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NEWS HEADLINES PROGRESS 2007 - What was added in 2006 and what is planned for 2007 in western Sussex County? See Progress section inside this edition. NO PLACE LIKE HOPE - What do Dorothy, the Scarecrow and the Witch have to do with the Relay for Life? Page 2 BLACKWATER CREEK - The 1200-home Blackwater Creek development is approved over opposition from local officials. Page 3 A HERO PASSES - Dick Drummond is remembered for his tireless efforts to make sure that those who served their county were honored. Page 10 WOODBRIDGE SCHOOLS - Woodbridge discusses band uniforms and boundaries at its January meeting. Page 13 WINTER GALA - The Auxiliary of Nanticoke Health Services Winter Gala 2007 committee is completing the final touches. Page 20 WIND POWER - Delawareans are strongly in favor of offshore wind power as a future source of energy for the state, according to a survey conducted by University of Delaware researchers. Page 40 1,000 POINTS - Woodbridge junior Vashad Whidbee netted his 1,000th career point in last Friday’s win over Polytech. Page 41 SEAFORD FOOTBALL - The final installment of the Star’s feature on the 1981 Seaford football team and its recent reunion begins on page 46. STARS OF THE WEEK - A Seaford girls’ swimmer and a Woodbridge boys’ basketball player are this week’s Seaford Stars of the Week. Page 44


DONATION - Bridgeville Commission President Joe Conaway was on hand Saturday night, Jan. 20, to present a check for over $62,000 to the Bridgeville Volunteer Fire Department. Receiving the check is BVFD President Alan Parsons. The check represents money raised through a new Bridgeville ordinance which designates one quarter of one percent of all building permit fees to go to support the fire department. The Bridgeville Volunteer Fire Department held its annual Appreciation Night event and installation of officers Saturday night at the fire hall. Photo by Tony Windsor

Seaford looking for an appraiser to conduct thorough reassessment By Lynn R. Parks



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The city of Seaford is looking for an appraiser. Specifically, a professional real estate appraiser, licensed in the state of Delaware, to conduct a thorough reassessment of property throughout the city. The city council Tuesday night approved a request from city manager Dolores Slatcher that the city be allowed to solicit proposals from certified appraisers to do the reassessment. This comes more than two years after city residents protested a citywide “audit” of property values that resulted in hikes in tax bills for nearly 900

landowners. Nearly 30 appeals of those increased tax bills are still pending. A court case that resulted from the audit was decided in favor of the city, but only on procedural matters and only after the judge commended the plaintiffs for trying to have the audit overturned. Part of the complaint filed by property owners Larry Moynihan and Harry Freedman was the fact that Randy Westergren, who conducted the audit, was not a licensed appraiser. They also argued that Westergren used a flawed method and that the fact that he was paid based on the increased property values that he found was illegal.

In his ruling, Vice Chancellor John Noble advised the men to pursue appeals of the audit with the city. In November, Moynihan’s attorney, Steve Ellis, Georgetown, said that further legal action was still a possibility. “As you know, the court case in Chancery Court is over, and the judge ruled in our favor,” Slatcher told the council Tuesday night. “However, in speaking with the litigants, or our attorney speaking with their attorney, it appears that if the city would move forward with getting the whole city reassessed, it would solve where we are right now. We would like to send Continued to page 4

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Relay for Life chairwoman Mary Catherine Hopkins, dressed as the Tin Man, addresses the crowd at the Relay kickoff last week. Photo by Melissa Regelin.

‘There’s no place like hope’ Relay for Life, set for May18, has kickoff By Lynn R. Parks This year, the Western Sussex Relay for Life is going back to its roots. The overnight relay, during which volunteers walk laps around a track to raise money for the American Cancer Society, will be held outside, at the Mears Campus of Nanticoke Memorial Hospital. “Being outside is more like the relay’s origins,” said long-time coordinator Mary Catherine Hopkins. The cancer society’s Relay for Life dates to 1985, when Dr. Gordy Klatt, Tacoma, Wash., circled an outdoor track for 24 hours to raise money for the local chapter of the American Cancer Society. People paid $25 to walk or run 30 minutes with him. Recently, the Western Sussex Relay for Life has been held in the parking garage of the Cancer Treatment Center, Seaford. “We’ve grown, and it was getting a little bit crowded in there,” Hopkins said. “In case of terrible weather, we’ve got the parking garage as a backup.” Organizers for the Relay hope to raise $163,000, slightly more than the $160,000 raised last year. Fund-raising is already underway and at the Relay’s kickoff ceremony Thursday evening at the Seaford Golf and Country Club, Hopkins announced that two companies, Trinity Transport, Seaford, and H&M Bay, Federalsburg, Md., had donated $8,500 each. Other donors are Macedonia AME Church ($1,100), the Seaford Golf and Country Club ($1,005), Pizza King ($1,000), the Soroptimist Club, ($1,000), and Wal-Mart ($1,000). In addition, student groups at Seaford Middle and Seaford High schools have starting raising funds to donate to the Relay. Last year, National Honor Society students at Seaford Middle School raised $15,000. “They are well on their way to that again this year,” said Hopkins. Seaford High School is sponsoring a St. Patrick’s Day fair to benefit the Relay. Events will include a basketball tournament and a 5K run. The theme of this year’s Relay is “There’s No Place Like Hope.” At the kickoff ceremony, volunteers were dressed as Dorothy, the Scarecrow and the Witch,

For your information: The Western Sussex Relay for Life will be May 18 and 19 at the Nanticoke Health Services’ Mears Campus, Bridgeville Highway, Seaford. Proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society. To volunteer to help or to participate, call chairwoman Mary Catherine Hopkins, 875-7308. She is also available by e-mail, For information about the Relay, visit the Web site all characters from “The Wizard of Oz,” in which Dorothy repeatedly says, “There’s no place like home.” Decorations included several large wooden shoes, red and glittery, representing Dorothy’s Ruby Slippers. Dena King, Seaford, who was in charge of decorating the country club room, made the shoes with her husband, Aaron. She plans to place them around the walking track at the Relay. Jamie Sizemore, Seaford, a survivor of breast cancer, was the keynote speaker. Recalling what the Scarecrow, the Tin Man and the Lion needed from the Wizard, she said that to battle her cancer, she also needed a heart, a brain and courage. “I had the brain, but needed to quickly educate myself so that I could make wise decisions and be an active participant in my care,” she said. “Knowledge is power and I needed this power to face an opponent like cancer.” As for the heart — “It’s too bad that the Tin Man didn’t meet up with my husband,” Greg, Sizemore said. “You see, my husband has a heart big enough for the two of them.” Courage, she said, is probably the most important of the three attributes. “It is with courage and hope that we face the constant threat of a recurrence as well as both the physical and mental challenges associated with survivorship,” she said. Sizemore concluded her talk by thanking volunteers with the Relay for Life. “It is because of you that survivors like me have hope,” she said. “The late Christopher Reeve said, “Once you choose hope, anything is possible.” Ladies and gentlemen, I think you will agree, “There’s no place like hope.”


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Blackwater OK’d With three 4-to-1 votes, Sussex County Council approves 1,200-home development 3 miles west of Delmar The Blackwater land is made up of four parcels, three previously zoned AR-1, for agriculture and George Cole was the lone voice single-family homes, and one of opposition in Sussex County Council’s vote Tuesday morning to zoned for a manufactured-home park. As it was zoned, it could acapprove the Blackwater Creek decommodate 2,032 homes. velopment planned for three miles Phillips said that, particularly on west of Delmar. Citing concerns the parcel zoned for manufactured expressed by the Delmar School District and the town of Delmar, as homes, Blackwater plans are superior to what could be built under well as the county’s own land-use the former zoning. “This is certainplan, he voted no on the three rely superior to the type of developzoning applications submitted by ment that could occur without any developer Ocean Atlantic. approval from the county council,” “This is what I call urban he said. The council votes on a desprawl, gentlemen,” Cole told his velopment only if a change of zonfellow councilmen. “Our land-use ing is involved. plan is supposed to prevent urban Cole said that a development sprawl, and the council has taken a like Blackwater, with townhouses stand that we don’t want urban and condominiums, is “totally out sprawl. I do not believe that the of character” in an agriculture discouncil will vote to approve urban trict. “This development is not in sprawl.” compliance with our land-use The county’s land-use plan designates the area in which the devel- plan,” he said. Cole also criticized the council opment will be built as agricultural. for not satisfying concerns voiced On state zoning maps, the land is in a Level 4 area, meaning that it is by the town of Delmar and the where little development is expect- Delmar School District. The district, in letters to the county couned and where infrastructure for decil, expressed worries that it would velopment is not planned. not be able to accommodate stuCouncilman Vance Phillips, dents from the new development. whose district includes the nearly And the town was worried about 600 acres planned for Blackwater, said that the plans, including a pub- being able to provide fire, police and library services to the commulic golf course and a business district, would help to counter sprawl. nity. “Sending let“The ameniters and holding ties are designed meetings does to bring the com‘This is what I call urban not constitute a munity together, sprawl, gentlemen.’ solution,” Cole rather than havsaid. “We have ing 1,500 homes George Cole to show in the in 15 different County councilman approval process developments,” ‘The amenities are designed that we have adhe said. “They dressed concerns, will enhance the to bring the community toand we have community’s vilgether. They will enhance lage environment the community’s village en- not.” Cole predictand keep folks vironment and keep folks ed that Blackwafrom making from making their way into ter will mean lots their way into Delmar.’ more traffic in Delmar.” the area. He also “It is better to Vance Phillips predicted that, have amenities at County councilman now that a parcel the site,” council in the area is president Dale zoned to accommodate businesses, Dukes added. “That way, residents don’t have to drive all the way into other applications will follow for more businesses. Delmar.” But Phillips said that impact on Blackwater Creek is planned for the intersection of Delaware 54 and the area will be gradual. “Total build-out of this project will probacounty roads 504 and 512. It is a bly take 50 years,” he said. “Deljoint venture between Ocean Atlantic and the David Horsey family DOT will be taking a very close look at traffic, the Department of in Laurel. Natural Resources and EnvironPlans call for 1,179 housing units, a combination of single-fam- mental Control will be taking a very close look at any environmenily homes, townhouses and condotal problems, and the Sussex Conminiums. Delmar now has 1,400 servation District will be taking a homes, according to the 2000 cenvery close look at stormwater issus. sues. This development still has a “This would be as large as the long way to go.” town of Delmar,” Cole said. By Lynn R. Parks

This land three miles west of Delmar is slated to be home to a 1,200-home development. The Sussex County Council approved the project Tuesday. Photo by Pat Murphy

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Seaford wants reassessment Continued from page one

out this request for proposal, so we can see what it will cost to reassess the city of Seaford, so we can put it in the budget for next year.” The city’s new fiscal year will start in July. The council approved Slatcher’s request unanimously. But council members balked when she presented city solicitor James Fuqua’s recommendation that the 28 pending appeals of the 2004 Westergren tax audit be stayed until the reassessment is completed. Staying the appeals “doesn’t make any sense to me,” property owner Ted Gruwell told the council. Gruwell appealed to the city after Westergren’s audit pushed the value of his Bradford Street home from $108,000 to $133,000. “Three tax periods have gone by that I have paid extra taxes,” Gruwell added. “I think that anybody who appealed should have the appeal reviewed now, then you go forward.”

Slatcher told council members that they could choose to review the still-pending appeals now. “Or you can take the advice of the city solicitor and stay these appeals until the reassessment is done, and work with the new appraiser to take these properties back to 1989 values,” she said. Property owners, including those whose bills were changed by Westergren’s audit, currently pay taxes based on what the value of their property was in 1989. Councilman Rhea Shannon suggested that the city follow Fuqua’s advice. But before his motion received a second, Councilman Mike Vincent suggested that the city get Fuqua’s recommendation in writing. Slatcher will bring Fuqua’s recommendation to the next council meeting, Feb. 13. Wednesday morning, Moynihan praised the city’s move to get a total reassessment. “It’s the right thing to do,” he said. “It would solve a lot of the problems that have been created with Randy Westergren’s illegal audit.”

Seaford approves subdivision requests By Lynn R. Parks Seaford City Council Tuesday night approved a request by the developers of Belle Ayre to subdivide the nearly 10-acre townhouse property into 115 lots. The unanimous vote came after a public hearing on the request. Building official Mike Mulvaney told the council that originally, owner Paul Rubino intended to keep the property in one lot that would be owned by the homeowners’ association. But recently, Rubino determined that owners of the townhouses would also like to own the land that the townhouses sit on. The townhouse lots will be sold with the townhouses. The Belle Ayre project, off Atlanta Road behind Crossgates Village, was

approved by the city council two years ago. Since then, a few town homes have been built. The city council also approved a request by Kevin Thawley to be allowed to subdivide his single Hickory Lane lot into two. A variance for the subdivision was granted by the Seaford Board of Adjustment and Appeals to allow the lots to be only 60 feet across; the minimum width according to city code is 75 feet. Mulvaney told the council that several lots along Hickory Lane are only 60 feet across. In addition, because Thawley’s lots are so deep, they meet the city’s minimum lot size requirement of 7,500 square feet. The unanimous OK for the Thawley subdivision also followed a public hearing on the matter.

NEW OFFICER - Marc Russell was sworn in as a Seaford city policeman at Tuesday night’s city council meeting. He will assume duties Feb. 2, after graduating from the state police academy. With him at the swearing in ceremony were members of his family, including his wife Wendy. From left: Mark Russell, Wendy Russell, who is holding the Bible on which Russell has his hand, town clerk Sharon Drugash and Chief Gary Morris. Photo by Lynn R. Parks

Accident claims life of Seaford teenager The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit (CRU) is investigating a single-vehicle fatal crash that occurred Wednesday at approximately 4:31 a.m., on Atlanta Road (County Road 30) just north of Wesley Church Road (County Road 561), Seaford. A 2001 Saturn passenger car operated by Samantha E. Brown, 17, of Seaford, was traveling north on Atlanta Road. As the Saturn was rounding a curve to the left, Ms. Brown lost control of it and the

Saturn traveled off the east edge of the roadway. The right front and side of the Saturn then struck a tree. After striking the tree, the Saturn began rolling over and traveled back onto the roadway where it came to rest on its roof. During the crash, Ms. Brown was ejected from the Saturn and landed in the roadway. Ms. Brown, who police said was not wearing a seatbelt, was pronounced dead at the scene. A passerby discovered the crash scene at 4:31 a.m. and called 911.

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Greenwood voters chose council members Town manager Michael O’Gara announced the results of last Saturday’s election in Greenwood. Carl W. Peters and Brenda Tallent both received 35 votes and Evan Odegaard received 14 votes. O’Gara said there are 92 registered voters in Greenwood. Total votes cast were

42 or about 46 percent of those eligible. Peters and Tallent were running for reelection. O’Gara could not say how many townspeople may be qualified to vote if they would register. The population of the town is estimated to be approaching 900.

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Woodbridge announces winners, discusses 4th-6th grade test results By Cathy Shufelt At the December 19th Woodbridge School Board meeting District Superintendent, Dr. Kevin Carson, announced the winners of the Delaware State Testing Program’s Michael C, Ferguson Award. Woodbridge High School students Maryvalle Gonzalez and Chateedi McGee received high scores on this year’s exams, and will receive scholarship money as part of their award. Dr. Carson also announced that Tavon Thomas, 4th grade student at Woodbridge Elementary School, is this year’s Christmas card design winner. Each year artwork created by a Woodbridge student is chosen for the district’s Christmas card. Tavon was honored in a classroom ceremony and was presented with a gift certificate from Wal-Mart. “To say he was beside himself would be an understatement,” Dr. Carson reported to school board members. Dr. Carson reported that Mrs. Mabel Clifton’s estate has awarded an additional amount to the scholarship already named after her late husband, Filmore Clifton. An additional $60,000 will be added to the Clifton Scholarship fund , and Dr. Carson requested the board rename the scholarship the Filmore and Mabel Clifton Scholarship in their honor. Dr. David Santore, supervisor of Instruction, reported that test scores for 4th and 6th grade Science and Social Studies are increasing as hoped. Test scores show 4th grade students meeting or exceeding state standards moved from 54% in 2005 to 66% in 2006 for Social Studies, and holding at 93% in Science.

6th grade students meeting or exceeding state standards moved from 58% in 2005 to 66% in 2006 for Social Studies, and from 83% in 2005 to 87% in 2006 for Science. The district believes these rising trends will continue, and Dr. Santore commented that the rise of test scores is due to the “wonderful job” students, teachers, and parents in the district are doing. An interesting project currently being worked on by Woodbridge School District staff is the creation of a Learning and Extension center in the Coverdale Community Center building. The program would utilize the existing community center as an after school learning center for the district. Every day over 20 or more students utilize the facility after school, and the creation of a learning center for students would allow the district to use resources already on hand to provide additional services, equipment, and materials. Dr. Carson and other staff believe this would create a “stronger partnership” in the community, and “get students better equipped” regarding their current school work as well as their future endeavors. Such a program would be a great help to the Coverdale Community Center staff in their work with Woodbridge students. The program would hopefully evolve and someday involved local churches and libraries for after school and weekend programming. Dr Carson stated that the district needs to be willing to look into “nontraditional” approaches in order to encourage more parental and community involvement in district’s activities and programs.

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Business H&M Bay honors Vansciver with a Rolex for 20 years of service H&M Bay, Inc. honored employee Jon Vansciver for 20 years of service on January 8. Mike Ryan, Chief Operations Officer, presented Vansciver with an engraved Rolex watch on behalf of the company. "Jon has worked the same area for twenty years and has trained many new employees. He has definitely seen many changes within the trucking industry along with positive changes at H&M. “When Jon started at H&M, we dispatched on paper, he watched us transition to using computers and fax, and now we are transitioning to document imaging. He was one of the first dispatchers at H&M to use a fax machine to transmit load sheets to our Boston facility and that was a thermal paper fax machine. “Therefore, Jon has made many contributions to H&M's success and growth and we thank him for his service" said Mike Ryan, Chief Operations Officer. H & M Bay is a national, full-service transportation brokerage and carrier located in the Federalsburg Industrial Park. Vansciver began in the Dispatch De-

partment of H&M Bay in January 1987. "I watched the industry change a lot over the last twenty years. It's been interesting and always a challenge. I've worked with some really good people and appreciate the opportunity that I was given." Altogether, H & M Bay is the 3rd largest Transportation brokerage company with premier innovative technology systems in place. They have 125 full-time employees and around 200 part-time in five offices -Federalsburg, Uxbridge, Mass.; Los Angeles, Calif.; Kent, Wash., and Florida. H & M Bay is currently opening a sixth office in Ft. Mill, S.C., 47thousand-square-feet with 16 doors, and will be adding on a freezer warehouse to their Federalsburg office for a total of 70thousand-square-feet and 52 doors. H & M Bay's founders Lawrence Hayman and Walter Messick, Jr. believe in a strong employee foundation. H & M Bay provides them with the training and resources needed to be a successful leader in the Transportation industry.

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Education Sussex Tech librarian is nationally certified Patricia Birch of Sussex Technical High School, Georgetown, earned the teaching profession’s top credential by achieving National Board Certification in 2006, according to the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. Birch teaches Information Research Literacy at Sussex Tech. She has been a teacher for 32 years and holds a bachelor’s degree in education and a master’s degree in library and information science. She came to Sussex Tech in 1991 when the school went to full-time status. Birch opened a library at the technical school in a small room with only a desk, telephone and one computer — but no books. Each year, books were added and more space was needed to house them. She designed the school’s new library with a focus on technology and increased size. The Benjamin Franklin Information Center at Sussex Tech opened in 2000 and was soon recognized as a “library of the future.” Birch’s library now houses 75 student computers, more than in any high school library in the state. Her efforts earned her being named Delaware School Library Media Specialist of the Year for 2006 by the Delaware School Library Media Association. “Being National Board Certified is a great achievement within the teaching profession,” said Secretary of Education Valerie A. Woodruff. “These teachers have worked hard and sacrificed much to reach this honor.” National Board Certification is achieved through a performance-based assessment that typically takes more than a year to complete and measures what accomplished teachers should know and be able to do. “The vast majority of research indicates that National Board Certified Teachers make a significantly measurable impact on teacher performance as well as student learning, engagement and

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FILMING OPENING DAY - At the request of Tech Prep Delaware, Sussex Technical High School media broadcasting students recently attended the opening session of the Delaware State Legislature to film the proceedings. The seniors and their instructor, Gary Conaway, will return in May to present to all state legislators a copy of the DVD that they will produce from the footage obtained on opening day. Shown in photo with State Rep. Biff Lee (R - Laurel), center, are: Kyle Perry of Bridgeville, Ivy Apicella of Lewes, Ben Toomey of Georgetown, and Hope Cornell of Dagsboro.

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Drummond was ‘a wonderful, wonderful person’ See obituary, page 26 By Lynn R. Parks At the start of one of six eulogies for Richard “Dick” Drummond delivered last weekend, Lillian Tune made no promises to keep her talk short. “Instead, I said, ‘Now, when did Dick ever keep it short?’” she said. “And everyone chuckled. Dick was a great conversationalist. He had so many stories to share.” Drummond, 83, died Monday, Jan. 15. His funeral was Saturday at Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church, where he was a member. A veteran of World War II, he was also remembered at an American Legion service. “Dick was a wonderful, wonderful person,” said Tune, spokeswoman for the American Legion post in Seaford. “He never had a harsh word to say about anyone. He was our peacemaker.” “He was consistently kind, pleasant and upbeat,” said the Rev. Thomas Gross, minister at Mt. Olivet. “He was a very faithful man and represented Mt. Olivet and Christ well.” A native of the Eastern Shore of Virginia, Drummond served in the U.S. Army from 1943 to 1945. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Seaford, and served as post and state chaplain for the American Legion. “He was there for every Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day service we had,” said Seaford Mayor Ed Butler. “Recently, he was there when we had the deaths of three

Marines. People did not realize how dedicated he was. Seaford was very fortunate to have such a person.” Former Mayor Guy Longo said that when he decided that the city needed a new monument to its veterans, he knew who to turn to for help. “Dick did most of the bull work,” Longo said. Drummond took charge of the fund-raising and of getting the names to put on the memorial. The monument, in Kiwanis Park, has on it the names of people from Seaford who died during World War I and in conflicts after. “Dick forged right in like he did with any project,” said Longo. “Without him, that memorial would not have been built.” “A lot of what we see around Seaford is because of Dick Drummond,” said former Mayor Dan Short. “He was a real advocate for veterans and I so trusted him that whatever he wanted, he usually got.” Drummond was also the driving force behind the memorial walk in Kiwanis Park, to honor all veterans. In a 2004 interview, Drummond said that it was important for the community to remember veterans, and for the veterans to know that they will be remembered. “This memorial reminds us that war is a horrible thing that takes the lives of young people who never had a chance to live,” he said. “The freedom that we enjoy came at a very dear price, and that price was the lives of young people.” “I know that Dick was very proud that that memorial will always be there,” said Butler.

Richard Drummond receives an award during the Veteran’s Day ceremony last year in Seaford. At left is former Seaford mayor Bill Slatcher and just to Drummond’s right is former mayor Danny Short.

For all he did for the community, Drummond is also remembered for how he treated his friends. “He was always there for us,” said Tune. “When I needed spiritual guidance, he was who I turned to. Last summer, when I needed someone to talk to, he came right here to the house and sat and talked with me. He never pushed his beliefs on other people. But if you wanted to hear them, he was happy to share.” “Dick was a man of his word,” said Longo. “He was a man of heart and a man of exacting moral values.” Tune said that the American Legion is looking for someone to carry on in Drum-

mond’s footsteps. “We are looking for someone who is as dedicated as Dick was,” she said. “He always planned his schedule around Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day, so he could be here for the ceremonies.” “His dedication to his community was over and above others’,” said Butler. “The Lord calls a few of us to serve our communities that way, and Dick honored that calling.” “He was a great resident of our community,” added Longo. “He was Seaford first and foremost.” “Seaford has lost a great hero,” said Short.

Messiah’s Vineyard Church PO Box 60, Laurel, Del. 302-875-4646 Sr. Minister - Dr. Carl G. Vincent - Sr. Minister Barry B. Dukes - Sr. Pastor

Service Times Sunday Worship Service- 9:30 a. m. Wednesday Night Bible Study - 7:00 p.m. Youth Group - Sunday 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Upcoming Events: SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 4 TH - Kyle Holloway will be ministering at 9:30 a.m. Special singing by the Youth Choir SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 11 TH - Dr. Carl Vincent will be ministering at 9:30 a.m. Special Valentine’s Luncheon immediately following the service TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 13 TH - Ladies Prayer Breakfast at 8:30 a.m. Special Speaker - Pat Paynter FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 16 TH - College/Careers Night at 7:00 p.m. Ages 18 -30. A relevant message for young adults. Fun, Games, Refreshments. SUNDAY, MARCH 18 TH - Pastor Barry Dukes will be ministering at 9:30 a.m. Human Video - “Let the Church Rise”. For more information, Please call our church office at 302-875-4646

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Antiques appraiser to appear at Harley Davidson Antiques appraiser John Bruno will be at Harley-Davidson of Seaford on Saturday, Feb. 3. Bruno's inaugural appearance in 2006 was a smash hit with collectors and spectators alike. Bruno is the co-host and resident appraiser on ''Antique Show and Sell.'' John and his wife Tina have been antique dealers for more than 39 years. Bruno will offer two sessions of appraisals, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. and again from 1 to 4 p.m. The public is invited to bring in two items per person for his evaluation. There are no appointments and ap-

praisals are on a first-come, first-serve basis. If you do not have any antiques, seating will be available to come in and listen for awhile and gain some great education. Harley-Davidson of Seaford is located on Rt. 13, 1 mile north of Seaford and is open Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. Bruno is an Antiques Appraiser and TV Personality who currently appears as Featured Appraiser & Co-Host for "Treasure Seekers" on Dish Network's VOOM/TreasureHD. Most recently he appeared as

Host/Appraiser, Interviewer, and Producer on Metro TV's "Antique Show & Sell" (Full run: 2003-05). He appeared on-screen daily (M-F) cohosting the show, appraising antiques and interviewing collectors and specialists in the world of Antiques, as well as traveling to regional locations to promote the show. Beginning in spring 2007, John will appear as Featured Appraiser & Modernism Expert for "Pop Nation" on the Discovery Channel. Bruno is the Antiques Expert of record for Long Island's Newsday, and hosts Ap-

praise-A-Thons throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic States. He is the resident antiques appraiser for the Delaware Home Builder's Association's Home Shows, Clear Channel Radio's Delaware Home & Garden Expo, and the Harley-Davidson of Seaford, Delaware's winter festival. For more information on Bruno, visit For more information on his visit to Harley-Davidson of Seaford, visit or call 629-6161. This event is free and open to the public.

Kiwanis Mid-Winter Conference for Delmarva in Seaford The Delmarva Region Mid-Winter conference for Kiwanis Clubs is set for Jan. 27 at the St. John's United Methodist Church in Seaford. This is the second year for the one-day conference format. In previous years, the mid-winter conference featured two days of workshops, presentations, dinners and entertainment. Last year, attendance increased as more than 120 Kiwanians attended, Under the theme, "Growing Kiwanis Through Education and Communication," Capital District Governor Bob Cressy will

expand on his vision to Build on the Basics to encourage more growth among members, clubs and service to the community. The Kiwanis Clubs of Divisions 11 and 15 invite Kiwanians at all levels - officers, club leaders, members, sponsored youth and guests to this special day. Outstanding presenters will provide innovative ideas and valuable information about Kiwanis, sponsored youth organizations, and club management as Kiwanis approaches a century of service. The day will start with registration at 8:30 a.m. and adjourn be-

Sussex County Council selects officers, re-appoints legal staff The New Year has brought with it new leadership for Sussex County Council. County Council, at its Tuesday, Jan. 9, meeting elected its officers for the new year, selecting as president Councilman Dale R. Dukes of Laurel, and as vice president Councilman Finley B. Jones Jr. of Greenwood. Councilman Lynn J. Rogers of Milton held the council presidency for the past year, while Dukes served as vice president. As Council president, Dukes will preside over all council meetings in 2007, with Jones substituting as the presiding officer anytime Dukes is unable to attend. It is customary for the coun-

cil, at the first meeting of each new year, to elect its officers and appoint legal staff. The five-member council unanimously approved both Dukes and Jones for their leadership posts. Council also unanimously approved James D. Griffin to another one-year appointment as county attorney. Griffin will serve as the elected body's chief counsel. Vincent G. Robertson and Richard E. Berl Jr. also were selected for oneyear re-appointments as assistant county attorneys, with Robertson to serve the Planning & Zoning Commission and Berl to serve the Board of Adjustment.

fore 3 p.m. The conference supports the commitment of Kiwanis International to children in communities such as Accomack, Bridgeville, Dover, Seaford, Rehoboth Beach, Wilmington, Ocean Pines, Crisfield, Pocomoke and Chincoteaque, with the launch of a new public service campaign entitled, "One Can Make A Difference." Designed to create a stronger awareness of Kiwanis clubs and their mission, the campaign creatively demonstrates the potential of children around the world.

The Kiwanis "One Can Make a Difference" campaign emphasize the influence Kiwanis has on young lives, projecting possible scenarios: a girl who will grow up to open a shelter for homeless persons; a boy who, in 2032, will discover a food source to feed millions; a future author of children's books; and a music teacher-intraining. One person can make a difference. By serving the children of the world, Kiwanis clubs worldwide are empowering children to change the world.

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Soroptomist International of Seaford learns about Curbside Recyling

BUSINESS MIXER - A Business Mixer was held through the Greater Seaford Chamber of Commerce recently at the Mehtodist Manor House in Seaford. In the top photo are Carol Hill of Hilltop Studios, with John and Jane Watson of Seaford Federal Credit Union. In the middle photo are Methodist Manor House employees from left are Paula Schatz, residency counselor; Joe Roswell, dining room manager; Holly Rolt, executive director. And in the bottom photo are Julleanna Seely of Nason Construction with Seaford Chamber exexutive director Paula Gunson. Photos by Rick Cullen

Jill Graham from the Delaware Solid Waste Authority spoke to Soroptomist International of Seaford about its recycling programs. Curbside Recycling, Delaware’s newest recycling program, is now available for all Delaware residents. For a nominal fee of $6 per month, Delaware homeowners and business owners can have their recycling picked up by DSWA. Many local trash haulers, through DSWA’s “Partners in Recycling” program, are offering discounts to residents who sign up for the curbside plan. Additionally, DSWA maintains 145 recycling centers throughout the state where residents can take a variety of household items including certain hazardous waste materials as well as electronic goods. To obtain a complete list of items, residents can call DSWA at 800-404-7080 or log onto In the top photo is new SI member Nancy Moore, left, with her sponsor, Mollie Esterson. In the center photo Michele Procino-Wells, Soroptomist International of Seaford club president, presents a check to Rev. Connie Hastings for the Rainbows counseling program. And in the bottom photo SI of Seaford's Cristine Layton, left, is shown with Jill Graham of Delaware Solid Waste Authority. Photos by Donna Dukes Huston

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Woodbridge discusses band uniforms and boundaries By Cathy Shufelt At the January Woodbridge School Board meeting, director of Performing Arts, Bob Lewis, and students from the Woodbridge High School band, previewed their new uniforms. This is the first time in 10 years the band has been able to purchase new uniforms and students are very excited. The Woodbridge High School Band consists of 31 players, 7 Band Front, and 5 Honor Guard. The current uniforms are in such good shape they will be given to the middle school band with nominal changes. Lewis was also happy to report that the high school band took First Place honors at the Delaware State Firemen’s Parade in Dover, and the Delmarva Volunteer Firemen’s Parade in Parksley, Virginia. “It gives us great pleasure to travel with our local fire department and represent our town and school district,” Lewis stated. The Woodbridge band has also marched in the Return’s Day Parade in Georgetown, and various holiday parades during the 2006 holiday season. The Woodbridge High School Band will be marching in the upcoming St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Ocean City, Md., and will be performing at the dedication of the new Greenwood Fire House at the end of March. The band will debut their new uniforms at the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Ocean City, and the Greenwood Firemen’s Parade. Gold Fever Lewis also reported that for the first time since anyone can remember Woodbridge High School students, along with staff and students from other Woodbridge district schools, will be doing a musical for their spring performance. The musical, entitled “Gold Fever” is set during the 1849/1850 Gold Rush. Performances for the musical are set for March 2 and 3 and March 9, 10, and 11 with the Band Boosters hosting a Dinner Theater for performances on the 9 and 10. The March 11 show will be a matinee with the cast and crew available for a question, answe,r and discussion session afterwards. The Jazz Band The Jazz Band has started practice, and has several performances planned in 11465 Sycamore Rd. Laurel, DE 1/2 mile from Rt. 13 302 875-6922 Open Monday thru Saturday - 10am to 5:30 pm

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each of the district’s schools as well as the “Music with Lunch” program in March for the Music in our Schools Month program. Students will perform during all three lunch periods at the high school. An “Evening with the Arts” program is scheduled for April 26 and 27 in which all performing arts students come together to showcase their work. Lewis stated tha “A lot of the things we do are so that our students have the chance to show their talents and shine as well as for recruitment and promotion of the music and theater programs.” Lewis expressed his thanks to parents for their time and help in volunteering to build sets and installing new lights. Members of the school board congratulated Lewis and the Woodbridge High School bands and performing arts students on their outstanding performances, and dedication to music and other performing arts. District boundary Another important issue for the Woodbridge School District is the reassignment of the district’s boundary with the Lake Forest School District. Local school districts are working with each other as well as the state Department of Education to facilitate this process. Current school district boundaries in the state are based on the 1973 recommendations of school boards and educators working at that time. The compilation of district boundary information is known as the “Mowrey” book named after Roger Mowrey who compiled the reports and data collected by school districts at the time. Other school districts in the area such as Milford and Indian River are also reassigning their district boundaries for a more equitable distribution of the tax base, and making the borders between districts simply make more sense. Current boundaries are based, in part, on property lines that no longer exist as well as natural boundaries such as waterways which have changed over time. Dr. Kevin Carson, superintendent of the Woodbridge School District, commented that redefining the boundaries “makes sense” and that making the districts “as even as possible” as well as clearing up “confusion about some of the properties” in question will be an “advantage for both

districts.” New boundaries are based on existing roads as well as current and future development due to recent property annexations. The recent approval of an annexation request for property just south of Bridgeville’s Heritage Shores community will add approximately 1800 new moderately priced homes to the area and possibly 450 new students to the Woodbridge School District. As part of the annexation of this property, the Woodbridge School District requested 20 acres for future school buildings. Local school districts are attempting to address such issues before overcrowding of schools becomes a problem. A small of number of students in the school districts which are redefining their boundaries may be moved to the adjoining school district once changes have been made. However, the districts will be working with these students to insure the best possible outcome is available to them. Dr. Carson stated that the Woodbridge School District will “look out for students” by working with them and their parents in offering options such as School

Choice for those students wishing to stay in the Woodbridge School District. Anyone with questions about this process should contact their local school district office. Support for Becky King Parents attending January’s meeting voiced their support for Becky King, principal of Woodbridge Elementary School. King submitted her resignation to the board last fall prior to the Christmas holiday break. She has expressed a desire to return to teaching and is considered an excellent Mathematics instructor. The district has extended an invitation for her to remain employed by the district in a teaching capacity. Parents in the district have been working to encourage her to stay in the district and approached the school board for its help in the matter. Next meeting The next Woodbridge School Board election is scheduled for May 8, and anyone interested in running for a position on the board should file by March 5, 2007.

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Lt. Cmdr. Robert Rosales visits Alma Mater Lt. Cmdr. Robert Rosales, a 1989 graduate of Worcester Preparatory School, returned to visit his Alma Mater to visit classes in Preschool through Grade 12. Tom Westcott, who was Rosales biology teacher and soccer coach, invited his former student to teach classes in biology and physics, and Celeste Bunting, Head of the Lower School, asked him to talk with the younger students as well. For the physics classes, Rosales took students on a tour of how physics is used every day aboard aircraft carriers. He talked about vectors, angles, light, and wind while showing the students how difficult it is to land a jet on a carrier. In his biology lecture, Rosales showed the students "sight" puzzles and focused upon how what is seen may not be accurate. Pilots need to be aware of these problems and learn to use their instruments to help them in flight, take off and landings. On his visits with Lower School students, Rosales talked to the children about his job flying jets and training pilots. He explained that what he learned in school before he became a pilot is what helped him be successful. The Lieutenant Commander told the students that they should be thankful for all their teachers and parents are doing for them everyday. "Tell them you appreciate them," he said. "They are very important in your life. -And don't forget to tell your

parents you love them. That's something you should never forget to do." During his years at Worcester, Rosales, a native of Seaford, was an outstanding student and athlete who played the lead in a number of the school's Broadway-type musicals. After graduation from Worcester, he went on to the Naval Academy and then flight school. He was a member of the Navy's Glee Club, which performed for audiences all over the country. Today Rosales is a senior fighter pilot who trains other pilots. He recently returned from a tour of duty on the Air Craft Carrier Enterprise.

Super teacher Lt. Cmdr. Robert Rosales, an alumnus of Worcester Prep, treats first graders to a talk about how planes fly. Rosales, a graduate of the Naval Academy, is a fighter pilot for the US Navy.

Bridgeville Election March 3 The Town of Bridgeville Commission Election will be held on Saturday, March 3, in the Town Hall, 101 North Main St., between the hours of noon and 7 p.m. Two Commissioners will be elected for a two-year term and one Commissioner will be elected for a one-year term. Interested candidates must file a written letter of intent to the Commission president or secretary by the close of business on Feb. 2. Every resident of the town who is 18years of age shall have one vote, provided he/she has registered on the "Books of Registered Voters" of the Town of Bridgeville. A person may register at the Town Hall during regular office hours by completing such forms as provided by the town. No person shall be registered after the close of business on Feb. 21. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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Learning to salute the United States flag correctly are Worcester Prep kindergarten students (l-r) Owen Tunis, Berlin; and Virginia Bateman, Rehoboth Beach. Their instructor is Lt. Cmdr. Robert Rosales, a fighter pilot, who is an alumnus of Worcester Prep.


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Lt. Cmdr. Robert Rosales, US Navy, a 1989 graduate of Worcester Prep came back to his Alma Mater for a day to teach physics and biology classes. With Rosales, who is a fighter pilot, are: (front, l-r) Amanda Phillips, Bethany Beach, physics and math teacher Cyndee Hudson; Rosales; Matt Flurer, Berlin; physics and biology teacher Tom Westcott; (back) Reno Smith, Ocean City, Chris Riley, Ocean City; Tyler Hoyle, Berlin; and Barry Brotherton, Millsboro.

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DNREC officers handled 4,112 complaints in 2006 The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control’s Enforcement Section in the Division of Air and Waste Management handled 4,112 complaints and 240 enforcement actions during 2006. “Environmental complaints increased only slightly in 2006 from the previous year,” said Kurt Reuther, Chief Enforcement Officer for the Division’s Enforcement Section. “We believe this is a result of a more effective, flexible approach to environmental enforcement which more closely involves communities. Officers attend community meetings and work with organizations to educate businesses and citizens potentially affected by new regulation. By

increasing our education efforts and encouraging community involvement, we hope to reduce the number of complaints and enforcement actions.” The Division’s environmental protection officers enforce the state’s air, waste and water pollution laws and participate on DNREC’s Environmental Response Team by responding to environmental emergencies. Individual complaints handled by Enforcement Officers included: 537 open burning, 553 water related discharges, 437 air related releases, 565 spills, 254 odors, 345 dumping and 321 permit checks. The officers also apprehended eight fugitives with active arrest warrants from other Po-

lice Departments. Following is a breakdown of the January through December 2006 complaint/ enforcement statistics per county: Total Complaints . . . . . . . . . . .4,112 New Castle County . . . . . . . . . .2109 Kent County . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .863 Sussex County . . . . . . . . . . . . .1,140 Total Enforcement Actions . . . .240 New Castle County . . . . . . . . . . . .99 Kent County . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .45 Sussex County . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .96 DNREC’s Environmental Enforcement Officers receive complaints through the toll-free, 24-hour Environmental Com-

plaint Line: 1-800-662-8802. Verizon Wireless customers in Delaware can reach the complaint line by calling #DNR on their cell phones. For further information, contact Chief Kurt Reuther or Capt. William P. (Chip) McDaniel II, DNREC Enforcement, (302) 739-9401. DNREC’s Environmental Enforcement Officers have extensive training in traditional criminal law enforcement, as well as in environmental science in areas such as hazardous materials, incident command, explosive ordnance, and terrorism awareness. For more information, visit DNREC’s website,

Public Hearing on proposed changes to Open Burning Regulations The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control Air Quality Management Section will hold a public hearing on Wed., Jan. 31 beginning at 6 p.m. on the proposed amendment to Delaware’s open burning air quality regulations. The hearing will be held at the DNREC Auditorium, Richardson & Robbins Building, 89 Kings Highway, Dover. In August 2006 DNREC held public workshops in each county on the proposed amendments to the regulation (No. 1113) governing open burning in the state. The proposed amendments include: • Inclusion of Sussex County in the

statewide burning ban. • Expanding the ban time period statewide from June 1, Aug. 31 to May 1, Sept. 30. • Reformatting/renumbering the regulation to comply with the Delaware Code of Regulations. • Providing additional clarification on prohibitions in the existing regulation and their interaction with other applicable laws/regulations. The amended regulation may be inspected at DNREC’s Air Quality Section office located at 156 S. State Street in Dover.

For additional information, contact Valerie Gray at (302) 749-9402. The amended regulation #1113 can be found at AQMPlansRegs.htm All written comments may be submitted in writing on the proposed amendment prior to the public hearing and/or comments may be presented either orally or in writing at the public hearing. Submit your comments in advance of the hearing to: Air Quality Management Section, Division of Air & Waste Management, 156 S. State Street, Dover, DE 19901 The draft regulation includes Sussex

County in the ozone season open burning ban as result of non-attainment with the 8hour national ambient air quality standard for ozone issued by the U.S. EPA. In addition, the open burning ban timeframe was expanded statewide and the regulation reformatted to meet the guidelines established by the Delaware Code of Regulations. To meet the air quality goals of the federal Clean Air Act Amendments, restrictions in open burning throughout the state have become necessary. For more on ozone and air quality, visit DNREC’s web site,

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ull Ramey Real Estate held the first annual Awards Banquet at Dover Downs Hotel. The event was in the ballroom beginning with cocktail hour hosted by First Horizon Home Mortgages, followed by a delicious dinner and then key note speaker Mike Wessels. Owner’s Steve Tull & Gordon Ramey announced the “Executive Club of 2006” this award was given to Nancy Price, Ed Higgins, Jessica Bradley, Michelle Mayer, Marty Loden, Dana Caplan & Brenda Rambo. Steve & Gordon were proud to announce the three

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Don’t judge these cold-weather foods by their odd ingredients As January slowly slips into February, we must face the inevitability that winter will not be ignored. Spending a lot more time indoors is also unfortunately unavoidable and, while we may escape the flu, a good case of the blahs is harder to prevent. This is the time of year when my family would approach the dinner table very cautiously, all the while casting apprehensive sidelong glances at one another. What new concoction would appear before them in Mom’s attempt at stifling her culinary boredom? Most of the time they were able to tolerate the unusual ingredient or the novel treatment of an old favorite that was the result of my crusade. Now, years later and with an emptier house, my quest still continues. In the next few weeks there will most certainly be a couple of meals never before seen at our table. How about a stew made only of beans? Or a spaghetti dish, not with tomato sauce but cauliflower and green olives? The sound of these offerings from Gourmet may give you pause, but give them a chance. Your taste buds may be pleasantly surprised. Fast White Bean Stew A colorful and satisfying stew is priceless this time of year, and you can’t do much better than a tomato-y broth full of hearty cannellini beans, baby greens, and cubes of baked ham. 2 large garlic cloves, chopped 1/4 cup plus 1/2 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil 1 (14- to 15-ounces) can stewed tomatoes 1 and 3/4 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth 2 (19-ounce) cans cannellini beans, rinsed and drained (3 cups) 1 (1/2-pound) piece baked ham (1/2 to 3/4 inch thick), cut into 1/2-inch cubes 1/4 teaspoon black pepper 1 (5-ounce) bag baby romaine or baby arugula (10 cups loosely packed) 8 (3/4-inch-thick) slices baguette

The Practical Gourmet Broil 3 to 4 inches from heat until golden, 1 to 1 1/2 minutes. Serve stew with toasts. Makes 4 servings. Spaghetti with Cauliflower, Green Olives and Almonds Cauliflower, enhanced with toasty almonds and a briny parsley-olive mixture, holds its own as the star in this simple and slightly spicy vegetarian supper. 1 1/4 cups pitted brine-cured green olives (plain or stuffed) 1/2 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley 1/2 cup olive oil 1 (2 1/2-pound) head cauliflower, cut into 1-inch-wide florets (8 cups) 1/2 teaspoon salt 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped Scant 1/2 teaspoon dried hot red-pepper flakes 1/4 cup water 3/4 pound dried spaghetti or linguine 1 ounce finely grated Pecorino Romano or Parmigiano-Reggiano (1/2 cup) plus additional for serving 3/4 cup whole almonds with skin (3 3/4 ounce), toasted and coarsely chopped

Pulse olives and parsley in a food processor until coarsely chopped. Transfer to a bowl. Heat oil in a 12-inch heavy skillet over moderate heat until hot but not smoking, then cook cauliflower with salt, stirring occasionally, until golden brown, about 8 minutes. Add garlic and red-pepper flakes and cook, stirring occasionally, until cauliflower is tender and garlic is golden, 3 to 5 minutes. Stir in water and Cook garlic in 1/4 How about a stew made only of boil 1 minute. Add cup oil in a 3 and olive mixture and 1/2- to 4 and 1/2beans? Or a spaghetti dish, not cook, stirring, until quart heavy pot over heated through, moderately high with tomato sauce but cauliflower about 2 minutes. heat, stirring, until Meanwhile, cook golden, 1 to 2 minand green olives? The sound of pasta in a 6- to 8utes. quart pot of boiling Coarsely cut up these offerings from Gourmet salted water, stirring tomatoes in can with occasionally, until al kitchen shears, then dente. Reserve 1 cup may give you pause, but give add (with juice) to pasta-cooking water. garlic in oil. Drain in a colander them a chance. Your taste buds Stir in broth, and return to pot. beans, ham, and pepAdd cauliflower may be pleasantly surprised. per and bring to a mixture and toss boil. Reduce heat well, then add cheese and simmer, uncovand toss again. If ered, 5 minutes. pasta is dry, moisten with some reserved Stir in greens and cook until wilted, 3 cooking water. minutes for romaine or 1 minute for Sprinkle pasta with almonds and serve arugula. While stew is simmering, preheat broil- immediately, with additional cheese on the er. Put bread on a baking sheet and drizzle side. Makes 4 (main course) servings. with remaining 1/2 tablespoon oil.

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Time waits for no man, unless he’s on a videotape I first became acquainted with Jane, Frank, Sue, Jamie and the YNN ARKS rest of the bunch about 12 years ago. I felt I needed assistance in Fortunately, I was in the toning up as well as calming down middle of our full-body and their plan to use exercise as stress relief seemed perfect. stretch, lying flat on my And so it was. Actress and exer- back, when I realized cise guru Jane Fonda’s regimen for that, if things continue light aerobics followed by 20 minas they have gone, I will utes of stretches was the ticket for soon be the old woman tension mitigation, especially the of the group. exercise segment which calls for “step, step, step, KICK; step, step, step, KICK.” That kick, connecting tense in their workout. In fact, three of the in my imagination with appropriate body six people who join Jane do low-key verparts of particularly bothersome people, sions of the exercises, raising arms no got me past many a difficult work situahigher than their shoulders and keeping tion. their kicks and jumps subdued. I got so I looked forward to our time Their secret to lasting youth must be spent together, Jane and her group of six the long, dark hours they spend by themon videotape, me in my living room. selves, shut away in the television cabinet. When my children were young, they enAnd that secret is of no use to me — what joyed cheering us on from the couch and is the value of staying young and beautiful laughing at the couple of times Jane gives if your life is spent shut up in a cabinet? instructions regarding the buttocks. They One of the three exercisers who do less outgrew buttocks jokes (although to this intense versions of Jane’s workout, “Sue,” day, when they are 21 and 25, I would has nearly white hair. I used to think of hesitate to accompany them to a meat her as the old women among our group — counter where pork butt is on display) and on Monday, half-way through our coolI gave up my regular visits with Jane, down, it struck me that she is probably not pulling her out from her worn cardboard much older than I am. sleeve only occasionally: in the weeks beFortunately, I was in the middle of our fore shorts and bathing season, for examfull-body stretch, lying flat on my back, ple, or when the weather prevents my oth- when I realized that, if things continue as erwise daily walk. they have gone, I will soon be the old And so it was, on a recent snowy Mon- woman of the group. White-headed Sue day morning, that I called Jane and her might be tempted to suggest that I join her troops to duty. We had not met for some low-intensity group. Frank will call me time, probably since last fall, and it struck Grandma. me when I put the video in the machine Maybe it is time for a new tape. This is (our third, by they way, since Jane origisupposed to be for stress relief, not stress nally appeared in our house) and pushed production. Thoughts about the inevitable “play” to put the exercisers in action that passage of time and dark hair probably Jane and the six people who mimic her negate any positive effects from focusing movements have changed not one iota on the stretch in my calf muscles. since we first met. They are no heavier, no But how to replace Jane and the gang? grayer, no more stiff than they were on I am not sure, but I would guess that exerthat first day that I stumbled through the cise videotapes featuring slower, flabbier routine that they did so easily. men and women are few and far between. I, on the other hand, am changed. Maybe, instead of a new tape, the purWhile no heavier, my weight has subtly chase of a new raincoat, with hood, is a shifted so that the black exercise shorts I better course of action. That way, I could wore then still fit me but are tight in diftake my walk in even the nastiest weather. ferent spots. And my hair, brown tending to black when we met, is now gray, nearly And I wouldn’t have to face the eternallyyoung exercisers. white in some areas. It can’t be that they have been more Wisdom teaches us that if you can’t faithful to exercise than I have been. They beat those who upset you, then join them. cha-cha, grapevine and step, step, step, KICK only when I ask them to, and that is I would add that if you can’t stand to join them, then lock them in a television cabionly when I am joining them. And it can’t be that they are more innet and go outside.



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Health Physicians and certification of their training By Dr. Anthony Policastro Physicians have many different kinds of certification. The basic certification is a medical license. You cannot practice medicine without a license. Therefore, all physicians have licenses. These are state requirements. They are given to physicians who have the required training to practice medicine. When I first joined the military, the physicians practiced on government property. They did not practice in any particular state. For that reason, military physicians did not need licenses. They only needed a license if they practiced off base. Then a newspaper decided to print a story. The headline read: "Military physicians not licensed to practice medicine." While it was accurate, it was not really relevant. The physicians were all qualified for licenses. As a result, we all had to obtain licenses. However, there are other certifications that are more complex. One of those is belonging to a specialty organization. I am a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics. I completed a pediatric residency. I joined the organization. I pay my dues. Therefore, I can use the letters FAAP (Fellow, American Academy of Pe-

diatrics). The letters may sound impressive. However, it is little more than belonging to the national pediatric organization. I am also a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatrics. This means that I have become board certified in the field of pediatrics. Of interest is the fact that the meaning of board certification has changed over the years. Before the 1950s physicians were only required to complete a general internship after medical school. This internship included time in Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Surgery and Obstetrics. They could then go into private practice as a general practitioner (GP). When many of us grew up, these individuals were our family doctors. Medical technology was limited. The number of effective medications was small. This was a good way to practice medicine. Some physicians specialized but not all did so. In the 1960s many physicians began to complete residency training in a specialty area. They did this after their year of internship. This allowed several years to specialize in one area. The standard specialty residency was two years long. These individuals would then practice as a specialist. Some of these

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individuals decided to obtain what is known as board certification. Board certification involved taking a test. The test was sometimes written. It was sometimes an oral exam. Most specialties required both a written and an oral exam. During this period board certification was still an optional thing. In the 1970s the trend moved away from the general internship. Medical students would decide on a specialty early. They would then do an internship in their selected specialty. This would replace the general internship. They would then spend the next two years in a residency in their selected specialty. Three-year Family Practice residencies replaced the one-year GP training. Most of these individuals obtained board certification. The board certification was permanent. Once they obtained it, they would be board certified for life. In the 1980s two things happened. The first was that many residencies became longer. Some lasted four years. Others lasted five years. This was especially true in the surgery areas. The second thing is that board certification was no longer permanent. Physicians had to re-certify. Recertification was usually required every six to eight years.

Physicians who had been board certified before the rules changed still kept their permanent board certification. They did not have to retest like the newer graduates. Some of these organizations allowed optional re-certification if the physician desired it. For example, I had permanent board certification as a pediatrician. I was board certified in 1977. I elected to re-certify by taking a test three times. I did that in 1983, 1988 and 1995. In 2002 I became board certified in a subspecialty of Pediatrics. It is known as Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. Because this certification is more recent, it only lasts for seven years. If I want to stay certified, I would have to retest in 2009. While this may sound confusing, it is relatively simple. Physicians who trained long ago are usually not board certified. Those who trained a little later may or may not be board certified. If they are, it is likely a permanent certification. Those who trained more recently are likely to be board certified. Their certification will not be permanent. Dr. Anthony Policastro is medical director at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital.

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SENIOR CITIZENS Seaford Center Genesis ElderCare® Network • Retirement • Assisted Living • Skilled Nursing Care Pictured are some of the participating physicians and members of the NHS Development Committee: Back row, left to right, Hank Newton, Development Committee Chair, Bradley Mackler, M.D., Richard Simons, D.O., James Rupp, M.D., James Palmer, M.D., Steve Carey, M.D. Front row, left to right, Samuel Miller, M.D, Joseph Olekszyk, D.O., Patricia Olekszyk, Development Committee Members, Maria Lehman, Development Committee Member, and Harry Lehman, M.D.

Nanticoke physicians support fund for giving prescriptions This holiday season, a group of Nanticoke physicians made donations to a fund that assists patients who cannot afford their medications when discharged from the hospital. Through the efforts of the Nanticoke Health Services Development Committee, a program was established that encouraged physicians to make a donation to the Prescription Drug Fund, in lieu of giving gifts to other offices. Participating physicians received inserts for their holiday cards, which informed the recipient that a donation had been made to the Prescription Drug Fund in their honor. The Prescription Drug Fund of Nanticoke Health Services was established to

help patients who are unable to afford their medications. This fund receives contributions from the community, the Nanticoke Health Services Auxiliary, and from special events such as the annual NHS Golf Tournament. The Development Committee is responsible for the promotion of charitable giving directed toward Nanticoke Health Services and the funds that support the provision of healthcare in the community. Committee members Patricia Olekszyk and Maria Lehman developed this holiday giving program to benefit the Prescription Drug Program. The Development Committee is actively working to create an Annual Giving Program for Nanticoke Health Services.

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NHS Winter Gala makes final preparations The Auxiliary of Nanticoke Health Services Winter Gala 2007 committee is putting the final touches on the Jan. 27 dinner/dance. The "Puttin' on the Glitz" theme will transform the Seaford Golf and Country Club into a night from the roaring 1920s, complete with flappers, boas, antique cars and glamorous gowns. Mellon Financial Corporation will be the presenting sponsor for the Gala Event. Music and dancing to the sounds of the local group, Encore, will follow an elegant dinner.

Proceeds from the event will become part of the annual donation made by the Auxiliary to Nanticoke Health Services. On Jan. 10, 2007 the Nanticoke Auxiliary donated $110,000 to Nanticoke Memorial Hospital. Proceeds from the dinner/dance and other auxiliary sponsored events and programs contribute to the annual gift. Tickets are $100 per person. For more information about the "Puttin' on the Glitz," winter gala call Nanticoke Health Services Volunteer Offices at 6296611, ext. 2301.

Nanticoke Rotary Club honors Sussex Paramedics On Wednesday, Jan. 10, in a ceremony at the Nanticoke River Yacht Club in Blades, the Nanticoke Rotary club honored Sussex County Paramedics Valerie Elkins, Keith Bennett, Jay Shine, and Jeremy Goldman for outstanding community service. Each Paramedic was selected by his or her District Supervisor for this award. Valerie Elkins is assigned to A-Shift in the Eastern part of Sussex County. Valerie currently serves as a Field Training Officer (FTO) and Special Events Team (SET) /Bike Coordinator, as the SET/Bike Assistant Coordinator last year, Valerie was responsible for assigning and scheduling more than 100 special events last season. In her role as an FTO, Valerie has numerous responsibilities which include training new employees and students. In addition, FTO's are tasked with helping other employees maintain our high standard of care through quality improvement and critical skill updates. Valerie has been with Sussex County EMS since 2002. Valerie lives in Millville with her family. Keith Bennett is assigned to B-Shift on the eastern side of Sussex County. Keith has been active on the Special Events/Bike and Hazardous Materials Teams. Keith has obtained certification as a Hazardous Materials Technician and Tox Medic. Keith is committed to improving our department whenever possible according to his supervisor. Keith is working to-

wards his Associates' Degree from Delaware Technical and Community College. He is an Eastern Shore native from Preston, Md., where he has been a volunteer fire fighter for the past 15 years. Keith has two sons ages 5 and 14. Jay Shine is an active member of the Hazardous Materials SET/Bike Teams, Jay also serves as the training officer for the Hazmat Team. As Training Officer, Jay has been assisting with placing Hazmat equipment in service and instructing other team members in the use of new equipment and technologies. He is currently working on his associate's degree at Del Tech. Jay has been a Paramedic since 1998 and he lives in Millsboro with his wife and two children. Jeremy Goldman is assigned to the eastern portion of Sussex County and has been with Sussex County EMS since 2003. Jeremy was selected for this award because of his dedication to improving SCEMS and his ability to help mentor new employees. Jeremy is an active member of the Hazmat team. Jeremy serves the team as a Hazmat Duty Officer and Hazmat Technician. Jeremy also represents the Hazmat Team for the equipment committee which is a group of employees that plan and purchase new technologies and equipment for SCEMS. Jeremy lives in Harrington with his daughter, Jen, and his wife, Lori, who is also a Sussex County EMS paramedic.



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Nanticoke to hold annual cholesterol screening Nanticoke Memorial Hospital will be offering cholesterol screenings on February 14, 17 and 21, from 7:30 to 10 a.m. at the Nanticoke Stein Highway building, located in the former PK complex, next to County Bank. The Lipid Profile test requires a 12-hour fasting and reads the HDL and LDL blood levels. Cost for the Lipid Profile is $15. No pre-registration is required. In addition to the cholesterol screening FREE blood pressure checks will be offered. Results from the cholesterol screening will be mailed approximately two weeks after the test is performed. For additional information, call 629-6611 extension 2404.

Nurses' Assistant evening course at Delaware Tech Delaware Technical & Community College, Owens Campus, is offering an evening Nurses' Assistant course. Instruction will be given at Green Valley Terrace in Millsboro from January 30 through April 17; classes will meet on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 5-10 p.m. This 150-hour hour course teaches students to safely perform basic nursing skills under the supervision of a licensed nurse. For complete information call 854-6966.

Polar Bear Plunge benefits Special Olympics The 16th annual Lewes Polar Bear Plunge to benefit Special Olympics Delaware, the state's largest organization dedicated to providing year-round athletic training and sports competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, will take place Sunday, Feb. 4, at 1 p.m. at Rehoboth Beach. Sponsored by Wawa, the Plunge has evolved into Special Olympics Delaware's most significant fundraiser and has drawn more than 2,000 participating 'Polar Bears' each of the past four years, including an event record 2,390 participants in 2006. To participate, 'Polar Bears' must register for the Plunge and collect a minimum of $50 in pledges. On-line registration can be completed on the Special Olympics Delaware web site The 2006 Plunge raised $426,000 for Special Olympics Delaware, and has raised more than $2.9 million since starting in 1992.

Delaware Healthy Living Expo planned The Delaware Healthy Living Expo, featuring an array of speakers and workshops on issues of family, physical, spiritual, financial, emotional, and intellectual wellness, will be held at the Chase Center on the Riverfront in Wilmington on March 10 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Headlining the workshop programs will be Lisa Whaley, founder and president of Life Work Synergy, LLC. Whaley, who is also an accomplished author, will present “Finding the Off Switch in an Always On World” to give insight to attendees on finding a harmonious balance between work and life. Four additional speakers will follow addressing healing, selfsabotage, positive attitudes, and exercise. The day also features several exhibitors, providing attendees with products, services and knowledge which support health, harmony and spiritual awareness and enhance overall quality of life issues. Admission to the Expo is $7. A special luncheon package is also available for $17. You may preregister online at For more information, visit or call 215-968-4593.

2007 Personal Finance & RETIREMENT LIVING One of the most important responsibilities of a community newspaper is to offer good information to help readers enjoy a better quality of life. Once a year we publish this Personal Finance section to provide readers information that will help them reach their financial and personal goals. We also include information on Retirement Living. With the large number of retirees moving to the area the importance of presenting information for the 55-plus population increases every day. We invite participation by local experts. If you and your business would like to participate, speak to your sales representative today.

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People Everton and Barczak plan to be married in Long Neck Mr. and Mrs. Michael Everton of Seaford announce the engagement of their daughter, Elizabeth Everton, Newark, to Brian Barczak, also of Newark and son of Richard Barczak of Newark and Patricia Fallers of Elkton, Md. The bride-to-be is a graduate of Seaford Senior High. She received her bachelor of science degree in animal science from the University of Delaware in 2003. She is employed at Dade Behring as an assistant chemist. The groom-to-be is a 2000 graduate of Christiana High School. He is working at Christiana Hospital and working toward his degree in radiology. They will be married May 12, 2007, at

Baywood Greens in Long Neck in an outdoor wedding with the reception to follow.

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Applications open for Miss Teen pageant The Miss Delaware Scholarship Organization, an affiliate of the Miss America Organization, will host the 2007 Miss Delaware’s Outstanding Teen Pageant Sunday, March 11, at 2 p.m. in the Centre for the Performing Arts at Sussex Central High School, Georgetown.

The winner will represent Delaware at Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Pageant, Aug. 2007 in Orlando, Fla. For details, call Sue Kuhling at 302284-4278. For more information on Miss Delaware and Miss Delaware’s Outstanding Teen, visit

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Patricia MacArthur of Seaford and Ronald MacArthur of Lewes announce the engagement of their daughter, Bethany, to Frank Passwaters, son of Frank and Pam Passwaters of Seaford. MacArthur is a 1998 Seaford High School graduate and is employed as a customer service representative with the city of Seaford. Passwaters is a 1993 Seaford High School graduate and is a delivery supervisor with Pepsi Bottling Ventures in Salisbury. An August 2007 wedding is planned.

Elizabeth Everton and Brian Barczak

Lake Forest grad honored For 10 years, Jennifer Crouse has assembled and delivered more than 2,500 fun packs to cheer up children in hospitals and other frightening situations. For her outstanding contributions, on Friday, Jan. 5, at a ceremony at Lake Forest High School, Crouse received the Daily Point of Light Award from Regina Greenwald, a member of the Governor’s Commission on Community and Volunteer Service. A recent graduate of Lake Forest and current student at Loyola University, Crouse started out providing the packs to young hospital patients and to children visiting hospitalized family members. Three years ago, she began making packs for children and adults at Dover Air Force base. Last year, she sent 300 packs to victims of Hurricane Katrina. “I developed the idea of the packs as a result of the time I spent in the hospital as a sick child,” she said. “I have learned that the simplest gestures can have such an impact.” With funds obtained through grants and donations, she purchased games, toys and other entertaining items to put into each pack. Every year, her fellow 4-H members helped her assemble, decorate and deliver the packs. The Daily Points of Light Awards program honors those who have made a com-

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Parents urged to have car seats inspected in wake of infant car seat test retraction Delaware Office of Highway Safety officials are encouraging parents to have their child car seats inspected for safe installation practices, even as Consumer Reports magazine issues a recall of its recent infant car-seat test-report which said that 10 infant car seats it tested in simulated car crashes “failed disastrously.” According to a statement issued by Consumer Reports on Thursday, “We withdrew the report immediately upon discovering a substantive issue that may have affected the original test results. The issue came to light based on new information received Tuesday night and Wednesday morning from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) concerning the speed at which our side-impact tests were conducted.”

...side impact tests were conducted in a way that simulated a crash at 70 mph, nearly twice as fast as the group claimed. NHTSA Administrator Nicole Nason said in a written statement that a review of CR’s testing procedures showed that the

side impact tests were conducted in a way that simulated a crash at 70 mph... nearly twice as fast as the group claimed. “I was troubled by the report because it frightened parents and could have discouraged them from using car seats. It is absolutely essential for every parent to understand that the safest place in an automobile for an infant is in a car seat.” Delaware OHS officials encourage parents to make an appointment with one of its trained and certified Fitting Station Coordinators to make sure their child’s seat is properly and safely installed. OHS operates three child safety seat Fitting Stations, one in each county. Fitting Stations Coordinators work oneon-one with parents to assess if a child safety seat has been installed according to

manufacturer’s instructions. They will then check the seats for recalls and assist parents in properly re-installing the seats. To make an appointment with an OHS Fitting Station Coordinator call (302) 2331083 in Sussex County. A complete list of statewide locations to have your child’s car seats inspected can be found on the OHS website at Just click below the picture of a child in an infant seat. OHS Fitting Station hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.; and Wednesdays 4-8 p.m. To read complete statements by both NHTSA Administrator Nason and Consumer Reports as well as view online crash test video, visit NHTSA’s website at

AAA urges travelers to get Passports early AAA is advising travelers, especially those traveling out of the country in the near future, to apply for a passport now. The period from January to July is the busiest for passport applications. The standard processing time for a new passport is approximately six weeks. In changing federal rules, which began on Tuesday, Jan. 23, all travelers including U.S. citizens traveling by AIR between the U.S. and Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean and Bermuda are required to present a valid passport to enter and re-enter the United States.

Currently, 27 percent of U.S. citizens hold a valid passport. "We are entering the busiest passport season and some travelers are going to find themselves out of luck," said Catherine L. Rossi, manager of Public and Government Affairs for AAA Mid-Atlantic. "AAA is urging anyone planning to travel out of the country to get a passport, just to be safe." "Canada and Mexico are two of the most popular international destinations for U.S. travelers, especially early in the year. As more travelers make plans to visit these

countries, there will be a significant increase in passport applications in the coming weeks," said Rossi. Birth certificates, driver's licenses, government or military ID's will no longer be enough to cross the U.S. border for airline passengers returning from within the Western Hemisphere. While travelers can get a passport through an expediting service, the standard application process is no longer an option. AAA Mid-Atlantic offers expediting services which allow passports to be returned in as few as 24-hours and even offer pass-

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CHURCH BULLETINS MBS Catholic School open house Most Blessed Sacrament Catholic School will have an open house on Sunday, Jan. 28, 12:30-3 p.m. (A parish school for Our Lady of Lourdes.) Programs for students from pre-K (age 4) through eighth grade. Come, visit the school, receive information about MBS and take a tour of this wonderful facility. Sussex and Worcester County students: now accepting applications for 20072008. For information or to set up an appointment, call the school at 410-2081600; or visit online at MBS is located at 11242 Racetrack Road, Berlin, Md. 21811.

The Precious Memory Band The popular southern gospel singing group "The Precious Memory Band" will be at St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Laurel, on Jan. 28. This band mixes a lot of the old favorites as well as some of the new in their unique style. Their talent is not only in the singing but also in the instruments they play. You will not want to miss this evening of gospel music. It will begin at 7 p.m. Don Murray and friends will begin singing at 6:30 p.m. Old Stage Road is located just east of US 13. For more information, please contact Pastor Don at 302-856-6107. Directions can be obtained by called 875-7900 and press #4.

First Baptist special music The public is invited to attend a special presentation by the Bob Jones University Musical Ministry Team at First Baptist Continued on page 25

Seaford Mission: looking to the future By Robert Marx Third in a series We have looked at some of the history and the events that led to the founding of the Seaford Mission. Now let’s see what the future may hold. We will also meet another Mission founder. Is there really need to expand the Mission from its current two buildings? Overwhelmingly, the answer is “yes”! The Mission’s goal is not just to alleviate the symptoms of homelessness and addiction; it is to provide a cure for these afflictions. Their success so far has come from providing their residents with a path to becoming productive members of the community. They give “a hand up, not a hand out”. The waiting list to enter the Mission has grown to over one hundred men. One step that is essential in bringing a man from the depths of hopeless addiction and imprisonment to becoming a productive member of society is called transitional housing. In the past we called this type of facility a “halfway house”, because it was halfway between rehabilitative therapy, and independent living. When your past life revolved around finding the means to maintain your addiction, whatever that required, an environment that supports your sobriety while allowing you to become self-supporting can be the necessary link to a new substance abuse free future. The Mission plans to complete a transitional housing building at Third and North streets in 2007. The residents themselves will provide part of the financial support for the ongoing expenses of

this facility. The other community need that will be fulfilled is emergency housing for a family that has experienced a tragedy that renders them temporarily homeless, such as a fire or other disaster. The next project will be an education building across the street from the Mission. This will provide the additional classroom, meeting and office space needed to expand the Mission’s current education programs, and add new ones. Education is an absolute necessity in breaking the cycle of homelessness and addiction. The Mission offers literacy training, mentoring, spiritual training and counseling, as well as a job center. The new facility will allow them to add a GED program, vocational training, family development, plus business and financial skills to their constellation of education programs. Housing for female students is desperately needed, and is part of the Mission’s vision for the future. These accommodations will be “off campus” for the safety of the women. When asked if a new housing facility could cause concern from existing residents in another area, Administrator Paul Alexander pointed out that “property values in the area of the current Mission facilities have actually increased”. A visit to the neighborhood today, compared with fifteen years ago proves the truth of that assertion. The Mission’s current neighbors have welcomed the transformation of the area. Craig Banks is one of the Mission’s founders. He responded to the plea from Rev. Isaac Ross that began the miraculous process that brought the Mission to life. Craig currently serves on the Executive

Board. Craig points out that creating, maintaining and growing a worthwhile endeavor such as this requires a long-term commitment. Craig was born and raised in the area. He shares his life and his businesses, Craig’s TV Service, and Books & Things, with his wife of thirty-three years. Together they have raised two boys and a girl, and have three grandchildren. Craig attends Victory Tabernacle Church of God just south of Seaford. In addition to his Mission work, his faith led him to New Orleans in October 2005 to assist the victims of Hurricane Katrina. News, Needs, and Thanks: In addition to their current support from churches, individuals, corporations and grants, the Mission will be seeking more funding for their expansion. They are also trying to raise the level of public awareness locally and nationally of their programs and contributions to society. Volunteers will be needed for construction and assistance in many areas. You can e-mail the Mission at HYPERLINK mailto:SeafordMission@Verizon.Net SeafordMission@Verizon.Net, call them at 302-629-2559, or write to Seaford Mission, PO Box 1271, Seaford, DE 19973. This week we wish to spotlight the support of the region’s churches. Without their spiritual and financial support, the Mission would never have gotten this far. The Mission appreciates all financial help received, and especially your prayers. Next week: An interview with a resident after his first week at the Mission. Also some success stories, plus News, Needs, and Thanks.

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pastor - Donald Murray - 856-6107

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Good, clear thinking By the Rev. Todd K. Crofford Laurel Wesleyan Church


I got a chuckle this past Mon‘whatever is true, whatever day. Apparently January 22nd is considered the “bluest” day of the is noble, whatever is right, year. Some researchers in England whatever is pure, whatever used factors such as amount of is lovely, whatever is adsunlight; desertion of New Year’s mirable, if anything is exresolutions; accrued Christmas debt, and others to figure out this is cellent or praiseworthy, annually the most depressing day. think about such things.’ So I got to thinking about all the things that affect our attitude. In a the problem instead of the problem itself. given day, every one of us can find reaBefore you know it, the problem is in the sons to throw our hands up in the air and rear view mirror. just give up. Someone lights into us for Encourage yourself by recalling sucno good reason, the bathroom scale refuscesses. Sometimes when I get discoures to cooperate with the latest diet, or the aged about being a pastor, I let my mind computer that breaks down…again! conjure up the picture of people’s faces. I So, I wondered, how do I combat such think about someone in my church whose negative thoughts and discouraging cirlife has been positively impacted by this cumstances? My answer was found in the church and my ministry. I celebrate the Bible. It says “Set your mind on things good thing God has already done in a life. above…” (Colossians 3:2) When you feel like failure is all around Furthermore, Philippians 4:8 reminds you, remind yourself of some event that us, “whatever is true, whatever is noble, went well, some good accomplishment whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatthat you recently had, or some relationship ever is lovely, whatever is admirable, if that is going well. Rick Warren recently anything is excellent or praiseworthy, said that life is like running down two sets think about such things.” of train tracks at the same time, the sucDiscouraging things happen to all of cess and the struggle. They will both be us, but conquerors find a way to set their there, but which set of tracks will you minds to tunnel through, even on the highlight? bluest day of the year. Here are a few My last idea is simple… get moving. practical recommendations. Lots of times our minds atrophy and Focus on the solution, not the problem. slump when our bodies are doing the I heard the other day that one of the same. Change your position, stretch, get biggest mistakes winter drivers make is out of bed earlier and exercise. Healthy when they start to skid they look at what bodies go a long way toward healthy they are about to hit. A much more sucminds. Sometimes a brief walk in the cessful plan is to look at the place where cool air is enough to change perspectives. you want the car to go. As the trainer Bottom line, we all face discouragesaid, “The arms and feet will follow the ment. How our minds deal with it is so eyes. often the difference between success and We all know we will face adversityfailure. that is part of life. Just because we are The Rev. Crofford is Senior Pastor at Laurel Wesleyan doing the right thing does not mean it will Church. His views do not necessarily represent the views of be easy. But when we face obstacles, fothe congregation or Wesleyan Church International. You may email cus on the course that will move you past

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Church of Seaford on Sunday, Feb. 4, at 11 a.m. The group will present a program of familiar hymns and gospel songs consisting of vocal, piano and string, as well as testimonies from team members. The leader of the team, Jon Reddick, will close the service with a brief message from the Word of God. The Musical Ministry Team is touring the Mid-Atlantic United States. The members are students at Bob Jones University in Greenville, S.C. Bob Jones University is a Bible-believing Christian liberal arts university with an annual enrollment of 5,000 students from every state in the Union and more than 30 foreign countries

Communitywide worship service Are you looking for an opportunity to break out of your small circle? Wondering what type of people go to those "other churches"? We'd like to invite everyone to come to a communitywide worship service at Cannon Mennonite Church this Sat-

urday, Jan. 27, at 7 pm. We're hoping this will be a chance for the churches of our community to come together, united in prayer and praise and worship to our Creator. We are located on Rt. 18 West (Cannon Road) between Bridgeville and Seaford. If you have any questions contact Shawn Yoder at 302-381-1219.

Fish Fry supports youth Laurel Wesleyan Church is having a Fish Fry Dinner to support the Youth on Friday, Feb. 9 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 and $5 (12 and under). Purchase in advance at Laurel Wesleyan Church or at the door. For more information call 875-5380.

Mt. Calvary plans trip Mt. Calvary United Methodist Church, Bridgeville, is sponsoring a trip to Mall of America in Minneapolis, Minn., from Aug. 11-18. Cost is $760 per person, double occupancy - $280 extra if only one person to a room. Cancellation insurance Continued to page 30

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Laurel Wesleyan Church

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315 High St. • Seaford, DE

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

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

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OBITUARIES Richard L. Drummond, age 83 Richard L. "Dick" Drummond of Seaford died on Monday, Jan. 15, 2007 at Milford, Memorial Hospital in Milford. Dick was born in Pungoteague, Va., the son of the late Otho L. and Anne Sue Drummond. Mr. Drummond retired from the DuPont Company in Seaford in 1986 after 45 years of service. He was a member of Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church where he served as a Sunday school teacher, superintendent, lay speaker, and trustee. He served on the troop committee of Scout Troop 182 and scout coordinator for Mt. Olivet Church. He was a Member of the Kiwanis Club of Seaford. Dick and his wife were active in the Twinkle Dance Club and the Laurel Cotillion Dance Club. Mr. Drummond served in the U S Army Air Corp in World War II from 1943 to 1945. He was a member of the American Legion Post 6 and the VFW in Seaford, was Past State Commander of the American Legion for Delaware. He served for 25 years as Chaplain for the State American Legion and was awarded Chaplain emeritus by the State Department of the American Legion in September of 2006. He was also a member of 40 & 8 Voiture 1420. He served as chairperson of the Seaford Veterans Committee. He helped establish the Veterans Memorial in Kiwanis Park and helped run the Memorial Day and November 11th ceremonies. He was instrumental in establishing the Veterans Brick walk at the park. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, June Griffith Drummond, his son, Michael K. Drummond of Seaford, and his daughter and her husband, Theresa and Robert Slaughter of Milford. Funeral Services were on Jan. 20, at Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church, Seaford. Friends called at the Cranston Funeral Home, Seaford, Friday evening, followed by American Legion Honors. Friends also called at Mt. Olivet Church on Saturday. Burial was in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Seaford. In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations may be made to Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church, 315 High St. Seaford, DE 19973.

Catherine Hargett, 77 Catherine Sample "Ms. Kitty" Hargett died Thursday, Jan. 11, 2007. Ms. Hargett was born Jan. 1, 1930, a daughter of Ervin Sample and Helen Savage. She was born in Virginia and migrated to Delaware where she reared her family. She retired after 27 years of working with Mountaire in Catherine Hargett Selbyville. She enjoyed socializing with her friends and neighbors. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Paul and Tom Sample; one sister, Elizabeth Jubilee; a daughter, Rose Sample; a son-in-law, Daryl Showell, and two grandsons,

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Christopher Ames and Deric Taylor. She leaves to cherish her memories three sons and one daughter in law, Raymond and Gail Sample Sr., Edward Ames, and John Lee Hargett; six daughters and two sons-in-law, Mary Nelson, Doris Showell, Catherine Davis, Anna Ames, Louise and Linwood Clark and Yvonne and Watemon Morris, 28 grandchildren, and a host of great grandchildren, greatgreat grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Home-going celebration services were on Jan. 19, at St. John's 2nd Baptist Church, Mt. Joy near Millsboro. Arrangements were by Watson Funeral Home, Millsboro.

Rose T. Bounds, 90 Rose T. Bounds of Delmar, passed away Monday, Jan. 15, 2007, at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury. She was born Oct. 10, 1916 in Oklahoma, a daughter of the late Frank and Marie Greco Costa. Mrs. Bounds was a long time member of Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Delmar. While living in Baltimore, she Rose Bounds worked as a radio tester for many years at Bendix Radio. Once moving to the Eastern Shore, she enjoyed being a homemaker and raising her family. She was an excellent cook who was proud of her Italian heritage. Her main focus was her family and she loved spending time with her grandsons and their families, especially her great-grandchildren. She is survived by her daughter, Nancy B. Evans of Delmar; two grandsons, Michael C. Evans of Hebron and Brian N. Evans and his wife Glenda of Delmar; a granddaughter-in-law, Jill Evans of Hebron; and four great-grandchildren, Leslie and Kelsey Lambrose, and Colby and Sydney Evans. She is also survived by a sister-in-law, Evelyn Twilley, and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Sidney James Bounds, who passed in 1986; and one brother and two sisters. A visitation for family and friends was held Jan. 18 at Short Funeral Home, Delmar. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Jan. 19 at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, Delmar. Entombment followed at Springhill Memory Gardens near Hebron. Memorial contributions may be made in her memory to: St. Francis de Sales Parish/Holy Redeemer Parish, Stained Glass Window Fund, 514 Camden Ave., Salisbury, MD 21801; or to the American Lung Association of Delaware, 1021 Gilpin Ave., Suite 202, Wilmington, DE 19806.

S. Preston English, 81 S. Preston English of Millsboro died Jan. 15, 2007. He was a son of Stansbury Phillip and

Sabra Cathryn Mears English; who predeceased him as did a sister, Clara Belle Messick. He owned S. P. English well drilling and farmed. He loved his animals, his cows and dairy operation. He was devoted to his family especially his grandchildren. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Sarah Twitchell English; three sons, Robert A English and wife Sandra, of Snow Hill, Md., John R. English and wife Bonnie of Centerville, Md., Kenneth Vigue and wife Charlene of Hallsville, Ky.; two daughters: Carla Willey of Laurel, Martha Stevenson of Georgetown; 16 grandchildren, and numerous great-grandchildren. His services were on Friday, Jan. 19, at the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Patriots Way, Millsboro, with the Rev Joe Roszin oficiating. Interment was in Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery ,Millsboro. Arrangements were handled by Watson Funeral Home, Millsboro. Letters of condolence may be emailed to: Watson Funeral Home,, or

Geneva Wheatley, 90 Geneva (Willey) Wheatley of Seaford, formerly of Bridgeville, died Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2007, at Genesis Eldercare Center in Seaford. Mrs. Wheatley was born July 20, 1916 in Bridgeville, a daughter of Emory and Fannie (Jones) Willey. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Wheat-

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Clifton E. Holland Jr., 80 Clifton E. "Speed" Holland Jr. of Dagsboro died Jan. 15, 2007 at Harbor Health Care & Rehabilitation in Lewes. He was a son of Clifton E. and Clara Huggerth Holland, Sr. He was past Commander of the Mason Dixon VFW Post #7234, Ocean View; past president and life member of the Dagsboro Volunteer Fire Co.; and a member of the Burnt Swamp Sportsman Association in Gumboro. He was a World War II Veteran of the US Army. He was a retired sales clerk retiring in 1988. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Pearl Baker Holland; a son-in-Law, Harold Swafford; and sisters, Vera Parsons, and Edith Riggleman. He is survived by a son, Clifton E.

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ley was preceded in death by her husband Wilson H. Wheatley (1985), and her daughter, Sue Shelly. She is survived by her grandson, Christopher Reardon of Wilmington; her sister, Jean Short of Bridgeville; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held Jan. 19, at Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Hardesty Chapel, Bridgeville, where friends called. The Rev. Joseph James officiated. Interment was private. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Bridgeville Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 727, Bridgeville, DE 19933. Send online condolences to:

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MORNING STAR ✳ JANUARY 25 - 31, 2007 "Buddy" Holland and wife, Dorothy of Dagsboro; daughters: Sue E. Bonaventure and her husband Dan of Laurel, Barbara Jo Hudson and husband Perry of Millsboro, Sandie K. Swafford of Lewes. Also a brother, Joseph Holland and wife Sylvia of Denton, Md.; a sister, Janice Minnick of Easton, Md.; grandchildren: Dwayne Swafford, Wade Swafford, Holly Webster, Carrie Hellens, Pam Wisniewski, Kim Pettyjohn, Allen Hazzard, Hunter Holland, David Olds, Perry Hudson Jr., Polly O'Day, and great-grandchildren: Ashley, Amanda, Amy, Derek, Cameron, Lily, Miranda, Mason, Olivia, Cash. His services were on Jan. 20, at Watson Funeral Home, 211 Washington St., Millsboro, with the Rev. Robert A. Hudson officiating. Friends called prior to services. Interment was in Dagsboro Redman's Cemetery, Dagsboro. Arrangements were by Watson Funeral Home. Letters of condolence may be emailed to: Watson Funeral Home,, or

Charles M. Wright, III, 60 Charles M. Wright, III, of Mardela Springs, passed away on Monday, Jan. 15, 2007 at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. He was born March 31, 1946 in Salisbury, a son of Charles M. Wright, Jr, who passed in 2005, and Frances Shockley Wright who passed in 1996. Mr. Wright was a long time member of Snethen United Methodist Church. He was also previously a very active member of the Rockawalkin Ruritan Club. He worked

for Milford Fertilizer as an office manager, dispatcher, salesman and vice president before owning and operating A&W Hardware, Inc. in Hebron for more than 18 years. He loved working with his family and enjoyed taking care of his customers at Cornerstone Farms Inc. and Wright's Market, both of which he owned. Quail hunting was a favorite hobby and he was a Duck's Unlimited Sponsor for over 20 years. He is survived by his beloved wife and companion of more than 40 years, Nancy S. Wright; two sons, Charles M. Wright, IV and his wife Michelle, and Timothy M. Wright and his wife Theresa; three grandchildren, Charles Wright, V, Morgan Wright and Garrett Wright; a sister, Carole Nesbitt and her husband George, Jr.; their son, George Nesbitt, III; and a sister-inlaw, Priscilla Hurley and her husband Pete; and their sons, Keith Hurley and Ross Hurley. A memorial service was held Jan. 22, at Short Funeral Home, 13 E. Grove St., Delmar, with the Rev. Ruthann Simpson officiating. Family and friends called prior to the service. Memorial contributions may be made in his memory to: International Myeloma Foundation, 12650 Riverside Drive, Suite 206, N. Hollywood, CA 91607; or to Snethen United Methodist Church, c/o Jan Grey, 4203 Delmar Road, Delmar, DE 19940. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting

Anna B. Morphet, 104 Anna B. Morphet of Seaford passed


away Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2007 at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in Seaford, at the remarkable age of 104. The daughter of the late William Henry Brown and Sara Belle (Reed) Brown, Anna was born in Bridgeville on Aug. 27, 1902. She was the widow of Chester James Morphet, who died Jan. 24, 1970. As a young girl, she moved upstate from Bridgeville, attended Goldey College and worked in Philadelphia, Pa. She met her husband after his return from World War I, while he was employed with the railroad. They lived many happy years in New Castle. After his retirement, they resided in Florida for several years, before returning to Seaford in 1967. An active and enthusiastic volunteer, she was a faithful and life-long member of the GFWC Acorn Club of Seaford, serving in many capacities, as well as working at the gift shop at the Methodist Manor House. Past memberships include the Seaford Historical Society and the Cannon Methodist Church. Her hobbies included knitting, sewing, bowling, playing cards and traveling, in addition to enjoying an active social life. Anna is survived by one sister, Jessie Barnes of Lewes, and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, and cousins. She is also survived by her caretakers, Joyce and Wes Schaefer and their family, who included her as a beloved "honorary" family member for more than 30 years, as well as a legion of dear friends. Graveside services for her were on Wednesday, Jan. 24, at the Odd Fellows

Cemetery, Seaford. Contributions to the charity of your choice is requested. Arrangements were by Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Hardesty Chapel, Bridgeville, DE. Condolences may be sent to:

James A. Messick, 71 James A. Messick of Salisbury died Sunday, Jan. 21, 2007 at Salisbury Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. He was born Feb. 28, 1935 in Philadelphia, Pa., a son of Edmund P. Messick and Irma L. Brittingham Messick. He proudly served his country in the US Air Force from 1957 to 1961. He worked using his love for flowers and plants at Benedict's Florist in Salisbury as a floral arranger, then took a position at Peninsula Regional Medical Center as a clerk in Medical Records. He was one of the last remaining members of the Old School Baptist Church in Salisbury when the church closed. He was also a member of the Friendship Network in Salisbury. He will be remembered and missed by all who knew him as a kind, gentle and thoughtful man. In addition to his parents, two brothers, Howard T. Messick and Edmund P. Messick, Jr, also preceded him in death. He is survived by two brothers, Robert J. Messick, Sr. and his wife Dorleen of Bridgeville, and Donald H. Messick and his wife Brenda of Delmar; two nieces, Robin Breasure and Colleen Kirby, both of Delmar; and a nephew, Robert Messick, Jr. Continued to page 30

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The Answer is in the Bible Question: Why is there so much evil in the world? Such a question has been used over the years in order to justify a nonbelief in the existence of God. As the reasoning goes, if God is so good, if He is all-powerful, then why is there so much evil in the world and why does God allow it? First of all, we must realize that God created a world that is good. “And God saw all that He had made, and behold, it was very good. (Genesis 1:31) When He created man and woman, they too, were perfect, sinless, and without any evil in them. They were put in the Garden of Eden in order to cultivate it (Genesis 2:15) and had one restriction put on them and that was not to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil (Genesis 2:17). Choosing to fall victim to the Devil’s deception however, they ate from the forbidden tree and from that point on, evil was introduced to the human race. The word “choosing” is of utmost significance here because God made man in His image (Genesis 1:26), as an agent of free choice. God wants to have fellowship with man and the only way that can be brought about is for man to choose God and His way above all else. Sadly, all of us who are old enough to be accountable before God have made the wrong choice in our lives (see Romans 3:23). Though the fact that we are free moral agents leaves the responsibility for sin clearly on our own shoulders, the deception that Satan and his angels work upon the human race is very real and must also be considered here. These fallen angels (see Jude 6) also have chosen to disobey God and play a large part in the evil that is in the world. Thankfully, God has sent His Son Jesus, to pay the price for the sins of mankind on the cross and we have a choice as to whether or not to accept the forgiveness He offers on His terms. The evil that is in the world comes about as a result of man going his own way rather than seeking to live according to the will of God as revealed in His Word. Do not think that though God allows man to choose evil that He will do nothing about it. For when Jesus comes back, there will be a judgment, and those who chose a life of disobedience to God will indeed pay the price as they are eternally banished from the presence of God, consigned to the place called hell (see II Thessalonians 1:6-9). Evil exists because that is what man has chosen. If you have Bible questions, send to: Seaford Church of Christ 302-629-6206 or

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Famous Golden Dragons acrobats to perform at Delaware Tech in April The Golden Dragons, the world's leading Chinese acrobatic troupe, will present an unforgettable acrobatic and theatrical performance on Sunday, April 29, at 2 p.m., in the theatre of the Arts & Science Center at Delaware Technical & Community College in Georgetown. Now in its 28th year of continuous touring in this country, this troupe, which hails from Cangzhou, Heibei province, represents the best of a time-honored tradition that began more than 27 centuries ago — no other folk art form has endured for so long. The Golden Dragons will be the featured performer at the college's annual Spring Gala, "Starry, Starry Night" the previous evening. Trained since their youth in this rigorous art for which they display an unmis-

takable love, the Golden Dragons has reached international acclaim and earned numerous awards. Rave reviews, glowing accolades, and sold-out audiences accompanied the troupe as it performed in all 50 states and more than 65 countries on five continents. Among the Golden Dragons prestigious performance venues are the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Caesar's Palace in Atlantic City, Germany's Elspe Festival, and the Seattle Children's Festival. With a combination of award-wining acrobatics, traditional dance, spectacular costumes, and ancient and contemporary theatrical techniques, the Golden Dragon Acrobats are consummate professionals. The troupe fills its shows with "breathContinued on page 29

"Chinese acrobats offer timeless thrills. The impossible can be achieved, and once achieved, surpassed, then surpassed again." - Associated Press.

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Seaford Historic Society speaker will talk about the ‘Lawrence’ By Ann Nesbitt Because the danger of losing "Lawrence" seems imminent, the Seaford Historical Society is calling on the expertise of William Charles Allen to help the people of this area know more about this historic property. He will be speaking at a meeting to be held at the Methodist Manor House on Monday, Feb. 5, at 7 p.m. The meeting is co-sponsored by the Manor House. Allen has attained a position of prominence in his field and is now serving as architectural historian for the U.S. government. He has a special interest in Seaford with having grown up here and having family roots here. He has a wealth of knowledge to share about the history and architecture of "Lawrence." The Lawrence property is located on

Rt. 13A north of Seaford, a small distance south of the new post office on the opposite side of the road. An ancestor of the late Wright Robinson built it. The house is in a serious state of disrepair and unless something is done soon, this piece of the area's history will be lost forever. The house is older than the Ross Mansion and is a rare example of its style of architecture. This northern end of the Seaford area is developing rapidly. The land is extremely valuable but the house must be saved. The fact that the owners have applied for annexation creates even more urgency to the situation. With more people knowing more about the historic and architectural significance of "Lawrence," it is hoped that some plan for saving it can be developed. The meeting is open to the public. There is no charge. For more information call 628-7788.

Delmarva Chicken Festival plans return visit to Federalsburg, Md. The annual Delmarva Chicken Festival will make a return visit to Federalsburg, Md., on June 22 and 23. The festival will be staged at the Marshy Hope Marina Park located on South Main Street just off of Maryland Rt. 318. The event will be hosted by the Town of Federalsburg and the Federalsburg Business and Civic Association. Serving as co-chairs for the 2007 festival are the Honorable Betty Ballas, Mayor of Federalsburg, and George Mayer, Main Street Manager/Grants Administrator for the Town of Federalsburg. The co-chairs lead a committee of community volunteers who will coordinate such activities as an arts and crafts show, home and trade show, musical entertainment, carnival, car show, and a variety of food concessions including Delmarva's well known giant fry pan. In addition, there will be educational displays relating to chicken, the fun-filled chicken capers, and the always popular

baby chick display. In announcing plans for the June festival, Mayor Ballas and Mr. Mayer stated that "the Town of Federalsburg and its citizens are excitedly preparing for the return of the Delmarva Chicken Festival to our community,” they said. “We are looking forward to welcoming thousands of visitors to our town while focusing on an industry that provides employment for more than 14,000 Delmarva residents and is an important economic force for the entire Delmarva Peninsula," they added. The Delmarva Chicken Festival is sponsored annually by Delmarva Poultry Industry, Inc. (DPI), the trade association working for the continued progress of the area's poultry industry. For further information on the 58th Delmarva Chicken Festival, contact the DPI office at 800-878-2449, or the Town of Federalsburg at 410-754-8157, or 410754-8173.

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taking skill and spell-binding beauty"; the performers' talent and athleticism have been compared to that possessed by Olympic champions. Bending like rubber, juggling the unbelievable, defying physical limitations - the artistry of the Golden Dragon Acrobats, accompanied by powerful music and explosive choreography, transcends culture, mesmerizes audiences, and brings joy to people of all ages Ticket prices for the performance are

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of Delmar. A funeral service was held Jan. 24, at Short Funeral Home, Delmar, where family and friends called. Interment followed the services at Smith Mills Cemetery in Delmar. Memorial contributions may be made in his memory to: Smith Mills Cemetery Fund, c/o David Brumbley, 534 N. Phillips St., Seaford, DE 19973. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting <>.

Kenneth J. Levesque, 47 Kenneth Joseph Levesque of Fredericksburg, Va., died Thursday, Jan. 18, 2007 at his residence. He was 47 years old. He was born Dec. 11, 1959 in Chelsea Naval Hospital in Boston, Mass., a son of John and Elaine Huff Levesque, who predeceased him. He was a graduate of DeMatha High School in Hyattsville, Md., class of 1977, and had attended the University of Maryland. He was a master electrician for M.C. Dean, Inc. Mr. Levesque coached Little League Baseball in Stafford County, Va. He is survived by his wife, Karen Taylor Levesque, formerly of Seaford; two sons, John E. Levesque and Joseph David Levesque, and a daughter, Amy M. Levesque, all at home; one brother, Kevin Levesque of Alameda, Calif.; his in-laws, John and Barbara Taylor of Seaford, Jacalyn Bradley of Seaford, and Janelle Koski of East New Market, Md., and their families.

Funeral services were on Jan. 23 at The Covenant Funeral Service in Fredericksburg. Graveside services and interment were on Wednesday, Jan. 24, at Hill Crest Cemetery in Federalsburg, Md., with the Rev. Dan Walker officiating. Memorials may be made to the Levesque Children's Fund, c/o BB&T Bank, 375 Chatham Heights Road, Fredericksburg, VA 22405. Local arrangements by Framptom Funeral Home in Federalsburg.

Harry David Wright, 58 Harry David Wright of Delmar, died Jan. 19, 2007 . Mr. Wright was born a son of Walter and Ruth Weber Wright, who predeceased him. He was a member of the American Legion Post #28. He loved to play pool, and work on cars. He is survived by his wife, Wanda L. Wright; children, Sean Wright and wife Christie of Dallas, Ga., Morgan Wright, Ashley Wright, Barbara Wright all of New Castle, Dennis Tripp of Fountain Co., Kyle Tripp of Tenn., Crystal Tripp of Millsboro, Faith Tripp of Georgetown; a sister, Nancy Bilheimer of Levittown, Pa.; one grandchildren, Aubrey Wright. A memorial service will be held on Friday, Jan. 26, at 10 a.m., at Watson Funeral Home, 211 Washington St., Millsoboro, with the Rev. Fern Kester officiating. Interment will be private. Arrangements were by Watson Funeral Home, Millsboro. Letters of condolence may be emailed to: Watson Funeral Home,; or

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

Centenary Church Gospel Café Centenary United Methodist Church, Poplar and Market streets, Laurel, is hosting a Christian music night 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.

January guest singers are: Jan. 27: Ginny Van Tine, Don White, Mike Truitt. Every week, Mary Ann Young joins us. Contact the Church office at 875-3983, or Bruce Willey at 875-5539.

Chronic pain relief "Finding Hope with Chronic Pain" is a seminar that will pursue the effects, influences, and interventions for chronic pain. Cindy Heck will be presenting this seminar at Laurel Wesleyan Church on Saturday, Feb. 10, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Heck is an author and RN, with a masters degree in counseling. She will share from personal experience and Biblical truth how to develop a heart of praise in the midst of your trail and be assured of the healing presence of God. Admission if pre-registered is $20, or $25 at the door, which includes light refreshments and workbook. Register online at or call the office at 8755380. Laurel Wesleyan Church is located 1/2 mile north of Laurel on Rt. 13A.

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Get an early start on your taxes Earlier is better when it comes to working on your taxes. Taxpayers are encouraged to get a head start on tax preparation, especially since early filers avoid the last minute rush and get their refunds sooner. The tax deadline for Delawareans this year is Monday, April 16, since April 15 falls on a Sunday. Here are seven easy ways to get a good jump on your taxes long before the April 16 deadline is here: Gather your records in advance. Make sure you have all the records you need, including W-2s and 1099s. Get the right forms. They're available on the IRS Web site at or by calling the IRS at 1-800-TAX-FORM. Take your time. Don't forget to leave room for a coffee break when filling out your tax return as rushing can mean making a mistake. Don't miss out on tax deductions or tax credits you are able to claim. Double-check your math and verify all Social Security numbers. These are among the most common errors found on tax returns. Taking care will reduce your chance of hearing from the IRS and speed up your refund. The error rate on paper filed returns is approximately 20 percent compared to only 1 percent with an e-filed tax return. Get the fastest refund. When you file early, you receive your refund faster. When you choose direct deposit, you receive your refund sooner than waiting for a mailed check. About 77 percent of Delawareans receive refunds. E-filing is easy. E-filing catches math problems, provides confirmation your return has been received and gives you a faster refund. Over 213,000 Delawareans efiled their tax returns with the IRS last year. E-filing is available through the Web site. Taxpayers can also file for free and online at using the Free File Program. The Free file program can be used by taxpayers with an AGI of $52,000 or less. About 66 percent of Delaware taxpayers qualify for the Free File program. Don't panic. If you have a problem or a question, remember the IRS is there to help. Try the IRS Web site at or call the IRS customer service number at 1800-TAX-1040. Should you file a tax return? You must file a tax return if your income is above a certain level. The amount varies depending on filing status, age and the type of income you receive. You also need to file to receive the Telephone Tax Refund or the Earned Income Tax Credit. Check the "individuals" section of the

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Employees at North Laurel give town school to be proud of Going out to Paul Lawrence Dunbar School or North Laurel AT URPHY School is always a joy. The kids are still very young and respectful, It’s so easy to find full of joy and are ready listeners to anything we might have to say. negative things these As I made my way into North days but in every visit to Laurel to have lunch with my those two schools the last grandson Christian and his friend Derrell Holden, I couldn’t help but 10 years, I always have notice the huge portrait above the left feeling very good fireplace in the foyer of the school. about things. There was President Bush, his wife Laura and the very familiar face of Laurel’s State Teacher of the Year, pal Christy Greaves and teachers like DiGarrett Lydic. A great portrait that even anne Wootten and others give us a school Frank Calio would be proud of. to be proud of. As we sat enjoying lunch and answerOh yes, Garrett Lydic gave me some ining many questions for Derrell, I saw anformation on a project that parents should other great portrait on the cafeteria side of encourage their North Laurel students to the auditorium. It was of Oprah Winfrey participate in. There is a Space Camp Esand the famous cafeteria crew that was on say Contest for young students that can her show a couple of years ago. You know, win them a trip to Huntsville, Ala., at the Grace White, Eisele Couch and all the rest U.S. Space Camp with Lydic and his wife of those caring employees of the North next summer. Deadline is Feb. 1, and few Laurel Cafeteria. have done the essay. Call the school, or In the hall ware pictures of the late Elhelp is available at Laurel Public Library. bert Carvel, our number one citizen and It’s well worth the effort. two-time governor. North Laurel Elementary was built in The Jan. 15 issue of Time Magazine 1952, I believe, and despite its age, like had a little extra of interest to local readers Dunbar, it is very clean and well-mainrecently, as Laurel native Patrick Pugh had tained. Whether you are in custodial care, a Letter to the Editor called, “What A Cop cafeteria employee, or teacher, there seems Out.” It was his opinion that Time did not to be great harmony among all the emsufficiently recognize Warren Buffet, who ployees at the school. gave away $37 billion. The letter was vinLast evening, two of my grandchildren tage Patrick, someone we all know. Patrick were busy working on a report on Ben is a graduate of Washington College and a Franklin, a great American. Evidently, their teacher, Jamie Knapp, thinks history is an important part of that class’s education. It’s so easy to find negative things these days but in every visit to those two schools the last 10 years, I always have left feeling very good about things. Princi-



very articulate person. He will be heard. Now you know I have “my regulars” that I will write about in my column occasionally, sometimes more often. Former Blades police chief Paul Viehman, who is now manager and security at Bargain Bill’s, is one of those people and you know I have given him a tough time on occasion. There is a serious side to Paul, though, and it is what makes him such an interesting person. The other morning (a couple of weeks ago) there was an individual hanging around the flea market very early in the morning, and Paul felt something was not quite right and did some background checking. The young man had taken leave of his residence at Sussex Correctional Institute and was hoping to leave the area. Paul had Laurel Police there in a short time and the convicted rapist is back behind bars. We kid Paul with stuff such as “one bullet” and “Barney” but his police background he takes seriously and I’m sure we are glad he does! Here’s some good news: The old Laurel Post Office will again be a busy place as the Insurance Market has moved in and it is to be the company’s Financial Services Center. John Bennett of John Bennett Inc., has put a fresh coat of paint and look on the place and John Downes was as proud as one can be as he showed me around on Monday. More on this growing business real soon! On Feb. 5, Ed and Holly Hannigan will

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celebrate seven years with Seeds, a Baby Boutique in Laurel. Boy, how the time flies. Ed, remember our coffee days at Laureltowne with Mike Matthews, Richard Small, Mike Eline, Dan Dykes and the rest of us? They were great. Congratulations, folks, and remember our new business, The Perfect Touch to open at the corner of Central Avenue and Market Street on Feb. 1. There will be a ribbon cutting for the new business on Saturday, Feb. 3, at 9 a.m. Accent Florist is under new ownership. Heather Werner is the new person in Laureltowne and she will be having a chamber of commerce ribbon cutting on Monday, Jan. 29, at 9 a.m. You are invited to both. Laurel and Delaware State graduate, Shawn Phillips, in case I have not told you, is going to Clearwater, Fla., in February for a “look see” by the Phillies. Shawn is like a lot of young players, lots of little baseballs flowing through his system. One thing, Shawn is giving it his best shot. The subject of allowances came up the other day. I can still recall figuring out how I was going to spend that quarter my Aunt Lib Hollowell gave me, because you could still buy penny baseball cards and Mary Janes then. Today, most kids just ask Dad or Mommom for $5. Share your memories of this with me, will you? Have a great week and oh yes, Ronnie, it really is Ronnie Hatfield for your name, not Hayfield!





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✳ JANUARY 25 - 31, 2007

LEGALS NOTICE Trussum Pond Self Storage, LLC Located at 11323 Trussum Pond Road, DE, Will be holding a Public Auction on February 12, 2007, at 10:00 AM. The following units will be sold Because of nonpayment of rent Pursuant to the Self Storage Facility Act. Lakisha Bagwell — Unit A4, boxes, household goods, beds, furniture, toys, etc. Robin Davis — Unit A9 boxes, clothes, household goods, furniture, toys, etc. Alex Smart — Unit A24, TV’s, microwave, furniture, bed, plants, boxes of clothes, exercise equipment, etc. Cline’s Heating and Air — Unit A27, ladder, heater, etc.. Sarina Outen — Unit B6, household goods, boxes of clothes, highchair, etc. TPSS RESERVES THE RIGHT TO CANCEL THIS SALE WITHOUT PRIOR NOTICE. CASH ONLY. 1/25, 2/1/2tc

NOTICE On Saturday 2/24/07 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 Self-Storage 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. Ray & Trudy Tice, Laurel, DE, Unit #’s 114-143, 115-142, 153, 202, 205, 210 Laurel, DE Bidding guidelines available on request Peninsula Mini Storage 302-6295743. 1/25/2tc

TOWN OF BRIDGEVILLE COMMISSION ELECTION — MARCH 3, 2007 CANDIDATE FILING DEADLINE — FEBRUARY 2, 2007 VOTER REGISTRATION DEADLINE — FEBRUARY 21, 2007 The Town of Bridgeville Commission Election will be held on Saturday, March 3, 2007, in the Town Hall, 101 North Main Street, between the hours of 12:00 P.M. and 7:00 P.M. Two Commissioners will be elected for a two year term and one Commissioner will be elected for a one year term. Interested candidates must file a written letter of


intent to the Commission President or Secretary by the close of business on February 2, 2007. Every resident of the Town who is eighteen years of age shall have one vote, provided he/she has registered on the “Books of Registered Voters” of the Town of Bridgeville. A person may register at the Town Hall during regular office hours by completing such forms as provided by the Town. No person shall be registered after the close of business on February 21, 2007. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. Town of Bridgeville Bonnie S. Walls, Town Manager 1/25

NOTICE OF BID The Town of Laurel is accepting sealed bids for two separate parcels of surplus property in the corporate town limits. Both parcels are approved as building lots and are described as follows: Lot 1 — Zoned R-1, located on West Sixth Street, between 421 and 425 West Sixth Street, tax map #432/8.06/16. The parcel has 122 feet +/- of frontage along Broadcreek. The minimum sealed bid price is $44,187.50. Lot 2 — Zoned R-2, located on Seventh Street, between 522 and 526 Seventh Street, tax map #432/8.06/228.03. The minimum sealed bid price is $45,187.50 Bid forms may be picked up at the Code Enforcement Office or Laurel Town Office, 201 Mechanic Street, Laurel, Delaware, Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Deadline for accepting sealed bids will be Wednesday, February 28, 2007, 5:00 p.m. Bids will be opened and made public at the Mayor and Council meeting, scheduled for Monday, March 5, 2007, beginning at 7:00 p.m. Settlement must occur within thirty days of acceptance of bid. 1/25, 2/8, 2/22

PUBLIC NOTICE The Planning and Zoning Commission and the County Land Use Consultants (URDC) will be holding public meetings for input for the upcoming Sussex County Comprehensive Plan Update for 2007 at the following locations: Monday, January 29, 2007, from 6 to 8 P.M. LOCATION: Greenwood Fire Company, U.S. Route 13, See LEGALS—page 36

3 Auctions by Marshall Auctions Large Public Multi-Estate Auction Selling from the Living Estates of Katherine Gnagey of Westover, Helen Vespasian of Ocean City, as well as several other local estates.

Friday Night, February 2nd, 2007 at 5:00 p.m. Big Screen TVs, Power Tools, Appliances, Furniture & More! Held at the Marshall auction Facility at 8000 Esham Rd., Parsonsburg,MD Personal Property Preview: 2 hours prior to the Auction. Directions: At the intersection of Rt. 50 & Forest Grove Rd., in Parsonsburg, turn North onto Forest Grove Rd. and follow for 0.5 miles to Old Ocean City Rd. Right onto Old O. C. Rd. and follow for 1.2 miles to Esham Rd. Left onto Esham Rd. and follow for 1.2miles to burgundy/tan building on left. Signs Posted. Glass/China/Collectables (5pm): 4 painted Millennium edition walking liberty silver dollars, $100 silver Franklin bill, African carvings and sculptures, Ocean City oyster can, 2 split oak baskets, Noritake, Bayard, DE advertising thermometer, nude oil on canvas, Donald Duck puppets, Esso oil can radio, beer advertisements and neons, stoneware crocks, 2 cobalt lanterns, children’s books and toys, Banex electric guitar and amplifier, Weyman banjo, violin, amber sandwich plates, crystal punch bowl and cups, and still unpacking!! Tools and Appliances (6:30pm) Lincoln Arc Welder, DR 9hp Field and Brush Mower, Craftsman tools including the following- 5hp 22 gal air compressor, 7.8hp 2500psi pressure washer, yard cart, bench grinder weed whacker, leaf blower, ratchet set, chainsaw, spreader, sprayer, tool belt, tool box, hammers and screwdrivers- John Deere push mower, McCollah blower, White edger, White push mower, Toro blower, Pride handicap motor scooter, Milwaukee right angle drill, Shelton tow hitch, _” impact wrench, homelite chainsaw, burgess bug fogger, ridged pipe wrenches, lawn sweeper, tree trimmer, two cables and chains, very large vice, sledge hammers, fire axes, many garden tools, hose reels, GE Refrigerator, upright freezer, Weber gas grill, double gas burner, turkey fryer, Gora 16” chrome wheels and more!! Furniture and TV’s (7:30pm): 55” Magnavox TV, 55” RCA TV, 53” Sony TV, Toshiba 27” TV, Sanyo 25” TV, RCA 25” TV, TV’s by Phillips, G&E and more, Broyhill floral loveseat and sofa, 3pc Lane living room suite, Lay-Z-Boy recliner, 4pc contemporary BRS, 4 drawer file cabinet, 2 carved oak end tables, oak drop leaf coffee table, cherry entertainment center, pine entertainment center, oak upholstered rocking chair, sleeper sofa, floral deco sofa, 1 drawer oak end stand, Queen Anne style sofa table, rattan chair, teak table and four chairs, Heywood Wakefield dresser, waterfall vanity and dresser, Walnut solid wood front china cabinet, 9 pc mahogany dinning room suite, large oriental rug, many misc prints, iron bed, oriental rugs, 4 drawer file, 2 dinette sets, Bose, Advent, and Polk speakers and more!! Box lots will be sold last: Milk glass vases, misc amber glass, lesser china, flatware, flower planters, cups and saucers, and still unpacking!! Terms Personal Property: Cash Or Approved Check Day of sale. Visa/MC/Amex/Discover. 8% Buyer Premium. 3% Discount for cash or check. Everything Sold “As Is” with no warranties of any kind. Auction conducted inside & outside or 9,000 Sq. Ft. facility. Two Auctioneers. Some seating provided. Food served by Millie’s.

INCREDIBLE ESTATE GUN AUCTION w/SELECT ADDITIONS “Men’s Night Out Auction” -- Friday, Feb. 9th, 2007 at 5 PM Held at the Marshall Auction Facility at 8000 Esham Rd., Parsonsburg, MD Fantastic Selection of Estate quality Rifles, Shotguns & Pistols, Waterfowl Prints, Decoys, Swords, Bayonets, Ammunition, 2001 Suzuki King Quad 300, 1982 Jeep CJ-5, much more!

Highlighted items: S & W Schofield .45 Cal Revolver, Spencer 56-56 carbine,1847 Springfield Musketoon, Remington Mdl 11 Premier “F”Grade & many others!

Preview: Thur. Feb 8th 6 – 9 PM & Day of Sale from 12 – 5 PM This will be a Multi-Estate Auction and will feature over 240 modern firearms including pistols, rifles & shotguns. Includes an extremely rare Smith & Wesson Schofield .45 Cal revolver, 2 German Lugers, Japanese WWII Nambos 8mm pistol, Spencer repeating rifle. Pistols from Smith & Wesson, Ruger, Beretta, Colt, High Standard & many others. Shotguns including 8 Fox Sterlingworths, 4 Parkers, 8 Brownings, Remington Model 11 Premier F grade shotgun, 15 Winchesters & many others. Rifles including Remington, Winchester, NEF, Springfield, Mauser, Marlin & others. Military including an M1 Garand, two 30 cal. Carbines, Two 30-40 Krags, Smith Corona 03-a3 & many more. A nice selection of Decoys, wildlife prints, swords, bayonets, 1982 CJ-5 jeep, 1996 Coachman Catalina 340Fl motorhome, 2001 Suzuki King Quad 4x4, 4outboard motors, Fishing rods, Reels, Water skis, Boating supplies & more will also be sold. VIEW WEB FOR A COMPLETE LISTING! WE ARE GLADLY ACCEPTING QUALITY CONSIGNMENTS FOR THE AUCTION. VIEW WEB FOR A CURRENT LISTING & 800+ PICS OF THE 240 GUNS ALREADY CATALOGUED

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

Thursday February 22nd, at 5:18 PM – 10976 Delaware Ave., Laurel, DE Nicely maintained 3 BR, 1 BA split level home on a large 1/3 Acre lot in Lakeside Manor Real Estate Preview: Feb. 13th 5 - 6 PM & Feb. 18th 1-2 PM Description: Nicely maintained 3 BR, 1 BA, split level Estate home located in a wonderful neighborhood in Laurel, DE. The home has a spacious floor plan, updated kitchen & HVAC system and has a large yard. The home in centrally located near Rt. 13 expediting travel North & South. This Estate home would make and ideal starter home or an excellent investment opportunity.

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PAGE 36 LEGALS - from Page 35 Greenwood, (District 2) Wednesday, January 31, 2007, from 6 to 8 P.M. LOCATION: Lewes Fire Company, Savannah Road, Lewes, (District 3) Thursday, February 1, 2007, from 6 to 8 P.M. LOCATION: Seaford Fire Company, King and Cannon Streets, Seaford (District 1) Tuesday, February 6, 2007, from 6 to 8 P.M. LOCATION: Selbyville Fire Company, North Main Street, Selbyville, (District 5) Thursday, February 15, 2007, from 6 to 8 P.M. LOCATION: Bethany Beach Fire Company, Coastal Highway and Hollywood Street, Bethany Beach, (District 4) For additional information, contact the Planning and Zoning Department at 302-855-7878. 1/25/1tc

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING COUNTY BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT HEARING Little Creek Hundred Case No. 9756 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 III, Subsection 11514 of said ordinance of TIMOTHY J. WILSON who is seeking a special use exception to build an accessory structure without a main building, to be located northwest of Road 455B, south of Road 64. The hearing will be held in the County Council Chambers, County Administrative Office Building, Georgetown, Delaware, on Monday evening, FEBRUARY 26, 2007, 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 hear-

ing. For additional information, contact the Planning and Zoning Department at 302-855-7878. 1/25/1tc

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING COUNTY BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT HEARING Little Creek Hundred Case No. 9769 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 IV, Subsection 115-25, Item A of said ordinance of MICHAEL CONOVER AND WILLIAM J. MCCORMICK who are seeking a variance from the minimum lot width requirement for a parcel, to be located north of Road 66, 4,000 feet west of Road 62, being Lot 8. The hearing will be held in the County Council Chambers, County Administrative Office Building, Georgetown, Delaware, on Monday evening, FEBRUARY 26, 2007, 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. 1/25/1tc

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING COUNTY BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT HEARING Seaford Hundred Case No. 9759 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 IV, Subsection 115-25, Item A, B and C of said ordinance of RONDA BANNING who is seeking a variance from

the side yard setback requirement, a variance from the minimum square footage requirement for a parcel, and a variance from the minimum lot width requirement for a parcel, to be located south of Road 544, 550 feet west of U.S. Route 13A. The hearing will be held in the County Council Chambers, County Administrative Office Building, Georgetown, Delaware, on Monday evening, FEBRUARY 26, 2007, 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. 1/25/1tc

Police Journal Armed robbery in Laurel On Saturday, Jan. 20, at approximately 7:49 p.m. members of the Laurel Police Department responded to the Towne Package Store on Delaware Avenue in reference to an armed robbery that had just occurred. Upon arrival officers were advised by the victims that the suspect was a black male between 5’9” to 5’10” tall, weighing 150 lbs, wearing a black hood, black jeans and a white T-shirt underneath the hood and a pink mask. Victims advised that the suspect entered the store displaying an unknown type handgun. The suspect advised the victims to open the cash register and the suspect removed an undisclosed amount of US currency from the cash register before fleeing on foot. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Laurel Police Department at 1302-875-2244 or Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or cell phone callers can call *TIPS.

Pair arrested for crime spree TOWN OF BLADES ELECTION Candidates wishing to run for the two (2) council seats and the Mayor’s seat that are up for election in Blades must file written 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 19, 2007. No letters will be accepted after February 19, 2007. 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 5, 2007 election must register at the Blades Town Hall by the close of business at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 21, 2007. No registration will be allowed after February 21, 2007. TOWN OF BLADES Julie A. Chelton TOWN ADMINISTRATOR 1/18,1/25, 2/8,2/15

Delaware State Police Detectives have identified and arrested two men who are accused of burglarizing a home on Fisher Road, Nov. 6, and then using a stolen credit card to make purchases at local businesses. These men are also accused of committing several other burglaries and thefts in the Lewes, Milton, and Harbeson areas of Sussex County. Earlier this month detectives concluded a month-long investigation with the arrest of five suspects on 175 charges. Six ATV's, two go-carts, and miscellaneous stolen property valued at approximately $31,507 were recovered during the investigation. Chad J. McCloskey, 31, and Jason A. Scott, 31, both of Harbeson, were each arrested on 68 charges including burglary 2nd degree, burglary 3rd degree, theft of a motor vehicle, felony theft, felony criminal mischief, theft of a firearm, possession of a firearm by a person prohibited, con-

spiracy 2nd degree, forgery 2nd degree, unlawful use of a credit card, receiving stolen property, misdemeanor theft, misdemeanor criminal mischief, theft false pretense, and resisting arrest.

Laurel Police reports On Jan. 15 at 4:56 p.m. members of the Laurel Police Department stopped a Ford Taurus on Georgetown Road for a traffic violation. Upon making contact with the driver he was advised that he did not have a license and that his name was Carlos Nazario Rodriguez. A check revealed that the subject was wanted. When officers placed the driver under arrested and advised him that he was wanted, the driver advised that his real name was Armando Rojas. Arrested was Armando Rojas 21, of Laurel, on charges of Criminal Impersonation. He was released on unsecured bond On Jan. 16 at 1:43 a.m. members of the Laurel Police Department responded to 2100 Daniels Street for a noise complaint. Upon arrival officers made contact with the suspect who was found to be barred from the property. Arrested was Donovan Truitt, 22, of Laurel, on charges of trespassing. On Jan. 16 at 11:11 a.m. members of the Laurel Police Department responded to the Family Dollar on Sussex Highway for a shoplifting that had just occurred. Upon arrival the reporting person advised that a male and female had just stolen two shirts from the store. The reporting person was able to get the tag number off the vehicle that the suspects left in. A short time later officers responded to Delmar where the suspects lived and took them into custody without incident. The property was also recovered. Arrested were Gianfranco Minello, 24, and Christina Minello, 31, both of Delmar. Charges were Shoplifting and Conspiracy 3rd.

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FIRST SNOW MISHAP - On Sunday, Jan. 21, during the first snow fall of the year, the Delmar Fire Department was called to an accident with injuries on Gordy Mill Rd east of town. 74 Command arrived to find a Chevy pick-up that had lost control on a patch of snow and came in contact with a utility pole on the passenger’s side of the vehicle. Rescue 74 arrived and assisted the ambulance crew with patient care. One male patient was transported to PRMC in Salisbury Md., with minor injuries. Gordy Mill Rd was shut down by the Delmar Fire Police during the alarm. Photo by Wayne Barrall

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Community Bulletin Board Events



Nanticoke Auxiliary Winter Dance ‘Puttin’ on the Glitz’

Nanticoke Little League

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Nanticoke Health Services Auxiliary Winter Gala Saturday, Jan. 27, at the Seaford Golf and Country Club. This year’s 1930s theme, “Puttin’ on the Glitz,” will feature Art Deco decorations in a Grand Ballroom. Those attending will enjoy elegant food followed by the music of Encore while they whirl across the dance floor. Dust off your spats and top hats and put on your pearls and enjoy this memorable evening. Linda Robertson is the chairperson for the annual gala event. She is assisted by Bonnie Allen, Patty Burk, Sharon Mears, Janet Hubbard, Judi Thoroughgood and Jenny Werner. Proceeds from the event will be part of the auxiliary’s annual donation to Nanticoke Health Services. Details can be obtained by calling the Nanticoke Health Services Volunteer Office at 629-6611, ext. 2301.

A Toast to Romance Wishes, Bubbles and romance - The Shoppe's of High Street in Historic Downtown Seaford will be hosting a toast to Romance. Couples are encouraged to stroll High Street on Saturday, Feb. 3, from 1-4 p.m. and join participating retailers for a champagne tasting, hosted by Nylon Package Store. Learn about the different types of champagne and enter drawings for romantic giveaways and door prizes. Register your special Valentine wish with your favorite retailers during your visit.

Hearts for Hope Hearts for Hope - A benefit dinner and auction for Hope House I and II, sponsored by the Laurel Community Foundation, a 501-c3 non-profit organization, will be held on Feb. 17, 6 p.m., to the Laurel Fire Hall. Entertainment will be by Beverly La Fazia and Robert Naylor. Tickets are on sale at Laurel Petroleum, or from any LCF Board member, for $25. Call Leigh Clark for information at 875-9480.

Golden Dragons Acrobats On Sunday, April 29, the Golden Dragons Acrobats will perform at 2 p.m., in the theatre in Arts & Science Center, Delaware Technical & Community College, Rt. 18, Seashore Highway, Georgetown. The world's leading Chinese acrobatic troupe; features award-wining acrobatics, traditional dance, spectacular costumes. Tickets are $22 for adults; $18 for students (must present ID at time of purchase); $10 for children 12 and younger. Open seating; doors open at 1 p.m. Beginning Jan. 16, tickets will be available for purchase, Monday through Friday between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.; call 855-1617 to purchase by credit card or in person at Delaware Tech, Suite 109, Jason Technology Center.

Farm Toy and Truck Show The 15th annual Blue Hen Farm Toy and Truck Show and Sale is Saturday, Jan. 27, from 8:30 to 2 p.m. in Exhibit Hall at the Delaware State Fairgrounds in Harrington. Buy, sell or trade farm toys and trucks with vendors from Delmarva. This show offers a wife variety of toy tractors, imple-

The Nanticoke Little League will hold a Longaberger Basket Bingo on Thursday, Feb. 1, starting at 7 p.m. at the Seaford Moose Lodge, located on Rt. 13A in Seaford. The evening will consist of 20 games and will feature several basket sets, Collectors Club, Membership basket, Journal basket, Napkin set and several regular line baskets as prizes. Advance tickets are $20 per person, $25 at the door. Advance ticket includes a chance to win the Large Hamper, Heartwood Serving Bowl basket, Toboso Plaid Throw or one of the eight door prizes. Several chances to win. Refreshments will be available. For ticket information contact any Nanticoke Little League member, call 875-2947, or email ments and trucks of different sizes and brands, as well as some NASCAR collectibles. Admission is $3, with children 10 and under free with paying adult. The show will also feature door prizes and concessions. All proceeds will benefit Lake Forest East Elementary School's PTA. For more information about the show, call Chris Argo at (302) 684-0117.

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Georgetown's AARP Chapter 5340 will meet Feb. 5, at Sussex Pines Country Club in Georgetown with luncheon at noon. Guest speaker Uday Jani, M.D., FACP of Shore view Medical P.A. will provide information about risk factors for coronary artery disease. 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.

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.

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

Western Sussex Democrat Club Chris Calio, a member of the Laurel Town Council will be the speaker at the regular monthly meeting of the Western Sussex Democrat Club Monday, Jan. 29, at 6:30 p.m. Calio will present topics of interest to all residents of the 40th District. The meeting is held at Duke's Pool House

Submit Bulletin Board items by Thursday at noon. Send to Morning Star Publications, PO Box 1000, Seaford, DE 19973, email morningstarpub or drop off at 628 West Stein Highway, Seaford. Items appear in both the Seaford and Laurel Stars. on Sycamore Road in Laurel and features a dish to pass dinner. Duke's Pool House is about three miles east of Rt. 13 and Sycamore Road is marked by O'Neal's Antiques on Rt. 13. From the Georgetown area, take Rt. 9 to Rt. 13, turn south and look for O'Neal's Antiques. Newcomers to the area and interested residents are welcome to attend.

Acorn Club The G.F.W.C.-Acorn Club of Seaford will have a business meeting at the Methodist Manor House on Thursday, Jan. 25 at 7:30 p.m. The hostess will be Betty Johnson and her committee.

Delaware Equine Council The next meeting of the Delaware Equine Council will be at 7p.m. at the AmericInn in Harrington on Monday, Feb. 19. There will be a short meeting followed by guest speaker, Dr. Beth Ross, DVM. Dr. Ross is new to the area. For details call Peggy at 629-5233.

Watermelon Convention The 42nd Annual Mar-Del Watermelon Convention will be held February 2-3 at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Resort in Cambridge, Md. The competition for the 2007 Mar-Del Watermelon Queen will be held during the convention. The competition is open to young women from Maryland or Delaware between the ages of 18 and 23. For more information about both the convention and the queen competition, visit, or call 443-783-2871.

Blind Willie Band Blind Willie Band playing Classic Rock (Rolling Stones, Thin Lizzie, Bob Segar, Lynard Skynard, etc.) will be at Federalsburg VFW Hall, Federalsburg, Md. on Feb. 10, from 8 p.m. till midnight. Tickets are $20 per couple to benefit Oddfellows, Hebron Lodge #14, Seaford. Come out and have fun and support an outstanding local organization in the process. For more information contact, Robert Anger 302542-4751.

Chambers Laurel Installation Dinner Laurel Chamber Installation Dinner will be on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 5:30-6 p.m. social, with dinner at 6 p.m., at the American Legion Hall. Tickets are $20 and must be paid for in advance. They can be purchased at MCM Jewelers.


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The next Seaford Neighborhood Watch meeting will be Monday, Jan. 29, at 7 p.m. at the Seaford Mission. RSVP 302-6281908.

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

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

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

H.A.P.P.E.N. The members of H.A.P.P.E.N., Hearns Pond Association for its Protection, Preservation, Enhancement and Naturalization met on Jan. 11 to discuss issues concerning the Hearns Pond area. The focus of the meeting was the need to bring the Hearns Pond dam up to the highest state standards, creating a safer environment for all homes and businesses affected by flood events of the past five years. The group's next meeting will be held on Thursday, Feb. 8, at the Seaford Museum. Anyone interested in attending is welcome.

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

Trips Celtic Woman Concert Celtic Woman Concert on Friday, Feb. 23, at France-Merrick Performing Arts Center in Baltimore, $60. The concert features five Irish vocalists whose latest album has been No. 1 on the Billboard World Music Chart for more than 70 weeks. Call 629-6809 for tickets.

Norfolk Azalea Festival trip The Seaford Area Chapter of the AARP is conducting a trip to the Norfolk Azalea festival on April 18-21. The cost is $440 per person and includes: most meals, all tips and bus transportation; tickets to the Festival's Grand Parade and the Virginia International Military Tattoo Show; tours of the Norfolk Naval Base and Botanical Gardens; and a dinner cruise on the Spirit of Norfolk. Contact Patrick Curran at 6289743 by Feb. 8.

Overnight Trip to Atlantic City Wicomico County Recreation, Parks and Tourism's Happy Timers organization presents an overnight trip to the Tropicana Casino in Atlantic City, N.J. The event, which is open to the public, will take place March 22-23. The cost for the two-day trip is $105 based on double occupancy which includes motor coach transportation to and from the Wicomico Civic Center, one night of lodging, one meal, one free show ticket the night of arrival (if available) and two days of coin bonuses. Located on the boardwalk, the Tropicana is rated the best casino in Atlantic City and offers first class shopping and dining. For more information contact Sharon Engster at 410-548-4900, ext. 118.

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

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

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

Sunday breakfast buffet, All-You-CareTo-Eat, served by the Galestown Ruritan Club on the fourth Sunday of each month, October through June, from 7-10 a.m., at the Galestown, Md., Community Hall. Cost is $6 for adults, $4 children ages 612. This month it will be Jan. 28.

Oyster Sandwich Day Hope Lodge Four, Oyster sandwich day, Saturday, Feb. 3, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Hot dogs, Polish sausage, soup, 102 West 6th St., Laurel. Eastern Star will have baked goods.

All-you-can-eat breakfast Blades Firemen and Ladies Auxiliary all-you-can-eat breakfast, Sunday, Feb. 4, 8-11 a.m., at the fire hall, on the corner of 5th and Cannon streets in Blades. Adults $7, children 10 years and under, $3. All breakfast foods, coffee, milk. The breakfast takes place the first Sunday of each month, at the Blades Volunteer Fire Company Hall.

Libraries Winter Reading Program Registration for the Laurel Public Library’s Second Annual K-6 Winter Reading Program “Pirates @the Library!” begins Saturday, Feb. 3. Children in grades K-6 who complete the program by reading five books will receive a book and a prize from the Friends of the Laurel Public Library, and will earn trips to the Treasure Box each time they add three books to their Reading Log. The month-long program will also feature several exciting programs, including a visit from the folks at the Kalmar Nyckel Foundation to learn about real pirates on Saturday, Feb. 3, a Pirate Festival on Saturday, Feb. 17, and a Pirate movie on Saturday, March 3, all at 12:30 p.m. On Wednesday, Feb. 7, children are invited to a Magic Tree House Book Party, featuring “Pirates Past Noon” and on Wednesday, Feb. 21, the library will present a Time Warp Trio Book Party, featuring “The Not-So-Jolly Roger.” Both Wednesday programs are from 4:15 – 5 p.m. and require pre-registration. Last day to record books is Saturday, March 3, and prizes will be awarded on Saturday, March 10. The student reading the most books will receive a $25 Barnes and Noble gift certificate and the classroom that has the most children completing the program by reading five books will win a Pizza Party. Top readers for each grade will also win prizes. For more information about the Laurel Public Library’s Winter Reading Program, or to register for the Book Parties, stop by the Library at 101 East 4th Street or call 875-3184.

Seaford District Library events Here is what's happening at the Seaford District Library for Jan. 25-Feb. 1: • Seaford District Library's First Adult Winter Reading Program entitled "Warm Your Soul and Toes with a Hot Book" has begun and will run through Tuesday, Mar. 13. Every 5 hours of reading will earn you an entry blank for the weekly prize drawings. Major prizes will be awarded at the Grand Finale Celebration on March 14, at 6:30 pm. The 3rd Prize will be a SanDisk MP3 Player, 2nd Prize will be an Accurian 8" Tablet Portable DVD Player, and the Grand Prize will be a $150 Visa Bank Card. For ages 17 and up. For more info contact: Thelma Jones at 629-2524. • "Mother Goose on the Loose" is an early literacy program that uses rhymes and songs to help pre-reading children get ready for reading. This program will be held on Tuesdays at the Seaford District Library starting on Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2006 from 11 to 11:30 a.m. Parents ofinfants and toddlers up to the age of 3 are encour-

aged to attend. This award-winning program, which incorporates music, movement, ritual, repetition, musical instruments, colored scarves, and book reading into a fun-filled 30 minute session for the children with their parent or caregiver. For more info contact: Cindi Smith at 629-2524. • Story Time continues in 2007 on Wednesdays at 10 a.m. Bring your preschoolers for a fun-filled time of listening to stories, singing, and making take home crafts. Programs are free and open to the public. Up Coming Events: • In observance of Black History Month the library will kick off its Annual "African American Heritage Jubilee", with a second Book Signing by George E. Brummell, a blind African American Vietnam Vet and author of "Shades of Darkness" on Friday, Feb. 9 from 4-6. Hosted by Rosetta Garfield • Immediately following the Book Signing (Feb.9), Ms. Garfield will continue the celebration with our second year of "Historical Reflections" featuring several guests from the Delmarva Peninsula sharing their stories at 6 p.m. in the Community Room. All are welcome. Refreshments served. • Book Signing with the Rev. Dr. Catherine A. Camper, founder and Bishop of the United Deliverance Bible Center in Laurel. Bishop Camper a native of Concord, recently released her first book; a biography entitled, "As God Would Have It." Come meet her on Tuesday, Feb. 13, from 6-8 p.m.

Workshops Master Gardener workshop schedule The Sussex County Master Gardeners, of Delaware Cooperative Extension for both Delaware State University and University of Delaware, are pleased to announce their Workshop Schedule for he first half of 2007. The workshops are being held at the Carvel Research and Education Center and in the Master Gardeners Demonstration Garden. The workshops are free except where noted. In addition to the presentation style workshops, the Master Gardeners are inviting the public to work with them in their garden on April 17, May 15, and June 19, from 9-11 a.m. Bring your gloves and favorite hand tools and join us. The Carvel Research and Education Center (REC) is located on Rt. 9 (County Seat Highway), west of Georgetown. Traveling west, it is 4.7 miles from the intersection of Routes 113 and 9, past the Sussex Tech High School, and the office is on the right. Traveling east, it is 2 miles from the intersection of Rt. 20 and Rt. 9, on the left. The garden is just behind the Carvel Building. Call Sharon Webb at 302-956-2585, ext. 540, to register for the workshops. If you have any special needs, give this information to Sharon when you register. Classes held in the building Planning a Garden - Tuesday, Jan. 30, 7 p.m. Ana Dittel and Linda Peters presenting - We will discuss the basics of starting the garden from scratch and will cover topics such as type (vegetable, flower, formal, informal), size and location. We will talk about soil and how to lay a design out on paper and plan in detail what you will do.

MORNING STAR ✳ JANUARY 25 - 31, 2007 This is a fun exercise for the new and experienced gardener. Starting Plants from Seeds - Thursday, Feb. 8, 7 p.m. Ila Myers presenting - Learn the basics of seed starting including types of containers, timing, lighting, temperature, moisture, and soil. You do not need a greenhouse to grow strong, healthy seedlings. At little cost, you can increase the variety and quantity of your plans by using seeds. Is it a Nesting box or Birdhouse? Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2 p.m. Nancy Davis presenting - Learn about bird habitats and housing needs. Discover what attracts birds to your yard and how to entice bird families to nest and raise their young near you. Just as humans live in different houses, so do birds. Check out the models available for your neighborhood; consider the square footage and door size. Bring Phillips-head screwdriver and $10 to cover all material costs and you'll go home with a new cedar abode for your feathered friends. Don't let Your Home be a Home for Bugs - Thursday, March 15, 6:30 p.m. Susan King presenting - The workshop will cover indoor pests, how to identify them, what a homeowner should do, and when a homeowner should call a professional. Weeds - Identification and Control Tuesday, March 27, 7: p.m. Jay Windsor presenting - Not sure if it's a weed or a flower? Learn the difference and how to control (eliminate? those pesky weeds. Tomatoes - Planting and Growing Wednesday, April 11, 7 p.m. Greta Reed presenting - It's all about tomatoes - the many varieties and special planting techniques. Also, how, when and where to plant, the type of soil best suited to tomatoes and when to fertilize. Shade Gardening - Tuesday, April 24, 7 p.m. Bobbie Ranney presenting - You can have a colorful and interesting garden even in a shady location. We'll discuss types of shade and ways to manage it, shade gardening techniques and shade loving plants. Gardening in Miniature - Tuesday, May 8, 7 p.m. Emily Peterson presenting - A demonstration of how to build a miniature garden scene using live plants and other materials. Magnolias around the World and one or more for your Garden, too, Tuesday, May 15, 7 p.m. Susan Bitzer presenting - Learn about their prehistoric origin and many uses for bark, wood and flowers. Discover some of the many varieties of magnolias, modern planting techniques, and soil requirements. See pictures and samples of plants, leaves,

flowers, etc. Gardening for Part-time Residents Tuesday, May 22, 7 p.m. Ingrid Hetfield presenting - Selection of plants, maintenance and protection from pests and harsh weather are some of the challenges part-time gardeners face. Easycare landscape plans for your summer home will be presented at this workshop. Classes Held in the Garden Paint and Plant a Pot - Tuesday, June 19, 6:30 p.m. Donna Fuhrman presenting - Bring the kids and join us for a hands-on workshop and learn how to prime, paint, and decorate a clay pot using your own design or copying from samples. There will be a demo for anyone who wants to "paint along." The completed pots will be planted with a fast growing seed. Class size is limited. A $5 fee will be charged to cover all supplies furnished in class. Lavender - Tuesday, June 26, 7 p.m. Terri Carr presenting - There are several varieties of lavender that can be grown in this area. Learn their soil and water preferences, when to prune and when to harvest, as well as the many uses fo these fragrant, evergreen, aromatic shrubs in the culinary arts, crafts and decorating, and they are easily dried for potpourri and sachets. Come sample delicious baked goods made with lavender.

Be a Beekeeper this year Bob Mitchell, the Apiary Inspector for the Delaware Department of Agriculture, is teaching a mini-course facilitator" so that the bees can achieve greater productivity. Beekeeping on beekeeping. The courses are the mornings of Saturday, Jan. 27, and Saturday, Feb. 24, from 8:30 until noon at the Redden State Forest Education Center in Georgetown. The cost is free and open to the public. Beekeeping is both science and art and one cannot learn everything in two short mornings, but one can learn enough to begin the journey with confidence. Bees, after all, have been taking care of themselves for a long time, and a beekeepers role is often more of a "can be an inexpensive hobby.” To start from scratch with new equipment is only about $300 and that cost can be considerably reduced if one can find used equipment. Moreover, the return on investment is sweet. Poor puns aside, getting rich in beekeeping is difficult, but one can make decent money at it. There is a great appreciation for local honey and beeswax, and people are prepared to pay a premium for it. Moreover, bees are important to the success of farming, especially the production of fruits and

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Whitetail Deer School Hunters, outdoor enthusiasts and wildlife buffs, take note: the Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife will host an advanced Whitetail Deer School from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 28 in the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control Auditorium, Richardson & Robbins Building, 89 Kings Hwy., Dover. Certification of continuing education credit for attendance will be of special interest to Delaware Master Hunters and new candidates for the DMH program. Participants in previous QDMA seminars have been extremely enthusiastic about the quality, depth and value of the information presented. The course is free of charge and open to the general public. Parking is available behind the Richardson & Robbins Building. To get into the parking lot from Rt. 13, go west on Loockerman St. and turn right at the light next to the Dover Post Office. For more information, call the Hunter Education Training Center at 302323-5336.

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

Rabies Clinic schedule The Rabies clinics will be held at the SPCA, Rt. 113, Georgetown. All dogs must be on leash; all cats must be in carriers. Dates are: Saturday, Jan. 27, from 1-3 p.m.; Friday, Feb 9, 10 a.m.-noon; Thursday, Feb. 22, 10 a.m.noon; Friday, March 2, 10 a.m.-noon; Friday, March 23, 10 a.m.-noon. Rabies vaccination is $10; Canine distemper, $12; Feline Distemper, $10; Bordetella (kennel cough) $10. This is a no-exam vaccination clinic that will be held monthly. Call for more dates, 8566361.

Ruritan host Ham/Turkey Shoot Ellendale Ruritan will hold their Ham/Turkey Shoot at the Ellendale VFW, Road 607 (1/2 mile south of Rt. 113 and 16 intersection), at 11:30 a.m. each month. This month it will be held Jan. 27 (rain date Feb. 3). Refreshments will be available for sale. For possible cancellation call 422-2948.

LAUREL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE INSTALLATION DINNER Tuesday, February 13, 2007 American Legion Post 19 in Laurel 5:30 - 6:00 Social 6:00 Dinner Tickets $20 Must be paid in advance by Friday, February 1st



vegetables, so there is a need for beekeepers who provide pollinating services. Unfortunately for farmers, the number of beekeepers is shrinking and will go into catastrophic decline very shortly because the average age of beekeepers has crept up to 60. In short, there are job opportunities for small entrepreneurs right here in Delaware. Anyone interested in becoming a beekeeper for fun or profit and wants to "test the water" without a major investment of time or money, this is the way to do it. For more details or to register for the course, please call John Tulloch at (302) 378-1917.



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Survey shows strong support for offshore wind power By Tracey Bryant Delawareans are strongly in favor of offshore wind power as a future source of energy for the state, according to a survey conducted by University of Delaware researchers. When asked to select from a variety of sources to help the state increase its energy supply, more than 90 percent of the 949 Delaware residents responding to the survey supported an offshore wind option--in which whirling wind turbines as tall as 40story buildings would be erected off the coast to generate electricity--even if wind power were to add between $1 and $30 per month to their electric bills. Fewer than 10 percent voted for an expansion of coal or natural gas power at current prices. The results are highlighted in an interim report released today by the study's authors, Jeremy Firestone and Willett Kempton, who are both marine policy scientists on the faculty of UD's College of Marine and Earth Studies, and doctoral student Andrew Krueger. Their research was supported by a Green Energy Fund grant from the Delaware Energy Office in the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control and by the college. The policy scientists began the project last February, developed and pilot-tested the survey questions in the spring and summer, and then mailed the 16-page booklet-sized questionnaire to 2,000 Delaware residents in September, with remailings to individuals who had not yet returned their surveys in late October. Of the 1,839 valid mailings to Delaware addresses, 949 were completed and analyzed, for a response rate of better than 50 percent. Delawareans 'amazingly supportive' "Based on our results, Delaware could become the Denmark of the United States when it comes to relying on offshore wind power as a major energy source," Firestone said. "Delawareans are amazingly supportive of it." And that came as a surprise to the policy scientists. In 2004 and 2005, Kempton and Firestone had conducted two surveys of residents of Cape Cod about the controversial Cape Wind project, in which Energy Management Inc., a Massachusetts-based company, proposes to establish a wind farm of 130 423-foot-tall wind turbines in Nantucket Sound. They first interviewed 24 Cape Cod residents face-to-face, then did a larger survey of 500 people. "The Cape Wind project has been under considerable public debate," Firestone said. "We found that a plurality of Cape Cod residents was opposed to that project." However, the researchers found that nearly 78 percent of Delawareans statewide would give a project identical to Cape Wind a thumbs-up if it were located in Delaware, and only 4 percent would oppose such a project, with the remainder unsure. To compare the Cape Cod and Delaware studies, the researchers included matching questions about the Cape Wind project in the Delaware survey and included photo simulations of how a wind farm at sea would appear at various distances, including from six miles from shore, the approximate distance from Hyannis, Mass., to the proposed Cape Wind project. "Even in the ocean area, where respon-

This is the Nysted wind farm in the Baltic Sea off Denmark, photographed from a boat in November 2006. Photo by Jeremy Firestone

dents live, on average, about a half-mile from the coast, support for wind power outnumbers opposition by more than 3 to 1 in Delaware," Firestone noted. "Interestingly, Delaware respondents who can see the ocean from their home were more supportive of a wind farm, at 59 percent, than all residents of either Cape Cod, at 25 percent, or New Jersey, at 41 percent," he added, noting that the New Jersey statistic is from a recent poll by non-UD researchers. What accounts for Delawareans' positive opinions about offshore wind power? It could be due to a range of factors, the scientists say, from "a well-financed opposition" to the Cape Wind project on Cape Cod, to increasing public awareness and concern about changing climate and "global warming," to health impacts and the recent electricity rate hikes in Delaware. "The short answer is we just don't know yet why Delawareans are so much more supportive," Kempton said. "That's something we're hoping to determine in the more detailed statistical analysis we'll be doing next." Potential effects on beach visitation The Delaware survey also included questions to determine any potential effects on beach visitation by in-state residents if a large, 500-turbine wind farm were installed 6 miles off the state's coast. "Our questions first placed the wind farm off the beach that an individual last visited and asked whether it would cause the individual to switch to another beach," Kempton said. While 88.6 percent would continue to go to the same beach they last went to in Delaware even if a large wind farm were constructed offshore there, 5.6 percent said they would "switch" to another beach in Delaware, another 3.5 percent said they would go to a beach outside Delaware and 2.4 percent said they would visit no beach at all. "A 5-6 percent loss of tourism could be a serious impact," Kempton said. "However, we also asked if people would be inclined to visit a Delaware beach that they did not typically visit, at least once, where a wind farm was visible offshore. The high response, at 84 percent, suggests that the wind turbines would actually draw visitors instead of drive them away." This summer, the scientists and their graduate students will survey out-of-state visitors to Delaware's beaches to further explore how an offshore wind farm would affect tourism. That project is funded by the Delaware Sea Grant College Program-a partnership of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the state of Delaware and the University that conducts marine research, education and outreach projects throughout the state.

The scientists said one of the reasons they sought to conduct a survey of offshore wind power in Delaware is because there has not been a lot of public debate about the topic here. "We wanted to study a place along the East Coast where there hadn't been much debate about offshore wind power and compare the results to places like Cape Cod," Firestone noted. As the UD survey was being administered and analyzed this past fall, Bluewater Wind, a company from Hoboken, N.J., announced that it planned to submit a proposal to Delmarva Power & Light, in response to the utility's solicitation for bids to line up new long-term energy supplies for the state. State encourages nonpolluting energy development The Delaware state legislature had mandated that Delmarva Power & Light solicit the energy bids before the end of

2006 and included preferences for nonpolluting sources of electricity. "I think interest in wind power and other renewable energy sources is now growing not only in Delaware, but nationally due to the rising cost and long-term supply issues associated with traditional energy sources, as well as other concerns such as global warming," Kempton said. Kempton and Firestone are part of a research group at the UD College of Marine and Earth Studies that is exploring the science, resource and policy implications of offshore wind power. The group offers a graduate course on offshore wind power, including science, engineering and policy. Kempton said UD students are interested in the topic, and he has seen increased enrollment across campus in the course. "We now have a number of graduate students working in this area," he said. The interim report on the survey and a one-page executive summary are available at

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✳ JANUARY 25 - 31, 2007


Seaford Star Sports Jays’ swimmers beat Easton in a non-conference meet By Gene Bleile

Seaford’s C.R. Wilkins looks for the pin during the 130 pound match last Wednesday. Wilkins got the pin and the Jays defeated Dover, 52-22. Photo by David Elliott

Seaford wrestlers pick up a big conference win, 52-22 By Gene Bleile The Seaford wrestling team picked up a big conference win 52-22, on Jan. 17 against the Dover High Senators in a home meet. After losing to Smyrna, Sussex Central and Caesar Rodney, all ranked in the state, knocking off Dover keeps the Jays in the hunt with a conference record of 3-3 and 3-3 overall. Kirk Neal, who had been nursing a sore wrist, got another week of rest when Dover opened the meet with a forfeit at the 103 weight class. Both teams then forfeited at the 112 weight classes and the meet actually began at the 119 weight class with Seaford leading 6-0. Aaron Saunders went all three periods and won by major decision, 14-4, to push the Jays into a 10 point lead. Jordan German picked up another forfeit from Dover in his 125 weight class and when C.R. Wilkins picked up the first pin of the night at 1:37 in the first period, Seaford jumped out to a 22-0 lead. Brian Wright lost on points in his match in the 135 weight class, but in the 140 weight class, Spencer Coulbourn got the points back with a pin of Dover’s Lance Benson at 2:54 in the match. Seaford took a commanding lead at 28-4. Jon Geniesse followed with another pin in the 145 weight class, then Trevor Polk (152 weight class) picked up a forfeit and Yvens St. Phard finished the 160 weight class with another pin at 2:29 in the match. Seaford forfeited the 171, 215 and heavy weight classes, but the Jays’ Mike Wright moved up to the 189 weight class and pinned his man at 1:00 in the

Seaford’s Brian Wright, top, is shown during his 135 pound match last week against Dover. Wright lost on points but the Blue Jays picked up a big win over the Senators. Photo by David Elliott

first period. Seaford closed out the meet, 52-22. Seaford’s head coach Dave Rogers was relieved after the match. “This was a big win for us, we needed this one,” he said. “Aaron Saunders pulled off a big win at the 119 weight class and Spencer Coulbourn came through at the 140 weight class. I feel we have a good chance to win every match from here out.”

Both the boys’ and girls’ swim teams were victorious in a non-conference meet on Jan. 16 at the Boys and Girls Club home pool. The girls knocked off Easton 111-59 and pushed their record to 4-4 overall and 2-1 in conference. The boys defeated Easton 106.5-62.5 and pushed their record to 6-2 overall and 3-0 in conference. “Tim Halter had a busy day for the Jays” said head coach Jackie Morris, qualifying for states in the 100 free style and 100 backstroke events. Teammate Spencer Noel also set two personal best records in the 200 IM and 500 freestyle. For the girls, the top scorer was Christina Bradham, who also set a personal record in the 100 backstroke with a time of 1:12. 55. Head coach Alison Venables said, “I am proud of Christina’s effort this season, because she really pushes herself hard at practice each day.” Other Lady Jay swimmers who set personal best times were Jeanmarie Ferber (500 freestyle), Jamie and Taylor Swain (100 fly), and Courtney Swain, Kathryn Werner, Johanna Peuscher (50 free). “Jeanmarie Ferber swam only her second or third 500 free and she did a great job pacing her self,” Venables added. Going into the latter part of the season, Venables hopes to practice harder to improve starts and turns. “Hopefully, I can make time to really concentrate on that

The Lady Jays’ Jamie Swain finished first in the 100-yard butterfly event against Easton, Md. in a non-conference meet on Jan. 16. Her time was 1:15.81. Photo by Gene Bleile

aspect,” she concluded. Meet results: All results are first place winners- Girls: 200 medley relay, J. Swain, P. Venables, L. James, T. Swain, 2:12.18, 200 free, C. Bradham, 2:21.28, 100 fly, J. Swain, 1:15.81, 100 free, O. Bradham, 1:01.03, 200 free relay, P. Venables, L. James, J. Ferber, O. Bradham, 1:56.01, 100 back, C. Bradham, 1:12.55, 100 breast, P. Venables, 1:18.76, 400 free relay, J. Ferber, O. Bradham, C. Bradham, J. Swain, 4:21.79. Boys results: 200 free, A. Halter, 1:56.20- (second place, D. Venables, Continued on page 43

Seaford’s Tim Halter qualified for the State Tournament in the 100 free and 100 backstroke events against Easton High. His winning time in the backstroke was 1:02.53 Photo by Gene Bleile

Whidbee nets 1,000th point in Raiders’ eighth win of the season Woodbridge junior Vashad Whidbee netted a team-high 21 points including his 1,000th career point to help the Raiders to a 57-46 win over Polytech (see next week’s Star for a story on Whidbee). Deaven Horne added 17 points and Marc Nock had eight points for Woodbridge (7-3, 8-5) which trailed, 22-18, at the half. The Raiders held an 18-6 advantage in the third quarter and a 21-8 advantage in the fourth to complete the comeback. Woodbridge hosts Sussex Tech on Friday before visiting Sussex Central on Tuesday, Jan. 30.



✳ JANUARY 25 - 31, 2007

The Nets’ Jawan Rodriguez has the ball as Parker O’Day of the Heat defends in Seaford Parks and Rec basketball action last week. Photo by David Elliott

BUTTERFLY- Corey Darden, 14, is shown in action during the 13-14 year-old 50 yard butterfly race last Saturday. See page 49. Photo by David Elliott

Shown, left, MAG’s Brandon Scott (3) has the ball against Matthews Concrete’s Jordan Bailey during the first week of play in the Laurel Youth Sports basketball league. Above, co-director and coach Jeff Gordy sports his new pink shirt. Photos by Mike McClure


✳ JANUARY 25 - 31, 2007


Seaford girls basketball falls to Dover, Milford By Gene Bleile The Seaford girls’ basketball team lost another conference game, this time to the visiting Dover Senators 56-37 on Jan. 16. The Lady Jays basketball team fought off the full court pressure late in the second period to pull to a half time score of 25-20 against the fifth ranked girls’ team. However, the problem that continues to plague the Jays is the full court press early in the game. At the end of the first quarter, they were down 12-4, with only one basket and two free throws on the board. Midway in the second period, they began to break the press using good dribbling and ball control, driving to the basket and making the outside shots. Amber Burbage and Anitra Hughes each had seven points and De’ Andria Farlow five points and the Jays were only five points behind at the buzzer. Head coach Chandra Phillips was pleased with her team’s performance, especially in the second quarter. “We began to break the press and we

executed our game plan,” she said. “We wanted to keep their center and top scorer, Sharona Kerr shooting from outside and it was working for us.” In the first half, the Jays kept their turnovers down to a respectable eight total, but in the second half, their turnovers hit double digits. The third quarter was the game breaker for Seaford, when Dover used its full court pressure to force numerous mistakes and take a 45-22 lead. In the fourth quarter, Seaford responded with their own full court pressure, but it was too little to late for the Jays. They forced Dover to make eight turnovers, but at the final buzzer it was the Senators with the victory 56-37 Amber Burbage finished the night with 14 points, Anitra Hughes, 12 points, De’Andria Farlow seven points and Samantha Savage four points. Milford 55, Seaford 43- Amber Burbage had 23 points, Samantha Savage scored 10 points, and De'Andria Farlow added nine in the Seaford loss.

Nanticoke Little League to hold signups starting February 3 Nanticoke Little League will be holding signups on the following dates and times: Feb. 3, 10, and 24- 9 a.m.- 1 p.m.; Feb. 6 and 8- 6- 8 p.m.; Feb. 17- 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. Registration will be held at the old PK Building on Stein Highway (where the Star is located). The cost is $45 for the first child and $20 for additional children. Any registration after Feb. 24 will be charged a $10 late fee. Anyone interested in being a manager in 2007 may call 629-9209. All manager applications are due Feb. 18.

The Jays’ De’Andria Farlow hits a jump shot against Dover. The Blue Jays lost to the Senators 56-37. Photo by Gene Bleile

Seaford swimming continued 2:02.45), 50 free, L. Mayer, tie for first, 24.21, 100 fly, A. Halter, 57.77, 100 free D. Venables, 52.8- (second place, T. Hal-

ter, 55.64), 500 free, L. Mayer, 5:38.62, 200 free relay, A. Halter, D. Venables, B. DeMott, L. Mayer, 100 backstroke, T. Halter, 1.02.53, 400 free relay, T. Halter, A. Halter, L. Mayer, D. Venables.

Baseball clinics to be held in Woodbridge gym on Wednesdays Baseball clinics will be held in the Woodbridge High School gym every Wednesday in February from 7:30-9 p.m. The clinics are open to players in grades 9-12 for a fee of $5. Contact Athletic Director Derek Lofland at 337-8289 for more information.



✳ JANUARY 25 - 31, 2007

Seaford Stars of the Week

Male Athlete of the WeekVashad Whidbee- Woodbridge Woodbridge junior Vashad Whidbee Female Athlete of the Weeksurpassed 1,000 career points during the Olivia Bradham- Seaford Raiders’ win over Polytech last Friday. Seaford’s Olivia Bradham placed first Whidbee, who entered the season needin the 100 freestyle race last week against ing 298 points to reach the milestone, Easton. Bradham was also part of the had 21 points in the win over the Panwinning 400 free and 200 free relay thers. Vashad also netted 25 points in a teams. win over Milford on Tuesday. Honorable mention- Heather Solomon- Woodbridge; Charla Benton- GMS; Tiandra Felix- Woodbridge; Rachel Ebling- Seaford Christian; Jennifer CarrSeaford Christian; Paige Venables- Seaford; Jamie Swain- Seaford; Olivia BradhamSeaford; Amber Burbage- Seaford; Andrew Halter- Seaford; Lee Mayer- Seaford; Kyan Andrews- Seaford; Spencer Coulbourn- Seaford; C.R. Wilkins- Seaford; Jon Geniesse- Seaford; Mike Wright- Seaford; Trevor Polk- Seaford; Derek Scott- GMS; Madison Warfel- GMS; Marc Nock- Woodbridge; Brock Callaway- Woodbridge; Deaven Horne- Woodbridge; Wendall Cannon- Sussex Tech; Alex Thomas- Sussex Tech


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STAR OF THE WEEK- Seaford’s Drew Venables was the male Seaford Star of the Week for the January 18th edition of the Star. Drew placed first in the 100 fly and the 100 back against Caesar Rodney. Venables was also on the winning 400 free relay and 200 medley relay teams. Photo by Gene Bleile


Seaford’s Shane Marvel placed first in the Junior Heavyweight and Inermediate Heavyweight divisions in the Seaford Little Wretlers Tournament. See results page 45. Photo by David Elliott

Seaford Christian girls’ basketball team wins a pair of games Seaford Christian broke open a tight first quarter with a 12-0 second quarter and cruised to a 35-15 victory over Wesleyan Christian last Thursday. Led by Jen Carr’s 12 points and Rachel Ebling’s seven points, SCA cruised through the last three quarters. Rebekah Cain (eight), Nikki Meredith (five), and Jennifer Carr (seven) helped the Eagles control the boards. Carr finished with 12 points, Ebling had 10 points, Meredith added seven points, and Cain netted six points. SCA moved to 7-0, 13-1 with a 42-18 win over Faith Baptist last Friday. Jennifer Carr had 16 points and eight rebounds, Rachel Ebling added seven points, and Rebekah Cain added five points and eight rebounds for the Eagles.

Seaford’s Panalosky St. Fort (11) passes the ball to Terry Hood (4) through Milford defenders. Hood made the basket, but the Blue Jays lost the game 71-58. Photo by Gene Bleile

Blue Jays boys’ basketball team loses to Milford, 71-58 By Gene Bleile Head coach Sean Knowles, his assistant coaches, the players and all the Seaford fans came away with a frustrating feeling after the Jays’ loss to the Milford Bucs last Friday, 71-58. Knowles said it best after the loss, “we can’t turn the ball over 36 times in a game and expect to win.” What makes it so strange is that Seaford actually held a three point lead at 10-7 midway through the first period after Alex Alexis hit three two point shots in a row. They also had a 14-13 lead with 1:34 to go, and then they went cold offensively and defensively. In one possession under their own basket, they missed after three offensive rebounds in a row within 10 seconds, lost the ball and Milford then went on a seven point run to finish with a 20-14 lead at the buzzer. Seaford came out in the second quarter in a 2-3 zone and also pressured the ball at mid-court and ran off five straight points; with two free throws by Tyree Davis and a three point shot by Jeff Purnell put them back in the game at 22-19. Seaford’s frustration continued under the basket missing more offensive rebounds and lay ups and fell behind 36-27 at the half. Seaford’s leading scorer, Kyan Andrews was held to only four points in the first half, while teammate Alex Alexis picked up some slack and hit for 10 points. Not only did turnovers hurt Seaford in the first two periods, but Milford’s Keshon Hughes got hot from the floor and finished with 17 points. The Jays came out to start the third period with new energy and fought back to

within three points, 38-35, when Andrews hit a bucket midway through the period, but that was as close as they got to overtaking the Bucs the remainder of the game. The defense and offense went stone cold again and Milford slammed the door at the final buzzer, 71-58. Hughes ended the game with 35 points, including five three point baskets, while teammate Ron Dickson added 10 more. Andrews finished with 22 points, after a cold first half, while teammates Terry Hood and Alex Alexis added 13 points and 10 points respectively. On Jan. 16, the Jays traveled to Dover for a conference game against the Dover Senators and came away with an 82-48 road loss. The Seaford offense put 10 points on the board at the end of the first quarter, but still trailed 11-10 and lost ground going into the half at 30-23. Things got even worse in the second half, when they were outscored by Dover 5125. A total of 29 turnovers kept the Jays from putting any consistent offense on the floor the entire evening. They also only had 18 rebounds for the game. Andrews, who has been averaging near 20 points a game, was held to only 14 points, with no three point baskets. Josh Owens contributed 10 points, including two three pointers, but the rest of the squad was held to single digits. The next high point man was Jermaine Purnell with seven points. Andrews also had seven of the 18 Jay rebounds. Seaford did hit 50 percent from the foul line making five out of 10 free throws. Their record now moves to 2-8 overall and 2-7 in conference.

Woodbridge Little League to hold signups in Greenwood in February Woodbridge Little League will hold signups for the 2007 season at the Greenwood Fire Hall on the following dates: Wednesday, Feb. 7, 6-8 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 10, 10 a.m.- 2 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 17, 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. The cost is $40 for one child, $55 for two children, and $70 for three or more. Call Daisy Veith at 423-2557 with any questions.


✳ JANUARY 25 - 31, 2007


BETWEEN THE LINES By Gene Bleile, Seaford Sports

Seaford’s Lee Merritt misses Blue Jay reunion

Seaford’s Andrew Hawkins, top, and Seaford’s Nick Savage met on the mats during the Seaford Little Wrestlers tournamentrecently. Savage placed second in the bantam heavyweight division while Hawkins finished fourth. Photo by David Elliott

Seaford youth wrestlers place in top four at Seaford tournament The following Seaford youth wrestlers placed in the top four at the Little Wrestlers tournament in Seaford recently: Tot- 40/45- Sava Cook, second; 50- Shane Stark, fourth; Hwt.- Hunter Severs, first, Darius Hopkins, second; Bantam- Hwt.- Jordan Marvel, first, Nicholas Savage, second, Tywand Jenkins, third, Andrew Hawkins, fourth; Midget- 80- DiMarco Dorsey, second; 85-90- Matt Wilson, second; 100-105- Tyler Potter, second, Brennan Stark, third; Junior- 90- Dominique Ayers, first; 96- Cody Rementer, fourth; Hwt. Shane Marvel, first; Int.- 120- Jordan Stanley, second; 144-150- Matt Joseph, third; Hwt.- Shane Marvel, first, Jordan Elliott, second

Blue Jays’ wrestlers place second in North Caroline Tournament By Gene Bleile The Seaford Blue Jay wrestlers competed in the North Caroline Dual Meet Invitational last weekend and came away with second place, scoring 266 points. They actually tied the winner, St. Mary’s High from Baltimore, Md., in points, but came in second, because St. Mary’s beat them in head to head competition. “The kids had a great week, we were 5-1 overall, including the win over Dover and it was a great morale boost for us,” Coach Dave Rogers said. “They worked hard and I was proud of them.” The Jays beat four other teams to take second place. The teams included North Caroline High, Carver Vo-Tech, Perryville High and local rival Woodbridge High. Meet results: 103 class- Kirk Neal, 4-1 with one pin; 119 class- Aaron Saunders, 4-1 with one pin; 125 class- Jordan German, 4-1 with two pins; 130 class- C.R. Wilkins, 41 with one pin; 135 class- 1-1 and Brian Wright, 2-1 with one pin; 140 class- Spencer Coulbourn, 4-1 with one pin; 145 class- Jon Geniesse, 4-1 with two pins; 152- Trevor Polk, 5-0 with four pins; 160 class- Yvens St. Phard, 3-2 with one pin; 171 class- Mike Wright, 5-0 with four pins and one tech fall; 171 and 189 classes, Corey Hearn, 2-1 with one pin; 215 class- Midelin Jules, 2-1 with one pin; and Josh Smith- 215 and 285 classes, 3-2 with one pin. The Blue Jays’ record is 7-5 overall and 3-4 in conference.

Purnell breaks another Seaford track record at Montgomery Invitational On Saturday, Jan. 13, at the Montgomery Invitational Meet in Landover, Md., the record-breaking continued for the Seaford winter track team as junior Gernie Purnell broke yet another school record, this time in the 400 meter dash. Purnell ran 53.22 to break the record set by Kyle Hignutt in 2003. He now holds the school record in the 55 meter dash, the 200 meter dash, the 400 meter dash, and the 500 meter run. The 200, 400, and 500 records have all come this year. In the next few meets, Purnell and Coach Rob Perciful are looking at trying to get him ready for an attempt at breaking his own 55 meter dash record. “Gernie is only a junior, but he has a legitimate claim to the title ‘greatest indoor sprinter’ in Seaford school history. The only record he doesn’t have in the sprints is the 300, and that probably won’t happen this year, as we shift our attention to improving his 400 and 200 times, but next year we’ll aggressively go after the 300,” said Perciful. Derek Page placed fifth in the high jump, even though second through fourth all jumped the same height as he did. Derek had a miss at an early height that cost him a tie for second, but coach Perciful said he was jumping very well and should continue his winning ways.

Greenwood Mennonite boys’ basketball team wins one of two The Greenwood Mennonite School boys’ basketball team won one of two games in the Greenwood Invitational last weekend. The Flames defeated Chestertown Christian, 68-58, on Friday before falling to Fairwinds Baptist, 63-61, on Saturday. On Friday, Madison Warfel had 27 points and Derek Scott added 20 points in the GMS win. Warfel netted 20 points, Kendall Landis scored 18 points, and Scott added 10 in Saturday’s loss.

On Dec. 23, 2006, the 1981 Blue Jay football team celebrated the 25th anniversary of their Division I state championship, when they defeated William Penn High School 20-13 at Delaware State Alumni Stadium, on Dec. 5, 1981. One former All-State player could not attend for a patriotic reason. Lee Merritt, who was the starting center for the Jays, is currently in Iraq on his seventh tour of duty. Lieutenant Colonel Merritt is stationed in Bagdad with his battalion of over 1,000 soldiers. He was also involved in the first Iraq war called Desert Storm. At the reunion, I talked with his twin brother Lin and his wife Kim, about the team and Lee’s involvement in the war. Lin, who was the backup center behind his brother on the 1981 team, summed things up, when he said, “I am proud of my brother and what he is doing, my teammates and the coaches, we were like a big family.” Lee sent an e-mail to the team, via Dyke Belcher, former All-State guard and host for the evening. Part of that e-mail relates to the 1981 team and life today for him and other players. “I often think back to our glory days and I still use some of those lessons learned playing sports in my everyday life. Those lessons include being a teammate, hard work and dedication to a common goal. I know many of our lives have gone in different directions, but I am thankful for being on the Seaford football team and all the great individuals and coaches that I had a chance to know. I know I am a better man now, even though I may not have realized it at the time, by knowing all of you.” I recently spent some time at the home of Wayne and Doris Merritt, talking about their twin sons playing football and growing up in the Seaford area. I reminded them that I taught both sons in elementary physical education in the mid-seventies and that my wife taught Lin, when he was in the third grade at Central Elementary. Doris, who plays no favorites, said she was proud of her sons, “they are both good Christian men.” Wayne and Doris urge area residents that want to support the troops in Iraq to send cards, letters, candy, snacks, maga-

Lt. Col. Lee Merritt was unable to attend the reunion. He is currently stationed in Bagdad, Iraq. He was the starting center for the 1981 Blue Jays.

zines, toiletries to their son Lee directly or contact the Seaford VFW, which is also a drop off point for supplies. If you would like to ship things to the troops and have LTC Merritt distribute them to his men the shipping address is: LTC Howard L. Merritt, 541 CSSB, Camp Liberty, APO AE 09344. Food items should be pre-packaged, and be able to withstand the long trip. Blue Jay Notebook: LTC Merritt will give thought to retirement when he reaches 26 years of service and then he would like to teach and coach at the high school level. Lee is married to Anjel, his wife of 12 years and has two daughters, Lindsey (10), Hannah (7) and a son, Kyle, who is a freshman at Georgia Tech. Lin is married to Kim, his wife of 16 years and they have three children, Rachel (16), Tyler (11) and Rebecca (6). Wayne and Doris Merritt are members of the Seaford Legion and the Seaford VFW. One of the snacks LTC Merritt requested is microwavable popcorn. Sports e-mail bag: or The Star, P.O. Box 1000, Seaford, De. 19973 attn: Gene Bleile

Solomon places second in hurdles for Woodbridge in N5CTA meet Woodbridge’s Heather Solomon placed second in the 55 meter hurdles and the boys’ 4X400 relay team finished fourth during the N5CTA meet at Tower Hill last Saturday. Woodbridge’s results follow: Girls- 1,600 meter run- 7. Grace Reardon, 5:56.61; 55 meter hurdles- 2. Solomon, 9.63; shot put- 8. Sarah Swain, 23’5”, 10. Lindsey Cook, 21’ 5 “ Boys- 400 meter run- 9. Derek Nennstiehl, 57.13, 10. Daniel Daisey, 57.22; 200 meter run- Nennstiehl, 25.61; 4X400- 4. Woodbridge (Nennstiehl, Robert Pinchak, Aaron Morris, Daisey), 3:55.44; shot put- 8. Michael Rathbone, 34’5”; long jump- 8. Micah Idler, 13’ 7”; triple jump- 6. Reuss Idler, 35’ 4”

Greenwood Mennonite girls’ basketball team tops Chestertown The Greenwood Mennonite girls’ basketball team defeated Chestertown Christian, 64-40, last Friday as Charla Benton scored 20 points.

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Remember the Blue Jays- the 1981 football state champions Part II- The championsip, team reunion, and Iraq connection By Gene Bleile The week after Seaford beat Dickinson 21-6, many upstate fans, coaches and media still did not give Seaford respect for their win. Many still believed that William Penn was the best team in the state and had proven it by defeating another powerhouse team Salesianum 6-5 in their semifinal game. The William Penn Colonials were bigger, faster and stronger than the Blue Jays, it was a mismatch of titanic proportions and many upstate fans and press predicted a blow out by the end of the first quarter. If David had beaten Goliath the week before, then in their minds, for Seaford, this game was going to be Custer’s last stand. Sixty-nine years earlier, the HMS Titanic was the biggest, fastest and strongest ship afloat when it was launched in 1912. Touted as unsinkable, it struck an iceberg and sunk on that fateful April 4th night. On the morning of Dec. 5, 1981, the titanic Colonials team headed south from New Castle on Route 13 toward Delaware State’s Alumni Football Field, while the Blue Jays headed north from Seaford. A monumental collision was inevitable. Division I State Championship GameDec. 5, 1981- Seaford vs. William Penn – On a cold, blustery day with a chilling north wind, before a standing room only crowd of over 5,000 fans, Seaford scored first. The Blue Jays’ Frank Dowd recovered a William Penn fumble on the game’s first play at the Colonials 14-yard line. After quarterback John Shirreffs bootlegged for 13 yards, fullback Dowd, scored on a one yard run. Richie Smith’s point after made it a quick 70. With 2:41 left in the first period, fullback Mike McGee took advantage of a key block by Billy Alston on Colonials’ safety Tom

Brown and capped off a four play, 67-yard drive with a 38-yard touchdown run up the middle. Smith’s kick was blocked and the Jays had a 13-0 lead. In the second period William Penn began to show signs of life and dominated the Jays, running 27 plays to Seaford’s three plays from scrimmage. The Jays also lost two possessions on fumbles, but their defense rose to the occasion and held the Colonials on two fourth-and-goal situations at the end of the period. Seaford held on to a 13-7 lead at half-time. In the third period, William Penn scored on a 55-yard touchdown pass, when defensive back Marcus Trammel slipped and fell trying to cover the Colonials’ split end, Nick Tiberi. The two point conversion failed and the game was tied at 13-13. Seaford now had their back to the wall. The sleeping giant had finally awakened and the fans were going crazy in the stands. But the offense wins games, while the defense wins championships. It was now the moment that all great teams and teammates remember for a lifetime. Seaford’s defensive end Dave Sweigard would remember this game forever. Sweigard’s recovery of a fumble by quarterback Pete Johnson on William Penn’s own 28-yard line stopped the Colonials’ drive with 2:12 left on the clock The fumble recovery set up the eventual winning touchdown, when moments later, the Jays’ John Shirreffs hit Darryl Brittingham with a seven-yard touchdown pass. The kick failed and Seaford regained the lead 20-13. With only two and a half minutes left in the fourth quarter, William Penn had all the momentum to win the game and was driving for a score when Pete Johnson’s screen pass was intercepted by defensive end Dave Sweigard on the Blue Jay 25 yard line and when the final gun sounded, Seaford had

Ravens defeat Bulldogs, 63-50, in boys’ basketball match-up The Sussex Tech boys’ basketball team moved to 8-6 overall with a 63-50 home win over Laurel last Friday. The Ravens extended its 30-19 half-time lead with a 19-10 advantage in the third quarter. Jacob Mitchell paced Sussex Tech with 25 points, Kory Belle added 11 points, and Lawrence Slayton had nine points. Jernell Ross and Trent Passwaters each had 14 points and Lance Kelley netted eight points (including 6-for-8 from the foul line) for the Bulldogs.

Thomas places first in Delmarva Classic tournament in Salisbury The Delmarva Classic high school wrestling tournament took place last weekend at Wicomico High Middle School with Sussex Tech placing 13th. The Ravens’ results follow: 112- 5. Wendall Cannon, Sussex Tech; 125- 7. Kyle Kunzler, Sussex Tech; 189- 1. Alex Thomas, Sussex Tech (8-2 win in semis, 7-0 win in finals); 275- 2. Chris Rickards, Sussex Tech (3-2 win in semis, 4-1 loss in finals)

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Mike Sowers (left), assistant varsity coach for the 1981 team, talks with host Dyke Belcher at the 1981 Blue Jay reunion. Belcher was an All-State guard and linebacker on the championship 12-0 team. Photo by Gene Bleile

iced the well deserved win. The final score was 20-13. Seaford was the Division I State Champion. The Titanic had been sunk. It was the first undefeated Blue Jay team since 1955, when Coach Bob Dowd went 90 and won the mythical State Championship, since their was no playoff tournament in the 1950’s. If you look at the game stats without knowing the final score, you would think William Penn was the blow out winner. The Colonials had 17 first downs to Seaford’s eight. They had 123 yards passing to the Blue Jays 43 yards and a total offense of 333 yards to Seaford’s 251 yards. But it is said that statistics only count for losers and William Penn was held to only 13 points by the Blue Jay defense and that was the big difference. The 12-0 season offense had scored 447 points, while the defense gave up only 50 points. The old adage was true; the offense wins games, the defense wins championships. The 1981 championship team was honored for weeks following their victory. Mayor William Slatcher proclaimed a Seaford Football Week in Seaford, Governor Pierre S. DuPont stopped by the high school for a congratulatory handshake, Superintendent Fred Sales gave Coach Dickerson a bottle of champagne and local area legislators all introduced legislation to honor the state champions. The Seaford Lions Club promised jackets with “State Champs” printed on each one. First Team All-State Honors went to: Darryl Brittingham, offensive end; Noel Rosas, offensive tackle; Dyke Belcher, offensive guard; John Shirreffs, quarterback; Frank Dowd, linebacker and Billy Alston, defensive back. Honorable Mention for AllState Honors went to: Lee Merritt, center; Mike McGee, running back; Richie Smith,

kicker; and Thorton Parker, defensive back. The Reunion- Saturday, December 23, 2006- The 25th reunion of the 1981 Blue Jay State Championship team took place at the home of All-State guard Dyke Belcher, just two days before Christmas. With the help of Paul Davis and Coach Ron Dickerson, Belcher was able to reunite 23 players with four former coaches. Also in attendance were families, friends and media to celebrate the night. It turned out to be a memorable evening for all the athletes, who, for many had not seen each other since graduation. Their hair may have been a little thinner and the beards a little grayer, but it was moment that will be remembered for a life time. The Iraq Connection- One member of the 1981 squad who could not be in attendance for the reunion was Lee Merritt, the starting center for the Blue Jays in the 1981 season. LTC Merritt is currently serving his seventh tour of duty in Iraq. Lee is stationed in Bagdad with his battalion of over 1000 soldiers. His twin brother Lin was in attendance at the reunion and was also the back up center behind his brother on the depth chart during the 1981 Championship Season. Lee has a wife, Anjel and two daughters Lindsey (10), Hannah (7) and a son Kyle, who is a freshman at Georgia Tech. Lin and his wife, Kim have three children, Rachel (16), Tyler (11) and Rebecca (6). Lin help sum up the evening when he said, “I am proud of my brother and what he is doing. I am also proud of all my former teammates and coaches.” After the championship game, back in 1981, Coach Dickerson wrote a personal

Continued on page 42

Woodbridge varsity girls’ basketball, wrestling teams fall The Woodbridge girls’ basketball team fell to 1-3 in the Henlopen Conference and 5-8 overall with losses to Polytech and Wilmington Friends last week. The non-conference defeat against Friends was the Raiders’ fourth straight loss, however, the team fell to Polytech and Milford by a combined four points in the previous two games. Tiandra Felix had 20 points and Kera Sampson added 16 for the Raiders in the 5350 loss to Polytech. On Saturday, Woodbridge rallied for a 13-9 third quarter advantage to cut Wilmington Friends’ lead to 39-28. Friends went on to win, 53-41. Felix netted 21 points and Jenna Schrock added seven points for the Raiders. Woodbridge visits Sussex Tech on Thursday before hosting Sussex Central on Tuesday, Jan. 30. Callaway records pin in Woodbridge wrestling team’s loss to Milford- The Woodbridge varsity wrestling team fell to Milford, 68-6, last Wednesday. Brock Callaway (125) had a pin at 2:42 while teammate Ethan Stoeckel (135) was edged, 16-12.

Wescott to play in Blue-Gold all-star football game in June Woodbridge senior Jordan Wescott was recently selected to represent the Raiders in the Blue-Gold all-star football game this summer. The Star will have more on the annual contest in future editions.



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Remember the Blue Jays- the 1981 football state champions Part II- The championsip, team reunion, and Iraq connection By Gene Bleile The week after Seaford beat Dickinson 21-6, many upstate fans, coaches and media still did not give Seaford respect for their win. Many still believed that William Penn was the best team in the state and had proven it by defeating another powerhouse team Salesianum 6-5 in their semifinal game. The William Penn Colonials were bigger, faster and stronger than the Blue Jays, it was a mismatch of titanic proportions and many upstate fans and press predicted a blow out by the end of the first quarter. If David had beaten Goliath the week before, then in their minds, for Seaford, this game was going to be Custer’s last stand. Sixty-nine years earlier, the HMS Titanic was the biggest, fastest and strongest ship afloat when it was launched in 1912. Touted as unsinkable, it struck an iceberg and sunk on that fateful April 4th night. On the morning of Dec. 5, 1981, the titanic Colonials team headed south from New Castle on Route 13 toward Delaware State’s Alumni Football Field, while the Blue Jays headed north from Seaford. A monumental collision was inevitable. Division I State Championship GameDec. 5, 1981- Seaford vs. William Penn – On a cold, blustery day with a chilling north wind, before a standing room only crowd of over 5,000 fans, Seaford scored first. The Blue Jays’ Frank Dowd recovered a William Penn fumble on the game’s first play at the Colonials 14-yard line. After quarterback John Shirreffs bootlegged for 13 yards, fullback Dowd, scored on a one yard run. Richie Smith’s point after made it a quick 70. With 2:41 left in the first period, fullback Mike McGee took advantage of a key block by Billy Alston on Colonials’ safety Tom

Brown and capped off a four play, 67-yard drive with a 38-yard touchdown run up the middle. Smith’s kick was blocked and the Jays had a 13-0 lead. In the second period William Penn began to show signs of life and dominated the Jays, running 27 plays to Seaford’s three plays from scrimmage. The Jays also lost two possessions on fumbles, but their defense rose to the occasion and held the Colonials on two fourth-and-goal situations at the end of the period. Seaford held on to a 13-7 lead at half-time. In the third period, William Penn scored on a 55-yard touchdown pass, when defensive back Marcus Trammel slipped and fell trying to cover the Colonials’ split end, Nick Tiberi. The two point conversion failed and the game was tied at 13-13. Seaford now had their back to the wall. The sleeping giant had finally awakened and the fans were going crazy in the stands. But the offense wins games, while the defense wins championships. It was now the moment that all great teams and teammates remember for a lifetime. Seaford’s defensive end Dave Sweigard would remember this game forever. Sweigard’s recovery of a fumble by quarterback Pete Johnson on William Penn’s own 28-yard line stopped the Colonials’ drive with 2:12 left on the clock The fumble recovery set up the eventual winning touchdown, when moments later, the Jays’ John Shirreffs hit Darryl Brittingham with a seven-yard touchdown pass. The kick failed and Seaford regained the lead 20-13. With only two and a half minutes left in the fourth quarter, William Penn had all the momentum to win the game and was driving for a score when Pete Johnson’s screen pass was intercepted by defensive end Dave Sweigard on the Blue Jay 25 yard line and when the final gun sounded, Seaford had

Ravens defeat Bulldogs, 63-50, in boys’ basketball match-up The Sussex Tech boys’ basketball team moved to 8-6 overall with a 63-50 home win over Laurel last Friday. The Ravens extended its 30-19 half-time lead with a 19-10 advantage in the third quarter. Jacob Mitchell paced Sussex Tech with 25 points, Kory Belle added 11 points, and Lawrence Slayton had nine points. Jernell Ross and Trent Passwaters each had 14 points and Lance Kelley netted eight points (including 6-for-8 from the foul line) for the Bulldogs.

Thomas places first in Delmarva Classic tournament in Salisbury The Delmarva Classic high school wrestling tournament took place last weekend at Wicomico High Middle School with Sussex Tech placing 13th. The Ravens’ results follow: 112- 5. Wendall Cannon, Sussex Tech; 125- 7. Kyle Kunzler, Sussex Tech; 189- 1. Alex Thomas, Sussex Tech (8-2 win in semis, 7-0 win in finals); 275- 2. Chris Rickards, Sussex Tech (3-2 win in semis, 4-1 loss in finals)

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Mike Sowers (left), assistant varsity coach for the 1981 team, talks with host Dyke Belcher at the 1981 Blue Jay reunion. Belcher was an All-State guard and linebacker on the championship 12-0 team. Photo by Gene Bleile

iced the well deserved win. The final score was 20-13. Seaford was the Division I State Champion. The Titanic had been sunk. It was the first undefeated Blue Jay team since 1955, when Coach Bob Dowd went 90 and won the mythical State Championship, since their was no playoff tournament in the 1950’s. If you look at the game stats without knowing the final score, you would think William Penn was the blow out winner. The Colonials had 17 first downs to Seaford’s eight. They had 123 yards passing to the Blue Jays 43 yards and a total offense of 333 yards to Seaford’s 251 yards. But it is said that statistics only count for losers and William Penn was held to only 13 points by the Blue Jay defense and that was the big difference. The 12-0 season offense had scored 447 points, while the defense gave up only 50 points. The old adage was true; the offense wins games, the defense wins championships. The 1981 championship team was honored for weeks following their victory. Mayor William Slatcher proclaimed a Seaford Football Week in Seaford, Governor Pierre S. DuPont stopped by the high school for a congratulatory handshake, Superintendent Fred Sales gave Coach Dickerson a bottle of champagne and local area legislators all introduced legislation to honor the state champions. The Seaford Lions Club promised jackets with “State Champs” printed on each one. First Team All-State Honors went to: Darryl Brittingham, offensive end; Noel Rosas, offensive tackle; Dyke Belcher, offensive guard; John Shirreffs, quarterback; Frank Dowd, linebacker and Billy Alston, defensive back. Honorable Mention for AllState Honors went to: Lee Merritt, center; Mike McGee, running back; Richie Smith,

kicker; and Thorton Parker, defensive back. The Reunion- Saturday, December 23, 2006- The 25th reunion of the 1981 Blue Jay State Championship team took place at the home of All-State guard Dyke Belcher, just two days before Christmas. With the help of Paul Davis and Coach Ron Dickerson, Belcher was able to reunite 23 players with four former coaches. Also in attendance were families, friends and media to celebrate the night. It turned out to be a memorable evening for all the athletes, who, for many had not seen each other since graduation. Their hair may have been a little thinner and the beards a little grayer, but it was moment that will be remembered for a life time. The Iraq Connection- One member of the 1981 squad who could not be in attendance for the reunion was Lee Merritt, the starting center for the Blue Jays in the 1981 season. LTC Merritt is currently serving his seventh tour of duty in Iraq. Lee is stationed in Bagdad with his battalion of over 1000 soldiers. His twin brother Lin was in attendance at the reunion and was also the back up center behind his brother on the depth chart during the 1981 Championship Season. Lee has a wife, Anjel and two daughters Lindsey (10), Hannah (7) and a son Kyle, who is a freshman at Georgia Tech. Lin and his wife, Kim have three children, Rachel (16), Tyler (11) and Rebecca (6). Lin help sum up the evening when he said, “I am proud of my brother and what he is doing. I am also proud of all my former teammates and coaches.” After the championship game, back in 1981, Coach Dickerson wrote a personal

Continued on page 49

Woodbridge varsity girls’ basketball, wrestling teams fall The Woodbridge girls’ basketball team fell to 1-3 in the Henlopen Conference and 5-8 overall with losses to Polytech and Wilmington Friends last week. The non-conference defeat against Friends was the Raiders’ fourth straight loss, however, the team fell to Polytech and Milford by a combined four points in the previous two games. Tiandra Felix had 20 points and Kera Sampson added 16 for the Raiders in the 5350 loss to Polytech. On Saturday, Woodbridge rallied for a 13-9 third quarter advantage to cut Wilmington Friends’ lead to 39-28. Friends went on to win, 53-41. Felix netted 21 points and Jenna Schrock added seven points for the Raiders. Woodbridge visits Sussex Tech on Thursday before hosting Sussex Central on Tuesday, Jan. 30. Callaway records pin in Woodbridge wrestling team’s loss to Milford- The Woodbridge varsity wrestling team fell to Milford, 68-6, last Wednesday. Brock Callaway (125) had a pin at 2:42 while teammate Ethan Stoeckel (135) was edged, 16-12.

Wescott to play in Blue-Gold all-star football game in June Woodbridge senior Jordan Wescott was recently selected to represent the Raiders in the Blue-Gold all-star football game this summer. The Star will have more on the annual contest in future editions.


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The Nets’ Charles Hopkins dribbles the ball during a Seaford Department of Parks and Recreation basketball game last weekend. Photo by David Elliott

Britanny Hall competes for the Western Sussex Barracudas in the girls’ 7-8 25-yard butterfly competition last week in Seaford. Photo by David Elliott

Benefit set for SCA boys’ basketball coach The players, parents and friends of Seaford Christian boys’ basketball coach Tony Brown are holding a Medical Benefit Fundraiser on Jan. 26 to help with Brown’s mounting medical costs following surgery on Jan. 11. A spaghetti diner/auction will ne held on Jan. 26 at Union United Methodist Church which is located at 301 North Main Street in Federalsburg. The cost is $10 for adults, $5 for children 5-10, and free for tots. Anyone wishing to donate items for the silent auction or purchase dinner tickets may contact Mary Harding at 410829-1225 or Tina Loudon at 302-245-0075.

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Seaford Bowling Lanes Weds. AM Mixed High games and series Myron Hayes 314, 805 Darlene King 282 Dot Dulis 282 Shirley Ellis 780

Mardel ABC High games and series Chris Absher 310, 831

Eastern Shore Men

High games and series Jeff Nelson 238 Steve Blockers 661 Hettie Hitchens 262, 712

sons of teamwork, discipline, pride and enthusiasm, that we learned from our coaches, Capt. Dick, Coach Hollis and Coach Sowers, have helped us build strong lives for ourselves and our families.” The Spiritual Link- Gone but not forgotten is the man who provided the spiritual link to the team of 1981. The late Rev. Dave Mulford was the team’s spiritual leader and biggest cheerleader. He stood along the sidelines and cheered and clapped for every play and player. When a player got yelled at for a mistake, he was there to pick up his spirits; he is truly missed by many. Between The Lines- See this week’s column for a more about Lt. Col. Lee Merritt and his families’ efforts to support the troops in Iraq. See how you can send supplies to his battalion.

Seaford football continued letter to all his players that summed up his feelings then and even today, 25 years later holds true. Part of that letter states: “What you have accomplished in football this season is something you can be very proud of. No one can ever take these experiences from you. It is important that you understand that you obtained this by team work, dedication, sacrifice, perseverance and accepting a challenge. You must see how these traits can be applied in other areas of your life, so you can experience more success.” Blue Jay Notebook: Host Dyke Belcher summed up the night: “It was great to see the guys. It’s amazing that after 25 years the friendship and camaraderie was still there. It was as if we played just yesterday. We were a family; we never yelled or got mad with each other on or off the field. The life les-

Robert Elliott 766 Michelle Taylor 310 Roxanne Covington 729

High games and series Ken Garrett 322

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High games and series Jody Garber 262 Dale Parker 726 Belinda Garber 228 Tina Rawls 632

High games and series Brad Cannon 328, 801 Carolyn Chandler 312, 845

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High games and series Matt Wheatley 299, 820 Michelle DeShields 260 Kesha Davis 260, 736

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BLUE JAYS IN 07- Shown (l to r) is the 1981 Seaford High football team at its recent reunion: First row- Brian Sheppard, OG/DT, Queenstown, Md.- U.S. Marshall; Thorton Parker, TE/ DE, Chesapeake, Va.- UPS; Darryl Brittingham, SE/DB, Cliffwood, N.J.-manager of Public Service Electric and Gas call center; Frank Dowd, HB/LB, Corpus Christi, TX.- Executive Officer of a Navy Helicopter Squadron; Dyke Belcher, G/LB, Seaford- owns seven Subway Stores; Mike McGee, FB, Vero Beach, Fla.- Senior Vice-President of Wachovia Bank; Mark Marine, G/LB, Marietta, Ga.- lead software architect for Choicepoint, Inc.; Second Row- Head Coach Ron Dickerson, Laurel- retired; Frank Leonhartt, HB/DB, Eldersburg, Md.- Director of Constellation Energy; Danny Botdorf, QB/DL, Virginia Beach- Engineer for the Virginia Dept. of Health; Dave Sweigard, HB/DE, Shrewsbury, Pa.- Business Development Manager for PMA Insurance; Paul Davis, T/LB, Seaford- owns and operates an irrigation and installation business; Lin Merritt, C/DT, Laurel- works for Seaford School District; Steve Marvel, FB/LB, Seaford- general contractor, realtor and developer; Richie Smith, K/ DT, Seaford; Assistant Varsity Coach Mike Sowers, Sunbury, Pa.; Row Three- Darrell Tingle, WR/DB, Dover. -Director of Greater Dover Boys and Girls Club; Noel Rosas, T/DT, Seaford.- Pharmacist; John Shirreffs, QB, Athens, Ga.- owner of a medical sales company; Marcus Trammell, HB/DB, Seaford- subcontractor for Invista Nylon Plant; Chris Penuel, QB, Seaford- Delaware Electric Coop.; Chris Cianci, TE/DE, Easton, Md.- Doctor of Chiropractic; Bruce Bennett, equipment manager, Laurel- Director of Marketing for Harley Davidson of Ocean City; Assistant coach, Jerry Scott, Laurel. Other players in attendance but not the photograph: Billy Alston, HB/DB, Smyrna; Greg Stanley, FB/DB, New Castle, Del.; Ricky Smarte, T/LB, Lincoln, De. Also in attendance but not pictured: Assistant Coach Ben Sirman, Seaford and Wes Short, statistician, Salisbury. The 1981 squad also included Dave Thomas (HB-DB), Billy Noel (SE-DB), Mike Penrod (HB-KR), Marvin Keaton (DB), Allen George (HB), Jeff Warren (Tackle) and Dave Genshaw (tackle). Photo by Gene Bleile

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High games and series Andrew Parlier 280, 720 Jessica Bennett 275, 741

High games and series Bill Kellam 298, 808 Shirley Green 273 Aimee Bennett 743

Sunday Nite Mixed

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High games and series Tom Schwartz 299, 822 Nicole Jennings 285 Susan Stokes 739

Seaford/Laurel Star Tuesday Night scoreboard Boys’ basketball- Sussex Tech 68, Indian River 50- Jacob Mitchell and Kory Belle each tallied 16 points to pace the Ravens in the win. Cape Henlopen 64, Woodbridge 46- Marc Nock scored a team-high 14 points for the Raiders. Sussex Central 79, Laurel 35- David Albert had 12 points in the Bulldog loss. Polytech 63, Seaford 61- The Panthers held an 18-8 advantage in the second quarter and held off the Blue Jay rally. Kyan Andrews netted 16 points for Seaford. Caesar Rodney 65, Delmar 31- Kevin Ricketts scored 12 points for the Wildcats. Girls’ basketball- Sussex Tech 55, Indian River 19- Brittany Griffin had 17 points and Leigh Powell added 14 points for the Ravens. Polytech 45, Seaford 37- De’Andria Farlow (17) and Anitra Hughes (13) led the Jays in the loss. Cape Henlopen 52, Woodbridge 37- Tiandra Felix scored 11 points for the Raiders. Caesar Rodney 68, Delmar 25- Shannon Wilson had nine points to pace Delmar.

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2007 Earned Income Tax Credit Campaign launched Delaware State Treasurer Jack Markell, Mary Dupont, Executive Director of Nehemiah Gateway Community Development Corporation, and Bernice Edwards, executive director, First State Community Action Agency joined with community and business leaders to launch the 2007 Delaware Earned Income Tax Credit Campaign. The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) benefits families who earn less than $38,000 per year. The tax refund can be up to $4,500 per year, depending on family size and income. Credits include mortgage interest, childcare and education. “The EITC can change a person’s life, potentially increasing their hourly wages from, for example, $7 to $9,” Markell said. “Many workers are entitled to these funds - and what we’re doing is connecting them with money that is essentially already theirs.” The 2006 EITC Campaign generated more than $2.2 million in returns for over 1,600 Sussex County residents. For many low-income workers tax time is eagerly anticipated as a time when money will be flowing through their refunds. This year, in addition to Free Tax Preparation and Electronic Filing, the Tax Sites are adding on-site Financial Resource Centers to help taxpayers expand the “money moment” to have a more lasting and positive financial impact. An array of new services is being offered including the opening of savings accounts and Certificates of Deposits to help customers put a small portion of their refund away for a rainy day. Tax customers will also be able to receive a free copy of a scored credit report, a direct referral for credit counseling or repair, and a personal screening for eligibility of state benefits. Trained volunteer “Cash Coordinators”

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will work one-on-one with customers who wish to avail themselves of these new services. In addition, tax customers will receive referrals to community programs such as financial literacy workshops, matched savings and car loan programs. Organizers envision the tax sites as a one-stop shop for services and information that can help workers get the most our of the tax code and use their refunds as a doorway to financial opportunities. Also this is the first year that Delawareans can now claim the new state version of the EITC that will reduce the amount that eligible Delawareans own on their

Delaware state tax return. This non-refundable tax credit will greatly reduce, if not eliminate the state taxes of eligible families. “The new State EITC law is a great tool to help our Delaware families put more dollars back in their pockets where it belongs,” Bernice Edwards, Executive Director, First State Community Action Agency said. “This really can help to give our working families a step up.” “Statewide, last year’s campaign brought more than $15 million back to over 10,500 working Delawareans,” Mary Dupont, Executive Director of Nehemiah Gateway Community Development Corp.

said. “We hope that this year’s enhanced Campaign will increase choices and options for our customers who are interested in using their refunds to launch themselves up the economic ladder!” The Nehemiah Gateway Community Development Corporation, coordinator of the project, has trained over 425 volunteers to prepare taxes at 19 sites throughout the state. Free Tax Prep Sites in Sussex County are located in Georgetown, Laurel, Lewes and Selbyville. For site times and dates of operation, and for more information, please call the Delaware Helpline at 800/464-4357.

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D ELMARVA A UTO A LLEY Delmar racing for 2007 will be full of action By Bonnie Nibblett Delaware Motorsports Complex has already started getting ready for the new season. All three tracks to include the 1/2 clay oval speedway, 1/4 mile dragway, and the oval clay kart track finished out the 2006 with a bang. There was plenty of hot racing all season at each track. With only a very little bit of rest, drivers, crews, fans, track owners, know all to well, the season starts all over again quickly. All of those that suffer from the same addiction as I, for that sound of cars, the smells, and reuniting with old friends will be just about ready for the 2007 racing to get going. That craving for the NEED FOR SPEED is underlying in all race fans, that's part of the hype. Racing has been going on for many, many years, but continues to grow with more fans all the time joining in the fast action. For our area we are very fortunate to have such supreme racing in such top tracks that do have racing on a regular basis. Our drivers put on super shows each time they race. Racing, it's good old fashion family fun. There's a bit, of sizzling, hot, news for the 2007 season already out. First the URC Sprints will be returning once a month with 7 dates on the URC schedule and added the Nov. 3 Delaware Dirt Track Championship weekend. Even more blistering scorching, hot, news, is the - mile clay oval is hosting the World of Outlaws Late Model Series on Thursday, May 31, 2007. The first time the outlaws raced at DIS (Delaware International Speedway) a couple years back, they had some mighty fast speeds as well as, some of the top late model drivers in the U. S. powering around the dirt path. It will be some great racing and you don't want to miss out on this event. More news will come forth at later time on tickets sales, and any other such news. That's going to be some great racing. Here's a bit more dirt on the coming season on the - mile oval. There are quite

Delaware Dirt Track Championship Nov. 4 & 5 nose to tail with Big Block action of Glen Reed (35), Cliff Foskey (28), Mark Byram (55), and Scott Irwin (92). Photo by Bonnie Nibblett

a few drivers making the move to one or another of the two AC Delco TSS crate classes, either in the modified style or late model fashion. Jon Callaway, Billy Mellon, Erik & Kevin McKinney, Andrew Mullins, all came into the late model style near the end of the season. If either of those drivers along with others that have not participated in more than five point races at DIS, will qualify to be a candidate for Rookie of the Year. Each class of the regular Saturday night drivers goes to the top driver in points and will receive an 8x10 award plague sponsored by AutoWorld of Delmar. There will be plenty of other new drivers when the season starts that switched from one class or division, or even first timers racing. Chad Clark, Eric Vent, is just a couple of drivers that will run a full schedule in 2007 in the modified style. Jordon and


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Fighting the cold sometimes meant putting lives on the line Whenever there are inclement weather conditions, such as snow and ice, most parents are glued to the television or surfing the Internet first thing in the morning to see if there are school cancellations or delays. I was trying to recall how my mother learned whether there were school cancellations or delays when I was growing up. I do recall that often, Mom herself would make the call. I can remember Mom, wrapped in a blanket, coming to the bedroom door to let us know we were not going to school. But, it was not always because there was snow, ice or flooding conditions on the roads; sometimes it was simply because it was too cold to move around the house. Our household heating system ran on a wing and a prayer, and if the pilot light went out on the living room or kitchen stove, it was more than a notion to get it back on again. We had more holes and openings in our house than a screen door. It was cold enough to hang meat in the hallways and we had enough snow on the floor by the windows to build Frosty. Mom seems to think that school was never closed, no matter how cold it was or how much snow was on the ground. I think she is right because I remember hiking to school with snow up to my knees. I would be wearing

those rubber boots that alONY INDSOR lowed snow to brush down inSometimes the oil would side. By the time I got to race into the base of the school I had a stove too fast and thick. boot full of icy When Mom threw the cold water and toes that felt match down it would flare brittle enough to up like the flames of hell. break off. I knew it was There was no legitimate reacold when Mom walked around son why that stove did not flare the house wrapped in a blanket up and burn us bald, or worse, like Sacajawea. When she talked the steam from her breath looked but I guess folks were not as fire prevention savvy in those days. like she was smoking a cigar. Sometimes the oil would race Nine times out of ten, we would into the base of the stove too fast have no running water because and thick. When Mom threw the the pipes would freeze. It would match down it would flare up get so cold in my grandmother’s like the flames of hell. room her false teeth would That was when Mom would freeze in her soaking box. grab us and pull us outside to In my mind’s eye I can still wait for the fire to “burn down see Mom trying to re-light the some.” This would involve small oil stove in the kitchen. standing outside, hovering toShe would turn the oil on and it would drain down a trail into the gether like three homeless people and watching flames shoot out of base of the stove. Once the oil was visible, Mom would throw a the top of the chimney. Luckily, each time the fire actually did lit match down on top of it. “burn down some” and we could My older brother and I would go back into the house. stand on boxes and stick our Our home on Richardson Avheads down inside the mouth of enue in Crisfield was a tinder the stove to watch as the match box on a foundation. I find it met the oil and started a blazing hard to imagine why it did not ring of fire at the bottom of the go up in flames on several occastove. We couldn’t have been sions. any more entertained if we were I guess I should simply be apwatching a three-headed monkey preciative that it didn’t. juggle a dozen bananas.



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Newly-elected Democrats sworn into state legislature Four new Democrats were sworn into the House of Representatives recently in Legislative Hall. Gerald Brady, John Kowalko, John “Larry” Mitchell and Bob Walls joined their 15 returning Democratic colleagues in the House on the same day that nine Democratic senators took their oath on the other side of the building. The 18-member House Democratic caucus represents the largest number of Democrats in that chamber since 1993. House Minority Leader Bob Gilligan said he was encouraged to have a stronger Democratic group for this session. Rep. Kowalko (D- Newark) echoed Gilligan’s sentiments. “I enjoyed today with humility and pride,” said Kowalko. “Humbled that I have been chosen to represent the people and proud to be a standard bearer for the Democratic party. The engine’s running and it’s time to shift into gear since we have a long road ahead of us.” Rep. Brady, a former Wilmington City Councilman who is making the switch to Dover, agreed.

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Letters Schools at a disadvantage? I have been concerned for some time about the school districts on the western side of Sussex County. We have an outstanding school in Sussex Tech, but it should be. It selects the quality of students it desires, outstanding teachers and very good facilities, and of course good administrators. Tech should not have discipline problems to a great degree as they have the option of returning students to their home schools. What I do not know is their per pupil expenditure. I do not advocate an elected board or a referendum on taxes, but I do feel that I should not have to be taxed above the average per pupil expenditure per pupil average in Sussex County to support Tech. I believe any school could achieve this high standard if it selected its students in this manner and with the financial support that Tech has. Tech’s mission has changed since Vo Tech and with the legislature’s approval. Trade preparation does not reach the level of Vo Tech. Selecting or receiving students who may drop out, or are not going to college, who were trained in the crafts is not on the same scale and preparation as was Vo Tech. Perhaps students are not leaving school before graduation these days, but I think they are. Sometimes I feel the legislature and state office of education are ignoring the problems in our public schools by creating a way for some parents to move their children to state-sanctioned schools and not doing much to correct problems limiting our children. The legislature, state board and local districts should get together and put some action in motion to solve the problems. I know money is part of the answer. Look at our prison problems — is the general population in prison as a result of our ignoring our schools’ needs? I want to support Tech to the per pupil average expenditure in the county. I do not want to see Laurel District’s disadvantage continue. The PTAs should be contacting their legislators countywide concerning this, as I hear Tech wants a tax increase. Richard Stone Laurel

Calio is running for reelection I am announcing my candidacy for reelection as an at-large councilman in the March 28, 2007, Laurel town election. Polls will be open from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. During the last four and one-half years, I have always had the best interest of the town foremost in my decisions. During my tenure on the town council, we have adopted a comprehensive plan as required by the state of Delaware. We have adopted a new zoning ordinance. We are currently building a new wastewater treatment plant that will increase our capacity to 700,000 gallons per day of wastewater. We have approved the Village Brook subdivision plan. Laurel has annexed the Broad Creek Campground, the Car Store and land for the Discovery Project. These annexations will increase the town’s tax base, thereby

reducing the chances of a tax increase to the current citizens and property owners of the town of Laurel. Soon the town will be considering annexing land in the area of the intersection of U.S. 13 and U.S. 9. We have upgraded water lines in town and will continue to upgrade water lines where necessary. Also during the last four years we have increased the number of police officers from 12 to 14. I look forward to continuing to serve the citizens of Laurel. I ask for their support in the upcoming election. Chris Calio Laurel

Donations by children touch heart I am always amazed by the outpouring of support and consideration for those less fortunate in our community, especially during the holiday season. This year I had the good fortune to once again donate time to the Good Samaritan Shop Red Bucket Collection held at Food Lion in Laurel. Having the opportunity to participate in this worthy and worthwhile initiative has become a treasured part of my Christmas celebration. I enjoy talking to old friends and making new ones. This year I signed up for several stints at the red bucket. My experiences from years past were still positive this year but on Dec. 22, two significant events restored my faith in human nature, more importantly in our youth. My shift began at noon and I watched as two little girls approached with their mother and walked purposely to the red bucket and poured change from plastic bags into the container. They proudly told me that they had saved all of their change throughout the year for this cause. They also told me that they hoped their money would help a family have a nice Christmas. I thanked them and wished them a Merry Christmas. The girls told me that they would be back next year to donate again. I estimate that the girls were 7 and 11 years of age. It is remarkable that ones so young would have this sense of sharing. I commend the parents of these little girls for their positive influence and hope others will learn by their example and embrace this cause for 2007. Thirty minutes later I watched a mother and two children approach the Food Lion. All of the shopping carts were gone on their side so the older child, a boy of about 11, came to get a cart for his mother. He was dressed very neatly in khaki pants and a crisply ironed button-down shirt. He paused for a moment, looked at the red bucket and read the sign. He then walked over to get a cart but on his way back he stopped and pulled out his wallet and took some money out and with a quiet demeanor dropped his change into the container. This young boy did this without being told. I have no idea how much he donated but do know that he was willing to help others. He gave not with pride or with the idea he was going to get something out of the effort. He gave from his heart and his desire to make a difference. These young people may never know the full impact they had on my life on this date. But by their single act of giving they demonstrated the true meaning and the

true spirit of Christmas. Their sense of charity, kindness and thoughtfulness reminded me of the Christmas story and how the events of this night sent a message throughout the world that still inspires us today. These acts of concern have given me hope that the mission of the Good Samaritan Shop and other worthy missions will continue as long as children and their parents care and share in the example of Christ. These young people gave me a gift that will stay with me throughout the year. I would be remiss if I did not say thank you to them and wish them a very happy and healthy New Year. Clifford G. "Biff" Lee Laurel

Foundation planning fund-raiser The Laurel Community Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that was formed for the purpose of constructing housing in Laurel for families in need of temporary shelter. Homelessness has been a serious underlying problem in Laurel, painfully apparent to school personnel and social workers. Our guests apply through social service case workers, who ensure that the families meet certain criteria, such as employment, and then work hand-inhand with the guest families to help them stabilize their situation, save money, meet children’s needs and find affordable housing by the end of their tenure. The support system, provided by social services programs and the temporary stay in Hope House I and II, has enabled these parents to keep their children with them, and to work through a crisis with the knowledge that they will be able to continue the progression beyond it to a state of self-sufficiency. Since opening both Hope Houses the LCF has helped 54 families with 96 children. The need continues and it requires support from the whole community to perpetuate this service. The board of the LCF is composed of volunteers representing local civic organizations and the community at large who serve without any compensation. The LCF is dependent entirely upon private donations for maintenance of the two buildings, and as a 501(c)3 organization, all donations are fully tax deductible. On the evening of Feb.17, the LCF is sponsoring a benefit dinner, to be held at the Laurel Fire Hall, at 6 p.m. A catered buffet dinner will be provided by My Turn to Cook, followed by vocal duo Beverly La Fazia and Bob Naylor for entertainment. Auctioneer Lee Collins will conclude the evening with a live auction of donated items. We are contacting local businesses to request corporate sponsorship. We ask that you consider donating an item for the benefit auction and to purchase a table of tickets ($200) for you, your employees and friends. Your donation and attendance at the dinner would be greatly appreciated. Monetary donations may be sent to the LCF, PO Box 81, Laurel, DE 19956, or you may phone 875-5051 to arrange for pick up. Checks may be made out to the Laurel Community Foundation. We sincerely hope that you give our request your fullest consideration. We deeply appreciate the contributions given

last year and hope you will be generous again this year. Leigh Clark Laurel Community Foundation trustee, Laurel

MLK planners thank supporters The MLK Dream Team Committee would like to take this opportunity to say “thanks a million” for your contribution to this extraordinary event. The 2007 theme is “Dare to Dream like the King” and with partners like you the dream theme has come alive! The 2006-2007 “dream team” is a core group of dedicated volunteers who have spent endless hours planning for a successful day to honor the late Dr Martin Luther King Jr. It is our hope that community support will graciously continue for years to come. It may have been a monetary donation, gift certificates, door prizes, ticket purchases, a keynote speaker, entertainment participant, information booth, or just volunteering your time and talent. Your contribution large or small adds up to a huge success. Again, thank-you, thank-you, thankyou. Seaford Councilwoman Pat A. Jones MLK Dream Team Seaford

State’s road safety gets high rating Delaware is one of only 14 states given a green, or high rating, by a national safety group, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, in its 2007 Roadmap to State Highway Safety Laws. The report rates each state based on its adoption of what the group considers to be 15 essential safety laws. The fact that Delaware received a rating of green means that the group feels that the state is “significantly advanced toward adoption of all Advocates recommended optimal laws.” They include laws covering occupant protection, impaired driving, graduated driver licensing, child passenger safety and motorcycle helmet use. “We’re very pleased to have received such a huge overall rating,” said Tricia Roberts, director of the Office of Highway Safety. “We, together with our safety partners, have worked closely with Delaware’s General Assembly for years to develop and implement meaningful safety laws with the ultimate goal of saving lives on our roadways.” Delaware was the only state to receive a green rating for its graduated driver licensing law. It also got high marks for its primary seat belt law and several impaired driving laws. The Advocates group recommended that Delaware enact a motorcycle helmet law. The current law only applies to drivers under age 19.

MORNING STAR ✳ JANUARY 25 - 31, 2007


Opinion Delawareans could avoid increasing electric bills and environmental damage if the right decisions are made Jack Markell Delaware State Treasurer

Whether it's through an expensive electric bill or a decline in air quality, all of us in Delaware feel the effects of how our electricity is supplied. The Public Service Commission (PSC), the state agency that regulates investor-owned utilities, has recently ordered Delmarva to review bids from a variety of in-state power suppliers with the goal of finding a cost-effective, environmentally friendly, long-term power source. This process was mandated by the Electric Utility Retail Customer Supply Act of 2006 (EURSCA), passed by the Delaware General Assembly last spring. Now the bids are in, for three sources of electricity: gasified coal, natural gas, and offshore wind. The review process is occurring now, and a supplier should be picked by the end of February. The winning bid will be selected jointly by four Delaware agencies: the PSC, the Department of National Resources and Environmental Control, the Controller General’s Office, and the Office of Management and Budget. The final result may be the construction of one of these three types of new power facility. EURSCA gave priority to evaluating

Guest Column bids that would cost-effectively produce "energy price stability, reductions in environmental impact, and benefits of adopting new and emerging technology" as well as being feasible to site and other terms that are acceptable. I submitted written testimony to the PSC during the pre-bid hearings because I was concerned that the rules being set up did not clearly reflect the goals of EURSCA. In particular, there was less weight given to price stability and environment, particularly to the potential costs of expected climate change regulations. Obviously, all of us seek the lowest prices; at the same time, EURSCA specifically mentions the importance of price stability. Focusing on price stability would better ensure long-term savings for Delaware ratepayers, as well as other benefits to our state. The basis of my concern related to price stability and climate change is that the US Congress may soon have before it several bills that would either restrict or

economically penalize power plants. This is because power plants that burn fossil fuels are the largest producers of CO2 in the US economy, and CO2 accounts for most of the human-created greenhouse gasses. The incoming chairs of three of the most important Congressional Committees dealing with energy and climate change have said, "When the 110th Congress begins in January, we pledge to work to pass an effective system of mandatory limits on greenhouse gases." Businesses in many states are planning power production accordingly, and Delaware should do the same. To the same point, a recent analysis by the Department of the Treasury in the United Kingdom estimates the economic cost of climate change could be as much as 20% of its gross national product. It is logical to conclude that, if this analysis is confirmed, governments around the world will be highly motivated to penalize facilities that contribute to climate change. Should the US penalize CO2 producing power plants, Delaware ratepayers may bear the burden of these costs for years to come. Aside from the financial costs, Delaware's location as a low-lying coastal

state makes it especially vulnerable to climate change and its harmful effect of sea level rise. The pending federal legislation, existing state law, and emerging scientific and governmental studies suggest that early in the lifetime of these facilities, perhaps even before construction is completed, we will be in a business environment that places far higher penalties on CO2 emissions. Under current policy, these penalties would be passed on to consumers. I recommend that as the PSC and the other agencies evaluate the various proposals for a new power facility in Delaware, they strongly consider the importance of price stability, new technology, and reductions in environmental impact (especially greenhouse gas emissions). They should take a long-term view of cost-effectiveness, considering not only today's business environment but the business environment in which these facilities will operate during their entire functioning life. If the winning bid is picked with this long-term perspective, Delawareans could avoid the increasing electric bills and environmental damage that may otherwise result.

Western Sussex loses an advocate Western Sussex County lost one of its greatest advocates this past RYANT ICHARDSON week with the death of Dick Drummond. Three of the four mayDuring the 2006 Veteran’s Day Service at Kiwanis Park in Seaford, ors who were in office a special honor for Mr. Drummond during that time period was given. A veteran himself and chaplain, were present to honor Mr. Drummond had headed up the ceremonies for Veterans Day and Mr. Drummond. Memorial Day in Seaford since 1969. special dedication to the cause of honoring Three of the four mayors who were in office during that time period were present our heroes in the service will be greatly missed. to honor Mr. Drummond. Former mayors Bill Slatcher and DanOn a tragic note, I learned Wednesday ny Short and current mayor Ed Butler morning of the death of Mr. and Mrs. Tom gathered at the memorial to give DrumBrown’s daughter, Samantha. Our sympamond a framed remembrance of his dedithy and prayers go out to the family. cation. Mr. Drummond’s friendly smile and


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Seven-Day forecast for Western Sussex County Thursday



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Variable clouds, a snow shower

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Vienna, MD

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

Date February 7 February 19 March 6 March 19

Apogee Perigee Apogee Perigee

Time 7:40 a.m. 4:35 a.m. 10:38 p.m. 1:40 p.m.

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First Jan 25

Harrington 33/16

Time 4:39 a.m. 1:56 a.m. 6:58 a.m. 11:11 a.m.

Milford 35/16 Greenwood 34/17

Lewes 36/19

Bridgeville 36/17

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Day High Low High Low Thurs. 6:38 a 12:46 a 6:50 p 1:32 p Fri. 7:40 a 1:41 a 7:52 p 2:41 p Sat. 8:47 a 2:42 a 9:03 p 3:53 p Sun. 9:59 a 3:47 a 10:19 p 5:02 p Mon. 11:07 a 4:52 a 11:28 p 6:05 p Tues. 12:06 p 5:55 a â&#x20AC;&#x201D;- 7:00 p Wed. 12:25 a 6:51 a 12:57 p 7:48 p

Sharptown, MD Shown is Thursdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s weather. High Low High Low Temperatures are Thursdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s highs Day and Thursday nightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lows. Thurs. 9:57 a 3:39 a 10:09 p 4:25 p Fri. 10:59 a 4:34 a 11:11 p 5:34 p Sat. 12:06 p 5:35 a â&#x20AC;&#x201D;- 6:46 p Sun. 12:22 a 6:40 a 1:18 p 7:55 p Mon. 1:38 a 7:45 a 2:26 p 8:58 p Tues. 2:47 a 8:48 a 3:25 p 9:53 p Wed. 3:44 a 9:44 a 4:16 p 10:41 p

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Full Feb 2

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SEAFORD 39/17 Blades 39/17

Rehoboth Beach 36/18 Georgetown 36/17 Concord 38/17 Laurel 39/17 Delmar 39/16

Millsboro 36/17

Bethany Beach 35/20 Fenwick Island 36/16

New Feb 17

Day High Thurs. 9:19 a Fri. 10:21 a Sat. 11:28 a Sun. 12:40 p Mon. 1:00 a Tues. 2:09 a Wed. 3:06 a

Rehoboth Beach Day High Low High Low Thurs. 12:09 a 6:27 a 12:28 p 6:41 p Fri. 1:10 a 7:32 a 1:27 p 7:37 p Sat. 2:16 a 8:41 a 2:33 p 8:36 p Sun. 3:24 a 9:53 a 3:39 p 9:38 p Mon. 4:29 a 11:01 a 4:41 p 10:40 p Tues. 5:27 a 11:58 a 5:36 p 11:37 p Wed. 6:18 a 12:46 p 6:26 p â&#x20AC;&#x201D;-

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