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celeBraTION- Sussex Tech’s Abby Atkins, left, and Kelsey Doherty celebrate a goal during the Ravens’ win over Tower Hill in the state field hockey championship. Photo by Mike McClure


Delmar DecaDe- The Delmar varsity football team capped the decade with its fourth state championship in 10 years. Two players from the 2009 team are younger brothers of players from the previous championship teams. Page 3

STaTe champS- Shown (clockwise from top): the Delmar varsity football team takes the field prior to the state championship game; Delmar head coach and his players hold up the Division II trophy following a 12-7 win over Hodgson; Delmar fans celebrate the Wildcats’ win during an impromptu parade through town; and the Sussex Tech field hockey players pile on in celebration of their team’s 3-2 win over Tower Hill in the state championship. Photos by Mike McClure

OVercOmING aDVerSITYThe Sussex Tech field hockey and Delmar varsity football teams overcame some adversity during the season en route to their state titles. Pages 4-7 STaTe TOUrNameNT TeamSThe Star pays tribute to the other Western Sussex teams that qualified for state tournament play. Pages 8-11, 14-15 Year IN reVIew- The Delmar football team and Sussex Tech field hockey team each enjoy a magical season. Pages 16-21

See special section for a close-up look at the teams and players that made the sports season a big success.

HELPERS - ‘Santa’ helps Delaware State troopers deliver joy. Page 8 MURDER - A family’s worse nightmare takes place during the Christmas week. Page 9 GREEN - New Sussex Tech course teaches workers energy efficiency skills. Page 19 TRIBUTE - Parents head to the gym to honor their son’s memory. Page 21

Sports SToRy, TEaM of THE yEaR- The votes are in for the Laurel Star sports story of the year and team of the year. Page 22. HoLIDay HooPS- Local boys’ and girls’ basketball teams were in action in tournaments over the holidays. Coverage begins on page 22. STaRS of THE WEEk- A Laurel boys’ basketball player and a Laurel wrestler are this week’s Laurel Stars of the Week. Page 25

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U.S. Army Soldiers assigned to Company A, 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, Task Force Chosin, conduct a reconnaissance patrol in the Marawara District of eastern Afghanistan’s Kunar province, Dec. 2. The Soldiers of Company A were taking part in a larger joint operation between Afghan National Security Forces and International Security Assistance Forces, working to secure Kunar’s Ganjgal valley. The Ganjgal has been the sight of some fierce fighting, and the objective of the operation was to bring peace and stability to the valley by providing a foothold for ANSF and ISAF to bring the government of Afghanistan to its people. Photo provided by DVIDS-Digital Video and Imagery Distribution System, Atlanta, Ga..

Delmar soldier is part of unit in Afghanistan By Spc. Eugene Cushing U.S. Army Soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, Task Force Chosin, and members of the Afghan National Security Forces

rolled their armored vehicles to a stop outside the Ganjgal village, Dec. 3. Enemy fighters began moving through the village as U.S. Army Capt. Justin L. Saxe, a native of Cody, Wyo., left his vehicle and began to

approach the village. Saxe recalled hearing enemy radio traffic delivering instructions to the fighters to kill all the Americans as soon as they entered

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Following is a chronological snapshot of Laurel’s government activities throughout 2009: JANUARY

a mix of retail shopping and condos, small villas and other single-family type housing, is proposed for about 350-acres of land fronting U.S. 13 just north of Camp Road. The development is part of a three-phase project that also includes Village Brooke East and Village Brooke West. Samanda Properties has earmarked property around the former Sussex West Drive-In Theater, behind the Utz Potato Chip warehouse operation

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A look back at the top Laurel news of 2009 By Tony E. Windsor Over the last year, the Town of Laurel has proved itself resilient in the face of a very challenging national economy. 2009 brought a diverse slate of issues, including several major capital projects which have been addressed, yet still left the Mayor and Council passing a new operating budget with no property tax increases.

500,000 square-foot shopping center and 2,100-home complex A major 350-acre shopping and residential development, proposed for U.S. 13, is being planned by developer Michael Pouls owner of Samanda Properties of Delaware, based in Gladwyn, Pa. Village Brooke North,

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for Village Brooke North. This property was formerly part of the overall parcel that had been proposed for “The Discovery” project. The parcel is fronted by US 13 and borders Discount Land Road to the south and Dillards Road to the west. Plans call for an almost 500,000 square-foot retail shopping center which will front U.S. 13. The developer describes the retail component of the project as “retail space with ‘big box’ retail stores, intimate retail shops, boutiques and restaurants, all located along a Main Street area.” The project’s residential plans call for as many as 2,100 residential units. Among the residential units are 1040 4,000 and 5,000 square-foot single-family detached homes, 350 3,000 square-foot semi-detached “small villas,” 80 condos and 350 assisted living homes. According to information presented by Jeff Clark of Land Tech, Land Planning, of Ocean View, Del., a designing firm for Samanda Properties, the Village Brooke projects include special amenities that appeal to the lifestyles of active adults.

A new home for Paramedic Station 102.

During the Dec.16, 2008 meeting of Sussex County Council the council was given information about the potential purchase of land on Sycamore Road outside of the town limits of Laurel for a future paramedic station site to house Station 102. The site is located behind O’Neal’s Antique Store on U.S. 13, Laurel. Currently, Paramedic Station No. 102 occupies rented space in the Laurel Volunteer Fire Hall and the Laurel Fire Company has indicated to the County that they would like the County to find a different location. The site, containing .9 acre off of Route 13, has been offered to the County at a cost of $81,000. A motion was made by Councilman George Cole, seconded by Councilman Dale Dukes, to authorize the President of the Sussex County Council to execute a contract for the purchase of .9 acre on Sycamore Road in Laurel at a cost of $81,000, for use as a future site for Paramedic Station No. 102. Continued on page 4

Seminar for smokers The Laurel Public Library will offer a free evening seminar on techniques for stopping smoking on Monday, Jan. 11, 2010, in its Carpenter Community Room. Denese Bell from the Delaware Division of Health and Social Services will present information for smokers wishing to quit and for nonsmokers who would like to be of help to their loved ones. The one hour program will contain information on how to use the “Delaware Quitline,” a free telephone help line for smokers, and will also include the most up to date information on current smoking and tobacco use. Western Sussex has been identified by the state as a target population for outreach since it has some of the highest smoking rates in the state. Bell has more than 15 years experience in public health and works with the state tobacco program. She also serves as a state contact point with the “Clean Indoor Air” call line. An adjunct instructor for the Human Services Department at Delaware Tech, Bell, along with her husband, offers private counseling through Arbor Counseling Center in Georgetown. While this smoking cessation program is free, a minimum of 10 participants must be pre-registered or the program may be canceled. Participants may call 875-3184 or email to register. Preregistration is only for determining audience size, and in no way enlists the registrant to any program or obligation.

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A look back at the top news stories affecting Laurel in 2009 Continued from page 3


400-acre retail and residential project comes under fire

Residents who reside in the area of proposed 394 acres residential and commercial development turned out at Laurel Town Hall Tuesday night to express objection to the project. The town scheduled a pubic hearing Tuesday night to discuss the First Reading of an ordinance to approve the preliminary site plans of Village Brooke North. Laurel’s Planning and Zoning Committee held a public hearing on the Village Brooke North project and after reviewing the developers plans recommended the project be approved. Area residents protested the new development expressing concerns about the size of the project and the impact it would have on their properties. Phil Taylor, who lives on Waller Road, said he would like to see the Laurel government body spend more time planning long term for the town’s growth rather than “entertain every group that comes to town with their own agenda.” Taylor said Laurel seems to be more interested in attracting residential developments rather than court industry and high paying jobs. “If you went after industry with half the vengeance that you court real estate developers, Laurel could be a focal point, or even pass Salisbury and Dover, instead of being the sleepy little spot in between.” Taylor challenged the town to look at Laurel’s long range development and seek “50 businesses within two hours of here instead of two thousand homes.” He said the town’s planning is void of creating jobs. “The town continues to fall down around itself while you go out and land-grab for more housing burdens,” he said. “There is no good hi-tech work here and you are doing nothing about it.” Council President Terry Wright questioned as to how many of those people speaking against the Village Brooke North

project actually lived in the corporate limits of Laurel. After being told that none of the speakers were “legal residents” of the town, Kunde asked how many people living in the corporate limits of Laurel resided close to the proposed project. “We are the ones who will have to deal with this development in a big way.” MARCH

Laurel residents get hope in fight to halt Mill Dam walls

About 40 people turned out for a public workshop held by the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control on Monday night to discuss plans to rehabilitate the Records Pond Dam along Willow Street. The meeting was highlighted by concerns by many of the residents regarding the state’s plans to erect a four-foot high parapet wall as part of the rehab. Residents said the wall will ruin the view of Record’s Pond. Laurel Mayor John Shwed told the state engineers that it seems based on the comments at the meeting, many Laurel citizens simply do not want to see the state build a four-foot high parapet wall along the Mill Dam, which will obscure the view of the Mill Pond. “I think based on what we have heard tonight, there is no intention of anyone being willing to accept the walls,” he said. DNREC representatives made it clear that by eliminating the walls in the project design would add significant cost to the project. State Sen. Bob Venables was in attendance at the meeting and said he would support the desires of the people of Laurel. “The people of Laurel do not want the parapet walls, so I will take it upon myself to fight to get the additional money to get the dam project completed without the walls,” he said. The DNREC engineers said they will go back and review the designs and check with Historical and Cultural Affairs and see about coming up with an alternative to the parapet walls. They made no promises, except that they will review and come back to the citizens

Laurel to hold referendum meetings The Laurel School District will be holding two public meetings to explain the future referendum for capitol improvements and to answer any questions or concerns from the public. The first meeting will take place Tuesday, Jan. 12, from 6-7 p.m. in the Paul Laurence Dunbar school. The second

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Unsolicited deliveries being put on notice in Laurel

Laurel officials have approved an amendment to municipal code that seeks to rid the town of unsolicited printed publications that are not delivered to the door step or secured to an exterior door handle. In April, Laurel Mayor and Council, Town Manager Bill Fasano presented Ordinance 2009-6, which he says seeks to help deal with issues of litter in the town. According to the Ordinance, “Litter has become an increasing problem within the Town and unsolicited printed materials have been observed to be a contributing factor.” The amendment states, “unsolicited printed materials shall not be thrown, tossed or otherwise placed upon streets, sidewalks, walkways, lawns, landscapes areas, lawns, or any other location not specifically permitted by this section. Unsolicited printed materials include free newspapers, flyers, print advertisements, coupons, or any other printed material not specifically requested by a property owner or delivered via the U.S. Postal Service or a private parcel delivery company.” According to the Ordinance, “Any person, individual, partnership, corporation or association who violates any of the provisions of this article is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, shall be punished by a fine of not less than ($50) nor more than one hundred dollars ($100) per occurrence.”


Laurel-area attack will be featured on ‘Forensic Files’

Last August, cameras from the truTV cable television show “Forensic Files” came to western Sussex County to film for an upcoming episode. The subject of the shoot was the September 1995, violent attack of Brenda Kaye Robinson in her Laurel mobile home. According to producers of Forensic Files, the episode is scheduled to air on Friday, May 22, at 10 p.m. Titled, “Smiley Face,” the episode is being heralded by Forensic Files’ editors as “one of the Top 10 in Forensic Files history”. In promoting the episode on its website, producers of “Forensic Files” describe the upcoming episode. “In ‘Smiley Face’, a nighttime intruder viciously assaults and stabs a woman in her Delaware home, but she miraculously lives to tell her story. The suspicious behavior of a local man has everyoneincluding the victim -convinced the case has been solved… until forensic evidence turns the investigation on its head. It takes years and a similar crime in a different state to gather the evidence needed to put a serial rapist behind bars.” The recount of the Robinson attack is one of two new episodes being introduced by the Forensic Files show in May. When the camera crews came to Delaware last year, they interviewed Robinson, who is a Seaford insurance agent, extensively for the show. They even gained permission from the owners of the Laurel Village mobile home where she lived when the attack occurred to film portions of the episode.

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Delmar soldier part of unit to visit Kunar province Continued from page 1

the village. “When we first showed up, I thought for sure we were going to get into a fight,” Saxe, the commander of Headquarters and Headquarters Company, Task Force Chosin, said. Saxe’s mission in the valley was meant to be one of peace. Three months before, three U.S. Marines and one U.S. Navy corpsman, who were part of an embedded training team, were killed in the same valley while working with their Afghan partners. The Soldiers of Task Force Chosin crossed the 200 meters from their vehicles to the village and called out to the elders with a loudspeaker. “We went up there to talk to the people,” Saxe said. “To show them that there is a reason for cooperating with us.” U.S. Army Lt. Col. Frederick M. O’Donnell, the commander of Task Force Chosin, said the objective of the mission was to disrupt the insurgents in the villages of Ganjgal and Dam Dar Ye. “This was to be accomplished primarily by non-lethal means, and meant to overcome the stereotypes by which coalition are frequently labelled,” he said. To accomplish this, and show that International Security Assistance Forces and ANSF were not anti-Muslim, the soldiers came bearing gifts of prayer rugs and Korans. “In these very poor villages, most cannot afford a Koran,” O’Donnell said. “Coalition brought prayer rugs and much needed mosque refurbishment items, to include concrete, paint and new mosque

speakers. These items were presented up front, to set the appropriate tone for the visit.” The approach worked. The fighters fell back and the elders came down to speak with the Coalition Forces. During the discussion, the ANSF and ISAF forces spoke with the elders about security and development, explaining that the valley must have both to ensure stability. U.S. Army 1st Lt. Jacob A. Miraldi, of Norwich, Vt., the leader of 3rd platoon, Company A, Task Force Chosin, led one of the platoons involved in the operation. Miraldi said the purpose of the mission is to establish a presence for the Afghan government in the valley, and described the results as a real victory for the Afghan government. “This was a preliminary mission,” he said, “to ensure we have the support of the elders there.” Miraldi explained that the objective was to secure the area to build a road and bring the Afghan government to the people of the Ganjgal. O’Donnell said that this battle is one for the populace, and the Ganjgal operation permitted ISAF and ANSF forces to establish a foothold in the area. “Success will be defined in small increments,” he said. “These villages are not only separated from [the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan], ANSF, and local government, but local villages as well. These people are isolationists. Progress will be slow, and we have to be patient and understanding of that.”

U.S. Army Spc. Michael C. Truitt, of Delmar, a squad automatic weapon gunner assigned to Company A, 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, Task Force Chosin, provides security while his unit conducted a reconnaissance patrol in the Marawara District in eastern Afghanistan’s Kunar province, Dec. 2. During the patrol, Truitt’s unit visited a district center under construction where Truitt was able to establish his position in a guard tower erected to protect the center. Photo by Spc. Eugene Cushing

Heroes series planned

A weekly series highlighting local heroes will begin running in the Seaford Star and Laurel Star newspapers. Written by James Diehl, this series will start by honoring our community’s volunteer firefighters, men and women who put

their lives on the line to ensure our safety. If there is a firefighter in your community you would like to see featured in this series, contact the Star offices at 629-9788 or via email at editor@mspublications. com.


MORNING STAR • DEC. 31, 2009 - JAN. 6, 2010

Business Order helps companies compete

Gov. Jack Markell has signed an executive order that will make it easier for small and mid-sized companies to bid on state contracts. The order will create a centralized, online publication listing all advertised and awarded state contracts. In addition to helping the economy by increasing opportunities and competition, this will also further increase government transparency. Markell directed the Office of Minority and Women Business Enterprise to offer training to small businesses on how to apply for state contracts and provide information on how to learn about available bidding opportunities. The governor told agencies to designate a Minority and Women Business Enterprise Liaison to advise the agency’s cabinet secretary on ways to increase supplier diversity and established the Governor’s Supplier Diversity Council, which is charged with monitoring the state’s efforts in increasing the number of minority- and women-owned businesses winning state contracts. The order also clarified the planning process for supplier diversity efforts in order to improve the performance and accountability of government operations.

Donate cell phones to Verizon

When you head out to do your holiday exchanges, don’t just bring your current cell phone with you, bring your old one and donate it to HopeLine, Verizon Wireless’ cell phone recycling and re-use program. The old phone you donate will help a survivor of domestic violence and support non-profit advocacy groups. HopeLine drop boxes are located in the more than 2,000 Verizon Wireless Communications Stores from coast to coast. To find a store near you, use the Verizon Wireless Store locator available at HopeLine collects no-longer-used wireless phones and equipment in any condition from any service provider. The phones are either refurbished or recycled in an environmentally sound way. Proceeds generated from the sale of refurbished phones are used to provide wireless phones with free airtime to survivors and to contribute to non-profit domestic violence shelters and prevention programs across the country. Since 2001, HopeLine has collected more than 6.5 million phones; awarded more than $7 million in cash grants to domestic violence agencies and organizations nationwide; and donated more than 80,000 HopeLine phones with 240 million minutes of airtime to victims, survivors and domestic violence organizations. Consumers planning to shop online throughout the holiday season can also donate their phones to HopeLine using the postage-paid mailing label available at

Home Team lists top agents

Frank Parks, owner/broker of Home Team Realty, announces that Ryan Horne was the top listing agent for November and Bobby Nibblett was the top producer. Call Home Team Realty with any of your real estate needs at 629-7711.

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‘Santa’ helps Delaware State troopers deliver joy By Tony E. Windsor

Last Tuesday morning a caravan of vehicles traveled down the snow-covered back roads of western Sussex County. Two marked Delaware State Police cars and a large utility trailer donated by Weller’s Utility Trailer’s of Bridgeville, were among the vehicles making the trek, complete with a brightly dressed Santa Claus sitting in the back seat of a SUV. It’s the Delaware State Police Troop 5 annual Needy Families Christmas Drive and uniformed, off-duty police officers and volunteers are helping “Santa” deliver toys, food and other goods to several area needy families. Each year this event helps make sure that families, especially the children, throughout the area receive a merry Christmas, even when financial circumstances may be strained. Cpl. Mark Albert, a project coordinator, said this year’s event has been able to reach the most families since the project started over 20 years ago. “We were able to reach nine families and 20 children this year,” he said. “We expanded the project by three more families over last year and helped even more children.” Albert said the children being served range in ages one and a half to 17-years-old. On Tuesday morning 8-year-old Isaac Taylor, of Seaford, gave Santa Clause (Frank Raskauskus, of Seaford) a big hug as the jolly old elf handed him toys out of his big red bag. Asked how he felt after the visit, Isaac exclaimed, “It was pretty cool!” His mother, Kathy Taylor, couldn’t say enough about how much she appreciated the generosity of the Delaware State Police and those who have supported the Troop 5 project. “I am so happy to know that there are still people who are willing to help others when things get rough,” she said. “We truly appreciate it. This is such a wonderful help.” This year’s Needy Families Drive had police officers visiting families in Milford, Bridgeville, Seaford, Laurel and Delmar. Jim Weller once again provided his utility trailer to haul the “goodies” and volunteered his personal services during the deliveries. Weller has been a part of the event since it was first started by the troopers at Bridgeville headquarters. Albert said many local businesses have helped to make the project successful, including Seaford Wal-Mart, Food Lion of Bridgeville and Laurel, the “Bless Our Children” campaign, Frederick Ford and I.G. Burton of Seaford and Perdue in Mil-

ford, as well as many private contributors. Recently, Albert made a radio appearance to promote the Troop 5 drive and mentioned that one of the children involved in this year’s project was a 14-year-old girl who was unable to attend school regularly due to a health condition. Following the broadcast, a Milford teacher bought a Hewlett-Packard laptop computer and delivered it to Albert at Troop 5 to help the girl keep up with her school work at home. “This was such a wonderful donation,” he said. “To think that someone would go out and buy a brand new laptop computer to help this child is such a special thing.” Albert said he and a state police secretary personally bought the items at local stores based on the requests of the families who were chosen through referrals by local school resource officers. Toys and a box of food were given to each family. All of the toys were separated by family and left at Troop 5 where off-duty troopers came in and helped to wrap everything in time for the Dec. 22 deliveries. The one thing that is a constant each year of the Troop 5 Needy Families Drive is the expressions of appreciation on the faces of families and the excited smiles of the children as they are given their toys and other gifts. Three-year-old Ja’Kirah Cox and her brother, two-year-old Me’Khi Smiley could not take their eyes off Santa Claus as he sat beside their Christmas tree in the living room of their home at Little Creek apartments in Laurel. The two children smiled and conversed with Santa as he brought out what seemed like an endless stream of toys for both of the children. Grandmother Sheila Young sat on the nearby couch, laughing and taking pictures of her grandchildren with Santa. She also took time to take pictures of the state police officers who stood off to the side of the room also watching the happy sight. “This is a wonderful thing they [the state police] have done here,” Young said. “We really appreciate everything they have done for these children.” Charlene Cox, mother of the two children, echoed her mother’s sentiments. “This is so great,” she said. “I am so surprised to see so many people here helping and they even brought Santa for the kids. This is so nice and I really needed the help this year.” The Troop 5 Needy Family Drive works year round to help families in the Sussex County area. For more information about the Project, or to make a contribution, contact Cpl. Mark Albert at 3371090.

Isaac Taylor, 8, of Seaford watches in amazement as “Santa Clause” pulls toy after toy from his big red bag during the visit by the Delaware State Police Troop 5. Photos by Tony Windsor

Ja’Kirah Cox, 3, and Me-Khi Smiley, 2, both of Laurel, enjoy a visit from Santa Clause as part of the annual Delaware State Police, Troop 5 annual Needy Families project. In the background the children’s grandmother, Sheila Young takes pictures.

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Suspect in child’s murder held without bond The man charged with kidnapping 11-year-old Sarah Haley Foxwell, whose body was found near the Delaware state line on Melson Road on Christmas Day, is being held without bond. Thomas J. Leggs Jr., 30, of Salisbury, Md., is in the Wicomico County Detention Center. His bond review hearing was held Monday. Leggs faces a preliminary hearing January 21 on charges of kidnapping and burglary. Additional charges are Thomas J. Leggs, Jr. expected to be filed following an autopsy report. He was charged on Wednesday shortly after Sarah had been reported missing from her home on the 31,000 block of Old Ocean City Road near Salisbury. A registered sex offender,

State takes part in DUI visibility, awareness push

Approximately every 45 minutes someone is killed in an alcohol-related crash in this country. Through New Year’s Eve, Delaware’s Office of Highway Safety and its law enforcement community will take part in the national impaired driving crackdown, “Drunk Driving. Over the Limit. Under Arrest.” The crackdown is a high visibility enforcement and awareness program organized by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration aimed at deterring impaired driving.

Leggs is a former boyfriend of the girl’s aunt, who is Sarah’s legal guardian. Sarah was last seen late Sarah Haley Foxwell Tuesday, Dec. 22, at her home. A relative discovered she was missing early Wednesday. Sarah’s 6-year-old sister awoke during the night last Tuesday and saw Sarah leave the bedroom with the suspect. A law enforcement ground search team found the 11-yearold’s body at around 4 p.m. on Christmas day near Melson Road and Hampton Court, Delmar, about half a mile south of the Delaware-Maryland state line. Around 3,000 volunteers had turned out to search for Sarah. Donations to the Sarah Haley

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Police Journal Case builds against pediatrician

Attorney General Beau Biden recently held a press conference to update the public on the investigation of Lewes pediatrician, Doctor Earl B. Bradley. Biden also provided information about victim services that are available to community members who have been affected by this case. On Dec. 16, Bradley was arrested and a search warrant was executed at his medical practice. As a result, on Dec. 18 he was arrested on several additional charges. He faces 33 felony charges, including eight counts of first degree rape, four counts of second degree rape, 14 counts of sexual exploitation of a child and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child. Bradley’s preliminary hearing was continued at his request and has been rescheduled to Jan. 14. These charges, and any additional charges which may be warranted as the investigation continues, will be presented to the Grand Jury for indictment. He remains held on $2.9 million cash bond. The Delaware Department of Justice, Delaware State Police, and other agencies are coordinating specialized services for victims and their families through its Victim Services units. Attorney General Biden urges all concerned parents and caretakers to contact the Delaware State Police 24-hour Victim Services Hotline at 1-800-VICTIM-1 (1-800-842-8461) or send an e-mail to a specially-arranged Delaware State Police address - victim1@ Callers will speak with a live individual qualified to provide important information and make counseling referrals. They may also be directed to financial assistance provided for counseling and other services through state programs, including the Delaware Victims’ Compensation Assistance Program. Individuals that have information to provide in this case, including suspicious activity, are urged to call Delaware State Police detectives at 856-5850, ext. 216. Parents of patients or former patients of Dr. Bradley, regardless of the age of the child, are asked to come forward.

Robbery arrest in Seaford

Seaford Police detectives in continuing their investigation into a robbery, which occurred at Happy Harry’s in Seaford on Oct. 31, have arrested Timothy C. Santee, 24, of Bridgeville, on robbery charges. On Dec. 21, Seaford Police received a tip regarding a possible subject involved in the robbery. Detectives Santee conducted a follow up on the information and were able to execute a search warrant at a residence in the 200 block of Walnut St. in Bridgeville. Detectives were also assisted by the Bridgeville Police Department and Probation and Parole officers. During the search,

Beebe schedules meetings

Beebe Medical Center has scheduled community meetings to support parents and families that have been affected by child sexual abuse. The meetings will be held in collaboration with other Delaware agencies including ContactLifeline, Survivors of Abuse in Recovery (SOAR), and Delaware State Police Victim Services. Registration is not required. These meetings, free and open to the public, will take place at the McCurry Conference room in the Medical Arts Building at the Beebe Health Campus, John J. Williams Highway (Route 24), Rehoboth Beach, on the following dates: • 7 p.m., Tuesday, January 12 • 7 p.m., Tuesday, January 26 Those attending these initial meetings will decide when and how often they would like to continue to meet. The collaborating organizations are: ContactLifeline offers toll-free 24/7 Crisis Helpline and Rape Crisis Services to the Delaware community. SOAR Survivors of Abuse in Recovery, Inc. (SOAR) is a statewide recovery program which provides counseling, referral, and education services to adult, adolescent and child survivors of sexual abuse and assault. DSP victim services: The Victim Service Section of the Delaware State Police is available 24 hours a day through the toll free hotline, 1-800-VICTIM-1. officers located and arrested Santee and also recovered property linking him to the crime. Santee was arraigned at the Justice of the Peace Court #4 in Seaford and committed to the Department of Corrections in lieu of $14,000 secured bond pending a preliminary hearing. He was charged with first degree robbery, aggravated menacing, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, possession of a firearm by person prohibited, wearing a disguise during a felony, possession of a narcotic schedule II controlled substance, and carrying a concealed deadly weapon.

Theft from cemetery

On Dec. 14, a citizen was visiting the Drawyers Creek Cemetery in Odessa when he observed a female subject moving from one gravesite to another and removing the floral arrangements. The female suspect was then seen placing the arrangements into the back of her GMC pick-up. The witness contacted the cemetery caretaker who advised no one had permission to remove any of the arrangements. The suspect saw the witness speaking to the caretaker and drove away from the scene hastily. The witness then followed the suspect just long enough to get her tag number which was provided to the investigator. Troopers conducted a routine computer check and ultimately identified the suspect

as Andrea Ellingsworth, 27, of Odessa. Officers responded to her home and located the stolen flowers outside. They then took Ellingsworth into custody without incident. She was transported back to Troop 9 where she was charged with misdemeanor theft. Ellingsworth was released on unsecured bond and her court date is pending.

Wire fraud scheme

David C. Weiss, United States attorney for the District of Delaware, has announced the unsealing of an indictment returned by a federal grand jury on Dec. 10, charging Keith Singleton, 41, of Schwenksville, Pa., and Eugene Watson, 30, of Philadelphia, Pa., with organizing a scheme to defraud Citigroup, Inc. (“Citigroup”) out of approximately $2.9 million. Singleton and Watson are both charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and with 16 individual counts of wire fraud. Singleton is also charged with two counts of engaging in monetary transactions in property derived from specified unlawful activity. The charges of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and wire fraud each carry a maximum penalty of 30 years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, five years of supervised release and a $100 special assessment. The charges of engaging in monetary transactions in property derived from specified unlawful activity each carry a maximum penalty of 10 years imprisonment, a fine of either $250,000 or two times the amount involved in the transaction, three years supervised release and a $100 special assessment. The indictment alleges that beginning in or about Dec. 2006, the defendants conspired with C.S., a separately indicted co-conspirator, who was employed by Citigroup in that company’s Loan Operations Department, located in New Castle. In her position at Citigroup, C.S. was responsible for ensuring that payments Citigroup received from borrowers regarding certain loan transactions were properly transferred from a Citigroup account into the bank accounts of the other various participants or agents involved in the transactions. The indictment alleges that from December 2006 through March 2007, the defendants and C.S. agreed that C.S. would send 21 different individual wire transfers of funds, totaling approximately $2.9 million, to bank accounts that were unrelated to any legitimate Citigroup transaction. In fact, these bank accounts were all accounts held either in Singleton’s name, in Watson’s name, in the name of Singleton’s business, or in the name of associates of Singleton or Watson. The indictment alleges that Singleton, Watson and C.S. split the proceeds of this fraud. The case was investigated by the United States Postal Inspection Service and the United States Secret Service.

Officer involved shooting

At approximately 2:43 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 26, a female subject called 911 to report a domestic related argument be-

tween herself and her husband, Chad M. Fulginiti, 38, of Millsboro. The caller advised the initial incident occurred on Route 24 in the area of Burton’s Pond Road in the Long Neck area. The female said she got out of the vehicle, a gray Nissan pick-up, and her husband fled the scene. The female told the 911 operator that her husband Fulginiti was distraught and suicidal. A short time later, the female advised she discovered the suspect had taken his handgun from their home. Allegedly, Fulginiti next drove to the Lewes Auto Mall, to CP Diver, where he located a vehicle belonging to a subject he believed was romantically involved with his wife. The suspect then significantly damaged this vehicle. Units began to check the area and located the Nissan pick up on Van Dyke Street in the development of Bayside. By this time, a Delaware State Police Crisis Management Team member was on the phone with the suspect. Fulginiti pulled out onto Route 1 and started southbound. For the next hour, the suspect drove along the Route 1 corridor, while continuing to talk to officers on the phone. During the phone conversations, Fulginiti confirmed that he was armed. He also threatened to harm himself and ram a police car. The Nissan eventually pulled into the development of South Shores Marina on Marina Drive. The DSP units converged in on the development and set up a perimeter to keep the suspect from fleeing again. Troopers continued to speak with Fulginiti in an attempt to end this situation peacefully. The suspect was angry and threatened ‘suicide by cop.’ He threatened that he was going to harm himself and other people. Troopers attempted to keep Fulginiti at bay, however, he started to flee the scene in a reckless manner. Shortly after 7:30 p.m. a state trooper fired his departmentally issued weapon a single time, striking the suspect in the hand. The Nissan came to a stop and the suspect was taken into custody. First aid was immediately rendered and the suspect was transported from the scene to Beebe Hospital and then to Christiana Hospital. The trooper involved in this shooting, Cpl. Jefffrey Ballinger, is a 7-year-veteran of the Delaware State Police assigned to Troop 7 in Lewes. He has been placed on administrative duty pending the outcome of this investigation. Warrants have been approved for Chad Fulginiti. The charges are as follows: burglary (felony); criminal mischief (misdemeanor); DUI (traffic offense); and disregarding a police officer’s signal (felony). Fulginiti was arraigned at Christiana Hospital on Sunday, Dec. 27. He was issued a $3,500 secured bond and his custody was turned over to the Department of Corrections.

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Along with giving to children, let’s teach compassion Over the Christmas holidays an 11-year-old girl in Salisbury ony indsor was abducted and murdered. And recently a Lewes pediatrician was My heart is broken when arrested and charged with the raping and otherwise sexually abusing reading about the crimes multiple children ages 2-months to against those who are 13-years-old. In Phoenix, Arizona a five-year-old girl was grabbed from most vulnerable, our the front yard of her home, thrust into a van, kidnapped and molested. precious children. In Little Rock, Arkansas, a Salvatheir crimes speak so loudly. tion Army Major was robbed, shot There are masses of people who are and killed in front of the organization’s outraged by the barbaric actions of these community center while his children, 4-, criminals. Thousands of these people 6- and 8-years old, looked on. turned out on what should have been a Recently, a 23-year-old Nigerian alChristmas holiday with family to help leged al-Qaeda terrorist set himself on search for Sarah Foxwell when she went fire in an attempt to ignite a bomb aboard missing in Salisbury. a Northwest Airlines airbus landing in Passengers on the Northwest Airlines Detroit with 278 passengers and 11 crew flight jumped into action and subdued the members on board. And these are just a Nigerian terrorist, helping to prevent what few of the atrocities that have been a part could have been a massive murder of inof national news in recent days and weeks. nocent people. I often wonder why we have become Though I am proud when I hear about such a depraved society. I then stop and the heroic and selfless actions of those consider that it is the horrific, mind-numbwho react when terrible things happen, I ing nature of the incidents that seem to still have a desire that we might be a bit take control and leave me considering that more proactive. we are bound for “hell in a hand basket.” Perhaps we should be more concerned Then I realize that it is the minority who about the potential of disaster and crime, make up the socially maladapted, mentally especially as it pertains to our children. I, ill and depraved individuals; however,



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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded more than $3.2 million to the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control to improve water quality in Delaware. The funds provide additional capital to Delaware’s Water Pollution Control Revolving Loan Fund, which gives low interest loans for constructing wastewater treatment plants, nonpoint source control, and water quality management projects. In 2010, loans from the fund will assist in expanding wastewater treatment facilities servicing the Inland Bays and the Oak Orchards Sewer District, and provide $1 million in funding for nonpoint source control projects. Projects include: planning, designing, and constructing new facilities, and improving existing treatment plants, sewers, and collection lines; constructing erosion control measures; repairing and replacing septic systems and leaking underground storage tanks, and; implementing best agricultural management practices. The EPA grant was matched with $654,860 from the state. As recipients repay their loans, the funds are available for future projects in Delaware.

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like millions of others, am sickened by the assaults against innocent children. My heart is broken when reading about the crimes against those who are most vulnerable, our precious children. I have always had my personal opinion that much of society’s ills have come from generations of setting our children up with a sense of entitlement and a lack of selflessness. My theory is that following World War II, our country went through an economic growth and we for the first time became a nation of consumption. People moved from the country to the cities and eventually developed suburbs filled with mass manufactured housing and driveways touting the newest in automobile design. The frugality of the previous generations, many of whom survived the depression, was fast becoming a philosophy of the past. Saturday morning cartoons are littered with toy manufacturers peddling their wares to children who then beg Mom and Dad to buy it. Each generation has fought to assure their children are able to get the newest entertainment trend, sometimes to the sacrifice of basic needs. For each generation the products get more technically advanced and thus more expensive. But, it is imperative that our

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Commemorative bricks on sale Friends fundraiser

The Friends of the Bridgeville Library have another delicious fundraiser to pro­ mote. All you have to do is enjoy a meal at the Seaford, Dover, Rehoboth or Salis­ bury IHOP locations, any day, any meal. Fill out the comment card, staple your receipt to it and drop it off at The Bridge­ ville Library, Bridgeville Town Hall, or The Providence Sales Cottage at Heritage Shores.

The Friends of the Seaford Library are holding a sale of commemorative bricks for display near the reading terrace at the new library. The tax­deductable 4X8 inch bricks may be purchased for $100 each, and may be inscribed in honor of, in mem­ ory of or as a gift for friends, neighbors or relatives. Proceeds will be donated to the library building fund. Order forms are available at the library. Contact Friends President Peggy Boyd (536­1449) or Vice President Connie Halter (628­0554) for more information.

NHS plans 2010 dinner/auction

The Nanticoke Health Services dinner & auction planning committee of “crew members” is preparing an enjoyable voy­ age for the 24th annual dinner and auction at Heritage Shores Club in Bridgeville on April 17. Proceeds benefit Women’s Health/Digital Mammography Services at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital. Last year’s annual auction event drew a record crowd and raised more than $85,000. For details, contact the Corporate De­

Miss and Little Miss Seaford

The Seaford Lioness presents their an­ nual Miss/Little Miss Seaford Pageant. The pageant will be held at 7 p.m. on Fri­ day, Feb. 5, at Seaford High School. The

Miss Pageant is open to girls who reside in Seaford and attend Seaford or Sussex Tech schools. Girls must be a freshman, sophomore or junior, but cannot turn 19 in their reign­ ing year as Miss Seaford. Applications and more information can be obtained by call­ ing Bonny Hastings at Cut n’ Up Family Salon, 628­8150 or 841­4884. The Little Miss pageant is open to kin­ dergarten and 1st grade students who re­ side in Seaford. Applications will be avail­ able starting Jan. 5, and information will be sent home with the little girls on Jan. 4.

MLK Day of Celebration plans

Rise­n­Shine to a Prayer Breakfast at SVFD Banquet Hall, King & Cannon Streets, Seaford, at 8 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 18. Tickets are $20. No tickets will be sold after Jan. 11. This year’s keynote speaker is Joy Oliver­Hunt. The MLK Community Recognition Award will be presented to Tanya Rick­ etts­Smack, a longtime educator, dedicated to the Seaford community. Come out and enjoy a breakfast buffet, live entertainment and Power Point presen­ tations on the visionary Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. legacy. The celebration continues at Seaford High School from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Ad­

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mission is $1. The celebration features the Twin Poets, Tahaira African Storyteller, Da’ Flock Christian Rappers, basketball tournaments, cultural displays, educational vendors, a free lunch sponsored by Food Lion, Dress for Success Fashion Show, MLK Jr. trivia, 2010 AFRAM Theme contest, children’s games sponsored by the Seaford Parks & Rec., crafts by the Sea­ ford District Library and much more. For more info and tickets, call 628­1908.

Train exhibit at Seaford Museum

Visit the train exhibit in the Webb Room at the Seaford Museum. The exhibit will remain in place until Jan. 16. There are two working trains set up and running. In addition, there will be a 1920 standard gauge freight train, a 1940 standard gauge passenger train and a 1936 O­gauge passenger train on display. Oth­ ers include a 2­gauge Bachman and an N­gauge passenger train along with dozens more. Also on display will be different bridges, towers, factories and plastic Ville buildings. The Seaford Museum, located at 203 High St., is open Thursdays through Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m. Admission is free for members. For non­ members there is a charge of $3 per person. Children 12 and under are admitted free but must be accompanied by an adult.

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MORNING STAR • DEC. 31, 2009 - JAN. 6, 2010

Seaford Library

• The Seaford District Library has joined IHOP in an effort to raise money for the library. Eat a meal at the Seaford, Dover, Rehoboth or Salisbury, Md. IHOP locations and return an itemized receipt along with a comment card to the Seaford District Library. We must have the comment cards with itemized receipts in order to receive the reimbursement. The Seaford Library will receive 10% of the total receipt. • The Seaford Library and Cultural Center will be closed on Friday, Jan. 1. We will reopen for our regular business hours on Saturday, Jan. 2, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. • The Seaford Library and Cultural Center presents “Toddler Tales,” a story time for walkers, on Tuesday, Jan. 5, at 10:30 a.m. • The Seaford Library and Cultural Center presents “Baby Bookworms,” a story time for infants, on Monday, Jan. 11, at 10:30 a.m. • The Seaford Library and Cultural Center Board meeting will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 12, at 6 p.m. • The “Science and Religion” book discussion will meet at the Seaford Library and Cultural Center on Monday, Jan. 18, at 6 p.m. For more information, call Rose Harrison at 629-2524 or visit • Registration for the Adult Winter Reading Program “New Beginnings” will start on Monday, Jan. 25. For more information, contact Amber Motta at 629-2524 or visit

Father Daughter Dance tickets

Mt. Olivet’s Father Daughter Dance is Friday, Jan. 29, from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $7.50 each and can be purchased by contacting David and Becky Genshaw at 629-9014.

AARP Tax-Aide volunteers

AARP Tax-Aide is looking for volunteers to help senior and low income taxpayers complete their 2009 federal and state income tax returns. Volunteers are needed for assignments in western Sussex County (Delmar to Greenwood). Computer literate volunteers will prepare income tax returns. Other volunteers are needed to greet clients and check accuracy of results. Volunteers will receive free tax training and are asked to give a commitment of four hours per week during the ten week tax preparation period. For details, call Bill Watt at 262-0516 or Melvin Koster at 628-3849.

Stay and Play program

Parents As Teachers announces the free Seaford Stay & Play program. Come have fun playing and learning with your child through a variety of toys and activities. The program is open to children birth through 48 months and their caregivers, on Mondays from 10:30 a.m. to noon at Seaford Parks & Recreation. For more information and a complete schedule, contact Anna Scovell at 856-5239.

Historical Society books

The Laurel Historical Society announces the availability of a new book, The Odd Fellows Cemetery Laurel, Delaware. This book, compiled by Doug Breen and Chuck Swift, has a complete list of almost 5,000 names that are found within the cemetery. This book can be purchased for $35. Also available is a DVD of the presentation by Jay Hill of the Bacon Switch area south of Laurel. This DVD can be purchased for $5. The History of Nineteenth Century Laurel is a collection of stories and information that was written and complied by Harold Hancock with input from many local people. Copies are available for $45. To order any of these items, email or call Chuck Swift at 875-7665.

Jan. 25, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost is $12 for AARP members, $14 for non members. To register for the course call 875-2536.

Delmar Library holiday hours

Delaware Helpline

Join us at the Greenwood CHEER Center for a presentation on Delaware Helpline 211 at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 27. This is a free informational program promoting and encouraging Delaware constituents to call 2-1-1 for health and human service providers who can assist with a wide range of non-emergency issues. For more information, call the center at 349-5237.

Greenwood Library

On Tuesday, Jan. 12, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Greenwood Library’s Bound by Books discussion group will be discussing the book, The House at Riverton by Kate Morton. The program is free and open to all. Refreshments will be served. To obtain a copy of the book please drop by the Greenwood Public Library or call Robin Miller at 302-349-5309. The Greenwood Public Library is located at 100 Mill St., just east of the railroad tracks in Greenwood.

The Delmar Public Library will be closed on Friday, Jan. 1, for New Years. We will be open on Saturday, Jan. 2, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Delmar Public Library will be closed on Monday, Jan. 18, in observance of Martin Luther King Day, however, Miss Pam, the children’s librarian, will host the 9th annual Monopoly tournament that day in the Hayman community room. The tournament will begin at 11 a.m. and continue until we have a winner.

Oyster Sandwiches

Oyster sandwiches, chicken salad and homemade soup will be for sale on Jan. 9, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This will benefit the Delmar Fire Department and Ladies Auxiliary. Taking advanced orders – contact any auxiliary member, 302-846-2530 or 875-2195.

Spicer Memorial Golf Tournament The Chad Spicer Memorial Golf Tounament will be held June 17.

All-You-Can-Eat breakfast

All-you-can-eat breakfast will be held at Centenary United Methodist Church, Poplar and Market streets, Laurel, on Saturday, Jan. 9, from 6:30-10:30 a.m. Adults $5; children, 6-12, $3; under 6 years are free.


The Jones Boys

The Jones Boys will be performing on Saturday, Jan. 30, 8 p.m. to midnight, at the Laurel Fire Hall. A dance to benefit Hope House I & II. Tickets are $10. There will be a Cash Bar.

AARP Driving Course

AARP Refresher Driving Course will be held at Laurel Senior Center on


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PAGE 14 Registration, 11 a.m.; shot gun start, 12:30 p.m.; event format: 4-person scramble. Join us to enjoy a great day of golf and the opportunity to contribute to the trust for Officer Chad Spicer’s daughter, Aubrey Spicer. With each sponsorship, golfers will receive: 18-holes of championship golf; use of the driving range and practice facilities; on-course contests; gourmet boxed lunch; on course beverages and snacks; goodie bag; cocktail party and dinner to follow. Additional opportunities include: Mulligan; 50/50 raffle; silent auction; beat the pro contest; ball drop contest. To pre-register or for more information, call Stefanie Sirota at 302-337-9910 Ext. 316 or e-mail to HS Tournament@

Rock for Books Sock Hop

The Friends of the Bridgeville Library annual fundraiser “Rock for Books Sock Hop” featuring fifties and sixties music by the Cavemen is Friday, Feb. 5, 2010, from 6 to 10 p.m., at Heritage Shore Clubhouse in Bridgeville. The event is fun for all ages and features a buffet dinner, Chinese auction and cakewalk. Cost is $25 ($10 tax deductible). Tickets are available at the Bridgeville Library and Bridgeville Town Hall or by calling Cheryl at 337-9733.

MORNING STAR • DEC. 31, 2009 - JAN. 6, 2010 Wheaton at 629-7180.

See ‘The Lion King’

Limited seats are available for a trip to see Disney’s breathtaking musical “The Lion King” on Thursday, April 15, 2010, at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia; the trip is sponsored by Adult Plus+ at Delaware Technical & Community College, Owens Campus. For more information or to reserve orchestra seats, contact the Delaware Tech’s Adult Plus+ program at 856-5618. The April 25, 2010 cruise to Bermuda is one of the functions planned to help raise funds for the new Seaford Library and Cultural Center. A reservation deposit of $300 is required. The total cost varies with the choice of stateroom. An interior room costs $975 per person. An oceanview room is $1195. For a deluxe oceanview with veranda the cost is $1495. The price includes round trip transportation from Seaford to Cape Liberty in New York Harbor, N.J. The ship docks for three days in Bermuda at Kings Wharf. Information regarding island tours and other suggested activities on the island will be provided on board the ship. For further information, call Barbara Stetzer at 628-3300 or 2-mail barb@

March 1-3, 2010 - a trip to Foxwoods & Mohegan Sun in Connecticut. Cost: $235 double. March 31 - Washington, D.C. to see the cherry blossoms and a buffet lunch on the Spirit of Washington. Cost: $71 April 30 to May 2 - Azalea Festival Grand Parade, Botanical Gardens, International Tattoo Show, dinner on the Spirit of Norfolk, tours of the naval base, Battleship Wisconsin, The Nauticus and more. Cost: $387 double. April 12-16, Myrtle Beach, S.C. Shows at four different theaters: Alabama, Palace, Carolina and Legends in Concert, a boat cruise, tour of Charleston, House of Blues, Barefoot Landing and meals. Cost: $535 double. Seaford AARP trips are open to the public. For more information, contact Rose

Space is still available on a New Hampshire Ski Week scheduled for Feb. 21-26, 2010. Spend five days skiing in New Hampshire at your choice each day of Cannon Mountain, Loon Mountain, Waterville Valley, or Bretton Woods. Sponsored by the Salisbury Ski Club of Delmarva, the trip leaders are Wini Walton and Bobbi Pinson, who can be reached at 302-734-4930 or 629-6925. The ski week package includes everything but transportation and has the low per person price of $450-4/room, $475-3/ room, and $515-2/room - plus all tips and taxes are included. Singles are $660 and kids 12 years old and under are $65 each plus lift tickets. Non-skiers are welcome at $135 off the per person rates. For the low package price, you get not only five days of skiing but also lodging (with a pool, jacuzzi, sauna and game room), five breakfasts and 4 dinners served buffet style, daily après ski and after dinner parties, and nightly entertainment. The rooms are unusually large,

USCG Auxiliary

United States Coast Guard Auxiliary meets the second Sunday of the month at 2 p.m. at the Nanticoke River Yacht Club. Whether you’re an experienced boater or a recreational kayaker learn what the new boating requirements are. For more information, contact Cindi Chaimowitz at 302-398-0309. The next meeting will be held on Sunday, Jan. 10.

Friends of the Library meeting

The Friends of the Bridgeville Library will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 5, in the meeting room of the Bridgeville Public Library on South Cannon Street in Bridgeville. For more information, contact Ruth Skala 337-3678.

Seaford Library cruise

New Hampshire Ski Week

Seaford AARP trips

with plenty of space for four people and all their ski gear. Late February has proven to be the best time to ski New England – great weather, and no crowds! This marks the 24th year for this popular trip, which has been so well received because it offers so much for such a reasonable price. Call Wini Walton or Bobbi Pinson after 6 p.m., at 302-734-4930 or 629-6925 for reservations


United States Power Squadron (USPS) meets at the Nanticoke River Yacht Club on the third Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. If you are interested in boating education and safety, and enjoy boating, sailing or canoeing, join and participate in the classes and outings. For more information, contact C.M. Kohlenberg at 6290687 or Rob Hutton at 628-0312.

Needle Point Guild

The Delaware Seashore Chapter of the American Needlepoint Guild will hold their next meeting on Jan. 4, 2010, at the CHEER Center in Georgetown. All levels of needlepoint are welcome and invited to visit with us. For further questions contact Helen Atkinson, 302-227-1848.


Bonnie Hitch, customer service manager for DART First State, will be the featured guest speaker at the next meeting of the Sussex County Advisory Committee for the Aging & Adults with Physical Disabilities. The Advisory Committee invites the public to attend the committee’s next meeting at 10 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 11, at the Sussex County Administrative Offices West Complex on North DuPont Highway in Georgetown. An open discussion will follow the featured presentation.

DSTP parent meeting

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MORNING STAR • DEC. 31, 2009 - JAN. 6, 2010 ware Student Testing Program (DSTP). Those ratings can range from Superior to Under School Improvement. For the 2009-2010 school year Seaford High School is rated as being Under School Improvement. The Seaford School District needs to develop a restructuring plan for Seaford High School that focuses on the school’s governance or how decisions are made within the school. A meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 6, in the Seaford High School auditorium. The restructuring plan will be discussed and parents are invited to make suggestions regarding what they would like to see in the plan for next year.

Widowed Persons Service

The Seaford Chapter of the Widowed Persons Service will have its next meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 19, at 12:15 p.m. at the Georgia House in Laurel. The planned guest speaker will be Hugh Thornton. He has a very unique story to tell — which includes the dog that saved his life. His dog will accompany him to the meeting. You won’t want to miss this. All widowed persons of all ages are invited to attend. Come join us —we all enjoy the trips, lunches/dinners, etc. that we do.


The members of H.A.P.P.E.N., Hearn’s Pond Association for its Protection, Preservation, Enhancement and Naturalization, met on Dec. 10 to discuss issues concerning the Hearn‘s Pond area. Among the issues discussed were the completed dam-safety study, annexation and community projects. The group gathered and filled stockings to be donated to the Salvation Army and made up a bell ringer schedule for this holiday season. The group’s next meeting will be held on Thursday, Feb. 11, at 7 p.m. at the Seaford Museum. Anyone interested in attending the meeting is welcome.

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Sussex Tech Class of 2000

We are looking for any contact information for members of the Class of 2000. Send information to: by Jan. 8.

Adult Plus+ activities

Start the new year off right by taking advantage of activities offered in January by the Adult Plus+ program at Delaware Technical & Community College, Owens Campus. Get a cardio workout while dancing to hypnotic Latin rhythms in Golden Zumba on Thursdays beginning Jan. 14 at 10:30 a.m. On Thursday, Jan. 14, the Couples Club will meet at noon to enjoy food and company. Singles shouldn’t feel left out; the Mixed Singles Club offers the opportunity to share a meal, meet new people and plan social outings at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 20. Share laughs, challenges and fun beginning Wednesday, Jan. 20 while playing bingo from 10 to 11:30 a.m. or dominoes from 1 to 3 p.m. at the CHEER Community Center in Georgetown. Build cardiovascular endurance and muscle tone while getting fit in Senior Circuit on Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 to 11 a.m. beginning Jan. 27 at Independence in Millsboro. Adults ages 50 and up can become Adult Plus+ members for $18 per year. Benefits of membership include unlimited use of the Stephen J. Betze Library located on campus; exclusive advanced registration and special discounts on trips, courses and special events; and a free drink with purchase of a meal at Lighthouse Cove, Delaware Tech’s food service. For complete information, or to register, contact Delaware Tech’s Adult Plus+ program at 856-5618.

Lewes Polar Bear Plunge

Country breakfast buffet

A country breakfast buffet will be held every fourth Sunday each month - September through June, from 7 to 10 a.m. at Galestown Community House. The buffet includes eggs, scrapple, sausage, pancakes, potato casserole, hominy, biscuits, toast, fruit cup and sticky buns. The community house is located on School House Road at the inter-

Freeze your fur off on Sunday, Feb. 7, at 1 p.m. on Rehoboth Beach with family, friends and frigid fans at the 19th annual Lewes Polar Bear Plunge. Registration is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Presented by Wawa & Comcast, the Lewes Polar Bear Plunge benefits Special Olympics Delaware, an organization devoted to sports training and competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. A minimum of $50 in pledges guarantees you an official event

sweatshirt and a spot on the beach. Sign up online at www. For more information, call 831-4653.

Watermelon Convention

The 45th Annual Mar-Del Watermelon Convention will be held Feb. 5-6, at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Resort in Cambridge, Md. This year’s convention will include grower seminars, trade show, live auction, queen contest, membership meeting and various other fun-filled events. Registration forms and more details are available on the website at www.mardelwatermelon. org or you may contact our secretary at 410-341-4003.

Lights benefit community

The home of Mark and Sharon Christopher, which features 165,000 lights, will be decorated through Sunday, Jan. 3. Their house is on Line Road, just past the intersection with Woodpecker Road. The lights are on nightly until about 10 p.m. Donations will benefit the building fund of the Galestown Community Center.

AGO seeks members

The Southern Delaware Chapter of the American Guild of Organists (AGO), which seeks to promote appreciation of all aspects of organ and choral music, invites everyone who is interested in music to join the chapter. For details, call 629-8033.

‘Take back our state dinner’ Conservative citizens of Delaware are sponsoring a dinner at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 23, at Sam Yoder’s Community Center in Houston, in order to unite citizens, share issues and concerns and hear from leaders. Featured speakers are statewide conservative candidates Christine O’Donnell, Fred Cullis and Sen. Colin Bonini. All candidates are running on their own merit. Nicole Theis, Delaware Family Policy Council and Doug Lileks, 9-12 DE Patriots will also speak. Tickets are $20 for adults and $5 for children 9 and under. All tickets will be sold in advance and are available at the Georgetown Animal Hospital (856-2623), Trinity Transport in Seaford (253-3900) or by calling Lyle Humpton (337-7815), Jack Clark (242-3155) or Eric Bodenweiser (856-9395).

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MORNING STAR • DEC. 31, 2009 - JAN. 6, 2010

Church Bulletins Weekly Bible Study

A weekly Bible study will be held every Wednesday night from 7:15-8:15 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Express, Seaford, Rt. 13 South (next to Friendly’s). Family oriented Bible lessons for all ages. Elder Cornell Johnson is Pastor. Call 628-0349 or 302-344-9672.

New Year’s Eve service

New Year’s Eve at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church will be the time and place to say goodbye to 2009 and welcome 2010. Lots of music and refreshments and a good time for all. Music will be provided by the O’Day Family, Sounds of Joy and Joe Dawson. Join us as we sing and pray the New Year in. St. Paul’s is located just east of U.S. 13, on Old Stage Road, Laurel. For more information, call 875-7900.

Free soup and sandwiches

New Zion United Methodist Church in Laurel offers free soup and sandwiches every Wednesday from noon to 2 p.m. For more information, contact Pastor Timothy Duffield Sr. at 875-0727.

Father Daughter Dance

Mt. Olivet Father-Daughter Dance will be held Jan. 29, 2010. Tickets are available by contacting David and Becky Genshaw, 629-9014.

Book discussion planned

A Doubter’s Guide to the Bible by Terry Giles asks the skeptics’ hard questions, exploring issues such as the Bible’s

origins, historical accuracy, violence, continuing evil in today’s world and the degree to which the Bible has been used as propaganda. Come to a discussion of this book led by the Rev. Connie Hastings on Wednesday, Jan. 6, at 7 p.m. in the Wesley Lounge at St. John’s United Methodist Church, Seaford. Copies can be ordered from Amazon or Call 6299466 for more information.

Youth Recreation Night

Trinity UMC in Laurel holds a weekly Recreation Night for youth. All youth are invited to attend every Tuesday (when school is in session) from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Basketball and other fun activities are available. A parent/guardian needs to give contact information the first night in attendance; come inside and introduce yourself.

Alliance Church Parent/Teen

On Saturday, Jan. 23, 2010, from 8:30 a.m. to noon, Atlanta Road Alliance Church will host a seminar for parents and their teens/tweens (age 10 and up). Join us for a refreshing and challenging event that will include fellowship, worship, teaching via DVD, and even free giveaways. Cost is $2 per person. To register and obtain more information, visit www. or call 629-5600. The Atlanta Road Aliance Church is located at 22625 Atlanta Road, Seaford, approximately 1-1/2 miles north of the intersection of Stein Highway and Atlanta Road.

St. Luke’s Newsletter

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church offers its newsletter on line and also, via e-mail. Our “Luke’s Letter” is published approximately once a month and will be available on our website www. You can also join our e-mail list if you send a request to StLukesEpis@comcast. net St. Luke’s services are Sunday, Holy Eucharist at 9 a.m., and Thursday evenings, Holy Eucharist and Healing at 6 p.m. The Rev. Jeanne Kirby-Coladonato is the Rector/Pastor.

Kidstuf 103 at Alliance Church

Atlanta Road Alliance Church in Seaford is offering Kidstuf 103 on Wednesday evenings. Kidstuf is a program designed for children and parents to attend together. Each month features a different Biblical virtue using music, drama, a storyteller and games. A light supper is served at 6:15 p.m., followed by the program at 6:45 p.m. Kidstuf is designed for kindergarten through 6th grade; however, parents are welcome to bring their preschoolers with them. Registration is free. No drop-offs. For more information, call 629-5600 or visit

Jones Boys

Saturday, Jan. 30 from 8 p.m. to midnight at the Laurel Fire Hall. Tickets are $10 with a cash bar. Benefits Hope House I & II.

Goodwill ready for more donations Goodwill of Delaware and Delaware County will have additional personnel on hand at the end of December at all of its attended donation centers and retail stores to handle the traditional year-end increase in donations of cash, clothes, cars, computers, non-perishable food items and household goods. Taxpayers who itemize their deductions are often urged to consider yearend charitable donations to possibly reduce their taxable income and lower their tax bills. “Traditionally, December is a very busy month for donations,” said Ted Van Name, president and CEO of Goodwill of Delaware and Delaware County. “Folks who want to help Goodwill by donating their cash or property want to be sure to get their donations and the receipt acknowledged by the end of the calendar year. We also provide each donor with a valuation guide that helps them determine the fair-market value of their contribution to Goodwill.” Goodwill’s donation centers are open 7 days a week and will be open until 5 p.m. on New Year’s Eve to handle lastminute contributions. A donation hotline has also been created to answer questions about locations and hours. The number is 302-2523210.

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

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

A church you can relate to

1010S.C entral Ave., Laurel Ph: 875-7748 Minister: Ian J. Drucker Worship Services: Sunday 10 a.m. 6:00 p.m. BibleS tudy: Sun. 9:00 a.m.; Wed. 7:00 p.m. In The Interest Of New Testament Christianity


510 S. Central Ave., Laurel, DE Rev. Donna Hinkle, Pastor Church: 875-4233 Sunday Services: 8:30 am Praise 9:30 am Sunday School,10:45 am Worship


Centenary United Methodist Church

“Where Caring is Sharing” “NEW SONG!” - Contemporary Celebration, 8:45 a.m. Sunday School, Classes for ALL ages, 9:45 a.m. Traditional Family Worship, 11:00 a.m.

Rev. K. Wayne Grier, Pastor, 875-3983 200 W. Market St., Laurel, Del.

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

(302) 875-3644

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

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

Youth Group Wednesday 7:00 pm

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

Christian Church of Seaford

Dual 13N., Seaford, DE • 629-6298


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

Centrally located at

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

For info, call 875.7995 or visit Pastor Timothy Dukes, Senior Pastor Pastor John Lanzone, Youth/Family Pastor

St. Paul’s United Methodist Church Road68, South of Laurel Laurel,D el.

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

Delmar Wesleyan Church

Pastor - Donald Murray - 856-6107

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

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

Wednesday: BibleS tudy 7P M

MORNING STAR • DEC. 31, 2009 - JAN. 6, 2010


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

Obituaries William B. Bush, 87

William B. “Bill” Bush, Ret. Merchant Marine Captain, passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2009. William was born in Ocean City, Md. on April 29, 1922, the son of Thomas Tunis E. Bush Edelenbosch and Anna V. Bush Richardson. He attended Sunny Hills School in Hockessin, later known as Sanford Preparatory School, where he graduated in 1940. He served in W.W. II as a corporal in the United States Marine Corp. He participated in major sea battles including Midway, Coral Sea, Guadalcanal and Tulagi. He was a survivor of the sinking of the USS Yorktown CV-5. He received a purple heart, a silver star and a bronze star for his service to our country. William attended Asbury College where he studied for the ministry. After leaving the ministry, he followed in his father’s footsteps as a Merchant Marine Captain. He worked for Sun Oil Company, Marcus Hook, Pa. and Saving Towing, Texas, until his retirement at the age of 70. William was a life member of the American Legion Post #19, Laurel; a lifetime member of the D.A.V., Chapter 9, Seaford; a member of the Yorktown CV-5 Club, Inc.; and a member of the Masonic Temple Lodge #9, A.F. & A.M., Milford. He is survived by two children, son, Thomas R. “Rob” Bush and his wife, Joanne of Laurel, and daughter, Betty Jane “B.J.” Ellis and her husband, Steve of Seaford. He is also survived by two sisters, Dora Simpson, Millsboro, and Anna Virginia Walker, Inverness, Mass.; four grandchildren, Suzanne McDonald, Denver, Pa., Christopher Bunting, Seaford, Eric A. Bunting, Philadelphia, Pa. and Claude James “C.J.” Ellis, Seaford; four great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. William was preceded in death by his wives, Florence E. Bush Plummer, Lucille Bush Hill and Rose Kovats Smith; and a daughter, Linda A. Bunting. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association in loving memory of William B. Bush. Donations may be sent to: Jamie A. Magee, Sussex Coordinator, Alzheimer’s Association DVC, PO Box 625,


SEAFORD PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH Sunday School 9 am Morning Worship 10 am

701 Bridgeville Road 629-9077

Seaford Seventh-day Adventist Church

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

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

All are welcome to worship here every Sabbath.

FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH 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.

Georgetown, DE 19947. Interment was held privately. Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home in Laurel is serving the Bush family.

Mary Beth Massey, 59

Mary Beth Massey of Milford, and formerly of Farmington, died Saturday, Dec. 19, 2009, in Richmond, Va., after a sudden illness. Mary was born in Hanover, Pa., the daughter of David W. and Florence R. Lehigh. Mary began her nursing career at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in Seaford, working there from 1978 until she retired in 2001. She then worked at The Milford Center, Genesis Eldercare from 2001 until 2007 and then at Courtland Manor from 2007 until 2009. She was a member of the Farmington Church of the Brethren and a former member of both the Farmington Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary and the Carlisle Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary. Mary loved animals, especially her cocker spaniel Candy, who died three years ago. She enjoyed traveling around the country with her husband Mike while he was driving his truck; she loved boating, camping and bicycle riding. She is survived by her husband of 18 years, Michael A. Massey; one sister, Kathleen James, of East Orange, N.J.; three brothers, Daniel Lehigh and his wife Barbara, of East Berlin, Pa., Dr. John Lehigh and his wife Donna, of Union Bridge, Md. and John “J.R.” Lehigh and his wife Susan, of Hanover; and her mother-in-law and close friend, Hattie Massey, of Laurel. The funeral service was held on Monday, Dec. 28, at Farmington Church of the Brethren, Farmington. Burial was in St. Johnstown Cemetery, Greenwood. Arrangements are by Lofland Funeral Home, Milford.

Douglas Wearn, 61

Douglas “Doug” Wearn of Delmar, passed away on Monday, Dec. 21, 2009, at Peninsula Regional Medical Center. He was born in Detroit, Mich., a son of Norman Wearn and Marie “Miller” Wearn. Mr. Wearn retired as a security guard working for Pinkerton Security in Salisbury, Md. Cherished memories in-


United Methodist Church 2 North Laws St., Bridgeville, DE 19933 Across from Bank 337-7409 Handicap Friendly WORSHIP TIMES:

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

22606 Sussex Hwy. Seaford, DE

302-359-6331 Weekly Services: Sunday: 10 am Tuesday: Prayer 7-8 pm Thursday: Bible Study 7 pm

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

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

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


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

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

Children’s Church • Nursery

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

OUR LADY OF LOURDES CHURCH 532 Stein Hwy., Seaford, DE 19973 Redemptorist Fathers • 629-3591

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



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


Ministry for the wholef amily 7 PM

Pastor Stacey Johnson

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



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

Pastor: Rev. Andrew C. Watkins

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

Laurel Baptist Church, SBC 22625 Atlanta Road, Seaford, DE (302) 629-5600 - Sunday

Wednesday Evening

9:00 a.m. & 10:30 a.m. Worship, Nursery, Classes for Kids-Adults 7:00 p.m. Evening Service

6:45 Catalyst Youth (grades 7-12), DivorceCare 7:00 Prayer Meeting, Men’s Group, KidStuf 103 (K-6 Kids & their parents, 1 & 3rd Wed.)

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

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

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


St. Luke’s Episcopal Church

Front & King St., Seaford, DE 629-7979 Holy Eucharist: 9:00 a.m. Sunday School & Adult Forum: 10:30 a.m. Thurs. Eve. Service: 6 p.m. The Rev’d. Jeanne W. Kirby-Coladonato, Rector

Seaford Church of Christ Acapella

(Rm. 16:16)

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

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

629-9443, Cell: 448-0852 •

“Shining His Light”

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

Laurel Wesleyan Church

MOUNT PLEASANT Timothy P. Jones, Pastor Sunday Family Worship - 10:00 a.m. Wednesday Family Ministries - 7:00 p.m.

Rt. 13A, Just North of Laurel

Sunday School - 9:30 Worship - 9:00 & 10:45 Sunday Evening Worship Wed. 6:30 p.m. - Youth Ministries & WKID, The Zone, Children’s Ministries

Church 875-5380 • Sr. Pastor Ken Deusa Asst. Pastor: Rev. Rick Green; Youth: Kyle Horton Children’s Pastor: Marilyn Searcey


Contemporary Service............9:30 a.m. Sunday School.............10:15 a.m. Regular Service. . . . . . .11:30 a.m. Mount Pleasant Road, Laurel (Just off Rt. 24 west, on Rd. 493A)


PAGE 18 clude his love of fishing, NASCAR racing and loving his grandchildren. He is survived by his son, Douglas Wearn II of Laurel and a daughter, Lisa Messick and husband Brian of Delmar; a sister, Deborah Avant of Michigan; his grandchildren, Tiffany and Branson Messick; and several nieces and nephews. The funeral service was held at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home in Laurel on Sunday, Dec. 27. The Rev. Dale Evans officiated. Interment followed in Bethel Community Cemetery.

Joyce Faye Jordan, 69

Joyce Faye Jordan of Seaford, passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2009, at the Seaford Center. She was born in Laurel, a daughter of Carlton Whaley Sr. and Nettie Dukes Whaley. She was a homemaker and mother to her daughters, Susan Steele and Tammy Smith. She is also survived by her brothers, Carlton Whaley Jr. of Seaford, Richard Whaley of Annapolis, Md. and Dennis Whaley of Laurel; and her sisters, Betty Synder of Seaford, Shirley Colona of Seaford, Mary Elaine Cullen of Seaford, Rebecca Poffenberger, Judy Hastings of Seaford, Diane White of Laurel and Dorothy Hurley of Laurel. A granddaughter, Taylor Steele also survives her. She was preceded in death by siblings, Norman Whaley and Margarette Cook. Graveside services were held at Laurel Hill Cemetery on Tuesday, Dec. 29. The Rev. Julie Lewis officiated. Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home in Laurel is serving the Jordan family.

MORNING STAR • DEC. 31, 2009 - JAN. 6, 2010 Dupont Hwy., Milford, DE 19963. Arrangements are in the care of Cranston Funeral Home in Seaford.

Ruth Pepper Whaley, 88

Ruth Pepper Whaley of Laurel, passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2009, at the Delaware Hospice Center in Milford. She was born in Milton, a daughter of Charles and Beatrice Pepper. Mrs. Whaley retired from Nanticoke Memorial Hospital where she worked as a Lab tech. She was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Laurel, American Legion Post #19 Ladies Auxiliary, the Peninsula Blue Grass Association and Republican National Committee. Ruth is survived by her sons, Roger D. Whaley and wife Virginia of Laurel, Charles T. Whaley and wife Judy of Laurel, Michael B. Whaley and wife Darleene of Laurel, John K. Whaley of Laurel and Charles T. Whaley II and wife Donna of Laurel; a daughter, DanaLee Pommell of Florida; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth Whaley, a son, Wendell K. Whaley and a brother, Carlton D. Pepper. A funeral service was held at Trinity United Methodist Church in Laurel on Monday, Dec. 28. The Rev. Julie Lewis officiated. Interment was in the Whaley family cemetery in Laurel.

Reginald Kenneth Brewington Jr., 59 Quietly and peacefully, Reginald Kenneth Brewington Jr. entered into his ultimate rest on Friday morning, Dec. 18,

2009, at Delaware Hospice Center, Milford. Reginald, son of Reginald Kenneth Brewington Sr. and Miriam Johnson Brewington, was born on July 10, 1950, at Peninsula Regional Center, Salisbury, Md. Before RegiBrewington nald’s birth, his parents welcomed Virginia Epps Jones into their family. The family resided in Laurel and Reginald was educated in the Laurel public schools. After graduating from Laurel High School, he joined the U.S. Army, and served in Vietnam. He ended his active duty service with an honorable discharge on March 2, 1971. During his active duty service, Reginald was a decorated combat infantry soldier. His Combat Campaign decorations include; Vietnam Campaign medal w/60 Device, Vietnam Service w/2 Medal Bronze Service Stars, Combat Infantry Badge and Army Commendation Medal. After the expiration date of active duly, Reginald re-enlisted. He served in the United States Army Reserve Control Group. Reginald ended his Army Reserve duties on March 2, 1975 with the rank of SP/4. Reginald was a very helpful person in the community who was always willing to do handy work for those in need. He was especially devoted to the needs of his beloved Aunt Dorothy. He leaves to cherish his memory two aunts, Dorothy Hearn and Lolita Horsey; a daughter, Shawn Handy;

Joyce M. Morris, 68

Joyce M. Morris of Seaford, passed away on Sunday, Dec. 20, 2009, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in Seaford. She was born in Milford, a daughter of J. Riley Argo and Jean Elliott Argo. She became a licensed real estate agent. Her true love was taking care of her family as a homemaker. She was a Florida Gator Football Fan and enjoyed watching NASCAR. Cherished memories include her favorite holiday of Christmas and her love of her pet cat “Trouble.” She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Charles L. Morris of Seaford; her sons, David Thomas Morris and wife Rose of Moore, Texas and Steven W. Morris of Seaford; her daughters, Nina J. Briggs and husband Alan of Bridgeville, Karen Morris of Seaford and Lisa D. Hastings and husband Hayden of Delmar, Md.; nine grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren. Joyce’s love of her family will live on through her survivors. At her request, all services will be held privately.

Ida S. Rowe, 93

Ida S. Rowe of Seaford, died Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2009, at LifeCare at Lofland Park. Ida and her husband lived in Bethel for many years. She was a homemaker and had worked in several restaurants in Seaford over the years. Her husband Henry S. “Hank” Rowe died in 1997. She is survived by her daughter and her husband, Susan and Bill Lloyd of Seaford and two sons, Robert Rowe and Richard Rowe. Funeral services and burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to VITAS Hospice, 802 N.


What must I do to be saved?


Acknowledge your sin and place your trust in Christ. All who place their trust in Christ in this way are adopted as God’s children. All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Romans 3:23 The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23 God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8 If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised him from the dead, you will be saved. - Romans 10:9

In Loving Memory of Our Dear Husband and Father,

Edward W. Hudson, who departed this life December 29, 1999:

Ten years ago God called you home, your work on earth was through, And though we knew it was His will, it left us sad and blue. The emptiness within our hearts, time never can erase, The joy and happiness we knew, the memory of your face. And when our time on earth is o’er, our task of life is through, We pray we’ll meet on that other shore and spend Eternity with you.

Sadly missed by wife, Evelyn, and children, Janie and Dick and their families

a sister, Virginia Epps Jones and her family and a host of other relatives and faithful friends. The funeral service was held on Wednesday, Dec. 30, at Mt. Pisgah AME Church, Laurel. Interment was at Mt. Zion Cemetery in Laurel. Funeral arrangements were in the care of Bennie Smith Funeral Homes in Seaford.

Death Notices

William T. Adams, 81

William T. Adams of Georgetown, passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2009, at Atlantic Shores Nursing Home in Millsboro. The funeral was held at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel, on Tuesday, Dec. 29.

In Loving Memory of My Husband

Steve Spearin December 28, 2008

It has been one year ago today, God said to you, please come my way, As I held your hand and watched you go, My heart was breaking, and tears did flow. He knew you had suffered for so long, In His waiting arms, you did belong, The love we had, some will never know, The hurt I feel, I try not to show. My memories of all we shared, The way you loved me, you always cared, You were so giving and loving too, It is no wonder, why I loved you. I miss you so much and think of you everyday, My life seems so empty, since you went away, I try my best to continue with life, I was always so comfortable being your wife. It would have been selfish of me to keep you here, You had suffered so long, you knew no fear, Even though I wanted you to stay, I knew it was time for you to go away. I feel so empty and alone now, I am sure that I will get by somehow, But in my heart, you will always stay, My love for you will never go away.

All My Love ,


MORNING STAR • DEC. 31, 2009 - JAN. 6, 2010


New course teaches workers energy efficiency skills By Carol Kinsley

A new course at Sussex Tech Adult Division in Georgetown has provided training in renewable energy to the first class of seven students, including individuals from construction trades who had been laid off. The E2 Energy Efficiency Installation Skills program offers certification after 144 hours of instruction. The program is one of the first of its kind on the Delmarva Peninsula. The next class will begin in January. At a press conference held Dec. 18 to highlight the program, Dr. John Kreitzer, director of the Adult Division, explained that the initiative began last spring with realization that workers needed an awareness of energy efficiency and the skills to develop that awareness into practice. The program focuses on weatherization and systems to use energy efficiently, including caulking, insulating and checking for heat loss. Students also learn the principles of solar, wind and geothermal technology. Thanking DESK magazine for its donation to the program, Kreitzer said he would like to see the program expanded and, in particular, would like to operate the entire training facility using alternative energy sources. That would require weatherizing the structure as well, preferably with work being performed by the students. Much of the financial support for the project came from the Delaware Workforce investment Board, the Delaware Department of Labor and the Carl Perkins Vocational Education grant.

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Among the guests on hand who have shown support for the program was Sen. Tom Carper, who said he was “passionate about what you’re doing here.” Noting that Delaware is the second lowest state according to measurement above sea level, Carper warned that with global climate change, the state could be under water in 100 years. Installing energy efficient systems will help prevent global warming and provide jobs, he said. He shared with the students his experience of driving with Congressman Mike Castle in a Scion automobile which had been converted to all-electric power. “When the wind blows, it charges the battery,” Carper said. “When you drive an electric vehicle some day, what a thrill!” he told them. “That’s the future: power generated by non-carbon sources.” Preparing students for the kind of jobs they’ll need in the future is smart, he continued. And preparing them to put food on the table and a roof over their heads is a good thing for this country. Bill Feher, one the industrial training coordinators, invited those present to see demonstrations of the skills being taught at stations set up throughout the building. State Sen. George Bunting was particularly interested in the information being presented and visited several of the stations. The E2 Environment program is designed for individuals with some level of mechanical skill who are looking to add to these technology skills rather than for entry-level students. According to the website,, some tuition assistance may be available.

Donn Steele, who teaches construction trades at Sussex Tech’s Adult Division, explains to Senator Tom Carper how attics are turned into “conditioned space” by extra layers of foam insulation panels and plywood so no moisture comes in or heat is lost through the roof. Photos by Carol Kinsley

economic recovery has been a long and slow process.

Crude Oil and Gasoline Stocks Crude oil continued to rebound last week, increasing more than 6% for the week on optimism about economic recovery pushed equities higher, a weaker U.S. dollar following an unexpected drop in new home sales and inventory reports showed crude oil stocks fell last week. At the close of the shortened holiday trading week, crude oil settled at $78.05 a barrel Thursday. This marked the first time since December 4 that crude oil traded above $77 a barrel. In a year that has seen oil prices recover from the low $30 range in January to the current $70 to $75 range, OPEC members are likely elated prices have performed so well considering

Future Outlook As year-end holiday travel continues, AAA estimates that 87.7 million Americans will travel more than 50 miles or more away from home, a 3.8% increase from the same period last year and the largest projected increase for any major holiday this year. Gas prices are nearly $1 a gallon higher than they were a year ago, yet 88% of holiday travelers will go by car,” said Catherine Rossi, manager of Public and Government Affairs, AAA Mid-Atlantic.

Senator Tom Carper personally greeted many of the students from Sussex Tech after the press conference, including Josh Walstead and Dylan Lane, both juniors who are taking carpentry classes.

Local pricing On Tuesday gas stations from Delmar to Greenwood were selling regular gasoline in a range from $2.399 to $2.579 a gallon. The lowest price was two cents lower than a week ago.

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Inside a one-room mock-up of a house at Sussex Tech’s Career Training Center, John Gosch, adult education industrial training coordinator, shows State Senator George Bunting the difference between fiberglass insulation and spray foam insulation made from soy.

MORNING STAR • DEC. 31, 2009 - JAN. 6, 2010


Spicers head to the gym to honor their son’s memory When Norman Spicer jumps out of bed these days, there’s often a soreness in his 67-year-old legs, a direct result of the three days a week he spends at Flex World Fitness in Georgetown. It’s a gnawing pain, more of a discomfort than anything that could alter the course of his day. But it’s there and it’s uncomfortable – then he looks across the room and focuses on the photograph of his son, his pride and joy, and he smiles. That soreness in his legs, those beads of sweat that covered his body the day before, the promise he and his wife made to themselves to get in shape – it’s all for his son, Chad. “We always talked about coming to the gym with Chad; we just never did it,” says Norman Spicer, who spent time with his son nearly every day prior to the tragic events of Sept. 1 that took those times away from him. “He’s probably looking down on us now and smiling, saying ‘I finally got Pop to the gym.’” When Georgetown police officer Chad Spicer was shot and killed in an act of violence back in September, it shattered the community of Georgetown. Chad was one of their own, a model student at Sussex Central High School before graduating in 1998. Chad’s death left behind 4-year-old Aubrey, who now lives with her grandparents and is not sure what happened to her father. All she knows is that he left for work one day and never came back; she’s not sure why, but her grandparents will make certain that one day she knows the entire story about her father and his commitment to public service. The community of Georgetown still grieves for their fallen hero, as do his parents,

longtime fixtures in the Sussex County seat. But Norman and Ruth Ann Spicer have also turned that grief into a positive by working hard every day to get into better physical shape – they consider it their son’s final wish. “Physical fitness was extremely important to Chad and we’re doing this in honor of our son. This is what he wanted; he always wanted us to come and work out with him,” says Ruth Ann Spicer, who now spends a good portion of each day with her granddaughter. “Of course we regret that now because it was more time that we could have spent with him. And that’s really what we miss more than anything, spending time with him.” Flex World Fitness personal trainer Kathryn Withrow has taken the Spicers under her wing, making it her personal mission to see that they stay on track and get everything they desire out of their trips to the gym. Before his death, Chad Spicer spent two or three days a week at Flex World Fitness lifting weights and improving his endurance. With his work and family in mind, it was an important part of his daily life. “Chad just wanted to be physically fit not just for his career, but also for his health and to help take care of Aubrey,” says Ruth Ann Spicer. “When we’re in the gym now, we know that he’s standing by our side and just smiling from ear to ear like he always did. We know he’s so proud of us for taking care of ourselves so we can help raise his daughter.” Since Spicer’s killing on Sept. 1, Norman and Ruth Ann Spicer have received a wave of community support for themselves and for their granddaughter. It’s been overwhelming at times, but something that’s been appreci

Norman and Ruth Ann Spicer have been coming to Flex World Fitness since November, working with personal trainer Kathryn Withrow, center.

ated in ways Ruth Ann Spicer finds hard to put into words. “Wherever we go, we have people who want to give us a hug or a gift and just let us know that they’ve been thinking about us and praying for us,” says the Spicer family matriarch. “Chad was just an all-around wonderful person who loved life, loved his family and

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to All!

These are just a few of the houses I have taken off of someone special’s “wish list”! By now you should know I like nothing better than seeing someone’s son or daughter purchase their first house or help one of my older friends make a decision that it is time to downsize. It is a hard decision to be ready to sell the family home. But it does have happy endings when those same people call to say how happy they are in their new downsized version and have made a “new” happy home!

“Thank You Delmarva for a Great 2009!”



loved his daughter. We just can’t thank this community enough, including Kathryn and (gym owner) Heidi (Helou) at Flex World Fitness.” Norman and Ruth Ann Spicer are part of an over 50 fitness group at Flex World Fitness. To learn more about the programs offered at Flex World, call 856-7771 or visit

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office: 302-628-8500 direct: 302-629-9423

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Remember we are all blessed. Give Thanks, Praise and Joy Every day!


     MORNING STAR • DEC. 31, 2009 - JAN. 6, 2010

Laurel Senior League softball team voted story, team of year

Laurel Senior League softball coach Rodney Hearne tosses a basketball to Jenna Cahall during the team’s batting practice prior to a World Series game in Roxana. Photo by Mike McClure

1. Laurel Senior League softball team places second in the world (Aug. 20) By Mike McClure The District III softball team beat four teams in bracket and semifinal play including USA Southwest, unfortunately the Laurel team’s only loss of the tournament came in the championship game in its second meeting against the team from Calhoun, La. Southwest scored two runs in the sixth and held District III in the final two innings for the 3-2 win in the game, which was televised live on ESPN 2. Southwest pitcher Grace Thaxton led off the second inning with a double to left center. Pinch runner Kari Payton moved up on a sac bunt by Devin Mitchell, Amelia Montgomery was intentionally walked, and Katie Killian hit a bloop single to knock in the first run of the game before Laurel pitcher Cassidy Taylor recorded an inning ending strikeout. In the bottom of the fifth, Laurel got things going against relief pitcher Kara Anderson, who came on in the fourth. Christyana Davis hit a slap single up the middle with two away. Davis stole second, went to third on an error, and scored when Kelsey Oliphant walked and kept running to second for a delayed double steal. Brooke Evans reached first on an error, allowing Oliphant to score the go ahead run. Evans stole second and moved up on a passed ball but was left on third. Southwest came right back in the sixth inning as Caitlin Herbet hit a solo home run just out of the reach of center fielder Alexis Oliphant to knot the score at 2-2. Thaxton walked, Alex Privator singled, and Devin Mitchell walked to load the bases before Laurel manager Jeff Evans called on Logan Green to pitch. Montgomery popped up to short, but

the ball fell to the ground and Payton was able to score despite the fact that Davis picked the ball up and threw to catcher Kelsey Oliphant who tagged home. The home plate umpire was the only one of the six umpires to call an infield fly, meaning that the batter was out but there was no force play at home plate. Thaxton returned to the mound in the sixth inning with the 3-2 lead and sent Laurel down in order in the final two innings to help her team secure the win. Laurel advanced to the World Series championship with a 4-1 win over its rivals from Puerto Rico. The Delaware District III champs bunted, had timely hitting, and relied on ace pitcher Stephanie Wheatley to top the Latin American team for the first time in the two teams’ three year history. Stephanie Wheatley struck out seven in seven innings and allowed one run on five hits and two walks. Kelsey Oliphant went 2-4 with a run, Cahall had three hits including a double and drove in a run, Alexis Oliphant was 2-3 with an RBI, and birthday girl Cassidy Taylor went 2-3 with a pair of RBIs. “We’ve wanted it (a berth in the finals) for so long and finally got it. We’ve wanted this team for so long and finally beat it,” Brooke Evans said after the game.

TEAM OF THE YEAR- The District III Senior League softball team of Laurel poses with the second place trophy after competing in the World Series championship game in Roxana. Photo by Mike McClure

Laurel softball team voted top story and team of 2009

The Laurel Senior League softball team received 64 percent of the votes in the Laurel Star’s Second Annual Story of the Year contest. The Delmar football team’s state championship win followed with 21 percent of the votes. The retirement of longtime Laurel coach and teacher Margo Morris came in third with eight percent. The Sussex Tech field hockey team’s state title run (five percent) and the hiring of Clarence Giles as the Laurel varsity football coach (three percent) came in fourth and fifth. The Laurel softball team received 60 percent of the votes in the team of the year contest followed by the Delmar football team (24 percent), the Laurel varsity football team (five percent) and a tie between the following teams: Laurel Minor League softball team, Sussex Tech football team, Sussex Tech field hockey team, Sussex Tech softball team (three percent). Linda Lloyd of Delmar is the winner of a one year subscription to the Star.

2. Wildcats win 10th in a row, bring home state championship (Dec. 10) By Mike McClure The town of Delmar erupted following the arrival of the state champion Delmar football team, which defeated Hodgson, 12-7, in the state championship game. The victory capped an improbable comeback from an 0-3 start as the Wildcats won Continued on page 23

TAKING IT TO THE HOOP- The Bulldogs’ Tyler Robertson takes the ball to the basket during last Saturday’s NHSCA Festival in Salisbury. Robertson had nine points in his team’s win over North Dorchester. See story on page 25. Photo by Mike McClure

MORNING STAR • DEC. 31, 2009 - JAN. 6, 2010 Story of the year continued their first Division II state championship since their three-peat 2000-02. “It’s the greatest feeling in the world. Nobody believed in us but the people that bleed orange and blue,” senior Spencer Fothergill said following the team’s win. The game took place at Delaware State University in Dover after snow and ice caused it to be postponed the night before. A large crowd was on hand to support the orange and blue clad Wildcats. Hodgson running back Jamaal Jackson broke off a 19-yard run and added a seven-yard run before Blair Menefee picked up two yards on third and one from the Delmar 15 at the end of the first quarter. Jackson scored on a 10-yard touchdown run and Joshua White added the extra point for a 7-0 Hodgson lead with 11:54 left in the first half. Delmar started its next possession on the 19 yard line and moved the ball up field as Cameron Mattox followed his blockers for a 13-yard run on second and eight from the 32. Quarterback Alex Ellis added an eightyard run, but was stopped inches short of a first down on fourth and one from the Hodgson 46. Jackson had runs of 14, six, and 11 yards to push the ball into Wildcat territory. Quarterback Jamie Treml’s pass on fourth and five from the Delmar eight fell incomplete, giving the ball back to Delmar late in the first half. With 1:28 remaining, the Wildcats drove 92 yards for a score, starting with a 21-yard run by Devene Spence and a 35yard pass from Ellis to Jose Flores that set up first and 10 from the Hodgson 30 with 17 seconds left in the half.

Ellis, who was given loads of protection from his senior laden offensive line, found Flores again for a 28-yard pass play. The senior receiver went out of bounds at the two with one second left. Senior Tyler Cornish followed his line and pushed the ball across the end line for a two-yard touchdown run with no time remaining in the first half. Casey Bellamy’s extra point fell short and Delmar trailed, 7-6, going into half-time. Delmar took advantage of a fumble recovery by Brad Sensenig as Mattox ran for 10 yards, Ellis gained six yards on third and inches from the 26, Cornish had a five-yard run on third and three from the 13, and Mattox punched it in on third and goal from the three with 11 seconds left in the third quarter. The Wildcats were unable to make the two-point conversion on a fake extra point, but they held a 12-7 lead. The Wildcat defense came up huge on fourth and four from the Delmar 10 as Cornish wrestled the ball away from the intended receiver for an interception in the end zone. Delmar got the ball on the 20 yard line with 6:12 left in the game. The Wildcats’ offense held on to the ball and pushed it up field while running out the clock to seal the win. The victory completed a remarkable comeback from an 0-3 start, which included a 38-14 loss to the Silver Eagles at home. “This team is something special. After that fourth game (a 13-7 overtime win over Archmere) this team just came together,” senior Dylan Shupe said. “That’s (everybody writing Delmar off after the 0-3 start) what drove us all season.”

The Delmar offense looks to push the ball into the end zone during the Wildcats’ state championship game against Hodgson. Photo by Mike McClure

3. Margo Morris retires after 39 years in Laurel School District (June 11) By Mike McClure Although she considered coming back for her 40th year in the Laurel School District, Margo Morris decided it was time to move on with her life. “I really felt that it was not a difficult choice. I just felt that it was very, very difficult to say goodbye to some of the kids,” said Morris, who taught in Wicomico County for two years prior to being hired by the Laurel School District. “It’s like I’m leaving a place I’m really familiar with. That’s not easy, but there’s always going to be a kid that will ask me why I’m


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LOOKING TO PASS- Laurel guard Chris Jones looks to pass to a teammate during last weekend’s 60-52 win over North Dorchester. Photo by Mike McClure

JUMP SHOT- Laurel’s Roosevelt Joinville goes up for a shot over a North Dorchester defender during last Saturday’s NHSCA Festival in Salisbury. Photo by Mike McClure

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DRIVING THE LANE- The Raiders’ Demond Anderson goes in for a lay-up during last weekend’s game in Salisbury. Anderson had 10 points and four assists to help lead Woodbridge. Photo by Mike McClure


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The following are the local teams’ results from the winter track meet at Snow Hill which took place Dec. 16: Boys- 3,200 meter relay- 5. Sussex Tech, 4:23.2; 1,600- 4. Tim Fields, Seaford, 4:50.4, 5. Jamie Price, Sussex Tech, 4:53.4; long jump- Emir Laroya, Sussex Tech, 20’ 2 1/4”; shot put- 1. George Blanchard, Seaford, 44’ 5”, 6. Dominear Maye, Sussex Tech, 35’ 11 1/2”; 3,200- 4. Chris Wilkerson, Seaford, 10:38.2; 800- 4. Fields, Seaford, 2:10.3; triple jump- 5. Laroya, Sussex Tech, 41’ 7 1/2”, 6. Ethan Lee, Seaford, 37’ 10 3/4” Girls- 3,200 meter relay- 3. Sussex Tech, 11:03.3; 55 meter- 1t. Taija Maddox, Woodbridge, 7.6; 55 meter high hurdles- 3. Tiarrah Hinton, Woodbridge, 10.1; 300 meter- 3. Shanay Snead, Sussex Tech, 45.5; long jump- 6. Cortney Torbert, Seaford, 13’ 6 1/2”; pole vault- 2. Kayla Burd, Delmarva Christian, 8’ 6”; 3,200- 2. Emily Ritter, Sussex Tech; shot put- 1. Mary Batten, Sussex Tech, 28’ 6”; 800 meter relay- 4. Sussex Tech, 1:59.6

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Male Co-Athlete of the Week- Chris Cutsail- Laurel Laurel senior Chris Cutsail had one of the Bulldogs’ two pins in his team’s meet at Indian River last Wednesday. Cutsail won the 152 match in Laurel’s road loss.

Male Co-Athlete of the WeekJaleel Horsey- Laurel High Laurel’s Jaleel Horsey scored 15 points in the Bulldogs’ win over North Dorchester in the first game of the NHSCA tournament in Salisbury last Saturday.

Honorable mention- Emir Laroya- Sussex Tech; Marco Hernandez- Laurel; Jordan German- Laurel; Tyler Givans- Laurel; Humberto Hernandez- Laurel; Chris Jones- Laurel; Jeff Robertson- Laurel; Kayla Burd- Delmarva Christian; Emily Ritter- Sussex Tech; Mary Batten- Sussex Tech; Shanay Snead- Sussex Tech



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Laurel head coach Chris Griffin is shown with sophomore Kanen Horton prior to putting him in during the NHSCA Tournament last weekend in Salisbury. Photo by Mike McClure

Laurel boys’ basketball earns 60-52 win in NHSCA Festival By Mike McClure

The Laurel varsity boys’ basketball team opened up the NHSCA Festival with a 60-52 win over North Dorchester last Saturday at the Wicomico Civic Center in Salisbury. Laurel’s Chris Jones and Tyler Robertson scored back-to-back baskets for a 7-3 lead. Tyler Robertson broke a 7-7 tie with a field goal and Jones pulled down a rebound and found Jeff Robertson on a fast break for an 11-10 Bulldog lead. Jaleel Horsey and Tyler Robertson scored four points each in the opening

quarter, which ended with the score tied at 13-13. North Dorchester’s Brandon Brown hit a three-pointer and Dante Malone scored five points before Laurel’s Dexter Taylor made a three-pointer to pull the Bulldogs within one (24-23) at the half. Tyler Robertson netted six first half points and Horsey added five. Horsey scored four points to help Laurel to a 28-27 lead. Jeff Robertson later scored off a feed from his brother, Tyler, to tie things up at 33-33. The Bulldogs Continued on page 26

Indian River wrestling team defeats Laurel, 38-21 The Laurel varsity wrestling team lost to Indian River, 38-21, in a road meet last Wednesday. Laurel’s Humberto Hernandez (112) won by fall (2:26); Marco Hernandez (130) had a 5-2 win; Jordan German (135) won be decision, 13-8; and Tyler Givans (140) added a 5-3 win. Chris Cutsail (152) also had a pin at :31 for the Bulldogs.

Varsity winter sports games rescheduled due to weather The following are the rescheduled dates for Western Sussex varsity winter sports games: Girls’ basketball- Sussex Tech home vs. St. Mark’s, 1/15, 7 p.m., Laurel home vs. Indian River, 1/28, 7:15 p.m.; boys’ basketball- Laurel at Indian River, 1/28, 6:15 p.m.; wrestling- Lake Forest at Sussex Tech, 2/12, 4 p.m., Delmar at Sussex Tech, 2/12, 8 p.m.

Laurel Star varsity sports schedules for Dec. 31- Jan. 6

Tuesday, Jan. 5- Girls’ basketball- Laurel home vs. Nandua, 5 p.m., Delmar at Indian River, 6:15 p.m., Sussex Tech at Sussex Central, 7:15 p.m.; boys’ basketballLaurel home vs. Nandua, 6:30 p.m., Delmar home vs. Indian River, 7:15 p.m., Sussex Tech home vs. Sussex Central, 7:15 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 6- Wrestling- Delmar home vs. Indian River, 7 p.m., Sussex Tech home vs. Sussex Central, 7 p.m.; Indoor track- Sussex Tech at Snow Hill

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Laurel’s Jaleel Horsey goes up for a lay-up during last weekend’s win in the NHSCA tournament. Photo by Mike McClure



PAGE 26 Laurel story of the year continued education. Upon hearing of an opening in the Laurel School District, Morris interviewed with Bob Hupp and Bill Pugh and got the job. At the time Bonnie Bryan was the head field hockey, girls’ basketball, and softball coach. Morris took over as the girls’ basketball coach in 1970 and also served as the assistant field hockey coach and head junior high softball coach. Under Morris, the Lady Bulldogs went from winning 0-1 games to reaching the .500 mark. The team won the Henlopen South in 1972 and took division and conference titles the following year. Morris took over as the varsity softball coach in 1986. That team went undefeated in conference play. Morris and the softball team reached the state finals in 1989, knocking off the Henlopen South champion Smyrna Eagles before losing to William Penn in the championship game. Morris led the team to two division titles and one conference title, and picked up her 200th career win in 2006. Margo took the helm of the field hockey team when Bryan passed away in the 1990’s. The Bulldogs won the Henlopen South field hockey title in 1997.

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Sussex Tech’s Kelsey Doherty took a shot on goal, which was stopped by Tower Hill goalie Lindsay Luft. Less than one minute later, Atkins tied the game with a goal off a feed from Maxine Fluharty at 51:35. Tower Hill immediately called a timeout, but Sussex Tech kept up the surge. Fluharty was later tripped on a break, leading to a Raven corner. Logan Pavlik was credited with what turned out to be the winning goal off a feed from Atkins with around four minutes left in the game. Sussex Tech earned its first berth in the state championship game with a 1-0 win over Henlopen North rival Cape Henlopen. With the win the Ravens avenged a regular season loss to the Vikings. A back and forth first half ended with neither team finding the goal. It wasn’t until late in the game that Sussex Tech junior Atkins scored off a feed from senior Courtenay Rickards for the game’s only goal. “It was just good hockey, that’s why I love it,” said goalie Caitlin Stone, one of six seniors on the team. “It (the win over Cape) means everything in the world.”

5. Giles named as Laurel’s football coach (Aug. 20) By Mike McClure

4. Sussex Tech field hockey wins 2009 state title (Nov. 26) By Mike McClure


The Sussex Tech varsity field hockey team came into the state championship game against Tower Hill with a lot of confidence following a 1-0 win over Cape Henlopen in the state semifinals. The Ravens used that momentum to score the first goal of the game and later rallied from a 2-1 deficit to score a pair of goals for the 3-2 win over upstate powerhouse Tower Hill. “We knew what a strong team they are. They have the tradition,” Sussex Tech head coach Nancy Tribbitt said of top ranked Tower Hill. “We knew we had to play with our hearts and play with what got us here.” Sussex Tech scored two of its three goals on corners, including the first goal of the game which came 3:57 into contest. Logan Pavlik knocked in the goal after Abby Atkins fired a shot into the circle. After a back and forth start, the Hillers began to gain momentum and knotted the score on a goal by Lexi Saunders off a feed from Kali DeGate at 9:20. Tower Hill turned on the heat in the second half as a Tower Hill player fired a shot off the cross bar in the opening minutes. Saunders later scored her second goal of the game off a feed from Christina Freibott for a 2-1 lead. O






















































































































































The Laurel School District named long time assistant coach and alumnus Clarence Giles as the head coach of the varsity football team. Giles replaces Ed Manlove, who resigned after coaching the team for the past seven years. “It’s a great feeling and very humbling at the same time,” said Giles. “The community’s been very supportive of me.” Giles graduated from Laurel High School in 1993 and is also a graduate of Widener University and Wilmington University (masters). After college Giles came back to Laurel where he served as a guidance counselor and coach. “Being back home as a guidance counselor and coaching the past 13 years has been a great experience,” Giles said. Giles’ hiring as the head football coach comes after he was considered for the position the last time it was available. He becomes the first African-American to serve as the Bulldogs’ head football coach. “This is really what I’ve been working for,” said Giles. “This time around I felt like it was the right fit.” Ed Manlove resigns as Laurel’s head football coach, takes job at Woodbridge (Aug. 6)- Ed Manlove announced his resignation as the Laurel varsity head football coach prior to being hired as the new Woodbridge head football coach. Manlove, a former assistant coach at Middletown High School, was hired as Laurel’s coach seven years ago.

Laurel Star Tuesday high school varsity sports scoreboard Wrestling- Sussex Tech places ninth at Tiger Classic- Sussex Tech’s Wendell Cannon (135) placed first, Shane Marvel (189) was second, Aikeem Brewer (285) finished third, Joe Casullo (215) came in fourth, and Matt Bennett (130) placed seventh for the Ravens. Girls’ basketball- Indian River 64, Laurel 49- Laurel trailed Indian River, 21-9, at the end of the first quarter on Tuesday at the Pat Borowski tournament at Lake Forest. The Indians took a 37-21 lead into the half. Laurel opened the second half with a 7-2 run to move within 11 (39-28) as Brooke Evans made a three-pointer and Daneka Dixon and Tomorrow Briddell each had a field goal. Indian River came back with a 14-2 run for a 55-37 lead through three quarters. The Bulldogs held a 12-9 edge in the fourth quarter, but fell by the score of 6449. Briddell scored 21 points, Dixon had 10, Evans added eight points, and Mariah Dickerson chipped in with six points. Brandi Buchanon netted 18 points and Destiny Blake scored 15 points for IR. Delmar 54, Seaford 48- The Delmar varsity girls’ basketball team outscored Seaford, 16-7 in each of the first two quarters for a 32-14 lead at the half during Tuesday’s game at Lake Forest High

Laurel’s Tomorrow Briddell goes up for two during her team’s game Tuesday night at Lake Forest. Briddell netted 21 points in the Bulldogs’ loss to Indian River. Photo by Mike McClure

School. Seaford held a 23-11 advantage in the final quarter, but the Wildcats held on for the win. Shalynn Chandler netted 14 points, Ashley Bennett added 13, and Caila White chipped in with nine points for Delmar. Boys’ basketball- Laurel 63, Queen Anne’s 36 (Monday)- Chris Jones had a Laurel’s Daneka Dixon looks to drive team-high 15 points and Jeff Robertson past an Indian River defender during Tuesday’s game in Harrington. Photo added 10 to lead the Bulldogs to their second NHSCA win in Salisbury by Mike McClure He said the opportunity to rebuild the Raider football program, along with the financial opportunity from the teaching position, were the reasons he chose to leave Laurel for Woodbridge. “It’s (the teaching position) something I’m familiar with,” said Manlove. Man-

love, who led Laurel to the Division II state championship game last season, said the decision to leave Laurel was not an easy one. “I loved the kids, that never was an issue,” said Manlove. “It’s always tough when you’ve got a change.”

Laurel boys’ basketball continued

two more baskets on put backs to give the Bulldogs a 53-45 advantage. Laurel’s Jeff Robertson made a steal and a lay-up with under a minute left in the contest. The Bulldogs went on to win the game, 60-52. Horsey led Laurel with 15 points, Jeff Robertson and Jones had 10 points each, Tyler Robertson scored nine, and Taylor and Joinville contributed seven points each.

ended the quarter with a 6-2 run as Taylor netted four points for a 39-37 lead. Laurel opened the fourth quarter with a 6-0 run to extend its lead to 45-37. North Dorchester moved within three (45-42) before Roosevelt Joinville made a foul shot and took a charge and Jones scored off a pass from Horsey. Horsey added

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Twisters USA Gymnastics Junior Olympic team places first

The Twisters USA Gymnastics Junior Olympic Level 6 team took first place at the Judge’s Invitational, which had over 500 competitors and was held in PG Sports complex with three different states competing. The Twisters won the competition by over six points. Contributing to the win were team members: Megan Evans, Dana Kim, Sarena Michnick, Larissa Weincek, Madeline Barton, and Mackenzi Wagner. First place winners were: Sarena Michnick on Bars with a 9.175 and Dana Kim on Vault with a 9.2, Beam 9.45, 9.0 on Floor and All Around of 36.7. The Twisters Level 7 team competed and finished third. First place finishers were: Emily Timmons on Vault with a 9.35 and first on beam, Brooke Wessman was first on bars with a 8.6 and first all around with a 34.4, and Jennah Lupiwok finished first on Beam with an 8.8. Contributing to the team standings were the above mentioned gymnasts and the following: Katherine Pavlos, Mallory Rolleston, Casey Ross, Shaina Thompson, Hannah Arrington, Valerie Petsche, Hailey Brown and Neva Richardson. In a nail biter, the Level 5 team finished second with record breaking scores. First place finishers were: Ivy Stearn on bars (9.35) and All Around 35.925 and Abbie Baker with a record of a 9.7 on Floor and 9.1 on Beam.. TyAnna Handy placed first on Floor with a 9.475, Cassidy Van Vonno placed first on Floor with a 9.55, and Abi Brown placed first on Balance beam with a 9.1. Also Contributing to the team place standings was: Davina Graybill, McKenna Reddick, Kayla Janek, Ashley Tyndall and Mia Brown. The Twisters Level 4 team finished fourth. First place finishers were Alyvia Ciurca, placing first on bars 9.125, Floor 9.3 and All Around 36.375 and Rachel Hobbs led the competition placing first on everything: Vault( 9.1), Bars (9.075), Beam (8.70 Floor (9.05) and All Around 35.925. Also competing and placing were: Victoria Dixon, Michaela Vinogradov, Savana Jurist, Olivia Beard, Joey Guard, Rachel Hobbs, Aryan Peters, Maggie Mitchell, Skyler Mahoney, Erin Lambertson, Chelsea Van Vonno, Amiyah Rounds, Nayyíarrah Winder, Jenna Beard, Sydney Beard, Sierra Eisman, Alyssa Weldon, Piper Connors, Clarice Pamplona, Jada Saunders and Becky Maupin. The Twisters team, based in Berlin, is coached by: Carmella Solito, Fran Fennell, Donna Miller, Carrie Baker, Shannon Tustin and Mark Solito. The Twisters were named the Junior Olympic Club of the year for 2009. Carmella Solito was nominated as the Junior Olympic coach of the year.

This week in Star sports history

10 YEARS AGO- Delmar’s Lindsey Elliott, Erin Budd, and Kelli Chamberlain were named first team all-state for field hockey. The Seaford girls’ basketball team moved to 4-1, 4-2 with a 62-42 win over Dover. Tamekia Ross had 23 points and Kadedra Brittingham added 17. FIVE YEARS AGO- The Sussex Tech boys’ basketball team opened Lions Club tournament play with a 76-49 win over North Dorchester with Tracy Jones netting 20 points and Rudy Thomas adding 17.


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Delmarva auto alley A recap of ‘09 Big Block and Crate Late Models action By Bonnie Nibblett

Tomorrow it will be 2010; time flies by so fast! We can still keep the 2009 racing season alive by looking at some of the season stats. The Delaware International Speedway (DIS) had an eventful year in all its racing divisions. Big block Modified division, HJ Bunting III, of Milford, claimed his 5th career championship. He won three championships in a row - 2005, 2006, 2007 - and in 1997. He did not claim his first win of the year until June 27, 2009, and then he would go on to win three in a row. He won a total of eight big block wins. He also started the season in #91, but wound up driving the #85 machine, owned by Jake Marine, a few weeks into the season. It was Marine’s first championship title at DIS. Scott VanGorder made his home in Laurel last year from up north in Jersey. On opening night, VanGorder took his first win in Delaware and first wins of the year. He finished 6th in overall track points. Throughout the season, VanGorder had several top five and 10 finishes. Matt Jester of Lincoln won the second race of the year on April 25, and one win in Aug. 15. He stayed in the top three until the May 23rd races. Jester had a few bad weeks with car woes, but did finish 3rd in points, 240 behind Bunting. The biggest competitiveness was between reining 2008 DIS big block Modified driver Jamie Mills (Milford) and Bunting; they’ve been after each other all season, year after year. Mills holds two DIS champion titles and leads in points this year in a majority of races, and the last race was

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canceled by Mother Nature. Mills took home five wins, the first in the first “Mix & Match” of the season between the modified and late models and the last “Mix & Match” on Aug. 8. He claimed win number two and the first and only “Wings & Things” on July 4, and his last win on July 18 to earn a five win season. Brothers Jordan and Joseph Watson finished strong all year and finished 4th and 5th in points. Jordan won the “Run What You Brung” on May 23 and had at least 10 top 5’s throughout the season, Joseph had at least seven top 5’s. Honorable mentions in the big block drivers were Dana Walker who took home one win, Jeff Brown and Bobby Watkins who both had many top 5’s and 10’s this year. Craig Ott claimed his first top 5, Howard O’Neal started off well but suffered mechanical troubles. The Crate Late Model had a full field all year. Joe Warren claimed his second in a row DIS track championship and total of three career titles in the crates. Warren claimed his first championship in 2006 and his first year in this class. He earned five feature wins during the year including the Camp Barnes feature win. Warren ran a careful season dodging several accidents or maybe the stars were aligned just right. This class has been strong with new, young, seasoned drivers all competing. Chris Hitchens ran his first full season in the late model crate and earned a 2nd place in points and two feature wins. Hitchens dabbled a year or so in the AC Delco Modified and got the opportunity to ride in the crate late model last year and jumped at the chance. He says he just loves this class.

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Nick Davis, another one of the teens driving, finished 3rd in points and titled two wins during the season along with top 5’s and 10’s. Tyler Reed was in his third year in the crate with 4th place in points, a two position increase over last year and one feature win on June 13 during the year. Ryan Walls, a bit more seasoned in this class, started off the year with a bang claiming the most wins of this class with six total wins. Clint Chalabala, new last year in this class, claimed one win and 5th place in overall points. Matt Hill drove his first year in the crates to claim one feature win on Aug. 15. All three of these guys had several top 5 and 10’s. There was one person that stood out this year in her first year in the crates. Amanda Whaley drove the #18 Richard D. Whaley Concrete Construction Co. crate late model toward the front every week to claim five top 5’s and six top 10’s. She also had the highest points over all the rookies recognized by Rookie of the Year in the crate division. Whaley came from modified lites after being in that class for just one or two years. She ran strong and competitive; clean all year plus the only girl in this division. There are so many good drivers at my home track and it is hard to just go through a few names in an article. Make it your New Year’s resolution to visit your local track when the season starts and take someone who has never been to a race. The speedway is located on the Delaware Motorsports Complex just one mile north of the Maryland/Delaware state line. The complex is also the home of the

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U.S. 13 Dragway quarter mile strip, with the U.S. 13 Kart Club Track just on the left before you enter the main grounds of Delaware International Speedway (DIS) or the complex. Banquets for both the Dragway and Speedway will be held at the Dover Downs Hotel & Conference Center, on Jan 8-9. The Dragway’s banquet will be held the same weekend on Friday, Jan. 8 and the speedway on Saturday, Jan. 9. Tickets for both events are available by calling the track’s office at 875-1911 or check the track’s website for more information at The Little Lincoln Vintage Club had four drivers claim feature wins of the year. The points were so close all year. Bill Brittingham won his 6th championship title, 2000 (tie), 2001, 2005, 2007, 2008 and 2009. These guys run so close every time they race. Jamie Wagner, John Stevenson and Donald Robinson Jr. were the other drivers to claim wins in the Little Lincoln Vintage Stock Car Club. The banquet is scheduled for Jan. 16, at the Viola Ruritan Club. Check the club’s website for more details concerning the Little Lincoln’s at www. Next month we will review the remaining stats and key points. Be sure to visit for your Delaware and surrounding tracks race news plus NASCAR. Check out the largest message board on the shore at which is powered by Hab Nab Trucking of Seaford, and A1 Graphic and Lettering of Georgetown. Check out the Xmas Town Tour online at http://www. See you at the track!

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You are hereby notified the below application submitted to the City of Seaford Board of Adjustment and Appeals, to be heard at the meeting on Wednesday, January 6, 2010, was WITHDRAWN and will be presented at a later date: Case No. V-01-10: Alfred J. & Loretta G. Williams, property owners of Tax Map and Parcel 531 13.10 190, located the SE corner of S. Bradford Street and Harrington Street, are seeking a modification to a variance granted in 2007. They wish to revise the building footprint. Issued this 31st day of December 2009 pursuant to the Rules heretofore adopted by the City of Seaford. THE CITY OF SEAFORD Dolores J. Slatcher, City Manager 12/31/1tc


Please take notice that a public hearing will be held on: Tuesday, January 19, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. Laurel Town Hall 201 Mechanic Street Town of Laurel Laurel, DE The public hearing will be conducted by the Mayor and Council of the Town of Laurel, to consider an ordinance rescinding a previous annexation ordinance (2009-15) relating to certain property contiguous to the present easterly limits of the Town of Laurel, owned by Betty C. Groton, and for which Samanda Properties of Delaware II, LLC was the applicant, located on Discount Land Road, tax map #2-32/12.00/60, which is outside the town limits of the Town of Laurel. All interested persons are invited to attend said public hearing and present their views. Copy of the proposed ordinance is on file for review, at Laurel Town Hall, during normal business hours. Mayor and Council of Laurel, Delaware 12/31/1tc


Estate of Michael D. Kjos, Deceased. Notice is hereby given that Letters of Testamentary upon the estate of Michael D. Kjos who departed this life on the 10th day of December, A.D. 2009 late of Seaford, DE were duly granted unto John F.

McAndrew on the 18th day of December, A.D. 2009, 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 10th day of August, A.D. 2010 or abide by the law in this behalf. Executor: John F. McAndrew 212 Moyer Rd. Duncansville, PA 16635 Gregory Fuller Sr. Register of Wills 12/31/3tc


Estate of Margaret Rayfield, Deceased. Notice is hereby given that Letters of Administration upon the estate of Margaret Rayfield who departed this life on the 11th day of November, A.D. 2009 late of Laurel, DE were duly granted unto Terry L. Rayfield on the 17th day of December, A.D. 2009, and all persons indebted to the said deceased 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 11th day of July, A.D. 2010 or abide by the law in this behalf. Administrator: Terry L. Rayfield 10922 E. 4th St. Laurel, DE 19956 Gregory Fuller Sr. Register of Wills 12/31/3tc


Estate of Darin C. Thompson, Deceased. Notice is hereby given that Letters of Administration upon the estate of Darin C. Thompson who departed this life on the 1st day of November, A.D. 2009 late of Seaford, DE were duly granted unto Christopher C. Thompson, Sharon Thompson on the 21st day of December, A.D. 2009, and all persons indebted to the said deceased are required to make payments to the said Co-Administrators without delay, and all persons having demands against the deceased are required to exhibit and present the same duly probated to the said Co-Administrators on or before the 1st day of July, A.D. 2010 or abide by the law in this behalf. Co-Administrators: Christopher C. Thompson 23665 German Road


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Estate of Norma Wootten, Deceased. Notice is hereby given that Letters of Administration upon the estate of Norman Wootten who departed this life on the 11th day of December, A.D. 2009 late of Laurel, DE were duly granted unto Kelly R. Farrelly on the 18th day of December, A.D. 2009, and all persons indebted to the said deceased are required to make payments to the said Administratrix without delay, and all persons having demands against the deceased are required to exhibit and present the same duly probated to the said Administratrix on or before the 11th day of August, A.D. 2010 or abide by the law in this behalf. Administratrix: Kelly R. Farrelly 24488 Chapel Branch Rd. Seaford, DE 19973 Gregory Fuller Sr. Register of Wills 12/31/3tc


Estate of Lois Virginia Brown, Deceased. Notice is hereby given that Letters of Testamentary upon the estate of Lois Virginia Brown who departed this life on the 22nd day of November, A.D. 2009 late of Laurel, DE were duly granted unto Edgarine K. Harris on the 9th day of December, A.D. 2009, and all persons indebted to the said deceased are required to make payments to the said Executrix without delay, and all persons having demands against the deceased are required to exhibit and present the same duly probated to the said Executrix on or before the 22nd day of July, A.D. 2010 or abide by the law in this behalf. Executrix: Edgarine K. Harris 117 Lake Dr. Laurel, DE 19956 Gregory Fuller Sr. Register of Wills 12/24/3tc


Estate of Irene W. Cordrey, Deceased. Notice is hereby given that Letters of Testamentary upon the estate of Irene W. Cordrey who departed this life on the 12th day of October, A.D. 2009 late of Laurel, DE were duly granted

unto Irene Reynolds, Jamie Cordrey on the 4th day of December, A.D. 2009, and all persons indebted to the said deceased are required to make payments to the said Co-Executrices without delay, and all persons having demands against the deceased are required to exhibit and present the same duly probated to the said Co-Executrices on or before the 12th day of June, A.D. 2010 or abide by the law in this behalf. Co-Executrices: Irene Reynolds 38140 Millsboro Hwy. Millsboro, DE 19966 Jamie Cordrey 34128 Hitch Pond Rd. Laurel, DE 19956 Attorney: Eugene Bayard, Esq. Wilson, Halbrook & Bayard P.O. Box 690 Georgetown, DE 19947 Gregory Fuller Sr. Register of Wills 12/17/3tc


Estate of Ella B. Gibson, Deceased. Notice is hereby given that Letters of Testamentary upon the estate of Ella B. Gibson who departed this life on the 3rd day of December, A.D. 2009 late of Delmar, DE were duly granted unto Brian L. Gibson on the 8th day of December, A.D. 2009, 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 3rd day of August, A.D. 2010 or abide by the law in this behalf. Executor: Brian L. Gibson 353 Ridge Rd. Sellersville, PA 18960 Gregory Fuller Sr. Register of Wills 12/17/3tc


Estate of June L. Hall, Deceased. Notice is hereby given that Letters of Testamentary upon the estate of June L. Hall who departed this life on the 11th day of November, A.D. 2009 late of Seaford, DE were duly granted unto Raymond L. Hall, III on the 4th day of December, A.D. 2009, 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 See LEGALS—page 32


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Scientist’s research helps protect the Chesapeake Bay Dr. Greg Binford spends his days in college laboratories and corn fields miles from the Chesapeake Bay but his research has a direct impact on the water quality of this estuary, which is home to more than 3,600 species of plants and animals and more than 16.6 million people. A plant and soil science specialist for University of Delaware Cooperative Extension, Binford works to optimize crop production for farmers while minimizing the impact on the environment of the fertilizer and manure nutrients essential for crop growth. Binford also serves as an associate professor in UD’s department of plant and soil sciences. In February, he received a $550,000 grant from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to develop a nutrient management system that will result in less nitrogen leaving corn fields and entering the Chesapeake Bay while improving overall profitability to growers. The key, says Binford, is to revise the nutrient management plans currently used by growers so that there is a feedback mechanism in place that allows for an evaluation at the end of the season. “Nitrogen management is one of the greatest challenges during the production of corn, notes Binford. “The challenge is in determining the difference between the optimal rate of nitrogen and any rate above this optimal.” “Nitrogen can be lost from soils relaLEGALS - from Page 31

to exhibit and present the same duly probated to the said Executor on or before the 11th day of July, A.D. 2010 or abide by the law in this behalf. Executor: Raymond L. Hall, III 307 Pine St. Seaford, DE 19973 Gregory Fuller Sr. Register of Wills 12/17/3tc


Estate of Nola Belle Miner, Deceased. Notice is hereby given that Letters of Testamentary upon the estate of Nola Belle Miner who departed this life on the 30th day of November, A.D. 2009 late of Seaford, DE were duly granted unto Josephine M. Trepagnier, Edward M. Miner on the 8th day of December, A.D. 2009, 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 30th day of July, A.D. 2010 or abide by the law in this behalf. Co-Executors:

tively easily and the availability of nitrogen from organic sources is strongly weather dependent,” adds Binford. “Growers can unknowingly apply too much nitrogen since plant health and grain yields do not change when rates applied are greater than the economic optimum rate.” On the flip side, applying too little nitrogen can be very detrimental to yields so growers are reluctant to fine tune their management program unless they can quantitatively evaluate it. And that’s where Binford’s research study comes in. The ultimate project goal is to develop a performance-based nutrient management system. The study uses 300 fields as on-farm research plots and involves the cooperation of more than 75 farmers from Kent and Sussex counties as well as areas of Maryland. The Chesapeake Bay watershed is comprised of some nine million acres of farmland so even growers who aren’t directly on the Bay or its tributaries can have an impact on water quality. The project kicked off in spring when Binford lined up a sufficient number of growers to commit to the project. In early August, aerial images were taken to assess each field. From the air, corn stalks that might be deficient in nitrogen appear yellow. However, Binford notes that there are other reasons for such stalk yellowing. These images were used to plot out

Josephine M. Trepagnier 2338 Coventry Ct. Emmaus, PA 18049 Edward M. Miner 2007 Samish Crest Way Bellingham, WA 98229 Attorney: Stephen P. Ellis, Esq. Ellis & Szabo, LLP PO Box 574 Georgetown, DE 19947 Gregory Fuller Sr. Register of Wills 12/17/3tc


Estate of Roland R. Salkowitz, Deceased. Notice is hereby given that Letters of Administration upon the estate of Roland R. Salkowitz who departed this life on the 23rd day of November, A.D. 2009 late of Laurel, DE were duly granted unto Patricia Salkowitz on the 8th day of December, A.D. 2009, and all persons indebted to the said deceased are required to make payments to the said Administratrix without delay, and all persons having demands against the deceased are required to exhibit and present the same duly probated to the said Administratrix on or before the 23rd day of July, A.D. 2010 or abide by the law in this behalf. Administratrix: Patricia Salkowitz

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Estate of Catherine B. Smith, Deceased. Notice is hereby given that Letters of Administration upon the estate of Catherine B. Smith who departed this life on the 9th day of November, A.D. 2009 late of Seaford, DE were duly granted unto Jerald S. Smith, Cynthia S. Lyons-Taylor on the 7th day of December, A.D. 2009, and all persons indebted to the said deceased are required to make payments to the said Co-Administrators without delay, and all persons having demands against the deceased are required to exhibit and present the same duly probated to the said Co-Administrators on or before the 9th day of July, A.D. 2010 or abide by the law in this behalf. Co-Administrators: Jerald S. Smith P.O. Box 904 Seaford, DE 19973 Cynthia S. Lyons-Taylor 1204 Dulaney St. Seaford, DE 19973 Gregory Fuller Sr. Register of Wills 12/17/3tc

Dr. Greg Binford is working to develop a nutrient management system that will result in less nitrogen leaving corn fields and entering the Chesapeake Bay while improving overall profitability to growers.

research sites. Both stressed (yellowing) areas of the field as well as areas that appeared healthy were chosen. Dr. Susan White-Hansen, precision farming specialist at UD’s Research and Education Center in Georgetown, developed the protocol for 009 - JAN. 6, 2010 selecting the sampling locations from each of the aerial images. The aerial photography work has been the most nerve-wracking part of the project for Binford. “We had a narrow timeframe in which to complete the photo sessions and rain kept our plane grounded many days,” recalls Binford. The end of the crop season, late August to early September, was the hectic time for Extension associates Shawn Tingle and Warren Willey, who were joined by private consultants who assisted with the project. Under Binford’s direction, this team Personal fanned out intoItems all 300 for fields to utilize an innovative Sale. test based on the concentration ofNo nitrate in the lower part of the cornstalk. Vendors Please. If concentrations are above Call 629-9788, a recommended value it indicates that excessive send to during the growing nitrogenorwas applied P.O. Box 1000, season. Seaford, DE 19973. Binford developed this specialized test in the early 1990s and it has since been widely evaluated in other research projects. Although the test method is popular with researchers, it hasn’t been used much in production agriculture. This summer marked the first growing season for the three-year project. Although Binford already has preliminary results he Personal Items for Sale. doesn’t want to make recommendations No Vendors Please. based on one year’s findings. “Because it’s a biological system, Call 629-9788, or sendand to P.O. Box 1000,will greatly afweather management DEof19973. fect Seaford, the amount nitrogen available to the crop,” says Binford. “Therefore, it’s important that drastic changes not be made in nitrogen management after only one or two years of collecting stalk nitrate results.” “This research is critically important to



Delmarva farmers,” said Dr. Jan Seitz, associate dean and director of UD Cooperative Extension. “At monthly Friends of Ag meetings and other agricultural events I’ve spoken to many farmers who are eagerly awaiting the results of Greg’s research. Delaware’s farmers are stewards of the land who are committed to best practices in nutrient management.” Binford hopes that local growers gain confidence in their management practices and reduce nitrogen usage by systematically using the test method that he has developed. Such efforts will help not only the growers’ bottom line but the health of the Chesapeake Bay. “We need to create a paradigm shift in our current nutrient recommendation system,” says Binford. “It’s my goal to see my research contribute to that shift in thinking.”

Gathering will address the issues

Many state and federal elected officials seem to be out of touch with the concerns of the majority of American taxpayers, organizers of a January meeting are saying. The year 2010 will be interesting in the political life of Delaware. In November 2010, Delawareans will select a senator to replace Vice President Joe Biden’s placeholder, U.S. Sen. Ted Kaufman, elect Congressman Mike Castle’s replacement and select a new state treasurer. “Do you know where the candidates for these offices stand on issues that are important to you?” organizers ask. On January 23 at Sam Yoder’s Farm near Greenwood, 400 people will gather to discuss the issues and how to make the greatest impact on Election Day. To participate, call Lyle Humpton, 3377815, or John Clark, 242-3155, for more information and to purchase tickets. Tickets may also be purchased at the Georgetown Animal Hospital, 856-2623.

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Eat more flavonoids to lose that extra holiday weight At the time, tall glasses of yummy eggnog topped off with oretta norr generous dollops of whipped cream seemed like a good idea. After all, what are holiday celebrations without a little self-indulgence in those guilty culinary pleasures we only dream about the rest of the year? Right now I’m experiencing the food equivalent of buyer’s remorse. What appeared to be a great deal turned out to be literally a great deal - too much of a good thing. 1 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth Now I’m confronted with the task Place chicken breasts between 2 sheets of trying to undo the after effects with a of plastic wrap. Use a rolling pin or a minimum of pain. small heavy pot to pound them to a thickThe Real Age people are a great reness of 1/2 inch. source when you’re looking for ways to Heat 1 1/2 teaspoons oil in a large battle the bulge. For those who have a tad nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. too much of what they call “belly fat,” Season the chicken breasts with salt and they suggest amping up on flavonoids. pepper and add to the pan. Cook until In a 14-year long study, specific types of browned on both sides, 4 to 5 minutes per flavonoids were found to ward off below side. Transfer to a plate and keep warm. the waist excess by altering the body‘s Reduce the heat to low. Add the remetabolic profile. Real Age describes flamaining 1 1/2 teaspoons oil and leeks. vonoids as “antioxidant-like compounds Cook, stirring, until the leeks are soft, found in fruits, veggies, chocolate, fruit and wine.” The study participants got most about 5 minutes. Add garlic, sugar and of theirs from pears, apples, tea, chocolate, rosemary and cook until fragrant, about 2 minutes more. Increase the heat to mebroad beans, onions, leeks and sweet pepdium-high, stir in vinegar and cook until pers. most of the liquid has evaporated. I’m going to try to incorporate most of Add apples and broth and cook, stirring these ingredients in recipes over the comonce or twice, until the apples are tender, ing weeks. Any positive results may help about 3 minutes. Reduce the heat to low to alleviate the nagging ache of eggnog and return the chicken and any juices to withdrawal. the pan. Simmer gently until the chicken is Eating Well magazine is a good source heated through. Serve immediately. of nutritious yet tasty recipe ideas. Below are some belly-busting offerings. Crunchy Pear & Celery Salad Crisp pears are tossed with Cheddar Sauté of Chicken with Apples & Leeks cheese and pecans in this delicious salad. Makes 4 servings For an Italian twist, try a good Parmesan 4 boneless, skinless chicken breast with some toasted pine nuts or, to go halves (1-1 1/4 pounds), trimmed British, use crumbled Stilton and toasted 3 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, diwalnuts. vided 6 servings, 1 cup each 1/4 teaspoon salt 4 stalks celery, trimmed and cut in half Freshly ground pepper to taste crosswise 2 large leeks, white parts only, washed 2 tablespoons cider, pear, raspberry or and cut into julienne strips (2 cups) other fruit vinegar 2 large cloves garlic, minced 2 tablespoons honey 1 tablespoon sugar 1/4 teaspoon salt 2 teaspoons minced fresh rosemary, or 2 ripe pears, preferably red Bartlett or 1/2 teaspoon dried Anjou, diced 1/4 cup cider vinegar 1 cup finely diced white Cheddar 2 firm tart apples, such as York or cheese Granny Smith, peeled, cored and thinly 1/2 cup chopped pecans, toasted (can sliced



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low and simmer until the rice is softened but still moist, 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and let stand, covered, until the rice absorbs the remaining liquid, about 5 minutes. Stir basil and half the cheese into the rice mixture. Divide the filling among the peppers, then top with the remaining cheese. Broil until the cheese is melted, 2 to 3 minutes.

Recycle all of your holiday waste

The holidays are here and the Delaware Solid Waste Authority (DSWA) reminds residents that many of the things you use during the holiday season can be recycled. This time of year a lot of wrapping paper, holiday cards and gift boxes get thrown away and DSWA would like to encourage Delawareans to recycle these items. Members of DSWA’s Curbside Recycling Program can place all these items into their recycling cart. If you are not part of this program, wrapping paper, gift boxes and holiday cards can be taken to one of our Recycling Drop-Off Centers. If you receive new electronics for the holidays, DSWA encourages you to discard of your old items using DSWA’s Electronic Goods Recycling Programs. DSWA maintains 24 statewide drop-off locations for electronics. To find the drop-off location nearest to you, visit or call the Citizens’ Response Line at 1-800-404-7080.

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Members of the ACEC Delaware present a check to Dr. Doug Hicks, engineering technologies department chair. From left are Shane Minner; Ted Januska, ACEC Delaware president; Dr. Doug Hicks; and Scott Rathfon.

ACEC Delaware honors Del Tech For the fourth year in a row the Engineering Technologies department at Delaware Technical & Community College, Owens Campus has received a donation from the American Council of Engineering Companies of Delaware (ACEC Delaware). The ACEC Delaware is dedicated to encouraging the highest technical and ethical standards for the engineering profession. “We use the donation to provide a deserving student with a merit scholarship

to promote high academic standards,” said Dr. Doug Hicks, department chair. The recipient of the scholarship will be determined in the 2010 spring semester. The engineering technologies department has several ties to the ACEC Delaware including Owens Campus graduates Scott Rathfon, ACEC Delaware vice-president, and Shane Minner, chair of the education/public relations committee. Rathfon also serves on the department’s advisory committee.

HONOR SOCIETY INDUCTEES - The following students were inducted into the National Technical Honor Society at Woodbridge High School on Oct. 29. In the front row, from left: Brittany Myers, Rachel Doyon, Kelsey Johnson, Kate Mullet, Emily Passwaters, and Colby Christopher. Second row from left: Ivana Hall, Cody Vanderwende, Calypso Harper-Sweetman, Nick Laurel, Taylor Patterson, Tiffany Pepper, Chelsea Blades and Kayra Edmonds. Not pictured are Jordan Vasquez, Melissa Rosado, Casey Reynolds and Trey Wilkerson. Students must have a minimum 88% GPA and have earned at least two credits in their technical pathway, which includes Structures, Medical Technology, Early Childhood Education, Art, Business and Agriculture.

School Board honors president The Delaware School Board Association (DSBA) recently honored Richard I. Lewis of Bridgeville with its Distinguished Service Award. Lewis is president of the Sussex Technical School District School Board which he joined in 1982. He served as its vice president in 1991 and 1992 and has been the Board’s president since 1993. Lewis has been a member of the DSBA for 28 years. According to Sussex Tech Superintendent Dr. Patrick Savini, Lewis’ leadership as president of the School Board has set a tone enabling Sussex Tech to seek and achieve excellence. During Lewis’ leadership, Sussex Tech converted to a full-time educational facility in 1991. It has been recognized by the State of Delaware as a “Superior Performing High School” and by the U.S. Department of Education as a “National School of Excellence.” Sussex Tech has also been named a “National Blue Ribbon School” two times by the United States Department of Education – the only Delaware public high school to be recognized twice with this honor. Sussex Tech has also expanded its adult

education services to meet the varied educational needs of adults. Today, Sussex Tech’s adult education serves an enrollment in excess of 3,000. The adult evening division was also selected for the Governor’s Award for Adult Literacy/Adult Education in 1992, 1997, 200 and 2001. Lewis extends his commitments of service beyond the scope of Sussex Tech. He has been a Kiwanis Club member for 39 years, and is a past president and recipient of numerous distinguished Kiwanis awards, including the Hixon Award. He was a board member of Baltimore Trust and Mercantile Bank for 36 years and a member of its Executive Committee. A past commissioner of the Town of Bridgeville, Lewis served the Bridgeville Fire Department for 15 years and was a Girl Scout leader for eight years. He is a member of Union Methodist Church in Bridgeville where he has held several leadership positions. A U.S. Army veteran of eight years, Lewis served in Vietnam as a helicopter pilot. He achieved the rank of Major and was the recipient of the Purple Heart and Bronze Star. Lewis and his wife, Kay, have two daughters and two grandsons.

Rob Bates, counselor and international education coordinator, stands with Kara Sullivan, faculty member and returned Peace Corps volunteer, and Peace Corps recruiter Chris Wagner who spoke to Delaware Tech students about the Peace Corps.

International culture celebration Daily activities for students and staff highlighted International Education Week, Nov. 16-20, at Delaware Technical & Community College, Owens Campus. Special events included Global Jeopardy, Flamenco dancing, a Peace Corps presentation, and a film screening of the travel documentary “One Crazy Ride” which tells the tale of five friends who embark on a motorcycle expedition on uncharted roads in Northeast India.

“International Education Week gave us the opportunity to expose students to the many different cultures that make up the student body at Delaware Tech,” said Robert Bates, counselor and international education coordinator. “With 46 countries represented at the Owens Campus, the students and the community are given many opportunities to learn and share from each other.”

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Homeschool enrichment courses

Parents can expand their children’s homeschool education by enrolling them in a new homeschool enrichment program offered at Delaware Technical & Community College, Owens Campus. All courses will be held on Mondays from Jan. 25 through March 1, unless otherwise noted. In All About Me, 2:45 to 3:45 p.m., children ages 5 to 8 will create and design their own personal journal of self-expression using art, letter formation and book construction. Children ages 5 to 8 can explore basic art concepts, rhythm, and learn about instruments in Arts & Music from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. In Computer Exploration ages 8 and up will have fun examining computer software including discovering graphics, animation, preparing presentations and more. Course will be held from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.; all levels are welcome. In Origin of Words, 3 to 4 p.m., ages 10 and up can expand their vocabulary by learning words with Greek and Latin roots. Ages 10 and up can learn basic Spanish grammar, vocabulary and common phrases that will help them to develop conversational skills from 3 to 4 p.m. In pre-algebra, 3 to 4:30 p.m., students ages 10 and up will strengthen their math skills by the learning the basics including fractions, decimals, factoring, exponents and more. Young chefs ages 10 and up will have fun with food while exploring the wonders of the culinary world in Culinary Creations on Mondays, beginning February 1 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Other classes for children in January include horseback riding for ages 8-14 beginning Saturday, Jan. 9 at noon and karate for ages 7-12 beginning Saturday, Jan. 16 at 10 a.m. For more information or to sign up, contact Delaware Tech’s Corporate & Community Programs at 856-5618.

Personal development courses

Stay active or develop a new hobby while having fun in personal development courses offered in January at Delaware Technical & Community College, Owens Campus. Women will enjoy getting a workout while playing volleyball on Wednesdays from 7 to 9 p.m. beginning Jan. 6. Discover how to express your creativity through sound in Songwriting and Improvisation beginning Wednesday, Jan. 20 from 7 to 9 p.m. Build strength without excess bulk to create a sleek, toned body with Pilates on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6 to 7 p.m. beginning Jan. 20. Beginning Tuesday, Jan. 26 acquire basic horseback riding skills from 8 to 9 a.m. at Singletree Stables in Seaford or combine the use of the mind, body and spirit into graceful and slow movements in Tai Chi, level 1 at 6 p.m. or level 2 at 7 p.m. Discover basic and fun belly dancing moves while getting an aerobic workout in Belly Dance Aerobics on Thursdays beginning Jan. 28 at 6:30 p.m. For more information, contact Delaware Tech’s Corporate & Community Programs at 854-6966.


ECS students named to honor roll

Jim Berger, principal of Epworth Christian School, has announced the Honor Roll for this year’s first quarter. “A” Honor Roll First grade (Mrs. Bryant) - Brenna Hummel, Adam Jenkins, Madelyn Moore. Second grade (Mrs. Kerins) - Abigail Agapito, Mia Berger, Jaylah Culver, Jon Fink, Kaylin Hatfield, Gabriel Hoffman, Christian Layton, Brayden Smith, Logan Tyler. Third grade (Mr. Moore) - Alexa Allen, Holy Baker, Kyle Briggs, Sophia Dykstra, Haley Owens, Caleb Reid, Taylor Wroten. Fourth grade (Mrs. Bynes) – Liam Catron, Caleb McFarlin, Jerrica Robertson. Sixth grade (Mrs. Lanzone) – Angela Baker, Emily Groton. Seventh grade (Mr. Crosby) – Cassie Gordon, Bailey Kinnikin, Mackenzie Kinnikin. “A/B” Honor Roll First grade (Mrs. Bryant) – Riley Culver, Nicholas Dykstra, Christopher Owens. Second grade (Mrs. Kerins) – Michael Briggs, Makayla James. Third grade (Mr. Moore) – Jeremiah Daudt, Marissa Kerins, Sharoon Mall. Fourth grade (Mrs. Bynes) – Olivia Berger, Elijah Knapp, Luke Kinnikin, Alyssa Layton, Cameron Sorrells, Abigail Swain, Noah Theis, Camryn Thompson, Taylor Tucker. Fifth grade (Mrs. Pusey) – Kelley Allen, Brooke Corder, Gabrielle Hastings, Thea Knapp, Jennie Parsons, Moriah Reid, Andrea Timmons. Sixth grade (Mrs. Lanzone) – Madison Dickerson, Jenna Espenlaub, Logan Fluharty, Drew Hill, Alexis Holston, Coleman James, Kyle Atkinson-Steele. Seventh grade (Mr. Crosby) – Renee Adams, Angela Agapito, Jacob Calloway, Logan Downes, Matthew Dykstra, Robert Hazel, Nicholas Kary, Caroline Kerins, Carol Anne McFarlin, Jeffrey Munro, Abe Wharton. Eighth grade (Mrs. Morris) – Daniel Adams, Taylor Daudt, Lindsey Heck, Adam Smack, Chanah Zrien.

Salisbury Christian lists honor roll

The following area students were named to the honor roll at Salisbury Christian School for the first quarter. Summa Cum Laude - Grade 6 - Seth Slacum, Laurel; Josh Smith, Seaford; Grade 8 - Nathaniel Laremore, Seaford; Grade 9 - Tyler Smith, Seaford; Grade 11 - Shelby Dukes, Laurel; Micah Laremore, Seaford; Kristen McTernan, Delmar; Grade 12 - Stephanie James, Delmar; Ben Katzaman, Delmar; Jenna Kirk, Laurel Magna Cum Laude - Grade 6 - Christian Bethard, Laurel; Grade 7 - Katelin Whaley, Laurel; Grade 8 - Kelsey Johnson, Delmar; Katie Minton, Laurel; Grade 9 - Nathan Katzaman, Delmar; Allison Lowe, Laurel; Grade 10 - Megan James, Delmar; Grade 11 - Jeri West, Bridgeville; Grade 12 - Jamie Curtis, Laurel Cum Laude - Grade 6 - Cameron Cordrey, Laurel; Zach Johnson, Delmar; Caleb Kirk, Laurel; Grade 7 - Kaylin Johnson, Delmar; Kensie Lewis, Seaford; Grade 8 - Keller Bruce, Laurel; Katyanna Kerr, Laurel; Hannah Millman, Bridgeville; Spencer Zebley, Seaford; Grade 11 - Jared Alexander, Delmar; Ross Lugasi, Laurel; Blake Phillips, Laurel; Grade 12 - Kristen Whaley, Laurel

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Egg decorating workshop Jan. 5 The Delaware Department of Agriculture (DDA) presents a Learn to Decorate Eggs Workshop from 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 5, at A. C. Moore Arts & Crafts, Dover. The free workshop will introduce artists and crafters to techniques and materials needed to decorate chicken eggs for display and ornaments. Cindy Davis, prize winning Delaware egg artist, is the instructor. All workshop participants will receive an egg blower, courtesy of the American Egg Board. To register, contact Sheree Nichols at DDA by Jan. 4, at 800-282-8685, 302698-4521 or email sheree.nichols@state.

A VISIT FROM SANTA - After making a list and checking it twice, Santa Claus found that many Delaware children were very nice this year but some were too sick to be home with their families. On Dec. 15, Santa and his reindeer made a special trip to visit the sick children in the Pediatrics Department at Kent General Hospital. Santa brought gifts and good cheer, delighting the hearts of the children. Above, Santa gets a hug from sevenyear-old Brooklyn Brown of Felton.

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PPP presents Neil Simon comedy

Possum Point Players is bringing a Neil Simon comedy, “I Ought to Be in Pictures” to the dinner theater stage on Jan. 22-31. Tickets are on sale now. Tom Sweeny of Lewes is directing the cast of three, which includes Audrey Fisher Killen of Roxana as Libby, Jim Killion of Lewes as Herb and Kim Klabe of Rehoboth Beach as Steffy. Possum dinner theaters take place in Possum Hall where the fourcourse dinner is cooked on-site, served in the atrium and then the audience moves into the theatre for the play. On cold January nights, many people appreciate dinner and a show all in one place. Dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 22, 23, 29 & 30, and at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 24 and 31. Tickets are $40. Call the Possum Ticketline at 856-4560 to reserve your seat or for information on upgrading your dinner theater ticket to a 2010 season ticket. The theater does not recommend “I Ought to Be in Pictures” for young children. 22128 Sussex Hwy. Seaford, DE 19973

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Health briefs Uniform and shoe sale

The Look-In Glass Gift Shoppe at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital is holding a uniform and shoe sale. All of the latest in uniforms, scrubs and shoes for the medical professional will be available. The sale will be held in the lobby of Nanticoke Hospital on Thursday, Jan. 7, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Friday, Jan. 8, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Payroll deductions for purchases are available for eligible Nanticoke Health Services employees. All proceeds from The LookIn Glass Shoppe benefit the hospital.

CASA seeks child advocates

The Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Program in the Delaware Family Court seeks concerned and qualified adults to serve as CASA volunteers in Sussex County. CASAs are trained community volunteers appointed by Family Court judges to represent the best interests of abused/neglected or dependent children who are the subject of Court proceedings. Volunteers advocate for the best interests of the child by investigating, presenting facts and recommendations to the Court, and monitoring a case until the child is provided a safe and permanent home. CASA volunteers have varied professional, educational, and ethnic backgrounds. They are selected on the basis of their objectivity, competence and commitment. Training, supervision and attorney representation are provided. For more information and to apply to become a CASA volunteer, call the CASA office at 855-7410 or 855-7411. Applications are being accepted now for the upcoming 2010 training sessions. You must complete all required training before you can be assigned to a case.

New Delaware Hospice series

Delaware Hospice is now partnering with businesses to provide employees with information through a new support program entitled, “It’s How You LIVE…At Work.” Delaware Hospice’s professional staff will share expertise and help listeners prepare for challenging situations such as dealing with a colleague’s grief, supporting an employee who is struggling with a serious illness and coping with the loss of a friend or family member in an office setting. Presentations and informational brochures on several topics are offered free as a community outreach. To schedule a speaker or learn more, contact Diane Donohue at ddonohue@delawarehospice. org or call 478-5707, ext. 1121.

Delaware leads in preparedness

A recent report from Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) gives high marks to the state of Delaware. According to the study, Delaware achieved nine out of 10 key indicators of public health emergency preparedness. Overall, the seventh annual “Ready or Not? Protecting the Public’s Health from Diseases, Disasters, and Bioterrorism” report found that 20 states scored 6 or less out of 10 key indicators of public health emergency preparedness. Nearly two-thirds of states scored 7 or less. Helping Delaware achieve its score were the fact Delaware purchased 50 percent or more of its share of federally-subsidized antiviral medications to prepare for a potential pandemic flu outbreak, tracks diseases through an Internet system used by the CDC and increased or maintained

level of funding for public health services from FY 2007-08 to FY 2008-09. Just 7 other states, Arkansas, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Texas and Vermont earned a similar score of 9 out of 10.

Pelot promoted at NMH

Nanticoke Memorial Hospital announces Tres Pelot, BS, RRT has been promoted to the position of senior director of Therapy Services and Wellness. Pelot joined Nanticoke Memorial Hospital Respiratory Care Department in 2002 bringing with him extensive experience in Respiratory Therapy and certification in both Delaware and Maryland. As senior director of Therapy Services and Wellness, Pelot will provide direction and oversight of Respiratory Therapy, Neurology, Sleep Lab, Occupational Health, Employee Health, Pulmonary Function Lab, and Physical, Occupational, and Speech Therapy. His background includes over 16 years practicing within Respiratory Therapy, and four years of experience Pelot in Neurology, Sleep Lab, Pulmonary Function Lab, and Physical, Occupational, and Speech Therapy. Pelot has a bachelor of science degree in respiratory therapy from Salisbury University.

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Hospice offers ‘Living Well’ course

“Living Well” with chronic conditions is a free self-management course that can help you get the most out of life. Anyone living with heart disease, arthritis, diabetes, asthma, bronchitis, emphysema and other chronic diseases will benefit from this six-week course, offered by Delaware Hospice’s Family Support Center. Classes begin Thursday, Jan. 7, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., and will be held every Thursday through Feb. 11 in the Community Conference Room of the Delaware Hospice Center, 100 Patriots Way, Milford. All classes are recommended. Pre-registration is required by Jan. 5. To register, contact Tucker at 463-1054 or btucker@

Hospice presents sibling lecture

“Tears for a Sibling” will be the topic of January’s Lunch Bunch Lecture by the Family Support Center at the Delaware Hospice Center, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, on Friday, Jan. 8, from noon to 1:30 p.m. Open to the community, Dr. Judy Pierson, licensed clinical psychologist, will discuss the unique circumstances surrounding the death of a sibling. A donation of $3 per person for the cost of lunch is suggested. To register, call Vicki Costa at 8567717, ext. 1129, or email

Develop a healthier lifestyle

A seven week tobacco cessation class is available at no charge to the public. The class provides group support, advice, and helpful information on diet, exercise, stress reduction, nicotine replacement and other strategies for kicking the habit. The next tobacco cessation class at Milford Memorial Hospital begins on Jan. 7 from 8 to 9:30 a.m. and meets every Thursday for 7 weeks. To register for the tobacco cessation class, call 744-7135. To sign up nutritional and dietary consultations, call 744-6842.

Man to Man support group

Nanticoke Memorial Hospital offers a Man to Man support group meeting on the fourth Wednesday of each month. Man to Man helps men cope with prostate cancer by receiving information and peer support. Pre-registration is not required for this free support group. For more information, contact Larry Skala (337-3678) or Grafton Adams (628-8311).

Depression Support Group

There is a free bimonthly Depression Support Group meeting in Laurel on the second and fourth Wednesday evenings from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Any person who has signs and symptoms of depression and is under the care of a professional counselor/ MD is welcome to attend. To register, call Life Matters Counseling and Consulting at 302-465-6612. Continued on page 38


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Breast cancer support group

Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition, Inc. (DBCC) has expanded its Beginning Your Pink Ribbon Journey, a program for women newly-diagnosed with breast cancer, by partnering with Nanticoke Memorial Hospital Cancer Center in Seaford. The free, monthly program is offered at the Cancer Center located at 801 Middleford Road, Seaford, the third Thursday of each month from 3 to 4 p.m. To learn more about Beginning Your Pink Ribbon Journey at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital Cancer Center, call Lois Wilkinson at 672-6435. Registration is required and light refreshments and small gifts are provided.

Monthly support group

Compassionate Care Hospice, The Wellness Community-DE and Nanticoke Memorial Hospital will collaborate to present a monthly bereavement group, The Next Step. The group focuses on issues of loss that continue beyond the early stages of grief. Mary Van House, bereavement coordinator, will facilitate the group at 10

a.m. on the third Tuesday of each month, at the Nanticoke Cancer Care Center, second floor conference room. To register, call Lisa at 629-6611, ext. 2378.

Pharmacy tech information session

Enter the rapidly expanding field of health care with the pharmacy technician certificate training program at Delaware Technical & Community College, Owens Campus. Pharmacy technicians help pharmacists package or mix prescriptions, maintain client records, refer clients to the pharmacist for counseling, as well as payment collection and billing coordination. A free session on this program will be held on Monday, Jan. 11 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the college. The 189-hour classroom course will be held at Delaware Tech on Monday and Wednesday, 6 to 9:30 p.m., from Feb. 22 to Aug. 30. A 120-hour externship also is necessary to complete the program. Graduates will receive a certificate of completion and be prepared to take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) exam to become a nationally certified pharmacy technician. Funding through the Department of Labor and a payment

plan through Delaware Tech’s Corporate and Community Programs are available for this course. For more information, contact Corporate & Community Programs at 8546966.

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Family caregiver training

The Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition, Inc. (DBCC) is one of 21 organizations, nationally, to receive a $5,000 Advocacy in Action grant from the National Breast Cancer Coalition Fund (NBCC). NBCC member organizations were selected to receive the grants by a competitive application process to assist groups in forwarding advocacy locally. The grants are awarded to NBCC member organizations to help advance the goal of eradicating breast cancer by, not only, working to expand advocacy in local communities but also working for systemic change. DBCC is actively involved in national forums for advancing breast

The Alzheimer’s Association Delaware Valley Chapter sponsors The Family Caregiver Education Series four times a year in each of Delaware’s three counties. Methodist Manor House in Seaford will host the training on Friday, Jan. 29, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. This program includes a medical overview, legal and financial issues, challenging symptoms, daily care issues and information on getting the help you need. Training is free and lunch will be provided by Methodist Manor House, therefore pre-registration is required by Jan. 22. For more information or to register, call Jamie Magee at 854-9788.

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Joan Hart, Laurel Lioness Club president, presents a $500 donation to Nanticoke Health Services to benefit Women’s Health/Digital Mammography. Steven A. Rose, president and CEO accepted the donation on behalf of Nanticoke Health Services.

Lioness Club makes a donation The Laurel Lioness Club, as a part of its mission to serve the local community, recently presented $500 to Nanticoke Health Services’ Women’s Health Program. This donation was made as a part of Nanticoke’s efforts to raise money to purchase digital mammography equipment. The donation came after Drs. Kathleen Gordon and Yvonne Reid, radiologists,

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Staying safe during the holidays

By Dr. Anthony Policastro Tis the season to be jolly. Christmas is a time of joy and celebration. It is also a time to think about safety. There are some major areas for you to think about to keep your Christmas safe. I have revamped an old article to remind us once again of that. The first one deals with holiday travel. Many of us will soon visit our relatives. We should prepare for cold weather traveling. Cars can break down. When that happens in the winter, we need to be ready. You should check your wintertime car accessories. The first thing that you should ensure is warmth. A car that is stuck in the cold may lose its heater. You should have the appropriate amount of warm clothes and blankets available until help arrives. People sometimes do not bring a coat with them. They figure they are going straight from the house to the car so they do not need a coat. They do not expect to get stranded somewhere in the cold. You should dress appropriate for the weather. The second requirement is to have the right emergency equipment. Some of this takes the form of car accessories. This may be a window scraper, snow tires or proper coolant in the radiator. The rest is in the form of items for breakdowns. Flashlights are important. Warning flares or reflectors are useful. A shovel for snow is a good idea. Most people forget this one. A shovel that can also dig up dirt to put under the tires is even more useful. Whenever you travel, you should think about what you would need if you broke down. Once you do that, make sure you stock your car accordingly. Another auto related item is drinking and driving. Alcohol related car accidents increase significantly during the holiday season. If you are driving, don’t drink. If you are drinking, don’t drive. You also should remember to drive defensively. The other guy may not listen to these rules. If someone is driving like an idiot, he probably is drunk. Do not try to challenge him. Some of our relatives live at great distances. We may drive too far. This could make us tired. Do not drive when you are tired. Make sure you are well rested when you drive. Pull over if you become tired. One rule to follow is that you should not spend more than 12 hours per day driving. If you are going farther than that, you should allow more time. A lot of us have a tendency to speed. This is especially true on long trips. Speeding increases our risk for accidents. An important question to ask yourself is what does speeding actually accomplish. I drive home on River Road. I frequently have people pass me. There is only about a mile to the Woodland Ferry. The road ends there. If I am doing 40mph, It will take me 90 seconds to get there. If they do 60mph, they get there in 60 seconds. I wonder what they do with the extra 30 seconds they save. Even if I was traveling for 3 hours, it would make little difference. Someone going 10mph faster than I would get there 30 minutes sooner. I wonder how productive that extra 30 minutes would be when he/she arrives. Whatever it is will not be worth the risk they have of getting in an accident from speeding. Even staying home can be dangerous. Christmas tree fires can occur. If we decide upon a live tree, we should be careful. Cut off the base so the tree can take water in more effectively. Make sure the tree stays moist. Be careful about leaving lights on too long so the tree does not get too hot. This is especially

true when it starts to dry out. Do not put candles or open flames near the tree. Do not put your tree up near the fireplace. A recent article showed that the number of house fires from candles has been increasing rapidly now that candles are in vogue. Do not place candles by anything flammable. Do not place them where they can be easily tipped over. Do not leave candles burning when away from the house for a period of time. Christmas plants are beautiful. They are also dangerous. Keep them away from young children. Holly, mistletoe and poinsettias are all poisonous. They all cause vomiting and diarrhea when eaten. Holly berries cause narcotic overdose symptoms. Mistletoe berries produce a digitalis poisoning. Poinsettia sap can irritate the skin. A third area of holiday safety considerations is gift giving. Safety gifts are a great idea. The best example is a bicycle helmet. Now that this is a law, it makes the ideal Christmas present. Many pairs of in-line skates will be under the tree this year. It makes sense to also give the appropriate padding equipment. Studies have shown that the injury rate decreases with this equipment. It is important. Another gift idea is a cellular telephone. This would be a good accessory for your car when traveling. It would get you help very quickly. There are also some gifts that are bad ideas. One of these is the trampoline. The American Academy of Pediatrics has proposed that they be banned. They serve little exercise value. They are very dangerous. Paralysis from neck injury is common. Even trained athletes suffer these injuries. Untrained children are even more likely to be injured. My recommendation is to scratch it off your gift list. Another concern is buying an item that a child is not old enough to use. We do not allow children to drive cars until they are sixteen years old. This is based more on intellectual abilities than physical abilities. We should use the same logic for other dangerous gifts. Pellet guns and all terrain vehicles probably should only be given to a child who is mature intellectually. Age alone should not be the sole criterion. After a child gets seriously injured from one of these items, it will be too late to think about it. Many gifts come with instruction booklets. Most of these booklets have a section that lists safety instructions. The book will tell you to read that first. It is a good idea to do so. The Christmas holidays are made to spread joy and peace. We need to spread safety as well. Only if you are alive and healthy can you be joyful and peaceful as well.




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Community Snapshots

Recent heavy rain, ice and snow has delayed the harvest of many local farmers’ soybean crops. Photo by Karen Cherrix.

Siberian Huskies, Lady and Dakota were happy to exercise in the cool temperatures last week. Their owner, Mike Dunn of Laurel, also got plenty of exercise. Photo by K.Cherrix.

James Henderson and Karen Wells take the oath of office during last Monday’s Delmar Joint Council. Henderson and Wells were appointed to replace commissioners Carrie Williams and Marlena Hodgins, who each stepped down. Photo by Mike McClure

Serene landscapes were bountiful during last weeks snowfall. Christ Evangelistic Church in Laurel was blanketed with snow. Photo by Karen Cherrix.

Michael Forestieri delighted the Delmar Library patrons recently with an original one man show about Scrooge called “Christmas to be Remembered”. Submitted photo

Patron Haley Barrall is putting the finishing touches on the tree that Delmar citizens decorated for their town library. Submitted photo

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Delmar Library’s little ones were very interested in what Santa had to say about who made the “nice” or the “naughty” lists at the library’s recent Christmas party. Submitted photo

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Snowstorm brought back Doing the Towns Together LAUREL AND DELMAR SOCIALS many wonderful memories

Christmas of 2009 is just another beautiful memory (hopefully) and we are now looking forward to yet another exciting year. One thing for sure is that the year 2009 came to a memorable close for most of us. What with the high accumulation of snow before Christmas Day, a snow that changed plans for lots of us, we will definitely remember the Christmas of 2009. At the Barton house in Laurel, Christmas of 2009 brought forth some very special excitement and memories. Christmas of 2009 will always be remembered as the first year Chuck and I were great-grandparents. Even though we were unable to have our first greatgrandchild, James Price Roof of Columbia, S.C., with us at Christmas, we were able to enjoy a visit with this first grandchild of our daughter, Bonnie, and her husband, who live in Florence, S.C., during the Thanksgiving holiday. His parents, granddaughter, Betsy, and husband, Brent, are settling into a new phase of their life as they adjust to having an infant around. A son, who I might add, appears to have every chance of becoming another redhead in the family. Christmas of 2009 also presented a special treat for us as granddaughter, Lindsey, who lives in Monterey, Calif., was able to spend a few days in our area. This was an unexpected treat and the first time Lindsey, daughter of son, Philip and wife, Julie, has been home for the holidays in about five years. Son, John, an ICU nurse at Kaiser Hospital in Honolulu, was unable to be in Laurel during the Christmas days, and instead is forced to be on the beach at Waikiki or on the area golf courses. Tough life! But, we look forward to a visit with John in the spring of 2010. The heavy snows and cancellations brought forth a flood of memories of Christmases-past. Most of us have become rather complacent about driving in this area, and grumble when there is a heavy rain or just the hint of frost on the roadways. But, many of us can remember Christmases past when we had heavy snow every year. In fact, at the top of the Christmas list, a new pair of galoshes was usually something one could count on receiving. Perhaps the recipient wasn’t too pleased, but parents were more practical years ago. Boys received high-top shoes (the type with a special spot to hold a pen-knife), and girls received cumbersome galoshes. Those boots and ski pants were a “given.” Females wore them under their dresses, since when I was a kid females just didn’t wear slacks, jeans or trousers. Many of us have vivid memories of ski-pants. They were always too large, they were woolen and scratched the skin, they were heavy and always required being tugged at the waist to stay put properly. Trousers of any type actually became a part of the female wardrobe during World War II. Women who worked in war related areas (shipyards, etc.) were required to wear slacks because of the type of work they

Moments With Mike Virginia ‘Mike’ Barton did. The slacks these women wore were functional and practical. Designer anything was still unheard of, and any self-respecting woman would have never given a thought to wearing slacks for a dress-up affair. It was a long while before that style came into being. Snowstorms such as we experienced last week required heavy-duty and warm, practical clothing. Our offspring wore snowsuits, and fortunately by the time Chuck and I were raising a family, the wonder thread, nylon, was on the market. This miracle thread not only changed the financial status of hundreds of families in this area when DuPont came to Seaford, but clothing changed in many ways. Nylon thread was lightweight, warm, and dried quickly. Many of us of that generation knit mittens and headbands for our kids, along with caps that pulled down to cover the ears and offer protection, items which dried quickly for reuse. Records Pond was frozen over in those days, and area kids gathered with sleds and skates, and even enjoyed a huge bonfire. “The Big Hill” was crowded every night with sledders using every conceivable means to coast down the hill. Kids went door-to-door to shovel sidewalks to earn a few bucks (when was the last time you saw this happen after a heavy snow?) and kids of our neighborhood went sledding down Mr. Carey’s hill, swerving at the last minute to avoid going into the stream. The snow of last week was an inconvenience to many, but it also brought back some wonderful memories. As you begin the year 2010, hopefully you will have some beautiful memories of the year 2009. Happy New Year to one and all. And, especially, may God bless you and yours.

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Well, it did it again – Christmas that is – rushed in and rushed out in just no time. Now it’s lurking around a far corner awaiting next year’s entrance!

Homer and Verna Disharoon enjoyed Christmas eve and day with their daughter, Jan O’Neill, her husband, Charlie, and son, Patrick who came from Wilmington to share holiday cheer with them. Robert and Billie Jane and Elliott Wheatley thoroughly enjoyed their white Christmas with the Lewis family in Chicago. Elliott especially got a big kick out of spoiling his niece, Hunter Jane and nephew, Rider, while mom and dad, Celeste and David looked on and, I’m sure, snapped many pictures of their antics in the fresh, fallen snow. The family returned home this week. Nikki Adams, as many other students did at Christmas, took time from her studies in Massachusetts to enjoy and share the holiday with her parents, Marc and Bettyann Adams on County Seat Highway. Spec. Michael Truitt, recently returned from a tour of duty in Iraq, was awarded a few days of R and R this holiday time to visit relatives and friends in Delmar. Michael and his wife, Dawn, have now returned to Ft. Drum, N.Y. Last Saturday night Charlene and Darrell Meade hosted their annual, family-afterChristmas party in Bethel. Their two sons, Ryan and Ethan were both home from college in Pennsylvania and they also entertained family members from Glen Burnie, Md. and Gainsville, Va. The usual abundant amount of tasty dishes graced the table and then, of course, there was the fun of Chinese gift exchange. It was a fitting post script to another winter holiday. From the warmer area of Sarasota, Fla. Reba Evans has been visiting “old-young” friends in this area while being the guest of Cindy and Michael Matthews. At the recent December meeting of the “Friends of the Laurel Library” plans were

made for another “coupon night” at PKs in Laurel for sometime in January and their annual Blues Chaser dinner in February. More specific dates and information will be published here and in the Bulletin Board of the Star very soon. It seems that our get-well list gets a bit longer each week – as of now I have this information: Eleanor Paradee, following surgery, is a patient at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital; Minnie Culver (as of Monday) is also a patient there; Haroldine Shaner, having had hip-replacement operation is now at PRMC in Salisbury and Brian Farrelly has requested that I report that Mary is now at Genesis in Seaford, room 103, and would appreciate hearing there from her friends. We express our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of: Joyce M. Morris, Gary D. Bailey, Lola Mae Tingle, Douglas “Doug” Wearn, Sarah Elizabeth Willin, David Edward West and Ruth Pepper Whaley. We continue with prayers for our service men and women and our friends who are ill, Eleanor Paradee, Minnie Culver, Mary Farrelly, Haroldine Shaner, Toby Foskey, Fred Sullivan, Mary Wilson, Calvin Hearn, Robert Truitt, Conner Niblett, Susan Levredge, Hattie Puckham, June Williams, Joe Messick, Byrd Whaley, Walt Dorman, Jean Henry, Dot Murphy, Jean Foskey, Pat Murphy, and June Benson Powell. Now—get out your list of resolutions and start checking each one off as you break it! Happy New Year!

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MORNING STAR • DEC. 31, 2009 - JAN. 6, 2010

Opinion Sussex County Council provides highlights of 2009 By Vance Phillips

President, Sussex County Council

As 2009 draws to a close, it’s only natural to reflect on the year gone by. For the Sussex County Council, 2009 was historic. In January, three new members took their seats on the five-member body only to be greeted with news that record deficits were looming, largely because of the economic collapse of Vance Phillips 2008. To the members’ credit, the new council took immediate and decisive action, implementing various cost-cutting measures. These actions would reduce losses by 75 percent. Simultaneously, council directed the county’s budget committee to prepare a realistic balanced budget that avoided tapping reserves or raising taxes. As a result, council in June passed a lean budget that was 16 percent smaller than the previous year, helped in part by staff reductions, voluntary unpaid leave, and changes to the employees’ medical insurance plan. Despite these reductions, the county has maintained its level of services and still included more than $7 million in grants to

Thank you Chief Morris

I would like to take a moment and thank you and the members of your agency for the quality service and quick response to a robbery that occurred at the Nylon Capital Shopping Center on Stein Highway on Thursday, Dec. 10. The victim was my 68-year-old mother. The quick response of your uniformed officers and plain-clothed detectives resulted in the arrest of Johnny B. Farrington Jr. and Robert Teagle. My mother had just placed her purse in the passenger seat after returning from one of the places of business, when Farrington came out of nowhere, pushed aside my mother, dove head first into the vehicle and grabbed her purse. My mother was completely taken by surprise. Fortunately, she was not injured in the robbery, although she was quite angry.

non-profit community service and volunteer organizations such as fire companies, local libraries and senior centers. During this time, Sussex has completed and embarked on many significant projects. Some of these began under the leadership of the previous council, for which former councilmen Dale Dukes, Finley Jones and Lynn Rogers deserve recognition. These gentlemen served Sussex County with great dedication, and for that we are grateful. Sussex County Council’s accomplishments for 2009 include: • Constructing a new paramedic station  in Laurel; completing a new crosswind runway at the Sussex County Airport; doubling the size of the South Coastal Library; constructing tutoring/meeting rooms at the Milton Library; opening a new records storage facility to provide an important archival program for County government; and installing a new uninterrupted power source at the Emergency Operations Center; • Launching a new airframe mechanic’s  training program at the airport, in cooperation with DelTech. The County provided $1.2 million in funding for the renovation of a necessary hangar; • Reducing the use of an outside engineering firm for plan review and inspection of roads within new developments, saving taxpayers about $100,000 a year; • Implementing new private road design  standards for roads within new developments; • Closer monitoring of performance 

bonds and letters of credit associated with development projects to ensure that required infrastructure is completed for new communities; • Securing $14.6 million in federal  ‘stimulus’ funding (of that, $7.7 million is grants) for wastewater projects that will provide immediate construction jobs and reduce costs for users; • Completing the Millville Sewer  project resulting in the elimination of approximately 1,600 existing septic systems; installing nine new generators for sewer pump stations at Dewey Beach and Fenwick Island; completing construction of a new sewer main and expanded Pump Station No. 31 in the Route 54 area; completing construction of the Golf Village sewer system under budget with sewer rates below referendum estimates; and completing expansion of spray rigs at the Inland Bays Regional Wastewater Facility, adding capacity by about 49 acres; • Securing federal ‘stimulus’ funds  for development of an energy efficiency strategy, making Sussex one of the first 20 counties in the nation to win such dollars; • Funding and administering dog control previously handled by the State; • Increasing funding, from 60 percent to  70 percent, for paramedic services as the State decreased its share; • Receiving the seventh consecutive  Government Finance Officers Association Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting award; • Creating an amnesty program for delinquent sewer and water payments;

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Once the call was placed to your department, it was a matter of minutes before plain clothed officers were at the scene to interview my mother. The suspect description was immediately broadcast to the field. The professionalism displayed by your officers made quick work of the apprehension. The purse and all its belongings, to include the $12 in cash, were all returned to my mother at the police station. In law enforcement, with all the bureaucracy and its distractions, we sometimes lose sight of why we chose this profession. When a member of your family is suddenly the victim of a crime, it hits close to home why we serve. This story has a happy ending. Thank you for a job well done. Lt. Brian J. Martin,

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Thank you Ross Mansion guides

A big “thank you” to everyone that was involved in making the Victorian Christmas at Ross Mansion such a great experience. I thoroughly enjoyed taking a trip back in time. The flower arrangements were lovely and especially stunning was the huge tree in the formal parlor decorated entirely with dried flowers. We were greeted in different rooms of the mansion by knowledgable guides dressed in period costumes that truly made things come to life. Their dedication was most obvious when the event came to an end and three or four of the guests, myself included, found themselves stuck in the mud. Instead of locking up and going home

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• Placing property deed records online; • Approving plans to add parking in  downtown Georgetown; • Establishing a Neighborhood Stabilization Program through Community Development & Housing Office, as well as purchasing and selling six homes through this program (first in the state to buy and sell homes via this federal grant); • Approving the purchase of automated  CPR devices for the EMS department, making Sussex County the first in Delaware to use such devices; • Approving a new policy to require  larger public notice signs for Planning & Zoning applications; • Posting our weekly bills list online for  public review; • Creating an online suggestion box to  solicit public ideas; • Maintaining the County’s AA bond  rating. It’s clear that 2009 was a busy year here in Sussex County. It was a year full of challenges and tough choices, but one in which those obstacles were overcome thanks to County Administrator David Baker, the budget committee, and all our dedicated employees. Sussex County has been blessed in so many ways, and 2009 is a perfect illustration of our continuing good fortune. In closing, I also want to thank the people of this county for their efforts and for their understanding during this past year. We look forward to another successful year in 2010 and continuing our service to the people of Sussex County.

after a long day, they headed out into the rain and traipsed through the mud with all of the “stuck” patrons - lining up to push cars as the mud just flew! With the exception of one car, they managed to get everyone back on the road. They refused to leave until the wrecker was leaving after freeing that last car and we were all headed safely home. I doubt I’ll ever forget my visit to Victorian Christmas at the Ross Mansion. I wish I had gotten the names of all those great people who helped out. I’d like to thank each of them. I’d especially like to thank the nice young man whose car I backed into as I was finally able to go home. Deena Eskridge


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Final Word Self esteem and friendship

On Nov. 2, 12 of our talented SADD/ YELL students participated in a voluntary puppet show, which was provided by the University of Delaware. The puppet show, which was performed at Central Elementary, included topics such as self esteem, friendship and drugs. The University provided a six hour training course taught by Mary Perno of the University/Schools Alliance. After signing the “no use” contract, Seaford High School’s SADD/YELL team was permitted to perform the show for Central students. Performers included: Brittany Hasset as Merry Mermaid, Carlie Shuster as Tad the tadpole, Brittany Gibson as Daisy Duck, Christian Blake as Handy the goose, Justin Cordrey as Arnold Applebee the farmer, Hilary O’Riley as Harry, Evan Absher as Freddie the fish, Cody Herr Bull the Bullfrog and Kasey McCain as Clayton the crab. We would also like to recognize our helpers who took pictures, passed out coloring pages and held the microphones: Justin Ellsworth, Garett DeWolf and Zach Webb (our president of SADD/YELL). Special thanks to Robert Zachary and Cheryl Filipiak of Central Elementary for allowing us to be at the school and perform. Harry Brake SHS, Seaford


Health care reform negotiations reflect the very worst of politics

Vital Stats

Federal Debt as of December 30, 2009 $12,110,744,340,637 Population of United States 307,561,738 Each citizen’s share of debt $39,377 The average citizen’s share of debt decreased $10 in the past week. The U.S. population increased by 47,962 and the debt decreased by almost $1.3 billion.

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The greater part of our happiness or misery depends on our dispositions, and not on our circumstances. We carry the seeds of the one or the other about with us in our minds wherever we go. Martha Washington


A group of chess enthusiasts checked into a hotel and were standing in the lobby discussing their recent tournament victories. After about an hour, the manager came out of the office and asked them to disperse. “But why?” they asked, as they moved off. “Because,” he said, “I can’t stand chess nuts boasting in an open foyer.” Submit items by email to us at editor@ Include your name, hometown and a daytime phone number.

By Rep. Mike Castle

The negotiated earmarks and exemptions for certain states and businesses, in exchange for a few senators to vote in favor of the health care reform package, reflects the very worst of Washington. Negotiations, for the most part, were not done in the common good to lower health care costs of Americans, but to protect specific senators from political liabilities. In many cases, taxpayers will pay a bigger share to cover the costs of the bill, and states will shoulder a higher burden than they would have without the special treatment of the few. As a former governor, I know how costly Medicare and Medicaid costs are to state budgets. Exempting certain states while putting an additional burden on the remaining states is simply unacceptable. Every legislator is expected to fight for the interests of their state. However, the basic merits of legislation should be the determining factor. Instead, the focus on lowering the cost of health care insurance coverage and services for all has been neglected in favor of individual state buy-offs. The result of the negotiations are higher Medicare costs for the federal government at a time when we know the current rates are unsustainable. In the first round of vote buying, Louisiana was given $300 million in federal Medicaid subsidies and Florida was given

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$5 billion to allow the continuation of Medicare Advantage for those seniors currently enrolled. Meanwhile, seniors in Delaware who enjoy Medicare Advantage will likely not be able to keep it. In the second round of Senate negotiations, the federal payments for Medicaid costs were increased for Nebraska ($100 million), Vermont ($250 million) and Massachusetts ($500 million). Michigan, Montana, South Dakota, North Dakota, Wyoming and Connecticut hospitals will get more money from the federal government for Medicare than the rest of the country. Blue Cross/Blue Shield will have special fee exemptions under the new health care law in Nebraska and Michigan. And, the University of Connecticut Medical Center was given a $100 million earmark. Collaboration and compromise with both parties is the best way to produce legislation which appeals to legislators and voters. We have not seen that approach from this administration on health care, or any other issue in 2009, and I hope we will see a different approach next year.

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