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Alert neighbor saves home on Christmas Eve

News PERMIT GRANTED - Some residents are plotting their next move following the Sussex County Council’s approval of a conditional use allowing a new borrow pit. Page 2 SAFER CIGARETTES? Delaware joins several other states by requiring that cigarettes sold in the state are manufactured as reduced ignition propensity cigarettes. Page 3

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clothing for the holidays and their families also received gift cards for groceries. The Troop 5 holiday delivery of gifts to needy families has been a local tradition for 20 years. In recent years the project has been done under the coordination of two of Delaware’s finest, Cpl/3 Tony Wallace and Chuck Gross. Early Monday morning, Dec. 22, police officers met with another long-time advocate of the project, local businessman Jim Weller, who has helped with the preparation and delivery of the holiday gifts since it first started in the former Troop 5 headquarters. Weller, who owns Weller’s Trailers in Bridgeville, said the project has come a long way since its early days. “I remember when we would collect used toys and clothing and then meet to go through and separate everything and hope to put things together to meet the needs of the families. We would actually be bagging groceries and taking milk and bread to the homes,” he said. “Thanks to the sup-

The sweetheart chest that Annie Darden and her late husband, Tom, received as a wedding gift appears to be ruined. Its top is charred and some of the pieces of wood have separated. But Darden, of Seaford, isn’t complaining. Considering what could have happened, she says, the loss of the chest does not seem so bad. Plainly put, she and her 16-year-old son, Cory, could have lost their Porter Street house. If the Christmas Eve fire that ruined the chest had gone undetected until they arrived home from a Christmas Eve church service they were attending, she says, “the damage could have been far worse.” And she adds, “We were really lucky.” Darden is quick to credit her next-door neighbor, Diane Roth, with bringing her that luck. It was Roth, after all, who detected the fire and put it out before fire engines arrived. “Diane is a wonderful friend and a very amazing neighbor,” says Darden, a teacher at the Sussex Academy of Arts and Sciences in Georgetown. “Annie is like family to me,” Roth adds. “And I’m grateful that I was there. I don’t know what I would do without her beside me.” Roth, who runs a day-care facility in her home, was sitting outside shortly after 9 p.m. on Christmas Eve when she heard something beeping. “That sounds like a smoke detector,” she thought, and stood up to follow the noise to its source. The closer she got to Darden’s house, the louder the beeping was. When she opened the back door to let herself in, “smoke piled out,” she says. Roth immediately dialed 911 to report the smoke. Then, ignoring the advice from the emergency center operator who was still on the phone with her, she started on a search of the house to find the smoke’s cause. “I went to the kitchen, thinking that maybe Annie had left something in the oven,” she said. “But there was nothing in there.” Next, she went into the living room, which was dark with smoke. There, she saw a small fire on the top of the sweetheart trunk.

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POLICE JOURNAL - Seaford Police are called to the scene of two robberies and promptly make an arrest for one of the crimes. Page 12 TOP EMPLOYEE - The members of the Sussex County Council have named the 2008 Employee of the Year for Sussex County government. Page 21 RESOLUTIONS - What can anyone do to stay positive when the economy is shaky? Now more than ever is a good time for some goal setting. Page 42 FINAL WORD - A teenager explains what she sees as the greatest problem facing her generation. Her observation may surprise you. Page 43

Sports SPORTS STORY OF THE YEAR - What sports story received the most votes in the Seaford Star’s Sports Story of the Year contest? See page 22 for the answer. STARS OF THE WEEK - A Woodbridge boys’ basketball player and a Sussex Tech wrestler are this week’s Seaford Stars of the Week. Page 25.


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Jim Weller of Weller’s Trailers gets a hug from 5-year-old Crystal Diaz as her brother Ricardo looks on. Behind them is the children’s father Ricardo Diaz. Sgt. Joshua Bushweller is shown at right. Photo by Tony Windsor

Troop 5 spreads holiday cheer to local families B y To n y E . Windsor Brushing her brown hair with an oversized hairbrush, five-year-old Crystal Diaz stands barefoot in the living room of her home and tells State Police Officer Cpl/3 Tony Wallace what she wants most for Christmas. With a big, innocent smile, she announces that her heart is set on a Hannah Montana Barbie Doll. Wallace turns to his partner, Cpl/3 Charles “Chuck” Gross and smiling, says how hard it must be to find such a popular Christmas gift. Then like a miracle, Gross hands Wallace a wrapped present to give to the little girl. When she opens the neatly wrapped box inside is her Christmas wish. The little girl screams with laughter and excitement as she holds the Hannah Montana Barbie Doll tightly against her chest. This is what the Troop 5 Needy Family Drive is all about. Thanks to the Delaware State Police Troop 5 annual Needy Family Drive, children in five western Sussex families were treated to toys and



County Council approves Hardscrabble borrow pit By Ronald MacArthur Some residents are plotting their next move following the Sussex County Council’s approval of a conditional use allowing a new borrow pit to be operated by David G. Horsey & Sons Inc. in the Hardscrabble area. Residents asked council to delay a decision until after a legislative task force releases a report on borrow pits, expected in early 2009. Stephanie Smith, who lives across the street from the proposed borrow pit, said residents will meet Friday, Jan. 9, to decide if further action will be taken against the county. “We have consulted our attorney and he has given us a couple of options. Both require court action and money. We don't know whether we will proceed,” she said. In spite of objections from dozens of residents, council approved the conditional use with nearly 20 conditions at its marathon Tuesday, Dec. 16 meeting. Planning and zoning commissioners had recommended approval of the request and council members put a lot of stock in the fact that the Laurel-based family has long experience in the borrow-pit business. Councilman Lynn Rogers of Milton said it was because of the Horseys that improved regulations were written protecting the environment and reducing impact on nearby residents. “This applicant changed the standards,” he said. Residents raised several issues, but most were concerned about the proposed pit’s effect on water quality and quantity, citing an abundance of borrow pits in the area. There are two active borrow pits, one closed pit and one reclaimed pit in the immediate vicinity. The proposed pit, which will eventually cover 135 acres of the 200-acre site, will be developed in 45-acre increments in three

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phases. Located off Route 20, it is near another large borrow pit operated by the Horsey family close to the Delaware Solid Waste Authority landfill entrance. Councilman George Cole of Ocean View voted against the request, as it passed 3-1. “It’s too large and for too long a period,” he said. “It has too much of a negative impact on a residential area. I would have supported a smaller operation that could have been expanded. Large pits mean large problems.” Vance Phillips of Laurel, Rogers and Finley Jones of Greenwood voted in favor of the conditional-use request. Dale Dukes of Laurel abstained from voting because he said his company, Dukes Lumber, has an open account with David G. Horsey & Sons. It was the last meeting for the retiring Jones, Dukes and Rogers. The council debated a request from state environmental officials that a condition be added, placing a depth limit on excavations of the pit within five feet of the Columbia aquifer. Lawrence Lank, director of planning and zoning, said the concern was that the aquifer could be open to contamination without a protective barrier. The condition was not added to the list conditions placed on the project. Phillips said the county was not in the environmental regulation and enforcement business. He said there should already be Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) regulations regarding the depth of borrow pits. “They can’t get the regulations passed through the General Assembly, so they put it off on us,” he said. “We are not an environmental agency.” As a compromise, the council voted to restrict Horsey from selling or hauling material from the site until Jan. 1, 2011. Phillips said that might give DNREC time to develop regulations. “How helpful is that?” Cole asked. “”It’s just delaying the pain for two years.” Phillips said the pit would be excavated in phases with a builtin 5-year review by county planning and zoning staff. “It will not happen overnight and not have a huge impact on the community,” he said. “If a man can’t sell his dirt then something is wrong.” Phillips said there are enough safeguards for borrow pits in the code to provide protection to residents. “The applicant has met all these standards, and they have run a good operation in the past,” he said. Contrary to testimony by residents, Phillips said he thinks it’s better to keep borrow pits in one area. “The natural resources are

there to serve us,” he said. Five-year review among conditions placed on pit Several conditions were placed on the borrow pit operation: • A 200-foot buffer along Hardscrabble Road (Route 20) and Asbury Road, with a 100-foot buffer along all other perimeters. • An environmental-impact study is required.

• A water truck must be available to control dust. • No truck traffic on Asbury Road. • Monitoring wells for ground water quality must be place. • Every five years, planning and zoning staff must perform an inspection of the site. After 20 years, the owner must complete an environmental impact study.

• The sand dredge can operate 24 hours a day, but no other equipment can operate after 10 p.m. • The permit expires in 40 years, and a reclamation plan must be submitted with the final site plan.

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Cigarettes law reduces threat of accidental fires On January 1, Delaware joins several other States by requiring that cigarettes sold in the state are manufactured as reduced ignition propensity cigarettes commonly referred to as “Fire Safe” cigarettes. The Office of the State Fire Marshal has the responsibility to administer and enforce this new law. More than 600 cigarette brand styles have been registered by the tobacco manufacturers and approved by the Office of the State Fire Marshal to be sold in Delaware as Fire Standards Compliant (FSC). Cigarettes approved for sale as “fire safe” will have a FSC marking on the pack, carton, and case. The FSC marking indicates that the cigarettes have been tested and comply with the Reduced Ignition Propensity Cigarettes law in Delaware. The new law does allow non-compliant cigarettes in stock and processed with a DE tax stamp prior to January 1, 2009 to be sold out without penalty. FSC cigarettes are manufactured with paper designed to extinguish when lit and not actively inhaled. The self-extinguishing feature is designed to reduce the chances of the cigarette igniting combustibles when left unattended. The goal of this program is to reduce the number of fires in Delaware caused by cigarettes. For additional information go to the State Fire Marshal’s web page at

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DNREC Secretary John A. Hughes has announced that Delaware will receive $2.55 million from the state’s participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) auction of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions allowances. The entire 31,505,898 allowances offered by the 10 RGGI states were sold at a clearing price of $3.38 per allowance generating approximately $106.5 million for distribution among the 10 states. Delaware offered 755,979 CO2 allowances for sale in this second RGGI auction and will receive the proceeds once all payments are made by successful bidders in early 2009. The revenues from the sale of RGGI allowances are dedicated to public benefit purposes as outlined in legislation passed last year by the Delaware General Assembly. By law, auction proceeds are directed to energy efficiency and renewable energy efforts to be conducted by the new Sustainable Energy Utility (SEU) to low income weatherization and heating programs and to carbon emission abatement projects to be conducted in Delaware. Up to 10 percent of auction proceeds may be used to administer RGGI and climate change programs in DNREC. RGGI Inc. reported that 69 participants from the energy, financial and environmental sectors took part in the bidding, indicating a strong performance for RGGI CO2 allowance auctions. The demand for the allowances was 3.5 times the available supply. Delaware is one of 10 Northeast states pioneering RGGI – the first market-based, mandatory capand-trade program in the U.S. to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. RGGI intends to hold quarterly auctions during the first RGGI three-year compliance period, Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, 2011. The third auction will be held March 17.













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port of so many generous people this has become a much more convenient operation.” Cpl. Gross said there has been an outpouring from individuals and businesses in the area that have embraced the Needy Family project and helped to make it an important source of support for area people throughout the year. “The people that have been so generous to our project have enabled us to go out and purchase new toys and clothing for families rather than rely on used items,” he said. Today, thanks to the support from private citizens as well as local businesses like Walmart and Food Lion, troopers are able to deliver not only new toys and clothes, but also give gift cards to allow the families to purchase grocery items. Cpl. Wallace said the Needy Family Project has expanded an enabled Troop 5 to help support other charity organizations

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“I picked up a book, put it on the fire and patted it out,” Roth says. “It took me a few minutes.” By the time the blaze was gone, volunteers with the Seaford Volunteer Fire Department were at the Darden house. Roth went outside and the firefighters carried the still-smoldering trunk into the front yard. Meanwhile, a volunteer with the fire department called St. John’s United Methodist Church, Seaford, where Darden and her son were. A church usher called Darden out of the service and told her about the fire. By the time she arrived home, everything was under control. She and Cory were able to spend Christmas Eve in their home. Darden says that the state fire marshal’s office is still working to determine the cause of the fire. A lit jar candle was sitting on the trunk, she says, but seemed to be away from the location of the fire. Also sitting on the trunk were a disposable camera and a battery-operated snow globe. Despite the limited extent of the fire, Darden’s house is still filled with soot. “It permeated everything, even a linen closet whose door was shut,” she says. She will have to have her house professionally cleaned. Even so, she is feeling very fortunate. “Everybody in the neighborhood has come by to offer their support,” she says. “This has just reminded me of how blessed we are. There was no substantial damage to the house and we have really good neighbors.” Roth brushes off any idea that she acted heroically. Instead, she puts all the credit for saving the Darden home on its working smoke detectors. “If Annie hadn’t had a proper smoke detector, I would never have known there was a fire,” she says. “This has made me check my own smoke detectors to make sure they are working.” “I just can’t imagine if anything had happened to our house,” Darden says. “I don’t know how people survive the loss of a house.”

during the year for a variety of issues. “We have been able to help senior citizens who are on fixed incomes and need medication and also families who have had problems making their utility bills,” he said. “We wish we could do more and help even more people, but we are willing to do what we can until we have exhausted our funds.” Gross said the Needy Family Project typically focuses its efforts on western Sussex County, but thanks to the support of an anonymous donor, there are also two families on the eastern side of Sussex who are receiving some Christmas cheer this year. The Troop 5 project receives referrals for its annual Christmas Needy Family Drive from area school police resource officers and nurses, as well as area social service agencies. Once the families are identified, the officers will visit and talk to the parents to find out what types of Christmas presents the children are hoping for and what size clothes they wear. The officers then purchase the gifts and meet back at a facility, provided by Jim Weller, where all the gifts will be wrapped and packaged for the holiday run. This year five families located in Seaford, Laurel and Delmar are recipients of the Troop 5 project. In all, children ages three to 17 are getting the special Christmas visit from the state police officers. Christine Mulford, a mother of three, underwent cancer surgery only a few days ago. Her children, Kaleb, 7, Elijah, 6, and Cameron, 4, were thrilled when they received a Smart Cycle, a DX personal game console and several other Christmas dreams from the Troop 5 officers. “I have been sick and unable to work,” she said. “I don’t know how I would have been able to provide a Christmas for my children without the help of the State Police. This is wonderful and I appreciate it so much,” she said. The caravan of police vehicles drives down US 13 to the home of Crystal and Raymond Diaz. The 18-foot trailer hauled by Weller pulls in front of the home. The back door opens and Weller joins officers Wallace, Gross, Tfc. Greg Cartwright, Capt. Greg Nolt and Sgt. Joshua Bushweller inside where they haul out Christmas boxes and bags of toys. In true Santa fashion, the group files into the house laying the packages under the tree. Ricardo Diaz’s face lights up as he watches his young children take the gifts one by one from the police officers and then tear open the wrapping to reveal a toy

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Christine Mulford, a mother of three, receives a gift card from Delaware State Police Troop 5 “Needy Family Christmas Drive” volunteers. (left to right, back row) Tfc. Greg Cartwright; Cpl/3 Tony Wallace and Cpl/3 Chuck Gross. Standing with Mulford are children, Kaleb, 7; Elijah, 6 and Cameron, 4. Photo by Tony Windsor

that they had wished for. The children, Crystal, 5, and Ricardo and Ryder, both 4, thank the officers profusely as they play with the toys. “My wife is at work right now, but we have had a very hard time this year,” Ricardo said. “Thank you, thank you for everything. I am so happy to see the children so happy. It means so much.”

The Troop 5 group still had three more deliveries to make, but if the children who had been recipients of the first two deliveries are any indication, it would be a very enjoyable rest of the morning. For more information about the Troop 5 Needy Family Project or to make a contribution, contact Wallace or Gross at 3371090.

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Pheasant Lake developer gets extension from town By Mike McClure The Delmar Joint Council granted an extension to the Pheasant Lake subdivision and approved a sign for a building to be located next to McDonald’s in the Delmar Commons shopping center. The Council also voted to accept the responsibility of the Bridgewood Estates street lighting during last Monday’s meeting. During the Planning and Zoning portion of the meeting, Councilman Michael Houlihan reported that the Pheasant Lake subdivision, located on Foskey Lane in Maryland, requested an extension of time for its March 2009 expiration. The developers received extensions from the state and the county. The Delmar Commission (Md.) voted 5-0 to extend the deadline to Sept. 4, 2011, matching Wicomico County’s new deadline. The Delmar Council (Del.) voted 4-0 to approve a monument sign to be located in front of the Sleepy’s Mattress Store building, which will be located next to McDonald’s. The sign will be 10 feet high from the curb level of the parking lot. The building will house Sleepy’s and other retail stores. Houlihan also reported that Lou Alberti appeared in front of the Planning and Zoning Commission to present a concept plan for property located on State Street and Maryland Avenue in Delaware. The existing house is for sale and is part of an estate. Alberti asked the commission to approve subdividing the property to allow for

two more lots, one beside the house and one behind it. Planning and Zoning indicated that one additional lot would be acceptable but it would not support the creation of two additional lots. During Monday’s Joint Council meeting, Delmar (Md.) Mayor Doug Niblett said the developer would have to provide off-street parking. Council members also voiced concerns over the property being divided into three lots. Houlihan said Alberti is meeting with the trustees to discuss dividing the property into just two parcels. The council voted 5-0 to accept the responsibility for the street lighting in Bridgewood Estates. The Maryland development is now 75-percent developed, requiring the town to take over the maintenance of the lights. Bill Lecates, director of Sussex County Community Development and Housing, presented information on the community development block grant (CDBG) during a public hearing. Lecates said about 70 percent of the funds from the grant go toward housing rehabilitation of owner-occupied homes. The funds are also used for infrastructure projects. The program is open to homeowners with low to moderate incomes (one resident - $30,850; two - $35,250; three $39,500; eight - $58,200). The homes must be owner occupied, the taxes have to be paid, and the homes must be insurable. Lecates said he will start writing grants in January. There are currently four Delmar residents on the waiting list.

New Delmar Councilmen Robert Thompson, left, and Glen “Woody” Payne are shown during last Monday’s Delmar Joint Council meeting. Photo by Mike McClure

It was reported during the code enforcement report that on Dec. 17, 29 Delmarva Inn units were posted with occupancy prohibited signs following inspections by the town. The police department also reported a drop in the number of calls to the facility since the town started cracking down on code violations. Commissioner Marlena Hodgins asked her fellow council members to reconsider plans to have three meetings a month (Delmar Council, Delmar Commission, Delmar Joint Council). Hodgins cited the state of the economy as well as the added

use of electricity and the additional work for the town clerk. The council did not vote on Hodgins’ proposal. A meeting will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 7, to discuss plans to celebrate the town’s 150th birthday (1859-2009). The meeting will take place at town hall at 7 p.m. The town is also asking anyone wishing to participate on the celebration committee to contact town hall (call 410-896-2777 or 302-846-2664) or fax info to 410-8969055. People wanting to help out should provide their names and phone numbers.



Business Plosser to speak at Economic Forecast

Charles I. Plosser, president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, will be a featured speaker at the 2009 Economic Forecast. This will be Plosser’s first forecast in the new year. The annual event, hosted by Lyons Companies and the University of Delaware Center for Economic Education and Entrepreneurship will take place at Clayton Hall in Newark on Wednesday, Jan. 14 at 8:30 a.m. Plosser will present his views in a paneled discussion along with national and global economists Michael K. Farr, president, Farr Miller & Washington, LLC and David Malpass, Encima Global, LLC. Business and community leaders, educators and students will be in attendance. The speakers will make their presentations and engage in a paneled discussion led by Dr. O’Neill, director of the Center for Economic Education and Entrepreneurship and professor at the University of Delaware. After the discussion, speakers will take questions from the audience. “As people express how perplexed they are with the current economic environment, this forum is an opportunity for the public to both hear and interact with an excellent panel of experts,” said Dr. O’Neill. There is no charge to attend, however seating is limited and reservations are required. For more information about the event and to register, contact

Lowe’s in Millsboro opens

Lowe’s in Millsboro opens on Friday, Jan. 2 at 6 a.m. The new store, which is 102,000 square feet, is located at 26688 Centerview Drive in Millsboro. A store of this size represents an average investment in the community of approximately $12 million and creates up to 120 new jobs. A grand opening celebration will be held on Thursday, Jan. 8 beginning at

10 a.m. with a board cutting ceremony. Purchase a Lowe’s gift card on Jan. 8 and Lowe’s will match purchases up to $5,000 to support Habitat for Humanity’s next building project.

SCAOR installs new leaders

The Sussex County Association of Realtors (SCAOR), which is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year, recently installed their 2009 leadership team. Team members include President-Elect Judy Dean, Long and Foster, Rehoboth; First Vice President Susan Mills, Jack Lingo, Inc., Millsboro; Second Vice President Sandy Greene, Resort Quest, Bethany; Past President Bill Lucks, Commercial Sales Group, Lewes; Treasurer Donna Neithardt, Home Team Realty, Seaford; Directors Bruce Plummer, Coldwell Banker RRR, Rehoboth; Trina Joyner, Home Team Realty, Seaford; Sharon Palmer, Coldwell Banker RRR, Rehoboth; Andrew Ratner, Prudential Gallo, Rehoboth; and Nora Martin, Remax Realty Group, Rehoboth. President is Steve Alexander. 2009 committee chairs include: Affiliates - Trish Rabor, National City Mortgage; Bylaws - Bruce Plummer, Coldwell Banker RRB, Rehoboth; Education - Karen Hamilton, Callaway, Farnell and Moore, Seaford; Government Affairs - Sue Bramhall, Callaway, Farnell and Moore; Grievance - Adriane Gallaher, Prudential Gallo Realty, Lewes; Housing Opportunity Partners - Trina Joyner, Home Team Realty; MLS - Sandy Greene, Resort Quest; Professional Standards Jim Kelleher, Remax Rehoboth; Public Awareness - Tim Fisher, Resort Quest; Rental Affairs -Annette Marine, Wilgus Associates, Bethany; and Rookies - Lidia Smith, Long and Foster, Bethany. 2008 President Bill Lucks also presented the following awards: • Rental Agent of the Year: Karen Maull, Jack Lingo, Rehoboth • Rookie of the Year: Deb Griffin, Bay Coast Realty, Rehoboth • Affiliate of the Year: Liz Connors, Wells Fargo • 2008 President’s Award: Lit Dryden, Sunrise Realty, Georgetown.

Nanticoke promotes Wile to Emergency Services director Nanticoke Health Services has promoted Ms. Lisa Wile, RN, to the position of Emergency Services director. In this position, Wile is accountable for the delivery of patient care services in collaboration with physicians and other health care providers at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital. Wile has 17 years of nursing experience as well as prior EMT experience. She is a graduate of Union Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in Baltimore, Md. and is working on a bachelor’s degree in healthcare administration. Wile has been involved in many community education projects and is currently a Basic Life Support instructor, Advanced Care Life Support instructor, Pediatrics Advanced Life Support instructor and an Emergency Nursing Pediatric Course instructor. Wile started at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital as virtual in Emergency Services six years ago, transitioned to a full time nurse, charge nurse, and then to relief

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HVAC students get ‘energized’ at Del Tech Emerging technologies have always been a priority at Delaware Tech; thus, when energy costs rose and the demand for energy-related jobs increased, it was time for the Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning (RHA) Technology at the Owens Campus to take action. According to Jim Yeako, department chair of RHA, training for a three-course Facility Energy Management Certificate began in the 2008 spring semester. Former graduates of the RHA program and building managers for local industries returned to the classroom to broaden their knowledge and learn how to utilize energy to better manage their facilities. Penco Corporation in Seaford and the Milford School District have enrolled employees in this training. The first course, Intro to Energy Management, focused on the principles of energy management and the environmental and financial impact of conserving energy. Then Robert Light, CEO, and Brian Lisiewski, president and senior engineer, of Flexera, teamed up with Delaware Tech

to assist in the instruction of the second course, Renewable Energy Sources. Students were introduced to the design and installation of photovoltaic systems, wind power, and solar hot water systems. The hands-on training involved in the course provided real-world experience that is essential for solar voltaic systems. This month, the third course will introduce students to efficient ways to conserve energy in commercial and residential applications, as related to electrical lighting and motors. Classes for this one-year certificate program are scheduled for the 2009 spring semester, which begins Jan. 12. Individuals who want to register for classes and partner with Delaware Tech to help conserve energy and natural resources should call Jim Yeako at 302-855-5924 for more information. Yeako states that there are excellent employment opportunities for individuals qualified in the field of energy management.

New National Parks Quarter program will begin in 2010 President George W. Bush signed H.R. 6184, the America’s Beautiful National Parks Quarter Dollar Coin Act of 2008, into law. This bill, which was introduced in May 2008 by Delaware Congressman Mike Castle, establishes a program in which the reverse side of quarters will have designs emblematic of a national park or other national site in each State, the District of Columbia, and each territory of the United States, beginning in 2010. “Since the launch of the 50 State Quarters Program 10 years ago, I have been thinking about a follow up program,” said Rep. Castle. “However, this program is unique in that Delaware may be the last coin instead of the first, as we do not yet have a

National Park. I look forward to working with the Delaware Delegation to establish a National Park in Delaware.” The program requires these coins to be issued at a rate of five new designs each year in the order in which the sites selected were established. The site selections will be made by the Treasury secretary after consultation with the Interior secretary and the governor of each state. This announcement comes just weeks after the U.S. Mint deemed Rep. Castle’s 50 State Quarter’s Program the most successful coin initiative in American history, netting between $2.7 and $2.9 billion.

Gardeners plan topiary workshop

The Sussex County Master Gardeners, of Delaware Cooperative Extension for both Delaware State University and University of Delaware, announce their first workshop for 2009 on Tuesday, Jan. 13 at 1 p.m. at the Sussex County Extension Office located at the Carvel Research and Education Center on Route 9 west of Georgetown. Join Sussex County Master Gardeners Emily Peterson and Betty Boettger

to learn the art of creating various types of topiaries to decorate your home. You will be making a topiary to take home. A $5 fee for materials will be collected on the day of the workshop. The program is limited to 25 participants. Pre-register with Karen Adams at 302-856-2585, ext. 540. Anyone with special needs should notify Karen upon registering.

In November, students in the Renewable Energy Sources course offered by Delaware Technical & Community College received onsite, hands-on training for the installation of solar panels at the Good for You Natural Market in Lewes.

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Woman retires after 20 years at Laurel Senior Center B y To n y E . Windsor At the end of December, the Laurel Senior Center said goodbye to one of its most familiar staff members. After more than 20 years, Millie Price, activities director, has retired. The decision was one that Price calls “the hardest I’ve ever had to make.” Unfortunately, a few years ago, she was diagnosed with a rare auto-immune disease, “myasthenia gravis,” a chronic condition that causes muscles to tire and weaken easily. The symptoms of the disease often leave Price extremely weak and unable to take on even the most minor of activities. After developing symptoms, Price was forced to give up her duties as a bus driver for the senior center because the illness causes her to experience blurring eyesight. Because she seemed to be unable to shake the muscular weakness and overall fatigue that would often come without notice, Price began to consider whether she should continue to work. Recently her doctor explained that rest is the most beneficial way to fight the disease and its symptoms. This led her to feel that retiring was her only option. “I would wake up some mornings and not have the energy to even get dressed to go to work,” she said. “Then I would get to work and have to sit down and rest. I felt like I was letting everybody down and not doing my job the way I should, so I knew I had to do something.” Price was born in Gumboro, the daughter of Robert and the late Pearl Lewis. When she was 9, her father took the family to Philadelphia, where he worked as a mechanic. Price went to school in the city and quit school at age 16. She lied about her age and got a job working at the luncheon counter at the Sun Ray Drug Store in Philadelphia. At age 18, Price and her family moved back to the Laurel area. Shortly after that she met Wayne Price, the man she would marry. The two have a son, Wayne Jr. (Little Wayne) and also raised Millie’s two siblings, Barbara Hitchens and the late Don “Butch” Lewis. Prior to coming to work at the Laurel Senior Center, Price worked for more than 20 years at the Laurel Manufacturing Company in downtown Laurel. When the plant closed, Price went to work cleaning homes in the Laurel area. She heard about an opening at the Lau-

rel Senior Center for someone to do cleaning at the facility. She took the job and eventually accepted a position as a bus driver with the CHEER Center, which at the time operated the buses at the Laurel Senior Center. Eventually, the senior center took over management of its own transportation and Price stayed on as a bus driver. Recently, she took over duties as senior center activities director. During her time with the Laurel Senior Center, her husband Wayne also assisted, working side by side with his wife doing the cleaning duties. When Price started driving the bus Wayne continued helping out with the center cleaning. Millie and Wayne were married for more than 51 years. He died in April 2008. Price’s brother, Butch Lewis, passed away in November 2007. The losses of these two special people in her life affected Price emotionally and made it even more difficult to fight the symptoms of myasthenia gravis. Penny Duncan, director of the Laurel Senior Center, said she and everyone at the center will miss Millie immensely. “I have known Millie for over 20 years and she is a wonderful employee and very dear friend,” she said. “I am really sorry that Millie’s health is causing her to retire. We are really going to miss her.” Price said she has learned a lot over the years that she has spent at the Senior Center and that she had made many special friends. “Everyone has been really good to

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Laurel Senior Center director, Penny Duncan, (left) shares a laugh with retiring activities director, Millie Price. Price is retiring from the center after more than 20 years of service to local seniors. Photo by Tony Windsor

me,” she said. “I remember when I was driving the bus there were two ladies who refused to get off the bus until I finished all my stops because they did not want me to be on the bus alone. I have so many friends at the Senior Center; this is like my second home and part of my family.” Price said that even though she is retiring, she is sure there will be times when

she will visit her former place of employment. “I have told everybody that I will probably sneak in and see them from time to time,” she said. “I think it is going to take some time for me to get used to not going to work. I may even get up a couple of mornings and get dressed and ready for work.”



Education Seaford High School welcomes 22 new honor society members The Seaford High School Chapter of the National Honor Society recently welcomed 22 new members. Co-advisor Jason Jeandell served as master of ceremonies during the induction program. Chapter president Kelly Kimpton introduced fellow officers, vice president Zach Cain, secretary Emily Hubbard, treasurer Taylor Swain and executive council members Spencer Noel and Kelsey Hoch. Each officer discussed the qualities that are exemplified by a National Honor Society inductee — scholarship, leadership, character and service. Teacher Tom Chapman, guest speaker, talked about the qualities of a good student and the direction students should take in their lives. “Please take the gifts that you have been given and use them,” he said. “Explore ways to find knowledge that will solve a problem, make someone’s life eas-

ier or simply save a life. Take satisfaction that in your journey for greater knowledge, you may invent a cure, defend the weak or simply love someone to a greater level than you or that person could ever imagine.” New members are James Betts, Tiffany Booth, Breanna Burket, Molly Cain, Adam Caldwell, Erin Dempsey, Meredith Dempsey, Kristen Eckhardt, Benjamin Hearn, Anthony Johnston, Matt Lank, Ethan Lee, Kyle Mitchell, Kyle Pepper, Johnathan Schwinn, Jennifer Scudder, Franklin Stewart, Ania Sypek, Jacqueline Torkelson, Mia Trammell, Cassie Wooters and Terry Wooters. New members recited the society’s pledge, lit a candle representing the “light of knowledge” and received their membership cards.

Education Briefs Two inducted into honor society

Jennifer Chisley and Stephanie Elliott have been inducted into Sigma Theta Tau, the international nursing honor society at Salisbury University. Chisley, the wife of Terry L. Chisley, Laurel, graduated from Indian River High School in 1998 and is a senior in the second degree nursing program at SU. Elliott was recently inducted as a community nurse leader. In addition to being a registered nurse, Elliott is a certified nephrology nurse and manager of the Hemodialysis Unit at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, Md. She is pursuing an M.B.A. in health care administration at Wilmington University. She is the wife of Wayne H. Elliott, of Delmar, mother of India and Bradley Elliott, and daughter of Jacqueline Coleman Elliott and the late Harold Coleman Jr.

WU hosts donor reception

Wilmington University recently hosted a reception in honor of all the alumni, friends and corporate supporters who contributed to the annual fund for the fiscal year 2007–2008. These donations will be used for scholarships. More than 70 donors attended the reception, which was held at the New Castle campus. President Jack P. Varsalona thanked everyone for their continued support. “We really have changed since you were here but one thing remains the same and that is our small, student-friendly atmosphere. Our average class size remains at 17, and we intend to keep it that way," he said.

Assistant principal vying for award

Sussex Technical High School assistant principal Dr. John L. Demby is the Delaware nominee for the 2009 National Assistant Principal of the Year award,. sponsored jointly by the National Associa-

tion of Secondary School Principals and Virco. Demby, who has been in education for more than 10 years, came to Sussex Tech in 2005. He holds a bachelor’s degree in behavioral science from Wilmington University and a Demby master’s degree in special education from Delaware State. He earned his doctorate degree from Wilmington University. The State and National Assistant Principal of the Year programs recognize outstanding middle level and high school assistant principals who have demonstrated success in leadership, curriculum and personalization. From the state winners, three finalists are selected to become eligible for the National Assistant Principal of the Year award. The National Assistant Principal of the Year will receive a $5,000 grant. All of the state winners will be guests at a banquet in Washington, D.C. The attendees will have the opportunity to share best practices and expertise with other state winners.

LHS grad is college fellow David Bartee, a freshman at Washington College in Chestertown, Md., is one of the college’s first presidential fellows. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Larry D. Bartee of Laurel and graduated from Laurel Senior High School. Bartee plans on studying chemistry or pre-med. In high school, he served as captain of the baseball, soccer, and wrestling teams. He was also the drum captain in the marching band.

DCHS DONATES TOYS - Delmarva Christian High School students recently delivered gifts and nonperishable food items collected by the student body to the Dagsboro Boy's and Girl's Club. The toy and food drive was coordinated by members of the DCHS Student Leadership Council. Front, from left: Meghan Whittingham, Andrew Hazzard, Tyler Collins, Kyle Kokjohn and Peter Gorgui. Second row: advisor Kathy Bryan, Chloe Johnson, Mallary Gum, Jordyn Gum, Emily Pentoney and Adam Troyer. Third row: Olivia Esposito, Haley Embleton, Keina Harmon and Sarah Betts. Back: Lauren Henry, Rebecca Bryan, Luke Mathews, Caleb Craig, Philip Gordon, Tara Munro and Kattie Parsons.

STUDENTS DELIVER FOOD - The Sussex Academy of Arts and Sciences, a charter school for students in grades six, seven and eight, recently delivered more than 550 nonperishable food items to the Christian Storehouse. From left, student representatives Jessica Fulmer, Anna Kornfeld and Madeline Smith delivered the food to the storehouse. Students at the academy are involved in various community service projects and must complete a minimum of 10 service hours each year.

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Students who best predict election outcome win scholarships Six Sussex County students have learned an important lesson in the historic 2008 election — Political punditry pays. Sussex County Council, at its Tuesday, Dec. 9, meeting, announced the 2008 winners in the Election Year Scholarship Contest, recognizing the winner and five runners-up with certificates and scholarship prizes. “It is always encouraging to see so many young folks participating in this exercise of democracy,” said Councilman Vance C. Phillips, who in 2000 suggested the contest as a way to involve children in the democratic process. “They will be the leaders of tomorrow.” Students ages 18 and younger who are residents of the county and enrolled in public or private schools were eligible to participate and compete for a $300 scholarship as the top prize. To take part, students had to fill out a form on the county’s Web site, and then predict the winners of 23 national, state and local races in the Nov. 4 general election. One winner and five runners-up were declared, based on their predictions and a tiebreaking question, from a field of more than 500 participants — a record turnout. Those students were recognized with certificates at the county council meeting. The winner and five runners-up are: • Winner Audrey White, 17, a senior at Sussex Tech. Audrey correctly picked 21 of

23 races, and with a guess of 73,000 votes, had the closest predicted Sussex County vote tally for the winner of the Delaware governor’s race (Gov.-elect Jack Markell picked up 45,545 votes in Sussex County). Audrey’s prediction was used to break the tie with the first and second runners-up, earning her the top prize of $300. • First runner-up Kaitlin Binsted, 17, a senior at Indian River High School. Kaitlin also correctly predicted 21 of 23 races in the contest, with a tie-breaking prediction of 14,398 votes. • Second runner-up Joshua Betts, 11, a fifth-grader at Shields Elementary School. Joshua also correctly predicted 21 of 23 races, with a tie-breaking prediction of 283,462 votes. • Third runner-up Connor Hitchens, 8, a second-grader at North Georgetown Elementary School. Connor correctly predicted 20 of 23 races, with a tie-breaking prediction of 58,500 votes. • Fourth runner-up Hannah Picconi, 7, a second-grader at Greenwood Mennonite School. Hannah also correctly predicted 20 of 23 races, with a tie-breaking prediction of 30,000 votes. • Fifth runner-up Caitlyn Hitchens, 12, a seventh-grader at the Sussex Academy of Arts & Sciences. Caitlyn also correctly picked 20 of 23 races, with a tie-breaking prediction of 64,827 votes. Eddie Sparpaglione, director of the County’s Information Systems office,

Sussex County Council President Finley B. Jones Jr. (back center) congratulated the winners of the Sussex County Election Year Scholarship Contest during the county council meeting Tuesday, Dec. 9. Pictured with Jones are, from left, Joshua Betts, Kaitlin Binsted, Hannah Picconi, Caitlyn Hitchens, Audrey White and Connor Hitchens.

which coordinated the online contest, said more than 530 Sussex students participated in the program. In 2006, the number of participants was approximately 300. While the top student won a $300 scholarship prize, the five runners-up were not left empty handed. Each won a $200

scholarship. All of the scholarships are to be paid upon a student’s enrollment in college or another post-high school educational program. Funding comes through councilmanic grants and the Griffin & Hackett law firm.

Laurel High students are named to honor roll The following students were named to the honor roll for the first quarter at Laurel High School: 9th grade - Harry Barr, Kevandre Batson, Alexandra Butterworth (all A’s), Collin Butterworth (all A’s), Cory Cutsail (all A’s), Stephanie Dukes (all A’s), Paul Elliott, Erin Eudy, Amanda Fisher (all A’s), Erik Fleetwood, Carrie Gambrill (all A’s), Brittney Keffer, Reilly Laux (all A’s), George LeCates, Trene’ Maddox, Elizabeth Mancini, Kelly Marine, Ashley Marvel, Amanda McGarvey, Allysa Miller, Shawn Miller, Jenna Pinson, Arnell Puckham, Darlene Reid, Kaitlynn Ritchie, Kaleb Scott, Elizabeth Sisk, Crystal Staples, Richard Steen, Tangee Taylor, Rosanne Thornton (all A’s), Phillip Tonelli and Elizabeth Waite.

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Spicer, Uzma Uddin, Colby Watts and Ashley Zarrello. 12th grade - Candy Beck, Ashlee Brittingham, Brittney Brittingham, Kyle Brown, Anaika Casimir, Youdeline Charleron, Ashley Cheeseman, Britney Clark (all A’s), Amanda D’Armi (all A’s), Michelle Dickerson, Cassidy Elliott, Aaron Givens, Brandon Hearne, Brooks Hearne, Florence Herscher (all A’s), Heather Horsey, Josh Kosiorowski, Keith Koyanagi (all A’s), Quinten Langley, Earle Little, Kenzie Matthews, Twila McCrea, Kara Mears, Shiann Miller, Jason Moore, Alexis Musser, Gaven Parker, Brandon Phulesar, Dominic Queen, James Ruhl, Anna Sanders (all A’s), Ashley Swords, Shane Walls, Tylor Webb and Tyler Whitney.

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Shane F. Batson, 41, of Seaford, was arrested Dec. 28 and charged with robbery of the Royal Farms store in downtown Seaford. Police said that the robbery took place Dec. 27 at around 9:34 p.m. While making a purchase, Batson allegedly reached over the counter and struck the clerk with his fist. He then removed an undisclosed amount of money from the register, police said, and fled the scene on foot. After their investigation, detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Batson, charging him with second-degree robbery and offensive touching. On Dec. 28 at approximately 7 a.m., officers located him at a residence in the 200 block of Front Street. Batson was taken into custody and processed at the Seaford Police Department. He was committed to the Department of Corrections in lieu of $5,500 secured bond.

Police looking for Walgreens robber

Police are searching for a man suspected in the robbery of the Walgreens drug store on U.S. 13, Seaford. The man, described as white, about 6 feet tall and weighing 250 pounds and between 20 and 30 years old, entered the store on Dec. 28 around 5:10 a.m. and displayed a handgun, police said. He ordered the store employees to the ground and then took an assortment of prescription drugs from the pharmacy. The man fled from the store on foot. At the time of the robbery, the suspect was wearing a brown coat and blue jeans. He had on a white ski mask. The Seaford Police Department is asking anyone with information about this crime to contact them at 629-6648 or Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP3333 or online at Delaware Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of person or persons involved.

Traffic stop leads to drug arrest

On Dec. 16 at 7:50 a.m., Laurel Police stopped a Toyota for a traffic violation. During the traffic stop, police said, the driver, Anthony Mills, 43, of Laurel, provided a false name. He was also found to be in possession of a small amount of marijuana, police said. Mills was charged with criminal impersonation, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was released on criminal summons.

Police apprehend Maryland fugitive

On Dec. 17, Laurel Police were requested by the Caroline County Sheriff’s Office to check the area of Carvel Gardens for Alonzo Fletcher, 30, of Maryland. Caroline County Sheriff’s Office advised that they had an active warrant for Fletcher for failure to register as a sex offender. On Dec. 18, Laurel Police found Fletcher in an apartment in the 500 building of Carvel Garden. Fletcher was taken into custody without incident and charged as a fugitive from an-

other state. Extradition was waved and he was returned to Maryland.

Four men face drug charges

On Dec. 19 at 10:20 p.m. Laurel Police were on patrol in Carvel Gardens apartment complex when they observed what they believed to be a drug transaction between a male subject and people in a Hyundai. When the male subject observed the officers, he quickly walked away, police said. The vehicle began to leave the area but was stopped in front of 1300 Carvel Gardens. As officers approached the vehicle, they reportedly observed a passenger attempting to hide something. When officers recognized the passenger as a man who was barred from the property, they asked him to get out of the vehicle. As he was getting out of the vehicle, he threw a bag to the front of the vehicle, police said. Officers later recovered the bag, which was later found to contain a large amount of marijuana and digital scales. When officers attempted to take the man into custody, he allegedly began to fight. Then the other three occupants of the vehicle got out of the car and allegedly attempted to interfere with officers. Two of the occupants that exited the vehicle also attempted to hide the marijuana, police said. The subject was able to break free and run from police. Officers chased the subject until he barricaded himself in an apartment in the 2500 building of Carvel Gardens. Officers forced their way into the apartment and took the suspect into custody after another brief struggle. Officers also took the other three occupants into custody. The following individuals were arrested: Tennyson Evans, 19, of Delmar; Michael Greene, 23, of Laurel; Franklin Greene, 26, of Laurel; and Eugene Purnell, 26, of Plainview, N.Y. Evans, whose bail was set at $19,500 cash, was charged with second degree burglary, possession with the intent to deliver marijuana, maintaining a vehicle, riot, possession of marijuana within 1,000 feet of a school, resisting arrest with violence, hindering prosecution, tampering with evidence, second degree conspiracy, offensive touching of a law enforcement officer, possession of marijuana, criminal mischief and disorderly conduct. Greene, whose bail was set at $11,000 cash, was charged with possession with the intent to deliver marijuana, maintaining a vehicle, riot, possession of marijuana within 1,000 feet of a school, resisting arrest, hindering prosecution, second degree conspiracy, possession of marijuana and disorderly conduct. Greene, whose bail was set at $12,000 cash, was charged with possession with the intent to deliver marijuana, maintaining a vehicle, riot, possession of marijuana within 1,000 feet of a school, resisting arrest, hindering prosecution, tampering with evidence, second degree conspiracy, possession of marijuana and disorderly conduct. Purnell, whose bail was set at $12,000 cash, was charged with possession with

the intent to deliver marijuana, maintaining a vehicle, riot, possession of marijuana within 1,000 feet of a school, resisting arrest, hindering prosecution, tampering with evidence, second degree conspiracy, possession of marijuana and disorderly conduct. All four were committed to SCI.

DUI Victim’s Tree adds red bulb

The first alcohol-related death of the holiday season occurred on Dec. 15, when a pedestrian impaired by both alcohol and drugs attempted to cross Route 2 in New Castle County and was struck by a vehicle. This is the first red light bulb on the DUI Victim’s Trees located in the Department of Motor Vehicles offices statewide. Seven people were injured in alcohol–related crashes between Dec. 15 and Dec. 21, adding seven more green bulbs to the tree as well. This brings the total number of people injured in impaired driving crashes since Thanksgiving to 41. The DUI Victim’s Tree project memorializes alcohol-related deaths and injuries which occur in Delaware between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day by placing colored light bulbs on the tree to represent each victim. Each red bulb on the tree symbolizes someone killed in an alcoholrelated crash during this time, and each green light bulb symbolizes someone injured in an impaired driving crash. Last year, two people were killed and 88 injured in alcohol-related crashes in

Delaware during the holiday season. Forty-two, or 35 percent, of Delaware's 120 traffic deaths since Jan. 1, 2008, have been alcohol-related. This is a 10-percent decrease in impaired driving related deaths compared to this time last year.

Man puts antifreeze in storm drain

On Dec. 23 at 10 a.m. DNREC Environmental Enforcement officers responded to the Middletown Police Department about a parked vehicle with antifreeze running out into a storm drain in the parking lot of Duke Field on Cleaver Farms Road in Middletown. DNREC officers interviewed the vehicle’s owner, who was standing next to the 2000 Chevrolet Camaro, and found that he was flushing its radiator by dumping antifreeze into the storm drain, which runs into a storm water pond, said Cpl. Casey Fountain of the DNREC Environmental Crimes Unit. Officers arrested Frank W. Prentice, 37, of 925 Mulberry Court, Middletown, and charged him with discharging a water pollutant without a permit. The violation carries a fine of $100 to $500 for the first offense and $500 to $2,500 for the second offense. “Our storm drains connect with larger bodies of water, and dumping hazardous chemicals and pollutants into these drains harms water quality,” Fountain said. Citizens are encouraged to report environmental crimes by calling 800-6628802.



First affordable senior complex opens in Felton Calling Hurd’s Crossing “the best of what we can do with our focus on affordable housing,” Delaware State Housing Authority official Tim McLaughlin officially dedicated Felton’s first affordable senior housing complex on Dec. 11. The project was designed and managed by MHDC, Delaware’s leading non-profit provider of affordable housing. MHDC also served as general contractor for Hurd’s Crossing. Thanks to the work of MHDC, after just 14 months of construction more than 50 seniors and disabled clients have moved into 36 new garden apartments. “We are especially pleased that 95% of the new residents of Hurd’s Crossing are from the Felton area,” said Dave Moore, president and CEO of MHDC. All of the residents are 62 years of age or older or disabled, with incomes below 60% of the county median level. None will pay more than 30% of their incomes for rent and utilities, under a special program that MHDC has coordinated with USDA Rural Development. The new community consists of one and two-bedroom garden apartment units, a community center and a recreational “Lifetrails” system, within walking distance of downtown Felton. MHDC is the only non-profit builder approved to work

in the capacity of general contractor for multi-family tax credit projects in Delaware. Moore said that a market study done in 2005 pointed to the need for more affordable housing in Kent County, where none had been built since 1985. Since then, MHDC has also broken ground on a second development of 32 single family homes in Camden. Other MHDC projects are underway in Seaford, Laurel, Bridgeville, Georgetown and Milford. Packaging the financing for affordable housing projects, which MHDC also handles, is complex. For Hurd’s Crossing, the Delaware State Housing Authority provided $2.7 million of the total $5.1 million dollar project cost; MMA Financial purchased the tax credits; Citizens Bank made a $1 million construction loan; and USDA Rural Development provided a $1 million permanent financing loan. Now in its 30th year, MHDC provides a full range of affordable housing solutions for low and moderate income residents and families in Southern Delaware. The Milford based non-profit organization currently has residential units in production for another 1,000 people. Those include “self help” single home projects, in which buyers engage in the actual construction of their own and oth-

As Congress and the incoming Obama Administration craft an economic recovery package, a group of Senators have called for targeted economic development assistance for communities with massive job loss. In a letter to President-Elect Barack Obama, Vice President-Elect Joseph Biden, and members of congressional leadership, U.S. Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Tom Carper (D-DE), and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) outlined how federal assistance can bring new jobs and economic activity to communities facing the double-blow of national economic recession and massive local job-loss. “What may start as an isolated layoff or plant closing can quickly ripple through an entire community,” wrote the Senators. “Mass layoffs and plant closings undermine the local tax base, at the expense of key government services, Main Street businesses, schools and libraries. These communities cannot recover from the double blow of national economic recession and massive local job loss without specialized assistance from the federal government,” continued the Senators in their letter. The Senators referenced examples of job loss in their states that have had farreaching effects on local communities. These include DHL’s plans to close its plant in Wilmington, Ohio; G.M. layoffs in Detroit and Pontiac, Mich.; and Chrysler’s plant closing in Newark. They also reference pockets of the country with unemployment rates well above the national average, including

Providence County, R.I. with a 9.6 percent rate. The letter outlined how, in addition to investment in infrastructure and state fiscal relief, an economic recovery package could help rebuild communities facing massive job loss. The Senators recommended investments in the following programs: • Providing $2 billion through the Economic Development Administration’s (EDA) “Economic Adjustment Assistance” programs, including its University Centers program, with priority consideration given to areas that have experienced sudden and severe economic dislocation or persistent and long-term economic distress due to corporate restructuring. • Increasing by $50 million the “TAA for Firms” program, administered by EDA, which helps trade-impacted firms make adjustments that allow them to remain competitive. • Investing an additional $700 million through the Wagner Peyser Act for reemployment services for unemployment insurance claimants, labor market information to help guide state and local decisions about economic development strategies, and other labor market exchange services. • Investing an additional $1.5 billion in the existing WIA dislocated worker fund to retrain workers recently laid off, with $300 million reserved for National Emergency Grants (NEG) and for the remaining $1.2 billion, 25 percent reserved at the state level for supporting rapid response efforts in economically distressed areas.

From left are Paul Marcus, Citizens Bank; June Barto, MHDC board member; Tim Windstedt, Senator Carper’s Office; David Moore, president and CEO MHDC; Ted Gardner, project superintendent, MHDC; Marlene Elliott Brown, state director USDA Rural Development; Tim McLaughlin, Delaware State Housing Authority; Kate Rohrer, Congressman Castle’s Office; and Margaret Gallego, MHDC board vice-chair.

ers’ new homes; rental housing for seniors, like Hurd’s Crossing; rental apartments for lower income families; and emergency housing for single mothers with children.

MHDC also renovates blighted housing for sale in various communities and assists other non-profit organizations with targeted construction projects.

Senators ask for economic relief Water quality workshop planned DNREC’s Division of Water Resources Watershed Assessment Section will hold a public workshop at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 7 on the triennial update and review of Delaware Surface Water Quality Standards. The workshop will be held at DNREC’s auditorium, Richardson and Robbins Building, 89 Kings Highway, Dover. The workshop is designed to encourage public comment and suggestions from citizens on current water quality criteria and standards for all of the state’s surface waters, including bays, rivers, streams, lakes, ponds, wetlands, estuaries and the ocean. As established under the federal Clean Water Act, Water Quality Stan-

dards are the regulations which list designated uses, water quality criteria and an antidegradation policy. The standards have been established to protect public health and welfare and enhance water quality in the state. While the standards are Delaware regulations, they must be approved by the EPA. Residents are encouraged to attend the workshop, learn more about Delaware’s water quality standards and provide recommendations for water resources management. For more information contact David Wolanski, Watershed Assessment, 302-739-9939.

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Church Bulletins ‘Parents, Meet Your Teens’

The Atlanta Road Alliance Church will host “Parents, Meet Your Teens,” a seminar on Biblically guiding your teen by Paul Tripp, on Saturday, Jan. 10, from 8:30 a.m.-noon. The format will be a live conference on DVD followed by a discussion time. Parents of teens and pre-teens are invited to attend. Paul Tripp is a pastor, author, and founder of Paul Tripp Ministries, a nonprofit organization whose mission statement is “connecting the transforming power of Jesus Christ to everyday life.” Cost of the seminar is $5 per person (free if you bring a friend) and includes bagel bar and coffee as well as lunch. Call Pastor Dave Krilov at 629-5600 to register. The registration deadline is Wednesday, Jan. 7. The Atlanta Road Alliance Church is located at 22625 Atlanta Road, Seaford, approximately 1-1/2 miles north of Stein Hwy (Rt. 20).

Invista Pastoral Response

On Jan. 11, at 4:30 p.m., a service of prayer for those who are soon to be affected by the job layoffs at the Seaford Invista site will be held at Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church, located at 315 High St., in downtown Seaford. The service is part of the ecumenical response of clergy in the Bridgeville, Cannon and Seaford communities for those who will be losing jobs and their families.

A COMMUNITY OF CARING - It began as a Kiwanis project in the 1960s in Laurel and now many community organizations, individuals, businesses and churches participate to give help to those in need. Four-hundred and forty-four children received gifts with 166 families represented. The total receiving aid (just food) was a record 290 families. All the proceeds were collected from their annual “Red Kettle Drive” at the Laurel Food Lion store. Photo by Pat Murphy.

Pastor Carlton Cannon of Clarence Street Church of God, the Rev. Diane Melson of Concord United Methodist Church. The Rev. Luis Almandoz of Cannon United Methodist Church and Siempre Verde will offer messages of love, support and hope. Petitions for God’s blessing of our

communities, spiritual reliance and strength in times of transition, and a measure of prosperity even in the midst of economic adversity will be led by area clergy. A diverse offering of praise will be lifted by gifted vocalists, choirs and musicians to return to God thankfulness of pro-

vision and protection in times of trouble. The community is being asked to reach out to all those who are in economic distress and invite them to this service. Information will be made available at this time about continuing support and events planned. A gathering will be offered in late Jan-

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. PastorJul ie A. Lewis

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

St. John’s United Methodist Church

Pine & Poplar Sts., Seaford 302-629-9466 E-mail:


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

Centenary United Methodist Church

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

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


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


510 S. Central Ave., Laurel, DE Rev. Donna Hinkle, Pastor Church: 875-4233 ��n�a� �er�i�es� 8:30 am Praise 9:30 am Sunday School,10:45 am Worship


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

(302) 875-3644

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

Christ Evangelistic Church Great Worship - Talented Singers Loving People - Powerful Preaching Youth Group Wednesday 7:00 pm

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

Christian Church of Seaford Dual 13N., Seaford, DE • 629-6298


Sunday School 9:30 a.m. Evening Worship 6:00 p.m. Morning Worship 10:30 Wed. Night Service & (Nursery & Jr. Church) Youth Groups 7:00 p.m. A Firm Foundation • A Sure Hope • An Unending Love 94 Walnut St. Laurel, DE 19956


“A Place to Belong”

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

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

Sunday School - 9 a.m.; Worship Service - 10:30 a.m. FasTrak Children’s Ministry - 10:30 a.m.; E318 Youth - 6 p.m. Wednesday Midweek Services - 7 p.m.

For info, call 875.7995 or visit

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

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

Delmar Wesleyan Church

Pastor - Donald Murray - 856-6107

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

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

Wednesday: BibleS tudy 7P M

MORNING STAR • JANUARY 1 - 7, 2009 uary providing job counseling, opportunities for job retraining from organizations such as Delaware Technical and Community College and other state agencies, and resources for families affected. For more information, call the Rev. Tom Gross 841-7059 or the Rev. Dale Brown 337-7409.

All-You-Can-Eat Breakfast

PK All-You-Can-Eat Breakfast will be served by the Centenary Promise Keepers for College Scholarship Fund, at the Centenary United Methodist Church, Laurel, on Saturday, Jan. 3, from 6:30 to 10:30 a.m. Menu will include: eggs, coffee, pancakes, sausage, orange juice and potatoes. Cost is adults, $5; children (6-12), $3; less than 6 are free.

Obituaries Dr. Susan J. Betts, 53

Dr. Susan J. Betts of Seaford died Friday, Dec. 26, 2008, at home. Susan was the daughter of Rosemary “Dusty” Betts and the late A. Dean Betts Sr. Susan was a 1973 graduate of Seaford High School, a 1977 graduate of Virginia Tech and a 1981 graduate of the Pennsylvania College of Optometry. She started her practice in Seaford Dr. Betts in 1982. She was acting executive director and secretary of the Delaware Optometric Society, and for nine years was a member of the State Board of Optometry for Licensing. She was the Member Services chair for the Greater Seaford Chamber of Commerce, a position she held for nearly 20 years, and was president of the chamber from 1988 to 1989. She received the ATHENA award in 1990 for her professional leadership in support of women and for her community service. In 2008, the Seaford Chamber of Commerce named Susan Business Person of the Year. Susan celebrated life outdoors. She loved the beach, snow skiing, scuba diving and horseback riding. She was a very involved member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Seaford, serving as a Eucharistic minister, Sunday school teacher and youth group leader. In addition to her mother, Susan is survived by five siblings, Michael Dean Betts and wife Lynne of Seaford; Judge Rosemary Betts Beauregard of Milton; Colleen Betts DeMott and husband Brian of Seaford; Dr. Anthony Betts of Royersford, Pa.; and A. Dean Betts Jr., Esq. and


‘Extreme Heart Makeover’

Laurel Wesleyan Church invites you to “Extreme Heart Makeover” Jan. 1822 with Evangelist The Rev. Jim Tharp, on Sunday, Jan. 18 at 9 a.m., 10:45 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 19, through Friday, Jan. 22, at 6:30 p.m. Join us for a powerful week of renewal. New Year, New Heart. Childcare will be provided. For more information call 875-5380. Laurel Wesleyan Church is located ½-mile north of Laurel on Alt. 13

Mt. Olivet Preschool openings

Mt. Olivet Preschool has added another three-year-old class to its program. There are limited openings in the three and four-year-old classes. Call Linda Stephenson at 629-2786 for details.

Obituaries are run without charge thanks to the support of area churches

wife April of Lewes; and 15 nieces and nephews. Susan also leaves behind her loving and dear friend Tom Brown. A mass of Christian burial was held on Wednesday, Dec. 31 at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church. Burial was Sunday, Jan. 4 at Our Lady of Lourdes Cemetery. The family suggests donations be made to the Susan J. Betts Charitable Trust at the Delaware Community Foundation, 36 The Circle, Georgetown, DE 19947. The donations will benefit organizations such as Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, animal rescue shelters and therapeutic horseback riding programs.

Pauline R. Eskridge, 80

Pauline R. Eskridge of Smyrna and formerly of Laurel passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2008, at home surrounded by her loving family. Pauline was born in Georgetown, a daughter of Mac and Ruth Marvel. She was a retired seamstress who worked in the Delmar and Laurel garment factories. She was a loving mother and grandmother who loved to shop, knit, sew and create ceramics. She was also a self taught pianist and organist. She is survived by her sons, Horace Eskridge Jr. and wife Deena of Bridgeville, James Eskridge and fiance Mary Agnes Landry of Smyrna, and Robert Eskridge and wife Ellen of Smyrna; daughter, Diane E. Jennings and husband Robert of Middletown; brother, George Marvel of Millsboro; sister, Audrey Leggs of Laurel; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she is predeceased by her husband, Horace Eskridge Sr.; son, Ronald Lee Eskridge; sister, Betty Scarborough; and brother, Harry Marvel.


Rev. Michael A. Hopkins, Pastor

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

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

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

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



302-629-8434 •

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


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

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

A Gathering Of Faith Come together under Christ’s roof and share together in his love. Attend Church this Sunday

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

“The Pickle Church” CHRIST THE CORNERSTONE COMMUNITY CHURCH PICKLE MINISTRIES OUTREACH & CORNERSTONE NOTE MUSIC MINISTRY Corner of Bethel Rd. & Alt. 13 • 302-875-8150 Church School -All Ages - 9:15 a.m. Worship Service - 10:00 a.m. Rev. Rick Elzey Wings of Prayer - Tues. 7:00 p.m. Come Join Our Family



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


Ministry for the whole family 7 PM

Pastor Stacey Johnson

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



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

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

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

Wednesday Evening

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

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

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

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

Mount Olivet

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

Sunday Services: Informal Worship in Chapel 8:30 a.m. Traditional Worship 11:00 a.m. Sanctuary 9:45 Sunday School

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

Laurel Wesleyan Church Rt. 13A, Just North of Laurel

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

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

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


St. Luke’s Episcopal Church

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

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

Seaford Church of Christ Acapella

(Rm. 16:16)

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

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PAGE 16 The funeral was held Tuesday, Dec. 30 at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home in Laurel and the Rev. Roland Tice officiated. Interment followed in Odd Fellows Cemetery in Laurel. Memorial contributions may be made in her memory to the Alzheimers Association,109 N. Bedford St., Georgetown, DE 19947.

Catherine C. Hurley, 76

Catherine C. Hurley of Seaford died Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2008, at Beebe Medical Center in Lewes. Mrs. Hurley was born in Lansdowne, Pa., the daughter of the late Alfred and Thelma Carey. She graduated from Lansdowne High School and attended Fairfax Hill Business School in Fairfax, Va. Cathy was an active member of the Seaford Acorn Club for 40 years and was chairman of many committees including the Acorn Telephone Book. She was also an active member of the Nanticoke River Yacht Club. Her husband, Benjamin J. “Bennie” Hurley died in 2007. She is survived by three daughters, Linda Powell and husband Robert of Millville, Sharon Hoffecker and husband, Robert of Smyrna, and Barbara Brown and husband, Dale of Rehoboth Beach; and two grandchildren, Kyle Miller and Alexis Brown. The funeral was held Tuesday, Dec. 30 at Cranston Funeral Home in Seaford. Burial followed in Union Cemetery, Georgetown. Donations may be made to the Acorn Club of Seaford, PO Box 402, Seaford, DE 19973.

Sara A. Kemp, 77

Sara A. Kemp of Seaford died Thursday, Dec. 25, 2008, at home. Mrs. Kemp worked as a waitress at Woolworth in the Nylon Capitol Shopping Center in Seaford for more than 20 years. She then worked at Pizza King Restaurant in Seaford. Sara was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She enjoyed going places with her family and friends and she loved her early morning meetings with family and friends at Hardees. Her husband, Alfred E. Kemp Jr. died in 1994. She is survived by a son, Alfred “Peanut” Kemp III and his wife, Debbie of Georgetown; two daughters, Linda Ellis of Georgetown and Bonnie Moore and husband Danny of Greenwood; five grandchildren, Tony “TC” Dize, Terry “TJ” Chelton, Misty Ellis, Christopher Kemp and Jason Kemp; and eight greatgrandchildren. The funeral was held Monday, Dec. 29 at Cranston Funeral Home in Seaford. Burial followed in Blades Cemetery.

Norval William LeCates Sr., 81

Norval William LeCates Sr. of Delmar died Saturday, Dec. 27, 2008, at Coastal Hospice at the Lake in Salisbury, Md. Born in Pittsville, Md., he was the son of Mary Truitt and Granville LeCates.

MORNING STAR • JANUARY 1 - 7, 2009 He was a truck driver for Perdue in Salisbury. He is survived by his wife, Annie Thomas LeCates; two sons, Norval W. LeCates Jr. and Michael W, LeCates of Delmar; two brothers, Alvin LeCates of Laurel and Granville Lee LeCates of Millsboro; four sisters, Eileen Baker of Georgetown, Kathy Torbert of Milford, and Virginia Hudson and Yvonne Cooper, both of Laurel; four granddaughters; and nine great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he was also preceeded in death by his daughter, Joyce L. Harris in 2005; two brothers, Donald and Johnny LeCates; a sister, Myrtle Wingate; and a grandson, Norval W. “Trey” LeCates III. The funeral was held Tuesday, Dec. 30 at Watson-Yates Funeral Home in Seaford. The Rev. Joseph LeCates officiated. Burial was held at Line United Methodist Church Cemetery in Whitesville.

Harold W. Lietzan

Harold “Harry” W. Lietzan of Laurel died Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2008, surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Buffalo, N.Y., a son of Harold and Margaret Ellis Lietzan. Mr. Lietzan served nine years in the U.S. Navy. He also had a welding shop in Harold Lietzan Laurel for several years. He retired from Chesapeake Utilities in 1994. He was a member of American Legion Post #28 in Millsboro and served as chaplin for two years. He was also a member of Odd Fellows Lodge #27 and Rebekah Lodge of Laurel. He was a charter member of Seaford Christian Church and a member of The Christ Church of New Hope. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a sister, June Smith of California. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Josephine Walsh Lietzan; daughter, Charlene and husband Lee Glasco of Georgetown; son, David Lietzan and wife Nieca of Laurel; four grandchildren, Eric Glasco and wife Joan, Matthew Glasco and wife Collen, Adam Lietzan and Emily Lietzan; three great-grandchildren, Nathan Glasco, Justin Glasco and Alex Glasco; brothers, Ronald Lietzan of West Falls, N.Y. and Richard Lietzan of Lockport, N.Y.; sisters, Marian France of Colden, N.Y. and Norma Erhardt of Louisville, Ky.; and several nieces and nephews. The funeral was held on Monday, Dec. 29 at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home in Laurel. Interment with military honors followed in Spring Hill Memory Gardens in Hebron. Memorial contributions may be made in his memory to the American Cancer Society Relay For life, PO Box 163, Salis-

bury, MD 21803 or The Christ Church of New Hope, c/o John Thornton III, 47 North Front St. Seaford, DE 19973.

Esther Hopkins Vetra, 86

Esther Hopkins Vetra of Delmar died Monday, Dec. 22, 2008, at Wicomico Nursing Home in Salisbury, Md. She was born on July 17, 1922 in Monie, Md. in Somerset County, a daughter of Wesley and Katie Bozman Hopkins. Mrs. Vetra worked as a welder at Maryland Dry Dock in Baltimore, Md. during World War II before returning to the Eastern Shore to proudly earn her degree in the nursing program at Dorchester General Hospital. She worked as an LPN at Deer’s Head Hospital Center beginning in 1973 until her retirement from the State of Maryland in 1984. Her true passion was being a wife and mother and raising her family. She attended St. John’s United Methodist Church in Fruitland, Md. She enjoyed knitting, crocheting, sewing and quilting for her family and friends. She also loved to read. She is survived by a son, Lynden G. Vetra and wife Suzanne of Delmar; two daughters, Valerie Lingle and husband Terry and Cindy O’Day and husband Robert, all of Delmar; seven grandchildren, James O. Webster III of Salisbury, Staci Wheatley of Delmar, Bradley Lingle of Delmar, Derek Lingle of New York City, Kirk Lingle of Delmar, Brandy Foskey of Delmar and Travis Foskey of Delmar; three great-grandchildren; a sister, Catherine Benton of Arizona; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, George K. Vetra who passed away on Feb. 25, 1986; a son, James O. Webster; and three brothers, Donald Hopkins, Franklin Hopkins


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and Wesley Hopkins Jr. The funeral service was held Monday, Dec. 29 at Short Funeral Home in Delmar. The Rev. Howard Travers officiated. Interment followed at St. Stephen’s Cemetery in Delmar. Memorial contributions may be made in her memory to a charity of your choice. Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Mary G. Watson, 87

Mary G. Watson of Seaford died Thursday, Dec. 25, 2008, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital. Mrs. Watson retired from the Seaford School District after over 30 years of service. She was a member of the Seaford Golf and Country Club, Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church, the Acorn Club and was a volunteer at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital. Her husband, Edward M. Watson died in 2006. She is survived by a son, Gary E. Watson and wife Judith; three grandchildren, Edward M. Watson II, Gregory E. Watson and Kyle P. Watson; and five great-grandchildren, Dakotah, Huntor, Neal, Jeremy and Jillion. The memorial service was held Tuesday, Dec. 30 at Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church in Seaford. Arrangements are by Cranston Funeral Home in Seaford. Donations may be made to Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church, 315 High St, Seaford, DE 19973.

Wayne Ray Blockston, 53

Wayne Ray Blockston of Delmar passed away on Saturday, Dec. 27, 2008, at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, Md. He was born on June 18, 1953 in Ridgely, Md., a son of Barbara Moore of Del-

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MORNING STAR • JANUARY 1 - 7, 2009 mar and the late Milton Blockston. He is survived by a daughter, Jeanna Rae Henry and a granddaughter of Newark; his stepfather, C.T. Moore of Delmar; three brothers, Mickey Blockston Wayne Blockston of Tennessee, Timothy Moore and Tay Moore of Delmar; two sisters, Bonnie Collins of Laurel and Terri Fletcher of Delmar; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by a sister, JoAnn Tull. A private memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangements are in the care of Short Funeral Home in Delmar. Online condolences may be made at

Charlotte C. Taylor, 73

Charlotte C. Turpin Taylor of Delmar, died Sunday, Dec. 21, 2008, at the home of her daughters, surrounded by her loving family. She was a resident of Delmar Nursing and Rehabilitation Center for the past eight years. She was born April 27, 1935 in Laurel, a daughter of Donaldson Farlow Turpin and Helena Juliet Begonia Turpin.

Charlotte retired from Perdue Farms in Bridgeville as a hatchery supervisor after 17 years of service. She had a love for flowers and gardening and was an avid reader. She was an excellent cook. She was a talented sketch artist and painter and enjoyed sharing her artwork with family and friends. Mrs. Taylor’s family is forever grateful for the compassionate and loving care given to her over the years from the staff at Delmar Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. She is survived by two sons, John Dalton Wilkerson Jr. and his wife Suzi and Charles Earl Taylor and his wife Katrina, all of Dover; six daughters, Joanna Juliet Starkey of Laurel, Ruby Revell Williamson and her husband Robert, of Seaford, Noreen Maude Dennis of Delmar, Janet Ailene Taylor-McDowell and her husband Edward of Newark, Williamanna Charlotte Hill of Delmar and Viola Lynn Scudo of Newark; many grandchildren and great grandchildren; a brother, William L. Turpin and his wife Joan of Florida; three nieces; and a close friend, Alvin Stroebel of Seaford. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William C. Taylor, who passed in 2001, and a daughter, Margaret Jeanne Locklear. At her request, there will be no services. Memorial contributions may be made in her memory to the Laurel Fire Department. Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Mabel G. Cox, 83

Mabel G. Cox, of Mechanicsburg Pa., formerly of Laurel, entered into eternal rest Saturday, Dec. 20, 2008 at Holy Spirit Hospital. She was born August 30, 1925 to Andrew Givens and Viola Allen Givens. She was preceded in death by her husband Essell T. Cox on January 1, 2001. Surviving are two sons and a daughter, David L. Cox of Dillensburg Pa., Cynthia L. White and husband Glenn White of Dillsburg Pa. and Brian Cox and wife Daryl Lynn Cox of Florida. One brother, James Edward Givens and wife Charlotte Givens survive as do grandchildern Dr. Rachel C. Best and husband Jason Best and Elizabeth A. White. Also left behind are two nieces, Brenda L. Givens and Debra A. O’Neal, both of Delaware. Mrs. Cox attended Cedar Hill Baptist Church, Dillsburg where memorial services were conducted by her Pastor, Wes Gunther, on Saturday, Dec. 27. Memorial contributions may be made in Mabel’s honor to Cedar Hill Baptist Church Building Fund, 154 Chestnut Grove Rd. Arrangements are entrusted to Auer Cremation Services of Pennsylvania in Harrisburg.

PAGE 17 Lillian was born in Milton, daughter of Greensbury and Sadie Postles Brittingham. She was a graduate of Milton High School. Lillian was a lifelong member of Whites Chapel and was very active in the church in many capacities. She was also active in the churches United Methodist Women of Christian Service group. In addition to her parents, Lillian was preceded in death by her husband: Warrington Vincent. Her eldest daughter: Mary R. Palka, who resided in Buffalo, N.Y., also preceded her in death. She is survived by four children: Carl Vincent and wife Joyce of Laurel, Sara Thoroughgood and husband Bill of Dagsboro, Paynter Vincent and wife Carolyn of North Field, N.J., and John Vincent and wife Judy of Davie, Fla; 16 grandchildren: Bobby Palka, Sara Balinskas, Sandra Dugan, Carl Vincent, Jr., Paul Vincent, Frank and William Thoroughgood, Michael, Michele, Baron, Lillian, Sam, BJ, Caleb, Lauren and Katie Vincent and 10 great-grandchildren. A funeral service was held Saturday, Dec. 27, in the chapel of Short Funeral Services, 416 Federal St., Milton. Burial was in Whites Chapel Cemetery, Milton. Contributions can be made to Messiah’s Vineyard, PO Box 60, Laurel, DE 19956.

h Lillian H. Vincent, 91

Lillian H. Vincent of Milton, passed away quietly, Monday, Dec. 22, 2008, at Renaissance Health Care Center in Millsboro.


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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

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MORNING STAR • JANuARy 1 - 7, 2008

Health Briefs Nanticoke offers diabetes education

Nanticoke Memorial Hospital will hold a four-week diabetes educational program beginning Jan. 7, 2009 and continuing on Jan. 14, 21 and 28 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the hospital. Registration is required. Insurance may reimburse the cost of the program. This four-week program includes weekly education sessions and individualized meal planning for diabetes selfmanagement. Our goal is to give you the self-management skills to control your diabetes. Family members are welcome to attend the weekly sessions. For more information and to register, contact Nanticoke Memorial Hospital’s Diabetes Education department at 302629-6611, ext. 2446.

Flu shots still available

It’s not too late to get a flu shot. Influenza is a serious disease that affects many people, including the elderly and those with serious, long-term health problems. Nanticoke Memorial Hospital’s Occupational Health will be offering flu shots to the public at Nanticoke Mears Health Campus (across from Seaford Post Office) through March 2009. The cost is $20. Medicare billing is available with proof of Medicare insurance. Pre-registration is required. Large outbreaks of influenza usually do not occur before December in the USA and reach a peak between late December and early March, and many continue into the spring. The duration of protection conferred by the influenza vaccine generally begins one to two weeks after injection and may last six months or longer. Pre-registration is required. Call Nanticoke Occupational Health at 629-6875 to schedule an appointment.

LDAF Autism Ball planned

The Lower Delaware Autism Foundation’s Autism Ball and Auction for Hope is Saturday, March 7, 2009 at the Bay Center in Dewey Beach. The theme encourages guests to help make dreams come true for individuals with autism. The event begins with a silent auction from 6 to 8 p.m. and is followed by dinner, a live auction and dancing from 8 p.m. to midnight. There will be an open bar during the silent auction from 6 to 8 p.m. followed by a cash bar from 8 p.m. to midnight. Tickets are $125 and dress is cocktail attire. Table sponsorships are available for $2,500 and include a table for 12 guests, full page event program ad and more. Other sponsorship opportunities are also available. Entertainment will be provided by the Big City Band. Autism affects one in every 150 children born in the U.S. each year. More children will be diagnosed with autism this year than with AIDS, diabetes and cancer combined. Autism costs the nation over $90 billion annually, a figure that is expected to double in the next decade. For more information about sponsorship or volunteer opportunities, call Mary

Landon Green, program and event coordinator, at 302-644-3410 or visit www.ldaf. com.

Bereavement Support Group

Nanticoke Memorial Hospital is offering an eight-week Bereavement Support Group Wednesdays, beginning Jan. 7, at Nanticoke’s Cancer Care Center secondfloor library. The time the group meets will be based on the need of those who call to pre-register. Representatives from Delaware Hospice will provide grief education and support to individuals and families as they cope with the emotional, social, and financial stresses associated with life-limiting illness and the loss of a loved one. To pre-register for this free program contact Ms. Terri Clifton at 629-6611, ext. 2577.

Cancer Networking Support Group

The Wellness Community of Delaware offers a “General Cancer Networking” support group the third Monday of each month from 4:30- 6:30 p.m. held at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital’s Cancer Care Center second-floor library, Seaford. The support group is a free program of hope, understanding, and caring for people with cancer and their loved ones. Professionally led cancer support programs offer hope, education, and emotional support for adults with cancer and their loved ones who want to fight for recovery and the quality of their lives. Learn how to feel less isolated and more in control. All programs offered through The Wellness Community of Delaware are free of charge to people affected by cancer. For further information, or to register, call 645-9150.

Nanticoke Prescription Fund

Nanticoke Memorial Hospital’s Charity Endowment Prescription Fund is a fund that assists patients who cannot afford their medications when discharged from the hospital. In lieu of a gift to a colleague, business associate, family or friends, consider a donation to the Nanticoke Health Services Prescription Drug Fund in their name. Participants receive inserts for their holiday cards, which inform recipients that a donation has been made to the Prescription Drug Fund in their honor. Over 250 individuals from the community have already benefited from the fund, and Nanticoke Hospital wants to ensure many more will be able to benefit. Imagine a family member or friend, diagnosed with cancer, being told that it could possibly be three weeks before they receive prescription coverage for their pain and anti-nausea medications. With your donation to the Prescription Drug Fund, patients are able to receive immediate access to their medications. For further information and to participate in supporting Nanticoke’s Prescription Drug Fund, contact Nanticoke’s Corporate Development office at (302) 6296611, ext. 2404. You may also contribute online at

Gijanto promoted to director

Nanticoke Health Services has promoted Ms. Barbara Jane Gijanto BA, RN, WCC, CWOCN, to the position of Wound Care & Vascular Services director. She will oversee wound care, ostomy, and incontinence issues at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital including assisting with Nanticoke Memorial’s outpatient wound care and hyperbaric center. She will also oversee outpatient patients who are experiencing difficulties managing their ostomy care and will be responsible for staff education in wound and ostomy care. Gijanto Gijanto is a registered nurse, is wound care certified and is a certified wound ostomy continence nurse. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and is working on her master’s degree in healthcare administration at Bellevue University.

Landgraf selected to serve

Gov.-elect Jack Markell will nominate Rita Landgraf to be his administration’s secretary of Health and Social Services. Landgraf will take over an agency that includes the Division of Public Health and state-run health care facilities, and is responsible for the administration of Medicaid, Medicare Part D and other social ser-

vices to more than 100,000 Delawareans. Landgraf will bring a long history of working with Delawareans who receive state services. In addition to serving as the head of the 172,000-member AARP of Delaware organization, Landgraf is also the co-chair of the Governor’s Commission on Community-Based Alternatives for Person with Disabilities. She has also served as the co-chair of the Governor’s Task Force for Continued Improvement at the Delaware Psychiatric Center, director of The Arc of Delaware and director of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill in Delaware. Landgraf began her work with the Delawareans with disabilities in 1980, after graduating from the University of Delaware, as a client assistant at United Cerebral Palsy, which advocates for Delawareans with disabilities to secure gainful employment opportunities.

Nanticoke expands testing hours

Beginning Feb. 7, Nanticoke Memorial Hospital will expand Outpatient Laboratory and Radiology services testing hours to include Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Patients will continue to register in the hospital lobby registration area before testing. Monday through Friday hours will remain from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mears Campus hours will also remain unchanged, Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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Health Science making progress in identifying cause of autism By Anthony Policastro, M.D We have long suspected that autism is not a single disorder. As our lab tests become more sophisticated that is becoming more likely. A few years ago, I wrote about a new chromosomal abnormality that was associated with autism. At that point, it brought the number of cases of autism due to a chromosomal abnormality up to 3%. Thus if children with autism have chromosome studies done, about 3% of them will have a genetic abnormality consistent with that. When I was in medical school, we could simply count the total number of chromosomes in the body. There were 46 of them. You either had 46 chromosomes or you did not. If you had 47, then you might have a disorder like Down’s syndrome. If you had 45, you might have something called Turner’s syndrome. However, over the years we have be-

come much more precise. Now we can detect when an extra piece of chromosome present. We can also detect when a piece of chromosome is missing. We could not do that in the past. All we could tell if the total number was correct. For years we knew that autism rates in identical twins was much higher than in brothers and sisters. For that reason, there had to be some kind of genetic component. In most cases we figured it was a combination of something in the genes and something in the environment that set off the disorder. At a recent conference I attended, a geneticist talked about the various chromosomal problems that are found with autism. He is now able to find a chromosome problem in about 10-12% of the patients he evaluates. Much of the increase from the 3% level has to do with a new test that is able to detect more subtle changes. The name of the test is Array Comparative Genomic

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Hybridization (aCGH). Given the newness of it, it is not readily available yet. Insurance companies also do not always pay for it. While it is useful to be able to give parents an answer as to the cause of their child’s autism, it does not make a difference in the treatment of it. These genetic changes are permanent. They are not treatable. The current level of science is such that they will not be treatable for many, many years. The result is, regardless of the cause of autism, the treatment remains that same. It involves early diagnosis. It involves early childhood education programs when the diagnosis is made. It involves speech

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therapy. It involves occupational therapy. It involves physical therapy. With the intense interest in autism, it is likely that more causes will be found over the next few years. Some of them will be genetic in nature. Others may find an environmental contaminant as a player. While a lot of people are on the immunization bandwagon, it is not likely that immunizations play any role. Other things like pesticides in the environment are far more likely. However, we do not have any data to support anything in particular right now. The percentage for which we make a specific diagnosis is rising. It will likely continue to do so.


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Five easy steps to Christmas cheer By Pat Murphy What began as a Kiwanis project in the 1960s in Laurel has grown over the years, with many community organizations, individuals, businesses and churches giving help to those in need at this special time of the year through the Good Samaritan aid organization. The morning of Christmas Eve, the Good Sam’s annual deliveries were made. Dale Boyce and Jim Allen have been working on the aid project since its start and both

say the need this year was great. Nearly 450 children received gifts, with 166 families represented. A record 290 families got food baskets. All the proceeds were collected from the Good Samaritan’s annual Red Kettle Drive at the Food Lion grocery store in Laurel. The Christmas deliveries started at 6 a.m. with the traditional early breakfast at the Oasis restaurant in Laurel, where volunteers traded laughs and decided who would be the drivers and who would lift the packages. Of

the 25 volunteers, 23 were from Centenary United Methodist Church and two, Wendy and Allison Lowe, from Christ United Methodist Church. It is believed that Jason Yoder ate the largest breakfast at the gathering. By around 10 a.m., the deliveries were complete and the community had once again made Christmas a little brighter for some Laurel families. As easy as Step 1, Step 2, Step 3, Step 4 and Step 5.

Step 1, above, Jason Yoder enjoys a big breakfast before work. Bob James is in the background. Step 2, below, the volunteers have to chat a little more before they start. Photos by Pat Murphy.

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Georgetown woman is Sussex County’s employee of the year The members of the Sussex County Council have named Jayne Ellen Dickerson of Georgetown the 2008 Employee of the Year for Sussex County government. Council President Finley B. Jones Jr. announced this year’s winner during the annual Mildred King Luncheon for the county’s 537 employees. Dickerson was selected from a field of four employees, all 2008 quarterly winners, for the distinction. She was the fourth quarter winner. Dickerson received a standing ovation from fellow employees as Jones presented

her with a plaque. “I’m very honored, thankful and shocked to receive this recognition from my fellow employees,” said Dickerson, who serves as office manager in the Engineering Department’s Utility Permits division. County Administrator David Baker commended Dickerson for nearly 30 years of service, which began in May 1980 as a clerk-typist. Baker lauded her for her professional attitude, attention to quality customer service and willingness to help fellow employees.

Glassman family welcomes new son Brooks Robert Glassman was born to John and Kristin Glassman of Delmar on Oct. 30, 2008, at 7:55 a.m. at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury. He weighed in at 8 pounds 6 ounces and was 21 and 1/2 inches long. He was welcomed home by his big brother, Kemper, his maternal grandparents, Kenneth and Carolyn Kelly of Ocean View, and his paternal grandparents, John Sr. and Sara Glassman of Street, Md.

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Seaford Star Sports Story of the Year: Derrik Gibson By Mike McClure The votes are in for the Seaford Star Sports Story of the Year contest and the Derrik Gibson story received the most votes followed by the Seaford field hockey team, Alex Thomas, and Dave Rogers. The year featured a number of interesting local sports stories. Western Sussex teams excelled in winter (Woodbridge boys’ basketball, Seaford boys’ swimming, and Seaford Christian girls’ basketball) and summer sports (Woodbridge Major League softball). There were also a number of athletes and programs that received honors and reached milestones (Derrik Gibson was drafted by the Boston Red Sox, Sussex Tech’s Alex Thomas earned his 100th high school win, and the Seaford field hockey team dedicated its new field). Here are the top 10 Seaford Star sports stories for 2008 as voted on by the Star’s readers: Derrik Gibson is drafted by Boston Red Sox, chooses to go pro (45 percent)Seaford grad Derrik Gibson, who also has ties to the Laurel community, saw his dreams come true when his was drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the second round of the Major League Amateur draft. Gibson, who was the 77th overall selection in the draft, was named Gatorade Player of the Year in Delaware following his junior and senior seasons. “It was so surreal, to have my dream come true after all these years. I was speechless at first,” Gibson told the Star. “I worked hard for this moment and now I am getting the chance of a lifetime.” Gibson hit .655 with five doubles, five triples, five home runs, 25 RBIs, 34 runs, and 13 stolen bases in his senior year at Seaford. “Derrik has worked hard his entire baseball career to achieve his dream and it came true for him,” said Seaford baseball coach Ken Cummings. “He has been a team leader at Seaford for the past four years and had all the tools necessary to move to the next level. Boston made a great selection and hey got a great player.” After being drafted by the Red Sox, Gibson was faced with the decision of attending the University of North Carolina and playing baseball there or signing a professional contract and playing in the Red Sox’ farm system. The decision was made easier when Derrik joined 20 other unsigned draftees at Fenway Park in Boston for an orientation to the Red Sox organization and an inter squad game. In the end, Gibson chose to pursue his dream of playing professional baseball. What you said- “It is not every day one of Seaford’s ballplayers reaches professional status. I personally think this is the top story of the year.” “Derrik Gibson drafted by the Boston Red Sox reports of a hometown kid making his dreams come true.” “I believe the sports story of the year has to be Derrik Gibson being drafted and

Seaford varsity field hockey coach Robin Verdery cuts the yellow ribbon during the dedication of the new Wilmer-Tull field as high school principal Clarence Davis, Betty Tull, Jack Riddle, Dr. James Van Sciver, assistant coaches Alison Venables and Rob Perciful, Tammi Bergh, and members of the Seaford field hockey teams look on. Photo by Lynn Schofer


Seaford’s Derrik Gibson

going pro. This event does not happen very often and should be recognized to the highest degree.” “Derrik Gibson is my pick for Story of the Year. Barring any injuries Derrik will have a nice career in MLB. I played with Delino (DeShields) and most of the guys drafted from Seaford and this kid in my opinion has more tools than anybody I’ve ever seen around here.” Update-Derrik Gibson put up solid numbers for the Gulf Coast League Red Sox, batting .309 with 15 runs, nine RBIs, and 14 steals in 27 games before moving up to the Lowell Spinners of the New York Penn League. Gibson will report to spring training in February where he will find out where he will play in 2009. Seaford field hockey boosters dedicate new Wilmer-Tull field (25 percent)- The Seaford High School Field Hockey Boosters dedicated the Wilmer-Tull field during a ceremony on Sept. 27. The field featured photos of players and coaches from 1957 to the present. Betty Tull, a long time coach for whom the field is partially named, hit the ceremonial first ball into the goal. According to Booster member Jack Riddle, the renovation of the field began five years prior to its dedication with an idea to raise money for a $300 pump repair and eventually rose to a $30,000 in ground irrigation system.

The boosters began raising funds by holding a Seaford Play Day. The annual tournament, which began with 24 teams, six corporate sponsers and a $3,000 profit now brings in around $6,000 a year for the hockey program. “When the 2006-07 season started the head referee informed us that Seaford may lose home games if we didn’t do something about the field,” Riddle said. “In November 2007 the field was torn to pieces and in June 2008 we planted the grass. Amazingly 11 weeks later, the 2008 Play Day event took place.” “The project has truly been a labor of love for Seaford hockey and it took five years of raising over $30,000 to reach our goal, but we are not finished,” Riddle added. “Today, Seaford can say they have one of the best fields in the state of Delaware and teams would be excited to play on this turf,” Seaford head coach Robin Verdery said. “Our pride in Seaford hockey has not

wavered, and now we have the field to match.” What you said- “Please count my vote for the Seaford field hockey dedication. I think it’s one of those events that brings history and tradition to our schools.” “It’s so nice when female athletes get recognition and a lot of hard work was put into the new hockey field. Your coverage was outstanding and in this day of budget cuts, it’s nice to get all the attention these girls and their supporters deserve.” “The Wilmer/Tull dedication of the high school field should be the sports story of the year. This is a story that was made in years of hard play, coaching, and perseverance, not just a one time event. It exemplifies the vest that sports offers.” Sussex Tech’s Alex Thomas eans 100th win in conference championship (22 percent)-



Sussex Tech’s Alex Thomas of Seaford, bottom center, is shown signing his letter of intent to attend Clarion University during a November press conference. Photo by Mike McClure

MORNING STAR • JAN. 1 - 7, 2009 Sussex Tech’s Alex Thomas of Seaford placed first in the Henlopen Conference tournament last winter to take home his second conference championship. Not only did Thomas, a junior last season, win the title but he also earned his 100th varsity win. “I was really exhilarated after winning that match. That’s something that only a handful of wrestlers are able to accomplish,” Thomas told the Star following the win. “That (100th win) was really nice.” Thomas went on to place third in the state tournament. Update- In November, Alex Thomas signed a letter of intent to attend Clarion University where he will wrestle. “There’s a lot of pressure off. I don’t have to worry about how I perform at a tournament so much because the next goal is accomplished,” Thomas said. “He’s worked hard since he was a Pee Wee kid,” added Sussex Tech head coach Scott Layfield. “He’s going to be an asset wherever he’s at. Clarion’s very lucky to get him.” Alex placed third at the Beast of the East and recently won the Tiger Classic where he was named the tournament’s outstanding wrestler. Seaford wrestling coach Dave Rogers earns 200th win as coach (four percent)Seaford varsity wrestling head coach Dave Rogers picked up his 200th career win in his team’s 55-15 victory over Dover last winter. Rogers, currently in his eighth season at Seaford, coached at Sussex Central Middle School (14 years), Sussex Tech High School (two years), and Laurel High (one year) before taking the helm at Seaford. “It felt good to get the 200th,” Rogers told the Star. “It was especially nice for my family and friends to be there and be part of it.” Update- Rogers and the Blue Jays opened the 2008-09 season with first place finishes in tournaments at Parkside and Polytech. Seaford recently opened the dual meet



Woodbridge’s K’yan Andrews goes in for a slam dunk during a Raiders’ win last winter. Andrews is currently averaging 13.4 points per game in his first season at Hagerstown Community College. Photo by Mike McClure

season with a home win over Indian River. Woodbridge boys’ basketball team wins Henlopen Conference championship (two percent)- The Woodbridge varsity boys’ basketball team, representing the Henlopen South, defeated Sussex Central, 71-60, to win the Henlopen Conference championship last winter. The Raiders avenged a regular season loss to the Golden Knights (89-88 in overtime) as K’yan Andrews netted 20 points and pulled down 13 rebounds, Andre Dickerson scored 12 points, and Jordan Mosley added 10 points in the win. “It’s a great feeling. The guys really


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Seaford varsity wrestling coach Dave Rogers, right, is shown receiving a plaque from Russ Neal to commemorate his 200th career win.

BULLDOGS AND RAIDERS- Woodbridge’s Kera Sampson looks to put up a shot against Laurel’s Twila McCrea and Tykia Briddell during last Monday’s game in Laurel. McCrea netted eight points in her team’s 64-31 win while Sampson had seven for the Raiders. Photo by Mike McClure


MORNING STAR • JAN. 1 - 7, 2009

Seaford graduate Trevor Lee, third from far right, is shown with his Messiah teammates as they celebrate a victory in the national championship. Lee, a freshman, and his team picked up a 3-0 penalty kick win over Steven Technical Institute to take the title. Photo submitted by the Lee family

Trevor Lee’s memorable first season ends with national championship win By Lynn Schofer Recently the Star reported on Trevor Lee’s first soccer season at Messiah College. At the time, Messiah was preparing to take on Montclair in the “sweet 16” round of the NCAA Division III National Championship. To say Trevor Lee’s freshman year will be one for the memory books is an understatement because on December 6, Messiah was crowned the 2008 NCAA Division III National Champions. “It was an awesome experience,” Lee said. He said Coach Brandt provided him some playing time at left wing, a position that he hasn’t played much of in the past.

“I was happy with my performance and I feel I contributed to the team,” said Lee. Messiah’s climb to the top included defeating Montclair in double overtime, 1-0. The Falcons then took on Christopher Newport and this time it took two overtimes to reel in a 2-1 win. Messiah went into the semifinal round and defeated Loras College, 3-0, and won a return trip to the National Championship to play Stevens Technical Institute. At the end of regulation play the score was a lock at 1-1. After two overtime periods of 10 minutes each, the score remained 1-1. Penalty kicks would decide the champion. Continued on page 27

Laurel, Sussex Tech wrestlers place in 2008 A.I. DuPont Tiger Classic Laurel’s Josh Kosiorowski and Sussex Tech’s Alex Thomas each placed first at the A.I. DuPont Tiger Classic last weekend. Sussex Tech placed 10th and Laurel was 17th in the tournament which was won by Commodore Perry and Sussex Central. Thomas was also named as the tourney’s outstanding wrestler. Kosiorowski (160) recorded a pin in the championship quarterfinals on Saturday before pinning Unionville’s Zach Lawson (1:48) in the semifinals on Sunday. Kosiorowski, seeded second in the tournament, defeated top seeded Tyler Smith of Commodore Perry, 10-6, in the championship. Thomas (189) topped Jake Popham of Unionville, 10-3, in the semifinals after pinning his opponent in the semifinals. He won the championship and the tournament’s top individual honor by pinning Caravel’s Tim Axelsson (5:33) in the

championship. Sussex Tech’s Wendell Cannon (125) placed third with a 12-10 win over Unionville’s Joe Bonaduce. Cannon had a pin in the quarterfinals, lost to Will Switzer of Archbishop Spalding (3-2) in the semifinals, and pinned Mount Pleasant’s Pierre Sims (1:46) in the wrestle back semifinals. Sussex Tech’s Shane Marvel (215) finished sixth following a 4-3 loss to Connestoga’s Greg Gruschow in the fifth place match. Marvel recorded a pin in the quarterfinals before falling to Commodore Perry’s Brian Hooks, 5-3, and Smyrna’s Donnie Messick, 5-0. Sussex Tech’s Aikeem Brewer (285) placed seventh with a 5-4 win over Delcastle’s Jordan Wright and teammate Kyle Kunzler (135) came in eighth following an 8-4 loss to Delaware Military’s Charles Kopf.

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CLUB CHAMPS- The 2008 winners from the Heritage Shores Club Championship were recently presented with their trophies at an awards ceremony hosted by the club. The Men’s Club Champion was George Phipps and the Ladies’ Club Champion was Cinda Allison. The two day event was played in October.

Seaford Department of Recreation to hold winter signups The Seaford Department of Recreation is holding signups for the following winter programs: Boys’ and girls’ basketball- The boys’ and girls’ basketball league for children ages six and seven years old will start in February. The league, which will play games at Fredrick Douglas on Saturday morning, will cost $20.

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Seaford Stars of the Week

The Woodbridge Major League softball team is shown with the Delaware District III championship banner after defeating Laurel in the championship game. Woodbridge went on to win the state title and advance to the Eastern Regionals. Photo by Mike McClure

Year in review continued worked hard. It’s just a great accomplishment for these guys and our community,” Woodbridge head coach Damon Ayers told the Star. “We had great contributions from our bench.” “This is the best feeling I’ve ever had. The only way we could win is if we played together and worked hard on defense,” added senior Vashad Whidbee. Update- Woodbridge, seeded fifth in the state tournament, scored the final 13 points of their home contest against Polytech to advance to the state semifinals. The Raiders lost to Newark, 58-44, in the semifinal game which was played at the University of Delaware’s Bob Carpenter Center. Despite the loss of a number of key players due to graduation, the 2008-09 Woodbridge team is being led by four seniors who are looking to take the Raiders back to the state tournament. Woodbridge Major S o f tball win state championship (one percent)- The Woodbridge Major League all-star softball team represented Delaware in the regionals after winning the District III and state championships last summer. Woodbridge, which placed second in the District tournament in 2007, won the District III championship with a 16-3 win


over Laurel in a game played in Greenwood. “It feels wonderful. It’s been a long time coming,” said Woodbridge manager Chris Andrews. “They were a little slow starting but we got on track and scored some runs. I think they were a little nervous at the beginning.” Woodbridge topped Camden-Wyoming and Canal to advance to the state championship game before defeating Canal, 13-0, to win the state title and advance to the Eastern Regionals. Seaford Christian girls’ basketball team takes PACC regular season and tournament titles- The Seaford Christian Academy girls’ basketball team ended the 2007-08 regular season with an 18-0 record with a win over Salisbury Christian. The Eagles clinched the Peninsula Athletic Christian Conference (PACC) regular season title with a 41-22 win over Holly Grove. Senior Nikki Meredith led the Eagles with 22 points and six rebounds and Jennifer Carr added 10 points and nine rebounds. Seaford Christian went on to win the PACC tournament championship with a 41-21 win over Salisbury Christian. Carr had 18 points and Meredith added 10. Continued on page 26


The Seaford Christian girls’ basketball team holds up the trophy after winning the 2007-08 PACC tournament championship. The Eagles also won the regular season title. Photo by Mike McClure

Male Co-Athlete of the WeekAndre Dickerson- Woodbridge Woodbridge’s Andre Dickerson netted 25 points to help his team to a win over Laurel last Monday. Dickerson also had the winning basket in a recent win over Indian River.

Male Co-Athlete of the WeekAlex Thomas- Sussex Tech Sussex Tech’s Alex Thomas placed first in his weight class at the A.I. Tiger Classic, recording a pin in the championship match. For his efforts he was named as the tournament’s outstanding wrestler.

Honorable mention- Jervontae Dale- Woodbridge; Demond Anderson- Woodbridge; Jorge Young- Woodbridge; Marc Nock- Woodbridge; Wendell Cannon- Sussex Tech; Shane Marvel- Sussex Tech; Anyea Griffin- Woodbridge; Kera SampsonWoodbridge



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Seaford Star varsity sports schedules for Jan. 1-7 Saturday, Jan. 3- girls’ basketball- Sussex Tech at St. Mark’s Tuesday, Jan. 6- boys’ basketball- Seaford at Milford, Woodbridge at Delmar, Seaford Christian home vs. Wesleyan Christian; girls’ basketball- Seaford home vs. Milford, Delmar at Woodbridge, Seaford Christian vs. Wesleyan Christian; swimmingSussex Tech at Seaford Wednesday, Jan. 7- wrestling- Delmar at Woodbridge, Sussex Tech home vs. Lake Forest; indoor track- Sussex Tech, Woodbridge, Seaford at Worcester County Rec Center

LOOKING FOR THE PIN- Seaford’s Kirk Neal looks for the pin during his team’s home win over Indian River in a recent dual meet. The senior co-captain eventually recorded the pin. Photo by Mike McClure


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Darnell Savage is named the new head football coach at Seaford High- Darnell Savage, a member of the 1983 state champion Seaford football team, was named as the new varsity football head coach last summer. Savage told the Star that he believes in the power of football. “Football prepares you for life,” Savage said. “Life is always going to throw you a hit and you have to come out and keep fighting. Football teaches you how to do that.” Savage, an assistant program director and coach with the city’s recreation department, played offensive and defensive tackle for four years for the Blue Jays. “When I was growing up, we were winning in Seaford,” said Savage. “Everybody else wanted to come here to play.

Darnell Savage took over as the Seaford varsity football team’s head coach last summer. Savage had coached in the Seaford Department of Parks football league for many seasons.

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JAYS AND RAIDERS- Seaford’s Johnny DeBaptiste takes the ball to the basket as Woodbridge’s Andre Dickerson defends during a boys’ basketball game earlier this season. The Raiders’ Jervontae Dale is also shown in the photo. Seaford went on to win the contest, which was played in Bridgeville. Photo by Mike McClure



Seaford boys’ swim team wins Henlopen Conference title- The Seaford varsity boys’ swim team won the Henlopen Conference championship for the second straight year last winter. The Jays accumulated 293 points in the meet to beat out Caesar Rodney (224 points). Seaford’s Andrew Halter won two individual races and participated on two winning relay teams. At the end of the meet, he was awarded the Outstanding Male Swimmer award for the second straight year. The award was renamed the Vince Morris Outstanding Male Swimmer in honor of the late Seaford Athletic Director. Halter and his teammates, Spencer Noel, Drew Venables and Lee Mayer started the meet with a new HAC record time in the 200 medley relay at 1:54.44. Halter also finished first place in the 100 meter freestyle and 100 backstroke, breaking the Henlopen Conference record with a time of 1:00.60. This was the fourth year in a row that he has won the title. Along with his 400 meter freestyle relay teammates (Lee Mayer, Cory Darden, Drew Venables), Halter finished his Henlopen Conference career with another first place finish. Spencer Noel also won the 100 meter breaststroke and teammates Drew Venables and Phillip DeMott finished second

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Seaford varsity baseball team tops St. Mark’s in state tournament- The Seaford varsity baseball team advanced to the state semifinals with wins over St. Mark’s and A.I. DuPont last spring. The Blue Jays topped upstate power St. Mark’s, 10-4, in the first round of the


Seaford’s Andrew Halter, a 2008 graduate, helped lead the Blue Jays’ boys’ swim team to its second straight Henlopen Conference championship last winter. Halter received the Vince Morris Outstanding Male Swimmer award as the conference’s top male swimmer.

state tournament for their second win over the Spartans during the 2008 season. Derrik Gibson allowed four runs on five hits in seven innings and had four hits including a double and a home run. Robbie Payne added three hits in the Seaford win, which advanced the Jays to the quarterfinals against A.I. DuPont. Update- The pitching of Joey Mitchell helped lead Seaford to a 4-3 win over A.I. DuPont and a berth in the state semifinals. Mitchell allowed three rus on six hits in the Jays’ win. Seaford went on to play Salesianum in the semifinals and held a lead until the Sallies scored four runs in the final inning to win the game, 7-6. and advance to the state championship. “Our kids played their hearts out the entire game. Even though we ended up losing the game, our kids gave it everything they had,” Seaford head coach Ken Cummings said. “These players have nothing to be ashamed of and have accomplished so much this season.” Sports Editor’s note: The recaps of the top 10 stories were taken from stories written by Mike McClure, Lynn Schofer, and Gene Bleile.

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Trevor Lee continued Messiah’s backup goalie came into the game with the job to stop the ball from getting past him. He hadn’t played the entire game. In the end, the backup goalie stopped three straight penalty kicks from Stevens while Messiah’s players scored three times. “What is really great is the girls’ soccer team also won the national championship. No other team in the NCAA history has ever won both men’s and women’s championships,” Lee said. Now that the season is over, Trevor can get a well deserved break. This year, he will have to spend his time recuperating from surgery to his ankle. Lee will then begin training for the next season with the Falcons. Unfortunately Coach Brandt will not return for a 25th season as head coach. He recently accepted the position as head soccer coach for the United States Naval Academy. Coach Brandt leaves the Falcons with six national championships.

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High games and series Fred Phillips 265, 725 George Bramble 265 Shirley Bramble 259 Ruth Rhoades 259 Joyce Linton 735

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Trevor Lee, a 2008 Seaford high School graduate holds the NCAA Division III National Championship trophy for Messiah College where he attends and plays soccer.

STRIKE UP THE BAND- The Laurel High School band is shown performing in the stands at Delaware State University during the Division II state championship game between Laurel and Milford. Photo by Mike McClure

Seaford High school student Katie Hickey sings Amazing Grace during a Fellowship of Christian Athletes spirit rally held in Seaford recently. The nationwide organization was started in 1954 and is open to all students. Photo by Mike McClure

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Left over leaves littering your lawn or lot? Seaford Lions will rake your Seaford City limits location of leaves (for a donation), so you can live leaf free. Call Lion Keller at 629-4179, or Lion George at 629-7982, to set up an appointment.

Blades Fire Hall breakfast

There will be an all-you-can-eat buffet breakfast, at the Blades Fire Hall, located at the corner of Cannon and Fifth streets in Blades, Jan. 4, from 8 till 11 a.m. Cost is adults $7, children 12 and under, $3. Sponsored by the Blades Volunteer Firemen and Ladies Auxiliary of the Fire Company. For more information call Jewell Chaffinch at 629-6904.

AP Parent Night

Seaford Senior High School will hold its second Advanced Placement Parental Forum Night on Wednesday, Jan. 7, at 6 p.m. lasting until 7 p.m. in the Blue Jay Café. All Seaford High School AP parents are invited to attend.

AARP driver safety program

An AARP Driver Safety Course for people 50 and over will be given 1-5 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday, Jan. 12 and 13, at the Methodist Manor House, 1001 Middleford Road, Seaford. The two-day program, sponsored by the American Association for Retired Persons, stresses how older drivers may operate vehicles safely. Upon completion of the program, participants receive a certificate entitling them to a reduction in their auto insurance. A 15 percent reduction is given to anyone repeating the program within three years. For information and registration, call 629-8081, Monday to Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. only. The cost is $12 per person.

BEDCO Boat Show & Auction

BEDCO, operator of the Blades Marina, announces a Boat Show & Auction for May 7, 8 and 9. Those boats being auctioned will be sold on May 9. Applications may be obtained at the Marina office or by calling 628-6800.

Battle of the Bands

Battle of the Bands is back again for its third annual play off. To register your band you can pick up applications at Seaford Music, call Mr. Brake, or catch Maria Demott at 629-4587 ext. 405. Bands are required to attend a dress rehearsal on Feb. 5, 10, and 15, from 6 to 9 p.m., to review important details for the show. Category prizes will be given to best rock, rap, and latino groups pending the number of competing groups for each category.

The music will rumble on Feb. 27, 6 to 10 p.m. at Seaford High School Madden Auditorium. Pay your $5 dollars before, or $7 dollars at the door. Additionally, an official Guitar Hero competition will be held. See your Aloha Staff for your chance to enter.

Fitness classes

Come join us in fitness classes: Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, at 9 a.m.; Tuesdays, Thursdays, 5:30 p.m. We start an eight-week session the week of Jan. 5 and 6, and meet in St. John’s UMC Fellowship Hall in Seaford. (Sponsored by St. John’s but open to the public.) Beginners to intermediate participants are welcome in this fun, faith-filled, coed, non-competitive, resistance training, stretching, high/low aerobic class. Get your Dr.’s OK and come try a free one to see if it meets your needs. Only a 6-8 week commitment at a time required. For more information or to register call 24-year AFAA-certified fitness professional, Carol Lynch at 629-7539.

Basket & pottery bingo

A Longaberger basket and pottery bingo will be held Saturday, Jan. 17, at Nanticoke Senior Center, 310 Virginia Ave., Seaford. Doors open at 6 p.m., Games begin at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance (includes an early bird drawing); or $25 at the door. Refreshments will be available for purchase. Baskets are filled. All proceeds go to Nanticoke Senior center building fund. For information call 629-4939.

Elks Lodge

The Seaford Elks Lodge 2458 is running the Michael Manning Disabled Vietnam Veteran’s Coin Can Drive. Cans have been placed in stores through the area and customers are urged to drop spare change in to help injured and disabled veterans. If there are any questions feel free to call Glenn Beard at 628-2991.

Seaford display

For several years Kenna Nethken and Cheryl Webster, owners of Cut’Em Up Tree Care of Delaware in Seaford, have been sponsoring a holiday display at their home and business in Middleford. This year they invite area residents to drive through the display. The drive through will be well marked and will be opening the first weekend in December for residents of the greater Seaford area. The display will be open every evening from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. weather permitting, and will be open through New Year’s weekend. Donations are greatly appreciated. From Rt. 13 (Dunkin’Donuts) travel west on Middleford Road towards Georgetown. At the stop sign turn left and the display will be visible on the left.

Prayer breakfast

Rise-n-Shine to a prayer breakfast Jan. 19 at Seaford Golf & Country Club start-

ing at 8 a.m. Advanced tickets only; $20. (No tickets will be sold after Jan 15, 2009.) The MLK Community Recognition Award will be presented to Regina Batson, a longtime educator dedicated to Seaford School District. Come out and enjoy a scrumptious breakfast buffet, live entertainment, and gripping power points on the visionary Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The celebration continues at the Seaford High School from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Admission is only $2. Special appearance by: Artist Earl Hardy Sobers, the Rev. Brian Nixon reciting, “I Have a Dream Speech,” also featuring a Teen Summit, open mic, live entertainment, creative dance, vendors, free lunch, step show, MLK Jr. trivia, theme contest, children’s games sponsored by the Seaford Parks & Recreation, and face painting by the Seaford District Library, and much, much more. For tickets call 628-1908.

Breakfast cafe

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

LHS class of ‘98

Laurel High School class of ‘98 is planning a class reunion. Contact Megan Jones at or phone 841-5835 with contact information.

African American doll exhibit

“Silent Companions: 150 years of African American dolls” at the Laurel Public Library will remain on display in the Carvel Room until Jan. 30. Children accompanied by adults are encouraged to come. For more information contact or call 8753184.

will be forgiven. For more information, call the Laurel Public Library at 8753184.

Indoor Yard Sale & Craft Fair

The Laurel High School Band and Theater Boosters will be holding it’s First Annual “Indoor Yard Sale and Craft Fair” on Saturday, Jan. 10, in the Laurel High School Gym. Shopping hours will be from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., concessions will be sold during the event, and assistance will be provided to anyone in need of help loading vehicles. Donations of baked goods or other household merchandise can be made to the band and theater programs by delivering items to Laurel High School. Individuals and crafters can also rent a 10x10 space to sell your own merchandise and keep your own profits. The rental fee for space is $25. The deadline for renting booth space will be Wednesday, Jan. 7. Contact Brian Cass at 875-6120 x273, or bcass@laurel. Proceeds from all donations, concessions and vendor rentals benefit the Laurel High School Band and theater programs.

‘High School Musical’

The Laurel High School Drama Club will present its Winter Musical, Disney’s “High School Musical,” on Feb. 27, 28, and March 6 at 7:30 p.m. and matinee performances on March 1, 7, and 8 at 2 p.m. Performances will be held in the Laurel High School Auditorium. Advance tickets will go on sale starting Jan. 15, by contacting Brian Cass at, reserve by phone 875-6120, ext. 273, or purchase in the High School Office. Tickets price: adults $8, students/senior citizens $5. “High School Musical” is a copyrighted production, Book By: David Simpatico. Songs by: Matthew Gerrard, Robbie Nevil , Ray Cham, Greg Cham, Andrew Seeley, Randy Petersen, Kevin Quinn, Andy Dodd, Adam Watts, Bryan Louiselle, David N. Lawrence, Faye Greenberg and Jamie Houston.

AARP Driving Course

Laurel Senior Center will have an AARP Driving Course on Jan. 26 and 27, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost is $12 for AARP members, $14 for non-members.

Mentors needed

The Laurel Kids Connection Mentoring Program is seeking dedicated adults to spend one hour per week with a fifth, sixth, or seventh grader. Mentors and students meet at the Laurel Library. Contact Kim Trivits or Lynne Betts at 629-7790 for details.

Amnesty Week

Jan. 5 – Jan. 11 is Amnesty Week at the Laurel Public Library. All fines for items that are returned during this period

Longaberger sale

The Delmar Lions Club is holding a Longaberger basket sale with all proceeds going to the community and the visually impaired. Baskets, with blue and orange trim and Wildcat paws, cost $49 each. The price of the lid, with a Delmar and Wildcat logo, is $30. Liners and dividers are available upon request. For more information contact Mildred Riley at 846-3846 or kragera@


January activities for Del Tech

Start off the new year by learning a new hobby, getting in shape, or taking a fun-day trip with the Adult Plus+ program at Delaware Technical & Community College, Owens Campus, Georgetown. On Jan. 8, couples are invited to enjoy delicious food and great company at the Adult Plus+ Couples Club luncheon; singles can attend the Mixed Singles Club luncheon on Jan. 21. Bingo and dominoes games begin Jan.14 at the CHEER Community Center in Georgetown. Watch the best of Johnny Carson and enjoy a yummy lunch on Jan. 22. On Jan. 26, bring back memories of the 50s at the Sock Hop. Play bridge and socialize beginning Jan. 27, or learn how to play bridge or improve your skills beginning Jan. 29. Take an art class or learn a new language. Beginning Jan. 22, receive informal portrait drawing instruction or learn the basics of watercolor. Learn how to speak Spanish, use Windows, or incorporate life stories in creative writing beginning Jan. 27. Woodcarvers can enjoy hands-on learning, camaraderie and demonstrations as a member of the Adult Plus+ Woodcarvers Club. Fitness and wellness classes will improve your health and lower stress. Beginning Jan. 26, drop-in recreational swimming will be held at Independence Hall in Millsboro. Beginning Jan. 27, combine the use of mind, body and spirit into graceful and slow movements with Tai Chi. Join the Delaware Tech Fitness Center by signing up for the monthly or 16-week program. On Jan.18, watch the musical, “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” from great orchestra seats at the Hippodrome in Baltimore; or see “Shrek The Musical” on Broadway on Jan. 24. Attend a musical and visual journey through our country with Peter Nero and the Philly Pops in “Visions of America” at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia on Jan. 31.

‘Narnia’ exhibit

Nanticoke Senior Center’s trip to Franklin Institute ‘Narnia’ Exhibit will be on Thursday, Jan. 15 at 8 a.m. Trip includes: motor coach transportation, admission to Franklin Institute, lunch at Old Country Buffet, all tips and gratuities. Cost is $60 for members and $65 for non-members.

Myrtle Beach

Round trip bus transportation, four nights accommodations, four breakfasts, one box lunch on river cruise with live entertainment, four dinners, luggage handling, step on tour guide, shopping/

free time, Broadway at the Beach, four live shows: Legends in Concert, Carolina Opry, Good Vibrations & the Alabama Theatre. Single: $1,171; Double: $885; Triple: $805; Quad: $800. Depart April 13 at 5 a.m., return April 17 at 8:30 p.m. Accommodations: The Caravelle Resort (ocean front rooms) Must have full deposit by Feb. 1, 2009. RSVP with a $200 deposit. Contact: Kay Carrier at 875-7877, or Dot Wolfgang at 846-2366, You do not have to be a member of the Delmar Alumni Association.

AARP Chapter 1084

March 9-11 - Foxwoods in Connecticut. Accommodations at Great Cedar Hotel. Casino package includes all breakfasts and dinners and gaming credits. To ensure your bus seat, sign up early. Cost: $240 per person, double occupancy. March 18 – Toby’s Dinner Theater to see, “My Way.” A Frank Sinatra tribute with lots of your favorite songs such as “Chicago,” “Strangers In The Night,” “That’s Life” and more. Cost is $65 pp. May 22 – Gettysburg Battlefield, Eisenhower Farm and a buffet luncheon. Cost is $88. Sept. 12-18 – Mackinac Island, Mich. Visit Christmas Wonderland in Frankenmuth, Mich., and explore lots of interesting shops. Enjoy dinner at the Bavarian Inn. Next day take the hydro-jet ferry ride to Mackinac Island and dine at the famous Grand Hotel. Take a carriage ride around the island and stop and view Arch Rock. Stay over on the island. Also take a ride through the famous Soo Locks, from Lake Huron to Lake Superior. Visit the Kewadin Shores Casino. To ensure a seat, make reservations early. Cost is $790 per person double occupancy. For more information contact: Rose Wheaton at 629-7180.

Mt. Calvary UMC

Bus trip to Kansas City and St. Louis, Mo. sponsored by Mt Calvary United Methodist Church, 28 Church St., Bridgeville, on Aug. 8-15. Eight days and seven nights - Cost is $980 per person, double occupancy which includes bus, breakfast, dinner, hotel accommodations, taxes and meal gratuities and baggage handling at hotels as well as admission to such sites as The Cross at the Crossroads (a 198 foot-high cross surrounded at the base by a 10 commandments display), Scout Joplin House “The King of Ragtime” Black World History Museum, Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, American Jazz Museum, Grant Farms (Home of the Busch Family), tour of St. Louis and Kansas City, visit to Hallmark Visitors Center, shopping at the Crown Center and many more. Down payment of $200 is due by Jan. 15, 2009 – payments thereafter are $130 per month until July 4. For more information call. Mary Jones, 302-337-7335 for more information.

Embroiders’ Guild

The Sussex Chapter of Embroiders’ Guild meets on the second Monday of the month at the CHEER Center in Georgetown. All levels of stitchers from beginner to advanced are welcome to attend. For details call 302-539-9717.

Equine Council

The Delaware Equine Council will meet at 7 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 19 at the Harrington Public Library in Harrington. Everyone who is interested in horses is welcome to attend. For more information, contact Stan at 684-3966 or Peggy at 6295233.

AARP Chapter 1084

AARP Seaford Chapter 1084, of western Sussex County, will meet Friday, Jan. 2, at the Methodist Manor House game room in Seaford, at 1:30 p.m. Board members are to assist newly installed chapter president, Gladys Bonowicz, to implement a new chapter budget, chapter rules and activities for 2009. For more details call Gladys at 8751519. AARP Seaford Area Chapter 1084 of western Sussex County will meet Thursday, Jan. 8, at the Methodist Manor House Fellowship Hall in Seaford, at 1:30

PAGE 29 p.m. Guest story teller, Gary Wray, of Lewis will tell his story about Fort Miles, World War II history of Delaware. Guests, age 50+ are invited to join in conversation and refreshments after the meeting. Yearly chapter dues remain at $5. For information on Chapter 1084 call chapter president, Gladys Bonowicz at 8875-1519.

Coast Guard Auxiliary

Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 12-04 meets the second Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Nanticoke River Yacht Club in Blades. Call Wayne Hickman at 629-6337 for details.

S.C. Advisory committee

The Sussex County Advisory Committee for the Aging and Adults with Physical Disabilities will meet at the Sussex County West Administrative Complex, North DuPont Highway, Georgetown, at 10 a.m. Agendas and minutes can be viewed on the county’s website at All meetings are open to the public. For more information, call Raymond Moore, Chair, at 436-8132. Submit Bulletin Board items by noon, Thursday. Send to Morning Star Publications - PO Box 1000, Seaford, DE 19973, email to editor@mspublications. com or drop off at 628 West Stein Hwy., Seaford.



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Letters to the Editor Bush deserves our respect

I am writing to simply express my gratitude for the service President Bush has given our country over the past eight years. It has been comforting to know that America has been in the hands of a leader who is capable, competent and compassionate. But it has been especially reassuring to know that ours is a leader who adheres to his principles. He has never taken the “easy way out,” always choosing instead to do what he believes is right, even if that means losing popularity. Although his administration is surrounded in controversy now, history will remember him as one who lived by a standard that was a little higher. Just as he deserves praise for his efforts, he also deserves praise for the way in which he has conducted himself over the course of his tenure. He and Mrs. Bush have demonstrated nothing but grace in the White House, and they have taken time out of their schedules to reach out to the

public, keeping the Bush administration open and honest. They deserve commendation for that. President Bush’s courage and steadfastness in dealing with issues both at home and abroad has served as an example to us all. Whether we agree with his policies and opinions or not, it is indisputable that he has sacrificed much in pursuing his vision for America. He deserves praise for his selflessness. Andrew Bell


Prayers in school

I remember being in third grade, praying in a public school and reading from the Bible. I remember when it was my turn to read to my class from the Bible, I read from the Old Testament book of Ecclesiastes. The whole school gathered in the hallway around a Christmas tree and sang Christmas carols. Then came the decree that there would

Farewells can be awkward I’ve always been terrible at saying good-bye. I’m usually the guy EV ODD ROFFORD who says to my wife, “let me get the car loaded and warmed up while you say the last farewells.” There’s If in any small way I just something awkward about it. have encouraged you Perhaps that is why I have dreaded sitting down and typing to make Jesus the this final article for the Star. It has been such a privilege writing center of your home, for these past few years, but life includes change and Bryant and I I rejoice. have agreed that it is time to bring this column to an end. you disproved that statement over and over As I go, I guess there are a few things again. As we built our family, our lives I hope to leave you with. First, you need became intertwined into a community of to know that God has opened a wonderful enjoyment and love. Sussex County isn’t door of opportunity here in St. Mary’s perfect, but for those of us who have been County and though it has taken some privileged to live there, we should consider time, we are settling into the work that ourselves blessed. He has for us. Please keep us in prayer as As I wrote I always considered my readwe face the challenges of church planting, ership as a sort of “second congregation” which include development of leadership, while I was in Laurel. My goal was to resources, and eventually property and buildings. You can keep up on the happen- never “waste” an article, but to attempt to provide something of value to everyone ings in our life and our church, Real Life who read. If through some article you Wesleyan, at our website www.LiveRealwere inspired to be more passionate for Christ or more kind to your fellow man, I Meanwhile, you should also know that am gratified. If in any small way I have there will always, always be a special encouraged you to make Jesus the center place in my heart for Laurel and Seaford. We still own a home in the area (selling is of your home, I rejoice. If through your strong agreement or little tough right now) and we are close disagreement with my point of view we enough that you never know when you have together come to increased clarity on just might look over your shoulder and some of the big issues of our times, then spot us at Davellis, Walmart, or Dairy my time to write and your time to read Queen. have been worth it. I remember coming to Laurel as a With that said, if ANYTHING good has brand new pastor. In the next 13 years I ever happened through this column, then worked with some of the finest people God receives all glory, praise, and credit. here on earth. Over time I became very He alone gives to all of us the abilities we proud of our own small corner of the use in this life for his good purposes. world and learned what a fine place to live May God always place his blessing on Delaware really is. your home and may he find your heart alWhen I first moved I was warned that ways open and ready for his use. Sussex County is a generational place where those who aren’t born there can never really be a part. For the next 13 years

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be no more prayer in school. Is it possible to pray in school today? Well to be perfectly honest, if one really knows Jesus as his savior and understands that prayer is talking to God, it is impossible to keep anyone from praying in school! I pray in school every day. Well, you say, you taught at Seaford Christian Academy, no wonder you prayed in school. When I taught at Col. Richardson High School we prayed every day in my classroom. I was an astronomy and physical science teacher and we prayed in my planetarium everyday before school started. We had official permission to have a Bible club and we could read anything we wanted from the Bible, we could teach a Bible lesson, I wrote Bible verses on my chalkboard, we memorized verses from the Bible, and we prayed more than once a day. Can you pray in school? – of course! When I was a student teacher in a public junior high school in Pennsylvania we prayed in school. Another teacher sponsored our Bible club. We prayed, I led Bible studies, and we showed a Christian film in the school auditorium that was attended by at least 150 students. Can you pray in a public school? Yes, if it is on a volunteer basis. I like the billboard that I saw along the road south of Laurel that said, “In case of nuclear attack, the ban on public prayer in school will be lifted!”

When I attended a state college, which I do not generally recommend, we had Bible studies on and off campus that students could attend every night of the week. We prayed in the dorms, we prayed in the classrooms, we prayed in the student center, we prayed on the steps, we prayed in the halls, and we prayed on the sidewalks. Can students pray on the campus of a government school? How could the government stop them from praying? Isn’t it interesting that our motto is “In God we trust,” but they say it is unconstitutional to pray to that God in school? By the way, please do not tell the government that hundreds of thousands of American school students pray in the classroom before taking their final exams! Dan Manka, Fairmont, W. Va.

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Economy is the worst I have ever witnessed The recession has finally hit Delaware and the rural communiRANK ALIO ties in Sussex County. Because of the diversity of our smaller busiPeople will travel nesses compared to an auto plant where large layoffs impact a commiles to save a nickel munity immediately, here it takes a and wonder why there is little longer to feel the pain. Car dealers are consolidating locations, businesses are cutting back nothing in their commuon employees, some long-time nity to shop for. businesses are closing for good. And the hard luck stories continue. supply the auto industry and the impact on Husband loses job, spouse’s hours are the economy if the banking industry went cut back, and they lose their home; single down the tubes. woman with family has terminal illness, But sometimes Americans shoot themcan’t work, no insurance, has to sell home selves in the foot. In a TV report about to qualify for Medicaid. Record number of the closing of the Chrysler plant in jobless, 25,000 in Delaware, tops the Delaware, a Chrysler employee, retired, record of 16,000 in 2006. Never in my 70 was telling about the sweat he put into years have I witnessed anything like this. Something has to be done ASAP to lift that plant and how he would miss it. Then this retired Chrysler employee this economy. When the new Congress drives off in a Chevy pick-up. Further convenes in January they need to forget footage showed more employees driving their self interest, lobbyists, the red, the from the plant, one in a Ford, the other in blue, the liberals and conservatives and unite as one America. We’ve bailed out the a foreign vehicle. While serving as the county’s economic money people, it’s time to bail out workdirector I had a lady call when they were ing America. closing the Acme store in Millsboro after Although opposed to government bail the Food Lion had opened asking if we outs, I understand the repercussions, loss of jobs which trickle down to vendors who could help to keep them open. Stating her husband was a meat cutter



with Acme she noted food cost less at the competitor’s store, and she often shopped there and bought her meats there. I reminded her where her husband’s check came from and that’s where I thought she should shop. People will travel miles to save a nickel and wonder why there is nothing in their community to shop for. I get upset when I hear of someone who draws a paycheck from their employer tell me they shop other places because where they work is too expensive. Money may be tight, but shop where you work. As the saying goes, “Dance with the one who brung you.” I don’t recall in all my years have I been so excited and confident with the change in guard at the White House and in Dover. Jack Markell has no obligation to the state’s Democrat Party since they endorsed his opponent, so you can kiss the good ole boy network goodbye. Again, the legislature has to cooperate and forget protecting their special interests or that of the lobbyists who line their campaign coffers with donations and put aside child-like politics in the interest of the public. Markell has assembled a unique mix of talented and dedicated members who have

really scrutinized each department and have come up with a lot of interesting and challenging recommendations. Many recommendations are long overdue. School consolidation has been mentioned, but on the back burner for now, however consolidation of purchases could be the first step toward consolidation. Look for a lot of changes in how we provide education in Delaware. We should all be excited with former Happy Harry’s owner Alan Levine as the new director of the state’s economic department. If anyone can turn around the business climate in this state, Levine can. Expect a big shake-up in that department as well as the way DelDOT does business. User friendly toward business and retention of existing businesses will be the big push in the Markell administration; the permitting process will be made easier for developers and business. All departments are expected to see an audit of how they do business and fat and unnecessary positions will be eliminated, or at least that’s the plan. We’ll see. Markell’s new budget director is a no nonsense person. I think we are near the bottom of the recession, so my hope is for everyone to have a Happy, prosperous, and healthy New Year.

Thawing the frozen water pipes required a gas torch I read recently where a man in Massachusetts used a blow torch to ONY INDSOR melt the ice that had formed on the porch of his home. The end result Our house was old and was $35,000 in damages to his home after he set it on fire with was nothing more than a the torch. As I read the article I was reminded of the many times my fabig stack of structured ther would crawl under our house with a propane torch and work to kindling wood. melt the ice that had formed in the water lines depriving us of househis frigid breath over Crisfield we could be hold water. sure to have frozen water pipes. I can still see Dad scrunched up under I was a young boy, so it only meant the house, barely enough room to breathe, that I would not have access to water from running the flame of the torch up and the kitchen sink when the pipes froze. To down the frigid water pipe. The flame of Dad this meant a great deal more. He the torch would be just inches from the would throw on his winter coat, get the wood floor of the kitchen, which was as propane torch and crawl under the house dry as a powder horn. like a coal miner. Of course I would have Our entire house was like a tinder box, to go out and hunker down beside the primed and ready to go up like a Homehouse to watch him do his makeshift coming bonfire at the first contact by a plumbing work. This was not because I spark of loose ash. was necessarily excited to assist my father I find it amazing and extremely fortuin his “grownup” chore, but more because nate, that we never suffered a fire at that it involved a lit flame. Something about old monstrosity we called home. There was room to crawl under our house and the fire drew younguns like moths. I can see my father like it was yesterfoundation was wide open to the elements. day. He would be packed in so tight under I can still remember in the summertime the house that you couldn’t get a piece of while we were outside playing we would paper between him and the floor of the know when Mom was doing dishes behouse. Then he would have to contort his cause you could see the soapy water runarms in order to bring the propane torch ning out of the pipe under the house. It up to the pipe. It was a grueling job. I was an environmental hazard, I suppose, have to imagine his arms ached after doing but it sure made it easy to retrieve the silwhat would sometimes be over an hour of verware and dish rags that would somethawing pipes. I would watch as Dad times get sucked down the sink drain. But, having the foundation of the house would run the flame up and down the pipe, hoping to hear rushing water. But, this open left us vulnerable to the winter was a “Dad job” and had to be done. weather. Whenever “Old Man Winter” cast



The other half of the job included replacing the insulation wrap that Dad kept around the pipes. This tended to work unless we had bitter cold weather. I also recall Dad using the electric insulation wraps, which involved extension cords and again, a dry, brittle house foundation. Our house was old and was nothing more than a big stack of structured kindling wood. But, it is really weird how much I have missed that old house throughout my adult life. Snow would blow in through the cracks in our bedroom windows and pile up on the floor and when the wind blew the rattling doors and windows sounded

Gas Lines Prices drop The holiday week and last week of 2008 saw average gas prices for unleaded regular gas slip to new 2008 lows. Gas pumps are displaying their lowest prices since February 2004. At least eight states now have state gas price averages at or below $1.50 a gallon.

like someone running through the middle of the house. I can’t recall a winter where the living room stove ever ran for longer than a day or two without breaking down. Dad had to work on the stove so many times he left the front panel leaning up against the wall all winter just to keep from having to take it off each time. We had one cold water pipe that supplied water to the kitchen and no indoor bathroom, but even though I have lived in my current house for over 30 years, I still consider that old Crisfield monstrosity “home.”

Demand Despite low gas prices, gasoline demand is down from 9.4 million barrels a day in mid-July to 8.8 million barrels a day in December 2008. Refineries have reduced output and will be looking to trim inventories even further during the cold weather months. Local pricing Locally, one station was selling regular gasoline for $1.449 a gallon on Monday.

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NOTICE Estate of Elizabeth M. Fennell, Deceased. Notice is hereby given that Letters of Testamentary upon the estate of Elizabeth M. Fennell who departed this life on the 13th day of November, A.D. 2008 late of Seaford, DE were duly granted unto Ellen T. Mendoca on the 15th day of December, A.D. 2008, and all persons indebted to the said deceased are required to make payments to the said Executrix without

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NOTICE Estate of T. Stuart Russell, Deceased. Notice is hereby given that Letters of Testamentary upon the estate of T. Stuart Russell who departed this life on the 12th day of December, A.D. 2008 late of Seaford, DE were duly granted unto Margaret R. Lopatka on the 16th day of December, A.D. 2008, 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 12th day of August, A.D. 2009 or abide by the law in this behalf. Executrix:

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To keep your skin beautiful, add a little papaya to your cooking It hardly seems possible that the year 2008 has flown by so quickly. ORETTA NORR It is very easy to acknowledge, however, that the older I get, the mode of flight is more supersonic transport than prop jet. So any reference to aids that may slow down the aging process gets my attention. When I read about a fruit that’s been clinically proven to fight wrinkles, I was intrigued. The papaya doesn’t get noticed much in American cuisine but it’s a fruit that is literally loaded with 2 tsp. chopped cilantro vitamin C. This is the element that pro1 tsp. chopped green onion duces the collagen that makes our skin re1 tsp. minced red onion silient. It also breaks down “free radicals” Pinch of salt which destroy skin collagen. 1 pound sea scallops (about 12) A tropical fruit, native to Central America, the papaya has a sweet-tart flavor that In a small bowl, combine 3 tablesome compare to apricots and ginger. The spoons oil and zest. Let mixture sit 1 hour papaya typically weighs from one to two at room temperature. pounds. The big papaya problem, besides Strain mixture, using a fine sieve. it size and unattractive appearance, is that In another small bowl, combine honey once it’s ripe, it quickly turns to mush — and lime juice. Add remaining ingredients trust me on this one. Select one that’s for papaya relish and mix well. mostly yellow with a little green and let it Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large sauté ripen at home. When fully ripe, it will be pan. Sauté scallops over medium heat unall yellow. Transfer it immediately to the til cooked through, about 2 to 3 minutes fridge stored in a plastic bag and it should on each side. last about a week. For each serving, place three scallops on a plate and drizzle 1 tablespoon lemon oil over scallops. Top with 2 tablespoons Canyon Ranch Scallops papaya relish. Serves 4. The Canyon Ranch spa is noted SELF, June 2003 for it’s fabulous cuisine. Its scallop recipe is scrumptious. Papaya-Mint Sauce 1/4 cup olive oil Makes 1 cup. Great with a mixed fruit sal1/4 cup grated lemon zest ad or over vanilla yogurt or ice cream. 1 tsp. honey 1/2 tsp. fresh lime juice 1 large papaya, peeled, seeded, coarsely Half a ripe papaya, peeled and diced chopped (about 1 and 1/2 cups) 1 and 1/2 tbsp. minced red bell pepper 5 tablespoons sugar



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Roasted Pork Loin with Tropical Fruits Serves 6 to 8. If you want to wow dinner guests, try this pork loin from the Princeville Hotel in Kauai, Hawaii. It’s easier than it looks! Just begin preparing the dish one day before serving. 4 cups dry Sherry 1 cinnamon stick, broken in half 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice 1 and 1/2 teaspoons grated lemon peel 1/2 cup chopped pitted prunes 1/2 cup chopped dried apricots 12 whole black peppercorns 6 whole cloves 1 3 and 1/2-pound boneless pork loin, trimmed 1 medium onion, finely chopped 1/3 cup chopped peeled pitted mango 1/3 cup chopped peeled papaya 1 tablespoon golden brown sugar 1 tablespoon vegetable oil Combine 2 cups Sherry, cinnamon stick, lemon juice and peel in medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Simmer 2 minutes. Add prunes and apricots. Simmer until fruits are tender and mix-

ture thickens slightly, about 20 minutes. Combine 2 cups Sherry, peppercorns and cloves in small saucepan over medium heat. Simmer 2 minutes. Remove from heat; cool marinade to room temperature. Using sharp knife, make lengthwise cut down center of pork, cutting 3/4 of the way through. Open as for book. Sprinkle cut side with some of onion. Close pork. Place in 13- by 9- by 2-inch glass baking dish. Sprinkle with remaining onion. Pour marinade over. Cover pork and fruit separately; chill overnight. Preheat oven to 375°F. Drain any liquid from fruit mixture; reserve liquid, discarding cinnamon stick. Stir mango, papaya and sugar into fruit mixture. Discard pork marinade; pat pork dry. Open pork as for book. Season inside with salt and pepper. Spoon 2/3 cup fruit mixture down center of pork; reserve remaining fruit mixture. Fold pork over, enclosing filling. Tie pork in several places with kitchen string to keep filling in place. Season with salt and pepper. Heat oil in heavy large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add pork and cook until brown, about 5 minutes per side. Transfer to large roasting pan. Roast until thermometer inserted into center of pork registers 160 degrees, about 1 hour and 15 minutes. Place pork on platter; reserve pan juices. Tent pork with foil and let stand 20 minutes. Mix reserved liquid from fruit, remaining fruit and reserved pan juices in heavy small saucepan. Bring to simmer. Slice pork; serve with fruit sauce. Bon Appétit, August 1995

At ‘Mocktail’ party, revelers learn danger of mixing alcohol, driving Nanticoke Memorial Hospital partnered turing recipes for non-alcoholic drinks and with the Delaware Office of Highway smart party snacks was available. Safety to host a "Mocktail" party recently. When hosting a party, consider the fol"Mocktails" are non-alcoholic cocktail lowing tips: parties. • Serve foods that are high in protein "The goal is to like meats and show people that cheeses; avoid servVisitors sampled non-alcoholic having a successful ing salty foods holiday party does which may speed up not have to include the rate of intoxicaalcohol," said Andrea tion. punch and foods that are approSummers, communi• If you plan to ty relations officer serve alcohol, also for the Delaware Ofhave sodas or fruit priate for serving at holiday gathfice of Highway juices on hand for Safety. those who choose Visitors sampled not to drink. erings. They also picked up infornon-alcoholic punch • Make sure all of and foods that are apyour guests have a propriate for serving sober ride home. If mation on impaired driving, seatat holiday gatherings. they don't, call a taxi They also picked up for them, have them information on imsleep over, or arrange belt use and aggressive driving. paired driving, seatfor a sober driver to belt use and aggrestake them home. sive driving. For more information or a copy of the Several visitors wore goggles simulatMocktail Recipe Book, contact OHS at ing impaired driving and learned about des- 302-744-2740. ignated driver programs. A small book fea-

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Holiday mysteries, with a little philosophy thrown in The Christmas season for me has always been a time to read a good book or two. Not necessarily good literature or nonfiction, but a good current novel, something that when you look up from the page, it takes a moment to remember where you are. For me, that means a mystery. I am fortunate to have two, the most recent offerings by authors Elizabeth George and P.D. James, to look forward to. A book from another favorite author, Charles Todd, featuring the dark Ian Rutledge, was due to be released Tuesday. But this Christmas, there was even more to entertain me than fictional murder mysteries. Two real-life mysteries, right here in my own figurative backyard, put all my detective skills to the test. Sadly, I was able to solve neither of them; both solutions came from people who read little in the way of detective fiction. I will present both mysteries, one after the other, in this space, then will present both solutions. Perhaps readers can do better at solving them than I did. The first mystery involved a bottle of pear brandy that my son and his wife gave me for Christmas. The eau de vie de poire (French for pear brandy — that wasn’t the mystery) comes from the Clear Creek distillery in Portland, Ore., where my son and daughter-in-law live, and is made from pears grown in nearby Parkdale. The lovely clear bottle, sealed with gold foil, shows off the amber brandy beautifully. And sitting on the bottom of the bottle, slightly buoyant, is a whole pear. Around the Christmas tree, there was discussion about whether I will eat the pear when the brandy is finished. If I do want the pear, how will I get it out? And then, the mystery was presented to us by my son: “How do you think they got that pear in there?” Made the bottle around it? Some kind of amazing suction machine (my brother’s suggestion)? Simple alcohol-induced magic? Mystery No. 2 came to my attention a few days after Christmas, when I was hanging clothes fresh from the washing machine onto the line that stretches across the back yard. Near the bottom of the basket was a long-sleeved T-shirt, one that belongs to my husband. And when I pulled it out to put it on the line, I saw that the shirt already had a clothespin attached to it, on the edge of the tail in exactly the right spot for attaching to the line. The clothespin was wet, so I knew that it had gone through the washer with the shirt. I hadn’t at-

LYNN PARKS I will present both mysteries, one after the other, in this space, then will present both solutions. Perhaps readers can do better at solving them than I did. tached the pin either before carrying the shirt downstairs to the washer or after. And surely, if the clothespin was there when my husband wore the shirt, still attached from its previous time on the line, he would have noticed. A hint — or perhaps a red herring: Our washing machine is still in the back yard, as our back porch renovation project progresses. Amazingly, the machine has survived cold and rain and still functions as it should. But even when it was brand new and sheltered, I never knew it to put a clothespin on a piece of clothing for me. A pear in a bottle, a clothespin on a shirt. How did they get there? Give up? Well, the pear, my son explained to us, grows in the bottle. In the springtime, workers with the distillery go into the orchard and hang bottles over pear blossoms. In the fall, when the pear is fully grown, the bottle and pear are detached from the tree and the bottle is filled with brandy. As for the clothespin, my husband came up with the explanation. He had found the shirt lying in the yard, apparently blown off the clothesline with the clothespin still attached, and, figuring it needed another wash, he had thrown it in the washing machine, conveniently close at hand. Two Christmas mysteries, easily solved. Not so easily solved is the philosophical question my brother posed during our Christmas Day telephone conversation. He too had gotten a bottle of eau de vie de poire and we had discussed the whole pear inside the bottle, how it got there and whether he will eat it. He wasn’t sure about the pear’s past or future. And beyond that, he was wondering about the nature of the fruit itself. “If there’s only one, is it still a pear?” he asked. I’m still pondering that one.

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Too many young people have lost lives in car accidents As I was sitting at the beginning of William Nazelrod’s funeral AT URPHY the other day, thoughts came to my mind of the many accidents that My thoughts went back 50 were fatalities over the years, involving young people in their first years when I, as a 15-yearfew years of driving. The statistic old, headed to Delmar on would have to be alarming. For those of you who do not a rainy July evening with know, William Nazelrod was a 16Vaughn Hall, who had reyear-old 11th-grader at Laurel High School and a key member of the cently gotten his license. Bulldog football team. Number 59 lining up over the ball at center Vaughn Hall, who had recently gotten his was a familiar part of the Laurel success. license. Needless to say, we turned over on Also killed in the accident was Greg the curve halfway to Delmar. Neither of us Williams, a former Laurel High student was hurt too seriously, although we were who was attending the James H. Groves both thrown out of the old Studebaker. School. Years later, I got the call that all parents As I said, my thoughts went back 50 dread, as my son Mike turned over my years when I, as a 15-year-old, headed to pickup on a school scavenger hunt. He too Delmar on a rainy July evening with was OK.



The accident on the Sharptown curve that happened about 50 years ago is still fresh and clear on the minds of several Laurel people. A young Tommy Boyce eventually lost his life after that terrible accident. William Nazelrod’s was not the first accident on River Road to be sure, as 20 or so years ago, Laurel graduate Brendon Puckham lost his life on one of those turns. I could go on at length, telling you of some of these very sad moments involving our young people, but space doesn’t allow it, and I don’t think it all needs to be brought to the surface at this time of the year, when hope should be first on our minds. I do, however, want to give all our young people a personal message from my heart. During the funeral, I watched as members of the football team and students gathered in front of the casket, as if to tell William, “Say it is not so.” But it is, and B.J. Langly, William’s dad, said it so understandably for all of us. “This was something that always happened to somebody else,” he said. He hesi-

tated, then added, “You do get through this. We are all in this together, this thing called life.” If there is any one thing we can provide for our young people is the simple fact that getting your license is a great moment. It also can be the saddest days of your life. Generations of us have examples of this to tell our young drivers about. Yes, we are all in this together. OK now, the bowl games will soon be over, a new year will be here and things are settling back to normal — well, almost. You say there’s nothing to do? The Laurel High School band and the Drama Club will hold a gigantic yard sale on Saturday, Jan. 10, from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the school gymnasium. Students will take donations and you can also set up with your crafts and yard sale items. I may even have some Laurel memorabilia to sell at this fundraiser. Don’t miss it. The rumor is that there will be a microbrewery at the old Delmar Food Rite building. I have not been able to reach the owner yet.

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RAM DELI MARKET ORGANIZATIONS GET ASSISTANCE FROM TOWN. Laurel Mayor John Shwed recently presented checks from the town to two non-profit groups. Both are groups that the town supports through its annual operational budget. Above, Shwed, right, present a $1,000 check to Chris Otwell, director of the Laurel Boys and Girls Club. Below, Shwed gives representatives of the Laurel Public Library a $1,000 check. On his left is Becky Norton, library youth services coordinator, and on his right is Wenona Phillips, library circulation supervisor. Both presentations took place during a recent town council meeting. Photos by Tony Windsor

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Sophisticated entertaining made simple FAMILY FEATURES

Artichoke and Bacon Spread

Prep Time: 25 minutes Time to Table: 55 minutes Yield: 1 cup plus 3 tablespoons artichoke mixture; 10 servings 5 slices bacon 1/2 cup finely chopped onion 1/4 cup finely chopped carrot 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar 1 1/2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh rosemary 1 (14-ounce) can quartered artichoke hearts, drained 1/8 teaspoon salt 1/8 teaspoon pepper 30 Carr’s Table Water Roasted Garlic and Herb Crackers 1. Crosswise cut bacon into 1/8- to 1/4-inch slivers. In large nonstick skillet cook bacon until brown and crisp. Drain off fat, reserving 1 tablespoon. Remove bacon from skillet. Drain on paper towels. 2. Return reserved bacon fat to skillet. Stir in onion. Cook, stirring occasionally, over medium heat for 4 to 5 minutes or until tender. Stir in carrot. Continue cooking for 3 minutes more. Remove from heat. Stir in vinegar and rosemary. 3. Set aside four pieces of artichoke. Stir remaining artichoke pieces into mixture in skillet. Cook, stirring frequently, over medium heat until liquid evaporates. Remove from heat. Stir in salt and pepper. Cool slightly. 4. Transfer artichoke mixture to food processor bowl. Cover and process until smooth. Let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Stir in half of the cooked bacon. 5. Cut reserved artichoke pieces into thin slivers. Spoon about 2 teaspoons artichoke mixture on each cracker. Garnish with artichoke slivers and remaining cooked bacon pieces.

Smoked Salmon and Caper Spread

Prep Time: 20 minutes Time to Table: 20 minutes Yield: 1 1/2 cups salmon mixture; 12 servings 1/2 cup crème fraîche or sour cream 2 ounces cream cheese, softened (1/4 cup) 1 tablespoon lemon juice 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley 1 tablespoon capers, rinsed and chopped 1 teaspoon grated lemon peel 1/8 teaspoon chili powder 1 (6-ounce) package smoked salmon, skin removed 36 Carr’s Table Water Crackers with Cracked Pepper

Artichoke & Bacon Spread

18 thin cucumber slices, halved 1. In small bowl whisk together crème fraîche and cream cheese until combined. Add lemon juice. Whisk until light. 2. Stir in parsley, capers, lemon peel and chili powder. 3. Flake salmon. Reserve about 1/4 cup of the flaked salmon. Stir remaining salmon into crème fraîche mixture. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use. 4. Spoon about 2 teaspoons salmon mixture onto each cracker. Garnish with reserved salmon and cucumber slices.

Olive-Stuffed Goat Cheese Bites

Prep Time: 10 minutes Chill Time: 30 minutes Yield: 22 bites 1 (4.5-ounce) jar Lindsay Spanish Olives Stuffed with almonds, drained 6 ounces goat cheese 4 ounces cream cheese 1/2 cup toasted almonds, finely chopped 1. Place olives in colander and rinse under cold water. Pat dry with paper towels. 2. In medium bowl, combine goat cheese and cream cheese. Form a rounded teaspoon of cheese mixture into a small ball, and transfer to parchmentlined baking sheet; repeat with remaining cheese mixture, making 24 balls in all. Chill for 30 minutes or until firm. 3. In each ball, make a small indent with your finger. Place an almond-stuffed olive into the indent and mold the cheese around the olive. Roll back into a ball shape with the olive completely encased in the cheese. 4. Place the toasted almonds in a small bowl and roll each ball to coat. Keep the balls, covered, in the refrigerator until

ready to serve. Serve cold. The olive balls will keep refrigerated, in an airtight container, for up to 1 day. Note: For a milder more kid-friendly variation, feel free to omit the goat cheese and use all cream cheese.

Green Olive Cheddar Dip

Prep Time: 15 minutes Yield: 2 cups 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese 4 ounces cream cheese, softened 1 cup sour cream 1/4 cup mayonnaise 1/2 teaspoon chopped garlic 1 (5.75-ounce) jar Lindsay Spanish Green Olives, Stuffed with Pimiento, drained and rinsed 1/2 cup green onion, white and green parts 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper Dippers: Lindsay Black Ripe Olives, carrot sticks, celery sticks, fennel sticks, red bell pepper sticks, green onion sticks 1. Combine cheddar cheese, cream cheese, sour cream, mayonnaise and garlic in food processor. Pulse several times until ingredients are well incorporated. Add olives and green onions. Pulse until chopped. The dip should be slightly chunky. Transfer to serving bowl or plate. 2. Dip can be garnished with additional chopped green onions. 3. Skewer black olives with vegetables and arrange around the dip. Serve chilled or at room temperature. Note: To make the vegetable sticks, slice the vegetables lengthwise and then cut into 4-inch pieces so they can easily skewer the olives.

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Creating a Chinese New Year’s feast FAMILY FEATURES

Starting January 26, you’ve got a whole new reason — and a whole new season — to celebrate. It’s the start of the 15-day Chinese New Year festival and the first day of lunar year 4707, the Year of the Ox. Chinese New Year is all about spectacle, from the fireworks and dancing dragons to the fabulous food. That’s why it’s a holiday anyone can enjoy ... and a perfect time to host a party with a surefire theme and plenty of crowdpleasing surprises.

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For most home cooks, the biggest surprise of all is that Chinese cooking can be both fun and easy. The secret is to start with foolproof recipes and high-quality, authentic sauces that do most of the heavy lifting for you. And the good news is, they’re no further away than the Asian section of your supermarket, where you’ll find all kinds of ready-to-use Kikkoman sauces. In addition to the traditional flavors of teriyaki, sweet and sour and soy sauce, try some of the more exotic options such as the citrus-spiked soy sauce known as Ponzu. They’re all made right here in the United States with North American ingredients, expertly blended and balanced for authentic Asian flavor.

Symbols Made Simple

From the décor and color scheme to the food, Chinese New Year is rich in beautiful symbols. If you’ve got a round table, this is the time to use it, because it is a sign of wholeness. Decorate it with red and gold accents to represent good luck and prosperity. Noodles — in dishes such as Wonton Soup and silky Sesame Ginger Noodles — stand for longevity. Roasted Duck is a traditional New Year favorite, its golden color symbolizing good fortune for the year ahead. And Steamed Fish is a centuries-old sign of abundance.

Easy Chinese Roast Duck Makes 4 servings

1 (4 to 5-pound) fresh or thawed duckling, quartered 3 tablespoons Kikkoman Soy Sauce 2 tablespoons dry sherry 1 tablespoon five-spice powder* 1 tablespoon powdered ginger 1 teaspoon ground pepper Heat oven to 350°F. Rinse duckling; drain and pat dry. Discard excess fat; pierce skin thoroughly with fork. Combine soy sauce, sherry, five-spice, ginger and pepper in large bowl. Add duckling; rub with mixture and let stand 30 minutes. Place on rack in shallow roasting pan, skin side up. Roast 1 hour and 10 minutes. Remove from oven; drain off pan drippings. Turn oven temperature to broil and raise oven rack 4 to 5 inches from heat source. Broil duckling 2 to 3 minutes or until skin is crisp. *If five-spice powder is not available, combine 1 teaspoon crushed fennel seed, 1/2 teaspoon crushed anise seed, and 1/2 teaspoon each ground cinnamon, cloves and ginger.

Steamed Fish with Hot Oil

Makes 2 to 3 servings 3/4 pound sole fillets 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, slivered 2 green onions, slivered 1 tablespoon Kikkoman Soy Sauce 1 teaspoon dry sherry 1 teaspoon Asian sesame oil 2 tablespoons vegetable oil Arrange fish on heatproof plate that

fits in bamboo steamer or on wire rack placed in large skillet with cover. Sprinkle ginger and green onions evenly over fish. Combine soy sauce, sherry and sesame oil in small bowl. Pour enough water into wok or skillet to come about 1 inch below steamer or rack; bring to boil. Place plate in steamer or on rack. Cover and steam 2 to 3 minutes, or until fish flakes easily when tested with fork. Drain off liquid from plate; keep fish warm. Heat vegetable oil in small saucepan until very hot; drizzle evenly over fish. Immediately top with soy sauce mixture.

Sesame-Ginger Noodles

Makes 4 servings 1 pound uncooked fresh Chinesestyle thin egg noodles, spaghetti, vermicelli or linguine 1/4 cup Kikkoman Soy Sauce 2 tablespoons distilled white vinegar 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger 1 tablespoon sugar 1 teaspoon cornstarch 1/2 cup water 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 3/4 cup sliced green onions and tops 2 tablespoons Asian sesame oil 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds Cook noodles according to package directions, omitting salt; drain, rinse under cold water and drain thoroughly. Combine soy sauce, vinegar, ginger, sugar, cornstarch and water. Heat vegetable oil in hot wok or large skillet over high heat. Add green onions and stirfry 10 seconds. Add soy sauce mixture; cook, stirring, until sauce comes to a boil. Add noodles; cook, stirring, 1 minute or until sauce returns to boil and noodles are

evenly coated with sauce. Remove from heat. Add sesame oil and sesame seeds; toss well to combine.

Wonton Soup

Makes 6 servings 1/4 pound lean ground pork 2 ounces medium raw shrimp, peeled, deveined and minced 2 tablespoons minced green onions and tops 4 teaspoons Kikkoman Soy Sauce, divided 1/2 teaspoon cornstarch 1/4 teaspoon grated fresh ginger 24 wonton wrappers 3 (14-ounce) cans chicken broth 1/4 cup dry sherry 1/2 pound bok choy 2 tablespoons chopped green onion and tops 1/2 teaspoon Asian sesame oil Combine pork, shrimp, minced green onions, 2 teaspoons soy sauce, cornstarch and ginger in medium bowl; mix well. Arrange several wonton wrappers on

clean surface; cover remaining wrappers to prevent drying out. Place 1 teaspoon pork mixture in center of each wrapper. Fold wrapper over filling to form a triangle. Gently fold center point down and moisten left corner with water. Twist and overlap opposite corner over moistened corner; press firmly to seal. Repeat with remaining pork mixture and wrappers. Bring 4 cups water to boil in large saucepan. Add wontons. Simmer 3 minutes; remove with slotted spoon. Discard water; pour broth and sherry into same saucepan. Cut bok choy crosswise into 1/2-inch slices, separating stems from leaves. Add stems to broth mixture; bring to boil. Add wontons; simmer 1 minute. Add bok choy leaves and chopped green onions; simmer 1 minute longer. Remove from heat; stir in remaining 2 teaspoons soy sauce and sesame oil. Serve immediately.



Opinion Editorial Make personal emergency preparedness a resolution Numerous Delawareans are making at least one New Year’s resolution, but there’s one resolution that should be considered a top priority. Making personal emergency preparedness your New Year’s resolution is important to your family’s safety and is easy to keep. “I urge all Delawareans to resolve to be ready in 2009 by making an emergency plan for their home or business, preparing an emergency supply kit and learning more about potential threats,” said Delaware Safety and Homeland Security Secretary David B. Mitchell. “The New Year is the perfect opportunity to begin personal emergency preparedness projects.” The Delaware Department of Safety and Homeland Security provides a variety of emergency preparedness information to the general public and offers public training sessions in communities statewide to help citizens prepare for the unexpected. In addition, citizens or community groups needing assistance with personal emergency preparedness can contact the Delaware Emergency Management Agency or Delaware Citizen Corps at (302) 659DEMA. Citizens can also visit The website includes free information, checklists and guidelines to assist with personal emergency preparedness for families and businesses. If you wish to take a more active role in your community’s preparedness, get involved by joining or starting a Citizen Corps Council near you. Citizen Corps brings community and government leaders together to coordinate the involvement of community members and non-governmental resources in emergency preparedness, planning, mitigation, response, and recovery. Visit for more information.

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Never too late or too early for change Every February Morning Star Publications Inc. brings readers a special section filled with suggestions for getting the most out of life. With the uncertain state of our economy and with many thinking about how to improve their lifestyles today, we are offering some excerpts from that edition to help encourage some positive changes. Steps toward a more rewarding life Those serious about realizing a more enjoyable lifestyle need to balance priorities, work at staying healthy and invest time wisely. Here are a few facts to think about when getting started: • Goals - The path to financial independence requires a plan, some (written) goals and discipline. • Spending - The simple, but hard to follow, rule for building financial independence is spend less than you earn and save the difference. • Health - The better you take care of yourself through proper eating habits and exercise, the less you’ll have to pay out in medical expenses. • Education - The more you have the greater your earning potential. Helpful advice to reduce stress Too much stress can destroy a person’s health. Following are suggestions to reduce stress: • Get to the office 15 minutes earlier. Take the rush out of your morning. • Throw away anything that doesn’t work right. • Allow extra time for everything. • Take breaks, particularly when you’re working on a job that’s repetitive. • Plan quiet time for yourself in the middle of the day. • Do not eat lunch at your desk two days in a row. • Organize your desk before you leave each evening. • Do not sit at your desk and wrestle with a difficult problem. Take a walk while you think. • Tackle important jobs first. • Before you call another meeting, find an alternative way to distribute the information to your staff. • Set up standardized procedures for jobs that you and your staff handle every day. Healthy lifestyle choices

New Year’s Issues Over 40 years that comes out to $29,200. Add interest to that and the figure will be in the hundreds of thousands. That money spent on cigarettes now all goes up in smoke. Smokers will also have to spend a lot more money on their health care later. Overeating - We eat a lot of high calorie junk food. This food is a lot more expensive than healthy things such as fruits and vegetables. In years to come, we will pay the price with heart disease, diabetes and stroke. Diabetes is a particularly expensive disease to treat. Most cases are related to obesity. Alcohol-related problems - Buy the alcohol now and treat the liver disease later. One thing that people take for granted is that they will be able to afford medical care in the future. This may change by the time you need it. As you know Medicare will go broke under the current system. It has to change. Oregon has produced a model for change. It has listed diseases in priority order. Those at the top of the list get state help. Those at the bottom do not. If you want one at the bottom, you pay for it yourself. For example, prenatal care is supported. Liver transplants are not. The money you are now spending on unhealthy lifestyles will need to be used to pay for your medical care. If you spend your money on bad habits now, you will not have it for later. In addition, you will have to spend more money than the next guy to pay for your health care. I became a pediatrician because I grew tired of adults with bad habits asking me to cure the diseases they caused to themselves. In the future, they will not only need help with their illnesses, but also with the basic necessities. Now is the time to save with healthier lifestyle habits. Earning power and education

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As a nation we waste a lot on unhealthy habits. We spend money on the habit now. Then we spend more money later to care for the health problems they cause. For example: Cigarette smoking - This costs smokers several dollars per week for cigarettes. At two dollars per day (half a pack) that is $730 per year.

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Late night study sessions, final exams, research papers, and concerns about paying tuition cause many students to wonder, “Is a college education worth the effort?” The reply from local and national sources is a resounding yes! Although education can be its own

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reward, on pay day it is all too obvious that the higher your level of education, the greater the salary you can earn. It’s also vital to note that while school is about individual success, life is about team success. You won’t be successful until you learn to work with people, to be part of a team. There are many reasons to attend college, and research reveals some of the most compelling: • Seventy-five percent of all jobs now require education beyond the high school level; • Almost three-fourths of the jobs this century will not require a bachelor’s degree, but there is a need to educate “thinking people” to fill highly skilled jobs; • Vital skills for success in the workplace — oral communication, writing and Internet skills — are basic components of a post-secondary education; • Every career is being significantly affected by the rapid pace of advancing technology; • College graduates are more satisfied with their jobs, themselves, and are more creative. Many representatives from business and industry agree educational attainment is the single most important factor when considering a candidate’s qualifications for a job. According to some human resource professionals, an applicant with an associate degree and work experience is as qualified as a person with a bachelor’s degree. It’s also their opinion that employees with a degree usually have a broader base of knowledge and are more experienced with creative problem-solving. Understanding technology and the ability to comprehend its changes is now an asset when seeking employment. Studies often note that college graduates have experience at performing under pressure and meeting deadlines, are goal-oriented, and are generally more committed to their careers than high school graduates. Labor statistics also indicate that in addition to helping on the job, the more education a worker has the less likely he/she will be without a job. Faced with the facts and figures, it’s clear that furthering your education greatly increases your potential for financial and personal success. An education is the best investment of time and money you can make; it’s an investment in you, an investment that will reap untold rewards in your future. Leanne Phillips-Lowe is a Marketing and Communications Coordinator at Delaware Technical & Community College, Jack F. Owens Campus, Georgetown.

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Greatest challenge facing my generation By Madelyn Gilbert

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As a teenager, my generation faces many hardships. We deal with peer pressure at school when it comes to social groups. We all want to wear the right clothes or have the coolest technology. In addition, school is a challenge. It can be difficult to maintain grades and to stay organized for every class. However, it is my personal opinion that the greatest hardship my generation faces is the battle of laziness. My dad has recalled many stories from his teenage years to make me wake up and think about my own life. When dad was my age, he had a job working in a restaurant. He rode his bike back and forth each day. It was also expected that he obey his parents without questioning their authority. And his dog, Ginger, traveled everywhere he went (with the exception of work) because to have a pet meant that it was his personal responsibility to care for it. How comparable is my father’s generation to my own? For the most part, there is no comparison. My generation often expects everything be handed to them on a silver platter. I’ll admit that I am guilty of this way of thinking. Laziness saturates my generation with obstacles. We live in a society where looking good on the outside is a priority, but our daily lives are bombarded with unhealthy choices. For example, obesity within my age group has risen. Why? Too many of us choose to submit to the authority of our

Final Word video games, iPods, computers, and cell phones instead of meeting with our friends for a drop-in game of basketball or a bike ride around the neighborhood. And have you looked into the average teenager’s brown bagged lunch? You will find Gushers, potato chips, soda, frozen heat-ups like pizza pockets, lunchables or candy. In a quest for more time, it has simply become easier to just grab and go instead of cutting up an apple, peeling an orange or making a sandwich. My generation begins the school day already exhausted. Often times, my friends are not able to focus on assignments in class. I have even found myself “resting” my head on the desk. With text-messaging at our fingertips, it is easy to stay in touch with friends at all hours of the night. Homework often is left undone until the very last minute. Therefore, we stay up beyond a reasonable bedtime trying to cram it in and get it done. With so many cool movies, TV shows, and video games, we find ourselves losing track of time, therefore, losing focus on more important priorities.

Many teenagers do not stop to realize the impact of these activities and how they affect our performance as students. Another aspect in the battle of laziness is the idea that teenagers in my generation depend way too much on others. Have you stopped to consider who pays the cell phone bill for the average teenager? And what about those $50 brand name jeans that we all desperately must have? My mom refuses to buy me a surplus of clothing. If I want something specific and expensive, I had better save my own money. I have also witnessed times when students in my grade have expected their own parents to talk to the teacher about extra credit simply because they did not take on the responsibility to complete the assigned work. Continually depending on others can cause self-destruction. Finally, let’s talk about spiritual laziness. Many teens make excuses about attending church or youth group. Is sleeping in on a Sunday morning or staying home to watch a movie on youth group night more important or should we call it laziness? No matter what we call it, God expects us to give Him our time and make the effort to build our personal relationship with Him. The roots that we plant now as teenagers will ground us for life. As with many teens my age, I know that I struggle with the battle of laziness. We are not a perfect generation. However, if we begin to realize that we are a part of this world, but do not give in to every temptation that exists, we can overcome this battle called laziness.

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