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The Laurel School Board of Education invites all interested community members of the Laurel School District to attend a meeting to start the process of hiring a new superintendent. Superintendent Keith Duda recently announced his resignation, due to illness. The board is looking for ideas from the community on the focus of the selection process. The meeting will be in the high school auditorium Monday, Jan. 7, at 6:30 p.m.

POSSIBLE ANNEXATION - The Delmar Joint Council is considering allowing a parcel of land to come into town limits. The parcel is planned for a shopping center. Page 4 BLOCK GRANT MONEY AVAILABLE - Town of Laurel accepting applications for money to help with home repairs. Page 5 LIONS HOST DINNER FOR VISUALLYIMPAIRED - Twenty-year-old tradition feeds more than 250 people. Page 16 SCHOOL DISTRICT AUDIT - Area superintendent is confident that state auditor’s report will be fine. Page 16 LOCAL MATCH - The Laurel varsity wrestling team has six pins, including two in the final matches of the night, to defeat Sussex Tech last Wednesday. Page 41 FULL COURT PRESS - The Laurel varsity girls’ basketball team turns up the heat on Woodbridge, using its full court press to pull away for a win last week. Page 41. STARS OF THE WEEK - A Laurel wrestler and a Delmar girls’ basketball player are this week’s Laurel Stars of the Week. Page 43


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Volunteers gather in the fellowship hall at Centenary United Methodist Church, Laurel, to wrap and sort presents for the annual gift distribution sponsored by the Good Samaritan aid organization. Standing, from left: Julian and Linda Pike, Bill Tull, Ruth Tull, Don White, Dale Boyce, Jim Allen and Jay Hall. Front, on a child’s bike is Blair Hall. See additional photos on page 56. Photo by Pat Murphy

Volunteers chip in to help Good Sam distribute presents to children By Lynn R. Parks Last Wednesday morning, a group of volunteers with the Good Samaritan aid organization formed a circle around a table in the fellowship hall of Centenary United Methodist Church, Laurel. They held hands and retired Methodist minister Ruth Tull, Laurel, offered a prayer. “Thank-you for enabling us to be a blessing for someone else,” Tull said. “And help us to be able to do what you have called us to do.” And with that, the seven volunteers were off, taking wrapped Christmas presents off several tables that were set up in the fellowship hall and putting them in large plastic garbage bags, each bag tagged with a family’s name.

Under the direction of Dale Boyce, Laurel, the volunteers made sure that each child on the Good Samaritan list would get at least two presents, as well as books and, for the girls, dolls. Some children were also destined to receive bicycles. For volunteer Don White, this and the Christmas Eve distribution of gifts were going to be his Christmas celebration. “All my family’s gone, so this is my holiday,” said White, Laurel. “And I really enjoy this. There is so much need out there. A lot of people don’t realize how much need there is. I enjoy helping out.” Boyce said that Good Samaritan, which has been handing out toys and food for Christmas for more than 30

years, is helping 247 families, including 378 children and 115 elderly people, this year. In early November, he sent letters out to nurses in the Laurel School District and to Laurel-area churches, asking for the names of people who could use help. The families that include children will receive food and gift certificates to Food Lion. Families without children will receive Food Lion gift certificates only. All of the gifts will be distributed on Christmas Eve morning. Boyce has about 30 volunteers lined up to deliver the packages. Jay Hall is one of those volunteers. He, his son, Blair, Blair’s wife, Rachel, family friend Patrick Pugh and Hall’s Continued on page three

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For father and son, handing out Christmas gifts is a family affair Continued from page one

grandchildren, Jason Yoder, 12, and Ashley Yoder, 11, will all take gifts and food to a half dozen or so families. “For us, this is a family thing,” Hall said. He first took Blair on his run in 1994, when Blair was 13, and father and son have done it together since. “Last year, we went to Maine to visit my wife’s family for Christmas, and I couldn’t do this,” said Blair. “It was really a sad time.” Blair said that taking gifts to the disadvantaged really opened his eyes. “That first year, we walked into a house that had a big hole in the floor,” he said. “In another house, they were using a cooker that you cook crabs in for heat. I learned that year that it is better to give than to receive.” Boyce said that the Laurel Police Department and Laurel town employees are a big part of the Good Samaritan effort. Last Wednesday, when he left the fellowship hall present holding area, he was worried that the aid organization would have to buy about 200 presents. When he came back from lunch, there in the fellowship hall were 150 presents, including a number of bicycles, paid for by town employees and police officers and just delivered by members of the police department. “I’ve never seen anything like it,” Boyce said. “The police and the town employees have really been a godsend.” Now, he said, Good Samaritan will only have to buy about 12 more presents. The present distribution “really is Christmas,” Boyce said. “This is the biggest year we’ve had as far as the number of families we’re helping, and we know we are doing something for people who really need a Santa Claus.” “I can just imagine how it feels getting up on Christmas morning and there is nothing there,” White added. This program makes sure at least some children won’t experience that, he said. And, he added, it teaches the people who get gifts as well as those who deliver them the real meaning of giving. “Hopefully, the children we are helping will grow up realizing that it doesn’t pay to be selfish,” White said.

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MORNING STAR • DEC. 27, 2007 - JAN. 2, 2008

Council approves first step in Gateway annexation By Mike McClure The Delmar Joint Council discussed the Gateway project during the first reading of the proposed annexation of the property located off Bi-State Boulevard near the intersection with Stage Road. The council also held a first reading on the source water protection ordinance and received an update on an agreement on a new wastewater treatment plant during last Monday’s meeting. The Gateway property, which will be the site of a shopping center in Delmar (Md.), would be zoned commercial business. The parcels are currently zoned as commercial in Wicomico County. The Delmar Commission voted 5 to 0 to adopt the first reading for the annexation. Once the property is annexed into the town the project will go through the town’s approval process. A public hearing on the proposed annexation will be held during the joint

Tidewater is looking to move forward with an agreement to design a wastewater plant for annexed areas and designated growth areas. council meeting on Jan. 28, starting at 8 p.m. A first reading was also held on the source water protection ordinance, following a presentation by John Hayes of the Delaware Rural Water Association. Jerry Esposito, president of Tidewater Utilities, spoke to the Joint Council about the wastewater treatment plant agreement, which had been tabled at the last council meeting. According to Esposito, Tidewater is going back to its original plan and is looking to move forward with an agreement to design a wastewater plant for annexed areas and designated growth areas (in addition to the town’s existing system). Council member Diane Buckley said it is the intention of the council to enter into an agreement with Tidewater, but because the town’s Delaware attorney was unable to be there the council decided to hold off on voting on the agreement until its January meeting. Town manager Sara BynumKing indicated that a special meeting could be held in January if necessary. Bynum-King also reported that she received a letter from a resident who complained about the unsafe and unsanitary room conditions at Delmarva Inn. The extended-stay establishment does not fall within the town’s inspec-

tion area. The town is looking for an agency that will look into the conditions at the former motel. According to Commissioner Carrie Williams, the Parks and Recreation Council met earlier in the month and discussed plans for the coming year. Williams said the department is working to get more members and is also

looking to hold events for kids such as arts and craft classes and horseback riding. The next Parks and Recreation meeting will be held in February. Debora Huddleston reported that the Delmar Revitalization Committee is looking at holding Heritage Day in late September (the last week or the second to

last week). The group is also working on the doctor’s office museum. According to Huddleston, who presented the report for Chris Walter who was unable to attend the meeting, engineers have completed the survey for the Pennsylvania Avenue revitalization. While there still is no lease with

the railroad company, the committee is hoping construction will begin by January 2009. Council member Mary Lee Pase thanked everyone who donated canned goods, gifts, and money for needy children in Delmar. Delmar High School donated 5,000 canned goods that were provided by the community.


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Money available to help renovate homes By Tony E. Windsor Sussex County Community Development officials are once again planning to help property owners in Laurel get some needed housing rehabilitation work completed. During a recent meeting of Laurel Mayor and Council, Bill LeCates of the Sussex County Community Development and Housing Division shared information about new federal funds being allocated for rehab work. LeCates explained that the annual Community Development Block Grants are once again being offered by his office and Laurel is one of the municipalities that have traditionally taken part in the program. He said since 1990, Laurel has received more than $1 million in housing rehabilitation funds, which have addressed 95 housing rehabilitation projects in the community. This year the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is making about $1.9 million available for projects in Kent and Sussex counties. LeCates said the program is very popular and it is most likely there will be applications seeking about $4 million in projects in the two counties. Although the CDBG funds can be used for water and sewer infrastructure projects, the primary focus over the years has been on housing rehabilitation. Laurel, according to LeCates, has typically shown great

need for the rehabilitation funds and currently there is a waiting list of 29 properties seeking CDBG support in the town. He said the three and half year old list of properties will be reviewed by his office and Laurel officials to remove the names of individual property owners who have moved, or may have died. LeCates said because of the cost of building supplies in today’s market, it has become difficult to get more projects done with the money available. LeCates said the type of work that is usually done with the funds is installing new roofs, windows, doors and heating systems; things that speak to the physical welfare of the home’s occupants. He said in some cases, house siding work has also been done. Last year, the county, in conjunction with Laurel town staff, applied for $180,000. The town was awarded $87,500. LeCates said traditionally, Laurel received higher amounts because of its demands for the funds. He explained that the basic focus of the CDBG work is to get homes up to Laurel code requirements. He said for those property owners in Laurel who may want to apply for the funds, but are discouraged because of the 29 names on the waiting list, it is important to know that the only other option is to go through the county and the countywide waiting list is now at 800 properties. “There is definitely a benefit to go

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Delaware National Bank announces the appointment of Ritchie Francia to assistant vice president/small business relationship officer. Francia will work in the Lewes and Rehoboth markets. Francia joined Delaware National Bank in 1999. Since then, he has worked in various capacities within the organization, including commercial loan analyst and Francia customer service manager of the Lewes office. Francia attended Ivy Tech State College in Indiana and Delaware Technical & Community College in Georgetown. He is an active member of the Rehoboth Beach Sunrise Rotary and the Lewes and Rehoboth Beach Chambers of Commerce. He also volunteers with the American Heart Association. Francia resides in the Milford area.

Short joins Century 21 Tull Ramey Century 21 Tull Ramey Real Estate announces that Michael Short has joined the firm as a sales associate. “We are thrilled to have Mike Short join our team,” said Gordon A. Ramey Jr., broker. “It’s an exciting time to be with the Century 21 system as we increase our Short market presence in the Sussex County area.” Short has his own construction business and is familiar with real estate in Sussex County. He and his family live near Laurel. Short will be located at the North Seaford-Bridgeville office located at 22350 Sussex Hwy. in Seaford. He can be reached at 629-5575 or on his cell phone at 302-858-6743.

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Ms. Sarah Swafford, a computer technician in the County's Information Systems office, receives the 2007 Employee of the Year award from County Administrator David Baker.

Swafford named County Employee of the Year Sussex County Council has named Sarah Swafford of Georgetown the 2007 employee of the year for Sussex County government. On Tuesday, Dec. 4, Council President Dale R. Dukes announced this year’s winner during the annual Mildred King Luncheon for the County’s 535 employees. Ms. Swafford was selected from a field of four employees, all quarterly winners this past year, for the distinction. She was the first quarterly winner this year. Ms. Swafford received a standing ovation from her fellow employees as Council

President Dukes presented her with a plaque from the County Council. “It was an unexpected honor to be selected as employee of the year,” said Ms. Swafford, a computer technician in the County’s Information Systems office since January 2006. “All of the other candidates were as deserving, and I am proud to have been chosen from such a fine group of people.” County Administrator David Baker praised Ms. Swafford, saying her cheerful personality, strong work ethic and willingness to work with others made her ideal for this year’s honor.

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Shelling was a daily event 206 days on the front The Seaford and Laurel Star newspapers are running a series of articles on the veterans who served this nation during World War II. We welcome suggestions for interviews. Contact Bryant Richardson at 629-9788.

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Rudolph Hastings doesn’t like talking about his time fighting Adolph Hitler’s Germany during World War II. But, oh, how the young ladies in his extended family would be captivated by his first-hand accounts of “Sleeping Beauty’s Castle” if he did. Well, that’s how most people in America would know the majestic structure anyway. In reality, Neuschwanstein Castle in southwest Bavaria was built by King Ludwig II in the late 19th century as a retreat and as a homage to Richard Wagner, his inspiring muse. Although photography of the interior is not permitted today, it is still the most photographed building in Germany and is one of the country’s most popular tourist destinations. The beauty of the castle so inspired an American innovator named Walt Disney that he built two of the world’s most popular theme parks around replicas of the structure. Hastings spent several days immediately after the conclusion of World War II guarding the famous castle, which at the time was filled with treasures looted by the Germans during the war. “[The castle] was something else, but guarding it was just a job for me at that time,” Hastings says. “My orders were not to let anyone go in there unless they had a letter from my commanding general. I had to turn a lot of officers away, but they all understood. “I was later told by someone that you couldn’t put a price on what the stuff in the castle was worth.” When the findings were finally recorded, the Neuschwanstein catalogs listed 21,000 items, including choice canvases by Rembrandt, Van Dyck, Fragonard, Boucher and Veronese, along with boxes of exquisite Renaissance jewelry, fine Tanagra figurines, antique carved ivory clocks and rich tapestries. The vastness of the treasure caused


Bethel resident Rudolph Hastings served in the U.S. Army during World War II in the European Theater of Operations. When he returned home to the United States, he founded Jeff’s Greenhouses, which he named after his son.

Hastings more than a few sleepless nights upon his arrival back in the United States. “I was just a sergeant and it was a commissioned officer who took over for me when I left,” Hastings remembers. “He could have easily stolen some of that stuff and blamed it on me. I worried about that for quite awhile after I got back home.” Hastings served the United States in the war as an infantry soldier in the 44th Infantry Division of the 114th Infantry Regiment. In all, his unit spent 206 days on the front in Normandy, France, Germany and Austria. It was 206 days of hell. “Of those 206 days, I don’t think there was a single day that went by that we didn’t get shelled by the Germans,” Hastings says. “They just shelled the hell out of us. I guess I had a guardian angel the whole time I was there. I really don’t know what else to say about it. I came close so many times to being killed. We just lived in constant fear of our lives because you didn’t know what was going to happen from one moment to the next.” Of the nearly seven months of combat seen by Hastings’ unit, 150 days were


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spent in a state of constant alert. Finally, in early 1945, Hastings and his colleagues were pulled off the front line and told to rest for a few days. It never happened. “We were supposed to rest but one of our units crossed the Rhine River and we had 30 minutes to get our duffel bags packed and get ready to go,” Hastings says. “By April [of 1945], we had more Germans behind us than in front of us and things became pretty crazy.” It was a time not just of craziness, but also of disorientation and desperation. Not long after crossing into Germany, there came a time when Hastings’ unit was split up. It left the Sussex County native, at that time a platoon sergeant, as the ranking officer of a group of 30 men marching through Germany. He very nearly got in over his head. “We were on a flank of the first battalion and we had gone into this town when a whole German battalion starting heading towards us,” Hastings says. “There were about 300 of them and they could have killed all of us right there. Instead, they just marched right up to us and surrendered – all they really wanted

was something to eat. And they just didn’t want to fight anymore. “I was the ranking officer so all the guys [in my unit] were asking me about what to do. We just took their rifles and put them in a pile, then watched them until some of our company officers came and took charge.” It wasn’t long after, while in the Austrian Alps, that the 44th received orders to stop all forward movement. The war was all but over. “We didn’t do much celebrating [when it ended], all we wanted to do was sleep,” Hastings remembers. “We took over one of the area houses and slept all night that first night. It was only a day or two later that I was sent to Neuschwanstein Castle.” Prior to the war’s end, sleep was hard to come by for the men of the 44th Infantry. When they did have time to catch a few winks, it was often not in the most comfortable of surroundings. “We found out that the Germans wouldn’t shell graveyards, so we spent some nights sleeping in them,” Hastings says. “We could lay our heads on the tombstones and get a couple hours of sleep before continuing.” After leaving the military in 1945, Hastings returned to his hometown of Bethel and founded Jeff’s Greenhouses, named after his son. His time in the United States Army, where his pay started at just $21 a month, was just a matter of him doing his duty for his country. “I just did the job that I was asked to do,” Hastings says. “I found out soon after joining the Army that if I just did what I was told, I wouldn’t have any problems.” During his four years of military service, Hastings earned the EuropeanAfrican-Middle Eastern Ribbon with three battle stars, the American Defense Ribbon, the Good Conduct Medal and the Combat Infantryman’s Badge. NOTE: Next week’s feature will profile an Army man, from Seaford, who served in the 86th Infantry during World War II. He was a machine gunner on a howitzer, serving in a unit that seized more than 200 miles of enemy territory in the Ruhr Pocket, Bavaria and Austria.


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Software shows possible effects of land development By Carol Kinsley Community planners for coastal areas of the Delmarva Peninsula are using a new tool to answer the question "What if?" when it comes to growth issues. At a recent workshop in Georgetown, members of a coalition called DAWN, the Delmarva Atlantic Watershed Network, said they were committed to the use of Community Viz, software that incorporates GIS (geographic information systems), computer mapping and community-specific data to provide a 3-D glimpse of the effects of plans for the future. "It is a way to visually represent land use," said Dr. Bill McGown of University of Delaware Cooperative Extension. "It allows us to 'try things on' and see the consequences." Development of the software was underwritten by the Vermont Country Store to help communities plan better. Planning is important on the Delmarva Peninsula, a comparatively undeveloped area surrounded by millions of people who live within a six-hour drive, explained McGowan. "This is a special piece of the world," he continued. "We need to think about who we are and what we want to be as a region." The region addressed by the workshop includes Sussex County; Worcester County, Md.; and Accomack and Northampton counties in Virginia. DAWN includes the Maryland Coastal Bays program; the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA); Maryland, Virginia and Delaware Coastal Zone Management; and University of Delaware's Coast Communities Enhancement Initiative (CCEI). Dave Wilson of the Maryland Coast Bays program started DAWN with Ed Lewandowski, executive director of the Center for the Inland Bays. Recognizing the Peninsula as a region with its

own biological characteristics, Wilson said it is important to try to keep the ecosystem intact. The effort was begun two years ago with a brain-storming conference on planning for Delmarva coastal communities. Elected officials, planners and business leaders joined six months later, and early this year the Coastal Bays program got a $60,000 grant to further the regional effort. At meetings like the one in Georgetown, held in each of the four counties, planners got a look at what "build out" will look like if every potentially developable lot has the maximum number of structures built on it. Presenting the visual "reality check" was Chuck Donley of Donley & Associates in Colorado Springs. Depending on the data entered, the Viz software creates layers that show zoning or future land use, unbuildable areas, existing development and sewer service areas. Data can include prime agricultural land, rare or threatened and endangered species, aquaculture operations, submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV), wetlands, protected lands and even sea level rise. One key element that can be produced is the amount of nitrogen and phosphorus that would be generated by those dwelling in all of those houses. Limiting nitrogen and phosphorous loads are important to protecting water quality, and treatment of all that wastewater must be provided for. Donley said figuring the ultimate capacity is simple math. The Viz software, however, computes all the other factors such as tidal and nontidal wetlands, flood plains, public lands and conservation areas to give a more accurate visual picture. In Sussex County, where there are now 73,629 existing "dwelling units" — the figure has been adjusted to account for va-

cancy rates — the total capacity under current zoning laws is 1,034,852 units. The number is not time sensitive, Donley explained. That's the total capacity of the 950 square miles of the county. The three other counties, with a combined area of 1,150 square miles, would reach total build-out at about 135,000 dwelling units. Donley noted that some

landowners may choose to build fewer units than allowed. If the community does not like the future picture it sees, changes can be made to the parameters. Planners could choose to protect green infrastructure — large forested blocks, or prime agricultural lands. "The state knows it can't save all the green on the map," Donley said. One member of the audience

commented, "If all that buildout happens, we'll never achieve TMDL (total maximum daily loading — a measure of nutrients going into the water)." "We have to preserve the areas that are protected now." The images from Viz will be introduced to a larger Sussex County audience, including the public, in the spring, McGowan said.

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Freshness is key, with hair cuts and with Christmas trees For the first time in several years, my parents decided on a YNN ARKS fresh Christmas tree for this holiday season. While the couple of arThe tree is headed for a tificial trees they have stored in their basement have served them spot near the bird feeder, well, they were ready this year for the scent and elegance of the real where it will be of some thing. use to birds seeking The hunt began several weeks before Christmas. My mother knew what she wanted: a tree tall enough shelter. to stand on the floor, soft-needled, not too fat and easy to manipulate into the ignore — ever since his Marine Corps stand. They found just that at an area store days, he is sensitive about anyone telling at — an added bonus — a good price. him that he needs a haircut. But I knew They kept their eye on the tree for a that the holidays were coming, there few days and when the weather was perwould be family gatherings, and he didn’t fect for such things, drove to the store and want people calling him Shaggy. loaded it into the trunk of their car. Carefully — the “drop to the ground The tree spent the first days of its life and give me 20” type of approach doesn’t at its new home on the deck. My father work — I called his attention to his hair. cut the bottom several inches from the trunk to help it drink water from the buck“Darling, I think your lovely hair might et in which it sat. Frost, sun and rain came be getting a teensy bit too long.” Well, and went and still the tree waited for its maybe it wasn’t that careful. At any rate, it big moment. was careful enough because he nodded in Finally it came. A week before Christagreement. mas, my parents were ready to decorate “Yes, I know.” their tree. They dragged it through the “Are you going to get it cut this back door and into the kitchen. And as the tree went, it dropped its green needles week?” everywhere. “No I want to wait until closer until “They were coming down so fast, I Christmas,” he replied. “I want to have it thought there was a bird in the tree,” my fresh cut for Christmas.” mother said later. “I started yelling, I have heard of this type of thing. In ‘We’ve got to get this tree out of here!’ ” the rush of the holidays, buying gifts, So back onto the deck the poor little wrapping, sending cards, baking and plantree went. Inspection proved there to be no bird, only very loose, dry needles. The ning, people sometimes confuse themtree is headed for a spot near the bird selves with decorative greenery. I set him feeder, where it will be of some use to straight — “You aren’t a Christmas tree, birds seeking shelter. At least its life, endyou know.” ed by an untimely cutting — “It was probA few days later, he came home with a ably cut in October,” my mother said — neat, short haircut, the kind he would have will not have been completely wasted. hated as a teenager. Back to plan 2 — the artificial tree. After some confusion — the branches of Whoever cut down the tree that is now their two trees had gotten mixed up and sitting next to the bird feeder in my parthey were headed to a blue spruce-Douents’ back yard could learn a lesson from glas fir combo — the tree is up and, my my husband: Things that one wants fresh mother says, beautiful. At about the same time that my parents for Christmas are best taken care of as close to the actual day as possible. Here it were deciding on a tree, I noticed that my is, the last week of December. And my husband was starting to be in need of a haircut. This is the type of thing I try to husband hasn’t shed one needle yet.



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Title Patterson, James plan to marry Michael and Becky Patterson of Seaford announce the engagement of their daughter, Angela Michelle Patterson, to Robert Harold James Jr., son of William and Frankie Carey of Bridgeville. Ms. Patterson’s paternal grandparents are Ben and Janie Patterson of Seaford, and her great-grandmother is Evelyn Hudson, also of Seaford. Her maternal grandparents are Ronald and Margaret “Bootsie” Sipple of Bridgeville. The paternal grandparents of the groom are George James and the late Helen James of Belleview, Fla., and the late Robert Sr. and Mary Carey of Bridgeville. The bride-to-be is a 2003 graduate of Seaford Senior High School and is employed by First State Inspection Agency in Georgetown. Her fiancé is a 2002 graduate of Woodbridge Senior High School in Bridgeville and is employed by the town of Bridgeville. The proposal occurred just before the Bears-Redskins game on Dec. 6, 2007, when the Washington Redskins defeated the Chicago Bears 24-16.

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Unexpected visitors? Here’s what to serve them “What can I bring?” Seems like I say that a lot this time of year. ORETTA NORR I’m always on the lookout for ideas for easy appetizers to cart to a holiday get-together. I also like to keep my pantry stocked with the necessary ingredients to throw together a quick predinner hors d’oeuvre for houseguests or unexpected (but always welcome) visitors. A bag of frozen shrimp, frozen bread dough, a couple of boxes of cream cheese, a log of goat cheese, bread-and-butter pickles. store-bought pesto and tapinade and some Chop shrimp fine, then sauté in a minigood deli olives can go a long way in a mum of oil, or poach quickly and drain. pinch. Mix pre-made pesto with mayonnaise until God bless Mark Bittman. The New it is gluey. Combine cooled shrimp with York Times food editor and author of the sufficient pesto to bind; chill. Minimalist cookbooks – his latest is The Chop fresh mushrooms. Cook slowly in Minimalist Cooks Vegetarian – has comolive oil with salt and pepper until very piled a list of 101 simple appetizers that soft. Stir in minced garlic and parsley. can be prepared in 20 minutes or less. Cook a few more minutes until garlic melHere’s a sampling of his quick and tasty lows. (Especially good if you add reconstisuggestions. For the complete list, go to tuted dried porcini mushrooms.) With toothpicks: To serve on bread or crackers: Skewer a small ball of mozzarella, a Toss high-quality crab meat with grape tomato and a bit of basil leaf. Sprinminced shallots, a little tarragon or a lot of kle with salt and pepper, and drizzle with parsley and/or basil, and enough mayonoil. naise to bind. Also good on lettuce leaves. Cut just-ripe pears in 1/2 inch cubes; Spread cream cheese on small bagels or sprinkle with a little salt, sugar and bagel chips; black bread is also terrific. cayenne. Broil 1/2 inch chunks of slab baTop with smoked salmon. con until crisp. Spear pears with bacon. Top buttered bread with shaved country Toss peeled shrimp with a lot of minced ham, prosciutto or regular deli ham and



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Education New UD, Del Tech agreement replaces old Parallel Program

DEL TECH DONATES TO SALVATION ARMY. Alpha Beta Gamma, the business honor society at the Owens Campus of Delaware Technical & Community College, Georgetown, recently presented 150 filled stockings and more than 60 board games to the Salvation Army to be distributed to children in Sussex County. Students and faculty are shown displaying some of the board games and filled stockings surrounding the Christmas tree. Front, from left: teachers and honor society advisors Cindy Cunningham, Paula Lucas and Kim Burton; Frances Cordell, honor society treasurer, and Keke Sullivan, honor society vice president. Back: Lt. Chas Engel, Salvation Army; teachers Brian Lord, Rob Bates and Leslie Vincent, and Linda Bretzer, honor society member. Submitted photo

The University of Delaware (UD) and Delaware Technical & Community College have signed a new two-year agreement for UD to operate the university’s Associate in Arts program on Delaware Tech campuses in Wilmington, Dover and Georgetown. The agreement, which was signed by UD President Patrick Harker and Delaware Tech President Orlando J. George Jr. during a ceremony on Friday, Dec. 7, at Delaware Tech’s Wilmington campus, continues a long tradition of cooperation between the two institutions. The agreement is renewable for two-year terms. The UD Associate in Arts Program was initiated in 2004, replacing the former Parallel Program, which has been discontinued. The Associate in Arts program offers a set of courses that fulfill requirements not only for the associate degree itself but also general education requirements for the bachelor of arts degree. Under the agreement, UD is responsible for academic administration of the Associate in Arts program, including admission of students, academic advisement, instruction and associate degree conferral. Delaware Tech provides classrooms, offices and other facilities, as well as ancillary services such as libraries, bookstores and textbook orders, parking and security. The two institutions work together on classroom scheduling, setting the annual academic calendar, developing an annual budget and tracking student success. Students who complete the UD Associate in Arts Program are guaranteed a seat

on the Newark campus with junior status in any of 28 majors that lead to the bachelor of arts degree. Students also can compete for slots in any of the other undergraduate majors offered on the main campus. Students can apply to the Associate in Arts Program using the standard UD application, or they may be offered admission to the program if the Admissions Office believes that is their best path to success. The program is designed for Delaware residents and 650 students are currently enrolled. Program benefits include small classes in a small campus environment that is close to home, close contact with UD faculty, academic advisers on each campus, clear-cut requirements leading to the degree, courses offered in summer and winter sessions to help students stay on track and discounted tuition. Tuition is about one-third of that for students who are admitted to the main campus. UD has seen strong success among students in the program. The associate degree completion rate for the first cohort of students is 50 percent, with additional students still in progress toward the degree. Of those who have earned the associate degree, 93 percent are continuing toward a bachelor’s degree on the Newark campus. The application deadline for fall 2008 admission to the UD Associate in Arts Program is Jan. 15, 2008. For more information about the program, visit the Wilmington, Dover or Georgetown Campus of Delaware Tech or go to

STUDENTS SEND GIFTS TO TROOPS. Second- and fifth-grade students at West Seaford Elementary are doing what they can to let members of the 153rd Military Police Group of the National Guard know their service in Iraq is appreciated. Matthew Gladding, father of Kate and Miller Gladding (holding stocking in the center), received thank you cards to distribute to his unit earlier in the school year and 11 boxes of stockings stuffed with candy, gum, toothbrushes and other personal care items, magazines and iTune cards. Kate's mother, Kelly Bowen, shipped the packages and said Gladding was shocked that so much had been donated. Above are teacher Noreen Wagner, back row center, and some of the students in her fifth-grade class. Photo by Carol Kinsley

Explaining the value of math, science The Delaware Business, Industry, Education Alliance will present a “What in the World?” program at Fred Douglass Elementary School, Seaford, on Friday, Jan. 11, from 1 to 3 p.m. The program, which is for fifth graders, seeks to expose elementary school students at careers that require science, math or a technology background. Presenters will include a representative from County Bank, a librarian from the Sussex County Department of Libraries, a

mortgage broker, a representative from the Delaware State Fire School, a paramedic from Sussex County EMS, a nurse from Nanticoke Memorial Hospital, a representative from the Centre Ice Rink and a representative from Sussex Boot Camp. BIE is recruiting volunteers for this program in Sussex County. For details, contact Robin Agar, BIE Alliance, at 302284-8141 or

SUSSEX TECH’S SPANISH HONOR SOCIETY SUPPORTS LACASITA. The Spanish Honor Society at Sussex Technical High School raised money during the fall sports season by selling concessions at the home field hockey and soccer games. They then gave 50 percent of the proceeds to the soccer and field hockey teams, and another 25 percent to LaCasita in Georgetown. An agency of First State Community Action, LaCasita operates an after-school homework help program for Latino elementary and middle school students. For the past six years, Sussex Tech Spanish students have been volunteering at LaCasita. Accepting the $300 check on behalf of LaCasita is Joe McCarron. Representing Sussex Tech are Brittany Cooper of Laurel (left) and Spanish Honor Society president Joy Stephenson of Seaford. Submitted photo

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IT’S A NEW YEAR NO N O W I S T H E T I M E TO Meeting to make arrangements for recycling bins at Sussex Tech are, seated, from left: student Rachel Southmayd, Ocean View, and teacher Kristin Arrigenna. Standing: principal Curt Bunting, Rich Von Stetten, senior manager of Statewide Recycling, Delaware Solid Waste Authority, and custodian Donald Smith. Missing from photo is student Sara Baker.

Sussex Tech to start new year with recycling project Recycling is the New Year’s resolution at Sussex Technical High School for 2008. Because of a community service project for the SkillsUSA competition, two juniors wrote grant applications to start the project at Sussex Tech. Rachel Southmayd of Ocean View and Sara Baker of Millsboro wrote grants to apply for $2,500 from Timberland PRO and up to $10,000 from Lowe’s. They have already received acceptance of the Timberland grant. The money will be used to purchase bins for each classroom to deposit discarded plastic and paper. To complete the project, seven large recycling bins to be used by students and staff will be placed behind the school by the Delaware Solid Waste Authority (DSWA). “We are pleased to have Sussex Tech

join our efforts,” said Rich Von Stetten, senior manager of statewide recycling for DSWA. “There are already 12 schools among our statewide recycling drop-offs. They make excellent locations.” As background information for their grant, Rachel and Sara conducted a school wide poll asking if the school community felt that preserving the environment was important and if they practiced recycling. According to the poll, 75 percent felt that it was important to preserve the environment but only a few actually recycled. “If we can begin the practice here at school,” explained Rachel, “maybe recycling will become a habit at home.” Recycling bins were first placed by DSWA at its Jones Crossroads site in 1990. Today, there are 145 drop-off locations.

JROTC members enjoy social The JROTC Raven Battalion at Sussex Technical High School hosted its first winter ball on Saturday, Dec. 15. With the help of the Greenwood VFW, the cadets were able to have a place to practice formal military protocol and have fun. In true military tradition, following the social hour, cadets filed through the receiving line to introduce their guests to the battalion officers. Then a toast was made by battalion commander Justin Rider, who signaled the beginning of dancing by removing his jacket and tie. “Young people need opportunities to learn acceptable behavior,” said MAJ (Ret) Ben Jester, JROTC co-instructor at Sussex Tech. “Learning is done by doing. I will mentor and guide the cadets, but I will not do their work for them. This is their event.” The evening concluded with Rider using his saber to cut the cake made by the mother of student Paul Romer.


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Lions host Christmas dinner for visually impaired By Donna Dukes-Huston Christmas, according to the old song, may be for “kids from 1 to 92,” but this year’s Sussex County Lions Club Dinner for the visually impaired included “kids” from 8 to 101. What began more than 20 years ago as a cake and ice cream celebration has turned into a catered dinner attended by 256 visually-impaired individuals and Lions members this year. The evening opened with attendees reciting the Pledge of Allegiance and then singing the first verse of America, led by district governor Bob Jones. Lions from across the county served a buffet meal provided by Jimmy’s Grille, Bridgeville. Members of the Laurel, Laurel Middle and Indian River Leos were on hand to offer assistance as well. The Leo clubs are student-based branches of the Lions Club. “They bring the energy to this event,” said Dale Fields, Seaford Lion and Region chairman. “They help serve food, usher guests, act as waiters and waitresses, just about anything you could ask.” After-dinner entertainment was provided by Sierra Spicer, a Laurel Leo, and the Humanaires, which consists of Laurel Lions Club members Burton Givens and Bob and Cheryl Jones. They led the group in a round of Christmas carols and even took the microphone into the audience for additional caroling, karaoke style. Guests were also visited by

Santa Claus who brought candy for everyone. Each visually-impaired guest received dinner and a fruit basket and some won door prizes, which were gift certificates to local businesses. The Delaware Association for the Blind provided a box of candy for each guest. “This event has just grown so much over the years, this year in particular,” said Rebecca Stancliff, Lord Baltimore Lion and coordinator of the event. “We had 45 visually impaired guests last year, and almost 60 are here tonight,” she added. While the Lions sponsor many events throughout the year, this is the most wellattended by members, according to Lion O.J. “Ash” Ashinhurst. “This dinner draws lots of members from across the county,” Ashinhurst said. The Lions Club first formed in Chicago in 1917 and became an international organization three years later. Today, 1.3 million men and women in 200 countries serve in Lions Clubs. Founders believed that local business clubs should work for the betterment of their communities and the world at large. While the Lions organization does this in many capacities, helping the visually impaired is one of its primary functions. This idea began in 1925 when Helen Keller addressed the Lions International convention in Cedar Point, Ohio. She challenged Lions to become

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“knights of the blind in the crusade against darkness.” From this time, Lions clubs have been actively involved in service to the blind and visually impaired.

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Superintendent is confident in results of state audit of finances By Daniel Richardson The Delmar School Board held its last meeting of the year on Dec. 18. The board reviewed the district’s finances, received an update on the school construction projects and discussed changes to school policy. The Delmar school district is being audited by the state because of a spike last year in the amount of local money being spent. Ring explained to the board that the major cause of the spike was the fact that the district had to pay two full-time salaries last year using local money. Ring said that the auditor had not finished the audit, but seemed to understand why the district had to spend more local money last year. Ring said that the district has almost completely removed those two salaries

from the local budget. State money now pays the salaries. The board was updated on the progress of the middle school classroom and cafeteria construction. Change orders were approved in the amount of $9,706. Mike McArthur of the architectural firm George, Miles and Buhr said that he expects the project to be done by July 1 as long as their are no major delays. The board approved additions to the district’s hiring policy. Because a background check is required for new employees and because the background check can take 6 months or more, the policy now states that an employee is not past the probationary period until a background check is received. The retirements of Joanne Czernik, Garland Hayward and Georgia Cannon were approved by the board.

Letter to the Editor Historical society appreciates coverage of church service, tea As the PR contact for the Laurel Historical Society, I just wanted to thank you all for the excellent coverage you gave us and the Old Christ Church League for our recent joint effort last Sunday. By all accounts both the church service and the Christmas tea afterwards were great successes and we have you folks to thank for

the repeated exposure. Please express our thanks to Pat Murphy for his part in this event as well. We would also like to thank you for rerunning the piece about our book and Christmas ornament sales. Thanks to you we have sold quite a few. When you are replacing a roof, every penny helps! Norma Jean Fowler Laurel Historical Society

U.S. 13 MISHAP - Above is a scene from another accident at a U.S. 13 intersection, this one at 13 and Sycamore Road last week. There were no serious injuries from the accident. Photo by Pat Murphy

Exchange Club holds Christmas party The Laurel Exchange Club held its annual Christmas party on Tuesday, Dec. 11, at the home of members, Ralph and Jill Todd. In attendance were president Jolene Cross-Morris, vice president Dick Stone, secretary Barbara Cross, treasurer Ralph Todd, Miss Laurel Brittany Cooper and her mother, Faye Cooper, and members Juanita Stone, Cora Selby, Delores Todd, Jill Todd, Ron Cross Sr., and Joe Morris Jr. During the festivities, Mary Kennedy was inducted as a new member. Kennedy, who is a long-time Laurel resident, is mar-

ried with many children and grandchildren. She enjoys working as a foster grandparent at Dunbar Elementary School, where she has been for more than five years. The Laurel Exchange Club sponsors programs on americanism, volunteerism, patriotism, youth and education, and, most importantly, the prevention of child abuse and neglect. The club this year has recognized an outstanding fireman, an outstanding policeman and youths, and is supporting an Adopt-a-Family this holiday season.

MORNING STAR • DEC. 27, 2007 - JAN. 2, 2008


Hospice experts suggest holiday grief strategies Delaware Hospice representatives presented a session on “Grief through the Holidays” at the New Castle Senior Center last week. Barbara Bernhardt, a licensed clinical social worker in bereavement at Delaware Hospice, and Alex Tyree, pastoral counselor at Delaware Hospice, spoke to participants about the need for survivors to “treat yourself especially well” during the Christmas season. During the holidays, an absence is felt much more intensely than at other times. It helps to accept the fact that you’re more vulnerable during this time and take steps to help yourself through it. Claim your feelings and feel as you do feel, not as others expect you to. Then follow your instincts, doing what is right for you — whether it’s yard work, talking to others, writing, talking to one special person — find what makes sense for you. Different personalities cope in different ways. There are also practical things that can be done, as you begin to understand the triggers that touch off grief and what you want and need. • Talk with friends and family about what is important for you. • Practice self-compassion. Be kind to yourself. Loss is exhausting and overworking is a danger. Modify your expectations to fit your situation. • Get support and accept offers of help. People want to be helpful, and although it’s hard to be a receiver, this might be the appropriate time to accept graciously. • Plan ahead for the holidays. Families do better when they know what’s ahead of them. Make a checklist of Christmas considerations, such as the decorations. Will you set up a smaller tree than normal? Transfer and share the traditional responsibilities and involve your family. Find a way to make gift shopping easier, whether through enlisting help or giving money this year. • Find a way to honor your loved one. People have the urge to speak about the person and it falls on the bereaved to let them know it’s okay to talk about them. • Take it day-by-day and

stop to notice the little things. Find a sanctuary — a place for quiet time. • Sometimes it’s helpful to put yourself aside for awhile and do something for someone else. • Find a distraction - go to a movie or spend time with

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Police Journal Hunter arrested for violations Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Agents arrested a Delmar man on Dec. 17 who was prohibited from hunting with firearms due to an active protection from an abuse order against him. After seizing a 9-point whitetail buck that was illegally tagged in a family member's name from a local taxidermist shop, a consent search was conducted at the man's residence. The search revealed the following in the man's possession: a 20 gauge shotgun, a .50 caliber muzzleloader, a .44 caliber handgun and a 12 gauge shotgun with four shotgun shells. Ricky Hawkins Jr., 19, was arrested and charged with six counts of possession, purchase, own or control of a firearm or ammunition by a person subject to a Family Court protection from abuse order; noncompliance with conditions of recognizance bond or condition of a felony; criminal contempt of a domestic violence protective order; failure to check antlered deer within 24 hours; failure to attach deer tag; and hunting license forgery or misrepresentation. Hawkins was released on $39,500 unsecured bond pending a hearing in the Sussex County Court of Common Pleas. For more information, contact Lt. Aaron Hurd, Fish and Wildlife Enforcement, 855-1901.

Police seek help in robbery State Police detectives are currently investigating an armed robbery that occurred at the Waffle House restaurant located at 4003 S. DuPont Highway, in Camden. On Thursday, Dec. 20, troopers were dispatched to the restaurant to investigate a reported armed robbery. Upon arrival, investigators learned that at approximately 4 a.m. two armed suspects entered the restaurant wearing hooded coats. One of the suspects was armed with a silver handgun and demanded cash from the clerk. The clerk complied and gave the suspect an undisclosed amount of money from the register. The second suspect displayed a silver revolver type handgun and a set of bolt cutters. This suspect entered the office area, cut the lock off the safe and removed a blue deposit bag. Both suspects fled the store through the back door.

According to the victim, the first suspect was a black male, 5’8,” 190 lbs, with a dark complexion. He wore a black hooded coat, gray sweatpants, black and white gloves and a dark green camouflage face mask. This suspect was armed with a silver semi-automatic type handgun. The second suspect was a black male, approximately 6', 230 lbs, with a medium brown complexion. He wore a gray hooded sweatshirt, dark colored jacket, black boots and black and white gloves. This suspect was armed with a silver revolver type handgun. Both suspects are believed to be between the ages of 17 and 25. No patrons were in the restaurant at the time of the incident. There is no available surveillance video of this inciPatterson dent. State Police Major Crimes detectives ask anyone with information to call Detective Tom Paskevicius at 302-697-4456 ext. 226, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP3333.

Man arrested for attempted theft and forgery following pursuit State Troopers charged a Felton man with receiving stolen property, resisting arrest and numerous traffic related charges after he and his wife fled from police Thursday, Dec. 20. The incident began when police officers observed James W. Patterson, 34, of Felton operating a 1994 four-door burgundy Oldsmobile Cutlass bearing a registration plate that had been reported lost or stolen. Officers first observed the vehicle at approximately 6:11 p.m. at the Bridgeville Shore Stop. Troopers were searching the area for James Patterson after receiving an anonymous tip from a caller. James Patterson was wanted on active warrants from Troop 3 for Theft and Unlawful Use of a Credit Card. That alleged incident occurred on November 11, 2007. James Patterson was also wanted in

connection with a December 11, 2007 attempted theft investigation. During that investigation, it’s alleged that James Patterson attempted to use a counterfeit twenty-dollar bill at the McDonalds restaurant located at 18733 Sussex Highway in Bridgeville. When officers attempted to stop James Patterson he fled. He allegedly disregarded the officer’s signal to stop and fled north on US 13 at a high rate of speed. Patterson failed to stop for officers and began weaving in and out of traffic. Patterson continued driving in a reckless manner running red lights and traveling along the shoulder in his attempt to avoid police. Patterson’s vehicle was later observed pulling behind a residence located along the 2900 block of Andrewville Road near Greenwood. As Patterson exited the Oldsmobile he stood by the vehicle and ignored verbal commands to get on the ground. Patterson continued to ignore the officer’s commands and was taken into custody after being sprayed with an officer’s departmental issued pepper spray. While officers secured James Patterson, another Trooper at the scene contacted Patterson’s wife, Annette Patterson, 35, of Felton. She was in the front passenger’s seat of the Oldsmobile. A computer check of Annette Patterson revealed active warrants from Georgetown Police Department for theft and conspiracy. Annette Patterson was taken into custody without incident and turned over to Georgetown Police. While at the scene, Troopers located 15 prescription pills and a metal spoon in the center console of the Oldsmobile. Another 50 prescription pills were located in the glove compartment. The pills were not in their original container. As a result of the pursuit, Troopers formally charged James Patterson with the following offenses: Disregarding a Police Officer Signal (F) Drugs not in Original Container (M), Receiving Stolen Property (M), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (M), Resisting Arrest (M), Possession of a Non-Controlled Prescription Drug (M). James Patterson was also charged with Driving under the Influence, Reckless Driving, Aggressive Driving, Driving While Suspended or Revoked, Fictitious Regis-

tration Plate, Failure to Have Registration Card in Possession, No Proof of Insurance and eight additional dangerous moving violations. James Patterson was also formally charged in connection with the aforementioned Troop 3 and 5 investigations. Those additional charges included Unlawful Use of a Credit Card (M), Theft (M), Attempted Theft (M) and Forgery First Degree (F). James Patterson was arraigned at the Justice of the Peace Court 3 and committed to the Sussex Correctional Institution in Georgetown in default of $14,600 secured bond.

Charged with weapons offenses The Delaware State Police charged a 50-year-old South Carolina man with weapons offenses after he was found to be in possession of a handgun and ammunition during a traffic stop. On Tuesday, Dec. 18, at approximately 1:36 a.m. a State Trooper was on routine patrol when he observed a black Chevrolet Silverado truck traveling north on Coverdale Road. The Trooper noticed the truck’s license plate was not properly illuminated as required by law. The Trooper followed truck as it turned east onto SR 18. The truck was pulled over by the Trooper and the operator later identified as Joseph M. Johnson, was contacted. After contacting Johnson, the Trooper was given consent to search the truck. During the search, the Trooper recovered a .380 caliber semi-automatic handgun, which was concealed in the vehicle’s center console. Also recovered during the search was a .380 magazine loaded with six rounds of ammunition. A computer check later revealed, Johnson was prohibited from carrying a firearm due to previous convictions in South Carolina for Armed Robbery and Trafficing Cocaine. During this investigation, Johnson was formally charged with Possession of a Deadly Weapon (Firearm) by a Person Prohibited, Carrying a Concealed Deadly Weapon and Failure to Have License Plate Light. Johnson was arraigned and committed to the Sussex Correctional Institution inlieu of $1,350 secured bond.

New American Red Cross First Aid and CPR kit now available By popular demand, the Delmarva Peninsula Chapter is now offering the new American Red Cross First Aid and CPR for Everyone compression-only CPR kit. The First Aid and CPR for Everyone kit is the latest way the Red Cross is offering lifesaving information in a convenient, easy to use and engaging style. Compression-only CPR is where the rescuer performs an abbreviated form of CPR that does not include rescue breathing techniques. Research has shown continuous compression-only CPR without breaths can be

effective when the rescuer is unable, unwilling or untrained to perform full CPR. With the First Aid and CPR for Everyone kit, the public can practice how to properly administer chest compressions with the easy-to-use compression equipment and learn other lifesaving skills with the help of the demonstration DVD and Red Cross Emergency First Aid Guide included. While the kit is not intended to take the place of Red Cross courses, it does provide the public with useful information that can be a starting point for learning the

skills needed to eventually become trained and certified. “There has been a lot of talk about the merits of compression only CPR and we get calls from the public asking about how to have a CPR party. So we thought, why not find a way to offer both and make it easy and affordable for everyone,” says Margi Prueitt, CEO, of the Delmarva Peninsula Chapter. “We have come up with a way for people to practice a new skill, learn potentially lifesaving information and they can do it all in the comfort of their home with

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Williamsburg’s Grand Illumination welcomes holidays By Frank B. Calio Many people in this area like to visit the Amish Country around Lancaster for a getaway from their hectic schedules at home. My bride and I enjoy going to that area, but our favorite getaway has always been Williamsburg. We had been to the Grand Illumination several years before, but I thought another trip without having to rush home to a day job would be appropriate. So, having a few points left on a time share there, we were successful in finding a small unit at Patriots Place, a short distance from Colonial Williamsburg. If you have never been to the Grand Illumination at Colonial Williamsburg, you should make an effort to go at least once. The Grand Illumination, held each year on the first Sunday in December, is the kickoff for a month long celebration of the Christmas season. Since the first organized Christmas celebration drew visitors to Colonial Williamsburg in 1936, nothing matches the excitement, sights, smells, sounds and grandeur of the Christmas season in Colonial Williamsburg. All of the decorations are handmade; wreaths are made with fresh fruits and adorned with decorations specific to the business. For example, the coffee shop decorated their wreath with a silver coffee pot with coffee beans coming out of the spout into a cup.


Seeing the picturesque buildings and streets decked in their holiday splendor is indeed very relaxing and can easily put one in the spirit of the holidays. When time permits I like to make wreaths; newly retired, I thought I’d make a few shortly before Christmas for the outside of the house and maybe one or two for the inside of our home. Needless to say, my camera received a good workout. During the day and after the fireworks, there are performances on multiple stages throughout the area. Prior to the fireworks, Colonial Williamsburg’s Fifes and Drums performed a thunderous medley of international military music that included tunes of the Christmas season. As dusk approached, Sunday night candles and cressets (similar to a hanging basket used to provide light along the streets), were lit in the historic area. At 6:15 p.m. a magnificent display of fireworks blazed the skies from three sites in the Historic area simultaneously; the Governor’s Place, the Magazine and the Capitol. After the fireworks, we were too tired to watch some of the performances, so we slipped back to the SUV for a nap before dinner. My bride, who I kid could sleep on a dime and get nine cents change, napped while I couldn’t. I hadn’t realized how popular the special Sunday event had become since our visit more than a decade ago. I called for dinner reservations for one


Approximately 30,000 people attended the annual Grand Illumination ceremonies. Above, the crowd gathers moments before the fireworks display.

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Community Bulletin Board Events Culinary arts and training First State Community Action Agency’s new adult culinary training program is coming. Apply to be part of the adult culinary arts training program, located in Georgetown, sponsored by First State Community Action Agency, funded by the Workforce Investment Board of the Dept. of Labor. Evening classes are set to begin Jan. 7. The training program focuses on providing basic culinary and job readiness skills to prepare the student for a career in the fast growing food service industry. For more information, contact Ann Morris, 856-7761, ext. 166.

AARP Driving Course Laurel Senior Center AARP Driving Course will be held on Jan. 7 and 8, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost is $10. To register for the course call (302) 875-2536.

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

College Goal Sunday College Goal Sunday is a one-day event that invites college-bound students to a location near them to receive free assistance in completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) the form required by colleges and universities, and private career schools to qualify for scholarships, grants and loans. The event is being held Feb. 10, from 2-4 p.m. at Delaware Technical & Community College’s following locations: Owens Campus, Stanton Campus & Terry Campus. For more information, those who are interested can either go to or call the toll free number 1-866-GO-2-GOAL. Let me, Katie Burton, know if this is something you are interested in.

S.A.L.T. Council changes The S.A.L.T. (Seniors and Lawmen Together) Council has announced that their monthly meetings will be held on the second Wednesday of each month at 9:30 a.m., beginning Jan. 9, in the Sussex County Administration Office just south of the Wilmington Trust Bank on Route 113. The Council invites any individuals, organizations, agencies and police departments concerned with the welfare of senior citizens to send a representative to attend these meetings. Come and share your programs and knowledge, as well as your concerns. The Council is an Advisory

Committee for the following Triads: Kent County Triad meets the second Thursday of each month at 10 a.m. at the State Police Museum in Dover. Roxana Triad meets the third Monday of each month at 10:30 a.m. at the Roxana Senior Center at the Pyle Center in Frankford. Seaford Triad meets the second Thursday of each month at 10 a.m. at the Nanticoke Senior Center in Seaford. These meetings are held to discuss the safety and well-being of seniors and are open to the public. For additional information, contact president Al Hahn at (302) 436-2157.

Feel great in 2008 Come join us in Fitness Classes, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 9 a.m.; Tuesday and Thursday, at 5:30 p.m. We start a 6-week session the week of Jan. 7 and meet in St. John’s United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall in Seaford (sponsored by St. John’s but open to the public). Beginners to intermediate participants welcome in this fun, faith-filled, co-ed, non-competitive, muscle-toning, stretching, high/low aerobic class. Get your Dr.’s OK and come try a free one to see if it meets your needs. Only a 6-8-week commitment at a time required. For more information or to register, call 23-year AFAA-certified fitness-professional, Carol Lynch, at 629-7539 after Dec. 25.

Enjoy drawing, get informal instruction and individual assistance for beginners to intermediate in “Portrait Workshop” on Thursdays from Jan. 24 to Feb. 28; learn how to paint with watercolors in “Watercolor” on Thursdays from Jan. 24 to Feb. 28. Other activities include: horseback riding on Tuesdays from Jan. 15 to Feb. 5; participate in a forum of self discovery to help control overeating in “Diets Don’t Work” on Mondays from Jan. 21 to Feb. 11; like to dance learn “Bellydancing” on Thursdays from Jan. 24 to March 13; share your view in “Current Events” on Thursdays from Jan. 24 to Aug. 28; learn how to get more use out of your computer in “PC Savvy-At Last” on Jan. 26; acquire conversation skills to communicate effectively in “Spanish 1” on Mondays from Jan. 28 to March 3. Become familiar with known and notso-well-known Delaware treasures to explore in “Cures for Cabin Fever” on Jan. 29. For complete information about activities or to become a member of the Adult Plus+ program at Delaware Tech, call 302-856-5618.

Trap Pond volunteers sought Trap Pond offers free camping in exchange for volunteer services (required for free camping, 24 hours per week of vol-

unteering). Host programs available in the campground, Nature Center, maintenance and administrative. For more information, contact: Glen.Stubbolo or call 302739-1960.

Lap blankets for Vets sought The American Legion Auxiliary Unit 19 of Laurel is looking for people who knit, crochet, or can hand-make lap blankets for our veterans in the local nursing homes. We have a goal of 60. If you are interested in helping us reach our goal, contact Ann Foskey, president of American Legion Auxiliary Unit 19, at 875-0714.

Model Railroad Club Over 5000 square feet of displays including six operating layouts in four different scales. Large white elephant table with plenty of train related bargains. Refreshments and snacks will be served and a chance to win one of three train sets being raffled. Admission is free (children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult). Camelot Hall, 103 East State St., Delmar. Saturday, Jan. 12, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, Jan. 13, noon 5 p.m.; Saturday, Jan. 19, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, Jan. 20, noon-5 p.m. For more information call 410-742-9325 or 856-9250.

Georgetown Library events Hometown pictures has returned to The Georgetown Public Library. The exhibit will be open to the public during the normal hours of the library in the conference room. For more information call the library at 856-7958. The Georgetown Public Library will hold story time at 10:30 a.m. every Tuesday morning with Miss Sherri. For more information call the library 856-7958. The library is sponsoring popcorn and a movie on the first Friday of every month.

Adult-Plus activities Seniors, begin the new year by socializing, honing skills, exercising, or learning with Adult Plus+ activities at Delaware Technical & Community College, Owens Campus, Georgetown. Social activities in January include: for couples “Adult Plus+ Couples Club” on Jan. 10; for single seniors “Adult Plus+ Mixed Singles Club” on Jan. 14; card players can participate in “Hand and Foot Card Game” on Jan. 14 and “Open Bridge” on Jan. 15; on Jan. 24, join the lunch bunch for either “Library SurprisesResource Tour” or “Lighthouses-Beacons in the night.” For those who enjoy art: want to learn how to draw, take “Basic Drawing Skills” on Wednesdays from Jan. 16 to Feb. 20; planning on making quilts for your children or grandchildren get advice in quilts for kids on January 16; learn how to make great personal gifts in woodcarving every Thursday from Jan. 17 to Feb. 21.


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Laurel history books still available

Sussex County Airport meeting

A few copies of the 19th Century History of Laurel, published by the Laurel Historical Society may still be purchased at either the Laurel Town Office, Laurel Public Library, or O’Neal’s Antiques. The price remains at $45 each. For further information or to arrange to have a book mailed please call 875-4217. There is a $5 mailing fee.

The next regular meeting of the Sussex County Airport Committee will be Wednesday, Jan. 9, at the Sussex County Administrative Offices Building, 22215 DuPont Highway (West Complex Rt. 113), Georgetown, at 10 a.m.

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

Preschoolers storytime Parents, caregivers and children ages two to five are invited to enjoy stories, songs, poetry, art, science, math, music and fun at the Laurel Public Library’s Preschool Storytime. Storytime is held every Tuesday morning at 10:30 a.m. For more information, call the Laurel Public Library at 875-3184.

Meetings H.A.P.P.E.N. meeting The members of H.A.P.P.E.N., Hearns Pond Association for its preservation, protection, enhancement and naturalization, meet on Thursday, Jan. 10, at the Seaford Museum. Anyone interested in attending is welcome.

Toastmasters Toastmasters of Southern Delaware meets every second and fourth Thursday of the month in Bay Shore Community Church at 6 p.m. Develop your public speaking skills in a supportive environment. Contact Joy Slabaugh at 846-9201, or

Widowed Persons Service meets The Seaford Chapter of the Widowed Persons Service will have its next meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 15, at 12:15 p.m. at the Golden Corral. The planned guest speakers will be Lieutenants Charles and Debbie Engel from the Salvation Army. All widowed persons of all ages are invited to attend. Come join us — we all enjoy the trips, lunches/dinners, etc. that we do.

AARP Chapter #5340 meets AARP Chapter #5340 meets at the Sussex Pines Country Club Georgetown, October through June the first Monday of each month at noon. In September the club meets the second Monday. Membership dues cost $5 per year in addition to the national membership. For membership, call Melissa Richardson, president, 945-1288; or MaryAnn Richards, 945-4763; or Dee Richards at 934-9342, Membership Committee. Find out how the chapter can benefit you. Ages 50+ welcome.

Equine Council meets Next Meeting of the Delaware Equine Council will be held 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 21, 2008 at the Harrington Public Library, Harrington. All those interested in horses are welcome. Meet your 2008 Officers. For more info, contact Stan 684-3966.

AARP Chapter #5340 meeting Georgetown’s AARP Chapter #5340 will meet Jan. 7, at Sussex Pines Country Club in Georgetown with luncheon at noon. Guest speaker is John Bansch from the Sussex County Chapter of Archaeology Society of Delaware. Topic will be the archaeology done in Delaware and the description of the structure of the society. Cost of the lunch is $15 per person. Call Anita Wright 856-6215 for reservations that are needed by Jan. 1. New members are welcome. AARP Chapter #5340 will hold a board meeting at 10 a.m. on Jan. 28, at the Sussex County Airport Conference Room, Georgetown. All members are encouraged to attend. For details call President Melissa Richardson at 945-1288.

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

Trap Pond Partners Trap Pond Partners’ monthly meeting will be held at the park’s Nature Center, the second Wednesday of each month. Anyone who is interested in Trap Pond State Park is invited to attend. For more information feel free to call 875-5153.

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

Coast Guard Auxiliary Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 12-04 meets the second Thursday of each month at Nanticoke Yacht Club in Blades. Call Wayne Hickman at 629-6337 for details.

Trips Trip to see ‘All Shook Up’ Georgetown AARP Chapter 5340 is offering a trip to see “All Shook Up” at the Dutch Apple Theater, Lancaster, Pa. The bus will leave Georgetown Square, East Market Street at 8 a.m. and return at approximately 7:30 p.m.


The cost for each person is $73, which includes lunch. Registration and payment is due by Jan. 1. Call Hilda Parker at 8562760. Everyone welcome.

Adult Plus+ trips Enjoy the New Year by participating in exciting trips sponsored by the Adult Plus+ program at Delaware Technical & Community College, Owens Campus, Georgetown. On Saturday, Jan. 12, experience one of music’s greatest storytellers come to life through song and dance in “Moving OutBilly Joel’s Hit” at Wilmington’s DuPont Theater. Get an early start on next year’s holiday presents with “Shop Til Ya Drop” on Saturday, Jan. 19 at the King of Prussia Mall in Pennsylvania. Beatles fans shouldn’t miss the opportunity to see “Rain: Experience the Beatles” at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia on Sunday, Jan. 20. This show features music performed live and video screens with historical footage from the 60s. On Wednesday, Jan. 23, enjoy the sensational Broadway musical “Jersey Boys on Broadway” about The Four Seasons, Rock and Roll Hall of Famers. Watch a dazzling circus with European flair, imaginative theatrics and world class acrobatics in “Cirque Dreams” on Saturday, Jan. 26, in Baltimore’s Hippodrome. That same day, others can, enjoy a fun time on their own at the “Inner Harbor” in Baltimore. Experience the wonder of the eight Smithsonian museums on the National Mall in Washington D.C. on Wednesday, Jan. 30. Feel like royalty when enjoying a wonderful seven-course

Moroccan meal on the “Casablanca Exotic” luncheon in New Castle on Thursday, Jan. 31. Enjoy dance, entertainment and more during your meal. For complete information about these and other Delaware Tech trips, call 302-856-5618.

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

Breakfast in Blades All-you-can-eat-breakfast at the Blades Fire Hall, located at the corner of Cannon and 5th streets in Blades. Sponsored by the Ladies Auxiliary and the Firemen, on Jan. 6, 8 til 11 a.m. Adults, $7, Children, $3.

Community luncheon in Laurel A community luncheon (soup and sandwiches), will be held on Jan. 19 from noon to 2 p.m., at Laurel Baptist Church, (West side of 13A – approximately 2-miles-south of town). Any questions, call Shirley 8752314. Submit Bulletin Board items by noon, Thursday. Send to Morning Star Publications, PO Box 1000, Seaford, DE 19973, email to editor@mspublications. com or drop off at 628 West Stein Hwy., Seaford. Andre All Varietals

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You Drink and Drive. You Lose. Anyone planning on drinking alcohol needs to be responsible and designate a sober driver. With increased sobriety checkpoints, roving patrols, undercover officers and concerned citizens, chances are if you drive impaired, you will be caught, arrested and prosecuted. Studies from NHTSA show that Americans support tougher enforcement and consider drunk driving an important social issue, ahead of health care, poverty, the environment, and gun control. Nearly 97 percent of Americans view drinking and driving by others as a threat to their families and themselves. The majority of Americans also support increased enforcement efforts like sobriety checkpoints to protect innocent victims from impaired drivers.

Designating a sober driver is just one of several simple steps to help avoid a tragic crash or an arrest for impaired driving. Others include: If you’re impaired call a taxi, use mass transit, or call a sober friend or family member to get you home safely; Use your community’s Sober Rides program. Report impaired drivers to law enforcement. Remember Friends Don’t Let Friends Drive Drunk. Take the keys and don’t let a friend or family member leave your sight if you think they are about to drive while impaired. Always buckle up – it’s your best defense against an impaired driver. Spend the night where the activity is being held and sleep it off.

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MORNING STAR • DEC. 27 2007 - JAN. 2, 2008

Church Bulletins Take My Hand Ministry meeting

The Mary and Martha Tea Room, a program of Take My Hand Ministry, Inc., meets on the third Wednesday of every month from 2-4 p.m. at 102 Maryland Ave. in Greenwood. A light lunch is served, and a guest speaker teaches and ministers. This is a women’s ministry.

Celebrate Recovery

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

Youth Pastor sought

Trinity United Methodist Church, Phillips Hill Road, Laurel, is seeking a part-time Youth Pastor. For further information, contact 302-238-7432.

Gospel Café

Centenary UM Church, Poplar & Market Streets, Laurel, is hosting a Christian music hour each Saturday at 6 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall of the church. Bruce & Nancy Willey are presenting Christian music, fellowship, and refreshments. Each week Mary Ann Young sings your Gospel favorites. December 29 will feature ‘Lights of

Home’. Everyone is invited. For more info, contact the church at 875-3983 or Bruce Willey at 875-5539.

Centenary Service

Centenary United Methodist Church, Laurel, invites you to join them for their special service. On December 30, there will be one service at 8:45 a.m. with the Praise Team and special music. Join us!

AYCE Breakfast

The Promise Keepers of Centenary Church will host an all-you-can-eat breakfast on Saturday, Jan. 5 in the church dining room, Poplar & Market St., Laurel; 6:30 – 10:30 a.m. The cost is $5 for adults and $3 for ages 6 – 12. Benefits college scholarship fund.

College in Cambridge, England. This is the first year for this service at St. Luke’s in Seaford and promises to be both joyful and meaningful.

The Mission of Hope web site

Now you can visit the Mission of Hope on the internet at The Mission of Hope provides rehabilitation, education and housing for men who are homeless. The Mission treats the causes of

homelessness in order to return these men to a productive life in the community. The Mission needs people with grant writing or program development experience. Call Paul Alexander for details. The Mission accepts vehicle donations that return a tax deduction and the good feeling that comes from helping those in need. Please call 629-2559, or e-mail the Mission at SeafordMission@, or write to Seaford Mission, PO Box 1271, Seaford, DE 19973.

St. Paul’s New Year’s Eve service

There will be a New Year’s Eve service at the St. Paul’s United Methodist Church. The featured singing group will be one of our own favorites, “The Sounds of Joy.” A joyful time will be had for all as we watch 2007 leave and welcome 2008. St. Paul’s is located just east of US 13, on Old Stage Road, in Laurel. This program will begin at 9 p.m. For more information, call Pastor Don at 8566107, or 875-7900.

St. Luke’s Nine Lessons and Carols

On Sunday, Dec. 30, at 9 a.m., St. Luke’s Episcopal Church will have a “Service of Nine Lessons and Carols.” This service is patterned after the traditional service held each year at Kings

CHURCH PARTICIPATES IN OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD. During a dedication ceremony on Sunday, Nov. 18, the youth of Concord United Methodist Church presented Christmas gift boxes, which will be distributed to needy children around the world. Filled with school supplies, toys and personal items, each box was brought to the altar and blessed by the Rev. Diane Melson. The Samaritans Purse Christmas shoeboxes is one of the many missions projects supported by the youth and congregation of Concord UMC. From left in the front row are Marty Vincent, Sunday School superintendent; Alyssa Collins, Rhiannon Besnoska, Garverich Besnoska, and Tammy Reagan, youth coordinator. In the back row are Megan Dukes, Nathan Truitt, and Seth Truitt.

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

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

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SUNDAY WORSHIP 8:30 & 11:15 am Traditional 9:45 Sunday School 9:50 am Contemporary Come as you are… and be transformed in the love of Christ!

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


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

CHRIST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 510 S. Central Ave., Laurel, DE Rev. Fred Duncan Church: 875-4233 Parsonage: 875-3398 Sunday Services: 8:30am Praise 9:30am Sunday School,11am Worship


Christ Evangelistic Church Great Worship - Talented Singers Loving People - Powerful Preaching Youth Group Sunday 4:30 pm

Centrally located at 14511 Sycamore Rd., Laurel, DE 19956

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

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

SUNDAY WEDNESDAY Underground Family Worship (7-12 grade) 6:15 p.m. 10:45 a.m. 7:00 p.m. Sunday School 9:30 a.m. Prayer Team ‘The Table’ God’s Big Back Yard (last Wed. of mo) 7:00 p.m. 9:30 a.m.

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Pastor - Donald Murray - 856-6107

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

MORNING STAR • DEC. 27 2007 - JAN. 2, 2008


Christmas expressions are good throughout the year By the Rev. Todd K. Crofford Laurel Wesleyan Church


Well, its over…again. ...we can move Time to get back on the dibeyond that first ets, pay off the credit cards, return the wrong sized sweater instinctual fear by and try to recuperate from the festivities. faith in a God who Probably like me, your lights loves us. and tinsel are headed for storage, the Christmas music is going away, and the party schedThe point is that we can move beule is completed. yond that first instinctual fear by faith And now we leave behind the verin a God who loves us. nacular of Christmas as well. It is a very different thing to be No more “Merry Christmas” as a afraid for a moment than to allow ourgreeting, no more deep bellied “ho-ho- selves to be paralyzed by a constant hos” ringing down the hall in the offear that keeps us from living the life fice. God has for us. But I’d like to mention three ChristFear has no good by-products, but mas expressions, actually things that faith can take us to a place we only the angels said that first Christmas that dreamed of. fit all year round. “You are highly favored.” This ex“The Lord is with you.” These are pression literally means that we are some of the first words the angel told covered by God’s grace. Mary and they are the heart of the I’d love to think that 2008 will be a Christmas story. great year, but I am more thrilled to Even though we are packing up the know it will be a grace-filled year. nativity scenes, we know that this It is a wonderful thing to realize promise is forever, not just the thirtythat all 365 days this year a trustworthree years that Jesus was physically thy God will deal with me graciously here. with care. The gospel writer Matthew reports Really the message of Christmas is that the last thing Jesus promised bethat God thought enough of us to fore leaving earth is that his Spirit come and not just be with us as an obwould always be with us. server, but to become one of us. Whatever 2008 may bring, you Such a God will certainly continue won’t face it alone. to graciously deal with all mankindIf you come upon true difficulty including you. there may be others that step out, but He has no ill plans for your life, but God will step up! only a desire to accomplish his good “Do not be afraid.” Fear is an inwill through you. stinctual reaction to the unknown and So, all year round let’s keep God’s so it is not surprising that the angel Christmas expressions at the forefront told Mary not to be afraid as she of our minds. walked through all God had planned To do so brings me great confifor her. dence that a wonderful year is ahead.

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

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

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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 Youth Minister: James Hollis Music: Jim Burket “The Cross Is Grounded In Grace”

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

MASSES: SUNDAY: Sat. Eve. - Vigil 5:30 p.m.; Spanish 7:30 p.m. Sunday - 7 a.m., 8:30 a.m., 11 a.m. DAILY: Mon., Tues., Thurs. & Fri. 9 a.m. Wed. 9 a.m. & 7:30 p.m.; First Sat. 9 a.m. HOLY DAYS: Eve. 7:30 p.m.; 9 a.m. & 7:30 p.m. NOVENA DEVOTIONS: Wed. 9 a.m. & 7:30 p.m. CONFESSION: Sat. 4:30 p.m.

LAUREL-MT. PLEASANT CHARGE 27225 Kaye Road Laurel, DE 19956 Ph: (302) 875-7814 Timothy P. Jones, Pastor Sunday Family Worship - 10:00 a.m. Wednesday Family Ministries - 7:00 p.m.

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The Atlanta Road Alliance Church 22625 Atlanta Rd., Seaford, DE (302) 629-5600 • Rev. Edward J. Laremore, Sr. Pastor David A. Krilov, Associate Pastor SUNDAY WEDNESDAY 8:30 Worship 6:45 Pioneer Clubs (age 3 9:45 Sunday School thru grade 6) & Divorce Care® 11:00 Worship/Kids Church 7:00 Prayer Service & Youth 7:00 Evening Service Group (grades 7-12)

COKESBURY CHURCH All Welcome Where Love Abides -- John 3:16

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

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

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

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

17 W. Market St., Greenwood, DE 302349-9420 Pastors Joseph & Yvonne Dixon WORSHIP SERVICE: SUN. 11 AM BIBLE STUDY: WED. 7:30 PM

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Sailor’s Bethel United Methodist Church Bethel, DE Pastor Arthur Smith III Sunday School - 10 am Worship - 11:15 am Nursery Provided office 875-3628

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

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

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


Obituaries Bertha M. Joseph, 83

Bertha M. Joseph of near Georgetown passed away Saturday, Dec. 15, 2007 at her home. Mrs. Joseph was born on June 7, 1924, in Georgetown, a daughter of Walter and Alice Parker Betts, who predeceased her. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Norman E. Joseph, and by her daughter Thelma who passed in 1969. Mrs. Joseph was a member of the Mt. Olivet Brethren Church, Shortly Road, Georgetown. She worked as a caregiver at Stockley Center, Georgetown for a number of years. She loved being with family and friends, loved her church, and loved attending family functions. Mrs. Joseph is survived by two aunts, Pearldean Parker of Greenwood, and Sarah Parker of Georgetown; her close cousins, Madeleine Lewis and Margaret Conaway of Laurel; Annabel Hignutt of Seaford, Ellery Parker of Georgetown, and Isabelle Morris of Raleigh, N.C., a-sister in law, Ruth M. Hitchens, and other family members, nieces, nephews, other cousins, and a group of very special friends and neighbors. Services were held Thursday, Dec. 20, at the Watson Funeral Home, 211 S. Washington Street, Millsboro, where friends called two hours prior to the services. Pastor Jerry Fike officiated at the services. Interment was in Millsboro Cemetery, Millsboro. The family asks for contributions to FMC – Mid-Sussex County (Dialysis Unit), 34 Georgetown Plaza, Georgetown, DE 19947. Letters of Condolence may be sent via or

George H. Thawley, 95

George H. Thawley of Seaford passed away on Dec. 18, 2007 at the Seaford Center. George had once lived near Laurel. He was born in Denton a son of Harvey and Stella Thawley, who predeceased him. George retired from the State of Delaware Highway Department as an equipment operator. He also worked at some of the Delmar Feed Mill’s. He also enjoyed carpentry work. A member of God's Missionary Church in Delmar and often attended Cannon Mennonite Church. He was a member of the Gideon’s. In addition to his parents, three brothers and a sister preceded him in death. He is also proceded in death by his late-wife, Floyd M. Thawley. He is survived by his sons, the Rev. G. Robert Thawley and his wife Beulah of Salisbury, N.C., and Arthur “Buddy” Thawley and his wife Catherine of Felton; his daughter, Thelma S. Gilster and her husband Reginal of Michigan. He is also survived by six grandchildren, and four step-grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, one great-greatgrandchild. A Funeral Service was held at the Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel, on Saturday, Dec. 22, where friends called prior to the service. The Rev. Eric Watts officiated. Interment followed in Laurel Hill Cemetery.

MORNING STAR • DEC. 27, 2007 - JAN. 2, 2008

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Kimberly Ann Pusey Drayton, 43

Kimberly Ann Pusey Drayton of Seaford died Dec. 18, 2007 at home. Kimberly graduated from Delaware Technical and Community College in 2003. She was a licensed practical Nurse. She was employed by Nanticoke Memorial Hospital. She was survived by her husband, Earl Drayton of Seaford. Her father Gerald Pusey and step-mother, Hazel Pusey of Millsboro, and her mother, A. Louise Stone and step-father Rick Stone of Millsboro; a son, Travis Fisher of Seaford; a sister, Terri Lee Jenson of Lewes, a half-brother, Quintin Stone of Laurel, and half-sisters, Kim Hall of Princess Ann, Md. and Dee Wertzel of Houston, Texas; two nephews, Shane and Casey and her canine child Brutus. Funeral Services were held on Friday, Dec. 21, at Watson Funeral Home, Millsboro, where frinds called prior to the services which were officiated by the Rev. Edward Wilkins. Interment was in Millsboro Cemetery, Millsboro. Contributions may be made to Compassionate Care Hospice, 31038 Country Garden Boulevard Suite, D2, Dagsboro, DE 19939 Arrangements provided by Watson Funeral Home, Millsboro. Letters of condolence may be emailed at:, or

James K. Budd, 81

James K. “Kinsey” Budd of Hebron, and formerly of Delmar, died Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2007, at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury. He was born July 25, 1926 in Hebron, a son of Andrew Kenwood and Effie Ruth Budd, who predeceased him. Kinsey, as he was known by his family and friends, served his country James K. Budd in the U.S. Navy from 1944 to 1946. After his service with the Navy, he began working in 1948 as a telephone technician for C&P Telephone, and later Bell Atlantic, until retirement in 1983. As an ac-

tive member of his community, his memberships included the Hebron American Legion, Communication Workers of America and the Telephone Pioneers Association. He was also on the Board of Directors of the Johnny O 12 Step Center, past president of Delmar Railroaders Baseball Team, past governor of Moose Lodge 654 of Delmar, and past manager and coach in the Delmar Little League. He loved watching his sons and grandchildren play baseball. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Barry Budd, who passed in 1994. He is survived by two sons, Gary W. Budd and his wife, Terry and J. Gregory Budd and his wife, Linda; four grandchildren, Mickey, Erin, Carlee and Robbie Budd, all of Delmar. A graveside service was held on Friday, Dec. 21, at Springhill Memory Gardens in Hebron. The Rev. Paul Sherwood officiated. Memorial contributions may be made in his memory to: the American Heart Association, Memorial Processing Center, P.O. Box 5216, Glen Allen, VA 23058. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting

Alvin J. Hitchens, 98

Alvin J. Hitchens of Laurel passed away peacefully at home on Dec. 16, 2007. He was born in Millsboro, a son of John H. and Eva L. Hitchens, who predeceased him. Mr. Hitchens for more than 60 years was an avid farmer and poultry grower. He served as the Wagon Master for the Delaware Wonderers camping group. He also was a member of the Sussex County Farm Bureau serving as a del-

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egate and as director from 1985-1994. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his infant daughter Mary Ellen, his brothers James and Oliver Hitchens, his sisters, Dorothy and Madaline Hitchens and Mildred Wooters. He is survived by his devoted wife of 68 years the former Ruth Joseph. His sons Roland Hitchens and wife Joan of Georgetown, Marvin Hitchens and wife Jean Ellen of Laurel, his daughters Phyllis Layton and husband Byard of Seaford, Doris Dukes and her companion Bill Mewshaw of Frankford, and Linda Wintjen and her husband Gary of Laurel. Twelve grandchildren and his 20 great-grandchildren, also survive him. Alvin took great pleasure in traveling and camping throughout the United States never meeting a stranger. Along with attending farm machinery sales he took special delight in showing the numerous photos of his great-grandchildren he kept tucked in his shirt pocket. The family would like to pay a special thank you to the care-givers Barbara Carter and Gloria West for the excellent care they gave our father and continue to give our mother. A funeral service was held on Saturday, Dec. 22, at Trinity United Methodist Church, Laurel, where friends called prior to the service. Interment followed at Odd Fellows Cemetery, Laurel. The family suggests contributions to Delaware Hospice Southern Division, 20167 Office Circle, Georgetown, DE. 19947; or Trinity United Methodist Church, 17249 Phillips Hill Road, Laurel, DE 19956. Arrangements were handled by Watson Funeral Home, Millsboro.

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MORNING STAR • DEC. 27 2007 - JAN. 2, 2008

Salvador Congzon Penserga, 68 Salvador Congzon Penserga of Bridgeville, died Monday, Dec. 17, 2007 at his home in Bridgeville. He was born April 21, 1939 to Vicenta Congzon and Macario Penserga of Ormoc City, Philippines. He received his medical degree at the University of Santo Tomas, Manila. He married Alicia Jakosalem in 1965 and they immigrated to the United States to further their medical education. He resided and worked as a doctor in Albany, N.Y. and Wilmington, before moving to Bridgeville in 1972, where he opened a private practice and served as a surgeon at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in Seaford for more than 20 years. He was a longtime member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Seaford. He also enjoyed spending time with his family, working on his computer and photography. He was preceded in death, by his wife, Alicia Penserga, in 2006. He is survived by his three children, a daughter, Luella Penserga of Oakland, Calif., two sons, Nelson Penserga and his wife Jennifer of South Riding, Va., and Benjamin Penserga of Bridgeville. He is also survived by a sister, Leonora Redona and two brothers Rudolfo Penserga and Ruben Penserga, all in the Philippines, along with many nieces, nephews and friends. A mass of Christian burial was celebrated on Friday, Dec. 21, at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Seaford, with the Rev. John McKenna officiating. A viewing was held at the Church one hour prior to the Mass. Interment followed at Our Lady of Lourdes Cemetery, Seaford. Donations may be made in Salvador Penserga’s memory to Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church Building Fund, 532 Stein Highway, Seaford, DE 19973. Arrangements were handled by Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Hardesty Chapel, Bridgeville. Send online condolences to:

Virgil Alvin Chaffinch, Sr., 75 Virgil Alvin Chaffinch, Sr. of Seaford died Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2007 at LifeCare at Lofland Park, Seaford. Born in Seaford, he was a son of Clatie Carmean and Thomas Jefferson Chaffinch, Sr. He was a maintenance man for Allen Petroleum in Seaford, retiring in 1997. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his wife Alice Mae Wilkerson Chaffinch in September of this year; two brothers, Clayton E. Chaffinch and Thomas J. Chaffinch, Jr., and a sister, Pauline E. McMullen. He is survived by two sons, Virgil A. Chaffinch, Jr. and John R. and his wife Wendy Chaffinch of Seaford; a daughter, Belinda J. and husband Rudy Harriman of Seaford; a sister, Shirley Burris and husband Charles of Wilmington; three grandchildren, Amanda Chaffinch, Nicole Harriman and Erica Hitchens; and five greatgrandchildren. Services were held Saturday, Dec. 22, at Watson-Yates Funeral Home, Front and King streets, Seaford, where friends

called prior to the services. The Rev. Roland E. Tice officiated. Burial was in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Seaford.

Walter K. Chamblee, Jr., 71 Walter K. Chamblee, Jr. of Seaford, passed away at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital on Dec. 17, 2007. He was born in Anderson, S.C., a son of Walter and Hazel Chamblee, who predeceased him. Mr. Chamblee was a retired correction officer with the Department of Corrections in Georgetown. A member of the Good Samaritan Christian Fellowship Church and a past member of the Seaford Masonic Lodge. He was an old car enthusiast, and loved his Black Lab “Wanda.” He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Karen Chamblee of Seaford; and a daughter, Lynn Drake of Anderson, S.C.; two grandchildren, Elizabeth and Sarah Drake. A funeral service was held at the Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel, on Saturday, Dec. 22, where friends called one hour prior to the service. Interment followed in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Seaford. Pastor Ray Justice officiated at the service. Contributions may be made in his name to the American Cancer Society, 1138 Parsons Road, Salisbury, MD 21803; or the American Lung Association of Delaware, 1021 Gilpin Ave., Suite 202, Wilmington, DE 19806.

Lester F. Benson, 77 Lester F. Benson of Seaford passed away at his home surrounded by his family on Dec. 19. Born in Laurel, he was the son of John and Lulu Benson, who preceded him in death. He enjoyed working in the automotive industry for more than 42 years, and was the office manager for Hertrich Pontiac Buick for 31 years. Lester served his country in the Navy, and was a member of the American Legion Post #6 in Seaford, and Centenary United Methodist Church in Laurel. In addition to enjoying the automotive industry he also enjoyed reading, and listening to music. He was a talented gardener which enabled him to grow the most beautiful flowers. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, William Benson who passed away in 1986, and his brother Norris Benson. He is survived by his wife of 46 years Jean Benson, a son, Burns Benson and his wife Pamela of New Jersey; daughters, Caroline Botkin and her husband Ronnie of Virginia, and Luann Hare and her husband John of New York. One brother Jack Benson and his wife Iris, and a sister Grace Blackmore. He is survived by six grandchildren, Elizabeth Botkin, Benjamin Botkin, Emily Botkin, Ethan Botkin, John Hare Jr., and Sarah Hare. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews. A funeral service was held at Centenary United Methodist Church, Laurel, on Sunday, Dec .23.

A visitation was held prior to the service. The Rev. John Van Tine officiated. Interment was in Odd Fellows Cemetery in Laurel. Contributions may be made in his honor to Centenary United Methodist Church, 200 West Market St., Laurel, DE 19956; or to Compassionate Care Hospice, 201B West DuPont Highway, Millsboro, DE 19966. Arrangements were in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel.

Edwin A. Jones, 84 Edwin A. Jones died at Life Care at Lofland Park in Seaford, on Saturday, Dec. 22, 2007 where he had been a patient for the past three years. He was born in Dorchester County near Eldorado, MD, on October 19, 1923 the son of the late Arcy and Ida Craig Jones. His wife Elva Ruark Jones also preceded him in death. He worked as an ingredient handler at General Foods in Dover for many years before retiring in February of 1986. He loved going to auctions and collecting antique glassware. He is survived by a sister, Gladys J. Dalious of Seaford, two step-daughters, Joyce Clendaniel of Woodside, and Patsy Smith of Del. and a step-son Wayne Hill of Del., a nephew, Steven Matthews of Federalsburg and a niece, Sharon Porches of Woodland. Funeral services for him will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2007 at Framptom Funeral Home, P.A. in Feder-


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MORNING STAR • DEC. 27 2007 - JAN. 2, 2008

Entertainment Possum Point presents British farce Possum Point Players will ring in Season 2008 with the British farce “Funny Money” by Ray Cooney. Tickets are now on sale for this dinner-theater presentation, which opens on Friday Jan. 25, with dinner beginning at 6:30 p.m. Pat Erhardt of Seaford is the director for this season-opener. Erhardt was codirector of last spring’s production, “Bedroom Farce.” Assistant director/stage manager is Titia Halfen-Hubbard of Milford, who recently completed serving as assistant director for “Dracula” at Milton Theater. The cast of seven includes Dick Pack and Liz Roe of Lewes who are playing the married couple Henry and Jean, at whose house the action takes place. Henry has come home with the wrong briefcase – a briefcase full of money, to be exact. The situation grows more and more comical as Jean takes issue with his solution, and then their friends Vic and Betty, portrayed by Doug Friend and Valerie Jarrell of Lewes, complicate matters by arriving and getting wrapped up in the big to-do. The cast is complete with Rex Batch-

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Author visits Rehoboth Beach The MOMS Club of Rehoboth Beach Area announces that Kelly Corrigan, author of soon to be released, “The Middle Place,” is scheduled to appear in Rehoboth Beach at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 14, for a reading and book signing. The reading will take place at Kid’s Cottage, located on Rte. 1, and is free to the public. “The Middle Place,” which hits bookstores on Jan. 8, is a funny, riveting

and inspiring memoir of Kelly Corrigan’s experiences as a daughter, mother and wife, as well as a breast cancer survivor. The book is currently being profiled in issues of O, The Oprah Winfrey magazine, Glamour, Elle, Family CirKelly Corrigan will cle and Good about her new Housekeeping. speak book in Rehoboth. Corrigan will begin the East Coast leg of a national book tour following her appearance on NBC’s Today Show in New York City on Jan. 9 at 8:30 a.m. Donations to benefit the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition will be welcome at the door. The MOMS Club of Rehoboth Beach Area will also be making a donation to the Coalition. Copies of “The Middle Place” will be available for sale and signing at the event. MOMS Club of Rehoboth Beach

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With all its businesses, Seaford is Delmarva’s new Salisbury Many of us can remember Salisbury the way it was some 25 years URPHY AT ago. Some of us can recall it even further back than that. As a youngster, I remember my aunt taking me Route 13 in Seaford is bethere for the day on one of those coming like the Schuylkill old Greyhound or Trailways buses and it was the closest thing to a (Sure Kill) Expressway in city that I knew at that time. So Philadelphia — well, not you know that that was at least 55 years ago. quite, but driving on it is Seaford just opened a Starbucks an adventure. Coffee Shop, a Quiznos is coming and you have seen how much busibook on how to handle it. ness-wise the town has grown the last 10 years. Gosh, there are even five motels I was talking with Tex and Mary Ann here now. To me, Seaford is the new SalisYoung the other day. They have 27 grandbury as any doom projections from us children. Now, Mrs. Hattie Moore, whose DuPonters have gone away completely. 101st birthday was in July, has 20 grandRoute 13 in Seaford is becoming like the children, 36 great-grandchildren and — Schuylkill (Sure Kill) Expressway in Philadelphia — well, not quite, but driving get this — 19 great-great-grandchildren. Now, that ought to be a great group picon it is an adventure, especially since all this construction is going on at every road, ture. I wonder in our readership area who does have the most grandchildren and it seems. great-grandchildren, combined or separateAs we close out 2007, it is a great rely. If you know someone who tops these minder that life is full of change. Now if numbers, please let me know so I can they would just give us an instruction share this with our readers.


Lottery to be held for fishing licenses The Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife will conduct a lottery drawing at 9 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 8, to issue the first 1,000 numbered general fishing licenses. Licenses numbered 1 and 2 are excluded from the drawing, because these licenses are reserved for the governor and lieutenant governor. To register for the lottery, applicants can send one (and only one) self-addressed, stamped, standard-sized postcard with the applicant's name and full mailing address. Postcards may be delivered in person to the Fish and Wildlife licensing desk in the Richardson & Robbins Building, or mailed in an envelope addressed to: Lynn Herman, Low Number Fishing License Lottery, Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife, Richardson & Robbins Building, 89 Kings Highway, Dover, DE 19901. Applications must be postmarked by Friday, Feb. 1, or hand delivered to the Richardson and Robbins Building by close of business at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 1. No applications will be accepted after the deadline under any circumstances. Applicants must be at least 16 on Jan. 1, 2008. Licenses will be awarded to the selected applicants starting with the lowest and ending with the highest number via a live drawing. The lottery is open to the public but successful applicants do not need to be present as they will be notified by mail. If it is drawn, the applicant's postcard will be returned with the license number awarded. For more information, contact Amanda Belford at 302-739-9911 or inquire in person at the Richardson and Robbins Building.


At the corner of 5th and Pine streets in Laurel there was a duplex for many years. I know it was so because I delivered newspapers there as a young boy. The other day I rode by and it was gone. And it has been gone since May or June, according to code officer Paul Frick.

The owner decided it was no longer needed and down it came. I guess I am going to have to be more observant in 2008. Jerry and Maxine Lynch of Laurel are going to California to work on the Odd Fellows float for the Rose Bowl Parade. Jerry is a former Grandmaster of Delaware and Maxine was Delaware Assembly president at the same time. They love this travel and meeting new folks. Have you ever wondered who signed the original document governing the awarding of the trophy given out every year to the winner of the Laurel-Seaford Thanksgiving football game? There are seven rules and of course one of them is that if the game ends in a tie, Laurel and Seaford share the trophy. The agreement was signed on Nov. 15, 1948, soon to be 60 years ago. The award was established, however, by both Lions Clubs in 1946. You have had time to think about it — so I will tell you who signed it. For Laurel, it was our man Dick (Sure Shot) Whaley and teacher T. R. Ruston. Seaford signers were Al Bowden and teacher Charles M. Hollis Jr. Dick’s and Al’s handwriting was very legible — the teachers, I think, were signing a check. Let’s see how many of the men out there can relate to this. I hope a lot, because I will need their support after my

wife reads this. Ah, Christmas. A time of great joy, good will — and bringing down box after box of decorations from the attic or other storage areas. When we moved some four years ago, it was discovered that we had almost a whole attic-full of Christmas lights, Christmas balls, decorations, wrapping paper, Christmas figurines, cookie jars — you name it, we had it, as far as the eye could see. I suggested that the next year, we could go through it all and get rid of some things that we didn’t use anymore. Kay was alarmed that I would dare touch any of the sacred items. You know, the smashed egg cartons with decorations on them that our boys made in school some 30-plus years ago. “You can’t get rid of that,” she said when I picked up one of those “treasures.” Well, we are just a few days from Christmas again, and many boxes are still in the attic. Fellows, be careful — those attic ladders can hurt you, as Wayne Sammons can tell you. Just give the wife one more year as your New Year’s resolution and climb those stairs again. After all, it’s a tradition and the adventure could give you one more thing to laugh about for Christmases to come. Don’t forget your black-eyed peas. Bill Hearn will have them for sale at the New Year’s Day auction at the Laurel Fire Hall. Happy New Year!


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AUTOMOTIVE '92 FORD RANGER PU. $500 as is. 628-6953. 12/27 MAG WHEELS, Alum./center caps, 10x15, $275 OBO. Mag Wheels, steel slops fits Ford '97-99 PU, $250 OBO. John, 3377559. 12/20 '92 FORD FESTIVA, runs good, $250 OBO. John, 337-7559. 12/20 '75 TORINO, runs good, 52k mi., $4000 OBO. John, 337-7559. 12/20

PT RESIDENTIAL STAFF for families in Transition program. Sunday overnight (10pm-8am), Monday and Tuesday MidShift (4pm-10pm). Responsibilities include working with adult and children survivors of domestic violence in a shelter facility, answering a 24-hour domestic violence hotline, ensuring there is a safe and non-violent environment for residents of the shelter, providing support services to residents and children. Send cover letter and resume to People’s Place (FIT), 1129 Airport Rd., Milford, DE 19963 or fax to (302)422-8050.

COBRA MUSTANG RIMS, 17", $600 OBO. John, 3377559. 12/20 4 TIRES, Goodyear Eagle P225/60R16, Good tread, $25 ea. 628-0596. 12/13 '05 CHEV. 3500 Dually Silverado Crew Cab, Duramax Deisel 4x4. All options & SS dual exhaust, 5-stage power booster, 18K mi. w/ext. warranty. Estate sale, $29,900. 628-9352. DRUM SET & SNARE Drum, $200 firm. 337-0710. 12/6 DOUBLE STROLLER, $15. 337-0710. 12/6 GOULDS WATER PUMP & tank, $50; small refrig., $20. Christmas decorations, tools, several bikes, furniture, some antiques, 5' PU tool box, 2 desks, gas heater, above gr. pool. & more. 628-4768. 12/6 REECE CLASS 3 Receiver Hitch, fits many PU & SUV models, new, $85. 4 TIRES, 265-70R-16 for truck or SUV, $60 firm. 682-7111.

ANTIQUES/ COLLECTIBLES '71 LAUREL HIGH SR. Group photo, 8x14, exc. cond., $25. '71 LHS Year Book, exc. cod., no writing, $75. 682-7111. 11/22 ANT. OAK PUMP ORGAN, upright, $700 OBO. 6280741. 11/8

FOR SALE WASHER $120; DRYER $120. 628-1320. 11/29/tnc VANITY, SINK & COMMODE, 1.6 gpf, $75 OBO. 410-546-4335. 12/27 FIREWOOD, 5+ cords, $325., 410-546-4335. 12/27 275 GAL. TANK, filled w/ kerosene, $100. 410-5464335. 12/27 LADY'S INTEGRA black motorcycle jacket, sz. med., waterproof, back insert, renovable elbow & shoulder protectors. Reflective Triumph logo on back. Never worn. $218 retail, asking $135 firm. 302-678-3616 ext. 264, 9-5 pm. 12/20 SEARS PRO-FORM Exercise Cycle, $35. 846-2681. 12/20

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SNAPPER RIDING MOWER for sale, 28", 8 hp w/high vac deck & 2-bagger system. Good cond., $375 OBO. 841-3992. 12/6

FREEZER, Small, $150 OBO. Sm. Wood Cook Stove, $250 OBO. Call John, 337-7559. 12/20

TWO 3' GLASS SLIDING DOOR Sections & 32" Int. Door w/Jam, $35. 6296985. 12/6

SCRAPER BLADE for WD Allis Chalmers Tractor, $200 OBO. John, 3377559. 12/20

DRUM SET & SNARE Drum, $200 firm. 337-0710.

SEARS WASHER, $75, Color TV, $25. 629-6483. 12/13 BENCH PRESS w/Weights up to 250 lbs. Like new, $75. 337-7628. 12/13

MICKEY MOUSE Memorabilia, includes TV, DVD player, cookie jars, figurines, etc. for info call 6289856 after 5 pm, ask for Ruth Ann. 11/8

9' CHRISTMAS TREE, $50, oak & glass entertainment center, $50. 2 Miller Brand Furnaces, $25 ea. 6283982. 12/13

RICKY RUDD Memorabilia: jacket, die cast sz. 1/24 to 1/64, etc. For info call Ruth Ann, 628-9856 after 5 pm.

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OLD CAST IRON WOOD / COAL STOVE, great shape, $100. 846-9788. IRONING BOARD, Old wooden folding, $20. 8469788. 12/6

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FOR RENT FOR RENT Laurel-Delmar Area 1 BR with Full Bath, Kitchen Privileges, Washer/Dryer. $125 week + 1/2 Util. Call, leave message, 875-5846 or 875-2479

PROPERTY FOR SALE ON ROUTE 13, LAUREL, DELAWARE 107’ Frontage on Northbound Rt. 13 15.0 acres total, Zoned Commercial Improved with 7,500 sq. ft. office/ warehouse building $925,000.00 Also has been subdivided into three parcels 5.3 acres with building. . . . . . . . . . .$540,000 3.5 acres..............................$210,000 4.3 acres .............................$260,000

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The Woodbridge School District is seeking a qualified person to fill the position of Early Childhood Instructor. Qualifications: Successful candidate must be eligible to hold State of DE certification for Family and Consumer Sciences. Job Information: This is a teaching position at Woodbridge High School. This individual also assists in overseeing the Raider Child Care Program at the High School. Salary Range: $37,215. - $72,444./per year. Closing Date: January 15, 2008. APPLY TO: Heath B. Chasanov, Assistant Superintendent, Woodbridge School District 16359 Sussex Highway, Bridgeville, DE 19933 or The Woodbridge School District does not discriminate in the employment or educational programs, services, or activities, based on race, sex, or handicap in accordance with the State and Federal Laws. The District reserves the right to modify and/or delete any possible vacancy at its discretion for this position.

Site Coordinator Hickory Tree After-School & Summer Program State-funded, 80% time position open for After-School/Summer Program located at the Hickory Tree State Housing Development in Selbyville. Will serve as contact person with partners and outside resources, develop schedule and curriculum, organize special programs, recruit and train volunteers. Requires Associate’s Degree, Bachelor’s preferred, in Education, Child Development or Human Services and 18 months experience working with children in a group setting; ability to work flexible hours. Possess a valid driver’s license and have access to private, reliable means of transportation. Must meet all OCCL requirements. For a complete list of requirements and duties, please visit the UD Web Site at: To apply, send resume and names and addresses of three references to Susan R. DeFord, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, University of Delaware Cooperative Extension, 16483 County Seat Highway, Georgetown, DE 19947; or by email to, or by fax to (302)856-1845. Application deadline is January 14, 2008. The UNIVERSITY OF DELAWARE is an Equal Opportunity Employer which encourages applications from Minority Group Members and Women.





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• DEC. 27, 2007 - JAN. 2, 2008

LEGALS PUBLIC NOTICE Sussex County Council, in cooperation with Delaware State Housing Authority, will hold a public hearing so that all citizens can have an opportunity to participate in the development of an application to the State of Delaware Community Development Block Grant Program, for a grant under the provisions of the Community Development Act of 1977. The primary objective of the Community Development Program is the development of viable urban communities, including decent housing and a suitable living environment and expanding economic opportunities, principally for persons of low and moderate income. It is also a primary objective to alleviate physical and economic distress through the stimulation of private investment and community revitalization in areas of population out-migration or a stagnating or declining tax base. In accordance with the Section 106 Review Process established by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, as amended, comments are especially encouraged from interested agencies and individuals with respect to undertakings that may affect historic properties of significance to such agencies and individuals. The hearing will be held in the Council Chambers, Administrative Office Building, #2 The Circle, Georgetown, Delaware on Tuesday, January 15, 2008 at 7:00 p.m. A status report for FY-07 will also be included. For more information contact William Lecates, Director of Community Development & Housing at 855-7777. Note: If you have a vision, hearing or physical impairment that requires accommodation in the reading of this notice or DISCLAIMER: be aware that Morning Star Publications has no control over the Regional ads. Some employment ads and business opportunity ads may not be what they seem to be.

at the public hearing noted above. The Sussex County TDD number is 855-7700 between the hours 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. 12/27/1tc

PUBLIC NOTICE BE IT ORDAINED BY THE MAYOR AND COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF SEAFORD, an ordinance to amend the City of Seaford Municipal Code, Chapter 16 Exemptions by Taxation, Article 2 Reinvestment Incentive by deleting in Sec. 16-14 Requirements, the wording: *Work with a qualified financial institution or, if financing will not be done through a qualified financial institution, a qualified Delaware licensed appraisal must be obtained for current and future value of the property. (For a list of qualified appraisers, please contact Amy Walls at the City of Seaford.) A copy of the complete Reinvestment Incentive Ordinance may be obtained at the City of Seaford City Hall, 414 High Street, Seaford, Delaware or by calling the City Office at (302) 629-9173 and requesting a copy. Amended November 12, 2007. Dolores J. Slatcher City Manager 12/27/1tc

PUBLIC NOTICE BRIDGEVILLE BEGINS FLUORIDATION OF WATER The Town of Bridgeville will begin adding fluoride to its public water system by January 2, 2008, to comply with state law. Under Senate Bill 173, passed in 1998, municipal water supplies must fluoridate their water. For more than 40 years, the American Dental Association has endorsed fluoridation of community water supplies as safe and effective for preventing tooth decay. Fluoride is nature’s cavity fighter, occurring naturally in the earth’s crust, in combination with other minerals in rocks and soil.

Small amounts of fluoride occur naturally in all water sources, and varying amounts of the mineral are found in all foods and beverages. The optimal level for fluoride in drinking water is 1.0 parts per million. Bridgeville’s entire municipal water system of 1,100 hook ups will receive fluoridated water. The completed project, which began in June 2006, will cost $38,146.96. This was funded by a grant from Delaware’s 21st Century Fund. The Town of Bridgeville will monitor fluoride levels daily and report results to Delaware’s Division of Public Health’s Office of Drinking Water monthly. The Office of Drinking Water will collect and test monthly samples to check fluoride levels in Bridgeville. Other municipalities that have already implemented fluoridation included Seaford, Dover, Middletown, Delmar, New Castle, and Milton. Milford, Lewes, Selbyville, Smyrna, Newark, Laurel, Wilmington, Georgetown and the Dover Air Force Base and Base Housing have fluoridated their drinking water for many years, while Camden-Wyoming, Felton and Clayton have naturally occurring fluoride at optimal levels. Children who drink optimally fluoridated water on a regular basis do not need to take a fluoride dietary supplements. Parents of children who regularly drink Bridgeville’s water should discontinue fluoride supplements for their children as of January 2, 2008. Most bottled water does not contain fluoride. Some home water treatments, such as reverse osmosis units, will remove fluoride, so customers should consult the water treatment manufacturer to determine if their water treatment system is removing fluoride. If so, parents should consult their prescribing dentist or physician about whether additional fluoride supplements are necessary. For more information, contact Doug Jones, Bridgeville’s Water Superintendent, or Bonnie Walls,

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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING COUNTY BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT HEARING Little Creek Hundred Case No. 10037 In accordance with Chapter 115, of the Code of Sussex County, a hearing will be held on a request for a variance as provided by: Chapter 115, Article XV, Subsection 115-116, Item B of said ordinance of BILL GIBRIS who is seeking a variance from the sideyard setback requirement, to be located northwest of Road 502, northwest of railroad. The hearing will be held in the County Council Chambers, County Administrative Office Building, Georgetown, Delaware, on Monday evening, JANUARY 28, 2008, at 7:00 P.M. or as soon thereafter as may be heard. All interested parties should attend and present their views. If unable to attend the public hearing, written comments will be accepted but must be received prior to public hearing. For additional information, contact the Planning and Zoning Department at 302-855-7878. 12/27/1tc

LEGAL NOTICE ON JANUARY 14, 2008 at 11:00 a.m., Laurel Storage Center, Road 468, Laurel, Delaware will conduct a sale pursuant to Title 25, DEL. C. ANN. 4904-4905. The contents of the following Bin’s will be sold: Bin #17, Mary Mason; #135, Melissa Parish; #194, Yniece Chandler. BIDDERS: Call office on day of sale to confirm, (302) 875-5931. 12/13/2tc

NOTICE Tra-Lyn Enterprises, Inc., T/A Towne Package Store have on November 29, 2007 applied with the Alcoholic Beverage Control Commissioner seeking apSee LEGALS—page 37

MORNING STAR LEGALS - from Page 36 proval of a new 8,320 square foot package store that will replace the currently licensed store. Package store includes storage areas, restrooms, wine tasting area and a second floor mezzanine office. Premise is located at 204 Delaware Avenue, Laurel, De 19956. 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 the application the Commissioner must receive one or more documents containing a total of at least 10 signatures of residents or property owners located within one mile of the premises or in any incorporated areas located

within one mile of the premise. The protest must be filed with the Alcoholic Beverage Control Commissioner at the 3rd Floor, Carvel State Office Building, 820 North French Street, Wilmington, Delaware 19801. The protest(s) must be received by the Commissioner's office on or before January 4, 2008. 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 at (302) 577-5222. 12/13/3tc

NOTICE Estate of Woodrow W. Phillips, Deceased. Notice is hereby given

IM THE SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF DELAWARE IN AND FOR SUSSEX COUNTY IN RE: MORTGAGE OF MYRA G. ELZEY, Petitioner, V. UNKNOWN HEIRS OR ASSIGNS OF HAROLD H. ROBERTS, Respondent. C.A.No. 07M-11-011 RFS Dated: December 2, 1985 Mortgage Book 925, Page 42 NOTICE TO HAROLD H. ROBERTS OR THE UNKNOWN HEIRS OR ASSIGNS OF HAROLD H. ROBERTS AND ANY OTHER UNKNOWN CLAIMANTS HAVING AN INTEREST IN THE ABOVE-CAPTIONED MATTER PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the above-captioned case presently pending in the Superior Court, State of Delaware, in and for Sussex County, is an action brought by Myra G. Elzey to show cause, if any, why a mortgage granted by Myra G. Elzey to Harold H. Roberts, dated December 2, 1985 and recorded in Mortgage Book 925, Page 42 and encumbering Tax Parcel 3-32 2.00 81.01 shall not be marked satisfied on the record. The aforesaid Petitioner claims that said mortgage has been paid in full. PLEASE TAKE FURTHER NOTICE that, pursuant to said Order, the aforementioned person, his heirs and assigns, or other unknown owners and claimants in the above-entitled action are hereby notified that they must file a written response to the Petition by filing a response with the Superior Court, The Circle, Georgetown, Delaware and serving a copy of the same upon the Plaintiff’s attorney, the law firm of Procino Wells, LLC, 225 High Street, Seaford, Delaware 19973, on or before January 11, 2008, or in lieu of thereof, appear in the Superior Court, The Circle, Georgetown, Delaware on January 18, 2008 at 11:00 a.m. A copy of the Petition may be obtained at the Office of the Prothonotary, The Circle, Georgetown, Delaware. In the event that the persons to whom this notice is directed fail to file a written response, the Plaintiff’s Petition may be heard by the Court without further notice. Joyce M. Collins PROTHONOTARY Kendra Mills Per Deputy Shannon R. Owens, Esquire Procino Wells, LLC 225 High Street Seaford, DE 19973 (302)629-4140 Attorney for Petitioner

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that Letters of Testamentary upon the estate of Woodrow W. Phillips who departed this life on the 27th day of November A.D. 2007 late of Laurel, DE were duly granted unto Vance C. Phillips on the 13th day of December, A.D. 2007, 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 27th day of July, A.D. 2008 or abide by the law in this behalf. Executor: Vance C. Phillips 31479 Dogwood Lane, Laurel, DE 19956 Attorney: David W. Baker, Esq. P.O. Box 551 Georgetown, DE 19947 David L. Wilson Register of Wills 12/27/3tc

ceased are required to make payments to the said Administrator without delay, and all persons having demands against the deceased are required to exhibit and present the same duly probated to the said Administrator on or before the 13th day of June, A.D. 2008 or abide by the law in this behalf. Administrator: I. Melvin Cordrey 29053 Ponderosa Ave., Laurel, DE 19956 Attorney: Michele Procino-Wells, Esq. 225 High Street Seaford, DE 19973 David L. Wilson Register of Wills 12/20/3tc

NOTICE Estate of La Mar White Weatherly, Deceased. Notice is hereby given that Letters of Testamentary upon the estate of La Mar White Weatherly who departed this life on the 25th day of October A.D.

2007 late of Seaford, DE were duly granted unto Marilyn White on the 5th day of December, A.D. 2007, 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 25th day of June, A.D. 2008 or abide by the law in this behalf. Executrix: Marilyn White 8937 Riverside Dr., Seaford, DE 19973 Attorney: James A. Yori, Esq. Fuqua & Yori P.O. Box 250 Georgetown, DE 19947 David L. Wilson Register of Wills 12/20/3tc


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Estate of Carson M. Carroll, Deceased. Notice is hereby given that Letters of Testamentary upon the estate of Carson M. Carroll who departed this life on the 10th day of November A.D. 2007 late of Seaford, DE were duly granted unto Corrine Marie Dickerson on the 30th day of November, A.D. 2007, 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 10th day of July, A.D. 2008 or abide by the law in this behalf. Executrix: Corrine Marie Dickerson 402 N. Bradford St., Seaford, DE 19973 David L. Wilson Register of Wills 12/13/3tc

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NOTICE Estate of Marie P. McGee, Deceased. Notice is hereby given that Letters of Testamentary upon the estate of Marie P. McGee who departed this life on the 12th day of December A.D. 2007 late of Laurel, DE were duly granted unto Paul D. McGee, John E. McGee on the 17th day of December, A.D. 2007, 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 12th day of August, A.D. 2008 or abide by the law in this behalf. Co-Executors: Paul D. McGee 12445 Salt Barn Rd. Laurel, DE 19956 John E. McGee 12306 Salt Barn Rd. Laurel, DE 19956 David L. Wilson Register of Wills 12/27/3tc

NOTICE Estate of Richard Edward Cordrey, Deceased. Notice is hereby given that Letters of Administration upon the estate of Richard Edward Cordrey who departed this life on the 13th day of October A.D. 2007 late of Laurel, DE were duly granted unto I. Melvin Cordrey on the 7th day of December, A.D. 2007, and all persons indebted to the said de-

PUBLIC AUCTION Antiques, Longaberger, Pen Delphin Rabbits, Guns, Glassware, Estate Vehicles, Collectibles, Enclosed Trailer, Boat, & Personal Property. Location: Laurel Firehouse, 10th Street, Laurel, DE New Year’s Day, January 1st, 2008 Preview: Monday, New Year’s Eve, 1-4 PM 9:30 AM Outside - 10:00 AM Inside Mahogany

Secretary, 2 - 9pc Mahogany DR Suites, Mahogany DR Table w/4 Choir Back Chairs, Sq Oak China w/Glass Doors (Painted), 10 pc Oak DR Suite, Sq Oak Table w/6 Chairs, Oak Entertainment Center, Maple Dressers, Maple Dinette Set, Oak Glassfront China, Oak Dresser w/Mirror, Oak China, Oak Dresser, Leather Top End Tables, Oak Hall Tree, Clayton Marcus Couch, Postal Boxes, Pie Crust Table, Porcelain Top Table, Victrolia, QA Coffee Table, Bentwood Rockers, Bedroom Suites, Sofas, Loveseat, Recliners, Ladies Dropfront Desk, Mahogany Coffee and End Tables, 15 Gal Pickle Crock w/Lid, Sony TV, Computer Desk, Mattress & Box Springs, Bar Stools, Approx. 65 pcs Hall-Orange Poppy China, Over 250 Longaberger Baskets, Pottery and Accessories, New England Clock, Telechron Clock, Oil Lamps, Hull, Lg. Coke Sign, Watt Bowls, Agate, Griswold Waffle Iron, Lladro Figure, Metal Toys, Pocket Knives, Made in Japan, Pocket Watches, Local Advertising, Costume Jewelry, Man’s Emerald & Diamond Ring, Masonic Ring, Collection of Harbor Light Lighthouses, and Much More. Vehicles: 2000 Nissan Quest GXE Mini Van 59666 Miles, 1995 Olds Cutlass Ciera SL 74762 Miles, 1988 Chevrolet Pickup - 4x4 w/Cap - 106500 Miles. 2007 - 6x12 Enclosed Trailer, 18 ft Sunbird Boat w/ Trailer & Motor. Firearms: Arminius 22 Cal. Revolver, Undercover 38 Special Charter Arms Revolver, Ruger Security 6 - 357 Magnum Revolver, Ruger Old Arm 7083 Bicentennial Old Army Muzzleloader, Colt Mark IV Series 70 Gold Cup National Match 45 Semi Auto, Ruger Red Hawk 44 Mag. Revolver, Esrypanza Y Unceta 6.35 Cal. Semi Auto, Ranger Single Shot 22, Thompson Center 50 Cal., Muzzleloader, Mossberg 410 Pump, Remington Match Maker Mode 513-T US Property Army, Mossberg Slugster 12 ga. Pump, Ruger Model 77 Bolt Action 30-06 w/2x7 Redfield Scope, Marlin Model 70P 22 - Semi Auto, Winchester Model 100 Semi Auto - 308 w/ Redfield Scope. Terms of Sale: Cash or Approved Check Day of Sale. M/C - Visa - Discover Accepted. 10% Buyers Premium will be charged on all sales. Titles will be held on all vehicles unless paid for in Cash. All State and Federal Laws will apply to all Firearms purchases. All items sold “As Is”. Prompt removal please. This will be a huge sale with something for everyone. Please make plans to attend. Outside starts at 9:30 AM, Inside at 10:00 AM. Guns and Vehicles will be sold at approx. 12:00 Noon followed by furniture @ approx. 1:30 pm.

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NOTICE Estate of Madelyn E. Hastings, Deceased. Notice is hereby given that Letters of Testamentary upon the estate of Madelyn E. Hastings who departed this life on the 13th day of November A.D. 2007 late of Blades, DE were duly granted unto Robert H. Hastings, Karen H. McGroerty on the 30th day of November, A.D. 2007, 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 13th day of July,

A.D. 2008 or abide by the law in this behalf. Co-Executors: Robert H. Hastings 9000 Riverside Dr., Seaford, DE 19973 Karen H. McGroerty 110 N. Pine St., Seaford, DE 19973 Attorney: Michael F. McGroerty, Esq. 110 N. Pine St. Seaford, DE 19973 David L. Wilson Register of Wills 12/13/3tc

NOTICE Estate of Mar Elia B. Badger, Deceased. Notice is hereby given that Letters of Testamentary upon the estate of Mar Elia B. Badger who departed this life on the 15th day of November A.D. 2007 late of Delmar, DE were duly

granted unto Wayne R. Baker on the 29th day of November, A.D. 2007, 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 15th day of July, A.D. 2008 or abide by the law in this behalf. Executor: Wayne R. Baker 506 E. Jewell St., Delmar, DE 19940 Attorney: David W. Baker P.O. Box 551 Georgetown, DE 19947 David L. Wilson Register of Wills 12/13/3tc

Public Auction Saturday, Jan. 5th, 2008 at 10 a.m. Furniture, Glassware, JD Riding Mower, Longaberger Baskets and Misc. items. Location:: Laurell Firee House,, 10thh St.,, Laurel,, DE (for convenience of sale it’s being moved here) Oak dining room suite (round table, 4 chairs & hutch), 4 piece mahogany bedroom suite, day bed, antique oak rocker, marble top stand, brass bed, quilt rack, cedar chest, stands, 3 piece coffee table & 2 end stands, Lazy-boy swivel rocker-recliner, sofa, setting chairs, glide rocker, glide foot stool, round pedestal stand, upholstered rocker, pitcher & bowl stand w/mirror, bureaus, pitcher & bowl, jewelry cabinet, bed linens, lamps, figurines, angels of the month collection, kitchen utensils & supplies, coffee mugs, flower glasses, Euro-pro oven, Pyrek dishes, jug crocks, set of USA China, bells, collection of paper weights, pictures, blue hobnail pieces, and many other items to numerous to mention. Terms:: Cashh off Approvedd Checkss dayy off Sale Auctioneer, Not Responsible for Accidents.

Sam m Walterss III,, Auctioneer,, (302)) 284-4619. Selling for Anna Scott, Ron Scott, POA. Also o sellingg att thee samee location: JD LT 133 (5 yrs. old), 42” cut, 42” blade wheel weights w/front blade, 30 +/- Longaberger baskets, Longaberger pottery & accessories.

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On the Record Marriage Licenses Sussex County Clerk of the Peace George Parish joyfully announces the following couples have obtained marriage licenses: • Cody W. Hartzell, Bridgeville to Krystal Quinn DeHaven, Bridgeville • Mark A. Lleras, Seaford to Kari Kampe Sullivan, Seaford • Orrie Ottier Cannon, Seaford to Vanessa L. Adams, Seaford • Robert Ernest Raynor, Laurel to Nancy Carolyn Wilkerson, Laurel

Divorce The Family Court of Delaware signed these divorce decrees during November 2007: Nov. 2 • Patricia Phillips-Otero from Roy J. Perdow. • John M. Jones from Michele P. Jones. • Nadinie Sanders from Cleon A. Cannon. • Virginia Hendricks from Ronald Riccio. • Milagros D. Guzman from Magdiel E. Pascual. • Honey L. Sockriter from Robert Sockriter. Nov. 8 • Michelle Johnson from Abraham L. Waldridge. • Michael A. Collins from Nancy T. Collins. • Don W. Megee from Susannah Griffin. • Kenneth B. Fisher from Diane L. Fisher. • Laura L. Lutz from George Lutz. Nov. 9 • Natasha Greene from Roy L. Warner Jr. • Jessica Bozman from Patrick Bozman. Nov. 13 • Cynthia Hritz from Andrew Hritz. • Sandra L. Downing from Linwood W. Downing. • Jeannetta Dukes from Curtis L. Johnson. • Joseph C. Jasper from Patricia A. Jasper. • Iliana Santiago from Daniel Gonzalez. • Sharon Spirk from Joseph Bishop. • Phyllis M. Lewis from Samuel J. Lewis. • Michael R. Jahnigen from Debra L. Jahnigen. • Sonya H. James-Reeves from Leslie W. Reeves. Nov. 15 John A. Day from Teresa M. Day. Nov. 16 • Susan Pyle from Richard L. Pyle. Nov. 28 • Frederick Murray II from Terrian Hicks. • Maryanne D. Henry from Joseph N. Verdura. • Patricia Thomas from Bradley L. Kearse. • Warren L. Brooks from Carol S. Brooks. • Yolando E. Short from Bartholomew A. Hicks. • Robert C. Clark from Jessica R. Paszamant. • Evonette Gray from Anthony M. Gray. Jessica Jefferson from Jonathan Wenk. Nov. 29 • Robin Raineir from Jeffrey M. Rainier. • Annette Hallett from Norman L. Bailey. • Andrea C. Forte from Marc C. Frey. • Jennifer A Mack from Brian M. Mack. • Lisa C. Holleger from Matthew Holleger. • Stephen A. Lynch from Clara J. Lynch. • Timothy E. Palmer from Vanessa D.

Palmer. • Iryna Mialik from Roman Peshekhonov. • Priscilla A. Lord from Victor L. Ortiz. Nov. 30 • Mary Zinser from Ernest J. Zinser. • Keith J. Callaway from Joanne Callaway. • Terri Faison from Ronald W. Faison Jr. • William Wells from Amy M. Wells. • Tiffany L. Reed from Trevor W. Harmon. • Heather L. Collins from Justin T. Collins. • Adel D. Melson from Alfred V. Melson Jr. • Sharon Mulford from Hans Mulford. • Shannon D. Robertson from Benda L. Robertson. • Timothy D. Pumphrey from Nicole D. Robinson. • Juan Perez from Ruth A. Ramirez. • Sharon L. Hampton from Douglas W. Hampton • Sue E. Craig from John H. Willis. • Deborah Griffin from Kenneth H. Bennett Jr. • James M. Tingle from Virginia Tingle. • Gary R. Reese from Melody J. Reese. • Holly A. Downs from Steven Downs. • Christine Mulry from Marshall D. Owings. • Gracie Jones from David W. Philmore Jr. • Jaime P. Torres from Rafaela Martinez. • Frederick W. Kahler Jr. from Vicki A. Kahler. • Wanda Barner from Francis Barner. • Sarah L. Hawk from Nicholas O Hawk. • Suprenia T. Griffin from Lloyd Griffin.

Deeds 05/17/07, Dual Development Corporation to SDS Limited Liability Company, parcel, Northwest Fork Hundred, $660,000 05/17/07, Andrew R. and Marilyn B. Kerr to Justin M. and Amy Proctor, parcel, Town of Seaford, Seaford Hundred, $238,000 05/17/07, Eric D. Swanson, Sheriff of Sussex County to George R. Whaley, Trustee, undivided 50% interest and Eleanor Beatrice Whaley, Trustee, undivided 50% interest, Parcels A-C, Broad Creek Hundred, $105,000 05/17/07, Jardevtan Corporation to Dawn M. Bailey and Nicholas A. Alton, Lot No. 20, and Part of Lot No. 19, Section B, Tatman’s Addition to Greenwood, Town of Greenwood, subdivision, Northwest Fork Hundred, $198,271 05/17/07, Barry W. Ingram to Steven D. and Michelle A. Mayer, Lot No. 6, Lands of Minnard V. Hill, subdivision, Nanticoke Hundred, $148,000 05/17/07, Accessible Home Builders, Inc. to Elmer L. and Kimberly A. Purnell, Lot No. 152, Clearbrooke Estates, subdivision, Seaford Hundred, $305,000 05/17/07, Clinton Sr. and Frieda Yoder to Find C.C. Pedersen, Jr., parcel, Northwest Fork Hundred, $244,000 05/18/07, Joan C. Bradley to John A. and Dorothy J. Cranston, parcel, Town of Seaford, Seaford Hundred, $125,000 05/21/07, Larry E. Willey to James L. and Brenda L. Varner, parcel, Little Creek Hundred, $93,000 05/21/07, Kevin W. and Crystal H. Thawley to Douglas A. Lewis, Lot No. 44, Section IV, Westview, Town of Seaford,

MORNING STAR • DEC. 27 2007 - JAN. 2, 2008 subdivision, Seaford Hundred, $140,000 05/21/07, Charles A. and Joan C. Lusby to Owensby Associates, LLC, parcel, Seaford Hundred, $160,000 05/22/07, Michelle Adams Brace to Burton W. and Wanda R. Brock, Lot No. 21, Shiloh Acres II, subdivision, Broad Creek Hundred, $225,000 05/22/07, John W. and Nicole D. Scott to Erin C. Joseph, Lot B, Town of Laurel, Little Creek Hundred, $184,500 05/23/07, JBS Construction LLC to Edey Hernandez Gomez and Mario Aceves, Lot No. 6, Nanticoke Meadows, subdivision, Northwest Fork Hundred, $240,000 05/23/07, Suzanna L. Vass to Kelly S. and Rachael L. Carey, Lot No. 53, Rivers End, subdivision, Nanticoke Hundred, $449,900 05/23/07, 36 Builders, Inc. to Pamala A. Jones, Lot No. 5, Sunnyside Meadows, subdivision, Nanticoke Hundred, $275,000 05/23/07, Kelly S. Carey and Rachael L. Carey to Christopher R. and Julie H. Rementer, Lot No. 22, Branchview, subdivision, Seaford Hundred, $270,000

Building Permits George and Jeanie M. Allen, W/Rt. No. 13, 600’, S/Rt. No. 589A, Northwest Fork Hundred, Interior/Exterior Renovations, $50,000 Sussex County, SE/Rt. No. 319 and SE/East Market Street, Georgetown Hundred, Aircraft School Building, $3,000,000 11/26/07, Albert H. and Margie d. Massey, S/Highway from Laurel to Georgetown, 2 Lots, Broad Creek Hundred, Bedroom, $15,400 Joel and Vidalia Cac, W/Rd. No. 42, Lot No. 1, Nanticoke Hundred, Det. Garage, $11,700 11/27/07, Wayne M. and Carol Hutchinson, S/SD/Rt. No. 592, 600’, SE/Rt. No. 42, Nanticoke Hundred, Modular, $92,150 Bast LLC, N/Seventh Street, 77/75’, E/West Street, Little Creek Hundred, Dwelling, $54,200 Jonlyn of Seaford LLC, Westview Ext., Lot No. 28, Seaford Hundred, Repair Kitchen/Bathroom, $15,000 Jo Anne and Philip Carr, N/Rt. No. 46, 1870’, E/Rt. No. 516, Nanticoke Hundred, Dwelling w/Additions, $98,610 04/30/07, Joseph R. Jr. and Lisa Ann Dent to Henry J. III and Martha L. Malinski, Lot No. 9, Fannin Acres, subdivision, Northwest Fork Hundred, $197,900 04/30/07, DLM, LLC to Alpesh and Rajal Patel, Lot No. 3, The Pines of Seaford, subdivision, Nanticoke Hundred, $662,072 05/03/07, Eric D. Swanson to John L. III and Anna M. Short, parcel, Broad Creek Hundred, $116,000 05/04/07, Main Sail Investments LLC to David J. and Lois G. Hochanadel, Unit No. 406, The Townes at Laurel Court, Town of Laurel, condos, Little Creek Hundred, $126,000 05/10/07, Wheatley Ventures, Inc. to Antimo Carannante, Lot No. 25, Clearbrooke Estates, subdivision, Seaford Hundred, $240,800 05/11/07, Dewey Street, L.L.C. to Christopher A. Steele and Angelica L. Getz, Unit No. 605, The Townes at Laurel Court, Phase 2A, Town of Laurel, condos, Little Creek Hundred, $154,000 05/14/07, Richard W. and Karen A.


Draper to Z3, LLC, parcel, Town of Greenwood, Northwest Fork Hundred, $98,200 05/14/07, Timothy W. and Heather A. Folks to Jose Francisco Mejia Colin, Lot No. 5, Phase II, The Cove, Town of Greenwood, subdivision, Northwest Fork Hundred, $190,000 05/15/07, Joe B. Jr. and Deborah G. Pyles to Ernest H. Hosse, III, parcel, Nanticoke Hundred, $94,000 05/15/07, Gerald E. and Susanne M. Williams to Dove Road, LLC, Lot No. 4, JBS Construction, LLC, subdivision, Northwest Fork Hundred, $60,000 05/15/07, Gerald E. and Susanne M. Williams to Donald L. Ward, Trustee, Lot Nos. 2-3, JBS Construction, LLC, subdivision, Northwest Fork Hundred, $180,000 05/15/07, Gerald E. and Susanne M. Williams to Sussex Ventures, Inc., Lot No. 1, JBS Construction, LLC, subdivision, Northwest Fork Hundred, $60,000 05/15/07, Sheila Cox to Kshawn J. and Krishawna O. Cox, Lot No. 2, Lands for Sheila Cox, subdivision, Northwest Fork Hundred, $10,000 05/15/07, Joe B. Jr. and Deborah G. Pyles to F. Nelsa Hosse, Lot No. 1, parcel, Nanticoke Hundred, $94,000 11/28/07, Greenwood Country Retirement, Inc., W/Rt. No. 16, 2650’, N/Rt. No. 587, Northwest Fork Hundred, Dwelling w/Additions, $109,306 Country Rest Home, Inc., S/Rt. No. 16, E/Rt. No. 585, Northwest Fork Hundred, Dwelling w/Additions, $123,228 Steven and Anita Parsons, L T. Estella White, Lot Nos. 7 and 9, Little Creek Hundred, Pole Barn, $15,600 Robert E. and Patricia Delgado, S/Rd. No. 77, Parcel A, Seaford Hundred, Computer Room/Living Room, $36,864 Rajun Cajun Homes LLC, E/50’ Access, right-of-way, Lot No. 1, Broad Creek Hundred, Dwelling w/Additions, $97,797 11/29/07, John E. Beers, NE/Rd. No. 72, 1 mile SE/Rd. No.463, Little Creek Hundred, Modular, $78,620 Robert e. Jr. and Jacqueline Vogle, Heritage Shores, Lot No. 215, Northwest Fork Hundred, patio, $20,000 11/30/07, Jason T. and Bethany M. Copeland, Manchester Manor, Lot No. 23, Broad Creek Hundred, Dwelling w/Additions, $84,842 Cale A. and Kimberly Johnson, W/Rd. No. 501, Lot No. 2, Little Creek Hundred, Dwelling w/Additions, $255,901 12/03/07, Sylvia L. and Richard M. Short, E/Rt. No. 13A, Northwest Fork Hundred, Kitchen/Laundry/Foyer, $76,155 Passwaters Farm LLC, Heritage Shores, Lot No. 331, Northwest Fork Hundred, Dwelling w/Additions, $174,227 Passwaters Farm LLC, Heritage Shores, Lot No. 325, Northwest Fork Hundred, Dwelling w/Additions, $134,490 Passwaters Farm LLC, Heritage Shores, Lot No. 330, Northwest Fork Hundred, Dwelling w/Additions, $134,490 Seaford Commons LLC, W/Rt. No. 13, Seaford Hundred, Tenant Fit Out, $100,000 R and B Investments, Ross Meadows, Lot No. 4, Little Creek Hundred, Dwelling w/Additions, $68,120 12/04/07, Larry R. and Laurie Ann Robison, S/Rt. No. 78, 1305’, SE/Rt. No. 80, Seaford Hundred, Siding/Roofing, $20,000 Benjamin and Sara Ashley Nutting, Malihorn Crest II, Lot No. 28, Seaford Hundred, Dwelling w/Additions, $185,998

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figured we’d be able to find a snack in between. Indeed we did find a snack; two cups of hot chocolate, partially filled, one roast beef sandwich, which we split, and one gingerbread cookie. Our snack came to a total of $16. Welcome aboard, Mr. Tourist from Delaware. Now I know how out of state visitors feel when they hit the beaches. Your dinner is prepaid via your credit card when you confirm your registration and ranges from $55 per person to around $70. We lucked out if you think the $55 price is a bargain. But it includes the tip and a menu fit for a king. The meal is all you can eat, served family style. One would need three hours to finish what was put on our table. The menu consisted of potato and field corn chowder; bountiful fresh garden stuffs with buttermilk dressing; ale-potted beef with root vegetables and mashed potatoes served on a platter like a stew; crispy fried chicken; and Indian corn pudding served on a plate with slow-baked honey mustard glazed country ham with stewed winter fruits, savory green beans, and baked macaroni. All was delicious and very tasteful. By the time the last portion came out my bride was feeling under the weather, so I managed to eat most of that including the Colonial Sour Cherry Trifle. Coffee, beverage, or a pitcher of beer was also provided - again, all you could handle. After spending almost a full day in the area it was good to get back to our unit and hit the sack. Estimated crowds are around 30,000 for the weekend event, which begins with a parade on Saturday along with breakfast with Santa and other touring and musical events. You can hear languages from outside the U.S. and different accents from the various regions in this country. With the devalued dollar in this country, foreigners are finding it cheaper to tour here than for Americans to go overseas. During our recent stay in Myrtle Beach, we encountered many Canadians who bragged about their dollar being worth more than ours for the first time. I understand Williamsburg is number three in tourist attractions in this country. I spoke with people from Massachusetts, Ohio and Louisiana, all of which said they hated to return home. Many would stay another day but we opted to leave on Monday morning for there were

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cookies to bake and decorations to make. And no matter how great the trip, it’s always good to get back home. For information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-History.

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Laurel Star Sports Laurel wrestlers record six pins in 45-30 win over Sussex Tech By Mike McClure The Laurel varsity wrestling team picked up a big win over the home standing Sussex Tech Ravens last Wednesday, thanks to a pair of pins in the final two matches which sealed the Bulldogs’ 45-30 victory. Laurel, which held a narrow 3330 lead prior to the 112 and 119 pound matches, had a total of six pins in the match. Zach Whaley (125) and Aaron Givens (135) each had narrow wins for the Bulldogs while Sussex Tech’s Wendell Cannon (130) had a pin in the second period, making the score 6-6 through the first three matches. Whaley picked up a 7-5 win while Givens defeated Kyle Kunzler,

9-7, with an escape in the final 10 seconds of a back and forth match. Laurel’s Chris Cutsail (140) and Sussex Tech’s Ryelan Pavlik (145) each had a pin to keep the score tied (12-12). Cutsail’s pin came with just 23 seconds left in the third period and Pavlik’s pin took place less than a minute into the match. The Bulldogs set the tone in the next three matches as Lineker Valladares (152) pinned his opponent at the buzzer in the first period, Josh Kosiorowski (160) won by fall with 34 seconds left in the opening period, and David Bartee (171) held off Rob Wilgus, 10-8, for a 27-12 Laurel lead. Continued on page 43

Laurel’s Tomorrow Briddell, left, and Tykia Briddell trap Woodbridge’s Demashia Holmes during last Wednesday’s girls’ basketball game in Bridgeville. The Bulldogs used its full court press to force the Raiders to turn the ball over in the contest. Photo by Mike McClure

Laurel’s press proves to be too much in 54-26 win over Woodbridge By Mike McClure The Laurel High girls’ basketball team used its full court press to pull away from Woodbridge with a 24-8 advantage in the second quarter of last Wednesday’s game. The Bulldogs moved to 3-1 in the Henlopen Conference and 4-1 overall with the 54-26 victory in Bridgeville. Laurel held a 9-5 lead late in the first quarter thanks to four points by Tomorrow Briddell and three point from Sharay Smith. Woodbridge’s Jenna Schrock took a pass from Taylor West and scored the final basket of the quarter to make it 9-7. Tomorrow Briddell opened the second

quarter with four points and an assist before Schrock netted a pair of field goals to cut the Laurel lead to two points (1614), leading to a Bulldog time-out with 4:11 left in the first half. Laurel responded with an 11-0 run as Brooke Evans scored five points and Tykia Briddell added four points. The Bulldogs, led by eight points by Evans and Tomorrow Briddell, seven points from Tykia Briddell, and Twila McCrea’s six points, took a 33-15 lead into half-time. Schrock (nine) and Je’Neil Fortt (six) accounted for all of the Raider’s points in the opening half.

Laurel’s Marco Hernandez looks for the pin during his 112 pound match last week. Hernandez got the pin, sealing a win for the Bulldogs. Photo by David Elliott

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Laurel’s Sharay Smith, left, and Woodbridge’s Ayonna Maddox battle for position on a free throw attempt last Wednesday in Bridgeville. Photo by Mike McClure

Laurel’s Josh Kosiorowski had one of three straight Bulldog wins during last week’s match in Georgetown. Kosiorowski had a pin in the 160 pound match to help his team to a 45-30 victory. Photo by David Elliott


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RAVENS AND BULLDOGS- Sussex Tech’s Alex Thomas looks to pin Laurel’s John Whitby during the 189 pound match last Wednesday at Tech. Thomas eventually got the pin, one of four by the Ravens in their home loss. Photo by David Elliott BLUE JAYSChelsey Procino swims the breaststroke in her lap of the 200 IM. Procino finished fourth with a time of 2:51.20. Photo by Gene Bleile

PULLING UP FOR THE JUMPER- Woodbridge’s Vashad Whidbee pulls up for the jumper as Laurel’s Cody Bristow defends during last week’s game in Laurel. Whidbee had 20 points to help his team remain undefeated. Laurel entered the home contest 3-0 in the conference and 4-1 overall. Photo by Daniel Richardson

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Laurel Stars of the Week

Laurel’s Zach Whaley looks for position during his match against Sussex Tech’s Jason Pharo last Wednesday in Georgetown. Whaley opened the match with a 7-5 win in the 125 pound weight class. Photo by David Elliott

Laurel-Tech wrestling continued Two of the Ravens’ three strongest wrestlers took to the mats in the 189 pound and heavyweight matches, looking to bring their team back. Alex Thomas (189) had a pin late in the first period, but Laurel’s Tony Rubino (215) came right back with a pin 39 seconds into his match to make it 33-18. Sussex Tech’s Jamar Beckett (285)

trailed Laurel’s Jerry Henry, 5-2, before securing the pin with just four seconds left in the first. A Laurel forfeit at 103 pounds made the score 33-30 with two matches remaining. Laurel’s Marco Hernandez (112) sealed the Bulldogs’ win with a pin with 13 seconds left in the first period. Tyler Givans (119) ended the match with a pin at 3:55 for the 45-30 Bulldog win.

Male Athlete of the WeekLineker Valladares- Laurel Laurel’s Lineker Valladares picked up a key win in the 152 pound weight class to help spark his team’s win over Sussex Tech last Wednesday. Valladares’ win gave the Bulldogs an 18-12 advantage and started a three match win streak for Laurel.

Female Athlete of the WeekShannon Wilson- Delmar Delmar’s Shannon Wilson continued to pace the Wildcat offense with 16 points in last Tuesday’s loss to Seaford. Wilson, along with senior Katie McMahon, has been one of the Wildcats’ top two scorers in each of their games.

Honorable mention- Kevin Ricketts- Delmar; Carey Shelton- Laurel; Deshaun Griffin- Laurel; Chris Cutsail- Laurel; Josh Kosiorowski- Laurel; Tony Rubino- Laurel; Marco Hernandez- Laurel; Tyler Givans- Laurel ; Jacob Mitchell- Sussex Tech; Jeffone Hill- Sussex Tech; Wendell Cannon- Sussex Tech; Alex Thomas- Sussex Tech; Jamar Beckett- Sussex Tech; Ryelan Pavlik- Sussex Tech; Katie McMahonDelmar; Tomorrow Briddell- Laurel; Brooke Evans- Laurel; Twila McCrea- Laurel


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Laurel’s Tony Rubino provided the Bulldogs with a spark as he recorded a pin in under a minute of his 215 pound match last Wednesday at Sussex Tech. Photo by David Elliott

Registration open for Junior Girls’ Volleyball League Wicomico County’s Department of Recreation and Parks will hold a Junior Girls’ Volleyball League in January. The instructional program is open to all girls in grades three through eight and divided into two divisions by age. Both Division I and II will run from January 8 to February 26. Division I is open to all seventh and eighth grade students as well as fifth and sixth grade girls with one year of junior volleyball experience. Division I play will take place on Tuesdays from 6-7 p.m. at Bennett Middle School. Division II is open to all third and fourth grade girls as well as fifth and sixth grade girls new to the sport. Division II will play from 5 to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays at Bennett Middle School. The cost to play for either division is $40 for Wicomico County residents and $45 for non-residents. To register visit the Wicomico Civic Center box office, open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. or sign up online at For more information please contact Kelly O’Brien at 410-548-4900 ext. 108.

See page 48 for scores and photos from Friday’s games.

Laurel’s David Bartee looks to escape the grasp of Sussex Tech’s Rob Wilgus during the 171 pound match last week. Bartee went on to win, 10-8, to help increase the Bulldogs’ lead to 27-12. Photo by David Elliott


MORNING STAR • DEC. 27, 2007 - JAN. 2, 2008

WILDCATS AND BLUE JAYS- Above, Delmar’s Ravon Collins passes the ball after making a steal as Seaford’s Mavenson Saincy defends during last Tuesday’s boys’ basketball game. Below, Delmar’s Jermel Jones brings the ball up the floor against Seaford’s Mavenson Saincy during last week’s game in Delmar. The Blue Jays won the contest, 7437. Photos by Mike McClure

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MORNING STAR • DEC. 27, 2007 - JAN. 2, 2008

Lady Wildcats fall to Seaford, 63-47, in close contest By Gene Bleile Seaford High and Delmar played a tough first half, with both teams using full court pressure to try and rattle the opposing guards and commit turnovers, in last Tuesday’s game. The Jays jumped out to a quick 9-5 lead on a three point shot by Ambre’ Burbage, but the Wildcats’ Shannon Wilson tied the score at 9-9 with a two point bucket at the three minute mark. Wilson hit another bucket a minute later to give Delmar its second slim lead of the quarter at 15-13, but Alyssa Casey hit for two and De’Andria Farlow hit four unanswered points to close the quarter with the Jays ahead 19-15. The second quarter saw more full court pressure from both teams and it looked like Seaford’s 28-21 lead at the four minute mark might be the beginning of a long run to close the door early on Delmar. But the Wildcats rallied and when Katie McMahon hit a three point basket with 20 seconds remaining in the half, Seaford’s lead was cut to 3432 at the break. In the third quarter, the momentum slowly began to swing toward the Jays as they beat the press and surged ahead to 43-34 on a jump shot by Anitra Hughes at the two minute mark. McMahon and Wilson tried to bring the Wildcats back one more time with a two point jumper and a three pointer, respectively, before the buzzer, but Seaford held the lead at 44-39. The fourth quarter was all Jays as the press continued to rattle Delmar. Seaford outscored the Wildcats 17-8, but even with a three pointer by Kelsey Lambrose late in the quarter, Delmar fell short 63-47. Katie McMahon and Shannon Wilson led the Wildcats with 16 points each in the game and teammate Alison Bloodsworth added four points. For the Jays, Ambre’ Burbage led all scorers with 19 points, followed by De’Andria Farlow with 17, Anitra Hughes with 11, Samantha Savage with eight points and Alyssa Casey with four points.


Delmar Sports Scene By Tommy Young The Delmar High School athletic programs will really be hit hard by graduation this year just as it was in 2002 when we lost many outstanding athletes from several championship teams, and it took a couple of years to recover from that loss and get back to the dominating teams we had put on the field in 2000, 2001, and 2002. All of the Delmar coaches and their staffs know they will have their hands full rebuilding these teams the next couple of years because you just cannot lose the athletes I am going to list below, especially in a small school, and replace them immediately. Here are the graduating seniors from each, and I will list them by the sport they played: Football- Matt Campbell, Kerry King, Justin Thomas, Taylor Ballard, Jeremy Layton, Craig Thompson, Fernandes Batson, Billy Cropper, and Joe Pete, all two way players; then there were the following who played in every game-Tyrone Greene, James Russ, Wayne Jones, Sean Stehl, Kevin Robles, Kevin Wege, and David Smith; Field Hockey-Katie McMahon, Hali Ramey, Alison Bloodworth, Maribeth Beach, Haley Keenan, Megan Wilkinson, Emily Lietzen, and Brooke Hearn; SoccerJamie Lees, Andrew Spindler, Juan Vega, Don Mathis, Jared Rittenhouse; Volleyball-Mindy Quillen (They won a match this year and with all those girls coming back, they should improve greatly.); Cheerleading-Marley MacDonald, Courtney Wheatley, Kylene Shupe, and Ashley Roberts (Yes, this is the same young lady who is on the wrestling team and doing quite well.). The coaches and their assistants did a good job with all of their teams as they won two conference championships and three of the teams made the State play-

offs. The other team is relatively new to the sport, and while they have not won many matches, they seem to be improving, and that’s the way to become a winner; hang in there and get a little better every year. ASSISTS AND ERRORS- The Delaware All State football team and for the second year, even though they won their conference going 10-0, they could only place one player on the All-State team, and that was Justin Thomas. Nobody placed on the second team, but they did place four on the third team. They were Tevin Jackson (running back), Craig Thompson (guard), Kerry King (end), and Billy Cropper (tackle). The other two 10-0 teams, Caravel and Hodgson, took over the team on offense and defense to no downstate surprise. However, the Wildcats did do much better on the All-Henlopen Conference football team as the following players made the first team: Justin Thomas (fullback), Tevin Jackson (running back), Billy Cropper (tackle), Joe Pete (tight end), Matt Campbell (linebacker), Justin Thomas (linebacker), Seth Benson (kicker), and Coach of the Year David Hearn. The second team was Matt Campbell (quarterback), Taylor Ballard (running back), Jeremy Layton (running back), David Bradshaw (defensive end), and Kevin Forse (defensive back). Because of the holidays, all the columns have to be in early, and as there will not be much going on for my column the last one for the year will come out about what was happening 50 years ago in Delmar over the holidays from the Delmar Bi-State Weekly via one of my old columns. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Woodbridge pulls away from Laurel in the second half

The Lady Jays’ De’Andria Farlow goes up for a jump shot against Delmar’s Katie McMahon, left, and Amanda Fields. Photo by Gene Bleile L a u r e l ’ s Brooke Evans goes to the basket after making a steal during the Bulldogs’ road win over Woodbridge last week. Evans scored 13 points to help lead Laurel to its third conference win. Photo by Mike McClure

By Jesse Piquette Laurel High School’s gymnasium was packed for their game against Woodbridge on Wednesday, Dec 19. Laurel was 3-0 in the Henlopen South and 4-1 overall going into the game and hoping for an upset against the very talented Raiders. The Raiders came into the game undefeated and had no problem dismantling the Laurel defense in the 94-66 win. Woodbridge plays a fast pace tempo of basketball and never slows down on the break. They saw a 27-20 Woodbridge lead in the second quarter and the score was 4635 by half-time. Marcus Nock dunked over several Laurel players late in the second quarter to give the Raiders momentum and they never looked back. Woodbridge outscored Laurel, 21-18, in the the third quarter and 27-13 in the fourth for the 94-66 victory. High scorers for Woodbridge were K’yan Andrews with 21 points, Vashad Whidbee dropped 20 points, and Marcus Nock had 18. Carey Shelton put in 20 points for the Bulldogs and Dashaun Griffin had 18 and played excellent defense in the loss. Laurel girls’ basketball continued Six different Laurel players scored in the third quarter, in which the Bulldogs extended their lead to 47-18. Woodbridge held an 8-7 edge in the final quarter but fell, 54-26 Tomorrow Briddell led all scorers with

14 points and also had nine steals and five assists. Evans netted 13 points, Tykia Briddell contributed nine points, and McCrea added eight points and six rebounds for Laurel. Schrock paced Woodbridge with 11 points and five steals and Fortt had six points and 13 rebounds.

Laurel Youth Sports Basketball League needs coaches The Laurel Youth Sports Basketball League is looking for coaches for the 2008 season. Call Jeff or Marie Gordy at 875-7298 with any questions.

Laurel Little League election will take place January 3 The Laurel Little League will hold its annual election on January 3 at 6 p.m. at the Laurel Little League complex.


MORNING STAR • DEC. 27, 2007 - JAN. 2, 2008

Sussex Tech’s Wendell Cannon goes for the pin during last Wednesday’s 130 pound match. Cannon pinned Laurel’s L.J. Watts for the first of four Raven pins. Photo by David Elliott

Sussex Tech’s Jamar Beckett, left, and Laurel’s Jerry Henry are locked up during their 285 pound match last week. Henry took the early lead, but Beckett picked up a pin at the end of the first period. Photo by David Elliott

Sussex Tech’s Ryelan Pavlik looks for the pin against Laurel’s Shaughn Rubino. Pavlik would eventually get the pin in last Wednesday’s 145 pound pound match, but Laurel picked up a 45-30 road win. Photo by David Elliott Laurel’s Tomorrow Briddell, left, and Twila McCrea and Woodbridge’s Jere’ Hutson go after the ball as the Bulldogs’ Tykia Briddell, right, looks on during last Wednesday’s game in Bridgeville. Photo by Mike McClure

Seaford/Laurel Star varsity sports schedules Dec. 27- Jan. 2 Thursday, Dec. 27- boys’ basketball- Salisbury Lions Club Championship consolation game, noon; Bay Ball Classic- Woodbridge vs. Putnam City (Okla.), 7:30 p.m.; Salisbury Lions Club Championship championship game, 9 p.m.; Seaford at Quaker Classic, TBA Friday, Dec. 28- boys’ basketball- Mason-Dixon Cup- Delmar vs. Mardela, noon; Bay Ball Classic- TBA; Seaford at Quaker Classic, TBA; girls’ basketball- Woodbridge at Lake Forest Christmas tournament, 7:30 p.m.; wrestling- Sussex Tech at AI Dupont Tiger Classic, TBA Saturday, Dec. 29- boys’ basketball- Mason-Dixon Cup consolation game, noon; Mason-Dixon Cup championship game, 9 p.m.; Bay Ball Classic- TBA; girls’ basketball- Woodbridge at Lake Forest Christmas tournament- TBA; wrestling- Sussex Tech at Tiger Classic, TBA Sunday, Dec. 30- boys’ basketball- Bay Ball Classic- TBA

Seaford/Laurel Star sports section has a new e-mail address Got sports? Send your sports scores, photos, and press releases to the Star’s new sports e-mail address: You can also fax info to 302629-9243. Call sports editor Mike McClure at 302-6299788 with any questions.

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Lady Ravens’ rally falls short in 55-50 loss to Caravel The Sussex Tech varsity girls’ basketball team rallied from a 33-18 half-time deficit before falling to Caravel, 55-50, last Thursday. The Ravens outscored the Bucs, 15-6 in the third quarter to make the score 39-33. Sussex Tech held a 17-16 edge in the final quarter but it was not enough. Brittany Griffin netted a game-high 24 points and Leigh Powell had 15 points for the Lady Ravens.

Delaware Storm 12U select baseball team to hold tryouts The Delaware Storm 12U select baseball teams will be holding personal tryouts. The team will be playing in as least seven spring tournament including at Cooperstown. To schedule a personal tryout call Gary Smith (302-841-2225), Steve Hearn (302-629-3889), or Ford Verdery (302-628-9187).

Check out next week’s Star for the sports year in review.

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Seaford Department of Recreation to hold winter registration Jr. Jordan Clinic- boys and girls in K-third grade- The cost is $5 and is every Saturday in January at Frederick Douglass. Players must register by Dec 29. 6 and 7 year old- boys and girls basketball- The cost is $20 and includes a shirt. Play begins in February.

Delmar’s Katie McMahon dribbles up court in the first period against the Lady Jays’ Ambre’ Burbage. McMahon had 16 points for the Wildcats, while Burbage had 19 points for the Jays’ in the Henlopen South win. Photo by Gene Bleile

Laurel Pop Warner participants eligible for Carl Walls Award All Laurel Pop Warner participants (cheer and football) with a 93 percent or higher grade point average for the first marking period of the 2007 school year are eligible for the Carl Walls Award. If you believe your child may be eligible, contact Sandy Cutsail at 875-5331 or

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Seaford boys’ head coach Jackie Morris, left, and girls’ head coach Alison Venables watch the Blue Jays in action last week against Kent Island in a home meet. The boys’ team won, 117-52, and the girls’ team also won, 92-78. Photo by Gene Bleile

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Head coach- Charles Gibbs Years coaching- 10 returning athletes- boys- Seniors Dustin Graves (middle distance), Reuss Idler (jumps), Derek Nennstiehl (sprints, relays), Robert Pinchak (shot, relays), Nate Rathbone (middle distance), Spencer Williams (shot); sophomores Will Passwaters (1600), Micah Idler (middle distance), Jimmy Matos (sprints girls- Senior Sarah Judy (middle distance, relays); juniors Heather Solomon (sprints, hurdles, jumps), Grace Reardon (distance, relays), Lindsay Cook (shot), Liz Walk (sprints); sophomore Tiarrah Hinton (sprints, hurdles) newcomers- boys- juniors Levi Jacobson (distance) and Matt Rosado (sprints); freshmen Jordan Vasquez (middle distance) and Ales Matos (middle distance) girls- junior Liz Passwaters; sophomore Angie Fitze (jumps); freshmen Kelsey Johnson (middle distance, sprints), Kate Mullett (shot), Emily Passwaters (shot), Crystal Ruiz (sprints) team strengths- seniors with experience, relay experience key losses- Daniel Daisey, Aaron Morris, Tyrone Brown, Erika Knox, Sarah Swain, Morgan Willey outlook for season- very competitive

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MORNING STAR • DEC. 27, 2007 - JAN. 2, 2008

Laurel/Seaford Star sports predictions: week 17 NFL- Buffalo at Philadelphia- Philadelphia 24-13- This will be the last time McNabb starts as an Eagle. Pittsburgh at Baltimore- Baltimore 14-3- Pittsburgh will be benching their starters. Dallas at Washington- Washington 28-10 High school winter sports- boys’ basketball- Sussex Tech vs. Wicomico (Lions Club tourney)- Sussex Tech 76-59 Delmar vs. Mardela (Lions Club tourney)- Mardela 72-60 College football- Emerald Bowl- Maryland vs. Oregon StateMaryland 42-33 Jesse Piquette 3-4 Valero Alamo Bowl- Penn State vs. Texas A & M- Penn State last week, 80-54-1 overall 37-33 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl- West Virginia 35, Oklahoma 33- West Virginia 35-33 NFL- Buffalo at Philadelphia- Philadelphia 21-20 Pittsburgh at Baltimore- Baltimore 20-14 Dallas at Washington- Dallas 28-21- The Cowboys’ starters probably won’t play so this one will be pretty even. High school winter sports- boys’ basketball- Sussex Tech vs. Wicomico (Lions Club tourney)- Sussex Tech 80-75 Delmar vs. Mardela (Lions Club tourney)- Mardela 60-50 College football- Emerald Bowl- Maryland vs. Oregon StateMaryland 24-20 Valero Alamo Bowl- Penn State vs. Texas A & M- Penn State Mike McClure 3-4 28-21 last week, 89-45-1 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl- West Virginia vs. Oklahoma - West Vir- overall ginia 42-28- The Mountaineers, who lost their head coach and a shot at a national title, will be fired up for this one.

The Jays’ Julius Mullen (11) goes up for two points in heavy defensive traffic in the first quarter against Milford last Friday night. Mullen had eight points in the Blue Jays’ win 72-69. Photo by Gene Bleile

Seaford/Laurel Star Friday high school scoreboard Boys’ basketball- Seaford 72, Milford 69- Down 11 points at the half, the Blue Jays rallied to score 41 points in the second half for the win. Josh Owens scored 20 points, Vincent Glover added 14, and Mavenson Saincy had 11 points in the win. Julius Mullen scored eight points and Tyree Davis and Daniel Dorvilier tallied six points each for Seaford. Woodbridge 81, Delmar 33- Vashad Whidbee tallied 25 points and K’yan Andrews scored 19 points for the Raiders. Kevin Ricketts netted 16 points and Fernandez Batson had 13 for the Wildcats. Indian River 63, Laurel 58- Indian River used a 23-14 fourth quarter advantage to pull out the win. Jernell Ross scored a game-high 27 points, David Albert scored 14 points, and Lance Kelley added 10 points in the loss. Girls’ basketball- Delmar 49, Woodbridge 35- Delmar outscored Woodbridge, 31-21, in the second half for the win. Katie McMahon scored 17 points, Shannon Wilson had 16 points, and Melanie Twilley added 10 for Delmar. Jenna Schrock paced WoodSeaford’s Ambre’ Burbage led the Lady bridge with 12 points. Jays over the Lady Bucs last Friday Laurel 47, Indian River 34- Laurel held night at Milford, scoring 18 points in the a 25-15 lead at the half and didn’t look back. 53-41 victory. Seaford is now 4-0 in conference play. Photo by Gene Bleile Tomorrow Briddell had 15 points, Sharay Smith scored 11 points, and Tykia Briddell added nine points for the Bulldogs. Seaford 53, Milford 41- De’Andria Farlow led Seaford with 18 points, Ambre’ Burbage had 14 points, and Anitra Hughes added 11 in the win. Boys’ swimming- Seaford 112, Sussex Central 55- Spencer Noel broke the team breaststroke record again with a time of 1:07.78. Girls’ swimming- Seaford 126, Sussex Central 44- The Lady Jays took first place in all 11 events in a team effort.

See next week’s Star for the 2007 sports year in review.

NFL- Buffalo at Philadelphia- Philadelphia 21-20 Pittsburgh at Baltimore- Pittsburgh 21-7- The only chance that Baltimore has in this game is the fact that the Steelers have already clinched the division. Dallas at Washington- Washington 21-14- It looks like the Skins will be in the playoffs, Dallas won’t play any starters this week. High school winter sports- boys’ basketball- Sussex Tech vs. Wicomico (Lions Club tourney)- Sussex Tech 65-58 Delmar vs. Mardela (Lions Club tourney)- Mardela 70-60 College football- Emerald Bowl- Maryland vs. Oregon State- Daniel Richardson 3Maryland 28-21 4 last week, 84-50-1 overall Valero Alamo Bowl- Penn State vs. Texas A & M- Penn State 31-20 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl- West Virginia vs. Oklahoma - West Virginia 34-24

SEAFORD SWIMMING- The Lady Jays’ Alexis Carey, pictured above in a recent home meet, finished first last Friday in the 100 backstroke with a time of 1:17.17 against the Golden Knights at Sussex Central. The girls won 126-44. The Jays’ Drew Venables, pictured below in action last week at home, swam the butterfly leg of the 200 medley relay at Sussex Central last Friday. The team of Andrew Halter, Venables, Lee Mayer and Daniel DeMott finished in first place with a time of 1:49.68. Photos by Gene Bleile

MORNING STAR •DEC. 27, 2007 - JAN. 2, 2008


Childhood holiday trees were strange, but decorated with love I have come to believe that walking through the stores during ONY INDSOR the Christmas holidays is much like walking through a mosh pit Our Christmas trees during a rock concert. It is an elwere always cedar trees bow-to-elbow, shoulder-to-shoulder, almost nose-to-nose shopping and looked as much like a experience. Christmas tree as a green People who accompany me on these shopping excursions accuse bed sheet hanging over a me of having no holiday spirit. clothes line prop. That is absolutely untrue. In my defense, it is not the holiday that feet like Russian military troops on pacreates so much frustration for me; it is rade. the commercialization of this holiday. Then there was the excitement as Dad I will not dwell on this aspect today, for I addressed this issue in an earlier colwent out to the woods and cut the official umn. Instead I will try to concentrate on Christmas tree. It had to be real and it those things that really do put me in the could not be erected in the house until holiday spirit. Christmas Eve. However, first let me offer a holiday Each one of us was allowed to put an season public service announcement. As ornament on the tree before we went to handy as the cell telephone is, please refrain from using it while you are operating bed, but “Santa” did all the decorating after we went to bed. So, we woke to a a shopping cart. For some reason, when we get on a cell lighted, living miracle in the living room when morning came. phone we lose all contact with the world I can still see Dad dragging the Christaround us. It’s just like when we are traveling on the highway and start talking on mas tree through the winter yard like a the cell phone, and we suddenly slow fresh deer kill. He would prop it up down to a crawl and forget we are on U.S. against the side of the house and we 13 during noontime traffic. would smell the fresh smell of cedar neeThis is the same situation when we are dles. pushing a shopping cart. Except for some As children, we all learn how to draw reason, shoppers tend to not only slow a Christmas tree. It is usually shaped so down as they amble down the narrow that everyone can tell that it is a Christshopping aisle, but they also shift the cart mas tree. However, my childhood Christto the center of the aisle and are oblivious mas trees in no way resembled what has to anyone trying to pass on either side. “Excuse me,” doesn’t work because again, become the universal design of a Christthey are having a conversation and are un- mas tree. aware that there is anyone else around. It Our Christmas trees were always cedar results in a chain reaction. trees and looked as much like a Christmas They slow down, I can’t pass, and the tree as a green bed sheet hanging over a shopper behind me runs a cart up the back clothes line prop. There was absolutely no of my leg like “Big Foot” at a Monster shape to these trees. Truck show. Dad would hang lights, ornaments and So please, before somebody really gets even shiny icicles, on this tree and we hurt, pull your shopping cart off to the would marvel at it. side of the aisle and finish your conversaHowever, today when I look at pictures tion. taken at Christmas in my childhood home You know who you are! I see something a little less marvelous. Now, what makes me have good thoughts about the holidays? A number of Mom has hundreds of photos taken things — Christmas carols, get-togethers during various years, but all are taken with with family and friends and especially the tree in the background. Everybody is memories of Christmases of my youth. grinning and showing off toys and other When I think about Christmas in my gifts. Looming immediately behind us is childhood home, a few things readily that tree. come to mind. First, we knew it was offiIt looks more like a lumbering cially the Christmas season when Dad Sasquatch hovering over our shoulders. started playing country Christmas albums This is not a Christmas tree — it’s a huge on his stereo. Oh, and what a stereo it mass of needles and branches holding up was. lights, garland and shiny ornaments. Dad loved country music and collected hundreds of classic country music albums. How could this have been a source of He had a stereo in the living room that marvel to our young eyes? Then it looked more like a china closet. It was alstruck me: most seven feet long and had a speaker on It was not the tree as much as it was each end. You could store albums inside my Mom’s and Dad’s patience in stringthe console and it had a beautiful finished ing the lights, hanging the ornaments and hardwood casing. I can still hear the facarefully placing those shiny icicles until miliar scratch sound as the needle made contact with the album just before the mu- the wee hours of the morning, just to make sure their children could wake to sic started. the sight of this glorious, gorgeous I can also recall the sounds of the song Christmas tree. skipping across the grooves when one of us kids ran across the room, stomping our Merry Christmas to all!





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MORNING STAR • DEC. 27, 2007 - JAN. 2, 2008

La Red Health Center Announces Onsite Medicaid Enrollment on Mondays and Tuesdays Accepting new patients of all ages.

New expanded services for children include: • Infant Care • Immunizations • Lead Poisoning Screenings • Vision & Hearing Screenings • School & Sports Physicals

The Trinity Foundation and Delaware Youth Leadership Academy recently completed the second Delaware Youth Leadership Academy. In the front row from left are graduates Carter Moore, Taylor Baynum, Dylan Banning, Jessica Banning, Brittany Roberts, Erlande Simon and Tameka Wallop. In the back row from left are Caleb Martinez, Austin Peterson, Kieran Clucas and Nate Christian. Not pictured is graduate Ryan Mitchell.

Graduation held for youth academy On Sept. 29, the Trinity Foundation, in partnership with the Delaware Youth Leadership Academy (DYLA), held its second session of the Rising Stars Leadership Training Program, with 12 middle and high school students from six local schools. The graduation ceremony was held on Saturday, Dec. 1, at Trinity Transport in Seaford. This 10-week program is designed to enhance the leadership, academic, and social skills of youth between the ages of 10-16. Each Saturday morning at the corporate office of Trinity Transport in


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MORNING STAR • DEC. 27, 2007 - JAN. 2, 2008


Letters to the Editor Insurance clarification

A recent letter to the News Journal by Floyd McDowell erroneously cited me as a supporter of his universal health insurance proposal. While I believe more needs to be done to help the estimated 100,000 uninsured people living in Delaware obtain insurance, I do not believe forcing a one-payer system on all Delawareans is the answer. I will be releasing a series of bills soon after the General Assembly reconvenes in January to address some of the health insurance challenges our state faces, including helping those people most in need. State Rep. Daniel B. Short


An open letter to aggressive drivers

This letter is for those who drive fast on Route 1 and think it is good sport to tailgate and dart from lane to lane. Every day, my wife and I travel between Milford and Lewes. We drive as fast as others but during most of our trips we are ruthlessly tailgated. Sometimes you are in a pick-up truck or work van — other times you drive an SUV or a Corolla with Delaware, New Jersey, New York or Pennsylvania plates — but mostly Delaware. Sometimes you are courteous enough to extend a finger at us as you drive by, no doubt telling us we are “number one” in your book. After you swerve around us, you proceed to pay close attention to someone else. Last evening, you forced my wife into a jarring stop in a turn lane after hanging within inches of her bumper for over two miles. A month ago, another woman driving to Milford was edged off Route 1 into a ditch where her car rolled over — the offending driver drove a white SUV with the letter “L” displayed on the back window. What in the world is causing you to do this? Don’t you realize that the people you are risking with death are mothers and grandmothers with children and grandchildren — just like your own? If you simply nick their bumper with yours, it will send their vehicle into a cart wheeling mass of metal. Do you understand that driving at 75 mph from Milford to Lewes will get you there less than 2 minutes sooner than if you drove at 65 – which is still 10 miles over the speed limit? Are those 120 seconds worth someone’s life? Here’s an idea — walk into your bathroom. Look in the mirror and ask yourself this question: Is this the face that I want an innocent person to see in their rearview mirror just before they die? The irony is, you are not a bad person. If someone came to your door asking for $5 to help a local family in need, you would probably give them $10 or $20. Yet at the same time, you would risk putting that same family into desperate straits because of your aggressive driving. Think about it. Mike Rawl


Is state selling your DMV records?

On Monday, Dec. 10, I was probably more angry and frustrated than I have been in a long time. When you hear about

someone, through a telemarketing scam, attempting to take advantage of an elderly person, you get annoyed. When it is your own 91-year-old mother, it becomes personal and upsetting. When you learn that the State of Delaware might be indirectly involved, you become infuriated. Here's what happened to my mother and what I have learned so far. Although she doesn't drive anymore, my 91-year-old mother happens to own, along with me, a late model Lincoln Town Car with only 7,000 miles on it. The phone rings, my mother answers, and is told by a smooth talking lady on the other end that it is imperative she purchase an extended warranty on her car. My mother's date of birth, her address, her license number, and every personal detail about the car, including the VIN number, was known to this predator. My dear mother was conned into giving her credit card number over the phone and purchased an extended warranty for $1,500. Fortunately, I was able to get the company's name and phone number through my return call service. I attempted to cancel the order and was told I had to fax a special notarized request signed by my mother to the company. By the way, the company's name was the "Motor Vehicle Protection Corporation," apparently located in New Jersey. Needless to say, I've canceled my mother's credit card, and this ruthless organization is not getting paid by the Bennetts. I then got on the phone and called the dealership where we purchased the car. My question to the sales manager was: How does this personal, Department of Motor Vehicle information get in the hands of an unscrupulous telemarketer who represents an extended warranty company?? "Why Mr. Bennett," he said, "didn't you know that the State of Delaware (DMV) sells that information?" Folks, I was appalled and shocked after further investigation to learn that indeed, this state, among others, sells its DMV database. The information is then sold to various distributors who spread the information throughout the world. Consequently, our citizens are bombarded with mail and phone calls soliciting extended warranties that are far more expensive than what you could get directly from your dealership. I have contacted my local legislators who are investigating the situation as well. Regardless, I have indeed learned that this state does prostitute itself by selling your personal information from the Department of Motor Vehicles. This is just plain wrong and unjustifiable. Apparently, this has been a policy in this state for many years. I still don't have all the facts, but what I have learned so far is very disturbing. Any additional information or opinions on this issue are welcome. If indeed my information is accurate, which I believe it is, this practice needs to stop ASAP. Judson Bennett


It's time to move forward

We have been supporters of the Bluewater Offshore Wind Farm Project since it was first proposed nearly two years ago. Based on Bluewater's latest contract proposal, it is clear that this will be a cost-effective renewable energy source for Delaware for decades to come, which promises stable prices in a zero pollution

environment. This contrasts starkly with the potential future price increases likely to occur with the NRG coal burning plant at Indian River and the Conectiv Plant in New Castle County. More importantly, unlike offshore wind power, both coal burning plants are major polluters, negatively affecting the quality of Delaware's air, soil and water, causing major health problems and significantly contributing to the increasingly serious global warming situation. Thus, we urge the Public Service Commission and associated state agencies to vote now to move forward with the Bluewater Wind Project and to order Delmarva Power to sign a long-term power contract with Bluewater. There is NO longer any excuse for further delays. We further urge Gov. Minner to take immediate steps NOW to make this possible as there is NO reason to wait for Legislature to act. This is the governor's legacy for Delaware. Vivian and Bob Barry


Thank you for your support

On behalf of the Southern Delaware Choral Society, we would like to thank all of you who contributed to the tremendous success of the Dec. 8 performance of Handel's Messiah. This concert, our first collaboration with the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, was envisioned over a year ago by Lucienne Vignol Wolfe of Lewes, a former board member of the SDCS, current board member of the MSO and development director of both organizations. It was her efforts that helped to secure the wonderful performance venue at Eagle's Nest Fellowship Church and her commitment to the project that made this first-ever cultural partnership possible. As a mostly-volunteer organization, the Choral Society is dependent upon the efforts of its members to raise funds, sell tickets, publicize the event and coordinate logistics. We are especially indebted to our hands-on board members for their fundraising and oversight efforts; talented and energetic director, John Ranney; accomplished rehearsal accompanist, Rebecca McDaniel; and section leaders, Helen Waite, Richard Freeman, Sally Waugaman, Paul Hanke, Dennis Stordahl and Sherry Chappelle, both vocal and/or administrative. We never could have set up and organized for a concert of this magnitude without the selfless efforts of members Ann and Richard Freeman and the ongoing support and cooperation of Leslie Reese of Eagle's Nest Fellowship Church. Financially, this undertaking could not have happened without the support of the 92 individual, corporate, state, county, municipal and business donors and the 78 advertisers who helped to underwrite this concert and/or our entire season. Your generosity has been heart-warming. It would be an enormous oversight if we did not acknowledge the esthetic contribution of the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra under the talented leadership of Maestro Julien Benichou and so ably supported by the board and staff of the MSO. The youth and talent of this cadre of

Following is a repeat from last week’s paper with corrections (including the Web site) and our apology.

Welcome Home Andrew We feel fortunate to have our son, Andrew Friedel, home from Iraq, safe and sound. Our thoughts and prayers go out to those not as fortunate as us. Please keep those families in your thoughts and prayers. We also are proud to be from Delaware and have the support of our friends, family and the local merchants to welcome him home. As we and our sister-in-law, Darlene Warner, called to ask for local merchants to put his name on their road side signs, we were very impressed with their response. We knew that this is their busiest time of the year, and yet they were willing to give their time and sign exposure to our son’s homecoming! We did not ask everyone, so some people did not have the opportunity to participate. As they support our troops we will support them. Our children did not start this war, but someone has to be there. It is that simple. They deserve EVERYONE'S support. We started a Web site with some information about Andrew. Visit Bob and Margo Willoughby Laurel

musicians has begun to make a real impact on the cultural life of Sussex County and we look forward to hearing more from them. Local newspapers and radio stations throughout the area did more than their share in helping us publicize the event, even to the extent of attending rehearsals and interviewing principals! Your coverage paid off with the attendance of over 900 attentive concert goers, and to this enthusiastic audience, we especially say, "thank you." Clement Edgar, SDCS board president Beth Hochholzer, SDCS executive director

Beta Sigma Phi Thank You

Laureate Epsilon Seaford-Laurel Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi would like to send a huge thank you to all who attended our combined Longaberger Basket and Pampered Chef bingo held Nov. 1, at the Seaford Moose. A special thank you to Mary Lee Groton for helping with the Longaberger Basket gifts and for donating door prizes. A special thank you also goes to Michelle Moyer for helping with the Pampered Chef gifts and also donating door prizes. We could not have accomplished this without the Seaford Moose. Thank you for everything. Last but not least, a special thank you to our bingo caller, Chris Martinez. Partial proceeds of this event will be donated to Delaware Hospice. Thanks again to all. Edna Millman

Member of Laureate Epsilon


MORNING STAR • DEC. 27, 2007 - JAN. 2, 2008

Health Mental illnesses have different degrees of severity By Anthony Policastro, M.D

A fair number of mental health diagnoses have become common. Most people know what ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder) is. Many people use the term OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder). I commonly hear people talk about Bipolar Disorder. Oppositional Defiant Disorder and Conduct Disorder are often known to parents. We often talk to people about their Panic Disorder. Some people have Anxiety Disorders. Autistic Disorder has become very common. What most people do not realize is that all of these are only part of a spectrum of symptoms. There are three categories of symptoms. The mildest version is what is called a variant. The intermediate version is what is called a problem. The severe version is what is called a disorder. For example, there are some people who have obsessive-compulsive tendencies. They may double check things. They may have to do things in a certain order. They may be what we call neat

freaks. Their friends may tease them ber of times every time. They cease to about being OCD. function in a normal fashion. They have However, those may just be personal- Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. ity traits. They may not interfere with The same thing is true of any of the that person’s day-to-day activities. We other disorders. Some people may alwould say that those ways be a little bit individuals have an anxious. They could obsessive-compul... just because we notice a trait have an anxiety sive variant. variant. Others may in someone, it does not mean Other people be so anxious that it might have more that there is a problem. It could concerns those obsessions or comaround them. Howjust be a variant and be normal ever, they get pulsions. It might interfere with their through the day for them. No treatment would daily life. They may fine. They have an double check things be necessary. anxiety problem. so many times that Other individuals they are always late. They may get very have so much anxiety that they cannot upset when things are not just so. get anything accomplished. They have There is some interference with their an anxiety disorder. daily function. However, it is not creatThere are three major things to realize ing major issues to get through the day. about all this. The first is related to the They have an obsessive-compulsive fact that just because we notice a trait in problem. someone, it does not mean that there is a There are other individuals who canproblem. not get through a day without major It could just be a variant and be norproblems. They may not leave the house. mal for them. No treatment would be They may recheck things a certain num- necessary. The second is that patients

Health briefs Depression support group in Laurel The Mental health Association in Delaware will be sponsoring a Depression Support Group in Laurel on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month. The meetings begin at 7 p.m. The purpose of the Laurel Depression Support Group is to share experiences related to living and coping with depression. The group is confidential and offered at no charge. The MHA encourages anyone dealing with a depressive disorder to attend. Register in advance by calling 1-800287-6423. • Peer support groups sponsored by Mental Health Association of Delaware are not intended to replace professional mental health treatment. To maintain the privacy of our members, MHA does not publish support group locations; locations are provided with registration.

Stroke support group Nanticoke Memorial Hospital will offer free monthly Stroke Support Group meetings designed for individuals who have survived a stroke and their families and caregivers. Meetings are held the third Thursday

of each month at Nanticoke Cancer Care Center, from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. The meetings will consist of guest speakers and breakaway sessions, in which caregivers and survivors will meet in two groups to discuss concerns, provide support and networking. Refreshments will be provided. Sheila Brant and Joan Burditt, occupational therapists at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital, will facilitate the support group meetings. Pre-registration is not required. For more information, call 629-6611, ext. 5121.

Alzheimer's holds training The Alzheimer’s Association Delaware Valley Chapter is sponsoring a training program for family caregivers at LifeCare at Lofland Park in Seaford on Friday, Jan. 18 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The program includes a medical overview; legal and financial issues; challenging symptoms, daily care issues; and information on getting the help you need. The session is free and lunch will be provided, but pre-registration is required by Jan. 11. For more information or to register, call Jamie Magee, branch office coordinator, at 854-9788.

with disorders are in need of intense treatment. The treatment might be medication. It might be counseling. That is not true for those with problems. They will need some treatment. It usually will be counseling. It may be a short course of medication. The third thing is that people may move from one to another of these depending upon the situation. Someone who has a variant can be put into a situation in which it moves to a problem. For example, someone with an anxiety variant could get a job that moves him or her to an anxiety problem. People who get treated for a disorder may move to the point where they have a problem or a variant. They will likely not get rid of the trait entirely. The bottom line here is that it is not clear-cut. Most people think that you have a disorder or nothing. That is not the case. There are lesser degrees of symptoms. They are recognizable. They may or may not need formal treatment.

MORNING STAR • DEC. 27, 2007 - JAN. 2, 2008


Delaware Hospice kicks off its capital campaign Delaware Hospice announces the official kick-off of its capital campaign, “Community Campaign to Expand Delaware Hospice,” to raise $4,000,000 to support the construction of the Delaware Hospice Center in Milford. The Center is scheduled to open in spring 2008. Since its founding 25 years ago, Delaware Hospice has established a strong tradition of meeting community need through community support. Fundraising and remarkable volunteer support have enabled the only nonprofit hospice in the state to provide quality care as well as important community outreach services to all, regardless of ability to pay. The Community Campaign is no exception. Businesses, foundations and individuals have continued to demonstrate trust and respect for Delaware Hospice’s mission with considerable contributions to the Campaign during its silent phase. Wayne Holden, co-chair of the Campaign, said, “The community has been extremely supportive of the Campaign. Many generous individuals, businesses,

service groups and foundations have contributed to the project, and we anticipate many more to come forward in the coming weeks.” The Delaware Hospice Center will offer specialized hospice care. A team of experienced professionals will provide care 24 hours a day while family members spend quality time with their loved ones. Sixteen private patient and family suites will become a comfortable, peaceful home-away-from-home for the family to gather. Caregivers will receive education and guidance. A family kitchen, reflection room, children’s alcove, family counseling center and community resource area will further support the entire family. Learn more about how you can be part of the "Community Campaign to Expand Delaware Hospice" by contacting Manny Arencibia, vice president of development, at 800-838-9800 or, or by visiting

Respite care is a growing need Millions of Americans provide unpaid assistance each year to elderly family, friends and neighbors to help those individuals remain in their own homes for as long as possible. Like paid employees, these caregivers need time off to relax or take care of other responsibilities. Often that is not practical or even possible. This is where respite care can be helpful, and can allow caregivers a break without compromising the care and attention that their loved ones require. The Sussex County Advisory Committee on Aging and Adults with Physical Disabilities invites the public to attend the committee’s next meeting at 10 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 14. Sally Beaumont, program director for adult day health services at Easter Seals of Delaware, Georgetown, will provide information about respite services available in Sussex County. She will also talk about

the growing need for these services. An open discussion about these services and the anticipated need in the area will follow the presentation. The Sussex County Advisory Committee for the Aging & Adults with Physical Disabilities is an 11-member panel established by the Sussex County Council to be an advocate for programs and policies that benefit older and disabled residents. The committee meets on the third Monday of January, March, May, July, September and November. All meetings are open to the public. The Advisory Committee’s mission is to increase dialogue, make recommendations to Sussex County Council, and to give support, assistance and advice on significant issues and programs that may affect the lives of the county’s aging and adults with physical disabilities populations.

Construction continues on the new Delaware Hospice Center, which is scheduled to open in the spring in Milford. The Center has begun a community capital campaign to raise $4 million. Shown here are the private patient and family suites. Photo submitted.

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MORNING STAR • DEC. 27, 2007 - JAN. 2, 2008

Community Snapshots SEASONAL SINGING - On left, lighting was at a premium at last week’s Old Christ Church Christmas program as the Southern Delaware Choral Society sang. Photo by Pat Murphy

ROCKIN’ SANTA - Santa Claus gets the audience’s and performers attention in his “Rockin” Christmas performances at Laurel Middle School recently. Photo by Pat Murphy

FOR THE CHILDREN - Don White (back) and Jim Allen put together bags of gifts for local families at Centenary United Methodist Church, Laurel, on Thursday, Dec. 20. Photo by Pat Murphy

WHICH IS THE BEST ENTRY? Judges mull over choices at the Chamber of Commerce Laurel Fire Department Christmas parade on Dec. 6. Photo by Pat Murphy

BANK DONATION - Carol Scarfi, left, manager at County Bank in Laurel presents Bill Hearn, president of the Laurel Fire Department, a $500 donation check from the bank recently. Photo by Pat Murphy

MORNING STAR • DEC. 27, 2007 - JAN. 2, 2008


Whipping up the perfect Doing the Towns Together Christmas fudge is not easy LAUREL AND DELMAR SOCIALS The magic of Christmas — the late hours spent shopping, wrapping gifts, addressing cards, baking, cleaning everything in the house to the point where it all sparkles, decorating inside and outside, preparing music for school recitals and churches, and all of the hustle and bustle — is once again behind us. This weekend, many of us will spend time visiting family members and friends, or putting away Christmas for another year, or just sitting and watching the many football games on television. Then it is back to the normal routine of welcoming a new year. We will spend several weeks getting accustomed to writing the year 2008 instead of 2007 on checks and various other papers. And, believe it or not, there will be many who will be doing some Christmas shopping for the year 2008! There are those organized people who will purchase all of their gift wrappings, Christmas cards and gift items during after-Christmas sales and will finish most of their Christmas shopping by July 4th! Amazing, isn’t it? The fudge making is complete at our home. By the time we wrapped and shipped fudge to family members, it was necessary to make second batches so that there would be enough to serve visiting family and friends during the holidays. As some choir member friends and I were discussing Christmas cookies and candy making, we had some good laughs over our fudge-making experiences. There are lots of ways to make fudge. Some makers get it right the very first time they make fudge. Others of us require lots of test runs before perfecting the art of fudge making. Calvin Hearn is an excellent fudgemaker. He employs the cook-it-on-top of the stove method, using cocoa, butter, milk and other special ingredients. Calvin’s fudge is always sinfully delicious and full of lots of calories. But, it is also nice and smooth and creamy. And, in demand. Fudge making, getting the creamy, smooth and in-demand-type, is something that took me a long time to master. For years and years I tried every recipe I could find. None worked. The candy in the pan was always edible, but just not quite right. Our sons and daughter were grown and college age before I finally mastered the

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Moments With Mike VIRGINIA ‘MIKE’ BARTON technic of making really good fudge. During all of their growing up years at home, our kids thought that good fudge came from a bowl in the refrigerator. When you wanted some fudge, you got a spoon from the drawer, scooped it into the fudge bowl in the frig and enjoyed the somewhat runny consistency and good taste of the chocolate concoction. They never complained. When the bowl was emptied, spoonful by runny spoonful, I made up another batch and put it in the frig. Then one day during Christmas when Mark Wingate (our neighbor) was about 16, he brought over a box of candy he had made. The box contained creamy, solid, smooth, and delicious fudge. Made by Mark! We were delighted. Our kids were ecstatic. Here was a plate of fudge where all one had to do was pick up a piece and place it in the mouth. No spoon required. You’d better believe that in just a few seconds I had procured the recipe from Mark. In quick order I raced to the store, bought the necessary ingredients, came home and whipped up a pan of that luscious fudge. Ever since that time, well more than 30 years ago, when fudge-making is required, I whip out Mark’s recipe. This year we shipped cookies and fudge to Hawaii, California and South Carolina, with more deliveries being made to family members closer to home. And, every year, when thanks are extended, you’d better believe credit it given to Mark, for elevating my position on the list of candy makers. Happy New Year to every reader. May the year 2008 be a very special one for each of you. And, to you, Mark, may this be an especially good year for you. His fudge story disproves the old saying that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks.


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SARAH MARIE TRIVITS • 875-3672 And a merry Christmas to you, too! The ladies of the Laurel New Century Club celebrated the joys of the season at their annual Christmas party at the Flight Deck restaurant in Georgetown on Tuesday, Dec. 4. Everyone enjoyed great fellowship with gifts, games, fun and laughter. The beautiful music was provided by Suzanne Layton and soloist Marie Marcelin, who dazzled everyone with her lovely voice. Meantime, the ladies of the Delmar New Century Club had a gala Christmas celebration at Goin’ Nuts Cafe in Salisbury, enjoying the exchanging of gifts, gaiety and delectable food. During this week on Dec. 23, Kelly Smith of Newport Beach, Calif., with her two children, Kenzie and Mickey, will arrive to spend the holidays with her parents, Ben and Melinda Thornton. This time at home may give her a chance to get in touch with some of her Laurel High School friends with whom she graduated. Frances Hastings celebrated an early holiday a few days before Christmas with son, Barry, his wife, Carol, and their two sons, Mark and David, who flew up from Naples, Fla., to be with and make sure Mom/Grandmom had a very merry Christmas from Dec. 20 to Dec. 23. Members of the Western Sussex Democratic Club held their Christmas party on Monday, Dec. 10, at Dukes’ Recreation House. The party was well attended and at the time new officers were elected. On a recent Friday, 40 or more members of the WPS group from Laurel and Seaford enjoyed a smooth tour bus ride from Seaford to Lancaster, Pa., to attend the Christmas show at the American Theater. They lunched at the Bird in Hand restaurant, during which time it was snowing, which created a perfect atmosphere for the season and a prelude to a great holiday show.

Miss Insley Fowler, home for the holidays until Jan. 12, will spend her spring college semester in Washington, where she will be interning for C-Span, as her future goal is a career in communications. She is visiting her parents, Ned and Norma Jean Fowler, and her sister, Eva, also from Washington, has joined them for the holidays. Weekend visitors just prior to Christmas were Gene and Fran Wootten’s daughter, Debbie Hardy, her son, Scott, and her daughter, Alice, here from Pennsylvania. Fran tells me that Scott has just returned from a tour of duty in Iraq and hopefully will not have to go back to the turmoil there. Another college student singing “I’ll be Home for Christmas” is Matt Adams, leaving behind the warm sun and sea of Florida, while he enjoys a break from his studies at Full Sail College to be with his parents, Marc and Bettyann. A very special happy birthday is wished to Bev Heath Ellis on Dec. 23, with love from “Sararee.” Remember that one, Bev? We continue with prayers for our service men and women and also for our friends who are ill: Philip Lowe, Harriett MacVeigh, Jean Henry, Herman Cubbage, Derrick Henry, Cecil Jones, Sam Moore, Steve Trivits, Hattie Puckham, Martha Windsor, Teresa Littleton, Doris Spicer, Robert D. Whaley, Donald Layton Sr., Irma Ellis and Terry Layton. Happy birthday to those who were lucky(?) enough to be born at Christmas time—Edward Ralph Dec. 29; and Charles Haddock, Dec. 30. Also happy New Year, too. See you in the Stars.


MORNING STAR • DEC. 27, 2007 - JAN. 2, 2008

Number of grandparents raising grandkids rises There was a time when grandparents used to say that the best RANK ALIO thing about being a grandparent was you could give the kids back ...the number of chilto their parents. Or, as my late father-in-law used to say, “those dren being raised by comers and goers are okay, but those comers and stayers have to grandparents in Amerigo.” ca, part or full-time, is Giving them back is not the norm anymore. now close to 8 million. Throughout history, grandparents have raised grandchildren agencies to find funding. while parents supplied the basic needs If you don’t have formal custody of for survival, all working as a family team. Grandparents served as a support your grandchild you may have difficulty getting medical attention; some ingroup for the young. surance companies do not allow grandHowever, all of that has changed. parents to carry their grandchildren as The family team has broken apart. Over the last several years, the number dependents. More than 50 percent of mothers toof children being raised by grandparday are single parents, either divorced ents, either solely or part-time, has inor never married. Some of the common creased. circumstances that placed children in Grandparents can not exclude the jeopardy, forcing them to seek the possibility that he or she might be sanctuary of their grandparents infaced with the decision to raise grandchildren part or full-time, at some time clude: abandonment of the child by the parent; parental illness (mental and in their lives. physical); teenage pregnancy; subA recent report from the U.S. Censtance abuse; unemployment; homesus gives us some comparisons; in lessness; incarceration; death of a par1970, 2,214,000 children under 18 ent; divorce; family violence; child lived in grandparent-headed houseabuse; neglect; and poverty. holds, with the mother present in half When these issues hit home, what of these households. choice do grandparents have but to By the year 1997, this number was reported as 5,435,000, or 7.7 percent of step up to the plate? Rising costs to survive are outrunning wages and medall children in the United States. The ical benefits for young parents leading majority of children are being raised by two grandparents, or a grandmother them to seek support from their parents. alone, with different degrees of Raising a grandchild can be chalparental involvement. lenging, yet rewarding. My hat is off to Since then, the number has inthose who have picked up the responsicreased substantially according to Dr. bility of raising a grandchild and sacriKornhaber who has authored two ficed their independence, putting their books on grandparenting. retirement and travel plans aside to He says that since the 1997 study the number of children being raised by save a child. grandparents in America, part or fulltime, is now close to 8 million. FRANK CALIO PART II Although the majority of grandparents raising their grandchildren are un- Illegal drug use darkens der 65 years of age and employed, professional baseball their golden years, so to speak, are Former Sen. George Mitchell’s invesspent pretty much tied down. tigative report on illegal performance-enWorse yet, half the grandchildren hancing drugs for baseball players caught are under six years of age, and often no one by surprise, except some of the have neither support nor health insurance, which underlines the financial as new names not previously mentioned. Outside of the Black Sox scandal of well as emotional burden for grandpar1919 when eight members of the Chicago ents. White sox were banned for throwing the President George Bush vetoed a World Series, and for a few drinking probchild health care bill that would have covered an additional five million chil- lems, this report probably became the dren now without health care coverage. darkest day in baseball after Mitchell released his 20-month steroid investigation. The result of the increased number I found the report interesting, not beof children without health care is a cause of the results of the investigation but burden on the medical profession, esthe names that came out, especially sevenpecially hospitals who must pass the time Cy Young winner Roger Clemens, cost of those who cannot pay onto who is considered one of the greatest those who have insurance; it’s a catch pitchers in baseball history, was identified 22 situation. as a steroid user; a charge he denied. Grandparents raising grandchildren Not only that, but unlike Barry Bonds, have to deal with organizations and inthe all time home run king who is also acstitutions to obtain the financial support they so desperately need for health cused of using HGH, a Human growth care, education and other resources for hormone, Bonds' record is being questioned by an asterisk with many saying he their grandchild, thus putting more should not be allowed into the prestigious pressure on the government and other



Baseball Hall of Fame. Yet, not much if anything has been said about Clemens and his records having an asterisk or being denied entry into the Hall. Although in the investigation it was reported that he had a trainer pump his butt a few times with HGH and Clemens reportedly admitted that the shots did enhance his performance. During the discussion about Bonds the issue of race often surfaced with some wondering if we would even have this discussion about drugs if Bonds were white. Bonds repeatedly said he never knowingly took drugs. Well, the metal has hit the petal; how is it to be, Bonds with an asterisk and Clemens without; it appears black and white to me. Mitchell urged Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig to “forgo imposing discipline on players for past violations of baseball’s rules on performance-enhancing substances, including players named in this report.” Then, like a true politician, he backtracked adding, “except in those cases where he, (Selig) determines that the conduct is so serious that discipline is necessary to maintain the integrity of the game.” Does that mean if you shot up twice you’re okay, but if you shot up three times it is three strikes and you’re out? Selig took an even softer approach saying he would determine punishment on a ‘case-by-case basis.’ Let’s face it, enhancing drugs are being used by all sports; not many months go by where someone hasn’t been caught using drugs to pump their bodies. Twenty years ago there were only a hand full of 300 pound football players in the pros; this spring, 500 weighed 300 pounds or more when reporting to spring training. That amounts to more than eating several Big Macs or Whoppers for lunch. On a radio talk show televised this weekend from a Baltimore Radio station, former Oriole pitcher Dave Johnson was a

guest. He remembered playing against Jose Canseco in the Pacific Minor League and Jose was a big guy but no Hulk Hogan. Later, when Johnson pitched against Canseco in the majors when Canseco was with the Oakland A’s, Jose Canseco had become Hulk Hogan. Canseco weighed 155 pounds in high school and 250 pounds when he played professional baseball. Johnson joked that when he threw a slider low and outside - a ball that should have been hit 375 feet but sailed into the upper deck - he had to wonder if the player had a little help with a needle. He noted that doesn’t even the playing field between a pitcher and batter. Canseco has admitted using in his book "Juice," which broke the news about baseball players using steroids, admitting that he and teammate Mark McGuire gave each other injections. Out of the list of baseball players named, 31 were All-Stars and Clemens played in 11. A lot of the players, including Clemens, are going to make note that HGH wasn’t banned until January 2005. Right now, baseball doesn’t have a timeline when they will take action from the study and report, which reportedly cost a few million dollars. Baseball is behind other sports in testing; they need to come out with strict guidelines and punishment. Sports fans want more runs and home runs from their teams as do the rich owners. What the outcome will be remains a question mark. Fans love a slug-fest, not so much a 1-0 game. Will the sport be hurt? Will fans stay home? Nope, sports fans have short memories. Remember the baseball strike when fans said they would stop going to baseball games? I gave up on professional baseball years ago; I’ll stick with watching Little League Baseball.

The Laurel School Board would like to invite the community to attend a meeting on selecting a new superintendent for the Laurel School District. The meeting will be Monday, January 7, 2008 6:30 p.m. in the Laurel High School Auditorium.


• DEC. 27, 2007 - JAN. 2, 2008


Seven-Day forecast for Western Sussex County Wednesday



Tides Saturday




Sun and some clouds

Several hours of sun

Some sun, then turning cloudy

Periods of clouds and sun

Periods of rain

Mostly cloudy

Partly sunny and colder








Almanac Statistics through Monday Dec. 24 at Georgetown, Delaware



High for the week . . . . . . . . . . . Low for the week . . . . . . . . . . . Normal high . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Normal low . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Average temperature . . . . . . . .

. 62° . 23° . 47° . 28° 39.4°

Smyrna 45/32

Total for the week . . . . . . . . . . 0.35” Total for the month . . . . . . . . . . 2.41” Normal for the month . . . . . . . . 2.39” Total for the year . . . . . . . . . . 31.53”

Dover 46/32

Time 3:07 a.m. 3:40 a.m. 11:27 p.m. 8:09 p.m.

Apogee Perigee Apogee Perigee

Date February 27 March 10 March 26 April 7

Harrington 46/32

Time 8:28 p.m. 5:40 p.m. 4:14 p.m. 3:30 p.m.

Milford 46/32 Greenwood 47/32

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Rise .7:19 a.m. .7:19 a.m. .7:19 a.m. .7:20 a.m. .7:20 a.m. .7:20 a.m. .7:20 a.m.

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Set .4:47 p.m. .4:48 p.m. .4:48 p.m. .4:49 p.m. .4:50 p.m. .4:51 p.m. .4:51 p.m.

New Jan 8

Last Dec 31

Moon Rise Wednesday . . .7:52 p.m. Thursday . . . .9:02 p.m. Friday . . . . . .10:07 p.m. Saturday . . . .11:09 p.m. Sunday . . . . . . . . .none Monday . . . .12:09 a.m. Tuesday . . . . .1:09 a.m.

First Jan 15


Set . .9:36 a.m. .10:07 a.m. .10:33 a.m. .10:56 a.m. .11:18 a.m. .11:40 a.m. .12:02 p.m.

Blades 48/31

Full Jan 22

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Lewes 46/34

Bridgeville 47/31

Sun and Moon Sun Wednesday Thursday . Friday . . . . Saturday . . Sunday . . . Monday . . Tuesday . .

High Low 3:16 a 9:47 a 4:07 a 10:40 a 4:58 a 11:34 a 5:50 a 12:18 a 6:43 a 1:04 a 7:37 a 1:51 a 8:31 a 2:37 a

High 3:44 p 4:32 p 5:19 p 6:06 p 6:53 p 7:43 p 8:35 p

Low 10:41 p 11:30 p —12:30 p 1:29 p 2:31 p 3:32 p

Vienna, MD

The moon, and its relative distance to the Earth, affects tides on a monthly basis. When the moon is farthest from the Earth (apogee), tides of decreased range or currents of decreased speed occur. When the moon is closest to the Earth (perigee), the occurrence of increased range or currents of speed is more prevalent.

Date January 3 January 19 January 30 February 13

Day Wed. Thurs. Fri. Sat. Sun. Mon. Tues.

Sharptown, MD Shown is Wednesday’s weather. Day High Low High Low Temperatures are Wednesday’s highs and Wednesday night’s lows. Wed. 6:35 a 12:44 a 7:03 p 12:40 p Thurs. 7:26 a 1:34 a 7:51 p 1:33 p Fri. 8:17 a 2:23 a 8:38 p 2:27 p Sat. 9:09 a 3:11 a 9:25 p 3:23 p Sun. 10:02 a 3:57 a 10:12 p 4:22 p Mon. 10:56 a 4:44 a 11:02 p 5:24 p Tues. 11:50 a 5:30 a 11:54 p 6:25 p

Apogee and Perigee

Apogee Perigee Apogee Perigee

Nanticoke River Roaring Point, MD

Laurel 877-5000 Long Neck 947-7300 Millville 537-0900

Georgetown 855-2000 Lewes 645-8880 Rehoboth Beach 226-9800 *Rates effective as of date of publication and are subject to change without notice. Penalty may be imposed for early withdrawal.



Georgetown 48/33

Rehoboth Beach 47/33

Concord 48/31 Laurel 48/31 Delmar 48/31

Millsboro 47/33

Bethany Beach 45/33 Fenwick Island 47/31

Day High Low High Wed. 5:57 a 12:06 a 6:25 p Thurs. 6:48 a 12:56 a 7:13 p Fri. 7:39 a 1:45 a 8:00 p Sat. 8:31 a 2:33 a 8:47 p Sun. 9:24 a 3:19 a 9:34 p Mon. 10:18 a 4:06 a 10:24 p Tues. 11:12 a 4:52 a 11:16 p

Low 12:02 p 12:55 p 1:49 p 2:45 p 3:44 p 4:46 p 5:47 p

Rehoboth Beach Day Wed. Thurs. Fri. Sat. Sun. Mon. Tues.

High 9:14 a 10:03 a 10:50 a 11:37 a 12:04 a 12:59 a 1:55 a

Low High Low 2:36 a 9:31 p 3:37 p 3:28 a 10:21 p 4:26 p 4:21 a 11:12 p 5:14 p 5:16 a —- 6:01 p 6:13 a 12:24 p 6:47 p 7:11 a 1:15 p 7:32 p 8:10 a 2:07 p 8:15 p

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