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News Christmas Parade - The Seaford Christmas Parade takes place on Saturday, Dec. 4, at 7 p.m. Rain date is Sunday, Dec. 5, at 7 p.m. SANTA - ‘Be a Santa to a Senior’ this holiday season. Page 2 FLOODING - Seaford moving ahead with flood relief project. Page 3 HEROES - Rose Poole looks for ways to encourage others. Page 8 COOKING - Sen. Carper visits area ‘Now We’re Cooking’ program. Page 9 ACTION - Seaford native finds fame on movie and TV screens. Page 10 CHRISTMAS - Historical Society planning a weekend of special events at the Governor Ross Mansion. Page 12 HEALTH - Cancer survivor starts photo slide show business. Page 22

Sports All-conference - The Seaford Star salutes the Western Sussex athletes named first team all-conference for the Fall sports season. Page 24 Winter sports - Preview stories for Seaford, Woodbridge, and Sussex Tech begin on page 24. Sports contest - The Star’s sports award contest begins this week. Make your pick for the story, team, athletes, and coach of the year. See ad on page 29.

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Youth finds unusual way to make a big difference By Lynn R. Parks

On a hot day in August, Emma Rider, 13, sat in the barn at her home near Bridgeville, surrounded by used shoes. She had collected the shoes for EDGE Outreach, a faith-based, nonprofit organization in Louisville, Ky., that installs water purification systems in developing countries, and it was her job to pull the shoes from whatever container they were in and put them in large plastic bags, 40 pairs to a bag. In the heat and humidity of midsummer, it was a smelly job. “She was handling what had been on other people’s feet,” said her mother, Lori Ockels. “And she turned to me and said, ‘What have I signed up for?’ ” Ockels reminded Emma of the reasons that she agreed to help EDGE in the first place: That every 20 seconds, a child dies somewhere in the world because of water-related diseases, including cholera. That the number of people dying from unsafe drinking water is the equivalent of a 747 filled with people and crashing, killing everyone, every 30 minutes. If Delawareans died at the rate that people around the world die from unsafe drinking water, our population would be gone in a few months. Emma rallied. And now, four months later, a horse stall in the barn is nearly filled with used shoes packed in plastic bags. A truck from EDGE is scheduled to visit the farm in midDecember to pick them up. Emma started collecting shoes in mid-August, after learning about the EDGE program from her brother, Nathan, who is a volunteer there. Her goal was to collect 4,000 pairs of shoes by Thanksgiving; so far, she

Emma Rider, 13, has collected used shoes of all sorts, from the smallest child’s shoe to the largest man’s. The shoes will go to EDGE Outreach, based in Louisville, Ky., which sells them to help finance placement of water purification systems in developing countries. Photo by Lynn R. Parks

has collected 6,000 pairs of shoes. She enlisted the help of two churches she attends, Crossroad Community Church near Bridgeville and Union United Methodist Church, as well as her 4H group, Dublin Hill. She also made a presentation about EDGE to her school, the Sussex Academy of Arts and Sciences near Georgetown, which then embarked on its own shoe collection effort. So far, the school has collected 1,000 pairs of shoes. EDGE Outreach sorts the donated shoes that it receives into wearable and not wearable. The wearable shoes are

sold to an exporter who in turn sells them to people in developing countries who are interesting in having a business. Those entrepreneurs sell the shoes to their countrymen. Non-wearable shoes are sold to a recycling company that grinds them up to make recycled surfacing material, used in playgrounds. With every 2,000 pairs of shoes that it receives, EDGE can raise enough money to put in one water purification system. Each system can provide Continued on page 20

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‘Be a Santa to a Senior’ this holiday season

By Carol Kinsley

While there are many programs, such as Toys for Tots, that provide joy at Christmas for underprivileged children, there are also isolated and needy senior citizens in our community who will have little to celebrate at Christmas without some help. Home Instead Senior Care, a non-medial home care service agency, is teaming up with nonprofit agencies and area retailers to sponsor “Be a Santa to a Senior” – a program that collects, wraps and delivers gifts to seniors who are financially in need and without family nearby. “Most people aren’t aware that there are literally hundreds, if not thousands, of seniors in every community who have no family and are alone,” said Erin Lee, general manager of the Home Instead Senior Care office serving Kent and Sussex counties. “What’s more, this holiday season finds many older adults struggling to make ends meet.” In the fall, participating local non-profit organizations, senior centers and assisted living

Look-In Glass jewelry sale

Shop for silver and gold jewelry and other gifts in the lobby at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital on Thursday, Dec. 16, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Friday, Dec. 17, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Look-In Glass Shoppe (located within Nanticoke Memorial Hospital) is hosting a “Pretty Pickins Jewelry Sale” with items from $5 to $500. Pretty Pickins will also buy your gold, silver and platinum on the spot. Payroll deductions for purchases are available for eligible NHS employees. All proceeds of the Look-In Glass Shoppe go to Nanticoke Health Services to support patient care services.

Perdue renews contract

BASF Plant Science and Perdue AgriBusiness have renewed their contracting agreement for NutriDense Grain. Perdue AgriBusiness, a leading merchandiser, processor and exporter of grain, is committed to working with local farmers to enhance their profitability through NutriDense Grain contracting. “Over the past year, we have seen competitive yield results and positive feeding trials with NutriDense Grain,” said John Ade, Perdue AgriBusiness vice president of grain sales and merchandising. As a result of the agreement with BASF Plant Science, corn growers delivering to the Perdue AgriBusiness locations in

facilities identified seniors and provided their names, as well as specific gift requests, to Home Instead Senior Care. Ornaments with first names only and gift requests decorate Christmas trees in Halpern Eye Care Centers in Seaford, Smyrna, Milford, Millville, Middletown, Dover and Bear and also Halpern Opthamology Associates in Dover, Cape Henlopen Senior Center in Rehoboth and the Dover Mall. Holiday shoppers can pick up an ornament, buy items on the list and return them unwrapped to the store, along with the ornament attached. Volunteers will then collect wrap and deliver the gifts to area seniors. The general public is invited to community gift wrapping parties on Dec. 10 at Cape Henlopen Senior Center, from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and again Dec. 15, the same hours, at Heritage Assisted Living in Dover. Wrapping supplies are also welcome donations, as are monetary gifts that help make sure every senior whose name has been submitted receives a gift. “Be a Santa to a Senior is a way to show our gratitude to

those older adults who have seniors. year, she noted the only card on contributed so much to our comHome Instead is a global com- Mary’s bulletin board was the Be munity,” Lee said. “We hope pany of an independent franchises a Santa card from the previous to reach out to many with this with 880 offices in 15 countries. year. Caregivers at the facility gesture of holiday cheer and A lot of those franchises have confirmed that the Be a Santa goodwill.” adopted the Be a Santa program. gift was the only item Mary had This is the seventh year for The impact hit home for one volreceived the whole year. “Be a Santa to Seniors.” The pro- unteer who in 2006 had visited For more information about gram has attracted nearly 60,000 an 87-year-old woman named the program, call 302-697-6435 volunteers and provided 1.2 milMary in a local nursing facility. or visit www.beasantatoasenior. 10CSDB_10ADV_6x10_MRNGSTR_00646 10”H lion gifts to more than 700,000 When she returned the following6”w Xcom.

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Seaford moving ahead with flood relief project By Lynn R. Parks

The city of Seaford is moving forward with its plan to borrow $2.579 million from the state for a project to alleviate flooding in Wilmar Village behind Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church. The loan was approved by the state last month and at its Nov. 23 meeting, the city council voted to accept the loan. The city has 120 days to meet the conditions of the loan, or else it forfeits the funding. Among the conditions is the OK of the public in a referendum. The city will have to hire a special law firm to prepare those resolutions. The 20-year loan, authorized by the Delaware Clean Water Advisory Council, would carry a two-percent interest rate and no closing fee. Annual payback, which would be collected through the city’s sewer bills, would be $157,090, or approximately $3.56 per month per household. Homes and streets in Wilmar Village are frequently flooded following rainstorms. They were severely flooded in June 2006 after a storm dumped up to 13 inches of rain on western Sussex County. In addition, the dam at Williams Pond, where all the storm water from Wilmar Village ends up, was under severe stress after the storm. Because of fear that the dam would break, residents of the nearby

LifeCare at Lofland Park rehabilitation center had to be evacuated. City manager Dolores Slatcher has said that the flooding relief project would have benefits beyond Wilmar Village. It would also help control storm water on Collins Avenue and would include a new outfall pipe on the downstream side of the Williams Pond dam that would ease pressure on the pond after large rainfalls. The project as planned includes several “green” aspects, she added. The impervious pavement in the parking lot at Our Lady of Lourdes would be replaced with pavers, so that water can seep into the ground instead of rushing into the street. Also, several “rain gardens,” slightlydepressed areas of land that are planted with plants and that can absorb rainwater, would be situated throughout the area. Engineering firm George, Miles and Buhr has nearly completed an engineering study of flooding in the area and ways to alleviate it, Slatcher said. “The project is 95 percent designed and ready to go.” In a presentation to the city council in February 2007, GMB project director Judy Schwartz said that the current stormwater management system was installed in 1949 by the Delaware Department of Transportation and then upgraded in 1961 to include Wilmar Village. The area was annexed into the city in 1966.

Former club members want a memorial By Lynn R. Parks

Board members of the former Seaford Golf and Country Club have renewed their request from the city of Seaford that they be allowed to put up a memorial stone near the golf course’s first tee. The club, established in 1941, closed at the end of last year. The city purchased the club property last June and reopened the golf course in July. To present the request, board president Charles Butler appeared at the Nov. 23 Seaford City Council meeting, along with four other members of the now-defunct club’s board. Following the direction of council members, city manager Dolores Slatcher agreed to meet with representatives of the club’s board and city employees to put together a proposal for a memorial that will be presented at the Jan. 11 city council meeting. The board’s request to be allowed to put up a memorial stone was first presented to the city council in August. No one from the club’s board was present at that meeting and the motion, made by Councilwoman Pat Jones, died for the lack of a second. “I believe that a plaque would be more appropriate than a memorial stone,” Councilwoman Leanne Phillips-Lowe said at that meeting. “This seems a bit excessive.” At last week’s meeting, Butler said that the memorial stone as proposed by the board of governors would be five feet tall, 20 inches wide and six inches thick. On it would be written, “The former home of Seaford Golf and Country Club. Established in 1941 by the DuPont Co. for its employees. Purchased by the member-

ship in 1997. Closed December 31, 2009. Purchased by the city of Seaford June 30, 2010.” The memorial would be made of granite and would be sunk in concrete. It would be durable and weather tolerant, Butler said. “We believe that this is important,” Butler told the council. “Even though the country club is gone away, it was certainly a very important part of the lives of a lot of people and there ought to be some remembrance of the club.” The proposed memorial stone, he added, “is not a very big thing.” He added, “We believe that it would be less intrusive than a state marker,” something that was suggested during the August city council meeting. “We are not looking for something to jump out at you. We want it to blend in with the area.”

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MORNING STAR • december 2 - 8, 2010

Willard Agri-Service of Greenwood receives honor By Carol Kinsley

Willard Agri-Service of Greenwood celebrated “agriculture’s good news” on Nov. 22, including the facility’s honor of being named national winner of the Environmental Respect Award earlier this year. Representatives of DuPont Crop Protection and CropLine magazine, sponsors of the global awards program, were on hand to congratulate the Willard family. The Environmental Respect Awards program, now in its 20th year, was established for three reasons, explained K. Elliott Nowels of CropLife. “To honor farm supply retailers for their environmental stewardship, to hold up their good works for others to emulate, and to create good news for agriculture. Preserving and protecting the environment are key for agriculture.” DuPont North America Director John Chrosniak said “the environmental stewardship of this company is really top shelf.” He added the award was “very prestigious” and “an unbelievable honor” for the company. This is not the first time a Willard facility has won the national title. Willard’s Marion, Pa., facility was a national award and three other Willard’s facilities have won at the regional level. “Why Willard’s? Look at this facility,” Chrosniak said. The plant, built in 2004, showcases what Willard Agri-Service has done. Willard won the award based on excellence in site design, in-plant storage and handling procedures, proper application

and leadership in safety and stewardship among customers and employees. Willard has taken many extra steps to ensure the environmental impact of its business is minimal, including sampling and testing storm water before release, installing three-tier containment systems, bulk chemical storage tanks and conducting daily tank inspections. The company prides itself on being “knowledge providers” for its farmer customers. Using their High Q precision agriculture computersupported program, the staff can record every operation completed on a field, allowing them to make better, safer recommendations. Standing in for Gov. Markell, State Secretary of Agriculture Ed Kee noted “keeping farmers profitable is the key business of Willard’s and of the state.” He added the state has recently invested three million dollars to help businesses such as Perdue in its relocation to Seaford, Mountaire in resource recovery, Vlassic in conversion to natural gas and Hanover for grading equipment. These investments “translate back to more opportunities for farmers,” Kee said. Mike Twining, general manager of sales for the facility, was introduced as “Ambassador of Respect.” He said, “we didn’t have to ramp up to win the award. We just took the time to write down what we do. We work for excellence at this plant.” Willard Agri-Service also works to help its farmers produce more with less. In 1940, one farmer fed 19 people; today he

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feeds 155, Twining said. “We need to feed the hungry world and clean the environment at the same time. I’m convinced agriculture wants to be a part of that.” Agricultural and community leaders in the audience were called upon to share good news. Among them was Josh McGrath, University of Maryland soil fertility specialist, who said agriculture has come a long way in the past 10 to 15 years, making huge reductions in nutrient surplus. “At the university we can come

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Business StudioJAED announces addition of two designers to its staff

StudioJAED, a full-service architectural, engineering and facilities solutions firm, announces two staff additions. Aaron Daugherty has joined the staff of StudioJAED as a CAD Designer. Daugherty has extensive experience as a CAD technician and designer with a prominent architectural firm. StudioJAED president and CEO Jim Hutchison said that Daugherty’s vast and thorough knowledge of building systems and operations makes him an excellent addition to the StudioJAED team. “Aaron’s expertise in architecture and drafting and his ability to resolve problems will be a great asset to our clients.” In addition to working as a CAD technician, Daugherty has an Architectural Engineering Technology degree from Delaware Community College and is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Architecture at Drexel University. Daugherty has vast experience in AutoCAD and three dimensional modeling which aligns him perfectly with StudioJAED’s leading edge Building Information Modeling (BIM) technology path forward. StudioJAED also announces that Michael Pennington has joined the staff as a Mechanical Designer. Pennington has extensive experience as a CAD technician and designer with firms in Delaware, including StudioJAED. Hutchison said that Pennington’s return is a welcome sign of an economic turnaround for his industry.



Hutchison said Pennington was an intricate part of StudioJAED’s deferred maintenance, assessment and drawing verification team which gives him immense knowledge of building systems and operations and makes him an excellent addition to the current StudioJAED staff. “Mike’s background in mechanical and civil engineering design and his previous five-year employment with StudioJAED is a major advantage to our clients,” Hutchison said. Pennington has vast experience in AutoCAD and three-dimensional modeling which aligns him perfectly with StudioJAED’s leading edge Building Information Modeling (BIM) technology path forward, Hutchison said. StudioJAED uses this new 3-D, intelligent design information while designing all our facilities which allows projects to be designed and built faster, with fewer change orders, at a high level of quality and overall reduced project cost.

Seaford okays U.S. 13 development

By Lynn R. Parks

Three years after a preliminary OK from the Seaford City Council, plans for residential and commercial development, including a grocery store, are back on track. The property is located on U.S. 13, north of the existing Walmart shopping complex. The city council originally approved subdivision of the 37-acre property and sketch plans for the project in November 2007. Property owner Mike Zimmerman asked for an extension of that approval, which was good for just two years, in November 2009. That twoyear extension was set to expire in November 2011. In a second public hearing on the project, held Tuesday, Nov. 23, Zimmerman told the council that he had been waiting for a decision from the Army Corps of Engineers about whether the property has wetlands on it. That decision, which took two and a half years, said that it does not, clearing the way for the development. Following last week’s public hearing, council members unanimously approved subdivision of the property into two plots, rezoning of one plot to allow for commercial development and preliminary

plans for the complex. City building official Josh Littleton said that a vote on the subdivision request was necessary because the subdivision that the city approved in 2007 along with the preliminary plan approval was never recorded with the county. The property is now divided into two plots, one about 13 acres and the other about 20 acres. (The remaining 2 and ½ acres are set aside for a state right-ofway.) The larger parcel, zoned for highdensity residential development, is on the south side of the property. The smaller, northern parcel is zoned for highway commercial development. According to the complex’s sketch plans, the residential section will have 184 apartments in 11 buildings. The commercial section will have 89,000 square feet of retail space, including a grocery store. The development will be done in four phases. Approvals are still pending from the fire marshal’s office, the Sussex Conservation District, the Delaware Department of Transportation, the state Office of Drinking Water and the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control. The city also still has to give its final seal of approval.


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Rose Poole looks for ways to encourage others By James Diehl “If I can help someone along the way, then my living will not be in vain.” These are the words Seaford resident Rose Poole lives her life by, and she takes them to heart each and every day. Whether it’s through her role with the Sussex Community Crisis House, or her responsibilities with the Kiwanis Club or her duties with the Seaford Historical Society, it’s her mantra and she adheres to it daily. “I truly believe that you get what you give,” she says with a smile. “I’ve just always been the kind of person who looks for the best in everybody.” It hasn’t always been easy, especially growing up in the segregated South. Her youth was spent with her friends and siblings, attending their own theaters and using their own transportation. Even the water fountains were for “colored only,” though that didn’t stop her and her adventurous sister from crossing the line one hot summer day. “We just wanted to see if it tasted any differently,” she says with a shrug. “But we were always taught growing up to be respectful. Daddy always taught us that you’re no better than the next person, but that the next person is also no better than you.” Today Poole considers herself a role model in Sussex County’s black community, an example of what today’s youth can become with a little patience and a lot of hard work. Deeply involved in Macedonia African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church, she serves on the steward board, as the director of Christian education, is a member of the choir and volunteers her time as a Sunday School teacher. Poole takes every advantage to stress to today’s young people the importance of making a difference in their communities. Perhaps it harkens back to her days as a schoolteacher, more than four decades of them. “I really try to encourage and inspire our youth as much as I can,” she says. “I just tell them to be proud of who they are. You have to believe in yourself and in whatever job you set out to do. Give it your best and remember that there’s always someone available to help you if you need it.” Arriving in Seaford in 1967 when her then husband was offered a job with the Seaford School District, Poole spent three years herself as a teacher at West Seaford Elementary School before leaving to raise a family. She returned to the workforce three years later out of a desire to make a difference in

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If you know of someone who has dedicated his or her life to service to others, suggest their names for this series. Contact James Diehl at 302-222-2685 or email Bryant Richardson, brichardson@ the lives of area children, though her next 31 years were spent as an employee of the nearby Milford School District. Though she had seven years of teaching experience in her home state of Georgia, Poole had never taught a white child before arriving in Delaware. But she never liked to make that an issue – a child is a child and they are all in school to learn, she says. When illustrating this point, Poole likes to tell a story about her daughter Yolanda’s kindergarten year in Bridgeville. Thinking back on her little girl’s days as a tutu-sporting ballerina always brings a huge smile to her face. “Yolanda was the only black kid in a class of 20 or 21 students and when Halloween rolled around, they were all in costumes and she was a ballerina,” Poole remembers. “On our way to school that day, she said she couldn’t sit in her seat because the teacher was going to try to guess who the children were with their costumes on. “We were brought up to see people as people and that color didn’t matter. Yolanda just knew that she was one child among the others.” After more than four decades working with school aged children, including many years helping develop young people with special needs, Poole finally called it a career in 2003. But her retirement has been anything but a time to sit and idly watch the world go by. Her post working years, indeed, have been filled with one community project after another – she never tires of a new challenge. The very year she exited Milford’s Banneker Elementary School for the final time, Poole became the very first black president of the Seaford Kiwanis Club – her husband, Norman, also served in that same role a few years later. Appointed as the lieutenant governor for the Delmarva region in 2006-07, Poole has made Kiwanis a big part of her life. Because of these leadership roles, she also feels she has gained a certain amount of respect from the club’s male members. It’s these positions of authority that have also helped her de-


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Seaford resident Rose Poole worked for 41 years as a school teacher before retiring in 2003. Since then, she’s donated much of her time to various community organizations, including the Seaford Kiwanis Club, the Sussex Community Crisis House and the Seaford Historical Society.

velop more of an influence among the young people she cares so deeply for. “I have been on a number of committees and I usually find myself the only black person there, but I just go into a meeting and I don’t think about that,” she says. “I’m proud of what I’ve accomplished, but I know I have a lot more to look forward to.” The fifth of six children, Rose Poole learned early on in life to be thankful for what she had, and to help those who may be struggling more to get by in life. Her work today with the Sussex Community Crisis House in Georgetown reminds her of that every single day. “If only she can help someone, then her living will not have been in vain” – the words have never rang more true for the Georgia native. “The Crisis House is where people who are in need of shelter go to get help,” says Poole. “It’s a very worthwhile organization that helps people who are trying to get on their feet. You don’t want to refuse people who are trying to make better lives for themselves. It’s a compassionate place that gives people much-needed hope in their lives.” Nearly a year ago, Poole was also appointed to the board of trustees of the Sea-

ford Historical Society, an appointment that has helped her learn more about her adopted hometown in a very personal way. That includes the city’s historic Ross Mansion, which includes one outbuilding that is, at times, a bit difficult to gaze upon. Gov. William Henry Harrison Ross was one of western Sussex County’s largest slave owners, and the house his slaves lived in still sits prominently on the mansion’s grounds. Still, though it can often conjure up difficult images of years gone by, Poole also realizes the importance of not ignoring history, but rather learning from it. “When I talk to children about slavery, it’s important to give them the facts and not try to cover it up,” she says. “You can’t ignore history; the kids need to have the facts, and I try to give them those facts.” Rose Poole has lived nearly all of her 72 years with her fellow man in mind, consistently looking for ways to improve the very fabric of the communities where she’s lived and worked. She’s helped many people along the way, both personally and professionally. They are friends and neighbors who today serve as shining examples of her life being anything but in vain.

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Sen. Carper visits area ‘Now We’re Cooking’ program A group of young chefs in training got a warm, welcoming visit from Washington. Students enrolled in the First State’s “Now We’re Cooking” foodservice program — a vocational culinary arts course which teaches high school youth with learning disabilities life skills and the art of cooking — received a visit from U.S. Senator Thomas Carper recently.    Senator Carper’s trip was inspired because he had heard about the unique program and its great food, and he wanted to experience it firsthand. On Oct. 28, Senator Caper took time to sit with students from Seaford and Cape Henlopen School Districts getting to know the classes and talking about everything from food preparation, favorite dishes, what they’ve learned so far in the program. Then it was off to the kitchen where the Senator and students helped prepare a delicious lunch featuring foods from Delaware that focused on fresh, local products. Senator Carper watched as the class demonstrated their cooking and baking skills.  Senator Carper wrote in a personal note after his visit, “The program is clearly beneficial on several levels. Obesity is one of the largest healthcare problems in the United States, costing all of us billions of dollars a year. By focusing on fresh, local ingredients your work with the students teaches them, and their families’ lifelong good eating habits. I also enjoyed hear-

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ing about how you use your menus as a jumping off point for lessons in culture, geography and math. It was clear from the students’ enthusiasm and respect that you are also providing invaluable lessons in self esteem.”

From left, Seaford students Lori Stakiel (para), Samantha Winchell, Demetrius Height, Senator Thomas Carper, Shakita Major, Brynecha Stanley, Jordan Barr, Cashar Shockley.

One Seaford student, Samantha Winchell, said, the program helps her learn new skills and she uses them to help her family’s catering business.    The “Now We’re Cooking” program is administered by First State Commu-

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Seaford native finds fame on movie and tv screens By Tony E. Windsor

Although in reality he is a gentle soul, with his solid physique and mass of tattoos, military veteran Tim Perez has a persona that could cause anyone to be somewhat intimidated. While growing up in Seaford, Perez was certainly qualified to command respect. He was a serious, competitive weight lifter and a martial arts expert. But, along with possessing physical strength and fitness, Perez has also been blessed with strength of character and a talent for the arts, a talent that has earned him roles in major motion pictures and national and local television shows. As a teenager growing up in Seaford, Perez seemed to bore easily. He was filled with energy and curiosity and was always looking for something new and exciting. Seaford in the mid-1970s was not a bastion of excitement. So, it was not unusual that in 1976 Perez left Seaford High School and joined the United States Navy. “There just wasn’t anything going on in Seaford to keep me there. Except the bowling alley and game room,” Perez said, laughing. “I do remember riding my unicycle from Mobile Gardens [Mobile Home Park] to the Nylon Capital Shopping Center for something to do.” After leaving Seaford for the U.S. Navy, Perez was assigned to serve aboard the USS Independence and USS San Diego before being stationed on the island of Guam. After eight years with the Navy, he enlisted in the Army National Guard as an infantryman. In the Army it seemed Perez found his niche and was commissioned as an officer. He also earned several prestigious awards that recognized his military success, including the Pathfinder Badge. The badge is awarded to soldiers who successfully complete the U.S. Army Pathfinder Course. The course includes instruction on advanced land navigation, scouting, tactical air traffic control in the field and the control of parachute operations. Perez also received the Air Assault and Expert Infantryman badges. The Air Assault Badge symbolizes a soldier’s skills and qualifications in assault landings utilizing the helicopter. The Expert Infantryman Badge is coveted as a ground soldier’s right to passage. The badge symbolizes superior skill in

abilities to shoot, move and communicate as a member of the ground driving force of the U.S. Army. When he retired after 23 years of service, Perez had served as an executive officer and infantry company commander. He had also been a platoon leader during a peacekeeping mission in the Sinai Desert, retiring at the rank of Captain. Although he did not graduate while attending Seaford High School, Perez went on to complete his high school education. He also obtained an associate’s degree at Mercer University in Georgia and a bachelor’s degree from Liberty University in Virginia. In Seaford during the mid to late 1980s, Perez took seriously a desire to stay physically fit and competitively sharp by spending time in the gym. He began a serious focus on weightlifting in 1987 and competed in powerlifting meets throughout Delaware. He placed 2nd and 3rd in a variety of power meets. At the same time he also honed his skills in martial arts and garnered four trophies in Black Belt competitions. It was during this time that Perez met the woman who was to become his wife. She was a competitive bodybuilder and her commitment to health and fitness mirrored that of Perez. Marlene Morris was very familiar throughout Delaware as a fitness guru and an award winning bodybuilder. The two were married in 1987 and Perez calls it one of the best decisions he has made. “It’s been a wonderful 23 years of marriage,” he said. “She’s kept me straight, out of trouble, and very focused in life. It’s because of Marlene that I’ve accomplished all that I’ve done.” Today the two reside in Georgia where Marlene continues her love for fitness and works as a personal trainer. She is also very involved in the couple’s horse boarding farm operation. Perez said he and his wife moved to Georgia in 1997, after being transferred by the company he was working for in Dover. The company, PPG Industries, specializes in technology and solutions and Perez was sent to Atlanta to be an operations supervisor. Perez stayed with the company for two more years before becoming a professional pilot. With his military background being a pilot became a passion. “I started taking flying lessons as a

hobby,” he said. “I went on to become a flight instructor for single-engine airplanes, multi-engine airplanes, instrument instructor, and helicopters. Then, I became the most qualified Master Flight Instructor in the southeast.” Today Perez flies Lear jets for charter companies, helicopters for an Atlanta sheriff’s office, and twin engine airplanes for his day job as an aerial mapping pilot. Perez’s knack for pushing the envelope and not being satisfied with status quo was not only an active part of his teenage years growing up in western Sussex County, but part of what makes up his personality. Even while flying Lear jets, helicopters and twin-engine airplanes for a living, he still looked at another outlet for his endless energy. This time it came in the form of acting and the movie screen. A television show, “The Wronged Man,” was being filmed for the cable network “Lifetime” and producers needed extras. Perez submitted his application and was chosen to play the part of a prisoner; he was now bit by the acting bug. “From there I did a few more extras roles,” he said. “Then was given a line or two here and there. Then, one day, I started getting lead roles. I picked up a talent agent in Atlanta while on the set of a music video shoot.” Perez has acted in 23 movies and television shows, including the movie, “The Crazies,” and a recent episode of the AMC

television series, “The Walking Dead.” He has appeared in an episode of “Meet the Browns,” and currently stars in an Atlanta-based television series “Money, Power and Respect.” He plays a rogue Army Colonel that clones himself and is involved in world domination conspiracies. Perez recently completed filming in Seattle, Wash., for a Christian-based movie, “September Skies.” In the film Perez portrays the character “Sarya,” an alcoholic attempting to deal with life who is eventually led to the Lord by his Christian friends. Perez says for the immediate future he hopes to build on his acting career, but has no plans to give up his profession as a pilot. Back in Delaware Perez has family, including his mother, Doris Banks, sister, Delores Perez, and his stepson and daughter-in-law, Eric and Jenn Morris, all of Seaford. He also has a daughter, Amy Newcomer, who resides in Laurel. His wife Marlene’s parents, Rocko and Lucy Mondazze live in Harrington. He also has a son, Jordan Perez, a U.S. Navy Corpsman stationed in Japan. To learn more about Tim Perez visit his fan page sites: com/user/timothyperezactor; http://www.; http://

Delmarva Poultry Industry, Inc. (DPI), the non-profit trade association for the Peninsula’s chicken industry, is forming its fifth money saving Electric Buying Group for its members who are served by Delmarva Power. Interested persons and businesses need to enroll by Dec. 6. Thanks to electric deregulation in Delaware and Maryland, customers of Delmarva Power can switch electric suppliers and save money. Through its first four Electric Buying Groups, DPI members have saved hundreds of thousands of dollars.

The electric delivery will be provided by Delmarva Power and any problems with service and power outages will continue to be handled by Delmarva Power. The new company will provide the electric supply and Delmarva Power will continue to be responsible for delivering it to you. Group participants will receive just one monthly electric bill; from Delmarva Power. The switch to the new electric provider will occur on each customer’s February meter reading date. Businesses and individuals with an av-

erage monthly bill of $400 or more over the course of a year are eligible to join the DPI group if they become 2011 DPI members with a dues payment of $50 or more by Dec. 31. This money saving program is not limited to persons and businesses in the chicken industry. Any business is eligible to join DPI to be part of this program. We expect to lock-in a flat, fixed price electric rate/kwhr for one to two years, 10% to 20% below Delmarva Power’s current default tariff supply rates.

DPI will be soliciting licensed electric suppliers through a competitive bidding process in early December and plans to execute contracts before the end of the year. Details and required forms can be found online at Questions about DPI membership can be directed to Lori Morrow in the DPI office at 800-878-2449 while questions about the Electric Buying Group can be directed to Ed Jackson at Affinity Energy Management at or 302-218-8920.

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Victorian Christmas approaching

Historical Society planning a weekend of special events at the Governor Ross Mansion

The Victorian Christmas at the Ross Mansion weekend will start with a Wine and Cheese party on Friday, Dec. 10, from 6 to 8 p.m. On Saturday, Dec. 11 and Sunday, Dec. 12, there will be music at the Ross Mansion. The mansion will be open for tours from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 11. From 2 to 3 p.m. the Macedonia Senior Choir will entertain. The group numbers about eight people and they will be singing a cappella, which will give their melodious voices greater resonance. The Saturday activity will be for children from 10 a.m. until 12 noon. Santa will be there to help them with gathering greens and making an arrangement to take home. Emma Scott, the youthful, talented and accomplished violinist, will play for the admiration and pleasure of the children. Donuts and hot chocolate will be served. On Sunday, Dec. 12, the mansion will be open from 1 to 4 p.m. with the Sound Waves Bell Choir from the Seaford Christian Academy performing from 2 to 3 p.m. The glorious sound of the bells will create an atmosphere of festivity, celebrating the Christmas season. The rooms, decorated by the Seaford Space and Trowel Garden Club, will be enhanced with art work that has been submitted for display and sale. Meeting the Ross Family impersonators will be another

Guard seeks annexation

The Delaware National Guard has requested that its property on Ross Station Road be annexed into the city of Seaford. The property is about 11 and ½ acres and is just north of the Seaford Industrial Park. City manager Dolores Slatcher said that the National Guard is interested in being part of the city so that it can have access to public water and sewer. In step one of the annexation process, Mayor Ed Butler has appointed a committee of three council members to look at the property to determine whether it meets the city’s criteria for annexation. Committee members are Grace Peterson, Pat Jones and Rhea Shannon. Shannon will serve as chairman. The city council approved the appointment of the committee members at its Nov. 23 meeting.

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highlight of the house tour. Refreshments will be served. The Victorian Christmas weekend closes with the Steeplewalk which includes the three downtown churches touring and

singing Christmas carols. The Victorian Christmas at the Ross Mansion is sponsored by the Seaford Historical Society. For further information, call the SHS office at 628-9828.

Regional Builders, Inc. will once again serve as a collection site for the Toys for Tots program. This program, conducted by the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, collects and distributes toys to needy children in local communities. To participate, you may drop off new, unwrapped toys at Regional Builders, Inc., 300 High St., Seaford. Donations will be accepted on weekdays between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. through Dec. 15. You may also make a tax-deductible donation to Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, P.O. Box 1947, Marine Corps Base, Quantico, VA 22134.

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Bethel Christmas House Tour

The Bethel Christmas House Tour will be held on Saturday, Dec. 11, at 5 p.m. Pick up your map at the museum located on First Street. Tickets are $10 each. For tickets, call Pat at 875-2793 or email  Proceeds benefit the Bethel Historical Society.

iPad raffle at Nanticoke

The Look-In Glass Shoppe at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital will raffle an iPad just in time for the holiday season. Tickets are on sale for a 16GB Wi-Fi Apple iPad with case and adapter, retailed at $540. Tickets are available for sale at The LookIn Glass Shoppe (located at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital) through Dec. 17 and cost $5 each or five for $20. The drawing will be held at noon on Dec. 17. For more information, call 629-6611, ext. 4955.

Eat pancakes, help the library

The friends group of the Bridgeville Public Library is raising money through area IHOP restaurants. Patrons can eat at IHOP in Seaford, Rehoboth Beach, Salisbury, Md. and Dover and then take their receipts and restaurant comment cards to the library or to Bridgeville Town Hall. The library will receive a payment from IHOP for every receipt and card that is collected. For details, call Pat McDonald, 337-7192.

Eat at IHOP to help the library

Enjoy a meal any time at the IHOP restaurant in Seaford and support the Greenwood Library. Simply fill out a comment card after eating and give it to the cashier as you pay. You will be given a special receipt which you then take to the Greenwood Library on your next visit.

Victorian Christmas kick off

A wine and cheese party will be the starting event of the 2010 Victorian Christmas at the Governor Ross Mansion, Seaford, on Friday, Dec. 10, from 6 to 8 p.m. The mansion in candlelight will be open for tours. Anyone who attends will receive a free raffle ticket for one of two baskets of wine with accompaniments. The charge is $10 per person, payable at the door. Every day of the Victorian Christmas, Dec. 10-12, offers tours of the fully furnished 13 rooms of the mansion and slave quarters. There will also be an art show and an opportunity to meet the impersonators of the Ross family. Music will entertain guests on Saturday and Sunday afternoons along with refreshments. Charge for these days is $7 per person. For details, call the Seaford Historical Society office at 628-9828.

A spectacular train exhibit is on display through January 8 in the Webb Room at the Seaford Museum. The museum is open Thursdays through Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m. except Christmas and New Year’s Day. Admission is free for children under 12 years of age but children must be accompanied by an adult. For adults, the charge is $3 per person. For more information, call the Seaford HIstorical Society office at 628-9828.

Community food drive

Mayor Edward H. Butler Jr. announces a community food drive to serve the Food Closet at St. John’s United Methodist Church. Individuals in need are referred to the Food Closet through several local agencies. Boxes will be placed at City Hall for collection of non-perishable food items. Contents of the boxes will be taken to the Food Closet. The boxes will be available for donations until Friday, Dec. 17, at which time the contents will be divided evenly among local charities. For more information, contact Trisha Newcomer at 629-9173.

Holiday Decorating Contest

Mayor Butler has announced a Holiday Decorating Contest in the City of Seaford for residents. Prizes include $100 for first place, $75 for second place and $50 for third place. To participate, register by downloading a registration form online at www. ­ or pick up a registration form at City Hall, 414 High Street. There is no fee to participate but registration forms should be returned by noon on Friday, Dec. 17 so the judges know the locations of the decorated homes. The contest ends on Dec. 19 and judging will be held on Dec. 20, with awards being presented at the regular council meeting on Jan. 11, 2011. For more information, contact Trisha Newcomer at 629-9173.

Christmas boutique needs items

Gift items are needed for the boutique at the Victorian Christmas at the Ross Mansion on December 10, 11 and 12. Each member of the Seaford Historical Society is asked to contribute one item. Handmade gifts in the price range of $10 to $20 are the most popular. Items may be left in the gray box on the front porch of the Ross Mansion at any time. The box will be checked every day to pick up donated items. For further information, call Shirley Skinner at 629-9378 or Diane Thomas at 629-2085.

Seaford Library

• There is a Pre-K and Kindergarten “Story Time” at the Seaford Library and Cultural Center on Thursday, Dec. 2 and Thursday, Dec. 16, at 10:30 a.m. • The Science and Religion Book discussion will meet at the Seaford Library and Cultural Center on Monday, Dec. 6 and Monday, Dec. 20, at 6 p.m. • The Seaford Library and Cultural Center will have “Baby Bookworms” on Tuesday, Dec. 7 and Tuesday, Dec. 14, at 10:30 a.m. This program introduces infants through 36 months old to the world of nursery rhymes and books. • The Seaford Library and Cultural Center will have Magic Cards Club Tuesday, Dec. 7 and Tuesday, Dec. 14, at 3 p.m. This is for teens who like to play

Magic Cards. • On Wednesday, Dec. 8, the Seaford Library and Cultural Center will have its Children’s Book Discussion sign-up and craft at 4 p.m. This is a chance for kids in 2nd through 4th grade to read a great book and discuss them with friends and do a fun craft. • Anyone interested in learning to make greeting cards using rubber stamps, can join the Seaford Stampers at the Seaford Library and Cultural Center on Thursday, Dec. 9, at 7 p.m. • There will be a Seaford Library and Cultural Center Board meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 14, at 6 p.m. • The Seaford Library and Cultural Center will be closed Friday, Dec. 24 and Saturday, Dec. 25 for the Christmas holiday. We will reopen for our regular business hours on Monday, Dec. 27 at 9 a.m. For more information on library programs call 629-2524 or visit www.seaford.

Bake sale at the parade

Seaford Blue Jays 4-H Club is having a bake sale on Saturday, Dec. 4, during the Seaford Christmas Parade and pre-parade entertainment. The sale will be set up on Cannon & High Street across from the judge’s stand.

2010 Annual Toy Drive

Peninsula Chiropractic Center and Isorobic Life Improvement Center in con-

junction with Seaford/Blades Associated Charities announces the 2010 Annual Toy Drive. Toys will be delivered from Delmar to Seaford. The drive will be held on Saturday, Dec. 11 from 9 a.m. to noon, at Peninsula Chiropractic Center located at 26685 Sussex Highway in Seaford. Receive a free chiropractic adjustment, spinal evaluation or fitness consultation in exchange for an unwrapped gift for a boy or girl of any age. Current clients are asked to bring their gifts on or before Dec. 11, to receive their adjustment. New clients may bring their gifts in before Dec. 11 to get a full spinal evaluation worth up to $150. Call Peninsula Chiropractic Center at 629-4344 for more information.

Join the Steeplewalk on Dec. 12

The Seaford Historic Society is holding a Steeplewalk on Sunday evening, Dec. 12. Starting at 6 p.m. at St. John’s Church, it continues to Mt. Olivet Church, and St. Luke’s Church and finishing at St. John’s Church, with walkers singing Christmas carols as they travel between churches. There will be entertainment at each church and refreshments at St. John’s Church. For more information, call the SHS office at 628-9828.

A Dulcimer Christmas

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‘Come Walk with Us!’

The Laurel Public Library invites people of all ages to “Come Walk with Us!” on Tuesdays at 3-3:30 p.m. Co-sponsored by Healthcorps to encourage fitness that is fun, walks will begin and end at the library, and participants are invited to join us for a refreshing beverage when finished. For more information, call the library at 875-3184 or visit www.laurel.lib.

Spaghetti dinner

A spaghetti dinner served by God’s Men of Centenary will be held at Centenary Church in Laurel, on Saturday, Dec. 4, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Includes spaghetti, meatballs, meat sauce, marinara, salad and garlic bread. Adults $6, children $4, and under 6 are free.

Laurel Public Library

The following programs are planned for children, tweens and teens in December at the Laurel Public Library. • Triple T StoryTime for Toddlers, 2s

and 3s - Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m., Dec. 7, 14 - Designed for toddlers, 2s and 3s, StoryTime brings stories, rhymes, music and movement together for a morning of active fun for your little ones while encouraging a love of books and reading. Great for older preschoolers too. After a holiday break, Triple T StoryTime will resume on Tuesday, Jan. 11. • Drop-in Kids Crafts, Monday, Dec. 7, 3-5 p.m., grades K-6 - Drop by anytime between 3 and 5 p.m. for a fun Christmas craft. • Holiday Craft Workshop, Saturday, Dec. 11, 12:30 p.m., grades K-6 - Activities from around the world. • After School Action, Thursdays, 3-5 p.m., grades 5-8, Dec. 2, 9 -Students in grades 5 through 8 are invited to “After School Action” where they can enjoy video games, board games, crafts and snacks. Homework help available. • Teen Advisory Board Meeting, Monday, Dec. 6, 6:30 p.m., grades 7-12 - Help us buy teen books, DVDs and music, plus learn about volunteering at the library. • NightLife@the Library, Friday, Dec. 10, 7-9 p.m., grades 7-12 - An after-hours, teens only evening of video games, board games, friends and pizza. Teens new to our teen programs must come as a guest or preregister. • Teen Book Club, Tuesday, Dec. 14, 3:30 p.m., grades 7-12 - Kick back, relax, talk about the books you love, the books you hate - and no assigned reading.

Mt. Pleasant yard sale

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American Legion hosts dance

The Laurel American Legion, Post 19, located on Rt. 24 is hosting a dance with entertainment by Randy Lee Ashcraft and the Saltwater Cowboys on Saturday, Dec. 4, from 8 p.m. to midnight. The event is open to the public. Tickets are $10 and are available at the door or the bar. Must be 21 to attend. Call 302-362-2760 for more information.

Homeschool Book Clubs

The Laurel Public Library monthly book clubs are designed especially for homeschoolers. Children must be at least 5-years-old to participate. Each club meets once a month on Wednesdays at 1 p.m. For details, call Becky Norton at 875-3184 or email

LHS Class of 75 reunion

Laurel High School class of 1975 is planning their 35th class reunion and volunteers are needed. For more information, call Melinda Rogers Tingle, 875-0355; Debbie Calloway, 875-4160; or Denise Elliott Cugler, 245-5631.

Visit with Santa

Children of all ages are invited to visit with Santa Claus on Sunday, Dec. 5 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Cook House, 502 E. Fourth St., Laurel. This visit from St. Nick is part of the Laurel Historical Society’s Christmas Open House, hosted annually before and after the yuletide service at Old Christ Church on Chipman Pond Road.   The historical society headquarters will be decorated for the season and members will greet visitors with warm drinks and seasonal treats. Make sure to visit with the society at both the Friday night parade and the Sunday afternoon Open House. For more information, email or call 875-2820 or 875-7665.

Santa House in Laurel Park

The Santa House in Laurel Park (on Route 24 and 13A by the Gazebo) will be open the following dates during the holidays: • Friday, Dec. 3 - during & after parade • Saturday, Dec. 4 - 10 a.m.-noon, 6-8 p.m. • Friday, Dec. 10 - 6-8 p.m. • Saturday, Dec. 11 - 10 a.m.-noon, 6-8 p.m. • Friday, Dec. 17 - 6 to 8 p.m. • Saturday, Dec. 18 - 10 a.m.-noon, 6-8 p.m. The Santa House is hosted by Oddfellows, Charity Lodge #27 of Laurel. There is no cost to visit Santa.

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Holiday music and sing-along

The Laurel Public Library is pleased to welcome back the handbell choir from Centenary United Methodist Church as they present an evening of traditional holiday music at the library on Monday, Dec. 13, from 7 to 8 p.m. New this year is Laurel favorite, Everett Hart with his trademark harmonica. Under the direction of Karen Tull the bell choir will present a selection of seasonal favorites as well as various other traditional music. The program, which will conclude with a group sing-along of traditional Christmas carols, will last approximately one hour. The program will be held in the second floor area of the library to accommodate this previously standing room only event. For more information, call 875-3184 or email

Christmas music, readings at Old Christ Church

On Sunday, Dec. 5, at 3 p.m., the Laurel Historical Society, The Old Christ Church League and St. Philips Episcopal Church will be hosting the third annual afternoon concert of Christmas music and readings at Old Christ Church, with a Victorian open house before and after the program from 1 to 6 p.m. at the Cook House, 501 Fourth St. in Laurel. Leading the singing of familiar carols will be members of the Southern Delaware Choral Society, who will be offering special music as well. The church, built in the 1700s, has never been electrified or altered from its original state, other than repairs and maintenance. The Cook House, headquarters of the Laurel Historical Society will be festooned with decorations much in keeping with the period of the house, built around the time of the Civil War. Both events are free to the public to broaden public awareness of the uniqueness of these buildings as well as celebrate the joys of the season. However, free will donations for the preservation and maintenance of these treasures will be gratefully accepted at each location. For more information about the Old Christ Church League, call St. Philips office at 875-3644. For information about the Laurel Historical Society call 8752820.

Beginners Driving Course

AARP Beginners Driving Course will be held on Monday, Dec. 6 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Laurel Senior Center. Cost is $12 for AARP members, $14 for nonmembers. To register, call 875-2536.

Cub scouts seeking memorabilia

This year (2010) is the 100th anniversary of scouting. Cub Scout Pack 90 is looking for former scouts interested in joining them for an upcoming show and tell. They would love to see your scout uniforms, books, photos, patches, and hear your stories about your adventures with scouting. Contact Cub Master, Clifford Alpert at 228-2390.

Laurel Pride in bloom

You can now donate to purchase or maintain planters that change with the seasons. You can also donate for seasonal plantings or toward maintaining a planter in general. For more information, contact Barbara Wise at 875-5537. Contributions of any amount can be made to Laurel Pride in Bloom, c/o The Bank of Delmarva, 200 E. Market St., Laurel, DE 19956.


Carla Markell to speak

Delaware First Lady Carla Markell will be the guest speaker at the HarringtonGreenwood-Felton (Hub Club) Rotary on Thursday, Dec. 9. She will join the Hub Club and the Lake Forest Interact Club for breakfast in the cafeteria at Lake Forest High School. The public is invited to attend the breakfast from 7:45 to 8:45 a.m. The breakfast is complimentary, but advance registration is requested. For information, call Kim Robbins at 335-5633 or Linda Chick at 398-5194.

Christmas Caroling Party

On Friday, Dec. 3, from 6 to 8 p.m., the Greenwood Public Library will be holding a Christmas Caroling Party at the Country Rest Home in Greenwood. Participants will meet in the lobby of the rest home at 6 p.m., sing carols throughout the facility, and end the evening with refreshments in the dining room. The Country Rest Home is located at 12046 Sunset Lane in Greenwood. To register, or for directions to the Country Rest Home, call 349-5309.

Bridgeville Library

The following events will be held at the Bridgeville Public Library. • Story time - Tuesdays 11 a.m.- 2 to 4-year-olds; Thursday 11 a.m. - 4 to 6-year-olds; Lap Sit on Wednesdays at 10 a.m. for ages 3 months to 2 years • Family Nights - Third Tuesday of each month, 6:30–8 p.m.; Thanksgiving Delight; Dec. 21 - Holiday Extravaganza • Genealogy Discussion Group - Our Genealogy Discussion Group meets on the third Wednesday of each month at 10:30 a.m. For information or special needs, contact the library at 337-7401.

Holiday music at the library

On Wednesday, Dec. 8, at 7 p.m. the Friends of the Bridgeville Library will present an evening of “Holiday Music” featuring Joy Slavens on the harp with vocal accompaniment. For more information, call Ruth Skala, 858-1534.

Cup of Coffee with Dave

State Representative Dave Wilson (R-Cedar Creek Hundred) reminds constituents that he is available for coffee and conversation each month in Bridgeville and on a quarterly basis in Greenwood. The informal monthly meeting – known as a “Cup of Coffee with Dave” – gives constituents a chance to ask Rep. Wilson a question or share with him a concern they may have about the district or state government, while being treated to a free cup of coffee. The monthly coffee meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month at Jimmy’s Grille in Bridgeville from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m.  The next monthly coffee at Jimmy’s will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 8. Rep. Wilson also meets on a quarterly basis with residents at Smith Family Restaurant in Greenwood between 7:30 and 8:30 a.m.  The next quarterly meeting, held on the second Monday of the month, will be on Monday, Jan. 10, 2011. The remaining quarterly meetings will be held in April, July and October of next year.


Delmar Christmas parade

The 2010 Delmar Christmas parade is Saturday, Dec. 11 at 2 p.m. with a rain

date of Sunday, Dec. 12. Participation in the parade, which is sponsored by the Greater Delmar Chamber of Commerce is free. Trophies will be awarded to the winners. This year’s theme is “What Christmas Means to Me.” For a parade application, call the chamber of commerce voicemail at 846-3336, pick up an application at Delmar Town Hall, or download from The application deadline is Dec. 8.

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Holiday candle light tour

The Delmar Historic and Art Society (DHAS) will hold a holiday candle light tour on Friday, Dec. 10 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. This fundraiser is the first community-wide event to benefit and support the DHAS mission of offering the Delmar community a vision of the past while making a contribution to the future. Tickets are $8 and include coffee and cookies from 8 to 9 p.m. at the Masonic Lodge in Delmar. Tickets may be purchased at Wilmington Trust in Delmar, from a board member or by calling Faith at 846-2546. Raffle tickets will be sold at the Masonic Lodge for a horse and carriage ride courtesy of Gary Horseman.

Beef and dumpling dinner

The Delmar Chorus Boosters Club will hold an all-you-can-eat beef and dumpling dinner on Sunday, Dec. 12, from 1 to 4 p.m., at the Delmar VFW in Delmar, Md. Tickets are $12 and are available from any chorus member or by calling 443-5235488. All proceeds from the dinner will support the programs and events of the middle and high school choruses and their “Attire the Choir” fundraiser.

The DelMarVa Model Railroad Club is holding its 25h anniversary holiday train show, open house and sale at their 103 East State St., Delmar location on the 2nd floor of the Camelot Hall. There are over 6000 feet of tracks and 10 train layouts in N scale to G scale, including rare pre- and post-war tinplate trains, as well as drawings, games and gifts for kids, food, and hundreds of model railroad items for sale. This is a free event for the public. It will be open Saturday, Dec. 4 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 5 from 12 noon to 5 p.m. Santa will also be here on Dec. 5 from 1 to 3 p.m. It will also be open Jan. 8 and 9, and Jan. 15 and 16. For more information, call 536-1418, email or visit www.

Delmar Community Carol Sing

The 4th Annual Delmar Community Carol Sing will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 5, at Delmar Middle & Senior High School Auditorium. There will be performances by the Delmar High School Chorus, Union UMC Gospel Choir, Flora Handy and Bell Choirs of St. Francis and St. Stephen’s UMC. A donation of canned goods will be accepted for Harvest Ministries to serve the Delmar community. Complimentary soup and sandwiches will be provided after the Carol Sing at St. Stephen’s UMC on State Street.

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No AARP meeting

There will be no chapter meeting for AARP Chapter 1084 on Thursday, Dec. 9. Call Gladys Bonowicz, chapter president, at 875-1519 if you have questions.

USPS Seaford AARP trips

Dec. 6-8 - Wheeling Island Casino Hotel in Wheeling, W.V. Two meals per day including a dinner show. Tour the Glass Museum, Colonel Oglebay’s Mansion Museum, addmission to the park for a bus tour of the Festival of Lights. Also a stop at the Kruger Street Toy & Train Museum. Bus driver tip included. Cost: $349 per person/doubles; $435 single. Dec. 16 - “A Holiday Tradition Christmas Show” at the American Music Theatre sponsored by the Georgetown AARP. Cost: $90. Contact Hilda Parker at 856-2760. For more information, contact Rose at 6297180.

Miracle of Christmas trip

The Greenwood CHEER Activity Center is offering a motor coach trip to see the Miracle of Christmas at Sight & Sound Theater in Lancaster, Pa., on Tuesday, Dec. 7. Cost is $90 per person for members or $100 for non-members and includes transportation, show ticket and smorgasbord dinner at Hershey Farm Restaurant. For more information, call Susan Welch at 349-5237.

Needlepoint Guild

The Delaware Seashore Chapter of the American Needlepoint Guild meets on the first Monday of each month from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Cheer Community Center in Georgetown. For details, call Linda at 644-1523.


The next meeting of H.A.P.P.E.N., Hearns Pond Association for its protection, preservation, enhancement and naturalization is Thursday, Dec. 9 at 7 p.m. at the Seaford Museum.

Sussex County Marines

Marine Corps League Detachment #780, Devil Dog Detachment, meets the first Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at American Legion Post #6, “the log cabin,” in Seaford.

United States Power Squadron (USPS) meets at the Nanticoke River Yacht Club on the third Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. For more information, contact C.M. Kohlenberg at 629-0687 or Rob Hutton at 628-0312.

Laurel Cub Scouts

Laurel Cub Scout Pack 90 holds their weekly meetings at 6:30 every Monday night, in the basement at Centenary UMC in Laurel. The Cub Scout program is designed for boys from 1st grade through 5th grade.

SHS Alumni

The Seaford High School Alumni Association Board Meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 2, at the Seaford Museum. For more information, call Donna Angell at 629-8077.

Democrat Club

The Western Sussex Democrat Club will hold its holiday meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 6, at Dukes’ Pool House in Laurel. The club will provide the turkey and ham for the dish-to-pass dinner. Club members are asked to bring canned goods for distribution to the needy. Also, the club will buy gifts for a chosen needy family. New members are always welcome and any one interested may call 875-5385 for more information.

Festival of Trees

The Festival of Trees is the annual event ushering in the holiday season statewide. The following events will be held at Delaware Technical & Community Col-

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lege, Carter Partnership Center, Rt. 18, Georgetown: General Admission Saturday, Dec. 4, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5, Noon to 3 p.m. $3 adults; $1 students Gala and Auction Friday, Dec. 3, 6 to 9 p.m. $30 per person by reservation only. Call 855-2344 for reservations. Basket Bingo Saturday, Dec. 4, 1 to 4 p.m. $20 in advance; $25 at door. Tickets: 855-2344. Jingle Jamboree: Family Fun Night Saturday, Dec. 4, 6 to 9 p.m. $10 per person; under 10 free. Information: 855-2344. With dancing, games and refreshments.

Holiday Open House

Join Santa and Mrs. Claus, Frosty, Rudolph and the elves for pictures, games, cookies and hot chocolate from 5 to 7 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 6, at the Georgetown office of Delaware National Bank. For more information, call 855-2406.

Bethel Christmas House Tour

Bethel Christmas House Tour, December 11pm from 5 to 8 pm. Pick up your map at the Museum located at 312 First Street. Tickets are $10/each-Please call Pat for tickets 302-875-2793 or email: Proceeds benefit the Bethel Historical Society. Williamsburg wreaths, Silpada jewelry, along with other gifts will be available for sale at the Museum.

The Nutcracker at Milford High

Diamond Dance Company will be performing The Nutcracker this weekend. Artistic Director Terianne Utley and Ballet Mistress Lindsey Warren are back this year to direct the choreography. Katie Mae Fields of Seaford (Sat.) and Jill Wilkins of Lincoln (Sun.) will be sharing the role of Clara. Shows are at Milford High School Theatre on December 4 at 7 p.m., and December 5 at 2 p.m. Ticket prices are $15 for adults 18 and up and $10 for Seniors 55 plus and students, and can be purchased weekdays at Lou’s Bootery or at the door. For more information please call 943-7339.

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The “Nutcracker,” acclaimed classical ballet performed by the First State Ballet Theatre, will be held on Saturday, Dec. 11, at 7 p.m. in the theater, Arts & Science Center, Delaware Technical & Community College, Georgetown. Tickets: $20 general admission; $15 senior citizens/children/ students. Call Delaware Tech at 858-5475 or 856-5400, ext. 5545 for tickets.

Republican’s Christmas Gala

Join the Sussex County Republican Party as they honor the Sussex County Republican Women’s Club at the annual Christmas Gala at Baywood in Long Neck. The party takes place Wednesday, Dec. 8, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Sponsor the event for $500. Individual tickets are $75. For more information and to RSVP by Dec. 6, call Jeanne Best at 668-1954 ext. 6 or email

Santa’s House

Saturday, Dec. 4th at 6:00 p.m. & Sunday, Dec. 5th at 9:00 a.m. & 10:45 a.m.

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Santa’s House will be open Saturday and Sunday through Dec. 19, 5 to 8 p.m. Admission is free; pictures with Mr. and Mrs. Claus cost $10. The house is located at 14034 Wilson Hill Rd., Georgetown. To send information about families that could benefit from donations of toys and clothes, e-mail



Church Bulletins Advent and Christmas worship

Union United Methodist Church in Bridgeville will hold the following Advent and Christmas worship opportunities. Dec. 5 - Capital Ringers Concert, 3 p.m. Dec. 12 - “Star Journey” - a dramatic children and youth Christmas program Dec. 19 - Choir Cantata, 7 p.m. Dec. 24 - Silent Holy Communion, 6 p.m.; Christmas Eve worship, 7 p.m. For more information, call 337-7409.

Christian Book Exchange

A Christian Book Exchange will be held on Saturday, Dec. 4 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at St. John’s United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall located at Pine and Poplar Streets, Seaford. The exchange works by persons bringing distinctively Christian books for which they will be given a voucher. For each book brought, another book may be purchased for $1. If a person does not have books to exchange, they may purchase books for $2 each. At 12:30 p.m. all books may be purchased for $5 a bag.

‘All I Want For Christmas’

In the musical “All I want For Christmas,” two sisters want everything they see for Christmas and their new “toy” friends from the Toy Department come alive and help them discover the magic of giving at Christmas. Join us for the musical at Laurel Wesleyan Church on Satur-

day, Dec. 4 at 6 p.m. or Sunday, Dec. 5 at 9 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Nursery will be provided. For more information, call 875-5380 or visit

up during the week of Dec. 5. Payment is not due until the replicas are picked up. Thrivent Financial for Lutherans will be providing matching funds for the proceeds raised.

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Recreational Night at Trinity UMC

The Christmas House Fundraiser at Christ the Cornerstone Community Church in Laurel, will be open through Saturday, Dec. 18. Hours are Thursday and Friday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. There are designer wreaths plus many new items for the season.

Galestown Hymn Sing

There will be a hymn sing at Galestown United Methodist Church on Sunday, Dec. 5 at 2 p.m. The guest singers are Sound of Joy and Jerry Jones. There will be a buffet dinner at the community house after the service. For more information, call 302-448-6557.

Cat’s Meow sale benefits Food Shelf

Christ Lutheran Church, located at 315 North Shipley Street, Seaford, is conducting a fundraiser to benefit their Food Shelf. They are selling Cat’s Meow Replicas of their church building. The cost of the replicas is $20 ea. Anyone who would like to order one can contact the church office at 629-9755. The replicas will be available for pick-

Weekly Bible Study

Trinity UMC near Trap Pond in Laurel will be having Recreational Night (Rec night) every Tuesday when school is in session. These events will start at 6:30 p.m. and end at 8.

A weekly Bible study is being held every Wednesday night from 7:15-8:15 p.m. at the Days Inn, Rt. 13 South, Seaford (next to KFC). Family oriented Bible lessons for all ages. Sunday worship service is at 12 noon. Elder Cornell Johnson, of Jesus The Christ Apostolic Ministries, is pastor. Call 628-0349 or 302-344-9672 for more information.

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Mt. Olivet UMC Father Daughter Dance tickets are available. The dance will be held Friday, Jan. 28, from 7 to 9:30 p.m., at the Seaford Volunteer Fire Dept.  For tickets, which are $7.50 each, contact David and Becky Genshaw at 629-9014.

St. Luke’s Church news

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church offers its newsletter online and also via email. “Luke’s Letter” is published quarterly and will be available online at You can also join the email list if you send a request to StLukesEpis@comcast. net. St. Luke’s services are Sunday, Holy Eucharist at 9 a.m., and Thursday evenings, Holy Eucharist and Healing at 6 p.m.   

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Seaford is conducting a Bible Study every Tuesday morning from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. in the Parish House.  

The Brotherhood of St. Andrew

The Brotherhood of St. Andrew of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Seaford meets every Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the Parish House. They are also studying the booklet, The Story of Scripture.  For more information, call St. Luke’s church office at 629-7979.

Free weekly soup social

A free weekly soup social is held every Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. at Christ United Methodist Church, 510 S. Central Ave., Laurel. All are welcome. For more information, call the church office daily, 9 a.m. to noon, at 875-4233.

DIRECTORY: Your Guide To Local Houses of Worship CHURCH OF CHRIST

Sunday Family Worship 8:30 & 11:00 a.m. 94 Walnut Street, Laurel, DE (across from GameZone) 302-875-7873

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1010 S. Central Ave., Laurel Ph: 875-7748 Minister: Ian J. Drucker 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

St. Philip’s Episcopal Church 600 S. Central Ave., Laurel, DE 19956

(302) 875-3644

The Rev. Dr. Howard G. Backus, Rector Holy Eucharist with Healing Sunday ~ 8:30 & 10:30 am Church School ~ 9:30 am

Centenary UMC


200 W. Market Street, Laurel, Del. Contemporary Worship, 8:45 a.m. Traditional Worship, 11:00 a.m. Sunday School, for ALL Ages, 9:45 a.m. Wednesdays: Bible Study 1 p.m.; & Youth Ministry 6:45 p.m.

Stein Highway Church of God

425 E. Stein Highway, at Market Street Seaford, DE 19973 Lighted Pathway Pre-School, Infant to age 6

Mrs. Casey Davis, Director Worship: Sunday 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Wednesday: Bible Study & Youth Service 7:00 p.m. E-mail: Web page: Facebook: Stein Highway Church of God Pastor Robert W. Clagg • Church 302-629-8583

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



22581 Sussex Hwy., Seaford, DE • 629-6298


Sunday School 9:30 a.m. Morning Worship 10:30 (Nursery & Jr. Church)

Evening Worship 6:00 p.m. Wed. Night Service 7:00 p.m.

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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 Pastor Timothy Dukes, Senior Pastor Pastor John Lanzone, Youth/Family Pastor

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.

Delmar Wesleyan Church

Pastor - Donald Murray - 856-6107

800 East Street Delmar, MD 21875 “The Church That Cares” 410-896-3600 Pastor James C. Hitch

Sunday: Sunday School 10 M Worship 11 AM & 6 PM

Wednesday: Bible Study 7 PM



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

Obituaries Ola Jennie Moore, 93

Ola Jennie Moore of Laurel, passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2010, after a brief illness. She was born in Gumboro, the seventh daughter and one of 15 children of the late Noah James Collins Jr. and Della Myra Hadder Collins. Ola spent her early years working on the family farm and performing various jobs but for the last 62 years she devoted her life to maintaining a home for her family. Ola was predeceased by her parents, all of her siblings and her husband, Chester, who passed in 1988.  She is survived by her sons and their wives, Douglas and Bernice of Hardscrabble and Jim and Penny of Bridgeville; a very special friend, Lynda Ann Messick of Bridgeville, whom she regarded as her daughter and Lynda’s children, Sammi Lynn Melvin of Milford and Will Messick of Bridgeville who Ola embraced as her grandchildren; and several cousins, nieces and nephews. Ola will be remembered for her caring ways, her positive approach to life and her contagious smile. She demonstrated her love of animals, nature, family and friends on a daily basis and set an outstanding example for all to emulate. Services were held on Sunday, Nov. 21, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Lau-

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.

rel. Interment was in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Laurel. Contributions may be made in Ola’s memory to Delaware Hospice, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963. Condolences may be made to the Moore family by visiting www.hsdfuneralhome. com.

Regina Lillian Slick, 90

Regina Lillian Slick passed away on Saturday, Nov. 20, 2010. She was born in Cresson, Pa., on Sept. 26, 1920. She was the daughter of Stewart and Lillian McConville.  She was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church and an active member of the Nanticoke Senior Slick Center. She was a private caregiver for many years and then went to work for the First State Senior Companion Program and retired from there in 2008. She was preceded in death by her husband, John Gordon Slick. She is survived by her three children: daughter, Donna Robinson (husband Melton) of Valencia,

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

302-629-8434 • 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 Music: Jim Burket “The Cross Is Grounded In Grace”


532 Stein Hwy., Seaford, DE 19973 Redemptorist Fathers • 629-3591

MASSES: SUNDAY: Sat. Eve. - Vigil 4:30 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.



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Ministry for the whole family 7 PM

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315 N. Shipley St., Seaford, DE 19973 • 302-629-9755

Pastor: Rev. Andrew C. Watkins

Praise Worship 8:15 AM • Sunday School 9:45 AM • Traditional Worship 11:15 AM

Laurel Baptist Church, SBC SUNDAY


8:30am Worship / Nursery 9:45am Classes for all ages 11:00am Worship / Kids Church & Nursery 7:00pm Evening Service

6:45 AWANA (K-grade 6), Catalyst Youth (gr. 7-12), DivorceCare support group, 7:00 Intercessory Prayer, Men’s Group

(302) 629-5222 • 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. Jim Sipes • 302-629-4458 PROFESSIONAL NURSERY CARE PROVIDED

United Methodist Church

Where everybody is somebody & Jesus Christ is Lord 33056 Bi-State Boulevard, Laurel, DE 19956 LBC Sunday School ~ 10:00 Morning Worship ~ 11:00 Wednesday Bible Study ~ 7:00 P.M. Nursery Provided Pastor: Rev. Steven Booth Music Director: Linda Lewis


St. Luke’s

Episcopal Church Front & King St., Seaford, DE


Holy Eucharist: Sunday, 9:00 a.m. Thurs. Eve. Service: 6 p.m. The Rev’d. Jeanne W. Kirby-Coladonato, Rector

Seaford Church of Christ Acapella

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N. Dual 13, P.O. Box 783, Seaford, DE 19973 302-629-6206 Evangelist - G. W. Cliver - 629-6206 Elder - Don Birch - 629-8949 Elder - Ron Russell - 629-6033 Sunday School 10 a.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

743 E. Clarence St., Seaford, Del. Carlton L. Cannon, Sr. Pastor

2 North Laws St., Bridgeville, DE 19933 Across from Bank 337-7409 Handicap Friendly

629-9443, Cell: 448-0852 •

Sunday: Midweek Activities: Church School........9:45 am Call for Details Morning Worship......11 am Children’s Church & Youth Explosion ........6 pm Nursery Provided Evening Worship.........7 pm *Counseling by appt. only Tuesday: Thursday: Bible Study & Family Corporate Prayer.........7 pm ‘Come and Grow with Us!’ Training Hour...........7 pm


9 am Contemporary Service 10 am Sunday School 11 am Traditional Worship Youth Group (Sun. 6 p.m.)


Saturday Services Sabbath School 9:30 a.m. Worship Service 11:00 a.m. Pastor - O. Kenneth Scheller 302-875-0140

A Safe Sanctuary & Stephen’s Ministry Church Rev. E. S. Mallozzi

All are welcome to worship here every Sabbath.

Sun. 9:30 am Wed. 7:00 pm

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Seaford Seventh-day Adventist Church

26295 Sussex Highway (south on 13), Seaford, DE


PO BOX 60, LAUREL, DE 19956


The Church by the Side of the Road 15092 Cokesbury Rd, Georgetown, DE

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Senior Minister: Dr. Carl G Vincent Senior Pastor: Pastor Barry B. Dukes

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

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27225 Kaye Road Laurel, DE 19956 Ph: (302) 875-7814 Timothy P. Jones, Pastor Sunday Family Worship - 1:30 p.m. Wednesday Family Ministries - 7:00 p.m.

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MORNING STAR • DECEMBER 2 - 8, 2010 Calif., son, Daryl Slick (wife Donna) of Taylor, S.C. and daughter, Diana Shedaker (husband Bill) of Seaford; grandchildren: Doug, Wade, Jared and Lance Robinson, Rodney and John Slick, Aerin Shedaker Donovan, Kyle Shedaker and Cretia Mowery; great-grandchildren: David, Kim, Rachel, Emily, Caleb, Tanner, Bryce, Lathan, Layla, Noah, Emma, Katie, Sarah, Johnny, Alexa, Blake, Jenna, Cole and Hayden; and great-great-grandchild, Lucas. Visitation was held on Sunday, Nov. 28, at Cranston Funeral Home, Seaford. Mass of Christian Burial was offered on Monday, Nov. 29, at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Hall, Seaford. Interment was at Our Lady of Lourdes Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Regina’s memory to Our Lady of Lourdes Church, PO Box 719, Seaford, DE 19973.

John Chovan Jr.,75

John Chovan Jr. of Seaford, passed away Friday, Nov. 26, 2010, at Delaware Hospice Center in Milford. Born in Passaic, N.J., he was the son of the late John and Anna (nee Socha) Chovan of Garfield, N.J. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Jan and a son, John III. John graduated From Fairleigh Dickinson University in East Rutherford, N.J. with a BS in accounting.  Upon graduation he worked for the Internal Revenue Service in Newark, N.J. and AID (Aid for International Development) in Seoul, Korea. He took early retirement from Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., where he worked as a price analyst. He was a member of Christ Lutheran Church in Seaford. John is survived by his wife of 52 years, Joyce; 3 daughters, Barbara Dimitch of Stevensville, Md., Donna Jacklin and her husband Thomas of Crofton, Md. and Susan Wood and her husband Chris of Fairfax, Calif.; and 3 grandchildren, Danielle, Allison and Bryan. Funeral services were held on Tuesday, Nov. 30, at Christ Lutheran Church, Seaford. Burial was in Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Millsboro. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Christ Lutheran Church, 315 Shipley St., Seaford, DE 19973 or Delaware Hospice Inc., 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963. Arrangements are in the care of Cranston Funeral Home, Seaford.

Thomas E. McDaniel, 74

Thomas E. McDaniel of Delmar, died suddenly on Friday, Nov. 19, 2010, at his residence. He was born on Feb 13, 1936, in Amarillo, Texas, the son of the late Effie and Rawlin McDaniel.  He was raised in Lone, Calif., where the family relocated. He served his country proudly in the U.S. Army from 1959 to 1964. While stationed in New McDaniel York, he met and married his dear wife, Rose Beers of Pearl River, N.Y. in 1963. After his discharge, he worked at Lederle Labs, Wyeth, now Pfizer, as a pharmaceutical operator until his retirement in 1997. Tom and Rose resided in Pomona, N.Y., until they relocated to their home in Delmar in 1998.  He was an avid gardener and loved fishing. Tom was a good friend to all and was always ready to lend a helping hand to those in need. Tom had many nieces, nephews and cousins who loved him dearly.  He is survived by his wife, Rose, who has been in Life Care at Lofland Park, Seaford for the past two years. Other survivors include five sisters, Rose Cook of Arkansas, Anna Louise Babcock of California, Wilma Lane of Oregon, Ruth Kuntz of Colorado, Joy Cristensen of Washing-

would like to express our sincere gratitude for all the cards, visits, food and phone calls during his extended illness this past year and at the time of his death. Please accept our Thank You Charlene Dubinski, Dawn Cherrix, Don Dubinski, Lori Grady and All Our Family

Ralph Johnson, 74

Ralph “Dan” Johnson of Seaford, passed away Saturday, Nov. 27, 2010, at his home. He was born in Wichita, Kan., on Dec. 2, 1935, son of the late Ralph and Lorraine Johnson of Wichita. Dan graduated from Wichita North High School, and Kansas State University, with a B.S. in mechanical engineering. He earned his Professional Engineering license in 1971. He retired from Perdue Farms, Inc. in 2000, as chief project engineer. Dan enjoyed sports, especially watching his daughter, Jennifer, participate in basketball, softball and field hockey. Dan is survived by his wife, Kay; daughter, Jennifer; and his two beloved beagles, Hartley and Mitzi. He is also survived by his sister and brother-in-law, Martha and Jeff Baxter of Wichita; and several nieces and nephews. Graveside services were held on Wednes-

day, Dec. 1, at Odd Fellows Cemetery, Seaford. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Delaware Hospice Center, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963 or Sussex County SPCA, 22918 DuPont Blvd., Georgetown, DE 19947.

Eugene Paul Baker, 76

Eugene Paul Baker, of Seaford, died Wednesday, November 10, 2010 , at Delaware Hospice Center of Milford. He was 76. Mr. Baker was born May 31, 1934, in Mole Hill, WV, to the late Clemmie and Delcie Baker. He spent the majority of his life running his own businesses. From restaurants to HVAC to pawn to sales, Gene had the drive to be his own man. Mr. Baker enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by sister, Louise Stevens. Mr. Baker is survived by his daughter, Eugenia Nichols and her husband Brian of Seaford; daughter, Becky Baker of Knoxville, TN; and two grandchildren, Alyssa and Michael Nichols. A memorial service will be held on December 11th at 4:00 p.m. at Grace Baptist Church, 805 Atlanta Road, Seaford. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to the Delaware Hospice Center, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963. Condolences may be sent to Eugenia Nichols, 14013 E. Janna Circle, Seaford, DE, 19973. continued on page 41

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ton; and one brother, James McDaniel of Oregon. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Wayne McDaniel. A Memorial Mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 4, at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 532 Stein Hwy., Seaford. Interment will follow in Our Lady of Lourdes Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, PO Box 719, Seaford, DE 19973. Arrangements are in the care of Cranston Funeral Home, Seaford.

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MORNING STAR • december 2 - 8, 2010

6,000 shoes collected and counting for local teenager Continued from page one

10,000 gallons of clean water a day. The systems operate on salt and 12-volt car batteries. Volunteers from EDGE train people in the communities in which the systems are installed to operate them. “When I look at the shoes that I pack, I think of the people who will have shoes on their feet because of this,” Emma said. “And I think of the people who will have clean water. Here, we take both water and shoes for granted. We can use all the water we want, without even thinking about contamination.” Emma plans to continue collecting shoes, even after the EDGE truck has emptied the horse stall in her barn. She said that her effort makes her feel as though she is contributing to making the world a better place.

“This has made me realize that one person can make a lot of difference,” she said. “Before, I thought you needed a whole group of people to make a change. But now I understand that I can make a change. I can help communities be better.” For your information Emma Rider is collecting shoes for EDGE Outreach, which installs water purification systems in developing countries. Shoes can be dropped off at Union United Methodist Church in Bridgeville and Crossroad Community Church east of Bridgeville. Each pair of shoes should be tied or rubber-banded together. For details, call Emma, 337-7604. For information about EDGE Outreach, visit the website www.

Emma Rider, 13, sorts through donated used shoes. She stores the shoes in a barn at her home near Bridgeville. Photo by Lynn R. Parks

County Bank teams up with Marine Corps for Toys for Tots

The employees of County Bank’s Seaford branch show off their decorated tree in Seaford’s Grotto Pizza restaurant. Kneeling is Jenn Ballweg, teller; standing, from left: Linda Montouri, customer service representative; Linda Gunson, assistant vice president and branch manager; Dipti Patel, teller; Janette Baker, head teller.

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County Bank has teamed up with the U.S. Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots campaign for Christmas 2010. For over 60 years, the Marines have distributed more than 400 million toys to over 180 million needy children. This year the Seaford branch of County Bank has stepped up their support of the Toys for Tots project by participating in Grotto Pizza’s 19th annual Parade of Trees program which collects money for various charities for participating businesses. Local businesses select a charity to support and decorate a tree in a Grotto Pizza restaurant. Customers vote for their favorite tree by donating cash into boxes provided in front of each tree. The tree that raises the most money at each of the Grotto’s locations will receive an additional donation from Grotto Pizza. County Bank will be collecting new and unwrapped toys through Dec. 15, at five of their nine Southern Delaware locations: its Seaford branch, located at 632 West Stein Highway; the Lewes branch located at 1609 Savannah Road in the Village of Five Points; the Millville branch at 36754 Old Mill Road; the Long Neck

branch located at 25933 School Lane; and its Rehoboth Beach branch on Route One in Rehoboth Beach. Branch hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday, with lobby hours until 6 p.m. on Friday and noon on Saturday. For more information on the Toys for Tots campaign, visit

Library to unveil donor display & dedication of engraved bricks

The Seaford Library will unveil the donor recognition display at 11 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 10, in the lobby of the library. The display is given by the Friends of the Library in memory of Faye T. Carey, its former president and an ardent supporter of the library.  The freestanding display will be in the center of the lobby and identify all who contributed funding for the construction of the new facility.  There will also be a dedication of the bricks which are engraved with the names of contributors. Light refreshments will be provided and the public is invited to attend.

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Health World AIDS Day, Dec. 1

Delaware’s Division of Public Health (DPH) in partnership with community HIV/AIDS service providers, reminds the public that World AIDS Day is Dec. 1. While African Americans make up just 12 percent of the U.S. population, they represent nearly half of the 56,000 new HIV infections that occur each year and half of the more than 14,000 deaths each year, according to the CDC. In Delaware, while African Americans account for 21 percent of the state’s population, they account for 66 percent of the total HIV/AIDS cases in the state, according to DPH’s HIV surveillance program. Dr. Karyl Rattay, DPH director, urges Delawareans to get tested. “We all play a critical role in curbing the spread of HIV/ AIDS,” she said. World AIDS Day is an effort to bring HIV/AIDS to greater attention by motivating communities to organize and demonstrate their support through marches and other public awareness events and by encouraging everyone to make a personal commitment to protect themselves and their partners. Special commemorative events will be held at several locations in Delaware. Area events will be held at: • Kent/Sussex Counseling Services (Laurel) – Guest speaker, candlelight ceremony, praise team performance 6 p.m. Call 387-5495. • La Red Health Center – Free HIV counseling and testing, candlelight walk. 6 p.m. Call 855-2130, ext. 103. To find a testing site nearest you visit, and type in your zip code or call 1-800-232-4636 (1-800-CDCINFO) or the DPH HIV Prevention Program at 302-744-1050 for more information.

Taste Testing Day

The Look-In Glass Shoppe at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital will hold a Quick Dinners, Soups, and Dips Taste Testing Day on Wednesday, Dec. 8, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Visit Nanticoke Memorial Hospital’s Lobby to taste test all-natural, easy to prepare dinners and soups, and fresh and tasty bread dips and dipping oils - just like the dips found in Italian restaurants. These treats are perfect for the holidays and will be available for sale in The Look-In Glass Shoppe.  For more information, call 629-6611, ext. 4955. Payment is expected at time of order.

Get your flu shot

Delaware’s Division of Public Health (DPH) continues to urge all Delawareans 6 months of age and older to get vaccinated against the flu, a highly contagious virus. On Nov. 16, the DPH lab confirmed a case of H1N1 flu in a 50-year-old New Castle County man who is recovering at home. This serves as a reminder that people should get vaccinated as soon as possible. This year, the seasonal flu vaccine protects against three likely flu strains, including the H1N1 virus, and is readily available through medical providers, phar-

macies and DPH clinics. It is especially important that the following groups get their flu shots as soon as possible: • Pregnant women and their household contacts; • Caregivers and household contacts of children younger than 6 months, since those children are too young to receive the vaccine; • Seniors; • Those with chronic conditions or compromised immune systems.        DPH offers free flu shots at health clinics in all three counties. Visit www.flu. for flu clinic schedules and other flu information.

Ornament sale

The Look-In Glass Shoppe will hold their annual “Ornament Personalization Sale” on Friday, Dec. 3, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the main lobby at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital. Select from a large variety of ornaments. Santa’s elves will be on duty to add that personal touch. Delivery will be available within the hospital only. Come early for the best selection, as quantities are limited. For more information, call 629-6611, ext. 4955.

Breast cancer support group

Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition, Inc. (DBCC) has expanded its Beginning Your Pink Ribbon Journey, a program for women newly-diagnosed with breast cancer, by partnering with Nanticoke Memorial Hospital Cancer Center in Seaford. The free, monthly program is offered at the Cancer Center located at 801 Middleford Road, Seaford, the third Thursday of each month from 3 to 4 p.m. The program is facilitated by Nanticoke Memorial Hospital Cancer Center professional staff - Terri A. Clifton, MS, NCC, Cancer Care coordinator; Mary Brown, RN, DSN, manager Cancer Care Center; and Wendy Polk, nutritionist – with assistance from Lois Wilkinson, DBCC special projects manager, who helps facilitate the program at Bayhealth. Of particular value to newly-diagnosed women is DBCC’s Peer Mentor Program through which they are paired with a longterm survivor for one-on-one support. To learn more about Beginning Your Pink Ribbon Journey at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital Cancer Center, call Lois Wilkinson at 672-6435. Registration is required and light refreshments and small gifts are provided.

Cancer Support Group

The Wellness Community-Delaware offers a general cancer support group for people affected by cancer and their loved ones held at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital. The monthly support group meets in the second floor conference room of the Cancer Care center on the third Monday of each month from 4:30 to 6 p.m. The next meeting takes place on Dec. 20 at 4:30 p.m. The Wellness Community, an affiliate of the Cancer Support community, is dedicated to helping people

affected by cancer enhance their health and well-being through participation in a professional program of emotional support and hope. Facilitators are trained mental health professionals with a master’s degree or more. Call 645-9150 for information or to register. All support groups offered at the Wellness Community are free of charge. This program is made possible by the support of Nanticoke Memorial Hospital.

Bereavement luncheons

Delaware Hospice’s “New Beginnings” bereavement luncheons are an informal way to meet and talk with others, who have had similar loss experiences. Lunch begins at noon and is followed by a brief program. The location rotates each week of the month according to the following schedule:  • 1st Thursday: Grottos Pizza, Rte. 26, Bethany Beach; • 2nd Thursday: Georgia House, 300 Delaware Ave., Laurel; • 3rd Thursday: Millsboro Pizza Palace, Rt. 113-southbound lane, Millsboro;  • 4th Thursday: Blue Ocean Grill (formerly Milton House), 200 Broadkill Rd., Milton; • 5th Thursday (when applicable): Texas Grill (formerly Ocean Point Grill), 26089 Long Neck Rd., Millsboro. “New Beginnings” luncheons are

open to the public. Registration is not required. There is no fee except the cost of your lunch. For more information, call Carol Dobson or Paul Ganster at 856-7717.

Competition to improve school meals

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced the Recipes for Healthy Kids Challenge to improve school meals and the health of children across the nation through the creation of exciting new recipes for inclusion on school lunch menus. The competition will draw on the talents of chefs, students, food service professionals, and parents or other community members working together to develop tasty, nutritious, kid-approved foods. There will be a grand prize chosen by the judging panel as well as a Popular Choice winner based on public voting. The judges will also choose award winners for the top two recipes in each category. Winning teams will be invited to prepare their nutrition-packed meals alongside White House chefs. The top ten recipes in each category will be published in a Recipes for Healthy Kids Cookbook to share with students and families. To learn more about the First Lady’s Let’s Move! campaign, visit The deadline for recipe submissions is Dec. 30. For more information, visit



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and marry her best friend, believing that the nightmare of the last few years was finally over. Unfortunately, in December 2000, at a regular clinic visit, Melissa found out she had relapsed. After three more rounds of chemotherapy, in July 2001 she had a matched unrelated donor bone marrow transplant and has been 100% cancer free ever since. However, the years of being so sick took a toll on her. Bone issues have led to replacements of both her hips, and limitations to the range of motion in both her arms. Reactions from the chemotherapy have caused cognitive issues and problems with her speech and fine motor skills. She is now on disability. Instead of letting her circumstances cause a “Why Me?” approach, or allow the emotional and financial stresses determine her life’s path, Melissa and her husband

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Christmas is a time for tradition By Dr. Anthony Policastro As we approach Christmas, we will begin making plans to be with our family. We sometimes forget the fact that there are a limited number of Christmases that we will face in the course of a lifetime. For most of us there will be less than 90 of them. That is about three months’ worth out of an entire lifetime. We need to make sure that we make good use of that time. For example, if you get together with your family every other year, that cuts it down to just 45 in a lifetime. The first thing is to treasure those times that you do have. One of the things that happens at Christmas is a long break from school. This break explains why Disney World is so full that week. It is important to ask yourself if that is the right time to be on a vacation far away from the rest of your family. Another thing about being with family at this time of the year are the long standing quarrels that some family members have. Often these go on for years and, in most cases, they are based on petty things. One of the two individuals has to make the effort to smooth things over. You might be the person to do that. Children learn from their parents. They will develop Christmas traditions based upon what they see. If their parents are about family at Christmas time, they will be too. Some parents will be upset when they do not see their children at Christmas. The same thing is true of grandparents.

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Seaford girls’ basketball team looks to compete for Henlopen South title By Lynn Schofer

Seaford High varsity girls’ basketball coach Tracie Smith is excited going into the 2010-11 season, believing the team has an excellent opportunity to contend for the conference championship. “It is always our ultimate goal to win the South; the girls are ready and motivated,” Smith said. Last year the girls finished 8-12 overall and 7-5 in the conference in a season when the team experienced exciting wins and heartbreaking losses. “Last year the team went into the stretch winning seven out of eight games including a huge win over Laurel,” Smith said. “They then felt the pain of defeat against Delmar which has helped to prepare for them for this season.” Smith will depend on her returning players, “I’m hoping the experience they gained last year will help them to step up and stay focused.” Players such as Zoe Laws, Keona Hughes, La’Shyra Williams, and Tynetta Washington will be the expected leaders and Smith is confident these girls will perform. “We are working hard on our defensive game and running game,” La’Shyra Williams Smith added. Coach Smith believes with improved discipline the team will join be able to compete with the top teams in the state. Joining Smith’s staff is Diana Robinson, who coached at the middle school the last two years and played college basketball. “The girls know what we expect and many of them had Coach Robinson at the Middle School so it is a nice transi-

Woodbridge varsity girls’ basketball head coach Josh Bowe is looking for his tri-captains to lead the way this season. Returning players Taylor West (senior), Taija Maddox, and Anyea Griffin are entering their third year of playing for Bowe. “They’re the veteran group. We’re going to go as far as they take us,” said Bowe. Also back are sophomore Chasity Trigger, who will be looked to for shooting, and sophomore Ashae Johnson, who is expected to be available by January. Bowe has been pleased with the attitudes of his incoming freshmen, who contributed to the middle school program’s

Leslie DeRoche- Woodbridge First team all-conference

Willie Davis- Woodbridge First team all-conference

Dustin Venables- Seaford First team all-conference

Verstel Ponder takes some time to improve her free throw shot at a recent Seaford varsity girls’ basketball team practice. Photo by Lynn Schofer

tion,” said Smith. Coach Smith said the team’s speed combined with their heart and intensity will help throughout the season. “The team is very close and unified; they never give up on each other,” Smith said. “I tell the girls if Keona Hughes they come to practice and work hard here; winning is the fun later.”

Woodbridge girls’ basketball team looks to be competitive in South By Mike McClure

Alfred Cetoute- SeafordFirst team all-conference

success in recent years. “I’m just hoping to continue that success at the high school,” Bowe said. Among the team’s freshmen are: Alana Frisby, Jessica Brawner, and Jai Stevenson. While the team lacks height, Bowe hopes its aggressiveness and quickness will make up for that.

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All-conference photos by Mike McClure and Lynn Schofer One area he would like to see improvement is shooting. “We have to shoot the ball better from the floor than we did last year,” said Bowe. “I’m hoping that (aggressiveness) translates into easy baskets.” While Bowe sees the Hen-

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lopen South as being extremely competitive this year, he believes his team will be able to hold its own in the division. “I think we can hang in with a lot of teams (in the South),” Bowe said. “It seems like a dogfight every night in the South. Everybody’s tough. Every game is tough. It should be an exciting year.” One thing Bowe sees as a positive for the Raiders is his players chemistry. “When you have a group of girls that generally like each other it makes the experience much better,” said Bowe. Woodbridge opens the season at Lake Forest on Friday.


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Ryan Moore- Sussex Tech First team all-conference

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Woodbridge wrestling team looks to surprise teams in the South By Mike McClure

Seaford wrestlers Zak Parks and Dominique Ayres, left, work out together on the mat and practice the techniques that the team will use in the 2010-2011 season. Photo by Lynn Schofer

New Seaford varsity wrestling coach aims for state dual meet By Lynn Schofer

First year varsity wrestling coach Derek Sheets believes his team has what it takes to qualify for the state dual meet championships. “I believe we have a good shot with the experience of the returning wrestlers,” Sheets said. Sheets brings with him over 10 years coaching experience and is joined by assistant coaches Marshall Craft and Seaford graduate Marcus Wright. Other graduates have stepped up to help develop the wrestlers as Ross Clagg and Kirk Neal get on the mats and show technique and moves. “I hope to bring some modern techniques and different and new moves to the team,” said Sheets. Sheets said his returning wrestlers: Tyler Elliott, Dominique Ayres, Zak Parks, and Jose Santos will be the expected leaders of the squad, as well as Cody Rementer, Ryan Craft, Julio Ramirez, Matt Joseph, QuSean Deputy, Jon Lowe, and Mercedes Orozio.

“I have enough wrestlers to cover every weight class but will rely on the experience of my returning wrestlers,” Sheets added. Seaford will open the season battling strong competitors in Indian River and Polytech, “We have two important matches in December and the Parkside Holiday Tournament,” said Sheets. Sheets said his lighter weight class should be able to set the tone, “We have newcomers in the heavier class and have the experience in the lower weights.” Seaford began to rebuild in 2009 after the team lost seven graduates. “The team will be in great shape and be able to wrestle the full three periods and hopefully win some close matches,” Sheets said. As they enter the 2010-11 season with newcomers like Jamir Powell and Kevin Jones and with the experience gained from last year, Coach Sheets hopes it will lead the Blue Jays back to the top of the Henlopen Conference.

Seaford varsity wrestling coach Derek Sheets demonstrates a move and technique for the team during a recent practice. Coach Sheets enters his first year as head coach of the Blue Jays, but brings over 10 years coaching experience to the team. Photo by Lynn Schofer

Second year head coach Ralph Kemmerlin knows his team is young, but he believes it can still be competitive against Henlopen Conference foes. The Woodbridge varsity wrestling team features a mix of returning wrestlers and newcomers up from the middle school. The Raiders recently warmed up for the start of the season by facing Milford, Polytech, and Wilmington Charter last Friday in Patrick Davis Milford then hosting Mardela on Saturday. Kemmerlin was pleased with his team’s effort in the scrimmages. “The kids are starting to feed into what we are looking to teach and instill upon them,” said Kemmerlin, who is joined by first year assistant coach Nate Fleming, who wrestled at Milford High with Kemmerlin.

The team’s returning wrestlers include Patrick Davis, Jose Rodriguez, John Rivas, Luis Nieves, and James Carter. Kemmerlin expects the team’s solid core of freshmen to make an immediate imJose Rodriguez pact. Among the newcomers are: freshmen Nick Matos, Willie Davis, Joquan Smith, and Luis Norwood. Woodbridge has more kids out this year than it did a year ago, allowing the team to fill its weight classes. Kemmerlin’s goals for the team are to win the Henlopen South and the conference and qualify for the state dual meet. He would also like to see as many of his wrestlers as possible place in the top six in the conference meet and qualify for the state meet. “It’s a very young team but these guys are very capable of taking on the challenge,” Kemmerlin said. “We’re going to surprise a lot of people this year.”

Sussex Tech varsity wrestling team looks to remain competitive in North By Mike McClure

The Sussex Tech varsity wrestling team went 9-3 in conference and 9-4 overall last season to earn its second straight berth in the state dual meet tournament. With the loss of several key wrestlers, this year’s team looks to remain competitive despite its youth in the upper weights. Gone from last year’s team are graduates Wendell Cannon, A.J. Workman, Joe Casullo, Sam Crowther, Aikeem Brewer, and Cole Magagnotti. The Ravens also lost Shane Marvel for the season due to illness. John Briddell As a result of the losses, Sussex Tech are inexperienced in the upper weight classes, an area it was once strong in. Returning for the Ravens are: seniors John Briddell (130), Matt Bennett (135/140), Ian Day (119); junior Bobby Robles (135/140); sophomores Kyle Breckner (112), Alex Cataldi (119/125), and Jeff Klabe (145/152). Bennett and Briddell, who are past state qualifiers, will be looked to for leadership. Klabe saw time with the varsity squad last year as did Robles. The team’s newcomers include: senior Francis Ortiz (Hwt.); junior Ricky Bautista (152/160); freshmen Matt Wilson (103), Tyler Jump (103), Nick Bennett (125), and Caleb Handy (152/160).

Layfield expects Wilson and Jump to wrestle at 103; Breckner, a state qualifier at 103, will wrestle at 112 this year; and Day and Cataldi will see time at 119 pounds. Nick Bennett will certify at 119 but will probably wrestle at 125 Kyle Breckner while Briddell, a former conference champ, and Matt Bennett will be at 130 and 135. Robles (140); Klabe (145); Handy (152/160); Bautista, a transfer from Georgia last year; Bryan Cooper (171’) and Andrew Mitchell (171); Javon Custis (189); sophomore Martel Williams (215), moving down from heavyweight; Nelson Perez (215); and Ortiz (Hwt.) round out the Ravens’ lineup. Layfield likes his teams depth and experience, even with some of the younger wrestlers. The team has 35 wrestlers with a number of talented freshman who have wrestling experience. The Ravens are looking to remain competitive and gain confidence throughout the season. They open the season with the War on the Shore, Beast of the East, and A.I. DuPont tournaments as well as tough matches against Sussex Central, Caesar Rodney, and Smyrna. “The North is tough. It’s the toughest conference in the state,” said Layfield. “If we want to go to the state dual meet tournament we have to beat one of those three teams.”


   MORNING STAR • DECEMBER 2 - 8, 2010

Delmar varsity girls’ basketball team looks to return to the playoffs By Mike McClure

Laurel’s Tayler Miller, left, and Daneka Dixon will lead the way for the young varsity girls’ basketball team following the loss of several players to graduation. Photo by Mike McClure

Young Laurel varsity girls’ team looks to improve during season By Mike McClure

For the first time since he took over as the Laurel varsity girls’ basketball team five years ago, Kevin Walmsley is going back the fundamentals with a group of young, and mostly inexperienced players. Gone from last year’s team, which went 8-4 in the conference and 13-8 overall, are graduates Tomorrow Briddell (Del-Tech-Stanton), Brooke Evans, Mariah Dickerson, and Stephanie Wheatley. So far Walmsley has been pleased with his young team’s effort. “I am very pleased with the effort. We’re real young. We lost a lot (to graduation) last year,” said Walmsley, who said that this year’s team is very coachable. “We’re going to learn every game. I’ve been spoiled. Our goal is just to get better every game.” Returning for the Bulldogs are seniors Alexis Hunt (G) and Aneela Anjum (G); junior Daneka Dixon (G); and sophomore Tayler Miller (F). Walmsley is looking for Dixon to score points while Miller will be

the team’s primary post player. “They’re going to have to step up big,” Walmsley said. “Even though we lost a lot of girls, I think we’re still going to be a good team,” said Dixon. “We have a lot of girls with basketball experience,” Miller added. The team’s newcomers include: senior Gaby Gomez (G); sophomores Tori Davis (G), Madi Chaffinch (G), and Alexis Hudson (G); and freshman Tavietta Ewell (G). With just one starter back from a year ago and a number of young players looking to gain varsity experience, the Bulldogs will look to use their quickness and athleticism to their advantage. “Our goal is to try and not be out hustled every game,” said Walmsley. Walmsley calls Delmar and Indian River the class of the Henlopen South. Laurel opens the season against Delmar this Friday in a game the Laurel coach calls a measuring stick to see how far the Bulldogs and how much they need to improve.

Young Sussex Tech boys’ basketball team looks to compete in North By Mike McClure

The Sussex Tech varsity boys’ basketball team is young, but second year head coach Steve Perry believes his team can improve during the season and make the state tournament despite playing in the competitive Henlopen North. “We’ve got a good, young group of kids,” said Perry. “I think we’ll be very competitive.” The Ravens feature four freshmen players and three returning starters. Returning players Troy DeShields, Javon Whaley, and Lavaar Showell will be looked to for leadership. “Hopefully they can give us what we

need to help win the ball games,” Perry said. The team’s newcomers include Dwayne Hopkins, Tony Floyd, Rakeem DeShields, C.J. Dennis, and forward Davonte Jones (6’ 10”, 285 pounds). Perry is looking for his team to improve and make the playoffs. He expects the Henlopen North to be as tough as usual. Sussex Tech’s strong bench should come in handy during conference play. Sussex Tech hosted a six team play day last week after a strong scrimmage against Crisfield. “Hopefully we’ll do a lot of learning,” said Perry. “There’s a lot of teaching going on.”

Despite the loss of Jennifer Carr to graduation, Delmar varsity girls’ basketball head coach Billie Fox feels good about the upcoming season. With the majority of her starters back from a year ago, Fox is aiming for a return to the state tournament after hosting a playoff game last year. “Jenn Carr did such a great job leading on the court. That loss will hurt us but we’re looking for some of the girls to step up and take control,” said Fox, who is in her third year at Delmar and 14th year of coaching. Carr is now at Chesapeake Community College, but the combination of returning players and players up from the JV team have Fox feeling good about this season. The Wildcats’ returning players include: seniors Caila White (F) and Janae Corbin Shalyn Chandler (F); juniors Shalyn Chandler (F), Ashley Bennett (G), and Monisha Dennis (G); and sophomore Daijah Brown (G). Fox was pleased with Brown’s per-

formance as the team’s point guard down the stretch last season. Chandler will be looked to for rebounding while Bennett also returns as a starter. “They have experience on their side,” Fox said. Daijah Brown Delmar’s newcomers are: juniors Cierra Whaley (G), Sam Johnson (G), and Gabby Rairan (C) and freshmen Bizzie Mills (C) and Booter Ellis (F). Rairon, Mills, and White give the Wildcats a significant height advantage to go along with the team’s experience. “We’re definitely looking to use that height to our advantage,” said Fox. Fox is looking for her team to do well in the Henlopen South and is hoping for another berth in the state tournament. “We definitely want a playoff game. They learned that hard work paid off (last year),” Fox added. Delmar opens the season at home against Laurel on Friday. While the Bulldogs lost some key players to graduation, Fox knows the opener will still be a challenge. “It’s always a competition when you play Laurel,” said Fox.

Sussex Tech girls’ basketball team hopes to improve with each game By Mike McClure

Sussex Tech varsity girls’ basketball coach Jess Brown is new to coaching varsity basketball, but she is no stranger to the game of basketball. “I’ve been around basketball all my life,” said Brown, who Ashley Jefferson coached youth sports in the Tom Brown Rookie League in Salisbury before becoming the Ravens’ coach. Brown said the focus of the youth program, started by her father, is fundamentals. “With older kids the biggest thing is habits that they’ve had and different teaching styles,” Brown said. She Courtney Hastings added that she is

looking for her team to grab on to the new style of play she has introduced. Among the team’s returning players are: seniors Ashley Jefferson and Courtney Hastings and sophomore Thomeka Floyd. Joining the returning varsity Thomeka Floyd players are the freshman class, some players up from the JV team, and a number of first year players out from the volleyball and field hockey teams. “We preach hard work here, playing the entire game,” said Brown. “I’m looking to them (state champion field hockey players Logan Pavlik and Kelsey Doherty) to push the other girls.” Brown is also looking for members of the solid sophomore class (Alijae Cannon, Floyd, and Prennay Doughty) to step up this season. “If they step up it’s going to be a tough lineup,” Brown said. “We want to be better in February and March than we are right now.”

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Laurel varsity boys’ basketball Head coach- Chris Griffin Years coaching- Five Last season- 4-10, 7-13 Returning players- Seniors Shayne Milton (G), Dexter Taylor (G), and Jaleel Horsey (PF); juniors Shawn Miller (F), Tyler Robertson (PG/SG), Chris Jones (PF- captain), and A.J. Mann (G) Newcomers- Seniors Joe McGinnis (PG- captain) and Matt Travis (SG/F); juniors Kanen Horton (G/F) and Keenan Mitchell (G) Team strengths- speed Key losses- Jeff Robertson

Milford varsity wrestling

Jason Owens- Seaford First team all-conference

Head coach- Dan Rigby Years coaching- five, first as head coach at Milford Last season- 8-4 Returning athletes- Seniors Chris Harris (135), Dustin Killinger (140), Brent Wingrove (152), Chris Masten (145), Isiah Fidderman (160), and Quinn Abbott (160); juniors Cat Lallier (103), David Jordan (125), and Colton Barr (215); sophomores Brent McFarland (119) and Alvontae Drummond (125) Newcomers- Junior Brent Prouse (189) Team strengths- solid core group returning Key losses- Anthony Bonnville

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This week in Star sports history 10 YEARS AGO- The Delmar varsity football team defeated Woodbridge, 33-0, in the state semifinals to advance to the Division II state championship game. FIVE YEARS AGO- The Laurel Pop Warner Midget football team won the Eastern Regional championship with a 20-8 victory over Keyport (N.J.). Nick Munoz ran for 55 yards and a touchdown and Brandon Hearne completed seven passes for 87 yards and a touchdown and ran for a touchdown. Delmar graduates Tracey Lloyd, Brittany Elliott, and Danielle Twilley led the Salisbury University field hockey team to a Division III national championship. Delmar and Salisbury University grads Erin Budd and Lindsey Elliott also served as coaches for the Sea Gulls. ONE YEAR AGO- The Delmar football team beat Laurel, 33-13, in the state semifinals in Laurel as Tyler Cornish ran for 126 yards and four touchdowns. Chris Jones had 135 yards rushing for Laurel.

Seaford Recreation Department Youth Basketball signups are taking place Signups for the City of Seaford Recreation Department’s Youth Basketball League are taking place for the following age groups: boys 8-10, boys 11-13, and girls 8-13. The deadline to register is Dec. 3 at the recreation office. There will be no sign-ups at the gym or on the day of tryouts. Practices will take place in December with the league starting in January. The cost is $25 which includes a shirt that you can keep. Signups for boys and girls ages 6-7- The deadline to register for boys and girls ages six and seven years old is Dec. 31 at the recreation office. The league starts in early February with all game being played at the Frederick Douglass gym on Saturdays. The cost is $25 which includes a free shirt that you can keep. The league must have at least 32 kids in order to play.

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STAR TEAM PHOTO OF THE WEEK- The Sussex Tech girls’ cross country teams took first place at the Ron Powell Invitational in Smyrna. Shown is the Ravens’ team with their coaches. Submitted photo Next week- Laurel Pop Warner Midget football team Send photos and captions to

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Tackle Football Jr. Division Turkey Bowl resultsCowboys/Eagles 35, Ravens/ Falcons 17 Tackle Football Sr. Division Turkey Bowl resultsRams 25, Bears/Cards, Lions 7

Seaford Recreation Department to hold Junior Jordan clinic The Seaford Recreation Department’s Junior Jordan Basketball Clinic, for boys and girls in grades K-3, will be held on Saturdays in January at the Fred Douglass gym. The cost is $5 per child. Basic fundamentals will be stressed at the clinic. The deadline to register is Dec. 31.

Delmarva Elite Lacrosse to hold tryouts for boys’ teams Delmarva Elite Lacrosse (the Sharks) will be holding tryouts for its boys U-13 and U-15 teams and new for this year, its inaugural boys U-11 team for those players that would like to take their game to the next level. There will be two open tryouts with a tryout fee of $20 to be collected from all participants to cover the rental fees. Be prepared for outdoor situations. Attendance to both tryout dates is recommended for accurate evaluation. Tryouts will be closed, only players will be permitted in the practice area. The tryout schedule is as follows: Saturday, Dec. 4 at Salisbury University Stadium- U-11- 9-11 a.m.; U-13- 11 a.m.-1 p.m.; U15- 1-3 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 11 at Salisbury University Stadium- U-11- 9-11 a.m.; U-13- 11 a.m.-1 p.m.; U-15- 1-3 p.m. The team administrative fee is $375 per player for U11 and $425 per player for U13 and U15. This includes all tournament fees, field rentals and game/practice apparel. Players are responsible for their own equipment. All players must be current, registered members of U.S. Lacrosse. Players must have a birth year of 1996 or later. All players and their families will be expected to commit to the practice schedule, to the tournament schedule and to agree to support any fundraisers that the organization may have. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Mark Quillin at 410-883-3538 (home) or 443-880-0370 (cell). If you plan to tryout, please register by sending your name, address, birth date, phone number(s), e-mail address, U.S. Lacrosse Membership number and position(s) trying out for to or call 410-883-

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Seaford’s head coach Bailey Noel, standing pool side, explains the workout routine to the Jays swim team at a recent practice. Seaford opens their season on Dec. 9 at Lake Forest High School. Photo by Gene Bleile

Seaford varsity boys’ swim team faces a rebuilding year in 2010-11 By Gene Bleile

The boys’ swim team at Seaford High faces a rebuilding task that will test the skill and patience of third year coach Bailey Noel during the upcoming winter swim season. The Jays are coming off an undefeated conference season (8-0) and an undefeated overall record (12-0) that will be hard to repeat after losing a talented group of seniors from last year’s squad. Gone are Lee Mayer, the 2010 MVP; Tim Halter; Terry Wooters; Cory Darden; Oscar Castrejon and Phillip DeMott. “This is definitely a rebuilding year, but we are looking to have a winning season,” Noel said at a recent practice session. “We lost a large group of the fastest swimmers ever to go through the Seaford swim team program from last year, however, we have the desire to be

the best and stay on top as a team,” he added. The Jays hopes for another outstanding season fall to returning seniors Jon Schwinn, Frank Stewart and Ryan Stewart. The juniors that need to step up and contribute early are Dustin Venables, Chris Michel, Phlegon Joseph and Andrew Mackler followed by sophomores Wesley Wooten, Jake Duke and Adam Crouse. Newcomers to the team are seniors Ethan Lee, Osbaldo Alcantara, Daisuke Shigaki and Christian Gosnell. Other first year swimmers are: John Hare, Tyler Mullin and Esaie Derolus. The Jays open their season with an away meet on Thursday, Dec. 9 at Lake Forest High School. In preseason training sessions, to get ready for a challenging season, Coach Noel has stressed to his swimmers, “the pain from practice is only temporary, but the victory will last forever.”

Sussex Tech varsity swim teams feature several returning swimmers By Mike McClure

The Sussex Tech varsity boys’ and girls’ swim teams are in just their third year as programs and second year in the Henlopen Conference, but head coach Michele Thomas likes how her teams look entering the 2010-11 season. “The team is looking good. We have a lot of returning swimmers and a lot of new swimmers and freshmen,” said Thomas. Among the returning Maddie Crimmons swimmers for the girls’ team are: Payton Shirey, Maddie Crimmons, Casey Thomas, Chelsea Procino, Lindsey Rickards, and Nikki Demopoulos. The boys’ team lost one swimmer to graduation last year with Colby Hastings, Jake Procino, Nate Jones, B.J. Daisey, and Drew Pianka back from a

year ago. The two teams have 10 to 12 seniors leading the way. “We expect them to be good leaders,” Thomas said of the seniors. Also back for the girls is sophomore Abby Genshaw. The team’s newcomers include Briana Hall, Corrine Stewart, and Tori Hearn. Gray Venables joins three senior boys who are out for the boys’ Drew Pianka team for the first time. “We’re really excited. We’re just looking for everybody to swim faster this year,” said Thomas. Thomas believes her team’s third and fourth place finishers will be key in helping the top finishers to accumulate enough points to win meets. She is looking for more state qualifiers and would like to see the boys’ program have its first swimmer reach the state finals.

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Fifth year Head Coach Alison Venables will rely on senior Ania Sypek, right, to help provide experienced team leadership for the upcoming swim season opener against Lake Forest on December 9. Photo by Gene Bleile

Christian Gosnell- Seaford First team all-conference

Kayla Krause- Sussex Tech First team all-conference

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Lady Jays face challenging swim season in 2010-11 By Gene Bleile Fifth year head coach Alison Venables knows that her young Lady Jays swimmers have their work cut out for them, during preseason practice, to get ready for the upcoming Henlopen Conference season. Gone from last year’s squad are dominate swimmers Paige Venables (state meet, first place finisher), Erin Wooten (freestyle sprinter), Haley Quillen (butterfly), Alison Schwinn (200 yard and 500 yard freestyle), Molly Cain (distance), and Jenna Wills (distance events). “We know it is going to be a building year,” Venables said at a recent practice session. “We have a lot of newcomers out for the team, who have no competitive experience and they are working hard to learn some of the strokes for the first time,” she added. As is usually the case in varsity sports, the Lady Jays must rely on crucial leadership from the seniors and upcoming juniors to better last season’s record of 7-5 overall and 4-3 in conference. Experienced seniors Ania Sypek, Alex Smith, Elizabeth Ewing and Macey Cordrey will be expected to step up early in practice and provide crucial team leadership with the help of juniors Maria DeMott, Julia Tobin, Shanice Cannon, Amanda Scudder, Dena DuPont. Sophomores Alisza Phares and Eryn Quillen will also add needed depth to the squad. “We lost a large group of seniors from last season and we need to fill our backstroke events with strong swimmers for this year, but I know I can rely on Alex Smith in the breaststroke, Shanice Cannon in the fly and IM and Ania Sypek in the fly and freestyle,” Venables said. Newcomers this year include: seniors Beatriz Gomez, Sidney Pollock and Kate Wesselhoff; juniors, Alexis Hawkins and Eryn Johnson; sophomore Alyssa Hoch and freshmen, Hailey Parks, Courtney Michel and Catherine Mackler. The Lady Jays open their 2010 season on the road with a meet against Lake Forest High School on Thursday, Dec. 9. Their first home meet is on Thursday, Dec. 16 against Caesar Rodney High School at the Western Boys and Girls Club, starting at 3:30 pm.

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Police Journal Elderly woman robbed

On Nov. 28 at 2:45 p.m., an 84-yearold female from Greenwood, reported to the Seaford Police Department that her purse was snatched from her while entering her vehicle in the Seaford Walmart parking lot. Officers responded to Walmart where they were able to obtain Eliu Carrero further suspect information from Loss Prevention personnel. Warrants are now on file for the arrest of Eliu Carrero, 31, of Milford. Carrero drives a 2001 Hyundai Sonata with Delaware registration, 544482. The Seaford Police Department is asking anyone with information about this crime to contact them at 629-6644 or Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or Delaware Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons involved.

Fatal crash in Millsboro

The Delaware State Police Crash Reconstruction Unit is investigating a motor vehicle collision in which one person died and four were injured on Friday, Nov. 26, on John J. Williams Highway and Legion Road, Millsboro. The incident occurred at 7:01 p.m., as Joseph E. Ironside, 81, of Millsboro, was operating a 2008 Chevrolet HHR, northbound on Legion Road, approaching the intersection of John J. Williams Highway. Ironside’s vehicle failed to remain stopped and entered the intersection into the path of a 1995 Oldsmobile Cutlass/Ciera SL, traveling eastbound on John J. Williams Highway, operated by John S. North, 33, of Greenwood, where the vehicles collided. Ironside sustained fatal injuries and was transported to Beebe Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. North and an unidentified male passenger were airlifted to Christiana Hospital Trauma Center, where they were admitted in critical condition. Two unidentified female passengers, also in North’s vehicle, were transported to Beebe Medical Center

with non-life threatening injuries. Anyone with information about the crash is asked to contact Corporal/1 Nicole Oldham of the Delaware State Police Reconstruction Unit at 302-644-5020, ext. 119.

Identity theft scheme

Chief District Judge Gregory M. Sleet has sentenced Joseph Aughenbaugh, 42, to 145 months in prison. From their residence in Newark, as well as other addresses under their direction and control, defendant Aughenbaugh and his co-defendant Todd Yurgin misappropriated the identities of more than 93 victims, at least 44 of whom were minor children; used the identity information to open at least 343 credit cards and 54 bank accounts from over 40 financial institutions; and formed two shell “businesses,” ostensibly operating out of the residence, to make fraudulent “purchases” for services that were never rendered. All told, the defendants’ conduct resulted in approximately $1 million in losses to various financial institutions. The conduct spanned a lengthy period beginning in March 2003 and continuing until the arrest of defendants in September 2009. Although the specifics of the fraud scheme evolved over time, one aspect remained constant: the misappropriation of valid social security numbers.  Initially, the defendants stole mail that contained personal identifying information, and used such information to apply for credit cards at various addresses they controlled. The defendants later abandoned the practice of assuming the names of their identity theft victims when applying for credit cards. Instead, they combined actual social security numbers of victims with fictitious names that they created.  As part of their scheme, the defendants sought out social security numbers belonging to minor children, most likely because such victims lacked credit histories and the fraud scheme was less likely to be detected. The defendants used the fraud proceeds in a variety of ways, including: (1) to transfer funds derived from the fraud scheme into other bank accounts under their direction and control; (2) to pay the land lease for Newark residence and to purchase other parcels of real property; (3) to purchase various types of goods and services, including three vehicles, high-end jewelry,


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Robbed in parking lot

On Nov. 30 at 12:55 a.m., Seaford Police responded to the Walmart parking lot in Seaford for a robbery complaint. The victim, a 30-year-old Delmar woman, was exiting the store when the suspect confronted her from behind and snatched her purse from her shoulder. The suspect is believed to have fled in a dark colored or gray vehicle, possibly a Corolla, with no further description. The suspect is described as an Hispanic male, 20 to 30 years of age, 5’7” to 5’10”, wearing a black stocking cap. The Seaford Police Department is asking anyone with information about this crime to contact them at 629-6644 or Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or Delaware Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of person or persons involved.

Two charged in copper theft

Delaware State Police responded to the area of Gum and Shockleytown Road in Frankford for a burglary complaint on Nov. 29. Police learned that two individuals, Scott A. Cullen, 21, of Laurel and Matthew L. Donoway, 27, of Bishopville, Md., were trespassing on the property of an 86-year-old victim. Police received a 911 call at 12:06 p.m. advising a red Dodge Neon was at a residence, at the intersection of Gum and Shockleytown Road unlawfully. The concerned citizen was approached by Cullen and Donoway who said they were looking for a dog inside the residence. When troopers arrived Cullen and Donoway were taken into custody. Troopers searched Cullen’s Dodge Neon and discovered insulated copper wire. Troopers then searched the residence and found that Cullen and Donoway had removed copper electrical wire from the ceiling and copper piping. Cullen and Donoway were arrested for burglary and theft of copper wire from the residence. Cullen, who had driven to the residence


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Search on for missing person

The Seaford Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance again in locating Paul L. Collins. Collins, 38, was last seen at his residence in the 300 block of Pine Street, Seaford, on Nov. 10 at 8 p.m. by his spouse. The spouse stated that when she Paul Collins awoke on Nov. 11, the victim was not at the residence and has not been seen since. All personal belongings were left at the house such as his wallet, money and vehicle keys. The Seaford Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division continues to investigate the case and is asking anyone with information to contact them at 629-6648. The missing person is listed in NCIC, the National Crime Information Center and also the Delaware Justice Information Center as a missing person and, in the event of any police contact, authorities would be notified. Foul play is not suspected at this time.

Charged with rape

Laurel Police arrested Rohit Patel, one of the owners of Ram Deli Inc., on an active warrant for fourth degree rape and unlawful sexual contact on Nov. 30. Patel was processed and released after posting $2,500 secured bail. On Nov. 17, Laurel Police received a complaint from a female customer who advised that she had gone into Ram Deli Inc. that morning and was sexually assaulted by Patel. Laurel Police executed a search warrant on the store and recovered evidence that linked Patel to the crime. Laurel Police is searching for any other possible victims. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Laurel Police Department at 875-2244 or Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or You may remain anonymous.


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Special day encourages new friendships at PWMS By Cathy Shufelt Students at Phillis Wheatley Middle School (PWMS) “Mixed It Up” during lunch on Tuesday, Nov. 9. For the third year in a row students were assigned a seat in the cafeteria that was different than where they would typically sit. The purpose of the event is to get students to “cross social barriers and accept differences in others,” said school counselor Josie Hunsberger, “many times students don’t know they have a lot in common with students they may have never spoken to. Assigning them seats breaks up the peer groups and provides them with an opportunity to sit with someone different and hopefully get to know them.” Each table of students was given an activity to complete while they ate lunch. “Oftentimes, questions about favorite activities, television shows, or video games is enough to get them talking with each other,” said Hunsberger. Staff, school board members, teachers and administrators participated by eating lunch with students and helping them complete the assigned activity. The cafeteria was decorated for the day by the PWMS Spirit Club under the guidance of art teacher Kyle Dogherty, and music

Woodbridge School Board member Walt Rudy works with students during Phillis Wheatley Middle School’s Mix It Up Day lunch held Nov. 9. Photo by Cathy Shufelt

New friends Somer Smith and Melinda Lewis participated in the third annual Mix It Up Day lunch at Phillis Wheatley Middle School. Photo by Cathy Shufelt

was provided by the middle school band’s sound system. To prepare for Mix It Up day lunch, students also participated in lessons created by school counselors and teachers in social studies classrooms.

Woodbridge School Board president Michael Breeding works with students during Phillis Wheatley Middle School’s Mix It Up Day lunch. Photo by Cathy Shufelt

Woodbridge School District Superintendent Dr. Kevin Carson eats lunch with students at Phillis Wheatley Middle School during the school’s annual Mix It Up Day. Photo by Cathy Shufelt

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To Whom It May Concern: Erenler Inc., T/A Seaford Eagle Diner, located at 23412 Sussex Hwy., Seaford, DE 19973, has on November 18, 2010, applied with the Alcoholic Beverage Control Commissioner for a Restaurant Liquor License that includes Sundays and permits the sale, service and consumption of alcoholic beverages on the premises where sold. Persons who are against this application should provide written notice of their objections to the Commissioner. For the Commissioner to be required to hold a hearing to consider additional input from persons against this application, the Commissioner must receive one or more documents containing a total of at least 10 signatures of residents or property owners located within 1 mile of the premises or in any incorporated areas located within 1 mile of the premises. The protest(s) must be filed with the Alcoholic Beverage Control Commissioner at the 3rd Floor, Carvel State Office Building, 820 North French Street, Wilmington, DE 19801. The protest(s) must be received by the Commissioner’s office on or before December 19, 2010. Failure to file such a protest may result in the Commissioner considering the application without further notice, input, or hearing. If you have questions regarding this matter, please contact the Commissioner’s Office. 11/25/3tp

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Estate of Mabel L. Griffith, Deceased. Notice is hereby given that Letters of Administration upon the estate of Mabel L. Griffith who departed this life on the 28th day of April, A.D. 1980 late of Seaford, DE were duly granted unto Marilyn V. Truitt on the 17th day of November, A.D. 2010, and all persons indebted to the said deceased are required to make payments to the said Administratrix without delay, and all persons having demands against the deceased are required to exhibit and present the same duly probated to the said Administratrix on or before the 28th day of December, A.D. 1980 or abide by the law in this behalf. Administratrix: Marilyn V. Truitt 614 Hickory Lane Seaford, DE 19973 Attorney: John E. Tarburton, Esq. 402 Pennsylvania Avenue Suite 2 Seaford, DE 19973 Gregory Fuller Sr. Register of Wills 12/2/3tc


Estate of Frances Handy Lang, Deceased. Notice is hereby given that Letters of Testamentary upon the estate of Frances Handy Lang who departed this life on the 17th day of November, A.D. 2010 late of Seaford, DE were duly granted unto Susan Handy Dupont, Eben D. Finney, III on the 22nd day of November, A.D. 2010, and all persons indebted to the said deceased are required to make payments to the said Co-Executors without delay, and all persons having demands against the deceased are required to exhibit and present the same duly probated to the said Co-Executors on or before the 17th day of July, A.D. 2011 or abide by the law in this behalf. Co-Executors: Susan Handy Dupont 6870 Travelers Rest Cr. Easton, MD 21601 Eben D. Finney, III 1001 St. Georges Rd. Baltimore, MD 21210 Gregory Fuller Sr. Register of Wills 12/2/3tc


Estate of Florence R. Layton, Deceased. Notice is hereby given that Letters of Testamentary upon the estate of Florence R. Layton who departed this life on the 8th day of October, A.D. 2010 late of Greenwood, DE were

duly granted unto Russell B. Layton on the 17th day of November, A.D. 2010, and all persons indebted to the said deceased are required to make payments to the said Executor without delay, and all persons having demands against the deceased are required to exhibit and present the same duly probated to the said Executor on or before the 8th day of June, A.D. 2011 or abide by the law in this behalf. Executor: Russell B. Layton 13152 Mennonite School Rd. Greenwood, DE 19950 Attorney: Shannon R. Owens, Esq. Procino Wells, LLC 225 High St. Seaford, DE 19973 Gregory Fuller Sr. Register of Wills 12/2/3tc


Estate of Bernice H. West, Deceased. Notice is hereby given that Letters of Administration upon the estate of Bernice H. West who departed this life on the 8th day of September, A.D. 2010 late of Laurel, DE were duly granted unto Shirley Dillard on the 18th day of November, A.D. 2010, and all persons indebted to the said deceased are required to make payments to the said Administratrix without delay, and all persons having demands against the deceased are required to exhibit and present the same duly probated to the said Administratrix on or before the 8th day of May, A.D. 2011 or abide by the law in this behalf. Administratrix: Shirley Dillard 130 Bunche Blvd. Wilmington, DE 19801-5723 Gregory Fuller Sr. Register of Wills 12/2/3tc


Estate of Thomas J. Herr­mann, Deceased. Notice is hereby given that Letters of Testamentary upon the estate of Thomas J. Herrmann who departed this life on the 22nd day of October, A.D. 2010 late of Seaford, DE were duly granted unto Mary M. Herrmann on the 12th day of November, A.D. 2010, and all persons indebted to the said deceased are required to make payments to the said Executrix without delay, and all persons having demands against the deceased are required to exhibit and present the same duly probated to the said Executrix on or before the 22nd day of June, A.D.

2011 or abide by the law in this behalf. Executrix: Mary M. Herrmann 1818 Custer Street Allentown, PA 18104 Attorney: John E. Tarburton, Esq. John E. Tarburton, P.A. 420 Pennsylvania Ave., Suite 2 Seaford, DE 19973 Gregory Fuller Sr. Register of Wills 11/25/3tc


Estate of Belva A. Ellis, Deceased. Notice is hereby given that Letters of Testamentary upon the estate of Belva A. Ellis who departed this life on the 7th day of October, A.D. 2010 late of Laurel, DE were duly granted unto William M. Carey, Susan L. Pressley on the 9th day of November, A.D. 2010, and all persons indebted to the said deceased are required to make payments to the said Co-Executors without delay, and all persons having demands against the deceased are required to exhibit and present the same duly probated to the said Co-Executors on or before the 7th day of June, A.D. 2011 or abide by the law in this behalf. Co-Executors: William M. Carey 32601 Pine Grove Rd. Laurel, DE 19956 Susan L. Pressley 5372 Watson Rd. Laurel, DE 19956 Attorney: Shannon R. Owens, Esq. Procino Wells, LLC 225 High St. Seaford, DE 19973 Gregory Fuller Sr. Register of Wills 11/18/3tc


Estate of Arintha W. Heller, Deceased. Notice is hereby given that Letters of Testamentary upon the estate of Arintha W. Heller who departed this life on the 30th day of October, A.D. 2010 late of Seaford, DE were duly granted unto Homer Turner on the 8th day of November, A.D. 2010, and all persons indebted to the said deceased are required to make payments to the said Executor without delay, and all persons having demands against the deceased are required to exhibit and present the same duly probated to the said Executor on or before the 30th day of June, A.D. 2011 or abide by the law in this behalf. Executor: Homer Turner 113 Glade Cr. W. See LEGALS—page 41



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Helen E. Pepper, 75

Helen E. Pepper of Maybrook, N.Y., formerly of Laurel, Del., passed away on November 28, 2010, at the ORMC Arden Hill Campus in Goshen, N.Y. She was born October 3, 1935 in Vernon, N.J., the daughter of Ernest J. and Helen Finlayson Holmberg. Helen Pepper was a life member and past president of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Laurel American Legion Post 19 and a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Maybrook VFW Post 2064. She is the widow of Carlton D. Pepper. Survivors include three sons, Jay Shields of Maybrook; Mark Pepper and his wife, Sandy, of Maybrook and Glenn D. Pepper and his wife, Lisa, of Seaford; four grandchildren, Dakota and Cory Pepper and Kelly and Eric Shields; two great grandchildren, Coby Parker and Shelby Wilson; cousins, nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by one stepson, Robert Pepper, and one brother, Ernest “Skip” Holmberg. Funeral services will be private. Cremation will be in the Cedar Hill Crematory, Newburgh, N.Y. After cremation, she will be laid to rest with her husband, Carlton, at the Coolspring Presbyterian Cemetery in Harbeson, Del. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Laurel American Legion Post 19, PO Box 329, 12168 Route 24, Laurel, DE 19956. Arrangements are by the Gridley-Horan Funeral Home, Walden, N.Y.

Esther B. Hill, 94

Esther B. Hill, died Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010, at Coastal Hospice by the Lake in Salisbury, Md. Born in Mullen, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Lee and Lucinda Tyree Daniels. She was married to the late Lawrence D. Hill. Esther was a homemaker, a mem-

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Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971 Gregory Fuller Sr. Register of Wills 11/18/3tc


Estate of Gerald Walter Jones, Deceased. Notice is hereby given that Letters of Testamentary upon the estate of Gerald Walter Jones who departed this life on the 17th day of October, A.D. 2010 late of Greenwood, DE were duly granted unto Dolores J. Slatcher on the 5th day of November, A.D. 2010, and all persons indebted to the said deceased are required to make payments to the said Executrix without delay, and all persons

ber of Oak Ridge Baptist Church in Salisbury and a member of the AARP. She enjoyed following all sports and was an avid Shorebirds fan. She also enjoyed going out to eat and spending time with her family. She is survived by one son, Larry Hill and his wife Pat of East New Market; two daughters, Martha Carr and her husband Jerry of Delmar and Sue Howard of Laurel; 8 grandchildren, Brian Howard, Lori Groton, Christy Howard, David Hill, Steve Hill, Mark Hill, Karen Azbell and Mike Ryan; 13 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Mary C. Williams of Sterling Heights, Mich. and Barbara Mastalski of Independence, Ohio; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Mary Rose Hill; a son-in-law, Philip Howard; and a granddaughter, Gail Ryan. A funeral service was held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 14, at Hinman Funeral Home in Princess Anne, Md. Friends called on Saturday evening, Nov. 13, at the funeral home. Interment was held at St. Andrews Episcopal Cemetery in Princess Anne. Donations may be made in memory of Esther to Coastal Hospice by the Lake, 351 Deers Head Hospital Rd., Salisbury, MD 21801. To leave condolences for the family, visit

Front row, from left: Rich Boyd, Paul Hanke, Richard A. D. Freeman, David Miller. Second row: Rose McFassel, Ginny Van Tine, Ann Freeman, Danielle Levredge. Photo courtesy of Sue Fortier

‘An English Christmas’ concert The Southern Delaware Choral Society is busy rehearsing for their winter concert. The 80 member chorus has been meeting as a group every Tuesday since early September to learn the variety of songs and carols that comprise the event. For 10 members of the group, the amount of rehearsing time has been even greater as they took on solo parts for the concert. Rich Boyd, tenor, and Danielle Leveredge, alto, will perform solos in the traditional carol ‘The Holly and the Ivy.’ David Miller, bass, will solo during the Thomas Weelkes song ‘Alleluia, I heard a Voice.’ Paul Hanke, bass, will perform a solo during Herbert Howell’s ‘A Spotless Rose.’ Sopranos Ann Freeman, Arielle Foster, Rose McFassel and tenor Taylor Phillips,

will sing solos during the performance of Benjamin Britten’s ‘Ceremony of Carols.’ Featured as soloist during Vaughn Williams ‘Fantasy on Christmas Carols’ will be Richard A. D. Freeman. The concerts will be held on Saturday, Dec. 11, at 7 p.m., in the theatre at Cape Henlopen High School, Lewes, and Sunday, Dec. 12, at 3 p.m., in the auditorium of the Arts & Sciences Building at Delaware Technical and Community College, Owens Campus, Georgetown. Tickets are $20 for adults and $8 for students with valid ID and can be purchased by calling 645-2013, online at or at Puzzles in Lewes and Browseabout Books in Rehoboth Beach.

Death Notices William “Coyle” Miller, 56

William “Coyle” Miller of Laurel, passed away at his home on Monday, Nov. 22, 2010. A funeral service was held on Friday, Nov. 26, at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel. Interment was in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Laurel.

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Cookbooks are delightful gifts for all of us ‘foodies’ Of all the gifts I could receive at Christmas, my favorite has to be a oretta norr cookbook. And since I don’t ever like to give something I wouldn’t want for myself, I naturally tend to present cookbooks as gifts. There are dozens of Top Ten lists to consult if you’re interested in knowing which books have been bestsellers in 2010. These lists come from food magazines, national newspapers, food websites, TV and radio. What I like to do Heat the oven to 350. Sift the flour with is compare and contrast. When there’s a the baking powder and salt. cookbook that appears on more than one, Cream 1 cup sugar and the butter in I take notice. Such is the case with the a large bowl with a hand mixer (or in a ones I’ve listed below. This first suggesstand mixer) until light in color. Add the tion isn’t actually a cookbook, but it’s one dry ingredients and then the eggs. that any foodie would love to have. It’s Spoon the batter into an ungreased The Food Substitutions Bible. This book 9-inch springform pan. Cover the top of includes more than 5,500 substitutions for the batter with the plum halves, skin side ingredients, equipment and techniques. I’m always looking for subs in the kitchen. up. Sprinkle with the remaining tablespoon of sugar and the lemon juice, adjusting to With this book on your shelf, no allspice, the tartness of the fruit. Sprinkle with the no problem. (For 1 teaspoon, use ½ teacinnamon. Bake until the cake is golden spoon ground cinnamon + ½ teaspoon and the plums are bubbly, 45 to 50 minground cloves and a pinch of ground nututes. Cool on a rack, then unmold. meg.) Around My French Table by Dorie Another book on any foodie’s musthave list is The Essential New York Times Greenspan is another that’s found its way on multiple lists. Greenspan’s book inCookbook: Classic Recipes for a New cludes superb renditions of the great clasCentury.  Food columnist Amanda Hesser sics and really simple dishes she’s gathhas compiled the most noteworthy recipes published by the paper since it started cov- ered. This recipe for Provencal Vegetable Soup is one of my favorites. ering food in the 1850’s. Described as “a rarity among cookbooks - both useful and Provencal Vegetable Soup entertaining,” this Purple Plum Torte recThis classic dish from the south of ipe is the most requested and most often France is so typical of what we love in published recipe in the Times archives. America that it’s easy to imagine it comRecipe: Purple Plum Torte, from ‘The ing from Napa Valley. It’s technically a Essential New York Times Cookbook: soup, but it’s so jam-packed with vegClassic Recipes for a New Century’ etables that it could double as a stew and a whole summer meal. The only ingrediPlum Torte ent that must appear in it is the pistou, or 1 cup all-purpose flour French pesto. You can play around with 1 teaspoon baking powder the vegetables, although I’d suggest you Large pinch of salt 1 cup sugar, plus 1 tablespoon, or more keep the zucchini, green beans, garlic, tomato, potato and beans. I use canned or less, depending on the tartness of the beans - chickpeas or cannellini - but dried plums flageolets or white or red beans are more 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, traditional. If you’re using dried beans, softened soak them in cold water for about an hour, 2 large eggs then simmer until almost tender; drain 12 plums, halved and pitted (Hesser before you add them to the soup. In this suggests oval Italian plums) version, I’ve used macaroni and every 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice, or more vegetable that I’ve ever had in a soupe au or less, depending on the tartness of the pistou plus one: corn, which I love for its plums color, crunch and sweetness. 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon



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Words cannot express the heartfelt gratitude of our family for all the support and donations to the recent benefit for Mike Cherrix. We would like to thank our family and friends, as well as, the following businesses and organizations.

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The benefit was a great success. Our sincere appreciation to everyone who supported and attended the benefit. It would not have been possible without you!

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Thanksgiving for Thousands feeds 45,000 residents The 16th Annual Mountaire Thanksgiving for Thousands program reached new heights on Monday, Nov. 22, when volunteers from across the Peninsula showed up in force to help pack a record 6,600 boxes of food, which were dispersed throughout Delmarva providing a nutritious holiday meal to more than 45,000 individuals in need. Since mid-October, Mountaire Farms, the American Legion, Hope & Life Outreach Ministries and the Dagsboro Church of God have been Waging War on Hunger, a campaign to collect food and monetary donations through food drives, as well as raise awareness of the growing hunger right here in our own backyard. On Saturday, Nov. 6, a force of 200 volunteers collected over 15,000 pounds of food during a massive one day food drive and helped create a buzz that carried over into Packing Day on Nov. 22. Utilizing the 15,000 pounds of donated food and an additional 75,000 items purchased by Mountaire Farms, the hundreds of volunteers who helped pack meal boxes had plenty of work ahead of them. The diverse group of volunteers, which consisted of members of the American Legion, many of whom were bused in from Post 28 in Oak Orchard, local school children, church groups and families, began manning the dual packing lines set-up inside the Mountaire Warehouse

in Selbyville, DE at 8:30 a.m. Soon after both lines were churning out finished meal boxes containing two cans of corn, string beans and peas; along with single cans of baked beans and gravy, plus a box of stuffing, brownie mix and a plump Mountaire Roaster. Delaware Senator Tom Carper even dropped by to lend a hand, joining the assembly line process. By 10 a.m., the first 800 boxes were finished, loaded and bound for HALO in Salisbury, where they were distributed to organizations and individuals across the southern half of the Peninsula. By 1 p.m, the remaining 5,800 boxes were on trucks bound for the Dagsboro Church of God for distribution to government agencies, churches, shelters, food pantries and individuals who had pre-registered to receive a meal box this year. The 6,600 boxes packed this year topped the previous record total of 6,300 packed in 2009. The ability to grow the program was due in large part to the expansion of the program to include Hope & Life Outreach Ministries in Salisbury, and an army of volunteers from local American Legion Posts 28, 24, 19, 17, 6 & 5 out of Sussex County. For more information on Mountaire’s Thanksgiving for Thousands or how you can get involved, contact Roger Marino at or visit www.

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Is The Greatest Gift Of All! HOLIDAY LIGHTS - Kenna Nethken (left) and helper Patrick Crowley (right) work on Nethken’s annual holiday light display at his home on Old Furnace Road in Middleford. Nethken has sponsored the light display for the last several years and has raised money for several local charities. The display will be open beginning Saturday, Dec. 4, at 5 p.m. The display will continue every evening from 5 to 10 p.m. until New Years Day.    Below, Kenna Nethken works to hang lights in some of the big trees on his property on Old Furnace Road in Middleford.

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Family sings in holiday concert Six years ago when Carol Bodine relocated to Ocean View from the D.C. area, she was looking for ways to become a part of her community. “We grew up singing,” Bodine relates. “We didn’t have a lot of money but we had a piano and Dad would play “Name That Tune” and we would guess the song he was playing.” Her humble beginnings led her to 39 years of singing in church choirs and choruses. “When I moved to this area, I found out that The Southern Delaware Choral Society was rehearsing Mozart’s Requiem - my favorite piece - so I called (then Executive Director) Beth Hochholzer and she encouraged me to join the chorus.” Three years later, Carol’s daughter, Rita Meadows, and her family moved to Ocean View. “Rita is even more talented than I am,” Carol states. “She has played violin for 32 years.” In her youth, Meadows performed actively. She attended college music camps during her summers off from school. She belonged to five orchestras during her high school years playing at the Kennedy Center annually and, in her senior year, she performed a solo with full orchestral accompaniment there. While living in the D.C. area, Meadows continued to play violin with local orchestras. When she moved to the beach, she

couldn’t find a local orchestra. She had attended all of her mother’s performances with the SDCS and when she heard that they were performing Broadway show tunes last spring, she joined the group. “This worked for us on so many levels,” Rita relates. “My youngest child has diabetes and requires constant supervision, this means that either my mother or I am with her all the time. We approached the SDCS about allowing my daughter to attend rehearsals with us so we could keep an eye on her and they said yes.” It appears that feeling is contagious. Rita’s two youngest children fell in love with Broadway music while attending last year’s rehearsals. This past summer, the children attended a music camp held at the Milton Theatre run by Janet Layden, also a member of the Southern Delaware Choral Society. The kids had so much fun that they joined Ms. Layden’s musical theatre class held at the Sussex Dance Academy in the fall. The students of that class will join the Southern Delaware Choral Society during the concert performing, “God Bless Us Everyone,” from the musical “Scrooge.” When asked about the opportunity to sing with the SDCS, Rita’s 11 year-old son, Brian, a 5th grader at Lord Baltimore Elementary School in Ocean View said, “I think it will be fun to perform with my

National Opera to perform Dec. 3 The Joshua M. Freeman Foundation and The Freeman Stage at Bayside are proud to present the Washington National Opera at Delaware Technical & Community College on Friday, Dec. 3 at 7 p.m., as part of its 2010 Off Stage Series. The performance will be held in the theatre of the Arts & Science Center located on the Owens Campus in Georgetown. The Washington National Opera will feature their Domingo-Cafritz Young Artists Program, which guides young singers, accompanists, conductors, and stage directors on the verge of international careers. This latest event is part of a partnership between the college and The Freeman Foundation, both of whom are committed

In the front row from left are Carol Ann Meadows, Carol Bodine and Brian Meadows. In the back is Rita Meadows.

family.” Carol Ann, a 9 year-old, 4th grader at Lord Baltimore Elementary School, says that her favorite part of the process has been rehearsing with “Ms. Janet,” as she fondly calls her teacher. Carol, Rita and the children encourage everyone to attend “An English Christmas.” The concerts will be held on Saturday, Dec. 11 at 7 p.m., in the theatre at Cape Henlopen High

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Egret rookery sunrise. One of many images featured in the new book, Wild Delmarva (Portfolio Books, $50), 240 pages of wildlife and wild places captured by America’s photographer Kevin Fleming.

New book captures Delmarva Hundreds of birds (and other creatures) will be flocking to homes near you this November with the release of Kevin Flemings’ new book; Wild Delmarva (Portfolio Books, $50), 240 pages of wildlife and wild places captured by America’s photographer Kevin Fleming from the top of the Peninsula down to southern tip of Cape Charles, Va. Fleming, who has covered the world as a photographer for National Geographic and has recently been recognized America’s Best Observer by Readers Digest, presents Wild Delmarva after the success of his #1 best-selling book; Wild Delaware, which topped Harry Potter book sales in Delaware.

The story begins Several years ago Fleming, who is a Delaware native, attended a development hearing where he learned of three potential developments that would have brought more than 1,000 new homes to the backyard of his Kent County farm and bulldozed 900 acres of undeveloped land. He realized not a single person in attendance spoke up about the environmental implications the developments could present to the area. That’s what sparked Fleming’s interest, curiosity and determination to learn more about the natural hidden treasures in Delaware. From that spark came Wild Delaware and now, Wild Delmarva. “My intention with both books has been to educate people about wildlife and the wild places that are right outside their backdoors,” said Kevin Fleming, Wild Delmarva photographer. “If you don’t know about it, you can’t love it. And if you don’t love it, you can’t fight to preserve it.” Fleming dedicated the past year and eight months traveling the Delmarva Peninsula, waiting for rare moments to capture photographs of the wild in their natural environment. He spends most mornings, starting at 4:30 a.m., in his boat to take advantage of the best light of the day during the sunrise and then evenings as the sun sets. “With about 200 days of good light in a year, I probably spent close to 1,400 hours of my year in wetlands and in the woods doing what I love most,” said Fleming. “Most of the time my photographs are found. But I never disregard a call from a friend or follower reporting an interesting photographic opportunity.”

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It’s time to modernize the USPS By Sen. Tom Carper

If you stand on the corner outside New York’s Penn Station, you will see this inscription above the entrance to the United States Postal Service Building: “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.” The inscription doesn’t say anything about e-mail, the Internet, Facebook, Twitter, FedEx or UPS keeping couriers from their rounds. But times are changing. People are moving into the 21st century — and it’s time the U.S. Postal Service did as well. For more than 200 years, the Postal Service has delivered mail regardless of the challenges, leading most Americans to believe it would always be there when needed. But that may not be the case for much longer.  The combination of a slow economic recovery, rapid technological and cultural changes and congressional inaction could derail the agency in a way that bad weather, natural disaster or terrorist attacks never could. This recession hit the Postal Service and its customers earlier and harder than most businesses. Large mailers, such as magazine publishers and financial services companies, have gone out of business, reduced advertising budgets or shifted to electronic communication. The result: catastrophic losses and budget deficits for the Postal Service.  Despite heroic efforts to cut costs, the service lost about $8.5 billion in the past fiscal year. If nothing changes, the service estimates it could run a $230 billion deficit within 10 years.   Even more disturbing, the Postal Service projects it could run out of cash and borrowing authority in the next year — jeopardizing mail service. We can still avert this crisis if Congress takes a few steps to shore up the Postal Service’s finances and liberates management to make changes.  To preserve key postal services — without resorting to massive price increases — we need to do three things: Fix the broken retiree benefits system, streamline operations and allow the Postal Service to offer additional products and services that can make money. The comprehensive postal reform legislation I introduced last month could do just that. First, we must address the Postal Service’s two biggest financial liabilities: excessive pension payments and the cost of retiree health care.  Because of a complicated, outdated formula, the Postal Service has overpaid its obligations to the old Civil Service Retirement System by tens of billions of dollars.

Guest Column It should be allowed to use savings from fixing this problem to fund future retiree health benefits. Addressing these obligations would save about $6 billion a year, freeing up resources that could be used elsewhere. Second, Congress must empower postal management to carry out proposals to reduce costs, streamline operations and preserve vital services. Saturday home delivery is a nice service. So is having a post office in nearly every small town in America. But these services have grown unaffordable as Americans have turned to other forms of communication. The Postal Service could save at least $3 billion a year if it were allowed to phase out most Saturday delivery. It could save even more money, and improve service, if Congress allowed it to close unneeded post offices and open cheaper retail options — such as automated kiosks or postal stations in grocery stores. These measures make a lot of sense — especially when people are using mail services less and less. Finally, Congress must allow the Postal Service to offer additional products and services that actually make money. Right now, the Postal Service competes against FedEx and UPS with one hand tied behind its back. It’s prevented from offering profitable services like shipping wine and beer. If it were allowed to offer a broader range of products and services, it could better monetize its vast delivery, logistics and retail network. Working with state and local governments could offer another potential funding stream. The Postal Service could then expand public access to a range of government services — from voter registration to driver’s license renewal. The challenges confronting the Postal Service may pose the most serious threat to its existence since its creation. Implementing common-sense reforms, however, will very likely preserve the agency’s ability to provide services that millions of Americans depend on. A few of these changes won’t be easy. They will require shared sacrifice from Postal Service customers, employees and management — as well as from Congress. But if we’re willing to work together, we can help the Postal Service survive this financial storm and emerge stronger than before.

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Seaford Blades Associated Charities will once again be packing Christmas boxes to be distributed locally to those in the Seaford/Blades school district. This will be the 70th consecutive year of distributing boxes in this area. A food drive is underway in the schools in conjunction with Karen Shreiber and the Western Sussex Boys and Girls Club. Please check expiration dates on all your donated items. Dr. Michael Triglia, president of Peninsula Chiropractic and Isorobic Life Improvement Center, and his staff are in the process of doing their 22nd toy drive. This is also a drop off for your unwrapped toys, games and nonperishable items by Dec. 10. Call 629-4344 for more information. Other drop off locations include: Burton Brothers, 407 High St. and Seaford Curves, Seaford Village next to Peebles. Monetary donations may be mailed to: Seaford Blades Associated Charities, c/o 723 Washington Ave., Seaford, DE 19973. Ginny Short

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Healthcare at risk for seniors

On Jan. 1, 2011, doctors who treat Medicare patients are scheduled to absorb a 25 percent pay cut – a cut that threatens the ability of seniors to see their physi-

cians and receive the care they need. It is up to Congress to stop this pay cut and ensure that doctors are not driven out of Medicare. On behalf of the almost 170,000 AARP members in Delaware and all seniors who have earned their Medicare benefits by working hard and paying into the system, I am calling on Congress to take responsibility and act to ensure that older Americans have access to the doctors they trust.  AARP is not alone in believing that the Medicare payment system is broken and requires a permanent fix. But it isn’t the flawed physician payment system that concerns so many of our members here in the First State and elsewhere. It is, rather, the prospect of suddenly being without a physician.   As the New Year approaches, there is one resolution that Medicare patients would like to see made by Congress: honor the commitment to Medicare patients and the physicians who care for them.    George Meldrum

AARP Executive Council

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Final Word


Debate over extending tax cuts

Following are excerpts from President Obama’s statement on the recent bipartisan leadership meeting. “First, we should work to make sure that taxes will not go up by thousands of dollars on hardworking middle-class Americans come January 1st, which would be disastrous for those families but also could be crippling for the economy. There was broad agreement that we need to work to get that resolved before the end of the year. “Now, there’s still differences about how to get there.  Republican leaders want to permanently extend tax cuts not only to middle-class families but also to some of the wealthiest Americans at the same time.  And here we disagree.  I believe, and the other Democrats who were in the room believe that this would add an additional $700 billion to our debt in the next 10 years.  And I continue to believe that it would be unwise and unfair, particularly at a time when we’re contemplating deep budget cuts that require broad sacrifice.  “Having said that, we agreed that there must be some sensible common ground.  So I appointed my Treasury Secretary, Tim Geithner, and my budget director, Jack Lew, to work with representatives of both parties to break through this logjam.  I’ve asked the leaders to appoint members to help in this negotiation process.  They agreed to do that.  That process is begin-

ning right away and we expect to get some answers back over the next couple of days about how we can accomplish our key goal, which is to make sure the economy continues to grow and we are putting people back to work.”

Vital Stats

Federal Debt as of December 1, 2010 at 9:25 a.m. $13,797,257,919,768 Population of United States 309,580,292 Each citizen’s share of debt $44,568 The average citizen’s share of debt decreased $33 the past eight days. The debt decreased by more than $8 billion and the population increased by 47,641 Source:

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