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News Progress - Local communities and health care facilities are working hard to weather the economic storms that our nation is facing. There is good news to report even when the skies are dark. See Progress & Discovery guide inside. Woodland - First there was a new ferry crossing the Nanticoke River at Woodland. Then the ferry crossings stopped. Find out why on page 34 of the Progress & Discovery guide. funding - Seaford moves on applying for state money even though the outlook is dim. Page 4 outreach - Local clergy are reaching out to help those who are being affected by the economic downturn. Page 5 Police journal - A home invasion and a violent reaction to a dispute over cell phone usage are in this week’s police news. Page 10 Miss delaWare - In this year’s Miss America competition, Miss Delaware finishes at the top in the talent contest and in the top 15 overall. Page 14


snoW at last - Sydney and Jenna Beard were delighted to finally have some snow. They were able to put to good use a snowman kit that was a Christmas gift several years ago and was still unopened in the closet. Some may dislike the inconvenience of the white wonder but when you see the joy shining on a child’s face any ill will toward old man winter is put aside. Submitted photo

Ben sirMan - Former Bridgeville High and Seaford coach Ben Sirman received the Herm Reitzes service award at the Delaware Sportswriters and Broadcasters Association banquet last weekend. See page 26.

Seaford moving quickly to thwart possible threat to the environment

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By Tony E. Windsor

City officials in Seaford are eager to take care of a potential environmental problem before it becomes a real issue to the Nanticoke River. During the Tuesday, Jan. 27, meeting of Seaford Mayor and Council, City Manager Dolores Slatcher shared information about an exposed sewer pipe located only 10-feet from the banks of the river at the end of Conwell Street. Slatcher said the pipe was recently discovered and because it is exposed and so close to the river, the city wants to take immediate action to assure there could not be a failure at that location. Because this is a sewer main that feeds into the municipal waste water treatment plant, this could result in exposure to the river and impact the surrounding fish, plant and wildlife.

Slatcher said the area is being cleaned of brush to gain full access to the pipe so that special maintenance work can be done to secure the area between the pipe location and the shoreline. She said at preset the pipe is actually underwater during high tide. She said given concerns about such potential threats, including nearby tree roots, the city needs to bring in special materials, such as river rock, straw matting and rip-rap, to protect and stabilize the shoreline surrounding. The matting, she said, will help to hold the soil in place and enable vegetation to grow. This in turn will keep soil in place and not allow it to wash out and create further erosion. Slatcher said it is critical that the work be done immediately because there is a window of time to get the maintenance complete before fish begin swimming more

frequently in the area. “It is critical we get this done now,” she said. “We have no [waste water] permit violations and we do not want to have any.” She went on to say that as more and more erosion takes place along the shoreline of the river, there will be more situations that could be occurring in the future. The city seeks to be proactive with the issue of waste water treatment pipes located near the Nanticoke River. The project to repair the pipe at Conwell Street is estimated to cost about $10,000. This is an estimate and according to the price of the large river rocks, could be higher. The project is covering an area about 70-feet along the shoreline and 10-feet out to the river The money for the maintenance work is slated to come out of the city’s sewer reserve fund.

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Bulletin Board Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast

The Seaford Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast is Thursday, Feb. 19, at the Seaford Golf and Country Club. Serving will begin at 6:45 a.m. Special music will be provided by Kaila Klucas, a young girl with a beautiful voice. Guest Speaker will be Bob Carey, executive director of Delaware Teen Challenge. Tickets are limited and are $15 each. They may be purchased at Delaware Teen Challenge, Trinity Transport or Seaford City Hall. A love offering will be taken for Delaware Teen Challenge.

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Beef & dumpling dinner

Concord United Methodist Church will serve an all-youcan-eat Beef & Dumpling Dinner on Saturday, Jan 31, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Dessert & beverage included. The cost is $10 for adults and for children under age 6 the cost is $5. Concord Church is located at 25322 Church Road (Route 20A, off Concord Road), east of Seaford. For additional information, call 628-8114.

Cancer Society Daffodil Days

The American Cancer Society is sponsoring its annual Daffodil Days through February 20. The daffodil is the flower of hope and by supporting the American Cancer Society you give hope to those touched by cancer. The money raised through Daffodil Days funds programs and research grants make an incredible difference in many lives. For a donation of $10 you can receive a bouquet of fresh-cut daffodils or a pot of miniature daffodils to support the fight against cancer. In addition to cut and potted daffodils, the American Cancer Society will offer Carrie N. Hope, a special Boyds Bear designed exclusively for the Society. The Bear in a Pot or Bear and a Bunch can be ordered for a donation of $25. To place an order, or obtain more information contact Mary Catherine Hopkins at 875-7308.

Bridgeville Library tour

The Friends of the Bridgeville Library invites everyone to the site of the new Bridgeville Library on South Cannon St. for a Construction Tour and Beam Signing Celebration Saturday, Jan. 31, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information contact Karen Johnson at 3377401

Youth Leadership Academy

Applications are now being accepted for the fourth session of the Delaware Youth Leadership Academy, which will be held at Trinity Transport in Seaford, beginning on Saturday, Feb. 21, with graduation anticipated on/around April 25. Space is limited to 15 students. This 10-week program is designed to enhance the leadership, academic, and social skills of youth between the ages of 12-16. Students are provided with additional instructions in core subject areas that are vital to school success, as well as training in leadership and problem-solving skills, including Goal-Setting, Time Management, Ethics Development, and Career and Financial Development training. For more information on this program, contact Carreen Kouts, Trinity Transport, at (302) 253-3926. A completed application is required, and a nominal registration fee of $30 is applicable.

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Seaford moves on applying for state money By Tony E. Windsor

The Mayor and Council have given a green light for the Seaford Police Department to submit an application for state funding, even if they never see it. City Manager Dolores Slatcher explained that funds in the state’s State Aid to Local Law Enforcement (SALLE) and Emergency Illegal Drug Enforcement (EIDE) grants for the state’s 2009 budget area are subject to fall victim to the serious deficiency in the overall state budget. “We did not include these figures in the [FY] 2009 budget, because we feel they may very well not occur,” she said. Slatcher went on to say that the money is being sought by the police department for things including police training, comput-

ers, random drug testing and overtime for special enforcement operations. She said if the money does not become available the police department will suffer cuts in overtime funds. Police are asking for about $12,600 in both grant applications. “If the money does not occur, then many of those special enforcement opportunities will most likely not occur as well,” she said. In all, the police department is asking for about $22,000 in SALLE and EIDE grants. The two grants represent separate pots of money and must be kept separate in how the police departments allocate the funds. The council voted to move forward with the applications. In other police department related items, the city accepted the low bid from

four vendors seeking to furnish the new expansion of the Seaford Police Department. Bids ranging from $43,350 to an incomplete bid were presented in answer to the city’s request for having new office furniture for the police department. NATCO of Greenwood submitted that low bid of $34,755.83 and was unanimously approved for the contract. NATCO has performed other similar job for the city, including furnishings for the new Seaford City Hall and the Seaford Volunteer Fire Department. The furnishings will be paid for out of the Emergency-911 fund.

Soroptimist Park project

In other council business, the Mayor and Council approved an agreement to accept $44,000 in special state Land and Water Conservation Trust Fund money for a second phase of work at the Soroptimist park, along Middleford Road. City manager Dolores Slatcher said the city has been awarded the money to do park improvements including walk way improvements in the area of the park’s two pavilions and construction of a picnic shelter. There are also plans for new playground equipment. And for addressing storm water needs in the areas near the playground equipment. Slatcher said the grant application sought $100,000 for the project; however

the Land and Water Fund contributed less than half of that amount. Therefore, the Soroptimist International of Seaford, the caretakers of the park, stepped up to cover the $56,000 balance. Typically, the grant would have only required a “50-50” match. Slatcher said she wanted to expedite the approval and signing of the agreement because of her concerns that any money being allocated by the state be obtained and spent, for fear it may fall victim to cuts caused by the current troubled state budget. The Delaware Land and Water Conservation Trust Fund (DTF) was established in 1986 as an investment of state monies to provide an annual source of funding for the acquisition of open space and the development of outdoor recreation projects. Since that time, the Trust Fund has provided over $15 million in matching grant assistance to local governments throughout Delaware. The DTF Grant Program is administered by the Delaware Division of Parks and Recreation, Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Control.

Planning & Zoning

Also in council action, Mayor Ed Butler appointed two new members of the city’s Planning and Zoning Committee. Doug Butler and Mark Grassett were unanimously approved by the council to fill two seats on the committee.

sirman honored - After being honored with the Herm Reitzes award by the Delaware Sportswriters and Broadcasters Association (DSBA) for his extraordinary service to youth in Delaware, the recogniztion just keeps coming. Former Seaford and Bridgeville school distict teacher and coach Ben Sirman was honored by both Seaford Mayor Ed Butler and State Representative Dan Short during a recent Seaford mayor and Council meeting. Sirman, who graduated from Laurel High School in 1958, taught school and coached in the Seaford School District for 33 years (1969-2002). His coaching career with Seaford and Bridgeville high schools, along with his dedication to youth sports including the Henlopen Conference, earned Sirman honors at the DSBA 60th anniversary banquet in Wilmington Sunday, Jan. 25. On Tuesday night, Jan. 27, Butler presented the coach with a Mayor’s Proclamation while Short honored Sirman with a House Tribute. Among many other memberships, Sirman currently serves on the board of the Delaware Sports Museum and Hall of Fame and is active on the board of the Nanticoke Senior Center. Pictured are (left to right): Rep. Dan Short, Sirman’s wife, Ellen, Ben Sirman and Mayor Ed Butler. Photo by Tony Windsor

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Local clergy respond to economic downturn She arrived an hour too early, huddled against cold, strain and stress clearly showing on her face. She was at a point in her life she had never been before. Her parents have passed away, her only son lives too far away, she has been out of work for a month, she is sick, and she doesn’t know what to do. “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. Who would have thought a year ago that this would happen? Banks are in trouble, businesses are closing, people are losing jobs, homes, their retirement. No one guessed the recession would hit this hard and the economic forecast would be so dismal. Beyond the financial ramifications, the emotional and spiritual fallout is significant. Depression is widespread, support systems have trouble coping, and persons ask themselves where is God in all of this. “They are plans for good and not for disaster…” It began when the Invista plant in Seaford announced that it would be laying off employees, originally planned for late spring in 2009. Concerned clergy from the Seaford and Bridgeville area met to formulate a pastoral response. They thought first the outreach would be for those employed at the former Dupont plant. But God’s plans were bigger. Weekly thousands more are added to

the national unemployment rates, and at the Georgetown unemployment office people are lined up down the sidewalk to wait for hours to file. As the group of concerned pastors and laypersons met, they discerned that the outreach must be area-wide, not limited to one group. On January 11 at Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church in Seaford, a prayer service was held lifting praise for God’s provision and petitions for prosperity. As the Holy Spirit moved through the powerful preaching of Bishop Carlton Cannon of the Clarence Street Church of God, Rev. Luis Almandoz of Cannon UMC and Siempre Verde, and Rev. Diane Melson of Concord UMC, faith was strengthened that God is bigger than any problem. The 175 people in the congregation stood in assurance that God’s plans were best. “…to give you a future and a hope.” Susan Kent, who serves as lay visitation pastor at Mt. Olivet UMC, spearheaded the coordination of job recruiters, local, county and state agencies, and faith based support programs for a multi-resource community event on January 25 at the Western Sussex Boys and Girls Club. Prayer warriors moved among the crowd, and churches provided an overabundance of food for the 250 registered persons in attendance. Though the group was diverse in background and need, they had a common look of desperation on their faces. As one per-

Job recruiters, local, county and state agencies, and faith based support programs gathered on January 25 for a multi-resource community event.

son commented, “They want to work,” but their fear was felt throughout the room. She sat along the wall waiting for the room to be set up. A pastor introduced himself and asked her need. A counselor talked with her about treatment and therapy for her depression. One woman prayed quietly with her. Three others invited her to their church. She left with a bag full of information and possibilities, grateful she had come.

The Job Loss and Spiritual Relief Team seeks to meet people where they are to offer them the hope found in God who knows, in Christ who cares, and in the Holy Spirit who empowers. Follow-up and plans for assistance will continue. The promise of Jeremiah 29:11 will be fulfilled. For more information about this effort, call Rev. Dale Brown, 302-337-7409, Rev. Constance Hastings, 302-629-9466, or Susan Kent, 302-745-1935.


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Business Del Tech offers business writing

Boost your skills as a better business writer with a new course at Delaware Technical & Community College, Owens Campus. Better Business Words Work, which begins on Wednesday, Feb. 4, will focus on writing business plan narratives, strategic marketing plans, business correspondence, reports, creative marketing and advertising for all traditional and nontraditional media applications (website, e-mail, print ads, news releases, broadcast commercials, brochures, billboards, direct mail and “elevator speeches”). This six-session course is designed for business owners, managers and entrepreneurs. The course will be taught by Hal Alpiar, MBA, a leading sales writer and educator. For more information, contact Delaware Tech’s Corporate and Community Programs at 302-854-6966.

Del Tech offers real estate courses

Delaware Technical & Community College, Owens Campus is offering a 19-session Real Estate Pre-Licensing course, which begins Feb. 10. The course is designed to prepare participants for the Delaware real estate sales licensing examination. The courses consist of two distinct sections: Real Estate Principles and Real Estate Law. The eight-session Real Estate Law course, which begins March 24, provides participants with a working knowledge of federal, state laws, and federal regulations. The course is helpful for a licensed agent in another state to become licensed in Delaware. Participants may also be required to take the seven-session Real Estate Mathematics course, which begins on April 30. A math waiver test will be given the first night to determine if the participant is exempt from the course. These courses are approved by the Delaware and Maryland Real Estate commissions and for Veterans Administration benefits. For complete information about course times and fees and to register, contact Corporate and Community Programs at 302-854-6966.

Moore named committee member

Tina Moore, realtor with Callaway, Farnell and Moore, Inc., is a new member of the Sussex County Association of Realtors (SCAOR) Education Committee. The

purpose of the SCAOR Education Committee is to maintain and monitor the ongoing continuing education of its members who are required to obtain a minimum of 15 continuing education credit hours every two years to maintain membership. Tina has been a licensed real estate agent in Delaware and Maryland for nearly three years and has been with Callaway, Farnell and Moore, Inc., for more than a year. Moore She resides in the Seaford area with her husband and two teenage children.

DEC postpones April increase

The Delaware Electric Cooperative Board of Directors has decided to defer an anticipated April rate increase for members of the cooperative. “A combination of softening energy markets, and the addition of efficient baseload generation have been significant factors for the Board’s decision to forgo this increase,” said Bill Andrew, president and CEO of Delaware Electric Cooperative. “But equally important and one of the largest factors for this decision was the incredible success of the Delaware Electric Cooperative’s Beat the Peak program,” he continued. Since the “Beat the Peak” program began in May 2008 at Delaware Electric Cooperative to assist in demand reduction at key, high usage, periods, it is estimated the program has saved Cooperative members approximately $2 million. Furthermore, the recent departure at the beginning of the year of one of the larger members of Old Dominion Electric Cooperative (ODEC), has left Delaware Electric Cooperative in an enviable position in today’s energy marketplace with a larger share of efficient, low cost base-load generation assets owned by ODEC. The cooperative is well positioned with respect to cost control and supply when compared to the competing electric distribution companies in the region. For more information, visit

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Delmarva Poultry Industry, Inc. (DPI) is projecting savings of more than half a million dollars for nearly 200 members participating in its third Electric Buying Group. Working through DPI, the trade association for the Delmarva broiler chicken industry, poultry growers, business members, and individuals have signed contracts with Washington Gas Energy Services to supply electricity for two years starting in February at a fixed price of $0.1063 per kilowatt hour. Only DPI members who are served by Delmarva Power were eligible to be part of the Electric Buying Group. The average savings per DPI member is approximately $2,800 over the two year period, however each individual member’s savings will vary depending upon their specific electric use and the tariff price paid to Delmarva Power prior to the switch to Washington Gas Energy Services. In each instance, the amount of savings is well beyond what these members pay annually in DPI dues. About half of the Electric Buying Group participants are in Delaware and the other half are in Maryland. This same ratio

exists for members with residential rates and commercial rates. DPI worked with Ed Jackson of Affinity Energy Management LLC to design and implement the program. After several rounds of competitive bidding, Washington Gas Energy Services was awarded the contract for the entire buying group on Jan. 12. Jackson estimates that the buying group contracted for more than 6,000 kilowatts of power or the equivalent usage of more than 2,200 typical homes. “We are delighted to have been able to save our members more than half a million dollars as well as eliminate the risk of any electric rate increases over the next two years,” noted DPI President Charlie Carpenter. “This type of program helps our members stay in business,” he added. DPI was limited to offering the program to customers of Delmarva Power because it was not able to find prices lower than what members are paying to the Delaware Electric Cooperative, Choptank Electric Cooperative and the A & N Electric Cooperative. Also customers served by municipal electric systems are not legally permitted to participate.

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Education DCHS students organize soup kitchen and thrift shop During the month of January, Delmarva Christian High School students embark on life-changing journeys through the school’s J-term courses. The goal of the Home Missions class is to help DCHS students practice their Spanishlanguage skills while reaching out to the Hispanic community in Sussex County. “We need to only go beyond the back door of our school to find a mission field,” said sophomore Stephanie Simpson, one of the 14 students enrolled in Home Missions. One of the first projects included hosting a soup kitchen at Grace United Methodist Church in Georgetown. In addition to preparing chicken corn noodle soup, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, brownies, and cakes for the soup kitchen, the DCHS students collected 20 thirty-gallon plastic bags full of clothing, along with winter coats and blankets that did not fit into the bags, to be given to those in need. Senior Kate Nathan recounted their adventure. “We had to borrow a truck because we had so much stuff to take over,” she said. “And, even though we fed about 125 people, it seemed like more people were interested in the clothing than the food.

People were asking us when were coming back and if we would be bringing more clothes.” In an effort to inform the community about the soup kitchen and makeshift thrift shop, DCHS students Yeiri Contreras, Lexi Shaub and Stephanie Simpson went so far as to take to the streets of Georgetown with large signs. “We had to be creative in getting the word out,” said Lexi. “We knew we would have to be bold because it was important to let everyone know we were at the church. Who knows, if we hadn’t put ourselves out there we might not have been able to serve as many people as we did.” “The course is a real blessing for our students,” said Senora Curtis. “The students see first-hand how the needs of our Hispanic community are so unbelievably widespread. As a matter of fact, we have put out another plea for more winter coats, blankets and clothes, especially toddler clothes, so we can go back at least one more time.” For more information, visit or call 302-856-4040. Applications for the 2009-2010 school year are being accepted now. ART SHOW - Art teacher George Zaiser and his students in grades six through eight treated parents and friends to a Middle School Art Show in the rotunda of Worcester Preparatory School’s Guerrieri Library recently. Sudents also created a scooter. Left - Mark Wilson, Seaford, points out his work “Grand Pop’s Barn,” an oil pastel and watercolor on paper, that is done in one and two point perspective. Wilson created the artwork for Worcester Preparatory School’s Middle School Art Show.

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Education briefs Martin named to dean’s list

Matthew Martin of Delmar was named to the dean’s list for the 2008 fall semesteter at Lycoming College in Williamsport, Pa. Martin is majoring in Archaeology/ Culture of the Ancient Near East/Religion. To make the dean’s list, a student must be full-time and earn a grade point average of 3.5 or higher for the semester.

Del Tech hosts information night

Delaware Tech, Owens campus, will host an Information Night & Open House on Thursday, Feb. 5 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Carter Partnership Center in Georgetown. The evening is free and open to the public and refreshments will be served. Attendees can talk with faculty, employers, students, and graduates representing more than 100 degree, diploma, and certificate programs. Information will be available on admission, connected degrees and transfer options, services for students and noncredit workshops and certificate programs. There will also be information about financial aid and scholarships, including details of the SEED program that provides free tuition for eligible high school students. In the event of inclement weather, call the college HotLine at 302-856-5555.

Del Tech offers kids programs

Are you looking for something fun and educational for your kids? If so, Delaware Technical & Community College, Owens Campus will be offering two Day of Discovery programs in February. The Day of Discovery one-day sessions provide an opportunity for children to learn in a fun environment from experienced instructors. The first session, Your Career Reality, begins Saturday, Feb. 7, for ages 10 and older. Learn how middle and high school classes may affect your career plans by engaging in exercises, group discussions, and resources for future independent research. Participants will also find out how sports, clubs and work experiences can put them on the path to hot jobs for 2012 and beyond. The second program, Science of Roller Coasters, begins Saturday, Feb. 21, for ages 6 to 11. Students will explore the history, math and physics of roller coasters. There will also be special crafts, games, nutrition and fitness fun. Kids can wear comfortable clothes and are encouraged to bring a bag lunch. For more information, contact Corporate and Community Programs at 302854-6966.

Creative writing courses offered

Are you interested in writing but need guidance? Courses taught by professional writers at the Creative Writing Center of Delaware can help. Under the auspices of Delaware Technical & Community College, the Center

is designed to promote the arts of creative writing and publishing by conducting workshops, courses and conferences. “From Poetry to the Printed Page” is a course for the intermediate to experienced poet looking to create a selection of poems to submit for publication. Course instructor Dr. Harry Maxson is the author/co-author of 13 books of poetry, fiction, and literary criticism. This six-session course begins Feb. 2. “Creative Writing – Part II” expands on the basics of fiction and drama. The class is taught by Jamie Brown, a writing instructor with 20 years experience and the publisher and editor of “The Broadkill Review.” All levels are welcome to this eightsession course, which begins Feb. 10. “Nuts and Bolts of Creative NonFiction-Regional Magazines” focuses on how to generate story ideas, identify editorial needs and interests of regional magazines. Learn how to pitch ideas to editors and craft a “magazine-style” story. Participants are encouraged to bring story ideas and questions. This class takes place on Feb. 26 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Terry Plowman, editor and publisher of “Delaware Beach Life” magazine, is the course instructor. For more information, contact Shelley Grabel at 302-855-5905 or to register, contact Delaware Tech’s Corporate and Community Programs at 302-855-1617.

LeCates named to dean’s list

Natallie LeCates, a 2005 graduate of Seaford Senior High School and a senior at Penn State University - Berks Campus, made the dean’s List for the fall 2008 semester with a 3.5 GPA. Natallie is majoring in Elementary Education and student teaching second graders at LeCates Tyson Schoener Elementary School in Reading, Pa. She is a member of the Lion Ambassadors, an Orientation leader and works in the Penn State Berks Housing and Food Services Office.

Byler achieves academic excellence Cadet Bryan Joseph Byler of Charleston, S.C., was recently honored for outstanding academic achievement at The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, during the fall semester of the 2008-2009 academic year. Byler is seeking a BA in psychology. Byler achieved Dean’s List recognition, which is given to those cadets and active duty military students registered for 12 or more semester hours whose grade-point ratio is 3.2 or higher with no grade below a C for the previous semester’s work. In addition, Byler earned a God Star for achieving a 3.7 grade point average or higher. Byler is the son of Mr. Donald Lee Byler of Charleston, S.C., and Ms. Rebecca Ann O’Reilly of Seaford.

From left are Travis Moorman, Frederick Douglass associate principal; Rachel Southmayd, Sussex Tech senior; Kari Lleras, Frederick Douglass second grade teacher; and Kristin Carmen, Sussex Tech teacher and project advisor.

Sussex Tech helps kids recycle Frederick Douglass Elementary School in Seaford is the most recent benefactor of the SkillsUSA Recycling Community Service Project being conducted by four students at Sussex Technical High School. Representatives from Frederick Douglass picked up 30 small containers and three large recycling bins to begin a recycling program at their school. These bins were among those purchased with a $2,500 grant from Timberland PRO. The project is part of competition in SkillsUSA, a national technical school leadership development organization. Sus-

sex Tech students Rachel Southmayd, Sara Baker, Taylor Pridgeon and Emily Southmayd began a recycling project at Sussex Tech last year for their community service project. The project received first place honors in the state competition and placed fourth at the national SkillsUSA convention in Kansas City, Mo. This year, instead of beginning a new SkillsUSA project, the young ladies expanded upon the existing one and established recycling programs in other area schools.

St. John’s Preschool Will begin its registration for the 2009-2010 School Year beginning Wednesday, March 4. St. John’s Preschool offers preschool classes for Children ages 2-5 years of age Drop by and visit us during our Open House on Thursday, February 19 From 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Located at Pine & Poplar St., Seaford Call 629-2289 for further information State-Licensed Preschool

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Police Journal Laurel man jailed for assault

Delaware State Police have concluded a five-month search for a 21-year-old Laurel man wanted in connection to a sexual assault that occurred in 2004. On Wednesday, Jan. 21 at 7:15 p.m., troopers who were actively searching the Laurel area for Keith I. Baldwin, located him in the parking lot of Lakeshore Wine and Spirits (30728 Sussex Hwy.) and took him into custody without incident. Baldwin was wanted for several charges stemming from an incident that was reported to police in Aug. 2008 that implicated him in a sexual assault of a then 5-year-old Laurel girl. The investigation revealed that on June 12, 2004, Baldwin, who was 17 at the time, was attending a party at a residence on Susan Beach Road in Laurel. The victim, who is 9 now, was also at the party. She informed detectives that Baldwin lured her into a bathroom and proceeded to sexually assault her. Afterward, Baldwin allegedly threatened to kill the girl if she told anyone. Arrest warrants were obtained for Baldwin on Aug. 26, 2008 for the offense and police have been searching for him since. After Baldwin’s arrest, he was formally charged with first degree rape, endangering the welfare of a child, unlawful imprisonment and terroristic threatening. He was remanded to Sussex Correctional Institute in lieu of $309,000 cash bail.

Home invasion suspects

Delaware State Police responded to a home invasion on Saturday, Jan. 24 at 10:55 p.m. on the 28000 block of Boyce Road, Laurel Village Mobile Home Park, Laurel. The home was invaded by six suspects who entered the residence after breaking open the front door. Once inside, the suspects vandalized the residence looking for a gun. Three suspects were identified: Jeremy I. Burns, 25, of Laurel; Avian M. Smith, 24, of Hurlock, Md.; and Stacy Paul, 21, of Laurel. The other suspects are described as two black males wearing ski masks and a third unidentified black male. One of the black males is approximately seven feet tall. One of the suspects also had brass knuckles on his hand as he was assaulting the victims. During the home invasion, several of the six victims (two 30-year-old males,

Update on Laurel Home Invasion

The Delaware State Police have arrested the remaining two suspects sought in connection with the weekend home invasion in Laurel. Jeremy I. Burns turned himself into investigators Tuesday morning at Troop 4 and Avian M. Smith turned himself into Troop 4 Monday evening. Both were charged with the following offenses: Smith - 3 counts of Robbery 1st degree, Burglary 1st degree, Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony, Possession of Ammunition by Person Prohibited, 2 counts of Assault 2nd degree, Wearing a Disguise During Commission of a Felony, Theft of a Firearm, Conspiracy 2nd Degree, Criminal Mischief, 2 counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child, Malicious Interference of a 911 call and Offensive Touching. Burns - 3 counts of Robbery 1st degree, Burglary 1st degree, Possession of a Firearm by Person Prohibited, Possession of Ammunition by Person Prohibited, 2 counts of Assault 2nd degree, Wearing a Disguise During Commission of a Felony, Theft of a Firearm, Conspiracy 2nd Degree, Criminal Mischief, 2 counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child, Malicious Interference of a 911 call and Offensive Touching. Burns was remanded to the Sussex Correctional Institute in lieu of a $92,250 secured bail, while Smith was committed on a $93,350 secured bail.

one 23-year-old male, one 18 year-oldfemale, a 7-year-old male and a 2-year-old female) received injuries from being assaulted by the suspects. The victims were taken to Nanticoke Memorial Hospital for treatment and are listed in good condition. The injuries ranged from a black eye to abrasions and lacerations about their head and face. The suspects stole a semi-automatic pistol, ammo and a cellular phone during the robbery. The suspects are believed to have fled the scene in a green Honda Civic and a larger tan vehicle with Maryland registration. Stacy Paul is in custody. She was arraigned and released on $66,000 unsecured bond pending a later court appearance. The other suspects remain at large.


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Delaware State Police have arrested a 37-year-old Bridgeville man for numerous child sexual exploitation charges after he was found to be in possession of elicit photographs and videos on his cellular telephone. The investigation began on Wednesday, Jan. 21 after a 14-year-old Bridgeville girl reported to authorities that a relative, Allan P. Clark, who resided in the same home with her, had taken unwanted and unauthorized photographs of her as she showered in the home. Detectives learned that approximately one week ago the victim was taking a shower when she observed Clark place his cellular telephone on the ledge of the shower. The victim stated she observed her own nude image on the screen of his phone and thought she was being recorded.

Crash claims life of Laurel man

A fatal crash on Hardscrabble Road (SR 20) in the area of Beaver Dam Branch Road (CR 446) occurred on Wednesday, Jan. 21 at 12:30 p.m.

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Realizing this she moved away to get out of view of the camera phone. The victim informed police that Clark then entered the bathroom and took the phone while she remained in the shower. Shortly afterward, Clark returned and placed the phone into the shower and took a photograph of her nude. Detectives contacted Clark at this home and brought him back to Troop 4 in Georgetown where he was questioned regarding the investigation. During the questioning, detectives obtained a search warrant for his cellular telephone. Detectives located nine separate videos (from Nov. 18, 2008 to Jan. 14, 2009) of the victim taking a shower. In all videos, the victim is observed nude. Detectives learned Clark would place the phone in the shower prior to the victim entering the bathroom and would then retrieve it as she was showering. The victim had no knowledge this was occurring. As a result of the investigation, Clark has been arrested for nine counts of sexual exploitation of a child, nine counts of possession of child pornography, nine counts of invasion of privacy and one count of endangering the welfare of a child. He has been remanded to the Sussex Correctional Institute in lieu of $140,000 cash bail.

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All suspects have the following charges related to the home invasion: three counts of first degree robbery; possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony; first degree burglary; two counts of second degree assault; wearing a disguise during the commission of a felony; theft of a firearm; second degree conspiracy; criminal mischief; two counts of endangering the welfare of a child; malicious interference with a 911 call; and offensive touching. Anyone with information pertaining to this case is asked to call 302-856-5850, ext. 0. Tips may also be provided via Crime Stoppers at 800-TIP-3333.

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Investigators determined a 1994 Lincoln Town Car, operated by a 77-year-old Laurel man, was northbound on Beaver Dam Branch Road when it stopped at the stop sign at Hardscrabble Insurance Commissioner Matt Road. Denn and members of the Senate A 2005 Mack 10-wheel trash and House Insurance truck, owned by WasteCommitManagetees pursueby a new in the ment,will operated Troylaw A. Maull, wake a Delaware court ruling 44, ofof Lewes, was traveling eastbound Hardscrabble that would on allow insurance Road comapproaching Beaver Dam Branch panies to refuse to renew homeRoad. insurance for policyholdowner unknown reason, the ers For whoanmake claims against operator of theorTown their policies, evenCar askfailed questo remain at the stop a tions aboutstopped doing so. Recently, sign and pulled out in front of Delaware Superior Court judge the Mack truck in an attempt to ruled in favor of two insurance turn left and travel westbound industry groups in a lawsuit on Hardscrabble Road. As a result seeking to overturn a 2005 De-the of this action, the truck struck partment of Insurance regulation Town Car with its front end on banning the door. practice non-rethe driver’s Theofoperator, newing homeowners insurance who was not wearing a seatbelt, policies as a result of making was pronounced dead at the claims. scene. Mr. Maull, who was wearregulation ingThe a seat belt, wasalso not prohibited injured. insurers fromoftreating simpleopThe identity the deceased questions policyholders as erator willfrom be released after next of kin have notified. claims. The been insurers had argued in court that the Insurance DeTeen fights parents partment did not have the auDelaware re-by thority to takeState suchPolice actions sponded to Commissioner Sandy Ridge Drive regulation. Denn in Laurel on Sunday, Jan. 25 at 3 a.m. for a complaint of a 16-yearold teenager threatening her parents with a knife. The teen was overheard using her prepaid cellular phone at 3 a.m. in the morning in her bedroom. The father of the teen knew there were no minutes left In 2008, at a time when state on the defendant’s phone and and federal grants have leveled went investigate. off or to even decreased, ChesaTheUtilities father believed thethat teenthe peake announces had stolen herFund mothgrant levelsmoney of the from Sharing er’s purse earlier the day. have increased forinthose whoThe phonequalified was taken from the have foraway assistance. teen and she became angry. The Chesapeake Utilities created the teenSharing sought Fund out atwith leastdonations two large provided by customers, employkitchen knives and threatened ees, theinjury community Chesabodily to her and parents. The peake to enparentsUtilities fled andCorporation secured themsure that elderly, and ill and those selves in the a bedroom dialed facing 911. financial hardship are not forgotten during cold The teen then the took thewinter knives months when energy bills are at and began to violently attack their peak. the door where her parents fled. “Now is not the time be 10 State Police arrived and to after cutting on grants for those minutesback of negotiating were able in stated Shane Breakie, to need,” convince the juvenile to put president the Chesapeake down the of knives. Emergency Energy Recipient The 16-year-old female was arrested and charged with possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a felony; two counts of aggravated menacing; Sussex County Council, at possession a deadly elected weapon its January of 8 meeting, by officers a personfor prohibited; two its 2008, selecting counts of terroristic threatening as president Councilman Finley theft; criminal mischief; and two B. Jones Jr. of Greenwood, counts of disorderly conduct.and as vice president Councilman She was remanded to SteLynn J. Rogers of Milton. venson House in lieu of $14,000 Councilman secured bond. Dale R. Dukes of Laurel held the council presidency for the past year, while Ex-girlfriend assaulted Jones vice On served Friday,asJan. 23president. at 3:15 presidentState Jones will prep.m.AsDelaware Police responded Parkwayin side overtoallThompson council meetings in Seaford investigate a do2008, with to Rogers substituting mestic if Jonesdisturbance. is unable to attend. Police learned from thecounvicIt is customary for the tim,ata the 20-year-old female, that cil, first meeting of each her ex-boyfriend, S. new year, to elect Brandon its officers

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Wilson, 20, of Sussex Ave., Seaford, was at the residence visiting when an argument ensued. During the argument, Wilson began pushing the victim and restraining her, not allowing the victim stated that he would appeal the the opportunity to leave freely. Superior Court’s decision The victim was also unabletotothe Delaware Supreme Court.kept the call 911 because Wilson While thefrom appeal pending, phone away Wilson Commissioner andbodily legislaalso threatened Denn to inflict injury to thewill victim if to sheenact called tive leaders seek the police. to provide the same legislation The victim was able to conprotection afforded by the disvince Wilson she would not call puted regulation. the“We police if fight he leton herevery go. The will availvictim exited the residence in able front to protect homeownSeaford immediately ers from and abusive practicesdialed by the 911. The victim’s 3 month old insurance industry,” Commisdaughter was also in the room as sioner Denn said. these events transpired. State State Sen. PoliceDavid later Sokola, contacteda member of the Senate Insurance Wilson who turned himself into Committee, will be was the chief authorities. Wilson charged sponsor of the imprisonment, legislation to be with unlawful terintroduced on Jan. 8.third degree roristic threatening, “It is endangering completely unfair for assault, the welfare insurance companies to punish of a child and criminal mischief. homeowners for making routine He was remanded to Sussex Corclaims against their rectional Institute in homeowners lieu of posting $5,000 secured bond.said. insurance,” Sen. Sokola “I am disappointed that the Homeowner attacked court has prevented the InsurAtDepartment 1:03 a.m. onfrom Saturday ance prohibitmorning, Jan. 24,and StateI hope Policethe ining this practice, vestigated a robbery on Scottland Road in Laurel. Police determined that Gino L. Sturgis, 52, of Reed Street, Frankford, entered a residence on Scottland Road in Laurel and assaulted the victim, a 49-year-old male. Sturgis struck the victim in the head (CHEERP), and abdominal region Program which manwhich resulted in the victim susages the Sharing Fund. “Chesataining a black eye, abrasions and peake Utilities is proud to be able a rib fracture. During the assault, to increase our efforts to help Sturgis removed an undisclosed customers this year.” amount of cash from the victim For 2008, Chesapeake Utiliand fled. ties will nearly double its contriThe victim was taken to bution to the Sharing Fund. Nanticoke Hospitaltowhere he was In addition increasing grant treated and released. levels, additional grants are being Sturgis has been after offered to those whoarrested are recently turning himself into authorities unemployed or struggling with on Saturday, Jan.issues. 24. He was armortgage-related rested on first degree robbery Sharing grants are available charges and was given a $27,000 for all eligible customers of unsecured bond pending a later Chesapeake Utilities living on court appearance. Delmarva. for the grants are SexApplications assault charges available through Catholic ChariDelaware State Police have ties in Delaware (302-674-1782) arrested Woodrow W. Brown Jr., and Shore-Up in Maryland (41032, of Magnolia, for more sexual 749-1142). charges after two additional victims have come forward reporting they were sexually assaulted by Brown. These victims came forward after seeing mediaThe accounts and appoint legal staff. of an arrest ofcouncil Brownunanion Jan. 1. five-member In the first incident, 17-yearmously approved Jones aand old Camden man, who was a Rogers for their posts. family friend of Brown, stated also unanimously thatCouncil on numerous occasions approved James to Brown solicited D. himGriffin to reveal another one-year appointment his genitals and expressed his as(Brown’s) County Attorney. will desire to Griffin touch the serve the electedThe body’s chief victimasexplicitly. victim counsel. informed police he denied the requests times hadand to Vincentand G.atRobertson physically kick Jr. Brown get sehim Richard E. Berl also to were to stopfor soliciting. victim inlected one-yearThe re-appointformed thiscounty occurred on 29 ments aspolice assistant attorseparate between Jan. neys, withincidents Robertson to serve 23 and Oct. 10, 2008. the Planning & incident Zoning ComThe second resulted mission and Berl serve girl the rewhen a 7-year-oldtoDover Board Adjustment. portedofshe was sexually touched

by Brown on a school bus. An interview by a specially trained child interviewer on Jan. 21 at the Child Advocacy Center in Dover revealed Brown began giving the victim candy and would General Assembly work as occasionally rub herwill shoulders with Commissioner she was a passenger Denn on histobus. or legislation about Jan. 2, Brown so passOn this promptly violated his position ofagain trust and homeowners can once be authority and rubbed the victim’s protected.” buttocks. The Valerie victim further disState Rep. Longhurst, thatofonthe another aclosed member Houseoccasion, EconomBrown began to rub his hand ic Development, Banking andon her inner thigh moving it towards Insurance her vaginalCommittee area as sheand wasthe getchief House sponsor of the new ting off the bus.

As a result of these new incidents, Brown was arrested on Jan. 14 for 29 counts of third degree attempted unlawful sexual contact and one count of sexual harassment – stemming from the legislation, pointed out that the first incident. regulation questioninvolved was im-the The firstinincident sexual assault a 15-year-old plemented onlyofafter the House Magnolia teen in which of Representatives failedBrown to adforcedthe theissue victim send explicit dress in to 2005. photos herself boy- of “Theoflast time to theher House friend on her cellwas phone anda then Representatives given bill viewed the explicit photos that to address this problem, it did the victim’s boyfriend sent back not act,”Brown she said. to her. also forced the “Now thehislegislature may victim to that touch genitals and

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sexually assaulted her. Arrest warrants have been obtained for first degree unlawful sexual contact and first degree attempted unlawful contact for the second incident. Brown will be be the onlyfor body that can protect arraigned those offenses and homeowners from these unfair remains incarcerated at the James T VaughnICorrectional Center practices, hope the House willin Smyrna. take this issue more seriously.” Detectives there could The case is believe C.A. No. 05C-10be additional victims and are 309 SCD, American Insuranceurging anyone who may haveand been Association and Property violated by Brown, who is widely Casualty Insurers Association of known as J.R. and Woody, to America vs. Delaware Departcontact investigators at Troop 3 ment of Insurance.ext. 307. at 302-697-2104,

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Fun finger foods for Super Bowl One of these years I hope to write a Super Bowl column without a heavy heart. I love football and finger foods as much as the next person but I’d really like to watch MY team win it all while I still have sufficient energy to perform a suitable victory dance. Time is running out. On a positive note, watching the game will be less stressful. I’ll be able to relax and enjoy fun company and fun food. Over all the decades of Super Bowl celebrations, I’ve prepared and/or tasted a raft of dips, spreads, and finger foods. Here are three that from past columns that have become go-to favorites not only for Super Bowl but for any occasion where real crowd-pleasers are appreciated. If you want leftovers, better double up!

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The Practical Gourmet cut them into 36 slices about 1⁄2 inch thick. (Depending on the length of the baguettes, there may be leftover bread for another use.) Lay the slices side by side on a baking sheet, or two if necessary. Mix together the meat, soy sauce or tamari, brown sugar and scallions in a large bowl with your hands. Knead thoroughly until you have a fine paste. Make 36 small meatballs about the size of walnuts. Put one in the middle of each bread slice, pressing down lightly. Bake for 7 to 9 minutes, until the meatballs and bread have become one and you can no longer hold back the hungry hordes. Note: Add a rounded teaspoon of brown sugar if you use regular soy sauce instead of dark soy.

Mexican Clam Dip 12 ounces cream cheese, room temp. 3/4 cup (about 6 ounces) purchased green chili salsa (salsa verde) 1 4-ounce can diced green chilies 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro 3 6.5-ounce cans chopped clams, drained well Corn chips or tortilla chips Beat cream cheese in large bowl until smooth. Mix in salsa, chilies and cilantro. Add clams and blend well. Season dip to taste with salt and pepper. Transfer to ovenproof dish. (Can be prepared 1 day ahead. Cover; chill.) Preheat oven to 350°F. Bake dip uncovered until heated through and bubbling around edges, about 35 minutes. Place bowl of dip on platter. Surround with chips and serve.

Buffalo Chicken Wing Dip 32 servings 1 1⁄2 pounds chicken breasts, cooked and shredded 1 (12 ounce) bottle hot sauce (use whole bottle or just half, if desired) 2 (8- ounce) packages cream cheese, softened 1 (16- ounce) bottle blue cheese salad dressing (or can use ranch or 8 ounces blue cheese and 8 ounces ranch) 2/3 cup chopped celery 3 cups shredded cheddar cheese or Monterey jack and cheddar cheese blend

Manly Meatballs 2 long, slim loaves crusty bread (baguettes), about 2 1⁄2 inches in diameter 1 pound ground chuck (not leaner beef) 1⁄4 cup dark soy sauce, tamari or lowsodium soy sauce 1 teaspoon firmly packed dark brown sugar 5-6 scallions, white and light green parts only

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, mix shredded chicken, celery and cheese. In a saucepan over med-low heat, combine cream cheese and salad dressing and stir until smooth. Stir in bottle of hot sauce. Pour heated mixture into bowl with chicken mixture. Stir to mix well. Pour into a 13x9” baking pan. Bake uncovered for 40 minutes or until bubbly – make sure top doesn’t get browned. Let stand for 10 minutes. Serve warm or cold – tastes best warm – with celery or other veggies and crackers. (I prefer tortilla chip scoops).

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Blimp provides UD with valuable new research tool

Thanks to a generous donation from alumna Rachel Jewett Ledbetter, the University of Delaware has acquired a non-rigid airship, better known as a blimp, that will be used as an environmental research and monitoring platform for a myriad of research and education applications. Ledbetter graduated from UD in 1944 with a degree in chemistry. An official unveiling and dedication will take place later this spring. Believed to be the first of its kind in a university setting, the UD blimp project crosses three colleges and is expected to impact thousands of students taking more than 50 courses, ranging from Geographic Information Science, Coastal Field Biology, Geological Oceanography, and Population Ecology to Meteorology, Surveying, Hydrology, and Microclimatology. The 60-foot long blimp operates via remote control at altitudes of up to 500 meters with instrument payloads of up to 100 pounds. It has an interchangeable payload design, enabling it to be equipped with a variety of imaging instrumentation, including a laser scanner and visible, ultraviolet and infrared

cameras. Depending on the instrumentation used, researchers will be able to capture data and analyze land-use and land-cover change, geomorphology, climate variability, coastal processes, landfill chemistry, and a broad variety of other environmental phenomena. “The blimp will offer us a wonderful opportunity to fly over large sections of the coast every six months or so and note changes, at a much lower cost than renting a small plane each time,” says Jack Puleo, assistant professor of civil engineering. One of Puleo’s interests lies in using LIDAR (LIght Detection And Ranging) equipment to generate topographic maps of Delaware’s coastline so that he can assess dune height variability and beach erosion. While research using the airship will begin soon with funding from Kent County and the University of Delaware Research Foundation (UDRF), it is not quite ready for prime time yet. The blimp has yet to be adorned with a decorative “skin” that will honor Mrs. Ledbetter’s grandfather, Thomas Tustin Cloward, while also showing its UD affiliation.

The University of Delaware airship, to be launched this spring, with researchers Michael A. O’Neal, assistant professor of geography, and Jack Puleo, assistant professor of civil engineering. Photo by Ambre Alexander

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From puberty to pregnancy to menopause, the Nanticoke Women’s Health Center offers excellent obstetric and gynecological care for women of all ages. The practice consists of three highly qualified physicians and a nurse midwife with years of experience. They provide patients with warm, personal care and the medical expertise gained from years of experience and specialized medical education. In the comfortable, relaxed atmosphere of the beautifully decorated Women’s Health Center, patients can receive a wide range of services: • General gynecology care and vaccinations • Routine and high-risk obstetrics • Individualized birth planning • The latest in contraceptive techniques • Minimally invasive gynecological surgery • Hysterectomy • Urinary incontinence surgery Nurse Midwife Me lissa D. Meredith , C.N.M.; Dr. Em Dr. Ian M. Baxte manuel Esaka, M. r, D.O., FACOG; D., PhD; Dr. Abha Gupta, M.D., M.P.H., FA COG.

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MORNING STAR • jAN. 29 - FEB. 4, 2009

Miss Delaware named talent winner in 2009 Miss America Pageant

Miss Delaware Galen Giaccone won the Preliminary Talent Award for her piano performance of “El Cubanchero” during the first night of competition of the 2009 Miss America Pageant at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. She placed in the top fifteen as a semifinalist during the competition. Galen was also a Gold Sash winner during TLC’s pre-pageant reality series “Countdown to the Crown.” Galen’s preliminary talent win was Delaware’s first since Junnie Cross in 2001 and her semi-finalist placement was the first for Delaware since Debora Lipford in 1977. Galen is from Wyoming and is a student at the University of Delaware studying Biology with declared minors in Piano Performance and Biochemistry. She will receive a $2,000 scholarship.

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Special Olympics plans plunge The Lewes Polar Bear Plunge that ben­ efits Special Olympics Delaware will take place on Sunday, Feb. 1, at 1 p.m. The plunge, now in its 18th year, began in 1992 when 78 bears raised $7,000. Last year, 2,767 bears raised over $530,000, bringing the event’s total to over $4 mil­ lion. Governor Jack Markell will also take the dip into the Atlantic Ocean. All funds that are raised support SODE’s year­round program of sports training, athletic com­ petition, and related programs for nearly 3,000 children and adults with intellectual disabilities. For the first time, the city of Rehoboth

will host a weekend­long Plunge Festival that will include among other events: a 5k Run to the Plunge; restaurant chili contest; ice­sculpting contest; several kids’ activi­ ties; and the Apres Plunge Party, held for the first time at the Rehoboth Beach Con­ vention Center. Restaurants and retailers throughout the Rehoboth Beach area have teamed up with Special Olympics to provide registered bears with special discounts and activi­ ties throughout the weekend. The Atlantic Sands Hotel will serve as the official head­ quarters of the Lewes Polar Bear Plunge. The event also has a new website, up­ dated daily, at

Delaware Office of Highway Safety of­ ficials are urging motorists to slow down and use additional caution after a recent crash became the eighth fatal crash of 2009 in Delaware. The 77­year­old Laurel man who was killed in the latest fatal crash brings the to­ tal number of people killed since Jan. 1 in these traffic crashes to nine, as the second crash to occur in 2009 resulted in a double fatality. Of the eight fatal crashes so far ac­ cording to police reports, three have been speed related, two have been alcohol­relat­ ed, one person failed to stop at a red light, one failed to remain stopped at a stop sign, and one was a pedestrian who reportedly crossed in front of a moving vehicle. Five of the crashes occurred at night (between midnight and 2 a.m.), five oc­ curred in New Castle County, two in Sus­ sex, and two in Kent. Of the eight victims who were either drivers or passengers (not the pedestrian), five were not wearing seat belts and as a result at least two were ejected from their vehicles. At this time last year, five people had been killed in vehicle crashes. OHS asks all drivers to remember the basics of driv­ ing safety: • Buckle up every trip, every time. Delaware state law requires the driver and all passengers including those in the back seat to buckle up. • Wearing a seat belt improves your chances of surviving a collision by nearly 50%. • Slow down. Observe the posted speed limits and adjust your speeds down when entering curves, or when snow, rain, or icy conditions are predicted.

• Never drink and drive. Alcohol im­ pairs your coordination, your reaction time, and your judgment making you believe you can drive safely. Always use a designated driver, cab, or bus service to get you safely home. • Pay attention when approaching a sig­ naled intersection for traffic lights which are changing. • Take additional time to look both ways at stop signs to make sure no one else is coming before you proceed. • When crossing the roadways on foot, only use marked crosswalks or signaled or signed intersections as crossing points. If you are walking at night, wear reflective clothing or carry a flashlight as required by state law. • When driving in rain, snow, fog or other weather conditions that may require you to use your windshield wipers, re­ member to turn on your headlights as re­ quired by state law so others can see you. For more information, visit www.ohs.

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Pipe replacement closes Elks Road

The Department of Transportation (DelDOT) alerts motorists to the closure of Elks Road between Route 13 and Route 18/Bowdens Garage Road near Seaford for the removal and replacement of crossroad pipes. The closure began Monday, Jan. 26. The road will reopen by 6 p.m. on Satur­ day, Jan. 31, pending weather. Local access will be maintained for residents and emergency vehicles. Detour routes have been posted. Traffic alerts and traveler information are available at or tune to WTMC­AM 1380.

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Woman celebrates 111th birthday

Supercentenarian Wally Baker celebrat­ ed her 111th birthday among family mem­ bers, friends, Delaware Hospice members, city and state officials, and media represen­ tatives on Friday, Jan. 9. Mrs. Baker commemorated her birth­ day with a red, white, and blue cake (her favorite colors), and was also the recipient of congratulations from Vice President Joe Biden, Mayor Jim Baker and Councilman Mike Brown. Baker is estimated to be the 24th oldest American and close to the 60th oldest liv­ ing person in the world. Wally Mary Stiefel was born on Jan. 9, 1898, in Brandywine Hundred on what is now the 7th Tee of the Brandywine Coun­ try Club on Shipley Road and attended Point Breeze Country School. She has survived three husbands and presently has one son, seven grandchildren, fifteen great grandchildren, and seven great, great grandchildren.

Wally’s family has a remarkable tradi­ tion of longevity. Her sister Emma lived until 102 years old; her sister Anna, 105 years old; and her brother John lived to be 99 years old. Wally has led an active life. She is a founding member of the Grace Episcopal Church on Route 202 in Wilmington, and a lifetime member of “Eastern Star” Lodge, still in operation today. During World War II, Wally turned a restaurant she owned into a shop to make bandages for the Red Cross. She and her second husband owned and operated two gas stations, Tex­ aco and Sunoco, at Silverside and Foulk Roads. They also owned Mac’s Service Station at Pennsylvania and Union Streets. She lived alone until she was 100 years old, cutting her own grass “a little bit at a time.” Longtime friend Ernie Lamborn de­ scribes Wally as a “remarkable lady, who never said an unkind word about anybody.”

Girl Scout cookies are safe

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Community Bulletin Board Seaford Middle pizza fundraiser

Seaford Middle School PTO has kicked off a fundraiser selling Hungry Howie’s Pizza through Feb. 2. Students are selling certificates for a medium onetopping pizza for $7. You can redeem your certificate at Hungry Howie’s on Stein Highway at your convenience.

Historical Society event

The program scheduled for Monday, Feb. 2 at the Methodist Manor House at 7 p.m. will feature a double billing. Sharing the stage with Russ McCabe, director of Delaware Public Archives, will be Dan Parsons, Historic Preservation Planner for Sussex County. They will talk about and show photos of the recently saved Cannon-Maston House. They will explain why this structure is so important to the history of this area and will talk about plans to present this historic house to the public. The Seaford Historical Society and the Methodist Manor House are sponsoring the program. It is open to the public. There is no charge. For further information call 628-9828.

Blades Fire Hall

Breakfast at the Blades Fire Hall located at the corner of 5th street and Cannon street. All you can eat buffet. Adults $7, children 12 and under $3. Feb. 1 at 8 a.m. till 11 a.m. Sponsored by the Blades Volunteer Firemen Ladies Auxilary and the Blades Volunteer Fire Company.

Truckload sale

A truckload sale will be held Saturday, Jan. 31, 8:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m., at 26673 Sussex Highway, northbound Rt. 13 between Seaford and Laurel. Items to be sold include: fresh fruit and vegetables, ice cream treats, and beverages. This sale will benefit the Delaware Adolescent Program, Inc. - Ensuring good life choices and support for local pre-teens.

Seaford District Library Events

• Baby Bookworms, an infant story time, Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m.; Toddler Tales, Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.; 3-5 Storytime, Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. • The Seaford District Library has joined IHOP in an effort to raise money for the Library. Eat a meal at the Seaford, Dover, Rehoboth or Salisbury, Md. IHOP locations and return an itemized receipt along with a comment card to the Seaford District Library. We must have the comment cards with itemized receipts in order to receive the reimbursement. The Seaford Library receives 10% of the total receipt. • Registration for the Adult Winter Reading Program “Winter Sizzlers” start-

ed Jan. 28. For more information, contact Amber Motta at 629-2524. • The Seaford District Library hosts “The History and Impact of the Beatles” presented by Joel Glazier on Thursday, Jan. 29 at 4 p.m. See how this quartet from Liverpool England changed popular culture around the world. For more information, contact Amber Motta at 6292524.

Historical Society hosts events

The Historical Society will host speaker Russ McCabe, director of the DE Public Archives, on Monday, Feb. 2 at 7 p.m. at the Methodist Manor House in Seaford. McCabe will speak on the acquisition and preservation of the Cannon-Masten House on Atlanta Road which was built in 1727.

BEDCO Boat Show & Auction

BEDCO, operator of the Blades Marina, announces a Boat Show & Auction for May 7, 8 and 9. Those boats being auctioned will be sold on May 9. Applications may be obtained at the marina office or by calling 628-8600.

Battle of the Bands

Battle of the Bands is back again for its third annual play off. To register your band you can pick up applications at Seaford Music, call Maria Demott at 629-4587 ext. 405. Bands are required to attend a dress rehearsal on Feb. 5, 10, and 15, from 6 to 9 p.m., to review important details for the show. Category prizes will be given to best rock, rap, and Latino groups pending the number of competing groups for each category. The rumble will take place on Feb. 27, 6 to 10 p.m. at Seaford High School Madden Auditorium. Pay your $5 dollars before, or $7 dollars at the door. Additionally, an official Guitar Hero competition will be held.

Fitness classes

Come join us in fitness classes: Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, at 9 a.m.; Tuesdays, Thursdays, 5:30 p.m. We meet in St. John’s UMC Fellowship Hall in Seaford. (Sponsored by St. John’s but open to the public.) Beginners to intermediate participants are welcome in this fun, faith-filled, co-ed, non-competitive, resistance training, stretching, high/low aerobic class. For more information or to register call 24-year AFAA-certified fitness professional, Carol Lynch at 6297539.

with an ancient Egyptian theme and lots of prizes for children in grades K-6. Signups for the Laurel Public Library’s Winter Reading Program for children in grades K-6 began on Jan. 24, and will continue throughout the program. Students who read at least five books before Feb. 21 will receive a book and a prize from the Friends of the Laurel Public Library. Children will also earn a trip to the Treasure Box for every five books read. Special prizes will be awarded to the top reader in grades K-6 and to the child who reads the most books over all. Children are invited to an Ancient Egyptian Festival, which will offer games, crafts, food and fun on Saturday, Jan. 31, 12:30 p.m. Make an Egyptian collar and cuffs on Thursday, Feb. 5, 4:15 p.m. Dr. Fluharty from the Visiting Scholars Program of the Delaware Humanities Program presents a hands-on look at Ancient Egypt on Saturday, Feb. 14, 12:30 p.m. Egyptian Crafts: Make an Egyptian mobile on Thursday, Feb. 19, 4:15 p.m. Last day to add books to your Reading Log is Saturday, Feb. 21.

Class of 1956 plans social

The Laurel High School Class of 1956 will hold a dinner social for classmates and spouses on Friday, Feb. 13 at 6:30 p.m. at the Georgia House. Call Frank Calio at 302-875-3770 to confirm your attendance.

‘High School Musical’

The Laurel High School Drama Club will present its Winter Musical, Disney’s “High School Musical,” on Feb. 27, 28, and March 6 at 7:30 p.m. and matinee performances on March 1, 7, and 8 at 2 p.m. Performances will be held in the Laurel High School Auditorium. Contact Brian Cass at bcass@laurel., for advance tickets or reserve by phone 875-6120, ext. 273, or purchase in the High School Office. Tickets price: adults $8, students/senior citizens $5.

John Benson benefit

The Laurel American Legion is hosting a benefit for the John Benson family on Sunday, Feb. 22 from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Legion. Food, beverages and entertainment are included in tickets, which are $18 a person or $35 a couple. For more information, contact Ann at 2368558.

Reading Together!” program. Families, couples, or groups of two or more friends may register to play reading bingo and have the opportunity to win prizes. The program runs through March 6. For more information, visit the library or call 349-5309.

Learn computer basics

Learn the basics of a mouse and keyboard in a relaxed environment at the Greenwood Public Library every Wednesday afternoon from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Registration is required, so call 3495309 or come in to the library sign up.

Library offers free tax prep

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Seniors Valentine’s dinner

Celebrate Valentine’s Day at the new Greenwood CHEER Activity Center with the Sweetheart Dinner Dance on Thursday, Feb. 12 from 5 to 7 p.m. Enjoy a ham dinner from 5 to 6 p.m. followed by dancing to Big Band music by Everett Snyder & Friends from 6 to 7 p.m. Cost is $7 for members (age 60+) and $10 for non-members. For more information, call 302-3495237 or email

Greenwood Library to discuss book

On Tuesday, Feb. 10, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Greenwood Library’s Bound by Books discussion group will discuss the book, The Debt, by inspirational author Angela Elwell Hunt. The program will be held in the library meeting room and is free and open to all. Refreshments will be served. To obtain a copy of the book, drop by the Greenwood Public Library or call Robin Miller at 302-349-5309.

Bridgeville Library plans fundraiser The Friends of the Bridgeville Library present “For the Love of Books,” a fundraiser for the Bridgeville Public Library, on Friday, Feb. 20 at 6:30 p.m. at the Bridgeville Banquet Center. The event includes hors’doeuvres, complimentary wine and a cash bar. There will be silent, live and Chinese auctions. The event honors Norman Reynolds, beloved Woodbridge High School English and French teacher. There will be a special tribute by General John Custer. Tickets, which are $20, are available at the Bridgeville Library and Bridgeville Town Hall. You can also mail a check made payable to Friends of the Bridgeville Library, c/o Cheryl Gerring, 47 Emily’s Pintail Drive, Bridgeville, DE 19933.

Soup luncheon planned

Union United Methodist Church on Law Street in Bridgeville announces their annual UMW Soup Luncheon from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 11. The menu includes homemade vegetable beef soup, biscuits, a beverage and assorted desserts. Adults are $6.50 and children are $2. Carry-outs are available. For more information, call 337-1054.

Cheerleading clinic announced

The Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay Council is sponsoring a Cheerleading Clinic on Saturday, Feb. 21 at Delmar High School from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Cheerleading Clinic is for girls in kindergarten to fifth grade. The Delmar Wildcats Cheerleading Squad will be the instructors for the clinic, which includes stretching, tumbling, arm movements, chants, dance and building skills. The cost is $25 per girl and financial assistance is available. Girls should wear comfortable clothes and tennis shoes. You do not have to be a Girl Scout to register. For more details or to sign up, call Pat Lewis at 410-742-5107 or 800374-9811 ext. 26. To learn more about Girl Scouts, visit or call 800-374-9811.

Bingo benefits scholarship

A basket bingo featuring Longaberger baskets and Vera Bradley is set for Saturday, Feb. 28 at the Fraternal Order of Eagles in Salisbury, Md. The event, which will benefit the Spuck & Lib Bennett Scholarship Fund, is presented by Harley-Davidson of Ocean City and Harley-Davidson of Seaford. This scholarship is given to a high school senior who plans to become a teacher. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and food will be available from the kitchen, with a portion of the proceeds going to the scholarship. Tickets are $20 in advance and are available at Harley-Davidson of Ocean City, located on Route 50 east of Berlin, Md., and at Harley-Davidson of Seaford, located on Route 13 just north of Seaford. Tickets are $25 at the door and seating is limited. For more information contact Helen Rash at Harley-Davidson of Ocean City at 410-629-1599. For more information about the scholarship, contact Benita Wilson of HarleyDavidson of Seaford at 629-6161 or

SPCA Movie Night planned

Join the volunteers of the Georgetown SPCA of Delaware on Saturday, Feb. 7 from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Clayton Theatre in Dagsboro for SPCA Movie Night. Volunteers will watch the movie “Marley and Me.” The Georgetown SPCA of Delaware will receive a portion of all adult ticket sales for that night. For other movie times, contact the theatre at 302-732-3744. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the movie starts at 7:30 p.m. For more information, contact the SPCA Volunteer Hotline at 302-5414478. To view the animals up for adoption, visit

A farm toy, truck, and collectibles show, featuring die cast farm toys, trucks, and cars will be held at Federalsburg Fire Hall, 208 N. University Ave., Federalsburg, Md., on Saturday, Jan. 31, from 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Admission is $1. This will benefit the Federalsburg Volunteer Fire Company. For more information call 410-754-7400.

Ruritan Club breakfast

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

VFW dinner and show

Federalsburg VFW Post 5246 will host a Valentine Dinner/Comedy Show on Saturday, Feb. 14 at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance. For details call 410-8296308.

PAGE 17 Singles can attend the Mixed Singles Club Play bridge and socialize beginning Jan. 27, or learn how to play bridge or improve your skills beginning Jan. 29. Woodcarvers can enjoy hands-on learning, camaraderie and demonstrations as a member of the Adult Plus+ Woodcarvers Club. Fitness and wellness classes will improve your health and lower stress. Attend a musical and visual journey through our country with Peter Nero and the Philly Pops in “Visions of America” at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia on Jan. 31.

Watermelon Convention

The 44th annual Mar-Del Watermelon Convention will be held Feb. 6-7 at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Resort in Cambridge, Md. The convention will include grower seminars, a trade show, live auction, queen contest, membership meeting and other fun-filled events. Registration forms and more details are available online at or by calling 410-341-7487.

Del Tech activites

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Philadelphia Flower Show

The Seaford Historical Society is sponsoring a trip to the Philadelphia Flower Show on Wednesday, March 4. The cost of the trip is $60 per person. This includes transportation and admission to the Flower Show. No meals are included. The bus leaves from the Sears parking lot in Seaford at 8 a.m. and leaves Philadelphia for return at 4 p.m. This year’s show theme is “Bella Italia.” The landscapes and culture of Italy are the inspiration for the 2009 show. Reservations including advance payment are required and must be made by Monday, Feb. 23. Make check payable to Seaford Historical Society and mail to 203 High St., Seaford, DE 19973. There will be no refunds unless the entire trip is cancelled. For further information call 628-9828.

Longaberger bus trip

Renee’ S. Morris, an Independent Longaberger branch leader, is hosting a tour to The Longaberger Company, America’s premier maker of handcrafted baskets, located in Ohio. The tour is March 26-28 and includes a Longaberger filled basket, transportation and lodging. The bus leaves the Seaford Village Center (Roses parking lot) on Thursday, March 26 at 10 p.m. and returns on Saturday, March 28 at 11:59 p.m. The chartered tour will include visits to Longaberger’s seven-story, basket-shaped Home Office in Newark, Ohio, its Manufacturing Campus to see baskets being handcrafted by thousands of artisans, and Longaberger Homestead, the

MORNING STAR • JAN. 29 - FEB. 4, 2009 company’s shopping, dining and entertainment destination, located adjacent to the Manufacturing Campus in Frazeysburg, Ohio. For more information about the bus trip or to make reservations, contact Morris at 302245-8842 or RGMorris93@

Montreal and Quebec City

Escorted motrcoach trip to Montreal and Quebec City sponsored by WPS Seaford, May 11-15. Five days and four nights – cost $718 per person, which includes four nights accommodations, four breakfasts, four dinners, entertainment, guided tours of Montreal, Quebec City, and old Quebec, Notre Dame Basilica, Montreal Underground, St. Joseph’s Oratory, St. Anne de Beaupre Shrine, Quebec Experience Theatre, Tea at the Chateau Frontenac, Olympic Park, Montimorency Falls, all gratuities, taxes and baggage handling. For details contact Frances Horner at 629-4416.

Embroiders’ Guild

The Sussex Chapter of Embroiders’ Guild meets on the second Monday of the month at the CHEER Center in Georgetown. All levels of stitchers from beginner to advanced are welcome to attend. For details call 302-5399717.

Equine Council

The next meeting of the Delaware Equine Council is 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 16 at the DE Exhibitors Hall Board Room (north entrance) at the Delaware State Fairgrounds in Harrington. The guest speaker is Elainea Goldthwaite, Large Animal Response Team coordinator, who will talk about large animal disaster for Delaware. This is also College Scholarship Award Nite. For more information, call Stan at 302-684-3966 or Peggy at 302-629-5233.

H.A.P.P.E.N. members

The members of H.A.P.P.E.N., Hearns Pond Association for its protection, preservation, enhancement and naturalization will meet on

Thursday, Feb. 12 at 7 p.m. at the Seaford Museum. As always, H.A.P.P.E.N. members welcome any group or individual who is interested in attending the meeting.

Knitting group

The “Sea Purls” Chapter of the Knitting Guild Association meets the first Wednesday of each month from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Cheer Community Center in Georgetown on the corner of Route 9 and Sand Hill Road. The next meeting is Wednesday, Feb. 4. Lunch is available. New members are always welcome. For details, call Roseanne Jahnke at 302-854-6776.

AARP membership

AARP Seaford Area Chapter 1084 of western Sussex County membership meeting will be held Thursday, Feb. 12, at Methodist Manor House Fellowship Hall in Seaford, at 1:30 p.m. Guest speakers, Jack and Pat Lucia of Seaford, will speak via piano and violin. Guests, age 50+, are invited to join in conversation and refreshments after the meeting. Yearly chapter dues remain at $5. For information on Chapter 1084, call chapter president, Gladys Bonowicz at 875-1519.

39th District Democrats

The 39th District Democrats will be holding a meeting at the Seaford District Library on Friday, Jan. 30, at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30. The purpose of the meeting is to elect Committee Members and an Executive Board. For more information contact Chairperson Karen Chapman at 628-6939.

SHS Alumni Assn.

The Seaford High School Alumni Association will hold its executive board meeting on Thursday, Feb. 5, at 7 p.m. in the downtown Seaford Museum. Any interested alumni are welcome and encouraged to attend. Call Donna Angell with any questions at 629-8077. Submit Bulletin Board items by noon, Thursday. Send to Morning Star Publications, PO Box 1000, Seaford, DE 19973, email to editor@ or drop off at 951 Norman Eskridge Hwy., Seaford (Home Team Bldg.).

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We’re so grateful for those who give of themselves to others Persistence pays off and I feel bad that it took Vicky Higgins at urPhy so much time to get me to notice the story of her beloved dog We all have sto“Buster.” ries of our favorite “Buster” is the good will amdog and it certainly bassador, therapist, and doctor in a sense for Delmar Nursing and leaves me with the Rehabilitation Center. Just askimpression that they ing one employee tells you what truly are “man’s best a special dog this three-legged friend.” wonder really is. “He has spoiled all the residents and they enjoy I’ll never forget my son, Brian, holding him so much,” says Lysell Curour dog “Muffin” as she passed away. tis. Buddy is 14 years old and is 82 in “King,” was truly the “King of Laupeople years so the chart says. rel” in the 1950s. The huge Black Lab “Buster” goes to the doctor every was loved by everyone and although two months and like the good patient Doug and Ben Horner tried to keep King he is, he climbs right on the scales to be home, the dog’s curiosity and love for weighed upon arrival at his checkup. others made him a “town pet.” I commend Vicky for her care of We all have stories of our favorite others and for sharing her story about dog and it certainly leaves me with the another of man’s best friends. impression that they truly are “man’s It got me to thinking of the pets we had when our boys were growing up and best friend.”



New group offers center-right perspective on state’s politics

A quick scan of the Delaware blogosphere reveals that there are many more center-left and left leaning blogs commenting on Delaware politics and government than there are blogs from the right of the political spectrum. With this in mind, Resolute Determination was created to offer a center-right perspective on politics and policy in Delaware. Taking its motivation from Abraham Lincoln who was driven by a passion for individual liberty, freedom, rule of law and equality, Resolute Determination will provide a consistent voice from the centerright on issues affecting Delaware and the nation. Resolute Determination takes its name from a quotation by Abraham Lincoln which states, “You cannot fail if you resolutely determine that you will not.” The results of the national and local elections in 2008 and the general trend in Delaware show a clear need for a centerright voice to hold elected officials accountable while also offering alternatives to policy proposals. Created by former State Senator Charlie Copeland and others, Resolute Determination will be resolute in its determination to ensure that our government is accountable and that a broad array of public policy initiatives and ideas are considered. Resolute Determination seeks not to be a “loyal opposition” to Delaware’s Democrat controlled government, but a voice that expresses support for policies on the center-right of the political spectrum – supporting policy where appropriate while critiquing other policy where such criticism is due. In announcing the creation of the blog, Copeland stated, “We hope to stimulate legitimate discussion on the issues affecting Delaware. The site will combine humor, data, as well as policy alternatives in attempt to ensure that the center-right per-

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The Laurel Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a couple of meetings in February that should be of interest to members. On Tuesday, Feb. 17, Sen. Tom Carper will be at the Chamber of Commerce office on Market Street from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., to bring some good news for businesses. It is a community business seminar and here’s hoping there is some good news. On Feb. 26 at the Georgia House Banquet Room there will be a 7:30 a.m., Chamber meeting with guest speakers, Larry McQuay and Shawn Hall of Georgia House. The two young business men have four restaurants and a café to keep them busy. For more information call the Chamber of Commerce at 875-9319. It may seem a long time off but school board elections are coming up on May 12 — In Delmar, Wm. A. Fleetwood has resigned and Charles Smith seat is open. In Laurel, L. Edward Jestice seat is up, and in Seaford, Richard A. Kingree’s; in Woodbridge, one member at large, Edith Vincent’s seat is open. So far only one person has filed and that is Greg Cathell in Delmar. Now every once in a while, something bothers me and I put it out in the open with hope something will be done about it. Most of the time someone else also has mentioned it to me, so I feel

comfortable it is something that needs our attention. In Laurel we have one of the nicest libraries, two nice banks, I’m talking about uptown, and a few businesses besides the Chamber of Commerce office. The other day I noticed that the old post office box cement pole was broken to the sidewalk and pieces of rebar sticking out. What an unsafe, unsightly thing in town, not to mention the garbage everywhere that I guess people just casually throw away. The alley between what used to be Heath’s Drug Store and Firestone Store is piled probably a foot high with trash. I really believe we can do better than that. You and I want to be proud of whatever is left of our downtown. It’s a sad story but the economy has forced Whimsey Cottage to close after only four months. It is a beautiful store and much to offer, but, well we are to do a story on this next week so we’ll save it for that. Owner Linda White and manager Jane Shields are such nice people, I wish them well. Congratulations to Ben Sirman on his award at the Wilmington Sportswriters banquet. I understand he had 40 friends attend in support of him. It’s no wonder, he certainly deserves it. Have a good week everyone!


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Church Bulletins Gospel Café

Centenary United Methodist Church, corner of Poplar and Market streets, Laurel, will hold its Gospel Café every Saturday night at 6-9 p.m., featuring Bruce and Nancy Willey Music Ministry — live Christian music, fellowship and refreshments. Saturday, Jan. 31 – Makenzie George, Ashley Yoder, and special guests. Everyone is invited to attend. For more information contact Bruce and Nancy Willey at 875-6639 or 875-7339.

The Greenes

The Southern Gospel Group, The Greenes, will be at Christ Evangelistic Church on Sunday, Feb. 8, at 7 p.m. The church is located at 9802 Camp Road, Laurel. A love offering will be taken. Call for more information, 875-2915.

Homemade soup sale

Christ Lutheran Church homemade soup sale will include: chicken noodle, chilli with meat, and vegetable beef. Cost will be $8 a quart. To order call Sue at 628-1357, or Anna at 629-9751, or 6299755, and leave message. Last date to order is Feb. 16. Pick up dates for soup are: Feb. 21 and 22 at the church. Drop your money off at the church between 9 a.m.12:30 p.m., Monday to Thursday, to the church secretary.

Beef & dumpling dinner

Concord United Methodist Church will serve an all-you-can-eat beef & dumpling dinner on Saturday, Jan. 31 from 5-6:30 p.m. Dessert and beverage included.

The cost is $10, children under age 6 are $5. Concord Church is located at 25322 Church Rd. (Route 20A, off Concord Road) east of Seaford. For additional information call 629-8114.

Gospel Band

On Saturday, Feb. 7, at 6:30 p.m., Inner Harbor from Middletown, Va., and Precious Memories Gospel Band from Milford, will be in concert. This concert will be held at Calvary United Methodist Church, 301 SE Front Street, Milford. This is a free concert for the public but a love offering will be collected.

Gospel concert

A gospel concert is being held at St. George’s United Methodist Church in Laurel on Sunday, Feb. 8 at 6:30 p.m. Music will be presented by “Two Mile Road” southern gospel group of men from the Harrington area. Directions: Alt. 13 south Laurel towards Delmar. Turn right on St. George’s Road and follow to church. For more information call 875-2273.

Book signing

Joyce Marie Ingraham, one of the Eastern Shore’s newest inspirational writers, will be having another Author Book Signing, on Saturday, Feb. 21, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Jack’s Religious Gift Shop, 701 Snow Hill Road at Shiloh Street, Salisbury, MD 21804. Meet Joyce Marie Ingraham and purchase your own personal signed copy of “In his loving care.”

YOUTH CONFERENCE RETURNS TO O.C. - Approximately 3,000 high school students and their youth leaders are invited to experience a high definition weekend complete with national speakers, musicians, and entertainers at the IMPACT 2009: HD (High Definition) Youth Conference, March 27-29, at the Ocean City Convention Center in Ocean City, Md. IMPACT 2009:HD is $80 per person with hotel rates additional. Register by Monday, Feb. 2 and pay $60; by March 2 the cost is $70. For more information, call 877-896-3802 or visit

Valentine’s Day Gospel Concert

A Valentine’s Day Gospel Concert will be held Saturday, Feb. 14, from 6-9 p.m., sponsored by Atmosphere of Praise Choir of Mt. Calvary United Methodist Church, Bridgeville. The concert will be held at Woodbridge Senior High School, 307 Laws St., Bridgeville and will feature international gospel singer Linda Lee Speight-Hopkins,

formerly of Seaford and currently living in Paris, France. There will also be other local choirs, praise dancers and soloists. Advance tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for ages 5-12, ages four and under are free. Deadline for purchase of tickets is Feb. 8. Tickets at the door will be $25 for adults, $12.50 for ages 5-12. For more information, call Pat at 302-337-8198 or Ginger at 302-542-5752.

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

Centenary United Methodist Church

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

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


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


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


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

(302) 875-3644

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

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

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

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


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

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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 Road68, South of Laurel Laurel,D el.

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

Delmar Wesleyan Church

Pastor - Donald Murray - 856-6107

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

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

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MORNING STAR • JAN. 29 - FEB. 4, 2009

St. Philip’s Episcopal Church welcomes new Rector

St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, Laurel, recently welcomed a new Rector. The Rev. Dr. Howard G. Backus came to St. Philip’s from Winston-Salem, N.C. In 1999 the Rev. Dr. Backus earned his Doctor of Ministry degree from Virginia Theological Seminary and certification by the Network of Dr. Howard G. Interim Ministers as an Backus Intentional Interim Minister in 2007. He was ordained a Deacon in 1972 and Priest in 1973, and has served parishes in West Virginia, South Carolina and North Carolina. He and his wife, Sue Ann, have been married 40 years, have three grown sons and one granddaughter. His parents, the Rev. Dr. Arthur Backus and Marilee


Backus, live in Millsboro. Sunday Services with Holy Eucharist are held at 8:30 a.m., and 10:30 a.m. each week, with Bible Study with the Rev. Dr. Backus at 9:30 a.m. The church office hours are Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. St. Philip’s is located at 600 South Central Avenue in Laurel and extends a warm welcome to attend any of the services.

Macedonia AME gala

Macedonia AME Church of 431 North St., Seaford, is sponsoring an “Evening of Elegance” Gala on Saturday, March 14, at the Seaford Fire Hall, from 6 to 10 p.m. There will be Gospel Jazz, and Liturgical Dance. Recording artists, Tony Smith & Band of Hewitt, N.J.; and Darryl Anderson of Bronx, N.Y., will be here. Cost is a donation of $35. For more information call Tanya Ricketts, 629-5144; Edwina Barnes, 249-4390; or Rose Poole 629-9322. The Rev. Dania Griffin is Pastor.

Obituaries Wilson C. Boswell, 90

Wilson Clifton “Kip” Boswell of Dover, formerly of Newark and Seaford, died Monday, Jan. 19, 2009, at Bayhealth Medical Center, Milford Memorial Hospital. Born in Blades, he was the son of Ida Grace Clifton and Joseph Albert Boswell. He worked in Shipping & Receiving for Central Chemical in Elkton, Md., and attended Goldy Beacom College in Wilmington. He was a WWII Army veteran, a member of Virgil Wilson Post 4961, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and a 65 year member of Nanticoke Post 6, American Legion in Seaford. He is survived by three sons, Joseph B. Boswell of Dover, Michael C. Boswell of Newark and Richard W. Boswell of Casselbury, Fla.; one daughter, Susan McNew of Cambridge, Md.; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and two greatgreat-grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife Annabelle Bowden Boswell in 2004. The funeral was held Friday, Jan. 23 at Watson-Yates Funeral Home, Seaford. Burial followed in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Seaford.

David A. Pearson, 69

David Albert Pearson of Seaford and formerly of Milford went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, Jan. 22, 2009. David will be remembered as a devoted husband, loving father and grandfather and will be deeply missed by his family and friends. He is survived by his wife of 29 years, Marylou; children, David and wife Lidia, Christy Jones and husband Eric, Matthew and wife Lisa, David A. Pearson and Nicole and husband Derek; and grandchildren, Angelyn Pearson, Benjamin Jones, Jacquelyn Pearson, Megan Jones, Connor Pearson, Kelly Pearson, Karla McCarra, Kaylie McCarra and Nathan McCarra. David was born on April 17, 1939 in

Harrington. He was the son of Albert and Thelma Crisp Pearson. He was employed as a supervisor at the DuPont Company and retired after 27 years. He was also a veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard and a 1957 graduate of Milford High School. In addition to his parents, he is predeceased by his sisters, Shirley Nester and Estrelitta Pearson. A celebration of his life was held Wednesday, Jan. 28 at Messiah’s Vineyard Church in Laurel. The Revs. Dr. Carl Vincent and Dr. Everett Issacs officiated. Interment followed in Hollywood Cemetery, Harrington. Memorial contributions may be sent in his name to Messiah’s Vineyard Church, PO Box 60, Laurel, DE 19956.

Cora W. Bennett, 88

Cora W. Bennett of Mardela Springs, died Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2009, at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury. She was born Feb. 26, 1920 in Mardela Springs, a daughter of Chester A. Wilson and Emma Bennett Wilson. Mrs. Bennett was a member of Emmanuel United Methodist Church in Mardela Springs and a long-time member of the Double Mills Homemaker Club. She was a loving homemaker who enjoyed Cora W. Bennett working outdoors and was an excellent cook. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Edward Lucien Bennett, who passed in 1987, and six brothers and sisters, Pauline Marvel, Humphrey Wilson, Arthur Wilson, Mary Ellis, Irene Wilson and Jean Joseph. She is survived by two daughters, Judy Cooper and her husband, Jim of Delmar and Phyllis Downing and her husband, David of Laurel; four grandchildren, Aaron Cooper and his wife Melanie, of Delmar, Ashley Cooper and his wife Bekah of Baton Rouge, La., Julie Mann and her husband, Justin of York, Pa. and


Rev. Michael A. Hopkins, Pastor

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

Pastor: Rev. Andrew C. Watkins

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

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

Wednesday Evening

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

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

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

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

Mount Olivet

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


St. Luke’s Episcopal Church

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

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

Seaford Church of Christ Acapella

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

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MORNING STAR • JAN. 29 - FEB. 4, 2009

Christina Downing of Laurel; three greatgrandchildren, Kaley, Garrett and Ethan; and a sister-in-law, Rebecca Wilson of Hebron, Md. Many nieces and nephews also survive her. A funeral service was held on Saturday, Jan. 24, at Emmanuel United Methodist Church in Mardela Springs. Interment followed the service at Mardela Memorial Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made in her memory to: Emmanuel United Methodist Church, c/o Mr. William Wright, PO Box 301, Mardela Springs, MD 21837. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting

Richard Burton Hardesty Jr, 61

Richard Burton “Rick” Hardesty Jr, died peacefully on Sunday, Jan. 11, 2009, in Sacred Heart Hospital, Pensacola, Fla. Rick was born Feb. 12, 1947 in Martinsville, Va., the son of Richard B. Hardesty Sr and Sara S. Hardesty, who predeceased him. A son, Richard B. Hardesty III, also preceded him in death. Rick graduated from Seaford High School in 1965 and was honorably discharged as a lieutenant from the Delaware National Guard. After working for the DuPont Company, he managed Gerardi Brothers Furniture Store in Seaford and later worked in advertising before retiring to Milton, Fla. He loved the outdoors, fishing, sports, and spending time with family. He leaves behind his loving wife of nine years, Marion and her three children and five grandchildren. He is also survived by four daughters; Lisa Piascinski of Townsend, Melissa Jordan of Elkton, Md., Ashley Nutting and Kaitlin Hardesty, both of Seaford; four grandchildren, and two

brothers, Charles Hardesty of Seaford and Mark Hardesty of Bethel. Graveside services were held Friday, Jan. 16, at Serenity Gardens, Milton, Fla. Memorial services were held on Saturday, Jan. 24, at the Cranston Funeral Home, Seaford. The family suggests contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 1019 Matt Lind Way, Milford, DE 19963.

David Boyd Jackson Sr., 82

David Boyd Jackson Sr. of Seaford passed away peacefully on Sunday, Jan. 18, 2009, with his family at his side. He was a veteran who served his country with honor and respect. He was a great cook and an avid fisherman, who enjoyed classical music, science and architecture. He was kind and compassionate, beloved to all who knew him. David was a native of Missouri with relatives in Newtonia, Neosho, Joplin and other areas. He was preceded in death by his birthmother, Velma O’Neal-Jackson, parents; Rex and Grace Jackson; a brother; Reginald O’Neal Jackson, his wife; Evelyn I. King-Jackson and son; David B. Jackson Jr. David is survived by five children, Thomas J. King of Georgetown, Eva L. Witter of Florida, Jessie L. Suit of Seaford, and Nathan B. Jackson and Tamara R. Jackson, both of Seaford; two brothers, Paul Jackson of Joplin, Mo. and Howard Jackson of Manchester, Ga., 17 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. Memorial services and a celebration of David’s life will be held on Saturday, Jan. 31, at 1 p.m. at the Cranston Funeral Home, 300 Shipley St, Seaford.


HE ONLY TAKES THE BEST God Saw You Getting Tired And A Cure Was Not To Be, So He Put His Arms Around You And Whispered “Come To Me”. With Tearful Eyes We Watched You, And Saw You Pass Away. Although We Loved You Dearly, We Could Not Make You Stay. A Golden Heart Stopped Beating, Hard Working Hands To Rest, God Broke Our Hearts To Prove To Us, He Only Takes The Best!!

We, the family of Stephen W. Spearin would like to extend our sincere thanks to everyone for their support, cards, flowers, food and all other thoughts of kindness. Sincerely, Wife Gail, Daughters Debbie,Vonda, Teresa And Son Darren

Richard Thomas Larrimore, 81

Richard Thomas Larrimore of Smyrna passed away at his home, on Jan. 19, 2009. He was born in Bethel, a son of Emma Jane Gray of Bethel, and the late Rodney Larrimore. Richard was a graduate of Laurel High School. He later retired from the Dover Air Force Base where he worked as a civilian. In addition to his mother, his wife Janet Larrimore of Smyrna survives him; as does a sister, Anne Tracey of Bethel; a brother-in-law, Lee Maczis of Salisbury, Md., and nephews, Gary Maczis of Salisbury, Md., and Richard Tracey of Portland, Maine; and a niece Robin Campfield of Seaford. A graveside funeral service was held at Sailors Bethel United Methodist Church Cemetery in Bethel, on Friday Jan. 23. The Rev. Art Smith officiated. Arrangements were in the care of the Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, 700 West St., Laurel.

Robert L. Nibblett Sr., 58

Robert L. Nibblett, Sr. of Laurel passed away at the Delaware Hospice Center in Milford on Jan. 20, 2009. He was born in Milford, a son of Lester Nibblett and Grace Wilson Hearn Nibblett, who predeceased him. He owned and operated tractor trailers most of his adult life and co-owned and operated West Auto Repair and Salvage since 2001. He owned and was an avid fan of standard bred harness horses. His family will remember him for his hard work and being a great father and grandfather. “Bobby” was preceded in death by his wife of 25 years, Jean A. Nibblett; and his brothers, Howard Hearn, Charles Hearn, Luther Hearn and a sister, Aleine Pote. He is survived by his wife, Shirley Nibblett; his two sons: Robert L. Nibblett, Jr. and wife Candy and Richard A. Nibblett and wife Christine; his grandchildren: Erin Jean, Evan Dennis, and Dylan Brett; and two sisters, Joyce Smart and husband Kenneth and Mary King and husband Leonard. A funeral service was held at the Han-

nigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel, on Jan. 24. The Pastor Kenneth Smart officiated. Interment followed in Odd Fellows Cemetery in Laurel. Memorial contributions may be made in his memory to: Delaware Hospice Center, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963.

James Blaine Tyler II, 92

James Blaine Tyler II died in Seaford on Sunday, Jan. 18, 2009, of head injuries incurred from a fall on Dec. 31, 2008. Born March 26, 1916, in St. Augustine, Md., a son of James B. Tyler and Ethel K. Price. He grew up with his three sisters in Middletown. At the University of Delaware, he met another physical education major, his future wife, Virginia Elizabeth Pepper of Georgetown. They both graduated in 1938. World War II cut short his first job for the YMCA, when he was drafted into the United States Army in 1942 and posted to Hawaii. In Miami, Fla. on Nov. 13, 1942, he graduated from Officers Candidate School and was married to Virginia later the same day. Subsequent service in the Air Corps took him to Europe, and he had attained the rank of captain by the end of the war. Following World War II, he worked as a program officer for Recreation Promotion and Service in Wilmington, and he and Virginia began raising a family. In 1952, he became director of recreation for South Kingston, R. I. He later earned a masters degree in social work from the University of Rhode Island. He returned to Delaware in 1956 as director of Kingswood Community Center located in an economically depressed area of northeast Wilmington. There he helped develop educational, recreational, and self-help programs for the people of the neighborhood. During the tumultuous events in Wilmington following the death of Martin Luther King Jr., he and other community leaders worked steadfastly to ease racial tensions. He changed careers in 1970, becoming an instructor in Political Continued to page 38


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Laurel Police updates • On Saturday, Jan. 24 at 2:45 a.m. Laurel Police stopped a white Oldsmobile Cutlass for a traffic violation. Upon approaching the vehicle, officers located a large bag of marijuana sitting on the seat. The driver, Lemont Bats, 25, of Seaford, was removed from the vehicle and handcuffed. At that point, the driver attempted to flee. A further search of the driver revealed an amount of U.S. currency. Bats was arrested and charged with possession with the intent to deliver, maintaining a vehicle, possession of drug paraphernalia, resisting arrest, possession of marijuana and failure to drive right of center. He was committed to SCI on $7,100 secured bail. Fire causes $100,000 in damages - The Delaware State Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating a dwelling fire that occurred on Thursday, Jan. 22 at 9:47 a.m. on the 1100 block of Fourth Street in Laurel. The Laurel Fire Department responded to the scene and was assisted by the Blades, Delmar, Georgetown, Gumboro, Seaford and Sharptown Fire Departments. Two dogs were rescued from the home and no injuries were reported. It has not been determined if the home was equipped with some working detectors. Delaware State Fire Marshal Investigators are still investigating the origin and cause of the fire. Damages have been estimated at approximately $100,000.

Laurel fire ruled arson

The Delaware State Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating a dwelling fire that occurred on Monday, January 26, 2009 at 8:24 PM on the 31000 block of Gordy Road in Laurel. The Laurel Fire Department responded to the scene and was assisted by the Delmar and Sharptown Fire Departments. Upon arrival they encountered smoke showing. A passerby noticed smoke at the unoc-

cupied house and called 911. No injuries were reported. The home was equipped with some working detectors. Delaware State Fire Marshal Investigators have determined that the fire originated inside the home and was intentionally set. Damages have been estimated at approximately $25,000. Anyone with information should contact Delaware Crime Stoppers at 800-TIP-3333 or the Delaware State Fire Marshal’s Office at 302-8565600.

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• During the time frame of Jan. 19 to Jan. 25, two individuals were arrested for driving under the influence - James McCauley, 48, of Laurel and James Harmon, 21, of Millsboro. • Andre Cannon, 22, of Bridgeville, pled guilty on Nov. 10, 2008, in Sussex County Superior Court to manslaughter and possession of a destructive weapon. On Jan. 6, 2008, Cannon shot the victim in the head following a dispute at his residence with the victim. He was arrested by the Delaware State Police immediately following the incident. Cannon was recently sentenced in Sussex County Superior Court by Judge E. Scott Bradley to 10 years in prison, followed by one year home confinement, and then 18 months of intensive probation. This case was prosecuted by Deputy Attorney General Paula Ryan.

• The Delaware State Fire Marshal’s Office investigated a dwelling fire that occurred on Thursday, Jan. 22 at 9:47 a.m. on the 1100 block of Fourth Street in Laurel. The Laurel Fire Department responded to the scene and was assisted by the Blades, Delmar, Georgetown, Gumboro, Seaford and Sharptown Fire Departments. Two dogs were rescued from the home and no injuries were reported. The home was equipped with some working detectors. Delaware State Fire Marshal investigators have determined that the fire was accidental in nature, originating in the utility room and caused by an electrical malfunction. Damages are estimated at approximately $100,000. • On Tuesday, Jan. 20 at 11 a.m. Laurel Police responded to the 300 block of East 6th Street to a burglary in progress. Upon arrival, officers made contact with a male subject and placed him under arrest. The man provided a name of Roberto Valasquea. A further search of the suspect’s property revealed several counterfeit ID cards and a birth certificate with the suspect’s picture and different names. A further investigation revealed that the suspect’s real name was Raymundo Cifuentes-Munoz. In addition to the local charges, ICE has also placed a detainer on the suspect for investigation and possible deportation. Cifuentes-Munoz, 33, was arrested and charged with criminal mischief, four counts of identity theft, three counts of third degree forgery, criminal impersonation, third degree burglary and third degree trespassing. He was committed to SCI on $23,751 secured bail. REAL ESTATE RENTALS




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MORNING STAR • JAN. 29 - FEB. 4, 2009

Shanice Cannon swims to first place in the 100 yard girls’ butterfly event for the Blue Jays with a time of 1:11.65. Photo by Lynn Schofer

Seaford boys’, girls’ swim teams defeat Easton High in home meet By Lynn Schofer

The Seaford High boys’ and girls’ swim teams defeated Easton High last Tuesday at home at the Western Sussex Boys and Girls Club. The girls won by a commanding score of 117 - 52. Coach Alison Venables wasn’t surprised by her team’s performance. “I expected to dominate the meet and the girls stepped up to the challenge,” Venables said. Venables also said that Easton High was missing six of their swimmers because of finals. The Lady Jays took first place finishes

in all but two events. To add to the commanding lead, they also took second in all but one race, the final relay of the day. Coach Venables believes the long weekend off and the desire to get better propelled her girls. She was pleased to see four of the girls swim their season best times. “We need to keep working hard because the competition gets more difficult,” said Venables, who also said the upcoming meet against Milford will be one of their hardest challenges. “We can’t look too far ahead. I want to see consistency in times and an increase in speeds.” Continued on page 27

Shown (l to r) during the Seaford High swim team’s senior day are: Emily Hubbard, Jamie Swain, Page Crouse, Coach Alison Venables, Taylor Swain, and Kelly Kimpton. Photo by S.D. Smith

Woodbridge senior Andre Dickerson goes in for a layup during last Tuesday’s game. Dickerson had 11 points and seven rebounds in the loss to Smyrna. Photo by Mike McClure

Woodbridge boys’ basketball team unable to rally in 48-46 loss to Smyrna By Mike McClure

The Woodbridge varsity boys’ basketball team was unable to mount one final comeback in a back and forth game against Smyrna last Tuesday in Bridgeville. The Raiders led in the first quarter and had one last chance to knot the score or win the game but came up short in the 48-46 loss. Woodbridge jumped out to an 8-2 lead as Marc Nock netted four points. With the score tied at 11-11, the Raiders’ Jervontae Dale stole the ball and passed to Andre Dickerson who found Jorge Young for the basket. Woodbridge took a 15-13 lead into the second quarter as Nock and Smyrna’s Paul Reynolds each scored seven points in the quarter. Smyrna opened the second quarter with a 7-0 run for a 20-15 lead behind

five points by Reynolds. Trez Kane hit a three-pointer off a feed from Nock to move the Raiders within one. Nock made a three-pointer after receiving a pass from Demond Anderson to tie the score at 2323. The Eagles hit a pair of three-pointers at the end of the half for a 29-23 advantage. Reynolds led all scorers with 13 first half points while Nock netted 10 points and Young had six for the Raiders. Anderson made a field goal off a feed from Nock to pull Woodbridge within two with 4:19 left in the third quarter. Nock’s basket at the end of the quarter moved the Raiders within four (37-33). Dickerson tallied five straight points to keep Woodbridge within five (43-38). Kane later made a three-pointer and a jumper and Young came up with a steal and a three-point play to make it a one Continued on page 28

Seaford wrestling tops Dover, falls to Smyrna in dual meets

Shown (l to r) during the Seaford High swim team’s senior day are: Zack Cain, Coach Bailey Noel, Spencer Noel, Daniel DeMott, and Matt Lank. Photo by S.D. Smith

The Seaford varsity wrestling team defeated Dover, 52-18, last Wednesday before falling to Smyrna, 55-6 on Friday. Dominique Ayres (112), Kirk Neal (130), James Betts (189), Josh Smith (215), and Marcus Wright (Hwt.) won by fall for Seaford on Wednesday. C. R. Wilkins (135) added a 6-1 win, Brian Wright (140) won, 8-7, C.J. Martinez (152) had a 9-0 win, and Zak Parks (103) and Yvens St. Phard (171) won by forfeit. Parks had his team’s lone win in the loss to Smyrna. Parks recorded a pin in 45 seconds in the 103 pound match. Dominique Ayres Seaford went 5-0 in the North Caroline dual tournament Jan. 17. The Blue Jays’ team results follow: SeaMarcus Wright ford 60, St. Mary’s 21; Seaford 73, Meade 6; Seaford 54, North Caroline 15 (9-0 entering tournament); Seaford 60, Perryville 12; and Seaford 66, Bohemia Manor 15.

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Seaford girls’ basketball team falls to Laurel, in first of two key matchups By Lynn Schofer

The Seaford High girls’ basketball hosted the Laurel Bulldogs last Saturday in Seaford. Previously scheduled for December 16, the game was postponed due to the tragic deaths of two Laurel area students. Seaford was short at least four players, three of whom were taking the SAT test

at the same time as the game. ”Academics must come first, I told the girls don’t even think about skipping the SAT’s,” Seaford coach Tracie Smith said. The lack of depth and ability to rotate the players hurt Seaford throughout the game. Laurel came in full force and although Laurel coach Kevin Walmsley Continued on page 28

Seaford’s Whitley Maddox, who had 16 points for the Blue Jays, looks for the pass against Laurel’s Tomorrow Briddell in the varsity girls’ basketball game played in Seaford last weekend. Photo by Schofer


BLUE JAYS- Seaford’s Vincent Glover eyes the defense and sets up his offensive move in last Friday in high school boys’ basketball game against Smyrna. Glover had 17 points in the Blue Jay loss. Photo by Lynn Schofer

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SERVICE AWARD- Shown (l to r) at the Delaware Sportswriters and Broadcasters Association’s (DSBA) banquet are: Ron Dickerson, Ben Sirman, Len Chasanov, and Dave Baker. Sirman received the Herm Reitzes Service Award at last Sunday’s banquet, which took place at the Cavaliers Country Club. The former Laurel player and Bridgeville and Seaford coach was joined by 40 of his friends. Photo by Gary White

BULLDOGS AND RAVENS- Sussex Tech’s Tyler Belle looks to get past Laurel’s Deshaun Griffin during last week’s boys’ basketball game in Georgetown. Photo by Mike McClure

Seaford-Laurel boys’ basketball makeup game scheduled The Seaford-Laurel boys’ basketball makeup game will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 18 at Laurel High School. The JV game will take place at 6 p.m. with the varsity game to follow.

Delmarva Christian girls’ basketball team wins one of two The Delmarva Christian varsity girls’ basketball team lost to Salisbury School, 4138, last Wednesday before defeating Gunston, 41-34, on Friday. Salisbury School used an 11-5 fourth quarter advantage to rally for the win. Tara Munro had 12 points and Emily Pentoney added 10 points for the Royals. On Friday, Pentoney led all scorers with 15 points and Munro added 14 in the win over Gunston. Delmarva Christian moved to 5-6 overall with the victory.

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Seaford Stars of the Week Seaford boys’ basketball bounces

back from half-time deficit in loss By Lynn Schofer

Female Co-Athlete of the WeekShanice Cannon- Seaford High Shanice Cannon- Seaford- Seaford’s Shanice Cannon placed first in the 100 freestyle and was on the winning 200 medley relay and 200 free relay teams during the Blue Jays’ 92-78 win over Dover last Thursday. Cannon also came in first in the 100 butterfly in Tuesday’s win over Easton.

Female Co-Athlete of the Week- Payton Shirey- ST

Sussex Tech’s Payton Shirey of Seaford placed first in the 200 freestyle and the 100 freestyle during the Ravens’ 109-60 loss to Cape Henlopen. Shirey is key member of the first year Sussex Tech swim team.

Honorable mention- Lee Mayer- Seaford; Spencer Noel- Seaford; Tim HalterSeaford; Marc Nock- Woodbridge; Vincent Glover- Seaford; Rashawn Church- Seaford; Dominique Ayers- Seaford; Kirk Neal- Seaford; Josh Smith- Seaford; Marcus Wright- Seaford; Zak Parks- Seaford; Tim Yoder- Greenwood Mennonite; Jason Swartzentruber- Greenwood Mennonite; Josh Strand- Sussex Tech; John BriddellSussex Tech; Robbie Robles- Sussex Tech; Brent Prouse- Sussex Tech; Ryelan Pavlik- Sussex Tech; Shane Marvel- Sussex Tech; Joe Casullo- Sussex Tech; Grace Reardon- Woodbridge; Hannah Rust- Greenwood Mennonite; Anitra Hughes- Seaford; Whitley Maddox- Seaford; Paige Venables- Seaford; Taylor Swain- Seaford; Alexis Carey- Seaford; Jenna Wills- Seaford; Paige Morris- Sussex Tech; Madie Crimmins- Sussex Tech; Casey Thomas- Sussex Tech; Emily Pentoney- Delmarva Christian; Tara Munro- Delmarva Christian



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Seaford’s Cory Darden swims the butterfly in the 200 yard individual medley race last Tuesday at Western Sussex Boys and Girls Club. Photo by Lynn Schofer

The Seaford varsity boys basketball team met the Smyrna Eagles at home on Friday afternoon. In the first half, the Blue Jays were not in the house for the game. “We came out flat and just weren’t mentally into the game, but the players are young and will learn how to play with mental sharpness,” Coach Art Doakes said after the game.“ In the first period, Smyrna outscored the Blue Jays 27-6 due largely to Matt Storck’s numerous three-point baskets. Seaford struggled to finish passes and Smyrna dominated the speed of the game. With the momentum in the Eagles’ corner, they took a 51-14 lead into the locker room at half time. Coach Doakes said at half time, “You have a choice of two attitudes going into the second half, one, just let me go or two, wait until I come back.” The Blue Jays showed their character in the third quarter as the team came back and battled for the rebounds and made the plays count. In the third period Seaford outscored the Smyrna Eagles 20-16. The Blue Jays began to take control over the speed of the game. Seaford’s Vincent Glover showed strength and control leading Seaford not only with 17 points, but leadership on the floor. Glover forced many turnovers and contributed most of the assists for the Continued on page 28

Seaford’s Rashawn Church reaches high to try to finish the play for Seaford in the third period of last Friday’s game. Photo by Lynn Schofer

Seaford swimming continued As the team begins to set their eyes on the conference, Coach Venables said they will be training to meet the tougher competition. First place finishes for the girls on Tuesday were, Alexis Carey, 200 freestyle (2:30.17); Jenna Wills, 50 yard freestyle (30.51); Shanice Cannon 100 butterfly (1:11.65); Paige Venables, 100 freestyle (1:02.22) and 100 breaststroke (1:19.85). The Seaford girls also finished first in the 200 medley relay, 200 freestyle relay, and the 400 freestyle relay. The Seaford boys won Tuesday’s meet, 97-67. Coach Bailey Noel feels the boys have had a chance to rest since the entire team was granted a long weekend off. He continues to not focus on their times but more on their strengths and finishes. The team had strong finishes with his standout swimmers of Lee Mayer, Spencer Noel, and Timmy Halter all finishing in first place in their heat. “I was able to mix it up again today and test some of the swimmers,” said Noel. Coach Noel believes the meet against Dover will be one of their toughest. Over the past week he has been able to watch and evaluate the boys’ strengths.

He believes he has a good idea on the winning combinations. This has also been a year of firsts for the Seaford boys of Matt Lank, Terry Wooters, Tyler Hughes, Oscar Castrejon, and Frank Stewart. Coach Noel is proud of his first year swimmers, “They have worked very hard and you can see the improvements in each one of them. They all have made a great contribution to the team.” In addition to the first place finishes the Seaford boys also finished first in the 200 freestyle relay and the 400 freestyle relay. The Seaford varsity girls’ team also defeated Dover, 92-78, last Thursday. Shanice Cannon placed first in the 100 free (1:01.77), Taylor Swain came in first in the 500 free (6:36.33), and Paige Venables was first in the 100 yard breaststroke (1:15.81). The 200 medley relay team of Jamie Swain, Venables, Taylor Swain, and Cannon placed first with a time of 2:05. The 200 free relay team of Cannon, Maria DeMott, Jamie Swain, and Venables finished first with a time of 1:53.55. No results were submitted for the boys’ meet. Seaford’s Paige Crouse swims the 500 yard freestyle last Tuesday against Easton High. The Seaford girls took the win 117-52. Photo by Lynn Schofer



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Woodbridge’s Jervontae Dale looks to drive the baseline during last week’s game against Smyrna. Photo by Mike McClure

Seaford girls continued wasn’t happy with his player’s first period play, he was very pleased on their turnaround play the rest of the game. “The girls had to wake up, I don’t know what it is about Saturday morning games but they came out a little lazy,” said Walmsley. Laurel was leading by only two points (10-8) at the end of the first period. Both teams were struggling and passes were slow, outside shots were off, and lanes were open for anyone to make a move. In the second period, Laurel woke up and although still slightly sluggish, they made the rebounds and moved the ball better. At half time their efforts paid off with a 27-14 lead over the Lady Blue Jays. In the third quarter Seaford outscored Laurel 13-11, but Laurel maintained an 11 point lead (38-27). Coach Smith said her girls started to battle back in the third. “I was very pleased we were able to get the score to within 10 points. It shows they are fighters and won’t give up,” Smith said. Laurel continued to dominate the pace of the game in the fourth quarter, which hurt Seaford as fatigue started to set in. Coach Walmsley said he liked the way his girls kept their composure throughout the game but would like to see more hustling on defense.

“I have mostly seniors on the team, they really know each other, are friends on and off the court. I know they will get on each other to get it together,” said Walmsley. Seaford’s struggles mounted, with only six players suited, two of the girls committed five fouls. The Lady Blue Jays finished the game with four players on the floor. “It was difficult and the girls had some mental lapses in judgment which hurt us,” Smith said “I told them I was pleased with their effort and to remember we are only half way through the season, we will get to meet Laurel again.” Laurel outscored Seaford, 13-10, in the fourth and took home the 53-37 win to improve to 9-1 overall. Leading scorers for Laurel were: Brooke Evans and Tomorrow Briddell 14 points; Sharay Smith 12 points and Tykia Briddell and Twila McCrea six points each. For Seaford, Anitra Hughes led the way with 18 points, Whitley Maddox had 16 points, and Maryann Hicks added three points. Seaford girls’ basketball team falls to Dover- The Seaford varsity girls’ basketball team lost to Dover, 58-29, last Thursday. Anitra Hughes paced the Blue Jays with 12 points while Keona Hughes and Maryann Hicks each had five points.

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Thursday, Jan. 29- Girls’ basketball- Seaford at Cape Henlopen, Woodbridge home vs. Campus Community; Swimming- Seaford at Milford Friday, Jan. 30- Boys’ basketball- Seaford home vs. Cape Henlopen, Sussex Tech at Woodbridge; wrestling- Seaford at Cape Henlopen, Woodbridge at Sussex Tech Tuesday, Feb. 3- Boys’ basketball- Seaford at Sussex Tech, Woodbridge at Sussex Central; girls’ basketball- Sussex Tech at Seaford, Woodbridge home vs. Smyrna; swimming- Seaford at Lake Forest Wednesday, Feb. 4- Indoor track- Henlopen Conference championships; wrestlingSussex Tech at Seaford, Woodbridge home vs. Sussex Central


tionally missed the second shot to give his teammates a chance at rebounding the ball and scoring the tying basket. A Smyrna player pulled down the rebound but was called for traveling, giving the ball back to the Raiders with .4 seconds left. Woodbridge was unable to tie or win the game following an inbounds pass. Nock led the Raiders with 14 points and three steals; Dickerson had 11 points, seven rebounds, and four blocks; Kane netted 10 points and made three steals, and Young added nine points and eight rebounds. Reynolds led all scorers with 19 points.

Seaford boys’ basketball continued Blue Jays. Coach Doakes was most proud of his team because they did not give up. Doakes believes he has the caliber of players to dominate the conference. With a little more “big game” experience the Blue Jays will know how to win the physical game. “This is good for my young team, it showed them what we can do as a team,” Doakes said,” It is well known that Seaford is usually not much of a running team. I want my players to be in better shape and we will teach the running game.” Seaford continued to dominate the

fourth quarter finishing the game with a total of 51 points and outscoring the Eagles 36-23 in the second half. Although the Blue Jays lost the game 74-51, the team held their heads high at the end of the game. Seaford moves to 4-8 overall and 3-6 in conference. “We beat both the North and South division champions so I know we have the team to win, we just need to put it together every game,” said Doakes. Other scorers for Seaford were: Rashawn Church, 10 points; Jeffrey Akins, nine points; Jamar Brittingham, fourpoints; Deron Wright, Myron Hayes, and Julius Mullen all with three points each.

point game with 1:19 left. Woodbridge had several opportunities to regain the lead but couldn’t take advantage of them. Anderson forced a jump ball to give his team possession with 45.3 seconds left and the Raiders pulled down a rebound after Reynolds missed the front end of a one and one with 25.3 left. Smyrna made one of two free throws for a 48-46 lead. The Raiders missed a shot in the final seconds of the game, but Nock grabbed the offensive rebound and was fouled with 2.4 seconds left. Nock missed the first shot, then inten-

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Seaford’s Anitra Hughes makes a move on the baseline against Laurel’s Brooke Evans and Tykia Briddell in Saturday’s girls basketball game in Seaford. Hughes had 18 points in the Blue Jay loss. Photo by Lynn Schofer

Woodbridge boys continued

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EYE ON THE BASKET- The Ravens’ Lamar Showell prepares to shoot a foul shot in his team’s home loss to Laurel last Friday. Showell paced Sussex Tech with 12 points and eight rebounds. Photo by Mike McClure RAVENS AND BULLDOGS- Sussex Tech’s Sierra Laws looks to pass the ball to a teammate as Laurel’s Twila McCrea defends her during last week’s game in Laurel. Laws had 10 points and five assists while McCrea netted nine points and grabbed eight rebounds to help lead the Bulldogs to victory. Photo by Mike McClure

WRESTLING IN DELMAR- Sussex Tech’s Ryelan Pavlik, back, has Delmar’s Josh Wells in a hold during a 152 pound match last week. Pavlik went on to record a pin to help the Ravens to a 57-18 win. Photo by Mike McClure

Sussex Tech boys’, girls’ swim teams fall to Cape Henlopen The Sussex Tech boys’ and girls’ swim teams lost to Cape Henlopen in last Thursday’s meet. Payton Shirey placed first in the 200 freestyle (2:10.91) and 100 freestyle (56.27), Madie Crimmons finished first in the 500 freestyle (5:58.53) and 100 backstroke (1:07.52); and Casey Thomas came in first in the 100 breaststroke (1:15.07) in the girls’ team’s 109-60 loss. Casey Thomas The boys’ team also fell to the Vikings, 106-62.

Ravens win Delmarva Classic for second year in a row The Sussex Tech varsity wrestling won the Delmarva Classic tournament on Saturday, Jan. 17 in Salisbury. The first place marked the second straight year the Ravens won the tournament, which is held at Wicomico High School. Wendell Cannon, Ryelan Pavlik, Shane Marvel, and Alex Thomas each placed first for Sussex Tech. John Briddell, Kyle Kunzler, Cole Magagnotti, and Joe Casullo came in third for the Ravens. Sussex Tech’s JV team also finished second in the JV tournament.

Shane Marvel

PLAYING BASKETBALL- Sussex Tech’s Josh Strand looks to go up for a lay up after making a steal during last week’s game against Laurel. The Ravens’ Moriah Johnson pulls up for a jumper during her team’s game in Laurel last Thursday. Photos by Mike McClure DELMAR-TECH WRESTLING- Delmar’s Dominique Showell, left, and Sussex Tech’s Brent Prouse battle for position during their 145 pound match last Wednesday in Delmar. Prouse won the match with a pin late in the third period. Photo by Mike McClure


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Seaford Bowling Lanes

Tuesday AM Mixed

High games and series Mike Baker 213 Steven Dempsey 591 Kay Lankford 225 Kim Marine 587

Club 50

High games and series Randy Heath 295 Calvin Ellis 786 Shirley Ellis 275, 726

Eastern Shore Men

High games and series Jason Smith 295, 799

Baby Blue Jays

High games and series Nate Trammell 178, 331 Athena Sammons 164, 310

Seaford City

High games and series Jennings Kellam 311 William Krewina 816

Sunday Nite Mixed

High games and series Todd James 324, 805 Joyce Tull 283 Debbie Hawrylyshyn 775

Sunday Adult/ Youth

High games and series Gordon Hearn 290, 775 Brandi Lewis 305, 830 Doug Hastings 296, 814 Taylor Richey 276 Brittany Hastings 771

Five Shore Thunder Starz senior cheer members will perform at half-time of the Pro Bowl in Hawaii. They are shown (l to r): front- Kelly Horsey and Katareena Gellar; back- Heather Horsey, Alyssa Murray, and Cora Cosgrove. Photo by Doug Worster

Shore Thunder Starz cheer members to perform in Hawaii

Shore Thunder Starz Competitive Cheer and Dance has five senior cheer members who will be leaving Jan. 31 for Hawaii to perform at the Pro Bowl half-time show in Honolulu. The members will be chaperoned by Lisa Horsey, the director of Shore Thunder Starz, as well as two of the participants’ mothers. These girls were scouted by All American Cheer and Dance Scouts which was looking for members with extreme talent to be participants in the half-time show. It is an honor that many cheerleaders and dancers never have the opportunity to achieve. Shore Thunder members making the cut are: Heather Horsey, a senior at Laurel High School; Alyssa Murray, a junior at Indian River High School; Katareena Gellar, a junior at Cape Henlopen High School; Kelly Horsey, a sophomore at Sussex Tech High School; and Cora Cosgrove. a freshman at Sussex Central High School.


High games and series James Staton III 234, 660

Tabitha Smedley 225 Morgan Slavin 225 Kayla Arnett 630

Christian Fellowship

High games and series Bill Ziolkowski 263 Mark Melson 670 Joyce Tull 250 Karen Jerread 669

Wednesday AM Mixed

Senior Express

High games and series Joe Walker 310, 836 Joeanne White 304 Marcia Regan 802

Young Adults

High games and series Chris Bireley 243 Seth Shockley 663 Courtney Sherman 247, 625

High games and series Randy Heath 254 Mark Benson 713 Paulette Sammons274 Erma Baker 739


Tuesday Early Mixed

High games and series Jerry Mariner 246, 693 Kayla Correa 246, 710

High games and series James Howell 256 Gary Hitchens 706 Denise Smith 270, 694


High games and series David Perdue 288, 778

High games and series Jim Nelson 285, 774

Thursday Night Mixed Friday Trios

High games and series Steve Teagle 269, 677 B.J. Ellis 227 Frankie Griffin 227 Ronell Brown 643

Woodbridge Little League to hold registration for 2009

Woodbridge Little League will hold registration for the 2009 season on Wednesday, Feb. 4 and 11 from 6-8 p.m. at the Greenwood Fire Hall. The cost is $50 for one child, $65 for two children, and $75 for three or more children. Visit the league’s website at for more information.

Seaford Department of Recreation to hold basketball leagues

The Seaford Department of Recreation is offering the following basketball leagues: Six and seven year old basketball- Signups are now taking place for the six and seven year old basketball league. The league starts the beginning of February and the cost is $20. Games will be played on Saturday mornings at Frederick Douglass Elementary. Sign up at the Rec office or call 629-6809 for more information. Co-ed and women’s leagues- Co-ed and women’s basketball leagues will be starting in March. Call the office if you are interested in entering a team. The co-ed league plays Monday nights and the women’s league is on Tuesdays at the middle school.

NYSA spring soccer signups to take place starting Jan. 31 The Nanticoke Youth Soccer Association (NYSA) will hold signups for the 2009 spring soccer league on the following dates: Saturday, Jan. 31 from 10 a.m. to noon; Tuesday, Feb. 3 from 6 to 8 p.m.; Monday, Feb. 9 from 6 to 8 p.m.; and Thursday, Feb. 12 from 6 to 8 p.m. The cost is $35 for the first child, $20 for the second, and $10 for each additional child. You must come to a signup to register. All late applicants will be put on a waiting list. The signups will be at the NYSA shed. The season starts March 29.

Laurel Little League to hold registration starting Jan. 31

The Laurel Little League will hold registration for the 2009 season on the following dates: Saturday, Jan. 31, Saturday, Feb. 7; Saturday, Feb. 14; Saturday, Feb. 21; and Saturday, Feb. 28. Registration will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Nanticoke Little League to hold signups starting Feb. 14 Nanticoke Little League will be holding signups for the 2009 season on the following dates and times: Feb. 14, 21, and 28 and March 7 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Seaford Middle School cafeteria and Feb. 19 and 26 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Seaford Middle School cafeteria. The cost is $45 for the first child and $20 for additional children.

Boys and Girls Club to hold indoor t-ball clinic

The Boys and Girls Club of Western Sussex is forming an indoor T-Ball clinic. This program is coed for all children ages three to seven years of age. The clinic will consist of hitting off the batting tee, running bases and throwing. This is a structured, fun activity for all. The program runs Feb. 17-March 12. The cost is $10 for club members and $25 for non-club members. Participants may register at the club Monday through Friday, 2:30-8 p.m. For more information, please call 302-628-3789 and ask for Karen Schreiber.

Salisbury School soccer player Ross Higgins of Seaford is shown pursuing the ball during a game. Higgins played with an Under-15 team in Miami, Fla., during the holiday break.

Higgins competes in Florida with U15 soccer team Salisbury School ninth grader Ross Higgins was invited to play with the Kendall Coalition Under 15 team of Miami, Fla. in the Disney Showcase over the holiday break. The Kendall Coalition, last year’s under-15 state champions, is among the elite soccer clubs in south Florida and the nation. Higgins traveled to Miami where he practiced with the team under coach Marcos Colman for four days in preparation for the Disney Showcase in Orlando. During those four days he earned a starting position. The team made it to the finals, losing to the top seeded Texas Fire. “Ross is a great asset to the team. This sheer speed and ability will assure him a bright future in soccer,” Colman said.

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Polytech Panthers edge Lady Raiders with second half surge The Woodbridge varsity girls’ basketball team fell to Polytech, 49-44, last Thursday in Bridgeville. The two teams were knotted at 18-18 at the half after the Raiders jumped out to an 11-6 lead in the first quarter. The Panthers held a 31-26 edge in the second half to pull out the win. Grace Reardon netted 12 points, Anyea Griffin added 11 points, Taija Maddox had 10, and Taylor West scored eight points for Woodbridge.

Taija Maddox

Snow causes changes to local high school sports schedules

The following varsity sports schedule changes have occurred due to the snow on Tuesday, Jan. 27: The Seaford varsity basketball games have been rescheduled for the following dates: Seaford at Polytech girls’ basketball, Wednesday, Jan. 28; Seaford boys basketball home vs. Polytech, Feb. 12. The Woodbridge varsity basketball games will be played at the following times: Woodbridge girls at Campus Community, Feb. 13; Woodbridge boys at Cape Henlopen, Feb. 7. The Laurel varsity basketball games have been rescheduled for the following dates: Laurel at Sussex Central boys’ basketball, Wednesday, Jan. 28; Laurel girls’ basketball home vs. Sussex Central, Feb. 4. The Laurel-Milford wrestling and boys’ basketball dates have also been changed. The Laurel wrestling team will visit Milford on Feb. 5 and the boys’ basketball team will travel to Milford on Feb. 6.

Western Sussex Boys and Girls Club offers conditioning clinics

Former University of Delaware tight end Ben Patrick will become the third former Blue Hen to play in the Super Bowl this weekend when his Arizona Cardinals face the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The Western Sussex Boys and Girls Club is offering softball and baseball conditioning clinics for middle school and high school students. The softball clinic will take place on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from Feb. 2 to March 12. The middle school clinic will run from 6-7:30 p.m. and the high school clinic will be held from 7:30 to 9 p.m. The cost is $10 per person. Call Karen at 302-628-3789 for more information. The baseball clinic will take place on Monday and Wednesday, also Feb. 2 through March 12. The high school clinic will take place 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. and the middle school clinic will run from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The cost is $10 per person. Call Karen at 302-628-3789 for more information.

Former University of Delaware tight end Patrick to play in the Super Bowl Former University of Delaware football player Ben Patrick, a tight end on the Arizona Cardinals, is Super Bowl bound. Patrick and the Cardinals advanced to Super Bowl XLIII where they will meet the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, Feb. 1, in Tampa, Fla. Pittsburgh won the American Football Conference championship, defeating former Blue Hen quarterback Joe Flacco and the Baltimore Ravens, 23-14. Patrick had one reception in the NFC championship game against the Philadel-

phia Eagles, but it was a key catch. He secured a pass from quarterback Kurt Warner on a two-point conversion after the Cardinals scored late to regain the lead, providing the final seven point margin. Patrick becomes the third University of Delaware football player to reach the Super Bowl, joining defensive back and special teams star Ivory Sully who played for the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl XIV and quarterback Rich Gannon who played for the Oakland Raiders in Super Bowl XXXVII.

Greenwood Mennonite boys’ basketball defeats Tome

The Greenwood Mennonite boys’ basketball team topped Tome School, 65-53, in a Greenwood Mennonite Invitational game last weekend. Tim Yoder led the way with 44 points, Jason Swartzentruber netted 16 points, and Tyler Schrock added seven in the win.

Greenwood Mennonite School girls lose a pair of games The Greenwood Mennonite School girls’ basketball team lost to St. Peter and Paul, 63-60 in overtime, after falling to Tome, 42-40, in the first round of the school’s tournament last weekend. Hannah Rust and Amber Swartzentruber each netted 13 points in Friday’s opening round loss to Tome. Rust led the Flames with 22 points, Swartzentruber had 15, and Bryna Garey added 13 points in Saturday’s overtime loss.

Seaford wrestling team defeats St. Thomas More, 75-2 The Seaford varsity wrestling team topped St. Thomas More, 75-2, in a dual meet on Monday. Dominique Ayres (112), Tyler Elliott (125), Kirk Neal (130), Ross Clagg (160), Yvens St. Phard (171), James Betts (189), and Marcus Wright (Hwt.) each recorded a pin in the Blue Jays’ home win. C.R. Wilkins (135) also won by decision for Seaford.

BLUE JAYS AND BULLDOGS- Seaford’s Keona Hughes muscles her way up to the basket in Saturday’s girls basketball matchup with Laurel. The Blue Jays fell to the Bulldogs, 53-37. Photo by Lynn Schofer

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Polytech Panthers edge Lady Raiders with second half surge The Woodbridge varsity girls’ basketball team fell to Polytech, 49-44, last Thursday in Bridgeville. The two teams were knotted at 18-18 at the half after the Raiders jumped out to an 11-6 lead in the first quarter. The Panthers held a 31-26 edge in the second half to pull out the win. Grace Reardon netted 12 points, Anyea Griffin added 11 points, Taija Maddox had 10, and Taylor West scored eight points for Woodbridge.

Taija Maddox

Snow causes changes to local high school sports schedules The following varsity sports schedule changes have occurred due to the snow on Tuesday, Jan. 27: The Seaford varsity basketball games have been rescheduled for the following dates: Seaford at Polytech girls’ basketball, Wednesday, Jan. 28; Seaford boys basketball home vs. Polytech, Feb. 12. The Woodbridge varsity basketball games will be played at the following times: Woodbridge girls at Campus Community, Feb. 13; Woodbridge boys at Cape Henlopen, Feb. 7. The Laurel varsity basketball games have been rescheduled for the following dates: Laurel at Sussex Central boys’ basketball, to be announced; Laurel girls’ basketball home vs. Sussex Central, Feb. 4. The Laurel-Milford wrestling and boys’ basketball dates have also been changed. The Laurel wrestling team will visit Milford on Feb. 5 and the boys’ basketball team will travel to Milford on Feb. 6.

Western Sussex Boys and Girls Club offers conditioning clinics

Former University of Delaware tight end Ben Patrick will become the third former Blue Hen to play in the Super Bowl this weekend when his Arizona Cardinals face the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The Western Sussex Boys and Girls Club is offering softball and baseball conditioning clinics for middle school and high school students. The softball clinic will take place on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from Feb. 2 to March 12. The middle school clinic will run from 6-7:30 p.m. and the high school clinic will be held from 7:30 to 9 p.m. The cost is $10 per person. Call Karen at 302-628-3789 for more information. The baseball clinic will take place on Monday and Wednesday, also Feb. 2 through March 12. The high school clinic will take place 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. and the middle school clinic will run from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The cost is $10 per person. Call Karen at 302-628-3789 for more information.

Former University of Delaware tight end Patrick to play in the Super Bowl Former University of Delaware football player Ben Patrick, a tight end on the Arizona Cardinals, is Super Bowl bound. Patrick and the Cardinals advanced to Super Bowl XLIII where they will meet the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, Feb. 1, in Tampa, Fla. Pittsburgh won the American Football Conference championship, defeating former Blue Hen quarterback Joe Flacco and the Baltimore Ravens, 23-14. Patrick had one reception in the NFC championship game against the Philadel-

phia Eagles, but it was a key catch. He secured a pass from quarterback Kurt Warner on a two-point conversion after the Cardinals scored late to regain the lead, providing the final seven point margin. Patrick becomes the third University of Delaware football player to reach the Super Bowl, joining defensive back and special teams star Ivory Sully who played for the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl XIV and quarterback Rich Gannon who played for the Oakland Raiders in Super Bowl XXXVII.

Greenwood Mennonite boys’ basketball defeats Tome

The Greenwood Mennonite boys’ basketball team topped Tome School, 65-53, in a Greenwood Mennonite Invitational game last weekend. Tim Yoder led the way with 44 points, Jason Swartzentruber netted 16 points, and Tyler Schrock added seven in the win.

Greenwood Mennonite School girls lose a pair of games The Greenwood Mennonite School girls’ basketball team lost to St. Peter and Paul, 63-60 in overtime, after falling to Tome, 42-40, in the first round of the school’s tournament last weekend. Hannah Rust and Amber Swartzentruber each netted 13 points in Friday’s opening round loss to Tome. Rust led the Flames with 22 points, Swartzentruber had 15, and Bryna Garey added 13 points in Saturday’s overtime loss.

Seaford wrestling team defeats St. Thomas More, 75-2 The Seaford varsity wrestling team topped St. Thomas More, 75-2, in a dual meet on Monday. Dominique Ayres (112), Tyler Elliott (125), Kirk Neal (130), Ross Clagg (160), Yvens St. Phard (171), James Betts (189), and Marcus Wright (Hwt.) each recorded a pin in the Blue Jays’ home win. C.R. Wilkins (135) also won by decision for Seaford.

BLUE JAYS AND BULLDOGS- Seaford’s Keona Hughes muscles her way up to the basket in Saturday’s girls basketball matchup with Laurel. The Blue Jays fell to the Bulldogs, 53-37. Photo by Lynn Schofer



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All final candidates for employment must have a satisfactory criminal background check before being placed on contract/payroll as per State of Delaware regulations. Candidates must call the Delaware State Police at (800) 464-4357 to make an appointment. The cost of the criminal background check is $69.00 (expense borne by the prospective employee). Final candidates must also receive a satisfactory child protection registry check. Final candidates must also produce documentation of Mantoux skin test results for entrance to school system.

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LEGALS TOWN OF LAUREL NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING Please take notice that a public hearing will be held on: Tuesday, February 17, 2009 at 7:00 p.m. or as soon as possible thereafter In the Town Hall, 201 Mechanic Street, Town of Laurel, Laurel, Delaware. The public hearing will be conducted by the Mayor and Council of the Town of Laurel, with respect to an application of Samanda Properties of Delaware II, LLC, for a Large Parcel Development Overlay District (LPD-OD) on certain properties located on U.S. Route 13 north, Discount Land Road, and Camp Road, with some of the properties proposed to be annexed within the present town boundaries and some of the parcels within the Town of Laurel (Tax Parcel Nos. 1-32 12.00-111, 111.01, 111.02, & 111.03, 109, 118, 119), known as Village Brooke North. All interested persons are invited to attend said public hearing and present their views. Additional information, including copies of the Master Plan submission, and other pertinent documents, may be reviewed at Town Hall, Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Mayor & Council of Laurel, Delaware 1/29/1tc PUBLIC HEARING The Commissioners of Bridgeville will hold a Public Hearing and present an Ordinance to amend Chapter 128 - concerning an inconsistency in water and sewer fees, for a second and final reading at their monthly meeting scheduled for February 9, 2009. The meeting begins at 7:00 P.M. in the Town Hall, 101 N. Main Street, Bridgeville, Delaware. COMMISSIONERS OF BRIDGEVILLE BONNIE WALLS, TOWN MANAGER 1/29/1tc

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PUBLIC NOTICE The following Ordinance was approved by the Sussex County Council on December 16, 2008: ORDINANCE NO. 2022 AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND CHAPTERS 99 AND 115 OF THE CODE OF SUSSEX COUNTY TO DEFINE OPEN SPACE AND TO INCORPORATE OPEN SPACE REQUIREMENTS INTO THE APPLICATION AND APPROVAL PROCESS IN ALL RESIDENTIAL ZONING DISTRICT AND IN RESIDENTIAL PLANNED COMMUNITIES AND TO CLARIFY PROVISIONS RELATING TO RESUBDIVISION, PERMITTED USES, BONDS, SITE PLANS AND OTHER APPROVAL CRITERIA. 1/29/1tc PUBLIC NOTICE The following Ordinance was approved by Sussex County Council on December 16, 2008: ORDINANCE NO. 2024 AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND CHAPTER 115, ARTICLE IV, SECTION 115-25 TO PROVIDE CRITERIA FOR DETERMINING WHETHER A PRELIMINARY CLUSTER SUBDIVISION PLAN PROVIDES FOR A TOTAL ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN WHICH ARE SUPERIOR TO THAT WHICH WOULD BE ALLOWED UNDER THE REGULATIONS FOR THE STANDARD SUBDIVISION OPTION. 1/29/1tc LEGAL NOTICE ON FEBRUARY 17, 2009 at 11:00 a.m., Laurel Storage Center, Road 468, Laurel, DE will conduct a sale pursuant to Title 25, DEL. C. ANN. 4904-4905. The contents of the following bins will be sold: Bin(s): #224 Carla Oney; #222 Connie Buchwald; #202 Williamanna Hill; #192 Bonnie Boyce; #174 Mary Garrison; #164 Sharon Parsons; #137 Darnell Hughes; #128 Cheryl Taylor; #126 Daniel Hager; #120 Paula Bawel; #116 Timothy Ross; #80 Angel Boyce; #26 Eldora Reed; #67 Michael T. Davis Jr.; #65 Joseph Scurry; #57 Edward Piekarski; #43 Kathy Dulis. BIDDERS: Call office on day of sale to confirm, (302) 875-5931. 1/22/2tc


Estate of Donald Francis Gray, Deceased. Notice is hereby given that Letters of Testamentary upon the estate of Donald Francis Gray who See LEGALS—page 34



LEGALS - from Page 33

departed this life on the 25th day of October, A.D. 2008 late of Seaford, DE were duly granted unto Donald L. Gray on the 15th day of January, A.D. 2009, and all persons indebted to the said deceased are required to make payments to the said Executor without delay, and all persons having demands against the deceased are required to exhibit and present the same duly probated to the said Executor on or before the 25th day of June, A.D. 2009 or abide by the law in this behalf. Executor: Donald L. Gray 1649 Oakwood Trail Xenia, OH 45385 Attorney: David W. Baker, Esq. David W. Baker, Esq. P.O. Box 551 Georgetown, DE 19947 Gregory Fuller Sr. Register of Wills 1/29/3tc


Estate of Robert E. Webb, Jr., Deceased. Notice is hereby given that Letters of Administration upon the estate of Robert E. Webb, Jr. who departed this life on the 20th day of November, A.D. 2008 late of Delmar, DE were duly granted unto Megan C. Web on the 20th day of January, A.D. 2009, and all persons indebted to the said deceased are required to make payments to the said Administratrix without delay, and all persons having demands against the deceased are required to exhibit and present the same duly probated to the said Administratrix on or before the 20th day of July, A.D. 2009 or abide by the law in this behalf.

Administratrix: Megan C. Webb 415 Hayward Ave. Fruitland, MD 21826 Gregory Fuller Sr. Register of Wills 1/29/3tc


Estate of James Feula, Deceased. Notice is hereby given that Letters of Administration upon the estate of James Feula who departed this life on the 12th day of December, A.D. 2008 late of Seaford, DE were duly granted unto Nancy F. Gallagher, Cynthia Fulton Taren on the 15th day of January, A.D. 2009, and all persons indebted to the said deceased are required to make payments to the said Administratrices without delay, and all persons having demands against the deceased are required to exhibit and present the same duly probated to the said Administratrices on or before the 12th day of August, A.D. 2009 or abide by the law in this behalf. Administratrices: Nancy F. Gallagher PO Box 178 New Vernon, NJ 07976 Cynthia Fulton Taren 110 Gillin Rd. Ambler, PA 19002 Gregory Fuller Sr. Register of Wills 1/29/3tc


Estate of Wayne R. Watters, Deceased. Notice is hereby given that Letters of Testamentary upon the estate of Wayne R. Watters who departed this life on the 16th day of December, A.D. 2008 late of Seaford, DE were duly granted unto Barbara J. Whitehead, Jane . Ramsey on the 14th day

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of January, A.D. 2009, and all persons indebted to the said deceased are required to make payments to the said Co-Executrices without delay, and all persons having demands against the deceased are required to exhibit and present the same duly probated to the said Co-Executrices on or before the 16th day of August, A.D. 2009 or abide by the law in this behalf. Co-Executrices: Barbara J. Whitehead 4204 Stein Highway Seaford, DE 19973 Jane R. Ramsey 1436 Wheatley Pond Rd. Smyrna, DE 19977 Gregory Fuller Sr. Register of Wills 1/29/3tc


Estate of Catherine C. Hurley, Deceased. Notice is hereby given that Letters of Testamentary upon the estate of Catherine C. Hurley who departed this life on the 24th day of December, A.D. 2008 late of Seaford, DE were duly granted unto Sharon Hurley Hoffecker on the 15th day of January, A.D. 2009, and all persons indebted to the said deceased are required to make payments to the said Executrix without delay, and all persons having demands against the deceased are required to exhibit and present the same duly probated to the said Executrix on or before the 24th day of August, A.D. 2009 or abide by the law in this behalf. Executrix: Sharon Hurley Hoffecker 337 Lake Como Circle Smyrna, DE 19977 Attorney: David W. Baker, Esq. David W. Baker, Esq.

Delmar School District

200 N Eighth St., Delmar, DE 19940

School Board Membership Vacancy The Delmar School District is seeking an interested individual to complete a vacant school board membership through June 30, 2009. Delaware Code, Title 14, requires that the only legal qualifications for school board membership are that a person must be an adult citizen of the State and must reside in the school district in which they are to serve. In addition to the legal requirements, the Delmar School District requires that the member possess a high standard of personal integrity, have a broad viewpoint to be able to i mpartially represent all the people of the community, have good physical energy, sound mental health, and social poise above the average, have a profound interest in the welfare of all the children in the community, have a sympathetic understanding of the teaching/learning process as it involves human relationships between teachers and pupils, and should hold universal public education in the highest esteem, understands its vital importance to the survival of a free society, and be willing to work unremittingly to provide and support the highest quality of public education that our community can afford. Interested candidates shall submit a Delmar School District Unexpired Term Fulfillment application, which is available in the District Office, 200 N. 8th St, Delmar, DE 19940, by Monday, February 2, 2009.

P.O. Box 551 Georgetown, DE 19947 Gregory Fuller Sr. Register of Wills 1/29/3tc


Estate of Sharyn H. White, Deceased. Notice is hereby given that Letters of Testamentary upon the estate of Sharyn H. White who departed this life on the 30th day of October, A.D. 2008 late of Seaford, DE were duly granted unto Paula Susan Lizewski on the 12th day of January, A.D. 2009, and all persons indebted to the said deceased are required to make payments to the said Executrix without delay, and all persons having demands against the deceased are required to exhibit and present the same duly probated to the said Executrix on or before the 30th day of June, A.D. 2009 or abide by the law in this behalf. Executrix: Paula Susan Lizewski 8429 Ingleton Rd. Easton, MD 21601 Gregory Fuller Sr. Register of Wills 1/22/3tc


Estate of Susan J. Betts, Deceased. Notice is hereby given that Letters of Testamentary upon the estate of Susan J. Betts who departed this life on the 26th day of December, A.D. 2008 late of Seaford, DE were duly granted unto Rosemary Betts Beauregard, A. Dean Betts, Jr. on the 8th day

of January, A.D. 2009, and all persons indebted to the said deceased are required to make payments to the said Co-Executors without delay, and all persons having demands against the deceased are required to exhibit and present the same duly probated to the said C0-Executors on or before the 26th day of August, A.D. 2009 or abide by the law in this behalf. Co-Executors: Rosemary Betts Beauregard 118 Heronwood Drive Milton, DE 19968 A. Dean Betts, Jr. 31199 Beaver Circle Lewes, DE 19958 Richard L. Russell Attorney: Harold W. T Purnell, II, Esq. P.O. Box 977 Georgetown, DE 19947 Gregory Fuller Sr. Register of Wills 1/22/3tc


Estate of Vera M. Hallman, Deceased. Notice is hereby given that Letters of Testamentary upon the estate of Vera M. Hallman who departed this life on the 7th day of October, A.D. 2008 late of Seaford, DE were duly granted unto Clifford K. Loveland on the 30th day of December, A.D. 2008, and all persons indebted to the said deceased are required to make payments to the said Executor without delay, and all persons having demands against the deceased are required to exhibit and present the same duly probated to the said Executor on or before

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Estate of Michael Evans, Deceased. Notice is hereby given that Letters of Testamentary upon the estate of Michael Evans who departed this life on the 2nd day of December, A.D. 2008 late of Milford, DE were duly granted unto Donald E. Evans on the 30th day of December, A.D. 2008, and all persons indebted to the said deceased are required to make payments to the said Executor without delay, and all persons having demands against the deceased are required to exhibit and present the same duly probated to the said Executor on or before the 2nd day of August, A.D. 2009 or abide by the law in this behalf. Executor: Donald E. Evans 217 Bay Ave. Milford, DE 19963 Gregory Fuller Sr. Register of Wills 1/15/3tc See LEGALS—page 36

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John and Marie Schott of Westminster, Md., and Craig and Britta Hoffman of Owings Mills, Md., announce the engagement of their daughter, Elizabeth Sarah Hoffman to Keith Michael Collins, son of Herbert and Faye Collins of Seaford. The wedding will take place in April.

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Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Perschau of Dover are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Miss Lauren Perschau to Mr. Brandon Givens, of Seaford, son of Mr. and Mrs. Leslie Givens of Seaford. The bride-to-be is a 2007 graduate of Polytech High School and is employed by Nanticoke Racing, Inc. and is also a part-time student at Delaware Technical & Community College pursuing her nursing degree. Her fiancé is a 2004 graduate of Seaford Senior High School and is selfemployed as a harness horse driver, trainer, and owner. A September 2009 wedding is planned.

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Thompson-Plummer to be married in March Hal and Katy Holloway of Tolar, Texas, announce the engagement of their daughter, Paula LeAnne Thompson to Joshua Franklin Plummer, son of Karen Womach and Jay and Diane Plummer of Laurel. Grandparents of the bride-to-be are JT and Ann Doty of Albuquerque, N.M., Louis and LaVon Rhodes of Palmyra, Ill., and Stan and Sheila Holloway of Rio, Wisc. Grandparents of the groom-to-be are Janet Womach and the late Eugene Womach and Joe and Pansy Plummer, all of Laurel. The bride to be graduated from Los Lunas High School, Los Lunas, N.M., and Murray State College, Tishomingo, Okla. She is employed as a Registered Veterinary Technician at Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine, Small Animal ICU, College Station, Texas. LEGALS - from Page 34


Estate of Kathryn Elizabeth Arnett, Deceased. Notice is hereby given that Letters of Testamentary upon the estate of Kathryn Elizabeth Arnett who departed this life on the 16th day of December, A.D. 2008 late of Laurel, DE were duly granted unto Victor H. Laws on the 31st day of December, A.D. 2008, and all persons indebted to the said deceased are required to make payments to the said Executor without delay, and all persons having demands against the deceased are required to exhibit and present the same duly probated to the said Executor on or before

Griswold Special Care, a home care company, announces that Caregiver Vickie Snell has received the Martin Luther King, Jr. award for improving the lives of people with dementia. Ms. Snell received the award at a ceremony on Monday, Jan. 19 in Philadelphia. The Delaware Valley Chapter of the Snell Alzheimer’s Association presented the award to Ms. Snell in recognition of superior service to people suffering with Alzheimer’s disease. Only one winner is chosen from each of the 18 counties served by the chapter which encompasses Delaware, Southern New Jersey and Southeastern Pennsylvania. Delaware Regional Manager of Sussex and Kent Counties, Cheryl Jankowski noted the importance of this award, “Vickie did remarkable work with a client living with Alzheimer’s disease; her compassion and exemplary service made her this year’s nominee.” This is the fifth year a Griswold Special Care caregiver from Sussex County has won the award.

Williamson family welcomes a son

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Estate of Helen L. Messick, Deceased. Notice is hereby given that Letters of Testamentary upon the estate of Helen L. Messick who departed this life on the 20th day of December, A.D. 2008 late of Seaford, DE were duly granted unto Colleen Minner, Constance Dae Nichols on the 2nd day of

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Delmar New Center Club meets exchange student The Delmar New Century Club met on Tuesday, Jan. 20, at the Delmar Library. The International Affairs chairman, Joan Orr-Best, introduced her guest speaker, Pilar Roig. Pilar is a foreign exchange student from Madrid, Spain. She is living in Delmar with her host family and is a Junior at Delmar Jr.-Sr. High School. Pilar compared living in a busy city like Madrid to the small town of Delmar and said she enjoys the quiet lifestyle here. In Madrid she attends a private Catholic school with her brother. She hopes to have a career in music. Pilar told the group she is enjoying all the American foods, especially pizza. She plans to play soccer in the spring and loves to ski in her homeland. Her father is an airline pilot and she recently received a visit from her parents.

The New Century Club is working in partnership with the Delmar Revitalization Committee with the restoration of Dr. Larmore’s office to become the Delmar Museum. Their Education committee is doing a series of cooking classes with children called “Cooks and Books and Kids,” held at the library. In March they will be having a Beef and Dumpling dinner. They donated numerous items in December for People’s Place for their Domestic Violence project. Next month, the Home Life committee will be collecting baby items for the Pregnancy Crisis Center. Being aware of the importance of conservation, the club continues with recycling and has made a donation to Save the Bay Project. Several other activities and projects are being planned for the future.

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William P. Ellis, 57

William P. “Bill� Ellis of St. James City, Fla., passed peacefully in his home on Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2009. Born to Joseph and Emogene Ellis, April 2, 1952 in Easton, Md., Bill graduated in 1970 from Laurel Senior High School. With an avid interest in music, he went on to be a radio broadcaster for station WSUX in Seaford. He then joined the Air Force in 1972 where he served in the Vietnam War and aided in the 1975 evacuation of Sigon. After being honorably discharged, Bill joined the Delaware State Police. With his talent for photography, he opened his own photography business. Bill had many interests and talents and later became a senior manager for Home Paramount Pest Control and later joined Terminex as a senior manager. Bill was gifted with technology and often helped his friends and family with their technical issues. A loving husband and father, devoted brother, son and grandfather, Bill was preceded in death by his parents Joseph and Emogene Ellis. He is survived by his loving wife, Jackie; children, William Ellis and April Callaway; a brother, Charles Ellis, and five grandchildren. He will be desperately missed. Services were held at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, Laurel, on Monday, Jan. 26. The Rev. Dr. Howard Backus officiated. Interment followed in Odd Fellows

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William Rayfield Sr., 77

William “Bill� Rayfield Sr. of Laurel died from injuries sustained in an automobile accident on Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2009. William was born in Onnacock, Va., a son of Henry and Adele Rayfield. He retired from ACME Markets and the State of Delaware. He enjoyed playing golf and shuffleboard. He was a member of the American Legion Post #19 of Laurel. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, William Rayfield, Jr., who passed in 2008. Mr. Rayfield is survived by his wife of 54 years, Margaret Rayfield; a son, Terry Lee Rayfield and wife, Melissa of Laurel; a daughter, Sherrie Lynn Hastings and husband, Darrell of Seaford. Numerous grandchildren and nieces and nephews also survive him. A funeral service was held at the Laurel Wesleyan Church, Laurel, on Tuesday, Jan. 27. The Rev. John Venables and Pastor Ken Deusa officiated. Interment followed in Springhill Memory Gardens in Hebron. Arrangements were in the care of the Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, 700 West St., Laurel.

Howard S. Nichols, 91

Howard S. Nichols, of Delmar, died Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2009, at his home in Delmar. He was born in Portsville on Nov. 25, 1917, a son of Frank A. Nichols and Lena M. Hitchens Nichols. He proudly served his country in the US Army during World War II. He worked many years as a stereo typist for the News American and the Baltimore Sun. He received his 50-year Masonic pin as a member of the lodge in New Jersey. Howard loved his cats. He will be remembered as a hard worker who provided for and cared deeply for his family. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley Marie Carey Nichols, and two sisters, Frances and Evelyn. He is survived by five children, Joy Trolian of Salisbury, Frank A. Nichols of Laurel, Cathy D. Kennard, of San Antonio, Texas, Sandra G. Honess of Delmar and Robert T. Reid of Norfolk, Va.; nine grandchildren; and three sisters, Luetta Berg of Seaford, Betty Harrison of Laurel and Joan Crosby of Portsville. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Services will be private at the request of the family. Memorial contributions may be sent in his memory to the American Cancer Society, PO Box 163, Salisbury, MD 21803-0163. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.

loved boating, traveling in his Airstream camper, building miniature dollhouses and model cars. George was preceded in death by his wife of 66 years Virginia “Ginnyâ€? Shore Hutton in 2005. He is survived by two daughters; Betty Jane Robinson of Hagerstown, Md., and Nancy Hearn and her husband Hal of Bethel; two sisters, Virginia Millar of Newtown Square, Pa. and Dorothy Snowden of West Chester, Pa.; two granddaughters, Tina Hershberger and her husband Donald, and Traci Harris; two grandsons, Christopher Robinson and fiancĂŠe Amy Cooper and Scott Hearn and his wife Deborah, great-grandchildren: Aaron, Lacee and Logan Hershberger, Lexi and Mitchell Harris, Corey Robinson, Taylor, Trent and Alex Hearn. Graveside services were on Tuesday, Jan. 27, at Odd Fellows Cemetery, Seaford. Arrangements were by the Cranston Funeral Home.

Dinah O. Porter Carey, 62

Dinah O. Porter Carey of Bridgeville, passed away at her home surrounded by her loving family on Jan. 24, 2009. She was born in Lewes, a daughter of Rose Porter Carey.

Dinah will be remembered as a devoted wife, loving mother and grandmother and will be deeply missed by her family. She was a homemaker who loved to play bingo, care for her pets and keep a “clean and tidy home.� Left to cherish her memory is her husband of 44 years, Durand “Randy� Carey of Bridgeville; her two sons, Durand Carey, II and his wife Bernice of Laurel and Richard N. Carey of Bridgeville; her four siblings: Hettie Hitchens of Laurel, Jack Tucker of Fruitland, Md., Bill Tucker of Milford, and Buddy Tucker of Seaford; her two grandchildren, Victoria Carey and Durand Carey, III. Numerous nieces and nephews also survive her. A funeral service will be held at the Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, 700 West St. Laurel, on Thursday, Jan. 29, at 2 p.m., where a viewing will be held one hour prior to the service. The Pastor Ken Deusa will officiate. Interment will follow in Laurel Hill Cemetery. Contributions may be made in her memory to: American Cancer Society, 92 Read’s Way, Suite 205, New Castle, DE 19720.

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That’s right - it’s out with the old season and in with the new. Now that all the banquets have been held and the winning race car drivers have received their awards, it’s time to get ready for the new 2009 season. The Delaware Motorsports Complex of Delmar is doing just that. Earlier this month, the banquets for both the dragway and speedway were held at the Dover Downs Hotel & Casino. Over 500 attended the gala where a total of $51,750 in cash was handed out to the top ten in points in all five of the weekly classes. The new schedules for all three tracks are in the works. The dragway hopes to start test-n-tune sessions at the end of February. The half mile clay oval schedule is also in the final stages of being completed, but nothing official has been released from the track. However, I was able to uncover a little bit of dirt. It will be April before the fast oval will hold anything. The mighty URC Sprints will kick off their 62nd season

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Inauguration was a day of pride for America Many friends and relatives were surprised I wasn’t in DC rank alio for the inaugural celebration of our 44th president and the viceI teared and sometimes president. Although of a historic nacried...for my dad who I ture — Barack Obama the first knew was smiling down Afro-American president, and Joe Biden the first vice president upon this great America from Delaware and a Catholic — I choose to sit in front of my TV, he loved. like millions of other Americans, to watch the festivities. ton and other southern states. I have attended two inaugurals, EisenFresh on my mind was election night hower to witness the parade, and Carter to seeing Rev. Jesse Jackson with tears of joy witness his swearing in. But I have seen and relief streaming down his face. The many moons since, and standing in the monkey finally off his back. Love him or cold for 10 hours would not be as kind to hate him, guys like him and followers of me as it was during my two prior visits to Dr. King took the risk. Had it not been for DC. their efforts, historic Tuesday would not Back then there were only three major have happened. networks. Today the TV schedule is filled I thought of my immigrant dad who with 24-hour news networks filled with worked various jobs to come to this couninterviews, and information I would have try, struggled to learn the language of his never digested being in DC. new country, learned the shoe repairman So, I stayed glued to my TVs in the trade, married and moved his bride to Lauthree rooms I would be traveling through rel to open his business and raise a family. that day and watched history in the making I recall him telling me of a brick being welling up from time to time with tears of thrown through the window of his fledging joy along with those attending. business suggesting he move on. Many memories ran through my mind Not only was he Italian, but a Roas I watched the many minorities speak, man Catholic in a Methodist, Protestant some who had joined Dr. Martin Luther and Baptist community. Despite the odds King in his marches on Selma, Washing(there were five other shoe repair and dry



cleaning establishments in Laurel) his was the only to survive. He became an American citizen, a proud American, and loved by all his customers. My younger brother gave me a copy of a book titled, “Black like Me,” a story of a white man who colored his skin in 1959 and traveled the deep south and New Orleans disguised as a black man for a year. The simple comforts we take for granted as a white person, finding a bathroom, a place to eat and sleep, were not available for blacks during that time. He wrote of his struggles as a “black” and then went back to these same establishments a year later as a “white” and was allowed access to places he could not enter a year earlier as a “black.” Black sports teams traveling in the south hired white bus drivers so they could go in and buy food because they were not allowed in whites-only restaurants; black major league players could not sleep in

whites-only motels. My schools were all white, 1-12; blacks had Paul Lawrence Dunbar, 1-8 in Laurel but had to catch an early school bus to obtain a high school education at Jason in Georgetown, a school built during the time of Governor Bert Carvel. Blacks sat in the balcony at the movies and could not use our rest rooms downstairs. Trap Pond was for whites only; Jason Beach further up stream for the blacks. The beaches were the same way. Thinking of my dad’s struggles, losing business, home and belongings in a fire, struggling to rebuild, being a minority, I teared and sometimes cried with joy not only for the minorities who must have felt a rush of pride, but for my dad who I knew was smiling down upon this great America he loved. As tough as he was, I bet I could have spotted a tear or two from him. God Bless the people of America who allowed this great event to happen.

Gas Lines Why are gas prices going up when they should be down?

The Week The national average price of gas moved up slightly this week, the third consecutive week of increases, defying gravity at a time when prices should be dropping. Most people have seen prices at their local gas pump jump a few cents this week, while demand, crude oil prices and wholesale gasoline prices remain down. Crude oil closed the week at $46.47 a barrel, compared to prices of $90 per barrel a year ago. Gasoline demand represents the lowest weekly level since post-Hurricane Katrina in early September 2005, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Refinery utilization is down to 83.3% of capacity and gasoline production moved lower. A troubled consumer and commercial economy continue to drive down demand for gas. The Federal Highway Administration says road travel fell by more than 102 billion miles in November, down 5.3%. Cumulative travel January-November 2008 fell 3.7%. The consecutive 13-month trend of declining driving - between November 2007 and November 2008 - now tops 112 billion VMT, compared to the same 13-month period a year earlier. It dwarfs the 49.9 billion VMT decline of the 1970s, when gas prices were high, fuel was short and a recession was underway. Typically, January and February are the slowest months of the year for gasoline consumption, and no doubt that

will be the case this calendar year, so we will likely see lower-yet gasoline demand numbers in the weeks ahead. The Week Ahead “Recent price increases at the pump are perplexing, and perhaps purposeful, but certainly not normal. We have oil tankers parked at sea and domestic oil refineries scaling back operations, perhaps in an attempt to prop up prices. They are not doing motorists any favors,” said Catherine L. Rossi, manager of Public and Government Affairs, AAA Mid-Atlantic. “Gas prices should be moving lower in light of low demand, low crude oil prices and high supplies. And we hope to see that happen in coming days.” Local pricing Locally, one station in Seaford was selling regular gasoline for $1.669 a gallon on Tuesday, two cents a gallon less than a week ago.

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Letters to the Editor

The first two letters on this page appeared in last week’s edition, but were jumbled. Our thanks to readers for pointing this out and our apologies to the letter writers and our readers for the confusion.

Will the media report this?

In January 2005 articles were published by many (in the media) stating disbelief that the 2005 Bush inauguration was going to cost an “unprecedented $50 million dollars.” The article then went on to state that the money could have been better spent funding the Iraq war costs (probably not a bad idea). The White house has now released information that the Obama inauguration will run around $198 million. Given the media responsibility to report honestly and without bias, why have you not published a corresponding article on the “truly unprecedented cost of $198 million for Obama, and how that money could be better spent to help in the military cost in Afghanistan, or better yet, go towards the financial crisis that exists. Given that the meat of the inauguration consists of only a minute for him to recite the oath of office, do the taxpayers need to spend this amount? The media’s “unbiased” reporting in the last year has convinced us all that Obama is the second coming. Do we need to spend this much to be told again? Is this the change he was talking about: spending four times the amount of the last inauguration at a time when the economy is so fragile? Or is this an example of the “sacrifices that the American people will have to make in the coming days,” as he stated in his speech last week. I will await your fair and balanced article on this issue.

Lee Owens Salisbury, Md

Thank you to all who helped

A sincere “thank you” to the churches, businesses, service organizations, and individuals of Seaford and surrounding areas. The Seaford Community Food Closet was truly blessed this holiday season. Monetary donations and canned goods flooded in to fill empty shelves and freezers. A huge “thank you” to all of you who contributed time, energy, money, food and prayer. We are especially grateful to the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control for providing

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hundreds of pounds of ground deer meat. In 2008, 774 people were served from our food closet. In comparison, 398 were served in 2007. As you can see, the need has increased and the economic picture for 2009 is bleak. But, thanks to your generosity, we have been able to keep up with the demand. The stories of our patrons vary, but the need is the same and they are all so very, very appreciative. We thank you for your continued support. This is a much needed ministry in our area and, if you are interested in volunteering your time or have questions, contact St. John’s United Methodist Church office at 629-9466. Cheryl Coffin and Linda Hollis

Co-chairs, Seaford Community Food Closet

Vocal Trash not part of 2009 Fair

My wife Linda and I were saddened to learn that the perfomance group, Vocal Trash, has not been invited back to our Delaware State Fair for the 2009 season. This group of dedicated performers has provided fairgoers with the best of family entertainment for the past six seasons. Their talent, comraderie and energy are infectious. I am sure that we are not alone in the disappointment of knowing that we

will not be able to experience their shows again during the 2009 season. I have been a patron of the Delaware State Fair all of my life. From the days of my youth through my family life there has always been a “Day At The Fair,” each July, for all of us. That day would usually be planned around a grandstand show or a stock car race. That all changed in 2003 when we first experienced Vocal Trash. I was reluctant to see them, thinking that it wasn’t “my kind of music.” Boy, how wrong I was! After one performance Linda and I were hooked. From then until last season we were at the fair at least three, and one year, five times during its annual run. At least one of these trips would be for a grandstand show followed by a mad dash to the Delaware Electric Cooperative Tent for Vocal Trash’s last performance of the evening. Many times we came just to see them. Every visit would include dinner before the VT show, most times at the Grange Restaurant, and a snack afterwards. In 2007 we left the Brad Paisley concert after seeing the two opening acts just to catch their last show of the evening because we knew that was the last time we could attend that season. We feel that these good folks have become an irreplaceable part of the “Delaware State Fair Experience.” I don’t think we are alone in that opinion. Unfortunately, the die is cast and they apparently won’t be there this season. And we won’t be either, except for one day. Don and Linda Allen


Because it’s easy!

Hello Mr. Calio! I read your article “Ever wonder why I was so harsh toward the President?” I know why! Because it’s easy! But, more importantly you have the freedom to do so! It’s easy to join the Bush Bashers and make broad sweeping generalizations without facts. But, it is also irresponsible. It’s easy to stand on the sidelines and boo your disapproval while being incapable of playing the game. It’s easy and should be easy, for you to go to work, come home and rest peacefully at night, confident that someone, namely President Bush, has made the hard, tough decisions to keep you safe.

It’s easy to forget that Mr. Clinton in the ‘90’s was playing games and avoided making the hard, tough decisions to protect our embassies or nab Osama bin Laden when Pakistan offered him to the U.S. It’s easy to see what you want to see but it’s hard to see the truth and make the tough decisions so that you may exercise your right to complain. L.F. Dill


New Woodland Ferry doesn’t work

The new Woodland ferry has been out of operation for approximately one month with mechanical problems. We were assured that the new ferry would be much more operational than the old ferry. It has proven to be as unreliable as the old one. The ferry is such a convenience to so many people. We have come to realize that we can no longer depend upon it. The State of Delaware really played up this new ferry as the answer to our problems. It still cannot be relied upon. What a waste of taxpayer’s money! Kelly Knowles Griffith and family


Thanks to our firefighters

As we enter the New Year, we look back on the many blessings we have shared and the people who make our lives safer. This is especially true of our volunteer firefighters and EMTs. The Sussex County Association of Towns would like to go on record in support of the brave efforts of the volunteer fire companies. We, the citizens and local officials, deeply appreciate the sacrifice and dedication these men and women freely give to protect their neighbors in Sussex County. Additionally, we applaud their fiscally shrewd business practices of wisely saving and investing funds to ensure the financial stability and longevity of one of America’s most valuable and cherished resources, the Volunteer Fire Service. Hats off to these wonderful public servants! Keep up the good work! Dell Tush, president

Sussex County Association of Towns

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Health Cancer Networking Support Group

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

Cholesterol screenings

Nanticoke Memorial Hospital will be offering cholesterol screenings on February 11 & 14 from 7:00 - 10:00 am at the Seaford Golf & Country Club, located at 1001 W. Locust Street, Seaford. The Lipid Profile test requires a 12-hour fasting and reads the HDL, LDL, and triglyceride blood levels. Cost for the Lipid Profile is $15. There is no need to pre-register. Results will be mailed within 3 weeks along with information to evaluate the results and follow-up if needed. In addition to cholesterol screenings, Free blood

pressure checks will be offered. There will be health information and interactive displays. For additional information, call 629-6611 extension 4536.

Aging program planned

Peninsula Regional Medical Center’s 55+ membership program, Peninsula Partners, and the Wicomico Public Library will present a free program entitled, “Living and Learning: An Educational Experience – The State of the Aging on Delmarva.” The program will be held at the Public Library in Salisbury on Wednesday, Feb. 25 at 1 p.m. Guest speakers include Memo Diriker, director of BEACON at Salisbury University; Peggy Bradford, executive director, MAC, Inc.; and Jason Hafer, director of admissions for Salisbury Rehabilitation & Nursing Center/Genesis Healthcare. Topics to be addressed will be “GrayShore Revisited,” “The Future of Senior Services on Delmarva” and “A Baby Boomer’s Guide to Long Term/Assisted Living Placement for a Loved One.” Admission is free, however advanced registration is required. For more information, call 410-543-7170 by Friday, Feb. 20.

Diabetes educational program

Nanticoke Memorial Hospital, Seaford, will be holding a four-week diabetes educational program beginning February 4 and continuing February 11, 18 and 25 from 5pm - 7pm to be held at the hospital. Registration for this class is required.

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What steps are being taken at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital to prevent patients from getting the wrong dose of the “blood thinner” heparin? Recently in the news, adult and newborn patients have been injured or have died from getting large doses of heparin. Heparin is a “blood thinner” used in hospitals to prevent patients from forming blood clots and to prevent specialty IV lines from clotting. At Nanticoke Memorial Hospital policies and procedures have been implemented along with standardized protocols to help protect our patients from getting the wrong dose of heparin during their hospital stay. The pharmacy limits the number of different strengths of heparin hepa available in the hospital. The hospital uses dispensing machines to help ensure only patients with orders for heparin that have been reviewed by a pharmacist is available for administration to the patient. Nanticoke Memorial Hospital and Nanticoke Health Services have taken the following steps to ensure your safety while you or your family member are being cared for at one of our facilities: 1. Standardized protocols that include drug dosing and monitoring of heparin hepa therapy. 2. Use of only FDA approved vendors for heparin purchases. 3. Provide educational material to patients regarding their heparin therapy. 4.  Formed a committee to address the National Patient Safety Goal regarding the usage of heparin and other “blood thinners.”

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The cost of the four-week program may be reimbursable by insurance. This fourweek program includes weekly education sessions and individualized meal planning for diabetes self-management. Our goal is to give you the self-management skills to control your diabetes. Family members/ significant others are welcome to attend the weekly sessions. Program Schedule Week 1 - What is diabetes: physiology and self-care skills review Week 2 - Meal Planning, eating out, reading labels Week 3 - Self blood glucose monitoring and management, sick day rules, traveling Week 4 - Medications used to manage diabetes, stress management: coping with diabetes and lifestyle changes, summary and course evaluations, goal setting To register and to obtain additional information regarding the course, contact Nanticoke Memorial Hospital’s Diabetes Education department at 302-629-6611, extension 2446.

Library offers potty training help

The Seaford District Library and the Sussex Parents as Teachers group is offering a free potty training program for parents and caregivers of young children. Families will learn how to know if their child is ready, what they should expect and steps to help their child through the process of potty training. The program will be held Friday, Feb. 6 at 6:30 p.m. at the

Seaford District Library in the community meeting room. For more information, call 856-5239 or Cris Henderson at 875-2781.

Look Good, Feel Better

Women undergoing chemotherapy or radiation treatment for cancer can now receive free professional help to cosmetically disguise the appearance-related side effects of their treatments. Look Good, Feel Better, a program developed by the Cosmetic, Toiletry, and Fragrance Association Foundation, the American Cancer Society, and the National Cosmetology Association, trains volunteer cosmetologists to help women with cancer, conceal loss of hair, skin problems, and other side effects that can result from cancer therapy. The program is geared towards helping people look their best even as they are undergoing cancer treatment. Although almost all of the appearance-related side effects of cancer treatment are temporary, they can be very distressing. The next Look Good, Feel Better program will be hosted by the Cancer Care Center at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital on Monday, February 9 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Cancer Care Center’s 2nd floor conference room. The program is Free to all patients in active cancer treatment. Registration is required, and space is limited. To register for the Look Good, Feel Better program, please contact Nanticoke Memorial Hospital’s Cancer Care Center at 302-629-6611, extension 2588.

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Teach your child safe internet practices

By Anthony Policastro, M.D

About 5 years ago, I wrote an article on internet predators. In the interim My Space and Facebook have increased the ease of access to many more individuals than could be done through regular E-mail in the past. So I thought it might be a good idea to update that article. There are many individuals who use the internet to prey on children. Parents should be aware of some of the warning signs that could suggest this is happening to your child. When you are using My Space and Facebook, there are many different people that you can contact. You should know who your children are looking up. One good way of doing that is to check on them. You can see what kinds of sites are

being visited. The easy way to do this on most computers is to hit the Control button plus the H key at the same time. This will create a directory of previously viewed sites. You can check which sites are being seen frequently. You can click on them and see what the site looks like. Thus by clicking on your internet icon and then clicking on Ctrl+H, you can see where your computer has been. You should expect to see the names of your child’s friends. You should expect to see the names of some of your relatives. You should expect to see a few strange names for one reason or other. You should not expect to see names that there is no reason to be looking at. You should have an idea about how much time your child spends in these

activities. The best way to do that is to remember that a maximum of two hours a day total is recommended for TV, computer and video game time for any child. Parents should enforce that two hour limit. It is probably a good idea to have the computer used for the internet in a very public location in the house. That will allow you to see what is happening just by passing by. If you notice a closing of the current window when you pass by, it might mean that there is a reason for that. A computer in the child’s room will limit your ability to get a feel for this. If your child has a very good friend on line, ask about having that friend come over to visit. There are several reasons why meeting the individual in person is a good

thing. The child’s reaction to such a request might suggest something more than just an on-line friendship. Another thing that predators suggest to children is the purchase of a web cam device. This is a camera attachment for the computer. It allows the person at the other end to view what is happening. It allows them to encourage and view inappropriate behavior. Adding a web cam to a computer in a child’s bedroom is especially dangerous. One good way of avoiding some of these things is to spend time with your child on the internet. The best way to teach them the correct use is to set the example. It may provide significant quality time in more ways than one.

Autism Delaware opens office in Milford to extend its services Autism Delaware announces the opening of its new office in Milford, answering a growing need for services in southern Delaware. The new office extends the services of Autism Delaware to those affected by autism in Kent and Sussex Counties. Autism Delaware will provide mentoring and training programs for parents, coordinate social events and support groups for families, organize groups for teenagers with Asperger’s Syndrome and lead social skills classes for children. Dafne Carnright, downstate coordinator of the Milford office, will be responsible for overseeing the office, representing Autism Delaware at public events, recruiting volunteers and raising public awareness about autism. “The Milford office will really help

families in Kent and Sussex Counties who formerly had to utilize our New Castle County office for assistance and services,” said Autism Delaware Executive Director Theda Ellis. The new office will give Autism Delaware an increased presence in the two southern counties, where the number of children born with autism is rising each year. In 1999, there were 85 autistic children in southern Delaware’s public schools; in 2007, the number increased to 216 children. Autism Delaware will offer support to about 200 families in Kent and Sussex Counties, providing services for them in their own communities. For more information, contact Theda Ellis or visit

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Snapshots Students receive scholarships

Emily Wheatley and Zach Cain, Seaford Senior High School, were recently rewarded $200 cash scholarship awards for their efforts in the Seaford High School Advanced Placement Program. The awards were presented to the students from the Advanced Placement Institute in Lewes by Dr. Bud Frampton. Pictured are Emily Wheatley (above left) and Zach Cain (above right) receiving the cash awards from Seaford High School Guidance Counselor, Ms. Leigh Anne Tull.

GMS students selected for All State Choir Kevin Yoder, Greenwood Mennonite School Choir director, announces that nine students were recently selected to represent the school in the State of Delaware All State Choir. This is the largest number of students from the school to ever receive this honor and recognition. Representing the school in the All State Junior Chorus is Ashley Chupp, Logan Benton, Jesse Sapp and Joey Summers;

All State Senior Mixed Chorus - Melissa Bryfogle and Laura VanKampen; and All State Women’s Chorus - Karissa Yoder, Mary Beth Sharp and Kelly Yoder. Celebrating over 80 years of Christian education, Greenwood Mennonite School serves a multi-denominational student body in grades Pre-Kindergarten through grade 12. For more information, visit

All State Junior Chorus members - Ashley Chupp, Logan Benton, Jesse Sapp and Joey Summers.

All State Senior Chorus - Laura VanKampen, Kelly Yoder, Melissa Bryfogle and Karissa Yoder.

GMS STUDENT WINS CONTEST - The State of Delaware’s Volunteer Fireman’s Association recently announced the state winners of their annual Fire Prevention Essay Contest at their awards banquet at the Delaware State Fire School. Greenwood Mennonite School (GMS) was honored to have 21 students receive recognition (from first place to honorable mention) in the contest. Student Brianna Bryfogle’s essay “Outdoor Fire Safety” won first place in Sussex County and in the state for 6th grade students.

WOMEN BUILD BEGINS - From left, Carrie Anderson and Ruth Sivils braved the cold on Saturday, Jan. 17 for the start of the Sussex County Habitat for Humanity Women Build 2009 project. Anderson, on-site coordinator, and Sivils, crew leader, helped ensure a productive construction day. Construction continues every Saturday. For more information, visit

HAMILTON PAMPERS CUSTOMERS - Karen Hamilton, realtor/broker with Callaway, Farnell and Moore, Inc., in Seaford, recently held her annual end-of-year Customer Appreciation Party. Customers were treated to food, prizes and free back and neck mini massages. Corporate sponsors for the event included mortgage lenders Treg Adams of MetLife Home Loans and Hunt Stover of Ascend Credit Services. From left are grand prize winners Alan Kent, (Hamilton), Glenn Adams, Meg Lankford and Danny Meloney.

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Burn camp for children proposed

The graduating Class of 1958, Bridgeville High School and friends, celebrated their 50th reunion, Nov. 1, 1908-weekend at the Fenwick Inn, Ocean City, Md. Of the original 32 graduated seniors, 23 were present. Front Row – left to right: Barbara (Messick) Dickerson, Joan (Elliott) Hastings, Joyce (Elliott) Abbott, Rosalie (Dean) Hignutt, Jane (Truitt) Allen, Nancy (Rigby) Smith, Gretta (Brown) Crockett, JoCarol (Anderson) Johnson, Bonnie (Milspaw) Seely. Second Row – left to right: Ann (Hansen) Stokes, Joyce (Tyrell) Becthold, Barbara (Morris) Kanevitch, Robert Russell, Charles Smith, John Shockley, Keneth Friedel, John R. Hammond, Harvey H. Lofland, G. Clayton Richards. Back Row – left to right: Howard Hardesty, Stanley Schaffer, Ronald Conaway, Richard Hastings, Donald Gray, Mark Prettyman, William Wheatley, Gerald Willey, Fred Sylvia.

Cannon-Maston House importance topic of talk

On Monday, Feb. 2, at 7 p.m., at the Methodist Manor House the Seaford Historical Society along with the Manor House will sponsor a program featuring Russ McCabe, director of Delaware Public Archives. The public is invited. There is no charge. McCabe will share with the audience the historic importance of the Cannon-Maston House off Atlanta Road which was built by Thomas Cannon in 1727 and expanded in 1733. The house was built by hand with bricks kilned right on the property in what was once a part of the Maryland colony. It was built during the earliest colonization of the Chesapeake Bay region and now stands as one of the oldest structures in Sussex County. The Sussex County Council and the non-profit Sussex County Land Trust partnered to purchase the two-story house and the adjacent 58-acre farm which will remain in agricultural use. McCabe’s in-

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Free tax assistance from AARP

AARP Tax Aide is offering free income tax counseling ad preparation from Feb. 1 through April 15 for senior- and low-income taxpayers of all ages. AARP-Tax Aide volunteers, trained in cooperation with the Internal Revenue Service, will assist with personal tax returns. Call for an appointment at the following locations: • Nanticoke Senior Center, 310 Virginia Ave., Seaford, 629-4939; • Methodist Manor Home, 101 Middleford Road, Seaford, 629-4593; • Greenwood Public Library, Market

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and Mill streets, Greenwood, 349-5309; • Bridgeville Public Library, Market and Laws streets, Bridgeville, 337-7401; • Delmar Public Library, 101 North Bi-State Boulevard, Delmar, 846-9894. Assistance will also be provided at the Laurel Public Library, Fridays between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., on a first come, first served basis, February, 6, 13, and 27 and March 6, 13, and 27. Service is also available for homebound individuals.

Applications available for Mary Bailey Scholarship

The Woodbridge School District is happy to announce the annual application process for the Mary H. Bailey Educational Trust Fund Scholarship. Eligible applicants are students who have graduated from Woodbridge High School, beginning with the Class of 1996 who have applied within five years of graduation, and said eligibility shall be exhausted, at the sooner of either 10 years after graduation, or seven years from the time of

House Minority Whip Daniel B. Short (R-Seaford) and Senator George H. Bunting, Jr. (D-Bethany Beach) have introduced a bill that would establish the first Burn Camp in Delaware. The legislation, House Bill 44, authorizes the State Fire Prevention Commission to incorporate a nonprofit, non-stock corporation for the purpose of setting up and operating an overnight camp devoted to helping children, who are burn victims, with the emotional and physical issues resulting from their injuries. The bill is the result of work that was completed by a task force, established by the General Assembly last session to examine the feasibility of creating a burn camp in the state. State Representative Short stated, “This legislation simply allows the Commission to set up this nonprofit organization in order to begin raising private contributions for the Burn Camp for children. It will be operated similarly to Delaware State Police’s Camp Barnes project, a residential summer camp for disadvantaged Delaware youth for more than 50 years.”

their first application. Application packets are available and may be picked up at the Office of the Executive Secretary to the Board of Education, at 16359 Sussex Highway, Bridgeville, or by requesting same by mail. Telephone requests may be made to Mrs. Lesa Anderson, administrative secretary, at 337-7990, during regular working hours, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. The completed application packet and supportive information must be received at the Office of the Executive Secretary to the Board of Education by 4 p.m. on Tuesday, March 3.

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Kindergarten registration for the 2009/2010 school year will be held March 31, April 1 and April 2. Incoming kindergarten students must live in the Seaford School District zone and be 5 years old on or before Aug. 31, 2009. Appointments must be made through Teresa Craft at 6294587, ext. 500.

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Opinion Guest Column Castle shares disapproval of economic stabilization By Congressman Mike Castle Since the Administration proposed Congressional intervention to reduce the impact of an impending economic crisis in the United States, I have been committed to finding solutions, because I strongly believe that the strength of our financial system directly impacts every American. The weakness of our banks is a major and direct threat to American jobs, home values, savings, pensions, and credit access, pursuit of education and homeownership. Last fall, I voted for the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act, authorizing the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP), after agreement was reached to include greater oversight measures and provisions that would protect American taxpayers. Since that time, the market free fall has been largely contained. However, it is clear that the conditions, restrictions and transparency measures put in place by Congress for the first installation of TARP funds must be strengthened before we continue the program. For this reason, I voted to cease the release of the second installation of federal TARP funds. Recently, I supported H.R. 384, The TARP Reform and Accountability Act, because I firmly believe we need to provide the Treasury Secretary with a clear roadmap for the continuation of the TARP program. Clear conditions for institutions which have already received funds, such as quarterly reports on any increase in lending and an improved plan to confront the housing and foreclosure crisis, should be in place before the release of the final TARP funds. While H.R. 384 would place additional conditions on financial institutions, it has yet to become law. Therefore, before agreeing to release more federal funds, Congress should ensure that such strengthened conditions are in statute. Finally, as Congress debates the release of the second tranche of TARP funds, the Federal Reserve’s expenditure of approximately one trillion dollars has moved forward without Congressional supervision or approval. Because the Federal Reserve is “independent within the government,” and may act without Congressional approval, I remain very concerned that Congress should be doing more to oversee the expenditure of American’s tax dollars. I have raised this issue with House Financial Services Committee Chairman Frank and will meet with U.S. Comptroller General Gene Dodaro in order to review ways that the Government Accountability Office (GAO) can scrutinize the emergency distribution of funding by the Federal Reserve. Currently, the GAO is restricted from examining such action at the Federal Reserve so a legislative remedy may be in order. We cannot lose sight of how critical it is that the federal government act to protect not only the financial stability of our financial markets, because of the direct impact on the financial security of all Americans.

What I learned while working on the election

After mulling over the results of the November 4 election for two months, I have decided to come out of hibernation and quit licking my wounds and set a personal course for the next couple of years by sharing my thoughts and beliefs with others to try to sway them to my way of thinking on various issues by educating them about these things. This last election year was the first time in my life I had ever actively worked in the elective process, although the results I produced were very small, because I had no idea what I was doing, but did learn a few things along the way. Looking back, the first thing I learned was I worked for a candidate who wasn’t cool. He couldn’t bump fists with his wife. He didn’t wear his hat backwards. He didn’t even look good in a bathing suit. To top it off he chose a stupid, backwoods female governor from Alaska to run as his running mate. Please! The reason I know she’s stupid is because she didn’t graduate from one of those institutions like Harvard, Yale, Princeton, or the University of Delaware that turn out nothing but intelligent geniuses, but instead she attended the University of Idaho where everybody is dumb. The second and most important thing I learned this past election is that most people are informationally challenged. Most people I talked with in the last few months leading up to the election knew more about what was going on in the world of sports and reality shows on television than what the major issues facing them in the election were. The above comments about Sarah Palin are meant to be factitious in case any of you readers think I’m nuts. I just wrote her a letter thanking her for the glimmer of hope she brought to some of us this past year. Larry Calhoun


Frank Calio was correct?

Regarding the Frank Calio article, “Ever wonder why I was so harsh toward president,” Frank was correct: Bush did not take effective ac-

Letters to the Editor tion to stop terrorism. (Oh wait, that was Clinton: N.Y., twin towers in 1993, USS Cole, two US embassies.) Bush caused the current economic crises. (Oh wait, that was Clinton. See NY TIMES article dated 9/30/99 that predicts the coming bailout and specifically blames Clinton.) Bush totally dishonored the presidential office by having sex with an intern. (Oh wait, that was Clinton with Monica.) Clinton initiated the program to improve schools with the “No Child Left Behind” program. (Oh wait, that was Bush.) Clinton initiated the program to add prescription drug coverage to the Medicare program. (Oh wait, that was Bush.) On second thought, Frank is not correct, but he is hilarious. Please do not eliminate him from your paper, since I enjoy reading good humor. He wasn’t trying to be serious, was he? Richard Dale


Unpopular presidents

Today was the last day that George W. Bush was our president. Much has been said about a new man. Little is being said about the one who has finished the maximum length course that a president is allowed to accept. I understand that much is said about President Bush that is negative. I was busy during the inauguration, training teens to accept the challenges for God and our country in their generation, so I did not get to hear what was said today. I was told that much was said about Abraham Lincoln. How interesting that Lincoln should be often mentioned today. He lost many elections. His subordinate general called him a baboon. The man he fired twice ran for president against him. He was sure that he would be defeated the second time he ran for president. His great-

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est rival had dated Mrs. Lincoln before she was married. His wife may have gone crazy. I believe he lived to see the death of two of his sons. He endured the ridicule, loneliness, and hardships of leading the Union through a civil war. His name did not even appear on the ballots in the southern states. He did not even come close to obtaining a majority of the popular votes. Seven states succeeded from the Union when he was elected. Jefferson Davis was inaugurated as the president of part of Lincoln’s country before Lincoln even got to the White House. On the way to Washington a little girl told him he would look better if he grew a beard to cover up part of his face. There was an attempt on his life while he was heading for the capitol, and Mr. Pinkerton and his armed guards had to sneak him into Washington to keep him from being assassinated before he was even inaugurated. Lincoln saved the Union and they murdered him for it. This is the man who possibly is the second most beloved American of all time. He is the one pictured on our pennies and our five dollar bills, and it is his tomb that appears on the back of our pennies over 140 years later. Today another Republican president who was elected twice has finished his course as the Captain of the Ship of State. He, like Lincoln, had a trial that tempered the character of his time in office. He, like Lincoln, had the responsibility of keeping the Union and keeping us safe through the trying storm of his term in office. Lincoln went home in a box. I cannot help but think that George W. Bush will go home with a smile on his face. I understand that at John Adams’ inauguration when another president by the name of George was ready to walk out of the hall as a private citizen, he turned to Adams and said, “You judge who is the happier man today.” By the way that George won the award for the most popular American of all time – hands down, and while he was a president, his wife, Martha, used to hide the newspapers from him so that he would not have to see all the nasty things that the press said about him! Dan Manka

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Writer says he’s scared of liberal thinking or lack thereof In response to Frank Calio’s Bush-hating article, I have a few observations. I wonder how and why people, namely Frank Calio, are capable of hatred to the point of lies. I have been told by many people that Mr. Calio is a very nice person. So, when I read his hate-filled lies about conservative politicians, I wonder what is behind his slanderous words. I have come to a conclusion. I believe Frank is doing one of two things. First, he is trying to get people like me fired up when we read his lies. If this is his purpose, then in George W. Bush’s famous words, “Mission Accomplished!” I would have to concede to a job well done. Second, I think Mr.Calio is trying to get people to believe his lies. Misery loves company. I would like to add to Mr. Calio’s list of things President Bush has done wrong. One day while driving to work, my truck broke down, I blamed it on Bush, but then I remembered that he was busy that day. You see, it was the day he was directing Hurricane Karina into areas where poor minorities people live. How about 9/11? He was behind this whole plot! Sure is funny how he did that and has no witnesses to help convict him. We all thought he was reading to school kids. Very slick, Mr. President. Don’t forget how he made the price of oil go so high. I was told that he was burning truck loads of oil at his Texas ranch trying to create a shortage so prices would


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Final Word go up. I thought oil was a world commodity and now we find out Bush owns all the oil. What a bad guy. Mr. Calio, do you see how stupid the extreme left sounds? Make your arguments based on truth, Frank. It works. My point is this: your lies do not add any credibility to your argument. As a liberal you are misguided. I’d like to change that. The words “liberal” and “think” do not work in the same sentence. Those on the far left, like you, are so extreme that what you say is often taken as a joke. “Hate speech” is an adequate phrase to describe your columns. Mr. Calio, as a conservative I would like to give you my assessment of former President Clinton. Although I disagree with just about everything he stood for, I in no way hate him. Because he and I disagree, doesn’t mean I should hate him as a consequence. As far as President Obama is concerned, I do not agree with his stance on moral or fiscal issues. I will pray that our country is led successfully, but not in the


way President Obama has promised. His socialist views and disdain for free enterprise have me concerned to say the least. I will continue to express why I disagree with the President, but I won’t blame him for every bad thing that happens. He is only one man. Unlike Frank I am aware that Barack Obama has no control over the shortage or surplus of oil on the world market or the pattern of hurricanes in the Atlantic. I have the capicity, unlike Frank, to remember that there are both Senators and Representatives to share the blame for poor decisions made in Washington. President Bush graciously left office and left our country secure and safe. I wish him well. Today I watched the transition of government in a peaceful way. I also witnessed a group of hateful liberals booing the former President, but, as always, he kept his head high in the dignified way that was his trademark. I’m sure we will not hear that the White House was left in shambles or the “H” key missing from the west wing keyboards. Frank, you do remember the Clinton folks doing this when President Bush moved into the White House? Probably not. On January 20, 2009, you witnessed a man with class leaving office. I hope we can say the same in four years. Steve Ennis Laurel

What a difference 4 years makes

Headlines on this date four years ago: “Republicans spending $42 million on inauguration while troops Die in unarmored Humvees” “Bush extravagance exceeds any reason during tough economic times” “Fat cats get their $42 million inauguration party, ordinary Americans get the shaft” Headlines today “Historic Obama Inauguration will cost only $120 million” “Obama Spends $120 million on inauguration; America Needs A Big Party” “Everyman Obama shows America how to celebrate” “Citibank executives contribute $8 million to Obama Inauguration” Nothing like fair and unbiased coverage of the news. Bob Wooten New Bern, NC

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