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NEWS HEADLINES CHURCH RENOVATION - 120-year old church is being restored to its original condition. Page 2 CHAMBER OFFICERS - Laurel chamber swears in new officers as well as new members. Page 5 SAVING LAWRENCE - Area historical society hopes to rescue a dilapidated 19th-century mansion. Page 10. CUTTING DOWN THE NETS - The Laurel varsity girls’ basketball team celebrated winning the Henlopen South by cutting down the nets in their final regular season home game. Game story page 39, conference championship page 46 CONFERENCE CHAMPS - Delmar’s Darren Collins and Sussex Tech’s Alex Thomas each placed first in their weight class in the Henlopen Conference tournament last weekend. See stories on pages 39 and 44. 1,000-POINT SCORERS - Three Laurel High 1,000 point scorers returned to their alma mater last week as part of Black History Month. Pages 39, 43 Richard Giles, center, was one of the first two black students to graduate from Laurel High School. With him are his friend Ester Daniels, her grandson, Dwayne Daniels, and his grandson, Tavon Daniels. Photo by Pat Murphy

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Four decades after integration, ‘trailblazers’ recall high school By Pat Murphy The 1965 Laurel High School Yearbook has pictures of Constance Selesson Elzy and Richard A. Giles, the first blacks to graduate from Laurel High School. Andrea Martina Turner was also to be in that class but chose to

go back and finish her schooling at Wm. C. Jason High School in Georgetown. How did they make out in their schools, and how do they feel about their experiences today, some 42 years later? Richard Giles lived in West Laurel, only about 1/2 mile from Laurel High.

He had two choices that first year of integration 1963 — to go some 15 miles away to William C. Jason H.S. in Georgetown, or to be among the first blacks at Laurel High School. At that time, schools, movies, restaurants, just about everything was segregated. “I Continued on page 4

Bethel election set for Saturday By Lynn R. Parks Three men are vying for two seats on the Bethel Town Council. Incumbents Jeff Hastings and Kevin Phillips and challenger Richard Kough are squaring off in Saturday’s election,

set for 1 p.m. in the community building. Growth is an issue in all Sussex County towns and Bethel is no exception. Hastings, who is running for his eighth three-year term, and Phillips, who has been on the council for 17

years, both would like to see the town annex adjoining land, so that it has control over the type of communities that are built there. “Growth is inevitable,” Hastings said. “If the land is in town, we would Continued on page 11



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Joseph Messick Sr. sits next to the cornerstone on the old Bethesda Methodist Church. The date on the cornerstone reads 1879, but the 9 is backwards. Restoration of the church will leave the cornerstone as it is. Photo by Pat Murphy

19th-century church is being restored to original condition By Lynn R. Parks Joseph Messick Sr. remembers suppers at Bethesda Methodist Church, when parishioners served oyster fritters, chicken and dumplings, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, turnips and greens to more than 1,000 people. Messick also remembers summertime ice cream festivals at the church. “We would make 45 to 50 gallons of ice cream, all hand-cranked, then put in flavors, chocolate, cherry and pineapple or whatever else we wanted, and pack in the cans in ice and salt,” he said. The festivals would also include home-made cakes, provided by the women of the church. Messick grew up in the church, as did his mother, Reba Pusey Messick. He recalls the days that 60 people attended Sunday-morning services, parking their cars near the hitching posts to which earlier generations had hitched carriage-pulling mules and horses. Bethesda Methodist Church has not hosted a church service since 1972, when membership dwindled to about a dozen.

“There were so few members that we couldn’t afford a minister except every third Sunday,” Messick said. The members decided that, rather than meet just once every three weeks, they would allow the conference to close the church. Today, more than three decades after it closed, Bethesda is being renovated. Now a part of Trap Pond State Park, the church is being restored to its original appearance. “The church is a very important part of local history,” said John McMillon, park superintendent. “Restoring it will enhance the cultural value of the area.” McMillan said that the church will be used for interpretive park programs, explaining the cultural history of the area. It will also be available for rent for weddings and other occasions. Greg Abbott, deputy director of Delaware State Parks, said that he hopes that the renovation project is completed by the end of this year. Cost of renovation, which will include a new roof and installation of air conditioning, will be about $100,000, he said, $30,000 of which has 11465 Sycamore Rd. Laurel, DE 1/2 mile from Rt. 13 302 875-6922 Open Monday thru Saturday - 10am to 5:30 pm

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already been obtained through the state’s stewardship fund. He expects to get more money through the fund next year. The history of the church dates to 1816, when Methodists started meeting in the home of Philip West. The congregation built a church near Thompson’s Creek at Pepper Box in 1823. In 1826, the congregation was incorporated. George Vinson, who owned the land on which the church sat, gave the property to the church on Feb. 2, 1826. The current church, 29 feet by 38 feet, was built on that property in 1879 and remodeled in 1897. The church is distinctive because the 9 in the date on its original cornerstone is backwards. The church became part of the Whitesville Charge, with Line UMC near Delmar and Bethany UMC at Lowe’s Crossroads. After the church was closed, Messick and his father, Harlan Messick, both of whom were trustees, kept the building and grounds in good shape. Harlan died in 1993 and in 2000, the Peninsula Conference of the Methodist Church agreed to allow Joseph Messick to sell the church for $30,000 to the state park. “I thought that, as one of the last trustees, I had a right to sell the building,” Messick said. “At first, the conference didn’t agree with that. But then I pointed out that, if it hadn’t been for my father and me, there would not have been any church left there at all.” Messick used part of the money to tear down the community building, built in the 1930s and “in very bad shape,” he said. In addition, he set aside $10,000 as an endowment, to provide for upkeep of Bethesda. McMillon said that the church building is “overall in good shape.” The state hired a structural engineer to go over the building and recommend how best to stabilize it. The sills on which the church sits are being replaced and plans are to paint the exterior. In addition, the molding on the outside of the building will be restored, what McMillon called “delicate work.” Evelyn Collins, 82, Laurel, attended the church in the 1940s and 1950s. “I would be tickled to see it restored,” she said. But, she added, she is concerned about vandalism. “How will they protect it?” she asked. “They had to board up all the windows, because people kept breaking them out.” Even so, she is excited by the prospect of getting to visit the church when its renovation is complete. “It is a beautiful church inside,” she said. Messick, whose great-great grandmother Theodosia Pusey attended Bethesda Methodist Church, now attends the Laurel Wesleyan Church. But he said that his ancestors, including his parents, both of whom are deceased, would be thrilled to know that their church is being renovated. “They didn’t want anything to happen to their church,” he said. “Something that was built in 1879, now that’s worth saving. It is of great historical value, and it is also of great personal value. I have a lot of good memories from that place.” For your information: The state has set up an endowment fund to which money for the restoration and maintenance of Bethesda Methodist Church can be sent. Checks can be mailed to the Delaware Community Foundation, PO Box 1636, Wilmington, DE 19899. For information, call Greg Abbott, (302) 739-9203.



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‘I did not know how I was going to be accepted’ Continued from page 1

did not want to get up that early and go to Georgetown. I walked to school every day. My mom, Doris, sent me off with her best blessing,” he said. Giles is remembered by his classmates as a very quiet young man, easy to get along with and quite an athlete. Sitting in his wheel chair 44 years after graduation, he seemed to brighten up as he talked about the people he considered friends at school. They included Josh Marvil, Chuckie Lewis, Horace Pepper and Bruce Harrington, who Giles described as “the closest thing to a friend you can have.” Giles also can recall all the members of the basketball team and many of his football teammates, who he said, treated him just as a teammate. Giles said his favorite coach and teacher was Fred Gainer. Giles was a guard on the football team and was on the starting basketball team as well. “Gilsey,” as he was called, was described as the “glue” that held the basketball team Richard Giles, as he appeared in his together. That team went 17-2 and 1963 LHS senior picture. avenged one of their two losses late in the season with a 73-59 pasting of Smyrna. were quickly taken care of. In English This is no fairy tale, however. Although class one day, someone used the phrase, Richard has mostly positive things to say “niggardly self.” While “niggardly,” which of his high school days, they were not means stingy or selfish, has no relation to without a few problems. “Children of the derogatory word sometimes used to today do not realize, I was very nervous,” refer to an African-American, Giles said he said. “I did not know how I was going that it caused some awkwardness in the to be accepted.” It is here that some of his class. You could have heard a pin drop for classmates shone, particularly Bruce several minutes, he said. Harrington. Another time, some students blocked Harrington lives the hall, an incident in Laurel today and which was soon sees little of Giles. When the time came to march ended. “He was a good The third incident boy,” he said. “I into the gymnasium with his affected Giles more thought the world of than did the other him, still do.” graduating class, the person with two. When the time Harrington and sevcame to march into eral friends could whom he was supposed to walk the gymnasium with often be seen riding his graduating class, around Laurel togethin with refused to walk with him. the person with er during their school whom he was supyears and Giles was ‘More than anything else, I still posed to walk in with one of them. refused to walk with “He was in a remember that today,’ he said. him. “More than anytough situation, being thing else, I still the first black sturemember that dent,” Harrington added. Nobody — well, today,” he said. maybe some did not treat him right, but Even so, Giles said his school experiI’m not aware of it. We could not ask for ences overall were great. “I was not the anybody any nicer.” greatest pupil but I never caused any probOf the many things that happened in lems,” he said. schools across the nation, Giles can recall “Oh, by the way, I got my associate only three small incidents in Laurel that degree from Delaware Tech in 1996,”

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The Rev. Martina Turner, right, sits with her 94-year-old grandmother, Wilhelmina Turner. Martina was among the first group of black students to enroll at Laurel High School in 1963. Her grandmother was “a great encourager,” she said.

added an obviously proud Giles, whose health problems now occupy most of his time. After graduation, Giles tried unsuccessfully to enter the Air Force twice, only to be turned down when the physical showed that he had diabetes. In 1966, though, he was drafted into the Army and not a word about his high sugar was mentioned. He became a preventive medicine specialist and was in the service until 1968.

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Advice for everyone: ‘Try to get along a little better’ he says, “I was glad for what I did.” His advice for all of us today is to “just try to get along a little better.”

‘I felt like I belonged’ Andrea Martina Turner still resides in Laurel. She has worked as an admissions assistant at Temple University in Philadelphia, as secretary to the Mayor and Council of Laurel and as an administrative assistant at the DuPont Company. Presently, she is a surgical technologist at Peninsula Regional Medical Center, Salisbury. She is also second assistant pastor and founder of the KARDIA Women’s Ministry at the Rehoboth Temple of Praise, Laurel, a job she is most proud of. “Church is the most important area of my life,” she said. Like Giles, Turner also did not enjoy the 18-mile early morning bus rides to Jason High School. In addition, she wanted to have the chance to “have something better, new books and new band uniforms,” she said. Laurel High School “was totally different.” Turner said that she did not have any academic problems. In addition, “I wasn’t nervous,” she added. “I felt I belonged there in the town where I lived.” Her favorite teacher was her geometry teacher, Oliver Shields. “I can’t say that I loved geometry, but I loved his teaching efforts,” she said. Mason Donohoe was another teacher who inspired Turner. Her friends at school included Vicky Weatherly, Betsy Horton, Sue Disharoon, Libby Marine, Belva Cummings, Lee Sheridan, Ann Windsor and Connie Cummings. Turner said she felt there were a few who did not want her at Laurel High and she has talked to her children and grandchildren about her experiences there. One of her first disappointments was not being allowed to sit in a local sub shop where she bought things regularly. Turner feels that things have changed drastically since the early 1960s.” The young generation just cannot comprehend what it was like,” she said. Turner left Laurel High School to go back to Jason High School, from which she graduated in 1965. She was in all the school activities there, including nine years of band. Turner remembers with pride the facul-



Back, from left: the Rev. Timothy Jones, Lori Short, Connie Young, Nancy Massey, Ellen Hudson, Woody Vickers and John Bennett. Seated: Carol Scarfi, Julie Short, Al Turchan, Karin D’Armi-Hunt and Tammy Sisk. Standing in the middle is Bev Arciuolo.

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‘Weep and you weep alone’ Also in the graduating class was Constance Selesson Elzy Black, who now resides in Colorado Springs, Colo. She has two grown children. Last-minute attempts to reach her were not successful. The other student who started out as a sophomore in 1963 was Eben Ennis. He is retired from the military and now lives in England. In Martina Turner’s high school yearbook her motto was, “Smile and the world smiles with you. Weep and you weep alone.” This group of “trailblazers” did not weep, they made things better for all of us. They made a difference right where they were.


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By Rebecca Jones Members of the Laurel Chamber of Commerce braved inclement weather to attend the annual installation banquet Feb. 13 at the Laurel American Legion Post 19. Past president Bev Arciuolo thanked the members for their assistance during her tenure. New president, Al Turchan, then spoke about his wishes for the chamber for this year. Turchan said that he sees many challenges ahead for members of the chamber, and stated that he would like to see a cohesive board of directors who will have a positive outlook and a “can-do” attitude. He acknowledged that, while there may be obstacles to overcome with the new format, he hopes that Laurel will have a

successful Fourth of July celebration. For the first time, festival events will be held at Laurel High School. Turchan also said that he hopes that the chamber continues to sponsor the Business to Business Expo. He installed several new members: Connie Lewis, John Bennett, Julie Short, Lori Short, Don D’Aquila and the Rev. Timothy Jones. Mayor John Shwed expressing excitement about development on the horizon in Laurel. He said that Laurel needs to work to renew the area, and think of ways to attract new businesses. “We are trying to do everything we can to be a businessfriendly environment,” he said, and thanked Arciuolo for helping to make Laurel “the best small town we can be.”




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County, landowners balk at state land protection plan million of state, conservation organizations and federal funds. In all, about 44,000 acres of land have been preserved in The state’s effort to protect “environDelaware. mentally sensitive land” throughout “There are two purposes for the state Delaware has gained a less than enthusiasresource area maps which were produced tic reception from some property owners in Sussex County. Among those expressing in 1990 and are now being reproduced,” Williams said at a public hearing in May concerns are members of the Sussex 2006. “For the Open Space Council they County Council, the body which, accorddefine the areas in which we can acquire ing to the state, will be the enforcer of the property or rights to property. Secondrules established to preserve identified ly, in the Land Protection Act it states that lands in the county. Recently, John Hughes, Secretary of the such maps shall be provided to the counties and that they must incorporate them in Delaware Department of Natural Retheir comprehensive plans as a zoning sources and Environmental Control overlay, but it’s up to them as to what (DNREC), made a presentation before the rules and regulations they require of that county council. He explained how zoning overlay on individual parcels.” Delaware’s State Resource Area mapping This is the message that Hughes carried system was developed and how it will be to the council last week as he attempted to necessary for the county to work out a help clear up what he terms “misunderplan for enforcing the protection of those standings and panicky reactions” among areas identified as needing special protecproperty owners in Sussex County. He said tion under the law. it will be up to Delaware’s three county He said this is a matter of land presergovernments to establish the guidelines for vation action mandated by state law. the preservation of the lands identified as The concept behind the State Resource Area Maps is to protect and preserve those State Resource Areas by DNREC. This in itself is a hard pill for some of the memlands such as wetlands, and places that provide natural habitat for endangered and bers of the Sussex County Council to swallow. protected species of animals. Councilman Lynn Hughes said that Rogers told Hughes there are about ‘This is a case of special protecthat the county has 77,382 acres of been holding public State Resource Areas tion, not exclusion of land develhearings to allow inin Sussex County put regarding the that are currently unopment. A simple opt out will county’s Compreder some form of most likely not be a part of the hensive Land Use protection. There are Plan and the issue of another 38,130 acres state’s approval process regardState Resource Area of State Resource mapping has been a Areas, or 6 percent ing the county’s Comprehensive major topic among of the overall county Land Use Plan. I do not believe a his constituents. acreage, that will “This is a large need to be afforded simple opt out will be a farming community additional protecand there is a fear tion. acceptable.’ that this is an attack Hughes said in on individual proper1990 the state passed John Hughes Secretary, Department of Natural ty rights and equity,” the Land Protection Resources and Environmental he said. “I do not beAct, which estabControl lieve any of the lished a special property owners are Open Space Council. against protecting The council was developed to help identify and coordinate the the land; but after years of farming the land could be their last cash crop. Land purchase of open space land which the owners want to know that they will be state acquired rights to as a means to preable to sell their property and be able to do serve the open spaces. what they can do now and not be restrictThus far, according to Lynn Williams, ed. The fear is there and I know it was chairwoman of the Delaware Open Space loud and clear in Greenwood.” Council, the state has spent about $250

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Hughes told Rogers that the county has always worked to protect the lands in Sussex. “You have done a good job of preservation and you are the best group to decide how to protect these lands,” he said. “It is better than the state, and worst of all, the federal government coming in here to tell people what to do. It has not always been the case in Sussex County that land has been protected, but I feel you are evolving in that direction.” He went on to say that the issue of the county council adding the additional layer of protection to those lands identified by the state in the State Resource Area maps is a matter of law and his office will “exercise our responsibility” when it comes to recommending that the council take necessary actions to enforce the land preservation efforts set forth in the 1990 Land Protection Act. Councilman Finley Jones said he is aware that DNREC received in excess of 500 phone calls when it mailed out 7,000 letters making property owners aware that their land was part of the State Resource Area maps. “If you had not sent out the letters we probably wouldn’t need to have meetings about Land Use, but we do have our concerns,” he said. He went on to say that the state has shifted the responsibility for enforcement of the State Resource Area maps to the county. “I feel if the state is giving us the responsibility to get all of this put together, we should have the privilege to allow

property owners the ability opt out of the resource map,” he said. “I have concerns that DNREC has developed this resolution, and I may trust you, but the next guy that comes along behind you may sit behind a desk and say, ‘Today is the day we are going to take the resource mapping to another level.’” Hughes told Jones that the idea of opting out may be an “uncomplicated one,” but the resource mapping does not recognize a state-level opt out. “I do not like the idea of an opt out by property owners and I do not want to be in it,” Hughes said. “In my clear opinion this would not allow preservation of lands that need to be preserved. This is a case of special protection, not exclusion of land development. A simple opt out will most likely not be a part of the state’s approval process regarding the county’s Comprehensive Land Use Plan. I do not believe a simple opt out will be acceptable.” Council president Dale Dukes asked Hughes if he is aware of any talk in the state legislature about resurrecting a bill that was introduced in last year’s General Assembly which would provide an opportunity for land owners to opt out of the State Resource Area maps. Dukes refers to Senate Bill 397, introduced by state Sen. Robert Venables and co-sponsored b, among others, state Sen. Thurman Adams and state representatives Ben Ewing and Biff Lee. The bill provided that property owners who are proposed for inclusion in State resource area maps would be notified and given an opportuni-

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not be included on state resource area ty to opt out. The intent of the bill, according to Venables, would be to assist the maps‚ intended to designate land for permanent protection.” Open Space Council in designating reThe Delaware Land Protection Oversource areas. sight Committee concept called for having Venables also introduced a concurrent the committee devise methods for informSenate resolution calling for the establishment of a Land Protection Oversight Com- ing property owners of their inclusion in state resource area maps and develop mittee to make a recommendation to the methods for property owners to opt out of General Assembly on the state resource state resource area maps. In addition, the area maps. committee would be The resolution authorized to review stated that DNREC’s the state resource Resource Area maps ‘It is as if the state has simply area maps in a mancreate “significant ner consistent with and long term impulled this out of a hat and has meeting the overall pacts on citizens goals of the who live and work no idea how to properly enact it. Delaware Land Proin the areas desigBut, as far as I feel about how the tection Act while nated on these maps, also satisfying other but most specifically majority of this council views small and large valid concerns of private property landowners.” The this, it is ‘read our lips,’ we will owners in the affectresolution went on ed areas. to say: not enforce the State Resource Both of Venables’ “The Delaware legislative docuGeneral Assembly Area maps without opportunity ments passed the understands and funfor a proper appeals process and House and Senate, damentally believes but were vetoed by in the protection of the ability for land owners to Gov. Ruth Ann Minall our natural rener. Venables said sources from degraopt out.’ the legislation was dation, but also introduced so late in wishes to protect Dale Dukes the session that Minjobs, general prosPresident, Sussex County Council ner was able to veto perity, landowner his efforts to give rights, infrastructure land owners an opportunity to opt out of investments, as well as tax revenues critithe State Resource Area maps and leave cal to the citizens of this state. The no time to hold legislative session for a Delaware Department of Natural Repossible override of her veto. sources has received many requests from Venables said he is not sure about affected private landowners that their land

whether the legislation will come back this year, but stresses that in order to avoid Minner’s veto being the last word on the legislation, it will be necessary to act earlier in the legislative session. Hughes said he has heard rumblings in the General Assembly about the opt out legislation being brought back up this session; however, he is not in support of the efforts. “I opposed this bill last year and I expect it will come back again this year, but I do not encourage it,” he said. Councilman Finley Jones told Hughes that perhaps some of those people who own the thousands of acres being proposed for the State Resource Area mapping embrace the mapping plan wholeheartedly. Hughes responded to Jones saying, “Yes, and I know who they are and I could fit them all in a phone booth. The reason there have not been great crowds in support of the State Resource Area mapping is that they do not yet understand how this system works. Those of us who are here (Delaware) for the long haul will make more money off our lands by preserving it as a component of our area’s landscape than we will by allowing every square inch of the land in the growth zones to be built on. Does it create this financial growth this year? No. It takes awhile just to allow us to figure this out.” Hughes said the idea behind the State Resource Maps is not to prohibit development, but to simply provide for environmentally sensitive development that protects the natural, cultural and geological resources in those areas. He told the Sussex County Council members that they have 18 months from

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PAGE 9 the time that the state approves the county’s Comprehensive Land Use Plan to establish the regulations which will govern the added special protection to those lands identified in the State Resource Area maps. “The only reason the county governments have not been enforcing the special layer of additional land protection is because up until now they have not been requested to,” he said. “Now you are being requested.” Hughes said he and his staff as well as a consultant firm will be available to the county as resources to help develop the land protection guidelines. “I am here to help you with this, but you need to ask for our help,” he said. Dukes said in a recent interview that though he cannot speak for all the other council members, it is his opinion that the Sussex County Council has no intention of adopting any enforcement powers regarding the State Resource Area mapping without a clear opportunity for land owners to appeal their inclusion in the mapping and be provided with an avenue for opting out of the Resource Area maps. “I have heard no clear answer from DNREC about any appeals process for those land owners who object to having their property included in the State Resource Area maps,” he said. “It is as if the state has simply pulled this out of a hat and has no idea how to properly enact it. But, as far as I feel about how the majority of this council views this, it is ‘read our lips,’ we will not enforce the State Resource Area maps without opportunity for a proper appeals process and the ability for land owners to opt out.”



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19th century mansion must be saved, historian says drove by,” he said. “I didn’t know why I thought it was handRepresentatives of the Seaford some; I just knew that it was. I looked at it and it agreed with Historical Society met last week me.” with local and state government Allen said that he was sad to officials, in an effort to find a way to save Lawrence. The dilap- drive by Lawrence recently and idated 19th-century house, one of see the shape that it is in. Despite, that, he added, he believes only two examples of Greek rethat most of the house is original. vival architecture in the state and “It is like a dear old friend that on the National Register of Hishas been mortally abused,” he toric Places, is part of a 5-acre said. “I hope that the community parcel that is for sale. Asking can come together to reverse this price is $995,000. sad situation.” Its owners, Gary and Joy Hill, Lawrence was built in 1845 by have requested that the property Charles Wright, who was a ship be annexed into the city and that captain and farmer. Wright, a it be zoned for light commercial slave owner and southern sympadevelopment. The property is thizer, was active in politics and slowly being surrounded by deattended the Democratic National velopment: the Herring Run ProConvention in 1852 in Baltimore. fessional Park is going in to the Allen said that he believes that north and Lawrence Crossing, a 355-unit condo and townhouse, is the concept for Lawrence came from a book, “The Modern planned for 56 acres around the Builders Guide,” written by Miproperty. nard Lafever in 1833. According Last week, the Seaford City to a 1969 reprint of the book, Council voted to accept a report Lafever’s recomguide “was mending that annexa‘Lawrence is significant because responsible tion of the it is the ancestral home of Wright for the rapid dilapidated Robinson, the great Seaford his- dissemination of 19th-centutorian. It is essential to the comGreek Rery house munity and it is essential to the vival archiand the 5 state that we save it.’ tecture in acres on the United which it sits William Allen States.” The be allowed Architectural historian for the U.S. forward to move Capitol adds: “Loforward. cal carpenAt its ters as far south as Kentucky and Feb. 27 meeting, the city council as far west as Wisconsin used the will set a date for a public hearbook as a ‘builder’s guide’ to ing on the annexation. Following construct Grecian temple-type that public hearing, the city will put the annexation to public vote. houses and public buildings.” “Somebody in that neighborJerry Chapman, president of hood had a copy of that book,” the Seaford Historical Society, Allen said. In fact, he said, he betold society members recently lieves that the house shown on that Lawrence, which is vacant, the book’s title page was the is suffering water damage. “Plaster on the ceiling is falling off be- model for Lawrence. “I don’t believe that Lawrence cause there are leaks in the roof,” was designed by an architect,” he said. Allen said. “I believed it was deIn addition, the exterior paint is “in very bad condition,” Chap- signed by Wright and his carpenter. Seaford, after all, was a good man said. carpenter center. It was a ship“And, we have no official inbuilding center, and when you spection regarding the structure have ship building, you have and its soundness,” he added. “It good carpenters. I believe that needs to be examined.” that carpenter, working closely Chapman is also checking with his client, designed with a home moving company to Lawrence, and that they used the see if it is feasible to move the plate in that book as their guide.” structure to the Ross Plantation. Allen said that he is not alone William Allen, a native of in believing Lawrence to be the Seaford and the architectural historian for the Office of the Archi- best building in Seaford. The house appears in several books tect of the Capitol, a post he has about architecture and history of held for 24 years, was guest Delaware, including a 1926 book speaker at last week’s historical called simply “Delaware” and society meeting, held at the compiled by the state Department Methodist Manor House. He told of Agriculture’s Bureau of Mara packed room of about 120 peokets. In that book, Lawrence is ple that Lawrence is “the finest pictured as one of the five finest building ever built in Seaford.” houses in the state. A picture of Allen said that as a child the house shows the estate’s origgrowing up in Seaford, he loved inal boxwood garden, which at Lawrence. “It is one of the prinone time was in front of the cipal buildings that I remember house. admiring every time my parents By Lynn R. Parks

William Allen, a native of Seaford and the architectural historian for the Office of the Architect of the Capitol, addresses the Seaford Historical Society Monday. Photo by Lynn Parks. On right is Lawrence, the 19th-century home that Allen so loved as a boy. Photo by Pat Murphy

“Lawrence is a very significant building,” Allen said. “It is significant architecturally. It is significant because of its association with Charles Wright, who was an important member of southern Delaware economic and social history. It is significant because it is the ancestral home of Wright Robinson, the great Seaford historian. It is essential to the community and it is essential to the state that we save it.” Allen said that the best use of


Lawrence would be as a residence. But restoring it for office space, for example, or for a restaurant, what Allen called “adaptive reuse,” would be in keeping with the house. The Thomas England House, the only other example of Greek revival architecture in Delaware, is a restaurant.

“That kind of thing happens all the time,” he said. “I don’t see why it wouldn’t work here.” “This building is ours,” Allen added. “It belongs to the community. And it belongs to a little boy in a car, with his nose pressed against the window, begging his father to slow down as they drive by.”


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All three candidates see growth around Bethel as inevitable Continued from page 1

have control over the style of housing, and would be able to make sure that it is in keeping with what we have now. If the land remains in the county, we wouldn’t have that.” Hastings would like to see the existing Bethel be declared a historic district, to preserve its character. “I want Bethel to stay the way it is, but it won’t,” said Phillips. “There is to much available land around Bethel. By taking charge and annexing the land in, you have a say in how that land is developed.” Kough said that he is “not 100 percent against” annexation of property into Bethel. But, he added, any growth in town has to be done slowly. “Some of these towns around here are doubling their populations in a couple years,” he said. “That would be bad for Bethel.” Bethel does not have central water or wastewater service. For that reason alone, the town has to do a lot of planning before annexation, Kough said. “We have to look five years down the

road at our needs as far as police and infrastructure,” he added. Like the men he is running against, Kough feels that change in the town is inevitable. “Right now, I can go outside, any time of night or day, and lie down in the middle of the street,” he said. “You can’t do that in many other towns. But there is a lot of outside pressure coming in and this town’s going to change.” Kough also believes that change has to come to the way the town council does business. Residents have been upset recently about actions by the council that many believe are contrary to the state’s sunshine laws intended to guarantee open government. “I don’t think anyone has intended to be underhanded,” Kough said. “But people have to feel that they know as much as they need to know.” Phillips agrees. “We’ve got to be more open with people, and more forthcoming with all the information,” he said. “We are working on that.” Hastings, 54, graduated from Laurel High School in 1971. He is owner of Jeff’s Greenhouses, a

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florist and nursery on the edge of town. His is the third Hastings generation to live in Bethel. “My heart and soul is in Bethel,” he said. Hastings, who has served as council president since the mid 1990s, points to several accomplishments during his time on the town council. “We got all the streets repaved with funds through the state,” he said. The project, finished about eight years ago, “didn’t cost the taxpayers of Bethel anything,” he added. The town has also recently renovated the town park and the town wharf, he said. A project to renovate the town’s community hall, in which the town council meets, is under way. “This town council has really done a lot for the town,” Hastings said. Hastings and his wife, Kim, have a daughter, Gabrielle, 7. His other daughter, Amy Hastings, 26, lives near Annapolis. Phillips, 51, has lived in Bethel for 20 years. A 1973 graduate of Laurel High School, he is a cabinet maker and has worked at Custom Cabinet Shop in

Greenwood for 21 years. He is also president of the Bethel Historical Society and lives in a 200-year-old home that he restored. Phillips said that he wants to remain on the council to fulfill an obligation he feels to the town’s citizens. “I made a promise and a pledge to the people that I would work with the people, for the people,” he said. “Bethel is a very small town with some big city problems and I have the experience to help see it through.” Kough, 48, has lived in Bethel for six years. His wife, Pat, is a teacher is the Seaford School District and he has four adult stepchildren. He is an electronics technician for Perdue Farms, Georgetown. Kough graduated from Seaford High School in 1976 and went to Delaware Technical and Community College, where he earned an associate degree in police science. In 1983, he joined the Navy and in 1989, after being discharged, he returned to Del Tech, where he earned an associate degree in electronic technolo-

gy. He spent 11 years in the Naval Reserves and another six years in the Delaware National Guard. He retired after 21 years in the armed forces. Kough said that he wants to serve on the town council as a service to the community. “I feel it is my responsibility to pay back,” he said. He acknowledges that “there’s not a lot going on with town council that we have to worry about.” Even so, he would like to see the town get its finances in better shape “The town’s business is run the way I run my checkbook: You make some money and you spend some money,” he said. “We need to get a little more organized.” He would also like to see the town form a committee to review its ordinances and to organize them so that they are easy to access. “Now, we just have a collection of papers, with no structure to them, no headings or page numbers,” he said. “People need to understand what ordinances we have.”

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Monday’s announcement that voting will be restricted is overturned Tuesday By Lynn R. Parks At a community meeting Monday night, Charlotte Givens, one of three members of Bethel’s election board, announced that voting in the upcoming election would be limited to people who have lived in town for at least a year. But on Tuesday, she said that she had been mistaken. Givens said that she had been told to use voting guidelines spelled out in the town’s old charter. She could not say who had told her to do that. Those old guidelines restrict voting to people who have lived in town a year and who pay town taxes. On Tuesday, Givens said that she had talked with the town’s attorney, Robert Witsel, who told her that the town election has to be run according to the most recent charter. Voting guidelines in that charter say that all citizens 18 and older can vote, regardless of how long they have lived in the town. Voters also need not have paid town property taxes. Givens, who was just named

to the election board last week, expressed some frustration Tuesday. “The town should have had all its ducks in a row before this,” she said. Jeff Hastings is president of the town council and a candidate for one of the three seats that will be decided in Saturday’s election. On Tuesday, he said that he thought all along that the town had to abide by the more recent charter. “But other people at the meetings seemed to feel the other way,” he added. “That’s what we needed, a clarification from our attorney.” Bethel resident Kathy Layfield said Tuesday that she was “absolutely outraged” at Givens’ announcement Monday night. “It was so bizarre, it defied common sense,” she added. The Bethel election will be Saturday, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., in the town’s community center. According to the town charter, all citizens of town who are 18 or older will be eligible to vote.

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OHS office launches aggressive driving campaign “Your safety is in your hands.” That’s the message that Delaware Office of Highway Safety (OHS) officials are sending to the public as they launch the 2007 “Stop Aggressive Driving” campaign, a high visibility enforcement and awareness initiative aimed at reducing aggressive driving-related traffic deaths. A new element of this year’s campaign involves the recent placement of 12 roadway signs in locations statewide that encourage motorists to call 911 to report aggressive and impaired drivers. “We want to empower our citizens who are often frustrated by the aggressive driving they see around them, to believe they can be part of the solution and help make our roadways safer by calling 911 to report the dangerous drivers threatening their safety,” said Andrea Summers, community relations officer for the Office of Highway Safety. Aggressive drivers are those who speed, tailgate, weave in and out of traffic, run red lights and stop signs and pull into traffic without giving others adequate room or time to maneuver. When motorists see examples of these dangerous behaviors, they are being asked to call 911 when it’s safe to do so (or have a passenger call for them), and

Twelve of these signs have been placed throughout the state to encourage motorists to report aggressive driving. E259

provide dispatchers with a description of the vehicle, a license plate number when possible and the vehicle’s direction of travel. Alerts will then be sent to officers in the surrounding area to be on the lookout for the aggressive driver, make contact with him/her and cite that person for the offenses they observe. Radio messages and fliers with this new information have also been developed and will be used to remind the public that they have a way to report aggressive drivers. The signs, located in all three counties, are also movable. If officials see a high volume of calls on a particular roadway, or if crash data shows an increase in vehicle collisions in another area, the signs can be relocated.

How to protect kids from burns Every day, 300 young children with burn injuries are taken to emergency rooms. They haven’t even been near a flame. The children are victims of scalds. Scald burns (caused by hot liquids, steam or foods) are the most common burn injury among children age 4 and younger. In 2003, U.S. hospitals treated an estimated 16,000 children under 5 for scalds, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. And, mortality rates from scalds are highest for children under age 4. While the injuries and the numbers are distressing, even more disturbing is the fact that many of these burns could have been prevented. How Scalds Happen 95% of scalds occur in residences. Scald burns are typically related to ordinary activities – bathing, cooking and eating – and often happen to children because of a lapse in adult supervision or a lack of protective measures. Youngsters may not understand or even be aware of potential dangers of hot liquids (especially water) and foods; they simply trust adults to keep them safe. In addition, young children have thinner skin that burns more quickly than adults. People of all ages can be burned in 30 seconds by a flowing liquid that is 130° F; at 140° F, it takes only five seconds; at 160° degrees, it only takes one second. For chil-

dren under 5, these temperatures can cause a burn in half the time. Preventing scalds in the bath According to the National Safe Kids Campaign, most scalds occur while bathing. Continuous supervision of young children is the most important factor in preventing tap-water scald injuries, but there are additional simple preventive measures that can be taken: Lower the temperature settings on water heaters to 120° F or less Install anti-scald devices on water faucets and showerheads. When bathing a child, fill the bathtub with cold water first. Mix in warmer water carefully and place the child away from the faucet. The bath water temperature should be about 100° F. Test the water temperature by moving hands rapidly through the water. If the water feels hot to an adult, it is too hot for a child. Preventing scalds in the kitchen Test heated food and liquids before serving children. Keep young children away from cooking and sink areas when in use. Keep hot foods and liquids away from edges of counters and tables. Toddlers can pull on tablecloths and appliance cords, spilling hot items on themselves. Avoid using area rugs in the kitchen. Area rugs can contribute to falls and, secondarily, scalds.

Sustained, high visibility enforcement will again be part of this year’s “Stop Aggressive Driving” campaign. Delaware State Police in all three counties, along with New Castle County, New Castle City, Newark, Newport and Wilmington Police agencies will be conducting aggressive driving patrols over the next two months. Delaware State Police and New Castle County Police will again be utilizing a two-officer team enforcement approach as part of their efforts, which involves the use of both marked and unmarked/unconventional vehicles to spot violations. Police are being asked to focus on the top “fatal four” aggressive driving violations in the State of Delaware. These factors are the top four primary contributing factors in the state’s aggressive-driving fatal crashes. They are speeding, red light violations, following too closely and failure to yield the right of way. In 2006 officers issued over 6,500 citations for aggressive driving behaviors. OHS officials believe last year’s high visibility enforcement effort is largely responsible for a nearly 10 percentage point decrease in aggressive driving fatal crashes.

In 2005, 61% of all traffic fatalities were related to acts of aggressive driving, and in 2006 that percentage dropped to 52%. “It’s still unacceptable to us that more than half of fatal crashes in our state are caused by aggressive driving actions,” said Jana Simpler, Aggressive Driving program manager for the Office of Highway Safety. “We want the public to understand that these wrecks aren’t accidents, they are preventable collisions. “We’re enlisting the public’s help by asking them to report aggressive drivers, but we’ll also have a strong enforcement presence on the roads to stop the violators we see.” Individuals who are stopped under Delaware’s aggressive driving law can be charged both with aggressive driving and charged for each individual traffic offense. Penalties include fines between $100 - $300 for a first offense, possible jail time, and mandatory attendance at an 8hour behavior modification course. Subsequent convictions will result in the loss of driving privileges for one month. For more information, visit


✳ FEBRUARY 22 - 28, 2007


No matter the weather, climate change is happening Ironic, isn’t it, that two of the most significant news items about YNN ARKS global warming have been released during one of the most significant Climate change does not periods of winter weather we have had in years. With the icy wind simply mean a few hotter howling around us and with pictures on all of our television days in the summer and screens of record snowfalls not too far to the north, it has been hard to some nice warm days in take seriously the warnings of a the winter. few scientists that the earth’s temperatures are expected to rise by a ties is occurring now, and it is a growing few degrees over the next 100 years. threat to society. The pace of change and Indeed, letters to the editor in several the evidence of harm have increased newspapers have expressed just such skepticism. “Where’s the heat?” asked one markedly over the last five years. The time to control greenhouse gas emissions letter writer. “I’d ask Al Gore, but I heard is now.” he was stuck in last week’s ice storm.” The American Association for the Ad(Former Vice President Gore, of vancement of Science calls for political course, is the author of “An Inconvenient action to limit greenhouse gases. “We Truth,” a book about climate change, and need an aggressive research, development is the star of a movie of the same name and deployment effort to transform the exand on the same topic.) isting and future energy systems of the Well, saying that climate change isn’t world away from technologies that emit happening and presenting as evidence the cold temperatures in your neighborhood is greenhouse gases,” its statement says. “Developing clean energy technologies like saying there’s no violence in the world and presenting as evidence the quiet will provide economic opportunities and ensure future energy supplies.” on your suburban street. We have to look The United Nations group does not inbeyond our communities at the global picclude recommendations in its report. Anture, and scientists who have done that other report, “Mitigation of Climate told us last week that climate change is Change,” is due out in May. happening, and that it is happening beClimate change does not simply mean a cause of pollution we are putting into the few hotter days in the summer and some atmosphere. nice warm days in the winter. It means First came the report from the United disruptions of agricultural cycles. It means Nation’s International Panel on Climate that animals and plants that have adapted Change. More than 1,200 writers comover millennia to certain conditions will piled research done by more than 2,500 all of a sudden face different conditions scientists from 130 countries to come up with “Climate Change 2007: The Physical that they might not be able to handle. It means more and stronger storms, Science Basis,” which says unequivocally that “global atmospheric concentrations of heavier rains. And of particular significarbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide cance for those of us who live near the coast, it means inhave increased creased sea levels markedly as a result and, when those inof human activities Saying that climate change isn’t creasingly strong since 1750.” And, storms hit, more there is a “very high happening and presenting as ocean water to rush confidence that the to land and cause globally averaged evidence the cold temperatures damage. net effect of human It is time — past activities…has been in your neighborhood is like time, really — that one of warming.” we take this seriousProof of that saying there’s no violence in the ly and start work to warming, the report halt the damage we says, is in increases world and presenting as evidence are causing. Cities in global average air throughout the counand ocean temperatry are encouraging the quiet on your suburban tures, widespread public transportation melting of snow and and embracing poliice, and rising global street. cies for green buildaverage sea level. ing standards. “It is extremely There’s no reason that the small towns in unlikely that global climate change of the Sussex County, indeed, the county itself, past fifty years can be explained without can’t start taking into consideration cliexternal forcing, and very likely that it is mate change in their planning. not due to known natural causes alone,” In the words of the scientists from the the report says. American Association for the AdvanceIn other words, climate change is hapment of Science, “It is time to muster the pening, and we are causing it. political will for concerted action. The second confirmation of climate change came in a statement issued Sunday Stronger leadership at all levels” (that’s my emphasis) “is needed. by the American Association for the Ad“The time is now. We must rise to the vancement of Science. “The scientific evidence is clear,” the statement says. “Glob- challenge. We owe this to future generaal climate change caused by human activi- tions.”


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✳ FEBRUARY 22 - 28, 2007


DIVISION CHAMPS - Members of the Laurel varsity girls basketball team clap as other team members cut down the net following last week’s win over Indian River in the final regular season home game. The Bulldogs won the Henlopen South title with a win over Woodbridge earlier in the week. Photo by Mike McClure

BRRR! BUT IT’S FOR A GOOD CAUSE - Laurel American Legion Auxiliary, Post 19, member Vicki Higgins, seen emerging from the water, was one of many people who participated in the Polar Bear Plunge held in Lewes recently to benefit Special Olympics. The auxiliary was one of her several sponsors.

Native American story teller Raggatha Calentine recently spoke at Dunbar School in Laurel. Her program was sponsored by the Laurel Civic Club as part of Reading is Fundamental month. Above, she is shown with students Alexa Griffith and Dalton Perdue.

TOP RACERS - Laurel Pack 90’s annual Pinewood Derby was held Feb. 3, at Centenary United Methodist Church in Laurel. The pack had a record number in attendance. Above are the winners from Tiger Den (from left): Zane Zellhart, first place; Nicholas Wilder, second place; and Trey Messick, third place. Below are the winners from the Wolf Den: Joe McGarvey, first place; Logan Foy, second place; and Andrew Risper, third place.

Glimpse of the past

1950s cheerleaders at Paul Laurence Dunbar School, Laurel, were, back, from left: Delores Fisher, teacher, Gwendolyn Cooper Twine, Bertha Gaines, Juanita Whitney Johnson and Ann Smith. Front - Nellie Kellam, Diane Carr, Constance Green Johnson and Betty Griffin Cannon. Photo courtesy of Juanita Johnson



2007 city and school elections at a glance Town Council and School Board Elections are scheduled throughout western Sussex County. Following is a summary of the offices and the candidates:

Bethel The town of Bethel will hold its election Saturday, Feb. 24, 1 to 4 p.m. in the town museum. Three seats on the five-seat town council are up for election. Incumbents Jeff Hastings and Kevin Phillips are running, as is challenger Richard Kough. Deadline to file to run has passed.

ended for the City of Seaford.

School Boards Local school boards have one to two seats open for a four to five year term beginning July 1, 2007. Deadline to file is Friday, March 2, at 4:30 p.m. Elections will be held on Tuesday, May 8.

five-year term. As of Feb. 20, no one has filed.

Laurel The seat of William Otwell is open for a five-year term. As of Feb. 20, no one has filed.

Delmar Seaford The seat of Regina James is open for a

The four-year seat of Joanne Gum and five-year seat of Herb Wright are open for

reelection. As of Feb. 20, Joanne Gum and Beverly Holmes have filed for the four-year seat and William Fleetwood has filed for the five-year seat.

Woodbridge The five-year seat of Deborah L. Stogner is open for reelection. As of Feb. 20, James Carter, Sr., Paul M. Breeding and Deborah Stogner have filed.

Blades Blades will hold council elections on Monday, March 5, from 12-7 p.m. at Hardin Hall in Blades. Three seats are open for reelection, Mayor David Ruff and council members Russell T. Joseph and Starr Kulikauski. As of Feb. 20, Russell T. Joseph and Star M. Kulikauski have filed for reelection. Earl E. Chaffinch has filed to run for one of the open seats. The top two candidates will receive a council seat. The deadline for voter registration was Wednesday.

Bridgeville Bridgeville will hold town council elections on Saturday, March 3, from 12-7 p.m. at Bridgeville Town Hall. Three seats are up for reelection. Two commissioners will serve a twoyear term while one commissioner will serve a one-year term. Two-year terms up for reelection are currently held by Joseph Conaway and William Jefferson. As of Monday, Feb. 20, Conaway and Jefferson have filed for reelection. Michael Harrigan has also filed for one of the two-year seats. The one-year term is held by Patricia Correll. As of Feb. 20, Correll is running against Kevin Fallon. Voter registration ended on Wednesday.

Laurel Laurel will not hold town council elections. Four seats were up for reelection John Shwed, mayor; Phillip Calio, fourth ward at large; Randy Lee, first ward; and Terry Wright, fourth ward. However, no challengers filed for election.

Seaford The city of Seaford will hold a municipal election on Monday, March 5, from 7 a.m.- 8 p.m. at City Hall. One seat that holds a three-year term is open for reelection. The seat is currently held by Leanne Phillips-Lowe, who is seeking reelection. As of Feb. 20, Ruth Matthews is also running for the seat. Voter registration has

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Health Be Aware of the Danger of Dehydration By Dr. Anthony Policastro I frequently get calls from parents who are concerned about dehydration. People have heard the term but it is not always clear as to what it really means The meaning is relatively simple. Dehydration occurs when the amount of fluid that a person is losing is more than the amount of fluid that person takes in. It can occur at any age. However, we see it more often in infants and the elderly population. In infants dehydration occurs for one of two reasons. One of those is related to the infant losing fluids. This is true when an infant has vomiting and/or diarrhea. It also can occur when an infant does not take in enough fluids. When a child starts losing fluid, the body conserves fluid. It does this by decreasing urine output. The result is that they lose less urine. Therefore, they need a little less fluid. Unfortunately, there is a limit to how much of a urine decrease they can have. The decrease in urine output is the easiest thing for parents to measure. That is why we often ask about wet diapers in the child who is having vomiting or diarrhea. The number of wet diapers is important. The frequency of wet diapers is important. There are three categories of dehydra-

The best way to tell how dehydrated a child becomes is by using weights. Children will always lose weight when they lose water and become dehydrated. tion. The first is mild dehydration. There are very few symptoms that we can see in this form. Most of the time, the body will heal itself from this without a lot of effort on our part. The second is called moderate dehydration. This one is associated with more symptoms. The lips usually get dry. The tongue may or may not look dry. The urine output decreases. The amount of tears when crying decreases. The eyes do not appear to be as prominent as normal. The treatment for this is to give the child oral fluids. The fluids need to be taken in a

Health Bulletins Alzheimer's office moving The Alzheimer's Association Delaware Valley Chapter announced today that the Georgetown office is moving from 4 North Bedford St., to 109 North Bedford St. The new office is somewhat larger and includes a shared conference room. The move will be completed by March 1, 2007.

Buy a Brick Campaign Help “pave the way to independence” for people with disabilities by participating in Easter Seals’ Buy a Brick Campaign. All bricks will help construct a patio at the Easter Seals Tunnell Center, located at 22317 DuPont Blvd. in Georgetown. This wheelchair-accessible patio, featuring the Easter Seals’ lily design, will help people with disabilities enjoy the outdoors. Bricks can be personalized to honor a family member, Easter Seals staff member or participant, or local business, and are tax-deductible. For more information, contact Clour at 800-677-3800 or

Delaware Healthy Living Expo The Delaware Healthy Living Expo, featuring an array of speakers and workshops on issues of family, physical, spiritual, financial, emotional, and intellectual wellness, will be held at the Chase Center on the Riverfront in Wilmington on March 10 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Headlining the workshop programs will be Lisa Whaley, founder and president of

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greater amount than the child is losing them. For children with vomiting, this often means giving 1 tsp every five minutes. That small amount is frequently too small for the stomach to realize. Therefore, they do not vomit it back up. This allows the child to take in 2 ounces an hour. That is equal to about 32 ounces per day for the 16 hours that the child is awake. The third category is called severe dehydration. These children have dry lips and tongues. They are usually not producing much, if any, urine. They have no tears. Their eyes are sunken. They are not alert and tend to just lie around. These children usually will need intravenous fluids to improve. The best way to tell how dehydrated a child becomes is by using weights. Children will always lose weight when they lose water and become dehydrated. They will lose 3% - 5% of their body weight with mild dehydration. They will lose 5% - 8% of their body weight with moderate dehydration. They will lose more than 8% with severe dehydration. That is why it is so important to have your child weighed every time they see a doctor. If they get sick soon after that, we will know what weight they started at.

Food is not related to dehydration at all. Therefore, a child who does not eat for several days will not become dehydrated. Many children who are ill with things like ear infections will develop nausea. For that reason, they do not want to eat because they are concerned about vomiting. It is not unusual to see a child refuse to eat for several days during an acute illness. As long as he/she continues taking fluids during that time, they will not become dehydrated. The most common cause of vomiting and diarrhea is an intestinal infection. These are common in young children. The most common cause of decreased fluid intake in infants is infection. Children with strep throat will stop drinking because it hurts to swallow. Children with other infections feel too ill to bother taking much fluid. Children with pneumonia breathe fast and lose water vapor from the rapid breathing. That is made worse because they do not drink due to their illness. Dehydration is less common than people think. However, it can be a serious illness. Paying attention to weights and wet diapers can be very helpful. Dr. Anthony Policastro is medical director at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital.



Tribute paid to our hospitalized Veterans This year the Veterans Administration commemorated patients in its hospital system with a national Salute to Hospitalized Veterans the week of Feb. 11 through the 17. Today America's VA and military hospitals are caring for a large number of warwounded. In fact, the largest number since

the Vietnam War. More than 16,000 Americans have been wounded in action in Afghanistan and Iraq. More than half of them were so seriously wounded that they were not able to return to duty. Thursday, Feb. 15 as a salute to hospitalized veterans in the VA hospital located

in Elsmere, American Legion Post 6 and Auxiliary Unit 6 members hosted an evening of Bingo and refreshments for the patients there. Every patient was a bingo winner and each received half-dollars as prizes with a total of $300 donated by Post 6. VA & R chairpersons Orin and Pearl Willey stated, "The Salute to hospitalized Veterans week is a prime time to focus at-

tention on hospitalized veterans but it is also important to remember our hospitalized veterans any time of the year. Sponsored events, a personal visit, or even a card is appreciated by our veterans." So as Americans, remember the veteran who has made many sacrifices in their lives so that we may enjoy the freedoms that we often take for granted today.

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Adult CPR Class In partnership with the American Heart Association, Delmarva Christian High School will host an Adult CPR class on March 15, on the school campus. The one-night class will run from 6-9 p.m. Those successfully completing the class will receive a two-year CPR certification. Cost is $20. Registration must be made by Feb. 23. To register or to receive further information, email Denise Parsons, a certified American Heart Association instructor, at

Caring Volunteers Needed Compassionate Care Hospice is looking for volunteers throughout all of Sussex County to provide support for patients and families in their time of need. A new training class will be forming and meeting March 5 and March 6 at the Milton Public Library, the basic requirements are a generous heart and lots of compassion. Numerous volunteer positions are available: visiting with hospice patients, providing telephone reassurance to caregivers, "Songs for the Soul" music therapy, office assistance and many other

areas requiring your own individual talents. To register call 430-8825.

Holistic approach Massage therapists, physical therapists, acupuncturists, as well as doctors and nurses, can learn the holistic art of zero balancing through new workshops being offered at Delaware Technical & Community College. The Owens Campus in Georgetown will offer the 50hour program - composed of two 25-hour segments taught over four days - beginning in early March. Zero balancing is a gentle, noninvasive, hands-on therapy received clothed while lying face up on a massage table. An advanced studies program for licensed or certified healthcare professionals, the course will teach participants the skills of balancing body energy with body structure and the unique touch that allows them to harmonize that relationship. It will be taught by Olaive Jones, MA, a certified zero balancer and faculty member of the Zero Balancing Health Association. For more information, call Corporate and Community Programs at 854-6966.

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Education Education briefs Johnston named to dean’s list Kyle T. Johnston, Seaford, was named to the dean’s list for the fall 2006 semester at Virginia Tech. To qualify for the dean’s list, students must attempt at least 12 credit hours graded on the A-F option and earn a 3.4 grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) during the semester. Johnston is a sophomore majoring in horticulture in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. ALL-STATE SINGERS - Freshman Sierra Spicer (above) and junior Tyrell Whitney (below) of Laurel Senior High School recently performed in the Delaware All-State Mixed Choir recital in Dover. Spicer and Whitney were successful in the mandatory audition and were invited to participate in the mixed choir. They are the high school chorus students of Penney Denney. SING ALONG - Tom Besche, local singer and businessman, performs for the kindergarten students at Paul Lawrence Dunbar School, Laurel, on Feb. 14. The children and their teachers enjoyed his singing and had a chance to sing along.

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Lecates is on dean’s list Natallie LeCates, a 2005 graduate from Seaford Senior High School, is a sophomore at Penn State University - Berks Campus, where she made the dean’s list for the fall 2006 semester. She achieved a 3.57 GPA with a full work load of 20 credits. LeCates is majoring in elementary education. She is also a member of the Lion Ambassadors, an Orientation Leader, a Freshman Peer Mentor, and works in the Penn State Berks Housing and Food Services Office.

Course teaches baby massage PERFECT CLASS - Sussex Technical High School’s senior health professions technical area class had a 100-percent passing rate for the state certified nursing assistant (CNA) exam. Members of the class are, seated left side, Monica Palmer (Georgetown) and right side, Karlissa Wise (Laurel). Front, from left - Ashley Tull (Greenwood), Stacey Youse (Millsboro), Anne Tingle (Millsboro), Kristin Lau (Seaford), and Tia Jacobs (Georgetown). Second row - Hannah Springer (Laurel), Jessica James (Laurel), Tanya Thawley (Seaford), Rebecca Paradee (Millsboro), Shauntey Singletary (Seaford), Brittany Bowden (Millsboro), Jessica Waller (Georgetown) and Rochelle Day (Laurel). Third row - Max Day (Georgetown), Ashley Goodwin (Lincoln), and Vishal Vyas (Lewes). In back is Andrew Brittingham (Rehoboth). Missing from photo are Jayme Amoss (Millsboro), Erin Pleasanton (Frankford), Nicole Rutherford (Ocean View), and Ashley Stephens (Laurel). Instructors are Nancy Massaro and Denise Morris.

Seaford district is a Superstar The Delaware State Chamber of Commerce has announced seven winners in its 2007 Superstars in Education Awards program, which promotes and shares academic programs and best practices in education. Among the winners is the Seaford School District for its Secondary Schools Advanced Placement Incentive Program in the high school and middle school. This program was designed to increase participation and the diversity of students in Advanced Placement (AP) classes at the high school level, as well as increase

grades on the Advanced Placement tests. The schools identify students who have potential to take these courses, offer preview mathematics courses to prepare students for the AP courses, provide access to a summer reading program and encourage parental involvement in choosing classes. The winners will be honored at a dinner at the Chase Center on the Riverfront, Wilmington, May 7 from 4:45 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The cost to attend is $80 per person for corporate individuals and $50 per person for educators. For more information, call (302) 655-7221.

Parents and caregivers can promote loving bonds with their babies through a new course being offered at the Owens Campus of Delaware Technical & Community College. Infant Massage is a fivesession course that will teach participants how to encourage muscle and nerve development, regulate eating and sleeping pat-

terns, and reduce colic in infants through the use of hands-on massage strokes. The course will be taught by Jennifer R. Rodgers, a certified infant massage instructor and parent educator who has completed intensive training and practicum work specifically designed by the International Association of Infant Massage. A 2001 graduate of the Baltimore School of Massage, she is also a self-employed massage therapist and owner of Atlantic Bodywork Center in Bethany Beach. This new course is available for parents and/or caregivers and babies from birth to just before crawling age. For details, call 854-6966.

St. John’s Preschool

Will begin its registration for the 2007-2008 School Year beginning Tuesday, March 6, at 8:30 a.m. St. John’s Preschool offers preschool classes for Children ages 2-5 years of age Located at Pine & Poplar St., Seaford Call 629-2289 for further information. State-Licensed Preschool

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CHURCH BULLETINS Seaford Lenten Services Rev. Drew Christian, president, Greater Seaford Ministerium announces Seaford Lenten services, sponsored by the Greater Seaford Ministerium, will begin on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 21. Services will begin at noon at rotating designated churches and will be followed by a light lunch. The schedule and pastors bringing a short message is as follows: Feb. 28 - Gethsemane U.M. Church, Father John McKenna; March 7 - Atlanta Road Alliance Church, the Rev. Homer McKeithan; March 14 - Mt. Olivet U.M. Church, the Rev. Peggy Briggs; March 21 - St. John’s U.M. Church, the Rev. Andy Kerr; March 28 - Our Lady of Lourdes, the Rev. Carlton Cannon.

Laurel Lenten Services The Laurel Ministerial Association will be holding special mid-week services during the season of Lent. March 1 - Centenary UMC, 200 West Market St., Laurel. March 15 - Mt. Pleasant UMC, Mt. Pleasant Church Road, Laurel. March 29 - Victory in Grace Tabernacle, 11528 Commercial Lane, Hickman Park, Laurel. All services begin at 7 p.m. In addition, there will be services sponsored by the Laurel Ministerial Association during Holy Week, April 2-8. An ecumenical Good Friday service will be held at Christ United Methodist Church, 510 S. Central Ave., Laurel, on Friday, April 6, beginning at 7 p.m. On Easter Sunday, the community is invited to Janosik Park, Laureltowne, for a Son-Rise service at 6:30

World Day of Prayer 2007 Men and women in more than 170 countries and regions will celebrate World Day of Prayer, Friday, March 2. “United Under God’s Tent” is the theme used by women of Paraguay for the prayer service. The theme is a way of imagining how God acts. “United Under God’s Tent” is also God’s promise to us, and a call to work and to pray together for people in need all over the world. The service will be held on March 2 at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Seaford at 10:30 am. A reception will be held in the church hall following the service. a.m. For more information about any of the above Lenten services, call Pastor Fred Duncan, at 875-3398.

Mt. Olivet Preschool registration Mt. Olivet Preschool will be registering for the fall preschool program at Mt. Olivet Church on Thursday, March 1. Boys and girls who will have reached the ages of two, three and four by August 31, 2007 are eligible. Classes meet Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings from 9 to 11:30 and are limited to six students in the two-year-old class, 10 in the threeyear-old class and 12 in the four-year-oldclass. Interested families are invited to visit the school. For further information call Linda Stephenson at 629-2786 or the church office at 629-4458.

Homemade Easter Eggs Christ Lutheran Church is selling their Homemade Easter Eggs: Peanut Butter, Butter Cream, Coconut Cream, Feb. 28

through March 28. First ever and still the best on the shore, $3 each. Call 629-9755 or 629-9751.

Jerry Jones concert Award winning Gospel Music artist, Jerry Jones, will be appearing at the second Mission: Possible Concert at 7 p.m., March 2, at Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church in Seaford. Jerry was awarded “Male Vocalist of the Year” and “Songwriter of the Year” for 2004, 2005 and 2006 for the eastern U.S. by the Country Gospel Music Association. He also has been nominated for “International Male Vocalist” for the past three years and won the “International Songwriter of the Year” in 2005. Jerry’s song “Calvary” reached number 4 on the Country Gospel charts. Mission: Possible is a faith-based organization, founded by Seaford High School junior Caitlin Wasson in 2006. It is designed to bring instruments and music to young musicians who cannot afford them in hopes that they will come to know the Lord through music. This organization is sponsored by Mount Olivet United Methodist Church in Seaford. The concert will also feature other local musical talent including youth from all over the county such as Dustin Anderson, Katie Hickey, Brittany Trout, Stephanie Miller, Erin Thomas and Caitlin herself. The very entertaining Seaford High School Jazz Band will also be playing. The other performers who are supporting this mission with their amazing vocal talents are Lori Jones, Lori Miller, Jeff and Kathy James and Pastor Tom Gross of Mount Olivet. To close the concert, local favorites and crowd pleasers, “Vital Signs” will play a set of old time rock and roll. Vital Signs

features Dr. Anthony Policastro, Dr. Mark Antos, David Chandler and Ryan Handy. Buy tickets in advance at Mt. Olivet, Heritage Jewelers or by calling Caitlin Wasson at 629-6304. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students.

Mystery Dinner Theatre Fundraiser The youth at Laurel Wesleyan Church will be attending an International Youth Convention in Orlando, Fla., in December. They need to raise approximately $50,000, which is half of the funding to make it affordable for all to attend. They are having various fundraisers to help supplement the costs. The biggest fund raiser is a Mystery Dinner Theatre on March 15 and 16, 6:308:30 p.m. Cost includes dinner and a show. Cost is $20 adults; $10 children 8-18 years old. A $5 charge for babysitting children seven and under, includes dinner. This event is open to the public.

Delaware Pro-Life convention The Delaware Pro-Life Coalition will hold its 20th annual convention on Saturday, March 31, at the Holiday Inn Select in Claymont. This day-long event includes five nationally-renowned speakers. The event’s keynote speaker will be Leslee Unruh, who spearheaded efforts to ban abortion in South Dakota. The luncheon address will be given by David Bereit, who organized efforts to close abortion clinics. The banquet speaker will be Bobby Schindler, Terr Schiavo’s brother, addressing the crowd on the second anniversary of her death. Session speakers include Neil Noesen, a member of Pharmacists for Life, and Jason Buck of Culture for Life-US. The costs for the event are as follows: $45 Continued on page 21

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


St. Philip’s Episcopal Church & Old Christ Church 600 S. Central Ave., P.O. Box 293 Laurel, DE 19956 ~ (302) 875-3644 Rev. Rita B. Nelson, Rector Holy Eucharist with Healing and Church School ~ Sunday @ 9:30 am

Christ Evangelistic Church Great Worship - Talented Singers Loving People - Powerful Preaching Youth Group Sunday Night 7 pm

Worship 11 a.m. • Sun. School 10:00 a.m. Wed. Night 7:00 p.m. • Sun. Night 7:00 p.m. Located on Bethel Road between the Dual & Alt. 13 For info call: 629-3674 or 875-2915 Sr. Pastor Roland Tice

HARVEST CHRISTIAN CHURCH “Heart Felt Praise” Relevant Bible Teaching Children’s Ministry Midweek Bible Study Tom Birowski, Pastor Seaford, Del. • 628-7771 94 Walnut St. Laurel, DE 19956

875-7873 “A Place to Belong” SUNDAY WEDNESDAY Underground Family Worship (7-12 grade) 6:15 p.m. 10:45 a.m. 7:00 p.m. Sunday School 9:30 a.m. Prayer Team ‘The Table’ God’s Big Back Yard (last Wed. of mo) 7:00 p.m. 9:30 a.m.

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.

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St. Paul’s United Methodist Church Road 68, South of Laurel Laurel, Del. Sun. School 10 a.m. • Worship 9 & 11 a.m. Wed. Night Bible Study 7 p.m. Hymn Sing: Last Sunday Each Month - 7 p.m.

Pastor - Donald Murray - 856-6107

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




Real dangers do exist By the Rev. Todd K. Crofford Laurel Wesleyan Church


There’s breaking news coming Pardon me, but isn’t it a from NBC today. President Putin of Russia thinks the United States good idea sometimes to is a more grave danger to the future be on the other side of the of the world than Iran. Shocking? Now that we live in the age of fence from people like instant communication, any Ameri- Putin and other disgruncan with an internet connection can tled Europeans? discover what just about any person half way around the world thinks of current events. of a savior through such destruction Here’s the problem, some want us to Ahmadinejad is aggressively working steer our foreign policy based on such toward nuclear capacity and has thumbed opinions. Critics of the United States his nose at any attempt to stop him. He abound, insisting we are the culprits for has a special hatred for the United States, everything from world-wide wars to why publicly calling us out in U.N. session. the stoplight in their village went red Iran is quietly but aggressively working when they were late to the ball game. for destabilization in Iraq with apparent Pardon me, but isn’t it a good idea desires to sweep in and make conquest if sometimes to be on the other side of the the opportunity arises. Many radicals in fence from people like Putin and other Iran see the spreading of their religion as disgruntled Europeans? foremost in their purposes of existence. Now, I understand full well the need Just as the attempted appeasement of for diplomacy that even talks to the “bad Hitler led the world to the brink of comguys” and tries to make as much progress plete submission, to continue to ignore the as possible, but at some point we need Middle East or just cut and run at this leaders who do not just stick their finger point leaves us in similar danger with Iran. to the wind to decide where to go. You can like or hate our current presiEurope was full of such leaders in the dent, but at least none can take away from late 1930s and no one had the guts to him his willingness to do what he deems stand up to Hitler. So he came in and con- best for the cause of freedom around the sumed their country. world. We may or may not like this realiNow at least Hitler was a little more ty, but we are the world’s lone superpower subtle and shrewd than Mahmoud Ahand we have a responsibility to act, and madinejad. This guy (the President of act wisely. I don’t know who will be electIran) is plain spoken. Let me ask if any of ed president next, but I hope he/she has these sound dangerous to you… enough backbone to rule by their own Ahmadinejad has clearly stated he wisdom and not by the opinion of wants Israel destroyed; blown off the map; Vladamir Putin. leveled. He also has specific illusions of The Rev. Crofford is Senior Pastor at Laurel Wesleyan Church. bringing on the end times and the arrival

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for learning sessions only; $35 for banquet only; and $70 for learning sessions and banquet. For further information or registration call Joanne Laird at 302-479-5613 or visit www.delawarepro

Christ Lutheran Church Christ Lutheran Church will observe the Lenten season with special Wednesday evening services. All services begin at 7:30 p.m. Prior to the services on Feb. 28 through March 28, there will be covered dish dinners at 6:30 p.m.

Glyconutritional Education Glyconutritional Education meeting on Thursday, Feb. 22, 7-8:30 p.m., St. John’s United Methodist Church, Pine and Poplar streets, Seaford, room 14 of the educational building. A short video, life experiences and question and answer time.

Trinity UMC ‘Full Throttle’ “Full Throttle,” Saturdays, 6:30-8 p.m., through April 7 at Trinity United Methodist Church Rec Building. Each week will feature a band or group, skits, movie clips from “The Passion of the Christ,” snacks, and fellowship. Bands include groups such as “Proof of Love,” “Rapper” “Tru Christian,” “Garden Praise Band,” “Ground Zero Master’s Commission,” Tim Ewing (AngelFire), and Mason

Summers. For more information, call Pastor Tina Whaley at 841-7589.

Southern Gospel Singing St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Laurel will be featuring the popular Southern Gospel Singing Group “Revived” on Sunday, Feb. 25. This dedicated singing group has performed in many area concerts. The program will begin at 7 p.m. and is located on Old Stage Road, just east of US 13. For more information or directions call,875-7900 and press #3 or Pastor Don at 856-6107. Don Murray and friends will begin singing at 6:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome.

Ladies Spring Conference “Disciplines of a Beautiful Woman,” Ladies and Teen Girls Spring Conference will be on Saturday, March 31, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at Calvary Baptist Church, Georgetown. Speaker will be Juanita Purcell of the Villages, Fla., Women’s Conference Speaker and Author. Come and join us, find out the secret to contentment and beauty. There will also be a time of worship and praise, special reading, food and fellowship. And Mrs. Purcell will have her books for sale. Register by March 12, cost is $7. (Cost includes breakfast and lunch, on site.) Register after March 12, cost will be $15 per person. Call the church at 856-3773.

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

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

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

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

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

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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. 4:30-5 p.m.; Sun. 8-8:25 a.m.


Sunday School 9:30 am Worship 10:45 am & 6 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”

LAUREL-MT. PLEASANT CHARGE 27225 Kaye Road, Laurel, DE 19956 Ph: (302) 875-7814 Pastor: Rev. Timothy P. Jones

Sunday Morning Wed. Bible Study & Worship & Children’s Children’s Discovery Club 7:00 PM Ministries 10:00 AM “Flowing in Power and Love to a Parched and Thirsty World”

YOU ARE INVITED! Come into This Church and Gather in Christ’s Name to Worship Him! Psalm 95:6 Sun. School 9:45 a.m. • Worship 11 a.m. & 6 p.m. Wed. Bible Study 7:30 p.m. Pastor, Stacey Johnson


“A Growing Church For All Ages”

2 miles N. of Laurel, DE on Alt. 13

302-877-0443 410-957-4696

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

ome! Revelatio e To C n 22 Tim : 17 The Ark s ' t I Seaford Wesleyan Church

Passing on God’s Love and Grace in Laurel, Delmar & Surrounding Area United Methodist Churches

King’s St. George’s Mt. Pleasant

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Gordy Rd. .......... 8:50....10:00 St. George Rd. .... 10:10..... 9:00

Mt. Pleasant Rd. 9:30,11:30..10:15 Pastor Barbara Auer

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

Proclaiming Faith 4 pm Sunday on WKDI 840 AM Radio

Food Outreach Emergency Food

Sailor’s Bethel United Methodist Church Bethel, DE Pastor Arthur Smith III Sunday School - 10 am Worship - 11:15 am Nursery Provided office 875-3628 parsonage 875-2996

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church The Rev’d. Jeanne W. Kirby, Rector

Sunday School - all ages 9:30 a.m. Worship 10:30 a.m. & 6:30 p.m. Rainbow Day Care / Pre-School Rt. 13 South, Seaford, DE 302-628-1020

Mount Olivet United Methodist Church Serving Christ in the Heart of Seaford since 1830

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

Seaford Church of Christ Acapella

(Rm. 16:16)


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

Laurel Wesleyan Church

The Gift of His Love

315 High St. • Seaford, DE

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

Rt. 13A, Just North of Laurel Sunday School - 9:30 Worship - 9:00 & 11:00 Sunday Evening Worship and Children’s Ministries 6 p.m. Wednesday Youth Ministries 6:30 p.m. Church 875-5380 • Sr. Pastor Todd Crofford Assistant Pastor Ken Deusa Asst. Pastor/Youth: Sue Boyce Children’s Pastor: Marilyn Searcey

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OBITUARIES Woodfin E. Shuler, 79 Woodfin E. Shuler of Forsyth, Ga., formerly of Seaford, died on Nov. 21, 2006, after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer's and cancer. Mr. Shuler was born in Bowman, S.C., on Dec. 26, 1926. A veteran of World War II, he graduated from the University of South Carolina with bachelors and masters degrees. He completed his Ph.D. in chemistry at the University of Tennessee in 1953. After a post as an assistant professor at the University of South Carolina, he joined the DuPont Company at the Savannah River site in South Carolina working at the Camden, S.C., and Seaford, textile fibers plants until retiring in 1979. He was a charter member of the Seaford Presbyterian Church, and owned and operated several businesses in Seaford. As a counselor for SCORE, he took special pleasure in helping people develop their small businesses. Eccentric but engaging, and infuriating but endearing, he seldom did anything that he didn't want to do. He was obstinate until the end. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Ethel B. Shuler; three sons, Karl W. Shuler of Poundbury, England, Philip E. Shuler of Bayfield, Colo., and Paul M. Shuler of Darlington, Md.; a daughter, Karen S. Remington of Smarr, Ga.; two brothers, Franklin G. Shuler of Santee, S.C., and Archibald F. Shuler of Clarksville, Tenn.; a sister, Georgia L. Aronstamm of Southbury, Conn.; and six grandchildren. A memorial service will be held on March 3, at 1 p.m., at the Seaford Presbyterian Church. Contributions may be made to The Seaford Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 542, Seaford, DE 19973.

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the Rev. Maleia Rust of Townsend; six great-grandchildren, Jeremy and Mandy Rust, Stephanie and Chase Marvil, Jennifer Hinkle and Carrie McAlexander; four great-great-grandchildren, Conner Marvil, Elizabeth Johnson, Kaleb and Chloe Hinkle; and two brothers, Harry Dawson Schiff of Federalsburg, Md., and Noah Edward Schiff of Preston, Md. Funeral services were Feb. 16, at Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Hardesty Chapel, Bridgeville, with Mrs. McDowell's granddaughter, the Rev. Maleia Rust officiating. Interment followed at St. Johnstown Cemetery, Greenwood. Send online condolences to:

Audrey McMahan, 80 Audrey McMahan of Federalsburg, Md., died peacefully at her home surrounded by her family on Monday, Feb. 12, 2007. She was born on June 28, 1926 in Hobbs, Caroline County, Md., a daughter of Frank and Narcissa Neighbors Adams, who Audrey predeceased her. McMahan She was a member of Union United Methodist Church , United Methodist Women, and the Circle Ruth. She was a member of Nanticoke Chapter 64 Order of the Eastern Star. She was a past member of the Federalsburg Branch of the Memorial Hospital Auxiliary and the Memorial Hospital Association. She had previously served on the boards of Caroline County Hospice and Channel Marker. While raising five children, she played a vital role in supporting her husband in

all of his business ventures, best known being Tri-Gas and Oil. She spent countless hours working with her close friends in the Union Church kitchen, serving various civic organizations. One of their most ambitious accomplishments was serving 1500 cyclists for Cycle Across Maryland. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lee D. McMahan on March 7, 1990. She also was preceded in death by three brothers, Liden Adams, Jack Adams, Norman Adams, and a sister, Virginia Miller. She is survived by two sons, Douglas Lee McMahan and his wife Ann, of Gainesville, Ga., Keith McMahan and his wife, Darlene of Denton; three daughters, Peggy Fuller and Mike Wickline of Easton, Kathy Hurley and her husband, Keith of Hurlock, Donna Buchanan and her husband, Phil of Fallston, Md.; 11 grandchildren, Cindy Barrett and her husband Greg, Lisa McMahan, Chris Fuller and his wife, Sharon, Nash McMahan, Julie McMahan, David McMahan and his wife, Brooke, Amy Hurley, Ashley Massey, and her husband Rhandy, Lexi Buchanan, Savannah Buchanan and Kristina Buchanan; 10 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Louise Horney of Denton, Bess Todd of Frederick, Md., Evelyn Danley of Skellytown, Texas; and a brother, Paul Adams of Denton. Funeral services were Sunday, Feb. 18, at the Framptom Funeral Home in Federalsburg with the Rev. David Heistand and Ray Hopkins officiating. Interment followed in Hill Crest Cemetery in Federalsburg.

Union 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.)

Serving as pallbearers were Keith Hurley, Philip Buchanan, Mike Wickline, Nash McMahan, David McMahan, and Chris Fuller. Memorial contributions may be made in her memory to Re-Creation, a non-profit organization of young individuals that perform at Veterans Hospitals across the United States, at P.O. Box 220, Port Traverton, PA 17864; or to the Caroline County Hospice, Post Office Box 362, Denton, MD 21629.

John F. Whitley, Jr., 83 John F. "Jack" Whitley, Jr., died Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2007 at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury. He was born Aug. 11, 1923 in Elizabeth, New Jersey, a son of John F. Whitley, Sr. and Grace F. Warback Whitley. Jack grew up in Delmar where he proudly played for the Delmar High School basketball team and was captain of the football team. After high school he proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He served on various vessels during the War and survived the sinking of his ship in Bari Harbor, Italy. During his service in the Navy, he received many honors and decorations, including the Purple Heart. After returning from overseas, he went to work for the Pennsylvania Railroad, where he worked as a clerk for 40 years, retiring in 1983. He was a member of the Retired Railroad Association, Past Commander of VFW Post 8276 in Delmar, where he was one of the original members, and a lifetime memContinued on page 23

BETHEL WORSHIP CENTER 9431 Ginger Lane, Seaford (2.4 mi. north of Wal-Mart on US 13) 628-4240 Recorded Info 628-4241 Church Office

Pastor Joseph Lecates - 875-2059 Adult Sunday School 9:30 am Worship 10:30 am & 6:30 pm Children’s Church 10:30 am Nursery 10:30 am & 6:30 pm Youth Meeting Sun. 7 pm Promise Keepers Tues. 7 pm Wed. Night Bible Study 7 pm “We’re not building a church, we’re building God’s Kingdom!”

Elizabeth McDowell, 92 Elizabeth Rosalie (Schiff) McDowell of Greenwood passed away Monday, Feb. 12, 2007, at Bayhealth Center, Milford. She was born November 30, 1914 in Wallaston, Isle of Wright County, Va., a daughter of William Albert & Lizzy Ida (Dearth) Elizabeth Schiff. McDowell Mrs. McDowell worked many years at various sewing factories in Sussex County and Maryland. She enjoyed needlepoint and counted crossstitch. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years Floyd Edward McDowell (1989), a son William F. McDowell (1970); her grandson Leon "Rusty" Rust and his wife Joanne (1989); and her brother Walter Schiff (1989). She is survived by three daughters, Virginia Thomson and her husband Willard, Jr., Catherine Marvil and her husband Everett, and Betty Mae Rust and her husband Leon, Jr., all of Greenwood; six grandchildren, Willard Thomson III of Smyrna, Ga., Deborah Ann Thomas of Central S.C,, Robert Marvil of Greenwood, Everett A. Marvil of Greenwood, Edward Dale Rust of Midlothian, Va., and

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


Christ Lutheran Church

SEAFORD PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH Sunday School 9 am Morning Worship 10 am

701 Bridgeville Road 629-9077

Corner of Shipley & Spruce Sts.

A Family Friendly Church Home for You Sunday Worship: 8:30 & 11 am Phone: 629-9755 Bible School for the Mentally Challenged Saturday at 10 am


Senior Pastor

Located halfway between Seaford & Bridgeville, turn off Rt. 13 East at Cannon Rd. light, 4th place on left.

Mark Landon 7046 Seashore Hwy. Bridgeville, DE 19933

1611 KJV, Independent, Fundamental, Soul Winning

SUNDAY WEDNESDAY 10:00 Sunday School 7:00 Prayer Service 11:00 Worship Service 6:00 Evening Worship Nursery Provided Rev. William Goslee - Ph. 349-0190


Church of God

Fax 302-337-8769

Worship Services: Seeker Service 8:30 am • Sunday School 9:30 Morning Worship 10:45 am • Wed. Night 7 pm

“Welcome Home!”

Wesley United Methodist Church 22025 Atlanta Road, Seaford, DE Pastor Ed Kuhling Contemporary Worship 9 am Sunday School & Bible Education 10 am Traditional Worship 11 am Wednesday Worship 6:45 pm 302-629-3029 * Info Line 302-628-0112

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

629-9443, Cell: 448-0852 • Sunday: Midweek Activities: Church School........9:45 am Call for Details Morning Worship......11 am Children’s Church & Youth Explosion ........6 pm Nursery Provided Evening Worship.........7 pm *Counseling by appt. only Tuesday: Thursday: Bible Study & Family Corporate Prayer.........7 pm ‘Come and Grow with Us!’ Training Hour ........... 7 pm



CHURCH BULLETINS Conference challenges women Independent Publisher Candy Abbott, owner of Fruitbearer Publishing, hosts her first Fruitbearer Women’s Conference on Saturday, March 24, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Georgetown Presbyterian Church, 203 North Bedford St., Georgetown. Abbott has planned a Spirit-filled day around the parable of the weeds (Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43) for women who yearn to bear “fruit that will last.” The content is designed to challenge women to identify weeds that hide in their spiritual gardens and spark renewal. “The focus of the conference is to nur-

ture growth and discernment in these last days. We’ll be encouraging the ladies to plant themselves in God’s Word and see what blooms.” Abbott’s book, Fruitbearer, What Can I Do for You, Lord? is in its third edition. Mrs. Abbott is an elder at Georgetown Presbyterian Church as well as an author, speaker, wife, mother and grandmother. She is the director of Delmarva Christian Writers’ Fellowship and is a respected voice in Christian publishing circles. Bishop Catherine Camper and Linda Hostelley will be featured speakers at the conference.

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ber of the Delmar Alumni Association. He was also a member of All Saints Episcopal Church in Delmar. Fiercely proud of the town of Delmar, Jack served on the Delmar School Board for many years. He loved beekeeping and sold honey to local farmer's markets and family and friends. He was a collector of Pennsylvania Railroad memorabilia. Other hobbies included traveling, gardening & growing vegetables and he always had a fondness for cats. In addition to his parents, a brother, Robert Whitley, preceded him in death. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Iona Marshall Whitley; a son, Alan Whitley and his wife Margaret of Delmar; and his beloved cat, "Sweetpea." A celebration of Mr. Whitley's life was on Saturday, Feb. 17, at Short Funeral Home, Delmar. The Rev. Custer Ruley officiated. Interment with military honors followed the service at St. Stephen's Cemetery in Delmar. Memorial contributions may be made in his memory to: Delmar Public Library, 101 N. Bi-State Blvd., Delmar, DE 19940; or to Delmar High School Booster Club, c/o Delmar School District, 200 N. 8th St., Delmar, DE 19940. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting

Shirley Lewis, 61 Shirley Ross Lewis, of Baltimore, Md., died Feb. 16, 2007 at Coastal Hospice by the Lake in Salisbury, Md. She was born in Baltimore, Md. A daughter of Robert and Illine Ross, who preceded her in death. Mrs. Lewis retired as a classified sales person for the Baltimore Sun. She is survived by sons: John Lewis and his wife Ilsa of Sharptown, Md., and Robert Lewis of Baltimore, Md. Daugther Melissa Ammon and husband Larry of Sharptown, Md. A sister Colleen Hardy of Ellicott City, Md. Grandchildren: Jonathan Lewis, Rachel Lewis, Matthew Lewis and Josie Ammon, Jacob Ammon and Caleb Ammon all of Sharptown. A visitation was held at The Palm Residence, Ellicott City, Md. on Feb. 19. A funeral service was on Tuesday, Feb. 20, at Valley Presbyterian Church, Lutherville, Md. Contributions may be made in her name to: John Hopkins Kimmel Cancer

Center Patient and Family Services, One Charles Center, 100 North Charles St., Suite 234, Baltimore, Md. 21201. Internment followed at Parkwood Cemetery in Baltimore, Md. Arrangements were in the care of the Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, 700 West St., Laurel, DE 19956.

Mildred M. Watson, 89 Mildred M. Watson of Seaford died on Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2007 at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital. Mrs. Watson was past president of Women's Missionary of Maryland. She was a Sunday school teacher, directed the choir, and played the organ and piano at the 1st Baptist Church in East New Market. She was always a very active "Pastor's wife" in all church functions. Mildred's husband, Pastor Wellington P. Watson died in 2002. She is survived by one son, Wayne Watson of Ocala, Fla., and two daughters, Elaine Watson and Diane Watson, both of Seaford. Also surviving are 4 grandchildren and 10 greatgrandchildren. Memorial Services were on Monday, Feb. 19, at Grace Baptist Church, 805 Atlanta Road, Seaford. The family suggest donations may be made to Gideon International, P O Box 140800, Nashville, TN 37214. Arrangements by the Cranston Funeral Home, Seaford.

Clinton L. Palmer, 50 Clinton L. Palmer of Seaford died on Thursday, Feb. 15, 2007 at his home. Born on May 10, 1957, he was the son of John Palmer Sr. and Ruby Irby Palmer, both of Seaford. He graduated Seaford High School class of 1974. He was a roofer working in the construction industry most of his life. Besides his parents, he is survived by a daughter, Frances Marie Gardner of Seaford; one sister, Carolyn McAllister of Monroe, Mich., and two brothers, John Palmer, Jr., of Toledo, Ohio, and Thackery Palmer of Seaford. A funeral service was on Tuesday, Feb. 20, at John Wesley Church, Seaford with Pastor Peggy Briggs officiating. Interment followed in Odd Fellows Cemetery in Seaford. Share memories with the family at

Bishop Camper pastors the United Deliverance Bible Center, Laurel, and is a visionary on divine assignment. She holds two doctoral degrees from Logos International Bible College in Jacksonville, Fla. and is a gifted teacher, anointed preacher and dynamic seminarian. She is the author of As God Would Have It, a Fruitbearer publication. Linda Hostelley is co-founder of Iron Sharpens Iron Ministries, Millsboro, an author and international speaker, teacher, and prophetic artist. She has led deep inner healing seminars and weekend retreats worldwide. Conference cost is $25 and includes lunch. To request a schedule or to register by phone or mail, contact: Karen Gritton, Gritton Productions, 5 Violet Dr., Lincoln, DE 19960; (302) 422-0907, To register online, visit

Calvary Baptist Spring Conference “Disciplines of a Beautiful Woman,” Ladies and Teen Girls Spring Conference will be on Saturday, March 31, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at Calvary Baptist Church, Georgetown. Speaker will be Juanita Purcell of the Villages, Fla., Women’s Conference Speaker and Author. There will also be a time of worship and praise, special reading, food and fellowship. Register by March 12. Cost is $7, which includes breakfast and lunch, on site. After March 12, the cost will be $15 per person. Call 856-3773.

Chapter of the Brotherhood Plans are going forward at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church for the formation of a Chapter of the Brotherhood of St. Andrew, an organization of the Episcopal Church founded in 1883. This chapter is open to all men in St. Luke’s parish and in the community and will offer the opportunity for men to gather together for prayer, study, service and fellowship. Call the church office at 629-7979 or Joe Coladonato at 629-3597.

Shiloh House Friend-Raiser Responding to the cries for hope from parents all across Delmarva, Shiloh House of Hope gears up to host its 2nd Annual Friend-Raiser. With several clients already in their non-residential program and parents participating in parenting classes, Shiloh waits for rezoning of property to build so that they can begin their residential program. At the event on Saturday, March 10 at the Sam Yoder Community Building in Greenwood, attendees will hear from former National House of Hope resident Jesse Cloud. She will share her story of hope, healing and restoration. The evening will be hosted by Joy! 102.5's Rodney Baylous with good food, musical talent and a silent auction. Tickets for the event are $50 per person. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Maria Peachey at 302-3379330, or email her at

The Answer is in the Bible Question: Why are there so many churches? A quick look at the Yellow Pages for our area revealed almost seven pages of church listings. These listings included churches representing nearly 40 different denominations. So obviously, the question asked is a very good one. In order to see what the Bible has to say about the subject, it would be good to recall the words of Jesus as He spoke to His apostles in Matthew 16. In verse 18, the Lord spoke of building “My church”. I chose to italicize the word “church” to highlight the fact that Jesus used the singular. In Acts chapter 2, we read of the day that the church of which Jesus spoke actually started. It was in the city of Jerusalem that 3,000 people, in response to the apostle Peter’s preaching of the gospel, were baptized into Christ (verse 41). In verse 47 of the same chapter, the Bible speaks of the Lord “adding to their number day by day those who were being saved”. This clearly speaks of one church being in existence then. In his letter to the church that met in the ancient city of Ephesus, the apostle Paul writes of “one body” (Ephesians 4:4). In light of what Paul wrote in chapter one, verses 22-23 of the same letter, we understand the body (of Christ) to be the church, His church. The church of which we read in the New Testament was legitimately divided only over geographical location, congregations of the same church meeting in different places within the same city or region. Over the years, unfortunately, man has corrupted this concept of “one church” into a scenario revealed by what can be found in the Yellow Pages of most any community. Churches divided not by geography or culture, but by differing creeds, doctrines, names, as well as conditions of membership is what we find as we even casually examine the religious life of any community. What is tragic is that in many cases, this division has come about in the name of convenience, a failure to get along with other Christians, or by man’s attempt to “improve” upon what God has already said in His Word. I am confident that if any group of Christians really wants to be known and identified by the name of Christ and nothing else, it is possible. Using the Bible, and only the Bible as our source, it is possible to reproduce the one church we read of in God’s Word in any community. If our desire, as children of God, is to attain to the unity for which Jesus prayed (John 17:20-21), then we will find a way to truly be one in Christ. If you have Bible questions, send to: Seaford Church of Christ 302-629-6206 or



Community Bulletin Board Events Texas Hold'em Tournament The Seaford Lions Club will host a Texas Hold'em tournament on Saturday, Feb. 24 at 7 p.m. at the Seaford Moose. Registration begins at 5:30 p.m. There is a $100 buy-in with 2 $25 re-buys available. Must be 21 years old to enter. All proceeds benefit the Seaford Lions Club with their community projects. For more information, call 629-4179 or 629-8685.

Homemade Easter Eggs Christ Lutheran Church is selling their Homemade Easter Eggs: Peanut Butter, Butter Cream, Coconut Cream, Feb. 28 through March 28. First ever and still the best on the shore, $3 each. Call 629-9755 or 629-9751.

‘Gold Fever’ musical The Woodbridge High School Performing Arts Department proudly presents "Gold Fever," a melodrama musical set in America's West during the gold rush years. Performance dates are March 2, 3, 9, 10, at 8 p.m. and March 11 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $5 per person, $3 for students with a valid ID. On March 10, the Woodbridge Music Boosters will be holding an all you can eat spaghetti dinner from 5-7 p.m. before the show. The cost is $6 for the dinner; $11 for dinner and the show. On March 11, the cast and crew will be holding a "Talk Back" session immediately following the production. You can purchase tickets at the door, by contacting Bob Lewis at 3378289, ext. 315, or from any WHS drama student.

Life of Lincoln talk On Monday, March 5, at 7 p.m., the Seaford Historical Society along with the Methodist Manor House will present Daniel Pritchett with "Abraham Lincoln in Words and Pictures." Pritchett uses photographs, political cartoons and the prose of Lincoln to portray the accomplishments and importance of the 16th President. With having taught American history for 34 years, Pritchett has an enormous collection of slides, pictures and letters of Lincoln. "The visuals help bring the presentation alive," said Pritchett. "He was a master politician who used language brilliantly to inspire the country," is how Pritchett describes Abraham Lincoln. The meeting will be held at the Manor House. It is made available by the Delaware Humanities Forum. It is open to the public. There is no charge. For more information call Mary Ellen Farquhar at 629-2336.

Miss Seaford pageant Applications are now being accepted for the Seaford Lioness annual Miss Seaford pageant. The Pageant will be held

BINGO The Ritual Team of Seaford Moose Lodge #1728 will host a Longaberger Basket Bingo on Monday, March 12, 7 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.) at the Seaford Moose Lodge, located at 22759 Bridgeville Highway, Seaford. This will be a community service project. Tickes $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Food and refreshments available. Call David or Travis Sirman, 875-3792 or Seaford Moose Lodge, 629-8408 for tickets or information. on March 23, at the Seaford High School. Candidates must be freshmen, sophomores or juniors but do not have to attend Seaford schools. Candidates must live in the Seaford area. For more information or to pick up an application contact Bonny Hastings at 841-4884, or stop by Cut n' Up Family Salon, 628-8150. Little Miss Seaford will be held on that date also. Applications for little miss can be picked up Feb. 23.

How to submit items Submit Bulletin Board items by Thursday at noon. Send to Morning Star Publications, PO Box 1000, Seaford, DE 19973, email morningstarpub or drop off at 628 West Stein Highway, Seaford. Items appear in both the Seaford and Laurel Stars. Mawr Hospital in Pennsylvania, a specialty Rehab Hospital. Gerald is fighting his second time with Leukemia. He has given so much to his community and it's time the community comes together and gives back. The benefit will be a dinner, auction and a dance at the Laurel Fire Department, March 3, starting at 5 p.m. The tickets are $10. Donations of items to be auctioned off at the benefit are welcome. To make a donation, or to buy tickets, call 875-7485.

Golden Dragons acrobats The Golden Dragons, the world's leading Chinese acrobatic troupe, will present an unforgettable acrobatic and theatrical performance on Sunday, April 29, at 2 p.m., in the theatre of the Arts & Science Center at Delaware Technical & Community College in Georgetown. Ticket prices for the performance are $22 for adults, $18 for students with ID

(must be presented at time of ticket purchase), and $10 for children 12 and younger. The theatre will open at 1 p.m. and it is open seating. Tickets are available for purchase Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; call 855-1617 to purchase by credit card or in person at Delaware Tech, Suite 109, Jason Technology Center.

Civil War and Beyond The Southern Delaware Choral Society, under the direction of John Ranney, is pleased to be the recipient of two grants from the Sussex County Council which will enable the society to provide a limited number of complimentary tickets to local veterans for its spring concerts. Entitled, The Civil War and Beyond: a musical tribute to those who have served at home and abroad, the concerts will be performed at Woodbridge High School in Bridgeville on Saturday, April 28, 7:30 p.m., and the Rehoboth Beach Convention Center on Sunday, April 29, 3 p.m. Joining the Choral Society will be the Chesapeake Brass Band, guitarist-composer Jeffrey Van of Minnesota, composerarranger Rosemary Galloway of Toronto, arranger Roo Brown of Lewes and bagpiper Henry DeWitt of Rehoboth. Tickets for the general public are $15 for adults and $10 for students and are

Two Chicks Barn Sale Local antique dealers host a special spring barn sale on Friday, March 23, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Saturday, March 24, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.; Sunday, March 25, noon-4 p.m., featuring primitive and shabby chic furniture, antiques, collectibles, house- wares, great garden goodies, Easter items, and much more. Discover a wonderful world of affordably priced and delightfully displayed treasures in a restored 1940s barn at 36225 Columbia Road, Delmar, DE. 19940. Call 302-846-3137

Mystery Dinner Theatre Mystery Dinner Theatre featuring The Mystery of Montley's Manor, on March 15 and 16, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Laurel Wesleyan Church, Laurel. Costs $20 per an adult and $10 for children, 8 to 18 years old, includes dinner and show. A $5 charge for babysitting for children 7 and under includes dinner. This is open to the public. Proceeds benefit Laurel Wesleyan Youth attending International Youth Convention. Call the church office at 875-5380.

Benefit for Gerald Brown and family On March 3, a benefit will be held at the Laurel Fire Department for Gerald Brown and family. Gerald is the oldest son of Wayne and Marlene Givens of Laurel. He is a past president and an active member of the Laurel Fire Department, a farmer and an active member in the community. Gerald has leukemia. He has spent more than the last four months in Johns Hopkins Hospital and is now in Bryn


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MORNING STAR ✳ FEBRUARY 22-28, 2007 available by calling 645-2013. Veterans may obtain their complimentary tickets by contacting Jack Emery at 934-6569.

Laurel High ‘Grease’ tickets The Laurel High School Performing Arts Department will be presenting the musical "Grease" on March 8, 9, and 10 in the L.H.S. Auditorium. Curtain time will be 7:30 p.m. all three nights. Advanced tickets are on sale now through the LHS box office. Ticket prices: Adults $5, students under 18 and senior citizens $3 with ID. Only 250 tickets will be available per night, so advanced sales are recommended. For more information call 875-6120, ext. 273, or email

Meetings Embroiders’ Guild meeting The Sussex Chapter of Embroiders’ Guild meets on the second Monday of the month, September through June at 10 a.m. at the CHEER Center in Georgetown. All levels of stitchers from beginner to advanced are welcome. Call 410-208-9386.

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

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

GOP Women's Club The February meeting of the Sussex County Republican Women's Club will be held on Feb. 28 at the Sussex Pines Country Club. The speaker for this month will be Donna Streletzky, vice president of operations at Beebe Hospital. She will discuss the plans for the new South Coast Health Campus that will be constructed on Rt. 26 in the Dagsboro/Millville area. The meeting will begin at 10:45 and a chicken salad platter lunch will be served at a cost of $13 a person. Visitors are welcome. For reservations call Nancy Gunn at 537-4355.

Geologist to speak at Ag breakfast John Talley, director of the Delaware Geological Survey and state geologist, is the featured speaker at the Friends of Ag Breakfast on March 16 at 7:15 a.m. in

Train & Toy Show Saturday, Feb. 24 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Seaford Vol. Fire Dept. Cannon Street, Seaford Admission $3 for adults; Children under 12 free with paying adult

GOLF Kiwanis Tournament Friday, June 8, is the date for the 21st annual golf tournament sponsored by the Seaford Kiwanis Foundation, which was created to provide college scholarships to worthy and aspiring high school seniors. Thanks to enthusiastic participants and willing sponsors 44 students have been helped so far. Most have graduated. Last year’s winners are students at the University of Delaware, York College and at the University of Virginia. Mark your calendar and help the Kiwanis Club help deserving youth.

Dover. Talley will discuss the occurrence and availability of ground-water resources in the coastal plain of Delaware and current and projected water demands for agricultural and non-agricultural water use. He will share his thoughts on potential conflicts that may arise from competing demands for water due to projected population growth during the next 25 years. The breakfast will be held at the Modern Maturity Center at 1121 Forrest Ave. in Dover. Cost is $15. To register, or for more information, call Alice Moore at 302-831-2504.

Ruritan host Ham/Turkey Shoot Ellendale Ruritan will hold their Ham/Turkey Shoot at the Ellendale VFW, Road 607 (1/2 mile south of Rt. 113 and 16 intersection), at 11:30 a.m. each month. This month it will be held Feb. 24 (rain date March 3). Refreshments will be available for sale. For possible cancellation call 422-2948.

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

Trips Sight & Sound Bus Trip Christ United Methodist Church has scheduled a trip to Sight & Sound to see "In the Beginning" on April 25. Cost is $85 (includes transportation, show, and dinner at Bird In Hand). Leaves Christ United Methodist Church at 7:30 a.m. Call 875-4233 or 875-3278.

Seaford WPS Branson trip The Seaford WPS is sponsoring a nineday trip to Branson, Mo., May 3-11. The cost is $1,041 per person and includes bus transportation, eight nights lodging, eight breakfasts, eight dinners, eight shows, the Titanic Exhibit, Patch Collection Museum,

Grants Farm and a guided tour of St. Louis including the Gateway Arch. All taxes, gratuities and luggage handling are also included. For more information contact Frances Horner at 629-4416.

Bus Trip to English Town, N.J. A Bus Trip to English Town, N.J., Saturday, April 7, at 5 a.m. from Bridgeville. From Hurlock, Md., 4 a.m. Price: adults $25; children 12 years and under $12.50. For more information call Miss Paris Twyman, 1-410-754-9135 or Mrs. Melva Hill, 302-628-1242. Money due no later than Saturday, March 24. No Refund.

Caroline AARP plans trip The Caroline County AARP 915 will take a trip to San Antonio, Texas, for 11 days beginning March 16. It will include a four-night stay in San Antonio with 18 meals, a guided tour, visits to the San Antonio River Walk District, The Alamo, the Institute of Texan Cultures, LBJ Ranch, the San Antonio Missions and the IMAX theatre, which will show "The Price of Freedom," and much more. For more information or to register, contact Peggy Perry at 1-410-822-2314 or pegperry@

Mt. Calvary Minneapolis trip Mt. Calvary United Methodist Church, Bridgeville, is sponsoring a trip to Mall of America in Minneapolis, Minn., from Aug. 11-18. Cost is $760 per person, double occupancy - $280 extra if only one person to a room. Cancellation insurance available

PAGE 25 upon request. Deposit: $200 non refundable due before March 5. Payment Plan April 5 - $150; May 5 - $150; June 5 $150; and July 5 - $110. Bus will be leaving from Mt. Calvary with other pickups which will be given at a later date. All checks should be made payable to Mt. Calvary UMC. Mail payments to Mary E. Jones, 16186 Progress School Road, Bridgeville, DE 19933. Price includes: Seven nights accommodations including seven deluxe continental breakfasts and six complete dinners including one dinner at the Jacob Henry Mansion in Joliet, Ill. A guided tour of Minneapolis; a tour of the state capital in St. Paul, Minn; a day of shopping at the Mall of America, etc. For more information, call Mary Jones, 337-7335. The Rev. Baron N. Hopkins, Sr. is the Pastor.

Overnight Trip to Atlantic City Wicomico County Recreation, Parks and Tourism's Happy Timers organization presents an overnight trip to the Tropicana Casino in Atlantic City, N.J. The event, which is open to the public, will take place March 22-23. The cost for the two-day trip is $105 based on double occupancy which includes motor coach transportation to and from the Wicomico Civic Center, one night of lodging, one meal, one free show ticket the night of arrival (if available) and two days of coin bonuses. Located on the boardwalk, the Tropicana is rated the best casino in Atlantic City and offers first

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Etc. Stay and Play Parents and children from birth to age four are invited to play together, listen to a story, learn new songs and finger plays, and network with other families. Free. Now thru-May 2007. Closed on school holidays. No registration required. Call Anna Scovel at 856-5239 for more information.Seaford Parks & Recreation (SDPR), 320 Virginia Ave., Seaford, Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m.-noon.

class shopping and dining. For details call Sharon Engster at 410-548-4900, ext. 118.

Pigeon Forge, Tenn. Pigeon Forge, Tenn. trip, June 18-22, $589 per person, which includes round-trip Motor Coach, four nights hotel accommodations, four breakfasts, four dinners and six shows including: Grand Illusion, Country Tonite Theatre, Comedy Barn Theatre, Blackwood Breakfast Variety Show, The Miracle Theatre, Black Bear Jamboree Dinner and Show. Dolly Parton's Dollywood, visiting Gatlinburg, Tenn., taxes, tips, and baggage handling. For more information call 875-2536.

Food Lenten fish dinners

Rabies Clinic schedule The Rabies clinics will be held at the SPCA, Rt. 113, Georgetown. All dogs must be on leash; all cats must be in carriers. Dates are: Friday, March 2, 10 a.m.-noon; Friday, March 23, 10 a.m.-noon. Rabies vaccination is $10; Canine distemper, $12; Feline Distemper, $10; Bordetella (kennel cough) $10. This is a no-exam vaccination clinic that will be held monthly. Call for more dates, 856-6361.

Acorn Club directory The Acorn Club is at work on the 2007-2008 Directory. In order for a correct address to be published, you must contact Verizon and advise them of your current 911 address for their listing, therefore, it will automatically be changed in our directory. If you would like to place a new ad in our directory, contact Anne Stewart, 6298868. Any other questions? Contact Teresa Blades, 6295229.

Fish dinners each Friday night from Feb. 23 until March 30 at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church hall. Dinner runs from 4:30 until 6:30 p.m. Adults $7 and children $3. Includes "heart smart" flounder (or fish sticks), macaroni and cheese, homemade cole slaw, greens beans, and a roll. Beverages for those eating in. Take-outs are available. Look for the sign in front of church. Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus.

Club on the fourth Sunday of each month, October through June, 7-10 a.m., at the Galestown, Md., Community Hall. This month it will be Feb. 25. Cost is $6 for adults, $4 children ages 6-12.

tickets. The winner of the drawing on Feb. 26 will receive half of the proceeds. Chances can be purchased at The Roadhouse the day of the event or by calling President Richard Lankford, Sr., 856-7951.

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All-you-can-eat breakfast, March 4, from 8 till 11 a.m., at the Blades Fire Hall, located at the corner of Cannon and Fifth streets in Blades. Cost is adults $7, children $3. Sponsored by the Auxiliary and Firemen of the Fire Company.

The Milford Community Unity barbecue chicken dinner will be held Saturday, March 31, at the Carlisle Fire Hall from 4 to 7 p.m. Tickets are $6 for adults and $3 for children 12 and under. A person from the Milford Community will be honored as a volunteer of the year. Local officials and celebrities will be serving the BBQ chicken dinner that includes potato salad and baked beans. Community clubs and organizations will have the opportunity to have a booth during the event. This event is made possible by Community Partners including Milford Parks and Recreation, and the Milford Moose Lodge. If you would like to nominate a volunteer or to have a booth call Gary Downes at 422-8863.

Bridgeville VFC Spring Dinner Bridgeville Volunteer Fire Company will hold its 18th Annual Spring Dinner, serving Roast Beef-n-Dumplings with all the trimmings, plus dessert, at the Bridgeville Fire Hall, Sunday, March 4, from noon to 5 p.m. Children under 12, $3; pre-school free; adults $9. A complete carry-out service will be in operation from the Engine Room, Containers and carry-out trays furnished. All Carry-outs available at $9 each.

Breakfast Cafe VFW 4961 Breakfast Cafe, open Monday-Friday, 8-10 a.m., Seaford VFW, Middleford Road, to benefit Veterans Relief Fund. All are welcome.

Covered Dish Supper

Kiwanis fundraiser

On Feb. 26, the Reliance Grange #58 will be having a Covered Dish Supper at the Gethsemane United Methodist Church at 6:30 p.m. Following the supper we will have as our speaker, Kelli Steele from the Department of Agriculture. All are welcome. Come and bring a friend.

The Georgetown Kiwanis, a community organization that has been serving Georgetown for over 70 years, will hold their latest fundraiser with The Roadhouse Steak Joint located at the Midway Shopping Center at 4572 Highway One, Rehoboth Beach. The Roadhouse will provide the Kiwanis Club with 10% of their income from all meals served on Monday, Feb. 26. No tickets will be sold. The Kiwanis are selling 50-50 chance

Sunday Breakfast Buffet Sunday breakfast buffet, All-You-CareTo-Eat, served by the Galestown Ruritan

Reunions Laurel Class of 1956 The Laurel High School Class of 1956 will hold a luncheon meeting, Friday, Feb. 23, 11:30 a.m. at Britts in Laurel. Plans will be made for the class reunion in May, and to determine the amount of scholarship to be awarded at the annual Alumni Banquet.

Laurel Class of 1997 Looking for addresses for the Class of 1997, who graduated from Laurel Sr. High School. Call or email with your information: Anissa Brittinghm at 875-0806, email; or Jessie Walls at 875-8720, email

AARP Driver Safety course Laurel Senior Center is sponsoring an AARP Driver Safety Program Refresher Course. The course will be offered on Wednesday, March 7, and starts at 9 a.m. The cost is $10. Call early to reserve your space. For reservations call 875-2536.

Pageant contestants sought Contestants ages newborn through adult are being sought for the America's Fairy Tale Pageant and the Miss Chesapeake International Pageant to be held Saturday, March 10, at the Laurel Fire Hall. No experience is necessary. Applications are available online at or by calling 875-7485.

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Mid-Winter Concert at Salisbury U Dr. Jeffrey Schoyen, conductor of the Salisbury Symphony Orchestra at Salisbury University (SSO), moves to the other side of the baton to join his fellow musicians in performance during the orchestra’s annual Mid-Winter Concert. As part of the concert, 8 p.m. Saturday, March 3, in Holloway Hall Auditorium, Schoyen, an accomplished cellist, performs as a soloist during J.C. Bach’s Sinfonia Concertante in A major for violin and cello. Schoyen’s wife, violinist Sachi Murasugi joins him as a soloist for the piece. Dr. Charles F. Smith Jr., director of the Salisbury Community Band, conducts. Schoyen honed his cello skills at the New England Conservatory of Music. He completed his M.F.A. at Carnegie Mellon University and earned his D.M.A. at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He also received a Frank Huntington Beebe Grant to study in London with William Pleeth and is a Tanglewood Gustav Golden Award recipient.


Sponsored by Bank of Delmarva, admission is $20 for adults, $15 for senior citizens and SU faculty and staff, and $5 for non-SU students. Children 12 and under and SU student ID holders are admitted free. For advance tickets visit the SU Bookstore Web site at (click “SU Box Office”).

The 35-piece Chesapeake Silver Cornet Brass Band, under the direction of Ed Hockersmith, will accompany the Southern Delaware Choral Society during its spring concerts to honor veterans - The Civil War and Beyond - a musical tribute to those who have served at home and abroad, at Woodbridge High School in Bridgeville on Saturday, April 28 at 7:30 p.m., and the Rehoboth Beach Convention Center on Sunday, April 29 at 3 p.m. Also appearing on the guest roster will be guitarist/composer Jeffrey Van of Minnesota, composer/arranger Rosemary Galloway of Toronto, arranger Roo Brown of Lewes and bagpiper Henry DeWitt of Rehoboth. “This concert will focus on choral and brass music evocative of the Civil War era and beyond and we are grateful to have such an incredible selection of guest talent,” said SDCS Executive Director Elizabeth Hochholzer of the choral society founded in 1985. Founded in 1996 and headquartered in Newark, The Chesapeake Silver Cornet Brass Band uses the instrumentation and style of the British/American brass bands. These style bands are a rarity in North America, especially in Delaware where the only such band was stationed at Fort Delaware in 1963, ac-

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cording to Hockersmith. “The unique band instrumentation and the broad appeal of the band’s music, from big band to light classical to marches to seasonal favorites, have been well received by audiences of all ages,” he said. Hockersmith is a well-known lower brass player, clinician, frequent guest conductor and graduate of the warrant Officer Advance Program U.S. Armed Forces School of Music. The band has released five professional recordings and its many appearances include formal arts concerts and outdoor summer festivals with audiences ranging from 300 to 20,000. In addition to performing, the band provides a narrative on the music to add personal interest, humor and educational value to performances. Tickets for the general public are $15 for adults and $10 for students and are available by calling 645-2013. There are a limited number of complimentary tickets for veterans who may obtain these tickets by contacting Jack Emery at 934-6569. In addition to the generous support of the Sussex County Council, the concert is underwritten in part by the Delaware Division of the Arts.

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D ELMARVA A UTO A LLEY No Shadow? That Sounds Fine To Me By Bonnie Nibblett Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow on Ground Hog Day predicting an early spring. Winter has been pretty mild with the exception of the last month? So, if Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow on Gobbler's Knob that Tuesday, we've in for an early spring. Which is just fine by all of us race fans. Daytona has been kicked off with all the series during Speedweeks and the official Daytona 500 all toasting to the 2007 racing season. Winternationals for dirt stock cars rather it be, Late Model, Modified, Sprint or Modified Lite and crate racing cars will soon be over as well. With March almost here, and a hopeful wish for a little bit warmer days to follow, just starts getting the Dirt fans in racing, just a little tingly for the action. You know that Need For Speed addiction that many suffer from in our parts. Racing will be here before we know it, and what a super year of events to look forward to at the Delaware Motorsports Complex. February is just about over, and if the weather cooperates, The U. S. 13 Dragway will have the first Test-N-Tune on Sunday, Feb. 25. If weather permitting, gates will open 11 a.m., and testing starts at noon. Check the tracks Hot Line 302846-3968 before leaving home. Or the tracks web site at The speedway plans to take off with the Test-N-Tune on, Saturday, April 7. Gates will open 5 p.m., and testing from 6-9 p.m. The season opener follows the following week with the regular show of Big Block Modified, Super Late Models, Modified Lites and both AC Delo TSS Modified and Late Models. This year, the touring 360 OTC World of Outlaws Late Model Series will be returning to DIS Speedway, Thursday, May 31. The series has a new sponsor of 360 OTC which is a pain reliever just getting ready to be on the market. The Outlaws will put on a great night of fast action; a jammed packed track of late models with superior close wheel to wheel racing and

2006 Rookie of the Year Matt Jester #62 Clear Farms Big Block Modified at Delaware International Speedway. Photo by Bonnie Nibblett

fender to fender virtuous racing show. You want to be there! The drivers for this year were just announced last week along with who will be in the chase for the title of Champion. Eight of the top eleven point's contenders will return this year to the series. Such great drivers returning this year were Shane Clanton, Chub Frank, Darrell Lanigan, Steve Francis, Rick Eckert, Josh Richards (RoY in 2005), Clint Smith and Eddie Carrier Jr. (RoY 2006). That's just a few of the regulars that will be in touring with many more drivers coming; the show could also have drivers John Blankenship, Scott Bloomquist, Brian Birkhofer, Anthony Rushing, Dale McDowell, Billy Decker, and Booper Bare just few of others drivers that may show up. An added bonus in the tour this year,


will allow four other drivers to contend for the championship bases on performance in the first five races. It's hard to say who all will show up to play in the clay. Defending 2006 Champion Tim McCreadie will be working with Richard Childress Racing and running a limited schedule; hopefully he will be able to show. WoOLMS PR Director, Kevin Kovac states the big thing about this year's 360 OTC WoO LMS show at Delaware International is the date: the Thursday night leading into Dover's NASCAR weekend. With so many NASCAR personalities now being involved as drivers or owners of Late Models (Bobby Labonte, Tony Stewart, Kenny Schrader, Kenny Wallace, Clint Bowyer, Richard Childress), there's no telling which one of them might show up to race or watch the night's action.

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Letters Otwell has community support Editor’s note: The following letter appeared recently in the News Journal newspaper. Writer Donna Reed sent it to The Star after comments about columnist Pat Murphy wrote about Bill Otwell. Regarding Bill Otwell’s school bus contract and being on the Laurel school board, Mr. Otwell was asked to run for the position that was opening. I believe the term used was, “Laurel needs some new blood on the school board.” Everyone from this school district, including the administration, the other board members and most importantly the voters, knew what Bill did for a living. He and his wife are, as many of us are in Sussex County, poultry farmers and school bus contractors. Bill and his wife Jan grew up in Laurel and graduated here. After Bill took an early retirement from DuPont to help out more with the farm, he was a substitute bus driver and later became a contractor when a route was available. Most people around Laurel know Bill because he has given so much of his time helping out in the schools, coaching sports and donating his bus for trips.

Bill abstains from voting on any issues that have to do with school bus issues. Furthermore, school bus contractors in the state of Delaware are not state employees. We are subcontractors paid according to a formula based on route mileage. Neither he, nor any other school board members, would have any influence over the state bus formula. Bus contractors only get paid according to their contract. We have no state benefits. No health insurance, no life insurance, no paid holidays or vacations. If our buses don’t run, we don’t get paid. To the state auditor, Thomas Wagner Jr.: That is pretty black-and-white. Maybe you should spend more time investigating your own house, because the people of Laurel spoke when they elected Bill Otwell. Donna Reed Laurel

Tony Windsor is a blessing Seaford is blessed with many talented people. Among the very best is Tony Windsor. Not only is he a prolific “homesy” writer, but his great Elvis renditions and country music, Christian, and patriotic

songs keep his audiences enthusiastically entertained. He has performed for the Acorn Club three times. We look forward to his return soon. Eleanor Hickey Music chairman Acorn Club Seaford

Fresh perspectives good for town We are candidates for the office of commissioner of Bridgeville. Therefore, we feel compelled to respond to Mr. Conaway’s Feb. 15 letter in the Seaford Star. As new residents of Bridgeville, we have been impressed by the welcome we have received from the citizens, merchants, municipal employees and town officials. At town meetings and public hearings we have been encouraged to volunteer our time and become involved in the town’s progress. We are answering that call. We embrace the concept that all Bridgeville residents have input into decisions that determine our future. As commissioners, we will commit our time, talent, experience and expertise to ensure that the needs and concerns of all our town res-

idents are carefully heard and fairly addressed. As elected officials that is our obligation. Bridgeville is changing, change put in motion by the current commissioners. As we recognize the contributions of our current commissioners, we also recognize the importance of fresh perspectives. We believe both combined best serve Bridgeville’s continued progress. We pledge to respect our town’s heritage while we shape our future together. We ask for your support. We live in Bridgeville, and we truly are home now. Mike Harrigan Kevin Fallon Bridgeville

Thanks for attending party We would like to thank everyone for attending our 50th wedding anniversary renewal and reception. We had a great time and were glad we could share it with all of you. We also would like to thank everyone for all of the great gifts we received. They were greatly appreciated. It is very gratifying to have such wonderful friends in a great community. Hoyet and Nellie Justice Laurel

Police House fire in Bridgeville The Delaware State Fire Marshal’s office investigated a house fire that occurred on Wednesday, Feb. 14, at approximately 2:11 p.m. on the 400 block of Walnut St. in Bridgeville. The Bridgeville Fire Department responded to the scene and was assisted by the Greenwood Fire Department. Upon arrival, firefighters encountered light smoke on the first floor and fire confined to the ceiling joist. The home, owned by Daniel Driscoll, was not occupied when the fire started. The homeowners returned home to find the fire and called 911. The home was equipped with working smoke detectors. Investigators with the Delaware State Fire Marshal’s office have determined that the fire originated in the ceiling above the furnace and was caused by an accidental furnace malfunction. Damages were estimated at $2,500.

Traffic stop nets other charges A routine traffic stop in east Seaford last week resulted in several charges, including possession of a firearm and possession of marijuana. According to police, on Feb. 13, at approximately 2:16 p.m., a Seaford Police Department officer saw a vehicle commit several traffic violations in the east Seaford area. The officer stopped the vehicle in the Douglass Street area. Theron M. Williams, 29, of Seaford, who was driving the car, was arrested on 11 traffic charges. According to police, the officer found 10.1 grams of marijuana and a .22-caliber revolver, both in the trunk of the vehicle.

Williams was charged with possession of firearm during commission of a felony; possession of a firearm by a person prohibited; carrying a concealed deadly weapon; possession of a weapon in a safe school zone; possession of marijuana within 1,000 feet of a school; possession of marijuana within 300 feet of a church; possession with intent to deliver marijuana; maintaining a vehicle for keeping controlled substances; possession of marijuana; possession of drug paraphernalia. He was taken to justice of the Peace Court #4 where he was released on a $23,650 unsecured bond pending arraignment at a later date. Therrill L. Riddick, 20, of Seaford, who was a passenger in the car, was charged with possession of marijuana. He was released on a summons pending a court appearance at a later date.

Fatal crash near Frankford The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit is investigating a singlevehicle fatal crash that occurred Thursday, Feb. 15, at approximately 7 p.m., on Sussex 380 west of U.S 113, near Frankford. According to police, a 2000 Ford Taurus operated by Michelle Austin, 27, of Delmar, was traveling west on Sussex 380 at an apparent unsafe speed. As the Taurus rounded a curve to the left, Austin lost control of it and the Taurus traveled off the north edge of the roadway. Austin then overcorrected to the left and the Taurus came back onto the roadway, crossed both lanes, and then exited the south edge of the roadway. The Taurus then struck a utility pole on its driver’s side door.

Austin, who was not wearing a seat belt, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Passenger killed in one-car crash On Sunday, Feb. 18, at 2:21 a.m., Delaware troopers responded to Delaware 54 just east of Sussex 417 in reference to a single vehicle fatal crash. A 2000 silver Lincoln LS, operated by Aaron K. Willey, 26, of Seaford, was traveling westbound on Delaware 54 when the lost control of the vehicle on a curve. The Lincoln traveled off of the north edge of the roadway and struck a tree on the driver’s side. Willey was transported to Peninsula Regional Medical Center, Salisbury, Md., with multiple internal and external injuries. He was admitted in stable condition. The right front seat passenger, Barry L. Kingsbury Jr., 27, of Bridgeville, was pronounced dead at the crash scene. Neither occupant in the vehicle was wearing a seat belt. Alcohol and speed are suspected factors in this crash. This investigation is ongoing and no charges have been filed yet. Witnesses to this crash are asked to call investigators at 645-8221.

Aggressive drivers cited In the first week of a statewide enforcement and awareness initiative to stop aggressive driving, Delaware law enforcement officers issued 80 citations to drivers for aggressive driving behaviors, and another 20 to unlicensed, unbelted and uninsured motorists. In 2006, aggressive driving behaviors were responsible for 52 percent of all fatal crashes in Delaware. The first phase of the campaign will oc-

cur in Feb. and March, and resume again in July. In all, six state and local police agencies will conduct additional aggressive driving patrols. A new element of this year’s campaign is the placement of roadway signs throughout the state encouraging motorists to call 911 to report aggressive drivers. For details, visit the Web site

Police investigating altercation Delaware State Police are investigating an altercation that took place Thursday, Feb. 15, after a basketball game at Sussex Central High School. At approximately 9 p.m., as the crowd was leaving the game, an apparent altercation took place outside the school, police said. During this altercation, people shouted that someone had a gun. This caused people who were outside to run back into the school. As people were coming back into the school, a 21-year-old woman, who is nine months pregnant, was knocked to the ground. The subjects who were apparently in the altercation then fled the area. The pregnant woman was transported to Beebe Medical Center and her condition is unknown at this time. There were four troopers, including a canine officer, working at the basketball game. When the altercation took place, a call went out for assistance and additional troopers as well as officers from Georgetown and Millsboro police departments responded to the scene. This incident remains under investigation by the School Resource Officer and additional details will be released when they become available.



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HELP WANTED The Seaford Swimming Association is accepting letter of interest for LIFE GUARD POSITIONS for the 2007 season. Anyone interested should send letter of interest which includes their life guard credentials or plans to acquire credentials to: Mr Steve Halter 323 N. Hall St. Seaford, DE 19973 Must be received by March 7, 2007. EOE

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INTERPRETER/TUTOR PARAPROFESSIONAL The Sussex Academy of Arts and Sciences is seeking an interpreter/tutor paraprofessional for the hearing impaired for middle school students (grades 6-8) starting the 2007-2008 school year. Qualifications include: • Registered member of Interpreters of the Deaf (National) and/or licensed as a teacher for the deaf. Applications are available at: or by contacting the school: Sussex Academy of Arts & Sciences 21777 Sussex Pines Road Georgetown, DE 19947 Phone: (302) 856-3636 Closing Date: March 23, 2007 The Sussex Academy of Arts & Sciences is an equal opportunity employer.

TOWN MANAGER POSITION The Town of Laurel, DE (population 3,800) located in southwest Sussex County, a culturally diverse community, is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Town Manager. Candidates should have five years of municipal managerial experience with a bachelor’s degree in business or public administration, but preferably a Master’s in public administration or associated field. This position oversees the operations of a growing community as its Chief Administrative Officer. The town is a full service community with 29 full time employees and four part time employees. Fifteen of the employees report to the police chief, who reports directly to the Town Council. The ideal candidate will possess the following traits and abilities: strong leadership, public speaking and interpersonal skills, knowledge of all phases of municipal government, staff development skills, municipal finance skills, grant writing and monitoring experience. The successful candidate will have demonstrated that he/she possesses a high level of ethics and integrity and an ability to tactfully interact with citizens, the Mayor and members of the Council and employees of the town. The successful candidate should be able to demonstrate an ability to work closely with the Mayor and Council; possess strong team building skills and continue to foster strong partnerships with the community and business organizations. The candidate must be a resident of Delaware, living within the Laurel School District, or be willing to relocate to the area described. Candidates must possess a valid driver’s license, a good driving record, and be bondable. The successful candidate will be subject to an extensive background check. Salary DOQ. The town also offers a competitive benefit package. Please send resumes to the Town of Laurel, Attn. Town Manager Position, 201 Mechanic Street, Laurel, Delaware 19956. Please include a Town of Laurel job application, which may be found online at Deadline is March 9, 2007. The Town of Laurel is an Equal Opportunity Employer.




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PUBLIC NOTICE On Thursday, March 8, 2007, at 4:00 p.m. local time or as soon as possible thereafter, the Board of Adjustment of Laurel will and sit in the Conference Room of the Mayor and Council of Laurel, 201 Mechanic Street, Laurel, Delaware, to publicly hear and determine the matter of granting a variance unto Centenary United Methodist Church, concerning property located at 200 Market Street, Sussex County tax map and Town of Laurel account number 4-32/8.06/117, for the purpose of installing an additional ground sign on the above reference parcel, which will not meet the Town of Laurel’s Zoning Ordinance Signage Section 8.2, signs in the T-C Town Center District. This property is located in a Town Center District (T-C). You are hereby notified to be present with you witnesses, other evidence, and counsel, if you have any, and to attend the determination of the Board of Adjustment. Such hearing may be adjourned from time to time without further written notice. Issued this 16th day of February 2007. Board of Adjustment The Town of Laurel 2/22/1tc

PUBLIC NOTICE On Thursday, March 8, 2007, at 4:30 p.m. local time or as soon as possible thereafter, the Board of Adjustment of Laurel will and sit in the Conference Room of the Mayor and Council of Laurel, 201 Mechanic Street, Laurel, Delaware, to publicly hear and determine the matter of granting a variance unto Prestige Homes, Inc., concerning a vacant lot located on West Sixth Street, Sussex County tax map and Town of Laurel account number 432/8.06/14, for the purpose of subdividing the parcel into two parcels on the above reference parcel, which will not meet the Town of Laurel’s Zoning Ordinance Single Family Residential Use District R-1, Section 5.1, Density Control Table. This property is located in a Single Family Residential Use District (R1). You are hereby notified to be present with you witnesses, other evidence, and counsel, if you have any, and to attend the determination of the Board of Adjustment. See LEGALS—page 34



LEGALS - from Page 33 Such hearing may be adjourned from time to time without further written notice. Issued this 16th day of February 2007. Board of Adjustment The Town of Laurel 2/22/1tc

PUBLIC NOTICE On Wednesday, March 14, 2007, at 7:00 p.m. local time or as soon as possible thereafter, the Planning Commission will be holding a public hearing in the Mayor and Council Chambers of the Laurel Town Office, 201 Mechanic Street, Laurel, Delaware, to publicly hear a preliminary site plan submission from Patrick Vanderslice concerning property located at Route 13 North and Discount Land Road, Sussex County tax map and Town of Laurel account number 2-32/12.00/63, 63.07, & 63.08, for the purpose of constructing commercial buildings on the above referenced parcels. This property is located in a C-B Commercial Business District. Planning Commission The Town of Laurel 2/22/1tc

NOTICE Estate of Pearl Chaffinch, Deceased. Notice is hereby given that Letters of Testamentary upon the estate of Pearl Chaffinch, who departed this life on the 9th day of January, A.D. 2007 late of Seaford, DE were duly granted unto Benjamin F. Chaffinch on the 2nd day of February, A.D. 2007, and all persons indebted to the said deceased are required to make payments to the said Executor without delay, and all persons having demands against the deceased are required to exhibit and present the same duly probated to the said Executor on or before the 9th day of September, A.D. 2007 or abide by the law in this behalf. Executor: Benjamin F. Chaffinch 313 N. Bradford St., Seaford, DE 19973 David L. Wilson Register of Wills 2/15/3tc

NOTICE Estate of Doris Y. McQuay, Deceased. Notice is hereby given that Letters of Testamentary upon the estate of Doris Y. McQuay, who de-

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parted this life on the 18th day of November, A.D. 2006 late of Laurel, DE were duly granted unto Patricia A. Menser on the 2nd day of February, A.D. 2007, and all persons indebted to the said deceased are required to make payments to the said Executrix without delay, and all persons having demands against the deceased are required to exhibit and present the same duly probated to the said Executrix on or before the 18th day of July, A.D. 2007 or abide by the law in this behalf. Executrix: Patricia A. Menser 1107 Walnut Street, Delmar, MD 21875 David L. Wilson Register of Wills 2/15/3tc

NOTICE Estate of Betty Louise Scaggs, Deceased. Notice is hereby given that Letters of Testamentary upon the estate of Betty Louise Scaggs, who departed this life on the 31st day of December, A.D. 2006 late of Laurel, DE were duly granted unto Robin D. Smith on the 5th day of February, A.D. 2007, and all persons indebted to

PUBLIC AUCTION VALUABLE REAL ESTATE SATURDAY, MARCH 10, 2007 - 1:00 p.m. Location: 509 North Cannon Street, Bridgeville, Delaware. Traveling on US 13 in Bridgeville, Delaware, turn West at Weller’s Utility Trailer onto North Main Street. Proceed 7/10 mile and turn right onto Church Street. Go 1/10 mile and turn left onto North Cannon Street. Proceed 1/10 mile to house on the left. Signs will be posted. This two bedroom home with livingroom, diningroom, kitchen, and full bath is situated on a lot approximately 60’ x 160’ containing 9600 square feet of land, more or less. The home has hardwood floors throughout and is equipped with electric baseboard heat, electric hot water heater, Maytag stacking washer/dryer, GE stove and GE refrigerator. The exterior is protected with vinyl siding and an updated asphalt shingle roof. There is a 6’ x 10’ detached storage building in the large fenced in back yard, and the property enjoys the convenience of town water and sewer. Sussex County Tax Map Parcel # 1-31 10.12 103.00 Call our office today for more information or to schedule your private showing. Real Estate Terms: Purchaser shall pay $5,000 down payment day of sale with cash or certified check made payable to Wilson’s Auction Sales, the balance to be paid within 45 days. Purchaser to pay all cost of examination, preparing and transferring the deed. Purchaser shall pay 3/4% and the seller shall pay 3/4% of the Delaware 1 1/2% State Realty Transfer Tax. Property also subject to a 1 1/2% Sussex County Realty Transfer Tax with 3/4% to be paid by the seller and 3/4% to be paid by the purchaser. Purchaser shall pay any and all other property transfer tax and fees. If the above terms are not complied with, the down payment shall be forfeited. Seller reserves the right to accept or reject any and all bids, but it is their intent to sell the property. This property is being sold “as is and where is” with no expressed or implied warranty. Announcements made day of sale take precedence over any printed material.


Hastings on the 5th day of February, A.D. 2007, 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 13th day of May, A.D. 2007 or abide by the law in this behalf. Administrator: David W. Hastings 16929 Laurel Rd., Laurel, DE 19956 Attorney: William Schab, Esq. Schab & Barnett P.O. Box 755 Georgetown, DE 19947 David L. Wilson Register of Wills 2/15/3tc

Estate of Oliver H. Hastings, Deceased. Notice is hereby given that Letters of Administration upon the estate of Oliver H. Hastings who departed this life on the 13th day of September, A.D. 2006 late of Delmar, DE were duly granted unto David W.

Estate of Wayne T. Littleton, Deceased. Notice is hereby given that Letters of Testamentary upon the estate of Wayne T. Littleton, who departed this life on the 1st

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 31st day of August, A.D. 2007 or abide by the law in this behalf. Executrix: Robin D. Smith 27781 Crittenden Court, Salisbury, MD 21801 Attorney: James A. Yori, Esq. Fuqua & Yori P.O. Box 250 Georgetown, DE 19947 David L. Wilson Register of Wills 2/15/3tc


day of January, A.D. 2007 late of Laurel, DE were duly granted unto Craig Littleton on the 26th day of January, A.D. 2007, and all persons indebted to the said deceased are required to make payments to the said Executor without delay, and all persons having demands against the deceased are required to exhibit and present the same duly probated to the said Executor on or before the 1st day of September, A.D. 2007 or abide by the law in this behalf. Executor: Craig Littleton 32930 Bi State Blvd., Laurel, DE 19956 Attorney: Stephen P. Ellis, Esq. Sergovic & Ellis P.O. Box 875 Georgetown, DE 19947 David L. Wilson Register of Wills 2/8/3tc See LEGALS—page 35

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PUBLIC AUCTION VALUABLE REAL ESTATE SATURDAY, MARCH 10, 2007 - 11:00 a.m. Location: 301 South Market Street, Blades, Delaware. Traveling on US 13 in Seaford, Delaware, turn West onto Concord Road (Rd. 20) towards Blades. Proceed 9/10 mile and turn left onto Market Street. Continue 1/10 mile to property on the right - On the corner of Market Street & Third Street. Signs will be posted. This two bedroom home with livingroom, kitchen, mud room and full bath is situated on a corner lot approximately 49.85’ x 126.58’ x 50’ x 127.38’, containing 6,338 square feet of land, more or less. The home has ceiling fans throughout and is equipped with 100 amp electric service, electric baseboard heat, brick fireplace in the livingroom, gas hot water heater, GE washer, Tappan gas range and Frigidaire refrigerator. Recent upgrades will include an updated kitchen, fresh interior & exterior paint, and new window trims. The entire property is fenced in and there is a detached 6’ x 8’ storage building in the spacious back yard. The property enjoys the convenience of town water and sewer. Sussex County Tax Map Parcel # 1-32-1.15-56.00 Call our office today for more information or to schedule your private showing. Real Estate Terms: Purchaser shall pay $5,000 down payment day of sale with cash or certified check made payable to Wilson’s Auction Sales, the balance to be paid within 45 days. Purchaser to pay all cost of examination, preparing and transferring the deed. Purchaser shall pay 3/4% and the seller shall pay 3/4% of the Delaware 1 1/2% State Realty Transfer Tax. Property also subject to a 1 1/2% Sussex County Realty Transfer Tax with 3/4% to be paid by the seller and 3/4% to be paid by the purchaser. Purchaser shall pay any and all other property transfer tax and fees. If the above terms are not complied with, the down payment shall be forfeited. Seller reserves the right to accept or reject any and all bids, but it is their intent to sell the property. This property is being sold “as is and where is” with no expressed or implied warranty. Announcements made day of sale take precedence over any printed material.

Auctioneer’s Note: Don’t miss this Public Auction of Real Estate in the town of Bridgeville. Visit our web site for a complete deed description.

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NOTICE Estate of Grace B. Wehrell, Deceased. Notice is hereby given that Letters of Testamentary upon the estate of Grace B. Wehrell, who departed this life on the 9th day of August, A.D. 2006 late of Delmar, DE were duly granted unto Edward C. Bierma on the 29th day

of January, A.D. 2007, and all persons indebted to the said deceased are required to make payments to the said Executor without delay, and all persons having demands against the deceased are required to exhibit and present the same duly probated to the said Executor on or before the 9th day of April, A.D. 2007 or abide by the law in

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this behalf. Executor: Edward C. Bierma 16 Farmington Court, Chevy Chase, MD 20815 David L. Wilson Register of Wills 2/8/3tc

NOTICE Estate of Harry Wright, Deceased.


2 Auctions by Marshall Auctions Estate Auction Today– 3 BR, 1 BA Estate home in Laurel, DE Marshall Auctions is honored to sell for the Estate of Mrs. Edith H. Irwin of Laurel, DE.

TODAY - Thursday February 22nd, at 5:18 PM – 10976 Delaware Ave., Laurel, DE

Nicely maintained 3 BR, 1 BA split level home on a large 1/3 Acre lot in Lakeside Manor

Large Public Multi-Estate Auction Selling from Several prominent local estates.

Friday Night, February 23 rd , 2006 at 5:00 PM Very Nice Selection of Early Antiques including 6 corner cupboards, Lancaster County Jelly Cupboard, many crocks, yellow ware bowls and more!! Held at the Marshall Auction Facility at 8000 Esham Rd., Parsonsburg, MD

Personal Property Preview: 2 hours prior to the Auction. Directions: At the intersection of Rt. 50 & Forest Grove Rd., in Parsonsburg, turn North onto Forest Grove Rd. and follow for 0.5 miles to Old Ocean City Rd. Right onto Old O. C. Rd. and follow for 1.2 miles to Esham Rd. Left onto Esham Rd. and follow for 1.2 miles to burgundy/tan building on left. Signs Posted. Glass/China/Collectables (5pm): Many stoneware crocks and mixing bowls including: J.M. Hickerson Struasburg, Va, D.T. Haynes & Co. Baltimore, L. Wiman & Sons, early yellow ware bowls, and many nesting bowls, oyster crock, red ware crock, over 1 dozen butter presses and molds, 2 Daisey butter churns, 12 Riddle Farm “Man of War”sketches, several nice oyster cans, oyster box, Lg. split oak gathering baskets, eastern shore baskets, early double globe vanity lamp, early spice set, 3 German weather gauges, sterling candle holders, candelabras, pr prism lamps, etched cruets, oil lamps, Scottie dog door stop, blue and white Yale pitcher, German and Japanese tea pots, Limoges Bridal Rose, Fostoria, pr ballerina lamps, Westclox mantle clock, Austrian plates, Meakin pitchers, 2 alabaster lamps, Rick Fish shore bird and decoy, Selbyville advertising ash tray, primitive federal shell mouse trap box, pr porcelain lamps, Griswold trivets, pot lifters, flat irons, horse haines, punch bowl and cups, 2 etched condiment sets, pheasant glass collection, misc. pink and green depression, full size mannequin, Bausch and Lomb microscope, early dolls, vintage kitchen ware, early document box, coffee grinders, milk bottles, Longaberger baskets, children’s dishes, eel, frog and fish gigs, fishing basket, oyster knives, clam bakes, inland net, horse bits, and much more!! Furniture (Approx. 7:30pm): Lg. Walnut corner cabinet, Tall oak corner cabinet, Lancaster County Jelly Cupboard, poplar jelly cupboard, Walnut salesman’s sample table, carved oak mirrored back buffet, Lg. oak empire style table, early flax wheels, Eastlake Style corner cabinet, Lg. Walnut carved armoire, pine corner hutch, gold upholstered burl front sofa, barrister bookcase, early marble top pine cupboard, pr empire game tables, walnut 1drawer over 2 door washstand w/ teardrop pulls, highly carved hall oak hall tree, several early work tables, 2 empire end stands, eastern shore blanket chest, early flour bin, 2 drawer stand w/ glass pulls, cherry breakfront, cherry drop leaf table and 4 chairs, marble top Victorian stand, several smoking stands, mahogany 2 drawer spool cabinet, marble top surrender table, Wurlitzer piano, 2 drawer over 2 door marble top washstand, gold upholstered carved back sofa, leather inlay ball in claw coffee table, poplar surrender table, carved settee, wicker baby carriage, dove tailed blanket chest, dove tailed tool chest, Sm. open face corner cupboard, poplar writing desk, drop center dresser w/ mirror, 3 pc decorative cement fire place, stained glass window, yarn winder, Lg. ornate oval mirror, needle point rug, walnut and iron bible stand, cracked paint decorative screen, Sm. oak hanging cabinet, kneeling bench, andirons, and more!! Box lots will be sold last: Milk glass vases, misc. amber glass, lesser china, flatware, flower planters, cups /saucers, and more! Terms Personal Property: Cash Or Approved Check Day of sale. Visa/MC/Amex/Discover. 8% Buyer Premium. 3% Discount for cash or check. Everything Sold “As Is” with no warranties of any kind. Auction conducted inside & outside our 9,000 Sq. Ft. facility. Two Auctioneers. Some seating provided. Food served by Millie’s. Personal Property Preview: 2 hours prior to the Auction.

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Notice is hereby given that Letters of Administration upon the estate of Harry D. Wright, who departed this life on the 19th day of January, A.D. 2007 late of Delmar, DE were duly granted unto Wanda L. Wright on the 30th day of January, A.D. 2007, 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 19th day of September, A.D. 2007 or abide by the law in this behalf. Administratrix: Wanda L. Wright 18690 Line Church Rd., Delmar, DE 19940 David L. Wilson Register of Wills 2/8/3tc

NOTICE Estate of Minnie T. Dulis, Deceased. Notice is hereby given that Letters of Administration WWA upon the estate of Minnie T. Dulis, who departed this life on the 18th day of December, A.D. 2002 late of Laurel, DE were duly granted unto Mary D. Gibbons on the 25th day of January, A.D. 2007, and all persons indebted to the said deceased are required to make payments to the said Administratrix WWA without delay, and all persons hav-

PAGE 35 ing demands against the deceased are required to exhibit and present the same duly probated to the said Administratrix WWA on or before the 18th day of August, A.D. 2003 or abide by the law in this behalf. Administratrix WWA: Mary D. Gibbons 38001 St. George Rd., Delmar, DE 19940 David L. Wilson Register of Wills 2/8/3tc

NOTICE OF BID The Town of Laurel is accepting sealed bids for two separate parcels of surplus property in the corporate town limits. Both parcels are approved as building lots and are described as follows: Lot 1 — Zoned R-1, located on West Sixth Street, between 421 and 425 West Sixth Street, tax map #432/8.06/16. The parcel has 122 feet +/- of frontage along Broadcreek. The minimum sealed bid price is $44,187.50. Lot 2 — Zoned R-2, located on Seventh Street, between 522 and 526 Seventh Street, tax map #432/8.06/228.03. The minimum sealed bid price is $45,187.50 Bid forms may be picked up at the Code Enforcement Office or Laurel Town Office, 201 Mechanic Street, Laurel, Delaware, Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Deadline for accepting sealed bids will be Wednes-

day, February 28, 2007, 5:00 p.m. Bids will be opened and made public at the Mayor and Council meeting, scheduled for Monday, March 5, 2007, beginning at 7:00 p.m. Settlement must occur within thirty days of acceptance of bid. 1/25, 2/8, 2/22

TOO LATE TO CLASSIFY: YARD SALE: Fri. & Sat., Oak Lane Dr., Laurel (behind old French’s). Misc. household, 2 BR suites, cherry cling, $600 ea. set. WANTED: Do you have books you’ve read that are filling up closet space? I’ll come pick them up from you. 875-3099.

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CITY OF SEAFORD Municipal Election – March 5, 2007 The City of Seaford Municipal Election will be held on Monday, March 5, 2007 in the City Council Chambers, City Hall, 414 High Street, between the hours of 7:00 a.m. E.S.T. and 8:00 p.m. E.S.T. One (1) Council Member will be elected for a (3) year term. All candidates must have filed by 500 p.m., E.S.T., February 16, 2007. Any candidate who withdraws his/her name must do so in writing. Any candidate who withdraws his/her name after 5:00 p.m., E.S.T., February 16, 2007 will still appear on the official ballot for election. Anyone eighteen (18) years of age or older who is a bona fide resident to be eligible to vote, must be registered at the Seaford City Hall by 5:00 p.m., E.S.T., February 16, 2007. A nonresident property owner to be eligible to vote must be owner of record for a period of six (6) months immediately preceding the date of the Annual Municipal Election (September 1, 2006) and shall have one vote provided he or she is registered on the “Books of Registered Voters” maintained at the City Hall. The City of Seaford has independent registration procedures for the Annual Municipal Election. To vote, you must meet the eligibility require ments and be registered on the “Books of Registered Voters” maintained at City Hall. A person shall be required to register only one time. You are urged to check your registration if you did not vote in the last municipal election. All voters will need to show proof of residency which may be a State of Delaware driver’s license, a federal or state tax return with address, a City of Seaford utility bill or real estate property tax bill, or other acceptable proof of residency or ownership. City of Seaford Dolores J. Slatcher City Manager



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People Moore and O’Neal are married Melissa Marie Moore was married to Dr. Benjamin R. O’Neal on Sunday, June 11, 2006 at 5 o’clock at the Wedding Pavilion in Walt Disney World, Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The bride is the daughter of Benjamin and Patricia Moore of Bridgeville. The groom is the son of Richard and Irene O’Neal of Laurel. The bride’s maternal grandmother is Mary Donovan of Bridgeville. The Rev. Jack Day presided over the ceremony, which also featured Jason Karnes, friend of the couple, who provided vocal and piano accompaniment. The bride, given in marriage by her father, wore an ivory Demetrios A-line gown. The fitted bodice featured a floral design embroidered with champagne threading and crystals. The gown finished with silk organza overlay and a chapel train. The bride’s veil was chapel length as well and was crowned with a tiara comb of crystals and pearls. The bride carried a bouquet of ivory miniature calla lilies, light blue delphinium, and lily-of-the valley hand tied with an ivory satin cuff and

finished with Mickey Mouse-shaped accents of light blue Swarovski crystals. The maid of honor was Mandi Weingard, friend of the bride, Smyrna. Bridesmaids were Shelley Ash, cousin of the bride, Lexington, Ky., and Lori Witzke, friend of the bride, Greenwood. The junior bridesmaid was Megan Howard, cousin of the bride, Seaford. The attendants all wore ice-blue chiffon floor-length gowns with crystal beading on the straps and across the empire waistline. They all carried smaller bouquets similar to the bride’s. The flower girl was Kyra Gill, friend of the couple, Port Orange, Fla. She carried an ivory rose wand wrapped in ivory satin and blue mist chiffon. Program and bubble attendants for the ceremony were Daniel and Aaron Howard, cousins of the bride, Seaford. The guest book attendant was Anna Kukulka, friend of the couple, Gainesville, Fla. The groom wore a black four-button notch-collar tuxedo with ivory vest and tie. Steve Ladendorf, friend of the couple, Gainesville, Fla., served as best man. The groomsmen were Randall Barber of

Feeneys celebrate 50th anniversary Mr. and Mrs. Douglas L. Feeney celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Jan. 18, 2007, at Chef Fred’s Chesapeake Steakhouse, Salisbury, Md., with numerous family members. The Feeneys were married on Jan. 18, 1957, in Centenary United Methodist Church, Laurel, by the Rev. David W. Baker Jr. Mrs. Bonnie Feeney is the daughter of the late John and Ila Wood of Greensboro, Md. Mr. Feeney is the son of the late Leo P. and Thelma Feeney of Salisbury, Md. Among the guests at the anniversary celebration were three of the original wedding party . Mrs. Feeney retired after 32 years with Wicomico County Board of Education. She taught elementary school at Fruitland

Newlyweds Melissa Marie and Dr. Benjamin R. O’Neal pose with Minnie and Mickey Mouse. The O’Neals were married at Walt Disney World.

Gainesville and Matt Willey, cousin of the bride, Seaford. The ringbearer was Jared Willey, cousin of he bride, Seaford. All male attendants wore black four-button notch-collar tuxedos with blue mosaic vests and black ties. The reception following the ceremony

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was held at Ariel’s Restaurant in Disney’s Beach Club resort. Following their honeymoon at the Walt Disney World resort, the couple now reside in Gainesville, where Mr. O’Neal is a clinical pharmacist at North Florida Regional Medical Center.




Mr. and Mrs. Douglas L. Feeney

Primary School in Fruitland, Md., and retired in July 1987. Mr. Feeney retired after 28 years at Suburban Propane, Fruitland, in February 1996. They are planning an anniversary trip in spring or summer 2007.

Reid participates in national pageant Moriah Reid, 7, of Laurel, Miss Delaware National Pre-Teen Petite in August 2006, recently participated in a national pageant competition in Orlando, Fla. She is the daughter of Warren and Michelle Reid. She is the granddaughter of Dave and Debbie Kiser and Bill and Andrea Reid, Mardella, Md., and the great-granddaughter of Kirk Banks of Laurel, Emily Kiser of Salisbury and Roy Rowan of Baltimore, Md.

Gonnie! Happy 50th Birthday 2/21/57



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Old church means a lot to people who used to go there Bethesda United Methodist Church is located seven or eight AT URPHY miles from Laurel just off Delaware 24 east. It sits seemingly Bethesda and churches abandoned now after being in use since being built in 1879. The conlike it meant an awful lot gregation itself actually goes back to 1816. The church really isn’t abanto generations of doned, though, as long as people like former trustee Joe Messick, his Americans. wife, Phyllis, and Joe’s brother, Alvin, have anything to do with it. the pride of the church was the softball They keep a constant watch on their former place of worship and finally are going teams,” said Joe, as he pointed across the road to the location of the old softball to see it preserved for future generations. field. A few of the players were Danny and The church sits on 1 and 1/4 acres of Ricky DeFelice, Bruce and Johnny Brastate land and the Trap Pond Nature Trail sure, Joe and many others over the years. ends right next to the old cemetery where Former Laurel resident Lonnie Hearn generations of Laurel families with names has put the church history on a video and like Timmons, Lecates, Gordy and MesLynn Parks, in her story, tells you much sick are buried. The church could have gone the way of many others as Joe, sever- about the character of the church itself. But I do know that Bethesda and churches al years before it was in the state’s hands, like it meant an awful lot to generations of found several wadded up newspapers and other hints that maybe there were plans by Americans. If you don’t think so, listen to Joe: “I was raised up in that church and someone to torch it. we plan to be buried here when our time The last service was held in 1971 and comes,” he said. Amen! Pastor Roland Tice was the minister. Pastor Roland had much to say about his first The Laurel Alumni Association will church in his charge in 1971. “People’s hold its annual general meeting on March lives were changed in that church,” he 13 at 7 p.m. at Laurel High School. All said. “They were excellent people... they alumni are asked to attend and support the provided my learning.” association. Roland had to preach at three churches The other annual alumni event has been every Sunday morning, at 9, 10 and 11 set for March 31. “Dog Day” will be a a.m. One of the churches was Bethesda and Roland said some Sunday nights there special reunion for all former Bulldog football teams. The Odd Fellows will prowere as few as eight people there. Said Roland, after a pause in the conversation on the phone, “I think they SEAFOOD STEAKS helped me more than I helped them.” So it PASTA PIZZA is that these old country churches tell the story of communities all over America and Bethesda Church in Pepperbox is no different. As we walked through the 128-year-old cemetery, Joe and Phyllis told me about each gravesite and did a little reminiscing OPEN 7 along the way. The Place For DAYS “I remember sleeping through one reGreat Prime 4 pm - ‘til vival service,” laughed Phyllis. She also Rib! Sundays open 1 pm remembers “going to church early in 1958 and coming out and there was three inches of snow on the ground.” “Revivals were always a happy time for the church,” she added. Joe Warrington supplied the lumber for the community hall that was torn down a S LEG few years ago. At its height, the communiB A P ty house served oyster dinners to close to WC R HRIM S SNO R 1,000 people. Extra help was brought in O and the dinners cost $1.50 each. Joe Warrington sold tickets sitting on the fender of SUNDAY his car. MONDAY Joe Messick said that the Methodist TUESDAY Youth Fellowship was a big part of the church and kept him interested in his formative years in the 1950s. And like all the country churches around here, “part of EARLY BIRD SPECIALS




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vide their famous oyster sandwiches and homemade ice cream for the event. Of course the alumni association will have its “Cow Pie Drop” again this year. There will also be a card and memorabilia show with perhaps 15 dealers. Skip Wright is in charge of this and Chuck Pugh is event chairman. For more information call 302-875-4851. The group of avid race fans that meets at Joe Massey’s in Seaford every Sunday during race season had a remarkable turnout Sunday. Fifty-five “Start Your Engines” enthusiasts gathered to root for their favorites and to enjoy some of the best food around. Joe, with his old garage atmosphere, has really created a fun place. He was worried about having his checkerboard floor waxed for the weekend, but when he got home his worries were over, as Frank Dean, one of the biggest supporters of the event, had it done for him. Unknown to Frank at the time, he was selected as the person to help make the event a success this past year. This is a great group of people who really enjoy their friendships and no, Paul Viehman was not the unfeatured speaker. I’m sure everyone has heard that Reagan Auctions of Seaford will hold a huge Civil War memorabilia sale at the State Fairgrounds in Harrington on March 17. Guns, uniforms, swords books, pictures — just everything Civil War for all the collectors. Scott is very excited about this one, one of his most exciting sales.

Morning Star Publications is publishing its annual Salute to Agriculture. In March thoughts turn to planting as the nation celebrates National Agriculture Week and the first day of spring.

Now that the annual Mayor’s Seed Spitting Contest has been done away with, who will be “The King of the Spitters?” Joe Conaway, who won it a few times for Bridgeville, or last year’s champion Mayor Mike Wyatt of Georgetown. Well, only the sands, or maybe seeds, of time can answer that one. One thing for sure, I am not asking Mr. Joe. No siree. I recently received a very interesting letter from Dick Evans, who now resides in Annapolis but was born and raised in Sharptown. The 1951 University of Delaware baseball team had a strong Sussex County representation. Joe Lank of Milford was the shortstop. Joe Higgins of Seaford, team captain, was the second baseman. Evans was at first and Jimmy Moneymaker, also of Seaford, played a lot of third base. Also Bob Brody of LaurelSharptown had been on the starting Delaware nine, two years before. This should be a good lesson for our present players. With enough desire, they too can play for some of the larger colleges. Dick Evans was also good friends with Carlton “Stretch” Elliott and was part of his send-off celebration to the Green Bay Packers training camp in 1951. Dick, thanks for the letter. I can tell that you have wonderful memories of that time. Well, I think I have stretched it out enough for this week so I’ll see you around folks. Great “talkin’ “ to ya!

A Salute TO T H E


T h at Fe e d U s .

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Fenske, Marvel plan to wed Wash. Both Joel and Michelle are graduates of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Michelle is attending the University of North Carolina at Charlotte to obtain her master’s degree in social work, and Joel is employed at RedBlue. The couple will be married at Providence Baptist Church in Charlotte, N.C. on July 7, 2007. They plan to reside in Charlotte.

Joel C. Marvel and Michele L. Fenske

The parents of Joel C. Marvel and Michele L. Fenske announce their engagement. Joel is the son of Ronald H. Marvel and Susan B. Messick of Seaford. Michelle is the daughter of Carol Fenske of Charlotte, N.C., and James L. Fenske of Vancouver,

Hill, Riddle to be married

Brandi Lynn Hill and Zachary Scott Riddle

Mr. and Mrs. Tracey and Angela Hill of Laurel announce the engagement of their daughter, Brandi Lynn Hill, to Zachary Scott Riddle. He is the son of James and Michelle Riddle of Millsboro. The bride-to-be is a 2005 graduate of Sussex Technical High School and is pursuing a nursing degree through Delaware Technical and Community College.

She is also a part-time teller at the Bank of Delmarva. The groom-to-be is a 2004 graduate of Laurel High School. He is employed by the town of Millsboro Public Works and is a lance corporal in the United States Marine Corps. The couple has not set a wedding date.

“YOU GOTTA DIE FROM SOMETHING. I could drown in a bathtub.”

Cheri Renee Newson and Jacob Allen Hochstedler

Hochstedler, Newson to wed Don and Kathy Newson of Dagsboro announce the engagement of their daughter, Cheri Renee Newson of Seaford, to Jacob Allen Hochstedler of Bridgeville, son of Kevin and Cathi Hochstedler of Bridgeville. The bride-to-be is a 2004 graduate of Epworth Christian School and will graduate in May from Delaware Technical & Community College with an associate degree in architectural engineering. She is employed at Axiom Engineering in Georgetown. Her fiancé is a 2004 graduate of Sussex Technical High School and will graduate in May from Delaware Technical & Community College with an associate degree in general business. He is employed at Invista in Seaford and H & M Bay in Federalsburg, Md. An October 2007 wedding is planned.

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Laurel Star Sports Collins sweeps through conference tournament Thomas, Parker, Kosiorowski also place in top four By Mike McClure Delmar’s senior Darren Collins, who went undefeated in dual meet competition during the regular season, stormed through the Henlopen Conference’s heavyweight division to win his first conference title last weekend at Sussex Central High School. Teammate Justin Thomas (189) placed second, Laurel’s Matt Parker (140) came in third, and Laurel’s Josh Kosiorowski (152) was fourth. Collins had a pin and a win by technical fall to advance to the first place match. After taking a 4-1 lead, he flipped CR’s Adrian Tucker over and pinned him at 1:22. Collins placed third in the conference’s heavyweight division last year and finished fourth and sixth in the 215 pound Laurel senior Tiffany Evans helps cut down the net in celebration of the team’s Henlopen South championship. Photo by Mike McClure

Bulldogs net win, cut down the nets as South champs By Mike McClure The Laurel varsity girls’ basketball team clinched the Henlopen South championship with a win over Woodbridge last Wednesday and celebrated the title by cutting down the net following a home win over Indian River on Thursday. The Bulldogs face Dover in the Henlopen Conference championship on Tuesday, February 20 (see page 46) prior to playing in the state tournament this Friday. On Thursday, Kenisha Wilson scored five first quarter points to help the Bulldogs to a 12-5 lead. Tomorrow Briddell netted eight of her 10 first half points in the second quarter to make it 23-12 at the half. Wilson and Twyla Hill each added five points in the half. Indian River moved within nine at 2920 in the third quarter before Hill hit a three on a pass from Tomorrow Briddell. Hill scored four more points in the quarter for a 38-24 Laurel lead at the end of the third quarter. In the fourth, Tykia Briddell hit a three-pointer to key an 18-0 run for the 58-31 Bulldog win. Tomorrow Briddell scored 22 points, Hill had 15 points, and Tykia Briddell added nine points for Laurel, which cut the net down following the victory. The Henlopen South championship is the program’s first in 11 years. “It feels good to win the Southern Division. We didn’t think we were going to be this good (at the beginning of the season),” said freshman guard Tomorrow Briddell. “We worked hard,” sophomore guard Tykia Briddell, Tomorrow’s sister, added. “I’m scared (going into the conference championship and state tournament) but

class in his first two years at Delmar. “It feels pretty good. Tonight is great for our school (two wrestlers in the finals),” Collins said. “I’m looking forward to the states. I’m just going to work even harder this week and push harder to win the state championship. “ Collins and the Wildcats won a number of dual meet matches against teams they hadn’t defeated for a long time. “It was an adventure. Polytech, we never thought we’d pull that one off,” said Collins. “Our wrestling coaches are awesome. They always tell me to stay one step in front of my opponent. I worked hard and my coaches pushed me to the Continued on page 42 F I R S T PLACED e l m a r heavyweight Darren Collins, right, is locked up with CR’s Adrian Tucker during his Henlopen Conference championship match last weekend. Collins recorded a pin in the first period to win his first conference championship. Photo by Mike McClure

Laurel’s Tomorrow Briddell goes in for a layup last Thursday in Laurel. Briddell had 22 points in the win over Indian River. Photo by Mike McClure

I’m looking forward to it. We need to work hard and go in with a positive attitude.” “It feels good. I have something to leave high school with, knowing we accomplished something,” said senior Twyla Hill. “It’s (conference championship) going to be a big game but we’re ready.” Hill and Tiffany Evans are the lone seniors on a young Bulldog team which is led by first year head coach Kevin Walmsley with help from assistant coaches Doug Brown and Heather O’Neal. “They were leaders for us,” Tomorrow Continued on page 43

1,000 POINT SCORER- Laurel High Athletic Director Jerry Mears presents 1983 Laurel grad Michael Dale with his 1,000 point ball last week at the school. Dale, a superintendent of commercial construction in Sudlersville, netted his 1,000th career point in a win over Seaford. “It’s amazing. I can’t believe it’s been 24 years. I’m honored and privileged for the school to have me back,” Dale said. “Being in the company of the great players from this school, it’s a nice reunion.” See story and more photos on page 43. Photo by Mike McClure



✳ FEBRUARY 22 - 28, 2007

Seaford’s Page Johnson clears the bar during the Henlopen Conference pole vault competition. Johnson placed first in the conference meet and sixth in the state meet. Photo by Mike McClure

Sussex Tech’s Darius Sivels clears the bar during the high jump competition at the Henlopen Conference meet last week. Sivels came in second in the event in the conference meet and was third in the state meet. Photo by Mike McClure

Local athletes place in top 10 in state indoor track and field meet The following local athletes placed in the top 10 in the state indoor track and field meet last weekend: Boys- 55 meter hurdles- 8. Eliezer Dorelus, Seaford, 8.56; 55 meter dash- 7. Darius Sivels, Sussex Tech, 6.76; 400- 10. Gernie Purnell, Seaford, 53.09; 4X400- 8. Woodbridge (Derek Nennstiehl, Reuss Idler, Aaron Morris, Daniel Daisey), 3:45.70; long jump- 7. Keyshawn Purnell, Seaford, 19’ 9 3/4”, 10. Sivels, Sussex Tech, 18’ 2”; triple jump- 8. K. Purnell, Seaford, 38’ 5”; high jump- 1. Derek Page, Seaford, 6’ 2”, 3. Sivels, Sussex Tech, 6’, 4. Tyrone Hickman, Sussex Tech, 5’ 10”; shotput- 6. Jared Whaley, Sussex Tech, 41’ 9”; Pole vault- 1. Brandon Krauss, Sussex Tech, 13’ 3”, 5. Tyler Chaney, Delmarva Christian, 10’ 6” Girls- 55 meter hurdles- 3. Heather Solomon, Woodbridge, 9.14, 7. Tiamia Black, Sussex Tech 9.77; 4X800 relay- 9. Sussex Tech (Nicole Mahoney, Ellen Rowe, Danae Evans, Dee Carillo), 10:42.9; 1,600- 10. Mahoney, 5:47.12; 800- 9. Rowe, Sussex Tech, 2:32.78; pole vault- 6. Page Johnson, Seaford, 7’ 6”, 7. Alyssa Casey, Seaford, 7’ 6”

Laurel Youth Sports coaches to play LHS varsity boys’ team The Laurel Youth Sports basketball coaches will play against the Laurel High varsity boys’ basketball team in a game this Saturday at 3 p.m. in the Laurel Middle School gym. Several of the varsity players played in the Laurel Youth Sports league.


Laurel Stars of the Week

✳ FEBRUARY 22 - 28, 2007 Scott Hall and Risper scored five points apiece. Woodbridge senior Terrance Nock opened the fourth quarter with a basket on a feed from fellow senior McArthur Risper, but the Bulldogs answered with a 7-0 surge to make the score 57-48 as Hall netted five points and Cody Bristow added a basket on a long pass from Passwaters following a defensive rebound. Deaven Horne and Risper each scored four points to extend the Raiders’ lead to 19 (67-48). Woodbridge went on to win, 70-55, as

PAGE 41 Risper scored 24 points and had five assists and four steals; Whidbee tallied 22 points, six rebounds, and four assists; and Jorge Young added 10 points, six rebounds and three blocks. Hall had 14 points and Passwaters contributed 14 points, 10 rebounds, and four assists for Laurel. Albert also scored eight points and Lance Kelley had eight points and six assists. On Friday, Indian River defeated Laurel, 71-48. Passwaters led the Bulldogs with 14 points and Bristow added 10 points.

Delmar High boys’ basketball team falls to Woodbridge Delmar senior Barry Bratten scored 15 points in his team’s 71-48 loss to Woodbridge last Friday. D.J. White netted 10 points for the Wildcats in the loss. L A U R E L Y O U T H SPORTS-

Male Athlete of the WeekDarren Collins- Delmar

Female Athlete of the WeekTykia Briddell- Laurel

AYN’s Jah’lir Henry looks to get past Justin Taylor of Matthews Concrete during a Laurel Youth Sports basketball game last Saturday.

Laurel sophomore Tykia Briddell has Delmar senior Darren Collins entered been an unsung hero for the Henlopen the Henlopen Conference meet with an South champion Laurel girls’ basketball unbeaten record in dual meets. Although team this season. Briddell, who netted he somehow did not receive the nod for nine points in her team’s win over Indioutstanding wrestler of the tournament, an River last Thursday in the regular Collins breezed through the heavyseason home finale, has proven to be a weight division with two pins and a win solid defender for the Bulldogs. by technical fall. Honorable mention- Justin Thomas- Delmar; Matt Parker- Laurel; Josh Kosiorowski-Laurel; Marco Hernandez- Laurel; Aaron Givens- Laurel; Alan PrestonDelmar; Antwon Trimball- Laurel; Scott Hall- Laurel; Trent Passwaters- Laurel; Barry Bratten- Delmar; Brandon Krauss- Sussex Tech; Darius Sivels- Sussex Tech; Jared Whaley- Sussex Tech; Tyler Chaney- Delmarva Christian; Kyle Kunzler- Sussex Tech; Chris Rickards- Sussex Tech; Alex Thomas- Sussex Tech; Wendell Cannon- Sussex Tech; Jamar Beckett- Sussex Tech; Tomorrow Briddell- Laurel; Twyla Hill- Laurel; Katie McMahon- Delmar; Brooke Evans- Delmar; Shannon WilsonDelmar; Kenisha Wilson- Laurel; Ellen Rowe- Sussex Tech; Nicole Mahoney- Sussex Tech; Tiamia Black- Sussex Tech; Brittany Griffin- Sussex Tech


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Laurel boys’ basketball loses to Woodbridge, IR By Mike McClure The Laurel varsity boys’ basketball team closed the season with losses to Woodbridge and Indian River last week. On Wednesday, Woodbridge broke up a 6-6 tie with a 13-3 run to end the first quarter. McArthur Risper scored seven of his nine first quarter points during the run while Vashad Whidbee added six points. Laurel closed the half with a 6-2 run to make it 39-25 at the half as David Albert had two points, two assists and a steal. Albert had six points and Trent Passwaters added five first half points. Whidbee netted 15 and Risper scored 12 points for the Raiders. Whidbee’s dunk early in the third quarter upped the Raiders’ lead to 45-30. The Bulldogs came back with a 7-0 run to cut Woodbridge’s lead to single digits (45-37) with 3:32 left. Whidbee and Risper each hit a threepointer as the Raiders took a 55-39 advantage into the final quarter. Passwaters and Whidbee each tallied seven third quarter points while Laurel’s

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✳ FEBRUARY 22 - 28, 2007

Delmar Sports Scene By Tommy Young

Laurel’s Matt Parker, bottom, looks to roll Cape’s Derek Gay over during the 140 pound third place match last Saturday in the Henlopen Conference tournament. Parker earned his fifth pin of the tourney to finish third. Photo by Mike McClure

Wrestling continued limit. My coaches think I’m in good shape. I can wrestle a full six minutes and that’s what it takes to be a champion.” Collins, who enters the state tournament ranked first in his weight class, will attend Newberry College (SC) following graduation from Delmar. Collins heard about the college through one of his Team Delaware coaches who knew a wrestler who was going there. The Newberry College wrestling program is ranked in the top 20 in the nation and offers Collins a chance to start as a freshman. Fellow Wildcat Justin Thomas advanced to the finals in the 189 pound weight class with a pair of pins and a 103 win over Cape’s Casey Fagan. Thomas trailed Sussex Tech’s Alex Thomas, 1-0 after two periods in the championship match. Justin tied the score at 2-2, Alex went ahead, 3-2, Justin took a 4-3 lead with 19 seconds left, and Alex secured the 5-4 win in the final 10 seconds of the match. Laurel’s Matt Parker (140) pinned Cape Henlopen’s Derek Gay (3:08) in the third place match. It was Parker’s fifth pin in six Henlopen Conference matches. Teammate Josh Kosiorowski (152) defeated Delmar’s Alan Preston, 3-2, in the consolation semifinals to advance to the third place match. Kosiorowski lost to Smyrna’s Ryan Agan, 12-8, and finished fourth. Laurel’s Marco Hernandez (112) fell to Lake Forest’s Jeremy Erickson, 10-3, while teammate Aaron Givens (130) earned an 8-5 victory over Cape’s Trevor Ricker in a pair of fifth place matches. Preston was also edged by Seaford’s

Laurel’s Josh Kosiorowski, left, goes head to head with Smyrna’s Ryan Agan in the 171 pound third place match. Kosiorowski lost the match and finished fourth in the conference. Photo by Mike McClure

Trevor Polk and Laurel’s Antwon Trimball (171) lost to Seaford Mike Wright, 86, in two more fifth place matches. The top six finishers in each weight class will advance to this weekend’s state tournament. Laurel’s Brett Shockley (125) defeated Milford’s Edgar Ramirez and Delmar’s Joe Pete (160) came back from a 1-0 overtime loss to Lake Forest’s Nick Smith in the consolation quarterfinals to defeat Seaford’s Yvens St. Phard. Both wrestlers placed seventh in their weight class with the wins and will serve as alternates in the state tournament. Delmar’s Dillon Wien (119) and Taylor Ballard (145) and Laurel’s Tony Rubino (189) each placed eighth after losses in their seventh place matches. LOOKING TO PASSDelmar ’s Brooke Evans looks to pass to a teammate during last week’s game against Woodbridge. Evans had 10 points in the loss to the Raiders. Photo by Mike McClure

With the winter sports season winding down, there was plenty of action for the Wildcats’ teams this past week. Just when you think the girls’ basketball team had found the secret of winning after picking up a couple of wins, last week they dropped their final two games of the season. On Wednesday evening they dropped a 39-33 decision to Seaford and lost their Friday night contest to Woodbridge 53-40. In both games, Katie McMahon led all scorers with a total of 26 points. With all the players we have coming back next year, the outlook looks a lot brighter. Meanwhile, the boys had a little better going 1 and 1 as they defeated Seaford but dropped a 74-48 decision to Woodbridge Friday evening after leading at halftime. Barry Bratten continued, just as he has all year, to lead the offense with 15 points in the Woodbridge game and 19 points in the Seaford win. And now for the results of the Henlopen Conference team wrestling championship that was held over at Sussex Central this past weekend. The Delmar team finished ninth beating out Dover, Seaford, and Woodbridge, but as expected Caesar Rodney finished first followed by Sussex Central and Smyrna. Delmar did get one champion Darren Collins, as he pinned his man in one minute and 22 seconds of the first period, and we came within 10 seconds of having another champion as Justin Thomas was leading his opponent by one point with 10 seconds to go, and he got up too high on his man and lost the match 5-4 on a last second reversal. The only other person who will be representing the Wildcats Friday night is Alan Preston, who lost a tough 8-6 decision in his final match but finished 6th which qualifies him for the tournament. However, the tournament did end on a sour note for the Wildcats as Joe Pete, who has come along way this season, had a chance to go to the states if he had won his match Saturday, but in a very tight match, he lost one point for a body slam of his opponent and lost the match by one point. It’s a shame because I think it would have been a good experience for him. ASSISTS AND ERRORS- The reason I missed the wrestling tournament last weekend was because I was attending the funeral of one of my very good friends, Jack Whitley, who passed away earlier in the week. Jack and I didn’t even know each other although we lived in the same small town of Delmar until I transferred from Delmar, Md High School to Delmar, Del High School the first week of my senior year. I really did not want to make this move because I would be leaving behind all my friends whom I had gone all the way through school with. But when I was threatened with not being able to play soccer, I was gone. There were only 16 seniors in the Delaware school that year, and I made it 17. It didn’t take long to become acquainted. I already knew about half of them, but I only knew Jack through watching him play basketball. He and Bobby Hayman

were the only two boys in the class on the football squad, so I got to know him very quickly because a couple of the players didn’t take too kindly to a strange boy nailing down one of the starting positions and let me know it. But between Coach Mitchell and Jack, who was the captain of the team, they soon straightened thing out. As the season went on, I got to know and respect Jack even more as he was quiet and easy going, but when he spoke, everyone listened. Then, after a pretty good season, 7-3, with only losses to Wi Hi, Georgetown, and William Penn, it was basketball season. I had never played it as a team sport, and he even helped me win a spot on the starting team by going out to school every day during the Christmas holiday and practicing with several of the other boys. We only won about half of the games, but that was about par for Delmar basketball. Then came baseball season, and Jack had never played baseball but agreed to become the team manager, and I think he fell in love with the sport because in later years he became an ardent Orioles fan and seemed to really enjoy the game. After graduation, the class sort of scattered, and most of the boys got jobs and were waiting to go in the service as we were in the middle of World War II, but the draft age was 21, and most of us were too young. However, the draft age was dropped to 18 the following year, and that was when Jack, who had been working on the railroad, enlisted in the Navy, and I didn’t’ see much of him even after the war ended and he had gone back to work on the railroad. Then about 30 years ago we found ourselves living about two miles apart northeast of Delmar, and we found ourselves following the Wildcat teams to most of their games, and after we retired, we even visited relatives in Florida most of the time for two or three weeks in February. This went on until his health began to fail, and it got so he could not drive or got to see only a few Wildcat games. However, one day a week I would take Jack to the drugstore or bank or wherever he had to go, and then we would go eat breakfast. This went on for about a year, and this, along with a lot of help and care from Alan and Peggy and the health care workers, they made out pretty good. But then their health seemed to get worse, and they were moved to an assisted living home in Pocomoke City. And he did not last long down there. About 10 days ago he was rushed to PRMC and passed away a couple of days later. At the funeral, Norris Melvin whom he used to work with on the railroad spoke of how much he was liked and respected by his fellow workers; Jack’s great nephew could not even get through his thoughts on how much he and his family thought of Jack. I stumbled through what he had meant to me and the rest of Delmar as he had helped make it a better place when he left it than it was in when he arrived. Delmar has had a few people whom I call “Delmar Patriots” and Jack Whitley ranks right up there with the best of them.

Delmar girls’ basketball team falls to Woodbridge, 53-40 The Delmar varsity girls’ basketball team lost to Woodbridge, 53-40, in the season finale last Friday in Delmar. The Wildcats trailed, 28-21, at the half and held a 13-11 edge in the third quarter before the Raiders outscored them, 14-6, in the final quarter. Katie McMahon scored 14 points, Brooke Evans had 10 points, and Melanie Twilley and Shannon Wilson each had eight points for Delmar

Laurel girls continued Briddell said of the team’s seniors. “They showed us what we were supposed to do,� added Wilson.

MORNING STAR âœł FEBRUARY 22 - 28, 2007 On Wednesday, Laurel topped Woodbridge, 51-29, to clinch the championship. Tomorrow Briddell scored 19 points and Wilson added 18 points.


Titus Mims, A 2000 LHS grad is shown with his 1,000 point ball last week prior to a Black History Month presentation at the school. Mims works at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital and Seaford House and plays ball with many of the students in the summer. Nakia Kellam, a 1994 Laurel graduate is a manager in training in Baltimore. Kellam joined fellow 1,000 point scorers Titus Mims and Michael Dale at the school for a Black History Month celebration. Trey Elzey, Hykeem Williams, and Carlos Mitchell were not present. Photos by Mike McClure

1,000 point scorers return to Laurel High for Black History Month Bulldog senior Twyla Hill goes in for a layup as teammates Kenisha Wilson, Tykia Briddell, Mariah Dickerson, and Tomorrow Briddell are shown in the background (l to r) during Laurel’s win last Thursday. Photo by Mike McClure

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Three of Laurel High’s six 1,000 point scorers returned to the school to speak to students as part of Black History Month festivities last week. Laurel grads Michael Dale, Nakia Kellam, and Titus Mims signed autographs and gave advice to students during a lunchtime presentation. “The most important thing is to get your education. Your education will get you wherever you want to go in life. And put God first,� said Dale, who became the first Laurel player to score 1,000 career points. “Be the best at what you do. Don’t be afraid to be a leader, don’t be a follower,� Mims said. “Don’t be afraid to step out of your box and explore,� said Kellam, the only female player to net 1,000 points. “Perseverance is key. Don’t be afraid to fly.�


DELMAR YOUTH HOOPS- Savannah Neubert of Old Mill dribbles the ball during a Delmar Youth Sports 10 and over girls’ basketball game last weekend. Photo by Mike McClure



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Raven Roundup- Sussex Tech boys win one of two By Mike McClure

Sussex Tech’s Chris Rickards, top, placed third in the heavyweight division during the Henlopen Conference tournament last weekend. Photo by Mike McClure

Raven wrestlers advance to finals of Conference tourney By Mike McClure Sussex Tech’s Alex Thomas of Seaford advanced to the Henlopen Conference championship in the 189 pound weight class with a pair of pins. Thomas, who entered the first place match with a 32-7 record with 19 pins, edged Delmar’s Justin Thomas, 5-4, to place first in his weight class during the Henlopen Conference tournament last weekend. “It feels pretty good. I’ve just been training for this since the end of last year,” said Thomas. “I just went out there and I was really, really tight in the first period. I loosened up in the middle of the second period.” Alex led, 1-0 after two periods before Justin tied the score at 2-2. Alex went ahead, 3-2, Justin took a 4-3 lead with 19 seconds left, and Alex secured the 5-4 victory with nine seconds left in the match. Thomas, who has been wrestling since he was six years old, entered the season looking to win the conference championship and place high in the states. He enters this weekend’s state tournament as one of the top seeds in the 189 pound weight class.

Sussex Tech’s Kyle Kunzler is shown during the Henlopen Conference tournament’s 125 pound third place match. Kunzler lost the match and finished fourth in the conference in his weight class. Photo by Mike McClure

The Sussex Tech boys’ basketball team fell to Cape Henlopen last Tuesday before topping Lake Forest on Friday. The Ravens held a 10-9 edge over the Vikings in the first quarter but Cape went on to take a 42-31 lead at the half. Cape Henlopen went on to win, 74-63, despite a 26-18 Raven advantage in the final quarter. Jacob Mitchell led Sussex Tech with 16 points, Andrew Townsend added 11, and Corey Wyatt and Korey Belle netted 10 points apiece. On Friday, the Ravens led, 45-37, at the half and went on to outscore the Spartans, 45-19, in the second half for the 90-56 win. Wyatt led the way with 20 points, Belle scored 16 points, Jeffone Hill tallied 14 points, and Townsend added 10. Girls lose to Cape, beat Lake- The girls’ team was edged by Cape Henlopen, 55-48, last Tuesday despite holding a 14-11 lead at the end of the first quarter. Brittany Griffin scored 18 points, Leigh Powell had 10 points, Paige Morris added eight, and Bethany Callaway chipped in with seven points for the Ravens. Griffin netted 25 points, Callaway scored 13 points, and Powell added 12 in a 62-38 win over Lake Forest on Friday. The Ravens led, 28-15, at the half and added a 17-6 advantage in the third quarter. Boys’, girls’ winter track teams place fourth in conference- The Sussex Tech boys’ and girls’ winter track teams each placed fourth in the first Henlopen Conference indoor track and field meet last Wednesday in Snow Hill. Darius Sivels placed first in the 55 meters (6.4) and long jump (20’ 11”) and came in second in the high jump (6’). Brandon Krauss won the pole vault competition (13’) and Jared Whaley placed first in the shot put (40’ 11”). Tyrone Hickman also finished third in the 55 meters (6.7) and the high jump (5’ 10”). For the girls, Tiamia Black placed second in the triple jump (29’ 11 1/2”), fourth in the hurdles, and sixth in the long jump (13’ 6 3/4 “). Black, Shanay Snead, Denae White, and Casey Galon combined to finish third in the 800 meter relay (1:56) with Snead coming in fifth in the 55 meter run. The 3,200 meter relay team of Nicole Mahoney, Dee Carillo, Denae Evans, and Ellen Rowe placed second with a time of 11:02. Mahoney also came in second in the 1,600 meter run (5:39), Rowe was fourth in the 800 meter run, and Shana Wells placed third in the high jump (4’ 6”).

Sussex Tech’s Jamar Beckett placed second in 215 pound weight class at the Henlopen Conference tournament last weekend. Photo by Mike McClure

Thomas was joined by teammates Wendell Cannon, Jr. and Jamar Beckett in the finals. Chris Rickards and Kyle Kunzler also advanced to the third place matches in their weight classes. “Our practice room really stepped up this year,” Thomas said. Cannon (112) had a pin and a 13-7 win over Polytech’s Josh Hall to advance to finals. He fell to Sussex Central’s Scott Lawrence (a transfer from Laurel), 11-6, in the first place match. Lawrence defeated CR’s Chris Keech, 8-6, to advance to the finals. Beckett (215) picked up a 3-2 win over Milford’s Chris Drummond in the semifinals to advance to the first place match. He was pinned by IR’s Perry Townsend in the championship and placed second. Rickards (Hwt.) had a 10-2 win over Polytech’s Brodan Mears in the third place match after a 6-5 loss to CR’s Adrian Tucker in the semifinals. Kunzler (125) lost to Sussex Central’s Josh Lofland by technical fall (16-0) in the third place match after pinning Laurel’s Brett Shockley in the consolation quarterfinals Sussex Tech’s Rob Wilgus (152) also lost to Cape’s Tyler Berl in his seventh place match.

Sussex Tech’s Brandon Krauss placed first in the conference and the state in the pole vault. Sussex Tech’s Nicole Mahoney, shown running during the Henlopen Conference winter track meet, placed second in the 1,600 in the conference meet and 10th in the state meet. Photos by Mike McClure

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LAUREL YOUTH WRESTLING CLUB- Shown (l to r) are members of the Laurel Wrestling Club who are going to the state tournament: front- Cody Coleman, Bantam 44, fourth; Camron Hayes, Bantam 48, second; Maguire Free, Bantam 48, fourth; Austin Venables, Bantam 52, second; Mason Free, Bantam 52, first; Jamin Baker, Bantam 56, second; Jacob White, Bantam 60, fourth; Christian Murphy, Bantam 65, second; middle- Codie White, Midget 54, first; Storm Short, Midget 62, second; Justin Bennett, Midget 62, first; Matthew Tull, Midget 75, second; DiMarco Dorsey, Midget 80, first; Tyler Jump, Junior 66, first; Liam Baker, Junior 70, fourth; Chelsea Timmons, Junior 70, second; Nick Bennett, Junior 75, first; back row- Tyler Givans, Intermediate 110, first; Dylen Shockley, Intermediate 126, third; Jordan Elliott, Intermediate Heavyweight, first. Photo by Pat Murphy Shown are the Tigers of the Upward Bound basketball league: FrontTim Oradat and Caleb Steele; backNoah Donohoe, Jacob Calloway, Kyle Steele, Cameron White, Dillon Serranto, Matthew Dykstra, Jacob Ryan, Chris Jones, and coaches Blair Hall and John Dykstra. Photo by Pat Murphy

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High games and series Ed Morgan 287 George Bramble 750 Alma Musser 273 Carole Gadow 715

Laurel Youth Sports basketball results for the week of February 12 Fifth and sixth grade- Boys- AYN 56, Matthews Concrete 24- Paul Elliott scored 15 points and Kendall Wootten scored one point for AYN. Joshua James had two points for Matthews. Back Yard Truck and Auto 48, Daye’s Home Improvement 31- Martel Clark netted 12 points and Caine Collins added four points for Back Yard while Colby Daye scored four points for Daye’s. Johnny Janosik’s 26, MAG 22- Bryce Bristow had six points and Tarez White scored three points for Johnny’s. Brandon Scott netted six points for MAG. Girls- Price Automotive 22, O’Neal Brothers 4- Whitney Toadvine scored four points with Ashley Jump adding two points for Price. Cierra Lewis tallied four points for O’Neal’s. Dutch Inn 12, Seaford 8- Taylor Miller had six points and Shandra Mann added two points for Dutch Inn while Diamond Turner scored two points for Seaford.

Delaware Roadrunners Select Baseball team holding tryouts The 13U Delaware Roadrunners Select Baseball Team will hold tryout on Saturday, March 3 at 11 a.m. at the Greenwood Mennonite School in Greenwood. The rain date will by Sunday, March 4 at 2 p.m. The tryouts are open to serious baseball players that turned 13 after April 30, 2006. If you are interested in trying out, please call 302-2497957 for more information or visit the team’s website at

Seaford Parks and Rec to hold women’s basketball, over 40 leagues The Seaford Department of Parks and Recreation (SDPR) will hold a women’s basketball league and an over 40 league. The leagues will begin in mid March and games will be played on weekends. The deadline to sign up is March 9 and the entry fee is $30 per person. Call 629-6809 to sign up or for more information.

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Laurel girls’ basketball team falls to Dover in conference championship The Henlopen South champion Laurel girls’ basketball team fell to Dover, 63-24, in the Henlopen Conference championship on Tuesday night at Polytech. Dover led, 40-7, at the half and held a narrow, 23-17, advantage in the second half. Kenisha Wilson scored a team-high nine points and Tomorrow Briddell added five points for the Bulldogs.

Three Western Sussex teams to play in basketball state tourneys The Laurel varsity girls’ basketball team and the Woodbridge and Sussex Tech varsity boys’ basketball team’s will represent the area in the state boys’ and girls’ basketball tournaments which start this Friday and Saturday. Laurel (#19) visits Delcastle (#14) on Friday at 7 p.m. Woodbridge (#20) visits Brandywine (#13) on Saturday at 7 p.m. even though both teams are 15-7. Sussex Tech (#15) hosts St. Elizabeth (#18) on Saturday at 7 p.m.

Nanticoke Little League looking for sign sponsors for ‘07 season Nanticoke Little League is currently looking for sign sponsors for all fields at the Williams Pond Complex. Advertise your company or organization while supporting your Little League program. Please contact Sherry Smith at 629-2237 for assistance.

Three local seniors to play in Blue-Gold basketball games Laurel’s Trent Passwaters, Delmar’s Barry Bratten, and Woodbridge’s Tiandra Felix will represent Western Sussex and their schools in the Blue-Gold all-star basketball games on March 17 at the University of Delaware’s Bob Carpenter Center.

Shown above, Sussex Tech’s Wendell Cannon, Jr., top, and Sussex Central’s Scott Lawrence met in the 119 pound first place match during the conference tournament last weekend. Lawrence, a transfer from Laurel, defeated Cannon who is a Seaford resident. Below, Delmar’s Justin Thomas, left, and Sussex Tech’s Alex Thomas squared off in the 189 pound championship match. Alex, a Seaford native, regained the lead with nine second left for the 5-4 win. Photos by Mike McClure

Nanticoke Little League signups continue this Saturday Nanticoke Little League will be holding signups on Saturday, Feb. 24 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Registration will be held at the old PK Building on Stein Highway (where the Star is located). The cost is $45 for the first child and $20 for additional children. Any registration after Feb. 24 will be charged a $10 late fee.

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With carrots and ham, water and eggs, Chinese food strives for balance For the Chinese celebrating the New Year this week (the Year of the Pig), eating a balanced diet is very important. The Chinese balance, however, is based on the principles of Yin and Yang. The female Yin is represented by such foods thought of as cooling — water, cabbage, carrots, crab, duck, tofu; the male Yang is comprised of warm foods like wine, beef, pork, chicken, eggs and bamboo. The balance of flavors and textures is placed in careful harmony. So are cooking methods — Yin represented by boiling, poaching and steaming and Yang by deepfrying, roasting and stir-frying. Added to the concept of balance is the symbolism attached to individual ingredients (noodles represent longevity, lettuce stands for prosperity, e.g.). It’s pretty evident that the meaningful treatment involved in its preparation qualifies the Chinese cuisine as real food for thought.

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skillet over high heat. When hot, add 1 tablespoon of the oil. Add the ham and cook stirring occasionally until lightly browned. Add the onions to the pan, season with salt and pepper, and cook for 1 to 2 minutes until onion is fragrant. Add the garlic, ginger and scallion whites and stir-fry until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the frozen vegetables. Cook until just defrosted but still crisp. Transfer contents of the skillet to a large bowl. Return the pan to the heat and add 2 Fried Rice more tablespoons of oil. Add the eggs and Serves 4-6. You may try this recipe with season with salt and pepper. other vegetables of your choice but be Stir the eggs constantly and cook until sure not to use too many in ratio to the almost set but still moist, then transfer rice or the rice will get soggy. Don’t eggs to the bowl. Break the eggs up with a crowd the pan or the veggies will steam wooden spoon or spatula. and the result will also be soggy. Return the pan to 1/3 cup plain vegthe heat and add the etable oil, like It’s pretty evident that the remaining oil. Add soy, corn, or the rice to the pan peanut meaningful treatment involved in and use a spoon to 1/3 pound black forbreak up any clumps. its preparation qualifies the est ham, diced, or Season with salt about 2 cups and pepper and stirChinese cuisine as real food for cooked, cubed or fry the rice to coat shredded meat thought. evenly with oil. Stop 1 onion, diced stirring, and then let Salt and pepper the rice cook undis3 cloves garlic, finely chopped turbed until it gets slightly crispy, about 2 2-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and minutes. finely chopped Stir the rice again, breaking up any 3 whole scallions, thinly sliced on the new clumps. Add the scallion greens. bias, white and green separated Transfer to the bowl. 1 and 1/3 cups (8 ounces) medley frozen Stir all the ingredients together with the corn, peas and carrots rice. Taste and adjust the seasoning with 4 large eggs, lightly beaten salt and pepper, if necessary. Serve 4 cups cold cooked long-grain rice, white or jasmine rice, grains separated NOTE: For a bit more flavor, toss 1/4 cup of soy sauce into the rice just before Heat a large heavy-bottomed nonstick placing in the bowl.

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Is changing venue of July Doing the Towns Together 4th festival a wise move? LAUREL AND DELMAR SOCIALS Sarah Marie Trivits . 875-3672

On June 6, 1949, life changed immensely for husband, Chuck, and me as we moved from the northern section of Delaware to the southern section, only 7 miles from the Delaware-Maryland state line. We became a part of the so-called mobile society, although at that time we were not too aware of that fact. In our case, the move meant that Chuck would begin his career at the Seaford nylon plant of the DuPont Company, and I would transfer from the treasury department of that same firm to the offices in Seaford. Young Americans by the thousands were on the move as the entire nation in the post-war days was becoming more mobile. Instead of staying in one section of a large city or a specific area in any state for one’s entire life, men and women who had served this nation during World War II and become exposed to an entirely new world went wherever the opportunity was presented to them for a new life. Chuck and I came to an area that was unknown to us. We were newcomers, eager to begin a new life. In 1949 life was quite different in this area than it is in this year of 2007. Seaford was the largest town around, due to the nylon plant and the job opportunities it offered. The surrounding towns were still small rural communities. But, with the influx of DuPont and the growth that began when the plant arrived about 10 years prior to that date, Seaford was growing rapidly. My family worried that Chuck and I wouldn’t be happy so far away from home. Keep in mind that in 1949, Laurel was a long way from Wilmington. There was only a two-lane highway connecting upstate to downstate. It was also a long way from Wilmington to Dover. Open farmland was between all of the small towns along Route 13. Nanticoke hospital was still a dream in the minds of some Seaford and Laurel businessmen. Most women with children were stay-at-home moms. Local dairies made house to house daily deliveries. Breadmen also made deliveries to each house. The daily newspaper was delivered by a young boy from the neighborhood, a kid who used his bicycle and pitched the paper into the front yard. Supermarkets were just beginning in some areas and every small town had an

Moments with Mike Virginia ‘Mike’ Barton adequate shopping center in the heart of town. Drug stores were owned by the pharmacist who dispensed the prescriptions written by the local doctors. Life began to change in many ways as America became more mobile. Small towns began to expand, new schools were required for elementary, middle and senior high school students. Shopping malls came on to the scene. Drug stores merged and what was once farmland began to become housing developments. Here in Laurel, what was once Brock’s Woods, a place where Boy Scouts held campouts and earned merit badges, became a quiet housing development. New homes sprung up all around town. Newcomers brought growth. Oldtimers complained about changes. In 2007, things haven’t really changed that much. Here in Laurel, as a sports/housing/shopping complex is approaching, a complex that will bring major changes, residents are split in their feelings about the final outcome. The latest change presented to local residents is that the Fourth of July celebration in Laurel, one that has drawn thousands to our town, will be moved. And, like many other longtime residents who call Laurel “home,” we wonder: Has this change of a 12-year venture that has become tradition been considered from every angle? The Laurel Chamber of Commerce has been working hard to develop the riverfront and downtown area and make people aware of what is offered here in this town of ours. Is changing the single-most crowd drawing venue, moving it to the high school and eliminating some of the outstanding features of the July 4th celebration and adding a five-day carnival, what the citizens really want? Are those changes what the visitors want? Think it over carefully. Will it be worth the changes?

In view of the fact that we’ve inherited this Arctic blast of air from Canada, or wherever, I think many of our locals have taken a slow boat to China (or wherever it’s warm now) or packed their vehicles and hit the highway which winds down to sunny Florida. However, you’re still here and I’m still here so we’ll continue with the business at hand. For a recent two-week vacation in Sebastian, Fla., Richard and Juanita Stone were guests of Richard’s brother, Jack. While in the area, the Stones visited former Laurelites Minos and Pinky Givens. If I’m correct I believe the Givenses come back to Laurel occasionally to see old friends and relatives, so perhaps we’ll be seeing them sometime this year. A bit of romantic news came my way this week as on Valentine’s Day, Miss Brittanie Truitt of Laurel became engaged to Mr. Paul Vickers of Milton and the couple are making plans for a wedding in March 2008. Congratulations. Members of the Delmar Kiwinis Club and their wives, accompanied by exchange student Anna Kliver of Germany, enjoyed a Valentine’s dinner on Feb. 12 at the Goin’ Nuts Café in Salisbury. Several members of the Delmar Sand Dollar Walking Club had breakfast at the Delmar Diner on Friday, Feb. 16, celebrating not one, but two holidays: Valentine’s and President’s days. Fun for all — relaxing, too. More Delmar friends had an enjoyable get together last Friday night at Salisbury University and following their dinner there they attended the Rock ‘N’ Roll Revival at the James M. Bennett High School in Salisbury. Wished for Tia Justice, a belated happy 40th birthday on Feb. 20 with love from Michael and Christian. Happy 40th wedding anniversary to Don and Bonnie Hansen with love from Tia, Michael and Christian. This is a reminder that the time is

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Opinion Reduce your risks of becoming a victim of schemes I received a call this week from a Seaford homeowner who inRYANT ICHARDSON formed me that there are people visiting homes and approaching I am amazed at the cars in the city asking for money. The homeowner suggested that amount of energy people be warned and be on the lookout for these individuals and some people put into report them to the police. I was at a Stop sign a year or so illegal activities. ago in the city and was approached by a man who asked me to put my window down. I could hear him The Internal Revenue Service just rethrough the glass without any problem and leased its annual list of 12 of the most blaasked him what he wanted. tant scams affecting American taxpayers. He again asked me to put my window The so-called “Dirty Dozen” highlights down. I again asked him what he wanted five new scams that IRS auditors and and could tell he was becoming annoyed criminal investigators have uncovered. because I wouldn’t open my window. IRS Commissioner Mark W. Everson I felt more secure with my doors locked said, “Don’t get taken by scam artists and windows up. If I had opened my winmaking outrageous promises. If you use a dow, I would have been more vulnerable. tax professional, pick someone who is repMy point is this: Some cars come with utable. Taxpayers should remember they automatic door locks. Some do not. Make are ultimately responsible for what is on it a habit to lock your doors before you their tax return even if some unscrupulous start driving. preparers have steered them in the wrong You are under no obligation to open direction.” your window or door to anyone you don’t Be aware that there are some people out know. Report suspicious activities to pothere who would like nothing better than lice. In other words, take time to be safe and help protect others in your community. for you to let down your guard. Following is a look at some of these schemes: I am amazed at the amount of energy Telephone Excise Tax Refund Abuses some people put into illegal activities. If Early filings show some individual taxthey approached a job or a legal business payers have requested large and apparently venture with the same zeal, they could be improper amounts for the special televery successful and not have to worry phone tax refund. In some cases, taxpayers about being arrested.


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appear to be requesting a refund of the entire amount of their phone bills, rather than just the three-percent tax on long-distance and bundled service to which they are entitled. Abusive Roth IRAs Taxpayers should be wary of advisers who encourage them to shift under-valued property to Roth Individual Retirement Arrangements (IRAs). In one variation, a promoter has the taxpayer move under-valued common stock into a Roth IRA, circumventing the annual maximum contribution limit and allowing otherwise taxable income to go untaxed. Phishing Phishing is a technique used by identity thieves to acquire personal financial data in order to gain access to the financial accounts of unsuspecting consumers, run up charges on their credit cards or apply for loans in their names. These Internet-based criminals pose as representatives of a financial institution or sometimes the IRS itself and send out fictitious e-mail correspondence in an attempt to trick consumers into disclosing private information. If a taxpayer has any doubt whether a contact from the IRS is authentic, the taxpayer should call 1-800-829-1040 to confirm it. Disguised Corporate Ownership Domestic shell corporations and other entities are being formed and operated in certain states for the purpose of disguising the ownership of the business or financial activity. Once formed, these anonymous entities can be, and are being, used to facilitate underreporting of income, non-filing of tax returns, listed transactions, money laundering, financial crimes and possibly terrorist financing. Zero Wages In this scam, a “corrected” Form 1099 showing zero or little income is submitted with a federal tax return. The taxpayer may include a statement rebutting wages and taxes reported by the payer to the IRS. Return Preparer Fraud Dishonest return preparers can cause many headaches for taxpayers who fall victim to their schemes. Such preparers make their money by skimming a portion of their clients’ refunds and charging inflated fees for return preparation services. Taxpayers should choose carefully when hiring a tax preparer. As the old saying goes, “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.” Trust Misuse For years unscrupulous promoters have urged taxpayers to transfer assets into

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trusts. They promise reduction of income subject to tax, deductions for personal expenses and reduced estate or gift taxes. However, some trusts do not deliver the promised tax benefits. There are currently more than 150 active abusive trust investigations underway and 49 injunctions have been obtained against promoters since 2001. As with other arrangements, taxpayers should seek the advice of a trusted professional before entering into a trust. Structured Entity Credits Promoters of this newly identified scheme are setting up partnerships to own and sell state conservation easement credits, federal rehabilitation credits and other credits. The purported credits are the only assets owned by the partnership and once the credits are fully used, an investor receives a K-1 indicating the initial investment is a total loss, which is then deducted on the investor’s individual tax return. Forming such an entity is not a viable business purpose. In other words, the investments are not valid, and the losses are not deductible. Abuse of Charitable Deductions The IRS continues to observe the use of tax-exempt organizations to improperly shield income or assets from taxation. This can occur when a taxpayer moves assets or income to a tax-exempt supporting organization or donor-advised fund but maintains control over the assets or income. Contributions of non-cash assets continue to be an area of abuse, especially with regard to overvaluation of contributed property. Frivolous Arguments Promoters have been known to make the following outlandish claims: the Sixteenth Amendment concerning congressional power to lay and collect income taxes was never ratified; wages are not income; filing a return and paying taxes are merely voluntary; and being required to file Form 1040 violates the Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination or the Fourth Amendment right to privacy. Don’t believe these or other similar claims. These arguments are false and have been thrown out of court. While taxpayers have the right to contest their tax liabilities in court, no one has the right to disobey the law. How to help Suspected tax fraud can be reported to the IRS using IRS Form 3949-A, Information Referral. Form 3949-A is available for download from the IRS website at, or by mail by calling 1-800-8293676.

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Seven-Day forecast for Western Sussex County Thursday



Tides Sunday




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Almanac Statistics through Tuesday Feb. 13 at Georgetown, Delaware



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0.05” 0.30” 1.32” 4.09”

Dover 27/12

Time 4:35 a.m. 10:38 p.m. 1:40 p.m. 4:39 a.m.

Date April 17 April 30 May 15 May 27

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New Feb 17

Milford 29/13 Greenwood 29/14

Lewes 30/15

Bridgeville 30/15

Rise .6:54 a.m. .6:53 a.m. .6:52 a.m. .6:50 a.m. .6:49 a.m. .6:48 a.m. .6:46 a.m.

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Set .5:40 p.m. .5:41 p.m. .5:42 p.m. .5:43 p.m. .5:44 p.m. .5:45 p.m. .5:46 p.m.

First Feb 24

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Rise .5:48 a.m. .6:26 a.m. .6:59 a.m. .7:27 a.m. .7:54 a.m. .8:20 a.m. .8:48 a.m.

Full Mar 3

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

Harrington 29/13

Time 1:56 a.m. 6:58 a.m. 11:11 a.m. 6:02 p.m.

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

High 3:27 p 4:16 p 5:02 p 5:47 p 6:32 p 7:18 p 8:05 p

Low 9:51 p 10:37 p 11:21 p —12:24 p 1:16 p 2:10 p

High 2:49 p 3:38 p 4:24 p 5:09 p 5:54 p 6:40 p 7:27 p

Low 9:13 p 9:59 p 10:43 p 11:27 p —12:38 p 1:32 p

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

Date February 19 March 6 March 19 April 3

Day High Low High Low Thurs. 12:08 p 6:05 a —- 6:58 p Fri. 12:24 a 6:58 a 12:57 p 7:44 p Sat. 1:14 a 7:50 a 1:43 p 8:28 p Sun. 2:03 a 8:40 a 2:28 p 9:12 p Mon. 2:51 a 9:31 a 3:13 p 9:56 p Tues. 3:39 a 10:23 a 3:59 p 10:42 p Wed. 4:28 a 11:17 a 4:46 p 11:29 p

Sharptown, MD Shown is Thursday’s weather. High Low Temperatures are Thursday’s highs Day and Thursday night’s lows. Thurs. 2:49 a 8:58 a Fri. 3:43 a 9:51 a Sat. 4:33 a 10:43 a Sun. 5:22 a 11:33 a Mon. 6:10 a 12:05 a Tues. 6:58 a 12:49 a Wed. 7:47 a 1:35 a

Apogee and Perigee

Perigee Apogee Perigee Apogee

Nanticoke River Roaring Point, MD

Set . .3:22 p.m. . .4:39 p.m. . .5:55 p.m. . .7:11 p.m. . .8:26 p.m. . .9:41 p.m. .10:56 p.m.

SEAFORD 32/15 Blades 32/15

Georgetown 28/15 Concord 32/15 Millsboro 28/15

Bethany Beach 29/17 Fenwick Island 31/15

Last Mar 11

Low 8:20 a 9:13 a 10:05 a 10:55 a 11:46 a 12:11 a 12:57 a

Rehoboth Beach

Rehoboth Beach 30/16

Laurel 33/15 Delmar 34/14

High 2:11 a 3:05 a 3:55 a 4:44 a 5:32 a 6:20 a 7:09 a

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210 W. Market St., P.O. Box 750 Georgetown, DE 19947

Fuqua and Yori, P.A.


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Lewes Office - P.O. Box 208 Lewes, DE 19958


A Sussex County Law Firm on the Circle in Georgetown

For legal representation in cases involving:


25484 Jamie Court. New Construction Be the first to live in this unique 3BR, 2BA Rancher. Open floor plan in 10’ ceilings; FP in great room. Oversized garage. $289,500, #538548, Teresa Rogers

6979 Atlantic Circle. Gourmet kitchen opens to media room & sun porch. Well built home with open floor plan. Quiet tree lined street. $289,900, #537272, Don Kellicut

We can help, Call:

Timothy G. Willard, Esq. Tasha Marie Stevens, Esq. Margaret R. Cooper, Esq.

302-856-7777 28 The Circle Georgetown, Delaware 19947

8455 Nylon Ave . Investment property with excellent rental income. Tenants in place 3BR, 2 BA Corner property. $179,900 , #536602 Janice Jones

142 W. Church St. Upgrade 2006. Stainless Steel Stove & Refrigerator, vaulted ceilings Freshly painted; very clean. Fully Fenced in yard with new above ground pool. $260,000 , #544350, Virginia Sheffy

Deer Forest Rd , Great starter home with detached garage. Additional storage & private backyard. $229,900 , #545351, Teresa Rogers



503 W. Market St., Georgetown, DE 19947

mls543446 3BR, 2BA renovated home on corner lot. Optional 4th BR downstairs. New kitchen, appliances & perfect for large family. Seller will contribute $4,000 towards closing costs.

107 Pennsylvania Ave., Seaford, DE 19973

mls544676 3BR, 2.5BA in Atlanta Estates. Many updates, formal living plus a den with a fireplace, porch & separate laundry room off kitchen. 2 car garage.

mls540108 5BR, 3.5BA waterfront beauty with top of the line construction. Radiant heat, gourmet kitchen, decks w/impeccable views! Separate apartment or mother-in-law suite.

mls532951 Atlanta Road, 3BR, 1.5BA on 1 acre of property. Greatroom with knotty pine & hardwood in LR, replacement windows. Lg attached garage & sep. 24x24 garage. w/lots of storage space.

mls543053 3BR, 2.5BA on 3/4 acre in Laurel. Spacious home w/ country setting, open floor plan, large kitchen w/stainless appliances. hardwood floors & gas fireplace.

mls545119 3BR, 2BA on .8 acre in Bridgeville on .8 acre on Cannon Road. Cherry cabinets, vaulted ceilings, master BR w/bath & blacktop driveway

mls545350 3BR, 2BA w/many updates, Charm Galore in this Victorian. Great for first time buyer, new flooring, new paint & much much more.

mls545439 3BR, 2BA in Cool Branch. Well maintained 2000 Redman on corner lot w/split floor plan. Large screened porch w/access ramp.

mls541850 Charm This can be your 2BR, 1BA, close to outdoor amenities. Woodland.

with a river view. cottage getaway. shopping & all the History is alive in

mls544305 3BR, 2BA in Cool Branch, unique split floor plan, sunken kitchen and den. 1904 sq. ft. walk-in closets, laundry room & gated community

mls539767 4BR, 1.5BA colonial with over 2200 sq. ft of living space on corner lot in Seaford w/inground pool, screened porch, fenced yard & convenient location

mls545335 3BR, 1BA , charming in desired neighborhood, completely redone inside. Clean & cozy.

mls539050 4BR, 3.5BA Cape Cod, 2,000 sq. ft of space on corner lot in Seaford. Stainless steel appliances, deck, 20x24 garage & walk-in closets. Must see!

mls544372 4BR, 2BA beautiful Cape Cod located in lovely family neighborhood. 1 Car attached garage & 2 car garage detached w/fully finished 2nd floor. new roof, ceramic tile kitchen & 4� well,

mls545205 Clearbrooke Estates, 3BR, 2BA universal design to simplify life for everyone. No-step entrance, open floor plan, wide doorways & lg. bathrooms.

mls545071 Nice 3BR, 1BA starter home w/new windows, dryer & hot water heater. Fenced in backyard in Blades

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