about those JVs beating Sussex Central 6-3. It makes the future of this sport look good for the Wildcats. ASSISTS AND ERRORS- I am not going to say much about the Golden Anniversary celebration of Delmar Little League because our sports editor Mike McClure was there covering the event and taking pictures. However, I would like to compliment Mr. Paul Scovell on the job he did pulling this whole event together from the parade, which everyone I talked to said it was the best in years, to the pre-game festivities where he served as the master of ceremonies. I know he had help from several different people, like Jay Green who contacted all the players from the 1960 allstar team to have them there along with other players and coaches from those early years. It turned out to be great as the “Old Group” enjoyed the event as much as the 400 plus kids and their coaches. This figure is a guesstimate on the number of kids which I tried to figure out from the information I received from the new president of the league Ronnie Knight on the number of teams that will be playing, I appreciate the information that Ronnie sent me, but the names of the teams and their coaches will have to wait for another week because I am running a little long, but I will get all of that information to you in the near future. long hours to ensure that opening day was successful. While I’m sure I’ve forgotten someone, your work has not gone unnoticed and your dedication to the league is appreciated and valued. Thank you also to the Laurel Star, the only media outlet to actually cover our celebration. Paul Scovell Delmar Little League

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Tommy Young, left, and Ernie Pote prepare to throw out ceremonial first pitches during the Delmar Little League’s opening day ceremonies last weekend. Young and Pote were some of the league’s first coaches. League coaches, players, organizers, and sponsors from the early years were honored in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of the founding of the league. Photo by Mike McClure

The Delmar spring varsity teams were 8-2 last week as the baseball team won all three of their games over two Division I teams, Dover and Cape Henlopen, and a non-conference game with Mardela. The softball team was 2-1 defeating two Division I teams, Dover and Cape Henlopen, but dropping a 6-5 decision to Mardela. The girls’ soccer team continued their winning outstanding play as they knocked off two Division I teams, Sussex Central and Sussex Tech. The lacrosse team had the other loss for the Wildcats as they were defeated by a veteran Salisbury School team on Monday, but bounced back on Wednesday to beat up on a Division I team, Sussex Central,14-9. Here are a few highlights of these contests. In the baseball game, Matt Campbell started the week off with a bang as he pitched a no-hitter against Dover in the 6-0 win. He also started the big fifth inning, four run rally by leading off the inning with a three-base hit. Then on Thursday, it was Dylan Shupe’s turn to shine as he struck out 11 and hit a home run in the Wildcat’s 7-1 victory over Cape Henlopen. Then on Friday in the non-conference game with Mardela, Mark Timmons and David Webster combined to pitch a five hitter while the Delmar offense jumped on Mardela pitching for eight runs in the first inning. Meanwhile, the girls’ soccer team continues their winning ways by defeating Sussex Central 3-0 and Sussex Tech 4-2 as Corie Elliot scored six goals in the two games and Maribeth Beach and Brittani Scott chipped in with a goal apiece. And the young softball team seems to be improving as the season goes along. Last week they defeated two Division I teams, Dover and Cape Henlopen, as Gabby Andrade and Shannon Wilson are the leaders on offense, and the eighth grade pitchers, Carlee Budd and B. McWilliams are improving with every


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Sussex Tech’s Keri Reibsome is shown with the ball as Delmar’s Sam J o h n s o n looks to take it away during last Thursday’s game. Delmar netted three second half goals for the 4-2 win in last week’s game, which was played in Georgetown. Photo by Mike McClure

Delmar-Tech soccer continued shot sailed over the goal, Corie Elliott’s shot was wide left, and Raven goalie Lisa Sekscinski made a save on a shot by Brittani Scott. Sussex Tech took a 1-0 lead with a goal by Regina Fiacco off a feed from Bethany Callaway 13 minutes into the game. After several more shots on goal, Elliott scored the tying goal at the 27 minute mark with Beach picking up the assist. Delmar held a 12-3 advantage in shots in the first half while Sekcinski made 10 saves. In the second half, Delmar goalie Katie Elliott made a save on a shot by Fiacco. Beach scored the Wildcats’ second goal of the game on a header of Scott’s pass to make it 2-1. Elliott made another save following a kick by Fiacco before her sister, Corie, tallied the third Delmar goal with Scott picking up her second assist. Katie Elliott made another nice save on a kick by Fiacco and Delmar scored its fourth and final goal 18 seconds later when Corie Elliott netted her third goal

for the hat trick. Scott dished out her third assist of the game for the 4-1 Wildcat advantage with around two minutes left in the game. Fiacco scored her second goal of the contest in the final seconds, but Delmar hung on for the 4-2 win. “They (Sussex Tech) barely beat us last year. We came out here ready to play and we definitely got what we deserved,” Corie Elliott said following her team’s victory. Although she is just a sophomore Elliott has been a force for the Wildcats, tallying 11 goals in the first seven games of the season. “It shows no matter your age and your size you can help out as long as you play to your potential,” said Elliott, who also credited her teammates. “My heart was racing (after the first goal), I was so excited.” Delmar held a 28-10 advantage in shots while Sekcinski had 21 saves. Katie Elliott recorded six saves in the win. Delmar moved to 5-1 in the conference and 6-1 overall with the win. Sussex Tech fell to 5-2 with the loss.

Local little leagues prepare for opening day ceremonies Little League season officially began last week with Delmar celebrating its 50th anniversary. The following is the opening day dates for the rest of the local little leagues: Laurel Little League- Saturday, April 26, parade at 9 a.m., ceremonies to follow Woodbridge Little League- Saturday, April 26 in Greenwood, parade at 9:30 a.m., ceremonies to follow Nanticoke Little League- Saturday, May 3, 8 a.m. All local coaches and league officials are asked to send scores to the Star at 6299243 (f) or sports@mspublicataions.com. Get your players’ names in the local paper, send your scores and results to the Seaford/Laurel Star every week.

Sussex Tech’s Ellen Rowe placed first in the 400 meter race last Tuesday in Bridgeville. The Ravens’ Andrew Townsend is shown coming in first in the 400 meter run last Tuesday at Woodbridge High. No results were submitted from this meet. Photos by Mike McClure

Raven Roundup: Sussex Tech soccer blanks Lake Forest By Mike McClure The Sussex Tech varsity girls’ lacrosse team topped Delmarva Christian, 18-14, last week behind nine goals by Maxine Fluharty. The Ravens’ Natalie Justice added four goals, Lindsay Danz had three goals, Sara Adams netted two goals, and Audrey White had one. Caitlin Stone recorded 10 saves in goal for Tech. Sellers is medalist in win over Seaford- Andrew Sellers was the medalist in the Ravens’ 145-181 win over Seaford last Thursday with a score of 34. Clayton Bunting added a 36 and Kyle Messick had a 37 in the Sussex Tech win. Boys’ lacrosse team wins one of two- The Sussex Tech boys’ lacrosse team fell to Caesar Rodney, 18-8, last Wednesday before topping Delmarva Christian, 5-3, on Friday. On Wednesday, David Fluharty had four goals and an assist, Quinn Stewart tallied three goals and dished out an assist, and Ben Bateman added a goal for Sussex Tech. Jacob Bernier contributed a pair of assists, Orlando Theiss and Alex MacLean each had an assist, Josh Smith recorded six saves, and teammate Justin Williams added five saves. On Friday, Stewart led the way with two goals and an assist, Fluharty and Bernier had one goal and one assist apiece, and Bateman scored a goal. Williams had five saves and Nick Robinson stopped two shots in the Sussex Tech win. Tech baseball team earns non-conference win- The Raven baseball team topped Easton, 7-4, last Saturday as Zach Adkins collected a pair of hits and drove in three runs, George Godwin had three hits, Sam Grahovac contributed two hits including a home run, and Chad Sturgeon double. No score was reported from Friday’s game against Smyrna. Lady Ravens edged by Smyrna, 1-0- The Sussex Tech softball team fell to Smyrna, 1-0, last Friday despite Brooke Tull’s 12 strikeouts and four-hitter. Girls’ soccer team nets a tie after pair of losses- The girls’ soccer team followed up losses to Indian River and Delmar with a 1-1 tie against Concord last Friday. Lauren Burkholder scored off a feed from Regina Fiacco to tie the score in the second half. Lisa Sekcinski recorded six saves in the game.

Laurel Pop Warner participants named All-American scholars Pop Warner recently named its 2007-2008 All-American scholars. In order to be nominated for this award, participants had to have a grade point average of 96 percent or higher. Also taken into consideration are: academic honors, extracurricular activities and community Service. This year over 7,800 applications were received, a record number. Laurel Pop Warner had 24 nominees. All 24 have been recognized at the national level by the Pop Warner organization for their accomplishments. They are as follows: First team scholars- Samantha Hawley, spirit, fifth grade; Kristina Metz, spirit, eighth grade and above Second team scholars- Sampson Ash, football, sixth grade; Bryce Bristow, football, seventh grade; Ethan Cahall, football, fifth grade; Caine Collins, football, seventh grade; Chase Gordy, football, eighth grade and above; Ashley Hastings, spirit, seventh grade; Ameena Jumarally, spirit, eighth grade and above; Ashley Jump, spirit, seventh grade; Alexander Koesters, football, seventh grade; Jasmine Matthews, spirit, fifth grade; Daylin McCausland, football, seventh grade; Jeremy Metz, football, fifth grade; Brianna Milliner, spirit, fifth grade; Noelle Rash, spirit, eighth grade and above; Justin Revel, football, fifth grade; Hayley Thomas, spirit, sixth grade; Jessica Thomas, spirit, seventh grade; Zachary Toadvine, football, eighth grade and above Honorable mention scholars- Sallie Rash, spirit, sixth grade; Justin Taylor, football, sixth grade; Anthony Townley, football, sixth grade; Beau Warrington, football, eighth grade and above


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Laurel/Seaford Star Tuesday high school scoreboard Girls’ soccer- Delmar 6, Dickinson 0 (Monday)- Corie Elliott netted three goals; Brittani Scott had one goal and dished out three assists; Sam Johnson and Maribeth Beach each tallied a goal; Katie McMahon added two assists; and Taylor Elliott had one assist for the Wildcats. Katie Elliott recorded two saves and Ashley Matos had three saves. Laurel 6, Pencader Charter 3- Laurel netted its first win of the season and third victory in its history as Kate Watson scored two goals and Kirsti Knight, Johanna Ray, Kelly Thibeau, and Dainne Paul each tallied a goal. Darlyssa Roberson had 11 saves. Indian River 7, Seaford 0- Erin Wooten made 25 saves in goal for the Jays. Delmar 11, Woodbridge 0- Brittani Scott paced Delmar with three goals, Katie McMahon and Katie Elliott each had one goal and three assists, and Corie Elliott added two goals. Maribeth Beach, Megan Wilkinson, and Sam Johnson also scored once. Boys’ lacrosse- St. Mark’s 15, Sussex Tech 4 (Monday)- Quinn Stewart netted two goals and had an assist and David Fluharty added a pair of goals for the Ravens. Delmar 16, Campus Community 3- Justin Thomas scored six goals, Taylor Ballard contributed five goals, Nick Bond added two goals and three assists, and Kevin Forse had one goal and two assists for Delmar. David Smith and Jared Rittenhouse each chipped in with one goal each . Girls’ lacrosse- Cape Henlopen 19, Sussex Tech 9 (Monday)- Maxine Fluharty scored eight goals and Lindsay Danz added one for Tech. Dover 15, Sussex Tech 9- Maxine Fluharty tallied six of her team’s goals in the loss. Baseball- Laurel 3, Delmar 2- Lance Kelley and Josh Kosiorowski each homered in the fifth inning to pace the Bulldogs. Brandon Hearne earned the win on the mound while Laurel catcher Zach Bonniwell and Kelley each had two hits. Dylan Shupe, who took the loss on the mound, had three doubles and Chad Porter added two hits including a home run for the Wildcats. Cape Henlopen 5, Seaford 4- Derrik Gibson had two hits and two RBIs, Tyler Joseph added two hits and an RBI, and losing pitcher Zach Shofer collected a pair of hits for the Jays. Softball- Laurel 14, Delmar 3- Brooke Evans tallied three hits and an RBI; Brittney Brittingham slugged a home run and a double and drove in six; and Stephanie Wheatley struck out eight and allowed three runs on four hits for the win. Alison Bloodsworth homered, Shannon Wilson tripled, and Melanie Twilley had two hits for Delmar. Polytech 8, Woodbridge 5- Emily Williamson and Charlotte Goodman each doubled and Grace Reardon tripled for the Raiders. Cape Henlopen 8, Seaford 0- Kelsey Riggleman, Jordan Hamon, Haley Quillen, and Stephanie Cordillo had one hit each for the Blue Jays. Boys’ track- Seaford 74.5, Cape Henlopen 71.5, Seaford 116, Polytech 29- Personal best second place finished by Deandre Dickerson in the shotput (37’ 11 1/2”) and Jeremy Jones in the discus (94’ 1”) led to the Blue Jay win. Lake Forest 88, Laurel 51- David Albert placed first in the long jump (19’ 11”) and triple jump (38’ 8”) and Caleb Wilson won the 300 meter hurdles (45.06) for Laurel. Girls’ track- Lake Forest 111, Laurel 32- Ashley Zarello placed first in the shotput (23’ 11”) for the Bulldogs. Polytech 79, Seaford 63; Cape Henlopen 96, Seaford 35- Ambre’ Burbage finished first in the triple jump (31’ 10”), long jump (14’ 5”) and 400 meter run (1:04.1) for Seaford. Girls’ tennis- Seaford 5, Smyrna 0- Kelly Kimpton (6-0, 6-0), Whitley Maddox (6-2, 6-4), Brenna James (6-0, 6-2), Emily Nielson and Jeanmarie Ferber (6-2, 6-3), and Kim Graves and Sara Manzana (6-1, 4-6, 6-0) earned wins for the Jays. Boys’ tennis- Seaford 3, Smyrna 2- Andrew Halter (2-6, 6-3, 6-4), Trevor Lee and Tony Fascelli (6-1, 6-1), and Drew Venables and Ethan Lee (6-0, 6-0) won for Seaford. Golf- Sussex Tech 154, Smyrna 184- Sussex Tech’s Clayton Bunting was the medalist with a 36, Kyle Messick added a 38, and Andrew Sellers had a 39. Sussex Central 183, Woodbridge 282- John Tomeski shot a 64 for the Raiders. Caesar Rodney 162, Laurel 209- Gaven Parker led Laurel with a 47 and Quinten Langley added a 52. Cape Henlopen 180, Seaford 191- Matt Lank had a 42, Tyler Hughes shot a 47, and Cory Ewing added a 47 for Seaford. MAKING CONTACTDelmar’s Dylan Shupe makes contact with a pitch during Tuesday’s home contest with Laurel. Shupe had three doubles but got the loss on the mound in the 3-2 Laurel win. Photo by Mike McClure

HERE’S THE PITCH- Laurel’s Brandon Hearne comes home with the pitch as Delmar’s Joe Pete takes a lead off second during Tuesday’s game in Delmar. Hearne earned the win in the 3-2 Bulldog victory as Laurel collected two fifth inning home runs. Photo by Mike McClure

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Mission of Hope welcomes new administrator Chaplain Michael Headley has been called to the Mission of Hope in Seaford to serve as the new administrator. Former administrator Paul Alexander is in a new position as director of philanthropy. As the Mission of Hope blossoms into the next level of operation, other changes are necessary to support the growth. Included in these changes was the election of Ed Banning as new president of the board of directors. The name, Mission of Hope, has also evolved within the last year for grant writing and development purposes. The mission, which was created in 1996 on the site of a bar where a local minister’s son had been shot, was formerly called the Seaford Mission. Now, however, the mission’s area of service extends well beyond the town of Seaford. Headley, who came to the Mission two months ago, sees a vast array of different needs — “a long waiting list of hurting men� — and a huge spiritual void that must be addressed. Headley noted, “We have many great capabilities with the community leaders on the board of directors and an opportunity to provide for those needs.� He has a great vision of what the mission’s campus is intended to be, which includes completion of the transitional housing building across the street from the dormitory and office; an educational building for Christian education, job training and life skills training; and a thrift shop to be opened nearby. “With this combination of needs and caregivers, one can only believe God is going to do ‘exceedingly and abundantly more than we could ask or think’ here at the Mission of Hope Outreach,� he said. The mission offers hope to all, not just those hooked on drugs or alcohol, Headley said. “The systems of this world — economic, health and political — have served to crush many people to the point of hopelessness. Several men here have just been given a home and are being reestablished in the community.� He continues, “My background, education and expertise in financial matters has prepared me for this position. God has matched me and this situation perfectly.� “In my opinion, Seaford’s drug problem is the equal of a big city problem in a small, rural town, but by working together we can take back ‘Crack Alley’ to make this a prosperous and successful campus where people’s lives are restored and God’s blessings go forth.� Headley himself has faced many of the challenges of the people he wants to help. Born in Lincoln, Neb., he began at age 12

stealing marijuana from a neighbor and smoking pot with a friend. Soon he began to drink and use harder drugs. In high school, he sold drugs to other students. When he learned the police were on his trail, he joined the Navy. Stationed in Japan, he became involved in the Japanese “underworld.� His activities were discovered by the Navy and he was sentenced to 10 years of confinement at hard labor. He ended up at the Norfolk Penitentiary in Virginia. He accepted an invitation from Chuck Colson’s Prison Fellowship Ministry to attend church admittedly because the church was air conditioned and the prison was very hot. In that chapel God spoke to his heart and he accepted Christ as his Savior. “I had been set free,� Headley said. “I was not sure what had transpired, but I knew God was real. He pardoned me.� Headley became involved with a Prison Fellowship program that pairs inmates with caring families and two years later he was released after serving four years of his sentence. He commented, “God’s grace is so rich and so deep and so undeserved, isn’t it?� Headley began sharing his testimony with teens and worked in youth camps. Heading west, he enrolled in Bethany University near Santa Cruz, Calif., which was founded by the Assemblies of God. He graduated in 1994 with a desire to understand God’s grace at a deeper level. He went on to the Church of God School of Theology in Cleveland, Tenn., where he earned a Master of Divinity degree and graduated in 1997. He prays he will never slip into his old ways. He said, “I am confident that He Who began a good work in me will be faithful to complete it. He continues to forgive and heal and He continues to work in me in spite of me!� Headley resides with his family in the area. In addition to his work at the Mission, he is youth pastor at Lincoln United Methodist Church. His wife, Lori, is a tremendous partner and assistant in their ministries, he said. Since his arrival at the Mission of Hope, Headley said he has been asked how the Mission can accomplish its goals, given all the complicated problems associated with drug addiction and alcoholism and the Mission’s lack of finances. His answer is that Jesus leads. “There are no other credits to give out, no other reasons for our successes. We have a Leader Who paid the ultimate price. There are hundreds of individuals, churches, businesses and organizations that just ‘feel prompted’ to help us out each month. With those offerings the bills get paid, many homeless are fed, drug addicts and alcoholics are set free, and when the day is done, things just seem to work out in an

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amazing way.� Services provided at the Mission of Hope include an adult male recovery program, residence, meals, devotions, education including a “Life Change Curriculum� and GED studies, Christian mentoring, job placement, money management, weekend worship services and after-care mentoring. Prayer and worship are essential to developing the spiritual man who is full of hope, joy, peace and love, Headley said. “God says he inhabits the praises of His people.� The Mission also assists within the court system and helps re-establish its graduates in the community, including helping find a room to rent or an apartment of their own. “We are very thankful to all the businesses, churches and others who daily donate food and money. With the increasing costs for utilities and gas, our bills are

pressing us to new ends, and we need additional “new contributors� to cover the increases. The whole vision and campus development is centered on the desire to crush poverty so people are able to walk on their own, Headley continued. “This job is not a heavy burden. I love ministering to people, helping the poor and homeless. When you’re doing something you love and you get paid for it, you enjoy going to work. It’s beautimus!� Headley said he would be more than happy to come to a church or organization to share the Mission’s vision. And if anyone knows of someone without hope, he welcomes a call. “Those in need rarely make the call themselves,� he explained. Chaplain Headley can be reached at the Mission at 6292559.

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Snapshots Becoming an Eagle Scout Members of Troop 90 perform part of the Eagle Scout ceremony, at which James Michael “L.J.” Watts was made an Eagle Scout.

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prayer garden that Watts built at Christ United Methodist Church, Laurel, for his Eagle Scout project. From left: Matt Porter, Jim Bradley, committee chairman, Jack Blackwell, Jeff Dulis, scout master, and Bill Hitch, master of ceremonies. Photo by Pat Murphy.

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Delmar Little League held its opening day ceremonies and parade on Saturday. Members of the First Shore Federal team, above, were part of the parade. The league celebrated its 50th anniversary with a special ceremony at the Mason-Dixon complex. Photos by Mike McClure

The team sponsored by Gardner Signs rides along the parade route, wearing Hawaiian leis and straw hats.

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Clotheslines have gone the D o i n g t h e T o w n s T o g e t h e r way of starch, cloth diapers LAUREL AND DELMAR SOCIALS Most of us enjoy those times when we can sit and wax poetic about the “good old days.” Invariably, when two or more are gathered together, the subject will involve memories of times shared with friends and family, ordinary things that were a part of our everyday lives, or how we did what and why. All of this came to mind on a recent day as I removed fluffy towels from the clothes dryer. This household task has become an ordinary part of our daily life. Yet it wasn’t too long ago that hanging clothes outside on the line was as ordinary and necessary as cooking a meal, washing the dishes or making the beds each day. As it has been for years and years, Monday is change the beds day. Fresh sheets are put on each bed and the soiled linens are popped into the automatic washer. When washed and rinsed, the clean sheets are transferred to the automatic dryer. After going through the heating cycle for a specific number of minutes, the clothes are removed from the dyer, folded and placed on the shelves of the linen closet until the beds are changed again. The entire process goes like clockwork and happens every Monday. For many years, installation of the clothes poles and heavy line that held the wet clothes was the first thing that happened when a new home was built or when a home was remodeled. The housewife was always concerned about just where the clothesline would be installed in the backyard. Now, in these days of automatic everything, installation of a clothesline is something that hardly crosses our minds. Any number of Sussex Countians will drive to Pennsylvania’s Amish country and view the seemingly mile-long clothes lines with drying clothes flapping in the breeze. Those viewing this scene will comment on the beauty of the sight they behold, as well as discuss the work involved by the female members of the household. Invariably those discussing the long wash lines will comment on the sight, ending their comment with, “I remember when we had a wash line.” Most of us do. We remember cloth diapers, when we scrubbed the kitchen floor

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Marilyn and Mitch Lagowski have returned from a Gene’s Limo bus trip to Branson, Mo. They were accompanied by friends Mary Ann and Pete Smulski for six days of marvelous music, beautiful scenery and delightful dining experiences. Marilyn says she’s ready to return. It seems that April is rife with birthdays, all enjoyed with groups of family members and friends. Emma Gray of Bethel celebrated on Sunday at Pizza King in Seaford. I understand that she is 102 years old and made all the arrangements for the party herself. Also on Sunday, Irene Elliott was hosted to a full day and dining in her old home town of Frankford. Her day was April 21. And on April 25, Richard Roller celebrated his birthday. Here are a bevy of good wishes to Verna Disharoon for her day on April 27 from all the gals in her Tuesday bridge club. And — my sources tell me that Anna Mae Collins was hosted to an observance at the Delmar diner on Sunday, April 20. Her actual birthday is April 24. So, happy birthday to all of you who are having a memorably good week and celebrating! Area Red Hat groups will observe the 10th birthday of the national organization with 400 representatives at the CHEER Center in Georgetown on April 25. I’m sure that several of our groups from Laurel will attend, but I did get word that the Lunch Bunch from here will make merry at this 10th celebration. One of its members, Janet Lee, persuaded Mayor John Shwed to proclaim April 25 as Red Hat Day. There are still openings for reservations for the Laurel alumni banquet on May 17. If you do not have your printed form to send in, just get in touch with Charlene Dubinski at 875-3819. It’s a good evening for fellowship with old friends you may only see once a year and as usual a great meal prepared by the ladies of the Laurel Fire Department’s auxiliary. My one social event for the past week was the wonderful Saxophobia concert in Seaford. Rob Verdi and his trio of artists

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MORNING STAR • APRIL 24 - 30, 2008

Surprise tribute honors State Senator Adams By Frank B. Calio

FRANK CALIO

Last Tuesday, I had the privilege to attend a surprise tribute to Adams has made sure Bridgeville State Senator Thurman Adams Jr. who was honored for his that this area is not 35 years in the Delaware Senate. The non-partisan crowd of over 500 included Delaware’s U.S. Con- shorted when it comes gressman Mike Castle, Republican to sharing tax dollars. Delaware House Speaker Terry Spence and a good representation of Republican House members, indent Pro Tempore, he does wield power, cluding locals Biff Lee, Ben Ewing, Danbut he does not abuse that power — a ny Short, as well as Republican members large difference. of the State Senate. Speaker after speaker praised the SenaThe attendees looked like a sampling of tor for his honesty and his steadiness that Who’s Who in Delaware government. make him both trustworthy and unbending. The governor, lieutenant governor, He was praised for not being a double judges, cabinet members, lobbyists and dealer, one who does not cave under prespast elected officials all came to pay tribsure, and one who knows how to work his ute to the “godfather” of Delaware politics, a person who probably has more pow- way through the legislative tangle to get bills passed. er than any of the eight governors he has Rep. Castle said, “He is as straightforserved under. This was noted by Castle, who said that ward as any person I’ve ever dealt with.” Castle and Adams were both sworn in when he was governor he would tell Thuras senators on January 1973 along with man, who has served as chairman of the David H. Elliott of Laurel. Castle went on Executive Committee since 1977, which to become governor, but had to deal with a lawyers he wanted appointed as judges Democrat Senate and Adams as the leader and Thurman would inform him that wasof the Senate. n’t going to happen. When the Senator retires [this may be Many on the outside looking in would think that was one person having too much Adams’ last term], the people of Delaware will lose the last of the old-time politipower. cians, those who represent the people’s inHowever, Senator Adams spends a lot terest first, not their own. of time researching backgrounds on nomiAnd, with his retirement, we will probnees, and if you haven’t toed the line, were ably see the last Pro Tempore from southnot approachable, fair, and understanding ern Delaware with the power of the Senate of people’s problems, you could forget going to New Castle County. your name being presented before the full If you think the bottom half of the state Senate for a vote. Because of his position as Senate Presi- doesn’t get much from the state in the

form of roads and services, wait until Adams leaves the Senate. He has made sure that this area is not shorted when it comes to sharing tax dollars. When I was Commissioner of Elections, because of an act of Congress, states were mandated to change election procedures. We had numerous numbers of legislation that needed to be passed in a few months before the federal mandate went into effect. When I went to him and explained our problem, he gave me his word and full cooperation that my legislation would be passed. I left his office never doubting his word. Some of the legislation would be a big change for Delaware lawmakers and controversial, but he never flinched from his promise to help. In all, 10 bills were passed in a matter of a few months, which has to be some type of a record in Dover. I was not the only one to expect this type of loyalty from Senator Adams. He is a low-key man who keeps his word. Don’t ever fib to him because if you do, don’t expect his support. He does not forget! That’s my kind of man. I can’t stand someone telling me what I want to hear and then doing the opposite. He has quietly had input in shaping Delaware’s court system to where our courts are the ideal of the country, especially Chancery Court, which hears and rules on cases of Fortune 500 companies. His strong leadership has helped the state out of difficult financial challenges and he has supported education from the local level to his alma mater, the University of Delaware. He is not afraid to take on criticism or a fight. You had better have your ducks in a

row if you want to take on the good Senator because you can bet he’s done his research. Many people bemoan not having calls returned or being able to see their representative. I can almost guarantee you that any weekday morning, you can go to his feed mill office in Bridgeville at 7 a.m., ask any question you want, and you’ll receive an honest assessment of your problem. And if he says he will help you, count on it. Of all of his achievements, sponsorship and passage of the state’s “Enhanced 911” bill is probably his proudest achievement. The bill allowed for a small surcharge on home bills for financing the purchase and installation of high tech equipment that could pinpoint the caller’s location on a computer screen. Imagine the number of lives saved by his legislation. Because of a glitch in the organ transplant procedure for donations, Thurman and his late wife, Hilda, lost a son who was waiting for an organ to be delivered. As a result, both jumped in and became leaders in the effort, not only in Delaware but nationally, to make it possible for more lives to be saved by making it easier for those in need of organ transplants to receive an organ on time. The legislation became law in Washington, D.C., and Delaware. Profits from last week’s tribute [$20,000] went to the foundation, which was started by him and his late wife to assist those in need. He is truly a great person and, true to his form, his remarks were short and sweet. As only Thurman would say, he thanked everyone there for helping him with his achievements.

There is no career launching pad like the belly of an oil barge I suppose the soaring gas prices are to be blamed on the price of a ONY INDSOR barrel of oil. I traveled to Virginia over the ...surrounded by several weekend and as I passed through three states I saw pump prices that hundred gallons of seemed to change as I was pumping gas. There is very little to smile flammable fuel incited about when I see the tragically high prices, especially when I am an immediate reaction. making a long trip. However, thinking about the oil barge, oil. The barges would dock after price of oil did cause me to recollect a totally non-related memory of my youth that having unloaded the oil and wait on a thorough cleaning before heading back for led to a chuckle. reloading. In the summer of 1975, I had just gradAs a scrub man, my job, along with uated Crisfield High School. Since I had about a dozen other highly qualified, well spent my school years so wisely and preeducated professionals, was to climb down pared so well for my future as an adult, I inside the belly of the vessel and clean it. found myself standing in line at the boat There are several components of this docks in competition for a job as a scrub job that make it so apprehensible. First of man on an oil barge. all, the deck of the barge is a flat surface, Now, I would venture to say that there are few jobs more demeaning and rigorous void of anything but steel. On this flat surface are strategically placed doors that lift than this job. If you are not familiar, let me give you an idea of what the duties en- to reveal a hole and a steel ladder. As you peer down into the open hole, tailed. An oil barge is huge. It is like a subma- you see absolutely nothing, just a hole that is as black and bleak as outer space, void rine that stays above the water. Inside is just what you would expect to be inside an of the planets and stars.

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The smell of raw fuel hits you immediately, but there is no turning back. I noticed that leading down into the hole was a rope. I was handed a metal dustpan and ordered down the ladder. As I made my way down into the deep dark abyss, I could hear the scraping of metal on metal. Inside the hole, I now stood flat on the bottom surface of the barge. The only light came from the hole above me. All across the bottom floor of the barge were other guys, most of which I remembered as classmates in younger years, before they dropped out of school or went to prison. I was the only scrub man inside the barge with a high school diploma. I quickly realized that this provided me no upper hand in the deal as someone prodded me and told me to “get to work.” Let me give you an idea of what “get to work” entailed. My job required that I kneel down with the dust pan and scrape the oil off the floor of the barge. I would then dump the oil into a bucket that was attached to a rope. Once full, I would yank on the rope and the bucket would be lifted up through the hole by someone on deck. We worked in two-man crews and could only stay inside the barge for 10 minutes at a time. The fuel odor was over-

whelming and eventually caused lightheadedness and who knows what else. So, we would rotate with the bucket lifters every 10 minutes. I was assigned duties with a friend, Ron S., who had both dropped out of high school two years earlier and also had just gotten out of jail two days before taking this job. He was quick to point out that I had spent two extra years in school only to wind up with the same job he had. There was no question that I was sharing the belly of an oil barge with some pretty tough characters. I quickly learned this at the moment Ron put down his dustpan, leaned back on the ladder and lit a cigarette. Ordinarily this would have created no alarm. However, surrounded by several hundred gallons of flammable fuel incited an immediate reaction. I went up the ladder like a squirrel on crack. At the top of the barge I handed the supervisor my dustpan and hard hat and offered no notice prior to escaping the oil barge. As for those who may look down on such job ethics, I do not consider myself a quitter. I think of myself more as a survivor.


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Writer appalled by city’s determination to press on I was appalled by the reaction of Seaford City Hall to the second citizen defeat of a repeat annexation vote. Mayor Butler is quoted in the April 10th Seaford Star as saying that the city would continue to work for annexation of the two properties. Exactly where did the citizen's clear message to the city to stop and desist get lost? When it has been pointed out that there are more central areas of the city that need renewal or development, this was ignored. Barbara Taylor rightly pointed out that the west side of the city is in need of a full line grocery store. Yet, Fresh Pride, which used to have a store in the Nylon Capitol Shopping Center, had to close up — and rather suddenly — when it received a bill for $20,000 for a single month to provide power to the store. We can build a spec building with the State, but we can't build an energy efficient building or retrofit the current building so that we on the west side can have a grocery store, rather than running the gauntlet on U.S. 13 or driving over to Federalsburg. Perhaps someone at City Hall will note that the price of gasoline is going out of sight and having a grocery store nearby would be of huge benefit to the west side citizenry. And then, of course, there IS the Nylon Capitol Shopping Center, once the commercial hub of Seaford, but now an almost deserted relic. Will it be demolished like the once thriving Salisbury Mall? Personally, I thought that what happened to the Salisbury Mall was a shame. Sound buildings were simply abandoned and eventually torn down. Now, like as is being pushed by our local government, most all of the action in Salisbury is going north. Well, not quite all, thankfully. The Giant Shopping Center still offers one of the best grocery stores in that town. And Wal-Mart has opened a store to the south in Fruitland. Peninsula Regional Medical Center in the heart of Salisbury continues to build. If you want to build houses, there is still much land on either side of Atlanta Road. There are actually some new developments going in there, a hopeful sign. There are many beautiful homes out Woodland Road. And, Martin Farms, in the heart of the west side, still is beautiful with well-maintained homes. What is needed, as far as I can see, is a renewal of a shopping area on the west side of the city, whose residents are now poorly served. If our City Fathers won't get the message, perhaps it is time they retire and we elect people who will listen to their citizens. Richard T. Eger Seaford

Second Amendment Rights

I grew up in a house full of weapons, especially firearms. I am daughter to an avid hunter and wife to a Marine that has qualified "expert" six years running on the rifle range. I realize that my experience with firearms is not exactly the norm as far exposure to weapons goes, but I feel the need to defend the Second Amendment

Final Word every chance I get. I'm sure all of you have seen those ridiculous bumper stickers that claim, "Guns kill people!" When I see statements like that, I want to scream. A gun cannot kill a person. A gun is not capable of thought; it does not have a will of its own. It cannot decide to kill. Ill-intentioned people with guns kill people. That's how the bumper sticker should read! There are several weapons laws on the books that are well written and serve to protect the public from crazies that want to kill the innocent. However, it seems to me that many of the firearms laws passed in recent years have done nothing to protect law-abiding citizens. With few exceptions, all these laws have accomplished is to make gun ownership an inconvenient maze of hoops law abiding citizens must jump through. For example, if I were a criminal and I was planning to purchase a firearm to commit armed robbery, I would not purchase a gun from a licensed firearm dealer. These dealers must enforce gun laws on

Horsey Youth Golf Classic planned

The Annual Horsey Family Youth Foundation Celebrity Golf Classic will take place on May 21-22 at Heritage Shores Golf and Country Club in Bridgeville. All proceeds benefit the Horsey Family Youth Foundation. Headliners of this year's event include University of Delaware Head Football Coach K.C. Keeler; Hall of Famer Brooks Robinson of the Baltimore Orioles; and Anita Marks from MASN sports broadcasting. Each team will be paired up with a celebrity to enjoy a round of golf at Heritage Shores. Festivities begin on Wednesday, May 21 at 6 p.m. with a meet and greet of the celebrities in the Heritage Shores Ball Room. After the cocktail hour, dinner will be served. A live auction of sports memorabilia items will be auctioned off to the highest bidder. On Thursday, May 22 everyone will hit the links to enjoy a day of golf. There are still teams available, so sign up and play with your childhood heroes. There will be plenty of refreshments while playing. There will also be prizes along with a putting contest to test your skills and longest drive contest to see your power. The HFYF Celebrity Golf Classic benefits the Horsey Family Youth Foundation, which serves the youth of Delaware in education and athletic programs. Some of the other celebrities that will be returning for another year include Tom Matte, Lenny Moore, Joe Washington, Bruce Laird and many more. To attend the dinner or play golf, contact Mike Payne at 302-542-7813.

the books, waiting period, background checks, etc. I would purchase my gun from someone who sells privately and is not bound by the same rules. When they fire off a shot at a store clerk that refuses to give money, they don't want the police to trace the bullet to a gun recently purchased at the local gun store. If they dump the weapon after the crime, they don't want the police to look at the serial number and find them in less than an hour. They are not stupid. My point it this. Gun laws are well intentioned. I believe that many of these laws serve a purpose. However, making it harder for law-abiding citizens to own or carry a weapon makes little sense to me. Trigger locks and disassembled weapons serve no purpose during a home invasion. My father taught me gun safety at an early age. When I was curious about weapons, he would take me outside and show me how they worked. I had no reason to experiment on my own. I was allowed to operate firearms under supervision whenever I wanted. I knew the consequences of irresponsibility with firearms because my father diligently taught me about them instead of making me afraid of them. I am suggesting that the key to preventing gun violence is two-fold. First, education at an early age is crucial. Children are curious about what they see. Most dramatic television shows will show at least one firearm in each episode.

If a child is well educated about the purpose for a weapon and the damage it can do if misused, they will respect firearms and practice gun safety. There are several places children can be taught gun safety. One need only look in the yellow pages to find them. There are also several hunting organizations that teach children gun safety and take them hunting. There is no shortage of resources for firearm education. Second, enforcement of laws that punish gun crimes must be enforced. So much time and money is wasted on the State and Federal level writing these gun laws that do not get enforced while enacting new laws that serve no purpose in punishing criminals but, instead, limit the rights of responsible gun owners. Laura Rogers Star Staff

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