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VOL. 12 NO. 40 NEWS HEADLINES WW II VETS - Laurel native David Ralph spent much of his time transporting injured personnel to and from area hospitals in England. Page 8

Pooles honored at Dr. King breakfast By Daniel Richardson

SHILOH - The Shiloh House of Hope board is seeking a new location for a residential school and counseling center for troubled teens. Page 10 BOWLING - On Sunday this Sussex Countian joined competitors from around the country in a doubles tournament in Las Vegas. Page 13 HEALTH - Spring is coming early to Sussex County this year through the American Cancer Society’s Daffodil Days program. Page 16 POLITICS - For Christmas, he asked his wife for an airplane ticket to Iowa so he could volunteer in the primary process to help Senator Biden. Page 24 PARAMEDICS - The Nanticoke Rotary Club honored four Sussex Paramedics during a ceremony at Nanticoke River Yacht Club in Blades. Page 26 200TH WIN - Seaford varsity wrestling coach Dave Rogers picked up his 200th win in the Blue Jays’ win over Dover last week. Page 39 STARS - A Woodbridge boys’ basketball player and a Seaford girls’ swimmer are this week’s Seaford Stars of the Week. Page 41 UNBEATEN - The Seaford boys’ and girls’ swim teams looked to remain undefeated in the Henlopen Conference with a home meet on Tuesday. Page 46


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Keynote speaker Rev. John G. Moore, Sr. inspired the crowd with his rendition of famous Martin Luther King quotes. Photo by Daniel Richardson

On Monday morning, Jan. 21, area residents gathered at the Seaford Golf and Country Club to recognize, honor and remember the prominent civil rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and to recognize two prominent Seaford community members, Norman and Rose Poole. Seaford Mayor Ed Butler and state Rep. Danny Short were in attendance as well as members of the city council, including Rhea Shannon, Michael Vincent, Grace Peterson, Leanne Phillips-Lowe and Pat A. Jones. Seaford City employees, such as City Manager Dolores Slatcher and Police Chief Gary Morris, also came out to join in the celebration.

The keynote speaker was the Rev. John G. Moore, Sr., a Philadelphia native, who currently is the Regional Resource Development Manager for the Kent and Sussex County United Way. Moore delivered an address laced with excerpts from King speeches. When Moore quoted King, he would become the character of King, imitating his voice and movements. Moore slipped into character and quoted King, saying, “I’ve seen the promised land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the promised land. And I’m happy, tonight. I’m not worried about anything. I’m not fearing any Continued to page five

Cheering for good old University of Delaware

Sally Higgins is one of the university’s greatest fans By Lynn R. Parks For nearly all of her 81 years, Sally Heinel Higgins has been a supporter of the University of Delaware. A 1948 graduate of the university, she served as trustee from 1971 to 2001, when she was named trustee emeritus. She is a long-time Blue Hen football fan — she and her late husband, George, met at the Brandywine Tavern at a gathering after a Delaware football game — and she still attends all the home games and many away games. And in 1946 and 1947, she was a cheerleader for the football team. “My time as a cheerleader was pretty special,” said Higgins, talking in the family room of her Seaford home. The winter sun was streaming through the windows, a fire was burning in the fireplace and two cats, one orange, the other calico, were vying for Higgins’

attention. She smiled when she recalled her two seasons as a Blue Hen cheerleader. “I remember one time that we had a chicken, and it was the job of the girls on the squad to At left is Sally Higgins as she appeared in her University of Delaware college yearbook. At right is Higgins in make it blue,” she said. “We got it in the shower her Seaford home. Photo by Lynn R. Parks. stall and dyed it. We got In fact, “when all those men came it blue, but I don’t remember what we back from the war, they changed the did with it after that.” university,” she said. A worker in the Higgins, a cheerleader when she Kent dining hall near the Warner Hall attended William Penn High School in dormitory where she lived, she and the New Castle, tried out for the university other workers were used to setting a squad the first year that the school had pitcher of milk on each table when a football team after the end of World most of the diners were women. But War II. She doesn’t remember if the when hungry men filled the tables, cheerleading squad had a coach, but they quickly went through all the she does remember that the football pitchers, keeping all the workers busy team, filled by young men just home filling them. Soon, the university from the war, had two very good seasons. Continued to page three


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Higgins fought to bring UD’s classes downstate Continued from page one

switched to individual milk cartons instead of the communal pitchers. Higgins also worked in the university bookstore, where male students used their veterans’ benefits to buy supplies and books that, Higgins guesses, they then sold to other students. Soon, the veterans had to have class lists with them to prove that what they were buying they needed for class. Higgins spent her childhood years on a farm south of New Castle, where the Valero refinery is now located. Her father, Arthur, also a graduate of the University of Delaware, had returned home from World War I wanting the peace and quiet of a farm. His father, who lived in New Castle and worked for the Wilmington Fiber Company, bought the farm for his son. Higgins’ mother died when Higgins was just 13. When World War II broke out, her father moved the family to New Castle. Higgins graduated from William Penn in 1944. She earned a scholarship and started classes at the university the following fall. She graduated from Delaware in 1948 with a bachelor of science degree in English and history. “I had taken enough education courses so that if I wanted to, I could teach,” she said. And she did just that, accepting a position at Georgetown High School as a seventh- and eighth-grade English and social studies teacher. She and George were married in 1950. George had attended the University of Delaware before joining the service during World War II. At the end of the war, he completed his studies at the Wharton School of Business, part of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. “But his heart was always with Delaware,” Higgins said. After her marriage, Higgins taught English and social studies at Georgetown High and then at Seaford High. “And it seemed I was always having children,” she said. She and George had three daughters, all of whom are grown. They also had a son, who died at the age of 2 and 1/2. In 1968, Higgins accepted a job as a guidance counselor at Laurel High School, where she stayed until 1975, when she became guidance counselor at Seaford High. In 1978, she was named chairwoman of the district’s guidance department, a position she held until she retired in 1991, nine years after the death of her husband. During her tenure there, the Seaford district put counselors in its elementary schools. “I was so pleased with that,” Higgins said. “I fought hard for elementary counseling.” In 1971, Higgins earned her master’s degree in secondary guidance from — where else? — the University of Delaware. She took classes in

Dover and on the Newark campus. Today, the same classes that she had to travel so far to take are available in Georgetown, at the university’s southern campus. “As a trustee, I fought to get the university to offer classes down here,” she said. Expansion into Sussex County is not the only change Higgins has seen during her association with the university. Even in 1971, when she started as trustee, the school had grown from what it was when she was a student, she said. In 1944, when Higgins started classes as a freshman and men and women were segregated in classes as well as in their residence halls, undergraduate enrollment was 376. Two years later, after the end of World War II, it was 1,817. Now, the university has about 16,000 undergraduates. The modern campus is also very different from what it was in 1944, Higgins said. Then, the campus was confined to one strip from Old College north of Main Street to Warner Hall, three blocks south. Today, the Newark campus has spread in all four directions, with six satellite campuses and more than 200 buildings, including the Louise and David Roselle Center for the Arts, which opened in 2006 and which has four performance halls. Higgins said that as a trustee, she feels that she was part of the university’s improvements. “I was doing something to make the school a better place,” she said. And that was a responsibility she was happy to accept for a place that changed her life. “I love that university,” she said. “Without the University of Delaware, what would I have ever been? The education that I got there opened doors for me that never would have opened otherwise. When you realize that, it just makes you grateful you had that opportunity.”

Boy Scouts holds food drive

Once again, it is time for the Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts to do a "good turn for America." The Good Turn for America program is designed to help people in local communities. During the first week in February, scouts from Troops and Packs 182, 249 and 381 will join together for a local community food drive. These Scouts will be going door to door in many Seaford neighborhoods leaving bags on doors and returning a week later to collect nonperishable foods such as canned soups, peanut butter, noodles, cereals, beans, spaghetti sauce, seasonings, powdered milk canned fruits and vegetables. All foods collected will remain in Seaford area food closets. The bags will be distributed on the weekend of Feb. 1 and picked up on Feb. 9. When placing the filled food bags outside, please make sure that it is in plain sight for the scouts to pick up.


The University of Delaware football cheerleading squad, in 1947. Third from the right in the back row is Sally Heinel, now Sally Higgins, Seaford.


MORNING STAR • JANUARY 24 - 30, 2008

Library hoping for community’s support for construction project By Lynn R. Parks Construction on a new library in Bridgeville is expected to start in April. Regional Builders, Seaford, will build the $3 million building on the current men’s softball field on South Cannon Street, where the old town and the new Heritage Shores golf community meet. The library board is looking to the community for support of the project. That support will go a long way toward convincing the state to agree to partially finance the project, said board member Cathi Hochstedler, Bridgeville. “We have to prove to the state that the community will support us,” said Hochstedler. For the state to provide its 50-percent matching funds, it has to see that the library will be able to pay the ongoing operational costs of a new and larger facility. “We want members of the community to give us their time, their money, their enthusiasm and their political support,” said Ruth Skala, treasurer of the library’s friends group. “Call your legislators and tell them that Bridgeville’s really growing and is ready for a new library.” Time is of the essence in getting state

Election Day moves to April By Lynn R. Parks For the first time anyone with the city can remember, citizens of Seaford will not go to the polls on the first Monday in March. Election day this year will be Saturday, April 19, following changes to the charter approved by the city council last June. Polls will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. On the ballot in the upcoming election will be the mayor’s seat, currently held by Ed Butler, and two council seats, currently held by Rhea Shannon and Pat Jones. Deadline for people to register to run for a seat is 5 p.m. Friday, March 28. Residents of the city must also be registered to vote by that time. On election day, voters will be required to show proof of identity and as well as proof that they live in the city. Acceptable forms of identification will include a driver’s license or any other official card with a picture on it, a current utility bill, bank statement, pay check or lease or sales agreement.

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For your information: The Bridgeville Public Library will sponsor community pizza night Thursday, Jan. 31, 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Grotto Pizza, U.S. 13, Seaford. The library will receive 20 percent of the bill of any customer who has a special coupon. Coupons are available at the library on Market Street and at Bridgeville Town Hall, Market and Main streets. The Friends of the Bridgeville Library meet the second Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, William Street. Everyone is welcome. For additional information, call treasurer Ruth Skala, 337-3678. support for the project: If the library does not use $700,000 given to it by the developers of Heritage Shores, as well as the 1.5 acres given to it for the project, by June 30, 2008, it will lose both the land and the money. “If we don’t do this within the set time, we lose everything,” said Hochstedler. “We would have to start all over from scratch.” Value of the land is estimated at $200,000, Hochstedler said. Last week, the library hosted a reception at the current facility on Market Street, a 19th-century church building, to explain to business leaders and community leaders why Bridgeville needs a new library. “Our building is tiny and old,” said Skala. “The maintenance costs on a building like this are very high, as is the heating bill.” In fiscal year 2007, operating costs at the library totaled $51,000, more than a quarter of its $187,000 budget. In addition, the current library is too small to accommodate programs that the library would like to sponsor, Hochstedler said. The facility is about 2,500 square feet; the new library would be 13,500 square feet. Based on population projections for the next 20 years, the state is mandating that the facility be at least that big, in order to qualify for state assistance. “There are a lot of things we would like to have but we just don’t have the space,” Hochstedler said. That includes additional children’s programs — many current programs are held in nearby St. Mary’s Episcopal Church — a community meeting room and additional computers. The library and its friends group are organizing a number of events to raise money and to generate enthusiasm about the construction project. They held the first of several community pizza nights at Grotto

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Cathi Hochstedler (left), a member of the board of directors for the Bridgeville Public Library, and Ruth Skala, treasurer for the library’s friends group, stand in front of a Jack Lewes mural that is in the library on Market Street. Plans are to have the mural moved into a new facility that the library hopes to build. Photo by Lynn R. Parks

Pizza, Seaford, last Thursday. The restaurant donated to the library 20 percent of the bill for any patron who had a coupon from the library. The next community pizza night will be Thursday, Jan. 31, 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Through the Honor Someone Special program, patrons can donate money to the library for the purchase of a book, in

memory of someone or to honor someone. And on Friday, April 18, the library friends group will hold an art auction at the Bridgeville Banquet Center (next to Jimmy’s restaurant). Included in the sale will be several paintings by Jack Lewis, long-time Bridgeville resident who now lives in Maine.

MORNING STAR • JANUARY 24 - 30, 2008


Dr. Martin Luther King’s memory is honored Continued from page one

man. Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord.” Moore followed with “what powerful words from a man who did not know that tomorrow would be his last day.” Moore quoted from many of Dr. King’s speeches and also performed an excerpt from the famous “Letter from a Birmingham

Jail,” an open letter written by Dr. King in 1963 while he was in jail after a protest for segregation in which Dr. King asserts that “one has a moral obligation to disobey unjust laws.” This year’s M.L.K. Community Recognition Award was given to two Seaford community leaders and educators, Norman and Rose Poole. Rep. Short read a

state tribute to the couple and Mayor Butler read a proclamation from the city of Seaford. Rose Poole thanked her family, some of whom had travelled from as far away as Georgia, for being there to celebrate the award with them. She expressed her love for education by saying that “Everybody in the world, if you have re-

ceived any education at all, have had a teacher. I think being a teacher is the greatest job you can have.” Norman Poole, who told a story of the time he met Dr. King while in college and shook his hand, choked back tears as he accepted the award. Some of the students he had during his 24 years as a math teacher at

Seaford Junior High were sitting in the room that morning. The ceremony ended with Bryan Nixon reciting the “I Have a Dream” speech. The celebration then moved to Seaford High School where attendants could browse vendor and information booths, enjoy arts and crafts or be entertained by poetry, dance or music.

Admitting Patients Faster Was A Win-Win. Rose and Norman Poole make their way to the stage to receive the M.L.K. Community Recognition Award. Photo by Daniel Richardson

Property tax bills expected to increase for many in city By Lynn R. Parks The citywide assessment of property values is nearly complete, city tax assessor David Hickey told the Seaford City Council Tuesday night. “We are about done with the field work,” Hickey, with the firm PTA/DELVAL Inc., said. He has about 200 parcels left to visit, most of which are commercial. Hickey said that he is working with city clerk Sharon Drugash to gather current information about property values. “We want to carefully analyze market conditions in Seaford, so that our new values accurately reflect current market values,” he said. Hickey predicted that notices to property owners regarding changes in assessed property values will be sent out the last week of February. Hearings for anyone wanting to appeal an assessment will be held the first two weeks of March. The new values will be used in the tax bills that will go out in July. Hickey said that he anticipates that most properties will see “significant increases” in their values. “Property values are a lot higher than they were in 1989,” the last time city properties were assessed, he said. For example, he said, vacant lots that sold for $6,000 to $8,000 in 1989 are now selling for up to $81,000. But those increased values will not mean comparable in-

creases in tax bills, city manager Dolores Slatcher said. State law forbids the city from collecting taxes that are more than 10 percent higher than the previous year’s taxes. “There will be an adjustment of the tax rate,” Slatcher said. “The tax rate will probably go down.” Drugash said that after the last assessment, in 1989, the city tax rate went from $1.50 per $100 of assessed value to 32 cents. The reassessment will cost the city about $140,000. Cost of the reassessment will be recouped by the city through property tax bills. This reassessment comes on the heels of a court decision in a lawsuit filed against the city. That lawsuit, filed in May 2005 by property owners Larry Moynihan and Harry Freedman, was in protest of a 2004 citywide “audit” of property values that resulted in hikes in tax bills for nearly 900 landowners. In August 2006, Chancery Court Vice Chancellor John Noble ruled in favor of the city, but only on procedural matters. In his ruling, Noble advised the men to pursue appeals of the audit with the city. Nearly 30 appeals of increased tax bills that were the result of Westergren’s audit are still pending. Last February, the city council voted to stay those appeals until the new assessments are complete.

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MORNING STAR • JANUARY 24 - 30, 2008

Business Laurel Pizza King expands to offer full table service By Frank B. Calio A local eatery famous for their pizzas and sandwiches for three decades in Laurel will expand their operations to include full table service with a lunch and dinner menu similar to their locations in Seaford and Millsboro. Brad Baynum, owner of the Pizza King restaurant chain, says in addition to his current services he will offer a menu similar to his other two locations beginning the first week in February pending finalizing of inspections.

Ruark joins real estate agency

Kathy Farnell, broker and vice president of Callaway, Farnell and Moore, Inc., announces that Trent Ruark has joined the firm as a real estate agent. Trent was born and raised in Seaford where he resides with his two-year-old daughter, Grace Elisabeth Ruark. Ruark has spent the previous 10 years in sales with a majority of that time serving as a general sales manager, sales managRuark

Once the lunch and dinner business is established, he wants to open for breakfast later this year. Pizza King is noted for their home cooked meals and reasonable prices. Baynum, whose family purchased the former Village Drive Inn in Laurel in 1979 and moved to their current location in 1999, has added an 800 square foot kitchen to complement seating for 100 people. The current kitchen will continue to serve the large pizza and sandwich takeer and finance person in the auto industry. Ruark was personally responsible for well over 3,000 automobile sales on Delmarva from 1997 to 2005. Ruark can be reached at 629-4514 or on his cell phone at 858-7880. He is at the 500 W. Stein Highway location of Callaway, Farnell and Moore.

Labor laws meeting

‘Understanding Labor Laws,’ held Thursday, Feb. 7 at the Georgia House Restaurant, 119 Main Street, Millsboro. Guest speaker is Daniel R. Nelson, Labor Law Enforcement Officer from the Delaware Department of Labor. Dinner will be at 6 p.m. and meeting at 7 p.m. Employees and contractors welcome. For more information call John Bennett at 443-359-0195.

Blades and Ruark are top achievers Beverly Blades, Realtor, for Callaway, Farnell and Moore, Inc. was named the Top Listing Agent for the fourth quarter of 2007. Fran Ruark, Realtor, was ranked Top Selling Agent for the same period October through December. Kathy Farnell, Vice President and Broker, for Callaway, Farnell and Moore, Inc., made the announcement at their regular Tuesday morning meeting.

The Laurel Pizza King is expanding to include full table service with a lunch and dinner menu. Photo by Frank B. Calio

out trade. A new 14 foot hood cooking system along with a large steam table will serve the remodeled section as a restaurant. The Laurel Pizza King location currently employees 25; Baynum plans to hire an additional 12 including 6 to 8 servers. He is taking applications at the Laurel store. The new employees will train at the Seaford location. According to Baynum, management for the Laurel store is in

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Veteran spent service transporting the injured The Seaford and Laurel Star newspapers are running a series of articles on the veterans who served this nation during World War II. We welcome suggestions for interviews. Contact Bryant Richardson at 629-9788.

By James Diehl Before enlisting in the United States Army in 1942, Laurel native David Ralph worked as a machine operator at the DuPont nylon plant in Seaford. After World War II, however, spending eight hours a day trapped inside never quite had the same appeal. Instead, after speeding up and down the roads of England in an ambulance for more than three years, Ralph turned in his life at DuPont for a career on the open road. “After I returned from the service, I just couldn’t stand to sit in one place anymore,” says Ralph, who drove a tractor trailer for decades before finally retiring in 1986. Born and raised in Laurel, Ralph enlisted in the Army in 1942 and was assigned to the medical corps. He eventually found his way to Cheddington Airfield in England, where he spent much of his time transporting injured personnel to and from area hospitals. A town made famous in 1963 because of its proximity to the famed Great Train Robbery of British lore, Cheddington was, comparatively speaking, a rather quiet place during the war. The base was usually manned as backup, with men and equipment ready to serve if needed. Later in the war, the base was home to one of the special duty squadrons which waged psychological warfare against Nazi Germany. From 1943, planes at the airfield carried out missions to drop leaflets over Germany and occupied countries. “For the most part, we were more of a replacement base than anything else,” Ralph recalls. “Whenever an airfield lost planes, they would come to our base to replace them, as well as the men who were shot down.” Through it all, Ralph drove his ambulance. Sometimes an American ambulance and quite often a British version, the Laurel man sped through the countryside getting American servicemen their muchneeded medical attention. There were times, however, he saw more than he bargained for. “I remember we drove to Oxford a lot,

Laurel native David Ralph drove an ambulance in England during World War II. He returned to his hometown in 1945 and worked for decades as a truck driver before retiring in 1986.

because there was a larger hospital there. If anyone came in who needed to be sent to Oxford, we just took them, dropped them off and then came on back,” Ralph remembers. “But one night, they called us to go out to the site of an American B-17 crash. There were 10 men in the plane and four of them – the pilot, the co-pilot, the bombardier and the navigator – were killed. Of the other six, the one that was hurt the worst had to have his leg taken off right then and there. “I remember it was really foggy that night. The pilot was probably searching for an airfield to land at and didn’t make it.” Though Ralph was never involved in any actual combat, he and his colleagues at Cheddington did have to be on constant alert. “A lot of times, when the Germans would come over and bomb the British cities, whatever bombs they had left over they would distribute on the way back to their base,” Ralph says. “So we had to watch out for that. But, after the invasion [of France in 1944], there weren’t very many German planes coming over. It was mostly our planes going over to Germany.” Chosen for the medical corps after enlisting, Ralph opted for a change a few months later, asking for permission to go to pilot’s school. His request came too late. “I went to my commanding officer and



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enlisted in the service and I felt it was my duty to do whatever they asked me to do no matter what it was. I was well satisfied [in England], as much as I am right now. But as soon as the war was over, I wanted to come home. I just didn’t feel I was needed anymore.” Ralph returned home just a few weeks before Christmas in 1945. He met his future wife a short time later and had three children, all of whom still live in the area. In his words, he “didn’t see a whole lot of action” during the war, but he feels he did his part to help the country in its time of need. “I’m very proud of what I did,” he says. “My father was a farmer and he said he could have kept me from leaving by going to the authorities and telling them he needed me on the farm. “But I wanted to go in the service. I felt it was my duty to go.” After the official surrender of Nazi Germany in May of 1945, Ralph spent the final few months of his tour in Belgium and France before returning to Laurel. He returned to the DuPont plant for a short time before beginning his career as a truck driver. Ralph and his wife, Betty, will celebrate their 59th wedding anniversary next month.

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‘There Will Be Blood’ is not my choice of movies There were a couple other movies that I would have chosen to YNN ARKS see, had it been up to me. “The Great Debators,” about an And I sat through the rest African-American college debating of the film, sometimes with team in the 1930s, was showing in my eyes covered by my one theater, and I have always had hands but still there, even a soft touch for triumphant underdog movies. through the incredible fin“Juno” was also showing and ish. while my husband and I had already seen it, I thought our son, husband, as though Plainview is someone with whom we were spending a rare we have known for years. weekend, would enjoy the movie about One review I read of the movie promthe teenager who is looking for a suitable ised that it would leave viewers “feeling family for her baby. shaken but also a little stronger.” Shaken But in the end, as I should have known because, as the title promises, there is we would, we saw the movie our son blood and because what we all hope is the wanted to see, “There Will Be Blood,” foundation of civility, the relationship bestarring the intense Daniel Day Lewis and tween parent and child, is so harshly brobased very loosely on the Upton Sinclair ken. Stronger because, well for one thing, novel “Oil!” I sat through it. And also because, surely, I can’t say that I enjoyed it. There was with his lesson spelled out so vividly, I even one point, when protagonist Daniel could never come to the same end as Plainview realizes that he is being hoodPlainview does. winked and I knew that revenge was just The day after we saw the movie, when around the corner, that I had to leave the I happily found myself in a large booktheater. store, I bought two copies of “Oil!” – one Just for a few minutes — just for as for me and the other for my son. I am long as it took to remind myself that I was about 100 pages into the 548-page novel in 21st-century Baltimore and not in oiland while I have not come across anyone mad California in the 1920s. named Daniel Plainview, I have read sevA look around the lobby, where people eral quotes that were his in the movie. At were seated at café tables, drinking wine least, when the tension is too much, putand eating popcorn, totally unaware of the ting a book down for a while will be easitragedy unfolding in the room next door, er than climbing over people and seats to and I was ready to go back in and retake escape from a theater. my seat between my son and husband. On this side of “There Will Be Blood,” And I sat through the rest of the film, I can say that I am happy that I saw it. sometimes with my eyes covered by my And I can heartily recommend it to anyhands but still there, even through the inone who wants a deeply emotional time at credible finish. the movies. That was four days ago. And I am still But next time, just to give my psyche a thinking about that movie. As is my husbreak, I think I will insist on the Disney band, who last night referred to a comflick. Daniel Plainview would scoff at my ment Plainview makes about his feelings weakness — but on the other hand, he about people. won’t be there. “That’s what Daniel said,” said my



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MORNING STAR • JANUARY 24 - 30, 2008

Council denies land request for teen facility By Ronald MacArthur The Shiloh House of Hope board of directors has already started the search for a new location to build a residential school and counseling center for troubled teens. On Tuesday, Jan. 15, the Sussex County Council followed the recommendation of the planning and zoning commission and denied a request for conditional use of six acres of farmland as the location for the faith-based facility. The 3-2 council vote draws this chapter of the Shiloh House book to an end as organizers sought to expand services on six acres of donated land west of Bridgeville. County officials listened to the opposition and based their decision on land use as it applied to the character of the surrounding rural area. Robyn Sturgeon of Seaford, president of the Shiloh House of Hope board of directors, said the board would no longer pursue a facility in the proposed location. “We will move on to where God leads us,” she said. “We feel there is something big in store for us. “We had real peace going in knowing that God had a better place for us.” Sturgeon said the existing nonresidential program will continue and the search for a new location for a residential program will begin because the program is too important to abandon. She said the publicity has helped the nonresidential program expand.

“We’ve seen too many miracles already. We’ll be keeping our eyes and ears open,” she said. “It’s okay; it will all work out, and it will continue.” The final decision on the fate of the facility centered on the vote of Council President Finley Jones. With the council vote deadlocked 2-2, Jones, who represents the district where the facility would have been located, cast a negative vote. Councilmen George Cole and Vance Phillips, the first to vote, cast affirmative votes. That was followed by three “no” votes by Councilmen Dale Dukes, Lynn Rogers and Jones. Sussex County Planning and Zoning had unanimously recommended denial of the conditional-use request. The land in question is six acres of farmland on McDowell Road donated by Lori Rider, who is vice president of the Shiloh House Board of Directors. Her farm is located about six miles west of Bridgeville near the Delaware-Maryland state line. Shiloh supporters said the rural, peaceful setting would have been critical to help hurting teens and families recover. Vote on land issues Councilmen who voted against the request made it clear it was not a vote against the program for troubled teens and their families – it was a vote against the rural location. “It is our job to deal with land use period,” Jones said. “On the merits, it is worth our support. I think we all support the

project 100 percent.” Jones said he had pondered the decision for a long time. “It was very emotional,” he said. Dukes and Rogers also cast negative votes. Dukes read a statement before he voted. He said he would volunteer his time to help find a more suitable location for the facility. “We all need to get behind this program,” he said. Dukes noted that the decision was based on the proposed location. “It’s not about the intent of the program,” he said. “I’ve done a lot of soul searching and spent a lot of time on this decision.” Cole, who said he had just come from a basketball game at the Eagles Nest Christian Academy near Milton, supported the request. “Here is an example of a good facility in a rural area that works,” he said comparing the school to Shiloh House. “The precedent has already been set.” Shiloh causes debate Shiloh House of Hope, based on the national House of Hope program in Orlando, Fla., would have housed more than 40 teens ages 13-18, from Delmarva, in a residential setting. Under the House of Hope model, teens are removed from negative influences and attend school and receive counseling based on Christian principles, organizers said. The students are monitored 24 hours a day. The program’s success is based on mandatory parental involvement.

Since the plans for the faith-based facility surfaced, opponents have mounted a vigorous campaign, including hiring an attorney, to fight against the location of Shiloh House of Hope. Opponents cited increased traffic, decreased property values, safety concerns and a change in the rural atmosphere of the farming community. They said the facility should be located closer to a town where police and fire services are located. Many were also worried about runaways from the facility. Sussex officials were inundated with letters and petitions, from both sides of the issues, and the two public hearings before planning and zoning and county council lasted a combined 10 hours. The debate, which at times got personal, divided the rural area west of Bridgeville, where neighbors were forced to take sides. Not all residents were opposed to the facility, but the majority of the residents in the area were. The opponents provided a large color map showing residents with a one-mile radius who opposed the facility. A large portion of the map within a one-mile radius of McDowell Road was colored in. “I hope this project has not torn this community apart,” Jones said. “It’s time to mend.” The answer may be found on the Shiloh House of Hope website. A quote is listed from the Bible, Romans 8:31: “What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us?”

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MORNING STAR • JANUARY 24 - 30, 2008


Woodbridge High School offers Twilight Program By Catherine Shufelt Since last December, Woodbridge High School students who need additional help getting the credits they need to graduate have a new program they can turn to for help. The Twilight Program helps students in need of credits by providing support to stay on track for graduation. In a more relaxed setting, students are able to work for three hours after school at their own pace with help from Dan Towers, who oversees the new program. “Credit recovery” programs like this are available at several schools throughout the state and are used to make sure students don’t drop out of school. Students sometimes fall behind due to illness or moving from one school district to another and they become frustrated when they are unable to complete the credits they need. The Twilight Program currently has 14 students enrolled and has room for a few more, Towers said. In the beginning, teachers sought out students and now, only a few weeks into the program, students are coming to them asking to join. Some reports call the national drop out rate an “epidemic.” The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation funded a nationwide study that found nearly one-third of all

public high school students do not graduate and the number of minority students who fail to graduate is even higher. While the reasons for dropping out of school differ from student to student, overall, young people who drop out are less likely to have the skills necessary to function in our complex society and technological workplaces. Completing high school is necessary for college and a requirement for most jobs. High school dropouts are more likely to be unemployed and living in poverty as well as being involved in criminal activity. However, over 50% of students who drop out of public high school do eventually complete a GED or other high school equivalence program. Gates, chairman of Microsoft Corporation, has donated millions of dollars of his own money for educational programs and scientific research. Wanting to “make sure services are available,” Woodbridge High School was able to find funding to create the Twilight Program. “Getting them (students) started in school isn’t the issue, getting them finished is,” commented Towers. “Finishing (high school) is critical.” Several of the students in the program hope to graduate this June.

AARP Seaford Area Chapter 1084 officers and committee persons (left to right) Front row: president, Helen Skjoldager of Laurel; vice president, Evelyn Parillo of Seaford. Seated: secretary, Janice Mosely of Seaford; treasurer, Betty Elliott of Laurel; Newsletter editor, Michael Dietz of Bridgeville. Middle row: membership, Carmela Kosteck; hospitality, Barbara Johnson; Health Care, Carlotte Walton; sunshine, Marjorie Hartbhauer; trips, Margaret Wootten. Back row: Assoc. State Director, Brian Posey; trips, Cookie Garfield; nominating, Wilton Porter; legislative, Daniel Stoner; hospitality, Jane Dusenbery; community service, John Mechkowski; trips, Rose Wheaton.

AARP holds installation ceremony Brian L. Posey, AARP Associate State Director-Advocacy, officiated at the 2008 installation ceremony for chapter officers during the January membership meeting at Methodist Manor House Fellowship Hall in Seaford. AARP Chapter 1084 was chartered in 1972 and now has more than 250 members who reside in Western Sussex County. Chapter 1084 is one of 12 chapters in Delaware, together, totaling more than 165,000 members and 39 million AARP members nationwide. Chapter 11084 member, Bill Watt,

AARP Tax Aide counselor, will post the Tax Aide Program dates and locations in this paper starting in February. Member Jim De Vone, who won the state AARP Andrus award in 2007, will have his 2008 Driver safety course schedule printed in this paper. AARP Chapter 1084 motto, “To Serve, not to be Served” has several projects already in place for 2008 that will benefit Western Sussex County residents. Anyone, 50 or better, who is interested in learning more about AARP programs and Chapter 1084 can call Helen at 875-5086.


MORNING STAR • JANUARY 24 - 30, 2008

Blades seeks answers to continuing meter issues By Catherine Shufelt At a Jan. 14 meeting, Blades Town Council voted to engage legal counsel to help find answers to the town’s ongoing water meter problems. For almost a year, computer software the town purchased has not been working so that Blades resident’s water bills can be generated electronically instead of meters having to be read by a meter reader. Mayor David Ruff and council members have been going back and forth between the two companies whose software was purchased by the town to help reduce the work for Blades Water Technicians. Both companies say their software is working and blame the other company for the problems. Because both companies are out of state, getting answers has been made more difficult. Councilman Michael Smith brought the issue to the council’s attention and told them that residents are frustrated by the delay in having more reliable water bills. He then made a motion to engage legal help in getting the software companies to either fix the problem or return the town’s money. Blades Town Council may also seek legal advice to help review codes and ordinances regarding how the town responds to non-compliant residents in regards to violations concerning trash and other property issues. The town is allowed to clean up properties when a resident is non-compliant with the bill being sent to

the property owner. However, how to cover administrative and other costs was discussed and it was suggested that the council seek legal advice on how to best handle these situations. It was also suggested by former Councilwoman Starr Kulikauski that the town review the entire ordinance covering these issues and update it if needed. During the meeting, Blades Police Chief Cooke reported that he has completed the “Core Standards” of the Operations Manual for the Blades Police Department. These standards are based on state requirements and will allow the Blades Police Department to become “accredited” with the state. The State of Delaware’s Staff Inspection and Accreditation Office oversees polices and procedures for police agencies in the state and makes sure they are in line with over 400 professional standards established by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). The office conducts on-site inspections at which police agencies are required to provide proof of compliance for each of the 400 standards. While the entire manual for the Blades Police Department is not complete, the “Core Standards” completed by Chief Cooke will enable the Blades Police Department to become accredited. Chief Cook will continue work on the rest of the standards and report back to the town council on his progress.

SEAFORD DISTRICT LIBRARY EVENTS • The Celiac Support Group will meet at the Seaford District Library on Monday, Jan. 28, at 5:30 p.m. • The movie “Murder on the Orient Express,” with an all-star cast, will be shown Thursday, Jan. 31, at 5:30 p.m. This movie is rated PG. For more information, contact Amber Motta at 6292524. • Adults, here’s your chance to win some great prizes! Register for the Adult Winter Reading Program, “Winter Chillers.” There will be weekly prize drawings. The deadline to sign up is March 7. Ask for a sign up form at the library front desk. For more information, contact Amber Motta at 629-2524. • AARP will have 2007 tax preparation on Tuesdays in the library meeting room. Call the Seaford District Library for your appointment at 629-2524. • Delaware EITC Campaign will have 2007 tax preparation on Fridays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the library meeting room. Call the Seaford District Library for moreinformation at 6292524. • The movie “To Kill A Mockingbird,” starring Gregory Peck, will be shown Thursday, Feb. 7, at 5:30 p.m.

This movie is rated G. Sign up for this movie at the library’s front desk. For more information, contact Amber Motta at 629-2524. • Ms. Rosetta Garfield will host “Historical Reflections” as part of our Black History Month celebrations. Join us on Feb. 8, at 6 p.m. at the Seaford District Library. For more information, contact Amber Motta at 629-2524. • The Christian Writers group, “Vines and Vessels,” will meet Saturday, Feb. 23, from 9 a.m. to noon in the Seaford Library meeting room. • The Seaford District Library Board meeting will be held Tuesday, Feb. 26, at 5 p.m. • The Teen Help 2007 program will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 27, from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. For more information, call Kelda Kile at 629-2524. • Do you have health concerns? Confusing lab reports? Questions you should ask your doctor? Visit the Seaford District Library the second Wednesday of each month from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and meet with Linda Leonard, consumer health librarian for Sussex County. All reference services are free and confidential.





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Personnel file Name: Pete Bryan Age: 52 Education: Laurel High School, 1974 Family: Wife, Lee-Ellen (who has a bowling average of 175); three sons, Chris, Bryce and Scott, all of Laurel, and two granddaughters, Zoe, 4, and Bree, 2 Profession: Owner of Midway Builders and Siding, Laurel Accomplishment: professional bowler

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Pro bowler Pete Bryan, Laurel, shows off his form. Photo by Lynn R. Parks

Aiming for 300 Laurel man bowls on the professional tour By Lynn R. Parks On Sunday, Pete Bryan, Laurel, joined competitors from around the country in a doubles tournament sponsored by the Professional Bowlers Association in Las Vegas. According to the PBA Web site, while Bryan did not do well enough to advance, he finished 35th in the qualifying round, with an average score of 212.43 over seven games. Not bad for someone who, in addition to bowling, also has his own contracting firm. “If I didn’t have to work, I would bowl every day and every night,” said Bryan, taking a break between practice rolls in the Millsboro Lanes bowling alley in Millsboro last week. “I love it.” Bryan, 52, started bowling when he was 20. In 1988, at the age of 32, he joined the Professional Bowlers Association after rolling to a 200 average two years in a row. “I was watching professional bowling on television and I realized that I was as good as a lot of those guys,” he said. Most recently, in 2007, he placed 44th out of 99 bowlers in the first round of the Lumber Liquidators Tournament held in December in Baltimore. Only the top 10 bowlers advanced to the next round. He also won two regional tournaments, in Countryside, Ill., in August and in Ft. Belvoir, Va., in December. He has an average of around 220 and has rolled 15 perfect games — none of them, though, during a PBA tournament. “That’s my ultimate goal, to bowl a 300 during a PBA tournament,” Bryan said. His highest

score in a tournament game is 289, rolled during a tourney hosted by the now defunct Strikemasters Lanes in Seaford. He would also like to win a PBA national tournament, he said. “To win, you’ve got to be on your best game,” he said. That includes finding the perfect ball for the lane conditions, he added; every lane is different. Bryan owns more than a dozen bowling balls; to the Las Vegas tournament, he took eight of them. Winning is also “all about the angles,” he added. “You can roll every ball right into the pocket, but if it’s not the right angle going into the pocket, you won’t get all strikes.” Even with his 20 years of experience, Bryan is “always looking to improve” his game,” he said. He bowls about 20 games a week, in league play at the Millsboro lanes and the Milford Bowling Lanes in Milford, and also at the Seaford Bowling Lanes in Seaford, where he sometimes goes to practice. In addition, he sometimes just bowls to try out a new ball, for example, or a new way of rolling it. “I am not always bowling for the score,” he said. “Sometimes I am just practicing.” Bryan said that he plans to bowl the rest of his life. And he recommends bowling for everyone. “It’s challenging,” he said. “Anybody can do it, on some level. It’s not an expensive game. And you get to meet a lot of people. In my bowling, I have met so many nice people.”

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Conference on families set for April "Getting the Big Picture: Focusing on the Family” is the theme for the 2008 Families, Individuals and Communities Conference (FICC). Formerly known as the Families in Crisis Conference, the FICC has been held for more than 25 years. Planning is underway for the 2008 conference, which will be held at Del Tech, Georgetown, on Friday, April 18. The conference, which usually takes place in May, was moved forward this year to better accommodate students and professionals. The conference planning committee is made up of representatives from social service agencies from throughout Sussex County, including Delaware Tech, Division Of State Service Centers, the Alzheimer's Association, Contact Delaware and Arc of Delaware. This year’s conference will include workshops on such topics as “Domestic Violence and the family,” “Family Mediation,” “Substance Abuse Jeopardy,” and other family issues and how to deal with them. In addition, Nancy Proud Freebery, author of Blossom! It’s Not What Life Throws At You...It’s How You Catch It, will be the keynote speaker. Freebery, a Newark resident and mother of a special-needs son, is a corporate and strategic growth consultant. The first annual Ray Lloyd Memorial Award was awarded in 2007to the the Sussex County Council. Lloyd was a long-time, popular Delaware Tech instructor who passed away last year. He was a keynote speaker at the conference and also facilitated workshops. A limited number of scholarships are available for this year’s conference, provided by the Sussex County Council. For details, call 856-5400.

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Pianka and Miller are married Laura Whitney Pianka and Gregory Scott Miller were united in marriage on Saturday, Nov. 17, 2007. The ceremony was performed by the Rev. John VanTine at three in the afternoon at Centenary United Methodist Church in Laurel. The bride, given away by her parents, M. Cathy Pianka of Georgetown and Gary I. Pianka of Delmar, was escorted to the altar by her father. The groom is the son of Jack and Kathy Miller of Seaford. The bride wore a champagne strapless, satin, ruched gown that was detailed at the waist with a blush waistband, highlighted with silver metallic stitching and seed pearls. The gown also featured covered buttons down the back leading to the cathedral-length train. The bride selected an elbow-length veil anchored by an ornate jewel-encrusted comb. The flowers were designed in a fall theme and included blush and tangerine

roses, alstromeria, gerber daisies, miniature roses and miniature carnations. Tara Pianka, her sister’s maid of honor, was escorted by Randy Miller, the best man and the groom’s brother. Bridesmaids were Stephanie Frey of Lewes, cousin of the bride, escorted by David Miller, of Seaford, the groom’s brother, and Kenzie Hurlock of Laurel, escorted by Pete Palverento, also of Laurel. The couple’s tenmonth-old daughter, Sarah Elizabeth Miller, was the special guest of honor and flower girl. The couple celebrated their marriage with family and friends at Heritage Shores Golf Club in Bridgeville. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres were served from 5 to 6 p.m., followed immediately by dinner. Guests enjoyed music and dancing until 9 in the evening. The couple is residing in Seaford.

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MORNING STAR • JANUARY 24 - 30, 2008

Health Sales begin for Cancer Society’s Daffodil Days Spring is coming early to Sussex County this year through the American Cancer Society's Daffodil Days program. This long-standing fundraising campaign celebrates the Society's mission to eliminate cancer as a life-threatening disease by offering daffodils to donors in appreciation of their contributions. For a donation of $10, local residents will receive a bouquet of fresh-cut daffodils or a pot of miniature daffodils to support the fight against cancer and share hope for a future without this disease. The Society has appointed Mary Catherine Hopkins as chairperson of Sussex County's 2008 Daffodil Days campaign. Hopkins intends to exceed the $28,451 raised in Sussex County last year to help defeat cancer. "I encourage everyone to help paint our community yellow with daffodils this spring to show our support of the American Cancer Society's Daffodil Days and to help prevent cancer, save lives and diminish suffering from the disease," said Hopkins, Daffodil Days Chairperson. "Everyone from school children to corporate CEOs have the power to make a difference for cancer patients and their families. By giving daffodils, we also have the power to give hope." As the first flower of spring, the daffodil is the American Cancer Society's symbol of hope for a world where cancer is no longer a life-threatening disease. Hopkins will chair a committee of volunteers who will coordinate all activities regarding the ordering and delivery of daffodils in Sussex County.

In addition to cut and potted daffodils, the American Cancer Society will offer Bea R. Hope, the third in a series of special Boyds™ Bears designed exclusively for the American Cancer Society's Daffodil Days Bear and a Bunch™ or Bear and a Pot™ that can be ordered for a donation of $25. The last day to place an advanced order is Wednesday, Feb. 20. Daffodils and Bear products will be delivered the week of March 10 during business hours. Dollars raised through the Daffodil Days campaign will help the American Cancer Society fund groundbreaking cancer research, provide up-to-date cancer information and education, advocate for public health policies that benefit the community and provide services that improve the quality of life for patients and their families. For information about the American Cancer Society service programs available in Sussex County, please visit our website at As the first month of spring, March is also National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Colorectal cancer can often be prevented through screening. If you are 50 or older, get tested and stop colon cancer before it starts. For more information, contact your American Cancer Society at 1-800-ACS2345, any time, day or night, or visit For more information about Daffodil Days, to place an order or to get involved with the program, contact Mary Catherine Hopkins at 875-7308.

State cancer death rates are declining faster than the U.S. Delaware Division of Public Health’s recently released 2007 Cancer Incidence and Mortality Report indicates that the state’s all-cancer mortality rate is declining faster than the nation’s. The rate has declined from 206.9 in 1999-2003 to 201.7 in 2000-2004. This reduction has been more rapid in recent years than the 1990s. When comparing the 1995-99 rates to 2000-04 rates, the United States all-cancer mortality average annual percent decline was 0.6 percent while Delaware’s was 1.2 percent. During the same time period, the decline in the nation’s cervical cancer mortality was 1.6 percent compared to Delaware’s 4.0 percent. New cancer rates have also declined from 503.5 in 19992003 to 501.3 in 2000-2004. The incidence rates though, (excluding breast cancer) continue to exceed those of the nation. The report identified lung/bronchus, colorectal, breast and prostate as the four most commonly occurring cancers among Delawareans, accounting for 55.3 percent of all cancers diagnosed during 2000-2004.

Prostate cancer was the most frequently diagnosed cancer for men, and breast cancer was identified as the most frequently diagnosed cancer among women. Lung cancer was the leading cause of all cancerrelated deaths. New cancer case rates among men declined 10.9 percent from 1990-94, compared to 9.0 percent among men nationwide. On the other hand, the rate among women – both in Delaware and the United States – remained relatively stable during the same time period. When comparing rates among Caucasians and African-Americans, prostate cancer was the most commonly diagnosed cancer among African-Americans, with lung/bronchus cancer being the most frequently diagnosed among Caucasians in the state. For more information or to access the 2007 Cancer Incidence and Mortality Report, visit dhss/dph/dpc/ca_stats.html.

Twins, Quinton and Sedona Ashman, son and daughter of Lisa and John Ashman, are each holding Bea R. Hope, the newest Boyd's Bear, made especially for the American Cancer Society Daffodil Days program. For more information or to place an order, call Chairperson Mary Catherine Hopkins at 875-7308. Submitted photo

MORNING STAR • JANUARY 24 - 30, 2008


Herbal medicines should be treated like any other drug By Anthony Policastro, M.D

Many people have a misconception that because herbal remedies are natural, therefore, they must be safe. However, they are drugs. Just like any drug, there are potential problems. The result is that you could very easily take something that can harm you. One only has to look at the large number of deadly plants to realize how false this notion is. I once took care of a boy that died after eating one poisoned mushroom that his family had picked. The digitalis plant will kill you if you eat too much of it. Holly berries are dangerous. Philodendron and rhododendron are poisonous if eaten. The green part at the top of a carrot can turn your skin orange in the sunlight if eaten.

The list goes on and on. knows for sure what the right amount When a physician writes a prescrip- is. tion, he/she writes the name of the It is important to know what you drug, the concentration of the drug and are taking. It is important to know the the dose of the drug. side effects. UnforAll of these have tunately, side effects is important for anyone might not be known been scientifically determined. The about immediately. same cannot be said taking an herbal medicine For example we of remedies that do to include it in their list of used alcohol for not come with a prethousands of years scription. medicines when a physician before the fetal alcoWhen you buy an hol syndrome was herbal product, you asks them that question. discovered. may not get the corThe best course of rect drug, since the pharmacist is not action is a cautious one. Know what prescribing it. You may not get the you are using. Make sure it is the corright concentration because the FDA rect drug. Make sure you know about does not control the quality of produc- the side effects. Make sure you are ing these substances. You may not take certain of the correct dose. the right amount because no one Many patients do not tell their

physicians which herbal medicines they are taking. The result is that they may have an increased chance of bleeding during surgery and the physician does not know it. The other possibility is that the physician will prescribe a drug that will interact with the herbal medicine. Therefore, it is important for anyone taking an herbal medicine to include it in their list of medicines when a physician asks them that question. Many herbal medicines have been shown to have benefits. Therefore, many individuals use them. However, like all medications, there are some side effects. There are also some interactions with other medications that can be deadly. You should be as cautious with these drugs as you are with any other drug that you take.

Health briefs Fitness open house at Del Tech

Learn about the variety of fitness options available at Delaware Technical & Community College, Owens Campus at the free Gymnasium Complex Open House on Saturday, Jan. 26, 9 a.m. to noon, in the Jason Technology Center. Instructors will be available to answer questions; attendees will receive refreshments, giveaways, and special discounts. Register early for winter and spring fun and fitness courses offered on and offcampus. Choices for adults include ballroom and belly dancing, Pilates, golf, riding, tai chi, yoga and more. Classes offered for children include ballet, tumbling, fitness, golf and horseback riding. Owens Campus state-of-the-art Gymnasium Complex, now open five nights a week until 7 p.m., includes a basketball court, fitness center complete with a cardio/weight training room, exercise room and locker rooms for men and women. For more information, contact the Corporate and Community Programs Division at 854-6966.

Protection from Abuse

On Tuesday, Jan. 29, join us at the Georgetown CHEER Center for an informative program on “Protection from Abuse.” Antoinette Johnson from Legal Aid will be at the center located in the State Service Center, 546 S. Bedford St., Georgetown, at 10 a.m. for this presentation. For more information call the center at 302-856-5187.

Stroke support group

Nanticoke Memorial Hospital will offer free monthly Stroke Support Group meetings designed for individuals who have survived a stroke and their families and caregivers. Meetings are held the third Thursday of each month at Nanticoke Cancer Care Center, from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. The meetings will consist of guest speakers and breakaway sessions, in

which caregivers and survivors will meet in two groups to discuss concerns, provide support and networking. Refreshments will be provided. Sheila Brant and Joan Burditt, occupational therapists at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital, will facilitate the support group meetings. Pre-registration is not required. For more information, call 629-6611, ext. 5121.

Look-In Glass Shoppe holding sale

The Look-In Glass Shoppe, located in the main lobby at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital, will sponsor a sale of name brand quality bedding and linens on Thursday and Friday, Jan. 24 and 25 from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. The linen sale will feature quality bedding and linens from name brands at great prices. Comforter sets, sheets, quilts, blankets, curtains, beds in a bag and bath and kitchen accessories will be available. Proceeds will benefit Nanticoke Health Services. For more information, call 6296611, ext. 2301/4955.

Bayhealth plans annual baby fair

Bayhealth Medical Center’s 12th Annual Healthy Baby Fair will be held on Saturday, Jan. 26 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in a new location, at South Dover Elementary School, located at 955 South State Street in Dover. With a theme of “Healthy Days, Safe Nights,” the fair will feature free presentations, educational materials, local vendors, giveaways, door prizes and light refreshments. Crafts and fun activities for children will be available. Special activities include music and movement from 10:30 to 11 a.m., native reptile and amphibian display by Abbott’s Mill Nature Center and Bayhealth’s Teddy Bear Clinic. This event is free to the public and preregistration is not required. For more information, call Bayhealth Maternal-Child Educator Wendy Lovette, RN, LCCE, IBCLC, at 302-744-6229.

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MORNING STAR • JANUARY 24 - 30, 2008

Community Bulletin Board Events Read Aloud training

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

Mentoring Program Training

On Monday, Jan. 28, Creative Mentoring will present training from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at the Laurel Public Library. This training is for anyone interested in becoming a mentor with the Laurel Kids Connection Mentoring Program or any other mentoring program. There is no fee for the session; however, participants must register through Creative Mentoring. To register: or call Ashley Adlam at the Delaware Adolescent Program, Inc. 856-7331 ext. 17.

Greenwood library workshop

On Thursday, Jan. 31, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., the Greenwood Public Library will be hosting an Emergency Preparedness Workshop presented by Carl Davis of the Sussex County Citizen Corps. All who pre-register by Jan. 25 will be providing a “starter kit” for emergency preparedness, including a sturdy container containing many of the items recommended for an emergency supply kit.The program is free and open to all. To register, contact the Greenwood Library at 349-5309. The Greenwood Library is located at 100 Mill St., in Greenwood, just east of the railroad tracks.

Delaware Horse Expo

Saturday, March 15, Delaware Horse Expo at the Delaware State Fairgrounds, Harrington, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Information, education, entertainment, shopping. Admission $5, children 12 and under admitted free. For information, call 398-4630, ext. 110, or visit

Dinner & auction

Seaford Christian Academy will be holding its 6th annual dinner and auction on Saturday, Feb. 2. The doors open for the auction at 6 p.m. with the live auction beginning at 7:30 p.m. Silent auction begins at 5 p.m. Dinner tickets are available (5 p.m. and 5:45 p.m. seating). Ticket price: $12/adults and $8 for children eight and under. Limited tickets available. Proceeds from this year’s dinner/auction will benefit the Technology and Resource Centers as well as Elementary Renovations. For additional information call Seaford Christian Academy at 629-7161.

Free tax assistance

AARP-Tax Aide is offering free tax counseling and preparation from Feb. 1 through April 15 for senior and low-income taxpayers of all ages. AARP-Tax Aide volunteers, trained in cooperation with the Internal Revenue Service, will assist with personal tax returns at the following locations: • Nanticoke Senior Center, 310 Virginia Ave., Seaford, 629-4939. • Seaford Public Library, 402 N. Porter St., Seaford, 629-2524. • Greenwood Public Library, Market and Mill streets, Greenwood, 349-5309. • Bridgeville Public Library, Market and Laws streets, Bridgeville, 337-7401.

• Laurel Public Library, 101 E. 4th St., Laurel, 875-3184. • Delmar Public Library, 101 North BiState Boulevard, Delmar, 846-9894. Evening appointments are available at the Seaford Library, all other locations are daytime appointments. Call for an appointment. Service is also available for homebound individuals.

Training seminar

The Georgetown Chamber and Georgetown Public Library have teamed up again to host another training seminar, ProQuest., on Friday, Feb. 1, at 8 p.m., at the Georgetown Train Station, 140 Depot Street. ProQuest's vast content pools include the world's largest digital newspaper archive, periodical databases comprising the output of more than 9,000 titles and spanning more than 500 years, the preeminent dissertation collection, and various other scholarly collections. For more information, visit and There is no charge to attend this seminar, which runs from 8:3010:30 a.m. with continental breakfast served at 8 a.m., but we do ask that you RSVP by calling the Chamber office at 856-1544, emailing

Lewes Polar Bear plunge

Lewes Polar Bear plunge for Special Olympics Delaware will be held Sunday, Feb. 3, 2008, 1 p.m., at Rehoboth Beach. Registration will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information call, 302-831-4653, 302-855-0546 or

iting vendors, take gift registries, offer romantic give-a-ways, special Valentine’s sales, and sale vouchers.

The CHEER Community Center is located at Rt. 9 and Sand Hill Road, Georgetown. For further information call the community center at 302-854-9500.

The Seaford Museum will be participating in ‘Wishes, Bubbles, & Romance’ on Saturday, Feb. 2, from noon to 4 p.m. Bunny Williams, a member of the Historical Society, will be demonstrating the art of jewelry making. There will be several items previously made that may be purchased on that day.

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Historian to speak at Manor House

The Seaford Historical Society and the Methodist Manor House will sponsor Sandra Denney, a published art historian as the guest speaker on Feb. 4, at the Methodist Manor House. The program will focus on Thomas Jefferson, Gentleman Architect. According to Ms Denney, President Jefferson’s artistic standards, technical knowledge and enthusiasm equaled that of any professional architect of the day. She will illustrate her lecture with slides. The program will begin at 7pm and is free and open to the public.

Veteran Benefits

Laurie White of the Veteran Services will be at the CHEER Community Center on the first Tuesday of each month at 9:30 a.m. until noon to answer questions on Veteran Benefits. This month it will be on Feb. 5. This service is free to all Veterans of any era and there is no appointment necessary.

It is that time again for having your taxes done. The CHEER Community Center located at Rt. 9 and Sand Hill Road, Georgetown is scheduling appointments to have your taxes done. Beginning on Monday, Feb. 4 through Monday, April 7, appointments can be made from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Bring the following information with you when coming to your appointment: last year’s return, W-2, Social Security cards or individual tax identification and a valid photo ID. For further information call the center at 302-8549500.

Public Hearing

The Laurel Planning & Zoning Committee will be holding a public hearing on Wednesday, Feb. 13, beginning at 7 p.m. or as soon as possible thereafter. The purpose of the public hearing is to review the proposed changes to the town’s proposed subdivision ordinance. The public hearing will be held in the conference room of Laurel Town Hall, 201 Mechanic St., Laurel.

Craft Show

The Home, Garden, Family & Craft Show, presented by the Salisbury Optimist Club, will return to the Wicomico Youth and Civic Center for its 44th year on Friday, Feb.

Ruritan’s Ham and Turkey Shoot

The Ellendale Ruritan Club ham and turkey shoot, Saturday, Jan. 26, (rain date Feb. 2) at 11:30 a.m., at Ellendale VFW, on V.F.W. Road. Directions: 1/2 mile south of U.S. 113 and 16 intersection). Refreshments will be available for sale. (If rain dates are cancelled, we will go to next shoot.) For possible cancellations call 302-422-2948 or cell 302-249-7025. .

Laurel High School Class of 1987

The LHS Class of ‘87 is hoping to hold its 20th year reunion this coming June 2008. The planning committee is trying to locate class members. If you have contact information for class members and/or would like to help plan the reunion, contact Michele Procino-Wells at or 6284140.

Babies and toddlers ‘Stay & Play’

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

‘Wishes, Bubbles, and Romance’

The Shoppes of High Street in Historic Downtown Seaford invite the public to an afternoon of wishes, bubbles and romance, Saturday, Feb. 2, for an afternoon dedicated to romance. Stroll Seaford’s Historic District from noon-4 p.m. to enjoy romantically inspired treats and bubbling cheer. Preview great gifts in the local shops as they host vis-


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$100* Over 60 People $50* Under 60 People *Based on the number of people No one under the age of 18 allowed to play


410-896-3722 or 410-896-3379 Turkey Shoot every Sunday at 12 noon. Join Us for Dinner on the 1st and 3rd Fridays at 6 p.m.

MORNING STAR • JANUARY 24 - 30, 2008 22, through Sunday, Feb. 24. Spend the day perusing a variety of displays to gather ideas and learn some valuable tips on how to improve your home this year. Show hours are Friday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Daily admission is just $4 per person for adults. Children 12 and under are free. For additional information on the show, or how to become a vendor contact Optimist member Don Fitzgerald at 410-742-0734.

CHEER dinner theater

Join the members and guest of the CHEER Long Neck center for an evening of mystery and delight on Friday, Feb. 29, for their “Murder at Mardi Gras” mystery dinner. The evening will begin at 4:30 p.m., doors are opening, until the mystery is solved. Cost for the dinner and mystery theater is $10 for members and $12.95 for non-members. For more information or tickets call the centers at 302-945-3551.Tickets are limited please call early to purchase.

AARP safety program course

The Greenwood CHEER Center, located at 12713 Sussex Hwy, in Greenwood, will host a 1-day, 4 hours refresher AARP Driver Safety Program Course on Tuesday, March 4. This course will be held from 12:30 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. and the cost is $10 per participant. Please make checks payable to AARP. You must register in advance for this course and must have had the AARP Driver Safety Program course within the last 3 years to take the refresher course. Upon compliance of the course, participants will receive a 15% deduction on the liability portion of their automobile insurance. For more information or to register call Susan Welch at 302-349-5237.

Junior Miss scholarship program

The Delaware's Junior Miss Scholarship Organization is currently seeking contestants for its upcoming state program. Girls must be high school juniors graduating in 2009. Delaware's Junior Miss is a non-profit organization which offers scholarship monies for high school girls. The winner will represent Delaware at the America's Junior Miss National Finals in June at Mobile, Ala. There is no entry fee and the application deadline is April 4. Contact the state chairman at 302373-1575 or 302-841-7080 or go to for an application.

TOPS DE61 open house

TOPS DE61, Seaford will be having an open house to help those who made a New Years resolution to lose those unwanted pounds. It will be held on Tuesday 12:30-2 p.m., Jan. 29, at Grace Baptist Church, Atlanta Road, Seaford (1/2 mile from Rite-Aid and Stein Hwy.) If you need any additional information you can call Jean Davis at 410883-3407.

Magazine sale

Greenwood Library meeting room is holding their annual magazine sale which will continue throughout the month. The sale will also offer a large quantity of books, fiction and non-fiction, adult and juvenile. Magazines priced at just 10 cents a piece and book prices for hardbacks are only 50 cents and paperbacks 25 cents. The Greenwood Public Library is located on Market Street (Rt. 16) in downtown Greenwood, just east of the railroad tracks. All proceeds to benefit the Friends of the Greenwood Public Library. For further information, contact: Catharine Kramer or Pat Brown, Greenwood Public Library, 302-349-5309.

Feel great in 2008

Come join us in Fitness Classes, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 9 a.m.; Tuesday and Thursday, at 5:30 p.m. We meet in St.

John’s United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall in Seaford (sponsored by St. John’s but open to the public). Beginners to intermediate participants welcome in this fun, faithfilled, co-ed, non-competitive, muscle-toning, stretching, high/low aerobic class. Get your Dr.’s OK and come try a free one to see if it meets your needs. Only a 6-8-week commitment at a time required. For more information or to register, call 23-year AFAA-certified fitness-professional, Carol Lynch, at 629-7539.

Indoor yard sale

The Ladies Auxiliary of Greenwood Memorial VFW Post #7478, 2 Governors Ave., Greenwood, will sponsor an indoor yard sale at the Post on Saturday, Feb. 16. Participants may rent a table for $10 (20 tables available). Time will be from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. Set up starts at 6 a.m. There will be a bake sale and breakfast sandwiches available as well as some patriotic items sold by the Ladies Auxiliary. Proceeds will benefit the Relief fund. For more details call president Michaele Russell, 349-4220.

AARP driving course

Laurel Senior Center AARP Driving Course (refresher), Feb. 18, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost $10. To register for the course call (302) 875-2536.

Turkey hunters education course

The hunter education office is reminding hunters planning to hunt turkeys on stateowned lands during the 2009 turkey season that new regulations require successful completion of Delaware’s mandatory turkey education course before applying for their 2009 season permits. Each one-day course will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at all locations. Course dates and local locations for 2008 are as follows: Saturday, Feb. 23 - University of Delaware Research & Education Center (Old Agricultural Substation) on Route 9 near Georgetown. Sunday, Feb. 24 - Delmar Fire Hall, Bi-State Boulevard and Grove Street, Delmar. Call the Hunter Education Office at 735-3600 to pre-register and reserve a seat for the course date and location of your choice. Courses are offered free of charge.

Lap blankets for Vets sought

The American Legion Auxiliary Unit #19 of Laurel is looking for people who knit, crochet, or can hand-make lap blankets (36 x 36) for Veterans. If you are interested in helping please contact Ann Foskey, president, at 875-0714.

Meetings Georgetown Lions Club meets

The Georgetown Lions Club meets at the Sussex County Airport Conference Room, Georgetown, on the second Tuesday of the month from September to May. This month will be Feb. 12. Dinner meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. Visiting Lions and potential members are welcomed but are asked to call 8562972 Helen Wilson, or phone Rev. Charles Covington 855-1160 ahead of time.

Old Christ Church League meets

The Old Christ Church League will hold its annual dinner meeting on Saturday, Feb. 9 at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church Parish Hall. Members are invited to attend an evening of food, fellowship and fun as they enjoy a social hour at 6 p.m. with dinner catered by “My Turn to Cook” at 7 p.m. and a brief business meeting a 8 p.m. The highlight of the evening is a pictorial tour of Old Christ Church given by the League’s own Kendal Jones, Laurel Town Historian. For more information call St. Philip’s office 875-3644.

Membership forms and annual dinner reservation forms are available. Reservations are due by Feb. 1.

Seaford High Alumni Association

The Seaford High School Alumni Association will have their Executive Board meeting on Thursday, Feb. 7, beginning at 7 p.m., at the downtown Seaford Museum. Call Donna Hastings Angell with any questions at 629-8077.

Sussex County Penn Alumni meets

The Penn Club of Sussex County cordially invites you to its first Social event of 2008. Come meet and mingle with other Penn alumni from the area, and find out how you can get involved with the Club. The meeting will take place on Thursday, Feb. 7, at La Rosa Negra, 1201 Savannah Road, Lewes, from 5 to 7 p.m. Cost is $15 and includes appetizers. A Cash Bar ($1 off all drinks from 5 to 6 p.m.) Contact Ron Miller W'82, to RSVP at or 302-227-5143.

AARP Chapter #5340 meets

Georgetown’s AARP Chapter #5340 will meet Feb. 4, at Sussex Pines Country Club in Georgetown with luncheon at noon. Guest speakers are Bob and Vivian Barry retired officers of the United States Central Intelligent Agency. Topic will be their careers and the intelligence community. Cost of the lunch is $15 per person. Call Anita Wright 856-6215 for reservations that are needed by Jan. 29. New members are welcome.

Bridgeville Branch Tax Ditch

The annual meeting of the Bridgeville Branch Tax Ditch will be held at Bridgeville Town Hall on Jan. 28, at 7 p.m.

AARP Chapter #5340 meeting

AARP Chapter #5340 will hold a board meeting at 10 a.m. on Jan. 28, at the Sussex County Airport Conference Room, Georgetown. All members are encouraged to attend. For details call President Melissa Richardson at 945-1288.

W.S. Democrat Club meets

The Western Sussex Democrat Club will hold the first meeting of the year on Monday, Jan. 28, at Duke’s Pool House, Sycamore Road, Laurel at 6:30 p.m. After a dish-topass dinner, the club will hold a business meeting with new club officers to be installed. New officers are Joyce Schaefer, president; Lynn Betts, vice-president; Mary Anne Nichols, recording secretary and Marion Holt, treasurer. All members and newcomers to the area are urged to attend since Democrat Club bylaws and the introduction of several committees will be up for discussion.

Coast Guard Auxiliary

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

Marine Corps League

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

Cancer Support group

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

PAGE 19 All programs at The Wellness Community are free of charge for people affected by cancer and their loved ones.

Trips Philadelphia Flower Show

The Seaford Historical Society is sponsoring a trip to the Philadelphia Flower Show on Wednesday, March 5. The bus will leave from the Sears parking lot at 8 a.m. The bus will leave Philadelphia at 4 p.m. to return home. The cost of the trip is $55. Call 6289828 by Wednesday, Jan. 31, for reservations.

Sight and Sound trip

A bus trip to see “Daniel and the Lions’ Den” at the Millennium Theatre will be on Thursday, April 24. Cost is $92 per person for show and buffet at Hershey Farms Restaurant. Departure will be from St. George’s United Methodist Church parking lot at 6:30 a.m. For more information, call (302) 846-2301 or 875-7645.

Laurel Senior Center trip

Laurel Senior Center trip to Branson, Mo. 9 Days, 8 nights, 14 meals, 7 fabulous Branson shows, May 17-25. Cost, $735 per person (double occupancy). For more information call 875-2536.

Food Shrove Tuesday supper

Centenary United Methodist Church, located on Poplar and Market streets, Laurel, will hold a pancake supper on Shrove Tuesday, Feb. 5, from 5-7 p.m. All you-can-eat pancakes, sausage and ham. Children under three are free; children 3-11 years old, $3; 12 years old and up $5.

Ruritan Club breakfast buffet

All-you-can-eat Sunday breakfast buffet served by the Galestown Ruritan Club, on the fourth Sunday of each month October to June, from 7-10 a.m. This month it will be held January 27. Cost is $6 for adults, $4 children 6-12 years, at The Galestown (Md) Community Hall, 5833 School House Road. Buffet features blueberry pancakes, eggs, scrapple, sausage, creamed chipped beef, biscuits, potato casserole, hominy, fruit cup, and sticky buns.

Blades Fire Hall breakfast

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

Spring luncheon

A luncheon will be on Saturday, March 8, at St. George’s United Methodist Church located between Laurel and Delmar, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oyster fritters, homemade chicken salad and hot dogs with homemade soups (cream of crab, vegetable and peas and dumplings). Also baked goods and crafts for sale. For more information, call (302) 8462301.

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.


MORNING STAR • JANUARY 24 - 30, 2008

Church Bulletins Men’s Day Service

The men from Faith United Methodist Church, Rehoboth, are starting off the New Year with a Men’s Day Service set for Sunday, Jan. 27, 4 p.m. Faith at Belltown (Rt. 9), Lewes-Georgetown Highway) Lewes. The theme for this year’s Men’s Day Service is ‘God Chasers: Ordinary Men with Godly Influences.’ A fellowship dinner will be served immediately following service. Everyone is encouraged and welcome to attend. For more information call the Rev. Thomas Johnson, Pastor of the Lewes Charge at 645-4833, 381-4075; or Diaz J. Bonville at 645-7544, 337-2874.

Centenary Church Gospel Café

Centenary UM Church, Poplar & Market Streets, Laurel, is hosting Christian music each Saturday beginning at 6 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall of the church. Bruce & Nancy Willey are presenting live Christian music, fellowship, and refreshments. Jan. 26 - Good News Tour, Dawn Hopkins, Don White. For more info, call Bruce Willey at 8755539.

Mt. Olivet UMC

Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church presents ‘Tell it like it is,’ The storytelling of Michael Forestieri. The Rev. Michael Forestieri will be at Mount Olivet on Saturday, Jan. 26, from 9 a.m. until noon to lead us in an interactive, dynamic, and just plain fun ‘Storytellers Workshop.’ The workshop will be held in the Fellowship Hall. A free will offering will be taken. Other churches in the community will be invited to attend. For reservations contact Jackie Hashagen, Education Committee chairperson, 629-5733.

A Night of Worship

The Bible Center Complex will be hosting ‘A Night of Worship’ on Saturday, Feb. 2, at the Rt. 9 location. Time is 6 p.m. There will be music, dance and praise, including vendors at the service. For information on the event call Lisa Hinton at 628-3916, Valentine Cottan, 629-4977 or Lily Richards at 6289125.

Macedonia AME Church

Macedonia AME Church family will hold its fourth annual Rainbow Rally on Jan. 26, starting at 5 p.m. at the Macedonia AME Church, 431 North St., Seaford. The Rev. Dania R. Griffin, is pastor. Refreshment served. Donation is $10.

Seaford Ministerium

7 Up’s Worship Service

7 Up’s Worship Service on Feb. 9, beginning at 9 a.m. at Macedonia AME Church, 431 North St., Seaford, with the Rev. Dania R. Griffin, Pastor. This special day will hear Morning Glory 7 Dynamic Preachers.

Calvary UMC hosts Gospel Concert

Gospel Concert on Saturday, Feb. 2, at 6 p.m., with Inner Harbor from Middletown, Va., and Precious Memories Gospel Band from Milford, at Calvary UMC, 301 SE Front Street, Milford. Admission is free. Come out and enjoy a good evening of southern gospel music. For more information, contact: (302) 236-0363.

AME Zion Family and Friends Day

Lenten services sponsored by the Greater Seaford Ministerium will begin on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 6. Services will begin at noon at rotating designated churches and will be followed by a light lunch. The schedule of churches is as follows: Feb. 6 - Seaford Presbyterian Church; Feb. 13 - Christ Lutheran Church; Feb. 20 - Our Lady of Lourdes; Feb. 27 - Atlanta Road Alliance Church; March 5 - Mount Olivet United Methodist Church; March 12 - Gethsemane United Methodist Church.

The faithful members of Liberating Power African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church cordially invites you to the 2nd annual Family & Friends Day, Sunday, Jan. 27, at 3:30 p.m. Special guests: will be Pastor Weldon Johnson and the New Life Christian Church of Cambridge, Md. For morel information, contact Sis. Elaine Forbes at 302-730-4334,; or Sis. Virginia Snead at 875-7438, Liberating Power AME Zion Church is located at 7366 Federalsburg Road, Bridgeville.

Centenary UMC Shrove Tuesday

Annual usher's sermon planned

Centenary United Methodist Church, located on Poplar and Market streets, Laurel, will hold a pancake supper on Shrove Tuesday, Feb. 5, from 5-7 p.m. All you-can-eat pancakes, sausage and ham. Children under 3 are free; children 3-11 years old, $3; 12 years old and up $5.

Mt. Calvary A.M.E. Church in Concord will hold their annual Usher's Sermon on Sunday, Feb. 10. The service begins at 3:30 p.m. and the messenger will be the Reverend Frances Benson of John Wesley A.M.E. Church, Dover. Our theme for the day is “New Beginnings for His Doorkeepers in

2008”. Dinner will be served from 2 to 3:15 p.m. and is sponsored by the ushers of Mt. Calvary.

League holds annual meeting

Old Christ Church League will hold their annual meeting on Saturday, Feb. 9 at St. Philip's Episcopal Church in Laurel. The meeting includes an evening of food, fellowship and fun. The social hour begins at 6 p.m., followed by dinner catered by "My Turn to Cook" at 7 p.m. and the meeting and presentation at 8 p.m. Cost is $14 per person and reservations must be made by Feb. 1. Reservations should be mailed to Old Christ Church League, St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, 600 S. Central Avenue, Laurel, DE 19956. Checks should be made payable to St. Philip’s, noting OCCL Annual Dinner in the memo line.

Good News Tour performs

The Good News Tour will be in concert for the first time at St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Laurel at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 27. They have just concluded a four day tour through Virginia and will be sharing their music with everyone. St. Paul's is located on Old Stage Road just east of Rte. 13. For more information, call 875-7900.

Grace welcomes gospel musician

There will be a evening of Gospel Music by Doug Fluharty at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 27, at Grace Baptist Church on Atlanta Road in Seaford. Fluharty, of Easton, Md., has been testifying the love of God for over 35 years in churches across the eastern seaboard. The public is invited to attend. For more information, call 629-8434 or visit the church's website at

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

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

St. John’s United Methodist Church

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

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

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

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


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

CHRIST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 510 S. Central Ave., Laurel, DE Pastor Barbara Wilson Church: 875-4233 Cell: 302-253-0083 Sunday Services: 8:30am Praise 9:30am Sunday School,11am Worship


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

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

St. Philip’s Episcopal Church & Old Christ Church

“A Place to Belong”

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

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

94 Walnut St. Laurel, DE 19956


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 Road 68, South of Laurel Laurel, Del.

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

Pastor - Donald Murray - 856-6107

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

MORNING STAR • JANUARY 24 - 30, 2008


Easy ways to avoid debt By the Rev. Todd K. Crofford Laurel Wesleyan Church


This month I am sharing with ...saving for things we my church some basic precepts for Godly use of our money. One of desire and paying those principles is to stay out of cash up front is not debt as much as possible. The average American lists 13 only more responsible, credit obligations- home mortgage, but will more soundly auto loans, gas card etc.) Of those 13, on average nine of those are build our economy. credit cards. (Source: MSN money) For years we have been warned that cause restaurants are fun experiences not America’s increasing credit card debt- now just nourishment. Everyone needs a getin the trillions- may sink our entire econoaway now and then, but one of the most my. eye-opening exercise you will ever underTo some this is counter-intuitive, thinktake is to track your restaurant expense for ing that impulse and immediate buying will one month. It may make you sick to your keep the economy afloat. Yet, saving for things we desire and paying cash up front is stomach. There’s also money to be saved at the not only more responsible, but will more video store. Like restaurants, movies are soundly build our economy. for the experience, but you might be surSo, how do we avoid unnecessary debt? prised by the fun night at home around the I think the simplest answer I know is to be more content with what we have- to be will- four-dollar video that matches the $50.00 movie. At home you can craft your experiing to wear things out before we pursue new or improved. Here are a few places you ence to be what you want, watch in your pajamas if you feel like it, and even stop the might begin. movie for your potty breaks! Strange thing, First, how about the second-hand store? movies are just as good six months after Between the new goodwill store just north they come out as the day they are released. of here and the many fine used clothing Well, I’m out of time. We’ll have to talk stores in the area, there are plenty of places some other time about driving your cars unto find clothes economically. Styles so raptil they are completely shot, using you idly shift in this day and age, there is really sporting equipment until its worn out, borno such thing as a brand name or look that rowing and lending to your neighbors and everyone just “has” to have. Without a more. doubt, second hand shopping might mean The Bible warns in Proverbs 22 that “the your pockets are old, but they will be holdborrower is servant to the lender” and too ing your dollars. many find themselves servants to Bank of Next, save money at the grocery storeAmerica or Capital One. To be set free, deby going there. That’s right, if you will cide to keep those things in your wallet inshop and cook you will save big-time over stead of out on the sales counter all the eating out. This one hits close to home betime.

Salvation Army hosts events

Friday morning, Jan. 25, at 10 a.m. Bible Study will be held at LifeCare at Lofland Park. Friday night “Friday Night at the Army” will be held for youth ages seven through 16. Pizza is served at no charge at 6:30 p.m., followed by Singing Company, a Sunday School lesson, crafts and timbels. Tuesday evening there will Women’s Ministries and Bible Study at 6:30 p.m. with a focus on the book of Romans. Music to Grow On, an interactive music and movement class for moms/caretak-

ers and their children ages 18 months through 5 years of age that meets on Wednesday mornings, resumes on Jan. 30. Space is very limited. If you are interested in joining us, contact Lt. Debbie immediately. Everyone is welcomed every Sunday for adult Sunday School, at 9:45 a.m., Holiness meeting at 10:45 a.m. and a Salvation meeting at 6 p.m. Salvation Army is located at 601 N. Dual Highway, next to the Food Lion in Seaford. For all of our programs if you have questions or need more information, call 302-668-7412 or 302-628-2020.

New Release ‘A Box of Memories’ on Sale Tony Windsor

A Box of Memories

Tony Windsor’s brand new CD compilation, “A Box of Memories” is on sale now. This 17-song CD features performances of songs including, “Only Make Believe,” “He Stopped Loving Her Today,” and the gospel classic, “In the Garden.” Get your copy at the Seaford Star office for only $5.00. Call: 302-236-9886


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

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

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




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

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

532 Stein Hwy., Seaford, DE 19973 Redemptorist Fathers • 629-3591 MASSES: SUNDAY: Sat. Eve. - Vigil 5:30 p.m.; Spanish 7:30 p.m. Sunday - 7 a.m., 8:30 a.m., 11 a.m. DAILY: Mon., Tues., Thurs. & Fri. 9 a.m. Wed. 9 a.m. & 7:30 p.m.; First Sat. 9 a.m. HOLY DAYS: Eve. 7:30 p.m.; 9 a.m. & 7:30 p.m. NOVENA DEVOTIONS: Wed. 9 a.m. & 7:30 p.m. CONFESSION: Sat. 4:30 p.m.

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

“Shining His Light”

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

King’s St. George’s Mt. Pleasant

Worship Sun. Sch.

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

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


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

WEDNESDAY NIGHT Ministry for the whole family 7 PM

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Proclaiming Faith 4 pm Sunday on WKDI 840 AM Radio

Food Outreach Emergency Food

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

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 - Anthony Melakian - 629-3633 Elder - Don Birch - 629-8949 Elder - Ron Russell - 629-6033 Sunday School 10a.m. Sun. Worship 11 a.m., Sun. Evening 6 p.m Wed. Evenings 7 p.m. Live For God, Love Each Other, Light The World

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


Obituaries Leone J. Larson, 66

Leone J. Larson of Moorhead, Minn., died Monday, Jan. 14, 2008, in MeritCare Medical Center, Fargo, N.D. Leone Marie Johnson was born on Jan. 30, 1941, to Leonard and Helen Johnson, in Halstad, Minn., where she grew up and graduated from high school. After graduation she attended Moorhead State University then worked as a bank teller for Merchants Bank, FarLeone J. Larson go. On Nov. 25, 1961, Leone married Dennis E. Larson in Halstad and they made their home in Minneapolis, Minn. Due to her husband’s job, they moved to Oklahoma City, Okla., then Dallas, Texas. She attended cosmetology school in Plano, Texas, until they returned to Moorhead in 1977. She then finished her schooling at Rita’s Beauty School in Moorhead and started her own beauty shop, New Reflections by Leone, in her home. Her many wonderful customers became her extended family through the years. She retired in October of 2007 due to illness. Leone enjoyed spending her summers at Pelican Lake where she and Dennis developed even more strong friendships. She liked to read, solve crossword puzzles, watch game shows, and play Bridge. She also volunteered at Trinity Lutheran Church, Moorhead. Every Tuesday, she had lunch and shopped with her beloved sister, Jeanette. She loved to entertain friends. Most of all, Leone loved her family, especially her five grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Jeanette Holland. She is lovingly survived by her husband of 46 years, Dennis Moorhead; a daughter, Denise Haglund and husband John of Lake Park, Minn.; a son, Douglas Larson and wife Hope Messick of Laurel; and five grandchildren, Erika, Tory, Jacob, Jason, and Holly; mother-in-law, Pearl Larson, Moorhead, Minn.; two brothersin-law, Vernon Holland, Ada, Minn., and Leland Larson and wife Carol, Tuscon, Ariz.; and six dearly loved nieces and nephews and their children. She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Jeanette Holland. Visitation was on Friday, Jan. 18, with a prayer service following in Korsmo Funeral Chapel, Moorhead. A funeral service was held Saturday, Jan. 19, in Trinity Lutheran Church, Moorhead. Burial was in Riverside Cemetery, Moorhead. Online guestbook and video tribute at

Betty L. Wilson, 62

Betty L. Wilson of Laurel passed away on Jan. 15, 2008, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital. She was born in Greensboro, Md., a daughter of George and Mary McWilliams.

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Her husband Marshall Wilson, Jr. preceded her in death. She is survived by her daughters: Debbie Crooks and her husband Harry of Jacksonville, Ark. and Michelle Wilson of Ohio; a brother, Jimmie McWilliams of Seaford; sisters, Connie Horneff of Dover and Shirley McLaughlin of Florida. Grandchildren, Kelly Crooks, Samantha Crooks, Sadie O’Conner, Tyler Wilson, and Kiel West. She is also survived by her companion of 18 years, Paul Dyson of Laurel. A funeral service was held at the Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel, on Saturday, Jan. 19. Friends called Friday evening at the funeral home. The Pastor Barbara Lynch officiated. Interment followed in Springhill Memory Garden in Hebon.

Herbert L. Beers, 82

Herbert L. "Herb" Beers of Seaford, died on Monday, Jan. 14, 2008, at Genesis Elder Care. Mr. Beers was a retired engineer for General Dynamics in Avondale, N.J. He was a Deacon at the Seaford Presbyterian Church; he was a member of Essex Masonic Lodge #7, AF&AM in Newark, N.J. and Hiram Lodge #21 AF&AM in Seaford. Herb was a decorated army veteran of World War II serving in the 87th infantry. He fought in the Battle of the Bulge. He was the son of Tom and Ethel Beers, who predeceased him. His wife, Ruth Virginia Tull Beers, died in 2003. He is survived by his daughter and her husband, Eunice and Raymond Pearce of Herndon, Va. Masonic Services were on Friday, Jan. 18, followed by Funeral Services at the Cranston Funeral Home, Seaford. Friends called at the funeral home prior to the services. Burial will be later at the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Millsboro.

Charles A. Giles, 84

Charles A. Giles of Seaford died at Seaford Center Genesis Health Care on Monday, Jan. 14, 2008. He was born Aug. 27, 1923 near Sharptown, Md., a son of Stanley O. and Mattie Louise Gaines Giles, who predeceased him. His wife, Florence V. Giles, also preceded him in death on Dec. 14, 1990. He worked on construction and was a member of the Laborers Union of Delaware Local 847 in Wilmington. He enjoyed bowling, hunting and visiting with his neighbors. He is survived by two daughters; Ida L. Giles of Seaford, and Charlotte Carolyn Giles of Baltimore, Md.; two grandchildren, Wendolyn J. Giles and Qadus A. Giles; a sister, Pearline Weldon of Virginia Beach, Va.; and several nieces and nephews, including James B. West of Seaford. A sister, Gladys Morris and a brother, Robert Morris preceded him in death. Funeral services for him were held on Saturday, Jan. 19, at United Deliverance Bible Center in Laurel, with Dr. Keith Wongus, Sr. officiating. Interment followed in Macedonia Cemetery in Seaford.

Friends called at the church on Saturday prior to the service. For more information or for letters of condolence visit

Paul E. Hill, 85

Paul E. Hill of Delmar, died Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2008, at his home in Delmar. Born in Delmar on July 3, 1922, he was a son of William T. and Mary Mitchell Hill, who predeceased him. Paul proudly served his country in the U.S. Army from November of 1942, until his discharge as a corporal in 1945. He had many fond stories of the heavy trucks and ambulances he drove in Italy during World War II. He was a long time member of First Baptist Church of Laurel. He worked as a feed mill attendant at Beacon Milling in Laurel for more than 29 years and for the Delaware State Roads for six years and retired from Delmar High School in 1987 after eight years of service. His true passion was fishing, which he enjoyed often with his sister-in-law, Roselee. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Madeline A. Hill, who passed in 1999, a sister, Evelyn Hearne, who passed in 2004, and two brothers, Robert Hill, who passed in 1945 and William “Billy” Hill, who passed in 2005. He is survived by his sister, Doris Bailey of Delmar; four sisters-in-law, Rachel Stearns of Greenville, S.C., Anna Baker of Delmar, Dorothy Pusey of Laurel and Roselee Ruark of Delmar; and a brotherin-law, Freddie Pusey. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

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A funeral service was held on Sunday, Jan. 20, at First Baptist Church of Laurel, where family and friends called prior to the service. Pastor Benjamin Beaudoin officiated. Interment was held in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Laurel. Memorial contributions may be made in his memory to: Delaware Hospice, 20167 Office Circle, Georgetown, DE 19947. Arrangements were handled by Short Funeral Home, Delmar. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting

Larry Herbert Crosby, 56

Larry Herbert Crosby of Blades died Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2008, in Nanticoke Memorial Hospital Seaford. Born in Seaford a son of Betty Lankford Bizier of Seaford and the late Herbert Leslie Crosby, he was a self employed painting contractor. He was a member of St. John's United Methodist Church, Seaford, a graduate of Seaford High School, a former member of Association 69, and a US Navy veteran. In addition to his mother, he is also survived by a brother, Donald L. Crosby and a sister, Carole C. Hornsby of Seaford; three nephews, David Hornsby and wife Denise, and Kevin and Keith Hornsby; a niece, Cathy Hodges and husband Steve and son, John. A memorial service was held on Saturday, Jan. 19, at Watson-Yates Funeral Home, Seaford, where friends called prior to the service. The Rev.Richard Bridge officiated. Burial was private.

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

Laurel Baptist Church, SBC 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


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Michael Phillip Shockley, 37

Michael Phillip Shockley of Roxana passed on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2008 at home. Michael was born on April 11, 1970 in Salisbury, Md. He was a son of Cashar W. and Joan A. Cooper Shockley. He was preceded in death by his mother, Joan A. Cooper Shockley on December 22, 2005. Mike attended Sound United Methodist Church with his parents many years ago. He was a child with special needs who grew up to be a special man; he was loved by all his family and he loved them in return. Mike loved swimming in the pool and enjoyed collecting toy model tractors. Michael is survived by his father, Cashar W. Shockley; one brother, Cashar W. Shockley, Jr. and his wife Sandra of Seaford; an uncle, Larry Cooper, a nephew, C.W. Shockley, III, and many cousins and other family. Services were held on Friday, Jan. 18, 2008 at the Watson Funeral Home, Millsboro, where friends called one hour before the service. The Rev. Donna Hinkle officiated at the service. Interment was in Roxana Cemetery, Roxana. Letters of condolence may be emailed via, or

Kathleen A. Garfield, 62

Kathleen Annette Adams Garfield of Federalsburg passed away on Thursday, Jan 17, 2008 at Caroline Home for Hospice in Denton. She was born on Nov. 27, 1945, a daughter of Robert Joseph Adams and Phyllis Turner Adams, who predeceased her. She was also preceded in death by her twin sister, Marlene Estelle Batson. She was a graduate of Lockerman High School Class of 1963. She had worked at LifeCare at Lofland Park in Seaford and for Families in Kathleen A. Garfield Transition in Milford. She was a member of Zion United Methodist Church in Federalsburg in which she served on the usher board, a member of the Methodist Women, and sang in the Adult Choir and “Voices of Joy.” She was a previous member of Second Generation Community Chorus. She loved to sew, in which she had a business making medical scrubs and loved to watch videos. She is survived by a daughter, Kimberly A. Garfield of Federalsburg, three grandchildren, Keyona Garfield, Kendrez Garfield, and Keyshawn Garfield all of Federalsburg, two adopted daughters, Angel Thompson and Jan Elliott both of Seaford, two sisters, Delores Buffalo of Seaford, Deborah Hicks of Dover, two brothers, Ronald Turner of Mitchellville, Md., Anthony Turner of Seaford, two aunts, Ethel Turner and Jean Baltimore both of Federalsburg, a loving sisterfriend, Wanda “ Vicki” Molock of Denton, dear friends, Clara Jones, Shirley Greene, Mabel Payne all of Federalsburg, Elsie Young of Washginton, D.C. , Jean Rowland of Rehoboth, and her caring family at Metro-Zion and at Life Care at Lofland Park, nieces, nephews, and friends.

Funeral services were held on Monday, Jan. 21, at Zion United Methodist Church in Federalsburg with Rev. Vanessa Stephens Lee officiating. Interment followed at Federal Hill Cemetery in Federalsburg. Friends called at the church p.m. on Monday prior to the service. Memorial contributions may be made in her memory to Caroline Hospice Foundation, P.O. Box 362, Denton, MD 21629; or to Zion United Methodist Church, Attention: Treasurer, 3389 American Corner Road, Federalsburg, MD 21632. Arrangements were handled by Framptom Funeral Home, Federalsburg. To send letters of condolences, visit

Vaughn Leslie Conway, 42

Vaughn Leslie Conway, known as “Cool V” of Federalsburg, Md., passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2008, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in Seaford. He was born June 22, 1965 in Cambridge, a son of Flossie Marie Newcomb Conway of Hurlock, Md. and the late Franklin Columbus Conway, II. He was a graduate of North Dorchester High School class of 1985. He worked Vaughn Conway cutting grass, landscaping and at Allen Family Foods in Hurlock. He loved people and will be remembered as a warm and caring person, who often provided family and friends personal taxi service. Besides his father, he was also preceded in death by a brother, Kendall Conway. Besides his mother Flossie Conway, he is survived by six brothers and four sisters, Leroy Newcomb and his wife Mary Lee of Williamsburg, Md., Thomas Newcomb and his wife Elizabeth of Seaford, Margaret Newcomb of Hurlock, Franklin Conway and his wife Cindy of Cambridge, Md., Carroll Conway and his wife Sylvia of Hurlock, Reginald Conway and his wife Brenda Penn of Laurel, Debbie Dobson, Alyce Berdaux of Hurlock, Ronald Conway and his wife Loraine of South Toms River, N.J., and Cherylon Conway of Hurlock. He, also, has three aunts and one uncle, Victoria Jones, Amanda Conway, Dorothy "Dot" Palmer, and Joseph Newcomb, all of Hurlock, four very good friends, Derrick Wongus, Steven Aldridge, James Collin, IV, and Scott Robinson, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Funeral services were held on Wednesday, Jan. 23, at the Full Gospel Church of God in Christ Jesus in Hurlock with Bishop Charles Cephas. Friends called at the church prior to the services. Interment followed the services. Donations may be made to the Framptom Funeral Home, 216 N. Main St., Federalsburg, MD 21632. Visit for letters of condolences.

Brontia Nichole Tashi Allen, 14

Brontia Nichole Tashi Allen, "Tia," of Millsboro died Jan. 18, 2008 at Children's Hospital, National Medical Center, Washington, D.C. She was a seventh-grade student at Sussex Central Middle School in Millsboro. Tia was a joyous young lady, hum-


ble and beloved by her family. She loved her family, and was admired by classmates at school who remember her smile, and quiet charm. Though she was taken so young, she will be missed very much. She was born in Lewes, a daughter of Sinaka Kellam of Millsboro, and David Allen of Lancaster, Calif. She was a member of Trinity Holiness Church in Frankford. Tia had attended Phillip C. Showell School, and Indian River Middle School. She was a member of the chorus at school. Tia was selected Miss Coastal Delaware in 2007. In addition to her parents, she is survived by a step-father Victor Perez, of Millsboro, and two brothers, Christopher Purnell and Victor Perez Jr. She is also survived by her grandparents, many aunts, uncles, cousins and extended family members and many, many friends whose lives she touched. Services will be Saturday, Jan. 26, at 1 p.m., at St. John's Second Baptist Church, Mt. Joy near Millsboro. Friends may call from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the church. Interment will be at St. John's Second Baptist Church Cemetery, Millsboro. Pastor Larry Morris, of Trinity Holiness Church, Frankford, will officiate. Contributions are requested to offset catastrophic medical expenses, as well as funeral expenses. Donations may be sent to Mrs. Sinaka Kellem c/o: Watson Funeral Home, PO box 125, Millsboro, DE 19966 Arrangements are by Watson Funeral Home, Millsboro. Letters of condolence may be emailed to: Watson Funeral Home,,

Wesley F. Wooten, 88

Wesley F. "Shorty" Wooten of Seaford died on Friday, Jan. 18, 2008 at home. He was born in Ft. Myers, Fla., and moved to Seaford in 1996. He was a retired painter. He was an Army veteran of World War II serving in 3rd Battalion, 469th infantry. After his discharge from the Army, he joined the Florida National Guard and served there until 1959. He was a lifetime member of the VFW Post 2444 and the American Legion Post 38. His wife Edna M. Wooten died in 1995. He is survived by two daughters, Jean Crowder and her husband Larry, with whom he lived in Seaford, and Charlene Pardo and her husband Don Abberger of Ft. Myers, Fla., three grandchildren, Anita Lineweaver-Kinnikin of Laurel, Alan L. Fogleman Jr. of Seaford and Mark A. Pardo of Ft. Myers, Fla.; two great-grandchildren, Cody L. Lineweaver and Alan K.

Fogleman. A brother, Delmar "Bud" Wooten of Ft. Myers and a sister, Mayabel Orr of Henderson, N.C., also survive him. Funeral Services and burial will be private in Ft. Myers, Fla. The family suggests donations may be made to Delaware Hospice Inc., 20167 Office Circle, Georgetown, DE 19947. Arrangements were by the Cranston Funeral Home, Seaford.

Robert Lee Klinedinst

Beloved husband, father, grandfather, and educator, Robert Lee Klinedinst left this world Jan 18, 2008 to be in God’s hands. He was born on October 23, 1922 in Red Lion, PA. Surviving immediate family members include his wife Ruth to whom he had been married almost 59 years, his two daughters Trudy Klinedinst of Bloomsburg, Sue Dreisbach and her husband Bill of Medford, NJ, and his two sons Thomas Klinedinst and his wife Joann of Doylestown, PA, and Jim Klinedinst and his wife Michelle of Dagsboro, DE. He and Ruth also have 6 wonderful grandchildren including Charles Dreisbach of Syracuse, NY, Joseph Dreisbach of Medford, NJ, Andrew and Amy Klinedinst of Doylestown, PA , Darcy and Shelby Klinedinst of Dagsboro, DE. Robert graduated from Red Lion High School and Gettysburg College, and did graduate degree study at Penn State and the University of Missouri. Robert served in Okinawa during World War II. He taught mathematics at Penn State and Bloomsburg University where he taught some of the first computer courses. He enjoyed children and strived for fairness in education. Robert was an active member of Saint Matthew Lutheran Church, Bloomsburg, and Saint Luke Lutheran Church, Pleasant Gap. He loved music, traveling to see family members, and camping. He and Ruth served together as volunteers for Meals on Wheels and the Danville State Hospital, and enjoyed many church and university activities. Services will be held at St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 123 North Market Street, Bloomsburg, PA, with a viewing at 1pm Saturday, Jan 26, 2008 and worship celebration at 2pm. Worshipers are welcome to join the family for a meal following. Interment will be at Rosemont Cemetery in Bloomsburg. The family requests that donations be made to St. Matthew Lutheran Church Education & Music fund 123 N. Market St. Bloomsburg, PA 17815 or the Bloomsburg Food Cupboard, 329 Center Street,

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Seaford teacher campaigns for Biden in Iowa By Frank B. Calio When schools and colleges have their Christmas breaks, most teachers welcome the time off to vacation or just hang out. That was the last thing on the mind of Seaford High School social studies teacher Tom Chapman. Chapman, chairman of the Sussex Democrat Party and political junkie, had another goal in mind: for Christmas, he asked his wife for an airplane ticket to Iowa so he could volunteer in the primary process to help Delaware U.S. Senator Joseph R. Biden. His wife, Karen, came through and the day after Christmas Chapman was on a plane to Iowa spending eight days of his vacation making phone calls and absorbing as much knowledge as he could about the Presidential Primary system. He was quite anxious to share that knowledge with his students upon his return. When I caught up with him, he was explaining the fruits of his experience in Iowa to one of his classes, his blackboard filled with voting information, and an arm full of literature he collected from the Democrat candidates. Always an admirer of the Senator, it was while watching the Democrat candidates debate at Drexel University in October 2007 and hearing Biden, who chairs the Foreign Relations Committee speak on foreign policy, that Chapman decided he had to go to Iowa. According to Chapman, Biden's classic remark about Republican Rudy Giuliani, former mayor of New York City, that said that Giuliani’s sentences consist only of “a noun and a verb and 9/11” was an impressive statement and made Biden “look like the president.” Chapman said Biden clearly had the most experience of all the candidates, especially in foreign affairs. “He talked about issues none of the other candidates wanted to touch.” So, why would Biden, who, when he ran for president 20 years ago in the Iowa Primary and then was front runner in the polls and raised the most money, this year not be able to muster support or raise money to reach Iowa voters? Chapman’s take on the question was twofold. The biggest change was the number of high profile candidates, Senators Clinton and Obama siphoned most of the

money and, with Biden down in the polls, voters didn’t want to cast their vote for someone who didn’t seem to have a chance to become the Democrat Party’s nominee. Chapman stated that both political parties spent $70 million in 2004, and this year, it is estimated that $2 billion will be spent by both parties. “There is only so much money to go around,” he added. Another reason for the lack of funding, Chapman noted, is that most candidates spent all their time running around the country raising money while Biden came home to traditional functions in his home state. Speculation from the Biden camp estimated he would receive 15% of the caucus vote, enough to propel the senator to raise enough money to enter the New Hampshire primary and to finally be noticed by the press. “Everyone was positive, up, high energy. Crowds got larger, even in a snow storm he drew a large crowd, and on New Year’s Day, 550 people came out to hear Biden,” Chapman said. For the past two years, Biden spent all of his energy in Iowa along with $4 million, just a little less than half of the $9 million he raised. During his classroom presentation last week, Chapman showed his students the amount of mail that was delivered to homes in Iowa daily, with some candidates mailing out two brochures a day. “People would come home from work and find their mail boxes packed with campaign literature every day,” he said. The cost of printing and mailing out brochures statewide could run as high as $100,000 a day. Candidates who led the field spent $20 million dollars each with ads on TV, radio, in newspapers and with mailings. “Some candidates were able to solicit cell phone numbers and deliver recorded messages to Iowa voters,” he said. Chapman also served as a “closer,” someone who scans the audience and looks for those who may be undecided. His job would be to single out these voters after the meeting and ask them what information would be helpful to them about Biden. He noted that he didn’t hear one stupid question while in Iowa. The questions were well thought out, the people knowl-

Benefit for family of Don ‘Butch’ Lewis Tony Windsor

A special show in honor of

“Butch” Lewis will be held Sunday, Jan. 27, at the Dugout Lounge, US 13, in Seaford.

The event will feature music from many local musicians and bands, many who performed A Box of Memories with Butch Lewis over the years. There will be a free buffet. Doors open at 1 p.m. Donation at the door of $5.00 per person. For more information call the Dugout at 302-629-8149.

Tom Chapman sorts through literature that was mailed out by the candidates. Iowans would come home from work daily and find their mail boxes stuffed with campaign literature. This is a sampling of one day’s worth of campaign literature.

edgeable, and the participants came in all ages, and from many cultures. “People really got into the process,” Chapman said. “They had people just like we have in Seaford: a few families had sons and daughters who lost their lives in Iraq. Families there have the same every day problems we have,” he added. “Our generation will be measured by history in how we treat our veterans,” Chapman stated, referring to the unfair treatment of Viet Nam vets. Chapman said his students today need to understand how the political system works and become involved in the process, or at least understand the importance of this election. “Kids in my class now will be eligible to vote for the re-election of the president elected in ‘08,” he said. He said the trip to Iowa showed that he did not fully understand the caucus system. Now he knows more and can better relate the information to his students by having been there.

After losing the Iowa caucus, Biden released everyone to support any candidate they wished. Biden finished fifth in the voting. Chapman said a person can read about the primaries, or watch it on TV, but being there and being a part of the process is priceless. His enthusiasm from his trip flowed over to his students who asked their teacher many questions regarding the political process. He joined a group of approximately 175 volunteers, 24 from Delaware who left after Christmas to help Biden for the final push for votes. Iowan families who supported Biden offered lodging for the volunteers. As far as his Christmas gift from his wife, the plane ticket to Iowa, “I called my wife every day and every day I thanked her so much for this precious gift and for her giving up our holiday together.” This was the first New Year’s that he spent away from his wife since they started dating in 1996.

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Police Journal State police employ new agents

Delaware State Police have taken another step in ensuring that convicted sex offenders comply with their required notifications. Colonel Thomas F. Mac Leish, superintendent of Delaware State Police, recently swore in two Sex Offender Registry Enforcement Agents. These agents' primary responsibility is to ensure that registered sex offenders reside at the address he or she provided to the State Bureau of Identification. Agents will conduct random and periodic checks of those listed addresses to ensure compliance that is consistent with current sex offender legislation. Should a sex offender fail to re-register his or her address, place of employment or violate any provision regulating convicted sex offenders, the agent would be responsible for locating and arresting all violators. This will include those who have provided false information to SBI about their address or place of employment. The agents will also serve as liaisons with other police agencies in Delaware and throughout the United States regarding sex offenders. In addition, they would be responsible for locating sex offenders who may be in Delaware, but are wanted by agencies in other states. Other duties will include conducting crime prevention presentations to schools and daycare providers regarding child predators, wanted sex offenders and sex offender issues. The new agents are James Whitmore, a

Town of Laurel Open House The Mayor and Council of Laurel would like to extend an invitation to the public to attend an Open House to meet the town’s new Town Manager, Bill Fasano, Jr. and his wife, Erin. The open house will be held on Sunday, February 10, 2008, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., at the Laurel Town Hall, 201 Mechanic Street. Light refreshments will be served.

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Teens charged with making bombs

Delaware State Police recently charged two local teenagers with manufacturing incendiary devices, conspiracy and drug charges. The two boys were developed as suspects after a Crime Stopper’s tip led investigators to MySpace and Youtube Internet accounts showing the two allegedly detonating explosive devices. On Monday, Jan. 14, members of the Delaware State Police High Tech Crime unit received the anonymous tip called into Crime Stoppers. Information received from the tip was confirmed and investigators obtained a search warrant for the suspected residence. At approximately 8:45 p.m., members of the Governor’s Task Force and Sussex County Drug units executed the search warrant along the 19000 block of Buck Run in Georgetown. During the search, troopers seized two gas masks, drug paraphernalia and plastic baggies containing suspected marijuana. Also located were several electrical timers, electrical components and a plastic bottle containing Pyrodex (an explosive commercially available substance commonly used in black powder rifles). During the search, troopers took David Plum, 17, of Georgetown into custody without incident. Plum later confessed to police that he and Casey Jensen, 17, of Lewes,


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made and detonated explosive devices. Jenson was also interviewed during the investigation and confirmed Plum’s story. Both confessed to police that they recorded these incidents on video. Jensen also told police that the marijuana found during the search belonged to him not Plum. As a result of the investigation, Plum was formally charged with the following criminal offenses: manufacturing bombs incendiary devices; maintaining a dwelling for keeping controlled substances; second degree conspiracy; two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia; possession of marijuana; and storage of explosive materials within a residential district. Jensen was formally charged with the following criminal offenses: manufacturing bombs incendiary devices; second degree conspiracy; two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia; possession of marijuana; and storage of explosive materials within a residential district. Plum and Jensen were arraigned and released on unsecured bond. Both were turned over to their parents/guardians.

Waterfowl hunters arrested

Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Agents arrested three Seaford men for waterfowl hunting violations in a wooded area off of Ellis Mill Road near Seaford on Jan. 5. Jeffrey S. Saunders, 42, of 29029 Ellis Mill Road, was arrested and charged with possession of a firearm by a person prohibited, use of a prohibited hunting device/hunting waterfowl over bait, and possession of

unlawful game. Saunders was taken to Justice of the Peace Court 3 in Georgetown and released on $3,500 unsecured bond. A preliminary hearing for Saunders was scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 17 at the Court of Common Pleas. The other two men arrested along with Saunders, Larry Hare, 51, of 9839 Middleford Road, Seaford, and Everett Harold, 45, of 4399 Woodland Ferry Road, Seaford, were each charged with use of a prohibited hunting device/hunting over bait. Both men were issued a criminal summons and released.

Bomb threat at Seaford High

On Jan. 16, at approximately 10:58 a.m., the Seaford 911 Center received a call from a male caller that stated a bomb had been placed at the Senior High School and would go off in 45 minutes. Seaford officers responded to the high school, where the school students were immediately evacuated to the Middle School. The High School was searched utilizing three bomb-detection-K9's from the Delaware State Police with no results. Further investigation revealed that the call came from a local pay phone. The area was searched and checked by officers with no contact. The Seaford Criminal Investigations Division is asking anyone with information about this crime to contact them at 302-629-6644 or Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP3333. Delaware Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of person or persons involved.


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Rotary Club honors Sussex County paramedics The Nanticoke Rotary Club recently honored four Sussex County Paramedics during a ceremony at Nanticoke River Yacht Club in Blades. A special presentation was also made to Technical Services Division Manager John Kinsley, one of the “Golden 10” original paramedics who started the county Emergency Medical System in 1990. Kinsley will retire next month. Selected by their supervisors not only for their paramedic skills and service but for their community involvement were Carl Davis, Tommy Jefferson, Bobby Reese and Jonathan Offen. Davis has been a paramedic with Sussex County EMS since 2000. He chairs the department’s Emergency Preparedness Work Group and was recently appointed Coordinator of Sussex County Citizen Corps, a volunteer organization that educates and prepares citizens for disasters in their communities. Davis has an associate’s degree in business and law enforcement from the Community College of Rhode Island. He and his family live in Lincoln. Jefferson has been a paramedic in Sussex County EMS since 1990. Jefferson, who received his paramedic training in Delaware, chairs the department’s Mass Casualty Incident work group, which updates plans, trains employees and coordinates with other agencies to improve response to large scale incidents. Jefferson is also active in the communi-

ty, coaching varsity football and baseball for the Woodbridge School District in Bridgeville, where he and his wife and four children live. Reese, a paramedic with Sussex County EMS since 2002 and an emergency medical technician (EMT) for many years before that, remains active in the Seaford area with local sports teams. Reese received his paramedic training at the Center for Emergency Medicine in Pittsburgh, Pa. Reese has one child and one grandchild and lives in Seaford. Offen has been a Sussex County paramedic since 2005. He was nominated for the award for his dedication and service to the community through volunteering with the Georgetown Fire Company. He is also active with his church and has participated in several international missions. Offen is working toward an associate’s degree in paramedic technology from Delaware and Technical Community College. He and his wife live in Georgetown. Kinsley was honored for his 18 years of service to the county system, in positions including paramedic, paramedic supervisor, infection control officer, hazmat officer and technical services division manager. Kinsley started his career in 1970 as a professional fire fighter in Lantana, Fla., and received training in emergency medicine at Palm Beach Junior College, Essex Community College in Baltimore and Del



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Nanticoke Rotary Club recently honored Sussex County paramedics during a special ceremony in Blades. In the back row from left are Tommy Jefferson, Carl Davis, John Kinsley, Jonathon Offen and Frank Bradley, president of the Nanticoke Rotary Club. In the front row from left are Judy Friis, district governor of the Rotary, and Glenn Luedtke, director.

Tech in Georgetown. Sussex County EMS Director Glenn Luedtke praised Kinsley for his dedication, achievement and service in helping the department grow from a handful of paramedics to a staff of more than 100 paramedics and support personnel who answer more than 15,000 emergency calls each year. State Representative Daniel B. Short

of Seaford presented him with a tribute from Delaware House of Representatives recognizing his years of dedicated service. Kinsley and his wife live in Seaford. They have a son who is a battalion chief in Montgomery County, Md., Fire Department; a daughter who is a registered nurse working in the emergency department; and five grandchildren.



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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING COUNTY BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT HEARING Little Creek Hundred Case No. 10067 In accordance with Chapter 115, of the Code of Sussex County, a hearing will be held on a request for a special use exception and a variance as provided by: Chapter 115, Article XIV and XI, Subsection 115-106 and 115-81, Item A and A(2) (b) (c) of said ordinance of CLEAR CHANNEL OUTDOOR who are seeking a special exception to replace an existing billboard and a variance from the front yard and side yard setback requirements and the maximum square footage requirement for a billboard, to be located west of U.S. Route 13, .5 mile south of Road 452. The hearing will be held in the County Council Chambers, County Administrative Office Building, Georgetown, Delaware, on Monday evening, FEBRUARY 25, 2008, at 7:00 P.M. or as soon thereafter as may be heard. All interested parties should attend and present their views. If unable to attend the public hearing, written comments will be accepted but must be received prior to public hearing. For additional information, contact the Planning and Zoning Department at 302-855-7878. 1/24/1tc See LEGALS—page 31

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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING COUNTY BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT HEARING Northwest Fork Hundred Case No. 10068 In accordance with Chapter 115, of the Code of Sussex County, a hearing will be held on a request for a special use exception as provided by: Chapter 115, Article IV, Subsection 11521, Item A(5) of said ordinance of HARVEY AND BETTY WARRINGTON who are seeking a special exception to retain a manufactured home on less than ten (10) acres, to be located north of Road 40, 1,350 feet west of Road 42. The hearing will be held in the County Council Chambers, County Administrative Office Building, Georgetown, Delaware, on Monday evening, FEBRUARY 25, 2008, at 7:00 P.M. or as soon thereafter as may be heard. All interested parties should attend and present their views. If unable to attend the public hearing,

written comments will be accepted but must be received prior to public hearing. For additional information, contact the Planning and Zoning Department at 302-855-7878. 1/24/1tc

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING COUNTY BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT HEARING Seaford Hundred Case No. 10061 In accordance with Chapter 115, of the Code of Sussex County, a hearing will be held on a request for a variance as provided by: Chapter 115, Article X, Subsection 115-73, Item A(3) of said ordinance of TOWERS COMMUNICATIONS who are seeking a variance for additional wall signs, to be located west of U.S. Route 13, 1,000 feet north of Herring Run Road. The hearing will be held in the County Council Chambers, County Administrative Office Building, Georgetown, Delaware, on Monday evening, FEBRU-

• JANUARY 24 - 30, 2008

ARY 25, 2008, at 7:00 P.M. or as soon thereafter as may be heard. All interested parties should attend and present their views. If unable to attend the public hearing, written comments will be accepted but must be received prior to public hearing. For additional information, contact the Planning and Zoning Department at 302-855-7878. 1/24/1tc

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING COUNTY BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT HEARING Seaford Hundred Case No. 10066 In accordance with Chapter 115, of the Code of Sussex County, a hearing will be held on a request for a variance as provided by: Chapter 115, Article XI, Subsection 115-81, Item 2(b) (c) of said ordinance of RICHARD ROOP, JR. who is seeking a variance from the side yard setback requirement and the maximum square footage re-

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Marshall Auctions 2nd Annual Firearm Auction This is the one auction you don’t want to miss!! Marshall Auctions is honored to sell all remaining inventory from the late “Boots” Taylor Estate and several other local estates. Friday Night, Feb. 8th, 2008 at 5:00 PM – 8000 Esham Rd., Parsonsburg, MD! Over 150 Firearms will be sold absolute with no minimums & no reserve!! High quality selection of Rifles, Shotguns, Pistols, Military items and more by Manufacturers including: Parker Bros., Fox Sterlingworth, Colt, Remington, Smith & Wesson, Springfield Armory, Walther, Winchester & more. Firearms featuring a Papa Nambu, 3 Baby Nambu’s, Remington Rand 1911, J.H. Hall 1839 Harpers Ferry M1819, Springfield 1903-a3, Winchester .30 carbine & more! CONSIGNMENTS: Quality consignments still being accepted. Space is limited! Much more information available on Website including Catalog & over 1,000 pictures of the firearms

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quirement for a billboard, to be located northeast of U.S. Route 13, being Lots 3 and 4 within James R. Lowry Subdivision. The hearing will be held in the County Council Chambers, County Administrative Office Building, Georgetown, Delaware, on Monday evening, FEBRUARY 25, 2008, at 7:00 P.M. or as soon thereafter as may be heard. All interested parties should attend and present their views. If unable to attend the public hearing, written comments will be accepted but must be received prior to public hearing. For additional information, contact the Planning and Zoning Department at 302-855-7878. 1/24/1tc

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING COUNTY BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT HEARING Seaford Hundred Case No. 10063 In accordance with Chapter 115, of the Code of Sussex County, a hearing will be held on a request for

PAGE 31 a variance as provided by: Chapter 115, Article VI, Subsection 115-42, Item B of said ordinance of RODNEY WYATT, SR. who is seeking a variance from the front yard setback requirement, to be located northeast of Route 30, north of Road 554. The hearing will be held in the County Council Chambers, County Administrative Office Building, Georgetown, Delaware, on Monday evening, FEBRUARY 25, 2008, at 7:00 P.M. or as soon thereafter as may be heard. All interested parties should attend and present their views. If unable to attend the public hearing, written comments will be accepted but must be received prior to public hearing. For additional information, contact the Planning and Zoning Department at 302-855-7878. 1/24/1tc

TOWN OF BLADES ELECTION Candidates wishing to run for the three (3) council seats that are up for election in Blades must file writ-

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS Notice is hereby given that Sussex County Council shall accept a second round of proposals from qualified developers to provide moderately priced housing units for homebuyers in Sussex County. Developers are to provide proposals, which meet prescribed affordability and development criteria as detailed in the Moderately Priced Housing Ordinance and Request for Proposal package. The Department of Community Development and Housing will hold a pre-proposal public workshop at 10:00 a.m. on February 14, 2008 in the County Council Chambers, 2 The Circle, Georgetown, Delaware. Request for Proposal (RFP) packages will be available at that time. Sealed and completed proposals must be received by no later than 4:00 p.m. on March 6, 2008. Five (5) copies of the information outlines by the RFP package should be submitted to the following address: Mr. William Lecates, Director Dept. of Community Development & Housing 22215 DuPont Boulevard P.O. Box 589 Georgetown, DE 19947 Phone: 302.855.7777 Email: After verification that all required information is included, submissions will be reviewed by the Departments of Community Development & Housing and Planning and Zoning. The Departments will review the submissions and determine how the proposals respond to the Ordinance and to the intent of the Program. A written report on the Departments’ findings and recommendations will be provided to County Council for approval by March 18, 2008. Each Department will address how the submissions respond to the Ordinance and to the intent of the Program and will rank all submissions based on the evaluation criteria described in the RFB package. Upon receipt of the Departments’ report, the Council will schedule a work session to discuss the report. Council will perform its own evaluation of the proposals using the Departments’ recommendations. Within seven (7) days of the Departments’ report, Council will select submissions for participation in the Program. The council may impose additional conditions on any Applicant as a prerequisite for participation. Following the Council’s selection, Applicants may submit proposed projects to all state and local agencies in accordance with all applicable regulatory procedures. The Program does not automatically modify the approval process for site plans or subdivisions, although, as stated in the Ordinance, Council may, in its discretion, modify zoning, zoning criteria and zoning processes to achieve the objectives of the MPHU Program.

ten notice with the Town of Blades office that they are seeking election. Candidates must file notice by the close of business at 4:00 p.m. on Monday, February 18, 2008. No letters will be accepted after February 18, 2008. Candidates filing must have attained the age of 25 years, must have been a resident of Blades for six months preceding this election and must be a citizen of the United States of America. All citizens wishing to vote in the March 3, 2008 election must register at the Blades Town Hall by the close of business at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 20, 2008. No registration will be allowed after February 20, 2008. TOWN OF BLADES DAVID L. RUFF MAYOR 1/17/4tc

LEGAL NOTICE On Saturday, 02/16/08 at 11:00 a.m. Peninsula Mini Storage located at 40 S. Market St., Blades /Seaford, DE will hold a public auction pursuant to the State of Delaware SelfStorage Facility Act Title 25 Chapter 49. The following storage units will be sold or disposed of for Non-Payment of storage rent. Tenants name and last known address are listed below. Robert Christensen, Unit #112-145, Unit Size 10x30, Unit #113-144, Unit Size 10x30, Laurel, DE. Ariel Thompson, Unit #226, Unit Size 10x15, Dover, DE. Bidding guidelines available on request. Peninsula Mini Storage, 302-629-5743. 1/17/2tc

NOTICE Estate of William W. Phelps, Deceased. Notice is hereby given that Letters of Testamentary upon the estate of William W. Phelps who departed this life on the 6th day of December A.D. 2007 late of Laurel, DE were duly granted unto Shirley J. Cooper on the 11th day of January, 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 6th day of August, A.D. 2008 or abide by the law in this behalf. Executrix: Shirley J. Cooper See LEGALS—page 32


MORNING STAR • JANUARY 24 - 30, 2008

On the Record Marriage Licenses

Sussex County Clerk of the Peace George Parish joyfully announces the following couples have obtained marriage licenses: Daniel C. Sellers, Lincoln to Chantielle M. Truitt, Seaford Matthew Clark Baker, Bridgeville to Noel Lynette Doyle, Delmar Blake A. Chaffinch, Seaford to Robin Ann Collins, Laurel Mark Edmund Christian, Delmar to Sanfara Dewanda Nock, Delmar


05/25/07, Russell R. and Danielle N. Smart to Christine L. Hosler, parcel, Little Creek Hundred, $179,000 05/04/07, Tull Group, LLC to Abidail B. Cifuentes, Tract Nos. 1-3, parcels, Town of Bridgeville, Northwest Fork Hundred, $242,000 06/08/07, Clayton A. Pauze to Catherine M. Smith, Lot No. 4, Delmar Manor, Town of Delmar, subdivision, Little Creek Hundred, $132,000 06/07/07, Great American Homes, Inc. to Loksang and Pamela M. Lama, parcel, Town of Seaford, Seaford Hundred, $159,990 05/23/07, Virginia P. Ricketts to Judith W. Cook, parcel, Seaford Hundred, $68,000 06/08/07, Nancy V. Sharp, Heir and Executrix of Joseph O. Vanaman Estate to Randy and Kathy Hill, parcel, Broad Creek Hundred, $125,000 06/08/07, Mark S. Hardesty to Kevin W. and Crystal H. Thawley, Lot No. 1, Lands of Mark S. Hardesty, subdivision, Seaford Hundred, $119,000 05/30/07, Mail Sail Investments, LLC to Tyesia DuPont-Matos, Lot No. 301, The Townes at Laurel Court, Town of Laurel, subdivision, Little Creek Hundred, $133,000 06/11/07, Samuel H. Jones, Jr. to Jean F. Desire, parcel, Town of Seaford, Seaford LEGALS - from Page 31 351 Darbyshire Lane, Riva, MD 21140 David L. Wilson Register of Wills 1/24/3tc

NOTICE Estate of Virgil Ambrose Cannon, Deceased. Notice is hereby given that Letters of Testamentary upon the estate of Virgil Ambrose Cannon who departed this life on the 8th day of December A.D. 2007 late of Bridgeville, DE were duly granted unto Stephen Clayton Cannon, Rita Cannon Hovermale, Janet Cannon Snyder on the 7th day of January, A.D. 2008, and all persons indebted to the said deceased are required to make payments to the said Co-Executors without delay, and all persons having demands against the deceased are required to exhibit and present the

Hundred, $60,000 04/24/07, Arch Street Associates, L.L.C. to SDRC I, LLC, parcel, Town of Seaford, Seaford Hundred, $600,000 04/19/07, Brookfield Heritage Shores, LLC to John E. and Patricia J. Hill, Lot No. 78, Phase I, Heritage Shores, Town of Bridgeville, subdivision, Northwest Fork Hundred, $355,000 06/14/07, Mark G. Tyndall to John G. Sr. and Mary Ann Torkelson, Lot No. 11, Virginia Commons, Town of Seaford, subdivision, Seaford Hundred, $178,000 03/31/06, Marilyn H. Simpler, Trustee to Jonlyn of Seaford, LLC, Tract Nos. I-II, Lot Nos. 1, 2, 4, 8, 13-14, Thomas Horseshoe Development, subdivision, Broad Creek Hundred, $295,000 06/13/07, Frederick L. Joseph and Joyce C. Vincent to Dwayne A. Crockett and Amy L. Smith, Lot Nos. 11-12, Section A, Lakeside Manor, subdivision, Broad Creek Hundred, $182,500 06/14/07, Natasha A. Maynard to David A. Jr. and Alicia M. Peterson, Lot No. 1, parcel, Broad Creek Hundred, $193,500




ONE YEAR *Sussex County

Building Permits

01/03/08, Theda T. Cosbey, S/Rt. No. 483, 3800’, W/Rt. No. 484, Nanticoke Hundred, Manure Shed, $14,400 Irvin L. and Rose E. Hastings, E/Rd. No. 497, 1259’, S/Rt. No. 24, Lot No. 3, Little Creek Hundred, Dwelling w/Additions, $68,120 Houseal Construction LLC, Westerlee, Little Creek Hundred, Dwelling w/Additions, $118,420 01/04/08, Danny Pham, S/Rd. No. 494, Lot No. 1, Little Creek Hundred, Dwelling w/Additions, $95,920 Chong Y. and Kyung S. Lee, S/Rd. No. 455A, 1900’, E/Rd. No. 66, Little Creek Hundred, 2 Poultry Houses, $244,000 Albert E. Parker, W/Rd. No. 509, 352’, S/Rd. No. 54, Little Creek Hundred, Pole Barn, $14,400

same duly probated to the said Co-Executors on or before the 8th day of August, A.D. 2008 or abide by the law in this behalf. Co-Executors: Steven Clayton Cannon 26083 Hidden Acre Lane, Seaford, DE 19973 Rita Cannon Hovermale 111 Delaware Ave., Bridgeville, DE 19933 Janet Cannon Snyder 4 Marathon Drive, Seaford, DE 19973 Attorney: Stephen P. Ellis, Esq. Ellis & Szabo, LLP P.O. Box 574 Georgetown, DE 19947 David L. Wilson Register of Wills 1/17/3tc

NOTICE Estate of Richard T. Lynch, Deceased. Notice is hereby given that Letters of Testamentary upon the estate of

Richard T. Lynch who departed this life on the 10th day of December A.D. 2007 late of Seaford, DE were duly granted unto Linda L. Wainwright, Carol L. James on the 4th day of January, A.D. 2008, and all persons indebted to the said deceased are required to make payments to the said Executrices without delay, and all persons having demands against the deceased are required to exhibit and present the same duly probated to the said Executrices on or before the 10th day of August, A.D. 2008 or abide by the law in this behalf. Executrices: Linda L. Wainwright 805 Rosetree Lane, Seaford, DE 19973 Carol L. James 801 Hurley Park Dr., Seaford, DE 19973 David L. Wilson Register of Wills 1/17/3tc

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MORNING STAR • JANUARY 24 - 30, 2008

Stew, soup — whatever it takes to lift winter blahs The only good thing that could posORETTA NORR sibly be said about January is that the days are getting longer and there’s a bit more daylight than there was in December. The only good thing that could possibly be said about February is the same thing I said about press to submerge. January. Bring the cooking liquid to a Ditto for March. simmer. Reduce the heat to mediNot even the fact that the overum-low and simmer gently uncovwhelming majority of loved ones’ ered until the chicken is almost birthdays fall during this time lifts cooked through, turning the chicken me from the inevitable winter breasts over and stirring the mixture blahs. occasionally, about 25 minutes. UsA quick check of columns past ing tongs, transfer the chicken finds easy-to-prepare comfort breasts to a work surface and cool foods, healthy comfort foods, low for 5 minutes. Discard the bay leaf. calorie comfort foods, ethnic comAdd the kidney beans to the pot and fort foods…You can sense a recursimmer until the liquid has reduced ring theme here: the winter blahs. into a stew consistency, about 10 Next week, I’ll be compelled to minutes. talk about the Super Bowl again — Discard the skin and bones from that topic just can’t be ignored. But the chicken breasts. Shred or cut for now, I need to attack my blahs the chicken into bite-size pieces. once more with two easy, healthy, Return the chicken meat to the low-calorie and ethnic comfort food stew. Bring the stew just to a simrecipes. mer. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Ladle the stew into serving bowls and serve with crusty bread. Chicken Stew Recipe courtesy of Giada De Laurentiis. Serves 4 to 6. Note: I like to add one large clove of minced Escarole and Bean Soup garlic to the sautéed vegetables Recipe courtesy of Giada De Laurentiis. Note: This recipe is also good with kale and Swiss chard. 2 tablespoons olive oil Serves 6 2 stalks celery, cut into bite-size pieces 1 carrot, peeled, cut into bite-size 2 tablespoons olive oil pieces 2 garlic cloves, chopped 1 small onion, chopped 1 pound escarole, chopped Salt and freshly ground black pepSalt per 4 cups low-salt chicken broth 1 14 and 1/2-ounce can chopped 1 15-ounce can cannellini beans, tomatoes drained and rinsed 1 14-ounce can low-salt chicken 1 1-ounce piece Parmesan broth 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves, torn into Freshly ground black pepper 6 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil pieces 1 tablespoon tomato paste 1 bay leaf Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme leaves in a heavy large pot over medium 2 chicken breasts with ribs (about heat. 1 and 1/2 pounds total) Add the garlic and sauté until 1 15-ounce can organic kidney fragrant, about 15 seconds. beans, drained (rinsed if not orAdd the escarole and sauté until ganic) wilted, about 2 minutes. Add a pinch of salt. Heat the oil in a heavy 5 and Add the chicken broth, beans 1/2-quart saucepan over medium and Parmesan cheese. heat. Add the celery, carrot and Cover and simmer until the onion. Sauté the vegetables until beans are heated through, about 5 the onion is translucent, about 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepminutes. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. per, to taste. Stir in the tomatoes Ladle the soup into 6 bowls. with their juices, chicken broth, Drizzle 1 teaspoon extra-virgin basil, tomato paste, bay leaf, and olive oil over each. Serve with thyme. Add the chicken breasts; crusty bread.



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MORNING STAR • JANUARY 24 - 30, 2008


Long-time community volunteer is still active I was invited to Paul Lawrence Dunbar School in Laurel the other AT URPHY day for a nationwide Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag program sponSince coming to Laurel, sored by the National Exchange Club and its local clubs. There, he Dick Stone has been a was — Dick Stone, an Exchange member of Legion Post Club member, leading students 80 years younger in the pledge to the 19, the VFW and the Exflag. Forgive me if I have written change Club, as well as about Dick before but he could the Bulldog Boosters. have been home reading his latest Legion or VFW magazines, or Phillies Report for that matter, but there he served as president of several of these organizations. He is currently the outgoing was setting the example he has set for his president of the Laurel Historical Society. whole life. Dick is a proud veteran of World War II Says Dick, “They have a fantastic new who served aboard the battleship New Jer- president in Norma Jean Fowler. It is time sey as a radioman third class. He will soon for me to slow down a little.” We also know Dick is a two-time Lautell you that that ship is the most decorated rel mayor and a town councilman for his battleship in our history. Dick and his beloved town of Laurel. He tells you the wife, Juanita, came to Laurel with their exact same thing every time you ask him three children in 1950 from Belle, W.Va., so we know he means it, “We couldn’t where work was in short supply. They have found a better place. Laurel has would have three more children in Laurel. brought us great joy.” Dick says that he married Juanita after a All Dick and Juanita were looking for long courtship and now they have a 66was a town in which to raise their family year marriage and counting. and a community they could be a part of. I Dick worked in DuPont construction think they found it. upon arriving in Sussex County. He finished up his work career as a teacher at Laurel High School’s Vocational AdviSussex Vo-Tech, where he taught welding sory Board held an open house on Thursfor 22-plus years. Since coming to Laurel, day, Jan. 17. The turnout was not too good Dick has been a member of Legion Post on a cold, wet night. New career pathways 19, the VFW and the Exchange Club, as well as the Bulldog Boosters. I particularly for the school include structural systems, plant and horticulture science and marketremember this as Dick and I spent many hours in the concession stand during many ing communications. Three very enthusiastic teachers, Andy O’Neal, Laura Sapouits football games. In addition, Dick has



Exhibit at Laurel High will focus on writings from the Harlem Renaissance

A traveling exhibit sponsored by Teacher Discovery and focusing on writers of the Harlem Renaissance will visit Laurel High School during the week of Feb. 4 through Feb. 8, as part of the annual celebration of Black History Month. The Harlem Renaissance, which took place in the 1920s and 1930s, was a pivotal time in American history when black Americans were encouraged to embrace their culture and identity. Featured artists whose writings

changed modern American thought will include Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, W.E. Dubois, Ralph Ellison, Richard Wright, Alain Locke and Jacob Lawrence. The exhibit is sponsored by the Laurel High School guidance department and coordinated by guidance counselor Joyce Sessoms. For more information about the exhibit, call 875-6120, ext. 243.

and Karen Parrott were there to explain their programs. I encourage you to visit the school and see their programs in action. For those of you who are not members of the Laurel Historical Society, I would like to pass on that Laurel graduate, Gwennie North, has donated $5,000 to complete the entrances to the Studley House on East Sixth Street. According to the society newsletter, the completion of this project will permit the society to open the Studley House doors. The Studley House is one of the oldest buildings in Laurel but for many of us, during our school days at lunch time, the old store meant a cheese sandwich, "a Hobo bun" and a drink, and if there was extra jingle in our pocket we might have had a extra ham and cheese sandwich, penny candy and so much more. Gwennie, I am sure the people in Laurel are thanking you. By the way, I was in Williamsburg, Va., over the weekend and I only have one thing to pass on to you. While we were at the apothecary shop (drug store), the guide told us that advice cost a citizen two days pay. Wow, think of it — I have been giving Eugene Wright, Biff Lee, Frank Caudill, Mike Bradley, Calvin Hearn and a host of others free advice for years. Shoot, Frank Caudill was grilling me for information the other day in Hardee’s.

I think I’ll set up my office in Walt’s Barber Shop; this way I won’t have to charge for a home consultation. Two day’s wages, wow! Happy days are here again. I may even pass a little on to my Packer man Frank Calio. I should have an interesting award out of Bridgeville next week after I find out more about it. Don’t forget the Laurel Chamber of Commerce installation of officers on Jan. 29 at the chamber of commerce building. Members and prospective members are urged to attend. Time is 5:30 p.m. Wayne Givens was holding court at the Oasis early one morning last week with Richard Morris, Wade Johnson, Norris Nibblett and Glen Jones, when the subject of traveling came up. At least that’s what I think it was and Wayne told us that during a western trip a few years ago, he and his wife, Marlene, took a six-hour horseback ride. It was not long until he whittled his horseback story down to three hours and soon less than that. The more I think about it, the more I think that they took a ride on a horse on a merry-go-round at a carnival. Hard to get respect isn’t it, Wayne? Go Packers! Ouch! Have a good rest of the week.

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Letters to the Editor By Shaun Rieley When examining the basis of modern conservative ideology, one must turn to look at the roots. Being an ideological system that is based largely around traditionalism, the conservative looks to a bygone age for much of his political and moral positioning. That being said, the conservative does not see that bygone age as irrelevant to modern society, or any society at any point in time. On the contrary, he believes that these values, once held so dear, are an objective standard to which all societies should conform, and on which all societies should be founded, by necessity, to ensure freedom and equality. These ideals were not always ideas of a bygone age. No, they were once cutting edge and revolutionary. On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther, the great leader of the Protestant Reformation, nailed his 95 Thesis to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenburg, Germany. On that day, society was changed forever. The subsequent revolution ended with a translation of the Bible into the common language of the people and the beginning of the end of the elitist system of the church intertwined with the state in an iron fist of unholy tyranny. For the first time in the history of Western Christendom, the common man could read scripture for himself, and could come to God directly, instead of relying of the institution of a corrupted church/state system.

Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other. Liberty is contagious, and the ideas of personal responsibility brought on by the Reformation soon developed into political ideology. Over 200 years later, our forefathers, influenced greatly by the ideals of the Reformation (brought to the New World by the Puritans and similar groups), and by the great thinkers of ancient Greece such as Plato and Aristotle (who, though pagan, gave rise to such ideas as absolute truth, causality and democracy), constructed a new

government, founded on the principals of inalienable rights, given by the Creator God, which no government could take away. Thomas Jefferson, the author of the Declaration of Independence, stated it so: “The God who gave us life gave us liberty. And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are a gift from God? That they are not to be violated but with His wrath? Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just, and that His justice cannot sleep forever.” (From Jefferson’s Notes on the State of Virginia, Query XVIII, 1781)

This was a government of the people, by the people, for the people, who, with an ingrained sense of moral bearing, could rule themselves through a representative government. It was assumed that individual liberty under limited government could only prevail if the people maintained this moral compass. Indeed, founding father John Adams stated it best in an Oct. 13, 1789, address to the U.S. military: "We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge, or gallantry would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other." Without these essential moral constraints on a people, a government is forced to turn its guns inward to maintain even the most basic order. Tyranny is the inescapable result of a people who have no internal moral guide, and who assume the absence of a higher power. As Dr. Francis Schaeffer stated in his landmark work How Should We Then Live: “The freedom brought forth [by the Reformation] was titanic, and yet…the freedoms did not lead to chaos. And it is this which can give us hope for the future. It is either this or an imposed order.” Without an objective moral basis infused into a governmental system and into a people, the outcome can be, and usually is, tragic. With no overarching power to appeal to, all rights are necessarily granted by the government. Instead of ‘…We are endowed by our creator with certain inalienable rights…” it sounds more like “We are endowed by our government with certain rights, which will be ensured unless the Supreme Court

or other governmental entity sees fit and/or utilitarian to revoke said rights.” A dangerous place to be. The conservative thinker appeals to the Constitution as the ultimate authority on all legal issues considered in the United States, the framers of which, in turn, looked to God as the ultimate standard by which a government should be run, thereby making laws objective instead of subjective, concrete instead of arbitrary. This is the reason for the conservative thinker’s insistence on our Constitution being strictly constructed and all laws being compared to the ultimate standard of good reason, that is to say, the objective standard set forth by Almighty God.

Moral standards and the intrinsic value of the individual last only as long as they are valuable to those in power It is easy to see, then, the necessary breakdown of a governmental system, or government which starts from a point in which God is not assumed. Under such a system, there is no such thing as “Self-evident truths” or “Inalienable rights.” Moral standards and the intrinsic value of the individual last only as long as they are valuable to those in power and do not interfere with the goals of the state. Utilitarianism, then, becomes the watchword. There can be no room for any other. An excellent, if played-out, example of this is the former Soviet Union. Founded on the principals of Marx’s Communism, a system which is atheistic by definition, it did not take long for the Utopian dream to become a hellish nightmare. There was no sense of a higher authority; the state was the end all and be all. It was a rebirthing of rex lex, minus the Divine Right of Kings. There was no divine right. There was no right at all. Or wrong. There was only what was best as seen fit by those in power, for those in power. For these reasons, we see that it is essential to liberty to have an ingrained sense of absolute truth and morality to appeal to, and to maintain a firm grasp on the past to understand our present and future. A government and nation founded on any other cannot long last in liberty. The people of the United Continued on page 38


A Historical Perspective of Conservative Ideology

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Education Students collect money, items for burned-out family On the evening of Sunday, Dec. 9, 2007, the Shires family lost their Delmar home to a fire. Fortunately, members of the family were not home at the time. But Delmarva Christian High School senior Rachel Lins was attending a youth group meeting at the nearby Delmarva Christian Center. "Someone came in telling us about the fire," said Rachel. "They said it appeared that the family lost everything. Immediately, I knew I had to do something. I went home and prayed for direction." Rachel decided she would go to her fellow students at school for help. The students responded by opening their pockets, purses and bookbags. Soon, Rachel had over $100 and in three days she had $300. "As I went around collecting money, it was decided to set a goal of $1,000," said Rachel. "We knew the family needed help right away so we gave ourselves only one week to raise the remainder of the money." In order to let her peers know how well they were reaching their goal, Rachel created a poster and hung it outside the lunchroom. "It was wild. On the poster I drew a thermometer and as the money

came in, I'd fill the thermometer with red ink," she said. "No sooner would I fill in an area, I'd have to take down the poster to add even more to it. I went through a red marker in record time." "To see our students rise to the challenge was amazing to watch," said principal Scott Kemerling. In less than seven days, Delmarva Christian High School students had exceeded their goal by $538; raising a grand total of $1,538. Additionally, the students collected new toys, two ten-speed bicycles and a complete sets of dishes, including canisters, platters and serving bowls, for the family. Ten days after the fire, Lins and administrative assistant Nancy "Pip" Spicer presented the money and items to the family. "Mrs. Shires was visibly overcome with emotion," said Spicer. "Even through a tragedy, she has found blessings. One of the greatest blessings for everyone was to see how God is working in the hearts of young people at DCHS. And, it is through the students' willingness to let God do His work that others are blessed."

Standing are Eric and Sonja Shires. Seated, from left, are Alanna Shires, Alex Shires and DCHS student Rachel Lins, who helped organize the fundraiser that raised more than $1,500 for the family that lost their home in a fire before the holidays.

Education briefs Epworth students study budgeting

Epworth Christian School, Laurel, asked employees at the Bank of Delmarva, Laurel, to teach budgeting to seventh- and eighth-grade students. Classes began on Jan. 16 and will run through May. Using materials from the American Bankers Association, bank human resources director Angel Hill is teaching students the basics of budgeting. Students will use worksheets to develop personal budgets.

SU announces area graduates

Seven Sussex County students recently graduated from Salisbury University. They were among the 437 students who received 388 bachelor’s degrees and 49 master’s degrees at the winter commencement ceremonies held at the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center in Salisbury, Md.

Receiving certificates were from left, front row seated – Sheila Wilson, Georgetown; Kerri Miller, Ocean View; Katherine Dacheux, Rehoboth; and Keleigh Colburn, Seaford. Second row standing from left are Arlene Mayberry, Georgetown; Kathleen McBride, Milton; Shawn Ruark, Laurel; Zara Tatis Escano, Bridgeville; Marsha Miller, Rehoboth; Briana Leppo, Rehoboth; and Andrea Deis, Millsboro. Back row standing from left are Francesca Heacook, Georgetown; Noel Parks, Bridgeville; Kathy Gray, Laurel; Caroline Blanchard, Seaford; Rashida Sheppard, Seaford; and Melissa King, Lewes.

Students earn medical assistant certificates Participants in the medical assistant certificate training program through the Sussex Technical Adult Division graduated on Monday, Jan. 14. The program prepared students for work in a physician’s office or hospital. Students were taught anatomy, medical terminology, and clinical skills during 300 hours of instruction.

The program also included training in efficient office operations including scheduling, computer applications, ethics and confidentiality laws. For information about the next medical assistant class at Sussex Tech Adult Division, call 856-9035 or visit

Area graduates are: Lourdes Nieves, M.A., English, Bridgeville; Henry Cornell, B.A., history, Dagsboro; Lindsay Taylor, B.S., nursing, Delmar; Rupa Patel, B.S., biology, Laurel, Patricia Baynocky, B.S., nursing, Lincoln; Zachary Coffman, B.A., theatre, Millsboro; and Joanna White, M.S., nursing, Selbyville.

Course to focus on hiring, managing Delaware Technical & Community College, Georgetown, is offering a new course, Human Resources for Small Business: Safeguarding Your Future. Focus of the course will be employment law, recruitment and hiring practices, planning and metrics and confidence in managing people. This six-session course will meet from 6 to 9 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, Feb. 12 to 28, at the Georgetown campus. For details, call 854-6966.



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States stand at a cross roads. Will we venture down the path of lawlessness and relativity, a path that will lead to tyranny? Or will we maintain our course, established by the brilliant minds of our founding fathers, firmly rooted in our past and ever looking forward to a bright, prosperous, and most importantly, free future? We, the conservative minds, aim for the latter, that all of posterity will continue to look to the light of the United States of America, a shining beacon in a world of tyranny and oppression. Let freedom ring.

About the writer Shaun Rieley of Millsboro is currently serving in Iraq in the U.S. Army. Shaun is a University of Delaware graduate with a BS degree in Political Science.

Chamber concerned about proposed wage legislation On behalf of the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce I would like to express its concerns about SB 118, which changes the method for calculating Delaware's prevailing wage. The prevailing wage is the hourly wage paid to construction trades when they work on a publicly financed project (roads, public schools or government facilities). This wage is presently calculated based on an annual survey of the wages being paid on construction projects. Under SB 118, if the prevailing wage for two consecutive years is the collectively bargained wage for that trade, then that higher wage rate would be locked in for the next five years. This would ultimately drive up the costs of public construction, which would reduce our ability to improve our infrastructure or necessitate a tax increase. We realize that the current system of calculating the prevailing wage is cumbersome and an administrative burden upon both those who file wage reports and the Department of Labor. An easier and more efficient system must, and can, be developed. However, the method of calculation used in SB 118 is not the complete answer. Delaware currently has extraordinary infrastructure and school construction needs. The potential cost increase for publicly financed projects (especially in Kent and Sussex Counties) is a major concern during this time of economic uncertainty. The issue is not whether projects are built with union or nonunion labor, or a tradesperson's ability to earn a respectable wage. Instead we must take a careful look at how many much-

MORNING STAR • JANUARY 24 - 30, 2008 needed projects will be delayed or cancelled, how many jobs will never be created, and how much more the taxpayers of Delaware will have to pay to accommodate sky rocketing construction costs. We believe agreement can be reached on the implementation of a fairer, more equitable, less costly and more efficient system of establishing a Delaware prevailing wage. We urge the members of The Delaware House of Repre-

sentatives to table SB 118 and ask the affected parties to sit down and agree upon a better way of calculating the prevailing wage. James A. Wolfe

President and CEO Delaware State Chamber of Commerce

Thank you for visiting display We would like to thank everyone in the greater Seaford area

who drove through our holiday display and donated money for two worthy causes. With your help, we were able to make nice donations to Whimsical Animal Rescue and Esther’s House. A big thank you as well to the volunteers from both groups who took time to help hand out candy canes and wish visitors a Merry Christmas and happy holiday season. We also want to thank every-

one who called or stopped by to thank us for all of our hard work in making the display so nice. We appreciate you taking the time to let us know how much you enjoyed our display. Plans are already underway for next year and we hope to see you then. Kenna Nethken Cheryl Webster

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Seaford Star Sports

After 50 yards, Spencer Noel of Seaford is leading the 200 yard freestyle event against Kent County. Noel finished first with a time of 2:04:18 helping the Jays to a 103-47 win. Photo by Gene Bleile

Seaford High boys’, girls’ swim teams defeat Kent County Russell Neal of the Seaford Wrestle Boosters, left, presents a plaque to Seaford head coach Dave Rogers for picking up his 200th win last Wednesday against Dover. Photo by David Elliott

Seaford head coach Dave Rogers gets 200th win By Gene Bleile The Seaford Blue Jay wrestling team gave Head coach Dave Rogers his 200th career victory, by defeating the Dover Senators at Dover 55-15 last Wednesday night. Rogers, whose career has spanned 24 years, with stops at Seaford (seven years), Sussex Central Middle School (14 years), Sussex Tech (two years) and Laurel High (one year) was humble, when asked about his milestone. “It felt good to get the 200th,” he said in a recent phone interview. “It was especially nice for my family and friends to

be there and be part of it.” The Jays wasted no time in taking charge against Dover, bringing Rogers his long awaited victory total. Spencer Coulbourn started the match with a pin in the third period at 5:06 to give the Jays a quick 6-0 lead. After a Ross Clagg decision, Yvens St. Phard (171 weight class), Dan Flagg (189 weight class), Josh Smith (215 weight class) and Marcus Wright (heavyweight) went on a run of four straight pins to make the score 33-0. After a forfeit and a loss in the 112 Continued on page 42

Seaford’s Brian Wright won his 145 pound match with a 6-2 decision last Wednesday against Dover. Photo by David Elliott

Boys remain undefeated; Halter breaks 200 IM record By Gene Bleile The Blue Jay swim teams, which both remain undefeated in conference meets heading into their showdown with Cape Henlopen this past Tuesday, each knocked off Kent County in a tune-up meet last Friday afternoon at the Western Sussex Boys and Girls Club. The Jays won 10347 and the Lady Jays won 100-68. Head coach Jackie Morris, who is usually guarded in her comments about the boys’ success had this to say, “I cannot be more pleased with the team’s performance. It is nice to see so many personal records this time of year. I think we are swimming well and I look forward to the conference meet and the state meet.” The boys’ team, who in recent weeks has had numerous swimmers qualify for the state meet in multiple events, is peaking at the right time in the season. “One of the most rewarding aspects of coaching for me is to see my team perform well and seeing them happy with their performance and knowing they gave it their all,” she emphasized. Morris was given that reward against Kent, when senior Andrew Halter broke his own pool record of 2:10:77 in the 200

IM with a new time of 2:09:60. The girls’ head coach Alison Venables is also pleased with her team’s performance to this point in the season. Against Kent County, she saw her 400 free relay team tie the existing school record at 4:04:74. “Jeanmarie Ferber, Olivia Bradham, Paige Venables and Jamie Swain did a great job in the relay and I am hoping they will break the record against Cape. I know they are capable of it, if they give it their all. They should be very proud of themselves,” she said. “I would also like to add that Jeanmarie Ferber had a great meet. She had personal best in the 500 and 200 freestyle events and she is also an important member of the 400 free relay team.” Boys Meet Results: 200 medley relay1. Seaford (Tim Halter, Phillip DeMott, Cory Darden, Daniel DeMott)-1:52:08; 200 free- 1. Spencer Noel- 2:04:18, 2. Alex Welding- 2:13:40; 200 IM- 1. Andrew Halter- 2:09:18 (new record), 2. Daniel DeMott- 2:25:37; 50 free- 1. Lee Mayer- 23:67, 2. Tim Halter- 24:35; 100 Fly- 1. Cory Darden- 1:03:10, 2. Phillip Continued on page 42

Seaford’s Alison Schwinn swims the 200 yard freestyle event against Kent County last week at a home meet. Schwinn finished fifth with a time of 2:41:05. The Lady Jays were 6-1 heading into the Cape Henlopen meet this past Tuesday. Photo by Gene Bleile


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Sussex Tech’s Kory Belle looks to block Kline Valentin’s shot as Sussex Tech’s Jacob Mitchell (44) and Laurel’s Jernel Ross look on during last Friday’s game in Laurel. Belle netted his 1,000th career point in the Ravens’ win. Photo by Mike McClure

Sussex Tech’s Alex Thomas, top, battles with Delmar’s Justin Thomas in the 189 pound match last Wednesday. Alex Thomas won that match by fall and came in first in the Delmarva Classic while Justin Thomas placed second. Photo by David Elliott

Paige Morris pulls up for a jump shot against Laurel’s Tomorrow Briddell during last Thursday’s game. Photo by Mike McClure

Sussex Tech-Woodbridge tickets available only at schools Sussex Tech High School will not be selling tickets for Friday’s boys’ basketball game against Woodbridge at the door. Each school will be selling game tickets during the week. No members of the public will be admitted without a ticket.

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Seaford Stars of the Week Seaford boys’ track team picks up another win at Snow Hill

Male Athlete of the WeekVashad Whidbee- Woodbridge

Female Athlete of the WeekJeanmarie Ferber- Seaford

Woodbridge senior Vashad Whidbee continued to pour in the points for the Raiders last week. Whidbee netted 20 points in a win over Smyrna last Tuesday before tallying 23 against Polytech on Friday.

Seaford’s Jeanmarie Ferber was a key part of the Blue Jays’ 400 free relay team which tied a school record in the event last week. Ferber also had personal bests in the 200 and 500 freestyles during Seaford’s win over Kent County.

Honorable mention- Alex Thomas- Sussex Tech; Gernie Purnell- Seaford; Matt Seaton- Seaford; Keyshawn Purnell- Seaford; George Blanchard- Seaford; Zach Hearn- Seaford; Andrew Halter- Seaford; Spencer Noel- Seaford; Lee MayerSeaford; Cory Darden- Seaford; Josh Owens- Seaford; Mavenson Saincy- Seaford; K’yan Andrews- Woodbridge; Marcus Wright- Seaford; Levi Jacobson- Woodbridge; Derek Nennstiehl- Woodbridge; Robert Pinchak- Woodbridge; Jacob Mitchell- Sussex Tech; Kory Belle- Sussex Tech; Madison Warfel- GMS; Wendell Cannon- Sussex Tech; Jamar Beckett- Sussex Tech; Ryelon Pavlik- Sussex Tech; Anitra HughesSeaford; Page Johnson- Seaford; Tiarrah Hinton- Woodbridge; Sarah Judy- Woodbridge; Kera Sampson- Woodbridge; Jenna Schrock- Woodbridge; Brittany GriffinSussex Tech; Bethany Callaway- Sussex Tech; Paige Venables- Seaford; Olivia Bradham- Seaford; Nikki Meredith- Seaford Christian; Rebekah Cain- Seaford Christian; Emily Pentoney- Delmarva Christian



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Seaford boys’ basketball team loses to Smyrna, 80-60 By Gene Bleile The struggling Blue Jays found no relief on the road last Friday night dropping their fourth straight game in a row since their win over Laurel on January 5 at home. Seaford was down 20-11 at the end of the first quarter and trailed going into the locker room at half time by 41-23. Seaford was cold from the floor the entire first half and to make matters worse, their top gun scorer Josh Owens got into foul trouble and spent most of the first half on the bench. He finished the game with 17 points, all in the second half. The Jays’ offense finally got rolling and they outscored the Eagles in the third period, putting up a solid 20 points on the board to 15 for Smyrna The mild comeback was led by Julius Mullen, who scored eight points. Down only 13 points to start the fourth quarter, the defense couldn’t hold and the Seaford offense couldn’t mount the needed comeback and the Eagles put up another 24 points to ice the game at 80-60. Head coach Sean Knowles said after the game, “We have to just move forward, there is a lot of basketball left in this season. Their big man Paul Reynolds (approx. 6’4” 250) took control of the boards and his 27 points was the big factor in the game.” Leading the Jays was Josh Owens, who had six baskets and five free throws for 17 points. Mavenson Saincy added 12 points while Tyree Davis and Julius Mullen each chipped in 10 points. Seaford improved on their foul shooting by hitting 11 for 19 from the foul line. The Jays are now 4-5 in conference play and 5-7 overall.

The Seaford boys’ indoor track team picked up another win at Snow Hill last Wednesday. The meet started off well with the 4x800 meter relay team of Rob Urell, Barrett Smith, Matt Seaton, and Andrew Hoffman taking fourth place with their fastest time of the year, 9:03.9. Eliezer Dorelus took fifth in the 55 meter hurdles, and then Gernie Purnell blew the field away with a win in the 300 meter dash, running 37.5. Matt Seaton showed signs of good things to come when he ran an 11:17.1 in the 3200 meter run to take third place. The 4x200 meter relay team of Devin Hood, Keyshawn Purnell, Dorelus, and Gernie Purnell, took third place with a season’s fastest time of 1:40.1, just two seconds off of the school record. In the pole vault, sophomore Zach Hearn placed third with a new PR of 11 feet 6 inches, and freshman Ethan Lee jumped an amazing 10 feet 6 inches in only his second meet of the season to place sixth. In the long jump, Keyshawn Purnell took second place and Dorelus came in fifth. These two teamed up to take a onetwo finish in the triple jump. Sophomore George Blanchard took second in the shot put to round out the scoring. The Blue Jays were able to outscore Kent Island High School 71 - 69 to take first place overall out of 18 teams. Other outstanding performances were turned in by Terry Wooters and Derrick Cummings, who both had personal best performances in the 1600 meter run, and by Tim Fields who had a personal best performance in the 3200 meter run. In the girls’ meet, Liz Ewing ran a personal best in the 300 meter dash, Meagan Jones ran a personal best in the 1600 meter run and in the 800 meter run, Kelsey

Hoch ran a personal best in the 500 meter run, Jennifer Hoffman ran a personal best in the 3200 meter run, and Page Johnson took third place in the pole vault. On Friday night and all day Saturday, eight members of the boys’ team traveled to New Haven, Conn., to compete in the Yale High School Invitational Track meet at Coxe Cage,Yale University. It turned out to be another outstanding set of performances, as the distance medley relay team of Andrew Hoffman, Gernie Purnell, Rob Urell, and Barrett Smith broke the record in this event for the second time in one week. They finished third in their section with a time of 11:31.34. This team has lowered the record in this event by 20 seconds in just one week. Sharing in the glory of broken school records was senior Matt Seaton, who broke the school record in the 3000 meter run by 28 seconds, running 10:17.8. Also running in the 3000 and running faster than the previous record was sophomore Tim Fields, who ran 10:38.8. Eliezer Dorelus showed why he is one of the best hurdlers in the conference, making it to the semifinal round of the 55 meter hurdles, and placing 21st out of 64 hurlers. Gernie Purnell ran an excellent 53.49 400 meter dash, placing 26th out of 110 contestants. Keyshawn Purnell long jumped 20 feet 3 and 1/2 inches to take 10th place out of 56 long jumpers. Barrett Smith ran a 4:46.6 mile to establish a new school record in this event. The mile is rarely run, in favor of the metric 1600 meter run. The mile is a slightly longer race than the 1600 (a differential of about 1.8 seconds between the two) and Barrett has established himself as a definite threat to break Danny Hall’s 1600 meter record of 4:40.0.

Woodbridge girls’, boys’ track team compete at Tower Hill The Woodbridge indoor track teams competed in last Saturday’s meet at Tower Hill. The Raiders’ results are as follows: Boys- 4X800- 6. Woodbridge (Levi Jacobson, Nathan Rathbone, Micah Idler, Spencer Williams), 9:23.19; 1,600- 4. Jacobson, 5:06.06; 200- 5. Derek Nennstiehl, 25.00; 800- 10. Micah Idler, 2:20.43; 4X400- 3. Woodbridge (Jacobson, Reuss Idler, Nennstiehl, Austin Butler), 3:53.70; shotput- 4. Robert Pinchak, 37’ 9 1/4”; triple jump- 9. Reuss Idler, 36’ 3” Girls- 400- 7. Sarah Judy, 1:07.89; 55 meter hurdles- 5. Tiarrah Hinton, 10:53, 6. Heather Solomon, 11:06; 4X400- 4. Woodbridge (Judy, Solomon, Kelsey Johnson, Hinton), 4:45.72; shotput- 10. Lindsey Cook, 101’ 1”; long jump- 9. Crystal Ruiz, 11’ 3 1/4”


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The Jays’ Corey Darden picks up a first place in the 100 yard butterfly last week against Kent County. Darden’s winning time was 1:03:10. Photo by Gene Bleile

Seaford swimming continued DeMott- 1:05:85; 100 free- 1. Andrew Halter- 50:51, 2. Lee Mayer- 52:59, 3. Daniel DeMott- 59:55; 500 free- 1. Alex Welding- 6:11:72; 200 free relay- 1. Seaford (Lee Mayer, Cory Darden, Spencer Noel, Andrew Halter)- 1:36:25; 100 back- 1. Tim Halter- 1:01:33, 2. Cory Darden- 1:07:51, 100 Breaststroke- 1. Spencer Noel- 1:08:47; 400 free relay- 1. Seaford (Lee Mayer, Tim Halter, Alex Welding, Daniel DeMott)- 3:48:87. Girls Meet Results: 200 Medley Relay- 1. Seaford (Jamie Swain, Chelsea Procino, Taylor Swain, Olivia Bradham)-

2:11:52; 200 Free- 1. Jeanmarie Ferber2:15:75, 2. Paige Venables- 2:16:91; 200 IM- 1. Taylor Swain- 2:44:26, 2. Alexis Carey- 2:45:67; 50 free- 1. Olivia Bradham- 26:92;100 fly- 1. Paige Venables1:11:68; 100 free- 2. Chelsea Procino1:02:97; 500 free- 2. Jeanmarie Ferber6:22:39; 200 free relay- 1. Seaford (Paige Venables, Jamie Swain, Chelsea Procino, Anya Sypek)- 1:55:28; 100 back- 1. Olivia Bradham- 1:11:50; 100 breaststroke- 1. Chelsea Procino- 1:25:68, 2. Alex Smith- 1:26:02; 400 free relay- 1. Paige Venables, Jamie Swain, Jeanmarie Ferber, Olivia Bradham- 4:04:74 (tied pool record).

Flames win a pair in Greenwood Mennonite School tourney The Greenwood Mennonite School boys’ basketball team won a pair of games in the school’s basketball tournament last weekend. GMS topped Granite Baptist (Md.), 71-68 in overtime last Friday as Madison Warfel had a game-high 34 points. Derek Scott scored 15 points and Tim Yoder added 11. On Saturday, the Flames beat Christian Tabernacle, 73-33, as Warfel had 22, Yoder netted 11, and Scott had 15 points in the GMS win. LATE GAME JUMP SHOTThe Lady Jays’ Dee Farlow hits a jump shot late in the fourth quarter against Smyrna last Thursday night. Farlow finished the night with 10 points. Photo Gene Bleile


Seaford sports schedules for January 24-30 Thursday, Jan. 24- Seaford girls’ basketball home vs. Cape Henlopen; Seaford swimming at Dover; Woodbridge girls’ basketball home vs. Campus Friday, Jan. 25- Seaford boys’ basketball at Cape Henlopen; Seaford wrestling home vs. Cape Henlopen; Woodbridge boys’ basketball at Sussex Tech; Seaford Christian boys’ and girls’ basketball at Greenwood Mennonite Saturday, Jan. 26- Woodbridge track at Tower Hill Monday, Jan. 28- Woodbridge girls’ basketball home vs. Salisbury School Tuesday, Jan. 29- Seaford boys’ basketball home vs. Sussex Tech; Seaford girls’ basketball at Sussex Tech; Woodbridge girls’ basketball at Campus Community; Woodbridge home vs. Sussex Central; Seaford Christian boys’ and girls’ basketball home vs. Holly Grove Wednesday, Jan. 30- Seaford at Sussex Tech wrestling


Seaford’s Marcus Wright, left, had a pin during his team’s win over Dover last Wednesday before winning by fall on Friday against Smyrna. Wright accounted for his team’s only points against the Eagles. Photo by David Elliott

Seaford wrestling continued weight class, Seaford won five out of the next six matches to ice the match at 55-15. Kirk Neal pinned his opponent in 59 seconds at the 119 weight class, Jordan Stanley won a decision 12-9 at the 125 weight class, Matt Joseph, 135 weight class, pinned his man in the third period at 5:06; C.R. Wilkins scored a major decision at 13-4 in the 140 weight class and Brian Wright won his 145 weight class with a 62 decision. Last Friday night the Jays took on the Smyrna Eagles, who are currently ranked in the top five in the state, and lost 65-6.

Heavy weight Marcus Wright was the only bright spot all night for the Jays, when he started the match and pinned the Eagles C.J. Ohsull in the first period in one minute and three seconds. Seaford then lost the next 13 matches on one forfeit, five pins and the remainder on points. This past weekend, the Jays traveled to North Caroline High School for their annual tournament meet and finished with a record of 4-1. They lost to North Caroline, but defeated, St. Mary’s, Perryville, West Nottingham and Meade, Md. Final team scores and individual stats were not available at press time.

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BETWEEN THE LINES By Gene Bleile, Seaford Sports

Seaford’s Lindsay James is honored with Wendy’s Heisman Student Athlete Award

Seaford’s Anitra Hughes plays tight defense on an Eagles’ player in first quarter action. Hughes had 15 points in Seaford’s 45-41 loss. Photo by Gene Bleile

Lady Jays’ comeback stalls in 45-41 loss to Smyrna Eagles By Gene Bleile The Lady Jays basketball team let one get away last Thursday night on their home court, when their third quarter comeback stalled midway into the fourth quarter and they lost a close game to Smyrna 45-41. Down only four points at the end of the first quarter,15-11, turnovers and missed lay-ups in the second quarter netted Seaford only six points on the board in eight minutes. The Eagles wasted no time in opening their lead to 26-17 at the half, but Seaford came out like a different team to start the third quarter. Seaford’s Samantha Savage hit an offensive rebound to start the comeback and after an Eagles’ bucket, Ambre’ Burbage and Anitra Hughes chipped in back-toback three point buckets to close the gap to 30-25 and the quarter closed on another Savage offensive rebound and shot to make it 30-27 Smyrna.

The Lady Jays finally tied the game at 30-30 early in the fourth quarter on a free throw by Anitra Hughes and another offensive rebound and bucket by Savage, but then turnovers and missed baskets again allowed the Eagles to regain the lead at 40-36 with under four minutes to play. With 44 seconds remaining, Dee Farlow stole the ball and dribbled full court for a layup to cut the Eagles lead to 4139, but the Jays were forced to intentional foul Smyrna to stop the clock and they took advantage at the foul line. Anitra Hughes hit on an offensive rebound to bring Seaford back to 45-41 at the buzzer. Hughes led the Jays with 15 points on the night, while Farlow added 10 more. Savage had a big night hitting double figures with 10. Burbage, who averages over 15 points per game was held to only five for the game. Seaford managed to hit only 12 free throws out of 25 trips to the line, while Smyrna was 9 out of 10 in foul shots.

Woodbridge boys’ basketball picks up win over Polytech The Woodbridge varsity boys’ basketball team remained unbeaten in Henlopen Conference play with a 79-54 win over Polytech last Friday. The Raiders held a 36-29 advantage at the half before outscoring the Panthers, 24-8, in the third quarter. Vashad Whidbee made three three-pointers and led the way with 23 points. K’yan Andrews also netted 21 points and Jordan Mosley and Marc Nock scored 10 points each in the Woodbridge win.

Woodbridge girls’ basketball lose to Polytech, Smyrna The Woodbridge varsity girls’ basketball team fell to Polytech, 55-25, last Thursday. Kera Sampson led the Raiders with eight points and Jenna Schrock added six. On Saturday, Woodbridge held a 12-8 lead in the first quarter and led by the score of 30-28 at the end of the third before the Eagles held an 18-12 advantage in the final quarter for the 46-42 win. Kera Sampson led the Raiders with 12 points, Jenna Schrock had nine points, and Leah Bowman added seven.

It is always a pleasure to see one of my former elementary physical education students excel in athletics and academics and I am proud to acknowledge senior Lindsay James, daughter of Scott and Candi James of Seaford, as one of those special young adults. This past December, Lindsay and her family were informed that she had been selected to represent Seaford High School in the Wendy’s Heisman Student Athlete Award Program. The WHSH (Wendy’s High School Heisman) was created in 1994 to set the standard for high school student-athletes and to raise the bar to the next level for outstanding achievers. Each fall, the program recognizes the nation’s most esteemed high school senior men and women for excellence in academics, athletics and community/school achievement. Lindsay later moved on as a state finalist and even though she did not win the state title, it is still an honor for her, her family and teachers, who will not forget her many accomplishments on the field and in the classroom. Lindsay currently holds a 4.1 GPA and is a very motivated and determined young lady, who is well rounded and enjoys numerous in-school and community activities. Her resume reads like a who’s, who of accomplishments, but she remains a quiet and humble athlete and student, who had this to say about her selection for the elite honor. “The Wendy’s Heisman award is based on academics, athletics and community/ school involvement. These are things I’ve done because I really enjoy them, I never expected to be rewarded for them,” she emphasized. Lindsay has applied to James Madison University, University of Delaware and Towson University and would like to pursue a career in the medical field. For the last two years, she has been part of a Health Career Intern program offered through the Nanticoke Memorial Hospital, in conjunction with Seaford High School. Lindsay, I wish you continued success in the remainder of your senior year and throughout your college career. You are an excellent role model for today’s young

Lindsay James, Wendy’s Heisman Student Athlete Award state finalist. Photo by Gene Bleile

women, both in academics and athletics. Blue Jay Notebook: Listed here are only a select few of Lindsay’s many additional accomplishments: scored a 5 (the highest score possible) on the math portion of the DSTP (Delaware State Testing Program); National Honor Society; Key Club Vice-President; Student Government secretary; Fellowship of Christian Athletes; cross country captain 2007, four varsity letters, second team All-Conference 2007; Girls varsity soccer, three varsity letters (fourth later this spring possible), first team AllConference 2007; Seaford Indoor track, three varsity letters; Seaford Lady Jays swim team, one varsity letter, 2006-07 season. Volunteer work: blood drive chairperson, Relay for Life, Bible School for Special People, Apple Scrapple Hospital Booth, Operation Christmas Child. State and Local: DIAA Athletic Leadership Conference at the state level and Miss Seaford Runner-Up 2007 Thank you for all the e-mails, phone calls and words of appreciation for the column on Norval Ellingsworth. Also a special word of thanks to Earl and Betty Tull and Jim and Betty Young for their kind words and on-going readership of Between the Lines.

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has by order of its Board of Directors added the following to the Cemetery’s “Rules and Regulations. Under the “Beautification’s” Section, new #6: “Borders are allowed only at Head Stones. There shall be no Border wider than the width of the stone and no larger than 16” from the front of the upright tombstones. In the Memorial Section, no Borders are allowed.” Any existing Border in violation of this rule must be removed by March 1st, 2008. The management of the cemetery will remove those Borders still in violation after the March 1st, 2008 deadline.


MORNING STAR • JANUARY 24 - 30, 2008

Sussex Tech’s Kory Belle nets 1,000th career point in hometown By Mike McClure

Sussex Tech’s John Briddell has Delmar’s Ashley Roberts in a headlock during a 103 pound match last Wednesday in Georgetown. Briddell recorded a pin in the match. Photo by David Elliott

Ravens record nine pins in 54-22 win over Delmar The Sussex Tech varsity wrestling team topped Delmar, 54-22, last Wednesday in Georgetown as nine Ravens won by fall. Joe Pete and Taylor Ballard had pins for Delmar. Sussex Tech’s John Briddell (103) started things off with a pin at 1:51. The Wildcats took a brief lead following wins by Josh Vincent (112) and Todd Harvey (119). The Ravens’ Wendell Cannon (125) and Kyle Kunzler (130) followed with back to back pins before Delmar’s Jose Flores (135) edged Cole Magagnotti, 8-6, in overtime. Sussex Tech came back with three straight pins as A.J. Workman (140), Ryelan Pavlik (145), and Jeff Schaffer (152) won by fall. Delmar’s Taylor Ballard (160) recorded the first of two straight pins by the Wildcats (2:43) with Joe Pete (171) adding a pin at 1:24. Sussex Tech’s Alex Thomas (189), Jamar Beckett (215), and Aikeem Brewer (285) finished the meet with pins to help the Ravens to the 54-22 win.

Laurel resident Kory Belle scored his 1,000th career point last Friday in Laurel as his Sussex Tech Ravens defeated the homestanding Laurel Bulldogs. While he wasn’t able to accomplish the feat on his school’s home court, doing it in his home town was the next best thing. “It feels real good even though it wasn’t at my home court, but I was in my home town,” Belle said following Friday’s game. “It’s (doing it in Laurel) the next best thing.” Belle thanked his coaches, the Sussex Tech staff, and his past and present teammates. He was also thankful for the support from his family, especially his mother, Sherita Belle, who attends all of his games. “That was awesome to see him do it, especially here where he’s from,” said Sussex Tech head coach Joe Thomson. Kory was the only Raven player who knew how close he was to 1,000 points until after last Tuesday’s game against Delmar. Belle entered Friday’s game needing only eight points to reach the magic mark. He entered the season with around 780 career points. Belle’s basketball career began in the Laurel Youth Sports basketball league at Laurel Middle School. He has been playing on the same team as Sussex Tech teammate Jake Mitchell, a junior, since fourth or fifth grade. “It was a great opportunity to play over there,” Belle said of the town’s

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youth basketball league. Belle also called playing at and attending Sussex Tech a “wonderful opportunity”. He is hoping to end his high school career on a solid note. “We plan on winning the Henlopen North and trying to win the conference and we’d like to get to states and win that,” said Belle. “When it’s all said and done Kory Belle’s going to leave here and every team he’s played on has won,” Thompson added. “He’s been here since I’ve been here. We’ve been through lots of ups and downs. I couldn’t be more proud of him.” Belle joins Brian Polk, Rashawn Johnson, and Brandon Hudson as the most recent Ravens to score 1,000 points. As for the future, Kory plans to go to college and play basketball. He is currently undecided on where he will go but is looking for the school that can offer him the best campus life and education.

E-A-G-L-E-SSeaford Christian’s Rebekah Cain, shown going to the basket during last Tuesday’s game, had 16 points in her team’s win over Salisbury Christian. Photo by Mike McClure

Sussex Tech wrestling team places first at Delmarva Classic The Sussex Tech varsity wrestling team finished first in the Delmarva Classic last weekend at Wicomico High in Salisbury. Sussex Tech’s Ryelan Pavlik (145), Alex Thomas (189), and Jamar Beckett (215) each came in first; Wendell Cannon (125) and Cole Magagnotti (135) finished second; John Briddell (103) was third; and Rob Wilgus (171) placed fourth.






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Young Adults High games and series Ben Hearn 239 Michael Cherrix 641 Katie Hickey 240 Stephanie Jones 639

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High games and series Andrew Parlier 276 Steve Martin 764

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SDR BASKETBALL- Tairon Abbott of the Seaford Department of Recreation Nets, left, has the ball on a break during an 8-10 year old boys’ basketball game last Saturday. Griffin Dunn of the Heat dribbles the ball upcourt during a game last weekend. Photos by David Elliott

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Tuesday Early Mixed High games and series Chris Parker 292 Chris Patchett 725 Melynda Hitchens 266 Sadie Weldon 662

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Seaford City High games and series Lorenzo Sargent 322 Mike K. Phillips 819

Christian Fellowship High games and series Bill Ziolkowski 255, 724 Linda Taylor 247, 685

Senior Express High games and series Boyce Clayton 303 R.D. Brew Gattis 788 Geri Wiberg 285, 799

Nanticoke Little League is taking applications for managers Nanticoke Little League will be mailing manager applications to past (2007) managers. If you were not a manager in 2007 but would like to be considered for 2008, please contact Nanticoke Little League at 302-629-9209. Please leave your name, address, and phone number and an application will be mailed to you. All manager applications are due by Feb. 24. NLL to hold February signups- Nanticoke Little League will be holding signups on the following dates and times: February 2, 9, 16, and 23- 9 a.m. to noon and February 13 and 27- 6-8 p.m. Registration will be held at the Home Team Realty office building on Stein Highway. The is $45 for the first child and $20 for additional children. Any registration after Feb. 27 will be charged a $10 late fee. NLL needs sign sponsors- Nanticoke Little League is currently looking for sign sponsors for all fields at the Williams Pond complex. Sponsors can advertise their company or organization while supporting the local little league program. Please contact Sherry Smith at 841-2226 for more information.

Scores, photos, and stories from this Tuesday’s varsity sports action can only by found in the Star. See page 46. 210 W. Market St. PO Box 750 Georgetown, DE 19947 302 302

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Lee Mayer swims the butterfly stroke in the 200 IM against Cape on Tuesday. He won the event with a time of 2:12:25. The Seaford boys defeated Cape Henlopen 95.5 –74.5 to remain undefeated in the Henlopen Conference. Photo by Gene Bleile

Blue Jay swimmers defeat Cape, remain undefeated in conference Lady Jays drop heartbreaker for first loss in conference By Gene Bleile In a Sussex county showdown for first place in the boys’ and girls’ Henlopen Conference swim team standings, the Lady Jays senior swimmer, Jeanmarie Ferber said it best before the girls’ meet. “When this meet is over, one of us goes home undefeated.” As it turned out the Seaford boys defeated the Vikings 95.5-74.5 to take over undisputed first place in the conference, while the Lady Jays couldn’t come from behind to overtake the Lady Vikings and lost 107-63, despite a setting a new pool record in the 400 free relay (Olivia Bradham, Paige Venables, Ferber, Jamie Swain, 4:03:97). The boy’s team took control of the meet early with a first place finish in the

opening event, which was the 200 Medley Relay, won by Andrew Halter, Spencer Noel, Drew Venables and Lee Mayer with a time of 1:46:03. Seaford then took first place in seven of the remaining 10 events. Lee Mayer won the 200 IM, Andrew Halter followed with a win in the 50 free, then two events later, Halter took first place in the 100 Free (50.47), breaking the old pool record set by Seaford alum Bailey Noel (50.50), who was on the sidelines cheering for the Jays. The 200 Free Relay team then followed with another new pool record (1:34:00) to take first place. The Jays closed out the meet with three straight wins (Lee Mayer- 100 backstroke1:01:04; Spencer Noel- 100 breaststroke1:09:00 and the 400 Free Relay team of

Boys’ basketball- Woodbridge 80, Cape Henlopen 58- K’yan Andrews netted 28 points, Vashad Whidbee had 13, and Jordan Mosley and Andre Dickerson added 12. Seaford 61, Polytech 59- Vincent Glover stole the ball at mid-court with five seconds left in the game and drove in for the game-winning basket at the buzzer for the Jays. Glover had 12 points, Josh Owens scored 28 points (14-14 from the foul line), and Mavenson Saincy added 14. Greenwood Mennonite 57, Salisbury School 36- Madison Warfel tallied 26 in the GMS win. Sussex Tech 78, Indian River 71- Kory Belle led the way with 20 points, Jeffone Hill netted 19, Jacob Mitchell had 17 points, and Andrew Townsend added 12. Sussex Central 74, Laurel 43- Kline Valentin led Laurel with 11 points. Caesar Rodney 67, Delmar 50- Kevin Ricketts netted 15 points and Fernandez Batson chipped in with 11 points. Girls’ basketball- Polytech 58, Seaford 53- Ambre’ Burbage led the Jays with 15 points, Dee Farlow had 14, and Samantha Savage and Anitra Hughes added nine each. Cory Darden, Daniel DeMott, Tim Halter, Spencer Noel- 3:40.78.) The Lady Jays were down a respectable 38-24 at the break, but could only grab first place in three events for the meet: the 50 Free, won by Olivia Bradham (26:89); 100 Fly, won by Paige Venables (1:08:76) and 100 Backstroke, won by Jamie Swain (1:11:31). Girls’ head coach Alison Venables summed up her feelings about the team’s first conference loss, “I think the girls made a tremendous effort against Cape. I am looking forward to our meet with Dover because last year we won by a single point. It should be very exciting.” Boys’ head coach Jackie Morris echoed coach Venables feelings. “It was a good day for good times. So many swimmers swam well; they were motivated to win the meet. I am happy and proud of this team. I am always looking forward to the next meet.” The boys’ record is now 3-0 in conference and 8-1 overall, while the girls are now 2-1 in conference and 7-2 overall.

Olivia Bradham goes through mental preparation prior to her 50 Free Style event. Bradham placed first with a time of 26:89, but the Lady Jays lost the meet to Cape Henlopen 107-63. Photo by Gene Bleile


PSSF and Families First in Georgetown to hold open house The Promoting Safe and Stable Families program of Children and Families First in Georgetown will hold an open house from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 1, at its location on 410 S. Bedford St. The Promoting Safe and Stable Families program (PSSF) is a state and federally funded family preservation and support program. Social, physical, and emotional factors, such as a lack of resources and support, stress and crisis, child behavior difficulty, and certain parental characteristics can often challenge a parent’s coping skills. PSSF is aimed to help families with these factors that affect child well-being. Using a unique family centered intervention, which helps parents to become the driving force behind the planning process, PSSF is designed to reduce family stress and crisis; increase networks support; connect families to services and resources; improve child and adult relationships; reduce family isolation; increase knowledge of resources; and learn alternative ways of planning. Each family shares the responsibility with the family consultants to understand the family’s needs, and create a partnership with family members, in a friendly, caring, responsible and effective manner. Each family consultant is knowledgeable of community resources and can advocate with families for services. During the open house, family consultants will be on hand to answer questions and explain the different components of the PSSF program. Light refreshments will be available, as well as handouts and giveaways. For more information regarding the open house, call family consultants Ruth Quinones at 856-2388, ext. 148, or Brenda Smith at ext. 155. For more information about Children and Families First, visit

Pipe replacement closes roads The Department of Transportation (DelDOT) would like to alert motorists of the following road closures: • Tuesday, Jan. 22 through Saturday, Jan. 26 - Angola Road between Rte. 24 and Camp Arrowhead Road near Lewes • Wednesday, Jan. 23 through Saturday, Jan. 26 - Rudd Road between Savannah Road and Sandhill Road near Georgetown The work will begin at 7 a.m. and the roads will reopen at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 26. Local access will be maintained for residents and emergency vehicles. The road closures are needed to allow DelDOT’s maintenance crews to remove and replace crossroad pipes. The new crossroad pipes will enhance drainage and improve safety. Motorists are advised to use the posted detour routes. Traffic alerts and traveler information are available at or tune to WTMCAM 1380.

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CHANGE OF WATCH - The Nanticoke River Yacht Club located at Blades Harbor Marina held its 34th annual “Change of Watch” dinner Saturday evening, Jan. 12. The newly elected 2008 Commodore Charles Smith of Dover (left) presents a hand carved Bob Larkin decoy to retiring Commodore Jim Sturgis. Photo by Phil Livingston

Former Commodores of the Nanticoke River Yacht Cub at Blades Harbor are recognized at the club’s 34th annual “Change of Watch” dinner. Left to right, Dan Stoner, Don Martin, Bill Messenger, Phil Livingston, Jim Sturgis, Ted Blades and C.M. Kohlenberg. Photo by Allan Johnson

BRIARHOOK PONY CLUB VISITS SHOP - Briarhook Pony Club of Seaford recently visited the Ride and Slide Tack Shop in Laurel in preparation for February’s United States Pony Club competition. Owner John Davis has helped the young riders study for this nonmounted academic team competition, which tests their knowledge and skills in horsemanship and pre-veterinary care. For more information about the Briarhook Pony Club, call Nancy Price at 302-236-3619. From left are John Davis, Lauren Price, Haley Parks, Lindsey Stafford, Erin Cook and Emily Morris. Photo submitted

The new board, left to right are: Sandy Wilson, board, Fay Pletcher, treasurer; Charlie Smith, Commodore; Beverly Hutton, Vice Commodore; Bernard Warsnow, Rear Commodore; Adele Purick, secretary; Sara Lee Thomas, board; Kathy King, COORSA secretary, and Herb Stouffer, board. Photo by Phil Livingston

BRIDGEVILLE LIONS DONATE TO LIBRARY - At the Friends of the Bridgeville Library's January meeting on Jan. 8, Michael Collison, president of the Bridgeville Lions Club, presented Matthew Davis, president of the Bridgeville Library's board of trustees, with a check for $5,000 for the Capital Building Fund of the new Bridgeville Library. From left are Karen Johnson, director, Bridgeville Library; Michael Collison, president, Bridgeville Lions Club; Matthew Davis, president, board of trustees, Bridgeville Library; and Kate McEvoy, president, Friends of the Bridgeville Library. Photo submitted

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Seaford Blades Associated Charities thanks all who helped at Christmas By Ginny Short Seaford Blades Associated Charity volunteers would like to thank the public for their help given to us at Christmas and throughout the year. This was our 67th consecutive year the organization has headed up getting and giving out Christmas boxes for those in the Seaford Blades school district. Space once again for packing was provided by the Nanticoke Memorial Hospital - thank you so much, Tom Brown. Our thanks to Susan and Sammy Hastings, Jeff Bradley, Sarah Ramirez, Lisa Absher and three other workers, for sorting the can goods and toys. Our thanks, also, to Janet English’s small group from Gethsemane Church who included, Janet and Walt Willoughby. Thanks also to the State Line 4-H Club. Those present were Judy Ebling, Neal and Rachael Ebling, Valerie and Megan O’Day and Sarah Bell. Others helping were Jerry Bell, Ruth Dirouac and Terry Frallic. Within a few days, can goods were sorted and packed, toys were placed for gender and age and the Lions’ members walked out the door for delivery. We give a very special thank you to those at the Western Sussex Boys and Girls Club and Karen Schreiber for once again heading up a food drive, our thank to all who took part. Those schools that participated were: Frederick Douglass, Central Elementary, Blades, and the Seaford Christian Academy. To the school personnel, parents, organizations and Clubs we thank you all. Our thanks also to those at the Leader and State Register and Seaford Star and Laurel Star for all their coverage before and during our Christmas drive. Some of you, I feel sure, do not pay any attention or have not looked at dates on cans of items. If a can or product is out-dated and you feel nothing is wrong with it then please use it yourselves. Organizations and food closets most

likely will toss it out because out-dated items are not usually given out. Some of the items turned in this year were dated to be used in the 90’s. These were all discarded as well as some dates in the early 2000’s. Please check your dates when giving something out to any organization or food pantry, it would be greatly appreciated. We also give a special thank you to Dr. Michael Triglia, Peninsula Chiropractor Center and Peninsula Isorobic Life Improvement Center and his staff for collecting toys from Thanksgiving week until Christmas and for setting aside a day offering their services free to the public in exchange for a gift or toy. Your collection was outstanding. Our thanks to each and everyone who participated in any way. Thank you Peggy Geisler and WBOC-TV for airing a segment about the Seaford Blades Associated Charities during our collecting of toys for Christmas. To the Soroptimist Service Foundation of S I S, Inc., our sincere thank you for your collection of toys and can goods. The Organization not only gave toys, they also paid for all the chickens that went into the boxes and made a donation that will enable our organization to help more people who are on or in need of a life threatening medication throughout the year. Soroptimist members and volunteers have the Curiosity Shop. Their location is at 1100 Middleford Road, adjunct to the Soroptimist Park. When you give to them please give something that can be used. This is a place that turns good things into something even better for others. They give scholarships, make donations to other organizations, and make a better community and town through the donation of your good items. Thank you to all the members of the Seaford Kiwanis who coordinated a toy and can goods drive. Another thanks to Ron Breeding and Rick Williams for helping. Special thanks go to all the men of the

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continued to do this. For drop offs of items our thanks to those at the Seaford Star and Laurel Star newspaper, Scott Fry’s Floor Covering, Burton Brothers Hardware, Leader and State Register, Peninsula Chiropractic center, Western Sussex Boys and Girls Club and Harley-Davidson. Once again we also give a very special thank you to the Lions Club members for the delivery to 122 families consisting of 357 persons. Those delivering did a fantastic delivery in a few hours. Our thanks also to Rex Mears for that extra help. In just a few short days we were able to collect, pack, and prepare for delivery. This was all done, not by us, but through the efforts of churches, organizations, clubs and those in the community, all giving and working together that enabled those volunteering to do and give help to others. Those also making a monetary gift are: Gloria Burton; Maria Heyssel; Charles C. Allen III; Ben and Darl Culver; David B. Webb; Boyd and Connie Mitchell; John and Jane Watson; Mary Louise Higgins; Jerry and Barbara Marvel; Irvin and Katherine King; Jeanette Davis; Peggy Reining; Douglas and Deborah Prillhart; Vincent and Kathleen Jones; Donald and Lois Ewing; Freddie and Irene Foxwell; Kenneth and Janet VanGraefeiland; Richard and Shirley Livingston; Harvey and Wilma Kimbrough; Richard and Cecilia Stafford; Judy Rouch; Clarence and Deborah Townsend; Ronald and Marie Bowden; Ruth Wainwright and anonymous donations from the Kiwanis toy drive, we thank each and everyone of you. Our apology to anyone who helped or gave a donation any way and were not recognized. Once again, a sincere thank you to everyone. From all of us have a safe, healthy, happy and prosperous 2008. Thank you. Ginny Short is serving her 49th year as Christmas chairperson of Seaford Blades Associated Charities.



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Hats off to teachers who take time to learn In this week’s paper you will find an article about Tom ChapRANK ALIO man, a history teacher at Seaford High School. This column is Teachers like Tom about teachers going above and beyond their day jobs for the ben- Chapman bring back a efit of their students. lot more by getting in We often hear criticism of our the field and I suggest education system, and at times I have taken a poke or two, but we others should get out of need to remember that control of the classroom and find the class room has changed drasout what’s happening tically since we were kids in the ’50s when a crack across the butt outside the text book. from a teacher usually resulted in many more at home. We knew it ical junkie. During this Christmas vacawas best not to cross your teacher. tion, usually two weeks, Chapman chose Today, parents want to sue teachers. to sharpening his teaching skills by parNo matter how much a kid is a disticipating in the presidential campaign traction in the public school system, we for Delaware U.S. Sen. Joe Biden before have to tolerate them. However, with the Iowa caucus. His wife’s Christmas school choice they can get kicked out for gift to him was a plane ticket to Iowa. discipline violations and sent back to He spent eight days with the campaign. their home school. As a result, the good Chapman had questions regarding the kids in the public school system can’t political process he felt he needed anget a fair education because of the few swered so he could use those answers in rotten apples in the classroom. his classroom. There are teachers who beat their kids I visited his classroom upon his return to their cars when the bell rings, and and caught the tail end of one of his there are teachers who stay after school classes. He was addressing the primary to help students. process, how much money it takes to run But this column is about dedicated a campaign, where the money comes teachers and let’s face it, there are a few from and how funds are solicited. He spoiled apples in the teaching ranks that even had a sampling of one day’s mailunfortunately reflect upon the good ings from candidates of both political ones. parties, a mailbox full which he said was I have heard over the years how studelivered daily to the homes in Iowa. dents at Seaford enjoyed being in ChapHis teaching did not only come from man’s class. He speaks to their level, and the text book, but he could relate to his he challenges his students. I’ve been told students. “I was there and this is how it anyone can be a teacher, but not every really is.” teacher can teach. I’ve been in classrooms where stuChapman is a history buff and a polit-



dents were napping while the teacher was trying to teach. Granted, the class I attended with Chapman was an honors class, but the students were ecstatic! Hands kept popping up and students kept asking questions, to which Chapman responded with as much enthusiasm. Not one student looked at the clock to see when the class would end, and when the bell rang, questions continued. What a refreshing sight! Even I wanted to ask questions. When I served on the board at Sussex Tech, some teachers who taught their trades would sign on to work for a company in their field during the summer break. The communications instructor worked for WBOC-TV, science teachers with labs, technology personnel with computer companies, and so forth. Sussex Tech turns out more communication students who grab jobs than any other school; one can guess why. Their teacher is up on the latest technology in communications. I understand teachers have to continue their education by taking classes and I’m sure some of them bring back new ideas from those classes. But I think teachers like Tom Chapman bring back a lot more by getting in the field and I suggest others should get out of the classroom and find out what’s happening outside the text book. What Chapman found out by working in a nasty political campaign was never printed in any classroom book. There is no better teacher than hands-on experience. When I was writing a column for a daily newspaper, before I went to work for the county, Jack Owens, the godfa-

ther and the first administrator of Del Tech, hired me to teach a class in journalism. “Why me?” I asked, for I had only a high school education although I had written on and off for 20 years. I’ll never forget his answer. “I want someone to teach journalism who has been in the field and can teach the kids first hand what happens after they read the textbooks and receive their degree,” he said. I wasn’t the only one teaching there who had experience in their field without a degree. After Owens retired, that practice began to fade away. I wish more teachers would become involved in their communities; you don’t seen many joining civic organizations or participating in Little League activities in any sport. By doing so I think they could understand the problems facing the community and our children. I know their day doesn’t end when the bell rings — there are calls to parents, as well as preparations for the next day’s class, and they are probably exhausted from fighting the kids and listening to their parents tell how well the kids behave and that any problem in class has to be the teachers fault. However, I feel the rewards of going outside the classroom into the community and spending a few hours working in their fields and not just hitting the books would deliver rewards to them and their students 10 times over. Hats off to Tom Chapman for taking his personal time away from his family for the holidays to enhance his education and to other teachers who go above and beyond to give their students their best.

As a kid, pain was a constant companion It seemed like a good idea at the time. After all, I had watched ONY INDSOR many characters on Saturday morning cartoons fall from buildI was struck in the ings and float safely down to the ground holding an umbrella. head with flying dirt So, I stood valiantly on top of clods, rocks and Miss Townsend’s outhouse, umclamshells. I was brella in hand. Though it seemed miles to the ground, I was confithrown from a bicycle dent that my umbrella would proand a horse more times vide the parachute safety that would make my descent a sucthan an extra on Guncessful one. smoke. As my brother Tommy watched from below, I leaped on the ground like a hypochondriac at a from the roof of the outhouse. I was medical convention. shocked to learn, quite quickly I might Once I was able to gasp for a few add, that the slow, floating trip down to breaths of air, I started checking to see if the ground happens only in cartoons. InI still had two arms, two legs and a head. stead, I had a split second of misery. Of course, all of this provided great I fell to the ground like a 100-pound amusement for my brother, who by now bag of stones. One moment I was lookwas dancing around like a cat in a fish ing out over the field behind my house; house. the next second I was part of the field But, my young life was wracked with behind my house. this type of pain. I experienced more The first sensation I can remember tragedy than a peg-legged man in a feeling once my feet left the outhouse minefield. My whole existence was roof, was the sudden uptake created by wrought with misery. the ground. In the summer I would run around Immediately the breath was knocked barefoot only to jam a rusty nail so far out of me and I frantically flayed around



into my foot that dad would have to pull it out with a pair of pliers. One day I was out back with my brothers while my mother sprayed us with a garden hose. This was as close as we got to a swimming pool, unless you count the big wash bucket we took baths in on the porch. Mom was spraying us with water and we were running around like apes on crack. All of a sudden I stepped on a broken Pepsi bottle and sliced my foot from ankle to big toe. Neither the nail impaled foot, nor the foot that suffered severe mauling, was serious enough to send me to the hospital. Mom soaked my injuries in warm salt water and stuck a bandage over the wounds. That was it. I guess if we had gone to the hospital every time we had an accident, we would have had a wing at McCready Memorial Hospital with our names on it. In my young life I slammed my fingers in doors of every description, from car doors to garage doors. I struck my head on every thing from windowsills to baseball bats. I was struck in the head with flying dirt clods, rocks and clamshells. I was thrown from a bicycle and a horse more times than an extra on Gunsmoke.

I have always felt growing up was more of a challenge for my brothers and me than it was for most other kids. This was not because we were any more fragile than other kids, but because we tempted fate at a higher rate than most normal people do. I mean, the fact that we lived on Richardson Avenue, the busiest roadway in town, never gave us any cause to be careful. If you have ever watched geese cross a road you will notice they do it in an almost arrogant manner, oblivious to anything but their intended goal at the other side of the road. That’s the same way we did it. If we were ever given a nickel, it was like being given the keys to a new Ford Explorer. I can recall taking off from the living room of my house and never stopping until I was standing in Archie Tyler’s store. To get there, I had darted through oncoming traffic like a thief in an episode of “Law and Order.” I had no fear. Oh well, I guess I managed to survive it. My mom always said I never got hurt too badly because I was so mean. Maybe she had a point.

MORNING STAR • JANUARY 24 - 30, 2008


Government needs to back off from regulations Final Word tion does not get the job done. I want to hear it directly as I am the only person who can correct any problems and answer any questions. Thank you for your interest in our paper, and specifically the sports section.

Smoking, Trans Fat and Thermostats

What do these three things have in common? They are all regulated by the government. Well, not our thermostats...yet. Our nanny of a government has taken it upon itself to tell us that we cannot allow smoking in our establishments, eat trans fatty foods and you guessed it, adjust our thermostats at will. There is new legislation before the State House in California to regulate the thermostats of its citizens. Don’t get me wrong, I think smoking is disgusting and I am well aware of the fact that trans fat is horrible for my heart, but shouldn’t I be allowed to smoke and or eat myself to death? If I owned a restaurant and I wanted to allow smoking inside my establishment, who is the government to tell me I cannot? If I go bankrupt from a lack of patronage because I allowed smoking, I’ll just have to live with it. Remember when we were allowed to decide when and where we wanted to smoke a perfectly legal substance, eat what we craved or be as cold or hot in our own homes as we wanted? Those were the days... How far must our government reach into our personal lives before we find it necessary to elect people that wish to rein in the power that Washington has over us? There are so many people that are undecided about who they will vote for in 2008. For me the answer is simple. Whichever candidate thinks I am smart enough to know how to make my own decisions about food, nicotine and the temperature of my home, gets my vote!

Laura Rogers

Star Staff

Levin decision disappointing

I am disappointed to hear this morning that my good friend Alan Levin has decided to forego a campaign for the governorship in 2008. He would have made a fine candidate and an exceptional governor. A year ago I decided after a great deal of thought and counsel that it was an inopportune time for me to seek the governorship. The factors which led to that decision still hold today. As such, I will not be a candidate for Governor. Instead, I will proudly continue my service to the people

Mike McClure Sports editor

of the 4th Senatorial District and continue fighting to make the state a better place in the Delaware Senate. Charles Copeland State Senator

Contact the sports editor

If you have a question, concern, or comment about the Laurel Star or Seaford Star sports section, please contact me. I am the sports editor and I oversee the content of this section. I am very easy to track down and I welcome any positive or negative feedback from our readers. I am out in the community at our local high schools, etc. five or six days a week covering games. If you don’t see me there you can call me at the Star office (6299788) or contact by e-mail ( Sometimes things get a little busy and I can’t return a call or e-mail right away, but I always return calls and e-mails I receive. Telling someone else in our company about something involving the sports sec-

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Limiting public access is wrong

In 1984, President Reagan signed legislation that made the third Monday in January a federal holiday honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Reagan said a lot of nice things about Dr. King when he signed the legislation, calling him a “truly prophetic voice that reached over the chasms of hostility, prejudice, ignorance and fear...” However, while the bill was being considered by congress, Reagan had expressed his opposition to it. Reagan sympathized with Senator Jesse Helms’ desire to open FBI files on Dr. King. Helms criticized Dr. King’s opposition to the Vietnam war and believed that the FBI files would show that Dr. King had communist sympathies. Reagan did sign the bill when it passed with an overwhelming majority, but it is unclear as to why he changed his mind. The Reagan presidential records regarding the King holiday remain closed to this day. Executive Order 13233, issued by Bush in 2001, enables former presidents or their designees to keep presidential records

sealed for as long as they want without any justification. I can not say why Reagan changed his mind nor can I say why he does not want anyone to know what went on in the White House at the time. The most disturbing thing about this, however, is that we may never know, and if the Bush policy of limiting public access to information continues to be allowed, how can we ever have faith in our leaders? Daniel Richardson Star staff

Time for equality in Senate

Senate Resolution 13 has been introduced to change the Bill process in the State Senate. The resolution calls for Bills to be processed on an orderly basis and curtails the “desk drawer veto.” so often used now by Thurman Adams and Tom Sharp before him. State Senator Steve Amick, primary sponsor of this now bi-partisan resolution, has asked for general support of this Resolution. Please contact your State Senator and ask him/her to support Senate Resolution 13. It’s time for equity in Democracy in Delaware! Judson Bennett


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